Ruven AfanadorThis much we know about Jennifer Connelly: She's devastatingly pretty. She won an Oscar for her work in 2001's A Beautiful Mind. Her latest, The Day the Earth Stood Still, with Keanu Reeves, opens this month; He's Just Not That Into You premieres in February. She has two sons - Kai, 11, and Stellan, 5 - and she's married to British actor Paul Bettany. About to turn 39, she is the face of the Balenciaga campaign. And she is remarkably private and classy for someone who works in Hollywood.
But what tickles Jennifer Connelly? What gets those green eyes glinting? We had to know, so we decided to just ask. Jennifer Connelly, what do you love?
Pink Lady apples. "Three a day. I eat so many apples, it's stupid."
Home. "I became a mom before I became a wife. When I had kids, I felt I had a home like I'd never experienced before."
Doing crafts. "I have a Bedazzler! The last time we whipped it out was for Stellan's birthday. I sewed capes for all the kids, and then they decorated them with
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Ruven AfanadorThis much we know about Jennifer Connelly: She's devastatingly pretty. She won an Oscar for her work in 2001's A Beautiful Mind. Her latest, The Day the Earth Stood Still, with Keanu Reeves, opens this month; He's Just Not That Into You premieres in February. She has two sons - Kai, 11, and Stellan, 5 - and she's married to British actor Paul Bettany. About to turn 39, she is the face of the Balenciaga campaign. And she is remarkably private and classy for someone who works in Hollywood.Read More »from 10 Things That Turn Jennifer Connelly On
Before you liberally pour gravy on those mashed potatoes, put the utensils down and test your holiday eating IQ.Read More »from QUIZ: What's Your Holiday Eating IQ?
1. A typical Thanksgiving meal contains how many calories?
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2. What percentage of your extra holiday calories likely come from fat?
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3. How does eating with friends and family affect how much you consume?
A. You eat half of what you would normally eat alone
B. You consume 10% more than you would if you were alone
C. You eat about the same as you would if you were dining alone
D. You consume about 50% more than you would alone
Get the answer here
4. What should you eat before the big Thanksgiving feast so that you're less likely to binge?
A. Nothing - you should skip breakfast and lunch the day of Thanksgiving so you're not loading up on extra calories.
C. A slice of pecan pie
D. Some dairy, like a few slices of cheese or a glass of milk.
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- Marie Claire | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 17, 2008 7:26 PM EST
Spike MaffordThe average American gains one pound - an excess of 3500 calories - with every Turkey Day. That often translates to 20 pounds in as many years. While it's sacrilege to diet on this food-indulgent holiday, here's how to get back on track the morning after.
- Start the day with a run or a walk. You'll kick-start your metabolism and burn about 350 calories (a slice of double-crusted apple pie).
- Rather than reenact last night's meal at the kitchen counter the next morning, freeze your leftovers in portion-controlled packages.
- Shop hard. You burn two to five calories a minute on your feet. So get in the spirit and brave the Black Friday crowds. Troll the stores for a solid three hours - that's 360 calories burned (roughly the equivalent of two servings of stuffing).
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stockphoto4u/iStockTry these sure-fire diet boosters...Read More »from 3 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism
It's no secret that the key to successful weight-loss and healthy weight maintenance is to keep that metabolism revving, fueled by energy and nutrition-rich foods, dietary supplements and an active lifestyle. And, "a little strategy can go a long way toward keeping a diet and weight-loss initiative on track - particularly when the going gets tough," notes Dr. Britta Zimmer, chief health officer at nutrition supplement purveyor GoodElements.com.
Follow these steps to kick your metabolism into high gear and keep those temptations in check:
1. Eat thermogenic foods daily: Foods with natural fat burning properties, such as cayenne, ginger, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, green tea, hot peppers, citrus fruits (especially lemon), and apple cider vinegar, can really help take - and keep - those pounds off when eaten on a regular daily basis.
2. Optimize your digestion: Break down your food properly and more efficiently so your cells may best
Update Your LookThree experts on the perfect festive pieces - just in time for soiree season.Read More »from 31 Ways to Update Your Look
Olivia Palermo, socialite
Buy a great oversize clutch that works for day or night.
Keep double-sided tape in your bag to shorten a hem in a pinch.
Mix hard and soft, masculine and feminine.
Overdress rather than underdress.
Forget red and green for the holiday season - too predictable.
Try platform heels, which look hot but put less stress on your arches when you're standing all night at a party.
Play with hot pink.
Pack baby powder to absorb oil from both your hair and face.
Load up on heavy gold jewelry.
Invest in a long winter coat for evenings so your bare legs aren't exposed. SEE OLIVIA'S FASHION FINDS HERE
Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss,designer
Boldly pair bright colors, like red shoes with a blue dress.
Don't show too much cleavage.
Invest in a strapless dress with a fitted bustier and full skirt.
Add fun to a formal look with a high ponytail.
Don't fall for too-trendy dresses that you'll only
Hungry for Approval: Eating PackageMy cell buzzed with a text from my pal Melissa: "Dinner 2nite?? Emergency!!!" We met up at an overstuffed chain restaurant, where she ordered trough-sized margaritas and a cheesy artichoke dip before dishing about the suspicious texts she had found on her boyfriend's phone. As Melissa described how she managed to jot down the texter's number, our waiter appeared with a tub of bacon-garnished potato skins. Melissa kept going, so I went with her, chewing and counseling, until we were down to the last bite. Once the plates were cleared, she felt better - and I felt fatter.Read More »from Are Your Friends Making You Fat?
I'm no stranger to these food-and-whine binges. In fact, I'm my set's go-to gal when life's little tragedies strike. Thrashed by your boss in front of the whole office? Got a bad haircut? Misery loves my company. I've canceled dates, missed concerts, even ducked out of work early for friends in turmoil. Invariably, we meet up at a greasy, come-as-you-are venue where the only salad in sight is of the coleslaw variety.
Ring in the season with the most glamorous gifts. Turn off your cell phones - and your guilt switch - and indulge with these luxurious gifts.Marie Claire Gift FinderRead More »from The Most Expensive Gifts in The World
Rinspeed sQuba Car If you've got a James Bond boyfriend, then this is his dream come true. The sQuba moves seamlessly from land to water. Does it get any better than this? $1.5 million at symscape.com
Biometric Briefcase Send your husband off to work with this handsome, high-tech briefcase that only opens with a fingerprint scan. He'll love it. $12,000 at pianki.com
La Prarie Platinum Rare Cellular Cream Your best friend will love this luxurious cream, rich with platinum and other premium anti-aging ingredients. Stuff it in her stocking. $1000 at bloomingdales.com
Vertu Constellation Rococo Cell Phone This exquisite cellphone with bezel-trimmed cabochon sapphires is all about indulgence. Give it to someone wonderful. $8800 at vertu.com
East African Hemingway Safari Give an East Africa safari to the adventurer on your list. This tented trip is the
Shine readers we need your help! We're trying to find out which state has the most attractive people. Everyone loves a little healthy competition right? Upload photos of your favorite guys and tell us what state they're from and what makes them hot. Single MenRead More »from Which State Has The Hottest Men?
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Charity is the new black. Forget the gifts that keep on giving; go for the gifts that give twice - with proceeds going to a worthy cause.Read More »from Gifts That Give Back to Charity
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Helping a Third-World Family Help a third-world family this holiday season by donating a goat that will provide both nutrition and income. A beautiful, lasting gift. $120 at heifer.org
PeaceKeeper Vday lipgloss Help her feel good about her make-up with PeaceKeeper lipgloss. All profits go to women's health and human rights programs. $14 at iamapeacekeeper.com
Adopt a Gorilla Adopt a sweet baby gorilla in your friend's name and support the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund. The animal lover on your list will adore it. $50 to $300 at gorillafund.org
Fair Trade Honey Sweeten her holidays with the honey that supports fair trade and small-scale, rural farmers. It feels good to give. $18 at oxfamamericaunwrapped.com
Rwandan Peace Scarf
Look smart and feel good with this stylish scarf hand spun by disadvantaged women. Proceeds help genocide survivors. $45 at
Need a gift for your boss or a colleague? Here's a list of everything she'll need to get down to business in the office. Impress the professional woman on top with gifts that keep her on the ball and in the know. Help her plan her route to the corner office this holiday. Tory Burch Zip-Around Wallet Nothing says chic like a Tory Burch accessory. In metallic gold with the little touches that make this one wallet she won't want to put away. $225 at bloomingdales.comRead More »from The working girl: Gifts for professionals
Audrey File Totes She'll look as fashionable as she is smart, with this stylish alternative to the briefcase, with plenty of room for all her extras. $49.99 at spoonsisters.com
T3 Bespoke Wet-or-Dry Iron Turn wet locks into dry, shiny ones with this handy high-tech beauty tool that locks in moisture while keeping frizz at bay. $200 at sephora.com
The Working Girl's Survival Kit Makes staying beautiful easy. With a collection of 22 essentials, your friends will be equipped to handle any beauty emergency that comes their way.