Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Economic Wasteland That Is The Eurozone

The September unemployment figures for the Eurozone make grim reading, for the Eurozone as whole the unemployment rate hit a record high of 11.6%.

That is a figure that is both shameful and dangerous.

However, dig deeper and it can be seen that Spain and Greece are suffering even more with rates of 25.8% and 25.1% respectively.

To add to the woes of the Greek people Greek finance Minister, Yiannis Stournaras, has submitted the 2013 budget to parliament. If the current policies of austerity, being imposed to assuage the Troika, are maintained/pursued:

-Public debt to GDP will hit 189.1%
-There will be a general government deficit of 5.2%
-There will be an economic contraction of 4.5%

It is clear that with rates of unemployment and debt at these levels democracy will be hard pressed to survive, as people will reach out for any ideology other than Eurozone austerity to save them.

Yet what does the European Commission do?

It asks for a budget increase of 5% to feed its bloated bureaucracy and those that serve it, whilst forcing the people of Greece and other Southern European states into penury.

This is a recipe for revolution.

Week(s) through Instagram 6 ...

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Hello lovely people, it`s time for the Instagram post, you know how i`m addicted to this app!
So shall we start?
1. collages - morning breakfast with Jelena and Milos (snapped by him) ; favorite tee from Bershka; look of the day; beautiful interior of Smokvica; fave bag&boots for this fall; tasteful cake from Smokvica.

2. collages - Elle style awards invitation ( we`re gonna party tonight;)); Belgrade in the morning; look of the day; "he likes me, he likes me not" ; look of the day; grocery shopping.

3. collages - home made cupcakes; morning smile; cute Remake cup for a tee time; irresistible candies; sporty look; girls playground.

4. cake break with Jovana at Bacio

5. collages - Vapiano vespa moment; quick snap before hair&make up; quotes from Zorana`s store; look of the day; early b-day gift; look of the day.

6. favorite photo from the photosoot

7. collages - grocery shopping; at Zorana`s store; yummy chocolate bites; ice cream time; blast from the past (ten years ago); home made rice pudding.

8. collages - my puppy; Amika boxes; from the photoshoot with Marina and Jovana; junk food time; silver shoes from the photoshoot; my make up from the photoshoot.

9. collages - Marina, Jelena , Jelena and I were at Vuk`s 1st b-day and we had so much fun; in the middle of nowhere with my family; my new baby Canon 60d; look of the day.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

UBS Redundancies Smokescreen

Whilst UBS is enveloped by the smokescreen of publicity derived from its mass culling (and handling of that mass culling) of staff today, it seems to have been a "good" day for it to also let the world know that it is under investigation in Singapore, along with other banks, for possible manipulation of Libor and other benchmark rates.

As per Reuters:
"These investigations focus on whether there were improper attempts by UBS (among others), either acting on our own or together with others, to manipulate LIBOR and other benchmark rates at certain times."
 

UBS - U've Been Sacked

UBS may well regret how it has handled informing its staff about their redundancies today.

The FT reports that UBS was one of the most popular trends on twitter, as the blogosphere flooded with comments describing the shock and resentment of staff.

According to the PR bullshit being spouted by UBS the redundancies are a ‘strategic acceleration from position of strength.

Who hires these people, and why are they still in their jobs?

UBS Redundancies Update

Ralph Sinclair has tweeted the follwoing:
"From inside 100 Liverpool Street: "Whole desks are gone and there are people stood outside without access to the building."

UBS Redundancies

It seems that UBS is making some people redundant today and over the next three years (10,000 in total).

Sadly, as per Owen Callan, UBS is using the "old school" method of informing them.

People arrive at work, if their passes don't work they are ushered into a special room where they are told that they are on special leave.

Collide ...

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                                                                                             boots: zara,
                                                                                             jeans: zara,
                                                                                             t-shirt: calliope,
                                                                                             cardigan: new yorker,
                                                                                             scarf: h&m,
                                                                                             cap: primark,
                                                                                             bracelets: stradivarius,
                                                                                             watch: my dad`s,
                                                                                             bag: bershka,
                                                                                             ph. Masa


As i`m getting older, i`m not paying attention to the color coordination anymore. So, i started wearing black&brown, brown&navy, gray&beige and the list never ends ... This outfit is one of them. I paired light gray skinny jeans with beige boots and big chunky cardigan, to achieve cozy but yet stylish look.
Hope you will like it!

Grab your Pinterest and get lost in that perfect world until the sun comes back! ;)
Bye, bye!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Greece Riskier Than Syria

The Washington Post reports that an annual survey of finance directors by BDO has found that Greece is considered a riskier place to invest and set up business in than Syria.

Only Iran and Iraq are considered more risky than Greece.

Behind the scene ...

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Last Friday, you saw the final result of our photoshoot, and today, you have a chance to see a "making of" which i prefer more! ;)
Enjoy in photos, and ...
Happy Monday!

p.s. once again thank you note goes to: Andreja, Srdjan, Ana and to Cosmo team for making this! ;)
p.p.s. girls from the photos: Marina, Jovana, Andjela, Jovana, click, click, click! :)


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Olives ...

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                                                                                               boots: mango,
                                                                                               jeans: bershka,
                                                                                               sweatshirt: new yorker,
                                                                                               jacket: thanks to choies (here),
                                                                                               bag: bershka,
                                                                                               watch: ice watch,
                                                                                               bracelets: thanks to milk&honey,
                                                                                               ph. Masa

Well, i have some great news to share, can you guess what is all about? After so many months of exploring the market, reading the reviews, watching the videos i made a choice and purchase the new camera, my very first dSLR and here are the results of today`s tryout! Can you notice the big change?:)
I was wearing a new jacket, which i got thanks to Choies.com and this studded bag which i stole from my sister (oops ;)) and i really liked the final look.
You will excuse me for having these huge eye bags, last couple days i was more than busy, lack of sleep, and online work were just helping me too boost them even more! ;) If you have any advice on how to reduce them, drop a line!

p.s. the video of how i`m curling my hair is available again, you can check it Here! ;)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Greece Fails To Meet Targets

Unsurprisingly Greece is failing to meet its debt targets.

Reuters reports:
"Greek debt will be above the target of 120 percent of GDP in 2020, a preliminary report by the IMF showed on Thursday, and Athens will need more reforms before emergency credit from international lenders can start flowing again."
What now then?

Exit or political fudge?

Cynthia Carroll To Leave Anglo American

Anglo American, the mining giant, has announced that Cynthia Carroll will step down as chief executive after six years at the helm, once a replacement has been found.

She has come under increasing pressure from investors over Anglo's deteriorating share price and the company's industrial relations at its platinum operations in South Africa. Earlier this year shareholders asked the chairman to look for a new chief executive. 

Featured in Cosmopolitan ...

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                                                                                            ph. Andreja Damnjanovic
                                                                                            hair&makeup: Srdjan Petkovic

As i promised you in one of my previous posts here is the official photo from our photoshoot. I can finally reveal that we were posing for the Cosmpolitan magazine, November issue. Our photographer Andreja, but also a hair&makeup artist Srdjan, made that Jovana, Andjela, Marina, Jovana and I look like a true stars on that day! ;)
Hope you will like it!

And now some good news for the Serbian readers about Belgrade Fashion Week ...

Jedan od glavnih sponzora ovogodisnjeg Belgrade Fashion Week-a Sommersby poklanja vam karte za naredne revije:

Dragana Ognjenović : 27.10.2012. - 18h                                   (2x2)
Mladi dizajneri: 27.10.2012. - 22h                                             (3x2)
Ugg Australia: 28.10.2012. - 20h                                               (3x2)
PWL by Boško Jakovljević: 28.10.2012. - 21h                          (3x2)
Bata Spasojević: 28.10.2012. - 22h                                           (3x2)

Ukoliko ste zainteresovani, naglasite u komentaru, ostavite ime i prezime a mojim odgovorom na vaš komentar ćete dobiti potvrdu da ste ih upravo vi osvojili. Dobitnici će moći da podignu karte na adresi: Hilandarska 14 .

 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Beachy waves with Amika: ... ( + video) ...

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Couple weeks ago Marina and I were invited by Amika: Serbia to test two products that we like and after that to keep the one that we like more. During this period, i didn`t have a lot of time for that because of my cold, but last couple days i give my best to tested it in a right way. I was ironing&curling my hair all day long! ;) And at the end, my choice is Amika: 25mm tourmaline curler, because i needed this size so i can have a complete collection of stylers! ;)
Both products are super great, and it was only a matter of my personal style and what i wanna do often with the hair.
The testimonial of Amika styler you can read on Marina`s blog, so i will talk about the curler.
It is a clip free tourmaline barrel that easily creates silky and smooth curls. Depending on what style you wanna achieve, tight curls or loos beachy waves (as i did) you will use thick or thin clean sections of your hair and gently wrap around. Drop it down after a couple of seconds, give it a little shake and that`s pretty much it! Tourmaline is a natural source of negative ions and far infrared heat, it provides gentler and faster styling without damaging your hair. It comes with a glove (you want burn your fingers anymore ;)) in different sizes, colors and patterns so you can pick your favorite.
Lot`s of you have been asking me about hair tutorial, and here it is finally. Short video for those who are not sure how to do it. Hope you will like it!
For foreign readers you can find information Here.
For Serbian readers, Here is the link with all information for you. You can also get a 20% discount for Amika products Here , it`s really a worth of your money!

p.s. huge thanks to Marina for recording this video, our blogger girls which were with us that night, and also a huge thanks to Milena for giving us her atelier for filming it! I will post photos from that night soon, so you can see what we were doing beside styling our hairs! ;)

p.p.s. sorry if my hair looks a little bit greasy, it`s because of the wind and i didn`t have any cap that day!Give me your thoughts!



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pensioners To Work For Pensions

In an admission as to how parlous the finances of the UK are, especially wrt funding pensions, Lord Bichard a former benefits chief has suggested that retired people should be encouraged to do community work such as caring for the "very old" or face losing some of their pension.

He is right to prompt a discussion about how pensions can be funded. However, I am not so sure that this is a viable solution.

Aside from the obvious political difficulties of "selling" it to the public, a good many fit retired people play an active role in their local communities already. As such, it is unlikely that even if this idea ever came to fruition it would achieve any measurable financial benefits.

Legs Kicked From Under Property Market

New rules to be announced tomorrow by the FSA wrt conditions on which mortgages can be granted will kick the legs out from under the struggling property market and, by definition (since the British economy is underpinned by the property market), the economy.

The new rules will make it much harder for the following to take out a mortgage:

- those over 50
- the self employed
- those wishing to use an interest only mortgage

Thus, at a stroke, the tenuous recovery that might be occurring within the economy has been stymied.

Yea she's a triflin' friend indeed ...

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                                                                                            shoes: mango,
                                                                                            jeans: zara,
                                                                                            t-shirt: calliope,
                                                                                            blazer: thanks to Sheinside (here),
                                                                                            scarf: pashmina,
                                                                                            bag: thanks to Oasap (here),
                                                                                            watch: michael kors,
                                                                                            sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                            ph. Masa

During the weekend, sun was still shinning even it`s the end of October, so i wanted to use this opportunity and wear something that reminds of summer. There is no better way to do that than wearing a stripped shirt with red but this time with black pashmina scarf and simple heels.
Tell me, do you like it? :)


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