Saturday, 31 January 2015

The most tattooed woman in the world.

Julia Gnuse before and after her tattoos
She is in the Guinness World Records as the most tattooed woman in the world but not because she set out to achieve that feat in life. Julia Gnuse lived a pretty ordinary life until she turned thirty five, her skin changed became extra sensitive and started to scar her in a very ugly way.

After several trips to the doctors, it was eventually discovered Julia had porphyria, an incredibly uncommon skin condition that is either inherited from a parent or just spontaneously develop. One of the most uncomfortable symptoms of her condition was that her skin became ridiculously sensitive – to the point she could not go outside without her skin blistering right in front of her eyes.

Her doctors could not do much for her as the only medicine currently on the market has the side effect of making her lose her sight. Faced with the choice of complete body scarring or blindness, Julia turned to her friends for solution on how to cover up the embarrassing scarring she was getting and one of them – a plastic surgeon – suggested she tried tattooing as a way to cover up the parts of her skin she did not like.

One tattoo on her leg was what it took to get her hooked on the idea. Julia covered her entire legs with tattoos, and then moved up to her arms, stomach, and back. Now over 95% of her body is covered in tattoos – including her face – and today, she is known as The Illustrated Lady.

Her tattoos took more than five years to create, and were all created by the same artist. The tattoos cost her more than $80,000. though the tattoos do not actually protect her from the sun’s hurtful rays, however, they covered up the scarring.

The Illustrated Lady

'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough dies at 77

Colleen McCullough at home on Australia's remote Norfolk Island in 1990 — she told an interviewer she moved there to escape her difficult family.
Colleen McCullough at home Getty Images
She was a kindred spirit, a writer but not just a writer, a successful one. she was best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, a highly popular romance novel which sold 30 million copies around the world, and has never gone out of print.

She didn't plan to be a writer, she intended to be a doctor, but while in medical school in Sydney she developed an allergy that forced her to abandon that dream. Trained as a neuroscientist, she became a researcher, which led to a job at Yale University. And it was there she wrote her first novel, Tim— followed by the book which made her famous: The Thorn Birds.

The Thorn Birds
Her most famous book

Author McCollough is likely to be best remembered for her book, The Thorn Birds, though, she wrote dozens of other books, including the "Masters of Rome" series, seven novels about ancient Rome.

She even issued her own take on Pride and Prejudice, with 2008's The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet. It was not well received by Jane Austen fans. 

In recent years, her eyesight began to fail, and she suffered from debilitating arthritis — but she kept on writing. Her last book, Bittersweet, was published in 2013.

May her soul rest in peace.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Julia Roberts & Danny Moder on set

Julia Roberts & Danny Moder Mix Business With Pleasure On 'Secret in Their Eyes'

Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder having a time out together on the set of their upcoming film The Secret in Their Eyes. Also on the set was her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor

The 47-year-old actress is also a super mom,when Julia isn’t working on a movie, she spends time with her three children, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 10, and Henry, 7.

When asked how she spends time with her kids,“Soccer, soccer, soccer, soccer,” Julia shared to Extra. “I’ve been a soccer mom for a while but it’s soccer, basketball, aerial yoga – those are things that rule our home.”
Julia Roberts Talks New ‘Batkid’ Movie
Julia Roberts at the 2015 SAG Awards     Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the guests of honour at Carole Middleton's 60th birthday bash.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge walks with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge carrying Prince George of Cambridge as the Royal Family arrive at Fairbairn Airport
The young royal family
Come this weekend, Carole Middleton, the mother of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. will be having her 60th birthday bash with Kate and Prince William the guests of honour.

The birthday celebration which will take place this weekend at a Caribbean resort will be a tight affair as some close friends, family and her siblings were excluded from the list of invitees.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  (L-R) Carole and Michael Middleton arrive at The Lindo Wing after visiting Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge and her newborn son at  on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 81b 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Carole Middleton
Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William have jetted to the island of Mustique with little Prince George, in readiness for her mother's milestone birthday celebration on Saturday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew out last week to get an early start on the celebrations, which are set to take place at a five-star property Villa Rocina among 30 close friends and family, according to the Mail Online.

Meanwhile, it's expected to be Kate's last trip abroad she is due to give birth in April.

Shakira gives birth to a baby boy

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2014, file photo, Colombian singer Shakira poses for photographs during an interview with The Associated Press in Barcelona, Spain. In a statement on her official Twitter account, Shakira, 37, said Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, she had given birth to a boy, her second child with partner, Spanish football star Gerard Pique. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
Shakira.       (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File) 
Shakira, the Colombian pop singer gave birth to another baby boy named Sasha, her second child with partner Gerard Pique.

In a statement on her official Twitter account, the 37-year-old said Sasha Pique Mebarak was born on Thursday at 9.54pm in Barcelona.

The note said the name Sasha was of Greek and Russian descent and meant "defender of mankind" and "warrior".

The statement said mother and baby were in excellent health.

The couple with Milan, their first born. 
Shakira and 27-year-old Pique, the Barcelona defender, have been a couple for the past four years, and their first child, Milan - a boy, was born in January 2013 in Barcelona.

9 Things men notice first about women

Have you ever wondered about the things guys notice first about girls? Well, ladies, men are not so difficult to understand since they are actually straight-forward so it can be easy to find out what things guys notice first by watching them carefully each time they meet a woman. Check out a few interesting and even surprising things men notice first about women.

1. Smile

A beautiful smile is one of the things most men notice first in a woman. Smiling woman is considered to be much more attractive and approachable. She sends the signal of happiness and optimism. Thus, it’s much easier to start a conversation with a smiling woman. I know it’s not so surprising since everyone likes to look at a person with a beautiful smile. But men always feel confident and more masculine with a smiling woman. Moreover, smile is a very contagious thing: when you smile to someone it provokes the smile in return.

Numerous studies have proved that smile stimulates more positive reaction. When a man first meets a woman, he notices her nice and genuine smile. So, smile more often since you never know who may be falling in love with your beautiful smile. However, make sure your smile isn’t artificial. You should smile only when you feel like smiling. The true sign of a sincere and natural smile is typical wrinkles around our eyes. Moreover, all our appearance shows that we are happy and satisfied. Practice in front of a mirror to find out your most charming and magnificent smile to make him fall in love with you.

2. Eyes

Another common thing men notice first about a woman is her eyes. I’m sure you’ve heard that the eyes are the windows to your soul. They can tell us a lot about a person. It can be easy to find out if someone is lying to you or simply telling the truth. Eyes are real magnets that can attract and interest a stranger. Surveys have shown that nearly 70 % of men pay attention to woman’s eyes first and only then to everything else. Don’t believe that it’s chest that men firstly pay attention to! It’s always easier for men to compliment woman’s eyes since women respond very approvingly to compliments about their eyes rather than other parts of the body.

There is also another stereotype that men like women with large childish eyes. I would tell that correct make up will do the trick! Mascara, eye liner and nude shades will make your eyes more appealing! If you want to attract him, try to keep eye contact for a few seconds. This way, you will clearly understand if there are any chances to continue with your acquaintance.
3. Hair

Sure, men notice a woman’s beautiful and healthy hair. Trust me, all those hours spent in the hairdresser’s chair are not in vain. Most guys think that a stylish, healthy, shiny and sleek hair is a sign of health and youth. Also, you need to know that most men like to be with a woman with natural and soft hair that smells good too.

Although most men like a long hair on women, I know many women who wear bold colors and short hair cuts, and they look really awesome! I think men are just afraid of everything that looks unusual and striking. If you feel confident with your hair, don’t change it. Wear any color and length you like, but make sure your hairstyle suits you.
4. Weight

Weight is one of those things most men notice about women. It may sound shallow, but it actually makes sense. You’ve probably heard that men prefer women with curves, but you still catch evaluating glances on your thighs and legs. These glances can make you doubt that you’re beautiful. But, he’s not judging you, he’s just noticing.

If you are starving yourself to death in order to be skinny, you can breathe with relief and quit it! Studies show that not all guys like skinny girls. So find your comfortable healthy weight and stick to it. Stop dieting! Eat healthy food, exercise and you will never have to bother about your weight. If he doesn’t like your body shape, don’t take it too personal. After all, a true love knows no barriers. If your crush doesn’t like your weight and he says it to you, he doesn’t deserve your time.

5. Chest

Perhaps you think that chest is the first thing guys notice when they meet a woman. But, you are wrong; guys are not as superficial as many women think. Numerous polls and surveys have shown that men notice a woman’s chest only after her smile and her eyes. Breasts are usually considered to be a sign of youth and fertility, and it’s one of the reasons why most men pay attention to woman’s chest.

However, tastes differ. What is beautiful for one man is uninviting for another. Thus, do not worry about your breasts. Just wear appropriate underwear, and consider doing weight-lifting exercises.

6. How fake you are

Men also notice how fake women are. If you have fake eyelashes and nails, he will definitely notice it. For most men, fake means high maintenance and large expense. While fake eyelashes might draw his eye, he won’t like them. If you want to get the guy you like, make sure you look natural. Learn to conceal your drawbacks and show your beauty without looking like a doll.
7. Legs

Okay, it is not a surprise for you, I know. Most men love slim legs and this is another thing they notice about women. In summertime legs are one of the greatest attractions that a woman possesses. Calves are another thing men love about our legs. They love the way our legs look in skirt and shorts. They love the way we cross our legs and they love to admire our knees. Despite the wide-spread stereotype about slim girls, men really love strong hips! They give a signal of your fertility and femininity.

If you don’t have long legs, don’t worry. Make sure you provide your legs with good treatment and any guy will notice them. I moisturize my legs each day and take care of my pedicure every other week. I don’t have long legs, but my partner says that my legs are more beautiful than long ones.
8. Skin

Most men also pay attention to the way a woman’s skin looks. Numerous surveys have showed that a man sees a good complexion as a sure sign of health. Most men think that a woman with a healthy-looking complexion is healthy and she can produce healthy offspring.

9. Dressing style

Probably, it’s a surprising thing but most men do notice a woman’s dressing style. A recent study has found that most men prefer a classy dresser to a woman who shows too much of her skin. Men love some mystery about women, but half-naked body reveals all the secrets. A great sense of style can tell a lot about you, keep it in mind! Your perfume and makeup tell about your taste. Your heels and accessories reveal your lifestyle and sophistication. Your outfit shows your confidence and attitude to life. Don’t think that men are not aware of fashion and trends. They do notice everything. If needed, improve your sense of style to look and feel more confident.

In fact, there are many things most men usually notice in a woman, so can you add any other things to this list?


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