Thursday, March 24, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor - The Last True Hollywood Star Dies at Age 79, R.I.P


Elizabeth Taylor, a name was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, a global super star who dazzled & capture the hearts of moviegoers with her out of this world beauty & elegance has died on today March 23, 2011 due to congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at age 79.


Born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor in London, England, on February 27, 1932, to American parents, Taylor left England with her family on the eve of World War II and relocated to Los Angeles. Her first big film was "Lassie Come Home," and 1944 hit film "National Velvet." She continued working steadily throughout the late 1940s and '50s, becoming known as one of the world's great beauties thanks to her piercing violet-colored eyes and alluring gaze.

Elizabeth Taylor with Lassie


Elizabeth Taylor in "National Velvet" 1944


Taylor finally got her award in 1960 for her peerless performance in "Butterfield 8", in which she played Gloria Wandrous, a call girl who gets entangled with a married man.



One of her most famous films was the 1963 epic "Cleopatra", one of the most expensive movies of all time when it was filmed. She met her future husband Richard Burton on the set and the two began a torrid affair that scandalized Hollywood because both she and Burton were married to other people. Burton would later become her fifth (and sixth) husband after the couple divorced in 1974 after 10 years of marriage and then remarried in 1975 only to divorce again the next year.



Here is the video from the film “Cleopatra” when she entered Rome, it is just the most fabulous scene in the whole movie!



She won a second Oscar in 1966 for her role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?" That would mark the last of her major big-screen roles. Although she continued to sporadically make movie and TV appearances in the 1970s and '80s, Taylor would never again reach such a pinnacle of fame.


Elizabeth Taylor won the Oscar Best Actress in 1967 for her role in "Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf"


Later on, she launched her own brand of Perfumes, “White Diamonds” & “Passion” are two of her most successful perfumes and making her millions of dollars each year on sales!


Here is the commercial of her fabulous “White Diamonds” perfume



Elizabeth Taylor "Passion" Perfume Print Ad


Elizabeth Taylor, one of our most famous and glamorous stars is one of the most photographed women in history. She holds the record for the most appearances on the cover of Life magazine which she has graced eleven times, and fourteen People covers, second to Princess Diana.



A magnet for publicity throughout her life Elizabeth is legendary for her eight marriages to seven husbands. Just for the fun of it, let’s do a count down on all of her husbands.

# 1 "Nicky" Conrad Hilton Jr, Hotelier/ Hilton Hotel
(Married on May 6th, 1950 & Divorced on 1st February 1st, 1951)


# 2 Michael Wilding, Actor
(Married on February 21st, 1952 & Divorced on January 30th, 1957)


# 3 Mike Todd, Producer
(Married on February 2nd, 1957 & Died on March 22nd, 1958)


# 4 Eddie Fisher, Singer
(Married on May 12th, 1959 & Divorced on March 6th, 1964)


# 5 Richard Burton, Actor
(Married on March 15th, 1964 & Divorced on June 26th, 1974)



# 6 Richard Burton, Actor (AGAIN !)
(Married on October 10th, 1975 & Divorced on August 1st, 1976)


Ok, how can we mention Richard Burton & Liz without talking about the mountain size HUGE diamdons that Richard had bought for Elizabeth Taylor right?  One of Elizabeth Taylor's great passion is jewelry! Over the years she has amased one of the world's foremost jewelry collections.  Owning an outstanding set of Burmese rubies & diamonds from Cartier, a fantastic emerald & diamond set from Bulgari and the 33.11 carat Krupp diamond, a gift from Richard Burton! Look at this rock, it is like the size of golf ball!


Like that big diamond ring is not enough, Richard Burton later bought her a staggering 69.42 carat pear shaped diamond! It was named "The Taylor-Burton Diamond" which he bought from Cartier for $1,100,000  for Elizabeth Taylor's 40t birthday present!



"Big girls needs big diamonds"
Quoted by Elizabeth Taylor


# 7 John Warner, Senator
(Married on December 4th, 1976 & Divorced on November 7th, 1982)


# 8 Larry Fortensky, Construction worker
(Married on October 6th, 1991 & Divorced on October 31st, 1996)

But what made Elizabeth Taylor so special besides all the exterior “Beauty” & fame? It was her confidences in what she believes to be important in life and never care what other said or think of her. She was one of the very first major Hollywood star who pioneering the campaign to raise awareness of finding cure for HIV & AIDS when it was not yet a popular charitable cause! So many celebrities were afraid to be associated with this deadly disease and do not want to be seen hanging out with her. But like the true Ms. Taylor style, she champion on and founded her own Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation & had raised millions of dollars to help the AIDS patients and try to find the cure.


Here are couple more fabulous photos of Elizabeth Taylor, she was the true Hollywood star!

Paul Newman & Elizabeth Taylor in
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1985"







Here is a video tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (Courtesy of Ryan Jaggerz Production)



We've lost one of the last true Hollywood stars! Rest in peace Elizabeth, you will be missed dearly!


Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

Friday, March 11, 2011

Guest Editor Ryan Deleon at Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2011 New York Fashion Week Report

We're so excited to introduce to our reader our new guest editor Ryan Deleon from Portland, Oregon! Here is his fabulous report on his trip to New York Fashion Week at Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2011 collection!

Back in November, my company (Nordstrom) launched a contest for the manager that sold the most Marc Jacobs during the holidays. The winner got a round-trip flight to New York, 2 nights at the James Hotel and a ticket to his Fall/Winter 2011 runway show!!! As soon as I found out about it, I knew I HAD to win!!! After 6 weeks of hard work and countless hours of stressing, I found out that I won! Like beat everybody in the company. Me. From Portland, Oregon... I was elated!


When I landed in New York, I found out Marc had arranged a car service that came and whisked me away to my hotel! It felt like a scene from a movie... I arrived early in the afternoon, so I had plenty of time to shop! I hit up a few of my must-sees in SoHo, like the new Kardashian store, Dash! Amazing! The city was invigorating, but it all felt so right. It was like I was home. I knew right away that I was going to have an amazing trip!




I flew in on a Sunday and the show was Monday, so for dinner that first night a couple of the Marc reps took me to the cutest little Italian restaurant (I forget the name). We had a delicious meal and I picked their brain about the show. This was only their second time going and they were just as nervous as I was.


The night of the show came and I spent a good hour and a half picking my outfit! I had been planning for weeks what to wear, but I brought a few different choices just in case. I ended up going with my first pick (surprise), which was all black! I figured, what's more chic than that? I was a total high-low mixer that night--my sweater was H&M, my jacket was John Varvatos Star and my jeans were Givenchy. Of course, I had my obligatory Marc Jacobs handbag, but other than that, I tried to keep a minimalist look.


I met up with my main contact, Kim, at the Marc Jacobs showroom in NYC and nearly DIED! In the lobby there were all of Marc's awards and various trophies he had collected over the years. When I finally got to go in, I handbag after handbag lined up around the room. I got to touch and feel all of the pieces that didn't make the runway (the mink was so SUPPLE!). I also got to look at all of the new collections and colors for fall (metallic quilting--yes!). It was incredible!


After the showroom we went out to cocktails and straight to the show! As we were getting in line, Kim handed me my ticket and the other girls around me nearly fainted! My ticket was for a second row seat!!! Kim informed me that she had to fight VERY hard for this ticket because all of the other Marc employees had Standing Room tickets... They didn't even have seats?!? I almost started crying... AH-MAZING!


As I sat, waiting for the show to start, the flashbulbs started going off. I could see from a distance that none other than the Queen herself, Anna Wintour, had entered the building! Again, I almost DIED! Just as I was recovering from seeing her, Martha Stewart walks in. Okay, honestly, with this one I was a bit confused... But still, it's MARTHA! Then, the celebrities to end all celebrities walked right past my seat--FERGIE and JOSH DUHMAL! O...M...G! Amazeballs! However, she was quite shorter than I imagined...

Photo courtesy by Alice Bensi / GoRunway.com

The show started with the thump thump of Marlyn Manson's "Beautiful People" and the first model came strutting out. At that moment it hit me. I was at the Marc Jacobs runway show! OhMyGod! It was really happening! As each look walked past, I got more and more excited. The latex. The polka-dots. The shoes! It was an incredible collection that was such a departure from his spring collection... This is what we'll see next year for fall on every other designer's runway.




After the show I lingered around a bit to see if I could meet any of the celebs that were at the show. While I was sad to hear that Fergie and Josh had cut out a bit early, I did get to meet a few goodies--Leighton Meester, Vanessa Hudgens, and Bryan Boy to name a few. While Leighton was a bit grouchy, Vanessa was the sweetest, most beautiful woman there!


Also, I think Bryan Boy was impressed that I knew a bit of Tagalog when I said, "Salamat" for taking a picture with me! My new goal is to get him to follow me on Twitter (@RyanJDeleon).


Hope you enjoyed my trip to New York Fashion Week half as much as I did!   -Ryan-
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Thanks Ryan for your fabulous report on Marc Jacobs fall winter 2011 show!  Here is the video of this fabulous fashion show !



Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Looking Fabulous At Your Oscars 2010 Party Avatar Style!


I just love award shows, the celebrities, glamorous gowns on the red carpet, cheering for your favorite movies & stars….. and when you think of all these what pops into your mind? The Oscars of course!

video
The video is courtesy of Oscars.com


Nicole Kidman

Marisa Tomei

Kate Blanchett

I just love throwing an Oscar party!! Decorating the house, serving foods & pick one or two of the movie that’s nominated for the best movie as the theme of the party!! So don’t just throw on some drab outfits to your friend’s Oscars party! So for this posting, I am choosing “Avatar” as the theme for my Oscars party tomorrow night. Here are some ideas that you can wear to look “Out of this world” fabulous.



Avatar

With Earth an ecological disaster, a corporation sets its sights on the distant planet Pandora, which possesses a mineral that can be used as a valuable energy source. To overcome the resistance of the planet’s indigenous population, the Na’vi, former Marine Jake Sully is sent to infiltrate the society as a part-human, part-Na’vi avatar who can operate on Pandora while Jake himself remains in a twilight sleep

Theme: Welcome to the Alien Jungle

What to wear: The cobalt blue has been one of the hottest colors of the season, many designers has use this fabulous color on their clothing & accessories for the spring summer 2010 collection.

Alexander Eagle Dress (Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)

Vibrant cobalt blue jersey dress with cap sleeves & bright red embroidery of an eagle on the back is a great choice!


Gucci Lace-Up Metal Harness Dress (Available @ Gucci.com)

This Gucci’s dress is so futuristic and “Sci-Fi” looking we think it’s super fabulous for the Avatar party!

If you just want something a little more casual or you are one of those girls that’s a little scared of wearing bright colors all over, then this McQueen cape is a perfect choice! Oversized matte jersey cape with sleeve holes at both end, vibrant mixtures of greens, yellow & turquoise tribal print, it also mimicking the planet “Pandora” beautiful landscapes!

Alexander McQueen Praying Mantis Cape
(Available @ Bergdorfgoodman.com)

So now you have a fabulous dress, time to think about the rest of the party.

Food & Drink: When your friends arrive to your house, greet them with a “Blue Bay” cocktail: Blue Curacao Liqueur of your choice, here are some recipes you can choose from to make this fabulous blue drinks (Click here to see the recipes) ! Then also offer them some terra blue potato chips to snack on then when it’s time for dinner, serve your guests blue-cheese burgers and then follow up with blueberry ice cream or pie as dessert.




Party Favors: Since this movie is all about being “Environmentally responsible” , “Green” & respecting & helping all living creatures / people. So what’s better than this Feed Kenya Tote Bag! Your purchase this bag to feed 2 Kenyan children for one year also to employ the women of their community! So next time when your friends are being offered the choice of “Paper or Plastic” at the stores, they can just use the bag you gave them so they can save our planet, feed the kids at Kenya & think of you each time they use it!


To find out more info about this awesome tote bag, click here “Feed Kenya Tote Bag” blog posting in our blog.
We hope you enjoy this Pre-Oscars posting we have today, so now go pick out a perfect outfit, plan a perfect Oscars party to root for your favorite movies & stars! Click the photo below to see the trailers of all 10 movies that's nominated for this year's Oscars best pictures. Don’t forget The Oscars is on March 7th at 8PM Eastern time or 5PM Pacific !



Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug


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