Friday, June 29, 2007

Super Hot: Pink Polka Dot

Do you love your arms? Does your braless rack salute the sun? If so, you might think about showing off these body parts by sporting one of these cute dresses from the super hot line Pink Polka Dot. This line caught BeansTalk’s eye recently and held onto it once we discovered who the designer was: none other than Sharise Neil, former wife of Motley Crue front man Vince Neil. Here’s more of her story:

Sharise Neil, designer and co-owner of Pink Polka Dot grew up in Orange County, California. As the only girl on her high school surf team she spent most of her time at the beach and in the ocean.

After high school she made her way to Los Angeles where she met and married Vince Neil, the lead singer of Motley Crue. The love of designing came to her while helping her then husband design stage outfits and jackets for high profile magazine covers such as Rolling Stone. It was not long after that she was designing original pieces for upscale boutiques on Sunset Blvd.

In the 90’s, she designed an 80-piece line of swimsuits called “Exposed” which was cross-marketed with Vince’s solo album which was titled “Exposed.” When the seven-year marriage ended she took a break from designing and became one of Hollywood’s premier club promoters with the hottest guest list in town.

Sharise’s good friend Daniella Clark, who is married to Gilby from Gun’s and Roses, started her own line of ridiculously low waisted jean, which is now known as denim powerhouse Frankie B. “I loved them so much, I asked her if I could design some equally low panties to wear underneath.” A new star was born and Sharise named this company NA-NA.

Sharise Neil has since transitioned to her new company called Pink Polka Dot with partner Kirk Siegel. Pink Polka Dot is a denim friendly line of mostly tops and dresses for the sexpot in all of us! She says, “I consider my style, a little bit of surf and a ton of Rock N’ roll. I want to make women feel sophisticated and sexy when they wear my things. My philosophy is simple…show a little, hide a little.”

Pink Polka Dot is also worn by some of Hollywood’s favorite starlets such as: Carmen Electra, Kate Hudson, Denise Richards, Kristen Cavalari, Heather Locklear and Fergie (London Bridge Video).

Look for these summer wardrobe must-haves which come in a variety of prints and colors at: Nordstrom Savvy departments nationwide and at Arizona's Electric Ladyland shops.
Most retail for about $133.00

Family Portrait

Strolling in New York City supermodel Heidi Klum sports a smart casual look with her Seven For All Mankind light weight "Ginger" denim trousers in the Barbados wash. Way to beat the heat, Heidi.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Keep A Breast with Limited Edition T-shirts

Bring breast cancer awareness into your daily lives this October with limited edition t-shirts from the Keep A Breast Foundation!

* The Own Hope t-shirt is done in a soft purple jersey and features a beautifully bold graphic, designed exclusively by artist Ron Cameron for Keep A Breast. Retails for $21.99.
* Designed by skateboarder and artist Jeremy Wray, the red Live to Love is a fine jersey short sleeve tee. The print features a heart, flanked by two wings and topped with a crown. Retails for $21.99.
* As the original Keep A Breast shirt, the Boobies! tee proudly and simply states Keep A Breast's objective: art. education. awareness. action. This year, it is available in a short-sleeved hot pink with black lettering ($21.99) or long-sleeved pale pink with gold lettering ($23.99).

Other products offered include a tank top, skateboard deck, signature Punker Packs and more. All merchandise can be viewed or purchased at 100% of the proceeds benefit the Keep A Breast Youth Awareness Program.

About The Keep A Breast Foundation
The Keep A Breast Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Liz Claiborne Dies

Fashion designer Liz Claiborne waves, in this Aug. 30, 1949 file photo, as she arrives at Penn Station in New York en route to Paris for a ten-day trip after winning a Harper's Bazaar-sponsored design contest. Fashion house Liz Claiborne Inc. says founder Liz Claiborne, whose styles became an important influence for career women in the 1970s and 1980s, died Tuesday, June 26, 2007. (AP Photo, file)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., left, appears with Liz Claiborne at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York in this Thursday, June 15, 2000 file photo. Claiborne was honored with the lifetime achievement award. Fashion house Liz Claiborne Inc. says founder Liz Claiborne, whose styles became an important influence for career women in the 1970s and 1980s, died Tuesday, June 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Mitch Jacobson, FILE)

Molly Shannon’s Role of a Lifetime

Molly Shannon, who recently received critical acclaim in “Year of the Dog” (seen in photo above) following six years as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” will turn her comedic acting talents to a new Lifetime Original Movie. A whimsical, lighthearted and touching comedy about an overworked and overextended wife, mom and career woman who splits into three separate versions of herself with distinct personalities in order to manage her chaotic life, “More of Me” will premiere this fall on Lifetime Television.

“We’re always seeking to infuse our original movies with a variety of genres and we know our loyal audience always enjoys smart, relatable and contemporary comedies,” said Libby Beers, Senior Vice President, Original Movies, Lifetime Television. Adding, “Molly Shannon is a genuine movie and television star and both her unique physical and comedic acting skills make her ideal for this role.”

In “More of Me,” Alice McGrath (Shannon) is a modern woman torn between her desire for perfection in her three worlds: as an environmental activist; as the perfect mother to rambunctious six-year-old twins; and as a loving wife to her husband, a civil engineer on the rise. When Alice finally becomes overwhelmed and hits her breaking point, she splits into three separate versions of herself—each taking over a different aspect of her life. Her emotional side is focused on being the perfect wife; her rational side steps in to take control of her career; and her conscience becomes the quintessential selfless mother. At first, Alice revels in her newfound freedom, but the limitations of her three personalities start to manifest when the three different “personas” begin to wreak havoc in each of her worlds, and she realizes that her sum is better than her individual parts.

Molly Shannon is best known as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1995 to 2001, developing such memorable characters as Sally O’Malley and performing parodies of Courtney Love and Meredith Vieira. Shannon has successfully segued from television to film. She recently received critical acclaim for her starring role in “Year of the Dog” and will be seen in “Evan Almighty” opposite Steve Carell and in Bruce Leddy’s “Shut Up & Sing.” She recently appeared in Keenan Ivory Wayan’s “Little Man” and with Will Ferrell in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” as well as a cameo “Scary Movie 4.” Her other feature film credits include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Analyze This,” “Happiness,” “Never Been Kissed” and “A Night at the Roxbury.” Shannon also starred in “Superstar,” featuring her own popular “SNL” character, Mary Katherine Gallagher. On television, Shannon starred in the telefilm “12 Days of Christmas Eve” and a remake of the classic musical “The Music Man.” She also did multiple guest appearances on “Will & Grace” and “Sex and the City.”

“More of Me” is produced by Jaffe/Braunstein Films in association with Andrea Simon Entertainment for Lifetime Television. Executive producers are Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe (Lifetime’s “Write & Wrong” and “Not Like Everyone Else”) and Andrea Simon (“Hurricane Mary”). Robyn Snyder (Lifetime’s “A Life Interrupted”) is co-executive producer. Daisy von Sherler Mayer (“Madeline,” “Party Girl”) directs from a script written by Kelli Pryor (“A Stranger’s Heart”).

Lifetime is the leader in women’s television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, Lifetime is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television, LMN, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital (including are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

Fashion Note: Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson could be seen tonight on the red carpet at the 2007 BET Awards carrying a handbag by Mary Norton. The award winning actress selected Mary Norton’s MIMI gold brocade clutch featuring elegant metallic hand-embroidery of gold pearls.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Model Life

In A Model Life With Petra Nemcova, six new models are brought to the biggest stage in modeling and viewers follow them from their first test shoot to the runways of New York Fashion Week. A Model Life With Petra Nemcova chronicles the real story of what it takes to be a NEXT model in New York City, without staged eliminations or contrived challenges. Petra Nemcova serves as a mentor and friend to the prospective models, as they learn the trade of modeling and the business of fashion. Using her own life experiences, Petra advises the models on how to succeed as a model and underscores the importance of having a well-rounded life. Over the span of several weeks, the six girls live through the harsh business of modeling ranging from finicky photographers and clothing designers to contradicting advice on weight and body image from bookers and nutritionists. Throughout the process, NEXT Modeling evaluates the potential of these fresh faces and ultimately determines how many of the models deserve a contract with the agency at the end of the series. A Model Life With Petra Nemcova premieres Friday, July 13 from 10-11 PM ET/PT on TLC and runs for eight consecutive weeks.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Little Bits of Platinum
Make Big Statement

Small Platinum hoops and stud earrings are all the rage this summer. Jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor says, “Celebrities including Jessica Simpson, Beyonce and Eva Longoria love Platinum hoops and stud earrings because they work with a variety of outfits and never go out of style.”

Platinum hoop earrings designed by Herco.

- Retail for approximately $211.

Platinum stud earrings designed by Herco.

- Retail for approximately $167.

Friday, June 22, 2007

ME! Bath Ice Cream ‘Treat’ments by the Pool
for Kids & Teens

New treatments including ME! Bath’s signature Ice Cream Pedicure will be introduced this summer at Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. Sounds fun! In a poolside cabana, kids and teens will be able to experience the delectable delights of ME! Bath’s tasty products, choosing from flavors including Strawberry Kiwi, Tropical Guava, Coconut Cove, Cucumber Melon, Land of Milk & Honey and Apricot Harvest.

Kids can spoil themselves silly with a scrumptious fifteen minute soak using one of ME! Bath’s
Ice Cream scoops
, while they enjoy the edible portion of their ‘treat’ment – a melt-in-your-mouth ice cream cone delivered to them poolside.

Teens can indulge a bit longer with a twenty-five minute ME! Bath Ice Cream soak, followed by the ME! Bath Shower Sherbet scrub to exfoliate and cleanse. Their feet will be super smooth after the sweet touch of ME! Bath’s Ice Cream Sandwich pumice stone, invigorating ME! Bath Foot Mask, and finally the moisturizing ME! Bath Body Icing. Teen toes are topped off with a choice of polish and Swarovski crystals to add a touch of glam!

ME! Bath Ice Cream ‘Treat’ments
15 Minutes - $35 25 Minutes - $60
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, California

The ME! Bath ‘treat’ments are available by appointment only through The Spa at the Beverly Wilshire, 310-385-7023. ME! Bath products are available for purchase at The Spa at the Beverly Wilshire as well as online at

Office Gets Syndie Deal

Emmy® and Golden Globe®-Winning Sitcom The Office to Join TBS Line-Up
Repurposed on TBS Beginning in Fall 2007

One of the funniest workplaces in television history is coming to TBS when the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series THE OFFICE joins the network’s line-up in Fall 2007, according to an announcement today by Ken Schwab, senior vice president of programming for TBS and sister network TNT. TBS’s deal for the series, which stars Steve Carrell (Evan Almighty, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), includes non-exclusive broadband streaming, on-demand and wireless rights to run concurrent with the off-network telecast rights, which will begin in Fall 2009. Jonathan Katz, senior vice president of program planning and acquisitions for Turner Entertainment Group, negotiated the deal on behalf of Turner Broadcasting with Frances Manfredi, senior vice president/general sales manager, Cable & Non-Theatrical Sales, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

“THE OFFICE is not only a top-notch sitcom, but also one of the most relatable comedies on television,” said Schwab. “Anyone who has ever worked for a completely clueless boss, had an inner-office romance or simply worked among an odd assortment of coworkers will immediately get the offbeat humor in this series. It’s a wonderful addition to our line-up, and we’re thrilled to bring it to our audience of comedy lovers.”

The 2006 Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, THE OFFICE is a documentary-style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. It delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Regional manager Michael Scott (Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Carell) is a single, middle-aged man who is the boastful tour guide for the documentary. With unshaken enthusiasm, he believes he is the office funnyman, a fountain of business wisdom and his employees’ cool friend. He has no clue that his employees tolerate his inappropriate behavior only because he signs their paychecks.

Michael’s staff includes Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer, Slither), the friendly office receptionist who bears the brunt of his routines; Jim Halpert (John Krasinski, Jarhead, Kinsey), a likable sales rep with a good sense of humor who should have found a better job years ago; Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson, Six Feet Under), the arrogant assistant to the regional manager; and Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak, Punk’d), a young, smart, self-possessed temp, who quickly figures out the real office politics.

In addition to its 2006 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and Golden Globe for lead Carrell, THE OFFICE has earned four Emmy nominations, a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series, two Television Critics Association Awards and two Writers Guild of America Awards. THE OFFICE, from Reveille and Universal Media Studio, is executive-produced by Ben Silverman; Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences; Ricky Gervais, who starred in the British version of the series; Stephen Merchant; and Howard Klein.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Spidey Sense!

Jessica Alba
is the latest celebrity to wear the uniquely designed spider pendant from the new jewelry collection - J.Herwitt. The pendant is designed and handcrafted from 13 Brilliant-Cut Diamonds Pave set in Gold. It is one of the many creatures within the collection inspired by the profound beauty and complexity of the natural world. Celebrity collectors & fans include Pink, Dita Von Tees, Marg Helgenberger and Anne Heche among others. Large Spider Pendant $5700.00 Available at

Actress Carla Gugino arrives for the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York June 10, 2007. She wore a strapless lime green chiffon gown by Reem Acra REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
Cast member Emma Roberts (L) and producer Jerry Weintraub (R) attend the world premiere of "Nancy Drew" held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, June 9, 2007. She wore Chopard’s heart-shaped diamond hoop earrings and a heart-shaped diamond ring. She carried an evening bag by Daniel Swarovski. The young actress was perfectly accessorized with a clear crystal mesh and satin Reverbere clutch. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Claire Danes: Fashionista

Actress Claire Danes arrives at the premiere of 'Evening' Monday, June 11, 2007 in New York. She selected to carry a Daniel Swarovski navy pearl mesh Gourmand clutch. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) Danes arrived at the 2007 Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June, 10, 2007 carrying a bronze crystal mesh Kiosque handbag by Swarovski.

Felicity Huffman arrives to the 2007 Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June, 10, 2007. Huffman carried a glittering clear crystal mesh Reverbere clutch with baguette crystal clasp. By Daniel Swarovski ( AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

Actress Christina Applegate arrives at the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York June 10, 2007. She carried a nude straw crystal and crocodile Ritch handbag by Daniel Swarovski . REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cake Beauty

Attention passengers: now boarding…Cake Beauty’s New Plane-Friendly Travel Kit

Hey jetsetter… check out the new plane-friendly beauty kit from our friends at Cake. You should zip right through security with the clear bag and approved travel sizes.
Looks yummy doesn’t it?

Plane Friendly includes an assortment of five products that are regulation safe for carry on.
Milk Made Velveteen Hand Creme (2.2 fl.oz/66 ml)
Desserted Island Supremely Rich Bath and Shower Froth (2.2 fl.oz/66 ml)
Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse (2.2 fl.oz/66 ml)
It’s A Slice Supremely Rich Bath and Shower Froth (2.2 fl.oz/66 ml)
It’s A Slice Island Supreme Body Mousse (2.2 fl.oz/66 ml)

Plane Friendly Travel Kit available on counters June 1st, 2007 (SRP $25.00)
To purchase Cake Beauty’s Plane Friendly Travel Kit please visit

Call Her...a Fan of Platinum

Actress Anne Heche arrives at the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 10, 2007. Heche selected a pair of Platinum, diamond and pearl earrings, a cocktail ring and a cuff bracelet. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

More Fashion news:

Mary Lynn Rajskub attended the 24 Television Series Photocall during the 2007 Monte Carlo Television Festival while wearing a dress by Catherine Malandrino. The 24 star glowed in a blanc cotton voile boat neck dress with pleated bust line from the Spring/Summer 2007 collection.

Bridget Moynahan attended The 18th Annual A Time For Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation while wearing a dress by Catherine Malandrino. The statuesque beauty looked chic in a blanc cotton voile strapless dress with embroidered hem from the Spring/Summer 2007 collection.
Lane Lovers

Emily Blunt arrives at the 2007 Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, June 14, 2007. Blunt sparkled in rare Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the “2007 Crystal + Lucy Awards” in Beverly Hills on June 14th. Award-winner Blunt selected a long Platinum chain, a cocktail ring, and a Platinum + diamond bracelet for the event. (Fashion Wire Daily/Maria Ramirez)

More Platinum fans: Nicole Richie sparkled in rare Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the “Center Dance Arts’ Pool Party” in Los Angeles on June 14th. Richie selected a Platinum cuff bracelet, and a Platinum and diamond cocktail ring.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

(Fashion Wire Daily/Maria Ramirez)

Pampering Emmy Presenters

Hey, prepping the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy broadcast is a lot of hard work. It’s a good thing the folks over at On3 Productions showed the hard working stars a little love with their official talent Gift Lounge backstage at the Kodak Theater last week. We hear that on Friday Soap Net host and Grey's Anatomy star Chandra Wilson opted to shop for Kreitman flip flops rather than eat during her short rehearsal break, and Lisa Rinna almost missed her make up call because she was so mesmerized by the Invicta watches! Must have been a blast!

Here’s the scoop:
Presenters who customized their gift collection backstage included: Chandra Wilson, Lisa Rinna, Ty Treadway, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, and actors Terri Colombino and Austin Peck from "As The World Turns"; Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison from "Days of Our Lives"; Kim Zimmer, Murray Bartlett, Michelle Ray Smith, and Marcy Rylan from "Guiding Light"; Eric Martsolf and Lindsay Hartley from "Passions"; Bree Williamson and Forbes March from "One Live To Live"; Daniel Goddard, Michael Graziadei and Thad Luckinbill from "The Young and the Restless"; Constantine Maroulis, Kyle Lowder and Mackenzie Mauzy from "The Bold and the Beautiful," and Tony Geary and Genie Francis from "General Hospital".

These lucky stars were pampered by:

Anne Koplik Designs Vintage Inspired Jewelry: Always a Red Carpet favorite of the stars at the Daytime Emmys <>

Dana Classic Fragrances English Leather Black, a young scent for the next generation of string men; English Leather Black Deodorant, providing the rich, sensual scent of English Leather Black in a high-performance deodorant stick; Love’s All Over Body Sprays including two new delicious scents, Sugar Kiss and Berry Sweet and Love’s Bath & Body Line a new line of bath and body products so ultra-soft, they can only be called, Love’s Baby Soft. Includes Showers of Love’s moisturizing body splash, and SilkySoft in Love’s moisturizing body lotion. <>

Desert Essence Organic Hair Care and Body Care: Good for you. Good for the planet. <>

Everlast Men’s and Women’s Workout Apparel. <>

Invicta Watch Company Anatomic® Collection: Invicta’s most radiant creation yet -- for the star who wants to shine! <>

Jamie Kreitman Flip Flops: The smart glamour girl wears Jamie Kreitman® Flip Flops from poolside to cocktails, on the go, ‘round the clock!

Kmart Beach Essentials Beach Bag: Kmart branded accessories beach tote, Kmart essential home beach towels, accessories, flip-flops, Kmart water, sunscreen, water gun, and sunglasses. <>

Levitz Furniture Cable Knit Throw and Merchandise Gift Certificate: You’ll love it at Levitz. <>

NutriSystem, Inc. 3-Month Supply of the NutriSystem Program: A gift bag filled with a sampling of some of the most popular NutriSystem products and a gift certificate for a 3-month supply of the NutriSystem Program. <>

SL McFadin Handbags and Accessories: Handmade in Texas with artisan methods, the collection consists of the finest oil tanned distressed cowhide leather bearing the handwork and detail of antique nail heads, Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, cutout and embossed images, hot iron brands, hair on hide prints and hand painted leather. <>

PURPOSE® Gift Set: Essential skincare for clean, refreshed, moisturized skin. <>

Vera Bradley 26” Rolling Duffel in choice of Mesa Red and Java.

Altoids Dark Chocolate Dipped Mints: A curious and original chocolate experience™. <>

Thanks to the good folks over at On 3 Productions for inviting BeansTalk! We’ll catch you next time! On 3 produces the gift lounges for The Tony Awards, The Independent Spirit Awards, Z100’s Jingle Ball and more. <>

Photos: Austin Peck from As the World Turns enjoys his Nutrisystem bar and Vivica A. Fox selects an SL McFadin bag from the On3 Emmy Gift Lounge.

Summer Beauty Blends
from Bare Escentuals

Ok Ladies. We all know that make up has a shelf life and should be discarded after three months or so, correct? Summer is the perfect time to restock on some favorites and perk up your routine to boot. We also remind our readers that when it comes to foundations in particular, if you are using the same shades in July that you use in December… it is time to look in the mirror. This is a big fashion No No.

Here at BeansTalk, we are big fans of the versatility of mineral make up and always are intrigued by the summer offerings by our friends at Bare Escentuals. Check out their Beyond the Basics Collection:

The set includes:
.02 oz i.d. bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Face in Bisque (bone)
This is a great concealer for most months, but switch to your summer bisque as your sun exposure increases.

.02 oz i.d. bareMinerals SPF 20 Multi-Tasking Face in Summer Bisque (golden beige)
BeansTalk uses this super pretty concealer to even out other areas of the face too, as we find that mother nature will sometimes color our face a bit unevenly!

.02 oz i.d. bareMinerals Soft Focus All-Over Face Color in Glee (muted mauve)
Confession: We have always wanted to try this natural blush color after we heard Leslie Blodgett talk about why they named it “glee” on one of her TV spots.

.02 oz i.d. bareMinerals All-Over Face Color in Bare Radiance (amber nude)
The beauty is in the subtle effect. Remember: soft sheer layers will do the trick.

.02 oz i.d. bareMinerals Faux Tan All-Over Face Color (sunlit bronze)
This product reminds us of the Warmth shade, as it can be used as a warm blush.

plus a Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush and a Soft Focus Face Brush.

We all love our medium beige and beige foundations from B.E., right? No need to abandon! All one needs to do for summer is layer some of these accent colors over them. It is just the right adjustment your make up routine needs to look correct with the extra summer sun exposure we all get or to look luminous in extended daylight hours while dining in outdoor cafes.

You will find the Bare Escentuals Beyond the Basics kit for a reasonable $49.00 at ,, at your local Bare Escentuals Boutique or by calling Bare Escentuals at 800/266-9135.

Second Annual Night of Spirits
Raises Money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Kudos to the celebs who attended the Second Annual "Night of Spirits" party on June 2nd at the home of producer Randy Simon in Beverly Hills. This event raised more than $20,000 to be devoted to providing diagnostic and treatment services to the more than 6000 MDA families in the Southern California area, as well as supporting research projects which seek a final cure.

Philanthropic Celebrity Guests: Bre Blair (What About Brian), PJ Byrne (Charlie Wilson's War, The Game, Viva Laughlin), Mick Davis ( Writer and Director of Modigliani) Peter Dills (Food Critic), Greg Evigan (My Two Dads, Desperate Housewives), Vanessa Evigan (Holiday in Handcuffs), Beau Garrett (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Brentley Gore (Eye Electric, Parental Guidance Suggested), John Hensley (Nip/Tuck), Kyle Howard (My Boys, Parental Guidance Suggested), Tara Lipinski (7thHeaven), Kevin McKidd (Rome), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), Randy Simon (Producer of Requim for a Dream) and John Singleton (Director of Four Brothers)

The “spirited” crowd was entertained by live performances by Eye Electric and After Midnight Project.
Food was sponsored by: California Pizza Kitchen, Cha Cha Cha, Il Moro, Picnic, and Tokyo
Table, and drinks were sponsored by: Anheuser—Busch, Cadbury-Schweppes,Coca-Cola, Ginger Elixir, Gran Centenario, St. Germain, Stoli Vodka, Tevado Tequila, Tuaca Liquore, and Youngs Market and were served by Beautiful Bartenders.

Photos courtesy of Mike Tabolsky Photography

Left: Tara Lipinski

Right: Kyle Howard, Beau Garrett, and Vanessa Evigan

Monday, June 18, 2007

(Shockingly Flattering) Jeans for Our Roundiness!

Don’t think we’re taking on the denim department. That is strictly associate editor Andrea Goodwin’s balliwick.

We are very reluctant to try jeans. We are on the curvier side of the continuum, coupled with the shorter side of the spectrum. This makes for a rather challenging time finding jeans that are in any way flattering.

BeansTalk readers know that we kind of flipped our lid for the now defunct Bella Elemento line and were thrilled to pieces we could get them for under $30 (originally $198) at Ross-Dress-For-Less. Well, that well has run dry, and we reluctantly tried a pair of Pine IV jeans – they are made from 98% cotton denim and 2% spandex, which is exactly the blend of a pair of Department of Peace jeans we tried on once but didn’t buy, and haven’t been able to find since. The only issue with the Department of Peace Jeans is that they weren’t particularly stylish. No, don’t get us wrong, they weren’t “mom jeans” or anything, but we weren’t rockin’ the denim in them.

That said, the Pine IV jeans are fashion forward and genuinely what Vogue calls “fast fashion.” That means it’s very up-to-the-minute. And, for a person who buys their clothing on how closely it resembles nightwear (think nightgowns and PJs), they're super comfortable. The fact that we're willing to wear them for an entire day says a lot. Really. A lot.

Pine IV jeans are made from high-end Japanese denim, known for its sophisticated washes and high-quality yarn. And unlike a lot of other specialty brands, Pine IVs come in sizes for a curvy girl. Jennifer Garner, America Ferrera, Teri Hatcher, Faith Hill and Amber Tamblyn all love the line. For every pair you purchase, the folks at Pine IV will make a donation to plant one tree on your behalf. Go greenie!! Retails for around $200.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Little Weekend Food for (the malnourished) Thought

So, here is a completely non-incarceration tit-bit on Paris Hilton. She's seen here, in the above photo, in the early days of her notariety. She has said she would never have her boobies made bigger.

And here she is in a Simple Life current season promo poster after gaining "fame" (supposedly donning the -- apparently freakin' amazing -- "push-up bra" she said she wears)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ferry on Letterman

Bryan Ferry Peforms On "Late Show With David Letterman" June 26th, Coinciding With Release Of His New Album, Dylanesque Autograph Session Scheduled For June 27th
at New York City’s J&R Music and Computer World

Bryan Ferry will celebrate the June 26th release of his new album, Dylanesque, with an appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" that evening. The following day, June 27th, Ferry will autograph his new CD at J&R Music and Computer World (23 Park Row, New York, NY) at 12:30 p.m.

With Dylanesque Ferry, a founding member of Roxy Music and one of Britain’s most distinctive singer-songwriters, interprets 11 classic songs of American icon Bob Dylan, including "The Times They Are A-Changin,’" "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door," "Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues," "Simple Twist of Fate," "Positively 4th Street," "All I Really Want To Do" and "Make You Feel My Love."

"Bryan Ferry’s new album Dylanesque is proof that when one legend interprets the work of another, the results can be magical," said Nylon. "In Ferry’s able hands Dylan’s classic songs take on an entirely new personality." Ferry’s version of "Gates of Eden" was recently USA Today’s "Pick of the Week" while Harp noted that hearing "Ferry cutting and quivering through the portent of ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’ is one slow dazzle."

While Dylanesque took only about a week to record, its roots go back to Ferry’s first solo album, 1973’s These Foolish Things. Recording "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" for the album, Ferry recalls thinking it would be great to make a whole album of Dylan songs. He did include the occasional Dylan cover on his subsequent solo albums, but it wasn’t until late 2006 that he began making the album he’d conceived of nearly 35 years prior.

Collectively, these interpretations comprise their own emotional world - a fresh and vivid place, cut at times by deep shadows and open to the weather of its mood. Ferry uses the medium of Dylan's songs - their lyrical power, their tenderness, insight or portentous nuance - in order to make a musical statement that is in part a portrait of Dylan, and as importantly a self-portrait.

"As far as the words are concerned it's a bit like an actor tackling Shakespeare," says Ferry. "I like finding the melodies that Dylan's hidden away in there."

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Jolie Jeweled

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive to the New York premiere of 'A Mighty Heart' in New York, Wednesday, June, 13, 2007. The film, which opens June 22nd, is about the kidnapping and execution of journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. Jolie is wearing jewelry by Frances Klein, which she also wore recently in Cannes (above photos: AP Photo/Stuart Ramson). Photos below are of the jewels she donned.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Find Your Style on HGTV

Developing a self-assured design style can be a daunting process, but now hesitant homeowners can learn how to unleash their designer within with the help of popular HGTV personality Karen McAloon, host of Find Your Style. Viewers will be able to see special sneak episodes on Sunday, August 12 at 10 pm ET/PT and Sunday, August 19 at 10 pm ET/PT, directly following HGTV Design Star. The series will premiere in its regular weekly time slot on Saturday, August 18 at 10:30 pm ET/PT.

Best known for her resourcefulness, creative solutions and quirky, artistic touches on the HGTV series Design Remix, Karen McAloon takes on a new role here, teaching the design-challenged some of the fundamentals of design and the basic principles they need to execute their own makeovers.

In each episode, McAloon first inspects the home for clues that can help homeowners identify their own design preferences. After helping them find their "inner designer," Karen sends the family off to shop and decorate on their own using their new-found knowledge. Sure, they make mistakes, but they also get things right, and McAloon is always on hand to inspire, encourage and provide her expert counsel.

"Find Your Style showcases the talents of Karen McAloon and empowers viewers to imagine and enjoy their homes in unexpected new ways and inspires them to uncover their own hidden tastes and propensity for design," said Melissa Sykes, senior vice president, original programming.

A special "Style Quiz" also will launch on on a web page designed to coincide with the series launch for online users who want to determine their own style in a fun and interactive way.

Go Green, Beauty Routine
iTech Introduces NEW Tourmaline Hair Dryer for 60% Faster Drying Time

Little changes can make a big impact. By swapping your basic 1800 watt dryer with one that has Tourmaline, like the new iTech Tourmaline Hair Dryer. The tourmaline in the dryer effectively dries hair 60% faster reducing the amount of time needed to blow-dry strands, thus saving energy. Example: A basic dryer takes 25 minutes to dry hair, while a tourmaline dryer blows-out hair in 10 minutes, saving 15 minutes of electricity use!

Tourmaline is prized as a beautiful, semi-precious gem. It is the only mineral on earth to show permanent electricity and is also a natural source of negative ions and far infrared (FIR) rays. What does this mean? Far infrared heat is a deep penetrating but safe, non-damaging heat, making it ideal for application on hair. Negative ions make the hair shiny, silky and smooth.

The hair is positively charged and the negative ions that are naturally emitted by the tourmaline crystals adhere to the positively charged hair, closing the cuticle layer of the hair for a smooth, silky hair surface. It also aids in sealing in the hair's natural moisture, resulting in shiny, healthy and frizz-free hair.

iTech’s Tourmaline Hair Dryer

· Humidity-proof, eliminating frizz

· Leaves hair healthy and shiny with optimum manageability and free of thermal damage

· Less tangling and cuticle abrasion because infrared heat reduces the need for strong wind velocity

· Quiet and long lasting DC motor.

· Ultra Lightweight

Now it is possible to look beautiful and help the planet by conserving energy. iTech’s Tourmaline Hair Dryer retails for $200. For more information please visit

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Cutie Gifts For Babies

Moncalin, the sophisticated line of children’s toys and blankets, is launching its new color combination named, “LE JARDIN”, (The Garden Collection). Moncalin’s signature potbelly Pigs & Cats come outfitted in a new floral combination, dazzling pastels, featuring Moncalin’s distinctive Pistachio.

Often named the “Haute Couture of plush toys & blankets” Moncalin has set itself apart from other mass production operations with its luxurious fabrics and attention to detail.

Moncalin’s boutique style creative process has been compared to that of Hermés, the French Luxury brand famous for its silk ties, scarves and Kelly Bags. In the tradition of Hermes, Moncalin utilizes age old in house design and methods resulting in high quality & unique hand crafted plush toys and blankets.

With a strong emphasis on design and color, Moncalin’s collection deviates from the classics by combining contemporary designs, charming features and vibrant color combinations to create some of the softest stuffed toys and blankets on the market today. The brand is coveted by many celebrities.

Moncalin collection presents an ideal option for those seeking gift for siblings and twins. Moncalin is sold at Sacks Fifth Avenue online, and in specialty boutique stores nationwide.

Sun Worshipper
Andrea Goodwin, Associate Editor

It’s a compliment, right? BeansTalk is a So Cal beach native, don’t cha know. We grew up playing volleyball and flirting with cute surfer dudes at Will Rogers State Beach. Ahhh those were the days.

Well, you can take the girl away from the beach and the harmful rays, but you can not take the beach away from the girl. As summer approaches, we still feel the draw of sun-soaked days lounging on our towels, wiling away the hours. Except that, we know better now. Skin cancer made us wake up real fast to the deceitful allure of the sun.

We have a better idea. Check out the Sun Worshipper Face and Body Collection from Bare Escentuals. ($49.00) The set contains:
Faux Tan Sunless Tanner with Pump
bareMinerals Faux Tan All-Over Face Color
bareMinerals Nude Beach Glimmer
Wearable Bronze Lip Gloss
Flawless Application Face Brush

So fun! For days you are strutting your short shorts we recommend the super nice Faux Tan (better than real) lotion. This natural and hydrating lotion is easy to apply because you can monitor the shade as it goes on. BeansTalk tried it and was happy to see, in about three hours, a “suggestion” of a tan rather than the embarrassing orange or toasty look. Word to the wise: do be sure to wash your hands.

We also liked the Faux Tan All Over Face Color. Again, a sheer cover after regular foundation will give a suggestion of being sun kissed, especially if one applies it to the cheeks, bridge of nose, and forehead. Note: BeansTalk is planning to do some backstage coverage for the Daytime Emmys coming up, and we know that this little product is great for celebs who know they are to be photographed and do not want to look washed out. God forbid a starlet is photographed standing next to someone who is tanner than she!

For the Jennifer Lopez glow that we all crave the Nude Beach Glimmer is a really, really pretty effect for the eyes. The shade is best described as a translucent warm mauve. It can be worn wet or dry, alone or mixed with other bareMinerals, for a variety of shimmering summer looks.
Keeping it simple: Add a dab of the Wearable Bronze Lip Gloss, and a little mascara and you are good to go.
Check it out at

Monday, June 11, 2007

New Season of Living With Ed

Daryl Hannah, Bradley Whitford, Jane Kaczmarek, Sharon Lawrence, Jackson Browne Among Celebs
Tapped for 13-Part Series Premiering Monday, August 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

The green room takes on a whole new meaning for the celebrity pals of Emmy-nominated actor and committed environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. in the second season of HGTV's popular, critically-acclaimed, eco-friendly series Living With Ed. The series will have two special sneak previews this summer following episodes of the eagerly-anticipated reality series HGTV Design Star on Sunday, August 26 and Sunday, September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Living With Ed will premiere in its regular weekly prime time slot on Monday, August 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

One of the first programs to debut in the growing "green" TV genre, the vanguard series returns bigger, better and greener than ever with 13 new episodes that will find Begley and wife Rachelle Carson dispensing more tips and practical ideas on how anyone can lead a greener lifestyle. In a special new twist this season, Ed ventures out beyond his own green acres to give viewers a peek inside the homes and properties of other Hollywood personalities who are either looking for advice from Begley or eager to share the innovative ways they are working toward environmentally-conscious living.

Daryl Hannah, Bradley Whitford, Jane Kaczmarek, Sharon Lawrence, and Jackson Browne are among the celebrities who are expected to open up their homes to Begley and HGTV viewers. In each half-hour episode, cameras will follow Ed as he gives and gets guidance and inspiration on how everyone can incorporate easy, attractive, practical and affordable "green" ideas into their daily lives.

"Rachelle and I are thrilled that Living With Ed has caught on with so many viewers across America," said Begley. "We are looking forward to having a lot of fun this next season while spreading the environmental message. The fact that the two of us have not killed each other and that we are still happily married amazes us daily. Perhaps with this next season, all of this will change," he added.

In one episode, Ed visits with musician Jackson Browne and tours his off-the-grid ranch, complete with an impressive solar and windmill system, as well as other installations and inventions that make the compound self-sufficient. Begley, inspired by his visit to Browne's place, vows to install a form of wind-power in his own Studio City home.

"HGTV was among the first to enter the 'green' television landscape with a regular weekly series of Living With Ed in January 2007," said Melissa Sykes, senior vice president, original programming, HGTV. "Our foray into this category continues with a slate of new green programming. The enthusiastic response we've received from viewers during the first season indicates that they will love these new episodes." also will highlight details of the green project featured in the series, including the reason behind the project, the approximate cost and the environmental benefits, such as energy savings and reduction of pollutants. Homeowners considering such projects also will find advice and on how to get started and where to find more information.

Friday, June 08, 2007

GBK Productions Hosts MTV Movie Awards Gift Suite
Suite Features Celebrity Poker Tournament, Family Friendly Gift Room and over 40 Exclusive Products

Gavin Keilly, founder of GBK Productions, hosted a very special gift suite to celebrate the 2007 MTV Movie Awards nominees and presenters last weekend at LA’s posh Hotel Sofitel. In addition to offering great gifts and spa services, GBK Productions catered to diverse tastes, with a poker tournament and a “family friendly” baby product room.

GBK’s gift suites are always unique in their wide range of gifts as well as thier strong commitment to offering numerous ways for celebrities to give back and help the charities of their choice. As always, 20% of the profits from the gift suite and one of the $50,000 gift bags were donated to charities to use as they see fit. This year, GBK selected Jane Kaczmarek’s and Bradley Whitford’s Clothes Off Our Backs, Kevin Bacon’s Six Degrees, Project Angel Food, and The Creative Coalition. Additionally, celebrities were offered the chance to travel with I-to-I Travel, a travel agency that offers volunteer opportunities all over the world. Keilly has said, “My main goal for these non-profits is to give them the opportunity to meet as many celebrities as possible, to potentially get them involved in their causes.”

GBK Productions, in association with the World Poker Tournament Enterprises, hosted a celebrity poker tournament on the opening night of the suite. Each participating celebrity received a $25,000 buy-in to the next World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational, and a $10,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice. Poker tournament winner Jorge Garcia won a $10,000 Lex Diamond watch, and runner up Shannon Elizabeth won a Pro Sun Tanning System which she can apparently install right in her shower. BeansTalk has learned that Garcia was ecstatic about his win.

GBK offered celebrities walking through the suite their own GBK Productions gift bag, which were filled with over 40 exclusive gifts consisting of lavish luxury products and services, fashion apparel, spa treatments, as well as an array of high-end health and beauty products valued at over $50,000. Guests will be able to choose from a month of gaming lessons from Executive Gaming; 10 hours of concierge services from Dream Weaver Concierge; a certificate for a green furniture from Robert Craymer; watches from Gadget Universe; BPNC alcohol; Laser Eye Surgery from Dougherty Laser Vision; a consultation for a personal water wall from LL Innovation/Liquid Wall; beaded switch plate covers from Turn It On Designs; and an unlimited food-supply from Sky’s Gourmet Tacos.

Health & beauty products included: Dare Devil Energy Drink; Power Crunch energy bars; a lifetime supply of Kiwi Berri frozen yogurt; Hoodia Dex L-10’s weight loss supplements; and the book Magic Refrigerator; Sumbody’s bath salts and soaps; Barbar’s blow dryers and curling irons; Revitalash; Lano Co.’s lip gloss; Mood-Factory’s mood-triggered lamp; Je Beau’s hair treatments; American Laser Center’s certificate for hair removal.

The GBK Gift Suite also featured themed rooms with specialty gifts. Themes included the Fashion room; the summer room; and the Baby room. The Fashion room will include apparel from hello! Skinny Jeans; FP Jeans; Brokendown Clothing; Rosa Loves; Catch-E Designs; Don’t Tread on Me; Sun Soul; Too Cute; and Bling It On.

Attendees visiting the Summer room received Rebel Boards’ surf and body boards, Sun Soul Inc.’s products that have a patent-pending technology that converts broad spectrum sunlight to a narrow spectral range. The Baby room will be an area where celebrities and their families can enjoy the suite together. Staffed with a licensed care-taker, the Baby room will be offering child-friendly art activities, as well as fashions from Duck Duck Goose; Baby Legs; Sophie Catalou; and Low Down Dirty Words, a book for parents to share with their kids.

Participants in the Poker Tournament:
Ricki Lake
Cheryl Hines
Shannon Elizabeth
Jorge Garcia
Rodney Peete
Kathy Najimy
Jason Mewes
Andy Milinakous
Morris Chestnut
Mimi Rogers
Kyle Gass

Other Celebrities in Attendance:
Kevin Bacon
Amanda Beard
(Olymipic swimmer and cover of July’s Playboy Magazine)
Rex Lee (Entourage)
Missy Peregram (Heroes)
Dominique Swain (Alpha Dog)
Taryn Manning ( Hustle and Flow)
Harold Perineau (Lost)
Shaun Livingston (LA Clippers)
Wilson Cruz

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sunset Strip's Blowfish Sushi

The Sunset Strip's Blowfish Sushi To Die For announces a mouth-watering selection of $5 Happy Hour food and beverage offerings Monday thru Friday from 5-7pm.

Happy Hour fusion snacks for $5 and under include the popular Soy Garlic Edamame, Chicken Pot Stickers, and custom ordered S.O.S. Maki Rolls. Create your own maki by choosing different delicious ingredients such as Albacore, California Crab, Salmon, Salmon Skin, Tuna, Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail or Freshwater Eel. Add to your maki creation a touch of veggie with Avocado, Cucumber, Asparagus or Green Onion. And make it saucy by adding Eel sauce, Spicy Aioli, Spicy Red Chili Sauce or Teriyaki Sauce.

Blowfish Sushi To Die For is also offering all well drinks, draft beer and five original specialty sake cocktails at this great $5 deal, the Mango Mojito (Sake Mango Puree, Mint and fresh lime) the Peach Nympho (unfiltered Sake with peach puree) the Pomegranate Cocktail (Han Asian Vodka with pomegranate juice and soda) the Asian Bull (Han Asian Vodka with Red Bull) and the X-Rated Cocktail (Han Asian Vodka with x-rated passion fruit, blood orange and mango liqueur and fresh lime juice).

Known for its dazzling selection of the freshest fish, exciting Asian fusion cuisine and high-energy atmosphere, the100-seat Blowfish offers Happy Hour in the bar. Blowfish Sushi To Die For is located at 9229 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Phone (310) 877-FUGU (3848) or visit

A feast for the senses, Blowfish embodies the animated spirit of Japanese pop culture, offering a visually stimulating atmosphere and an innovative menu of fresh sushi, sashimi, and contemporary Asian fusion cuisine with stunning presentation and graceful execution. By word of mouth and glowing reviews, Blowfish Sushi To Die For has developed from a thriving restaurant in San Francisco to a growing concept with three other locations in Santana Row, San Jose; West Hollywood and Auckland, New Zealand. Blowfish provides an exciting and unconventional environment that is hip, unique and inviting. The Restaurant’s modern Tokyo designs features innovative architectural and design elements. The atmosphere is further stimulated by upbeat ambient music experienced through a state of the art sound system, Japanese Animation streaming across multiple video screens and a collection of original Manga production cells.
Aniston Drinks Smart

New partnership between smartwater and Jennifer Aniston. Aniston is a fan of smartwater and has been drinking it for awhile. She's been photographed everywhere with smartwater - walking the dogs, on the beach, going to meetings, etc.

Looks like she's such a fan of the natural, vapor distilled water with electrolytes that she's now partnered with smartwater and will be the official face of the brand in upcoming ad campaign shot by Mario Testino. This is her first official brand association in the US and she is making signature smartwater bottles that will be in stores this July!

– everyone knows about jennifer aniston’s healthy lifestyle. the all-american beauty has a passion for yoga, cooking organic meals and walking norman and dolly on the beach. not only does jennifer exercise and eat right, but she has also been drinking the biologically best water, smartwater®.

whether it’s the electrolytes (to help rapidly hydrate her body) or the fact that smartwater is the purest water you can get, jennifer became an immediate fan. she believes so much in smartwater that she recently became an investor in the company and is even getting actively involved in the business.

as part of the partnership with smartwater, jennifer co-created a limited-edition smartwater label, which will be available in stores across the country this july. jennifer will also be starring in an upcoming advertising campaign for smartwater, shot by mario testino, which will be seen on billboards and print publications this summer.

“we were thrilled that jennifer discovered smartwater and realized what a difference it makes to her healthy lifestyle,” said rohan oza, senior vice president of marketing, smartwater. “to us, jennifer truly embodies what smartwater is all about as she combines substance and style like nobody else”.

about glacéau

it all started when one thirsty man named darius wanted better water, but couldn't find any worth drinking, so he decided to make his own. along came a guy from queens named mike (he’s like darius’ robin…but don’t tell him that) and because mike has a gift for gab, it’s no wonder word got around, thus emerged glacéau, a fresh new approach to bottled water. today glacéau, the creator and leader of the enhanced water category, is the maker of vitaminwater®, fruitwater®, smartwater® and vitaminenergy ™. now with 1,000+ full and part-time employees, (that’s a big holiday party) glacéau is all about helping thirsty people like you hydrate responsibly with products that are free of sodium and artificial ingredients. that means no artificial sweeteners, no artificial colors and especially no artificial intelligence (never to be trusted). for more information visit