30 May 2008

All About Celebritites Blog Carnival: Volume 5

Hello and welcome to the 5th volume of the all about celebrities blog carnival. Thanks to everyone who submitted we got a lot of great things going for this edition. So without further adieu I give to you the 5th Volume of the All About Celebrities Blog Carnival.

Naomi Stevens presents SEX & THE CITY STARS WOW CROWDS AT WORLD PREMIERE posted at Diary From England.

BB presents Keira Knightley posted at BB Desktops.

Ashley Cain presents Nick and Mariah Cannon posted at London Speaks.

Don presents David Archuleta’s Dad Banned From American Idol Rehearsals posted at David Archuleta.

Talulazoeapple presents D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill posted at TalulaZoeApple.

Jason presents The Right Stuff posted at Zola Jones Designs by Jason Loper.

Howard Ditkoff presents Josiah Leming: Brilliant, Haunting Music & Web 2.0 Drive American Idol Castoff’s Prototypical Success Story posted at SystemsThinker.com Blog.

kevin chan presents Conman Sets Fake Wedding Registry for Ellen Degeneres posted at blurbberry.

Chris presents Chuck Norris Google Facts posted at Martial Development.

Neel presents Top 10 Beautiful Celebrity Couples posted at Nerds Do It Better.

The Daily Minder presents What Britney Spears Can Teach You About Career Moves posted at The Daily Mind – Making the Daily Grind Meaningful.

Sally Thompson presents Top 10 Ugly & Hilarious Celebrity Break-ups of All Time posted at Nerds Do It Better.

Matt DiChiara presents The Hills Sends MyNewPlace Traffic Skyward posted at MyNewPlace Blog.

tony clements presents i just got gooned! posted at tuesdays.

Sagar presents 10 Most Beautiful, Unique and Amazing Celebrity Homes posted at International Real Estate Site.

Michael presents Donald Trump Files Lawsuit Against Law Firm Over Legal Fees posted at International Law News

Fiona King presents 10 Surprising Celebrity Romances You Never Heard About posted at Nerds Do It Better.

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27 May 2008

Big Wallets and Big Hearts: 20 Charitable Celebrities

Sometimes it can be both frustrating and mind-blowing to think that some celebrities make millions simply off their good looks and penchant for being in front of a camera. While many celebrities have arguably worked hard to earn their millions, it can still seem a little unbalanced in the scheme of things. Which is why it is so refreshing to know that so many celebrities recognize their good fortune and choose to give back to the world and to those people who have to struggle through life. Here’s a list of some of the world’s most famous givers and do-gooders.

  1. Angelina Jolie: The most high-profile celebrity philanthropist, Jolie has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since 2001. She began her involvement with the group after taking an 18-day tour of refugee camps in Africa. She then traveled to Asia and donated $1 million to Afghan refugee programs. Since then, Jolie has dedicated much of her time to traveling the world in an attempt to create awareness about people who are suffering. She has met with many powerful political leaders, including Colin Powell and President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan. Aside from her travels and advocacy, Jolie has donated millions of dollars to charitable organizations all over the world. In 2006, Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt founded the Jolie Pitt Foundation. It’s said that together the couple donated over $8 million to charity in 2007 alone.
  2. Oprah: The Queen of Network TV is one of the richest people, if not the richest, in show business. And Oprah doesn’t let her gigantic paycheck go in vain. She has been named the most philanthropic African American person of all time. She started in 1991 advocating for better laws to protect children who had been abused, but perhaps her most well-known charitable venture is the Oprah’s Angel Network, a $51 million foundation that provides grants to people and nonprofits trying to do good in the world. It’s estimated that Oprah has given away well over $300 million to charitable causes. In 2005, she gave $52 million away. Most recently, she started a school in South Africa called the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She also produced a prime-time game show called “The Big Give”, where people competed to see who could do the most good with the same amount of money.
  3. Bono: The lead singer of Irish band U2 has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize on account of his intense involvement in charitable work, which started in the mid-1980s when he joined efforts with Amnesty International. Bono’s work focuses largely on AIDS relief and education and poverty. He was an integral player in the Live 8 concert, which raised money for AIDS, and he also helped found the hugely successful ONE Campaign, a celebrity-backed effort to fight AIDS and worldwide poverty. He also co-founded the Product Red Initiative, which partners with national retailers to raise money for AIDS. On Valentine’s Day 2008, Bono held a charity auction that raised $42 million for the Global Fund of the United Nations Foundation, which works to fight AIDS in Africa. Aside from the millions of dollars Bono has helped raise, he speaks frequently and passionately about his work all over the world.
  4. Brad Pitt: Pitt’s domestic partnering with Angelina Jolie led to more than just the conception or adoption of six children. It seems her philanthropic bug rubbed off on him big time. Through their foundation, Pitt gives millions of dollars away to international and domestic causes. His most publicized and biggest effort to date is the recent “Make It Right” project, which will build 150 houses in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. He has given at least $5 million of his own money toward the effort. He’s also co-founded the nonprofit advocacy group Not on Our Watch with several other celebrities. The organization raises awareness about the crisis in Darfur.
  5. Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, supports a number of charities that do good work for children, animals and the environment. But his most public affiliation is through the Adopt a Minefield organization, to which he and former wife Heather Mills donated $2 million in 2005. Mills also does advocacy work for his first wife’s pet cause PETA. In 2005, McCartney also got involved with the Harp Seals group and McCartney spoke out passionately against seal hunting in Canada.
  6. Bill and Melinda Gates: Famous for founding Microsoft, one of the most influential technology companies of all time, Bill Gates is one of the world’s richest people. Now he and his wife Melinda preside over the world’s largest charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was founded in 2000. With an endowment of about $40 billion, the Foundation gives more than $1.5 billion each year to worldwide public health programs and programs that assist developing countries. In the area of global health, the Gates’ focus largely on grants to vaccination programs and AIDS research. They also give to programs that aim to alleviate world poverty. In 2004, the foundation gave $3 million to assist with the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Earthquake.
  7. Steven Spielberg: Steven Spielberg’s net worth is $2.6 billion and of that he’s donated $100 million to charity efforts. Percentage-wise he falls way behind givers like Gates, but taken as a raw figure he’s one of the biggest Hollywood philanthropists on the scene. Through his foundation, The Righteous Persons Foundation, Spielberg has given over $70 million to Jewish causes in the United States, though he’s also given $1 million to help with relief efforts in Israel. Most of the money funneled through the charity comes from Spielberg’s profits off of his Academy Award winning movie Schindler’s List. Aside from Spielberg’s advocacy for the Jewish community, he also donated $1.5 million to help with the relief efforts after the tsunami.
  8. Sandra Bullock: Sandra Bullock has faded a bit from the blockbuster movie scene in recent years, but she still extremely active in her philanthropic activities. One of Bullock’s favorite charities is the American Red Cross. She’s written two $1 million checks to them – one after the Sept. 11 attacks and one after the tsunami. Aside from her check-writing prowess, however, Bullock is also a hands-on philanthropist. Following Hurricane Katrina, the part-time, Austin, Texas resident was a constant presence at the Austin Convention Center trying to help the evacuees. She also given some significant cash to the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.
  9. Michael Bloomberg: The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, may not be a star in the traditional sense, but he is definitely a household name. And his giving patterns are incredible. In 2007, he gave away $205 million dollars to New York arts, education, public health, and social services. Bloomberg traditionally has donated privately and anonymously and likes to spread his wealth around to different issue areas, though it’s also known that he gave a pretty penny to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He’s also purchased two town houses on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to house his new foundation.
  10. George Clooney: George Clooney co-founded the charity Not on Our Watch with several other Hollywood leading men, like Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. The charity is aimed to help stop the genocide in Darfur and the militia rule in Burma. But while many people may sign the title “co-founder” Clooney has really been the one to take the reins. He travels and speaks frequently about the Darfur atrocities. In 2006, Clooney and his newspaper columnist father snuck cameras into the Darfur region to capture firsthand what was happening. Though Clooney has donated a lot of money to relief efforts in the region, he has also lost a lot of shoe leather in his quest to raise awareness. Aside from Darfur, Clooney is a UN Messenger of Peace and sits on the board of trustees at the United Way.
  11. Barbara Streisand: Barbara Streisand is not only a great singer and a highly politically-charged star (backing Hillary Clinton this election), but she is also a terrific example of celebrities putting their wealth to good use. The singer has her own foundation that dishes out grants to a variety of causes, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, and the Center for Public Integrity. Babs’ main issues seem to be politics, civil rights, the environment and women’s health. In 2006 alone, Streisand gave out almost $12 million to these causes, and if you take the foundation’s cumulative giving since its inception in 1986 then Streisand has given well over $30 million of her fortune to charity. Streisand does not fund local charities, only national organizations focusing on the issues mentioned above, as well as children’s issues and AIDS. Streisand also does make exceptions for local L.A. children’s charities.
  12. Rosie O’Donnell: Most of the press about Rosie O’Donnell is directed toward her brash personality. But something many people don’t know is that the steel-willed woman has a very soft spot. While O’Donnell focuses mainly on children’s issues, she does spread her money around. In 2006, she personally donated over $5 million, mostly all toward Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in both Louisiana and Texas. But O’Donnell does have her own charity, called For All Kids, which focuses on helping children born into poverty. Donnell has donated over $53 million to charity, and the foundation has handed out more than $22 million in grants to over 900 nonprofits. In 2003, she also co-founded Rosie’s Broadway Kids, a nonprofit that helps low-income kids in New York City get free music and dance lessons. She also raises money for various gay and lesbian civil rights groups.
  13. Tiger Woods: Tiger Woods is quite possibly the best golfer to ever live. And that distinction, along with all of the tournament wins, has given him quite the savings account. But Woods has been a perfect steward with his millions, founding at least seven charitable programs through the Tiger Woods Foundation, which he started in 1996 with his father Earl Woods. In 2006, Woods gave $9.5 million out of his pocket toward children’s education, health, and welfare issues. The Tiger Woods Learning Center began in 2006 as an afterschool program to help kids of all ages find their true potential by allowing the kids to create their curriculum. Woods’ foundation deals solely with issues surrounding childhood education.
  14. Martha Stewart: This queen of crafty home improvements is out to improve peoples’ lives in addition to improving their living rooms. In 2006, Stewart gave $5 million to establish the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, which “serves to promote and facilitate access to health care resources for older adults and to enhance the public perception of aging.” The center provides medical care, caregiver resources, and educational opportunities for older adults. On top of this big gift, Stewart supports other healthcare charities, such as the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She also gives to Heifer International and Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit that advocates against the chaining of dogs.
  15. Nicholas Cage: Nicholas Cage is not a loud philanthropist. In fact, judging by the low-brow movies he chooses to star in, one might think philanthropy would be furthest from his mind. But in fact he doles out quite the sum for charitable causes. In 2006, he gave $2 million to an Amnesty International fund to help out child soldiers. During the same year, he also starred in a Montblanc commercial and donated his entire salary from that job to < a href= http://www.healthebay.org/>Heal the Bay, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping the coastal waters of Southern California clean and healthy.
  16. Andre Agassi: Tennis legend Andre Agassi has been involved in many charitable works throughout his career, and, like many philanthropic-minded stars, even has his own foundation, the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which he founded in 1994. In 2006, he donated almost $1.1 million to that foundation, which assists disadvantaged youth in Agassi’s hometown of Las Vegas. Not surprisingly, the foundation focuses on helping children reach their potential through different athletic endeavors. Agassi also gives money to help children who are abused and neglected and those who have developmental issues or are handicapped, started a charter school in Las Vegas, and is a co-founder of Athletes for Hope, an organization that assists and encourages athletes to get involved in charity work.
  17. Lance Armstrong: Lance Armstrong has won the Tour de France seven times, and he’s survived testicular cancer. Some might say he’s a pretty disciplined guy. But he’s also a pretty disciplined guy when it comes to charity. Armstrong founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation in Austin, Texas in 1997, which is dedicated to raising money for cancer research and advocacy. Over the years, Armstrong has donated millions to the foundation, including a $1.5 million donation in 2004 and a $500,000 donation in 2006. But given his active nature, one would expect Armstrong to bring his cause to a whole new level, which he does by working solely on developing better legislation and support for cancer research.
  18. Denzel Washington: Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s most dapper men and has even won an Oscar. He’s also a pretty charitable fellow, donating $1 million in 2006 to Save Africa’s Children, an organization dedicated to helping orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. According to reports, there are more than 17 million children orphaned in Africa because they lost a parent to AIDS. But his charity work doesn’t stop there. He is also a spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Club and works through the Fisher House Foundation, which provides a place to live for wounded soldier. Washington visits the soldiers regularly and has also made a significant contribution to the charity. He is also a lifetime founding member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
  19. David Geffen: David Geffen, co-founder of Dreamworks Studios is one of the richest people in America, worth over $4 billion. But he does give back some of that dough to charity, mostly to his own foundation, The David Geffen Foundation. In 1997, he dumped more than $3.5 million into the charity, which gave away almost $5 million that year. Through the 1990s, the foundation dispensed over $25 million to AIDS, higher education, and Jewish causes. In 2006, Geffen gave $1.6 million to the charity. It’s said to be one of the most active celebrity foundations in Hollywood.
  20. Madonna: One of Hollywood’s more controversial philanthropists, Madonna gives most of her money and time largely to two causes: Kabbalah, the ancient practice of Jewish mysticism, and Malawi orphans. Madge underwent a lot of criticism when she adopted a boy from Malawi, but since then she has founded her own charity called Raising Malawi, which aims to help the orphans in that country. Madonna also has supported multiple charities throughout her career, including, the Afghanistan Relief Organization, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

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22 May 2008

Ghost Ride The Celebrity Whip: 25 Stupid-Awesome Vehicles [pics]

When you make millions of dollars yet get everything for free, it can be challenging to figure out just how to spend your fortune. But these stars have it all worked out. They just blow their greenbacks on tricked out cars outfitted with more TVs than are commonly found in a five bedroom McMansion. Here are some of the more ridiculous celebrity car habits out there today.

  1. Jay Leno: Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show, is legendary for his love of unique automobiles. While the exact number of cars in Leno’s 17,000 foot garage is unknown, it’s said to be well over 100. Leno’s car collection represents 100 years of automobile history, and he definitely has a penchant for cars with unique features. Consider his 1956 Chrysler Imperial that has a record player installed beneath the dash, or the Blastolene Special, a 21-foot-long roadster with an aluminum body and the same v12 engines used in an M47 Patton Tank. Leno is said to drive all of the cars he owns, and he takes a different one to work each day.
  2. 50 Cent: 50 Cent, also known as Curtis Jackson, took part of the fortune he made off his successful rap career and sunk it into a 2006 Rolls Royce Phantom, which he then had turned into a convertible long before the car company began offering drop top models. The conversion was said to cost him almost as much as the car itself – about $350,000. 50′s Phantom also has TVs inside it and came “fully loaded.” No word on whether he had it bulletproofed as he did his other vehicles.
  3. Simon Cowell: The American Idol host has a love for fast, flashy cars, which he proved by purchasing a $1 million Bugatti Veyron, a sleek bullet-like car made by Volkswagen. The car has over 1,000 horsepower and can go faster than 250 miles per hour, going from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds. And it’s not the only fancy car in this TV mogul’s garage. He’s also the proud owner of a Rolls Royce Phantom and a Ferarri.
  4. Lebron James: When Lebron James turned 18 in 2003, his mother gave him a platinum Hummer H2 for his birthday. The ostentatious car was just incredibly splashy enough to spark an investigation by the Ohio High School Athletic Association about whether James accepted the car as a gift inappropriately before he started in the NBA. But five years later the controversy has been long cleared up and James’ career is flying high. In 2007, the show SPEED did a makeover of James’ Hummer adding in several extra features. James’ car now has three TVs, leather seats embroidered with the words “King James”, a new grille, and the latest in all technological features. The base price for Hummers is about $55,000, but the value of James’ car is said to be three to four times that amount.
  5. Donald Trump: Just days after one was delivered to the White House, Donald Trump ran out to buy his very own Cadillac DTS Presidential Limousine. Trump was the first lay person to purchase the car, which seats six and comes with a magazine rack, humidor, 22-inch flat screen TV, DVD player, and wireless laptop computer, among many other things. Perhaps one of the most luxurious limousines on the market, the amount Trump paid to be cruising around in presidential style is certainly high though the price has not been revealed.
  6. P. Diddy: Not only does P. Diddy own a few outrageous cars of his own, but he’s also the brainchild behind the Sean John Navigator, the bling-heavy SUV he designed for Lincoln. The cars retail to the public for $85,000 and only 100 of them exist. They come replete with tinted windows, satellite radio, heated and vibrating leather seats, six TVs, three DVDs, and a Playstation, among other things. And Diddy can boast rights as first owner.
  7. Britney Spears: It’s really not at all surprising that Britney Spears would have a multitude of outrageous cars, and guess what? She does! Recently, her father was awarded the responsibility of figuring out what to do with her current fleet of seven luxury vehicles. She seems to change rides more than her underwear. Oh, wait … that may not be the best comparison. Anyway, one of Spears’ most outrageous cars was her 2002 pink Hummer H2. It had a 6-liter V8 engine, but really who cares? Surely, the most important feature to Spears was the Louis Vuitton upholstery on the inside. The exact value of this vehicle is unknown, but, like James’ car, it could be triple the $55,000 base price, if not more.
  8. Busta Rhymes: Wild and crazy hip hop star Busta Rhymes is known for his brash vocal style and his in-your-face lyrics. Car junkies, though, may regale him for his taste in automobiles. Rhymes is the proud owner of a metallic silver Mercedes G500 with all the amenities available. But perhaps the most notable amenity is the studio-quality sound system he had installed by Unique Autosport in New York. Rhymes swears the sound quality is the same as being in a recording studio and that it serves as a perfect testing ground for his music, since he can hear every click and crackle that was picked up while he was recording his tracks. Prices for the G500 start at $89,000 and go up to $111,000 for all the amenities. Rhymes audio installer Will Castro typically charges $40,000 for an install, and you can bet Ryhmes spent a little extra on his flashy rims. Simple mathematics would put this car’s value close to $200,000.
  9. Flea: Flea, the edgy guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, made news when he purchased a brand new Tesla Roadster, a completely electric sports car that was first debuted in 2006. Currently, fully-loaded Teslas run about $109,000. Flea said he had to have the car when he saw it and that he was motivated to purchase it mainly for its environmental benefits. And in a posting on Tesla’s blog Flea wrote that it drove like a dream and made hardly any noise at all. More specifically, he said it made his Porsche feel like “a golf cart.” This car, developed in part by Lotus, is definitely no golf cart. On a single charge of its battery it can go as fast as 225 mph and gets from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds. The 100 prototypes made in 2006 sold out quickly; in 2008, the 650 planned also sold out. In 2009, Tesla plans to make 1,500 cars.
  10. Tony Stewart: Car racing great Tony Stewart drives fast cars for a living and even owns a Lamborghini. But the vehicle that really turns heads is his 1984 Cadillac Hearse, tricked out by the same folks who brought you Lebron James’ car. Installed in the funeral-ready car is a motorized TV wall between the front and back seats that takes a standard limousine-like window and cranks it up a dozen notches. Instead of a solid piece of plastic, backseat riders can stare at a 32-inch flat screen TV. The front dash was completely ripped out and in its place a command-center arrangement was installed that includes two 12-inch TV monitors, a DVD player, video iPod hook-up, and a top of the line speaker system surrounded by black leather. The sound system features six amps and the designers even installed a hidden mini bar. Luxury and fist-pumping sound throughout makes Stewart’s hearse a hands-down one of a kind.
  11. Scott Storch: Hip-hop producer Scott Storch has a cavalcade of fast and fancy cars at his Miami home, which has eight garages to hold all of his beauties. While he counts a Ferrari and an Aston Martin as part of his impressive fleet, Storch’s favorite car is a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – the fastest street-legal car in existence. And with a $1.7 million price tag, it should be. When Storch bought the car in 2007 there were only 70 in existence, part of the reason that he bought it. “I live the shock value,” he told a reporter. “People don’t get to see these cars.”
  12. Funkmaster Flex: This longtime hip hop DJ made a name for himself spinning records on the radio and building a music empire on his name. Now he’s lending his moniker to something else – pimping out cars for celebrities. Following a lifelong passion for cars, especially Chevys, Flex launched a Spike TV show called “Ride with Funkmaster Flex” and enlisted a host of celebrity clients from Queen Latifah to Eminem to Ludacris. And of course this entrepreneur has his own collection of tricked out cars, including a purple 1970 Plymouth Duster and a 1966 Red Impala SS 396. In addition, Flex released his own 2008 Ford Expedition that comes in a red and black two-tone paint job and black leather seats with red interior. Other features include 20-inch chrome wheels, a 340-watt Audiophile Sound System, third row seating, computer navigation system, and TV with DVD player in the back. Starting price: $75,000.
  13. Snoop Dog: It would be wrong for Snoop Dog not to have a pimped out car. Thankfully, he does. “Tha Doggfather of Rap” has several cars, but perhaps the one most fitting for his personality is his 1967 Pontiac Parsienne Convertible painted in gold with purple trim – the colors of Snoop’s favorite sports team, the L.A. Lakers. The best feature? Hydro pumps that let the car jump and bounce up and down and from side to side. The system is controlled by purple and gold zirconium-encrusted controls implanted onto Snoop’s dashboard. Snoop declares his heritage on the back window, which is emblazoned with “Tha Doggfather” and “Crip.” The car was designed by Snoop’s personal car builder, Big Slice, and their partnership has also resulted in the Snoop DeVille, a customized Cadillac Deville that sells for $80,000.
  14. Green Day: Green Day had a 1968 Mercury Monterey customized for them to use in two music videos – one for the song “Holiday” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” The car was of course painted green and outfitted with custom leopard upholstery on the interior. You won’t find any TVs in this car, but you will find some pretty impressive hydraulics, a silver chain link steering wheel with a skull shifter, and the band’s name on a cursive, metal emblem on the front hood.
  15. Ludacris: Ludacris rolled up to the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards in a shiny black 1975 Convertible Pontiac Granville with some ostentatious detailing that brought this muscle car to a whole new realm. While these classic cars are available on the used market for as little as $33,000, you can bet the southern rap star paid a hefty sum to make his look so amazing. First off, the 24-inch wheels were installed so that the car rises four feet off the ground. Second, the interior upholstery was done all in black leather and the black and multi-colored Louis Vuitton print, the same fabric used for the drop top. The rest of the car is somewhat bare bones compared to some of the others on the list, though it does have a decent stereo system. But there’s not a whole lot of need for extras when you’re cruising in classic simplicity like this car.
  16. Shaquille O’Neal: The NBA superstar is well known for his affinity for fancy cars that come with a personal flare. He’s got a 1991 convertible Mercedes-Benz Diesel that has the Superman emblem embroidered into his seats and steering wheel. But perhaps one of his most sought-after vehicles is his Lamborghini Gallardo – Lamborghini’s most popular sports car that, as of 2008, is the only one to use a V10 engine. Shaq’s final price tag is unknown, but the base models can run up to $263,000. He surely paid more than that to have his 2008 model stretched to fit his 7-foot-1-inch stature. The car had to be outfitted with custom doors, a roof, and special windows to lengthen the car by 12 inches.
  17. Paul Wall: Paul Wall, the Houston-based rapper known for his signature grill of silver teeth, is now making grilles of his own for cars. He teamed up with Zenetti to make a custom line of “iced-out” grilles and rims that are covered in cubic zirconium and will come available to fit Cadillac Escapades, coupes, Dodge Magnums, Chrysler 300s, and other SUVs. Wall has his own 2007 Chevy Tahoe tricked out with his flashiest grille and a set of 26-inch, ice-encrusted wheels. The interior features classy two-toned leather upholstery, a state of the art sound system, and diamond-stitched paneling. No word on the total price tag and the Texas resident says the Tahoe isn’t even his favorite vehicle. That honor goes to his 1976 Convertible Cadillac El Dorado.
  18. Wyclef Jean: The former Fugee has a collection of flashy cars that includes a Ferrari 360 Spider. But his pride and joy is a 543-horsepower Pagani Zonda C12-S that sells for $350,000. The Italian-made vehicle is often described by automotive reporters as being “ultra-rare,” since few people have heard of the brand and even less own one. No more than 25 models have been made each year since the car was released in 1999. The car goes from 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds and can reach a speed of 215 mph. But while Jean loves himself a flashy and expensive car, he is embarking on a new project to build replicas of cars like the Zonda that regular people can afford.
  19. Dwayne Wade: This Miami Heat basketball player loves automobiles as much as his teammate Shaquille O’Neal, and in 2006 he was even crowned the “King of Bling” at the GM All Car Show – an invite-only affair where celebrities and car enthusiasts showcase their most over-the-top vehicles in a competition for the most ostentatious. Wade’s white 2006 Hummer H2 SUT took the cake that year. The base price for that vehicle is about $53,000, but it’s assured that Wade wouldn’t have taken home the award he did without putting at least that much extra into tricking out the truck. In addition to the Hummer, Wade owns a pearl blue Cadillac Escalade EXT that sits on matching 26-inch wheels. Wade was also tapped by Lincoln recently to represent the Navigator in TV ads.
  20. Missy Elliott: Missy Elliott, who is said to own 1,000 pairs of Adidas sneakers, seems to be also madly collecting something else, as well – cars! In fact, her car addiction is so bad she told reporters that her mother has begged her to stop purchasing them. In addition to her 2004 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, 2004 Rolls Royce Phantom, and 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo, Elliott also has a 1979 tricked out, bright purple and chrome Ford Mustang. Elliott says it’s the car that gets the most attention on the street. Her fleet of automobiles is easily worth more than $1 million, if not more. She confesses to have purchased more than three cars in one year, including a $5,600 upgrade to a scooter that she rode once, crashed, and then trashed. Disposable income just took on a whole new meaning.
  21. Stephon Marbury: This Knicks player took his love for cars so far that he even invented his own automobile, the Viant SLV 365, which is a luxurious SUV combo of a Cadillac Escalade and a Rolls Royce Phantom. The 500-horsepower engine is included for those looking for power, while other features cater to the child in us all – such as the Playstation 2, satellite TV and wireless Internet. It even has a wine cellar and humidor. At a price of more than $300,000, the Viant is not made for laymen, but Marbury does count celebrities like Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z among his clients.
  22. Edward Norton: Edward Norton is no Nelly. He doesn’t have a bunch of big-wheeled, chrome-covered vehicles. But he was selected by BMW to be one of the celebrity drivers of the BMW Hydrogen 7, the very first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan. The car is driven by a combination of hydrogen and fuel and emits nothing but water vapor. There are only 100 models in existence and they’re not for sale. The German car company has tapped notable celebrities, like Norton, to drive the car in a huge PR push. While some auto bloggers contest just how environmentally sound the car is, since it isn’t; a zero emission car and does have its challenges, BMW contends it will be the future of automobiles.
  23. Magic Johnson: The former L.A. Lakers sensation is just the latest in sports stars to design their own cars. Johnson joined forces with Lincoln and DUB Magazine to create the “Magic” Dub Edition Lincoln Mark LT, a luxury pick-up truck rthat has 24-inch rims, suede and leather interior, a 15-inch flip-down TV, as well as TVs inset in the back of each seat’s headrest. It’s got a 5.4 liter, V-8 engine with 300 horsepower. The car was auctioned off to benefit Johnson’s charitable foundation for education, but suggested retail places it in the $65,000 range.
  24. Fergie: Fergie, the only girl-member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, received a pretty tricked out Hummer not too long ago that came with a custom grille by Grillcraft Sport Grilles and drop-down steps with her name engraved on them in Old English. The car came with the works in the audio and visual departments, and some pretty sweet leather and suede upholstery. But alas the Fergalicious one deemed the Hummer not her style and put it up for auction in 2007. It brought in almost $70,000, which she promptly donated to Global Green USA.
  25. David Beckham: When your salary is a whopping $250 million, a $400,000 car isn’t going to put much of a dent in your savings. Which is exactly why David Beckham of the L.A. Galaxy recently purchased a Porsche 911 Cabriolet for $200,000 and then put another $200,000 of upgrades into it, like custom upholstery and a special all-black exterior. The car comes with a 3.6 liter engine and an overboost function that can make it go even faster. Oh, and there’s a compartment for extra luggage, which his wife Victoria “Posh” Beckham can use.

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15 May 2008

All About Celebrities Blog Carnival: Volume 4

Welcome to the 4th Edition of the All about Celebrities Blog Carnival. This has been a lot of fun for us to host thus far and we plan on continuing it as well. To link to The Customized Girl Blog and any of our editions of the All About Celebrities Blog Carnival use this code

BeThisWay presents Brushes With Fame posted at Are You Going To Be This Way The Rest of The Time I Know You?.

Silveral presents How Celebrities Achieve Their Life’ Goals With Life Coaching posted at Celebrity News, and Gossip.

Jeff Sullivan presents Six – Best New Shows In Branson posted at Branson Travel Attractions.

Fenny presents Fashion & Styles posted at Fenny Lopez.

Jennifer Longe presents People’s View N Opinion posted at People’s View N Opinion.

Jason DeFuria presents Britney Spears, crazy in a good way? posted at What Planet Is This?.

Rickey Henderson presents Rickey Reviews This “Iron Mensch” Movie That The Kids Seem Rather Keen On… posted at Riding with Rickey.

Michael presents Superstar Attorney Willie Gary Paying $28,000 a Month in Child Support posted at International Law News.

sarah presents Harry Potter’s mystery dream girl taken but “keen to meet up” posted at SARAHSPY.

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14 May 2008

Congratulations to the Winner of Contest 4!

Congrats to notjustanyprincess for winning Customized Girl’s Fourth Design Contest! She wins $200 and her design will be featured in the May 23rd issue of US Weekly.

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We like the design because it stands out, with very big text and nifty use of the soccer ball clipart to replace the “O”. We also like the personalized touch with the name and jersey number. Very nice. On top of all these cool qualities, it also happened to coincide perfectly with our “sports” theme this week. If you’re joining a rec league or just cheering for your favorite player, you’ve come to the right place for custom shirts!

Thanks so much to all who entered! You guys are doing a terrific job on these designs, and we are very happy to continue with these contests.

And with that, Contest 5 is launched. Simply create, save and tag your design “contest 5″. Please see our post about Contest 4 for more details.

Thanks again, and congrats to notjustanyprincess.

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Edited to add:

Contest 5 ends on June 16th! The contest winner will be displayed in the June 27th issue of US Weekly.

The contests are now on a monthly schedule. A new winner is announced in the middle of every month. As soon as a winner is announced, the next contest begins.

The winner should appear in US Weekly two Fridays after the announcement.

Thanks so much, a lot of the Contest 5 entries are looking super fantastic!

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14 May 2008

Please Hire Me! 25 D-Listed Celebrities

The implosion of tacky reality television has once again made Hollywood a ripe playground for certain stars whose careers have become a shadow of what they once were – stars who have sunk to the notorious “D List”. Producers of shows like “The Surreal Life”, “Celebrity Boxing,” and “Dancing With the Stars” have found that there is a profit to be made off of these forgotten stars – most of whom are desperate to get their names back up on the marquee no matter what the task at hand. Turns out the American public likes nothing more than to see a few washed-up actors from decades past subject themselves to humiliation and physical torment. Hey, a paycheck is a paycheck and a camera is a camera.

  1. Kathy Griffin: The Illinois-bred comedienne is the self-proclaimed queen of D List stars, and even has her own reality show called “My Life on the D List.” Griffin has succeeded in taking her rock bottom status and parlaying it into a lucrative, if not respectable, career. Griffith got her start in the early 1980s on the L.A. comedy club circuit and even performed alongside comedic geniuses like the late Phil Hartman. She’s appeared in HBO comedy specials, a few unsuccessful movies, as a guest star on several TV shows, and even has a regular role as Brooke Shields’s coworker on the sitcom “Suddenly Susan.” After two decades of continued, moderate success, though, Griffith’s “D List” reality show took off and she continues to use her self-deprecating humor as her main comedic currency. The show has plans to continue through 2008.
  2. Dustin Diamond: Dustin Diamond’s one and only claim to real fame is his legendary role as Screech on the high school sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” His cracking voice and nerdy persona were a perfect fit for the cheesy teen show, but after it was canceled Diamond found himself adrift in Hollywood with no worthwhile offers coming in. He has attempted to reignite his celebrity with an appearance on several exploitative reality shows, like “The Weakest Link,” “Celebrity Boxing,” and, most recently, “Celebrity Fit Club.” In 2006, Diamond went on several talk shows to talk about how he was about to lose his Wisconsin home because he had been ripped off by his mortgage broker. After raising lots of money from the public, he admitted he was never in danger of losing his house. In 2006, a third party company also released a sex tape featuring Diamond. He’s scheduled to appear on “Celebrity Fit Club” again this year.
  3. Gary Coleman: Gary Coleman got his start as a child, starring as the cute and adorable Arnold on the hit show “Different Strokes”. In that role, he was made famous, most notably for coining his signature line, “What you talking about, Willis?” After “Different Strokes” was canceled, however, Coleman’s career tanked. He landed some guest appearances on other sitcoms throughout the 1990s, but was essentially not taken seriously as an actor. In 2003, Coleman earned press for his failed bid to be governor of California. He’s also had his fair share of legal and financial troubles — in 1998 he was charged with assault after hitting a woman. In 2007, Coleman married a 22-year-old actress, but the couple recently appeared on “Divorce Court” for their marital problems.
  4. C. Thomas Howell: Howell, a good looking, popular actor in the 1980s, starred in hit movies like “The Outsiders” and “Red Dawn.” But as he grew older his career failed to keep up with its shotgun start. Though he has stayed busy as a working actor over the years, it has been mostly through bit roles, guest spots on TV shows, and parts in B movies. These days you are most likely to spot Howell on the new reality show “Celebracadabra,” a competition show in which several D-List stars try to become magicians.
  5. Daniel Baldwin: Daniel Baldwin is perhaps the most notorious of all the Baldwin brothers. Baldwin’s career started off on a pretty good foot with roles in “Born on the Fourth of July” and indie faves like “Mulholland Falls” and “Trees Lounge.” He also had a starring role on the TV show “Homicide: Life on the Street.” But in the late 1990s, his drug addictions began putting him in the spotlight for more illicit activities. In 1998, he was arrested for cocaine possession after he was caught running naked through the halls of the New York Plaza Hotel. He went to rehab afterward and told People magazine that he had been battling cocaine addiction since 1989. Almost two decades later, Baldwin was again in legal trouble for drug related activities, and he has since appeared on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” though he walked off the show before its completion.
  6. Joey Lawrence: Joey Lawrence became famous playing Mayim Balik’s idiot brother on the sitcom “Blossom” in the 1990s, in which his character coined the phrase, “Whoa!” Prior to that he had guest starred on several sitcoms, but after the show was cancelled he found few roles available for him. He landed parts in a few B movies and attempted to start a music career, though that effort was also unsuccessful. Lawrence faded from the public’s memory during the latter half of the 1990s and didn’t pop back on the scene until recently, when he scored a spot on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2006. He placed third on that show and afterward landed a few guest roles on TV shows like “CSI: New York.”
  7. Brigitte Nielsen: This former model became a household name when she married Sylvester Stallone in the 1980s. She morphed from model to actress with roles in movies like “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “The Double O Kid.” While hardly recognizable in the U.S., Nielsen, who hails from Denmark, has had a pretty successful European career as both a TV personality and a singer. But in 2004, Nielsen refreshed the American public’s memory of her by starring on “The Surreal Life,” where she met and developed a romantic relationship with fellow D-Lister Flavor Flav of the rap group Public Enemy. That hook up solidified Nielsen’s position in the new celebrity reality show craze, and she and Flav appeared together on the VH1 show “Strange Love,” which chronicled their eventually-failed relationship. She also appeared on Flav’s subsequent dating show “The Flavor of Love.” Nielsen was also on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” for an alcohol addiction.
  8. Andrew Dice Clay: The comedian who became famous for his shocking and crude stand-up routines enjoyed a lot of popularity in the 1980s and has been listed as one of the top 100 comedians in history. In addition to his successful comedy career, during which he taped his legendary HBO special “The Diceman Cometh,” Clay also had lots of guest roles in movies and TV shows. But in the early 1990s his rudeness and tendency to verbally assault his audience during shows caught up to him. In the late 1990s, he acted in a few failed sitcoms and continued to release comedy albums, none of which sold well. He also had a recurring appearance on a radio show, which ended in 2002. In 2007, Clay launched his own reality show on VH1, chronicling his attempts to revive his comedy career.
  9. Robin Givens: Robin Givens is best known for three things: starring in the popular sitcom “Head of the Class,” surviving a tumultuous and abusive one-year marriage to Mike Tyson, and posing for Playboy. But since all of those things came to an end in the mid 1990s, Givens’ career has largely been unremarkable. An extremely religious Christian, Givens has written a book about her faith and has appeared on several failed sitcoms, TV movies, and Christian-themed television productions. In 2008, she will have a role in a Tyler Perry movie called “The Family that Preys.”
  10. Ron Jeremy: The legendary porn star is now legendary mainly for being creepy. He continues to keep his overweight self in the game by picking up cameos and guest roles in B movies. He, like most D Listers, also starred in a season of “The Surreal Life.” Jeremy’s porn status and outspokenness has made him a favorite among talk show hosts and musicians, many of whom have put him in their music videos to drive up their kitsch factor. A biography about Jeremy was released in 2007, and he has also appeared in advertisements for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals urging people to spay and neuter their pets.
  11. Chyna: Joan Marie Lauer, a female bodybuilder and actress, received her nickname Chyna during her four years with the World Wrestling Federation from 1997 to 2001. She was wildly popular as a wrestler on TV and made a name for herself by wrestling male competitors and winning. She drove up ratings through many highly-publicized matches and even posed for Playboy. But in 2001 she left the WWF due to a contract dispute. Though she spent some time wrestling in Japan afterward, Chyna eventually returned to the States to pursue a career on TV. She landed some B roles and then eventually went on to star on a season of “The Surreal Life.” Most recently, she was on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”, a VH1 show, for a drinking problem.
  12. Tawny Kitaen: Former hottie Tawny Kitaen had everyone talking after her appearance in the famed Whitesnake video for their song “Here I Go Again.” Her romantic relationship with the band’s lead singer also led to other starring roles in their videos. Prior to Whitesnake, Kitaen had modeled and appeared on a few TV shows. After Whitesnake, she developed a stronger identity and a real TV career, hosting “America’s Funniest People” with David Coulier for two years and starring on “WKRP in Cincinatti”. After 1994, however, her career fizzled and she didn’t reappear on the scene in a major way until 2006 when she was cast on “The Surreal Life.” That same year she was arrested at her house for cocaine possession.
  13. Carrot Top: Carrot Top is a comedian whose curly red hair and affinity for props made him one of the more successful funny men around in the mid-1990s. But since his height of popularity, Carrot Top has become more of a joke in Hollywood, partially due to his botched plastic surgery and ridiculously huge arm muscles. He still performs stand up and has a running show in Las Vegas, but his popularity has waned and he is frequently parodied on other comedy shows, like “Family Guy,” “The Daily Show,” and “MAD TV”.
  14. Corey Haim: In the 1980s, no one was hotter than Corey Haim. The teen heartthrob starred in movies like “Lucas”, “The Lost Boys”, “License to Drive”, and “Dream a Little Dream.” But the list of recognizable titles stopped there, and in the 90s Haim was working mostly on unsuccessful, straight-to-video films and suffering from a serious drug problem. By 2000, he had gone to rehab and was vigorously trying to get his career back on track. Following the reality TV craze, he and Corey Feldman were signed by A&E to star on a faux reality show called “The Two Coreys,” which chronicled the duo’s attempts to break back into mainstream Hollywood. Haim is also starring in a sequel to “The Lost Boys”, planned for release in 2008.
  15. Corey Feldman: Like Haim, Feldman’s career has followed a similar trajectory. In the 1980s, it seemed Feldman could do no wrong. He was a major player in movies like “The Goonies,” “Stand By Me,” “The Lost Boys,” and “The Burbs.” But despite doing the voice for Donatello in the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and trying to launch a music career in the 1990s, Feldman’s career dried up quickly. In 2002, Feldman wound up on “The Surreal Life” and in 2007 he reunited with Haim for “The Two Coreys.” Feldman also has a role in “The Lost Boys” sequel, due out this year.
  16. Vanilla Ice: In 1990, Robert Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, was all the rage. His hit song “Ice Ice Baby” was the most popular one on the radio, and his rap album “To the Extreme” reached number one on the charts, knocking MC Hammer off the top spot. Though fans across the country mimicked Van Winkle’s baggy pants and angular crew cut, the musician and dancer fell from fame quickly. He encountered legal trouble for using a sample of a David Bowie song in “Ice Ice Baby” without permission and then it was discovered that he had made up many details of his life story, like the fact he was a gang member in Florida and a former professional motocross athlete, chronicled in his biography. Since his 15 minutes of fame have ended, Van Winkle has continued trying to make music, accepted several product endorsements, and appeared on the celebrity reality show “The Surreal Life.”
  17. Alexis Arquette: Alexis Arquette began life as a boy. He was born in Los Angeles – a sibling to actors David, Rosanna, Patricia, and Richmond Arquette. At the age of 22, Arquette landed her first role in an independent movie, playing a transgender character. She spent most of her career working in independent movies and playing the role of a drag queen until the age of 38 when she underwent her own sex change operation, which she documented in documentary. Arquette has had some bit roles in more mainstream productions, like “The Wedding Singer,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “the Bride of Chucky,” but she’s mostly built her career underground. In 2007, Arquette made a guest appearance on the Bravo reality show “Top Design,” where she was ridiculed by some of the contestants.
  18. Dave Coulier: Coulier, a stand up comedian, got his big break playing the role of Joey on the long-lived sitcom “Full House.” That plus his popular comedic style of impersonating cartoon characters and doing funny voices made him a sought after actor in the 1980s and part of the 1990s. But the end of “Full House” had Coulier struggling to find work. He’s landed gigs hosting shows like “America’s Funniest People,” “Opportunity Knocks,” and “America’s Most Talented Kid.” He’s also had a stint in the reality business starring on “The Surreal Life” and “Skating with the Stars.”
  19. Erik Estrada: From 1977 to 1983, Erik Estrada starred on the hit cop show “CHiPs” as Ponch Poncharella, the most well-known role of his career. After then end of the show, however, Estrada began working mostly on Spanish television, which he continued to do throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 2001, he returned to TV with a role on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Lizzie McGuire.” He continued his TV career with guest appearances on shows like “Scrubs”, “The Wayans Bros.” and “According to Jim.” Estrada was also on the 2004 season of “The Surreal Life” and the briefly-aired reality show “Armed and Famous,”in which washed up celebrities posed as police officers.
  20. Todd Bridges: Bridges is best known for playing Willis on “Different Strokes.” After the show ended, he descended pretty far into a life of crime and drugs and was arrested several times during the 1990s. In the latter part of the decade, however, Bridges cleaned up his act, found God, and began touring the country to talk to kids about the dangers of drugs. He made a return to television with slots on shows like “Celebrity Boxing,” “Skating with the Stars,” and “Fear Factor.”
  21. Vince Neil: The front man for Motley Crue, Vince Neil had his pick of women and work throughout the 1980s. But with the decline of glam rock bands, Neil’s music career fizzled. In the 1990s, he released a few albums, none of which sold well. In 2002, the overweight Neil was offered a spot on the first cast of “The Surreal Life.” Since then, he’s also starred on his own show called “Remaking Vince Neil,” which, surprise, chronicled his attempts to reinvent his career. Neil is now touring with Motley Crue.
  22. MC Hammer: Back in his hey day, MC Hammer had the coolest pants in town. Teenagers and fans ran to the mall in droves to buy the baggy leggings that moved so gracefully, especially during Hammer’s dance to his famed song “Too Legit to Quit.” In the early 1990s, Hammer dominated the top of the charts with his energetic raps songs. But once rap music began moving more toward so-called “gangsta rappers,” Hammer’s clean, mainstream style faded from popularity. Though he maintained record deals throughout the 1990s, he released few albums. The ones he did put out failed to sell well. During this decade, he also blew through his fortune and wound up completely broke. In 2003, Hammer appeared on “The Surreal Life” and now maintains his own blog.
  23. Carmen Electra: Carmen Electra really never was an A List star, but she’s had a good run of things. She got her break after meeting Prince in the 1980s. He convinced her to change her name from Tara Leigh Patrick to Carmen Electra and tried to make her a music act. That failed, so Electra moved to guest appearances on TV and then ended up posing in Playboy and getting cast on the hit series “Baywatch.” But when that job ended, she descended into a pattern of accepting really bad movie roles like “Good Burger” and “Scary Movie 4” and earning plenty of bad reviews for her acting. Besides bombing in movies, Electra has had career highlights such as being in Taco Bell commercials, starting the Naked Women’s Wrestling League, and being a video game character in “Def Jam: Fight for New York.” Electra also had her own reality show with former Jane’s Addiction band member Dave Navarro called “Til Death Do Us Part” which chronicled the couple’s journey into marriage. They’ve since divorced and Electra is currently engaged to the guitarist from Korn.
  24. Gary Busey: Busey won an Oscar nomination for his role in the 1978 film “The Buddy Holly Story” and his film career extended through the 1980s and 1990s, with roles in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Point Break,” and “The Firm,” to name a few. But during this height of his career, Busey was also a rampant drug user and he suffered brain damage from a serious motorcycle accident. Today, Busey is known mostly for his wild, eccentric, and sometimes rude behavior. Most recently, he shocked viewers by grabbing Jennifer Garner and kissing her on the neck during the red carpet portion of the Academy Awards. He also has lambasted an 11-year-old reporter and assaulted her camera person at an awards show. Busey did star in a strange reality-like show in 2003 on Comedy Central called “I’m With Busey.” Lately, he’s been at work doing voiceovers for video games.
  25. Jack Osbourne: Jack Osbourne is only famous because he is Ozzy Osbourne’s son. But when his family accepted a deal from MTV to have their lives documented on “The Osbournes,” Jack became a reality star. Since his family’s show ended, however, Osbourne has had many job opportunities in the way of guest appearances on TV shows and several tacky celeb reality shows, like “Celebrity Wrestling: Bring it On!,” “Armed and Famous,” and “Extreme Celebrity Detox”. Osbourne is currently still involved in his own reality show called “Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie”, which chronicles him training for extreme sports.

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8 May 2008

Maid Of Honor’s Bachelorette Party Guide: 50 Ideas and Resources

As Maid of Honor, one of your main duties is to send your best friend off in style with a wild and terrific party. Or if the bride is more low-key, perhaps a nice quiet evening in good company. There are lots of things you can incorporate into a bachelorette party to make the event more unique and fun, but some of the main things to focus on are location, drinks, food, and accessories like bride and bridesmaid shirts. Here are some ideas to consider for each category, as well as a few tips and pointers on making the evening the best it can be!

Location

Nothing sets the mood of the party more than the location. While it should be special, it should also suit the bride’s personality. Wild childs may delight at a party spent dancing the night away with her friends; quieter brides may prefer a day, or weekend, of pampering at the spa. Just know that not all bachelorette parties have to take place at Chippendales or feature a male stripper in your cousin’s living room. Here’s a few ideas for a classier, man-free time with the gals.

  1. Rooftop Hotel Pool: If you live in a city, and want to feel far away and pampered at the same time, check out local hotels in your area that have rooftop hotels. If you live in New York, the Gansevoort is an incredible option; in Boston, try the Colonnade; in Los Angeles, The Peninsula. Soak in the views, the warm sun, and the time spent drinking fruity concoctions with your friends. If there’s not a suitable hotel in your area, consider taking a weekend getaway.
  2. Spa Day: A day at the spa is a great choice for a bachelorette party, as it is the quintessential female way to gather and bond. Book a few massages, pedicures, facials, and manicures and prepare for a day of gossip and giggling. If the spa is the party’s main event, make it even more special by renting a limousine and toasting with mimosas beforehand, or make the spa trip a precursor to a night out on the town.
  3. Karaoke: This is your friend’s last night out as a single woman, so it’s time to toss back a few cocktails, get silly, and indulge in some self-humiliation! No better way to do that than with karaoke. Look into what’s available in your area – perhaps a bar or a private room – and you may want to invest in some cheesy, coordinated outfits. This is a scenario that will probably require a designated driver. Make it fancy by renting a limo and if there’s more than one karaoke bar in your town make a night of it by going on tour.
  4. Road Trip: It’s a big occasion for your friend, so consider even taking a few days off of work and taking an old-fashioned road trip. Look into camping in the woods, staying at the beach, or just aimlessly driving lesser-known roads and ending up where the road takes you. Road trips are both adventurous and relaxing at the same time. See some new surroundings, meet some salty locals, rent a cabin in the woods, or bond around a campfire. Whatever you decide, it will definitely be a trip your friend will remember forever.
  5. Wine Tour: Going on a tour of local wineries combines lots of interest into one. First, there’s great wine; second, there’s a road trip; third, there’s beautiful scenery. And did we mention great wine? Not all bridesmaids will have this option readily available, since not every state has a booming wine region, but you would be surprised at how many do exist outside of California. Just plan around the driving – hire a limo or stay in a quaint bed and breakfast in the region.
  6. Las Vegas: No surprise here – Vegas is the number one destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties alike. And it’s no wonder why – there are spas and terrific, high-end restaurants on just about every corner, more rooftop pools and fancy hotels than you can count, and a nightlife that stands out above all others. Limo services are plentiful, as are dance clubs (both exotic and mainstream) and live music performances. Order in room service to pre-game or try cuisine from one of the many world-famous chefs in town.
  7. Champagne Brunch to Slumber Party: A bachelorette party is one of the better excuses out there to get a little tipsy in the a.m. And to make it even more fun – and to eliminate the possibility of any tipsy driving – extend the party into the night with a full-on slumber party. Start off by cooking a gourmet brunch, play games and open gifts in the afternoon, and cap it off by baking cookies and watching girly flicks in the evening.
  8. New York: Like Vegas, New York is a city that never sleeps and has options galore for bridesmaids looking to plan the party of a lifetime. Start with dinner at any one of the city’s upscale restaurants, move on to a strip club or jazz bar, or go on a good old-fashioned bar crawl, like this one recommended by New York Magazine. If you’re in New York for more than one night, spend the day traversing the city’s many wonderful museums before heading out for a little misbehavior at night.
  9. Island Time: Everyone loves a beach vacation. Throw some bikinis in a bag and head for the nearest island getaway. Charter a sunset boat ride or booze cruise for your party and look into staying in a stylish resort with complete spa services. Nothing will let your friend know you care more about her than a few ocean-side massages and pina coladas.
  10. Comedy Show: If you’re staying local, think about taking in a nice dinner, followed by a comedy show and some drinks out afterward. Nothing will put the bride in a better mood and make her forget any pre-wedding jitters she might have than a night of hysterical laughter and female bonding. Check out the calendars at local comedy clubs and see who’s coming to town in future months.

Drinks

Drinks are essential at a bachelorette party, and the fruitier and girlier the better. Even if the bride doesn’t normally partake, she make may an exception for this occasion. Just make sure you have some non-alcoholic beverages available for those attendees who prefer to abstain.

  1. Champagne: Champagne and wine are obvious choices for a bachelorette party. They’re great drinks no matter what the time of day or situation, however, if you’re going to be drinking for a long period of time, you might want to limit champagne to a certain time frame in order to avoid the nasty hangover so commonly associated with bubbly. Think about more common drinks like mimosas or Bellini’s or check out any one of a number of more creative champagne cocktails.
  2. Cosmopolitan: The quintessential girly drink, Cosmos are bright, fun, and delicious. If you’re making them on your own, go wild with some colorful and creative garnishes; if you’re ordering them out at a bar, ask your bartender to add a little extra triple sec to make them extra sweet.
  3. Buttery Nipple: This creamy drink or shot made with vodka, Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps, and coffee flavored liqueur is beloved by all females alike, mainly for the fact that it tastes literally like cake. It’s a festive shot that goes down easy and will be a total crowd pleaser at your party.
  4. Chocolate Martini: Few things are as decadent and pleasing as a yummy chocolate martini. Prepare this on your own for a very special house party treat or order it for the members of your party after dinner in lieu of desert. Tip: Godiva makes an excellent chocolate liqueur – ask for that at the liquor store or from your bartender.
  5. Bahama Mama: Combine rum, coconut rum, grenadine, orange juice and pineapple juice together to make this sweet, tropical drink that’s colorful and girly. Definitely a must for those of you planning a bachelorette party at the beach.
  6. Lemon Drop: Lemon Drops are sweet, sugary and light and they can be served as either a drink or a shot. If you serve it as a drink, dip the rim of a martini glass into sugar and strain the mixture into the glass. Serve it as a shot by just straining it into 1 oz. portions.
  7. Fuzzy Navel: Made with orange juice and peach schnapps this is the kind of drink that is right up a girl’s alley. It’s light, fruity, and packs a punch. Serve it at a summer party on the beach, as a brunch cocktail alternative, or order up a round for the ladies at the club. This drink often gets voted one of the top girly drinks of all time.
  8. Appletini: The Appletini’s trendy factor has given it something of a bad rep, but this does not discount its popularity. It’s sweet, tart and a festive bright green. It’s very girly, very tasty and a perfect drink to feature at a bachelorette party.
  9. Sex on the Beach: Nothing is more fruity, tropical, or widely liked than the Sex on the Beach, which is made by combining cranberry and pineapple juices, peach schnapps, and vodka and accenting with a orange slice. Sex on the Beach even has a saucy name, making them suitable for the bacheorette who likes to live a little. Another drink that can be served in a glass or as a fun shot.
  10. B-52: If your party prefers creamy and decadent over tropical and fruity, the B-52 is an excellent choice. Fill a shot glass with one-third Kahlua, Amaretto and Bailey’s Irish cream and down it!

Food

With all this drinking going on, you’re going to need something to soak up the alcohol. Bite-sized items and finger foods are the perfect party nosh for a mingling affair that’s casual and fun. Even if you are going to dinner, maybe you’re considering a pre-party with appetizers? Here are a few yummy options you can cook yourself or pass on to your caterer.

  1. Canapes: The perfect finger food, canapés are bite-sized, crispy snacks where cheese or hearty spreads like pesto or olive paste are piled along with meats or veggies on top of a crisp bread of some sort. There are so many different canapé recipes to be found on the Internet, so just pick the one that suits your taste the best.
  2. Fondue: Fondue is a special treat and a great idea for a big party. Just cook up a pot of cheese or chocolate, buy some metal spears, and cut up some fruits, breads, and vegetables for a great, crowd pleasing dip.
  3. Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Like fondue, chocolate covered strawberries are a special treat that, while often associated with romantic occasions, are equally as popular at an all-female event. Make your own easily in 30 minutes or order up a few dozen from a local bakery.
  4. Spinach and Feta Mushrooms: Stuffed mushrooms are a popular appetizer that are easy to make and palatable for all tastebuds. There are many ways to make stuffed mushrooms, so search your recipe books if you’re looking for something a little more exotic.
  5. Nachos: Nachos are a crowd pleaser in any situation. Stick to tradition or go outside the box with some delicious recipes like this one for Lobster Nachos with Asian Guacamole and Spicy Sour Cream made on wonton crips rather than tortilla chips. True heaven!
  6. Burgers: There are many ways to take a fresh variation on the typical beef and ketchup burger, like this recipe for a beef burger topped with mozzarella, tomato salsa, and basil mayonnaise. Also check out some yummy recipes for lamb burgers with a mint yogurt sauce or Asian-style turkey burgers with pickled cucumbers.
  7. Strawberry Fruit Desserts: Try a traditional summer strawberry shortcake or get creative with a strawberry cream puff. Whatever you decide, the strawberry is the perfect summer fruit to use in a great dessert. There are so many recipes out there that incorporate them – from cheesecakes to blintzes.
  8. Pizza Bianca: A light pizza made with rosemary, garlic and olive oil makes a light alternative to pizza or a nice, thin bread to accompany a salad or pasta meal.
  9. Spinach Artichoke Dip: Another popular appetizer choice is a creamy spinach artichoke dip. Break up some crusty bread or slice up some zucchinis and squashes and dip away. Dips are a must at a group event like this, so go nuts with different types.
  10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes: Few things are richer and better tasting than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Plus, cupcakes are the perfect party dessert – easy to make and eat! Decorate the tops with wedding-related icons, like bells, veils, or rings.

Accessories and Favors

When you’re throwing a bachelorette party, it’s a good idea to incorporate some of the standard bridal party accessories and favors. Some are somewhat cliché and cheesy, but feel free to take some classier liberties with old party standards. And what’s a party without presents? While everyone should bring something special for the bride-to-be, memorable keepsakes and party favors are also completely appropriate. After all, you’re all in the wedding!

  1. Tiaras: Like the prom, a bachelorette party is the type of occasion where sparkly tiaras are appropriate. If you look hard enough, you can find tiaras that declare who’s the bride-to-be and who’s not. In fact, you may want to invest in one of these just for the bride and find something less-flashy for the bridesmaids. Even if your bachelorette party is going to be a nicer affair, tiaras are still a great option for a little fun with your ensemble.
  2. Personalized T-Shirts: If the party is going to more casual, have some fun making your own customized T-shirts. “Team Bride” could have each attendees name printed on the back. Get funny with the bride and get her buzzed with T-shirt sayings like “Buy me a beer, my wedding is near!” or “Buy me a shot, I’m tying the knot!” Make sure the bridal shirts identify who’s who in the party and make sure the bride to be stands out.
  3. Feather Boas: For a night out at the bars or singing karaoke, make sure everyone in your party has a different colored feather boa with the bride’s boa being, of course, white. The coordination of this accessory will let the crowd know you’re all together celebrating a special occasion. Plus, boas are fun and a bachelorette party is an excellent excuse to get a little costumey.
  4. Costume Jewelry: Throw a bachelorette party with a theme and further unify your group with some fun, loud costume jewelry. Make it a 1920s flapper theme or indulge in the sophisticated and demure looks of the 1940s. Whatever your theme, there’s sure to be some gaudy, plastic bracelets out there to suit your style.
  5. Veils: Get the wedding started early and outfit your girly group in some statement-making veils. You can be as elaborate as you want with floor-length veils or play on the veil theme in a more subtle way by buying a shorter style that simply frames the face. This is another accessory that can be applied to the bride only to make it clear that it’s her night.
  6. Pinups and Phalluses: What bachelorette is complete without phallic-shaped straws and a few male pinups around the room? So cheesy, but so fun. Shake up even the most refined party with some of these saucy items.
  7. Shot Glass Necklace: Keep your drinking apparatus handy and wear it around your neck! Shot glass necklaces are terrific accessories for a bachelorette party and it’s something everyone can take home with them afterward. This is a party item that definitely helps set the mood.
  8. Wear All White: One great idea that’s both obvious and subtle at the same time is to make everyone in your party wear all white. Or have just the bride wear white and have all the bridesmaids wear another color. Have fun with fashion, separate yourself from the crowd, and look great!
  9. ”Diamond” Rings: Give everyone in your party some bling with fake “diamond” rings. Of course the bride to be gets the biggest one of all. This is an accessory that will tie your group together without being overly obvious.
  10. Disposable Cameras: Don’t let a minute of this hilarious and fun evening go undocumented. Give everyone a disposable camera to take along with them. At the end of the evening, develop all the film and make a keepsake album for the bachelorette.

Tips for a Great Party

Now that you have most of everything you need, here are few tips and pointers to ensure the night to remember goes smoothly!

  1. Music: Music sets the mood more than any other item at your party. Stick with the classic girl power mantras like “I Will Survive” and “It’s Raining Men.” Pop it into the stereo at your house party or listen to the tunes on the way to your venue. There are plenty of event-appropriate mix CDs out there to buy or get clever and make your own.
  2. Games: Loosen your bride to be up with some fun, lighthearted games. There’s the classic “Pin the Macho on the Man” and the timeless game of Truth or Dare or look into one of the many card and board games made explicitly for bachelorette parties.
  3. Moderation: It’s going to be a long day, night, or weekend. And since drinks will likely be involved, you need to remember to drink in moderation. Limit yourself to a drink per hour and drink lots of water in between drinks. With such a wild group someone needs to remain in control and be concerned about everyone’s safety.
  4. Designate a Driver: If your party is going out for an evening of bar hopping, you’ll need to either appoint a designated driver for the group, travel only by taxis or limos, or have a third party person that can come pick you all up at the end of the night. Don’t ruin a good time by getting into a car accident or worse.
  5. Research: Before you even start thinking about setting a date for the party, research what the bride to be in your group is interested in doing. Take hints from her personality and then look into what’s available that will suit her style. If you’re not planning to make it a surprise, consider even asking her straight out what she’d like to do. Being thorough is a sure way not to disappoint.
  6. Plan! :D o not wait until the last minute to throw something together. While there is something to be said about spontaneity, it’s not always a virtue in situations like these. For example, if you’re planning a July party at the beach and you wait until the weekend before to reserve a room or a camping spot, chances are you could get shut out. Don’t let a little laziness ruin your ideal party.
  7. Checklists: When planning a party, you’ll want to make a checklist so you know you’ve got everything under control. Depending on how much responsibility you’re putting on the other attendees and bridesmaids, you may want to make an individual checklist for each person invited, especially if others are expected to help with the arrangements or bring something along.
  8. Don’t Rule Out Men: It may sound counterintuitive to the bachelorette party tradition, but if the bride to be has a best guy friend that she holds near and dear it’s OK to invite him along. Or maybe you want to reserve some time for just the girls? Then invite him to attend a portion of the festivities, maybe right at the beginning or at the end. The point of the party is to honor your friend and surround her with love so don’t leave out the people that matter to her most.
  9. Value Responsibility: Whoever is in charge of keeping the order over this raucous affair should take responsibility for a few key things, like bringing extra cash, a map of the area, phone numbers for cab companies and a list of addresses for every place on the agenda for the evening.
  10. Have Fun: Whatever you do at the party remember to have fun! Regardless of whether you’ve had a bad day or whether something isn’t going how you planned, don’t let a sour mood ruin the experience for the bachelorette. At this party, you’re a slave to someone else. Keep a positive attitude and have a blast!

With these tips, all of your planning is bound to result in a one of a kind bachelorette party, so why not customize one of a kind tees for the occasion? We have countless designs to help you make countless memories. Visit CustomizedGirl.com, and design your custom bachelorette party apparel today!

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8 May 2008

All About Celebrities Blog Carnival: Volume 3

This is the 3rd Edition of the All About Celebrities Blog Carnival. Thanks to everyone who has been following and submitting to our blog Carnival. We’ve had two great additions so far and this one is going to be even better I think. Also feel free to link back to the Customized Girl Blog. To submit to the All About Celebrities blog visit Blog Carnival and click “submit an article” on the side bar. Thats old business now to new business. Ladies and Gentleman I give to you the 3rd Edition of the All About Celebrities Blog Carnival! Enjoy…

Jwill presents 2008 CMT Awards (with videos) posted at The Wi11is.

Cindy McKie presents Three Hot Short Hairstyles posted at Her Hairstyle Blog.

Woman Tribune presents Mary-Kate Olsen, The Hippie posted at Woman Tribune.

Andy Boyd presents 25 Ludicrously Expensive Celebrity Homes posted at ProTraveller.

A. Lee presents Meet Banksy – video | eArtFair . com posted at eArtFair . com.

Fierce Diva presents Celebrity Fish Lips – This IS NOT Cute posted at Fierce Diva – Humorous Insight, Celebrity Gossip, Fashion, Fitness and Diet Tips for Women.

Fierce Diva presents Screech Diamond – The Assclown of VH1 posted at Fierce Diva – Humorous Insight, Celebrity Gossip, Fashion, Fitness and Diet Tips for Women.

garry presents 2 Million Dollar Bills » Blog Archive » David Beckham, Celebrity Boxing Match, Scotland Versus England posted at 2 Million Dollar Bills.

Don presents Asia’h Epperson posted at Asia’h Epperson.

Sara Ost presents Cindy Crawford Is Thirsty for Change Are You posted at Sara Ost.

Tamika M. Murray presents Monday Man-Nick Swardson posted at PJ’s and A Movie.

Marilyn Terrell for Marc Silver presents Pop Omnivore – Advice to Paris Hilton: Look Out for the Cheetah! – National Geographic Magazine – NGM.com posted at Pop Omnivore.

Jason DeFuria presents Britney Spears, crazy in a good way? posted at What Planet Is This?.

Leslie Carbone presents Jeremiah Wright, Superstar posted at Leslie Carbone.

Tony Clements presents i just got gooned! posted at t u e s d a y s.

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2 May 2008

Customized Girl Design Contest 4: Win $200

Welcome back for another Customized Girl Design Contest! Simply create, save, and tag your design “Contest 4″ for the chance to win $200 and the honor of viewing your design in the pages of US Weekly.

Check out the winners of Contest 1, Contest 2, and Contest 3:

Winners 1 2 and 3

This is an ongoing contest, so after we choose a winner for Contest 4, Contest 5 will launch immediately. We’ll choose the winner on May 13th and announce it in this blog. We’ll also alert the winner by email.

The design we choose will be used to advertise Customized Girl, so keep that in mind when creating your designs. We’re looking for something that is obviously personalized, and hopefully smart, funny, and cute too! We know that’s a lot to ask for, but the bar has been set pretty high by the previous entries.

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If you’ve never saved a design before, here’s a quick lesson:

Choose any piece of apparel from one of our many categories (we recommend Her Tops and Undies). In the Design Center you can add text, clipart, and your own images. Everything is adjustable, so feel free to experiment with the text styles, colors, sizes, etc.

Most importantly, be sure to save your design once you’re finished. Just click the save button in the Design Center, which looks like this:

SaveToGallery

(If you’re not already logged in, you’ll have to log in or create an account at this point. Don’t worry it’s super easy and takes 5 seconds.)

On the next page name your design, choose the first tag from the drop down menu, and add “Contest 3” as an additional tag.

Tag it Contest 3

Be sure to leave your Share Option as “share”. Then click “Save” and you’re done!

*You must be 18 years old to claim your prize.

*Enter as many times as you want. You do not have to purchase your design to be entered into the contest. Thanks so much for participating and good luck!

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