Julianna Margulies v. The Good Fight

The Good Fight on CBS All Access

I have zero inside intel on Julianna Margulies, but she left a bad taste in my mouth during her stint on The Good Wife when she filmed her final scene with Archie Panjabi via green screen because their relationship had apparently grown so contentious they could not be in the same room with one another. As for Archie, she insisted she was ready and willing to film, which suggests the camera trick was at Margulies’ request.

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Is Constance Wu Ungrateful? Fresh of the Boat Star Apologizes

FRESH OFF THE BOAT – ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Constance Wu as Jessica Huang. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

Constance Wu dug a deep whole for herself. And given her girl-next-door branding on the heels of Crazy Rich Asians, it’s going to take a lot of time to dig herself out. For those late to the party, Wu was none to please to find out that her hit ABC series Fresh off the Boat was renewed for a sixth season, and she made her objection known on social media, writing “dislike” under an Instagram post about the renewal. She also wrote “fucking hell” on twitter followed by the words “no it’s not” in response to a fan saying it was “good news.”

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Pete Davidson Stands His Ground at Comedy Gig

Can Pete Davidson catch a break? While I understand he invited a world of backlash when he publicly discussed his relationship with superstar Ariana Grande, the time has come to let it go. He’s been honest about his mental health issues, and the man is trying to move on with his life. During a recent standup comedy gig, Davidson bailed because the comedy club owner was allegedly under strict instructions from camp Pete not to mention Pete’s famous exes — and he went ahead and mentioned them anyhow.

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50 Cent Calls Out Randall Emmett and Lala Kent

VANDERPUMP RULES — “Rules of Engagement” Episode 721 — Pictured: Lala Kent — (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

There’s one very important lesson I learned from my mother: When people brag about their relationships, there’s trouble afoot. Note that I learned many other lessons from my mother, but that one holds particular importance today, because of 50 Cent’s beef over money with Randall Emmett, the executive producer of the Starz series, Power. According to 50, Randall owes him one million dollars, and according to Randall’s girlfriend/Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent, Randall has that money to give.

Fans of the Bravo series know that Lala continuously brags about her fiancé’s financial status, including private jets, Gucci slides, and a Rolls Royce. That doesn’t bode well for a man like 50, who makes the most of social media shaming. Perhaps there is trouble in paradise for Randall and Lala, the perfect May-December pair?

Andy Cohen Calls Out Lala Kent’s Botox

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN — Episode 16060 — Pictured: (l-r) Lala Kent, Ariana Madix — (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo)

While I usually frown upon other men commenting on a woman’s appearance, I condone Andy Cohen’s callout of Lala Kent, whose overuse of botox represents a very troubling problem with women in their twenties — their faces are all freezing! Cohen also once asked Khloe Kardashian, “What is going on with your ass?!” when it became extremely obvious that something big had changed. I once overloaded a concealor that I realized was far-too-light when a co-worker innocently asked “why my eyes looked so bright.” Sometimes you need a bit of a push to put a stop to poor decisions, and if it’s something that can be changed — all the better.

Kim Kardashian Studying to Become a Lawyer — My Thoughts

Kim Kardashian cover of Vogue Magazine
Image Courtesy of Vogue Magazine

When Kim Kardashian announced she was studying to become a lawyer in an interview with Vogue Magazine, I was immediately impressed and elated. That might surprise some, given my love/hate relationship with the Kardashians and the fact that I myself am a licensed attorney. In the past, I’ve taken issue with some of their business choices, particularly the alleged copy of other independant designers for their own product lines and their hawking of ridiculous products on Instagram. That being said, I take absolutely no issue with Kim Kardashian studying to become a lawyer. In fact, I embrace it. Continue reading “Kim Kardashian Studying to Become a Lawyer — My Thoughts”

The Best Beauty/Wellness Products for Women in Their Thirties

I’m a sucker for a gimmick, but when I get it right, I want to share the wealth with my closest cohorts, and that includes my readers. Here are the top ten products that are worthy of their hype.

10. Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream

Once upon a time I became paranoid about crow’s feet and a possibly droopy eyelid, so I splurged on this little jar of joy. It’s now a regular on my replacement list, which says a lot given my frugality. It might not be a miracle worker, but it sure feels like it.

09. Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap

Purchase Hair Towel Wrap

As someone with THICK, long hair, most beauty videos simply don’t apply. No I cannot, for example, duplicate the adorable french braid in that millennial YouTube video without my hands going numb before I finish. But this little towel might have just changed my life. As an air-dry-don’t-cry girl whose unashamed of a little post-gym frizz (it’s only a 1 hour lunch break after all), I noticed an UNBELIEVABLE difference after loading my mane into this magical wrap for a mere 15 minutes while reapplying makeup. I’ve now purchased four (gym, home, boo’s house, my house, etc.).

08. Facial Massage Roller

Let’s face the facts. There are some laughable products out there along with all the chumps who buy them. I’m that chump. On an addict-level buying binge I came across this wacky wand, and boy am I glad I did. We’ve all had that regretful bad-face-day, and this seems to de-puff and de-stress. If you want to purchase this particular piece of perfection, keep in mind there are less expensive alternatives on the market that are probably on par.

07. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind

If you’re 30 and flirty, then you might have already discovered that you’ve got to draw the line between caked-on-concealer and a light-handed touch-up. Many high-end brands are geared toward more youthful skin, but Maybelline wins the award with this gem. It’s thin composition lightens, brightens, and refreshes. Did I mention it’s under $10? Need I tell you I am buying three?

06. Philip’s Electric Shaver

Ladies everywhere know what I mean when I refer to my “ho-vernight” bag, and this electric shaver has been an absolute must in some hairy occasions. Plus, I loathe shaving, especially since my shower is sans shelf for my beautiful stems. This last-minute lifesaver feels like a luxury item, and it’s under $15. I’d encourage you to keep it in your car (you’ll thank me later).

05. Bite Beauty Lip Essentials

Confession – I’ve ordered a lot of lipstick in a failed attempt to rid myself of the gloss obsession that riddled my twenties. A friend once intervened to tell me it looks as if I rubbed a greasy chicken wing on my mouth to which I responded, “That’s the look. It’s clear.” Now that I’ve entered my 30’s, it feels more appropriate to enter an era of lipstick. Insert Bite Beauty, which I found courtesy of a birthday gift from Sephora. The brand is worth the lip service for the simple fact that it’s pretty AND does not seep into my lip lines. They have many hues, but I’ve linked to my personal fave.

04. Muscle Roller

If you’re like me, then you’ve learned the hard way that your metabolism slowed down, and you can no longer eat mac & cheese as an appetizer before your burger. You might have also learned that the only way to work off that burger is good, old-fashioned exercise. This simple muscle roller works wonders for any residual soreness you might encounter while reaching your [realistic] goal weight.

03. The Face Shop Jeju Aloe

There’s a magical store called The Face Shop in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, and I’ve never purchased a product I did not like. This particular item felt like a stretch, but I need not question the very sweet sales girl who sold it to me, especially since it’s such a refreshing reprieve from some of my prescribed skin care products. I apply this about once per week in the evening, and my face thanks me.

02. Ball of Foot Cushions

My tolerance for heels has decreased along with my metabolism, and I simply no longer have the stamina/patience to put looks before comfort. But on a more ambitious day, I talk myself into it, and these foot cushions have helped me hit my stride. Though once skeptical about how they could possibly help, just trust the science. Less slip, more grip.

01. IMAK Pain Relief Eye Mask

This product has thousands of positive reviews for a reason. It’s a simple solution to migraines, and the actual fit is fabulous. Plus, you can put it in the freezer! I bought this for my brother who suffers from chronic migraines, and it’s now his go-to travel item.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck v. Barbara Walters — Backstage Battle Exposed

There’s a tape circulating which features Elisabeth Hasselbeck walking off the show after being scolded by Barbara Walters during a heated Hot Topic about abortion. It offers a fascinating inside look into the The View during its Barbara Walters/Bill Geddie reign. Though I remember lauding Walters for admonishing a far-too-intense Hasselbeck, age, time, and our current climate has resulted in me viewing this exchange with a different lens.

Hasselbeck was on an island alone for years, and she held her own on that island. By all accounts, Walters was not the easiest to work with, and it makes sense to have a conversation about Hasselbeck’s tone OFF the air. In short, she humiliated her in front of a live audience. Even more interesting from the clip, is the genius that is Bill Geddie, for somehow finding a way to comfort Hasselbeck, convince her to go on the air, and simultaneously explain Walters’ point of view without defending it. To do that in less than four minutes is incredible. Watch below.

Abby Huntsman Grabs Zachary Levi’s Bicep — Double Standard?

Call me a troublemaker, but when Abby Huntsman fawned over Zachary Levi’s body by leaving her seat to grab his bicep, I couldn’t help but think of the double standard. If a male co-host had put his hands on a female guest, there would be an uproar. If men have to respect the personal space of women, then women need to do the same.

“Operation Varsity Blues” and a Troubling Unearthed Interview With Lori Loughlin

Just about everyone on planet earth has sounded off on “Operation Varsity Blues,” a detailed effort on the part of wealthy parents to manipulate their children’s chances of entering elite universities via bribes, the retroactive manipulation of SAT scores, and a false declaration of athletic status. Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and Academy Award nominee Felicity Huffman are both in jail as a result. I have nothing new to say of any value, but I would like to point out a video with Lori Loughlin and her daughter which initially troubled me, and it has now been put into a greater context.

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