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A Guide to Great Swimwear for Serious Swimmers

When it comes to swimming, most people choose swimwear which is stylish, wanting to look good on the beach as well as in the sea or swimming pool. However for those who are more serious about their swimming, performance swimwear is needed. Traditionally performance swimwear has been very functional and to be honest a little dull with a choice of either plain back or plain navy in most cases.

Thankfully times have changed in the performance swimwear arena with manufacturers now realising that serious swimmers not only want functional swimwear but stylish swimwear too. In this article we take a look at the current performance swimwear trends for 2012 for both males and females.

Male Performance Swimwear
Performance swimwear for men was very limited until a couple of years ago with the market mainly being taken up by Speedo and their iconic tiny brief style shorts. Luckily the market has expanded widely for men’s performance swimwear, the Maru swimwear collection now offers functional pieces in a variety of cuts and fits which also offer the latest style trends.

Although brief style shorts are still popular, many men are now looking to longer length shorts for style. Referred to as ‘jammers’ by Maru swimwear, these swim shorts resemble lycra cycling shorts but have in fact been made from DOW XLA chlorine proof fabric. This fabric is longer lasting than lycra whilst helping performance through tension and controlled pressure on specific muscles, helping you to preserve energy.

Jammers come in a range of styles with the hot trends for 2012 being eye-catching panels down the side of the legs in bright colours and 80s inspired prints. Due to the subtle compartmental designs, jammers are easy to team with rash vests and wetsuits for a more coherent look.

Jammers are all the rage for 2012.

Jammers are all the rage for 2012.

Female Performance Swimwear

For years, Adidas have been the leading female swimwear brand in relation to performance, offering their simple designs in black and navy with the odd white stripe for the full Adidas effect. Today, ladies performance swimwear has a few more options thanks to the likes of Maru and draws inspiration from the ‘mix and match’ trend of other clothing designs – something completely new to the performance swimwear market.

For 2012, women can choose a range of tops and bottoms which co-ordinate and contrast to create some fabulous looks. This season, the swimwear trend is for vibrant or eye-catching bottoms with plainer tops. Team wild leopard or zebra print shorts with plain black vests for a great look. Combine bold coloured brief style bottoms such as orange or royal blue with plain tops in a neutral colour to help balance out the body. Some designers are even launching reversible pieces which allow you to create a perfect mix and match look for a fraction of the cost.


So whether you’re a professional swimmer who competes at your sport, or just enjoy doing laps in the pool, there is now a range of performance swimwear which also offers fashionable designs too.



Image Credits: Mailsports .

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The Coolest Houses on TV

TV is a great place to see fantastic inspirational homes. They might not always be the most practical places to live but they could very well trigger some inspired interior design.

1. Southfork on “Dallas”

This is possibly the most renowned ranch across America. This cool house was the chosen one for the filming of the famous television series “Dallas”.  Those yellow sunshades, the mahogany lined study, the chintz of JR’s bedroom have fuelled many an enthusiastic make over. Even, Bobby’s shower room may inspire and amuse non Dallas fans.

2. The Munsters Mansion on “The Munsters”

This is one ideal home everyone would love to walk into. It first appeared on “The Munsters” in the 1960s. The house was designed as a spooky dilapidated mansion, complete with a graveyard and copious amounts of spider’s webs. Located at Universal Studios, the Munsters Mansion was built in an area where an old fort once stood.

3. The Stratton Mansion on “Silver Spoons”

This magnificent mansion was first noticed on NBC via a popular sitcom, Silver Spoons. Though the mansion that was showed on TV was for American audience, the private mansion was, in fact, in England. The mansion is a pretty old one, built in 1481 by Compton Wynyates. The mansion was also used in a Disney film called “Candleshoe” in 1977.

4. Knebworth House for the 1989 Batman film

This country house is in Hertfordshire, England was used in a 1989 movie Batman. The house was built in 1490 and belongs to Lytton family since then. The house was built of genuine red-brick and was inspired by the Gothic style of architecture. Sir Edward Lutyens redesigned the interior of this house. Since its opening, the house has been remodeled several times over. A herb garden that was designed in the early 20th century was planted many decades later near the house. Today, the house along with its grounds and gardens can be accessed by the public.

5. Wayne Manor for the Batman film

Wayne Manor is also fondly remembered as a bat cave as it was the place where Batman was living. This is as per various renditions that graced TV channels many times over in the past. Though there have been many versions of this home on TV, the one that is best remembered by viewers is the classic Adam West. The house is fully embedded with technologies that are “bat-themed”. Among interesting gadgets you are likely to find inside the house are: shark repellent, the batzooka, etc. It would be a great project to gadgetize your house, everyone needs a bat phone!

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7 Reasons Why You Should Support Ellen And Her JC Penney Campaign

7 Reasons Why You Should Support Ellen And Her JC Penney Campaign

You’ve got to hand it to Ellen, she has completely revamped her career and is on a massive upward trajectory. She has her own (quite successful) talk show, was a (not so successful) judge on American Idol last year, became a spokeswoman for Cover Girl (of all companies) and now is heading up a HUGE campaign for JC Penney.

But for all her success and fans that love her, there’s animosity and detractors. We love Ellen and below we dish on seven reasons why you should love her too and support her JC Penney efforts.

1. She’s 54, But Looks 34

Say what you want about Ellen, but you can’t deny she looks awesome. I had no clue she was 54, when I recently read it somewhere. The woman looks way younger, so we love her for looking way awesome.

ellen degeneres in sunglasses

2. Scarves, Scarves and More Scarves

If you’re an avid watcher of the Ellen talk show, then you know she has a thing for scarves. Lots of them and she wears them in sometimes funny ways like what’s pictured below. It shouldn’t be too hard to find Ellen in a scarf, just watch an episode of her TV talk show this week and you’ll see what we mean.

ellen and one of her many many scarves

3. Ellen Stands For Fairness and Equality

As an openly gay woman, Ellen stands for fairness and equality in all things, including marriage for everyone, equal opportunity divorce and of course the right to bear scarves.

gay is good gay is great

4. Her Mom Is Adorable

You can tell a lot about a person from how they treat their mom. Ellen always showers mom with kudos, takes her to dangerous and exotic events like the Annual Academy awards show, buys her lots of expensive toys and occasionally will pimp mom out on her talk show. Wait! That’s Portia.

ellen mom is adorable

5. Ellen Plays Golf For Charity

Ellen regularly teams up with various celebrities including Justin Timberlake with whom she played a good game with a few years back, with all proceeds of the golf events going toward charitable causes. She tends to have fun on the green and usually stirs up enough media attention to bring in the big bucks.

ellen playing golf

6. She’s Openly Gay

Ellen has been officially gay since about 1997 when she publicly came out on her then TV show. She has since been linked to a few high profile actresses but no one fit the bill quite like Portia De Rossi. Whom she married in August 2008. This matters to her JC Penney campaign because it proves she sticks with and fights for what she cares about.

ellen and portia

7. Match Made in Heaven

Ellen loves everything JC Penney stands for, because they are her values too. We think they’re a match made in heaven and we believe Ellen will bring JC Penney press, attention and customers – money can’t buy. Now go dance!

ellen and jc penney perfect match

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9 Things To Buy Your Cougar Mom On Mother’s Day

9 Things To Buy Your Cougar Mom On Mother’s Day

There are perks to having a cougar mom such as your friends always want to come over and visit. The UPS man tends to hang around and chat after delivering packages, the mailman knows you by name and your male teachers are always asking for your mom to come and discuss your “learning” at school.

We thought it would be fun to come up with a list of things to buy a Cougar mom this May for Mother’s Day. As you know you can’t get your Cougar mom just any get, she wants a specific type of gift and if this has you stumped, below are a few ideas to un-stump you.

9. A Gift Voucher for Top Notch Botox

The only thing that matters to a Cougar mom is looking hot and looking young. So with that in mind, a gift voucher for some good Botox from a local doctor would make her squeal with delight. Although not cheap, this medical procedure would make her day. We’re not sure if mom wants to mirror Nicole Kidman who’s gone Botox crazy, but hey – you never know.

nicole kidman has gone botox crazy

8. A Greeting Card With A Hot Young Stud On It

You know the funny type you see in drug stores such as Walgreens and CVS. These cards would make an ideal companion to any one of the other gifts mentioned on our list.

cute guy greeting card

7. 30 Day Pass To Crobar

This is the quintessential playground for the garden variety Cougar and what a sweet treat it would be if you got her a 30 day unlimited pass to her favorite club. Because she loves to dance and she loves to mix and mingle.

all access pass to crobar club

6. Jennifer Aniston Movie

Men and woman alike love Jennifer Aniston. But Cougar woman especially have a liking for the former Friends cutie and her movies. So get any one of her gazillion titles such as the Bounty Hunter opposite boy toy Gerard Butler.

the bounty hounter with jennifer aniston

5. Leopard Print Dress (OR Anything With A Leopard Print)

This is hottie Lisa Rinna of Dancing With The Stars fame who loves to wear leopard print dresses and here she is sporting one of her best pieces.

leopard print dress for a hot cougar

4. Red Bull

A Cougar woman needs energy and lots of it, to keep up with the much younger men she likes to pursue and her energy drink of choice is none other than the famed or not so famed Red Bull.

red bull


3. Cougar Town Viewing Party

Courtney Cox popularized the term and subsequent lifestyle in her ABC sitcom Cougar Town , so much so that there are actually viewing parties all over the US where woman get together and party while they watch the show.

cougar town tv show

2. Stripper Pole (As Gag Gift)

Great gift idea for any Cougar mom that likes to have fun and is a bit on the daring side. A stripper pole can be placed in a basement, attic or bedroom and if she brings her friends along, she might end up with something like what’s going on below.

stripper pole

1. Ashton Kutcher’s Autographed Photo

If ever there was a Cougar magnet, he would be it. Ashton Kutcher has become the poster boy (if you will) for Cougar bait around the world.

cougar magnet ashton kutcher

Let me know below which is your fave gift idea below. Or share your own and we’ll do a second round up. Give me your best most funniest idea.

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10 Hot Cars That Make Even Women Fapp

10 Hot Cars That Make Even Women Fapp

Women love cars just as much as the next guy and we like them hot, fast and sexy. See some examples below. Everything from a Porsche GT3 to a Volkswagen Beetle are showcased on our list.

1. 2011 Mercedez Benz SLS AMG

This is the ultimate from the Mercedez Benz line of coupes and it mirrors or is inspired by the 1950′s Mercedez 300 SL that had the same upward opening doors and similar body detailing. When you have wings for car doors, does it matter that you’re sporting a 2011 model. Probably not.

Price: $183,000

2011 mercedes benz sls amg

2. 2011 Porsche GT3 RS

Any Porsche roadster is sexy all the way. But woman would cream all over the special colors on this model, the GT3 RS with its duel block color design of grey and red. Not too mention 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds and a virile V6 engine.

Price: $135,000

2011 porsche gt

3. 2011 Rolls Royce Phantom

For the classy lady who loves a touch of high style, here’s the 2011 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead in baby blue. It carries a powerful V8 engine, MP3 player, built-in bluetooth, side and curtain airbags and a classy price to boost.

Price: $447,000.

2011 rolls royce phantom in beach blue

4. 2012 Lexus LFA

From the high end line of Lexus coupes comes this beautiful Canary yellow two door LFA coupe, that sports a majestic V10 engine under the hood and a matching majestic price as well.

Price: $375,000

2012 Lexus LFA

5. 2012 Jaquar XK

If you come from a long line of Jaguar lovers, because maybe your dad had one and your granddad, etc. then this lovely machine is the one for you. The Jaguar XK sports roadster is a sight to behold with the usual luxury amenities covered inside and out.

Price: $132,000

2012 jaguar XK

6. 2011 Cadillac CTS V Coupe

Sporty and powered by a robust V8 engine, the Cadillac CTS-V two door coupe can very well be a girls best friend.

Price: $58,000

2011 Cadillac CTS V Coupe

7. Bright Pink Fiat

Woman love the color pink. OK. I love the color pink and shouldn’t speak for all women, but for the ladies all around the world that do love the light elixir shade here’s an adorable bright pink Fiat coupe made just for you.

Price: $ Unknown


8. LS LC Lexus Concept Coupe

This dazzling number comes from Lexus and it was recently showcased and or talked about at the Detroit Auto Show where it won the Eyes On Design award for aesthetics and innovation in auto design.

Price: $ Unknown

lf lc lexus coupe

9. 2012 VW Beetle

According to a recent article, the VW Beetle is the 2nd most  popular vehicle among woman. A whopping 57.9% of woman are buyers of this car. We get the stat, as the car is small, affordable and looks like a poodle would – if it were a car.

Price: $25,720

2012 vw beetle in red


This is most likely a concept car as we couldn’t any information on it, but what a lovely and sexy concept it is. The STEFAN SCHULZE.

Price: $ Unknown


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Being Green – Fashion Trends For The Planet

Being Green – Fashion Trends For The Planet

It’s an undeniable fact that the Earth’s resources are finite and they’re running out – fact. Add to this the ever present threat of climate change (whether you believe it’s man-made or not makes no difference…) and you’ll see that every little bit you can do to protect our fragile planet can make that vital difference and help future generations to survive and thrive.

It’s Not All Lentils and Hemp

‘Green’ clothing has a stained image in that the clothing generally associated with being ‘green’ is boring, old fashioned and let’s face it… a bit ‘ethnic’ in origins. Modern environmentally friendly clothing isn’t at all associated with ‘hippy’ type clothes and although some of the materials being used are closely related to traditionally environmentally friendly ones, new manufacturing techniques mean that clothing and footwear can be produced nowadays which is both stylish and good looking.

Look At The Big Picture – Go For Longevity

You’ll hear a lot in the environmentally aware circles about using materials such as Hemp, Bamboo and other low-impact crops for making clothing. Proponents of these materials will tell you that these materials are the most environmentally friendly as they use little water to grow and don’t require much in the way of processing to get the fibres needed for weaving. As with most things, this isn’t the full story.

Think about if for a minute and you’ll realise that the best way to be environmentally friendly is to re-use everything, that way all of the expended energy to make the materials and clothes in the first place isn’t wasted. No extra water is used and no additional dyes and toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere. This is the way modern environmentally aware clothing and footwear manufacturers are going and it’s a very good move for everyone… the company producing the goods gets materials at a vastly reduced rate and the planet isn’t subject to, for example, the need to pump vast quantities of water into fields to feed a new cotton crop.

The real way to save the planet and make sure that your clothing has as little environmental impact as possible is to both keep your clothing for as long as possible and when you really have to replace your clothes and shoes opt for ones which are made from recycled materials. One such example is the Terra Plana Janis range of boots. These welly styled boots utilise a multitude of recycled materials and let’s face it… look great as well!

End Of The Road – When Clothes and Shoes Die

So you’ve managed to hold onto your clothes and shoes for years, but there will come a time when you really have to replace. That’s fine… you can still be environmentally aware when you dispose. Most councils in the UK run garment and shoe disposal schemes – the materials in these ‘end of life’ products is shredded and the resulting materials sold on for either re-deployment in brand new clothes or turned into other things. Remember – a large portion of modern footwear contains plastic for the sole so if this is just thrown away in landfill then it’s a whole lot of hydrocarbons being thrown away (with a resultant waste of energy the planet can ill afford!

Fashion that is Different is a UK based designer clothing and footwear shop, offering a range of brands such as Terra Plana which are both stylish and well made.

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