Me & Katy Perry backstage!
I kid you not...I took that breathtaking picture of the sun
setting in The Hamptons on the 4th of July weekend
Christina Aguilera's slimdown continues & it looks like her body's already bikini ready for the summer. Check out the new pic she posted to FB this week...
Christina says that she was on the set of a new music video. Of course, Christina & CeeLo Green will be returning to "The Voice" next season. Then the following season, Shakira & Usher will return to replace them.
As far as "Scandal" gladiator fans are concerned, "Scandal" Thursday is the the most exciting day of this week! The fact that it's the season finale makes it exciting & sad...all at the same time. I've seen the show's cast all over TV this week, including on Good Morning America & The View. The show's star, Kerry Washington, who plays lead character Olivia Pope, is all the rage right now. In fact, she's looking gorgeous on the cover of the June 2013 issue of Elle Magazine...
That issue of Elle hits newsstands in just days. Below, you can check out the behind-the-scenes video of Kerry's Elle photoshoot, as well as the trailer for the season finale of "Scandal". Happy "Scandal" Thursday!
I must admit, I absolutely LOVE Mariah Carey's new song "#Beautiful" featuring Miguel! I think the video's pretty cute as well. One thing I was surprised to learn is that the vintage car in the video actually belonged to Mariah's real-life father! I found that little tidbit out by watching the behind-the-scenes videos of "#Beautiful". So below, I've shared a couple of Mariah's behind-the-scenes vids, followed by the full video of the song...
Yes, Mother's Day is this coming weekend! But no need to panic because I'm giving you some last minute gift ideas for the mother in your life...
Of course, you can always get her the usual suspects like cards, chocolates, dinner, perfume, gift cards, spa treatments, time with the family, a day off and money. But I also checked out some of my fav go-to gift sites & came up with a proper list of gift ideas that I think any Mom would LOVE...
Courtesy of Oprah.com:
Masala Chai and Yedi Houseware Teacup and Teapot
"I drink masala chai every afternoon with a dash of
almond milk. In this giant porcelain cup, it just feels luxurious." --Oprah
Tea, $9 for 32 ounces | Rishi-Tea.com
and teapot, $30 | YediHouseware.com
GreenTree Home Beeswax Candles
$48 each | lovebeautysoul.com
The Dreamstate Sleep Mask
"This mask fights exhaustion by helping you produce melatonin and get your eight hours
of z's. All while looking cool, I might add." --Dr. Oz
$20 | TheDreamState.com
Cotton Pajamas and Matching Robe
"You know I love a crisp cotton pajama! These have a coordinating cable-knit cashmere robe--which practically guarantees sweet dreams." --Oprah
Pajama set, $120 |
Cashmere robe, $458 | marigotcollection.com
After visiting Oprah's site, I headed over to Red Envelope's site & found some more Mother's Day goodies...
I always love me a good pair of slippers & I'm sure Mom does too. These slippers are therapeutic & they start at $39.95.
This Eberjey Maritime striped lounge set looks so comfy & PERFECT for lounging around in the house with the family. The set is pretty pricey, though, with it's pieces coming in at $189.95 and $129.95.
This is actually a gift that I bought myself on Red Envelope's site. I'm a big fan of picnics & thought this was just about one of the coolest inventions ever. It's a steady stick table & wine glass holders. The table & wine holders have built-in sticks that you can stick into the ground. That way, the cheese & crackers that you have on the little table & the wine you're drinking does't touch the ground. Pretty cool, huh? And the fact that the set is only $29.95 makes it even cooler!
And like I said, I LOVE me some picnics. So in my opinion, picnic baskets would make great Mother's Day gifts. Years ago, I bought THE cutest picnic basket & accesories from Williams-Sonoma, so I headed back to their site to see if they had more...
I love all 3 of those baskets. The 1st one is $99.95. The 2nd one is the prettiest, in my opinion, and it's $119.95. But If I were going to buy one of these, it would have to be the 3rd basket, which costs $349.95. I know that's pretty pricey, but Mom's worth it if you have it AND the accessories in this basket are awesome. Here's the site's description...
Inspired by classic English picnic hampers, the woven willow basket is thoughtfully designed
for gracious outdoor dining. Inside, you'll find everything you need to host an
elegant picnic for four, including fine tableware, linens and serving essentials
for food, wine and coffee.
I hope these ideas were helpful. Some are reasonably priced, others are a bit pricey. But I think they're all great gift ideas for Mom. Happy Mother's Day!
That's P!nk looking super gorgeous on the cover of the June issue of Glamour Magazine! in the issue, out May 7th, P!nk reveals which *N Sync member had a crush on her...
"Joey Fatone was in love with me," the singer says. "He took me to Friendly's on a date, and he bought me an ice cream. Such a sweetheart. He asked my dad's permission."
Wow, I did not know that! Very interesting. Check out more pics from the issue & watch the really cool behind-the-scenes vid from the photo shoot below...
Doesn't that look just yummy?! I recently visited a friend in Montreal & we stopped by this spot called The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. I ordered the steak, twice baked potato with veggies & mushrooms. I can't remember which cut of steak that was...maybe ribeye? Anyway, it was just as delicious as it looks. In fact, it was so delicious that I decided to make it myself when I got home...
And guess what? I enjoyed MY version of it even better! It was super easy to make. I had a friend over for dinner & he watched me as I shook up the cocktails & cooked the dinner. It came together so quickly. As far as the mushrooms & onions...I chopped up some onions & threw them & some already sliced mushrooms into a pan & sauteed them in a little butter & olive oil until they were done. The steak was super easy too...I went with New York Strip Steak this time around. I seasoned it with salt, pepper & garlic powder. Then I seared it on each side over really high heat in butter & olive oil. After searing it, I placed it under the broiler for about a minute or 2 on each side, took them out, let them rest & they were done. I had never made twice baked potatoes before, so I had to google a little bit of help to make them.
I always enjoy watching Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, on Food Network, so I used her recipe...
Trust me, you'll LOVE this recipe. CLICK HERE to get it from her website. All-in-all, the entire meal was probably the best I've ever made. It was unbelievably delicious. And I'm not just saying it to pat myself on the back, my friend also said that he thought about that meal the entire next week. Make it for yourself, you'll see. Btw, the appetizer salad was my vegetable for the night...
I just cut up some cucumbers & tomatoes, salt & peppered them, then drizzled olive oil & lemon juice over them, stirred & served. We had cocktails with our meal, but you can also pair it with wine. I know that red wine normally goes well with steak, but I'm not a red wine lover. Yes, I know that it's suppose to be good for you in moderation, but no matter how many red wines I try, I just don't like it. So I typically go with white wine. Riesling is my fav. The cocktail we had with the meal is one that a friend & I got from a restaurant years ago. It's equal parts vodka (I like Grey Goose L'Orange, Grey Goose La Poire or Grey Goose Cherry Noir) with equal parts St. Germain liqueur. Shake really well with ice to chill, pour it into a martini glass, then top it off with Prosecco (you can use Champagne or any other sparkling wine). You don't have to top the drink off with sparkling wine, but I like it that way. My friend normally orders the cocktail without the sparkling wine, but she'll have them add grapefruit juice, but I can do without it. Happy eating & cheers!
LOVING this new Beyonce Pepsi "Mirrors" ad. Also love the message in the commercial...Embrace your past, but live for now! Check it out...