Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Vanity Fair's "Hollywood Issue" Introduces Fresh Young Stars of 2012

by Sarah Davis

In the height of award season, Vanity Fair is releasing their March 2012 issue, which is the magazine's first ever "Hollywood Issue." The cover article describes the issue as "introducing the fresh young stars of 2012."  On a special fold out cover (aren't the fold out covers extra exciting?), eleven of Hollywood's notable new starlets appear glammed out in old Hollywood hair/makeup and satin gowns.  The ladies were shot by none other than the hottest photographer right now, Mario Testino. So, who made the list?  Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen (I'm currently obsessed with Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sister's style), Lily Collins, Felicity Jones, Paula Patton, Brit Marling, and Adepero Oduye are all on Vanity Fair's list of stars to watch out for in the upcoming years. 

Photo Credits: Vanity Fair

Monday, January 30, 2012

Red Carpet Looks From SAG Awards 2012

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place last night in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium.  Some of the highlighted red carpet looks were Rose Byrnes' embellished Ellie Saab jumpsuit (with Anna Wintour channeled hair) and Lea Michele in a Versace gown.  

Jessica Chastain in Calvin Klein and Zoe Saldana in Givenchy
Maria Menounos in Dolce & Gabbana and Emma Stone in Alaxander McQueen
Sofia Vergara in Marchesa and Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera
Lea Michele in Versace and Rose Byrne in an Ellie Saab embellished jumpsuit (LOVE this jumpsuit, it was my favorite look of the night)

Photo Credits: Getty Images

Friday, January 27, 2012

What Did They Wear? Sundance Film Festival 2012

I don't know about you, but I'm always curious to see what the celebs wear at the Sundance Film Festival because their outfits are always tailored for the cold weather in Utah.  Cold weather can be a drag to put outfits together in, so a little bit of celeb inspiration always helps. 

Photo Credits: Getty Images

How To Cure Winter Blues

by Rose Davis

A few blogs ago, we mentioned that the "winter blues" are a real form of depression, that occur in mild episodes most commonly during the winter months.  The medical term for it is S.A.D., or Seasonal Affective Disorder and it's triggered by things like lack of light and body temperature.  Symptoms include daytime sleepiness, social withdrawal, and feeling lethargic or sluggish.  The best way to combat SAD is to be in more sunlight and do things that warm you up, like going to the gym and running for twenty minutes or hanging out in the sauna.  

Let's face it, if you've ever experienced the Winter Blues, you know that it can get you feeling down.  It makes you want to stay inside, watch TV, and eat comfort food.  All of these things make it worse: staying in your house, eating foods that make you even more sluggish.

So if you are wondering what a few easy things to do around the house to make you feel better are, we are here to help! Here a few simple and fun ways to beat the dreary feeling that comes a.  Here are a few tips from our art director, Rose, on how to stay cheery when the weather is gray and chills you to your bones.

1. Neuro Sun- I love these Neuro waters. The sun flavor is great because it's loaded with Vitamin D. Even if you are skeptical of the Neuro Drinks, it still makes a difference in your days! 

2. Piña Colada- There is no better way to trick your mind into thinking that you are in a warm climate than with a tasty tropical cocktail.

3. Butter Nail Polish- I love Butter because literally it goes on like butter and stays chip-free for days. Painting my nails a fun, summer color keeps me going in the winter months.

4. Hot Tea- I love all different kinds of teas in the winter. Don't get me wrong. I love my coffee but tea has a heart warming effect on me.  Hot tea is also a GREAT way to beat winter hydration, which is often why we feel so bummed out in the winter.  We're not hot, so we don't realize we need to drink as much water.  

5. Macarons- Indulging in sweets every once and a while is great for the soul. Sugary treats high in carbohydrates boost seratonin levels. Higher seratonin levels helps you beat the blustery blues. (Just remember to only have special treats, because going overboard with refined sugar can be a bad thing for your mind and body!)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ian Somerhalder Uses Celeb Status To Shine Light on Global Issues with IS Foundation (Interview)

Interview by Sarah Davis

You might recognize Ian Somerhalder from the popular CW television show, The Vampire Diaries.  He plays Damon Salvatore, the vampire who broods over his brother's love interest, Elana.  Another memorable role for Somerhalder was Boone Carlyle, from Lost. In real life, however, Ian is not only an actor, but an activist.  I think one of the best descriptions of him around is written by him,  on his Twitter page. Ian's one line bio reads, "dead guy on LOST, now undead on The Vampire Diaries, still happily contemplating Man's existential dilemma..."

On his 32nd birthday (December 8, 2010), Somerhalder created the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which focuses on creating awareness about central topics: habitat conservation, species protection, and green energy initiatives.  The charity raises money to distribute to notable charities who work to protect each of the topics ISF tries to raise awareness for. One of the things that attracted this organization to me was that it really promotes working together. We're all creatures of the Earth, so any change that happens is going to need to come from ALL OF US. It's incredible for a charity to come along and say, "We're going to try to link everyone together." Most charities try to do their own thing. 

Somerhalder recently spoke in front of Congress to introduce ISF, in which he explained, "environmental conservation has not just been a passion of mine, but a priority." He went on to say, "When I began to find through my work as an actor that I was gaining an increasingly prominent platform from the American public, I knew immediately what I needed to do.  The IS Foundation is my attempt to use this opportunity of the share of the public's attention for the greater good."

Ian was gracious enough to take a few minutes out of his busy Vampire Diaries' schedule to answer a few questions I had for him about some of the topics his foundation aims to eliminate.  Along with Ian, we were also able to ask a few questions of the IS Foundation's Executive Director, Kim Klingler, who Ian has said is the backbone of the ISF team.  

Sarah Davis: ISF covers a wide variety of issues, from deforestation to animal cruelty to going green. What is your main goal? 
Ian Somerhalder: When you recognize that all life on this planet is inter-connected, it doesn't seem so varied. Every choice you make affects the whole, from the type of paper you use to the types of cosmetic you purchase. Each choice becomes an act, an act that either votes for or against the type of world you want to live in. We recognize that all the issues facing humanity and creatures are a web of problems and solutions that lie within our imagination. Our main goal is to inspire peoples' passions, with their imagination, to create projects around the world that inspire positive change that affects the web of life.

SD: You've mentioned that we all have to work together, with each other & with the planet to save it, essentially, has this idea been easy to instill in people since the creation of ISF?
Ian Somerhalder: We've learned a lot over the past year, and essentially yes, it's easy to instill the concept of collaborative action. There are kids, youth and adults all over this planet working in tandem together--some not even on the same continent! There is nothing more fueling and more sustainable than the human soul on fire. When you work with people who care as much as you do, it's rewarding beyond words. Even more so, when you can apply your natural talent to your passion, all the while co-creating with other people who are doing the same, it's nothing short of bliss.

SD: Deforestation- why is it important to spread the facts about what cutting down forests does to our planet? I love that you refer to it as "taking away the lungs" of the planet. 
Ian Somerhalder: I think the simplest answer is that without them, our planet cannot breathe. Do we really need to think further? They provide our oxygen, which last time I checked, was kind of essential to our existence. We must seek out alternative forms of "paper", our trees have taken thousands and thousands of years to become the bolstering forests we rape for paper products. We can't afford to continue deforesting and replanting. We need to look for alternatives to paper, PERIOD. We can put man on the moon, so why can't we do this?

Rose Davis: Can you explain a little bit about how medical research is affected by animal extinction? How much of an impact extinction of different species actually has?
Ian Somerhalder: Many biologists believe that we are entering the 6th Great Extinction in Earth's history, the 5th occurred with the dinosaurs demise. There is a species of cone snail that produces a potential pain killer that is 1000's times more potent than morphine. Polar Bears have the ability to teach us much about diabetes prevention, they carry so much blubber yet their insulin levels remain stable. Some of our oldest plants are threatened and these plants have seeds that are not covered, they have no shells. The most famous gift these gymnosperms have given us is a compound that contains amazing anticancer fighting strength (a drug called Taxol). This drug treats ovarian, breast and endometrial cancers. We think we are so much better than the "lower creatures" yet they do so many things much better than us. If we truly respect their capacity as change makers to the world we live in, it will be in our favor through continuing innovations in health and science. 

SD: What are your thoughts on the Internet & social media? It takes people farther and farther away from nature, but it allows organizations like yours to grow rapidly? Yay/nay?
Ian Somerhalder: The internet can educate people about nature like never before. They can see parts of nature they may never get to see in their lifetime and learn why our elements are so miraculous. It has the ability to inspire, educate and create action. The internet can encourage and spread social change by opening lines of communication with all the vast experiences, questions, and ideas floating around in minds across the globe. While I always think it's vital to one's sense of self to find time to electronically disconnect and physically relate to nature, the rapid developments in internet and social media create an incredible power for change makers who need to find the resources and channels for their ideas and inspirations. 

SD: Okay, so how can all of us get involved?
Kim Klingler: Anyone, from ages 5 to 100, can simply visit our website www.isfoundation.com and look for the "get involved" section of the website. When you do choose to write us, please share information about your passions, strengths and skills. It will help us respond to you more quickly.

SD: Where do our donations go?
Kim Klingler: ISF distributes funds to organizations that are working in tandem towards our mission. We recently supported Conservation International in their Deforestation efforts. We are also excited to collaborate with Earth Echo and to Best Friends, an animal organization doing phenomenal work for our furry creatures. Also, donations are supporting the development of ISF's very own youth education program. We are beyond excited to release it and engage further with the most powerful demographic on the planet!

For more information on the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, visit their website here.  Don't forget to follow @iansomerhalder on Twitter for regular tweets about his foundation! 

Feeling inspired to get involved? Email getinvolved@isfoundation.com and the ISF team will help you discuss your ideas!
Photo Credits: Getty Images & Ian Somerhalder

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dior at Paris Fashion Week

There is nothing quite like Fashion Week! Designers coming together, non-stop fashion shows, the editors of all of the major fashion magazines that you grew up reading come out...Okay, I'll stop.  This is feeling like a line out of The Devil Wears Prada.  Right now, Paris Fashion Week is in full swing and the Dior Haute-Couture 2012 took place yesterday. Check out a few of the photos.

Photo Credits: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Sunday, January 22, 2012

1,000 Reasons Why We Love Rachel Platten (Interview)

Interview by Sarah Davis
Photos by Shervin Lainez

I could list a thousand reasons why Rachel Platten is a talent to watch out for in 2012, but if you've heard her voice, you probably already know she's amazing, and we have an interview to get to.  Her song, "1,000 Ships" is on every radio station and "Work of Art" is the theme song for the ABC Family show Jane By Design.  She released her album, "Be Here" last April and she's currently on tour with Andy Grammer (another artist who's uplifting and catchy.)

Platten's music is a breath of fresh air; it's sweet, poppy, and puts you in a better mood. She took a few minutes to talk with Style and Wisdom about her career, her sense of style, beauty products she loves, and of course, her words of wisdom for all of her fans.  After reading this interview, I think you'll conclude that her personality is just as sweet and poppy as her music.  So let's jump right into it.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chanel "Numéros Privés" Exhibition in Las Vegas

Jessica Alba, among the 200 invited guests, attends the opening of "Numéros Privés", at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. [Photo: bfanyc.com]

Chanel opened an exhibition for last night at Sin City's Wynn Hotel : "Numéros Privés" which will look back on Chanel's history, and fashion icons like Rachel Zoe, Jessica Alba, and Alexa Chung were flown out by Chanel to celebrate. The installation will be showed from January 20 to January 28, and is invitation only.  It will feature ten spaces, one of which will be a replica of Coco Chanel's apartment at 31 Rue Cambon and a garden holding Chanel's fine jewelry. Also, a children's room with dolls designed by Karl Lagerfeld.  Few photos have been released at this time, but [WWD] managed to capture a few. 

Yesterday, Rachel Zoe posted a photo via Facebook of the car service she received en route to the event:

[Photo: Rachel Zoe]

Friday, January 20, 2012

"The Carrie Diaries" is Coming to the CW!

by Sarah Davis
Good news for all of the Sex and the City fans out there.  The CW is ordering a pilot for The Carrie Diaries.  Based off of the book by Candace Bushnell, the series will follow a much younger Carrie Bradshaw before she ever moved to New York.  The word is that the show has the same producers as the original Sex and the City and Gossip Girl.  

While the pitch sounds impressive, the downfall to this show is that all of the main characters won't be joining the cast, because it's a much earlier date than anything we've seen before.  Who do you think should play the young Carrie Bradshaw? The show is currently casting for an iconic role and so far, rumors seem to point to Blake Lively or Dianna Agron.

The show is held sacred to a lot of women, and fans became attached to Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall. It seems almost unlikely that without these leading ladies, the story will even matter.  Personally, I can't see this story going very far, especially if it's set in the 80's.  Fans of the CW seem to tune in to see people their age in current fashion, listening to current indie tunes. But, in the hands of Gossip Girl producers, who know? We could all be in for a surprise. The show is set to air next Fall.

Image: Author

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Compliments, Healthy & Unhealthy Criticism, and How to Not Let Either Get You Off Track

by Sarah Davis
Take in your compliments and take in your criticism, but don't let either get to your head.  Both can seriously affect your work ethic, your motivation, and how you perceive yourself.  Compliments are nice to receive and criticism is hard to hear, but at the end of the day, neither are going to do your work for you! 

1. Compliments...
Sometimes when we're on the right track, we'll get a lot of acceptance from people.  The only time this sets us back is when we start to relax and think, "I'm there, people like me." Essentially, you get an ego.  You might stop working as hard as you were when you were chasing these compliments.  

2. The Harmful Dose of Criticism...
Likewise, criticism can make us freeze in our tracks. But let's first clarify what type of criticism hurts; it's the spiteful, hateful criticism coming from people who don't want you to succeed, because they aren't succeeding. It can make us stop working all together, because we're scared we're not on the right track.  However, and I can say this with TONS of experience, people criticize in the ugliest manner when they're jealous.  

3. When To Trust Criticism...
Your friends, or your co-workers shell it out because they care about your end product.  Take in the HEALTHY criticism, from people you trust, and see if/where it applies.  But, and I say this with tons of emphasis, only accept criticism from someone who is doing what you're doing and is doing it better or has been doing it longer.  Or, accept it from someone who you know has your best interest in mind.  Ignore everything else.  

1. Accept your compliments.  Always.  It's insulting to the other person, who might be really afraid to tell you something so nice, if you act like you don't care or don't deserve their words.

2. Accept the criticism that people dish out to you with grace.  You don't have to listen to all of it, but if you take it into consideration, without getting angry or sad, you can fine-tune your way of doing things.  If you don't want to fine-tune your way of doing things, you don't have to.  The good news is that it's up to you. 
Photo via here 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Taylor Swift Covers February Issue of Vogue, Admits Love Makes Her "Ridiculously Stupid"

Taylor Swift graces the cover of February's Vogue, with straight hair, bangs and striking blue eyes, posing for Mario Testino.  In the magazine, she opens up about her many relationships (so many I forget them all) and the writer of the article says she's had so many because she's so "mature" for her age.  All of her relationships seem to end on a bad note (which she famously sings about in her songs).  In case you didn't hear her last album, each song was basically about a new relationship.  The title of the article, by Johnathan Van Meter, is "The Single Life."  Here are a few highlights:

On if her high-profile life ever freaks her out: "This is what I've wanted to do my whole life. It never freaks me out. Never. Ever. But you know what does freak me out? When is the other shoe going to drop? I am so happy right now. So I am always living in fear. This can't be real, right?"

On if she ever lets her fame get to her and acts "bratty": "Yeah, but if I do I usually spend the next four days apologizing.  I get post-conversation anxiety. 'I am so sorry if I did something weird. Did I make that weird? I am so sorry if I made that weird!"

On pressure to be thin: "I don't ever want to be that person whose self-image overtakes who they are. I am not a fan of working out that much. There's no regimen. There's no personal trainer. I love to go hiking because it's an experience. If I need stamina for a tour, I will run every single night on the treadmill, but I don't necessarily like being at the gym." 

Finally, on her past relationships: "I think I am smart unless I am really, really in love, and then I am ridiculously stupid."

Photo Credits: Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine

Jessica Alba Launches Eco-Friendly Baby Product Line, The Honest Company, in New York City

by Sarah Davis
Jessica Alba launches The Honest Company in New York City's ABC Kitchen

A couple of days after wowing everyone in a Gucci gown at the Golden Globes, Jessica Alba launched her organic baby product line, The Honest Company, yesterday in New York City at ABC Kitchen.  After recently giving birth to second baby, Haven, she realized that a lot of baby products out there weren't only expensive, but they were falsely advertised as being organic.  In a recent interview, she explains that a lot of laundry detergents on the market were giving her a rash, and goes on to say that if she was having such a reaction, she wouldn't want to put the product anywhere near her infant daughter.  Makes sense, right? So, she took on a huge project, to create a line of baby products that were chemical-free, named after her daughter, Honor.  

Alba told CNN that she has come up with everything herself.  “From the packaging to the bottles to the product that’s inside, all of that is really from me", the mother of two babies says.   Starting off, the line will sell biodegradable diapers, cleaning products (including laundry detergent) and baby wipes. They offer monthly bundles that arrive at your doorstep each month, one with a month's supply of biodegradable diapers and one with a set of 5 mix & match cleaning products.  Alba intends for the line to be affordable for all families, and will donate a portion of all proceeds to Baby2Baby, a charity that helps Los Angeles families in need.   You can find everything at honest.com.  

Jessica Alba and daughters, Honor and Haven, in a promotional photo for The Honest Company

Photo Credits: Zimbio, The Honest Company

Monday, January 16, 2012

How To Have A Kick Ass Life: An Interview With Andrea Owen

by Sarah Davis
In the series of #AchieveYourGoals2012 here on Style & Wisdom, we are excited to feature an interview with kick-ass life coach, Andrea Owen! She runs yourkickasslife.com and is an inspirational guru for women.  Her message is great because she isn't afraid to say things boldly. I got to pick her mind recently about ways for the rest of us to turn our lives into kick ass lives and was so impressed with her wise words.  She's full of inspirational diamonds, so let's jump right into it.

Style & Wisdom: Your way of life and your website is called "Your Kick Ass Life", so my
first question for you is: What is a Kick Ass Life?!
Andrea Owen: It's about honoring your personal and unique values. It's about doing what feels good to you, making decisions based on "Hell yes!" rather than obligation, or "shoulds". It's about defining your own version of success and embracing your own version of beautiful, not our society's unrealistic "ideal". It's about standing up for what you believe in, no matter what other people say. It's about listening to your own inner truth, not your inner-critic. And, as you'll read in the rest of my answers, it's about loving yourself unconditionally, no matter what your past looks like. 

S&W: As a life coach, what are some things you suggest for people to do when
life starts to get really overwhelming or stressful?  (How can we kick
these things and get to an amazing life?)
AO: Lean into and believe that things will change. Shift your focus. If you focus, obsess, complain or dwell on the fact that you are overwhelmed or stressed, you won't get out and you'll actually get more of it. I also ask people if it's self induced overwhelm. Some people have no idea that they put it all on themselves. In a sense they become addicted to stress and overwhelm. Once they see that, it's easier to find ways to manage their life better.

S&W: What was your "ah-ha" moment, or the moment when you knew that life
coaching was for you?
AO: The moment I knew life coaching was for me isn't that exciting. I basically read about it and though, "Holy crap. This is it". But, my "a-ha" life moment was when I found myself divorced at 30 (my husband had an affair and got his girlfriend pregnant), then jumped into a relationship with a guy who lied to me about having cancer (he was really a drug addict), conned me out of thousands and was a first class asshole and had NO IDEA who I was, what had happened and more importantly what I had ALLOWED to happen. I knew I could no longer blame anyone else for my circumstances. I was in charge of my happiness and love. I was in charge of how people treated me. I was in charge of who I attracted into my life by how I felt about myself. After that, everything changed. 

S&W: It's a New Year, there is a lot of hype to be a "New You", what is one
tip you have for people who are trying to employ a lot of new resolutions
all at once?
AO: That they're setting themselves up for disaster. Before ANY action can be taken for a "new you", first, ask yourself "why". Why is this important to you? Set the intention of what you want to accomplish and ask yourself how you want to feel when you're doing it and when you get it. What will this "thing" give you? Inspired action is key, not just taking action because you think you "should", or because you think it will make you happy. I always tell people that YOU make you happy. Not a new job, a new man, a smaller dress size. 

S&W: What has been the happiest moment of *your* life so far?
AO: I don't think it was a "moment", but a realization that took place over time. The realization that being my true authentic self, the person I was born to be,  and to fully embrace and love that person, was the key to my happiness. And not only that, but if I spread this message and taught it to other women, I would be even happier. Seems almost too good to be true, but it IS true. 

S&W: You are a confident, fearless woman.  What are some things you suggest
for women who have dreams to be this type of woman (the woman who ask for
job raises, score job promotions, and receive the things they want out
life, whether it is marriage, baby, career, fitness oriented?)
AO: Wait a minute! I still have fear, I just manage it. Sort of like orange cones in the road. You SEE them in front of you, they might slow you down, and you can stop, turn around and go the other way, drive around it, or run the hell over it. You simply get to choose. I don't have superpowers, I just decide. 

S&W: Likewise, a lot of people (specifically women) take rejection or even a
simple "no" pretty hard, why is this and how can we get over it?
AO: I think because no matter who we are, or how evolved we are, rejection sucks. Our gremlins make up a story that in order for this person to say "no" we must be not worthy enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not successful enough, or whatever other shit story that inner-critic can come up with in 30 seconds flat. I've been there. 
How to get over it is to accept the fact that whatever someone thinks of you (and most of the time we don't know for sure what they really think of us. It's a made up story in our heads) it has nothing to do with you, but everything to do with the other person. It's their opinions, judgements and even insecurities. Not yours. 

S&W: If you could deliver a message to everyone on the planet, as an
inspirational writer/speaker, what would it be?
AO: That to get everything you want in your life, you must love yourself unconditionally. Stepping out of your comfort zone comes next, but without self love, you'll be looking for happiness everywhere and you just won't find it. Trust me when I tell you that everyone who is truly happy and fulfilled loves themself. 

Andrea Owen is a professional certified life coach and speaker. She is passionate about empowering women and girls to value their character and feel beautiful by manifesting respect and love for themselves first and foremost. She has helped hundreds of people manage their inner-critic to break through and live their most kick-ass life.

You can find her website here. Also, be sure to LIKE "Your Kick Ass Life" on Facebook.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Golden Globe Awards 2012: Top 10 Dresses

by Sarah Davis
Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli

Shailene Woodley in Marchesa

Nicole Richie in Julien Macdonald
Nicole Kidman in Versace

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen, not entirely thrilled with the beach hair, but I love the bold color of the Zac Posen dress!

Jessica Alba in Gucci, STUNNING!

Natalie Portman in Lanvin, remember last year when she was pregnant?  

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang, this is my favorite dress of the night! She looks perfect.

Mila Kunis in Dior, big surprise since she is the new face of Dior! But, I love the dress on her, it's a little masculine almost, but she pulls it off.

Lea Michele in Marchesa, simply fierce, nothing else needs to be said.
Photo Credits: Getty Images, MTV Style

Golden Globe Coverage: Nicole Richie, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Shailene Woodley On The Red Carpet

Nicole Richie in Julien Macdonald

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier, This is awful in my opinion

Shailene Woodley in Marchesa

Photo Credits: Getty Images

Friday, January 13, 2012

EVENTS: Natalia Fabia's "Punk Rock Rainbow Sparkle" Opens Tomorrow in New York City

Los Angeles based artist, Natalia Fabia's solo show, Punk Rock Rainbow Sparkle opens tomorrow at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City.  The show opens tomorrow, January 14, and goes through Feb 11.  This is her first solo show in New York City.  

Photo Credit: Natalia Fabia

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Critics' Choice Awards: From Black and White to Bold Colors On The Red Carpet

by Sarah Davis

Just one night after the People's Choice Awards, the 17th Anual Critics' Choice Awards took place in Los Angeles.  With the Golden Globes this Sunday, awards season is in full swing. Last night at the People's Choice Awards, we saw a lot of fun, flirty cocktail dresses.  Tonight,  the gowns came out, with major labels like Dior, Valentino, Prada, and Chanel.

Charlize Theron, Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams stepped out in black and white, while stars like Emma Stone wore bright colors like green (the same shade she wore last night).  Busy Phillips and Octavia Spencer chose bright red dresses, while Diane Kruger wore a dress with yellow accents.  The awards ceremony aired on VH1 earlier this evening.  

Kirsten Dunst in Dior

Michelle Williams in Chanel

Evan Rachel Wood in Valentino

Charlize Theron in Azzedine Alaia

Emma Stone in Jason Wu

Diane Kruger in Prada

Photo Credits: Zimbio/Getty Images

Ditch Your Caffeine Buzz In The Morning For An Energizing Smoothie!

by Sarah Davis

With the new year, and a lot of new projects that I am taking on, I need a lot of energy.  Real energy, not the surges that coffee offers, only to crash a few hours later.  Don't get me wrong, I love coffee.  I still drink a cup every day, but smoothies offer me enough energy to not only write the equivalent of 2-4 college essays per day, work out, run errands, but feel motivated while doing all of it.  

In the spirit of "Achieving Your Goals of 2012", I want to take a moment to rave about smoothies.  They're great because you get so many different nutrients at the start of your day, from foods like kale, bananas, Acai, blueberries, wheatgrass, almond milk, or whatever you have in your fridge to toss in your blender.  Plus, you don't have to sit down to drink a smoothie.  You can walk all over your house and do different things while giving your body such an amazing boost.  

For a single serve smoothie, I normally use one banana, a giant handful of kale leaves, a giant spoonful or two of yogurt (whatever I have in the fridge) and enough liquid to get it all mixed up.  Then, on top of that, I add whatever I want: blueberries, wheatgrass, or a spoonful of protein powder.  Between my sister (another smoothie fan) and I, we always have a lot of different options to choose from.  I guarantee your workouts will be easier and you will feel a lot more prepared for your day with a smoothie in your body, as opposed to 2 or 3 lattes (which I've done before.) Additionally, your skin will glow because it has everything it needs.  You can't conquer the world if you feel tired, right?  

1. Hemp Milk, which I get at Whole Foods, has Omega 3 & 6 in it.  

2. Almond Milk, which is great for people who can't drink cow's milk because it actually has more calcium than milk.  It tastes just like almonds.  You can find this anywhere, usually.

3. Pomegranate Juice, I only add a little bit to my smoothies, because I rarely drink a lot of juice these days (to avoid the calories). This offers a lot of antioxidants.  

4. Maca Powder, which my sister & I found at Market District. Maca Powder is a great supplement for energy, mental focus and overall well-being.  CAUTION: Start slow with Maca Powder if you choose to purchase it in powder form.  The bag says to take a teaspoon, but too much can make you sick. I would start off with half or even a fourth of a teaspoon, just until your body gets used to it. 

5. Wheatgrass Juice, from Whole Foods.  For a bag of 7 portions, I paid $9.99, which is actually fairly cheap if you consider how much you pay at a juice bar (normally about $4 per shot).  These are a little tricky because once they thaw out, you have to drink it (or else it loses it's health value), so you have to be careful when driving home from the grocery store! If they thaw out on the car ride home, you either have to drink all 7 portions or consider them useless. 

6. Greek Yogurt, from any grocery store.  At my old job, I spent a lot of time with dieticians, who all recommend this brand of Greek Yogurt.  Greek Yogurt is better than regular yogurt because it has a lot of protein in it, which is great for in the morning or before a work-out.

7. Frozen Acai Smoothie Packs, from Whole Foods, offers another boost of antioxidants. 

8. Frozen Blueberries.  I love blueberries, period.  In my pancakes, in my salads, as a snack, or in a morning smoothie.  Frozen blueberries are great because since they're frozen, you don't need to blend any ice cubes.  
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