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Electric Avenue

fifth_avenue_thumb2By Megan Johnson

Everyone knows the four famous females of Candace Bushnell’s notorious Sex and the City. But in her new novel, One Fifth Avenue, Bushnell uses her keen insight into Manhattan’s upper echelon to deconstruct both sexes through the eccentric inhabitants of an infamous Manhattan apartment building. Upon the death of penthouse owner and society doyenne Mrs. Houghton, new society darling Annalise Rice and her success-obsessed husband, Paul, take over the space to the dismay of first floor residents Mindy and James Gooch, who struggle to keep up with the filthy rich.

Acclaimed author Philip Oakland takes in seductive social climber Lola Fabrikant as an assistant, and she quickly becomes his lover in an attempt to ascend New York society. Other residents include bon vivant Billy Litchfield, who realizes that by associating with the rich he is accepted as one of them, and celebrated actress Schiffer Diamond, whose past relationship with Philip is equally as juicy.

Through the struggle to survive in dog-eat-dog Manhattan, Bushnell’s characters must look beyond their seemingly perfect wealth and privilege to recognize their faults. It’s easy to declare the novel as another chick-lit tale of the obscenely wealthy. However, One Fifth Avenue greatly surpasses Bushnell’s previous writings in poignancy and emotional depth. Through the struggles her complex characters face, the reader comprehends that no matter how privileged a life one leads, the hardest person to see in a negative light is often the one staring back at you in the mirror.


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Ever wonder where the stars go for their do’s?

Well, they go to the new “Hippest Salon in Beverly Hills” of course, Byron and Tracey at 9294 Civic Center Drive.  With a celebrity list of clients longer than your arm I am pretty sure the little people are going to have a hard time getting an appointment.  Wonder if there will be an underground secret entrance so the paparazzi are left empty handed??  With color that starts at $125+, I think I just might hold off on making my appointment, but here’s there number if you would like to try (310) 276-4470.  Hours are Tues-Sat. 9am-6pm.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Side of Valentine’s Day


I can’t tell you how many of my friends say they just don’t care about Valentine’s Day anymore, so this blog is for you, you know who you are!  Even Marie Claire has come up with a list of “10 Things We Hate About Valentine’s Day” and I must admit I agree. 

Well I am sure we can all create a list a mile long of things we’d like to receive for Valentine’s Day, however as you get older the list seems to dwindle.  Maybe it is because those things we receive are so few and far between receiving them on any day of the year would make you happy. 

 I think this lack of Valentine’s interest has come from years of being let down, so that is definitely the ugly truth.  I don’t want to hear from the handful of you that are spoiled this holiday, because you know his motivation behind the holiday, uh huh, you guessed it.  But hey, after all maybe that isn’t so bad. 

Enjoy your day whatever you do, I’d be happy to not have to cook dinner, what would you like?

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Are you covering up or uncovering this year for Valentine’s Day?












I tried on swim suits the other day, don’t know who’s dumb idea that was, but what I discovered was that the cover up fit the best.  Guess I will add that to my colorful collection of cover-ups from years past. 



This poses a dilemma this Valentine’s Day, if I don’t think I look good in a swim suit how can I look good in something less?  I think we should just move Valentine’s Day to when it is a little warmer, but since I am sure all of the Saint Valentines wouldn’t like that there must be another solution. 



Here are 3 quick fixes we have found:

  1.  bliss fatgirlslim – a lean, mean skin firming cream that visibly diminishes dimples
    •energizes the skin
    •stimulates skin surface to firm and contour with caffeine
    •visibly reduces the appearance of excess fluid retention in skin layers
  2. Tan Towlettes, Fake Bake or good ‘ole airbrushing, check out your local directory for a spray tanning booth near you.
  3. Warm weather is a more conducive to a little less clothing, if you know what I mean, so crank up the heat until you want to get the ice cubes out!

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The showgirl’s Guide to Maximizing Income


Yep, it’s true, a recent University of New Mexico study found that STRIPPERS WHO ARE OVULATING — and therefore most fertile — made an average of $30/per hour more than menstruating women, and $15 per hour more than women elsewhere in their cycles.  Now who’d of thought to run that study, hmmm?  Sure HIS parents are proud. 

In all seriousness, lets put this study to good use.  Maybe during this time of the month is when you should try asking for a raise, hint to your husband that you would like a diamond necklace or try and talk your way out of a speeding ticket?

For more information check out the study in Psychology Today where their slogan is “Here to Help.”

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“Down There” Waxing How to


Finally, Completely Bare has come up with not only their own waxing products, but their own do it yourself step-by-step instructional video.  Now for those of you that are the hands on type this will be helpful, but for those of you that can’t even do a yoga pose, you may want to just spend a little extra money and have a professional do it right.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

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A 24k Gold Spray, Swarovski-crystal Bikini Wax? Okay then!


by Charu Suri of the

A bushy Betty is really passé, girls. This Valentine’s Day has got to sizzle. I mean, 28/7. You’ll need a glam updo for dinner, and a sexy down-do for the bedroom. Completely Bare is offering an opulent bikini wax with 24k gold spray and Swarovski crystals to adorn your *ahem* for the big day. Er, night.

The Opulent Bikini Wax is available at all salons (it used to be available only at the flagship store). What will your “down under” receive? A full Completely Bare bikini wax, a 24k gold spray to give your skin extra shimmer and Swarovski crystals applied by hand in the design of your choice. There are also two limited edition designs: a red Swarovski Crystal Heart or your significant other’s initials. Here’s the best (or twisted) part. If you’re single, you can opt for a broken heart or a skull and crossbones. Hey, Jack Sparrow would dig it.

Completely Bare Locations: 103 Fifth Ave, NYC; 764 Madison Ave; NYC, Barney’s New York; 25 Bond Street in NYC and 12 Chase Road, Scarsdale, NY

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