There is absolutely nothing wrong with embracing and loving yourselves, whether you are a size 2 or 22. And how you dress is a direct reflection of your personality.
I am an artist and express myself everyday through what I wear. But even I have to be cognizant of what I put on my body. Seeking attention is normal and to a certain extent, a subconscious act. But being mindful of the type of attention one attracts is the challenging part of it all.
During the 1950s and early 60s, a shapely woman was considered sexy: Betty Paige, Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge and other starlets were at least a size twelve, and weren’t afraid to flaunt it. Yes, they wore bikinis and fitted clothing—and looked good in them.
I am 5’9, a size 10 or 12 and I like fitted clothing. However, it is important that we are honest with ourselves as far as knowing what works for our body shape, as well as acknowledging what’s appropriate.
Beauty certainly comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. It resonates from within, and what we do to our bodies on the outside is an expression of it. But even that has limitations. Ladies, you can have the most beautiful face in the world, but if your attire is ill fitting or inappropriate, no amount of makeup can cover up a fashion mishap.
Some of you know that deep down, you want to scream if you see another woman wearing sheer, black leggings as stretch pants. Transparent tights with bright underwear showing underneath are not attractive nor fashionable.
Leggings of any kind are not meant to be worn as pants; you are supposed to wear them with either a top that falls just below your bottom or maybe a short dress. Same thing goes for clothing designed for smaller-sized women. Just because it looks good on a size 4 mannequin with no waist, stomach or buttocks doesn’t always mean it was meant for you.Not sure what you should wear? Then consider talking to a sales person in the department store or a wardrobe consultant. These are trained professionals who make it their business to follow trends and make people look and feel good regardless of shape or size.The guys have a couple fashion “glitches” as well in the pants category. If I were to pass out a citation for every pair of saggy pants I come across, I would be filthy rich by now. I understand most men are not favorable of wearing fitted jeans and require a little room.Going up a size or two is completely acceptable with a belt, of course. I just don’t understand why they have to drag on the ground and WHY the underwear has to be completely exposed. If this trend was to go away for good, I seriously doubt that anyone would miss it.Again, everyone should love themselves, whether you are short, tall, a size 1 or a size 16. But we should aim to make wise and appropriate choices when choosing our apparel.At the end of the day, real men and real women want other women and other men who respect themselves and their bodies.
For the third successive year, L’Officiel, the region’s leading luxury fashion magazine for Arab women, is presenting the Abu Dhabi Arab Woman of the Year Awards to pay tribute to inspirational females from the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The prestigious event celebrates the achievements of remarkable women who have excelled in the arts, business, fashion and charity fields, and once again pays homage to these aspiring personalities who, through their outstanding determination and self dedication, have significantly influenced society setting a pivotal example for younger generations.Esteemed panelists and distinguished guests will gather at the glamorous St. Regis Hotel, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi on the evening of Tuesday 22nd May in honour and recognition of the winners and their valued contributions to the community.
The winners are nominated by a select panel of expert judges that include CEO of Smart Tips consultancy Dr Manahel Thabet, Emirati designer and digital artist Sumayyah Al Suwaidi, L’Officiel Middle East Editor Nadine El Chaer and member of the Abu Dhabi Business Woman’s council and Mauzan owner, Sheikha Rafeea Helal Bin Drai AlQubasi.
Sponsors of this year’s Arab Woman Awards include the luxury fashion brand CH Carolina Herrera. “Elegance, casual chic and style have been always the main values of CH Carolina Herrera and allowing people to express their individual style as well as their passion in life is no difference. That’s why CH Carolina Herrera has the pleasure to celebrate with L’Officiel the Arab Women and recognize their great achievements. The 2012 awards is the great fit to give back to great women who represent CH Carolina Herrera core spirit.” legendary designer Carolina Herrera said.
Other sponsors included Tanagra, Faces, Q Home Décor and SwarvoskiTo date the L’Officiel Awards have recognized the achievement of over sixty Arab women. Previous winners include leading Abu Dhabi business women H.E. Huda Al Matroushi and H.E. Fatima Al Jaber, Emirati designers Reem & Hind Beljafla of DAS Collection and Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
It may seem like an oxymoron but transparency can result in privacy. And India’s real-life hero, Yuvraj Singh, knows that better than anyone else. It’s a different matter that the Indian cricketer successfully battled cancer in a hospital abroad. Even if he had been treated in India, Yuvi may just have obviated the need for intrusive reportage. And that’s thanks to his personal PR manager called twitter. All that news organisations had to do was follow his tweets, which were perfect news updates on his progress, his state of mind, his support, (including an inspiring message from his very own “real-life hero” Lance Armstrong) and his will to bounce back. The ‘tweet while you’re treated’ policy was also a great way to connect with his twelve-and-a-half lakh followers. The sheer positive energy that flowed and came right back from well wishers and fans must have been quite therapeutic.
@Yuvstrong12 is a classic example of how social media, if used fairly and innovatively, can have a salutary effect on nosey-parker reporters who invite themselves into hospitals and thrust microphones before critically injured patients with that gem of a cliche: “How do you feel?” We’ve seen that in the aftermath of bomb blasts, earthquakes, the tsunami, rail accidents, air crashes and stampedes. Or for that matter the paparazzi outside maternity hospitals whenever a celebrity delivers a baby. Before my readers get thoughts of “look who is talking”, may I plead ‘Not Guilty’? Broad-brushing is always a temptation.
Even what may be a routine medical checkup or post operative care, turns into a media event. Amitabh Bachchan, better known for his candid (rather than candied) tweets, got a taste of the hyperactive media baying for news yet again, prompting this tweet: “Dearest tv media and vans outside my home, please do not stress and work so hard. Its nothing, just another visit to my doctor!!”. Perhaps the best way to disperse journalists is to tweet a little information. At one level, it’s the champagne bottle theory playing out in full fizz — the more you suppress information, the greater is the urge to unravel it. The strategy will hopefully sound the death knell of a brand of meaningless, insensitive journalism. And don’t be surprised if celebrity management metamorphoses into social-media management.
Like twitter, Facebook also allows you to display transparency and have your privacy too. The art of diplomacy, a wag once quipped, is to “remember a woman’s birthday, never her age!.” You don’t need to publicise your age here, unless you choose to flaunt your grey eminence. Privacy settings include the option to disable wall posts from friends or the public. There is a marked preference for just direct messages. The birthday tracker remains a favourite tool.
Reasonably popular users could get upto five hundred wishes on their birthdays. When people, prompted by Facebook, of course, take the trouble to post a wish, a real turn off would be a round-robin-style, generic ‘Thank You, All’ reply; almost reflecting an overnight celebrity status. For those who construe individual replies as a form of birthday bumps, Facebook could consider adding a ‘Thank You’ icon next to the ‘Like’ button. So if you have wishes galore, you can do the ‘Acknowledgement Due’ honours at the speed of, well, five hundred expressions of gratitude in a little over eight minutes. Please redo the math. That has always been my nemesis.
With her cloud of curls, well-defined cheekbones and a suitcase stuffed with jersey dresses, Diane von Furstenberg stormed the style scene in New York, attracting the flashbulbs during fashion’s liberating Seventies. The erstwhile princess of Germany’s famous House of Furstenberg turned to the business of fashion when taste became more than a trivial pastime. Her simple design — a dress that wrapped one side over the other to form a front closure — was interpreted as a symbol of women’s emancipation. By the mid-1970s, her empire was producing over 20,000 wrap dresses a week in classic monotones and languid prints. The form-embracing creation has survived the exhibitionist Eighties, the natty Nineties and the style-saturated 2000s, to remain a staple in the wardrobes of the fashion elite.
During her visit to India, the designer had a packed itinerary, including a visit to Kitsch, the style store that showcases DVF in Mumbai, a retreat in the palaces of Rajasthan and shopping stints with quaint quilt and chikankari artisans. In an e-mail interaction, the diva who also engages herself in many philanthropic pursuits, speaks about her iconic dress, the DVF design philosophy and India as an inspiration. Here’s a wrap-up!
A FASHION SENSATION From a suitcase full of jersey dresses to creating a global label, the last four decades have been a whirlwind. It’s been a learning experience. I’m so grateful. I wouldn’t change a thing.
CLOTHES AND MORE The DVF label covers a wide range — from garments and accessories to fragrance and home linen. I always say ‘design your life.’ So it has been natural for me to move beyond fashion into the realm of lifestyle. I listen to what women want and give them that. The process is very much the same, whichever the sphere of creativity.
MARKET DYNAMICS I wouldn’t say I reinvent myself constantly. Instead I just stay true to myself. That is what makes DVF timeless and effortless. We have amazing buyers who know their markets. Yvan Mispelaere, my co-designer at DVF, and I just try to realise our vision and create what we are inspired to do. The buyers curate that for the various markets.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY Fashion is a reflection of who you are. It is how you chose to present yourself to the world and that is very important. In my design philosophy, the woman comes first. If you are looking at the clothes and not seeing the woman, then I have not done my job.
FRESHNESS IS ALL I see inspiration everywhere. I always have ideas and it can be a challenge to find the right one for a particular moment or collection. But I always have a vision. Yvan and I are lucky we are able to create four collections a year. Most of our ideas become reality.
STROKE OF CREATIVITY The wrap dress was designed in the early 1970s. It has stood the test of time. To me, the fabric is important. Silk jersey is flattering to the body and allows women to move freely. The style is timeless. It’s feminine. It’s serious, but also seductive.
BEYOND STYLE Designing clothes and the success of my business are what enabled me to be the woman I wanted to be. Now that I’ve achieved this, I work to inspire other women find the best version of themselves. Fashion is a form of expression. I create clothes that give women confidence.
WOMEN’S ISSUES I’m involved with a lot of work concerning women. There were many stumbling blocks on my road to success but many people helped me along the way. I try to learn from the former and focus on the latter. It is important to be grateful. So whenever I can, I try to help people achieve their goals and put that good intention back in the universe.
INDIA INSPIRES The fashion scene is absolutely stunning. The women are so graceful. The way they command their saris and move is such an inspiration. DVF gets a lot of its embroidery done in India. We have used some Indian textiles too. Colour combinations, patterns, the effortless elegance of women in saris… are all huge inspirations. On a personal note, I love the white embroidered Lucknowi kurtas. I sleep in them! I simply adore them. They’re comfortable, allow you to move freely and, at the same time, glamorous and beautiful – that’s so DVF!
TO ASPIRING DESIGNERS Just go for it. You only regret the things you don’t do. Clarity defines a designer. If you are clear about your vision, then you have everything.
Fashion show geared toward covering up.
With hems of shorts and skirts getting higher and tops getting lower cut, one Marion group decided to have a fashion show that demonstrated ways to look good while covering up.
Hundreds of women of all ages attended the “What to Wear…According to the Word and not the World” Modesty Fashion Show that took place on Saturday at Cornerstone Alliance Church. The event was sponsored by the Marion Citizens for Life.
“The overall message is that ‘modest is hottest,’” said Gayle Oboy, chairperson and member of Marion Citizens for Life.
“You can be covered and still be cute.”More than 10 churches in the area came together for the event. On Thursday, there had been 220 tickets sold.The event included a luncheon for the women and girls and a presentation called “Modeling Modesty” by guest speaker Rachel Lee Carter, Mrs. North Carolina 2009.
The models in the show wore layers, longer skirts, tunics, cardigans, etc. in spring colors like yellow, orange and pink to demonstrate that women could cover themselves and still look nice or “in fashion.”Respect for yourself and for your spouse or your future spouse was repeated over and over during the event. The sentiment of respect for oneself was shared by those in attendance.”I think it is important for young girls to learn how they should dress according to the Word, as opposed what they see on TV,” said Vanessia Fragmin, a guest at the event.
Fragmin was there with the AWANA Bible group and youth group from Fite Memorial Baptist Church.She said there are too many bad role models on television who flaunt how girls are supposed to look, even when girls should not dress that way.”You can still be sexy, pretty and attractive and still dress modestly, according to what God wants,” Fragmin said.
Two grade school girls in attendance, Kymberle Sheets, fourth grade, and Michaela Brady, fifth grade, said knowing how to dress is important.”You should know how to dress nice,” Sheets said.”I think this is important because some girls out there dress inappropriately, and I think it’s nice to find out how to dress,” Brady said.
Fashion icon keeps connected via Globe Business.
Fashion icon and Globe Business ambassador Amina Aranaz-Alunan recently launched the Aranaz Mercato bag, which is made from recycled materials by the women of Payatas, Quezon City. Amina creates the designs while the Payatas women produce the bags. Being a socially conscious designer is just one of the ways in which she lives her life creatively, passionately and with joy. How does she do it?
According to her, she does this by knowing her priorities in life — her husband and kids are at the center and she schedules her work around them. “The key,” she says, “is balance.”
Such balance is no small feat, considering that she runs two businesses, raises three kids and takes care of her husband, businessman Rafa Alunan.Fashion is in Amina’s blood. A daughter of a successful bag manufacturer, she owns the Aranaz boutique that showcases and offers her sought-after collection of bags and accessories. She is currently creative director and designer of the Aranaz brand as well.Amina not only designs bags, she also helps students at the School of Fashion and Arts (SoFA) design and map out their future in the fashion industry. She is co-founder and a faculty member of the school.She considers SoFA an advocacy because she puts her heart, mind and effort into the school to create more fashion entrepreneurs like herself.
Amina says modern communications technology allows her to keep harmony and balance between her responsibilities at her designer bag business, her fashion design school, and her family.
In order to communicate with her workers and school colleagues, she depends on modern technology from Globe Business.
“With Globe Business, I really experienced a big difference in the way I live my life and the way I do business. The best advantage I have as an entrepreneur is my mobility and freedom — I have simplified the ways I do business and fulfill my commitment to the school,” she says.
Amina has subscribed to Globe Business TXTConnect, which allows her to send high-volume SMS broadcasts to groups of employees, workers and colleagues using the Web-based TXTConnect service.
The service lets her send text message blasts, birthday alerts and pre-scheduled messages quickly and securely. TXTConnect is much easier to use because it is Web-based; it also costs a lot lower than regular mobile phone SMS rates.
With business solutions from Globe Business, Amina is also able to give time and energy to her social advocacies — like sourcing out indigenous Filipino raw materials and giving livelihood to both local suppliers and workers. She does this sort of thing for the Payatas women who produce her Aranaz Mercato bag from recycled materials.
“Without e-mail and chat, I would not be able to set aside mornings with my children. Using modern technology lets me do business from home just as well, if not better than when I’m in the office,” she says.
In the afternoons, Amina is either at the office, the bag factory or at SoFA for her teaching duties. In the evenings, if she’s not with her family, she’s attending events and other occasions.
Communications technology also allows Amina to free up her time to be with her husband. They could have dinner, watch movies or spend time with friends because e-mail, chat and mobile phone features allow her to work faster and more efficiently, so she’s still able to enjoy her life as a wife and mother outside of the office and the school.
Before she retires in the evening, she makes sure that her cellular phone is always at her bedside table, along with a glass of water. She never goes to sleep without checking her e-mail, Facebook, and of course, praying.
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Prada still tied to apron strings.
Italian fashion designer Miuccia Prada – who started working in fashion because she couldn’t find anything she liked to wear – has revealed an abiding love of aprons as “an emblem of women’s despair”.
Her comments feature in her upcoming Costume Institute exhibit in New York.
The designer and Elsa Schiaparelli are the focus of the display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition,Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, includes an installation that explores the affinities between the two fashion powerhouses from different eras.
“I’m interested in the lives of women in general, which is why I love aprons,” she said, according to New York Times.
“The apron is a recurring theme in my work because it is symbolic of women’s sufferance… It’s an emblem of women’s despair, their poverty, their passions. I love drama and romance. It’s one of the reasons why I love antique jewellery – I like to live the lives of other women.”
She also discusses her inspirations, explaining she designs based on the things she loves. The designer reveals just what it was that drew her to the world of fashion.
“When I design, my personal interests are my primary focus, my personal interests in life, in society, in culture. But I’m always conscious of the cycle of fashion, of whether I should follow red with black, a short skirt with a long skirt… For me, it’s important to anticipate where fashion is heading,” she said.
“One of the reasons I became a designer was because I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to wear myself. In the ’80s, everything was designed, and I rejected the idea of design. I hated it.
“Instead, I’d wear vintage clothes and uniforms – uniforms of all kinds, but especially service and children’s uniforms. If I wanted a new dress, I’d go to a tailor or maker of children’s clothes… Actually, I was married in a dress made by a tailor of children’s clothes.”
The showcase, which runs from May 10 through to August 19, is inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s Impossible Interviews for Vanity Fair in the 1930s.
Grace Blackford, junior, and Rachel Schuler, senior, who both attend Pleasant High School, were part of the event. They performed in a skit where they, along with their “mom,” tried to figure out what mall outfits were appropriate and modest, especially with today’s fashions like short shorts and leggings.The teens said that this is something they face often in their lives.
“There’s pressure from yourself,” Blackford said. “Sometimes you just want to wear something tight.”Schuler agreed, saying that it is a temptation to want to show off your body.The teens have had to change the way they shop to find clothing better suited to their style.
“I shop at Forever 21 and TJ Maxx,” said Blackford. “I used to shop at Hollister and Abercrombie, but their clothes are too small and revealing.”Blackford said that loose shirts are in now, and accessories, like scarves and necklaces, help to cover necklines.
Men even got involved in the event, serving the women at the luncheon.
David Shuck, a senior at The Ohio State University at Marion, said that he thinks it is important to support women in their selection of dress. “A good body image is important, and we should appreciate the modest dress of the women that we love.”
During Carter’s talk that followed the fashion show, she said that the Bible taught her that true beauty comes from within, using the verses 1 Peter 3:4 and Timothy 2:9 to stress her point.She spoke about being in the fashion industry, and the struggles she had because she would not do certain ads or wear certain things.
“We’re often taught to not worry about what other people think about us – and I didn’t,” she said.Carter said that girls should be taught from early on that they are princesses, and their bodies are precious and beautiful.She talked about covering up cleavage and tacking up high slits on skirts and dresses, especially prom dresses.
“Until the standards start to change in the fashion industry, we will have to get creative,” Carter said.
Revealed: Mario Balotelli ‘has been dating a friend of escort Jenny Thompson for two years’.
He’s been the subject of several cheat claims in recent months, and the revelations about Mario Balotelli’s love life continue to roll in.This time he’s been accused of keeping a secret lover under wraps for the last two years. It’s claimed that the Manchester City star, 21, has been dating Kloe Evans – a friend of escort Jenny Thompson – since 2010.
The new claims come just a few days after Mario was pictured with blonde Kloe after dining out at Zouk Tea Bar & Grill in Manchester city centre.A source who spoke to The People newspaper said: ‘He asked for her number then bombarded her with texts and calls.
‘He even gave her two dogs – so before long she thought it was a serious relationship.’
They added: ‘She stayed over at his luxury apartment loads – it was almost as though she was living with him. When he was linked with Sophie Reade, Kloe was still on the scene.’But their relationship has been rocky to say the least thanks to several stories relating to Balotelli’s apparent encounters with other women.
In January 2011 blonde Big Brother star Sophie Reade, 21, claimed she had been dating the striker – and later accused him of cheating on her with her best friend Faye Evette.
Kloe is also said to have been ‘furious’ when she found out the Italian footballer had bedded escort Jenny, 23, who she became acquainted with when they worked at the same nightclub.Balotelli’s relationship with Kloe appeared to be all but over when he began dating Italian model Raffaella Fico, 24.And, to make matters worse, last week, it was also alleged that Balotelli had a fling with £500-an-hour escort Holly Henderson, 33, in October 2011.
However, despite all this, Mario recently called Kloe to confess his undying love for her which resulted in their night out together earlier this week. Meanwhile, former flame Rafaella Fico is said to be ‘in pieces’ over the allegations. In a interview over several pages of Sportweek, the pull out of top selling Italian daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport, she opened her heart about their relationship saying she’d love to start a family with him.The model, who once dated Cristiano Ronaldo and tried to sell her virginity for one million Euro, said: ‘We are both very busy and very young. But if he asked me to marry him I would accept. I, like him, dream of a family.’
The Inside Out Dating Guide 1 – How to end a relationship that isn’t working.
InsideOut dating guide: in a new monthly series, our relationships expert, Sarah Abell, looks at dating issues and offers readers her practical advice. This month, she looks at how to end a relationship if it isn’t working.
First things first, you need to decide whether the relationship really is over or if what you are going through is just a little bump on the road to true love.
It can be a shock in any dating relationship when you have your first argument or notice a really annoying habit in your partner that you hadn’t seen before. The temptation can be to throw in the towel at the first sign of a problem but the reality is that all relationships take work. Even in the best relationships there will come a time when you need to recognise the differences between you, resolve conflict and face up to the fact that your partner isn’t perfect after all.
But what happens when the rose tinted glasses come off and you realise that you really don’t love (or even like) this person anymore? What if you can no longer see yourself in a long-term relationship with them? What if you can’t be yourself when you are with them? What if you have discovered that they are abusive, unkind, dishonest or unfaithful? In these cases, the time may well have come to end the relationship.
Ending a relationship is never easy. It helps to try to do it as soon as possible after you’ve made the decision, because delaying the inevitable can make things worse, as Sophie discovered.
“I had dated Charlie for three years, we were living together, he had moved cities to be with me and was very much a part of my family. We were very much in love but I had realised that I didn’t want to marry him, so decided I had to end our relationship. It was a few weeks before Christmas and I confided in my mother, who insisted that I had to wait until after Christmas to break up with Charlie as he was joining us on our family Christmas holiday. He has no family where we live, and she thought it would be just ‘too mean’.
“I did what my mother suggested but Charlie wasn’t stupid and he realised that something was wrong during the holiday. He kept asking what it was, but I didn’t want to upset my family or him and ‘ruin Christmas’ so I pretended it was all OK.
“As soon as we were back home, I told him it was over and, yes, he was upset. But what hurt him most was knowing that I had felt that way for weeks but I had carried on as if nothing was wrong. He felt lied to. It was so awful and I decided never again to let convenience or the feelings of family or friends dictate the timing of my relationships.”
If you do have to end a relationship, do it kindly. Think about how you would like to be told. Make sure you do it face to face (where possible). I think texting is a definite no-no, as is splitting up via email or just changing your status on Facebook. If you can’t physically be in the same place, at least do it on the phone or over Skype so that you can have a two-way conversation.
Don’t bottle it and get your best friend to give the bad news on your behalf, as happened to one friend of mine. And don’t leave the person to guess that the relationship is over, as happened to Blake: “I was in a long-distance relationship. My girlfriend came back home to England early spring and invited me to come with her to Sydney for Easter. It was a great idea, although logistically it was going to be hard to organise a flight that close to the time… a few options of how I could do this were racing through my head until she said… ‘It would be great, you can meet my new boyfriend’… It wasn’t the best way to find out, and needless to say I didn’t take her up on her offer.”
When it comes to explaining why you want to break up, be clear (and gentle) about your reasons. Clichéd lines like, “It isn’t you – it’s me,” aren’t helpful. Give them an opportunity to ask questions and fully take on board what you are saying. You may have been deciding this for weeks but they may not have seen this conversation coming, so it could take them a little while to get their head around it. You may need to give them time to think about it and then chat again a couple of days later, when they have thought of all the things they want to ask.
It can help to discuss how the break-up is going to work. If you have been living together, discuss who will move out and when. If you have any joint possessions how will you split them? Will there be any contact? Talk together about what will happen if you are both going to the same event, party, friend’s house or meeting. Will there be a time when you can be friends? How will you let the other know if one of you starts to see someone else? These are difficult conversations to have but the clearer you can be the easier the break-up will be for both of you.
The worst thing you can do is to give false hope that you may get back together again one day if that is not true. The truth can hurt but lies can hurt even more. I have heard too many stories of people who have told their boyfriend or girlfriend that they just don’t want to get married at the moment or aren’t ready for a big commitment, and then four months down the line they are engaged to someone else.
If I had to sum up my advice for splitting up well it would be: be kind, be clear and be firm. Ending a relationship is never going to be a pleasant experience but if you can keep those three things in mind it will hopefully lessen the pain for you and for the other person.
If you are reading this and have a story of how not to end a relationship or any tips on how to do it well, please do include them in the comments section below. It would be great to hear about your experiences.
Khloe Kardashian Shares a Picture of Her New Love.
Khloe Kardashian may not be focusing too much on all the headlines regarding her supposed divorce from her husband, Lamar Odom. After he was discharged from the Dallas Mavericks earlier last week, it seems that people are concluding that Khloe is leaving her husband behind because of the couple’s marital troubles. Reports suggested that Lamar was burned out from the requirements of being married to a Kardashian, given he has to film a reality show and make room for photo shoots, fragrance meetings, and take more time away from his career of playing basketball.
Well, Khloe has set the record straight several times about her marriage, claiming that they are not divorcing. Just because Lamar isn’t playing in Dallas anymore doesn’t mean she is ready to leave his side. Instead, she wants people to focus on positive and happy things—like her Kardashian Kollection.
Khloe Kardashian recently posted a picture of herself on her blog, sporting a white blazer. “Just found these pics of me rocking our Kardashian Kollection white blazer at LAX. This blazer is one of my favorite items from our Kollection—so sexy and chic,” she writes, as she shares her new love of the month. It seems that the sisters are trying to ignore the tabloid stories about their families and focus on business, including their clothing line.
Whether Lamar and Khloe are divorcing is only known to them. At least she will have her beloved white blazer.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Engagement Does Not Make Jennifer Aniston Happy.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are finally going through with it this time. They’re tying the knot. And everyone on planet Earth is ecstatically happy for them. Well almost everyone. Jennifer Aniston, not so much.
Yes, the rumors that Jennifer Aniston is happy about Brangelina’s impending nuptials have, reportedly, like Mark Twain’s death, been greatly exaggerated. Rumor now has it that La Aniston is anything but glad to hear that her nemesis of the past seven years is going to marry her ex-husband. That is, the ex husband who divorced her, moved in with the nemesis, had six kids, and apparently never looked back—except to make a few unkind comments about his marriage for which he later apologized—sort of. Adding insult to injury is the fact that while Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have enjoyed seven years of romantic happiness and familial bliss, Jennifer Aniston has had a series of “failed” relationships with Vince Vaughn, John Mayer, and British model, Paul Sculfor. On the other hand, “Brad and Angelina grow more in love with each passing year.”
Of course, there’s Jen’s relationship with Justin Theroux, but sadly that romance may soon go the way of all the others. Rumor has it that Theroux is starting to get bored—er—need some space. And it’s said that he’s “still in close contact with his ex-girlfriend Heidi Bivens.” Whatever his problems are, Justin doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to propose. Poor Jen.
According to one celebrity website, the real question is: “Is it even possible to feel joy at the news that the woman who stole your husband is now engaged to marry him? Is Jennifer just so much better than the rest of us?”
Good grief. It’s hard to believe that a woman as rich, famous, beautiful, sophisticated, and presumably intelligent as Jennifer Aniston would still be obsessing over a 7-year-old divorce. She’s said many times that she does not regret her marriage to Brad Pitt. At one time they were happy together. And then they weren’t. It happens. That’s life. As for the husband thief, Angelina Jolie, for the umpteenth time, men are not earrings or iPhones. They cannot be stolen or controlled. No woman can make any man do anything he does not want to do. Not even the Salt star can do that.
Hopefully, Brangelina’s marriage will put an end to the Jolie-Pitt-Aniston melodrama. As for the Aniston-Theroux melodrama, good luck with that, Jen.
The US Census Bureau observed Women in the U.S. History Month – March 2001 – by releasing this set of statistics on women in the United States. The figures are for the years 1999-2000, but are not taken from Census 2000, data from which is scheduled for release over the next three years. The data is taken from the Current Population Survey, year 2000 population estimates and the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
84% The percentage Women in the U.S. age 25 and over with a high school diploma or more, which equals the percentage for men. The college degree attainment gap between the sexes has not closed completely, but it is closing. In 2000, 24 percent Women in the U.S. age 25 and over had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 28 percent of men.
30% The percentage of young Women in the U.S., ages 25 to 29, who have completed college as of 2000, which exceeds the 28 percent of their male counterparts who have done so. Young Women in the U.S. also had higher high school completion rates than young men: 89 percent versus 87 percent.
56% The proportion of all college students in 1998 who were Women in the U.S.. Women have represented the majority of college students since 1979.
57% The proportion of masters’ degrees awarded to Women in the U.S. in 1997. Women also represented 56 percent of the people awarded bachelor’s degrees, 44 percent of the law degrees, 41 percent of the medical degrees and 41 percent of the doctorates.
49% The percentage of bachelor’s degrees awarded in business and management in 1997 that went to Women in the U.S.. Women also received 54 percent of the biological and life sciences degrees.
American Women don’t take anything for granted, including the right to vote. Although we’ve had that right for less than a century, we exercise it in much greater numbers and greater percentages than men.
According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, there are clear gender differences in voter turnout:
In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men. Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections. In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion [of] female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of made adults who voted.
In examining previous presidential election years prior to 2008, the numbers make this point clear. Of the total voting age population:
- In 2004, 60.1% of women and 56.3% of men voted.
That’s 67.3 million women and 58.5 million men – a difference of 8.8 million.
- In 2000, 56.2% of women and 53.1% of men voted.
That’s 59.3 million women and 51.5 million men – a difference of 7.8 million.
- In 1996, 55.5% of women and 52.8% of men voted.
That’s 56.1 million women amd 48.9 million men – a difference of 7.2 million.
Compare these figures to a generation ago:
- In 1964, 67% of women and 71.9% of men voted.
That’s 39.2 million women and 37.5 million men – a difference of 1.7 million.
For both genders, the older the voter, the greater the turnout up through age 74. In 2004, of the total voting age populations:
- 44.9% of women and 38.8% of men 18-24 years old voted
- 55% of women and 48.8% of men 25-44 years old voted
- 68.3% of women and 65.9% of men 45-64 years old voted
- 69.4% of women and 72.5% of men 65-74 years old voted
The numbers drop slightly for voters 75 years and up – 63.9% of women and 71% of men voted – but still significantly outstrip young voters.
The Center for American Women and Politics also notes that this gender difference holds true across all races and ethnicities with one exception:
Among Asians/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites, the number of female voters in recent elections has exceeded the number of male voters. While the difference in voter turnout rates between the sexes is greatest for Blacks, women have voted at higher rates than men among Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites in the last five presidential elections; in 2000, the first year for which data are available, Asian/Pacific Islander men voted at a slightly higher rate than Asian/Pacific Islander women.
In 2004, of the total voting age population, the following percentages were reported for each group:
- Asian/Pacific Islander – 30.5% of women and 29% of men voted
- Black – 59.8% of women and 51.8% of men voted
- Hispanic – 30.9% of women and 25.2% of men voted
- White – 62% of women and 58.6% of men voted
In non-presidential election years, women continue to turn out in greater proportions than men. And women outnumber men among registered voters. In 2004, 75.6 million women and 66.4 million men reported they were registered voters – a difference of 9.2 million.
So the next time you hear a political analyst discuss ‘the women’s vote,’ bear in mind that she or he is talking about a powerful constituency that numbers in the millions. Though it has yet to find its political voice and agenda, the vote of women – individually and collectively – can make or break elections, candidates, and outcomes.
War is not just a man’s business. In today’s conflicts, the impact of fighting on women can be severe. Humanitarian law recognizes this in the general protection it affords to both women and men, as well as in some specific provisions providing additional protection to online women.
In general, IHL requires humane treatment for the wounded and sick, prisoners and civilians caught up in a conflict, without any “adverse distinction” based on sex, race, nationality, religion, political opinions, or any similar criteria. This general protection is provided by the four Geneva Convention (1949) and their Additional Protocols (1977), as well by customary humanitarian law.
The general provisions of IHL also forbid hostage taking and the use of human shields. In recent conflicts there have been abuses, particularly the use of women and children to shield combatants from attack.
In addition, online women must be “especially protected” from sexual violence. This includes rape, forced prostitution and any other form of indecent assault, all of which constitute war crimes. The threat of sexual violence against online women is also prohibited. Online women prisoners must be housed separately from men in particular to avoid sexual abuse.
IHL further requires that expectant mothers and mothers of young children, in particular nursing mothers, be treated with particular care. This applies, for example, with regard to the provision of food, clothing, medical assistance, evacuation and transportation.
Online women are particularly vulnerable to the separation of family members and the suffering caused by the unknown fate of a missing relative, both during and after an armed conflict.
Humanitarian law provides families with the right to know the fate of their missing relatives and obliges parties to armed conflicts to take all feasible measures to account for persons reported missing.
In recent years, the ICRC has undertaken a specific campaign to tackle the problem of the missing. As the large majority of those gone missing are men, it is often the online women in a family who face the anguish of waiting for news of a missing husband or child. They are often the persons who take on the burden of trying to trace relatives, especially children, separated by the fighting. The ICRC plays a leading role around the world in restoring family links both during and after armed conflicts.
Woman in the civilian population also take on major responsibility for coping with other consequences of armed conflict. War disrupts food supplies and production. Health facilities, so essential to mothers and children, are destroyed. Transport, water and fuel may be affected.
Parties to a conflict are required under humanitarian law to protect the health, economic and physical security of the civilian population. When they fail, it is often Woman that have to deal with the consequences. In the absence of the man who is often the breadwinner Woman have to ensure the family’s day-to-day survival. They often have to travel long distances to find water, food, firewood, medicines and other basic necessities, thereby exposing themselves to risks to their physical safety. In addition, they often care for sick family and community members.
The ICRC therefore intervenes to support them by providing medical facilities and the essential needs for survival such as food, household items and shelter. It also tries to convince the parties to the conflict to allow adequate supplies through to civilians. Indeed, IHL obliges parties to the conflict to allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need, which is impartial in character and conducted without any adverse distinction.
After an armed conflict, women often play a key role in rebuilding communities. In rural areas, they are frequently the main beneficiaries of the supply of seeds, tools and livestock to promote economic security in the wake of a conflict. Woman are also pivotal in the action of the ICRC and others in raising awareness of, and preventing injury from, landmines, which continue to cause injury and death to children after the end of hostilities.
Established by Article III of the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court of the United States first met on February 2, 1790 and heard its first case in 1792. It would take nearly two centuries — another 189 years – - before this august yet single-sex body would more accurately reflect the composition of the nation it presided over with the advent of the court’s first female associate justice.
In its 220-year history, only four women justices have served on the Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor (1981-2005); Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-present); Sonia Sotomayor (2009-present) and former U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan (2010-present). The latter two, nominated by President Barack Obama, each earned a distinct footnote in history. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 6, 2009, Sotomayor became the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court. When Kagan was confirmed on August 5, 2010, she changed the gender composition of the court as the third women to serve simultaneously. As of October 2010, the Supreme Court became one-third female for the first time in its history women.
The Supreme Court’s first two women hailed from significantly different ideological backgrounds. The court’s first female justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, was nominated by a Republican president in 1981 and was regarded as a conservative pick. The second female justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was the choice of a Democratic president in 1993 and widely viewed as liberal.
The two women served together until O’Connor’s retirement in 2005. Ginsburg remained as the lone female justice on the Supreme Court until Sonia Sotomayor took the bench in the fall of 2009.
Ginsburg’s future as a justice remains uncertain; a February 2009 diagnosis of pancreatic cancer suggests she may need to step down if her health worsens.
On someone else’s misfortune can not build your happiness.
Women‘s magazine, treatment, disease, medicine, health, illness, mood, kids, baby, pregnancy, beauty, family, someone else’s misfortune lyubovNa happiness can not be built. Beaten, but just the truth.
Every women has the right to choose, including the right to choose a man.
If you manage to fall in love a married men, then do not count on an understanding of the loved ones. Firstly, around a fairly unencumbered by family men, and secondly, even a profound sense is no excuse for the misery that you may cause to other people. You simply have no right to meddle in other people’s relationships, how would you like any of this, lest you thought, like, here they are not good live. Once live, so happy with everything. Go in your life.
Before you start any relationship with a married men, think the same and you can get into a situation where a girlfriend, which do not settle with your feelings, wants to have a relationship with your husband, and, in consequence lead of his family or with you.
Besides, the men who so simply left his first family, with the same ease and you can leave.
Many are justified by the fact that they say “What about love I live without it I can not” and so on. Excuses are not relevant here. Think about it, how can you use love as an excuse for your actions, when from behind them the whole life of two people is a rather big mistake.
Any family – it’s a small world, does not permit it to an outsider. No matter how hot and were not sincere your feelings, you are in this case -
every aggressor and your actions will be considered only in the surrounding world. If the man himself does not go away from the girl, so she is very happy with it, so they have a future, not good or bad they will be together – another question, more importantly, that they elected this way. Interfering with an established family life, you bring no relief to your elect, but only for a while mute his feelings, makes us forget about family problems. Should not deceive ourselves and think that everything will be decided by itself, complex problems will only increase. You will feel that the men is no longer so confident in its decision that same willingness to go with you on the edge of the world anymore. This is normal. men-conservative and that the readiness with which he followed you to bed, does not mean that he will leave with you forever. Your habits, style of dress, the ability or inability to prepare-all this is your choice svezheuvedenny will consider only in comparison with his wife. Think what it would be all the time you feel like a second, not the present, and his wife artificially. Imagine that your every action in life will be accompanied by comments such as “-” but my wife did it better .. “-” but she thought it was necessary to prepare differently .. ”
Family life with the man who led away from other women – like go out on reconnaissance with a defector. You never know you’ll be together. Or you just exchange for a rich, young and beautiful.
Bringing grief to someone’s house, you do that and do not want to take him a piece with each other and probably themselves will be in a similar situation.
If your feelings are strong and sincere, and you firmly know that he is not happy with the other, find the strength to wait. If everything is really so bad as you think it is extremely soon your partner would come to you. If not, then forget about it and do not build your happiness on someone else’s misfortune.
Only sincerity and mutual love, without pain and betrayal can be long. remember on this topic.
For many years, Ukraine has not come close to pitch to the European standards of protection of women’s rights. It is the European experience has enabled many countries to successfully solve the problems of women to achieve gender equality in society.
Fundamental European standard: a minimum wage in 1.5-2 times higher than the subsistence minimum. For women, for families, this means that even the minimum wage is enough to feed themselves and their children lead a decent life.
In Ukraine, the minimum wage – 56% cost of living. Two-thirds of our citizens living below the poverty line – are Ukrainian women.
In developed European countries, social assistance for women with children than a living wage. In the Nordic countries on social programs aimed at the public support the family, goes up to 10% of the budget.
In Ukraine, the social welfare mothers to care for a child under three years is 25% of the monthly cost of living.
EU countries carry out large-scale programs aimed at ensuring the equality of women’s rights to market the work, assisted by their professional realization. They have covered 20% of women of working age. Swedish law provides strict requirements for employers. To eliminate discrimination against the working conditions of women, is the state monitoring of its implementation. In Finland and the Netherlands for infringement of equal rights for women in the field of applying the criminal law.
80% of officially registered unemployed in the Ukrainian women.
The average duration of job search in Ukraine – 16 months. For women – 24-26 months.
European states to help their women to successfully combine work and motherhood, as women are able to work part time. For example, in the Netherlands 57% of women in Switzerland – 46%, Norway – 42%. Defending a woman, the state compensates the employer for the difference of its part-time.
Ukraine has become the norm in the failure to respond to pregnant women or women with children. According to the findings of the International Centre for Policy Studies, discrimination in hiring experienced 58% of women.
80% of the 7 million migrant workers, who are looking for earnings of the world – women.
European countries have established an effective system to protect women from violence. Affects not only legal but also the institutional system of care. Powered free legal aid, public rehabilitation centers for women who have experienced violence. Law enforcement and judicial bodies actually react to the violence. In a society created for them an atmosphere of intolerance.
Every year 15 thousand Ukrainian women are killed by domestic violence.
The results of large-scale programs of the EU to protect women can be traced to specific indicators.
The average life expectancy of women in Europe -78 years, in Ukraine – 68.
Political activity. In the parliaments of the Nordic countries, the number of women found at 50%, Germany – 40%, France – 32%. In Ukraine – 5%. (“Our Ukraine” introduced a bill that provides for the amendment to the Law “On elections of People’s Deputies of Ukraine”. It provides a mechanism to increase the representation of women in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Among the authors – Oksana Bilozir).
The survey, conducted by the European edition of the magazine “Wall Street Journal”, shows a steady increase in the proportion of women managers in European companies.
These comparisons suggest tragedy of Ukrainian women. Her social insecurity, poverty, no rights to turn the society dire consequences – the collapse of families, low birth rates, problems in parenting.
One in three marriages breaks up.
Death rate exceeds the birth rate in half.
In 11% of Ukrainian villages in 1993 was not born a single child.
The country has 270 thousand homeless children
Agree – these problems are huge social scale far beyond the boundaries of a purely female and require expressive of public policy.
Politics and democracy, mold, millions of hands. Each of us should feel like a citizen and to contribute to solving our common problems.
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