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It’s what every woman wants, at least on some level – beauty. Unfortunately beauty itself is elusive, subjective, and what’s more, sometimes unhealthy. What do I mean? Let’s start with elusive. The very definition of the word elusive is, well, elusive. Dictionary.com defines the word elusive as the following:

e·lu·sive /ɪˈlu sɪv/ Pronunciation Key adjective 1. eluding clear perception or complete mental grasp; hard to express or define: an elusive concept. 2. cleverly or skillfully evasive: a fish too elusive to catch.

I particularly like the second part of the definition which uses the example: a fish too elusive to catch. That, after all, is very much the same as beauty. Just when one thinks that they are one step away from being beautiful, they find another area of themselves in need of “beautification.” The classic example, of course, is the woman who becomes addicted to plastic surgery- first it’s the eye’s that need lifting, but once this is done she finds another part of her that needs “fixing.” Perhaps the lips now seem too thin, the chin is sagging, or there are those breasts that are doing the same.

While I have no problem with cosmetic surgery in and of itself, I do believe that one must go through a mental evaluation of self in order to determine whether or not this particular procedure is going to have the desired affect, both mentally and physically. The bottom line is that some woman do indeed feel better about themselves after a cosmetic procedure is done, while some are part of the “never satisfied” group, a group that certainly has issues above and beyond those cosmetic.

Now, on to “subjective.” What’s the old adage? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure- or in our case “woman’s.” In other words, each woman’s idea of what is beautiful, or how she may look more so, is an extremely subjective and personal thing. After all, we’ve all seen a person who completely defies our definition of beautiful and, well, tastefulness, right? I mean, TLC’s show “What Not to Wear” is a perfect example. Each woman who goes on the show has been voted on by “friends” who simply believe she does not conform to the societal standards of what’s okay and what’s not. And I do have to say, there are some women who appear on the show who I, for all my own subjectivities, cannot believe would fit ANY persons idea of taste. However, reminding myself of another adage “beauty is in the eye…” I am humbled by the awareness of my very own highly subjective perspectives on beauty.

So, what’s left? Oh, that’s right – “unhealthy.” Again, I’ll quote a definition to help clarify from Dictionary.com, since the Oxford English Dictionary is not available online:

un·health·y [uhn-hel-thee] adjective

1. not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition. 2. not conducive to good health; unhealthful: Night air was formerly considered unhealthy. 3. dangerous; risky.

Many aspects of the concept of beauty are, in agreement with the aforementioned definitions, unhealthy. Few would argue that cosmetic surgeries can be risky, that scores of cosmetics on the market are “not conducive to good health” and that many of the worst offenders, weight-loss products, are “dangerous.” Additionally, America’s fascination with being thin, and sometimes critically so, often leads to anorexia and bulimia which is certainly not a condition that many would consider a “state of good or normal health.”

In conclusion while beauty is, as I believe I’ve outlined above elusive, subjective, and sometimes unhealthy, people worldwide are taking steps to make positive changes to affect the world’s conceptions of, healthfulness of, and preoccupation with, beauty. Some examples include Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, companies manufacturing dolls with normal characteristics (and measurements) and those who offer more natural and healthy ways to enhance one’s own idea of beauty. Natural beauty choices have, in fact, gained an extreme amount of popularity in recent years. For example Burt’s Bees has, for some time now, been offering all-natural cosmetic and personal care options, organic clothing is now even being sold at retailers galore, and cosmetic companies like Erth Minerals have begun manufacturing mineral makeup that is made from just crushed minerals and therefore without unhealthy chemicals and preservatives. In short, the future of more healthful beauty and for increased options for satisfying our eternal, elusive, and subjective quest for beauty will continue to grow in the years to come.

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A History of Ludwig Drums and the Ludwig Black Beauty Snare

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Ludwig & Ludwig, the home of the Ludwig Black Beauty snare, was formed in 1909 by brothers William F. and Theo Ludwig. The brothers began their innovative designing in a simple Chicago garage, with their first innovation being a bass drum pedal that was faster and far superior to anything available at the time.

In 1916 the brothers came up with the spring action that was to become the basis for the current Balanced Action Pedal Timpani.

In the mid 1920’s the brothers became famous for making some of the worlds finest ukulele-banjos, still prized amongst collectors today.

When the great depression of the 1930’s hit, the company merged with the C.G. Conn Company, but William wasn’t happy with the new structure and left in 1936, forming his own company, the W.F.L. Drum Company, with the famous Speed King Pedal being one of the first products designed, which is still manufactured by Ludwig today.

Ludwig was purchased back from Conn in 1955 and relaunched as the Ludwig Drum Company.

The new company struggled for almost 10 years, until 1963 when an emerging band from Liverpool, The Beatles, chanced upon a kit in a London store window. The band were walking through London, when Ringo spotted the kit and instantly fell in love.

After appearing on the Ed Sullivan show with his new kit and that famous Ludwig log on the bass drum, sales skyrocketed.

In 1966, The now successful Ludwig purchased the Musser Marimba Company and as a show of gratitude to Ringo for changing their fortunes, gifted Ringo with a gold plated snare drum.

Led Zeppelin’s John “Bonzo” Bonham was the next superstar drummer to use Ludwig drums. His famous amber- colour Vistalite drum set is synonyms with 1970’s rock drumming. Vistalite was the trade name used by Ludwig for its line of acrylic drums in the 1970s.

After the death of his father in 1973, William F. Ludwig, Jr took over the reins and the company eventually became a part of The Selmer Company in 1981.

From that first day in that barn in Chicago, the company has always been at the forefront of innovation, introducing many materials not thought of previously in drum manufacturing. In addition to the Vistalite drums, the company also manufactured stainless steel drum kits, but due to high manufacturing costs, ceased production in the early 1980’s.

The now famous and most sought after of snare drums, the Ludwig Black Beauty was first manufactured in the 1920’s. The Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum, a hand-engraved black nickel-plated brass shell drum is highly prized by collectors and players alike. The Black Beauty was reissued, available either unengraved or machine engraved, in the late 1970s, and reissued again in the 1990s.

When The Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum was re-introduced in the late 1970’s, they were again made in brass. As the company changes ownership in the early 1980’s the drum switches to bronze which was done for economic reasons.

It’s enjoying a current resurgence and is a coveted addition to most collections.

Source by Daniel Batelic

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Beauty Tips – Beautiful Radiant Skin

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Everybody, including most women, wants to have fresh-looking and beautiful skin but don’t know how to keep it looking that way. There are just a few basic beauty tips that you can make use of to ensure that your skin stay looking young, fresh, and beautiful for many years to come. Also, because of advances in today’s technology, there are both surgical and non-surgical options to keep skin young-looking.

The first of many little-known beauty tips is as natural as you can get; simply keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It helps keep your skin looking young and fresh. Your skin is a living organ that needs water, and denying it water will make it dull and lifeless. Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin hydrated and beautiful. It will also reduce the number of breakouts your skin has, depending on your type.

Make up and beauty tips abound. You can pull them out of every magazine at any check out counter. However, specialists agree that the single most important beauty tip available is to moisturize early and often. Well maintained skin is vigorous skin, and this radiates a healthy glow.

Before going to sleep at night, apply an anti wrinkle face cream as the last step of your skin care. This way, your skin will stay younger and fresher, and it will not wrinkle so quickly. There are several kinds of anti wrinkle face cream, and it is important to choose the right one for your skin. The best thing is to consult with a facial care expert; she will help you make the right choice.

Getting Botox injections for wrinkles is a personal choice that many people make. Before visiting a skin care clinic to get injections, make sure that you consider all of the risks and options. Many resources are out there to help you make this decision. Getting injections will definitely help your skin look more youthful, but think carefully and make sure that it is the right choice for you. There are a multitude of ways in which to keep it healthy, youthful and radiant. When you commit a regimen, your friends and family will take notice to the difference in your the state of your skin.

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Plus Size – What Is Considered Plus Size

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Every year the world of fashion comes up with the latest fashion trends that are influenced by different seasons. Big names of the word of fashion belong to the USA. People of this country are extremely fashioned conscious. They know the significance of dressing up and accessorizing. This is the cause, why all the brands, which are running in the USA pays sheer attention of the designs, fabricating and selling of the clothes.

The new generation’s plus size women go crazy while shopping the clothes and want to buy and wear comfort clothes that gives comfort to any movement. This is because that clothes company gives pay attention when they fabricate these clothes for new generation’s people. Now, USA fashion industry lists over 50,000 plus size clothing items every day.

Plus Size Clothing for Fashionable Women

It has made a revolution in the USA of fashion. There is a broad collection of clothing available for different styles and seasons. One can get a lot of advice on plus size fashions such as dresses, skirts, shorts, pants jackets as well as leggings that are available in different patterns and are comfortable for larger women to wear. Moreover, these clothes are available for special occasions, regular daily wear, for the gym or the beach. If you are a lady with a plus size body, you will get plenty of trendy plus size clothes in the market.

There are various company and stores which fabricate and offer these kinds of fashionable plus size clothes. There are diverse types of clothes available in these stores. This assortment of clothing is usually selected by women who want to work out for their overweight. This is the cause why the plus sized clothing shops have become so accepted among the women. These clothes can really make them look handsome as well as stylish and trendy at the same time. So select your clothes from the best online shop to make the best look for yourself.

How to Select Fashionable Plus Size Clothes?

There are numerous online clothes stores offering plus size women’s clothing. However, while buying the plus size dresses online you must keep few things in mind. Before you search your shopping, you must know the correct measurement of your body curve, so that you can select the best-fitting dresses for you. Here are a few fashion tips that will help you select the right fashionable dresses for your plus size figure. If you are a lady with a plus size body, you will find plenty of fashionable plus size clothes on the market. These clothes can keep you looking fashionable despite your oversized body.

Source by Prashant Chaturvedi

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