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19th century cache of wine resurfaces

With suspicion of collaborating with the Nazis arising, Czech aristocrats hastily flee their castle in the closing of World War II, but first hide their treasures which included a priceless reliquary and an extraordinary stash of 19th-century wines. Four decades later an American would come along and ask the then communist Czechoslovakia to allow him to recover something (on behalf of the family) that had been hidden in the country. The matter would be kept private in exchange for $250,000. But unknown to the American tasked with retrieving the items, the secret police would begin their own search for what had been left behind. Two weeks before the scheduled transaction, police would start their own search. The collection had been hidden under floorboards of a chapel at Becov castle, along with the precious reliquary of St. Maurua, which supposedly had in its contents, part of a finger of St John the Baptist. It is one of the Czech Republic’s two most important historical artifacts, alongside the crown jewels kept at Prague Castle. The police would find the priceless reliquary and the bottles would go unnoticed. 

 

Sitting in the same wooden shelves for decades, the wine would finally draw attention to itself when the chateau took inventory of its furnishings. The collection has different wines from several countries including France and Spain. Early estimates put the value of the collection at €740,000 euros. ($830,000) A rare Chateau d’Yquem 1896, Pedro Ximenez 1899 and Porto 1899 are among the vintage 133-bottle collection. Age aside, the collection is made unique and more valuable due to the circumstances of its discovery. The bottles are due to be recorked in the famous French wine area of Chateau d’Yquem near Bordeaux to extend the lifespan of the wine. The future of the collection is still unclear but the past has given us a vivid reminder of how sweet history can be.

 ritten by Jefe Dubois

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Ralph Lauren X Team USA

The opening ceremony of the Olympics is the one moment when every country gets a chance to give the world a taste of its essence. For some countries athletes wore traditional garbs from their culture. Others wore more modern and colorful outfits. Team USA adorned a chic nautical theme that embodied classic American spirit. For the 5th straight Olympics Team USA was officially outfitted by Ralph Lauren. No U.S. apparel company is more associated with classic American style than Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren has always celebrated American iconography and it has always been present in their style. The uniforms display some of the classic hallmarks of Olympics past: Clean white bottoms, navy blazers, a classic combination of red, white and blue.  As we continue to cheer for Michael Phelps and the fantastic five, let us take a look at Ralph Lauren’s influence over the last five Olympics.  
 

Written by Jefe Dubois

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Portraiture making a come back?


A portrait not only represents a certain individual, but also digs a bit deeper on who the person actually is. 

In ancient Greece and Rome, men and women appeared on sculptures and coins. 

There has been portraits dating back to the beginning of art, around the fifteenth century. Royalty, historical and religious figures were common subjects. 

Now there has seem to have been a resurgence of portraiture, taking a more modern approach, with artists like sunman. 

See more of his work here. 

-Rebecca Kerchak, CEO of FFHE

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MUAs & Hair Artists

There are many MUAs and Hair Artists that do not get the credit they deserve. 

Spending countless hours preparing the models for the show. 

Models walk out in the designers clothes, photographers take pictures, everyone has a good time. 

Not many people know the work and effort that goes on before the show starts. 

True, many photographers do not get enough credit, countless hours in editing,  and designers do not get enough credit, countless hours of designing, however I think we can agree that many forget about the MUAs and hair artists. 

This post is to honor them, all the work you do, is appreciated. 

I know the models appreciate your work and I know the photographers appreciate spending less time in Photoshop. 

Some of the MUAs/Hair Artists that participated in FFHE, I know I am missing a few and I apologize. 

  • Ema Grahovac                                        
  • Pilar Adelle                                                        
  • Hanette Mena                                                    
  • Desiree Storm
  • Trudie Stork:                
  • Savannah Smith
  • Brianah Soffa
  • Claudia Walker
  • Gio Mattia        
  • Rose: www.smashhair.com

Thank you for all that you do. 

-Rebecca Kerchak (Producer/Founder/CEO of Fashion for Humanity Events)

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A shy man behind a camera

 

I was always the party pooper that hated to go to parties. I felt so uncomfortable talking with people I never met before, will probably never see again. More important than that in my mind was that I was not the most interesting person at the party.

Now I have a camera to hide behind. I can go to parties with my camera. Those who know my photographic work are more likely to want me to take their picture. They actually look my direction and graciously thank me for taking their picture. I can almost feel their excitement and anticipation to see the end result. I now feel naked in public without my camera. I go back to my normal shy self and wonder why people won't look my direction. It is sort of funny because many people believe I am an outgoing and gregarious socialite. I guess compared to my nerdy software programmer peers I am.

If you see me with my camera, look my direction and indicate you want your picture taken. If I am with or without a camera, take me out of my comfort zone and carry out a conversation with me.

Thank you Nikon for making me feel more comfortable in public.

Tom

TESPhoto

Thomas Schmuki Photography

Visit Tom's Website: www.thomasschmukiphotography.com

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FASHION FOR HUMANITY EVENTS: Taking Charity Events to a Whole New Level

Model: Somer Helwig, Designer: Fashion Risks

Model: Somer Helwig, Designer: Fashion Risks

Fashion for Humanity Events has been holding events all around Florida for almost 2 years. They had events in Philadelphia, New York, and Miami.

When you would walk into the event and see the designers, models, painters, singers, dancers and all forms of entertainment, you would never expect it was a charity event.

They pick charities to receive the profits based on a lottery system in the categories of Children/Community, Animals and Health. Not only are the events entertaining, 100% of profits go to charity.

It is a win/win situation, people can be inspired, have a good time, be entertained, all while giving back to their community. The beginner and professional models gain experince/confidence, businesses gain business, and charities gain funds.

Rebecca Kerchak, Founder and CEO of FFHE, started the nonprofit because of the negativity she saw in the fashion world and the mistrust in the charity world. Her goal, since she was 5 years old, was to mix fashion and charity together in a way that was exciting, positive and charitable. After seeing a few of her events, I would say she accomplished that goal. 

-LM

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