A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut has won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas.
Erin Brady won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino after strutting in a white sparkly gown and answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding widespread DNA tests. Asked if she agreed with the decision, Brady said she did.
Brady gets the crown and a New York apartment for one year.
She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising breast and ovarian cancer awareness, the organization’s official cause.
Unlike the rival Miss America pageant, Miss USA does not ask its queens to perform a talent or choose a charity mission.
Donald Trump announced this year’s Miss Universe pageant will be held in Russia’s capital, Moscow.
He added that he would be moving Miss USA out of Las Vegas and to his golf resort in Miami for the next three years.
Trump said 18 different countries were vying to host Miss Universe, set for November 9.
Miss Universe was held in Brazil in 2011, and there were talks of moving it to the Dominican Republic for 2012 before it was ultimately held in Las Vegas.
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When we think of legendary sex icons, our minds are automatically directed to figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, and more modern day women such as Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Eva Mendes, Salli Richardson and the lady that made the 80’s—Madonna.
Those bitches! What is it about the aforementioned that makes men crazy? Is it their beauty? Their bodies? Their talent? Nah. What makes men crazy, is the “it” factor. They say, (whoever “they” is)… that you’ve either got IT, or you don’t. So what exactly comprises “IT”?
Sophia Loren once said, “Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got, and 50% what people think you’ve got.” Maybe you’re reading this with a raised eyebrow, and that’s part of the problem. Blending in might be what makes you feel comfortable, but don’t get it twisted—even the most demure of women have the IT-factor, and certainly stand out.
The level of sex appeal you exude doesn’t start in the mirror—as much as this has been pounded into your brain. It’s in the way you carry yourself—a quiet confidence that will instantly spark his interest. It’s about the way you move…walk…sip your drink. Keep in mind that men are very visual beings, and your body language speaks volumes without you ever muttering a single word.
Smile a lot; make eye contact—but never stare. If you see a guy in the distance that you are interested in talking to, make eye contact, smile, and look away. Continue whatever conversation you are in the middle of, then discreetly make eye contact once again, and again, look away. Now he has the “okay”. We must remember, it takes a lot of guts to be a guy. Working up the nerve to talk to a girl is not the easiest thing. Everyone fears rejection, especially men. With this simple gesture, you are telling him it is okay for him to approach you, without making you look desperate or overly interested.
Just like you, guys like to be around girls that are easy to talk to, but who listen and who seem interested in what they have to say. If he cracks a joke—laugh! Guys love a laid back and positive atmosphere. Don’t delve into deep personal details or bitch/complain right off the bat. No one likes a Debbie Downer, and trust me, the last thing any guy wants to listen to (or anyone for that matter) is a sob story. Let him warm up to you, and likewise, you to him.
Follow his lead. Allow him to be the man, but at the same time, don’t dumb yourself down or become overly giddy. Never try too hard, and never put it all out there (this rule also applies to the way you dress). Make him work a little bit! The key is to always to leave him wanting more. Even if you think he is comparable to Brad Pitt, let him chase you! Guys love a challenge, so give him one.
Keep up on your appearance, but above all, mind your inner-swag. If you walk in like you own the place, you will. It’s like having a fantastic secret with yourself, keep ‘em guessing! The “IT” factor is simple really—allow yourself to shine from the inside out, and he will see you for the diamond that you are!
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Back in January 2010, Mulligan was one fraction of the group that appeared on Vanity Fair’s prestigious Hollywood Issue, shot by Annie Leiovitz. The up-and-comer appeared alongside fellow actresses Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfriend, Rebecca Hall, Mia Wasikowska, Anna Kendrick, Emma Stone, and Evan Rachel Wood. Interestingly enough, only Abbie, Kristen and Carey fit on the cover, while the other six actresses are on the fold out.
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The jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald, known for her imaginative use of geodes set with diamonds and gemstones, is using the same colorful and intriguing rocks in a new collection of home accessories. The Kimberly McDonald Home collection (from $185 for a paperweight to over $20,000 for a set of lamps) also includes stylish vintage pieces such as sterling-silver Art Deco cocktail shakers that the designer has adorned with her signature geodes or crystals.
The collection employs the geodes in inventive ways, such as immersing them in resin trays and accessories so they are magnified and sparkling within the piece. “I believe the jewelry collection possesses a certain intangible energy that makes people feel good,” says the Hollywood-based designer. “I figured why not incorporate that energy into your daily surroundings by using the same materials and approach to design as I do with my fine-jewelry collection.” Other items include cutlery and serving pieces with geodes cleverly integrated into the silver handles.
McDonald has amassed thousands of geodes from dealers around the world, and most of her jewelry and home designs are made in the United States, and some are produced in Mexico. The home accessories were unveiled at Bergdorf Goodman, New York; Forty Five Ten, Dallas; and the designer’s first freestanding store, which opened in November in Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood.
As with the jewelry, McDonald will work with clients to create custom home accessories. For instance, she just completed a pair of custom table lamps made with large, rough slices of quartz. “My philosophy,” she says, “is that if a client can think of something they want or need, we can make it happen.” (310.854.0890, www.kimberlymcdonald.com)
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During her four-plus decades in the Hollywood spotlight, Jessica Lange has had plenty of claims to fame, although her latest just may be her least glamorous yet. The woman who stole the hearts of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sam Shepard is currently winning over audiences as Sister Jude, the fantastically creepy nun in charge of the Briarcliff mental institution on the haunting FX series American Horror Story.
Fear and terror aren’t entirely new mediums for Lange, of course. Her reprise of Fay Wray’s damsel in distress in the 1976 remake of King Kong was her entrée into Hollywood, and who can forget her unhinged mother in 1991′s Cape Fear? Lange’s had plenty of hits, starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 classic Tootsie and enjoying some of the steamiest on-screen sex the world has ever seen with Jack Nicholson, who once described his The Postman Always Rings Twice co-star as “a cross between a delicate fawn and a Buick.” And she can sing! Lange reportedly beat out Meryl Streep to play Patsy Cline in the 1985 biopic Sweet Dreams. You’ll be having none of those if you tune in to Horror Story next Wednesday night.
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Keeping your eye out for the latest must-have eyewear is challenging if you have trouble seeing, but not to worry: LensCrafters has you covered!
With the LensCrafters myLook™ virtual mirror, finding great eyewear has never been easier. Head to the nearest LensCrafters, like I did, and find your must-have frames. If you need a point of reference before you enter the store, just log on to the myLook landing page on the LensCrafters site (LensCrafters.com—use myLook landing page URL) and select “Find Your Look” toward the bottom of the page. Based on a series of questions I answered, LensCrafters recommended five frames that balance out my softer features and match my style. I was pegged as “someone who appreciates the finer things in life.” That sounded about right.
Equipped with these suggestions, I went to LensCrafters. I started by raiding the shelves for four styles of frames I was drawn to. Then with the help of myLook, I had myself photographed! LensCrafters’ unique myLook technology lets you see yourself clearly, the way others see you. I was an old-Hollywood starlet in retro frames, a chic geek with some thick plastic frames, a diva in cat-eyes, and picture-perfect in a classic oversize style. With my prescription glasses back on, I was able to view the four images side by side clearly and find the perfect frames for my face and personality! Now to decide on sunglasses.…
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A good bag, like a good car, transports your belongings in style. In that vein, leather goods company Ghisò and automaker Aston Martin are launching a new, collaborative collection of bags that marries the aesthetics of their brands.
The inaugural Ghisò for Aston Martin collection features six styles, ranging from laptop carriers to weekend bags (from about $1,000), which have been handcrafted at Ghisò’s Florentine factory, using vegetable-tanned leathers. The showpiece is the Aston Martin helmet bag—a reinterpretation of the brand’s classic helmet bag—inspired by the bags used by fighter pilots to store their helmets. The modified design for Aston Martin features brushed metal hardware and additional pockets, including one shaped specifically to fit your car keys. Its sleek exterior finish and striped stitching were designed to mimic the leather seats of vintage Aston Martin cars.
The Ghisò for Aston Martin collection will debut at the opening of the new Westime boutique in West Hollywood and at select Aston Martin concept stores this month. (www.ghiso.com)
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MEET THE STYLIST
Have you always wanted to ask your favorite designers, stylists and celebrities what they love to about their roles in the fashion industry? Or perhaps what they think the next big beauty or styling trend will be? Look no further than this exclusive series of fashion icon interviews by JustLuxe. So read on, as we bring you these answers and more — direct from the fashionistas themselves. Some of the most famous names in the industry, including legendary TV personalities, have divulged exciting insider information and personal stories of their journey to the top just for our readers.
We were inspired to create this series after talking with three influential figures in the fashion world as they geared up as panelists for Simply Stylist New York, a three-tiered event that was held during New York Fashion Week to help fashion lovers get inside tips on all things style related. One of those young ladies is celebrity wardrobe stylist and style expert Lindsay Albanese, who served as a guest speaker at Simply Stylist’s New York Fashion Panel in September. Read on to get the inside scoop on Lindsay’s story.
Blog: Lindsay Albanese | Style Expert
Location: Los Angeles
Favorite Brands: RTW-Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Burberry.
JustLuxe: How did you get your start as a stylist? Did you receive any formal training in fashion?
Lindsay Albanese: It’s a crazy long story. I went to FIDM, but eventually figured out I never wanted to be a fashion designer like I thought. So I proceeded to wait tables for three years while I worked for free with various “stylists” and productions. It was a roller coaster and so discouraging! But I’m so thankful I stuck with it.
JustLuxe: What got you interested in fashion? Have you always been fashion forward yourself?
Lindsay Albanese: For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been really particular about what I wear. I was never someone who had that “I don’t care what I’m wearing” attitude. I also used to design my prom and homecoming dresses in high school so I guess that proves my point!
JustLuxe:When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry?
Lindsay Albanese: I thought I always wanted to be a graphic designer, but then a friend of mine went to FIDM and everything she was doing intrigued me, so I enrolled and never looked back!
JustLuxe: Are you creative in any other departments? Explain to me how you see fashion as an art.
Lindsay Albanese: I definitely would say I know what I like. And I’m just not OK with anything when it comes to design. So yes, in that case I am. As far as any other creative hobbies? None. I pour my heart and soul into my career.
JustLuxe: Do different cultures ever inspire you and if so, which culture’s fashion do you find yourself borrowing from the most?
Lindsay Albanese: I always find myself being drawn to Indian, Asian, or Moroccan sensibility in clothing, accessories and housewares. I also admire things from Aztec or American Indian cultures.
JustLuxe: Who are your favorite designers? Why?
Lindsay Albanese: RTW-Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Burberry, oh so many. Marchesa’s gowns are living fantasies. I’m also an avid, expert mall shopper so I have a love for all ranges of designers and I’m not too snotty about it, just picky about what I like.
JustLuxe: Are there any fellow stylists who you look up to? Who are they?
Lindsay Albanese: I admire any and all stylists that have taken from our craft and built an empire from it. Styling in itself is a hard job, and to branch off and build clothing lines, shows, etc. from that is exceptional.
JustLuxe: What are you hoping to see during New York Fashion Week?
Lindsay Albanese: All things DVF, Alexander Wang, Parabal, Alexandre Herchcovitch Rebecca Minkoff if my schedule will allow me to! And a ton of style inspiration whatever it may be.
JustLuxe: What’s one trend you never want to see again?
Lindsay Albanese: I hate to answer this because my style is always changing and evolving. But I’m so bored of your typical solid color bandage dress. Oh wait, I loathe jelly shoes! Please no, never again!
JustLuxe: How does fashion seen on the runway translate to fashion worn by celebrities or fashion seen on the street?
Lindsay Albanese: Style comes from within. That’s why two people with maybe the same body type can wear the exact same thing yet the whole vibe of the look from one girl to the other is different. I always admire a person who can make something their own rather than wearing a look head to toe off the runway.
JustLuxe: What time period or decade do you feel had the best style?
Lindsay Albanese: ’30s and ’40s old Hollywood glam. The ’70s were free spirited, rugged, and had attitude. Those polar opposites are what make those decades so intriguing to me.
JustLuxe: What has working in the fashion big leagues taught you?
Lindsay Albanese: That you are responsible for your own success. As quick and proactive as you are, the further you get. I like to think that the most successful people in this biz all share a common thread of that tenacity. It’s what makes the big things happen, it’s not about how amazingly stylish you are— that alone doesn’t get you the jobs.
JustLuxe: Any personal favorite styling jobs or celebrities you love to work with?
Lindsay Albanese: I loved traveling the world with Access Hollywood when I was styling for them. It was an incredible experience for me. And I’ve always said I would love to get my hands on Britney Spears for appearances. She’s an icon, but a fashion icon? Not so much. I would love to blow people away.
JustLuxe: What’s been your favorite part of working your position in fashion?
Lindsay Albanese: I dictate what I want to do, and what I don’t. It’s taken me a long time to be OK with not taking on a project for the sake of missing an opportunity, any opportunity for that matter. And it shows growth when you can get to that place.
JustLuxe: How do you make sure your clients always make the “Best Dressed” list? How would you recover if they didn’t?
Lindsay Albanese: I always try to follow my motto- style is about dressing for your body, personality, and the occasion. If I follow those three, it usually works out. And it’s only happened once, but I never fully agree with those “Worst Dressed” pages. A lot of times “worst dressed” just means someone experimented rather than succumbing to the crowd-pleasing already-been-done looks (same dress, different color.) We have so much of that in Hollywood. I love a mix master.
JustLuxe: What’s the key to always looking your best?
Lindsay Albanese: Confidence! When you put on something that you feel good in, whatever it may be, you are better for it.
JustLuxe: What’s the key to always dressing appropriately for the occasion?
Lindsay Albanese: Know your audience, and think about it. Will a skin tight leather dress be appropriate for a christening? NO. Add your own flare within the appropriate dress code but don’t fall off the map with it.
JustLuxe: What’s your go-to Fall outfit?
Lindsay Albanese: Dress, tights, boots and a leather jacket.
JustLuxe: What is one fashion or beauty item that you love to splurge on for yourself?
Lindsay Albanese: Bags and shoes. Everyday if possible.
JustLuxe: Do you have your eye on any specific items you want to purchase for yourself this Fall?
Lindsay Albanese: A new pair of flat black half boots. and some new floral scarves. And I can never have enough jewelry. I have eight drawers full of it!
JustLuxe: What is one item that you think all women should have in their closet?
Lindsay Albanese: A white button-up blouse. They go over and layer under so many things.
JustLuxe: What is the first thing you do when styling a new client?
Lindsay Albanese: Check them out on Wire or Getty Images.
JustLuxe: How do you truly get to know someone’s personal style?
Lindsay Albanese: Doing your research and spending time fitting with them. You get a pretty good grasp on somebody’s style, insecurities, and taste in the first fitting.
JustLuxe: What are some pieces of clothing or accessories you feel will never go out of style?
Lindsay Albanese: Denim, jeans, and staple classics like cardigans or button-up blouses.
JustLuxe: What is your favorite fashion tip, rule, or secret?
Lindsay Albanese: My motto: Style is about dressing for your body, personality, and the occasion.
JustLuxe: How has living in Los Angeles affected your career? Would you be able to do what you’re doing in another location?
Lindsay Albanese: Other than NYC, this is where it’s at as far as being in the heartbeat of the biz. I have a house in San Diego but If I lived there I would never be able to drop everything for an opportunity or gig. I can do that here. I rent two apartments in my building, one is for work, and the other is for living!
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