August 8, 2006

If Only Money Didn’t Matter…

Posted in Fashion, Food, Random Oddments, Technology at 12:47 pm by Princess Sela

Ever sit around thinking about all of the nifty things you could have if money didn’t matter? Well this post is dedicated to those moments of happiness. This is a list of the top ten “things” I would love to have if money didn’t matter.

Number 1: My very own private island. This 1 acre slice of heaven is located just off the coast of Australia on the Great Barrier Reef. For a meager $1.2 million you can live a life of luxury which includes a private jet strip, 4 homes on the island, and a weekly mail plane.

Hick's Island

Number 2: Now, what girl wouldn’t want to be the princess of her very own castle! That’s right, for about $365,000 US dollars you can own your very own South African Castle. It’s just minutes from the air port, racing stables, and beaches. The castle sits right on the edge of a lake perfect for fly-fishing (not my favorite “sport”, but I’ll take it if I get my own castle).

South African Castle

Number 3: Pretty and expensive cars are always nice too. Let’s go with the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Porsche. 2+2 seater convertible, 6 cylinders, rear engine, 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, track speed 179 mph, all for $98,600.


Number 4: This one is for all the locals out there, a lifetime supply of Dietsch‘s ice cream. I’m not sure the exact money value; however, I’m sure it’s a bunch.

Number 5: Being the fashion loving gal that I am, I am extremely attracted to anything sparkly and expensive…just ask any of my guy friends…better yet, my boyfriend. It’s quite impressive actually, the special ability that I have to say, “ooh, I want that!” and then later discover it’s unreasonably priced. Anyway, this leads me to my love of the Tiffany & Co. Bubbles collection. Though simplistic in style, this beautiful bracelet is priced at $9,000.

Tiffany & Co.

Number 6: As a private university student, I appreciate the “value” of an education, even if it is priced at over $36,000 a year. But what if money didn’t matter and I could attend the most expensive college in the nation. Well, then I’d be attending George Washington University located 4 blocks from the White House. Yearly tuition is a staggering $36,400 excluding costs for room, board, and “attendance” (whatever that means). The university’s tuition recently had a 7.0% increase between 2005-2006. But gosh darn it…..they’re next to all the action.

Well, that’s all I had time for at the moment. Stay tuned for the rest of my list in future posts!

Captain Morgan adds: Good post!




July 5, 2006

Keira’s anorexia?

Posted in Celebrities, Fashion at 11:49 pm by Calico Jack

When does being thin cross the line into an eating disorder? After appearing in a revealing metallic Gucci sheath for the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest premiere in London, Keira Knightley is denying rumors that she is currently struggling with anorexia:

“(The press) said to me yesterday ‘How does it feel to be called anorexic?’ and I had no idea that I was,” Knightley said. “I’m not saying there aren’t people in the film industry that suffer from it, because I am sure that there are. But I’m quite sure I don’t have it.”

Even with her claims otherwise, some people are still skeptical–especially since she admitted yesterday that anorexia has affected her family.

I think that the claims of anorexia, especially among Hollywood’s actresses, are sometimes overstated. It is a serious problem, to be sure, but diet and exercise do not necessarily lead to a disorder. Image is everything in Hollywood, and there are those who struggle with eating disorders (Lindsay Lohan, for one), but just because a person is thin does not mean that she is also anorexic.

In Keira’s defense, she’s always been skinny; and her body type is definitely ectomorphic. In a recent interview with Elle magazine, she revealed that she thrives on pasta and wine, and she hasn’t visited a gym in six months. That doesn’t really sound like someone struggling with an eating disorder, does it?

Still, take a closer look at the above picture (a larger image can be found here.) I don’t often see girls whose clavicles and ribs are so easily visible. Contrast that picture with one taken at the Pride and Prejudice premiere back in September:

She looks much healthier there, and it’s hard to argue with the photos. I just hope that if there is a problem, Keira won’t be in denial. It is often extremely hard for girls to admit that they have a disorder, and it can prevent them from getting the help that they need. Sadly, I speak with much familiarity.

On a lighter note, doing research on Keira–especially finding good photos of her–was quite enjoyable. Perhaps next time I should dig through all of the photos of Kate Beckinsale to see if having a child seven years ago affects her figure, even today…

Edward Teach adds: Whatever she is claiming, I would say that she is looking quite anorexic to me. You can count far too many bones…Perhaps she should add some meat to the pasta and switch some milk for that wine. I doubt even a glass of wine a day will do much for her heart if she gets any thinner.

July 3, 2006

Fashion Police

Posted in Fashion at 3:23 pm by Elizabeth Swann

Many of you may have seen what are supposedly the new fashions for women for the autumn. These new statements consist of leggings under a short skirt, the comeback of skinny jeans, wool dresses, and longer shirts that reach the thighs. While I am open to the latter one, I am particularly wary of the first three. The leggings, for starters, reminds me of those hideous stirrup pants I wore in the fourth grade. I had this one pair with bright colors and geometric shapes; as you can tell, I was not fashion-savvy then. But now I can say I definitely have better taste, and I don’t go by what London or New York says is the new “in style.” I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing those leggings. I mean, if I’m going to wear a short skirt, I’m going to show off my legs and not hide them under black pants.

Now for the skinny jeans (a.k.a. non-flares), these are supposedly coming back so women can show off their fancy, expensive sandals or boots and their long, slender legs; but not every woman has that same “ideal” shape. Flares give the overall appearance of added length and slimness, and they are much freer around the ankle. If I ever hear that flares will be taken off the shelves, I’m going to go out and stock up on them.

I have little to stay about the wool dresses, other than that they look like pea coats and something one’s grandmother would wear. I’m sure I might get used to some of the newer fashions–they tend to grow on me. I remember when flares first came out, I was rather unsure of them; now I can’t even imagine not ever wearing them.

While some shirts may be too long, they may still be a comfort for a girl who is insecure with showing her stomach. For me, I get tired of wearing the low-rise jeans and then wearing a shirt that isn’t long enough. Guys may like seeing that midriff; but trust me, when bending over, a backside crack is not attractive. So I am all for the long shirts; it’s about time our society came out with something modest and fashionable.