Ladies We Love

Ladies We Love: Ellen Pompeo

October 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm , by

Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey on the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, has joined forces with Huggies to help mothers across the country. Shockingly, 1 in 3 American moms struggle to provide diapers for their babies, so Ellen and the Huggies “Every Little Bottom” campaign is kicking off a national diaper drive to generate up to 20 million diapers for babies in need.

You can help the cause by purchasing specially marked packs of Huggies diapers or wipes, or by going to for resources on donating in your area or starting your own diaper drive. “So many fortunate people can afford to buy an extra pack or two of diapers and donate them to a diaper bank,” says Ellen. “Being a new mother, this issue resonates with me. The good news is, it’s a very fixable problem. We can do something and make a difference.”

We asked Ellen to answer our “Ladies We Love” questions:

What makes me a lady: Working really hard and taking good care of my daughter.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Reality TV. The Real Housewives are my favorite—oh my gosh, Atlanta!

Three things on my life list: I don’t really have a life list; I live in the moment. The one thing I really want to do is be the best mother I can be to Stella. That’s the most important thing.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: To cure people who are sick. To touch them and cure them would be amazing.

Ladies I admire: I admire everyday working mothers who struggle to balance it all without the fancy help that we have. Those are the real heroes. Also the women who run the diaper drives and diaper banks, like Joanne Goldblum [founder of The Diaper Bank]. I admire people who are passionate about helping others.

Ladies We Love: Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s Kitchen

October 12, 2010 at 11:32 am , by

It all started, long ago, with a jar of homemade jam. Today, in her new bakery, Sarabeth Levine places jars upon jars of the delicious “Legendary Spreadable Fruit” in display cases to welcome her guests. As they come in to grab a fresh cup of delicious sustainable-conscious brew, guests ponder over what breakfast pastry to choose; a fresh scone, a flaky croissant, or the I’m-going-all-out, pain du matin, a breakfast muffin that is made up of scraps from the mornings’ baking–a truly satisfying buttery ball of goodness.

Sarabeth is truly a lady we love. In 20 years, she and her husband, Bill, have gone from selling jars of jam to running 6 Sarabeth’s restaurants and bakeries in New York City and one shop in Key West, Florida. She’s now going nationwide, and it isn’t hard to see how she did it. The amount of passion and attention Sarabeth puts into each and every mouth-watering pastry she bakes is astonishing. Her highly anticipated first cookbook, Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours, contains recipes for every level of baker. We recommend making some room on your shelf for this must-have tome!

What makes me a lady: My YSL mascara. I can’t leave home without it!

Favorite guilty pleasure: Dessert, of course!

Three things on my life list: Firstly, I would like to learn how to swim. I am over this “dog paddle” and “side stroke” thing I do. Secondly, be more accomplished on my beautiful piano. Lastly, create a beautiful garden.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: To be able to travel instantly from one place to another.

Ladies I admire: Amelia Earhart—Aviatrix, Betty Friedan—Founder of NOW,  and Katherine Hepburn—Actor.

Photo of Sarabeth Levine © Quentin Bacon.

Ladies We Love: Tina Sloan

September 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm , by

Tina Sloan courtesy of the authorTina Sloan loves shoes. So when she sat down to write her new book, Changing Shoes: Getting Older—Not Old—With Style, Humor, and Grace, she thought the perfect way to tell her story was through the shoes she’s worn over the years—from her first pair of Chanel pumps to the sneakers she wore toward the end of her twenty-six year role on the hit soap opera Guiding Light. And you don’t have to be a shoe enthusiast to get the message of the book; it’s part-memoir, but Sloan also shares her advice for tackling issues that many women face as they get older, and she’s all about encouraging women to embrace themselves no matter how old they are.

What makes me a lady: I don’t wear tight clothes or lots of makeup, I am kind and loyal, and even though I might think not-so-nice things I don’t say them (well, usually I don’t).Adobe Photoshop PDF

Favorite guilty pleasure:
Hot fudge sundaes… and then more hot fudge sundaes.

Three things on your life list: Go to Egypt, meet and really get to know my grandchildren who are as yet unborn as my son is not married (ha!), and have my own plane (a dream, of course, but what a nice one).

If I could have a super power, it would it be: To be able to use Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.

Ladies I admire: Jacqueline Onassis for her bravery, Grace Kelly for her pure loveliness and elegant style, and Ellen DeGeneres for her great spunk and humor.

Ladies We Love: Angie Dudley (also known as Bakerella)

September 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm , by

Angie Dudley_CakePops_AUPhotoHave you ever heard of a cake pop? If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat (literally!). If you have, then you’re probably already familiar with the popular baking blog Bakerella, run by Atlanta-based baker Angie Dudley. It was only a couple of years ago when she started putting cake balls—a mixture of cake and frosting, which is then covered in candy coating—on lollipop sticks, turning them into cake pops. Angie has since developed numerous ideas for molding the cake pops into different shapes and designs, from Halloween themed, to mini wedding cakes, and even Sesame Street characters.

4022874721_1ce2c73f31_oWant to try your hand at making cake pops? It’s easier than it looks, and Angie’s new book Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats explains the process step-by-step with photo guides. Take a look at more cake pops at and tell us which ones you want to try, and pick up Cake Pops for even more fun ideas!

What makes me a lady: Putting others needs before my own and the desire to make people happy.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cold. Dulce de leche gelato. Brown 2917625516_53f6407357sugar by the spoonful. Do I have to pick just one?

Three things on my life list: 1. Vacation in Greece.  2. Learn to snow ski. 3. Go on a horseback riding adventure vacation somewhere majestic.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: Either teleportation, the ability to freeze time, or to move at supersonic speed. Anything to be more productive. But the curious side of me would probably pick invisibility.

Ladies I admire: The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, for her calm and gracious demeanor and uncanny ability to recite movie lines. My friend Julie for her style and creativity. My friend Rosa for being one of the hardest working women I know. But, mostly my mom for her strength, humor and devotion.

Cake pop photos courtesy of

Ladies We Love: Judge Jeanine Pirro

September 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm , by

Judge_Pirro_0143[5]There are several daily courtroom programs on television these days, but one that stands out is Judge Pirro, the one-hour Emmy-nominated show featuring no-nonsense Jeanine Pirro, the former (and first female) District Attorney and county judge of Westchester County, New York. “From the age of six I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, and for me it was about taking care of people,” she said. Fighting domestic violence is one issue that she’s been passionate about; in 1978 she started the first domestic violence unit in the nation and she recently partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline Celebrity Board to provide educational resources to litigants and viewers on the new season of her show. “We’ve come a long way in the last 32 years. We now recognize domestic violence as a crime that needs to be prosecuted,” she said. “But unfortunately being a victim of domestic violence in my courtroom is not at all unusual, and at the end of the day we can help a great many women who are watching the show but are reluctant to seek help.”

The new season of Judge Pirro premieres this Monday, September 6 (check your local listings). Read on to learn more about Judge Pirro, and to hear her verdict on the latest Can This Marriage Be Saved? dilemmas.

What makes me a lady: I never feel dressed unless I have my high heels on.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Peppermint patties, without a doubt!

Three things on my life list: 1. Finish renovating my kitchen—it seems to be a lifelong mission. 2. To dance at my daughter’s wedding. 3. Pilot a 757 airplane.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: I would rescue all the dogs and pigs that are being abused and starved, because I have two dogs and one pig. As a DA I prosecuted animal cruelty, and it was one of those things I did because I believed in it. I love animals.

Ladies I admire: I think a woman who was far beyond her years was Joan of Arc. She was a young female who led an army at a time when women couldn’t even be in the army. Also, Sandra Day O’Connor, given the scrutiny that she went through and the fact that she did it with grace, sophistication and intelligence.

Read more to check out our Can This Marriage Be Saved? videos and for Judge Pirro’s “verdict” of each case. Then tell us your verdict in the comments! Read more

Ladies We Love: Debbie Meyer

August 4, 2010 at 10:31 am , by

Debbie Meyer Food Fresh System2Her name may not ring a bell at first, but you’ve surely seen Debbie Meyer’s products—her first was the kake-kut’r, a product she invented and launched in 1999. Since then, she’s created more products simply based on her own household needs. “When I thought, ‘I’m solving my problem’ I would show it to somebody; my friends, my relatives, whoever,” she said. One of Debbie’s most popular products is GreenBags, which help keep your produce fresh for longer. She worked for years to come up with the bag’s formulation, but it paid off: over 400 million have sold since it launched in 2005.

Today Debbie appears regularly on HSN and works with the eWomenNetwork (they also presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award last year) to inspire women who want to be entrepreneurs themselves. “Many are employees and want to know how to be better at what they do, how to feel better about where they are,” she said. Her advice to them? “Be the best you can possibly be. If you clean streets, you be the best darn street sweeper you can be. I think it’s a way of refreshing their self-ideal. You don’t have to aspire to be something else. You can aspire to be the best you are.”

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The Pioneer Woman’s New Gig

July 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm , by


Our favorite city-girl-turned-country blogger is LHJ’s newest columnist! Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, has a number one ranked blog,, and is the author of a best-selling cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Starting with our August issue, Ree will regularly contribute to the magazine—you can find her first column on The Dish, where she talks tomatoes and shares a new recipe with us. To learn more about Ree, take a quick look at her blog—you’ll find beautiful photography, tasty recipes and her funny observations on life. We’re excited for her to bring that and more to the pages of LHJ. Welcome, Ree!

Check out our Ladies We Love interview with Ree and her first column from our August issue, which is on newsstands now.