Getting Honest with Jessica Alba & Christopher Gavigan

Christopher Gavigan, Me, Jessica Alba

This past Tuesday I was invited to the launch event of Honest.com hosted by Mom Trends at ABC Kitchen in NYC. Stay tuned for a post on ABC Kitchen as dinner was amazing.

 

Jessica Alba & I

The Honest Co. was developed by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan. The event was great and I was able to take a look at their new line and even walk home with some of the products. Both Jessica & Christopher talked to the guests about their new line. I am not a mom but hope to be one day and I truly learned a ton from these two who are both parents.

 

Jessica Alba talking about The Honest Co.

I found Jessica’s story extremely fascinating. Before she had her baby her and her mom talked a lot and her mom said ok you need to wash the baby clothes now in XYZ detergent because that’s what I used for you and bath the baby in XYZ because you did and it’s tear-free and so on and so forth. So Jessica started preparing and washing her baby clothes in preparation of her new baby when her arm broke out in a rash from the detergent. She knew that if she broke out in a rash who knows what it would do to her baby. She knew she needed to do something and create a product that would be healthy for her baby. After chatting with Christopher Gavigan and a few others, they came up with the concept for The Honest Co. a baby friendly line that was non-toxic, green, affordable and convenient for the busy mom on the go. Oh wait and super stylish! The Honest Co. offers delivery right to your door of the products. Not only do they carry baby products but they also carry cleaning products as well.

 

Christopher & Jessica

Both Jessica & Christopher were a delight to chat with. On the day I met them Christopher had just announced on Twitter that he and his wife (actress Jessica Capshaw of Grey’s Anatomy) were expecting their third child. When I congratulated him he was giddy with excitement. I can only imagine what an amazing father he is.

 

Not only were the entire mom’s in attendance at this fab event impressed, but since the launch many celeb moms have been on The Honest Co. bandwagon. Celebrity mom and stylist Rachel Zoe loves this line for her new baby Skylar.

 

And it’s not just for the babies. It’s for adults too. I have to admit I’m a bit obsessed with the Honest Face & Body Lotion for myself. Most of the products are completely fragrance free but the Shampoo & Body Wash has an amazing sweet orange vanilla fragrance that’s just plain yummy while the Honest Hand Soap smells like organic lemongrass. Oh and the fragrance free Honest Healing Balm is the most amazing moisturizer for your lips. Its my new fave lipbalm.

 

And if this isn’t reason enough to check out this new line…. Here’s yet another…. They give back! With every purchase you make they give back to the community. Right now they are working with Baby2Baby.

 

For more information on The Honest Co. visit their site http://www.honest.com/. Check out their Press Release and Press Kit! Follow them on Twitter @honest and make sure you follow @momtrends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take 5 with Teresa Giudice

I’m so excited that “Fabulicious” will be out in stores May 3rd! Your first book “Skinny Italian” was a huge hit. How does your new book differ from the first?

Both cookbooks are my traditional Italian recipes but this FABULICIOUS! covers it all-pot lucks, desserts, how to make homemade pasta and bread, you name it it’s in there.

Since you’re a mom on the go, what’s a 5 star meal that’s easy to make for other moms that are constantly on the go?

FABULICIOUS! is full of easy and kid-friendly recipes but one great recipe for mom’s on the go is the “Real Housewife Rigatoni Bake” because it has everything kids like with vegetables snuck in and leftovers for the next day.

Favorite Jersey restaurant?

Nicola’s in Totowa, NJ.

You have a jewelry line “Terese”. Where did you get the inspiration for your collection and where can people purchase items from your collection?

I love costume jewelry and this project is in its beginning stages.

I’m a born and raised Jersey girl and I’m a HUGE fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The new season starts May 16th at 9pm on BRAVO. What can we expect to see this season?

You’re just going to have to watch and see!

For information on Teresa’s new book, upcoming book signings and more, please visit http://www.teresagiudice.com/

Cruisin with Olivia

 

Olivia Blois Sharpe

Olivia Blois Sharpe from the Style Network’s hit show Jerseylicious will be celebrating her birthday aboard the Norwegian Jewel for the Gatsby Girls Getaway. I had a chance to sit down and chat about the big day with Olivia at the Gatsby recently. Here’s what she had to say.

Katie – So we are celebrating your birthday on the cruise!

Olivia – They are going to make it one of the themes for the night and have a big party. Everybody on the cruise is invited to come. There are so many lounges and clubs on the ship. There are things open 24 hours so you can get drinks food whatever time of night or day. And I’m gonna make sure my birthday’s gonna be kicka**.

Katie – What are you looking forward to the most? Celebrating your birthday on the cruise?

Olivia – Honestly, I’ve never been on a cruise before.

Katie – Me neither!

Olivia – Really? Yeah I’ve never been on a cruise before so I’m just really excited to go. I’m excited to celebrate my birthday. I feel like every year I try to come up with something to do for my birthday and it just ends up downhill. Never ends up good.

Katie – That happens to me just about every year.

Olivia – Last year I think we were filming when it was my birthday.

Katie – So no Tracy on this trip?

Olivia – No. I’m going to bring my boyfriend though.

For more information on the Gatsby Girls Getaway and how you can celebrate Olivia’s birthday with her read my previous blog here.

Accessorizing with Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler paid a visit to the Princeton Public Library recently to promote his new book Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorizing.

 

Adler shared the story of his “accidental career” and the audience had the chance to ask Adler design questions. He said he likes to use the dining room table as a book stand when it’s not in use. He stressed the importance of foyer décor.  Adler swears “Orange, ping pongs, hanging chairs and you’ll be happy.”

I had the opportunity to sit down with the New Jersey native and ask him a few questions.

Katie – Did your mother’s style affect your style and if so in what way? Any items from your childhood that come into your designs?

Jonathan – My mom’s style totally affected my style cause she’s always had a sense of exuberance and she loves color. She still has really groovy taste.

Katie – If you were required to be on a Jersey reality show which could you see yourself on?

Jonathan – First of all it would be a pleasure and I would KILL to be on Jersey Shore. I love those kids. I’m a big big fan of their work.  I’d love to be an honorary guido for a day.

Katie – If you could work with one celebrity that you haven’t worked with before whose house would you love to revamp?

Jonathan – Go hard or go home, I’d have to go with Madonna.

Interview with Tracy DiMarco – Jerseylicious Season 2 Red Carpet Premiere

Katie – @KateFoxx wrote me and wanted to know is there an end to the feuding in sight between you and Olivia? I’m thinking no.

Tracy – There will never be an end, you know why? Because everyone thinks I’m the bitch but she is the vindictive, spiteful, revengeful person. She is dating my ex-boyfriend now and you guys will see that this season.

Katie – Get out!

Tracy – And she was all about sloppy seconds, but look who’s doing it now.

Katie –   @KateFoxx also wants to know if you could transform any celebrity into a true Jersey girl, who would it be and why?

Tracy – I would transform Katy Perry. She is way too California girl. She needs some teasing, smoky eye. She’s halfway there, but she needs to get on the east coast. Jerseylicious girl not California girl. She’s fun. She would be able to hang with us.

Katie – What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned since your new found fame on “Jerseylicious”?

Tracy – To stay really, really humble because people don’t like when things go to your head. I can’t stand that. There are a couple of people on this show that they can’t fit through the door anymore, ya know what I mean? You really need to thank your fans. You should always respond to their Facebook, Twitter, email anything.

Katie – You are great at that!

Tracy – I am! That’s my biggest thing. I do it every day. I take an hour out of my day every single day and I respond to as many people as I can. Because they are the people that make us anything. We are nobody. We’re not celebrities we’re just people and people follow us. For some reason people think we’re cool enough. I don’t think we are. Maybe we are. You just need to stay really grounded  because otherwise, fans will go away if they see the true celebrity in you.

Katie – Best advice you’ve gotten since being on the show?

Tracy – Respect the fans. They are so excited to meet you. What most people don’t understand is that I’m so excited to meet them. When they come up to me I get nervous. I’m like oh my god, you wanna talk to me? It’s so much fun. I get really excited that they even care. That’s why I like to stay in contact with them because they are the best people in the world.

Katie – You are so super sweet, but there are the Tracy haters. Anytime anyone ever says anything, I’m like seriously she’s like the sweetest girl.

Tracy – I am! I really am!

Katie – What is something your fans would be surprised to know about you?

Tracy – I refuse to speak in the morning until I brush my teeth. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night  and if I wake up and open my eyes, I have to brush my teeth. It’s a really OCD thing.

Katie – Who of all the celebs that you’ve met, would you say is your favorite and who has the best style?

Tracy – The same person for both. Jeannie Mai from the Style Network’s “How Do I Look” its right before our show. She was the nicest person and has the most insane style. Also Simon from Kim Kardashian’s “The Spin Crowd”, he is a doll and Jonathan. I met Kendra, the Kardashian’s, Meryl Streep, a whole bunch of people, but those two are my favorite. They were the most down to earth.

Katie – What changes are we going to see at the Gatsby this season?

Tracy – Well Gayle and Alexa get a little crazy. They fight about everything.

Katie – But she’s here tonight so it must not be too bad.

Tracy – No they are professional. They’re not like me and Olivia. When they want to fight about something, they go hard. I think the staff changes a little bit. Filippo’s more involved now. We have a new girl named Veronica, who’s very sweet. We have a lot more people working on the floor. We have Sammy the receptionist. So we have a lot of brand new people.

Katie – So now Briella… wasn’t Briella friend’s with Olivia last season?

Tracy – Yes.

Katie – But she’s here today without Olivia and the two of you guys seem to be getting along. I’ve been noticing that.

Tracy – Yes.

Katie – Just something I noticed.

Tracy – All I’m gonna say is Briella woke up and realized who her so called friend really was.

Katie – Interesting.

Tracy – You try to be Olivia’s friend for more than six months, it won’t work out. She’s a sociopath.