Celebrity Shopping

Our fascination with the rich and famous is nothing new. There are television shows, magazines, websites, and Celebrity blogs dedicated to celebrity watching. One of the most intriguing aspects of the celebrity lifestyle is the extravagant shopping habits of these stars.

The most well-known shopping district frequented by Hollywood celebs is Rodeo Drive. This glamorous and expensive district spans only three blocks but some of the most affluent shops and boutiques can be found in this area. The most well-known clothing designers in the world have shops located on Rodeo. Gucci, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren designs are sold within these three blocks. Cartier and Tiffany have stores here that cater to celebrities in the market for sparkling jewels. Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Yves Saint Laurent are part of the district as well.

Wedged between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood is the lesser known shopping district Robertson Boulevard that attracts the ultra-famous. The area between Beverly Boulevard and Third Street is where most of the trendy shops and infamous restaurants are located that attract stars who want to avoid the touristy Rodeo Drive area. Kitson boutique has been known to serve celebrity clientele like Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton. The upscale boutiques Ghost and Madison also share the Robertson address. Celebs Leonardo DiCaprio, Winona Ryder, and Jennifer Love Hewitt have been spotted shopping at the exclusive Lisa Kline and Lisa Kline For Men. Stupid celebrities frequently highlights the most outrageous shopping sprees of the hottest A-listers.

London is a hot spot for Hollywood stars out and about abroad. Harrod’s, Selfridges, and the King’s Road are shopping venues that attract the rich and famous from around the world. Primrose Hill Village is home to unique boutiques and stores frequented by high-profile celebs. Many stars prefer vintage clothing and one-of-a-kind fashions that can be found in obscure boutiques. The Cross and Browns are celebrity picks for finding avant garde and up-and-coming accessories from all over the world.

So what kinds of purchases do these celebrities make when hitting all of these exclusive retail outlets? Fashion expert Erin Ralph has reported details on shopping sprees by Jennifer Tilly, Demi Moore, Elton John, and Madonna. During a visit at Prada, Tilly purchased twelve pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes at an average price of $400 per pair. Demi Moore shelled out $15,000 during a Gucci shopping spree in Cannes. Elton John reportedly spent $100,000 at Versace despite a 30 percent VIP discount. Pop diva Madonna and her husband parted with $45.000 during a Fendi shopping spree.

Actress Katie Holmes and wife of Tom Cruise dropped $200,000 at the Beverly Hills Barneys New York store in 2006. Purchases of $400 for two pairs of jeans and five bags of clothes for baby Suri were a few of the goodies reported from her spending spree. Madonna, who reportedly earns $43 million a year, browses through “look books” from designers at her London home. She’s been known to spend $60,000 at a single sitting.

There are certain weaknesses that celebrities have admitted to when it comes to shopping obsessions. Beyonce Knowles finds earrings irresistible. The superstar even purchases them in bulk. Sarah Jessica Parker confesses that she has a serious compulsion for purchasing shoes. The former star of hit comedy “Sex in the City” estimates that she has around 100 pairs ranging in price from $300 to $1000. Check out our Celebrity News to stay posted about what stars are spending and what they’re buying.

Use and News of Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets are small or big instruments usually controlled by remote or they are self driven. These are cleverly designed objects which can help human in almost any work or play. Some of the well known and widely used gadgets are mobile phones. Mobile phones have recently become the major part of human life and are used to directly stay in contact with friend, family members and colleagues. Nowadays due to the advanced technology the gadget like a mobile can also be used for many other things like surfing, location finding, emailing and also for socializing. Wireless technology has gained lot of importance due to the easy and convenience that kids at all age groups enjoy. Remote Controlled cars, helicopters, candles and many more gadgets are available in the shops.

Gadgets are even considered as good gifts or presents. Gadgets are available in different variety based on age groups and use. Children have many toy options that entertainment such as a robot or an automated car, remote controlled helicopter etc. Mobile Phones, Laptops, iPhones, iPods are some of the well know and common gadgets used world wide.

As far as the invention of the term gadget is concerned the word has different interpretations that have come up from various people and countries. It started way back in the 19th century. Some say the word gadget came from the builders of the statue of liberty. Few say the word was used even before by the USA and few say it is French word derived from the french term “gachette”. Whatever is the derivation of the word we should be keener in looking for a gadget that suits our needs.

Read the Label – 3 Tips for Healthier Shopping and Eating

Many people are looking for healthier ways to eat. Weight loss can be a major factor causing an awareness of what we eat.

It is very important to read the labels of any product you are thinking of putting in your shopping cart to take home to consume yourself or to offer to your family or friends. There are several things to watch out for but at this time I am writing about the 3 most common offenders of good health that can be found in many products.

First, let’s talk about sugar. The average American eats 5 lbs. of sugar a WEEK. I know if you are reading this you are saying to yourself “I do not eat 5 lbs. of sugar a week!” You might not, however you might not know how much sugar is hiding in foods you commonly eat everyday. When you are looking at a label it will most likely have the sugar in grams. Since we don’t commonly use grams for measurement it is important to know that 1 teaspoon equals 4 grams. Also note that items are listed in the order of quantity. When sugar is listed in the top of the ingredients you know that there is a lot of sugar in the product. Sugar can be called by several names. Corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sucrose and dextrose are just a few of the names for sugar.

We all know that Type II diabetes is on the rise in adults and children. In fact, it is so common in children now that they had to change the name from Adult Onset Diabetes to Type II Diabetes. It is imperative to read labels to know how much sugar we are consuming. 20 tsp. of sugar can immobilize your immune system for up to 6 hours. A coke and a candy bar can put you at that level.

The second thing we want to look for is monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG has many other names such as Hydrolyzed Protein, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour and many, many others. Check your labels. Most chicken stocks, beef stocks, bullion cubes crackers, and most prepackaged foods have MSG in one of the forms named above. MSG has been linked to certain neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. The Mayo Clinic has linked MSG to headaches, sweating, numbness, tingling or burning in or around the mouth, rapid, fluttering heartbeats, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea and weakness. Obviously MSG is something we want to avoid.

The third item I want to mention is trans fats. Trans fats have been on the news a lot and many products have eliminated them or reduced the amount of trans fats in their products. This is a good move but it can be misleading. The Food and Drug Administration has set 2.5 grams of trans fat per day per adult as a safe amount. I don’t think any amount is safe but let’s take a look at what can happen. If a product has less than.5g of trans fats in it the label can read “no trans fats.” That is quite misleading! With only 2.5g being the safe, allowable amount per day it is easy to exceed that limit when you think you are not getting any. Always check the label even if it says “no trans fats.” If the label says hydrogenated fats, or partially hydrogenated fats you know that there is trans fat in the product. Trans fats are the culprits that raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and reduce the HDL (good) cholesterol. They also contribute to insulin resistance and Type II Diabetes.