August 23rd, 2013
We covet their shiny hair and flawless skin (and don't they know it!); herewith, our four favourite food tips from celebrity bloggers.
Jillian Harris a West Coast’s design darling and former Bachelorette, but she also has a great blog offering up style, fashion, home décor and health tips. We like her Greens Complexion Smoothie which she says keeps her skin clear, nails strong and “things” working a little better. www.jillianharris.com
Supermodel Miranda Kerr has been dishing on body, health and wellness tips for Net-A-Porter’s The Body Beautiful series. Our favourite tip is one we can all add to our daily routine — lemon and warm water. Kerr starts every day with warm water and citrus to kick start digestion, boost the immune system and stimulate liver detox. www.net-a-porter.com
Gwyneth Paltrow has been helming Goop for a few years now and we really love this Chocolate Love Smoothie recipe. It’s created by nutritionist Dr. Frank Lipman and is made from raw cacao (yup, chocolate), honey and avocado for a delicious rich smoothie that’s actually good for you. www.goop.com
Lauren Conrad has parlayed reality TV into a real-life empire: she writes about fitness, style, décor (but sadly, no feuds iwth Heidi and Spencer) on her website. One of her health secrets is the endless benefits of apple cider vinegar, which boosts your immune system and metabolism. She also says it keeps you slim by regulating your blood sugar levels, aids in weight loss because it helps control your appetite and keeps your PH levels balanced. Bonus: rinse your hair with it weekly for added shine. www.laurenconrad.com
September 10th, 2012
From from the glitzy baubles Jennifer Aniston wore to a premiere last week to the quirkiest T-shirt for your guy, Jack and Elliot stocks the latest must-haves in clothing, accessories, jewelry and toys.
The Feed 2 Bag ($145.00) instantly caught our eye - we loved its natural cotton texture, bold typography and important message (each bag sold feeds two children for a year through the United Nations World Food Programme).
With up-to-the minute style updates, daily new arrivals and loads of charity-minded collaboration pieces, J&E is the spot to pick up a trendy gift - and maybe a new bag. —Kait Kucy
Jack and Elliot, The CORE, 3 Level, 751 3rd Street SW, Calgary, 403-984-3611, www.jackandelliot.com
June 21st, 2011
It seems that Woody Allen had to move away from New York City to get his mojo back. Following his flings in London and Barcelona, Allen set his eyes on Paris in what is essentially a love letter to the city.
Midnight in Paris’ Woody Allen-esque protagonist Gill (Owen Wilson) is a Hollywood writer who longs for the Parisian jazz era. Sans the Delorean but in true Marty McFly style, Gill ends up jumping back and forth between the present and the past, rubbing elbows with Paris’ most colourful citizens like Hemingway, Stein, Picasso and Dalí.
Lit and art history weren’t this entertaining in school. —AG
Find showtimes here.
May 24th, 2011
If like us, you couldn’t get enough of Patti Smith’s 2010 memoir Just Kids, a little bit more Patti just came your way.
Smith's photographer friend Judy Linn captures those gritty, poetic and romantic New York moments in her new tome, Patti Smith 1969-1976. The collection of nearly 100 black-and-white photographs include Smith at work, at play and just hanging out at home. Her Kids co-star Robert Mapplethorpe makes many appearances throughout the book, as does playwright Sam Shepard.
And Patti, as usual, without much effort couldn’t get any cooler. —MG
Patti Smith 1969-1976, from $18.77 at Amazon.ca
February 22nd, 2011
Save for a few ads for her fashion line, ever since The City was cancelled, Whiney Port fans have missed the charmingly clueless and leggy L.A. native.
But with the release of her first book, True Whit: Designing a Life of Style, Beauty and Fun, Port returns with anecdotes, advice and oh-so many random thoughts, all included in her tome.
In her trademark doe-eyed way, Port covers every trivial thing from up-do how-tos and signs it’s getting serious to decorating on a budget and hiding hangovers (hint: brush your hair before passing out).
It’s the lightest of light reading at best, but when Port gives us sage advice like: “Dream big, dearies, and dress the part!” you can’t help but nod in agreement.
$16.60 at Amazon.ca
January 26th, 2011
Actor, director, artist, PhD candidate and soon-to-be host of the Oscars (and Best Actor nominee)—is there anything James Franco can’t do?
The scruffy heartthrob (yes, he’s got that one down too) added published writer to his resume late last year with Palo Alto. The collection of short stories centres on a group of teenagers in California who often go to extremes when it comes to the angst of adolescence. In addition to drinking, drugs and sex, there’s murder, theft and violence thrown into the mix.
The tome is an entertaining, quick read and an impressive start considering its author has a few other projects on the go. What next Franco? The colonization of Mars?
$17.55 at Amazon.ca
December 8th, 2010
Meg Ryan may have been our 1990s crush but we have Nora Ephron to thank for most of our favourite Meg moments.
The novelist, screenplay writer (When Harry Met Sally) and writer-director (Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail) is entertaining us again with her wit and humour in I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections. The book’s title essay about losing her memory doesn’t do the collection justice. What follows are poignant essays about her early life ("Journalism: A Love Story" and “The Legend”), her present (“Christmas Dinner”) and the future (“What I Will Miss”). Ephron has the remarkable ability to evoke a subtle nostalgia that builds with every turn of the page until it overwhelms you in the best possible way.
Sorry Meg, we’re now crushing on Nora.
$16.26 at Amazon.ca
November 3rd, 2010
We sat down with Erin Karpluk and Adam Fergus, stars of CBC’s Being Erica, to talk about why the show, now in its third season and showing in 160 countries worldwide, works, what it was like for Karpluk (who plays Erica) growing up in Jasper, Alberta and the duo’s favourite (and not so favourite) '90s fashion moments.
What is it about the show that resonates with viewers?
EK: It’s the universal theme of regret. Regardless of where you are in the world or what age you or what gender, or what class or religion or race, everyone can identify with making mistakes and having regrets. That, and the nostalgia of being able to go back in time…and listen to the music of the '90s-the hair and the fashion alone are really intriguing to some people.
Like the scrunchies you often wore in the first season when you traveled back in time?
EK: Yes, the scrunchies and those awful shirts that clip on that are like swimsuits. Those are a nightmare because I have to wear them on the show and anytime you have to go to the ladies’ room, it’s just an effort: “Production, I will be back in 10 minutes!”
Do you remember what you wore in high school?
AF: Well, I didn’t wear the scrunchies! But you go through so many fads in high school. I had the Red Hot Chili Peppers T-shirt and the Pearl Jam T-shirt and stuff like that
EK: Did you have the Hypercolor T-shirt that changed colour? Those were the worst idea, they changed colours in your underarms. Chip and Pepper was cool. And certainly a big phenomenon in Edmonton and Calgary, and that trickled down to Jasper because we came here to shop, was the Club Monaco shirt, with that iconic circle. I had one in three different colours and the mom jeans, we rocked those out a lot and the Shannon Doherty bangs, I had those.
AF: I had the undercut for guys, the parting in the middle and the undercut on the side and the hair comes over the head and you try to get as long as you can behind your ears.
EK: The music was good in the '90s, I don’t know about the fashion.
You’re often called a Vancouverite because you are based there now but you actually grew up in Jasper.
EK: I’m an Alberta girl through and through. I was lucky enough to do an interview on The View and they said, “You’re from Vancouver,” and I said, “No, I am actually from Jasper!” And corrected them. I am biased but I think the friendliest people are from Saskatchewan and Alberta. And just growing up a in a small community where you don’t lock your doors and everyone knows your name and now going back with the show, it’s amazing the amount of support. You are limited in some respects but it’s good…you are a little bit sheltered…you worry about bears but you don’t worry about people…but you learn.
Read (and watch) the rest of our interview with Erin and Adam on today's Editors' Diary.
October 6th, 2010
On a recent flight, we inadvertently had a mini Annette Bening movie marathon. We always knew the actress was good, but maybe we forgot how just how good. Herewith, five Bening moments that are worth re-watching, including her two latest tour-de-force performances.
1. In her film debut, Bening played Dan Aykroyd’s wife in the beloved John Hughes-scripted The Great Outdoors. As the perfectly played ill-tempered mother of awkward twins, it’s hard to believe it was her first flick.
2. Although she lost out to Hilary Swank, our Oscar bets were on Bening for her portrayal of real-estate agent, mother and wife in American Beauty.
3. There are of course her other top flicks like Being Julia and Running With Scissors but we’re going to mention The Women because Bening was the only good thing about an otherwise bad movie. And she plays a fashion editor—be still our hearts.
4. As one half of the mom duo in The Kids Are All Right, Bening shines as the wine-loving doctor and dominating partner trying to keep her family together as an unlikely and mighty handsome visitor tries to infiltrate.
5. In Mother and Child Bening plays a physical therapist who is haunted by the baby she gave up for adoption 30 years ago. It’s her heartbreaking performance that haunts us (in a good way).
The Kids Are All Right plays nightly at 9:10 p.m. at The Uptown Stage and Screen; Mother and Child comes out on DVD later this year, all other movies are available on DVD now.
September 15th, 2010
Love her or hate her, Joan Rivers is a force to be reckoned with.
In the new documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the filmmakers follow Rivers from gig to gig for nearly a year as she desperately tries to remain on top. Sometimes hilarious, often sad, the behind-the-scenes footage reveals the darker moments in the life of the legendary comedienne who, at 76, is feistier and more shocking than ever.
At The Uptown Stage and Screen, 612 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-265-0120, www.theuptown.com