Fashion and Beauty – Both in the Eyes of the Beholder?

What goes on every woman’s mind these days is how to look beautiful and fashionable. They share the same feeling with every designer who thinks of new creations that will be in fashion. But what makes fashion interesting is the fact that beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder. Is this a valid statement? Let’s see.

As soon as man learned to love beauty, fashion has come to picture in the society. It has gained its position so rapidly and consistently. Time evolves with fashion and beauty. Fashion goes along with history. You can distinguish the time of historic events through the fashion statement of its character. Apart from the era, you can also tell which society you are pertaining to through its fashion. You can easily tell if its from the western part of the world or the eastern. Indeed, fashion has made its mark in history.

Nowadays, fashion has been tied up with beauty. It is almost a fact that anything that is in fashion can be considered beautiful. Everyone wants to express their personality and feelings through fashion. Fashion statement is the way a person goes with the flow of the society and a form of self expression. It sometimes dictate how somebody can be beautiful to others. Our fashion statement also signifies our origin. Every country has a distinct style in fashion.

They say that fashion is for the exclusive for the elite. Well, if you will look into the famous fashion icons, their patrons are those in the upper class of the society. Apart from the capability to spend a lot of money, they are the best person to go along with the rapid changes of fashion sense even outside their country.

Without the fancy fashion statement, one can portray beauty by sufficing the perception of other people. What people think of us plays an important role as far as fashion is concerned. Beauty begins from within. Optimism and confidence will surely makes us beautiful. The moment we feel these positive feelings of beauty, we can be ready to be fashionable. There goes to show that no matter what a confident person wear as long as he or she is able to stand in the crowd with grace, fashion statement will never be questioned.

If money is an issue; you can’t afford the fancy fashionable outfit then start beautifying yourself. You can start with your hair. It is believed to be man’s crowning glory. Indeed it is! Imagine wearing the most expensive top of the line apparel without combing and washing your hair; that would not make you fashionable since your untidiness will prevail. On the contrary, even if you are wearing a simple dress, if your crowning glory gives the glow then you can outsmart the fashion icons. beauty and fashion when combined together may prove the real meaning of being the best in both fields. It starts with a simple touch of confidence then ends with unimaginable amusement from the crowd.

As winter is approaching it's time to start enjoying some hearty soups and stews. For the most part they are simple to make and most of the cooking can be done without too much of your attention.

As most soups use a variety of vegetables in the base and often meat, they are usually nutrient dense and filling.

They are also perfect for freezing and having on hand when you need them.

There is something warming about having a pot of soup simmering on the stove on a cold day.

These are my tips for making stews and soups this winter.

1. Sweat the vegetables

Most soups have a base of aromatic vegetables such as carrots, onions, garlic and celery.

Sweating these vegetables out on a medium heat with butter or oil will release aromats and create a base of flavour for your soup.

2. Stock

Using a home made or good quality fresh stock is always going to give you a better quality soup than using stock cubes or flavour enhancers.

If you don't have the time or inclination to make your own stock then there are some good quality stocks available form specialty food stores.

Also consider carefully which stock you use for which dish. It is better to use chicken or vegetable stock for light soups and darker stocks such as beef for heartier soups and stews.

3. Seasoning

Season your ingredients moderately as you go along. This will enhance the flavours of the individual ingredients without making the soup salty.

Use sea salt flakes instead of table salt for a better flavour.

Once the soup is cooked out adjust the seasoning as necessary. Taste the soup add a little salt at a time until the full depth of the ingredients can be tasted.

Such a simple step but so often the difference between flavour-some soups and bland ones.

4. Consider Texture

Different elements of your dish will need to be cooked differently to produce the desired texture. A carrot for example takes a lot longer to cook than a pea.

Texture comes down to selecting the right ingredients and adding them to the dish at the right time so they are all cooked through at the same time.

Consider from the start if you want a smooth blended soup or one with lots of body and different components.

Add green and leafy veg such as spinach right at the end to avoid it becoming over-cooked.

Croutons, cheeses, crackers, nuts, bean shoots or even pork rinds can be used to add texture and flavour.

5. Cut to size

Pay attention to the size you are cutting your vegetables and meat. Too big and it may be difficult to eat or take a long time to cook while other components over cook. Too small and it may break down completely.