September 26, 2007

SaTC movie update: the boys are back!

Those of you who are counting the days until the movie version of Sex and the City releases (May 30, 2008—mark your calendars now!) will be jazzed to know that shooting is now in full swing.

I'm also pleased to report that the male side of the cast will feature not only Mr. Big (Chris Noth), but also favorite boytoys Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis), Steve (David Eigenberg), and Harry (Evan Handler). Sadly, no sign of Aidan (John Corbett) yet.

And, in an odd but potentially delicious casting move, the luscious Jennifer Hudson will appear in the new role of Carrie's assistant. (Assistant? I'm guessing the last four years have been kind to our gal!)

Stay tuned to Hellooooo, Gorgeous! for more updates to come.

(Thanks to Buzzsugar for the 411.)

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September 22, 2007

Product review: Beautiful nails for a beautiful cause

As you may or may not know, the only thing I love better than a good nail product is a free nail product. In this case, I just happened to get both.

Recently the good folks at Nubar Nail Products contacted the gals at my other blogging gig; while nail products really don’t fit into their product offering, they did agree to give Nubar a spot on the blog. Which is where I came in. So grateful were the Nubarians that they sent me a Support the Cure 4-pack for my trouble.

Having used my kit a couple of times now, I’m quite impressed with the results. From the base coat to the two lovely lacquers—Pink Cami and Je T’aime—to the Diamant Top Coat, I found good consistency (neither too watery nor too goopy), excellent color, and nice, subtle shine. But that’s not the best part: the durability is insane.

I’m quite rough on my hands, and it’s not unusual for me to start seeing chips as soon as one day after a manicure. But I used my Nubar kit six days ago, and the only casualty is a teeny-tiny chip on my right thumbnail (my “worst” one), with no retouches or extra top coats during the week.

As you’ll see from my original blog entry, each Nubar product is free of many harmful ingredients often found in commercial polishes. And best of all, 10 percent of each Support the Cure’s kit's purchase price will go toward St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Cancer Treatment Research Foundation, and City of Hope.

So if you’re looking for a truly impressive nail product and want to support a worthy cause at the same time, click on over to Nubar and pick up a Support the Cure 4-pack. Or check out some of their terrific shades for fall. Either way, you’ll get a beautiful, not to mention healthier, manicure that’ll take you all the way to next weekend.

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September 21, 2007

Quote of the week for September 21

Life itself is the proper binge.”

– Julia Child

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September 19, 2007

2007 Emmy Awards: Fabs and Fugs

Those of you who know me well know that I never watch award shows, but on Sunday night, I honestly did give the Emmys a try.

Four minutes after tuning in, the combination of inane banter, canned laughter, and self-congratulating in-jokes had rendered my eyes glazed, my brain reeling, and my hand reaching for the remote, thumb pre-poised to reach the Off button with optimal efficiency.

Truly, from a purely pragmatic standpoint, there’s absolutely no need for award shows in today’s info-on-demand culture. In less time that it takes a bubble-headed starlet to make an ass of herself, the results could be posted to a Web page in one swell foop and we’d all be done with it.

They do serve one gleaming purpose, though: giving celebs the chance to strut out in their latest finery ... and giving us mortals the chance to dish about it.

And with that, I present my choices for this year’s Fabs and Fugs at the Emmys. (Click on the thumbnails to see larger photos.)

First, the Fabs: Kudos to the delicious, daring divas who decided to give basic black a rest and wow us with color!

Heidi Klum. Gosh amighty, Miss Heidi! Clearly here’s a woman on a mission to prove she’s one hot mama: first those smokin’ hot topless ads for Jordache, and now this devilishly glam slit-up-to-there Dior gown. (Love the hair and makeup, too!)

 

Helen Mirren. Would it be a Hellooooo Gorgeous! red-carpet review without a little Helen Mirren love? My well-documented girl crush aside, I think she looks stunning in this shiny deep-periwinkle creation (couldn’t track down the designer—anybody know?), which she paired with her lucky “stripper shoes.” (I would have gone a bit bolder on the makeup, though.)

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September 15, 2007

TV review: Tim Gunn's Guide to Style

Okay, it's no secret that I have a huge crush on Tim Gunn. He's my one and only IBF (Imaginary Best Friend). We go shopping together all the time. Why, just the other day we were enjoying lattes and biscotti at Starbucks when he shared the funniest—oh, um, sorry. Did I say that out loud?

Anyway, my point is yes, I was predisposed to liking, even loving his new show, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. (Thursdays, 8pm Central, on Bravo). But I do have an obligation to my readers to approach all reviews with a degree of objectivity, and I made every effort to do so here.

Even with my most stiffly-starched skeptic hat firmly in place, I found very little not to like about dear Tim’s latest contribution to the fashion-loving public. (Which ties in neatly with the release of his book, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style; stay tuned to Hellooooo, Gorgeous! for a review.) Here we have what the reality show universe has been crying out for: a makeover show that can boast both credentials and heart.

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September 14, 2007

I. Am. In. Love.

It all started innocently enough. See, I get these regular e-mails from Payless touting their latest lines. Usually I just peruse them with a casual interest and a glancing nod to their commitment to affordable chic. But that's usually about it.

Until today.

Today I received my Payless "check out our new line from Lela Rose" e-mail and—as a fashion thought-leader—I dutifully followed the link. Which is when I found this wonder.

Never mind that this delicious creation, the "Birchin T-Strap Pump," combines two of Fall 2007's hottest trends—menswear-inspired accents (the tweed toe and heel) and patent leather (hellooooo, Sarina!). But it ties the whole package together, literally, with a sweet, ultra-feminine bow at the ankle. And at $30, they're incredibly tough to resist.

Which is why I don't plan to.

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Quote of the week for September 14

Funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”


– W. Somerset Maugham

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Fall trend alert: Dark (not black) nails

Remember last fall’s run on Chanel’s Black Satin nail polish, which led to $200+ eBay prices and even the occasional theft?

While things probably won’t be quite as extreme this season, the dark nail is definitely back—this time with a touch of color. Instead of black, think inky purple (Blacker Laquer from Revlon’s Dark Pleasures line), navy blue (Russian Navy from OPI), midnight burgundy (Material Girl from Essie), espresso (Fedora from Creative Nail Designs), and even deep aqua (Las Vegas from NYX).

To perfect the chic look (and to avoid haunting the nightmares of small children), keep nails short to medium in length. And keep your lacquer handy for touchups, as chips will be much more obvious than with lighter shades.

Pick up your fave shade today and get in touch with your dark side this fall!

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September 11, 2007

Back and better than ever!

Buenos dias, mi bonitas!

I'm back from my amazing yoga retreat at the fabulous Pura Vida Wellness Resort and Spa in Costa Rica, and words can barely express how wonderful it was. I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know 12 extraordinary women—including excruciatingly fabulous retreat leader Kimberly Wilson—with whom I shared six glorious days of vinyasa yoga, meditation, creativity work, hysterical laughter, storytelling, rain-watching, journaling, and spectacular rainforest adventures.

All my photos are now up on Flickr; if for some reason you didn't get my e-mail with the link, just leave me a comment and I'll zap it over to you.

Click below for a complete (sorta) recap of my sojourn:

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