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January 12th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 5 Celebrity Books Worth Reading

Celebrities are often put on a pedestal and looked to for inspiration and advice. It may be arguable whether celebs are worth this admiration—they are real people, just like you and me!—but there are the special few who have been able to take their life experiences to heart and share with us their wisdom. Some share health advice, some lifestyle or diet advice, and other share stories and experiences to connect with their fans.

Take a look at my top five celebrity books released in 2016 that are worth the purchase!

 

The Longevity Book

1. The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time  Cameron Diaz
Just by looking at Cameron, it’s all too obvious how well she takes care of her body. It turns out that Cameron knows how to take care of her mind too. Cameron’s book is full of information based on not only her personal experience, but on science and nutrition, making it practical, educational, and empowering. We want to give an honorable mention to The Body Book too, released just a bit earlier!

 

Why Not Me

2. Why Not Me?  Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is so many things: actress, writer, producer, director and inspiration to many young girls and women. In this collection of personal essays, Mindy writes about her experiences and lessons in life, love, and career without a filter. Mindy is able to connect with the every-woman and by the end of each book, you’ll feel like you just made a new best friend. Also check out Mindy’s previous book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for more great Mindy stories.

 

Year of Yes

3. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes is one of the smartest and hardest working women in Hollywood. In her book, Shonda confronts her introverted self and spends a year saying “yes!” In sharing her journey, Shonda will inspire you to live your life to the fullest, how you want to, doing what will make you happy.

 

Wildflower

4. Wildflower  Drew Barrymore
Wildflower isn’t Drew’s first foray into writing, but it’s certainly her best effort to date. It tells the stories, past and present, of this former wild child star turned America’s girl next door. Drew uses humor and honesty to share stories of her past with perspective from the present.

 

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5. Scrappy Little Nobody  Anna Kendrick
Anna is like your best friend—she says what you’re thinking, when you’re thinking it, with boldness and humor. Sometimes I wonder how she is able to get inside my brain and read my exact thoughts! She has proclaimed herself as awkward, weird, and unusual, and her essays will make you feel a thousand times better about the weirdness you never knew you shared with one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.

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December 15th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 5 Celebrity Fashion Collaborations from 2016

Celebrities have their hands in multiple projects at once and collaborating with fashion and beauty brands has become a common occurrence. Some celebs seemingly only front for the camera for publicity, and it’ll often show in the final product. The best celebrity collaborations are born when both sides have their hands in design and promotion, and the celebrity and brand already had similar styles or goals.

Check out our favorite celeb collaborations of the year below!

 

Olivia Palermo x Nordstrom

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Olivia has risen from reality TV fame to fashion icon! She’s outdone herself with her newest collaboration with Nordstrom’s private label line, Chelsea28. The line is full of versatile, classic pieces that are meant to be mixed, matched, and worn by the everyday woman.

Jessica Alba x DL1961

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Jessica Alba worked with denim line DL1061 to create a line of jeans for every woman, even using her friends as the fit models. Alba has been able to create a chic line of denim while sticking true to her cause of environmental protection—DL1961 is known for their eco-friendliness.

Gigi Hadid x Tommy Hilfiger

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Gigi Hadid is on her way to becoming a modern day supermodel, thanks in part to huge social media influence. Hadid herself is something of a fashion icon, and now you can wear pieces that she had a part in designing with Tommy Hilfiger. The collection is classic, fresh, and fun.

Rihanna x Puma

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Rihanna has teamed up with Puma to give us a streetwear line that is absolutely runway-worthy! From the fuzzy pink slides that are taking over Instagram, to velvet creepers and athleisure styles, these are pieces you’ll want in your closet.

Beyonce x Topshop

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Beyonce and Topshop collaborated this year to bring us the ultimate gym attire line, Ivy Park. We’re still head over heels! It’s the perfect line to take you from yoga to brunch to errands.

What are you favorite celebrity collaborations?

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December 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 7 Activities to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit

It’s that time of year again: the holidays are upon us, and the next thing we know, 2016 will be gone and we’ll have a clean slate to begin again. Instead of letting the holidays sneak up on you this year, take the time to enjoy the little joys of the season. Whether you’ve been listening to holiday music since Halloween or are slower to get into the festive spirit, check out a few of my favorite holiday activities below for enjoying the season to the fullest this year.

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1. Listen to Holiday Music
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Buddy the Elf wasn’t wrong! Sing along to some classic holiday songs to spread a little cheer to the people you love. My personal favorite? Mariah Carey’s classic album Merry Christmas.

2. Decorate
Whether you’re into traditional or unconventional holiday décor, decorating will surely put a smile on your face and give you those warm fuzzy feelings inside!

3. Pace Your Shopping
Don’t wait until the very last minute to get all your shopping done. Create a list and take your time shopping, whether online or in-store. Shopping and spending money can be the biggest source of stress during the holidays. You may be surprised at how much more you will enjoy the holidays with a little planning and time management!

4. Do Unto Others
The holidays are ultimately about spreading love, and the best way to do that is to help people who are less fortunate than you. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, participate in a toy drive, and donate what you can, whether that be your time or money.

5. Plan a Gift Exchange
Plan a gift exchange with some of your closest friends. I love White Elephant and Secret Santa gift exchanges during the holidays to put everyone in a joyful mood. Plus, who can say no to a holiday party? Dress it up with a formal dinner, or dress it down with an ugly Christmas sweater or pajama party!

6. Have a Holiday Movie Marathon
I started this tradition with my husband last year, complete with cinnamon rolls in the morning, pajamas all day, and hot chocolate. Cozying up on the couch with a loved one or a best friend while watching all the cheesy holiday movies that you pretend you don’t love is a great way to spend quality time together.

7. Take a Day Trip
I love taking a day or overnight trip up to the mountains to play in the snow during the holiday season. Living in LA, the weather leaves a lot to be desired during the winter months, so I always make sure and take time out to go somewhere close that will cure those sunny winter blues. If you already live where it snows, take the time to go outside and build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just walk in the snow. I end these trips with a drive around town looking at all the holiday lights. Use this Light Finder to find the best places near you!

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November 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile The Best Book to Movie Adaptations of 2016

The number of literary to big screen adaptations seems to grow each year. As controversial as book to movie adaptations can be for literary fans, with the right studio, a well-written book can come alive and turn into a great film. Check out my recommendations for the best literary to big screen adaptations of this year, cozy up with a good book, and look forward to its film.

 

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train is on track to be the best psychological thriller of the year, both in book and movie form.

Buy the book here.
Watch the movie trailer here.

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

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An undead twist on a classic, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy with—if it wasn’t obvious already—zombies!

Buy the book here.
Watch the movie trailer here.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

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One of the most anticipated films of the year is also one of the last to come out. Miss Peregrine is scheduled for release on Christmas day. If you’re into creepy, edge-of-your-seat stories, this is the one for you.

Buy the book here.
Watch the movie trailer here.

 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Mike and Dave Stangle

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Not all literary adaptations have to be masterpieces! Mike and Dave is a fun, lighthearted story and worth your time if you’re in need of a laugh.

Buy the book here.
Watch the movie trailer here.

October 27th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 10 Last Minute Pop Culture Halloween Costumes

Running behind on Halloween preparations this year? No worries—we all get busy! This year, consider taking a detour from your usual costumes and have a bit of fun with a pop culture-inspired costume. From iconic movie characters to digital sensations, check out my list of last minute pop culture Halloween costumes that anyone can put together in a matter of a couple of hours—without going over budget!

Sandy from Grease

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A classic, this sexy costume is easy to replicate with clothes already in your closet and a little bit of thrifting know-how.

Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family

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I bet you’ve pulled this look off on a normal weekday without even trying! A schoolgirl-ish dress with some knee-high socks and a touch of white powder will give you an instant costume.

Carrie White, Carrie

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Slip dresses happen to be trending, making this costume all the easier. Add a tiara and fake blood and you’ll be instantly recognizable as Carrie!

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

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And now for a completely different Carrie, but one that’s still a classic pop culture icon: a Carrie Bradshaw costume will have you feeling fun and flirty!

Phyllis Nefler, Troop Beverly Hills

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This was my favorite movie as a child. If you have access to a vintage Girl Scout uniform, you’ll have the best throwback costume at the party!

Alex Owens, Flashdance

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This will possibly be the most comfortable costume you will ever wear. Throw on an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, a leotard, and some leg warmers, and you’ll be right at home on the dance floor.

Eleven, Stranger Things

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One of TV’s most mysterious characters is also one of the simplest costumes to put together for Halloween. Grab a pink dress, a blue track jacket and of course, don’t forget the Eggo waffles!

Rosie The Riveter

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Representing strong, hardworking women in America, a Rosie the Riveter costume requires just a denim jumpsuit, a bandana, and a fierce attitude!

Snapchat Filters

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We’ve moved on from emojis to Snapchat filters, and I think they are both more fun and easier to pull off!

Instagram Photo

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Simply using a square cardboard cutout, paint a caption on the bottom (don’t forget all the likes!), and you’re transformed into a live Instagram photo.

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