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!

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