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New Year’s Resolutions … Save and Go Green!

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imagesFor most people around the globe,  as they watch the clock strike twelve on December 31st,   the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow.     And for many,  that includes a resolution of ‘trimming’ … trimming a waistline,  trimming excess spending and trimming wasted time.   This clever money saving article by Roberta Murphy identifies ways to trim all three  …   squeezing every inch out of every penny while at the same time  increasing your own personal green initiative!   A fine New Year’s resolution, I would say!

1. Pack a healthy lunch, fill a Thermos of coffee, and spare the environment another plastic bottle by carrying water in a reusable container.   Roberta’s son Eric, now saves at least $5 per day out of his pocket. Take away a couple of dollars, max, for ingredients, and you are still dollars ahead.

2. Paste a sticker that says, 800-FREE-411 (or 800-373-3411) onto both your cell and home telephone. Instead of paying your telephone service up to $3.50 for a telephone number, why not listen to a 10-second commercial and get the number for free? Makes sense to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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And where are the ladies??! …

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 “The only persons who are educated are the ones who have learned how to learn… and change.”   Carl Rogers

It is commonly thought  that higher education brings great accomplishment and success.     Most of us grew up believing that education and earning power were synonymous with each other. 

But these days, that could be questioned.

Below,  luxury home digest  identifies a partial list of billionaires who dropped out of school and went on to become outrageous successes in the technology, entertainment and fashion fields.

1.  Sir Richard Branson dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and soon founded both Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways–as well as 300 other companies. He also bought a 79-acre Caribbean Island at the age of 24

2.  Kirk Kerkorian is a Las Vegas Legend with big stakes in Bellagio, Excaliber, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, New York-New York, Circus Circus, The Mirage, and more. He dropped out of school in the 8th Grade.

3.  Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, needs little introduction. He and wife Melinda are world-class philanthropists in addition to being the wealthiest couple in the world. Most of us know he was a Harvard dropout who couldn’t resist teaming up with:

4.  Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft who dropped out of Washington State University to join buddy Bill in their MS venture. He ended up with over 100 million shares of Microsoft and today owns 12 pro sports teams, lots of real estate, and big stakes in other tech and media companies including Dreamworks Studios.

5.  Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College after just one semester and went on to found Apple Computer and become the largest shareholder in Disney Studios. A dropout earning $1 per year might have bolstered my parents admonishments, were it not that Mr. Jobs also owns 30 million shares of Apple plus perks.

6.  Larry Ellison, flashy founder of Oracle, dropped out of Illinois’ University of Urbana-Champaign (as well as the University of Chicago) and in 1977 invested $2000 to start Oracle Corporation, which is today the second  largest software company in the world. He also pilots his own jets.

7.   Michael Dell dropped out of the University of Texas at Austin after starting a little computer company he called PC’s Unlimited. Wildly successful, this dropout went on to develop Dell Computers into a name with worldwide recognition.

8.   David Geffen, a beacon in the entertainment industty, was another University of Texas at Austin dropout. He was also a cofounder of DreamWorks–and likely shares genius and coffee with Paul Allen (above).

9.  The Ralph Lauren name has become an icon in the fashion world. The City College of New York dropped out and founded the Polo Ralph Lauren brand. He reportedly got an early start, though, by selling neckties in high school where he declared his intentions to become a millionaire.

10. Sheldon Adelsonis a casino legend/kingpin and Wall Street wizard, who is also a City College of New York dropout. He is CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp which also holds the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Adelson also help found the COMDEX computer trade show.

Any other notable billionaire dropouts that we failed to mention?    And… where are the ladies??!….

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This year’s Golden Boy winners…

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And more elegance from the red carpet.  Hollywood…synonymous with luxury.  Enjoy.

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Ladies On Red…..The Red Carpet!

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJGbMdDClSI[/youtube]    It being the day of the 81st Academy Awards in Los Angeles,   I thought it would be fun to focus on ‘Luxurious Fashion’ for a moment.      The Academy Awards are a ‘must-see’ event for all film lovers,   and Academy Award fashion is equally as closely watched by the fashion conscious.    The red carpet prelude is as watched as ‘American Idol’ these days and the discussions that follow equally as memorable as Simon Cowles remarks in  gaining – or not – fashion icon status.       Here are a few of the looks which graced the red carpet at last year’s event…  and my Oscars go to…..George Clooney  (sorry, I’m a GIRL!).   OK….  Heidi Klum!

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