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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Daddy's Little Girl

Years ago, Ivanka Trump took a slight detour from her dream to become a real estate mogul, like her father and grandfather before her, and ventured into the world of fashion. She made quite a splash at a very young age to walk the runways in the most exclusive designer clothing. She could have had a very lucrative career, but she stayed the course to fulfill her dream by going to exclusive schools, including the Wharton School of Business where she graduated at the top of her class. Now well into her twenties, Ivanka is living out her dream of being a top real estate developer, but she also loves fashion and beautiful jewelry. Out of her love for these things, comes theIvanka Trump Collection. You won't find any costume jewelry in this line, like her mother Ivana had once sold on bothHSN and QVC. Instead, you will find only the finest diamonds and pearls along with some enameled pieces with her signature diamond oval shapes mixed in. She even opened up a store on Madison Avenue in Manhattan which is more of a beautiful boutique than a cold upper eastside jewelry store. I'm sure we will be reading much more about this shining star in the years to come.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Passing Of Diet Icon

Once upon a time, there lived a woman named Judy Mazel. She moved to Los Angelos early on in her life in the hopes of puruing a career in the entertainment industry, but it was never meant to be. Her frustration over her failed dreams, let to a huge weight gain to 180 pounds. Desperate to find an answer to her weight problems, the Beverly Hills Diet was born. Judy wrote a book and it caught on like wildfire. Her idea that certain food groups should not be consumed together is not a new one, but she had a different take on it. The book not only brought her amazing success, but she also lost over seventy pounds and was a svelte 103 pounds until she died at age 63 early this month. It is still a mystery as to why this vibrant woman died at such a young age. She still has many followers who swear by her diet idea that is over twenty years old.

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Best Way To Line A Truck Bed

Since I started this blog almost two years ago, I've written several posts about trucks. So what do trucks have to do with a beauty blog you might ask? The answer is women love beauty and they love their trucks. I recently saw a beautiful young woman in a parking lot, locking up her custom designed truck. So you know if a woman loves her truck, she will certainly love buying the best accessories. One thing all trucks need is a great truck bed liner. If you don't own a truck, you may wonder what's the big deal about having a great truck bed liner, but I can tell you that you have to have one that has skid-resistant technology and is a perfect fit for your truck. Afterall, if you've spent all that money on your custom-designed truck, then you will definitely want to fit it with only the best accessories and the very best truck liner so you can get the most use out of it all year round.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Paris Can Can

Heiress extradonaire, Paris Hilton, will be making public appearances in the very near future, to hawk her brand new perfume scent, 'Can Can'. If you are a fashion maven, then you've seen Paris' sultry advertisements for her newest scent ('Heiress' being the predessesor). In fact, Paris will be appearing at Macy's at Roosvelt Field in Garden City, Newy York, on Tuesday, November 13th. I'm sure all her fans will come out for this huge event. Why it's the biggest thing that's hit Roosevelt Field since Ashley Simpson was there a few years back, before her nose job and bleached blonde hair.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Big Blue Hotel

International travel is still very popular and if you are looking for a great, fun vacation across the pond, considering visiting Blackpool, England, a hugely popular vacation spot. If you are looking at Blackpool Hotels, considering staying at the Big Blue Hotel. The Big Blue Hotel is the first hotel to be built in Blackpool in the last twenty-five years. This very chic and thoroughly modern hotel, boasts over-sized rooms that we Americans have become accustomed to here. The hotel has family rooms and the hotel is adjacent to Pleasure Beach, Blackpool's largest tourist attraction, and is also considered the entertainment and adventure capital of Britian. The Big Blue Hotel also caters to the savvy business traveler and their executive wing has a separate entrance and Club Executive rooms which entitles business travelers to exclusive entrance to the Club Lounge. In other words, the Big Blue Hotel, has something for everyone. Most importantly, visitors to the Big Blue Hotel have posted rave reviews of their experience there. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Beauty Within

Not too long ago I wrote a post about a great new blog I came upon through one of my
Facebook friends. Actually, it's her blog and she has wonderful fashion sense on every level. Well, I had entered a contest which she was running, and lo and behold, I won the contest. I got a full size bottle of both shampoo and conditioner from Dove and I also received an adorable "beauty is within" t-shirt and a gorgeous necklace I chose from a varied inventory of jewelry made by the blogger herself. The good news is, she will be holding another contest in the near future so check out her great blog and maybe you can win some great things too. Just head over to Beauty Is Within.

More Britney News

While Britney Spears recently regained limited visitation rights with her two children, a used sock worn by the photographer whose foot she ran over last week with her car after getting her lips plumped up, has gone up for action on Ebay. When all is said and done, the sock will earn more than one thousand dollars, but the proceeds of the stinky sock will go to the Children's Defense Fund.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Another Runway Season

Project Runway which airs on Bravo, will be heading towards it's fifth season, but who can wait that long? This is probably one of the smartest reality shows on television, but Bravo does reality so well with other shows like Top Chef and Kathy Griffin's 'The D List'. I can't get enough of any of these shows, and thankfully Bravo makes re-runs available both on television and online so, if you're like me, check out your favorite episodes to tide you over until the new season begins.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Walk For Teens

It's no secret that more and more children and teens are suffering the effects of lack of exercise and poor eating choices, which eventually leads to obesity. It is such a huge concern now that many physicians worry that children will not outlive their parents and that diabetes will become a huge epidemic. In an effort to fight childhood obesity, Leslie Sansone of Walk Away The Pounds fame, now has a brand new walking program for teens simply entitled Teen Walk. This program is designed specifically for teens and the participants are kids. In recent DVDs, Leslie has enlisted her own daughter to join in the walking program and this led to her idea to make a program targeted just for kids. This is a great way to get kids off the couch and exercising in the comfort of their own homes. You can even do the program with your teen if they don't want to do it alone, but it's just a great way for them to get some exercise.

Sir Clay

Clay Aiken will be appearing on Broadway very soon, in the role of Sir Robin in the hit musical comedy Spamalot. Clay says he literally jumped at the chance to perform on Broadway when the great director, Mike Nichols approached him. He won't be the only American Idol alumni to take a Broadway stage this Fall. As former Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino leaves the hit show, The Color Purple, LaKisha Jones will be taking over her spot.

Monday, October 15, 2007


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Shabby Chic

No one can argue that designer Marc Jacobs isn't a talented, albeit sometimes troubled, man who has been designing his own line as well as pieces for Louis Vuitton. Perhaps he was making a statement about how frustrating it is to have his bags knocked off and sold in the back alleys in China Town, by creating a designer bag out of an otherwise dollar store find. This cheap, plastic carry all, which can be found in just about any cheap store for under a dollar, has the Louis Vuitton luggage stamp on it, and thereby makes it a designer bag selling for over a thousand dollars. So does this make Marc Jacobs a smart business man? Maybe even smarter than you think. The bag is actually a knock-off of another designer, Jack Spade, who did the very same thing in his own line, with his own logo. I love the irony, but not at that price.

Making The Most Of Your Garage All Year Round

Many people don't just park their car in their garages. Many times, people use this space as a place to work on projects for the rest of the home, store items they don't use all year long and even as a laundry room. However, with the cold weather upon us, it would be extra nice to have a garage heater to keep the garage warm and toasty all through the cold winter months. Imagine never having to scrape ice and snow off your car or being able to use the garage as a workshop all through the winter. This is a great way to make the most out of useful space all year round. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Holly Who?

If you are like a lot of women, you've probably never even heard of Holly Dunlap. However, Holly has been very hot for quite some time now and is the innovator behind the Hollywould line of clothing, great shoes and bags. Now Holly has designed a line exclusively for Target which will only be available through mid-December. The line includes beautiful bags for both day and evening, all moderately priced and all with famous names like the Monroe or the Grace. Holly also has designed a line of shoes for the store all priced at $29.99 so hurry over and grab some chic style for just a little cash while you can.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Shopping With Confidence

The holidays are coming up fast. Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here and that can only mean one's time to start shopping. You might be thinking that using a credit card might not be such a good idea, but credit cards are still the best way to shop as long as they are used responsibly. Now you can find many Credit Card Offers that will fit just about any kind of credit situation including everything from great credit cards that offer all kinds of rewards from travel to sports fans. There are even credit cards for people who are still trying to improve their credit score and for those who have bad credit. Of course, there are credit cards for students looking to create a good credit history for themselves and credit cards that can be used to transfer balances from other credit cards, allowing you pay off balances with zero interest for a short period of time. You can find and compare credit cards before applying and get the one that is just right for you and your needs. In the end, it will help you to do all your holiday shopping with confidence and ease. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Where Everything Old Is New Again

Years ago, when my kids were little, they outgrew their good clothing so fast, that often, things were only worn once. The idea of consignment shopping was extremely appealing to me and stores like Once Upon A Child became staples in my shopping routine. I was able to sell my own gently used clothing, and at the same time, got some great things for my kids, some of which were one-of-a-kind designer items that cost a fraction of what they orignally sold for. Of course, consignment shopping is nothing new. There are many kinds of consignment shops that have been around for years, selling used clothing from the rich and famous and other stores that sell bridal gowns for thrifty brides who want their dream dress at a fraction of the cost. Another great consignment store is now popping up all over the country called Plato's Closet. This great store carries brand names familiar to anyone who is either raising a teenager or is a teenager, like Abercrombie, Hollister, Juicy Couture, Coach and so much more. You can sell your clothes there too and while you're there, pick up some great items for the price of one new one somewhere else. Check out their website to find a store near you or, maybe own a franchise for yourself.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Another Baby Bump Confirmation

Since Jennifer Lopez has been on tour with her husband, Marc Anthony, baby bump watchers have been anxiously awaiting confirmation of a pregnancy and they finally got what they've been waiting for. Jennifer joins the growing number of celebrities who are presently on their own baby bump watch including newly pregnant actress, Halle Berry. Jennifer is still early into her pregnancy, but her bump is very prominent which is begging the question "could it be twins?". No one knows for sure, but her and her hubby, but needless to say they are both happy with the pregnancy and their tour.
As an update to the original post, I had to change the photo and Jennifer confirmed that she is definitely pregnant with twins. Hope this photo sticks!

Monday, October 08, 2007

This October, Think Pink

For years now, the month of October has been dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer. It has done nothing less than bringing to the forefront, the importance of early detection, which can mean the difference between winning or losing the battle against breast cancer, as well as raising the much-needed funds to continue to find newer and better ways towards early detection and drugs that may eventually cure the disease. More and more companies are jumping on the pink bandwagon to raise money and awareness. Look for products at the Bobbi Brown cosmetic counter that include lipstick and lip gloss sets that are selling for $30 and the company will donate $35,000 towards research. Sonia Kashuk, a breast cancer survivor herself, has a beautiful make-up brush set in a pink case selling at Target for $19.99 with net proceeds going towards reasearch. OPI, my favorite nail polish line, has introduced a beautiful pink color called Pink of Hearts which sells for $7.50 at all stores that carry their line, including Ulta and they are donating $25,000 to the Susan G. Komen fund. Look for pink jewelry, t-shirts, umbrellas, pocketbooks and even a pink vacuum from Dyson which sells for $399 at Target with $40 of every sale going towards research. One of the biggest fund raisers though will be the footwear event sponsored every year by QVC. This event has raised over 25 million dollars which has gone to various organizations. This year the event will take place on Wednesday, October 17th from 7 to 10 PM. The point is, spend a little money and get something nice for yourself while helping to find a cure for a deadly disease that will hopefully be wiped out in our lifetime.

A Simple Solution

If you suffer from TMJ, then you know how very painful it can be. People who suffer from TMJ, often experience excrutiating jaw pain as well as headaches, migraines, tooth aches and ear aches. Often times we clench our jaws so tight when we are sleeping that the TMJ cycle can't be broken, but now there is a way to treat the condition without dangerous drugs. Night Guard helps treat TMJ safely and it's a simple solution to a condition that causes many painful symptoms. It's easy to use and before you know it, you will feel so much better! This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Pam Marries Again

The aging sex kitten, Pam Anderson, has married yet again, this time to on-line gambling guru, Rick Solomon. The name might not be familiar to you, but Rick was one-time boyfriend to Paris Hilton and made her a star in her own sex video "One Night In Paris". The two married between Pam's shows on the Vegas strip, where she is currently appearing as a magician's assistant. Just another celebrity train wreck, but who am I to judge. By the way, I didn't write "Herpes" on Rick's cap, that was probably Perez Hilton's handy work. In other celebrity news, People Magazine is reporting that Britney Spears has reunited with her mom, Lynne, who flew in from Louisiana to console her daughter in the wake of losing physical custody of her children. Brit is ordered to have several counseling session with her ex, Kevin Federline, and several on her own as well as regular drug testing. She is allowed visitation rights now with her sons, but only in the presence of a court-appointed monitor who will report any unusual behavior. I certainly hope that she can pull herself together for her own sake, but more importantly, for her beautiful children.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Bed And Breakfast The British Way

If you are thinking about a trip to England, this is a great time of year to go. Whether it's your first trip there or a return trip, make it a memorable and special experience with an eastbourne bed and breakfast experience. Eastbourne is located on the seafront of England's best beaches. Here you will be offered sumptuous accommodations. Each room is unique in decor and no expense has been spared for guests, which will leave you with a long-lasting and memorable experience. This post has been sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Gives Your Eyes A Lift

If you want to give your eyes a lift, without spending a fortune on plastic surgery, then try using eyeliner. The best liner is black, but if you are afraid of using black eyeliner, then try using a soft brown on your lower eyelid and save the black eyeliner for your top lid only. The effect is softer, but gives your eyes a younger and uplifted look. If yo are afraid of your inability to draw a straight line (and who isn't?), then try Cover Girl's Exact Liquid Liner which comes in a variety of colors, including Very Black. It's a real bargain at only $6 at most drug and discount stores and is a great investment. To complete your fall look, try using some soft peachy colors, especially if you are wearing gray this fall, which is the new black. Try Cover Girl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Berry Splash for your lips, also only $6 at most drug and discount stores. Add some Cover Girl Cheekers Blush in Natural Twinkle to your cheeks; a real bargain at $3. Use Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Four-Kit Eye Shadow in sheerly Nudes for only $4. If you buy all these products, you will have a complete, new and fresh look for under $20.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

A Sink Is a Beautiful Thing To Behold

Years ago, updating a kitchen wasn't such a creative project. There was little to choose from in the way of styles and colors so the kitchen rarely reflected the character of the home or the person using it. These days, kitchen fixtures have become more like beautiful sculptures while being totally functional in ways never imagined before. Take Franke Sinks for instance. These beautiful sinks can be ordered in many different configurations as well as finishes and colors. Whatever style kitchen, there is a sink to fit your taste and budget, making your kitchen the showplace you have always dreamed of. Why settle for anything less than perfection? A kitchen is a time-consuming and costly project, to make sure you get the product you most desire that will last for years of enjoyment. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

His Viewpoint

Kevin Federline, pictured here with one of his children from another relationship, now has custody of his two sons from his marriage to Britney Spears. He has a full-time nanny who has already been photographed taking both boys out to a local park, while Britney spends her free time (also photographed) shopping in Beverly Hills. A source close to Kevin has stated that he takes no pleasure in having sole, physical custody of his children. His goal is to have shared custody, and he hopes that Britney will now take the time to pull herself together so they can continue to jointly raise the children. The whole world is hoping the same thing, but in the meantime, Britney's latest single has been way up in popularity on iTunes.

The Ageless Diva

Yes, there is such a thing as an ageless diva, and her name is Suzanne Somers. I wrote a while back about how Suzanne was going to start a subsidiary of her already very popular and varied lines as seen on the Home Shopping Network, whereby her long-time fans could promote and sell the very same products. Well, Suzanne is doing for all her fans, what she has been doing for herself for years; giving them the opportunity to make money marketing the very same products she's been selling for years. Suzanne's famous products can be seen at Agless Diva and the home page displays many items which are on sale. Items are categorized very simply and the website is very easy to navigate, making choosing products and ordering very simple and easy. Some of my favorite products are available, including the Facemaster, which I highly recommends (yes, it really works!) as well as the one product that first made her the queen of marketing, the thighmaster, which you can purchase for a great price. If you are a fan of Suzanne's Somerize products like the wonderful flourless brownies or the Somer Sweet for baking your own products. There is a whole section dedicated to Suzanne's skin care line which has been very popular with her fans as well as the one thing that probably started her huge success on the Home Shopping Network, her fabulous jewelry line. I've bought a few pieces of Suzanne's jewelry and they are very well-made and the classic styles can be worn from season to season. I have bought one of her cornerstone pieces, her trilliant bracelet which is stunning and her watches are beautiful as well as functional and well made. Maybe you'll become so addicted to Suzanne's products that you will want to become a representative. From what I understand, it's fun and easy to do and you get a great deal of support. This information came to me through an acquaintance who joined the company early on and got the pleasure of meeting Suzanne in person on a number of occasions. If you have to make some money, you might as well have some fun and look fabulous while you're doing it.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Another Great Find

Recently, I told you that I had joined Facebook. Since I've joined, I've met some fabulous people and it's really opened up a whole, new world to me. One person I have become "friends" with is Maria Palma. She has a wonderful website which you can access here. At her homepage you can visit her blog and check out all the great jewelry which she hand crafts herself. She is a truly inspirational and talented woman. With the holidays coming, you won't want to miss out on her lovely gift shop where you can purchase some unique, and inspirational gifts for yourself or for someone special. You can access the gift shop just by clicking here.

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Better Parent Or The Lesser Of Two Evils?

Apparently, Britney may have temporarily lost custody of her two boys because she did not comply with several requirements of the court including getting her driver's license up to date and submitting to regular drug testing. According to the TMZ, Britney allegedly drove, with her children, to a local fast-food drive-thru restaurant, and after placing and receiving an order, she surrendered the children to Kevin Federline's bodyguard. She wasn't supposed to surrender her children until Wednesday. So apparently, the court finds Kevin Federline to be the better parent at this point. He allegedly has cut way down on his own partying, unlike Britney, and he makes a point to pick up the kids every evening for dinner. Ironically, Britney's problems may have begun when she initially met Kevin Federline, some may say. However, I believe that Britney may have had problems long before Kevin Federline came along and she may have just been very good at covering those problems up with her squeaky-clean, virginal personna. The question is this now; will she be able to survive having to surrender custody of her children to her ex-husband? Only time will tell.

He's Young, Hip And Psychic!

I'm really excited about this great website I found about psychic, Tana Hoy. He's a very good-looking, young, hip psychic, but he's more than a psychic. Tana is also a psychic healer, so those who get a reading from him, not only get a clear picture of their future, but often feel healed after a reading. His wonderful website allows his fans and followers to easily connect with him through his blog, his newsletter and any personal appearances or interviews he has done. You can also schedule a phone reading with him through the website. The website is very informational regarding spirit guides and angels and, on the homepage, you can view recent videos or hear recent audio clips from Tana. Do go over and visit Tana Hoy when you get a chance. You will be very impressed!

When Designers Do Discount

More and more consumers are beginning to see high-end designers, design for lower-end retail and even discount stores. Designers have always done ready wear lines for higher end retail stores, but prices for ready wear by high-end designers were not for middle-class consumers. Perhaps designers are feeling the need to allow all consumers to have a taste of what celebrities have been experiencing all along. Maybe it's our desire to be more like all those stars we see on the red carpet, but whatever the reason for this phenomenon, it shows no signs of slowing down. If you love Vera Wang, you can purchase a line from her exclusively at Kohls called simply Vera. This line has reasonably priced separates and dresses which are very reasonably priced and which makes designers like Vera, very accessible to the average woman. Expect to see a line from high-end designer, Roberto Cavalli for H&M. This will be a limited edition of glamorous evening wear, but when it's gone it's gone. So be sure to check it out when that line debuts on November 8th.

Meet Other Tattoo Lovers

Are a tattoo lover who longs to meet someone who feels just as passionate about tattoos as you do? Now, there is a website dedicated to tattoo dating. This great website is easy to navigate and absolutely free to join. You can immediately connect with other tattoo singles right in your own area. Here you will find photos and profiles of all singles looking to connect with others who are just as passionate about tattoos as you are. You can see multiple photos on many of these profiles and send a private message or a flirt to get connected for a possible relationship or just for some fun. Profiles are always being updated so you can browse every day and constantly meet new and exciting people who love tattoos just like you. It's fun, fast and absolutely free. There's also a tattoo chat so you can find a great way to break the ice while you're looking for your special someone. Like anything else in life, you got to be in it to win it, so give it a try.

Britney Loses Babies

Today, a judge in California, ordered Britney Spears to turn over custody of her two sons to her former husband, Kevin Federline, until further notice. This is breaking news and I don't have all the details as to why the judge came to this conclusion today since the last court hearing yeilded a decision to keep the custody status quo so that both parents would still share parenting tasks. Any other information about the court order to have Kevin Federline retain physical custody of the children is unknow at this time, even by the world's biggest gossip site, TMZ. I'm sure that we will all be aware of why the judge made his decision in a very short period of time, but in the meantime, I'm sure Britney is even more traumatized than she's been over the last few months, which may send her spiraling more out of control.

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