2011 July 26

Mariah Carey's HSN Highlights

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The one and only. The one and only.
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This video of Mariah Carey on the Home Shopping Network has been making the rounds in Bloggyville, but in case you missed it...well, we couldn't risk that. Mariah not only hawks her shoes, bags and sparkling studded platform pumps, but she reveals just how difficult it was to carry twins. What a horror! There are some lovely mini-diva moments here to cherish. Just how we like that Mimi. 

2011 July 26

Rebecca Takes On Boston

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Rebecca cheats on NYC! Rebecca cheats on NYC!
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Rebecca Minkoff doesn't waste a second when she's out of town. How did she pack in every minute on her recent trip to Boston? Let's find out! 


"This week, my travels took me on a whirlwind trip to the gorgeous capitol of New England, Boston—and what a city it is! It has accrued a plethora of quirky nicknames over the years, such as Bean Town, the City on a Hill, the Athens of America, the Olde Town, the City of Notions, the Cradle of Liberty, and America’s Walking City. Boston had me at hello for so many reasons. It’s kind of ridiculously marvelous, possesses the above mentioned vibrant history, and the architecture and culture are dazzling. So without further adieu, let’s get right into it the nitty gritty of my new favorite city! 


Base camp Boston was almost The Four Seasons (as per usual), but instead, I opted to try out the XV Beacon (that’s the “Fifteen Beacon”, if roman numerals aren’t your thing) because it came very highly recommended from a good friend of mine who has a taste level that I aspire to achieve. Ladies and gentlemen, if you ever have to spend any amount of time in Boston, do yourself a favor and stay there. I rolled up in a taxi from the airport and my jaw dropped. This little boutique hotel is CHIC de la CHIC! Normally, I’m a rental car girl, but not this time. Why, you ask? Because the hotel has a complimentary Lexus avec driver that is available for hotel guests for dinner trips and the like. Located in tony Beacon Hill, my favorite neighborhood in Boston proper, it offers iPad rentals, daily ice delivery, and a gorgeous roof deck.


At this juncture of my pregnancy, I can’t get enough pasta, bread bowls and Italian food. Don’t judge—I'm keeping up with my fitness just fine, thank you. That said, at the recommendation of the hotel concierge, I plop down to a gorgeous lunch at Grotto in Beacon Hill. Guys, the italian food here is delicious and totally satisfied me, but this place is kind of majorly romantic?! I felt like I was on a date with myself here. Make sure to indulge in the panna cotta for desert. It’s memorably tasty.

2011 July 26

Shot of The Daily: Paz de la Huerta Strikes That Pose

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Hey! Hey!
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We should really put this pic of Paz de la Huerta in the obsessions area of our site, because all summer she's been giving us plenty to ogle over...and we can't look away. The Boardwalk Empire star turned up at a screening of The Devil's Double at the Standard in New York, and continued her quest to rivet us with her signature "shampoo commercial" pose. Instant classic!

2011 July 25

Joyeux Anniversaire to Iman!

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Birthday girl. Birthday girl.
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Impossible to believe, but the walking fountain of youth herself, Iman, turns 56 today. Mrs. David Bowie shares her birthday with Matt LeBlanc, Illeana Douglas and Earth, Wind and Fire bassist Verdine White. Please put that information in the part of your brain where random facts that you never needed to know are filed. 

2011 July 25

A (Delicious) Chat With...Chef James Carpenter, The Living Room

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East Hampton Revisited East Hampton Revisited
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More Hamptons hauteness to whet your palate! The Swede life of staying at c/o The Maidstone doesn’t stop with its digs. Get a transcendent taste of Scandinavian edibles at The Living Room. Chef James Carpenter is an East End chef-ebrity in his own right, and at his new spot, even canine guests can get in on the deliciousness!


How did you first meet Jenny Ljungberg?
I was at the American Hotel, and I knew the realtor selling the Maidstone so I got in touch with Jenny and explained that the slow food movement, which she was interested in, was very imperative out here in the Hamptons. I cooked for Jenny; she liked both what I made and my track record. Besides the American Hotel, I’d also been the chef at Della Femina for a few years, and I opened Savanna’s in Southampton, so I had good connections with the local farmers and producers. 

What was your reaction to the idea of creating Scandinavian fare?

Let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of Scandinavian restaurants out in the Hamptons. I told Jenny right off the bat that if she tried to put a hard-core Swedish-only restaurant here, it was not going to work. You need to involve the community and the ingredients out here that are popular out on Long Island. Jenny agreed.

How did you research this particular cuisine to come up with the menu?
Obviously, I’ve added a lot of Swedish cookbooks to my library over the past year. Last year, Jenny sent me, our restaurant manager, and our sommelier, Kelly Matis, to Sweden for a week to visit all the other c/o properties. We worked with the chefs in the kitchen to really understand the cuisine.

Were you always comfortable with allowing dogs in two of the three dining rooms?
I’ve had two lovely Dalmatians since I moved out to the Hamptons. My wife and I think of them as our children. It was very easy and natural for me to allow dogs in the bar area, which attaches to the lobby, the sunken cozy lounge with colorful couches and magazines, and an outdoor space we just opened.

Do you devise the canine cuisine as well?
Absolutely! I know what my dogs love to eat—mine love apples and carrots—so it was easy. There’s also a nice grilled all-beef hot dog, a chopped-up hamburger, and my pastry chef, Laura Donnelly, does our homemade biscuits with a little dog-bone-shaped biscuit cutter. 

2011 July 25

Chic on the Street: Meet Veronica!

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What's a trunk show? What's a trunk show?
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Chic hit Times Square for more man on the street shenanigans, and gave Romanian tourist Veronica a fashion pop quiz. How'd this law student do?


What’s a sample sale?

"I work with Elite Model company back home, and I know for sure it's when designers collaborate with each other."


What is a trunk show?

"That is the back of the show where the girls do makeup and get pretty. They have to get pretty for the people waiting for them."


Who are the new faces of the M-A-C Viva la Glam campaign? 

"Penelope Cruz, Megan Fox, Charlize Theron and Carmen Electra."


Who did Kate Moss marry?

"A handsome, tall and very attractive man; lucky girl."


What’s VMan?

"VIP Man. Why just V, when you can say VIP?"


What’s your style motto?

"On my heels. Not how I am dressed like now. In Romania, I'm always wearing heels. Always! I want to see New York today, so I adapted. I'm usually very elegant, but today, smart."


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