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What is Going on with Kim Kardashian?! September 11, 2010

Filed under: Beauty,Celebrity — lilypad007 @ 4:49 pm

I saw this picture of Kim Kardashian on The Huffington Post, and I can’t help but wonder, what the heck has she done to her face?! She looks like a transvestite (nothing wrong with being one, but it’s not usually considered a compliment unless you are a cross- dresser!). The pounds of makeup she puts on is clearly adding to the tranny look, but another story on Huffington shows her geting Botox, which I think definitely adds to the look! Someone needs to tell this girl she does NOT look good. I remember just a couple of years ago thinking how naturally gorgeous this girl was, curves and all. Within a couple of years, she has aged at least ten years..and she’s only 29!!! Reminds me of my post on teenagers getting Botox. Listen up teens, after looking at Kim, it seems as though Botox at a young age actually ages you more!!!

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Wyclef Needs to Shut It September 7, 2010

Filed under: In the News,Music — lilypad007 @ 12:23 pm
Wyclef Jean performing at the General Assembly...

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Read this post and couldn’t help but laugh. Could Wyclef Jean really be any more immature? The post states:

“At a concert in NYC this past Friday, Jean had some harsh words for Sean Penn and sometime Fugees bandmate Pras, two of the most prominent celebs who have spoken out against his plans to run for president of that country.

‘I got a message for Sean Penn,” Jean sang. “Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.” Jean continued in the following line: “I got a message for Praswell/Even though you don’t want to support me, I got love for you/Even though you only kicked eight bars in the Fugees.'”

What annoys me is that he actually thought he could be the President of Haiti. It seems as though just because Haiti isn’t in the best shape and is the poorest countries in the Americas, that anything is better than what they have now. I don’t think that’s the right attitude. A future leader of Haiti should have the basic skills to be able to run ANY country. And I cannot not see Wyclef running for President of the United States of America, nor any other country for that matter. Furthermore, I think that countries such as Haiti require even greater skilled leadership because of the huge  challenge of rebuilding a nation with such little resources. This guy has become so deluded. It takes a lot more than love for the people (which of course is important). Yes a president of any country has countless advisers and specialists, but a president needs to have a basic grasp of say, economics and policies!

I agree with what Sean Penn and Pras had to say about Wyclef running for President of Haiti, and I think that his immaturity just takes away from the real issues in Haiti, which he claims to care so much about. If he has real concrete plans, if he understands how basic economics works, then please, let us know. Otherwise, you are just taking the spotlight from the important stuff.

 

Attention Losties: Lost Epilogue September 4, 2010

Filed under: TV and Movies — lilypad007 @ 12:33 am
Lost (TV series)

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This came out a couple of weeks ago (when I did not have a blog), but I thought I would post a link for it in its entirety for any fellow Losties who have not seen it. The Link. The epilogue is titled “The New Man in Charge” and did not contain anything explosive, considering it is only twelve minutes, and lord knows how many questions were left unresolved! But I am OK with that. Some things are better left unsaid and in an air of mystery. Here are the things we do learn in the epilogue (via Vanity Fair):

WARNING: SPOILERS

• The mysterious food drops on the island that everyone seems so interested in actually originate from some sort of warehouse on Guam. Ben Linus, on orders from Hurley, explains to two employees at the warehouse that DHARMA hasn’t existed for quite some time and, in turn, he’s closing down the plant. As a reward, the two workers are given a fair compensation package.

• The two workers have been loading food drops for about twenty years.

• The transmissions that the workers receive on where to drop the food are automated and originate from a “lamppost station in L.A.”

• Hurley likes to be referred to as “The Man in Charge,” apparently.

• Ben Linus is environmentally conscious, asking the workers to make sure to turn off the lights before they leave.

• Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are mocking us when the one worker whines, “We deserve answers!” (We all deserved that!)

• The island moves (but we already knew that).

• It appears that Ben Linus owns the season five deluxe edition “DHARMA initiation kit” DVD set of “Lost.

• DHARMA conducted genetic alteration tests on animals.

• Polar bears make ideal candidates for electromagnetic studies, hence their presence on the island.

• Whatever you do, don’t taunt polar bears. They eat arms!

• The electromagnetic energy on the island causes problems with the early terms of polar bear pregnancy— which obviously extended to human pregnancy, too.

• DHARMA used to kidnap “hostiles” (members of The Others) and interrogate them for information. Then, they wipe the hostile’s mind free of the interrogation by showing them what I can only assume is the Monkee’s psychedelic movie,Head.

• Walt, now a full-grown man who may be pushing 40, goes by the name of Keith John, these days. He also lives in a mental patients’ ward.

• Like all mental patients on TV and in movies, Walt enjoys solo games of Connect Four.

• Yes, Walt is still “special.” No, we still don’t know why Walt is special, exactly.

• Walt leaves with Ben and Hurley. Hurley has “a job” for Walt. It’s a good guess to assume that Walt is being groomed to take over the island. Perhaps this explains why Walt wasn’t in the alternate timeline purgatory in the aired finale; he took over for Hurley and is therefore immortal and wouldn’t be dead when all the other characters are dead.

• Walt can be convinced to do just about anything in exchange for a granola bar.

 

Teenagers Getting Botox?! September 3, 2010

Filed under: Beauty,Health — lilypad007 @ 11:27 pm
Botox Sale ! $8 per unit

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This video on CNN makes me sad. According to CNN, 12,000 Botox procedures were performed on teenagers last year, up 2% from the year before. I would like to know who these teenagers’ parents are! Are they aware of the many unnecessary dangers they are exposing their kids to? In fact, in 2009 the FDA ordered Botox to carry the black box label, as the New York times reported:

“The F.D.A. said such drugs must carry warning labels explaining that the material has the potential to spread from the injection site to distant parts of the body — with the risk of serious difficulties, like problems with swallowing or breathing.

Requiring a drug to carry a box with bold-face risk information — a so-called black-box warning — is one of the strongest safety actions the F.D.A. can take. Black boxes are typically reserved for medications known to have serious or life-threatening risks. Antidepressants, for example, carry black boxes warning of the increased danger of suicidal thoughts and actions.”

I can’t see any doctor promoting this with a straight face. Actually I can. Dr. Bill Johnson in the CNN video does a pretty good job of convincing us that Botox injections are a formidable anti-aging procedure for teenagers. There are already so many dangers that we expose ourselves to on a daily basis, so is this really necessary? Although Botox is not permanent like plastic surgery, I can imagine it becoming an addiction of sorts, where a person finds other flaws and continues to want more work done.

The underlying issues involved here are clearly psychological and involve self-esteem. Case in point: 19 year-old Marlene, who got Botox around her right eye in the CNN video. The reporter asked “you put a lot of pressure on yourself to be perfect and beautiful?” “Quite a bit,” responded Marlene. oh man, that broke my heart. In some ways, I do blame the parents (who are clearly paying for this and therefore endorsing this kind of thinking). But I also think some of the psychological issues stem from the culture we live in today. Duh.

Sadly, I can understand where Marlene is coming from. The focus on celebrities and appearance has increased dramatically from even fiver years ago! Five years ago I was in college, pretty oblivious to frown lines, crows feet etc. Now I have become acutely aware of all of that. Not because they appear on my face (I am 25), but because of the focus anti-aging plays in the media these days. Seriously, I wish I could get all of those Hollywood celebrities to shut up and those stupid hosts on the celebrity news shows who fawn over these celebrities to shut up too for promoting that crap. And all of those anti-aging products that DO NOT work…go away… I am sick of seeing ads with airbrushed models everywhere!

All of it has made me a little anxious too. So anxious that I too have asked my doctor friends what they would recommend to prevent aging, except of course Botox or plastic surgery. And they all say the same things: eat a healthy and balanced diet, drink water, exercise, avoid stress, get enough sleep, don’t smoke and use sunscreen. One of my dermatologist friends told me that retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) is one of the few anti-aging ingredients that has proven to be effective, but that at my age, all I really need is a good moisturizer. In the end, I wish I never even felt the need to inquire with my friends. The advice they gave me should be mantras on how to live an overall healthy life. And really, that is the most important thing!

 

Fight at the US Open

Filed under: In the News,Sports — lilypad007 @ 10:59 pm

I’ve seen brawls at various other sporting events, but would never expect it at the US Open of all places. The fight occurred during the  Djokovic and Petzschner match Thursday night. Granted this was pretty tame compared to say this, which involved players as well as fans, it has actually gone viral today. Check it out:

The fight began when a woman confronted a young man over his foul language. According to NBC news he also challenged her to hit him if she had a problem with his language, and she slapped him in the face.  After exchanging some words, the older man pulled the woman’s shirt, and she stepped away from the younger man. It looked like the fight was over, until the older man kicked what appeared to be a drink, and went for the younger guy’s head. They both tumbled over the seats below. All three were eventually thrown out and banned from the US Open until 2012.

From the video, I think all three are to blame equally, even though the crowd seemed to hate on the younger guy. The young guy should have shut his trap, the woman slapped him, and the old man attacked him. All three deserved to be kicked out for disrupting the match, but in the end,  no matter what the younger guy said, they didn’t have the right to slap and attack him.

Some believe that tennis is now attracting a much broader fan base that is unfamiliar with the kind of conduct that is expected on and off the court. I don’t know about that. I am sure there has not been a significant rise in such incidences at professional tennis events, but that the stories reaches us more quickly and become viral because of youtube, camera phones, twitter etc.

 

Chan Luu Wrap Bracelets

Filed under: Fashion — lilypad007 @ 8:28 pm

I was recently browsing through Banana republic and saw that they had collaborated with jewelry designer Chan Luu to recreate

Chan Luu Rose Gold Nugget Wrap Bracelet ($220)

some of his signature wrap bracelets! Great idea, except for the fact that the Banana Republic bracelet online is almost the same price as the ones that Chan Luu has been selling on his website for awhile (BR-$210, Chan Luu-$22o for a similar one). I love these bracelets but can’t fathom spending that much on them! Which is why I am glad that Club Monaco came up with some Chan Luu knockoffs last year (which they still sell in stores) for only $29! That may still be a little much for some to spend on a bracelet, but let me tell you, I wear this bracelet practically everyday, during the day to work and at night when I go out on the town. They come in a variety of colors at Club Monaco and I have gotten so many compliments, many from guys actually!

Club Monaco Wrap Bracelets ($29-in stores)

Banana Republic Chan Luu Coil Wrap Bracelet ($210)

Club Monaco Wrap Bracelet ($29-in stores)

 

One Chilean Miner in No Rush to be Rescued

Filed under: In the News — lilypad007 @ 7:41 pm

Why? Because it seems he may have a mistress and an angry wife waiting for him! According to reports, trappedYONNI BARRIOS - Crazy ore-deal. Chilean miner Yonni Barrios’s wife, Marta Salinas, and Barrios’ mistress, Susana Valenzuela, were both holding vigils for him outside the mine. Before this moment, Salinas was unaware of Valenzuela, who claims that Barrios was planning on leaving his wife for her. She said: “We are in love. I’ll wait for him.” Oh man. That’s a terrible way for the wife to find out! Maybe things will cool down by the time the miner gets out, which looks to be in December.

On another note…no booze or cigarettes for the miners for now! But it is good to hear the miners are getting enough food and water though! Things could be a lot worse.