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Monday, March 31, 2008

The Tini Lounge


Red Apple Martini

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Ingredients:

1 Part(s) Vodka
1 Part(s) Sour Apple Liqueur
1 Part(s) Cranberry Juice
1 Garnish Apple Slices


Instructions:


Add all ingredients into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into 2 well chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a thin apple slice.



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The New Kids Are Back


People Magazine is reporting that the New Kids on the Block (is that name still appropriate for them, since they now range in age from 35-39?) are planning to make an appearance on NBC's Today Show on the morning of Friday April 4th. I just have such a hard time believing that they are going to get back together...even if this is just for a reunion or something.

Will you be watching on April 4th? I'm going to have to tape it.

Who was your favorite member of the popular boy band? I loved Joey!!!


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Congrats!


A huge congrats go out to chef Giada De Laurentiis and her husband Todd Thompson. Giada gave birth to their daughter, Jade Marie De Laurenttis Thompson, this weekend. Wow, that name is a mouthful...but I really do love the name Jade. They named her Jade because that is the English version of Giada. So cute! This is the first child for both of them. We wish them the best of luck!!!


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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Harajuku Girls @ Macy's


If you live in California get ready to party with Love, Angel, Music, and Baby! That's right. Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Girls are touring all of the Macy's department stores in California (starting in Rancho Cucamonga on April 12th and ending in Glendale on April 26th). The performers are touring in support of Gwen's L.A.M.B. line and promoting their new Harajuku Girls collection. No word yet if Gwen will be making any appearances yet or not.


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Is She Fat?


Christina Aguilera gave birth to her son Max on January 12th and critics are already giving the new mommy a hard time about her weight. Critics actually have the nerve to call the singer fat! I mean, SHE JUST HAD A BABY! I find this so ridiculous! Christina is working out but insists that her hubby loves her new-found curves. Just because she isn't a size double zero doesn't make the singer fat!

Do you think it is super important for someone in the entertainment industry to lose weight immediately after having a child?


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Hot or Not


Holy orange dress! I actually really love the color of this dress worn by Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen. Nothing like bright, bold colors in the spring! However, it looks a few sizes too big for her. And the shoes! EEEEKKK!!! Those shoes are just not good.

What do you think of Taylor's look? Is it hot or not?


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Vanishing Act


For a while Kate Bosworth was known for being scary skinny, but I thought over the last year or so she has been looking a bit better. I mean, yeah, she was still really thin...but not as bad as she was. Well, I thought that until I saw this picture. Her poor legs look like they could just break in half! I mean, maybe it is the angle of the picture or the way she is standing or the sack of a dress that makes her look so tiny...I dunno! But I don't like the way this looks. Kate we want you to stay healthy...please.


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Shy Girl Hits Vegas


Audrina Patridge, known as the resident shy girl on MTV's The Hills, recently hit up Las Vegas where she made an appearance at The Pussycat Doll show. She played host for an evening to the show. In 30 minutes she managed to appear in two different leather and lace numbers.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Lissy Trullie in Elle





I am so in love with this photoshoot that Elle did with Lissy Trullie in their April 2008 issue. Here she is in some amazing "punk couture", which looks like it was made specifically for her to wear. I love it! Keep your eyes and ears open, because she is about to release her new indie-rock EP, Self-Taught Learner.

Check out the rest of the pictures from this shoot by clicking here.


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The Tini Lounge


Tropical Peach Martini

2 oz Malibu coconut rum
2 oz peach vodka
2 oz ginger ale

Shake with ice. Strain into cocktail glass.


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Reminder...


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Flashback Friday





Today we're dusting off the old yearbooks and opening them up to find our favorite celebrity yearbook photos. Celebrities that are featured are: Rene Russo, Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Willis, and Paula Abdul.

Could you imagine being a famous celebrity and having people gawk over your old yearbook photos? I would just die! I mean, I can only think of a couple yearbook photos throughout grades K-12 that I think are okay...the rest are just embarrassing!


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Barbie Martini's Boombox


I'm very excited to be bringing such an up and coming artist to our boombox this week. I'm sure some of you have heard of Alissa Moreno...and if you haven't you obviously need to start paying attention. She has had a number of her songs appear on MTV reality shows (even our favorite, The Hills), co-written and sang the theme song of ABC's Hope & Faith (second season), and even had her music appear on one of my other favorite television shows, How I Met Your Mother. Alissa has even worked with everyone from Rascal Flatts to Ben Affleck. She is truely a huge talent!


Barbie Martini: Describe your sound...
Alissa Moreno: Piano Driven Alt. Pop. I was madly in love with The Cure, The Smiths, The Pixies, Violent Femmes, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, and the Sugar Cubes growing up, and although my later influences (Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, U2) are more evident, I think these early bands have a strong and underlying identity in my music.

BM: Your music has been featured on MTV reality shows including Laguna Beach, Newport Harbor, and The Hills. Are you a huge fan of MTV reality shows?
AM: Should I answer this? Yikes. Not really. But they have an important role in my life because they expose the songs in new light. When I was growing up I had a continuous soundtrack running through my head. Every song I listened to in my walkman (while riding around in the back of our neon green VW bus) came with visuals, stories, pictures in my head; this is really no different than what's going on with music and reality t.v. today. I'm thrilled to be a part of THAT.

BM: If you could make an album with any musician (living or dead) who would it be and why?
AM: Today I'm going to have to pick early 90's Trent Reznor. I'm in that kind of mood. Those hooks paired with incredible melodies, insane production, loops and sounds I'd hardly heard, and the willingness to go (lyrically and sonically) to the deepest, darkest, weirdest most vulnerable places...... That would be so fun.

BM: We've read that you were Ben Affleck's vocal coach on the set of the 2006 movie Hollywoodland. What was it like working with him?
AM: Absolutely fantastic! I love that guy. He is brilliant, funny, kind, generous, gifted, and highly entertaining. He is a quick study and I loved watching him work. I was so proud to be a part of that film. I wanted to be in the film hanging out in some old Hollywood bar but the director said I was "too thin in the face." I've never heard that before and love him for it to this day ha ha!

BM: What is your favorite kind of martini?
AM: The magical non-alcoholic kind because I'm sober now.

BM: Cats or dogs?
AM: Dogs. And I want a big cuddly one to live by the sea and swim and play fetch with me.


To read the entire interview please check out our MySpace website. Also, make sure you check out Alissa's website and her MySpace page.

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Workaholic?


Paris Hilton is insisting that she is a very hard worker, and that she has worked to build her empire. Um...what is it that she is doing? I mean if being a professional partier is an actual job then sign me up.

Paris states:
"I don't pay attention to lies because I am a good person. I work very hard and I've built this empire on my own. I think this is an inspiration for a lot of girls out there."

Do you believe that Paris is as hard of a worker as she states she is? Do you think you work a bit harder than Miss Hilton?

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Fun Find


I have been hearing about CoverGirl's Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss for quite some time now (thanks to all the advertising on recent seasons of America's Next Top Model), and I finally ventured out to CVS last weekend to pick some up. I do love lipgloss...but I have to admit, this lipgloss is probably some of the best that I have bought in recent time! It goes on smooth, and isn't sticky. It smells so super yummy...and tastes great too! Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers leaves a nice tint of color on your lips. I recommend Raspberry Splash, but I'm sure the other shades are just as great! Click here to see all the available shades.


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*Deal of the Day*



Stop what you're doing and head on over to Free People right now! This adorable Fern Print Sateen Tube Dress is now on sale for only $49.95 (originally marked at $98). It comes in two different colors: lemon and black. A good deal of sizes are still available. This dress is so perfect for summer!!!


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TREND ALERT---bows

Bows are bigger than ever this season. They help add some feminine flair to absolutely any outfit. No matter if it we are talking about your jacket, shoes, or dress...you can rock the bow look on any article of clothing. Here are some of my favorite pieces that have incorporated bows into them.

This Dolce Vita Lilian Dress from Urban Outfitters is only offered online only. This jersey dress comes in a bold red hue, finished off with a large self-tie bow on the on shoulder. Get your very own now for $122.

Jazz up your tshirt collection with this Maya Floral shirt from Delia's. The small bow details on both of the sleeves are super cute! This tshirt is anything but ordinary and boring. Get one now for only $24.50.

This Ruffled Cotton Blouse from Forever 21 is totally romantic. Wear it to the office, or out on a date...this shirt screams GIRLY, and I think that is most definitely a good thing! It can be yours for only $19.80.

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Model in the Making


Dakota Johnson, who is the 18-year-old daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, was just signed to IMG Models worldwide. She's planning on finishing up her senior year of high school (she will be done in April), and then I'm sure her career is going to take off! She has already completed a photoshoot for an upcoming story in Vogue.

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The Tini Lounge


Ricky Martini

1 oz Absolut Peppar vodka
1 oz Absolut Mandrin vodka
1 splash Cointreau orange liqueur
1 splash cranberry juice
1 dash lime juice

Shake with ice until frothy. Pour into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a jalepeno stuffed olive.


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21 Premiere


The new movie 21 comes out in theaters tomorrow, March 28th. This movie has it all: a great cast, action, greed, and best of all it is based on a true story. Co-stars Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth are shown here enjoying their premiere party.

My boyfriend and I were recently watching two different shows on A&E or the History Channel (or something like that) about the MIT students that this movie is based on. However, they were filled with terrible reenactments. I'm so excited to go see this movie on the big screen with actors that will put those terrible reenactors to shame. I'm planning on seeing it in next weekend.

Are you planning on checking out 21?

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ANTM




Last night's episode of America's Next Top Model was full of some bad pictures and bad attitudes. Seems like everyone in the house can't stand Dominique...and quite honestly, she rubs me the wrong way too. Gosh, I think I'd lose it if I lived in that house!

The girls had a really cool photoshoot where they had to portray different genres of music. Everyone had amazing hair, makeup, and costumes...but not all of them had great pics. I really only liked three of them: Whitney, Anya, and Katarzyna.

Who did you like? Click here to view all of the photos.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

DUNZO!


Kimora Lee Simmons has officially filed for divorce from her husband Russell Simmons. Uh, wait a minute...she's only filing for divorce now? The two of them have been "separated" since 2006! I wonder if any of the pregnancy rumors with boyfriend Djimon Hounsou hold any truth to them. Maybe that is what lit the spark under her butt to get this divorce over and done with.


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Kelly Has Pneumonia


Kelly Osbourne became sick with pneumonia over the weekend, coming down with it while in Hollywood. She was spotted leaving a medical center in L.A. with some medication.


Pneumonia is NEVER fun. I remember coming down with it when I was in middle school...and it was AWFUL! Kelly, get your rest. We wish you a speedy recovery!!!

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IT'S SURVEY TIME!


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The Tini Lounge


Watermelon Martini
by: Bobby Flay

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
5 cups watermelon, seeds removed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/4 cups vodka
2 ounces melon liqueur, optional
8 lemon twists, for garnish
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan and cook until the sugar has completely dissolved. Let cool.

In a food processor, puree the watermelon flesh. Add a little of the sugar syrup to sweeten, to taste. Pour the pureed watermelon into 2 empty ice cube trays and freeze for at least 4 hours.

In a blender combine the frozen watermelon cubes, more simple syrup, to taste, lemon juice and vodka, melon liqueur and blend until smooth. Pour into 8 frozen martini glasses and garnish with a lemon twist.


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TREND ALERT---bold shoes

Bold shoes have two dynamics to them: bright colors and funky patterns. This trend is definitely going to be invading this spring and summer. Don't bother blowing your money on handbags and jewelry this season, and save it for your footwear. These shoes can be dressed up or down...however, you must keep one thing in mind when wearing bold shoes: try to keep the rest of your outfit fairly simple...else you'll end up looking like a clown. Here are some of my favorite bold shoe looks for this season---------------


Women's Mossimo® Darby Floral Peep-Toe Pumps in Raspberry are available at Target. These pumps are feminine yet very trendy, so you could totally get away with wearing them to the office. You can get them for only $24.99.

These Ombre Peeptoe shoes in the color blue-multi from Delia's were made for getting noticed. Their tie-dye color plays tricks on your eyes, and the 3 1/2" heel adds drama! Get your pair now for only $39.

Check out these super sweet Vidonia Pumps from the Betseyville Collection by Betsey Johnson. Available at Nordstrom, these youthful shoes are complete with rainbow stripes, rhinestones, and a plastic heart. Would you expect anything less from Betsey Johnson? Purchase them today for $89.95.

Set yourself apart from the same rest of the crowd with these Women's Printed Satin Flats in a green floral print. Available at Old Navy, these flats are packed with a punch! Vivid and daring, these flats will put black ballet flats to shame. Get them now while they are on sale for only $11.70 (originally priced at $19.50).


I have to admit, I am not a huge Jessica Simpson fan...but these Greymer Pumps in Electric Raspberry by Jessica Simpson were too adorable not to share with you. This shoe would look great with a little black dress, or even a pair of skinny jeans. Get your pair now from Macy's for only $79.
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Putting Rumors To Rest


JC Chasez from NSYNC is putting the rumors that him and Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford are an item to rest. JC sets the record straight:

“For the record, we’re both straight,” Chasez declared. "We're not dating." "The only time people usually see us together is in some type of photograph, so they just assume that it’s like that," he said.


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DUNZO!


Another day, another Hollywood divorce story. After 19 years of marriage Marsha Garces Williams (Robin Williams wife) files for divorce. I really hate hearing stories like this. 19 years of marriage is a long time...and for a couple in Hollywood it's an eternity. The couple has two teenage children together.

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Hot or Not


Thandie Newton showed up to the L.A. premiere of her new movie, Run, Fatboy, Run, in this bubblegum pink dress by Matthew Williamson. Lots of ruffles, and lots of pink!!! It almost makes me think of a cocktail dress that Barbie would wear out on the town. What do you think of this pepto-colored dress? Is it hot or not???

Diane says: I'm not totally crazy about the ruffled neckline...but besides that I really do love this dress! In my mind you can never go wrong in pink! :)


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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Tini Lounge


Frozen Rasberry Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub crystal light rasberry (or any other desired flavor) drink mix
  • 2 C ginger ale
  • 1/2 C vodka
  • 2 1/2 C crushed ice

Place ginger ale, vodka and drink mix in blender container; cover and blend until drink mix is completely dissolved. Add ice; cover, blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into 6 martini glasses.


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Jamie Lynn Is Engaged


16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is on cloud nine right now. She has become engaged to her long time boyfriend Casey Aldridge. The couple is set to have their first child this summer. No word on when the wedding will take place.

What do you think about this engagement? Do you think it's a good thing to hear that Casey wants to stand by his girl and get married? Or do you think it is just another mistake in the making?


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Rank 'Em




Today we're ranking some recent looks worn by Ashlee Simpson. Rank the looks from your favorite to your least favorite in the comment section below.

Diane ranks: I like her looks in the way they are posted...striped shirt, dress, black boots

How do you rank 'em?


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