3/06/2013

Curse of the trout pout: Sophie Monk turns heads with her plumped up lips

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER PUBLISHED: 22:40 EST, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:57 EST, 5 March 2013 Sophie Monk admitted two years ago that she 'regrets' succumbing to cosmetic surgery. But the results still loom large for the Australian actress, who was photographed in LA on Monday with her trout pout looking decidedly plumped up. The 33-year-old, who previously dated Benji Madden, was spotted on a shopping trip at Whole Foods in West Hollywood dressed casually in red jeans and cardigan.
Lip service: Australian actress and model Sophie Monk, who has previously said she 'regrets' getting cosmetic surgery, was spotted in LA on MondayLip service: Australian actress and model Sophie Monk, who has previously said she 'regrets' getting cosmetic surgery, was spotted in LA on Monday
 
Plumped up: Sophie has admitted to getting collagen injected into her lips Plumped up: Sophie has admitted to getting collagen injected into her lips
Keeping it casual: The star wore jeans and a cardigan for the low key outing
Keeping it casual: The star wore jeans and a cardigan for the low key outing
Keeping it casual: The star wore jeans and a cardigan for the low key outing
Before: The Australian actress at the MTV Video Awards in Sydney in 2007Before: The Australian actress at the MTV Video Awards in Sydney in 2007
Sophie, who found fame in her native Australia in a girl group before moving to the US in search of an acting career in Hollywood, has previously confessed to having surgery 'everywhere'. The star, who has appeared in the comedies Click and Date Movie, says it all started when she had collagen injected into her lips following a botched removal of a cyst. 'Half of my lip was removed with the cyst, and I was advised to get filler in my top lip to help balance it out,' she told Australia's Who magazine in 2011. 'I should have said no to the filler in the first place but I trusted the doctor.' She didn't say if her ex boyfriend, plastic surgeon Dr John Diaz, performed the procedure. The star may soon be heading back to Australia to take up a temporary position on a radio station. She is being lined up to fill in for local 2DayFM presenter Fifi Box while she's on maternity leave. Sophie has plenty of experience on the airwaves in her native country - she has regular appeared on the Kyle & Jackie O Show and Sea FM’s breakfast show on the Gold Coast.
Homeward bound? Sophie is rumoured to be taking up a temporary position at an Australian radio stationHomeward bound? Sophie is rumoured to be taking up a temporary position at an Australian radio station
    From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2288828/Sophie-Monk-turns-heads-plumped-lips.html

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Over wedding dress shopping before it begins


Chris and I have been engaged for a while now. Nearly six months, even! While there is no rush, I did take myself wedding dress shopping last weekend at the suggestion of some friends. It's good to know what's out there, right?

My basic requirements, in no particular order, are:
  • Comfort
  • Fit
  • Flattering shape
  • Fabric that feels nice
  • A style that I love (as opposed to one that is in fashion)
  • Affordable (a relative term, if ever there was one - perhaps "value" is a better word)
When I think about it, these terms describe the clothing I try to wear every day!
To cut a long story short, there was no dress that ticked all those boxes. Even with a sympathetic and understanding saleslady, I was being steered towards what they had, as opposed to what I want.
Dresses cut straight across the top (i.e. 95% of corset tops)... you know how style guides suggest that horizontal stripes are rarely flattering? Well, chopping yourself off just above the bustline is the ultimate horizontal line. I felt/looked like I was exploding out of the top. And that was on the ones that fit okay.
Oh, so many corset tops. A made-to-measure corset is a beautiful thing. A pre-made corset is not likely to be quite as satisfying. I get that this is what some women want for their wedding dress (though whether that's just because they see a lot of them around, I can't say). But there's only one real reason they are so ubiquitous: it's easy to squeeze several different size/shape women into them (thus increasing the bottom line, because you can stock less sizes and spend less on design). I felt squished-in and bulged-out, and photos of other brides suggest I'm not the only one. Being thin doesn't seem to guarantee fit, either.
Aside from spaghetti straps and vague notions of adding 'straps' (strips of fabric) to strapless dresses, there were very, very few non-strapless dresses. Again, I think this is because altering a dress with straps or sleeves is more difficult, thus costlier for designers. Of course, trends and climate have some influence. But this really limits options for different necklines, solid underwear, or even modesty considerations.
A-line skirts... I know they hide the hips/bottoms/thighs, but in concealing your shape they add a huge amount of volume. I don't think this is a plus, at all. Certainly not for me. It also tends to add another two horizontal lines at the waist and feet.
Let's not even go down the path of what is affordable or good value. These are incredibly subjective terms. I do think, though, that for dresses worth a fortnight's salary (or more), the dress must tick all my boxes. If it ticks three out of six, and still requires alterations, I don't consider it to be good value.
I'm writing this [epic] post to share a personal experience. It's not a judgement of other people's taste or style. If you wore a corset top with a A-line skirt, and it made you feel happy and beautiful, then your dress did its job! If you have been (or are going to be) a bride, and you are thrilled with the wedding dress shopping experience, I'm genuinely glad for you!
However, there is so little web content that says "hey, it's okay to be disappointed with theA Line Wedding Dresses shopping experience". I don't need convincing that I should shop around more, or order from a Chinese sweatshop, or suck it up and spend a couple of grand on something that's just okay. I don't need you to tell me that I should go shopping with a family member, or buy a bunch of magazines. We are all different, so there's no reason to think that buying a dress in a shop will work for all of us.
A long time ago, I was pretty sure that I wanted to sew my own dress, and this hasn't changed my mind. I'm happily building quite the collection of formal dress patterns. There are certainly a wealth of them out there.
Have any of you had an interesting experience buying or making a Casual Wedding Dresses? There's no judgement here, so I'd love to hear your stories!


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That's not your girlfriend! Marlon Wayans shares steamy kiss with mystery brunette aboard luxury boat in St Barths


By CHELSEA WHITE
Marlon Wayans might have some explaining to do.
The White Chicks star has been photographed enjoying the company of a brunette aboard a luxury boat in St Barths - only problem is the mystery lady is not his girlfriend of 12 years.
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Who is she? Marlon Wayans shared a kiss with a mystery brunette abroad a luxury yacht in St. Baths, French West Indies, on Monday, however, the woman is not his girlfriend of 12 years
Who is she? Marlon Wayans shared a kiss with a mystery brunette abroad a luxury yacht in St. Baths, French West Indies, on Monday, however, the woman is not his girlfriend of 12 years
Marlon is notoriously private about his personal life, but he and his partner Angelica Zackary have two children together Amai, 12, and Shawn,10.
Rarely seen together: Marlon and his girlfriend Angelica Zachary pose with their children, Amai and Shawn, pictured in 2007
Rarely seen together: Marlon and his girlfriend Angelica Zachary pose with their children, Amai and Shawn, pictured in 2007
Just last month the comedian confirmed he was with his children's mother - even though the pair live in different homes - on the Wendy Williams show.
'I have two children, a son and a daughter, my son is 10 and my daughter is twelve,' the 40-year-old told host Wendy. '(Their mother is) Japanese and black.'
The actor said 'yes' twice when asked if they were still together after 12 years but said they do not live together as 'I like to keep it fresh'.
'Because when you live together that's when the sweat pants and the cream on the face comes out and it kind of says you're not going to get some.'
However, on Monday the Haunted House star was cavorting with a much younger woman on a massive yacht in the tropical waters of the French West Indies.
The 40-year-old star could not keep his hands or his lips off the stunning woman as they lapped up the sunshine and she showed off her athletic and extremely toned figure in a barely there Missoni print string bikini.
Did not mind who saw: The 40-year-old star could not keep his hands or his lips off the woman despite being surrounded in guests
Did not mind who saw: The 40-year-old star could not keep his hands or his lips off the woman despite being surrounded in guests
Not shy: The actor's travel mate showed off her athletic and extremely toned figure in a barely there Missoni print bikini
Not shy: The actor's travel mate showed off her athletic and extremely toned figure in a barely there Missoni print bikini
Not shy: The actor's travel mate showed off her athletic and extremely toned figure in a barely there Missoni print bikini
While Marlon took some time out on the yacht's stern, the woman - who's hair was tied up in an unfussy bun atop her head - crawled over to the television star to give him a steamy kiss.
After his rest, one half of the famous Wayans Brothers, had his mystery girl laughing as they canoodled in front of the holiday's other guests.
The 40-year-old - who donned stripped bright green and black boardshorts for his day at sea - did not seem to care who saw him with beautiful brunette.
MailOnline contacted the actor's representative on Monday but did not immediately receive a response.
Laughing off trouble: The star made his holiday date laugh as they showed in the yacht
Laughing off trouble: The star made his holiday date laugh as they showed in the yacht
Adventurous pair: The couple went snorkeling, jumping right off the back of the boat
Adventurous pair: The couple went snorkeling, jumping right off the back of the boat
The carefree pair made the most of the warm waters and opted for a spot of snorkeling.
However, not wanting to exert themselves too much on their holiday, the couple used pool noodle floatation devices to keep themselves afloat as they explored the coral outcrop.
Marlyn is certainly treating his mystery lady and the pair are definitely living it up, staying at the Eden Rock resort, which is only accessible via boat. The resort's villas start at a massive $930 a night. 
The hotel does not even list the price for its top of the line Rockstar villa which features its own recording studio, private pool, whiskey bar, luxury car garage and its own staff.
Come in the water's fine: Not wanting to exert themselves too much on their holiday, the pair used floatation devices to keep themselves afloat as they explored the coral outcrop
Come in the water's fine: Not wanting to exert themselves too much on their holiday, the pair used floatation devices to keep themselves afloat as they explored the coral outcrop
Fancy treat: Damon is definitely living it up, staying at the Eden Rock resort where the villas start at $930 a night
Fancy treat: Damon is definitely living it up, staying at the Eden Rock resort where the villas start at $930 a night
The White Chicks actor - the film also starred his brother Shawn - may have been celebrating his recent film's success.
Supernatural parody A Haunted House starred Marlon and was released last month.
Marlon also financed the independent release and on Sunday boasted on Twitter about how much it had made at the box office.
'A HAUNTED HOUSE HAS OFFICIALLY GROSSED OVER 40 million $$$ domestically. CONGRATS ME! Only made it for 1.7!,' he tweeted.
Career going well: While his social life may end up causing the actor issues his independently release film, A Haunted House, recently made 40 times what Marlon originally investment
Career going well: While his social life may end up causing the actor issues his independently release film, A Haunted House, recently made 40 times what Marlon originally investment

 


From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2288655/Marlon-Wayans-shares-steamy-kiss-mystery-brunette-aboard-luxury-boat-St-Barths.html

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3/01/2013

Strapless Wedding Dresses, We Are on to Your Bullshit


It's not a secret that strapless bridal dresses are about as ubiquitous as that scene in movies where the officiant asks people in attendance at a wedding to speak up or forever hold their peace and someone speaks up, with comical results. But why? Strapless gowns are nearly universally unflattering, they're tough to keep on, and they look more like a bridal uniform for a woman marching into marriagebattle with her plastic cakemate groom than a unique expression of a woman's style. It seems that finally brides are starting to notice, and small numbers of them are staging a revolt. But will recent resistance be enough to end the iron-fisted rule of the strapless bridal gown?
Slate's Katherine Goldstein noticed what she calls "the tyranny of the strapless gown" when she began dress hunting for her own wedding. She's not a person with terribly unique proportions, and never had difficulty shopping for clothes in the past, but knew that strapless gowns weren't her thing. And finding a bridal dress that wasn't strapless was much more difficult than she expected.

Stymied, she searched for answers — why are 75% of gowns strapless when white strapless gowns look weird on about 95% of people?

Some designers theorized that it's a demand issue — brides interested in following tradition find themselves hemmed into having a floor length gown, but they still want to feel beautiful on their Big Day, and so they opt for strapless, skin-exposing numbers in an effort to avoid dowdiness. But I find that difficult to believe. Sexy Bride Disease is a real thing that affects real people, but women aren't that oblivious about what looks good on them. Strapless dresses, as Goldstein points out, can lead to armpit overhang, to uniboob, to "stick arms," to ham hock arms, to making otherwise perfectly beautiful women who look stunning in nearly every other clothing style look doughy.

Goldstein uncovered another, more insidious theory in her truth quest: Designers prefer to make bridal gowns strapless because they're easier. Sleeves are tricky, and dresses without them are much more quick and painless to alter. Less time, less thought, more ability to crank out more dresses, that they will charge women an arm, a leg, and a collarbone for because they're Luxury Wedding Dresses.

So, let me get this straight: designers already charge a metric fuckton for wedding dresses, way more than they charge for regular, non-wedding dresses that happen to come in white, and they're cutting corners by making them in the style that's the least challenging for them to fit to brides? And that style just happens to be almost universally unflattering? Oh, hell no. This ends here, strapless gowns.

I'm allegedly planning a wedding (I say "allegedly" because I've been engaged for several months now and every time acquaintances ask me if we've set a date yet, I make the sort of face someone might make if they'd been ask to clean up several piles of fresh, still-warm cat vomit) that will probably take place toward the end of next year. I'm completely dreading the entire process. It's not that I don't want to be married or have friends and family gather in a festive setting, but I don't want to shop, to shell out, to spend way too much time thinking about clothes and hair and makeup. I'm not very princessy, I don't like being photographed (unless I am three glasses of pinot grigio in and inside a photo booth), and I hate spending money on things I think aren't necessary. And I, like Katherine Goldstein, do not want a strapless dress.

So I'm not even going to bother with bridal salons — the idea of paying four figures for a dress that's totally not my style that I'll wear once makes me break out in hives. I'm going to take my practical ass to a regular old store that sell regular old dresses and buy a cap sleeved number in cream so that my paleness against a white gown doesn't make me look like I'm dying of consumption in the Moulin Rouge. And if anyone who attends my nuptials has a problem with that, then I'm afraid they are no longer welcome at the cake table.

Future brides, take note: you don't have to blindly follow the cruel way of the strapless gown. You have a choice. You can acknowledge that you're one of the 99% who does not look awesome in a strapless wedding gown. You can say "no" to the dress.


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