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8 Amazing Gowns from the 2015 SAG Awards Red Carpet

01/25/2015

With all the star power on the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet, it was difficult to choose our favorite gowns. But these eight ensembles ranged from simple and sophisticated to bold and high-fashion. They represented these actresses' individual styles while still looking fabulous. Do you agree with our picks for best-dressed? Or did we leave out your favorite look? Let us know in the comments!

1. "Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was sleek and sexy in this beautifully fitted ruby Romona Keveza column gown.

2. Winner for best actress in a TV series, Viola Davis looks angelic in this halter Max Mara Gown.

3. Rashida Jones kept her signature boho style in this patterned Emanuel Ungaro gown and looks effortlessly chic.

4. Red carpet darling Lupita Nyong'o was having a blast twirling in this ravishing Elie Saab patterned gown.

5. Nominee Reese Witherspoon chose this crisp, simple custom Giorgio Armani sheath.

6. Best actress winer Julianne Moore complemented her fair skin and auburn hair with a hunter green Riccardo Tisci sequined gown.

 

7. Nominee Emma Stone took a fashion risk in this menswear-inspired Dior gown. We think she looked elegant and edgy at the same time.

8. Both feminine and fabulous, "Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer stunned in this floral Naeem Khan frock.

-- Mara Betsch

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Know a Special Young Lady Who'd Make a Great Style Ambassador?

01/22/2015

TLC and Teen Vogue are partners in the Say Yes to the Prom (that's SYTTP) Style Ambassador Sweepstakes. The lucky winner gets a trip to New York City (that's NYC) to attend a Say Yes to the Prom event, help select prom dresses for deserving girls and learn tricks of the trade from fashion industry experts at Teen Vogue's Fashion University.

To enter, click here! (Hurry: The contest ends Feb. 16.)

SYTTP is bigger than just the NYC event -- this year, the event spans 5 days and is open to 200 girls in 5 different cities. Mega glam and mega fun! At SYTTP, TLC and Discovery Communications host deserving high school girls and give them head-to-toe makeovers (we're talking hair, makeup, nails and beauty advice), as well as a complete prom outfit. Dress. Shoes. Accessories. The works!

Monte Durham of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta hosts the events and leads a style seminar that's as informational as it is inspirational. Check out the schedule below, and take a look at a special video about the contest.

Dates and locations:

March 16 - New York, NY
March 19 – Denver, CO
March 31 – Silver Spring, MD
April 9 – Miami, FL
May 6 – Los Angeles, CA

Keep up with SYTTP via TLC's Say Yes to the Dress Facebook page and Twitter.

You Have to See the Most Adorable Duggar #TBT Ever!

You know Jessa and Jinger as two of the the beautiful young ladies on "19 Kids and Counting," but they were pretty adorable toddlers, too! Jinger recently celebrated her 21st birthday in December, and Jessa helped show how much she's changed over the years by posting some super cute baby photos on Instagram. The two sisters, who are close friends (Jinger was Jessa's maid of honor), appear to have built their friendship over 20 years. Take a look at the seemingly inseparable duo -- aren't they precious?

It's nice to see sisters who love each other so much. Now, we just need them to recreate these classic family photos!

More on the Duggars

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The Duggars: Then and Now Photos

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New Study: This Food Is Ruining Your Kids' Diet

01/21/2015

That noise you just heard was the collective "Nooooo, not pizza!" from busy moms across the country. According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, kids are eating too much pizza! The researchers examined kids' and teens' diets and found that eating pizza increases overall calorie intake and makes up approximately 20 percent of kids' daily calories on the days when they eat pizza. The study also found that 22 percent of kids between 6 and 19 chow down on this Italian specialty each and every day.

More alarmingly, pizza provided the second highest amount of calories and fat from school and fast food lunches, coming in just behind "grain desserts" (aka cookies, donuts, and pies). The data suggests that pizza may be a big contributor to childhood obesity.

But, thankfully, there is a silver lining: Homemade pizza doesn't seem to be the problem. It's the restaurant pizza that you grab on the way home from practice (or that your teen snacks on after school) that's contributing to your kids' diets in a negative way.

Having pizza as a "snack" also caused an increase in total daily calories. A slice of pizza from a 12-inch medium pan Pizza Hut pizza contains between 230 and 310 calories, and between 3-7 grams of saturated fat, which is too much for young children, and takes away from healthier calories they could be getting from fruits, veggies and nuts.

So what's an overscheduled mom to do? In a word, keep takekout pizza to a minimum. It's fine for a celebration, but having premade whole-wheat dough (or making this recipe) on hand, as well as part-skim mozzarella and lots of healthy veggies and low-fat meats means you can whip up this crowd-pleaser at home.

And if your kids love personalized pies, try using English muffins (or pitas) as the crust, topping it with tomato sauce and mozzarella, and simply broiling them in the oven for a few minutes. You can add all the toppings you want, but if your kids shun veggies, you can always add diced zucchini and carrots to the tomato sauce for a little nutritional boost.

-- Mara Betsch

More on Pizza:

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Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

What 'Style By Jury' Host Louise Roe Wore to the Golden Globes

01/13/2015

Fashion journalist Louise Roe is bringing her incredibly chic style (and some helpful fashion tips) as a host on TLC's "Style By Jury," premiering February 13. In just a few weeks, she and her counterpart Preston Konrad will help women find the best clothes for their personal style. But for now, she's showcasing her own brilliant fashion choices while interviewing the stars on all the awards shows' red carpets. Below is a photo she posted on her Instagram account from the Golden Globes on Sunday.

She chose a textured, cream-colored Jenny Packham halter gown with a vintage-inspired, rhinestone-encrusted belt and ruffles draping elegantly from her waistline. Though the cut of her dress is classic, she chose a boho-inspired braided updo and natural makeup. How do you think our newest TLC fashionista did? Tell us in the comments!

Learn more about Louise Roe's sartorial philosophies in this delightful video:

More from "Style By Jury":

How to Buy the Perfect Little Black Dress

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-- Mara Betsch

How Your Favorite TLC Stars Spent Their Holidays

12/30/2014

Baby, it's cold outside! No matter how you're spending the holidays -- and we at TLC hope it's somewhere cozy, with the people (and pets) you love, and a cup of cocoa in your hand -- it's fun to get a glimpse into someone else's celebration. These photos from your favorite TLC stars will make you feel extra merry!

Kate Gosselin of "Kate Plus 8" and her kids let the wrapping paper fly, then settled in for quiet story time as a family.

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Buddy Valastro of "Cake Boss" and his family are wearing their holiday finest.

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Derick and Jill Dillard of "19 Kids & Counting" size up her Baby Dilly bump with a festive bow, and Derick said he preferred spending Christmas together as a married couple -- rather than spending it "8,000 miles apart" like last year.

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Over at the "Little Couple" house, Will and Zoey got some truly spectacular gifts! (Zoey might've asked for a real pony, but this is a pretty close substitute and she seems THRILLED.)

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Theresa Caputo of "Long Island Medium" and family give the "Cake Boss" famiglia a run for their money with these incredibly stylish holiday outfits!

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Brady Williams of "My Five Wives" declared it "the best Christmas ever" when he got to hold Baby Huck. And guess who else got to ho-ho-hold Baby Huck?!

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While Lori (nice) and Monte (naughty) of "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" said yes to spending the holidays together, Randy of "Say Yes to the Dress" said yes to a bright new year with his dog Chewy.

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How did you spend your holidays? Share your best 2014 memory in the comments below. 

5 Things to Know About 'Fat and Back' Star Katie Hopkins

12/22/2014

Anyone who has tried to lose weight – whether it's 5, 10 or 50 pounds -- knows that it's no easy task. But British television personality Katie Hopkins, has gone on the record to express her controversial views about obesity, saying there's no excuse being overweight – you simply need to eat less and work out more.

Katie Hopkins Fat and BackIn a two-part special "Fat and Back" airing on TLC January 18 and 25 at 10/9c, Katie sets out to nearly double her body weight before aiming to lose it in an attempt to prove her theory true. “To prove that losing weight is not as hard as some people make out, I’m going from underweight to overweight and back,” she says.  

So who is this polarizing woman? Learn about her with these five things you should know about her:

1. She's no stranger to reality TV. In 2007, she was on "The Apprentice UK" Season 3 – and made it to the finals! – but quit citing that childcare would be difficult if she was offered the job. She was also briefly part of "I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here" in 2007.

2. She has a connection to Prince Harry. Like Prince Harry, Hopkins attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, a military training center just outside of London. 

3. She has epilepsy. After being kicked out of Sandhurst because of her condition, she's been treating her illness has recently become an advocate for others.

4. She's been in the hot seat before. Not afraid of controversy, Hopkins has voiced her strong opinions about politics, motherhood (and children's names) and business to publications around the globe.

5. She ran for office. In 2009, Hopkins ran for MEP (member of Parliament) for the South West England Constituency as an independent candidate, polling .6% of votes cast. 

Get to know Katie Hopkins even more by watching "Fat and Back" on Jan. 18 and 25 at 10/9c.

-- Mara Betsch

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5 Gifts Every Fashionista Wants to See Under the Christmas Tree

12/16/2014

Chances are, there's at least one fashionista in your family, and she's probably the hardest person to shop for. If you're stumped, we suggest one of the following items. We've done our research on the 2015 fashion trends, and these pieces seem to be the most universally flattering and crowd-pleasing. So whether her style icon is Kate Middleton or Miley Cyrus, we guarantee that she'll love these chic items.

1. Kimono-Style Jacket

This style was all over the runways, and there were an array of patterns and textures. Hippie-chic ladies can pair them with a tank and jeans while someone with classic style could layer it over a sheath dress.

2. Stud Earrings

Though dangling earring are perfect for a night out, a simpler daytime stud is a piece she'll wear all year. You can also pair the earrings to her taste -- get her small golden lightning rods if she's more rebellious or stick to these black diamonds if she's an uptown gal.

3. Floral Scarf

Floral patterns and prints are no longer seasonal. Designers are experimenting with this pattern on everything from wool jackets to corduroys. If your fashionista rocks a more monochromatic looks, this will add a pop of color, and if she's a fan of mixing patterns, a flowery scarf will be accessory inspriation!

4. Longer, (Faux) Leather Skirt

This material gets a bad rap for being biker-chic, but the runways showed leather in exciting cuts and colors. This midi A-line skirt is flattering on all body types and can be paired with anything from a white tee to a cashmere sweater.

5. Military-Inspired Jacket

Perfect for layering, this is another versatile piece that can be layered from season to season. Advise your fashionista to wear it over her LBD or with boyfriend jeans and her favorite t-shirt.

-- Mara Betsch

More on Fashion:

Who's Your Style Icon

Kate Middleton's Best Looks of 2014

Who Ruled the Red Carpet in 2014

See the Video 50,000 People Have Watched: Santa's Sleigh from the Window of a Plane?

12/10/2014

As the investigation into #TheSecretSanta continues, the evidence is piling up. We've shown you a mom blogger's video and a mysterious man in handcuffs (who bears a striking resemblance to Kris Kringle). Below is the latest clue -- a video taken from an airplane window -- which seems suspicious. More than 50,000 people have watched it to try to find out what's really going on. Though scientists have ruled out lightning, the flash of light illuminates what appears to be a reindeer and a sleigh? Watch below and let us know your thoughts.

Post by TLC.

Tune in to "The Secret Santa" on Sunday, December 14 at 7/6c.

-- Mara Betsch

Mommy Blogger Claims to Have Found Evidence of Santa

12/08/2014

This mom blogger recently discovered something she felt the need to share, even though it didn't exactly fit the content of her blog. While looking for holiday decorating tips, she came across a Christmas miracle...or at least it might be. Watch the unbelievable clip below:

Is it a comet? Is it a plane? Is it Santa??? Though we can't be sure, it definitely builds on some of the crazy things we've seen and heard in our search for the #TheSecretSanta, a man who appears to be performing Christmas miracles across the country. What (or who) do you think it is? Let us know in the comments!

--Mara Betsch

Tune in to "The Secret Santa" Sunday, December 14 at 7/6c to discover the identity of this mysterious man. 

More on The Secret Santa:

Why Is This Santa in Handcuffs?

A Reporter Investigates a Man Performing Christmas Miracles

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