Do We Need A Pope; The Radical Islamic Fundamentalists International Terrorists Say Nope!

The Catholic Church has a long tradition of its popes and religious ceremonies. Unfortunately there seems to be a clash of civilization and of world religions and it is reaching far and wide. It is rather troubling that the gap is widening between world religions rather than coming together in a common cause for all humanity.

The human species has a long written and recorded past of conflicts over world religions and it seems it would be better if this could stop in the present period, but will it or will it lead to World War III? The choice of course is up to the various world religions and it would be good for the human race if they made the right choice.

It is truly a tough situation when words are taken out of context from the leader of one world religion and then the barrier of language is introduced along with the differences in culture and then it is blown out of proportion by mass media hysteria around the world. Why can’t the human race just get along and why should we allow world religions to foster and ignite a world war?

It is rather obvious that some dialogue needs to be opened prior to the forthcoming events in our world. It would be nice if all world religion would cease to exist and people could concentrate on getting along together and uniting in a common cause for all humanity. Unfortunately this does not look like it will be happening anytime soon and thus we are doomed to repeat once again. Please consider all this in 2006.

Top Designers in Fashion – Style And Fashion Weeks

Fashion designers are creators! The fashion shows and the fashion weeks attract fashionistas even in this time of financial insecurity. The catwalks are full of beautiful models presenting glamorous collections however, the buzz of the fashion weeks is dimmer.

The social and the financial instability through which the world is going through today has affected the fashion industry and the fashion designers. But in times of crisis there is no need to despair you just need to make the most of the situation given. This seems to be the motto after which the designers are creating their collections this year. Even the tops designers at fashion weeks have adapted to this trend. The collections seem to be down to earth and more wearable than the ones in the previous years.

However, even if there is this common ground from where the designers leave when they start their collection there are many differences in the style and attitude of their clothes. We can actually separate the fashion trends and styles according to some of the biggest capitals of the world. For instance, the French scene is dominated by designers such as Gautier, Nina Ricci and many others. However, Paris seems to be losing it fashion crown to London. Some of the best designers here are Vivienne Westwood, Sir Hardy Amies, Christopher Kane and many others.

The French designers have always respected the chic and classy trends and have focused on high glamor styles. Their clothes are sophisticated and are almost always accompanied by smart accessories. Having boutiques and shows all over the world they seem to have an aesthetic sense of fashion that prevails at any time. The British designers on the other hand create conservative attires using extravagant material. Their creations take us to the idea of royalty and dignity.

The style of the designers is characteristic of the city where they reside however, choosing a particular clothing item is something of personal taste. There are many fashion trends and styles but you should always invest in clothes that represent you and your personality.

Blockbuster Needs a Change of View

The Dallas, Texas based video rental giant Blockbuster Inc (NYSE: BBI) has been under tremendous pressure over the past few years. From being one of the most sought after public companies on Wall Street to being reduced to a four-dollar stock. The company has seen better days, but at this point we need to take a look at the possibilities that can arise from the company being backed into a corner.

Back in March we pretty much saw Blockbuster in a dark place but there may be a silver lining there. Carl Icahn is a savvy businessman and even though Blockbuster is being sued by Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) for patent infringement of their online DVD rental business, there still may be a rabbit in his hat.

The company has already stated that they will be looking to eliminate some of the non-performing stores and by doing this it will eliminate those loses and actually have a positive effect on their balance sheet.

If Blockbuster takes the necessary steps to restructure the company properly it may be in a position to possibly seek acquisitions for additional growth. Some possible acquisition candidates or strategic alliance partners may include Netflix and Movie Gallery (NASDAQ: MOVI). Working a deal out with Netflix eliminates the lawsuit and will allow Blockbuster to reap the rewards that are present in Internet sales, while a deal with Movie Gallery would give them additional locations in areas that they do not have a heavy presence in.

So the key component for Blockbuster that we see is the expansion of their online DVD rental business, which they may be in line to do. So Blockbuster trading at $4.81 may be a memory as they company redefines itself in 2006.

Blockbuster closed at $4.89 on Wednesday.

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Fashion Style Guide For Men

I’m sure you’ve noticed that all over magazines, TV and the internet lately, the focus is on fall, fall, fall. We’re starting to think about football, Thanksgiving and all of the other terrific things that autumn brings. This also means that you should start to think about transitioning the items in your closet. Although the weather may not yet feel cooler in your corner of the country, it will get there soon. And you will want to be ready to approach the season in style.

When it comes to men’s fashion, the area where a lot of men fall short is in assembling a wardrobe with variety. You’ll notice that any time a male celebrity is cited in the news for his great style, he has a visually interesting, varied, and often colorful outfit. In putting together a stylish wardrobe, you’ll need to include elements of color, pattern and texture.

If you are one who normally has a difficult time assembling a wardrobe that you feel good in, start from the bottom and work up. It can be a lot less intimidating to shop for shoes than other items of clothing, such as pants and suits. Plus, depending on what types of shoes you prefer, this can help to dictate the rest of your stylish look.

A great shoe style for fall of 2011 is a brown suede or leather derby shoe. This is shoe style is truly classic, and can easily be dressed up or down. A good suede shoe will also add the crucial element of texture to your outfit. Now, continue to build up. Your wardrobe of pants should include dark wash denim, flat front khakis, and corduroys. Cord is an excellent fabric for fall, and can be found in all sorts of interesting colors. Don’t be afraid to try something different, such as olive green, burnt orange, plum, or mustard. This would, of course, bring in your element of color.

Now for your top half, an excellent and stylish look for fall is to dress in layers. A look that is great for this fall is to layer a cardigan sweater over a button down shirt or a ribbed cotton tee shirt. Are you cringing at the word “cardigan” because it makes you think of Mr. Rogers? Just look for a cardigan that fits snuggly and isn’t bulky to avoid looking dated. If you find a material, whether it is cotton or wool, that bulges, place the sweater back on the shelf and keep looking. If you are more of a jacket person, look for a cotton and wool sports jacket, and a great faux or real leather jacket in a shade of brown, camel, or reddish brown. These are staples that can be layered over nearly any outfit.

As you shop for shirts, resist the urge to buy the same plain tee shirt in a whole stack of different colors. Your shirt wardrobe definitely needs variety. Plus, ties are an essential for a stylish wardrobe, and you can’t try out a variety of interesting tie knotsif all you wear is tee shirts. Don’t be afraid to wear a patterned dress shirt with a tie of a different pattern. It will work as long as the patterns are in the same color family. This goes for patterns such as paisley and stripes; Glen-Plaid and polka dots; and even polka dots and stripes, which was traditionally thought of as a faux pas. Just anchor the look with neutral pants and perhaps a neutral colored jacket. If you prefer to use pattern in a more subtle way, stick to just one patterned element, such as an argyle scarf looped around your neck.

Remember, the key to building a stylish wardrobe is to include color, pattern, and texture. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new fabrics and looks this fall.

Emma Watson’s Fashion Style So Far

Emma Watson rose to fame playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. From 2001 (and at the tender age of nine), the young starlet has literally been growing up before our eyes, and although she’s proved herself as a hugely talented and critically acclaimed actress, it’s her fashion sense that’s really been taking centre stage recently.

It was glaringly obvious from her red carpet appearances that Emma’s fashion choices and style were getting better and better as the years progressed, but it was in 2008 when she really started becoming a major player in the fashion world. Not only was she popping up in all the ‘best dressed’ lists and in the front row of many major fashion shows, but there was a lot of speculation that she was going to replace Keira Knightley as the new face of Chanel.

Despite persistent rumours linking her to Chanel, and her ubiquitous presence at international fashion shows, it was actually announced that Emma (aged just 19) had landed the contract as the new face of Burberry. Filling the shoes of Kate Moss and Agyness Deyn, she fronted the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2009 campaign and proved she could carve out a figure as a leading style icon as well as a top actress.

The campaign, which was photographed by Mario Testino, features Watson in clothing from the Burberry autumn/winter collection, which was inspired by Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set.

At the time, Burberry’s creative director Christopher Bailey described the young star as the “obvious choice” for the campaign, stating;

“Emma has a classic beauty, a great character and a modern edge. Her charm, intellect and brilliant sense of fun made the whole shoot feel like a picnic on the Thames”

Following her success in the Burberry campaign (where was reported to receive a 6 figure sum), she later appeared in the 2010 Spring/Summer campaign alongside her brother Alex.

At this point in time, one wouldn’t blame the actress if she chose to spend her Harry Potter afterlife as a full-time clothes horse, but instead she chose to flex her considerable fashion flair by creating a range for the ethical clothing brand People Tree. This was a savvy move – People Tree has some serious fashion cred, and up to this point clothing with a conscience had never felt quite so on trend.

In February 2010 the collection was launched and Emma was quoted as saying:

“It is hard to know what is good and what is bad on the high street and equally hard to find fashionable or youthful ethical clothing, so I decided to work with People Tree to put together a collection I could be proud of in terms of both ethics and design”

Following her success in fashion, the star also proved she was just as hot in the beauty industry when she became the new face of LancĂ´me cosmetics in March 2011.

Company president Youcef Nabi went on to gush about Emma stating;

“Thanks to her charm, romanticism and her incredible modernity, she has become the icon of her generation”

The actress stepped up her fashionable status just before the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows; Part Two promotional duties recently when she graced the cover of the July 2011 edition of American Vogue.

Looking all grown-up and glamorous she modelled a chic Prada Fall 2011 dress accessorized with a pair of bangles by Ben-Amun and a cute flower ring.

Bagging the cover of American Vogue was a massive testament to her fashion muse status, especially when you take into consideration that the sophisticated photos were taken by the famous photographer Mario Testino and the creations came from designers Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana.

It’s important to note that she was just turning 21 on the day that American Vogue interviewed her for the scoop to accompany her first cover. Even style goddess Sienna Miller only managed her first cover at the age of 26.

Since earning herself mega-star status, Emma Watson has become quite the fashionista and is admired as much for her preppy off-duty style, as she is for her polished red carpet appearances. Indeed it would seem fashion designers are clamouring to dress the star as she’s just finished the promotional trail for the new Harry Potter film, wearing a range of designers from Balmain & Oscar de la Renta to Valentino and Elie Saab.

Taking into account her appearance in American Vogue, her recent red-carpet outfits, & any of 2011’s best-dressed lists, one fact is unmistakable: the fashion world just can’t get enough of the Harry Potter star. She may have grown up in a Hogwarts uniform, but she’s blossomed into everyone’s favourite British starlet and looks set to become an icon. I can’t wait to see what she does-and wears- next.