Archives for March 2010

Job Stress Leads to Weight Gain

A recent study found that chronic job stress contributes to lack of exercise, unhealthy eating habits and a general sedentary lifestyle, oftentimes leading to obesity. The study suggests that the only way to combat these negative effects of stress on your health and life is with exercise.

This study further proves the argument that businesses and companies need to devote some of their time, energy and resources into wellness programs for employees. During the current economic downturn, employees who survive layoffs don’t escape from the stress surrounding these changes in staff. Employers need to incorporate wellness programs, including good nutrition options and opportunities for employees to take part in physical activities during the day.

Everyone is feeling the added pressure these days and this stress can take its toll on your mind and body. Finding simple, effective ways to control this stress and prevent it from leaving a lasting, negative impact on your life is crucial.

I find that when I am sitting at my desk all day, consumed with a stressful task or job, the last thing I am thinking about is exercising or eating a nutritious, well-balanced meal. Typically, what I am thinking is, I hope I make it out of here at a reasonable hour and what can I buy/eat that will be quick and easy. Unfortunately, quick and easy foods tend to be the worst ones for you. I have recently been reading Michael Pollan‘s writing on food and nutrition and one piece of advice he distills in Food Rules is, “It’s not food if it arrives through the window of your car.” But there are many things that you can put into your daily diet that are quick and nutritious. For example, have vegetables cut and waiting in a ziploc baggy in your refrigerator. Pair carrots, celery, mushrooms and cucumbers with dips and it easily replaces a bag of chips. Another simple dish that I find works extremely well if I am pressed for time or getting home at later hours is pasta with fresh parmesan cheese, oil and pepper. It only takes about 8 minutes to boil water and that is all this dish requires. Plus, the added benefit of the serotonin boosting power of carbohydrates might just help ease your end-of-day stress.

Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty


Last night was the premiere of Jessica Simpson’s THE PRICE OF BEAUTY. The show will air weekly on Mondays on VH1 and costars her hairstylist, Ken Paves, and her best friend, CaCee Cobb. The show is supposed to document the impossible standards of beauty that all countries seem to subscribe. The first episode focused on Thailand but the first fifteen minutes of the show revolved around Jessica’s own paparazzi-stalked life and the critical lens that catapulted her to the covers of every gossip magazine in town. Mom jeans, need I say more?

The show is not a strict documentary. It also isn’t the Newlyweds. It’s an amalgam of the two. Jessica is her typical ditsy self, embarrassing herself by getting the giggles during her meditation with a Buddhist monk. She and CaCee also react a little over the top when forcing themselves to eat some sort of fried bug. The show can make you feel a little bit like you are watching two pampered sorority girls make fun of different cultures, but at the same time it will open your eyes to the traditions and cultures that are foreign to us. Anything that will help women become more accepting of their self-prescribed “flaws” and embrace their own authenticity is something I can’t help but route for. And for the same reason I liked watching The Newlyweds, I will tune in to see if Jessica asks if Chicken-of-the-Sea is chicken or fish. Some things never change.

Celebrity Apprentice


Bret Michaels, Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Osbourne, Rod Blagojevich and The Donald…this season of Celebrity Apprentice is obviously all about the hair!

The season opened with a food task, always a popular (and often messy) option. The cast had to open a diner. The men seemed to have the advantage because Curtis Stone (hot!) is a celebrity chef. But for a minute it seemed like the men shot themselves in the foot by having a menu with nothing under $100. (Truffle Risotto anyone?) But if we have learned anything in the history of The Apprentice, the higher price points often pay off.

The women, on the other hand, had a line out the door and according to Joan Rivers (on a secret mission for The Donald) better and hotter food then the men. Even with Joan on their side, the women lost to the men who ended up practically doubling the women’s profit. Because it’s too early in the show for enemies or built up animosity and no one was thrown under The Apprentice Bus, The Donald had to make the first cut. Carol Leifer was fired because she was, quite honestly, the most boring and probably the most unrecognizable. Although people “in the know” know she was the inspiration for the character of Elaine on Seinfeld. I bet if more people knew this, The Donald wouldn’t have been so quick to say, “You’re FIRED!”


Molly & Jason’s Wedding


I don’t know what took me so long to watch my Tivo’d episode of The Bachelor special, Molly & Jason’s Wedding. I almost avoided watching it because I felt no interest in either of them. I was annoyed with the whole way that season went down. Jason was a jerk. Molly was the mean girl. And Melissa rebounded a little too quickly (what with the Dancing with the Stars, the engagement and then the wedding to an “old” boyfriend…a little suspicious if you ask me). But I digress. So “the wedding” was sitting in my DVR list of shows I have taped but have been too busy to watch. I came very close to deleting it for complete lack of interest, but I am so glad I didn’t. (I’m feeling a little like the Grinch who’s heart starting growing in size).

First of all, it POURED on their wedding and here is where all of my bad feelings towards Molly and Jason vanished because they handled it like two people really in love. Even the torrential downpour could not dampen their spirits (aw!). They laughed through what was quite possibly every bride’s worst nightmare and honestly, Molly handled it so well. Granted, she had Ken Paves backstage to fix her hair and I’m sure Monique Lhuillier had a spare (dry) dress to provide Molly. So yes, it wasn’t entirely like real life, but it came pretty close.

The only other interesting/entertaining aspect of the show was the update on where the current Bachelor couples are and how they are weathering the storm (ba dum bum). Charlie and Sarah are still together after a break up and his entering AA, but she is definitely waiting for a ring, even going so far as to snarkily say to the camera, “I’ll move in when I have a ring.” Jake and Vienna are playing fake house, making out over a pasta dinner that definitely made me a little nauseous. And Jillian and Ed seem to actually be moving forward, even going so far as to begin the wedding preparations. I know there had been all of those US Weekly stories about his cheating ways and how he reportedly told a girlfriend that he thought Jillian was ugly, but come on, what is an ex-girlfriend going to tell a reporter for US Weekly? I honestly think they are going to be the next Bachelor couple to walk down the aisle.  We will all have to wait and see.  In the meantime, preparations are underway for The Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky. I was a fan of Ali’s from the first episode of The Bachelor: On The Wings of Love. The only time she sort of got on my nerves was when she cried continuously during her last appearances on the show. First crying because she couldn’t make the decision to stay for Jake or leave for her job (reportedly with Facebook). And then again when she cried about wanting to come back to Jake…a request he promptly rejected.


I’m sorry but this picture of Ali in a hotel room longingly staring at publicity photos of Jake just cracks me up! These are the same pictures used in the ads for The Bachelor. The line between reality and reality tv is blurring, people!

Anyway, those are my thoughts on tonight’s reality tv.

Tomorrow I will weigh in on The Celebrity Apprentice. Anyone else think Sharon Osbourne is going to run away with it this season?

Rozlyn Papa


I am watching the 20/20 special on The Bachelor and am feeling completely justified in my obsession with this show. Even celebrities like Ellen Degeneres and Kelly Ripa love The Bachelor. And how could they not? It’s a real life soap opera!

The show has even spawned some highly successful blogs detailing the ins and outs of this addictive reality show. Here’s one Bachelor Blog that was featured on the 20/20 report.

The expose was great because it not only gives us an update in the “Where are they now” style, but it also takes us on an inside tour into the house where the series is filmed and provides some backstage secrets (like they have to do their own makeup!) and information on scandals.

And it turns out that Rozlyn Papa’s explosive presence on the reunion show may have been a little on the calculated side. Apparently she has been auditioning for a spot on E!

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Skincare Secret


While being interviewed on the red carpet at the Oscars, Ryan Seacrest told Sarah Jessica Parker that she doesn’t look like she has aged at all. What is her skincare secret? Apparently it is Tracie Martyn and she shares this skincare secret with Sandra Bullock and Kate Winslet. All three women visited Tracie in the days and hours leading up to the Oscars.

Katherine Heigl’s New Look


Katherine Heigl has changed her look and lost the blonde hair that defined Grey’s Anatomy’s Izzie Stephens. I wonder if it’s for a new role. What do you think?

Sandra Bullock’s Oscar Look


It seems that people are a bit divided on Sandra Bullock’s red lips but they are united in saying her overall look and acceptance speech at the Oscars was a huge success. If you are curious as to how Sandra achieved this flawless, old-Hollywood style glamour, the Beauty Counter Blog has the details.

The Mission: Give Sandra Bullock Best Actress-caliber beauty on the “off chance” she should take home the big prize.

The Glam Squad: Celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin for Chanel Beauty and hairstylist Adir Abergel for Frédéric Fekkai.

The Face: “I wanted Sandra to look like the true movie star she is, so we went with modern-classy Hollywood makeup: dewy skin, soft eyes, and a bold red lip,” Levin says of the look she crafted for Bullock, which started with Chanel’s Sublimage Fluid and Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Fluide Makeup in Shell. Using a brow powder rather than a pencil or a wax to give Bullock’s arches structure, Levin moved on to the eyes, lining both upper and lower lash lines with a brown shadow and opting for three coats of Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara in Noir—the Waterproof version, just in case any trips onto the podium should kick-start the waterworks. The X factor came from Bullock’s red lip, however, which Levin built using Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Paris, which she also gently dabbed onto the apples of her cheeks—a signature trick to add a bit of warmth.

The Hair: For his part, Abergel wanted to “bring back simplicity,” which he achieved by coating Bullock’s hair with Fekkai’s Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum and fashioning a deep side part. He then pulled all of Bullock’s hair over to one side and added a wave at the end—a popular style at the Oscars this year, also spotted on Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.

The Result: A win over Meryl Streep and the bevy of nude lips and frizzy updos that ruled the red carpet last night.

Summer Shoes

calypso-striped-espadrilles (1)I just found these adorable shoes on A Cup of Jo and I am thinking they may the perfect summer shoe!