Cocktail Alert: Belvedere District 12

Today is the official day!  The Hunger Games is out in theaters and boy, am I excited to not be at any movie theater today.  In honor of the talked-about movie, Belvedere has created a “District 12” cocktail (and enough for a party!) that is pretty delicious.

Belvedere District 12

  • 10 oz. Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka
  • 15 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 3.5 oz. Aperol
  • 5 oz. orange juice
  • a dash of bitters
  • Add all ingredients into a pitcher and garnish with orange slices and lemons


Three Questions With Cherry Petenbrink, On-set Hairstylist for “The Hunger Games”

If you’ve read The Hunger Games, then you know exactly how vivid the hair styles and colors are that are described in the book.  Taking that into account, Lions Gate Entertainment turned to Joico stylists Linda Flowers and Cherry Petenbrink to re-create the hair color concept for the entire film.  Flowers and Petenbrink devised an artistic interpretation for the unique, futuristic setting of the film, while staying true to the expectations of the legions of fans eager to see the movie.

Q: What was your biggest “hair color hallenge” during the filming of The Hunger Games?

A: The biggest hair color challenge was rinsing.  Most of the color was prepped prior to filming Capitol scenes, but there were occasions when the sinks in the ladies (bath) room had to be used.  Also formulating and achieving a huge variety of different shades and hues to keep all of Capitol color interesting.

Q: Besides the actual novel, what was your biggest inspiration when cboosing hair colors and styles?

A: Lucky for me, I’ve been creating amazing trend-driven hair color for trade shows, runway and editorial images through my affiliation with Joico for years.  I was able to utilize this knowledge and experience for inspiration.

Q: Did any of the stars give you creative input?  If so, who and what? Which Joico products did you use on them?

A: Honestly, the direction was given by our department head, Linda Flowers, and could only be achieved with Joico Vero K-Pak Color Intensity. I also relieve on Vero K-Pak Chrome to achieve the beautiful brunette (shade) seen on Jennifer Lawrence.  It’s demi-permanent so it can be refreshed with a more dilted formula…there are also reconstructive properties in the K-Pak color, so hair remains strong, healthy and shiny.




Summer Beach Reads

I’m usually anti-chick lit but for some reason, this summer has produced a few novels that I actually do want to read.  And that means a lot coming from someone who constantly starts books (six books, currently) and then gets a bout of ADHD and starts a new one.  Here’s my current list:

The Hunger Games: I was supposed to have already finished books one and two for my book club…but that hasn’t happened yet.  Part of me wants to resist this series since people are calling it “the next Twilight” but several smart people that I know are saying that it’s actually good.  Thoughts?

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me: I already finished this book.  Truth. I adore, no, I LOVE Chelsea Handler.  I wasn’t sure how much I would love a book that she didn’t actually write but since it was about her, it was just as funny as her other books.

Summer And The CIty: I absolutely hated (seriously, HATED) the first Carrie Diaries.  I didn’t even finish it, it was so awful.  Apparently Carrie finally meets the other three main characters in this novel so I decided to give Candice Bushnell one more try. 

Bossypants: Who doesn’t love Tina Fey?  Enough said.