Thursday, April 30, 2009

Green California Mansion’s Open House

WHEN: Saturday May 2nd WHERE: 133 17th Street, Santa Monica CA TIME: 10AM-3PM
RSVP: Stacy Broff @ 310-207-1477

Celebrate green week by taking a look at this home featuring bamboo floors, no toxic paint, solar panels, eco-friendly tiles, underground irrigation system that doesn’t drop off into our ocean and more…… See how easy and beautiful living green can be.

Complimentary wheat grass bar on site from

Living the dream, in California, goes beyond beautiful beaches and ocean views these days. It includes living healthier and much more environmentally friendly. The real estate experts at Pence Hathorn Silver know exactly how to cater to clients looking for the perfect green home. For the past couple years they’ve sold some of the most exquisite homes built by developer John Lee, founder of Lee Capital Partners.

John, constantly on the cutting edge of building greener and more spectacular homes each time, will debut one of his most stunning projects next month through Santa Monica’s Green Building Programs city tour. John’s latest masterpiece ( is not to be missed.

John Lee will be on site to answer any questions in regards to this green dream home, and what he has done differently or update from past projects.

Here’s a brief description to tempt you however you’ll be hooked after viewing the photo gallery on the above mentioned website.

"Gorgeous Pacific Plantation, style 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths north of Montana, Smart landscape with native and kitchen gardens. Detached "casita" with fireplace and bath is 6th bedroom/ office, living room with fireplace and French doors open to patio, family room and dining area/ den/ office with fireplace. The kitchen has a GE monogram and Energy Star appliances plus coffee center. Other “green” features water retention pit and much more. Exquisite master suite with walk-in closet, vaulted ceilings, balcony fireplace and bath with fireplace and rain shower."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Julia’s Weekend Adventures

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the Natural Resources Defense Council 20th anniversary gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Dreyfus wore David Meister’s chic black linen cap sleeve sheath dress with thin belt. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Theron Steps Out
in NYC For
Tom Hanks Tribute

Charlize Theron arrives at the Film Society of Lincoln Center 36th Annual Gala Tribute at Alice Tully Hall to honor Tom Hanks with the Chaplin Award in New York on Monday, April 27, 2009. Theron wore Lanvin’s black lace long sleeve cocktail dress with grey jersey lining. (Fashion Wire Daily/Grant Lamos IV, indoor; REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, outdoor).

Monday, April 27, 2009

Zipped Up

Sure, you could opt for the gladiator or caged sandals which are everywhere.... but consider strappy sandals with sexy zippers. Here's a sampling of what's available and where to buy. Seen above, Stuart Weitzman's Yugo. Yugo will be available in July and retails for $425.

Sergio Rossi
Elastic Zipper Sandal
Price: $695.00

Proenza Schouler Women's Strappy Zipper Sandals
Proenza Schouler strappy zipper sandals. Decorative zipper detail, adjustable buckle closure. 3.75" lacquered heel.
Price: $925

Jimmy Choo 'Glenys' Zipper Sandal
Silvery snakeskin comprises an edgy gladiator sandal centered by an exposed zipper and supported by a slender heel.
Front zip closure with elastic goring at ankle.
Wrapped heel.
Approx. heel height: 4 1/2" with 1/2" platform.
Genuine snakeskin and nappa leather upper/leather lining and sole.
Made in Italy.
Price: $1295

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Robertsen' Sandal
Golden front zipper styles an edgy split-strap sandal balanced atop a cork platform and lofty wrapped heel.
Padded footbed.
Approx. heel height: 4 1/2" with 1" platform.
Leather upper/leather and synthetic lining/rubber sole.
By MICHAEL Michael Kors; imported.
Price: $150

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Berkley' Sandal
Front zipper lends both easy entry and bold style to a modern sandal accented with zigzag stitching along the straps.
Heel height: 4" with 1/2" platform.
Black and Pale Grey are patent leather, Gold and Gunmetal are metallic leather.
Leather upper and lining/rubber sole.
By MICHAEL Michael Kors; imported.
Price: $129

Giuseppe Zanotti
Open toe.
Contoured cutouts.
Zipper closure at the back.
Leather lining, insole, outsole.
Stiletto heel with an alternate colored tip.
Dust bag included.
Made in Italy.
4 1/4" heel.
Price: $799

Jessica Simpson Deluth
Fabric upper.
Elasticized crossing straps for added stretch.
Zipper entry at back of heel.
Patent covered heel.
Lightly padded insole.
Man-made sole.
4" heel
Price: $70

Promiscuous Enraptured
Zippers as its main styling point.
Leather upper; leather lining.
Heart-shaped gel insert at the heel offers additional comfort.
Zipper closure on the front.
Inset stacked heel.
Synthetic outsole.
3 1/2" heel.
Price: $139

Miss Sixty Lily
Satin upper.
Peep toe platform.
Zipper detail at vamp with MISS SIXTY emblem.
Lightly padded insole.
Wrapped heel.
Synthetic sole.
3 3/4" heel
Price: $114

BCBG Levona
Elasticized textile upper with wide straps and patent trim.
Front metal zipper entry.
Man-made lining.
Man-made metallic insole with cutout detail and BCBGirls logo at the heel.
Covered stiletto heel.
Leather sole with logo detail.
4" heel
Price: $98

L.A.M.B. Nayuta
Leather upper.
Zip up front allows for easy on/off.
Zipper detailing aligns straps throughout.
Stacked chiseled heel.
Leather lining and sole.
Comes with a dust bag.
4 1/2" heel
Price: Orig. $374, now $205

Saturday, April 25, 2009

BeansTalk Turns FIVE Today!!

Thank you for supporting and visiting BeansTalk -- today marks our fifth year online!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day: Green Gifting

From Distinctive Assets

Eco-conscious celebrities like Jeremy Piven, Heather Graham, Justin Timberlake, Bill Maher, Adrian Grenier, Jake Gyllenhaal, Pink, Leonardo DiCaprio, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Eva Longoria, Tobey Maguire, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Tyra Banks, Bette Midler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Holly Robinson-Peete, Sting, Rosario Dawson, Tina Fey, Alicia Silverstone, Ricky Martin and Courteney Cox received a gift bag full of eco-friendly gifts from Distinctive Assets in celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

From the food and gifts we purchase to the establishments we frequent, we are all looking to lower our carbon footprint and save the Earth for future generations. Again this year, Distinctive Assets hopes to educate some of our planet’s most famous ambassadors about products/services that boast an eco-purpose in an effort to bring attention to products we all can (and should) start incorporating into our everyday lives. A list of the companies contributing to the Gift Basket:


A Distinctive Style Magazine

Arise Magazine

Awaken Savor®

BAMBOOT Aesthetics



Boku International


CHANGE a starter kit

CoolCorC cup sleeves

Crofters Organic






Eminence Organic Skin Care


For the Earth Corporation



Gertie Gear™

Green SUV

Harrisons’ Pet Products

Hippie Rehab

InnovAsians Limited


JR Watkins

Kids Konserve


Lindblad Expeditions

Lloyd London




Organic Diva

Precious Earth Jewelry



Rain Organics Vodka

Range of Motion

Revel Seven


®Royal Paws

Salon TRUE

Singer’s Saving Grace

Solatube International



Sustainable Youth

Tetra Pak

The Americana at Brand

True Natural Taste

True Blue Pet Products


World’s Best Cat Litter

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Unhealthy Truth:
How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It

Celebs Don Dylan George

We guess the worn and shredded denim look is back. Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) and film star Kate Beckinsale both chose Dylan George’s “Lucy Czar” jeans, Hudgens at a Laker game with HSM co-star Zac Effron, and Beckinsale, while shopping at Fred Segal Santa Monica. Retail Price: $210 Available at:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Griffin’s GLAAD Awards’ Garb

Vanguard Award winner, comedienne Kathy Griffin walks on stage in a bikini to accept her award at the 20th GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, California April 18, 2009. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation sponsors the awards which promote the accurate representation of gay and lesbian persons. Griffin walked the red carpet and accepted her award wearing a Luxe by Lisa Vogel swimsuit bikini. Griffin chose the Ocean Club Triangle Top ($71) and Tie Side Pant ($53) in olive. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dita's Desert Style

Dita Von Teese managed to be typically stylish and pretty at the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on 19 April 2009. Although she traditionally often appears out with perfectly coiffed hair, flawless make-up and a decidedly 1940s edge. But this weekend, she chose Badgley Mischka Couture Eyewear (the “Ginger” in platinum) these sunglasses are part of the Badgley Mischka Couture Eyewear from the line’s Spring/Summer 2009 Collection. Von Teese also wore a Moschino Cheap and Chic white-and-red circle prints sleeveless dress with a ruched bottom. Check out her spring-into-summer beige espadrilles, too.

Monday, April 20, 2009

2009 TV Land Awards

The 2009 TV Land Awards premieres on Sunday, April 26th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land during a special presentation of TV Land PRIME. Appearances included Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Martin Sheen, Teri Hatcher, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Kimmel, Cyndi Lauper, Angela Bassett, Reba McEntire, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dr. Phil McGraw and more. This year’s honorees included Don Rickles (Legend Award), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Lucille Ball Legacy of Laughter Award), “M*A*S*H” (Impact Award) “Married With Children” (Innovator Award), “ER,” (Icon Award), “Home Improvement” (Fan Favorite Award), “Magnum P.I.” (Hero Award), Sid and Marty Krofft (Pop Culture Award), “Knots Landing” (30th Anniversary Award), “Two and a Half Men” (Future Classic Award), and Earth, Wind & Fire (Entertainer Award).

The gala event featured unforgettable moments such as Jimmy Kimmel’s tribute to legendary Don Rickles and Teri Hatcher’s memories of her guest appearance on “Future Classic Award” series winner “Two and a Half Men.” In an ironic and witty tribute, Dr. Phil McGraw presented the cast of “Married With Children” with “The Innovator Award,” and Martin Sheen presented the cast of “M*A*S*H” – including Alan Alda and Loretta Swit -- with “The Impact Award.” Movie star and leading man Matthew McConaughey presented the always debonair Tom Selleck and the cast of “Magnum P.I” with “The Hero Award,” and critically-acclaimed funk band Earth, Wind & Fire received “The Entertainer Award” from Angela Bassett.

Other memorable moments included:

* A videotaped parody/show open by host Neil Patrick Harris which took him through his own version of “The Twilight Zone,” traveling through TV hits spanning from “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Love Boat,” “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “Happy Days” – featuring an appearance by Marion Ross, “Baywatch” and finally “Survivior” where he comes face to the show’s host Jeff Probst.

* A heartwarming taped tribute to Don Rickles by close friend and fellow icon Bob Newhart.

* A medley performed by honorees Earth, Wind & Fire of their hits.

* Will Ferell’s presentation and Cyndi Lauper and Clint Black’s musical tribute to “Pop Culture Award” winners Sid and Marty Krofft.

* Amy Poehler’s tribute to Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

* Neil Patrick Harris’s performance of the song “I’ll Take TV,” written by acclaimed Academy Award-nominated composer Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray” and “Sleepless In Seattle.”

The tribute awards included the following:


Jimmy Kimmel presents Don Rickles with the Legend Award. This award is presented to an entertainer or a television show that has stood the test of time and ranks among the most memorable and celebrated in television and movie history.


Presented by Amy Poehler, this award is presented to an entertainer whose comedic work continues to serve as an inspiration and a guiding force. This year’s recipient is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The recipient of the Lucille Ball Legacy of Laughter award serves as an ideal appreciation to those who have provided the invigorating healing power of laughter. The first recipient to have received such an award was Lucille Ball for her awe-inspiring work which continues to set a precedent for those who receive this great honor.


Martin Sheen presented this award this award to “M*A*S*H,” a show that offered both entertainment and enlightenment, always striving for humor and humanity, with comedy that reflected reality. Sheen presented the award to the cast – Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Allan Arbus, Jeff Maxwell, Kellye Nakahara-Wallet, Loretta Swit, Mike Farrell, Wayne Rogers, William Christopher, producers Burt Metcalfe, Gene Reynolds and Larry Gelbart.


Dr. Phil presented this award to “Married with Children,” a series whose influence is still felt and evident in television today. This award is most exemplified by a show that carved out new territory, re-defining elements of the genre and opening pathways for others to follow. Cast members Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, David Faustino and Ted McGinley.


“ER,” one of television’s longest running dramas, will be presented the Icon Award by Neil Patrick Harris for the way that it changed television with its fast-paced steadi-cam shots as well as for its amazing and gritty storylines. The Icon Award is presented to a television program with immeasurable fame and longevity. The show transcends generations and is recognized by peers and fans around the world. Cast members Alex Kingston, Anthony Edwards, Angela Bassett, Linda Cardellini, Ellen Crawford, Lily Mariye, Kellie Martin, Mekhi Phifer, Paul McCrane and Yvette Freeman accepted the award.


Presented by Jamie Lee Curtis, The Fan Favorite Award is given to an All-American classic that won the hearts of television viewers, with characters who became our friends, stories we could all relate to and irresistible laughs. The 2009 Fan Favorite is “Home Improvement.” Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Richard Karn, Debbe Dunning, Zachary Ty Bryan and Taran Noah Smith all accepted the award.


Matthew McConaughey presented the cast of “Magnum P.I.” -- Tom Selleck, Roger Mosley and Larry Manetti -- with The Hero Award. This salutes a show whose crime-solving feats were astounding, yet remained thoroughly authentic, offering equal parts of street smarts, wit and charisma - in this case, all wrapped up in floral prints.


Will Ferrell presented Sid and Marty Krofft with the Pop Culture Award, which is presented to a producer whose body of work has crossed the line from ordinary to pop culture status. The tribute also included a performance by Cyndi Lauper as well as Clint Black and Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch”) and characters from their famous series including “H.R. Pufnstuf” and “Sigmund and The Sea Monsters.”


Presented by Reba McEntire, “Knots Landing’s” will be given The Anniversary Award as one of the longest-running primetime soap-operas in television history, celebrating its 30th Anniversary. With its unpredictable storylines, intriguing characters and surprising plots, it charmed audiences and critics alike while creating a pathway for future programs. McEntire presented to the cast – Donna Mills, Joan Van Ark, Kevin Dobson, Lisa Hartman-Black, Michele Lee, Michelle Phillips, Ted Shackleford, William DeVane, Constance McCashin, David Jacobs and Don Murray.


Presented by Teri Hatcher, this award was unveiled by TV Land in 1998 and is presented annually to a show that best exemplifies the qualities of a television show that will stand the test of time and become a television classic. “Two and a Half Men” is this year’s recipient of the Future Classic Award. Stars Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Holland Taylor, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell, series creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre and producer Mark Burg accepted the award.


Angela Bassett presented this award to Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson. This award is given to a series or entertainer whose talent is unmatched and whose fame and longevity are immeasurable. From the beginning, Earth, Wind & Fire brought popular music something new and thrilling – a jazzy, soulful uplifting spirit all their own. Their work transcends generations and is recognized by peers and fans all over the world.

For a complete list of winners, go to

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Demi Moore Loves Her.....

Stuart Weitzman's 5050
  • Luxe over-the-knee boots with a round toe and elastic boot shaft panel for a great fit.
  • Soft nappa leather.
  • Pull-on design.
  • Leather lining.
  • Non-skid sole.
  • Made in Spain.
  • 1" heel.
  • 21" shaft.
  • 14" circumference.
  • 17.60 oz.
Demi Moore was spotted and photographed wearing these $535 boots throughout her European Spring Break, shopping in Nice, walking the pier, hanging out with her husband, Twitter king Ashton Kutcher.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Did You Know…

That these are all Liz Claiborne brands?

Bora Bora
C&C California
CITY Unltd
Crazy Horse
Dana Buchman
DKNY Active
Ellen Tracy
Emma James
First Issue
J.H. Collectibles
Juicy Couture
Kenneth Cole New York/Reaction
Kenneth Cole


Laundry by Shelli Segal
Liz Claiborne
Lucky Brand Jeans
Metro Concepts
Monet 2
Sigrid Olsen
Stamp 10

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

L.A. Acoustic Fest Brings Out the Best

The L.A. Acoustic Music Festival debuts over the weekend of June 6–7, 2009 on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. The two-day celebration of acoustic music takes place during the Pier’s 100th Anniversary year and benefits the California Acoustic Music Project (CAMP). Tickets and information can be found at , or by calling (818) 621-8309.

The lineup for Saturday, June 6 will open with the Refugees, the all-female “power band” of Wendy Waldman (“Save the Best for Last”), Deborah Holland, and Cindy Bullens, followed by Joel Rafael, Eliza Gilkyson, and the extraordinary Jimmy LaFave, named “Best Singer-Songwriter” by Austin Music Awards, playing what he calls “red dirt music.”

After a dinner break, Richard Thompson (seen in the image above), the iconic British folk rock legend and one of the world’s most critically acclaimed singers, songwriters and guitarists, will take the stage, followed by Natalie MacMaster, the virtuoso Cape Breton fiddler. Bringing it home as the final act of the evening will be Bruce Cockburn, rocking the festival stage with his own brand of acoustic folk-jazz-based music that has expanded to include reggae and a harder jazz-fusion-tinged rock.

Leading off the lineup on Sunday, June 7 will be Sarah Lee Guthrie (granddaughter of Woody Guthrie) and Johnny Irion; Austin singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves; and Stonehoney, with its neo-California country-rock sound. In the afternoon, the deeply inspiring Woody Guthrie tribute (by the band Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway) will pay homage to America’s greatest troubadour.

Sunday evening will continue the massive talent lineup with David Bromberg & the Angel Band, followed by David Lindley, one of Southern California’s prototype singer/songwriters, known also for his guitar work in Jackson Browne’s recorded legacy. The festival will conclude on a high note with Nanci Griffith performing her acclaimed brand of what Rolling Stone has described as “folkabilly” music.

The California Acoustic Music Project (CAMP), to which proceeds from the event will be contributed, is a 501c(3) organization that provides artists-in-residence to schools on a salaried, ongoing basis through the curriculum of the Americana Project in order to ensure that every student gets the experience of music instruction every day. Instruments (primarily guitars, mandolins and banjos) are also provided, and songwriting, instrumentation and performance are taught. Each semester culminates in both a CD project and a concert performance.

According to festival promoter Renee Bodie, “My heart has always been to get the music out there, in whatever way it can. Los Angeles isn't broken, but it has become very disconnected. This is about our community, and being able to buck the odds and have a celebration of acoustic music in a time when our hearts need it the most.”

The L.A. Acoustic Music Festival debuts in a year in which the venerable Claremont Folk Festival is on a one-year hiatus, making the event even more indispensible for fans of folk and Americana music.

The Santa Monica Pier is the ideal spot for a music festival, alive with a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping experiences, including the thrill rides of Pacific Park, a historic 1922 Carousel and an interactive aquarium. With its inspired line-up and location featuring a laid-back beach atmosphere, cool ocean breezes and gorgeous sunsets, the L.A. Acoustic Music Festival is one of the very best summer offerings of 2009.

“Premiere” tickets for the event cost $130 (adults, both days) and $100 (children, both days), or $75 (adult, one day) and $45 (children, one day). General admission is $110 (adults, both says) and $80 (children, both days), or $65 (adults, one day) and $45 (children, one day). The ticketing sections are seated in chairs, reserved by section but not individual chair. Premiere seating is front of house. General admission is behind premiere seating.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Caged Gladiators

You'd have to be living in a cave not to notice that the "hot" sandal, tall or short (aka high- or low-heeled) are the multiple-strapped sandals, which some dub as "caged platforms" and others as the "gladiator flat."

At any rate, while you can find inexpensive versions of this trendy style at Bakers and Aldo, the style remains popular in the up-market, with brands like Stuart Weitzman creating provocative and pricey versions.

Famous for the million-dollar red-carpet sandals (featuring real diamonds and jewels), as well as their evening line, Weitzman's designs are often worn by starlets to Hollywood premieres and events.

Weitzman's latest super-hot sandal is the Tijuana (seen above), which was worn last week by actress Emma Roberts to a New Museum event in NYC, as well as "Ugly Betty" star Vanessa Williams (the former Miss America wore her Tijuanas to a Gotham Magazine event). Scroll down BeansTalk to several days ago and you'll see Observe & Report star Anna Faris, also wearing the Tijuanas.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fekkai Offers Free Brow Service
(With Purchase, in April Only)

For the month of April, the Frederic Fekkai Salons are offering an eyebrow wax or tweeze with purchase.

Consider a Fekkai signature cut or color, rejuvenate your hair, try the new Au Naturel Dry Shampoo buy a series of 10 manicures to use throughout the next year, as long as you you rack up a bill of $500 on products and services, tell the front desk for a free eyebrow waxing or tweeze.

Complimentary Eyebrow Wax or Tweeze:

Spend $500 on services and products and receive a complimentary eyebrow wax or tweeze.

$52 Value

Offer Valid only in April

Frederic Fekkai Salon Locations


8457 Melrose Place

Los Angeles, CA 90069



440 North Rodeo Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



712 Fifth Avenue

Henri Bendel

New York, NY 10019



394 West Broadway

New York, NY 10012



47 Highland Park Village

Suite 207

Dallas, TX 75205



301 Australian Avenue

Palm Beach, FL 33480



2 Lewis Court

Greenwich, CT 06830


Thursday, April 09, 2009

Phish Summer Tour

Online Ticket Request Period Is Underway;
Tickets Go On Sale Next Week To General Public

Band Begins Recording Next Album With Producer Steve Lillywhite

Phish will kick off its first summer tour in five years with a concert at Boston's historic Fenway Park on May 31, 2009. The band has also added a third date (June 2nd) at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. An online ticket request period is currently underway for the two newly announced shows at and will end April 12th at 11:59 p.m. ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, April 17th, for the Jones Beach show and at 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 18th, for the Fenway Park show.

The band will play the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12th and 14th. Tickets are still available for the festival as are a limited number of seats for the band's August 11th date at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL. The rest of the group's previously announced shows are sold out. See below for a full itinerary. For information on where to purchase tickets, visit

The group has already recorded demos of 20 new songs and entered the studio last week with Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band) to begin work on Phish's first new studio album in five years. Lillywhite produced Phish's 1996 album, Billy Breathes. The Clifford Ball, a seven-DVD box set from JEMP Records/Rhino capturing the band's entire performance at this landmark 1996 festival, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart.

Phish received stellar reviews for its recent three-night stand at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. The New York Times ran two features on the concerts and noted: "as the opening passage of the anthem 'Fluffhead' enveloped the room, the eruption of exultation was not merely for the band itself but also for the millions in the Phish diaspora who make up perhaps the most fervent fandom in pop music" while USA Today praised the group for "expertly navigating hairpin changes." "Over a massive, four-hour set, guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell ripped through dozens of crowd-favorites," said "They kicked things off with some of their most compositionally complex tunes, from the knotted prog-funk of 'Fluffhead' to 'Divided Sky,' where the group's quiet, mellifluous interplay of guitar, drums, bass and keys suggests they're as well-oiled of a machine as they've ever been."

Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, the Grammy-nominated band was included in the Top 10 Grossing Concert Tours in North America from 1995-2000 and from 2002-2004. Phish has released 11 studio albums, six concert videos and a series of 44 complete live concert CDs, including 13 on its own JEMP Records. Its series of full concert downloads on, the band's digital download store, currently totals 91.


5/31 Boston, MA Fenway Park PUBLIC ONSALE 4/18
6/2 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater PUBLIC ONSALE 4/17
6/4 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater sold out
6/5 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater sold out
6/6 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center sold out
6/7 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center sold out
6/9 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center sold out
6/10 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena sold out
6/12 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN ON SALE NOW
6/14 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN ON SALE NOW
6/16 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre sold out
6/18 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion sold out
6/19 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center sold out
6/20 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley sold out
6/21 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley sold out
7/30 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
7/31 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
8/1 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
8/2 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
8/5 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre sold out
8/7 George, WA The Gorge sold out
8/8 George, WA The Gorge sold out
8/13 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center sold out
8/14 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theater sold out
8/15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion sold out
8/16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center sold out

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Huge Lips, Skinny Hips

Purple Lab has created Huge Lips, Skinny Hips, a lip gloss offering non-invasive access to the lips and hips women have always dreamed about. The formula features plump-prompting Vitamin B3 and the natural appetite suppressant Hoodia—in six high-gloss hues.

“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.”

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. The formulation is paraben-free.

The collection’s six hues include: 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. The packaging is an hourglass-shaped box in glossy ombre dyed purple with metallic hot pink accents.

Purple Lab’s Huge Lips, Skinny Hips debuts 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, April 07, 2009

Recession Chic

Think NYC is just too pricey for you to enjoy yourself? Well, we've found some deals that might change your mind.

In line with the trend of saving more and spending less, you can continue to enjoy the best of everything New York City has to offer on a tighter budget. Here is a list of some choice deals, discounts and bargains around the city that you can take advantage of:

Dining: Here is a list of some much-loved and decidedly cool restaurants and cafes in the cheap to moderate range that are guaranteed to satisfy a taste for exceptional food and atmosphere without breaking the bank:

* Brown Cafe in the LES;
* 24 Prince in Nolita;
* Smith’s on MacDougal Street;
* Champignon, a twee French cafe in Chelsea
* Toloache, a Mexican in Hell’s Kitchen with the ‘best ceviche in town’.
* Wild Ginger Kitchen, a vegetarian pan-Asian on Broome St with a startlingly cheap lunch menu (and the fastest delivery in town).

Drinking: The economic situation has definitely prompted some interesting new takes on the Happy Hour…

* Cellar Bar at Bryant Park Hotel, is serving up free cocktails from 5 to 6 PM every weekday for hotel guests.

* Elettaria, noted for taking over a venue at which Jimi Hendrix once played and for its seasoned mixologists from Freemans and Death & Co, is offering half-priced cocktails, wines by the glass, and beers seven days a week from 5 to 7 PM.

* Also, thousands of hipster joints pride themselves on their divebar aesthetic perfected by $2 or $3 cans o’Pabst and wonderfully discriminating playlists - think Rusty Knot, Bob Bar, Von Bar, Bourbon St, The Heights, or Amsterdam 106.

Pampering: Budget cuts are no excuse for bad haircuts. In case you haven’t heard:

* Bumble and Bumble University offers FREE haircuts, color, and styling, though you do have to call or email in advance to sign up.

* For your Skin: Bliss is having great sales, including $15 off their bath and body line. And remember, you always get a discount at Bliss during your birthday month.

* Priti Organic Spa: on East First Street where you’ll find a sweetly packaged, green and wallet friendly product line as well as monthly spa specials.

* For insanely cheap though meticulously performed manis and pedis visit Cindy’s, a gem of the UWS that many a fashionista will swear by.


* Net-A-Porter, a site that doesn’t force you to sign up to view their stock, is currently having a mid-season sale worth perusing.

* Finding Sample Sales: (or to find bargains on vinyl, books, and more, find daily and monthly listings and locations), visit Daily Candy, NYMag and NYCGO - or just walk around our shopping districts the old-fashioned way.

* Downtown Bargains: There are delectably reduced pieces at Ina.
* Uptown Bargains: We found some insanely cheap used books at Book Culture, previously Labyrinth books.


* Free TV Shows: It’s possible to call ahead and charm the guys down at NBC into giving you some free tickets to SNL and other shows.

* Comedy Clubs: Like Gotham Comedy Club, where the pilot of Curb Your Enthusiasm was filmed, have websites to sign up to regularly receive free tickets - they will actually mail them to you.

* Opera: If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, spend your unemployed mornings with the NY Philharmonic: Avery Fisher Hall hosts Open Rehearsals from 9.45 AM to 12.30 PM daily for only $16. You can also score some tickets to the Met Opera for $15 if you can get to Lincoln Center’s box office by 10 AM on the morning of the performance.

* Museums: For those of you who couldn’t be paid to stand through the Ring Cycle for five hours, but still want some high culture on the cheap, visit MoMA’s Target Free Fridays - free admissions Friday evenings from 4 to 8 PM. Similarly, Brooklyn Museum offers Target First Saturdays.


* Midtown: If you always need to be right at the center things, stay at midtown’s Bryant Park Hotel (image above) while you visit the city and enjoy its free happy hour listed above as well as complimentary valet on the weekends for hotel guests.

* Downtown: The Soho Grand and its sister hotel the Tribeca Grand are offering March promotions and winter specials through March 31st: these links to their websites list the details and availability.

Uptown: check in to the seasonal packages and anniversary specials at the Columbus Circle Mandarin Oriental - its website invites you to celebrate with them through Sept 2009 by saving 50% through a Suite Fifth Anniversary Offer.

Image: Garment District. Bryant Park Hotel as seen from Bryant Park. This hotel located in the famous "American Radiator Building" is just across the street from the New York Public Library, on West 40th Street. The building itself (which has been often described as one of the best-loved skyscrapers in the city) was designed by Raymond Hood and J. André Fouilhoux and built in 1923-1924. The unusual dark brick color is a result of bricks being dipped in manganese. The idea was that combined with the golden ornaments, this would give the illuminated building a look resembling a glowing radiator coil.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Multihued "Graceful Bird" Watch
From Christian Audigier

Just in time for spring, a watch with a fresh burst of color from Christian Audigier (Ed Hardy). The winged bird’s cage is surrounded by white Swarovski crystal numerals. The stainless bezel too is ringed with crystalline bling – this time in ruby. Transparent rubber strap with embossed CA crown logo. Suggested retail $225. Available at Nordstrom,,, and other sources on the web.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Mary Norton’s Peace On Earth

Pretty! Sure, we won’t ever be able to afford this, but it’s so gorgeous, we love it and thought we’d profile it. Details are available at

(From their site) As featured on E! Hard Box Clutch with Mary Norton Engraved Push Top Closure; Laser Cut Hair Calf Adorned with Swarovski Stones to Create an Abtract Collection of Peace Symbols; Optional Shoulder Chain
Available for pre-order only; contact customer service at 1.866.666.7661 or

sold out
sku: peac00520001
Material: Hair Calf
Color: Black
Handle/Strap: 45cm
Details: Push Top Closure
Origin: Made in Italy
Dimensions: 15 x 12.5 x 4 cm
Lining: Signature Mary Norton Leopard Print Lining

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Gugino: The Lady in Red

Cast member Carla Gugino blows a kiss during the Spanish premiere of the film "Race to Witch Mountain" in Madrid April 2, 2009. Gugino wore a Georges Chakra Couture red satin strapless dress has rosette detailing on the back. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN ENTERTAINMENT)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Paradise Redux

As the oh-so-quotable Liz Lemmon says, “I want to go to there.”

The island of St. Barths is considered one of the most stunning and sophisticated destinations in the world.

Hotel St. Barth Isle de France, one of the island's luxury hotels, combines West Indian charm with tSouth of France sophistication. The Spa at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France nurtures body, mind and spirit with Molton Brown-designed treatments ranging from renewing and regenerating massages to personalized therapies and treatment ‘journeys’ from around the globe. The Spa also features a gymnasium and water sports, steam room and lounging on the beach offers the perfect wind down.

Hotel St. Barth Isle de France recently unveiled a quartet of Beach Suites, each boasting views of Baie des Flamands. The new Suites offer a private retreat for guests and is situated directly on Flamands Beach. The Beach Suites have been designed by Penny Morrison of Morrison Interiors in London, who helped the redesign of the property when it was bought in 2000 by current owners Charles and Mandie Vere Nicoll.

The design features parquet floors, vintage French fabrics, and sheer linens in pale natural tones to complement the indigenous colors of St. Barth’s. Each 1,500 sq. ft. Suite will include a living room featuring a 52" plasma television screen, fully equipped kitchen, complimentary mini-bar and wireless internet connection. Overlooking the beach, the new Suites will each feature a private terrace with an infinity plunge pool for guests’ private use., with sea views through the living rooms, oversized bathrooms with inside and outside showers, stone bathtubs, double vanity units and separate dressing areas. A private parking space will also be provided.

This oceanfront property feature 37 guest rooms including deluxe rooms and suites overlooking the sea, gorgeous Garden Bungalows set amidst the property’s lush tropical gardens, and Fisherman’s Cottages suitable for families, all in addition to the four new secluded Beach Suites, perfect for a romantic getaway.

The hotel’s al fresco restaurant, Case de L’Isle, overlooks the ocean and offers food by Chef Bruce Domain.