One sleeve on, one sleeve off…being off-center is now stylish. Bring home the asymmetrical look with this CNC top – worn with jeans and killer heels, it’s perfect for a night on the town.

Celebrity Gossip: Costumes, Hospitals, and Reality TV Sequals

What did you dress up as for Halloween this year? Well, if you were Jennifer Love Hewitt and her fiancé, you would have paraded around as Brangelina for Halloween. Yep, one celebrity dressed up as another celebrity for Halloween. Hewitt told Entertainment Tonight that her and her fiancé, Ross McCall, were going as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for Halloween this year. The key to their costume? We’re just gonna have lots of babies!” Hewitt said. She also added, “And I’m going to look really sultry and really drop-dead gorgeous.” So, I just find this rather odd that one celebrity would want to dress up as another one for Halloween. Does anyone else think it’s a little strange?

Singer Amy Winehouse was hospitalized once again this past weekend to perform more tests on her lungs and chests. Winehouse was last hospitalized back in June of this year with lung problems, but as pictures show, she has not stopped smoking. These tests were done just as a precaution to check how her lungs and chests were. Winehouse’s father has admitted that her lungs are diseased due to smoking cigarettes and cocaine. So, if these were just precautionary tests, why was she admitted into the hospital for an overnight stay? Usually, you have tests done and can go home the same day. I think that there is definitely something seriously wrong with Amy Winehouse’s health.

The Bachelorette couple Trista and Ryan may be returning to reality television. The couple, which just announced they will be having another child next year, is considering doing another reality television series. This series would focus on their children and their family life. According to Trista, “It’s just a matter of whether it fits.” So, they had their wedding taped and shown live on TV, do you think she will have her delivery taped live and shown on TV? I sure hope not!


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Coolest Skate Park: The Black Pearl

One of the coolest skate parks in the world is the Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park found in the Grand Cayman Islands. This skate park is considered to be the largest concrete skate park in the world. It also offers one of the largest, standing artificial waves in the world. So, if you are into surfing, skateboarding or both, this is a great park to visit.

The Black Pearl Skate Park
The Black Pearl Skate Park offers skaters about 52,000 square feet of skating terrain to work over. There are three different courses that you can ride on: a beginners’ course, an intermediate level course and an advanced skaters’ course. Each of these courses offers a selection of bowls, transition zones, flow terrain and street terrain. This park also offers quarter pipes and half pipes. If you want to skate in this park, you are required to wear a helmet and the appropriate padding. If you are on vacation or if you don’t have the appropriate equipment or padding, you can rent it at the onsite skate shop.

This park is open Monday through Saturday from nine in the morning until dusk and on Sunday from ten in the morning until dusk. The entry fee is CI $16 for the day, CI $50 for the week or CI $100 for the month. In U.S. dollars, this is about $24 for the day, $75 for the week or $150 for the month.

The Black Pearl Surf Park
The Black Pearl Surf Park is a record breaker in its own right. It has a machine that is capable of producing a standing wave of up to eleven feet tall. It also has the ability to move 150,000 gallons of water in a minute, and it produces a surfing zone that covers about 1,280 square feet. This park provides both surfing instructions and equipment, so you don’t have to pack a surfboard with you on the plane or in your car. This is a great place to go to learn the basics of surfing or to just have a bit of fun on a hot day. Parents will love this park too, because there is a restaurant onsite where they can enjoy a nice meal and relax while their kids play at the surf park or skate park.

Records for Running: Wilma Rudolph

When I was in middle school, I used to sit next to a girl who had one leg that was shorter than her other. When we both tried out for the basketball team, I didn’t think she’d have a chance. Wrong! On the day of the tryouts, she surprised everyone with her dribbling and shooting skills. It was my first lesson in not judging a book by its cover. My second lesson came when I saw the movie about runner Wilma Rudolph.

Wilma Glodean Rudolph was the 20th child of 22. A Tennessee native, she suffered from several illnesses: scarlet fever, pneumonia and polio. These illnesses led to the crippling of one of her legs. Sadly, for the first 9 years of her life, Wilma’s days were dim. Yet one day, her circumstances changed. She got a leg brace. What happened next? She turned into one of the world’s greatest runners.

After getting a device to strengthen her leg, Wilma Rudolph turned into a runner. By age 12, she was the fastest runner in her school. By age 16, she participated in her first Olympics and won the bronze medal in the 4 ×100 meter. By the 1960s, Rudolph was the first woman to receive three gold medals. Shortly afterward she retired. It was the height of her career.

Wilma Rudolph’s life truly exemplifies a book that started off sorrowful but ended with joy. I guess you can never look at a person’s circumstances and say what they will do in life – not even your own.

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Meals For The Family: Classic Casseroles

Is there anything more satisfying than a casserole on a cool evening? Not only are casseroles the perfect comfort food, but they’re also extremely easy to make. In only a few minutes, you can prepare a casserole and help the kids with their homework. Thirty minutes to an hour later, you’ll have a delicious meal that your entire family will enjoy. Here are a couple recipes to help get you started.

Lean Beef and Vegetable Pasta Bake
Serves 4

  • 1 pound of 93-percent lean ground beef
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons, minced garlic
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 16-ounce jar of organic pasta sauce
  • 4 ounces of 2-percent mozzarella cheese

1. Cook ground beef and season to taste.
2. In the meantime, cook the vegetables and garlic in olive oil until slightly tender.
3. Boil pasta according to package directions.
4. Combine the meat, vegetables, sauce and pasta. Pour into an 8-inch dish that has been coated with cooking spray.
5. Top with cheese and bake at 400 degrees until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
6. Serve with whole wheat garlic bread and a side salad.

Chicken Mushroom Casserole
Serves 4

  • 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Olive oil
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup of frozen pearl onions, thawed
  • 1 jar of chicken gravy
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust

1. Cook chicken in a skillet until cooked through and cut into bite-size pieces.
2. In the meantime, sauté the mushrooms in olive oil.
3. Combine the chicken, mushrooms, onions, gravy and seasonings.
4. Pour a quarter of the mixture into four large, oven-safe coffee mugs.
5. Roll out the prepared crust and use a large cookie cutter or paring knife to cut four circles of crust.
6. Top the mugs with the crust and bake at 350 degrees until the crust is golden brown.

Skip the long drawn out meals and let your casserole do the work.

Vacations for the Outdoorsy Type: Hot Springs, AR

Known to the rest of the world as “America’s First Resort,” Hot Springs, AR, is one of the most relaxing outdoor vacations you will ever experience.

Of course, this city is named after the 147-degree, natural, thermal water generated by the 47 different springs of the Hot Springs Mountain. However, there is more to do than lounge in bathhouses and take hot springs tours. In fact, there are plenty of outdoor tourist activities to engage your attention.

Kids, for example, will enjoy water games and swimming at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls or a scenic drive through Hot Springs National Park. Young couples in love can take the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat across beautiful Lake Hamilton or take a stroll through Garvan Woodland Gardens.

If you’re into buried treasure, you might want to spend an afternoon hunting for quartz crystals (yes, you get to keep your finds), and hikers will love the hiking trails of the Ouachita Mountain Range. Fishing is also popular in Hot Springs, and nearby lakes and streams offer crappie, bass, walleye, stripers and trout.

There are also several stables in Hot Springs, each of which offers hours of horseback riding adventures. If you prefer to see the world from the back of a horse, give the local barn a call. If you like to see horses but stay off their backs, spend a day at the Oaklawn Jockey Club and place your bets.

Depending on when you visit Hot Springs, you’ll need to pay careful attention to the weather. The summers feature highs in the upper 80s and lows in the 60s and 70s, so you’ll be able to get away with a fairly light wardrobe. However, if you take your Hot Springs vacation in the winter, prepare for lows below freezing and afternoons in the 40s and 50s.

For cold-weather travels, men will need a comfortable and heat-retaining coat such as the Ground Gage Jacket. Zippered pockets will allow you to tour Hot Springs without worrying about losing your wallet, and the waist-length cut leaves you free to move around. Women who want to stay warm should check out the goose-down Ariat Alta.


No, Georgina Chapman, aka Mrs. Harvey Weinstein, co-founder and designer for Marchesa, is not cheating on her movie-maker husband, it has been announced that she is the new designer, well ‘guest’ designer, for the luxury West End British jeweler, Garrad. However, all of the socialites and fashionistas will have to wait until spring/summer 2010 for a preview of the line at New York Fashion Week. Knowing her attention to detail and the cult following of her decidedly feminine Marchesa line, I’m foreseeing oversized luxe yet lady-like baubles tossed on just so to add the perfect feminine touch to your Marchesa creation or any other outfit for that matter. No word on whether Mick’s little girl, Jade Jagger, is truly out as Creative Director, or whether or not that is why Ms. Chapman was asked in the first place. However, word does have it that Georgina’s line will be debuting at the same time as the Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe’s will. What a fashionably fabulous showdown that will be, albeit my odds are on Georgina, as everything she touches seems to come up designer gold.

Must See Family Vacation Spots: The Greatest Show on Earth

Strap the clown shoes on the kids and head to circus central in Sarasota, Florida. A long time ago, the Greatest Show on Earth headed out by rails around the country to show off Jumbo the Elephant, Emmett Kelly the clown and trapeze artists galore. But the circus train always managed to find its way back to the sleepy, little, Florida town that is home to everything circus-related.

The Ringling Museum of the Circus in Sarasota opened 60 years ago and has been thrilling visitors ever since. What began as a simple collection of circus memorabilia has expanded to include such must-see attractions as the “World’s Largest Miniature Circus,” (not to be confused with the world’s smallest big-screen TV), and a real highlight: the world’s largest collection of circus posters. A trip to the Ringling Museum of the Circus is a trip to a museum that kids will actually love. The circus really was the Greatest Show on Earth before the arrival of radio, the movies, television and the Internet. Those circus posters are about as low-tech in terms of advertising as it gets, but compared to the incessant pop-up Internet ads and TV commercials, those circus posters are the equivalent of the fine art.

Unless you suffer from coulrophobia, the Ringling Museum of the Circus is an absolute delight. What is coulrophobia? The bane of the Ringling Museum of the Circus and circuses around the world: fear of clowns. But don’t despair; the museum is devoted to all things having to do with the circus, and clowns are but one part of this amazing destination site. Traveling to Sarasota is like walking back into time when every kid looked forward to the day the circus came to town. It reminds parents of a certain sense of innocence and nostalgia.