The countdown to music’s biggest night is officially on! During tonight’s Grammy nominations concert hosted by LL Cool J—along with musical performances by Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and more— the 2014 Grammy nominees were announced and the list of artists couldn’t be bigger. Jay Z leads with nine nominations including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta Holy Grail, followed by Justin Timberlake who received seven, scoring nods for his album The 20/20 Experience and his collaboration on the hit song, “Holy Grail” with Jay Z. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and newcomers Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were also nominated. Scroll down for the list of nominees and tune in to the 56th annual Grammy Awards to see who will take home a gold-plated trophy (or more!) on January 26th on CBS.
Beyonce and Jay Z Join the Growing List of Celebs to Go Vegan. Here are 4 Steps to Switching to a Plant-Based DietDec 6, 2013 @ 6:20 pm
Goodbye, meats and cheeses, hello veggies! Jay Z announced this week on his website that he and wife Beyonce are embarking on a 22-day vegan challenge, adding to the growing number of Hollywood stars who are opting for a plant-based diet. Olivia Wilde, Natalie Portman and Alicia Silverstone are just a few of the stars have also opted for a similar lifestyle. So we checked in with Executive Chef and Paleta Founder, Kelly Boyer, who has prepared farm to table meal deliveries of every variety (vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian) for a host of celebrities including Jaime King, Jamie Lynn Sigler, and Malin Akerman about the pro’s of going vegan—and how you start.
“Whether you are motivated by improving your heart and overall body health or to take a stand against cruelty to animals produced on factory farms, there are so many amazing options available to us now, you’ll hardly notice the difference,” Boyer tells InStyle.com exclusively. “I often create whole holiday spreads for my family with just one animal protein option and the rest are vegan. And…I keep it a secret until the end of the meal. Guests are generally shocked because they didn’t notice a thing, just enjoyed a beautiful spread of whole grains and rich produce.”
Interested in going vegan? Here are 4 steps to ease into the lifestyle:
1. Start by looking at what you can buy for your home.
Most grocery stores now have entire vegan sections that can offer you “meat” and “dairy” substitutes that so closely resemble the “real thing” so you’ll be able to satisfy any of those cravings, Boyer says. You can do so much research on-line as well on various product alternatives (the list is truly endless).
2. Start looking for new recipes to make at home.
“There are so many recipes available online that provide alternates for typical animal-based ingredients,” she says. “One thing to be sure to focus on is making sure your nutrients are balanced. Vegans need to make sure they are getting enough protein in their diet. But, don’t forget…vegetables have a lot of protein, too! A vegan diet is easily supplemented by legumes, nuts, and tofu (but please only eat organic, non-gmo soy products!).”
3. Remember, you can still dine out!
“It’s been years since I’ve been in a restaurant that did not offer at least a few vegan options,” she said. “And, if they don’t call out an item as vegan, chefs are very often happy to accommodate a request to replace butter with olive oil, or to keep the cheese off the plate. Just ask and don’t be shy! And guess what…french fries are vegan…so you never ever have to say goodbye to those favorites.”
4. Don’t go cold turkey.
“My best recommendation is to start out slow!” says Boyer. “Try a vegetarian lifestyle for a few weeks which does allow dairy.Ease yourself into it. You’ll certainly be motivated by how good you are feeling!”
Plus, see Beyonce and Jay Z’s best onstage moments!
Some of Hollywood’s finest gathered last night to celebrate five deserving students at the Children’s Defense Fund-Calfiornia 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Awards. The Children’s Defense Fund-California is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA helps lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to healthcare and quality education.
Five Los Angeles-area high school “stars” were honored by celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and Matt Damon for beating the odds, and overcoming tremendous personal obstacles in order to achieve academic excellence. Other attendees included Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Josiah Bell, Conan O’Brien, J.J. Abrams, and Katie Lowes. Witherspoon, who serves on the CDF-CA’s National Board, spoke highly of the work the charity performs. “What I really love about this organization is that it is truly all about the kids,” the actress stated. “I am so proud to be a part of the organization.” This sentiment was echoed throughout the evening, in more ways than one. Each winning student was honored individually, and gift bags were forgone in favor of creating five gigantic gift bags for the honorees. “These kids are going to be really excited when they open them later this evening!” Witherspoon said.
As the emotional and inspiring evening came to a close, CDF President Marian Wright Edelman recognized the many accomplishments of the organization, but asserted that there is still much further to go. “Building on the leadership of young people and those that are here tonight, we can force our nation to make new choices and to really make large strides forward. We must not move backwards. We’ve got to turn this around. We’ve got to change it and we will change it,” Wright Edelman concluded.
Lisa Perry, best known for her retro-mod designs, is the latest designer to collaborate with Coca-Cola! As part of their Designer Drinkwear series, Perry has created a limited-edition Coke glass just in time for the 2013 holiday season. In collaboration with Leitzes&Co, Perry was tapped by the iconic drink brand to design a custom glass interpreting the optimism of Coca-Cola and reflective of her signature style—and the company also made a donation to The New York Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Room, the designer’s favorite charity, in honor of the partnership. As for her glass, Perry chose to go the graphic route and put the phrase “ENJOY” in bold, colorful letters on her stylish piece of drinkwear. It seems Coca-Cola was a perfect match for Perry’s bright and modern design aesthetic. ”I love all the Coke logos past and present and feel the graphic nature of them works perfectly with my fun and happy brand,” she said in a statement. “I have an ENJOY candy dish filled with M&Mʼs at my store and it makes people smile. I hope this glass will, too!” Pick up the glass now for $18 on lisaperrystyle.com!
Plus, flip through the gallery to shop our “Gifts That Do Good” Guide!
Just days before New York Fashion Week commenced in September, Pantone released the top 10 colors of spring 2014, cluing us in on what was to become next year’s Pantone Color of the Year — one of the most highly anticipated announcements in the industry.
The winner, Radiant Orchid (plucked from said list), is like fuchsia’s friendly younger sister. Thanks to its slightly washed out hue and its perfect blend of pink and purple undertones, Radiant Orchid is warm, wearable, and best of all, versatile. And since it “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health,” that means you can (and should!) immerse yourself in the shade. Experiment first with a lighter wash or turn to a more saturated pigment for a punchier effect. From eye shadow to two-toned pumps, radiate in Radiant Orchid throughout this season and into next year.
Jillian Dempsey Celebrated the Launch of Her Jewelry Line with Husband Patrick and Close Friends in MalibuDec 6, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
It was a big night for makeup artist-turned jewelry designer Jillian Dempsey as she launched her first ever jewelry line with a star-studded party at the Maxfield Malibu boutique in California. Dempsey not only had the loving support of her husband, Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey, but her celebrity friends Milla Jovovich and Kristen Stewart as well. “[I feel] very supportive and I’m really grateful that they’re here,” Dempsey told InStyle.com exclusively. “They turned up and it’s awesome. Don’t make me cry, it’s so nice!”
Just two years ago, Jillian first started creating jewelry by sculpting clay and wax into small scale jewelry and whenever she wore her designs out for jobs, celebrity friends including Stewart and Kate Winslet took notice and wanted their own piece of Jillian-sculpted jewelry. Fast-forward to last night, Dempsey now has a full jewelry line of edgy yet feminine pieces ranging from earrings, rings, necklaces, and punk lock bracelets, most of which are crafted in rose gold. “I work a lot with skin tone being a makeup artist, and I always find [rose gold] very warm,” Dempsey said.
But the jewelry line isn’t just for the ladies, Patrick himself also wears a few pieces from his wife’s line, although he couldn’t help but tease her that “she needs some more guy stuff.” All jokes aside, Patrick couldn’t help but praise his wife’s talent and hard work. “I’m really proud of her and it’s pretty remarkable what she’s done,” he said to InStyle.com. To see more celebrities who celebrated Dempsey’s party, look through our gallery!
Kristen Stewart is known for her casual style, both on and off the red carpet. Even though the star favors sporty kicks over sky-high stilettos, every once in awhile, she’ll throw us all for a loop and rock an amazing pair of heels. But you may not catch her wearing them for long.
“I feel more confident on my feet,” she told InStyle.com exclusively at the launch party for Jillian Dempsey Jewelry in L.A. as to why she prefers sneakers. “Like in a photo, obviously, things look better wearing heels, but in terms of just kicking around and actually like experiencing an entire night, heels limit me.” Which is why you’ll often catch her doing a quick change from stilettos to flats at some point during an evening out. “I feel I can experience about half of my night that I would be able to experience if I was just wearing shoes and I could run around,” she said.
“Literally, these [heels] slow you down. You get about half of your night, and they’re just like painful. So I really dig Vans. I just like wearing Vans.” So chances are if she’s wearing something fancy, we’d bet that she always has a pair of comfy kicks within arm’s reach.
Plus, see more of Kristen in stilettos to sneakers!
–Kim Peiffer, with reporting by Carita Rizzo
Thanks to artist Anne Dayton, whose famous Minneapolis-based family founded a little store called Target, you can now design the most flattering dress for your frame and coloring in less time that it will take for you to read this.
Dayton’s new, highly intuitive site Piol draws on the color theory and style tenets of acclaimed costume designer Edith Head (Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor, among other greats) to determine your “color aura” and ideal dress style.
“Head was an expert at making Hollywood stars look their best through color and cut,” says Dayton. “That’s exactly what I’m trying to do for all women.” And she’s making it fun, too. Once you establish your aura—by clicking on colors that best match your hair, eyes and skin—a complimentary palette is generated along with corresponding fabric swatches that you then place onto your ideal dress silhouette. Play around till you land on your fave combination and tweak necklines, sleeve and skirt lengths until you are content (or exhausted).
At around $500, it’s not inexpensive, but can you really put a price tag on the most perfect dress for you? Plus fabrics are sourced from Italy and Japan and the dresses are all made by hand in NYC (a process that takes about three weeks). You provide your measurements for precise fit (sizes from 0 to 22) and no worries if the finished product isn’t what you hoped for—they’ll give you a full refund within 14 days and your dress will be donated to a woman in need. So even if it’s not perfect for you, it’s perfect for someone.
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