Hollywood’s Most Perfect Actress Had Beauty, Fashion, Grace and Humility

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 3 Stars (Good)

Was there ever an actress who combined these four timeless qualities-beauty, fashion, grace and humility-better than Audrey Hepburn? I think not, especially when I see her again in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Even an actress who could come close (and I can think of none) would in no way match the humility of Audrey Hepburn. We shall not see another like her in our lifetime and by then the film industry may be on the way out when some newer, better technology unknown to us today arrives.

All the more reason to purchase her five most memorable movies in DVD now while they are still available.

First would be her Oscar winning Best Actress performance in Roman Holiday opposite Gregory Peck, which was also her first starring role in an American film.

The next four would be her Best Actress Oscar nominations for Sabrina, The Nun’s Story, Wait Until Dark (one of the two scariest movies I have ever seen) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the Oscar went to Sophia Loren for Two Women).

Breakfast at Tiffany’s had two great assets, Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, the young New York socialite (we say socialite because this movie was released in 1961, 45 years ago), and Director Blake Edwards, whose deft, sensitive handling of Hepburn’s character (a high-priced prostitute) could not have been done better.

Holly Golightly’s beauty, sense of fashion and pure innocence prohibit me from thinking of her as a woman of the night. She is so inherently stylish. God has not made a woman that could wear clothes better than Audrey Hepburn. She has Holly Golightly floating around in Givenchy gowns with matchless grace and glamour.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is based on Truman Capote’s novel with the screenplay by George Axelrod, who also garnered an Oscar nomination. Henry Mancini (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics) teamed up to win an Oscar for the Original Song “Moon River” while Mancini earned another Oscar as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Score.

The story line has the two romantic interests dependent upon others for financial support, Holly as a lady of the night and Paul Varjak (George Peppard), a wannabe writer who is kept by the married and wealthy Mrs. Failenson (Patricia Neal). Eventually Holly and Paul experience some personal growth and find love together.

There are matchless moments in this film that find places forever in your heart. One is Hepburn sitting on the fire escape plaintively singing “Moon River,” especially when you remember that the theme of your high school senior prom was Moon River, and that you were with the girl you wanted to spend the rest of your life with. It is a rare opportunity to hear Hepburn sing in the movie.

She recorded singing vocals for her role as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady only to discover that professional “singing double” Marni Nixon had overdubbed all of her songs. Hepburn was not nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in this film, but her love interest Rex Harrison won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Professor Henry Higgins.

The “little black dress” worn by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was designed by Givenchy and sold at Christie’s auction this year (2006) for $920,000 with the proceeds going to aid underprivileged children in India. It was not the one worn by Hepburn in the movie. The only two dresses she wore are now in the Givenchy archives and the Museum of Costume in Madrid, Spain.

In Audrey Hepburn’s performance there are times when we are delighted by sweet innocence in a woman. You cannot imagine how difficult this is to find in today’s world.

Audrey Hepburn became a beauty and fashion icon, and although she did enjoy fashion, she placed little importance on it, preferring casual and comfortable clothes away from the bright lights and cameras.

I do want to give Breakfast at Tiffany’s an Excellent rating but cannot because of too many flaws in the film. I can easily give Audrey Hepburn an Excellent rating for her performance as Holly Golightly.

After 15 years as a highly successful actress Audrey Hepburn chose to lead a quieter life far away from Hollywood. She was married twice, first to actor Mel Ferrer and then to Italian doctor Andrea Dotti and had a son with each.

Hepburn was Belgian by birth and would grow up with her mother in The Netherlands, nearly starving to death during the Nazi occupation in World War II when the Dutch food and fuel supplies were cut off. Tragically, she suffered through watching her uncle and cousin being shot to death for being part of the Resistance movement.

She rose from the horrific atrocities of her youth to find fame and fortune in America and in the last four years of her life (1988 to 1992) became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund).

Only four months before her death from abdominal cancer she went on a mission to Somalia and was devastated to see the nightmare of famine and carnage.

Audrey Hepburn was the picture of beauty, fashion and grace but never for a minute let her success go to her head, and most certainly never led a Hollywood lifestyle of overblown debauchery so much in evidence in moviemaking and Tinseltown today.

See Breakfast at Tiffany’s because Audrey Hepburn became an important contributor to our time and culture. She not only represented the best in professional growth but made her life a legacy with her personal growth. She was a model of grace and humility in a world with little of either.

Copyright © 2006 Ed Bagley

Ed Bagley’s Blog Publishes Original Articles with Analysis and Commentary on 5 Subjects: Sports, Movie Reviews, Lessons in Life, Jobs and Careers, and Internet Marketing. My intention is to inform, educate, delight and motivate you the reader.

Note: Read my movie reviews on Broadway musicals: “Camelot”, “Chicago”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Phantom of the Opera”. These are all excellent films.

Leftover Women of China Should Be Proud

An article on BusinessInsider.com (China’s ‘A-Quality Women’ Are Getting Left Behind) shared an advice which was proffered by China’s All-China Women’s Federation on its website and which greatly troubled me. The advice reads: “Pretty girls don’t need a lot of education to marry into a rich and powerful family, but girls with an average or ugly appearance will find it difficult. These kinds of girls hope to further their education in order to increase their competitiveness. The tragedy is, they don’t realize that as women age, they are worth less and less, so by the time they get their M.A. or Ph.D., they are already old, like yellowed pearls.”

This is one of those narrow-minded ideas that makes me scratch and shake my head. I can see how this kind of thinking can still exist in today’s day and age, in a country that is still bound in many ways to its old-fashioned beliefs, and why a lot of Chinese women still can’t escape these traditional bindings. At the same time, it also makes me wonder if such prejudices against women continue to exist simply because Chinese society and its men sincerely see women as weak and fragile creatures who should only devote their lives submitting to their families’ demands and taking care of their husbands and children; or if they actually see them as a real threat to the continuing dominance of men in China’s society.

I can make room in my mind to understand the first reasoning if China has not been given plenty of reasons by the significant number of self-made Chinese women billionaires that they have what it takes to reach the same or even higher levels of success as the powerful men in China. Maybe in the provinces of China, where the people are not exposed to modern-day realities, such reasoning is acceptable and true. In the big cities, however, countless women of China have proven their mettle and demonstrated their substantial skill and intelligence amidst the male-dominated environment. And the society still insists on discouraging such accomplishments.

What is ironic is that the society makes these amazing opportunities available to the women of China but, at the same time, it wants to hold them back from the educational and career successes they can attain. Those women who dare to better themselves can do so but there’s a catch: if they’re not married by the age of 27, their “marriage value” will go down and if they become too successful, even at a young age, their choices of life mates will be significantly reduced. If a woman in China wants to remain desirable to the men, she has to choose not to be as successful or more successful than them. Again, it makes me scratch and shake my head.

Of course, if a Chinese woman has the strength of character and the ambition to give herself a higher level of education, to rise in her chosen profession, and to make as much money as she can and chooses to do so – all the while knowing the cost of such successes – then she is making an informed decision and does not mind paying the price, correct? If they are intelligent, skillful, and strong enough to go for what they want, then perhaps they also realize that the price their society is asking them to pay has no more value than what they, themselves, would give it. In other words, if the threat of being seen as undesirable, as a leftover, actually matters to these women, then the choice becomes a difficult one. If the threat does not matter to them at all, then it’s as good as non-existent.

This issue is really more about perception and reality. Just because Chinese society presents such a perception of successful women of China, and even if the majority of the men or even the entire population of China readily accepts this perception, it does not make it real. At least, these successful women can choose not to make it their reality. They chose their path, they can choose their reality. They can choose to be proud of their accomplishments and, if they are able to realize their great potential, then they should also realize that their options (especially in men) are not just confined within the borders of their country. There’s a whole world out there waiting for them and countless men who, instead of being threatened, will appreciate them for their strength and intelligence.

Womens Designer Shoes: Symbol of Style and Class

A woman’s wardrobe is not complete without the perfect pairs of shoes that complement with the exquisite dresses. Women’s designer shoes are the symbol of class and style. The perfect pair of designer shoes indicates the lavishness and sophisticated quality of fashion accessories of a woman. These women’s designer shoes can bring a total change to the entire persona of a woman and turn her into a princess from a plain Jane. These shoes should be worn with the right attire. The shoes speak of exquisiteness and class.

Women’s designer shoes not only add style to someone’s personality, but by themselves are symbols of class and sophistication. These shoes enhance the physical beauty of a woman. A woman would surely make every head turn toward her, wherever she goes wearing the shoes. The incredible beauty and designs make the most sought after items amongst the fairer sex. Along with others, most celebrities and models buy these pairs of shoes as well. Many pop stars also have a good collection of this line of footwear, so that they could just rock the world. The women’s designer shoes personify elegance, sophistication and style. The shoes are also comfortable to wear. A woman can wear the pair for the whole day without feeling any pain. The sophistication of the shoes enhances the confidence of a woman as well. Wherever she walks in her social circle, she would surely get to hear a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” around her.

To buy these elegant shoes, one does not have to jostle through the crowded malls or departmental stores to make her way to the shelf and finding that the best ones have already been taken by the early birds. Only the not-s-good-ones are left behind to be picked up. Thanks to the internet, nowadays a woman can buy designer shoes of her choice from the comfort of her home. All she needs is a computer and an internet connection. She needs to log onto the website of any online retailer and browse through the extensive collection of designer shoes. She can make her choice and fill out a form, mentioning her preferences in terms of size, colour and design.

The online retailers have a wide variety of collection that come in every style, design and colour. The different pairs of shoes perfectly match to the various personalities and style of women. The shoes are quite reasonably price and sometime the online retailers offer attractive deals and discounts. So, a woman can buy more than one pair, without worrying about burning a hole in her purse by shelling out a huge amount of money. After that she has to make online payment through debit or credit card. All the site engines maintain high protocol security to ensure that all the personal information shared by a person is absolutely safe. After placing an order, a woman can relax. Within a very short time the shipment will be delivered to her doorway absolutely free.

Dating Younger Women – 3 Tips For Dating A Young Hottie

Are you an older guy (let’s say 30+) who has been dreaming about dating young hotties? If so, get ready because that dream is about to become a reality.

Older guys like you and me are dating younger women all the time. It’s not really that big a deal. In fact, as an older guy you can actually have a big advantage over a lot of the younger guys when it come to dating young chicks.

A lot of my friends date younger women… One buddy of mine is 37 and he’s dating a 24 year old. My other friend is 50-something, he pretty much only dates girls under 30. And my 32 year old friend Rob, the girl he rolls with look barley legal!

Personally, my girlfriend is 26, but before her I was dating girls of all ages, I don’t really discriminate based on age. Here’s the thing, if you are going to date girl 15 or more years younger than you, some people are going to judge you. So you have to be okay with that. I say you only live once and you should date whoever the hell you want, but you’ve got to figure out what’s right for you.

If you do want to date young hotties, here are 3 tips:

1) Don’t be that creepy old guy

Most young women are open to dating older guys, but you can’t be some social awkward, unkept freak and expect to date young quality women, that’s NEVER going to happen. So dress like a fashionable man, don’t be too aggressive, and try not to drool all over yourself staring at her hot body.

2) Be social

One problem a lot of older guys have is that they don’t have good social lives. They go to work, come home, and hangout with the same friends every weekend. If you want to date younger women you’ve got to get out of the house and talk to women, you can’t just expect to meet them all on the internet.

3) Relax

Don’t get all nervous and start acting like a wuss when you talk to a young lady you would like to date. I know, easier said than done right? Here are a few tricks to help you calm down and act natural: First, do like Ben Stiller in “Something About Mary.” Second, start with girls who aren’t intimidatingly attractive. And third, practice. The more you talk to, approach, and date young women, the more relaxed you will feel doing it, and the more success you will have.

You can date younger women, you just need to take action and do it.

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Starting Your Own Women’s Clothing Business

Finding right wholesaler of women’s clothing is the key to success in this business. Read on to know why it pays to do business with a wholesaler.

Though clothing is one of the most basic necessities of human beings, we prefer to fulfill it with style, particularly women. This is the precise reason why women’s clothing business will never cease to exist. Fortunately or unfortunately you are not the only one to realize this, the result is there are millions of people working in this industry to get a share of the pie. The only way to beat the competition in such an intensely competitive scenario is to offer best quality women clothing at affordable prices to your customers. Wholesale women’s clothing just serves that purpose. And if you are planning to venture into this intensely competitive business, you should definitely give a thought to wholesale women’s clothing merchants.

The most basic necessity of starting women’s clothing business is to find a dependable and right priced supplier. Some of the best wholesalers are situated in LA area because of obvious reasons. But do not get disheartened just because you are not located nearby LA.

Wholesale women’s clothing merchants now provide access to their inventories online, which makes doing business with them a lot easier. All you need to do is find the right retailer, log on to their website, select the merchandise you want to purchase and voila, you order will arrive at your doorstep, no matter where you are situated in US.

Apart from the cost of the merchandise, you also spend a considerable amount on shipping costs of these orders. Naturally if you are a retailer, most of your orders will be in bulk. So even orders as low as $300 come with free shipping clause. This may look insignificant initially, but will translate into huge savings in the long run.

Now women’s clothing is not just limited to clothes. They also need accessories such as bags, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses etc along with clothes they buy. If you are able to offer them all of these under one roof, chances of your business blooming increase drastically. Do not scout for wholesalers who can supply you these accessories, some of the very best wholesale women’s clothing merchants are able to do that. After all variety and affordability are the two main ingredients of setting up a successful women’s clothing business.

Women’s Boat Shoes

If you are thinking “hey I don’t have a boat”, keep in mind that these shoes are not just for wearing on a deck anymore. It is true that woman’s boat shoes are also known as deck shoes, but today you will see them just as much on the streets in the city and on campus as you will at your local marina.

Originally, women’s boat shoes were manufactured to be worn while out boating or sailing. The original Indian moccasins because of their low profile, the water-repellent hide and the lacings on the sides for fit probably inspired them. Today’s women’s boat shoes and their construction with rubber soles and water repellent or, at the least, less water absorbent leather uppers make them perfect for a day on the water.

Today’s manufacturers also offer a variety of colors and styles. This is making it a shoe that falls between an informal dress shoe and the ultimate casual shoe. So today, even with the obvious practicality of women’s boat shoes, if you do go sailing or boating, it doesn’t mean they are only used on the water. They have become a major part of European women’s wardrobes and a major player in the preppy style of North America. Women’s boat shoes are now being purchased by anyone who is dressing casual. They are stylish in any situation that does not require formal attire. A word of advice is that they are considered just a 3 season shoe. They are not normally worn in the winter. You can wear women’s boat shoes with or without socks, which make these woman’s boat shoes very versatile. Some manufacturers will include a sock pad to add cushioning for those who do prefer the traditional no sock look.

A high quality women’s boat shoe is not going to be inexpensive and should last for several years with proper maintenance. The prices for a quality shoe will range from $39 dollars to as much as $170 dollars.

Speaking of maintenance, a women’s boat shoe is designed to handle adverse conditions on the water. You may think that they do not need to be kept up but this is far from the truth. In between wearings, quality oil should be applied to the leather uppers occasionally. This helps keep the leather soft, flexible and water-resistant. The insoles should be sprayed with an anti fungal / bacteria spray and allowed to air dry. If the rubber soles should become worn you need to replace or repair them.

Today, even women who have never been on a boat or, for that matter, near the water are being attracted to the casual style offered by the women’s boat shoe. Fashion experts state that these sporty shoes can be worn with any of today’s casual attire. The only time they advise wearing a loafer instead would be in a more business type casual setting. This rule is not iron clad as it will depend somewhat on your ensemble of choice. Aided by more contemporary styling and multiple colors, today’s woman is able to stand out more with women’s boat shoes then was possible with the plain original style and color.

David Evermon has been writing on many subjects related to the environment and his hobbies and knowledge of boating and sports fashion, David writes articles about Women Shoes [http://womenshoes.advice-tips.com/] for the advice site [http://advice-tips.com]

Gabor – An Ideal Brand for Women’s Footwear

Gabor is one of the most well-known brands in the footwear industry. For about sixty years the brand has been producing excellent shoes for women. The trendy and classy shoes manufactured by them have made the company popular throughout the world. Joachin and Bernhard Gabor established the company in the year 1949. It was formed in Germany. At present the company is located in Rosenheim in Southern Germany. They have factories in different European countries and their shoes are sold throughout the world. The company manufactures different categories of shoes that are loved by every type of women. Whatever your preference may be, you will definitely get it from this brand. The footwear produced by this company is made with the best quality material and provides perfect comfort.

Gabor has a wonderful record in the footwear industry. Since its formation the company has manufactured footwear that is loved by women. The footwear market in different parts of the world has been dominated by the shoes made by this brand. The company uses the modern footwear technology to manufacture its shoes. While manufacturing various stringent steps are followed. Before releasing in the market every pair of shoe is checked comprehensively. This helps them in providing the consumers with some of the best quality footwear available in the market. You will find the name of the brand on every shoe. Every year the brand launches new range of impressive footwear that is designed on the basis of the modern fashion trends.

Gabor will provide you with a wide range of choices, if you are fashionable person who constantly looks for the latest trends in the footwear industry. While buying footwear from this brand you must decide what kind of footwear you want and for what purpose you need. You may want casual shoes or shoes that you want to wear in office, this brand has everything. There are shoes that you can wear in a corporate meeting, while on the other hand you will get shoes that you can put on while hanging around with your friends. You can choose from an extensive range of colours. Their shoes are available with different types of zips, buttons, buckles, studs and soles. The feminine design of these shoes will surely make you look attractive.

The shoes from Gabor offer a nice blend of modern and traditional designs. The company uses the best quality material and thus they are quite long lasting. Excellent support is provided to the feet by the foot bed that is integrated inside the shoes. Size is an important factor that you must check while buying your shoes. This brand makes their shoes in all sizes. These shoes can protect the feet of the wearer from dampness as well as cold. Your feet will stay dry and would not feel tired. You can walk for a long time comfortably wearing these shoes.

The Advantages of Buying Women’s Shoes Online

Shoes are something that is considered to be one of the most important things that we need for using on a daily purpose. It is the accessory that protects our feet from outside dust and germs while giving it a support and a comfortable platform to walk through several obstructions caused by water, heat, stones, or other dust particles.

The main purpose of inventing them was mainly to protect the human feet from getting hurt while walking through roads and other places that may contain several risky objects that may cause some serious harm to the human feet if no covering is imposed over it.

They have several layers like the outer layer, the inner layer and the sole that provides for perfect walking and running and prevent from slipping down the road or getting hurt while walking through some impurities fallen on the road.

Today, in this highly modernized era, shoes are not only used or seen as something that provides for effective walking accessories. These are now a day considered to be one of the most vital fashion accessories to be had in a wardrobe. Matching shoes with outfits has been a common factor among women and gents.

However, we have seen that men can get away with some make-do sort of pair to match with the outfits but the same factor never happen for a woman.

Women’s shoes are a great item to buy for because there are wide ranges available in the market. The different varieties that you will get to see while choosing for women’s shoes are much more as compared to men’s shoes.

Some of the popular categories of women footwear include pump shoes, high heel sandals, plain slippers, high heel boots, cowboy boots, normal sandals, western style shoes, Mexican boots, high- rise boots, leather belted shoes, wedding sandals, snickers, etc.

Although most of the renowned shoe sellers have in their collection the great variety of women footwear, but sometimes due to heavy demand of these items, these items get sold out at a much quicker pace and gets out of the market tag.

There are certain times when women face these types of scenarios. These are really a disgusting one and can make the mood of the women fully down due to not getting their favourite products. So in order to get rid from these difficult situations, the option to buy shoes online can be availed for.

There are many online stores that sell for quality and fashionable women’s shoes. Most of these shoes are from reputed international brands and offer for attractive shapes and styles. Moreover, almost each brand offers for great discounts on these shoe products that the buyers will love to avail for. Certain online store offers for free home delivery of the product and the option for return of the product within seven working days if not satisfied with the product. This will also make the online stores return back the full amount to the buyer.

The major advantage of buying women’s shoes through the online stores is the wide range of options that is opened before you while not even going out in the market to search for that particular one. Everything can be done while sitting before the computer at your home.

Spring Fashion Must Have – Svoboda Denim Stretch Leggings

Denim leggings for women are super fashionable and hot this season! Faux denim leggings are typically made out of lightweight knit fabric. Slim-fitting leggings that look like jeans are perfect to wear with breezy tunic tops for casual wear or you can easily dress them up with heels for a night out on the town. And indeed, many women love these styles because while the leggings resemble jeans, once you try them on, you will find that they are even more lightweight and comfortable.

Svoboda Premium Denim Leggings

If you haven’t heard of Svoboda Premium Denim, you are truly missing out on great fashion finds! Based out of California, this company relies on contemporary designs, innovative denim fabrics, and stylish washes and finishes to produce quality women’s denim jeans. As a result, it is only fitting that Svoboda introduced its line of “jeggings” or denim look leggings.

Jean Leggings for Curvy Women

Svoboda makes its jeans especially for curvy women’s bodies. Each pair features a contoured waistband that eliminates embarrassing muffin top with a back rise that is high enough to ensure that your underwear never peeks out. If you have an ample derriere, these jeans feature special design and pocket placement to make your rear look high, round, perky, and firm. You may also agree that the jeans are cut to make legs look long, lean, and shapely. Best of all, Svoboda jeans are available in a variety of sizes, even featuring plus sizes. The company motto is to create the illusion of perfect proportions regardless of body size or shape. Once you see how these jeans fit, you will likely agree.

Svoboda denim leggings come in either medium or dark wash. Each style features a slimming tummy panel and super skinny leg opening, which is the defining characteristics of jean leggings. Leggings are made out of a combination of 98% Cotton and 2% Spandex for stretch and slim fit. In addition to being available in plus sizes (up to size 24), these leggings are also available in longer length inseams as well.

Svoboda jean leggings are typically sold in high end boutiques or specialty shops across the nation. However, you can also purchase these items directly from the official Svoboda website.

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Women’s Blazers – Designer Store

Women know what they want, they know there fashion, and when it comes to women’s blazers, they know what they are looking for. These days fashion is all the rage, from Armani to Diesel, to Prada to Versace. But one thing is common to all these brands, the clothing is of the highest quality.

Women are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a blazer, because they come in different fabrics and styles. We have the classic double breasted blazers, perfect for any occasion. Or we have the modern four button front blazers, perfect for that special occasion. All blazers are fitted with rounded, rouched, or straight collars, to suit any style of women. And if you’re looking for that little something different, you can get gorgeous styles fitted with a belt, and strapped cuffs.

when it comes to fabrics for women’s blazers we have so many to choose from. They are made from special fabrics, such as stretched cloth, or soft leather. A classic look would be the premium wool blazers, to keep the chill off you in the evenings. And what if you want something different, then why not velvet. Feel the smoothness of the velvet as you wear you designer coat.

Designer shopping could never be easier, especially online, with so many places to shop. but for true quality items, at discounted prices, there is only one place to go for women’s blazers, where there is hundreds of designers to choose from. A fantastic shopping experience for all.