On the Radar: Hey Cupcake, Meet Vodka

Okay my Luxe Loves, brace yourself.  This is probably the most epic news I'll have all day for you.  In a marriage made in heaven, Cupcake Vineyards presents, the cupcake flavored vodka.

The brilliant flavor pairing is brought to you by Adam Richardson, head winemaker at Cupcake Vineyards and Doug Frost, Master Sommelier.   The two boast of the unique creation process that includes all natural flavors, distilling six times over, and charcoal filtering which they claim to be the key to capturing the rich and creamy undertones. 

Salivating yet?  Well hold your Pradas, ladies because Cupcake Vodka, which comes in Original, Frosting, Devil's Food, and Chiffon flavors, is still in its early distribution phases.  In the meantime, you can try more traditional flavored wines by Cupcake Vineyards through Underdog Wine Merchants.

At the end of the day a vodka is only as good as it tastes and while that's still up for debate, the super cute name sure does leave us eager for a sample.

Red Carpet Looks: 2011 Met Gala

Forget the Oscars or Grammys, the ultimate red carpet eye candy can always be found at the annual Costume Institute Gala held at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  Titled "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty", this year the fete honored the late great designer who committed suicide early last year.

Check out some of LLT's favorite arrivals below:

1. Twilight star Ashley Greene looked like a siren in a Donna Karen gown.  
2. Gossip Girl star and Chanel spokeswoman Blake Lively posed with Karl Lagerfeld in what else but a stunning Chanel gown.  Great look however we wish she would've given those California wind swept locks a break in favor of something more sleek.
3. Power couple Carmello Anthony and LaLa looked like royalty in an well fitted suit and princess gown.  I swear ever since these two made it official they have been looking fantastic!
4. R&B songstress Ciara channeled her inner diva in a soft gown that packed in some sparkle.  We give the overall look a B since the wavy dark locks and hefty cuffs weigh the look down. A romantic bun and some diamond bangles would have been a prettier choice.
5. Cuties Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr (wearing Marchesa) reminded us of a senior prom king and queen.  Miranda's look was bit a daring but we ultimately gave her a pass; she isn't used to wearing that much clothing anyway.  ;)
6. Hollywood stars Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger (in Jason Wu) made quite the pair that night.  While we're not complete fans of the white piping on Josh's suit, we are huge fans of the daring slit Diane brought out in full force.  #rawr
7. Adorable child star Elle Fanning looked precious in Valentino.  She's clearly taking hints from her big sis Dakota who also donned a Valentino look for the night.
8. Pop phenom Rihanna brought the drama with a heavy lace look by Stella McCartney.  We're a bit on the fence with the look but one thing's for sure, that drab over-dyed braid has to go!
9. The always sexy Selma Hayek was one of the handful of people who arrived in one of the honoree's, Alexander McQueen, creations.  
10. Resident actress by way of nepotism, Rumer Willis, posed in a dramatic Badgley Mischka gown.  We feel like the fit wasn't quite right on her but thumbs up to the dress on it own!
11. Country crooner Taylor Swift switched it up with lace embellished look by J Mendel.  While it didn't receive rave reviews from the critics, we applaud Swift, who has rocked the same hairstyle since she debuted, for trying something new.  And A+ for the romantic hair and dramatic makeup.  

Special shout out to OMG @ Yahoo for these amazing shots.  ;)

Lord GaGa Does it Again: Judas Music Video Premiere

In true dramatic fashion the music video for Judas, Lady GaGa's second single off her Born This Way album, was released yesterday to thunderous cheers and a lot of head scratching.  What was supposed to be an E! exclusive, the video leaked mid-day on the internet spreading so quickly that the GaGa camp eventually gave up and posted the video on the artist's own Vevo site.

The video kicks off some wide angle shots of your atypical biker gang cruising the highway except this one is fronted by a badass (and handsome) Jesus-esque character with Lady GaGa herself cozying up to him on the back seat.  With a couple of significant glances towards the rebellious Judas, who's bringing up the rear of the pack, it's clear within the first minute that GaGa is playing the torn between two lovers game. The video continues on to explore a dance scene in a parking lot, a dance scene in a bar, a dance scene in an alley, a foot washing scene, a vicious baptism in what appears to be Grand Rapids, a brief moment showcasing the Kiss of Death, and an old fashion stoning scene.  While there's enough imagery and symbolism to make the most dedicated of pop culture interpreters scratch there heads, we won't be getting into any of that here.  Somehow I feel like dissecting this video won't look too good on my report card come judgment day.  I mean some stories just aren't meant to be retold with a new "vision".

Plus, I'm thoroughly convinced that Lady GaGa videos are one of those things that could mean so many things that they actually mean nothing at all.  ...If you know what I mean.

The Pros and Cons (for those of you who like to skim through)


  • The Cast.  That Hay-sus kid is fine as hell.  I'm I right, ladies?!
  • The Choreography.  When you hear this song on the radio the last thing you think of is some hard hitting dance steps.  But LaurieAnn Gibson does it again giving us some punchy moves that ride the beat at just the right moments.  And a lot of it at that.  Boomkak for your life!
  • The Visuals: All subtext aside, GaGa never cuts any corners when it comes to making her videos visually stunning. From the haute couture costumes to the great scene locations to the legions of dancers and extras; the bitch goes all out.  


  • Wtf time was it anyway?  With the lyrics that hinted towards biblical times, the biker gang motif, and the Elizabethan era inspired costumes I was utterly confused as to what the setting was supposed to be.  Good thing it was video and not an English paper...
  • The Mediocre Track: Sorry, even though the song gets slightly more tolerable each time I hear it, I just can't call myself a fan.  So far her Born This Way era fails to impress me; it kind of reeks of a stale disco.  :x

So tell me:

What's your interpretation of the video?

Seen and Heard: Show Stoppers at the New York International Auto Show

About two weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the annual NY International Auto Show held at the Jacob Javitz Center way out on the West Side.  After trooping the three longest blocks in Manhattan from the nearest train station we were greeted to short entry lines, collective oo's and ah's and miles of automobile eye candy.  While some of the cars were off limits the majority of the show was photo-op central.  I'm not going to lie, I was a little hesitant to attend since while I can appreciate a good looking car, I wouldn't call myself an avid fan.  But I quickly found myself losing track of the time being consistently distracted by a completely mirrored car here, or a sick concept car there.  Below are some snapshots of the standouts of the event as photographed by this guy that I sleep with. XD   Check out the sleek Lexus concept LFGH which has no side view mirrors or door handles!

While the show is over for now, it is an annual event.  Visit autoshowny.com for more info!

10 Points for Girl Power: Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha join B. Spears for a Smash Remix

So my Tumblr dashboard was in a tizzy last week over the release of Till the World Ends (Remix) featuring Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha.  And for good reason; any pop fan would have to agree, the song goes hard.

The stand out here is definitely the ultra-slick dubstep beat that offers such a good compliment to the track that you start to wonder why this wasn't the original version.  And I'll throw Nicki a bone, her line "And I ain't talking poultry when I say that chick is fried" at :23 got a chuckle out of me; that hoe is silly as hell.

While Ke-dollar sign-ha's funky rendition of the chorus was cute, I would of love to hear an actual addition to the track by her.  The breakdown leading to the bridge at 3:40 was just begging for some Sleazy-esque fast talking like only she can do best.

Other than that the track speaks for itself.  It has a groove that's undeniable and if you're anything like me you'll have it on repeat before you know it.

Around the Blog-o-verse: Laurie-Ann Gibson stops by Bitchie Life

The woman who brought you "boom-kak!" and brings dance rookies to tears, LaurieAnn Gibson, recently dropped by Bitchie Life for an exclusive interview and photo shoot.  In it she discusses everything from her old projects to her new projects to how hard the grind can really get.

Although a little all over the place, Gibson gives me life going into the details of running the business that is her life.   Raw and real, Lady Gaga's choreographer-in-chief closes the interview giving some some sage advice to bright-eyed, show biz newbies:
...even if you have overnight success like some of my groups [like Danity Kane], you get thrown into a business that’s about profit and then people attach themselves to your gift and they put you on the hype train. They gas your ego up. You drink the Kool-aid, you will choke. Don’t be so quick to want to make it overnight or want to be in that place of worldly status because there is always a glitch in the matrix and you have to be built to be number one or you’ll slip. Danity Kane got to number one and they didn’t spend enough time being humble or doing the work so when they got in the ring, and they got beat. Now they have to start all over again. Overnight success and short cuts draw blood. There are no short cuts because even when you think you’ve made it or the world says you’ve made it, there is still more work to do. Making it, is getting up every day and fighting to remain humble, grateful and to find a bigger purpose or another level to why you are who you are. It’s not over until He calls you home and that’s when you’ve made it.
#word.  For the complete interview and more shots from the exclusive photo shoot visit the Bitchie Life page @ Necole Bitchie.

And So Yeah, That Happened: Rutgersfest Is No More

You just can't give some people free shit, I tell you.

Rutgersfest, NJ's Rutgers University's annual music festival has officially been canceled indefinitely.  After a more rowdy than normal event this year Richard McCormick, president of Rutgers University, sent out a school-wide email earlier today disclosing that the event had to come to an end because it has become far too dangerous.
"The safety of our university community, and that of our neighbors, is paramount, and we cannot risk further danger or the possible loss of life. The problems that occur following Rutgersfest have grown beyond our capacity to manage them, and the only responsible course of action is to cancel the event," McCormick wrote.
Well damn.  Sad faces all around.  As someone who grew up right around the corner from Rutgers' main campus in New Brunswick, NJ and has had dozens of friends attend the school, this is some of the worst news I've heard all day. Rutgersfest, which attracts about 40,000+ attendants yearly, is something just about everyone in the community looks forward to every year.  The headliners are always quality acts (previous performers include The Roots, NERD, Motion City Soundtrack), the timing is great (the festival is always towards the end of the school year), and it is completely free to attend.  Free!

But herein lies the problem.  As disappointed as I was to hear the news I can't say I was surprised; every year Rutgersfest plays with fire.  The whole thing is a recipe for disaster.  Not only is the event free but anyone can attend.  The concert attracts people from all over and all walks of life; college students, alumni, guests, even high school students.  And those who have experienced Rutgersfest know that the entire day is treated as an all day, opt-in riot.  Drinking starts at 9 AM, jello shots are considered breakfast, and the night is not over unless you've gotten caught up in a fight and have fallen asleep fully clothed on a stranger's couch.  It's the stuff that college dreams are made of.

With the day becoming increasingly violent as the years have passed, Rutgersfest was due for a cancellation.  But I also have no doubt that it will be back eventually.  Colleges around the country have annual concerts all the time; it's not the concert that's the problem.  It's the uncontrollable crowds that roam the streets afterwards.  Rutgers University's Public Safety team and New Brunswick's Police Department need to take a crash course in crowd control because it's their lax enforcement that allows the problems to arise to begin with.  To be perfectly honest, a regular Friday night on the streets of New Brunswick are alarmingly rowdy as it is.   Add tens of thousands of additional people to the mix and there are going to be some problems.  So until the aforementioned teams can step their game up there will always be the danger of groups of kids eager to let out some steam and start some trouble.  


The Unpopular Opinion: Why Brit Brit's Feature on S&M (da remix) Was Not a Complete Flop

Ok, show of hands, who was pretty excited about the S&M Remix featuring our girl Britney Spears?   Now how many of you were as excited after hearing it?  Ok... a lot fewer of you.  And I feel you on that.  But hear me out...

Overlooking Rihanna's annoyingly sharp and repetitive opening of how much she "likes it, likes it", the remix does not differ from the original for the first half of the song.  Rihanna gives off the impression that she can hold a note by moaning her way through the first 2 minutes and some change before handing it off to Britney.  And it's all downhill from there.

But here's where I have I have to give my 2 cents.  Firstly, why did we (the public that was excited for the union) hype the track up like it was going to be the duet of the century?  As much of a fan as I am of both of them, we all know that they're both mediocre singers at best.  Rihanna, specifically, has a tone that consistently treads dangerously close to being off key.  (Did we already forget the annoyance they called "Unfaithful"?)  So what do you get when you add a semi-decent singer, that would be Britney, on a sub-par singer's track?  Even worse singing.  Top it off with layers of unnecessary auto-tune most likely used to mimic Rihanna's pitchy vocal flips and you have a hot mess.

IMHO, the S&M remix was created purely to garner some hype for Rihanna while dissing Britney's musical prowess.  Asking Brit Brit to feature on the song was media sabotage.   I mean they are competition to each other after all.  Call me a conspiracy theorist but at the end of the day it is Rihanna's song so her camp has the last say on how it sounds.  And if you can make Ms Fenty sound like she's a power vocalist, there's some real fuckery going on.  Period.

Now, I have to hear what you all think of this one:

Are you a fan of the remix?

The Round Up - Darling Looks by ModCloth

I'm pretty sure spring will finally arrive once you step out in this little number.
One word: rawr.
For the gal who wants to stand out in a crowd.
The skirt is sexy.  No further comments.
I'm the Swan Queen!
Because anything nautical is always chic.
Cocktails anyone?
When you want to be girly with a touch of edge, some dark stripes will always do.

Like them?  Love them?  Tell me in the comments!

On the Radar: The Flip Video Faces Extinction

It's every shopper's second most dreaded word in the world of commerce (the first being "back-ordered", duh), discontinued.  Cisco's cool little device, the Flip Video, is set to be discontinued after just two years on the market.  The slim and user friendly device that boasts specs such as HD 720p resolution capabilities and 8 GB of memory, just wasn't meeting Cisco's bottom line; the Flip has only sold approximately 2 million units since it's release.

With a flip out USB interface for fool proof uploading as its gimmick, it's understandable how the Flip Video flew on past the prototype phase.  But the audience just isn't there.  Think about it, who's really videotaping shit that often who isn't into the webcam thing or, you know, already owns a real camcorder?   Not to mention, while super cute, there just isn't anymore room for yet another device that does something that's already being covered by another gadget you own.  In a world where smartphones do just about everything short of filling in your chipped manicure, devices that only do one thing are almost laughable and nearly always disposable.  Plus, between my Blackberry, Nook e-Reader, Itouch, and Lumix camera, my faux-leather studded carry-all is no longer accepting entries for the stuff you will most likely not use today yet will carry anyway position.  No mas, papi, no mas.

IMHO, deading the Flip was a smart move for Cisco which is better known for their superior networking services (high tech routers and video conferencing, anyone?)  Anyway, if you can make room for another gadget you'll eventually have to troubleshoot (technology, man) expect some discounts on the Flip Video as retailers try to get rid of the stragglers hiding in the back stock room.  Consider this your heads up. And you're welcome.  ;)

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