Celebrity Gossip: Weddings, Honeymoon Babies, Goodbies, And Rehab

Another Hollywood actor and actress have headed down the aisle to marital bliss. Scarlett Johansson, 23, and Ryan Reynolds, 31, got married this past Saturday. The small wedding was held in a resort outside of Vancouver. The couple had been engaged since May 5. Scarlett was given a mighty big engagement ring from Ryan, but she never made public when the couple would marry. The couple had been dating since the spring of 2007, after Reynolds broke off his engagement with singer Alanis Morissette. With the way that Hollywood marriages are lasting these days, these two are going to have to break the celebrity mold to make their marriage last. Best of luck to Scarlett and Ryan.

It seems like another Hollywood actress has been arrested. Heather Locklear was taken into police custody Saturday night. She was held overnight and released Sunday morning. Locklear has previously been in a rehab center in Arizona for depression and anxiety.

Former Bachelor star Andrew Firestone and his new wife Ivana are expecting their first child. The couple just got married in July and will become new parents next April. Can we say honeymoon baby? The couple admits that they were trying to have children as soon as they got married, and it seems to have worked.

On a sadder note, legendary actor Paul Newman has passed at away at the age of 83. Reports state that he had a long battle with cancer and had been sick for quite some time. Not only was Newman a great actor, he was also a passionate racecar driver and philanthropist. He created his own line of food products called “Newman’s Own” with the profits going to different charities. He also created a camp for children with illnesses called Hole In The Wall Gang. His great works and great movies will live on long after his passing.

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Importance of Clothing in Film: All that Jazz in Chicago

With the global financial markets in turmoil, taking a look at the fashions of the 1920s and 30s is almost irresistible. New York City has been filled with events from these decades of late, including a club night called Dances of Vice that celebrates the era, and a multi-day jazz picnic held on Governors Island.

But no matter where you are, it’s easy to take a look at the spectacular fashions of the period, simply by turning to your DVD player and taking a look at the Oscar-winning 2002 movie musical, Chicago. From fabulous flapper dresses to the sensual, structural masterpiece that is Mama’s dress, Chicago highlight the best of the 1920s fashion, in a theatrical, over-the-top way. It’s a great movie to take cues from for everything from sexy Halloween costumes to fun New Year’s Eve formal wear.

When it comes to style, Chicago doesn’t overlook the guys either. Spectacular pin-stripe suits make everyone look thinner, taller and sexier, while the details of vests and pocket watches lend an air of refinement to suits that often feel bold when compared to today’s pattern pallets. When it comes to shoes, the spectacular wingtips on the men should not be missed.

One of the truly great things about Chicago, when it comes to 1920s fashion, is that way it highlights both the clothes that have held our interest for decades and the simpler attire everyday people wore. Not everyone was a flapper, and not every woman was wearing dresses that relied on being slim and minimally curvy. While many people complained about the film’s choice to present the musical numbers as essentially a product of Roxy’s imagination, this strategy allowed costumer designer Colleen Atwood to provide some realism for viewers who are normally uncomfortable with the music genre and to take a look at non-ostentatious clothes from the period. They may not be inspiring to your wardrobe, but they provide a fascinating contrast and a reminder that no period has ever been about high fashion all the time.

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Meals For The Family: Healthy Yet Satisfying

Cooler weather makes it hard to stick to a healthy lifestyle. All you can think of is digging into a bowl of chicken and dumplings or maybe even a hot piece of apple pie with ice cream. How are you and your family going to make it through fall without giving into these temptations? More importantly, how can you prepare a quick meal that’s healthy, yet satisfying? It’s easy. Here’s a great recipe to get you started:

Chicken Meatball Stew
Serves 8

1 pound of 98% lean ground chicken
½ tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 cup of bread crumbs
½ of a small onion, pureed
½ of a small green pepper, pureed
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
Fresh ground pepper to taste
8 ounces small dry pasta, your favorite type
4 cups of frozen, mixed vegetables

1. Combine the ground chicken, poultry seasoning, bread crumbs, onion and green pepper. Form into meatballs. Be careful not to overwork the meat or your meatballs will be tough.
2. Melt the butter in a large pot and combine with flour to create a roux. Stir in the chicken stock and season with pepper.
3. Add meatballs, cover and simmer over medium-low heat for one hour or until the meatballs are cooked through.
4. Add pasta and cook according to the package directions.
5. Stir in frozen vegetables and heat through.
6. Serve with crusty French bread.

What about dessert? Obviously, you want something warm and decadent. Thankfully, there are several healthy desserts to be found at your grocery store. For example, why not prepare a reduced-sugar brownie mix? Or you could even prepare, cook and serve sugar-free pudding. Warm, decadent recipes don’t have to be loaded with sugar. Throw caution to the wind and indulge.

It’s important to find substitutes for those high-calorie fall dishes. Remember, it’s not a free for all from fall through New Year’s. You must prepare recipes that are healthy or you can say bye-bye to that little black dress.

Trend in Accessories at New York Fashion Week

The biggest accessorizing trend on the runway at New York Fashion Week was pale skin and lack of accessories to make the clothes stand out! Interesting marketing trend for the designers (it’s accessories where they make all their money), although it does make life easier for the girls and dressers backstage.

As for actual, as in you-can-go-to-the-mall-or-online-and-buy-them accessories, L’Wren Scott showed gloves and capelets and paired black and white clothes with red shoes…the look was very Meg White doing Marc Jacobs ads.

Ralph Lauren featured messenger bags, fedoras and low-slung belts over clothes that gave off an Indiana Jones meets Yves Saint Laurent vibe. Sabyasaschi and Stephen Burrows both paired their elegant clothes with long, thin earrings a la Edie Sedgwick. Burrows added multicolored metallic bangles and his hair was an accessory too – the collection was entitled “Afro Summer.”

Rebecca Taylor went ’60s-‘70s in another manner, showing fringed handbags and headbands worn across the forehead. Yes, yet another rich hippie look, but a nice one. (Milly was similar but that one was not so nice.)

I normally love Zac Posen, but his clothes and accessories in this collection looked like the light fixtures at Mohegan Sun casino. The silver lipstick was a nice touch, though… must find out who did the makeup, as I wasn’t backstage at that one.

Marc Jacobs (eponymous, not Marc by Marc Jacobs) featured Mary Poppins hats, elaborate metallic wrap belts, piles and piles of bangles and complicated handbags. That was only on one model, and no, I’m not kidding about that! In the Marc line he accessorized with ascot-like scarves, skinny belts, handbags and headbands, which looked relatively clean.

The one trend in accessories that really puzzled me, though, was the rampant presence of gladiator sandals. Designers, that trend is a few too many seasons old now, and it doesn’t look good on anyone, even on your perfect models and the cool girls on the street.

Clothing from Around the World: Hong Kong!

If you’re fashion-conscious and planning on travelling to Asia, don’t forget to visit Hong Kong. Hong Kong is Asia’s paradise when it comes to clothing and fashion. Hong Kong is known as being an exciting and forward-thinking city. This attitude is also seen in the fashions that come from local Hong Kong designers like Vivienne Tam and Walter Ma, who design innovative clothing in Hong Kong one year, which you’ll see in America the next.

The last time I was in Hong Kong, the one thing I noticed was the downright plainness of Hong Kong fashion when it comes to day wear. Many people in Hong Kong wear muted colors during the day – blacks, grays, browns and tans – and seem to love very casual, comfortable clothes. In Hong Kong, you’ll see a lot of jeans, khakis, casual skirts, plain shirts and tops and T-shirts (and loads of jackets in the winter, when it gets pretty chilly). But Hong Kong, unlike Western cities, is a city of tailors, so the cut of the clothing, while casual, is impeccable.

At night, everything changes. Hong Kong is known for its fun nightclubs and world-class restaurants, and people really make the best of their sense of fashion after dark. Elegant, beautifully cut cocktail dresses appear along with brightly colored scarves and shawls in Chinese silk. Impossibly thin Chinese women totter around in high, strappy stiletto heels. Beautiful to look at but probably a killer on the feet!

Designer bags are also all the rage, with Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana and Moschino coveted by all. That’s one thing about Chinese women that’s interesting. Many of them will buy an expensive designer bag or dress and expect it to last for years. Women in Hong Kong certainly seem to prefer quality over quantity and will pay the price required to get just that.

Jewelry is also important for Chinese women, especially gold and jade. According to Chinese belief, jade gives the wearer good luck, and gold is a safer way to save your money than the stock market, so you’ll see many women in Hong Kong loaded down with gold and jade.

The great thing about Hong Kong is there’s something for everyone’s fashion taste here. From casual clothes to elegant evening gowns and a lot in between, you’ll see it all in Hong Kong.

The Daily Trend - Metallic High Heels

Why go for dull, regular-colored shoes when your heels can really shine? Metallic high heels, like these Be&D heels , liven up a dress or black pants. Just don’t go overboard – maybe carry a metallic clutch, but anything else and it’s veering on metallic overload.

YET ANOTHER SHOW ABOUT MODELS

Currently on national television we have in rotation at any given moment, America’s Next Top Model, Make Me A Supermodel and Models Live, but my question is this, is there anything differentiating these shows from the other? Uh well, not really.

A surprising fact is that the grandaddy of reality television, MTV, has been noticeably absent from this beauty line up. Seriously, even VH1 had that behind-the-scenes show The Agency. Naturally, this is all about to change, as MTV wouldn’t be MTV if they did not get in on this. Currently they are casting for Model Makers, where the contestants compete with each other for $100,000 and a modeling contract. And as with all of the shows, someone will be eliminated each week, naturally.

Wait, where have I heard this concept before? Ah, that’s right, every modeling reality show I named in the first sentence of this blog. But wait, MTV is actually switching it up a bit. Contestants can only be between 130 and 190 pounds and the ages of 17 and 24. So hurry, if you qualify, you could be on one of the 27 modeling shows on TV.

Clothing Rules: The Office

In the first edition of ““Brandis R. Paden’s Love Advice,”“:p-3090 she tells Joe from Las Vegas how to get a girl from the office to notice him. Her advice ranges from flirtatious twitter notes to macho swagger. Of course, since it’s all done at the office, Joe faces the HR man after each situation and gets fired. It is a dual example of love and office etiquette. However, there was one tip missing. What was it? Paden’s advice to Joe to change his clothing.

Without a doubt, what you wear in the office affects both your future career and your chances of meeting your future spouse. You just never know when you might encounter that person, which means you always need to be prepared for him or her to be around the next corner, whether that’s a street corner or a cubicle corner. So how do you dress for love and still stay professional? Here are a few tips:

Guys:

Casual

Professional

  • Tailored suits
  • Cuff links

Ladies:

Casual

  • Fitted blouses

Professional

  • Figure flattering suits
  • Colored suits (pinks/oranges)
  • Patterned tights

This type of attire is appropriate for the office but also attractive if worn in a certain way. To add to this fashionable office attire’s allure, you should add a dash of cologne or perfume.

Now, don’t ever say I didn’t try to help you. I just gave you some reasonable ways to spruce up your office attire and get the attention of the man or woman of your dreams. Who loves you baby? Me.