Katy Perry Splits from Russell Brand!

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After only 14 months of marriage, Russell Brand filed for divorce from katy Perry.  Wow right?  They weren’t the most conventional couple, but I did have more confidence in their whirlwind romance.

Apparently the divorce papers lists “irreconcilable differences” as the reason.  *sigh *  how tragic.  I guess getting divorced as 2011 ends is better than starting 2012 with an ugly divorce huh?

The holidays were off to a bad start when Katy and Russell got into a heated argument over how to spend the holidays.  Katy wanted to take her family on a private jet and fly them to Russell’s hometown in England.  Unfortunately, Russell wasn’t on board with those plans and they fought.

“She was like, ‘F–k you. I’m going to do my own thing.’ Russell replied, ‘Fine, f–k you too,'” an insider tells the new issue of Us Weekly.

In the end, they spent the holidays a part, she in Hawaii and he in England.  Both were spotted on Christmas without their wedding rings.
“Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage,” Brand tells Us Weeklyin a statement. “I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”

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New Year’s Eve 2012: Mustache Party

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This year, Markel and I are going to mustache themed party this year for new years.  We’re psyched!!  There’s no dress code except, NYE glam~ but the hostess is making incredible decorations for her guests to enjoy so we can ring in the new year properly! =)

What are your plans for the holidays?

 

Happy New Years, All! xoxo

Merry Christmas Fashionistas!

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Thank you so much for following my blog and reading into the thoughts in my life.  I love hearing from you, so please leave me lots of comments! =)

May the New Year bring blessings, good luck, and success.  Love you much!

xoxoxo 

Esther

Ding Dong, Kim Jong Il is dead (part II)

Because I can’t do this one justice with my own commentary, Here is an article of King Jong Il’s Successor from MSNBC:

Kim Jong Il’s youngest son dubbed ‘great successor’

‘Kim Jong Un is very untested and little is known about his temperament,’ expert says

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s state news agency KCNA has called dead leader Kim Jong Il’s son Jong Un a “great successor” in what appears to be the first such mention of the late leader’s youngest known son, who had been groomed to take over power.

Jong Un is the “great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche and outstanding leader of our party, army and people,” KCNA said. Juche is the North’s homegrown political ideology of self reliance.

Not much is known about the younger Kim, not even his age, though his father, Kim Jong Il, and his autocratic regime had begun making preparations for the son’s transition to power.

Thought to be aged around 27, Kim Jong Un had already been made a four-star general and occupied a prominent political post when he was reported to have made an important diplomatic visit to neighboring China in May this year.

On the trip, he introduced himself to the destitute North’s main benefactor, possibly one of the most crucial diplomatic moves he will ever make.

‘Basically a kid’
“The rest of the world is going to have to look at someone who is basically a kid as having China’s support to be the North’s next leader,” Yang Moo-min, of Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies, said at the time.

The youngest of the leader’s three sons, Kim was most likely born in 1984. His name in Chinese characters translates as “righteous cloud” while the media calls him “the young general.”

Experts say the young Kim is likely to follow the same militaristic path as his father, maintaining a strong grip over one of the world’s largest armies and pressing on with a nuclear weapons program in the face of international outrage.

Two attacks on the peninsula last year, which killed 50 South Koreans, were aimed at winning the army’s support for a continuation of dynastic rule and underscored an intent to retain the state’s military-first policy, according to analysts.

Diplomatic breakthrough at risk?
However this week could have seen a significant diplomatic breakthrough in talks over the  North’s nuclear program.

The Obama administration had been poised to announce a significant donation of food aid to North Korea this week — possibly as early as Monday — in the first concrete accomplishment after months of behind-the-scenes diplomatic contacts, according to sources close to the negotiations.

An agreement by North Korea to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment program had been expected to follow within days, the sources said.

Story: Kim’s death likely to delay US re-engagement measures, officials say The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, said Kim’s death would likely delay the effort.

NBC News reported that Kim Jong Il’s death was a big shock to U.S. intelligence. While the U.S. was well aware of his medical condition and has been working on transition scenarios for years, the announcement of his death came out of the blue.

Video: What Kim Jong Il’s death means for region (on this page) PhotoBlog: Images of Kim Jong IlEducated in Switzerland, Kim Jong Un is thought to speak English and German, and bears a striking resemblance to his grandfather, the North’s founder, Kim Il Sung.

Last year, the young dauphin was officially anointed as leader-in-waiting when his father made him a four-star general and gave him a prominent political post. But for added security, Kim promoted his sister and her husband to top positions to create a powerful triumvirate to run the family dynasty.

Despite speculation that Kim Jong Il’s rule was nearing its end, after he reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008, the “Dear Leader” increased his workload and appeared to be physically stronger in recent months.

There have also been few signs of regime change, with no overt signs of crisis or instability.

“Despite economic hardship, food shortages, and a welter of sanctions, the Kim Jong Il regime seems stable, and the succession process is, by all appearances, taking place smoothly,” John Delury and Chung-in Moon of Yonsei University wrote in an article in April.

Moreover, the two scholars say China is actively engaged on diplomatic and economic levels in supporting North Korea’s survival, stability and development.China prefers the status quo on the peninsula, worried that if the South takes over the North, the South would bring its U.S. military ally to the Chinese border.

Cloak of secrecy
The most frequently viewed photograph of Jong Un before his emergence last year was of him as an 11-year-old. But recent pictures and footage of him show a heavy-set young man with his hair clipped short to resemble the young leader Kim Il Sung.

There is a question over whether his late mother, a Japanese-born professional dancer called Ko Yong-hui, was Kim Jong Il’s official wife or mistress — an issue that might weigh on his legitimate right to replace his father.

Even by intensely secretive North Korean standards, remarkably little is known about the son, whose youth is also a potential problem in a society that values seniority.

Interactive: Meet North Korea’s first family (on this page)Dr John Swenson-Wright, associate fellow of the Asia program at London-based think tank Chatham House, told msnbc.com that the change of leadership in North Korea presented “both opportunities and potential hazards” for its neighbors and Western countries.

“Kim Jong Un is very untested and little is known about his temperament and he has not held high office,” he said.

Kim Jong Un reportedly is a fan of James Bond and basketball star Michael Jordan.

Joao Micaelo told CNN that he believes Kim Jong Un was one of his classmates in Switzerland between 1998 and 2001.

“He was a normal guy like me,” Micaelo said. “He was competitive at sports. He didn’t like to lose, like any of us. For him, basketball was everything.”

Video: North Korea’s Kim Jong Il dies at 69 (on this page)

Although the student used the name Pak Un, Micaelo said his friend once claimed that he was “the son of the leader of North Korea.”

Kim Jong Il was very publicly named heir by his father, Kim Il Sung, but he studiously avoided repeating the process and for years none of his three sons appeared in state media.

Kim Il Sung, the “eternal president,” died in 1994.

After taking over from his father, Kim Jong Il saw his state’s economy grow weaker and a famine in the 1990s killed about one million of his people, while he advocated a military-first policy.

In a book about his time as chef to the ruling household, Kenji Fujimoto of Japan said that of the three sons, the youngest, Kim Jong Un, most resembled his father.

He is also said to have a ruthless streak and the strongest leadership skills of the three. He was also thought to be his father’s favorite.

Britney Spears Gets Engaged!!

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Wow…did anyone see this coming?  I’m sure the world did…  I had weird, mixed feelings about this engagement.  I wasn’t surprised, but I guess I already think so lowly of Brit Brit now that I am already predicting the impeding divorce  (I give it 2-4 years).

Britney,30, is engaged to Jason Trawick, 40.  He popped the question to Brit Brit while celebrating his birthday Dinner in LA.  He presented her with a Neil Lane Sparkler!

Spears and Trawick (her former agent) began dating in 2009.  This was the tail end of her “Crazy” Phase.  Spears had divorced Federline in 2006, gone through rehab, had scandalous relationships, shaved her head, lost custody of her boys (Preston, 6, and Jayden, 5) and lost power over her money.  Things were not great for her when she met Jason but things have calmed down drastically since then.

Britney announced the engagement to the world via Twitter:

“OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!! Xxo” 

 

Well, all in all, congrats Britney!  I hope this marriage sticks and you finally find your happily ever after ending.

Ding Dong, Kim Jong Il is dead (part I)

Here is the breaking news article on MSNBC.  It is the end of an era…sort of.  Although communism isn’t coming to an end, the end of a leader’s life is over.  Kim Jong Il passed away and his successor, Kim Jong Un, has been named.

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LONDON — Analysts were optimistic yet cautious Monday over the future of North Korea and its relations with the outside world following the death of Kim Jong Il .

The transfer of power to his young and untested son Kim Jong Un could allow Pyongyang the chance to renew relations with its neighbors but comes as Western countries concentrate on the Middle East and economic difficulties.

Experts said it was unlikely the U.S. or any other country would use the succession to put pressure on North Korea’s brutal regime — a move that could backfire.

“We’re not going to see an expeditionary force sailing in to liberate North Korea next week,” said Dr Jim Hoare, a British former diplomat who served in the country, told msnbc.com.

Video: North Korea’s Kim Jong Il dies at 69 (on this page)The timing of the succession is also awkward for both Pyongyang and the outside world.

It could affect the outcome of elections due next year in South Korea. The country immediately put its military personnel on high alert.

It also comes as the Obama administration was already debating whether to go ahead with a new round of nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea and whether to provide food aid to the country, which has been struggling with crippling food shortages.

The administration had been poised to announce a significant donation of food aid to North Korea this week, according to sources close to the negotiations. An agreement by North Korea to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment program was expected to follow within days, sources told Reuters.

‘Highly unusual’
Dr John Swenson-Wright, associate fellow of the Asia program at London-based think tank Chatham House, said the change presented “both opportunities and potential hazards.”

“It comes at a particularly bad time,” he told msnbc.com. “In North Korea, it will overshadow preparations for the spring celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung. In South Korea there are elections and for the United States, President Obama is also in an election year with a difficult economy and quite pressing international concerns elsewhere.

“In a Confucian society, a transition to the youngest son is highly unusual. We don’t fully know the reasons behind it — was it down to the inadequacies of the older brothers, or some other reason? That is another unresolved question,” he added.

Hoare said Kim Jong Il’s eldest son had fallen out of favor after being caught trying to go to Disneyland in Japan on a forged diplomatic passport, while his other son “has been described as a little girl, which could mean he was effeminate or it could just be a turn of phrase”.

It is not clear how tightly Kim Jong Un will be able control his own country’s fearsome military hierarchy, particularly since he appears to have little experience except a role on the country’s National Defense Commission.

“The most likely scenario for regime collapse has been the sudden death of Kim (Jong Il). We are now in that scenario,” Victor Cha, a former U.S. National Security Council director for Asian affairs, told The Associated Press.

Dr Bruce Bennett, senior defense analyst for the RAND Corporation, said there had been reports of attempts to kill Kim Jon Il shortly he took over in 1994.

“Bear in mind Kim John Il had three decades to prepare for power through purges that built up his personal support before that succession,” he said. “Kim Jong Un has had only about 15 months.

“We didn’t even have a photograph of him until recently, and his only widely known action achievement was a disastrous currency devaluation about two years ago,” he added.

Video: Power struggle between party, military in store for North Korea? (on this page)However, Swenson-Wright said internal instability or a coup appeared unlikely.

“It is quite possible Kim Jong Un’s uncle [Jang Song Thaek] will step up to provide guidance, in a sort of regency period until Kim Jong Un grew into the role. I think any talk of an internal coup is highly fanciful,” he said.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague suggested the succession “could be a turning point for North Korea”, while Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said it was “one of those critical junctures” and “an exceptionally difficult period of transition.”

“It is critical that everybody exercises appropriate calm and restraint in what is a important development in terms of the overall stability of the region and the security of us all,” Rudd added.

China is also expected to take a strong behind-the-scenes role to help retain its influence, which is seen as important no matter which direction North Korea takes.

“If North Korea continues to be an international pariah, China will continue to benefit from its current leverage,” U.S. Naval Academy China scholar Yu Maochun told Reuters.

Video: Haass: Kim Jong Il was ‘tactically brilliant’ (on this page)”If North Korea becomes less intransigent and slightly more open, then China will be greatly worried about the possible warming-up, or even reunification, between North and South Koreas.”

There are some signs the regime’s control on communications may be slipping. Cell phones are now increasingly commonplace among Pyongyang residents, and not just among the regime elite, Simon Cockerell of Beijing-based Koryo Tours, which operates trips to North Korea, told Reuters.

In the last couple of years, mobile phone use has “just exploded,” he said, with people often using mid-range, China-made handsets to trade SMS messages, play games and browse weather reports.

Hoare added that “once you start making reforms, it is hard to stop.”

“They may be cautious about opening up any further until the leadership issue is stabilized,” he said.

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“It is wrong to call North Korea a hermit country. The leadership and the elites in Pyongyang do hear what happens elsewhere — albeit a bit later than the rest of the world. When I was last there it was at the time [Moammar] Gadhafi was captured and there was a great deal of interest in that and what it might mean,” Hoare said.

Some Western politicians suggested they were waiting to see what comes next.

“The death of a dictator is always a period of uncertainty for a dictatorship,” Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter. “And North Korea is the hardest dictatorship in our time.”

Olivia Wilde Is Dating Jason Sudeikis!

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Is this possible???

Although the tabloids have been reporting that each person is dating someone else, these two have been seen “canoodling” all over LA.  Although I’m not particularly in love with either person, I’m pleasantly surprised of this combination and hope it works out for the best!

Taylor Armstong’s Daughter, 5, Was With Her When She Found Russell’s Body

WOW…this story is getting worse and worse… let’s hope that Taylor and her daughter survive all this craziness.

From UsWeekly:

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It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

Real Housewives of Beverly HillsTaylor Armstrong wasn’t alone on Aug. 15 when she discovered the body of estranged husband Russell, who had hanged himself at the L.A. home of a friend.

Taylor, 40, was with Kennedy, her 5-year-old daughter with Russell, 47, at the time of her horrific discovery.

During an emotional Monday night appearance on What What Happens Live, Taylor recounted the awful moment to Andy Cohen. Kennedy’s response to the sight: “‘Did Daddy do something dumb?'” she asked, according to Taylor.

The grieving star added that she and her daughter “have good days and bad days” since the tragedy; they now live near fellow castmember Kyle Richards and family.

“We have slumber parties at Kyle’s house…[Kennedy] doesn’t ever want to leave because it’s a big family there, and we’re just two people.”

During her chat, Taylor also explained her disturbing behavior on Monday’s episode, taped before Russell’s death, when she had a complete meltdown during Brandi Glanville‘s Malibu party — in which a fight with Camille Grammer and Grammer’s friend, Dede, descended into something much more.

Armstrong, who has said that Russell physically abused her, said she was a “woman out of control” during the episode, and worried Russell would retaliate after Camille revealed his abuse to pals. “My biggest fears were unraveling. . .I was losing my mind . . . I was really terrified.

She added: “When you’re in [an abusive relationship,] you’re so scared, and you can’t really get a good handle on it. . . I ended up in this situation because of my own flaws and my own insecurities.”

Hydrangeas, Peonies, and White Roses

I know that writing about flowers isn’t my typical type of entry~ but I just had to. In life, I’ve always under-appreciated flowers.  I thought they were a handful and unnecessarily high maintenance.  But as I plan dinner parties, obsess over home decor and thinking about my future wedding~ I see the beauty and romance it brings to every room and table.

Hydrangeas, Peonies, and White Roses are by far my favorite.  They are clean, simple and easy to take care of. =)  I looked into quite a few websiteson how to take care of them and found that changing the water often, adding a tsp of bleach into the water, and re-cutting the stems every few days helps the flowers survive 2x-3x their lifespan.

Now…I just need to find cuter vases and arrangement techniques!

HYDRANGEAS

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PEONIES

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WHITE ROSES

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My Christmas Wish List this year…some of it anyway

Normally I never think to compile a wishlist because, well, I never get anything I want anyhow… At 27, there are very few things under $50 or even under $100 that I’m interested in. This year, I’ve compiled a list of things that I want that are low and high priced items~

1. ASOS Large Envelope Bag

2. Kendra Scott Jewelry

Kendra Scott 'Nelsie' Linear Statement Earrings

3. IPAD
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4. XBOX
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5. KINDLE
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6. SLR Camera
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