Salt Lake Magazine HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsPC LifeShop TalkUncategorizedWed, 25 Nov 2015 12:27:00 +0000Movie Review: “Victor Frankenstein”<p class="p1">Although it might have sounded good in theory, this retelling of the familiar Frankenstein’s monster story from the point of view of Igor is nearly DOA. The opening monologue reveals the intent, while the film doesn’t quite deliver on its stated premise.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/vf2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em><span style="">Igor (</span>Daniel Radcliffe) tells the tale of "Victor Frankenstein"</em></p> <p class="p1">Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor, and probably in the most sympathetic and capable way he’s ever been presented. Largely because of his iconic hump, Igor is trapped as a clown in a sleazy circus. But he’s actually a pretty smart guy, with an interest in medicine and science, and another interest albeit unrequited in lovely trapeze artist Lorelei (Jessica Brown Findlay).</p> <p class="p1">When she falls and is gravely injured, Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) rushes from the crowds to her aid, but cannot save her. Quick thinking and literally unbelievable action taken by Igor saves the day, and Frankenstein is impressed. In a scene reminiscent of the “Sherlock Holmes” installments starring Robert Downey Jr., Frankenstein liberates Igor of the circus and of his hump, in another unbelievable scene that takes chiropractory to heights not seen since “The Dark Knight Rises”.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/vf1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em><span style="">Igor (</span>Daniel Radcliffe) eyes up his benefactor Victor (James McAvoy) in "Victor Frankenstein"</em></p> <p class="p1">Then again, all of this pseudo-medicine is in a movie wherein life is created from death, so we shouldn’t be taking this too seriously.</p> <p class="p1">Or should we?  Central to the problems plaguing “Victor Frankenstein” is its uneven tone. What does it want to be? Are we serious actors here, putting a new spin on Igor; or chewing scenery with abandon, making Victor a party animal?</p> <p class="p1">Can we have it both ways?</p> <p class="p1">Can we call a movie “Victor Frankenstein”, while focusing on Igor?? Can we openly state that although “we all know the story of Frankenstein’s monster but what of Frankenstein himself”, does it work to give Igor more backstory (complete with unnecessary love interest) than the titular character? The movie states that “the man who made the monster who may have been more monster than man himself”…only to show 109 minutes later that he was more of a jerk than a monster.</p> <p class="p1">It leaves itself open for a sequel, but do we really want to see more of Victor treating Igor badly even though Igor is anything but Victor’s lackey in nearly every way? He’s the moral center, he’s possibly more intelligent, and he even gets the girl. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/vf3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Victor (James McAvoy) assures <span style="">Igor (</span>Daniel Radcliffe) that he's his friend once again in "Victor Frankenstein"</em></p> <p class="p1">Although it’s still McAvoy who has the best time here. He knows the popcorn he’s signed up for, and he jumps headfirst into his performance. He’s the best part of the film even though his character is largely unlikeable unless he’s got a drink in his hand. Actually, the film has both he and Radcliff going for it, as they are both likable actors who do well with their roles, here.</p> <p class="p1">Andrew Scott continues his run of playing disturbed geniuses as Inspector Turpin, the man hot on the heels of our thieving mad scientist who is in need of body parts. But the handling of even this subplot seems familiar, along with hints of other, superior Frankenstein-inspired films (and a dash of some inferior ones such as “I Frankenstein” and “Van Helsing”). The result is an uneven and inferior Frankenstein’s monster of a movie, cobbled together from other, similar flicks.</p> <p class="p1"><em>---</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>109 minutes </em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destructionBehind the Scenes:</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Directed by: Paul McGuigan</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Writing Credits: Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis (screen story), Mary Shelley (novel "Frankenstein") </em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay, James McAvoy, Andrew Scott</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>---</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Rich Bonaduce is Vice President of the Utah Film Critics Association, co-host of "Critical Mass," a Salt Lake-based movie-review show, and a contributor to <a href="/" target="_blank"></a>. Read more of his reviews at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Richard BonaduceWed, 25 Nov 2015 12:27:00 +0000 The HiveMazza&#39;s Thanksgiving Feast<p><img alt="" height="365" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/mazza.jpg" width="550"></p> <p> </p> <p>Something magical happens at the 9<sup>th</sup> and 9<sup>th</sup> location of Mazza each Thanksgiving. Employees—from kitchen staff to servers—show up ready to work, but without payment. You see, Mazza's Thanksgiving meal is an all for charity event, benefitting the Utah Food Bank and other local organizations. It's a 14-year tradition for owner Ali Sabbeh. </p> <p>The meal will be a traditional Thanksgiving feast with a Middle Eastern twist and will begin at 3:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at Mazza, $35 for adults and $20 for children.</p> <p>Salt Lake magazine will be there to Instagram the meal. You can follow Associate Editor Christie Marcy on Instagram @WhyNotBoth or check #Slmagfood for photos. We hope to see you there. And check out the Salt Lake magazine blog on Friday for coverage of the event.</p> <p> </p> <p>Mazza- 912 E 900 S,  801-521-4572,</p>Christie GehrkeTue, 24 Nov 2015 21:38:32 +0000 The HiveOn the TableRock&#39;s Icon Meets Up-and-Comers<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/screen_shot_2015-11-20_at_4.13.51_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">New York City-based <strong>Walking Shapes</strong> was an unsuspecting opening band. Usually when esoteric acts take the stage before huge headliners (in this case, <strong>Albert Hammond Jr.</strong> of the Strokes), at the Urban Lounge, those spectators who have decided to show up early stay in the bar and lounge areas, flirting; griping about their workdays; anticipating loudly about what the main act might surprise them with.</p> <p class="p1">While Shapes’ set certainly started out as such on the night of Thursday, October 29, it wasn’t before long that even the entangled couples and jaded boozers started inching onto the main standing area. “You can come closer,” motions Jesse Kotansky (guitar, violin, vocals). “We won’t bite.” So we did; then we bobbed; then we thrashed. </p> <p class="p1">Their live takes of debut album, <em>Taka Come On</em> is way wilder and growlier than their studio recordings. “In the Wake” features one of their catchiest hooks. It was infectious to watch frazzle-haired frontman Nathaniel Hoho contort to the track’s low-buzzing synths, then sway to the strings-laden instrumentals of “Find Me.” The quintet showcased a mature and impressive range of dexterity, with a set that worked itself up from being self-controlled and lyrical, to purely ecstatic. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="876" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/screen_shot_2015-11-20_at_4.12.19_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">True to what <a href="/blog/2015/10/27/concert-preview-a-conversation-with-momentary-master-albert-hammond-jr/">he has previewed in our chat</a> a few weeks prior, Albert Hammond Jr.’s performance was both a departure from his past solo stuff and the usual sound of The Strokes. A good deal of life-changing events has caused him to write <em>and</em> perform <em>in the moment</em>. </p> <p class="p1">An optimistic smile stretched taught on his face as he reflected on loss, addiction, and the dark side of fame; then, the entire room slackened as he turned his back on us and riffed with his band on those indelibly slick guitar solos. Despite its name, <em>Momentary Masters</em> might be Hammond Jr.’s most canonical solo albums to date. </p> <p class="p1">And he meant what he sang; this much was clear. Post-show, as his bandmates loaded up their gear into the tour van, a queue of fans lined up for a quick gush, autograph, or selfie. Remembering his suggestion that I stay after the show to meet him so he could “put a face” to my voice, I waited on line and hoped the offer wasn’t just a celebrity nicety.   </p> <p class="p1">“Why would I say that but not mean it?” retorted Hammond Jr. perplexedly. I thanked him for one of the most honest interviews I’ve done in my years of music journalism. “Well, isn’t that what it’s all about?” he replied frankly, “At the end of the day, it’s just two human beings sharing their thoughts.”  </p> <p class="p1">To view more photos from the show, go <a href=""><strong>here</strong></a>. </p>Salt Lake magazineMon, 23 Nov 2015 08:47:00 +0000 The HiveConcert Preview: Gerald Elias and Vedrana Subotic<p class="p1">Since retiring from the Utah Symphony, <a href="">Gerald Elias</a> has had a lot of irons in the fire: mystery writer, Boston Symphony sub, recitalist, conductor and composer — and for the last three years a passionate member of <a href="">Citizens’ Climate Lobby</a>. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="876" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/gerald_elias.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">“Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a national organization with close to 300 local chapters,” Elias said. “We are a cross section of people — academics, business leaders, retired people. We are all volunteers who have a common goal of getting Congress to enact climate change legislation.” </p> <p class="p1">To support the Salt Lake City chapter, Elias, the former associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, will play a benefit recital on Nov.  24 at 7:30 p.m. in Libby Gardner Concert Hall. “I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I haven’t done a recital here in some time, and I wanted to do something for CCL.”</p> <p class="p1">The recital features violin and piano sonatas by three composers indelibly associated with Vienna: Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. “These three are the heart of the repertoire, and the works I chose are among the most joyful they wrote.” </p> <p class="p1">On the program are Mozart’s Sonata in F major, K. 377; Schubert’s Sonata in A major, D. 574; and Beethoven’s Sonata in F major, op. 24 (<em>Spring</em>). </p> <p class="p1">“Each sonata has something special,” Elias said. “The slow movement in the Mozart is reminiscent of his D minor Piano Concerto, while the slow movement in the <em>Spring </em>Sonata sounds almost like a Chopin nocturne.”</p> <p class="p1">While these two are staples of the violin/piano repertoire, the Schubert, on the other hand, is hardly ever played. “I don’t know why that is, because it’s a wonderful piece. It’s very much like one of his symphonies, only in a chamber music format.”</p> <p class="p1">Elias said he chose these particular works because they have broad appeal. “Because it’s a benefit, there won’t be a lot of classical music fans in Libby. This is the kind of program they can get into. It’s very accessible. It’s a feel good program.”</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="642" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/unnamed.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Accompanying him will be University of Utah pianist <a href="">Vedrana Subotic</a>. “We’ve played chamber music together in the past, but this will be our first recital together. She’s a wonderful collaborator and a very passionate musician.” </p> <p class="p1">The recital is free of charge, although a donation of $25 is requested which will benefit the Salt Lake City branch of CCL. “We would love to get as many donations as possible,” Elias said, “but all are welcome to come to the concert even if they don’t donate.” As an incentive, Elias will be giving away autographed copies of his mystery novel <em>Death and Transfiguration </em>to the first 20 people donating $50 or more.</p> <p class="p1">As further motivation to donate, Elias said that an anonymous donor will match up to $1,000 from what is raised at the recital.</p> <p class="p1">Elias said the money will help defray the costs for local chapter members going to the regional and national conventions next year. “Everything comes out of our own pockets. We have to pay our own way to the conventions.”</p> <p class="p1">Several people have asked Elias if it was a good idea scheduling the recital just two days before Thanksgiving. “I tell everyone that this is the best way to celebrate the holiday. I can’t think of a better way to express our gratitude for having a planet we can live on.”</p>Salt Lake magazineMon, 23 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0000 The HiveUtah Symphony premieres Andrew Norman&#39;s &quot;Switch&quot;<p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/la-et-cm--andrew-norman-ted-hearne-usc-2013071-001.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Andrew Norman's percussion concerto, "Switch," was featured during the forst half of Utah Symphony's Mahler Symphony No.5 performance. The November 6th performance acted as the world-premiere of "Switch," being recorded live in Abravanel Hall. Percussionist Colin Currie was seen sunning back and forth on-stage during the concert, playing a whole slew of instrument, acting as the leading force nect to conductor Thierry Fischer.</p> <p>It really was as visually entertaining watching Currie sprint from one end of the stage to the other, as it was to listen to the actual music. </p> <p>For me "Switch" was a  rarity in classical music, combining multiple musical stories into one. In one sitting I had a sense of hysteria, euphoria, melancholy and excitement. I felt like I was falling down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, various objects and characters zipping past my head as I tailspin. </p> <p>"The percussionist's many instruments act as triggers, turing other players on and off, making them play forward and backward, and causing them to jump to entirely different musical worlds," says composer Andrew Norman. Norman calls "Switch," "a game of control. Each percussion instrument (both in front of and behind the orchestra) is a switch that controls other instruments in specific ways, making them play louder or softer, higher or lower, freezing them in place by setting them in motion."</p> <p>The live recording of "Switch" will be released in Spring 2016 along with other Utah Symphony commissioned pieces by composers Augusta Read Thomas and Nico Muhly. </p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 20 Nov 2015 14:39:00 +0000 The HiveAutumn Inspired Nails<p>Fall is the season where some of the most beautiful colors make their appearance. Colors like rich gold, crimson red, deep green, and other warm but dark shades are a few fall appropriate hues that come to mind when viewing the natural scenery. Many brands have been releasing limited edition nail polishes specifically for this season, so it's always nice to get the best of them while we still can! The following are some favorite nail polishes for the fall theme:</p> <p>1. Essie - Leggy Legend</p> <p><img alt="" height="772" src="/site_media/uploads/nails_essie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>2. Sally Hansen - Black Out</p> <p>3. Butter London - Rebel Fox</p> <p>4. Deborah Lippmann - Dark Side of the Moon</p> <p>5. Revlon - Rain Forest (#220)</p> <p>6. OPI - Got the Blues for Red</p> <p>7. Chanel - Vert Obscur (#679)</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/green_polish.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>8. OPI - My Private Jet</p> <p>9. Revlon - Midnight Affair</p> <p>10. China Glaze - Foie Gras</p> <p>11. Zoya - Freja</p> <p>12. Essie - Very Structured</p> <p>13. Orly - Smoked Out</p> <p>14. Essie - Berry Naughty</p> <p><img alt="" height="734" src="/site_media/uploads/burgundy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>15. Elf - Mod Mauve</p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 20 Nov 2015 14:14:00 +0000 Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2”<p class="p1">I haven’t read any of The Hunger Games books, since I like to go into my theater experience “clean”. But if I were to guess what these books were like based on their theatrical counterparts, I’d say much of the good stuff was front-loaded. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/m2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)</em></p> <p class="p1">The first two Hunger Games films actually featured Hunger Games. The third release was an uneventful money-grab, featuring Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) fretting over Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and about being the Mockingjay.</p> <p class="p1">It was just set-up for Part 2, whose trailer wisely features the line ”Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 76<sup>th</sup> Hunger Games”, which only last for part of the second act.</p> <p class="p1">Even less time is spent with the supporting characters who enriched the first two films, who seemingly show up for a cameo in their own franchise. Being Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film, his lack of screen time is understandable. But Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) are relegated to obligatory links.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/m2b.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em><span>Don't be fooled: </span>Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) is barely in this movie with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence).</em></p> <p class="p1">Feisty Johanna exists to showcase how Jena Malone would look snarling while bald. And Finnick’s wedding in an early respite guarantees he won’t be around long because drama (not that we follow up with his widow). The characters that are there, such as Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin, are either restrained or one note.</p> <p class="p1">Finally, although Prim (Willow Shields) is shown in the opening scene, she pretty much vanishes only to reappear in the third act just in time to die. Subsequently her loss isn’t the gut punch it should be, either to the audience or to Katniss. But look! Stanley Tucci is in this film, too!</p> <p class="p1">That leaves us to spend most of our time with supporting fodder in the too-short actual Hunger Games section, as well as with buzz-kill Gale (Liam Hemsworth), nobody’s favorite Peeta, and pouty Katniss. She’s stuck between her past with poor Peeta and a future with gloomy Gale while presently being the moody Mockingjay, an overblown symbol of a revolution that doesn’t need her much.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/m2c.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) strikes a pose</em></p> <p class="p1">Katniss is rendered unconscious in an explosion, and she wakes to the fighting over and the mission accomplished. Director Francis Lawrence said this may be the most violent Hunger Games film of them all, but most of the action is obscured or happens off-screen. Hemsworth said this film "never lets up" in its action, which apparently includes a lot of walking and talking, then stopping to rest and talk some more, punctuated by brief moments of Time To Lose A Lesser-Known Character.</p> <p class="p1">The third act culminates in a LOTR-style multiple ending meant to show that all’s well that ends well… but it may just elicit a collective shrug, instead. With a title like The Hunger Games, you’d think the franchise would leave us hungry for more, or at least satiated. But I for one was ready to leave the table.</p> <p class="p1"><em>---</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>137 minutes </em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Directed by: Francis Lawrence</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Writing Credits:  Peter Craig (screenplay) and Danny Strong (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (adaptation), Suzanne Collins (novel "Mockingjay")</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>---</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Rich Bonaduce is Vice President of the Utah Film Critics Association, co-host of "Critical Mass," a Salt Lake-based movie-review show, and a contributor to <a href="/" target="_blank"></a>. Read more of his reviews at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Richard BonaduceFri, 20 Nov 2015 09:28:00 +0000 The HiveFit Friday: Get Motivated and Stay Motivated<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/screen_shot_2015-11-19_at_3.26.40_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Just the mere thought of exercising or incorporating nutritional goals is enough to pre-fatigue the body and convince us to push it off another day. With all the hustle in the world, it is difficult to not only find the time but to produce enough motivation to commit to our health and wellness goals.</p> <p class="p1">This viscous and unwavering adversity leads us towards abandonment, and we become "okay" with the idea of postponing our health, so we can focus on what is "more important". This mentality leads to life controlling our external and internal outcomes vs. the ability to demand control and take ACTION for ourselves.</p> <p class="p2">I get this question A LOT . . . "how do I start and keep motivation alive?"</p> <p class="p2">There is no easy way to start, but there are simple ways to start that will produce long-lasting changes.</p> <p class="p2">How?</p> <p class="p2">Take your health and wellness goals one-step-at-a-time. Easy enough, right? Chances are you have heard this before, and it is a simple concept. Isn't that always the case, though? How many time have you found yourself throwing out everything in the pantry, signing up at the gym, and purchasing an online "nutritional" weight loss program—then finding yourself binge eating donuts and table sugar, and making excuses not to make it to the gym?</p> <p class="p2">Listen . . . it is not your fault. Yes, you need to take accountability for your actions, but the pressure to produce quick results and physiological changes in the body force this inevitable breakdown. Now, you are back to where you started, but with more guilt and remorse. </p> <p class="p2">KEEP. IT. SIMPLE</p> <p class="p2">Here are three simple steps that will help your lead a healthier lifestyle and get you back on track: </p> <blockquote> <ul> <li>If you have not managed your caloric/nutritional intake, <strong>start by eliminating or reducing an item(s) off of your regular weekly menu</strong> you know are not healthy and are counterproductive to your goals and substitute with a nutritionally dense meal/snack.  </li> <li>If you are not currently exercising, <strong>start by walking 30 minutes, three times a week</strong>. Once this become routine, you can easily add additional time or days to your regular scheduled exercises, and also incorporate basic resistance training exercise (more information to come). </li> <li><strong>Journal your progress</strong>—weight is just a number and can single-handedly destroy motivation. Keep track of how you feel, foods you have successfully eliminated, and how frequently you have exercised and the physical changes you have felt. The more you document, the more you will be able to see your progression and stay motivated. </li> </ul> </blockquote> <p class="p2">Step-by-step you can improve and change your lifestyle. This is a basic concept and easily introduced, which leads to better, long-lasting results. Try this method for four weeks and see how you feel and watch your mentality and body change. You've got this!</p> <p class="p2">Please leave a comment if you have any additional questions or tips to help out our fellow readers so that we can change together.  </p> <p class="p2"><em>Ryan Spencer is a Master Personal Trainer, Nutritional Specialist and Health Coach at <a href="" target="_blank">Reclaimed Fitness</a>. He has a passion for helping his clients reach optimal health. Specializations include weight loss, strength and conditioning, body sculpting, body building, functional movement, and powerlifting.</em></p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 20 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0000 The HiveMinimalist Must-Haves<p>Are you a minimalist when it comes to clothing? Do you love the simplistic, clean, yet fashionable appearance that's been on the runway recently? Well, who doesn't? After all, it's hard to go wrong with a B&amp;W look. Minimalist pieces work perfectly for any beginner fashionista who needs staple clothing pieces that will match nearly anything. That said, here are a few key accessories and clothing items to stock up in your closet to maintain a classy, minimalism look!</p> <p>1. A Daniel Wellington watch. These watches scream gentleman (or gentlelady)! They're so simple, yet make a statement and will pair well with any other arm accessories. You can picture this item looking right in place on a man in a suit and tie or a girl in a casual, tom-boy outfit.</p> <p><img alt="" height="666" src="/site_media/uploads/watch.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>2. White button-down. Need I say more? Pretty much everyone needs this in their closet. It looks professional and crisp when paired with a pair of jeans or a skirt. You can dress it up or down any way you like.</p> <p>3. Boyfriend blazer and jeans. The loose fit of these pieces make your overall look seem so much more relaxed, but not lazy. In fact, any blazer will pretty much make you look ten times more put together. Boyfriend jeans are great for girls who are constantly on-the-go, and will easily suit a person who likes to keep a comfortable and laid-back lifestyle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="780" src="/site_media/uploads/minimal.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>4. Adidas Superstar sneakers. These shoes give off an athletic feel but are polished in appearance so they pair well with an outfit not just on the sporty side, but on the dressy side as well. Every person should own a pair of sneakers, but every minimalist should own a pair that comes in black and white.</p> <p>5. Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses. Even though we are already approaching winter, Ray-Ban sunglasses will keep you looking cool all year round. Wear it on your face on tuck it in the opening of your shirt. Even when you're not wearing it the right way, it still looks good on you. The shape of the glasses suits every face shape and will stay in style for ages to come. The reflector lenses come in a variety of shades, too, so you can decide which color you like best to fit your personal taste.</p> <p>6. Chanel quilted bag. The brand itself pretty much represents a classy lady. These bags are gorgeous, and you will be sure to get your money's worth out of it because it will go with almost any outfit.</p> <p>7. Oversized knit sweater. Not only are they extremely comfy, but they look adorable when worn with leggings or skinny jeans. It's especially nice to have in the winter. Who says you can't still look fashionable in the snow season? You can just picture yourself wearing one cuddled in your bed sipping a warm mug of cocoa.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/pieces.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>8. Skinny strap black heels. These will make you look like your head is on your shoulders. Sophisticated, feminine, and sleek are a few words to summarize how you'd look in these. Oh, and taller. Height is always a nice thing to add to a look. You'll be sure to feel like a real woman in these.</p> <p>9. A plain tee. A black and white striped boatneck tee will look especially Parisian with a beret and any kind of bottom (if you're feeling fancy). Simple tops can never go wrong with a red lip and will have you looking modest, but pretty. They can be worn for any casual occasion and everybody needs one.</p> <p>10.LBD (little black dress). There will never be an event where you don't need one of these. There are so many different shapes and styles of LBDs out there for all the ladies, so you can be certain to find one that will compliment every curve and edge of your own body. A solid black dress will make you feel just the right amount of sexy while still looking effortless. It's a timeless piece, and a necessity for every girl.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/lbd.jpg" width="490"></p>Salt Lake magazineThu, 19 Nov 2015 23:29:00 +0000 TalkYes, Le Beaujolais est arrive! One more time!<p>Yes, <em>Le Beaujolais est arrive! </em></p> <p>Again.</p> <p>Someone asked me this week, 'Isn't Beaujolais kind of <em>over</em>?'</p> <p>Well, the helicopters bearing barrels don't descend on Deer Valley anymore, and nobody pays much attention to the race to Paris, but worldwide, people are still raising glasses of purple grape juice the third Thursday in November. Celebrating the new harvest has always been a tradition in Beaujolais, a little region close to Burgundy. Probably always will be.</p> <p>So, no. Not over.</p> <p>Jimmy Santangelo, owner of <a href="">Wine Academy of Utah</a> and beverage director for LaSalle restaurant group, invited a group to Current today for a celebratory “tapping of the butt,” when he opened the bunghole in a small barrel of <a href="">Georges Duboeuf</a> Beaujolais, poured glasses for everyone and toasted the new harvest. Duboeuf was one of the marketing geniuses who popularized Nouveau Beaujolais—now he prints ties and scarves with his new Beaujolais design every year. (That's one at the top of this article.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/beaujimmy.jpg" width="375"></p> <p>The wine in the glasses was made from Gamay grapes harvested by hand in September—that's the law. It's frothy, fun and fruity and the gorgeous purple color grape juice before it ages—you can see the color in the cork.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/beaucork.jpg" width="375"></p> <p>This is French wine, so of course, so it all gets than that, with 10 important villages, and plenty of <a href="">Beaujolais</a> that's not <em>nouveau—</em>Santangelo poured tastings of these as well. But the point is, that <a href="">Current</a> and its sibling restaurants—Current, Oasis, Kyoto, Fresco, etc.—will be featuring several different Beaujolais wines during the next month and you can learn about it the best way, by tasting.  </p>Mary Brown MaloufThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:24:00 +0000 the Table