Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nicki Minaj May Launch New Fragrance

We have all seen reality stars, singers, actresses, fashion icons, designers and others launch fragrances. It’s not just for Oscar winners anymore. Back in the day, it was an exception not the norm to find a beautiful fragrance named after your favorite celebrity icon. Now, it seems that anyone can jump on the bandwagon.

Nicki Minaj is now thinking about launching a new fragrance in the near future, according to Allure magazine in which she says, “Hopefully, I’ll do one this year. I like scents that feel summery, but have a va-va- voom factor. I want to smell like a sexy and confident women, not like candy.”
I recently spoke with a salesperson in the perfume section at a department store. She told me that, when today’s celebrities launch fragrances, they are mainly gimmicky and made to sell right around the Christmas holidays most of the time. After the holiday rush, however, they become hard to sell and usually just sit on the shelf like Purr by Katy Perry.
Let’s hope that Nicki’s fragrance does well. Her “Pink Friday” lipstick for M.A.C. Cosmetics did very well and sold out week after week. A rep from M.A.C. said it was a great business move to launch that shade of lipstick. 

BREAKING NEWS: Mariah Carey Gives Birth to Twins!

Mariah Carey is a brand-new mommy!
The singer, 42, and her husband Nick Cannon welcomed their twin son and daughter on Saturday -- their fourth wedding anniversary! -- at an L.A. hospital at 12:07 p.m., her rep confirms to Us Weekly.
According to Berger, the baby girl was born first, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, measuring 8 inches long; her brother followed, weighing 5 pounds 6 ounces, and was 19 inches.

Carey and Cannon, 30, have not yet named their kids. Cannon rushed his wife to the hospital in their Rolls-Royce Phantom; the Grammy-winning singer was calm, assuming it was another false labor incident. When they arrived, Berger told the Associated Press, the first-time Dad was so nervous that he went to the wrong unit in the hospital, and had to be guided to the maternity ward by a nurse.
"It was right out of an I Love Lucy skit," Berger said.  The couple had musical accompaniment as Carey delivered their kids: "We Belong Together," Carey's smash #1 single from 2006.
The twins' birth was a long time coming for the couple, who took a March 27 trip to the hospital when Carey started experiencing contractions.
"The thing with twins is that you want them in their natural incubator as long as possible," Cannon, 30, told theLos Angeles Times after the hospital visit. "They might be ready to come out, but we need them to stay in for a while."
Prior to his twins' arrival, Cannon was nervous about how he'd do in the delivery room.
"I am probably going to faint in the delivery room! I need to man up!" the America's Got Talent and radio hosttweeted. "Or maybe I should say WOMAN UP since they are the ones that have to be the strongest in the whole ordeal! I am in awe of my wife!"
Cannon confirmed in December that his wife was carrying twins (They first broke the news to PresidentBarack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a holiday event in Washington, D.C.)
The first-time parents opened up to Us Weekly in November about their struggle to conceive following a heartbreaking miscarriage. "We definitely cried" upon learning of her successful pregnancy, Cannon told Us. "We still cry all the time. It's an emotional journey.

How Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Scored the Lead in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

When it was announced that Megan Fox would not be returning for a third "Transformers" movie and the female lead would be played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a British-born Victoria's Secret model with no acting experience, a lot of people were surprised. And that includes the guy who gave her the job.
"I would never hire a model," said Michael Bay, the director of all three "Transformers" movies, when I visited his Santa Monica office. "It wouldn't cross my mind." And yet he was the one who encouraged Huntington-Whiteley to audition and eventually picked her over 500 other hopeful actresses to play Shia LaBeouf's love interest in the film.
Watch the brand-new trailer for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" to see Rosie in action, and then read on to learn why Bay changed his mind and put her in the movie.
After a contentious press tour for 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," with Megan Fox and Michael Bay trading barbs with each other in interviews, it was announced in May of 2010 that she would not reprise her role in the third movie. This sparked a worldwide search for an actress to step into the part of Carly, a new romantic partner for Shia LaBeouf's character.
Several well-known actresses were considered for the job; reportedly, Gemma Arterton, Zoe Saldana, Ashley Greene, and Hayden Panetierre were all candidates. But Bay wanted to go a different way. He said, "Replacing Megan, it was something more interesting to go with something brand new and fresh. Because, when it's brand new it's kind of a new discovery for the audience, too."

While Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had never acted in a film before, she had worked with Michael Bay in the past. He met her when she modeled in a Victoria's Secret commercial he directed. Bay said he was taken by her attitude: "She was very spunky. She's got this cute English accent, and she's got a great head on her shoulders."
So Bay reached out to Huntington-Whiteley directly via email to convince her to come in for an audition: "I said, 'This might sound crazy, but this could be a life-changing thing. I mean, it doesn't really happen much. Would you ever be interested in being in this movie?'" She went in to read for the part, but she wasn't told much about it and only given one page of dialogue from the script. Rosie told Access Hollywood that she "didn't think that [the audition] went particularly well." But then a few days later she was called back to meet Shia LaBeouf and do a screen test.
Since this is a Michael Bay movie, even the screen test was a massive undertaking. Bay said, "We brought her on set with Shia and with the crew. We shot with her for six hours... We put her through the rigmarole." Bay pushed Rosie to be herself, and what he saw impressed him enough that he signed her on to the film.
Rosie said in an interview with Access Hollywood there was only one hitch to her sharing the screen with Shia LaBeouf: she's taller than him. She said, "I had to wear heels the whole way through filming, and when it came to our kissing scene I said, 'Michael, please let me take my shoes off!'" But the director wouldn't allow it: "He said, 'No, you're giving small men across America hope.'"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" opens in 3D on July 1.

William and Kate's Wedding Celebration

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William in London April 29, 2011. (ROYAL WEDDING) REUTERS/.

Britain's Prince William

Britain's Prince William (L), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (UNSEEN) and Prince Charles leave Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following the wedding between Prince William and Catherine, in London April 29. (ROYAL WEDDING) REUTERS/.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is accompanied with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) as she leaves Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William in London April 29, 2011. (ROYAL WEDDING) REUTERS/.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Best Hats: Royal Wedding


The groom's royal cousins make for a dashing duo in their Philip Treacy hats. Eugenie sets off her bold blue floral Vivienne Westwood suit with an equally electric hat with feathers and flowers, while Beatrice accents her red locks with a sculptural blush topper to match her Valentino coat.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Oprah Winfrey Debuts a New Bob

With just 20 shows left to tape before her final season endsOprah Winfrey decided it was time for yet another change — so she traded in her longer layered look for a shorter, face-framing bob! During her “Look and Feel 20 Years Younger” episode on Wednesday — where the talk show hostess chatted with experts about weight loss, skincare, superfoods and more — Winfrey showed off her brand-new, perfectly clipped shorter do. It appears the haircut happened just this week; on Tuesday’s show, the daytime queen was seen with her longer layers still intact as sheinterviewed actor Michael Douglas. She shows off more of her new coiff in Thursday’s “Farewell Countdown” video series on, where she sits in her Chicago office and talks about her future travel plans. Maybe the new do will be easier to wash and go as she circles the globe?Tell us: What do you think of Winfrey’s new bob?

Mary J. Blige Has a Shady New Design Venture: Movie-Star Sunglasses

With a signature scent and do-gooding designer collaborationalready under her belt, Mary J. Blige is now adding sunglasses to her fashion resume with a new star-worthy collection of shades. The R&B sensation has teamed with activewear brand Orange 21 to create Melodies by MJB, a signature line of sunglasses set to hit stores in October. The first collection will consist of four styles including aviators, classic oversize and a geometric-retro shape, and will retail from $165 to $225 at Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom, reports WWD. “I want women to be able to hide behind their glasses,” but also “be fashion-forward and comfortable,” Mary tells publication. “I didn’t make any Grandma glasses.” Mary will also star in the new line’s ad campaign–and so far, we like what we see! Tell us: Will you buy Mary J. Blige’s sunglasses?

Victoria Beckham Snags a British Fashion Award Nomination

She may have become famous for being one-fifth of the Spice Girls, but Victoria Beckham is winning major kudos for going out on her own as as designer. With her creations already loved by some of Hollywood’s hottest stars, the announcement of her 2010 British Fashion Award Nomination — heard by fellow fashionistas including Sienna Miller at the London nomination party — appears to be the next well-deserved step in Posh’s burgeoning fashion career. The red carpet regular was so excited about the prestigious nod that she took to her new Twitter account shortly after hearing the news, writing, “So honoured to be nominated for designer brand of the year from the British Fashion Council!!!!in love and light x VB x.” Having designed everything from her signature sheath dresses and denim to sunglasses and even Range Rovers, Victoria has quickly become well-versed in the world of fashion. And although the competition is steep, joining the likes of well-respected designers like Mulberry, Burberry and Pringle of Scotland as her competition in the Designer Brand category, we are confident that Posh will be victorious at the December 7 awards. –Jessie Goldberg Celebrity Designer,Denim,Fashion,Sunglasses,Victoria & David Beckham

The Doctor's Advice Day!: Healthier You

Southern Belle Dish is starting a new segment on our site for our viewers! It is time to get healthier and happier in 2011! Please view videos that might help you! Enjoy


Achievers are believers: they believe in themselves and in life.

"If you can believe, all things are possible to those who believe."
- Mark 9:23

Achievers are great dreamers (but not "airy-fairey stuff").
What dreams in life would you have, if you knew you could
not possibly fail?

What particular dream would make you happiest in fulfilling?

Firstly, Have total faith: in yourself and especially in God - a
Higher Power, Supreme Being, Who cares deeply about you
and really BELIEVE God, Life, Your Creator will ultimately
ensure the outcome that's best for you (even when things
look bleak and you are stuck deep in the smelly brown stuff.

I've lived these principles (even when my dream appeared
shattered and my hope was at a very low ebb, learnt them
from experience over many years and have applied them in
every area of my personal life. I can vouch for the fact
that they DO work!

The very fact that I've written this article and its been
published around the world was a dream that I had ten years
ago (to reach people around the globe from here in scenic
and tranquil "Sleepy Hollow" near the bottom of the
world)... and that is a 'miracle' considering my personal
circumstances, absolutely no contacts and total lack of
technology skills at the time.

Here are the Fifteen Principles, which I've applied down my
"unchartered journey down the rapids of life". *

* no, more sliding down the "razor-blade of life".

1. Discover the Awesome Power of a Dream.
A vision for the future, that will capture your entire heart
and at the deepest level, your spirit and soul (are they the
same thing, btw?). Open your mind up to the awesome power of
your creative imagination (the way "God "speaks" to us,
through our subconscious minds, our "Godgate" or "receiving
station from Superior/Infinite Intelligence", I believe).

Allow yourself the courage and freedom to even fantasise
until you get a vision, a dream of what your life could one
day stand for. Meditate deeply, pray, ask God, The Great
Designer, what is your unique "calling in life", your
purpose... and you WILL eventually get the answer... from
the "still quiet voice within" (or your Higher Self).

Where do you find the vision? You could perhaps find it by
looking for people who have hurts and human needs - as per
the secret of success in business is finding a need and
filling it. So find a human problem to solve through the
awesome power of a vision. God will bless you, so that you
in turn can bless others, through sharing your unique gifts.
That way you are helping people, touching other lives and
making a difference in the world. I try to do that through
my words.

2. Your dream must be backed by ACTION.

Achievers are dreamers and DOERS. Take small steps and
you'll find that one step leads to another, then the next.
"Rome wasn't built in a day."

3. Develop a 'God Consciousness'

TRUST, really trust God, the Spirit of the Universe for
the successful outcome to your endeavours. It WILL happen,
though not in your time-frame and according exactly to your
expectations. But always remember, God's dreams are far
bigger than we could ever imagine ourselves.

4. DEVELOP YOUR DESIRE to see the dream come to fruition.
Work on your motivation daily. Allow your Dream to be
at the fore-front of your life, the "core of your being".
It will motivate, inspire and energise you by giving you a
SENSE OF PURPOSE - essential. Only YOU have the power
to kill your dream. Nothing is impossible to the person, whose
vision becomes a dream and when that dream is allowed to
take control over your life. Like an obsession... but strive
for balance (heed that one, Craig).

5. Develop a Success Consciousness, that you will achieve
your dream one day.
It's a positive pattern of thinking, a great attitude/mind-set
to have, which will propel you down the road to success.
Think abundance and prosperity and not lack.... and you
will draw it to yourself from the Universe.

6. Don't surrender to negative assumptions.
Eg."I'm too old, a woman, have no money, no resources,
no contacts". Challenge them. Nothing is impossible to the
person who has the desire to succeed. As the proverb says,
" where there's a will, there's a way".

7. KNOW that there is a God, a Supreme Being

KNOW that there is a God, a Supreme Being (call
Him/Her/It what you will) and that there is is a unique plan
for your life. Listen to God, Spirit, The Ultimate Source
(my favourite term to understand the concept commonly known
as God), or Ground of our Being and it's just up to YOU to
discover it, then declare it - to the world, should you
want. It's your grand purpose in life and God will help you
to fulfil it (as a "co-creator of and collaborator in the
vision"). When you give 100% commitment and fully TRUST,
God will see to it, that your CHOSEN dream comes to pass.
You would never be "given a great dream" through your
IMAGINATION without your having the potential to achieve it.

8. Have a dynamic positive attitude to life.

CHOOSE it. That things will somehow work out for you.

Be flexible in your thinking. Attitude determines your
altitude and more than anything else, I believe, is a vitally
important ingredient in seeing your dreams come to fruition.

9. Really BELIEVE that things will work out for you.
Believe in yourself with honesty and humility....and not
arrogance. It's not being "big-headed" saying things, like
"I am unique, somebody special, I KNOW I can (make a
difference, some impact in this amazing and beautiful world
of ours, etc")!
Doing this demands having a healthy self concept (image).


Look at all the options and check them each day. Obstacles
and presures shift, like sand-storms. Never ever walk away
from problems. Say, "I will until....".

11. Be patient.

Like a good wine, a great dream usually takes many
years to mature and then blossom. When nothing
seems to be happening, don't give up hope. Never.

12. Be open and flexible in your strategies to achieve your
goals, your dream(s).

There are many ways to skin a cat (sorry, SPCA).
If one road on the path to achieving your
dream gets blocked, go round the back way.

If you get stuck on what to do, ask God for the answer on
the path ahead through prayer... and you'll get it through
your creative imagination. It will just pop into your head
from "outer space" (as Thomas Edison once described it).

13. Review your strategy and progress from time to time.

Evaluate your strategies and tactics. How effectively
are you progressing down your chosen path? Are you
getting the results expected and what you desire?
If not, try another approach.

14. Listen to others, really listen, instead of thinking
what you are going to say next (work on that one, Craig).

Think how can I best help the next person. As Zig
Zigler wisely said, "You get what you want, by
helping other people get what they want."

In turn, if you need help with something, don't be afraid to
ASK politely. People like helping others...and everyone has
unique skills and knowledge, that they like sharing.

15. Never Give Up on the Core of your Dream. Never!

Ask yourself this vital question: What are the alternatives to
NOT dreaming it... and only YOU can kill your grand vision..


Then be happy as you travel along the journey of life,
the stair-case to your great dreams...