Womanista Exclusive: Lindsay Arnold Reveals Who Might Be Partner David Ross’ Competition on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Last week, I had the honor and privilege to chat with Dancing With the Stars pro, Lindsay Arnold for an exclusive interview with Womanista! She is such an incredibly easy-going, friendly and bubbly person—it was a lot of fun to write up and showcase her bright personality. If you are watching the hot ABC show every Monday night, you will have noticed that the 23-year old is burning up the dance floor this season with former Chicago Cubs player, David Ross. The two are sensational and really setting a bar for the season’s competitors. I’m rooting for both of them and cannot wait to see how the rest of this 24th season unravels.

In our exclusive, Lindsay dished not just on the show, its competitors and her rituals before every performance, but shared what her World Series-winning partner really means to her. Check out the first interview in our Lindsay Arnold exclusive, only at Womanista! (Also, check out her Womanista Approved Influencer picks, where the Utah native outlines her favorite things from beauty to entertainment to fitness and more, that you must have!)

Womanista Exclusive: Lindsay Arnold Reveals Who Might Be Partner David Ross’ Competition on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

With its 24th season well underway, Dancing with the Stars is on fire and one dancer burning up the ballroom this year is none other than bubbly and congenial Utah-native, Lindsay Arnold.
Last week, Arnold and her partner, former Chicago Cubs player, David Ross hit the dance floor for the show’s first-ever Vegas night, full of 11 Sin City-inspired routines that included everything from the samba to the foxtrot.
While the pair performed a sexy “Magic Mike Live” number as a jazz routine much to Ross’ apprehension, Arnold, ever the encouraging teacher with a heart as glittery as the Mirrorball, knew he had it in the bag. The two earned 31 points that night — his highest of the season and an accolade she is incredibly proud of.
“That is truly my favorite part of being on the show — the rewarding moments where I see how much my student has learned,” Arnold said. “It means a lot that I have had such incredible partners who respect me as a coach and trust me to be their teacher.”

The Best Sunglasses You Need This Season

The arrival of warmer weather not only means tons of sunshine, but our favorite accessory that tends to be forgotten during the cold seasons. With the sun coming out more often, it’s time to talk about our sunglasses!

Best known as shades or “sunnies,” sunglasses are the most stylish and fashionable accessory you could have on hand this season. Not only do they protect you from bright light and harsh ultraviolet rays that cause damage to your vision, but they can also really tie your summer style together. With a slew of brands boasting fun, whimsical and classy vibes for the season with their summer collection, we share some of our favorites for both men and women.

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Womanista: December 2015

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All of the beautiful things that make you uniquely you are explored and celebrated — that is Womanista. The authority on fabulous! From holiday towns to perfecting your photography skills, here are my contributions to the women’s lifestyle magazine for the month of December.

Dec. 29, 2015: Your Guide to Having the Best First Date | It finally happened: that über-sweet tall, dark, and handsome guy from work finally asked you out. While you might be internally screaming from all the excitement and smiling like a Cheshire cat, a part of you suddenly grows jittery… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 28, 2015: 7 Signs Your Thyroid Isn’t Working | Despite the bundling up in your favorite sweaters to keep warm or the delicious smoothies you’ve been chugging to feel re-energized—are you still cold, bloated and feeling rather sluggish? {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 27, 2015: New Year’s Traditions from Around the World |Between fireworks, large crowds and kissy sessions, New Year’s festivities may look strikingly similar on TV, but many countries welcome unique and often, offbeat traditions to ushering in the new year! {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 25, 2015: Not Your Grandma’s Hot Chocolate | While it’s wonderful to spend time with family or decorate the tree with snow outside your window, cozying up in bed with festive films and a steaming mug of hot chocolate makes the holidays even better. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 24, 2015: How To Keep Your Cool and Reduce Your Anger | From the garbage not being taken out to the kids avoiding chores, we’ve all experienced a passing annoyance to full-on rage with steam coming out of our ears from time to time—well, not literally. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 21, 2015: The Top 10 Festive Holiday Towns Across the U.S. | Whether they look like winter wonderlands or not, some of America’s most beautiful towns offer a creative spin on yuletide traditions. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 19, 2015: How To Take Perfect Holiday Photos | With the holidays here, many will be snapping photos at parties or special events, with some even seeking professional photographers for help capturing that picture-perfect festive memory. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 15, 2015: How To Have Frizzless Winter Hair! | Besides ushering in snow, the winds of winter and all that blasted dry air can be rough on our hair. Between styling tools, dry winter weather and the taking on and off of our haute hats, our hair is giving us a serious case of wispy and static winter frizz. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 10, 2015: 5 Ingredients that Can Worsen your Winter Cold | You always wash your hands, you habitually take Vitamin C and you’ve tried everything to fight off a cold, but now you’re feeling so terrible you can’t even get up to turn on Netflix. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 8, 2015: The Physical Risks of Your Screen Addiction | Whether you’re working, traveling, shopping, or relaxing at home, much of your time probably involves your smart phone. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 7, 2015: 7 Don’ts For a Happy Couple | For years, movies have presented audiences with an ideal of the happy couple’s life. We see everything from jetting off to glamorous locations to dorking out with each other over drinks… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 4, 2015: 10 Holiday Movies to Get You in The Spirit | Between the last-minute gift shopping, tree trimming and holiday baking, many of us will delight in the time we spend on the couch with family and friends watching holiday movies. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 1, 2015: Finding Joy and Balance – Recognizing Holiday Depression: Though perceived as a time of joy and celebration, between the countless gatherings, parties and shopping rush, the holidays can feel like a deep dark pit of despair for so many prone to depression. {CONTINUE READING…}

Soup’s Up! Bidding Farewell to E!’s “The Soup”

After 22 seasons, E! is finally saying goodbye to The Soup—a weekly pop culture clip show rooted in satire and sarcasm, hailed by fans and critics alike as one of the most hilarious and cleverest programs the network has ever seen. Okay, so maybe the critics never really said much because they’re all pandering to the drama of the socialites and superficial programmingbut it was a fantastic show.

As a true staple on E! for more than two decades and after Joel McHale took the reins and reformatted its predecessor, Talk Soup in 2004 with the help of a fantastic group of writers and producers, simply put, The Soup was ‘broth-taking.’

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Womanista: November 2015

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By delivering readers informative and creative content through the lens of fashion and beauty, family, wellness, design and current events, this past month was a big one. Here are my contributions to women’s lifestyle magazine, Womanista for the month of November.

Nov. 27, 2015: Womanista Holiday Gift Guide – The Tech Obsessed | At last, the holidays are officially upon us! That means we’re making our lists and checking them twice. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 26, 2015: What Do Your Food Cravings Really Mean? | We’ve all had a moment where we’ve found ourselves screaming for a Twix like George Costanza. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 24, 2015: The Single Girl’s Guide to Smart Investing | We get it—investing is intimidating! Just when we think we’ve got our money figured out, we don’t. Likewise, the anxieties of understanding financial jargon can often leave you puzzled and downright scared. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 23, 2015: Your Guide to Spotting a Liar | While many relationships are built on trust, sometimes people tell lies in an effort to get what they want. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 19, 2015: 10 Tasty Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes | The turkey might be the celebrity at your dining table this holiday season, but there are plenty more stars setting their sights on your glam tablescape this Thanksgiving! {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 17, 2015:  Hit The Slopes! 6 Dreamy Ski Resort Vacations | With ski towns and resorts ramping up activities, it’s “snow” joke ski season is in full gear.  {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 14, 2015: Soup’s Up! 21 Recipes for a Cozy Dinner | Often seen as a comfort food that sticks to our bones during those cold winter months, soup has made a lasting impression on our dining tables. In many ways, soup is the one food that can hug you back. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 13, 2015: This Season’s Best All Over Exfoliators | The forceful winds slapping you left, right and center can only mean one thing: winter is coming! And for most of us, that means lots of dry skin. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 12, 2015: Your Guide to Living a More Creative Life | When we imagine the makings of ourselves, creativity seems like an attribute that should sit high among the ranks of Ivy League stature, a fit physique, and gorgeous hair. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 9, 2015: 6 Benefits of a Long-Distance Relationship | As our lifestyles grow busier by the second, an estimated 14 million couples in the United States consider themselves in long-distance relationships (LDRs). {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 5, 2015: Check These Boxes Before You Say, “I Do” | Getting married is exciting, but often we’re so busy planning the wedding, we end up neglecting the marriage itself! {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 4, 2015: Apple Cider Vinegar – The Miracle Potion | Hailed as the latest “super fluid” with a growing popularity, apple cider vinegar is taking flight and becoming the newest obsession among millions. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 2, 2015: Pucker Up! 7 Health Benefits of Kissing | Ah, there is nothing quite like a kiss! The way it crawls into the core of our heart, many of us find ourselves getting lost daydreaming about that adoring smooch with our significant other.  {CONTINUE READING…}

Womanista: October 2015

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All of the beautiful things that make you uniquely you are explored and celebrated — that is Womanista. The authority on fabulous. Here are my contributions to the women’s lifestyle magazine for October.

Oct. 31, 2015: Pizza Party! Homemade Pizza Recipes for Every Diet | Nothing warms our weekend (and frankly, our soul) more than kicking back on the couch with a hot and saucy cheese pizza! Ah, we can just picture it now. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 30, 2015: 8 TED Talks That Will Inspire and Move You | Whether you’re looking for inspiration to spark your passions or you’re in the mood for a little enlightenment, TED talks has an answer. {CONTINUE READING…}

woman-frozen-yogurt-dessert-5734-60x60Oct. 27, 2015: The Real Scoop – Which is Healthier: Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?| There’s no dessert quite like a smooth and rich ice cream…or frozen yogurt? Let’s face it, the frozen dessert landscape has really changed since the days of chasing down ice cream trucks blaring carnival chords. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 26, 2015: Think Pink, Eat Pink – The Superfruit You Need In Your Diet | Move over every known fruit in town—there’s a new awesome superfruit painting the town pink and it’s so bright, no Valencia Instagram filter is needed. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 25, 2015: 4 Tips to Better Sleep | Face it—you’ve been really tired lately, haven’t you? Each morning the alarm clock annoyingly rings “Wake up!” but your body hits the snooze as you cry in agony, “Leave me alone!” {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 24, 2015: Get Your Om On! Best Trips for Yogis | With wellness travel gaining popularity in the United States, yoga retreats with scenic backdrops promoting self-discovery, reflection and rejuvenation are popping up everywhere. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 21, 2015: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Soulmate | Is there someone out there made for each one of us? For years, movies and TV have shown us it’s true—arriving in the form of Richard Gere or Derek Shepard (aka “McDreamy”)! {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 20, 2015: 10 Ways to shop for a Cause During Breast Cancer Awareness Month | With Breast Cancer Awareness month here, fashion and beauty industries are giving back by launching an inspiring range of products to help raise awareness… {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 19, 2015: Trick-or-Treat! What to Give Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween| Halloween is a wonderful time of year for children who love playing dress up, visiting haunted houses, hearing ghastly tales… {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 18, 2015: Edible Nail Polishes for Mommy and Me Manicures | If you have children, chances are you’ve seen them put just about every gross thing lying around the house into their mouths. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 17, 2015: Status Update – You Are in a New Relationship with Facebook | A lot has been happening in the world of social media, but are you keeping up with Facebook’s latest features? {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 16, 2015: At-Home Microdermabrasion Systems That Will Save Your Skin| You’ve probably seen a home improvement show on HGTV easily transform rough-hewn wood into something as smooth and soft as baby skin and wondered, “Would that power tool work on my skin?” {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 15, 2015: How To Fight Cold and Flu Season (and Win!) | While autumn and winter bring about stellar sweaters, scarves, and boots galore, it also brings around the cold and flu virus and that’s just downright yucky. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 12, 2015: Healthy Foods to Keep You Fuller, Longer | Between rushing to get the kids ready for school and running to work, it can be a physically demanding effort that works up an appetite. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 11, 2015: Status Update: Getting Through That Break-Up | It’s okay, re-enacting Bridget Jones Diary belting “All by Myself” and downing white wine is utterly and completely normal post-breakup. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 10, 2015: Fun and Not Frightening Halloween Movies to Watch with Your Little Ones | Grab the flashlights, candy bowls, and popcorn as Womanista shares their top picks for… {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 10, 2015: Get The Skinny – 6 Fats You Need To Eat | Fats have a huge PR problem. For years, they got a bad rap with so many avoiding it in fear of unhealthy weight gain that would pave a path to health complications… {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 9, 2015: 6 Tips for Planning the Most Romantic Weekend Getaway | Don’t you feel like a vacation is so needed right about now? If a full-fledged week vaca is not in your future, why not try a mini-getaway? {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 7, 2015: Smile! The Healthiest Ways to Whiten Your Smile | Nothing complements your look more than a gorgeous, pearly-white smile—alright, maybe a vivacious red lipstick works too! {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 5, 2015: How to Support a Friend with Breast Cancer | When someone you love is diagnosed with breast cancer or is in the midst of treatment, it’s not only scary for them, but it’s really scary for you too. {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 2, 2015: Get Spooky! The 7 Most Haunted Spots To Visit This Halloween| Scared of things that go bump in the night? Maybe not. Between the kids writing on the wall or the pets leaving surprises around the house, nothing really scares you—or does it? {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct. 1, 2015: 6 Easy DIY Face Masks | With autumn approaching, it’s time to shield our skin from slap-in-your-face winds and prepare for chilly temps. {CONTINUE READING…}

Womanista: September 2015

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Earlier this fall, I joined the amazing online magazine Womanista. Founded by Cassie Kelley, Womanista is a lifestyle brand that inspires and encourages women to curate the passions in their lives that make them their best selves, by delivering readers informative and creative content through the lens of fashion and beauty, family, wellness, design and current events. Below is a collection of my work that I published with them in September:

Sept. 30, 2015: What You REALLY Need To Know About Online Dating | Dating has changed since the days of writing letters à la The Shop Around the Corner or receiving instant-messages like Shopgirl did from the ever-charming NY152 (F-O-X). {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 29, 2015: Fabulous and Affordable Wedding Dresses | We all know that weddings can be super expensive and stressful, but did you know that couples who spend less on their wedding tend to have longer-lasting marriages than those who splurge? {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 29, 2015: Sniffles, Sneezing and Coughs Be Gone: 5 Cures for Allergy Agony| Autumn brings many wonderful things: colorful leaves, a need to wear fabulous boots, fringe jackets- oh, and runny noses with a side of watery eyes. Gross. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 28, 2015: How to Get Your Happy Back with Meditation | Meditation doesn’t mean flying to exotic yogi shrines or skipping through fields in white gowns. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 25, 2015: 6 Signs You Are In a Toxic Relationship | When invested in a long-term relationship, it’s hard to see the adverse effects it can have on your life. If a relationship leaves you feeling exhausted, permeates negativity and conflict, this is a “toxic relationship.” {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 24, 2015: 10 Must-Have Apps for Your Next Trip | Jet-setters or annual family vacation trippers alike, trip planning has been made so much more simple with our beloved smartphones. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 22, 2015: 5 Ways to Keep Your Sun-Kissed Glow | We all know the dangers of faking it ’till you make it with faux tans and tanning beds, yet we still would love to have a little after summer glow – safely. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 21, 2015: Are You Ready to Rock Out To the Hottest Fitness Craze? | Unleash your inner rock goddess and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique with the latest craze sweeping the nation: POUND. Huh? {CONTINUE READING…}

“Lip Sync Battle” Hits All The High Notes

Jimmy Fallon is a smart entertainer who knows exactly what audiences want. Springing from a very popular segment on The Tonight ShowLip Sync Battle is a certified hit for Spike television. Drawing a total of 2.2 million viewers for its premiere on April 2, the numbers are incredibly big for an unscripted premiere on the newly re-branded television network that is now opening the doors of its boys club and courting the female demographic.

If you’re a fan of Fallon’s, you would know that the lip sync battles have been extremely popular for quite some time now, with many of the segments featuring huge stars lip-syncing their favorite tracks. Since first being introduced on the late night talk show a year ago, so many of these lip sync battles have since gone viral including Emma Stone’s with 48 million hits on YouTube, followed closely by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant’s reaching nearly 42 million. After such success and the broad social medium helping to assess popularity, it’s no surprise Fallon figured fans would want more.

Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and executive produced by Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) and John Krasinski (The Office), Lip Sync Battle is hosted by LL Cool J and features color commentary by Chrissy Teigen.  In the premiere episode, Fallon faces off with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the results are hilarious. The two pulled no stops and went all out with their performances. In the first round, they sang songs in a similar style seen from the segments on The Tonight Show. Johnson kicked the first round off with a little “Tay-Tay” (obviously, Urban Dictionary for Taylor Swift) and performed “Shake It Off” with the charisma and dance skills of a school girl. Fallon followed, and in his all boyish charms sang Harry Belefonte’s “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora),” getting the audience to their feet and into a conga line.

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