Monday, April 24, 2006

Best Bags from a Self-Described Bag-a-holic

I'm a self-described "bag-a-holic" as I own a few hundred bags, have bought and sold bags online for a number of years, and search for bags everyday. But, by no means would I assume the title of "bag lady" as I believe plenty of others have claimed that dubious distinction.

Somedays I feel downright bag-gy as I travel the many paths that the internet brings to my door. I have seen so many styles, shapes, colors, and brands [genuine and not so genuine] of bags that it boggles my mind for sure! How can there be that many kinds of handbags? That's what my hubby would like to know too!

A bag is a purse or sack or handbag. To us ladies, it is an essential component of our wardrobe! We've got to have the right bag to go with our new outfit ... plus a pair of shoes! This lens presents my interpretation of the "Best Bags" --no matter what the price-- as I see them. Trust me as this is a tough task to present my "Top Ten" as it's like comparing apples with oranges or trying to pick your favorite child!

P.S. Bag in Hungarian, is táska which comes from the Italian tasca.

My top 5 best bags ever:
  1. Givenchy Baguette
  2. La Tour Eiffel Papillon Bow Barrel
  3. Banana Republic Tangiers
  4. Chanel Black Hobo
  5. Dooney & Bourke Pink Ostrich Domed Satchel
I've written a Squidoo Lens on the subject of Best Bags as I see them. Please check it out for more information on the Top 5 and to see what others are listed in my Top Ten! And, take a look at my blog post on my Givenchy Designer Handbag and Accessories collection.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Are you a fan of your opposite-sex celebrity look-a-like

Are you a fan of your opposite-sex celebrity look-a-like? The other day, I told you about my discovering the face recognition, celebrity match site of MyHeritage.com.

Well, I want to tell you about one of my matches that I find most interesting!

I had opted to view all matches, both female and male, to see what male celebrities I might resemble. Wow, what a pleasant surprise for me when I put in one of my older pictures as a beauty pageant winner. Take a look below at the picture to see for yourself who it might be!
  1. Evangeline Lilly 53%
  2. Ricky Martin 52% [shown above in the picture]
  3. Shania Twain 51%
  4. Kylie Minogue 51%
  5. Jennifer Capriati 51%
  6. Ashley Judd 51%
  7. Amanda Peet 47%
So, judging from the other celebrities in the list above, wouldn't that mean then that Evangeline Lilly is a match for Ricky Martin and vice versa?

It tickles me that Ricky Martin is one of my matches as I have been one of his fans for quite some time. I've waiting ever so patiently for Ricky to cut another album and to return to performing so that I may have a chance of finally seeing him in person. Each time that Godiva Chocolates has had a charity auction on eBay, I've been there! Yes, I've bid way too much of my hard-earned money, but come up on the short end of the stick, being outbid each time! Hey, Ricky!, can you hear me?

P.S. Have you ever heard about people, as they grow older, beginning to look more like their pets? Well, for me, I much prefer to look like someone of which I'm a big fan!

Seeing Spots? It's actually Polka Dots the latest fashion trend

Seeing Spots? It's actually Polka Dots, the latest fashion trend! Are you ready for Spring? Want to be in style and have a little fun while you're at it? Why not try some polka dots! Yes, polka dots are back in style again this season. I personally have always favored polka dots and have variety of my own dresses, shoes, and handbags. You can also find a variety of polka dot items that I've got listed for sale.

How about this cute little handbag? This has been one of the most popular styles that I've carried. It's a petite bucket tote that comes in various patterns--genuine leather + moc croc detailing, suede + leather, hearts + dragonflies + butterflies screenprinted, and now polka dots! What sets this pretty tote off from other similarly-sized handbags is the pretty antique-style, heart-shaped silvertone handles. These handles are such unique carrying handles that are like jewelry accents. Everytime I carry my handbag, I set it on the table in front of me. You can't believe all the compliments I get on my bag.

Say, did you ever wonder about the origin of polka dots? Well, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, the history of polka dots reveal an ancient origin.

"They first became common on clothing in the mid to late nineteenth century in Britain, at the same time as polka music. The music, and its corresponding dance, became the height of fashion in Prague in 1835, arriving in London in 1842. The first recorded instance of "polka dot" was in 1884.

It was named after the dance, probably because the clothes became fashionable at the same time. The word derives from the Czech word for a polish woman, although it may also owe its origin the the Czech word "pulka", meaning half, as in the half-steps in Bohemian peasant dances."

I wrote a very special Squidoo Lens on polka dots - a spotted trend. Today, that page is in my personal archives awaiting future republication. Stay tuned for the spotted details.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Do you have a celebrity look-a-like

Do you have a celebrity look-a-like?  I do! How many times have people stopped you on the street to ask, "Hey, you know who you look like?" Has anyone ever stopped you and asked for your autograph? Well, maybe you need to check out a new website! Let me tell you more about it.

This past week, while listening to a local NBC affiliate morning news program, I heard about the website, MyHeritage.com. You can sign up to be a member quickly and then upload photos of yourself to discover what celebrities you resemble.

After the face recognition program captures your facial characteristics, it searches its database and matches it to celebrities. Well, this sounded like fun to me, so I took a little break from my normal routine and gave the website a try. Honestly, I tried it more than once!

After the program ran the first time, I found that I bore a 72% resemblance to Shirley Temple with one of my recent pictures. See the picture above.

That same picture prompted the following additional celebrities resemblances, with associated percentages:
  1. Julie Christie 71%
  2. Samantha Fox 70%
  3. Brigitte Bardot 70%
  4. Jennifer Jason Leigh 66%
  5. Jamie Lynn Spears 66%
  6. Olivia Newton-John 63%

This particular picture of me returned these match results:
  1. Eva Mendes 67%
  2. Gwen Stefani 62% [shown above in the picture]
  3. Joni Mitchell 61%
  4. Jami Lynn Spears 55%
You'll need to check out my website to read about my additional celebrity look-a-likes! [Update: I hid that page.]

And, if you want to find out for yourself what celebrity you resemble, by all means check out MyHeritage.com for yourself.

P.S. They don't pay me to send you their way!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Have you found Squidoo yet

Have you checked out Squidoo yet? Well, it's been a matter of just weeks since I was first introduced to Squidoo by BzzAgent. I've already created 8 uniquely creative lenses and feel that Squidoo has "taken over my life!" But, I mean that in a good way. You can check out my lensmaster profile, JaguarJulie, to see what I've written!

The lens that I've created are as follows--yes, you do see a theme--Hungarian and proud to be Hungarian:
Squidoo FAQ: "A lens is one person's (lensmaster's) view on a topic he cares about. More specifically, a lens is a single web page filled with information and links that point to other web pages, to continually updated RSS feeds, or to relevant advertising."