America’s Love Affair with the Automobile Industry

October 9th, 2013

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world or what language it’s attempted to be translated (yes, even Chinese), the Coca Cola script logo is probably the most recognizable logo world-wide,,, and this is especially important since it’s sold in over 200 countries. It all started back in 1885 when Coca Cola was introduced as a “patent medicine” by pharmacists John S. Pemberton and was the first carbonated drink introduced to Americans. The first Coca Cola logo was designed by Pemberton’s partner and bookkeeper, Frank Mason Robinson who thought the two Cs would be graphically appealing in advertising, and it was Robinson who not only came up with the name of the product, but the logo’s distinctive ribbon style script. Wanting to market predominately to the “young minded,” the typeface (known as Spencerian script) was purposely chosen to appeal to this market segment. Over the years there have been some adaptations made to the style of the original bottle (originally made famous by its curve in 1915), but the “contour bottle” is about as synonymous with Coca Cola as the color red is to its logo script. Often referred to as “the best design ever” the bottle and logo are deeply imbedded in the brand’s corporate identify since registering it as a trademark back in 1887.

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The Natural: Celebrities Who Refuse Plastic Surgery

May 29th, 2013

There are some celebrities who refuse to fix their flaws. They have no interest in surgically altering themselves. A list of well-known people who refuse to get plastic surgery done or conform to the Hollywood standard of beauty is below.

Talk show star Kelly Ripa is 41 and admits that she wears a 32A bra size. Ms. Ripa told Life & Style magazine that she would never get a boob job. She is happy the way she is.
Comedian Tina Fey has never tried to hide knife scar on her face and she refuses to use Read the rest of this entry »

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Why We Watch So Much Television

March 22nd, 2013

Television has become to predominant form of expression in American culture. We can listen to music on the radio, but TV can come into our home through our phones, TVs, computers, and other electronic devices. Plus, sound and music are included in TV, so we can get just about everything we want through the TV.

Going to live performances of anything from an orchestra to a play has become a special event or a date. However, TV is a casual way for us to get entertainment that we can even use while we are doing other things. Many people Read the rest of this entry »

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Five Ways to Stay On-Trend Without Going Off-Budget

June 8th, 2012

We all want to stay on top of the trends but we do not want to spend a whole lot of money to do it. Here are five ways to stay on the trends without straying away from your budget:

Plan Your Spending Ahead of Time: Figure out your how much you have and how much you would like to use for shopping. Make sure after you shop that you are still going to have money Read the rest of this entry »

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An Iconic Death

January 25th, 2011

Sadly, the court of common opinion believes that iconic status can only be achieved after death. But in the case of fashion designer Alexander McQueen he was an icon long before he took his own untimely death in 2010.McQueen is best known for having a hand in the revival of the 1960′s and 1970′s hip- huggers when he brought out his own version of low-rise jeans in the late 1990′s in England and they were quickly referred to as “bumsters.” These low-rise fashion statements caught on in America after Britney Spears started wearing them in 2000.McQueen also became known for using skull motifs in his designs as well as bringing creativity and extravagance to the catwalk at fashion shows which often resulted in shock, surprise, awe, and respect from observers. The Telegraph reported that McQueen was “celebrated as the bad boy of British fashion — an aggressively-talented tailor who refused to compromise and was all-the-more lauded as a result.”And so it was shocking to the fashion world when news broke that McQueen killed himself by hanging a few days before London Fashion Week in 2010, leaving a simple note “look after my dogs, sorry, I love you.” McQueen often referred to himself as the “pink sheep” of the family a nod to his being openly gay and speculation ran amok upon his death that this relationship preference may have contributed to his taking his own life.It was reported that McQueen’s final collection (only partial in completion due to his untimely death) which was revealed during Paris Fashion Week was “hard to watch” because it had an eerie undertone of death and the afterlife (which harkens back to his skull motifs). His fashion line continues under his name to this day.

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Some Icons Tarnish

December 15th, 2010

A lot of people think that “once an icon, always an icon.” Sadly, that is not always the case as evidenced by the once-iconic Whitney Houston. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Houston is the “most awarded” female artist of all time with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards among others that propelled her to 411 career awards (as of 2006). The star rose to prominence in 1985 and 1986 with reviews attributing her as “one of the most exciting new voices in years.” Her career continued to climb to the stratosphere until the years 2000 2005 when drug allegations and personal struggles (as a result of her marriage to singer Bobby Brown) skyrocketed. These struggles were clearly evidenced during live interviews where Houston uttered such lines as “crack is whack,” even though she later admitted to using other substances. From that point on it seems that Houston became a bit of a joke and sadly, Read the rest of this entry »

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Style Icons

December 4th, 2010

Iconic style is something that captures our attention as it presents itself. If you want to get behind ther scenes with some of the world’s most coveted fashion style icons you might want to consider getting between the covers of the following books. Fifty Dresses that Changed the World (Design Museum) is filled with pages of beautiful clothes, and the famous faces (and bodies) that put them on the world stage including Wallis Simpson, Jackie Kennedy, Twiggy, Cher and, of course, Princess Di. This delightful book shares fascinating appraisals of what gave the 50 most important garments their iconic status and you don’t have to be a fashionista or a design aficionado to adore its look at the power of one dress to change society.Fashionista: A Century of Style Icons (Simone Werle) features a wide array of fashion icons with each one (like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn) given her own Read the rest of this entry »

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Movie industry icons

October 11th, 2010

In the 50s we had James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, while in the 80s-90s we had Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. True, those last two film stars are still producing great movies, but there is definitely a new generation of icons on the scene.Robert PattinsonAppearing in two Harry Potter films, and now the star of the Twilight films, women young and old are fawning over this latest Hollywood star. Read the rest of this entry »

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Technology icons of the past decade

October 7th, 2010

Over the past ten years, consumers have seen a dramatic change in technology. From social networking sites, to the release of the first iPod, technology has made our world dramatically smaller. But when we think of this decade in technology, which industries do we think of?- The even bigger apple -While New York has always been nicknamed “The Big Apple,” the arrival of the Apple Company has given new meaning to that well known nickname. An even bigger apple of our generation is the icon of the iPod and iPad producers; particularly with the release of the first iPod in 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Golden Arches and Ronald McDonald

October 4th, 2010

When you’re driving down the highway and see Golden Arches ahead, you know you’re approaching a McDonald’s. The same can be said of a commercial with Ronald McDonald. The moment that red headed, big shoed clown appears on the screen, you know it’s a McDonald’s commercial. However, when the company was established in 1940 there was no Ronald McDonald and no Golden Arches.The first establishment was actually a bar-b-que joint in California. It would take another eight years for the concept of McDonald’s as a burger place to emerge. But the time passed quickly, and in 1948 foodies could buy cheeseburgers and hamburgers, milk, potato chips, soft drinks, pie, and coffee. A year later, the company would begin selling French Fries and Milkshakes; the development of McDonald’s had begun. Read the rest of this entry »

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