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Black is the new Black

Yes, based on what was happening on the Red Carpet on Sunday, Black is the colour of the season.

At this year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, Hollywood’s A-listers stuck to the staple colour when everyone from Angelina Jolie, to Ashlee Simpson stepped out in dark and dramatic gowns.

             

While Angie was giving advice to aspiring actors, Brad dropped hints that the power couple might work together on screen again, sometime in the near future.

George Clooney and former wrestler, Stacy Keibler also stuck to the mantra of black is best, with George, who was nominated for a SAG donning a midnight blue Giorgio Armani.

Other stars in black included Amber Heard, Emma Stone, Jane Krakowskie, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Ashley Fink, Glenn Close and Lauren Potter.

 

                           

While black was definitely the colour of the night, some stars brightened up the carpet with some bright berry shades as well as… Michelle Williams, Guiliana Rancic and Sofia Vergara looked gorgeous as our bright berries and Dianna Agron in shocking pink.

           

The only other seeming trend for the night was tone of silver-grey, shown off to perfection by Lea Michele of Glee and co-star Naya Rivera. Ariel Winter and Octavia Spencer also worked this trend to perfection

Zoe Saldana, Kristen Wiig, Tilda Swinton, Viola Davies, Kelly Osbourne and Linda Grey all went further down the same scale and opted for white.

                    

          

 

So pull out your LBD & Louboutin-look-alikes, and make your way to your nearest red carpet…Im having one installed in my house as we speak 😉

 

– Mandi 

 

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ROLLING STONES SA

The legendary Rolling Stones Magazine FINALLY makes its way to South Africa!

Although the SA market hasn’t exactly been waiting with bated breath, November 2011 saw the launch of the Proudly SA version of the international giant, Rolling Stones Magazine.

The reason they say they have taken so long to get here, is because although there is a wide open market for it, the demand didn’t seem to be there, this, in spite of the country’s rich musical heritage spanning rock to pop and jazz. So now,  three months in, they are still sitting at low sales, as compared to the mother company, and editor Miles Keylock, a former music critic at the respected Mail & Guardian Weekly, says they plan to break even after about six months.

The new issues has renowned jazz trumpeter, 72-year-old Hugh Masekela on the cover and features articles about local rock band Blk Jks, Zahara and punk rocker Francois van Coke. This includes a photo essay on Botswana’s heavy metal scene.

Hoping to follow the winning formula by other internationals, like Forbes, Top and Playboy, who have all successfully entered the South African market, it is still unclear if Rolling Stones will make an impression on South African readers…however, one thing is for sure…our musicians need a national platform that can help give them more exposure and promote all forms of Proudly SA music.

“Obviously Rolling Stone would be associated with rock but it is more an attitude,” said editor Miles Keylock.

 

Mandi


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SuperFan-dom

Haven’t we all, at some point in time or another, had a hunger for fame. For people to know our names and love us, simply because we are that good at what we do. To be adored for our talents and reverred for our skills. Tohave adoring fans and stalkerish paparazzi throwing themselves at us at the turn of every corner?

Well…I don’t know how far most people would like this kind of idolisation to go, but I can definitely say that one of the down sides of fame, is when some fans, take it a little bit too far.

Take a Drake Superfan for example, who took the lyrics from his song “Free Spirit”  – “Tat my name on you, so I know its real” – too literally and had his name tattooed in capital letters, across her forehead. The unnamed woman has had the word ‘DRAKE’ permanently etched onto her forehead…crazy much?

The Drake-Superfan is not the only one who’s gone to the extreme for their idol. Take the Aguilera fan who, after Aguilera’s “Bionic” album received a less than stellar reception, took it upon herself to single-handedly boost her album sales by buying up 250 copies. Then there were the 12 Michael Jackson fans from different parts of the world, who, following his tragic passing, committed suicide. One Russian fan, Pavel Talalayev was luckily saved by paramedics, but made it clear to his rescuers that he was going to try again since he didn’t want to live anymore.

One crazy fan even got her mother involved, when Anna Estrada tattooed ‘Jonas Brothers’ on her neck, to win tickets to a concert for her seven-year-old daughter. That’s not the craziest thing the Jo Bros have experienced, having once received a dead shark, preserved in a tube from a fan. “They didn’t even leave a note explaining. It was just, ‘Here’s a dead shark.’”

Perhaps the weirdest and craziest gift from a fan was given to Dolly Parton, who once came home to find an abandoned baby in a box with a note attached to it. The note said: “My name is Jolene, my momma has left me here and she wants you to have me.” Unfortunately, Jolene’s mum’s wish was never fulfilled as Dolly immediately called Human Services and only spent enough time with Jolene to give the HS personnel to arrive.

The dangers of fame are many and fraught with psychos…

 

Mandi


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Bey Fever!

Beyonce has always had the world deep under her spell. From the moment we first met her as the braided blonde bombshell of Destiny’s Child, and even more so when she kicked off her solo career with the invention of the booty hop.

But never has Bey Fever been as crazy as it has over the last few months. From the announcement of her pregnancy at the Grammy awards not too long ago, to the furore that surrounded baby Blue Ivy’s birth a couple of weeks ago.

Now Beyonce has another accolade to add to her very full trophy cabinet.

She was recently honoured by Australian scientists, when they named a fly after her. Yes, a fly. A rare horse fly which has a big, bulbous, golden tush….now scientifically known as the Scaptia beyonceae.

So here’s to the Scaptia beyonceae….seems Bey has given birth to more than just one new life this month.

Mandi


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TWO Vaginas!!??

Hazel Jones from High Wycombe has been offered a R12 million porn deal…but that’s not the shocker.

27-year-old Hazel has two…yes TWO vaginas.

She suffers from uterus didelphys, which means she has two separate uteruses and cervixes as well.

Amazingly enough, she says she is very comfortable with her condition, even being confident enough to show any woman who is interested in seeing. She says she has a great sex life and turned down an opportunity to have corrective surgery as it would have left a lot of scar tissue.

Hazel was quoted as saying:

  • “I thought it was amazing and it’s definitely an ice-breaker at parties”
  • “When I was younger I thought I was having cystitis and urine infections from a young age when I was tearing the middle septum.”
  • “I used to suffer from horrendous cramps and my periods could be very heavy. I now know that my periods were worse because I have two wombs.”
  • “I had to lose my virginity twice.”

Check out the video interview here…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2085255/Hazel-Jones-I-lost-virginity-twice-I-TWO-vaginas.html

-Mandi


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Amazing Moments

Everyone has that one moment in their life they want to remember forever, and most of us spend a lot of time snapping away behind a camera lens just in case….you wouldnt want to miss it after all.

Judging by this incredibly unique shot, this little baby (born 2011) and the doctor who saved his life, will have a reminder of not only the most amazing moment of his life, but an amazing moment in history.


This incredible picture is of a little baby who, while being operated on, reached out of the womb and wrapped his tiny little hand around the doctor’s finger.

The baby was diagnosed with a birth defect which the doctors found could be better fixed before he was fully formed and born. On the day of the operation, they made a small incision into the mother’s womb and began working on the baby, after which, as the doctor was preparing to close the womb up again, the baby reached up and showed his gratitude for the doctor’s work.

Incredible, no?

 

Mandi


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What to expect in 2012

It’s been an amazing run in the fashion industry. Last year we saw the reign of wide -flared pants, palazzo pants, jump-suits, florals wedged heels and let’s not forget the colour blocking which stole the hearts of South Africans nation-wide to the point where there were colours running wild on the streets of Gauteng. Bless our souls!

However, it’s a new year, excitement runs through our veins as we’re glad to get a start-up on our blog, Minx as it’s been a long time coming and we hope to entertain you. Expect to see photos of fashion-gone-wrong as there would be elect referees stationed on campuses and the streets of Pretoria and Johannesburg, even the malls are not a safe haven. Also on the list will be fashion tips and advice on what to wear, how to wear and when to wear all at little to no cost as it is recognized that everyone deserves to look good irrespective of where one is positioned on the earning scale.

This year, fashion takes us back-in-time to the ‘60s. We go retro as we see even in make-up we are transported back to the pin-up look; meaning teased hair, red lipstick and strongly lined eyes. We also get to wear prints (yes, you knew keeping your prints will come in handy at some point), long flair skirts are also back in, as well as, polka dots and ‘poof’ skirts. This season’s key accessory is big hair bows in electric colours and polka dots. Yellow and red are favourites as they easily transform an outfit.

              

The boys are not left out as they too can get a fashion update on what’s a hit this year.  For starters, man bags are trending, as well as, roll-up-shorts. Retro straight pants also make a huge come-back in preferably chinos and not jeans, barely covering the ankle, along-side bright colour jerseys and blazer jackets. Add a splash of colour to your wardrobe without feeling too feminine, you will not look stupid. If you’d like to play it a tad safe, a navy blue jacket with a yellow shirt works quite well and for every skin tone too. Get noticed by the ladies or better yet, get recognized as a style icon.

All in all, fashion this year is all about bending the rules; it’s why they were made in the first place. Pair the oddest things together for the greatest results. One key element this year is contrast! So play around with different fabrics and colours. If it feels good then it probably is. The 60’s was an era of experimental fashion. Dare to be different!