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  • Inside notoriously ritzy Gangnam, 'the Beverly Hills of South Korea'

    06/22/2018 3:37:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 22, 2018 | Harrison Jacobs and Myelle Lansat
    The Gangnam district is known as "South Korea's Beverly Hills" for its exorbitant real-estate prices and wealthy residents. •Property in Gangnam is three and a half times as expensive as South Korea's real-estate average. •The Gangnam neighborhoods of Cheongdam and Apgujeong are full of luxury fashion houses, plastic-surgery clinics, high-end real estate, and the homes of many Korean celebrities. •PSY's international song "Gangnam Style" famously lampooned the wealthy district, which has an outsized reputation in Korean culture. Ever since PSY's international mega-hit "Gangnam Style" in 2012, people all over the world have heard the name of Seoul's most affluent district....
  • ‘Housewives’ say Bravo keeps the booze flowing

    06/16/2018 2:10:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Page Six ^ | June 16, 2018 | Dana Schuster
    Aviva Drescher, who starred on Seasons 5 and 6 of “Real Housewives of New York,” said the show’s production team could sometimes go too far with their eagerness to liquor up the cast. She recalled the time a producer phoned ahead of filming and asked her to take a shot of alcohol with castmate Ramona Singer during a reconciliation scene at a restaurant. “I told the head producer, ‘I don’t want to do a shot. Can you just fill it with water?’ ” said Drescher, 47, who grew up with an alcoholic mother and says she had never taken a shot...
  • Kim Jong-un FAVOURITE for Nobel Peace Prize in blow to Donald Trump

    06/11/2018 12:35:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | June 11, 2018 | Anthony Blair
    The North Korean dictator is fancied at 4/6 to take the prize jointly with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in. Donald Trump is second favourite at 10/1 by bookies Ladbrokes. The two leaders are in Singapore for a showdown summit to solve the ongoing crisis over Pyongyang's nuke programme, which has led to fears of a major world war. The US President has sounded a positive note ahead of the crisis talks with Kim. Earlier he tweeted: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" Kim was also pictured in a candid selfie smiling with politicians on a night...
  • The royal wedding served bowl food and it’s all over Instagram but what is it?

    05/29/2018 10:15:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Metro News ^ | May 28, 2018 | Faima Bakar
    Bowl food is exactly what it sounds like; food in a bowl. We’re not sure what the craze is all about, but it seems to be all over Instagram. And it might have something to do with the royal wedding – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did serve bowl food, after all, when they tied the knot. Their royal lunch included pea and mint risotto, chicken fricassee and a slow-roasted pork belly, served with apple compote and crackling. So what exactly is bowl food and where has it come from? Bowl food is larger than a canapé and about a...
  • How Melania Trump Decorated The White House Was Surprisingly Low-Key

    05/28/2018 12:09:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Elite Daily ^ | May 28, 2018 | Nick Ciccone
    Each incoming administration gets the honor of redecorating the White House to reflect its own unique style. The Trumps are no different, with the first family reportedly opting for some decor that's more in line with their taste. Here's how Melania Trump decorated the White House when the 45th president took office in January 2017. Congress provides the first family with a $100,000 redecorating budget, per The Daily News, and there's actually a warehouse of furniture and art in a high-security facility managed by the White House curator that the new presidential family can choose from. The Obamas chose to...
  • Boyband BTS make K-Pop history by topping US album charts

    05/28/2018 11:24:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | May 28, 2018 | Agence France Presse
    SEOUL - South Korean boyband phenomenon BTS have become the first K-Pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre's growing global appeal. Known for their boyish good looks, floppy haircuts and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea's best known and most lucrative musical exports. On Monday they passed a new milestone - becoming the first K-Pop group to top the Billboard 200 music charts which ranks albums via sales, downloads and streams. "It's the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first...
  • There’s A Melania Trump Orchid & It Won An Award This Weekend

    05/23/2018 6:09:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bustle ^ | May 23, 2018 | Monica Hunter-Hart
    Add this to the ongoing list of fun facts about the Trump family: Melania Trump has an orchid named after her. The flower is a hybrid orchid known as Rhyncholaeliocattleya Melania Trump, or "Rlc Melania Trump," and it even won an award this weekend. When you know the context, the fact that this flower exists isn't so bizarre. It was created by Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc., a company that breeds orchids and has a longstanding tradition of naming flowers after the spouses of the two leading presidential candidates during election years. The company gave both Melania Trump and Bill...
  • Trump and Melania reveal their wedding gift to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

    05/17/2018 10:21:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 17, 2018 | Naomi Lim
    President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be donating to a charity of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's choice in honor of their wedding. "President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the 7 charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts,' Lindsay Walters, a spokeswoman for the White House, told the Daily Mail ahead of the nuptials on Saturday. The organizations chosen by the British prince and his American fiancee include the Children's HIV Association, Crisis, the Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty's Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage, and...
  • Popular baby names for 2017: Melania rising, Kylo falling — Liam, Emma top annual list

    05/11/2018 7:55:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 11, 2018 | Jeff Weiner
    The most popular baby names for 2017 have been revealed: For the second consecutive year, Emma was the top name for baby girls, while Liam took the top spot for boys born last year. Rounding out the top five for boys were Noah — last year’s top name — then William, James and Logan. Behind Emma, Olivia was the second-most-popular name for girls, followed by Ava, Isabella and Sophia. A name from politics — Melania, spelled the same as First Lady Melania Trump — ranked fifth on the list of girl names that increased in popularity in 2017, behind Ensey,...
  • In Philippines, an obsession with beauty pageants

    05/09/2018 6:55:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | January 30, 2017 | Aya Lowe
    When Pia Wurtzbach brought back the Miss Universe crown in 2015 she received a hero’s welcome. Ayala Avenue, the main road of Manila’s central business district was closed off midday, during a weekday and people gathered in their thousands carrying signs, waving flags and tearing up as they greeted the newly crowned beauty queen. It was a day of national pride for Filipinos. For the first time in 42 years, a Filipina brought home the most coveted crown in the beauty pageant industry. And in a country where pageants are followed and cheered on as much as the Superbowl, the...
  • Melania Trump shows why America is falling in love with her

    05/09/2018 1:18:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 2018 | Lauren DeBellis Appell
    True to her own unique style, first lady Melania Trump unveiled her policy platform Monday, which is counter to the traditional single-issue initiatives we’ve become accustomed to seeing first ladies take on. Instead she chose a broad approach to a campaign that tackles several issues our nation’s children face. Specifically, the first lady’s Be Best campaign centers on three parts: well-being, social media use and opioid abuse. In a speech in the Rose Garden announcing the initiative, the first lady said: “Let us teach our children the difference between right and wrong, and encourage them to be best in their...
  • McEnany Slams Media's Coverage of Melania: They Attack Anyone Named Trump

    05/08/2018 11:05:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 8, 2018
    Republican National Committee spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany slammed the media for its critical coverage of first lady Melania Trump. McEnany pointed to rumors that the first lady does not live in the White House, which White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed as "tabloid gossip" when a reporter raised the topic during Monday's press briefing. McEnany said this is yet another example of how low the media will attack anyone with the last name Trump. "We saw it throughout the 2016 election. They were not just condescending to Melania, they weren't [just] rude, they weren't just petty, but they were outright...
  • First lady Melania Trump steps out

    05/07/2018 10:21:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7, 2018 | Jonathan Easley and Alexis Simendinger
    First Lady Melania Trump steps out of her comfort zone and into the spotlight today. Melania Trump, who has carved out a private life as she and President Trump raise their son Barron Trump at the White House, will unveil her formal initiatives as first lady at 3 p.m. in the Rose Garden. Her focus will be on the well-being of children, a White House source told us Sunday, and she wants her portfolio to be a bit broader than the single initiatives often identified with previous first ladies. That’s in line with Melania Trump’s favorite issues during her 12...
  • How Quinceañeras Work

    05/06/2018 11:48:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies
    How Stuff Works ^ | October 16, 2017 | Cristen Conger
    For Hispanic girls in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the United States and elsewhere, the 15th birthday marks the most lavish celebration of their lives. Designating a girl’s transition from childhood to adulthood, the quinceañera is a two-part festivity that traces back to both indigenous and European cultural traditions and has become an increasingly opulent affair in recent years. Parents may even spend more on their daughters' "Sweet 15" quinceañeras than their weddings, in fact, which is why some refer them as mini bodas, or miniature weddings. Not counting the birthday presents a young girl might receive, a low-end quinceañera in...
  • Members of the public invited to royal wedding bemused by advice to "bring your own picnic"

    05/04/2018 1:09:44 PM PDT · by ethom · 28 replies
    Yahoo Lifestyle ^ | May 4 2018 | Ciara Sheppard
    When 1,200 members of the public were hand-selected to attend the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there was no doubt they’d won a lucky ticket. But now, some invitees have been left bemused to discover their won’t be any catering for the masses after being advised to “bring a picnic.” The guests, who will presumably be waiting inside the grounds of Windsor Castle for hours during the day, have been sent letters by the Lord Lieutenants (the Queen’s representatives) to bring their own food as there will not be any catering. They were also advised that it...
  • Kanye West Wants President Donald Trump to Be Daughter Chicago's Godparent

    04/27/2018 1:08:04 PM PDT · by ethom · 20 replies
    In Touch ^ | April 26, 2018 | staff
    Kanye West has been tweeting non-stop and proclaiming his love for Donald Trump. Now, it is being revealed he has a big request for the President — and it involves his youngest daughter Chicago. "Kanye’s infatuated with Trump and is considering asking POTUS to be Chicago’s godfather," a source told In Touch exclusively. "He loves, respects, and admires Trump and feels a man of his prestige and power would be a perfect influence in children’s lives." However, his wife Kim Kardashian is completely opposed to the idea. "She despises Trump and doesn’t like what he stands for and is telling...
  • Fashion Notes: Melania Trump Puts Final Touches on US-France State Dinner in Classic Michael Kors

    04/23/2018 2:21:51 PM PDT · by ethom · 15 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 23 Apr 2018 | by John Binder
    First Lady Melania Trump is putting the final touches on this week’s United States-France State Dinner, in which she and President Donald Trump are hosting at the White House with special guests French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. Mrs. Trump wore a classic, menswear-inspired white shirt with a pair of blue and white gingham cigarette pants by Michael Kors, which retail at Saks Fifth Avenue for $695 on Monday. The pants a reminiscent of the blue and white gingham coat and matching stilettos that Mrs. Trump wore on her trip to Belgium last year, as Breitbart News noted....
  • A century of scouting: Bisbee's Troop 1 turns 100

    01/17/2018 4:47:00 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | David Rookhuyzen
    BISBEE — Bisbee’s Troop 1 is like any of the hundreds of Boy Scouts of America troops across the state. The members go camping, plan service projects and earn merit badges. But what sets Bisbee’s troop apart is they’ve been doing it for 100 years and were doing it before all the others — at least officially. The Lone Troop Bisbee’s troop — the first formed and the last of seven that once existed in the community — is celebrating this month the 100th anniversary of receiving its charter through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1918. On official...
  • My thoughts on what will happen when NPV goes into effect

    01/03/2018 11:35:20 AM PST · by Mafe · 46 replies
    NPV was started back in 2007. Never mind that it already violates the law - as I understand states must get Congressional approval before entering into contracts that affect the federal government. So far, ever since 2007, the Democrat has won the popular vote in every presidential election and in every NPV state. When NPV gets enough states to reach 270, there will be a situation where one candidate wins the popular vote in a state but is denied the electoral votes from that state because of NPV. This alone would be enough to cause a lawsuit, and on top...
  • 'Stunning' Tiffany Trump Sparks Frenzy In Alabama With Wide-Neck Blouse, Dewy Looks and Blowout Hair

    12/05/2017 12:21:57 PM PST · by drewh · 63 replies
    International Business Times UK ^ | week of dec 3 | By Sutrishna Ghosh
    'The most beautiful girl' Tiffany looked like a southern lass as she accessorised with a string choker and fresh blowout hair. Move over Ivanka and Melania — there is a new fashion enthusiast from the Trump family, who is taking social media by storm, one post at a time. After stirring fan frenzy with her elegant yet edgy nude dress, Tiffany is back to turning heads with her sartorial choices — this time in a sassy ash blouse. The 24-year-old daughter of US President Donald Trump shared a sunny click from Alabama recently; but what seems to have caught fans'...