Rachel Griffiths quickly finds buyer for Los Angeles home – PerthNow

Actor Rachel Griffiths’ longtime home in the outer Los Angeles suburb Encino has quickly gone under offer.

There was a $US1.748 million ($A2.5 million) asking price on the stylish single-storey 1960s home.

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Griffiths, now back in Australia with her artist husband, Andy Taylor, bought the home in 2005 for $US1.2 million when she was finishing up her role on US TV’s Six Feet Under.

She went on to appear in Brothers & Sisters, which ran until 2011.

The listing is advertised as a “celebrity-owned mid-century modern oasis”.

All rooms have walls of glass, with a step-down living room with fireplace. There’s another sunken conversation nook with fire pit outside amid yellow palo verde trees.

The 1961 home blends minimalist and modernist elements in an open floor plan.

The gated residence sits on 1580sqm with a pool.

The now Melbourne-based Griffiths — who sold her Palm Beach, Sydney, retreat in 2014 for $2.25 million in just 10 days — will soon make her directorial feature film debut with Ride Like A Girl, which stars actors Sam Neill and Teresa Palmer, depicting the story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.


Pintec Unveils New Brand Logo to Highlight Connections with Partners – Yahoo Finance

BEIJING, June 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Pintec Technology Holdings Ltd. (“Pintec”; NASDAQ: PT), a leading independent fintech solutions provider, today unveiled a new brand logo designed to better communicate Pintec’s brand vision of applying technology to connect and serve partners.

Pintec’s new logo has maintained the minimalist tech style. The original small red chip design in the old logo is now enlarged and becomes the key visual, highlighting Pintec as a leading fintech solutions provider that empowers partners with core “chip level” solutions. The all capitalized brand name “PINTEC” has been streamlined to “Pintec”. The font color has adjusted from gray to a darker ink blue, to convey a techy and modern feeling.

“We at Pintec are motivated by our mission of ‘Powering the Future of Finance’,” said William Wei, Founder and CEO of Pintec. “With our advanced and mature fintech solutions, Pintec hopes this new logo upgrade will further strengthen our brand and help us better serve our partners.”

Previous Pintec logo (left) and new Pintec logo (right)

The new brand logo has a relief design for the red chip, which is also an abstraction of two holding hands. This design can better deliver Pintec’s brand vision and demonstrate that its business model is to coordinate and connect financial and business partners with its fintech solutions and services.

The name “Pintec” derives from chip pin and technology, meaning that the company connects financial institutions with business scenarios. Pintec offers efficient and tailored intelligent fintech solutions, including point-of-sale financing, personal installment loans, business installment loans, wealth management, and insurance. Pintec’s solutions, embedded into partners’ product and service systems, much like chips, can enable partners to realize digital transformation and improve competitiveness.

About Pintec

PINTEC is a leading fintech solutions provider. With its mission to “Power the Future of Finance”, PINTEC aims to advance financial services by providing customizable and modular fintech solutions to its financial and business partners, including point-of-sale financing solutions, personal installment loan solutions, business installment loan solutions, wealth management solutions and insurance solutions. The company established a unique SaaS Plus service model. In addition to the industry-leading SaaS service platform, PINTEC also offers a full suite of value-added solutions to our customers, including decision support, traffic enhancement, joint-operations, and advisory services. PINTEC has cooperated with a number of business partners and financial partners, including without limitation Xiaomi, Qunar, Ctrip, China Telecom BestPay, Vip.com, Minsheng Securities, Orient Securities, Yunnan Trust, Guoyuan Securities, Bank of Nanjing, East West Bank, China National Investment & Guaranty Corporation, Fullerton Financial Holdings. On October 25, 2018, PINTEC was officially listed on the Nasdaq Global Market with American depositary shares trading under the symbol “PT”.

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Miami house with acclaimed minimalist design listed for $2M – The Real Deal

The glassy, one-level house in Miami’s Spring Garden district is embedded in landscaping

The award-winning minimalist Miami home hits the market for the first time

The Brillhart House, an award-winning minimalist home and a rare example of architectural restraint in look-at-me Miami, is up for sale for the first time.

The Balinese-style house, which resembles a remote resort spa, is listed for $2 million by Gary Feinberg of Compass Florida, according to Forbes.

Five-year-old home was featured on the Netflix/BBC series “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.”

Two architects, Jacob and Melissa Brillhart of Brillhart Architecture, built the acclaimed house, winner of honor awards from the AIA Florida (2015) and AIA Miami (2016).

The Brillharts used a utilitarian approach to design a compact house that would minimize construction costs and ecological impact.

They built the one-level residence on a half-acre lot beneath a canopy of tropical foliage, beyond the view of neighbors. The property has 1,581 square feet of flexible living space, or 2,300 square feet including the front and back porches.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom house features glass-and-steel facades and wood shutters. “Four sets of sliding glass doors allow the house to be completely open to nature,” Feinberg told Forbes.

Its central location in the historic Spring Garden district in Miami puts Brillhart House within easy driving distance of such destination as Miami International Airport, Miami Beach, Brickell and Wynwood. [Forbes] – Mike Seemuth

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How Pilates helped transform Adele’s body – The Australian

A slimmed-down Adele, centre, with the Spice Girls.

If Adele’s dramatic weight loss is startling, the way in which she achieved it may come as more of a surprise. While her split from her husband, Simon Konecki, will probably have contributed to the stone (6.3kg) she has reportedly lost — there’s nothing like a breakup to accelerate fat burning — the singer has credited reformer Pilates, a fitness hangover from the 1990s, as being the main reason for her transformation.

Performed with methodical repetition on unfashionably chunky equipment, reformer Pilates is as far removed from the present crop of trendy, full-throttle workouts in sleek minimalist studios as you can imagine. Yet it never really went away. There is a dedicated tribe of sharply sculpted women who swear by its effects.

In Los Angeles reformer Pilates is accepted as the fitness principle that underpins the pursuit of an A-list body.

Adele in 2017. Picture: AFP

Miranda Kerr and Kate Hudson post images of their routines on a reformer, while Shanina Shaik, a Victoria’s Secret model, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Bosworth and Michelle Obama are among those who have claimed it helps to keep their bodies lean and taut.

In London, cafes in affluent, leafy enclaves such as Barnes and Hampstead are packed with glossy 30-somethings sipping almond lattes after their reformer classes. Studios that offer the original or a souped-up version of the equipment are very popular.

On the conveyor belt of cliched classes churned out by the fitness industry, it is a no-nonsense workout, which, with TRX, barre training and yoga, has stood the test of time for one reason: it works.

A Pilates reformer workout in progress.

While the gleaming, candle-scented studios in which it is performed may have moved on since Joseph Pilates developed his method in the 1930s, its principles have not.

His system of exercises, which he called “contrology”, used bedsprings to create the rehabilitation and conditioning equipment that have become today’s reformer, a machine with springs, pulleys and levers that remains the centre of proper Pilates.

It can be alarming to look at and precision training takes some getting used to in today’s mad-dash workout world, but the appeal is obvious once you try it.

I was first strapped into a reformer a decade ago, when Madonna credited it for her phen­omenal physique at 50. I’ve flirted with every fitness class that has come along since, but this and running have proved my winning combination. I never get injured and feel stronger and less lopsided. It is a way of getting strength, flexibility and prehab in one hit.

What you need to know about the reformer is that it is undeniably and unexpectedly tough. One of the reasons so many physiotherapists love the machine is because it gradually adds resistance to your body weight, enabling you to strengthen your core and limbs. Your muscles will shake and your abs will quiver after even a half hour on one of the machines.

Joseph Pilates’ original studio in New York was a mecca for ballet dancers and gymnasts looking to improve strength and muscle control, and to create lean and lengthy limbs — and the reasons for doing it haven’t changed.

Regulars claim that you get this and more — better balance and flexibility, a reduction in lower-back pain, the tightest glutes and an impressively muscular core. It’s when I don’t do it that I notice the difference. I feel hunched and tire more easily, my running suffers and I ache all over afterwards.

Louise Parker, whose client list includes the Duchess of Cambridge and Emma Thompson, says the reformer is underestimated by people who have yet to try it.

“It is fantastic for injury prevention and rehab, dealing with chronic-pain issues and also, quite simply, for producing delicate yet lean and strong bodies with the support of the bed and the springs as resistance,” Parker says. “It requires real concentration of effort and is absolutely not a doddle.”

Gaby Noble, the founder of Exhale Pilates in Chalk Farm, north London — where Kate Moss, Harry Styles, Sadie Frost and Jools Oliver are regulars — increasingly works with footballers and professional athletes, who use it for long-term injury prevention.

“When you look at someone like Adele, who has obviously done a lot of reformer work, her weight loss is largely down to the fact that she is able to control her body from a very strong foundation,” Noble says.

“A problem with today’s fitness market is that it produces workouts that target isolated muscles. But the reformer stretches and strengthens even the smallest muscles so that you are better equipped to add in other forms of exercise that help you lose weight, such as aerobic activity. Pilates enables you to train harder all round.”

Chris Watson, a founder of Zero Gravity Pilates, which opens its fifth studio in Britain this year, says the thing most people who try it notice first is that their posture improves.

They feel — and look — taller.

“During the early weeks people tell us that they feel better on the inside and that they have less aches and pains,” he says.

“Often the physical sculpting and the changes in their appearance are the last thing they notice.”

But by that time they are most likely hooked. “Joseph Pilates said that in 10 sessions you will feel better, in 20 you will look better and after 30 sessions you will have a completely new body,” Noble says.

“It is the truth and I have seen people change beyond ­recognition,” she says.

The Times


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Coffee is best served ice cold on a hot summer’s day – Salon

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“My ideal Saturday involves taking the train into Rotterdam to have a large cappuccino at my favorite café”

Sarah Bond is the recipe developer and author behind the food blog, Live Eat Learn, where she uses her backgrounds in nutrition and sensory science to create unique and healthy(ish) vegetarian recipes. She has a tendency to collect too many kitchen gadgets and food props, which is how her love affair with the popsicle mold blossomed.

Here, she takes you on a journey through 75 vibrant recipes guaranteed to help you survive the summer! These approachable and inviting recipes highlight ease and simplicity with natural ingredients and uncomplicated preparations—Sarah keeps your health a top priority by including nutrition information for each recipe, along with helpful substitution and preparation tips to ensure all readers find recipes that suit their diet type.

Categories like fruity, creamy, boozy, and hidden veggie ensure there is something for everyone. Bright, colorful photos of every recipe and a minimalist, trendy design will entice readers to try out both the classic and modern pops, from Orange Creamsicles to Pineapple Upside Down! With innovative, and undeniably refreshing recipes for the whole family, this popsicle-pedia your one-stop-shop for modern, unique pops from A to Z.

My ideal Saturday involves taking the train into Rotterdam to have a large cappuccino at my favorite café. The barista inevitably feels it necessary to point out just how big a “large” cappuccino is, at which point my stuttering attempt to speak Dutch gives away my American-ness, and then everything makes sense to them. Americans like everything bigger! What’s a girl gotta do to get a giant cappuccino around here? I digress. Here are my favorite cappuccino ice pops.

Recipe: Cappuccino

Yields: about 2 cups, 8 (2-oz.) pops


  • 1 cup coffee, chilled
  • 3 Tbsp honey or sugar, divided
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk

1. Stir to combine coffee and 2 tablespoons honey. In a separate bowl, combine coconut milk and remaining tablespoon of honey.

2. Pour coffee mixture into mold so that each well is about half-filled. Gently pour coconut milk over coffee. For more defined layers, place an upside-down spoon just over the coffee layer, then trickle the coconut milk over the spoon so that it slowly pours onto the coffee layer, leaving some space at the top for them to expand. You can also just freeze the coffee layer first, but this creates two distinct layers and I like the frothy look of cappuccinos to show! Insert sticks and freeze until hard (at least 4 hours).

3. Run the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them up, then remove from the mold.

Calories 93  Fat 7.2 g  Saturated Fat 6.3 g  Carbs 8.2 g  Fiber 0.7 g  Sugar 7.5 g  Protein 0.8 g

Sarah Bond

Sarah Bond is the recipe developer and author behind the food blog, Live Eat Learn.