>> The trailer for Bill Cunningham New York, the 88-minute documentary on streetstyle pioneer and 81-year-old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, just became available. Richard Press, who directed the film, says he first approached Cunningham about the project in 2000: "He just pooh-poohed the idea. He couldn’t entertain it. He said, ‘Why me? There’s no subject here.’” Filming didn't begin until New York Fashion Week in 2008. Anna Wintour, who makes a cameo, says that just seeing Cunningham not raise his camera is enough to strike dread into the heart of a fashion editor: "We all get dressed for Bill." The film premieres at New York City's Film Forum on March 16; for more theater availability, check here.
A recent New York Times article proclaims that Americans are ending their love affair with their fireplaces for a variety of reasons. Health concerns — wood smoke contains some of the same particulates as cigarette smoke — and environmental awareness tops the list.
One way to enjoy the fireplace's glow while minimizing health and environmental risks is by using a fireplace insert, which reduces heat loss by up to 60 percent, and doesn't blow woodsmoke into your conditioned space.
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>> Christian Louboutin is revered for his super-high heels — the highest he ever made, he says, were 12-inch high Venetian-inspired wedges, photographed on Salma Hayek for the New York Times. But has he ever slipped them on himself? "Never. Well, twice. I went to a party once where guys had to dress like girls. And another time I was making heels and I was trying to understand the balance, the center of gravity. It was very technical, so I can't say I've worn high heels for excitement, or to feel like a woman." It also sounds like he prefers women with curves: "If you look at some women's legs, like Tina Turner or Serena Williams, they have those very sexy legs and the upper part is big. Most dancers, real dancers, have big upper legs, which I love. I never liked skinny legs." [Hint]
What are you going to do if you're fresh out of a college and face gloomy job prospects? Become an entrepreneur and create your own job and perhaps in time, jobs for others as well. The almost 10 percent unemployment rate is not getting any of these youngsters down — entrepreneurship is becoming a more popular option for young grads looking for a job, according to the New York Times. Want to start your own biz? Here are some handy tips I gleaned from the Times article:
- Young Entrepreneur Council: Get in touch with organizations like the Young Entrepreneur Council which supports young entrepreneurs, providing access to mentors, an online help desk, and even a fund which provides financing for budding startup founders.
- Teach Yourself: To operate on a shoestring budget, sometimes you have to do everything yourself. Eric Bahn, the founder of BeatTheGMAT.com, learned how to design a website from some free online resources, which saved him the cost of hiring a web designer.
- Consider Outsourcing: So you’re up and running, but need to recruit others in order to grow your business. An affordable way to do that is to outsource the work to people in other countries who are willing to work for less. Shama Kabani, 25, has a profitable Internet marketing business and has never met any of her 24 employees. A total of 15 of them are in the Philippines.
For more great entrepreneur tips, read on!
Such a thing happened to Yumi Li, who thought she was taking an accounting job in NYC when she accepted an offer to move from China to America. Professional smugglers gave her a South Korean passport, but when she arrived, she was violently gang-raped, filmed in humiliating positions, and forced to work in a brothel to pay off her $50,000 smuggler's fee. After three years, and threats that the film would be sent to her family and their homes would be confiscated, Yumi decided to seek the help of an antitrafficking nonprofit.
Kristof tells Yumi's story hoping that men who pay for sex will know that the prostitutes are often sex slaves working against their will. But increasing awareness is not enough; he says that police and prosecutors need to go after the customers to reduce demand while also targeting the pimps. He writes:
Prostitutes tend to be arrested because they are easy to catch, while pimping is a far harder crime to prosecute. That's one reason thugs become pimps: It's hugely profitable and carries less risk than selling drugs or stealing cars. But that can change as state and federal authorities target traffickers rather than their victims.
More than 70 percent of TrèsSugar readers think prostitution should be legal already, but Kristof makes a case for strengthening the law to go after pimps and customers. But if it were legal, perhaps demand for the oldest profession would be met at safe brothels controlled by the government and monitored for sex trafficking. What do you think?
You're about to purchase that lovely dress you've been eyeing online, but when you're checking out, you face a dilemma — should you pay by credit, debit, or PayPal? It's the age-old question of online shopping, and the worry of having your identity stolen can eat at you. Turns out, if someone has used your account illegally, you're more like to get your money back with a credit card, because it offers the best legal protection for shoppers. The New York Times says:
“The strongest protections are when you pay by credit card,” says Carole Reynolds, a senior lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission. Under the Truth in Lending Act, consumers’ maximum liability for unauthorized use of their credit card is only $50, and when a card is used online, it’s zero.
The catch is, the refund of your money will go smoothly for all three if you report it immediately. In the case of debit cards, there's a law that protects consumers against identity theft, but the protection wanes off after a while. There are set deadlines of reporting fraud for debit cards, and if you miss it, you'll encounter a huge tangle when you're trying to get your money back. The same goes for PayPal, and according to the New York Times article, you'll have the hardest time getting your money back from PayPal. The lesson to learn in this is to always be on top of things during money transactions and carefully monitor any suspicious behavior. I'm curious, which method of payment do you prefer, and why?
- Over-expose yourself: One branding expert says: "You would have had to be living in a cave in Nepal to have not been exposed in one way or another to the celebrity ilk of Kim Kardashian."
- Diversify: The Kardashian empire "includes fashion boutiques, fitness videos, credit cards, a best-selling fragrance, skin care products and a self tanner." Definitely thinking outside the box with the credit cards.
- Don't bother with consistency: The intellectually honest NYT notes a disconnect in Kim's image — "In one ad she promotes QuickTrim weight-loss products; in another, Carl's Jr."— but it doesn't seem to matter.
- Be everything to everyone: The paper asked fans what Kim represents, the answers were all over the place. Fans think she stands for "the average girl" or "fashion," and one explains: "She has an ethnic sex appeal. I like how she created a franchise with her sisters. That opens a lot of opportunities for women who have a spark of beauty and want to shine. She reminds me of Sophia Loren."
- Ask your fans for input: Unlike celebs who cultivate an aloof image, Kim is accessible. "When she was deciding on a color for her Kim Kardashian perfume bottle, she asked her followers on Twitter whether they preferred a hot pink or a light pink."
Besides her ability to keep herself in the media (with or without clothes on), on TV, or on the boxes of various products, what do you think makes the Kim Kardashian brand so popular — and profitable?
The richest man in America, Warren Buffett, wrote a pro-bailout editorial in The New York Times called Pretty Good for Government Work, and everyone's talking about it. Aside from the piece, in which he says the bailouts saved the economy and not just the big businesses like General Motors, Buffett also said something on CNBC today that incurred a flurry of discussion in the media. The billionaire said:
"That week around Lehman, if government hadn't acted then I'd be having my Thanksgiving dinner at McDonald's instead of a big turkey dinner at my daughter's."
I wonder what it is about McDonald's and its allure to the uber wealthy. McDonald's sounds a little bit extreme, and I'm sure there are other ways to cut costs on turkey day. I'm asking: do you have any savvy tips for Thanksgiving dinners?
- New York Times to add e-book best-seller list — New York Times
- Inside Sarah Palin's reality show — Daily Beast
- Elizabeth Moss broke Jon Hamm's hand during Mad Men filming — Jezebel
- Christine O'Donnell is not going away anytime soon — Vanity Fair
- Washington state bans dangerous alcoholic energy drinks — Yahoo
- Can troops get too much love on Veterans Day? — Christian Science Monitor
- Glee to help fund NYC school for LGBT teens — Nerve
- Gwyneth Paltrow performs "Country Song" at CMAs — PopSugar
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