Monday, August 18, 2008

Famous Flips

We're not being flip, just interested in famous Filipinos. Just because. Here’s a list of celebs, the famous and the high-profile who boast a Filipino heritage. Some may surprise you. We don’t claim that this is the most comprehensive list of famous folk of Filipino descent, but we dare you to find a better one (as of the date of this posting, of course)

Lynda Barry -- writer, one-quarter Filipina
Veronica De La Cruz – CNN News Anchor
Kristine Johnson -- anchor, WCBS-TV half Filipina
Cristeta Comerford -- White House Executive Chef
Allen Evangelista -- actor, "The Secret Life of The American Teenager" (Henry Miller)
Caterina Fake – Cofounder,, acquired by Yahoo! Inc. half Filipina
Josie Natori – founder, The Natori Company
Alley Baggett -- Playboy model and WWF
Tia Carrere – actress
Phoebe Cates – actress; mother is Filipina
Emy Coligado Piama -- actress; Malcolm in the Middle, Crossing Jordan
Vanessa Hudgens
Dean Devlin – screenwriter/producer Independence Day, Godzilla and Stargate, occasional actor; mother Filipina
Rob Schneider -- actor, mother is Filipina
Tessa Keller -- reality performer; Laguna Beach
Kevin Kleinberg –actor, Power Rangers; mother is Filipina
Sharon Leal – Guiding Light, Rent, Dreamgirls; mother is Filipina
Cris Judd -- choreographer, former Mr. Jennifer Lopez
Alex Mapa -- actor, comedian “Half & Half,” Ugly Betty
Madison Michele -- TV Host; mother is Filipina
Pia Manalo – actress; Min on “Barney”
Vanessa Minillo -- companion of Nick Lachey (aka former Mr. Jessica Simpson)
Irene Molloy – actress, mother is Filipina; “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” (Wendy), “Grosse Point” (Becky)
Elena Murzullo – actress, Canadian; “L-Word” (Anna)
Nia Peeples
Lou Diamond Phillips
Melissa Reyes – Pussycat Dolls
Lourdes Benedicto – actress; Crazy for You
Christina Chang – actress; CSI: Miami; mother is Filipina-Chinese
Kira Clavell-- actress
Victoria Principal -- actress; mother is Filipina
Shannen Sossamon -- actress; mother is of Filipino descent
Cassie Steele – actress, Canadian; mother is Filipina; “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Instant Star”
Tamlyn Tomita -- actress; mother is half-Filipino, half-Japanese
Leeann Tweeden – mother is Filipina
Leslie Usi – actress, “One Life to Live,” “Suite Life of Zack and Cody”
Cassie Ventura – actress; Step Up 2: The Streets (Sophie)
Jade Villalon – model, actress; father Filipino “Final Fantasy: X2”
Vanessa Viola – dancer/actress, “Smith,” “General Hospital”
Herve Villachaize -- late little-person actor ("da plane!) was of Filipino descent
Elizabeth Wubishet – actress; mother Filipina, father Ethiopian
Brandon Baker -- actor, Johnny Tsunami; mother is Filipino
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle – actress; Ashley from Hannah Montana
Cheryl Burke –Dancing with the Stars; mother is Filipina
Mark Dacascos -- The Crow, Iron Chef America; father is Filipino
Allan Pineda a.k.a. –of The Black Eyed Peas; African American father, Filipina mother
Kirk Hammett -- Metallica lead guitarist; Filipina mother
Arnel Pineda -- current lead singer of Journey
Nicole Scherzinger – lead singer Pussycat Dolls
Joey Santiago – lead guitarist of the Pixies, The Martinis
Kara Crane – actress, Minuteman
Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys -- mother is Filipina, father is Ashkenazi Jewish
Monique Lhuillier – Fashion Designer, from Cebu, Philippines
Tracy Douglas – actress, Mortal Kombat
Leilani Dowding – Miss Great Britain 1998, half Filipino
Rachel Grant – actress; body double for Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Croft
Rebecca Grant – actress, sister of the above; their mother is Filipina; their father is a baron; their great grandmother was first cousin to the Queen Mother and grew up with her at Glamis Castle in Scotland
Emm Gryner – actress, Canadian
Kelly Hu – acress, of Filipino/Hawaiian/Chinese descent
Natalie Jackson Mendoza – actress, singer, Australian; Hotel Babylon, Beastmaster
Rhoda Jordan – actress, half African American, half Filipina
Traycee King – acttess, mother Filipina
Liza Lapira – actress, “NCIS,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Huff”
Mallory Low – actress, “Lincoln Heights,” “Dance Revolution”
Ernie Reyes Jr. – actor, Teenage Ninja Turtles
Samantha Esteban – actress, Saved by the Bell: The New Class
Barbara Luna – actress
Claudia Malkovich – actress, British; mother Filipino; “Cracker”
Camille Mana – actress, “One on One”
Pedro Flores -- inventor, Father of the Modern American Yo-Yo (1926)
Victoria Manalo Draves -- 1st Woman in Olympic History to Win 2 Gold Medals in Diving (London Olympics, 1948) on the U.S. Olympic Team
Bobby Balcena -- Major League Baseball Player -- Cincinnati Reds (Redlegs) in 1956
Tai Babilonia – Olympic figure skater; African American mother; Filipino and Hopi-Indian father)
Elizabeth Punsalan – U.S. Olympic figure skater
Natalie Coughlin – Olympic swimmer, gold medalist; mother is Filipina)
Victoria Recaño -- correspondent The Insider, Inside Edition; father Filipino
Natassia Malthe -- model, dancer, actress "Fallen"; mother Filipina
Reggie Lee – actor Pirates of Carribean, Fast & Furious, Prison Break
Liza Lapira – actor; 21, Huff, NCIS
Lalaine – actress/singer, Lizzie Maguire; busted for meth in 2007
Michael Copon – actor, One Tree Hill; father Filipino
Danny Barcelona -- drummer, Louis Armstrong's All-Stars band, 1958 until Satchmo died 1971
Joe Bataan -- King of Latin R&B, his discography, "most famous Afro-Filipino in East Harlem"
Billy Hinsche -- of Dino, Desi & Billy, now Ricci, Desi & Billy, & Beach Boys
Joseph "Flip" Nunez -- (1931-1995) -- jazz pianist-vocalist-composer
Larry Ramos -- singer New Christy Minstrels, then with The Association - audio of Cherish, Windy
Rocky Fellers -- Dinah Shore, 1960; Killer Joe #16 Billboard’s Top 100, 1963; Great Big World
Roman Gabriel Jr. – football player
Malia Jones – model, surfer
Enrique Iglesias – singer; mother Isabel Preysler is Filipina journalist/socialite
Gerald Anderson – actor; mother is Filipina
Billy Crawford – actor
Anthony Quinn – actor; part Filipino
Anna Zelinski – actress, mother Filipina, father Polish; “Vanished”

Beauty Queens

* Angela Perez Baraquio- Miss America 2001
* Gemma Cruz Araneta - Miss International 1964
* Gloria Diaz - Miss Universe 1969
* Raquel Gibson - Playmate of the Month November 2005
* Ruffa Gutierrez- 2nd princess Miss World
* Aurora Pijuan - Miss International 1970
* Margarita Moran - Miss Universe 1973
* Melanie Marquez - Miss International 1979
* Evangeline Pascual - 1st runner up Miss World 1973
* Pilar Pilapil* Miss Philippines
* Precious Lara Quigaman - Miss International 2005
* Miriam Quiambao - 1st runner up Miss Universe 1999

Images: Nathalie Coughlin, Phoebe Cates (with husband, actor Kevin Kline)

Why Wear Your Baby?

Let’s face it, a baby is extra weight and there certainly is no perfect way to carry that extra weight. Back in the day, we had what was the hottest carrier, a Baby Bjorn.

Nowadays, mums have plenty of options, including SlingEZee. SlingEZee, say the company reps, prioritizes the comfort and safety of parent and child, how to properly wear any type of sling.

Mark and Rebecca Miller offer their tips and suggestions of how to properly wear a baby.

The SlingEZee owners saw slings being worn improperly. From sizing issues to incorrect placement, they saw mothers and fathers struggle with their slings in the streets, in photos online, and even in magazine articles that are promoting comfortable baby wearing. The Millers understand baby wearing takes time and practice. They aspire to teach parents the importance and benefits of wearing their child near their heart.

Two Common and Basic Problems:

Two general issues turn people away from using a baby sling.

The first is incorrect usage and wear. In wearing a padded sling; make sure the ring is in the correct place. The rings on a sling should be placed between the breast and the shoulder cap. Any other placement will result in discomfort for a parent and child.

The shoulder padding must also be placed correctly, right over the shoulder cap to protect the shoulder from the stress of a baby's weight. Be certain the fabric is spread out properly over the back. If not spread sufficiently the baby's weight distribution causes parent pain.

The Millers believe that many of the available baby slings are just not properly designed, and are therefore, uncomfortable.

Some padded slings appear bulky, yet padding aids comfort for both the parent and the child. Shoulders are protected from strenuous pulling, but unpadded sling edges expose a baby’s sensitive skin to red marks and indentations.

Slings that run narrow across the back, say the Millers, result in improper weight distribution and cause back pain. "One size fits all" slings do not allow for individuation necessary. Proper sizing of a padded ring sling ensures comfort when wearing a sling for long periods of time. SlingEZee is available in five sizes. The Millers favor slings to carry babies over pack-style carriers. The slings, they say, encourage proper development of a child. Pack-style carriers suspend a child, outward, their weight settled from between the babys legs, which the Millers say insufficiently supports the spine and potentially hindering proper physical development. Wearing a child in a sling, they say, positions a with spine support and promotes proper physical development.

Benefits of Baby Wearing for Parent and ChildDiscoDoilies

Wearing a baby in a proper sling snuggles a baby in a cradle hold, safe from unwanted touches, shielded from germs, and in full view of a parent at all times. Baby wearing, they say, decreases a child's cries up to 50 percent. The Millers say more frequent and smaller breast feeding sessions combined with the motion of being worn aids a baby’s digestion. They also claim language development is encouraged by baby wearing. Their rep reports, “Being on the level of adult conversation and interpersonal eye contact is an excellent spot for a child to help enrich his developing mind.”

SlingEZee allows mothers to be quickly responsive to a baby’s needs. Mothers who breastfeed will find the baby in an ideal position to feed, and do so in relative privacy. Retails for $60.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Celebrity (Legend) Sighting

Wednesday afternoon, while on a Tuesday Morning run, we noticed the slip of a woman in front of us, returning a fancy colander. Blonde, but Asian, we were talking to ourselves wondering when the “France Nuyen-like woman” was going to be done, when we realized it actually was France Nuyen, the legendary star of “South Pacific,” “Diamond Head,” and “The Joy Luck Club.” She spent four years as a doctor on “St. Elsewhere.”

The French born, half French/half Chinese actress, who lives in Beverly Hills, was a wisp of a thing, with her blond hair pulled back into a braided (and netted) bun. She had on black ballet flats with an oval accent, black thigh-high (gasp!) stockings, a black lace-accented skirt and a shrugged-on khaki colored coat. Very cute. When she eventually finished her transaction, she stayed in the store, looking at chenille slippers.

After Anna-May Wong, Nuyen broke ground and introduced the Asian actress as star. Ironic, since Nuyen (who never discusses her Chinese/Vietnamese father) speaks no Asian languages. She also didn’t see another Asian person until she was 18 years old. She was raised by a cousin in Marseilles, while her mother and grandfather were tortured for being gypsies by the Nazis.

Nuyen made news when she publicly spoke out against her “Joy Luck” director Amy Tan. But she’s an icon. At least to us. We almost said something, but opted not to. Let her shop in peace.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Secret Life of BeansTalk's Managing Editor

An Oh-So Reluctant Omission

A look at how teens at a Midwestern high school struggle with decisions about sex and relationships. One model student and daughter succumbs to the charms of the school Romeo and finds herself knocked up; another good girl, a popular, ambitious virgin, doesn't realize her boyfriend's stamina for abstinence is not as strong as hers; and one good boy determined to become a bad boy finds that pursuing the object of his affection only brings out the good in him.

It’s like a car wreck on the side of the freeway. You can’t stop watching. Well, this doesn’t wholly apply because we actually can not look at accidents we pass in traffic, but what what we reluctantly admit is that while the rest of the staff sleeps, we watch ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of The American Teenager,” promoted as “a new kind of family.”

Yeah, right.

The ideal way to describe this series? A several hours long after-school special. They don’t make those anymore, do they? Well, they actually do, but now they’re aired in prime time on cable. On ABC Family, in fact.

SLOAAT features 80's icon (and one-time Time magazine cover girl) Molly Ringwald. But since she’s long past her own 16 Candles, she plays the mother of Amy, the unluckiest high school sophomore ever portrayed on television.

We hope that somewhere between Gossip Girl, The Hills (we’re not even sure if they’re supposed to be in high school or if it’s a reality show), the forthcoming “new” 90210 and this dreary dreck of a show, lies a series, somewhere, that will present something nominally resembling actual high school.

Our big beef about the original 90210 was that it was set at Beverly Hills High School (or the fictional West Beverly or whatever it was) and yet there were no Persian students. We're assuming that Aaron Spelling and co were familiar with Beverly Hills High, so we can only assume it was a blatant, conscious omission. (The sharply witty 1995 Clueless not only got cliques dead on, director Amy Heckerling’s star Cher (Alicia Silverstone) explains, “And that’s the Persian Mafia. You can’t hang with them unless you own a BMW.’" It's not clear in the slightest what city, state or universe (or year, for that matter) SLOAAT is set.

In this invention, sweet band geek Amy (think of a taller version of the proverbial “girl next door”), played by Shailene Woodley, finds herself pregnant and deeply regretful after an unsatisfying one-night de-virginization at band camp (yes, it does lead one to think "One night, at band camp...". Amy's erstwhile slick seducer is the school sex addict (and, of course, drummer), Ricky Underwood (Daren Kagasoff), a foster child fighting the trauma of sexual abuse from his father. Ricky, blasé about his relentless sexual predatory ways, has sessions with his earnest, emotional therapist (who really, really cares) (played by one-time Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson).

The scenes with Hudson and Kagasoff ring so profoundly phony and was undoubtedly part of creator Brenda Hampton’s pitch to give the series (albeit superficial) depth. TSLOTAT cad may not exactly have a heart of gold, but he’s getting help, damn it. Ricky may further be reformed through his burgeoning "friendship" with born-again Grace. Ricky comes complete with politically correct foster parents -- his foster mom is African American and his foster dad is East Indian. They deliver rote platitudes from a kitchen table, a set so temporary in appearance it looks like it was set up for Candid Camera or the Jamie Kennedy Experiment.

Amy has a goth-y 13-year-old sister Ashley, played by India Eisley who has a bland completely unemotional delivery. One can only assume that Eisley, a Mia Tyler look-a-like, must be related to someone affiliated with the show. Ah. We’ve looked her up. She is a Hollywood "legacy." Her mother is Olivia Hussey (Franco Zeferilli’s classic Romeo and Juliet). While certainly beautiful, Eisley’s extraordinarily emotionless acting doesn’t resemble, in the slightest, her mother’s depth and passion (at the time of Zeferilli's film, her mother wasn’t that much older than Eisley).

The good girl, played by Megan Park (actually a pretty good actress), comes complete with a promise ring of chastity given to her by her Ken and Barbie parents (played by extremely blond 70s/80s TV stars John Schneider and Josie Bissett), is named, unsubtly, Grace. Poor Park. She is given the series’ emptiest, unrealistic, most cringe-inducing lines.

Hampton’s original collaboration with Aaron Spelling (for 7th Heaven) was curious given his previous productions and Hampton’s obvious Christian agenda. Yet that teaming was a rounding success.

ut Grace, her Melrose Place mother and her Dukes of Hazzard dad offer up such an insipid agenda, it seems ludicrous that the intent of the series is anything but to turn audiences off. Since the Jonas Brothers all wear those chastity rings, does that mean it should translate into credible family television? Schneider aka Bo Whoo-Hoo Duke, the Billy Ray Cyrus of his time, plays a doctor. A medical doctor. The kind who cures people.

Despite the fact that this is ABC Family, a blatant “message” series with a pro-Christian message, it is not recommended for children ("viewer-discretion advised") – and rightly so. BeansTalk readers know we are not prudish in the slightest, but we have to say it does give us slight pause the way smart-but-slutty Adrian Lee (Francia Raisa) seduces Grace’s blockhead boyfriend and how her “friends with benefits” relationship with Ricky is depicted. Adrian's stewardess mother (played by former Miss Universe runner-up Paola Turbay, who looks the exact same age as Raisa) brings a rotating door of lovers through their apartment and often leaves Adrian alone. Is it no wonder that Adrian turns to sleazy Ricky for love?

Meanwhile, Amy finds "true" love with geeky Ben Boykewich (Kenny Baumann), who not only offers to marry her (knowing the baby is Ricky’s), but with his father’s support and enthusiasm. Again, a return to the “what universe” file – what dad would cheer on the marriage of his 15-year-old son to a 15-year-old girl, pregnant with another boy’s baby? For that matter, Baumann (who is adorable, by the way) is such an odd cast – he seems like he should be in a half-hour comedy. Each time he delivers a line, we half expect a joke to emerge – but the lines he's given are so heartily earnest and it just doesn’t suit the actor.

Baumann also comes complete with two best friends, an Asian couple who decide to "wait" to have intercourse. (Just an aside -- the male half of the Asian couple, Henry Miller, is played by a Filipino, Allen Evangelista. Shout out to the peeps.)

Amy laments how fat she’s getting, mom Molly Ringwald says, “It’s O.K., Amy, your dad loves you, your sister loves you, and I love you.” Amy to her 13-year-old sister, "You don't need condoms Ashley, just say no!" Inane much?

Did we mention that Amy’s dad has left her mom to live with the woman he’s having an affair with, who happens to be bad-girl Adrian’s mother?

They’ve been telling this tale forever. They’re still making them. They’re called soap operas.

It’s all so icky, but if we endure it, we want to share.

Home Sweet (Smelling) Home

DayNa Decker Expands Home Ambiance with Botanika and Flora Essence Diffusers

DayNa Decker™ added to their EcoCouture™ home ambiance collection with Botanika and Flora Essence Diffusers. Both feature thick, hand blown glass vessels filled with DayNa Decker botanical oils which are alcohol free; the Botanika in transparent green with organic dark wood reeds, and Flora in opaque white with organic light wood reeds.

Decker says , “I wanted to complement the popular Botanika and Flora Collections with diffusers in our most popular fragrances.I created a diffuser that was unlike anything I had ever seen. I wanted it to be a reflection of the existing collections design sensibility but to remain fresh, luxurious and innovative. Our diffusers use alcohol free concentrated botanical oils and are available in fragrances including: Leila, Sierra, Yasmin and Zelia (Botanika) and Acacia, Dahlia, Eglantine and Polianthes (Flora).”

The EcoCouture™ collection offers eco-conscious ambiance that's environmentally friendly and sophisticated.

The Botanika Essence Diffusers retail for $94 and the Flora Essence Diffusers retail for $116 and are available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Space NK, Fred Segal, Bergdorf Goodman and specialty boutiques nationwide and

Monday, August 11, 2008

Robin Hood’s Third Season on BBC America
-BIG Spoiler alert ahead -

BBC AMERICA has announced that it is co-producing the new season of Robin Hood. Season 3, currently filming on location in Budapest, will air on the channel in 2009.

Following the recent critical success of Season 2 on the channel, Robin Hood fans will be pleased to know that their show is back for an all new season. Season 3 returns with an older and tougher Robin, hell bent on revenge following the tragic murder of Marian by Gisborne and the Sheriff's failure to kill Prince John. The Sheriff is more precarious and unpredictable than ever with new threats looming over him and there's the much anticipated arrival of Friar Tuck (David Harewood, Blood Diamond) who joins the gang and becomes one of Robin's closest allies.

However, the tension on-screen will kick-off at the outset as Jonas Armstrong, who plays Robin Hood and updated the popular legend for a whole new generation, is set to bow out of the show in an explosive, nail biting Season 3 finale. How the legacy unfolds after Jonas leaves is in itself mysterious and intriguing - guaranteed to make fans desperate to find out what happens next.

Jonas Armstrong says: “Playing Robin Hood has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Over the last three years I have met some wonderful people and have only amazing memories to take with me. I’m grateful to the fans for their support and to all the cast and crew for their friendship and loyalty throughout, but the time has come to take on new challenges and look at new opportunities."

Foz Allan, Executive Producer says: “Jonas has been a superb Robin Hood who updated the legend for a contemporary audience, reinvigorating it for a whole new generation. It has been a wonderful experience working with Jonas – we will miss him – and wish him all the success for his future. We cannot confirm the series climax, nor can we guarantee who will survive and who won't. You will have to watch it to see! But we can assure you Robin's exit will be unmissable!"

Friday, August 08, 2008

Liz Earle for Skin

In 1995, co-founders Liz Earle and Kim Buckland extended their long friendship into a business partnership. They met at the start of their careers but took different paths within the beauty industry. Earle became a specialist in botanical ingredients, natural health and well being. She was a beauty editor, author of more than 30 books and TV presenter. Buckland worked in the area of the management of the manufacture, packaging, retail and marketing of cosmetics. Buckland then asked Earle if she had ever thought of launching her own range of products.

The partners developed products that were simple to use and for everyone - no matter what their age or skin type. Their choice of naturally active ingredients inspired the name Naturally Active Skincare.

Shopping Channels Evolve

In 1996 the range was launched on QVC, and the first product sold out within half an hour! In 1998, their Customer Centre and Customer Care team were established on the Isle of Wight. Union, our unique shop opened in Ryde in 2001, with online shopping website going 'live' in 2002. Their London shop opened in 2006.

Liz Earle Ingredients policy (From Liz Earle)

High quality, safe, naturally active ingredients are our priority.

Vitamin E
We only use potent, premium natural-source vitamin E, never the synthetic variety.

Animal testing
We never do it.

No animal ingredients
None of our ingredients are of animal origin (except beeswax, propolis and manuka honey).
All products are suitable for vegetarians.

No chemical sunscreens
We only use mineral sun filters to provide the best broad-spectrum UV protection and to reduce the risk of skin allergy.

No mineral oils
We prefer plant oils to mineral oils. We don’t use mineral oil, paraffin wax, petrolatum or any fractions of crude oil or primary petro-chemicals.

No genetically engineered ingredients
None of our products contain genetically engineered or modified organisms.

Organic ingredients
We ‘go organic’ wherever we can and our in-house Ethnobotanists support sustainability and local community growers.

Some of our formulations are preservative free. We do use preservatives when absolutely essential for product safety. Where natural preservatives are not available, we use relatively low concentrations of the highest grade, broad-spectrum preservatives.

Patch testing
Our products are formulated to be extremely gentle and are used by many people with sensitive skin. However, as a common sense precaution, we recommend a patch test is carried out at least 24 hours prior to 1st application. Two of the best places to test are the inside of the upper arm and behind the ear.

Earle Facts:

Skincare Essentials

I’m new to the range, which products should I start with?
The key to healthy skin is our simple 3-step cleanse, tone and moisturise trio used every day, morning and evening.

Step 1: Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - our creamy cleanser quickly melts away
make-up and daily grime, while the pure Muslin Cloth gently sloughs away dead skin cells.

Step 2: Instant Boost Skin Tonic - this gentle alcohol-free floral-scented toner soothes, calms and refreshes skin in preparation for moisturising.

Step 3: Skin Repair Moisturiser – with just the right level of nourishment to leave every skin type hydrated and protected, the only choice to make is which variety of Skin Repair Moisturiser to use. In three formulations: dry/sensitive, normal/combination or Skin Repair Light for combination/oily skin. Skincare Essentials

I’m new to the range, which products should I start with?
The key to healthy skin is our simple 3-step cleanse, tone and moisturise trio used every day, morning and evening.

Step 1: Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - our creamy cleanser quickly melts away
make-up and daily grime, while the pure Muslin Cloth gently sloughs away dead skin cells.

Step 2: Instant Boost Skin Tonic - this gentle alcohol-free floral-scented toner soothes, calms and refreshes skin in preparation for moisturising.

Step 3: Skin Repair Moisturiser – with just the right level of nourishment to leave every skin type hydrated and protected, the only choice to make is which variety of Skin Repair Moisturiser to use. In three formulations: dry/sensitive, normal/combination or Skin Repair Light for combination/oily skin.

About Liz Earle Products

What is an anti-oxidant?
Modern day living, cigarette smoke, car exhaust emissions and the sun's rays combine to produce free radicals. Anti-oxidants help protect the skin and the rest of the body from free-radical damage. We can maintain our own supplies of anti-oxidant nutrients by eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins A (in the form of beta-carotene), C and E. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best source of beta-carotene and vitamin C, especially dark green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli and brightly coloured fruits such as oranges, mangoes and strawberries. Vitamin E is more difficult to find naturally in large quantities but you can increase your intake of vegetable oils and consider taking a natural-source vitamin E supplement. You’ll find anti-oxidants in many of our products including, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Skin Repair Moisturiser, Daily Eye Repair, Smoothing Line Serum, Superbalm, Superskin Concentrate, Spot-On, Nourishing Botanical Body Cream, Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash, Hand Repair, our Sun Shade range, Sheer Gold Shimmer and Lip Shimmers.

What is the shelf life of our products ?
All products have a shelf life of at least three years if unopened.
When opened and used correctly (assuming lids are replaced properly) the shelf life is at least six months. Where the shelf life is limited then you will find the PAO symbol on these packs.

Are your products tested on animals?
We don’t test either products or ingredients on animals, instead we only test on human volunteers and the Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare range has been approved by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). We comply with the Humane Cosmetics Standard and display the BUAV rabbit logo on all of our products. None of our ingredients are of animal origin (except beeswax, propolis and manuka honey).

All products are suitable for vegetarians.

Why do you use preservatives in your range?
Safe, effective products are our priority and many of our formulations are preservative free. However, we do use preservatives when absolutely essential for product safety. Where natural preservatives are not available, we use relatively low concentrations of the highest grade, broad-spectrum preservatives.

Do you use parabens in your products ?
Parabens occur naturally in many fruits and are used as preservatives in some of our products, but only in very small quantities. We use food-grade parabens where we have not found a suitable natural alternative that is 100% safe for our customers. If you would prefer to use preservative-free products, we do have products in the range (such as Superbalm, Superskin Concentrate, Spot-On, Lip Shimmers, Vital Oils for the Bath and Vital Oils Body Sprays) that do not contain any preservatives at all, as the formulations are oil-based and are not susceptible to micro bacterial contamination .

Demi and Ashton in Tokyo

Actress Demi Moore is escorted by husband Ashton Kutcher upon arrival on the red carpet to promote his film "What Happens in Vegas" in Tokyo August 6, 2008. Moore wore LANVIN’s anthracite grosgrain ribbon cocktail dress. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Cruz Chooses Chopard for Premieres

Actress Penelope Cruz attends a Cinema Society screening of 'Elegy' at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 in New York. At the New York event, Cruz wore Chopard’s pear-shaped diamond drop earrings, a diamond line bracelet and a magnificent yellow and white diamond cocktail ring. Cruz arrives at the Film Premiere of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" in Los Angeles, Calif. on Monday, August 4, 2008. In Los Angeles, she also chose Chopard, an oval sapphire (11 carats) and diamond drop earrings, a Burmese sapphire (9 carats) and diamond ring and a sparkling diamond line bracelet (18 carats). Also, in Los Angeles, she wore Herve Leroux’s beautiful midnight blue silk jersey halter gown with woven bodice. (L.A.: Fashion Wire Daily/Maria Ramirez) (New York: AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Stuart Weitzman Holiday 2008

Holiday Glamour at Bergdorf Goodman

These day-to-evening peep-toe styles will be available at Bergdorf Goodman for the holiday season. They are, from top to bottom, Pomposo (above), Wicky and BowBow.



Tuesday, August 05, 2008

FHI Heat Continues Pink-Link Partnership

FHI Heat renewed its partnership with PINK-LINK (, a grassroots, non-profit (501.C.3) organization which provides online support to survivors of breast cancer and others affected by the disease. FHI Heat will donate a portion of sales from its various products. FHI Heat plans to donate $1 from each sale of specific pink-hued styling tools to PINK-LINK for one year. These pink-hued tools include: Nano Weight Pro 1900 Turbo Blow Dryer ($195.00); Nano Weight Pro 1800 Blow Dryer ($150.00), Nano Salon Pro 2000 dryer ($195.00); Technique G2 Styling Iron in 1" and 1.75" sizes (each $120.00); and Platform Styling Iron 1" (retail $195.00).

PINK-LINK’s mission is to create a virtual forum to provide support for women diagnosed with breast cancer. The non-sectarian site hosts the only online searchable database of breast cancer survivors. A member can search and connect with other members with privacy and confidentiality through the PINK-LINK email system. The site also provides professional support in the areas of nutrition, fitness, holistic health care and skin care through its "Ask the Expert" forum. Pink-Link has more than 2,000 members in all 50 states and internationally.

FHI Heat will put PINK-LINK stickers to the packaging of these specific products. 877.FHI.HEAT (877.344.4328) or

Monday, August 04, 2008

HGTV’s Design Star Chosen

America's vote crowned Jennifer Bertrand, 33, an artist and designer from Olathe, Kansas, the season three champion of the reality competition, HGTV Design Star.

In two days, from Sunday, July 27, at 10 p.m. ET through Wednesday, July 30, at 10 a.m. ET, viewers voted via and mobile phone text messages to choose Bertrand.

Bertrand was “crowned” in the season finale of the nine-episode series, winning - her own show on HGTV and a feature in In Style magazine. Her new show is expected to premiere on the network in January 2009.

Betrand and her final competitor, Matt Locke, 38, from Los Angeles, Calif., reunited with the other finalists to wait for the winner announcement.

"I'm shocked," said Bertrand, when asked how she was feeling about her win. "I look forward to this adventure and the chance to show America more of my designs!"

Season two winner Kim Myles made a guest appearance to congratulate Matt and Jennifer. Myles handed the finalists the HGTV Design Star paint cans. Upon popping the lids, each found mini cruise ships for a seven-day Caribbean cruise for two on Princess Cruises' newest ship, Ruby Princess. The Ruby Princess features world-class cuisine, four freshwater swimming pools, an on-board spa and the unique adults-only Sanctuary and outdoor theater, "Movies Under the Stars."

In addition, as the winner of HGTV Design Star, Bertrand will attend the ship's VIP inaugural festivities in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this November. Each finalist also received a $5,000 gift card from Bank of America.

Most of the third season was shot in Nashville, Tenn., but the final challenge took place in New Orleans, La., where the two finalist redesigned the Katrina-ravaged homes of two neighbors - fire captain Mike Gowland and police officer John Olega. The two families were present at the live finale to thank them for the home makeovers. The Gowlands and Olegas families surprised when HGTV presented each family with a $1,000 gift card from Lumber Liquidators and a $3,000 gift card from Sears.

The season finale also reunited the show's judges Vern Yip, designer and host of HGTV's Deserving Design; Martha McCully, executive editor of In Style magazine; and clothing and home designer, Cynthia Rowley.

During each week of the competition, the drama unfolded as the finalists faced tough design challenges. For example, in one challenge they designed a space using items only purchased from an arts and crafts store. In another, they designed hotel suites for country music sensation Sara Evans at the famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Sparkly Liv

Actors Edward Norton, right, and Liv Tyler smile upon their arrival at the Japan premiere for their movie 'The Incredible Hulk' at a Tokyo theater, Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Tyler sparkled in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane . Tyler selected a Platinum and colored diamond cocktail ring and Platinum stud earrings. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Anderson in London in Chopard

U.S. actress Gillian Anderson looks up as she arrives for the British premiere of 'The X Files: I Want To Believe', in central London, Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Anderson wore Chopard’s golden pearl and cognac diamond briolette earrings. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

We Believe: Anderson Sparkles

Cast member (and expectant mum) Gillian Anderson poses at the movie premiere of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California July 23, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on July 25. Anderson sparkled in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the Los Angeles premiere of her film “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” on July 23rd. She selected 3 long Platinum chains, Platinum and diamond earrings and a Platinum cocktail ring. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)

Paris Hilton Debuts Fall Shoe Collection

Tuesday, July 29, 2008, Paris Hilton debuted her fall shoe collection at 3 p.m. at Macy’s Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas. The first 300 customers to purchase Paris Hilton shoes between July 19th through the 29th met with Hilton and received a signed photo at the event.

Hilton’s collection features a fall color palette —and range in price from $59 to $195. Each pair features hot-pink soles, a pink “comfort heart” cushion sewn into the inner sole, and a recycled eco-conscious box equipped with handles built in, eliminating the need for a shopping bag (and further reducing waste).

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Starter Wife Star at TCA

Actress Debra Messing poses on the press line at the 'NBC Universal 2008 Press Tour All-Star Party' in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, July 20, 2008. Messing wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the “NBC Universal 2008 Press Tour All-Star Party” on July 20th in Los Angeles. She selected a pair of Platinum and diamond drop earrings, a large Platinum cocktail ring and stacks of bangles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Pretty Peep-Toes

Stuart Weitzman Holiday 2008; You can Bling in the New Year or have some really, really (really) cool party slingbacks. Check out the amazing heels on these Weitzman. Ornate crystal heels add stylish detailing to our peep-toe silhouettes. We may not be able to walk in these particular shoes, but they are absolutely statement-making. We have a collection of Stuart Weitzman shoes that we treasure and can recommend them for being easy-to-wear yet extremely fashionable, formal and elegant. These will be available in November for $450.

Ludacris as Philanthropist

Grammy award winning rapper and actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annual Installation Luncheon in Beverly Hills on 30 July 2008, where he spoke on behalf of a grant given to Film Independent Inc. as part of the $759,865 in financial grants the HFPA generously presented to film schools and non-profit organizations. Following the HFPA luncheon and continuing in the spirit of giving, Ludacris spoke about two important causes; muscular dystrophy and the genocide in Darfur & Uganda.

Ludacris made an appeal for the Jerry Lewis Telethon to support children with muscular dystrophy and also shot a public service announcement for Rock4Change, a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for sustainable relief efforts in Darfur via the work of "Aid Still Required" & through the work of "Hands Across Nations" in Uganda. When Ludacris learned that the charities were being charged $800 to use the hotel's suite to shoot the PSAs, he picked up the tab. Ludacris told both organizations he would pay the bill for the room charge.

Amy Balsam, a producer of the Rock4Change benefit concert on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at the Gibson Amphitheatre, previously worked with Ludacris and says, "Ludacris is such a pro! He nailed our Rock4Change PSA in one take and delivered his heartfelt appeal with so much passion and conviction. It was obvious that he genuinely cares about supporting our efforts in Darfur & Uganda along with the work he is doing to help the Jerry Lewis Telethon. He perfectly embodies the spirit of our Rock4Change movement and is exactly the type of artist and role model that will inspire his fans to become a generation of activists who have the power to end the genocide in Africa."

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Glimpse of Kennedy’s Camelot Exclusively Streams Entire 1962 White House Tour By Jacqueline Kennedy, As Featured In Mad Men Season 2 Premiere Episode; New Episodes Of Mad Men Air Sundays At 10 p.m. On AMC

Viewers who tuned-in to the Second Season Premiere of AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men Sunday (July 27, 2008) caught a glimpse of the legendary White House tour documentary given by then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during one of the premiere episode’s scenes.

As depicted in Mad Men, on the night of February 14, 1962 three out of four television viewers tuned to CBS or NBC to watch a A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy. AMC is now presenting the full White House tour, as it originally aired in 1962, only on

Accompanied by CBS correspondent Charles Collingwood, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy provides a tour of her home and a glimpse into life at the White House and gave Americans a chance to see the restoration and redecoration projects the First Lady had orchestrated.

To view, visit!

(Image: Jacqueline Kennedy with Charles Collingwood. Photo courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library)

Fatal Escape

Safety-Proofing Our Zoos: Is It Enough? National Geographic Channel’s Explorer Investigates Fatal San Francisco Zoo Tiger Escape

“If you had asked me the day before, was it adequate for holding animals? I would have told you yes. Obviously, it wasn’t. – Manuel Mollinedo, Director, San Francisco Zoo

On Christmas Day 2007, a 243-pound Siberian tiger named Tatiana escaped from her open-air enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo and mauled three young men. Before long, one 17-year-old boy and the 4-year-old tigress lay dead. The incident was the first time a visitor was killed by an escaped animal at an accredited zoo in the United States. How did the tiger escape from an enclosure with a 29-foot dry moat? And could it happen again?

Premiering Sunday, August 10, 2008, at 10 PM ET/PT, Explorer: Zoo Tiger Escape investigates the how and why of what really happened that night — from the possible motivational factors that led the tiger to escape, to the complex evolution of enclosure design. The show provides exclusive documentary access to the San Francisco Zoo’s efforts to reconstruct its tiger enclosure, as well as candid interviews with zoo staff members on the tragedy. Finally, find out how zoo standards across the country are keeping dangerous animals and zoo visitors safe from each other.

“I think our zoo staff, the zoo family, took this incident very hard,” says San Francisco Zoo director Manuel Mollinedo. Contemplating the nature of the attack, he adds, “All I can I say is that something extraordinary happened to motivate that animal to want to leap out of that area. For a cat to expend that much energy, something had to prompt her to want to get out.”

To demonstrate what it would have taken for Tatiana to escape, Explorer: Zoo Tiger Escape looks to expert animal handler Randy Miller, who trains tigers for feature films and entices his Siberian tiger Titan with a piece of meat. The tiger makes a 12-foot jump with ease, but at 14 feet, the tiger refuses to jump. The moat in San Francisco is more than twice that wide, and it seems unlikely that Tatiana would have jumped such a distance. The other way out is up and over a 12-foot, 9-inch wall. Randy tries Titan on a 9-foot vertical wall, which he clears effortlessly, but stops there. So was there another motivational factor besides hunger? Eyewitnesses speculate that the men may have taunted Tatiana or climbed up onto the rail meant to separate her from the public. But there was no hard evidence, and the claim has since been denied.

Then, explore how the evolution of zoo enclosure design could have contributed to such a catastrophic failure. In the early 20th century, zoos began removing traditional bars and using moats as barriers. The San Francisco Zoo’s moated big cat grotto remained virtually unchanged between 1941 and the day of the attack on December 25, 2007.

Explorer: Zoo Tiger Escape examines whether or not this type of old fashioned design was secure enough to contain a more athletic zoo animal like Tatiana, which had a more developed habitat, nutritional program and enrichment activities. Essentially, could the combination of an old exhibit and a very athletic cat have created the opportunity for the tiger escape in San Francisco?

Today, zoos work to balance visitor safety concerns with the animals’ physical and mental health. Explorer: Zoo Tiger Escape travels to the Philadelphia Zoo, where the state-of-the-art Big Cat Falls is redefining animal enclosure design. Each species of cat has its own yard and indoor space, expanded by a series of tunnels and skyways that allows them to circulate from yard to yard. The designers’ job was to give the cats the maximum amount of territory while staying within the confines of the existing zoo. The goal was also to bring people and animals as close together as possible while keeping the public safe. To do this, the designers chose triple-layered laminated safety glass.

“You can actually get a wild animal within inches of somebody’s face. And that was the real profound change at Big Cat Falls, was really allowing that kid to be 2 inches away from the nose of a lion. I mean that’s an amazing experience!” says Marc L’Italien, exhibit designer at architecture firm EHDD.

Other safety precautions are at play in zoos without such modern design. Across the country, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums requires zoos to hold four emergency drills a year to prepare for an animal escape as part of their accreditation. Viewers see staff at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., spring into action during a simulated cheetah escape. If an animal gets loose, a keeper’s primary goal is to recapture it. However, if human life is at risk — as in the case of Tatiana — keepers may have no choice but to kill the animal.

Back in San Francisco, the zoo is getting ready to start afresh with the reopening of the tiger exhibit, two months after the escape. The walls have been rebuilt with a new barrier over 21 feet high, walls with more than 16 feet of sheer concrete and 5 extra feet of glass. Keepers celebrate the addition of three irresistibly cute Sumatran tiger cubs, part of a new breeding plan not only to help save the tiger from extinction but also to allow the public to continue to enjoy these impressive species — from a safe distance.

Explorer: Zoo Tiger Escape Premieres Sunday, August 10, 2008, at 10 PM ET/PT

(Image: Tatiana, a Siberian tiger, mauled a zookeeper in December 2006. She escaped and San Francisco police officers killed her. Chronicle file photo by Kurt Rogers)

Jewelry Gift Guide (Just Because)

Haute and Hot: Jewelry

It may be a little early for winter holiday gifting (four months; then again, you may want to save up), but once in a while we like to check out what your options may be for serious jewelry gift giving. Here are a few pieces to consider and some jewelry collections you may want to keep an eye on.

Urban Posh

Madagasgar Ring $1,395.00
14K Gold with Mystic Topaz
This ring is custom made and will take 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Hannah Earring $120.00
Gold Vermil, Teal Hydro Quartz, and Apetite.
1.25" Drop

About Urban Posh founder, Jewelry Designer, Jeanne Kirkland.
As a child Jeanne remembers her grandfather telling stories of hiking to mines through the jungles of Africa and Sri Lanka. Her grandparents were gemologists and traveled the world searching for the highest quality stones. They encouraged her to pick up stones and learn about their various attributes. This deep understanding, heritage and passion goes into all Urban Posh pieces today . Jeanne studied business at the University of Texas at Austin. She spent 5 years in high tech, before founding Urban Posh in 2004 and dedicating her career to designing world class jewelry.

Queen Baby

Crowned Heart Pendant & Fleur-de-lis Chain
The iconic crowned heart pendant hangs from a fleur-de-lis chain.
• Sterling silver.
• Lobster clasp.
• 16"L.
• Made in the USA.
Queen Baby by King Baby Studio
Crowned Heart Pendant & Fleur-de-lis Chain
Price: $490.00

Crowned Heart Earrings
Sterling silver. Crowned heart drops with fleur-de-lis and gothic cross chain accents. Pierced backs. 2 1/2"H X 3/8"W. Made in USA.
Queen Baby
Crowned Heart Earrings
Price: $190.00

About Queen Baby:
Queen Baby is the women’s line of King Baby chunky jewelry.
King Baby Studio & Queen Baby Jewelry and Accessories: In the 1970’s, when Mitchell Binder, designer and owner of King Baby Studio jewelry was a teenager, he and his mother moved from Jackson, Mississippi to Los Angeles. It was when music reflected a new spirit of idealism, and new found freedoms.

At 15, Mitchell became a jeweler’s apprentice and shortly thereafter began designing on his own. With his trademark charismatic personality, he soon made the right contacts and quickly became the ‘go-to jeweler’ for both Hollywood and rock stars. The biker crowd soon caught on, requesting personalized jewelry and buckles. Being an avid biker himself, Mitchell has always considered the origin of King Baby Studio jewelry “half rock & roll and half outlaw biker.”

Designing with men in mind, he soon realized many women were buying for themselves. In 2007, King Baby Studio officially launched Queen Baby jewelry for women, with extraordinary success.

The Santa Monica-based King Baby Studio offers handcrafted jewelry and accessory pieces that unite chunky sterling silver with precious stones and leather. Mitchell’s creations are bold and substantial, featuring edgy motifs such as skulls and daggers for the King Baby jewelry and accessories line, and slightly scaled-down feminine motifs such as roses and crowned hearts for the Queen Baby’s out there. Many King Baby and Queen Baby jewelry and accessory styles span both collections appealing to that ever-expanding “chosen few."

Sydney Evan

Feather Pendant Necklaces
• Feather Pendant Necklace, Rose Gold: 14-karat rose gold. Pink sapphire detail, 0.55 total carat weight.
• Feather Pendant Necklace, Yellow Gold: 14-karat yellow gold. Diamond detail, 0.44 total carat weight.
• Feather Pendant Necklace, Rhodium: Rhodium. Diamond accents, 0.44 total carat weight.
Pendant, 1 1/2"H x 1/2"W. Chain, 16"L. All, lobster claw clasp. Imported.
Sydney Evan
Feather Pendant Necklace, Rose Gold
Price: $1,050.00
Sydney Evan
Feather Pendant Necklace, Yellow Gold
Price: $1,550.00
Sydney Evan
Feather Pendant Necklace, Rhodium
Price: $1,550.00

About Sydney Evan:
Roseanne Karmes conveys personal sentiment in this trendy, hip and expressive collection of edgy charms. Some of her signature pieces include the hamsa and evil eye pendants which are spiritual protection pieces. Life, love and family are all reflected in Karmes’ stacks of bracelets and pendants, all executed in diamonds and gold.

Judith Ripka

BeansTalk contributor Lesley Althaus has an amazing Ripka pave diamond pendant and matching necklace that is her signature fashion statement. Here are a couple of cool examples of the collection.

Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace
Sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold. Diamond accents, 0.04 total carat weight. 17"L. Lobster claw clasp. Imported
Judith Ripka
Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace
Price: $350.00

Diamond Circle Earrings
• Sterling silver with 18-karat yellow gold heart and circle detail.
• Pavé diamonds; 0.162 total carat weight.
• Pierced backs.
• 1"H x 1/2"W.
• Made in the USA of imported material.
Judith Ripka
Diamond Circle Earrings
Price: $450.00

About Judith Ripka:
Award-winning designer Judith Ripka creates jewelry of understated elegance that is meant to be worn everyday, from day into evening. Taught by her mother, a European couturier, to see the beauty in all the little things around us, each piece of jewelry Judith designs is an expression of that beauty as shared through the eyes of her mother. Taking cue from her busy life as wife, mother, grandmother and business woman, Judith designs versatile jewelry that is classically informed, yet modernized to complement today's wardrobe.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

BeansTalk Hearts Lockheart

Last fall, someone we worked with at our day job showed up with a totally gorgeous purse. We were instantly filled with envy. She then mentioned that it was the new line from the original designers of “Isabella Fiore.” It had been given to her. We were further filled with even more envy. At any rate, we’ve kept a longing watch on Lockheart, whose designers, Trang Huynh and Jennifer Tash, were originally with Isabella Fiore. Readers of BeansTalk know that we are huge IF fans and have had, at one time or another, some 15 Ifs.

In 2006, the designers – who were nominated in 2001 for the prestigious Perry Ellis Award for Accessory Design from the CFDA, and for the ACE Award soon after – combined to create their own line of leather goods called Lockheart.

Tash and Huynh began the IF business in 1995, when Tash, who had a background in visual display merchandising, and Huynh, who worked in bridal couture, began creating intricate silk scarves, fashionable fabric flower lapel pins and evolutionary evening shawls. They found success, selling to specialty boutiques and department stores across the country. A little “experiment” into handbags sent them into a stratospheric trajectory. Believe us, we’ve stood in the ridiculous line at the Bellflower factory for the company’s rare sales.

When our friend, the rep sent us the following on Lockheart bag: [they] are not just about leather “goods”, but more about leather greats! Great quality, great shapes, great details, great leathers” BeansTalk has to agree.

The one thing that impresses BeansTalk about Lockheart is that they are beautifully made and the quality is very apparent. In fact, the bags are so well made, an investment (which we admidt is substantial) in a bag that can serve as a daily purse.

More from the Lockheart rep: "The design team’s passion for the use of different raw materials such as sumptuous leathers, raw linens and chunky embroideries lend themselves to a wide range of eclectic and individual designs that are geared toward a free-spirited way of life. …Lockheart is all about sass and sophistication. “

The name is derived from the promise that the visionary design team made – locking their hearts together in a lifelong passion and commitment to creating luxury leather goods for women who really care about stamping out the message of their own personal style and individuality.

Tash, Huynh and the Lockheart team are based in Los Angeles.

In photos:

Lockheart Pipeline Shiloh Tote Bag

Soft, supple leather bag features a removable shoulder strap and loads of pockets for added versatility.
Finished with silvertone hardware and stitched details
Double shoulder straps, with 71⁄2" drop
Removable shoulder strap, with 20" drop
Flap tab with turn-lock closure
Front pockets: two zip and two flap with magnetic closure
Back zip pocket
Inside pockets: Five open and one zip
Blue lining
16"W X 131⁄2"H X 4"D

Lockheart 'Rosarita' Gwen Tote

Introducing the Lockheart handbag line and this exquisitely styled tote in luxurious grey leather, accented with a distinctive logo plate, and stunningly finished with artisan detailing, including intricate embroidery and handles with knotted bows. Dimensions: 14"L x 6"W x 12"H; 10" drop handle.

Lockheart’s Latest Press Release:

The Urban Collection for Fall 2008 is simply sophisticated, with a decidedly nostalgic retro twist; Lockheart loves running through time, and taking a slanted look at the fashions.

The elegant nature of the leathers disguises the revolutionary spirit that is behind this collection. Soft Italian leathers, hand hewn hardware and the expected stylistic flair of Lockheart are combined in this refined grouping of handbags. The workmanship showcases Lockheart’s well-known, inexhaustible and multi-faceted creative detailing. Many of the leathers and fabrics are imported from Italy. The colors of this season are black, asphalt, ruby, chocolate, moss/parrot and a metallic flash of steel.

Main shapes in this collection include the Brogan Bowler, a puffy satchel in milled Italian aniline leather with darling hand tied bows on the sides; Destiny, a mid-sized hobo with a halter bit and long messenger styled strap; Alicia, a new, sophisticated, day to evening shape with a quilted front pocket and royal gold studded hinge closures; Becca Satchel, a larger convertible zip top bowler/tote with a large, roomy quilted front pocket, sneaky back zip pocket and double hinge strap attachment; Hannah, a fresh take on a glittery, jeweled dream of a bag; Bailey Bowler, a retro, large bowler tote with aniline leathers arranged in an "op-art" style of zigzag stitched ribbons of leather arranged in a dimensional block pattern that was a common design element on old quilts from the 30's and 40's; Felicia Flat Clutch, a retro-styled flat clutch with the "op-art" geometric zig zagged block pattern; and Wendy Satchel, a casual, gently side-ruched satchel utilizing an intricate and detailed weaving technique.

The City Slicker Collection for Fall 08 has a decidedly modern edge, with a very independent and dynamic personality. This grouping is a version of our latest metropolitan evolution.

We concocted an incomparable cocktail of style, comfort and pure elegance that reflects a distinctive classically modern style, blending contrasting chic elements with contemporary shapes. The materials in this collection are Italian aniline leathers, pebbled cow leather, and laminated metallic skins. Hardware is either shiny nickel, or regal gold.

Main shapes include Carrie Bowler, A Small, chic, double zip bowler tote with two separate compartments, a rounded zipper front pocket, equestrian buckles, and leather belting circling the bag; Jodie Satchel, a versatile bowler/satchel with a “bondage” theme – leather belting, domed studs and metal keepers; Charlotte Clutch, a Slim, rich and elegant clutch with leather belting, keepers, domed studs, and equestrian buckles, plus a metal zippered pocket on the front; and Dawn, a smaller drawstring bag in buttery, Italian smooth leather with a trapunto sporty racing stripe down the center.

The Pipeline Collection adds a new shape to our Pipeline family. The same raised welting and hand saddle stitching is done on a fresh silhouette that we are all excited to wear.

This collection includes the Zahara, which is a little bit quirky, a little bit vintage, and infinitely wearable. featuring three metal zipper compartments that keep everything organized, accordion pockets on the face, Ruched gussets and gradiated shoulder straps.

The Medusa Collection for Fall 08 is a real "charmer" of a bag collection in Italian, shiny, lasered, embossed snakeskin patterned leather, and trimmed in buffalo grained cowhide. We have employed various techniques from patchwork to tonal luxury in this special collection.

Shapes in this collection include our best-selling Bailey Bowler; Hannah and Wendy Satchel shapes, and well as Jolie, a “disco bag” with an added frame bag layered on top and then strapped onto the face with a harness strap and an inlaid zipper; Faith, a Sleek, sexy, slim clutch in embossed solid toned snakeskin leather with covered flower studs arranged in a daisy pattern; Large frame continental, a patched snake with a foldable handle and all the compartments of a regular wallet, plus a frame pouch on the inside; and Zip Around, a Snake embossed zip around wallet.

Monday, July 28, 2008

U.K. Teen-Centered Series,
Skins, Comes to BBC America

“Teenagers grab life by the balls” say reps from BBC America, promoting the net’s mnew comedy drama, Skins. Starring Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, The Weather Man), and with a writers’ team with an average age of 22, the award-winning show is a coming of age story for 2008. Skins, which won the Golden Rose d'Or for Drama and was nominated for a BAFTA award for Drama, premieres Sunday, August 17, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with back to back episodes. It moves to its regular 10:00 p.m. ET/PT time slot the following week.

Tony (Nicholas Hoult) is the leader of the pack. He undermines his dad on a daily basis and effortlessly covers up for his little sister, Effy (Kaya Scodelario), the only one Tony really cares about, even if she does drive him mad. As the best looking and most popular boy in town, Tony’s always taking the gang off on a new mission and loves a laugh at someone else’s expense. He’s dating Michelle (April Pearson), otherwise known as ‘Nips’. Drop dead gorgeous, Nips’ wit keeps everyone on their toes, and Sid (Mike Bailey), Tony’s best friend, lusts after her. Poor Sid is a virgin with no confidence and Tony plays him like a fool. But Sid isn’t as stupid as he seems – he’ll get the girl of his dreams one day, just not the girl he thinks.

Cassie (Hannah Murray) is the self-harming, anorexic with zero self esteem At the opposite end of the scale there’s Chris (Joe Dempsie), who is always game for a laugh and will do just about anything. Chris’ passion is his psychology class, because nothing motivates him quite like his teacher, Angie.

Abigail (Georgina Moffat) is the posh one. Pretty and pumped full of prescription medication, she lives in a world of imported carpets, private school and constant therapy - Tony has great fun with her. Anwar’s (Dev Patel) family want him to study the Koran, but his interests are less spiritual. Completing the group are Jal (Larissa Wilson) and Maxxie (Mitch Hewer). Jal is Nips’ best friend and the most talented young classical clarinet player in the country. Maxxie is magic on his feet, a whiz with his hands and can have any boy he wants.

Season 1 & 2 of Skins airs as a single season on BBC AMERICA

Cast & Production

Tony Nicholas Hoult

Sid Mike Bailey

Michelle April Pearson

Cassie Hannah Murray

Chris Joe Dempsie

Jal Larissa Wilson

Maxxie Mitch Hewer

Anwar Dev Patel

Effy Kaya Scodelario

Abigail Georgina Moffat

Created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain

Writers Bryan Elsley

Jamie Brittain

Simon Amstell

Ben Schiffer

Jack Thorne

Guest Stars:

Jim Harry Enfield

Anthea Morwenna Banks

Anna Arabella Weir

Malcolm Danny Dyer

Marcus Neil Morrissey

Margeritte Naomi Allisstone

Ronnie Frazer Mark Monero

Fat Bastard Geoffrey Hughes

Fighting Bath Man Charlie Creed Miles

Mary Sarah Lancashire

Mark Peter Capaldi

Liz Josie Lawrence

Anwar’s Mum Nina Wadia

U.K. Press:

“Skins is clever, bouncy and has all the right moves to become a show of the year…Tony is like a state educated Ferris Bueller-Pete Doherty hybrid…” The Times

“...This show may just capture some of the chutzpah and peril of being young in Britain today – which makes it something akin to public service…” The Independent

Cast Interviews:


There have been a lot of attempts to make dramas about and for teens. What makes Skins different?

I think it doesn't hold back. Everyone knows the issues about kids, what happens, what they really get up to. Skins just gets straight to the point. It's been written really well like that. Another important thing is that it's being played by people who are teenagers. A lot of dramas done now, you're looking at 30-year-olds playing 18-year-olds, so they can't relate as well to what they're playing. And the writers aren't afraid of being realistic, of a little bit of controversy.

How much input did you have on the character of Sid? Were you allowed to give suggestions about him?

Yeah, pretty much. Sid is actually based on one of the writers. I didn't want to get to know the writer too well, because I wanted to be able to make the character of Sid my own. But we were certainly given a chance to have our say, to give our input into the character. So we could stand up and say 'Actually, I don't think my character would say that'. Or we'd put in a few lines, do a bit of improvisation. I think we got a lot of say in our characters because they wanted it to look as realistic as possible, so we had to be comfortable with the parts we were playing and the lines we were saying.

What is Sid like?

He's basically the sidekick to Tony, who's the coolest guy around. He does whatever Tony says, like a little kid following his mum. But he also gets bullied by Tony quite a lot. He doesn't realize it, but he is getting verbally and mentally bullied, to the extent where it’s beginning to get through to him. But he keeps following Tony around because he's in love with Tony's girlfriend, and without Tony he couldn't be anywhere near her. He's a good guy, he knows where his loyalties lie, he has a lot of friends, but he has a really bad family life. He doesn't get on well with his dad, who thinks he's a waste of space. But he's got a big heart, he's always there for his friends.

Did you put elements of yourself into him?

There are elements of myself, definitely. I put aspects of myself into him, as any actor does into a character, but I wouldn't say I based him on myself. I could relate to people I know who are like him.

Is this a comedy or a drama?

There are very definite elements of both in there. It does cover all the issues of life as a teenager, but it does it with a very comic approach, so you don't exactly feel like you're being taken through the issues. I think it's somewhere between the two. It's probably more towards drama, but there are some brilliant comic moments in it.

How accurate a reflection do you think it is of being a teenager today?

I think it is dramatized a little bit - it has to be, TV has to be watchable. If you wanted to watch real teenage life, you could just stick a bunch of teenagers in a room and film them for a reality show. This is a drama, it's got to be entertaining, and so you've got to move things along a bit quicker. But I think it portrays the realities of teenage life quite well.

Some would argue that a drama about teenagers and drugs and alcohol and sex should carry an obvious moral message. What would you say to that?

I think this is based around real life, that's the key. Real life doesn't always carry an obvious moral message every time you do something. If it's going to have an element of realism, you can't just tack a really strong message on the end of every story telling young people what they can and can't do. In some programs, there might be a moral at the end of it, but only if that's the way real situations happen.


What sort of a character do you play?

Michelle is 17, she's friends with the rest of the gang, she goes out with Tony, who is the love of her life, and is almost a trophy husband, in a way. She's got the hottest guy in school and she's not going to let him go, even if she knows that he's not always the nicest of guys. She's got a pretty rough life at home, her mother's been married seven times in the last three years, and she doesn't get much attention from her, so she seeks that from boys by wearing short skirts and low-cut tops.

Is it embarrassing to play a character who flaunts her sexuality so much, or can you just play up to it and enjoy it?

It's not something that I would do, but it's quite a fun role to play. It gives me the chance to be the outgoing, confident girl that I'm not necessarily in my own life. At times you think 'Oh God, I've been standing on this street for four hours now in a tiny skirt, what am I doing?' But basically it's cool, I like it.

So there's not much of you in the character?

I think in any character you have to bring a certain element of yourself, but I like to think that we do things differently. She's not really bothered about what she does at school, she's more interested in going out, and what she looks like. I hope I'm not quite that superficial.

Is Skins an accurate portrayal of teenage life?

I think it's accurate to the extent that it shows what kind of things go on in teenagers' lives, but I think it exaggerates it for the purposes of comedy and entertainment for young people. It's not all about 'this is what teenagers do, it's very bad'; it's more 'this is what teenagers do, let's make it funny'. This is a teenage show, and at the end of the day the whole point of it is to be entertaining. If it was a documentary, then maybe it would be different, but it's suppose to be light-hearted and funny. Teenagers don't always want to watch something and be bombarded with 'you mustn't do this, you mustn't do that' - besides, that'll probably make them rebel and want to do it more.

A lot of your scenes are with Nicholas Hoult. Was he quite helpful with all of his experience in front of the camera?

Yeah, absolutely. I mean, half the time I forgot that Nick was more experienced than we were, because he's so normal and friendly. But he always seemed to know what was coming next, which made me feel more relaxed. My first scene was with him, and he knew all the jargon that the director would say, and it was part of his everyday life. So that kind of relaxed me, made it all a bit less scary.

What was it like having to film the more intimate kissing scenes with him? Was it embarrassing?

The first few times it was quite tough, because obviously you're thrown together in this situation, I'd never met him before, and one of the first things we were asked to do was stick our tongues down each others' throats. But after a while we got to know each other and became friends, and it was much easier. It's odd, but when he's Tony and I'm Michelle, it's just supposed to happen.

Series co-creator, executive producer and writer

In October of last year I was pondering an upcoming meeting with Company Television to discuss new formats for television drama. Sitting with my son Jamie Brittain, an English student, I ran my slightly lackluster set of drama ideas past him:

“That’s all boring bollocks Dad.” he remarked, rather unkindly I thought.

“So what would you suggest? Smartarse.” I countered.

He sat blinking and thinking for a moment.

“You should do something for kids; but not the usual crap. Get rid of the moralizing, the constant pumping rock music that old people seem to think kids like, the fantasy sequences, the flashbacks, the wobbly camera work, the middle aged portrayals of emotions, the stupid issue-based stories, the crap voiceovers, the glammed-up 20-something actors who play them. Get rid of all that shite and do something FUNNY instead.”

The next day, Company Pictures, amazingly, seemed to like the idea and offered it to E4, who almost bit our hand off. The fastest commission I ever got. Cheers Jamie.

So work starts and the Skins Writers Group is born, with an average age of 22. There are teenagers, school kids, comedians, artists, musicians, and screenwriters, one of them me, one of them the amazingly talented Jack Thorne (26) who has written two of our episodes as well as writing for Shameless.

The group would meet every Wednesday in the dingy basement underneath Company Television to hash out our ideas and watch a lot of television together. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Laurel and Hardy, Gregory’s Girl, Best in Show; we take it in turns to bring in our favorites. We talk things over. Work out how to do it. Back each other up. Eat. I never knew television screenwriting could be this much fun.

In one corner is Simon Amstell, the presenter of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and co-writer of episode seven, sitting hunched over a script idea with Daniel, a 17 year-old black kid from the Hampstead Theatre Youth Group. In another corner is Josie Long, fresh from her ‘Best Newcomer’ triumph at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival this year. She’s working with Althea, a fiendishly clever kid of Indian heritage. Althea’s so bright you forget after 30 seconds that she’s not 18 yet. She’ll write an episode by herself next year. I just know it. The room is packed and sweaty. We’ve been working over Jamie’s first television script, episode five. He’s almost died and come back to life to make it work, but he’s grinning. The writers group like it. By tomorrow afternoon The Dawson Brothers, our young ‘joke monkeys’ will have worked over the gags. Jamie will have sent the draft to our perfectionist script editor, Chloe Moss. No half measures for her. If it’s not good, it’s not in - no matter how young and talented you are. Kids will have wandered in and out of my office, making jokes, complaining, and eating. They’re always eating.

A year later and nine, one-hour episodes of Skins are in the can. An amazing cast of 17 year-old Bristol kids - some of whom had never acted in their lives before - have turned in subtle, complex and above all, funny performances, far above my wildest expectations. They have been led from the front by Nicholas Hoult, formerly the geeky kid in About A Boy. He gives one of the most shaded and nuanced performances by any actor, young or old, that I have ever met. While a gaggle of celebrities - Harry Enfield, Neil Morrissey, Sarah Lancashire, Peter Capaldi, Danny Dyer, Arabella Weir, Charlie Creed Miles, Josie Lawrence, Geoff Hughs - to name a few, have played the hapless Bristol parents trying in vain to stay in control of their teenage kids. We’ve laughed all summer. I mean, really pissed ourselves.

I’ve tried to think about what makes Skins different. I think it’s that Skins reflects the nuances of teenagers’ lives, which are as complex and as emotionally rich as any adults. We’re so busy telling teenagers how to behave that we miss the whole picture. We’re obsessed with drugs, with drinking, with sex. Young people accept these things as givens. Lecturing them is hopeless. Understanding them is impossible. You can only watch and wonder at how well the vast majority of them survive. That’s what Skins is about. And it’s funny. Will it work? I don’t know. But one thing is for sure. It will be like nothing else you have seen before.


Episode 1

Tony is a smart 17 year-old. So smart, he believes he can even get his best mate Sid laid, and make a profit – and Abigail’s party seems like the perfect place to do both. Inevitably a dope deal goes wrong, and so does Sid’s quest to lose his virginity. But when the stolen car goes into the river and takes the unpaid-for drugs with it, Tony and his mates are really in trouble.

Episode 1 premieres Sunday August 17, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 2

Cassie can trick everyone. The skinny, crazy girl manages to fool everyone that she’s beating her eating disorder especially her parents Marcus (Neil Morrissey) and Margeritte (Naomi Allisstone). Good old geeky Sid inadvertently steps out of Tony’s shadow to win a place in Cassie’s heart, by being the only person to notice the truth - except Allan, the taxi driver who takes her to the clinic. He is the only adult she trusts, and the only person who’s ever seen her eat anything. Meanwhile, Michelle has a food issue of her own when her mom returns from holiday to find the house has been the scene of one almighty food and drink fight. But, with new husband Malcolm in tow, will she even notice?

Episode 2 premieres Sunday, August 17, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 3

Jal is not your average ghetto girl. But what’s the point of having the ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition within hand’s reach, if those around you don’t even notice? Jal’s problem is her dad - he may be Bristol’s answer to P Diddy but when it comes to his daughter he’s lost the plot. Sid has got a big problem of his own - a problem who goes by the name of Mad Twatter. Mad T won’t rest until he’s got his hands on his drugs, his money, or Sid. As usual, Tony has left his best mate to take it on the chin – literally.

Episode 3 premieres Sunday, August 24, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 4

Happy-go-lucky party animal, Chris, wakes up one morning with a hangover, before discovering $2000 in cash and a note from his mum saying that she’s gone away. So, like any not-so-average 17 year-old, Chris embarks on a bender. But what do you do after you’ve thrown the mother of all parties and blown all the money? Well, you sell everything that isn’t nailed down, and start again - and just hope that everything else will start to make sense. Sometimes though, life can make a little more sense than you want it to and Chris has to face up to the fact that his mum might never be coming home.

Episode 4 premieres Sunday, August 31, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 5

Sid is in trouble - deep trouble. He’s failing at everything. His history coursework hasn’t made the grade and he’s only got a week to write something decent or he’ll fail the year. And, of course, he can’t get Michelle, his best friend’s girlfriend, out of his head. Will Sid ever buckle down and focus on his future - will his dad ever give him a break - and will he ever wake up to Tony’s manipulative ways?

Episode 5 premieres Sunday, September 7, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 6

What happens when two friends suddenly get to the limits of their friendship? Maxxie and Anwar are about to find out. And on top of that, one of them is dealing with advances from his straight male friend while the other is trying to fend off the father of the Russian girl he’s fallen for. And it’s all happening on the most disastrous school trip ever. Surely an entire history class can’t get deported from Russia?

Episode 6 premieres Sunday, September 14, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 7

Time’s up for Tony. His girlfriend Michelle has had enough. She’s also had enough of her mom’s latest husband/toy boy/business failure/serial idiot, Malcolm. But then a shining knight appears on the horizon with the promise of a happy ending. Seventeen, heartbroken and on the rebound, Michelle jumps right in. But Tony is determined to make sure the new prince in Michelle’s life turns into the biggest toad of them all.

Episode 7 premieres Sunday, September 21, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 8

Hasn’t anyone noticed that Tony’s little sister Effy never utters a word? Hasn’t anybody noticed that this 14 year-old school girl sneaks out at night? No-one apart from Tony that is. But then Tony doesn’t give a damn about anybody or anything, except his little sister.

Episode 8 premieres Sunday, September 28, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 9

It’s Anwar's birthday party, yet no-one is in the mood to celebrate. Sid thinks he's got his act together, but when he tries to tell Cassie how he feels he ends up in a padded cell. Tony is also in the mood to make up, but it seems his luck has run out too. There are scores to be settled. And settled they are, with some unexpected yet dangerously wonderful consequences.

Episode 9 premieres Sunday, October 5, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.