Tuesday, July 31, 2007
BeansTalk's Summer Denim Report: Kasil Denim
Color – Ocean Storm
98% cotton 2% lycra
14% in the knee breaks to 18” at the leg opening
Welt pocket at the top of back waist
Manufacturer Style Number WPD244
Monday, July 30, 2007
The Bean on BeansTalk
The Bean works the upper and lower abs, the obliques, and the core all at the same time, working them faster, better and more effectively than any other device or machine on the market.
The rocking motion of The Bean allows you to automatically combine three exercises in one: a crunch, a pelvic tilt, and a leg raise. You are increasing the effects on both the upper and lower abs, and it's this rocking action that's doing all the work.
The Bean's Super Crunch makes your workouts more effective in less time. You get a crunch, pelvic tilt, and leg raise with one rocking action of The Bean.
5-in-1 Exercise Tool
The Bean is an all-in-one workout tool that will not only help strengthen your core and give you flat abs fast, but also offers a total body workout. It is so versatile that you can use your Bean with other fitness programs to enhance your workouts and get incredible results. Use it as a better way to do Yoga or Pilates - the floor is no longer an option, and The Bean will support your back and neck 100%, so you have no back pain
To order call 1 800 540 2879
Rubber Duck puts the Hip back into Snow Boots
The 2007 Winter Snowjoggers will be available at select retailers and online at http://www.rubberduckbrand.com/ this September. Rubber Duck shoes are available at Kitson, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Intuition, and more.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
So the Carpet Can Match the Drapes …..Or Be A Completely Different Color
As ole Nellie Forbush would sing, “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair” – and now you can add “down there.”
Introducing the first safe color specially formulated for the hair down there. Colors naturally, covers gray, and enhances to match your glorious locks above. Whether you're blonde (be a true blonde now!), radiant auburn, brunette, or black, our easy-to-use, no-drip formula gives you the perfect finishing touch.
From now on, when you highlight or color your hair, don't forget your betty color for the hair down there. www.bettybeauty.com
Tarte Gets Cheeky...
And BeansTalk Digs It
This water-based push up gel stick is perfect for all skin types. No skill required - just dab it on and go. Wear it over or under foundation, with or without powder blush - it lasts all day. There’s no oil, so it won’t clog your pores. Still not convinced? Tarte's been awarded “best blush” in InStyle, Cosmo & Self. www.tartecosmetics.com
BeansTalk loves to assume a new “personality” by trying new fragrances. We love the new longer lasting Crystal Renee Eau de Parfum. With fruit notes inspiring a playful youthfulness and florals to add sultry sensuality, this scent is very versatile. Less additives enable a longer lasting scent.
Fragrance designer, Christopher Chambers, shares these tips for perfume shopping:
Shop in the morning when your nose is fresh and less affected by pollutants, food and other smells.
1. Don't spritz into the air. You need to know what the perfume will smell like on you.
2. Don't try more than 3 or 4 fragrances at one time.
3. Allow dry down time. After you have had the perfume on for at least one hour you'll know what it really smells like.
4. Clear your nasal passages in between tests to bring your nose back to neutral. Sniff coffee beans or even your shirt.
Find Crystal Renee at http://www.shopallforwomen.com/
Thursday, July 26, 2007
For more information on rare Platinum jewelry, please visit http://www.preciousplatinum.com/.
Not sure what foundation shade to buy? Like BeansTalk, are you often hesitant to buy lipstick because colors online always look different they then are in person? Traveling and hate to bring full size products? BeansTalk has learned that you don’t have to waste your money or go through the hassle of returning products. At http://www.faceatelier.com/ consumers can purchase samples for just $1. All Foundations, Shimmers, Lipsticks, and Lip Glaze colors are available for the sampling program. BeansTalk gives kudos to this company for smart marketing that focuses on customer satisfaction.
To purchase FACE atelier visit http://www.faceatelier.com/
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Big "O" in Oversized
Lest you think we're suddenly promoting overnight bags, these purses (yes, purses) were featured on many of the runways. The above bag is a Chanel bag that allegedly costs $45,000. Yes, you read that right. Look for Vanessa (Mrs. Kobe) Bryant to have one. Or one of the Olsen Twins.
There was a time when free and fancy-footed gals toted around their Passport wherever they went. We believe the theory was, you never knew when someone was going to sweep you off to Paris (despite the exhorbitant airfares and no direct flights from LAX).
But the move to the biggest bag you could possibly design, short of a garment bag, in which you cart around your weeks' wardrobe....We find this new trend fascinating. It's likely to give much added coin to chiropractors and physical therapists. We predict carpal tunnel, tendonitis.
At least with this kind of purse, you can carry your full size hair spray, hair dryer, your Burberry coat (in case you get a chill), your Lulu Guiness umbrella (in case it rains), your ten-year-old son, as well as his best friends.
You get what we're saying, right? Big, in this case, in this trend, is better. For the time being. Or until your husband refuses to carry your "ridiculous" handbag anymore.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
For more information on rare Platinum jewelry, please visit http://www.preciousplatinum.com/.
BBC's New Sci-Fi Series Torchwood
From Russell T Davies, writer of the new Doctor Who series and Queer as Folk, comes Torchwood a new sci-fi series following the adventures of a team of investigators who use alien technology to solve crime. Torchwood premieres Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The team, led by Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman, Doctor Who, De-Lovely), uses scavenged alien technology to solve present day crime - both alien and human. They’re separate from the government, outside the police and beyond the United Nations. Torchwood sets its own rules, delving into the unknown and fighting the impossible.
Everyone who works for Torchwood is young, under 35. Some say that's because it's a new science. Others say it's because they die young.
Alongside charismatic Captain Jack is Gwen (Eve Myles). Initially an outsider, her first meeting with the team sparks a burning curiosity to get to the truth, throwing her into an unfamiliar but exciting world. Clear and instinctive, she understands people and is, at times, the group’s conscience. But can she completely separate herself from her normal life?
The rest of the team is made up of medic Owen Harper (Burn Gorman), young, hedonistic and utterly brilliant; reserved Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) who specializes in computers, surveillance and all things technical; the super-intelligent and intense Suzie Costello (Indira Varma) who has devoted her life to the strange alien artefacts under her control; and Ianto Jones (Gareth David Lloyd) who is far more important than his receptionist role suggests.
From an underground base built on a rift in time and space, the team respond to any alien threat – a meteorite crash landing, sightings of extra-terrestrial technology, an unusual autopsy report, the spread of a deadly alien virus.
BBC Video will release Torchwood: The Complete First Season to retail in the first quarter of 2008 on a seven-disc DVD set.
Young Hollywood on a Worthy Mission
Three hundred and fifty of Young Hollywood's finest gathered at the elegant Beverly Hills home of philanthropist Peter Kleidman for the Bright Pink Young Hollywood Benefit last Tuesday. The event was produced by In 2 It Media to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Guests enjoyed cocktails by Nuvo, the first sparkling pink vodka liqueur, and Hansens natural soda and Monster Energy Drink. Celebrity chef Christopher Brugler aka Challah King of Beverly Hills treated guests to a delicious menu of gourmet dishes that included seared tuna, sweet chili marinated chicken skewers and black mission fig crostini topped with red wine braised figs finished with crumbled goat cheese and honey. For dessert, Christopher dazzled guests with chocolate covered strawberries and S’mores made from his famous white chocolate challah, marshmallow and chocolate sauce.
Partygoers were able to Shop For a Cure and purchase beautiful pink diamond and gemstone jewelry from Ice.com and the brand new line of yoga wear and spa products from the Travertine Spa. The silent auction featured incredible items like a real life "Top Gun" experience featuring a 45 minute ride in a MIG Jet Fighter, a gift basket with the hottest pink electronics and accessories from NewEgg.com, luxury spa products and spa treatments from both Leaf & Rusher & Dermalogica, a LOVE necklace from eco-couture designer Annatarian and super chic handbags from Charlie Lapson. Guests enjoyed the amazing view and beautiful weather while chilling out in the rose colored LoveSacs on the deck and surrounded by lovely pink floral arrangements donated by Flowers by Vicki.
Palmistry expert Lisa Greenfield treated guests to complimentary readings, while partygoers danced to beats by Goldfingers. Lindsay Avner (pictured right), the founder of Bright Pink, (http://www.bebrightpink.org/) and her mother, breast cancer survivor Wendy Avner, shared their moving story with everyone which inspired guests to get involved with the foundation's mission of reaching women in their 20's & 30's. R&B artist Justyn Matthew performed a soulful set of songs off of his new album and came off tour with Jon B., Mint Condition and DeBarge to support the event.
On hand to support the event were actress Rachael Leigh Cook (pictured left)("The Final Season", "Nancy Drew"), MTV VJ & actress Susie Castillo, actor Alfonso Ribeiro ("Fresh Prince of Bel Air"), American Idol finalist and star of "The Bold & The Beautiful" Constantine Maroulis, NFL star Michael Braggs of the Kansas City Chiefs, NBA Stars Dijon Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers & Andre Patterson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Academy award nominated actress Sally Kirkland, actor Derek Phillips of "Friday Night Lights", Producer Michael Wasserman ("The Final Season") & DJ Spylce. Party guests took home Saskatoon Berry pies and Ice.com gift bags complete with cool products from Monarchy, Simply Organics, Dermalogica, Leaf & Rusher, Dr. Tatoff, NUVO & a very special Bright Pink "Very Into Pink" custom T-shirt designed by Solid Threads.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Is it a dress? Is it a top? A tunic? A shift? This season the definitions are more blurred than ever. Nu Collective embraces this trend and offers the customer the shift dress that takes versatility to the next level. It all comes down to length. A shift dress at 34" from center back offers the most options. This length is wearable on most body types, short and fun, but not too risky. The trend setter can wear it alone with the right heels and accessories for the perfect evening look. Layer a jacket or sweater over it and it is ready for the office. She can wear the same dress during the day w/ flats for a more casual look.
Over skinny jeans or leggings, the same shift can take on a whole new look. To create even more possibilities, add a belt, or layer with a tank or tee.
To take the look into fall, the same dress can be worn with tights and boots. The fall runways also featured this look layered with turtlenecks. Designer Mark Anthony Phillips adds, "The versatility factor makes the Nu Collective shift the must have item of the season."
(or to the Women who shop for them…)
Clear off his counter top and make room for some quality products. SeaOra's men's products were formulated just for men so your guy doesn't have to feel girly using a moisturizer.
Help him combat fine lines and wrinkles with SeaOra's Firming Anti-Aging Cream for Men. Lightly scented and enriched with essential Dead Sea minerals and Ginseng, this cream also contains all-natural Aloe Vera extract and Almond Oil. Silicon and Vitamin A improve skin's firmness and elasticity. You will love the way SeaOra's cream leaves your guy's face feeling. The cream should be applied to the face and neck in a circular motion in the morning and the evening. Apply it for him and see where that leads... Retail $29.99
Friday, July 20, 2007
True’s eye shadows are pigment rich and finely milled pigments in four distinct and desirable textures— natural, matte, shimmer and expressive. The palette ranges from elegant neutrals to modern expression. The new eye shadow shades are: Rosewood, African Violet, Wenge, Phalaenopsis, and Jasper. What we love about them is the possibility of combining one, two or three shades at a time. We recommend, for example, applying Rosewood to the entire lid, and accenting the crease line with the darker Wenge. As always, applying the very light Phalaenopsis near the brow will open your eyes up. (Who needs the plastic surgeon?) Retail $18.00
True’s powder blushes in Tender Pink and Soft Plum are designed to capture the natural blush of youthful healthy skin. Alas, this staffer’s eight-year-old daughter has the prettiest example! The cream blushes create the sheer illusion of a natural glow from within. BeansTalk loves to carry a cream blush in our purse as we often haven’t the room for various brushes in our bag. Castor seed oil comforts delicate skin while Vitamin E has antioxidant ability to condition and protect skin. Each blush can be worn alone or together for increased wear ability. Retail $20.00
For the powder blush devotee: “inspired by the evocation of emotions” powder blushes - Blissful and Rapturous. Retail $18
And we must mention the pure lip color Empress. True Pure Lip Colors are rich, creamy, full-coverage shades with moisturizing, protective and line-reduction benefits to lips. Vitamin A and Caffeine stimulate circulation to increase fullness and decrease fine lines while exotic orchid extract complex protects with super antioxidant powers.
Alphonse Wiebelt, Co-Founder of True and creator of the new colors stated, “committed to growing the brand to capture an even wider audience, we created shades to compliment our existing pallet that will adapt to the ever evolving trends.”
The new colors will be available September 15th at all participating True locations.
True unites luxury well-being and dermatological efficacy in performance skin care, cosmetics and professional treatments. The targeted skin care line is sold in six collections addressing specific and changing skin care needs, completed with the essential daily products. The entire brand consists of 205 skus and product categories that include skin care, professional and cosmetics. Prices range from $12 - $120. True is sold exclusively through high-end salon and spas and is currently available in over 400 doors including Nob Hill Spa in San Francisco, Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Marriot Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Hotel ZaZa in Dallas, and Valley Ho in Scottsdale.
As this BeansTalk staffer doesn’t drink, we often look for other means of relaxation at the end of the day. There’s nothing like enjoying a soothing bath as your cares melt away with the flicker of an aromatic candle. There must be something intoxicating about the summery White Peach candle from er’go ($18.00, from their Library Collection). We think it goes straight to the relaxation centers of the brain.
er'go, pronounced 'air-go' was founded in 1999 with the idea of introducing a new candle concept to the world: the marriage of premium fragrance together with natural Soy wax; thus, establishing er'go as the original premium fragrance soy candle. Little did they know at the time, that the soy phenomenon was about to change the candle industry forever. Soy waxes are now becoming common in the marketplace, with er'go strongly established as a pioneer in this new industry.
er’go designs their fragrance blends in-house using only the finest in perfume and essential oils... with no petroleum fillers or dilution oils. This gives a solid fragrance blend that is very clean and pure for your senses. Their blends are extremely intricate, often with fragrance notes 30 to over 100 deep, equal to that of a fine perfume.
er’go chooses to use a 100% natural, all vegetable Soy wax, made from soybeans farmed in the USA. er'go Soy wax is so pure that it could be eaten. Basically, it is a solid form of soybean oil made without any petroleum by-products or color dyes. What this means to you is a clean burning candle with very little soot.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
BeansTalk’s Beauty Memo to Amy Winehouse Fans
Hey, we are big fans of the rehab-refusing Ms Amy Winehouse. Who can deny that she has an original soulful voice, and an even more original look? Yet, as beauty professionals we could not resist the opportunity to comment on her beauty do’s and don’ts. For starters, she has gorgeous glowing skin, and seems to choose the right foundation make-up to keep her face fresh-looking; however, this is where her correct instincts end. We offer our tips on how she or any of her fans can refine her exaggerated 60’s look without looking too out-of-bounds.
Eyes. We have to start with the eyes. For God’s sake, the bat-wing eyeliner is – to say the least – alarming. At BeansTalk, we love dramatic eyeliner, and feel that it is absolutely a fashion “do” to go ahead and wear a color that is one or even two shades darker than your hair color, as long as it makes sense with your over all make-up look and the occasion as well.
To achieve the Winehouse drama for evening without looking like you are ready to go trick-or-treating try using a high quality eyeliner like the Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Eyeliner in Onyx. This easy-to-use mechanical pencil delivers a super precise line without the drip or mess of a liquid. Start on the inner lashline of the lid and make a fine line from corner to corner on both upper and lower lids. A second line may be added to the upper lid outside of the lash line to mimic the effect of a false eyelash. If you are adventurous, branch out into different liner shades. Elizabeth Arden makes a beautiful gunmetal shade which we find beautiful and your date will find intriguing.
We feel that Penelope Cruz got it right.
The picture at left is of her arrival at the 2007 Golden Globes.
At BeansTalk we feel that Ms. Cruz' super pumped up lash can be created with our favorite Big Tease Mascara from Bare Escentuals. This little gem of a mascara has a dual brush with short and long bristles. To get maximum lash coverage, move the wand from left to right, left to right, jiggling it back and forth through the lashes as you wand it on. You will get better coverage and results.
Amy Winehouse is apparently a big fan of pink lipstick. If you have seen any of her public appearances, she often coordinates this with her pink eye shadow shade. We must scold her for this. While we feel that pink is a very sweet color for our eight-year-old daughter, we recommend that Ms.Winehouse try to stay away from the pastel pinks she prefers and opt for more nude pinks or natural pinks. Again, we suggest that fans try the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick in the Bare or Blush shades. These creamy lipsticks are a bit more adult and will not compete with the dramatic eye make up for attention. Our favorite aspect of this lip color is the ceramide plumping effect. Ceramide will give you the Winehouse pout and full lip which is really part of the singer’s signature mystique. Again, refer to Ms. Cruz’ nude lip color – sophisticated, subtle, a balance to the whole face.
Last, we recommend topping and coordinating the Bare or Blush lipstick shades with Elizabeth Arden’s Lip Definer in Grapevine or Natural. The Elizabeth Arden Lip Definer is an automatic self-sharpening lip pencil, which allows precision during application. The long-wearing creamy and waterproof formula offers consistent, glide-on application and maintains a crisp long-lasting line. We recommend applying the liner after the lip color, as you will avoid the tell-tale line should your lip color wear off first.
New Color Intrigue Eyeliner
• Lustrous, color-intense
• Enriched with vitamins A, C and E.
• Smooth, creamy texture; glides on evenly for a dramatic look
• Smudge resistant; water resistant; oil free
• Comfortable, long wearing, lasts all day
• Retractable; sharpens to a fine point with its own built-in sharpener
• 6 pearlized shades
Onyx, Pewter, Sage, Umber, Bronze, Fawn
.01 oz. $16.00
It’s lip plumping, voluptuous, color rich and long lasting. Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick takes lips into a high volume new dimension.
Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick glides on to deliver lush, full coverage color that feels velvety smooth and has remarkable staying power. “Women are going to back to wanting fuller, more voluptuous lips and Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick delivers just that,” explains Elizabeth Park, Executive Vice President Global Marketing and General Manager Elizabeth Arden US. “Its rich, creamy formula gives every woman the perfect pout!”
Mady Flynn, Director of Color Research and Development at Elizabeth Arden explains, “Achieving both moisturizing, intense color and long wear is the gold standard in a lipstick. This formula combines lip plumping and moisturizing benefits in a gel structure that releases a lot of color. And it has an incredibly light, soft touch on the lips when you apply it.”
The Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick line introduces a new global shade range that includes both cream and shimmery colors. Whether it’s a soft, sun-infused coral a luscious pink or a full-throttle red, every shade is voluptuous, rich and memorable.
Available in: Brick, Currant, Ginger, Spice, Praline, Cinnamon, Clove, Blush, Petal, Rose, Fig, Cassis, and Bare
12 oz./3.5 g 21.50
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Derek Alpert, President of Los Angeles-based Concern Foundation for Cancer Research, announced Monday that over $1.5 million, including $100,000 from the silent and live auction, was raised to support the work of young cancer researchers at the Concern Block Party held Saturday, July 14 at Paramount Studios. The money from this year pays for the salaries of 48 promising cancer researchers who otherwise would not be able to continue their work in this valuable field. This BeansTalk staffer, a six-year cancer survivor, had the great pleasure of attending this event and had a great time. Read on.
The evening featured food from over 56 LA area restaurants including La Provence, The Grill on the Alley, Lawry’s Prime Rib, Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs, El Cholo, Blue Velvet, Chaya Brasserie and Fogo de Chao. Upon entering, BeansTalk and family literally went into a food frenzy, sampling ribs and tostadas and crepes and topping it off with chocolate espresso cookies! To the delight of BeansTalk’s husband beverages and libations freely flowed courtesy of Reed’s Ginger Brew Products, Stockholm Krystal Vodka and El Charro Tequila. (He was feeling no pain!) The evening’s entertainment included Casino Style Gaming sponsored by Pechanga Casino, where we were quite lucky and won many raffle tickets, the Chinatown Acrobatic Group, Spa treatments sponsored by Paola Kirei Spa. There were three stages of dynamic live entertainment provided by the Tom Nolan Band, Party Layne DJ (where BeansTalk got our groove on!) and the Fresh Green Jazz Band. Psychic and Tarot Card readings drew hundreds of visitors to their booths.
BeansTalk got a real kick out of George Hamilton, who took the stage as co-auctioneer for the spirited live auction. His appearance even resonated with the kids who were charmed by his dancing talents on last season’s Dancing With the Stars. (You go, George!) Hamilton entertained the crowd with his humor, buying some auction items for himself and even including dinner with him as part of some packages. Other celebrities on hand included Fred Willard and James Cahn.
This year’s notable success would not have been possible without the generous support of the Concern Foundation annual donors and friends of this Concern’s honoree, Gene Rosenfeld, himself a Cancer survivor who helped raise an additional $300,000. Adding to the bottom line was support from the following corporate sponsors: American Airlines, Ahmanson Foundation, Cadillac, Los Angeles Magazine, Wells Fargo Bank, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Sara Lee, Jem Sportswear. The theme for this years event “Exploring Ancient Lands and Hidden Treasures, was created by the ingenious John Ferdenzi of John Ben Ventures, Classic Party Rentals, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and Hold the Date Events. JEM Sportswear donated Souvenir T-shirts, which were handed out to all of the guests. Guests also received advance copies of Los Angeles Magazine’s August “Best of LA” issue.
For more information about the Concern Foundation, please visit the website at http://www.concernfoundation.org/ or call 323.852.9844.
“In-Between Seasons Boot”
LA-based shoe line Rubber Duck is putting a laid-back, left-coast look on the classic, flat boot for Fall 2007. Strut into the crisp season with the espadrille-styled, canvas-covered, rope-bottom, Los Drillos “California Autumn Boot.”
Rubber Duck designer Eik Braun Ottosen specially created his flat boot collection to cater to the in-between, almost-Fall season—when we give our worn-out summer flip-flops the “boot,” but can’t quite kick-off the fall season (just yet) with the usual leather or suede. Comfortably step, pivot, and fashionably set foot into Fall with a colorful pair of the Rubber Duck Los Drillos flat boot.
Just call it the “No Rain, Rain Boot” and choose from cherry red, dark denim, pool water green, eggplant/brown, or black for $60.00. Pulled-up tight with a killer pair of skinnies or push-down low for a slouchy-look with leggings, the Rubber Duck Los Drillos boots makes the transition from summer to fall as easy-going as a California native.
Rubber Duck shoes are available at Kitson, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and online at www.rubberduckbrand.com with showrooms in both Los Angeles and New York. The famous feet of Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Duff, and Liv Tyler all sport Rubber Duck.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The brainchild of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, The One, combines contemporary luxury with passionate Mediterranean tradition and an aura of lust… creating a fragrance that embodies class, seduction and opulence.
Gisele Bϋndchen has been signed on as the newest face for Dolce & Gabbana's captivating new fragrance The One.
This timeless scent, launching exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City prior to her Fall launch, is a warm, oriental floral blend of bergamot, lychee, peach, Madonna lily, jasmine and plum. Created for the ultimate diva, The One is tempting, modern and glamorous, embracing a touch of classicism and elegance.
The One is available in a collection of fragrance and bath products, with retail prices ranging from $35-$82. Available nationwide in Fall 2007 at Dolce & Gabbana boutiques and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Taboo (Not The Failed Broadway Play)
On National Geographic
New Season Explores the Traditions and Rationales Behind a Mosaic of Human Lifestyles and Values — From Painful Initiations to Extreme Body Modification
“If I don’t keep my culture, who will?” — 10-year-old Muko
(Note: BeansTalk loves this channel -- and this is a great show)
Can you imagine a place where your gender was chosen for you after you were born? What drives someone to insert stainless steel fishing hooks into another person’s back so they can hang from the ceiling by their flesh? How is the practice of thrusting hands into gloves filled with stinging giant bullet ants — and enduring the pain over and over — acceptable within a culture? In some societies around the world, practices like these reflect deeply held traditional beliefs or deliberate lifestyle choices. But to others outside the culture, they may seem grotesque, dangerous or…Taboo.
National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) popular Taboo series returns for a new season, taking viewers on a high-definition journey beyond their comfort zones and across cultural borders to explore rituals and customs that are acceptable in some cultures but forbidden, illegal or reviled in others. A special sneak preview airs Sunday, August 5, 2007, at 9 p.m. ET/PT before the series moves to its regular night and time of Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Crossing the boundary between modern practices and ancient beliefs, the series showcases a mosaic of human lifestyles and values.
Each hour-long episode examines one issue from a variety of perspectives, often venturing into closed worlds rarely seen. This season of Taboo travels to six continents and 19 countries — covering over 100,000 miles — and features 25 indigenous cultures.
Hear from some of the world’s most renowned and respected anthropologists and sociologists, who examine a diverse range of cultures. Explore rites of passage, unique lifestyle choices, body modification, gender decisions, nudity and spiritual quests that test the limits of the human body.
“We do quite drastic things in our own culture if you think about it. Plastic surgery is a serious operation and we alter our appearance profoundly — we put holes in our ears, we tattoo our skin, but we find it very odd when other cultures do similarly drastic things that we don’t happen to do,” says Dr. Carolyn Marvin of the University of Pennsylvania.
World premiere episodes include:
Taboo: Initiation Rituals
Sunday, August 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (World Premiere) — Special Sneak Preview
Delve into the rituals that mark the passage from one phase of life to another — where pain is the price of acceptance and failure means a loss of pride and sometimes even a loss of life. NGC takes viewers to Australia, where members of an urban subculture are pierced through their skin with giant stainless steel fishing hooks and hang suspended from the ceiling. Then, deep in the Amazon jungle of Brazil, teenage boys thrust their hands inside specially woven gloves filled with hundreds of giant stinging bullet ants. And they repeat the excruciating ritual 19 more times in order to become men. Finally, in Papua New Guinea, see how boys endure swallowing about 24 inches of raw cane down their throat to the pit of their stomach so they can symbolically die as boys and be reborn as men.
Taboo: Skin Deep
Sunday, August 5, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (World Premiere) — Special Sneak Preview
NGC travels the world to cultures where scarification — modifying the body by cutting into the skin — is not only a thing of beauty, it’s a mark of family history or entry into manhood. Go to Papua New Guinea for one of the most painful initiations known to mankind, where tribesmen slice teenage boys’ chests, backs, arms, legs and buttocks up to a thousand times to create scars that will look like the hide of a crocodile. In New Zealand, watch how some women embrace their Maori heritage by permanently marking their chins and lips with the traditional Maori Ta Moko tattoo. Then, travel to southern Ethiopia, where the Karo tribe believe in an omen called Mingi, a concept that explains to them why things go wrong. Mingi can come in the form of a child with a physical anomaly, such as a cleft lip, and their belief is so strong that they will leave the child to die to correct the apparent wrong.
Taboo: Sexual Identity
Wednesday, August 8, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (World Premiere) — Regular Night and Time
How far will people go to change their looks — and their life — to become the person of their dreams? In America, enter the transgender community, where some men and women undergo surgery and inject hormones to become the sex they believe they truly are. Experts including transgender artist Loren Cameron provide insight into the practice. In Thailand, venture into the world of an estimated 170,000 men who act and live as women, often as entertainers. Although tolerance prevails in this Buddhist country, members of this so-called third sex called katoey often face powerful prejudice. But in the Muay Thai ring, the country’s most famous katoey once competed in this ultra-violent sport; now, she helps other katoey gain success and acceptance through it. And the tiny nation of Samoa, families sometimes raise biologically male children as girls. Known locally as fa’afafini, these boys, some of whom decide on their own to identify as females, dress and act with feminine characteristics.
Taboo: Signs of Identity
Wednesday, August 15, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (World Premiere)
Marks of identity are not always about the artwork. In southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, young unmarried women of the Hamar tribe are voluntarily beaten in conjunction with a male relative’s rite of passage into manhood. The women suffer through a brutal flogging in the boy’s name to proudly demonstrate their support of their kin as he takes part in an initiation called the bullah. The beating is a badge of honor for the women, who bear their scars with pride. In Canada, members of an extreme subculture scar their bodies with scorching-hot metal. For some “branders,” it is a test of endurance and courage, while for others it’s a painful but unique form of art. Then, the Japanese equivalent of the mafia draw attention to their criminal lifestyle by a spectacular full-body tattoo, known as horimono.
Taboo: Proving Ground
Wednesday, August 22, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (World Premiere)
How do men prove their manhood? Often, by enduring pain. Get a pass into an American Fight Club, where successful, educated males engage in physical combat to test their manhood, using anything to attack — wooden knives, soda cans, sticks, even soap-on-a-rope. On the remote Indonesian island of Sumba, hundreds of men take part in a time-honored event known as the Pasola. Facing off in two teams on horseback, they charge toward each other hurling spears, all trying to land a blow or knock a rider down. In remote northern Benin, young men of the Fulani tribe must whip an opponent twice during a large public demonstration, then survive two savage blows themselves. This ritual test of endurance is won when a young man does not flinch, but laughs in his opponent's face.
Taboo: Body Modification
Wednesday, August 29, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (World Premiere)
Why would people choose to radically reshape their bodies? Go to the Thai-Burmese border, where women wear heavy brass rings that push down on their collarbones, giving the appearance of elongated necks. For these so-called “long-necks,” an extra-long neck is a sign of beauty. Some have coils long enough to form 25 concentric rings — over 12 inches high. In the West African state of Cameroon, an estimated one in four girls undergo a practice known as breast ironing. Here, a close family member uses a heated household tool, such as a wooden ladle, to push and pound the chest in an attempt to flatten a young girl’s breasts. Then, in American cities such as Miami, see how some men — for vanity’s sake — are augmenting their bodies by surgically implanting silicone pectorals, biceps, triceps and buttocks.
Wednesday, September 5, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (World Premiere)
For some, shedding clothes is an act of expression, of liberation, even a means of worship. In Sydney, Australia, Wiccan witches perform rituals in the nude, or “skyclad,” to express their truest form and bring themselves closer to the natural world. In America, some devout Christians worship together naked in the name of the Lord. Then, watch a centuries-old chaotic event called the Hadaka Matsuri: “The Festival of the Naked Man” in central Japan. Each year one man is chosen to be the “Spirit Man.” He is shaven, stripped naked and must walk from one end of a street to the shrine at the other end. Along the way thousands of seminaked men struggle to touch his bare body for luck.
Other Taboo topics explored this season include trials of faith, extreme performers, mating, pets, gross food and jobs.
Taboo is produced by Beyond Entertainment Limited for the National Geographic Channel. For Beyond Entertainment Limited, executive producers are John Luscombe and Ben Ulm. For the National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of production is Juliet Blake and senior vice president of special programming is Michael Cascio.
For more information, please visit www.ngctaboo.com
Monday, July 16, 2007
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Give your skin a daily does of mother nature’s finest with cream cleanser (MSRP: $36.95 ), a gentle face wash infused with chamomile, aloe, sweet almond oil, clary sage and lavender; toning reviver(MSRP: $36.95 ), a misty spray that has astringent and stimulating properties of witch hazel, mistletoe, balm mint, hops extract, matricaria and yarrow root, and daily facial moisture (MSRP: $36.95), a hydrating lotion with comfrey extract, aloe vera, sesame oil and calendula oil. Try all 3 in a travel size friendly facial care pack (MSRP: $31.95)
Both men and women will linger through their daily beauty and grooming routines, with gender-friendly packaging and fragrances. Recommended for all skin types, the herbalist collection will bring you back to the basics of life’s natural pleasures.
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Friday, July 13, 2007
BBC Remembers Diana
Ten years after, fans still mourn. BBC America offers Diana-themed programming:
The Week Diana Died — U.S. Premiere
Made by an outstanding team of BAFTA-winning filmmakers for the 10th anniversary of her death, this documentary follows the twists and turns of that extraordinary week, featuring insider testimony from the Palace, the government, and close friends and associates — some speaking out for the first time. Using previously unseen footage and making full use of the BBC’s unique archive, Diana’s poignant story is pieced together. The landmark film goes beyond Diana's death to look at her life and legacy, following her footsteps back in time to meet people all over the world whose lives were changed by their encounter with the people’s princess. What was Diana’s secret, and where did the fairytale go so wrong?
The Week Diana Died premieres Sunday, August 26, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
On the 10th anniversary of her death, BBC AMERICA takes a three-part look at the remarkable life of Princess Diana. First, tune in for Diana’s Legacy, and learn about the impact she continues to have on the British public to this day. Following that, don’t miss Prince William and Prince Harry, a special that takes a look at Diana’s two children and the role she played in making them who they are today. Finally, The Royal Jewels takes a look at just how glamorous Princess Diana truly was.
Diana, Remembered begins Sunday, August 26, 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Hotel Babylon from BBC America
Tamzin Outhwaite (Red Cap) and Max Beesley (Bodies) star in Hotel Babylon, a glossy, seductive drama set in a decadent five-star hotel. Inspired by Imogen Edwards-Jones' expose, Hotel Babylon takes viewers to a world where money not only talks, but can buy customers just about anything they desire. The narrator, Deputy Manager Charlie (Beesley), serves as guide to the frenetic, non-stop world of the staff, as he tries his best to please the hotel's driven and ambitious General Manager, Rebecca (Outhwaite).
Hotel Babylon premieres Wednesday, August 8, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.