The Redneck Wedding to End All Redneck Weddings
Aug29

The Redneck Wedding to End All Redneck Weddings

When the average wedding in Maine costs $30,000, what’s a couple from the Pine Tree state to do when the median annual household income is only $48,219? Why, have a redneck wedding of course, where the brides wear camo gowns, the grooms were camo tuxes, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen follow suit in camouflage as well. Tom and Lori Merrill of Wiscasset, Maine, had their redneck wedding in the dooryard of their home this past July. The men wore white shirts with camo vests, hats and shorts, paired with work boots and ties that were the bright orange hunters wear, while the women wore dresses of similar camo-couture. As for the bride’s veil, it was attached to camo baseball cap and was decorated with moss, birds, and butterflies. They even nailed the details down, too. One of Lori’s co-workers made the bouquet and the boutonnieres, which were decorated with shotgun shells. The ring-bearer’s pillow was camo on one side, and on the other featured a huge fish. The rings were attached to it with carabiners. The audience, which numbered almost 100, also participated in the theme. “It was funny to see,” said Eric Bellavance, a long time coworker of Lori’s. “One lady had a skirt and blouse on while wearing knee-high rubber muck boots.” The redneck theme even influenced the actual ceremony. Lori was escorted up the aisle on a golf cart to the Little Big Town song “Pontoon,” an appropriate musical choice considering the fact that the wedding party all sat on the Merrills’ pontoon boat. Blue turf grass had been laid around the water vehicle to make it look like it was out on the lake. The couple’s vows were also tailored to fit the redneck theme. Tim promised to always lift up the toilet seat, and replace the TP when it was out, while Lori promised to follow him with a push mower — an inside joke referring to their side job mowing lawns. The ceremony concluded, the new couple toasted their friends and family to “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith in specially made beer cozies, which guests got to keep as wedding favors. The reception featured several redneck DIY decorations — red solo cups on shooting targets as centerpieces, beer can wind chimes, and hubcap flower cases. The four wedding cakes each had a different theme — camping, four-wheeling, hunting and fishing. The little bride and groom figurines atop one cake appeared to be shooting at game on another. Lastly, the party ended with a bonfire, fireworks, and blasts from an authentic cannon, which had been borrowed from a friend. For a textbook perfect...

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Model Families Act as Human Props in Luxury Homes
Jul28

Model Families Act as Human Props in Luxury Homes

The Mueller Family in Tampa, Florida is living large under an unusual set of circumstances: They’re human props in an unsold luxury home.The Muellers live a nomadic lifestyle as part of a new trend in real estate. This marketing technique allows people to move into empty, unsold luxury homes for a fraction of what they’d cost to live in normally, on several conditions. They must keep the house pristine, vacate if an agent is showing the house, and move onto the next house when it’s sold. Home-staging firms are very optimistic about this technique, claiming that having a family in a house creates a pleasant and homey atmosphere that’s very popular with potential homebuyers. It also allows for more organic and lived-in home staging that softens flaws and enhances focal points. The homes often sell faster and for more money as the result of model family living. Houses that are less lived in often feel hollow or dreary to homebuyers, and many house-staging firms refer to them as “naked homes.” The stagers have very specific rules for their model families. Clothes must be organized and personal items minimized, and everything must be clean and properly placed at all times. Families like the Muellers have their living arrangements inspected regularly to make sure everything is still in it’s place. The Muellers once owned seven homes and a bed and breakfast, but a financially devastating fall from grace caused them to lose all of it. Living as prop families has actually been a lifeline for them, allowing them to live in the opulent surroundings they’re used to on nothing more than minimum wage jobs at McDonald’s. Custom homes are often valued at over one million dollars in the US, and are usually 17% more energy efficient than older homes. They’re also built in high-end luxury areas, and the home the Muellers currently occupy overlooks the tenth hole of an exclusive golf course in Tampa. The company they work for pays their moving costs, and the Muellers pay them about 1,200 in rent, plus household bills. “This is an interesting trend for inventory homes. For the new home market, even the presence of a sales associate in every model helps make residences more ‘human’,” says Erik Cocks, Marketing at Arthur Rutenberg Homes. “I think this has the potential to positively affect prices as it keeps the residence from giving off the impression of an unwanted house and makes it a wanted ‘home’.” The family actually enjoys the adventure of their living style, and celebrate every time one of their houses is sold. They’ve lived in five over the past two years and say that its drawn them...

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Actress Kaley Cuoco Opens Up to Cosmopolitan About Breast Implants
Apr24

Actress Kaley Cuoco Opens Up to Cosmopolitan About Breast Implants

In the May issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, which hit newsstands April 8, “The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco shares some candid details. The 28-year-old opened up about her breast implants, which she got in 2004 during the time she starred in the TV comedy “8 Simple Rules.” She referred to her choice to undergo the procedure as “the best decision I ever made.” Over the past 10 years, Cuoco has become the second-highest paid actress on television, earning $11 million in the last year alone for her work on “The Big Bang Theory.” “I love them. I’m super happy. I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she told Entertainment Tonight a few days after her statement made headlines. Breast implants, which have been around since the mid-20th century as we know them, are the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. In the last three years alone, almost 1 million women in the U.S. have undergone breast augmentation surgery. Research has shown that about 75% of women who have undergone a breast augmentation procedure say it was “worth it,” making it an effective way for women to feel more confident with their body’s appearance. Despite controversies over the safety of breast implants, FDA regulations and improved technology make breast augmentation procedures safer and more successful than ever. However, it’s still essential for interested patients to make sure their plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Doing your research isn’t an option if you are considering any kind of cosmetic surgery. Breast implant surgery can be a great way for you to feel your most confident by enhancing your appearance. If you feel like this might be the right surgery for you, speak with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in your area...

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Why More Men Are Going Under the Knife
Mar12

Why More Men Are Going Under the Knife

Society is challenging perceptions that men age well. Only a few men are lucky enough for their appearances to actually improve with age. In other words, not everyone is George Clooney. A sharp increase in the popularity of plastic surgery among men reaffirms growing consciousness of aging and physical appearance. In fact, male cosmetic procedures have jumped by as much as 106% from 1997 to 2012, Business Insider reports. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, adds, “Over the last three to five years, there’s been a huge boom is men’s aesthetic surgery. Our practice has seven websites, one exclusively for men, and many of our patients now are male. It’s a very big misconception that all patients are women.” One of the top reasons men seek plastic surgery, Steinbrech continues, is corporate success. Men want to keep up appearances for the sake of their careers; experts suggest that physical appearance may have a good deal to do with career advancement, too. “In a marketplace where looking fit, younger, and more masculine is imperative, the better you look, the better your chances of ascending the corporate ladder,” Dr. Steinbrech tells Business Insider. Steinbrech admits that it is his most successful marketing angle. Sites like AskMen also inspire men to remain in top physical condition for as long as possible, and that includes eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, and other age-related imperfections. Just like women, men’s skin elasticity decreases with age. Skin loses approximately 0.55% of its elasticity per year, ultimately resulting in loose skin and wrinkles. AskMen promotes regular moisturizing, the application of eye creams, and regular exercise for maintaining a youthful appearance. Other top reasons for men to go under the knife include altering physical features for a more model-esque appearance or undergoing procedures to enhances muscular definition. Steinbrech sheds light on the first procedure: “You take an average, good-looking kid, and you enhance his jaw, elongate his chin, enhance his cheekbones, and suddenly he looks like the cover of...

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Millions of Americans Are in Need of Simple Dental Tips
Mar07

Millions of Americans Are in Need of Simple Dental Tips

Did you know that Americans spend a whopping $1.4 billion a year to whiten their teeth? It’s not surprising really, not when you consider the emphasis we put on beauty in the United States. Of course, the importance of our smiles isn’t just a social construct. Instead, our appreciation for our pearly whites may be hardwired into us as part of the mate selection process; 96% of Americans believe that a great smile is essential to finding someone attractive. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, approximately 126.7 million Americans lack any kind of dental care. Despite claims that the Affordable Care Act will help millions find basic coverage, many are still in need of cleanings, root canals and dental whitening. Many of those people feel that without some kind of dental insurance, they will never be able to achieve the look for their smile that they want. Whether you want to attract a mate or you simply want to keep your teeth healthy, you don’t have to contribute to that staggering amount we spend every year to keep our teeth vibrant. There are a number of ways you can keep your teeth vibrant without having to spend a dime on dental care. Four Ways You Can Improve Your Dental Care without Leaving Home 1. Quit It with the Caffeinated Drinks Americans drink $4 billion worth of coffee annually, and similar amounts of tea. While these beverages help us relax or get that extra perk we need during the day, they’re also known to stain our teeth. Both coffee and tea contain tannins, staining acids that give these drinks their distinctive colors. The more you drink, the more they’ll dye your teeth a similar color. If you want to keep your teeth white on a budget, try cutting down on these caffeinated lifesavers. 2. Be Sure to Scrub Your Tongue In truth, it’s not enough just to brush your teeth. You have to brush both your tongue and your teeth. The reason is simple: plaque and other bacteria will make a home on your tongue, resulting in bad breath and making it more difficult to keep your teeth clean. By brushing your tongue with your toothbrush or using a specialized scraper, you can help yourself avoid the issue. 3. Put Down the Cigarettes Along with the laundry list of other problems that comes from smoking, cigarettes and cigars can and will turn your teeth to a disgusting brown and yellow color, if you smoke long enough. If emphysema and a wide selection of cancers isn’t enough to get you to quit, maybe turning your teeth into tar will...

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Angelina Jolie’s Oscar Dress 2014
Mar05

Angelina Jolie’s Oscar Dress 2014

Angelina Jolie is one of those beauties who do not need high quality of clothing to add elegance to their personality. But, the dress Angelina wore on the eve of Oscar 2014 was undoubtedly breathing taking. The nude Elie Saab Couture gown combined with light make up made her appealing personality in the Oscar Awards 2014 party. Everyone was looking at her dress and she was looking extremely beautiful. Her dress was laced with shining beads that added much beauty to her personality. Besides, her jewelry and sandal were also matching with her dress color. No doubt, her ear rings had impressive touch and they were literally lighting up the overall dress code.  Lastly, most of the people said on social media that “Angelina is naturally beautiful and does not need to wear gown to make her look good”.  ...

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