Friday, February 27, 2009

Actress, Activist,
Designer Roxana Zal

Sustainable Products key in her latest
venture, the handbag line, One October

She may be best remembered and frequently referenced as the star of television’s 1984 watershed telefilm, “Something About Amelia,” but actress Roxana Zal appeared in two movies that had a significant impact on us.

"Testament," the 1983 feature, is a cautionary tale of the effects of nuclear war. It was done so realistically, and the characters so credible, it was the second scariest movie we’ve ever seen (the most frightening film of all is 1988’s similarly themed “Miracle Mile”). Zal’s performance is heartbreaking.

Equally affecting, but in a wholly different role, was Zal’s turn in 1986’s “River’s Edge.” Zal plays a dispassionate teen in this creepy, memorable film, based on a true story.

These days, Zal’s turned handbag designer and spoke to BeansTalk about her latest project, One October.

Zal chose handbags, because “I love accessories and feel that they can really complete an outfit.”

Between acting roles and filming projects Zal started designing and doing PR for fashion companies. That foray proved an ideal catalyst for her to pursue a long-held dream, to become a designer.

Zal’s business partner (and cousin-in-law), Naomi Stokeld, an attorney, grew up in Santiago, Chile, where Stokeld learned about quality tanning methods and sustainable process of salmon-skin production. After Stokefeld moved to Los Angeles and married Zal’s cousin, the women decided to create One October, with a friend-of-a-friend, Adrienne Weller.

Zal says, “We decided the salmon skin was a perfect medium for the bags.”

Unlike a film project that can take years as it goes from idea to pitch, to multiple drafts to pre-production, production, and more, the process of developing a handbag line was less onerous. “It happened so fast,” Zal explains. “We all joined forces about a year and a half ago, we loved the concept, worked so well together and here we are.”

“The most important element to us was to create items that are timeless but still fashion forward.” The purses retail between $200 to $400. For retail information, visit their site,

And Zal is committed to this project, “We are looking to just keep growing within our market and to continue to provide the perfect bag for all occasions.”

And for those of us who’ve long admired her acting talents, Zal assures, “Yes, I am still acting, but in this chapter of my life I am much more inspired and focused on designing.

The Malibu, California-native began acting at 12, as a guest star on “Hart to Hart.” For her role as the devastated daughter of a father (Ted Danson) who molests her, Zal was the youngest winner of a prime-time Emmy for her role in the aforementioned “Amelia.” In 1998, she co-produced and starred in the independent film, “Broken Vessels.”

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host Robert Osborne and Tippi Hedren hosted a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds, at Los Angeles’ ArcLight Cinema on Wednesday, 18 February 2009, to celebrate TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar® film festival. The annual festival, which boasts hundreds of Academy Award®-winning and nominated films, runs through the month of February and ends on Tuesday, March 3. Pictured here are Tom Brown, vice president of original programming for TCM; Tippi Hedren; and Robert Osborne.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

We Love Her. We Really Do.

Our Hero

Just because ..... we adore her and she was lookin’ smokin’! Check her out, she cleans up nice. Fey wore a gorgeous gown by Zac Posen that was a total throwback to deco glamour.

Tina Fey arrives at the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Photo: Peter Brooker / Rex USA

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Supermodel Secrets
From Heidi Klum

Victoria’s Secret Angel Heidi Klum and make-up artist Linda Hay worked together to finesse and Klum’s red carpet look for the 2009 Academy Awards on Sunday. To achieve Klum’s look, Hay used a flirty, pink palate finished with chocolates and nudes for a soft, smoky effect. Klum fans, armed with simple step-by-step instructions and the five products featured in the Victoria’s Secret Makeup Spring Look kit, which Klum and Hay designed, can get the Project Runway host and exec producer’s look.

The set includes:

Highlighter/Blush Duo in Fresh

Eye Shadow Quad in Devoted, Primal, Rich and Champagne

High-definition Mascara in Blackest Black

Lip Gloss in Blush

Heidi Klum’s Spring Look kit is only available at Victoria’s Secret stores, $49.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

And the Winners Are....

photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The Oscars -- Who Won the
World's Best Known
Popularity Contest

Complete list of winners at the 81st annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

• Motion Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire."

• Actor: Sean Penn, "Milk."

• Actress: Kate Winslet (seen above), "The Reader." (BeansTalk Note: Yay)

• Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight."

• Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

• Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire."

• Foreign Film: "Departures," Japan.

• Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire."

• Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, "Milk."

• Animated Feature Film: "WALL-E."

• Art Direction: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

• Cinematography: "Slumdog Millionaire."

• Sound Mixing: "Slumdog Millionaire."

• Sound Editing: "The Dark Knight."

• Original Score: "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman.

• Original Song: "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.

• Costume: "The Duchess."

• Documentary Feature: "Man on Wire."

• Documentary (short subject): "Smile Pinki."

• Film Editing: "Slumdog Millionaire."

• Makeup: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

• Animated Short Film: "La Maison en Petits Cubes."

• Live Action Short Film: "Spielzeugland (Toyland)."

• Visual Effects: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."


Academy Award winners previously announced this season:

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette): Jerry Lewis

Gordon E. Sawyer Award (Oscar statuette): Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull

Friday, February 20, 2009

Harmon’s Unforgettable

Tom Hanks, left, and Angie Harmon greet each other at Saks Fifth Avenue's 'Unforgettable Evening' benefiting the Entertainment Industry Foundation Women's Cancer Research Fund in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2009. Harmon wore a Jersey Lacquer Drape Front Harness Gathered Back Dress by KAUFMANFRANCO (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bynes Runway Ready Even on the Sidelines

Celebrity stylist Ward Stegerhoek for Living Proof No Frizz styled Amanda Bynes with a No Frizz look suitable for the runway. Bynes attended the Jill Stuart show, and wanted a look that was soft and straight with a bit of body.

Ward says he used No Frizz Straight Making Styling Spray. After applying the product completely, Ward started at the roots, gently combing the brush through the hair one section at a time, and aiming the blow-dryer down the hair shafts.

Ward kept the tension of the brush consistent and evenly distributed heat over each section of hair, making the hair straight and beautiful. He used a large round brush to blowout the ends.

Sleek Style at Alice + Olivia

Elie Camporo, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai, created a neat and minimalistic look for the Alice + Olivia show. Camporo pulled all the hair back into a sleek low bun six inches from the nape of the neck.

“It was important for the look to be smooth but not greasy, so my secret ingredient is the Fekkai Coiff™ Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Crème,” Camporo explained. “Its non-oil base keeps the hair sleek and styled but creates a matte finish.”

Camporo used: Fekkai Coiff™ Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm: A miraculous, non-chemical balm that provides weightless straightening while you blow dry. This creamy balm contains special featherweight silicones for sleek, chic hair that resists frizz and fly-aways. This balm delivers a salon-like blow-out, sans stylist. SRP: $25.00, 3.4 fl. oz. Bottle

Fekkai Coiff™ Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Crème: This airy soufflé-like formula floats through layers to add definition and style. Simply “rake” crème through the hair concentrating on the ends to whip hair into its softest, sexiest shape. SRP: $23.00, net wt. 1.7 oz. Jar

Fekkai Sheer Hold Spray: For a manageable, chic, shiny, hold. This breakthrough hair spray formula is the sheerest of its kind and is being celebrated for its fast acting hold that enables stylists to create looks that last. Sheer Hold Hairspray has an ultra-fine mist that sets the style, adding shine without feeling wet or heavy SRP: $23.00, 5.8 fl. oz. Bottle

Miss Sixty Goes Rocker Chic

Ward Stegerhoek, lead stylist for Living Proof teamed with Miss Sixty to design the look – Rocker Chic for the Miss Sixty runway at Bryant Park for Fashion Week.

Stegerhoek says he wanted body but No Frizz, for a funky yet fashionable” style. Stegerhoek used the No Frizz Wave-Shaping, Curl-Defining Styling Spray to style the hair and then used the No Frizz Wave-Shaping, Curl-Defining Styling Cream to twist the hair and make it appear rough and stringy.

Stegerhoek used: No Frizz Wave-Shaping, Curl-Defining Styling Spray: No Frizz molecule with a holding polymer that holds the curl in place. No Frizz Wave-Shaping, Curl-Defining Styling Spray enhances natural waves and curls with structure and shine. SRP: $24 for each 3.4 oz spray and No Frizz Wave-Shaping, Curl-Defining Styling Cream: The cream formula provides optimum frizz-reduction as well as added conditioning benefits, yet doesn’t leave hair feeling greasy or heavy. SRP: $24 for each 3.4 oz for each 4 oz cream

About Living Proof: Living Proof is a new beauty company created for the purpose of applying advanced technology to solve the toughest beauty challenges. Developed by a team scientists from outside the beauty industry led by the 2006 United States Medal of Science winner, MIT institute professor Dr. Bob Langer, No Frizz is the first anti-frizz technology in over 30 years and has been awarded the Allure Best of Beauty Winner for breakthrough product for 2008.

Angelina Jolie wears Stuart Weitzman’s silver Maria peep-toe pumps to press conference in Japan for movie “Changeling.”

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

From Life on Mars to Ashes To Ashes

U.S. Premiere

BBC AMERICA’s inventive and acclaimed police hit drama Life on Mars transported a modern day cop back to the ‘70s. Now the eagerly awaited sequel, Ashes to Ashes, finds hard-nosed Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister, Life on Mars, Cranford) taking on London’s criminal scum in the ‘80s.

Hunt 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 (Dean Andrews, Life On Mars) and the overly cautious Detective Constable Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster, Life On Mars), are also along for the ride.

Ashes to Ashes premieres Saturday, March 7, 2009 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Victoria’s Secret, Heidi Klum's
Gift Set For Oscar Nominees

The 2009 Best Actress Nominees, are receiving good luck gifts from Victoria’s Secret – The special Vintage Victoria Lingerie adorned with a diamond and pearl pin designed by Heidi Klum.

Victoria’s Secret and Klum created a Vintage Victoria Gift Set just for the Best Actress Nominees of the 81st annual Academy Awards. The gift includes a Victoria’s Secret Vintage Victoria Push-up Bra in Wineberry and Blush Pink with a diamond and pearl pin as the centerpiece. A matching thong is also included.

Klum designed the jewelry which is attached to the center of the new Vintage Victoria Push-up Bra. The broach can also be worn as a hair pin. The piece consists of pear-shape diamonds, black pearls and rare rose-cut grey diamonds set in 18K white gold with black rhodium.

Victoria’s Secret’s new bra, the Vintage Victoria Push-up is made with either smooth satin or all-over and comes in colors like Shady Blush, Deep Wineberry and Parlour Rose.

The Vintage Victoria Lingerie Gift Set by Heidi Klum will be presented to the Best Actress nominees the week before Oscars and has a retail value of $6,000.

Varvatos Gets Plant-ed

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss accept their Grammy for Record of the Year for 'Please Read The Letter' at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, February 8, 2009. Plant wore a John Varvatos black leather biker jacket and a white v-neck tee shirt. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) Krauss and Robert Plant arrive at the Grammys. Plant wore a John Varvatos Double Breasted Cotton Linen Trench with antique buttons and a white v-neck tee shirt. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

Funny Ladies

Rashida Jones, formerly of The Office, is seen here with Amy Poelher. The actresses are in production on new-mom Poelher’s upcoming sitcom, “Public Service,” (formerly “Parks & Recreation”). The series is from the geniuses behind the “The Office,” and has Poehler playing the Michael-esque head of the Parks and Rec department in Pawnee, Indiana who takes on a project from a nurse (Jones) to turn a construction pit into a park. Jones and Poehler were spotted earlier filming at a playground in Sherman Oaks, CA, Doesn’t Jones look darling? She’s wearing jeans by 7forallmankind.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mercedes + Essie

In honor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz paired up with nail color Essie Nail Varnish to create two limited edition colors worthy of runway reveling. The newly launched Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series (seen here) inspired the polish experts to create a color by the same name, as well as one inspired by the Black Series car that will be on display at the MB Fashion Week Opening Event rightfully named ‘Palladium Silver’ after the display cars specific paint color. The limited colors were available only for the evening, so for those who are crave the colors they can get the same look with Essie Nail Varnish in ‘Licorice’ (seen above) and ‘Loophole.’

Keep An Eye Out For...

India Jordan, the 17-year-old daughter of R&B artist and double Grammy nominee Eric Benét (seen here with his daughter), who attended the Grammy Awards in a fun, flirty and age appropriate frock by new designer BG Haute’s debut spring 2009 collection.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Stars Turn Out for Pre-Oscar Event

On February 10, 2009, Café La Boheme opened its Tuscan country villa doors to host a pre-Oscar event. More than 200 celebrities attended, and got a ‘sneak peek’ at what’s hot for the Oscar red carpet.

“Wow, this is a party and a suite! The vibe in here is amazing!” declared Rumer Willis, 2009 Miss Golden Globe.

“The food is wonderful and all of the vendors are so incredibly nice!” said Emmy Winner Glynn Turman.

The suite featured fashion for both men and women, skin care and fragrance, lingerie, exotic trips, jewelry, footwear, goodies, spirits.

Melanie Griffith, William Shatner, Eric & Eliza Roberts, Hector Elizando, Esai Morales, Carrie Preston, Kathy Najimi, Sofia Milos, Corey Feldman, Tia Carrera, Greg & Elizabeth Grunberg, Catherine Oxenberg & Casper Van Dien, Alice Greczyn, James Avery, James Kyson Lee, Jeff Garlin, Jodi Lynn O’Keefe, Kathy Joosten, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Kym Whitley, Lou & Carla Ferrigno, Christian De La Fuente, Ted McGinley, Menyone DeVeaux, Nadia Bjorlin, Neal McDonough, Michael Welch, Nia Long, Robert David Hall, Rolanda Watts, Stacy Keibler, and Tony Dovoloani were among the celebrities and industry VIPS who attended.

Gifts and services were provided by Capelta Boots by Monique, Juan Juan, Liz Alpert Jewelry of The Spirit, Mimishooz, Ryn Footwear, Imperial Collection Super Premium Vodka, It Works!, Green Apple Active, The Clara Kasavina Collection, Jewelry by Colette, Aquamantra, Armies Wear, Aglow Candles, Camille Flawless Haute Couture, Mignon Chocolate, EJ Diamonds, Lip-Ink Semi-Permanent Cosmetics, Patented Wax, Shiekh Shoes, Seacret Spa, The Tom James Company, BLO & GO, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, GLOtoSLEEP, The Golden Door, Mon Ami, Hai Elite, Kama Sutra, Original Bombshell, Hollywood Pin-Ups, Cadillac Fragrance for Men, Tina Ruggiero, M.S., R.D., Indira Jewelry, Electric Body, True Religion Fragrance for Women, Bestow Boutique, Here Comes The Guide, Sedona Bliss Spa Products, Pavonia Skin Care For Men, Honey Pacifica and Lane Bryant. The 2009 Valentine Romance & ‘Sneak Peek’ Oscar Suite was produced by Doris Bergman and Anita Talbert.

Images above: Melanie Griffith & Hector Elizondo; Eric Roberts & Tia Carrere.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

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More Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Entrepreneurial Chic

Discreet Carrying Cases For Lady Products

We have clear memories of friends in high school slipping tampons up the wrist of their long sleeves before high-tailing it to the bathroom. For that matter, we have those same memories at every office job we’ve ever had.

This always presented problems:

1. For some reason, bringing your entire pocketbook to the bathroom when you weren’t leaving school or the building for the day – simply isn’t done.

2. You risked the humiliation of it slipping out of your sleeve, onto the ground, and then (gasp!!) a boy (or a bullying girl) might see it.

3. What do you do when it’s a warm day and you’re wearing a sundress or a cami or a French-T?

Given that we never wear long sleeves (3/4 is as long as we go), we are a perfect candidate for these very cute new products from Suzanne’s Discreet Chic Accessories. They offer very stylish carrying cases for your lady things (aka: sanitary protection, feminine products).

BeansTalk is also very supportive of women entrepreneurs, a category in which owner/designer Suzanne Gabos fits quite nicely.

Gabos sat down for a intimate interview with BeansTalk to discuss these sweet carrying cases and to give us the dish on how she got started in the business.

BeansTalk: Tell us about your background, leading up to how you came up with the idea for Suzanne’s Discreet Chic Accessories?

Suzanne Gabos: I’d been thinking at length about going back to work after being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. I yearned to be back in the working environment, utilizing my business skills, acquired from a number of years of experience on Wall Street, without having to work in a structured corporate environment again.

I wanted a career that would be fun and innovative this time around, and that would utilize my creative skills with fashion and style.

I always struggled with the issue of carrying my tampons and other feminine products in a chic and fashionable way, without letting anyone know what I was carrying. Typically, a woman carries her tampons by hand to the restroom or loosely in her purse mixed in with other items.

Also, I found that my tampons and pads were often scattered about in my glove compartment and car console! While these were very convenient places to house my tampons in an emergency, eventually I found that the tampons would become damaged and found that they were dirty.

It was my “ah-ha” moment for myself and I eventually went into this business because I saw a need for it. I identified certain needs that were not being offered in the market place for women’s traditional feminine accessories.

BeansTalk: What kind of products existed already, if any?

Suzanne Gabos: My research of tampon cases or feminine product travel cases disclosed quite a variety of generic travel cases that could be used to hold one or two tampons, but they did not offer secure compartments specifically designed for feminine products.

They were not as functional as I wanted them to be. They didn’t hold anything else such as maxi pads, mini pads for an overnight stay, pre-packaged hygiene wipes, that are very popular these days, or other cosmetic items. I wasn’t able to take these cases out for an entire day without refilling them or for an overnight stay.

Currently, cases on the market resemble tin cans, plastic dental cases and small cloth containers, but nothing that is appealing or attractive that can be carried as a stand- alone accessory or tucked inside of a larger purse on any given day.

I wanted something that I can take out of my purse that was fashionable looking, discreet and chic and would hold everything that I needed to tend to while in the restroom.

BeansTalk: What was your goal regarding the creation and design of the line?

Suzanne Gabos: My goal was very specific in that I wanted to design a chic accessory (or is it a necessity?) that provided a “secured and sanitary environment” for a woman to carry her feminine products, which included tampons, wipes, maxi and mini pads and possibly other small items. I wanted it to be versatile enough so that if they wanted to store cash, or a driver’s license, or lip-gloss inside of it, they are able to do this. You can also carry an additional pair of underwear in the event of an unexpected emergency, which can prevent an embarrassing situation.

What I like most about the products we’ve designed, in addition to being highly functional, is how great they look! Our bags are manufactured with pigskin, snakeskin leathers, crocodile embossed leathers and some fun faux leathers and a range of textures and colors that mirror the current fashion trends.

Entrepreneurial Adventure

BeansTalk: Tell us about your line. How many products are available at this time?

Suzanne Gabos (seen here) : We have four different style bags: the Charisma bag, the Beauty Mark bag, the Parfait bag and the Le Petite bag. We just added the Chi Chi bag for the Spring Collection 2009. The Chi Chi, the Parfait and the Le Petite are the most popular.

We offer several lines in the Fem-Tote™ product – a Junior Collection for the teen and pre-teen (available in glitter, faux snake skins and animal prints), the Luxury Collection (croco embossed leathers), the Denim Collection for a more casual look (also holds pads), and the Bridal Collection, a perfect gift for the female members of the bridal party!

We’re very excited about our Spring 2009 Collection, which features our new Panty Pouch™ product, used as an organizer for panties and other feminine undergarments in a valise or overnight bag, with matching Fem-Totes™ made from PVC fabrics.

BeansTalk: How long did it take you, from idea to production to sales?

Suzanne Gabos: I started in September 2007, while I was enrolled in a design program at the International Academy of Design in Tampa, Florida. It took about six months until I was able to secure people who could assist me in getting this idea off the ground and into production. Once I developed my initial network of designers, graphic artists and marketing consultants in March 2008, everything started to fall into place. So, from idea to production to sales, or my first tradeshow...I would say about a year.

BeansTalk: Where are your products available?

Suzanne Gabos: At and in small boutiques throughout the United States, primarily on the east coast. I would love to see the Leather Panty Pouches™ and leather matching Fem-Totes™ in the Specialty Department stores by year-end. Also, I would like to see the lower priced items in the mass merchant channels later this year.

BeansTalk: What are your price points?

Suzanne Gabos: They vary between $35.00 and $45.00 retail in the Junior Fem-Tote™ Collection to $75.00 - $135.00 in the Luxury Fem-Tote™ Collection.

The Bridal Collection, designed to be a luxury item for the bridal party, consists of matching fem-totes and panty pouches retailing between $45.00 and $150.00.

The Spring Collection, which features matching panty pouches with matching fem-totes in PVC, retails between $45.00 and $75.00.

For the younger and more casual crowd, the Denim Collection retails for $45.00. The Dotbella Collection, available this summer and targeting pre-teens, will have a soft body contoured shape and will retail for $20.00.

BeansTalk: What are your future plans, in terms of expanding the line, new developments, etc?

Suzanne Gabos: In terms of expanding the line, there will be a soft contoured bag which will fall under the name “Dotbella," which we branded as a cute way of saying, “beautiful period”. This line was designed for the cost conscious young lady who favors a softer, more casual bag. They will retail for a much lower price, around $20.00, but will still be fun and friendly! These bags will host some funky patterns such as camouflage, skulls, cool prints, and possibly some college logos.

The company also plans to have bags made in plain colors for the ladies who are crazy about monogramming their products! I found this to be a huge craze at the tradeshows!

We are also planning to expand the fabric portfolio for the Panty Pouch™, eventually offering soft designs and smaller bags.

BeansTalk: Have you gifted any celebrities or been in any gift bags, award suites, etc?

Suzanne Gabos: I was so excited that my bags were included in the Official Grammy Gift Bag that was presented at this year’s Grammy Awards and the 2009 Academy Awards Gift Bags. Also, I have gifted to the Buzz Girls Mamma Mia DVD Launch Event, which took place back in December 2008 in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

More Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

The Tousled Natural Curl Sundance 2009
At Sundance, celebrities sought a look that was natural but still glamorous. Stylist Ward Stegerhoek with Living Proof No Frizz designed this mountain chic look for celebrities like Eliza Dushku (seen here) and Denise Richards.

Get The Look:

Step 1: Apply 10-15 sprays of the Living Proof No Frizz Wave Shaping Spray and 10-15 sprays of the Living Proof No Frizz Straight Making Spray; the amount of product used depends on the length of the hair. Brush Living Proof No Frizz through the hair evenly and make sure your hair is fully saturated with product. The Wave Shaping Spray holds the curl, and the Straight Making Spray maintains the blow-dry.

Step 2: Use a big round brush to blow-dry the hair with a bit of bounce. Roll the hair like you would a hair roller around the brush and then apply heat to both the root and the lengths on the brush.

Step 3: Use a curling iron to finish the ends. This will give you a more defined curl.

Eliza Dushku The Products All By No Frizz By Living Proof:

Living Proof No Frizz Wave Shaping Spray: $24 for 3.4 oz spray
Living Proof No Frizz Straight Making Spray: $24 for 3.4 oz spray
Give the gift that really gives back this Valentine’s Day with kaplanMD Lip20.

kaplanMD Lip20

kaplanMD Lip20 is an extreme lip treatment designed to plump, moisturize, provide UVA/UVB SPF 20 protection, and fill in fine lines and wrinkles.

Dr. Kaplan's signature clear Lip20 treatment comes in three new colors – Sheer Ruby Shine, Sheer Natural Shine and Sheer Berry Shine. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, you can get the full set in a cute and convenient carrying case for just $100 (each normally retails for $30). The kaplanMD Lip20 Set is available at Neiman Marcus, Fred Segal, and online at Celebrity fans include Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Garner, Marcia Cross, and Cher.

Ona Spa Valentine’s Gift Suggestions:

"Ona Amour" $350 Two people can experience any massage or ayurvedic treatment of the same duration side by side in the comfort of Ona's private couple's suite. Rose oil is used for an intoxicating massage to bring you to a place of deep, hypnotic relaxation. Along with your massage you will be served a glass of champagne infused with hibiscus flower and a red rose.
“Chocolate and Rose Treatment” $110 Imagine the sweet aroma of chocolate and rose swept over your entire body to nurture, calm and soothe your skin and emotions. A full body exfoliation from cocoa powder and aloe is followed be a cozy jasmine and rose essential oil wrap while you are fed a organic chocolate. Glowing, yummy chocolate scented delicious skin will call out to be touched! 50 minutes.

“Swarovski Crystal Enhanced Brazilian Waxing,” $65-$85 This February when someone has a Brazilian Waxing, they will receive a complimentary Swarovski Crystal application. Choose from a heart design, the word love, or your partner’s initials.
Image above: Ona

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tomorrow! Wednesday In NYC

Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes Host Send Your Man To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With A Men’s Night Out Shopping Event

Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes share their favorite gift picks just in time for Valentine’s Day. Guests experience concierge and courier services, monogramming, makeup artists, customized fragrances, and designer collections, all to simplify gift-giving.

In celebration of the Valentine’s, supermodels Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes are making a personal appearance at the Victoria’s Secret Lexington store and will host an autograph signing for customers, valid with any $60 purchase.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 6 – 8 PM Men’s shopping event and autograph signing atVictoria’s Secret Lexington Avenue Store, at 58th Street

Monday, February 09, 2009

Before the Fray

On the way to lunch on Friday, walking on Melrose, to Johnny Rockets, two BeansTalk staffers noticed that a couple, flanked by two huge bodyguards were walking towards them. Surprise! It was Chris Brown and Rhianna -- pre-scuffle. Truthfully, they looked really happy. Which just goes to show you that looks can be deceiving.

Valentine Gift Guide

Kinara Skin Care Clinic and Spa, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, Aveda, and Strange Invisible Perfumes
suggest gift guides for your Valentine.

Kinara Skin Care Clinic & Spa:

Kinara deems the month of February as Valentine’s month. Kinara’s existing clients booking $400 or more of spa treatments on the same day during the month of February (with or without your significant other) will receive the Red Carpet Facial Kit (valued at $145). All guests will enjoy complimentary chocolate and champagne.

Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare:
Gift offerings from Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, Britain’s No. 1 selling independent beauty brand. Gift sets include:

Pampering Weekend Kit

Cleanse & Polish Subscription

The Ultimate Hamper

Men’s Essentials Kit

Cleanse & Polish for Men Starter Kit

Men’s Try Me Kit

Men’s Shave Essentials Kit


Chakra 4 Balancing Body Mist: Chakra 4 is the center of sympathy, empathy and love. When the heart chakra is balanced, one feels love and connection to self and others.
An authentic fusion of pure essential oils blended to balance the heart chakra according to Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India. Essences of sandalwood, organic mandarin and palmarosa leave one feeling well-balanced. 3.4 fl. oz- $30.00

Ancient Attar Pure-fume Spirit Aroma Spray: Ancient Attar is a recapturing of lost worlds of luxury and mystery in a rich yet fresh attar of soothing Bulgarian rose, refreshing neroli and sensuous sandalwood. Ancient Attar is created with 100% botanical aroma ingredients, including traditional attar ingredients, and high quality essential oils sustainably sourced. 1.0 fl. oz- $70.00

Chakra Balancing Massage: An innovative in-salon spa ritual steeped in the tradition of Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India. Merges massage and guided meditation with our Chakra Balancing Blend aromas to open and balance the chakras—energy centers of the body. Features deep tissue massage on the back and spinal muscles and energy work for the chakras. Price & time varies depending on location. Log on to to find an Aveda Spa location near you.

Strange Invisible Perfumes Boutique in Venice:

Valentine's Basket for Him
Strange Invisible Perfumes Atlantic/Black Rosette/Magazine Street Pure Perfume
Strange Invisible Perfumes Sicilian Lemon Body Wash
Saipua Saltwater Soap
Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve
Juniper Ridge Douglas Fir Sachet
Vosges Aphrodisiac Mini Bar Library
Greenopia Guide to LA
Total: $320

Valentine's Basket for Her
Strange Invisible Perfumes Eau de Parfum of your choice
Strange Invisible Perfumes Rose de Chine Organic Beeswax Tealights
Farmaesthetics Midnight Honey Bath & Beauty Oil
In Fiore Tangiers Body Balm
100% Pure Cheek Tint of your choice
Talulah Black Currant Lip Balm
Heart Necklace by Stefano Poletti
Total: $480

Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique Eau de Parfum- $135.00

Strange Invisible Perfumes Sicilian Lemon Body Wash- $35.00

Strange Invisible Perfumes Sicilian Lemon Body Lotion- $40.00

Nectar Essences Aromatic Room Spray – AM/PM Gift Set- $50.00

Juniper Ridge Incense in Cedar (various scents available) - $7.50

Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve- $25.00

Saipua Geranium Clove Soap (Various scents available)- $8.00

Juniper Ridge White Sage & Wild Mint Tea- $7.50

Vosges Aphrodisiac Mini Bar Library- $25.00

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan- $15.00

Friday, February 06, 2009

Dee Dee Ramone DVD Doc Available 10 March 2009

The 2003 documentary "Hey Is Dee Dee Home" plus new bonus short films "History on My Arms" and "Vom In Paris" and a bonus CD.

Description: This is Lech Kowalski's 2003 documentary HEY IS DEE DEE HOME - about the life and times of Ramones bassist and all-star burn out, Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002) - with new bonus short films History on My Arms and Vom In Paris (each clocking in at just under half an hour) plus a bonus CD. HISTORY ON MY ARMS captures Dee Dee's extraordinary personality in a way that has never been done before. Kowalski was struck by how playful and direct he was with the camera. How he wanted to connect with something inside of himself and expose his true nature. VOM IN PARIS - In Hey Is Dee Dee Home, Dee Dee recounts the now infamous story about what happened between him, Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators when they got together in Paris in 1989 to form a super punk group. But what really did happen? Kowalski invited Vom Ritchie, currently drummer for Die Toten Hosen, to come to Paris to explain the story as he remembers it. He was the drummer on those sessions and affectionately and vividly differs with what Dee Dee said, but somehow you get the impression that both of them are right. The bonus CD entitled DEE DEE BLUES is a re-mastered collection of guitar recordings Dee Dee made in the early 90's, just for the fun of it with one microphone.

Track Listing/Features:

* History On My Arms
* Hey Is Dee Dee Home
* Vom In Paris
* 26 Street/14 Street /Chelsea Hotel

Bonus Materials:

* Subtitled in Spanish, French and Italian


“He remains a leading example of that brand of self-destructive romantic revolt pioneered in the 19th century by the French poets Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud. As extreme as his behavior and music often were, Mr. Ramone also seemed to be a sympathetic and reasonably self-aware person, at least as he is captured here in a sobered-up, 1991 interview that Mr. Kowalski unearthed and placed at the center of this film. Sitting before a fatalistically black background, wearing an art-fully ripped T-shirt that exposes some of his extensive tattoos, Mr. Ramone tells of his dramatic ups and downs in a calm, clear voice ˜ colored by a Queens accent ˜ that invites immediate credibility. 'I've got my history on my arms,' Mr. Ramone says, looking both at the tattoos that document stages of his life and the collapsed veins that testify to his drug use. The film's title is a line from one of Mr. Ramone's most frequently covered compositions, Chinese Rocks” —Dave Kher, New York Times

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Scream Now or Scream Later:

The Jonas Brothers on The CW

The Jonas Brothers host a night of CW programming, for The CW’s 90210 and Privileged on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 (8 to 10 p.m. ET).

They’ll also show a sneak peak of their new film, “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” in theaters February 27, 2009.

Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas will be joined by 90210 star Jessica Lowndes for promos and never-before-seen footage. The brothers discuss working in 3D, and show a clip of the group performing their song “Tonight.”

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” is a Walt Disney Pictures rockumentary feature film event from director Bruce Hendricks (“Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert”). The film blends excerpts from the Brothers’ “Burning Up” concert tour, including guest performances from Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift, with behind-the-scenes footage, , a never-before-heard song (“Love Is On Its Way”), fans and JB-style humor—giving fans insights into the lives of Kevin, Joe and Nick.

The Jonas Brothers’ meteoric rise has been nothing less than a pop culture phenomenon. They were Grammy®-nominated as Best New Artist in 2008. The same year, they won six Teen Choice Awards, including Summer Song for “Burnin’ Up,” Male Hottie, Music Breakout Group, Red Carpet Icon, and Music Love Song and Music Single for “When You Look Me in the Eyes.” In August of 2008, the brothers’ latest album, “A Little Bit Longer,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 during the filming of the movie and quickly went platinum. During the same week the album debuted, the soundtrack to “Camp Rock” featuring the Jonas Brothers was at No. 8 on the chart and Jonas Brothers’ eponymous CD was at No. 10, marking the first time an artist had held three titles in the top 10 in Sound Scan history. They also appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which became the top-selling issue of 2008.

Image: Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Nick and Joe) with Jessica Lowndes from 90210 Photo Credit: Michael Desmond/The CW

Loving Lanvin

Lavin was popular during this year’s awards’ season: Actresses Virginia Madsen, Kristen Scott Thomas and Maggie Gyllenhaal all wore the designer.

Virginia Madsen arrives at the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday Jan. 8, 2009 in Santa Monica, Calif. Madsen’s gown was by Lanvin’s. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Kristin Scott Thomas, Nominee – 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for I’ve Loved You So Long, attended the award ceremony in Lanvin’s champagne washed silk trapeze cut gown with sash neck-tie. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Also at the Golden Globes, Maggie Gyllenhaal wore Lanvin’s turquoise and black cat-paw print silk gazar gathered one-shoulder gown with two-snap black elastic belt. She wore Lanvin’s black satin evening sandals and carried a Lanvin’s clutch. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Color Splash Extended

HGTV’s weekly series Color Splash, featuring David Bromstad, has been extended for 26 episode.

Designer and host of Color Splash since March 2007, Bromstad shows viewers to use color to embolden, enliven and invigorate their spaces.

As an artist who attended Florida's Ringling School of Art and Design, Bromstad knows his color palettes. In each episode, Bromstad’s artistic visions, from sketch pad to real-world design are depicted. I

Bromstad meets with homeowners and thoroughly examines their homes, from existing furniture and accessories to clothing, which gives Bromstad a sense of colors that inspire the homeowners.

Bromstad’s designs are not only functional, but always feature his trademark, that inspiration in an unpredictable use of color. Some clients receive a piece of Bromstad’s custom artwork.

Produced by Edelman Productions, Color Splash showcases Bromstad who was selected as the winner of the first HGTV Design Star competition in 2006. All new episodes of the half-hour series air Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Following up on the success of Bromstad and subsequent winners of HGTV Design Star, HGTV is currently in production for season four of the top-rated design competition which will premiere Sunday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET.

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Day of Love: Valentine's Day

Urban Posh

BeansTalk is all about getting you the gift you really want for VD. Here’s the first in a series of ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts, to give or receive.

Urban Posh uses mixtures of gold and gold vermeil adorned with precious and semi-precious stones. Colors in varying shades are used to design pieces that will transition from season to season as well as day to night.