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The January issue of Vogue, on newsstands nationwide by December 22, features Rachel McAdams, the star of the highly anticipated Sherlock Holmes.

The Canadian actress keeps track of her day by writing in her diary before going to bed. Since she is such a famously private, relatively reclusive star, one can’t help speculating what she writes about. In the style of her Keel’s Simple Diary (with fill-in-the-blanks, multiple choices, and other quirky ways to keep records), Vogue’s Sally Singer gives us a peek inside the mind behind Hollywood’s freshest face.

Highlights from the article:

On working with Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls:
“I just remember marveling about how much she knew as an actor, how much she understood. She did very few takes and had this naturalness to her. And beyond that, I was 26 at the time. I’d be asked, ‘Where do you go out?’ ”McAdams was the exact opposite of her Mean Girls character, the evil Regina George: “My mother never put an emphasison looks. She let us grow up on our own time line. She never forced any beauty regimen into my world.” McAdams was teased in high school for not shaving her legs. “ ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ she asked her mom. Mom: ‘Once you start, there’s no turning back.’ ”

The actress on being green:
“I don’t really desire things, I prefer to spend my money on experiences, on meals or travel. . . . I look at the world through a green lens now. But you can’t make yourself crazy. That feeling of green guilt can be really inhibiting. It’s about a changing mind-set, remembering to turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth.”

McAdams describes her perfect day:
“1995, on the sofa: ‘I grew up watching so much television. I was really into soap operas. I’d begin with Days of our Lives, then Another World, and finish off with General Hospital. And before dinner I’d watch Oprah. I would fake sick all the time to the point where I’d convince myself I was sick. In high school I really didn’t pay attention. I took the bare minimum to get by.”

Read the full interview with Rachel McAdams by Vogue’s Fashion News/Feature Director, Sally Singer:
View a behind-the-scenes video of Rachel’s cover shoot

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I’m usually a big fan of Nordstrom, but my recent transaction with the company has made me NEVER want to shop there again!  Why you ask?  Because it took six weeks, ten phone calls to customer service, three calls to UPS and a letter to Nordstrom’s corporate headquarters to get the coat I purchased!!

I don’t know about you, but I find that sort of service unacceptable.  I ordered my coat on Sept. 20 and didn’t receive it until Oct. 30 , when I was told it would arrive in 5-8 business days! 

So what went wrong?  Apparently the coat left the Nordstrom’s warehouse via UPS.  From there, UPS “tried” to deliver the package to my second-story apartment but couldn’t find my unit (out of an eight-unit building).  Shocking, I know. 

Seeing that the UPS carrier was too lazy to walk up a flight of stairs – that’s a story for another day – there was no package notice left to alert me that the coat was sent back to Nordstrom. 

So, Nordstrom sent out ANOTHER coat and the cycle with UPS started all over again.  But here’s the kicker…Nordstrom failed to inform me (the customer) of the status of my order.  So in the meantime, I’m calling the company’s customer service and getting the runaround.  On three occasions customer service promised me the package would arrive the next day and it never did.  On two occasions they promised me a return phone call and never called back – infuriating!

Finally, four weeks after my purchase I got a UPS slip on my apartment door saying the package couldn’t be delivered.  I called UPS and they said the package had been sent back to Nordstrom.  So I called Nordstrom and they finally explained the troubles they were having with shipping and asked me for an alternative address to ship the coat (which they should have done weeks prior).  I gave them my work address and the package still didn’t show up for another 10 days!

The most disturbing part of this whole story is that I probably would never have received my coat had I not been such a squeaky wheel.  Also, I had asked for a refund for all the time I spent tracking down this coat (40 days) and Nordstrom wouldn’t give me one.  If I were you, I’d think twice when ordering from this company.  Unless you have the time to order you swimsuit in February so it’s there by June.

And let’s not let UPS off that easy.  The icing on the cake is that I got a UPS delivery a week later to my second-story apartment.  What’s that all about?!  Do their carriers pick and choose the packages they want to deliver?  If Nordstrom was smart it would switch to Fed-Ex.

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new eco-friendly packaging

new eco-friendly packaging

In light of the recent “green” craze that is currently sweeping the fashion world, Paris Hilton Footwear is the latest to jump on the bandwagon.

Now, eco-conscious fashionistas can have their cake and eat it too, when they purchase Paris Hilton Footwear. Since every box is made of recycled materials with built in handles, there is no need for a shopping bag.

The new shoe-box-handle technology on Paris Hilton Footwear, is expected to save more than 2 million bags per year – as exemplified through the company’s production of 2 million pairs of shoes per year.

To check out the footwear line, click here.

Joey set - one pouch tote

By now most of us have some sort of reusable bag for the grocery store, but how many people actually use them?  Personally, I never want to stroll into a store with a bunch of bags…especially in addition to my handbag.  But recently I found a solution – Joey Totes.

Joey Totes are bags with a built-in pouch, designed to make it simple for people to get into the reusable bag habit.  Each bag stows into a tiny storage pouch that is sewn directly into each Joey Tote; so it’s impossible to misplace.  Better still, each pouch can also store at least one other tote (two for the “Big Joey”), so all of the bags are conveniently kept in one place that’s still small enough to easily fit into a purse or coat pocket.  –You no longer have to look like the bag lady!

Great for use at the mall, the beach or even the gym, Joey Totes are made from rip-stop nylon, hold up to 40 pounds each and are machine washable.  Plus they’re so inexpensive; starting at $5 and going up to $20. 

But don’t take my word for it…
Sally Wern from Annapolis, MD said, “…I traveled with [a Joey Tote] to Miami for the week and it was an incredible beach tote, purse, and all around travel bag in that it was sturdy, yet light weight and expandable for travel.”

Marvelous Girl is giving away one FREE set of Joey Totes to the first person who emails with their name and address.  Otherwise you can purchase the bags at

Photo by remind

Photo by remind

If you want to plan an eco-friendly wedding you absolutely have to check out Wedvert – the modern bride’s guide to green weddings.  It gives you ideas and tips for saving green while being green.  From fashion to food, gifts and decor, this site is the eco-friendly bride’s wedding planning bible. 


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Photo by admin

Getting that beautiful color can be so damaging to your hair and the environment.  According to new research by Japanese chemists, an alternative to hydrogen peroxide is around the corner…and adds a whole new meaning to the word GREEN.

The new discovery is an enzyme from a fungus called Basidiomycete ceriporiopsis that can remove dark pigment from hair.  At the moment it needs a little help from peroxide to do its job, but quantity should be much less than standard bleaching (i.e. less harsh on the hair).

It may take a while before reaching consumers, but this fungus is definitely among us.


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For millions of Americans now in hot pursuit of super foods that improve health and longevity, the latest research results on strawberries are right on time. A new study published in the scientific journal, Metabolism, found that antioxidants in strawberries help lower “bad” cholesterol.

The study, conducted by David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, backs existing evidence that touts strawberries as one of the world’s most nutrient-rich foods. It showed that the antioxidant power in strawberries can improve and maintain the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets. High cholesterol is known to contribute to heart disease which is the leading cause of death for women and men.

Antioxidants Review

Antioxidants are the body’s internal heroes that go to battle with harmful “free radicals” known to contribute to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. According to a US Department of Agriculture study, strawberries rank third when compared to the top fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Ultimate “Super Fruit

The good news from this study adds to the growing body of research that supports the importance of strawberries as a “super fruit.” California strawberries are grown and available year-round in supermarkets across the country. Below are a few more reasons to say yes to the red berries:

  • Strawberries contain a powerful mix of antioxidants which are critical to warding off chronic diseases and promoting optimum health.
  • They are low in sugar, containing only eight grams per serving. One serving, about eight strawberries (or one cup), has only 50 calories.
  • An excellent source of vitamin C, one serving of strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange!
Burt's Bees Radiance Day Cream - $18.00

Burt's Bees Radiance Day Cream - $18.00

The other day I tried Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream and now I’m hooked for life!  It’s light, absorbs quickly and leaves your skin hydrated without feeling greasy.  

Whether your skin is dry, or oily like mine, this day cream will give you a marvelous glow.  The best part is that it includes royal jelly, which is packed with nutrients:

– 17 amino acids

– Vitamins A,C,D and K

– Multiple B vitamins

– Bee pollen

I’m looking forward to trying the night cream.  I’ll be sure to keep all you marvelous girls posted!

Tastybaby - 100% certified organic baby food

Tastybaby - 100% certified organic baby food

Every parent wants their baby to have the best start.  That’s why two Malibu moms, Liane Weintraub and Shannan Swanson, started a certified organic food line called Tastybaby.


Tastybaby products are frozen, unlike jarred baby foods which are generally more processed.  Packaged in biodegradable cardboard, the products have quirky names like “Squash ‘Em” and “Life’s A Peach.”


These products  are available at Whole Foods, Kroger, D’agostino, Bristol Farms, The Food Emporium and more.   Tastybaby products are $5.99 for a 10.5 oz-ounce three pack.

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