Shay’s All That: Shay Mitchell in Seventeen Magazine

July 20th, 2015

For the August issue of Seventeen magazine, I met up with Shay Mitchell in Hollywood to talk to her about her inspiring, happy life.

SEVENTEENShayCOVERShay is one of the stars of Pretty Little Liars, with a huge fan following. And during our long chat, it was a joy to see that she is using her platform for good—encouraging young women to find their confidence, spread their wings, and help others.

Especially fun for me: Talking with Shay gave me the opportunity sit down with the fourth and final Pretty Little Liar. (You can check out my interviews with the other three girls as well: Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, and Troian Bellasario.)

Grab a copy of the August issue now to read the full story, and grab a taste here.

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—Amy

Tracy Anderson: How to Get Summer Abs

July 20th, 2015

I guess I just can’t get enough of Tracy Anderson.

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In addition to my cover story for the May 2015 issue of Health magazine, where I sat down with Tracy to talk about what led her to starting her successful fitness enterprise, I also got to talk to her for another issue of Health magazine. This time, we chatted about all things abs for the special summer issue: Flat Belly Now.

The issue includes my sit-down with Tracy about the best food and workout moves for a summer stomach.

The special issue also includes ab-happy outtakes of some of my other celebrity interviews—including my sit-downs with Rebecca Romijn, Hilary Duff, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and The Biggest Loser trainer Jen Widerstrom.

Grab the issue to read it all.

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—Amy

Julianne Hough: Dance Dance Revolution

July 9th, 2015

One of my summer cover stories this month is the perfect healthy beach read: Julianne Hough for the July/August 2015 cover of Women’s Health magazine.

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I spoke with her on the set of the photo shoot where Julianne went leaping and jumping around the pool and, like the last time I interviewed her for Redbook magazine, she was warm and fun and made me want to get up and move a little more to the music. Grab a copy of the issue to read the full interview and get her dance workout tips.

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—Amy

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