Go Ask Gab: Oscar Fashion Round-Up

February 28, 2011 at 11:09 am , by

I think most people are in agreement that this year’s award show was pretty boring. (Reading funny tweets is about the only thing that got me through the night.) Was it the hosts? One who appeared high and didn’t seem to want to be there, and the other one who was way too enthusiastic and exited? The bad writing? The strange homages to great movies of the past? Or was it the dull fashion choices? I’m not going to bore you all over again so here’s my short and sweet sum up:

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett: She was my favorite although her dress got a mixed reaction. (Someone on Twitter said her dress looked like an old chair). Whether you cared for the Givenchy Haute Couture gown or not, Cate makes interesting fashion choices and no matter what she wears she always looks amazing.

Hailee Steinfeld: Finally a 14-year old that dresses like a 14-year old should!

Jennifer Lawrence: She was basically wearing a gown version of a Baywatch swimsuit. You can’t go wrong with minimal and sexy.

Natalie Portman: I have no real opinion on the Rodarte dress (our Fashion Editor Sue thought it was bridesmaid-esque) but I loved LOVED the earrings. Can somebody pick those up at Tiffany for me please?! Thanks!

Gwyneth Paltrow: The Calvin Klein gold column dress was one of my favorites and definitely better than the dress she wore to perform in. (Why didn’t she just wear that jumpsuit she wore to sing with Cee-Lo at the Grammys?!)

Helen Mirren: Age appropriate and looking fine as always!

Hilary Swank and Halle Berry: They take the “If it ain’t broke” approach but I am so bored of seeing them in the same style dress. Lame!Jennifer Hudson

Michelle Williams: I thought she looked adorable. Loved the Chanel gown but I prefer it when she takes risks. A white short-sleeve skin-hugging dress is too safe.

Amy Adams: Her blue sparkly gown looked better on stage then it did on the red carpet. Her necklace choice was wrong.

Mila Kunis: The look was gorgeous. I loved the bottom of the Elie Saab Haute Couture dress but all my attention goes to the boobs and the lace detail. To me they looked like pasties, which I guess in a way they were.

Scarlett Johanasson: I wasn’t quite digging the dress at first. It did grow on me but I do not like the boob region. Above it, yes. Below it, yes. But the middle see-through section — not so much!

Jennifer Hudson: While I’m on the topic of boobs… Ladies just because you have a slamming body doesn’t mean you need to show your lady parts off. It wasn’t working for her.

So what did you think about this year’s Oscar fashion?

Get-Fit Clicks

December 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm , by

p_101030558* If you want to start strength-training, it pays to get guidance from a pro: weight-room injuries are on the rise. (NY Times)

* Will a tax on soda help Americans lose weight? Not so much, according to a recent study. (Yahoo)

* Legwarmer queen Jane Fonda is back in the fitness DVD game! I think my mom still has the VHS of Jane’s Prime Time Workout that we used to do together…ah, memories. (FitSugar)

* The Biggest Loser will be Jillian Michaels-less after the next season. We’re dying to find out who’s replacing her because really, who could? (Hollywood Reporter)

* Westin Hotels & Resorts is now lending gym gear to guests. While I trust them to clean the stuff I’ll still be packing my own sports bras, thanks. (Wall Street Journal)

Now You Too Can Go Dancing With the Stars

December 3, 2010 at 10:02 am , by

Looking for a fun way to get in shape? The new Dancing with the Stars workout DVDs may be right up your alley. Three DWTS dancing pros—Chelsie Hightower, Kym Johnson and Edyta Sliwinska—take you through routines inspired by the show, including tango, ballroom and swing dance themes. No partner is necessary, so you can let loose and practice your moves at home without worrying about anyone else. “If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to dance, you can do this and get a great workout at the same time,” says Chelsie. “It’s the closest you’re going to get to having a dancer’s body without taking dance classes for eight hours a week.” Take your pick from two 50 minute-long workout DVDs: Fat-Burning Cardio Dance and Ballroom Buns and Abs, which at $15 each, are just enough to get you moving in no time.

Can This Marriage Be Saved? Celeb Divorce Edition

November 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm , by

As you may have heard, Eva Longoria Parker and Tony Parker’s marriage is the latest in the constant stream of celeb unions to bite the marital dust. Most of the time, we’re not too concerned about the state of Hollywood affairs, though they do make for good lunchtime/elliptical machine reading. But this latest casualty has us feeling a little bummed. Of course, celebrity marriages exist somewhere in the realm of hobbits and Cullins, where mythical “people” (who may or may not be real) live in huge gated houses with nannies and gobs of money that they spend all day counting, when not filming sequels or voiceovers to Applebee’s commercials. But to us, this marriage seemed at least a little bit more . . . normal. As with Courtney Cox and David Arquette, who seem to be in limbo, or Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, it’s sad to see the demise of a partnership that seemed to be a loving and mostly healthy one. If Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson or Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn call it quits, we might as well abandon the whole thing.

Of course, there are unique (and odd) pressures on high-profile couples that we normal folks can’t really appreciate. Personally, if I saw a photo of my guy with his arm around some starlet hussy, I’d probably get pretty peeved, too. And then there’s the point that no one else can truly understand the inner workings of another person’s marriage. Half the time it seems like couples who divorce have no idea what hit them, as if they took a nap and woke up spouseless, in court and craving cookies and a hug.

So tell us, what do you think about the latest celeb divorces? Do you feel for Eva and Courtney et al, (or Tony and David et al) or do you just not care at all? Are there any celeb marriages you’d be sad to see end?

Claire Robinson’s 5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Holiday Party

November 15, 2010 at 9:30 am , by

Are you in holiday party planning mode yet? Don’t stress, Food Network’s Claire Robinson is here to help! In our December 2010/January 2011 issue she offers five easy-to-make appetizer recipes from her book, 5 Ingredient Fix—now she’s sharing her five tips for planning a successful holiday party.

Offer a variety of foods. “With most meals, you’ll never please everybody,” she says. “But the great thing about appetizers and hors d’oeuvres is that it’s your one chance to have little bites of food that please everybody.” Claire likes to offer meat and vegetarian options, as well as hot and cold food that you can either dip or pop into your mouth.

Keep the atmosphere relaxed and casual. “I find that the best holiday parties are the ones that are a little more low-key. You can let the food be fancy or let guests dress up if they want, but just let it be a casual event and everybody can have a good time.”

Have drinks and at least one appetizer ready for when guests arrive. “I always like to have a signature cocktail and one nibble ready ahead of time to greet people with, because even if you’re wrapping up in the kitchen, there’s still one thing that’s ready to go.”

Spread the appetizer plates around the room. “I like to place the appetizers in a few different spots, because there’s nothing worse than everybody hovering over one bowl of nuts. It also helps keep your guests moving around the room.”

Don’t be afraid to make your own centerpieces. “It could be as simple as filling a vase with a bunch of inexpensive candy canes instead of spending a fortune on flowers. I’ve done everything from putting extra baguettes in big vases to putting fresh herbs in small glasses on the center of the table.”

The Band Perry’s Pumpkin Pie

November 10, 2010 at 10:37 am , by

Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry have lots to be thankful for. The twenty-something siblings from Mobile, Alabama make up country music’s hot new act, The Band Perry. They’re currently on tour with Alan Jackson, and just last month their self-titled album debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Country Chart. Tonight the band is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the Country Music Awards—not too shabby considering that last year, they watched the show from a hotel room.

In a few weeks, the band will spend Thanksgiving—their favorite holiday—in Tennessee with family and friends. We asked them to share their must-have Thanksgiving recipe (and—bonus!—we got the funny story that goes along with it).

Kimberly’s (then Reid’s, then Neil’s) Traditional Pumpkin Pie

“We got the recipe from a great aunt of ours, who’s now passed away, but was almost like a grandmother to us. She was an amazing cook and one of her favorite recipes was pumpkin pie. I’ve made it since I was 10 years old. I called it ‘Kimberly’s Traditional Pumpkin Pie,’ and we had it every Thanksgiving. Read more

Patricia Heaton on life in The Middle

November 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm , by

She may just be the most relatable character on TV. As Frankie Heck on the ABC hit show, The Middle, Patricia Heaton spends her days juggling three kids, a full-time job, and a sweet-but-not-always-helpful hubbie. The show is set in Orson, Indiana. Ironic, given that Heaton herself grew up in the Midwest (Ohio), has four boys of her own, and is a self-admitted workaholic. We talked to Heaton about her own life in the middle, as well as her participation in CNN’s heroes tribute this Thanksgiving.

Is it fun revisiting your family roots, by doing a show set in the Midwest?
I’m thrilled! I don’t think there’s been a show that’s represented my “peeps” since Rosanne, where it’s just hard-working middle class people. If you are a mom with kids and you’re trying to work outside the home–as most moms are–it’s hard to juggle everything regardless of where you are socioeconomically. Everyone struggles with trying to be there for their family and their spouse, while bringing in money. The writers are all from the Midwest, too. A lot of the episodes get us all talking about what we did when we grew up.

Does that inspire ideas for future story lines?

Actually, we recently did an episode about a foreign exchange student that was inspired by my life. I got an email from my son’s school saying they needed host families for some Japanese foreign exchange students and I really wanted to do it because when I was a kid we had exchange students visit our neighborhood and it was so exciting. My sons were like, “We’re going to have a stranger living in our house for 10 days? No way!” But I thought it was going to be great and of course, I just got a very quiet teenager from Japan, who stared at us for 10 days. I even brought him to the set—which I could tell he was excited about—but his face never changed! And I thought, “Can you imagine if the Heck family had a foreign exchange student come and visit them?” So we recently aired that episode, which people just went crazy for, I got all kinds of emails about it. Read more