Saturday, January 31, 2009

Get Kate Winslet's Look

Yes, before you say it, we know that this bit reads like a press release (because it is – well, not this/this bit, but the part below where Kate Winslet’s ‘do is discussed). Still, Campora did do the stunner’s hair and this is what his peeps sent to us at BeansTalk. We’re not telling you to go out and buy every product to look like her, but we thought you might be curious how it was all concocted.

(Here’s where the release really begins)

This year at the 15th Annual SAG Awards, Kate Winslet’s glamorous low bun and side swept bang as seen on the red carpet was created exclusively by Frederic Fekkai stylist Renato Campora using Fekkai products.

Actress Kate Winslet arrived at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on 25 January 2009 in Los Angeles, California, wearing a low bun “that [was] soft and elegant with a touch of modernity”

Capora on How To Get Winslet’s Look:

"Apply FEKKAI MORE ALL DAY DENSITY MOUSSE to wet hair for added volume.

On the bottom portion only apply FEKKAI COIFF MAGNIFIQUE to ends for a smooth blowout and to protect hair from the heat of styling tools.

Using the FEKKAI EXTRA LARGE ROUND BRUSH blow dry hair and part on the right side.

Once completely dry, use a one inch curling iron throughout hair to create tousled movement with dimension.

Apply FEKKAI TECHNICIAN GLAZE to ends working it through with fingers for texture that is not too heavy.

Tease the top of the head ever so slightly to create a touch of height.

Next pull hair back into a low ponytail.

Create a loose braid and twist it around to form a bun.

Secure with pins.

Making a braid helps to keep the bun from appearing too severe and gives it the soft modern touch."

The Products:
Fekkai All Day Density Mousse ($25)
Fekkai Coiff Magnifique ($23)
Fekkai Extra Large Round Brush ($65)
Fekkai Technician Glaze ($20)
Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair Spray ($23)

Images: Kate Winslet poses backstage with the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for "The Reader" at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009. (Fashion Wire Daily/Maria Ramirez); Kate Winslet poses backstage with the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for 'The Reader' at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lovely Laurie

We can’t help it. We know that everyone loves House, but when we first think of Hugh Laurie, we think of Bertie Wooster. Still, not only has Laurie emerged as sexy, smart (and apparently on tube as) American, but he’s quite the fashionisto. Laurie wore a one button wide peak lapel tuxedo by John Varvatos to the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Hugh Laurie won the award for best Male Actor in a Drama Series for his role in ‘House M.D.’

Image: Hugh Laurie poses backstage with the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for 'House M.D.' at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“Real” Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln

(BeansTalk note: We are total suckers for this kind of show; we recently got the DVD screener and are anxious to watch it – here are details for you Lincoln Conspiracy/History/Civil War Buffs)

Featured in special are new digital visualizations of Lincoln that show him moving and walking for the first time. Stealing Lincoln’s Body On History™ airs on the History Channel on 16 February 2009 at 9 p.m. ET.

As millions celebrate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln this year, History presents perhaps the last unknown story of our 16th president – the shocking plot to steal his body.

Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865 plunged the nation into mourning. After lying in state at the White House and at the Capitol (the nation’s first presidential state funeral), Lincoln’s body was carried by train in a grand funeral procession through several states and nearly two thousand miles, arriving in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois on May 4. However, his final burial would not take place until 1901, thirty six years later.

Before Lincoln finally came to rest in a steel-and-concrete-reinforced underground vault in Springfield, the President’s body was repeatedly exhumed and moved, his coffin frequently opened. An astonishing and macabre series of events also included a diabolical bodysnatching-for-ransom scheme. This remarkable final chapter is the subject of the gripping two-hour special Stealing Lincoln’s Body On History on Monday, February 16 at 9pm ET.

Stealing Lincoln’s Body On History™
examines the extraordinary confluence of historical trends and cultural movements that prompted this forgotten moment in American history—the age of counterfeiting, the birth of the Secret Service, the popularizing of the science of embalming (from the Civil War), the importance of secret societies in American life (including the one that was formed to safeguard Lincoln's body through the ages), and the advent of the rural cemetery movement.

Bringing this astounding story to life like no other before it, the program features moving images of Abraham Lincoln, digitally created from actual historical photographs. For the first time, Lincoln walks and moves according to the historical record. The moving images and some of the stills showcase the first “virtual photography” of Lincoln and the only “virtual motion” pictures of him ever created. Using computer-generated imagery, it illustrates key sections of the story and brings them to life, often with startling effect.

These new photographs and moving images of Lincoln highlight a level of historical detail and information never seen before. Ray Downing of Studio Macbeth, who created these digital effects for Stealing Lincoln’s Body On History™, explains the technique began as a kind of experiment using contemporary film technology. It gives the modern audience an opportunity to “gaze upon the noble face of our most beloved president, to see him walk down the street, to see him alive again…. Today’s technology allows us to achieve a level of photographic realism previously unattainable, with the added bonus of motion graphics."

Author and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, who is interviewed in Stealing Lincoln’s Body On History™, says: “The result—an uncanny, believable, realistic, living Lincoln—moving before our eyes as he must have in life, wholly imagined yet based on actual photos—took my breath away. Here is the man who lived, laughed, spoke, walked, for precious seconds practically born again.”

In 1876, 11 years after Lincoln's assassination, a band of Chicago counterfeiters devised a fantastic plot to steal Lincoln’s body and hold it for ransom. They wanted $200,000 and the release of the gang's master engraver who was in prison in Illinois. The Secret Service – recently formed to deal with the country's ballooning counterfeiting problem – infiltrated the gang with an informer. Yet it also set in motion a cringe-inducing chain of events in which a group of well-intentioned, self-appointed guardians took it upon themselves to protect Lincoln’s remains by any means necessary.

Some efforts to protect the remains of the 16th President of the United States would prove to be equally misguided and macabre. Finally, in 1901, 36 years after Lincoln’s assassination, Robert Todd Lincoln had the body of his father interred in a massive concrete vault. The contrast between the nation’s reverence for Abraham Lincoln and the shocking manner in which his body had been treated is striking. This strange story of Lincoln at un-rest reveals how important this man was to so many, and perhaps our reluctance to let such a beloved and visionary leader go. This may indeed be the last, unknown chapter in the story of Abraham Lincoln.

Stealing Lincoln’s Body On History™ is part of a year-long, national initiative announced in 2008 by HISTORY and its partners to commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. The initiative was launched in November 2008 at Lincoln’s birthplace in Hodgenville, Kentucky, and will stretch across programming, digital, and grass-roots platforms, in partnership with the National Park Foundation and the National Trust for Historic preservation. Its centerpiece is Give A Lincoln For Lincoln™, with Outback Steakhouse as its title sponsor. The goal is to encourage contributions to help preserve six key sites associated with Lincoln’s life and legacy.

Stealing Lincoln’s Body On History™ is produced for HISTORY by Left/Right. Executive Producer for History is Carl H. Lindahl. Executive Producers for Left/Right are Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver.

List of interviewees in Stealing Lincoln’s Body On History™:

Jon Austin – Director, Museum of Funeral Customs

Michael Burlingame – Author, Abraham Lincoln: A Life

James Cornelius – Curator, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Thomas Craughwell – Author, Stealing Lincoln¹s Body

Joseph Cummins – Author, Anything for a Vote

Jason Emerson – Author, The Madness of Mary Lincoln

Harold Holzer - Author, Lincoln President - Elect

Stephen Mihm – Author, A Nation of Counterfeiters

Scott Trostel – Author, The Lincoln Funeral Train

Nan Wynn – Site Manager, Lincoln Tomb

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sexy Yummy?

We heard about this product from a new company, Purple Lab, and though it was worth a mention. Purple Lab’s Huge Lips, Skinny Hips is the first lip gloss to include Hoodia, the all-natural appetite suppressant, in its formulation.

Purple Lab claim Huge Lips, Skinny Hips works double-duty:

* Colors lips in five on-trend spring hues or a clear gloss
* Hoodia helps to keep snacking at bay
* Vitamin b3 turns up lip volume with a plumping effect.

What can we say? Fascinating (and no, we don’t have a review because we haven’t tried it ourselves).

Here are notes from Purple Lab's recent release:

“Huge Lips, Skinny Hips is the answer to every girl's beauty dreams—sophisticated lip color, plumping performance and a natural way to curb those carb cravings,” says Purple Lab Creatrix, fashion/beauty insider, author and media personality Karen Robinovitz.

“It’s the perfect secret weapon for surviving cocktail parties without succumbing to all the hors d’oeuvres.”

Extending beyond the boundaries of traditional lip gloss, Huge Lips, Skinny Hips’ formulation features Hoodia Gordoni Extract, which is derived from the cactus-like plant indigenous to South Africa and Namibia and has been used safely for centuries for its appetite-suppressing benefits.

The formulation also includes Vitamin B3 to stimulate blood flow to the lip surface, diminish the appearance of unsightly wrinkles around the lip area and comfortably create a plumping effect without stinging or burning.

Other lip-conditioning ingredients include natural lipids that bind water to the skin, as well as Meadow Foam to moisturize to perfection and Lemon Peel Oil to offer instant cooling.

Committed to a healthy pout, the formulation is paraben-free.
Designed to inspire with every application, the collection’s six hues pay homage to Robinovitz’s favorite icons and philosophies. Red Sole (a sultry red inspired by the bottom of seductive Louboutin heels), Love Your Thighs (a flirty coral and Robinovitz’s personal mantra), Worship Kate (a rich pink glitter tribute to Kate Moss), Lychee Martini (a frothy peach inspired by her favorite fruit), No Panty Lines (a shiny clear) and Kitty Poledancer (the perfect nude and a nickname given to Robinovitz for her love of dancing) are each packaged with colorful anecdotes about the meaning behind the name of the shade. And the packaging is sleek, eye-popping fun—an hourglass-shaped box in glossy ombre dyed purple with metallic hot pink accents. Purple Lab’s Huge Lips, Skinny Hips will debut in Spring 2009 for $20.00 at Scoop and Space.N.K. Co-Founder of Scoop, Stefani Greenfield, says “Everything that Karen does has a fresh and innovative marketing twist—this is truly ‘sexy yummy’.”

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

America The Beautiful

(Something Tells Us That Headline's Been Written Before About Her)

Forget the rumors that Ugly Betty may be cancelled. She’s Beautiful America. At the 15th Annual SAG Awards America Ferrera’s make-up was inspired by her Vera Wang beige chiffon gown, with black trim accented by a giant flower at her hip. Her make-up artist Linda Hay wanted her make up to have a fresh and romantic feel, yet very modern to compliment the gentle nature of her dreamy gown. Hay chose a very simple eye, a peachy cheek and a deep red lip.

Hay began creating Ferrera’s look using YSL's Touche Eclat which help even out her complexion. She used it around Ferrera’s eyes, nose and corners of her mouth, followed by a light dusting of powder. She then applied Shu Uemura’s "Peche" directly to the apple of the cheek for a fresh, youthful look.

For Ferrera’s eyes, Hay drew a fine line on the top eyelid with Jouer's eye definer "Mure.” Using a large, flat eye brush, Hay swept a shimmering white shadow from Cle de Peu's #14 Eye Quad, across the entire lid, up and into the brow. With a smaller pointed eye brush she lined the silver shadow from the same palette to the bottom lid and from the inside corner to the outside corner of the eye. The inside of each eye was lined with Jouer's eye clarifier "Clair." Lastly, Hay applied three generous coats of Chanel mascara to both top and bottom lashes.

Ferrera’s distinctive brow was strong and well-defined using Anastasia's Brow Kit.

On her Lips, Hay used Mac's appropriately named "Viva Glam.”

Image: America Ferrera arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Shiny Happy People
Platinum People at SAG

Platinum jewelry sparkled on the red carpet at the “15th Annual SAG Awards” in Los Angeles on January 25, 2009:

* Laura Linney: A complete Platinum look by Cathy Waterman.
* John Hamm: Platinum tie clip and cufflinks by Neil Lane.
* Chris Harrison: Platinum and diamond watch by Jacob & Company ($245,000).
* Teri Hatcher: Platinum earrings, bracelet and rings by Neil Lane.
* Emily Blunt: Platinum stud earrings and ring by Neil Lane.
* Marcia Cross: Platinum earrings, ring and bracelet by Lorraine Schwartz.
* Christina Applegate: A complete Platinum look by Lorraine Schwartz.
* America Ferrera: Platinum bracelets by Fred Leighton.
* Evan Rachel Wood: Platinum pin by Neil Lane.
* Julie Benz: Platinum earrings and cuff bracelet by Neil Lane.
* Jenna Fisher: Platinum ring, earrings, bracelet and pendant with a chain by Neil Lane.
* Rosario Dawson: Platinum earrings, bracelets, brooches and ring by Neil Lane.
* Lisa Edelstein: Blackened Platinum earrings and cuff by Lorraine Schwartz.
* Jennifer Carpenter: Platinum bracelet, earrings and ring by Neil Lane.
* Angela Kinsey: Platinum earrings and bracelet by Neil Lane.
* Sally Field: Platinum bracelet and ring by Neil Lane.
* Holly Hunter: Platinum earrings and ring by Fred Leighton.
* Dana Delany: Platinum bracelet, ring and earrings by Neil Lane.
* Kate Flannery: Platinum hoops by Erica Courtney ($69,120).
* Teri Seymour: Platinum rings and drop earrings by Neil Lane.

Image: Actress Christina Applegate arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

'Tis Awards Season, Afterall

SAG Award Winners

Winners of the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:


_Cast: "Slumdog Millionaire."

_Actor in a leading role: Sean Penn, "Milk."

_Actress in a leading role: Meryl Streep, "Doubt."

_Supporting actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight."

_Supporting actress: Kate Winslet, "The Reader."

_Stunt ensemble: "The Dark Knight."


_Drama series cast: "Mad Men."

_Actor in a drama series: Hugh Laurie, "House."

_Actress in a drama series: Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters."

_Comedy series cast: "30 Rock."

_Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock."

_Actress in a comedy series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock."

_Actor in a movie or miniseries: Paul Giamatti, "John Adams."

_Actress in a movie or miniseries: Laura Linney, "John Adams."

_Stunt ensemble: "Heroes."

Life Achievement: James Earl Jones.

Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles); Kate Winslet poses backstage with the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for 'The Reader' at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Party Hair Tips

Hair Tips from Ryan Nickulas, Founder of NYC’S Ryan Darius Salon

This holiday, get festive with these tips that are sure to deck your hair in style. NYC salon owner Ryan Nickulas of the Ryan Darius Salon helps to transform your everyday look into chic holiday hair.

Party Your Hair: Nickulas recommends, “A jeweled headband or hair pins are the easiest way to add a touch of glam while bringing your look from boring to fashion-forward.”
Instant Makeover: Nickulas says, “When time between the workday and a soiree is limited to a cab ride, quick and easy transitions are key:

* In the morning braid your damp hair in a few sections
* Wrap them in a bun for the duration of the day
* At the end of your work day, unravel your festive waves
* Add a fun accessory to give your hairstyle some holiday shimmer

Shine Shine Shine: Nickulas, like many of his peers, has a favorite hair-styling product: “A must-have for every girl is Goldwell’s Diamond Gloss Shine Spray—a fine mist that smoothes while adding luster to dull and tired hair. Stash it under your desk and apply after a long day for a renewed healthy shine.”

Ryan Darius Salon
82 West 12 Street New York NY 10010
Tel: 212 255 3579.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pete Doherty’s Solo Album Debuts March
Well, BeansTalk is glad to know that there is more to Pete Doherty than his troubled personal life. We chose a cute B&W image, didn't we? He's almost unrecognizable from the guy peppering the tabloids.

The first solo album by singer-songwriter Peter Doherty (Babyshambles, The Libertines) is complete, and scheduled for North American release on Astralwerks on March 24, 2009.

The album, Grace/Wasteland, was recorded during a month of sessions in autumn 2008 at London's Olympic Studios with producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Cranberries, Kaiser Chiefs). Street also produced the 2007 top 5 U.K. album Shotter's Nation by Babyshambles, Doherty's current band.

Album collaborators include guitarist Graham Coxon (Blur), who plays throughout the album; Scottish singer Dot Allison, who co-wrote the duet "Sheepskin Tearaway," which was also featured on Babyshambles' live DVD Up the Shambles; and poet Peter "Wolfman" Wolfe, co-writer and guitarist on "Broken Love Song". Doherty had previously made a guest appearance on Wolfe's U.K. No. 7 single and Ivor Novello Award-nominated song "For Lovers".

Also contributing are Babyshambles members Mick Whitnall on guitar, Drew McConnell on bass, and Adam Ficek on drums.

Further album tracks include "Arcadie," "Through the Looking Glass," "Salome," and "1839 Returning."

With the Libertines, Peter Doherty recorded the U.K. No 1. album The Libertines, and the U.K. No. 2 single "Can't Stand Me Now." Babyshambles have released two U.K. Top 10 albums, Down in Albion (2004) and Shotter's Nation (2007). He is also the author of The Books of Albion: The Collected Works of Peter Doherty (Orion Books, 2007). Doherty was named Hero of the Year in February 2008 at the Shockwaves NME Awards.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

News From Around the World: President Obama's Inauguration
The inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama dominates the front pages of Greek newspapers on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. Headlines clockwise from the top left: To Vima: America Changes, The World Hopes; Kathimerini: Hope for a New Era; Ethnos: Promise for a Fresh Start; Ta Nea: Hope Wins Over Fear; Eleftherotypia: Hollywood and a Dose of Hope; Eleftheros Typos: Banishing 8 years of Bush. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

A display of French newspapers and the International Herald Tribune shows their front page coverage of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington D.C., in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. Obama ushered in a new era for the United States, becoming the first black leader of the country. (AP Photo/Bertrand Combaldieu)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Camelot Returns

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle dance at the Midatlantic Regional Inaugural Ball in Washington January 20, 2009. (Jim Young/Reuters)

At Last! President Obama is Sworn In

President Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States during the inauguration ceremony in Washington, January 20, 2009. Michelle Obama watches at right. The Bible Obama uses is the same one that President Abraham Lincoln used at his Inauguration in 1861. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Monday, January 19, 2009

Katie's Fave

We’re glad that Katie Holmes stopped wearing what everyone decided were her husband Tom Cruise’s jeans – she has the figure of a supermodel and wearing too big ratty looking pants were simply not flattering. If she was trying to start a fashion craze, we hope she didn’t. It looks like she didn’t because we haven’t seen that “style” on anyone else. At least, Holmes shifted gears in the last few weeks and has been repeatedly spotted in 7forallmankind bell bottoms in the Vintage California wash.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hudson: Fashion Star of the Day

Bride Wars star Kate Hudson wears 7FAM Bootcut jeans in the Vintage California wash. BeansTalk likes that she’s paired her cool jeans with a unique and flattering top with top tones of orange and black.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

BeansTalk Exclusive: An Extension Expert Dishes

Celebrity hair stylist Tina Dizon knows how to avoid hair extension mishaps! Dizon, who can be found at Juan Florentino Salon in Beverly Hills is dubbed the “locks doc” and talks to BeansTalk about her secrets and scoop.

BeansTalk: How and why did you become an extension expert?

Tina Dizon: I've always been interested in transforming my clients through color, haircuts, and styles. Extensions are another way to make my clients look instantly beautiful and glamorous. Over the years I kept noticing hair extensions that looked artificial -- they moved in an unnatural way, and/or the color and texture didn't match. I knew with my expertise in all aspects of hair design that I could find hair extensions for my clients that were natural-looking and flattering. Expert extensions make a women feel attractive, sexy, and confident.

BeansTalk: Tell us about the evolution of hair extension -- how has it gotten better?

TD: Ancient Egyptians used wigs or hair pieces for cosmetic adornments. The hair "extension" was coated with beeswax or plant resin so that it could be secured to the scalp or existing natural hair. Today, the quality of hair extensions depends on numerous factors -- human hair vs. synthetic, application techniques -- you're not limited to one style, one type, or one texture. Each individual can have customized extensions combining different techniques and colors.

BeansTalk: Are any of the "older" methods still used?

TD: Yes, older or traditional methods are stilled used to apply extensions. "Weaving" in tracks (several inches long in width), or "braiding" (cornrows) techniques are not as common in the new hair trends but are still used by veterans.

BeansTalk: What makes a set of extensions "bad" (ie. you can easily tell they are extensions, they look like extensions, you have to go through a lot of machinations to hide the connectors)?

TD: There are several aspects that can make a set of extensions "bad". Simply put, if you can tell a woman has extensions, then it's a "poor" job. The quality of the hair used, synthetics or cheap human hair can tangle and become dry. As well as the application, using the right techniques with surgical precision makes all the difference. You want the hair to move, be versatile, and blend with the natural hair.

BeansTalk: What are the cons about having extensions/what's challenging about having extensions?

TD: Poorly applied extensions fall out easily, losing their shape and style, and possibly breaking the natural hair as well. Cheap extensions can mat and tangle easily, and often do not match or move with the real hair.

The maintenance can be time consuming, i.e., brushing your hair more gently, taking more time to style/blow dry, etc.

BeansTalk: What is your preferred method of creating extensions? And how is it done?

TD: I prefer the strand by strand "hot and cold Fusion" and "Micro Locs". The fusion method uses protein to bond small sections of hair together, strand by strand. Hot fusion uses heat to form a smooth bond, while cold fusion uses an ultra sonic machine to form the bond without heat. Micro tubes or locs are very small copper/metal/aluminum tubes that are attached to each natural strand of hair.

BeansTalk: What kind of hair do you use?

TD: 100% Russian and European Remy Human Hair

BeansTalk: How long does it last/how long can you keep them?

TD: Extensions can last anywhere from 2-5 months. The average being 3 months. Much depends on how well you take care of them.

BeansTalk: How are they removed?

TD: Depending on the method used, extensions should always be removed by a professional. The fusion method can be removed by a special solution to break down the bond to the hair. And a special tool is used to "unlock" the micro locs or tubes.

BeansTalk: How do you shampoo/clean them?

TD: Extensions should be shampooed every 2-3 days. A shampoo that is gentle and cleansing, but not overly moisturizing. Conditioning should be done on the ends after shampoo. I always recommend a leave-in conditioner as well. Never condition at the root or the extensions might "slip" out.

BeansTalk: What are the tricks to having great extensions that don't look like extensions?

TD: The highest quality hair, 100% Remy human hair. A combination of application techniques, color formulation, and a professional who specializes in cutting extensions.

BeansTalk: Which celebrities have you worked with? Do you have any anecdotes you can share?

TD: I've styled the Hilton sisters, top Hollywood directors, and other high-profile figures. In general, however, hair-extension work is like plastic surgery -- discretion is the key -- it's better if people believe your look is natural. One time, an aging Hollywood legend mistook a bowl of hair-color formulation for whipped cream and scooped a handful into her mouth, sending me and the assistants into a frenzy. It's the first time I've ever had to wash someone's mouth out with soap.

BeansTalk: What is the price range for extensions? What's the least expensive job you've done on someone? The most?

TD: Extensions can range anywhere from $1,800-$3,000 depending on what a client needs- volume, fullness, length or a combination of them all. The least expensive job was on a client who wanted fuller bangs for $250 and the most expensive on someone who needed volume and length for $3,000.

BeansTalk: Tell us a little about yourself and where our readers can find you.

TD: I was born in Vietnam, raised in Louisiana and have called Los Angeles my home for years. I am a yoga instructor and practitioner, I find yoga gives me balance and a break from the frenetic pace of LA life. My love of travel and different cultures has brought me amazing places all over the world. I fell in love with hair design when I was a teenager, and styled my girlfriends' hair before a night out on the town. That passion translated into a full-time stylist career at Umberto in Beverly Hills. While at Umberto, I also led the salon-education program and was the director of salon assistants for over a decade.Your readers can now find me at Juan Florentino in Beverly Hills. JF is an upscale boutique salon with state of the are equipment in a beautiful environment where clients receive the latest styles. Not only do I specialize in hair extensions, I am also an expert colorist and stylist.

Tina Dizon Juan Florentino 9908 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Coldplay Deluxe Viva La Vida

Two-Disc Set, Viva La Vida - Prospekt's March Edition, Features Eight Previously Unreleased Tracks, Including A Collaboration With Jay-Z; Prospekt's March Also Available As An EP

Capitol Records released Coldplay's Viva La Vida - Prospekt's March edition a day early - on Monday, 24 November 2008. The two-disc deluxe package includes Viva La Vida, the band's fourth full-length album, plus a brand new EP entitled Prospekt's March.

The EP, which will also be for sale separately in CD, digital and 12" configurations, includes six recently-completed songs that the band had begun recording during the Viva La Vida sessions plus brand new versions of two album tracks - "Lost +" (with Jay-Z) and "Lovers in Japan (Osaka Sun mix)." Directed by Mat Whitecross, the video for Coldplay's latest single, "Lovers in Japan," has already been added by VH1, MTV Hits, mtvU, MTV Tr3s, The N and Music Choice.

Viva La Vida was released in June 2008 and charted at No. 1 in 36 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. The album is double Platinum in the U.S. and Coldplay has been honored with numerous awards this year, including two Q Awards and two World Music Awards.

The track listing for Prospekt's March - available as part of the new deluxe edition of Viva La Vida and as a separate EP - is as follows:

1. Life in Technicolor ii
2. Postcards From Far Away
3. Glass of Water
4. Rainy Day
5. Prospekt's March / Poppyfields
6. Lost + (with Jay-Z)
7. Lovers in Japan (Osaka Sun mix)
8. Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Celebrity Fashion

Platinum Stars

Many stars dazzled in Platinum jewelry at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor - who helped celebrities find the perfect bling for tonight’s red carpet – says, “we are seeing a return to bold jewelry including stackable cuff bracelets, oversized cluster and drop earrings, and even lapel pins for men.” Platinum is favored on the red carpet because it’s a naturally white metal, so it maximizes the brilliance of gemstones.

Who chose Platinum on the red carpet and at parties (retail prices are provided when available):

• Eva Longoria-Parker wore Platinum cluster earrings by Verdura.
• Kate Winslet wore Platinum earrings by Chopard.
• Penelope Cruz wore a Platinum ring by Chopard.
• Mary Louise Parker wore Platinum rings and earrings by Chopard.
• Angelina Jolie – Platinum earrings and ring by Neil Lane.
• Beyoncé – Platinum and 200 carat diamond necklace, Platinum and 16 carat diamond earrings, and her own Platinum wedding band by Lorraine Schwartz.
• Jennifer Lopez – Platinum drop earrings, ring and bracelet by Lorraine Schwartz.
• Anne Hathaway – Vintage Platinum earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels’ Private Collection.
• Hayden Panettiere – Platinum earrings and ring by Fred Leighton.
• Vanessa Hudgens – Platinum necklaces, stud earrings and ring by Lorraine Schwartz.
• Demi Moore – Multiple Platinum bracelets, earrings and ring by Cartier (total worth millions of dollars).
• Amy Adams – Platinum earrings and ring by Lorraine Schwartz.
• Christina Applegate – Platinum necklace, earrings and ring by Lorraine Schwartz.
• Elizabeth Banks – Platinum necklace, rings and earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. Platinum hair comb by Fred Leighton.
• Drew Barrymoore – Platinum earrings, bracelet and ring by Lorraine Schwartz.
• Sally Hawkins – Platinum earrings and bracelet by Lorraine Schwartz.
• Jonas Brothers – Joe is wearing Platinum cufflinks by Neil Lane ($6,900), watch by Piaget ($29,250) and a ring from Per Amore ($6,000); Kevin is wearing Platinum cufflinks by Neil Lane ($9,500), lapel pin by Neil Lane ($4,500) and a watch by Franck Muller ($58,900); Nick is wearing a Platinum tie tack from Platinum Guild International ($600).
• Susan Sarandon – Platinum necklace, earrings and rings by Fred Leighton.
• Laura Linney – Platinum earrings and bracelets by Cathy Waterman.
• Marisa Tomei – Platinum chains, pendants and stud earrings by Neil Lane.
• January Jones – Platinum ring and earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels’ Private Museum Collection.
• Amy Poehler – Platinum stud earrings, chains and rings by Fred Leighton.
• Isla Fisher – Platinum bracelet and earrings by Neil Lane.
• Kyra Sedgwick – Platinum earrings, cuff and ring by Fred Leighton.
• Kanye West – Platinum cufflinks and shirt studs by Neil Lane.
• Jay-Z – Platinum tie pin and cufflinks by Neil Lane.
• Jake Gyllenhaal – Platinum cufflinks by Fred Leighton.
• Patrick Dempsey – Platinum cufflinks by Fred Leighton.
• Laura Dern – Platinum bracelet and earrings by Neil Lane.
• Sally Field – Platinum bracelet, earrings, and ring by Neil Lane.
• ·Evan Rachel Wood – Platinum earrings and bracelet by Neil Lane.
• ·Christina Hendricks – Platinum bracelet and earrings by Neil Lane.
• ·Jaime Pressly – 2 Platinum cuffs by Chad Allison ($60,000 total), and earrings by Neil Lane ($17,000).
• · Jennifer Carpenter – Platinum necklace, earrings and ring by Neil Lane.
• ·Jennifer Esposito – Platinum ring by Ricardo Basta ($80,000), and bracelet by Stephen Russell ($225,000).
• ·Julie Benz – Platinum earrings by Erica Courtney ($45,000).
• ·Audrina Partridge – Platinum earrings, bracelets and ring by Neil Lane.
• ·Sarah Chalke – Platinum earrings and ring by Neil Lane.
• ·Garcelle Beauvais Nilon – Platinum cuff and earrings by Neil Lane.
• ·Rumer Willis – Platinm earrings and bracelets by Neil Lane.
• ·Kate Flannery – Platinum earrings and cuff by Erica Courtney ($96,000).
• ·Mindy Kaling – Platinum earrings by Chad Allison ($2,800), and ring by Mark Schneider ($36,000).
• Keely Brosnan – Platinum necklace by Piaget ($551,100), and earrings by Ricardo Basta ($32,000) or Neil Lane, ring by Neil Lane, and bracelet by Neil Lane.
• Moon Goodblood – Platinum bracelet and earrings by Neil Lane.
• ·Kate Capshaw – Platinum earrings by Neil Lane.
• Samantha Harris – Platinum earrings and necklace by Damiani or earrings by Siegelson, ring by Mark Schneider ($23,400), and bracelets by Stephen Russell ($325,000 total).
• Giuliana Rancic – Platinum earrings by Stephen Russell ($350,000) or earrings by Ashok Sancheti ($20,000). Or, ring and earrings by Erica Courtney ($30,040 total).
• Teri Seymour – Platinum and diamond jewelry by Neil Lane.

Platinum Guild's Preview: Celebrities including Carrie Preston (True Blood), Mindy Kaling (The Office), Kate Flannery (The Office), Leslie David Baker (The Office), Alimi Ballard (Numb3rs), David Blue (Ugly Betty), Amber Frakes (24), Martin Sopha (Dexter), Kate Linder (The Young & the Restless), Katerina Graham (Hannah Montana), Lorna Scott (True Blood), Candis Cayne (Nip/Tuck) attended Platinum Guild International USA’s Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Jewelry Preview at the Palihouse Holloway where they experienced:

· More than $52 million dollars worth of rare Platinum jewelry to wear on the red carpet from the world’s top designers including Neil Lane, Stephen Russell, Erica Courtney, Piaget, Damiani, Franck Muller, Mikimoto, and vintage Tiffany & Co. and Cartier from Siegelson.
· Luxury treatments by Bliss Spa, beverages from Rubyy Blood Orange Energy Drink, champagne from Moët & Chandon and Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, and wines from Newton and Lucien Albrecht.
· “Clean Crisp White” luxury candle from Votivo.
· Limited-edition Platinum iPods. Valued at $150, celebrities autographed iPods that will be available through the Clothes Off Our Back award shows website auction to support children’s charities.

Images: Actress Laura Linney poses with her award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television in 'John Adams', at the 66th annual Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2009. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters); Amy Adams arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Beverly Hills, Calif.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Good Health

Say, Ahhhh....
Great Massage Therapy: NeuroSoma

BeansTalk can speak first hand about the amazing massage therapy of artist Betzi Stein (yes, she is an actual artist, in addition to being an artist of massage therapy).

We got this email from her and wanted to share it with you…if you live in Los Angeles or are visiting, consider contacting Betzi – you will absolutely feel fantastic. We haven't tried NeuroSoma specifically, but if Betzi's in charge, it will undoubtedly be wonderful.

“I want to tell you about a powerful and highly effective method of muscle therapy that I have incorporated into my massage practice. It restores chronically- contracted (knotted) muscles to a healthy state and relieves the associated discomfort.

The method, called NeuroSoma®, is based on the fact that when chronically-contracted muscles relax, pressure on adjacent nerves is relieved, thus restoring full muscle function. Further, according to Thomas Griner, developer of the method, conditions not typically associated with muscle can be significantly minimized without drugs or surgery. These include allergies, arthritis, digestive disorders, disc issues, headaches and sinus problems, to name just a few.

The treatment involves a machine called the BioPulser® that uses percussive vibration of an exact speed and number of pulses per second to condition muscles for the finger work that follows. The BioPulser® reaches deep into the hardened core of chronically-contracted muscles, softening them from the inside out. The finger work then relaxes the muscles from the outside in.

I've had very positive responses from clients thus far:

Just to give you some feedback...I got home Friday and realized my spine was straight...better than going to a chiropractor. I am sleeping better and am looser than I have been (maybe in years.) My sinuses are clearer and I feel an overall sense of better well being. RT

Since you started these new treatments my neck feels SO much better that I forgot it used to hurt all the time. AO

My feet haven't felt this good in months! NL

Following are excerpts from an information sheet that will more fully explain the basis of the treatment:

More About Pain and NeuroSoma®

"Pain is an attention-grabbing sensation, and is how your body alerts you to a problem. However, pain is secondary to some unfelt primary problem. Unfortunately, all too often we attack the messenger instead of the message, because it is easy to become fixated on a pain.

Thomas Griner, upon whose work NeuroSoma® is based, and inventor of the BioPulser®, learned through years of practice that much pain is the result of nerve entrapment by muscles hardened from chronic over-contraction. These hardened muscles actually irritate adjacent tissues, but most nerves are purposely placed under muscles with the expectation that muscle will act as a cushion. Therefore, the number of nerve entrapment points is quite large and varied, and an excessive increase of muscle tone underlies and accompanies many maladies.

As the level of muscle tone/irritation increases, endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers – are triggered so that your level of sensitivity is actually decreased. Decreased sensitivity allows the spreading irritation of the hardened muscles to increase covertly; in other words, even though the irritation is actually increasing, decreased symptomatic sensitivity allows you to believe you are remaining the same or even improving. In advanced levels of irritation, sensitivity often drops so low that symptoms will disappear altogether. The mistaken assumption is then that “whatever was wrong finally went away.”

Healing modalities that set pain relief as the primary goal usually fall into the “endorphin trap”. Powerful endorphins cover up the symptoms, allowing temporary relief from the secondary problem (pain); but our primary goal is ultimately to identify and rectify the primary problem – the underlying dysfunction – thereby achieving the secondary goal of eliminating pain."

I'll be happy to talk with you further, answer any questions you may have and schedule your appointment. I am very excited about the addition of this method to my practice and look forward to working with you soon.

To your health!


P.S. With the downturn in the economy affecting so many of us, take advantage of my Honor System Pricing policy.
Choose a rate within the following price ranges to fit your budget:

30 minutes - $30 - $50
60 minutes - $55 - $100
90 minutes - $105 - $150

Prevent Illness. Promote Health. Get Massage.
Betzi Stein Massage Therapy

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Monday, January 12, 2009

First Lady Fashion

Inaugural Outerwear?

Awhile ago, BeansTalk promised to choose a selection of coats we think would look pretty on almost-First Lady Michelle Obama. We know she likes color -- she's been known to favor J. Crew's colored jeans -- and she'd look great in a vibrant color. Given the average temperature in Washington D.C. (today, for example, it's 37-degrees, feels like 29-degrees), she's going to have to wear a coat. While she'll undoubtedly have a custom-designed outfit, we thought we'd pull some samples of coats we think would look lovely on her. We especially love this on, by Tevrow+Chase, but we also are fond of the Nanette Lepore and Nicole Miller. Favorites aside, she'd look great in any of these. What do you think??

Image: Red. Spread collar; hidden button front. Long sleeves with belted cuffs. Tonal tie belt at natural waist. Flounce skirt. Wool; lining, polyester. Imported of Italian material. $695

Nicole Miller, $485.

Nanette Lepore, $525.

Leifs Dottir, $498.

Georges Simonton, $640.

Elizabeth and James, $865.
Ellie Tahari's "Christina," $550.

Diane Von Furstenberg's "Sabra" $1350.

Burberry, $1295.

Alice + Olivia $660.

Chenoweth in Chakra
Kristen Chenoweth chose a merlot Georges Chakra dress for the premiere of Four Christmases on 21 November 2008.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Good Health

American Blast

For awhile, we were all over sugar-free Red Bull. And then we got over it. It may have something to do with the fact that our CFO was continuously expressing concerns over possible ill-effects on our health.

At the Distinctive Assets Spike TV Video Game Awards suite, a grouping of staff got to sample the American Blast Energy Drink and it was a big hit with BeansTalk, and especially with our COB who loved the idea, and the taste (although not the name).

The 411: Founded in 2008, American Blast Energy Drink is an invigorating energy and vitamin drink. American Blast Energy Drink provides over 100% of the daily recommended requirement for many essential multi-vitamins including Vitamins B6, B12, C, and Folic Acid.

It’s available in a 2 oz. sugar-and alcohol-free concentrated supplement size, as well as an 8 oz. size that is carbonated and sweetened; the 8 oz. size is available in three varieties – regular, sugar-free and caffeine-free. The COB preferred the caffeine free and the rest of us loved the sugar-free. It

The reps (BeansTalk friends Kravetz P.R.) tell us that “Within three to five minutes, you will feel a boost of energy that lasts up to six hours! Unlike most caffeine filled products, American Blast Energy Drink has no negative side effects and will not leave you sluggish the rest of the day. It’s Kosher, American made, and eco-friendly (the label is printed on soy paper).

“Most of our competitor's energy drinks are simply loaded with calories, carbohydrates, sugar and sodium using the reaction to these ingredients to take credit for the energy boost” says Robyn Russo, owner of American Blast Energy Drink. “American Blast Energy Drink has flavor and overall customer satisfaction that is far superior and healthier than other similar products such Red Bull and Mojo.”

American Blast Energy Drink is produced by Natures Answer, Quality Without Questions, one of America's oldest and largest manufacturers of holistically balanced herbal extracts. The company specializes “in innovative scientific techniques and are pioneers of alcohol free extracts, vitamins, minerals, tinctures and organic remedies.”

American Blast Energy Drink is available in three varieties – regular, sugar free and caffeine free, and retails for $2.00-2.49 for an 8oz. can and $3.00-3.49 for a 2oz size. The product is available at the Vitamin Shoppe and online at

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Enchanted With 7FAM

Amy Adams (Doubt, Enchanted) donned a pair of super-long Ginger jeans from 7forallmankind.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Life on Mars Sequel to Air on BBC America

We loved the original Brit series Life on Mars, but just couldn't warm to the U.S. version. BeansTalk is excited that BBC America has acquired the U.S. premiere of (the U.K. series) Ashes to Ashes, the award-winning drama and sequel to Life On Mars, premiering in March 2009.

With the U.S. adapted version of Life on Mars currently on air, BBC AMERICA viewers have a chance to see what happens next to their favorite characters in the original U.K. series. In Ashes to Ashes, Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) is transferred from Manchester to London and embraces the ‘80s. He is joined by sexy psychological profiler, Detective Inspector Alex Drake from 2008, played by Keeley Hawes (MI-5), who finds herself stuck back in 1981 having been shot.

Frustrated by each other’s stubbornness, the friction between Alex and Gene heats up and as the two titans collide, it becomes apparent there is more than just a professional tension emerging. Hunt’s faithful sidekicks, a newly permed Detective Sergeant Ray Carling and the overly cautious Detective Constable Chris Skelton, are also along for the ride as the new team takes on criminal scum in the nation’s capital.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Exclusive! Exclusive! Exclusive!

BeansTalk Exclusive

Affleck Gets Greasy After Baby

Earlier today, Ben Affleck's wife, actress Jennifer Garner, gave birth to the couple's second daughter (no other details were made available by their reps to People mag, which apparently had the exclusive) in Los Angeles. They also have a daughter, Violet, now 3.

At 9:30 p.m., Affleck, emerging from the backseat of a sedan parked in front of Culver City's Johnnie's Pastrami (Famous Since 1952) at Sepulveda and Washington, and sat around the restaurant's outdoor fire-pit. Affleck, wearing a zip-up jacket and beanie headgear (not unlike the outfit in the photo here), seemed to have suddenly gotten conscious that maybe one of the five other customers may have recognized him, pulled his collar up and his beanie down as we (BeansTalk) left Johnnie's. His companions, a couple, were blissfully engaging him in conversation.

Really? Really? You're in a little tiny dive joint (albeit one with yummy food), probably wanting some of their seriously popular pastrami sandwich and fries, and you're worried that one of the other five people there might recognize you from your turns in "Bounce" and "Man About Town"?

Actually Ben, if you should worry about anything, it might be that at 36-years-old, eating heavy, greasy (again, albeit tasty) food fare that late at night may give you nightmares. That's what we were worried about.

For the record, no one approached him and it was probably only the BeansTalk table that even noticed who he was -- and we really acted like he wasn't "anyone." Because, really, in our universe, you really aren't. Although we did love Dogma. But not because of you.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Fred Leighton in BH

Fred Leighton Beverly Hills opened last month, just in time for some seriously flashy – and beautiful – jewelry, offered up for holiday gifting. If you’re in the market to buy or “window” shop, visit 313 Rodeo Drive. BeansTalk has put up a couple of photos of some their pretty items, the Flato necklace and Rubel Feres bracelet.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Electra in Neil Lane NY Eve

Carmen Electra sparkled in Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at Lavo in the Palazzo Hotel on New Year’s Eve. Electra selected a pair of Platinum drop earrings, rings and multiple bracelets. Get a similar “Look for Less” in Platinum with drop earrings from Chad Allison ($3,800)