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Things You Didn’t Know About This Polish Beauty, Hottest Model Today

Emily Ratajkowski, who’s of Polish descendant, is one of those women who turn heads when they walk down the street and just can’t go unnoticed when they enter the room, that’s why she’s been called the hottest model around.

She made a bang in 2013, with her saucy appearance in Robert Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video and became a household name after her equally sexy role in the “Gone Girl” thriller one year later, alongside Ben Affleck. From then on, it’s onwards and upwards for the 25-year-old model and actress, but we bet there are things you still don’t know about her.

The hottest model right now almost didn't accept the job in Robert Thicke's music video
She almost turned down the “Blurred Lines” job.

Surprising Facts About The Hottest Model Right Now

You can’t judge a book by its cover and you shouldn’t judge a lady just by her looks. Emily may be smoking hot, but there’s more about her that makes her irresistible. Here’s a taste.

She was signed by Ford Models at just 14. While for most of us early adolescence is an awkward mess, Emily Ratajkowski was so pretty she was scouted as young as 14 years old. The modeling agency Ford Models signed her and she started out as a catalog model at once. Since then, she’s modeled for the biggest fashion houses, like Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, and featured in the biggest fashion magazines in the world, like Marie Claire and Vogue.

She doesn’t like playing the pretty girl roles. Emily hates being typecasted, so she aims to play more diverse roles that are not based on her looks, but her acting talents. This has led to her being rejected for specific roles, one of which being the lead in Ewan McGregor’s 2016 film “American Pastoral”.

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She originally rejected the offer to play in the “Blurred Lines” video. Despite the fact it is what catapulted her to fame, Emily was at first skeptical about taking part in Robert Thicke’s daring music video. Apparently, it was a meeting with the director himself that convinced her to finally say that significant “yes”.

Her parents wanted her to become a neurosurgeon. With both of her parents being in academia, the entertainment industry would have lost Emily to science had her parents’ wish for her to become a brain surgeon come true. The beautiful girl attended the University of California, Los Angeles for one year in 2009, but found that the way art was taught there was not in agreement with her views and decided to pursue her modeling career instead.

Read more about Emily Ratajkowski, the hottest model around.
Emily Ratajkowski is, without a doubt, the hottest model today.

If you didn’t know these facts about the hottest model right now, you are welcome. We sure hope to see a lot more of the ravishing brunette in future, both in fashion and cinema.

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Weirdest Cake Wins The Day: Lithuanian Dishes For Beginners

The beautiful country of Lithuania has had a long and interesting history, which is also evident in its cuisine, as it has been influenced by those of Poland, Germany, and Hungary, among others. The country’s cold climate and its fertile ground mean that it is rich in root vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, and beetroots; while berries and mushrooms also grow abundantly. Lithuania also has a big production of meat and dairy products. Most Lithuanian dishes are rich and heartwarming, and well worth a try.

The Lithuanian Dishes To Try At Least Once

If we had to describe Lithuanian cuisine in one sentence, we’d probably call it “food for the soul”. Made with natural ingredients that aim to keep you warm from the inside, it is delicious with its rich flavors and aromas. These are the Lithuanian dishes anyone should try at least once.

Cepelinai (Zeppelins)

There was no other way we’d start but with Lithuania’s national dish: Cepelinai. The dish was originally called didzkukuliai, but it was aptly changed to cepelinai in the 20th century thanks to its shape that resembles a zeppelin airship. Cepelinai are big dumplings whose shell is made with a potato mix and the filling with pork meat. They are doused in a delicious sauce made of sour cream and bacon.

Cepelinai has taken its name from the dumplings' resemblance to zeppelins.
Cepelinai is the most traditional of all Lithuanian dishes, the country’s national dish.

Kibinai (hand pies)

The Lithuanian equivalent to Cornish pasties, these flaky hand-made pasties are the national dish of an ethnic minority that lives in Lithuania, the Karaite. The delicious pastries are usually filled with onion and mutton meat, but they can be found in different variations containing cheese, vegetables or even berry jam.

Kibinai is a traditional Lithuanian dish that can be found in many different variations.
Kibinai are hand-made pasties you can find in different variations.

Saltibarsciai (cold borscht)

One of the most famous dishes in Eastern Europe, the borscht is a soup made with a variety of vegetables, such as carrots, onions, and potatoes. In Lithuania, the basic ingredient of cold borscht (or Saltibarsciai) is the beetroot. It is served as the weather starts to get hotter, and it is accompanied by sour cream, boiled eggs, and potatoes.

One of the most traditional Lithuanian dishes, but also a dish which is much loved in the whole of Eastern Europe, is the cold borscht.
Saltibarciai is a cold and sour soup whose basic ingredient is the beetroot.

Raguolis / Sakotis

Lithuanians also have a sweet tooth. When it comes to special occasions, they go above and beyond to prepare a special cake that looks like a tree – hence the name Raguolis, which means ‘spiked’ and Sakotis, which means ‘branched’. To make the cake take its final shape, bakers put a hollow cake on a spit and close to a heat source, pouring successive layers of batter as it turns. This is how the ‘spikes’ or ‘branches’ are formed. When ready, the cake is cut and served as is, or together with cream and fruit, such as berries.

Raguolis is also known as Sakotis, or Tree Cake because of its shape.
Raguolis or Sakotis is a special cake that is not the easiest dish to prepare.

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What Happens At These Love Festivals In Eastern Europe?

Is there anything in life more beautiful than love? Probably not, that’s why it makes perfect sense to celebrate it in every opportunity.  You may not have heard of them before, but these are some of the coolest Eastern European love festivals.

The Beauty of Eastern European Love Festivals

From the colorful traditions of each place to their deep roots in religion and folk legends, Eastern European love festivals are so much fun.

Romania

10 days after the Western holiday of love, Valentine’s Day, Romanian’s have their very own traditional celebration of love and fertility: Dragobete. Demi-god Dragobete comes from pagan tales and signals the arrival of spring and the rebirth of nature. He was supposedly a very kind man who was chosen by Virgin Mary to be a guardian of love.  Many liken him to the Greek god Eros or the Roman Cupid because his mission is to make sure there is love everywhere.

On the 24th of February, a day that was regarded as the first day of spring and the day birds mate, you’re not supposed to cry because it is considered very bad luck. Men must not annoy women if they want to have a good and loved-up year and everyone should spend the day celebrating and having fun, showing affection and love for each other. Moreover, tradition says that people shouldn’t sew or work, but they may clean their house. It is also forbidden to kill animals, as they also partake in the celebration of love and mating. If you are single you’re supposed to be around friends and hug at least one person of the opposite gender. There are many different traditions in different parts of Romania, all of which are very interesting and have to do with spreading and celebrating love.

The Czech Republic

The Czechs have been celebrating May for centuries. On the first day of the month, They visit their famous romantic poet  Karel Hynek Mácha’s (who wrote a poem named “May”, dedicated to the beautiful spring month) monument in Prague and leave flowers in his memory. On the day, couples are supposed to kiss under a tree – preferably a birch or a blooming cherry tree.  Legend has it that if a girl isn’t kissed, she will wither and perish in a year (there is no evidence this has actually happened, though).

Another tradition related to the 1st of May wants the single men going into the woods on the last evening of April and cutting down a tall tree, whose branches they then remove so that only its top remains. Then they decorate its trunk with flowers and ribbons to create a maypole. They place the maypole in the center of the village square, where it is guarded all night. Some of the men will secretly visit the villages nearby with the aim of stealing their maypoles. Their goal is to steal as many maypoles as they can. Then, on the first Sunday of May, those who manages to guard their maypole from ‘thieves’ go around the village and visit the houses of unmarried girls where they receive small presents as a reward. In the same evening, they all gather to celebrate May in one big ball.

Slovenia

Unlike Western Europe who considers St. Valentine the patron saint of love, Slovenia’s love saint is St. Gregory. Tradition has it that on March 12, St. Gregory’s Day, birds are joined in wedlock. Folk legend has it that when single women look up in the sky on St. Gregory’s day, the first bird they see will have the characteristics of the man they’ll marry.

Estonia

If you happen to be in Estonia on Valentine’s Day, expect to be very pleasantly surprised whether you are in a relationship or not. In Estonia, Valentine’s Day is not only a celebration of romantic love but every kind of love. Therefore, Estonian’s take the opportunity to give presents and show their love and appreciation to any person they love, whether it is in a romantic fashion or not.

People even adorn their houses with ornaments and bright colors, and they invite their loved ones for dinner over at their place. It all makes sense, as St. Valentine is said to have been a person who never hesitated to offer his help and support to those in need.

These Eastern European love festivals may be a fantastic chance to express our love and affection, but we should remember to do so every day, in every opportunity, wherever we are.

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