The Happy Life Checklist: It Now Has a Chinese Edition

June 30th, 2015

This is an exciting week, as I just got my hands on the latest foreign edition of one of my books. This is my third and latest book, The Happy Life Checklist. And it is now available in China.

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It is printed in Simple Chinese characters, with beautiful small images to go with the copy. Here are some of the pages in the book, following the opening spread with—hello, my picture! I think this version of the book is stunning. I am so thrilled.

 

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If you know anyone in China who could use some ideas for living a happier life, pass it on. And if you’d like to read more about what my book is all about, check out The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss.

Oh, and if you know what it says there on the cover and cover wrap—the brownish part that is wrapped on top of the gray cover—I’d love to find out! I’m so curious. I hope that readers in China will enjoy the book. It warms my heart to no end to know that the message I am sharing about living a good life is spreading this far.

—Amy

 

Miranda Lambert: What’s Country Now

June 29th, 2015

I’m on a bit of a country kick with my latest projects.

COUNTRYLIVINGMIRANDACoverFor the June 2015 issue of Country Living magazine, I interviewed Miranda Lambert, who was acting as the issue’s Guest Editor. I’ve chatted with her a number of times now (three? four?) and she’s always such a joy to speak with: real, funny, smart and open.

Her ideas and quotes about country living are dotted throughout the whole issue—from her stories about her favorite Ford pickup truck (and why she named it Loretta!) to what traditions she’s taken from her childhood home into her life now. This is her take on What’s Country Now” if you want to take a gander.

Pick up the June issue of the magazine while it’s still on stands to read more!

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Kacey Musgraves: Gritty, Girly, Great

June 24th, 2015

The July 2015 issue of Redbook magazine features my cover story with country singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves.

KaceyMusgravesCOVERI’ve been listening to a preview of her new album, Pageant Material, for weeks now and loving it. So it was a joy to be able to sit down with Katy Perry’s favorite rising country star in Los Angeles, and talk about what’s gotten her to this point and what she wants out of life from here.

You can read some excerpts of the interview on the Redbook website: Country Superstar Kacey Musgraves Schools Us in How To Be Badass

And here’s a sample of how the story is being picked up by other celebrity news magazines around the country, including this People magazine piece.

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—Amy

Ashley Tisdale’s Big New Life

June 23rd, 2015

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One of my recent sit-downs was with actress and producer Ashley Tisdale for the June 2015 issue of Health magazine. HEALTHAshleyTisdaleCOVER1

The former High School Musical and Disney star is currently running her own production company—”Blondie Girl Productions”—and starring on the TBS comedy Clipped. Color me impressed by her energy, humor and can’t-lose attitude.

Check out the full cover interview called Ashley Tisdale’s Big New Life on the Health magazine website or grab an issue on stands.

 

 

—Amy

To Live The Good Life: DO Talk to Strangers

May 29th, 2015

Peel your eyes off your devices and what do you find?

DrOzStrangersCOVER People—real, friendly, right in front of you—who can spark up your day and nourish your soul. Learn why experts want you to talk to strangers in my new piece for the Dr. Oz magazine The Good Life. 

My story, called “Start with Hello” isn’t available online, but it is in the June 2015 issue of the magazine, which is on stands now. I’m really proud of the story, which  has actually inspired me to look up from my iPhone and talk to more strangers than I ever would—in the market, at the UPS store, at the coffee shop; standing beside me or working the counter. And the experts are right: it has made me happier.

Here’s a small preview of the piece. If you like what you read, grab a copy! And while you’re waiting in line to purchase it beside a few strangers, well, you know what to do…

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—Amy

Tracy Anderson: Strong is the New Sexy

April 30th, 2015

I’d heard of Tracy Anderson, of course. And I knew she had a loyal following, ranging from women friends of mine to celebrity clients like Lena Dunham and Julianne Hough, to her business partner in crime Gwyneth. And once I got to sit down with Tracy for the May 2015 issue of Health magazine, I finally get it.

No kidding that she has such devoted followers! And now that I’ve started doing her workouts myself, I count myself as one of them.

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Granted, I still can’t get through one of her workouts without resting (like, eleven times) but this being bathing suit season and all, I’m going to keep trying. Read my interview with Tracy Anderson on the Health site. And then get moving.

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—Amy

Talking Weddings with Adorably Gorgeous Fashion Star Jamie Chung

April 14th, 2015

I had a new kind of topic to delve into recently: weddings, for the New York Post ALEXA Weddings issue.

And I couldn’t have been luckier with the first celebrity to grace its cover: Jamie Chung. Actress. Fashion maven (you must check out her site whatthechung.com, which will make you drool). Cool-ass woman. And fiancé for just a little bit longer, until she marries fellow actor Bryan Greenberg this fall. (I’m counting the days until their film It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is released.)

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You can check out my full interview with Jamie Chung for the New York Post site to find out more.

—Amy

My Chat with the Kingslayer “Jaime Lannister” from Game of Thrones

April 14th, 2015

Here’s my latest interview for the New York Post ALEXA fashion special: A sit-down with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones.

The actor was a profoundly nice guy who shared a bit about his shy, awkward days growing up on a small island south of Denmark, his wife and kids, and the writing of his own he is doing now. Check out the Nikolaj Coster-Waldau New York Post interview to read it in full.

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The show just premiered it’s fifth season on HBO. Here’s hoping his character will last the season without being stabbed, sliced, shot with an arrow, or—oof, burned at the stake—like so many before him.

—Amy

Eva Mendes: Hey, Girl

March 13th, 2015

My other cover story this month was Eva Mendes for the April 2015 issue of Women’s Health. And the story has been garnering quite a lot of press because the actress/fashion designer/new mom is a believer in keeping her private life private.

Lucky for us, she did open a window into her amazing life, and we got to have a fun chat at the magazine photo shoot in Venice, CA!

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Grab a taste of the interview on the Women’s Health website: Women’s Health Cover Star Eva Mendes Isn’t Ready to Dole Out Motherly Advice—Yet. Or, check out the story in the April issue on stands now!

—Amy

Lauren Conrad’s Happiness Secrets

March 13th, 2015

This month, I had a sit-down with reality show star turned fashion and lifestyle maven, Lauren Conrad for the cover story in the April 2015 issue of Redbook magazine. We met at the offices of one of her fashion businesses in L.A., Paper Crown, and she was down to earth, super cool and really funny. Check out the full story “Lauren’t Un-Perfect Life” in the issue, on stands now. Or grab a little taste here at Redbook.com.

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Some of Lauren’s wise insights were picked up by other publications, and this tidbit about being more kind in the workplace was one of my favorites (here’s how Cosmopolitan wrote about it).

And now back to my regularly scheduled envy of her style.

—Amy