Adrienne Bailon Dishes Out On Where To Find Beautiful, Single Men

In a recent appearance on “The Real Daytime“, Latina actress and former “Cheetah Girls” member Adrienne Bailon said the best place to find single men is at the steakhouses.

“[Someone told me] said the best place to find [single and beautiful] men was at the steakhouse,” the 31-year-old Bailon said, .which her co-hosts agreed to. “Single and order yourself a glass of wine.”

Show moderator Loni Love — whose is choosing to remain single — agreed to her belief, adding that hotels are also a nice place to find them.

Tamar made another suggestion and said churches are also among the best places to find single men.

“Especially during offering,” Loni Love added, with co-host Jeannie Mai trying to make a point about dating guy churchgoers.

Adrienne Bailon is the former girlfriend of businessman Rob Kardashian.

Former designer says death of fashion is ‘imminent,’ reveals the industry’s dirty laundry

When the team reached the shores of Madasgascar where he now modestly lives, they found him sitting on a hammock located at the veranda of his humble home in the solitary island off the coast of mainland Africa. He was combing the hair of his four-year-old granddaughter who was wearing a red Hippeastrum over her right ear, it was one of Madagascar’s indigenous flowers. One of the team members waved her hand to say hello, and this father knew the interview scheduled via email weeks ago was about to start. He led the team to a nearby table in the veranda.

It was mid-afternoon in the lone island, the sun shining so bright forming shadows. But the story he shared was sun-kissed – by darkness.

“The death of fashion is imminent,” the 72-year-old former designer who now lives with his two daughters and five grandchildren said. “I don’t see fashion shows, and brands like Alexander McQueen, Prada, Gucci and even Versace being looked up to in the future.”

Choosing to remain anonymous, he himself had a share of fashion experiences before, starting as a sewer in a fashion house in Milan and eventually being able to feature his collections.

“Brands of McQueen, which I admired before, among with many others are not going to last long,” he said. “There is a new generation of buyers who find more value in technology, food, investing and other matters, but not fashion. The patrons of these high fashion brands are nearing their old age. One of my grandchildren, 12 years old, once asked me, ‘Who is Versace, grandpa?’ I just laughed it off, because she was born Italian but cannot even pronounce the brand, and I said, I just made the right decision of leaving the industry as early as I can.”

He further said that fashion shows are now losing their value, and that no matter how designers try to pick up on getting the sales up, “the road is sloping downwards.” When he left Milan almost five years ago, after paying recent visits to places like New York, Hong Kong and San Francisco, he said everything is different, seeing malls choosing to highlight brands for the younger generation more than the high fashion ones.

“I have been to this mall and true enough, there are hallways intended for high fashion brands and usually are almost empty because of being too expensive,” he said. “But now, I felt another kind of the emptiness around the shops. That people don’t recognize them anymore.”

When asked if magazines advertisements do not work to publicize the high fashion brands, he said, “Since I became familiar with Instagram, it’s now difficult.”

‘No value in fashion’

He painted a grim picture of recent fashion shows and described how some of the shows are now being run in derelict houses, old buildings and used warehouses.

“The glamour is losing its grip,” he said. “Because more and more people are now aware of dressing up themselves beautifully without getting inspiration from fashion shows, these shows are now of no value, like an old wooden pony ride now placed in the attic. They now prefer playing the game called Candy Crush.”

He cited the recent Gucci fashion show held in New York, which he found out via Twitter, and said the trademark of the Gucci brand built over the years can still be seen, but said that this is “not what people are looking for.”

“Today, wearing clothes has to be realistic. Gone are the days when we admire fashion because they are filled with fantasy. But have you asked yourself, ‘are we ever gonna see these clothes on the street?’ Never.”

He also answered questions on his thoughts of high fashion reaching the leading economies such as Dubai and China, as Vogue’s Anna Wintour is reported to have her eyes on the Chinese market.

“Value is the important thing here,” he bravely pointed out. “The people in these places are known to have so much disposable income. How much of a burden is to buy a Gucci dress and a pair of high heels? That’s when high fashion becomes a thing that deserves a space at the flea market.”

Fashion’s dirty laundry

This former designer started his clothing line because of his father, who was given a scholarship to study in a prestigious fashion school in New York back in the 1930s. He wanted to continue the family’s tradition in the industry.

“I became a designer mainly because it is a family tradition, my father wanted me to go on and I was also interested in it,” he said. “But the times before are different from now, and so I chose to live a better life.”

There was a long pause and some moments of silence after he said this. By that time, his wife, 70, served some local fish and peanuts on the table. He chewed on a couple of grains before continuing.

“Fashion thrives on sophistication and more often than not, inauthentic class which is far from reality,” he explained. “Prostitution exists in the fashion world. I have witnessed it myself and I hope the world will look into this. My son was 17 when he started modelling and I gave him much independence that I trusted him to know his way. He lived far from where I lived, as he lived much of his life in London. But one day he told me, ‘Papa, I’ve had enough. I also want to begin a family and I don’t think I can make this dream come true if I remain just a model.”

The team saw the former designer shed a tear. His son modeled and became part of photoshoots under famous underwear brands in Europe.

“This was the turning point when I decided I needed to give up this passion,” he said, his voice cracking.

Now, his son lives happily with his wife and their only daughter in a US state.

“One of the reasons why I can see the death of fashion coming is because the dreams made by high fashion are now coming alive, and when they do, that’s when the essence of fashion stops,” he said. “Many of my dreams have now come to reality, which gives me no reason to create more designs from fabric mostly sewn by those we treat as slaves. I hope the world wakes up with me. And I am happy to finally retire to a place where beauty is not skin-deep. And I love seeing my granddaughter wear something from H&M.”

How to street style at the World Cup — the Carioca way!

When in Rome, they say, do as Romans do. When in Brazil, dress up as the Brazilians dress up.

With the season of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil already in full bloom, millions of tourists and soccer fans from all over the world are visiting the host country to see the games in live action. It is indeed a melting pot of different global cultures and understanding each in a one month span may be a farfetched dream – but not for fashion and style.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup speaks of the slogan, ‘All in One Rhythm.’ They meant the games, the cheers, and the passion for the sport of course. But to be in sync and tune with the Brazilians in terms of how they see themselves with what they wear is also a gratifying experience while you are in the World Cup. Style and sports always go together.

Waking up in the morning before heading to the stadium is easy. Deciding what to wear at the venue is easier said than done. As you head off to Rio, pack your luggage with these important fashion and styling tips while you are in Brazil.

People who are born in Rio call themselves ‘Cariocas.’ They act different from the rest of the Brazilians, as much as they dress. One of the reasons the World Cup is held this June to July is because of the summer season in Brazil. So if you are thinking of bringing your aviator coats or your thick-skinned scarves in your luggage, you are only wasting space.

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The Carioca style is pretty effortless and easy to understand. Come on, Rio is not a fashion hot spot unlike Milan or New York.

For women, dressing up like the Cariocas includes light fabrics, prints, and a lot of colours on geometric patterns on the dresses. Start by pairing plain-coloured tank tops accessorized by native Brazilian neck pieces you can purchase on the Rio streets to Maxi skirts laden with prints and colours. Carioca style tip number one.

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Dress simply and walk graciously, this is the Carioca fashion trademark. Another Carioca style for women is a plain, neon-coloured knitted top, again with a neckpiece paired with faded, ruggedly cut denim mini-shorts. Then pucker up with sunglasses and you are ready to go the stadium.

Expensive  jewelry are better left at the hotel. Don’t call attention to yourself. Millions of foreigners live in Rio, but they know how to dress so as not to call attention to themselves.

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For shoes, a nice and simple pwalking or sports shoes like top-siders, espadrilles, or flip-flops are goof to go. If you have a choice between your brand new $150 Nikes and your older and more comfortable $50 cross trainers, choose the latter.

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In Rio, people dress as casual as possible, but it depends on what you are planning to do at night. An informal dinner calls for smart casual. Going out for a beer at the bars, dress plain casual. Going out to night clubs or dancing  requires to be a  little more dressy. It is fine to pack a sport coat, slacks, and dress shoes if you plan to hit some of the upscale night spots or restaurants.

For men, avoid carrying bags. Bring only essentials. Just bring enough to consume. Avoid bringing handbags on your trips to Rio. If you need it, buy it there.

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Another tip is not to wear clothes with your country’s  flags, too  flashy t-shirts and exclusive expensive tennis shoes, unless you intend to wear them indoors, like at an expensive hotel or resort.  Keep it simple.

Speedos are also part of the scene. Though not common in many European countries and the US, they are totally suitable for Rio’s tropical climate. Buy them there. They are inexpensive and you cannot get it wrong.  Male cariocas tanned bodies show how fit one can be in the right proportions.

With or without success in the Brazilian fashion sense, to be a Carioca is to enjoy life each day, and to be with family and friends. Enjoy watching the World Cup!

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Yamamay Summer Party, now in the Philippines

Yamamay opens its Summer Collection in the Philippines with branches in Robinson’s Magnolia and in Glorietta.

Wearing these swimwear will give you a confident feel as you hit the beach! Our bloggers Patricia Manfield, Valentina Ferragni, Chiara Nasti, Giotto Calendoli e Luca Vezil spent a whole day with the Yamamay endorsers wearing swimsuits of our new Summer Collection 2014. An unforgettable pool party all day long for #MySummerCollection.

Share your summer getaways with Yamamay swimwear using the hashtag!

The first Yamamay store was officially opened on 15th September 2001 in Busto Arsizio, in the province of Varese, Northern Italy. In August 2006, Yamamay inaugurated the chain’s pride and joy, its prestigious retail point in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan.

Though based in Italy, reaching 500 retail points, the company’s cosmopolitan leaning is quickly evident.

Once having achieved a leading role in the underwear and beachwear distribution in Italy, Yamamay could not resist taking on the more daring challenge of conquering the international market.

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ANTM XX2.0: The series that tells the model’s story

At last, the series that brings together male and female models, and people in between, is here in town! To get things done and to share the smize to the rest of the world.

And Top Model Rewritten is here to — you know what it does.

When the teaser of the series was released to the world, words that came out of red and passionate, as well as white and pale lips, are, “gorgeous!,” “excited!,” and “mamma mia!” among other languages, as gibberish as they may be.

“We give the girls a run for their money,” supermodel Tyra Banks said.

When it was shown to the world in its first episode, lips were speechless.

The comeback of the judges during the previous season such as maven Kelly Cutrone, and male model Rob Evans, was one of the reasons. We see blogger Bryan Boy out of the picture of the judges’ table, but he is making waves with his looks, and his statements as well.

Another reason for a new season? It appears that the season is going to be a huge story book that will tell and re-tell a model’s life. A model’s life is often immortalized as giants in magazines, televisions, newspapers, and ads…

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Miss USA 2013 goes roaring 20s: Who did it right?

It’s that time of the year again when people, mostly Americans and Latinos, go crazy about Miss USA. The pageant has been getting more and more buzz this year as renowned fashion photographer Fadil Berisha chose the roaring 20s as inspiration of the contestants’ glam shots. Over the past few years, save from the 2011 glam shots, the glam shots focused on the seductive and hotness part of the girls. Now, it’s time to show off what real beauty is.

As a crash course on the roaring 20s, it is that time of the year when glitz, glamor, fashion, and beauty were at their peaks in New York City. Parties everywhere, literally overflowing drinks, the sin cities flourished, and the rise of the American dream. Oops, I might have partly quoted that from the Great Gatsby movie. But speaking of The Great Gatsby, Fadil tweeted that he used the movie as his inspiration.

Why not? The 20s was the decade of women empowerment, the decade when suffrage rights to women were finally given, among other privileges.

When we get the hear the roaring decade, we hear of particular people. When we talk about beauty and fashion, the name of the silent film star Louise Brooks resounds.

She was the embodiment of the modern woman. Online platforms describe her as, “brash, beautiful, sexual, talented, idealistic, impetuous, and insatiable.”

Brooks’ famous line: “I like to drink and fu*k,” was the battlecry of many celebrities during the 1920s and beyond.

A famous line by Brooks was, "I like to drink and f*ck." Photo from fanpop.com
A famous line by Brooks was, “I like to drink and f*ck.” Photo from fanpop.com

Now how should the girls have done it? It’s not about copying, it’s about embodying the real beauty of the 1920s. The hairs then were done in full detail – shiny, straight, short and if not, short with full-bodied curls. The face then was a face of glamor and one look told she’s from the roaring 20s. Her smile painted a thousand words – the smile of everlasting beauty, the smile of being on top.

I reviewed the entire photo collection of Fadil posted on the Miss USA website and picked out ten ladies who did it right or nearly right. Let’s begin!

1. Miss Alabama – Mary Margaret McCord

“Pageantry has given me real-world experience to build my professional skills and has also allowed me to build my self-confidence while encouraging others to do the same.”

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2. Miss Arizona – Rachel Massie

“Thanks to my upbringing, I am now independent, responsible, and goal oriented. This has led me to have a passion to serve others, pursue new experiences, and be a role model/mentor.”

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3. Miss California – Mabelynn Capeluj

“My parents have instilled strong work ethics and good values in me. I have worked hard for everything in my life and I am proud to say I did it all on my own and nothing has ever been handed to me.”

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4. Miss Indiana – Emily Hart

“I have been able to appreciate how much I continue to improve intellectually, spiritually, and physically. Pageants have given me goals that keep me motivated to constantly improve myself.”

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5. Miss Iowa – Richelle Orr

“Pageantry is still relevant in today’s society because it gives women a strong backbone to pursue our dreams. Not only does the pageant give us phenomenal communication skills to be leader’s in today’s society, but also shows the courage it takes to achieve dreams”

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6. Miss Massachusetts – Sarah Kidd

“I am ready to put my heart and soul into becoming the best Miss USA that has ever reigned. I have the confidence to walk into a room and capture the attention even without a crown.”

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7. Miss Michigan – Jaclyn Schultz

“I would be honored to win the title of Miss USA, to inspire and educate girls, and to represent the top beauty brand in the world. But most importantly, I would bring to the title a genuine personality, a positive attitude and someone ready to serve.”

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8. Miss New Mexico – Kathleen Danzer

“I have a love for helping others and making a change and difference in my community and the country I love.”

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9. Miss Ohio – Kristin Smith 

“Happiness doesn’t come disguised as material things, but is found within us and the ones we love; it just needs to be awakened.”

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10. Miss Wyoming – Courtney Gifford 

“My upbringing has taught me to find the best in every person and situation and to heal through humor.”

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Beautiful in national costume

Few days before the grand finale, the Miss Universe 2012 contestants introduced their countries to the world through their national costume during the parade show held last December 15 (December 14 in the United States). The costume parade is a yearly tradition of the Miss Universe pageant. Now, it makes us think how many times should a country tell the world what it is with an annual parade. Well the girls always come up with something new every year. Some of the costumes are too ethnic and too representative of the country; others dwell on simplicity; and some are just uniquely fabulous.

I am listing 15 ladies who got my attention and awe during the national costume show. I don’t know but 15 is such a holy number in pageants. You would notice that my list is not influenced by the grand feathery costumes of the Latinas nor the tribal style of Africans. It’s completely veered towards beauty, style, and originality.

1. Brazil: Queen of the Jungle

It’s expected. Miss Brazil always wears a wonderful national costume every year, after all the country is home to colorful sequins, feathers, and fabrics. This year, Miss Brazil offers the audience the flora and fauna of the country with the cute little parrots perched on her shoulders. Plus, I love the way she shook her shoulders during her catwalk.

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2. Chile: Sexy Napoleon

Miss Chile wore a national costume inspired by the founder of her country, a warrior perhaps. But her costume looks more European than Latin American. As the hosts commented, it’s Napoleon Bonaparte – sexy style!

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3. China: The girl inspired by ceramic wares

Isn’t she like a beautiful ceramic ware painted with blue dyes? Her costume is very high fashion, from the head dress to the huge folds on her skirt.

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4. Honduras: Las Vegas girl

Okay, Miss Honduras, with her white feathery head dress, bikini, and a mile-long background piece, looks like a performer in the Vegas strip. But why did she enter my list? It’s actually because of the story behind her costume. She is a sea goddess with the sea horse as the centerpiece of her scepter, the white colors, and the coral-inspired back piece. Perfect for a coastal country like Honduras.

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5. Indonesia: The Garuda lady

Indonesia has such a fantastic, varied culture, not to forget the vastness of its natural wonders. Similar to the name of its football club and the name of one of its airlines, Miss Indonesia’s national costume is an eagle inspired by the Garuda, a large mythical bird that appears in Hindu and Buddhist culture, two of the largest religions in Indonesia.

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6. Israel: Little Gold Riding Hood

Miss Israel landing on the list of best national costumes comes as surprise. The local organization in-charge of Miss Israel seems not to pay much attention to the parade of nations as the costumes of their representative during the previous years were flops. But this year, Miss Israel strikes us with her golden costume – simple yet elegant. It may not tell much of her country but the beauty covers it up.

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7. Malaysia: The uninvited wedding guest

Miss Malaysia’s national costume is actually an ethnic dress injected with a twist. Isn’t it reminiscent of Maleficent from the Sleeping Beauty? It makes you imagine Miss Malaysia barging in a wedding ceremony saying, “Is the party over?” Then she walks down the aisle of sits down. She can also be someone who trespasses and asks aloud why she isn’t invited.

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8. Netherlands: Walking Windmill

When Miss Netherlands went out to the stage, I was so sure she’ll be on my list. Fabulous and shining body piece, moving “windmills” as she walked, and the colors of the Dutch flag, one would surely say it’s Netherlands when she comes in.

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9. Panama: Exotic beauty

Forgive me when I say I was not influenced by the feathers of Latinas. I actually was, but only for Miss Panama. Panama has been on the lists of best national costumes annually. This year, she’s still on it.

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10. Peru: All Hail!

Now, we have another of those old school army shots. But this time, with Miss Peru, it’s the combination of military costumes and regal costumes. Absolutely amazing.

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11. Spain: Gothic-inspired

I never thought Gothic culture ever reached Spain, did it? Oh well, Miss Spain’s national dress this year is teeming with red and black, my favorite color combination. It’s because it’s fierce, wild, and sexy. Perhaps the country grew tired of the Flamenco dresses each year and came out with something new. They succeeded.

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12. Thailand: The evil within

Another combination of red and black. The subtitle above speaks for itself. ‘Nuff said.

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13. Uruguay: Sunny Vegas girl

Another Vegas performer in Miss Uruguay. It’s one of the best national costumes in this best list. The costume exudes happiness, joy, and delight. Perfect for sunny Vegas.

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14. USA: The Liberty

It’s the Status of Liberty moving! Miss USA Olivial Culpo nails it! There was technical problem though as the hosts said there’s going to be a surprise in the costume but as she walked the runway, there was not. Oh well, it’s still fab.

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15. Venezuela: The Chocolate(y) Girl

All ready for the holidays as Miss Venezuela brought in holiday edition chocolates! It’s unique, very original, and looked good on her but it was barely a national costume and more of a personal costume. Miss Venezuela’s family owned a chocolate factory and the creators of the costume said it got inspiration from the chocolate factory. It failed at being national costume but rocked as Christmas dress. Better try one.

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