November 1, 2011 |
Truck driver Wang Yonggang has never seen a baseball game or sung "Take Me Out to the Ballgame. " He couldn't explain a sacrifice bunt. But Wang's got a good eye for bats. His is a lightweight aluminum model with a long barrel and a sticky rubber grip. He treasures his Chinese-made club so much that he keeps it tucked under the seat of his rig. "I need it for protection," said Wang, 32, a native of Inner Mongolia who hauls heavy equipment across busy northeast highways stalked by thugs looking to steal loads and siphon fuel.
October 9, 2011 |
Nails may be less than an inch wide, but women love turning them into tiny canvases of personal expression. Just look at Katy Perry, who has adorned her nails with eye-catchers such as rhinestones and images of husband Russell Brand, or Rihanna, whose digits have been tipped with neon yellow painted with black smiley faces, and it's clear that nails have become a major statement accessory. It's not just celebrities who are paying attention to the ends of their fingers. Sales of hand- and nail-care products in the U.S. totaled $707 million in 2010, an increase of 11.9% over 2009, according to Mintel, a consumer product market and research group that tracks the beauty industry.
August 30, 2011 |
China has sentenced three Tibetan monks as accessories to murder for having helped another monk burn himself to death in a political protest. In the closely watched case in Sichuan province, Drongdru, the uncle of the monk who committed suicide, was ordered imprisoned for 11 years for "intentional homicide" in hiding the young monk, Phuntsog, and preventing him from getting medical treatment. Two other monks were sentenced to 10 and 13 years in prison after a separate trial Tuesday in which they were accused of "plotting, instigating and assisting" in the self-immolation of the 16-year-old monk, according to Tibetan exile groups.
August 28, 2011 |
Clothing and accessories that use fake fur and exotic skins are available in a range of prices. Here's a list of lines and brands whose offerings feel more fine than faux: Aldo Fake fur is showing up on just about every kind of accessory that's offered by this Canada-based retailer, including shoes, bags, ear muffs, scarves, belts and hats. And the result is surprisingly stylish, with prices ranging from $18 to $60. A backpack with "rabbit" pockets is especially chic and adds a little texture to an otherwise sporty staple; the Aldo "Pursel" backpack is $55. Burning Torch The L.A.-based brand is known for an earthy boho vibe.
August 16, 2011 |
Looking to profit from the lucrative sports market, apparel chain Old Navy will open Superfan Nation, an in-store shop featuring licensed sports gear, at its U.S. stores this month. Beginning Thursday, Old Navy will sell apparel and accessories from NFL and select collegiate sports teams at about 1,000 stores, with each catering to the local community's favorite teams. Merchandise from 32 NFL teams and 71 schools will be represented across several product categories: men, women, kids, baby and accessories, the company said.
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July 12, 2011 |
Larry King's feminine attire was upsetting some of the students and faculty at E.O. Green Junior High in Oxnard. But there was nothing Assistant Principal Joy Epstein could do about it because King's high-heeled boots, earrings and eye makeup were within the Oxnard school's dress policy, Epstein testified Monday at the murder trial of King's classmate, Brandon McInerney. Epstein consulted with an administrator at the Hueneme Elementary School District after King started coming to school in late January 2008 in women's accessories.
May 29, 2011 |
Packing is an art few perfect. Most of us schlep way too much and return with unworn items that proved useless. Now, with baggage fees and overweight fines, every item counts. Here, some suggestions for things you'll need and actually wear. Soleil de Mar This shimmery 100% pure silk "multi" wrap can be fashioned into six different looks — from a sarong style skirt to a one-shoulder-dress. This sexy and sensible piece (weighing almost nothing) can take you from poolside at the Gansevoort to silver service at the Ritz.
May 13, 2011 |
John Demjanjuk, a 91-year-old retired autoworker from Ohio, was found guilty of accessory to murder and sentenced to five years in prison by a German court Thursday for his part in the killings of about 28,000 Jews at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Judge Ralph Alt said he would allow Demjanjuk to be free pending an expected appeal. The defendant attended court in a wheelchair and the 18-month trial had been suspended several times because of his poor health. His lawyer, Ulrich Busch, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying his client was "just a scapegoat for the Germans; he has to pay for all the mistakes they made in the past and that's not justice.
May 1, 2011 |
Reverse mortgages may very well be a good choice for some seniors who need to tap into equity they have in their homes. But there are other options elder owners might also want to consider. For example, some state and local governments offer a less costly version of a reverse mortgage called a deferred payment loan (DPL). Generally, there are no origination fees and insurance premiums, and closing costs, if any, are very low. The interest rate on DPLs is low as well, if interest is charged at all. When it is, it's often on a fixed basis, meaning that the rate never changes.
April 24, 2011 |
When actress Natalie Portman walked this year's Oscar red carpet, raspberry tasseled Tiffany earrings swinging, jewelry aficionados took notice. Tassels and fringe are popping up all over, on earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings — as well as purses, scarves, belts and shoes. Today's tasseled-themed jewelry is a bit Art Deco, a bit hippie '70's revival, a bit ancient Egypt and a touch old-world Venetian, all threaded together with a 21st century sensibility. "Tassels are very feminine and also very tactile," says London-based jeweler Carolina Bucci, who regularly uses them as a signature part of her collection, when asked why they reappear in fashion so often.