Monthly Archives: September 2009


W magazine looking for young, talented photographers to feature!

September 30, 2009

Thought the photographers amongst you may be interested in this:


W Magazine Announces The First Annual “W: The Art Project”


September 29, 2009 – New York, NY – W magazine announces its first annual art contest: “W: The Art Project,” searching for America’s most talented young photographer. Coinciding with the magazine’s 4th annual Art Issue, “W: The Art Project” invites emerging, talented artists to share their works of photography, and gain a connection with some of the most influential art personalities working today.

“Photography is such an integral part of W magazine,” Dennis Freedman, W’s Creative Director said. “We have always strived to work with the most talented photographers in our field, and think it’s only fitting to host a contest that showcases up and coming new photographers.”

Beginning October 1, 2009 through December 1, 2009, one photograph per participant capturing the theme of “Obsession,” can be submitted through Entries collected will be evaluated by the following renowned panel of art experts:

Dennis Freedman, Creative Director, W magazine
Patricia Lanza, Talent Manager, Annenberg Space for Photography
Thao Nguyen, CAA Agent
Gladys Palmer, Academy of Art University, Executive Director of Fashion
Blair Voltz Clarke, Art Consultant
Allen Murabayashi, Photoshelter, CEO

20 semi-finalists will be selected by the judges and then the public will be able to vote online at to determine the top five finalists. The judging panel will then name the grand prize winner.

The winning photographer will receive three-month consultation by art consultant Blair Voltz Clarke, a year-long membership to, a Nikon™Professional Grade DSLR camera, and their work will be seen in the pages of W. For more contest information and official rules, go to

“W: The Art Project” is sponsored by Academy of Art University,, and PhotoShelter

Beauty - "The Lovely" - RANDOM

Bollywood’s Golden Couple on Oprah today!

September 28, 2009

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

I’ve always been a little obsessed with Aishwarya Rai, a Bollywood actress best known as being “the most beautiful woman in the world,” and today she was on Oprah with her actor hubby, Abhishek Bachchan who has his own claim to fame as a leading star in India and son of superstars Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan.

picture-31 Anyone watch? The show was about the most famous people around the world.

The re-run is tonight 11 pm CST/12AM EST on ABC. Sorry for the late-ish announcement…I’ve been away from my computer lately.

Just thought I’d do you guys my Aishwarya Rai-fan club member duty. Thanks.


FOOD - "The Delicious" - Tea/Drinks

Love coffee? You’ll probably love this.

What better way to tell your coffee-loving counterpart how you feel than through your drink…literally. makes handmade plastic stencils of texts and graphics that you simply put over your java drink, sprinkle a little cinnamon or chocolate powder, and voilà:

Credit: Coffee Stencils

Credit: Coffee Stencils

You can get a whole bunch of different texts (need a different way to pop the question? Or to settle that last argument?) or designs (think zodiac signs, hearts, money signs for good luck). OR you can create your own custom stencil.

How cool is that? Stencils are $10 each. Reactions will probably be priceless.


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Men - Male grooming

Umm what would you do if you went for a haircut and THIS happened…

One of my friends (who is basically known for his crazy haircuts) went to his usual barber place recently, and midway into the cut, blood started gushing out from my friend’s ear…his barber accidentally snipped at his ear! He sent me a cleaned up version of the aftermath:


I asked him what he did, and he said he just got a free haircut and products:

When it happened, the guy was told not to cut my hair anymore, and the guy i usually ask for (who wasn’t available when I first walked in) dropped everything and finished my hair cut. The entire staff almost was helping me bandage it and asked if i was OK, and as I left the entire staff stood in line and waved goodbye to me, which was awkward while i had a bandage covering my right ear.

I’m REALLY curious to know: What you would do if your hairstylist accidentally cut something other than your hair? Would you go back if it’s your regular stylist? Has this ever happened to you?


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Nails

Vintage nail polish colors

At least that’s how I like to describe Sabeen’s latest nail experimentation.

sabeen green taupe

We recently went to Urban Outfitters and found a line of nail polish with some really interesting variation of colors — grays, neon yellow, brown, greens etc. They didn’t have a brand name and each shade was only assigned a number. The only place I could find anything on it was this Canadian blog.

Urban Outfitters nail polish Credit:

Urban Outfitters nail polish Credit:

Anyway, I promise there’s a point to this story: Sabeen used the bright green color from that line and her beloved Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat to make this design here.

The thing about the Urban Outfitters nail polish is a few things:

Good things:

  • The line has a lot of unique colors
  • The finish is virtually chip-free
  • It has a SUPER shiny finish
  • They’re a reasonable $8 each
  • Not so good things:

  • It takes multiple coats to make them opaque
  • I’ll have to find out if the line has an actual name or not, but I believe they should be at all Urban stores.


    BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes - Product Review

    FREE Maybelline Great Lash BIG mascara in Times Square — right now!

    September 24, 2009


    If you want FREE mascara, some Maybelline girls are passing out the new Great Lash BIG Mascara in Times Square, 47th and Broadway. They’ll be there from now til 6 pm so get on it!

    After you get your free mascara and a coupon for your next purchase, you can take a picture with the blow up mascara and it will end up on the Jumbotron in Times Square. You can tell everyone your pic was in Times Square for real.

    Take a pic with the giant mascara after you get your free one!

    Take a pic with the giant mascara after you get your free one!

    Maybelline's new Great Lash BIG mascara

    Maybelline's new Great Lash BIG mascara

    Going to try it soon. It’s a bigger brush that’s mean to give great volume and body to your lashes. I just hope it’s better than their overhyped Great Lash original. Can’t say that one is my favorite, but I do love the brush bristles in their signature green and pink colors on this one. We’ll see how it fares.

    Get out there soon and get your free one now!

    UPDATE: Total sike out: it shows the bristles are pink and green on the packaging, but it’s just plain black so don’t get your hopes up on that! But, I did try it, and I actually like it. It doesn’t give a lot of body, but a more natural, feathery look. Widens the lashes almost. I give it a B-.