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Get Ready for Ellen’s Design Challenge

Friday, January 16th, 2015

I have paint and primer all over my hands. And some on my knee. And I just found some on my forearm earlier. But it’s all for a good cause: I’m re-doing my bathroom. Yes, I could pay someone to do it, but I love DIY and home design, which is why I also love HGTV. Which is why when I got the opportunity to meet and talk to the cast of an upcoming design show on the HGTV channel for HGTV Magazine, I jumped!

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And here’s the really fun part: The show is the brainchild of Ellen DeGeneres, called Ellen’s Design Challenge. Check out my newest piece in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of HGTV Magazine to meet the six furniture designers who will compete on the show. The premiere episode is Sunday, January 25, at 9 pm. And believe you me, I’ll be watching.

—Amy

Dr. Oz Magazine: Where’s Your 4 a.m. Zen?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Man, I used to be so good at sleep. If sleep was a school subject, mine was like recess: a break so stress-free, that by the time the bell rang, I was refreshed and ready to go. And then things changed overnight—literally overnight.

Dr. Oz Up at 4 am? By Amy Spencer

Here’s what I mean: I can still fall asleep easily, usually dozing off with a book in my hands into a dreamy, deep slumber. But once a week or so, I wake up at 3 or 4 a.m.—sometimes because I heard a car alarm, sometimes because I have to pee—and instead of drifting back into Dreamland, my mind takes a detour through Worryville. Yep, that’s when I get the bright idea to stress about the work I have to do and the relationships I have to fix and the bills I have to pay. And the more I worry, the more awake I feel, and the more stressed out I get about how tired I’ll be the next day—you know, when I have work to do and relationships to fix and bills to pay! It can take me an hour or two to fall asleep again, and by morning when my alarm goes off, I’m groggy, foggy, and annoyed. Plus, those problems I tossed and turned over? They don’t even seem as big a deal anymore—and I’m mad at myself for losing sleep over them!

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Now, let me guess: This has happened to you, too, right? If so, check out my cover story for the January/February 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine: Turn Off Stress So You Can Sleep.

I got to speak with the biggest experts in the sleep and insomnia fields, who helped me understand 1) why we wake in the night 2) what’s keeping us up 3) how to fall back asleep and 4) how to avoid middle-of-the-night wake-ups in the first place.

The advice has helped me immensely in my own life, and I hope the piece helps you, too. Pick up the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life to see if it works for you, too.

Sweet dreams,

—Amy

Yep, I Like Their (Mad, Fun, Unique) Look!

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Loving yourself

For the January 2013 issue of Glamour magazine, I worked on a fun piece about models who have such a distinct look, they had to learn to grow into them: like this stunning redhead, Chantal, who used to hate her hair and freckles:

I also spoke with the laid back Harmony Boucher who decided to embrace her tomboy look; and a fabulous British DJ named Felicity Hayward, also a plus-sized m0del who’s developed a cool style and a rad attitude. Check out Felicity’s Facebook page to get a feel for her style, which includes, as she told me, “Anything leopard print. And I have a weakness for big tacky earrings.”

Check it out! Maybe you’ll be as inspired by these cool women as I was.

—Amy

Rachel Zoe’s Fun Fashion Tales

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Fashion

I simply could not have enjoyed chatting with stylist Rachel Zoe more for the September 2012 issue of Glamour. She’s like a savant of fashion, full of spot-on advice for women’s bodies and—as you already know—an absolute hoot.

Here’s my four page feature with Rachel as she tells her own story of how she got the styling bug (it’s pretty cute), her ultimate fashion Dos and Don’ts, and how she feels about haters, judgers and taking the high road. Read Rachel Zoe’s full piece on Glamour.com.

—Amy

My Glamour Survey: Sh*t Girls Say About Clothes

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Fashion

If you want to know if you’re normal in how you try on, buy, wear, or envy other people wearing clothes, check out the September 2012 issue of Glamour, where you can get all the answers in the survey I pulled together.

You can get a preview of what’s in it here, on Glamour.com. And if you don’t already know about the amazingly hilarious Twitter feed (and videos, and and and…) of @shitgirlssay, check it obsessively daily, like the rest of us.

—Amy

Holy Man Survey, Glamour!

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

The other piece I had a hand in in this month’s February 2012 issue of Glamour was the annual man survey.

For the piece, they wanted a collection of interesting, fun, insightful questions to get right to the heart of matter of man.

I had a blast coming up with some of the questions, and reached out to women I knew to find out what they were chomping at the bit to know, too. The result: A hilarious survey of 1,000 of today’s guys about everything from what “thinking about sex all day” really means to what they think about how Suri is being raised (if, that is, they have any clue at all who Suri even is.)

I hope you enjoy reading the answers as much as I enjoyed asking them!

—Amy

The Brain Science Secrets to Stopping Procrastination!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

I got to work on a really fun piece for the April 2011 issue of Real Simple magazine. The premise: How to stop procrastinating. (Gosh, how I love working on stories that help me personally, too.)

It seems simple, really: Those things on your To Do list? Just do them. But we all know something more is going on there, because somehow we just…can’t.

Which is why, for this piece, I got to delve a little deeper and talked to some procrastination experts—psychologists, brain experts, stress and time management specialists and a life coach—about what’s really behind why we put off for tomorrow what we know we should and can do today.

Check out the full story in this month’s issue of Real Simple. Start with this utterly fascinating start: The Science Behind Procrastination.

Then check out the 7 Strategies for Getting Things Done.

I hope you find some good stuff in here! I, for one, have gotten more productive having worked on the piece, so I hope the same happens to you from reading it!

—Amy

My InStyle interview with Amy Adams: “The Real Deal”

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

My most recent celebrity interview was for the cover of InStyle, the British edition, for which I had the honor of chatting with kick-ass actress Amy Adams. Otherwise known as a three-time Oscar nominee, thanks to this year’s Supporting Actress nod for her role as Charlene in The Fighter.

Amy was a blast to talk to over breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge, easygoing, down to earth and so much funnier than I had expected! Yes, funny is always the best surprise.

Check out my entire 8-page story on Amy in the February 2011 issue of InStyle‘s British edition.

—Amy

My Vanessa Hudgens Interview

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The August 2010 issue of Glamour magazine is out, and on it? My cover interview with High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens. We spent a day having lunch and shopping at Barney’s (it was a heck of a lucky shopping day for her) and chatting. We talked about her house in L.A., her acting aspirations and her cute boyfriend Zac—who, by the way, I finally “got” when I saw the film 17 Again and thought, “Oh, so this is why everyone thinks Zac Efron is so cute.” A lucky girl indeed.

You can read My Glamour interview with Vanessa Hudgens here at Glamour.com.

—Amy

Yes, I WOULD Buy Clothes From This Man!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I had a great interview with actor David Arquette the other day in his showroom in Los Angeles to talk about his clothing line, propr.

David wearing propr clothes (Image: Victoria Will for The New York Post)

David wearing propr clothes (Image: Victoria Will)

The company—founded with musician Ben Harper and David Bedwell, former creative director for Original Penguin—is now two years old, but is expanding to new stores this spring. And I gots to say: I love the stuff! I got a shirt for my husband, a nice woven pink and white striped button down that he’s already worn twice in four days. I think he wants to sleep in it, too, which would probably be fine…except that I kinda want to sleep in it, too.

It was a pure pleasure talking to David and seeing the showroom, full of his vintage clothes and collectibles, all of which make clear what a true artist David really is: He paints, he designs, he silkscreens, he acts, and he’s even learning the trumpet right now. And it was refreshing to learn how funny and real he was. Courteney Cox is one lucky gal, I tell ya. Here’s the David Arquette propr interview in The New York Post.