American Beauty: Sarah Blakely earned $ 1 billion on women's underwear

Having invested in the launch of her own brand Spanx only $ 5,000 13 years ago, she has created a $ 1 billion business.
Today, her brand Spanx is household name around the world and Sarah’s products are successfully sold in 11,500 stores in 40 countries. And on the results of 2012,  Forbes magazine named her the youngest female billionaire in the world and included her in the list of 100 most influential women in the world.
Sara Blakely was born in 1971 in a small town in Florida Klieruoter in a wealthy family of a lawyer and artist. After college, she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, but twice failed the exams in law school. She had to get a job as  Disneyland greeter. Three months later, she joined another company named Danka and started selling faxes over the phone. Blakely had quickly become one of the top agents in a giant corporation.  She started running training seminars for other employees. ... READ MORE ...

American Beauty: Sarah Blakely earned $ 1 billion on women's underwear


Anthology Film Archives

Check out this new take on the famous story :)

by Lin Cheng-Sheng
2002, 90 minutes, 35mm. In Mandarin with English subtitles. With Leon Dai, Chen Shiang-chyi, Yang Kuei-mei.
Real estate mogul Robinson is so successful that he “could fill streets with all the places” he’s sold. His emotional life, however, is more complicated and the handsome, alo of Robinson withdraws when his loved ones start making demands on his precious time. To avoid his aging mother and clinging girlfriend Vicky, he moves into a luxury hotel with his pet fish and secretly shops for a Caribbean island on the internet. Once his escape plans start to materialize, Robinson decides to jettison his personal relationships.

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* Sunday Feb 17 4:30 PM
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European Films

I came across this post and found it to be 100% true. Check the original link for the Notes.

Top Ten Reasons European Films Have It All Over American Movies (Kevin Grandfield):

1. European films start where American movies end. (Note 1)
2. Nothing blows up. (Note 2)
3. The characters are more likely to be like you. (Note 3)
4. Not everything is perfect. (Note 4)
5. Foreign accents are sexy. (Note 5)
6. Foreign settings are better. (Note 6)
7. They make fun of Americans. (Note 7)
8. Religion is cultural and historical, not ideological. (Note 8)
9. Characters act like grown ups; even the kids. (Note 9)
10. You just know they're drinking better coffee/wine/beer. (Note 10)

50 Reasons Why Young Women Should Date Older Men

50 Reasons Why Young Women Should Date Older Men

by Ed Attanasio.
Ed Attanasio, author of 50 Reasons Why Young Women Should Date Older Men

Some call it the “Sugar Daddy Syndrome.” Others call it the “Father was never around” complex. A lot of people have no problem with it, while many find it sick and perverted. Regardless of your own personal views, young women dating older men is a worldwide phenomenon that is gaining popularity and acceptance at an alarming rate.

Why do young women like older men? What attracts 20-something females to 40, 50, even 60-something males? You could spend several hundred hours with a series of shrinks in an attempt to sort through the plethora of possible answers. The only problem with that is that most psychiatrists are expensive and love the term “billable hours.” It would cost thousands of dollars to find out the truth.

After talking with both sexes at great length, I have come to the conclusion that young women like older men because the relationship comes with benefits - lots of them. Face it — we are a very simple race. We look at dating the same way we look at a financial balance sheet.

What will I get out of it? Is it a good deal for me? How can I leverage this? These are just some of the questions we constantly ask ourselves when we’re in any relationship, whether we’re aware of it or not.

Here is a list that we’re calling the Top 50 Reasons Why Young Women Should Date Older Men. If you’re a young attractive lady considering a guy twice your age, this list might give you the 50 reasons you need to persuade yourself into making a move to the geriatric side. Here it goes:

1. He knows a lot of useless stuff and makes a great partner in games like Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and Balderdash.

2. He’s well-read. He can explain a book’s plot and storyline to you quickly and succinctly, thereby saving you the time it would take to actually read the book. It’s like having your own personal set of Cliff Notes.

3. This gives you more free time to spend his money at malls, outlet stores, and online.

4. He knows a lot about music. He can name the band that Paul McCartney played with prior to Wings.

5. You can borrow his Grecian Formula to patch any bleached sun spots in your hair.

6. The big bedroom and/or guest rooms in his house means no rent for you and eventually your friends/relatives can move in too.

7. He’ll provide better, more intelligent and engrossing conversations. (How long can you talk about trucks, extreme sports and partying anyway?)

8. If you sprain your ankle, you can use his cane.

9. He qualifies for early bird senior discounts at restaurants.

10. He’ll actually dance with you at night clubs. He’ll be the hit of the party when he pulls out his “Funky Chicken.”

11. He’ll open doors and pull out chairs for you.

12. If he gets too chatty, you can hide his teeth.

13. Qualifies for AARP membership privileges.

14. You can throw away all of your coupons for McDonalds, Der Wienerschnitzel and Panda Express since you have no use for them. Start to brush up on your dining etiquettes and prepare yourself for eating at restaurants such as Houston’s, P.F. Chang, and Morton’s.

15. He’ll give you flowers, candy and best of all - cold, hard cash!

16. He’s into holding hands and other Public Displays of Affection (PDA’s) as opposed to today’s “no contact” rules associated with dating in 2007.

17. You won’t need to pay for AAA roadside service because he’ll pick you up whenever your car breaks down.

18. He’ll effectively replace your dad for when pops isn’t around. (Celebrate Father’s Day twice!)

19. Will treat 100% of the time. (Young guys don’t have cash, credit cards, or in many cases, wallets.)

20. No random late-night booty calls, because he goes to bed at 9 pm every night.

21. He won’t try to change you.

22. He can help you with your homework.

23. He’s very experienced in bed. If you like it or want to try it, he’s been there, done that! (And more than once.)

24. He won’t pretend to listen to you just so he can get in your pants.

25. Kiss goodbyes to Motel 6, Budget Inn, and Super 8 when you travel. Say hello to the Hyatt, the Hilton, and the Westin.

26. He has a future, even though it might be a limited one.

27. You’ll never have to pay for car maintenance. A lifetime of free tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotations and windshield wiper replacements awaits you.

28. Dating him will shock your folks. They may even throw lots of money at you to stop dating him.

29. He has some serious pension/social security money coming to him down the line.

30. He’s not sleeping on mommy’s couch or living with his parents.

31. You don’t have to worry about him looking at other women. (His vision is probably so shot he can’t see them).

32. He’s articulate and knows multi-syllabic words. (Improve your vocabulary).

33. Sex with caring.

34. He dresses better. Won’t show up in his one pair of ratty jeans all the time. Means you can get into nice restaurants/clubs.

35. He doesn’t have any drug baggage. He may have smoked pot in the ’60’s and ’70’s; or did coke in the ’80’s and ’90’s, but chances are he’s clean now. (Otherwise he’d probably be dead.)

36. He’s entitled to all kind of discounts including senior bus fares and matinee discounts. This means more cash left over for you.

37. He’ll wait at least one month before he expects it.

38. You won’t have to worry about getting pregnant. His sperm cells are so old, they’re swimming backstroke (Warning: Always wear protection.)

39. He’s an attentive lover and won’t forget your name or order pizza immediately after he has an orgasm.

40. He won’t argue with you over little, meaningless things. (He’s basically numb.)

41. He won’t ask you a bunch of personal, prying questions, like “What’s your name?”

42. He won’t run away. At least not very far. Or very fast.

43. You can talk politics with him, something you can’t do with younger men. (He knows that Colin Powell isn’t a medical condition.)

44. He’ll memorize your phone number, which comes in handy if you get too drunk and forget it.

45. He’ll turn you on to old-school chick flicks like The Graduate, Love Story and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

46. He has a nice car. Park your Hyundai and start driving his Infiniti, Porsche, Lexus, Mercedes or BMW.

47. He’ll take you on incredible vacations, unlike young guys. No more Vegas, Palm Springs and Tijuana during Spring Break. Say hello to cruises to Europe and Australia, ski trips to Aspen and Telluride and African safaris.

48. He won’t be jealous of your vibrator. He’s realistic!

49. He won’t be text messaging you all the time. He doesn’t know how!

50. When he dies, you can date his cute son(s)!

Hello again!

Well, it's been a while since I posted last time. Not that I had nothing to write about .... on opposite. Had no time to do that. TTYL guys!


Almost an Ideal First Date

For those who don't know, I have not dated for a while - kind of hard to when you recover from "practically dying in the home fire".

So, few weeks ago I decided to give it a chance and what do you know? Here is this guy, let's call him Bob. Bob is intelligent, tall, dark, cute, lives on UPW, 4 years older, never married, no kids, published, accomplished, humorous, and Jewish. The only better thing could be if he were a doctor!

So after corresponding and exchanging pics for a while, we decide to meet. And what do you think is Bob's idea "to meet"? For me to help on cold April evening to UWS, since it obviously will take much longer for him to get down to Midtown, get myself coffee, since he "already got some Starbucks" and meet him for a walk.

His whining went on for 10 - 15 minutes - "you already got ready for the date, why not come over? Plus I got the coffee."

I am thinking that I'll stick to just hanging out with friends and SNL for now .....


Come and party .... especially if you are Jewish, Single, and don't live with your mom!

OK, Once, a longe time ago I have to admit, I ventured into free world of JDate, just to find out that there is no chance in Christian Hell you can find yourself a nice Jewish Doctor for free.

But they just keep inviting me to the parties :)))

2007 Transatlantic Bridge Award Gala

Guys, if you happent to be into these type of events and like to donate (which I do but currently can't afford to), you might enjoy this invite that I got:

All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. All proceeds to benefit FFUB. No reservations will be taken without payment.

For further information, please call (212)644.5865 or email ffub@ffub.us.

2007 Transatlantic Bridge Award Gala

Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Capitale 130 Bowery, New York City

Friends of Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin request the pleasure of your company

at the

2007 Transatlantic Bridge Award Gala
Robert B. Zoellick
Managing Director & Chairman
International Advisors Group, Goldman Sachs
Former Deputy Secretary of State

with the
2007 Transatlantic Bridge Award

Business Attire

Wednesday, 25 April 2007
6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm Dinner & Dancing
The Peter Duchin Orchestra

130 Bowery
New York, New York

Special offer for Event Me subscribers: $250 ($500 regularly)

Visit www.ffub.us and select the Young Professionals option.

Linda Richards is moving. Reductions everyday!

Linda Richards is moving. Reductions everyday!

Find this season's very necessary trench in modern neutrals and spring pastels. Don't forget classic wardrobe staples like our signature gabardine duster, suits and separates. Sizes are 2-16 with select styles in petite and women's. You've seen the name in Saks, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales, and now is your chance to indulge at PRICES WHOLESALE AND BELOW!

Also featuring Bettye Muller Designer Shoes for a fraction of the $500 retail price, as well as evening wear, Sean John, and Betsy and Babs kid's clothing line. This one-of-a-kind sale runs until April 27th, so clear your calendar for an event you can't afford to miss.

Location: Linda Richards Warehouse
256 W. 38th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenue-8th Floor

Telephone: (212) 382-2257

Email: info@lindarichards.com

Sales Dates: March 26-April 27, 2007
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
Trains: N, R, S, 1, 2, 2, 9, 7 to 42nd Street (Times Square)
Payment: Cash & check preferred, all major credit cards accepted


Friday Night Shabbat Experience

As anyone who went through something like a little tiny fire at my place, the kind that purifies you from all of earthy possessions and makes you go meet the Creator, the kind that sometimes allows you to make it back, I am on my Spiritual Quest.

So, you may join me and others on Friday, January 12th for Manhattan Jewish Experience

Enjoy gourmet meals with hundreds of 20s and 30s unaffiliated young Jewish professionals Ina relaxed atmosphere. $5. $5 online, $10 at door

131 W 86th St NY,NY

06:30 PM to 11:00 PM

RSVP: 212-787-9533

The Friday Night Shabbat Experiencements premiere shabbat program where hundreds of young Jewish professionals come together over a gourmet meal to relax and enjoy a great Shabbat evening. Friday, January 12th meet Jacob Dallal, a Major in the IDf and ex-PR liaison for the Israeli military to the North American journalists covering the Middle East Conflict. Jacob currently is the PR/Marketing Director for The Jewish Agency.


Google shmooogle boogle

OK, so I am not the Webmaster of the Year, or Month, or Week, not even of the Hour after Lunch in the Assisted Living Community Housing Development on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.

So freaking what? I made mistake. You shut down my publisher's account in which I earned in 3 months all of almost $15 bucks while spending on AdWords more than $60. I atoned. I asked for guidance. And what did I receive? BIG FAT NOTHING!!!!

So now I will have to use YOUR free services to put up OTHERS' ads. Boooooooooo


Sample Sale Prescriptions

These "controlled substances" were prescribed to us by our friends at Daily Candy.

Hanky Panky
Daily Candy says that skivvies, camis, loungewear, and robes are $10-$30 Dec. 4-6. Mon. & Tues., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
381 Park Ave. S., b/t 26th & 27th Sts., ste. 920 (212-725-4996).

I personally vouch for the Hanky. Usually, it is worth the visit to Daffy's.

Catherine Malandrino
Looks like 50% - 70% off on sweaters, dresses, blouses, cardigans.
Dec. 4-6. Mon.-Wed., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves., 4th flr. (212-840-0106).

Up to 70 percent off Italian bedding, towels, loungewear, and home accessories.
Dec. 2-7. Sat.-Wed., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
317 W. 33rd St., b/t Eighth & Ninth Aves. (718-747-1656).
If you can afford Frette at 70% off ... take me to lunch at 21 , please :)))

Lauren Moffatt
Why: Coats, were $460, now $200; dresses, were $380, now $140; tops, were $264, now $90; blazers, were $354, now $140.
When: Dec. 5-7. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Where: 214 W. 29th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., ste. 1503 (212-465-0839).

What: Lorelei
Why: Up to 70 percent off python clutches, beaded holiday wristlets, satin bags, and more.
When: Dec. 5 & 6. Tues. & Wed., noon-8 p.m.
Where: 53 W. 36th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves., ste. 1102.

What: Derek LamWhy: Coats, were $2,300, now $950; blouses, were $950, now $400; pants, were $690, now $300; dresses, were $1,690, now $700.When: Dec. 7 & 8. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 601 W. 26th St., b/t Eleventh & Twelfth Aves., ste. 1730 (212-929-1338).

What: Sigerson MorrisonWhy: Shoes and boots, were $345-$850, now $60-$100; ">Belle by Sigerson Morrison shoes and boots, were $245-$545, now $40-$75; handbags, were $70-$800, now $20-$150.
When: Dec. 6 & 7. Wed. & Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: 180 Lafayette St., b/t Broome & Grand Sts., ground flr.

What: Autumn Cashmere
Why: Tons of cashmere styles up to 75 percent off.
When: Dec. 6-8. Wed. & Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 231 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., ste. 924 (212-398-2244).

What: Lucy Sykes, Alex Gaines, Egg by Susan Lazar
Why: Alex Gaines coats, were $795, now $350; sweaters, were $425, now $150; skirts, were $350, now $125; Lucy Sykes girls’ dresses, were $120, now $40; kids’ sweaters, were $110, now $40; blouses, were $295, now $105; Egg by Susan Lazar blankets, were $120, now $50; jersey tees and leggings, were $30, now $10.
When: Dec. 6-8. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 230 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 9th flr. (212-221-1715).

What: Metropolitan Design Group
Why: Giles & Brother jewelry, Mark Snider Home, Tocca handbags, Shadow Box Ink stationery, and other accessories, starting at 50 percent off.
When: Dec. 7 & 8. Thurs. & Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 504 W. 22nd St., b/t Tenth & Eleventh Aves., 3rd flr. (212-944-6110). Cash only.

What: James Jeans
Why: Men’s and women’s denim priced $25-$90.
When: Dec. 6-8. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 500 Greenwich St., b/t Spring & Canal Sts., ste. 202 (212-221-4603).

What: Lauren Merkin
Why: Must-have clutches, totes, and bags going for 40-70 percent off.
When: Dec. 5-7. Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 231 W. 29th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., ste. 201 (212-239-2459).

"Call for Artists: Subtle Technologies 2007 - in situ - art, body, medicine"

Starting December 4th, and ending January 1st, 2007, Subtle Technologies, University of Toronto , located in Toronto, Canada, announcing call for submissions:

"Call for Artists: Subtle Technologies 2007 - in situ - art, body, medicine"

Subtle Technologies is a four-day multidisciplinary Festival exploring complex and subtle relationships between art and science. The annual international event combines symposia, exhibitions, workshops and performances that juxtapose cutting-edge artistic projects and scientific exploration.

For details, topics, and submissions instructions, click ion heading of this post. I personally doubt that I will be participating. For me it is too "science-shmience" , but I know there are a lot of you guys out there who love to paint DNA models :)


Polonium 210 .....211 ...212 ....gone!

Come on, people!

Ever since that "poor ex KGB spy" got sick, you can not get anywhere without hearing that something is poisoned by Polonium or someone contains it.

1) It is EVERYWHERE. It is heavy metal and these days we consume about 200 plus of them on daily basis.

2) Anyone who plays "spy games" signes waiver that says "in case of my untimely death, please consider me an idiot". It's like the dude who crashed his private jet into high rise. You can't crash your private jet if you don't have money to buy one! So, once you do, don't expect sympathy.

3) Million bucks .... Putin could buy another head of state, like he did in Germany, with this money. Seems like much more profitable investment.

4) Putin is KGB. He is anything but stupid. Plus, they usually prefer to put folks into mental institutions or to jail for murders that accused never committed.

So, lets move one to something less annoying. Compared to this scandal, Bush seems like dear friend and Nobel Prize winner. .....


Latvia Fears New ‘Occupation’ by Russians but Needs the Labor

Recently, www.nytimes.com published something that I personally have been waiting for a very long time. You may same most of my life. The story describes that once again snooty inbreeding hiding-in-remote-farms Waffen SS (http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/wwii/baltic_nazis/latvia/index2.htm) Latvians NEED Russian help. No longer do they need to get us out of their got forsaken cold woody beach country. They actually smuggle Russian workers into Latvia illegally. Let me state in again: Latvian employers smuggle Russian Workers, not like in USA where Mexican workers have to smuggle themselves and pay for it.

For those who would say that Russians got what they deserved, here is a little bit of info - Revolution and following Soviet Union's "occupation" would not have happened if it was not for Latvian Shooters Battalions who were acting on behalf of Lenin as Battalions Of Death.

Why am I personally so connected to it? May be because I was born in 1971 in Riga. My mother was 2 years old when my Russian Grandmother and my Ukrainian Grandfather moved to Latvia. As true occupants, they spent their life's working (sometimes two jobs at the same time) at bread factory, as someone who is cleaning stairwells in the building, drove trucks, and other jobs that ethnic Latvians considered to be "dirty" and beneath them.

I will never forget how their children were instructed from early childhood never to play with us. Not because we were "occupants", but because were were lower class, could spread disease, ignorant subhumans.

My parents were first generation in their families to become college educated, they were associated with anti soviet crowd, I was raised to believe in freedom of expression and tolerance. We constantly had hand-typed underground manuscripts at our house and never did we consider Latvians to be our enemy. But now, after the way they treated non-Latvian children and old people for past 20 years, I rejoice when I hear that for all their propaganda to contrary, they do need Russian heads and hands!


How often do we get to be a real Santa?

Every year, the Post Office receives over 450,000 letters and emails addressed to Santa from children and families in need of toys, warm clothes, and more. As a member of the Young Professionals of New York City , I plan to attend their yearly holiday party at the Time Warner Center this year.

At the party, we will be reading letters from NYC children to Santa. Everyone can select a letter of their choice and answer it by sending a gift, either online at the party (laptops will be stationed around the room) or from home.

Feels good to make one more kid keep their childhood dreams alive for a year longer!


"Persian Descent" ... What exactly does it mean?

Last night I went to Carnegie Hall and had pleasure to listen to works written by Shubert and Shuman performed by young and extremely talented artist - Mr. Nasiri.

The minute I saw him I realized that he is either Israeli, Armenian or Iranian. He could be from any country south of Russia for that matter.

Turns out, the program just say that he was born in "California to parents of Persian descent".

Here is map of Persian Kingdom at its greatest time -

It includes Libya and Egypt, its eastern borders are next to India. On south, it has Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea and on North it includes what later will become Macedonia, Armenia, Caspian Mountains, Partia and Aria.

Persia's conquest by Islamic Arab armies took place and marks the transition into "medieval" Persia between years 643 and 650, long after the birth of Persian civilization (3200–2700 BCE)

To make the very long story short, Persian Descent means a lot more than just to be Iranian, which today is considered to be such politically incorrect term, that talented musician has to hide his parents national identity!


Cafe Sabarsky - 20th century Austrian version of modern $tarbuck$ Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Have you ever been to that little place? Or better yet, have you ever been in LINE to that little place? Today we (myself and a friend of mine from CT) had to wait for 40 minutes during "between lunch and dinner" time. You know, that quiet time when lunch time crowd is gone and dinner crowd is still at work or shopping at Bergdorf. Nonetheless, the experience was definitely worth the wait.

Most guides to NY's restaurants will tell you that Cafe Sabarsky is "... German/Austrian Price Range: Moderate The new Neue Galerie museum cafe is an elegant invocation of old-time Vienna. 1048 Fifth Ave. Upper East Side 212-288-0665". Not much to go on, right?

Not if you are the kind of person who can (a) read, (b) heard about museums, (c) tends to go to one or two sometimes, and (d) prefers quality of food to its quantity.

As we were sipping our coffee, we noticed that majority of patrons were well in their 60 - 70s.

I guess one of my European friends was correct when he said that Cafe Sabarsky is 20th century Austrian version of modern Starbucks Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The difference is that you are not served by semi-literate teenagers and nobody is asking you "uuuuhhhh.... are you gonna finish this one?" ....


Arts after Politics ?

OK, for those of us who are done with all this political nonsense (i.e. we'll get screwed no matter who is in the White , Senate, Representatives House), here are some ideas on how to spend time in artistic pursuits:

On Friday, November 11, 2006 , Christine Taylor Patten will talk about her work at 4pm at the Drawing Center.

Later that day, there will be open reception for her exhibition of 261 drawings (November 11, 2006 – February 10, 2007)

Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, 6-8 pm

261 drawings consists of 260 one-by-one-inch crow quill and ink drawings on three-inch paper (the micro) and one 21-by-103.5-inch study (the macro). A progression of images begun with a single dot in space, the complete series of thousands of drawings evolves through gradual movement, each drawing in the sequence referring to the preceding one. While strictly non-referential, the drawings evoke cosmic imagery – swirling clouds, clusters of planets, wave patterns – and have been numbered as years, celebrating two millennia.

35 Wooster Street,

New York, NY 10013

Tel: 212-219-2166

Fax: 212-966-2976

Email: info@drawingcenter.org

Another option would be to go and see John Currin at Gagosian Gallery.

Saturday, November 11 – Friday, December 22, 2006

Opening reception for the artist: Saturday, November 11th, from 6 to 8pm. This is Currin's first exhibition with the gallery.


Some things cannot be made up ......they are too "out-there"

I have page on www.myplace.com.

Since I am in no way interested in dating at the moment, I put that disclaimer in my profile. I am interested in meeting there fellow artists, designers, and meeting new friends. However, It does not really stop plenty "let hook up" from getting into my e-mails. So I delete them. No biggie. But this one here ..... I got the gist, but not sure that I actually can decipher it:

"Hi ur a breath taking living doll ( muneca) Sweet Bella ######
( i adore ur name,lol)

wow you seem truly fully a lady,,of class, dignity and grace ,,what can i say you impressed me to the point of writing in 2 of my 4 languages,,lol ,,:-) ,,,,

your pics says,fun loving ,outgoing and, more than just the obvious beauty am sure you get many endless comments on,,but more so like am sure your smile shows sincerity an sweetness your eyes directness and passion. boldness ,talent and much more

hope n doubt ur not into the street thug ghetto uneducated type sayin,,yo,,holla mamma,,wats poppin,,,type or the just as bad macho controllin muscle head vain shallow pretty boy ones lookin in the mirror,,tattoos n a shaves head dont make a man an real life aint like a mtv video,,or GQ add,lol,,seems i see women sadly preffering them types n always messing up there lives cause of it,,

me i was born in spain raised in italy not ur typical latin neither acting or lookin,,,,lol,,,parents dominican n puerto rican,i ,live in manhattan single no kids ,college grad fashion industry executive

thanks for the pleasure to see your profile,, never change stay you,,(nunca cambies)

ciao bella


Young children held until fathers surrender themselves

Veterans Group Deplores Interrogation and Detention of Iraqi Children By Military
Young children held until fathers surrender themselves

I usually do not get into politics, but this press release by Bruce could not go unnoticed by me. Just think about it. Who else used similar techniques in this century, but in purposes of ethnic cleanings? Now USA puts itself on same level with them?

I'd love to read what you have to say. I say only 5 words: SHAME ON ALL OF US!

TORONTO, ON, CANADA, October 28, 2006 - Today, the Chairman of Veteran Organ Donors International Bruce A. Gorcyca, also a U.S. military veteran, announced that their volunteer group received information from two independent sources in Baghdad that Iraqi children as young as 5 and 6 years old were being pulled from their classrooms and privately interrogated by U.S. soldiers in uniforms about their fathers. The children were asked if they wanted to be "mujahadin" when they grow up and those that responded with a "yes" were then asked if their fathers were "Mujahadin". If they again answered "yes" the children were taken away and held hostage until their fathers surrendered themselves for interrogation that could last for weeks, as they have in the past. Historically, less than half of those interrogated are ever released.

We received this information from the same source that told us of Iraqi mothers and wives being taken from their homes in 2005 in much the same manner by U.S. troops who then offered to release the women only if their husbands and sons would surrender and submit interrogation under the influence of drugs . ABC News later confirmed that story to be true a few weeks after we received the information. "I consider these tactics to be barbaric, un-American, and shameful" said Gorcyca. "Some members of the Arab League have suggested this may be yet another potential war crime, and we want the United Nations to establish a war crime commission to look into this immediately" he added.Just last week VODI published an open letter to the United Nations, U.S. Congress, and Parliament demanding that the death of over 5,000 Iraqi children from American bombs, missiles, and bullets be investigated. The group is now trying to attend to the some 3,000 Iraqi children in need of organ transplants due to injuries received from the last two invasions over the last decade.

Extensive use of radioactive depleted uranium weapons by coalition forces has almost doubled the leukemia rate of Iraqi children who are now in desperate need of bone marrow transplants. "Iraqi parents take no comfort in the fact their children were not killed or maimed deliberately" remarked Gorcyca who further explained "It is not hard to understand the growing insurgency in Iraq which may be nothing more than enraged citizens seeking revenge for the death of their children or parents". The Toronto-based human rights group is staffed by volunteer veterans of the U.S. and Canadian military.

About VODI. VODI is a non-profit volunteer organization focused on helping children victims of war and military conflicts by addressing their medical needs


Does Sex Sell Fashion

..... or does fashion help to get higher price for sex?

The second part of this dilemma is added by me and is completely unknown to members of FGI, who are responsible for Oct 18, 2006 Workshop "Does Sex Sell Fashion".

When I was either last year of my undergrad or first year of grad school, I had to write paper on marketing technique. I forgot the name of professor as you can see and the time that class took place, but not what I wrote about. I used as an example popular at the time commercial where muscular half-naked construction guy opened a can of coke and momentaraly white color several hottiees nearly fell out of their office window salivating over him.

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Does Sex Sell Fashion?
Hearst Tower
Joseph Urban Theater
300 West 57th Street, 3rd Floor
(please enter on Eight Avenue)Wednesday, October 18, 2006
6:00 PM Panel Discussion

Moderator:Donna Kalajian Lagani, SVP/Publishing Director, Cosmopolitan
Bryan Bradley, Designer, Tuleh
Nicole Fischelis, VP/ Women’s Fashion Director, Macy's
Dr. Lionel Tiger, Anthropologist
Rebecca Weinberg, Celebrity Stylist


Long Island Fat Wallets vs. New York Month - to - month

As I was heading to my studio from 72nd and Broadway, I realised something I never quite could make any sense of - why would anybody plan 34th street 1, 2, and 3 subway lines platforms in the way, that first you have to get down X number of stair, and then you have to go up X times 2 number of stairs to get outside.

Finally I got it - if you go downstairs, you can get right onto the Penn Station trucks!!! So those who have the hardship of living in big houses which require enormous amount of furniture, and the pool, and at least one maid and one nanny (how could then NOT care about the poor) and perfect lawn, and that milkman for the lady of the house have more convenient commute!

Hmmmm. Now I feel like warmhearted bitch. I almost feel remorse. I am done. Back to cold hearted one :)I think we should sell tickets to and from LI based on the residency. Work in NY but live in LI? Pay up double for that ticket dude. NY needs the money for those of us who support you nice commute by maintaining NYC subway system.

I actually called for security guard .... in a book store!

I know it sucks to get other people in trouble, but here I am, sitting comfy on the floor of huge Barnes & Nobles (the one near the Lincoln Center), trying to figure out how badly I am broke. Am I broke to the point where I can get 1 book that I loved, or 2?

Then I decided that when you have no job and someone is suing you for $40K, you may as well go for two, but on condition that you run to the cash register with your eyes closed.

As I was savoring other beauties, which were destined to stay behind, young man came by and started offering me some little brochure that he made about Nigerian kids. So I ask him if he has some documentation / certificate for the alleged Fund that he claims he formed. Dude keeps telling me how bad things are in Nigeria. So, after 3 round of these "negotiations", dude admits that he "misplaced" his certificate and moves on.

I grabbed the two books that I can hardly afford, and went to the cash register, destructing myself from other books by looking for security guard to tell him about the Fund Dude.


2006 Fashion District Festival

Sunday, October 22, 2006
2006 Fashion District Festival
Category: Art and Photography

It is THAT time of the year again :)
Fashion District Business Center is trying to raise awareness of the fact that more and more artists move to Garment District. My studio is one of the active participants, and today I was "minding the store". Tomorrow I am on the same patrol. It is actually kind of fun, considering that I may be in need of training for a salesclerk position in near future :))

Elie Tahari Sale

Monday, October 23, 2006
Elie Tahari Sale
Category: Fashion, Style, Shopping

Dear shopping Junkies! If you are in dire need of new Tahari outfit, please put your running shoes on and take your place in line this week at her Midtown location 80% off sale:
What: Elie Tahari Why: Shearling coats, jackets, tops, and pants are 70-80 percentoff. When: Oct. 25-28. Wed.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5p.m. Where: 520 Fifth Ave., b/t 43rd & 44th Sts., 2nd flr.(212-398-2622).See you there!

Is it Xmass yet?

Tuesday, October 23, 2006
www.SeasonDreams.com - Is it Xmass yet?

Category: Fashion, Style, Shopping

I know it is way too early for Crismass, but don't you just LOVE this beauty? I know I did. Unfortunately, it is a bit too pricey for me :(. Although, if you before order before October 31 st and use promo code: shefinds, you receive 10% off.

Hello :) This is my first post here and I assure you that there more to follow!