Nurturing romance during pregnancy

Nurturing romance during pregnancy

01/Feb/2015  //  189 Viewers

One small spark, then the pregnancy, the baby, the teenage years, adulthood and finally, leaving home. And the cycle is repeated all over again. Easy as it sounds, in reality, just the months of expecting may seem like forever, if a couple is weighed down by the stress of expecting.

Nurturing a relationship is enough hard work, with all the perks and gains attached. However, when a ‘third party’ is on the way, it becomes a different story entirely. As much as it doesn’t seem to bubble to the surface, considering the sensitive nature of the argument, it is imperative for the couple to consciously work towards enjoying their union, even with the stress that comes with it. As Catherine Jones affirms, “Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain - your life will never be the same.”

As much as a couple tries, pregnancy will alter their lives and it is important that the couple channel their energy into improving the relationship. According to Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, certain things should be taken into consideration during pregnancy to help the relationship.

See your spouse as a romantic partner

It is enough that the belly will come between the both of you but that should be the most that would physically divide the couple. According to Murkoff, “The first thing you need to do is to start thinking of yourselves as a couple again – instead of just a couple of parents (or a couple of parents-to-be). Of course, you’ll want to focus plenty of attention on your pregnancy, and on your baby-to-be – that’s great, as long as you also remember to keep your relationship front-and-center (no back burner for your love life). Couples should, of course, nurture the pregnancy and baby-to-be, but don’t forget to take the time to – and put the effort into – nurturing each other. Your baby doesn’t have to come between you (though your belly definitely will).”

Schedule dates

“Now’s a good time to start a weekly date night – something you’d be smart to continue after baby’s on board,” Murkoff suggests. Scheduling romantic outings helps to create a relaxed atmosphere for the couple and for the baby. It will not only help the relationship but the health lifestyle of the individuals involved. The important thing is to be up-to-date on the meals and drinks to avoid during pregnancy.

Try something sweetly different

Spontaneity is necessary in a relationship when the couple is expecting. It not only adds spice but helps the individuals to feel appreciated at all times. As Heidi notes, “Sometimes (make that, as often as you can), for absolutely no reason at all, surprise your partner with a come-from-behind squeeze, a weekend afternoon delight, a compliment that makes him blush. Feel free to get frisky (and adventurous!). Just make sure you keep pregnancy sex safe for your baby and pleasurable for both of you.

“Amp up the passion! Leave him suggestive (or X-rated) messages that he’ll find in his pocket when he reaches in for change and that will make him think of you (and think of you, and think of you).”

Another way to shoot romance to the high heavens is to plan a romantic getaway before the baby arrives. However, Murkoff cautions that “if you plan to fly during your pregnancy just get the okay from your doctor before you hit the open skies. Pick a place with comfortable beds and room service.”

Make natal trips pleasurable

Ultrasound appointments, exercise classes, compulsory walks, shopping for baby items, with time, take its toll on the couple. A spouse can make these seemingly endless appointments activities to look forward to by going to a movie afterwards or lunch at a favourite spot. Just stopping to admire nature can also turn out to be much fun, even with busy schedules. It all takes some form of strict commitment.

Encourage communication

“Keep your relationship (and romance) first and foremost during pregnancy. Don’t just e-mail him 20 times a day to ask him if he’s remembered to pick up the dry cleaning or those paint samples for the nursery; e-mail him sometimes just to tell him you love him — and that you can’t wait to see him.

“Communication is always important in a relationship, but it’s especially essential for couples during pregnancy (thanks to their quickly-changing dynamic). Be sure to talk through changes instead of just letting them happen. And keep those lines of communication open even once the baby’s on the scene, when talking – at least, hearing each other over the sound of the baby crying – will be especially challenging but more important than ever),” Murkoff notes.


The Truth About Those Kendall And Kylie Topshop Rumours

The Truth About Those Kendall And Kylie Topshop Rumours

31/Jan/2015  //  200 Viewers

THE tabloids got themselves into something of a twist yesterday over rumours that Kendall and Kylie Jenner might be creating a collection for Topshop - but the British brand has clarified all for us this morning.

A representative for the company confirmed that it is "in talks to be the exclusive stockist" of the Kendall & Kylie collection, currently carried by PacSun, rather than having enlisted the sisters to create a collection specifically for Topshop. If the deal goes through, the collection will be in stores for high summer.
Johnny And Amber To Marry Next Week?

Johnny And Amber To Marry Next Week?

31/Jan/2015  //  229 Viewers

JOHNNY DEPP and Amber Heard are reportedly set to tie the knot next week at the actor's private island in the Bahamas. Sources close to Depp have confirmed that the couple will be joined at his Little Hall's Pond Cay island home by 50 of their nearest and dearest, including his children Lily-Rose, 15, and Jack, 12. Heard is said to have chosen a gown by Stella McCartney for the ceremony.

Far from choosing a date close to Valentine's Day for romantic reasons, it seems the couple had more practical considerations.

"She's filming a movie in London, and he's getting ready to film the next Pirates of the Caribbean in Australia," a source told Page Six. "So this is the only time that everyone could get together."

Despite the 45-acre size of the island - which Depp bought in 2004 whilst shooting Pirates of the Carribbean there - living accommodation is limited, and as a result many of the guests are staying on Depp's 156ft yacht, Vajoliroja, moored nearby, during the festivities.

Depp has been engaged four times - latterly to Vanessa Paradis, mother of his two children, and previously to actresses Jennifer Grey (of Dirty Dancing fame), Sherilyn Fenn and Winona Ryder (resulting in a now-defunct "Winona Forever" tattoo) - and was married in the early Eighties to Lori Anne Allison. Despite years of marriage rumours during his relationship with Kate Moss, she and Depp were never engaged.
Creative Director Rebekka Bay Exits Gap—What’s Next?

Creative Director Rebekka Bay Exits Gap—What’s Next?

31/Jan/2015  //  252 Viewers

News broke today that Rebekka Bay, the creative director of Gap, is being let go, effective immediately. Even more interesting: Gap won’t be replacing her. Instead, the role of creative director is being eliminated and the senior design team will take over. However, the brand did hint that it would be evaluating a “long-term leadership approach for the global design team” in a release on its site.

The change shouldn’t come as too much of a shock. Since Bay was hired in October 2012 after a successful stint at Cos, Gap has failed to evolve as a mass-market brand (sales dipped in the first quarter of 2014) or as a fashion favorite. While recent years have seen the normcore movement make an undeniable impact on the fashion world (jeans on the runway is now an expectation, not a surprise), Gap failed to cash in on the trend. Brands from both ends of the style spectrum have been eating Gap’s lunch when it comes to market demand for everyday basics—Nasty Gal branched out into denim, and J.W. Anderson created a logo sweatshirt. Meanwhile, the brand most associated with normal fashion struggled to be relevant. In a nutshell, normal is boring but normcore (whether you love or hate the word) can be aspirational.

Gap now has to ask the hard question: What’s next? Without a creative leader, should it reach for a business one? Brands like J.Crew, H&M, and Uniqlo have all managed to bridge the gap between mass market and fashion savvy thanks to their business leaders. So could Gap woo back Mickey Drexler (unlikely, given their abrupt split in 2002) or reach for a trendsetter like Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso (surely too big a gamble for an entrepreneur largely untested at the operational level)? For the moment, it’s betting on its incoming CEO, Art Peck, who is being promoted from president of growth, innovation, and digital at the brand. 

As per its release, the brand is also planning to devote a lot more effort to consumer relations. “Now’s the time to intensify our customer focus and break through with a truly dynamic and integrated approach to building relationships with our customers,” said Jeff Kirwan, Gap’s global brand president. Listening to consumers is important, but what Gap might want to focus on even more is keeping an ear to the ground for the subtle shifts in trends in basics—a thing that its competitors from J.Crew to Cos do so well. Collaborations, an area where brands like H&M and Target have excelled, should also be on Gap’s radar. Why not take up a partnership with the many talents today reimagining American sportswear? Wouldn’t you love to see Rachel Comey’s frayed jeans at a Gap price point? Trademark’s smart outerwear? Derek Lam’s chic dresses? Band of Outsiders’ seersucker separates? There is so much potential for Gap to become the iconic brand it deserves to be. (Hey, it was the first label to cast Joan Didion for an ad campaign.) Let’s see if its clothing designed by committee turns out to be the right kind of camel. Perhaps a camel coat?

Marchesa Branches Into Fine Jewelry

Marchesa Branches Into Fine Jewelry

31/Jan/2015  //  212 Viewers

Marchesa’s sheer and diaphanous gowns have long been bridal favorites—everyone from Behati Prinsloo to Blake Lively has worn the label to walk down the aisle. Now the brand is adding another facet to its wedding business: jewelry. 

Its first-ever fine jewelry collection is filled with engagement and wedding rings just as extravagant as its gowns—and with a price point to match. (Prices start at $1,400 and exceed $28,000.) “The Marchesa bride is confident, elegant, and embodies a true sense of identity,” cofounders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig told “Our jewelry is an extension of that feeling, providing the perfect finishing touch.” Launching February 1 exclusively at Macy’s, the collection also features pendant necklaces and drop earrings that could work for walking down the aisle or the red carpet. With the Oscars just weeks away, it seems more than likely that the diamond designs will appear inside the Dolby Theatre. We’ll let you know when that happens. In the meantime, get a peek at the jewelry before it goes on sale in the slideshow.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Are Getting Married Next Weekend!

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Are Getting Married Next Weekend!

31/Jan/2015  //  366 Viewers

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are getting ready to walk down the (sandy) aisle!

A source confirms to PEOPLE that the couple are preparing to marry on Depp's private island (a.k.a. Little Hall's Pond Cay) in the Bahamas next weekend.

Depp has owned the 45-acre island – with beaches named after his children, Lily-Rose, 15, and Jack, 12, and his idols Hunter S. Thompson and Marlon Brando – for more than a decade.

Reps for Depp, 51, and Heard, 28, haven't responded to requests for comment. The couple met on the set of 2011's The Rum Diary, but didn't start dating until 2012, after Depp split with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis. In January 2014, sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Depp and Heard had gotten engaged over the holidays.

The couple weathered breakup rumors in December 2014, but put an end to the rumors when they shared a very public kiss at the 8th Annual Heaven Gala in L.A. earlier this month.

Depp sparked marriage speculation last week when he was spotted wearing what looked like a traditional wedding ring while doing press for his latest film, Mortdecai.

With his press for that movie just finished (despite a chupacabra attack) and production starting soon for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, this looks like Depp's perfect time to make his fiancée Mrs. Jack Sparrow.

The New York Post, which first reported the wedding news, says guests will stay on a yacht for the wedding weekend, but Depp sold his 156-footer, Vajoliroja, a few years ago. (He could still rent it!)

Singer Shakira and footballer Pique welcome their second son

Singer Shakira and footballer Pique welcome their second son

31/Jan/2015  //  2176 Viewers

Colombian pop singer Shakira has given birth to a boy, her second child with her footballer partner Gerard Pique.

In a statement on her Twitter account, the 37-year-old said Sasha Pique Mebarak was born on Thursday at 9.54pm.

The online posting said the name Sasha was of Greek and Russian descent and meant "defender of mankind" and "warrior".

The statement said mother and baby were in excellent health.

The couple's first child Milan. a boy, was born in January 2013 in Barcelona.

Shakira and 27-year-old Pique, the Barcelona defender, have been a couple for the past four years.

'A Most Violent Year' (R)

'A Most Violent Year' (R)

31/Jan/2015  //  459 Viewers

A Most Violent Year is the story of a married couple, Abel (Oscar Isaac) and Anna (Jessica Chastain), trying to eke out a piece of the American Dream. They have two young daughters, a comfortable home, and Abel has inherited the oil business left by Anna’s father and has plans to expand it.

The catch is that the setting is 1981 New York, one of the most crime-ridden years in that city’s history, and no matter how hard Abel tries to walk the straight and narrow, he’s surrounded by competitors who rely on guns and bullets to knock off their rivals. This is the third film by writer-director J.C. Chandor, who made a splashy debut with 2011’s corporate-corruption drama Margin Call, then followed it up with the ambitious 2013 failure All is Lost, a near-silent survival story starring Robert Redford and a leaky boat. Here, once again, Chandor puts an unexpected spin on familiar material, creating a crime story in which the lead character abhors violence and struggles to avoid it.

But like a piece of gum stuck to your shoe, the criminal underworld won’t leave Abel be. Already armed with a small fleet of trucks, Abel uses his life savings as part of a down payment for a vacant industrial facility that will become his headquarters. He’s confident he’ll be able to deliver the rest of the payment before the deadline with the help of his banker, counting on his spotless record and good standing. But as he starts to push ahead, goons begin hijacking his delivery drivers, who are unarmed and defenseless, and stealing his rigs loaded with oil. After one particularly brutal theft, as assistant D.A. (Selma’s David Oyewolo) begins to investigate Abel for possible wrongdoings, and the bank financing Abel was counting on falls through. If he doesn’t come up with the rest of the money he owes ($1.5 million), he will lose everything.

This doesn’t sit well with the fiery-tempered Anna, who respects her husband’s ambition but also believes he needs to step up and play by the same rules his competitors use (Abel doesn’t even own a gun). The title of A Most Violent Year is ironic: Here is a crime drama with barely any gunplay or bloodshed. The period setting is reflected mostly in cosmetic ways (subway cars covered in graffiti, hairstyles) with one crucial exception: The lack of cellphones becomes an integral part of the story, because Abel can’t stay in contact with his drivers to make sure they’re safe, nor can he be warned about impending threats when he’s away from a landline.

Isaac’s performance is initially distracting, channeling too much of the idealistic, young Michael Corleone in The Godfather (not the soulless, monstrous Michael of The Godfather Part II). Gradually, though, Isaac makes the character his own, showing us a man who uses calm and a straightforward demeanor to mask the anxiety and stress snowballing inside him as time is running out and his options keep narrowing.

Chastain, too, downplays Anna as a shrewd businesswoman who excels at cooking books instead of the demanding, oblivious shrew common in Martin Scorsese pictures. Her disapproval at her husband’s refusal to hit back at his competitors is silent but palpable. Albert Brooks is the voice of reason as Abel’s attorney, constantly reminding him of the anvil hanging over his head, ready to drop at any moment.

Chandor eschews the expected moments of bloody action, using them judiciously for greater effect (including a terrific car chase that segues into a footchase with grave consequences). Cinematographer Bradford Young gives the images an elegant glow that makes them feel timeless, despite the specificity of the film’s time period, and as Abel finds himself cornered in all directions by lawmen and criminals alike, the movie builds a quiet, grave tension.

A Most Violent Year is more of a story about the workings of American business than a gangster movie — it’s about the battle waged by an entrepreneur trying to build a legitimate empire in a city where crime offers a much easier and more profitable short cut. Abel is a man with ideals in a world that has no use for them: If he’s going to succeed, he’s going to have to use his wits instead of bullets, and although the odds against him are formidable, watching his struggle is riveting entertainment.

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyewolo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel.

Writer-director: J. C. Chandor.

An A24 Films release. Running time: 110 minutes. Vulgar language, brief violence, gore, adult themes. Playing at area theaters.


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The First Trailer for "Ted 2" Is Finally Here!

29/Jan/2015  //  204 Viewers

The first trailer for "Ted 2"is finally here -- and it's just as dirty as you would expect!  

The highly-anticipated sequel is co-written and directed by Seth MacFarlane and again features Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, whose best friend is his foul-mouthed teddy bear Ted (MacFarlane), brought magically to life by John’s childhood wish. 

In the sequel, Ted and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. But first, they need to find a sperm donor (because Ted is… you know… a bear).

Morgan Freeman plays a civil rights lawyer who represents Ted in court, and Liam Neeson also has a role in the story.

Sorry, Mila Kunis fans -- she won't be playing the female lead this time around -- Amanda Seyfried is taking her place.

"Ted 2" will hit theaters on June 26. Check out the hilarious sneak peek above!

'Terminator Genisys' Super Bowl Trailer

'Terminator Genisys' Super Bowl Trailer

29/Jan/2015  //  210 Viewers

Just one day after we reported that Terminator Genisys will have a presence at Super Bowl XLIX, Paramount Pictures has released their full "Big Game" trailer from this highly-anticipated sci-fi action sequel. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the T-800 Terminator, and, although his classic catch phrase is still intact, this isn't the same killing machine we've seen in the earlier Terminator movies. The aging cyborg has actually served as Sarah Connor's guardian ever since she was a child, which comes as quite a surprise to Kyle Reese when he is sent back to 1984.

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future.

In addition, Paramount Pictures has released a new poster showcasing Arnold Schwarzenegger as a battle-torn cyborg in this highly-anticipated summer action-thriller from director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World). Take a look at the new footage and one-sheet below before Terminator Genisys hits theaters July 1.

Terminator Genisys comes to theaters July 1st, 2015 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Douglas Smith, Dayo Okeniyi. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.

Super Bowl episode 49.1, "Super Bowl XLIX" airs on NBC February 1st, 2015.