Archive for March, 2009

To Brace or Not to Brace?

Posted in Beauty with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2009 by shapach


Every orthodontist’s dream is a twenty-something gal with messed up teeth, because she never got braces in middle school like everyone else. Okay, so I was a bit of a baby when it came to my choppers. My mother will still tell you the stories of me sobbing, tooth dangling out of my mouth, as she tried to convince me to let her tie a string around it and remove it. She even pulled the ol’ “Let me just look at it” trick, then dubiously tried to yank it free in my moment of vulnerability. Now I know it was all for the better of my dental future.


We all remember the episode of Sex and the City when Miranda is post-maturely forced to wear braces, to prevent her headaches, caused by her tongue-thrusting (Season 3, Episode 15). As hilarious as it was prior to my appointment, I could think of nothing else as I sat in the dentist’s office and listened to him tell me that I too would need braces in adulthood. And to make matters worse, my condition was too severe for clear braces, and would require many agonizing years of “metal-mouth”.

I swooned at the smell of antiseptic, and the walls of the small room closed in even tighter. The thought of having to face my co-workers and peers with a shiny, chrome mouthpiece was humiliating. On second thought, maybe this wasn’t so bad after all; grills are making a huge comeback in the hip-hop world.

Oh, who am I kidding? I’m not Lil Kim, and braces are nowhere near trendy.  I could only imagine what my dentist-to-be boyfriend would think, with his perfect, blinding-white teeth. He never thought there was anything wrong with my smile before, so that fact that I was even seeing an orthodontist puzzled him. But still, no one wants to be seen with a baby-faced, pubescent teen on your arm, unless you’re actually a pubescent teen, in which case I was going to be the hottest chick in school.

What a nightmare! And that’s just the beginning, wait until I get the bill for my enlightening consultation. Needless to say, I jumped out of the chair and never went back.

I’m still searching for a second opinion…


Who Watches the WATCHMEN?

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Fashion, Movies with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by shapach


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Graphic novels that are subsequently made into blockbuster movies, such as WATCHMEN and SIN CITY, are completely mesmerizing and totally gory all at the same time. Needless to say, when I went and saw WATCHMEN on Friday, I was utterly fascinated. Although the entire movie ran tediously long, at 2 hours and 45 minutes, every scene managed to be a culmination of the last.  Director Zack Snyder, who also directed 300, was a perfect match for this genre of film and helped to make the movie all the more intense.


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The original “minutemen” consisted of (L-R) Silhouette, Mothman, Dollar Bill, Nite Owl, Captain Metropolis, The Comedian (kneeling), Silk Spectre, and Hooded Justice. The novel tells the history of the rise and fall of a group of masked vigilante superheroes as they come together to fight the injustice in the world, and what happens after their “kind” is banned. So, to make sense of the character development, the makers of this movie had a task on their hands.  As each lead character lives in a unique universe that must be thoroughly fleshed out, the devil is truly in the details.


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The astonishing costumes for WATCHMEN were designed by Michael Wilkinson, with the latex designs being fabricated by L.A. based Syren Couture. I also was in love with the gold, winged and geometric, 80’s style earrings worn by a few of the female characters, such as Laurie and Veidt’s assistant.


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Overall, this movie is one film that is not to be missed, although, now I’m wishing I would have seen it in IMAX. Can you imagine a better movie to see in IMAX? Especially the scene with Laurie and Dan making love inside their futuristic rocket, with a view of the full moon out the window. HOT!

This film truly has something for everyone, so even if superheroes and action-packed violence is not your thing, it’s sure to entice the senses. GO SEE IT!

(P.S. I shall henceforth be known as Satyn Spectre – you love it, don’t you?!) 

FOR RENT: Borrowing A Piece of the Past

Posted in Shops/Boutiques with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by shapach


On a recent trip to the Prop Co-op, which is located just outside San Francisco, I witnessed the most amazing collection of vintage furniture, accessories, housewares, and odds-and-ends that I have ever seen in my life. Every item, from the minutest trinket to massive furniture and set scenery,  is available to rent for use in various productions like photo shoots or movies. As I hopped off the bus and snapped a picture, I could see the fun spewing out from a large, open warehouse door.


Upon entering, I was warned not to be too loud or I may upset the warehouse manager, Cinque’ Marshall, who prefers patrons to use library voices while inside his cavern of collectibles. The inside was a large Costco-style warehouse, with aisle upon aisle of giant shelves stacked with treasures, also lined much like the stacks of a library. But the biblio-vibe ended there as I was set loose in the enourmous, and slightly creepy, maze of wonder.


 Mannequins sat akwardly posed into scenes, amongst rows and rows of toys, suitcases, throwback election buttons, suits of armor, traffic cones, watering cans, telephones, wagons, couches, and anything else your little heart desires. I meandered the towering shelves, stopping to try on a few funky hats and sunglasses that probably date back to 1960.


And if you get hungry during all of your arduous browsing, they even have the cutest mini Pringles dispenser machine, conveniently situated next to a comfy couch, so you can purchase a snack and have a rest.                                     img_05261

Known for their amazingly realistic sets and scenery, the Prop Co-op is the largest prop warehouse in Northern California, and is often frequented by Hollywood movie makers working on a film. Most recently, the Prop Co-op supplied all the authentic vintage props and accessories for the Oscar-winning film Milk

The Prop Co-op is located at 80 Industrial Way in Brisbane, California. They are open Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM. View them on the web at or call 415-468-7767.

The Best Little Boutique You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted in Fashion, Shops/Boutiques with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by shapach


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Situated in a small enclave off of Grand Avenue, which runs along scenic Lake Merritt in Oakland, Femme Boutique is filled with luxurious wonders. Privately owned and operated for years, Femme Boutique carries finely crafted scarves and handbags by ZAZOU, as well as adorable hats, and elegant dresses. Sometimes the clothing can be a bit matronly, but the gowns and accessories are exquisite. The window displays are also something to look forward to, rotated often to accompany the season or the trends. Check out this adorable shop at 464 Santa Clara Ave, in Oakland, California.

Mannequins Put Actors Out of Work

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Fashion with tags , , , on March 6, 2009 by shapach

 Now I know we are in a recession and all, but it becomes apparent that times are really dire when even bargain-buy places like OLD NAVY have to abandon their showy, song-and-dance commercials, filled with actors and extras, for a much more cost-efficient concept. I can’t decide if it’s thrifty, or just cheesy and cheap. Either way, the SuperModelquins are growing on me.

Freaks o’ the Week

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Art & Artists, Designers, Fashion, Music, Singers/Performers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2009 by shapach
  • The infamous Miss Britney’s comeback Circus tour starts off with a bang in New Orleans. Check out photos of all the “bigtop” entertainment, from her first stop of what proves to be an outrageous tour.
  • The much-anticipated season finale of The Bachelor, featuring the popular single dad from Seattle, Jason Mesnick who was painfully rejected by last season’s Bachelorette Deanna Pappas, concluded with a shocking and confusing twist of fate. Catch clips from the weepy, tear-jerking final chapter at
  • Celebrate National Grammar Day on March 4th, sponsored by the Society of the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG), by re-reading my blog and checking for grammatical errors. You won’t find any! 
  • For all you comic-book and graphic-novel heads out there, comes another smash big-screen adaptation. From the makers of 300 and Sin City, highly acclaimed WATCHMEN hits theaters on March 6th.
  • Had a regretably bad one-night stand lately? Put the bastard on blast, on “I bang the worst dudes” (Sorry, Mom). This hilarious site allows you to post a pic of the creep, with a black bar across the eyes, along with delightfully enlightening blurbs to ensure that no one else makes the same mistake. Who knows, you may even see yourself! 
  • For all the American Idol followers there (all two of us!), Kelly Clarkson releases her newest CD All I Ever Wanted, featuring hit single “My Life Would Suck Without You,” on March 10th. Hear the leak starting tomorrow on
  • Speaking of Idol, we are down to the top 36 contestants in the search for a Season 8 winner. Keep track of your favorites and do all of your voting online without even picking up the cellie. Although, I kind of like feeling as if Seacrest is talking to me personally on the phone, even if it is a recording.
  • Badgley Mischka celebrates their 20th anniversary with a new ad campaign featuring big name celebs such as Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria Parker, Lauren Hutton and Anjelica Huston (Morticia Adams!) shot by acclaimed VOGUE photographer Annie Leibovitz.
  • Yohji Yamamoto unveils his new shoe collection created in collaboration with Salvatore Ferragamo. The sculpted red shoes, available for sale in Ferragamo flagship stores and Yamamoto boutiques at the beginning of July, will range in price from $470 to $1,050. Check out for all the deets.
  • New York’s TriBeCa Ball this past Monday night, sponsored by the New York Academy of Art, drew big names from the fashion, music, and even political cliques. Forget about Justin, the ladies man of the night was ex-prez Bill Clinton, who attended sans Hilary.