Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive 2014 (and other ways to add a little “sexy” to your day)

penelope cruz for Esquire magazinePhotos by Nico for Esquire

It’s hard to put a finger on it—but there’s something that makes Penelope Cruz the undeniable choice for Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive.” Maybe it’s her smoldering gaze. Perhaps it’s her unruly mane of dark hair. Or maybe it’s her captivating smile, which always seems to be concealing the juiciest secret.

And she’s definitely got more than a few secrets.

Penelope Cruz, Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive

Having been in Hollywood for 20+ years, Cruz has managed to remain more or less out of the spotlight when it comes to her personal life. In her interview with Chris Jones, Cruz refused to discuss her marriage, her children, the film she just worked on, the film she’s currently working on, or her recent political stunt.

Does she come off as cold, or simply a perpetual mystery? Read the full story here and enjoy even more exclusive photos in your Next Issue app (Esquire, November 2014).

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While you’re at it, Esquire‘s got plenty of other ways to add a little more “sexy” to your day. Enjoy! 

1) Don’t forget about last year’s Sexiest Woman Alive! In the bedroom with Scarlett Johansson. 
2) The evolutionary science behind what men find sexy, as illustrated by gorgeous model Elsa Hosk.
3) A look back on the sexiest moments of 2013 – can’t wait for this year’s roundup!

#WeekendReads | 29-Year-Old Cancer Patient Chooses ‘Death with Dignity’ | Would You Take a (One Way) Trip to Mars? | A Taste of North America | History of Drones (1898-Now)


Next Issue Guest Curator, Jamie GallPrepare to be amazed by stories of science and technology like you’ve never seen them before. From the man taking a willing group to Mars (forever), to biometrics in the NBA, to the woman ending her painful battle with cancer on her own terms.

Then, embrace the fall season. Minnesota girl Jamie Gall brings us her favorite fall foods, styles, and global getaways.

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Next Issue Picks

Bas Lansdorp Has a Posse

Popular Science November 2014

A Dutch entrepreneur has inspired thousands of people to apply for a one-way trip to Mars (and star in a reality TV show along the way). Is he a good dude, or a dangerous megalomaniac?

Young, Gifted & Homeless

Sports Illustrated October 20, 2014

More than 100,000 students on U.S. youth, public school, and college teams have no stable place to live. They often go hungry, drop out more frequently, and are more likely to suffer physical and sexual abuse. How do they survive—and even thrive?

Kidnapped in Syria

Men's Journal November 2014

Last May, veteran war reporter Anthony Loyd was grabbed by armed thugs in Syria. Blindfolded, beaten, and shot twice, he only narrowly escaped. Here, he recounts his time in the most dangerous place in the world.

Cancer Patient Brittany Maynard: Ending My Life—My Way

People October 27, 2014

On Nov. 1, this terminally ill woman plans to take a fatal dose of barbiturates in the presence of her husband, mom, stepfather, and best friend. A look inside her fight to stop suffering and her emotional last days.

The New Face of Tech

Breakthrough: The Comeback

Popular Mechanics November 2014

The Breakthrough Awards honor the innovators most responsible for changing our world. See how crippling pain derailed Molly McCarthy's body, life, and future until a device implanted in her spine restored it all.

How I Found My Family Online

PC Magazine October 2014

From family tree websites to Facebook to DNA testing, exploring every branch of your family tree is quicker and easier than ever before.

Get Ready for Drone Nation

Fortune October 27, 2014

In demand by Fortune 500 companies and heavily funded by Silicon Valley, unmanned aircrafts are rapidly invading the world of business. Includes a history of drones, which—surprise—starts in 1898.

Invasion of the Body Testers

ESPN The Magazine October 27, 2014

Some say NBA players, like Formula One cars, are luxury machines that perform best if vigilantly monitored and maintained with advanced biometric testing. But what do the players think?

North America, A Taste Tour

Catskills Collective

Condé Nast Traveler October 2014

Just a few hours from New York City, a group of small-town restaurateurs with big ideas are creating a new culinary weekend getaway. Dig in.

Entertain the Easy Way, Coast to Coast

Chatelaine November 2014

Make the most of the season by hosting a fabulous festive cocktail party. Chatelaine brings us six simple recipes that celebrate all the diverse flavors of Canada...bite by delicious bite.

The 20 Best Dishes in Texas

Food & Wine November 2014

A chef, a barbecue expert, and a hotelier choose their favorite dishes from Austin to Marfa. Their picks—an entire pig's head, a giant beef rib, porterhouse steak for two—prove that everything's bigger (and meatier) in Texas.

Land of Plenty

Coastal Living November 2014

You can't throw a stone in Central California without hitting something fresh, local, and organic. Between Santa Cruz and Big Sur, a new wave of restaurateurs is making farm to table more flavorful than ever before.

Jamie Gall's Seasonal Selections

96 Tips for Total Thanksgiving Success

Every Day with Rachael Ray November 2014

We're a few weeks out from Thanksgiving now, and let me tell you, this article has everything! I had a blast looking through the fun illustrations, drool-worthy photos, and creative tips for making the perfect meal.

Find Your Perfect Winter Coat

All You November 2014

I'm a Minnesota Girl, born and raised, and I can't stress enough that in the dead of those cold winters, it's SO important to have a winter coat that's both warm and chic. I like to keep up with the latest styles, and always keep my eye out for a future "go back home to visit" coat.

The Glories of Garlic

Saveur November 2014

This past summer I went to my first Garlic Festival, and I've been intrigued by the powerful ingredient ever since. This read gave my plenty of ideas for delicious (with a kick) recipes for the cooler nights coming up.

The Traveler 50

National Geographic Traveler October 2014

I'm drawn to stories that put the focus on cities in a fun, educational way. Since I'm kind of a tech geek, this story about the world's smartest cities was calling my name.

For the Love of Lists

2015 Resort Guide

SKI October 2014

Make it your best season ever with this guide to the Top 50 resorts in North America. From the toughest terrain to the juiciest steaks, no detail went uninvestigated.

Women Who Dare

Harper's BAZAAR November 2014

What makes a daring woman? Vision, commitment, style—and a total lack of fear. Bazaar celebrates the trailblazers pushing the world forward.

The Forbes 400

Forbes October 20, 2014

Thanks to a booming stock market and the irrepressible energies of a new generation of entrepreneurs, the class of 2014 has an average net worth of $5.7 billion—and 113 U.S. billionaires are too poor to make the cut.

Supermarket Stars 2014

Women's Health November 2014

Packaged foods get a bad rap, and some deserve it. But these picks don't taste like they've come out of a can, bag, or box. They are full of nutrients and may even help you lose weight. Plus, they'll motor you through your day.

New Issues

Backpacker

November 2014

Dwell

November 2014

Esquire

November 2014

This 29-year-old woman has two weeks to live. Here’s why she chose that date herself…


Brittany Maynard, People Magazine

Chances are, this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about Brittany Maynard. In the past weeks, the 29-year-old cancer patient has become the face of the right-to-die movement. Instead of struggling through a painful and debilitating decline, Brittany—diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013—plans to take her own life, swallowing 100 sedatives in the company of her husband, mom, stepdad, and best friend.

Read the exclusive story on Brittany (her adventurous spirit, her diagnosis, and her decision) in the October 22 issue of People, available in Next Issue now.

Watch Brittany and her family explain why the right to die with dignity is so important to them:

Reader Picks: Minnesota Girl Talks Life, Love & Travel


Next Issue Guest Curator, Jamie Gall
As a lover of all things travel, wine, and food, you can imagine how many magazines I enjoy digging into. What fuels my magazine-obsession even more? The holidays are right around the corner, and each glorious page is filled with winter styles, beautiful beach getaways, and drool-worthy recipes.

Ever since I discovered Next Issue, it’s quickly become my go-to source for reading material every night as I tucker down before bed. And the best part?  Being able to pick and choose what I want to read to fit my mood each evening.

This past weekend, I scoured the latest magazines to find my top faves in the realms of seasonal bucket list items, and my inspirations as a Minnesota girl living in Sonoma, CA. Hope you enjoy!

Connect with me:

Minnesota Girl in the World

@JamieGall1930

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Jamie's Seasonal Selections

Tips for Total Thanksgiving Success!

Every Day with Rachael Ray November 2014

We're a few weeks out from Thanksgiving now, and let me tell you, this article has everything! I had a blast looking through the fun illustrations, drool-worthy photos and creative tips for making the perfect meal.

Find Your Perfect Winter Coat

All You November 2014

I'm a Minnesota Girl, born and raised, and I can't stress enough that in the dead of those cold winters, it's SO important to have a winter coat that's both warm and chic. I like to keep up with the latest styles, and always keep my eye out for a future "go back home to visit" coat.

Autumn's Glow

Better Homes & Gardens October 2014

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, and I always seek inspiration for new decorating ideas that just scream autumn. The gorgeous photos in this article had me stopping to read more.

The Glories of Garlic

Saveur November 2014

This past summer I went to my first Garlic Festival, and I've been intrigued by the powerful ingredient ever since. This read gave me plenty of ideas for delicious-with-a-kick recipes for the cooler nights coming up.

Life, Love & Travel

The Real Sonoma County

Sunset October 2014

Residing in Sonoma County for the past year, I've fallen in love with beautiful Wine Country. I'm always drawn to articles that showcase expert's favorite Sonoma suggestions and point me to destinations I haven't yet explored. This article does both.

The New Kid on El Blok

Travel + Leisure November 2014

Truthfully? I'm always dreaming of my next vacation, and those tropical photos sure fueled some gorgeous daydreams. A beautiful new Puerto Rican resort with equally stunning views ...what more can a girl ask for?

Taylor Swift: Queen of Her Own Heart

People October 20, 2014

Want in on a secret? My other half recently admitted that his "celebrity crush" is none other than Taylor Swift. Lo and behold, there she was on the cover of People's 40th Anniversary issue. I had to find out what's just so captivating about the song-writing beauty.

The Traveler 50

National Geographic Traveler October 2014

I'm drawn to stories that put the focus on cities in a fun and educational way. Since I'm kind of a tech geek, this story about the world's smartest cities was calling my name.

iOS Update: Easier Access to Your Favorite Magazines


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Delicious National Dessert Day Recipes (Featured: Sweet Potato Cheesecake)


Next Issue Presents Your National Dessert Day Menu

Are you a cake person, or do you prefer a fruit cobbler à la mode? Warm chocolate chip cookies, or sugar cookies you can decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving?

Whatever your sweet tooth fancies, Next Issue has just what you need to make the most out of National Dessert Day. 

Get inspired with the menu above (or even MORE delicious desserts on Pinterest) and find the full recipes right inside your Next Issue app.

Now for the featured recipe, a family favorite from Sweets: A Collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories author Patty Pinner.

AINT HELEN’S SWEET POTATO CHEESECAKE (As seen in Midwest Living | September / October 2014)

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 22 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

Filling

  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping

  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

2. For crust: In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. press mixture firmly into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the prepared pan.

3. For filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in condensed milk, followed by sweet potatoes, until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the 1/4 cup maple syrup, the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Beat until blended. pour filling into crust in pan. (The filling will come higher than the crust).

4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 to 75 minutes, or until a 2 1/2 inch area around edge of cake appears set when gently shaken. Leave cheesecake in oven, but turn the oven off and leave the door cracked. After 1 hour, remove the cake from the oven and carefully run a small knife around the rim of the pan to loosen the cake. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 hours, then transfer to refrigerator and chill, covered, overnight.

5. For topping: In a medium saucepan, combine 3/4 cup maple syrup and the cream. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in pecans. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

6. To serve, remove sides of pan. Spoon some topping over the whole cheesecake. Pass remaining topping. Chill leftovers.

Makes 12 servings. 

John Oliver wonders, “How is Columbus Day still a thing?”


If you didn’t get the day off work, your association with Columbus Day may be pretty close to Last Week Tonight’s description: cheesy commercials, unexpectedly-closed post offices, and oh yeah, commemorating “a murderous ego-maniac, whose most famous discovery was a case of getting lost and refusing to ask directions.”

We’re all familiar with John Oliver’s format: eye-opening, laughter-inducing, and bitingly snarky. But it wasn’t until I read Oliver’s cover story in Rolling Stone that I understood the man behind the latest up-and-coming satire news program.

While Oliver refers to former The Daily Show colleague Jon Stewart as one of his biggest influences, Oliver’s worldview is noticeably more pessimistic. In his words, “There is something profoundly wrong at the heart of American politics.”

john-oliver Rolling Stone

For a glimpse at John Oliver on-set and off, open up your Next Issue app and check out “John Oliver Is Mad As Hell” in the October 9, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone. Then, 20 facts about John Oliver that didn’t make it into the magazine.

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#WeekInCovers | Taylor Swift Celebrates People’s 40th Anniversary | First “Men’s Health Ultimate Guy” | Jennifer Lawrence Goes Nude (On Her Terms) | TIME’s Interactive Cover


This Week In Covers

Like proud parents, it’s impossible to choose our favorites out of all the amazing stories and beautiful covers published in Next Issue each week. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few that stand out from the pack. Check out a few facts behind this week’s top covers, then get to reading the full list of new issues this week (that’s 49!).

People 40th Anniversary
This week, we wish People a happy 40th anniversary! To celebrate the occasion, cover girl Taylor Swift channels the iconic first cover. What do you think? Did she pull off a good Mia Farrow?

Ultimate Men's Health Guy

We have a first for Men’s Health this week. That is, the very first reader featured on the cover. Noah Galloway’s story is nothing short of inspiring. Read all about him in the Men’s Health November 2014 issue.

Jennifer Lawrence in Vanity Fair

Next up, we’ve got Jennifer Lawrence in the November 2014 issue of Vanity Fair. After her photos were hacked and posted all across the web, you’d better believe the brazen actress has some choice words for people who exploit celebrities.

How to eat now, TIME

That brings us to our fourth choice for top covers of the week. In TIME’s cover story, food writer Mark Bittman makes the case for dining out less often. Oh, and the cover is a fun and interactive gif! Open up your Next Issue app and take a look.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the full lineup of this week’s new issues, all available in the Next Issue app now.

  • All You, November 2014
  • Architectural Digest, November 2014
  • Bloomberg Businessweek, October 13, 2014
  • Bloomberg Markets, November 2014
  • Elle Décor, November 2014
  • Entertainment Weekly, October 17, 2014
  • Entrepreneur,  Entrepreneur’s Startups Fall 2014
  • Essence, November 2014
  • Every Day With Rachael Ray, November 2014
  • Family Circle, November 2014
  • FamilyFun, November 2014
  • Food & Wine, November 2014
  • Food Network Magazine, November 2014
  • Forbes, October 20, 2014
  • Glamour, November 2014
  • Golf Magazine, November 2014
  • Golf Digest, November 2014
  • Good Housekeeping, November 2014
  • GQ, What To Wear Now Fall / Winter 2014
  • L’actualité, November 1, 2014
  • Maclean’s, October 20, 2014
  • Macworld,  November 2014
  • Men’s Fitness, November 2014
  • Men’s Health, November 2014
  • Moneysense, November 2014
  • New York Magazine, October 6, 2014
  • New York Magazine, Winter 2015 Design
  • Newsweek, October 17, 2014
  • O, The Oprah Magazine, November 2014
  • Outside Magazine, November 2014
  • PC World, October 2014
  • People, October 20, 2014
  • People en Español, November 2014
  • Popular Mechanics, November 2014
  • Real Simple, November 2014
  • Redbook, November 2014
  • Rolling Stone, October 23, 2014
  • Shape, November 2014
  • ShopSmart, November 2014
  • Sports Illustrated, October 13, 2014
  • The New YorkerOctober 13, 2014
  • TIME, October 20, 2014
  • Today’s Parent, November 2014
  • Town & Country, November 2014
  • Travel + Leisure, November 2014
  • Us Weekly, October 20, 2014
  • Vanity Fair, November 2014
  • Woman’s Day, November 2014
  • Woman’s Day for Latinas, November 2014

#WeekendReads | Jennifer Lawrence Attacks Photo Hackers | Gone Girl Behind the Scenes | Twin Peaks Style, 25 Years Later | Beautiful Design & New Things to Try

Next Issue Guest Curator, Alyssa Hertzig

Go ahead, try something new. Search for the perfect job. Plan a trip. Sign up for a 5K. Get naked? We’ve got all the best ideas right here.

Don’t miss star-studded picks from Brides Magazine beauty editor and The Sparkly Life writer, Alyssa Hertzig.

Then, continue with stories that inspire, from the Iraq vet voted “Ultimate Men’s Health Guy,” to the best in product design, to breakout stars in entrepreneurship. You’ve got a fun and productive weekend ahead.

Happy Reading!

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Next Issue Picks

Both Huntress and Prey

Vanity Fair November 2014

Her most intimate photos hacked and in the headlines, Jennifer Lawrence's meteoric rise has its dark side. With the third Hunger Games hitting theaters, the 24-year-old star speaks out about how she's handling the shocking invasion of her privacy.

The Paperless Classroom Is Coming

TIME October 20, 2014

The national shift to computers in the classroom is happening fast, with paper, textbooks, and pencils replaced by tablets, headphones, and keyboards. The trend will upend the way American children are taught, so how will we overcome the glitches?

The Man Who Made a Million Trades

Bloomberg Markets November 2014

Inside the weird world of Japanese day trading, a former pinball savant and video game fanatic has become a legend. No one has watched him work, and his strategies are the subject of much speculation among his peers.

Ready or Not

O, The Oprah Magazine November 2014

You know it's coming; your parents aren't immortal. But when the storm hits, few of us are remotely prepared. This special guide will help you face the future head-on, so you can give the best possible care to those who once took care of you.

Alyssa Hertzig's Star-Studded Picks

Ask Drew

Brides October / November 2014

One of my favorite things about being the beauty director at Brides magazine is our beauty advice columnist—Drew Barrymore! This month she gives her tips for at-home workouts, edgy nail polish shades, and more. (And, yes, she really writes it!)

Lauren's New Reality

InStyle October 2014

The only problem with this tour of Lauren Conrad's gorgeous Beverly Hills penthouse is that it made me severely jealous! I'm particularly green with envy over her (huge, amazing) closet.

Super Stars

Allure October 2014

I grew up in the era of supermodels, and I've been a fan of those one-name wonders ever since. I loved this story with real-world advice straight from catwalkers Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, and Linda Evangelista. It's fun and actually really helpful!

Go, Gone Girl

Glamour October 2014

I'm a big fan of both the Gone Girl book and the movie, so this interview, where author Gillian Flynn chats with the movie's star Rosamund Pike, felt like a real treat. Fun, funny, and illuminating.

Celebrating Special Issues

Twelve Exactly Right Objects

WIRED Design Life 2014

Here, products with designs that remain fresh even decades after their birth, through a magical blend of beauty and ingenuity.

Breakout Stars

Entrepreneur Entrepreneur's Startups Fall 2014

A roundup of the fastest-growing young franchises. Who's behind them and what's the secret to their rapid-fire success?

The Influencers: David Lynch's Twin Peaks

GQ What to Wear Now Fall / Winter 2014

Another strange thing about Lynch's warped murder mystery? Its grungy aesthetic is back. Here, why the mystical early 1990s logging town was so far ahead of its time.

Ask the Experts

New York Magazine New York Design Hunting

Design insiders tell all: How to choose fresh flowers (and keep them alive), simple tips for throwing a successful dinner party, easy ways to keep your home clean, and more.

Guys' Guide to Healthy Living

This Is Paleo

Men's Fitness November 2014

Being a carnivore hasn't been this popular since the days when Neanderthals binged on woolly mammoth. But, as author, TV host, and eat-what-you-kill hunter Steven Rinella reveals, if you really want to party like it's 10,000 B.C., don't stop with the caveman's diet—try his fitness lifestyle, too.

Yellow Streak

Outside Magazine November 2014

It may be the oldest emotion. Before happiness, before sorrow, before exhilaration, and way, way before the urge to climb mountains and bomb down steeps, there was fear. Now scientists are finding new ways to help us conquer our deepest anxieties—and use them to perform even better.

The Reader Issue!

Men's Health November 2014

1,246 men entered the cover-guy contest and provided life-changing wisdom. To be the 2014 Ultimate Men's Health Guy, Noah Galloway had to be someone who knows he's a work in progress, someone who pursues health and fitness as if his life depends on it.

Boom!

Bicycling November 2014

For something that seems so simple, cycling can be maddeningly complex. It doesn't have to be. Here's how to get your head around dropped chains, gear ratios, the right way to blow a snot rocket—and 18 other puzzles that will never confound you again.

Do Something New

How to Ace the New Job Interview

Money October 2014

Forget the traditional audition with a rep from HR. Nowadays companies are employing decidedly offbeat hiring techniques. To land the spot you want, be prepared for whatever screening tests come your way.

Best of the World: Where to Go Now

National Geographic Traveler October 2014

Go see the new look for Connecticut's glass house, the river that runs through a Fijian paradise, where the young and hungry go in Paris, and where the livin' is easy in China.

Run for Your Life

Canadian Health & Lifestyle Fall 2014

Too intimidated to sign up for a run? Join the club. But as Carli Whitwell recently discovered, with a little planning anyone can make it happen. Ready to step up? Then read on.

How to Get Naked In Front of Anyone

Cosmopolitan November 2014

You'd think with so much oversharing, taking it off wouldn't be such a big deal. Jessica Matlin explores what's behind our naked anxiety.

New Issues

Architectural Digest

November 2014

Rolling Stone

October 23, 2014

ShopSmart

November 2014

“Sparkly” Hollywood stories from the Brides Magazine beauty editor

Next Issue Guest Curator, Alyssa Hertzig

I’ve been a magazine editor for over ten years, so I shudder when people say that print is dead. It’s not! I was a magazine junkie long before I started in the industry—and I definitely still am.

In my day-to-day, I thrive on wearing many hats (though I prefer nail polish shades): Brides beauty director, beauty expert, blogger, and New York City mom.

I love that Next Issue really celebrates magazines and makes it much more convenient to read them, especially when I’m traveling. Instead of using precious carry-on space to lug a stack of issues, I just download a few onto my iPad before I go. Nothing’s better than reading a pile of magazines on the plane—without the pile.

One of my favorite topics to read about in Next Issue is entertainment—movies, TV, red carpet fashion, the works! My picks explore a new side to some of the most interesting people in the public eye, from Drew Barrymore and Lauren Conrad to John Oliver and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

After reading them, head over to my blog, The Sparkly Life for a glimpse into my life as a beauty editor, and Brides for the best wedding-day beauty tips.

Connect with me on Twitter: @alyssahertzig

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Stars In The News Now

Go, Gone Girl

Glamour October 2014

I'm a big fan of the Gone Girl book and the movie, so this interview, where author Gillian Flynn interviews the movie's star Rosamund Pike, felt like a real treat. Fun, funny, and illuminating.

Derek Jeter Opens the Door

New York Magazine September 22, 2014

As a New Yorker, I'm (obviously) a huge Jeter fan, so I loved this behind-the-scenes glimpse into the baseball star's life. The black-and-white photos that accompany the piece are particularly fantastic.

John Oliver Is Mad as Hell

Rolling Stone October 9, 2014

I always laugh so hard that I cry during "Last Week Tonight," so I really enjoyed this fascinating look into the inner workings of the show—and the man himself.

Rebooting YouTube

Fast Company September 2014

I enjoyed this in-depth profile of Susan Wojcicki for many reasons, but I especially liked the spotlight on some of the site's biggest content producers. These YouTube phenoms are changing the game and giving a new spin to the term "star."

Celebrity Favorites (Food, Fashion, Fun)

Ask Drew

Brides October / November 2014

One of my favorite things about being the beauty director at Brides? We have possibly the world's coolest beauty advice columnist—it's Drew Barrymore! This month she gives her tips for at-home workouts, edgy nail polish shades, and more. (And, yes, she really writes it!)

Lauren's New Reality

In Style October 2014

The only problem with this tour of Lauren Conrad's gorgeous Beverly Hills penthouse is that it made me severely jealous! I'm particularly green with envy over her (huge, amazing) closet.

7 Questions For Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein

Bon Appétit October 2014

Such a funny chat with the stars of Portlandia about food trends, entertaining, and "the tapas ghetto." Can't wait to get my hands on the Portlandia cookbook at the end of this month!

Super Stars

Allure October 2014

I grew up in the era of supermodels, and I've been a fan of those one-name wonders ever since. This story gives real-world advice straight from the catwalk. Cindy Crawford shares secrets for eating healthy, Stephanie Seymour tells you how to be sexy, Linda Evangelista gives makeup tips—so fun and helpful!

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