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Charlize Theron gains fifty pounds for role as mother…I eat a roll and gain five.

I just saw a zahtig Charlize Theron in Tully, a movie about the torture of having an infant and being pulled in every direction and overeating and sleep deprivation and depression, but don’t get me started. I told my pregnant daughter to avoid watching it at ALL COSTS.

Charlize gained fifty pounds for the role, because that’s what she does. She gives her all. She confessed that the weight gain was brutal, and that the overdosing of sugar and processed foods made her fall into a deep depression. I fall into a deep depression when I gain two pounds, just looking in the mirror, so I feel for her.

But when I got my color done the other day, and a fresh cut and blowout, despite the fact that I judged myself staring at my reflection, wearing the slice of pizza I’d eaten the night before, I felt like a million bucks.

So go for the Geo Palette Hair System, get pristine color with Lumetrix and George Mennella, and you won’t see the weight gain. You will simply see gorgeous hair.

Charlize, on the other hand, is skinny again. I will have spinach and a piece of palm-sized chicken for dinner. -JC

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Weigh in on the theory: Charlize Theron plays Marilyn Monroe




Charlize Theron as Marilyn Monroe? The mind boggles. Let’s compare. Tall and statuesque Charlize at 5′ 10″, versus smaller and curvier Marilyn at 5′ 5″.

  If anyone can do it, Charlize can. She won the Academy Award playing serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in Monster, a sizzling agent in Atomic Blonde, and alpha heroine, Imperator Furiosa, in Mad Max, and so many more. She has acting chops.

 Laurence Olivier was famous for insulting Marilyn with his gaffe, “Try and be sexy”. She didn’t have to try. She simply turned on a switch and the camera fell in love, projecting her beauty, vulnerability, and innocence. She is one of those icons loved by men AND women. But damn, Charlize looks good!

And if she can pull off the essence of Marilyn, the vulnerability, the tremulous voice, all will be well.

But they have to get the hair right!

And so do you. Ask for the Geo Palette Hair System, integrated with the new technology of Lumetrix Hair Color, to achieve spectacular results. Your hair color is your crowning glory. Marilyn Monroe will never be forgotten. Charlize Theron will triumph. But the hair  has to be perfect. And so does yours. 

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Hell’s bells for the film called “Elle”!

I rarely stand up and applaud a movie, and it’s even rarer that I “boo” one. But that’s how I felt when I finished watching Isabelle Huppert in ELLE, a movie about a woman who is assaulted, befriends her rapist, and lures him back to get raped again. I won’t give away the ending. But she’s in charge, sort of. I hated every character in it.

Which makes me wonder, if a narrative stays with you, does it mean you’ve experienced great filmmaking? No for Elle, and yes for the poetic/elegaic/hopeful/hopeless Moonlight, which has haunted me for weeks with its themes of connection, poverty, race bias, gender bias, and humanity.

Elle could possibly win an Oscar for best foreign picture. Ms Huppert certainly deserves one, and I heartily hope that she writhes on the floor and rids herself of the damages done as I hear she exorcised her demons in a past movie that she had completed. (Okay, you can see that I’m more Oscar the Grouch than Oscar award winning when it comes to THIS film.)

Of course, getting one’s hair colored is a different matter.  Viva the Geo Palette, with its reusable plastic Clearview subsections and no ph-altering foils. Get hair color that stays. Color that deserves applause. Oscar award caliber. No “boos”,  ever. -JC

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We’ve come a long way, Ingrid Bergman

My father, bless him, used to tell me that I looked like Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly. I didn’t and I don’t. If he had been alive to watch the show, The Good Wife, he might have likened me to Christine Baranski…less a movie star and more a character actress with attractive flaws.

I was mesmerized by all things Hollywood, despite my mother’s disdain for “that hoofer, Fred Astaire”, or even my all time favorite, Marilyn Monroe. My mother’s opinion resembled Laurence Olivier’s, who before his overacting debut in The Prince and the Showgirl, mortified my idol by telling her, “All you have to do is be sexy, dear Marilyn.” The camera, forever loyal, loved her, and Marilyn stole the show.

But I digress. Ingrid Bergman, my father’s favorite and at the top of my list, was a star from another era. Luminous in Gaslight, exciting in Notorious, lovestruck in Casablanca, beautiful in Spellbound, she scandalized the world by an affair and then marriage with Roberto Rossellini. Forced to remain in Europe for several years, she was denounced on the floor of the US Senate. Ed Sullivan refused to have her on his show, despite polls indicating that the public was ready.

At last, America forgave her. In 1956, she returned to make the film, Anastasia in 1956, winning her second Academy Award.

Yesterday, at the post office, I purchased a book of Ingrid Bergman stamps with genuine pleasure. Bravo, Ingrid. I have always loved you.

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Kate Moss makes fun of herself in new film…but Stella McCartney has the best line!

A friend and I saw Absolutely Fabulous on the big screen. We laughed hard at Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders… hysterical as they rolled their eyes and injected themselves with Botox as easily as they applied their lipstick. The cocaine snorting and drinking to excess didn’t make us want them to go to rehab. We were in the funny zone. They wobbled in their high heels, comical queens at fashion shows and the Riviera as they made absolute fun of themselves.

Kate Moss was the goddess of the film, “killed off” early to the horror of the fashion world. She reigns supreme, drinkng champagne with her perfect Kate Moss lips, emerging from the Thames like Botticelli’s Venus, only way thinner.

Lulu arrives, along with Joan Collins, Jon Hamm, and a cast of celebrities that I’d like help naming, but I’m too close to Eddy and Patsy in age to remember.

Go with a friend and have more than a few laughs. Then go for drinks and get catty about super model Kate. She’s still got it. 

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Art Movement Rises

palette_intro_background_picI just read an article about Raymond Spillenger, an artist who died recently at age 89. His sons found hundreds of canvases and drawings under his bed…an undiscovered abstract expressionist who thought he was a failure.

Great art has movements that rise and fall…Abstract Expressionism was overtaken by Pop, then Super-Realism, Minimalism and so it goes.

So does great hair, from geometric to shag, shaken and shattered to super straight, punk to gothic, tribal to disconnected. Join the next evolution of hair form merged with color…the Geo Palette.

You won’t have to look under the bed for us. We’re here. Please join us for an adventure in color. -JC to purchase the system or to find a salon near you, or call us at 516 374-1490.

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Cameron Diaz: Could the Geo Palette save her?

I just saw Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, and watched a death scene that rivaled one that has haunted me since I was a child. In Never Give an Inch, Paul Newman’s friend is trapped by a log as the waters rise, and they try to move it. At first, they’re joking around. At the end, Paul is blowing air into his friend’s mouth with a straw. Oh, the horror. But in Prometheus, Mr. Scott has his pregnant protagonist perform her own caesarian. What did I expect? So watch The Counselor with gritted teeth and more than an ounce of amazement. For such a talky film, interjected with Breaking Bad-like Cartel nastiness, I was mesmerized. But let’s talk about Cameron Diaz, looking oh so hard at 41, (not to mention, making love to a car), and Penelope Cruz, looking gorgeous at 39. If Penelope has had work, I choose her surgeon. But Cameron needed a Geo Palette color and cut, to soften her hardness and take ten years off her age. Her body was fine. But Penelope had a softness, a femininity, a dewiness that dazzled. Yes, she was portrayed as the good girl. But she had good hair as well. So Cameron, we love you. But get the Geo Palette Color System. You will not regret it.   Call Bewitched Salon for a Geo Palette consultation. Trump Cameron until she gets around to it.
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Breaking Bad: the Geo Palette

Hooked on Breaking Bad? You know the feeling of awe and wonder at the writing, acting, and cinematography. We love the two minute snippet that pulls us into each episode, starting with an image that pulses through the show, whether it’s a stuffed animal’s eye, a trickle of blood in blue water, or a pair of broken spectacles. We love Jessie. Walter White? Not so much.

Speaking of Breaking Bad…the Geo Palette Hair System is fabulous at breaking bad habits like stripey highlights, a dull finish, the same old ashy blond, or a carroty red look. Break into great color with the most revolutionary new color system to hit the hair industry. The Geo Palette, by George Mennella, a bad-ass master colorist and inventor, will excite and intrigue! Google it. Get it. Blondes, brunettes, and redheads! Your image will thank you. -JC


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Batchelorette vs. Bitchelorette: Desiree’s downfall

Every Monday, my daughter, niece, sister and I indulge in our guilty pleasure, watching the Bachelorette. As I watched Desiree tell Brooks, “I love you,” after he had just confessed that he wasn’t madly in love with her, I thought, “Whaaaaa?”  Why give him the satisfaction?

And as the two of them hugged and cried, and cried and hugged, and she said, “Don’t,” when he said he was sorry, I thought, “Do bitches have more fun?” And when Brooks told her that he didn’t miss her enough when he was away, shouldn’t Des have said, “There’s the door. I won’t miss you either.”?” Brooks confessed that love is heightened by a smidgeon of pain, no? Watching them gave us plenty of it!

Do bitches have more fun? Blondes do, when they get Geo Palette color, fabulous hair color that surpasses the traditional highlight. Brunettes do, with a richness and subtlety that is unrivaled. Redheads love the Geo Palette, with spice and aubergine and crimson blends. Dimension and shine. What more do we need for a rich life, besides money?

Desiree: come and get the Geo Palette. There are other better boys out there that will run towards you, not away.

(But he is cute, isn’t he?)

The Geo Palette. Hair as living art.  Call 516 374-1490 or google us. -JC

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The Bachelor: “I love love.” Do you know what we love?

“I love love!” said the pretty young woman, snuggling with the new bachelor, who tested the contestants’ mettle by asking them to immerse themselves in glacial waters and not, by the way, freeze to death. Way to pick a relationship? Maybe, maybe not.

“Bless your heart,” says Sean, when one of the girls succumbs to near hypothermia. Southern good manners count when it comes to finessing the ladies. But I like him, I really do.

It’s just that I like great hair color better. The Geo Palette System for coloring hair lasts longer than a dunk in the freezing Montana waters. Quick exhilaration? No. Lasting dimension and shine, better than a highlight, longer lasting, garnering far superior compliments than “bless your heart” from a sweet Southerner.

More like heart stopping, and way more exciting than diving into sub-zero lake, milking a goat, or rock climbing when you’re super afraid of heights.

Go to for information, or call us at 516 374-1490 for an appointment at Bewi’s in Woodmere, NY. You’ll love loving your color. It’s that simple. -JC

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