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GAL APPROVED – WEEKEND EDITION
Melissa River’s Shoparatti, Lands’ End Tote and Todd Manning back on OLTL

By   |   May 13, 2011   |   Entertainment

BUY. Is your email box cluttered with tons of daily deals from so many different sites you can no longer keep up? Melissa Rivers understands. That’s why E!’s Fashion Police EP has launched Shoparatti, a new site that combs the web to bring you Shoparatti’s favorite four deals of the day under one URL. “It truly was a necessity,” says Melissa, whose friend suggested the idea to her after he watched his wife delete deal emails all morning long. Along with a style council of Melissa’s fave fellow celeb fashionistas that contribute their choices, there is also a system in place to search for the deal you’ve been coveting for weeks. “You fill in your name and specific things you’re looking for. We will search 24/7 and when that something marked comes up for sale, we’ll send you an email, saying ‘Guess what? Those shoes you wanted are on sale today,'” Melissa shares. For herself, Melissa loves shopping for “shoes, handbags and accessories online, stuff you don’t have to really size.” Things you must have in your closet? “A great little black dress, always,” Melissa declares. And what you must give away this season? “No more baby doll dresses. They are just inappropriate on everybody ΓÇô except for babies,” she exclaims. “And the daisy duke shorts and midriff tops, come on ladies pull it together! Lot of things in fashion are a privilege, not a right.” (Style Gals)

SACK. This summer, we are loving Lands’ End canvas weekend tote. The color says “unisex” so you can share it with your dude. It makes a excellent father’s day gift for the adventurer in your life, and is perfect as an extra expandable carry-on. Or stuff your bikini, sundresses, jeans, sandals, flip-flops, makeup and a bottle of wine inside, and you are set for a weekend getaway. (Luxe Gal)

STYLE. We’ve all been there: You’re about to head out for a fabulous wedding or semi-formal event and your hair just isn’t cutting it. If only you could live the glamorous life and get your hair styled by someone else for the festivitiesΓǪ Well now you can, quickly and affordably, thanks to Fashion On The Go stations, located in Duane Reades across New York City. For just $15 a stylist will give you a quick pin-up, updo or chignon using the Whirl-a-Style Hairstyler, a cool gadget that allows you to pin up your hair in minutes (available for purchase inside the store for $10). Upon walking in the Duane Reade on 57th and 3rd, I figured there was nothing stylist Nina Rene could do with my messy strands. But girlfriend was up for the challenge. Using the snag-free rubber rings, she quickly tossed up my tresses giving me a modern-day beehive. Of course, the look wouldn’t be complete without the right makeup ΓÇô- Duane Reade now sell fun brands like POPbeauty in its Look Boutique. So go ahead and treat yourselfΓǪ You’ll still have enough change left over to take a cab home at the end of the night! See the result of my hair transformation here. (Style Gals)

WATCH. I can still remember when One Life to Live introduced Todd Manning as Kevin Buchanan’s frat brother who led the graphic sexual attack on Marty Saybrooke. My, how life has changed for Todd over the years (Escaping from jail! Discovering he’s a Lord! Becoming a father! Falling into a coma!), and that also includes the actors who played him. Originated by Roger Howarth in 1992, Trevor St. John assumed the role in 2003 and has played the ruthless boy-turned-newspaper magnate — until now. I say that because Roger has returned to the scene and One Life to Live is posing this question: Who is the real Todd Manning? This could have become one that would have taken years to answer, but OLTL comes to its end this December. So we only ask the powers that be to invest wisely in this storyline for the next seven months and give us some true closure on such a complex character. Do that and TV DivaGal will definitely be along for the ride. Roger (Todd?) returns to Llanview and One Life to Live Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. EST. Check local listings for times. (TV DivaGal)

SEE. Cougar Town‘s Josh Hopkins puts comedy on hold to star in the indie feature Lebanon, PA. As an ad executive whose father has just died, Will returns to the home his father lived in to pack up the old man’s belongings. Will, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend back in the city, finds a strange peacefulness there and decides to stay indefinitely. But the quaint setting is also a conservative one. Josh learns that his neighbor’s teen daughter CJ is pregnant, and quickly discovers this community isn’t too keen on the ideals of pro-choice. Along the way Will gets involved with a married woman and challenges his mother on why his father was cut out of his life. The movie showcases some painful and poignant moments for all involved, and its stark observation of those who fight against a woman’s right to chose is subtle but clear. It’s great to see Josh’s vulnerable and sensitive side, ones we only catch in glimpses on the sitcom. Lebanon, PA. opens in select theaters today. (Destination Divas)

photo credit: Amanne Media, ABC, Lebanon Productions LLC

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