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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Most Sugar-Packed Menu Item in America

What are some the worst fast food items out there? Women's Health magazine published a story of 12 food chain items "your dentist won't eat", as they're loaded with sugar. The number one item with the most sugar?

Cold Stone's Peanut Butter & Chocolate shake

The Gotta Have It size (12 oz) contains:

2,010 calories
153 grams of sugar
131 grams of fat (68g saturated, 2.5g trans)
880 mg sodium

That's more than a day's worth of calories for most people! I will no doubt be going nowhere near one of these shakes, or probably Cold Stone either, after hearing this!

For the full list visit Women's Health

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Look of the day: Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington wore a beautifully crafted lace Valentino dress to the Affirmation Arts in New York City to support ocean preservation.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Smart snacks

In between meals & need a little snack? Here are just a few ideas from Self magazine, in good portion sizes, to keep you going until your next meal. And they're all under 200 calories!


Handful of olives

1 cup unshelled edamame

1 Subway turkey breast wrap

1/4 cup hummus with carrot sticks


1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet (or carob, my fave!) chocolate chips

100-calorie Balance Bar

Dish of fresh raspberries/blueberries/strawberries/blackberries

Fage Greek Yogurt with natural honey and/or fruit

View the whole list at

Friday, May 20, 2011

Reese's premiere style

Water For Elephants star Reese Witherspoon has been rocking all of the international premieres with gorgeous dresses and her signature smile.

At the LA premiere she wore a beautiful black & white Jason Wu dress with Louboutin heels

In Paris she donned a fiery red Giambattista Valli dress & Louboutin pumps

In London she shone alongside costar Rob Pattinson in a blue Stella McCartney dress & nude Louboutin heels

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Look of the day: Freida Pinto

Trรจs chic!

Freida Pinto was ready for Spring in a draped Peter Pilotto printed dress and citrus-hued Nicholas Kirkwood platforms at the opening of the designer's London flagship store opening last week.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

5 Habits That Are Killing Your Body

We eat healthy, we exercise, yet we never seem to get anywhere. Sound familiar? Many people are misinformed and tricked by food packaging into thinking they're eating healthy when they're really not. Or you seem to be eating small amounts but are seeing no changes. Here are 5 common mistakes people make that could be hurting your body, too.

1. Skipping breakfast. We've heard it time and time again, but its the most important meal of the day! People who skipped breakfast were more likely to take up smoking, drinking, less likely to exercise and more likely to follow fat diets. People who do eat breakfast were about 30% less likely to be overweight or obese.

2.  Mindless eating. Snacking is meant to maintain your blood sugar and keep you energized between meals, but if you're snacking when you don't really need it (on the couch watching Glee, anyone?) you could be sabotaging all your healthy eating habits.

3. Huge portions. Portion sizes have tripled in the past 40 years, and so have our waistlines. Its not secret that restaurant size portions are about 2-3 times more than you should be eating at a meal, causing us to see large amounts of food as standard, thus eating more at home, too. In a restaurant, eat until you feel satisfied, not full and take the rest for leftovers. Other ways to eat less: have salad before a meal, snack on almonds throughout the day, and make sure you're getting enough fibre.

4. Calorie-laden drinks. Not only alcohol can do damage to your diet, but smoothies, soft drinks, coffee and juice can be dangerous, too. A grande caramel macchiato at Starbucks carries 240 calories, and an eggnog latte sits at 470, compared to a cup of brewed coffee which has 5 calories. When thats just your morning java to get you going, that is waaay too many calories, not to mention sugar and fat. (Simple ways to cut these in half? Ask for skim milk instead of the standard 2%, go half-sweet on the syrup, skip the whipped cream, or try their "skinny" options which include all 3 of these.) Beware of the nutritional information on your drink of choice before gulping it down, as even some juices are loaded with sugar.

5. Processed, saturated & preservative packed foods. Packaged foods are loaded with preservatives and harsh chemicals to keep them fresh. Try to steer clear of these foods as much as possible, and load up on natural foods like fruits, veggies and whole grain carbohydrates. As a general rule of thumb: the shorter the ingredients list, the healthier the food.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday pancakes

Sunday being the day of rest and whatnot, people often like to have a nice big brunch on Sundays to relax with away from the stresses of the workweek. Today I felt like doing something different from my regular breakfast routine and decided to have pancakes.

Using a whole wheat pancake mix, I made health-conscious chocolate chip pancakes! Substituting chocolate chips for some leftover carob chips I had from making cookies, the result was quite delicious. Topping the pancakes with bananas proved to be a truly yummy breakfast! And if need be, pure maple is a healthy way to sweeten them up.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Look of the day: Kate Hudson

A very pregnant Kate Hudson looked radiant in canary yellow Versace at the Something Borrowed premiere last week

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beauty RX

You can do all the exfoliating, toning, scrubbing & peeling you want, but sometimes your skin needs some nourishment from within. Below are seven foods that will make your skin glow 24/7. (And don't forget lots of water - the #1 trick!)

  • Blueberries & pomegranates
  • Green tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Dark chocolate
  • Yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Edamame
  • Walnuts
  • Kiwis
  • Sweet potatoes, carrots & butternut squash

-Courtesy of Women's Health

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Royal Wedding

By now, you've probably seen enough footage and photos of the Royal Wedding to be able to write a book about it! But I just wanted to share some of my favourite moments from the wedding of the century.

The first glimpse at her highly anticipated wedding dress, created by Sarah Burton for the house of Alexander McQueen. I am beyond in love with this dress and think she looked unbelievably stunning. There are no words...

The gorgeous dress she wore to the party later, also made by Sarah Burton for McQueen

The day after the wedding, the pair take a stroll around the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Kate is so amazingly chic all the time. I love her

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Hot Mamas

In honour of Mother's Day, here are some the chicest mama bears out there

The always adorable Reese Witherspoon knows how to look good no matter where she is

Victoria Beckham, mother of 3 (soon to be 4!) always manages to look polished running around with her boys

Dressed up or down, Jessica Alba has a great sense of style

The ultimate boho girl, Nicole Richie knows how to rock a printed scarf & big sunglasses

My favourite of the Kardashian sisters, mom Kourtney has a great sense of style & is sure to be passing it on to son Mason

Lean & sexy Kelly Ripa is stylish onscreen and off

Beloved for her style, Sarah Jessica Parker is no doubt one of the stylish moms on earth!

Family portrait! The first picture of baby Skyler Morrison Berman that the ultimate fashionista, Rachel Zoe tweeted

GOOP star & mom Gwyneth Paltrow knows how to dress her Tracy Anderson-sculpted bod

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful and loving mothers out there!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

US Hot Hollywood Party

Its called the HOT Hollywood Party for a reason! The other night US Weekly hosted its annual Hot Hollywood Party in LA for a guest list of stylish stars including Carmen Electra, Lauren Conrad (who wore her new line, Paper Crown), Camila Alves, Jessica Szohr, Petra Nemcova and more. Below are a few of our choice outfits for the night.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Into Eva's kitchen

The gorgeous and sexy Eva Longoria has been busy doing a press tour for her new cookbook this month! In it, she shares some of her family recipes as well as her own very popular ones. It includes spicy Mexican but also classic American and some European flavours. Some of the recipes include guacamole, red velvet cake, and her famous tortilla soup. "The cookbook is a memoir of my life told through food" says Eva.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Style icon: Chloe Sevigny

Big Love star Chloe Sevigny may have landed herself in the fashion police column a few times, but we think her fearless, creative style rocks. Here are some of our favourite looks from her wardrobe

The girl loves a scalloped edge

In an outfit that could easily be dowdy, she manages to look oh-so-chic

So in love with this hot pink Luella Bartley dress

The queen of the blazer + shorts combo, she's rocking that Chloe suit hard

Looking very sophisticated and chic at the Hermes Wall Street store opening

The Chloe suit changed up with some Ray-Bans & a boater hat

Friday, April 15, 2011

Look of the day: Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere was red-hot at the premiere of Scream 4 on Tuesday in Hollywood, in a chic Zac Posen dress


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sleep better - now!

Having trouble sleeping lately? Here are some tips from Women's Health magazine that have worked great for myself, to get a better night's sleep - more often.

  • Don't stress about it. Accept that some nights you'll sleep better than others. Stressing about it will only keep you up later
  • Take a bath. Not only will a hot bath relax you for bed, but as your body temperature drops afterwards, you should fall into a restful sleep.
  • Make some noise. Sounds known as white noise (like a fan or sound machine) can make it easier to sleep at night, especially if you sleep with a snorer. But putting your iPod on is not a good idea
  • Keep it cool. A colder bedroom will cause your body to function at calmer, more restful speeds. So keep the temperature low and add a few blankets if you need them.
  • No drinking or smoking! Alcohol and nicotine are stimulants that can not only make it difficult to fall asleep, but wake you up during the night as well.
  • Pillows are important. Make sure your pillows are supportive, comfortable and suited to your sleeping positions. Find the best pillow for your sleep style here
  • Cut the coffee! For some its noon, others is 7pm, but after a certain time you need to cut caffeine (that includes coffee, pop, chocolate, tea, etc) to be able to sleep well. Its different for everyone, so you need to figure out which time is your cut off.
  • Don't try to compensate. You can't make up for lost sleep by napping, going to bed super early or sleeping really late. You just need to get back on your regular schedule.

Check out the full list at Women's Health