Posts Written On December 05, 2011

@GossipGirl Recap: Riding In Town Cars With Boys

Ready for the Chair-fest? I have to admit, I was super excited to see Chuck (Ed Westwick) finally come to terms with his feelings and run back to Blair (Leighton Meester). But it’s so unfair that he gets his chance only when Prince Louis (Hugo Becker) messes up just once when he’s messed up plenty. On that note, I can’t not love the underdog, lonely boy Dan (Penn Badgley). His Dad had to bring up the fact that he hasn’t dated anyone since the kiss he had with Blair last spring. Is he about to throw himself at her as well? Hey, there’s already two, why not add a third?

Blair runs to Brooklyn to camp out with Dan and at first we think he’s trying to get his moment with her. He helps her write a pro-con list as the paparazzi and Gossip Girl continue to chase the story. Dan steals her away to a mystery place saying, “I think I know how to make you happy.” What happens? He takes her to Charlie (Kaylee DeFer)’s party and gets her alone with Chuck. And we finally get it — they both profess their love for each other and run out with Nate (Chace Crawford).

But somehow they went in the wrong cars and as the paparazzi are aggressively hunting Blair and Chuck’s car for a shot of them together, all of a sudden the car crashes right as Blair’s deciding whether or not she wants to hit Switzerland or Tokyo to raise the baby. What baby? Or should we say, what about Chuck? Either way, it looks like this family is about to fall apart before it could even begin.

PS all the night gowns and suits look absolutely ridiculous in the vastly lit hospital. With no evening light to shield her guilt Charlie/Ivy tells Rufus everything. She tells him she tipped Gossip Girl on Blair and Chuck’s whereabouts hoping the paparazzi would crash the party (as they rightly did) just to save her sorry ass from Max’s evil revenge. “I’m sorry, it’s me. I’m the fraud.” Now this time she better mean it when she says she’s leaving and not coming back, because I seriously feel like she’s the ‘Girl Who Cried Rhodes.’

And it looks like Nate’s story is about to get more interesting. Whatever his family has set is all out of whack when Grandfather calls up Diana (Elizabeth Hurley) to come back to town. Guess there’s only room for one conniving bitch next season.

Xoxo, @missamandachen


@CellureSkinCare Flagship Grand Opening

Cellure is a new skin care line that uses a highly concentrated adult human stem cell extract, called Lipotein™, to rewire signs of aging.  The Cellure system marries with skin’s normal functions, dispatching powerful proteins that seek out damaged areas to help repair skin and restart its inherent regeneration.

Cellure’s flagship store in SoHo had its grand opening in October and I recently had a chance to visit. The store is just as revolutionary as the skin care line, with nine individual booths that offer customers a self-guided, step-by-step introduction with hands-on trial and mirrored video graphic installation.

Cellure Stem Cell Skin CareCellure trial booths

Mirrored video graphic installation

I left the store with a day’s supply of the 5-step system.  The system includes 6 products:

  • Skin Cleanser: With antioxidants, goji and acai extracts, this powerful cleanser leaves a soft, refreshed canvas for a regenerating treatment.
  • Balancing Toner: A toner mist that hydrates, balances and calms the skin’s surface with witch hazel, chamomile, and aloe.
  • Serum Booster: Loaded with antioxidants, this highly potent serum contains Cellure’s highest concentrations of stem cell extract that works on the cellular level.
  • Eye Treatment: Collagen with Pro-Vitamin B5 tightens skin around the eyes and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Day Cream: An ideal makeup primer, the morning day cream interrupts cell degradation and dryness while fighting UV damage all day. Neither greasy, nor sticky, the day cream delivers a high concentration of stem cell proteins to create visible results.
  • Night Cream: The night cream quiets inflammation, returns firmness to skin, and reinforces cell structure to produce a fresher surface in the morning.


The morning regimen left my skin glowing.  I didn’t even have to use the entire contents of the sample tubes. Knowing that a little goes a long way was a plus, considering the products are relatively pricey.  That night, I applied the PM products and went off to slumberland.  In the morning, as I was washing my face with some of the remaining cleanser, I could feel a big difference in my skin’s smoothness.  I still had enough product left to complete the AM regimen and another PM round.

Over the next couple days, I squeezed the last drops out of those tubes because I was addicted  to my super soft, smooth skin.  Cellure certainly knows what they are doing by letting customers experience the skin care system for themselves.  Seeing is definitely believing!

Cellure’s skin care system is available online and at its flagship store in SoHo, New York. For more information, please visit

xoxo, Olisa