October 31, 2006

TV Execs Call Tyra a Fatty, Threatens Replacement.

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If you're a fan of Tyra Banks, host of "America's Next Top Model" and "The Tyra Banks Show," you've probably noticed that the former supermodel has been packing on the pounds lately. On last week's episode of "Top Model," the previously svelte Banks was looking particularly plump in a strapless mini-dress. And executives at the CW network have noticed Tyra's weight gain as well. According to MediaTakeOut.com, they're worried Tyra's fuller figure may affect "Top Model's" ratings and have told her to lose weight ASAP.

A producer for the CW told MediaTakeOut.com, "Tyra still looks good, but she's put on close to 50 pounds since starting her talk show…things are really getting out of control. I mean, she doesn't have the greatest personality, so if she starts getting too heavy, it could be a real problem for the show."

Tyra's weight has become such an issue with "Top Model" bosses that they have insisted that promotional pictures of the former model for the current season of the show be photoshopped, says MediaTakeOut.com. The site's source said, "When you see [Tyra] next to the girls on the show, you realize how much weight she's put on…it's almost ridiculous." The decision of the "Top Model" execs goes against Banks's recent declaration that she would not alter her photographs.

Tyra will have to act fast to lose the extra pounds if she hopes to continue as the host of "Top Model." The insider tells MediaTakeOut.com that if Banks does not manage to get back to her old figure, she could be replaced for the next season.

Wow. Is all I'm going to say about that. I'd love to know your thoughts though...

In other random Tyra Banks news, she has recently developed a severe and unexplainable crush on the rapper Chingy. Yes, Chingy. C+D has the story.

Little Girl Chic - Cute, Not Cute?

Emmy Rossum & Natasha Richardson both in Anna Sui.

Emmy Rossum at Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Event in NYC.

October 29, 2006

Go Whitney, Go Whitney, GO!

Whitney Houston brought her glam and sexy back to the 17th Carousel of Hope Ball presented by Mercedes Benz in Beverly Hills on yesterday... When I first saw these pics at Juicy News, I almost shed a tear...
Looking at how fab these celebs looked at this event made me realize something...

That This
Halle Berry looking fab as always at the event...


Sharon Stone looking toned, trim and equally fab at the same event...

And no, I'm not trying to be funny. I actually ordered this. It came yesterday. And I'm about to put this thing to the test... with Whitney, Halle and Sharon as strong motivation... I'll be bringing the sexy back in a few more shakes... stay tuned.

October 27, 2006

Window Shopping: Holiday Tops (Part 1)

November will be here in just a few days (Thanksgiving) and then December (Christmas, New Year's) will sneak up on you before you know it. What better time than now to start browsing for Holiday looks! In these next few weeks, I'll share my holiday picks (tops, dresses, shoes, accessories and the like) just to give you some ideas and to help get you started on shopping for all those holiday parties that you will no doubt be invited to. My first few pics of Holiday Tops are below, and yay! They're all under $100! Sweet.

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Hot Holiday Heat! Not at all for the timid... Bow Halter Top. Victoria's Secret. $58. Want it? Get it here.

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Butterfly Print Scoop Neck Top. Cute Asian Inspiried Kimono belt adds a hint of holiday color. Bebe. $79. Want it? Get it here.

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Silk Ruched Top. Banana Republic. $78. Want it? Get it here.

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Pleated Silk Camisole. Perfect little top to dress up jeans. How cute would this top be with these? Smokin', I tell ya! Old Navy. $29.50. Want it? Get it here.

October 26, 2006

Naomi Campbell Strikes Again...

Ok, this was TOO FUNNY not to post.
She was just arrested in London for scratching her therapist in the face
like a couple days ago.
This chick needs to be stopped.

October 25, 2006

Drink Your Water!

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Are you still downing untold numbers of Diet Coke every day? Oh wait, hold on... yeah, that's me. Well I don't down untold numbers of Diet Coke, I do enjoy them on occasion, with lemon, because I like to make my drinks classy. And yes, I am aware that Diet Coke is a bit more addictive than regular Coke. But, hey! I'm about to make a positive change! Water! Water has long been attributed to healthy hair, skin and nails. And most of us could probably stand to drink more of the stuff. And I was absolutely mortified when I read in a couple recent health reports that people don't even realize it, but they actually drink the majority of their fat calories (sodas, whole milk lattes, even fruit juices!). Wow. So how pleased was I to see so many fun choices in the H2O dept. Yay! Because sometimes, the plain stuff, just won't cut it. So next time you are in a store, try out one of these instead of your regular, maybe-not-as-healthy drink choices. My personal fave, not shown above, is Vitamin Water. Shouts out to them too because they sent me a nice letter in the mail and a Vitamin Water hat for my birthday (Vitamin Water was on my birthday list). Descriptions of the water and where you can get them are below:

Voss Artesian Water With its sleek glass bottle and ├╝ber-pure contents (thanks to a natural extraction process that prevents exposure to air and other pollutants), is available in still and sparkling versions. Price: $30 for 12 800-ml bottles; $36 for 24 375-ml bottles. www.vosswaterstore.com.

Metromint Since menthol is a time-tested remedy for settling upset stomachs, soothing stress, freshening breath, clearing stuffed noses, and increasing energy, you can consider this mint-infused water—in peppermint and spearmint varieties—a multipurpose, thirst-quenching cure-all. Price: $46 for 24 500-ml bottles.

Hint Essence Water Experiencing difficulty downing the recommended eight glasses of water a day? This purified eau—laced with appetizing natural flavors like pear, apple, and cucumber— makes the task infinitely more appealing.Price: $44 for 24 444-ml bottles.

H2Om An infusion of good vibrations and positive energy—In Love and Perfect Health varieties. Price: $30 for 24 16.9-fl oz bottles.

Borba Skin Balance Water These fortified waters—in clarifying, age-defying, replenishing, firming, antiaging, and calming versions—are packed with targeted vitamins to improve the state and appearance of your complexion, so instead of regular cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and exfoliating, you can quaff your way to clearer skin. Price: $30 for 12 480-ml bottles.

Style Verdict - Bows & Ribbons

Peep toe bow wedges. The Gap. These were popular, because they're already sold out! Browse similar styles here.
Leather bow clutch by Felix Rey. Neiman Marcus. Want it? Get it here.

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Rachel Roy "Sarah" Bow Dress. Shop Bob. Price may sting a little... Want it? Get it here.

Bow Bling! Logo Dior Bow Earrings. Fun for the holidays! eLuxury.
Want them? Get them here.

Ribbons and bows, they've been popping up everywhere! On clothing, accessories, as hairstyles... yeah, don't do that last one. But I think this is a fun, cute, girly, trend! Especially during the upcoming holiday season. But I want to know what you think about all the ribbons and bows. Do you like this trend? Hate it? Don't care? Would you buy it and rock it? I wanna know your style verdict.

Fashion No No...

Multiple violator.

October 23, 2006

40 Y. O.

Janet visited Yahoo! Live Talk in Tokyo, Japan earlier today to continue promotion of her album 20 Y. O., and she looks 20 years old in this pic! I think she has the same face at 40, that she had when she played "Penny" on "Good Times". Fabulous.Halle in Malibu on yesterday to protest a natural gas facility that is looking to locate there in SoCal, also looking flawless at 40. Look at her skin! Her skin is PORE-LESS and BLEMISH-FREE!
Ok, that's it, it's time for me to cut back on the Diet Coke again... it's back to WATER for me, STAT!

October 20, 2006

Hiptastic Weekend Links + Dreamgirls Trailer!

89-90 lb. women are getting their very own double zero clothing sizes... encouraging. [Story]

Thandie Newton is a little salty that she was overlooked for the part Angelina Jolie is playing the role of biracial author Mariane Pearl. [Story]

Cell phones are the new cigarettes... [Story]

This dude CANNOT be serious. [Story]

Being the reality TV fanatic that I am, I was just wondering... am I the only person who didn't know anything about this new reality show? [Story]

The official "Dreamgirls" movie trailer is here! Dreamgirls is set to open December 15.

Have a fab-filled weekend ya'll!

Leggings - Which Would You Wear?

Ok, so yes, we've already done a style verdict on leggings way back in June of this year, and most of you didn't like the trend. So seeing as though this casual trend is not fading out any time soon, I wanted to see if opinions on this trend had changed any. So if given the choice of the following pics, which were all recent Style.com "Picks of the Day", which of these looks would you choose for a casual outing? I must say, I'd choose Sandra's look. But I wouldn't be totally opposed to Halle's look, you know, if everything was completely toned and tight...

Halle Berry in leggings.
Thandie Newton in leggings.
Jessica Biel in leggings.
Sandra Bullock in leggings.

October 19, 2006

Style Verdict - Red Lips

Surprise! I happen to be into this trend. Huge shocker, right? Because what trend am I NOT into??? But seriously, I don't like EVERYTHING that's "in" at the moment, but I do like this classic red lip. And c'mon! Every woman NEEDS a killer red lipstick! And the Fall/Winter Holiday season is the perfect time to experiment with this classic look. It's instant glamour in a tube! But I know some of you are still saying, "I can't wear red lipstick, I'll look like a DRAG QUEEN!" Well let me tell you, the trick to pulling this look off is to (1) find the right red color for your skintone, and (2) to NOT overdo the rest of your makeup or you WILL run the risk of looking OVERDONE. So, when opting to wear red, downplay the rest of your makeup, a simple eyeliner with mascara and a little pressed powder, is really all you need to complement this look, because a red lip is bold all on its own. Now that I've done all I can to convince you, I still wanna know what you think. Do you like this look? Hate it? Don't care? Would you rock it? I wanna know your style verdict.

October 18, 2006

And the Winner of Project Runway, Season 3 is...

Oh well for my favorite Michael... but I have a feeling he's going to be A-OK, Uli too. Laura? Whatever. I still don't like the "jealous colors" she displayed in the last couple episodes...
Awww SNAP! NO MORE PROJECT RUNWAY!!!!!!!! For a while at least.

The Wait is Over! Project Runway Finale is Tonight...

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Who will win? Will Jeffrey be eliminated? Is Laura one of the JUDGES on the show or a CONTESTANT? She seems to think she's BOTH. Well, tonight is the finale of Project Runway and I for one can't wait to see what drama will unfold. The Laura vs. Jeffrey situation had me thrown off a bit. I was never a fan of Jeffrey, but after reading some of the comments on a previous Project Runway post, I must say, some of the Jeffrey fans made some real valid points on his behalf. I have to say, observing Laura on last week's episode... something just didn't feel right to me about how she chose to "handle things". Now if Jeffrey cheated, ok, that's NOT GOOD. Anybody who would take liberties to gain an unfair advantage in a competition should suffer the consequences of said actions. I sounded like such a "legal professional" right there didn't I? But at the same time, Laura, you are not the flippin' "HALL MONITOR" on the show! What she did, calling Jeffrey out with no real proof REEKED of jealousy and fear. Not a good look AT ALL. Just Do YOU! Stop worrying about what other people are doing! Everybody would have been soooo much better off if they had stuck to that. And the cheating, if there was any, would have revealed itself IMO. But I guess we'll see what happens tonight.
Can't wait until tonight? Wanna see a quick sneak preview of tonight's finale episode? Click here.

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October 17, 2006

Back from NYC!

Hey Ya'll! I'm back in this piece! And I just wanna say, I sooooooo appreciate all the well wishes on my birthday... everytime I read a new one, it made me smile, so XOXOXO to all ya'll who thought about me! We had a great time in New York! I've spent the last 4 out of 5 of my birthdays there and there's still so much we hadn't seen! Thursday night we attended the VIP Reception for the opening night of the Hip Hop Museum Exhibit in Harlem [shots out again to Mahogany Girl] Nice. This event had a real "old school" party type feel with the DJ spinning strictly throwback hip hop jams. There was an awesome display of vintage photos, and they even had original party flyers (handbills) on display from as far back as 1978! There were a few celebs on hand, (I ran into 'Nik' from "Top Model") and we saw Doug E. Fresh's name on the list! We didn't stay real long, but we took some pics below...

We traveled mostly by train and we must have walked another 211,000 miles while we were there (we walked A LOT). I had specific things on my list of things to see and do, and we did just about all of them...

My List:
1. Visit Mood Fabric in New York's Fashion/Garment District where the Project Runway Designers bought all their fabric for the show. This place was on 37th and it was also on the 2nd floor of a building, wasn't expecting that one... but it was a true sewer's eutopia...
2. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) on 5th Ave. The view from the rooftop of the Met on a clear day was truly something to see. There was also a Hurricane Katrina Exhibit there that we didn't know about, so being from Louisiana, we HAD to see that.
3. Visit Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on 53rd St. This place would make for a nice intellectual "date night" and we got in FREE! Target sponsors tickets there on Fridays between 4-8 pm (free Target Fridays)... we had fun there...
4. Visit Madame Tussaud's in Time Square (42nd St.) I took a pic with Princess Diana (loved her) Prince, George Clooney & Shakira...
5. Find Magnolia Bakery in the West Village on Bleecker (famous for their cupcakes and seen on Sex and the City and SNL) You can literally smell them as you approach the bakery... when we got there the line was wrapped AROUND THE BUILDING. For cupcakes!
6. Eat at Mr. Chow on my birthday (on 57th)
7. Hit up some local spots! Visited Carol's Daughter in Harlem on 125th St. [Thanks Nichelle!] bought the Healthy Hair Butter. Love it. My hair loves it. This stuff is completely yum. Also visited Pieces (of Harlem), a cute little clothing boutique on 135th [Thanks random chick from the Hip Hop Exhibit] bought a cool little tee there...
8. Pop into H&M, this is a MUST for me everytime I'm there (checked out 2 H&M's on 59th and Lexington and 51st and 5th, both were down the street from our hotel as we stayed at 51st and Lex. Bought 2 cute cotton tops from there).
9. Katz Deli (on Houston) This one my husband put on the list, but I must say, they absolutely know what to do do with a Philly Cheese Steak. I could eat another one right now.
10. Central Park. We walked past the "sheep meadow" and there was a "My Dog Loves Central Park" Fair going on the day we were there. Such a lovely scene, Central Park, its a beautiful oasis (and its massive!) in the midst of so much concrete. Wonderful...

Pic we took in Central Park
All in all, we had a ball!

October 12, 2006

Happy Birthday to ME! And I'll Be Back on Monday...

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Yay! My
birthday's finally here! I've been getting cool gifts off my list! And guess what else? I'm going on a fun trip to one of my Top 5! #2 on that list to be exact... fun. And, shots out to Mahogany Girl, it's because of one of her blog posts, that I'll be attending a VIP reception at a Hip Hop Museum Opening! On my birthday! Blogging is definitely the new way to get information, that's for sure. We only decided to go like 2 days ago, so I've been running around like a mad person trying to get things straight before we leave. So since I was leaving, I didn't want to go without leaving a fun post, so to celebrate my birthday today, I wanted to show folks exactly what 35 looked like, just in case you didn't know. So following are a list of celebs that were born the same year as me... FABULOUS. I'll be back on Monday so I hope you'll visit some of other the blogs on my link list. Enjoy!

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