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To Catch a Thief in Casablanca

We arrived in Morocco a bit tired, yet curious and excited to experience everything the country had to offer. I greeted the group with the pronouncement that our adventure had now officially begun. Of course, I had no idea how ominous my words would be… Well, let me back up for just a moment… I am a travel coordinator for a firm based out of Sofia. As someone who travels a lot with large groups, I am always a bit antsy before a trip. I tend to sit and fret about all the things that could go wrong, and plan…

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A Study In Emerald: Sherlock Holmes With a Sprinkle of Cthulhu

The mystery fans among us have likely already noticed the resemblance this short story’s title bears with
one of the genre’s most beloved classics, A Study in Scarlet. A Study in Emerald is Gaiman’s pastiche of the
work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes. Gaiman takes the characters
we all know and love, and he does what he does best: baffle the reader.

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The documentary genre is often overlooked, a shame given that there are so many beautiful and informative stories told in the documentary format. Recently Amanda LaFevers caught up with some films (and filmmakers) at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It turned out to be a rip-roaring event all around. The 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the oldest documentary film festival in the country, took place in historic downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Documentary fans flock to Hot Springs from surrounding cities and states every year to experience new documentaries and meet the amazing filmmakers behind these…

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The Rise of Women in Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away an adventure that would go on to inspire generations was born. The original Star Wars movies boasted great male protagonists and antagonists. While the past film and television adaptations included an assortment of intriguing female characters, it’s only within the two most recent movies that we’ve seen women take center stage. How have these female characters evolved over time from subplots in a larger story to inspirational powerhouses with stories of their own?  Leia Organa Leia is undoubtedly the most iconic female in the entire Star Wars canon, and perhaps…

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Film & TV

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The documentary genre is often overlooked, a shame given that there are so many beautiful and informative stories told in the documentary format. Recently Amanda LaFevers caught up with some films (and filmmakers) at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It turned out to be a rip-roaring event all around. The 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the oldest documentary film festival in the country, took place in historic downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Documentary fans flock to Hot Springs from surrounding cities and states every year to experience new documentaries and meet the amazing filmmakers behind these…

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Film & TV
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The Rise of Women in Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away an adventure that would go on to inspire generations was born. The original Star Wars movies boasted great male protagonists and antagonists. While the past film and television adaptations included an assortment of intriguing female characters, it’s only within the two most recent movies that we’ve seen women take center stage. How have these female characters evolved over time from subplots in a larger story to inspirational powerhouses with stories of their own?  Leia Organa Leia is undoubtedly the most iconic female in the entire Star Wars canon, and perhaps…

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Guest at the Pub – Ivan Donev

ONE MODERN PHILOSOPHER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION His designs have been worn at the Venice Film Festival, BAFTA, and Film Independent Spirit Awards, to mention a few. Among his clients are singer-songwriter and actress Mýa, TV personality and producer Padma Lakshmi, Grammy Award winner singersongwriter Daya, CSI: Miami’s Sofia Milosz, Miss Italy Giulia Arena, top model Jacqueline Lara, actress and model Lady Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey (daughter of the six marque of Bristol), and many others. These days he designs exclusively for his own haute couture line Ivan DONEV, teaches fashion at several universities, and participates annually in a…

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Falchion Magazine

Fashion design guru Ivan Donev reveals his unique path to international success and enlightenment. Also in this issue: Technology and the quest for immortality Symbolism, original poetry & art, mythology, literature, travel, iconoclasts, and much, much more!

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The Rise of Women in Star Wars

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away an adventure that would go on to inspire generations was born. The original Star Wars movies boasted great male protagonists and antagonists. While the past film and television adaptations included an assortment of intriguing female characters, it’s only within the two most recent movies that we’ve seen women take center stage. How have these female characters evolved over time from subplots in a larger story to inspirational powerhouses with stories of their own?  Leia Organa Leia is undoubtedly the most iconic female in the entire Star Wars canon, and perhaps…

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Guest at the Pub – Ivan Donev

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ONE MODERN PHILOSOPHER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION His designs have been worn at the Venice Film Festival, BAFTA, and Film Independent Spirit Awards, to mention a few. Among his clients are singer-songwriter and actress Mýa, TV personality and producer Padma Lakshmi, Grammy Award winner singersongwriter Daya, CSI: Miami’s Sofia Milosz, Miss Italy Giulia Arena, top model Jacqueline Lara, actress and model Lady Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey (daughter of the six marque of Bristol), and many others. These days he designs exclusively for his own haute couture line Ivan DONEV, teaches fashion at several universities, and participates annually in a…

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The Mythology of Female Archetypes – Samodiva

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Ever wonder how you stack up to  mythological archetypes?  Ever Dreamed of Transforming  yourself? If you haven’t, maybe, just  maybe, you should.  “Learn how to access appealing and engaging new models for yourself in order to gain insight and reveal the inner personas that make you who you are.” Characters in folkloric traditions  and myths were not created in a  vacuum. Rather, they often have  manifestations and correlations in  everyday life, (even though through  the passing of time we often forget  why such tall-tales and traditions get  built-up and promoted in the first  place). Folk traditions and mythology  carry with…

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Un café, s’il vous plaît

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While I was born a little after David Lynch released his cult TV series Twin Peaks, thanks to my older sister I grew up with a distinct regard for the way the show altered the industry and paved the road for masterfully weird television.

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Untamable Wildalone: Brigitte Bardot and the Emancipation of Female Individuality

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She would grow up to be regarded as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” But most importantly she would become the representative of modern-day femininity; the first to break through the many restrictive cultural and societal codes that applied to the women of her day.

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