We use our phones and other mobile devices for pretty much everything these days. But although experts believe their popularity will only continue to grow, a study found almost three quarters of online shopping purchases are still made from PCs. Tablets are the second most popular devices for internet retail at 14.6%, followed by smartphones at 12.2%. The study didn’t determine exactly what percentage of online shopping purchases are made during working hours (yep, we’re on to you!).
More than 15 million Americans went under the knife last year in the name of beauty. That’s according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, who also broke down the numbers to reveal the top procedures. Boob jobs are still on top, with 290,000 breast augmentations performed last year. Coming in second were nose jobs at 221,000. And the third most popular procedure was eyelid surgery at 216,000. While bigger boobs are a perennial favorite of the surgically inclined, professionals expect more patients to request butt augmentations and neck lifts in the next year- in fact, they’re already on the rise.
How much would you pay for, say, the red bowtie Jared Leto rocked to accept his Oscar on Sunday? A new study looks at exactly why celebrity memorabilia is so valuable to us. Researchers say that when it comes to famous people, even the most reasonable among us believe in magic- that is, we believe celebs lend a so-called magical essence to their belongings. That’s why celebrity stuff can fetch thousands upon thousands of bucks. Experts explain the concept of contagion as “a form of magical thinking in which people believe that a person’s immaterial qualities or essence can be transferred to an object through physical contact.” Because of this, normal folks are especially drawn to items that the famous person touched a lot. And speaking of celebrity memorabilia, if you were wondering how much Pharrell Williams’ giant hat would go for, now you know: Arby’s just paid $44,100 for it on eBay (FYI, the dough is going to charity).
Idina Menzel on Jimmy Fallon. Let It Go. Roots. Elementary School instruments. Awesomesauce. Smiles.
Chloe Stirling, 11, loves to bake cupcakes.
She loves it so much that she set up a business at home in Troy, Ill., two years ago, selling cupcakes to raise money to buy a car when she grows up. She also donates her sweets to cancer fundraisers.
“It makes me feel good when I bake, because it’s just fun for me,” she explains.
But her dreams were dashed when the local health department shut down her business, Hey Cupcake, because she didn’t have an approved kitchen.
On Thursday she came one step closer to restarting her cupcakery when Rachael Ray invited the preteen and her parents onto her Rachael Ray show.
They were joined by Stirling’s hero, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, and the pair told Stirling that she was being given a range of GE appliances including a fridge, stove, microwave and hood.
Then, the company that Stirling’s dad works for, Spendler Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, told her they would construct a commercial-grade kitchen in the family’s home.
“Your story is an inspiration to me,” Valastro told Chloe. “You gotta keep baking, you gotta follow your dreams, you gotta follow your heart. You gotta do what makes you happy in life.”
The Oscar ceremony was sooooo long (and equally awesome). Over those 4 hours of my life, I learned a few things. For example, Ellen is a good friend and expert selfie-er.
Here are the Top 3 things that I learned from last night’s Oscar presentation:
#3 Harrison Ford is bored. He just could not muster up enough of any emotion to make his presentation of three of the Best Picture nominees sound…alive? At one point, I was actually concerned for his health. But I really think it was just Harrison Ford being over it. He did care enough to get in on the pizza action though…
#2 Liza Minelli went through a bad breakup. (not actually true) But come on! Why else do we women do random stuff to our hair like that? Okay. She was probably just being fun and matching her Oscar outfit. But I’d still like to think it was the breakup thing.
#1 John Travolta forgot how to read. He was set to introduce the amazing Idina Menzel for her live performance of “Let It Go” from Frozen. Yea, it did not go well.
Good news though! If you want to be a part of this weird mistake, there is a website that will generate YOUR ‘Travolta-fied’ name. Have fun!
Did you watch last night? What are some of your favorite or not-so-favorite moments? Tell me everything!
How long does it take you to cut someone loose? It takes women an average of six days to decide if it’s right. It takes guys an entire month. Most women feel life’s too short for bad relationships and when they’ve decided it’s time to end it, they just cut the rope. It seems guys always feel there’s a chance of things working out. As for the actual breakup, almost 80% of women say a quick, honest talk- like ripping off a Band-Aid- is the way to go, while nearly 90% of men plan a “careful exit strategy”. Except we don’t pay attention to it and usually end up getting caught halfway through it!
Over the weekend, Jimmy Fallon did a Polar Plunge one in Chicago where they’ve had one of the most brutal winters in their history. Once you get into the water it’s only 32 degrees, but that’s not the problem. It’s the before and after, because they’ve spent most of the winter in the teens. He did it after making a bet with their mayor. He’d come on Jimmy’s show if Jimmy took the plunge, and he did over the weekend…in his suit and tie!
Some things you just don’t brag about on social media. A promotion…okay. A clean bill of health from the doc…sure. A court ruling you were supposed to keep secret? No. That’s the lesson learned by a girl in Miami whose parents won a lawsuit against a private school and posted on Facebook, “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver [prep school]. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” What she didn’t know is that her father signed a confidentiality agreement. She did exactly what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent, and now they won’t get the $80,000 they were originally awarded. I’m gonna guess that European vacation isn’t happening now.
Oh Award Season…you come and go so quickly….
(At least the fun Awards shows :))
Last night were the Academy Awards…and with being filled with some super close races (which Tim Green and I TOTALLY ROCKED AT PREDICTING!), you knew it was going to be a great show.
I think this year’s Oscars was one of the best shows all around, and the Academy can thank this lady for this accomplishment:
Ellen ROCKED it! True, she can never live up to my besties Tina and Amy, but Ellen brought the Academy Awards back to that level of entertainment.
Between the selfie that broke Twitter:
To ordering nom noms for the noms….
and then making noms pay for the nom noms…..
She can stay.
Musical Performances were great too (P!nk KILLED IT!)… and Pharrell Williams made all of THIS happen….
Speaking of FASHION….. (see what I did there? hehe….
Here are my faves, what the?’s, and NOPES from last night.
Once again- another fairly decent collection of good fashion choices. Of course there will always be some weird choices here and there, but that’s what makes this blog fun right? OK lets get to the dresses!
These ladies ROCKED it last night. Amy and J. Law looked beautiful in their similar silhouettes, and I love how Jennifer brought back the backwards necklace. I’ll be interested to see if it becomes a trend! Sandra KILLED it in that Alexander McQueen (can I borrow that for the CAP Adult Prom please? ;)) and Lupita…what can I say? She’s been winning at fashion at pretty much every single awards show since the season started. Tim Green and I believe she is Hollywood’s next sweetheart. Good Job Ladies!
FAVES part 2: The off-white collection:
These 3 women also looked gorgeous. Kristen Bell looked slightly bridal, but she was in Frozen so I forgive her.(Yes I know that’s poor reasoning but this is my blog not yours! ) Cate and Kate were STUNNING! Cate’s dress especially…I rarely like a nude dress on anyone, but she pulls it off effortlessly. As for the other Kate, I almost put her in the wardrobe malfunction category, but the way she carried herself and that dress you could tell she was “secure” if you know what I mean. WAY TO GO LADIES!
Next category….SEPARATES but Equal??
Meryl….well she’s Meryl. She can wear a paper sack and I’ll be ok with it because she is so flippin’ awesome. And she’s been to the Oscars what..18 times now? This is just another party for her. June Squibb is adorable. I had no interest in Nebraska, but then they showed the clip of her flashing her…ahem….womanhood….to the grave of a man who wanted in her pants and I about died of laughter.
Emma on the other hand…not as excited about her dress. Her hair was adorable, and her moments with Joseph Gordon Levitt were just as cute, I think she could have done better.
And now it’s time for a break to play….WHO ROCKED THE BABY BUMP?!?!
and the winner is….KERRY WASHINGTON!
I have no idea what Elsa Pataky was thinking in her dress choice. I do love the green and what the fabric was doing, it beats out the poor steam job on Kerry’s dress. HOWEVER…what is with that waistline under your bump?!? What made you think this look was attractive? You look like you are going to pop at any second! Whoever told you that this look was a good idea needs to seriously rethink their career in fashion. Or is holding a grudge against you. You may want to fix that.
Our next game…WHO WORE IT BETTER?
If you were watching the show last night and saw Whoopi and thought…hey, I’ve seen that look before…it’s because you did. On Julia Roberts. 2 months ago. Who ROCKED that look way better than Whoopi. Sorry Whoopi, but this was a bad choice.
And now…the category you are all looking forward to…the NOPE category!
Amazingly enough, I had to role my wardrobe malfunction, project runway, too matronly for your age categories all into one, because everyone looked THAT GOOD.
Anna Kendrick: I was back and forth on this one. I think she is just in need of an “editing eye” from Tim Gunn. I think it’s the “slit” that is bothering me. So she is in the project runway category mostly.
Jennifer Garner: Ugh. You’ve done so much better than this. It’s flapper girl gone wrong. What really sealed the deal were the SHOES. You can’t tell in the photo, but you could tell when she walked out to present. they were some serious chunky platforms that I’m pretty sure were from a 1995 prom…and I mean that in a bad way.
And the worst…Angelina Jolie. I’m sorry girl. You are a wonderful human being. Going from weird goth girl to using your fame to make a difference and earning the Humanitarian Oscar for doing so, also being a mother of 6 with the ever beautiful Brad Pitt, you have a lot of great things going for you. This is NOT the dress for that. Where do I start?!? I’ve never seen a dress that was soooo matronly and yet at the same time worried about a wardrobe malfunction. Also, remember how I said that Cate rocked the nude look? that’s because she’s got the porcelain skin look. You girl, do not. You have that “natural tan” look and this deserves bold colors or jewel tones, not a color that fades into your skin! AND- we all know you still look great…so show off the goods while you still can!
Well, there you have it! my opinion of the Oscars. Overall- great show. It was worth skipping a night of catching up on Walking Dead.
What did you think of the show?