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Eat, Drink, and Say “Ahh”

At the Hospitalis Restaurant in Riga, Latvia, staff dressed as nurses serve up a macabre cake topped with realistic-looking body parts such as fingers, noses and tongues and surgeons serve drinks in scientific flasks. If a diner really wants to get into the sickly vibe, they can become a ‘patient’ and have a meal in a stylized operating theater or be confined in a straitjacket.

The decor is kept as authentic as possible, with white walls and ceilings, a wipe-clean floor with shiny tiles, and walls decorated with polished surgical instruments and medical books. Attention to detail has meant that all the health-related accessories have been supplied by real hospitals and Latvia’s Museum of the History of Medicine.

The food is served on stainless steel dishes and eaten with surgical utensils. Hospitalis also boasts a seriously good wine list and cocktails are served in medical beakers and test tubes. The atmosphere could be described as ‘sterile’ but that is all part of the plan, says restaurant director Marita Bundule. She says: “Hospitalis breaks all generally accepted presumptions about hospitals as a place where various painful manipulations are performed. This is a place of surprise, where you can experience things you are usually afraid of with a smile on your lips, and enjoy a tasty meal.” So next time you’re in Latvia, stop by for a check up!

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Stella Jean Releases her Spring/Summer 2014 Lookbook.

Visually and conceptually, Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean never disappoint. The presentation of her garments and the looks she creates are always fresh, flirty and incredibly fun. Each one of her collections carry an aura about them that’s both classic and timeless. And of course, aside from the designer’s heritage, wax prints, ankara textiles, bold patterns and colours all remain permanent fixtures in her designs - something her latest lookbook confirms yet again.

The one change that would be lovely to see, however, would be the use of black models in her lookbooks.

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