See Anoop rock the state fair

American Idol finalist and UNC-Chapel Hill alum Anoop Desai is among the musical guests for the 2009 N.C. State Fair.  Desai is set to perform on Oct. 22, and it is only $5 to get in, so go support your favorite American Idol and former Clef Hanger this year at the N.C. State Fair!  All musical performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in Dorton Arena.

Other musical guests this year include:

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  • Oct. 15: Jason Michael Carroll ($5)
  • Oct. 16: Third Day ($15)
  • Oct. 17: Kelly Pickler ($10)
  • Oct. 18: Nat and Ale Wolff ($10)
  • Oct. 19: Jamey Johnson ($5)
  • Oct. 20: The Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards ($10)
  • Oct. 21: Julianne Hough ($5)
  • Oct. 22: Anoop Desai ($5)
  • Oct. 23: Jeremy Camp with Tenth Avenue North ($10)
  • Oct. 24: Blake Shelton ($10)
  • Oct. 25: Eric Church ($10)

In case this is your first time, the State Fair is located in Raleigh and runs from Oct. 15-Oct. 25. You can get maps and directions as well as transportation and parking info at the N.C. State Fair website

Fall fashion haircuts

Need a new hairdo? Sometimes you just need a new haircut to  make you feel more confident. Here are some styles that are in for this fall!

  • The Cropped Bob
  • The Pixie Crop
  • The Center Part
  • Milkmaid braids
  • The ’40s Mermaid wave
  • Straight & Sleek
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Well-known music group comes to campus

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New York’s dominant Afro-Puerto Rican bomba and plena group Los Plenores dela 21 (LP21) is coming to UNC-Chapel Hill this weekend to perform in Memorial Hall’s Beasley-Curtis Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

The group’s album Para Todos Ustedes was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006.

LP21’s music is a combination of the bomba and plena genres that date back to the 17th and 20th centuries respectively. The group consists of intergenerational Puerto Rican folk masters and musicians, and the group’s music often combines tribal hand-held drum rhythms and African tribal dances with  jazz, salsa, rock and rap tones.

The performance is free, and tickets are available at the Memorial Hall box office, so come check it out!

Bye bye baggy eyes

As a college student I don’t get very much sleep, and dealing with those little bags that give away the sleepless nights can be irritating. There are a lot of tricks out there, but not all of them may work for you. Here are some handy secrets I have discovered over the years to rid my eyes of nasty little dark circles and bags:

  • Sleep on your back on a slightly elevated pillow so fluids can flow more easily
  • When you wake up in the morning put an ice pack over your eyes for about 15-20 minutes
  • Use Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew anti-puff eye roller after you wash your face at night and when you wake up in the morning.
  • When you put on your makeup, put a little gold eyeshadow in the  corners of your eyes, it makes the bags less noticeable
  • Line your inner lids with brown eyeliner, it makes your eyes look wider

Bad economy hits fashion industry

Versace announced Wednesday that it has decided to close all of its boutiques in Japan, saying that the stores no longer represent the brand image.

In a statement Wednesday the company said the closings are part of a grander plan and that the brand is looking for new locations. However, publications like the Wall Street Journal say the luxury market is beginning to lose its appeal.

I attribute this to how the bad economy is globally affecting the fashion industry. So far it has seemed that the high fashion portion of the industry has been spared, but these conspicuous closings tend to allude to the greater problem of a world-wide recession. What are your thoughts? I think if high fashion brands like Versace are experiencing lack of  interest, then that doesn’t bode well for the rest of us!

Ackland’s Avant-Garde Showcase


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Cater to your artsy side with the  Ackland Art Museum’s fall exhibit, The Guardian and the Avant-Garde, which is set to open this Saturday, Oct. 3.

The exhibit will feature a famous sculpture by Seymour Lipton called The Sentinel II. This historical sculpture was made in 1959 and shows the heroic standards and ideas of the 1950’s.

Lipton explained his sculpture as reflecting Abstract Expressionist mythology and philosophy. The Sentinel II refers to heroism, defense against enemies and the portrayal of the “battle of life” through aspects of the sculpture such as its standing figure, the armor and the helmet.

Avant-Garde art is pushes cultural norms and boundaries and is generally considered modernist. The Sentinel II and many other pieces set to be featured in the exhibit have broken free from folkloric ideas of protective spirits and instead depict political leaders, revolutionaries and artists.

The Guardian and the Avant-Garde exhibit will be on display until Jan. 3, 2010, so you have plenty of time to check it out.

If you want more info on the exhibit or Avant-Garde art, go to Conversation with the Curators discussion at the Hanes Art Center auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

This modern art is fun, dynamic and focuses on today’s issues. So go get your art fix at the Ackland Art Museum this fall!

Vamp Up Your Lips


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All of you fashionistas out there know that bright red lips are hot right now, but you may not know that Sephora’s new ruby gloss is venomous!

Sephora now carries a shimmery lip plumping gloss by DuWop called Twilight Venom.

This scarlet gloss is a lip conditioner with a bite. Its tingly touch heightens the “venomous” sensation and makes your lips look fuller, more defined and irresistibly red.

This product combines the original DuWop Lip Venom clear lip plumping serum with a crimson gloss. The two liquids do not mix on their own, but when shaken they create the perfect balance of color and sting.

Despite its allusion to the supernatural romance “Twilight”, consumers say this product really does work.

Unlike the Cullen clan, Twilight Venom has nothing to hide. Ingredients for this lip gloss include argon, avocado, olive oil and vitamin E.

Although this is the only DuWop product associated with the movie “Twilight”, there is a whole line of DuWop Venom products. You can also try DuWop’s Lash Venom Mascara, Prime Venom lip balm, Reverse Lip Liner and the original Lip Venom lip gloss.

So whether you are trying to stay in stride with the latest trends or you want to snag your own Edward Cullen, DuWop’s Twilight Venom may be your new favorite gloss.