Highlights of The 49th Country Music Awards

The 49th Academy of Country Music Awards’ big winners are led by country music singers like Miranda Lambert and George Strait. The rosters of winners include the big names of the genre such as Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum.

The fan-voted award show awarded veteran George Strait the highest prize of the night, The Entertainer of the Year. He managed to beat artists like Taylor Swift, husband and wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and Luke Bryan who won the previous year.

Strait reiterated in his acceptance speech that he has the best fans in the world and that it has been an amazing 30 years. Blake Shelton, who co-hosted with Luke Bryan that night referred to him as their hero.

Miranda Lambert, on the other hand, won the female vocalist category. She has beaten prominent names in the industry like Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow and Kasey Musgraves. She also won single record of the year for her hit song “Mama’s Broken Heart”. In her speech she mentioned that she was thankful and humbled.

The Academy of Country Music Awards, first presented in 1966, is the first country music awards program held by a major organization. They aim to preserve and promote the tradition of country music and award music achievers in their corresponding categories.

The coveted New Artist of the Year award, the first one to be given that night was awarded to newcomer Justin Moore. He is a 30-year old country music and song writer whose number one hits include “If Heaven Weren’t So far Away” and “Till My last Day”.

He was teary on his speech and he thanked country radio for giving a hillbilly like him a chance. He probably thought he wasn’t going to be big and that all of his Justin Moore tour won’t be possible.

The three-hour award show featured performances from The Voice judges Blake Shelton and Shakira who sang the duet “Medicine”. Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney Spears’ sister was also there to remind everybody of her emerging presence in the country music scene. Other performances of the night also included the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban.

The Fashion World and Prohibited Drugs

Liz Hurley may be one brave girl, choosing to be among a few fashion models who have revealed a drug-addicted fashion world. In a past interview with the Daily Mail, UK, Estee Lauder model, Elizabeth, talked about heroin addiction being rampant in the fashion industry. She believes drug use is common among those breaking into the fashion industry and among models who are still quite new in the business. As to why she doesn’t think that established models (‘supermodels’) are drug dependent, she comments that ‘it would be difficult to build a huge business empire if you are wasted all the time’. Liz says that drug abusers find it hard to get bookings; people stop booking them because they are unreliable.

Hurley cautions people about mass-judging models, though. Although it is true that some pressure young girls into taking illegal drugs to maintain a thin frame, “Not all skinny models are drug users”, she said.

Best known in the ‘90s, Claudia Schiffer, a well-established model figure, claims she wasn’t aware of the people around her who were into drugs. She thinks it was so, since she wasn’t really interested with the partying and fame that came with the status. She was mostly a ‘straight from work-to home’ kind of girl. She states she was never offered anything, and she didn’t witnessed anyone taking drugs. She was not interested in drugs, nor smoke, nor wine.

Claudia thinks though, that the modeling industry now is more professional, more businesslike, more serious about budget and finance. This may or may not mean a ‘curbing’ of taste for partying, drugs, and other addictive vices. With the stiff competition, a serious model would put more time into performing well, while the ‘iron is still hot’. Popularity may be with him/her for a season or two and then it may soon be gone.

Kylie Bisutti was once an Elite Model; she decided to quit early and is thankful that she didn’t have to get in so deep before finally realizing that the fashion world was not good for her. Eating disorders, illicit sex, and prohibited drugs, Kylie is grateful for being rescued from all that. She currently runs a faith-based website which aims to inspire people for life-change.

Another site that helps with life-change and recovery from drug addiction is inpatient drug rehab. Refer a needy friend today.

How to Apply Makeup for a Rock Concert

So you want to go to Blessthefall or Imagine Dragons tour. You pick your clothes, plan your accessories, dye your hair perhaps, round up your buddies, and anticipate the big day. When the day comes, you don’t want to look out of place. You want to look the best you can be as a rock fan.

Applying makeup for a rock concert can seem daunting, but it’s really pretty easy. Follow these steps to achieve that dark yet glamorous look for a rock concert:

Step 1: Nurture your skin days before the concert.

This is an important rule before going to any event. If you do not do this daily, then do it 2-4 days before the concert. The better condition your skin is, the easier it is to apply makeup on. Wash your face every night, apply a good moisturizer, and use either a mask or exfoliation product. For day time you should use a sun block to avoid dark pigments.

Step 2: Go easy on the foundation.

When you apply the initial or base foundation, make sure you don’t end up looking like a geisha. Apply it moderately, making sure that it blends well with your skin tone and that it looks natural. Use a sweat-proof foundation because you know as much as I do that you will sweat.

Recommended products: MAC Studio Finish concealer and YSL Teint Resist Long Wear Foundation.

Step 3: Apply the eyeshadow.

If you’re confident that you look good and classy with a heavy dark eyeshadow, go for it. Use dark colors such as black, brown, blue, or even purple if you’re feeling funky. One important tip: use an eyeshadow primer. This will help keep your eyeshadow looking good all night long.

Step 4: Use a lip liner.

If you’re going for a bright lip color, you definitely have to use a lip liner. This will stay in place longer than a lipstick. If you’re in a crowded area, chances are you can’t go off often to reapply your lipstick so stick with the lip liner.

Step 5: Use powder blush.

Cream blush tend to become sticky and make your face look oily, so you can just use powder blush. It will look natural on your cheeks and can give you a matte look.

Reasons To Wear Fashion Accessories

You can dress for the occasion and wear some fabulous make up but the impact of accessories are the most important of all. You can even attend a party wearing pair of earrings and a necklace. Accessories are becoming more trendy and necessary these days. Maybe you find yourself spending much for accessories as you do for clothes.

Accessories are equally essential as your outfit. It’s a way of creating a unique look with your own sense of style. It’s like finding the best running shoes for flat fleet during road races. Check out why accessories matter in fashion.

It Specifies Occasion

Clothes define occasion and accessories do too. You can play with your clothes hopping from one party to another just by the use of accessories. Lunch out with friends will basically need you to wear bold statement jewelry, funky hat and gorgeous sunglasses. And if you like to party at night you can bring out pair of pumps and clutch bag. Add some cocktail rings or colorful earrings to complete the ready-to-party-look.

As you see you can actually wear the same wardrobe for various occasions just by accessorizing. Just be careful to use the appropriate accessories.

It Defines Your Style

They come in big and small sizes but these items are important to add detail to your outfit. Handbags, scarfs and headbands can turn into high-fashion accessories combined with the right clothing. Styling depends on your taste. Thanks to these beads and ribbons, creating a unique style from head to toe is possible.

It Can Save You Money

Accessories for obvious reasons are saving your hard-earned money from buying various expensive clothes. You can simply look out for sales of your favorite store and spend a little for more stylish addition to your closet.

Fashion is for all ages. You don’t have to buy the hottest commodity in fashion industry. Good accessories are all you need to unleash your inner fashionista. You don’t even have to spend more money just to achieve a fashionable look. Try to accessorize and complete your look with some do-it-yourself makeover for all occasions.


Fashionable Online Stores for Single Moms

With hard motivation and by sheer necessity, single mothers have to figure out a few things to remain fashionable without compromising being an all-around mom. Who says fashion style has to go out the door once a lady becomes a mom?  Get ready to be inspired with these cheap finds as a help for single moms who are looking for affordable bargain shops!

Styles For Less

Styles For Less has a lot of store locations, but doing an online shopping is the easiest option. It sells women’s clothing, footwear etc. There are a lot of amazing deals and sales, as well as various clothing options.

10-Dollar Mall

True to its name, this website has clothes under $10 for everyone. You can get women’s clothing for really, really low prices. The best part is that everything is on trend and either on $10 or less. You cannot go wrong with shopping here because you wouldn’t have to empty your pockets and feel guilty about buying too much things later.

Necessary Clothing

Necessary Clothing has tons of fashionable women’s clothing at cheap prices. You can even get free shipping if you spend $125 or more (US only). Check out their new arrivals, sales, shoes, and more.

Urban Original

Urban Original only sells items for women. There’s almost always a sale going on, like buy one, take one or 50% off. You buy popular styles and brands, but get them for extremely cheap price. This is a good site to buy shoes and dresses.


A’Gaci is a fashionista’s dream, with plenty of cheap clothes for a fashionable lady. Browse by trend, outfit, or casual pants, accessories, and shoes categories . If you shop by trend, you get a page,like a magazine, with links to all the items. The site really make it easy to find new bargains!

All of these are great websites for a single mom like you because not only can you get incredible savings, but you’ll not compromise your responsibilities as a single mom, while purchasing fashionable items to reward you a little. Next time you’re shopping online, browse through some of these stores. Tell other single moms out there so they’ll stop wasting money buying expensive clothes.

Ways to Stop Your Shopping Addiction

Being a habitual shopper or a shopaholic is good if you have lots of dollars to spend. But practically, shopping addiction is a bad habit. Shopping for unnecessary things can eventually left you empty-handed. Read the following tips than can help you bend your shopping addiction.

Know Your Possessions

You need to know what you own to avoid over spending on things you already have. Organize your things and make an inventory from your kitchen to your closets. By the time you go shopping bring a list of your inventory and try to avoid things that are still functional like the best ice cream maker you have in your kitchen.

Cash Only Policy

When you go shopping, left credit cards at home. You need to follow a ‘cash only policy’. Shopping with your credit cards around will tempt you to spend more than what you need. Unsubscribe from chain or department stores which offer coupons by using credits. It will help you get away from temptations of overspending.

Shopping is Not a Solution for Boredom and Depression

Going to the stores when your down will practically push you to buy things that are not important. Do other stuffs instead of hitting shopping malls. You can do more positive things like sitting on a library to read books or watch a feel good  movie. You can ask your friends to have coffee and talk. Do something that interests you excluding shopping.

List What You Need

You can save time and money by bringing a list to grocery stores and shopping malls. Bringing lists of necessary things will let you stick on the items in your list. If you see other things that you think is important, go home and check if you really need those. You can always go back to the store the next day.

Don’t Shop With Over-spenders

Hitting the mall with someone who is a bad spender will influence your list and your focus to buy only the necessary things. Think of things you can do with that friend that will not cost you much money. Instead go the grocery stores with a thrifty friend who can help you figure out the things necessary at home.

Bruno Mars Love for Hats

Not only does Bruno Mars can sing, write a song and produce music, his fashion style is absolutely worth checking out too! Bruno beyond doubt has a particular look that he likes to stick to onstage and off. His musical influences were Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley – both were gifted musicians who had a strong sense of style, too!

Bruno Mars was born as Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985. He dreamed and wanted to be a musician from a very young age. After he finished high school in Hawaii, he then moved to Los Angeles right away to push his career in the music industry. The aspiring singer then and now a guaranteed music star’s debut album was released in 10/2010, entitled “Doo-wops & Hooligans”, and immediately went to top 3 on the Billboard200 charts! Every time he sings onstage and attends events and parties, he always put on his signature trilby-style hat. Who would love to see his hat collection? The singer seems to have one for each and every occasion!

It seems to us that Brunos’ favorite hat is a Fedora; with a feather on the left by Bailey Hat Company. Bruno has some variant colors of a Fedora hat: white, brown and black.

First seen on his “Billionare” music video, the Fedora hat with feather also came out on his “Just The Way You Are” video as well as on most of his recent performances (like Saturday Night Live and Studio Session Live) and other public appearances.

The BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD DUKE HERITAGE HAT worn by Bruno Mars is made of fur classic fabric. It has a center crease crown, 1 ½ inch brim and snap sizes of 6 to 7inches

The BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD BURNHAM HERITAGE HAT. This hat is made with a Genuine Panama fabric. The hat has pork pie crown and 2 inches brim. Available sizes are S, M, L and XL

Whenever Bruno Mars is not in front of the world’s eye, he still wears hat but chooses on for a more relaxed sports look.

Even when stopped by a paparazzi just walking down the street, Bruno is still wearing a hat.

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