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January 18, 2006
2006 Golden Globe Awards Best Dressed, Most Rugged Elegant Movie & Television Stars

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards celebration attracted American television, movie and music stars to Los Angeles on Monday, January 16th, 2006. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), NBC, Dick Clark Productions and Hollywood were the hosts of the annual show, which honors achievement in the film and television industries. 18.7 million viewers (about 2 million more than last year) tuned into the three-hour "Golden Globes", according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures.

NBC's broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards generally ranks as the third most-watched awards show each year, behind only the Oscars and the Grammys. The 2006 show was aired in 150 countries.

The Golden Globes are based on votes from more than 90 journalists living in Hollywood who are affiliated with international publications based outside the United States.

1,300 of Hollywood's elite were invited to the party.

Golden Globe winning "Best Director" Ang Lee, whose film also won the award for Best Picture of the Year, called it "an amazing year of American cinema."

Johnny Depp

Rugged Elegant Living's choice for best dressed, most "rugged elegant" soul celebrities of the 2006 Golden Globes included Sir Anthony Hopkins, "The Man" Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Denzel Washington, as well as Reese Witherspoon, Emma Thompson, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman.

The one star who exuded soul -- no matter what they said or wore -- was Johnny Depp. The only way to describe the talented actor, who was up for a nomination for his role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? "Oooh Baby!"

The HFPA's Golden Globes attracted other notables including The President of The United States, i.e. an award-winning actress who plays the role of the first woman American president. Geena Davis came to the celebration already sparkling.

Geena.Davis.06.Globe.jpg Commander in Chief Award-Winner

At the 2006 Golden Globes she went home with the award for Best Female Actress in a television series drama.

The new ABC/Touchstone drama she stars in, called Commander in Chief, is an inspiration to many young girls.

In this household, she has inspired a 10 year-old to consider one day becoming president of the free world. No kidding.

If they had been in Hollywood near the Red Carpet my daughter would have been that little girl Geena spoke of during her acceptance speech.

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December 13, 2005
Miss World 2005: Iceland's Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir Crowned The Most Beautiful, Talented, Altruistic Woman

Who is the most beautiful, talented and altruistic woman in "the world"?

She speaks the ancient language of the Vikings. Her career ambition is to become a criminal lawyer. She is twenty-one years of age. She loves to hike, camp and play the piano. She has a passion for children. Her motto is, "You are what you do." And her mother shared the same title as the representative for her nation in 1983.

Can you guess?

Her name is Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir.

And her previous title?

Miss Iceland.

According to a panel of nine former winners of the competition, including Ann Sidney, Miss World 1964 from England and the Chairman of the competition, Mrs. Julia Morley (who has also run the Mister World bi-annual competition since 1996), Miss Iceland took the cake and was the icing too in this year's competition.

On Saturday, December 10th, 2005, Unnur Birna, an anthropology and law student and part-time policewoman, was crowned Miss World 2005.

The Miss World 2005 competition took place on the tropical resort island of Hainan in Saina, China. This was the third year the event took place in a vacation spot that has become a favorite in southern China. Hainan Island began hosting the Miss World Pageant in 2003. The pageant was founded in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. 2005 marked the 55th Miss World competition.

Miss.Iceland.Miss.World.200.jpg Miss World 2005, Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir

Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir entered the Miss Iceland competition to honor the memory of her late grandmother who made many of the dresses worn by contestants over the years.

Miss.Iceland.1983.jpgMiss Iceland got great advice from her mother (seen left), who was crowned Miss Iceland in 1983.

Unnur Steinsson made it to the Top Five in the global contest that year.

Unnur Steinsson's daughter said:

My mum gave me some advice for how to behave, and it seems to have worked.

She told me to be myself, not be fake in any way, and to relax.

I am so pleased that she was able to be here to see me win the title.

Miss.World.1988.Iceland.jpgThe last Miss Iceland to win the Miss World competition was Linda Petursdottir in 1988.

In 1994, Petursdottir became a successful businesswoman when she opened Badhusid - Iceland Spa & Fitness. Today, this ladies-only health spa, where women come to rejuvenate their body, mind and soul, is the largest spa in Iceland.

The year Linda won the Miss World competition, Unnur Birna's grandmother made Petursdottir's gown.

Miss.World.1985.Iceland.jpg1985 was the first year Miss Iceland won the Miss World competition.

Her name? Hofi Karlsdottir.

Hofi was Miss Iceland, Queen of Europe and Miss World for 1985.

Only four other nations have won as many or more times as Iceland. Jamaica and Sweden have also both won three times. The United Kingdom has won four times. And India and Venezuela have won the Miss World competition five times since 1951.

The agenda for Miss World 2005 in 2006 will be explicitly altruistic, as it has been since its inception in 1951.

Throughout the coming year, Unnur Birna will serve as a goodwill ambassador and charity fundraiser for children's causes.

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December 7, 2005
Angelic 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: Getting "In The Spirit"

On Tuesday, December 6th, 2005, Victoria's Secret fashion models were the stars of the ten year anniversary glamorous, intimate and powerful television event which took place two weeks earlier "live" in New York. It was the making of another The Rugged Elegance World Marketplace | Software : Victoria's Secret Lingerie Movies " href="">Victoria's Secret Lingerie Movie. International fashion models like Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks, new mom Heidi Klum, and Adriana Lima wore bras, nighties, corsets and other stunning lingerie.... more

November 19, 2005
2005 CMAs: Best Dressed, Most Rugged Elegant Men & Women at The Country Music Awards

New York City does not have a Country Music station, but that did not stop the Big Apple from hosting the 39th Annual CMA Awards for the first time ever on Tuesday, November 15th, 2005. The festivities took place at Madison Square Garden in the heart of Manhattan rather than Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville had been the host the previous 38 years. Country Music stars were honored for their excellence in the studio and on stage. 3,000 miles away we... more

November 17, 2005
Rolling Stones Rock The City of San Francisco with A Big Bang Beat

Look what four British cats dragged in. On Tuesday, November 15th, Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood brought themselves to San Francisco along with a brilliant Brooklyn-born vocalist by the name of Lisa Fischer, a stellar bass guitarist Darryl Jones and a killer keyboard player Chuck Leavell, to name only three of nine in the Rolling Stones band! "Look What The Cat Dragged In" is actually the title of the band's fourteenth song of... more

November 7, 2005
Harry Potter Stars Rain Magic in London at "The Goblet of Fire" World Premiere

On Sunday, November 6th 2005, while my seven year-old daughter finished reading The Rugged Elegance World Marketplace | Items : List " href=",0439139600">J.K. Rowling's seven hundred and thirty-four page book for the first time, British moviemakers rained magic on central London, as they headed to the world premiere of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. Rupert Grint, Emma Watson & Daniel Radcliffe, 11.6.05 The filmmakers in attendance at the Odeon Leicester Square theater screening included Daniel Radcliffe (Harry),... more

November 4, 2005
"Glamour"ous, Rugged Elegant Women of the Year Honored at 16th Annual 2005 Conde-Nast WOTYs

On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, The Rugged Elegance World Marketplace | Magazines : Glamour " href="">Glamour Magazine hosted their 16th Annual Women of the Year awards at Lincoln Center in New York City. The evening was all about inspiring and empowering women. Healthy, adventuresome, soulful, courageous women were honored. From Goldie Hawn to Catherine Zeta-Jones to a brave woman from Pakistan, each woman honored on Wednesday evening was indoctrinated into a rare sorority called The WOTYs. Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Glamour"... more

September 29, 2005
San Francisco Says "Let It Snow": Jonny Moseley & 20 Icer Air Male Jumpers Fly Down Mt. Fillmore

SF Skiers Set Up for ICER AIR 2005 photo copyright: Rugged Elegance, LLC Rugged Elegant Living in San Francisco at Its Best The sun rose and the snow fell in San Francisco on Thursday, September 29th 2005. It was a day like no other. On this quintessential Indian Summer day of the year, 1998 Olympic gold moguls medalist The Rugged Elegance World Marketplace | Search : Jonny Moseley " href=" Moseley&SearchIndex=DVD&searchFormImage.x=48&searchFormImage.y=0">Jonny Moseley showed up on Fillmore Street with a... more

February 18, 2005
Best Dressed, Most Rugged Elegant Men & Couples At The 47th Annual Grammy Awards

On Sunday, February 13th 2005, on Heineken's "Green Carpet" the world's top musical stars came out, many of whom were dressed to the nines. Here is Rugged Elegant Living's selections for the "Best Dressed Men & Couples" at the 2005 Grammys. Not only did these gentlemen and pairs have "the rugged elegant, most handsome" look, they embody the healthy, adventuresome, soulful spirit Rugged Elegance looks to celebrate, every day. Ricky Martin came to the 2005 Grammys to present the... more

January 18, 2005
2005 Golden Globe Red Carpet Awards: Best Dressed, Most Rugged Elegant Movie Men

The 2005 Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on January 16, 2005. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored achievement in the film and television industries. At this year's Golden Globe Awards, nine gentlemen stood out as the best dressed, most "rugged elegant" actors, producers and directors with soul. Those who not only had The Look walking down The Red Carpet, and who embody a healthy, adventuresome, soulful spirit, wherever they go and... more

January 17, 2005
2005 Golden Globe Awards Best Dressed, Most Rugged Elegant Soul Celebrities: Women to Watch

TV & Movie Star Actresses Who Had The Look & The Spirit The 2005 Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 16, 2005. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored achievement in both the film and television industries. A half billion people were expected to tune in from 163 countries around the world. Hundreds of movie and television stars walked down the red carpet. More than a dozen best dressed... more

November 30, 2004
There's Something About Mary: Bachelor Byron Velvick Offers Mary Delgado The Final Rose & A Ring

Mary Delgado, Byron Velvick's Great Catch The 2004 Season Finale of ABC's The Bachelor came and went last week while many Americans were on their way to their Thanksgiving holiday. However, thanks to TiVo, we were able to return on Sunday and watch the final two-hour episode. Unfortunately, Tim knew who the sixth bachelor, Byron Velvick had fallen in love with. However, that did not stop Tim from crying upon watching as this season's handsome bachelor presented a ring... more

February 23, 2004
2004 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards Best Dressed, Most "Rugged Elegant" Celebrities

Most Rugged Elegant Women Honored on Sunday Night Mariska Hargitay Super Model Natasha Henstridge, of Canada Andie MacDowell Poppy Montgomery, from the nominated series 'Without a Trace' Charlize Theron won the award for best female actor in a leading role for transforming herself into serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 'Monster.' Liv Tyler, star of 'The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King' - for her look and her red sash in back but not her entire dress Catherine... more

February 3, 2004
The French Laundry's Sister Restaurant, Per Se, Slated to Open February 16th

Per Se Proprietors, Kuntz & Keller Per se means "in or by itself.'' So, Proprietor Thomas Keller is quick to avoid calling his new restaurant located in the AOL Time Warner Center, "French Laundry - East.'' The French Laundry, located in Napa Valley's town of Yountville, does not serve dinner; they serve an experience. Our last "experience" lasted nine courses and took over five hours to complete. It is the epitome of California's adaptation of Italy's Slow Food Movement.... more

January 26, 2004
Most Rugged Elegant, Best Dressed Men at The 2004 Golden Globe Awards

Photo courtesy of The New York Times Eight gentlemen stood out tonight as the most "rugged elegant" chaps at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards: #1) Ken Watanabe - The Last Samurai #2) Tom Cruise - The Last Samurai #3) Clint Eastwood - Mystic River #4) Jude Law - - Cold Mountain #5) Sting (even though we couldn't tell if you were wearing a shirt underneath) - Cold Mountain Best Song You Will Be My Ain True Love #6) Johnny... more

October 17, 2003
London: 'Fashion Rocks' Was Downright Memorable

Beyonce Meets Prince Charles Fashion Wire Daily: Their major designers have largely deserted the London season and the biggest talents in Britain's fashion scene right now are all foreign-born, but when it comes to throwing a giant fashion happening, last night's Fashion Rocks the Albert Hall surely has to be the best ever. Staged in London's finest amphitheater to benefit Prince Charles' Prince's Trust for young people, the three-hour extravaganza was a brilliant mixture of top-notch fashion and enthusiastically... more

September 26, 2003
Liza Takes The Show Dogs For A Catwalk At Passport

San Francisco Chronicle: Twenty-one years into its life as San Francisco's biggest annual fashion fete, Macy's Passport has entered that hallowed, graying grove of local cultural institutions. Like the Bay to Breakers, the San Francisco Ballet "Nutcracker," the Black and White Ball and "Beach Blanket Babylon," Passport is one of those events people attend because it seems an instrumental part of living here, in some vague, civic lifestyle way. ... This year's show, once it got going, featured Liza... more

September 18, 2003
Event: The Photography of Annie Leibovitz, 9/27-12/1

Experience the photography of Annie Leibovitz. September 27th - December 1, 2003. Located at the Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. Sponsored by American Express. Premiering at Macy's Passport on September 24th and 25th. An event not to be missed! ~Jennifer... more

May 15, 2003
Plates Of Foie Gras, Flattery On The Side

Los Angeles Times: A sparkling soiree sets the stylish tone at a French Riviera movie mecca. Oh, to be a fly on the wall. CANNES, France -- Even with Franco-American relations sinking lower than the Titanic, and an oil slick threatening to literally blacken this preciously expensive seaside idyll, the mood at this fete seems robustly buoyant.... more

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