Beyoncé’s Diets Are the Most Effective I Have Ever Tried


I have seen Beyoncé’s HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, a startling number of times. There are so many parts I like: When Beyoncé brings her computer into an elevator and films herself in the elevator. When Beyoncé talks to a mysterious man off-camera who is wearing glasses. When Beyoncé says, “Life is but a dream!” to Jay-Z and Feist is playing in the background. I could go on.

But my favorite part of all is when Beyoncé prepares for her performance at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. At first, it looks like the whole thing is going to be a disaster. The rehearsal space gets screwed up. The special effects guys are worried about the army of digital Beyoncés they are making out of computers. Beyoncé has to coordinate her dancing with the digital Beyoncés, which is difficult. Finally, Beyoncé does a video diary. Only one eye is shown on-camera, and the other eye is off-camera for some reason. Beyoncé talks about throwing in the towel and giving up. She can accept defeat when she is defeated, she says. You think it’s all over. Then the next scene is the best performance I have ever seen a human do. I cried.

This is the thing about Beyoncé: She is truly incredible. She’s insanely talented, she has the best baby I’ve ever seen, and she gives performances normal people couldn’t ever do even with ten years of rehearsal time. Naturally, her fitness and dieting regimens are things mere mortals can barely contemplate. As a professional dieter, I had to do her various diets before I died. But would my attempting Beyoncé’s lifestyle be a hard-luck story that ultimately paid off with amazing success, like Beyoncé at the Billboard Music awards? Or just a regular hard luck story, which usually ends in failure?

One thing I have always enjoyed about Beyoncé is that she’s very open about how hard it is to eat like she does. This is very refreshing, as most celebrities are always saying crazy things like, “I eat pizza but I eat it moderately.” One time Beyoncé called herself “a natural fat person, just dying to get out.”

I have decided to do the entire range of Beyoncé’s diets. I will endure the Master Cleanse that Beyoncé endured when she lost weight for Dreamgirls; I will attempt the herculean diet Beyoncé used to lose weight after birthing Blue Ivy. I will subject myself to Beyoncé’s daily fitness and nutritional travails. I mean, this is a woman who, in 2005, hired someone to film her for sixteen hours a day: She knows how to look good.

Day 1 and 2: Master Cleanse
Beyoncé was apparently inspired by Tom Hanks in Castaway when she decided to lose twenty pounds for her part in Dreamgirls. To do it, she decided to use the master cleanse, a diet first developed in the forties that involves drinking only lemonade made out of cayenne pepper, lemons, and grade B maple syrup (do NOT get grade A, in the Lord’s name) nine times a day. You can’t eat food. You also have to consume something called the Salt Water Flush (salt water that you drink while looking at yourself in the mirror, according to a forum on the subject) that is supposed to “help” your digestive tract.

Now, as a veteran dieter, I have done the master cleanse before. Of course I have! It was all the rage in 2006 because of Beyoncé. I have to say, the first time I tried it, I did not love it. I only lasted a day or two. One of my big problems was that I didn’t understand the salt water flush. This time, however, in the name of journalistic integrity, I decided I would try the master cleanse in a real way. Just like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

So, bright and early on a spectacularly gray Monday, I got all the ingredients at the grocery store and set about making my lemonade. It was hard to squeeze the lemons by hand (I have very weak arms), but the lemonade itself was not bad. It tasted like a spicier version of regular lemonade. For the first couple of hours I was on the diet, it was fine. The spiciness of the lemonade mitigated my hunger throughout the morning. By 3 p.m., however, I started to feel hunger. It is hard to have lemonade for dinner. I don’t recommend it.

Later, I went to a vaudevillian revue in a basement. While I was watching a man put on a surgical gown and sing a humorous song about being a doctor, I thought about how Beyoncé said she felt “cranky” on the master cleanse because other people on the Dreamgirls set were eating Krispy Kremes near her. The one good thing about this vaudeville revue was that they didn’t serve Krispy Kremes at all, just Shirley Temples with vodka in them. But even those were making me so hungry I eventually had to leave.

The next day, however, something odd happened. I was way less hungry than I was the day before. I actually looked forward my spicy lemonade, as if it were an old friend. I didn’t even really care when people ate food near me. Had the master cleanse rid me of the need for solid food? It was a question.

Day 3: The Master Cleanse Without Qualities
I was moving out of my tiny midtown garret (to a location unknown! I still do not have an apartment), but this did not stop me from master cleansing. At this point, I had completely conquered hunger. I felt like an 11-year-old Beyoncé running a punishing rehearsal with an early version of Destiny’s Child. I didn’t even want solid food. I offered my movers master cleanse, but they said no.

I went to Dunkin’ Donuts to get doughnuts for the movers and I forced myself to have a tiny side of a donut. It was actually a little scary? I had lost four pounds in the space of three days.

Day 4: Cheat Day
Off the master cleanse, but still not hungry particularly, I decided to embark on Beyoncé’s cheat day. Apparently once a week, Beyoncé consumes “pizza and wine.” In solidarity with B, I decided to have that exact same meal. I regained my appetite after eating the first piece of pizza. I ended up eating four pieces.

Days 5 and 6
Beyoncé has a very extensive tour rider. One time, she requested red toilet paper. She also asks for “oat cakes,” which resemble a dry tea biscuit in which oats play a prominent role. While apple picking with my friends in upstate New York, I noshed on the aforementioned oat cakes while my friends ate delicious bread and cheese. Oat cakes aren’t bad, but they are not very filling in comparison.

Later, my friends took several photos of me eating an apple and put them on Instagram. If I had been Beyoncé, I would have demanded they take them down, but as it is I was too scared.

Days 7 and 8
For the next two days, I am doing what is probably the hardest part of all Beyoncé’s diets: the post-pregnancy eating plan that allowed her to lose 60 pounds in three months.

This particular diet is very rich in protein, like most good diets in vogue today. You start the day with egg whites, consume slices of turkey with capers for lunch, eat cucumbers with vinegar and lemon for snacks, and finish the day with yellowtail sashimi with jalapeños and wasabi. Sometimes you are allowed to have frozen yogurt.

I have to say, the actual food on this diet was not terrible. It was sparse, yes, but flavorful. If I was not slowly going broke from ordering all that yellowtail sashimi at my local sushi place, it would generally be fine.

The real hardship of this particular regimen was the exercise. Beyoncé worked out for two hours a day to get rid of the baby weight and it is hard for a working woman with a busy schedule of going to vaudeville revues to find the time for that. I usually ended up splitting the workouts into an hour-long strength training routine and an hour-long run. It was Beyoncé’s music that got me through it. I kept listening to the song “Run the World (Girls),” but in my head I changed the lyrics to keep me motivated. “If women really ran the world (Girls!) I would not be running for two hours. Lol! They don’t run anything!” Har Har har. Whatever, working out for two hours is lonely.

Day 9
Today, I ate the “Sasha Salad,” a favorite salad of Beyoncé’s, based, I imagine, on her former alter ego, Sasha Fierce (Beyoncé eventually killed her). It is a chicken salad with jalapeños in it. It’s okay. For research, I looked up “Sasha Fierce” on Wiki Answers, and they define her as as a “sociable” twenties singer famous for “curing the Great Dpression [sic] in America” and working at the Post Office.


Here’s Why Stealing Cars Went Out of Fashion


Auto theft isn’t much of a problem anymore in New York City. In 1990, the city had 147,000 reported auto thefts, one for every 50 residents; last year, there were just 7,400, or one per 1,100. That’s a 96 percent drop in the rate of car theft.

So, why did this happen? All crime has fallen, nationally and especially in New York. But there has also been a big shift in the economics of auto theft: Stealing cars is harder than it used to be, less lucrative and more likely to land you in jail. As such, people have found other things to do.

The most important factor is a technological advance: engine immobilizer systems, adopted by manufacturers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These make it essentially impossible to start a car without the ignition key, which contains a microchip uniquely programmed by the dealer to match the car.

Criminals generally have not been able to circumvent the technology or make counterfeit keys. “It’s very difficult; not just your average perpetrator on the street is going to be able to steal those cars,” said Capt. John Boller, who leads the New York Police Department’s auto crime division. Instead, criminals have stuck to stealing older cars.

You can see this in the pattern of thefts of America’s most stolen car, the Honda Accord. About 54,000 Accords were stolen in 2013, 84 percent of them from model years 1997 or earlier, according to data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a trade group for auto insurers and lenders. Not coincidentally, Accords started to be sold with immobilizers in the 1998 model year. The Honda Civic, America’s second-most stolen car, shows a similar pattern before and after it got immobilizer technology for model year 2001.

Old cars are easier to steal, and there are plenty of them still on the road. But there’s an obvious problem with stealing them: They’re not worth very much. Cars are typically stolen for parts, and as a car gets older, its parts become less valuable.

In New York, thieves often take old stolen cars to salvage yards, selling them for scrap for just hundreds of dollars. As The Times reported in April, they’re helped by a New York State law that allows a car to be scrapped without its title if it is more than eight years old and worth less than $1,250. But in addition to not being very lucrative, that approach has gotten harder to get away with. According to Captain Boller, faster tracking through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System has helped the city quickly identify stolen cars sold to salvage yards. Because you must present a photo I.D. to scrap a car without a title, the city has had success tracking down and arresting the sellers.

With fewer valuable stolen cars coming in, it has become less appealing to operate an illegal chop shop. And the decline in thefts has freed up the 85 detectives and supervisors of New York’s auto crime division to focus on stopping organized car theft rings, the sorts of operations that actually have the ability to make coded keys for newer cars. “Our main goal is to get criminal enterprise charges on these groups,” Captain Boller said of sending the groups’ members to prison with longer sentences than apply to auto theft alone.
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Similar efforts by law enforcement in other jurisdictions have cut into auto theft nationally, according to Roger Morris, the vice president of the National Insurance Crime Bureau. “You saw a dramatic impact on the professional car theft rings, the chop shops and all that,” he said. But while auto theft has been greatly reduced in New York, the national decline (62 percent) has not been as drastic.

The Children’s Wear Center: Where the Kids Fashion Deals Happen


Shortly after Adams & Co. closed a lease renewal last week for one of its 60 children clothier tenants at Arcade Building Associates’ 34 West 33rd Street, also known as the “Children’s Wear Center,” Adams & Co. principal David Levy and broker Brett Maslin invited Commercial Observer for an exclusive tour.

Kids fashion design companies lease space at the 12-story structure in order to showcase their designs to prospective retailers under one roof, utilizing a building that’s not well-shaped for traditional offices by employing a familiar Garment District strategy a few blocks south of the area’s traditional home.

“Other buildings went away from children’s wear; there was an opportunity to take some of that market span,” said Mr. Levy. He and his colleague waived at familiar tenants in the building and pointed out business negotiations between fashion outlet buyers and designers while walking along the corridor that looks like a cross between dentists’ offices and a fashion mall. Mr. Levy added, “These retailers that come in—they don’t like to travel all over the city to different showrooms.”

The designers who lease spaces ranging from 500 square feet to 17,000 square feet include makers of pint-sized backpacks, belts, glasses, jewelry, hats, umbrellas, socks and underwear, among many other products, according to a convenient building navigation screen in the lobby. Adams & Co. converted the building to all children’s fashion tenants nine years ago to make the best use of the building and it’s currently fully leased at starting asking rents of $46 per square foot, Mr. Levy said.

“The building is kind of odd, it’s an hourglass-shaped building,” he said. “It’s long and narrow and not great for office tenants.”

But it works great for clothing sellers like Stephanie Fishman, who says she moved to the building from a different area children’s wear building roughly eight years ago because she wanted a more modern space. Her showroom features the Appaman label that’s been spotted on child celebs and attracts couture-driven parents from racks at Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s and other big-name outlets and boutiques and the girls-only Pink Chicken brand that’s in evidence at eponymous shops, independent stores and national catalogues.

“We all kind of feed off each other,” said Ms. Fishman of the building’s setup. “It’s a growth potential. We all sell not to the same retailers but to the same pool of retailers.”

Ms. Fishman and some other merchants at the building are coordinating a week-long event this week called “New York Kids Market,” which will ply prospective buyers with hors d’oeuvres while pitching the clothing of the center.

But the sellers just down the block at the 10 West 33rd Street “Fashion Accessories Center” were hosting their own event last week, and the building hummed with buyers examining wares. Adams & Co. also operates Menswear specialty buildings at 42 West 39th Street and 1071 Avenue of the Americas and a Halloween specialty building at 1115 Broadway, company officials said.

Sacramento kilt maker dresses up Music Circus’ ‘Brigadoon’



When Los Angeles-based costume designer Marcy Froehlich went on a three-month search for a kilt maker to design and produce knee-length garments for the Music Circus’ production of “Brigadoon,” she was looking for a person with a high regard for authenticity and creativity.

Interestingly, she found that person in Sacramento.

“I wanted the kilt to be as beautiful as the dancer,” said Froehlich, now in her 10th season with the Music Circus. “If I couldn’t find someone (in Los Angeles), I was going to find somebody in Scotland to make them for me. (But) Sacramento? That’s where the show is being done.

“That’s wild.”

Froehlich tapped internationally renowned kilt maker Josh Brown, founder and owner of Skye Highland Outfitters, a Scottish kilt and accessory store in East Sacramento, to make 14 kilts that will be worn by the male performers of the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical, which runs Tuesday through Sunday at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.

Directed by Glenn Casale, “Brigadoon” transports audiences to the Scottish hills where two New Yorkers – Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas – happen upon a quaint and remote village that appears for one day every 100 years. When Albright and Douglas notice the residents are strangely dressed and speak as if from another era, they realize they have time warped to a mystical place with 18th century customs.

Romance takes center stage when Albright falls for Brigadoon resident Fiona MacLaren, but he isn’t sure he can leave his modern existence and commit to a life in the village.

While the musical explores themes of love, faith and the power of miracles, Froehlich believes “Brigadoon” also contains a subtle reference to a dark period in Scottish history.

Froehlich is alluding to the Battle of Culloden, a bloody confrontation with British forces that occurred in 1746 – the same year the fictional and magical Scottish town of Brigadoon became enchanted and thus saved from the evils of the outside world.

But for Brown, who is of Scottish decent on his mother side, “Brigadoon,” a musical he grew up with as a child, is mostly a fun, escapist story that many Scots hold dear.

“Anything that is related to your culture that’s in theater and multimedia, you’re going to enjoy,” said Brown, who also plays bagpipes in the musical. “It’s absolutely thrilling to be providing my cultural skill set to this production as far as clothing and to the music.”

The kilts used in the production, Brown said, convey the time period of the mid-1800s. One of the most traditional patterns for Scottish kilts is tartan, which consists of vertical and horizontal stripes in multiple colors that act as identifiers for a family or a region in Scotland.

Brown said he sourced the kilt material from Lochcarron of Scotland, a manufacturer of tartan and other fabrics. Because kilts don’t carry any pockets, Brown was responsible for making and designing the sporran, a small pouch worn around the waist.

The most challenging part of kilt making, Brown said, is matching the measurements to the performer’s body.

“It really becomes the mechanics of taking those measurements and applying it to the cloth,” he explained. “You have to become extremely precise.”

Brown, 44, learned about kilt making from his mother, a Scottish dancer who passed down her native culture and traditions to him and his brothers when they were raised in Atlanta, Ga.

His path to professional kilt maker was a winding one. In 2007, Brown left his job as a software developer at Apple to spend more time with his newborn daughter. Evaluating his employment options, he decided to capitalized on his knowledge about the Scottish American community.

“I was crawling the walls for about a month,” said Brown. “I wasn’t making any money, so my mother suggested I help her out with her contacts and utilize my knowledge of Scottish history.”

And that’s what he did. Later that year, Brown opened Skye Highland Outfitters. After about a month, he saw “that there was a niche market, and people were placing order after order.”

Since opening his shop, Brown said he has probably made more than 500 kilts.

Nevertheless, this assignment has been a special one, and Brown said that he was looking forward to sharing his cultural heritage and seeing the Music Circus actors sporting his tartan creations.

“ ‘Brigadoon’ is a Scottish romantic love story,” he said. “The Scottish kilt is the identifying garment of the country. You really couldn’t have a run like this without the kilt.”


Jeff Goldblum Channels ‘Jurassic Park’ For Epic Wedding Photo



Yes, the dinosaur is Photoshopped, but Goldblum is not.

Adam Biesenthal — the photographer behind the shot — told The Huffington Post that Goldblum attended the wedding of Pamela and Jesse Sargent in Toronto this weekend, along with his fiancée Emilie Livingston, who is a friend of the bride.

Of course, when it came time to do the classic “run away from a T-rex wedding shot,” who better to have in the pic than Dr. Ian Malcolm himself?

Here’s a close-up:

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Bird? Plane? No, It’s the Wedding Photographer


The next time you go to a wedding, be sure your hair is done, your lipstick is on, and your Jockeys aren’t sticking out of your pants. You never know if a drone is lurking in the sky about to zoom in and take your picture.

No, not those heavily armed aircraft that the United States military uses to patrol the skies over Afghanistan and beyond. Couples having large outdoor weddings have been finding that small, unmanned aerial vehicles, or U.A.V.s, controlled remotely by operators on the ground, can be a useful if sometimes problematic tool for snapping aerial images that capture the entire scene and its participants.

As a small drone noisily swooped over the crowd at the June 21 marriage of Randy Florke and Sean Patrick Maloney in Cold Spring, N.Y., which was featured in the New York Times Vows column last month, Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, was heard to say, “That thing is going to kill somebody.”

No one was endangered at the wedding, other than perhaps the pride of Mr. Maloney, a Democratic representative whose district spans parts of Westchester and Orange Counties and who sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee. Because that subcommittee oversees the Federal Aviation Administration, he was taken to task for possibly violating the agency’s guidelines by Nan Hayworth, his Republican challenger in the coming November election.

In a statement given to The Times last week, Mr. Maloney said, “Like most people who are about to get married, I wasn’t up-to-date on the lack of regulations around the emerging technology of a wedding photographer mounting a camera on a remote control helicopter, and now a month after our wedding, even more judges have confirmed the absence of laws and regulations.” The statement, issued through his chief of staff, Stephanie Formas, continued, “Every day another group of photographers, filmmakers, farmers, search and rescue teams, or researchers are expressing their frustration with the total lack of clarity on a technology that could save lives or simply take a few wedding photos.”

It is true that these small, unmanned aircraft are increasingly being used to locate people in wilderness areas, to inexpensively monitor the health of agricultural fields, and to photograph homes for sale. Wedding photography represents but a small, developing use for them.

“I didn’t know they would be there during the ceremony,” Vedet Nommaz said of the drones at his marriage in May to Ellen Matusov in a big wedding in Turkey. “I almost had a heart attack when I saw one approaching the huppah.” But once he had been reassured it was a camera from the wedding photographer, he said, “I was very happy with the results because they flew high and captured the entire venue, and they could zoom in and get the ceremony, too.”

Emre Tanyolac, the marketing director for S&S Visual in Istanbul, the company that worked on the Matusov-Nommaz wedding, said it has been using drones for about a year. “It shoots ambience of the wedding more effectively than anything else,” he said.
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“Everyone is looking for that one great shot,” said Darcy Miller, the editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. Although Ms. Miller has been to more weddings than most people, she admits that she has never seen a drone used at one — so far, anyway. “I’m sure everything changes every day with technology.”

Among photographers and videographers, however, drones and weddings are “a hot topic in the industry now,” said Denis Reggie, an Atlanta-based wedding photographer who decidedly has not bought into this technology. “We’ve seen so much information about drones, but they’re not sanctioned by the F.A.A. yet,” he said.

Brendan Schulman, a lawyer and special counsel at the law firm Kramer Levin in Manhattan, where he is a litigator with a specialty in unmanned aircraft systems, said: “This is the future of technology. It’s not like an airplane with passengers and fuel on board, and there are no safety issues.” Mr. Schulman, who has represented drone pilots in court when they have been challenged by the F.A.A., reports that Hollywood filmmakers had been using model airplanes for decades, and yet the agency had never issued guidelines.

That is until 1981, he said, when it did issue some, including recommending not flying higher than 400 feet or within three miles of an airport. And those were only voluntary, he noted. Then, in 2007, recognizing that businesses were going to be using the machines, the agency put out a “policy statement” about not using model aircraft for “commercial purposes.” But a policy statement is not a law, Mr. Schulman said.

Les Dorr, a spokesman for the F.A.A. disputes Mr. Schulman’s interpretation, saying: “The F.A.A. believes laws and regulations are the same thing. Under the 2012 F.A.A. law, you can fly a model aircraft for hobby or recreational purposes without authorization from the F.A.A. For any other reason, like commercial purposes, you need F.A.A. approval.”

This has sowed confusion among couples and their photographers about using drones at weddings. Nevertheless, the agency and many of the professional photographers who are choosing to add drones to their arsenal of photo gear, like Parker Gyokeres, are on the same page when it comes to safety concerns. Mr. Gyokeres, an active duty United States Air Force photojournalist who was hired as a subcontractor by the Maloney-Florke wedding’s photographer, said, “I always have an abort plan, and I never fly my drone out of my sight.” If he is within five miles of an airport, he contacts the tower and never flies higher than 400 feet.

Dale Stierman, the owner of Picture Perfect in Dubuque, Iowa, said, “I like to keep my drone over rocks so if it goes down it doesn’t hurt anyone,” adding that he, like some other photographers, uses a technology built into his machine that can recall it to its takeoff point.

Things can and do go wrong, however. David Orgill, of Pointe Digital Photography & Videography in Eagle Mountain, Utah, doesn’t use his radio-controlled unmanned quadcopter carrying a GoPro camera when people are around, but he does fly it for extra shots, like prewedding pictures of the setting. In August 2013, while shooting video images of a wedding couple joyously laughing and whirling through an open field in Wyoming, his drone flew into the groom’s head — a scene played over and over again by viewers on YouTube. Fortunately, except for an ugly gash on the side of the groom’s face, nothing serious happened. “There’s definitely risk involved,” Mr. Orgill said, “but the couple was good-natured about the incident and we finished the shoot.”
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Couples are starting to find an unfortunate downside. “The problem is the noise — drones are not quiet,” Mr. Gyokeres said. “It’s great for an overall shot, but not good during a ceremony.”

Mr. Reggie, whose clients have included members of the Kennedy clan, said, “I love the images, but it is inappropriate at a wedding.” Four motors whirring around, he said, is incompatible with the sanctity of the moment. “For me, the overriding concern at a wedding is not interrupting the quiet.” He added that because of the noise factor, “you get faces looking up at the sky.”

Jonathan Mishaan, who was married this spring in Bogotá, Colombia, didn’t mind the noise and thought the resulting overall shots his photographer got were worth the slight annoyance, which he said those who attended soon got used to, in part because so much other activity was going on.

“Drones are distracting,” Mr. Orgill admitted. “They make a lot of noise, and guests see them coming and think the government is spying on them.”

Privacy concerns? In an era when most wedding guests are equipped with cellphone cameras or iPads, and all too eager to use them? Mr. Schulman said there was no expectation of privacy anyway for guests. Cameras are now everywhere at a wedding. “It doesn’t matter what technology is used,” he said.

Hayden Panettiere Bares Pregnant Baby Bump in Bikini During Getaway With Fiance Wladimir Klitschko


Hello, Hayden! Pregnant Hayden Panettiere bared her growing baby bump with her fiance Wladimir Klitschko by her side during a beach outing in Miami, Fla., on Friday, Aug 1.

The Nashville actress, 24, wore a chic blue and white striped bikini while catching a tan and kept her blonde locks up in a high bun. Her hunky hubby-to-be, 38, went shirtless, towering above her in neon green swim trunks.

Us Weekly broke news in May that the couple were expecting their first child together. One year earlier, Panettiere spoke about having kids with the 6-foot-6 Ukrainian heavyweight boxer in the May 2013 issue of Glamour. “I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother,” she said at he time.

“Sometimes people speak about [having kids] like, ‘Your life ends—you’re never going to be able to do anything again!’ And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?'” the Heroes alum continued. “Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life.”

Panettiere’s ABC drama Nashville is set to resume filming season 3 soon, but it’s still unknown whether the mom-to-be’s pregnancy will be written into the storyline. Executive producer Dee Johnson hinted at the possibility during a recent interview with

“We are going to address the idea of pregnancy. That’s as much as I’ll say about that,” she teased of Panettiere’s character, country singer Juliette Barnes. “She’s faced with new obstacles, let’s put it that way.”

Kim Kardashian Shares Bikini Pictures With North West From Mexico Vacation


Like mother, like daughter! Kim Kardashian shared a series of images via Instagram on Thursday, July 31, from her recent vacation in Mexico. The adorable snaps are of her and her daughter North West at the beach.

In the photos, the 33-year-old reality star is seen wearing a cream-colored bikini while her daughter, 13 months, wears a matching cream-colored one-piece.

One pic, taken while Kardashian was enjoying a little R&R at good friend Joe Francis’ house Casa Aramara in Punta Mita earlier this month, shows the reality star carrying her and Kanye West’s adorable little tot while they head toward a beach ball. Kardashian captioned the image: “#TBT me and my beach babe in Punta Mita, Mexico.”

In the second photo, captioned, “#TBT Mexico,” Mrs. West walks into the ocean carrying Nori while the sun beams down on them. In a third snap, the proud mom shows off her famous derriere.

“#TBT bye beach #PuntaMita #Mexico,” the E! star captioned an image of herself carrying North back into the luxurious beach house, her backside on full display.

Aside from enjoying the sand and ocean, Kardashian previously shared on Instagram that her daughter took her first steps and completed swimming lessons while at the Mexican oasis.

“Our baby girl finished one week of swimming lessons today then took her 1st steps right when she got out of the pool!!!! Mommy & Daddy are so proud of you!!!!” she captioned a cute snap of herself kissing North, who looked adorable wrapped in a yellow towel on July 23.

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Melanie Griffith steps out in cat’s eye sunglasses

With her cat’s eye sunglasses and sleek black button up dress, Melanie Griffith cut a stylish figure as she headed out for lunch on Wednesday.

The 56-year-old actress wore a knitted cardigan over her dress along with low heeled red flip flops for her Mexican lunch.

With her blonde hair in a loose updo, she headed to join a female friend in the Santa Monica area of Los Angeles.

Melanie was without her husband Antonio Banderas for her outing – the couple have a 17-year-old daughter Stella together.

The couple fell in love on the set of Two Much in 1995 and married the following year.

When it comes to her career, Melanie is loyal to the 53-year-old actor-turned-director.

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The couple recently finished working on the sci-fi thriller Automata, and next will work together in the drama Akil that Banderas is directing and stars Melanie.

Melanie is also mother to Dakota Johnson, 24, by her ex husband Don Johnson. Dakota is an actress who has recently filmed Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Johnson was out elsewhere on Wednesday night, attending the New York City premiere of his new film Cold in July with wife Kelley Phleger.

The crime drama co-stars Michael C Hall and Sam Shepard and is based on the cult novel of the same name by Joe R Lansdale.


This high-tech dress protects your personal space



Ladies, you can soon keep the creeps away when taking public transport with a new high-tech dress—that is, if you won’t mind looking like a folding umbrella.

The dress, dubbed the Personal Space Dress, uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect when someone is too close to the wearer – then uses motors to expand the dress.

However, designer Kathleen McDermott said in a blog post that a prospective dressmaker would need to have a basic knowledge of Arduino and soldering to assemble this dress.

McDermott posted a video showing the dress in action, along with instructions on how to build the dress.

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A separate article on The Verge said the “dress expands its hem using a repurposed umbrella mechanism, creating a barrier between its wearer and the personal space invader.”

It added the dress is the latest in a series of wearable electronics that includes a scarf that automatically covers its wearer’s face in response to pollution, and a hat that shields its owner’s identity from CCTV cameras.

“All three projects are open source and instructions on how to build your own are available from McDermott’s website,” it said. — Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News :

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