Movie Personalities Scoop: Julia Roberts – America’s Sweetheart!

Julia Roberts

Julia Fiona Roberts is an award-winning actress and producer who has appeared in more than thirty films since 1987. Born and raised in Georgia on October 28, 1967, Roberts is the youngest among three children of Walter Grady Roberts and Betty Lou Roberts. Both her parents were playwright and actors and met while performing in the armed forces. Robert’s parents later co-founded an acting school in Atlanta called Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop. Having her parents’ talent in acting, she and her older brother Eric pursued acting careers and started from uncredited roles in 1987. Two years later, she earned her first nomination in the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie Steel Magnolias. The movie also made her earn her first Golden Globe Award win for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1990, she had her breakthrough in the film industry and became America’s Sweetheart with her movie Pretty Woman (1990) with Richard Gere. The movie was a box office success becoming one of the highest-grossing romantic comedy films of all time. Roberts’ role made her earn a nomination as Best Actress in the Academy Award and a second win in the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. The movie opened a lot of acting opportunities for Roberts and it made her the highest-paid actress in the world starting from the 1990s up to the early half of the 2000s. In 2001, Roberts earned an Oscars as Best Actress for her movie Erin Brockovich, which is adapted from the true story of Erin Brockovich, a single mother who help won the direct lawsuit case against the PG&E.

Following her breakthrough, Roberts has appeared in several films with different genres. Being a versatile actress, she is good in portraying a diverse array of characters regardless of the genre of the film she’s in.

Facts about Movie Personalities: Hollywood Stars with Broadway Beginnings

Their acting prowess is very evident; they make us cry, laugh, hate, and love. But little do we know that before becoming prolific actors and actresses they were already stars in Broadway. Here are some celebrities with humble beginnings at the world’s most prestigious theatre—Broadway.

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick

She definitely impressed with her awesome voice singing When I’m Gone in the hit musical comedy Pitch Perfect. But her singing skills aren’t actually surprising as prior to becoming an actress, she was already performing at the age of twelve in the Broadway musical High Society. Her performance even made her win the Theatre World Award; she was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award. Kendrick is actually the third youngest nominee of a Tony Award.

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

Best known for her performance in the movies Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965), Julie Andrews actually started her career in different theatres in London and eventually in West End. In 1954, Andrews went to the USA and made her Broadway debut at the age of eighteen in the musical The Boy Friend. She was again featured in two musicals, My Fair Lady and Camelot, which made her receive nominations from Tony Award for her theatrical performance.

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel

We loved her rendition of the song Let it Go from the animated movie Frozen that made its way to the Billboard Top 100 in 2013 but singing for Menzel has always been natural. The Tony Award winner rose to fame from her performance as Maureen in the musical Rent, which was adapted into film in 2005. Her performance earned her a nomination in the Tony Award. In the musical Wicked, Menzel gained her first Tony Award for Best Actress for her role as Elphaba. In 2014, she resumed her career in Broadway and appeared in the original musical If/Then, which made her earn another nomination in the Tony Award.

Popular Women in the Gaming Industry

When people talk about gaming, you’d expect men to be on top. But as the industry flourishes, there are now women who dominate the industry, endlessly contributing to the continuing development of the many games and gaming consoles out in the current market today. Below are just some of the popular names who have made a big difference in this growing industry.

Roberta Williams

Roberta Williams Photo

She is the co-creator of Graphical Adventure Games and the unbelievably, the co-founder of Sierra. Her inspiration started in the year 1979 after playing Adventure, a text-only computer game. Together with her husband Ken Williams (who is an IBM programmer), they outlined and created an interactive game which put graphics and text together. Their game, titled Mystery House, became an instant hit and this paved way graphics- and text-based adventure video games to flourish.

Dona Bailey

Dona Bailey Photo

She is known as the first woman to design an arcade game. She worked as an engineer for Atari during the year 1980 then later left to work for Activision. In the game design department, she was the only female. She co-created the classic arcade game called Centipede along with Ed Logg. She disappeared from the limelight after its instant success to resurface in 2007 as a keynote speaker for the 2007 Women in Games Conference.

Carol Shaw

Carol Shaw Photo

Shaw is known as the first woman game programmer and designer during her time. She worked for Activision where she developed the retro game hit titled River Raid. She was also the first woman game programmer to develop and design a video game for the Atari 2600 (titled 3D Tic-Tac-Toe).

Amy Briggs

Amy Briggs Photo

When it comes to creating the first adventure game for girls, she made it all happen! Plundered Hearts was a text adventure game featuring narratives and female protagonists. This unique combination has officially captured the female audience and paved way for other similar game developments.

Cat Safety Reminders

Cute KittenCats can be very playful—they just love to go anywhere! Sometimes if we are not aware, they might go to an area that is dangerous for them. They can either get injured or worse, die. But before these things happen, here are some basic cat safety reminders to really keep in mind at all times.

Cats Should Have Their Own Room

Though some people don’t really have a problem with it but some just don’t like seeing cats running around their houses. Putting them outside is one option but it doesn’t guarantee that your pets will return inside once you order them to. If you prefer to keep them locked inside though, they should have at least their own room. If you don’t have an extra room for them, your own bedroom would do. The important thing here is that they should have ample space to roam around your house without them being cooped up, in say, a cage.

Keep Chemicals Out of Your Cats’ Sight

If you have flammable and dangerous chemicals around the house, be sure to keep them in an area where cats can’t reach them. These chemicals might suffocate or poison your pets. If ever your cats get exposed to these harmful chemicals, call your local veterinarian immediately.

Do Not Hit Them If They Did Something Wrong

Orange-Colored CatOne wrong move and you might commit animal abuse. Remember that they are not humans so they can go anywhere and do whatever they want as they please. It doesn’t give you the authority to hurt them just because they don’t listen to you. You can cage them if needed or just distance them from the area that you don’t want them getting into.

Treat Cats with Utmost Love

A true cat lover cares for their feline friends no more how much of a bother they (sometimes) are when they are inside. Treat them with love like they are your own child.

Common Lingerie Materials – Lace

Lace is perhaps the most commonly-used material in lingerie-making. This beautiful and delicate material goes through a long process before it becomes the main material or detailing for bras and panties.

Lace Lingerie

Like many others, you probably love the softness and intricacy of this material. But have you ever wondered about its history and how it is made? This article will tell you everything there is to know about lace. If you aren’t a fan of the material now, perhaps you will be once you have learned more about it.


The History of Lace

Lace has quite a long history. To summarize that history, suffice it to say that most of the development concerning the making of lace occurred in the 16th century. Lace was then deemed a form of openwork fabric, with its combination of open space and opaque texture, which forms unique patterns and designs. As a result of its development, lace became a dominant material in the home and fashion industries in the 1500s. During this period, lace was used for myriad things such as cuff detailing, collars, accessories, and as finishing for embroidered loops and picots.

How Lace Got its Name

One of the best ways to become familiar with anything is to learn where and how it got its name. Where lace is concerned, it is said that the word is actually derived from Middle English writing and language. In Old French the material is known as las. It is called laqueus or lacere in Latin and laceum in Vulgar Latin.

Lace Types

Lace is classified into several types, depending on how it is made. Below is a quick discussion on the different types of lace. It should help you make a better informed decision the next time you buy lace lingerie.

Cutwork or Whitework Lace

Cutwork or Whitework Lace – This type of lace is made by removing the threads from a natural fiber background. The threads are then filled and wrapped with intricate embroidery.


Tape Lace - This is made either by machine or by hand. It is a textile strip that is made into a specific design. It is usually embellished and attached with a bobbin lace or needle.


Crocheted Lace – As the name suggests, this type of lace is set in crochet style. Examples of this are the filet crochet, the Irish crochet, and the pineapple crochet.


Machine-made – This type of lace is styled exclusively with a machine. The design or pattern depicted depends on the manufacturer or the type of clothing the lace is used for.

Basic Lace Care

It is generally okay to iron lace, but you should remember to choose only the lowest heat settings for your iron. It would also be wise for you to use only mild detergent and to never use strong bleaching agents to clean them. Always check the ingredients of a detergent product before you buy it and use it on lace. Advertisements don’t really reveal all the important details when it comes to detergent, so it’s better to be sure about what you’re buying than to suffer the frustration of having picked the wrong product.

How to Properly Clean Your Lingerie

Properly Clean Your Lingerie

Some women don’t think it’s a big deal, but washing your lingerie properly is actually very important. It helps prevent skin irritation when you wear the undergarments again and also keeps the lingerie in good shape so you can keep using it for a long time. Some lingerie items wouldn’t even last a month unless you make an effort to wear and clean them as they should be worn and washed. Following is a simple guide for cleaning your precious lingerie and keeping them ready whenever you feel like wearing them again.

Cold Water Is Your Friend

If you think that using hot water is the best way to clean your beloved lingerie, you’re wrong! Both lingerie and cleaning experts recommend that you use ordinary cold water. Using lukewarm or hot water in cleaning lingerie will only cause them to shrink, and you won’t be able to wear them again. That would be a shame, wouldn’t it? Cold water is your friend! That is something you need to keep in mind when washing lingerie items.

 Washing Lingerie

Keep It Hooked

It is advised that you fasten or hook your lingerie when you wash them. This is to prevent them from getting tangled and torn. This also helps you ensure that the lingerie’s delicate details (lace, embroidery, etc.) will not get caught on anything and become stretched or torn.

Soap and Detergents

Think you can use just any soap in washing your lingerie? Think again. The truth is that some types of detergent have ingredients that can be bad for the material of your lingerie, causing it to lose its elasticity and making its color fade too soon. If you’re unsure what detergent to use for your lingerie, be sure to read the cleaning instructions found on the tab of the lingerie itself or on the packaging. You can also ask the sales representative at the lingerie shop or department store where you bought the lingerie.

Tip: In most cases, it is best to go for detergents that do not have strong ingredients or bleaching agents. These are the substances that usually cause lingerie to deteriorate in terms of quality, color, and durability. This is the safest way to choose detergent, especially if you aren’t sure which particular soap or detergent to use. You should also be careful in using additional laundry agents like fabric softener.


Hand Wash Is Better Than Machine Wash

Although the washing machine can definitely hasten the laundry process, it can also cause your lingerie to quickly lose its durability. Hand washing is still better when it comes to lingerie. It may be time-consuming, but at least you can be sure your delicates will last longer as compared to lingerie items that are regularly machine washed.

 Drying Your Lingerie In The Dryer

Machine Drying Is a Big No

Drying your lingerie in the dryer is another thing you should avoid doing. There is a big chance your delicates will shrink when you place them in the dryer. The safest way is to dry lingerie is on a clothesline. For more specific drying instructions, check the tag or the item’s packaging.

How to Avoid Rejection for Your Lingerie Gifts

Reject Gifts

Not many men will admit to having their great lingerie surprise rejected by the woman of their dreams, but it does happen sometimes. There will be instances when you buy something stylish and sexy for your girl, such as lace lingerie, but it only ends up getting rejected. Not only is that a waste of money, but it’s also a figurative slap to your face. Here are a few things you can do to prevent getting your gift of lingerie rejected:

 Shop For A Lingerie Item

Evaluate First

Before you even start to shop for a lingerie item for your girlfriend, fiancée, or wife, evaluate the wisdom of the decision very carefully. Will your girl really appreciate such an intimate gift? Note that there are women who do not appreciate getting such intimate gifts from men, especially if you’ve just begun to date them. They may consider the gesture perverted or simply inappropriate; or perhaps they simply prefer buying their intimates personally.

Take time to think about it. If you feel that she really won’t mind getting lingerie as a gift, then go for it. But if your gut feel tells you there’s a chance she might not like it, then it would be best to err on the side of caution and look for other gift instead.

Tip: Ask your girl’s friends if she might like receiving lingerie from you. This is a good idea, especially if you ask friends who have known her for a long time. Once you have gathered the opinion of a few of her friends, you should be ready to make an informed decision as to whether you should pursue this plan or not.

Find Out What She Likes

Obviously, you can’t just buy the first lingerie you find and then assume your girl will like it simply because it’s made of lace and has beautiful detailing. There are women who prefer plain designs or designs with fewer details and/or patterns. If you don’t really have an idea what lingerie design she prefers, you can start by picking an item in her favorite color. If she is fond of specific patterns such as hearts, then you may want to choose lingerie that features those patterns. It may be difficult, but it’s not impossible to find the right lingerie for your girl as long as you make an effort.

Get the Right Size

Aside from choosing the right color and design, you should also make sure the lingerie you buy for your girl is the right size. If you’ve been together for a long time, then you should already know what her size is. Otherwise, you could once again seek help from her close friends. Remember that lingerie needs to be neither too loose nor too tight.

Lingerie Can Be A Bit Expensive


It goes without saying that lingerie can be a bit expensive. You may want to wait to make a purchase when there are promos; Christmas is usually a good time for special offers. These special promos can really save you a lot of cash. Happy shopping!

Lingerie Gift Buying Guide for Christmas

Lingerie Gift Buying

As Christmas day approaches, you may have plans to give that special girl in your life the perfect lingerie as a surprise gift. If you are worried about the expense that usually comes with lingerie purchase, you don’t really need to. Here is a quick guide to buying lingerie for Christmas.

Choose Your Preference – Local or Online

With lingerie being very popular among women, it’s impossible for you not to find a reliable lingerie shop at or near your location. Even if there are no exclusive lingerie shops and boutiques in your area, you are likely to find them in a nearby mall or department store. Wherever you may find the best selection of lingerie, your efforts will surely be well worth it. And if you really cannot find lingerie for sale in your area, you can purchase them online.

Pick The First Lingerie

Be Mindful of Your Girl’s Preference

You can’t just pick the first lingerie item you see in a store or online shop and buy it immediately. You need to be mindful of your girl’s preference. In order to find the perfect lingerie, you need to determine and keep in mind the material that she likes as well as the texture, color, and design. That way, you won’t disappoint your girl when you give her your surprise this Christmas.

Black Friday Deals

Choosing an Online Lingerie Shop

Consider buying online as an option only if you cannot find a lingerie shop in your area. And make sure you deal only with a credible online lingerie shop. Once you have completed an online transaction, it will be pretty hard to get your money back in case something goes wrong. Consider checking independent reviews before you buy lingerie from any online seller. Check for customer testimonials about the seller and take note of any complaints about their service. If you find no negative reviews about the seller, then it may indeed be a good idea to buy from them.

Additional Tips:

  • Always keep screenshots or other records of your transaction details and conversations with the seller. That way, if there is any misunderstanding, you can refer to the records to clarify things. Records will also come in handy if you somehow feel that the seller is scamming you.
  • Be careful not to provide critical personal information to the seller. If it comes to the point that the seller asks for very personal information such as your personal government cards or ATM numbers, ditch the transaction and cut your communication with the seller immediately. The good thing about online sellers is that you can always find another one.
  • Black Friday deals. It is best to buy your gift early so you can get it for a cheaper price. Black Friday happens a day after Thanksgiving. It is when the price of goods is usually dropped, with discounts of about 50% or even bigger. You may want to grab this opportunity to buy the perfect lingerie for your girl at a price you can easily afford.

See, it’s not really that hard to go Christmas shopping for sexy lingerie for your special girl.

Seamless Push-up Bras: The Bra You Can Rely On

Professional Athlete

College student, career woman, or professional athlete – whatever kind of lifestyle you lead, you will undoubtedly need a bra. When the bra was first invented, it had just one style. If you lived in those days, therefore, you wouldn’t have much of a choice. These days, however, bras come in a wide variety of styles and designs, and women know that the outfit they wear will look best with the right kind of bra. Although you have the option of buying several different types of bra, you may also want to have one versatile bra you can wear with practically anything in your closet.

Seamless Push Up Bra

One of the most important criteria women have for their everyday bra is that it should give them a seamless look, especially if they’re wearing a dress. When you shop for a bra you can use with almost every outfit you have, therefore, it would be best to go for one with seamless cups. Another criterion many women have, especially those who are not so well-endowed, is that it should push their breasts up a bit to give them an attractive cleavage. The seamless push up bra, therefore, will be well worth considering.

Seamless Push Up Bra

For even more versatility, you may want to consider buying a strapless or convertible push-up bra. The biggest advantage of a strapless bra is that you can comfortably wear it whether you’re wearing a tube dress, a top with a wide neckline, or a V-neck blouse. You’ll be sure no straps will be peeking out embarrassingly. A convertible bra would also be a good choice, as it allows you to adjust the straps depending on the outfit you plan to wear. You can even remove the straps completely if you plan to wear a tube top. Seamless cups, push-up feature, and adjustable straps – what more can you ask for?

You could be the kind of woman who just loves collecting as many bras as possible, and in as many different styles and designs as possible. That’s fine. But no matter how many bras you may have, you’ll be sure to appreciate having that one bra you know you can always rely on. When everything else in your collection just doesn’t seem to go well with the outfit you plan to wear to a special occasion, it would definitely make you feel good to know you have a seamless push-up brassiere you can wear with just about anything.

Motorcycle Ramps: Where to Buy Them and What to Consider

Motorcycle Ramp

Are you planning to buy a loading ramp for your motorcycle? If so, then one of the questions you may have is where to shop for one. This is indeed a valid question, as the options available to you can be quite overwhelming. There are many places that sell motorcycle ramps, but not all of them offer ramps of excellent quality at reasonable prices. In order to find the best deals, you have to know exactly where to look. Following are a few suggestions you may want to keep in mind.

Motorcycle Super Store

This store has such a wide variety of ramps that you’ll be sure to find one that’s perfect for your needs and preferences. They have aluminum ramps and steel ramps. They have folding ramps and non-folding ramps. They have bi-fold ramps and tri-fold ramps. They have ramps suited not only for motorcycles, but also for ATVs, snowmobiles, and other types of vehicle. You won’t even have to step out of your house to make a purchase, as you can view their stock on their website and make a purchase there. The ramp you choose to buy will then be shipped to you.

Rage Power Sports

This store also offers a wide variety of loading ramps. They have aluminum ramps and folding ramps in various sizes. They also have a website that offers detailed descriptions of each item they sell, including the weight of the ramp itself, its maximum weight capacity, and the length of warranty, among other things.


This is also an excellent place for you to shop for a motorcycle ramp. The store has a wide offering of loading ramps for motorcycles, and most of these ramps arrive at your doorstep ready to use. It usually takes a week to eight weeks for the item to be delivered. Their website provides all the information you may want to know about the products they sell, including the shipping time, the ramp’s weight and weight capacity, and the cost. So when you make an online purchase, you can be sure you’re getting exactly the kind of ramp you need.

Other Options


Aside from the three stores mentioned above, you could also shop for a motorcycle ramp from your local sporting goods store. Just make sure you know how to differentiate a ramp of good quality from one that isn’t worth your money. You could also seek recommendations from friends who have loading ramps. Ask them where they bought their ramp, what material it is made of, what brand it has, etc. Their answers should help narrow down your options.

You could also try checking Nextag. This is a site that basically serves as an online directory. It enables you to easily find products and services. When you search for a motorcycle ramp on the site, you’ll be shown a list of all the places selling such ramps. The site also gives you the chance to narrow down your options based on the brand, the price, and the kind of ramp you need. You can also choose according to seller or check out sales and deals currently being offered.

For example, if you prefer a tri-fold ramp, then you could simply type that into the search box and then you’ll be given a list of all tri-fold ramps being offered for sale. When you find a product that possibly suits your needs, you can click on it to be taken to the seller’s website. You may then check out the details of that ramp and complete the purchase if it meets your requirements. Otherwise, you can continue with you r search.

Considerations for Buying Motorcycle Ramps

Choosing Product

Before you start shopping for your loading ramp, you may want to ask yourself a few questions. Your answer to these questions will help you determine just what kind of ramp you need to get.

  • Will you be loading your motorcycle onto a trailer or the back of a pickup truck? Note that trailers are generally lower than the back of the truck. This difference in loading height also makes a difference in determining what length of ramp you should choose.
  • Will you be loading your motorcycle in such conditions as mud, rain, or snow? If you believe you’ll constantly be loading your motorcycle in slippery conditions, then you should make sure the ramp you choose provides enough traction to prevent slippage. You may also want to consider getting a ramp that features open rungs, so debris will just fall to the ground.
  • Will you be loading the motorcycle on your own? If so, then it’s best to choose a longer ramp so the angle of the incline won’t be too steep. Remember that the risk for accidents increases as the steepness of the incline does.
  • Will you be using the ramp for any other vehicle? Do you have an ATV, a mower, a snowmobile, or anything else you plan to load using the ramp? If so, you need to consider the weight of the heaviest item you plan to load when shopping for a ramp. Make sure the ramp you buy is more than capable of holding the heaviest item you plan to use it for.

You should also consider the material of the ramp you’re going to buy. Most loading ramps are made of either steel or aluminum. Steel has the advantage of being very strong, durable, and affordable. Aluminum, on the other hand, is a lot lighter in weight, very easy to handle, and resistant to rusting and chipping. Your choice of material depends entirely on which features you deem more valuable.

Choosing Styles


Loading ramps for motorcycles come in a variety of styles. You’ll have to decide which style suits your needs best. To do that, you need to learn what the different styles are and what their features are. Dual runners are basically two separate ramps that are joined together. They are in folding or non-folding, straight or arched designs. Bi-fold ramps can be folded in half for storage. They are quicker to set up than dual runners. Tri-fold ramps can be folded in thirds. It is easier to store and transport than bi-fold ramps.

Attached ramps are directly mounted to the back of your pickup truck for safer and easier loading. Hitch-mounted ramps are a combination of a carrier and a ramp. Non-folding ramps are perhaps the easiest to set up, but they are a bit difficult to store and transport. Arched ramps are usually preferred over straight ramps because they help reduce the risk of your motorcycle getting snagged as the front wheel hits the bed of the truck.

Most of the considerations you need to make when shopping for a motorcycle ramp have to do with making the loading and unloading process much safer. Even when you’ve taken all of the above considerations into account, though, it’s still advisable for you to take some extra precautions. Guide your motorcycle up the ramp instead of riding it, or if you really choose to ride it, be sure to wear a helmet and other protective gear.

By keeping the above tips in mind, not only will be able to find the perfect ramp for your needs, you’ll also ensure your safety and that of your vehicle.