Friday, October 30, 2009

BeansTalk Fashion Friday!

Sweater Weather

Boot 'em up! There's nothing more lovely than getting cozy in cool (quickly becoming cooler) weather.

This season, there are numerous choices in keeping warm footwear - there are boots of every imaginable height, color, texture.

Sure, you have to have a pair of Uggs (classic or one of the "newer" styles), but what about the very popular trend of knit boot-- think of them as a sweater on your legs and feet. They go with dresses and pants, they're easy to wear both in the house, around the house, as well as outdoors.

On today's Fashion Friday, BeansTalk shows you some of the many options available this season. Check 'em out.

Above: Ugg Australia Fame Knit-Cuff Shearling Boot

Choose black or gray. Sheepskin sock liner. Signature logo plate on back. 16" shaft and 10" sock.Double knit cotton stretch cuff. Eva rubber sole. Imported of Australian material. Australia Luxe Collective Fame Knit-Cuff Shearling Boot $300.00

Ugg Australia Classic Cardy Crochet Boot

Available in picante or moss, as well as ivory and black knit uppers with natural heel. Sheepskin sock liner. Button detail on shaft. Wear barefoot to maximize benefits of plush moisture-wicking micro pile lining: keeps bare feet comfy in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Imported. Available in many different colors. $140

Ugg Australia Classic Crocheted Boot

Choose fig, charcoal, or ivory and black horizontal striped crochet. Argyle. Tonal fabric trim. Round toe. Suede heel guard. Sheepskin sock liner. Lugged sole for traction. Wear barefoot to maximize benefits of plush moisture-wicking micro pile lining: keeps bare feet comfy in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Imported. $160.00

The North Face 'Alana' Boot

Rib-knit cuff tops a cozy boot crafted from waterproof nubuck and suede and styled with a lace-up panel along the back. PrimaLoft® Eco insulation offers excellent warmth, while the partially recycled rubber sole boasts temperature-sensitive lugs for increased traction. Pull-on style with partial side zip closure. Removable insole. Approx. heel height: 1 1/4". Approx. boot shaft height: 9"; 14" calf circumference. Leather, suede and fabric upper/textile lining/rubber sole. By The North Face; imported.

Kamik 'Zoey' Rain Boot

Contrasting rib-knit cuff tops a waterproof boot lined with Polartec® Wind Pro® fleece for breathable warmth. Thick rubber sole provides durable traction in slippery weather. Pull-on style. Removable insole. Approx. boot shaft height: 12 1/2"; 14 1/2" calf circumference. PVC and fabric upper/Polartec® lining/rubber sole. By Kamik; made in Canada. $80

Kate Spade Zzee!

Cable knit acrylic fabric upper. Tie at the side accented with pom poms. "Zzzzzzzz" printed on the bottom. Synthetic lining. Synthetic insole. Felt outsole. Imported. 8.00" shaft height. 14.00" circumference. 8.00 oz. Available in this color, as well as ivory with orange puffs, pink with red puffs, and two-twoned green. $92

Woorich Chalet Sock 09

It's a slipper, it's a sock, it's comfort worthy of your bare feet. Breathable cotton fabric will keep your feet perfectly cozy. Hand-knit snowflakes and a cute tie at the topline for style. Soft, flexible suede outsole is ideal for indoor use only. 12.00" shaft height. 13.00" circumference. 6.00 oz. $48

Patricia Green Bootie Cable

This Patricia Green® bootie is cozy, chic and so comfortable! Charming cable knit uppers boast pom poms for fun appeal. Plush lining aids in wicking moisture away from your feet. Low wedge absorbs shock and offers lasting cushioning. Full rubber outsole is lightweight, flexible and durable too. 1" heel. 9.00" shaft height. 13.50" circumference. 9.00 oz. $56

Bearpaw Knit Tall

Kick back in comfort with the casual versatility of this knit boot. Beautifully woven uppers will keep your feet perfectly warm. Genuine sheepskin insole cradles your feet in sublime softness. Lightly padded footbed provides added cushioning and support. You can wear it up or down to bring out your personal style. Sheepskin heel counter boasts the Bearpaw™ logo. Durable rubber outsole features wavy tread detailing. 14.50" shaft height. 15.00" circumference. 18.00 oz. $66

rsvp Heidi

rsvp offers a twist on a popular boot silhouette with a cable knit fabric exterior. Textile upper; genuine wool lining. Suede accent on the heel. Lightweight EVA sole. 11.50" shaft height. 16.00" circumference. 12.00 oz. $59

RocketDog Honeypup

You will look as sweet as honey when you rock these super-sweet boots from Rocket Dog™. Mid to high-calf design. Cable-knit upper flecked with color to give this boot some pop. Faux fleece lining to keep you cozy. Lightly cushioned fabric footbed for lasting comfort. Flexible man-made sole with Rocket Dog™ logo accents. 3/4" heel. 11.00" shaft height. 15.75" circumference. 19.00 oz. $70

Simple TOEst

Hemp boot is coated with beeswax, which is a natural substance that protects against the wet and cold. Fold-over shaft is made of hemp and organic knit. Hemp is known for its insulating properties. Organic cotton fleece lining. Footbed is made of cork and natural latex for a spongy, comfortable feel. The heel wedge is made of bamboo, which is one of the most plentiful and quickest-growing known plants. It is grown in an environmentally-friendly manner without the use of pesticides. The edge of the outsole is made of rubbahyde − a special fabric designed by Simple that is a certified organic cotton with a coating of all-natural latex. This prevents water from getting in and keeps your feet dry and protected. The sole is made from a recycled car tire, continuing the company's effort to create the finest shoes with reusable materials. The water-based glue used to hold the shoe together is a great alternative to the typical use of petroleum glue. This means that we further reduce our dependency on petroleum-based products, and you also benefit from knowing that the hard workers constructing your shoes aren't exposed to strong, unpleasant smells during production. Foot forms are made of recycled paper. Boxes are environmentally friendly, as they are made of post-consumer recycled paper, soy-based printing ink, natural latex and starch-based glue. 14.50" shaft height. 15.50" circumference. 18.00 oz. $120

Dr. Scholl Score

Score one for cute and comfy in these delightful boots from Dr.Scholl's™ Easy pull-on construction with decorative pom pom laces to give you a snug fit. Knit-style fabric upper. Round toe. Faux fur lining. Cushioned fabric footbed. Flexible man-made sole. 7.50" shaft height. 14.00" circumference. 10.00 oz. $55

Skechers Hyped Up

Get Hyped Up about the chilly weather in these sweet slouchy boots from Skechers®. Easy pull-on construction. Sweater-knit fabric upper with sueded fabric overlays. Cinch tie detail with beaded ends. Faux-fur collar. Soft fabric lining. Cushioned man-made footbed. Flexible man-made sole. 12.00" shaft height. 16.00" circumference. 19.00 oz. $70

MukLuks Sweater Knit Boot

Available in Tan and Grey and other colors (BeansTalk has these in aubergine). Sweater knit boot. Button detail on side. Shaft is 17" EVA Sole
Made in China $49

Liv's Alex

Sweater knit boot. Button detail on side. Shaft is 17". EVA Sole Made in China $41 (

Adi Glaze

Be up-to-date and warm with comfortable Glaze by Adi fashion boots. Stylish footwear features knit upper with exposed seams. Comfortable women's boots have textured sole for traction. $39 (

Khombu Treeline Black Boots

You'll fall in love with these chic calf-length winter boots. Waterproof suede uppers with knit sweater material on the shaft. Thermolite™ footbed cushions and provides warmth every step of the way. $71 (

J. Shoes Marion Quilt Navy Multi

Turn things inside-out with this cozy J.Shoes creation. Cable knit fabric upper. Leather draw cord with front tie. (BeansTalk note: Love these!) $63 (

Matiko Women's 'Izzy' Mid-calf Sweater Boots

Show off your hip style with sweater boots from Matiko. Women's shoes feature knitted shaft with eagle design. Boots have leather trim and upper
$83 to $136

Old Navy Slouchy Boot

100% cotton, with synthetic outsole. Imported. Sweater-knit upper with four-button closure at side. Sueded heel. Faux fur-lined foot bed. Canvas trim along the midsole. Textured outsole for traction. 10" shaft height. $34.50

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Grace Kelly: TCM's Star of the Month

Grace Kelly: 80th Birthday Tribute - Thursdays in November

The beauty from Philadelphia who became the Princess of Monaco and had a huge film career in between is the subject of our film festival that includes Dial M for Murder, High Society and surprises like her live television drama The Rockingham Tea Set (1950).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

BeansTalk Elimination Round, Part One

Make Your Toilet Wow

WowToilet, the bathroom brand, offers a toilet with a transparent tank so you may slide interchangeable posters into the tank for a new and unique touch. The company offers a wide array of posters to insert in the toilet, so you can make your potty holiday themed, match your bathroom, or even design a poster of your own.

BeansTalk: The Elimnation Round, Part Deux

Now Girls Can Stand Up and Go

GoGirl is the way to stand up to urinate. It’s a female urination device (sometimes called a FUD) that allows you to urinate while standing up. It’s neat. It’s discreet. It’s hygienic.

GoGirl is easy to use. Just lower your panties, and put GoGirl against your body, forming a seal. Aim and, well, pee. Pretty simple, huh?

GoGirl fits easily in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment. It’s a must for travel and sports. And it’s great for everyday––no more crouching over or trying to cover up an unsanitary public toilet.

While the concept may be new to you, European women have used female urination devices for years. GoGirl’s not the first device of its kind. But try it. And we think you’ll agree it’s easily the best.

Only GoGirl is made with flexible, medical grade silicone. Dispose of it after use. Or clean and reuse as you like. (Urine is sterile, but the product can come into contact with contaminates during use, so take precautions when cleaning.) Our patented splash guard eliminates messing and spilling. Once you practice a time or two, using a GoGirl is going to feel like second nature. You won’t be like a man. You’ll just pee like

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cold Case Featured Gamble & Huff Catalogue

Seven songs from the legendary Gamble & HuffSound of Philadelphia” catalogue – led by Back Stabbers, If You Don’t Know Me Be Now, Me & Mrs. Jones, andI’ll Be Around – were central to the plot of this weekend’s episode of Cold Case.

Though their songs have been featured prominently in countless TV programs, films and advertising spots over the Past 30 years, this is the first time the Gamble & Huff Catalogue were featured this extensively in more than 35 years.

The show featured, for the first time, the collaborative creative work of Gamble and Huff's silent music publishing partner and legendary producer, Thom Bell, who was responsible for producing and writing hits for artists such as the Spinners, Stylistics, Delphonics and others within the Philadelphia International camp. Gamble-Huff & Bell publishing entity, also known as Mighty-Three Music, was one of the largest African-American song catalogues in the country, second only to the Motown publishing empire. The Mighty-Three Music catalog was later sold to Warner Chappell Music in 1990.

The most sought after Gamble and Huff (PIR) catalog is currently licensed with Sony Music where many of the songs featured the show on a newly released box set entitled "Love Train:The Sound of Philadelphia".(

This weekend’s Cold Case episode, "Soul," found the team delving into the fictional 1970 murder of a musician who tried to keep his involvement with the Philadelphia Soul scene a secret from his strict preacher father for whom he was an organist. Meanwhile, Lilly meets her teenaged step-brother, Finn.

The featured “Sound of Philadelphia” songs:

• “Back Stabbers,” co-written by Leon Huff (recorded by The O’Jays), which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts in 1972.
• “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” co-written by Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff (recorded by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes), which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts in 1972.
• “Me & Mrs. Jones,” co-written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (recorded by Billy Paul), which reached No. 1 on both the Billboard R&B and Hot 100 Singles charts in 1972.
• “I’ll Be Around,” co-written by Thomas Bell (recorded by The Spinners), which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Singles charts in 1972.
• “You’re The Reason,” co-written by kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (recorded by The Ebony’s).
• “Brown Baby,” co-written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (recorded by Billy Paul).
• “Listen to the Clock on the Wall,” co-written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (recorded by The O’Jays).

Cold Case highlights the diverse and decisive Philadelphia Homicide Squad, and their ability to close cases once thought unsolvable. The team uses their wits to take on aging evidence and witnesses with buried memories, uncovering fresh clues, digging into old wounds and doggedly pursuing the truth. It stars Kathryn Morris (Lilly Rush), John Finn (Lt. John Stillman), Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera), Thom Barry (Will Jeffries) and Tracie Thomas (Kat Miller).

Guest stars on this weekend’s episode - written by Ryan Farley and directed by John Showalter - included Wesley Jonathan ("What I Like About You") as the victim, Billy; Loretta Devine ("Grey's Anatomy") as a choir girlfriend of Billy; and Anna Maria Horsford ("The Shield") as the owner of an after-hours Jazz club. Jamie Hector ("The Wire") and Steven Williams ("The X-Files") also guest star, respectively, as the 1970 and 2009 incarnations of a record label founder.

Music legends Gamble & Huff wrote over 3,500 songs within 35 years, including R&B #1 hits, pop #1 hits, gold and platinum records, Grammy winners and BMI songwriters' awards honorees. Featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice"), films ("The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Verizon, Old Navy, The Gap) for more than 30 years, Gamble and Huff's songs have entered the musical DNA of contemporary culture. In fact, one of their songs is played on the radio somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes. With a stable of core artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB , and the Three Degrees, Gamble and Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and created monster hits almost from the first day of its inception, and continued to strike gold and platinum for additional artists such as The Jacksons, Patti LaBelle, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Pendergrass and Dee Dee Sharp, among others. Songs they have written and produced together, like "Back Stabbers," "Love Train," "For The Love Of Money," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "Cowboys to Girls," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Enjoy Yourself," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Only the Strong Survive" and "TSOP," have received songwriters' awards from Broadcast Music International (BMI). All told, the Gamble-Huff/PIR music machine" has generated over 100 Gold and Platinum records and over 70 #1 hits.

In 1999, four years after being inducted into the National Academy of Songwriters' Hall of Fame, Gamble & Huff were honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with the Trustees Award for their extensive body of work, both as producer and songwriter, and their contribution to the entire fabric of popular music. Last year, Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Gamble & Huff also have appeared on American Idol in a show devoted entirely to their music, and have been inducted twice into the Dance Music Hall of Fame and the R&B Hall of Fame.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Angie Harmon to Star in Rizzoli

TNT Pilot Based on Tess Gerritson’s Novels

Angie Harmon, who played leading roles on Law & Order and Women’s Murder Club, is returning to the crime-solving world as Rizzoli, a new TNT pilot based on Tess Gerritson’s popular Jane Rizzoli mystery novels.

The pilot is being written by Janet Tamaro (Bones, Lost) and executive-produced by Tamaro and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions (TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, TCM’s upcoming Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood). Michael M. Robin (TNT’s The Closer) will direct and executive-produce the pilot.

Tess Gerritson has written seven books featuring Jane Rizzoli, a Boston detective. Rizzoli works closely on her cases with medical examiner Maura Isles, who will also be a part of the series. Additional casting will be announced soon.

Above Image: Actress Angie Harmon arrives at the Rodeo Walk of Style Award ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Friday, October 23, 2009

BeansTalk's Fashion Friday

Hillary Swank sparkled in platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the New York premiere of “Amelia” on October 20, 2009. Swank selected a pair of diamond drop earrings (20 carats total), and a diamond “ruffle” bracelet (30 carats), all set in platinum. Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage

Actress Brenda Strong arrives at Elle's 16th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 19, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. Strong wore black David Meister dress with a dramatic red, blue and gold beaded embroidered bodice. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Actress Anna Paquin accepts the Best Horror Actress award onstage during Spike TV's Scream 2009 held at the Greek Theatre on October 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Paquin wore a rock crystal and diamond bracelet set in platinum, and a pair of platinum and diamond studs from jeweler Neil Lane. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Actress Megan Fox accepts the Best Sci-Fi Actress award onstage during Spike TV's Scream 2009 held at the Greek Theatre on October 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. She wore a platinum and diamond cocktail ring by Neil Lane. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

"Dexter" star, actress Julie Benz arrives at Spike TV's Scream 2009 held at the Greek Theatre on October 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Benz wore a pair of platinum studs with 20-carats of white topaz, and a diamond cocktail ring set in platinum, both from jeweler Neil Lane. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Actress Jessica Alba presents the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movie award onstage to actor Johnny Depp during Spike TV's Scream 2009 held at the Greek Theatre on October 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. For her appearance, Alba wore LANVIN’s black floral metallic lame ¾ sleeve cocktail dress with attached black elastic belt and draped detailing. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Strange Sex Premieres

Discovery Health explores the puzzling and sometimes shocking world of sexual anomalies in "Strange Sex," premiering Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT.)

This hour-long special profiles four individuals - who break their silence and discuss their mysterious and debilitating sexual condition. With guidance from leading researchers and counselors, "Strange Sex" gets past the shame and embarrassment associated with sexual issues to candidly explore the intricacies, impact and treatment of each disorder.

Cases explored include:

Sex Allergy: After getting married, a young couple begins having unprotected sex—but the wife immediately experiences an extremely painful reaction to lovemaking. Their confusion is compounded when they are unable to become pregnant—until they learn that she is suffering from rare and seemingly unimaginable sexual abnormality.

Sex Addiction: A woman recounts her uncontrollable pursuit of sexual pleasure and her frightening battle with sexual compulsivity disorder.

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder: Since childhood, a woman has suffered in silence from unrelenting episodes of sexual arousal, which can only be temporarily abated by self-stimulation. After finally being diagnosed, she and her doctor seek to alleviate the symptoms of the debilitating and consuming affliction that her physician describes as “Tourette’s syndrome of the genitals.”

Sexomnia: A woman’s boyfriend suspects that she may have unknowingly had sex with her ex-husband. Stunned, she learns that she suffers from sexomnia—a condition in which she has sex while sleeping, and wakes up with no recollection of her actions.

"Strange Sex" is produced for Discovery Health by Sirens Media. For Discovery Health, Alon Orstein is executive producer and for Sirens Media, Valerie Haselton is executive producer.

Photo by Flicker user Marglove

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hunky Gerard Butler Goes Light in Loafers

Gerard Butler guested on "It's On With Alexa Chung" on 19 October 2009 and then later attended the 2009 Whitney Studio Party in New York City - wearing a pair of Tsubo® Phison in black for his daytime appearance and night time partying. The shoes for $130 at The Phison is one of Tsubo's signature styles for Fall/Winter 09.

The Phison is a sneaker that combines suede and leather uppers on a sleek and tailored silhouette. With contrast striping and great colors, the Phison features a removable double-density contoured footbed that cradle the foot for exceptional comfort.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Getting Engaged"
The Hottest Season

Statistics show that one-third of marriage proposals occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.

Jewelry expert Michael O’Connor offers engagement ring options to suit the next potential crop of A-list brides. The Platinum Guild speculates on which celebs could be proposed to during this "hot" engagement season. For the record, we like the Tacori ring the best -- love the vintage styling.

For Vintage style brides like Diane Kruger and Angelina Jolie: Platinum and diamond ring by Kirk Kara (semi-mount $4,765)

For Modern style brides like Vanessa Hudgens and Blake Lively: Platinum and diamond ring by Mark Patterson (semi-mount $2,995)

For Classic style brides like Jennifer Love Hewitt or Anne Hathaway: Platinum and diamond solitaire by Hearts on Fire (semi-mount $1,400)

For Boho-Chic style brides like Kate Hudson or Mary-Kate Olsen: Platinum and diamond ring by Tacori (with center diamond $5,090)

Above, from left to right: Kirk Kara, Mark Patterson, Hearts on Fire, Tacori.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Twilight Star Pregnant

Shocker? Maybe not so much. Actress Sarah Clarke, who plays Renee Dwyer, "Bella's" (Kristen Stewart) mother is pregnant with her second child. She and husband, actor Xander Berkeley, have a daughter, Olwyn Harper, who was born September 23, 2006. You didn't really think that Stewart was the pregnant one, did you? Now, that, we admit, would be quite a news breaker.

The photo above shows as Clarke departs out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) after filming her scenes for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" on September 2, 2009. Clark also stars in the new film "Women In Trouble" and was a popular cast member on Fox's "24."

Clarke attended The 13th Annual Latino International Film Festival on October 16, 2009 wearing in A Pea in the Pod Collection’s metallic black silk sleeveless knot front maternity dress. The dress retails for $225 and can be seen and purchased at (Photo by Bauer Griffin)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Demi Moore arrives at the 2009 Freedom Awards on Tuesday Oct. 13, 2009, in Los Angeles, held at the Bovard Auditorium on the University of Southern California campus. Moore wore all Lanvin: beige techno voile draped evening gown with black panther enamel necklace and satin pumps with sculptural wood heels. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)

The newest cast member of Showtime’s Dexter, Courtney Ford, bought Lash Lifting Mascara at Anastasia Salon in Beverly Hills on Oct. 12, 2009. Ford received beauty tips from the salon owner, Anastasia Soare, who recently expanded into beauty and skincare products including Eyeshadow and Blush Quads, and the Line Erasing Serum, (which feature Soare's trademarked Balkan Botanical Infusion). The Lash Lifting Mascara is a multi-effect volume mascara contains hard wax that thickens and curls. Other stars who visit the Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon include Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox, Eva Longoria-Parker, Sienna Miller, Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, Renee Zellweger, Kristin Cavallari, Whitney Port, Debra Messing, and others.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Katy Perry Unplugged

‘MTV: Unplugged’ Limited Edition CD + DVD Set
Due November 17, 2009

With her third No. 1 single, "Waking Up in Vegas," multi-platinum Capitol singer-songwriter Katy Perry will release her upcoming appearance on MTV: Unplugged in CD + DVD set in one package on November 17, 2009.

Recorded live in New York on July 22, 2009, Perry performs unplugged re-arrangements of her "I Kissed A Girl" and "Waking Up In Vegas," along with the No. 1 video hit "Thinking Of You," and the tracks "Ur So Gay" and "Lost" from her debut album "One of the Boys," which has now sold five million worldwide.

The MTV: Unplugged sfeatures two new tracks, a cover of the Fountains of Wayne song "Hackensack," and the never before released original song "Brick By Brick." The DVD release also features interview footage.

Individual songs from the program will be debuting during MTV’s morning all-music video block AMTV on November 16th, and the full program, along with interview material, will air on Palladia, MTV Networks’ high-definition music channel, on November 27, 2009 at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. (

In this appearance, Katy Perry joins MTV: Unplugged performers, including Eric Clapton, whose 1992 program featured "Tears in Heaven" and "Layla" and won six Grammys, among them Album of the Year, Tony Bennett, who won Grammy’s Album of the Year for his 1994 appearance, Nirvana and others.

Katy Perry is only the fourth artist in history to have four hit singles, three of which went to No. 1 from a debut album. Katy’s first two single releases, the seven-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "I Kissed a Girl" and the No. 1 mainstream top 40 radio hit "Hot N Cold," are RIAA-certified for triple-platinum sales. "One of the Boys" also includes the #1 VH-1 Countdown ballad "Thinking of You." Katy Perry is a Brit Award and MTV Europe Music Award winner, and is also a Grammy Award, MTV Video Music Award and Teen Choice Award nominee.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Brow Guru Launches Skincare Line

Anastasia Soare has long been synonymous with celebrities and eyebrows. She recently launched a cosmetics line, Anastasia Beverly Hills (and BeansTalk was extremely impressed with her mascara; it was some of the best we've ever sampled), Soare launches her skincare collection this month, with the release of the Line Erasing Serum.

Soare’s method of creating the illusion of "an instant face lift through correct brow shaping," say her reps, "is further developed by creating a serum to soften crow’s feet. Crow’s feet pull down the ends of the brows, creating an aged or tired look."

The serum, the reps say, erase "fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness." The serum contains a blend of natural hydrators, Instalift Goji, and Soare’s Balkan Botanical™ Infusion. Soare was dissatisfied with the current ingredients on the market, so she returned to her native Romania to find healthy products that naturally improve the texture, tone and appearance of skin.

She developed Balkan Botanical™ Infusion, a blend of plant and herb extracts found only in the rich soils of Romania. A few of these ingredients are Marshmallow Leaf, Lemon Balm Leaf, Bilberry, and Green Tea.

Per her rep, Anastasia Beverly Hills Line Erasing Serum Key Ingredients:

"Instalift Goji (Tibetan Goji Berry) – Gives the appearance of reduced fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. This powerful antioxidant provides immediate lift and, as discovered by clinical studies, improves the skin’s firmness by 26.8% within one hour of application.

Balkan Botanical™ Infusion – An antioxidant rich complex helps soften, soothe, and hydrate skin.

Sodium Hyaluronate – Delivers ideal hydration to smooth and refresh the eye area.

Chrysin and Hydroxysuccinimide – Mask the appearance of redness, while leaving the skin looking brighter and lighter, perfect for those pesky dark circles and puffiness."

Celebrity fans of Anastasia Beverly Hills include Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Sienna Miller, Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox and others.

Line Erasing Serum retails for $45 and is available at Sephora and online at

Soare will release a second skincare product, the Sheer Moisture Crème SPF 30, a hydrating and ultra-light SPF 30 day cream for all skin types to be released in January 2010.

The fragrance-free formula "softens the skin while providing protection against broad-spectrum UVA/UVB rays and free radicals that can cause signs of aging. Sheer Moisture Crème SPF 30 contains hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, natural oils, and Anastasia’s exclusive Balkan Botanical™ Infusion."

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sheer Moisture Crème SPF 30 Key Ingredients (from their press release):

"Squalene – Colorless, odorless and greaseless oil derived from olives that penetrates skin deeply to moisturize, nourish, and lubricate, keeping the skin soft and supple. It also helps facilitate the absorption of other ingredients.

Balkan Botanical™ Infusion – An antioxidant rich complex helps soften, soothe, and hydrate skin.

Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) – A natural skin component capable of retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water, increases hydration, and enhances the appearance of skin elasticity.

Tocopherol – Naturally occurring antioxidant that helps the skin remain firm and healthy."

Sheer Moisture Crème SPF 30 will be launching in January 2010 exclusively at Nordstroms, retailing for $40.00.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We love this cool line of jewelry. Robindira Unsworth's Holiday collection is Eastern inspired and created in her design studio in Petaluma, CA. The line is sold at Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel’s, and Fragments.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Private Screenings Uncut On Turner Online
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is bringing Private Screenings Uncut, unedited versions of the network’s acclaimed interview specials, to the Internet with monthly audio podcasts made available free through and iTunes. Each month’s podcast will be drawn from TCM’s archives of the series, which features TCM host Robert Osborne conducting in-depth interviews with Hollywood legends. The podcasts will be expanded versions of Osborne’s conversations, including portions not included in the original telecasts. In addition, Osborne will record special introductions for each interview. TCM kicks off its Private Screenings Uncut podcasts this week with October’s Star of the Month Leslie Caron.

“One of the greatest privileges and joys for me at TCM is being able to sit down with some of Hollywood’s greatest personalities for Private Screenings,” said Osborne. “This podcast will allow fans to enjoy some of the most memorable interviews we’ve conducted in the past, including a lot of material that has never been heard before.”

Each Private Screenings Uncut podcast will be timed to coincide with TCM on-air programming. Upcoming podcasts are slated to feature Angela Lansbury in November, when TCM will air her Oscar®-nominated performance in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945); Lauren Bacall in December, when her late husband Humphrey Bogart will be honored as TCM’s Star of the Month; Betty Hutton in January, when TCM airs a selection of her movies; and director-producer, five-time Oscar nominee and honorary recipient Sidney Lumet in February, during TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

TCM will draw future podcasts from its extensive Private Screenings archive, which includes interviews with such luminaries as Ernest Borgnine, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Mickey Rooney, Charlton Heston, Jane Fonda, Tony Curtis, producer-director Norman Jewison and producer Walter Mirisch.

Friday, October 09, 2009

US actress Hilary Swank, wearing a creation by Lebanese designer Elie Saab, arrives at the opening of the Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi. Swank and Demi Moore starred for the United States at the opening of the Third Middle East Film Festival in the UAE capital on Thursday, while a host of Arab performers shared the spotlight. Swank wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane, a pair of platinum and diamond earrings and a cocktail ring.
(AFP/Marwan Naamani)