Martini Pairing

July 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm (better tv) (, , , , )

We’re used to pairing wine with food, but what if you’re in the mood for martinis instead? Pay special attention as you watch this to the glasses the martinis are poured into. They’re created by a woman named Lolita (she’s the blonde in the segment) and are hand painted in a huge variety of designs. On the bottom of each glass is a recipe for a particular martini. She also does margarita glasses. I have two of those – strawberry and lime – and they always get a great reaction from people when I pull them out to use. You can check out all the different designs here.

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Home Spa Treatments

July 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm (better tv) (, , , , )

Here are two segments I produced that aired this week on Better TV. They’re both with DailyCandy.com editor Dannielle Romano and talk about home spa products you can make at home. Recipes listed below the videos in case you want to try them yourselves. 🙂

And here are the recipes so you can try them at home!

Tropical Honey Facial

1/3 cup honey
1 ripe papaya, peeled and seedless
1 banana
1 tablespoon chamomile tea

1. (Steep a teabag for 5 minutes.)
2. Mix honey, papaya and banana.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of the tea, mix well.
4. Apply to skin in circular motions.
5. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Rinse with lukewarm water, then finish with a cool rinse.

Gold Silk Body Butter

½ cup honey
2/3 cup Shea butter (can substitute cocoa butter if Shea is unavailable)
3 tablespoons wheat germ oil
2 teaspoons grapefruit seed extract (optional)
3 drops sandalwood oil (optional)
23-karat gold sheets (available online and in specialty food shops)

1. (If you’re using cocoa butter instead of Shea butter, soften it in a double boiler first.)
2. Blend honey, Shea butter and wheat germ oil until completely mixed.
3. Add grapefruit seed extract and sandalwood oil
4. Crush 2 sheets of gold until it’s almost powderlike. Add to the mixture.
5. Smooth onto dry skin and allow the skin to absorb it!

Golden Honey Body Polish

½ cup honey
½ cup Epsom salts
2/3 cup grapeseed oil

1. Mix honey, Epsom salts and grapeseed oil.
2. Apply in shower to wet skin, especially rough areas like elbows, knees and the soles of feet.
3. Rinse well.

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Jane Green

July 23, 2008 at 12:43 am (better tv) (, , , , , )

Today I got a chance to interview one of the very first chick lit writers, Jane Green, at her lovely home in Westport, CT. She was fascinating to talk to and I really loved hearing what it was like for chick lit authors in the early days. Of course now both she and her writing have grown up and she’s no longer writing that “single girl in the city” type tale. (In fact, she’s a mother of four children–including a set of twins!)

I just finished reading her latest novel, “The Beach House” which was a delightful women’s fiction novel — a real feel good story with characters I quickly fell in love with. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great — well, beach read! I’ll post my interview here in a few weeks after it airs on Better TV.

I gave her a copy of News Blues and she said she was excited to read it. Not sure if she really will or not – I’m sure she’s crazy busy! – but it was very sweet of her to be so enthusiastic about my work. Made me feel really good. Don’t you just love people like that? Those who are equally supportive of others’ efforts, even if they pale in comparison with their own successes. She was humble and generous and just an all around lovely person. I was truly impressed.

Here’s the final segment that aired on Better TV.

Marianne

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Celebrity Handbag Designer: Rebecca Minkoff

July 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm (better tv) (, , , )

Today we have an entrepreneur story featuring celebrity handbag designer Rebecca Minkoff. Her bags are so amazing! No wonder they’re in demand by all the stars. And Rebecca herself is pretty impressive as well. At only 27 years old, she’s already a worldwide success.

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Two (or one?) Degree from Kevin Bacon

July 10, 2008 at 4:53 pm (better tv) (, , , , )

Tonight I interviewed Kyra Sedgwick (aka Mrs. Kevin Bacon) who was doing a screening and q&a for a group of moms of her hit show The Closer. I remember first seeing Kyra back in the day when she was one of the characters in the grunge hit Singles. Now, of course, 16 years later, she’s all grown up.

She looks amazing. Tall, thin (but not grossly so), with a flawless face. (I can’t believe she’s 43!) Prettier in real life and a good interview. She looks you right in the eye (Not all stars will do this!) and answered all my questions very candidly. She has two teens and so I asked her about being a mom along with questions about her movie.

Some interesting things of note:

* She is still, after 20 years of marriage, completely in love (and in lust!) with husband Kevin Bacon.

* According to her, the secret of a good marriage is not being naive enough to think there is a secret.

* She loves Brooklyn and told Kevin she wanted to move there (from Manhattan where they currently live.) He said, hell no.

* She used to be a compulsive exerciser, giving into Hollywood pressures to stay thin and beautiful. Now she’s come to accept her body. She still gets mad when celeb magazines show stars who have lost the baby weight in, like, three weeks.

* She loves junk food in real life – just like her character on The Closer.

* She says the “F” word a lot. 🙂

So there you have it. Only one question remains: am I two degrees or one dress from Kevin Bacon now? Is the degree by the link? (aka I interviewed Kyra who is married to Kevin) or is Kyra herself the link, meaning I’m one degree from Kevin? I’ve gotten mixed responses on this. Anyone know for sure?

In any case, here’s the final story, as aired on Better TV.

Marianne

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