Blake Lively’s New Lifestyle Site

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I did a quick drive-by on Blake Lively’s new “lifestyle” website called Preserve.us. Welp, that was a serious waste of time. I’m all for capitalism and entrepreneurship; have no issue with people getting paid. But where I draw the line is, celebrities going live with these websites (Gwyneth Paltrow and her idiotic GOOP site comes to mind) selling merchandise that is either far too expensive for the average person. Or loaded with products that can be bought at any supermarket, department store or my personal favorite, Bed, Bath and Beyond, for much less. Blake Lively’s site is full of inane ramblings, random over-used quotes, odd pictures and quite frankly a very depressing tone emanating from the home page….bizarre.

Then when you look further and go to the product prompt, there’s BBQ sauce mixed with jewelry, clothing, pillows and other items that visually, makes no damned sense. Just because you can do something, doesn’t always mean you should. I feel Ms. Lively should probably do what she does best and that’s walk red carpets, wear fabulously expensive designer clothes, cuddle up to that hunky bundle of goodness husband of hers and just be a TV and movie star. Lets face it, she’s not Kim K who can make a dollar out of 10 cents for doing nothing. But I’m sure she’ll do well selling her wares to other celebs and the wealthy who have disposable income to burn. After-all, they’re usually the ones who keep celebrity sites afloat anyway. I mean outside of a handful of star-struck fans but that’s another topic I’ll save for later.

The End of a Helluva Week! Time To CHILLAX!

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After a week of war mongering, political posturing, death, destruction, work overload and all around joy killing discourse, I’m glad this week is O-V-E-R! Many of us have high pressure careers and stressful lives and by Thursday, we’re seriously on life support with one foot in the grave and the other one on skates. Come Friday…we’re done!  I don’t know about you, but I need a drink.

I’m tired, I’m drained, my brain is fried and all I need now is just to cut the air up full blast (in these parts, we have a freaky heat wave sucking all of your energy and oxygen after having a pleasant summer…wouldn’t you know it), a nice cool bath, some sexy music in the background and the cap popped off the bubbly; just allowing the madness to completely drain out of my body. Good times!

I hope all of my little Scoodie-oops out in the blogosphere will find your calming piece of the world and have a CHILL weekend with whomever or whatever you have in your life that brings you joy. Until next time, CHEERS!

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Greetings from the Golden Globes 2013!

Well, here I am at the Hilton in Beverly Hills, in the middle of all the action, watching as the celebrities parade down the red carpet strutting their stuff for the world-wide press. I saw my boy Denzel Washington with his daughter. George Clooney with his Glamazon girlfriend Stacey Kiebler and Adele, this being her first appearance since giving birth to her handsome young son.

So far, practically everyone is hitting it out of the park with their fashion choices. However, there’s always the exception to every rule. Amy Poehler and Sienna Miller were just hot messes. Amy Poehler wore this ill-fitting tuxedo jacket with matching tight Capri pants rising up where no pant should EVER rise out in public. If she has a stylist and her stylist pulled that ensemble for her to wear tonight, then that stylist should be fired immediately. But if Amy made the decision herself, then she needs a stylist PDQ (pretty damn quick). See below.

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And for our next little fashion disaster, Sienna Miller. I hate putting her in this category because she is a cute as a button. She proved that she has acting chops portraying Tippi Hedren in HBO’s “The Girl” as well as “Stardust” and  “Factory Girl” . But someone, somewhere please help Ms. Miller with her wardrobe choices. This 60’s inspired ensemble should have stayed in the wardrobe department at HBO. The movie has wrapped, so now she can stop channeling the 60’s mod look….a bad 60’s interpretation at that.

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Oh boy, and here’s the biggest fashion fails of the evening…they’re a couple, she’s a Golden Globe and Oscar nominated actress and he’s a quirky director who can really bring the freaky to a film, but I like them. These two characters dance by their own little weird tunes and you gotta love’em. Give up…Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton. What can I say?

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And now, here are my choices so far for Best Dressed at the 2013 Golden Globes. First up, Naomi Watts in Zac Posen.

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Halle Berry – as beautiful as always.

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Shaun Robinson – Access Hollywood. She reports on celebrities and what they’re wearing, but tonight she was right up there with the best of them with her lovely gown by Pamela Roland.

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Taylor Swift – the back on this gown is fabulous.

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Bradley Cooper

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Claire Danes and husband Hugh Dancy. This woman just had a baby less than a month ago…look at her, back in fighting form.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.

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Well that’s it for now. I’m starved, my Spanx are cutting off my circulation and I need some champagne. Good night everyone from the 2013 Golden Globes.

Weekend Hangout – The Birthday Continues…..River Cafe

After a wonderful celebration with family and friends in LA on my actual birthday of October 19th, my friends in New York planned a 2nd birthday celebration. This time it was in New York or Brooklyn to be exact, at the fabulous River Cafe. This place is hands down, one of my favorite places to dine. If you want to have a romantic evening or just gather with your family and friends, this is the place to be.

The River Café draws more New Yorkers and visitors into Brooklyn than just about any entity since Coney Island. It has been the location of many major films, hundreds of commercials and countless television shows. It has hosted many of the most famous – from within government and business to celebrity and royalty from around the world.

The River Cafe has won numerous awards including The 2012 Michelin Guide Award, Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award (DiRoNA), The New York Parks Council Award and The Municipal Arts Society Award.

I would highly recommend if you’re in New York, make a reservation, because if the food doesn’t do it for you (and it would be surprising if it doesn’t), the spectacular views and excellent service will have you hooked!

One Water Street

Brooklyn, New York 11201

718.522.5200

**After 5:00 p.m. each day, jackets are required for gentlemen in the Main Dining Room and the Bar. Ties and collared shirts are always preferred.

Appropriate clothing and footwear is always required in all areas at all times. Men wearing backless sandals are not permitted.

Countdown to Liz & Dick – Make or Break for Lindsay Lohan

Got a sneak peek at the Lifetime movie about the tumultuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and though we aren’t suppose to comment, allow me to say that people won’t be disappointed. Check out the clip below.

I know Lindsay is a serious pint-size taste of crazy, but I can’t help it, I’m pulling for her to turn her life around and regain her career. I guess it’s because I vividly remember that red-haired, freckle-faced little girl that you could just grab and hug. She had so much promise back then and though her career is on life-support, I think it could be resuscitated.  Liz & Dick shows the talent that once was and could be again. Here’s hoping Ms. Lohan can move onward and upward.

Featured Weekend Hang-out – The Empire Hotel

Well we’ve made it through another week and now it’s time to rest, relax and get your party on. Every week I’ll feature one of my favorite spots to have fun with my friends or get my date night on with my man. This week it’s The Rooftop Bar at The Empire Hotel in New York City…can you EVER go wrong with anything in the mecca for all-night partying?

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night until 4:00 a.m., you can mingle with the beautiful people of Manhattan and enjoy the breathtaking views of one of the most dynamic cities in the world. TIP – on Saturdays, mention chillstrong.com and there’s no admission at the door and get the VIP treatment. Music by special guest DJ’s all night!

Doors Open at 9PM

44 West 63rd Street

Manhattan, NY, 10023

Located on the 12th Floor of the Empire Hotel, The Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar & Lounge offers magnificent views of Lincoln Center as well as the Broadway & Columbus Avenues gateway to Manhattans Upper West Side. This rooftop haven serves up some of the hottest cocktails in town, and now offers the hottest parties in NYC.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop is the perfect way to experience and escape the city below.

Celebrities to grace the Empire Rooftop include Sean Combs (Diddy), Kim Cattrall, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmy Fallon, and many more…

Call today for birthday packages, table reservations, info and more at:
866.604.4244

ENJOY!

5 Million Dollar Dress…Well Alrighty Then!

I know that I love clothes and I also admit I’ve paid far too much money for just about everything in my closet. I have a serious shoe monkey on my back and I’m somewhere near Mariah Carey and Imelda Marcos territory, but this gown is so out of my consciousness that it’s almost overwhelming.

British designer Debbie Wingham created this billionaire’s trophy wife’s or girlfriend’s haute couture frock which is adorned with 50 2-carat black diamonds. This bad girl weighs a mind-blowing 29 pounds and would be a bit difficult to wear for some of our more delicate sisters-in-fashion, considering some of them haven’t eaten since the 90’s.

Wingham who sewed the extravagant eyesight blinding frock herself, stated that her gown was ” an anthem for a beautiful woman who loves life”.  Ahem…or a gold-digger who knows how to land herself a sugar daddy or marry Daddy Warbucks. As the saying goes “there’s a sucker born every minute” and that sucker usually has a ton of zeros after his name.

I’m not hating on anyone who can afford such a magnificent creation, but….why? At least if you’re spending your money on building something that could lead to jobs, helping the environment, homes for the poor…something tangible, most people can wrap their mind around it, but for a gown that will probably sit in some rich chick’s closet for bragging rights or who brings it out to play once to rub other people’s noses in her luck to have her boyfriend or spouse buy it for her, is insanity. Whoever buys this gown will have too much money and not enough common sense.

Hold up, this is not meant to be sexist, there are women out in the world who make their own money and can buy the gown for themselves, but usually, we have a lot more restraint and a lot less egotism than to buy a 5 million dollar gown. Yes we have tons of shoes and handbags, but most of us will draw the line in the sand. We’ll oooohhhhh and aaaaaahhhhhh at the beauty of something like this, but the credit card stays in the purse. My feet may sometimes scream in pain for fashion, but I’m not sleeping in my car for it.

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