Monday, April 30, 2007


Madonna, fresh from her goodwill journey to her adopted son David's homeland, Malawi, decided to change her hairstyle. We'll give her this: Madonna never rests on her style laurels (even though musically she seems to be blatantly borrowing from herself -- listen to her "Who's That Girl?" and then her latest). But there's something that is not quite right. Of course, we are just making this speculation up in our tiny head, but we get this vibe that her Madgesty is not happy. We're also not crazy about her fashion choices. Or the Madonna line at H&M. We can't decide which is worse, hers or Stella McCartney's.

God! Eat Something. Now

Kate Bosworth is skinny. Very skinny. Feed her.

Kate Bosworth Rocks Nicole Kidman's Cheeks

BeansTalk’s View

We were, if at all, a very infrequent viewer of ABC’s daytime live talkfest, The View. Then, last year, Rosie O’Donnell joined the show and we were hooked. We loved Rosie’s viewpoint, her fast and funny quips and her frank and open discussions. Yes, she’s probably a challenge, but here is someone who fully acknowledges their mental illnesses – is more than willing to discuss on camera and has probably helped countless viewers come to terms with their own issues of depression. We were very, very sad that she’s leaving. Since we never watched when she was on break, we’re not likely to tune in unless the show replaces her with Kathy Griffin (bloody unlikely given some of her appearances on The View and her skewering of Barbara Walters in her stand-up). We’re not interested at all in Roseanne Barr replacing her, because, well, frankly, we find her voice whiny and we think she’s just not as smart as Rosie. So we lament Rosie’s leaving. We’re saddened that she won’t be there to be sweetly supportive of audience members announcing the tease (“perfect!”) and her spot-on commentary and her responses to Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who apparently will announce her pregnancy today (who cares? Not us). We will miss her and now we’ll have to find something else to watch (if anything) at 10 a.m. PT.

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Only in Los Angeles
America The Beautiful
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Jet Setting with Sonya Dakar

by Andrea Goodwin, associate editor (

Do you find the average “travel-size” bottles too small? BeansTalk, a long time friend and fan of the Sonya Dakar line, travels frequently and finds transferring small quantities of our favorite products into travel bottles messy and inconvenient.

Sonya Dakar has responded to this frequent complaint by introducing JET SET – the perfect travel companion with just enough of each product (about ¾ of an ounce) to last you on your two week jaunts to Africa or Greece or even Fiji. The Sonya Dakar JET SET includes the three basics of your skin care regimen – facial wash, anti-oxidant boosting primer and ultra-light moisturizer – all nestled within an elegant satin travel case with a waterproof compartment and room to spare for the rest of your skin care, your toothbrush, toothpaste, or vitamins. To be even more accommodating, Sonya Dakar has created three sets geared towards each major skin type – dry, normal and oily.

For Dry Skin there is a selection of products from the Irritation line, which is formulated to soothe and calm dry, distressed skin, and incorporates the calming properties of Chamomile and Bergamot. The set includes:
Bergamot Wash
Seaweed Liposome Gel – Irritation
Hydrasoft Lotion – Irritation

For Normal Skin there is a selection of products from the Maintenance line, which is those who want to maintain clear, glowing, healthy skin and is fortified with the natural extracts of Frankincense, Geranium and Rosewood. The set includes:
Red Grapefruit Wash
Seaweed Liposome Gel – Maintenance
Hydrasoft Lotion – Maintenance

For Oily Skin there is a selection of products from the Clear line, which is formulated for those with oily, problem skin of all ages and calls on the healing properties of Lavender and Tea Tree Oil. The set includes:
Mud Lavender Wash
Seaweed Liposome Gel – Clear
Hydrasoft Lotion – Clear

For those readers who are new to the line and may want to start with the Jet Set kit, here is your routine:

Step 1: Wash A fresh start for your skin. Massage a dime-sized amount onto wet skin and rinse.
BeansTalk uses the Mud Lavender Wash with imported Dead Sea mud and lavender extract. The Dead Sea mud gently extracts oil while the lavender soothes the skin. We find the scent intoxicating as well. This staffer keeps smelling her own skin afterward. Really lovely.

Step 2: Seaweed Liposome Gel Protect your skin from environmental damage by massaging this vitamin-packed “power shake” onto cleansed skin. BeansTalk note: You get an A+ in taking care of yourself if you take the time to infuse and prime your skin with the healthy nutrients in the Seaweed Liposome Gel in Clear: pure seaweed, lavender, tangerine, and tea tree extracts. Your skin will thank you with improved texture and clarity.

Step 3: Hydrasoft Lotion Ultra-light, pH-balanced hydrator is layered over your Sonya Dakar skin regimen to moisturize and protect. This non-greasy lotion hydrates the skin and contains vitamin B5 to aid in healthy skin development. BeansTalk quicktip: Use this lotion, as well as the gel, on your hands as well. The restorative qualities will help with the years of tell-tale overexposure.

For limited time, receive a FREE full size Aromasol Mist – Sonya Dakar’s 100% natural balancing and purifying toner. With eyes closed, mist on anytime to control excess oil or shine. BeansTalk feels this alcohol-free product is a great habit to get into. Our ambition is to make People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful List. Rumor has it that a certain beauty icon gracing the cover this week achieves her legendary glow with the help of Sonya Dakar.

The Sonya Dakar JET SET retails for $72.00 and is available in May via phone at 877-72-SONYA,, The Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, fine spas, hotels and resorts.

Friday, April 27, 2007

BBC’s Attorney Drama
On BBC America

A team of young lawyers battle the system on behalf of wrongly convicted defendants in an innovative new BBC AMERICA co-production. Executive produced by Paul Abbott (State of Play), two back-to-back episodes of The Innocence Project premiere every Thursday from May 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Champion of the underdog and a brilliant teacher, Professor Jon Ford (Lloyd Owen, Monarch of the Glen) has established The Innocence Project to offer hope for those who’ve suffered through miscarriages of justice and have nowhere else to turn. Teamed entirely by a hand-picked group of law students, The Innocence Project takes on cases that nobody else wants to know about, cases that have been forgotten or given up on.

Smart, and driven by an infectious enthusiasm for justice, Ford’s team includes idealistic Adam, brilliant and passionate Beth, charmer Nick, who always gets what he wants, Sarah, a mine of useless information who knows exactly what’s what socially, sexually and intellectually and Andrew, a competitive and persistent mature student on sabbatical from the police.

In a series of compelling stories, the team explores serious legal issues arising from unsafe convictions and wrestles with difficult ethical issues on their mission to right legal wrongs. Some of their toughest assignments include reviewing a murder prosecution for which no body has ever been discovered, and overturning a conviction which appears to have been secured through corrupt policing. And when they review a rape case, the students face an ethical dilemma of whether they should pursue challenging a hard-fought prosecution that may have put the right person behind bars.

The Innocence Project is about the idealism of youth channelled to achieve practical results. And most of all, it’s about a group of law students who choose to make a difference while still going through the serious business of growing up.

For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, art work and news from the channel, log on to

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring razor-sharp comedies, provocative dramas, life-changing makeovers and news with a uniquely global perspective. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV.

For more information about BBC AMERICA visit


Professor Jon Ford Lloyd Owen

Sarah Shawcross Christine Bottomley

Beth McNair Ruth Bradley

Andrew Lucas Stephen Graham

Nick Bentiz Oliver James

Adam Solomons Luke Treadaway

Dr. Eve Walker Shelley Conn

Lizzie Williams Charlotte Emmerson

Mary Jarvis Ruta Gedmintas

Philippa Lucas Andrea Lowe

Creator and lead writer Oliver Brown

Writers Ed McCardie

Stephen Brady

Abigail Harvey

Paul Logue

Executive Producers for Tightrope Paul Abbott; Hilary Bevan Jones

Producer Kirstie Macdonald


Episodes 1, 3, 7 & 8 Bill Anderson

Episodes 2 & 4 Morag McKinnon

Episodes 5 & 6 Peter Hoar

A Tightrope production for BBC and BBC America.


Thursday, May 10

Episode one

A convicted killer, Luke Talbot, has always proclaimed his innocence as the team start to review the case against him, which appears uncertain.

Nick also finds himself on the wrong side of the criminal justice system, which could mean the end of his legal career before it's even started.

Premieres at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode two

Beth tries to convince an apparently sceptical Ford about the merits of a case in which the infallibility of fingerprint evidence comes under scrutiny. Vulnerable Martin Toal retracted a confession of murder, even though his fingerprints were found at the crime scene.

Adam is mentoring a young boy, Dizzy, but trying to overturn his ASBO (Anti Social Behavior Order) is loaded with difficulty. With her mother putting extra pressure on her, Beth finds herself with more on her plate than she can handle.

Premieres at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Thursday, May 17

Episode three

Adam tries to understand how a murder conviction can be beyond reasonable doubt when there’s no body. This is what happened to John McKenna who’s been convicted of murdering his common-law wife even though the body has never been discovered.

Meanwhile, Ford makes Nick struggle with a case that’s over 300 years old – an attempt to prove the innocence of a woman who was executed as a witch. Sarah is caught off-guard when her boyfriend from home, Craig, turns up with an unexpected proposal.

Premieres at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode four

The students tackle the complex ramifications of a joint trial - co-defendants who were tried together and both convicted of murder. The team hit a wall when they attempt to analyze what evidence the jury ultimately based their guilty verdict on. Beth is appalled by the injustice and wants to approach the jury but Ford intervenes and prevents her illegal action.

Sarah and Nick get sidetracked by a case involving an adult website which raises some complex questions about exactly what obscenity means in today’s world.

Premieres at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Thursday, May 24

Episode five

An old face appears from Ford’s past, asking for help, but he’s not so sure he wants to get involved.

The students attempt to help a convicted drug dealer get her sentence reduced when evidence emerges that an undercover policeman may have been more than just a willing buyer. And Adam questions his idealistic values when it appears Dizzy may have betrayed him.

Premieres at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode six

The students re-assess supposedly solid evidence when a convicted murderer claims that, rather than killing the victim, he was actually trying to help.

When Sarah and Beth get involved in a case the legal system has passed over, Beth finds herself working for the other side - the police - with unexpected rewards. Ford can’t seem to shift the piles of work on his desk but has a good reason for taking so much on.

Premieres at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Thursday, May 31

Episode seven

The students are put to the test by the different claims and counter claims in a rape case. It’s a notoriously difficult offence to get a conviction for and they wonder

if it's something they should even be looking at.

Ford is stumped when Sarah and Andrew want to discuss how to prove a retired police dog was an unreliable witness.

Premieres at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode eight

The team struggles to prove that a murder case was really suicide. Adam gets involved in analyzing the mechanics while the others investigate the victim’s state of mind.

When it emerges that Ford may know more about the drugs which might have contributed to the victim’s death than he’s letting on, he finds himself with several difficult decisions to make - both personally and professionally.

Premieres at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

BBC's Hex Returns for a New Season

The battle to save the world from evil continues in the second season of the highly-acclaimed, supernatural drama series, Hex. Set in a remote British boarding school, Hex tells the story of time-traveling, telekinetic teenagers unlike any others. At the close of the first season, a student’s aborted baby is found alive and growing at an inhuman rate. His birth has unleashed a crew of fallen angels, who are dead-set on killing mortals. The human race’s only chance for survival depends on one student, Ella, with a mysterious past. But can she fight all of Hell back on her own? Hex, season two premieres Saturday, June 2, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The second season kicks off with a special two-hour premiere. The remaining eight episodes are one hour.

As season two opens, warrior and savior, Ella (Laura Pyper, Holby City), lies drugged and vulnerable in a psychiatric hospital. Former student, current ghost, Thelma (Jemima Rooper, The Black Dahlia), races to save Ella, knowing that her selfish deal with fallen angel, Azazeal (Michael Fassbender, 300), is what put Ella at risk. Her only hope is Ella’s merely-mortal boyfriend, Leon (Jamie Davis, Footballers Wive$). Back at school, Headmaster David (Colin Salmon, Die Another Day) is forced to take drastic action to protest Ella’s treatment. This leaves the school vulnerable to an evil spirit posing as a teacher, Jez (Sam Troughton, Robin Hood), who uses alpha mean girl, Roxanne (Amber Sainsbury, Murder in Mind), to carry out his evil plan.

Haunting Leon’s dreams, Thelma hopes that his feelings for Ella are strong enough to resist Roxanne’s demands that they all forget about her. But as Thelma starts to make progress, Azazeal sends the eerie Perie the Faerie (Katrine De Candole, Casanova) to pose as Ella’s new nurse. As Nurse Perie feeds her a drug that drains her telekinetic powers and threatens to leave her totally defenseless, will mere mortal Leon find it in himself to rescue Ella before it’s too late?

For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, art work and news from the channel, log on to

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring razor-sharp comedies, provocative dramas, life-changing makeovers and news with a uniquely global perspective. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV.

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The Press on Season One:

“Juxtaposes humor, sexuality, and genuine scares. Rewardingly stylish.” New York Daily News

“At last, Buffy for Anglophiles, complete with snobby girl group, fallen angel and lesbian best friend.” New York Times

“It’s like a TV version of Mambo No. 5, ‘with a little bit of Buffy in my life, a little bit of Carrie by my side, a little bit of Rosemary’s Baby is all I need.” Hollywood Reporter

“Call it Charmed in a British boarding school that’s considerably sexier than Hogwarts Academy.” TV Guide

“Is it a coincidence that it rhymes with sex?” Newsweek

“Now fantasy fans have a new sapphic supernatural to lust after with Thelma, the lesbian ghost on BBC AMERICA show Hex.” Advocate


Ella Dee Laura Pyper (Holby City)

Thelma Bates Jemima Rooper (The Black Dahlia, Kinky Boots)

Leon Jamie Davis (Footballers Wive$)

Malachi Joseph Beattie (Mansfield Park)

Jez Heriot (Ramiel) Sam Troughton (Robin Hood)

Azazeal Michael Fassbender (300, Band of Brothers)
Archangel Raphael Anatole Taubman (Aeon Flux)

Mephistopheles Ronan Vibert (Rome)

David Tyrel Colin Salmon (Die Another Day)

Perie the Faerie Katrine De Candole (Casanova)

Jo Watkins Anna Wilson-Jones (NY-LON, Monarch of the Glen)

Roxanne Amber Sainsbury (Murder in Mind)

Tom Samuel Collings

Alex Jemima Abey (Jericho)

Felix Stephen Wight

Maya Robertson Laura Donnelly

Max Rosen Leon Ford (Tsunami)

Costume Design Julian Day

Music by James Brett

Edited by Belina Cottrell

Production Designer Paul Cripps

Director of Photography Sam McCurdy

Story Consultant Julian Jones

Writer Lucy Watkins

Director Andy Goddard

Producers Julian Murphy

Executive Producers Johnny Capps, Dean Hargrove, Sara Johnson, Elisabeth Murdoch, Elaine Pyke


Episode one is a two-hour premiere. Subsequent episodes are one hour.

As Ella lies drugged and vulnerable in a psychiatric hospital, Thelma desperately tries to undo the damage she caused. But as Thelma starts to make progress, a new nurse, Perie, arrives at the hospital and, because this newcomer is clearly a creature sent by Azazeal, time is running out for Ella. Sick and getting worse, Ella fears the drugs that Nurse Perie has been giving her may have permanently turned her into a mortal. Meanwhile, Azazeal orders Jez to find and kill Ella. His son, Malachi, is reaching maturity and must not be put at risk. When the effects of Ella’s mortality become more extreme than anyone could ever imagine, Thelma is forced to bring Ella’s mere-mortal boyfriend, Leon, into the spirit world in order to help save her. If Azazeal’s forces are allowed to destroy her, Malachi will become too powerful for anyone to stop.

Hex, season two premieres Saturday, June 2, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode two

Ella is determined to exact revenge. Upon her return to Medenham, Ella has all the ammunition she needs to give Jez what he has coming. Meanwhile, Azazeal prepares his son to enroll at the boarding school. When she and Malachi finally meet, Ella realizes that, rather than being overcome with bloodlust, she is fascinated by him. Knowing what has to be done, Ella steels herself to attack Malachi. However, when she finds Azazeal instead, he reveals some shocking information that leaves Ella more confused than ever about her purpose. Will she be able to fulfill her destiny?

Episode two premieres Saturday, June 9, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode three

Looking to make peace with Thelma, Malachi arranges for her to have some eternal company. Though horrified by his methods, Thelma can’t resist the allure of having a beautiful ghost girlfriend. Meanwhile, it’s Ella’s 446th birthday and Leon wants to celebrate. But at her party, Ella finds it difficult to fight her growing attraction to Malachi. The Archangel Raphael steps in to remind her of her duty, but she soon finds herself going on a date with Malachi. But it’s no ordinary date, for he has the Stone of Belial, which he uses to bend the laws of space and time and transport them to Berlin in the decadent 1920’s.

Episode three premieres Saturday, June 16, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode four

As Leon tells Ella their relationship is over, Mephistopheles tells Malachi to forget Ella and concentrate on the war with heaven. Although Ella and Malachi are drawn to each other, the relationship is doomed. Ella feels God’s wrath first when she’s suddenly covered with boils. When Malachi’s eyesight starts to falter, he begins to realize that Mephistopheles might have been deadly serious. However, he still has a trick left up his sleeve—Malachi has the power to destroy Thelma’s love affair if she won’t help him. But the other side isn’t without hope—Leon may not have given up on Ella just yet.

Episode four premieres Saturday, June 23, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode five

Something went horribly wrong when Malachi and Ella got together. Having seemingly forgotten that she’s an Anointed One, Ella is no longer able to see Thelma and, even worse, she’s become totally obedient to Malachi. But any idea that he genuinely loved her seems to have been abandoned when he starts treating her like a slave. Heartbroken, Leon is determined that Malachi won’t win and, egged on by the Archangel Raphael, hatches a plan to kill him with Thelma’s help. But selfish Thelma knows that if Malachi dies, she will be dispatched into darkness, too.

Episode five premieres Saturday, June 30, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode six

Ella is determined to kill Malachi once and for all. But first, she has to make her peace with Thelma and learn why she betrayed them. When she sees Thelma talking to another ghost, Maya, it becomes clear that Thelma sold them out in order to keep her girlfriend. Though Ella is furious, they make their peace and agree Malachi must die. Ella realizes it will not be so easy to do away with him now that he’s grown stronger. Seeing the mark of Malachi on a student’s neck, Ella realizes she’s a succubus who’s nourishing him, and must also die. But then Ella discovers that Maya is also a succubus, and she’ll have to kill the love of Thelma’s life.

Episode six premieres Saturday, July 14, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode seven

Leon is desperate to prove himself to Ella, but was unable to murder the student succubus, Alex, in her sleep. His failure to decapitate Alex has shown Ella what she knew all along—that she’s better off on her own. Meanwhile, things are getting dangerous at Medenham as most of the school now bears the mark of Malachi and it’s clear that former teacher Jo Watkins has not returned unscathed from her trip to Hell. Determined to do his part to save the world from Malachi’s malevolent influence, he turns his attention to his friend Tom, who also bears the mark of Malachi. As he steels himself to murder what looks like his good friend, Leon wonders if it's already too late to save the world and get the girl.

Episode seven premieres Saturday, July 21, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode eight

Ella and Thelma are in deep trouble. Tricked by Malachi, Leon has become a succubus (and a particularly nasty one at that). Thelma hopes that by going into his dreams she can awaken him by appealing to his deepest and darkest fears. The two girls are hoping that castration will do the job, but they’ve been wrong before. Meanwhile, to fulfill his destiny, Malachi is preparing to bring about The End of Days. Thelma appears as an angel to reach out to Roxanne, who is the only student left at Medenham that Malachi cannot reach.

As Ella prepares for her final battle with Malachi, Leon leaves Medenham, unable to cope with what he has become because of her. But when Tom’s ghost and Mephistopheles share some words of wisdom with him, could love prevail even as the world burns?

Episode eight premieres Saturday, July 28, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Free Nightshirt!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Minnillo in Lhuillier

Filipina Entertainment Tonight correspondent Vanessa Minnillo stepped out at the Hot Pink Party hosted by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation wearing a gown by Filipina Monique Lhuillier. Minnillo selected a greige Chantilly lace tuxedo front gown with signature black taffeta sash. To complete her red carpet look, she accessorized with a black crystal and leather Abstract clutch by Swarovski. (Fashion Wire Daily/Gulnara Samoilova)

Griffin Returns to Bravo

Kathy Griffin takes Center Stage with Third Season Premier of her Emmy-Nominated Series
“Kathy Griffin: My life on the D-List”, Tuesday June 5 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Bravo

"It's D-tastic,” Boasts Griffin of Her Series

But First, Bravo Debuts Griffin's All-New One-Hour Stand-Up Comedy
Special "Kathy Griffin: Everybody Can Suck It,” At 9:00 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY ­ April 25, 2007 ­ Who says the bottom of the Hollywood barrel can't be outrageously wild and downright hilarious? Kathy Griffin returns with an invitation to the best D-List party of the year ­ Bravo's critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” on Tuesday, June 5th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The seven-episode season of her no-holds-barred humor and constant drama follows Griffin as she adjusts to newly divorced life and gets on the celebrity dating scene, travels the country from Carnegie Hall to a maximum security prison and has to face a family tragedy. "I guess it wasn't enough to send me to Iraq last season,” says Griffin. "This year I perform in a prison, date Nick Carter, and host the Gay porn awards! Who's in? See you every Tuesday night everybody. Oh, and the season's a little longer too. Too much for just six episodes. It's D-tastic!"

Even with a third season renewal of her Emmy-nominated series, the talented comic Griffin still revels life on the D-List and celebrates all that is fabulous about being shunned from the Hollywood A-List. Life still holds its indignities for the comic, and in the new season, viewers will relish in fantastic new D-List adventures, including her prison comedy tour, where she manages to make the prisoners blush; a trip to her hometown of Chicago where she meets up with her old prom date; the launch of her career in the U.K.; Griffin on the dating scene as a recent divorcee and hosting at the Gay Adult Video Awards. Her career is on a roll, which only serves up more challenges for the dog-tired Griffin, who must show more fortitude than ever to stay at the top of her game, as well as face some of life's bigger challenges and heartbreaks. Returning this season are some of Griffin's "peeps,” headlined by her trusty assistant, Jessica and her lovable parents John and Maggie Griffin. Griffin also has a new motley crew of personalities in her hectic life, including Tom, her tour manager/housemate and Tiffany, Griffin's assistant's assistant.

But first, Griffin serves as her own series lead-in when Bravo debuts her fifth stand-up special for the network at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, "Kathy Griffin: Everybody Can Suck It,” in which she takes comedic aim at everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Ann Coulter.

Griffin's stand-up gigs find her traveling all around the country from Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Arizona Perryville State Penitentiary to Santa Rosa, CA, the location for her latest special. Griffin travels to the legendary Santa Rosa, CA to perform in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts. No one is safe from the biting comedic aim of the politically incorrect comedian, who is at her celebrity bashing best. "I read about Paris Hilton getting into a fist fight with Shanna Moakler on a stairwell in a club,” Griffin says. "That's not my thing. I'm not going to confront anybody, I was raised right. I talk about people behind their backs. It's called manners.” Says Griffin about the "velvet rope” scene at those trendy LA nightclubs: "I'm a child of the 70s and remember those Studio 54 stories where there's a guy saying 'you're hot enough to get in and you're not' and I know I'm on the not list. When I go to Applebee's I get a table whenever I want.”

Picture This Television produced "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” for
Bravo. The series is executive produced by Marcia Mule, Bryan Scott, Lisa M. Tucker and Griffin.
Production Partners, Inc. produced "Kathy Griffin: Everybody Can Suck It” for Bravo. The one-hour comedy special was executive produced by Sandy Chanley and Griffin.

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBC cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

No Slouch, These Pouches

Bryna Nicole, a young San Francisco designer, debuts her Fall '07 collection of leather bags.

Bryna Nicole handbags:

Darien Pouch
The DarienPouch is handmade of soft Italian lambskin and luxe Italian cowhide
accented with Italian hardware. It features two large gathered pouch
pockets on the front, making your cell phone and keys easy to find.
Two large eyelets secure the signature braided handle through the
front and back. The interior, lined in sophisticated beige or sand
cotton canvas contains one zipper pocket and one patch pocket for

Large Loyola Satchel
The Large Loyola Satchel is a bigger version of the best-selling Loyola satchel from the fall '06 and spring '07 collections. It is made of Italian cowhide with a canvas interior. This bag features tonal suede trim on front and back
Two short handles as well as a removable long strap for messenger
style carrying. The sides of bag fold up and are attached by a ring
and nickel finished Italian rivets.

Vega Hobo
The Vega hobo is made of supple Italian cowhide and Lambskin with a soft cotton canvas lining. The unique look is achieved from a gathered body and front diagonal
zipper. The Signature braid allows for an adjustable strap.

They are sold on as well as various boutiques around the company. The
price points range from $200 for a wristlet to $600 for the larger bags.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The Victoria’s Secret WHAT IS SEXY? 2007 List

Victoria’s Secret, the brand behind the provocative Very Sexy lingerie collection, announced the 2007 WHAT IS SEXY list -- the list of the sexiest entertainers, athletes and musicians. For the second year, the Victoria’s Secret Angels teamed up with the Victoria’s Secret top executives and designers to select the stars with the sexiest appeal. The honorees were celebrated in this year’s sexiest city, Las Vegas, with a private party hosted by Heidi Klum and Karolina Kurkova on April 19th.

Sexiest Actor: Eric Dane
Sexiest Actress: Jessica Alba
Sexiest Male Musician: Justin Timberlake
Sexiest Female Musician: Carrie Underwood
Sexiest Male Athlete: Derek Jeter
Sexiest Female Athlete: Danica Patrick
Sexiest Couple: Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Sexiest Style: Sienna Miller
Sexiest Smile: Josh Duhamel
Sexiest Eyes: Adrian Grenier
Sexiest Legs: Cameron Diaz
Sexiest Mom: Kate Hudson
Sexiest Dad: David Beckham
Sexiest Beach Body: Matthew McConaughey
Sexiest Lips: Jennifer Hudson
Sexiest Television Cast: Grey’s Anatomy
Sexiest City: Las Vegas

Friday, April 20, 2007

Studio at Fred Segal's
Top 5 Picks for Mother's Day

Memoire Liquide Bespoke Perfumery - Exquisitely designed gift certificate inviting Mom to custom blend her own personal fragrance with the expert Perfumers at Memoire Liquide. Custom Gift Boxes available with Perfume and Body Care Products. Celeb moms who have had custom blended fragrances at Memoire Liquide include Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale, Demi Moore, Gwen Stefani, and Kate Winslet.

Item Prices range from $35 to $75.

Gift certificates are available in any denomination.

This Works: New from the UK, This Works debuts two great gifts for Mom. This Works Hot Stone Oil Burner with Deep Calm Natural Essential Burning Oil.
Retails for $85.
This Works Survival Gift Set: mini essentials in a travel box for the stressed Mom. Whether overworked at home or globetrotting, this provides the essentials for calming down.
Retails for $43.

Bath, Body and Home Fragrance Burn Collection:

For the nature loving Mom, Burn Liquid Hand Wash and Hand Cream and candles in Blood Orange Neroli is the perfect compliment.

For the sophisticated, luxury loving Mom, Burn Liquid Hand Wash and Hand Cream and candles in Gardenia Absolue will
suit her well. Celeb moms who are fans of Burn include Kate Beckinsdale, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Nicole Kidman.
Prices range from $22.-$55.

Color Stila

Bring Mom in for a Mother's Day makeover with Stila's new spring colors. Perfect for
Spring-flattering for all skin tones. Studio's resident Stila makeup artist will be anxiously awaiting Mom's arrival to create a beautiful, fresh look with Stila's new Spring Palettes . .

Smiley Happy Therapy Fragrance Kit:

Exclusive to Studio at Fred Segal. The very first anti-depressant perfume! The formulae are preserved in exclusive perfume bottles developed by the prestigious glass making techniques of Sain Gobain and designed by Ora-ito.
New from France.
Retails for $70.

Clarkson Shines

Kelly Clarkson wore Giuseppe Zanotti shoes to the 2007 ASCAP Pop Music Awards.Multi ASCAP Awards winner, Clarkson, looked radiant in a forest green dress and GiuseppeZanotti satin strappy heels as she collected her awards for the night, which included Song of the Year for her hit “Because of you.”

Thursday, April 19, 2007

European Adventure

Where To Stay In London
(AKA Where BeansTalk Stayed)

The last time we were there, in 1993, we stayed on the top floor of a bed and breakfast. It was nice, especially for youngish women traveling together. This time around, we stayed at the JW Marriot West India Quay (it’s pronounced “key,” and yes we know what it looks like and yes, we kept pronouncing it the way it looked to us, which, of course, was wrong. It's key. Seriously).

We got a very good deal on this hotel, which is rated four and half stars and has all around excellent reviews.

It’s located in East London, at the Docklands. With the development of the millennium Jubilee line and the Docklands Light Rail (DLR), it’s extremely easy to access the train system and get into central London and pretty much anywhere in the vicinity.

The hotel itself (as seen in the BeansTalk photo) is a beautiful, very modern tall tower and scrupulously maintained.

It was extremely quiet, fairly silent, and not just at night so it was easy to rest and sleep completely uninterrupted (provided you aren’t pacing because of jet lag).

The room was small (they wouldn’t upgrade us, even though the hotel was nearly empty, saying that we paid only got us to the fourth floor). That said, the only issues we have are small ones. First of all, there is no free wi-fi and to use the internet, it’s an outrageous $6 per 15 minutes (maybe more than that as it is 3 pounds sterling). Our second issue is that the staff at the hotel was just serviceable. The housekeeping staff was very nice, but everyone else was just polite. No one went out of their way in any possible manner. The concierge isn’t really that knowledgeable and guessed at opening times of venues (and was wrong both times).

If you can take care of your own schedule, travel arrangements locally (get a travel pass), restaurant choosing, and don’t care about the internet as a source, by all means, this is a superior facility.

There's a Tesco right at the train station one stop east on the DLR so that's a great place to pick up treats and drinks (we didn't even consider the exhorbitant prices at the hotel). The hotel is also right next to a series of waterfront restaurants and pubs. Across the street is a multi-plex movie theater with an extremely convenient ATM machine (that doesn't charge a fee, although your bank may). Speaking of that ATM machine, it is the very best way to exchange your American dollars for pounds because it gives you the best rate. We were able to put our ATM card and withdraw U.K. pounds.

Expedia says: London’s 21st-century waterside business district, Canary Wharf is best known for its cutting-edge architecture, including the 50-storey obelisk-shaped skyscraper, One Canada Square. Get there by the Docklands Light Railway, with elevated tracks giving wonderful views into a world of glass and steel. By contrast, historic Greenwich, home to the National Maritime Museum, is just across the Thames. A foot tunnel links the two.

22 Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf
London, E14 4ED United Kingdom
Phone: 44 20 70931000
Fax: 44 20 70931001
Sales: 44 20 70931000
Sales fax: 44 20 75172888
Toll-free: 0800221222

The Secret Life of Words
“Powerful...evocative.” - Stephen Holden, New York Times

Oscar® Winner Tim Robbins and Sarah Polley Star in A Powerful and Moving Story of Secrets and Love From Executive Producer Pedro Almodóvar

A fragile kinship between two lost souls unexpectedly blossoms into a life-changing relationship in The Secret Life of Words, available on DVD May 8, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Oscar® winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption) and Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead, My Life Without Me) are mesmerizing as two strangers whose hidden pasts bring them together. Academy Award® winner Julie Christie (Darling), Eddie Marsan (The Illusionist) and Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) contribute affecting performances to this poignant story. Written and directed by Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me), The Secret Life of Words is a remarkable and unconventional love story that builds to an unforgettable climax. Oscar®-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, Volver) is executive producer of this moving story about the healing power of emotional communication.

The Secret Life of Words screened to great acclaim at the Berlin and Venice International Film Festivals. Critics marveled at its depth and sensitivity, with Stephen Holden of the New York Times declaring it a film that “glows with humanity.” “Remarkably compelling,” raves Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News, saying that The Secret Life of Words is “one you won't soon forget.” The DVD is priced at $29.98 S.R.P.


Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins stars opposite Sarah Polley in this poignant tale of love from write/director Isabel Coixet and Oscar®-winning executive producer Pedro Almódovar. Powerfully acted and critically acclaimed, The Secret Life of Words is a moving story about discovering love and hope when least expected. A wounded oil worker forms an unlikely and emotional relationship with a nurse based on his need to divulge the secrets of his past and break through her mysterious silence about her own identity. Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News calls it "remarkably compelling…one you won't soon forget."

Directed By: Isabel Coixet
Written By: Isabel Coixet
Produced By: Esther García
Executive Produced By: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, Jaume Roures
Director of Photography: Jean-Claude Larrieu
Editor: Irene Blecua
Production Designer: Pierre-Françoise Limbosch
Costume Designers: Tatiana Hernández
Cast: Tim Robbins, Sarah Polley, Julie Christie, Eddie Marsan, Javier Cámara, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Steven Mackintosh
Price: $29.98 SRP

David and Solomon: Real?

Could a Shard of Pottery, an Underground Tunnel, and the Ruins of an Illustrious Temple Be Proof Enough of King David and King Solomon’s Existence?

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 18, 2007) For centuries, archeologists have painstakingly pored over ruins and rubble for new evidence to further our understanding of biblical characters and their existence — from the never-ending quest for Noah’s ark to new insights from fresh discoveries like the Gospel of Judas. Linked within this ancient puzzle is a search for verification that two legendary kings of Israel — David and Solomon — actually existed. Many Jews, Christians and Muslims revere these kings, yet little has been found to scientifically verify their fascinating stories. Was there a young boy named David who slew a giant and later became the first king of Israel? Did his son Solomon build a legendary temple to house the Ark of the Covenant?

On Sunday, May 6, 2007, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) follows the intriguing trail of evidence through Israel, Egypt, Syria and Jordan in search of the legendary father and son who are the Lost Kings of the Bible. Journey deep into underground tunnels and through deserts and learn of the surprising discoveries — a shard of pottery, an underground tunnel, the ruins of an illustrious temple — that may provide tantalizing proof of the lives of King David and King Solomon. Could the legends of old indeed be based on actual people, places and events?

Few haven’t heard of the small boy on an ancient battlefield who legend says brought down Goliath with a slingshot. For scientists, it still remains a tall tale. Travel with Lost Kings of the Bible as it investigates the meaning behind a two-inch piece of baked clay dating back to the 10th century BCE with Philistine writing on it. The writing on the pottery translates as “Goliath,” and it could be that artifact that lends the story a historical foundation it never had before.

Then, go in search of the tunnel that David is said to have used to invade Jerusalem. Ronny Reich, professor of archaeology at the University of Haifa, may have found it — a long, deep tunnel that existed well before David was born. Lost Kings of the Bible also shares the single most important discovery in relation to David that gives him credence as the King of Israel: a stone inscription called the Tel Dan Stele, which was written by an enemy king who claimed that he had destroyed the “House of David.” This is the first time that David has been referenced in a non-biblical source. Is it proof enough that a King David of Israel did exist?

David’s son Solomon was not known for his famous battle exploits, but rather for his great wisdom, and for erecting a temple that housed the Ark of the Covenant. Lost Kings of the Bible hunts for evidence off his accomplishments, including this legendary first temple of Judaism, which is described as supremely ornate, filled with gold and other riches. A temple has been found, dating from the time of Solomon. Is it the Temple on the Mount that archeologists have been searching for? Its location is not where scholars expected to find it, but might it be linked to Solomon, along with other findings such as chariot horse stables and six-chambered gates?

Says John Monson, associate professor of archaeology at Wheaton College, “We are left with a very full biblical description of a glorious temple, but no physical temple to unearth in Jerusalem or even nearby.” Adds Eric Cline, archaeologist at George Washington University, “We have the Tel Dan Stele for David… we need an inscription for Solomon and we don’t have that yet.”

Concludes Cline, “The archeologists, the scientists are trying to ascertain exactly who [David and Solomon] were, when they were and how important they were … but for the faithful, that doesn’t really matter.”

Additional experts featured in Lost Kings of the Bible include Ted Brock, Egyptologist; Deborah Cantrell, horse culturalist, Eric Cline, associate professor of archaeology, George Washington University; Gila Cook, chief supervisor of Tel Dan Excavation; Israel Finkelstein, professor of archaeology, Tel Aviv University; Amihai Mazar, professor of archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and archaeologist Mohammad Najjar, among others.

Matt and Shiny
New from Stuart Weitzman

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Spring Denim Outlook: It's all about the trouser.
by Andrea Goodwin, associate editor

Thank God! As tempted as we were to strut around in super tight skinny jeans last fall, we just couldn’t justify it. We did it quite well in the eighties, and just couldn’t “go there” again. (Never fear “skinny” fans. You will still see them represented in spring lines.) BeansTalk feels that the new trouser trend can be thought of as the “anti-skinny” pant. They are great for anyone who likes a little movement in their pant, is tired of bootcut after bootcut, likes a higher waist, or who may have a few naughty bits around the mid-section.

Check out the introductions by two of our favorite designers:

Sullivan by Kasil

Wash: Midnight Rinse
Color: Raw rinse black
Body: Democracy Fit (trouser)
Lightweight and classic, the Sullivan Democracy trouser is the updated version of their best selling Madison style. This soft-denim wide-leg trouser is snug and fitted through the hips. They are finished with a subtle sheen and flattering flap back pocket design. This season the denims are washed darker in a midnight rinse with tailored pick stitch details. Some readers whose washboard abs are but a fleeting memory will appreciate the 8” rise that accentuates the waistline with understated ease.
MSRP: $213.00

Hyacinth by Fidelity
A wide knee 16” provides ease in the leg, boosting comfort while giving a bold, confident silhouette with a 20” sweep at the hem. The contoured waistband is key, allowing for a pant that conforms to the body as would a tailor-made trouser. Sits slightly above hips.
5-pocket Trouser
Single “F” Pocket
Front Rise: 8"
Back Rise: 13"
Retail: $180 -$190 US

Available at:Fred Segal Fun- Santa Monica, Bliss- Seattle, Samantha- Chicago, E ST denim- ChicagoRevolve Clothing online (Hyacinth Available June 15), Boogies Aspen

BeansTalk’s word to the wise: Some Do’s and Don’ts on wearing trouser pants.
Create balance. We have been seeing a lot of mod-inspired smocks and baby-doll tops that are quite full and billowy for spring. (Check out a.b.s. by Allen Schwartz) Save these tops for the skinny jeans. You can not pair up a wide top and wide trouser-legged jeans. You will look like a house. Do wear a tight message tee ( or a more fitted blouse or jacket.

For God’s sake, choose the right shoe. BeansTalk strongly suggests wearing at least a 3 inch PLATFORM wedge or pump for this look. Peep-toes – okay. The sculpted heel trend is fine too.

Keep these trousers hemmed long. They should skim the floor even with your heels. They can break a little at the instep of your foot. Keep this length in mind before alterations, so wash your denims before you take them. Make sure your tailor preserves the 11/2 inch to 2 inch hem detail. This is a key design element.

Raffaele Winner

We continue our love affair with mineral makeup. We found this kit at Sephora, where the entire line was half-off. We’re always looking for the perfect powder in brush and this, at half price, is about the price of one of these. This one is made of 100% cashmere-soft, cruelty free goat hair and also features these great little capsules that you can put on and off and store separately because they have screw on tops.

Flawless Skin Essentials Starter Kit

Because every great face begins with great looking skin, makeup artist Alison Raffaele has created The Flawless Skin Essentials Starter Kit. Perfect for today’s “woman-on-the go”, this kit combines two shades of Alison’s critically acclaimed True Concealer, two shades of her unique Mineral Powder and the appropriate “Travel Friendly” tools to apply them quickly and easily. Also included is a booklet containing Alison’s clear, easy-to-follow, expert advice on how to create a beautiful complexion like a pro.

Available in Light (Skintones 1 and 2), Medium (Skintones 3 and 4), and Dark (Skintones 5 and 6), The Flawless Skin Essentials Kit will perfect and even out your complexion while still letting your skin’s own natural beauty shine through. A must have.

Mineral Powder Refills: 3g each
True Concealer Mini's: 4g each

Price: $48.00

True Concealer is a lightweight liquid concealer that blends easily and provides natural-looking full coverage anywhere on the face or body.

Suitable for all skin types, this Mineral Oil and Fragrance Free formula is safe for use on both acne prone and sensitive skin, and its micronized pigments will not settle into fine lines. True Concealer also contains Vitamins A-C-E for their anti-oxidant properties, Aloe to calm and soothe the skin, and Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate the skin and encourage cell regeneration.

Available in 7 Skintones from very fair to deep, because of its opacity, it is best to choose a Skintone of True Concealer that most closely matches your present skintone and not to go one shade lighter. However, for very red blemishes you may go one shade deeper to help neutralize the excess redness.

To apply, use a concealer brush, a makeup sponge, or your fingers – whatever works best for you. Lastly, setting your True Concealer with a loose setting powder, such as Transparent Finish, will greatly extend its wear time.

6g NET WT. .21Oz

Our Mineral Powder offers a sheer, natural looking matte coverage that evens out the skintone and blurs minor imperfections. As it is suitable for all skin types and virtually weightless on the skin, Mineral Powder is the perfect alternative for those who do not like the feel of a heavy liquid foundation or powder. (For the most flawless look, True Concealer may be applied under your Mineral Powder to cover any blemishes, discolorations, and/or under eye circles.)

The Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in this exclusive formula naturally offer numerous skin care benefits: they help calm and soothe irritated skin, they help to balance out excess oil production, and they provide natural protection against UVA/UVB rays. Unlike many other mineral powders, Skin Alison Raffaele Mineral Powder does not contain Bismuth Oxychloride, which creates an unnaturally shiny finish and can be a potential allergen.

Mineral Powder is available in 7 Skintones, from very fair to deep, and is 100% Oil, Fragrance, Dye, and Talc Free. To apply, simply sweep on with a large powder brush, such as our Kabuki Powder Brush, or a velour powder puff. And for the most natural looking bronzer ever, just use a shade 2 skintones deeper than your natural skintone.

10g NET WT..35Oz

Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Oxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Walsh in Neil Lane

Kate Walsh sparkled in precious Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the “18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards” on April 14th in Los Angeles. Walsh complemented her new hair style and red dress with a pair of large Platinum and diamond stud earrings. She will be featured in the 3 May 2007 Grey’s Anatomy episode which will be an “enhanced” episode (translate: Spinoff). For more information on Platinum jewelry, please visit

Daniel Swarovski Bags at GLADD
The GLAAD Media Awards sparkled as actresses walked the red carpet with Daniel Swarovski handbags and jewelry:

Sara Ramirez Grey's Anatomy
The sultry starlet sparkled in their dazzling Cascade earrings and Beverly Hills clear crystal evening clutch.

Laurel Holloman The L Word
Laurel completed her evening ensemble with the elegant Allegro evening clutch.

Rachel Shelley The L Word
The raven-haired beauty chose a multi-colored crystal Reverbere to compliment her evening gown.

Joy Lauren Desperate Housewives
This young actress accented her cocktail look with the luxurious Arome handbag.

Maeve Quinlan South of Nowhere
This statuesque blonde selected a jet mesh crystal and leather Abstract evening bag to coordinate with her gown.

Image: Actress Sara Ramirez arrives at the 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Monday, April 16, 2007

"And, like, I saw these magazines, and they said I was pregnant, and like it's so true. Like, America, believe everything you read because like you're smart and I'm stupid. Like for real."

Brilliant Britney Spears captured on tape this weekend by

Marnie Rocks The Kid's Choice

Marnie Rocks at the 2007 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

Isn't the Naughty and Nice necklace (skull) cute? Our Chairman of the Board chose the green skull (these were created specifically for the Kid's Choice Awards!) and loved it loved it. Along with the celebrities listed below BeansTalk attending the Distinctive Assets Backstage Lounge where we met the folks from Marnie Rocks

Hilary Duff

Items Chosen: 3 white heart bracelets, blue skull on gold, turquoise disc on silver chain

Hillary loved Marnie's white turquoise heart bracelets. She put 3 of them on and wore them out. She also chose the blue naughty/nice necklace. When she first came to see Marnie, she recognized her designs, and said, "Hi, I already have some of your designs. I bought a great chain necklace with a green stone pendant that I love." Marnie told her that she thought she saw her sister, Hailey, wearing it in a magazine photo, and Hillary laughed and said, "Oh my gosh, me too, that is how I knew she stole it from me!" Marnie gave her a chain necklace with a turquoise disk to give Hailey. Hilary said, "I will give it to her for sure, and then maybe she will give me back my other Marnie Rocks necklace." They had a great time chatting and got great photos together.

Hayden Panetierre

Items Chosen: Add a Bead birth stone necklace, gold twisted Kane necklace, blue skull on gold chain, large gold hammered earrings, gold python clutch

Hayden and her mom had a great time with Marnie customizing birthstone necklaces. Her mom chose to have all 12 months on hers, so as to interchange them with various outfits, and Hayden chose to have the birthstones of her mom, dad, little brother, and boyfriend. She also chose one of Marnie's gold chains and wore it on air when interviewed for MSNBC about education. Marnie also showed her a gold python clutch that matched Hayden's outfit, which she LOVED, and said she would wear the python clutch all of the time and that she absolutely loved it. The clutches have not yet been debuted and Hayden is the only talent that was given a clutch. Her little brother chose a green naughty/nice necklace and sported it the rest of the evening, stating, "this is so pimp!" .

Paula Abdul

Items Chosen: Sophie earrings, white turquoise heart bracelets, green and blue skull necklaces, live your truth t-shirt, wood and green jasper earring, black pendant on gold chain, turq heart on gold chain.

Paula loved Marnie's designs. She spent a lot of time at the booth, and chose over 6 items to take with her. Spoke with Marnie quite a bit and told her to keep an eye on American Idle b/c she would for sure be wearing Marnie's jewelry on the show. Paula's stylist approached Marnie’s PR rep ahead of time and insisted on exchanging all information b/c she was certain Paula would love it all and would end up wanting more in the future. The stylist wanted to keep in touch so that she could use Marnie’s designs to style Paula in the future.

Justine Timberlake

Items Chosen: Birth stone necklaces, skull necklace, turquoise earrings.

They were thrilled to find "the perfect mother's day gift” for Justin’s mom. They chose Marnie's custom birthstone necklaces. Marnie originally designed these to keep her kids close to her heart. She wears one with all four birthstones of her children and thinks that every mom should have one! Marnie created one on the spot with Justin's birthstone, a garnet. The shopper and stylist said that he would be overseas on Mother's Day and were thrilled to have something she would love. They exchanged cards so they could use Marnie to shop for him in the future.

Necy Nash

Items Chosen: 14k gold filled turquoise disc necklace, Marnie rocks t-shirt, Captain of my soul t-shirt.

Absolutely loved Marnie, seemed she couldn't get enough of her. Kept referring to Marnie as "diva" and promised, very intently, that she would be wearing it on the red carpet, and that when she did she would have Marnie contacted so she could be sure to see. Necy really wanted Marnie to autograph the necklace. Unfortunately, the sharpie was lost, and Marnie was unable to autograph the necklace, to the disappointment of both Marnie and Necy.

Jamie Lynn Spears

Items Chosen: turquoise heart necklace, blue skull with gold chain

Jamie Lynn really liked Marnie’s designs. She spent time choosing and looking. Took great pics with Marnie and seemed really pleased with everything. Ended up having to go suddenly b/c dad phoned and wanted her back outside. She skipped other booths in order to meet him.

Randy Jackson

Items Chosen: blue skull on silver chain, Marnie rocks t-shirt, bone butterfly necklace.

Randy seemed to love Marnie. He absolutely loved the skull necklace. Chatted up Marnie quite a bit and joked around. He was very complimentary on her designs.

Matt Flynn of Maroon 5 (Lead Singer)

Items Chosen: turquoise heart necklace strung with turquoise beads, butterfly necklace, stationery, turquoise bracelet.

Matt chose the butterfly necklace for his daughter and the white turquoise heart necklace for his wife. He talked to Marnie about expecting his 2nd baby, and said they never find out the sex before the baby is born and loves to be surprised.


Items Chosen: white heart necklace strung with turquoise beads, three turq bracelets.

Nelly chose the white turquoise heart beaded with turquoise necklace and 3 turquoise bracelets for his 13 year old daughter, Chanel. He said, "this stuff Rocks" and came back a second time to visit with Marnie and Hayden Panetierre while they shopped together and gave them his opinion on what he thought would look good. Great pictures of Marnie, Hayden and Nelly shopping and chatting were taken. Nelly was very friendly and seemed to really like the whole Marnie rocks crew.
AJ and Allie

Items Chosen: skull necklaces and t-shirts

Started screaming, "oh my God, skulls, skulls! Oh how cool!" when they got to Marnie's table. The twins quickly chose the naughty and nice necklaces for themselves and even grabbed one for their mom. They said they loved everything on the table and that Marnie rocked. They also chatted with Marnie about a common spring favorite; the color yellow. Marnie was wearing a yellow Prada dress and AJ also choose a yellow dress for the event. Great pictures were taken of the three of them.

Aaron Carter

Items Chosen: blue skull on silver chain, white and turq heart necklaces, stationary, silver earrings

Aaron loved Marnie's naughty and nice necklaces. He put on the blue and the green for himself. Marnie helped him choose 2 turquoise heart and chain necklaces, a pack of MR stationary and a MR t-shirt for his girlfriend. He said that he could use some pointers on the girlfriend front and Marnie showed him how to wrap up the goodies he chose and advised him to use one of the stationary cards to write her a sweet note. He said, "Wow, You really do rock!" He gave Marnie a big hug and said he was going to wear his Marnie rocks necklace every day.

Glamour Campaign

We saw these at the Kid's Choice Awards at Distinctive Assets Backstage Lounge. We didn't sample them or get too close, but they look cute and creator Fred Naggar was very friendly.


Glamour Campaign was created by Owner and Designer Fred Naggar in early 2006

Naggar learned at a young age about fashion, fabric and stitching under the guidance of his uncle, tailor and owner of the locally renowned retailer Marc Laurent in Toronto, Canada

Prior to Glamour Campaign, Naggar and his brother, Alex established one of the top distribution companies in Canada today, A&F Apparel Canada

Upon launching, Glamour Campaign entered the top retail stores across the U.S. and sold out in a record seven days

Set the stage for the next hottest trends, meeting the style icon demand for something stylish, sexy and sophisticated

Glamour Campaign is highly devoted to consumers and focuses on the quality and fit of every piece

Glamour Campaign uses only the finest fabrics and accents including 100 percent silks, imported Italian wools and Swarovski crystals

Glamour Campaign is featured at:

Kitson Boutique, Los Angeles
Chloe Lane, Park City
Fred Segal, throughout California
Nordstrom Savvy, throughout the nation
Boogie’s Diner, Aspen
LuLu Couture, Miami
Holt Renfrew, Canada
TNT, Canada
Atrium, Canada
Electric Ladyland, Scottsdale

Interested? Glamour Campaign customers can visit S.A.M. Showroom
127 E. 9th St., Suite 407, Los Angeles, Calif. 90015
(213) 489-5265
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Glamour Campaign can be viewed online at

Stuart Weitzman's Sashay and Chitchat (They're calling them "Jungle Fever")...yummy animal print on pony fur. Spring 2007.

European Adventure Observations (Continued)

Dress Like a French Teenage Boy

Here's what the majority of (patently obnoxious) French teenage boys were wearing (on field trips in London and on the streets of Gay Paree): acid wash/dirty wash jeans and Phat Farm-style jackets.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Love London
Sweet Treats

Trust us: the food in England is not bad, despite that nasty stereotyping. On our last trip, in 1993 we had one bad meal, and it was at a restaurant that we have here: The Hard Rock Café (we had John Lennon’s alleged favorite, The Pig Sandwich; it was heinous).

We’re pleased we can say the same thing about this trip: save for one horrible (the first night, microwaved frozen fish and chips that cost $13) meal, we loved just about every meal and snack we ate.

By now, you know that BeansTalk was a bit felled by how expensive everything in London was (given the very deflated dollar). Luckily, a lovely foodstuff we discovered in the first days of our recent trip earlier this month was shockingly affordable: Mr. Kipling’s Cakes.

We bought our first Mr. Kipling (French Fancies; which were eight little petit fours) at the London equivalent of a 7-11. We assumed and put it into the category of a Hostess/Dolly Madison kind of thing. Ah, but we were wrong. The French Fancies, and the later discovered Mini Battenberg cakes were delightful, very good and the quality and freshness were surprisingly yummy.

The closest thing we can equate it to are the kind of treats you buy at Gelson’s Bakery or a fancy indie bakery. They’re like little princess cakes.

The Battenberg Cake (which apparently comes in a whole cake, too) is a checkered sponge cake (pink and white), with a thin layer of apricot jam and wrapped in an almond frosting. God, they are good.

Information can be found at, but here’s the good news. We found them available to those of us now across the pond, at several on-line sites, many British Food sites, but excitingly enough, at