Celebrity Vegans Dish On The Diet

Celebs swear by veganism, so we set out to discover how our favorite star’s handled eating only animal product-free fare. 

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Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos

Sometimes it seems as if there’s a new Hollywood diet every other week, so it’s tough to decipher which ones are worth trying out. Of all the fads, however, there is one diet that has had some serious staying power despite the strict guidelines that it necessitates. Find out what we discovered when we set out to get the scoop on veganism, and how our favorite celebrities fared the animal product-free diet:

Beyoncé & Jay Z

Not even the ultimate celebrity power couple could resist jumping on the vegan bandwagon. Bey and Jay dipped their toes into veganism with the 22 Days Challenge. Judging by the mouth-watering vegan creations Sasha Fierce posted on Instagram, we would say their trial was a success.

Lea Michele

Glee’s golden girl, Lea Michele said she turned to a vegan diet because of the health benefits a meatless diet boasts. “It’s about being good to your body and the planet. I’m a foodie, but I think it’s much more fun to find things on the menu that are good for me,” she told Women’s Health.

Olivia Wilde

It looks like Olivia Wilde’s vegan diet is paying off – after all she was named PETA’s sexiest vegetarian celeb in 2010. But, the hilarious actress denies weight loss is the reason she made the choice to be meat-free. “[Being vegan] is not always easy and accessible. But it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better,” she explained.

Ellen DeGeneres

The beloved talk show host has made it her mission to spread awareness about veganism, and even has delicious meatless recipes on her website. She also gives advice to those trying out a vegan diet, and these three tips are especially helpful. DeGeneres’ suggestions for newbies are:

  1. Go vegan at home, but let yourself eat whatever you want when you’re out socializing.
  2. Remove one ingredient at a time. Week 1 is no beef, Week 2 remove pork, and so on.
  3. Assign a “vegan day” once a week where you eat only vegan food and try a new recipe.

Alicia Silverstone

The benefits Alicia Silverstone enjoyed from switching to a vegan diet were so astounding, it inspired her to write her own vegan cookbook called The Kind Diet. The Clueless star revealed some surprising beauty bonuses after she changed the way she eats. “I used to have all those white marks on my nails and they were very brittle, and now they’re so strong I cannot bend them,” she said. “My eyes got really white, and I feel like I look less puffy.”

If these stars’ testimonies were enough to convince you try out a vegan diet, you’re in luck! We found one of the best vegan recipes out there so you can ease yourself into the world of a plant-based diet. Check it out below, and tell us if you’d ever consider a vegan diet in the comments below!

Wolfgang Puck’s Vegan Pad Thai

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There’s something about Pad Thai that is equal parts interesting and comforting, making it a perfect food for vegans in the making when they feel like they’re missing out. This version by celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, will make you miss meat no more! You can get the recipe and instructions here!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Lupita Nyong’o Named People’s Most Beautiful Person

The stunning best-dressed actress of the 2014 Awards Season has taken home yet another honor—People’s Most Beautiful Person.

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Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

Is anyone surprised by this? Although we can’t say that we’re the least bit shocked, we can say that we are beyond thrilled that such a deserving lady took home this honor this year! Lupita has been a shining star ever since her breakout role in 2013’s 12 Years A Slave, stunning both on and off the red carpet with both her attire and heartfelt speeches.

As happy as we are, we can’t offer our congratulations to Lupita without just a tinge of jealousy. She truly may have the most to-die-for skin in Hollywood (or the world, for that matter), and to be honest, we want it for ourselves! Luckily, we can get close this week thanks to these incredible $50 Spa Week facials. If looking at Lupita has sparked some skin-envy within you, there is still time to book one of these top treatments:

Brightening Grapefruit European Facial with Extractions at Red and White Spa in New York, NY

Brightening Performer Facial with Total Eye Lift or Lip Contouring Add-on at Clarins Spa at Bloomigdale’s in Newport Beach, CA

Fresh and Glow European Facial at Pucci Salon & Day Spa in Scottsdale, AZ

Therapeutic Brightening Facial at La Vie Zen Spa in New York, NY

Restore My Glow Facial at Spa at the Lake in Austin, TX

Eminence Organic Bright Skin Facial at Toscana European Day Spa in Boston, MA

Medical Grade Skin Polishing Facial at Sempurna Restoration Clinic in Chicago, IL

Brightening Microdermabrasion Facial with Custom Mask at San Miguel Spa in Los Angeles, CA

Glam Glow Facial at Milagro Spa and Salon – Manasquan in Manaquan, NJ

 Find more at a location near you at SpaWeek.com! Happy spa-ing and congrats, Lupita! 

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Jeremy Piven and Nina Agdal Team Up For Charity

Find out why Jeremy Piven and Nina Agdal were spotted together at Khiel’s in NYC! 

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Are Entourage star, Jeremy Piven and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, Nina Agdal the latest celebrity power couple? Maybe not, but the two joined forces to support the Food Bank for New York City at Kiehl’s flagship store in Manhattan –  and their efforts were nothing short of heroic.

The beauty product mecca featuring natural ingredients was behind Ride for Charity, a public event that attracted some big names. Also in attendance was Sex and the City star, Mario Cantone. Kiehl’s is donating $150 for every 15 minutes of cycling to Food Bank of New York City, one of the country’s largest hunger-relief organizations.

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While you may have missed Piven and Agdal’s epic race on the Flywheel bikes, (the supermodel won!) you can still head down to the Khiel’s store at 109 Third Avenue until 8 PM to lend your legs for those in need. Bonus – NYC favorite, Juice Press is on hand with refreshments after you break a sweat!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Olivia Pope’s ‘Scandal’ Style For Less

We’re getting ready for the season finale of Scandal with an Olivia Pope-inspired wardrobe that’s actually affordable! 

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Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos

If you’re as obsessed with Scandal as we are, than Thursday’s season finale episode likely has you on the edge of your seat. The Internet is buzzing about all the drama that is set to unfold, and we have to admit it’s becoming pretty impossible to resist the temptation to take a peek at the spoilers.

But can you blame us? We’re dying to know what will happen, and what Olivia will wear–which inspired us to distract ourselves with some of our favorite character’s all-time best fashion moments. Whether Olivia is rocking a sleek trench, silky shell or her signature Prada purse, the power player always looks perfectly polished. Which was the goal since the start, according to Scandal costume designer, Lyn Paolo.

“I love the idea of having Olivia, this beautiful woman, in a room full of men in dark suits, and she’s in that white suit,” Paolo explained. “She just epitomizes strong femininity. I wanted her to just sort of glow, and ultimately look so feminine, and very Jackie O. She’s Kate Hepburn, basically.”

While Olivia’s closet is filled with designer labels that Jackie O herself would wear, it’s easy to recreate her signature looks with affordable pieces that you can incorporate into your wardrobe. Check out our favorite Olivia Pope-inspired work-wear in stores this spring!

Cowl-Neck Shell

Cowl Neck Shirt

Olivia Pope knows a silky shirt with a modest neckline goes with just about anything. Scoop up a cowl-neck shell like this one, and pair it with tailored pants or a high-waisted skirt.

Draped Cowl-Neck Shell available at bananarepublic.com for $39.50

White Blazer

White Blazer

As Scandal costume designer, Lyn Paolo revealed, there’s nothing that represents Olivia’s fearless attitude like a crisp white blazer. This version, with a peplum silhouette and skinny belt, is super flattering.

Short Blazer with Belt available at zara.com for $99

Lacy Details

Lace Shirt

The key behind Olivia’s femme fatale vibe are little details that ooze sex appeal. There’s nothing quite like black lace to amp up an outfit, and just a touch to cover the collarbone is both appeasing and appropriate.

Lace Top available at hm.com for $24.95

Tailored Trousers

Trousers

A pair of tailored trousers are a staple for a work wardrobe because the pairing options are endless. It pays off to take your pants to a seamstress to have them perfectly fit to your body.

Perfect Trouser Pants available at gap.com for $59.95

Power Purse

Handbag

Olivia Pope loves Prada – but hey, don’t we all? If you’re coveting a structured bag that can fit everything you need throughout the day, this bag is perfect.

Ulum Handbag in Midnight Black available at aldoshoes.com for $60

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Our Favorite Spa Treatments For Our Favorite ‘Girls’

Obsessed with ‘Girls’? So are we! We found the perfect $50 spa treatments fit for our favorite characters!

Girls

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At this point, who isn’t obsessed with Girls, the hilarious HBO show that chronicles the lives of four twenty-something women navigating love, life and career in the Big Apple. The insanely relatable characters make it nearly impossible not to draw self-comparisons, much in the same way that we remember deciding if we were a Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda during Sex and the City’s epic reign.

Yet, unlike SATC, Girls portrays a far more accurate representation of recent-college grads finding their way in the city that never sleeps – ever so stylishly, we must add. That got us thinking about how Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna always look so flawless on-screen, and we conceded that it simply must be from decadent spa treatments! Here are the treatments we think the Girls characters would love!

Hannah

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Hannah is the first one to admit that her hair cut, er hack-job, could use some major improvement. While we feel for Hannah, who chopped off her tresses during a bout of hysteria, we agree that her frazzled hair could stand some styling. That’s why we don’t think she would be able to resist these amazing hair treatments that are only $50 during Spa Week!

Marnie

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Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Prim and proper Marnie is always perfectly put together. The hilariously high-maintenance character would never walk out of the house with chipped nails, and we have a funny feeling that she’s not giving herself those flawless manis. A soothing manicure with relaxing components would be a fitting spa treatment for the perpetually wound-up character. Here are some treatments that are so luxurious they could help even Marnie unwind.

Jessa

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Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Having recently been released from rehab, Jessa has surpassed some very stressful situations, indeed. The jet-setter continues to struggle with sobriety, although she has managed to not go missing in recent weeks. An internationally-inspired massage would be the perfect way for Jessa to unwind, while also indulging her love of travel. Here are some $50 Spa Week treatments that fit the bill.

Shoshanna

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Still dealing with her break-up from Ray, Shoshana is feeling like she’s in a bit of a funk. While we don’t think Shoshana needs a makeover by any means, a spray tan could definitely serve as a boost of confidence while she recovers from a broken heart. A lover of micro-minis, Shoshana can strut her stuff with legs so bronzed we doubt Ray could resist! Here are some $50 Spa Week spray tan treatments that serve as Shosh’s fool-proof break-up plan.

There are even more decadent $50 Spa Week treatments in cities nationwide, but appointments are filling up fast! Head over to SpaWeek.com to book yours today!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.