March 7, 2013 |
Think coffee's just the drug of choice for humans looking to stay alert? Scientists have some eye-opening news for you: Bees get a buzz when they drink nectar laced with a little caffeine, and it supercharges their long-term memory. In laboratory experiments, honeybees were roughly three times as likely to remember a floral scent a day later if the nectar had a minuscule amount of the stimulant than if it was caffeine free. They were also twice as likely to remember a caffeine-laced scent a full three days later.
March 3, 2013 |
The season's crop of floral prints is blooming as fresh and varied as a field of spring wildflowers. At Marni, Consuelo Castiglioni's collision of checks and chrysanthemum prints on roomy skirts and tops is reminiscent of Scandinavian modern design, while the bold cherry blossoms and daisies on Miuccia Prada's boxy dresses and pants make for a Far East-inspired, 1960s Pop art look. In California, growing conditions are always right for beachy floral sportswear and gear, such as Aviator Nation's hibiscus-print "Surf Safari" sweat shirts, the new Stubbs & Wootton leafy-print, rope-sole espadrille slippers for Brooks Brothers' Black Fleece offshoot, and the perfect boardwalk ride, Didi Dunphy's skateboard with vinyl zinnia graphics.
February 5, 2013 |
Floral prints are making a big comeback this spring after having been in full bloom on the fall runways back in 2011 at Miu Miu, Givenchy and more. Featuring tropical Hawaiian breeds, orchids or classic daisies, some prints look as if they were plucked straight from the garden. Floral prints and flower embellishments also made their way onto the red carpet. At the recent SAG Awards, Julianne Moore wore a white Chanel haute couture gown with black flowers, Nicole Kidman choose a Vivienne Westwood gown with black-and-navy blue floral embroidery and Ellie Kemper donned a sea-foam green Reem Acra dress also with floral embroidery.
August 15, 2012 |
Jordana Brewster is one of those actresses who seems to be photographed everywhere. Whether it's a premiere, luncheon or album release party, Brewster makes an appearance looking stylish and camera-ready. When she's not busy on the party circuit, she's lighting up the small screen as Elena Ramos in the TNT remake of the series "Dallas. " Brewster was recently spotted at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She kept her cool despite the heat in a lightweight floral print Max Mara dress.
February 23, 2012 |
Talk about flower power. From February through April, San Francisco and environs, the historic home of hippiedom, busts out in blooms. Here are dates and details for several Bay Area floral displays and festivals: Through Sunday: Tulipmania This annual festival adorns Pier 39 on San Francisco Bay with thousands of tulips and other flowers. Free guided tours step off at 10 a.m. daily from the entrance plaza, followed by free coffee, cookies and other refreshments at Fog Harbor Fish House.
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January 4, 2012
Sweepstakes trophy: Dole, "Preserving Paradise" Grand marshal's, for most creative concept and design: Discover Card, "The Dream Believers" President's, for most effective use and presentation of flowers: Republic of Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy, "Wonderful Indonesia" Lathrop K. Leishman, for most beautiful entry from a non-commercial sponsor: Kaiser Permanente, "Every Body Walk" Director's, ...