Beauty and Performance: My 1998 Cadillac Seville SLS

My 1998 Cadillac Seville SLS had less than 41,000 miles and was in near mint condition when I took it for a test drive in July of 2010. The vehicle had sat on the used car lot for weeks because its age was repelling customers. Consequently, I acquired this beautiful car for a bargain price.

The Seville surpasses all of my other vehicles because of its performance in the following categories: handling, fuel efficiency, comfort, and style.


The Seville is driven frequently on winding and hilly roads. This vehicle handles these roads agilely and smoothly, even in the rain. The 279 cubic inch Northstar V8 engine provides plenty of power for climbing hills, as well as for merging into high-speed traffic. Responsive steering and powerful acceleration makes evading danger easy when necessary.

Fuel efficiency:

The car attains an impressive 26 miles per gallon on the open road, a notable performance for a luxury car sporting a V8 engine. Although my four-cylinder, 1995 Honda Civic achieved 30 MPG on the highway, it obviously lacked the power and acceleration of the Seville. Losing 4 MPG was inconsequential.

One drawback is the requirement of mid-grade fuel in the Seville. Low octane fuels cause engine knocking in this vehicle, especially in cold weather.


The luxurious black leather seats are well padded, and they prevent fatigue even on long trips. Height, tilt, lumbar support, and headrest adjustments allow the seats to be customized for nearly any driver. Although my car does not feature the optional heated seats, this is no inconvenience in Texas.

The design of the vehicle maximizes cabin space. The back seat offers sufficient legroom for tall persons, even with the front seats moved back.


Modern Cadillac sedans are sporty, angular, and compact. This appearance belies Cadillac’s reputation for large, roomy sedans and coupes. The 1998 Sevilles predate this change in design. They are not compact, but they are not unwieldy either.

The 1998 models look classic, not old. Their moderate size, refined body, attractive grille, and sleek headlamps coordinate to create a car that is conservative, yet striking, in form. The black exterior further enhances the regal appearance.

My 1998 Seville is the finest car I have ever driven. In addition to the aforementioned attributes, it has been very reliable and has only required routine maintenance. This vehicle lives up to Cadillac’s reputation for luxury, power, comfort and quality.…

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Child Beauty Pageant: Winning and Losing Talent Performances

Observing child beauty pageants together is a great way coach your child through the do’s and don’ts of winning or losing performances. If your child is competing in beauty pageants, it is wise to order the Videos observe what choices and habits make contestants winners or losers.

Winning performances at child beauty pageants:

• Feel the performance: One pageant talent winner in particular, sang a song that while not necessarily popular, told a story. In addition, but her body language and facial expression told the story too. It did not hurt that she had a great soprano voice for a child under 10.

• Wow the crowd: Judges at child beauty pageants also notice the reaction of the crowd. If your dance routine involves stunts few others cannot do, then go for it! Flexibility helps!

Losing performances at child beauty pageants

• Be yourself. A Shirley Temple impression, while adorable, is just an impression. After a certain age, it’s time to form your own performance style.

• Painful to the ears: Get an impartial person to listen to you sing when preparing for your child beauty pageant, if you sing off key or just not well at all chose another talent. If you sing OK, take lessons to get better.

• Forgetting lyrics. A big no-no at child beauty pageants, especially when you are singing a popular song and everyone else knows the lyrics.

• Poorly played instrument. At a girl’s pageant, a performance that sound like you are tuning a guitar will not be understood. However, in a school talent contest, I might go over well.

• Background louder than singer: Singing should be louder than the background music. Try to use music with only background vocals in a child pageant, not a track with the main lyrics to the song.

At child beauty pageants watch out for:

• Natural Pageants prefer performances not be over staged. This means paying more attention to the camera that to what you are doing and choreography planned with camera poses. It gets annoying to the audience and judges. You would never find a regular tap dance performer stopping in the middle for a photograph.

• Classical music is great, but for talent contests, something more popular is appreciated, unless you are especially gifted.

• Have copies of your music, sometimes a disk that worked previously, may not work later.

• Clothing should fit. If your dress is too tight, short, or falling off one shoulder, it will take attention away from your performance.

• Know when to stop. Practice with your music and make sure your DJ knows when to stop the track. It is embarrassing if you keep singing after the music has stopped.

• Too short: Don’t leave them asking if you were really finished, or just quit. If the time limit is 2 minutes, try to do at least one and a half.…

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Why Hollywood Should Remake “West Side Story”

We’ve all seen the original West Side Story, filmed in 1961,starring Natalie Wood as a not-quite-convincing Latina Maria. One glance at the oldie tells why this movie is begging for a remake. It is outdated and corny. The street battles between the Jets and the Sharks, the white kids against the Puerto Ricans, are no longer relevant to our time. But the prejudice and discrimination are all-too-current topics.The iconic songs with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim have become American classics. And the Romeo and Juliet-type love story will never go out of style.


My suggestion for a redo is to make the story current by spotlighting ethnic tension between young white Americans and Mexican immigrants. Maria could be played by Demi Lovato, who in actuality is a dark beauty of mixed Mexican, Italian and Irish descent. Lovato is an experienced singer-actress who might give the role a needed shot of relevancy to a new audience.

Around the World in Eighty Days is another oldie, but goodie. In the original 1955 film David Niven plays the suave Englishman who bets the fellows at his London club that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. He also happens to be on the lam for a bank robbery and is being pursued in his around-the-world-travels. This is a clever story that should be remade in 3-D. Those breathtaking balloon trips would be even more breathtaking to 3-D viewers. And the scenery! Paris in 3-D? A trip over the Eiffel Tower? Charging elephants in 3-D? See what I mean? Perfect. This remake should be handled by none-other than Disney.

Another movie begging for a redo is Phantom of the Opera. The blockbuster Broadway musical which continues to set new records for attendance, was made into a so-so movie in 2004. Actually the film verson was a bit of a snooze.

The creepy antics of the phantom and that crashing chandelier are just calling out for 3-D treatment! Director Tim Burton could give this update the right amount of creepiness it demands. The beautiful heroine Christine needs an updating by a popular young star that would give the tale some freshness. My vote for this role is Taylor Swift. She’s young and popular. She’s beautiful and she can sing. Taylor Swift might give the role credibility as the talented beauty who drives a bedeviled creature to obsession. How’s that for a great box-office draw?…

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Night of Hearts

Hearts meet in the night.

Our hearts met on a night.

We fell.

You love me.

I love you too.

We fell in love.

How beautiful it is.

Forever is our love.

Every night we love eachother.

Every Morning we wake for eachother.

You are my everything.

You are my beauty everyday.

We will never leave each other’s hearts.

I am yours forever.

You are mine forever.

Forever and more we are together.…

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Beauty Secrets of Juliette Binoche and Other French Women

Most of us can agree that French women like Juliette Binoche have a certain “ooh la la” about them which invariably garners a lot of attention. Perhaps it is their skin, perhaps it is their posture, but French women seem somehow sexier than many of their American counterparts while still maintaining a very natural allure. How can those of us on this side of the ocean get some of the French oomph for ourselves? Read on for some stunningly simple tips that can help reinvigorate your look.

1. Restorative Powers of Massage: Juliette’s life can be hectic since she is currently raising two children and pursuing a continent-spanning acting and modeling career. In a recent interview with Town and Country magazine, she credits massages, most notably Shiatsu, as one of the ways that she is able to keep herself balanced and healthy. Her recommended masseuse: “Su-Man Hsu, a fantastic London-based masseuse who comes often to Paris.” $197/hour.

2. Power of Proper Posture: Your mom wasn’t lying when she urged you to stand up straight and pay attention to your posture in order to enhance your natural beauty. Juliette Binoche’s stature and figure are lovely but it is the queenly way she carries herself that make her even more appealing and sexy. Fortunately, this is a free and easy beauty tip with no products to buy.

3. Pay Attention to Your Skin: Juliette’s glowing, dewy alabaster skin has been described by some fans as “otherworldly”. She protects her skin with regular facials and touts Lancome’s new anti-aging skincare line as being an effective way to nourish and reinvigorate skin. As a general rule, many French women believe in moisturizing their skin regularly and vigorously and Juliette is no exception. Renergie Cream- Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Lancome ($80 for 1.7 oz.).

4. Smooth and Protect Your Hair: Juliette’s signature haircut is short, layered, and softly waved. It is never frizzy or out of control. Mario Russo, of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, suggests finishing a blow-out with a dab of your favorite hair cream to smooth frizz and add a bit of shine. Lancome Nutrix Royal Body Deeply Repairing-Nourishing Body Cream ($34.00).

5. Always Allow Your Natural Beauty to Shine Through: According to a beauty expert at PopSugar, French women like Binoche tend to favor a bit more of a natural and less “done” make-up technique than many of their American equivalents. This means choosing a light gloss over matte lipstick and liner, light blush (if any at all), perhaps a dab of foundation to moisturize and add a creamy finish, but rarely the full palette of lipstick/eyes/blush. One of Juliette’s favorite products: Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6)


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