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Oscars Retrospective: Memorable Looks of 2007

If you’re tired of the fashions of today, it can sometimes be fun to hop into the time machine and revisit some of the most memorable looks of previous Oscars. While 2007 may seem like it was just yesterday, this year will mark 10 years since The Departed won for best picture. In anticipation of this year’s Oscars, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best and worst looks of the 79th Oscars.

Compared to years past, the Oscars were fairly conservative fashion-wise. Most dresses were column or A-line, with few traditional ball gowns in attendance. Greens and neutrals dominated the red carpet, although keeping with the trends of the mid-2000s, there were a number of metallic gowns as well. Read on for some of the most memorable looks!  Continue reading

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5 Exclusive Winter Vacations Celebrities Love

Celebrities need vacations too! Read where your favorite celebs spend their holidays!

The holidays are the perfect time for a vacation— and celebrities think so too. Each winter your favorite stars retreat to relaxing getaways across the globe, from tropical retreats to snowy winter wonderlands. If you’re searching for star-studded holiday travel options, we’ve come up with 5 of the top winter destinations that are completely luxurious and absolutely celeb-approved.

1. Aspen

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The St. Regis Hotel glows against a wintery landscape (via the St. Regis Aspen)

Gorgeous winter scenery, snow covered slopes, and tons of winter sport options— it’s no wonder that Aspen is a top vacation spot for stars like Kate Hudson, Mariah Carey, and other sporty celebs. Aspen’s ski and snowboarding opportunities are perfect for adventure-minded celebs, and people like Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, and Victoria Beckham have been spotted enjoying Aspen’s pristine powder and shopping at the high-end boutiques. Over the holidays, Aspen features activities like tree lightings, the 12 Days of Aspen holiday celebrations, and the torchlight parade.

For those stars who don’t own property in Aspen, luxurious ski resorts like Hotel Jerome and the St. Regis offer a luxurious home away from home. Celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, and the Kardashians have booked with these hotels, and have been seen enjoying après ski spa treatments and sipping winter cocktails.

2. Maui

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Maui is the perfect destination for sun, sand, and surf. (via the Richest)

For those celebs looking for a more tropical getaway, Maui is Hawaii’s most popular destination. The island boasts amazing natural wonders that can be seen on drives like the Road to Hana, and many stars enjoy the surfing, snorkeling, and tanning on Maui’s stunning beaches. Of course, a Hawaiian trip wouldn’t be complete without a luau and a stay at a luxury resort like the Kahala Hotel or Turtle Bay, where guests like Bill Clinton, Snoop Dog, and Lauren Conrad can be seen enjoying the exclusive pools, cabanas, and swim up bars.

Stars like Owen Wilson, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears are frequent Maui vacationers, and even the Obamas have been spotted taking in the sun, sand, and suf. Maui also has several holiday celebrations like the lighting of the largest Banyan tree.

3. St. Barts

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St. Barts is a tropical paradise that plays host to some of the biggest stars. (via the Richest)

Another destination for stars looking to escape the winter chill, St. Barts offers blue skies and sun-drenched beaches that are perfect for relaxing. Located in the Caribbean, St. Barts (short for Saint-Barthélemy) is known for its 22 white sand beaches, adorable gingerbread-inspired architecture, and high-end, designer shopping opportunities. Guests are often able to stay in their own private villas, which is just one of the reasons that St. Barts is a perfect getaway for stars looking for privacy.

Well-known celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z frequent St. Barts, and stars like Jessica Alba have been spotted taking in St. Bart’s glitzy night life in Baie de St-John, shopping in picturesque Gustavia, or sipping local drinks like Ti Punch and watching the sunset at one of St. Barts’ laid-back restaurants like Café Santa Fe.

4. Rio de Janeiro

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The statue Cristo de Redentor in Rio de Janeiro. (via the Richest)

Known for its breathtaking scenery, massive spring Carnival celebration, and more recently for hosting the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is also a celebrity hot spot during the winter. Ipanema Beach (partially made famous by the song “Girl from Ipanema”) is the perfect place for seeing stars, including Penelope Cruz, Gerard Butler, Madonna, and Javier Bardem.

Additionally, Rio de Janeiro offers a number of cultural attractions, including parks, museums, and gardens. Monuments like Cristo Redentor are also popular destinations, for stars looking for stay active on their vacations. For accommodations, the hotel Copacabana Palace has played host to celebrities since the 1920’s, including John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, and Ava Gardner. More recently, Gisele Bundchen booked a stay with a group of friends for Carnival.

5. Lake Como

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Lake Como features tranquil lakeside villages and gorgeous gardens. (via Hello)

Located in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, Lake Como offers breathtaking scenery and plays host to some of the most glamorous celebrities. The area is dotted with tiny, picturesque villages, including the capital Como, which is home to a Gothic Renaissance fusion-style duomo and is full of tiny cafés and piazzas that are perfect for relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine. Also of note are the stunning gardens at destinations like Villa Carlotta, which was built in the 17th century and contains over 500 varieties of plants, trees, and flowers.

In addition to high-profile figures like Richard Branson and David Beckham, George Clooney also spends about four months out of the year in Lake Como. The star purchased a 30-room villa in the village of Laglio in 2002 and often visits with his wife, the human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

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Start Your 2017 The Right Way With These New Year’s Resolution Ideas

The swell of New Year’s resolutions just before the end of the year is sometimes attributed to the poor choices we make around the holidays. Indulging in a few extra helpings of turkey and chomping on a few too many cookies at 2 a.m., for example.

Unfortunately, most of us need New Year’s resolutions to keep our resolutions because research shows more than half of us will give them up at some point during the year. Often, we give up because our resolutions are too far out of reach. Instead, our resolutions should be to simply start something new and let it grow naturally.

If you need some ideas, have no fear! Below, we outline a few simple resolutions, along with some words of wisdom that may get you feeling inspired. Don’t worry, they aren’t all about eating healthy or getting more exercise!

Get Serious About Your Health — With Small Steps

Okay, this one is about your health. We are getting it out of the way early, but it is important. When it comes to diet and exercise, people may give up because they try too much on day one. Unless you are already on a daily diet and exercise program, working out too hard and extreme dieting can overwhelm the body or cause injury. When this happens, you not only miss out on achieving your goals, but also may be worse off than before.

Resolve To Diet and Exercise The Right Way: Make small changes to your lifestyle. Eat smaller portions, indulge in fewer sugary snacks, and get 10 to 15 minutes of cardio a day in whatever free time you can find. You’re less likely to give up if you start with small, manageable changes. Every two weeks do a little bit more. Then go big next year.

As Doctor Oz writes, “Just 100 fewer calories a day can make a difference. Every long-term dieting program has found one uniform insight — eat 100 calories less today than you would have eaten. That’s half a soda less; one doughnut less. Small steps done well are what make it happen.

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Use Fewer Screens and Create Something Special

Our lives are too dominated by screens. They are in our pockets, inside our cars, at our desks and all around our homes. Screens provide a great escape with brief moments of entertainment, but they might not be giving us much satisfaction. On the other hand, if you learn to sew, crochet, paint, sculpt or create your own jewelry, you have the perfect opportunity to develop a worthwhile hobby that is relatively inexpensive, and you can learn while comfortably in your home. As a bonus, you can give your handmade creations as gifts, which will be greatly appreciated by strangers, friends or family.

Resolve to Develop a New Hobby: Pick a hobby that is inexpensive to start and not overly complicated. Find an instruction book or online video (an acceptable use of your screens) and practice for at least 30 minutes a day. Get the basics down, then work your way to more complex projects toward the end of the year. As you progress, spend more time each day practicing and challenging yourself to do more.

As Bob Ross of The Joy of Painting said about creating something yourself, “I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.

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Start Home Renovations, But Skip the Contractor

Some people suggest that doing it yourself is a dying art form. Our lives are busy, and it may be easier to hire a contractor to complete the repairs or projects we want to see finished. Except, the skills you learn by completing your own home renovations will carry with you forever, especially in a pinch when a contractor isn’t nearby. Also, you can use your expertise to help others, which is a kindness and a chance to score brownie points. Plus you’ll get a lot more joy seeing projects come together when they are finished using your own hard work.

Resolve to Be More Handy: Before calling a contractor, ask yourself how you can complete the project yourself. Go online and find some instructions, watch a few videos, then head to your local hardware store with a list of parts and some information about your project. With a little advice and a few safety precautions, you will easily complete your first project. Some things may require a contractor in the end, but there are plenty of other tasks that you will find are easier than you thought they would be.

As home improvement expert and television personality Bob Vila writes, “[…] learn how to do things, whether it’s around carpentry or masonry, or just in terms of fiddling around with design. To be an experimenter and to be a student. I mean, I’m 61 years old and I’m still always looking at new solutions, new problems, new areas, new things. It’s, I think, the best way to be.

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There are a lot of other New Year’s resolution ideas, but we think these three could apply to most anyone. Resolutions are not always easy, but finding an activity that you might enjoy, using a little patience and making small steps forward might ensure that you aren’t someone who gives up their resolutions so easily.

What resolutions are you making for 2017, and how do you plan to follow through? Let us know in the comments below!

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Holiday Destinations Offer Festive Travel Retreats

This holiday season, plan your next getaway! From tropical to traditional, enjoy these festive holiday hotspots for singles, couples, families, and friends.

If you need a break from the busy rush of the holiday season, or just want to go somewhere special this year, there are plenty of holiday travel destinations just for you! From tropical to traditional, relaxing to adventurous, you’ll be happy to check off the next item on your to do list—enjoying your next vacation! Continue reading

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Magazines Make Great Gifts for Every Occasion

You have a lot of special people in your life. Treat them with a specially selected magazine subscription that will entertain, inspire and educate with the news and topics that matter most in their lives! From friends to family, co-workers to neighbors, a magazine subscription makes the perfect holiday gift for everyone—it’s one size fits all!

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Halloween Costumes: 15 Ideas You can DIY This Year

Fall is here, which means that it’s time to start thinking about Halloween! One of the best parts about Halloween is coming up with the perfect costume, but sometimes actually shopping for costumes can be exhausting and frustrating.

To make your costume hunting easier, we’ve rounded up an awesome selection of easy Halloween costumes that you can DIY (some in minutes!).  Whether you’re going as an individual, one half of a couples’ costume, or as the member of a group, you can find the perfect costume for your Halloween celebrations! Continue reading