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Your summer-prep jump-start.
Looking to see results a few weeks before you’re beachside? Start now, as there is no joy in the 24-hour cleanse or Kourt/Khloé K-esque training sessions. (The Snapchatting alone would be exhausting.) Make compound exercises (those that involve two muscle groups at once) your go-to. “These burn extra calories while sculpting your legs, booty, shoulders, core, arms and back,” says Katrina Scott, one half (with partner Karena Dawn) of the extremely fit duo behind the fitness website and program Tone It Up. Do three to four circuits three times a week and you’ll see major results in a few months. Use a five-pound weight and shift up to eight once you’re feeling strong.
Tones butt, hamstrings and upper back.
Begin by holding a dumbbell in each hand and maintaining a slight bend at the knees and elbows. Hinge forward from the hip as you lift your right leg back and open your arms out to the sides. Engage your core to help maintain your balance and keep your spine neutral. Slowly return to start. Complete three sets of 15 reps on each side, alternating with each rep.
Tones core, shoulders, biceps and upper back.
Begin in a plank position with hands directly below your shoulders. Grab a dumbbell with one hand and pull it up by your chest, keeping your elbow tucked by your side. Slowly lower your arm. Complete three sets of 15 reps and then switch sides.
Tones lower abs with a cardio boost.
Begin in a standing position with your knees bent. Jump high into the air, bringing your knees up to meet your elbows. Land softly on your feet. Complete three sets of 15 reps.
Emma Thompson had one of the more heart-wrenching story lines in the original Love Actually, and in a way, that's connected to why she says she won't be participating in the Christmas classic's upcoming sequel.
You'll recall that Thompson played a woman who finds out that her husband is being unfaithful right around the holidays. That character is played by the late Alan Rickman, and it's because of him that Thompson says it just doesn't feel right to reprise her role.
"It's too soon," says the British actress, who says it was a joint decision between her and the show's writer, Richard Curtis. "[He] wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, we can’t write anything for you because of Alan,’ and I said, ‘No, of course, it would be sad, too sad.’"
Thompson notes that while the sequel (really a short film) is for a British charity called comic relief, "...there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, only just over a year ago".
The short will air on British television in March.
Penn Badgley and Domino Kirke on their wedding day. Image by: Darren Will/Instagram
Penn Badgley has found his Serena van der Woodsen, guys. The Gossip Girl star, musician and ex of Blake Lively, married Domino Kirke in NYC yesterday. Kirke, also a musician, is the sister of Girls star Jemima Kirke and Mozart in the Jungle actress Lola Kirke.
You still with me? Good. Despite all the Hollywood connections, the couple's wedding was super low key. According to People Magazine, they married in a chill courthouse ceremony with a few of their closet friends and family. Domino posted this adorbs photo.
And Lola this family snap.
When someone gets married in a courthouse, it's really an open invitation to everyone but the beautiful bride to explore all that fashion has to offer. Here, I try a look simply called "Pants," as Cassius goes for "That Dude from #incubus" and Jemima experiments with "Off to Therapy!" Congratulations @dominokirke. We love you.
Also, we want this cake.
A look by Eric Schlösberg Image by: Nordstrom
The department store embraces the indie boutique feel.
If you’re already a fan of Nordstrom’s SPACE concept – an in-store boutique that stocks up-and-coming designers (like Molly Goddard, Undercover and Mira Mikati) – then you’ll like the sound of the retailer’s latest project. The Lab is a shop-in-shop dedicated to introducing people to even more emerging names in fashion. For spring, five designers were chosen: Vejas (the award-winning label run by 20-year-old Toronto wunderkind Vejas Kruszewski), experimental New York label Eckhaus Latta, Kanye-approved brand A.W.A.K.E. and alt-cool newcomers Dilara Findikoglu and Eric Schlösberg. Come fall, a handful of new names will be brought on board. Here’s to the next wave. (From $235, at Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Nordstrom Vancouver Pacific Centre and nordstrom.com/space)