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With a nod to this fall’s bumper crop of stylish, ghoulish supernatural shows (American Horror Story: Coven, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the return of Walking Dead, and Sleepy Hollow), we went looking around the country for Halloween celebrations that offer a similarly creepy-elegant vibe. Not surprisingly, New Orleans (pictured) delivers the most, but we also found insect art in a country manor hotel, degenerate clowns in Las Vegas, and ghost-inhabited Gothic cemeteries throughout the South.
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W Hotel Hoboken — Zombie Chic
W Hoboken’s Halloween-week package is an excellent enticement to get dressed up for Halloween twice this year, and splurge on a Big New York Weekend in a hotel that’s not technically in New York. The hotel is doing two parties and two pre-parties this year, and people who purchase the package get access to ALL the parties, plus two pre-party cocktails. The Saturday night party is themed Zombie Attack, and to help you get the perfect undead chic look like the lady pictured, the package also includes a makeup kit from cosmetics company Urban Decay (official slogan: Beauty with an Edge).
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Tour de Graves, Charleston
Known as the “Garden of the Dead,” this landmark Southern cemetery is as picturesque as it is historic. As the oldest public cemetery in Charleston, poets, politicians and 2,200 Civil War veterans are all at rest under the elegant oaks on the banks of Cooper River. Though not found in Charleston’s historic district, this site is itself listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Megasoma at Umstead House, North Carolina
Artist Christopher Marley makes his pieces out of “natural materials,” and his particular genius is that he creates items that most people would never consider bringing indoors as art that they’re proud to hang on their walls. His exhibition at Umstead House, a genteel spa-hotel in Raleigh, features arthropods — that’s beetles and bugs in plain English — but other Marlowe works incorporate sea creatures, feathers, fossils and serpents, all of which died of natural causes and painstakingly “reclaimed” by the artist.
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Absinthe at STK Vegas
Bawdy, fearless, beautiful, sometimes shocking and occasionally sinister (all within an intimate setting that doesn’t allow guests to keep their distance from the action), the acro-cabaret Absinthe has proven to be a sleeper hit for Caesars Palace. For Halloween, the wonderfully pervy host Gazillionaire, Green Fairy Melody Sweets, and the rest of the troupe move to STK in the Cosmopolitan for a very special “Absinthe in Wonderland” one night only show (Monday, October 28 at 9 p.m.). Make your reservations now for the Mad Hatter Tea-inspired feast, unique performances, and to experience STK transformed from a sleek steakhouse into a “whimsical forest utopia.”
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Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls, New Mexico
Learn how to make Dia de Los Muertos sugar skulls as artistic as this colorful grinning abuelita at a special class offered by the Santa Fe Culinary Academy on October 30. Spots are still available and if you’re lucky enough to be near Santa Fe at the time, this is a great way to learn about one of Mexico’s most important cultural holidays. Plus, sugar skulls are much more aesthetically interesting than drugstore Halloween candy.
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Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo, New Orleans
In American Horror Story this season, Marie Laveau is alive and well (or so it would appear, anyway) and is the owner of a hair salon in the 9th ward — which seems like kind of a step down for a legendary voodoo priestess. In the real New Orleans, her corporeal presence is no more, but her legacy is undiminished. No hair extensions at this shop, just psychic readings and occult items galore, and an altar where you may pay your respects to the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
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Baoli’s “Black Swan” Bash, Miami
If you’re thinking of dressing as a “Cheerleader” or “VMA Miley” this year, there is one party in Miami that probably won’t let you in the door. It’s the annual “My Boyfriend is Out of Town” bash at Baoli, and despite the name, the costume dress-code is as elegant as Halloween can be. Ladies still show skin, but only in a sequined, silk-draped, Gothic-dungeon type of way. Last year (pictured), the theme was Eyes Wide Shut. This year it’s Black Swan, with gentlemen in black tie and ladies in “Midnight Ballerina.”
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Queen Mary, Zombie Hangout — Long Beach, CA
The West Coast’s proud standard-bearer for creepy elegance is the retired ocean liner Queen Mary, a must-visit in Southern California if you’re intrigued by the paranormal. Though known as one of America’s most haunted places, this stately ship isn’t only beloved by ghost-hunters, it’s one of the featured attractions in the newly released Dead Sexy: The Walking Dead Fan Guide to Zombie Style, Beauty, Parties and Ghoul-Lurching UnLifestyle. In other words, shades should prepare to have their Queen Mary party crashed by a rather more colorful crew this Halloween.
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Hollywood Cemetery — Virginia
Dusk falls on the Hollywood Cemetery in Virginia, where the venerable Jefferson Davis, two American presidents, six Virginia governors, two Supreme Court justices, twenty-two Confederate generals, and thousands of Confederate soldiers all rest for eternity. The same can’t be said for the Richmond Vampire, whose legend was spawned during a horrible tunnel accident in 1925. Urban legend has it that a creature covered in blood was seen emerging from the collapsed railroad tunnel, only to be chased to this cemetery where it hid in the mausoleum belonging to W.W. Pool, a bookkeeper.
So, whatever you want to do this year, whether it be chasing down a legendary vampire in Virginia or partying with your friends aboard the haunted Queen Mary, you should find something nearby that will be the perfect spooky answer to that irritating question, “What should I do for Halloween?”
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Beards are back, said the Sydney Morning Herald which charts the beard’s progress from an “indie, hipster thing” to more of a mainstream accessory.
And, evidently, perhaps in an effort to reclaim masculinity that the metrosexual movement undermined, “the fashion is for full-on, Ned Kelly bushes”.
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It seems that growing a beard is a competitive sport. The next World Beard & Moustache Championships, where “[b]eardsmen compete for world titles”, is scheduled to be held in Germany in November.
For the purposes of this event, beards are divided into three sections: Partial Beards (which includes the Natural Goatee, Fu Manchu and Musketeer), Full Beards and Trend Beards – which are “short trimmed …
with designs or patterns etched into the beard”. Unsurprisingly, this website claims that “[t]here is no doubt that beards are trending worldwide”.
Accompanied by a photograph of a bearded George Clooney and Ben Affleck, Why are beards back? Face fuzz makes a big comeback explores the phenomenon: the “Baftas in London were overrun by actors who’d mislaid their razors, but what is behind this need among men to make their facial hair apparent”?
The article continued with: “It would be silly to say that the beard is back because it has never gone away, but it is certainly in vogue in Hollywood”. The authors said there were three reasons for growing facial hair: laziness, vanity or “in compensation for a lack of the stuff up top”.
In What Your Beard Says About You?, the writer confessed to growing a beard as part of the “Postmillennial He-Man Beard Epoch” and wrote that the “beard – a traditional signifier of age and wisdom in most cultures – had become a symbol of youthful rebellion”.
But, of course, beards have long been recorded in societies and eras other than that of contemporary New York. As explained in Beards: an archaeological and historical overview, “facial hair played a significant role in past societies. Through time beards have been ascribed various symbolic attributes, such as sexual virility, wisdom and high social status, but conversely barbarism, eccentricity and Satanism.” Some Vikings used to plait their beards and one German knight used his as a belt. Beards may also be a hallmark of Sikh men, Orthodox Muslims and Orthodox Jews. Throughout history beards have been “dyed, beaded, braided, painted, oiled, perfumed, woven with gold threads” and “dusted with gold”.
The beard is many things to many people. It can be fashion statement, competitive endeavour, symbol of both conformity and rebellion – and an expression of someone’s religion and culture. In some hands it’s also a work of art; Isaiah Webb, a man known as Incredibeard, coaxes fantastical shapes out of his beard. See the striking “ramen beard” created by this “beard enthusiast”. And, yes, that image is now indelibly branded onto my retinas, too. Sorry about that.
Have you noticed the proliferation of beards? What factors do you think are driving it? Are beards hot or not?
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After recently acquiring part of Alterna Haircare and becoming a co-owner in January, leading lady Katie Holmes is taking another leap into the beauty world. Partnering with makeup legend Bobbi Brown, the young Hollywood star will be launching her collaborative collection, Bobbi & Katie this September. For this mother, entrepreneur and actress, her passion for the beauty industry comes from her own experience; understanding the busy lifestyle of the modern woman, she seeks to translate ease and simplicity into her palettes.
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Guys, we are going to break down some of the simplest and man-friendly items for you to use during your morning routine, because contrary to popular belief, your shampoo is not a body wash, shave gel, deodorant and lotion all-in-one. It doesn’t work that way. So to help you look a little more like that ruggedly handsome actor all the ladies swoon over, we’re going to dish out just a few tips.
To get the best shave possible you have to start with freshly prepped skin. A good shaving brush can help release trapped hair, exfoliate and moisturize the skin, while softening and lifting the beard. The Art of Shaving Engraved Nickel Silvertip Brush is going to help you get the closest, most comfortable shave yet. Made with fine badger hair, the brush is made for “elegance and durability” and is all handcrafted. Plus it has that old time barber feel which just makes shaving fun. The Art of Shaving Engraved Nickel Silvertip Brush is available at Bloomingdale’s and is priced at $250.
Because every gent needs a little aftershave, Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme After Shave Lotion is going to make you smell like a million bucks. Aftershaves double as an astringent to keep your freshly shaved skin protected from the bacteria it can be exposed to with small knicks or cuts. This lotion will leave your skin moisturized and subtly scented giving you that sexy Hollywood effect, just like Gucci front man, James Franco. And have you ever met a lady not head-over-heels in love with James Franco? Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme After Shave Lotion is available at Nordstrom and is priced at $59.
The closest you’re going to get to an all-in-one anything is Jack Black’s All-Over Wash, which can be used as a face wash, body wash, and yes, even shampoo. This does not make it a shave gel, guys. This is perfect for rushed mornings, travel and if you plain just can’t be bothered with having as much on your bathroom shelf as the wife. It’s pH balanced and gentle enough for everyday use, while containing botanicals to give it a light fresh scent without any heavy fragrances. Jack Black’s All-Over Wash is available at Nordstrom and is priced at $46.
In the spirit of finding as many double duty products as we can, there was no way to leave out a cologne deodorant. And it does exactly what you think it would. Skip an extra step and throw on Guerlain L’Instant de Guerlain Deodorant Stick. You’ll get the odor blocking protection of deodorant, plus you don’t have to put on cologne. You can if you want to, but keep it to a minimum, and no mixing scents—it’s not a cocktail. Guerlain L’Instant de Guerlain Deodorant Stick is available at Neiman Marcus and is priced at $29.
While electric razors can be easy, (it seems to make more than a few of you think it’s ok to shave in the car—it’s not) nothing can get you a shave quite like a manual razor can. The Acqua di Parma Shaving Razor With Stand is specifically crafted to give you the best shave you can get. Handcrafted in Italy, the wenge wood handle is weighted and shaped specifically for an easier, closer and more comfortable shave. Even if you don’t use it every day, it’ll look so cool on your countertop. Acqua di Parma Shaving Razor With Stand is available at Nordstrom and is priced at $310.
In the event you do get a few bumps and ingrown hairs while growing in your macho five o’clock shadow, don’t leave it be. Try Kiehl’s Since 1851 Razor Bump Relief Lotion to help get rid of ingrown hair, razor bumps and razor burn. This can be used in any shaving area, plus it’s filled with salicylic acid and soothing botanicals to calm irritated skin and leave it moisturized. Painful skin aside, there’s nothing worse than little, red bumps all over your fresh new look. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Razor Bump Relief Lotion is available at Bergdorf Goodman and is priced at $28.
To be as sensitive as we can about this, we know some of our more rugged mountain men have a little extra grooming issues, so Zwilling Pour Homme Nose & Ear Hair Cutter might be able to help. There’s no pulling or pain and the small rotating razor won’t come in contact with your skin. Because, quite honestly, scissors up your nostrils just seems dangerous. Zwilling Pour Homme Nose & Ear Hair Cutter is available at Neiman Marcus and is priced at $30.
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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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