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The Ralph Lauren & Olympics controversy

Olympics US Uniforms

At the next Olympics, the team from the USA will wear uniforms made in the USA. Read More

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Review: Frank Ocean’s bewitching ‘Channel Orange’

Music Review Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange,” Def Jam Read More

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New Vuitton-Kusama collection is a frenzy of dots

Fashion Louis Vuitton Kusama

French fashion house Louis Vuitton is again putting a bit of Japanese culture on the arms of its customers. Read More

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July 2012

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Lil Wayne focuses on business & fashion

Music Q&A Lil Wayne

With a clothing line and a powerhouse group of artists under his umbrella, Lil Wayne claims he’s trying to stay above the fray.

The rapper says “there’s no beef” between himself and Pusha T, despite back-and-forth diss songs released in recent weeks. Conflict between the two, simmering for years, boiled over when Pusha T of The Clipse signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music group released a track targeting Lil Wayne and his Young Money signee Drake.

Lil Wayne, who rarely responds in such cases, quickly released a brief song online called “Ghoulish” aimed at Pusha T “and anybody that love him.”

But in an interview at a Los Angeles Macy’s department store to promote his skateboarding-inspired Trukfit clothing line, Lil Wayne told The Associated Press he doesn’t plan to escalate the Pusha T conflict. He’s got business and fashion on his mind.

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AP: What’s next musically? And what happened in the beef between you and Pusha T?

Lil Wayne: I just finished recording my “I Am Not a Human Being II” album. And we’re starting to work on the Young Money album. … It really wasn’t no beef, you know. It was just me. I just reacted. Just a reaction, a simple reaction. I don’t apologize for it because I’m human. But it was just my human reaction. I don’t take it back. But there’s no beef. Beef is a whole different thing. … I’ll move on.

AP: Do you consider yourself the most stylish rapper out there? How has your style evolved?

LW: I do not consider myself the most stylish rapper out there. I’d say if I had to consider someone the most stylish rapper out there, I would definitely say that would be a Kanye West or a Andre 3000. … Yes it (my style) has evolved because I was one of the guys that would “geek chic” it every now and then. … Now I’m just more into whatever works for me. I think that’s just age.

AP: What do you bring to skateboarding and why do you like it?

LW: Skating has so many styles. Once you pick up a skateboard, you’ll find out that it’s not a hobby, it’s not a sport, it’s a lifestyle. There’s so many styles to it that people enjoy that I bring a new one. … I love a challenge. … It’s fun as hell to fall and to not get something and then to finally land it. That’s like pursuing a girl that said no a hundred times and she finally say yeah. That’s what it feels like every single time.

AP: How did you start a clothing line?

LW: It was brought to me by my friends and peers. They was like, “Dude, you dress your own way and people follow that. You probably should have your own clothing line.” And it was just that easy.

AP: You also have a soda endorsement deal but don’t come across as a businessman like some of your peers. Do you deliberately keep it separated from your public persona?

LW: When it comes to me, myself, I’m very free-spirited, so that’s what you see, and that’s what you get you as in the public eye. But when it comes down to business, I believe that business shouldn’t be done in the public’s eye anyway. And I believe that business shouldn’t be handled in the magazines anyway. Business should be handled in the room amongst the people you’re doing business with. And that’s how I handle my business. And once I come out of that room, I’m back to being who I am. And that’s why I don’t come off as the businessman or nothing, but at the end of the day you can always say: “… This guy’s stock keeps rising and there is no driving force behind it but him.”

AP: Are your business ambitions greater than your music ambitions?

LW: I can honestly say my music is always going to be greater than my business side. Because I’m naturally a musician. And I don’t have to get paid, I don’t even have to have businesses. I will still do music. So that will always be my greater thing. … Business is business. And music is life.

AP: This is presidential campaign season. Do you plan to get political at all? Do you plan to go out and encourage kids to vote?

LW: I do. … And that comes from age, and that comes from my vacation on Rikers Island (the New York City jail where Wayne did time in in 2010). Now that I know how important voting and elections and all that is. … But everybody know that life is going to be life regardless of who is president.

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Bright and bold are Hollywood beauty buzzwords

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This summer’s beauty trend is bold and bright, yet simple and playful. From the runways in New York to the red carpets in Hollywood, ladies are sporting bright shades of lipstick and messy updos as buns or flirty braids.

Celebrity makeup artist Matt Rezaiyan insists the new lip color trend works on all ages: If it’s bright pink, orange or red on younger women, just use a lighter version in the same bold color family on more mature ladies.

“This summer’s makeup trend is all about color which makes doing makeup even more fun, so, do not be afraid of going bold with the eyes and if you are more of a lip kind of girl, no problem, just tone down the eyes and maximize on the lips. Try colors you have never done before like a bright pink, a coral, a tangerine orange, anything that you thought you never could get away with, you totally can this summer,” says Rezaiyan. “We have seen celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Rooney Mara even wearing these pops of color, so definitely don’t go shy on that.”

“Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester wore an orange-red lip color to the MTV Movie Awards that complemented her reddish- brown hair.

“I think I like to do a strong lip and a little bit of an eye but not too much. Clean skin,” says Meester. “I like to … not have to worry about wiping creases and worrying about things running.”

Kim Kardashian puts her color elsewhere, often blending different shades for a smoky-eye effect accompanied by a nude lip shade. If this is your preference, Rezaiyan says the perfect smoky look for this summer is based in blue.

“The best way to do it honestly is to get yourself some cream shadow, work that on the lid, just smoke it out, take a powder shadow that has a blue tint to it with a different brush and just kind of go over it again in the same area. That will kind of give it that blue tint,” he says.

Jet-setter Paris Hilton usually vacations during the summer months and prefers to keep her look natural.

“In the summer I am always in Saint-Tropez and Ibiza so I don’t really wear any makeup, I just wear lip gloss, a little mascara,” says Hilton. “I like to wear my hair in braids because you can just easily take it out, it has that pretty wave to it. You are always swimming on the ocean, you are always out, so it’s not really good to blow-dry and flatiron your hair during the summer.”

Renowned hair stylist Jose Eber is taking cues from New York Fashion Week, which had many runways with an undone vibe. Eber says this summer is all about texture, messy dos and pastel color rinses.

“There is a freedom of hair, let’s put it this way,” says Eber. “Women are allowed to wear their hair quite on the messy side. You have seen it on celebrities, you have seen it on models, you see it obviously all over the magazines, you see messy buns, you see messy braids. It almost looks as if everybody does their own hair which is not the case all the time.”

Where else to make a statement? Nails.

TV personality and fashion designer Whitney Port sported short dark, rounded nails with her thumb colored half-silver and half-gold. “Yeah, I think nails are just a fun way to accessorize an outfit, like they are the new accessory. It’s fun to funk it up a little bit.”

Bellacures nail salon founder Samira Asemanfar says neon nails can give your spirits a lift.

“I’ve always been a big fan of bright colors because I think that when you look down at your nails during the day, having a fun color that pops really brightens up your mood especially if you are working nine to five you are usually just kind of typing and you are like, ‘Yay, pink, pink!’” says Asemanfar.

Songwriter and performer Bonnie McKee’s manicure had four different nail colors with different glitter designs.

“My friend has a Pinterest site for nails and so I just go on and pick something and pick out my own color and say ‘do that’ and they can do anything, I swear,” says McKee.

Pop artist Ke$ha had black diamond-shaped nails with gold borders. “I was kind of going for like sexy witch or naughty flower child.”

But before you can go there, you need the right canvas and that goes for nails, hair and skin.

Those bases need to be healthy, the experts say, recommending lots of water, SPF and moisturizers.

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June 2012

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Most Fabulous Vactions 2012: At Home and Abroad

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Every year, we spend thousands of dollars on vacations that we could spend much less on if we did our research! There are hundreds of amazing getaways that you could go on while spending only a small amount of your vacation savings. Historical cities, sunny islands, and exciting amusement parks, we have it all. Here are 5 of the most exciting and affordable vacations that we picked for you.

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Our favorite foundations with SPF: A Guide to Protecting Your Skin from harmful UV Rays

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Every summer we find ourselves lounging on the beach or by the pool drinking in those warm and delicious sunrays. Every girl wants that perfect tan which includes a glowing complexion that will be noticed by all. But, in the midst of all this dewy summer beauty, we need to take extra steps protecting our skin from the harmful UV rays that damage it and create dark spots, wrinkles and even worse: skin cancer. Here are 10 of the greatest foundations containing SPF that will protect your face from the sun.

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