Posted in November 2012

Oliver Sarkozy’s ex wife supposedly “loves” Mary-Kate Olsen

By Kate Richlin-Zack

According to Us WeeklyMary-Kate Olsen has received the seal of approval from her boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy’s ex-wife.

Charlotte Sarkozy, 42, and the half brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy split in 2010, after 13 years of marriage. They have two children — Julien, 11, and Margot, nine — and it seems that MK’s way with the kids was the key to Charlotte’s approval. A source explains, “Mary-Kate always includes her. MK asks her permission about things that concern the kids. So Charlotte loves her!”

Yeah, doubt it. I personally don’t think it’s even possible to be friends with your boyfriend’s exes let alone “love” them, but that’s just me. If the 26-year-old child actress-turned-fashion designer and her boyfriend’s former spouse have truly figured it out, more power to them!

MK and Oliver — the managing director of the Carlyle Group’s global financial services division — currently live in a $6.25 million East Village townhouse in NYC. They have been criticized throughout the course of their seven month relationship because of the age difference. Well, maybe if it didn’t look like he was kidnapping her in every paparazzi photo, the couple would face significantly less criticism.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy


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The Week in Kate: Kate Moss topless again, get ready for Katie Holmes 2.0

Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss Interview magazineBy Kate Torgovnick

As per usual, it looks like the Kates, Katies, Catherines, and Katys of the world have been mighty busy this week. Here, your weekly roundup of name-specific news.

  • It’s the ’90s all over again. Kate Moss has posed topless (for perhaps the 10th time this year?) with Naomi Campbell for the cover of Interview magazine. The alternate image for prudish countries, shown here, has them in black gowns and floppy hats.  [Huffington Post]
  • Speaking of Moss, she headed out on the town with husband Jamie Hince, to a pop-up club sponsored by Prada. []
  • Kathleen Turner directs and stars in the play “The Killing of Sister George,” currently running in Hartford, Conn. Naturally, she plays a troubled actress who is irate that her character — Sister George — has been killed off a popular radio show. [West Hartford News]
  • Kate Middleton and Prince WIlliam fit in with the locals at an antiques fair in Anglesey on Tuesday. []
  • Apparently, Middleton is going through a bit of a homebody stage. She has also taken up embroidery. [STV Entertainment]
  • Columnist Katy Burns is frustrated by the Twinkie ordeal of the past few weeks. Here, a look at what the snack food means to us. [Concord Monitor]
  • Katherine Heigl put her 3,700-square-foot Los Feliz home on the market for $2.659 million. The four bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, two story Southern Colonial-style house features French doors, high ceilings, and two fireplaces with verandas overlooking manicured grounds, a swimming pool, and  spa. For that price, she’s practically giving it away. [LA Times]
  • Kate Matthews, known for cartooning about cancer, shares why it’s important to joke about something that is so not funny. [Huffington Post]
  • Look! It’s the first trailer for “Black Rock,” the movie starring Kate Bosworth and directed by Katie Aselton. []
  • Columnist Kathleen Parker on the “double standard in affairs.” [Washington Post]
  • has dubbed the woman formerly known as Joey Potter and Mrs. Tom Cruise Katie Holmes 2.0. [NBC Chicago]
  • Holmes has devised an interesting system for signing autographs for fans after her Broadway play, “Dead Accounts.” She has security gather up playbills and signs them in the comfort of her dressing room. Hey, it’s cold outside. [Village Voice]
  • Katie Roiphe has released a new book, and by the title, I think this site can get behind it. It’s called “In Praise of Messy Lives.” [NY Times]
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Dear Kate: I’m stressed to the point of insanity. Help me down from the ledge!

Dear-Kate-column-identity1By Katharine Luckinbill

Dear Kate,

Recently I’ve had a lot going on and I feel myself getting more and more overwhelmed about each thing going on in my life. My job is extremely stressful, my family is dealing with some particularly heavy issues, I have been really sick a lot and battling with some big time health stuff, and that’s not even to mention stresses like superstorm Sandy or your alarm not going off in the morning. I feel like I’m at my wits end, and each small thing that comes my way now feels like a giant meteor heading directly for me. I am finding myself unable to cope with things that before I might just let go or forget about in the interest of peace and harmony. How do I keep the train from going off of the tracks and alienating everyone that I care about?


Keeping-it-together Katie


Dear Keeping-it-together Katie,

Whoa. Sounds like 2012 has dealt you just the right amount of stress to see what you’re up for in 2013 and beyond. Sometimes the universe passes us just enough to get us to our breaking point so that we can blast right through it and get to the other side.

And hey, here’s the good news: You’re still keeping it together! As your sign off name declares, you haven’t gone around the bend quite yet…so there’s hope for you yet Katie!

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Some advice for Kate Middleton on how to style her new bangs

Kate Middleton's bangs By Kate Torgovnick

Kate Middleton has always been a champion of the side part. The Duchess has worn her hair the same stunning way for years—until yesterday, when she was spotted with long, center-parted bangs. Not only does she not look happy about her hair evolution, but sources say that she is truly on the fence. According to The Daily Beast, when a spectator in the crowd complimented Middleton on her hair, she replied, “I’m not sure about it.”

I have some advice. Because, essentially, Middleton now has my haircut.

First, bangs have a certain undone quality to them. Which does not play well with Middleton’s usual hair trick–curled ends. Kate, go straight! I think your bangs will look far better with dryer straightened hair or, gasp, your natural wave.

Second, don’t mess with your part. These bangs are very, very long, and the center part only calls attention to them. They will look much better with your usual side part–they’ll cut across your eye in an ultra alluring way.

Third, get your stylist to blend in that one piece that is jutting out. It needs a snip. Badly.

And step four, smile!

Try these things and then make a decision on whether to grow the bangs back out. I’m thinking they could be edgy and super cute, if styled correctly.

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My CompliKAITed Life: The Weird Transition Phase of the Holidays in your Post-Grad Years


By Kaitlin Marie

The older you grow, the more the holiday season changes. It grows with you, in a way, and the frame of mind  with which you approach the Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah celebrations is a huge factor in whether or not you enjoy the season.

At my ripe old age of 24, this will be the 24th time I participate in these Wintertime festivities. However, now that I’ve graduated college, I’m starting to notice a lot of changes in my life that affect how I celebrate during this holiday season.

 1.  Time Off

Remember that glorious time called “College”, when you would study/cry yourself into a finals-week-induced breakdown and then spend the entire month of December lounging around your parents’ house in your pajamas all day and eating pie for breakfast? Those magical, beautiful days are gone. In their place, I now have endless work weeks, and the glittering promise of only having a day off  on Christmas Day. This experience must be old hat for anyone who has been in the workforce a while, but for me, it’s a cold, harsh reality-smackdown.

Also, I have to work the Saturday before Christmas. Lame sauce.

2. Decorating

One strange and exciting part of being what some would deign to consider a “grown up” during the holidays is that you get to decorate your own space. Of course, I’ve already dabbled in Christmas decorating by dint of spraying snowflakes on my college dorm windows and owning a miniature Christmas tree. And accidentally killing an amaryllis.

However, this year is different. This year I bought stockings and sewed my boyfriend’s and my name on the tops. I then hung them very ceremoniously over my couch (My apartment has no fireplace) with command hooks (because I am a classy broad).

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Kate’s Book Club: A review and excerpt of Kate Brady’s Where Angels Rest

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this fourth week of November 2012, I hereby call to order the 10th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, no worries—check it out.

This week we continue the horror theme with a review of Kate Brady’s new thriller Where Angels Rest. Released just a week ago, this book is already attracting major attention and there’s absolutely no doubt as to why. It’s a cozy up to the fireplace, snuggle under the blankets, ignore the smartphone and social media, must read.

First a taste from the Prologue of Where Angels Rest:

Alonely  room,  naked wires clawing from the outlets and a heap of cold ash huddled in the fireplace.

The ceiling joists crisscrossed in a matrix ten feet up, the floors and walls stripped to bare concrete and plaster, making the tiniest sound ricochet in the rafters. Even the faint moans of a woman nearly dead echoed like whispers in a cathedral.

The Angelmaker studied the woman, faceup on a wooden table with duct tape binding her wrists and ankles. Her eyes stared at nothing in the rafters.

What do you see now, bitch?

Nothing, of course; she was almost finished. It rankled, actually. She should have held up better.

But it was too late to worry about that now. The clock was ticking, lives counted in minutes. A week ago, who’d have thought the grand finale would come so soon, or be so exhilarating? And yet, here she lay, ready for her transformation.

The Angelmaker pried a hunk of cold earth from a pile, kneaded it like artist’s clay, then smeared it onto her jaw. Got another handful and pushed it over the edge of the first, thumbing it smooth with practiced strokes—not too thick and not too thin. Over the slender nose, over the high cheekbone, over the seam of ugly stitches at her temple. The Angelmaker smiled at that. On the inside of this mask would be something special: the imprint of stitches and the swell of a nasty welt on the side of her face. When the authorities found this mask, there would be no doubt whose face had provided the mold.

The mighty Erin Sims. Her death would come just in time to join her brother in hell. A twofer.

That thought brought a snicker and the Angelmaker worked faster. Tick-tock, Dr. Sims.

Time’s up.

From the very first page, it’s impossible to put Where Angels Rest down. Flashlight in hand, reading the final installment of Kate Brady’s trilogy was the only thing that kept me from going stir crazy in the pitch black aftermath of super storm Sandy.  But it certainly didn’t let me rest any easier. Even as Brady unfolds an electrically-charged love story, the centerpiece of this novel is an evil so ugly it haunts the imagination long after you close the book. The Angelmaker is on a mission to kill those who see.

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Katherine Heigl’s looks smokin’ for her birthday weekend

By Kate Richlin-Zack

Katherine Heigl celebrated her birthday this weekend with hubby Josh Kelley and mom Nancy in Beverly Hills. Decked out in an ocher blouse with jeweled neckline, black skinny jeans and knee-high boots, the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star looked gorgeous as the trio dined on Robertson Boulevard. [Celebrity Gossip]

What’s next for the Emmy Award winner and animal rights activist? Katherine will lend her voice to the animated flick, “The Nut Job,” scheduled for a 2013 release. The film, directed by Peter Lepeniotis, will feature an all-star cast including Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser. Where has that guy been for, oh, the entire 2000s?

See the movie poster after the jump.

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Health and Fitness: A PMS Survival Guide

By Kate Richlin-Zack

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms including bloating, cramps, headache, and mood swings that occurs consistently during the ten days prior to the start of menstrual flow and vanishes either shortly before or shortly thereafter.  In other words, it’s what I like to call Hell Week, and that’s a drastic understatement.

In addition to the aforementioned typical symptoms, I also experience extreme fatigue, intense food cravings, insatiable hunger, unpredictable bouts of crying, and sporadic emotional meltdowns that often result in reevaluation of every major and minor life decision I’ve ever made. As I sit on the couch drowning Oreos in gallons of milk and contemplating joining the Peace Corps, it’s hard to remember these symptoms are just temporary. One Hell Week left me with a visceral hatred for my husband after he flushed my Oreos down the toilet. In retrospect, I can’t blame him. He watched in absolute horror and disgust as I shoved whole cookies, two at a time, into my mouth leaving crumbs all over my face and chest in a futile attempt to eat my fabricated pain away. He likened me to a crack fiend, so flushing the cookies down the toilet was probably a necessary intervention.

Hell Week is also the week that I know, without a doubt, my diet and exercise efforts will disappear faster than the three pepperoni pizzas I just inhaled. But even though it’s hard to stick with healthy diet and exercise habits when all I want to do is sleep and eat in alternating 12-hour shifts, avoiding junk foods, exercising consistently and following a few other simple tips may actually help me survive Hell Week relatively unscathed in the future.

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So, who is Katie McCain?

This week, as you watch this new ad for the iPhone 5 that is making the rounds on television sets across the country, you might be asking yourself a very important: who is Katie McCain?

Hint: She is not in any way related to John and Cindy.

No, Katie McCain is the the woman who gets called during the ad above. But in real life, she is not a mysterious brunette—she’s actually a blonde.

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Adventures in Greening: NBD to participate in BND?

By Catherine Moran

Friday, November 23 was Black Friday. You probably recognize the term: its name conjures up, not visions of turkey leftovers and marathon movie watching or long walks in fallen leaves, but visions of people standing in line in the middle of the night, racing from their homes no sooner than the turkey has been cleared from the table and they’ve finished giving thanks for what they already have, to wait for the chance to battle one another (sometimes physically, and, occasionally, with tragic results) for heavily discounted products. It’s the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S.—so popular, in fact, that the big discounts have spilled over into Cyber Monday, when consumers can buy heavily discounted items from the comfort of their own computer screens.

But, to many, Black Friday has also become known as Buy Nothing Day (or BND). Vancouver artist Ted Dave originated the idea in 1992, and in 1997 the official day was declared to be the Friday following Thanksgiving in the U.S., and the last Saturday in November around the world. 65 nations currently participate in BND. The big picture idea behind the day is that people should literally buy nothing: no video games, no gadgets, no dolls, no single-use pod coffee makers, no shoes. Yes, ladies, I said shoes!

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Trivia: Katie is now a doll

Katie Doll Liv

By Kate E. Stephenson

I hope you had a festive and Happy Thanksgiving!

While staring at the television in my turkey-induced tryptophan stupor, I felt mesmerized by all of the commercials for Black Friday megasales. Although the mainstream news outlets announce this every year, I hadn’t realized that Thanksgiving night marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Given the recent craziness blown in by Sandy, I must say that I am quite thankful that I could even consider taking advantage of the 40% to 75% off the “best Christmas gifts of the year”. The blatant commercialism can curdle the proverbial eggnog; but I am reminded that the reason for the season is rooted in the spirit of giving. It makes sense that this is one of the most joyous times of the year. In the face of often brutally cold temperatures and taciturn weather often resulting in feet of snow, this is the time of year when you find people humming happily and smiling bright. Why? Presents!

Who doesn’t like receiving gifts, and honestly the high of giving them can be even more powerful.  So this wandering wondering brought me to the thought—is there a perfect gift out there for the Kate on Santa’s good list?

The answer was an excitement to my inner 9-year-old.

Katie—a spunky member of the Liv doll collection, which at first glance seems a hybrid of Barbie and Brats with a focus on hair. The dolls have interchangeable wigs.

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The Week in Kate: Kate Middleton shares her photographs, a woman named Catarina auctions her virginity

By Kate Torgovnick

Thanksgiving week was a busy one for the Kates, Katies, Catherines, and Katys of the world. As per usual, here is your roundup of the last week and a half in name-specific news. You know, to catch you up for the days ahead.

  • Australian tabloid New Idea is reporting that Kate Middleton is pregnant. How do they know this? Because one of Middleton’s oldest friends, Jessica Hay, told them so. But before you get too excited, you should probably know that Hay has a long history of making up stories about the Duchess and may not even know her at all. [Fox News]
  • Meanwhile, Middleton has shared seven amazing photos she took while in Borneo with Prince William. The one above makes me want to get on a plane, stat. [Guardian]
  • And the editor of The Irish Daily Star has resigned over her decision to publish Middleton’s topless pics. [ABC News]
  • Rumor has it that Kate Stoltzfus of “Breaking Amish” apparently has her eyes on a spin-off. []
  • Reviews are streaming in for Kate Earl’s new record, Stronger. This first one … isn’t so good. [NY Daily News]
  • A Brazilian college student named Catarina Migliorini has auctioned off her virginity for $780K. Apparently, she has done this for a good cause—to build homes for the needy in her hometown. [Fox News]
  • Kate Upton has landed a 60-second Mercedes-Benz ad during the Super Bowl. Page Six reported that she had booked the high profile ad even though she doesn’t have her driver’s license.
  • However, Upton took to Twitter to let the world know that she does. She wrote, “My mom this morning ‘did your drivers license expire?’.. No why?… ‘Because the news is reporting it did.” []
  • Upton also posted photos of her Thanksgiving vacation, writing “Jet ski time?” []
  • Speaking of Upton, here’s what she looks like without makeup and with her glasses on. Yep, still beautiful. [E! Online]
  • And here she shares a photo of herself with her equally stunning mom. [Examiner]
  • Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill talks about becoming a feminist icon. [A.V. Club]
  • MTV has picked its cast for “Teen Mom 3″ and there is a Kate on the roster—Katie Yeager of Wyoming. She explains on Facebook, “I think the show is honest and doesn’t sugar coat situations. Being a part of it has given me an opportunity to be able to show my daughter that her dad and I have struggled and made sacrifices for her simply because we have unconditional love for her.” [Starcasm]
  • Looks like Katy Perry might have taken Jon Mayer home for the holidays. The pair were spotted in Santa Barbara on Wednesday. [The Sun]
  • Love this floral dress Perry wore to the Dream Foundation Celebration. However, hate the belt. [Just Jared]
  • Katherine Boo talks winning the National Book Award for Behind the Beautiful Forevers. [EW]
  • Meanwhile, Katie Holmes went home to Ohio for the holiday. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • She however did not cook. “Me in the kitchen is a comedy,” she tells Vogue. [Huffington Post]
  • A decade after the end of “Dawson’s Creek,” Katie Holmes say that she still isn’t able to choose between Dawson and Pacey. But she can pick her favorite movie, “Annie Hall.” [Zap2It]
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