By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.com
May-December Celebrity Divorces
On Nov. 17, 2011, after six years of marriage, celebrity couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher filed for divorce . The pair had made headlines when they first emerged as a couple, and very few of those headlines ran without pointing out the 16-year age difference between the two of them.
The age gap between Moore and Kutcher made their union a classic May-December romance, and the list of celebrities who have engaged in such unions is long. Almost as long, however, is the list of such couples who couldn't keep their marriages together. Divorces lawyers have full coffers thanks to the dissolution of such May-December celebrity unions, particularly when there was no pre-nuptial agreement in place.
What are some notable May-December celebrity divorces?
Ashton & DemiDemi Moore & Ashton Kutcher
When actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis divorced in 2000 after 13 years of marriage, people were shocked. The only thing more shocking was when it
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By Kirsten Chang, CNBC.comRead More »from Holiday Gifts that Last All Year
The holidays are a great time to show your loved ones how much you care, but why limit these sentiments to once a year? Instead, you can send them love all year round by purchasing gift-of-the-month specials from retailers such as J. Crew and Jacques Torres.
To join these clubs, there is no secret password or embarrassing initiation process, but be warned: You may have to splurge a little.
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Shoe of the MonthShoe of the Month
Company: J. Crew
Price: $1,800 (one year)
For the chic city dwellers addicted to fine footwear, J. Crew's secretive Shoe of the Month Club is guaranteed to deliver stylish new thrills each month. With a choice of heels, flats, or a combination of both, recipients will enjoy products specially selected by the store's in-house designers.
Chocolate of the MonthChocolate of the Month
Company: Jacques Torres
Price: $145 (three months); $284 (six months); $540 (12 months)
Indulge in a brand new batch of
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from Heels Head Lower, is the Economy Heading Higher?
What do shoes say about the economy? Perhaps a lot.
Christian LouboutinIn the 1920s, low-heeled flapper shoes gave way to high-heel pumps and platforms during the Great Depression.
In the 1970s oil crisis, platforms came back en vogue as the low-heeled sandals of the late 1960s were cast aside.
In the 1990s, the low, thick heels of the "grunge" period were replaced by "Sex and the City"-inspired stilettos just as the dot-com bubble burst.
"Usually, in an economic downturn, heels go up and stay up - as consumers turn to a more flamboyant fashions as a means of fantasy and escape," says Trevor Davis, a consumer product expert with International Business Machines' Global Business Services unit, in a press release.
IBM conducted a study of social media posts and is predicting that women's heel heights, which are currently in nosebleed territory, are poised to come back down to Earth.
Perhaps the shift signals a change in the economic outlook, or maybe it's a sign of
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Twilight CastTeenage girls just can't get enough vampire melodrama. The fourth and second to last movie in the 'Twilight' series opens Friday, and it's already getting throngs of obsessive "twi-hards" to open their wallets.
By early this week the film had sold out more than 2,500 screenings, many of those midnight screenings.
It'll be playing late tonight at 3,250 locations - screenings many fans plan to attend in attire befitting the wedding the characters 'Bella' and 'Edward' have in the film.
The question is whether the film can top the record for midnight screenings set by 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,' set this summer.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," has a very good chance of setting records.
It's projected to gross as much as $140 million in the US this weekend, making it only the second film this year to top $100 million in its first weekend.
At the high end, some estimates are as much as $155 million. With the film expanding to
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from Holiday Gifts Under $25
Happy Holidays on a Budget
Let's face it, everyone's more careful with money these days.
After several years of dealing with thrifty consumers, retailers have gotten the message and even high-end department stores such as Nordstrom, and specialty stores like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel, are offering a wide range of gifts that cost less than $25.
This is good news if you are hunting for small gifts for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or items to say thank you to a teacher or co-worker.
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TeasWashi Tea Tins
Price: $10.95 per tin, plus the price of tea
Nothing is as comforting on a cold winter's night as a mug of warm tea. Retailer Teavana has a wide assortment of teas and tea tins to choose from to customize your gift.
The air-tight tins are decorated with washi paper, which is made by hand, typically from mulberry paper. There are a number of designs, and each is accented with gold and features
- CNBC | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 14, 2011 12:48 PM EST
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.com
If you've been to a grocery store lately, this probably doesn't come as much of a shock: the cost to put a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the table has risen significantly from last year.
The American Farm Bureau Federation reported Thursday that a meal with turkey and all the trimmings will cost about 13 percent more this year than it did last year.
According to the agency's calculations, it will cost about $49.20 to feed 10 people. That's $5.73 more than last year's average of $43.47.
One of the biggest factors behind the jump is a 22-percent increase in the cost of the dinner's main attraction: the turkey. The group estimates that a 16-pound turkey will cost about $21.57 this year, that's about $1.35 a per pound - or an increase of about 25 cents per pound, or a total of $3.91 per whole turkey, compared with 2010.
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- CNBC | Fashion – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 3:07 PM EST
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Coming to a Store Near You
Model Doutzen Kroes walks the runway sporting a red ensemble during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on Nov. 9, 2011, in New York.The annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is an event fans look forward to each year, but it has usually been focused on aspiration and brand building - until now.
As Limited Brands the retailer's parent, gears up for the holiday season, they are planning more promotional events around the fashion show, which airs Nov. 29 on CBS.
The day after the fashion show is broadcast, the products that were featured on the runway will be at Victoria Secret stores, which is a new strategy, said John Morris, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets. (To get a glimpse of these looks, see our slideshow with scenes from the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.)
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This year's star-studded show had six different themes, and featured 38 models and 69 different looks. It kicked off with a ballet and "Passion" section, which was then followed
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from Black Friday Creep: The Backlash Begins
A picture of a Nordstrom sign, posted on the blog Retailers will claim they're only trying to serve the consumer as they deck their halls earlier and earlier each year, and begin Black Friday sales at earlier start times, but some consumers seem to be saying, "Enough Already" to Christmas Creep.
At least that's the message I'm getting from all the reaction to Nordstrom's "one holiday at a time" policy.
The policy is not new, but on social media sites such as Facebook, the retailer is getting newfound attention for it.
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Many people are posting images of Nordstrom signs that explain why the company doesn't roll out its holiday trim until after Thanksgiving day. Some of the images, which are popping up in Facebook feeds and in blogs, are even from past years, judging from the dates mentioned on the signs.
One says: "Happiness is celebrating one holiday at a time. That's
By Katie Little and Paul Toscano, CNBC.com
Victoria's Secret delivered yet another star-studded and diamond-studded runway event on Nov. 9. Each year, Victoria's Secret kicks off its holiday-selling season with a show to generate excitement about its products.
Singers Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Maroon 5 performed at the New York City event. The Victoria's Secret Angels' collections fell into six themes, according to the company's Twitter. They were Ballet, Super Angels, Passion, Angels Aquatic, I Put a Spell on You and Club Pink.
This year, Limited Brands, Victoria's Secret's parent company, will place more emphasis on the fashion show in stores as part of its marketing approach and feature products from the show in stores. The company also plans to integrate its beauty lines, such as the Dream Angels and Gorgeous lines, more with its lingerie.
The show will air on CBS on Nov. 29 at 10 p.m.
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Hot Gifts for Her
The Halloween costumes are packed away and stores are piping in the carols, it is a signal: Get ready for the busiest shopping season of the year.
Consumers plan to spend an average of $704.18 on gifts this year, down 2.1 percent from a year ago, according to the National Retail Federation's 2011 Holiday Consumer survey.
To make those dollars count, shoppers want to know they're buying the right gift.
"In 2009, it was all about personal, practical gifts, and last year consumers wanted to treat their loved ones to something special," said Pam Goodfellow, consumer insights director at BIGresearch. "This year, it's a little bit of both."
According to the research, exactly half of the respondents picked accessories and apparel as their choice of gift for the holiday. Others chose electronics, jewelry, or personal-care items.
To make your shopping easier, here's a guide that offers up ideas that should suit you if you want to give something