She's already lost 30lbs since giving birth almost four months ago.But in a bid to lose her remaining post-pregnancy pounds, Holly Madison, 33, has turned to a compression belt device - which promises to help women get rid of their 'mommy tummy'.The Belly Bandit - costing between $50 and $80 - is designed to be worn for six to eight weeks post birth.
It helps new mothers regain their figure by 'body shaping' through the application of 'medical-grade' pressure.The compression also helps to flush body fluids away from the skin and reduce swelling, according to the makers.Holly and her club promoter boyfriend Pasquale Rotella welcomed their daughter Rainbow Aurora in March.
Slimming effect: Holly Madison poses wearing a Belly Bandit, a compression belt designed to help new mothers regain their pre-pregnancy figure
No need to breath in: The former Girls Next Door was photographed on Wednesday in Las Vegas buying the contraption which promises to helps get rid of the 'mommy tummy'
The former Girls Next Door star and ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner was only too happy to try the device on for size as she shopped in Las Vegas on Wednesday.Holly was seen strapping herself into the belt in front of the cameras, before later emerging in a summery blue dress, wearing the Belly Bandit underneath.The showgirl has taken a relaxed approach to getting back in shape after putting on 40lbs throughout her pregnancy.
Following the instructions: Holly, who gave birth four months ago, sits pretty with the belt fastened around her
'Who cares if I still need to lose 10 pounds?' she recently told Life & Style magazine. 'I've been really healthy and done the best I could. I'm really proud of how I look right now.'While mother-of-one Holly seems happy enough to lend her name to the Belly Bandit brand, one celebrity who wasn't was Jessica Alba.
Look, it works: To prove the point she changed into a pretty blue dress, wearing the Belly Bandit underneath
Alba, who has three children with her husband Cash Warren, settled a lawsuit out of court with the company last year after accusing it of using her name without permission to promote a range of post-pregnancy products.At the time TMZ reported that Belly Bandit offered cash and agreed to stop using Jessica in a bid to lure clients.
Meet my baby: Holly recently posed for a set of pictures with her adorable little girl, Rainbow Aurora
In October 2011, Alba sued in excess of $1million for using her name and image on their website.
At the time, Alba alleged: 'Defendant has knowingly and intentionally misappropriated and used the well known and internationally recognised name, image, likeness and photograph of Alba to market and sell Defendant’s Belly Bandit post-pregnancy clothing and accessories... '
It seems Jessica didn't take kindly to the fabrication a fictitious testimonial, as well as Belly Bandit's claims: 'Jessica Alba’s #21 Secret for a fast Post Pregnancy Slimdown!'
Pre-baby body: Holly seen here posing in a bikini at a party in Las Vegas back in 2009
- 2013/06/20(木) 15:27:10|
She's spent the last week or so showing off her fashion credentials while spinning around in New York.And Wednesday was no different as Kylie Minogue continued her style parade once more.This time the diminutive pop princess opted to show off her legs as she strutted along in a black and white striped mini-dress.
And if that wasn't enough to make her stand out, the 45-year-old singer drew even more attention to her pins with the addition of red high heels.She looked confident as she walked along glowing as she arrived at a building in Midtown.Minogue completed her look with a white leather clutch bag while she accessorised with dainty gold jewellery and wore her locks down and wavy.And Kylie had clearly had a lot of practice in heels as she even managed to at one point run along in the stilettos with onlookers watching her every move.
Fashion conscious: Kylie Minogue continues her fashionable parade of New York by stepping out in a black and white striped mini-dress on Wednesday
She did however have a small helping hand from a male member of her entourage who offered her a hand to keep her steady on her feet in her rush.Ms Minogue was en route for an appearance on Entertainment Tonight to continue her promotional tour.And even off duty she has been making an extra effort as she continues to get spotted wandering around the Big Apple.
Strutting her stuff: Kylie stunned as she walked along in her bright red heels and carried a white clutch bag
Watch your step! She even managed to run along the streets in her stilettos, albeit with a helping hand
Smiler: Kylie turned up to an appearance on Entertainment Tonight to continue her promotional schedule in the stunning get-up
Just a few hours earlier on Wednesday she wore the same red heels but wore a slightly more dressed down look.Although Kylie still looked stylish as she again wandered around the city before heading to a downtown hotel as she killed time before her next TV appearance.The Spinning Around hitmaker wore rolled up jeans for her day time outfit, which she matched with a black floral top with bell sleeves.
Standing out: The red heels showed off her legs even more while she looked happy and glowing for the appearance
She's brave: The singer jumped over a puddle while rushing to make her way to the TV studio
She carried the same clutch bag and wore large shades for the outing as she continued her break in the city.It has been one fashion conscious week for the star.She strutted her stuff in not just one, but three fabulous outfits as she stepped out and about on Monday.
Stylish star: Ms Minogue grinned as she was spotted wandering along the streets of the Big Apple
Day time variation: A few hours earlier she wore the same red heels and carried the same white bag but opted for rolled up jeans and a floral top
And on Tuesday, Kylie Minogue made sure to continue her week of sartorial success as she positively glided through New York City in a sexy sheer lingerie-inspired jumpsuit.
Flower power: Kylie wore shades to match the slightly hippy vibe as she arrived at a downtown hotel
It's been a busy week for the diminutive pop star, with her jetting to New York just hours after attending Rihanna's Diamonds gig at London's Twickenham Stadium on Saturday night. Writing on her Twitter page on Sunday night, she said: 'Hello #NYC ..... Who will I see at @Saks #KylieFashion book signing tomorrow??'
- 2013/06/20(木) 15:24:13|
With his mouth-watering Italian recipes, perhaps it’s a good thing she has quit her vegan ways.But instead of filling Liv Tyler’s stomach with carbohydrate-packed food on Tuesday, pal Mario Batali gave the actress plenty of ab-busting giggles.The 35-year-old beauty was spotted cracking up at the culinary expert’s jokes as they stood in New York City’s West Village.
But much of the belly laughs seemed to come from the kitchen whiz’s preferred form of transport. As she waited on the sidewalk with her eight-year-old son Milo, the star’s make-up free face visibly changed as she noticed her friend coming along.Liv stood casually in a pair of electric blue leggings and trainers with a star-embellished T-shirt and began to chuckle as Mario pulled up beside her.
Lots of laughs: Liv Tyler and son Milo met chef Mario Batali in West Village, New York City on Tuesday
On the lookout: The 35-year-old and her young boy were spotted waiting for him
She covered her eyes in dark sunglasses and wrapped her arms around her little boy with her British musician ex-husband Royston Langdon of the band Spacehog.Even the youngster seemed impressed with the Vespa and checked out the wheels before the adults high-fived each other.Before the quick chat ended Liv lifted up her eyewear and went in for a hug from her pal.
Funny arrival: Liv found her friend's appearance rather funny
High five: The star and the chef gave each other a slap across the palm
Liv didn’t appear to be visiting any of his 11 Big Apple eateries although she is likely to have sampled many dishes now she has resumed eating meat. The model-turned-actress can next be seen in the movie Space Station 76, a science-fiction drama/comedy due out next year.Liv leaped to fame in 1993 starring in her father Steven Tyler's video for Aerosmith track Crazy.
Fresh-faced: Liv appeared to be going make-up free for the outing as she hugged Mario
Single mother: Liv's son is with her musician ex-husband Royston Langdon
Put one here! Even eight-year-old Milo seemed impressed with Mario's set of wheels
- 2013/06/19(水) 12:10:47|
There was indignation from many viewers recently when Dean Bell — the foul-mouthed, unemployed 'star' of Channel 4's latest so-called reality documentary, Skint — was shown spending £2,500 of his social security benefits on … a new TV.But one wonders what Bell's reaction will be to the news that his pride and joy — a 47in high-definition affair that shows programmes in 3D, connects to the internet and uses a 'magic' remote with voice recognition — might be past its sell-by date within a year or two.Are today's top-of-the-range HDTV sets about to become yesterday's technology? That, at least, is what television manufacturers hope and believe.
They are putting their faith in a potentially enormous development in TV technology that, they trust, will see millions of us ditch our current sets in order to buy swanky new ones.Prepare yourself for Ultra-High Definition TV — known as UHD — which delivers pictures so crisp, colourful and realistic that, experts say, we may in future have trouble separating in our memories those things we saw on screen from those that happened in real life.Gimmicks come and go, but true revolutions in TV do not happen too often. The emergence of colour TV in 1967 was one such step change.
Out of date: Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson) holding a TV remote control
The advent of flatscreen TVs more than a decade ago was another cue for people to upgrade: how many people do you know who still use a big fat cathode-ray telly as their main TV? And then, of course, there was the move from analogue TV to digital.A few years ago, the TV companies thought they'd found their holy grail with 3D TVs. But that has proved an expensive flop. If you go into a big TV store today, you will find plenty of TVs that happen to offer 3D — but the idea of wearing silly glasses in your living room has never taken off. (If a telly does offer 3D, it's ranked as attraction number four or five on the shop's checklist of features, just above the one that tells you what sockets are included on the back of the set.)
So what is UHD? Why is it different, and what does it mean for our television viewing?Currently, millions of us watch 'high definition', or 1080HD, television. The picture on such a screen contains around two million pixels, as the tiny dots that make up the picture are known.Two million pixels might sound like a huge number, but in this day and age it's not that impressive. When you consider that TV screens have been getting bigger over the years — it's not uncommon to see 50 in screens in ordinary homes — the relatively small number of HDTV pixels results in pictures that aren't as clear as the original purveyors of high-definition promised.But Ultra High Definition stops television looking like television. It just looks like real life — as though the screen were not there and you were simply looking through an open window at the scene. Later this month, the BBC and Sony will be carrying out a joint experiment at the Wimbledon Championships. Unknown to any but a handful of viewers, the Corporation will be filming some of the action with a set of Ultra High Definition cameras.These cameras will be taking video containing not two million pixels per screen, but eight million.The Corporation conducted a similar experiment at last year's Olympics, in partnership with the Japanese public broadcaster: only that time it was experimenting with an even higher definition picture, with more than 33 million pixels —more than 16 times as many as today's supposed 'high definition'.Meanwhile, Sky has been experimenting, too. Last October, it recorded one of Arsenal's Champions League matches in UHD. And its recent natural history programme about penguins, narrated by David Attenborough, was also shot in UHD.
Ultra HD TVs like this massive 84 inch LG model boast astonishing picture clarity with images that are said to be four times sharper than current high definition TVs
So what difference do these millions of extra pixels make? Iain Baird is curator of broadcast culture at the National Media Museum in Bradford. Rather brilliantly, he is also grandson of John Logie Baird, the inventor of television.Iain was one of a select few who were allowed by the BBC to watch the live UHD pictures of the 2012 Olympics as they came in. He says the images were 'astounding'. 'It was like sitting inside the stadium,' he says. 'They only had two or three cameras, and there was no commentary, or graphics, or instant replays, so you didn't get the production values you'd normally get in a sports programme — but the picture quality was amazing. 'The detail was remarkable. You could see individual expressions on every person in the crowd.'Others, too, speak highly of the experience. Technology expert Steve May, who has been writing about the television industry for 25 years, says it's important to realise the significance of UHD.
The big advantage of Ultra HD for consumers is that they can be placed anywhere in the room because the big screens look good even from close up (file picture)
'People don't have a real appreciation for what this all means. When you go to a cinema and watch a digital movie projection of a Hollywood film, it was shot at two million pixels. So moving to eight million pixels is going to have a fantastic effect on the way we watch TV.'He's seen a lot of supposedly must-have technologies, but this, he says, is a real revolution. 'It's a much more photographic experience. The sense of texture is much more pronounced. It's wonderful.'May says that because the picture is so much more detailed, we may all want much bigger television screens to take advantage of the superior picture. 'At the moment, 50 in screens are quite common, but within a couple of years 70 in will not be uncommon,' he says.In fact, LG and Sony are already selling sets with 84 in screens. To put that into some sort of perspective, an 84 in screen measures 7ft from the top left to the bottom right. Imagine 6ft 5in John Cleese lying diagonally across your TV, wearing a 7 in top hat. That's how big it is.May explains that UHDTV works best if you get so close that the image fills your whole field of vision. 'That way, it's all you can see — a much more immersive way of watching TV.'Baird adds: 'When we watch TV at the moment, we still have to suspend our disbelief — in the sense that we know we are looking at a television, whatever the programme. That effort is part of the experience of viewing. 'But UHD will change that. It will make TV more difficult to differentiate from reality — which will mean that it could become difficult to separate out memories of what we've seen on TV from our memories of real life.'To some of us, that might not seem like an attractive prospect. There are other pitfalls, too. First, cost. Sony's 84 in UHDTV, which is available now, sells at £24,000. The LG equivalent is £17,000. That's an awful lot of money to spend.
Next year's football World Cup in Brazil will be the first major event to be broadcast in full Ultra HD
But prices are likely to fall very quickly. When flatscreen first launched in 1997, a 42 in TV cost around £10,000. Now, you can pick up an equivalent telly for as little as £350 — or 3.5 per cent of the original cost.
Are today's top-of-the-range HDTV sets about to become yesterday's technology?
The second problem is more fundamental. If you buy a UHD set today, there is no ultra-high-definition television to watch on it. The BBC and Sky may be filming an event here or there in UHD, but they are physically unable to broadcast the material to the rest of us.Sure, your new TV will convert the standard HD signal into something sharper, more impressive, but it won't be an ultra-high-definition picture.It's believed that the Hollywood studios are busy getting big movies ready for UHD formats, but it's unlikely there'll be any UHD programming on TV for at least two years, perhaps longer. And no broadcaster will guarantee its arrival, even in principle.But the sensible money is on any problems being ironed out — and pretty soon. Why? Because the TV manufacturers desperately need UHD to work.Some of the biggest names in TV are in a terrible mess financially. Sharp made a loss of £3.5 billion last year, and warned investors that the future of the company could be in 'material doubt'. Meanwhile, Sony has only just returned to profit after five loss-making years. Incredibly, the company makes more money from its life-insurance business than it does from selling TVs.Steve May says: 'There's a big drive to get us to want this. There are a number of big consumer electronics companies that have a vested interest in getting us to upgrade our screens, otherwise they'll go out of business. 'And Hollywood wants it to take off, too, so it can sell us all those movies we've bought on video, then DVD, then Blu-Ray, one more time — in UHD.'If this latest TV revolution is as dramatic as it sounds, we may not be able to resist.
LG UNVEIL ULTIMATE HD TELEVISION BUT IT WILL COST YOU £22,500
The 84 inch gigantic screen is almost triple the size of average 30inch large television.
It weighs 14 stone - the equivalent of 6ft5in Olympic Gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt.
Ultra HD picture is four times sharper than normal HD and double that of latest Hollywood films shown in cinema.
10 powerful speakers provide cinema-quality surround sound.
Five pairs of 3D glasses are provided for family to watch.
It can convert normal television pictures into 3D.
Two pairs of split screen glasses allow users to see only one film while TV is split and showing two at the same time.
A voice recognition and motion remote rather than a remote control handset.
Built-in wi-fi allows thousands of movies and shows to be downloaded and played from the internet.
It has Skype allowing video calls across the world.
Video and music content can be streamed onto the television from a mobile phone.
- 2013/06/19(水) 12:07:54|
She has been reported to have been 'fired' from Anger Management by her co-star and the show's producer Charlie Sheen. But Selma Blair looked distinctly unruffled on Monday as she stepped out smiling with her toddler son Arthur. The 40-year-old star seemed to be making a big effort to appear happy as she carried the 23-month-old youngster through the studio city area of Los Angeles.
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Sporting a casual striped blue shirt with jeans and plimsolls, Selma waved and smiled as she carried Arthur back to her car following a shopping trip.
Putting on a brave face: Selma Blair smiled broadly as she made her way through a parking lot in Studio City with her baby son
It has been reported that Charlie is refusing to shoot the FX show if Selma is present on the set after the pair had a huge falling out.
Charlie, 47, is even said to have fired the 40-year-old actress after allegedly hearing reports that she'd 'badmouthed' him to executives at the network.
Give us a wave: Selma made every effort to appear unruffled by the latest rumours about her employment status
Carry on smiling: Selma is rumoured to be 'at war' with Charlie Sheen after ructions on the set of Anger Management
According to TMZ, Selma told bosses that she doesn't rate Charlie's work ethic and complained that he's often late.
When he found out, Charlie allegedly complained that as the star of the show he has '40 pages of lines per episode compared to her two.'
He then fired the actress, though it's not clear he's actually in a position to do this, and told bosses he wouldn't show up to work on Monday if Selma was still attached to the project.
Shop til I drop: Selma later took her son out for lunch after their shopping trip, according to onlookers
Still in a job? Selma has not yet responded to rumours about her future with the FX show
What's more, TMZ also contend that Charlie wants to hire Mila Kunis - the girlfriend of his Two and a Half Men replacement Ashton Kutcher - at $1 million dollars per episode. Mail Online have yet to hear back from Selma's spokesperson.
Replacement? Charlie is reportedly lining up Mila for a role in the show
The actress has been a hit as Charlie's best friend Kate, a fellow therapist with whom Charlie's character has an ongoing sexual relationship.
The pair's on-screen chemistry has been praised copiously by TV critics. Charlie's character is a therapist specialising in anger management, and took on Cee Lo Green in one hilarious episode - only for the musician to interrupt his love-making with Selma.
The show, which began last June after Charlie was fired from his sitcom Two and a Half Men, is currently in its second season.It has featured guest appearances from Denise Richards, Lindsay Lohan and Brian Austin Green.
Chemistry: The pair worked well on screen, but apparently things weren't so rosy behind the cameras
- 2013/06/18(火) 16:44:35|