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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS: IN TOM FORD’S MIND

Tom Ford is back in the director’s chair –reprising his role as costume designer, producer, writer and, visionary, in other words as unseen protagonist of his second film. Nocturnal Animals is a feature film we know beforehand that will have a spellbinding atmosphere and set, an amazing score, beautiful people, and chic wardrobe and accessories; But what about the script?

When you are Tom Ford, the screenplay is very specific. After his Oscar nominated 2009 debut ‘A Single Man’, his latest film ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is a dark thriller, a film noir, full of aesthetic fixations.


His directorial debut was a critical and commercial success. The movie ‘A Single Man’ took him to the Baftas, the Golden Globes, and the Oscars; And everyone expecting to find form over substance, was surprised.
Almost ten years later, in 2006, he started trading under his own name and there are now 122 Tom Ford stores worldwide, he designs clothes for women (Michelle Obama chose one of his gowns when she met the Queen), has been legally married to his longtime partner, and is the proud father of a four year old.
Ford’s latest movie, which Focus Features picked up for $20 million at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, has a somewhat more complex narrative.

TOM FORD NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Nocturnal Animals turns the idea of a love story completely on its head in the most unexpected and brutal way. No wonder it won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

Susan (Amy Adams) is the successful owner of an art gallery. She is dressed in all black and high heels, she is seated in all-white sofas, and she used to be married to Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). You can tell that Ford takes the film business seriously: in ‘Nocturnal Animals’ the protagonists don’t wear his designs. Instead, they sport clothing from the likes of Marc Jacobs and Alessandro Michele.

 

TOM FORD NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Credit: Merrick Morton/Focus Features

Tom Ford | Nocturnal Animals

 

‘It’s a film about loyalty and true love’, acknowledges Tom Ford. The film is almost autobiographical. Perfectionist, romantic, old fashioned. Ford, having struggled with alcoholism and depression himself, does not necessarily believe in happy endings. ’I’ve realised that material things aren’t the things that are important… Nobody lives happily ever after. If you buy this and do that and build this house, you’re not going to be happy. Life is happy, sad, tragic, joyful. But that’s not what we’re taught, that’s not what our culture pounds into our heads.’

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theCODE Magazine (Archive) | Issue 08 – December 2016

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FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE

Capri is an island of wonder and love. A land of never-ending legend, a place where myth, history and imagination merge. Inspired by its beauty, writers travel to the island to discover all it has to offer, creating enchanting tales of awe and wonder.
Moreover, the pearl of the Mediterranean is a paradise where the Dolce Vita never ends.
Dive into the crystal blue waters and immerse yourself in Capri’s panoramic views and fragrant aromas. 
A postcard from Capri with love…

Legend has it that Capri was founded by Koloneus, a handsome man descended from the Gods, Vulcan and Venus. He was sent to Capri to express his love, dedicating a sea stack to each of the women he treasured…
According to history, Capri was a Greek colony when it was “discovered” by the Emperor Augusts, on his way back from a journey to the the Orient in 29BC.
Falling in love with it, he brought it under the rule of Rome, marking it as a destination for the privileged to relax and nest. But it was his successor Tiberius who, after settling on the island for over ten years, established it as a place of grandeur. 

From the Roman emperors to the stars of Hollywood, no one can resist its charm. Over the years, everyone has captivated by Capri; an island rich in history and nature and famous for its elegance and elite visitors.

 

A very old story which continues to fascinate with its wonders

THE FARAGLIONI | FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE

Capri’s coastline is home to the towering Faraglioni, the rocks which rise majestically from the sea and one of the most iconic symbols of the island. These unique natural structures (coastal and oceanic rock formations eroded by waves) have each been given a name: the first, still attached to the land, is called Stella, the second, separated from the first block by a stretch of sea; Faraglione di Mezzo and the third, Faraglione di Fuori or Scopolo, meaning the head or promontory stretching into the sea. The Faraglione di Mezzo is characterized by a central cavity, large enough to allow for the passage of a small boat. 

These three formations have become so iconic that they instantly remind anyone of Capri.
They are also the protagonists of the unforgettable Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue campaigns, featuring David Gandy and Bianca Balti shot by Mario Testino.

Take a stroll along the sloping cliffs of Capri and admire the sea view, as you spot the famous Faraglioni in the distance. Your gaze drifts towards the Arch or Love, the natural opening in the rocks where girls sigh; longing the be kissed by the boy they love. Rumour has it that kissing here brings good luck.

FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE | THE FARAGLIONI

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MARINA PICCOLA | FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE

A must visit spot for spending a day on a beach with view of the Faraglioni is the Marina Piccola beach which lies directly opposite Capri’s giant sea stacks. On the sunny South side of the island, sheltered from the wind by a steep wall of rock, the bay is almost always warm. From the center of Capri you can reach Marina Piccola quickly and easily on foot, via the panoramic Via Krupp which starts just beneath the Gardens of Augustus.

Homer, in his epic “Odyssey”, has Ulysses and his men stranded on this beach, victims of the guiles of the beautiful and deadly dangerous mermaids.  

Though an island, Capri has few beaches, but they’re all equally petite and picturesque.

GROTTA AZZURRA | FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE

Visit Grotta Azzurra (or the Blue Grotto), one of the most beautiful sea caves in Italy. Hop aboard a wooden rowboat, lay back, and let yourself be carried through a tiny stone portal to another world.  Inside, pass from complete darkness into a sparkling cavern, lit by azure blue light, while the sounds of ancient Neapolitan song echo along the stone walls.  Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. The famous light is at its strongest between noon and two in the afternoon, though the reflections are spectacular all through the morning hours.

The cave which extends some 50 meters into the cliff at the surface, and is about 150 meters deep is a definite must while in Capri.

During Roman times, the grotto was used as the personal swimming pool of Emperor Tiberius (Tiberius’ Palace had a private passage to the Blue Grotto) as well as a marine temple decorated with statues of the Roman sea gods Neptune and Triton now on display at the Casa Rossa in Anacapri. For many years afterwards, the Blue Grotto was avoided by sailors, as local legends told of spirits and demons living there…

LA PIAZZETTA | FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE

The islanders call it ”a chiazz”, or piazza. On the maps, Capri’s most famous square is called Piazza Umberto I. For the rest of the world it is the Piazzetta (the use of the suffix “etta” in Italian is a diminutive, and is used in affectionate reference to the square’s small size).
One thing everybody agrees on, is that it’s the heart of the island where, sooner or later, all those visiting Capri come to watch people come and go by.

The Piazzetta has always been the center of life on the island. In the past, it served as market square. In 1938, the young islander, Raffaele Vuotto, placed a few tables outside his bar in the Piazzetta and from that moment on, the square became a fashionable meeting place for both locals and visitors who, until that time, had socialized either at home or in the island’s hotels.

The real protagonists are, of course, the pavement cafes; one for each corner of the piazza. This is where you get the chance to mingle with the stars of the silver screen, photogenically sipping their coffee or cocktail at one of the bars’ little whicker tables.

How to de-bloat in a day

Bikini season officially kicks off this weekend. Here’s how to de-bloat in a day and ensure your tummy is flat. Belly bloating can be caused by a variety of reasons including: food allergies/sensitivities, too much salt, carbonated beverages, imbalanced gut flora, and eating too fast. No matter what the cause, though, one thing is for sure. You probably want to know how to de-bloat in a day. There are a variety of simple solutions to flatten your stomach. 

Cut out Salt: Sodium attracts and retains water in the body. So, sometimes when you feel or look bloated, it’s not gas, but rather excess water. Cut out salty foods for the day.  

Drink More Water: It may seem counterintuitive, but when you’re bloated it’s best to consume more water as higher water consumption leads to more frequent urination, which helps remove excess salt from your body. 

Eat Avocado/Bananas/or Potassium Rich Foods: If you’re bloating/puffiness is due to too much salt consumption, consume something that is potassium rich, like avocado, banana, or asparagus. The potassium helps regulate the fluid balance in the body, helping to counteract the excessive salt consumption 

Sip Peppermint or Ginger Tea: If your bloating is due to gas, try sipping on peppermint or ginger tea. Both help relax the digestive tract and sooth inflammation, helping to flatten your tummy. While you can find both of these in tea bags, it’s better to pour hot water either over fresh peppermint leaves or slices of ginger. 

Chew on Fennel Seeds: Fennel seeds relax GI spasms, which allows gas to pass and relieve bloating. You can also pour hot water over them to make a fennel seed tea. 

How to de-bloat in a day

Here, is a day of flat-belly meals and snacks made from ingredients that you can easily find in your local food store.

Breakfast: 
2 hard-boiled eggs and 1 cup of berries 

Morning Snack:
1/3 cup raw, unsalted nuts and 1 clementine

Lunch:
2 cups salad greens with 1/2 diced cucumber, 10 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/2 an avocado, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds, and a squeeze of lemon and vinegar

Afternoon snack:
2% greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon

Dinner:
5 oz. grilled salmon, spinach sauteed in 1 tsp. olive oil and garlic, and roasted fennel and root vegetables

 

Source: Maria Marlowe

The Super Elixir

It is well-known that 50-year-old Elle Macpherson isn’t just a pretty face. She’s a business mogul, and she has her hands full with her company WelleCo and its latest coveted product – The Super Elixir. 

You have one of the most-envied bodies in the world, even at the age of 50. How do you keep in shape?

I try to live an active wholesome life and I keep things simple. After dropping my boys at school, I might go paddle boarding, running or swimming. On holidays, I sometimes swim laps with my stepdaughters, run with them on the beach or play tennis. Sport is important to us all as it releases endorphins and keeps our bodies strong. I prefer sport to “working out” because I find it fun and I mix it up –everyday something different. I Just try to move my body for 45 minutes a day, doing something I enjoy.

 

Is there a “magic” routine you swear by?

I swear by my daily alkalising greens supplement, The Super Elixir –it’s key for wellbeing at any age– an alkaline diet with a nutritious green supplement. It’s a simple all-in-one, formulated by an expert to have everything we need in it to maintain pH balance and good health. I have plenty of energy, my digestion, skin, hair and nails are good, my mood is good. Then there are the obvious things, such as hydrating with water, eating organic locally sourced and seasonal produce when possible, and making sure I have three square meals a day.
 

Do you believe that beauty comes from within?

I believe in beauty from the inside out. Start with good nutrition and the rest will follow. 2 teaspoons of The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens in the morning to help promote an alkaline system and nourish the cells for optimum wellness. This combined with as much sleep as you can, at least 7 hours for me, 3 liters of water, and move your body for at least 45 mins a day –do anything, walk the dog leave your car and all to work or if you like, go to the gym. Just make it something you enjoy as you’re more likely to keep it up.

 
How does Super Elixir help you achieve health and beauty?

Dr. Laubscher formulated a simple all-in-one supplement with highly absorbable nutrients to help the body stay alkaline. Our modern lifestyle can upset the body’s healthy pH balance with many of us being too acidic, causing many health issues big and small. The carefully sourced and curated ingredients are treated gently and therefore easily absorbed by the cells. All 45 ingredients are derived from natural, organic and whole foods to support all 11 systems of the body (available at welleco.com). If you haven’t tried our Alkalising Greens, give it a go. The improvement to my digestion, energy, mood, immune system, skin are quite amazing!

Elle’s fitness tips

If you really want to lose weight, try running intervals outside. I run for 20 minutes –one minute “on” running as fast as you can and then one minute “off” walking and catching your breath. By the time you’ve done the sixth interval, you won’t be going too fast but it’s a great way to get in shape.   

 

Get bikini ready by scrub, scrub, scrubbing. I use dry brush, wet brush, use scrubs in the shower –I’ll try any kind of scrub. It’s a terrific way to refresh, detoxify and soften the skin.

 

When I’m on holiday, there are two great things I do to keep in shape. I walk in the ocean at thigh-high level so you get all the resistance of the water and you don’t have to strut up and down the beach in your bikini. I also run on the beach barefoot and stop every few minutes and do ten lunges.

 

My best piece of advice is to drink 3 litres of water per day and get at least 7 hours of sleep. If we all did that more often we would feel a lot better.

Interview: Vana Antonopoulou

the CODE | November 2015

The Master of Detox

Gwyneth Paltrow is a follower, and his 21 day Clean Program has been promoted by celebrities as well as everyday people as a safe way to detox, attain mental clarity and drop a few pounds. Dr Alejandro Junger explains his philosophy, what makes our bodies toxic, and reveals how to improve our health through the power of cleansing.

Exclusive Interview: Vana Antonopoulou

Dr Junger, are detoxes good for you or are they just a beauty fad?
The practice of cleansing for improved health has been around for thousands of years. From the 5,000 year old Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal systems to Native American and South American purification rituals, cleansing has been with us for a long time.
In the United States, cleansing has really come of age in the last 15 years because of our increased awareness of the toxins around us. Since World War II, over 80,000 new chemicals have been created. The more we learn about the damaging effects of toxins on the human body, the more we’ll look to cleansing programs that will aid our overloaded detox organs.
Today cleansing is not a fad, but one of the most powerful health tools available.

What is the Clean Program and how can it help improve one’s health and wellbeing?
The 21-day Clean Program is the result of years of research in my medical practice. After mastering the principles of cleansing and detoxification based on Functional Medicine, I designed this program for my patients to achieve vibrant health. The Clean Program has since become the most powerful tool in my medical toolbox and has helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
The effect is transformative. Typical benefits include improved skin, sleep, digestion, energy, and mental clarity with a reduction in bloating, constipation, headaches, and joint pain. In addition, it helps set you up for clean eating habits and healthy lifestyle changes.
The Clean Program provides the nutrients, especially protein, and calories to detoxify while living a busy lifestyle. The Clean Program is not a juice cleanse, Master Cleanse, or a calorie restriction program. It works by removing items that may be causing issues (processed foods, toxic products), adding in clean nutrient dense food and shakes, and using supportive supplements.

Who should do the cleanse? Would you discourage certain people from doing it and why?
Today, we are exposed to more toxic chemicals than ever before. Toxins are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. They’re inside our cosmetics and body care products, in our paints and carpets, even our mattresses and clothing. One toxic chemical alone may not be a problem, but when the cocktail of thousands of toxic substances enters our body, it can, almost silently, begin to wreak havoc on our health. This cocktail of toxins has the power to cause dysfunction, damage, disease, and premature aging.

Toxic buildup in our bodies can cause skin issues, digestive problems, fatigue, brain fog, constipation and more. Almost every symptom we experience today can be connected back to the ability of our body to detoxify. We are all dealing with the effects of this increase in toxic load to different degrees. Commonplace complaints such as headaches, bowel irregularities, allergies, weight problems, depression, anxiety, and pain are largely caused by failing detox systems. Looking older, feeling more tired, and losing the radiant luster of health are also directly related to this overburdened and toxic state. Yet much of these health challenges can be improved, sometimes even completely cleared when we pay attention to cleansing and detoxification.

Nearly everyone who lives a modern life, eats a modern diet, and inhabits the modern world is a candidate for a balanced and appropriate cleanse. Of course, there are some people who are not a good fit to do the Clean Program, but they can just follow the Clean Diet. You should avoid detoxing if: you are pregnant or nursing, are under the age of 18, have active cancer, have liver disease, hepatitis, have Type 1 diabetes, are on medication for bipolar disorder, have adrenal fatigue.

What are the cornerstones of the Clean Program, and how does it translate into an everyday diet?
The Clean Program gets you back to eating whole, unprocessed foods. After you finish the 21 days, you will be more likely to continue eating these types of foods or at least be aware of them. Also, you’ll be able to incorporate the tools of the Clean Program (e.g. the use of shakes, the 12 hour window, supportive supplements) into your daily life.

Are there any special foods (or superfoods for that matter) or products one could incorporate into their everyday diet, that would help keep them healthy all year long?
No. This is mostly marketing hype. The full range of whole unprocessed foods are available to be incorporated into our life. Each whole food has its own benefits and drawbacks. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Eat as wide variety of colors as possible, especially the blue-purple family (berries, purple potatoes, etc.)
2. Pay attention to how you feel when you consume gluten and dairy. While these are whole foods, they often create problems for many of my patients.
3. Some supplements are useful today. Include a probiotic, multivitamin, Vitamin D3 into your diet.

What is the best season to do a detox?
The best time to do a program is when you are not traveling and are relatively settled for the 21 days. Spring, summer, and fall tend to be easier than winter because of the warmer weather. In the end, any time you will actually do it, is the best time.

 For more info visit: www.cleanprogram.com

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Dukan you can!

Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez and François Hollande are, among many others, followers of the Dukan diet; a weight loss method born in France by Dr Pierre Dukan, that counts more than 20,000,000 supporters all over the world.

By: Vana Antonopoulou

“I didn’t simply wake up one day and create a weight loss programme. On the contrary, the Dukan diet is the result of years of trial and error, and of precious feedback from my clients. That is why it actually works,” proclaims Dr Pierre Dukan, the French brains behind one of the most popular diets of all times. But, what exactly is the secret to his success? 

DUKAN

The Dukan diet consists of four phases, the first sort of kick-starting the metabolism. How is that possible?

During the first four to five days of phase one, aka the attack phase, you consume protein-rich foods alone –meat, fish, seafood, chicken, eggs, tofu, low-fat dairy– and lots of water. In this particular phase, we do not eat sugar, nor carbohydrates, and consume very little fat. So, what happens is that proteins, which are hard to digest –to absorb 100 calories in protein, the body must spend 32 calories, whereas for other foods it uses around 10 or 12 calories– force the body to work hard to assimilate them. At the same time, the slow digestion rate increases the sense of feeling satiated, while proteins work as a natural diuretic, battling water retention.
A protein-rich diet has many advantages, considering that you lose not only fat, but water, as well. And this is particularly important when you step on the scales –it instantly shows you lost some weight. Therefore, it gives you a motive to go on, to keep up with the effort. 


Which do you think is the most important phase?

I believe the most important phase is the third one, the stabilization phase. It starts after you have lost the desired weight and marks the beginning of an effort to permanently drop the extra pounds. The duration of this phase is calculated according to the weight you have already lost. You should calculate 10 days for every pound. For example, if you lost 2 pounds, the third phase will last 20 days, if you lost 5 pounds, 50 days, and so on.
Although it is not an easy phase to follow, since most diet failures occur after someone has lost the pounds, it is indeed the most critical one. Psychologically speaking, losing the weight for good is very uplifting.

 

If someone wanted to lose just 1, 2 or even 3 pounds, could they skip a phase?

Not really. No one should omit a stage. However, having to lose 2-3 pounds could mean you ought to follow a more compressed programme: to dedicate one day to the first phase and another one to the second. At the same time, you should do some gentle exercise, such as walk for 20 minutes every day.

 
What is the difference between Dukan and the other diets –Atkins for example?

Diets are divided into two categories: those that count calories (hypocaloric), and “special” diets (low-carb, low-fat, detox, etc.). The Dukan programme belongs to the second category and argues that the enemy is sugar.

Since you mentioned Atkins, it does allow free protein consumption, but it also allows the consumption of fat, which is harmful to the heart. Furthermore, Atkins does not attach particular importance to physical activity, and it does not have a stabilization phase –its role ends once you lose the pounds. You see the Atkins diet was created in the 1970s and has a somewhat out-dated logic. On the contrary, the Dukan method ascribes great importance to light exercise (walking 20 minutes per day) and of course the stabilization phase –otherwise you won’t be able to drop all those extra pounds for good. 


Do you think Dukan is an easy diet to follow?

I think it is quite easy, mainly because it is a well-organized programme –it has a specific structure. Moreover, you do not need to constantly count calories, so you can, for example, go to a restaurant and enjoy your meal without stress. With Dukan, you do not feel deprived, so you can follow it more pleasantly. 


You claim Dukan is a “natural” diet. What does that mean exactly?

Processed foods, including frozen meals, crisps and even biscuits, are harmful and have led entire generations to obesity. On the other hand, stressful lifestyle can cause a need for this kind of foods, mainly because they give a sense of “comfort”.

The Dukan diet is based on meat, fish, chicken, and vegetables, natural products that have not undergone any –or at least have minimal– treatment. So, you lose weight without harming your body.

 

The Dukan diet in brief:

The diet is based on a list of over 100 allowed foods, as well as four phases: attack, cruise, consolidation, and stabilization.

The attack phase is designed to enable dieters to rapidly lose 2 to 3 kilos (4.4 to 6.6 lb.) in 2–7 days by kick-starting their metabolism. Dieters are allowed to eat as much as they want of 72 protein-rich foods. The cruise phase is designed to allow dieters to more gradually achieve the weight they aim for by eating protein-rich foods with the addition of 28 specific vegetables. The consolidation phase is designed to help prevent any future massive weight gain. During this phase, fruit, bread, cheese and starchy foods are reintroduced into a normal diet, leaving two celebratory meals a week as directed by the plan. Finally, in the stabilization phase, dieters can essentially eat whatever they want without gaining weight by following a few rules: respecting protein day every Thursday, eating oat bran every day and making a commitment to «take the stairs». According to Dukan, dieters should follow this last phase for the rest of their life to avoid regaining weight.

DUKAN DIET

For more information, visit the official Dukan Diet sites: www.regimedukan.com and www.dukandiet.co.uk

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COLOUR PERFECT

Nothing says spring better than bright, happy hues. And you don’t even need much to change your mood. Here’s how to bring the colours back into your home.

Colour Perfect

Paint a wall and bring a bright and spring tone into your personal space.
Transform your sofas with some help from 
colourful throws.
Place around the rooms decorative cushions in spring, bold colours.
Put together scented candles in various sizes to create an interesting setting.
A chic adhesive print instead of a wallpaper on the wall can be a pleasant suprise.
Create a decorative setting in your living room, your bedroom or even your bathroom, using beauty products such as perfumes, body lotions, hand creams or scented soaps. 
 
Don’t forget: spring is the best season to renew your body, your mind and your home.

theCODE Magazine | Issue No.2 April 2013 (Archive)
Words: Vana Antonopoulou

Black Swan

BLACK SWAN

“Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it”, Salvador Dali once said. Yet, the film director Darren Aronofsky, has much approached it with the bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic “Black Swan”.

The film has nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, while Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress for her incomparable, breathtaking interpretation.

Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is completely consumed with dance. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

BLACK SWAN

Source: the CODE (archive) | Issue 01 – February 2013