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Happy Birthday, Ann-Margret

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Viva Las Vegas

Happy birthday, Ann-Margret.  I’ve stayed at the Flamingo in Las Vegas a couple of times.  Although the pool area has been completely redesigned, when I’m there I can’t stop myself from thinking that I could be standing in the exact same place where you and Elvis once stood.  It’s a magical feeling.


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April 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm

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The Short Hair Hall of Fame

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Annie Lennox

It’s no secret that I adore short hair.  For that reason, I’ve decided to devote a new category on my blog to the women who make short hair look so desirable.  They’re a group of trendsetters, iconoclasts and sex symbols.  Many of them have also inspired Tyra Banks to dedicate a makeover to them on America’s Next Top Model (quite possibly the ultimate tribute to a haircut in this Golden Age in which we live).

First on the list is Annie Lennox.  One of the greatest things about Annie Lennox’s look is that she’s never even flirted with long hair.  With a face that can carry an entire cosmetic counter, I suppose that she’s never felt the need to prove her femininity with a longer hairstyle; she’s girly enough to wear a buzz cut and a business suit with confidence.  In situations that would make most women look like drag queens (like the video for Why?), Lennox looks like a goddess.  She is the decisive answer to every argument about whether or not short hair can be as alluring as long hair on a woman.

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April 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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Happy Birthday, Sheena Easton

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Sheena Easton

Happy birthday, Sheena Easton.  Your face is jammin’.  Your body’s heck-a-slammin . . .

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April 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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Would you date a guy in a headband?

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Mike Reno and Ann Wilson

Today at the gym there was this guy walking around the weight room with a white headband that reminded me of Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid.  Even worse, it actually dangled down the guy’s neck, like a rattail braid.

Seeing it got me thinking about how open-minded I am about fashion.  While I profess to be incredibly tolerant of the stylistic choices of others, I’m not as forgiving as I pretend to be.  If this guy walked up to me and asked me out, I’d emphatically say “NO!”  I wouldn’t be able to help myself.

So the question is would you date a guy in a headband?  It could be any kind of headband, like the Karate Kid style, or the Mike Reno bandana (pictured above), or the 80s-style shoestring type, or even the braided Jackie Stallone variety — it doesn’t matter.  Are men in headbands as repulsive to you as they are to me?

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April 26, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Lawrence Stroll

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Uma Thurman and Lawrence Stroll

Co-chairman of Sportswear Holdings Limited and major shareholder in Michael Kors Corporation.  Stroll began his career in fashion by buying up children’s wear licenses for Pierre Cardin in Canada, moving onto Polo brands and eventually becoming one of the principle players in the development of the Tommy Hilfiger empire and the rebranding of Asprey.

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April 26, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Happy Birthday, Carol Burnett

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Carol Burnett

Happy birthday, Carol Burnett.  I got you a present.  I saw it in the window and I just couldn’t resist it.

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April 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

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Smell My Greatness

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Nicotiana alata

I’ve decided that it’s time to start seeking investors for my signature fragrance “Auntie Fashion: Smell My Greatness.”

The scent will be a floral concoction based upon one of my favorite flowers, Nicotiana alata.  A few years ago I planted these lovely blossoms in my friend Korky’s garden in a corridor between her house and her neighbor’s house.  As the sun set, the flowers would release their powerful scent and Korky’s entire yard would be filled with the jasmine-like fragrance of the blooms.

I know that I’ve dismissed the celebrity fragrance business before (with the exception of Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth), but I don’t want to get into the business for the money.  I just want people to smell better.  If this project doesn’t amount to anything, I guess I’ll just run for city council on an “anti-stink bylaw” platform.

In either case, I’m going to need some financial backing.  Who wants to help me make the world a less-malodorous place?

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April 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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