5 People That Should Totally Get a Reality Show Already

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In light of Bethenney Frankel signing on for the new season of Real Housewives of New York — after a multi-million dollar contract with her Skinny Girl cocktail collection and attempt at a talk show– the single mother is heading back to her roots. It got us thinking… It’s a career move that will keep her face on the silver screen and her name relevant.

We couldn’t help but think of other stars that should also jump on the reality show bandwagon. We should start charging for our advice.

1. Amber Rose: The fact that VH1 hasn’t snatched this idea up is beyond us. We’ve been feeling for Miss Rose ever since the announcement of her split from pot-enthusiast husband Wiz Kahlifa. The thing that will keep her mind off the “un-coupling” is keeping busy with a reality show. Juggling her career and raising her child all while enduring divorce drama with her rapper ex hubby. Sounds like something even Tyler Perry couldn’t write. GALORE MAG Issue #4 Celebration + Launch of the Galore Mag ShopPhoto: Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com

2. Hilary Duff: We adored her as a child in her role on Disney’s hit series Lizzie McGuire and we couldn’t help but sing along to every word of “Come Clean” while watching Laguna Beach or when it came on shuffle. Hilary took a break from show biz and was busy getting married, getting separated, and having a baby. Now the Texas native has even blonder hair, is set to release a new album, and starring in a new scripted television series. We’re happy she’s busy, but we want to see her have nervous breakdown on reality television. Her past and present paints a perfect future for a reality series. Reality With Hilary rings just right… any networks interested? DISNEY'S PLANES LA PremierePhoto: Aleks Kocev/BFAnyc.com

3. Jaime King: Anyone who had a role in the film White Chicks holds a special place in our hearts, but it’s time for Jaime King to up the ante. Her gorgeous looks and fresh taste on style gives her the credentials to become E!’s newest Kardashian. She’s kept a constant role on the CW’s Hart of Dixie but a reality show of Jaime running around New York City is just what the actress needs to catapult from an actress to a lifestyle brand. Opening of RESTORATION HARDWARE West Hollywood The Gallery on Melrose AvenuePhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

4. Jessica Alba: Yes Jessica is pretty much A-List so the likes of the beauty doing a reality show are low, but it would make a lot of sense. The busy mom keeps busy with not only the occasional acting role but attending parties, fashion shows, and running a children’s lifestyle brand. She could call it Jessica Gets Honest and plus The Honest Company. Branding match made in heaven. Billy-Farrell-2Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

5. Marc Jacobs: With the upcoming premiere of House of DVF on E! other designers should mirror the reality effect. Who isn’t curious to get a behind the scenes look at one of the world’s biggest fashion houses? Between his runway collections, accessories, and makeup lines, there are sure to be some cat-fight and success stories lying beneath. The perfect storyline to a successful reality program. Matteo-PrandoniPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

‘Machete Kills’ Trailer Features Stacked Cast, Explosions

When we last left Danny Trejo’s gun-slinging grindhouse assassin Machete, he had just finished dispatching a corrupt, racist border patrol officer and his team to defend the innocent people they preyed upon in a cartoonish, gory and thoroughly entertaining manner. Now, Robert Rodriguez’s character is ready to return in a new sequel, Machete Kills, and this time, he’s working for the U.S. government.

When we first stumble upon Machete in the all-new international trailer for the film, he is hanging from a rope. He’s cut loose to talk to the president (played by Carlos Estevez, a former CBS sitcom headliner opting not to use his stage name), enlisting him to track down and stop a mad arms dealer (Mel Gibson for some reason) from launching a destructive missile.

The movie looks like explodey-gory summer blockbuster fun, and if either of the two aforementioned names turn you off, the rest of the cast sounds far more redeeming: Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez return, and joining the fun are Sofía Vergara, the underrated Demián Bichir, previous Rodriguez collaborators Antonio Banderas and Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, y’all!), Amber Heard, special effects master Tom Savini, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens, and the mighty Edward James Olmos. Rodriguez has assembled quire the ensemble. The film hits theatres this September; watch the trailer below. 

Life, Faith, & Jewelry: Meet Vita Fede Designer Cynthia Sakai

It’s the day before the Billboard Music Awards, and Cynthia Sakai has been hard at work pulling pieces from her wildly popular jewelry line, Vita Fede (life & faith in Italian), to adorn the likes of Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Ke$ha, and Jessica Alba for the big event.

“They are such a diverse group of women, but the beauty of Vita Fede is anyone can take our pieces and mix them into their own style,” says Sakai over the phone from her L.A. office. The number of famous women photographed in her pieces read like a laundry list of who’s who: Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Nicki Minaj, Mindy Kaling, and Anne Hathaway, to name a few. 

Vita Fede’s Italian-made creations have amassed an army of celebrity du jour devotees any designer would kill for. And just imagine: these priceless endorsements were acquired without a powerhouse PR team behind the brand wooing these sought-after clients. Sakai’s understated and timeless collection is enough to have celebrities contacting her office.

“Probably eight out of 10 calls or emails we get is about pieces they wore on a photo shoot,” she notes. Like the time Victoria Beckham’s assistant called from a magazine shoot to buy a ring Beckham just had to own.

Sakai insists that she doesn’t put more weight on her rich and famous fans than she does her average customers (“It’s all exciting, really!’). She often searches Instagram’s Vita Fede hashtags to see how people are stacking the different pieces, and often leaves comments.

“Social media has played a big role for us. It was really organic and nothing that we even planned,” she says when talking about the company’s substantial social media presence. “As opposed to magazines where an editor or a stylist curates the pieces, social media is just normal customers showing you what they like. It’s real genuine.”

But when she got an email about styling Gwyneth Paltrow for the Iron Man 3 premiere and the actresses’ book signing event, she admits to being very thrilled at the opportunity to work with the red-carpet veteran. “I just love her and her style. She is so chic.”

In the last two years, Vita Fede has been the first name in chic costume jewelry, leading the shift from the over-embellished designs that have dominated, to the clean and modern aesthetic that has now become de rigueur in fashion.

Although, when Saki first launched her line back in 2009, the feedback was less than welcoming for her brand of geometric accessories at a time when boho and vintage was the all the rage.

“People would ask why don’t you make things with beads, strings, or embroidery. That just wasn’t what I liked or would wear,” she recalls.

In fact, the line’s signature piece, the Titan, a hinged bangle with distinctive cone details, was deemed ugly by her Italian factory and outdated by her own business partner.

“When it came in, no one liked it or even noticed it for the first year.” Fast forward to the last year-and-a-half, and the Titan has reached “It” status, eliciting “ooohs and ahhhs” from celebrities, bloggers, and everyone in between.

Vita Fede’s pièce de resistance has since ignited a slew of knockoffs.  “I knew the Titan was very cool. It’s a classic piece with a bit of an edge that works for all women.” Sakai credits a button on her grandmother’s vintage dress as inspiration for the successful design. The Titan has since evolved into a whole family, with a myriad of iterations that include crystals and onyx.

The Titan wasn’t the first time Sakai – who launched her first accessories line when she was only 18 designing pretty cases to discreetly carry tampons – had a stroke of silhouette genius. Vita Fede was founded thanks to her unique ability to see beauty and retail potential in the unexpected.

“When I owned a showroom back in 2008, a friend gave me a bracelet from Italy and I just knew that I could sell it.” Her gifted leather-and-chain bracelet was a ubiquitous tourist souvenir sold in Italy for years, but when she got her hands on them and added her personal touch – new colors and metallic hardware – the bracelets, which she named Vita, crossed over from run-of-the-mill to fashionable.

“We sold 10,000 of them in the showroom and they were featured in every magazine. I had no intention of starting a line, but people were always asking me what’s next?”

Taking cues from the impeccably dressed Japanese women in her life such as her mother, who worked at Fendi and was involved in opening Fendi stores in the States, her grandmother and great-grandmother, Sakai was determined to lend a sophisticated sensibility to costume jewelry with Vita Fede.

“They all used to have their ready-to-wear tailor made, so quality and longevity was really instilled in me,” she points out. Her father, a former architect, no doubt had a role in Sakai’s love of clean lines and sculptural shapes.

Her American L.A. roots, is evident in the wearability of her line. You can pair one of her bracelets or rings as easily with a cocktail dress as you can with jeans. She strays from designing complicated special-occasion pieces and leans more towards an effortlessly modern and sleek European style she adopted on her many trips abroad.

“I wanted to create a line that both fashion and classic girls could wear every day,” she reveals. “Vita Fede makes a statement without being overbearing or in-your-face.”

Nailing that anonymously unpretentious look requires the intricate labor of five factories in Italy, whom also work with elite fashion brands like Céline, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy, to produce Vita Fede’s hand-crafted jewels. A single piece takes about six to eight weeks to bring to life.

Now that Sakai has succeeded in bringing craftsmanship back to costume jewelry, she is now set on eschewing the stuffiness of fine jewelry, and hopes to make it more relevant with her new upscale Black Label. The small inaugural collection is scheduled to launch in the US and Europe.

“When I go to a fine jewelry store, I still get that old, dated feeling of a tennis bracelet,” she says.  “Our customers who like to stack their Cartier and diamonds with Vita Fede are a bit hipper. They are looking for something that is not too edgy but still very cool.  We are working with black and clear diamonds and pink, white and solid gold.”

As for Vita Fede, the new pre-fall collection will consist “of a little more bling.” Sakai will also be adding more earrings to the mix and introducing a new cut-out design, inspired by a vintage ring her mother wore in the ‘60s, that will highlight more skin. We can also expect evening clutches to complement the jewelry collection in the near future.

Vita Fede is quietly poised to take over the costume jewelry world. In between working on these three new collections, Sakai is in the midst of launching the European markets, opening showrooms in Milan, Paris, and London.

The company is growing at warp speed, but multi-tasker Sakai plays it cool under pressure.  As if her day of Skype meetings, checking in on the factories, pulling pieces for clients, and chatting with me for this interview wasn’t enough, she casually mentions that she is also in the process of moving offices today.

“It’s just in a day’s work. I call it ‘organized chaos.’”

Will Smith, Lady Gaga Really, Really Want You To Vote This Year

The party National Conventions are nigh, and already all this election-season awfulness is enough to make us all want to hide under our desks with whiskey until after November and—between our friends of all political stripes’ self-appointed political analyst rants on Facebook and the mostly-sarcastic but still thoroughly vomit-inducing #IStandWithAkin hashtag—find a way to temporarily destroy the Internet. But as terrible as everything is right now, doesn’t it make you more motivated to vote in the hopes that it might make things not so terrible?

In the tradition of other great star-powered youth political action campaigns like Rock the Vote and Sarah Silverman’s The Great Schlep, a number of stars are offering their support of nonpartisan youth empowerment org Our Time with a new social media widget that will register young people to vote. Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Usher, Jessica Alba and other stars are posting the app to their Facebook pages as a signal boost and for easy access, while others, including Alba, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Rachel Zoe and Larry David can be seen in upcoming video interviews talking about the project. So basically, register to vote this year, or Will Smith will be sad.

Be sure to go to OurTime.org for more information about the campaign and the app, as OurTime.com is a dating site for mature singles. 

Morning Links: Congress Flocks to Taylor Swift Show, David Lynch Makes Film About the Debt Ceiling

● Watch as Mila Kunis defends Justin Timberlake against mean journalists with her fluent Russian at a press junket in Moscow. [Gawker] ● Jessica Alba’s secret to loosing baby weight? Misery. She cuts calories, drinks lots of water, and works out all the time. “So basically I’m starving,” she said. “It sucks.” [Us] ● No less than seven lawmakers will be present at Taylor Swift’s DC concert tonight, holding fundraisers in the luxury boxes and shaking off the past month’s stresses while singing along to “Mean.” And a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life and… [Politico]

● According to Forbes, Leo DiCaprio is Hollywood’s highest-earning actor, having made $77 million last year to beat out second-place earner Johnny Depp. [Forbes] ● The Jersey Shore‘s The Situation is being sued by DILLIGAF, the company that produces his clothing line, for not doing enough to promote his t-shirts. That’s what you get for being a company whose name stands for “Do I Look Like I Give A Fuck.” [Examiner] ● David Lynch offered his take on the debt ceiling debate via a short film titled “How Things Have Been Going.” [MovieLine]

Afternoon Links: Whoopi Goldberg Says Sorry, Jessica Alba Is Preggers

● It looks like Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied are expecting a baby boy, who can expect a childhood of Pirouettes in the front yard with Dad. [Life & Style] ● Charlie Sheen called The Dan Patrick Show again, and offered up some advice to Lindsay Lohan: “Just try to think things through a little bit before you do them.” Translation: Smoking it makes a huge difference. [TMZ] ● Whoopi Goldberg apologized to the New York Times today for calling their reporting “shoddy.” Meanwhile, A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis, the critics who wrote the piece, are still awaiting an apology for having to sit through Sister Act 2. [EW]

● For someone who’s had so many career milestones, it was odd to hear Lady Gaga refer to “Born This Way”s status as the 1,000th number one in Billboard’s history as the “the greatest honor of my career.” [Billboard] ● Great, just what we need. Another Alba in this world. (We’re not being sarcastic.) [People] ● Ryan Gosling has begun an art project while on location in Cincinnati, shooting video portraits of local residents. He’s like James Franco except for the whole “good looking actor” thing. [Ryan Gosling/Twitter]

Thousand Dollar Look: Hundred Dollar Price

Jessica Alba rocks the Black Swan look in a tiered feather-and-bow strapless Valentino dress that retails for over $2,000, gold vintage clutch, and strappy gold Christian Louboutin platforms that retail for over $1,200 at the New York premiere of Little Fockers last night. Jessica looks stunning and flawless with golden skin and a sleek bob. Her outfit is gorgeous too, but the $3,000 price tag isn’t. We can do this for way less—about $2,500 less!

Sue Wong White Tiered Ostrich Feather Dress, $549. image

Chinese Laundry Illene Metallic Sandals, $49.95. image

Daisy Fuentes Gold Clutch, $18. image

In a World of Trendy Handbags, Bare Collection Keeps it Classy

Unless you have the financial capacity to throw down for an Hermès, finding a clean and simple handbag that will last you a lifetime is absurdly difficult to accomplish. Everything is either embellished to death or more colorful than necessary, forcing you to stick by the same old bag you’ve had for what seems like a million years. In this sea of trend-happy accessories, there really needs to be some kind of call to action for a return to tradition, right? Enter Bare Collection. Founded by Jeet Kaur Rodriguez Sohal in 2003, the brand’s claim to fame is their handmade, simple-yet-striking jewelry favored by the likes of Jessica Alba and Anne Hathaway. In 2006 they launched a collection of chic handbags that further proved their unequivocal talent for producing understated luxury.

In classic styles with a touch of modernity, each bag is made for everyday use, thanks to smart details like internal cellphone/PDA pockets, exterior pockets and zippers, and adjustable/removable straps. Styles like the Tassle Bag and Small Duffel (both pictured above) are just right for the girl who wants a taste of tradition at a reasonable price point—and the fact that they come in buttery Italian Nappa leather with signature gold hardware makes them kind of perfect, too.

For more on Bare Collection (and a peek at their SS11 lookbook), “like” their Facebook fan page here.

The Lady Suit

It’s no mystery—the suit look is hot right now for ladies. Seen on red carpets and celebrities left and right, it has caught on like wildfire. Some have pulled it off, like Jessica Alba at the FN Achievement Awards, while others have come off a bit masculine (ahem, Winona Ryder). While I do think the suit look is cute, I don’t like when it veers off of the trendy road and into the man zone (they’re already making a run on our purses). Here are some pointers on getting the look while maintaining your femininity. Stick to fitted styles, tapered pants, and cropped blazers. Also, lose the men’s tie and go for a more feminine bow collar. Yes, ladies we can do everything men can, but we don’t need to dress exactly like them.

Ann Taylor Wool Sateen Collarless Jacket, $218.

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Theory Tie-Neck Blouse, $139.

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Decades Denim Nadia Velvet Tux Pant, $129.

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Vince Camuto Kain2 Pump, $89.

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