Archive for August, 2011

Some dating optimism for single parents!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

What do you do when you’re a single parent and you get asked out by someone who doesn’t want to get married and have more kids like you do?

Well, if you’re Christine Coppa, who wrote about her recent dating experience in a new post for, you tell him you’re not interested. What do I think of her move? Find out:

Read her story, a shout-out for Meeting Your Half-Orange and my expert take on it all as a relationship optimist!


A story that makes my younger self smile

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

My fifteen-year-old self would be screeching right now. Because this month, one of my cover stories is with the magazine of my teen years: Seventeen.

I interviewed Ashley Benson, star of Pretty Little Liars for the September 2011 cover of Seventeen. I hadn’t been watching the show, so poor (cough) me, I had to watch a few episodes of the adorable show as research. Yeah, tough job, right?

We met at the Chateau Marmont for lunch, and she was energetic, cool, chatty and impressively confident. I hope the best for her from here on out. Here’s a taste of the interview, but you can get a full gallery of Ashley Benson cover photos and quotes on

Okay, back to picking my prom dress. I mean, wait, doing my job. Yeah, my job.


Chatting Again with the Always Positive Kim Kardashian

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I interviewed Kim Kardashian once before, for a story in Glamour magazine. This time, I spoke with her for the cover of Marie Claire Australia, and she was just as sweet as ever.

The one thing I continue to notice and appreciate about Kim? She’s able to put a positive twist on everything. When she’s talking about someone else, she focuses on the good parts; and when she’s talking about her own life, she flips the tough moments into great life lessons—much like I write about in my upcoming book Bright Side Up (Perigee, 2012).

Read my new Marie Claire interview with Kim Kardashian and see if you can pick up some of her optimism for yourself!


Heidi Klum Was Born With a Rare Confidence Gene

Monday, August 8th, 2011

She didn’t tell me this. But after chatting with her for the cover of the August issue of Glamour, it became pretty clear that she has something in her that the rest of us don’t: Pure, unadulterated, abnormally easy and thoroughly inspiring confidence.

She likes to wear what she wants (despite warnings about red carpet Don’ts), celebrate her marriage the way she wants (usually in costume while renewing her vows) and dance her bootie off on the set (whether the camera is shooting her or not). All in all, she is one fun, smart, fearless woman.

I’m trying to take a lesson from her. Maybe reading the story, you can, too. Because I think the confidence gene is contagious.

Here’s a snippet of my Glamour interview with Heidi Klum, which you can read online in its entirety at