April 28, 2007

Boy book



April 28, 2007 -- BLEARY-EYED, pasty and overweight? No, not the IT department - boys.

Since the advent of the microchip and, later, the Internet, boyhood seems to have morphed from outdoor frolics, imagination and storytelling into an indoor quest for hand-eye coordination and depersonalized home-alone "social" networking.

With their runaway British best-seller "The Dangerous Book for Boys" (Collins Books, $25.95), author brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden offer a guide to bringing back the boyhood of yore:

"In this age of video games and mobile phones, there must still be a place for knots, treehouses and stories of incredible courage," they write.

So saying, this delightful collection of old-fashioned mischief includes instructions on making invisible ink, constructing slingshots and building a go-cart.

Granted, their section on hunting and cooking rabbits isn't really applicable to most New York City youth, but it's always nice to be prepared.

Along with instructions on making things, there are inspirational tales about explorers and adventurers, information on spiders and insects, plus answers to questions that plague even adults, such as "Why is the sky blue?" and "Why do ships sail against the wind?"

There's even a chapter called "Girls," in which the authors dispense sage advice such as, "If you see a girl in need of help - unable to lift something, for example - do not taunt her" and "Excitable bouts of wind-breaking will not endear you to a girl" - tidbits some grown men have yet to master.

"The one thing that we always say about childhood is that we seemed to have more time back then," the brothers write. "This book will help you recapture those Sunday afternoons and long summers - because they're still long if you know how to look at them."

Aimed at boys "ages 8 to 80," the book hits shelves Tuesday.

April 26, 2007

Another Jonathan photo

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Um, Hugh Grant

This just in -- Hugh Grant has been arrested for attacking a tabloid photographer with a can of baked bins.

Another reason he's the bees knees.

Baked beans, really.

The $750 Haircut

What a top 'do price really buys


April 26, 2007 -- JOHN Edwards' $400 coif has nothing on Jonathan Antin. Antin, the star of Bravo TV's now-defunct reality series "Blow Out" and founder of the Jonathan Product hair-care line, charges $750 a haircut in his West Hollywood salon - and up to $10,000 when summoned out of town.

Antin plans to open shop in New York "sometime in the next year." But while he was in town to launch his collection of high-tech Ionic Balance products, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to find out if one haircut can really be worth several hundred dollars.

"You might go to somebody else and have to get four haircuts a year for $250," says Antin, as he prepares a chair for me in a penthouse at the Royalton Hotel. "You come to me, you probably only need two haircuts a year.

"It's like insurance," he adds. "If you go with a great insurance company, you never have to worry about it. You go with a dodgy insurance company, you file a claim, and you may never get paid. I'm $750 locked and loaded - you never have to worry about it. I refer to it as beauty insurance."

While naysayers and cynics might scoff at spending so much on a haircut, I find there really is something extraordinary about the Jonathan Antin experience. Not only do you have an exceptionally good-looking straight male fondling your head for more than an hour (Antin is famous for his stamina ... uh, long sessions), but the way Antin moves your head, tells you to sit up straight, aligns your shoulders and spine, and makes deliberate, precise strokes with the scissors is unlike any other haircut - posh or not - that I've ever had.

With Antin at the helm, there's no uncertainty - as soon as I am robed, seated and wetted (sprayed down with water; get your head out of the gutter), he combs out my hair and says, "If you said to me, 'Do whatever you want,' this is what I'd do - take 2 inches off the bottom, and take your shortest layer up about 3."

Unlike other stylists my hair's encountered, there's no endless going over and over one section of hair. Like Mozart, Antin requires only one draft. In fact, the precision and flow of the whole experience is a little bit like yoga.

The secret to Antin's success is that his skill with long locks is a rarity in an industry so intent on lazy razoring and shaggy 'dos. Antin's sister, Robin Antin, owns the Pussycat Dolls, and he's recently snipped the locks of all the contestants on "The Search for the Next Doll" - all long-haired lasses.

"Remember that 99.9 percent of hairstylists pull the hair away from the head - holding it up in the air when they cut it," Antin says, explaining why most hairdressers prefer short cuts. "And never once through a period of a lifetime does your hair ever actually stay up there. When you're close to the head, it's easier to make the connection between what shape is going to make this face look better. As you get farther and farther away, you really have to understand physics of hair, gravity and the shape of the face.

"I became $750 about three or four years ago," Antin adds. "I went to $750 because I wanted to help the rest of the salon. When I raised my price, I filtered some of the older clientele to my stylists. I trained them, went through each client with them - and then new people come and pay my new [higher] price."

Two hours later, I bid farewell to Antin - who's off to style star clients like Madonna and Kirsten Dunst, hawking his products on QVC and filming his new reality series. ("There is a new deal with a new network for a new show that's just being made, and it's going to be awesome.")

I, meanwhile, feel pretty awesome in my "sex hair." Someone stops me on the street and says I look like a celebrity.
Is it worth the price? Well, I don't have the campaign funds to pay for it, but I'd sure be willing to give up a few dozen cocktails for my new 'do.

After all, if it really does last five months, like Antin promises, cost per wear drops to around $5 a day - the price of a daily Starbucks. I may not look presidential, but I feel good.

Haute List



April 26, 2007 -- The fanny diaries: IT'S a fine line between ugly, ironic and cool, and fanny packs - those round-the-waist pouches proudly worn by style luminaries like Borat - may have amazingly drifted into fashion. Mainstream labels, the kind favored by young Hollywood and urbanistas alike - such as Seven for All Mankind, Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. and Anna Sui - are introducing stereotype-busting bum bags constructed from leather, not nylon, in sleek, structured shapes.

Established luxury brands Louis Vuitton and Gucci have always done fanny packs, season after season, for monogram lovers.
We're especially keen on this Goldenbleu green patent "Yvette" fanny pack, $458 at goldenbleu.com - a glossy and gathered two-pouch variation on the old standard.

We also love this smart "Siena" belt by Claudio Orciani, $298 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Obsessions of the week

Purse-nickity: "Dig in your garden, not in your purse," says Anne Pinkham, founder of handbag-organizer Purseket. Her ingenious multipocket bag insert holds a full day's worth of essentials - from cellphones to sunglasses, from notepads to pens - and even features a rigid post on which you can pop your keys for easy access. Purseket is available in a variety of sizes and fabrications - from $16 to $25 at purseket.com.

Gold standard: Inspired by Estée Lauder herself, this minaudiere - which comes complete with a limited-edition compact and lipstick - is our favorite piece in the cosmetic house's elegant new Heritage Collection - "Vintage is such a strong trend in home design and fashion today," says creative director Aerin Lauder. "We wanted to revisit some of the unique pieces my grandmother created in the 1960s and 1970s that are considered collector's items today." Minaudiere, $550 at neimanmarcus.com.

Tea'd up: The newly redesigned and reopened Bulgari flagship features 13,000 square feet of jewelry, watches, handbags and accessories. And while the store will be stocking lots of exclusive limited-edition products, our primary purpose in venturing uptown will be to stock up on Bulgari's cult green tea-infused skin care and fragrance line, which we'd otherwise be forced to steal from housekeeping at The Ritz in London or Casa Casuarina (the former Versace mansion) in Miami. Au thé vert shower gel, $41, and body lotion, $49, at Bulgari (730 Fifth Ave.; [212] 421-2048).

Berry nice: See and smell a rainbow of fruit flavors at L'Artisan Parfumeur, where the Mure et Musc fragrance comes in a whimsical blackberry bottle. Even illiterates can tell right away that Premier Figuier smells like, well, fig. Prestige bottles, $280 at L'Artisan Parfumeur (1100 Madison Ave.; [212] 794-3600).

Climb every mountain

Paris Hilton's non-surgical overnight transformation from flat-as-a-board to va-va-va-voom is one of the most inspirational Hollywood makeovers in recent history.

Boob-watchers will notice that the silhouette of choice is a far cry from the low-slung C's of the '70s, the perky athletic B's of the '80s, and the waify A's of the '90s. The noughties are all about the high and round, lady lumps that make people wonder, "Did she or didn't she?"

"The secret to re-creating Paris' show-stopping cleavage is to choose a bra that has a snug-fitting band," says Saleena Sidhu, president of Pfiff Lingerie. "This helps create a stable foundation for a push-up effect. Also, buy a bra that features padding focused on the bottom half of the cup, preferably with removable 'cookies' so you can adjust your look."

We love Pfiff's strawberry pink demi-bra (pictured, $48 at starboudoir.com ). We're also partial to Frederick's of Hollywood's Extreme Cleavage bra - built to push the boobs up and out ($28 at fredericks.com).

Who is cutting my hair? Find out tomorrow.

April 23, 2007

Best/worst/funniest/weirdest/most addictive song

My friend Aleksi turned me on to SoKo and her song "I'll kill her."

Best line: "You were dating that bitch blond girl, and if I find her, I swear, I swear I'll kill her."

Second best line: "She'll drop your ass for a man called Brendan."

I also love SoKo's other songs -- like The Dandy Cowboy, Take My Heart -- she's, like, the uber-emo-girl. Check her out here: myspace.com/thesokos.

April 22, 2007

Lazy Sunday

Lately I've been longing for some countryside -- a garden patch, a river in my backyard, some peace and quiet, you know? But this morning I remembered that I really do love early Sunday mornings in Union Square in the summertime.

An inconvenient but good day

10:35 a.m., Bergdorf Goodman handbag department: Me and Susan frantically calling 411 and texting Google trying to locate Buff Spa, which used to be in the beauty department at BG. / 10:50 a.m., Equinox: We found the new Buff Spa. We are late. We lost our appointments. / 11:10 a.m., American Kennels: Ogle the baby English bulldogs and play with Pomeranians and Pugs. Susan almost buys a miniature Doberman Pinscher. Her shoes are killing her. / 11:30 a.m., Duane Reade: Duane Reade does not sell flip flops. / 11:40 a.m., Nine West: There are no nice flip-flops at Nine West. / 12:00 p.m., Gap: Susan buys brown suede flip-flops. / 12:20 p.m., 30th St: Locked out of Susan's office. / 12:30 p.m., Nail bar: Spa pedicures in massage chairs. Essie "Minimalistic." Ah. / 1:10 p.m., 30th St: Let in to Susan's office, drop off paperwork, bags, binders. / 1:30 p.m., Koreatown: Lunch. / 3:00 p.m., Fifth Ave: Rolling down the street with distended tummies from too much lunch. / 3:20 p.m., Verizon: The technician can't fix the Treo. / 3:45 p.m., American Eagle: They don't have the shorts I want. / 4:00 p.m., Union Square: Get handed two free eco-friendly light bulbs. Score! / 4:20 p.m., Home: We crash out and watch "The Girls Next Door" on E! and three episodes of Little Britain. / 7:00 p.m., Manna: Inexplicably hungry again, we eat Sundubu and Bibimbap.

(They are opening a California Pizza Kitchen in Murray Hill.)

April 20, 2007

Model casting

I am casting for "real girl" models for a series of music/fashion shoots taking place in New York City the week of April 30 - May 4.

Looking for photogenic girls between the ages of 18-25 who are at least 5'9", a size 2 or 4 (34-24-34 -- sample size), and can convincingly pass as a fan of either metalcore, heavy metal / hard rock, or hip-hop. Piercings, tattoos, body art okay.

Professional make-up and hairstyling will be provided, the photographs will be published in a mainstream high-profile publication with a national audience. Compensation will be standard editorial rate ($150 per day) and, if you wish, you will be credited in print by name and/or myspace page as the model. The shoot will last between two to five hours.

You must live in the New York City metro area and be able to provide your own transportation to the shoot location (location TBA will be either in midtown Manhattan or in another central Manhattan location close to public transportation).

To be considered please reply with a link to your MySpace page and an email and phone number where you can be reached between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST.



Naughty Brits

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April 19, 2007 -- In their native Britain, they're known as "the celebrities taste forgot" - but in Los Angeles, they'll fit right in.

Meet the U.K.'s two most notorious celebrity couples, the Beckhams and the Andres - bleach blonde, tan-tastic and surgically enhanced. And we're not just talking about the ladies.

While the Beckhams may be more internationally known - once upon a time Victoria was better known as Posh Spice and David "Goldenballs" just signed a $250 million deal with the L.A. Galaxy soccer team - the Andres are just as beloved in their homeland for being shameless.

The first season of Katie Price (a k a huge-chested glamour model Jordan) and '90s pop star Peter Andre's reality show, "Katie & Peter," premieres this Saturday on E!, months before the Beckham's NBC deal hits the small screen. A primer:

Katie Price (Jordan) & Peter Andre vs. Victoria & David Beckham

Katie Price (Jordan) & Peter Andre

Nicknames: Dosh & Pecs

Famous for: Huge tatas
Former pop star in Britain

Ages: 28 & 34

Kids: 3 (Harvey Daniel, Junior Savva and another on the way)

Net Worth: $60 million

Breasts: 34FF

Style: Stuffed into a boob tube; proudly gelled

Quotable: "Some people might be famous for creating a pencil sharpener. I'm famous for my tits." - Jordan

Literature: Memoirs "Being Jordan" and "A Whole New World," and "Katie's Perfect Ponies: My Pony Care Book" (October 2007)

Tribulations: Blind son; Jordan survived finger cancer discovered by manicurist

Famous friends: Hugh Hefner, Paris Hilton

American equivalent: Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee

Victoria & David Beckham

Nicknames: Posh & Becks

Famous for: Zigga-zig-ah
Bends it like Beckham

Ages: 33 & 31

Kids: 3 (Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz)

Net Worth: $400 million (incl. Galaxy deal)

Breasts: About 34B

Style: Stick insect; coyly metrosexual

Quotable: "My Spanish is improving and now I can ask: 'Dónde Gucci?' I also can say: 'Tienes un Bentley?' " - Victoria

Literature: Alleged illiteracy ("I've never read a book in my life") yet Victoria wrote a book on style called "That Extra Half an Inch"

Tribulations: David's girly voice

Famous friends: Tom & Katie, Elton & David, J.Lo & Marc

American equivalent: If Mariah Carey and Derek Jeter had stayed together

Haute List

April 19, 2007 -- Need buzz? No sweat

THE last time celebrity publicist Jonathan Cheban launched a clothing line, back in 2004, he broke the price barrier on T-shirts - charging a then-unheard-of $45 for printed short-sleeve cotton tops.

But once his best pals - stars Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and then-"Newlywed" Jessica Simpson - were snapped wearing them on a near-daily basis, the novelty shirts flew off store shelves. It helps to have professional red-carpet walkers as friends.
That's why, this week, it's time to pony up and brown-nose your favorite sales associates at Intermix (intermixonline.com) and Shvitz (shvitznyc.com). Kritik, Cheban's brand-new line of comfortwear, has arrived in New York and will be placed on floors in the next few days. It's virtually guaranteed to sell out fast.

The line, launched at a celeb-saturated party in Miami, debuted on the Left Coast just last week - and as soon as Kritik arrived, Britney Spears swooped into Lisa Kline (lisakline.com), the trendy boutique on star-studded North Robertson, and scooped up the "Ashlee" striped hoodie ($150) and the "Jessica" striped gathered shorts ($82), both pictured.

Uncommon scents
CAN a perfume really make you eat less, attract men and maybe even hit the gym a little harder? We tried out a few new "aromas with extras" to see how they work:

Scentology, $25 each at target.com
The promise: A spritz of one of the three scents on your neck and decolletage will curb cravings, improve your mood or give you an energy

Bliss Booster: Scentology's Bliss smells like a combination of fruity pineapples and well-meaning cheap perfume. Seriously, though, this silly little spray both brightened my mood and made me laugh at myself for spraying something called "Bliss" on my body.

Crave Control: A smell to avoid the afternoon Cheetos binge seemed too good to be true. And, it was. The sweet formula smelled so good for a second I thought about spraying it directly into my mouth. But it didn't stop me from eating lunch.

Endurance Enhancer: Skepticism was sprayed away with a liberal application to my neck and chest just before a four-mile run. The formula's proprietary, but it smelled minty, with a lingering pleasant soapy smell and - no fooling - I felt more energized and invigorated throughout my usual run - and for hours afterward. Go figure.

Dr. Perricone Neuropeptide Synergy Anti-Aging Aromatic Pheremone, $250 at Sephora
Promise: To improve mood, mental clarity, stress, lack of self-confidence and increase your overall sense of well-being.
Results: Big, fat nothing. For $250 we would have had better luck splurging on a massage at Cornelia Day Spa.

Flirty Little Secret Firming Cream with Pheromones, $32 at bootyparlor.com
Promise: To make you irresistible to the opposite sex. And thin, too!
Results: I didn't notice anything different about my day. A clique of ugly, bald, short guys in gnarled Fair Isle sweaters and leather jackets kind of clustered around me on the train and were doing lots of pay-attention-to-me gorilla-man stuff (like propping their feet up on the pole and grunting), but I chalked that up to just a day in the life.

Obsessions of the week
* In the trenches: Can't commit to a full-length coat this spring? British denim brand Radcliffe has the perfect solution - the black Battersea Blouson Trench, a short version of the classic coat, $450 at Barneys. We love it because it's soft, stylish and will match with almost everything.
* Good hair day: Stop by the Nexxus Shear Genius salon today at the Time Warner Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for free hairstyling by one of 10 top Nexxus stylists. You'll even get a gift from Nexxus, Allure and Bravo TV. The salon is located on the second floor, in front of Borders.
* Ropes for dopes: Can't keep tabs on your things? Leash 'em - everyone else is. For your phone, try the braided leather "la leash" cell-phone loop, $100 at laloop.com. Keep track of your bubbly with Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Minis that come with a wrist strap . Or, wear around part of the new Miss Boucheron eau de parfum ($102) that hits Nordstrom next month - the jeweled cord doubles as a necklace or bracelet.
* Perfect panties: Our hearts skipped a beat when we discovered Old Navy brought back its amazing line of mesh boy shorts, this time in pretty spring colors. It's been years since we've seen them there, so we suggest stocking up on dozens of the $4 pairs.

April 16, 2007

An all-time best line

"I always tell the girls: Never take it seriously. If you never take it seriously then you never get hurt. If you never get hurt then you always have fun. And, if you ever get lonely, you can just go to the record store and visit your friends." - Penny Lane

April 15, 2007

15 MB of Fame

I've never gotten this kind of rapid response to any story I've written in the paper -- by 8:30AM today I had an inbox full of emails! Love you guys.



April 15, 2007 -- ALL YOU NEED is an Internet connection and a dream. There's never been an easier time for the common man to grab at that slice of 15 minutes than right now. Web sites like MySpace and YouTube have democratized the fame game so much that every day there seem to be new cyber celebrities raking it in by parlaying their followings into real-world deals. While Web connections (in nearly 70 percent of homes) still trail TV sets (more per household than actual people), the Internet is slowly evolving into the latter-day equivalent of Schwab's Drug Store, the Hollywood meeting place where legend says Lana Turner was discovered.

Young hopefuls don't even have to endure the taunts of Simon Cowel by trying out for "American Idol" - they just sign up for a MySpace page and wait for film producers, record execs and book editors to come calling.

Musicians such as OKGO and Lily Allen attracted thousands of fans with provocative videos and Web music. Perez Hilton turned himself into a national name with his gossip site. And one enterprising Netizen, Kyle MacDonald, managed to barter a red paper clip into a house.

We scoured MySpace, YouTube and dozens of other social networking sites, looking for the next crop of Internet ingenues. Here's our roundup of nine hot up-and-comers who've turned bandwith into book deals, broadcasting careers and big bucks.

1 Tila Tequila
In between personally coordinating her hyper-popular MySpace page - at last count she had 1.79 million friends - and posting daily video and text blogs, MySpace superstar and burgeoning pop sensation Tila Tequila (nee Nguyen) has become a triple threat. She's recorded a full-length album set to drop this summer, developed a reality show for VH1 that starts filming next month and started her own clothing label.

The video for Tila's first single - a catchy track produced by Lil Jon called "I Love U" - features the would-be diva shouting "I'll f---k you up!"

It shot to No. 1 on iTunes in the first week of March, unprecedented success for someone with no label. Given her self-made success, producers have come courting. But for now, she's planning on releasing her debut album on her own.

"I've been a presence for so long underground," she says. "People have watched me grow like a reality show. I'm like a friend in real life you went to school with."

But it hasn't always been champagne and roses for the Singapore-born cover girl, who has been featured in various states of undress in Playboy, Maxim and Rolling Stone. Her family fled postwar Vietnam for Singapore, and she makes reference to a difficult childhood on her blog.

"I came to America on a f - - king boat and I almost died!" she writes. "Once I got to America I lived and slept on one mattress that my entire family shared. I slept with rats every night and flying roaches. We lived off welfare and food stamps."

A rough adolescence inflicted emotional scars that Tila's still trying to mend - like her love/hate relationship with New York.
"When I was 16, I ran away from Houston and lived in Flushing, Queens, for a while," she says. "It was a really lost time for me - I didn't know my way in life, I was experimenting - there was a lot of drug abuse and gang stuff.

"Once I decided to leave, I had anxiety and stress. I just only recently got over this fear of New York City and the anxiety attacks I had every time I came here."

Tila, 25, attributes her survival skills to destiny, hard work, and following her gut. "When I was 17, I was in Chili's in Texas with my friend - we were having a conversation about our lives, and I told him that by the time I am 25, everyone is going to know me. He said, no make it 22. But I knew it was 25.

"When I was a child, I was such an abandoned soul lacking love in my life, so I escaped to another world in my mind. I realize, looking back, what it all means - I have something very special, an intuitive connection. I don't know if the world is ready to see this side of Tila, but when I am more in a position of influence, I want to talk about these things - healing and helping other people. My ultimate goal is to be able to help the world in a very positive way."

2 Trent Vanegas
Trent Vanegas, 32, a schoolteacher from Detroit, started his celebrity-obsessed site, Pink is the New Blog, in 2004 as an exercise in writing daily. Today, the site, which is like a kinder, gentler version of Perez Hilton's snarky blog, attracts more than 200,000 unique hits daily.

He's since moved to Los Angeles and appears frequently on VH1 documentaries as a celebrity commentator. Claim to fame? Nicole Richie calls out "Pink is the New Blog" in her book, "The Truth About Diamonds."

3 Secondhand Serenade
After eight years of playing bass guitar with various West Coast bands, John Vesely picked up an acoustic guitar, scraped together just enough money to pay for eight days of studio time and recorded a 10-track album called "Awake" in the summer of 2005. A few short months after uploading his tracks on a MySpace account, Vesely, who goes by the stage name Secondhand Serenade, became the No. 1 unsigned band on the site.

Simultaneously, his album broke the Top 100 alternative chart on iTunes, and the demos he released on Yahoo! Launch reached the No. 1 position on the Adult Alternative station. At the end of 2006, Vesely was signed to Glassnote Records, which released "Awake" in February - it charted on Billboard's Heatseeker at No. 16 and the first single, MTV picked Vesely for its "Discover & Download" program this April and May and the network has added the first single, "Vulnerable" to its regular "The Big 10" video rotation.

4 Job For A Cowboy
Though this quintet has been a band since 2003, these teens (who just graduated from high school) remained unsigned until someone used "Knee Deep," one of their independently released songs, as the soundtrack to a spoof SpongeBob Square Pants video clip on You Tube. The instant cult comic hit, which generated hundreds of thousands of views, led fans to Job for a Cowboy's MySpace site, where, at last count, their tracks have garnered more than 7 million plays.

Signed in 2006 to top indie label Metal Blade Records, the band will release its first label-backed album, "Genesis," on May 15. In the meantime, Metal Hammer magazine has named them one of "Metal's Most Important Troops for 2007," they've been shortlisted for the Alternative Press' 2007 "Bands You Need To Know," and they're on Revolver's list of "Breakthrough Bands that will be Kicking Your Ass this Year."

5 Cobrasnake
As a teenager, California-native photographer Mark Hunter snuck into hipster bars and parties in L.A., taking pictures and posting them online as a tagalong of indie band The Like. These days, his site, thecobrasnake.com, is one of the go-to sites for fashion-industry folks looking for pictures of the latest greatest underground parties and editorial inspiration.

His gritty candid shots feature celebs like Paris Hilton, Jarvis Cocker and Johnny Knoxville. Hunter has even cultivated the power to make and break fringe celebs - his former intern, the street-urchin-esque 17-year-old Cory Kennedy, achieved brief fashion fame, a roster of celebrity friends like Lindsay Lohan, a dedicated cool-kid following and modeling gigs after being photographed by Hunter at parties in L.A.

6 Forbidden
With 1.3 million friends on MySpace, 24-year-old Christine Dolce (a k a Forbidden) has been called a baby Pam Anderson. She's graced the cover of Playboy, posed for Stuff and FHM, appeared in Vanity Fair and on the Tyra Banks show. No small feat for a Long Beach, Calif., girl who started out as a makeup artist after high school.

Dolce's creatively racy home page has garnered a huge number of hits, and she's parlayed her online fame into commercial deals with AXE deodorant, a startup denim company called Destroyed Denim, and modeling gigs that landed her on album covers like the recent 69 Eyes release, "Angels."

7 Brooke Parkhurst
A self-described "aging debutante, a small-town girl, cursed with big-city aspirations," Brooke Parkhurst documented her social-climbing ways in her blog, "Belle in the Big Apple." Her daily trials and tribulations of working her way up in the notoriously status-obsessed world of New York media paid off with a gig as a video correspondent for Conde Nast and a book deal with Simon & Schuster.

8 Amanda Congdon
At the tender age of 26, Northwestern grad Congdon is already the co-producer and host of a weekly video-cast for ABC and is developing a TV show for HBO. Her claim to fame? Hosting and producing the popular video blog Rocketboom - a daily three-minute goofball look at topics ranging from technology to social movements.

9 Bryan Boy
"I was born to make you envious," writes Bryan Boy, self-dubbed "Le Superstar Fabuleux" blogger whose bryanboy.com is a tribute to the Filipino's flamboyant style. He loves expensive handbags, which he models in a signature stance - hips thrust to one side, bag up and out - that's been co-opted by luxe fashion houses for ad campaigns.

Hula hoops and sausage rolls


Saturday afternoon eating tour with Gazza -- buffet lunch at Todai, smoothies at Pinkberry, a jaunt down to Myers of Keswick for prawn cocktail crisps, aniseed chews, Curly Wurlies, and sausage rolls, which Gaz snarfed not long after while walking down Thompson Street. We almost wound up with pizza around 7, but Danny called and we grabbed coffee, iced teas, and minestrone soup at Dean and Deluca instead.

April 12, 2007

Haute List

Haute List

April 12, 2007 -- Beach bikini blastoff!

DON'T be fooled by the cool temperatures - while swimsuit season may not have officially arrived, swimsuit shopping season is in full swing. In fact, department and specialty stores' first bikini shipments arrived months ago, and the most popular styles and sizes are already blowing off the shelves.

Check out Cameron Diaz's hot mint-green and rainbow Le Doux brand "Lollipop" suit (right, $105 at ledouxswimwear.com). The bandeau style is one of the most popular celeb looks of the season - Drew Barrymore and Kirsten Dunst have been spotted wearing them, and other Left Coast celebs such as Kristin Cavallari, Stacy Keibler, and "America's Next Top Model" Caridee English have ordered the Diaz suit.

Here on the East Coast, the hottest bikini of the season isn't exactly made for water sports. Lindsay Lohan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Vanessa Minnillo have all pre-ordered this Armani Exchange sexy little crochet string bikini (left, $58 top, $48 bottom at Armani Exchange, 568 Broadway; [212] 431-6000) - which, let's face it, is best suited for Hamptons showboating.

How to stock your beauty tool box

* Curly wurly: A no-snag curling iron - just wind your hair around once and pull through. Voila, ringlets! We can't believe no one thought of this before. Domed platform styling iron, $165 at fhiheat.com

* Dry spell: All the heat and ionic punch of a T3 hairdryer in a pint-size package. T3 overnight dryer, $130 at sephora.com

* Hairy scary: Nip stray hairs with Japonesque Precision Groomer, $34 (below), or the eyebrow Touch-up Razor, $7.30, both at japonesque.com

* Bang for a buck: Stock up on every tool you need and even ones you don't - all products in the E.L.F. collection are $1 each. E.L.F. Mechanical eyelash curler and blushing/bronzing/blonding brush, both at eyelipsface.com

* Leg up: Blinged-out shaving brush for girls' legs - make your boyfriends jealous. Whish leg shaving brush, $95 at whishbeauty.com

Obsessions of the week

* Paint the town: Get into the mind of one of New York's most legendary graffiti artists with "Bombshell: The Life and Crimes of Claw Money," a badass book from our favorite graffiti girl, stockpiled with pictures of her crazy clothes, street art and friends.

* In our Elemis: Finally, after what seems like an eternity, British skin-care brand Elemis is available in New York. The company opened a counter at Bergdorf Goodman, complete with its entire range of products and the Elemis Facial Mapping Analysis, a skin scanner that diagnoses sun damage, highlights age spots and finds bacteria hiding in your pores. Try Daily Moisture Boost, $45; Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt, $48; S.O.S. Emergency Cream, $79.

* Tan in a can: As the weather gets hotter and our hemlines get higher, we worry that our less desirable-looking body parts will frighten small children. To cure the Casper look, we're loving Guerlain and Dior tans in a can. Best part? Unlike self-tanners that dye your skin, these bronzing sprays wash off at the end of the day. Guerlain Terracotta Spray SPF 10, $54 at nordstrom.com; Dior Bronze Sun Powder Spray, $66 at Saks.com

* Everybody polka! Not your mama's Gap - this dress is about as far from khakis as you can get. Plus, it allows you to look super-cute while eating as much as you want - wear this dress with capri leggings and pile on the gold necklaces for your next visit to the all-you-can-eat buffet. Figure-forgiving swing dress, $69.50 at gap.com

* Fire it up: While giant, consuming leather purses are our usual bag, this week we crushed hard on Lockhart's gorgeous red patent leather purse, $345 at Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Ave.; [212] 247-1100.) It's perfectly sized for a night out and cool enough to pair with jeans or a dress.

April 11, 2007

Quote of the day

I love this quote from Kate Beckinsale, courtesy of this month's Glamour:

"(I'd like to be) someone with gigantic real breasts, like Queen Latifah. I'm so fascinated by breasts because my mother didn't have them either. If I had them, I'd run up and down a flight of stairs."

Oh Kate.

Fancy feet



FEET FEAT: Naomi Campbell says her $1,000 Christian Louboutin footwear - which she wore on the first day of her floor-scrubbing community-service duty - got the designer up to 1,200 orders.

April 11, 2007 -- Whoever said crime doesn't pay never met a supermodel in a hot pair of stilettos.

While Naomi Campbell was working off her debt to society last month - sentenced to scrubbing floors for hurling a phone at her maid - the boots she wore became a runaway hit for luxury shoemaker Christian Louboutin.

"On my first day I wore a Ralph Lauren coat, a cashmere shawl, and Christian Louboutin boots. Christian got twelve hundred orders from that day," Naomi Campbell told the British paper The Sun. "He wasn't going to make those boots - now he is."

The $1,000-plus ankle-high stiletto lace-ups feature a platform, patent-leather detailing, silver-tone grommets and Louboutin's signature scarlet sole. They were originally produced as a limited edition - likely a prototype production that never made it past the cutting-room floor - and were probably given to Campbell by Louboutin personally.

Smart move. Campbell dressed to the nines to serve out each day of her five-day community service sentence - "It wasn't planned," she told The Sun, "but then I was told I had to walk past the cameras."

Star lensman Steven Klein even turned up at the end of each workday to shoot the supermodel as she strutted her stuff exiting the city Department of Sanitation facility. Klein's photos are rumored to be destined for the July issue of W magazine, of which Campbell is slated to grace the cover.

Following the unprecedented international demand for convict Campbell's boots, Louboutin has, in fact, gone ahead with production. Shipments don't hit stores until fall and, according to sales reps in the New York and Los Angeles Christian Louboutin boutiques, it's "too far in advance" to know what the particular style will be called or the exact price."

"We're not taking names or orders right now," a sales rep said when contacted by phone. "The best thing to do would be to phone back in late July or August."

April 08, 2007

Pollard sister in the house. West country!

New shoes


"I dream of the winter in my heart turning to spring." - H.I.M.

April 05, 2007

Today in the Haute List

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April 04, 2007

Today we got a new microwave at work and blew up a Peep.



Happy Easter!

Late night on 14th Street

Carl: I don't eat meat. But I eat meatballs. And tacos. And parma pizzas.


April 03, 2007

Best line of the night

From the Tacquita & Kaui show:

Tacquita: I won't be sad if I'm poor. If I'm poor, I'll just be a bum. I'll have bum friends, I'll sit on the bum bus, and I'll talk to people who have no legs.

April 02, 2007

Hedi Slimane dot com

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My friends David (center) and (this week's houseguest, left) Carl are on hedislimane.com.