Get ready for an early Valentine's, ladies. The MAC Hello Kitty Collection will be released in February 2009 (live online on Jan.7; online to buy Feb.10; in stores Feb.12). Jennifer Balbier, senior VP of product development for MAC states: "To me, MAC Hello Kitty embodies the ultimate beauty icon...she's sweet, and sexy, slightly edgy, and appeals to a wide range of customers."
The MAC Hello Kitty Collection offers 2 formats: the Hello Kitty Colour Collection and the high-end Hello Kitty Kouture.
The Hello Kitty Colour Collection features 6 lipsticks, six lipglass, 2 tinted lip conditioners, 2 eyeshadow palettes (each contain 4 shades); 2 pigments; 2 Reflects Glitter stockkeeping units (one blue, one pink); 4 Glitter eyeliners, 2 beauty powders; 3 nail polishes; a black mascara; and false lashes.
Hello Kitty Kouture features 2 shades of Dazzleglass (with a reusable silver chain pendant with Hello Kitty outlined in Swarovski crystals on black with a pink crystal bow); Sheer Mystery Powder, available in 3 shades, is packaged in a silver powder compact with Hello Kitty outlined in Swarovski crystals with a pink crystal bow on a black background.
The MAC Hello Kitty collection will also include makeup bags; a plush doll; purse mirror; 3-brush collection; a mirrored key clip; a beaded bracelet; a tote; and a soft vanity kit.
Keep the dates in mind because the MAC Hello Kitty Collection will only stick around for a projected 3 weeks! *gasp*
"Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have f*cked with?" a cool Clint Eastwood says, "That's me." Set to be released in select theatres on January 19, Gran Torino stars venerable Clint Eastwood as Walt Kowalski, a disgruntled Korean War veteran who is despised by everyone, from his sons to the local parish priest. To top it off, Walt is also racially intolerant towards his Hmong neighbours.
Things change after he catches a Hmong boy named Tao attempting to steal his 1972 Gran Torino as part of a gang initiation. As Tao is forced by his tradition-oriented family to work for Kowalski in penance, Walt finds himself eventually welcomed by and drawn to his neighbours. Having been estranged by the world around him, the lonely Walt not only embraces Hmong culture, but becomes the protective saviour of Tao's family.
The film features a leading cast made up almost entirely of Hmong actors, the first for a mainstream American film. All but one of the ten Hmong leads are acting for the first time, as were many of the Hmong extras. Clint's taking a huge leap in his movie career, so could this be his final showdown with the establishment?
Right before the new millennium dawned on us back in the late 90's, a worldwide systems meltdown was 'supposed' to turn everything upside-down and a spawning of new ideas for the next 100 years fancied our imaginations. Future tee shirts were projected to clean themselves and animals were foreseen to have equal rights in court. Remember that?
Well, right on that imaginative wagon was Italian industrial designer Piergiorgio Robino who founded Nucleo International in 1997, a Torino-based design company inspired to look into the millennium with introspective and experimental design concepts that reflect the spirit of future change.
One of the company's most recent projects, the PH Limited Edition Couch is no exception to its philosophy. It's a thought-provoking pentagonal seat inspired by molecular structures and crystal lattices that are created when atoms bond together. Just like how pentagonal molecular water structures are able to bond into complex figures, PH couches can be pushed together to form intimate (yet also complex) seating arrangements.
In its name the term "PH" is a reminder of measurement, which is what Nucleo is asking consumers to take of the couch's complex structure. Manufactured into 2-, 4-, 6-, 8-, or 10-seaters, there's no telling how complex these measurements can be!Posted by valerie.chin | December 24, 2008 | Comments (0)
The National Taiwan University of Science and Technology has created a robot that can move its limbs, blink its eyes, and move its mouth, all the while preventing all small children from sleeping at night.
At the Taipei International Invention Show & Technomart, this creepy version of WALL-E was introduced to President Ma who looks less than thrilled with the peel-away face on the robot (look on the left side of featured picture).
Although Ma seemingly had flashes of vicious Terminator scenes running through his mind, the robot was a definite hit and was marveled at by the visitors.
A white teacher from Rockland County made a bad decision recently when she decided on her method to teach a class of black middle schoolers about slavery.
Eileen Bernstein, a social studies teacher at Haverstraw Middle School, chose two
victims girls to demonstrate conditions on ships that carried slaves out of Africa. Gabrielle Shand, a descendant of Jamaican slaves, had not volunteered to be a part of this experiment lesson, yet she was chosen above other students who had actually volunteered. The simulation process resulted in two things: the two students crawling under their desks with their hands and feet taped together, and later, a terrified and bawling Gabrielle when she returned home.
Her mother, Christine, was none too pleased:
"[Gabrielle] was horrified...There are other ways to demonstrate slavery. There are movies, you don't actually have to grab two kids and like put shackles on them"
In a meeting, Eileen Bernstein argued she was trying to inspire her students (after watching Dead Poet's Society for the 18th time) and kind-of apologized for any trauma she may have induced on the child, but refused to apologize for her method of teaching. This didn't satisfy the infuriated mother, and she is currently mulling over whether or not she should file a lawsuit.Posted by Matthew Tsang | December 22, 2008 | Comments (0)
Thought Singapore was the home of the serious buttoned-down types...yet one of the most cheekiest ad campaigns ever has come outta this tiny nation. Will wonders never cease?
Strip, a Brazilian-wax salon in Singapore, has taken advantage of current affairs with a play-on-words in an ad-campaign that proclaims: "Farewell Bush". The salon invites newbies to "celebrate change" by offering a 20% discount on their first Brazilian wax.
DDB Singapore ad agency created the Strip ads, which include posters that say: "Bye Bye Bush" and "Boy, Are We Glad to See Bush Go" and "No More Bush" and "Life Will be Better Without Bush". Hee.
Strip's public relations manager Janet Lim stated that Strip has always been cheeky, fun and forward: "America is known to be liberal and we hope Singaporeans will be, too. The ads are not meant to insult any politician or country. Hopefully, people here will get the joke."
At this year's Vancouver Asian Film Festival, the film screening of Ping Pong Playa showed a scene where the film's father-figure is frying spam for breakfast in a wok, while loudly singing Chinese opera. Supposedly the scene was straight out of Jessica Yu's own family life, and it would have been perfect material for the hilarious website, My Mom is a FOB (MMIAF).
MMIAF is the love project of social media masters Teresa Wu and Serena Wu. Both operate their own successful blogs, but began this one as a sort of "support group" for all those with hilarious and exasperating FOB (Fresh Off the Boat = recent immigrant, for you nobs out there) mothers.
Visitors are welcome to submit their own amusing stories as well, and there is even a site for Dad's too (My Dad is a FOB)!Posted by Jordana Mah | December 12, 2008 | Comments (0)
One of the world's most popular dramatic, comedic, and action movie stars. One of the highest paid actors in film. His films earn over one billion dollars worldwide. He's won Grammy's, been nominated for Oscars. Yet David Walker's article asks: "SO, HOW COME WILL SMITH NEVER GETS THE GIRL?"
Walker wonders why Will Smith never "gets the girl" -- as in a romantic or sexual connection between the hero and the girl "as a means to propel the story, develop character or establish the heterosexuality of the protagonist." Will Smith has been known to get the girl in some of his action films, such as "Bad Boys II" (with Gabrielle Union) and "Enemy of the State" (with Lisa Bonet and Regina King) and "Hitch" (with Eva Mendes), but there's no real sexual chemistry with his female co-stars.
David Walker suggests the other possible reason is the role of racial politics surrounding Will Smith's inability to get the girl. As Walker explains: "In the films where Smith does have some sort of romantic/sexual relationship with a woman -- be it an action film or a comedy -- she is always played by a black or Hispanic actress. But Smith's characters have never had a relationship with the white women he has been cast opposite of. This signals a definite step backwards from the days of films like "Shaft" and "Slaughter," where black action heroes like Richard Roundtree and Jim Brown got white girls all the time."
Maia de la Baume's article Across France, Cafe Owners Are Suffering lays it all out. Sigh. But cafes are so....French! Apparently, all over France, traditional cafes and cafe-bars are suffering due to changing attitudes, habits, and the poor economic climate: "In 1960, France had 200,000 cafes....now it has fewer than 41,500, with an average of two closing every day." Mon Dieu!
It doesn't help that Sarkozy's government extended its smoking ban to bars, cafes and restaurants this year, and local police hover near bars at night in efforts to crack down on drunk-drivers.
Cafes, once the place to be in a town, was where one relaxed, hung out with friends, did business, and savoured a meal. A Parisian cafe owner observes: "The way of life has changed...The French are no longer eating and drinking like the French. They are eating and drinking like the Anglo-Saxons (the British and Americans)" because "they eat less and spend less time at it." People are now buying coffee and liquor to drink and make at home, or grabbing a cup of coffee at a kiosk en route to work, smoking on the way.
One cafe owner lamented: "We have to be very careful...If we standardize everything in France, and we study everything, and forbid everything, we destroy respect for our culture. We need to preserve the cafe bar. What is a village but a cafe, a school, a pharmacy, a bakery and a city hall?"
What's France without cafes? Sigh.Posted by Tamiko | December 9, 2008 | Comments (2)
Before Schema ever existed, there was TRACE MAGAZINE, "the international magazine focusing on transcultural styles and ideas." You may have noticed model-turned-media-mogul Tyra Banks' speak of her recent crusade to change the American concept of beauty (to include darker skinned women) ... many might say, "Where have you been, Tyra?" Trace has been at this subversive agenda for quite some time!
In their most recent Issue No. 83, Black Girls Rule! we are reminded that the pursuit for a racial equality is so tightly tied to media:
"Our Black Girls Rule issue is always about more than mere beauty." It's about the perennial habit of looking at the amazing range of human beauty and the evolutionary force that fuels this habit: curiosity about the people we're looking at-- how they got where they are, how they're getting where they're going. (Editor, STEPHEN GRECO)
"Ethnic cool-makers" also featured in this issue include: Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, indie artist Muhsinah, singer Janelle Monáe, vocalist and bass player Esperanza Spalding and cover feature, KERI HILSON. Yes, you've got it ... Black Girls Rule!
Trace is simply a HOT magazine. Definitively ethnic cool, it's full of beautiful people, great photography, great fashion, intelligent articles packed with visibly diverse, contemporary and globally influential people.Posted by Alden | December 8, 2008 | Comments (1)