Aug 31, 2011

A Kardashian Proposal

So Kris Humphries says he proposed to Kim Kardashian in her bedroom because their relationship is simple and he didn't want any distractions. I think the $20 million wedding and the E! cameras capturing the engagement prove otherwise.

Share On

Google's latest project: Search Stories. The technology giant first released Search Stories earlier this year - you may remember Dear Sophie or Lady Gaga. Now, in the spirit of sharing, you can create your own. Check out my Search Story above and click here to create your own.

Aug 29, 2011

Cycle of Love

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Leave it to the Queen St. paparazzi to get a shot of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake reuniting in Toronto. The duo have sparked rumors of a reconciliation after dining a deux at The Hoof Cafe and The Good Egg, and this bike ride only adds fuel to the fire. Oh, the TTC also got some free ad placement. Win-win for all?

Pitt Twins

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Before leaving his family for TIFF, Brad Pitt spent some quality time with Vivienne and Knox. The youngest Jolie-Pitts had a tight grip on their dad and both looked adorable in their signature "lady" and "dude" wardrobes. Think they make Viv's jacket in my size?

The Hunger Games

Aug 28, 2011

Teen Love

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are the Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears of the decade.

Silver Assets

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In her first appearance since her version of the royal wedding, Kim Kardashian Humphries showed off her best assets in this slinky sparkling gown. I still think Kim looked best in her three wedding gowns - love suits her.

Lady Joe

Leave it to Lady Gaga to perform in drag at the MTV Video Music Awards. Dressed as alter ego Joe Calderone, the Lady committed to her show-opening act, talking in a tough voice and putting on a badass act. Oh, and then she sang. True Gaga.

Fierce Dress

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Kind of obsessed with Demi Lovato's MTV VMA dress. It's fierce.

B is for Baby

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Those pesky pregnancy rumors are finally true! Cradling her belly, Beyonce teased "I have a surprise" at the MTV Video Music Awards. Her rep confirmed the news, stating "I'm happy to say it's true." This will be the first child for Beyonce and husband Jay-Z.

Aug 24, 2011

A List Eats: Bruschetta

If you're new to cooking, you should try my bruschetta. It's almost foolproof - just don't burn down the house. This easy appetizer is a great addition to any dinner party.

Dish: Bruschetta
Prep Time: 10 minutes

- Fresh baguette
- 2 large tomatoes (heirloom or field work best)
- 1/3 cup of basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic 


- Slice baguette into thin slices

- Chop tomatoes into one-inch pieces
- Slice garlic clove into small pieces
- Cut the basil leaves into thin strips
- Mix tomatoes, garlic and basil in bowl
- Add one teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste

- Place baguette slices onto medium heat (if you don't have fire burners, place directly onto stove)

- Rub garlic clove onto toasted baguette
- Drizzle extra virgin olive oil onto toasted baguette

- Add tomato/basil/garlic mixture


Pulling a Pippa

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Leave it to Lindsay Lohan to drum up some publicity by aligning herself with Pippa Middleton. The troubled actress was invited to Kim Kardashian's wedding extravaganza last weekend and took it upon herself to steal one of the year's most popular looks - Pippa's Temperley dress. The sister of Duchess of Cambridge may be better known for her scene stealing white Alexander McQueen, but who could forget the stunning green Temperley gown? Apparently Lindsay could not. Lindsay donned a white version in accordance with Kim's strict black and white dress code. Congratulations Lindsay - your publicity stunt worked.

Aug 23, 2011

Norwegian Recycling

Norwegian Recycling's mash-ups are EPIC. I've been listening to these non-stop. Enjoy!

Cher A Moment

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Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd are like, totally besties. The Clueless couple reunited at the premiere of Our Idiot Brother in New York and sparked memories of their Cher and Josh days. Who wants to see a Clueless reunion? I do!

Baby Makes Five

Low key lovebirds Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are expecting their third child. Reps said that the couple is "thrilled" to have another baby on the way. Ben and Jen already have two daughters, five-year-old Violet Anne and two-year-old Seraphina Elizabeth Rose. Think the Afflecks will finally get a son? My money's on a girl.

The Ides of March

George Clooney and Ryan Gosling teamed up for The Ides of March, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sign me up!

Aug 21, 2011

Sneak Peek: Kim's Big Day

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Kim's Fairy Tale Wedding: A Kardashian Event won't air until October 9, but E! has already released a few teasers of what is being hailed as the royal reality wedding. What did you think of Kim's diamond headpiece? A little reminiscent of Cleopatra, no?

A List Eats: Pasta Caprese

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy light dishes with friends. For a recent potluck dinner I hosted for some friends, I decided to prepare this Pasta Caprese I found on the Food Network. Personally, any dish that includes basil, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes is an instant win for me. The Pasta Caprese was easy to prepare, with total prep and cook time being around 40 minutes. Try it for your next party!

Dish: Pasta Caprese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 pound pasta (whole wheat penne or fusilli work best)
- 1/2 cup chopped basil or pesto


- Whisk the olive oil, garlic and lemon juice in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the tomatoes and gently toss.
- Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.

- Bring a large pot of salted water to a bowl. Add the pasta and cook until soft. 

- Add the pasta and mozzarella to the tomato mixture and toss.
- Stir in the basil and lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
 - Refrigerate and toss occasionally until serving.

A List Eats: Perfect Pesto

After 10 days of fresh food during my jaunt to Israel, I decided to learn how to cook. I'm probably the least domestic person you'll ever meet - my boyfriend can attest to this - so my friends were quite skeptical when I announced my latest project.

As any undomestic goddess knows, it's always best to start off slow when venturing into the kitchen. Rather than attempt to bake a peach pie from scratch, I decided to start with pesto. After having quite a bit of basil and pesto in Israel, I decided it would be the perfect first dish to create.

Prep time: 10 minutes

- 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 medium garlic cloves
- salt and pepper to taste

- Combine basil with pine nuts and pulse a few times in the food processor.
- Add the garlic and pulse a few more times.
- Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on.
- Add the grated cheese and pulse again until mixture is blended.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.

 Eat With...
- Pasta
- Caprese salad
- Crackers
- Veggies

The Pippa Effect

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Kim Kardashian's regal wedding dress might still be under wraps, but sisters Khloe and Kourtney had onlookers wondering if they were tying the knot as well. In what's being called the Pippa effect, the reality star bride had her co-maids of honor wear ivory Vera Wang dresses that were reminiscent of a wedding gown. I'm sure Kim's dress was spectacular, but I think her sisters could have chosen a dresses that didn't cause onlookers to wonder if they were the ones saying their vows. What do you think?

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New Year's Eve

Talk about an A-List cast!

Aug 18, 2011

Sneak Peek: Breaking Dawn

The newlyweds continue their intense stare downs in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Recognize that chess board? It's a nod to the artwork on the Breaking Dawn cover.

Vampire spawn? Bella finds out she's carrying Edward's child. Oh, they're also in love. 

 It's totally normal to honeymoon on your family island. It's also completely normal to marry a vampire.


I need to start watching Anderson Cooper's Ridiculist more often. This is television gold!

Aug 16, 2011

Real Housewives Husband: Suicide

Real Housewives husband Russell Armstrong has died of an apparent suicide on Monday night. The 47-year-old estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong was found dead in his Mulholland Drive home by Los Angeles Police. The coroner has not issued an official cause of death, but Russell is said to have hung himself, fully clothed.

Taylor, who filed for divorce and claimed Russell abused her is "devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded." Her rep adds that "she requests privacy at this time so she may comfort her young daughter," - five-year-old Kennedy. Russel also had two sons, age 11 and 13, from previous relationships.

No suicide note was found, but insiders are speculating that Russell was under extreme stress from his pending divorce, allegations of abuse, debt and recent legal problems. The Armstrongs were recently sued for $1.5 million by a company claiming the venture capitalist misappropriated funds.

Story developing...

Aug 15, 2011

Bing It On

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The first picture of Bingham Hawn Bellamy has finally surfaced! Proud papa Matthew Bellamy tweeted a picture of his fiance, Kate Hudson, with their baby, Bing. The caption: "Family time." How sweet!

Who Knew?

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Reality worlds came together after Kyle Richards tweeted a picture of her younger self with Bethenny Frankel. The ladies, of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Real Housewives of New York City fame have been friends since their twenties. They must share beauty secrets - they look like they haven't aged since this photo was taken!

Aug 14, 2011

Haven Garner Warren

It's a girl! Jessica Alba and Cash Warren welcomed their second daughter on Saturday, August 13. The actress announced her 7lb bundle of joy on her Facebook page. Also announced? The name - Haven Garner Warren. No explanation was given for the odd moniker, but the parents of Honor Marie have chosen to sway from the traditional this time. What do you think of the name?

Baby Makes Three

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Former Disney princess Hilary Duff is pregnant! The 23-year-old star and her hockey player husband Mike Comrie, 30, announced their impending arrival on her official website. After reflecting on her first year of marriage, Hilary blogged, "We also want to share the exciting news that... BABY MAKES THREE. We are extremely ready to start this new chapter of our lives." Congratulations Comries!

Sugarland Stage Collapse

Five people are dead and 40 more were injured after the stage collapsed at the Indiana Fairgrounds Saturday. As fans waited for Sugarland to perform, a 60 mph gust of wind knocked down the stage, crushing concertgoers. Warning: the video is disturbing to watch. 

Aug 11, 2011

Rap Royalty

Kanye West and Jay-Z: Otis

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM

Mesmerizing. Breathtaking. Magical. Enchanting. Astonishing. Magnificent. Moving. Overwhelming. Thrilling. Inspiring. Alluring. Captivating. Enthralling. Fascinating. Spellbinding. 

There aren't enough adjectives to describe the wonder that is Cirque du Soleil TOTEM. I received an invitation to the private preview of the show a couple of weeks ago and was brimming with excitement ever since. I'm a big Cirque fan, having been to shows in Toronto when I was younger and most recently in Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil O was my gold standard, but TOTEM knocked O off its pedestal. 

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Held under the Grand Chapiteau, TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Through acrobatics and visuals, TOTEM illustrates the evolutionary progress of species. We all know I'm a sucker for anthropology and evolution, but TOTEM takes science and legend to a whole new level. With stunning visuals and insane acrobatic acts, it's impossible to to take your eyes off the show. 

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The TOTEM performers put on the show of their lives last night. Almost every act received a standing ovation and the crowds went wild for the abs, flips, balancing, juggling, bar dancing and hoops. The acts were literally out of this world. I'm still not sure how anyone discovers they have the talent to juggle fabric on their foot, balance a 20-foot poll and a man on their head or monocycle while catching and balancing bowls on their head, but Cirque du Soleil sure managed to find, and train, these people. The dedication that goes into every act is extraordinary and the performers deserve to be celebrated.

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Last night's premiere was truly an A-List event. From the champagne flutes to the mini cupcakes and the bamboo sticks to the chocolate squares, TOTEM screamed decadence and wonder. Media and Toronto's elite were the guests of honor last night, and I'm thrilled to have been included in such an amazing night.

Alanna and Leah, pre-TOTEM
Regardless of how many Cirque du Soleil shows you've seen, TOTEM is not to be missed. The show is only in Toronto until October 9 and it's worth every penny. What are you waiting for? Escape reality and enter the surreal world that is Cirque du Soleil TOTEM. Get your tickets now.

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Rehab/Fix You

Coldplay's touching tribute to Any Winehouse.

Aug 8, 2011

Take This Waltz

No one does melodrama like Michelle Williams. After her emotional performance in last year's Blue Valentine, the actress is set to premiere Take This Waltz at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. The drama, which was filmed in Toronto's trendy Queen West neighborhood, was directed by Sarah Polley and also stars Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman.

Take This Waltz Synopsis:

"When Margot, 28, meets Daniel, their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction: she is happily married to Lou, a celebrated cookbook writer. But when Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and David  steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Margot finally gives in to desire and in doing so, discovers some unsettling truths about herself. Sweltering hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of fruit, "Take This Waltz" leads us, laughing, through the familiar but unchartered question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex and our images of ourselves.

Toronto Aces

Drake and The A List 
Which hometown hero was spotted dining with his tennis love in Toronto? Drake and Serena Williams were getting cozy at Cafe Nervosa on Monday night. With their legs intertwined at the table, it was obvious that they are more than just friends. Drake and Serena have been spotted together in the city before, including at my tennis club, and seemed very at ease with each other. Look out for him in the stands at the Rogers Cup this week...

Best night of her life.

Update: Drake and Serena were also spotted renting out two lanes at Toronto hotspot The Ballroom last week. 

Aug 7, 2011

Baby Beckham

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Harper Seven is one beautiful baby!

Around the World

What travelling around the world looks like in one minute. 

Aug 5, 2011

RHOBH Returns

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills captivated us in season one with their limitless spending, extravagant plastic surgery and never-ending drama, and season two looks better than ever. The ongoing issues between Kyle Richards and Camille Grammar are back in the spotlight, but it's new cast member Brandi Glanville who really seems to be stirring things up. The ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian initially evoked sympathy from fans after her husband left her for LeAnn Rimes, but I have a feeling the pity party will end soon. Judging from the trailer, Brandi looks like a complete nutcase. I have a feeling Eddie and LeAnn will be very happy when the world sees Brandi for who she really is.

The new season begins September 5. Get excited!

Toddlers and Vogue

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Cover girl Thylane Lena -Rose Blondeau is creating quite the controversy in North America. After the 10-year-old's provocative spread was featured on the pages of Vogue Paris, critics helmed the shoot too racy for a prepubescent girl. Thylane's Facebook group was apparently shut down by her mother and Tumblr was forced to remove at least one of the inappropriate blogs featuring the girl's pictures. While many children model, the high fashion shoots little Thylane is featured in are better suited to older models. What parent would old men staring at a picture of this?

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