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Swedish Royal Wedding: Princess Madeleine and ordinary American banker


June 8th was a both a special and a spectacular day for the Swedish Royal Family.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 30, and NYC banker Christopher O’Neill, 38, held a wedding ceremony in Stockholm Saturday that drew about 500 European royals and wealthy jet-setters. It was prepared exquisitely for a princess with a kiss on the balcony, a carriage of course, and many little activities to commemorate this marriage.
Oh, and her Dad, King Carl XVI Gustaf, is said to be paying for the expenses.

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Which princess is she? She’s the fourth in line. She hasn’t had the best reputation among her people since in her early 20s, she would be found partying in the nightclubs and always presented herself in extravagant clothes. Her sister Victoria, has a better reputation with the crowd since she married a commoner. Victoria is first in line for the throne who married her fitness trainer about three years ago, and now they have a pretty daughter by the name of Estelle. SHE’S ADORABLE!!

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However, Princess Madeleine heartbroken after her previous fiancé had an affair with a Norwegian handball player, she fled to a new life in New York, started working at her mother’s non-profit World Childhood Foundation, and found Mr. Rich O’Neill. Isn’t this a fairy tale?

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Christopher and Princess will make their home in New York: He passed up the offer for a royal title, which would have required he become a Swedish citizen since he’s already both American and British.

Guests at the wedding included the U.K.’s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie; Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

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O’Neill had also invited many of his super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo, and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invitees were Duran Duran band member John Taylor, the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, and golfer Jesper Parnevik.

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AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/guests-arrive-to-wedding-between-swedens-princess-madeleine-and-new-york-banker/2013/06/08/0a92630a-d03c-11e2-9772-6fcf660e8c49_story.html


**Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence- 3 Movies Together!


Hello WordPress!

It all started with this :

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Then, I decided to search “Jennifer Lawrence” through the Google search engine.

Focused on this, and thinking to myself- What are the upcoming movies and projects?

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hmm..2013- American Hustle. Alright, something to look forward to. Interesting plot.  Actors…

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Wait. BRADLEY COOPER? (Silver Lining Playbook Costar…again?)

I say to myself, they must be really compatible with each other due to all the high demands of Hollywood.

hmm..what else? Serena? Why haven’t I heard of that?

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Oh…it WILL come out.

Susanne Bier is the director, love her. Her movies are so real, touching and down-to-earth.

Talks about a couple….Jennifer and.. BRADLEY??

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Wow! I am amazed at how many films they are doing together!!

All I know is that when Titanic was made, there was a huge rave about the couple -Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet..and their second movie together was about 10 years later. o.O

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Whereas, in just 2-3 years, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence will/have co-acted together.

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Fascinating , huh? Who’s excited about what they have more to offer on-screen!?

Odile!


California Living: Healdsberg

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Hello WordPress!!

This weekend was Mother’s Day! My family and I decided to spend it at a little city located in Sonoma County called Healdsburg. The area is known for producing wine (:

We were blessed with a beautiful day too! Mother enjoyed her gift with the family!

Healdsburg is a sweet town with lots of cute/chic boutiques and wonderful restaurants! At the end of the day, we bought a couple plates, and two pieces of jewelry, oh. and we had such a delicious lunch!

We hope to visit it once more during the Summer

Here are a few pictures of the mini-outing!

Enjoy! and WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA LIVING!

Odile

 

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French Word of the Night : La Gueule de Bois

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Salut WordPress!!

Don’t we all want to know a useful French word besides… Bonjour? :)

Well, that was a sarcastic comment, but I think knowing the French translation of ‘Hangover’ would perk your interest, and it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle to learn and memorize :)

What is pretty interesting about this translation is that, Gueule means long face, and Bois means Wood…

So .. Hangover= Wooden Face= LA GUEULE DE BOIS

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Party safely!

Odile

 


A Chic Look with One Item

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Good Evening WordPress Readers!

I have never been a fashionista; I’m not the person that would be able to create a fashion blog about all the clothes I wear, as an example.

In other words, I’m a neophyte and an amateur when it comes to fashion, but there’s one thing I’m absolutely certain of.

In the States, this item hasn’t really reached its popularity, and since Europe has already introduced this item in trend, I know that it will eventually spread to the States. (American fashion is always behind, in my opinion)

The secret is FUR ! Yes! Having Fur is the secret ingredient! *I’m not supporting killing animals for fur, I mean FAKE FUR!*

This little accessory helps bring out the trendy, elegance, and chic style! It really works wonders! I’ve gotten compliments that I look like a celebrity :) haha

FUR IS THE MUST HAVE FOR THE WINTER/EARLY SPRING! 

This is moi with fur. Do you see the difference? Imagine me without the fur.

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Well…I only wear my fur coat during the weekends.

Happy Shopping,

Odile


Boozt Winter Fashion Items of the End of January 2013

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http://www.boozt.com is a European online fashion site and within 15 minutes, I had found all these stunning items! It’s a fabulous shopping website!

These are a mix of boots, jackets, sweaters and coats for the cold!

If you do like them as well, you may click the links at the bottom of each image to get more information. (I got a majority of them in the sale section so hurry!!) Tell me which numbers you liked!

1. Raw Pu Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/only/raw-pu-jacket-bb-otw_1847586/1847587?navId=47990

2. Dallas Gold Short Pu Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/wp-dallas-gold-short-pu-jacket-km_1746677/1747687?navId=47990

3. Spring Knit Top

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vila/springly-knit-top_1824301/1824116?navId=47990

4. Eboni Short Leather Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/eboni-short-leather-jacket-km_1848086/1848092?navId=50821

5. Vera Moda Denim Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/new-soya-ls-denim-jacket-mix-wall_1881286/1881287?navId=50821

6. Cashott Boots
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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/cashott/boots_1561748/1561749?navId=5249&page=1&limit=80&order=arrival_date&subcategory=4245267%2C4245251%2C4245247

7. Leather Jacket by Minus
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8. Prismo Knit Pullover (I like the special cowboy detail)
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9. Black Tina Shoe
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10. Vero Moda Leather Jacket
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11. Outdoor Jackets (I don’t know which color to pick !)
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12. Esprit Casual Sweater
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13. Gestuz Vest (Unlike those other leather jackets (above), this one is a sleeveless one! )
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Thanks for reading, and tell me which number items you loved!

Odile


Thought of the Night #1


Greetings WordPress Readers!

Corporal Punishment has been long a controversial topic throughout the world and so I am curious to know what your opinion is:) And you may choose as many choices as you wish.

Feel free to share your personal light on this serious subject!

Thank you again and have a safe weekend,

Odile


Several Useful Sites for Editing Photos

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Hello WordPress Readers!

Today’s post will be about recommending a few reliable, and efficient photo-editing sites for all of you. I personally love editing pictures because a photo becomes spectacular after being embellished, right?

I am not a fan of downloading apps that take huge amounts of space on the computer’s disk hardware, and no one is sure if the app carries a virus… Which is why, I’m pro for websites.

*Feel free to check out my other edited pictures on the Background Photos*

1. http://www.pixlr.com/express

I do adore pixlr! It has got to be my favorite editing site for all my photos. It offers a bunch of tools to edit the photos.The EXPRESS part of it is absolutely easy to use and it produces amazing, great, and professional photos.

I have not explored more than the Express part because the other two, I feel are too advanced for my neophyte computer skills.

My work of NADAL through pixlr -( and yes, Pixlr offers the option of creating a collage)charlarpic2

2. IPHOTO EDITING

This only applies to those who own APPLE products like a mac. Once I import all my camera photos into IPHOTO, I then edit them using this Iphoto Editing button. It is useful, and helps give the original photo a cleaner, and sharper overall presentation.

After editing through IPHOTO, I usually then continue onto pixlr.

 Simple editing through IPHOTO- (The basics)

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3. http://www.picmonkey.com

Just discovered this today! I’m very glad I did!

It is not as complete as pixlr, but it is still the second-best, so I have got to add this to this list.

Very easy to use, but it’s obvious that the site is trying to earn money by putting a bunch of restrictions on tools that pixlr has for free, and the ads at the bottom page.

Still, don’t hesitate to try this site too, you might prefer this than Pixlr.

Just about the level of Pixlr. Love it too!

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La France: Truth or Myth?


Hey WordPress Readers!

I’m hoping that this post will hopefully enlighten those who are inspired to visit or..to re-visit France for a longer period.

1. French toilets are erroneous

…TRUTH! Public restrooms are usually unsanitary, however, there are quite a few which are decent.

If you are in Paris and are in need of a toilet badly, try to find the nearest shopping mall or hotel that will accept you to use their service. Nowadays Paris has become pretty money-minded due to all the tourism; it charges for public toilets. I swear, there is such a thing as ‘French tourism toilet income’, and it’s no guarantee that the priced ones are ‘clean’.

Good luck! SIT AT YOUR OWN RISK :D

2. The French are absolutely rude

MYTH! This has got to be the biggest/most common stereotype about the French (at least from my conversations with Americans). They are not rude. Sure, they may come off slightly reserved at first, but it’s just a matter of you making the first ‘leap of faith’.

It will most certainly take courage but it will be worth the 10 seconds you’ll spend introducing yourself and starting the journey of a new friendship.

In my opinion, the French are not like a majority of Californians who will suddenly jump at you trying to get to know you, and then that will be the first and last time you’ll ever see them.

The French are strong in the area of Friendship Bonding. It takes time and patience, but definitely rewarding.

3. Be fluent in French before visiting the country

MYTH! You don’t need to have spent 5 years of your life learning French..to only let yourself travel there. Wouldn’t that be too strict with yourself? I suggest people who go there to buy a petit livre of conversational French on your trip.

In order to avoid making a bad impression to the French, begin the conversation with a few French words. Don’t worry about your mistakes. Show that you are putting an effort in speaking the foreign language instead of ‘Hello. I come from *name of country*’

See my point?

4. They hate Americans

MYTH! haha, you may breathe now!

French don’t hate Americans, however, they do have a ‘low view’ on them ..in general..and I agree with the French.

I’ll be talking about my personal point of view on this one, so don’t get angry if you think differently. As an example, my classmate has asked me : “Which countries is Chinese or whatever Chinese language is, is spoken?” I just stared at him.

Also, there were quite a few of my friends who had no idea, whatsoever, of whom Andrea Bocelli is.

I don’t listen to Opera music…but at least I know who he is; It’s like someone who does not have a clue of whom Mozart is because he doesn’t play the piano.

For many Californians (I think), their nation is a superpower and that is all that counts. IGNORANCE.

5. La Gastronomie Francaise!

TRUTH! French food is definitely varied.

it is superrr delicious that I can’t even explain using words. French cuisine is extremely authentic and exotic- it varies from chicken to intestines. (Not only do the Latin Americans and Chinese eat those stuff…)

One of my favorite dishes is called ‘Steak Tartare’. In short words for this exquisite dish- it is just raw meat. Unfortunately, I’ve never  prepared it in the States due to the use of unknown amounts of hormones in the meat…

6. The culture is sophisticated and perfect!

TRUTH! but..with an exception.

I know this is sooo general but they are really chic from the areas of fashion to culinary arts. If you’ve heard of so many praises of France throughout your life, it’s not false, and neither is it an exaggeration! It is true!

People who visit France for the first time are completely blown away by the French aspects of the rich culture.

There is an exception to this statement though… In my opinion, there are not many talented French singers; French music is pretty weak. In vocals, they are in need of improvement.

AND THAT’S MARION COTILLARD! <3

7. They Stink

MYTH! What is with this stereotype??

The French are not stinky and therefore don’t smell bad. I’ve met and kissed lots of them but I’ve never had an instance where I thought to myself : “When was the last time he took a shower?”

Also, French perfumes are extraordinary! Most people use those expensive, good-smelling products. THEY SMELL FRESH.

8. Women don’t shave

TRU-MYTH! I’m not too sure about this one…

I can’t say that all women don’t shave..but I did meet this French madame who showed her underarms…and it was bushy (period)

9. Nude French Beaches!

TRUTH! Yesss! There are nude beaches!

Don’t be mislead though- Not all French beaches allow nudity; Only a few beaches do…so tourists, don’t be disappointed if you happen to make a spontaneous drop by a French beach during your vacation and not find a topless woman…:)

10. SMOKING!

TRUTH!

So many smoke….a lot! It’s a habit of the French people. They know it’s bad, but they’ve become addicted.

Many begin smoking at 16…It’s part of the culture…

When visiting Paris, you’ll be exposed to all the Tobacco smoke, so be ready :)

I believe that when the French smoke, it’s more a fashion statement than a liking for it.

He’s Jean Baptiste Maunier :) 

Merci!

Odile


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