Category: Entertainment

Are Jumpsuits Making a Comeback?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by No Comments

Watching the Grammy Awards, I was surprised to see several celebrities wearing jumpsuits. While the jumpsuit resurfaces from time to time, to see at least four of them at the Grammys makes me wonder if they are making a comeback.

They haven’t been on my fashion radar since the 1980s, but Gwen Stefani’s Atelier Versace jumpsuit was stunning. And of course with her figure, she pulled it off.

Others who wore jumpsuits for the Grammys were Jane Fonda, Giuliana Rancic, and Pharrell William’s wife Helen Lasichanh. That’s a lot of jumpsuits in one place worn by high profile people!

There’s one thing about jumpsuits. Because they are like pants and a top all in one piece, they make it hard to camouflage muffin top or belly flab. Those who wore them for the Grammys didn’t have to worry about that.

Jane Fonda showed off her slim fitness in a green Balmain jumpsuit. I thought she looked great for her age, and then Googled to see how old she really is. Would you believe 77 years old! She puts me to shame!

When Giuliana Rancic hit the red carpet wearing a black jumpsuit all I could think was how thin she had become. The jumpsuit accentuated her gaunt frame, and it made me wonder if she is well or if she is suffering from an eating disorder.

Twitter was on fire with people talking about her weight. For me, it’s not hate speech, but concern. I hope she is okay.

The last jumpsuit I saw was worn by Helen Lasichanh, wife of Pharrell Williams. While it fit her well, and she has a great figure, for me the style was more reminiscent of the one-piece suits worn by the Olympian speed skaters. It might just have been the white stripes and high neckline.

Of all these, Gwen Stefani’s gets the award for the best jumpsuit in my book. If I could look like that, I’d have a jumpsuit hanging in my closet today.

Photo credits: Rick Oszko

Agreement Between Dr. Who and Lego for Lego Set by Christmas

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 by No Comments

Dr. Who has a cult following that spans generations and I’m among them. When I was young, my dad used to watch the old black-and-white reruns of Dr. Who. At the time, I didn’t stop to watch.

In truth, I felt the same way when he tried to get me to read The Hobbit. Now as an adult, all that has changed. I’ve read the book, seen the movie, and am a regular fan of Dr. Who, and I am certainly not alone.

That’s evidenced by all the Dr. Who paraphernalia to be had these days. I’ve seen everything from the Eleven Doctors created by Underground Toy, Christmas ornaments, Dr. Who Yatzee, and that doesn’t even scratch the surface.

Now an agreement has been made between Dr. Who and Lego for a Dr. Who Lego set that due out by next Christmas.

I look at these toys (which double as collector items for some of us) and wonder how many people buy two of these items so they can play with one and keep the other still in its package, which makes it worth more.

When it comes to Dr. Who Legos I have to say that’s probably a sure double buy, because the kids are never going to let that sit on a closet shelf as a collectible. They’ll want to play with it. And I can’t blame them.

If that’s the case in your household, and you can’t really afford to buy two sets, pick up a Dr. Who Mr. Potato Head to distract the kids. Tell them, you’ll leave them the Dr. Who Lego set in your will.

While I am kidding, I do predict that the Dr. Who Lego set is going to be one of those toys that fly off the shelf this coming Christmas season because it’s a toy that spans the generations of Dr. Who fans.

A mother can buy it for her daughter and the daughter can buy it for her mother…or grandmother. Whoever thought of this one has hit the jackpot.

Photo credits: Amazon

7 Shows in Danger of Getting Axed

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 by No Comments

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed that a new show I watch gets cancelled. To be honest, for the most part, I have stopped watching new shows until they reach the second season. That way if they get cancelled, I’ll at least have two seasons to watch on Netflix.

TV’s Cheat Sheet has announced 7 dramas at risk of being cancelled, and for once, most of them I’ve never watched. The one I did watch in the past was CSI, but I left that one behind years ago.

I missed Gil when he left the show. I watched it during the years Laurence Fishburne joined the cast as Ray, but for me the scenarios grew so incredibly outlandish that I lost interest. You see, one of the things I used to like about that show is the science fact they brought into the plot to solve a case.

So have you ever wondered why your shows don’t seem to make it? Would you believe it could be your age?

TV By the Numbers has an article series called the Renew/Cancel Index which determines ratings based on both ratings…and industry rumors. It lists which shows are most likely to get axed and which ones will be lucky enough to stick around.

They make their predictions before the official renewal and cancellation notices are sent out by the networks. This index takes into account a shows ratings in the 18-49 age group qualified by performance.

So for those of us who fall out of that age group, I guess we don’t really count for this list.

With that tidbit aside, the seven dramas the Index shows to be in danger of being cancelled include:

  1. State of Affairs (NBC)
  2. Hart of Dixie (CW)
  3. CSI (CBS)
  4. Stalker (CBS)
  5. Resurrection (ABC)
  6. Forever (ABC)
  7. Revenge (ABC)

For once I don’t have two or more shows on the list. How about you? What are you watching these days?

Photo credits: pixabay

Finding the Best Cable Provider

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 by No Comments

This week my cable provider choose to eliminate the news channel I watch faithfully each morning.

You don’t think it should matter that much, but I miss my familiar faces, the comradery enjoyed between the news anchors, and the way they present the news.

I miss that network enough that I’m looking for a new cable or satellite TV provider. After 20 years with the same provider, it has required some research and made me really think about what’s important to me.

First of all, I’m looking for a carrier that offers the news network I lost with my current provider and one that services my area. You can find out which cable and satellite providers service your area by zip code.

Secondly, I’m looking at cost, and thirdly, I’m checking out what else they offer for the handful of other must-have channels, and what customers have to say about their service.

In my research, Reviews.com lists AT&T Uverse as the number one cheapest provider. According to their review, it is the only fiber optic cable provider to make their cheap list.

The cheapest package offers local channels when you bundle with Internet. Just the basics. But that’s not going to get me what I’m looking for because my cable news network would not be provided.

They offer high-end packages with 400+ channels, or mid-range plans, but the really affordable plan is the entry plan.

One flag for me is that the review points out that you can expect your price to go up after the six month introductory price ends. However, I may talk to them about that to see what they can do if I consider bundling with my Internet, since they are already my Internet provider.

I find when you ask questions and play let’s make a deal, companies like this often have alternatives they don’t offer up front.

I hadn’t shopped for a provider in so many years that I hadn’t even heard of BrightHouse and found them ranked highest in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates for digital phone and high speed Internet in the South, which is where I live.

They offer a cable TV and broadband Internet bundle. But, alas, they don’t carry the channel I’m looking for.

I refocused making my TV news the top priority, which brought me to Cox which is located out of Atlanta and have been around since the 1960s. They offer high speed Internet, digital phone, and cable TV throughout the U.S. and bundling is available.

I’ll be giving AT&T Uverse and Cox a call to see what they can offer me, but before I make a deal, I will contact my current provider to let them know I’m leaving and to check whether or not they have plans to bring back my cable news network to their lineup.

Life used to be so much simpler when I could just call my phone provider and take care of everything, but I think I had three channels on the antenna TV at the time an no Internet.

Photo credits: Joshua Dorkin

Kirstie Alley Loses 50 Pounds Again

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 by 1 Comment

Kirstie Alley has rejoined Jennie Craig as a spokesperson. She’s lost 50 pounds again, and I applaud her.

She’s been all over the talk shows, and has done a great job creating buzz. That’s because we’ve all watched her lose, gain, lose, gain in ouroboros fashion. Once again, she is “certain” she has found the key to not only losing the weight, but keeping it off.

Personally, I think she makes an ideal spokesperson because she is so real. We all have seen her succeed at losing, only to gain it back again. Most of us can relate to her struggle, and seeing her success is motivating.

If she can do it, we can do it. Right?

Back in 2004, she lost 75 pounds on Jenny Craig, but then gained it back. However, last April when she decided it was time to get serious about her weight again, for her Jenny Craig was the go-to solution.

When she appeared on the TODAY show, she told Matt Lauer that she has an easy time gaining weight, and even has an easy time losing it. For her, the keeping it off is the hard part.

Now that Alley has started the New Year 50 pounds lighter, she feels her weight problems are behind her and she is ready to place her energies in a new direction.

This new direction involves thinking less about her own body and involves thinking of someone else. In her own words, she says “Kirstie wants to hook up in 2015.”

The actress just turned 64. She rose to stardom on the sitcom Cheers where she played Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993. She’s been acting since 1978, but Cheers was her really big break, winning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.

She’s funny, strong willed, and as a star, she’s never shied away from sharing her struggles with weight. She’s kept things real and I admire that.

Photo credits: Earthling Weight Loss

Carrie Underwood Down to Earth and Enjoying Pregnancy

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 by No Comments

Carrie Underwood is thrilled to be pregnant with her first child, and I love her tweets that shine a light on real life while pregnant.

Her latest showed her balancing a bowl on her growing belly. The post reads, “Pregnancy perk: using my belly as a tabletop for my snacks! Nom nom nom…”

Carrie Underwood Tweet

When you’re not pregnant, you forget about things like that. But you also forget about how your belly can make it difficult getting in and out of the car.

The thing I like so much about Underwood’s latest pic is that it’s real. She didn’t get all glammed up and pose for the perfect shot.

Yes, she looks great, but she’s wearing a tee shirt, lying on the sofa, and snacking. Her hair looks fine, but it’s not perfect. It’s a keepsake for sure.

For me, when she shares pictures like this one it shows she really appreciates her fans. She’s not trying to play them for clicks or traffic to monetize her popularity.

Granted, she makes enough that she doesn’t need to do that, but that doesn’t stop other celebrities who plaster their perfectly made up faces, hair, clothes, (not to mention other body parts), all over the Internet.

When Underwood first won American Idol’s fourth season in 2005, I was thrilled for her. Within the first year, she was nominated for Top Female Vocalist and Song of the Year for “Jesus Take the Wheel.” And she won both awards.

As much as I was happy for her, I also hoped that she wouldn’t allow her new-found fame to change her. Think back to the likes of Brittany Spears and the journey she took from wholesome to sleazy and how it landed her in so much trouble.

And she’s not alone. It’s a path many young artists find when they gain fame. That was my concern for Underwood, but she beat the odds.

Today she’s still collecting awards on a regular basis, enjoys a strong loving marriage with hockey-playing husband Mike Fisher, and is expecting her first child. With all that, she hasn’t forgotten her fans. We even found out the baby was a boy while watching the CMAs.

And while she’s down to earth, she’s also got a lot of class. She’s even offered us some chic pregnancy style during her pregnancy. It’s a nice reminder that pregnant does not have to mean frumpy.

Photo credits: Twitter

Why Carrie Underwood Doesn’t Leave the House Without Makeup

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 by 1 Comment

Carrie Underwood always looks great, even now, during her first pregnancy. She dresses stylish, her hair is done, and her makeup flawless.

She’s come a long way since she first appeared on American Idol nine years ago as a fresh-faced, small-town girl from Oklahoma. I remember her talking about how she had never been on a plane.

Now almost 10 years later, she is one of those faces that’s known around the world. And that face always seems looks great.

I assumed with her rise to stardom that she has an entourage of people traveling with her to do her makeup and hair, but in a recent interview she said, “When I am on tour I enjoy doing my own hair and makeup. There are just so many people on the road, and it’s kind of therapeutic for me to be able to sit on my butt, and have all my things, and it’s quiet. It’s my time to play.”

Something about that statement actually makes me feel a little more relaxed.

Even though having my hair done feels good, I’m not sure having people fuss around me all the time would be relaxing. It’s like putting on her own makeup is a little “me” time for her and really reflects how little of that she really has when on the road.

Later in the interview, she mentioned that every day is a makeup day for her. I had flashbacks to the time early in my marriage when I was in the grocery store with my husband and didn’t have a lick of makeup on. After all, I was going to the grocery store and and had two young children in tow.

But of course, we ran in to my husband’s boss and his wife. I’d never met them before. My husband made the introductions. She looked great – hair done, makeup on, and dressed nice. I was friendly, but in my brain I promised myself I wouldn’t go out of the house without makeup again.

I was in my 20s then, and for a long time I didn’t go out without makeup. Not that I was doing it to impress others, I did it for me. I don’t wear a ton of makeup, but enough to look awake, fresh, and, well, the best I can look.

Turns out that Carrie Underwood feels the same. She said, “I don’t think I ever have makeup-free days, to be honest. I wear makeup for me. I don’t want to walk by a mirror and feel like I haven’t given some sort of effort. I just feel better when I have a little on.”

Plus she has the famous factor going on. She never knows when a photographer is going to snap a picture of her.

I have outgrown my need to always wear makeup, but I wouldn’t want people taking a picture of me either.

Photo credits: The Talk

Prince William Bored on Tropical Family Vacation? Really?

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 by No Comments

Kate Middleton and hubby Prince William are currently in Mustique to celebrate Kate’s mother’s 60th birthday. This is the same place the royal couple visited with its white sands and sunshine for what was dubbed a “babymoon,” back when Prince George was just six months old, for some grownup time.

This time around, George is with them, along with Kate’s mum, Carole; her father, Michael Middleton; and her younger siblings, sister Pippa and brother James.

While it sounds like a lovely getaway, Celebrity Dirty Laundry reports that Prince William is bored and wishes he would have stayed back in London.

In fact, originally he wasn’t going on the extended family vacation, but something changed. According to the CDL, it was pressure from Kate, Queen Elizabeth, and the media that forced him to change his mind.

I think it was more the draw of warm sunshine and an escape from London’s winter. The couple is staying on the private island, along with their son, in a $25,000-a-week Balinese-style hilltop villa that features a 64-foot pool and a service staff of six people.

All I can say is that I wouldn’t mind being bored in that way. People to wait on you, a tropical setting on a private island, and all that. Another reason I don’t really believe the whole boredom report is that the same article is also trying to insinuate that Prince William would rather be home to party with his brother Prince Harry and to cheat on his pregnant wife with some of his ex-girlfriends.

Mustique has been a popular destination for the royals, and this is probably one of their last chances to travel before the new baby comes.

We have to remember, the Royals are real people. Having another baby will change their lives, though not in the same way that it would change mine, but I bet Prince William decided to go along because once the new baby comes, life will be turned on its ear for a while.

That’s what happens to all of us, royal or not when a new baby arrives.

Photo credits: Mustique Island

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Expecting

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by No Comments

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary, and now unconfirmed reports suggest the couple has something more to celebrate. According to these reports, Jessica Biel (32) and Justin Timberlake (33) are expecting their first child.

Back in August a source claimed the couple was trying for a baby and that Biel had told her hubby to see a fertility expert. And that “‘She has no problem using technology, if that’s what it will take to have a baby and stick this marriage out.’

Who knows if they went that route or not? The bottom line is that is seems they do have a baby on the way. An insider who spoke to Us Weekly said, “Right now they are just enjoying the news for themselves. They just want a happy baby.”

Even though the famous couple hasn’t confirmed the news, it hasn’t stopped the flood of rumors. In fact, according to one of the most recent, their first baby is a girl. Whether the baby is a girl or a boy, the jungle-themed nursery is a perfect choice for either with parents who love the outdoors.

Sources quoted in Life & Style say that Timberlake had wanted the baby’s gender to be a surprise, but according the same source, “Jessica is more practical and said it was silly to be surprised. She wants to be completely prepared.” When I saw that, I could only smile. No one is ever completely prepared for parenthood.

All this fuss about their first baby isn’t really new news. The rumors first surfaced last October when talk of a baby bump started when Biel was shopping with a friend at the American Party Store on Vine in West Hollywood.

Timberlake has reportedly said that he plans to make new music once the baby is born, that “He’s going to get his little girl a drum set and a guitar.”

I can certainly understand why they want to keep the baby news to themselves, but while the famous couple has done of good job of keeping things low-key, soon it will be impossible to hide that growing baby bump.

Photo credits: Poo Seven Channel