Archive for January, 2011

Never seen four country boys rap so darn’ good
January 31, 2011

Maybe the sounds of Nashville in West Hollywood sounds a little out of place, but we actually needed The Shawn and Hobby Band more than they needed us.

At the House of Blues on Saturday night, we were all shocked when The Shawn and Hobby Band gave us a taste of the old school hip-hop we’ve been missin’ like a college spring break. Those country boys cowboy-ed up to the tune of a Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg and the theme song from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, complete with electric guitar and thumping drums, just to name a few. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about pairing rap lyrics with rock instrumentals that gets everyone’s right hand pumping overhead.

The Shawn and Hobby Band is truly a renaissance group: they do it all. Their original songs like “Radio On”, were just as good as the covers from Tom Petty to The Eagles to “Wonderwall” by Oasis. I think you’ve got some new fans in So Cal boys.

Check out The Shawn and Hobby Band as they cover “Scenario” by Tribe in the video at the top of the page!


Simone and Danielle

Ice Skating in LA
January 31, 2011

Find a little piece of winter in sunny So Cal with year round ice skating. The Culver Ice Arena has been in business since 1961!

For us Westsiders, the Culver Ice Arena is a good sized rink for year round skating. Admission and skate rental  is $13 for adults, or attend the Moonlight Skating session on Saturday nights for only $9 including rental. Culver Ice Arena also offers lessons for all ages: a great outlet and diversion from the grind! There’s also the Pasadena Ice Skating Center and outdoor skating downtown in Pershing Square through January 17th.

If you’re reading this, get 10% off at Wynn Nail Spa now!
January 27, 2011

The wonderful ladies at Wynn Nail Spa have granted our readers a special discount on all services! We love our gel manicures we got at Wynn. To redeem 10% off your visit, and a cup of coffee or latte before noon, go to this link and print out your coupon. Thanks Holly!!


Simone & Danielle

Danielle at work: the premiere of THE MECHANIC
January 26, 2011

Last night Danielle premiered the new action flick from CBS Films, ‘The Mechanic’, at the Arclight Hollywood. All the film’s stars were in attendance and then some…and by then some we mean Tila Tequila. Another Benarroch Productions success!

‘The Mechanic’ hits theaters this Friday, January 28th…


How to do soak off gel manicures at home
January 25, 2011

Vivien, a USC student, says she does gel manicures at home. Keep reading for the how to!

The Tastemakehers got our first fan mail! In her email, Vivien explains how you can do gel polish at home; she’s been doing it for almost six years! She had to invest in a few necessary items, but now she’s able to skip the salon and do gel manicures from home.

Vivien wrote:

Hello Danielle & Simone,

I found your blog and review for Eden on Yelp after first reading about the venue on Thrillist. I love the concept of your blog and everything you have covered so far!

I noticed you mentioned Gelish polishes. I’ve been using them for the last three months and they are nothing short of AMAZING. They really do last at least two weeks and stay super shiny. With weekly cuticle trimming and upkeep (my cuticles grow fast), I can usually make the polish last for around three weeks (as long as it’s a french so there’s no awkward grow out disparity).

I think the best part about Gelish is that it is extremely easy to do it yourself. Pretty much, if you can paint your own nails then you can do Gelish. I’ve been giving myself UV gel extensions a la the Japanese trend for the last six years or so and this is by far the simplest, fastest, and cheapest system I have used.

This website actually sells and provides extremely clear cut directions and video for the application of gelish. Yes, the product is pricey (about $15 a bottle and $90 for the UV lamp) and there are quite a few things to buy, but in the end it’s a pretty good investment considering gel manicures usually run for upwards of $30. So far, I’ve found the best prices for supplies on Amazon.

Things you’ll need for any Gelish manicure:

– Rubbing Alcohol (clean and sanitize nails prior to application and

wipe off tacky layer after top coat is applied and cured)

– Gelish Base/Foundation (acts as a primer/base)

– Gelish Polish Color

– Gelish Top Coat

– 36 watt UV light (I use the Thermal Spa Double Size so I can fit both hands in at the same time)

Thanks for the tips Vivien! FYI–“Gelish” is a brand of gel polish from Hand and Nail Harmony, OPI also makes their own gel polish called Axxium which is the kind we got done at Wynn Nail Spa. Creative Nail Designs has their own version as well, called Shellac.


Simone & Danielle

FREE Tickets to The Shawn and Hobby Band at The House of Blues
January 25, 2011

You need a little twang in your monotonous LA life. Spice up your Hollywood with some Honky Tonk from The Shawn and Hobby Band, and we’ve got your tickets, free drinks and swag so keep reading.

The Shawn and Hobby band is a five piece group straight out of Nashville, where they perform over 250 shows with some of their own stylized creations and classic covers like Tom Petty and Credence Clearwater Revival.

The Shawn and Hobby Band is singing some sweet harmonies at The House of Blues this Saturday, January 29th, inside the Foundation Room. Thick with soul and engraved with funk, The House of Blues in West Hollywood is one of LA’s richest music venues. So if you think you can clear up your Saturday night for some VIP treatment and a taste of Nashville’s best, follow these directions:

Make sure you’ve “liked” our Facebook page…or else. (

Then send us an email to and let us know what you would like to discover and indulge in LA. Are you looking for a new bar? A new brunch spot? Found something cool you want to share? Let us know and we will post it on our blog!

We’ll pick someone at random out of our inbox for the House of Blues this weekend, and here’s what you’ll win:

Free entry for TWO to the House of Blues this Saturday

First (2) drinks on the house

Signed Shawn and Hobby CD and Live Performance DVD

Get to likin’, you don’t wanna miss this night of awesome amenities on us.


D & S!

Don’t be “gelish”
January 20, 2011

Don’t be “gelish” of our long lasting manicure. Think acrylic nails without the damage. Our super shiny gel polish hasn’t so much as chipped, smudged or budged since the application (granted that was only last night but we’re hopeful).

The process takes a bit longer, but the polish dries instantly and is supposed to last two weeks. After cleaning up our cuticles, the manicurist applied a series of bondants before actually painting on the polish with a paint brush. Then we had to zap our nails in that UV light machine for a while to dry it completely. Even though it’s a new technology, there’s quite an array of gelish colors to choose from, including french. The whole process took a little over an hour but when you’re done it reallly is dried completely! You can pick up keys, wallets, men: whatever you want.

Gelish is a bit more of an investment. At Wynn Nail Spa on Wilshire, we paid $35 for a gel application and manicure. You can get gelish without the manicure for $25, but it is not recommended. Our nail techs were precise and very knowledgeable; with a new technology like this, it’s essential to get someone who knows what they’re doing. We def recommend Wynn Nail Spa, for a clean and accurate nail enhancement experience in the LA area.

Let’s review: more time and more money for a shinier, longer lasting manicure. Are you in?

The most depressing facial ever
January 19, 2011

I have nothing against my aesthetician Nina; she’s the best in town. Nina knows so much about our skin and what causes it to hate us, so I trust her implicitly.

But man, what a depressing facial! The extracting of my clogged pores with a microscopic scalpel wasn’t nearly as painful as hearing no soda, no coke, no red bull, no sugar free red bull, no oil, no French fries, no sweet potato fries, no fried anything. As if I could just cut fried food out of my diet? That doesn’t exactly work for me. I’m half black–half of my diet is fried.

Ever since I started reading up about skincare I learned there are two camps: one that believes diet does affect acne and one that does not. Nina is of the camp that does. I have tiny pores, like most African Americans, and mine get clogged up really easily because of the stuff I am putting into my body. I pay over 200 dollars for acne medication, but Nina says it starts with what I eat. If I wasn’t eating all those buffalo wings, she probably wouldn’t have to squeeze so hard when she does extractions.

Like all dermatologists, Nina says extractions should be left for a professional. There is no right way to pop your pimples at home. They nonetheless need to be popped (if they are not, they can develop into cysts); but you need to find a facialist to do it for you. In the Los Angeles area, Nina at Wilshire Aesthetics is the best. (The facials are covered by insurance there, but she also has a few private clients). The reason we can’t do them at home is because there is a process, a methodology that needs to be followed in order to prep the skin for prime squeezing. Most of us just walk right up to the mirror and go to town, and that is all bad. But if you absolutely cannot resist that volcanic eruption, there are a few things you can practice to reduce scarring and bleeding.

Voted best cleansing milk by InStyle

Nina begins by washing off all the makeup and dirt with a cleansing milk. A cleansing milk contains oil, and you need oil to break down oil. It’s ideal to use a cleansing milk before you wash with your regular cleanser, to ensure everything is completely broken down. She then hyper-hydrates the skin with steam and primes the pores with an enzyme compound. Now most of us don’t have enzymes laying around in the medicine cabinet, but warm cloth compresses are crucial to soften up the nasty that lies below the surface.

Then let the games begin! Nina starts dicing up my clogged little pores with her micro-scalpel tool that feels like a tiny needle. Her hands are covered in latex gloves, but she also wraps her fingers in tissue for the squeezing. Sanitation is the most important thing. Clean, clean, and clean some more before and after you pop. If your fingers aren’t clean, you will trap bacteria in the pore and cause inflammation…AKA craters on yo face. Don’t use your nails when you pop because that will break the skin. And don’t press too hard; if nothing comes out, it’s simply not ready. If you can avoid popping at all, it’s best to wait for a professional.

After Nina’s done with me, my face looks less like a minefield and more like a face. But I still had some questions. What about laser skin resurfacing? Chemical peels? Even if the breakouts stop, my scars still remain.

“Nina, is there anything we can do for the scars?”, I said.

“You need to wait until you’re not getting any more breakouts before you can think about any of that,” she replied. “If you just trust me, and do what I’m asking you to do,” she continued, “we will take care of your breakouts and your scars. Can you do it?”

No french fries? No hot wings? No fried anything? Sheesh, I feel another identity crisis coming on.

For a more detailed tutorial on how to pop pimples the right way, watch this video.



Coachella 2011…better than the last?
January 19, 2011

The lineup for Coachella 2011 has dropped, and its hot…Black Keys, Arcade Fire, KOL, Animal Collective, Wiz Khalifa,  Robyn, Duran Duran, LAURYN HILL?!?! (that will go one of two ways), oh and Kanye.

Is it better than last year? What do you think?

Oprah’s Favorite Shaving Serum…it must be good
January 18, 2011

"If you wax or shave, you can't be without it." --Oprah

They’re fun to squeeze but they need to go. We’re talking about ingrown hairs, not those neighborhood cats you keep feeding.

We don’t need to say much about this product because Oprah already has, thereby making it gold. Prince Reigns has been featured in every magazine from Cosmo to GQ, and has all the celeb fans you can imagine including Gisele Bundchen. And it’s not just for women either. Both men and women can use the product to banish bikini/razor bumps and ingrown hairs anywhere they may pop up.

How does it work? The all-natural formula is a home-made recipe handed down from the founder’s grandmother, so it’s been perfected for generations.

How it works

We want you to try this little miracle for yourself, so if you want it here’s what you gotta do.

Like our brand new Facebook page, we need some love! Our 50th fan on Facebook will get the Prince Reigns.

Start likin’!


D & S