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Lilly magazine issue no. 1


Table of Contents 4 Preppin Out 7 Summer Picks 9 A Day In Paris 17 In the Closet of Lisa 20 The Many Uses of Watermelon 23 Summer Pulchritude Tips 25 Shoreline Packing


27 Shoreline Legs 29 Picnicking 31 Picnic Recipes 37 Summertime Smoothies 40 Pimp my Keychain 42 Happiness Leads to Success


About Us : Creator and editor and chief of Lilly Magazine has a passion for many things. Anna blogs-Life In Magazines-and enjoys reading books about Economics. Currently, she is trying to decide on a college and is planning to have fun her senior year of high school!

"Hi, My name is Harija Ravitharan and I am the founder of My Lyfe ; My Story ( Hope you all you enjoyed reading my "Inspirational" and "In The Closet with Lisa" articles. To read more articles written by me, check out my blog which include my thoughts, ideas and obsession to the world. =)" Also, I included a photo of my from my blog. Once again, thank you so much for this opportunity Anna, and can't wait to see the final product. Plus, I am eager to send you my next article for issue two (back to school themed) Take Care and have a lovely week.


PREPPIN’ OUT By Thea Elder

The amazing thing about this trend coming back in the 21st century is that so much more fun can be packed into a simple dress. Instead of drab, drape-like patterns, the variation of the high neck and A-line, Full or Pleated skirt or dress has started to be seen in rich, vibrant textures and patterns. There is even the incorporation of different materials, so now your favourite dress may have studded, sequined or even mesh embellishments that really add to the modern take on a 50’s classic. How to Wear: My suggestion for the perfectly sophisticated and sleek look would be

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Preppy fashion is back, and oh how delightful it is! It seems as though the original 50’s styles dresses and skirts are all the rage and with online stores such as Topshop, Princess Polly (Brisbane based), Nasty Gal and Market HQ, it is easier than ever (and in some cases, cheaper) to fit the current trend.


to either pair a full mini skirt with a collared T-shirt and simple loafers or match a floral A-line dress with a chunky metallic belt and some chunky shadow platforms (found on Nasty Gal). Just one last word on this look is that it is completely versatile, it doesn’t matter whether it is Summer or Winter where you live, preppy fashion can be mixed to match your season and personal style. So make the most of it, and have fun playing around with different skirts, shirts, belts, hats, shoes and accessories!



Cool, calm  and  totally  chic!  With  these  surprisingly  sophisticated  but  nevertheless cute summer picks, you’ll be sure to make heads turn. Pair this  saucy  lime  bustier  with  a  floral  skirt  and  breathable  sandals  for  a  bold,  stylish look. All stocks available internationally via,, and any Australian chemist website.   From top left clockwise: nasty gal lime bustier, $38, nasty gal floral skirt, $188, asos Federico sandal, $79.54, nasty gal yellow print handbag, $50, marc Jacobs daisy perfume, $60, luca’s paw paw ointment, $5, nasty gal shaded sunglasses, $40.



Sensuality is the  key  to  success, and  with this  look, you’ll  never fail! Topshop wins  again with this delicious LBD.  Pair it with some new heels from nasty gal, and black  jelly handbag and sexy‐rocker cuff for a sensational finish. Be bold this summer! No  matter what look you choose, you’ll be sure to please.   From top left clockwise: topshop LBD, $72.54, nasty gal liv platforms, $88, Armani code perfume, $78, nasty gal jelly handbag, $85, nasty gal cuff, $18, chanel rouge allure, $50.


A Day In Paris

Get out your mini skirts and not your pajamas and wear on your sunglasses. Is everybody ready? We take you to have a brunch in a French garden. The mythic particular hotel on Montmartre has launched his new service: a brunch in its garden. You have to climb up the Montmartre’s hill, glide down in the “passage Junot” and push the metal gate, which opens in a full of flower garden. Listening to the birds’ song, you will savor

some croissant, pancakes, fresh orange juice, eggs, ice cream…. You will feel like an actress or an inspired novelist. Brunch at the Hôtel Particulier de Montmartre, 23 Avenue Junot , 75 018 Paris Booking : +331 53 41 81 40 On Saturdays and Sundays , 36€ for brunch


The best Paris’ burger

Imagine a tender steak, headed by a little bread which has just been roasted. Add to this an onion jam, English cheddar, melting down, crunchy bacon, and the scent of the barbecue sauce : and you have…. The best burger in Paris.


Run now to the Montorgueil’s neighborhood to find this delicious address. Blend Hamburger, 44 rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris. 10€ for hamburger, 3€ for french fries From Monday to Saturday Tél. : +331 40 26 84 57

Boarding the canal for having a break in the afternoon

La terrasse au bord de l'eau

Sous la coupole, vue plein ciel


Déjeuner à la fraîche


Les pieds dans l'eau

Les pĂŞcheurs du Canal


On sort boire le cafĂŠ ?

La terrasse au bord de l'eau


What is that strange building standing over the Stalingrad’s place? This building woke up last summer and became the Rotonde Restaurant. There is no sea in Paris, but there, you feel like at beach ! Under the glassed cupola, you can savor a quick pie, some tiramisu, or Nutella’s toasts and a lot of other desserts, ideal for a

break during the afternoon. You also can achieve your meal by a sun tanning coffee by the water’s side. La Rotonde 6, place de la bataille de Stalingrad, Paris 19ème Open Everydays from 8h to 2h Tél. +331 80 48 33 40

Undergrounds cocktails

Will you dare follow a stranger in a seedy corridor ? Behind a mysterious door, you will climb the stairs wondering where you are going to: and there….

Surprise, you arrive at Ballroom, a new cocktail bar underground. The cocktails are making stars, the music is great, people are 15

comfortable and the party can start! Enjoy the bar for going out

with some friends, maybe you will meet some nice guy there…

Le Ballroom du Beef Club 58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75 001 Paris Open everyday, cocktails from 12 to 15€ Tél : +339 52 52 89 34

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The many uses of Watermelon

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The immense size of watermelon makes it ideal for many uses. As you can see above, you can carve a watermelon like a pumpkin and use it to store other fruit during at the beach or at a summer party. But, besides “ storage� you can also have many facemasks that involve watermelon. Watermelon has amazing vitamins that can save your sun-damaged skin. For sun damaged skin: Soak cotton pads with fresh watermelon juice and apply to any sunburned areas. Let the juice sit on your skin for 15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water. For inflamed, acne-prone skin: Mix 1 teaspoon watermelon juice with 1 teaspoon of mashed Banana. Apply to your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. source

Dull skin: Apply a teaspoon of watermelon juice mixed with a teaspoon of Greek yogurt to your face, allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Source You can also make a watermelon toner. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over 1 slice of watermelon and refrigerate it for at least 20 minutes. Remove the watermelon slice and chop into fine bits. Place the melon on your face as a facial toner. It's messy, so use a towel. The recipe not only tightens pores and moisturizes but also will cool you down on a hot day. Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Source



Summer Pulchritude Tips By Anna Larson


BB Creams are the newest development in the beauty industry with all of their  benefits; it is a great product to use. They are defiantly a must try product of  the summer.    It has been to secret that mint is blowing up this summer, it you are to scared  to try out mint article of clothing or want to go head‐to‐toe mint get some mint  nail polish.    Lip and cheek stains are a must have for me because they are so multi‐ functional (I have even used them as an eye shadow). I have so many lip and  cheek stains, some good and some bad, but I love the way the give you a glow  and can last forever.  Sunscreen should be a no brainer in the summer, try to get a light weight face  sunscreen because the heavier ones can clog your pours.    Blinc Kiss Me Mascara is a favorite of mine. It is different than other mascaras  because it tubes your lashes, not paints them. It is great for the beach because  it lasts forever and is waterproof.   

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Primer and setting your face is going to be essential this summer to keep your  make‐up on. My tip‐ try sample sizes of different primers and setters to find  one that works for your skin type.    Bronzer is a must for me because I am a straight up, pale person but, everyone  should put a little bronzer on everyday to give you a sun kissed glow.    Overall, put it in a cute make‐up bag to make you love yourself and love your  make‐up! 


Shoreline Packing 


Beach bags contain vital contents‐ it is important that you pack it extremely  carefully.    are amazing things – make sure you find one that is fun and  you will enjoy using but will also dry you off.    Bring you phone or iPod to listen to some amazing music while sunbathing.    Sunglasses for eye protection and as an accessory because you want some  accessories at the beach but not to many; I love these mint ray‐bans!    Amazing books to keep you entertained and amused. Choose one you like so  you won’t get bored.    Don’t be on of those people who wear 4‐inch heels to the beach, bring comfy  flip‐flops that you can wear to the ice cream stand and back in.    Bring a make‐up bag for your 

, if you want to bring wave spray or  some mascara.    A cover‐up or tunic‐ you defiantly need a cover up, why not get a cute yet  classic one. I also envy other adorable tunics; don’t you want to be envied?    Sunscreen‐ to prevent burns that we all know will catch up with us if you don’t  apply ever 2 hours! 


Summer Legs Source:

By the trailblazer, get ahead of the boys and bet them. Use these exercise to go  and bet them every time.     Warm Up:  20 Jumping Jacks  1:00 Hamstring Stretch  30 sec High Knees  20 Jumping Jacks          27

Work Out:  10 squats  10 side lunges (each side)  5 standing calf lunges  20 lunges  10 one‐legged calf raise (each side)  15 slip squats  10 pistol squats  10 squats  25 inner thigh lifts (each side)  10 side lunges (each side)  5 jump squats   

Cool Down:  1:30 standing calf stretch  45 second calf stretch  3 min pike stretch    28



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Picnics are iconic for summer; we are providing you with amazing recipes and an outfit idea for your picnic. “Tea to the English is a really a picnic indoors” Alice Walker The above quote from Alice Walker is what you should think of when dressing for a picnic. Keep your picnic outfit classy and simple, nothing extreme or nothing that will show to much when you sit down on the ground. It can get cold during a picnic also, so bring a sweater just in case. I also don’t recommend wearing heels to a picnic because you don’t want your heel to get stuck in mud or soil.


Picnic recipes

Macaroni and Potato Salad Ingredients •

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3 large (1 1/3 pounds each) all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt, plus more for cooking water 2 cup(s) sugar-snap peas (6 ounces) 1/4 pound(s) elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained 1 pound(s) sliced bacon 10 tablespoon(s) homemade or prepared mayonnaise 3 tablespoon(s) sour cream 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup(s) loosely packed fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces 31

Directions 1. Place potatoes in a small stockpot, and cover with cold salted water. Place over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium high, and gently boil the potatoes until fork-tender, about 7 minutes. Drain in a colander, and set aside in a large bowl to cool. 2. Fill a small saucepan with salted water, and bring to a boil. Add the snap peas, and cook until bright green, about 30 seconds. Drain, and transfer peas to a bowl of ice water until cool. Drain again, slice peapods in half crosswise diagonally, and add to potatoes along with cooked macaroni. 3. In a large skillet, cook bacon until all the fat is rendered out and bacon is very crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, and set aside to drain on paper towels. When bacon is cool, crumble, and add three-quarters of it to potato mixture; set aside remaining bacon. 4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over potato mixture, add mint, and toss to combine. Transfer macaroni-andpotato salad to a serving dish, sprinkle top with remaining bacon, and serve immediately, or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips Ingredients •

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3/4 cup(s) low-fat milk 2 large eggs 3/4 cup(s) sugar 1/3 cup(s) canola oil 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract 2 cup(s) (about 2 small) shredded zucchini

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2 cup(s) white whole-wheat flour (see Note) 2 teaspoon(s) baking powder 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt 1/2 cup(s) chocolate chips Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. 2. Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in zucchini. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients and chocolate chips to the dry ingredients; stir until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. 3. Bake until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 1 hour before slicing. Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 carbohydrate (other), 1 1/2 fat Carbohydrate Servings: 2 Nutrition Bonus: Iron (17% daily value). Photo:


Grilled Panzanella

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Ingredients: Good olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and sliced 1/2-inch thick 33

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1 large ripe tomato, cut into 1-inch cubes 10 large basil leaves 3 tablespoons capers, drained 1 red onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3 large pieces 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3 large pieces 1/2 small ficelle, cut into 1-inch thick slices Directions: Prepare a charcoal grill with hot coals. Brush the grilling rack with olive oil. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, mustard, vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside. Place the cucumber, tomato, basil and capers in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss together. Set aside. When the grill is ready, brush 1 side of the onion slices and the peppers with olive oil. Place them, olive oil side down, on the grill and cook for 4 minutes. Brush the other side with olive oil, turn them over and continue cooking an additional 4 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the grill and place on a cutting board. Slice the peppers 1/2-inch thick, separate the onion rings and add them both to the cucumber mixture. Brush the bread slices on both sides with olive oil and toast them on the grill until golden. Add them to the cucumber mixture. Pour the reserved vinaigrette over the vegetables and toss together. Serve warm.

Avocado and Ham Sandwich •

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Ingredients: 2 loaf(s) (about 18 inches each) Ficelle 1/4 cup(s) Butter, softened 2 tablespoon(s) Dijon Mustard 1/8 teaspoon(s) Coarse Black Pepper 3/4 pound(s) Virginia Ham, sliced 3 large Avocados, peeled and sliced 34



Directions: 1. Cut each ficelle loaf into 3 equal pieces, and split each horizontally along one side, leaving the other side intact. Open the pieces so they lie flat. 2. Stir the butter, mustard, and pepper together until smooth, and spread on both sides of the bread. Layer with the ham and avocado, and sprinkle with the sea salt. 3. Wrap the sandwiches with parchment, and tie with a string to secure. Keep chilled and serve within 3 hours. Source LEMON POPPY-SEED CAKE

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Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup poppy seeds, toasted 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 large eggs, at room temperature 2 large egg whites, at room temperature 1 1/4 cups sugar LEMON GLAZE 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon water

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan, preferably nonstick, with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use cooking spray with flour).


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2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, oil, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice in a glass measuring cup. 3. Beat eggs, egg whites and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until thickened and pale, about 5 minutes. 4. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture with a rubber spatula, a third at a time, alternating with 2 additions of the buttermilk mixture. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. 5. Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. 6. To prepare glaze: Sift 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl; mix with lemon juice and water to create a thin glaze. Poke 1-inch-deep holes all over the cake with a skewer. Coat the warm cake with the glaze using a pastry brush. Let cool completely. To serve, set the cake on a serving plate and dust with confectioners’ sugar.


Summertime Smoothies

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Acai Berry Banana Smoothie   Ingredients:  Sambazon Acai Smoothie Packet  ½ cup strawberries  ½ banana   ¼ cup skim milk  1 cup ice    Directions  In blender, combine acai powder, strawberries, banana, skim milk, and ice. Blend until  source

smooth and frothy. Pour into glass and enjoy.  Serves: 4  Nutrition Content: 55 Calories, 1g Fat, 0g Saturated Fat, 10g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 1g  Protein, 10mg Sodium   Source    Blueberry Kick‐Start Smoothie   serves 1      Ingredients:    1 cup soy milk  vanilla or plain    1 cup frozen blueberries    1 tsp agave syrup   1 banana, frozen or room temp   1/4 tsp. cayenne   3/4 cup ice cubes    optional add‐ins: chia seeds, flax oil, hemp protein powder, handful of greens      Blend until smooth. Add more ice for a thicker blend. source         




Pomegranate Smoothie    1 cup(s) of cup berries (such as raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries)  1/4 cup(s) of cup pomegranate juice  1/4 cup(s) of cup water  1/2 banana  1 cup(s) of ice  Steps  Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!  Source      Green Coconut Smoothie     Ingredients:  2 bananas, frozen  2 HUGE handfuls spinach   1 cup milk   1/4 teaspoon cinnamon  1 teaspoon vanilla  1 tablespoon coconut oil    Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend until mixed. Serve in tall glasses and enjoy.  Source    Green Julius    Ingredients:  1 1/2 cups orange juice  2 large mangoes  2 cups fresh parsley or spinach  2 cups of ice    Blend well and drink your healthy green smoothie. Yields 4 cups or 2 servings, as I feel 16  ounces is one serving for a smoothie.  source           


Photo: Kendall Jenner’s Instagram 


It seems to be the latest trend, pimping out your keys. I have noticed since I have got my drivers license (and car) that my key chain has grown exponentially. But, it is really just mine. I think not. I have also noticed my friends’ key chains also expanding; but not just with key chains from places they went on vacation to. One thing I have noticed the most is the tail. It is so large and obnoxious, you can’t miss it; however, it does add something that nothing else adds to your keys. Along with the large, noticeable key chains route is the leather tassel. The tassels are basically as long as the tail but a little less hipster and more rockers. You can’t forget about the basic and never changing lanyards that are on the set of ever girls’ keys if they are under 21 years old. I know, and heard, of some people who have different lanyards and key chains for different days of the week and different moods. It may seem a little excessive but is it better for teens to buy $10 key chains compared to $40 shirts? I, personally, am waiting for the TV show about decorating key chains, what are your thoughts? Use the hashtag #pimpmykeychains to tell your opinions.



Happiness leads to Success “An Inspiration Piece”  Written & Photos by Harija Ravitharan  (Owner of My Lyfe ; My Story   http://mylyfe‐ 

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." Herman Cain

These are some simple sentences in simple words. Success is achievable by everyone; however it all depends on how one believes in them. Just by believing, you would have achieved a power of happiness that can’t be destroyed by anyone or anything. This is the first step to reach success; which many of us don’t realize. Every day just waking up feeling happy is a fresh start which leads to success. Many us of do not believe or understand how important it is for us to have trust upon ourselves. Many of do not even try to find the joy life rather we just endure the things placed on the pathway. When waking up in the mornings think about the things you love to do. Do you love to talk? Do you love to learn? Do you love to write? 42

Do you love to draw? Do you love to read? Do you love to make others laugh? Do you love to teach people about things? Do you love to interact with others? Do you love to solve others with their problems? What is it? What is it that you enjoy doing? What is it that makes you feel good? What is it that makes you happy? What is it that makes you believe that your had a successful day? What is it that you like to do? What is it? When you love whatever you are doing even the hardest task in extreme situation would be one of your best life experiences. Love what you do make a huge difference emotional when compared to do things that you hate. For instances, when you hate you are doing; only fifty percent of your effort is used the other half of your effort is used on complaining, worrying and randomly stressing out. However, when do something you love; one hundred percent of effort is given (sometimes even more), because without even known you would complete the given task whole hearted. This in fact makes a huge impact on the end result of the given task.


However, just remember what is important to you is only for you, not for me, not for them, not for anyone else except you! As I always say, “Who cares? Just do it! Regardless of what you do, people will always have something to say to you.” So don’t care about the negative comments others might say, because it’s your life and not theirs. It’s your life goals you are trying to fulfill and not the others. Learn to live for yourself than to please the others around you, as this could end up being your biggest downfall to achieve your goal. Also, remember there are those out there who believe in you more than you believe in yourself and who would do anything to help you achieve your goal. Overall, the happier you are the faster you would reach your ambitions. You would also appreciate your own achievements on each step you take to reach your goal. You would see each day brighter and more energized to step outside to face all the challenges each day have in store. It would boost your confidence and learn to reinforce your determination to succeed for an exciting future. Just remember, to happy always learn to LOVE, LAUGH & LIVE. By doing these three things you would learn to spread the love and happiness with everyone around the world! Plus, as mention before you should not waste your precious life looking back to the negative comments but instead you should move forward and simply, LOVE, LAUGH & LIVE!

Happiness is the pathway to success and not the other way around!


See you next time!

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