On simplicity

“I have the simplest tastes.

“I am always satisfied with the best.”

Oscar Wilde.

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The 40 years since Elvis came back

In June of 1968 Elvis Presley purportedly saved his career by performing his sexy Rebel with no Cause act for an audience of almost anachronistically well-behaved ladies. “The Special, sponsored by Singer Sewing Machines and aired by NBC in December, was the first time that Elvis had performed in front of a live audience in 7 years” – informs PRNewswire. Nobody could tell. Elvis was sharp. The only excesses showing at this point were talent, charisma, and testosterone. A 33 year-old sex god – laying the grounds for the increasing explicitness of Madonna, Britney Spears, and 50 Cent.

The performance combined the appeal of ‘ temperature rising’ with the American dream of sweethearts getting married in the groove of Gospel music. Before nightclubbing and one-night stands entangled with mainstream fashion and music trends, Elvis brought sex fantasies to the life of Singer Sewing Machine customers… One can laugh to death of their blushed faces and restrained body language, their gaze glued onto his figure and swing.

By looking at the fate of his contemporary knockouts, I wonder if this mix was the reason he has been considered ‘The King’. The biggest marketing deal indeed: selling the fetish of life and chastity – preaching with fervor each single part of it, with the occasional mocking smile.

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Your week in a nutshell

You don’t really know what is going to happen next week. You may plan, but you will NEVER know. There is only one knowable thing about the future – and I don’t blame you if you don’t want to think about it, although I think you should. Because another week gone is a week less. And a week is not as arbitrarily a measure of time as it seems. As History shows, seven days should be enough for you to shake or create a world… Thus, assessing the dynamism of your weeks should be a good way to see if you are living up to your potential.

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How to look good with make up

I have never been sure whether I was a natural beauty or a dog in disguise. Although I normally prefer believing the first, it involves relating the concept of ‘natural’ with the many hours dedicated to my regular maintenance, let alone the many more hours dedicated to thinking about it. As Warhol said, “Beautiful people are sometimes more prone to keep you waiting than plain people are, because there’s a big time differential between beautiful and plain”.

Warhol was a political genius in his deep understanding of the power of vanity. When I first told my fiance-to-be that I used over 20 beauty products a day, he laughed and said it could not be true. I shrugged: “Wait and see.” Now he finds it normal. Recently, I had to stop going to the salon and learn how to re-touch my hair at home, because I couldn’t hep buying loads of dye on my favorite color when it went on sale. Thank God I haven’t been bargain hunting at Reno Depot.

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Dates gone wrong

Dating is all about rituals. Rituals which are defined by traditions – or you can call them clichés. Nothing wrong with clichés.* Just don’t take them with alcohol, or operate heavy machinery while under effect.

Yesterday we hung out with an old friend at Napoletana. He has a girlfriend now, but not so long ago he was also suffering with horrible dates. So here we are, three raunchy people with a love for weird, politically-incorrect jokes, talking about our dating times, and, even better, our online dating times.

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Fighting through a successful style

Fashion editors pretend the difference doesn’t exist. Fashionistas may think it really doesn’t. But if you have a successful personal style, you shoud know that some trends are, you know, eternal – while others will never be more than one-season standers.

Gladiator sandals were a big hit this Summer. Balenciaga, using Natalia Vodianova* as a fit canvas, launched the trend. Jennifer Connelly and Rihanna adopted it fast enough. Despite fearing weird tanning lines, urban girls have worn them massively. Me too. And I was soon ashamed. Continue reading

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Science-fiction I

I have always wondered what kind of place the world would be if daycare workers, and teachers, made 100k a year.

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