Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Little foldable Ballet Flats have made a huge comeback -- we remember our grandmother had a couple pair. They're terrific for traveling and many find them easy to carry in a purse for comfort convenience. However, we hadn't found a brand to suit us. A couple of years ago, Nine West made a big push and sold their ballet flats in a leather drawstring carrying case. Adorable, but frightfully uncomfortable (at least for us) -- they were also notoriously inconsistent and ultimately not terribly well made (and we are fans of Nine West!).
A couple of months ago, we finally discovered a pair of ballet flats that we could wear on our delicate, sensitive feet -- made by Switchflop queen, Lindsay Phillips.
Lindsay Phillips Ballet Flats
We discovered these amazing little gems at the Manhattan Beach Fresh Produce shop. We were skeptical because we nearly always wear some sort of sandal, finding closed shoes not too comfortable. Imagine our surprise when we tried them on and they were genuinely, sincerely comfortable. But, even at $65, they were a little pricey for us. Still, we managed to find some online at a great price. Do a little research and you may get a similar deal (Ebay is a good resource).
The "gimmick" of the Lindsay Phillips Ballet Flat is that they are part of the line's trademarked "Snap Ons." This means that the flower with rhinestone center that comes "standard" on the shoes can snap on and off and you can interchange with a variety of choices, ranging in price, generally, from $11 to $18.
We're not so keen on the change-y thing, but do adore the shoes and find them fantastic to wear, nearly all the time. The matte shoes are real leather, but the patent styles are man made. Both constructs are comfortable, but for the ultimate, we have to give the edge to the buttery soft authentic leather. The Lindsay Phillips Ballet Flats feature an air-soft foot padding and are edged in soft, comfortable, flexible material, rendering the shoes far more comfortable than any other we've sampled.
So far, we have them in Pewter Patent, Blue Patent, Black Patent (we actually got the Kids' Size 4, which is supposed to be comparable to a Women's Size 6, but is on the small side -- Lindsay Phillips Ballet Flats do run on the small side -- like the ultimate, but exorbitantly priced Lanvin Ballet Flat -- so you're likely to need at least a half-size larger than you normally wear -- we find the Size 6 perfect for our usually Size 5.5 feet), Bronze Leather and White Gold Leather. www.lindsayphillips.com
Yosi Samra Ballet Flats
BeansTalk has yet to try them, but we got a good deal and have some on order. We'll report on this later: Yosi Samra is part of the collection of shoes produced by the line’s parent company, J. Loren. The Samra family has been designing and manufacturing an array of footwear for 30 years. Yosi, born in 1982, is the first son born to his shoe designing father Jacob Samra. At 20 Yosi left school to participate full time in the family business. He wanted to broaden the company to satisfy consumer demands for fashionable, comfortable footwear. The signature shoe of the line are foldable ballet flats and a psuedo-styled gladiator sandal. www.yosisamra.com
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Tan Up and Deliver
Celebrity makeup artist Jenn Streicher revealed how to get Emily Blunt’s look at the premiere of The Adjustment Bureau.
Streicher used St. Tropez Bronzing Rocks to enhance Blunt's complexion:
1. Use St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Polish to exfoliate and prep skin.
2. Massage dry areas of skin with St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Moisturizer to keep skin looking sleek, smooth and hydrated.
3. Pump St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse onto Applicator Mitt and sweep it from top to toe for even coverage. Wait a few minutes before getting dressed and avoid getting wet for at least four hours. Shower off to reveal a naturally golden glow.
4. Simply dust St. Tropez Bronzing Rocks over face and décolletage area.
5. Highlight cheekbones, décolletage, arms and shins with St. Tropez Skin Illuminator.
6. Zip up the dress, throw on the heels and glow on the red carpet!
St. Tropez was introduced in 1996.
Self-tanning is the fastest growing beauty treatment in the UK and the fastest growing section in the health and beauty industry generating revenues of close to £100m.
St. Tropez is an Aloe Vera based tanning system. The award-winning brand offers a range of self-tanning, gradual tanning, low commitment tanning with its Wash Off range, preparation and maintenance products, as well as skin finishing options. Professional tanning services are also provided globally.
In March 2009, St. Tropez introduced Aromaguard™, a technology that reduces the residual and distinctive smell of self-tan by a minimum of 70% Launching exclusively in all St. Tropez Core Tanning and Gradual Tan/Everyday products, Aromaguard™ effectively removes the biggest complaint about self tanning for millions of women and men around the globe.
Aromaguard™ is completely new technology which effectively banishes the odour associated with self-tanning by eliminating the smell and leaving a subtle fragrance which is unique to the user's skin. Launching exclusively in all St. Tropez Core Tanning and Gradual Tan/Everyday products, Aromaguard™ removes the biggest complaint about self tanning for millions of women and men around the globe.
In addition, a cosmetics range - featuring three multi-purpose cosmetics, to highlight, lift, sculpt and define key areas and complete your look, led to the brand's creation of a new category for skin.
St. Tropez products are available in the United States at nationwide Sephora locations and at www.sttropeztan.com. For further information on St. Tropez and high-resolution images, please contact Danielle Levine at Danielle@boldpr.com
For the latest news on St. Tropez, please visit www.sttropeztan.com or St. Tropez’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sttropeztan.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Lex Luthor Lives:
Michael Rosenbaum reprises his role as Lex Luthor in the series finale of Smallville on Friday, May 13, 2011 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET.).
“I’m delighted to return for the series finale,” says Rosenbaum. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”
Executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders added, “It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited about having Michael back. And as far as the way he returns, there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”
Rosenbaum exited at the end of season seven after Lex confronted Clark (Tom Welling) in the Fortress of Solitude. Years of secrets came to a head as Clark’s former friend finally discovered the truth about Clark’s alien heritage. The rivalry between the two culminated into a final showdown and crumbled, literally, under an icy avalanche as the Fortress fell. Lex’s body was never found. Now, Lex has risen from the ashes to fulfill his place in destiny as Clark Kent’s greatest nemesis.
Smallville was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Tom Welling. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Glee Stars Don John Varvatos for Grammys
Glee star Mark Salling wore John Varvatos to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Show. He chose John Varvatos Collection notch lapel single button tuxedo. Glee co-star Matthew Morrison also wore Varvatos, John Varvatos Collection tweed blazer with black velvet trim, white dress shirt and skinny black tie .
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Actors Julia Stiles and Brittany Snow pose with designer Monique Lhuillier (Filipina from Cebu) backstage at the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2011 in New York City. Stiles is wearing Stuart Weitzman black patent Lille platforms. Above, Stiles and Lhuillier. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Lopez' Ad Features
Zuhair Murad Designs
Jennifer Lopez, the first Venus Gillette Ambassador, was featured in both the commercial and print advertisement in designs by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. Lopez is first featured singing and dancing in a silver embellished long sleeve mini dress with tulle cutouts from Zuhair Murad’s Haute Couture Spring 2010 Collection. Getting out of the limo in the next scene, Lopez is seen in a pewter silk one shoulder dress with long draped side train from Zuhair Murad’s Ready-to-Wear Fall 2010 Collection.
Friday, February 11, 2011
CND Celebrates 15 Years
of Fashion at New York
Fall 2011 Fashion Week
For more than a decade, CND's Co-founder and Style Director, Jan Arnold, and nail professionals have created trend-setting manicures to perfectly accessorize designer visions on the catwalk.
This season, Roxanne Valinoti, Wanda Ruiz, Angi Wingle and Kristina Estabrooks will be leading nail looks for the following shows:
· 3.1 Phillip Lim: 2/16 @ 2pm - St. John's Center (340 West Street)
· Altuzarra: 2/12 @ 8pm - Milk Studios
· Behnaz Sarafpour: 2/13 @ 7:30pm - Box/Lincoln Center
· Carolina Herrera: 2/14 @ 10am - Theater/Lincoln Center
· Diego Binetti: 2/12 @ 10:30am - Box/Lincoln Center
· Irina Shabayeva: 2/10 @ 9pm - Studio/Lincoln Center
· Isaac Mizrahi: 2/17 @ 12pm - Exit Art (475 10th Avenue)
· Jason Wu: 2/11 @ 1pm - Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street)
· Jen Kao: 2/15 @ 1pm - Studio/Lincoln Center
· Jenni Kayne: 2/10 @ 1pm - Industria (775 Washington Street)
· Karen Walker: 2/15 @ 10am - Exit Art
· Kevork Kiledijian: 2/14 @ 6pm - Milk Studios
· Malandrino: 2/13 @ 12pm - Lincoln Center
· Monique Lhuillier: 2/14 @ 3pm - Stage/Lincoln Center
· Ruffian: 2/11 @ 9am - Studio/Lincoln Center
· Sachin & Babi: 2/14 @ 2:30pm - Box/Lincoln Center
· The Blonds: 2/16 @ 7pm - Milk Studios
· ThreeASFOUR: 2/11 @ 8pm - Location TBD
Thursday, February 10, 2011
History to Commemorate Civil War's 150th
HISTORY® is set to launch a four-year initiative to both honor and commemorate the Civil War, which marks its 150th anniversary in 2011, starting with a weeklong programming event, fully integrated across all platforms.
HISTORY will launch a national educational campaign tied to the Civil War which will serve educational institutions for generations to come. A two-hour feature has begun production, Gettysburg, to be Executive Produced by the Scott brothers, Tony (Unstoppable; Man on Fire; Top Gun) and Ridley (Gladiator; Black Hawk Down; American Gangster).
“The Civil War is arguably one of the most critical events in our nation’s history, and one to which HISTORY has been dedicated since our inception. Our four-year commitment to the Civil War, highlighting the 150th anniversary and the key battles and people who fought during that conflict, underscore our deep devotion to the genre – it is a pledge we are making to our country, to our viewers and to every school in America,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager, History. “To kick off this epic programming event, I can think of no better and more amazing, awe inspiring story-tellers than Tony and Ridley Scott. They will bring the raw courage of all who fought in Gettysburg to light.”
“HISTORY is the perfect partner for us to tell the epic true story of Gettysburg. We are excited to bring this battle to audiences in a powerful new way,” said Scott Free, principal Ridley Scott.
Gettysburg will strip away the romanticized veneer of the Civil War and present the engagement in a new light: a visceral, terrifying experience with everything on the line. At its core, this is the story of the soldiers on the ground, not the generals who commanded from behind the front lines. Compelling CGI and powerful action footage place viewers in the midst of the fighting, delivering both an emotional cinematic experience and an information packed look at the turning points, technology, and little known facts of perhaps America’s greatest battle.
Gettysburg will launch a week long programming event on HISTORY, including special Civil War themed episodes of Pawn Stars, American Pickers and other specials throughout the week, details of which to be unveiled over the coming months. As well, the network will also premiere a two-hour special, Lee & Grant.
Produced with the cooperation of leading Civil War historian Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump, Lee & Grant is a personal look at two iconic leaders of the Civil War. Surprising details reveal the bold choices and almost godlike power Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee summoned on decisive battlefields like Vicksburg and Gettysburg that, within days of each other, turned the tide of the war. As part of HISTORY’s Civil War Week, this special features a unique perspective, exploring how these men changed the course of American history.
National advertisers Bank of America, Ram, and GEICO have signed on to sponsor the week-long event.
Gettysburg is being produced for HISTORY by executive producers Tony and Ridley Scott as well as Mary Lisio; Showrunner is Ben Fox. Director is Adrian Moat; Writer is Richard Bedser; Graphics produced by Stargate Studios; HISTORY Executive Producers are David McKillop, Mary Donahue and Julian P. Hobbs.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
The CW airs the series finale of Smallville as a two-hour television event on Friday, May 13, 2011, from 8 to 10 p.m.
The story of a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and his journey to become the Man of Steel has captivated audiences for a decade. This final season, Clark attempts to find a balance between saving the world, which becomes even more difficult as the Vigilante Registration Act separates a nation, and spending time with his new fiancée Lois Lane (Erica Durance). Whether it’s donning glasses as a disguise, changing in a phone booth or learning how to fly, this season has put Clark closer to his destiny than ever before. Taking on Darkseid and battling the darkest of his demons, this two-hour event will send Clark soaring towards his birthright to secure his place in history as the world’s greatest protector.
“Paying homage to 10 seasons is no small task, and wrapping up each character and story arc has been extremely important to everyone involved in the show,” said executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders. “We’re excited to be able to make the final moments of Smallville a television event, as the character we’ve grown up with makes his legendary transformation.”
Supernatural will be pre-empted on May 13, 2011, return swith a two-hour season finale on Friday, May 20, 2011, from 8 to 10 p.m.
Smallville was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Tom Welling. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
As seen on Blake Lively, far left:
Camilla and Marc Drape Knit Studded Cardigan $395.00
- Asymmetrical draped style
- Crystal and metal stud detailing throughout sleeves
- Rolled hem edges with ribbed cuffs
- 54% wool, 22% cotton, 16% angora, 8% nylon
- Hand wash cold, dry flat
As Seen on Blake Lively in Image, Third from Left
Mike Gonzalez Zola Funnel Neck Coat $589.00
After introducing us to the leather hoodie, Mike Gonzalez has now set out on a new venture that goes beyond outerwear. His eponymous line of womens wear debutd for fall 2010 with a look that mixes grunge-era inspiration with luxurious elements. Expect street-smart pieces along with elegant draping, soft fabrics, and innovative detailing.
Body: 50% wool 50% poly Lining: 100% acetate, Zip front, Slit pockets, Leather Belted waist
Note: The Tania Spinelli Over-the-Knee Tab Boots Lively wears in the far right image were originally worn by Taylor Momsen, and she was much photographed on set in October 2010, pairing it up with a big gray-and-white plaid shirt/coat.
Monday, February 07, 2011
Twilight's "Bella" flanked by Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) and Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen).
Kristen Stewart accepts the favorite movie actress award at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Get "Twilight" Star
Kristen Stewart's 'Do
Federic Fekkai’s Adir Abergel created a 1960’s hair style that was sexy and full of texture for Kristen Stewart's look at the People's Choice Awards.
Get the Look: Abergel started by applying the Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Styling Whip throughout the hair. He roughly blow dried her hair with his hands until it was almost dry. Using a round brush, Abergel blow dried the rest of the hair straight, so that the hair was smooth and soft. He then curled the hair using a 1 ¼ inch curling iron, and combined the Fekkai Coiff Ocèanique Tousled Wave Spray with Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream to create the full and sexy texture that would last through the night.
Fekkai Products: Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Styling Whip ($23), Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream ($23), Fekkai Coiff Ocèanique Tousled Wave Spray ($23). Available at Fekkai.com, and Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Hailee Steinfeld's SAG
Awards Red Carpet Look
For the Screen Actors Guild Award, Hailee Steinfeld chose a Prada orange, pink and black gown. Stephen Sollitto of Anastasia Beverly Hills wanted the make up to be complimentary to her dress as well as age appropriate.
HAILEE’S EYES & LASHES
For the base of the lid, Sollitto used the deep purple shade from the ILLUMIN8 with YOUTHFUL SYNERGY™ COMPLEX EYE SHADOW PALETTE #4, blending on the eyelid as well as from the crease to the brow as a highlight. Sollitto explains, “This palette is phenomenal, the colors are great and so many to choose from.”
Then she blended the soft pink accent shade 4 from ILLUMIN8 with YOUTHFUL SYNERGY™ COMPLEX EYE SHADOW PALETTE #1 on the crease as well as blending up and outward all the way to the eyebrow on the outer edges. Treat eyelashes as you do your hair. You want to round-brush Lash Lifting Mascara into the root of your upper and lower lashes for definition.
To define brows begin with sketching in Brow Wiz (Hailee used Medium Ash) over brows using light upward strokes, filling in brows completely, as if you were drawing little hairs. Then use the wand brush on the other end of Brow Wiz to blend the brow color through. This will soften the product and create a natural effect. He also used the Brow Definer to precisely fill and define.
To highlight the brow bone apply Brow Duality (Hailee used Camille/ Sand) highlighter pencil on the brow bone starting above the iris to the end of the brow and blend using the fingertip. To ensure longevity brush Clear Brow Gel in short upward
HAILEE’S LIPS & CHEEKS
Using the amazing wand, swipe HydraFull Gloss in Barely, across the lips.
Using your ring finger gently tap the crème cheek color from the Highlighting Crème Duo (Hailee used St Aspen) to apples of cheeks, blending to hairline. For a radiant cheekbones, apply a small amount of the liquid highlighter along the cheekbones and blend on to your shoulders too!
Anastasia Beverly Hills
BROW WIZ, $20.00
Easily mimic brow hairs with this skinny brow pencil. Available in 3
shades in Sephora, Nordstrom, Ulta, HSN.com & Anastasia.net
BROW DUALITY, $23.00
Bring subtle focus to the brow bone with this dual ended pencil.
Features a matte highlighter on one end and a shimmer highlighter on
the other. Available in 2 dual ended shades in Sephora, Nordstrom,
ULTA & Anastasia.net
CLEAR BROW GEL, $21.00
Clear gel keeps unruly brows in place all day without flaking. Available
in Sephora, Nordstrom, ULTA & Anastasia.net
ILLUMIN8 with YOUTHFUL SYNERGY™ COMPLEX EYE SHADOW
Unique clinically and consumer tested eye shadows proven to
illuminate, firm and smooth the appearance of skin. Available in 5
shades in Sephora, HSN.com & Anastasia.net
LASH LIFTING MASCARA, $22.00
Deep black mascara adds full volume thickness and uplifting curl in
one stroke. Available in Sephora, Nordstrom, ULTA, HSN.com &
HIGHLIGHTING CREME DUO, $35.00
Liquid shimmer and sheer crème blush duo feature light diffusing
pigments to reveal a beautiful subtle glow. Available in 2 shades in
Sephora & Anastasia.net
HYDRAFULL GLOSS, $21.00
Clinically tested gloss proven to help maximize and maintain lip
hydration and fullness. Unique paddle applicator smoothes product
across lips. Available in 8 shades, in Sephora & Anastasia.net in
Mindy Kaling walked the carpet at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in a gown by Tadashi Shoji. The Office actress shined in a feather gray foil chiffon draped one shoulder gown from Tadashi Shoji’s Spring 2011 Collection.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy will return on the new version of Dallas.
Iconic Dallas Updated
TNT’s Pilot of Updated Dallas to Feature Returns of Original Series Stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray
New, Younger Dallas Generation to Include Jordana Brewster and Josh Henderson
Three stars who played pivotal roles in the original version of Dallas have joined two next-generation talents in the cast for TNT’s pilot of an update of the Lorimar series.
The original Dallas ran from 1978 to 1991 and followed the Ewing family of Southfork. The modern story of Dallas focuses on the Ewing offspring – J.R. Ewing’s son, John Ross, and the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing, Christopher – as they clash over the future of the family dynasty.
The updated Dallas will include original series stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. Hagman gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of oil baron J.R. Ewing. Gray played J.R.’s wife, Sue Ellen Ewing, while Duffy portrayed J.R.’s younger brother Bobby. In the pilot for the new Dallas, Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives) will play John Ross. Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious) will play Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross.
Executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who wrote the film The Mambo Kings and produced the TV series Cane, wrote the pilot for the new Dallas. The pilot script is based on characters created by David Jacobs. The updated version of Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television. Michael M. Robin (The Closer) is the director and executive-producer for the pilot.