Sunday, May 30, 2010
Coopers Beach in Southampton New York Named Best in U.S. – The Coopers beach in Southampton, New York had recently been named the best beach in the country by Stephen P. Leatherman, also called “Dr. Beach”. Dr. Beach celebrates its 20th anniversary by honoring Coopers Beach at the top of the list. The Main Beach in Easthampton took the fifth spot in the list. For Leatherman, Coopers Beach even tops the best beaches in Hawaii, Florida and California with its white clean sand, refreshing water and great salty air. His criteria for ranking the beaches include: water temperature, sand softness, number of waves, smells and the presence of jellyfish.
Here’s the list of the beaches that made it in the top 10:
1. Coopers Beach, Southampton, N.Y.
2. Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Fla.
3. Coronado Beach, San Diego.
4. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, N.C.
5. Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.
6. Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Honolulu.
7. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.
8. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, S.C.
9. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii.
10. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Fla.
Date of Birth
17 May 1936, Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Multi-talented and unconventional actor/director regarded by many as one of the true "enfant terribles" of Hollywood who has led an amazing cinematic career for more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was born on May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kansas. The young Hopper expressed interest in acting from a young age and first appeared in a slew of 1950s television shows, including "Medic" (1954), "Cheyenne" (1955) and "Sugarfoot" (1957). His first film role was in Johnny Guitar (1954), which was quickly followed by roles in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Hopper actually became good friends with James Dean and was shattered when Dean was killed in a car crash in September, 1955.
Hopper, who was twice nominated for Oscars and earned a star this year on the of Fame, died Saturday at his home in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, family friend Alex Hitz said. Hopper had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009.
"We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood," Peter Fonda, his "Easy Rider" co-star, said in comments carried by several news outlets. "I was blessed by his passion and friendship."
The success of "Easy Rider" and failure of his next film, "The Last Movie," fit the pattern for the talented but wild Hopper, who also had parts in such favorites as "Rebel Without a Cause," "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet" and "Hoosiers."
Other tributes were posted on celebrities' websites and Twitter feeds.
"So long Dennis," actress Virginia Madsen, who starred in the Hopper-directed "The Hot Spot," said on her Twitter page. "U taught me so much."
After a promising start that included roles in two James Dean films, Hopper's acting career languished as he developed a reputation for tantrums and drug abuse. On the set of "True Grit," Hopper so angered John Wayne that the star reportedly chased Hopper with a loaded gun.
"Much of Hollywood," wrote critic-historian David Thomson, "found Hopper a pain in the neck."
All was forgiven when he collaborated with Fonda on a script about two pot-smoking, drug-dealing hippies on a cross-country motorcycle trip.
On the way, Hopper and Fonda befriend a drunken young lawyer (Jack Nicholson in a breakout role) but arouse the enmity of Southern rednecks and are murdered before they can return home.
"'Easy Rider' was never a motorcycle movie to me," Hopper said in 2009. "A lot of it was about politically what was going on in the country."
The establishment gave official blessing in 1998 when "Easy Rider" was included in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Its success prompted studio heads to schedule a new kind of movie: low cost, with inventive photography and themes about a restive baby boom generation. With Hopper hailed as a brilliant filmmaker, Universal Pictures lavished $850,000 on his next project, "The Last Movie."
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Zubair Kirmani is like his clothes — simple and unassuming. After a strenuous fittings schedule at ITC The Sonar on Tuesday evening, t2 cornered the 31-year-old Kashmiri designer who could have given many a male model a run for his money had he decided to walk the ramp.
Indian famous fashion designer Zubair Kirmani --- who left conservative Kashmir at the peak of militancy to pursue his interest in fashion despite societal pressures --- has decided to set-up a unit in Srinagar with an aim: to define nuances of fashion to people here and to alleviate condition of artisans.
"I am returning not because I could not make it big in the country. I am back in Kashmir with a success story and want people to replicate the same success story," Kirmani (31), who owns a widely known brand Bounipun (Kashmiri for leaves of chinars).
Kirmani for more than three years have been a regular feature at the country prestigious and covetous Wills Lifestyle fashion show. He has already attracted clients like music maestro A.R. Rehman and singers like Kalash Kher and his work reviewed by European and UK top-notch fashion magazines.
After so much of success what attracted Kirmani to set up unit in the Valley? "I always had this thing in my mind to return to the Valley at the peak of my success and motivate more people here to follow their creative traits rather than traditional occupations. I want to explain nuances of fashion to people here, educate them," said Kirmani, who sells his range of designs in England, Spain, Beirut besides at reputed malls in Mumbai and Bangalore.
Kirmani has come with a dream for Kashmir artisans and craftsmen. "I want to set up a unit here. Once successful, I will rope in artisans and pay them good wages besides offering medical insurances, missing at this point in time in the Valley. Poor conditions have been the main source for many artisans to switch over to other trades," said Kirmani, who is launching a unit at Nageen and supply his ranges to selective shops in Srinagar.
Kirmani has also come to Kashmir to prove a point: "We can project Kashmirart as brand. Now that I have an established brand why not to promote real art and craft from the state. Paris fashion circles to promote Kashmir art are not as far as we think."
Kirmani sees a huge untapped market here. "I receive calls for wedding suits. There are many people who want to spend on quality clothes. All big brands are already selling their ranges in the state," he added.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Prevention & Wellness
◦Kinesio Taping Method and Kinesio Tex Tape
◦Beauty & Body Image
◦Kinesio Taping Method and Kinesio Tex Tape
◦Beauty & Body Image
Saturday, May 1, 2010
When it comes to fashion, eBay has in progress a latest thread. The Fashion Vault, eBay members can now gain exclusive access to high-end
designer fashion and luxury lifestyle brands at wholesale prices.
But you need to be diligent; The Fashion Vault opens its doors to ‘exclusive online events’ from anywhere between 48 - 72 hours at a time. And since items are limited, it’s a ‘first in best dressed’ policy.
This new strategy proves eBay is determined to hitch their wagon to a star, by moving in a new direction from its heritage of garage sale bargains to glitzy current trends.
Just like its successful predecessors, Gilt Group, Rue La and Ideeli (three of the top four ‘private-sale’ players in the U.S) eBay is expected to make wide margins on sales. Even with the economic downturn, according to matrixpartners.com, the private-sale model is expected to make up a significant portion of the estimated $1 billion a year in online sales of luxury apparel.
And proving that they means business, eBay also recently launched ‘eBay Fashion’, a new enhanced shopping destination for clothing, shoes and accessories. With advanced features and a stylish new look, eBay Fashion delivers a richer, more visual shopping experience that surfaces and showcases the incredible selection of new, vintage, branded and designer merchandise.