History of the Sun Tan

Many people find that when their skin has a tan to it, whether using a tanning bed, a lotion or plain sunshine, they feel better about themselves. Their self-esteem is increased and they feel more comfortable wearing fashionable clothing and showing a little more skin. The sun tan look has been in and out of fashion over the years but currently from movie stars and celebrities to people on the street often favor the sun-kissed look.

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Early ideas around tanning

Prior to the 1920s, tanned skin was seen as a sign of the lower classes who worked outdoors and were exposed to the sun. During that period, women went to great lengths to keep their skin pale and untouched by the skin and clothes fashioned were tailored to protect them. Sleeves were long, sunbonnets and parasols were used as well as hats and headscarves. Some event went so far as to used cosmetics to make their skin whiter but this could have a terrible side effect as many used lead and could leave people with lead poisoning. Another frightening ingredient in the make-up of the time was arsenic!

However, with the turn of the 20th century, there came to be an awareness of the benefits of sunlight. Nobel Prize winner Niels Finsen was given his prize in 1903 for his Finsen light Therapy, a cure for diseases including lupus vulgaris and rickets. This tied in with the understanding that rickets was caused by a vitamin D deficiency. By 1913, sunbathing was a desirable activity for the leisured classes.

Fashionably tanned

In the early 1920s, fashion designer Coco Chanel was sunburned by accident when on the French Rivera and when she appeared with her suntanned skin, fans immediately began to adopt the look. Tanned skin was instantly fashionable because of her status and celebrity.
Around the same time, a ‘caramel-skinned’ woman named Josephine Baker because the favourite singer in Paris and her fans were imitating her tanned skin. This saw the complete reversal of the tanned skin from low class to high fashion and Jean Patou launched the first suntan oil in 1927.

Sun therapy

By the 1930s-40s, sunshine was being subscribed as a cure for a whole range of conditions from simply being too tired right up to tuberculosis. Magazines began to advertise the benefits of women sunbathing for health purposes.

In 1946, the bikini made its first appearance and quickly began to see favour over the traditional bathing costume. In the 1950s, baby oil was used to boost tans and the first self-tanner came about, though had a rather undesirable orange tinge to it – a long way from the best self-tanning lotions available today!

Sun protection factor, or SPF, was launched in 1962 though didn’t become a standardised figure until 1978. Mattel introduced the first Barbie, Malibu Barbie, that had tanned skin in 1971 and she even had her own bottle of sunscreen. The first tanning beds were launched in 1978 and today there is said to be around 50,000 outlets for tanning, making it a business worth $5bn in the US alone.

So from a shameful sign of the ‘lower’ classes, the suntanned look has changed to be the height of high fashion for a number of decades and with the growth of self-tanning products and tanning lotions, looks set to continue

5 MakeUp Tips To Look Like Celebrities

Celebrities are our go-tos when it comes to the newest fashion trends and styles. They live the life of the rich and the famous and have many people making them look beautiful and fashion forward and trendy. You may want to look like your favorite celebrity on the red carpet but without the price. Don’t worry; you won’t break the bank trying out some of celebrities makeup styles and trends.

Here are some makeup tips and tricks to look like the celebrities:

The Classic Red Lip

The red lip is a very bold statement that demands attention. Stars like Kiera Knightley, Gwen Stefani, and Taylor Swift can been seen sporting a red pout. Start the lip prep with a very fine and sharp lip liner in the color of your lipstick. Make sure the lips are tight, smile a bit to make sure, and then fill your lips with liner before lipstick. Then apply the lipstick!

Wide Eyed

Bright young eyes are inviting and emphasis eyes more as opposed to dark circles that can make you look tired. Prepare your eyes with a fast absorbing hydrating cream that can allow the cosmetics to go on smoothly. Apply a corrector to cover the purple or green tones in the skin then follow wit a concealer that is two shades lighter than your foundation. Finish off with a pale yellow powder to help it last longer and prevent creasing.

Long lashes

Long, lushes lashes like Kylie Jenner, Blake Lively and Mila Kunis are bold statements of the face that don’t require much other makeup. The first important tip is to make sure that your mascara is no older than a month. Fresh mascara glides on much easier. In a wiggling motion at the base of the eyelashes, sweep outward and upward. The secret is to get the thickness in the base of the lashes and taper them naturally to the ends.

Bold Brows

Stars like Katy Perry, Camille Belle, and Lucy Hale all have bold, stunning eyebrows. The trick is to comb the brows with a spoolie brush or if you don’t have that, a clean mascara wand. This is to see how they lay naturally. Use a soft, kinda waxy eyebrow pencil that is two shades darker than your hair tone. Shape the brow by using the thin side of the pencil tip, and the flatter side for filling. Finish with a highlighter under the brow for a lift.

Sculpt your face

You don’t have to have cheekbones like Angelina Jolie or Kim Kardashian to have sculpted cheekbones or face. Sweep shimmer powder on the top of your cheekbones and underneath your temples. To find the hollows of your cheek make a kissy face and pucker up. With a nude shade blush, go over the sunken areas under your cheekbones. Next smile, and apply a blush colored peach and use circular motions with smaller circles gradually increasing in size. Beautiful cheekbones instantly!

Celebrity Hair Care Secrets

Celebrity Hair StylesIt is a fact that celebrities have access to a lot more products than us average people – and the money to buy things we’ve probably never heard of! But that isn’t to say that some of their secrets and tips aren’t accessible to the rest of us and here are a few we have come across.

Shine

We all know that to get rid of dandruff we use the best dandruff shampoo but did you know that to get ultra shine in your hair, mix a silicone based shine serum with a conditioner? Top stylists say to mix the two the night before a big event, put on the hair for 15 minutes then rinse out thoroughly. This will give your hair a deep shine as well as look at its most healthy.

Heat

Another top tip is to do less with your hair – particularly when it comes to using heat. The temptation is to get the hairdryer, curling tongs or straighteners out on every occasion but the damage this can do to your hair can mount up. For the best results, it is recommended to only use heat styling tools every other day and this will allow hair to be shinier but also more resistant to split ends.

While discussing heat, the temperature of the water you use on your hair is also very important. Scalding hot water actually removes all the natural moisturising agents from the hair which makes it more prone to chaffing. It also affects the health of your scalp in a similar way. So another stylist tip is to use warm or room temperature water and rinse out conditioners with cooler water to get the best benefit.

Damage

If you love the styles like tight buns or chignons then it is recommended to use a leave-in conditioner instead of one which is washed out of the hair. This adds sheen which makes the hair easier to style but more importantly, acts as a barrier between your hair and the accessories you use to achieve the look.

Another damaging agent to hair comes from an unexpected source; elastic hair bands. These can damage the strands of hairs: we have all seen when there are loads of hairs wrapped around them when we take out a ponytail. The suggestion to avoid this is to use other methods to keep the hair out of your face such as headbands. If you are experiencing damage from heat styling equipment even after you have cut back on the frequency, try a protective product which has something called ceramides in. These condition the hair and protect against the damage caused by heat.

It can be surprising how many simple little tips are used by the rich and famous to achieve amazing looking hair that are easily accessible to anyone. Sometimes it can be merely a different way of looking at things or the addition of a simple extra product or two which can make all the difference. But no matter what type of hair you have, some of these tips will help you make it into a superstar!

Celebrity Skin Care Secrets

Who hasn’t flipped through Vogue at one time or another wishing that they had the skin of the celebrities on the pages? Of course we have! We all have. It’s only natural, right? And, of course, before you beat me to the punch, I know that a lot of that flawless skin is just some fancy Photoshop work.

Celebrity Skin Care SecretsStill, that doesn’t mean that celebrities don’t have access to some skin care secrets that you and I don’t. Because it’s true. Remember, Hollywood is an industry. Those people are paid to look a certain way. Because of this, they pay people – the very best people – to help them look their absolute best.

So, over the years, celebrities have amassed tons of skin care secrets that the public may not know about. They’re not widely known mostly because the average person just doesn’t need to go to quite the extent that, say, an actress might, since her livelihood may depend on it.

But there is some good news as well. Ready? Here it is: this stuff is simple! And really, that’s part of the secret. This stuff isn’t rocket surgery. And a lot of these skin care treatments you may be able to do just with stuff you have around the house already (or with skin care creams you’re already using).

In my work as a celebrity makeup artist I got to talk to a bunch of folks about what actually makes the difference in skin. And it’s not too complicated. So I wanted to take a few moments to today to pass along a few of these tips, so you can put them into play. So check them out!

  • Watch what you eat. This is something that a lot of people ignore, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your complexion. Most celebs have a licensed nutritionist at their disposal, and that nutritionist is usually formulating a diet to specifically help produce that glowing hair and skin. So, without having to hire your own nutritionist, there are a few things you can do on your own. Namely, you want to stay away from processed food and sugar. You also want to stay away from grains. Why? These foods cause inflammation, and that’s what pimples are!
  • Look into radio wave treatment for sagging skin. This is one of those things that sounds weird but really kind of works. Radio wave treatments have been around for a long time, but they have recently made their way into home bathrooms in the form of gadgets like the Dermawand. Radio waves have been proven to tighten and tone skin, and now you can do it at home instead of purchasing expensive treatments from a dermatologist.
  • Buy a natural moisturizer. This is especially true if you are an aging person and are struggling with related blemishes, like dark spots. Moisturizing is one of the best things you can do for your skin at any point in your life, but it’s especially true as you age. If you can’t find a good natural moisturizer you can afford, just use coconut oil!

Top 3 Movie Antagonists with Beards

Do you know the one sure fire way to tell the difference between the real character and his evil clone/twin?

The evil one always has a beard! (Evil Spock, anyone?)

Obviously baddies need to have beards, or bearded guys just turn into baddies, right? At the bearded bad guyvery least it’s true much of the time in Hollywood. There is something tough, rugged, mean, menacing, and tough about beards, and perhaps that’s why it is so easy to associate good facial hair with villains obsessed with power. (If you’ve got a beard and now believe everyone thinks you’re a villain, you can always get one of these and shave it off!)

Here are three really good bad guys with really good beards in pretty good movies.

Jack Nicholson – The Shining

Jack Nicholson’s performance in the film version of Stephen King’s The Shining is legendary. More people can probably quote a line from this than from any other cinematic adventure of the past 50 years (“Here’s Johnny!”, “REDRUM”, etc.). Part of what made Jack’s character seem so mad and dangerous was his very effective early-beard growth. Yes, it was more of an impressive 5 o’clock shadow than it was an actual beard, but the effect it had is impossible to dispute.

How many people are now afraid of going away to a hotel or anywhere in the winter without any way to get out or stay busy thanks to Jack’s beard? Probably more than a few. This antagonist gained a lot of credibility from his beard, and it is remembered as one of the things that made him so crazy.

Mr. T – Rocky 3

This mohawk to mutton chop to beard look that Mr. T had as Clubber Lang in Rocky III is totally insane. Mr. T is known for looking just like that (more or less), so it’s not as if he had to significantly alter his appearance to play the role. As such, it’s not as much that the beard defined his role or changed him or affected his acting. It is the simple fact that it is such an insane facial hair combination that puts him on the list.

Clubber is an absolutely fearless character, knocking out person after person before getting a chance to fight Rocky. If you picture him without a beard, do you think he’d look so menacing? Probably not. He likely would not have even got into boxing if he didn’t sport such an impressive beard. That’s how hard core his look was. For the simple fact that he played a character with a beard as amazing as his own in real life, Mr. T gets one of the top spots on our list.

Alan Rickman – Die Hard

While the beard itself isn’t all that impressive, there’s something about Hans Gruber that is stuck in the mind of everyone who has ever seen Die Hard. Alan Rickman grows a typical late 80s European beard and it makes him all the more believable as an evil mastermind.

It speaks to John McClane’s (and Bruce Willis’) toughness that he could take out such an immaculately bearded foe, without himself sporting any chin whiskers. Perhaps he was simply harnessing his future self (he had an absolutely amazing beard for What Just Happened).

As you can tell, great movie villains should have beards, and men who have beards should play great movie villains (or get rid of yours by buying something from this site if you’d rather play the part of a good guy). The rugged manliness of a beard lends credibility to the character’s usually brash, anti-social, aggressive and violent behavior.

See The Passion

The epic and well-publicized movie, The Passion of the Christ, takes viewers on an emotional Jim Caviezelroller coaster of the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ’s life.  Going to see The Passion of the Christ is a completely different approach on the life and times of Jesus Christ that was produced during the 1950s and 1960s in Hollywood. Directed by Mel Gibson and Ferdinand Zecca and co-written by Mel Gibson and following the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, this acclaimed production boasts the talents of Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. Immediately the scene takes stage as the dialogue of the movie is spoken in Latin, Hebrew and the ancient Aramaic language with subtitles in several languages.

The Passion of the Christ

Released world-wide in February 2004 and netting over $370.2 million at the box office, the Passion of The Christ received both accolades and controversy. The story begins in the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives where Jesus is betrayed for 30 pieces of silver by Judas Iscariot portrayed by Luca Lionello. As the historical story unfolds, Jesus is condemned to death for his blasphemy claims of being the son of God and brought to the feet of Pontius Pilate performed by Hristo Naumov Shopov who is the Roman governor of Judea for his sentencing. Pilate, who can find no fault with Jesus, instead send him to the court of Herod who is located in Nazareth.

The Drama

You can see the passion as Jesus is forced to carry his cross across the along the Via Dolorosa up to Golgotha, a hill outside of Jerusalem, and his captors nail his flesh to the cross. The emotions on the screen are riveting as the audience sees the treatment of Jesus Christ as he is given vinegar to drink instead of water or when he redeems the criminal who is being Mel Gibsoncrucified along his side. During his demise, Jesus is visited by Mary, played by Maia Morgestern, and Mary Magdalene portrayed by the Italian super actress Monica Bellucci. The audience is captivated by the feelings of Jesus Christ and those who loved him as he endured a very graphic ending to his life. The Passion brings to life the roar of the crowd, the floggings and beatings Jesus received as punishment and the last waning hours of the Christian Savior as well as when the Christian Redeemer rises after three days.

 

Acclaimed and Awards

Mel Gibson’s The Passion is a whopping 126 minutes long, with the majority of the film displaying the extremely violent and graphic details of the torture and death of Jesus Christ. With perfect cinematography, the audience takes a graphic ride of the crucifixion, a Roman sentence that brought many people to extremely painful death that in essence sent a stern message to all of those in their society of their immense power. This acclaimed movie for Mel Gibson landed the film several awards like Satellite Award for Best Director, Nastro d’argento  received Best Costume Design and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie. The film is not suggested for viewers under 13 years of age due to the extremely violent nature.

Another Series of Movies

The James Bond series of movies is always another set that causes conversation whether it’s about who played the best Bond, the cars or the best Bond girl. Either way  Bond is on the other side of the spectrum when it comes his doing the right thing.

Celebrities and Their Diets

Whether admiring her philanthropy efforts or adoring her on the silver screen, people around the world love the physique of Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston, 44, who recently starred in a film where she portrays a stripper. Her efforts in diet and exercise still lure those types of roles Adam Levinethat used to be forbidden for someone of her age. 2013’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive” Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, 34, credits his stature with a solid foundation of yoga and a strict vegan diet. Another aging beauty and hollywood block buster is the talented and comedic Cameron Diaz who is also in her 40s. Her ability to stay fit keeps her landing jobs in Hollywood as well as gives her the opportunity for book deals. She accomplishes more than she did in her 20s with a combination of exercise and a meticulous diet. It’s diets like the GM diet that help many celebrities to achieve their goals and stand out from the pack.

General Motors Diet

The GM diet was developed by the General Motors Corporation in the 1980s to help keep their employees stay in shape with their weight loss management plan. The diet will detoxify and is found to achieve a 10 pound weight loss within the first week, making the diet a GM dietworldwide phenomenon. The GM diet is a unique diet plan where reducing weight is the primary goal. Specific foods are consumed per day that facilitate the release of toxins. The use of mainly raw fruits and vegetables and reduced portions of meat servings is key to the success of the participant.

 

 

Hydration

Staying hydrated while on the GM diet is essential. Those who instantly follow the diet may suffer from incessant muscle pain and weakness, increased body heat, and malaise if hydration management is not strictly adhered to when preparing for this fat cleansing journey. Avoiding Cameron Diazalcohol intake is critical because alcohol prevents the effects of this diet from occurring and followers would end up feeling frustrated with their lack of weight loss after the first week of the weight loss management system. Alcohol is a trigger for water retention.

   People are interested in achieving an energetic lifestyle should want to shed extra pounds to achieve a healthy proportional weight to height body image. Users should want to experience a cleaner healthier body through exercise. People should want to prevent the onset of obesity related conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease and arthritis.

GM Diet Success

No successful diet plan would be complete without a side effects list. Followers of this diet may experience sudden muscle weakness due to the muscle tissues being deprived of protein during the first few days of this plan.  Participants will also feel incessant thirst or the effects of dehydration. Fluids are used by the body to bring about the metabolic processes. Users are cautioned to take in more water to prevent these experiences. Headaches and lethargy are experiences the first days of the diet as their bodies recalibrate for weight loss for the fast-paced weight loss journey in front of them.

James Bond Movies

Secrets, adventure, sexual escapades all wrapped into one exciting movie character that can never be rivaled….Her Majesty’s Secret Service Agent James Bond 007. For the past five decades, Ian Fleming’s secret agent James Bond has lit up the screen with his new age weapons Sean Conneryand futuristic gadgets along with his winning adventurous lifestyle. The best James Bond movies intertwined adventure, sexy women, vodka martinis shaken, not stirred and cutting edge movies of the day. What makes or breaks the movie is the actor. Ask most Bond enthusiasts and they can tell you who is their favorite Bond and why whether its Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan or the latest Bond of Daniel Craig.

Dr. No

Released in 1962, Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service Agent 007, portrayed by Sean Connery, Dr. No took movie goers along with Bond on a journey to Jamaica to investigate the murders of another British agent and his secretary. Dr. No is investing all his energy in a nuclear laboratory. His plot is to blackmail the United States by heisting missiles from Cape Canaveral. Dr. No brought viewers into the era of Bond with all the elements fans have grown to love over the years and left audiences wanting more.

Casino Royale

Modern day actor and the newest Bond Daniel Craig takes his role to screen greatness in the 2006 release of Casino Royale as Agent 007 masterfully executes a pair of death-defying assassinations. Bond is sent to Madagascar to spy on a notorious terrorist Mollaka. Bond is the ultimate super-spy as he puts on his poker face for an interesting high-stakes game of cards where dollars are replaced with human lives. Bond unveils endless suave and Craig captures another side to the famed secret agent.

From Russia With LoveFrom Russia with Love

The best of James Bond movies has to include Sean Connery’s Bond in From Russia With Love, a film that firms up all of the Bond film elements. With an amazing and perfectly crafted score from John Barry, Connery solidified Bond as a mainstay. In From Russia With Love, No. 3, a former KGB agent, Rosa Klebb and No. 5 Kronsteen, plots to steal a Russian decoding device. Kronsteen’s brilliant plan of using Bond’s weakness for women is key in this film and viewers are driven to the extreme as Bond finds himself in a thrilling fight to the death between himself and enemy agent Red Grant aboard the Orient Express.

The Spy Who Loved Me

The 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me involves the elements of the era: outer-space extortion. Sex Russian secret agent Barbara Bach joins forces with 007 Bond, James Bond, portrayed by Roger Moore, to thwart another villain who is planning on threatening New York City with nuclear weaponry. A favored Bond villain lovingly named Jaws, portrayed by seven-foot-two-inch Richard Kiel, takes some of the films most loved battle scenes in this Bond classic that gives the audience the adventure they seek when immersed in the life of the British secret agent.

Oprah Winfrey

 

Oprah WinfreyWhen it comes to celebrity homes, Oprah Winfrey, prosperous actress, talk-show host, director and philanthropist, ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, tops the list for a cash of estates that are vast and unique. Oprah enjoys properties both in America and abroad.

The Promised Land

Oprah currently resides on “The Promised Land”, a massive, lush 42-acre, $52 million 23,000-square-foot home and estate complete with ocean and mountain views, 14 bathrooms and 10 fireplaces in Montecito, California. The Promised Land has a tea house, built on the grounds for the sole purpose of shielding her from the Santa Barbara showers, and exquisite Oprah's Montecito Mansionrose garden. Just off from the tea house is an upscale outhouse to keep the serenity of the tea house intact. The extensive rose garden employs a master rosarian and has over 600 rosebushes to bring the fragrance from the great beyond as believed by Oprah. The estate is so named by Oprah in regards to the legendary Dr. Martin Luther King’s reference to a promised land that he would not get to see but someday other African-Americans might.

Georgia, Hawaii and Connecticut

Douglasville, Georgia, residents have peeked at the 5,994-square foot house on Stratford Drive that is a luxurious five-bedroom mansion surrounded by greenery owned by Oprah. The home was renovated by New York designer Elissa “Ellie” Cullman that designed the home in Oprah housecontemporary American farmhouse style.

With fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean, Oprah is the proud owner of an $8.8 million farm-style home that provides privacy from her neighbors when she is residing there. Bountiful with Hawaiian decor and plush couches and historical artifacts, Oprah can find the peace she is searching for. The old farmhouse, with the assistance again of designer Ellie Cullman, whose design flare captured Oprah after seeing a photograph of her Connecticut home on the cover of a magazine, took a new shape with the assistance of architectural designer Jeff Wooley. The new floor plan created less angular rooms. The home was stripped to the basics, a staircase moved and a master ceiling bedroom raised, French doors were installed throughout and the home is finished on the outside with a wrap-around veranda.

Chicago and Manhattan

Back at the mainland in Chicago, Oprah can be seen dining and shopping near the posh Michigan Avenue area in her “Water Town Palace”, a 15,000 square foot duplex. When she isn’t on Michigan Avenue, Oprah might be enjoying her three-bedroom penthouse in Manhattan on the 36th floor of the residential tower “Place 57”. With just 2,500 square feet, French windows, solid timber flooring and high ceilings, the big draw to this property is the master suite, complete with three walk-in closets, jacuzzi and power shower. For and added bonus, the property has 700 square feet on the roof to offer views of the New York City sky view in peace.

Oprah's Caribbean HomeCarribean

Located near Galley Bay in Antigua along the Caribbean Sea, with sparkling turquoise crystal water and picturesque scenes of palm trees, Oprah owns the perfect vacation chalet near the sea shore to decompress and replenish her soul.

Sir Elton John

EElton Johnnglish singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor Elton John demonstrates immense flair not only in his career but also in the homes he has acquired during his successful life. His estates have been featured in architectural magazines and when it comes to fine taste, this man hits his as he performs all of the shopping for the decor and collections featured at each estate.

Atleast 4 Different Homes

Elton has four dramatically different homes located in Old Windsor, London, Atlanta and Nice, each boasting different styles and tastes to compliment himself and companion film producer David Furnish.

“Woodside”, located at the Old Windsor estate, is also nicknamed “the hub” by Elton and has aromatic romantic gardens, a multitude of dogs and spacious guest bedrooms for anticipated guests. The estate has a freshly restored 18th-century orangery on the grounds that is a serene retreat. Classical music is the only noise permeating in the orangery. With Elton doing the bulk of the shopping for the design elements for the property, the orangery is complete with Old Master paintings, Chippendale furniture and porcelain. The area also boasts an extensive library, a gilded salon to enjoy pre-dinner champagne, a chapel to honor those most close to the couple who have passed on including Elton’s grandmother who stayed in a comfortable apartment in the orangery until her last days.

Elton John's Estate    The next extensively decorated home is “Queensdale”, Elton’s London base and is exquisitely decorated in his collection of blond Biedermeier furniture. The late Freddy Mercury is the inspiration for this space. Biedermeier is an era in Central Europe during which the middle-class grew in the field of arts during 1818 and 1848 and is very dear to Elton.

United States

AtlantaIn the United States, Elton chose the city of Atlanta to be the setting for his home complete with good area music and southern hospitality. The high-rise condominium is a whopping 36 floors above to allow for Elton to enjoy his privacy, collection of photography and contemporary art. “Park Place” is the 27th tallest building in Atlanta. Elton’s Atlanta home is located a mere 10 minutes from the airport for easy access when the superstar performs anywhere in the states.

Summer Home in Nice

“The summer house” is the most recent of Elton’s homes located above Nice with views of the bay and the Alps. The home is perfectly located for Elton’s European tours but also to play host to friends for all to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Designed with stone, glass and mirror, wrought iron and linens, the home boast open spaces and comfort. Elton preferred the decor to be like a white canvas with the colors coming in from the artwork and the outdoors. Arriving at the home is a treat in itself as the estate is located just adjacent from a national park with a winding road that ends at large metal gates that open to a lush green oasis.

Sir Elton John Architectural Digest

When Elton is on tour, each home has a host of staff that repairs, replenishes and reorganizes the decor so each visit from the owner is fresh and new. Staff prepare for the next visit and each home is ready for Elton’s next refreshing stay.

Movies of the 90s

Academy Award statueThe 1990s altered the face of Hollywood as directors and actors in the business delivered some of the most monumental stories to American audiences. With the advancements in equipment and the arrival of more lifelike scenes, viewers were taken to the edge of their seats time and time again with the best movies of the 90s. From the bow of the Titantic to the inner workings of the happenings inside of a toy box, the audience was captivated time and time again with the works on the big screen.

Schindler’s List

Directed by Stephen Spielburg, Schindler’s List, is a film that depicts the heroic adventure of Oskar Schindler, portrayed by Liam Neeson, a German businessman in Poland who starts a company to make money from the Nazi regime. With the assistance of accountant Itzhak Stern, (Ben Kingsley) he staffs his plant with Jews who had been gathered into Krakow’s ghetto by Nazi troops. Stern, a Jew himself, uses the position to survive along with the other working Jews to avoid the impending death camps. In 1942, those on Schindler’s working list are assigned to the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp, a camp where the prisoners are occasionally shot from the commandant’s balcony. Schindler comes to the realization that his factory is the only thing preventing his staff from being shipped into the death camps. Schindler begins to expand his work force, bribing Nazi leaders to keep the Jews on his work list. By the end of the Nazi’s power, Schindler has lost his entire fortune, saving 1,100 people from the death camps. This film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven and has been honored with being one of the best American films about the holocaust.

Pulp Fiction

Pulp FictionAcclaimed as one of the best movies of the 90s and the single most influential, Pulp Fiction, took Hollywood to new heights. Under the direction of Quentin Tarantino, starring Uma Thurman and John Travolta, the film was a violent, time warping journey that took viewers into the violent stories of the lives of two mobsters, a boxer, a gangster’s wife and a pair of bandits. The genius behind this film is the way Tarantino tells the stories. The audience is jumped from one hair raising scene to the other and thunderbolts with the hero actually dying halfway through the movie and yet the story continues to hold the audience captive.

Titanic

TitanicWith a cost of over $200 million, the epic film Titanic, brainchild of writer-director James Cameron, and the combination of two major studios of 20th Century-Fox and Paramount, recreates the true tale of the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912, of the White Star Line’s $7.5 million R.M.S. Titanic sinking. Despite the picture running over three hours, movie goers were riveted by the performances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as they portrayed two separate stories that became entangled making this film one of the best movies of the 90s. Immediately the audience is captivated by the magnificent cinematography and state-of-the-art digital effects in each scene.

More Best Movies of the 90s

Other films that deserve recognition are not only set to engage adults with the arrival of Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, that tale of a boy’s childhood toys and their misadventures. American science fiction action film, Jurassic Park, another directed by Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life to American audiences like never before. Forrest Gump is an American epic romantic comedy, based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom unfolds a unique story that touches on several historical events in America.

80s Movies

Ferris Bueller's Day OffWhen thinking of the best 80s movies, the scene is littered with some of the best science fiction and fantasy that movie goers had ever witnessed as the previous decade had been bleak scene for the genre. Family and teen movies demonstrated the looks and sounds of the scene…big hair, shoulder pads, tongue in cheek humor. Adventures abounded on the silver screen with the likes of Indiana Jones enchanted the intellect of any thirsting for new horizons. True stories also were never told as before with the arrival of new advanced equipment of the day.

Raging Bull

The acclaimed film of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull tops the list for best 80s movies. Movie goers hungered for true life tales and this block buster took the cake. With expert cinematography, this film brings to life the unique story of a boxer in the ring and unveils the masks behind it.

A Christmas Story

The holiday Christmas show line-up would never be same after A Christmas Story took center stage and uprooted all of the favorites. Gone were the days of the choreographed toe-tapping numbers bringing family and friends together during the season. The tales and antics of a suburban family lit up every soul as viewers reminisced their own childhood Christmas dreams.

Science Fiction

Darth VaderScience fiction and fantasy enthusiasts had their desires quenched finally with the arrival of the Star Wars saga of The Empire Strikes Back as Darth Vader severed a hand, fleet fighters zoomed through space making driving through snow storms an exciting endeavor and the magic of distant worlds entertained young and old.  The  movie Ladyhawke brought to life the sordid tale of cursed lovers and a thief that helped them.  Terminator infused the fear of the machine as the computer world was becoming more prevalent. Terminator brought viewers to a new age of employing the ever changing face of technology. Back to the Future was a comedic relief that entertained the entire family and transported viewers with technological advances and choked out dark visions of the unknown. E.T. the Extra-terrestrial has got to listed as one of the best 80s movies. Steven Spielburg directed a masterpiece that drew the whole family into the theatre and became one of the top-grossing films for the director’s career. The elements of the unknown and friendship are all employed in this cut.

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War and History

PlatoonWar movies were more than just a tale as Platoon with the back story of its Vietnam soldiers assisted the generations on repairing a damaged generation. Full Metal Jacket also unveiled an epic tale that demonstrated the horrid decisions many soldiers faced in the midst of war. Both films achieved nominated greatness and changed the opinions of the masses of the anti-war movement. The Killing Fields also took a different look at the images of war and brought forth the true story from the eyes of a journalist.

Teen Movies

Teen movies hit center stage as Some Kind of Wonderful took the simple things like boy meets girl and added in the American culture of the day where families were not always as they had been portrayed in the earlier decades and the normal home life changed. Pretty In Pink took the heroine and made her stronger than she ever thought possible, making her like every girl secretly felt of the period. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off took teenagers on an adventure to simply skip school, as many of the student’s watching merely dreamed of.