Blog Posts by BettyConfidential.com

  • Mean Betty: Who Photoshopped Kate Middleton's Teeth into a Horror Show?

    Why would anyone want to pick on the Duchess of Cambridge?
    -Mean Betty, BettyConfidential.com

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    Everyone seems to adore Kate Middleton AKA the Duchess of Cambridge. She's sweet, smart, and seems to have single-handedly revitalized British fashion. Okay, so some people think she overdoes it a bit with the eyeliner, but that's the only criticism this lass ever seems to get.

    Then comes along The New Republic, their Photoshop fairies and a nasty, or should Mean Betty say, a bullying sense of humor. You see kittens, they took a pretty, three-quarters profile picture of Kate from last year and gave her a horrific smile filled with bad teeth! Crooked, yellowing, slightly buck and almost dog-like teeth! And yes kittens, they then slapped the fixed photo on the cover of their mag. But why?!

    No, kittens, it wasn't a satirical cover. The New Republic felt that doctoring a photo of Kate Middleton would be the symbol of Britains' future. Meanie would like to know when the last

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  • Mean Betty on Gwyneth Paltrow's Latest, Unnecessarily Expensive Fashion Ventures

    Mean Betty attempts to understand Gwyneth Paltrow's $90 t-shirt and $200 jeans for GOOP.

    -Mean Betty, BettyConfidential.com
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    Kittens, do you understand Gwyneth Paltrow's increasingly odd GOOP creation? Or do you remain as baffled by it as Meanie does? Try as she might, Meanie simply cannot wrap her brain around this so-called "lifestyle publication." The truth of the matter is that Gwyneth Paltrow's means are far beyond those of most of the world, so how she intends to cater to the demographic who most likely make up her audience continually has Meanie scratching her head.

    Case in point: GOOP's latest venture, a foray into the world of fashion. By now, you have no doubt heard about the ridiculously expensive t-shirt dear Gwyneth designed, but in the event that you haven't, Meanie has all of the juicy and somewhat bizarre details on this and on her other, less-talked-about designer collaboration for you:

    Gwynnie has recently made available for purchase on GOOP two

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  • This is Apparently What Christian Grey of '50 Shades of Grey' Looks Like

    A British academic used police software to create a composite of '50 Shades of Grey's' Christian Grey. Hot? Or just kind of creepy?

    -Lucia Peters, BettyConfidential.com

    Media outlets across the globe have been playing the 50 Shades of Grey casting game for months-but now, we've got a look at what Christian Grey might actually look like once he gets off the page and into the physical world, courtesy of the above picture. What do you think, Bettys? Does he look the way you'd imagine he would?

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the image is the work of British professor Dr. Faye Shelton of the University of Central Lancashire. With the aid of police software used to create composites of criminals, Dr. Shelton took a number of female readers' descriptions of Christian, pulled features from a variety of male celebrities' faces, and cobbled the whole thing together into one shot. The version of Christian depicted here features (among others) Channing Tatum's and

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  • 7 Celebs like JWoww +Alessandra Ambrosio with Dip-Dyed Dogs

    Is this a new celeb trend for summer? Emma Watson, Amber Heart and JWWow are just a few of the celebs who are dip-dying doogie hair all the colors of the rainbow!

    -PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com

    From A-listers like Amber Heard and Emma Watson to C-listers like Snooki, Aubrey O'Day and JWowow, to even the wannabe wackadoodle known as Courtney Stodden, all of them have dyed their dogs' hair crazy colors!

    Is this the latest celeb trend? Will your neighbor or you try it? Curious to see what the fuss is about? Then check out these multi-hued dogs!

    Amber Heard

    Did model turned actress Amber Heard kick off this trend? She was the first one spotted with a tie-dyed Yorkie. Poor little Pistol.

    Emma Watson

    We know Emma's a leader, not a follower…yet she couldn't resist making her dog pink! At least her scarf kinda sorta matches the dog.

    Alessandra Ambrosio

    New mom, Alessandra Ambrosio had her dog Ruffles pink and purple. PETA wasn't amused

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  • One Mom's Pre-Olympic Adventure in London and Paris: Part Three

    After touring London, my twin boys and I head to Paris.
    -Deborah Perry Piscione, BettyConfidential.com

    PARIS

    Day 5: Tuesday

    The Eurostar to Paris

    I have to admit that I am probably one of the few people in the world who is not a big fan of Paris, and I was challenged to figure out how to entertain little boys there. We were excited, however, about taking the Eurostar, the train that travels below the English Channel and arrives in Paris in about 2.5 hours. (One-way tickets starting at $57) I remember the days when, if you were a starving student, you had to bus from London to Portsmouth, take the 4-hour ferry over the English Channel, and then another bus to Paris from Cherbourg.

    The Eurostar is fantastic to travel. Plus, rather than shepherding back to the airport and waiting in the lines for security and passport control, St. Pancras, the central London train station, offers the simplest pleasure of traveling from one country to another. The Eurostar

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  • One Mom's Pre-Olympic Adventure in London and Paris: Part Two

    From the London Eye to the crown jewels, four amazing days with my twin boys in London.
    -Deborah Perry Piscione, BettyConfidential.com


    Drake and Dominick in LondonDrake and Dominick in London

    LONDON:
    Day 1: Friday

    The London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

    As soon as we arrived at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel (162.33 GBP or $251.54 per night)., we were amazed by the view of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye from our hotel suite, and the size and comfort of the room, not typical for London. I had not spent much time on the South Bank before, but this location is within walking distance of about every site on our must-see list, except for the Tower of London. The Westminster and Waterloo tube stops are a few short blocks away, so we were never in need of pricey taxi rides.

    Once we checked in, I made all of us drink a lot of water and sleep for a few hours before our 3:00 pm ticket to ride the London Eye, the enormous Ferris wheel that allows you to see most of London with a

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  • One Mom's Pre-Olympic Adventure in London and Paris: Part One

    Turning my boys into global citizens on our first trip abroad.
    -Deborah Perry Piscione, BettyConfidential.com


    In December of 2007, four months before the birth of our daughter, Dayne Alexandria, my husband and I took our twin boys, Dominick and Drake (above, left and right), to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. What struck me most was not the evident beauty of the castle itself, nor was it the amazing milieu of the California coastline. It was learning that William Randolph Hearst believed that two factors in his life made him the person he became: The California landscape and the trip he took to Europe with his mother when he was a teenager. At that moment, I made a promise to my boys and my unborn daughter that they would be global citizens of the world, and that I would never let anything -- not even school -- come in between them and international travel.

    This year, my husband and I decided it was time. Our twin boys turned 7 years old, and it was time to go -- to

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  • Beauty Road Test: Garnier Fructis Style Curls Collection

    Garnier Fructis Style Curls Collection gives bounce, shine and definition to your curls.

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    Curly hair is gorgeous to look at, but a pain to maintain. At any time you're dealing with frizz, hair that feels coarse and curls that are out of control. To keep your curls bouncy looking and healthy can be frustrating.

    I tried out the Garnier Fructis Style Curls Collection ($429 - $4.49, drugstore.com and at stores nationwide) on my crazy hair. I say, "crazy hair," because my hair is curly, wavy and straight...yes, all at the same time, ain't I a lucky gal! Combine that with the fact that I'm not a natural blond, makes styling my hair an interesting event, to say the least...it's exhausting!

    So, when these products came in, I elbowed my way over, grabbed them and ran! I mixed products together and also used them separately.

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    Here are my findings: All of the products in the Garnier Fructis Style Curls Collection contain Shea

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  • Mean Betty: Would You Buy a Puppy from Chris Brown?

    Is singer Chris Brown starting another career as a dog breeder?

    -Mean Betty, BettyConfidential.com


    chris brown and pit bull puppychris brown and pit bull puppy

    Oh my, kittens! (Or in this instance should Mean Betty say, "Puppies?") When Meanie heard that Chris Brown was selling Pit Bull puppies via his website CB Breeds, Meanie wondered if Chris was trying to emulate Paris Hilton? After all, Chihuahuas that came from the same family as Paris' pup were selling up to $10,000 a woof!

    paris hilton and chihuahauasparis hilton and chihuahauas

    If the bad press that seems to follow Chris Brown everywhere never dies, will he become a full time dog breeder? Will the world see Chris at dog shows in a tweed blazer, corduroy pants outfit completely covered in dog hair, talking about doggy things like blood lines and Companion Dog vs. Work Dog certificates? Oh, kittens, Meanie is just a tad ahead of herself here, let's explain the sitch first.

    You see Chris Brown has a Pit Bull who got knocked up. The unnamed pooch had a litter. Chris, being the enterprising young man that he is, immediately

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  • Meet the Dashing Sir Nighty Knight: He Needs Your Help This Mother's Day!

    Still looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Why not give a donation in your mum's name to Mark and Lee Fullerton and their interactive picture book creation, Sir Nighty Knight?

    -Lucia Peters, BettyConfidential.com


    Sir Nighty KnightSir Nighty Knight

    Bettys, we'd like to introduce you to someone. His name is Sir Nighty Knight, and he is-in his own words, of course-indescribably magnificent. As Knight of The Kids Table, Keeper of the Magic Word, Member of The Order of Snooz, and general do-gooder, Sir Nighty Knight is the quintessential knight in shining armor-but right now, he needs YOUR help!

    Sir Nighty Knight, you see, is the creation of Mark and Lee Fullerton, the two brothers who make up the Pixel Boy Studio. Illustrators by trade, Mark and Lee came up with the exciting idea to develop a 22-page interactive picture book app intended for children aged one to four. Sir Nighty Knight is, of course, the star of their story. Together with their programming friend Dan Newman and writer David Sherman, the

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