Julie’s Kitchen: Introducing the Food Collage

Here at Audrey, we’ve seen all sorts of art mediums. We’ve seen a Jackie Chan portrait made entirely of chopsticks, cultural art made from make up, and even stop-motion art using a tissue. Well Julie Lee is here to add her name to this list of creative artists.

Lee is the mastermind behind popular blog, Julie’s Kitchen. Her form of art? Food collages. Lee defies all parents who have told their children not to play with their food and the results are beautiful. Using goods from the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market, Lee creates captivating photography.

“My food collages on Instagram started out as a way to showcase seasonal and local offerings from neighborhood farmers markets,” Lee writes on her website. “It’s evolved into an ongoing project in the study of plant design, exploration of color theory, and pure, unadulterated food-love. Let’s be real– I like to play with my food. Thanks for letting me nerd out.”

The julieskitchen instagram account has nearly 60,000 followers and for good reason. Her photos are both beautiful and delicious. Check them out below.

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The Adorable Ye-bin is Back!

Do you remember this adorable little face? We’ll give you a hint. She isn’t afraid of strangers.

Yes, this is little Ye-bin. This cutie became a viral sensation when her video “Mom Tries to Teach Adorable Girl Life Lesson” hit YouTube and gathered nearly 9 million views. During the video, Ye-bin’s mother tries to teach her about strangers and being safe, but we get the feeling Ye-bin is so friendly that she would accept all sorts of sweets from strangers.

This time around, Ye-bin’s mother is trying to teach her how to say the phrase “I am scared.” Simple enough right? As it turns out, even the most simple of tasks becomes adorable with this little girl.

Throughout the video, Ye-bin struggles with the pronunciation of the phrase, but she isn’t bothered. In fact, she’s giggling the entire time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a child say “I’m scared” with such a cuteness.

The video was only uploaded yesterday, but it has already gathered over 30,000 views. Check it out below.

 

 

Wong Fu Demonstrates “The Silent Treatment”

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Wong Fu Productions, it’s that they’re great at calling us out on our habits.

One Wong Fu short made us think about “accidental racism” and had us reevaluate the difference between our interpretation of racism versus curiosity. Another video had us look at our habit of judging “creepy guys” from “romantic guys.” Another short even poked fun at our habits during dates.

This next Wong Fu short is just as funny and just as relatable. It highlights something we can all laugh about: the silent treatment.

Don’t try and deny it. You may say you’re great with communication. You may even say you never play games in relationships, but at one point or another, you’ve certainly given or received the silent treatment.

During a session of “Who can stay mad the longest?” with your significant other, have you ever thought about what he/she was thinking? Check out the hilarious video below and tell us if you can relate.

 

 

Make Your Own Face Cleanser With Rice Water

It’s a well known fact that rice has always been a major part of Asian cuisine and Asian culture. A much less known fact is that our ancestors utilized rice in ways outside of consumption. For instance, rice water has been used as a face cleanser for years and years.

While you may not think to use rice on your face, there are actually a number of benefits. Rice water contains vitamins such as B1, E C. The minerals in the water can help can shrink pores and tighten, brighten, and soften skin. Most importantly, rice water is perfect for sensitive skin– it is one of the most gentle cleansing agents.

The best part about all this is that rice water is one of the most simple cleansers to make. Just follow these short steps to make your own cleanser at home:

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1) Rinse a cup of rice to get rid of dirt. Just run in through the water the same way you would clean rice before cooking it.

2) Once cleaned, place the rice in a bowl and pour more water over it. 

3) Let the bowl of rice and water sit for 15 minutes. This will allow the vitamins and minerals to transfer into the water.

4) Drain/ separate the rice from the water. That’s all there is to making it! You now have the natural cleanser. 

5) Gently massage the rice water on to your skin and you will feel it tighten and soften. 

 

 

 

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Zoo Discovers A Way To Cheer This Panda Up

Did you think only humans go through depression? Well Sijia is here to prove you otherwise. Sijia is a giant panda bear who lives in China’s Yunnan Safari Park and, you guessed it, she was depressed.

Sijia began showing signs of abnormal activity and depression after being separated from her panda friend, Meixi, who was sent to a zoo in Sichuan. The two had lived together since 2008 and Meixi’s departure clearly left Sijia lonely. Determined to lift her spirits, the staff at Yunnan Safari Park decided to add some joy into the panda’s habitat.

They built Sijia her very own amusement park.

The amusement park contained everything the panda needed to get her mind off of her missing friend. A wooden playground was built with all sorts of bars and swings. To keep Sijia company, the staff placed a life-size, fake panda into the habitat. The fake panda certainly doesn’t replace Meixi, but it helps with the loneliness.

Additionally, a plasma television was added into the enclosure. Don’t worry, the zoo didn’t expect Sijia to be caught up on all the latest shows. They simply felt that the panda would feel less lonely if she watched other pandas on the screen.

Sure enough, the amusement park appears to be working. Sijia is no longer moping around and is more cheerful– especially when she’s playing in her playground.

 

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Sailor Moon Characters Re-imagined as The Avengers

Yesterday, we showed you what happens when an artist re-imagines some of the most beloved Disney characters in the opposite gender. Today, we have yet another artist blowing us away with creativity.

An artist known as Jei Shepard caught our attention for this impressive artwork. Not much is known about this artist. In fact, all we know is a list of interests on Jei Shepard’s tumblr which include Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men, Batman, Supergirl, Mass Effect, Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, Final Fantasy, BBC Sherlock, Grimm and Agents of SHIELD.

Luckily for us, Jei Shepard decided to take two of those interests for a crossover: Sailor Moon and the Avengers. The result is better than anyone could have expected.

Even though these girls aren’t actually Marvel superheros, they certainly look good in the outfits. Check it out below and be sure to support Jei Shepard’s art here.

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Controversy in India: Politician Believes Women Who Have Premarital Sex Should Be Hanged

The infamous New Delhi Gang Rape of 2012 horrified the world. Since then, India has put forth a number efforts to create strict measures against rape. Unfortunately, incidents of rape continue despite these efforts.

Earlier this year, a 20-year-old woman was gang raped by 13 men in her rural village in eastern India as punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different community. Last year, ten men were arrested for gang raping a 21-year-old woman. Even more shocking, a 7-year-old girl was raped inside a state-run school in the Indian capital.

Many netizens are now pointing a finger to politicians who appear to be making matters worse.

Abu Azmi, of India’s Socialist Party, recently claimed that women who engage in premarital sex should be sentenced to death. If this isn’t jarring enough, he claimed that women should receive this sentence even if they were raped.

“If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam,” Azmi said. “The solution is this: Any woman, whether married or unmarried, who goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”

As expected, thousand of people reacted in anger. Over 11,000 Twitter comments were made against Azmi’s statement. In fact, even Azmi’s daughter-in-law spoke out. Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia tweeted, “if wot im reading about my father in laws statements r true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed n ashamed…(sic).”

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Since making the statement, Azmi has tried to clarify his words. “I never said that the girl who is raped should be punished. I said rapist should be punished and girl is a victim. I said that all of us should show solidarity with the girl,” Mr Azmi said in Mumbai. “I will never make such statement, only a mad person will say such things,” he added.

Unfortunately, the public is not buying it. Azmi joins a list of politicians who have received heat for their inappropriate comments concerning rape.

Late last year, Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha faced public outrage because of his inappropriate comment. Sinha compared gambling and rape by stating,”If you can’t enforce it, it is like you can’t prevent rape, enjoy it.”

Months later, female politician Asha Mirje claimed that rape occurs when women act and dress inappropriately. She stated that women needed to be more mindful of whether or not they were “inviting” sexual assault.

All these politicians have tried to retract their statement after public outrage. As you can expect, their apologies have not been accepted.

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Get This Look: Spring Skirts & Dresses For Short Girls

As a petite woman myself, I can empathize with all the other short girls out there who often find themselves having a difficult time with clothes.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed out of an outfit because I felt like it shrunk me and don’t get me started on maxi dresses. I’m still hopelessly searching for one that doesn’t sink to the ground.

Thankfully, there are some petite girls who have mastered the art of choosing clothes that compliment a small frame. Luckily for us, some of these girls don’t mind sharing their knowledge.

One of our favorite fashion bloggers, Jean, is the author of Extra Petite. Just under 5 feet, Jean can relate to the various short girl struggles and has found many ways to counter them. Her blog is described as “a fashion blog that provides styling ideas and shopping information with a focus on professional attire. This blog also aims to share suggestions and solutions for those who may be shorter than the average woman, yet still want to look stylish and feel confident.”

Now that spring is here and the sun is making its way out, we’re itching to wear skirts and dresses. So which ones match our frame? Check out these spring looks from Extra Petite.

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Talented Artist Gender-Bends Disney Characters

Not much is known about the Canada-based artist Sakimi Chan, but one thing is certain: this is one talented artist.

Although Sakimi Chan’s Facebook was only created in January 2014, it has already gathered 124,000 likes and for good reason! According to the Facebook description, Sakimi Chan loves to “draw fantasy, sci-fi and gender bending.”

It seemed only a matter of time that the digital artist took on beloved Disney characters. Sakimi Chan recently gained viral attention for her gender-bending of Ariel, Belle, Pocahontas and various other characters we grew up with.

Check them out below and be sure to support Sakimi Chan’s work through these sites:
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First Asian American to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

There’s a saying about the Asian American community. Whether or not this actually holds true for you, you’ve probably heard the stereotype that Asians Americans are expected to excel in the medical, law and engineering field.

While we obviously have a lot of respect for those fields, what about the Asian Americans who specialize in art, literature or film? Here at Audrey, we think it’s important to highlight the achievements of Asian Americans in fields outside of medicine or law. Believe it or not, we actually are interested in other things.

A perfect example is Vijay Seshadri who has become the first Asian American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry yesterday for his book 3 Sections. The book is said to be “a “compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.”

India-born Seshadri moved to the United States at the age of five. He holds an A.B. degree from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University where he was a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature.

When asked about what the Pulitzer Prize means to him, Seshardi responded, “The Pulitzer is tremendous honor, but it somehow seems to me to have to do not with my past but my future, which is of course something I have to discover.”

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Purchase your copy of 3 Sections here.

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