Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New and Returning shows that I like

I have caught a few of the new fall shows and some of the returning ones (most I taped and watched later) and so far these are some of my favorite shows:

New shows:

Journey Man
Back to You
Gossip Girl (Even though I heard mix reviews from a lot different people and the show will have huge competition from three show, I still like the show)

Returning shows:

'til Death
CSI Miami
Law & Order: SVU
Dancing with the Stars
Boston Legal
The Unit

What new shows are you watching? Let us know.

Lilly Pulitzer Resort Trunk Show


Lilly Pulitzer Resort 2007 Trunk Show

You will get a chance to pre-order select items from the Resort 2007 line and shop their exclusive, limited time only merchandise. Also, receive a special gift with your purchases of $300.00 or more from the event.


October 5, 2007 - October 7, 2007
Call for store hours and additional details


Lilly Pulitzer
Winter Park
118 North Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 539-2324

For more information, visit the official Lilly Pulitzer website.

Amazing Art for $20.00? Is it possible?

Yes, it is., a new online art gallery is giving every art lover a chance to purchase unique pieces at reasonable prices. was created by Jen Bekman a NYC gallery owner and writer who is making it her mission to support emerging artists and collectors. The motto for her online gallery is "It's art for everyone!"

How does work? Three sizes are offered starting with the smallest-size printed with 200 costing only $20 each, next is the medium-size where only 20 are printed for $200 each and the largest edition of only two printed are priced at $2,000 each. To ensure you are getting what you paid for, every print is delivered with a certificate of authenticity numbered by the artist.

The site is updated every Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2pm EST with two new editions.

In the future, you will be able to purchase gift certificates. So, keep checking the site to see when they become available.

A few pieces that are available:

ny.07.#20 by Jennifer Sanchez
archival pigment print

Untitled by Mike Monteiro
archival pigment print

I Bought All of These by Kate Bingaman-Burt

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Perfect Book for a Audrey Hepburn Fan

If you are a fan of the legendary Audrey Hepburn (which I am) or you know someone that is, this book, AUDREY HEPBURN, A Life in Pictures by Pierre-Henri Verlhac and Yann-Brice Dherbier will be perfect for you or as a gift. The book is scheduled to be released on November 1st of this year. The list price is $39.95.

Audrey Hepburn, A Life in Pictures is a hardcover book published by Anova Books and will feature a foreword (introduction) by famed fashion designer Hurbert de Givenchy. The book will be filled with beautiful pictures like those featured below (All photos credited to:

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A Face Mask for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin a mask you might want to try is Astara Green Papaya Nutrient Mask ($39.00). I have sensitive skin and thought I would give this a try. This mask is quite easy to use just apply after cleansing your face then let dry. I found it was very gentle on my skin and didn't leave it feeling dry or tight. According to the package, the algae, mineral extracts, green papaya enzymes and essential oils are suppose to refine the skin while removing debris and dead skin cells.

Even though it's good for sensitive skin I would still do a skin test to make sure there are not any irritations.

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Alyssa Milano teams with MLB to launch new Headwear Collection

After launching her successful clothing line TOUCH by Alyssa Milano, she has teamed up again with Major League Baseball and also with Twins Enterprises to launch a line of fan fashion headwear.

TOUCH by Alyssa Milano Headwear collection will be available for retail Spring 2008. The limited collection will debut with twelve styles, including baseball caps, military styled hats and visors.

Below are a few pictures of Alyssa premiering her TOUCH by Alyssa Milano Headwear collection this past August at the MAGIC show in Las Vegas.

Related Articles:
Alyssa Milano's smart idea for baseball fashions
Alyssa Milano's "Touch" is Now Available
Alyssa Milano Expands Her "TOUCH" to Jewelry

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Monday, September 24, 2007

OK! Magazine's Gossip Girl Contest

Okay, I promise I'm not trying to drive you Gossip Girl crazy but I was e-mailed this contest and thought I would share it.

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The OK! Magazine Gossip Girl Contest will award one winner $1,000 worth of items from Kitson LA to create your own inspired outfit from Gossip Girl. For more information and rules, please click on the OK! Magazine link.

OPI's Fall/Winter 07 Russian Collection

Get into the Fall Beauty Season with a rich and beautiful shade from OPI's F/W 07 collection. The Theme is Modern Opulence.

Russian Collection: MODERN OPULENCE

Modern opulence. An easy, assumed elegance, a sense of grace, and an instinct for the finer things in life. A love of luxury and a taste for refined style. Colors that capture a new moment in elegance and opulence - a feeling of luxury and refinement that transcends time.


L to R:
Russian Navy, Catherine The Grape, Midnight In Moscow, Vodka And Caviar, Siberian Nights, Rubble For Your Toughts

L to R:
An Affair In Red Square, Boris And Natasha, Kreme de la Kremlin, Suzi Says Da!, Cosmo Not Tonight Honey, St. Petersburgundy

Too Busy to Listen to Voice Mail, Why Not Just Read It.

I am all for making things easier and saving myself some time but have we as a society become so busy (or a little too lazy) that we can't even listen to our own voice mails. There are companies such as and that are providing services that will convert voice mails into text messages or e-mail. Maybe this is something you are looking for that will help you shave off a little extra time. Then this is probably the perfect service for you.

I don't know maybe it's me but it also feel like a privacy issue because they would be listening to my voice mails before I do and then type them up to send to me.

I don't think I have become that busy or lazy to listen to voice mail for a few minutes but from a marketing standpoint they created a service that people obviously want to use which has awarded them top reviews from some of the nations best newspapers, business and tech magazines. These type of companies took notice of how super busy our society has become and created a new niche in the industry.

What do you think about these types of services? Convenient or another way to make us more lazy?

Loaded "Baked Potato" Soup Recipe for Cooler Nights

As soon as the temperature starts to drop, I crave a little comfort food. I made this Kraft Foods Loaded "Baked Potato" Soup before it rather quick and easy, plus it very filling.

Makes 4 servings, about 1 cup each.


1 lb. baking potatoes, cut into cubes (about 3 cups)
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup milk
3 slices Bacon (Oscar Mayer), cooked, crumbled and divided
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. sliced green onions, divided
1/4 cup Sour Cream (Breakstone's or Knudsen)


1. PLACE cubed pototoes in large microwaveable bowl; microwave on HIGH 5 min., stirring after 2-1/2 min. Add broth and milk to bowl; stir. Microwave on HIGH 10 min., stirring after 5 min. Crush potatoes with a potato masher.

2. RESERVE 2 Tbsp. each of the bacon and cheese and 1 Tbsp. of the onions for topping; set aside. Add remaining bacon, cheese and onions to soup.

3. SERVE topped with reserved bacon, cheese, onions and sour cream

What Are Your Fall Essentials?

So, as you flip though your lastest fall magazines what items catch your eye. What can't you live without this fall season? What item is a must for you? Is it a new handbag or the latest pair of Mary Janes? Is it a new lip gloss from Chanel or Revlon? Or is it a totally new gadget you saw on TV? Or is it something new for your house or apartment?

Whatever it is we at Style and Focus PR as well as the readers, would love to know.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday's Happy Hour Drink: Pink Sunrise

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(Cocktail created by Eben Freeman)


5 seedless black grapes
1 1/2 oz Ciroc vodka
dash of fresh lime juice
dash of simple syrup
1 red globe grape, quartered into wedges


1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the black grapes.
2. Add vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and ice.
3. Shake well; strain into rocks glass.
4. Garnish with quartered grape.

Remember: Drink Responsibly and Don't Drink & Drive.

Lord and Taylor to Benefit the Rebuilding of the New Orleans Art Community

12 Artists Showcased in the Fifth Avenue Windows
September 20th through October 14th

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (Lord & Taylor) -- Lord and Taylor announces the opening of Kaleidoscope Katrina, an exhibit of works by 12 artists from New Orleans in its flagship's Fifth Avenue windows, September 20th through October 14th.

The exhibit, in support of the rebuilding of the New Orleans art community, include Sidonie Villere, Jonathan Ferrara, Jeffrey Pitt, Dawn Dedeaux, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Raine Bedsole, Doyle Gertjejansen, Sally Heller, Jeremy Jernegan, George Dunbar, Margaret Evangeline and Jose Maria Cundin. The art showcased in the windows, plus additional works displayed in a specially constructed gallery in the store's eleventh floor, will be available for purchase, all proceeds going to the featured artists. Lord & Taylor will also make a donation to the SweetArt Katrina Fund.

The SweetArt Katrina Fund, established by New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center, supports artists who suffered losses from Hurricane Katrina. A benefit event in New York, hosted by honorary chairpersons Alexa Georges and Sarah Bacon in 2006, raised nearly $100,000 to create the fund.

To celebrate Kaleidoscope Katrina, Lord and Taylor will host a private reception in the artists' honor, Tuesday, September 25th. Guests will enjoy hors d'ouvre by renowned chef Donald Link, owner of New Orleans' famed restaurants, Herbissaint and Cochon, and winner of the 2007 James Beard Best Chef South Award, who is coming to New York for Kaleidoscope Katrina. Lord & Taylor is also flying three legendary New Orleans musicians to entertain its guests. Master pianist Amasa Miller will lead the trio. Joining him are guitarist, vocalist and composer, Detroit Brooks, as well as the celebrated trombonist, Craig Klein, The Harry Connick, Jr. sideman.

For more information, please visit the Lord & Taylor website.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

"Gossip Girl" Cocktail for Friend's Party: "Rich Bitch"

I almost forgot to post the signature drink from my friends "Gossip Girl" party that I helped her plan. The drink is called "Rich Bitch". The Midori gives it a nice and light taste. I mixed this up with a friend of mine who works at a nightclub to see if he would like it, which he did. It's good to have a honest opinion.

Rich Bitch


1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
1 oz vodka
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Chilled Champagne


1. Mix the Midori, vodka and lemon juice in a shaker.
2. Shake well.
3. Pour into chilled champagne flute and top off with champagne.

Remember: Drink Responsibly and Don't Drink & Drive.

Let me know what you think of it?

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My Latest Obsession: Enrique Iglesias's Somebody's Me

I know I don't normally post about music but I just really like this song, "Somebody's Me" by Enrique Iglesias. It's off his new album Insomniac. It's sexy and romantic. It's definitely on my playlist.

Luxury and Sports: Louis Vuitton Petanque Set

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Fashon Week Daily is reporting that Louis Vuitton has created a limited-edition pétanque ball set priced at $1,813. The Luxury collection was created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sport pétanque. The set includes a leather-encased set of nine monogrammed balls and a cochonnet, or jack.

If this is in your price range and you're looking for a special gift for a worldly sports fan then this pétanque set is probably the perfect gift.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What to Watch Tonight: Back To You, ANTM and Gossip Girl

Three shows I'm actually looking forward to seeing tonight are: Back To You, America's Next Top Model and Gossip Girl.


America's Next Top Model (CW Network) 60min

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This is the ninth season of Tyra Banks hit show. Tune in tonight to follow the new contestants try to achieve their goal of becoming America's Next Top Model.

Back To You (FOX)

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This new show starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton is about a pair of cantankerous star news anchors work together at a local TV station. I think this show is worth a look because both Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton are good at bringing laughs. So I will give it a watch.


Gossip Girl (CW Network) 60min

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Gossip Girl is a new series based on the best selling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar. The show follows the lives of affluent NYC's Upper East Side teens who attend a private high school. The series will focus mainly around former best friends, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), and their shared love interest, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford). The show is created by Josh Schwartz who also created "The O.C.".

I think the show may live up to the hype because for a good reason, from my informal research most teens and 20somethings are a little exhausted from all the California based shows such as MTV's "Laguna Beach", FOX's "The O.C.", Bravo's "Real Housewives of Orange County", MTV's "The Hills", BET's "Baldwin Hills" and most recently MTV's "Newport Harbor: The Real O.C." and "Life of Ryan". Gossip Girl will give a different and fresh perspective on the teen cycle.

One to Watch: Chace Crawford

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Since the much hyped CW Network's "Gossip Girl" is premiering tonight I thought I would profile Christopher Chace Crawford (goes by Chace Crawford) as a One to Watch.

Starting tonight Crawford will be starring as Nate Archibald on "Gossip Girl" but unlike most Hollywood newcomers he didn't catch the spark for acting until much later. This Texas native orignally started out as a model which he continued even while attending Pepperdine University in California. It was while attending his second year of college that the interest of acting came about. Crawford also credits his mother for the initial encouragement for entering the entertainment industry.

Crawford's professional acting career began in 2006 with the Lifetime movie "Long Lost Son" starring USA Network's "Burn Notice" Gabrielle Anwar. The movie was about a mother (Anwar) who realizes 14 years later that the son (Crawford) and husband she believed to have drowned are still alive. Also, in 2006, he had his featured film debute in the late summer hit "The Covenant" which also starred Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Lucas and Laura Ramsey.

Besides "Gossip Girl", Crawford has two upcoming projects, The first is the movie "Loaded" starring Jesse Metcalfe. Crawford will be playing Hayden Price" and the film also includes NBC's "Heroes" Jimmy Jean-Louis, Monica Keena, Krupt, Drew Fuller and Nicole Eggert. His second project, is director Mickey Liddell's debute independent film "She Lived", in which he will be starring as Joseph Young and also included are NBC's "Medium" Jake Weber and Haley Bennett (who was in the Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant hit "Music and Lyrics") .

In my opinion, after tonight he's going to be one of the new faces to watch and will probably wish he still had a little anonymity left. By tomorrow he will probably be "googled" by millions of teenage girls.

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Badgley Mischka Fall 07 Part 3