Top 10 Biggest Volcanic Eruptions in History

The recent eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland were a stark reminder of nature’s ability to bring human activity to an abrupt standstill. The cloud of smoke that drifted over Western Europe made aviation travel untenable, returning European skies to a quietude not felt for decades..

Luxury Dining Rooms Ideas

A lingering hint of contemporary gothic pervades these luxury dining room ideas by Cattelan Italia. Black and white color schemes throughout simply demand attention… hints of sparkle add glitz and glamour

Top 10 Most Memorable Celebrity Weddings

The upcoming Chelsea Clinton nuptials have provoked endless speculation – from whether she’ll opt for an Oscar de la Renta or a Vera Wang dress, to whether the former First Daughter will be serving anything other than vegan food to her guests.

Pirelli Calendar 2011

During a press conference in Moscow this past Tuesday, Karl Lagerfeld presented his rendition of the famed Pirelli Calendar for 2011.

Vogue Paris Calendar 2011

Mikael Jansson shoots the stunning new Vogue Paris 2011 Calendar featuring Daria Werbowy. Styled by Anastasia Barbieri and Jewels by Louis Vuitton.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Chateau D’Or Bedroom Collection - Sleep Luxury

Having trouble sleeping?  Maybe if you could just find that special bed that would let you sleep like a King or queen.  Well look no further.  Newton’s, the UK’s most exquisite hand made furniture manufacturer’s has created the bed just for you.
The Chateau D’Or bedroom collection.  This hand made mahogany crafted masterpiece is finished with twenty four carat gold leaf.  An antique glaze is applied to the finished product.  This set comes with a bedside cabinet and a carved mirror.
This bedroom set is inspired by the diminishing elegance of 19th century Paris and the now popular trend of French furniture.
The Chateau D’Or is part of the Rocco collection.  So if the the twenty four carat gold leaf is a little much, this set also comes in French white, Parisienne cream, Noir, and in silver leaf.
The beds are sold in double, king and super king bed sizes to accommodate everyone.  Some of the sets also have additional accent pieces available.

Rob, Taylor, Kellan and Xavier are up for Glamour Magazine's 50 Sexiest Men! VOTE NOW!

TWILIGHT :Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz and Xavier Samuel are up for Glamour Magazine's 50 Sexiest Men!

Say "I LOVE YOU" in 100 languages

Say "I LOVE YOU" in 100 languages...
English - I love you
Afrikaans - Ek Fhet jou lief 

Albanian - Te dua

Arabic - Ana behibek
Armenian - Yes kez sirumen
Bambara - M'bi fe
Bangla - Aamee tuma ke bhalo aashi 
Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu
Bisaya - Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bulgarian - Обичам те
Cambodian - Soro lahn nhee ah
Cantonese Chinese - Ngo oiy ney a
Catalan - T'estimo
Cheyenne - Ne mohotatse
Chichewa - Ndimakukonda
Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
Creole - Mi aime jou
Croatian - Volim te
Czech - Miluji te
Danish - Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch - Ik hou van jou
Esperanto - Mi amas vin
Estonian - Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian - Afgreki'
Faroese - Eg elski teg
Farsi - Doset daram
Filipino - Mahal kita
Finnish - Mina rakastan sinua
French - Je t'aime, Je t'adore
Gaelic - Ta gra agam ort
Georgian - Mikvarhar
German - ich liebe dich
Greek - S'agapau
Gujarati - Hoo thunay prem karoo choo
Hiligaynon - Palangga ko ikaw
Hawaiian - Aloha wau ia oi
Hebrew - Ani ohev otah (to female)
Hebrew - Ani ohev et otha (to male)
Hindi - Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
Hmong - Kuv hlub koj
Hopi - Nu' umi unangwa'ta
Hungarian - Szeretlek
Icelandic - Eg elska tig
Ilonggo - Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu
Inuit - Negligevapse
Irish - Taim i' ngra leat
Italian - Ti amo
Japanese - Aishiteru
Kannada - Naanu ninna preetisuttene
Kapampangan - Kaluguran daka
Kiswahili - Nakupenda
Konkani - Tu magel moga cho
Korean - Sarang Heyo
Latin - Te amo
Latvian - Es tevi miilu
Lebanese - Bahibak
Lithuanian - Tave myliu
Malay - Saya cintakan mu / Aku cinta padamu
Malayalam - Njan Ninne Premikunnu
Mandarin Chinese - Wo ai ni
Marathi - Me tula prem karto
Mohawk - Kanbhik
Moroccan - Ana moajaba bik
Nahuatl - Ni mits neki
Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni
Norwegian - Jeg Elsker Deg
Pandacan - Syota na kita!!
Pangasinan - Inaru Taka
Papiamento - Mi ta stimabo
Persian - Doo-set daaram
Pig Latin - Iay ovlay ouyay                              
Polish - Kocham Ciebie
Portuguese - Eu te amo
Romanian - Te ubesk
Russian - Ya tebya liubliu
Scot Gaelic - Tha gradh agam ort
Serbian - Volim te
Setswana - Ke a go rata
Sign Language - ,,,/ (represents position of fingers when
signing'I Love You')
Sindhi - Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sioux - Techihhila
Slovak - Lu`bim ta
Slovenian - Ljubim te
Spanish - Te quiero / Te amo
Swahili - Ninapenda wewe
Swedish - Jag alskar dig                        
Swiss-German - Ich lieb Di
Tagalog - Mahal kita
Taiwanese - Wa ga ei li
Tahitian - Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Tamil - Nan unnai kathalikaraen
Telugu - Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
Thai - Chan rak khun (to male)
Thai - Phom rak khun (to female)
Turkish - Seni Seviyorum                        
Ukrainian - Ya tebe kahayu
Urdu - mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
Vietnamese - Anh ye^u em (to female)
Vietnamese - Em ye^u anh (to male)
Welsh - 'Rwy'n dy garu
Yiddish - Ikh hob dikh
Yoruba - Mo ni fe

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How to Choose the Best Hotels

No matter why you're traveling or where you're traveling to, your hotel has the potential to make your trip one to remember for all the right-and wrong-reasons. Hotels are more than just a place to sleep. The best hotels offer information and services that help familiarize you with your location, address the special needs of families and business travelers and, they hope, give you something to write home about.
Business or Pleasure
When it comes to choosing a hotel, the first thing to stop and consider is why you're traveling. If you're traveling for business, you'll have different needs than if you're traveling on vacation or with children and your choice of hotel should reflect that.
Business travelers should choose a hotel that features a business center for traveler's use or offers complimentary in-room Internet access that's secure and ideally wireless. Try to find hotels close to the airport or the center of the city's business district. Airport hotels aren't known for a good view, but make up for it with convenient shuttles, efficient customer service and a focus on business travelers.
When you're traveling with children, consider spending a few extra dollars to stay in a family-friendly hotel. Look for hotel amenities like in-room refrigerators and other kitchen appliances, restaurants and room service that feature a children's menu, indoor pools, portable cribs and a professional babysitting service.
Know what other amenities you'd like to have-laundry or spa services, for example-and limit your hotel choices to those that meet your must-have needs.
Location Location Location
Choosing a hotel with a good location is critical to making your trip a great one. But what does a good location really mean? That depends on what you'll be doing while you're staying at the hotel. You don't need to plan your entire itinerary in order to choose a hotel, but you should have a general idea of what you need or want to do once you arrive at your destination.
Start with a map of the area and highlight the airport, local attractions and shopping, theatre or other districts you'd like to see; then locate hotels that are conveniently located in relation to these spots. The less effort you have to make to get where you want to go makes for a more relaxing and enjoyable time.
Great Hotel Rates May Cost You Later
Most of the time, choosing a hotel solely on room rate is to plan for disappointment. If you're traveling to a gorgeous, tropical island you've never been to, it may be tempting to choose a hotel a few blocks from the beach with a lower hotel rate than the one right on the sand.
Chances are, the lower that room rate, the farther that hotel is going to be from the beach and those few blocks might actually be a few miles. What you thought you'd save on your hotel, you'll wind up spending on a cab or bus fare or a rental car; you'll pay for the inconvenience of having to find a way from your hotel to the attractions you want to see and probably the view of the asphalt from your budget-priced hotel isn't one of them.
In the end, any hotel in a great location will carry a higher room rate, but when you look at what you hope to get out of the trip, the value of that location may be worth paying for.
Guest Ratings
Travel Web sites invite travelers to rate their trip online and these hotel reviews often provide you with key information you might not find elsewhere, like whether a hotel is undergoing remodeling or construction that may detract from your stay. Read through the majority of user reviews to get the most the most fair and accurate picture of the hotel and hotel rooms and be wary of reviews that seem exceptionally positive or negative that may be intended to sway you one way or another.
Who Else is in Town?
If you're traveling to a large city, check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Convention Bureau for a calendar of events before you book a hotel-if you can be flexible with your travel dates, this little bit of research could save you money and the hassle of competing for dinner reservations when there's an influx of people in town. You'll also save on your hotel room rate; higher hotel occupancy means higher hotel room rates.
Destination resort hotels in areas like Orlando, Florida and the Bahamas often have convention facilities on their properties. Check with the resort hotel to see if there when those conventions are being held so you don't find yourself at a hotel where your downtime gets taken hostage by poolside parties and karaoke competitions.
Hotel Room Rates
No one wants to pay more for a hotel room than they have to. Always ask the hotel's front desk if they can do better on the room rate. Hotel reservation staff usually has the authority to discount the room rate or know how else you can save money. You should also check to see if an AAA, AARP or other club membership entitles you to a discount at the hotel. Airlines, rental car companies and frequent flyer programs often partner with hotels to offer discounts to shared customers. So do some credit card companies. Does yours? Find out before you book your hotel room.

Top 10 Most Memorable Celebrity Weddings

The upcoming Chelsea Clinton nuptials have provoked endless speculation – from whether she’ll opt for an Oscar de la Renta or a Vera Wang dress, to whether the former First Daughter will be serving anything other than vegan food to her guests.
The Clinton wedding is quite possibly the highest profile wedding of the decade.
Will the former First Daughter’s nuptuials top all those that have come before her? Only time will tell. One thing’s for sure, she’s got some pretty stiff competition.
Here’s a round-up of ten of the most memorable celebrity weddings of all time.
1. Diana Spencer and Prince Charles
Married in a dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, Princess Diana’s gown featured a 25 foot train and 10,000 hand sewn pearls and sequins.
2. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise 
After Cruise declared his love for the much younger Holmes on Oprah's couch, the duo got hitched in an Italian castle. Among the A-list guests who attended the $2 million wedding were Victoria and David Beckham, and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. Holmes wore Armani.
3.  Melania Knauss and Donald Trump
Their $1 million wedding took place at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopalian Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Knauss’ Christian Dior dress cost $125,000, and was made from 300 feet of satin, beaded with 1,500 crystals.
4. Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar
Among the couple’s 300 guests were Sir Elton John, Kate Moss, and Hugh Grant. The bride wore a chiffon gown by Donatella Versace. A second Hindu ceremony was then held in Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India, for a total cost of $2.5 million.
5. Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney
Hitched at Castle Leslie in Monaghan, Ireland, in a ceremony that cost upward of $3 million, $40,000 was spend on the wedding gown alone.
6. Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Minnelli went all out for wedding #4. Estimated to have cost a whopping $3.5 million, Michael Jackson was the best man, and among the attendees were such legends as Lauren Bacall, Mia Farrow, Dionne Warwick, Tony Bennett, and Stevie Wonder. $700,000 was spent on flowers (of course that’s nothing compared to the $10 million Gest sued Minnelli for when the couple divorced…).
7. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco
The style icon wore a gorgeous silk and lace dress designed by MGM's Helen Rose, ushering in the trend of full, feminie wedding dresses.
8. Jackie Kennedy and JFK
Arguably the most stylish First Lady of all time, Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress - designed by Anne Lowe - has become the most photographed in American history. 
9. Victoria Adams and David Beckham
Married at Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin, Posh Spice wore a silk ivory Vera Wang gown with a 20-foot train, accessorized with a gold diamond-encrusted crown.
10.Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky
Taylor’s eigth marriage was held at Michael Jackson's 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch. Taylor wore Valentino when she wed Fortensky, 20 years her junior.

Fruit and Vegetable Carving - What is it?

Welcome to the wonderful world of fruit carving. Whether you’ve considered hosting an elaborate event or a simple party amongst friends, fruit carving will be sure to be a hit. With the latest trend of theme parties increasing, the art of fruit carving can bring that extra special pizzaz to your party. The fruit you carve can create fanciful centerpieces for your parties at a fraction of the cost that expensive caterers or party planners would charge. You’ll save on both the cost of food and decorations. For occasions such as baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, birthday parties, or just a fun night with the friends, there are many creative fruit carving ideas that will impress your guests.

What is fruit carving?

Fruit carving is the art of carving and shaping fruit into intricate designs to create an elaborate centerpieces or food holders for parties. Made popular by Asian cuisine creators, fruit carving explores the creative realm of using food as decorations. Carve a watermelon basket and use as a fruit bowl. Create a pineapple flower bouquet display and place in a vase as a centerpiece. Make a cantaloupe boat for the kids. Whatever the occasion, your friends and family will be glad you did.

How to get started?

First, pick a theme. Having a luau? Make little hula girls on pineapple surf boards. A baby shower? Create a watermelon baby stroller to use as a serving bowl for fruit. A safari themed party? Make giraffes with skewers and place strawberries, mangoes, and grapes on them. Can’t think of a theme? Do an online search. There are fruit carving ideas available. Because of this recent craze, books on fruit carving, articles, and websites provide frequent how to articles and, often times, will show you a step by step plan to create the shapes you want to carve out of the fruit. Carving watermelons are usually the easiest to begin with because of their size, firm rind, and soft center. Most novice fruit carvers choose to begin their carving journey there.

Once your theme is chosen you will need to choose a variety of fruit. Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, or any kind of fruit that doesn’t brown easily (such as apples, bananas, or avocadoes) work wonderfully for edible centerpieces.  Utensils like ice cream scoopers, a sharp knife, a cutting board, skewers, and tooth picks should all be set up ahead of time.  Readying your supplies ahead of time will aid in creating easy to make, elaborate fruit carved masterpieces.

How long will it take?

Like with any skill, fruit carving takes time to perfect. Practice, practice, practice. Do not wait until the morning of a big party to begin your first carving project. Practice ahead of time making strawberry and pineapple flowers to dip in chocolate for your family one night for a special dessert. Or, make a watermelon fruit basket to bring as a gift to your neighbors to say thanks for being a great neighbor. The more you practice the more confident you will become in your fruit carving abilities. The more confident and adept you become, the less time consuming your fruit carving projects will be.

Whether beginning fruit carving as a hobby, to impress friends and family, or as gifts to others, you will be glad you did. It’s a simple and inexpensive craft to undertake. It will make others feel like you’ve taken the extra time to make them something special and will show them you care. Carving fruit into fun shapes will be sure to make you a hit at any party.

Funny Fruit and Vegetable Carvings

The decorative art of fruit and vegetable carving takes a lot of time to learn and needs special knives and tools. The results however, are most amusing.
Here are some examples and what you never knew you could do with regular fruit and vegies!

10 Best ways to manage stress

The best ways to manage stress begin with good self care practices. While that sounds like common sense, habits like eating right and exercising are often the first things to go when we're experiencing stress. We may think we're creating more time in our lives by not taking time to do them, but we also compromise our ability to get through stressful periods.

10 Ways to Manage Stress

Sleep Up
Get plenty of sleep each night. A good night's rest makes all the difference in how well you handle stressful situations. If you are tired and cranky, your patience wears thin more quickly and you less able to tolerate stress well.
Stay Fit
Be sure to fit some exercise into your routine. Exercise is a natural stress reliever that works to reduce the tension that arises from stress.
Eat Healthy
A healthy diet improves your overall health and helps you cope with stress better.

Manage Time
Stay on top of time management. Running behind on deadlines and appointments is a leading cause of stress. Schedule your day with some cushion time to help you stay on track. Don't procrastinate. It will only increase your stress levels.

Schedule some relaxation time into your day. Be sure to carve out some time to hang out with friends or enjoy your favorite hobby.

Take a Break
Make sure to take breaks when working. Breaks help you to regroup and not feel overworked or under stress.
Participate in social events, networks or clubs to have other people to relate to and bond with. Peer groups allow people to share experiences with others who can offer support during tough times.

Laugh Often
Laughter truly is great medicine. A little happiness goes a long way to reducing stress.

Mind Money
Be careful with finances. Money woes are another top stress inducer. Keep a close watch on your budget and invest money carefully.

Seek Balance
Follow an overall plan for achieving wellness. Seek balance and harmony in life to live as stress free as possible.
If you follow these stress management tips, you are sure to find yourself with much less stress on your plate and more time on your hands to simply relax and enjoy life.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

NEW Photos Of Robert Pattinson On The Set Of Water For Elephants In Georgia

Here are some more glorious photos of Robert Pattinson on set of Water For Elephants in Georgia.
We love this beautiful man! :)

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