Tracy Anderson’s a Celebrity’s Best Friend – Find out which celebrities enlist Tracy Anderson, personal trainer to the (really ripped) stars. Hint: Her client roster may include the names “Jennifer,” “Ashley,” and “Jessica.” (FitSugar)
Ta Ta, Ronald – The McDonald’s icon is getting phased out after 48 years, thanks to Ronald’s association with the “old McDonald’s” and its high-fat, high-calorie foods. Wait, don’t they still serve that stuff? (SlashFood)
Facebook Makes You Feel Better – Yesterday, Facebook was bad for our health; today, it boosts our self-esteem. We don’t really trust these studies anymore, but we’re erring on the side of “too much time on Facebook is bad for you.” You? (Fast Company) More
Serious Spice – An ingredient in turmeric may help cancer drugs work better by increasing their anti-inflammatory effects. (Vitamin G)
Permission to Fail – How to be imperfect and be a whole lot happier for it. (Whole Living)
MOO-vers and Shakers – 12 Hollywood celebrities who live life down on their own private farms. (Ecorazzi) More
A while back I wrote a Blisstree post called 5 soothing voices that can make you comatose (in a good way), and it seems like a lot of you completely got what I was talking about — even though I kind of sound like a weirdo who likes to lie around and listen to audio recordings of people’s voices. Which I guess is what I am. So, today, I present to you the long-awaited part two. Here are five more folks (some Hollywood celebs, some not) with super-soothing voices that will hopefully help you relax and generally improve your harried mental state as much as they do for me and my colleagues I polled. Did we miss your favorite voiceover artist/amateur mental health expert? Tell us about them in our comments section. More
If you’re sick of reading about how every actress got in shape for the red carpet, we suggest viewing Jimmy Kimmel’s “Hottie Body Hump Club” for some comic relief. Its worth watching all seven minutes of his “Humpilates” video, below, to see tons of Hollywood celebrities — Scarlett Johanssen, Minka Kelly, Jessica Biel, Kelly Ripa, Emily Blunt, Sofia Vergara, and even Lindsay Lohan — try his workout. And you might even burn a few calories while laughing: More
On August 1, Green Team muse, vintage fashionista, and founder of the Uniform Project Sheena Matheiken, launched the UP Pilot Series, a new twelve-month experiment with a dozen new and inspiring trendsetters, all committed to proving to the world that sustainable style is some of the most eclectic, unique, and inspirational fashion out there. Oh yeah, and to raise money for some great causes. To celebrate, we launched a twelve-month interview series back in August between Sheena and her Pilots, to give Green Team-ers the skinny on the challenge, the inspiration, and – of course – the eBay shopping tips. This month Sarah Jones, designer and co-founder of Ruffeo Hearts Lil’ Snotty (RHLS), gives her Little Black Dress transformative powers using sustainable hemp silk, geometry, and some brilliantly placed zippers.
A Chat between Sheena and Sarah
Sheena Matheiken: You’ve been busy dealing with the madness that is New York Fashion Week and you’ve taken on the 1-dress challenge with U.P on top of it. Can you share some thoughts on your motivations to do this?
Morning Tip – Using less soap makes for cleaner hand-washed dishes (plus it’s thrifty and better for the environment). (The Kitchn)
Obesity and Diabetes, a la Darwin – Some scientists say obesity and diabetes could be the ugly side of evolution, thanks to a common gene linked with both diseases. (ScienceDaily)
The Health Oscars – Forget Sunday’s show; these best portrayals of illness by Hollywood celebrities deserve big awards. (Health) More
There’s no denying it: the Planters brand is becoming – dare we say – hip. First, it snagged Robert Downey, Jr. to voice Mr. Peanut in its new TV commercials. Now, the Nutmobile has gone positively green.
“Its newest iteration runs on bio-diesel and has a wind turbine, solar panels, LED interior lighting, recycled parts, and wood floors reclaimed from a 19th-century Pennsylvania barn,” writes The New York Times. But according to AutoBlog, the bio-diesel is not, alas, nut-based – perhaps to avoid any awkward and unpleasant nut cannibalism implications? More
If only Jennifer Aniston would develop a case of sticky fingers, or whatever it is LiLo currently suffers from, maybe she’d get some press coverage for something other than just her hair. But until she stops being a fairly stable and physically fit actress who ends up in rehab or jail, the world is stuck obsessing over her latest ‘do.
In January, Aniston called “The Rachel,” her signature Friends hairstyle “the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen” (no arguments here), instantly making my already-regrettable mid-’90s attempted recreation all the more embarrassing in retrospect. More
Hollywood stars are usually in the news for all the wrong reasons, but YourDailyThread’s story on eco-friendly celebrities has all the right highlights:
With the Oscars less than a week a way, celebrities are certainly on the brain. While we’re still not sure who is going to bring home the little gold man on Sunday night, we do know which celebs have been touting green practices over the last few weeks. More
Celebrity bodies are like roadside car accidents: It’s tacky and dangerous to hit the brakes and stare, but we’re unable to peel our eyes away from the damage (or in some cases, the lucky escapes). But we Blisstree editors are still amazed by the number of headlines about celebrity weight loss, Hollywood diets, and kooky fitness plans when we’re browsing top headlines in health and wellness; our category is so clogged with catty commentary about bikini bodies and post-pregnancy workouts that we’re sure we’ll find out about Angelina Jolie’s favorite snacks before we read about a potential cure for AIDS. More
This new Allstate insurance commercial – one in a series featuring actor Dean Winters (of Dennis on 30 Rock fame) playing “Mayhem” – is calling us all fat. Or at least “heavy,” like wet snow that can completely collapse your garage roof during winter. We should be offended, but Mr. Mayhem has a point: We do feel bigger and more sluggish during the winter, and we don’t like it one bit. We do, however, like Dean Winters, so we’re willing to put up with a little fat-bashing. Or we could get up off the couch, turn off the TV, and get some exercise. But first, watch Mayhem insult our weight to our face: More
Fit and Famous – 5 celebrity couples with very different workout regimens and eating habits. (FitSugar)
What’s Up, Doc – 5 important questions to ask your dentist about radiation before those X-rays. (Rodale)
Are You Gonna Eat That? – 6 revolting food products you should never put in your mouth. (Grist) More
We don’t always believe in taking health and beauty advice from celebrities (especially when they’re shilling for questionable beauty treatments or acting as spokesperson for the unproven health benefits of milk), but when they’re telling us to eat our vegetables, it’s hard to deny their wisdom. With several beautiful celebrities, smart doctors, and qualified nutritionists telling us to drink our greens for lower cholesterol, anti-aging benefits, and better digestion, we’re starting to think they’re onto something. (Plus, we just read Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet, and she makes yet another convincing case for getting your superfoods and greens through a straw.) More