The Dixie Chicks , sisters Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire have taken a big step by releasing an album without lead vocalist Natalie Maines Pasdar. According to the sisters, they were getting rather anxious during their 4 year hiatus, wanting to get back into the studio. For Emily it was even more urgent because she needed something to focus on after her divorce from country singer Charlie Robinson in 2008. So, the sisters started writing…Hence, Court Yard Hounds …
As children growing up in Addison, Texas, Martie and Emily learned to play multiple instruments, including guitar, banjo, and violin. Their parents pushed them at age 12 and 10 to do bluegrass shows together which eventually led to forming the Dixie Chicks in 1995 with Natalie as lead vocalist. They have won 13 Grammy’s as well as selling 30 million albums. Their new solo album Court Yard Hounds, is filled with acoustic, rock, country and folk elements. Martie told BSW that her sister Emily just kept sending her song after song that she had written over a two year span. The Sisters will be on tour this summer with The Eagles. Their album will debut on May 4, 2010.
Look out, these two working mom’s have musically inclined children as well and from what BSW has heard, they have formed their own band and who knows…they might be bigger than the Dixie Chicks…
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Last week, I attended a press event for Tom Ford’s new line of lipsticks. I’m a big lipstick fan, but I’m also fiercely unloyal – I’ll wear anything from drugstore brands to stuff from Sephora , all in search of the perfect color. It’s a trait I get from my mom. Neither of us wears much makeup during the day, but we both rely on lipstick as a way to look pulled-together. Tom Ford told Vogue that one of his memories of his mom was how she’d put lipstick on before answering the doorbell, and I feel the same way about lipstick’s ability to make people look dressed-up instantly.
However, the Tom Ford lipsticks are something completely new for me. For one, they have heft – these aren’t lipsticks you can throw around and abuse, they’re serious, well-crafted products. The heft, combined with the “TF” logo on the top of the lipstick, really drives home the fact that these products, while pricey, are made with care. The line has four nudes (although, as I said earlier, I think we need to find a new term to replace “nude” , four bold shades (including True Coral, at left), and four dramatic shades (including Bruised Plum, at the bottom of the page). Even though I normally prefer berry shades, I have to admit I’ve been utterly won over by the neutrals. Right now, I’m sporting Warm Sable, a beige that might have been the very hue Julianne Moore wore in A Single Man.
There was one thing that bugged me about the lipsticks, though – they smelled faintly of something lovely, but I couldn’t figure it out. Finally, after a couple of days, I believe I have found the formula. Behold:
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After years of a deteriorating hip joint, you are left with
almost constant pain and decreased mobility. Eventually, your personal
and social life suffers. You are no longer able to do all the
things you could once do with ease. If you’ve exhausted all other
attempts to relieve the pain and stiffness, it may be time for you and
your doctor to consider hip replacement surgery. You don’t have to
live with pain for the rest of your life. Hip replacement is a common
surgery with a high success rate.
Depending on your age and the condition of your hip, total hip
replacement surgery (total hip arthroplasty) may offer the best solution
to your problem. Hip replacement hardware (ball and socket prosthesis)
can last up to 20 years. And it can often be replaced if the first prosthesis
wears out (though second surgeries are not always as successful as
the initial hip surgery). If you are fairly young, your doctor may suggest
delaying surgery. If so, medications or lifestyle changes may help control
your symptoms until the time is right for joint replacement. Losing weight
can take a tremendous amount of stress off your hip and knee joints.
Most hip replacement surgeries involve the traditional approach
to the hip joint (lateral/posterior or posterior approach). With the
common lateral approach, an incision (8-12 inches long) is made down
the outside of your hip. The ball at the upper end of your femur
(thigh bone) is cut off and replaced with a ball/metal stem component.
The stem is placed into the marrow cavity of the thigh bone and
the ball portion at the top fits into your new ceramic or plastic
socket that is implanted into your pelvis (the cartilage from
your hip socket is removed or smoothed).
The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System (BHR) is relatively new
(introduced in 1997). Long term studies are still in progress, but
so far results have been favorable. The BHR method eliminates the
need to cut off the ball at the top of the femur. Instead, the ball
is left intact and merely resurfaced (reshaped) to allow an
anatomically shaped metal sphere to be attached. The socket is
replaced with a metal implant. The procedure is bone-saving and
results in a stronger hip joint than the traditional total hip
replacement. The chance of hip dislocation is greatly reduced. For
younger and active people, this may be the procedure of choice.
Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery involves an anterior
approach to the hip joint. An incision is made along the front of the
hip, which allows a more direct route to the hip joint. The major
hip muscles are not in this area, so there is minimal tissue/muscle
damage during surgery. This usually results in a shorter hospital stay, a
quicker recovery/rehab period, and less pain. The only downside to
this method is there are few surgeons performing the anterior approach
surgery. It requires a special surgery table (which few hospitals have)
and special surgical training.
Total Hip Precautions
After traditional total hip replacement surgery, patients are
required to follow strict precautions that restrict certain
movement/positions of your new hip. This is to prevent your new
hip from dislocating. They are commonly called total hip precautions,
or total hip protocol, and include the following:
Do not cross your legs
Do not point your toes inward (no pigeon toes)
Do not bend your new hip more than 90 degrees
Your doctor may also restrict the amount of weight you can put on
your new surgery leg while walking. This is called your weight-bearing
status. This should be strictly followed so you do not damage your new
hip while it’s healing.
All surgeries carry risk. Hip surgery complications include, but are
not limited to, infection, DVT (deep vein thrombosis- blood clot),
dislocation of your new hip, leg length discrepancy, vascular damage,
nerve damage, just to name a few.
Recovery after hip surgery depends on the amount of cartilage damage, your age,
and your fitness level prior to surgery. Exercise before your surgery and your recovery
will be easier. Approximately 4-6 months after surgery you should be fully healed, but you must
take an active part in your recovery by doing daily exercises and taking daily walks.
Tavi. Kelly Osbourne. Lady Gaga. Proenza Schouler. Purple hair – it’s what all the cool kids are doing. And done properly it can make you look like an otherworldly movie star or a French aristocrat. Or maybe just an aging magazine editrix. Done wrong you’ll turn into Dame Edna. Fortunately, we were able to check in with celebrity hair colorist Marie Robinson for tips on how to pull off the new look without making ourselves look like a lovable middle-aged transvestite.
We’re guessing the beehive is not the best style to go with the purple/grey color. Any tips on styles that will make it look modern?
If you have a bob to mid length hair cut, an all over pastel color such as lavender would look beautiful. If you have shoulder length or longer hair then pastel colors should be done in large pieces. The reason for this is the hair shaft has many different parasites, so the longer the hair, the more likely it is to absorb and possibly rinse out unevenly.
How much upkeep is the look going to require?
Pastel colors like violet, silver and lavender will wash out after 2-3 washings. You can reapply a tint to the hair or the pieces to refresh once a week and keep the color pure.
How much should we expect to pay per treatment?
If your are having it professionally done it depends whether you pre-lighten all the hair or just do a few pieces, but prices vary greatly depending on the colorist. A range of price could be any where from $150 to $350 depending on length and density of hair.
Will it work better if you’re a natural blonde? What if you have dark hair?
You can make this color look great on anybody. Every shade of lavender or silver can be made into a warmer or cooler tone to flatter someone’s skin. When you work with shades like this, you can think of it like wall paint – every shade can have a warmer or cooler version.
Will you be able to do it if you’ve tried procedures like Japanese straightening, or Brazilian Keratin treatment?
No, I wouldn’t advise anyone to do this on Japanese straightened hair when bleaching, as it can break the hair. It’s also not a good idea if you’ve had Brazilian Keratin treatments, as it can pull out the hair when bleached.
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Fakih, who was previously Miss Michigan, is the first-ever Arab-American woman to be crowned Miss USA. Fakih was born in Lebanon and moved to the US as a baby. Despite almost falling on her evening gown, she managed to beat out 49 other hopefuls and win the title. She will go on to to represent the US in this year’s Miss Universe pageant.
[Via Detroit Free Press ]
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A study was conducted on thousands of patients in England discovered that women who regularly breathe in polluted space, have 24 percent smaller chance to get pregnant compared to those who live in less polluted areas.
Nitrogen dioxide, a toxin produced by the exhaust of cars and trucks and gas stove, have a negative impact on the opportunities of women to have babies.
Although in previous study, air pollution is associated with premature birth, low birth weight and birth defects, recent studies also revealed that toxins can inhibit the occurrence of pregnancy.
The researchers compared the success rate in 7500 patients with levels of pollution around their home, workplace, and clinic treatment. The result, the researcher found consistent evidence that showed higher levels of nitrogen dioxide are inhaled the patient, the lower their fertility rates.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, U.S., said that, the air pollution, such as from the exhaust and smoke, can damage or destroy the egg cells cut blood flow to the uterus and placenta.
Study author dr. Richard Legro says, “There is a significant relationship between air pollution and increased blood clotting. This factor is also a bad effect on reproductive health.”
Thus, according to dr. Legro, if you are undergoing a baby program, it’s worth as much as possible to keep away from air pollution. In addition you will be easy to get pregnant, the fetus in the womb will also be healthier.
Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is aimed at flattening the abdominal area by removing excess skin and fat. Abdominoplasty is recommended for patients that have tried and failed to remove excess skin and fat on their stomach through conventional means of exercise and dieting. It should not be [...]Next Page »