Jennifer Lawrence fell. Again. Matthew McConaughey said his trademark ‘alright, alright, alright,’ and Twitter actually crashed after Ellen Degeneres gave viewers a challenge to retweet a star studded selfie. If you haven’t guessed it I’m talking about the 2014 Academy Awards.
Forget all other awards shows throughout the year - the Oscars is IT in terms of glitz and glamour. Nominees, presenters and guests alike all take great care in selecting their gown, shoes, jewelry in hopes to get on that coveted best dressed list. This year the stars did not disappoint, especially 12 Years A Slave actress Lupita N’yongo who won my vote for best dressed.
Here are my favorite ladies of the evening:
Total perfection in a light blue pleated Prada gown with crystal embellishments. I LOVED how simple and elegant her Fred Leighton jewelry was. That gold headband is everything!
Winner Cate Blanchett was a dream of shimmering nude in a Giorgio Armani gown with supersize Chopard earrings.
Charlize could do no wrong in a jaw-dropping Dior Haute Couture gown with tulle straps and a plunging neckline.
Presenter Kate Hudson was a vision of old Hollywood style in an ivory Atelier Versace gown with a plunging neckline and retro inspired waves.
Naomi Watts seems to look younger every time I see her. She was a vision last night in a white Calvin Klein Collection gown with such intricate beading that it looked like glistening snow complimented with Bulgari jewels and clutch.
I’ve been really working hard to try and stay away from processed foods and make more of an effort to consume as many ‘brain and beauty’ friendly fruits and vegetables as possible. I have to admit I really feel the difference in terms of my energy levels as well as lack of lethargy that seemed to plague me around the 3 pm time slot.
I know we all lead busy lives and sometimes it just seems easier to throw a canned soup or packaged risotto in the microwave after a busy day at work rather than prep and prepare a meal that could take 30-45 minutes. I’ve totally been that person but in terms of refueling our bodies for another hectic day we’re not doing ourselves any favors, nor our skin.
In fact it could very well be what you’re eating that is contributing to more breakouts, lackluster appearance, uneven skin tone and more. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely important to look after your skin on the outside with a great range of skincare products but what we do to ourselves on the inside could be why we all of a sudden need a serum to get rid of an odd breakout on the outside. Beauty is skin deep - what we eat determines how we look.
We’re going to make a grocery list. Grab a pen and paper and write the following items down: sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, strawberries, lemons, tomatoes and spinach. All of these are pretty popular fruits and veggies that have amazing skin glowing/treating benefits. Blend them up into a yummy smoothie or throw them into a tupperware container for an afternoon snack. The important thing is to put down the granola bar or bag of chips and munch on as many of these delish items when we’re hungry than the latter. Here’s why:
Sweet potatoes: They contain vitamin A which is anti-inflammatory and helps fight off acne-causing bacteria. It also has vitamin C which helps prevent acne and heals it if you already have it.
Apples: Vitamin C found in these fruit, helps to firm and tone the skin. It prevents free-radical damage, protects your skin cells and delays signs of ageing.
Carrots: For the ultimate anti-ageing, wrinkle-fighting boost, add vegetables high in vitamin C like carrots in your diet which can protect and improve your skin. They are high in beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for healthy skin. You can also make these anti-ageing potions using veggies.
Strawberries: Mashed strawberries mixed with honey, avocados or yoghurt can bring a healthy radiance to the skin. But you can also use the juicy red fruit to whiten teeth. Strawberries contain malic acid, a natural whitening agent.
Lemons: Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which plays an important role in the synthesis of collagen in the body. For this reason, the regular use of lemons – both internally as part of the diet and externally on the skin – can help keep your skin healthy and free from scars. You could also use lemons for skin problems like acne, blackheads, etc.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes have an antioxidant called lycopene which acts as a sunscreen from within and has anti-ageing properties too. Tomatoes are acidic in nature and applying their pulp to the pimple causes the skin to dry and the pores of the skin in the region get tightened.
Spinach: Spinach is loaded with antioxidants which can help reduce the onset of wrinkles making it a good anti-ageing product. It also strengthens your skin tissue and has anti-inflammatory properties which helps flush out the toxins.
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What a fantastic day at the 2014 CEO Cookoff held on February 17th at Carriageworks in Sydney! In its third year and going strong, the CEO Cookoff is a joint initiative of Qantas Airways and OzHarvest to raise funds and awareness on the lack of food security in Australia, the amount of excess food we waste, and this year - a special focus on challenges faced by youth in crisis and Indigenous communities.
For us fortunate ones, we come to take the food we grab out of the pantry or fridge for granted, we never have to worry about our next meal. But for thousands of Australians, 105,000 to be exact, there is a huge struggle to find a place to sleep and eat every night.
Thanks to charities like OzHarvest who rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded and distributes them to the vulnerable in cities all around Australia, there is hope for many homeless and hungry men, women and children. CEO and founder of OzHarvest Ronni Kahn was very excited about this years turnout stating, ‘The event has continued to grow year on year and we couldn’t do it without the participation and support of our amazing chefs and business leaders. We are aiming to raise more than $1m this year and we need your help to get there.’
Ronni’s 2014 goal was to raise 1 million dollars and I’m very pleased to say that at this point they’ve surpassed their goal with $1,089,646.00 thus far! Jo has been working hard to raise funds as well with $6,400 in total. Every $1 donated means that OzHarvest can deliver the equivalent of two meals and it’s never to late to donate! Please continue to support your favorite business leader, Jo, by donating here!
Check out some of these great pictures from the event below or view the whole album here.
Jo and Ronni Kahn, CEO of OzHarvest
Jo and Channel 9 morning show host Karl Stefanovic!
Jo and chef Maggie Beer!
Jo with the handsome chef and owner of Sydney restaurant El Toro Loco, Miguel Maestre!
Last year Jo raised $9000 for homeless and disadvantaged youth and this year she wants to beat that number! On February 17th Jo will once again be participating in the CEO cookoff, a joint initiative of Qantas and OzHarvest that focuses the spotlight on the lack of food security in this country and the plight of indigenous communities.
Here are some scary facts for you: In Australia, every night 105,000 people are homeless; 50% of that women and 1 in 10 under the age of 12. Over the last five years the homeless rate has increased by 8%. Something has to be done and thanks to the CEO Cookoff a difference is being made. This is the third year in a row and going strong!
Jo will be amongst 200 CEO’s and 40 celebrity chefs such as Maggie Beer, Neil Perry and Frank Camorra to prepare a three course meal for 1000 of Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged. We need your help to support our favorite CEO, Jo! Every $1 donated means that OzHarvest can deliver the equivalent of two meals and every donation of $2 and above is tax deductible.
Anything helps so please show your support and donate here!