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FANS OF THE LATE BELOVED, FASHION DESIGNER KATE SPADE, RUSH TO BUY OUT HER CURRENT ACCESSORIES COLLECTION, "FRANCES VALENTINE" ON NORDSTROM.COM - SOLD OUT IN MINUTES...

Gina Giordan

 Bebeto Matthews/AP

Bebeto Matthews/AP

Uber successful fashion designer, Kate Spade, reportedly committed suicide this morning at age, 55.  Spade's Housekeeper apparently found Spade hanging by a scarf tied to the doorknob of her bedroom, with a note by her side.  Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Bresnahan is survived by her husband and business partner, Andy Spade and 13 year old daughter, Bea Spade.  

As soon as the horrible news made headlines this morning, fans of Spade immediately hit the internet and snatched up her latest fashion collection, "Frances Valentine."  FrancesValentine.com was so busy the site was shut down.  Nordstrom.com carries the online collection and every piece sold out in minutes.  

In 2016, Spade legally changed her name to "Frances Valentine" to help support her latest business venture.  It is surreal to watch this WSJ interview where Spade explains why she chose to change her name and shared, "I didn't want to confuse the customer with my name."  Spade went onto reveal how getting back into the fashion business after a hiatus to raise her daughter, was not easy, "I forget how hard it was."  

Spade's alleged suicide is a tragic reminder that despite success, fame and fortune anyone can suffer from depression and mental health issues.  WE all need to work towards making it easier for anyone suffering to get help and not feel alone.  The time is now to get rid of the negative stigma on mental health issues and make it easier for anyone to access the necessary care and resources to live a productive life.  

NAMI is a fantastic resource for loved ones in need or anyone suffering from anxiety, depression and mental illness.  

USA Today created a memorable look back at the fashion icon, mother and wife, Kate Spade.  RIP.

INNOVATIVE “INDIE” GIFTS FOR DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Father’s day is Sunday, June 17, 2018!

Time to take note and say thanks to Daddy dearest.  Give your Dad a break from picking up the tab and show him how much you appreciate him this season with one of these “INDIE” gifts!

“INDIE” is about everything that isn’t mainstream, going deep and discovering those hidden gems.

The WANNA has done all the legwork for you and crafted a list (that you can shop for online) of cutting edge, new and innovative “INDIE” gifts that your Dad is sure to dig.

1.  PHONE SOAP:  News flash… Your Dad is going to bed with the filthiest thing every night. NO!  Not your mom!  His phone.  Smart phones are filthy.  Think about it, we carry them everywhere.  From when we wake up, the first thing we reach for is the phone, trips to the bathroom have never been more entertaining and when we settle into bed with all the lights out, it’s the phone light that lulls us to sleep.  Admit it. You’re addicted to your phone.  Safe to say Dad is a victim too.  That’s why our first “INDIE” gift pick PHONE SOAP is a must have for Dad.  Not only will you look like a genius child, (Dad is always reminding us to wash our hands) but, PHONE SOAP actually helps by impairing bacteria’s DNA, and killing it with UV-light. No water or soap required. How sci-fi is that? Now, don’t take it from us, LORI GREINER one of the stars of the hit show, Shark Tank (ON ABC) believes in PHONE SOAP and chose to invest $300,000 into creating the product.

RETAIL PRICE:  $59.95

WHERE TO BUY PHONE SOAP

2. DAKOTA WATCHES:  Whether your dad is a watch enthusiast or thinks Rolex is the latest green glass cleaner, this next “INDIE” gift pick, DAKOTA WATCHES will keep him sharp and on time.  DAKOTA WATCHES don’t care about being big or diamond-encrusted. Their elegance comes from simplicity, from the beauty of wearing a watch outdoors and smelling the pines as you trek the evergreens. DAKOTA WATCHES are adventurous and timeless (see what we did there?)

RETAIL PRICE:  $75 – $97

WHERE TO BUY DAKOTA WATCHES

3. GREENPAXX SNACK PACKS AND STRAWS:  Being a Father is hard work.  We get it.  Mom usually is the one who takes care of organizing all the stuff (except for those OCD dads). Our third “INDIE” gift pick, GREENPAXX SNACK PACKS AND STRAWS, will make Dad look like a hero, and may even outshine Mom in the organization side.  GREENPAXX SNACK PACKS AND STRAWS are sure to become a kids’ favorite. They can serve as popsicle makers in the summer, and as snack packs all year long.  And it’s an easy rinse and overnight dry, so they’re always clean and ready to go.  Pretty much like dad!

RETAIL PRICE: $13.95

WHERE TO BUY

4. NAME 5:  So what’s the gift for the gamer Dad?  No, he’s probably not hogging your Xbox or PS4, but he is the guy who bought you your first Monopoly set.  Game night means a lot for him!  Our next “INDIE” Father’s Day pick is a new game bound to save game night forever. NAME 5 is the easy game of questions you know the answers to!  Dad can surely name one Tom Hanks movie, but can he name five before the time runs out? If he can, he’ll be your family’s biggest nerd, and greatest champion.

RETAIL PRICE: $24.99

WHERE TO BUY

5. LEAFCUTTER DESIGNS COCKTAIL DICE:  After game night, comes some alone time…  And that’s when everyone likes to experiment and get creative.  Spice things up a bit. With a little refreshment.  This next “INDIE” gift pick, the LEAFCUTTER DESIGN COCKTAIL DICE will let Dad experiment with your best cocktail ingredients to create a new classic.  The cocktail dice are handcrafted, and comes with simple instructions to make mixology even more fun.  Let dad be the mix master of his own house.

RETAIL PRICE: $16.00

WHERE TO BUY

6. VINNIBAG:  Sometimes you just wanna take date night on the go.  Let Dad get outta the house, away from the kids, and share a night with just him, mom, and their favorite wine.  How to take the wine to their date night under the stars?  Look, all parents do that.  It’s the reason you’re here.  With our next “INDIE” gift pick, of course. VINNIBAG, the wine bag that protects and insulates liquids and is an easy to pack, versatile travelling companion. VINNIBAG’s innovative, inflatable design was featured at the Museum of Modern Art in sunny San Francisco, and we can assure you it changes the meaning of drinking out of a bag.

RETAIL PRICE: $29.99

WHERE TO BUY

7. GREAT MINDS: Dad is king of the castle.  Keeping the castle running is hard work, though.  Sometimes you just need to put your mind to something else.  Let Dad focus on GREAT MINDS puzzles.  Each one of the puzzles reflects the “great mind” who inspired it.  From Faraday and Franklin to Kepler and Edison, our seventh “INDIE” gift will boost Dad’s mind (and possibly frustrate him a bit before he feels the satisfaction of solving them)! Let dad unleash his inner Ben Franklin without risking electrocution and dressing like a dork.

RETAIL PRICE: $19.99

WHERE TO BUY

8. OLLIE:   Remember how Dad broke his back to get you the latest GI Joe?  After all, he had to give up on his toys to be responsible for you.  He used to be a risk taker!  He probably gave up on his skateboarding career!  Give back to Dad by giving him a toy for grown ups.  Ugh!  No!  Not that.  A toy that can be used with his super-clean smartphone!  Developed by INDIE games studio, Sphero, OLLIE is like a real life Tony Hawk video game without the snarky skater attitude.  Our last “INDIE” pick has been highlighted in websites including MashableThe Fast Company, and even The Huffington Post. Its innovative mechanism lets you use your phone as a controller for your live action road warrior.  And yes, it really is as fun as it sounds.

RETAIL PRICE: $99.99

WHERE TO BUY

Ollie Launch Video

Ya Know You Wanna!

WHY YOU NEED AN EMERGENCY "GO BAG" ASAP!

Gina Giordan

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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” ― Abraham Lincoln

"Expect the best, plan for the worst!"  That's my motto to live by.  In today's world, with exploding deadly lava,  wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks (the list goes on)  it's a good idea to prepare you and your loved ones for any emergency situation.  

Friday, June 1st, is the official mark of the 2018 Hurricane season.  What if during an emergency you are separated from a loved one?  Do you have a plan?  Does your child know what to do if they are separated from you during a natural disaster?  It's no surprise during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were more than 5000 cases of missing children after the storm.  Hurricane Katrina survivor, Marceline, shared her harrowing story with "Save the Children."  She was separated from her 2-year-old daughter for a week.  Would your child have the necessary skills to find their way back to you? 

These days, relying on our cell phones for everything means most of us would have trouble remembering actual contact numbers or addresses without using their cell phone.  Do you know all your loved ones direct contact numbers off the top of your head?  What about the actual address of an emergency evacuation route or bus stop?  Sometimes a nasty Nor'easter doesn't come with a timely warning and can leave you without power and water for days. No power means your local stores and gas stations are closed.  Are you prepared if a violent storm hit tonight leaving you without power for weeks?  Preparing yourself and your loved ones ahead of time, for any emergency is key. 

For starters, make sure you actually have a list of cell phone numbers and addresses of the important people in your life.  That means in addition to loved ones you have contact numbers for care takers, doctors, emergency care, hospitals etc.  We suggest you actually hand write this contact list and make photo copies to keep handy and distribute to the other people on your list.  A written contact list would be crucial in the event both the internet and cell phone service are down.  In addition to having emergency contact information on hand, it is important that you and your family create an emergency location to meet up in case all other communication are cut off.

One of the best ways to prepare you and your family in case of any emergency is, a GO BAG!  A decade ago, the suggestion of a GO BAG may have seemed extreme but, these days being prepared could save you from some serious aggravation or possibly save a life.  Whether you live in a high-rise in the city or a home in the suburbs, you can customize a GO BAG for each person in your household. A suggested list of GO BAG items are posted at this link:   Westchestergov.com and detailed below.  Don't forget to include a copy of emergency contact information in each GO BAG!  

 THENERDSWIFE.COM

THENERDSWIFE.COM

You can also create an emergency GO BAG specifically for kids!  The options of what to include in your GO BAG are endless.  THE WANNA suggests you include an "In Case of Emergency" or ICE card in your child's GO BAG.  Amazon sells a version for around $10 bucks here.  Ultimately, customizing a bag to fit your specific needs are obviously the best way to go.  But, If you are way too busy to customize a GO BAG, you can buy a pre-packaged "survival" bag or "family emergency"  kit.  This website, Stealthangelsurvival.com has a slew of options to choose from. 

Make a bag. Buy a bag... Whatever you choose, just do it!  It's better to be SAFE than SORRY!

Have a fun, memorable and SAFE summer season 2018!  

xo, THE WANNA

 

*****WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR GO BAG?  Westchestergov.com ******

In the event of an emergency that requires you to evacuate, everyone in your household should have a Go Bag packed and ready to go. Your Go Bag should be a sturdy and easy to carry backpack or duffle bag containing things you would want to have with you if you have to leave in a hurry. Items to consider for your Go Bag include:

  • Bottled water and nonperishable food, such a s granola bars
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, wet wipes, etc)
  • Flashlight, hand-rank or battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Notepad, pen/pencil, and marker
  • Local street maps (paper version)
  • Spare home/vehicle keys
  • Whistle or bell
  • First aid kit
  • Dust mask to reduce inhalation of dust and other debris
  • Work gloves
  • A change of clothing (long sleeve shirt/pants, rain gear, sturdy footwear, etc.)
  • Copies of important documents (insurance/medical cards, contact lists, identification, marriage and birth certificates, etc.) in a portable, waterproof container or plastic bag
  • Back-up medical/assistive equipment and supplies
  • A list of the medications you take, why you take them, and the dosages
  • Cash, in small bills
  • Supplies for your service animal or pet

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends assembling a kit of basic supplies to last three days (72 hours), in the event of a disaster. The kit should be checked at least twice per year to ensure that components have not expired. Identify an easily accessible storage location for the kit, and ensure that all family members are aware of this location. This kit should include the following:

  • Water
    • One gallon per day, per person. This provides for both drinking and sanitary uses.
    • Include additional water for pets, as needed
  • Food
    • Non-perishable items
    • Ready-to-eat canned foods, and a manual can opener
    • Ensure adequate supply for each family member
      • Consider special dietary or other needs
  • Include pet food, if applicable
  • Handheld AM/FM radio and NOAA Weather Tone Alert Radio. Appropriate spare batteries.
  • Cellular phone
  • Chargers for portable electronic devices (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.)
  • Flashlight and appropriate spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle or bell
  • Dust mask to reduce inhalation of dust and other debris
    • Adequate supply for family members
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal windows, doors and other openings, if advised to do so.
  • Pre-moistened wipes, plastic garbage bags and zip ties for toileting.
  • Wrench and/or pliers to shut off utilities
  • Local street maps (paper version)
  • Key documents including insurance documents, contact lists, identification, etc. in a portable, waterproof container
  • Medical information (history, allergies, etc.) for each family member.
  • Personal medical/assistive equipment, as appropriate
  • Prescription medications, including a list the medications you take, why you take them and the dosages
  • Prescription glasses, if needed
  • Diapers and formula, if needed
  • Spare home/vehicle keys
  • Cash (small bills), change for telephones, etc.
  • Sleeping bag/blankets
    • Adequate supply for all family members
  • Changes of clothes for each family member
    • Long sleeved shirt
    • Long pants
    • Sturdy shoes
    • Appropriate personal hygiene supplies for each family member
  • Unscented chlorine bleach
    • For disinfecting purposes: dilute nine parts water to one part bleach
    • For water purification: sixteen drops per gallon of water
  • Fire extinguisher (portable size)
  • Matches and weatherproof container
  • Paper plates, cups, eating utensils, paper towels
  • Age-appropriate books, games, etc. for children (if applicable)

Additional Information and Links

 

WHAT TO PACK INSIDE YOUR "GO BAG" FOR KIDS:  

  • A small backpack 
  • Waterproof flashlight or mini - Lantern
  • Extra batteries
  • Shampoo/Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bandages with Antibiotic Cream
  • Hand wipes
  • Tummy relief (Tummygize Essential Oil)
  • Gauze pads
  • Snacks — granola bars and fruit pouches
  • Bottled water
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra shoes
  • $20 in small bills and change
  • Paper and crayons
  • Activity kits
  • Comfort item — stuffed animal, blanket, etc
  • ICE Contact Card

 

ZEN MUST HAVES FOR MOM'S DAY YOU WANNA BUY NOW!

Gina Giordan

 4RISSA.COM Sitting Shakyamuni Buddha Antique Bronze Finish Large Garden Zen Statue Sculpture $40.00

4RISSA.COM Sitting Shakyamuni Buddha Antique Bronze Finish Large Garden Zen Statue Sculpture $40.00

Let's be honest you, me, us every mom in the world could use a "Zen Moment!" 

Whether you are giving or receiving, this Mom's Day Zen Gift Guide will inspire, invigorate and re-charge her inner spirit!  

This Zen guide is filled with gifts that keep on giving over and over again!  Go ahead and gift your inner spirit too...you can thank yourself later.  

Oh and all these Zen gifts can be rush delivered for this Sunday, May 8th, so treat Mom and order now!

NaMAste...

XO  THE WANNA TEAM

Mom's Day Zen Gift Guide

 

 NEST Fragrances The Citrus Blossom Collection at Bloomingdales

NEST Fragrances The Citrus Blossom Collection at Bloomingdales

Burning a Nest Candle is a transforming experience.  Any Nest fragrance will immediately melt the stress away.  Inject Mom's world with the invigorating aroma of Citrus Blossom or Hearth which is our favorite.  Just light up, breathe in, breathe out and repeat as often as possible.  

ZEN GIFT:    NEST Fragrances The Citrus Blossom Collection

RETAIL:        $16.00 - $64.00

BUY HERE:  BLOOMINGDALES.COM

 Tea Forte Green Tea Assortment Rejuvenation Gift Set

Tea Forte Green Tea Assortment Rejuvenation Gift Set

Afternoon Tea in England is no joke.  It is a tradition that dates back to 1840.  Introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon.  The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.  In 2016, time is a luxury so sipping tea anytime of the day is a soothing, calming invigorating experience.  Taking time for tea is taking time for me.  Preparing the perfect cup of tea is an art-form.  Tea Forte has mastered the art of making tea extraordinary, soothing and the best part?  Simple!  The Tea Forte Rejuvenation Gift Set is a perfect pick for Mom to create a Zen moment anywhere she pleases.  The cup provides endless solo soothing moments.  Our favorite flavor is the Jasmine Green Tea.  Pure heaven!

ZEN GIFT:     Tea Forte Rejuvenation Gift Set 

RETAIL:         $55.00 

BUY HERE:   TEAFORTE.COM

 

 

 ZEEL.COM

ZEEL.COM

What is better than a massage?  A really good massage...What is better than a really good massage?  A really good massage in the comfort of your own home!  Zeel offers a variety of In-Home massages all over the US.  No need to travel at all.  Just open the door for your personal massage therapist.  Watch them set up while you relax in your robe.  Climb onto the table and experience pure heaven for a minimum of 60 minutes.  The best part post massage?  Zeel packs it all up and quietly leaves without you having to ask.  Schedule any massage service via their app, text or call.  You can gift mom a massage with or without a table for any duration you choose.  We love the Zealot membership which offers annual massages and a free professional massage table that Mom gets keep!

ZEN GIFT:    Zeel In-Home Massages

RETAIL:       $79.00 - $1452.00

BUY HERE:  ZEEL.COM

 

 Kenzo Massage Slide at NeimanMarcus.com

Kenzo Massage Slide at NeimanMarcus.com

 For the Mom on the go, how about a Zen moment with every step she takes?  How about these fashionable patent slides that also double as a foot massage with every step she takes?  We didn't think stylish and zen could go together but Kenzo proved us wrong.  These slides are made for walking! 

ZEN GIFT:    Kenzo Massage Patent Leather Slides

RETAIL:        $400.00

BUY HERE:  NEIMANMARCUS.COM

 

 

For the Mom who is too busy to actually attend a Yoga class?  How about a super zen deck of yoga cards in which Mom can stop and practice a few poses on her own time wherever she is.  Mom can get her OM on, in the office, at home, on the beach, in a hotel room, wherever she desires Mom can whip out a card and whip up a few moments of zen.  We love this set from The Yoga Deck, because the pictures and notes are simple and each pose really works.  We know because we tried them all.  Perfect gift to help Mom inhale and exhale that stress away! 

ZEN GIFT:    The Yoga Deck:  50 Poses & Meditations for Body, Mind, & Spirit

RETAIL:        $14.95

BUY HERE:  BARNESANDNOBLE.COM

 

 Sound of Sleep Machine at Amazon.com

Sound of Sleep Machine at Amazon.com

That dirty word.  Sleep.  Especially for the new Mom, sleep is a luxury.  Sometimes getting to sleep is part of the challenge.  Maybe Mom just wants to drown out the sound of Dad?  Whatever your Mom needs the Sound of Sleep Machines are the best on the market and will create an instant feel of Zen...We love the high quality sounds of the ocean waves, waterfalls and rainforests. Ten realistic sounds to create the most Zen environment wherever Mom desires.

ZEN GIFT:    Sound of Sleep Machine

RETAIL:        $79.99 - $99.99

BUY HERE:  SOUNDOFSLEEP.COM

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LAST MINUTE INSTANT GIFTS TO SAY "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!”

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Shutterstock

Shutterstock

It's not too late to show some love on Valentine’s Day!  If you still haven’t found the right gift for your special someone, THE WANNA has plenty of romantic gift ideas you can choose from here.  Perhaps a cozy couples massage is the perfect date idea, or maybe you want to surprise them with flowers and chocolate.

THE WANNA has the most romantic, last minute gift ideas below to pamper your loved one on Valentine’s Day!

MASSAGE ENVY GIFT CARD

 Massage Envy

Massage Envy

Get your S.O. a couples massage gift card to enjoy on your romantic day together.  Massage Envy covers plenty of locations in the U.S. and will be the perfect outing for an amorous Valentine’s Day date.

Where: Massage Envy

How Much: $75-$150 (or customized amount)

JOURNELLE LINGERIE

 Journelle

Journelle

Sexy lingerie, the gift that keeps on giving long after Valentine’s Day!  Get your loved one a Journelle gift card so she can surprise you with sexy new lingerie to spice up the “boudoir.”

Where: Journelle

How Much: Customize the amount!

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

 Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements

Surprise your favorite person with a tasty but healthy edible fruit arrangement to enjoy.  Choose from a collection of romantic Valentine-themed arrangements that include chocolate!

Where: Edible Arrangements

How Much: $49-$399

NET-A-PORTER GIFT CARD

 Net-A-Porter

Net-A-Porter

A Net-A-Porter gift card will give the lady in your life convenient access to all kinds of designer goodies from Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Burberry and so many more.  It’s quick and easy to buy without leaving your house, and it will go a long way with your special someone.

Where: Net-A-Porter

How Much: $50 +

DEAN & DELUCA DATE

Stop by your closest Dean & Deluca “Purveyors of Fine Food” Market for a cozy Valentine’s Day date.  They are offering 20% off select premium steaks and lobster today, as well as discounted chocolate gifts.  Then shop the store for wine-inspired gifts such as a wine glass set of 2 or a “tritan audience decanter.”

Where: Dean & Deluca

How Much:

Wine Glass Set: $54.90

Tritan Audience Decanter Tall: $99

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

VALENTINES DAY IN THE 21ST CENTURY...

Gina Giordan

VALENTINE'S DAY in the 21st Century...  

DOES TECH TURNOFF = TRUE LOVE? 

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Valentine's Day.

Each year on February 14th, many people all over the world, exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “Valentine.” 

The day of romance we call Valentine's Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century but, has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

For some people, V-Day is just another "commercial" holiday that ultimately feels more like an obligation, jacks up the cost of roses, chocolate and reminds single people they may end up alone forever?

Well ... not so fast my cynical friends.  

In today's tech consumed world, the once simple act of experiencing an in-depth human connection is getting harder and harder to find.

Can you remember what a real human connection is?  Real eye to eye contact.  Heart to heart communication.  Soul to soul exchange.  

This real connection takes time.  Dare I say, it takes WORK!   What?  More work?  

In today's day and age, if you are fortunate enough to find another person you actually want to see face to face.  No, selfie to selfie does not count!  Your next step is to actually peel yourself away from all modern technology and make a real effort to connect with a person...That means (gasp) you need to put down the phone...wait no, turn off the phone!  Ok.  Baby steps.  How about just turn over the phone?  

There is NO denying it...TECH TURNOFF is a serious challenge.   

In 2016, Valentines Day has taken on a very different meaning.  The once holiday of professing your love with a bouquet of flowers and chocolates has been trumped just simple human connection.  

Moving forward, when it comes to love, the real question you should ask yourself isn't just,  "Do I really like this person?" 

The real test for your inner love meter is,  "Can I fathom TECH TURNOFF with this person?"  Do I feel the urge to turn off the phone?  Can I realistically take my mind off the social media rat race and focus on this one person?

Now, when it comes to relationships, the tech turn-off should be a no brainer.  If you and your significant other are finding it hard to turn off (or at least turn away) from the phone to share a meal together and actually connect...If you are finding the "tech turn- off" a serious challenge, then maybe you need to work at the relationship or just simply turn away?  

Valentines Day is the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones you care enough to TURN OFF the tech and TURN ON the romance.

HAPPY TURNOFF TECH DAY people!  

Ya know you wanna!

XO Gina and TheWanna Team

SHOW ME THE SHERPA!

Gina Giordan

MID-SEASON WARM AND COZY MUST HAVES YOU WANNA BUY RIGHT NOW!

By Gina Glickman Giordan 

 Sherpa Doggie Onesie By Ugg   

Sherpa Doggie Onesie By Ugg

 

Baby it's COLD outside! 

Post holiday season and we are a few days into the new year, 2018.  

This year the Spring Equinox is on March 20th.  We are barely mid-way through winter.  Some of us still have to endure another 77 days of record breaking cold temps and snow!  Savvy shoppers know right NOW is the perfect time of year to take advantage of some mid-winter season sales on just about everything!  At the moment, we here at THE WANNA can't get enough of that warm and cozy feeling all day long.  Thats why we put together a list of mid-winter must haves that will have you and your fur kids, covered in cozy sherpa from the second you wake-up till the moment you slip into bed.  Sherpa, fleece, shearling, it's all the same to us!  Soft, warm and cozy is the main goal.  Here are some warm and cozy must haves that you wouldn't necessarily expect to be lined in sherpa and they are all absolutely worth investing in right now!  Stay warm and happy hunting! 

THE WANNA XO

 "Soft and Cozy" Plush Sheet Set at HSN.com

"Soft and Cozy" Plush Sheet Set at HSN.com

 

SHERPA SHEET SET -  Get your priorities straight people.  If you can only afford one item on this list, start with a pair of these "SOFT and COZY" brand of life altering bed sheets.  The right sheets can literally change your life.  We all need to sleep and when it's freezing outside there is nothing better than slipping into a cloud of sherpa!  We personally tested out a ton of brands.  The consensus is that they all attract static cling.  So, keep a can of "Static Guard" around this time of year.  The higher priced sets maybe better tailored and slightly thicker but,  any price point on plush sheets and you can't go wrong  HSN sells a brand called "SOFT AND COZY" and the name truly speaks for itself. Splurge away.  You won't regret it!  

 

 VCNY Velvet and Sherpa Comforter Set

VCNY Velvet and Sherpa Comforter Set

 

SHERPA COMFORTER SET - VCNY is known for their well made yet moderately priced bedding sets.  We LOVE the velvet and sherpa / fleece lined reversible comforter set in a slew of bejeweled colors to go with any decor.  Velvet on one side and soft cozy sherpa on the other!  Sherpa-riffic! 

 

 

 PLUSH Luxe Sherpa Neck Warmer at Shopbop.com

PLUSH Luxe Sherpa Neck Warmer at Shopbop.com

SHERPA NECK WARMER -  PLUSH brand designer, Jennifer Kim is one of us.  She obviously has a deep love of everything sherpa, warm and cozy.  The designer took a fresh approach to creating stylish cold weather accessories including:  tights, leggings and this affordable, stylish sherpa neck warmer sold at ShopBop.com.  Peruse the entire PLUSH collection, you will fall in love.

 

 "Luxe Fleece Pom Pom Robe" at Victoria's Secret

"Luxe Fleece Pom Pom Robe" at Victoria's Secret

SHERPA ROBE - Who says sherpa can't be sexy?  Just ask Victoria's Secret.  Their "Luxe Fleece Pom Pom Robe" defines sherpa sexy.  Hurry click the live link, your significant other will thank you.

 

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SHERPA BOOTIES -  Yes, Ugg is the original of everything shearling and sherpa lined.  So, naturally we would suggest the UGG CLASSIC BOOT when it comes to keeping your tootsies warm and cozy outside.  When you are inside (home or office) the sherpa obsession continues with these sherpa lined slippers from Ugg.  No socks required!  

 

 Ugg Sherpa Dog Booties 

Ugg Sherpa Dog Booties 

SHERPA DOGGIE BOOTIES-  Ugg we already LOVE you dearly for creating your world famous boots in all shapes and styles...Now, if that wasn't enough, we can share the love of sherpa with our fur-kids!  Matching sherpa dog booties for your bestie with four legs!  Genius! 

 

 Free People "Fluffy Dolman Jacket"

Free People "Fluffy Dolman Jacket"

SHERPA HOODIE - Not all sherpa hoodies are created equal.  This Free People "Fluffy Dolman Jacket" is like slipping into a cloud of cozy!  Love the sherpa style, neutral colors and the fact that you can layer this under anything.  Splurge worthy and a big hit this winter season!  

 

 J.Crew "Teddy Coat in Plush Fleece" 

J.Crew "Teddy Coat in Plush Fleece" 

SHERPA COAT -  J.Crew is the master of cashmere but, this season they also re-defined sherpa.  The infamous "Teddy Coat" gets a sophisticated makeover from J.Crew this season.  We LOVE the "Plush Fleece" in the "Deep Peri" hue but, the version in black is forever classic.  Talk about huggable for hours and hours.

 

 

 

 Hue Fleece Lined Leggings

Hue Fleece Lined Leggings

SHERPA LEGGINGS - If you are on a post-holiday season budget (like us) and can't afford to splurge on PLUSH brand's version of amazingly stylish fleece lined Moto leggings then you will especially LOVE this affordable, sherpa lined version of leggings from HUE on sale at Macy's right now for under $20 bucks! 

 

 Eddie Bauer "Women's Quest Fleece Gloves"   *Holly Red 

Eddie Bauer "Women's Quest Fleece Gloves"   *Holly Red 

SHERPA GLOVES - If you imagine the perfect pair of cold weather gloves they would be stylish, affordable, touch screen and lined in yep, you guessed it, SHERPA!  Thanks to Eddie Bauer, you don't have to imagine, they really do exist.  A slew of colors and styles and all on sale for under $15 bucks!  You're welcome!  Happy texting! 

 

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SHERPA HAT  - CROWN CAP based in Canada is one of our favorite brands for cold weather accessories.  Their array of impeccably made assorted fur hats are beautiful yet, also practical.  No joke (sorry PETA) but, when it's -10 degrees outside, fur gets the job done.   This pick from CC is vintage leather and lined in sherpa, super stylish and moderately priced so if you leave it in a cab or lose it at the bar, it's not the end of the world...Well maybe.

 

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SHEARLING RUG - When your feet aren't in wrapped in sherpa sheets, slippers or boots any sherpa rug is a great stepping stone to the next warm and cozy destination.  We love this faux - fur version by Mercury Row, on sale at Wayfair.com, which is affordable and machine washable.  Sherpa heaven.

 

SHERPA THROW - Thanks to CARSTENS  your new fav snuggle buddy comes in several colors and styles.  Think Aspen meets a log cabin, moose tracks, bears and pine trees overlooking a tranquil snowy sunset surrounded by sherpa.  The best part is this baby travels.  From the sofa, office, plane to the car, you're covered in stylish sherpa some styles under $25 bucks! 

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IT'S PUMPKIN and APPLE PICKING TIME!

Gina Giordan

THE WANNA SHOW HAS THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE ON PUMPKIN PICKING CLOSE TO NYC!  

The Fall season is here!  The season officially changes September, 22.  By mid October, the kids are back and settled into their new school routine.  Those summer work hours are a distant memory and most folks are back in the office working five days a week.  

You may recall, the moment you transitioned from Summer to Fall, as you stepped outside and the brisk chilly air hit you in the face.  Instantly reminding you that it's time to layer up and winter is just around the corner!  

Despite the chill in the air, the transition from summer to the fall season is truly a magical time of the year.  One of our favorites!  The leaves are changing colors and the local farms open their doors to celebrate the harvest!  

If you live in the NYC there are several local farms that are open seven days a week and offer apple, pumpkin picking, food, live music and several seasonal activities for all ages!  

The Wanna curated a list of local NY farms below that offer pumpkin picking, hayrides and so much more! 

Enjoy!

"Ya Know You Wanna!

  

FARM NAME:  HARVEST MOON FARM AND ORCHARD

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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 70 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION: 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Apple, Pumpkin picking, Orchard tree walks, Animal watching.

Weekly hours are 9AM – 5PM.  Always check the website directly for exact address, hours of operation and events!

FOOD OPTIONS:  Weekdays the farm store is open to purchase lunch items from the market menu.  On the weekends guests can feast on the festival menu and the best part?  Farm-made hard cider!  

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Every Saturday and Sunday the farm turns into an outdoor food and music festival.  Several local food vendors gather and serve the classic favs pizza, fresh seasonal dishes and don't forget that farm-made hard cider!  In addition to the weekly activities the kids festival activities include:  hayrides, face painting, trampolines, inflatable jumping land for all ages and more!  We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 

WEBSITE:  http://www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/visits.html

 

FARM NAME:  BENNER’S FARM

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Instagram @bennersfarm

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Their tagline is “Old-fashioned Family Fun,” so you know you’re in for a great day at Benner’s!  They have pumpkin-picking, haunted hayrides, and more.  Make sure to check their event calendar for updated dates and times.

Hours: 12PM — 4PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  There are a few different fun, educational courses to take part in, including “Mommy and Me,” “Farm Fun,” and “Down on the Farm.”  Check out what they involve here

WEBSITE:  https://www.bennersfarm.com/

 

FARM NAME:  FAIRVIEW FARM

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fairviewfarmatmecox.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  On top of pumpkin picking and hayrides, Fairview is famous for it’s giant “Maize”.  They also have a corn cannon, a favorite for both kids and parents.

Hours: ONLY OPEN Thursday – Sunday: 10AM — 6PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  New this year, a Tractor Trailer full of corn for kids to play in!

WEBSITE:  http://www.fairviewfarmatmecox.com/

 

FARM NAME:  HANKS PUMPKINTOWN

 hankspumpkintown.com

hankspumpkintown.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11976

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Hank’s boasts a wide range of activities to choose from, including pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, wagon rides, tractor train rides, playgrounds, games and more.  Their new market has tasty treats your kids can munch on, including freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and cider donuts.

Hours: 9:30AM—6PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: Get lost in the corn maze park, or get festive with face-painting!  They’re also open on Halloween weekend.

WEBSITE:  http://www.hankspumpkintown.com

 

FARM NAME:  WILKENS FARM

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Courtesy Photo via CBS

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 60 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:   Pumpkin picking, bake shop and hay play area for kids.

Hours are:  Pick-Your-Own: 10AM-4:30PM, Markets: 10AM-5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  In addition to the weekly activities, Friday, Saturday and Sunday also include hayrides! 

We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 

WEBSITE:  http://wilkensfarm.com

 

FARM NAME:  SCHMITT FARMS

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schmittfarms.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 80 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Daily pumpkin-picking and hayrides.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: The weekend is the best time to be at Schmitt Farms.  Activities range from pumpkin picking, corn maze, hay rides, playground & inflatables, farm animals, pony rides, and a spooky Haunted House for the older kids to walk through.

SPECIAL EVENTS: “The Haunted Mansion of Melville” was voted Long Island #1 Scariest Haunted House.  Be sure to check out the calendar here for dates and times to check out the terrifying house of horrors!

WEBSITE: http://schmittfarms.com

 

FARM NAME:  ELWOOD PUMPKIN FARM

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elwoodpumpkinfarm.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 90 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  If you want a super authentic pumpkin harvest feel, Elwood grows pumpkins in their own fields.  Here, you’ll find no admission charge for pumpkin-picking.  You can also enjoy hay rides and a corn maze.

Hours:  Saturdays, Sundays: 10AM to 5PM, Monday – Friday: 3PM to 5PM

WEBSITE:  http://www.elwoodpumpkinfarm.com/

 

FARM NAME: WHITE POST FARMS

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whitepostfarms.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 50 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES & SPECIAL EVENTS:  Enjoy pumpkin-picking and hayrides daily.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Their annual Fall Festival goes from September 24th to October 30th.  Your admission includes entry to sing-a-long hayrides, their famous animal farm, a singin’ chicken show, and so much more.

Hours: 10AM – 4PM

WEBSITE:  http://www.whitepostfarms.com/

THE TARTAN LOVERS' HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Lisa Farmer/Eye for Design

Lisa Farmer/Eye for Design

GIVE ME TARTAN OR “GIVE ME DEATH!”

The 2016 Holiday season is in full swing!  That means champagne parties, eggnog, fruitcake, family and TARTAN!  This time of the year, most of us are seriously obsessed with everything and anything that screams holiday!  What better way to slip into the holiday spirit then to wear something tartan!  Tartan (plaid pattern) originated in the late 17th century and is the symbolic national dress of Scotland.

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Today, tartan is generally worn by Americans during the holiday season.  Red, green, white, and black signify traditional tartan colors that are literally woven into American culture and fashion, thanks to Ralph Lauren, L.L.Bean, Burberry and J. Crew.

A flash of TARTAN evokes instant holiday nostalgia reminding us this season is absoulely the most wonderful time of the year!  

In celebration of gift giving, THE WANNA curated a tartan-centric gift guide for those who only want a touch of tartan to people who eat, sleep and dress in tartan year round!  HAPPY HUNTING!

 

DREAM IN TARTAN

 Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Go to bed and wake up in the holiday spirit by surrounding yourself in tartan bedding.  This season we love the royal set at Ralph Lauren called the "Tristin," from the sheets, shams to the duvet cover you can build a bed fit for a King!   This comforter and duvet is pure joy made from yarn-dyed cotton which spotlights a traditional Scottish tartan, bringing heritage style to your home.

 Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Retail: $139.99-$169.99

Where to buy: Ralph Lauren

 

TARTAN TABLE TOP

 Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma

Create the perfect holiday table with a touch of tartan!  “Embellished with a traditional Scottish tartan pattern, the chargers, plates, salad plates, mugs and espresso cups bring warmth to holiday gatherings.”

Retail: $23.96-$55.96

Where to buy: Williams-Sonoma

 

TOASTY TARTAN

 J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew signature Royal Red Plaid cashmere scarf is the perfect gift to give and get!  This cozy scarf is imported straight from Scotland and you won’t find them anywhere else!

Retail: $165

Where to buy: J. Crew

 

TRADITIONAL TARTAN

 Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor

These Ralph Lauren Plaid Touch Gloves are a fashionable way to keep your hands toasty in the winter weather.  These traditional black and red patterned tartan gloves are made of wool and polyester, with touchscreen-sensitive compatible fingers!

Retail: $30

Where to buy: Lord & Taylor

 

TIMELESS TARTAN

 Paskal

Paskal

This “flocked tulle” dress designed by Paskal reminds us of the style from the 1920s, but also has its own unique, modern holiday feel to it.  The dress is woven with a grey, red and blue pattern and can be paired nicely with sheer tights and ankle boots.

Retail: $417

Where to buy: Net-A-Porter

 

TARTAN GLOW

 Grandin Road

Grandin Road

Light up those chilly winter nights all season long with Grandin Road tartan LED candles!  Without the worry of an open flame, these cozy and classic tartan-print vellum candles will add to the cozy holiday feeling inside your home.

Retail: $24

Where to buy: Grandin Road

 

TARTAN TOTE

 Mark and Graham

Mark and Graham

Festive tartan carry-all for the holiday season!  This winter we love Mark and Graham's green and navy tote with all the details!  This cute tote bag features magnetic closure, vinyl accents, handy interior pockets and a free embroidered monogram.  Made of 100% polyester and with vegan leather accents.

Retail: $99

Where to buy: Mark and Graham

 

TAILORED TARTAN 

 ASOS

ASOS

This festive tartan blazer from ASOS is the perfect gift for any classy, holiday-loving man!  This blazer is designed by Noose & Monkey and is woven with 100% pure wool fabric in England to create an attractive, skinny fit.

Retail: $158

Where to buy: ASOS

 Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

For the stylish ladies, this festive wool-twill blazer is designed by Vivienne Westwood.  It is patterned with red and black tartan.  Tailored for a loose silhouette, this piece has cutaway shoulders that add edginess to the classic tartan look.

Retail: $388

Where to buy: Net-A-Porter

 

CASUAL TARTAN

 Madewell

Madewell

This Madewell long-sleeved tartan "boyfriend shirt" is the perfect casual holiday snag for low-key nights with friends and family, or a cup of hot cocoa in front of the fire.  The top is made slightly oversized for a loose fit, in a “red sangria” tartan pattern.

Retail: $69.50

Where to buy: Madewell

 

REGAL BEAGLE

Looking for a gift for a furry friend?  How about a festive tartan dog bed for the holiday season?

-FESTIVE

 Landsend

Landsend

This plaid dog bed cover boasts the perfect red and black festive pattern tartan.  It is made with tightly woven twill to stand up to the rough and tumble movements of your beloved pup.

Retail: $49.50-$69.50

Where to buy: Landsend

-LUXURY

 DForDog

DForDog

Of course you only want the best for your furry BFF, and this luxurious dog bed from the Highland Prestige Collection will make your pup feel like royalty.  Handmade to order from the UK, this bed is covered in a “brown watch” tartan with dark chocolate faux fur interior, and made of 100% wool Kinloch Anderson.

Retail: $299

Where to buy: DForDog

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

MALE DIRECTOR TELLS JESSICA CHASTAIN NOT TO TALK ABOUT "WOMEN STUFF" ON SET

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Mike Rosenthal/American Way

Mike Rosenthal/American Way

Jessica Chastain, a constant advocate for gender equality in Hollywood, recently opened up about a past brush with sexism she faced while speaking to a male director.  Chastain told American Way in a new interview, “I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this ‘women stuff.’  This is a person I love, and maybe he was concerned I would hurt my career.”  She continued, “I’m not attacking anyone.  I’m trying to create more inclusiveness, compassion and empathy, which in turn makes better movies, better art.”

Chastain founded the production company Freckle Films in order to combat Hollywood gender inequality.  When asked about the company, Chastain expressed her frustrations with gender issues today: “I just don’t know why it’s not changing…I’m doing my part to make the change, so why isn’t everyone else?”

Chastain has been outspoken about gender equality in the workplace, and addressed “gender imbalance” in Hollywood before.  Chastain wrote a letter for The Hollywood Reporter, where she addressed the issue of sexism on a film shoot: “When you have both genders represented, then you have a healthier point of view.  The energy is great, you all are working together as a community, and everyone is participating in the exchange of ideas.  You don't feel a hierarchy; you don't have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullied or humiliated.  Sometimes being the only girl on a set, you can feel like a sexual object.”

Chastain has also spoken about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.  In a 2016 interview with Variety, Chastain said, “We’re supposed to be a mirror that’s held up to society and tells the story of what’s happening around us.  And sometimes the American film industry only tells the stories of a few and I don’t want my story to be erased.  I want to see women out there and I want them to be equally compensated for the work that they do.”

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

JENNIFER GARNER WANTS TRUMP TO HELP AMERICA’S IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Larry French/Getty Images

Larry French/Getty Images

Jennifer Garner, a liberal-minded actress who supported Hillary Clinton in the last election, has voiced her desire to work with Donald Trump to help impoverished American children.  Garner has been a longtime early education advocate for poor children in places like the West Virginia community where she was raised.  Garner has been a board member of the Save the Children nonprofit organization for almost a decade, which has brought her to Washington, D.C. on many occasions to advocate for underprivileged rural areas.

This past weekend, Garner went to the White House to continue her efforts.  Garner has decided to put politics aside in favor of asking Trump for help, she told The Washington Post, “If he’s willing to help the poor kids who got him elected, then let’s do it.  They certainly think he’s going to.”  Garner said, “I’m looking forward to helping him make good on what they saw as promises, a mandate from him, that he was going to make their lives better.”

Garner said many politicians she has met claim they will help with childhood funding, but don’t follow through: “Everyone’s nodding and couldn’t agree more, and shaking your hand and want their picture.  But when the vote is cast, nobody’s out there screaming and yelling for poor kids.”  Garner continued, “Send me a ticket to Mar-a-Lago.  I’m ready to go down and have a steak and a good chat.  I really think it’s great, if [Trump]’s willing to help the poor kids who got him elected.”

 Cliff Owen/AP

Cliff Owen/AP

Garner’s work with Save the Children includes urging Congress and state governments to “fund reading and literacy programs that include all-day kindergarten.”  Garner said, “You just wouldn’t believe the number of kids who have never heard a nursery rhyme.”

The Washington Post reported Garner’s activities in D.C. over the weekend: “The 44-year-old actress spent the weekend lobbying the town’s pillars of power to support early education for poor rural children.  She spent Friday on Capitol Hill meeting dozens of top staff members.  On Saturday, she delivered the keynote address before the annual National Governors Association winter meeting here.”  Garner also had a planned sit-down with Ivanka Trump, but it was canceled due to scheduling conflicts.  The actress looks forward to making the meeting happen sometime in the future.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

CELEBRITY BREAKING NEWS: KATY PERRY AND ORLANDO BLOOM BREAK UP!

Caroline Slusarczyk

 David M. Benett/VF17/WireImage

David M. Benett/VF17/WireImage

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom made the mutual decision to end their 10-month relationship with an amicable split.  On Tuesday, the duo released a joint statement: “Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”

An E! News source revealed, “Katy pulled the plug.  It was a few events that happened over the past few months.  They both still love each other very much, though, and getting back together could happen once they have some space."

Perry and Bloom were photographed smiling together at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party on Sunday night.  An onlooker told People, “Katy didn’t spend much time with Orlando.  They got together for a photo, but that was about it.”  According to the source, Perry had grown close with Bloom’s son, Flynn.  The insider said, “They are still in contact and want to keep everything between them pretty private.  Katy has built a really strong connection with Flynn.  It's sad but it will work out how it's supposed to.”

Recently, Perry has been busy promoting her fourth studio album, while Bloom has been around the world for UNICEF outreach.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

OSCAR WINNER CASEY AFFLECK SPEAKS OUT ABOUT 2010 SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACCUSATIONS

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Christopher Polk/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Casey Affleck spoke about his past sexual harassment allegations after he faced backlash for winning Best Actor at the 89th Academy Awards.  Affleck sat down for an interview with the Boston Globe, where he was asked about the widespread criticism of his Oscars win.  Affleck said, “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.  There’s really nothing I can do about it.  Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

In 2010, Affleck was sued for sexual harassment by producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, who both worked on “I’m Still Here” with him.  The women alleged that Affleck and other male crew members harangued them with unwanted sexual comments, advances and intimidation throughout filming.  Both lawsuits were settled out of court, and Affleck has continued to deny the claims.

After Affleck took home the Best Actor Academy Award on Sunday, many people on Twitter reacted with frustration.  Actor B.J. Novak tweeted:

One Twitter account called Feminist Frequency posted:

Writer and producer Gary Janetti chimed in:

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

AMANDA SEYFRIED AND OTHER CELEBS REMEMBER THE “AMAZING” BILL PAXTON

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

On Saturday, beloved actor and director Bill Paxton passed away at age 61.  A family statement was released: “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.  A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.  Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.  We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

Paxton was known for playing roles in iconic 1980s and 90s films including Aliens, Apollo 13, The Terminator, Twister and Titanic.  More recently, Paxton starred in TV series such as Big Love, Texas Rising and Training Day.

Amanda Seyfried, who played Paxton’s daughter in HBO’s Big Love, released a touching statement on the actor’s passing: “He was an amazing and supportive father-figure to me in my early career.  Incredibly inspired and full of life at every turn, he made you feel like everything was possible.  This is a terrible loss.”

Many of Paxton’s co-stars and other celebs remember him as a “kind” and “talented” actor, who was “one of the nicest people in the industry.”  THE WANNA has gathered some of the most moving tributes to Paxton below.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

CELEBS REACT TO “AWKWARD” BEST PICTURE MISTAKE AT 2017 OSCARS

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Reuters

Reuters

On Sunday night, the 89th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  The night was full of memorable moments, from host Jimmy Kimmel’s teasing of Matt Damon, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali’s important Oscar wins, to several political statements throughout the night.

But perhaps the most unforgettable moment came right at the tail end of the ceremony when “La La Land” was mistakenly named Best Picture instead of the real winner, “Moonlight.”  Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage to open the Best Picture envelope and read off the film’s name, during which Beatty seemed to pause for comic effect before announcing, “La La Land.”  The “La La Land” crew took the stage to accept the award and even started giving speeches before the mistake was realized.  “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz went up to the mic and said, “You guys, I’m sorry, no.  There’s a mistake.  ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won Best Picture.”  After a few moments, the “Moonlight” cast and crew ascended the stage where they exchanged hugs and words with the “La La Land” team.  Beatty chimed in later: “I want to tell you what happened.  I opened the envelope and it said, ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’  That’s why I took such a long look at Faye, and at you.  I wasn’t trying to be funny.”

Watch the entire awkward moment below.

Celebrities who tuned in to watch the ceremony reacted with shock and cracked jokes at the Best Picture flub on Twitter.  THE WANNA has gathered the best celeb reactions below.

WHO WILL TAKE HOME AN AWARD AT THE 2017 OSCARS?

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Oscar.go.com

Oscar.go.com

On Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  Hollywood’s most elite actors, writers, directors and industry members will show up looking their best on the red carpet before heading in to watch the awards ceremony.  It’s anybody’s guess who will win the Academy Award for each category, but part of the fun is making Oscar win predictions beforehand.  THE WANNA has created our own list of which celebrities and films will take home the biggest prize of the industry on Sunday night.  Check it out below!

•Best Picture: La La Land

•Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight

•Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

•Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

•Best Director: TIE between Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

•Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)

•Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Mike's personal pick would be Denzel Washington Fences)

•Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)

•Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

 

THE WANNA wants to hear from you!

How do your own Oscar predictions compare to THE WANNA's?

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS GET THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

Caroline Slusarczyk

 ABC

ABC

On Thursday, students from the high school senior class of Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they received a surprise gift.  The students opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about what Summit Academy meant to them and how it would affect their future.  One student said, “Coming to Summit, it made my dreams and goals more realistic, coming from a single-parent house.”  Summit Academy is located in a neighborhood where only 4 percent of adults attended college.  The senior class will be the school’s first ever graduating class.

At the end of the show, the entire senior class was overcome by emotion when Ellen announced they would each receive a 4-year college scholarship.  The students cried and laughed, while they embraced each other and buried Ellen in a group hug.

The scholarships, made possible by Walmart, will provide the students with tuition for any state university in New York.  Ellen told the students: "Last time you were here, Walmart wanted to give you $25,000.  We've never done anything this big before, we've reached out to the people at Walmart, and they want to give each one of you a four-year scholarship."  Ellen revealed the entire amount is worth $1.6 million.

Ellen posted on Instagram about the amazing moment:

You can watch the full inspiring video below.

 

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CELEBS TWEET IN SUPPORT OF TRANSGENDERS AFTER TRUMP LIFTS BATHROOM PROTECTION LAWS

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 Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

On Wednesday, the Donald Trump administration reversed Barack Obama’s federal protection laws that allowed transgender students to use whichever bathroom corresponds to their gender identity.  The White House explained Trump’s decision in a statement: "As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level.  The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators."

The reversal sparked protests and angered several civil rights groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union.  The LGBT project director for the ACLU, James Esseks, said: "Revoking the guidance shows that the president's promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric.  But the bottom line is that this does not undo legal protections for trans students, and school districts can and must continue to protect them and all students from discrimination.  School districts that recognize that should continue doing the right thing; for the rest, we'll see them in court."

Obama’s decision to protect transgender rights in the bathroom had previously been celebrated among civil rights groups, including the ACLU.  The group wrote about Obama’s move: “This is a BIG deal – the federal government just made history and set clear standards to protect transgender people!”

Several celebrities took to Twitter to express their outrage at Trump revoking the protections, and show their support of the transgender community.  THE WANNA has gathered the reaction tweets below.

 

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OSCARS SURVEY REVEALS AMERICANS DON’T WANT POLITICS AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS

Caroline Slusarczyk

 Oscars.org

Oscars.org

On Tuesday, Pollfish conducted a survey to find out what Americans think about politics and diversity at the Academy Awards.  The survey asked 1,000 Oscar-watching Americans whether or not they want celebrities at the awards ceremony to share their political opinion.  The results found that 25% of Americans think celebrities at the Oscars should avoid political topics, including any mention of Donald Trump.

Below are the rest of the Pollfish Oscar Sunday Survey results:

MOST AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR HOLLYWOOD'S POLITICAL OPINIONS

45% of Americans think celebrities should be allowed to voice their opinions at the Oscars. Another 25% say Hollywood shouldn't use its platform to talk politics, 21% think celebrities should completely stay out of politics, and 10% say Hollywood is too liberal. 

1 IN 4 AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR TRUMP'S NAME AT THE OSCARS

Asked which issues they don't want to hear about at the Oscars, 19% of Americans said they hope celebrities don't talk about Donald Trump. Other topics Americans don't want to hear about are immigration (14%), the refugee situation (12%), and racial inequality (12%). Only 12% of Americans wouldn't mind hearing about political topics during the Oscars.

HALF OF AMERICANS THINK THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES ARE MORE DIVERSE THAN USUAL

Asked whether they think this year's Oscar-nominated films are more diverse than in previous years, 49% of Americans said yes. Another 18% said no, and 13% think the Oscars have always been diverse. 1 in 5 Americans aren't sure.

MEN AND WOMEN DON'T SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON OSCAR DIVERSITY

54% of men and 47% of women think this year's Oscar-nominated movies are more diverse than in years past—a 7% difference.

 

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MUSLIM COMMUNITY RAISES THOUSANDS TO REPAIR VANDALIZED JEWISH CEMETERY

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 Robert Cohen/AP

Robert Cohen/AP

On Tuesday, Muslim American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi launched an online fundraiser to help repair a Jewish cemetery that was vandalized this week in St. Louis, Missouri.  The LaunchGood fundraiser, “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” has raised over $80,000 within 24 hours, which is four times the projected goal of $20,000 by the end of March.  The fundraiser page promoted a message of unity: “Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.  We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”

On Monday morning, St. Louis police responded to a report of the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery being vandalized and found over 170 of the headstones destroyed.  Phillip Weiss, the owner of a monument company helping to fix the cemetery said, "A lot of people are coming out—they're just interested to see, 'Was their loved one's monument affected by this?'”

Police are currently investigating security footage from the cemetery, but have turned up nothing solid yet.

 Robert Cohen/AP

Robert Cohen/AP

Recently, there have been bomb threats to various Jewish community centers throughout the U.S., for which Muslim Americans have offered aid.  One Muslim American civil rights organization, The Council on American-Islamic Relations, offered a $5,000 reward for any information to help find the people behind the false bomb threats.

The Muslim Americans’ support of the Jewish community is in direct opposition to Rick Santorum’s comments to CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday: "If you look at the fact, the people who are responsible for a lot of this anti-Semitism that we're seeing, I hate to say it, a lot of it is coming from the pro-Palestinian or Muslim communities."

 

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