Anyone who knows me knows that two of the things I love most are entertaining and giving gifts (year round). I especially love the Holiday season because there’s plenty of both. These are some of my favorite things:
For the friend who likes to entertain people at their home, look no further than the SodaStream Source (just $99, sodastreamusa.com). Seriously, though, what is more festive than adding bubbles to your menu? I personally love that I can turn ordinary tap water into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling waters (saving money- hello!). With 60 flavors to choose from and a wide variety of styles to fit any holiday party theme and décor, it’s no wonder fans of SodaStream include Hollywood actresses Olivia Munn, Krysten Ritter, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johansson.
There’s really nothing quite like being super duper comfortable while you’re at home. Beauty & Style TV correspondent Jamie Krell agrees: ”My fiance and I gave these monogrammed Restoration Hardware Luxury Plush Bath Robes to everyone in our family this year for Hanukkah (and they were a major hit!) Who wouldn’t want to cozy up by the fire in these? Not only are they super duper comfy, but they are personalized, great for both men and women and less than $100!”
If you’ve ever wanted to give a fragrance as a gift, actress Gwyneth Paltrow says the Holidays is “a nice time to try something new!” Paltrow is the new face of the BOSS JOUR Pour Femme fragrance from Hugo Boss ($78, HugoBoss.com). Actor Ryan Reynolds, the new face of BOSS Bottled, says that giving a fragrance as a gift means that you think very highly of that person ($67, HugoBoss.com).
Capture the spirit of NYC with Bond No. 9‘s limited-edition I Love New York for Holiday fragrance, a festive modern gourmet-floral blend… for BOTH men and women! This unisex fragrance has top notes of Mandarin, Osmanthus and Pomegranate blend and middle notes consisting of Nutmeg, Fennel, Patchouli and Freesia finish with Labdanum, Musk and Praline. Available at Bond No. 9’s five New York stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Sephora, and BondNo9.com ($175 for 100ml, $105 for 50ml).
If you don’t want to spend that much — but still want to “wow” — the adorable Digix miniBOOM Bluetooth Speaker is a great bet! This tiny little wireless speaker is extremely powerful and convenient for the friend who loves their music on-the-go. I have mine in my bathroom and I love that I can wirelessly play music from my music library on my iPhone. Brilliant! Available at Radio Shack, for just $29.99!
It’s no wonder celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga are obsessed with Violent Lips. I personally wouldn’t wear them, but we all have that friend that would… She’s the girl who loves beauty and cosmetics AND has a penchant for pizzaz! I’ve already given a few pairs to my make up artist friends — and they went wild! Available online and in stores in New York and Los Angeles, Violent Lips are available in 7 different glitter lipstick applications, for just $5 a piece.
For more cosmetic luxury at an affordable gifting price, she will also love the Fresh Cosmetics Sugar Rosé Royalty Set (just $32.99!) and Sonia Kashuk‘s luxurious 10-piece limited edition “Lavish Luxe” set and 4-piece “Classic Chic” brush set ($21.99-$26.99, available at Target). Celebrity fans of the brand include Cindy Crawford, Tea Leoni, and Keri Russell.
Hollywood heavyweights Katie Holmes, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara, Gerard Butler and Brooke Shields were just some of the notable faces who came out to celebrate the grand opening of TAO Downtown in New York City. It was a star-studded evening to celebrate TAO’s second location in NYC. The new 30,000 square foot venue was designed by architect David Rockwell with art murals created by HUSH.
KEEP READING for more HOT SHOTS and details of the night…
Beyonce Knowles, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Ellen DeGeneres, Julianne Moore, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Olivia Munn, Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, John Slattery, Jeremy Renner, Conan O’Brien, and others join together in the fight against gun control, in a new PSA for DemandaPlan.org.
The campaign, started by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, comes a week after the horrific massacre in Newtown and amid the polarizing debate rippling through the U.S. about gun violence and the Second Amendment.
Looking into the camera, they read through a list of some of the 31 similar attacks carried out in the US since Columbine in 1999.
‘Virginia Tech. Tucson. Aurora. Fort Hood. Oak Creek. Newtown. How many more?’ they ask. Watch the moving PSA here:
The answer is yes (sort of)!
Reid Carolin (the director of “Magic Mike”) is already working on the Broadway show!
“Magic Mike” hasn’t opened in theatres yet (its coming this Friday, June 29th) — but Mr. Carolin is already seeing visions for it to be turned into an interactive Broadway show that the audience can participate in!
Ummmm, sign us up!
The movie is being referred to in the media as “the Channing Tatum stripper movie,” but what many of you don’t know is that it is actually a loose interpretation of Channing’s real-life experiences at a Florida strip club! But, Tatum isn’t the only hottie in the movie: the cast also includes hotties Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn, and Gabriel Inglesias amongst others!
All I can say is I CANNOT WAIT to see this movie!
Actress Minnie Driver posed for a “HOT SHOT!” with singer Ashlee Simpson on the Veteran Administration Lawn at the 22nd Annual Time for Heroes Celebrity Picnic on Sunday (June 12) at L.A.’s Wadsworth Theater.
The Disney-sponsored event, which benefits the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, brought out tons of stars, including Denise Richards, Christina Milian, Olivia Munn, Joe Mangianello (hunk!), Ashley Tisdale, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (heartthrob!), Ali Landry, Zachary Levi, Tamera Mowry (Sister! Sister!), Chad Michael Murray, and more!
While Minnie and Ashlee chatted away, their kids played together painting 10 cars in the Disney “Cars 2 Raceway” area. We’re told Ashlee was in “high spirits” and was overheard saying she was having a great day. Perhaps because things seem to be going really well with soon-to-be ex-husband Pete Wentz?
Or maybe because she is the co-creative director of a new fashion project, a collaboration with sister Jessica Simpson?
Either way, we L.O.V.E. when Ashlee is smiling!
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