The joy was definitely formidable when we sat down with the cheerful Welsh band at the Music Hall at Williamsburg.
Ritzy, Rhydian and Matt headed for the states tight on cash but big on passion. Now that the group is on their second album, Wolf’s Law, it is clear that their risk paid off.
And what exactly is Wolf’s Law you might ask? We were wondering too… cue Rhydian with a little lesson in biology….
“Wolf’s Law initially is a scientific theory and it talks about how when you put stress on bone on your body your body adapts to deal with it. We kind of borrowed it and made it our own symbol for the record I suppose. “
But besides scientists, the trio also draws inspiration from a wide spectrum of musical artist. Matt is hooked on Frank Zappa, Ritzy digs 90s’ Dance Music, and Rhydian loves our girl Shirley Manson from Garbage!
However, the group told us they are trying to make their own mark…“We want them to go away feeling something” Ritzy explained to us.
Their biggest fear is being “bland”, “nice” and people walking away without an opinion on anything. Don’t worry Ritzy we won’t be forgetting The Joy Formidable anytime soon!
When working with beauty expert Rachel Hayes this week we learned about something awesome Skinceuticals is doing…They started Prevent. Protect. Get Checked. a program which offers free skincare checks at locations across the country. This is a great opportunity that we’ll definitely be taking them up on! And you can too by going to skinceuticals.com/prevent to find a doctor near you.
For other summer healthy beauty tips check out www.lifeminute.tv/beauty/video/summer-head-toe
First stop, Columbus Circle where she schooled us on the importance of breakfast and handed out the biscuit that gets this Broadway star through her busy days to the public.
Then it was off to Central Park, where the Glee star channeled her character, Sue Sylvester, ambushing an exercise group, dropping down in planks and cracking jokes.
Next up Times Square…Stay tuned!
We got some fab prom tips from beauty expert Jeannine Morris. We found out this prom season it’s all about accentuating the eyes. Jeannine showed us two new collections from Essence Cosmetics to get a dramatic eye while lasting all night long.
The STAYS no matter what 24h collection has mascara, eyeliner pen and eyeliner pencil that are party-proof. And we personally love the second collection, 3D duo eyeshadows. They come in 6 colors so you can match it to your dress! Jeannine showed us how to get different effects from satin to shimmering. Her tip? Add some water to applicator brush when applying for a bolder look! Can we go back to prom now?
Check out more prom tips from Jeannine’s here!
It was all about PUNK last night when we stepped out for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, to celebrate the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit. Here are some of the celebs who really got into the theme… Beyoncé gave us glam punk in a Givenchy gown with leather corset top. Christina Ricci rocked a Vivienne Westwood dress in plaid (a grunge punk staple!) And last but not least, Sarah Jessica Parker paid full homage to the era in a Mohowk headdress by Phillip Treacy.
Over the weekend we hit the west coast for the Mom 2.0 Summit in Laguna Beach, California. It was all about moms talking life, work, and inspiration at the 5th annual conference where we got to chat with new mama Lisa Ling. She recently joined forces with Dove’s® Self-Esteem Project and was at the weekend-long event to launch their “Let’s Make Girls Unstoppable” campaign encouraging positive self-esteem amongst girls.
The host of Our America had some startling statistics to share with us….
We learned six in ten girls stop doing their favorite things because they feel bad about what they look like.
Dove’s® commitment to change this is what drew the mother of baby girl Jett to partner with the brand. “I think about my own daughter. And I’m going to try to do everything in my power to instill beauty and confidence in her,” she said.
That is exactly the same sentiment Dove sets out to share with 15 million girls by 2015 through self-esteem programming and tools. And it was awesome to see the campaign in action as girls from Girls Inc. confidently shared their favorite things about themselves. You go girls!
So we have all heard by now that a little dark chocolate can do a body good but did you know the health benefits have nothing to do with the darkness of the chocolate or its percentage of cacao? It is actually all about cocoa flavanols, a phytonutrient naturally found in cocoa beans that supports healthy circulation, which contributes to healthy aging and cardiovascular health. Who knew!?
To get enough cocoa flavanols to deliver a health boost we would have to eat two bars of chocolate that means 22 grams of fat! AND tons of calories!!! But don’t freak out yet fellow chocoholics because the other day we discovered CocoaVia powder daily cocoa extract which packs the 250 milligrams of cocoa we need without the fat! The dietary supplement is delicious and we put it on anything and we mean ANYTHING. We love it in coffee, yogurt, and oatmeal. Chocolate lovers rejoice!
Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed by the countless number of beauty products out there? We can relate! Luckily our friends at SELF Magazine set out every year to bring us the very best in beauty with their annual Healthy Beauty Awards. This year the mag had 1,600 readers test 1,505 products to figure out the hottest items in hair, face, makeup, body, sun and even best buys under 10 bucks! Check out some of readers’ favs below!
John Frieda Full Hydrate + Rescue Deep Conditioner Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Serum La Rouche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
Knowing what to get Mom on Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be a mystery. SELF Magazine’s beauty director, Elaine D’Farley helped us crack the case by breaking down the best gifts for all kinds of moms. Stylish Moms- Macy’s has the latest trends in clothes, jewelry and handbags. Life of the Party Mom- If she loves to entertain guests, French Bull serveware is perfect! Busy Moms- Try Tassimo new T-47 home brewing system for an easy cup of coffee to keep mom going! And if your still stumped any mom is guaranteed to love Caldrea’s new personal care line.
From the new to the old, we saw the best of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival had to offer!
Starting with the new: We hit the premiere of director Scott Coffey’s “Adult World”. The coming-of-age film follows a college graduate (Emma Roberts) who dreams of being a poet but ends up working at an adult bookstore. She catches a break when she meets one of her favorite poets Rat Billings, (John Cusack) and becomes his assistant.
The actors dropped some movie deets to us before its’ debut. Shannon Woodward, “I play Emma’s best friend who’s kind of obnoxious, like sweet and goodhearted but like kind of the friend that you have in college where you’re just like, ugh. It’s kind of like that, so it’s fun.”
Ending with the old: The celebration of cinema ended with a screening of the 1983 cult classic, “King of Comedy. The Scorsese throwback brought out the films’ leading men, mega stars Jerry Lewis and Robert De Niro. And this oldie but goodie still generated hype from Tribeca moviegoers as we learned from comedian Richard Belzer who said, “Everyone’s excited to see a great film, again!”
For more on the films check out…