Deep-Fried Madness & The Age of Aquarius

Deep-Fried Madness & The Age of Aquarius

Holy, deep-fried frog legs! It's the last weekend of the OC Fair, so I brought crazy Chicken Charlie to the studio (despite my better vegan instincts) and had another incredible bucket list experience singing "Let the Sunshine In" and "Age of Aquarius" with the legendary 5th Dimension ... on live TV!
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Brand-New App: Napk-In

Brand-New App: Napk-In

As much as I love social media, I'm not the kind of person who's always downloading the latest app. However, several months ago I was asked to be part of the beta-testing group for Napk-in, a brand-new foodie app that serves as a personalized digital dining diary. The app is now available for FREE download on iOS with plans for Android soon. Read on for a little show & tell of how it works ...
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Day of the Cowboy & Working Out with Tony Little

Day of the Cowboy & Working Out with Tony Little

Yee haw!!! It was a full circle moment for me interviewing fitness guru Tony Little. OMG I used to do his DVD workout videos with my aunt with him yelling "You can do ittttttttt!!! Do it good!!!!!" I also learned a few rope tricks from a family of real cowboys and cowgirls .. and you can do it, too!
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Get Spun: Cotton Candy in LA

Get Spun: Cotton Candy in LA

Cotton candy, fairy floss, fluffy stuff. Whatever you call it, the spun sugary treat is so popular it has its own holiday. But that's not until December 7 and there's no reason to wait that long to indulge. It's summertime and the sweet treat is in full swing not only at carnivals and county fairs, but it’s also showing up at some of LA’s hottest bars and restaurants.
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E! News: Love It Buy It – Summer Travel Must-Haves

E! News: Love It Buy It – Summer Travel Must-Haves

Summer is in full swing, so this week's "Love It Buy It" is filled with all your favorite things for a perfect weekend getaway! I'm talking fabulous lightweight infinity scarves for just $9 (that's 70% OFF the retail price of $30), genuine leather crossbody bags from Isaac Mizrahi for just $69 (regularly $198!) and a hair tool that Giuliana just couldn't enough of ... you'll have to watch the segment to know what I mean!
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My Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials

My Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is here, which means longer days for having fun and basking in the sun. You have your swimsuit, but what should you pack in your beach bag so you don't end up getting burned by poor planning? Here are my top 10 beach bag essentials to ensure you have it made in the shade.
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E! News: Love It Buy It – Luxe Essentials for Less

E! News: Love It Buy It – Luxe Essentials for Less

Woo hoo! Our latest edition of "Love It Buy It" is all about luxe essentials for a LOT less than what you'd pay anywhere else! I'm talking ultra-soft crisscross cardigans for just $16 genuine Saffiano leather wallets and wristlets for $47 (regularly $148) and delicate gold vermeil necklaces from Charlene K (one of my personal faves) for just $29!
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E! News: Love It Buy It – Summer Style Checklist

E! News: Love It Buy It – Summer Style Checklist

Summer is here and the latest edition of "Love It Buy It" has your hottest must-haves of the season! This week the fabulous Catt Sadler and I had fun showcasing the latest deals including a three-piece vegan nail polish set for $15, the most adorbs handmade tank & tote set for $34 (regularly $80!) and a cray cray hair tool!
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Partying with Maria Menounos, George Lopez & Los Lobos!

Partying with Maria Menounos, George Lopez & Los Lobos!

What an awesome time today! I love it when all the elements come together. Not only did Maria Menounos stop by to show us how to get killer abs, but Los Lobos rocked la casa with "La Bamba" over and over again, which was pretty incredible considering they said they never play it at shows. Even George Lopez couldn't get enough!
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My Juicy Chat with Venus Williams

My Juicy Chat with Venus Williams

She’s one of the most famous athletes in the world, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time Grand Slam title winner, including five Wimbledon championships. But did you know that Venus Williams is an avid green juicer and French fry aficionado? I caught up with the tennis superstar (and fashion designer) to dish on her secrets for success both on and off the court.
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Late-Night, All-Night Happy Hour

Late-Night, All-Night Happy Hour

Happy Hour. Two little words that bring such joy to so many. But who can get out of the office at four-frickin-thirty in the afternoon? Thankfully, restaurants and bars are figuring out that if they really want to entice all of us they're gonna have to come up with something beyond the typical happy hour window.
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Lisa Vanderpump’s New Hot Spot

Lisa Vanderpump’s New Hot Spot

Life isn't always diamonds and champagne, but if "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump has her way, it will be at PUMP, her new restaurant and lounge opening this month in West Hollywood. I had her on the show today to tell us about the parking lot she has "transformed into a beautiful garden from the South of France."
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Eat This: Crossroads Kitchen

Eat This: Crossroads Kitchen

It's been a while since I last visited Crossroads Kitchen on Melrose and good news: this place is still whipping up some seriously delicious food. The menu is totally vegan (or as they like to say, plant-based) and there were some items that were so good I had to order them twice.
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LA’s Best Independent Bookstores

LA’s Best Independent Bookstores

Read any good books lately? Even if you've forsaken the good old-fashioned paperback in favor of the iPad or Kindle, you have to admit there's something special about turning the page, feeling the paper and reading the print in an actual book. So in the name of helping the noble scribe, encouraging everyone to read and supporting local businesses, here's a list of 20+ indie LA bookshops that are worth checking out.
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Coachella Fashion & Easter Fun!

Coachella Fashion & Easter Fun!

It's time to hop on over to The Grove and take photos with the Easter Bunny! The Bunny Bungalow is open every day 11am-8pm and 11-6pm on Easter Sunday. And if you're heading to the desert this weekend, make sure to get your hands on Chaser Brand rock & roll tees & things! Born and made in LA, they truly have the coolest stuff that I absolutely live in!!!
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2014 Tax Day Deals in Los Angeles

2014 Tax Day Deals in Los Angeles

IRS, IOU, OMG! Tax Day is that dreaded time of year when everyone's least avuncular Uncle Sam comes to cash in at our expense. Or, if you're one of the fortunate few, it's the one day when you get a little cash back to help ease the sting of all those taxes being taken from your paycheck the rest of the year. Either way, we could all use a good deal right about this time. And even better, a freebie. Here's a quick hit list of discounts around SoCal...
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Talking Trash with Ashley Judd

Talking Trash with Ashley Judd

I was at the Kiehl's party in Santa Monica to kick off Earth Day with Ashley Judd and friends ... and let me just say, she's as articulate and gorgeous as I had imagined. Beauty, brains and a caring heart--she has it all!
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Cooking Classes @ Fig & Olive

Cooking Classes @ Fig & Olive

Talk about afternoon delight! For the first time, Fig & Olive Melrose Place is offering cooking classes, so of course I had to be among the first to join Executive Chef Pascal Lorange to create some very simple yet sensational springtime dishes. OMG!! It was so fun and interactive and yes, very easy.
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FOX GIVES: Going Green is Fun!

FOX GIVES: Going Green is Fun!

Who says it's not easy being green? I was at the Fox Gives "Energy Playground" to celebrate, learn and explore ways to protect our planet including driving the a new three-wheeled car and getting on a human hamster wheel!
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Sexy Swimsuit Fun with Victoria’s Secret Models

Sexy Swimsuit Fun with Victoria’s Secret Models

Pssst … I'll let you in on a little secret. Victoria's Secret models Alessandra Ambrosio and Behati Prinsloo are just as pretty in person as they are in those sexy catalogues and commercials … but even they need a little help. They were late to our interview in part because they had to finish putting on their body makeup. Yes, body makeup. Kinda makes them seem more real, right?
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Bollywood Dancing & Eat LBC!

Bollywood Dancing & Eat LBC!

It's time to raise a fork to Eat LBC, the first-ever Long Beach Restaurant Week, taking place March 30 – April 5. More than 50 eateries are participating including Open Sesame, my new fave spot for delicious Lebanese cuisine. But if you're gonna eat all that food, you better move that body ... and you may as well do it Bollywood style with the fabulous Bolly Divas!
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Getting Giggy with Lisa Vanderpump

Getting Giggy with Lisa Vanderpump

Whether or not you watch “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” chances are you recognize Lisa Vanderpump and her inseparable sidekick Giggy. I first met Lisa in 2008 when she had just opened up Villa Blanca. Six years later, she is a huge reality TV star yet remains the extremely personable and charming woman I met back then. And let me tell you, this woman loves to dish. And I’m not talking about food!
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My Mar-velous Moment with Sarah Jessica Parker

My Mar-velous Moment with Sarah Jessica Parker

It’s not often you get a chance to meet your favorite fashion icon, much less have her recognize you for your own sartorial choices. But that’s exactly what happened when I spent five minutes with the fabulous Sarah Jessica Parker who was in LA to present her new shoe line at Nordstrom at The Grove.
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My First Time on the Flying Trapeze!!!

My First Time on the Flying Trapeze!!!

Daylight saving time is here, so that means more time for fun on the Santa Monica Pier! The pier has been around since 1909, but there are still plenty of firsts to be had on this iconic landmark. Like flying on the trapeze!!! I finally did it. And I did it on live TV...
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Joe Zee Spring Fashion + Belly Dancing on Air

Joe Zee Spring Fashion + Belly Dancing on Air

It's time to spring into the season with the freshest fashions, so who better to help me do that than stylist to the stars Joe Zee?! He gave our morning viewers an exclusive sneak peek of his new line, Styled by Joe Zee for QVC, a really fun, colorful collection of easy mix-and-match pieces that are affordable, too!
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Meatless Sundays @ Willie Jane

Meatless Sundays @ Willie Jane

I've been eating an almost exclusively vegan diet for about six months now, but I don't necessarily want to eat out at a vegan restaurant every time. Sometimes I just wanna hit up a vegan-friendly spot that I can enjoy with my meat-eating friends. And that's just what I did at Willie Jane restaurant on Abbot Kinney. Their new Meatless Sunday Dinner offers three courses that change weekly for just $26. Three words: Vegan crab cakes. OMG!!!
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Marpop Cupcakes & Falling Off Treadmills

Marpop Cupcakes & Falling Off Treadmills

How sweet it is! In honor of the LA Marathon, I had the folks from Asics bring their crazy treadmill challenge to see if we have what it takes to make it as a marathoner. (Answer: Not even close!) Something that's much more my speed: I'm the "Guest Confectionist of the Month" at the Confection Co-Op in Hollywood, so now you can try my fabulous #Marpop cupcake made with a super-moist chocolate cake and fresh strawberry champagne buttercream. (And it happens to be totally vegan!) Read on for the recipe...
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Award-Worthy Dining & Money Grabbing with Wax Hands!

Award-Worthy Dining & Money Grabbing with Wax Hands!

If you wanna dine (and be treated) like an A-lister, you'll have to visit Doma Restaurant in Beverly Hills. And if you wanna act like a teenager, you'll have to check out Teen Party Expo and try one of the countless party ideas including the money grabbing machine and wax hand sculpture maker. It was a first for me. And of course, Bobby D had to get in on the action!
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Out & About: City of Claremont

Out & About: City of Claremont

Have you been to the cute little town of Claremont??? It seems so far away ... and it IS if you get stuck in traffic ... but you really must make some time to walk along the tree-lined streets filled with independently owned shops, charming sidewalk cafes and historic buildings, not to mention the Claremont Colleges. No wonder it's called "The City of Trees and PhDs."
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Brazilian Fun, Catalina Island & World Record Weightlifting

Brazilian Fun, Catalina Island & World Record Weightlifting

Want some fun? Then grab your friends (or make new ones) at the biggest Brazilian Carnaval on the West Coast. You also have to watch Armenian strongman Richie Arakelian break the GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS for the "Most Weight Squat Lifted in One Minute" (he did 10,000 pounds in 50 seconds!!!) plus treat yourself to the BEST CANDY APPLES IN THE WORLD! (Hint: You can only find them on Catalina Island.)
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Cognac, Character & Cachao with Andy Garcia

Cognac, Character & Cachao with Andy Garcia

Andy Garcia is best known as an A-list actor from movies like "The Godfather Part III" and "Ocean's Eleven" (and Twelve and Thirteen), but when I ask the Cuban-born leading man to name his first love, he says "music" without a moment's hesitation. So how did I end up chatting with this talented actor I first saw in "Stand & Deliver" when I was still a tween?? Well, I was invited to the launch party of the Martell Icons of Caractère campaign, which celebrates inspirational icons of character in the Latino community.
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