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Choosing a Dress for a Beauty Pageant

Miss_Universe_2008,_Dayana_Mendoza2Being in a pageant can be a huge honor. It can also be a way to further your career and to grow as an individual. Pageants are a great way to learn important life skills, and are often a stepping stone for young men and women. But being in a pageant takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Thankfully, with these tips and tricks you will be on the road to a crown in no time at all.

Most pageants consist of multiple rounds. There will sometimes be a swimwear round, though that depends on the season and the area. A talent round is usually included, as a way for the judges to get to know you and see what makes you unique. There will also be an evening wear round, which can be the most difficult one to prepare for.

When it comes to choosing the right dress for a pageant, you will want to keep several things in mind. First is choosing a dress that is made for pageantry. These dresses are made to account for the lights, the distance and being up on the stage. Certain formal dresses may not translate as well to pageants, as they don’t have the sparkle and shine necessary to stand out.

You will also want to choose a pageant dress that fits your own personal body type. You will want a dress that accents your good points and helps to hide your less than good features as well. If you are someone who is blessed with a full bust, you may want to look into a dress with a plunging neckline. If you are someone who has long legs, you may want to look into getting a dress that has a slit in the side to help play up your legs.

A princess cut dress is a great choice for someone who is looking to hide their midsection without taking away from the cut of the dress. You can often find pageant dresses in stock at local bridal shops.

No matter what dress you decide to choose, make sure it is something that you feel confident in. No matter how popular a dress style may be, it does you no good if you don’t feel beautiful while you are wearing it. Something unique can even help you to stand out from the crowd, so long as you wear it well and like the way that you look while you are wearing it.


From Kurros to Captain Kirk: Hiding a Bald Spot at Star Trek

William Shatner as Captain Kirk

William Shatner as Captain Kirk

For famous men, wearing a hairpiece is often a well-kept secret, as, like most men, even the famous do not want to admit to growing bald. However, there are a few of the famous who freely admit to using hairpieces, saying that there is nothing wrong with hiding their bald spots.

Jason Alexander

The star of “Seinfeld” recently squashed rumors that he had undergone treatment for baldness when he told fans that he had been wearing a hairpiece.

Alexander, who says he began losing his hair at 17, found that his baldness allowed him to be cast in roles making him look older than he was, opening him up for better parts.

However, as his baldness grew, he found that his head became a “big beacon,” reflecting the light in a way that was distracting. He considered implants, but wanted the option of continuing to play bald characters, and because his baldness had almost become a trademark for him.

He now wears a hairpiece that still shows his receding hairline, but lessening the baldness on the rest of his head, yet still giving him the look he had ten years ago.

Ted Danson

While working on the show “Cheers,” Ted Danson did have a small bald spot on the back of his head, but that was not the most surprising information he released about his hair. In fact, Danson had begun to gray, so not only did he use a very small hairpiece, he colored his hair. In the later years of the show, and during his stint on “Becker,” Danson wore a larger hairpiece to cover the baldness.

Jason Alexander (left) as Kurros in Star Trek Voyager

Jason Alexander (left) as Kurros in Star Trek Voyager

Andre Agassi

The long, flowing locks that Andre Agassi was known for during his tennis career in the 1990s was actually a men’s hairpiece, the star has reported. In his autobiography, “Open,” Agassi explains that he was devastated to be losing his hair at such a young age, and decided to wear a hairpiece to cover up his growing baldness. He says he was so concerned about it falling off, he did not play as well in his first Grand Slam, and blames the hairpiece for his loss that year.

William Shatner

William Shatner began balding before he accepted the role of James Kirk, and has worn a hairpiece since 1957. In fact, newly released “Star Trek” episodes, which have been digitized, clearly show the lace of the hairpieces used on Shatner. Through his career on television shows such as “TJ Hooker” and “Boston Legal,” Shatner continued to wear men’s hairpieces to cover his baldness.

These famous men all freely admit that they have worn hairpieces for various reasons. Jason Alexander and Ted Danson both say it was to keep the characters they played consistent, and that is probably the reason William Shatner did as well. For Andre Agassi, the reason was related to body image. Find more information on hairpieces for men at

Photos courtesy of Star Trek

Totes & Bags for Men


Arguably the best thing about Ghurka is its dedication and commitment to preserving the art of American craftsmanship through providing top-notch, quality leather items that are made to withstand the test of time.

Since the 1970s, Ghurka has taken pride in its knowledgeable and skilled artisans who take their time to craft leather items that are of the utmost quality and style.

Ghurka bags and accessories are renowned for their function, style, and simple beauty. The company’s founder, Marley Hodgson, made his first bag for his grandson in the 1970s and that same bag is still in use today. The items are built to last.

Ghurka designs and produces leather products like wallets, backpacks, duffel bags, luggage, totes, toiletry bags, and garment bags with great care and perfection.

If you are looking for mens luggage, you will enjoy browsing the selections of duffel bags, wheeled rolling luggage, garment bags, carry-ons, wallets, and toiletry bags when you visit

Some styles of bags that you will find include the “Chestnut Leather Duffel Bag”, the “Vintage Black Leather Garment Bag”, and the “Vintage Army Carry-on”. The styles and items can be mix-and-matched so that you can build a whole set of luggage all in the same style if you like.

Your Eyes: The Window to Your Soul and Your Age

eyesEveryone says eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know they’re also very revealing when it comes to your age? As you age, no matter what you do to keep the rest of your skin looking young, you will still look old if you neglect your eyes. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your eyes looking young and beautiful.

1. Hide dark circles. In middle age and beyond, your skin’s lack of elasticity can discolor the area around your eyes. Use a little concealer to cover up the darker tone under your eyes, and make sure and lock that concealer into place with some powder.

2. Curl your lashes. Healthy-looking eyelashes make a big difference when it comes to de-aging your eyes. Here’s a little-known tip: Heating up your eyelash curler with a blow dryer before you use it gives you a much better curl.

3. Fill in your brows. Your eyebrow hair may be thinning or a little splotchy. Evening them out with a brow brush is one quick way to give yourself beautiful, thick lashes again.

4. Cover up your crow’s feet. It’s tempting to go for heavy cover-up to make sure all those lines are gone, but that can actually make them more visible. Instead, use concealer to lighten the area and a highlight below the lines to make them less obvious.

These little tips, along with the use of an Anti Aging eye treatment device, like the one made by Jenu, will ensure that your eyes look as youthful as you feel!

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