The Allure of Fairy Tales

fairy-talesAs a child, my parents would tell me stories about amazing mythological creatures such as dragons and monsters to keep me (in my opinion) well behaved for fear that these evil and scary creatures would eat me up if I ever misbehaved. As I grew older (and maybe wiser), I began to have a fascination with all these fairy tale stories and many other fantastical creatures. There was something very enigmatic and enchanting about these creatures and stories that fascinated me.

What I truly love about all things mythical is how dark and twisted it can become. To be clear, I am not some serial killer wannabe that feeds on the fears of others. My love for the fantastical is based on entertainment and curiosity value. Haven’t you truly wondered what really goes bump into the night other than the boiler in the house? When you hear the creaking sound of the floorboards, don’t you get a little curious about what is actually starting the noise?

Through the years, I have tried to expand my knowledge on the supernatural and fantastical by reading endless books and online articles about it. I have even looked through different versions of classic fairy tales such as snow white and even the little mermaid. Did you know that in one version of the little mermaid’s story, she indeed turned into sea foam? Aside from reading, I have been constantly hooked on every single TV show which deals with plots based from original fairy tale stories.

Eventually when I grew older, my fascination with fairy tales diminished and my attention was slowly turned to music. I began to fantasize about my favorite singers and performers. In fact, I am still a big fan of concerts up to now. Lately I have looked into Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line Tickets as I plan to make reservations. This time however, I am bringing along my young girls with me, who, like me as a kid before, are still fixed on their princess and prince charming dreams. Hopefully when we watch Florida Georgia, they will also develop an inclination to music.

How to Get Rid of Shopping Addiction

Shopping every once in a while is a good practice. It helps you feel more relaxed and be relieved from stress. It lets you buy the necessities with your hard earned money. However, there are those who go beyond the limits. This is when they start to become shopping addicts.

Signs of Shopping Addiction

Most people who have shopping addiction problems don’t know it up until it’s already too late. If you think you are developing this problem, here are some signs:

  • You might have created a budget for shopping. However, the amount that you spend goes beyond what you have set all the time.
  • Compulsive buying. This happens when you buy something just because you like it at first sight. Even if it is beyond what you can afford or there is really no reason for buying it, you still go for it.
  • Shopping guilt. If you start to feel guilt after you shop, then something is wrong. Shopping must make you feel relieved and stress-free, and not the other way around.
  • Lying about shopping. When you start lying about shopping or shop when no one is around, this could be a problem already,

What Should be Done

When you begin shopping addiction, you might spend more than what you earn. As such, you have to do the necessary measures to stop the problem from getting worse. Here’s how:

  • Admit having the problem. This is the first step to healing. You need to acknowledge that something is wrong with you.
  • Create a check list of the items that you have to buy. Make sure that you stick with this list and don’t give in to temptations.
  • Don’t walk around the mall or shopping area especially in places where you have nothing to buy from.
  • Get rid of checkbooks and credit cards. Using them won’t make you feel the instant gravity of what you have bought. Therefore, you feel like using them again and again.

Instead of being addicted to shopping, you can start diverting your attention to other activities. This could include the Daniel Tosh June Tour.

Justin Moore’s Off the Beaten Path Album Review

jmooreCountry music star Justin Moore has released his third studio album called “Off the Beaten Path” on September 2013. As a country music fan, I am looking for new artists to listen to and the timing of Justin Moore’s album couldn’t have been better. I have listened to a few of his singles in the past and I can’t say I am expecting anything, but here’s my take on his album.

Originally, I was told that it’s something out of the ordinary since there’s rapping involved. New artists have been injecting innovative elements into country music to make it seem fresh. I was apprehensive at this idea because most rap songs just focus on the topic of money, sex, objectification of women and other possibly offensive stuff. I thought it was a bad idea and I am ready to be disappointed on the whole album but surprisingly, I am not.

Songs like “Dirt Road Kid” and “Letting the Night Roll” were like a mix of rock, hip-hop and country. While that does not particularly work for me, Justin made up for it on his other singles. What I like about this artist is that while he never fails to stop being innovative, he still includes traditional sounds in his songs like “In This Kind of Town” and “Beer”.

Justin shows off also his amazing vocals and range in the song “That’s how I know You Love Me”. Some tracks are quite soulful and would be amazing to see live in his Justin Moore Concert 2015. Other songs are quite funny lyrics-wise which portray that he is not afraid to show his funny side in the songs about a hangover, “Big Ass Headache” and about loving ass in “I’d Want It to Be Yours”. Good thing the latter wasn’t done in a disrespectful and sexist way.

His sentimental side is also shown in his duet with Miranda Lambert in the song “Old Habits”. Their heartfelt rendition makes it a standout single in his album. In addition to this, it has a strong 90’s feel that can make anyone feel nostalgic.

Overall, this album is amazing because of the authentic Southern music, but is also fresh because of the incorporation of new elements. Justin is not afraid to experiment and that’s what makes the album worth buying.

Katy Perry Pregnancy, NOT TRUE!

100719-katy_perry_617_409Once upon a time Katy had a prince name Russell Brand but it seems that fate wasn’t on their side and their marriage has to end. The Brand chapter in Perry’s tale doesn’t have a happy ending. Now it’s time for the knight and shining armor John Mayer to rescue her “Alice in Wonderland” or did he say to Katy, your Body is a Wonderland? With all those twists in the story, the pop-up scene Perry has created onscreen feels like a rebuttal to what fairy tales should usually be. She builds in our minds a castle filled by tattooed princes and blue-haired princesses.

The life of a superstar involves all sorts of things that some people don’t usually get. We follow their lives and expect them to be like the ones we read from fairy tales. We expect happy endings. But life for them is much more than that. Surely there is fame, wealth and a good fortune. But some negatives go along with those benefits. Negatives like being gossiped about pregnancies, engagements, marriages, divorces, cheating on spouses and even false death claims can be difficult, very hurtful, and frightening to deal with. Superstars must be a noble knight at all times in order to weather all of these nasty storms.

Gossip news about Pop-princess Katy Perry pregnant boomed like her famous song Firework (2010).Perry’s preggy rumors have made their way around the worldwide web and back until now, but friends of the Roar (2013) singer say they’re plainly NOT TRUE. Perry and boyfriend John Mayer are not expecting their first child just yet.

When is Katy Perry touring? Her 2015 tour showcases both new hits and old favorites.

Dressmaking as a Hobby and Potential Business

dressmaker-fitting-clothesDressmaking as a hobby is an interesting and useful activity. When you get to learn more about the craft, you will be able to make your own garments as well as of your family members. This will make a significant cut from your budget considering that clothing has become expensive nowadays. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing your whole family wear your personally sewn clothes. It will be a great source of happiness and pride knowing that you devoted your time and skills on each stitch that clothe your loved ones.

Profitable hobby

A number of people who start something as a hobby eventually end up making it as a business. Something that you used to do on your spare time can turn into a profitable job especially when people notice your finished products. Of course, it depends on you if you decide to turn your hobby into a revenue generating pursuit. But if you have the talent, the interest and prospective customers, why not go for it? Many backyard cottage industries and household hobbies have evolved into huge manufacturing business. This should inspire you to pursue your business plans for your dressmaking hobby.

Research and consultation

To improve your dressmaking skills further, you can conduct researches and find out the latest trends in this department. You may consult friends and family about their preferences so you can have an idea about the common taste of people. Try to watch instructional videos on the Internet or television and apply what you learn from these media. Take up a course in fashion design to boost your knowledge about the techniques in dressmaking. Enroll in a business seminar as well to learn more about the ropes of business management.

The right sewing machine

The primary tool in dressmaking is the sewing machine. Some sewing machines come in portable style, making it easy for you to bring it around in any part of the house or in your travels. However if you intend to turn your craft into a business you need to purchase standard sewing machines, those that come with wood casing. If you want to preserve your portable set, you can encase it as well by having custom made holder. Try researching about unfinished cabinets at http://www.unfinishedfurnitures.com/ for suggested designs.

Country Singers’ Distinct Look

Country music has long enticed listeners due to its uncomplicated nature. This genre is preferred by people who like songs that can be followed easily. The heart of this type of music is on its simple chord progression, and heard for pure enjoyment. Another thing that also makes country music engaging is its memorable stories that are commonly known for being emotional and inspiring. Apart from the pleasure derived from this exemplary musical genre, the fashion statement of country musicians also share the spotlight.

The traditional country singer outfit includes big cowboy hats, jeans, boots and fringe.  Back in the older days, these artists were so easy to spot. They share influences from Native Americans and they usually have guitars on their backs. This was their old look. But today, these artists are more adventurous when it comes to their fashion. They now have more varied options especially because young designers are more creative in making chic pieces. This makes them more pleasing to look at, as they possess a more relaxed yet trendier look.

Male singers wear skinnier jeans, flannel shirts exposing their chest, with colors being more varied from the basic tones to the bolder hues.   Modern fashion statements for males are sexier, and are more unpredictable. Some artists say they make an effort to develop a distinct style, choosing from polos to sweatshirts, baseball caps and even bandanas.

Female country singers also have a wider range of style. They choose from a variety of tops, from rustic to Bohemian look, to floral dress and leggings. Accessories also make an impact. Turquoise is a popular color for bead necklaces, as well as silver earrings. Most singers show flashy jewels such as dangling earrings. Boots remain to be a favorable choice in footwear for both guys and gals. As for the hairstyle, waves are held down for a more natural look, matched with simple blush and a dab of lipstick.

Nothing beats the sexy look of both male and female country singers who possess amazing voice and hot bodies. There are already a lot of hot country singers who have made a name for themselves then and now, not just for their talent but also for their distinct style. Today, names of Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan are always in the top list, not to mention the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, popularly known as Florida Georgia Line. If you would like to follow them on their Florida Georgia Line tour, just click this link to avail tickets.

Comedians and Country Artists Fashion

Country songs reputation for “crying-in-your-beer” lyrics shadows the fact that humor has ever been a staple of country entertainment, as it has been a survival mechanism for rural folk culture. Its presence remind the people that although distraught with sorrow and pain, the world of country music is a world of laughter, too.

Here are some of the many stylish comedians and country singers that ever lived in the history of music and film.

Country Music

Johnny Cash

If you thought Jay-Z, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky were the ones who are first to dress all murdered out, then allow us to introduce you this guy who was simply and originally known as  The Man in Black.- Johnny Cash

Willie Nelson

He’s a dude with some serious rebellious style that fits perfectly with his anti-establishment attitude and music.

Hank Williams Jr.

Most of Hank Jr.’s early days were spent hiding in the shadow of his legendary father, Hank Williams Sr. Style-wise, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Hank Jr. looked great in the ’60s, but wanted to beat his own path.

Jimmie Rodgers

Famously known as the “The Father of Country Music”. Jimmie Rodgers set the stage for the future country singers by dressing up like the common people he meant to entertain, as well as donning classic American suit, which was also the staple of a working man way back his time. Country artists today, like Justin Moore, and Motley Crue still follow Rodger’s laid back style– Cowboy hat, leather boots and denims.

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Comedians

Bill Murray

This funnyman goes out of way to inject rigs with the same madness he brings to the big screen, but with a little less delicateness, he makes every red carpet appearance every day Groundhog Day.

Alan King

The Borscht Belt veteran– Alan King hardly looks like a comic. But a little more like a mob assassin. Or maybe a peripheral Rat Pack-er? Pinstripe suits, folded pocket squares, and deep cuffs? Nothing too funny about it.

Russel Brand

Britain’s pride, Russel’s nailing that rakish-rocker look, he is hard to top. His American counterpart, Daniel Tosh (tour), however choose not to compete over fashion statement but pour his heart out with his frank mouth and wit.

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About What’s It Really Like To Be A Model

afbeelding-model-voor-sliderEver been curious about what it takes to become a model? Sure, it is fun to get dressed and prepped up for the runaway, but modeling is not just about that. There are so many crap things models go through in order to get there. And even being there is no fun at all. Here we list down things you don’t know about what it is really like to be a model.

1.       What reality shows show is not all true.

Many of us are made to believe that as long as you know how to work the camera, experiment with your poses and make creative angles, you will be a fireball in the model industry. The answer is no. Even if you end up as the top model in whatever reality show contest you join in, it does not define even 10% of how successful your modeling career will be.

2.       Once a client chooses you from among other models in casting does not mean he or she is content with how you look.

More often than not, your personality or shall I say personal appearance would be altered just so you can look like the person the client had in mind. Your make up will be full to change the angles on your face. You hair color will be changed to perfect the style of clothing the client wants to sell. Plus, your shots will have to go through countless tweaks and alterations just so it can end up as the perfect image for a magazine. The moment you see the final picture, you probably won’t recognize that it is you in the picture.

3.       How models look like today has no bearing on how models look like tomorrow.

In the course of 50 years or so, models look has gone from fat and voluminous to very thin. Top models used have normal butts to now having big butts. Whatever the future holds for aspiring models, we really cannot tell. It changes constantly that the only way for you to prepare is have enough money for some gene alteration – that means you have to change totally how you look just to fit in and I am pretty sure you are not ready to go through such hell.

4.       Models are thin not because they don’t eat. Most of them just have super magical genes.

Unlike the common misconception that models only eat once a day to maintain their bodies, actually they don’t. A lot of models out there still eat like a normal person. They even don’t deprive themselves of getting a fast food takeout. They eat ice cream just like any of us do. They just don’t grow bigger because they have genes which are out of this world. Take Miranda Kerr, for example. Did it not get to your mind how on earth she lost all the baby weight within a month after delivering her baby? She even instantly went into a swimwear photo shoot days after delivery. And the photos were not altered at all. There are videos as evidence for her really gorgeous post-delivery body.

5.       Being a model does not always mean you will be able to pay your utility bills.

Not all models who are hired for a photo shoot are paid with money. In fact, a lot of them especially those with little to no experience in modeling only get incentives for a photo shoot and the incentive would depend on what the client has in mind – clothes, recreational activity and etc. Have you noticed that in America’s Next Top Model winners of challenges are only given clothes but only seldom are compensated with cash? Consider this beforehand in case you are into modeling for money. You won’t get paid high especially on your first few years of being a model.

6.       Casting can be very harsh.

Be prepared to receive unkind and harsh comments during casting. You might be called names and be given the worst criticisms of your life at every casting you go to. It is important that you develop some thick skin. Otherwise, you will suffer from very low self-esteem which may complicate to severe depression.

7.       Photo shoots are not glamorous at all.

Being cast as a model for a particular photo shoot, say for instance, on apparel is not comfortable at all. You will be asked to change outfits more than fifty times. The type of clothes you will be featuring during the shoot will surely not fit the weather. You might be wearing snow clothes on a very humid day in California. Another thing is that the set for the photo shoot is not what you will 100% see in the final photo. The set can be really boring but the final photo, because of alterations, end up very interesting.

8.       You have to be runway show ready.

In order to dominate the runway, you have to prepare months training and working out hard for it. You cannot just “not eat” for the runway. Otherwise, you will end up limping in the runway. You have to have a strong stamina and be very energized during that day so that you can go through fast-paced clothing changes and hair and makeup retouches. The magic we see in one day is a result of weeks to months of intense preparation.

9.       Keep your guards high.

There will always be cameras everywhere even at the backstage of the runway. You have to be careful with these cameras because they can take pictures of your worst moment. You will be surprised to see yourself fully naked in the tabloids just because a scrupulous photographer took a photo of you while you were swiftly changing from one outfit to the next.

10.   You will not always get to bring home the clothes and accessories you are modeling.

If this was the case, all designers would go bankrupt. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to bring home a Chanel purse after you attended a Chanel Fashion Show.