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Wednesday, December 31, 2008



Wedding Bells

Zooey Deschanel’s Engagement Ring

We saw them first – remember this entry regarding BeansTalk’s Zooey pda sighting?

Zooey Deschanel received a Platinum engagement ring from Ben Gibbard, the front man for Death Cab for Cutie on December 29, 2008.The Platinum and 3-carat asscher cut diamond ring was designed by Neil Lane. Below is a Platinum ring similar in style.

Have You Made Any Resolutions Yet??

Tuesday, December 30, 2008










Chenoweth and JudeFrances


Kristin Chenoweth rocked the red carpet at the Tinker Bell DVD premiere in JudeFrances Diamond and White Topaz Earrings. BeansTalk ADORES Chenoweth and is supremely bummed her “Pushing Daisies” was cancelled – there is no accounting for audience taste. Still, as talented as she is, we’re crossing our fingers she’ll continue to get lots of work so we can continue to enjoy her talents!

Monday, December 29, 2008



Lily Allen to Tour It's Not Me, It's You Kicks Off U.K. Tour March 14th

Capitol Records released "The Fear," the lead digital single and video from Lily Allen's album, It's Not Me, It's You. The track, which explores the dark side of celebrity and consumer culture, goes for adds at U.S. radio in January. "The Fear" just went to radio in the U.K., where it's already been featured as "Record Of The Week" on Scott Mills' BBC Radio 1 show. The accompanying video, which was directed by Nez (The Streets, Kano), received its U.S. premiere last Friday on MySpace, so be sure to check it out.

It's Not Me, It's You is both a continuation of the preoccupations of Alright, Still, Lily's critically acclaimed debut, and a stiletto-heeled leap forward. The forensic, affecting, often humorous examinations of relationships and sexual politics are still there, but bigger themes are also tackled. BLENDER aptly summed it up as "part God, part country and all middle finger." Working in a tiny rented house in England's Cotswolds and at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, Allen wrote and recorded the album's 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who collaborated with her on three tracks for Alright, Still - "Everything's Just Wonderful," "Alfie" and "Not Big."

Lily recently sold out a special show at London's Koko in less than an hour, and will launch a full U.K. tour March 14th. (See below for itinerary.) Plans for a U.S. tour are being finalized and will be announced shortly. She's already been the subject of "in the studio" features by Rolling Stone and BLENDER and a cover story in PAPER. Lily appears on the cover of NYLON's December/January double issue, which can be found on newsstands now.

With 2007's Alright, Still, Allen was hailed as "the archetypal singer-songwriter for the iPod generation" (NME). After a release week performance on "Saturday Night Live," the album entered The Billboard 200 at No. 20. She was nominated for four Brit awards, a GRAMMY® award and an MTV Video Music award, featured in numerous publications (including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Spin, BLENDER, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among others) and performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "TODAY." Certified Gold in the States, Alright, Still has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Lily Allen - U.K. Tour Dates

3/14 Glasgow Academy
3/15 Manchester Academy
3/18 Bristol Academy
3/19 Southampton Guildhall
3/20 Brighton Dome
3/22 Norwich UEA
3/23 Birmingham Academy
3/24 Leeds Academy
3/26 London Shepherd's Bush Empire

Friday, December 26, 2008

Second Biggest Shopping Day of The Year: Where Are You??


Are you taking advantage of (the second-this-year) Black Friday??

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Christmas Day!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

























Kristen Stewart, the star of the phenomena Twilight, loves her 7 forallmankind jeans.
Apparently, she has no problem going outside and sitting on her steps while she lights a glass pipe. We won't speculate on what she was smoking or even doing, but honey, when you're a star being followed by the paps, consider doing potentially illegal things in the privacy of your own home.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Kate Hudson (haven't heard much from her lately, since her break-up with soon-to-be daddy again Lance Armstrong) in 7 Forallmankind Jeans.

Friday, December 19, 2008


HGTV Rings in the New Year

The party starts at home for the New Year on HGTV with the launch of 5 new series, including "Dear Genevieve," hosted by designer Genevieve Gorder (Trading Spaces and Town Haul).

Whether your resolution this year is to get organized, be more budget-conscious, or simply be happier, Gorder believes the best place to start is in your own home.

In "Dear Genevieve," she serves as the sort of "Dear Abby" of the design world and answers the cries for help from viewers. From tackling outdated kitchens to dingy basements to non-functional home offices, Genevieve offers solutions for common design pitfalls to help homeowners rekindle the passion for their homes and lives.

Viewers looking for a fresh start will benefit from the inspirational stories of how design changes can transform the lives of everyday families as well as the practical takeaway tips Genevieve runs down in each episode.

"Dear Genevieve" premieres with back-to-back episodes at 1:00 pm + 1:30 pm ET on Jan 1, 2009 on HGTV. (note: "Dear Genevieve" premieres in its regular timeslot on Monday, January 5 at 8:30pm ET/PT).

In addition to Dear Genevieve, HGTV is kicking off 2009 with:

Four New Real Estate Series:

* "The Unsellables" [Jan. 1 @ 2:00 pm + 2:30 pm ET]
* "Desperate to Buy" [Jan 1 @ 3:00 pm + 3:30 pm ET]
* "Income Property" [Jan 1 @ 4:00 pm + 4:30 pm ET]
* "The Property Shop" [Jan 1@ 10:00 pm ET]


Two New Specials:

* "Paint-Over! With Jennifer Bertrand" [Jan 1 @ 5:00pm ET]: HGTV Design Star 3 winner Jennifer Bertrand shows how a little paintbrush wizardry can transform everything from cabinets and couches to floors and ceilings...even the rec room for the Philadelphia 76ers!

* HGTV Dream Home 2009 [Jan. 1 @ 9pm ET]: HGTV kicks off the annual installment of one of cable television's most successful promotions on January 1 with the premiere of a one-hour special that offers a private tour inside this year's luxurious HGTV Dream Home, located in Sonoma, Calif.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Ryder Wears Ferreti

The House of Alberta Ferretti announced that Winona Ryder wore a Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti blush satin sleeveless top with black chiffon trim and a blush satin skirt with a black satin grosgrain trim at the waist paired with a sparkly shrug, black satin shoes with flower detail and a black satin evening bag to the premiere of ‘Milk’ held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA on November 13, 2008. The top and skirt are part of the Spring/Summer 2009 Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti collection. The shrug is part of the Fall/Winter 2008 Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti collection. (AFP/Getty Images/File/Frazer Harrison)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

BBC America Explores America's Future

On the heels of one the most fascinating U.S. elections in decades, comes a new series on BBC America from Simon Schama, one of TV’s most popular historians and a Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. The American Future: A History by Simon Schama was shot against the backdrop of the US presidential campaign with Schama traveling throughout America to dig deep into the conflicts of its history to understand just what is at stake right now.

To coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Presidential Inauguration, The American Future: A History by Simon Schama will premiere in four parts at the following times:



Part 1- Monday, January 19, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Part 2 - Monday, January 19, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Part 3 - Tuesday, January 20, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Part 4 - Tuesday, January 20, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT



After 9/11, Katrina, Enron and Baghdad, the robustness of American optimism is struggling to reassert itself against the sobering reality of domestic anxieties and military frustration. This is an America grappling with an un-American sense of its own limits. The voters in the 2008 Presidential election expressed feelings of uncertainty about military outcomes and anxiety about their suddenly shaky prosperity leading to a weakened faith in governance that has not been felt this painfully since Watergate.



In his travels through America, Schama takes the long perspective, looking at four of the critical issues facing the country: war, moral fervor, immigration and the increasingly difficult relationship between expectations of prosperity and the reality of economic and environmental limits. Turning to fascinating moments in American history to understand the present, connecting legendary figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln with contemporary soldiers, businessmen, truckers, schoolteachers and even politicians, Schama offers a timely and gripping vision of the United States, past and present, at a critical moment – not just for the U.S., but also for the rest of the world.



The DVD of The American Future: A History by Simon Schama, hits stores on January 20, the same day as broadcast and is available at www.bbcamericashop.com. Schama’s accompanying book to the series, The American Future: A History will be available by Ecco, an imprint of Harper- Collins on May 19.



EPISODE SYNOPSES



PART 1 - American Plenty

Simon Schama explores how American optimism about the infinite possibilities of its land and resources is in danger of coming to a grinding halt. Nowhere is this more evident than the American West, which has always been a symbol of opportunity and freedom. Oil at $4 a gallon may be dominating the headlines, but here it’s the lack of water that’s an even bigger threat to the American future. The West is in the grip of a nine-year drought. America’s optimism about its natural resources has always been spiced with clashes over conservation, going back to the first man to navigate the Colorado River, John Wesley Powell. American ingenuity made farming on an industrial scale possible in the early years of the 20th century but at the cost of making Oklahoma a dustbowl. The building of the Hoover Dam, a modern American miracle, which provided essential irrigation for farming and for the new city of Las Vegas, now no longer supplies enough water for both.



PART 2 - American War

Simon Schama reveals how different the American attitude is to war from what outsiders assume it should be. “The world has got in the habit of thinking of America as the tough-guy empire; trigger-happy cowboys addicted to the rush of military power. But that’s not the way America sees itself,” he says. Two of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, disagreed about whether America should even have a professional army – a division still evident when Simon visits America’s premier military academy at West Point. From the Civil War right through to Mark Twain’s denunciation of President Teddy Roosevelt’s imperial adventure in the Philippines, war has inspired profound debate. And nowhere more so than San Antonio, Texas, nicknamed Military City because of its high population of veterans and serving soldiers, where Simon finds feelings about the war are deeply divided - it’s a debate which forces America to dig deep and rediscover what it stands for.



PART 3 - American Fervor

Simon Schama explores the ways in which faith has shaped American political life. His starting point is a remarkable fact about the recent election: for the first time in a generation it’s the Democrats who claimed to be the party of God. It was Barack Obama, not John McCain, who spoke about his faith. The British have long regarded American religion as largely a conservative force, yet Simon shows how, throughout American history, it has played a crucial role in the fight for freedom. Faith helped create America; it was the search for religious freedom that led thousands to make the dangerous journey to the colonies in the 1600s. After American independence, that religious freedom was enshrined in the Constitution, the first country in the world to do so. Simon also looks at the remarkable role the black church has played, first in the liberation of the slaves in the 1800s, and again in the civil rights movement of the Sixties – neither would have happened without it. It’s this very church that was been the inspiration for Barack Obama, who traces the roots of his political inspiration to his faith.



PART 4 - What is an American?

Simon Schama looks at the bitter conflict over immigration in American history. Who should be allowed to enter America and call themselves an American has always been one of the nation’s most divisive issues. He traces the roots of this conflict to the founding of America. The early settlers were themselves immigrants but they saw America as fundamentally a white and Protestant nation. Simon looks at the key events that challenged this view: the annexation of parts of Mexico in 1848 that made 100,000 non-whites American citizens, the immigration and subsequent expulsion of the Chinese in the late 19th century, and the massive immigration from Eastern Europe during the industrialization of the Twenties. Each time there have been those who have insisted America must stay white if it is to stay true to itself, and each time they have been defeated by the sheer force of history. John F. Kennedy defined America as a Nation of Immigrants in 1964 and Simon argues that the election of Barack Obama represents the final triumph of the vision of America as a multi-ethnic nation.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Holiday Hair

Fabrice Gili, Creative Director of Frederic Fekkai SoHo Salon offers easy ways to create your own hot new celebrity hair trends for this holiday season.

“We are seeing a new take on classic styles”, says Gili, “Women want an effortless yet sexy look that will take them from day to night, dinner to dancing.

Gili’s styling tips use the Fekkai Coiff Celebration Collection and the Fekkai Spray on hair crystals, available in Champagne, Copper, and Bronze.

Modernized Bob? Recently seen on Anne Hathaway (seen above) and Gwyneth Paltrow, Fabrice recommends using the following to attain this clean, blunt style. Start off with Fekkai Anti Frizz Crème from Coiff Celebration of Style Kit to create a sleek flawless look. Saturate the roots and then blow-dry hair upside down to create fullness. Then wrap hair around a 1" curling iron, making sure to leave the ends out to create a relaxed curl. To soften this look you can add a slight wave and relax curls with Fekkai Finishing Crème.
Classic French Twist - We’ve recently seen this classic style on Charlize Theron and Sophia Bush. Blow dry your hair while you brush it with a round brush. Twist the hair back and pin as you go. Fabrice suggests using Fekkai Ironless Straightening Balm from the Coiff Celebration of Style Kit to get that tight pulled back feel. Choose to add a little extra volume to make the look more rock and roll or opt for ultra glam to be tight and sleek for the ultimate glam party.

Ultimate Wavy, Sexy Hair ? “It’s a style that can easily go from day to night, dinner to dancing. It’s beautiful, timeless, and manageable” says Fabrice. Supermodels like Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen have made this classic style popular again because it’s easy and sexy at the same time. Wet your hair then blow dry to create the tousled waves. You may use a 2.5 inch iron by wrapping sections of your hair around it or use a round brush to finish drying. Finally set hair by misting Fekkai Coiff Fini Sheer Hold Hairspray all over. If you have bangs, blow dry or straighten them then tease for a volume at the top of your head to give volume and richness.

To give hair that ultimate holiday feel, try Fekkai’s Spray on Hair Crystals for extra sparkle.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Super Swag for Celebrity Parents From Distinctive Assets

For the second year in a row, entertainment gifting company, Distinctive Assets collected an assortment of gifts for the holiday season.

Celebrity parents such as Brooke Shields, Courteney Cox, Will Ferrrell, Tobey Maguire, Tori Spelling, Heidi Klum , Jon Stewart, Jennifer Garner and 17 others have received toys (and other sundries) for themselves and their tots. Distinctive Assets has once again assembled a variety of items that will help make the holidays a little more special for the entire family.

Each basket contained items from Bodemi, Boxers & Ballerinas, CARES, Chick Necessities, Dr. Fresh, Dr. Toys, Eco Ike, Fly High Joy, Fulfilled, Giacini Atelier, Greeteez, Gustafer Yellowgold, Hasbro Games, Hasbro Toys, Heavenly Hug Angels, Kid Fuel, “Koko the Service Dog”, La Costa Resort, LilChillers.com, Mary Jurek Design Inc., Nana Star, Radio Flyer, Sentimental Silver, Snacker Tracker, Soy Basics, Spike and Annie, SPINLASH, Spiritual Whimsy, Superhero by Shoshana Bean, The Jewish Zodiac, The Potty Tots, The WeeBeats, Thirstytowels.com, The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster, Tiny Prints, William C. Murphy MD, Xpressit Designs, Young at Heart Art, and Zero Water. The baskets will were delivered the week of December 8th.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Adams on the Rise


Amy Adams wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the Los Angeels premiere of her movie, “Doubt.” She chose platinum drop earrings, bracelets and a cocktail ring.

Friday, December 12, 2008


BBC America Debuts Howard's End

BBC AMERICA presents the multi-Oscar-winning Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel about class struggle in turn-of-the-century England. Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter play sisters Margaret and Helen Schlegel, both of whom become involved with the wealthy Wilcox family. While Helen is rejected by the younger Wilcox son, Margaret befriends Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), the matriarch of the family. When Ruth bequeaths her estate at Howards End to Meg, Ruth’s husband Henry (Anthony Hopkins) does his best to prevent Meg from taking control of the property – and falls in love with her in the process.
Howards End airs Friday, December 26, 2:00 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Tyler Spikes

Liv Tyler at Spike TV’s 2008 Scream Awards wore Platinum earrings and multiple platinum cocktail rings with diamonds and onyx.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


My Family Returns

The Harper family returns for a whole new season of marital bliss and family bonding. This season, Ben meets an old college friend – who’s now a woman, Susan gets arrested for shoplifting, and the whole family airs their dirty laundry to the entire country when they compete on The Weakest Link.

My Family premiered this week, Tuesday, December 9, 8 p.m. ET/PT. BBC America


T.R. Knight to Leave Grey's?

Rumors are swirling that actor T.R. Knight, who plays "George" on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" is looking to leave the series, reports Entertainment Weekly and AP. More TK.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Holmes in Sama

Katie Holmes, whose Broadway show is closing, wears the “Donna” sunglasses in black by Sama Eyewear while out and about in New York City.

Messing Jumps to Suit

Debra Messing wore a draped front silk sheeting jumpsuit by Kaufman Franco
to the Fashion Group International’s 25th annual Night of the Stars at Cipriani Wall Street. October 23, 2008 in New York, NY.

Monday, December 08, 2008


Jhung Yuro Creates An Original Limited Edition Sneaker for Luxury Brand Hennessy
Luxury lifestyle designer Jhung Yuro created a one-of-a-kind pair of limited edition sneakers for luxury brand Hennessy called The Hennessy Celebration Hi-Top. Hennessy was looking to continue building long-term connections with its customers.

“Sneakers are becoming the new American luxury item and the impact of having our own sneaker is major,” says Donae Burston, regional marking manager for Hennessy. “With this collaboration, Hennessy and Jhung Yuro continue their tradition of offering only the finest for those with discerning taste.”

The Hennessy Celebration Hi-Top is made from soft full grain leather with a cow suede tongue and vamp, napa pigskin interior and a lizard embossed overlay and strap. Color blocked with cognac brown and cream, The Hennessy Celebration Hi-Top has a non-marking rubber midsole, crepe rubber outsole with leather logo patch, deco stitch and will be packaged in an exotic skin embossed shoebox with a braided rope shoebox handle.

The Hennessy Celebration Hi-Top retails for $300 and is available exclusively at www.jhungyuro.com. The Hennessy Celebration Hi-Top is a limited edition shoe with only 500 pairs being made available in the US.

Friday, December 05, 2008


Olsen, Also in Dubai, Chooses Chopard


Mary Kate Olsen wore a pendant from the Xtravaganza Collection, in rose gold set with diamonds (3ct) and a necklace in white gold from les Chaines Collection set with 40 diamonds to the Grand Opening of Atlantis – The Palm Resort in Dubai. She also chose a Copacabana ring set with briolette sapphires for a total weight of 46 carats and 115 diamonds.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Lohan Glitters in Dubai

Lindsay Lohan wore a set from the Golden Diamonds Collection to the Grand Opening of Atlantis – The Palm Resort in Dubai

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Liz Earle Goes Green


British Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare (LENAS) was a sponsor of the Environmental Media Association’s 18th Annual Awards. LENAS was the first-ever British beauty brand to participate and was invited because of their 13 year history of serving as a leader and pioneer in the natural products movement. Liz Earle was in attendance at the Award Show on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Seen above are Liz Earle and actress Wendie Malick.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


















Heigl Goes Retro With Mary Norton


Katherine Heigl (seen here with her equally dapper-attired husband, singer Josh Kelley), attended a retro-themed party carrying a handbag by Mary Norton. The blonde beauty perfectly completed her 20’s-inspired ensemble with Mary Norton’s Sceptre – a silver clutch with pearls and Swarovski crystals in a diamond pattern.

Norton’s handbags and footwear are handcrafted by artisans in Italy and produced in small quantities. Mary Norton products can be found at the following retail outlets:

www.marynorton.com
Mary Norton - Melrose Place, Los Angeles
Mary Norton – King Street, Charleston
Other high-end retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Harrods

Monday, December 01, 2008
























Introducing Pinnington Bags

Diaper Bags For Stylish Moms


Long gone are the days of vinyl pastel diaper bags. Think you'll be stylish with your Petunia Picklebottom bag? Think again.

Pinnington Bags, the non-diaper bag/diaper bag offer a stylish carry-all for new moms.

During graduate studies at New York University, Pinnington designer Carly Liberatore, ventured off course from her B.S. degree, and took a side job as an interior designer.

Liberatore discovered a new found passion when she learned to sew in a high-end drapery workroom. Combining luxurious fabrics, her new-found knowledge of interior design and her flair for fashion, Liberatore soon created her own collection.

Although it started as a collection of women’s handbags, and inspired by the blossoming motherhood around her, Libertore’s Pinnington evolved into an assortment of diaper bags.

Libertore tweaked her collection to grow with the new lifestyles of her pregnant friends, family and fans. She called the collection Pinnington Bags for her mother, whose maiden name in Pinnington.

Each Pinnington Bag is handmade and takes about five hours to make. The bags come in a variety of patterns and materials including modern swirls in ivory and purple blue cut velvet stripes, pink and rust silk damask and orange on tan cut-velvet pinwheel pattern.

Three collections make up Pinnington Bags: The Emily Messenger Bag, The August Ruffled Bag, and the Anna Rouched Bag. Each group is named after a Liberatore niece or nephew- who are currently her three most important little ones.

Available in two sizes, the large diaper bag is designed as a classic, hold-all diaper bag, while the smaller accessory bag is better suited for carrying just basics. All bags have clean lines, a stylish tapered shape and feature a wipe-able change pad, comfortable carry straps and plenty of pockets (five interior and two exterior.)

Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell plan to use their Pinnington Bag once their twins are born, and Tori Spelling and Constance Zimmer have requested to tote their must- have mommy items around in Pinnington Bags (retail $330 to $350).

Pinnington Bags are available at local retailers and nationally at www.pinningtonbags.com.