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Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Dirty Diana on constant replay...


Tights for Pennies...

Stockings HQ is in the midst of it's summer sale, and there are a number of really good bargains available at the moment. Among them, is the Jonathan Aston Wool Silk Tights, pictured here.

While local, we're approaching the time of year where wool or silk tights aren't exactly the best option, this might be a good enough deal to buy these and store them away until the cooler weather approaches. Currently, they are an amazing 85% off for a mere £1.50. Indeed, Jonathan Aston always provides you with a good deal for your money, but this is above and beyond even for them. The cut out style is very unique and a good pattern to add to one's collection.

They're available in black, chocolate, or ivory. They're 54% wool, 26% nylon, 18% silk, and 2% lycra. How nice does that sound? They have an opaque denier, and are made in Italy. And again, just in case you missed it, they're £1.50!!

Celebrities Who Own Private Islands

Owning an island is the ultimate status symbol; apart from that, these private island kingdoms also afford privacy, peace and tranquility to celebrities who are always in the public eye.

Sir Richard Branson – undoubtly the "King of the Islands". He owns Necker and Moskito Islands, Caribbean Sea; Makepeace Island, Noosa River; Island of England, Dubai.

Talking of private islands, there is no doubt that Richard Branson is the king. Necker and Moskito in the Caribbean Sea belong to Virgin Atlantic owner Richard Branson, the most flamboyant business mogul in Britain. Both have been transformed into resorts of luxury and indulgence.

Necker Island is a 74-acre private paradise nestling in its incredible turquoise waters, with coral reefs and pristine white beaches. The island is often rented out whole by the privileged few. The 120-acre Caribbean island, Moskito is a more recent purchase and is just a mile and a half away from Necker, and cost $10 million.

He also bought Makepeace Island for the staff of Virgin which lies off Australia’s Queensland coast and the Island of England located in Dubai’s manmade world map.

Johnny Depp – Little Halls Pond Cay, Bahamas

This Pirate of the Caribbean fell in love with the Bahamas during the filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean and went ahead and bought his own real-life Caribbean paradise getaway for his family in the Bahamas – Little Hall’s Pond Cay. This 45-acre, one mile long isle is a private island and is part of the Exuma archipelago to the south of Bahamas. It costed him $3.6 million and boasts of the world’s most beautiful reefs, a private harbor, a palm-fringed lagoon and six pristine white sand beaches and is accessible only by a boat, helicopter or seaplane. Recent news that made headlines was that his island will be run on eco-friendly solar power.

Mel Gibson – Mago Island, Fiji

Australian natives find the tropical islands of Fiji a perfect vacation spot. Mel Gibson, himself an Australian, has joined the list of Fijian island owners with the purchase of Mago Island in 2005 for about $15 million. The island is 5,400 acres and is one of the largest private owned islands in the South Pacific. This island is almost completely secluded and uninhabited and the actor left it in its pristine state, except for building a modest residence for his personal use.

David Copperfield – Musha Cay, Bahamas

Magician David Copperfield owns four islands in southern Bahamas, for $50 million. While the 150-acre Musha Cay is where he has his most private resort, the three other islands are used as buffers to ensure maximum privacy. He rents out this island for $325,000 per week and celebrities such as John Travolta and Oprah Winfrey have stayed there. He calls the waters of his island the “fountain of youth,” where he says he has discovered that dead leaves or insects near death come alive. In spite of these claims being met with disbelief, the island is said to be out of this earth with breathtaking beauty.

Aristotle Onassis – Skorpios Island, Greece

Athena Onassis, the granddaughter and sole heir to the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis fortune now owns Skorpios, the beautiful Greek island. Aristotle and his wife Jackie-O had their wedding on this island in the Lonian Sea. They set the trend for private islands back in the 1960s. Aristotle and his children are buried on this island. Valued at more than $200 million, this most-famous island is not yet for sale, but if it is ever on the market, bidders will have to compete with Madonna who is interested in this.

Leonardo DiCaprio – Blackadore Cay, Belize

Eco advocate Leonardo DiCaprio purchased this sprawling 104-acre, 202 mile long Belizean island in 2005 for $1.75 million. This beautiful island with white sand beaches, coconut trees and rocky outcrops is located near the famous Barrier Reef. It is said that there is no other island in Belize that has the length to install an airstrip. Leonardo plans to turn his island into a small eco-friendly resort and has teamed up with a hotel resort chain, Four Seasons.

Shakira – Bonds Cay, Bahamas

Nothing less than the sprawling 700 acre island called Bonds Cay satisfies Shakira. This huge island costed $16 million and is a combined property of Shakira, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Alejandro Sanz the Spanish pop star. They have plans on creating a hub for art and culture in the form of an artists’ retreat with a new-comers gallery and resident artists.

Nicholas Cage – Leaf Cay, Bahamas

It was in the year 2006 that Nicholas Cage purchased this Bahamian island for $3 million. He already owned a luxurious home on Paradise Island. Leaf Cay is part of the Exuma chain of islands and is close to close friend Johnny Depp’s private island as well as near an island that is owned by singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. With tropical palms, long sandy beaches and a freshwater pond, this 40-acres is nothing less than a paradise. Rumors are ripe that he is now planning on selling it for $7 million.

Eddie Murphy – Rooster Cay, Bahamas

Eddie Murphy is one of the highest paid actors, so it is only natural that he owns an unspoiled paradise, Rooster Cay, which is also known as Long Cay. He bought this little isle in 2007 for $15 million and it is just a few minutes away from Nassau. Speculation is rife as to whether the actor is going to turn this island into a business like many other celebrity island owners or keep it as his private retreat and a love nest for himself and his wife.

Celine Dion - Île Gagnon, Quebec

This one is nothing like other expensive tropical celebrity islands. This is a little island located in Celine Dion’s home province of Quebec. It is unpretentious, in spite of her being one of the highest paid female performers in history. Located in the Mille Île’s River, her huge French-style chateau is a famous tourist attraction; although, people can only get as close as a boat can take them to this heavily fenced mansion.

The list of celebrities who own private islands is huge. Malcolm Forbes of Forbes Magazine recently sold his 4.71 sq. miles Laucala island to the owner of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. Then there are others like Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie who bought an island in “The World,” Dubai (a man-made island). Tony Curtis, Claudia Schieffer, Faith Hill, Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg are just a few in the long list of private island owners. Madonna and Richard Gere are said to be on the market looking for Greek islands.

What drives celebrities to buy these islands? Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous has his own unique theory. He feels that since we are surrounded by water during our first nine months, we crave for this security throughout our lives and islands provide us that.

Porsche Museum

The new Porsche museum stands on a conspicuous junction just outside Porsche Headquarters in Zuffenhausen. The display area covers 5600 square meters featuring around 80 exhibits, many rare cars and a variety of historical models.

The museum was designed by the architects Delugan Meissl. The design concept is based on a model by HG Merz who was also involved in the building of the award winning Mercedes Benz museum.

New Season Dawning at Wolford (Part 1)

It was about 6 months ago when I did a multi-part review of the new line from Wolford and all of its hits and misses. Well, Wolford is back with it's fall/winter collection, and I'm back to pick it apart and give you the highlights and some of the (admittedly much tougher to find) low points.

There was plenty that caught my eye in both a good and a bad way. In general its a bit more darker in tone and opaque in denier, which one might expect because these are geared towards the winter months. While that might be tough to swallow for those of us in the northeast who are still waiting for some slight hint that summer may come at some point, at least I shouldn't have too much trouble envisioning the cold, wet, damp, and rainy nature of fall and winter. All I have to do is step outside.

As I did last time, I'm going to kick things off by taking a look at a few things that I couldn't get too enthusiastic about. Three stood out in particular, and, as always, I'm happy to hear from anyone who agrees or disagrees. Like all lingerie, its in the eye of the beholder, and its whatever gets you excited. These ones for me....not so much.

The first of these, unfortunately, will go photoless, for the time being. They are the Roxana Leggings. As I begin to describe these you may find one common thread among them. This probably means I'm somewhat biased, but so be it. I can't help that I find certain things unappealing.

If you have the time, go the the Wolford website and check out leg wear trend #14 of 33. They are leggings, done in maroon color with a brighter red ankle band. But Wolford didn't stop there. These leggings, in all of their 1980s glory, descend below the ankle and continue over the shoe and halfway down heel. Having lived through the 80s once, I have no desire to relive them, hence my bias. Leggings that cover half of a high heeled shoe? An eyesore...

Another pair of leggings that I won't be purchasing in the upcoming season are the Grace Leggings. Again, these are like a bad 1980s nightmare regurgitated. These leggings are made of merino wool and have a soft rib detail. Again, they run over the shoe, but not quite so egregiously as the Roxanas.

But things do get worse. At the bottom of these leggings is a zipper that extends halfway up the calf on the side of the leg. On either side of the zipper is stud detailing. It's supposed to create a 'rocker girl' appearance, but, to me, it misses the mark.

The Grace Leggings have a sewn on waistband. They are 80% virgin wool and 20% nylon. They are also quite expensive at £199.00 ($329). I'll pass thanks.

Another style I'll be passing on is the Leticia Tights. These are your standard Wolford tights that are sheer throughout with a comfort waistband. The twist is that they have a satin band that circles the leg continuously from the ankle all the way up the calf. At the knee the band is tied into a satin bow. There is a knitted in loop that is designed to keep the satin bow in place.

To me, this is a rare miss for the designers at Wolford. Typically, they've been able to mix up styles and keep their fashion hosiery line constantly fresh. Later this week we'll see plenty of what I feel are some great examples of that. But with the Leticia Tights, I just feel that they tried and missed.

These tights are 80% nylon and 20% elastane. They're 20 denier. These tights are available sizes extra small to large in black only. They cost £36.00 ($60). While they're certainly much less expensive than the Grace leggings, they're still not worth the money, in my opinion. Wolford has much better options in this forthcoming season.

And those are to come in the next couple of days.

gone is my sanity

Monday, June 29, 2009


Some decadently brilliant shots of Siri Tollerød by Henrik Bulow via ecstacy_lover

You gotta love photography that mixes raw energy, sexiness, and slight off-her-rocker kookiness. These shots are delish.