Friday, July 30, 2010

Actress Madeline Zima attended the CW & Showtime Summer Press Tour Wednesday, 28 July 2010 wearing a sterling silver double strand necklace from Open Hearts by Jane Seymour™ She also wore David Meister’s silver metallic brocade v-neck cocktail dress with side drape.

The Nanny on TV Land

The Nanny” joins TV Land beginning Monday, August 2, 2010 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. From Monday, August 2nd through Friday, August 6th, TV Land will air mini-marathons featuring guest stars such as Roseanne Barr, Ray Romano, Jay Leno, Harry Hamlin, Joan Collins, Billy Ray Cyrus, Elizabeth Taylor and more.

Another mini-marathon of how nanny Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) went from nanny to wife as TV Land features the highs and lows of Fran’s romance with Broadway producer and boss, Maxwell Sheffield with romantic episodes on Saturday, August 7th from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, August 8th from 12 p.m.– 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Starting August 9, 2010, “The Nanny” can be seen weeknights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land.

Drescher starred in this ‘90s sitcom as Fran Fine, a bubbly and nasal-voiced Queens native who (we learn in the first episode of the series) was fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Selling cosmetics door to door, she meets a rich, widowed English Broadway producer named Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) and is taken for an applicant for the job of nanny to Maxwell's three children Maggie (Nicholle Tom), Brighton (Benjamin Salisbury), and Grace (Madeline Zima, who you can see quite a bit of in her more "mature" role on Showtime's "Californication").

Her nurturing style includes out-of-the-ordinary techniques coupled with a tell-it-like-it-is attitude which made the children, the butler, Niles (Daniel Davis) – and eventually her boss – fall in love with her. The cast included Fran’s food-loving mother, Sylvia (Renée Taylor) and Maxwell’s partner and Niles’ arch-enemy, C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane). Drescher was nominated twice for an Emmy® and the show received countless awards including a TV Land Award in 2008 for Favorite Nanny. “The Nanny” ran on CBS from 1993-1999.

By the end of CBS' The Nanny in 1999, everyone had grown up.

The Nanny Theme Song

"She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens
'Til her boyfriend kicked her out
in one of those crushing scenes
What was she to do? Where was she to go?
She was out on her fanny...
So over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffield's door
She was there to sell make-up, but father saw more
She had style! She had flair! She was there
That's how she became the Nanny!
Who would have guessed that the girl we've described
Was just exactly what the doctor prescribed?
Now the father finds her beguiling (watch out C.C.!)
And the kids are actually smiling (such joie de vivre!)
She's the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan...
The flashy girl from Flushing, the Nanny named Fran!"

The series aired on CBS from Novemeber 3, 1993 up to May 12, 1999

Madeline Zima in The Nanny.... and in Californication.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mom-to-Be Applegate Chooses Frankie B.

Say Frankie B. to us and we imagine super skinny stars in their signature low-low rise jeans. But last Sunday, 25 July 2010, a pregnant Christina Applegate wore a pair of the BFF Leggings by Frankie B. to the premiere of Cats & Dogs: The Return of Kitty Galore in Hollywood (Applegate voices the eponymous "Kitty" in the film).

The actress apparently liked the way the leggings felt and look and requested an additional pair to wear throughout her upcoming press junket. A Frankie B. rep says pregnant Applegate's choice "single handedly dispels the myth that Frankie B. caters only to the ultra thin and skinny."

Frankie B. designer Daniella Clarke wore the low-rise jeans while pregnant with her own daughter, “We have been working hard to get the word out that women up to a size 30 waist can wear our jeans. It’s not just for 23, 24, or 25 inch waists any longer.”

The brand introduced a new mid-rise jean with a front rise of 8” and back rise of 11 ¾” to "accommodate the growing trend of a round and ample female body type glamorized by celebrities known for their ample assets such as Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez," the rep explains. The jean, available in both boot cut and skinny fit, will debut in stores this Fall.

The BFF legging worn by Christina Applegate is currently available online at The BFF leggings (there are several styles) retail from $108 to $152.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Separated at Birth?

How many of you thought that Bryan Greenberg (left, "How to Make It In America") and Jon Foster (actor Ben's younger brother, star of "Mysteries of Pittsburg") were the same guy? You are not alone!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Charlie Mars Captivates L.A. Café Audience

by Shammara Woods
BeansTalk Contributor

The Hotel Café in Los Angeles was home to a packed audience on Tuesday, 20 July 2010, as dozens listened to the sultry baritone of Charlie Mars as he played a set of songs off of his latest album, Like a Bird, Like a Plane.

Strapped with an acoustic guitar and a steady tap to keep rhythm, Mars geared up with “The Only One,” a song he says puts him in the right mood to play. His melodic voice was synonymous with the red velvet curtains that hung behind him in the sense that they shared the same smooth, yet rich texture.

“Don’t go…” he crooned toward the end of the piece.

Throughout the rest of the night, the Mississippi native continued to draw his audience in, with his witty southern accent and a compilation of light-winded jokes and memorable stories. Before performing what he called a favorite, “What Are You Looking For?” he reminisced on how the song –which was originally intended to be a collaboration with Patty Griffin—“just didn’t turn out good.”

During one memorable segment of his performance, he vividly described how the idea for his single, “Meet Me By the Backdoor” came about. Mars said he was performing at a venue one night with two separate stages. While on the smaller stage Mars said he could hear the hip-hop music from the larger stage leaking through during his set. Mars said that he eventually briefed the larger stage that night and noticed how the crowd was moving to the rhythm, with their hands waving in the air.

“I wanted to create a song that everyone could move to, so that’s how I wrote this one,” he said. Following his recollection of the song’s influence, he gestured for the crowd to join him by waving their own hands and singing along.

Shammara Woods is a freelance entertainment writer based in Los Angeles.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lovato Gets Bling'd

Actress Demi Lovato arrives for the 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards in Los Angeles, Monday, 19 July 2010. Lovato wore platinum jewelry by Erica Courtney, a platinum ring with a large black diamond, and a cuff bracelet with diamonds set in platinum. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Platinum Watt-age

Naomi Watts wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the Los Angeles premiere of “Salt” on 19 July 2010. She selected a wide cuff with black and white diamonds set in platinum, and a diamond ring. Watts also wore a one-of-a-kind strapless silver dress from Gucci. She also debuted her new blunt razor layered haircut which she enhanced with Moroccan oil. “Salt” opens wide today, 23 July 2010.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Canadian Hit Series to Air on CW

The CW will air 18 TO LIFE, a hit Canadian comedy series about a modern-day Romeo and Juliet. The network will air all 12 half-hour episodes from the premiere season of 18 TO LIFE on Tuesday nights beginning 3 August 2010 with back-to-back episodes airing from 9:00-9:30 and 9:30-10:00 p.m. ET.

In the premiere episode of 18 TO LIFE, when Tom and Jessie – 18-year-old next-door neighbors who have grown up together – run off and get married, their warring families are forced to become one in this hilarious multi-generational half-hour about relationships, true love, and who takes out the garbage. The series explores intimate relationships in combustible combinations as husband-wife, mom-dad, and in-laws all struggle to influence the newlyweds and control the extended family’s destiny. Tom and Jessie move into his parents’ attic and their marriage becomes public property, creating an endless string of challenges for the couple. As this new love blooms audaciously amidst the two settled marriages, it stirs up new frictions and old passions in both sets of parents.

18 TO LIFE stars Stacey Farber (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Michael Seater (“The Sin Bin,” “Life With Derek”) as the young lovers, along with Peter Keleghan (“Billable Hours,” “The Newsroom”), Al Goulem (“The Tournament,” “Stardom”), Ellen David (“Surviving My Mother,” “The Business”), and Angela Asher (“Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Queer as Folk”) as the parents, as well as Jesse Rath (“The Trotsky,” “Prom Wars”), and Tiio Horn (“Wild Hunt,” “The Trotsky”).

The show, which has just begun production on its second season in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is a co-production between Galafilm Inc. and Sound Venture Inc. in association with CBC Television. The series airs in Canada on the CBC, and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The series is created, written, and executive produced by Gemini Award-winning writer Derek Schreyer (“Murdoch Mysteries,” “Cold Squad”), International Emmy Award-winning producer Karen Troubetzkoy (“15/Love,” “The Magician’s House”) and PrimeTime Emmy Award-winning Galafilm CEO Arnie Gelbart.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Farmhouse Fresh Products Offered At NYC Spa

FarmHouse Fresh® bath and body products are now available for retail, as well as incorporated in two nail and body treatments, at Just Calm Down boutique day spa in New York City.

Shannon McLinden, CEO of FarmHouse Fresh® brands, describes the company's concept as “adding a touch of whimsical humor to our bath and body routine." “Spa lovers can enjoy our ‘tempti-licious’ products such as the award-winning Whoopie! shea butter body cream in a decadent dessert scent, Bourbon Bubbler body polish with real Kentucky Whiskey, or Honey Heel Glaze moisturizer with rich honey and live papaya fruit cells.”

According to Tara Oolie, Owner and President of Just Calm Down, “We love FarmHouse Fresh® because it combines seduction with girlish fun, and we wanted to blend their down-to-earth concept of life on the farm with sophisticated Gossip Girl-inspired Manhattan culture which combines lots of shopping and high-maintenance beauty, with mystery, intrigue, jealousy, and romance, topped off with flirtatious socializing over evening cocktails.”

The new Queen Bee manicure and pedicure available at Just Calm Down include: polish removal; soak; filing; cuticle trim; pedicure filing and callous removal; application of a sugar scrub followed by a Queen Bee scrub made of brown sugar, honey and bee pollen extract warm water rinse; and a FarmHouse Fresh® Honey Heel Glaze massage for hands and feet to seal in moisture and keep hands and feet feeling silky, smooth and ready for a day of shopping and late-night escapades. Says Oolie, “Kick-off those Louboutin’s and soak those couture toes in a one of a kind mixture of milk, honey and bee pollen extract. A seductive scrub and signature Honey Heel Glaze massage will keep your hands and toes in the social media know! Watch out B and S, the Met steps has the newest Queen Bee ready, willing and going to sting! You know your digits will love me. XOXO, Just Calm Down.” The one-hour Queen Bee pedicure retails for $85.00, the 30-minute manicure retails for $45.00, and they can be purchased separately or combined into one service. Extremely lightweight in texture with smooth finish, the FarmHouse Fresh® Honey Heel Glaze is fragranced with velvety cinnamon notes, sweet cloves and actual honey. It contains genuine all-natural honey--a humectant that helps attract and retain moisture--and vitamin-packed ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, pineapple and papaya fruit extracts. The Honey Heel Glaze retails for $24.00 in a 3-ounce glass jar, for those who want to feel like a Queen Bee at home.

Drinks on the House! body exfoliation service (50 minutes; $135.00) at Just Calm Down includes: application of the FarmHouse Fresh® Bourbon Bubbler body scrub for exfoliation; warm shower; and a rub down using the FarmHouse Fresh® Whoopie! shea butter body cream. “Your skin will feel sexily soft with our Just Calm Down southern hoe down Bourbon Bubbler scrumptious body scrub,” explains Oolie. “A mixture of brown sugar, real Kentucky whiskey, vitamin E, and rice bran oil circulated city style will give your body a nourishing jumpstart before any backless event! A Whoopie! cream rubdown sounds as good as it feels, and will leave your skin glowing, dewy soft and ready for whatever comes next…” The Drinks on the House! treatment can be followed by any sunless tanning service, such as Just Calm Down’s Sunner in the City, as the Bourbon Bubbler scrub uses rice bran oil, which does not leave the typical oily residue that prevents tanning lotions from sticking to skin. “It’s of real benefit for spray tan goddesses because of its squeaky clean finish,” states McLinden. Fragranced with sweet molten gingersnap and pecan, the paraben- and sulfate-free Bourbon Bubbler retails for $32.50 in a 12-ounce glass jar. “The Whoopie! cream is a jarful of joy reminiscent of the home baked Whoopie pies made famous by farmers of yesterday who would shout with joy, ‘Whoopie!’ when they found the heavenly desserts in their lunch pails,” explains McLinden. The paraben- and sulfate-free Whoopie! contains a supple blend of Shea and cocoa butters, jojoba seed oil, soybean oil, aloe and vitamins A and E. The butters and oils soften and soothe even the severest of dry, chapped skin, while helping to improve the skin’s elasticity. The aloe and vitamin E also help to calm skin irritations and sunburns. Whoopie! retails for $30.00 in a 10 oz. glass jar in a vintage-inspired box with a fun memorabilia image that makes it a beautiful gift and keepsake.

Just Calm Down was founded by beauty and fashion junkie and entrepreneur Tara Oolie who created a European-inspired, warm and welcoming environment to pamper and soothe her treasured clients. The spa offers clients the opportunity to select their own music, ingredients and scents for the treatments, including the oil blend for massages and products for their facials. Just Calm Down offers face, nail, and body services, including facials, massage, spray tan, waxing and eyebrow shaping.

Just Calm Down is located at 30 West 18th Street in New York. (See map For more information about Just Calm Down, visit their website at or call 212.337.0032. For more information about FarmHouse Fresh® products, please contact FarmHouse Fresh® at 888-773-9626 or visit online at

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bryan Ferry To Release
New Studio Album

Bryan Ferry returns with a new studio album Olympia on October 26th, 2010, his debut for Astralwerks Records. This will follow the release of the brand new single ”You Can Dance” on August 10, 2010.

The album features musical contributions from Nile Rodgers, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Marcus Miller, Flea, ex Stone Roses Mani (Primal Scream) and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. It also sees Bryan Ferry reunite on record with members of Roxy Music, including Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy Mackay. This is the first album to reunite them since Roxy Music’s seminal album For Your Pleasure in 1973.

The single “You Can Dance”, which is already a club hit across Europe, is accompanied by a stunning music video shot at the historic Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

The album features eight new songs, and Ferry’s moving adaptation of Tim Buckley’s “Song To the Siren”; an amazing version of Traffic’s “No Face, No Name, No Number” as well as collaborations with Scissor Sisters (“Heartache By Numbers”) and Groove Armada (“Shameless”).


BF BASS (Ode To Olympia)

Olympia was co-produced by Bryan Ferry and Rhett Davies.

Monday, July 19, 2010

How The Cape Fur Seal
Evades The Great White

Methodical Shark Ambush vs. Seal Speed and Skill …
Who Wins When and Why? Shark Expert Ryan Johnson Joins
Marine Scientists as They Deploy Innovative Real-World Experiments
to Rewrite Predator-Prey Science in National Geographic Channel Special

Escaping the Great White Premieres Friday, July 23, 2010, at 9 PM ET/PT

The great white shark is a tenacious predator that strikes with explosive power. But its favorite prey, the feisty Cape fur seal, manages to evade the jaws time and time again — a puzzle that has baffled scientists. Now, National Geographic Channel (NGC) heads to an epicenter of seal activity in South Africa’s Seal Island to investigate seals’ great escapes from the great white.

In Escaping the Great White, premiering Friday, July 23, 2010, at 9 PM ET/PT, shark scientist Ryan Johnson and colleague Alta de Vos plunge into a key battlefield between shark and seal to conduct a series of experiments that explore the many tactics in seals’ anti-shark defenses. Is the escape rate mostly a function of sheer swimming speed and instinctual reflexes? Why do seals exploit opportune hours when venturing into the sharks’ kill zone? And how does a strategic “buddy system” keep the seals out of the bellies of the mighty killer beast?

Head to South Africa’s Seal Island, where tens of thousands of seals gather on the shores, and sharks wait out farther at sea — invisible in deeper, darker water — preparing to ambush from below when seals venture out to feed. Johnson and de Vos’s first task is to find out why most shark victims are juveniles. Do sharks prefer the younger seals, or are they making more mistakes than the adults?

Using rubber decoys of one big seal and one small seal, the experiment is put into play and instigates awe-inspiring displays of power. Given the choice, Escaping the Great White shows sharks leaping out the water to target adult seals. The results clearly indicate that while sharks prefer adult seals, in real life, the adults have better mastered their survival strategies.

Escaping the Great White then tackles a puzzle that has baffled scientists for decades: the strategy of swimming in herds. One theory, called the Selfish Herd Hypothesis, is that individuals form a compact group to selfishly minimize their own chance of being eaten. But for nearly 30 years, the hypothesis has been scientifically elusive. Now, Johnson and de Vos devise an ingenious, yet simple experiment to test it.

They utilize expertly grouped seal decoys within shark-infested waters. The decoys fool the sharks into exploding out of the water to attack again and again. But the seals’ odds of getting hit are not equal, giving the scientists the first evidence to confirm the theory. Their observations confirm that the seal buddy system works … the closer a decoy is to its neighbor, the smaller its chances of drawing a deadly hit.

Finally, see how seals’ superior night vision leverages their escape strategies. Johnson and de Vos dive below to observe for themselves what the shark sees looking up from the depths at various times of day. They find that beginning just after sunrise, the shark has a clear silhouette view of his prey, while the seals are disadvantaged with a shadier image of their predator below. To steer clear of a shark hit, savvy adult seals avoid swimming during the time when they could easily be seen, and focus instead on late-night dives.

From beautiful, serene footage of seals playing underwater to magnificent, powerful displays of great whites breaching the water, Escaping the Great White opens a stunning window that illuminates new understanding in predator-prey science.

Escaping the Great White is produced by Africa Wildlife Films for National Geographic Channel. For Africa Wildlife Films, producer is Lynne Richardson, director is Phil Richardson, writer is Jonathon Cumming. For NGC, executive producer is Mike Welsh, senior vice president of production is Michael Cascio, executive vice president of content is Steve Burns.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

BBC AMERICA announced a new U.S. premiere co-production: Luther, starring Idris Elba is a six-part, psychological thriller that takes a look at the crime genre. Elba is also Associate Producer on the project.

Elba, best known for his performance as drug kingpin Russell "Stringer" Bell in HBO’s The Wire or as the husband (to Beyonce) stalked by Ali Larter in Obsessed or as "Tango" in American Gangster, with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe or in the comedies This Christmas and Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls or as "Charles Miner," the hapless interim boss in the U.S. "The Office," now finds himself playing a character on the other side of the law.

In Luther, Elba plays John Luther, an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive murder detective. He considers his profession a vocation rather than a job and it remains to be seen if he’s a force for good or a man hell bent on self-destruction. His confidante is also his arch-enemy Alice (The Prisoner, as well as the recent, beautiful adaptation of Jane Eyre; she was also excellent in the PBS' Masterpiece Theater Small Island), a beautiful multiple-murderess who evades his grasp early on, and with whom he becomes locked in a lethal battle of wits.

Luther is created and written by acclaimed suspense novelist, and one of the lead writers on MI-5 (called Spooks in the U.K.), Neil Cross. He says: "I'm delighted that the BBC has brought Luther to life. It's an intense psychological thriller which examines not only human depravity but the complex nature of love … and how it's often this – our finest attribute – that leads us into darkness."

Cast includes: Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan, beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent and a key witness in Luther's first investigation; Steven Mackintosh (Prick Up Your Ears, It's Different for Girls, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans [he was the bad guy among bad guys] and was quite good in the PBS' Our Mutual Friend) as Detective Chief Inspector Ian Reed and Luther's loyal friend and work colleague; Indira Varma (the beautiful actress from Rome, Bones' "Yanks in the U.K.," Bride and Prejudice) as Zoe Luther, who's had the strength to walk away from the man she still loves; Paul McGann (aka the 8th Dr. Who, Withnail and I, Queen of the Damned, 1986's miniseries Monocled Mutineer) as Mark North, unafraid to compete with Luther for Zoe's love; Saskia Reeves (Bodies, The Tesseract, Dune) as Detective Superintendent Rose Teller, Luther's risk-taking boss and Warren Brown (Andy Holt in Hollyoaks, Occupation) as Detective Sergeant Justin Ripley, Luther's loyal, awestruck new partner.

Chris Carr says: “BBC AMERICA viewers have always loved British crime thrillers. Luther, puts a whole new spin on the genre and sucks you in with its intelligent storytelling and gripping plotlines. We’re thrilled to have Idris Elba on BBC AMERICA and intend to surprise a few people by revealing that he’s British!”

Luther, airing later this year, adds to BBC AMERICA’S new slate of co-productions recently announced including sci-fi thriller Outcasts starring Eric Mabius (the boss on Ugly Betty) and Come Dine With Me, a cooking show which follows amateur chefs competing for the title of the ultimate dinner party host.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New Poirot on PBS Sunday

David Suchet stars as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in three new mysteries based on the novels by Agatha Christie on PBS. Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his “little grey cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not.

His "Murder on the Orient Express," which aired last Sunday was an excellent, albeit darker rendition than previous adaptations.

For this week's Appointment With Death, an archaeological dig is the scene of murder in the Middle East, leading Poirot (David Suchet) to unravel a tragic tale of twisted family secrets. The cast of suspects includes co-stars Tim Curry (Spamalot) and Elizabeth McGovern (“A Room With a View”). Alan Cumming hosts.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! “Poirot X: Appointment With Death” airs 18 July 2010 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on PBS

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Are You In LA?

Brazilian Bikini Laser Special

Our friends at Laser Solutions are offering the Barely There Brazilian Bikini treatment for the special rate of $250. Clients can lock in this summer price by pre-purchasing a series. Treatments can begin as soon as your tan line starts to fade. For information and appointments, call TracyLynn at (310) 550-5566 or email her at
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Two Gallants' Singer's Solo

Adam Haworth Stephens, lead singer and songwriter of San Francisco duo Two Gallants, will release his debut solo album We Live on Cliffs, set for a September 28, 2010 release on Saddle Creek. Beginning August 7, 2010 in Salt Lake City, UT, Stephens will head out as a four-piece band for a nine-date club tour to premiere these new songs to fans. Tour dates below.

Stephens is offering the first track, The Cities That You've Burned for free download at

"These songs are about desperation," says Stephens. "The desperation to make something of living, to find a sense of ease, to find someone to love and to maintain that fleeting feeling of love."

New songs include The Cities That You've Burned, My Second Mind, Heights of Diamond, Southern Lights and Everyday I Fall,We Live on Cliffs.

Produced by Grammy Award Winning producer Joe Chiccarelli, We Live on Cliffs features Stephens on vocals, guitar and piano and guest musicians including Patrick Hallahan and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers / Jaguar Love), Mike Daly, Petra Haden, Andy Cabic (Vetiver) and current band members Jen Grady, Matt Montgomery and Omar Cuellar.

Tour Dates:

* Indicates show with Blitzen Trapper

August 7 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
August 9 The Aquarium Fargo, ND
August 10 Gabe's Oasis Iowa City, IA *
August 11 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln, NE *
August 12 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO *
August 14 Solar Culture Tucson, AZ
August 15 Casbah San Diego, CA
August 17 Spaceland Los Angeles, CA
August 18 The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sonya Dakar Gift With Purchase Deal

Through July 22, 2010, those who buy two items from the Sonya Dakar Body Collection ( will receive a full-sized daily wash free ($35 value). You can choose from Verbena or Cara Cara. No promo code is required. Just visit their website.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Revlon Girl Cameron Diaz

Revlon’s Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman used her Day Dreamer collection to create a luminous look for Cameron Diaz at the Knight & Day movie premiere in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 6 July 2010. Diaz walked the red carpet with fellow cast mate Tom Cruise.

Gucci’s tips and tricks on "How To Get the Look"

1. Apply Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Summer Suedes to the eyelid socket and blend outward. This limited edition quad from DayDreamer was created by Westman – including the chic silver case.

2. Rim the inner lids with Revlon Luxurious Color Kohl Eyeliner in Black.

3. Perfect the look by lining the top and bottom lids with Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Black.

4. Apply 2-3 coats of Revlon Grow Luscious by Fabulash in Black from base to tip of lashes for dramatic lashes.

5. Apply Revlon PhotoReady Makeup in Vanilla with fingertips starting in the center of face and blend outward.

6. Use the Coral shade from Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Summer Suedes to give yourself a subtle cheek.

7. Finally give your lips a pop of color with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop also from Gucci Westman’s Day Dreamer Collection.

Revlon Product Information:

FACE: PhotoReady Makeup in Vanilla: Revlon’s new PhotoReady line of makeup provides poreless, airbrushed skin in any light ($13.99)

EYES: ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Summer Suedes – Coral Shade only (Limited Edition): Revlon’s ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad uses silky smooth powder shadow with SoftFlex™ Technology that won’t crease or smudge for up to 12 hours. Gucci Westman chose fun summer colors for this limited edition color set as well as influenced the packaging design. ($6.99)

ColorStay Liquid Liner in Black: Revlon ColorStay eyeliner glides on adding drama and definition to your eyes. The waterproof formula won’t smear, smudge or fade for up to 16 hours ($6.49)

Luxurious Color Kohl Eyeliner in Black: Intense matte color glides on smoothly for all-day wear. Rich kohl formula and ultra-soft smudger allows for multiple eye looks. ($9.99)

Grow Luscious by Fabulash in Black: A multi-benefit mascara and lash enhancer that gives instantly longer and fuller lashes while helping them to grow stronger with each use ($7.49)

LIPS: Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop: Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss has a glossy formula that combines sheer color and intense moisture with light-reflecting spheres to create amazing shine ($.6.99 )

Image: Cameron Diaz poses during a photo call for the premiere of the film "Knight & Day" in Rio de Janeiro July 6, 2010. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes(BRAZIL)

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Aretha Franklin Special on PBS

ARETHA FRANKLIN PRESENTS: SOUL REWIND, a comprehensive collection of rare performances by legendary R&B performers of the classic 1960s-70s soul era, offers an abundance of long-lost archival material that has been recovered from film vaults across the United States, England, Germany and France. The Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, presents this treasure trove of precious and vital footage. Aretha Franklin Presents: Soul Rewind (My Music) airs 31 July 2010 at 8 p.m. (and repeats immediately at 10 p.m.)

The latest installment in the MY MUSIC series represents the culmination of many years of research and planning. Among the historical performances are a wealth of selections from Dick Clark Productions’ landmark series “American Bandstand” and “Where the Action Is.” These full-length songs haven’t been seen since their sole network broadcasts more than four decades ago.

SOUL REWIND features wall-to-wall classics such as:

• “Respect” − Aretha Franklin
• “What’d I Say” − Ray Charles
• “Try a Little Tenderness” − Otis Redding
• “When a Man Loves a Woman” − Percy Sledge
• “In the Midnight Hour” − Wilson Pickett
• “Let’s Stay Together” − Al Green
• “Dancing in the Street” − Martha and the Vandellas
• “Uptight” − Archie Bell and the Drells
• “Going to a Go-Go” − Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
• “Who’s Making Love” − Johnnie Taylor
• “Oh Girl” − The Chi-Lites
• “When Will I See You Again” − The Three Degrees
• “I’ll Be Around” − The Spinners

Notes executive producer TJ Lubinsky, “Being able to see the original artists perform their original hits in their prime as they were first experienced by kids back then is nothing less than mind-boggling. What a thrill it is to return to the roots and soul of American popular music in the 60s — and to have this program presented by the royalty of Aretha Franklin is such a tremendous honor.”

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

New TNT Series Premieres 12 July 2010

The new drama series RIZZOLI & ISLES, starring Angie Harmon (Law & Order) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) premieres Monday, July 12, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following the sixth-season premiere of TNT’s hit series THE CLOSER. Based on characters created by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen, RIZZOLI & ISLES comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television.

RIZZOLI & ISLES follows Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Growing up at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, the two remain strikingly different from one another in many ways. Jane, the only female detective in Boston’s homicide division, is a tough and gutsy cop who doesn’t let her guard down (except with Maura), dodges her overprotective mother and is better at basketball than her brother. Maura, meanwhile, is usually more comfortable among the dead than the living. She is always impeccably dressed in designer duds with a steady, sometimes icy temperament. And she is working on curbing her tendency to diagnose the people she meets – including her first dates. Jane and Maura often find themselves working together as both use their brilliant minds and expertise to figure out the “who done it” as well as the “how done it” of Boston’s most complex cases.

Despite their many differences, Jane and Maura are best friends, with a quirky and supportive relationship. As Tamaro explains, “That Jane and Maura are so different and yet so effective as a team makes them unusual.… There’s something rare about their relationship that I see in the world but not enough on television: two smart, strong, competent women who instinctively drop the protective shield when they’re with each other.”

RIZZOLI & ISLES also stars Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) as Angela, Jane’s demanding and intrusive mother; Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward) as Det. Barry Frost, Jane’s somewhat green partner; Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Det. Vince Korsak, Jane’s seasoned former partner; and Jordan Bridges (Dawson’s Creek) as Jane’s brother, Frankie, a patrol cop who hopes one day to become a detective.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Katy Perry wore a printed universe halter dress by KAUFMANFRANCO. She's seen here surrounded by fans outside SkyRock in Paris, France. June 29, 2010.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Cork It!!

Cork Finds

BeansTalk isn't crazy about the trend towards cork-bottomed shoes, but they seem to be super popular. In fact, we have a friend who's gone a tad shoe crazy lately and she has a particular penchant for this look, albeit in the highest of heels. Who are we to deny fans what's hot? So here's a look at some of the cutest versions we've found. (You may notice we don't have many slingbacks or ankle-straps -- they're a particular "no" for us, still, we found some darling samples. Prices quoted from, but you can always do a Google search on the style you like to find other retailers.)


(Or as we're thinking right now -- Cork and Ease)
Here's the popular brand (since 1953) that harkens back to your youth, but brings you some super summer of 2010 stylin' --

'Bette Buff On Cork' sandal from Kork-Ease.
Leather uppers.
Adjustable buckle for a perfect fit.
Leather footbed.
Cork wedge.
Textured rubber sole.
Made in Brazil.
4" heel.
11.00 oz.
Reg. $149, on sale $96.36

Michael Kors

'Trellis' by Michael Kors™

Michael Kors, he of the Project Runway judge-ship, really makes some wonderful clothes and shoes (some, are, admittedly, less so, but for the most part, he's a rare designer who "gets" women)

Vacchetta leather upper.
Side buckle closure on the ankle strap.
Leather lining.
Leather insole.
Cork lined leather outsole.
The 3/4" platform makes the 4 1/4" heel feel like 3 1/2".
Made in Italy.
4 1/4" heel.
10.00 oz.
Reg $429, on sale $218

Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture™ Kody!
These look pretty great, but from the photo, the leather looks soft and pliant enough to stretch -- the issue would be if they would do it too quickly (stretch) and then the slingback part would keep slipping and be annoying -- but, then again, you may be the type who isn't bothered by that.

Nappa or nubuck leather upper.
Juicy Couture crown engraved stud accents at the back quarter.
Leather lining.
"Juicy Couture" repeated on the footbed.
Cork lined synthetic sole.
"Smells like couture" on the bottom.
4" heel.
1 1/2" platform.
10.00 oz.

Eli Tahari

Charlotte Wedge
Leather upper.
Adjustable buckle at strap.
Leather lining and lightly padded insole.
Cork wedge platform.
Leather sole.
4 1/2" heel.
1" platform.
10.00 oz.
Reg. $398, sale $318

Kate Spade

Kate Spade™ Bali!

These are cute, but we've found that Kate Spade shoes are hit-and-miss in the comfort department. You probably want to sample them at home on a rug or in an actual store to be sure you're going to be able to get your summertime fun in them -- without blisters.

Braided leather upper.
Synthetic lining.
Leather insole.
Cork lined synthetic outsole.
Wedge heel.
3" heel.
1 1/4" platform.
7.00 oz.

Van Eli


Yes, this is a sling-back, but the large elastic band over the top of the sandal makes it seem like it would actually stay on and not flop down..

Glossy patent leather upper with beautiful floral-inspired cutouts for a feminine look.
Stretchy goring across the instep and on the back strap offer extra give during wear.
Smooth sock liner and padded footbed feel amazingly soft against your bare feet.
Cork midsole helps to absorb shock to prevent feet from getting tired prematurely.
Durable polyurethane outsole provides traction control so you can strut with confidence.
3 3/4" heel.
1" platform.
9.00 oz.
seen here in Dark Tort Ferns Patent (seriously, we didn't make that name up)

Enzo Angiolini

Adjustable buckle closure at ankle.
Patent-leather upper.
Leather lining.
Lightly cushioned leather footbed.
Cork platform and wedge.
Rubber sole.
4 1/2" heel.
1" platform.
11.00 oz.

Steve Madden

Adjustable buckle closure at ankle strap.
Leather upper with weaved t-strap.
Soft man-made lining.
Lightly cushioned man-made footbed.
Cork wedge and platform.
Man-made sole.
4 1/4" heel.
1 1/4" platform.
11.00 oz.


If you like the idea of owning a pair of "celebrity singer-designed" super high-heeled shoes, and Gwen Stefani's LAMB's are too pricey, check out Fergies.

Adjustable buckle closure at ankle strap.
Reptile-embossed man-made upper with swooped strap detailing.
Man-made lining.
Lightly cushioned man-made footbed.
Cork platform and wedge with flecks of metallic throughout.
Textured rubber sole.
4" heel.
1 1/4" platform.
10.00 oz.
Reg. 79.95, sale $70

Nine West

As far as stylish and more reasonably priced, Nine West are right up there. We reckon that nearly every lady reading this has a pair of Nine West shoes or sandals tucked away in her closet or ready-to-wear. With stores throughout the country, and availability at department store discounters like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, Nine West are very often a great buy. Our most comfortable pair of "dressy" (ie leather and suede) flip-flop sandals were from Nine West. We had two pair in the same style and wore them to pieces, they were that comfortable, versatile and all around go-to shoes.

Adjustable buckle closure at ankle strap.
Leather or man-made upper with multiple strap details.
Man-made lining.
Lightly cushioned man-made footbed.
Man-made sole.
4 1/4" heel.
1 1/4" platform.
13.00 oz.
Reg. $78.95, sale $68.95

Stuart Weitzman

(We wouldn't be able to walk in these but they are gorgeous! We have several pair of Weitzman shoes and they're terrific.)
Washed nappa leather upper.
Adjustable buckle closure.
Leather lining.
Cork platform wedge.
Rubber sole.
Made in Spain.
4" heel.
3/4" platform.
11.00 oz.
Reg. $355, sale $249

Me Too

Snake print or patent leather upper.
Adjustable buckle closure with elastic inset.
Man-made lining.
Memory foam-cushioned footbed.
Cork platform wedge.
Rubber sole.
3 3/4" heel.
1 1/4" platform.
9.00 oz.
Reg. $89, sale $71.20


Jennie is from the Børn® Signature Crown Series.
Take a bit of May flowers with you year-round with the fabulous Børn Jennie.
Vegetable leather upper with enticing straps and adjustable ankle buckle closure keep you sexily sophisticated.
Soft leather interior lining for added breathability and a moisture-free inner environment.
Cushioned footbed pads each and every step for all-day comfort.
Plastic shank provides improved midfoot stability and support without the weight.
Genuine wedge rubber outsole with vibrant floral detailing on a cork wrapped bottom.
Opanka hand-sewn construction creates flexibility and long-lasting wear.
3 3/4" heel.
1" platform.
11.00 oz.

Donald J. Pliner

We admit this is probably our all-time favorite brand of shoe -- while we don't love every style Pliner puts out, the ones we like, we are crazy about, and they're stylish and comfortable. And yes, we're always looking for Pliners on sale!

Woven leather upper.
Easy slip-on style.
Cork platform and wedge heel for comfort and style.
Leather lining and insole for comfort.
Textured rubber outsole for sure footing.
Made in Italy.
4 1/2" heel.
1 1/2" platform.
13.00 oz.


Before you dismiss this brand as for the more mature (we originally wrote "an old lady brand,") we actually just got our first pair of Dezarios (the Chai) and they are not only very attractive on, they are so comfortable. Here's the higher-heeled version of the pair I got -- in cork, of course.

Stretch fabric upper with patent or metallic detail.
Sophisticated stud embellishments.
Cork platform wedge.
Man-made sole.
Made in the U.S.A.
3" heel.
1 1/4" platform.
8.00 oz.


I know, this sandal doesn't really fit in with the others, but it's something we might actually wear and found it super cute and on sale. There was a now long-gone little shoe shop at Cross Creek in Malibu that sold the entire line of Think! shoes and they were so sweet. We have yet to get a pair, but perhaps…someday.

Rich leather upper with floral detailing and decorative cutout design for fresh appeal.
Leather sock lining molds to the shape of the foot and wicks away moisture for a healthy foot environment.
Leather-lined, anatomical cork footbed absorbs shock for reduced foot and leg fatigue.
Built-in ball, heel, and arch supports ensure all-day comfort and increases stability.
Durable rubber outsole provides flexibility and traction on a variety of surfaces.
7.70 oz.
Reg. $160, sale $128


So there's your BeansTalk-sanctioned sampling of summer trend of cork-bottomed shoes. Now get out there and get a pair!


Thursday, July 01, 2010

L to R: Kandyse McClure, Chelah Horsdal, Cybill Shepherd (seated) and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in the Lifetime Original Movie The Client List. The film premieres Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9pm ET/PT, on Lifetime Television. Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/Lifetime Television
Premieres Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9pm ET/PT, on Lifetime Television.
Lifetime's Three Pilot Orders

With Lifetime Television's successes Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva, the network has ordered three drama pilots from writer/producers as Josh Berman (CSI, Bones, Drop Dead Diva), Annie Brunner (Huff) and Jeffrey Bell (V).

The first of a number of pilot orders the network anticipates to make this year, the hour-long drama pilots for potential 2011 launches include:

• Against the Wall, from writer Brunner, a family drama set in Chicago following policewoman “Abby Kowalski,” who causes a rift with her three cop brothers when she decides to join the department’s Internal Affairs division.

• Exit 19, which follows single mother “Gloria Shepherd” as she juggles her demanding personal and professional lives raising two children while working as a New York Police Department homicide detective. The pilot is from ABC Studios and CBS Paramount, executive producer/writer Bell and executive producers Nina Wass (Sherri, Less than Perfect) and Gene Stein (Sherri, Accidentally on Purpose).

• Untitled Josh Berman Project from Sony Pictures Television, a closed ended drama set in San Diego, where police detective “Molly Collins,” married mother of two on the verge of divorce, and her partner “Brooke Kross,” recently engaged, investigate the city’s most high-profile crimes while navigating their divergent personal lives. Berman is creator and executive producer of Lifetime’s hit comedic drama Drop Dead Diva, which recorded double digit premiere-to-premiere growth across key demos in its second season debut on June 6, 2010.