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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!  

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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

 

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

Instagram @bennersfarm

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

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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

Courtesy Photo via CBS

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

schmittfarms.com

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

elwoodpumpkinfarm.com

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

whitepostfarms.com

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/

BRITNEY SPEARS ASKS FANS TO PRAY FOR HER NIECE AFTER SERIOUS ATV ACCIDENT

Caroline Slusarczyk

Instagram @britneyspears

Instagram @britneyspears

On Monday, Britney Spears asked her fans to pray for her 8-year old niece, Maddie, who was recently hospitalized after a serious ATV accident.  Britney posted a photo of Maddie on Instagram with the caption: ‪"Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece."

‪Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece 💜‬

A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on

According to a police report, the incident occurred Sunday at 3 PM on Jamie Lynn Spears' family property in Louisiana.  Maddie, who is Jamie Lynn’s daughter, was riding an ATV when she steered into a pond and became submerged.  Jamie Lynn, her husband, Jamie Watson, and other family members witnessed the accident but were unable to release Maddie from the seatbelt which kept her pinned inside the vehicle.  Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards stated, “The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.”  After the family’s unsuccessful attempts to free Maddie, the ambulance arrived: "Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters."

Maddie is currently in stable but critical condition at a nearby hospital.

Thanksgiving ride...

A photo posted by Jamie (@jamiewatson985) on

Jamie Lynn’s father, Jamie Spears, spoke out on the incident: "All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie."

A rep for Britney released this statement: “Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.”

THE WANNA hopes for a speedy recovery for Maddie, and will keep the whole Spears family in our thoughts!

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

HOLLYWOOD CAN'T STOP TRUMP BUT SPRINGSTEEN, LAWRENCE AND MANY MORE CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE IMMIGRATION BAN!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Getty Images

Getty Images

Last week, Donald Trump signed an executive order, known as the “Muslim ban,” that barred refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.  Thousands of Americans have joined forces to protest the immigration ban since then, including a number of famous faces.  Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Lawrence, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are some of the celebrities who have spoken out or taken action against the ban.  THE WANNA has compiled a list of all the celebs who have made a stand against Trump’s immigration order below.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen sent a strong political message at his recent concert in Adelaide, Australia.  On stage Springsteen addressed, “the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign Nationals and refugees.”  He continued: “America is a land of immigrants.  This is fundamentally un-American.  This is a song about immigrants.”  He then performed, “American Land,” to cheers from the crowd.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence shared a heartfelt message on Facebook, which took a jab at the Trump administration:

Kal Penn

After a bigoted Twitter user told Kal Penn, “You don’t belong in this country,” Penn created a crowd-funding campaign to aid Syrian refugees in response to the hater.  Penn’s crowdrise page is called, “Donating to Syrian refugees in the name of the dude who said I don’t belong in America.”  The page states: “We are better than the hateful people who tell us we don't belong in our own country, that America can't be a beacon of freedom and hope for refugees from around the world. We will turn their bigotry, along with the President's, into love.”  So far, the fundraiser has raised over $750,000.

Sia

Sia pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union the day after Trump signed the immigration order.  Sia tweeted:

This prompted other celebrities to follow suit, including Rosie O’Donnell and Judd Apatow, who vowed to join Sia in her donations pledge.

Bella and Gigi Hadid

The Hadid sisters, both of Muslim descent, joined others on the streets of New York to protest the Muslim ban.  The duo held a sign that said, “We are all Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, Christians, Jews,” highlighting the letters that spell out the word “humans.”  Other celebs to join the Muslim ban protests include Ellen Page and Chloe Grace Moretz.

#nobansnowalls

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out about Trump’s Muslim ban in an interview with Mario Lopez on Extra.  Schwarzenegger, who Trump recently mocked for his Celebrity Apprentice ratings on Twitter, discussed the way in which Trump went about creating the ban.  Schwarzenegger said, “I think the real problem is that it was vetted badly.  If they would run this by the Justice Department and Homeland Security and had the lawyers really study and focus on it and give it some time to do it the right way.”  He continued, “To go and ban people who have a green card, that means that the United States of America has given you permission to work here permanently and you are on the way to permanent citizenship.  I was in that position.  It’s crazy, it’s crazy and makes us look stupid when the White House is ill-prepared to put this kind of executive order out there.”

Check out THE WANNA’s latest post to see how celebs at the 2017 SAG Awards spoke out about Trump’s immigration ban.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

WHAT TO GET THE HEALTH NUT IN YOUR LIFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Caroline Slusarczyk

Gifts Ready To Go

Gifts Ready To Go

The holiday season can be stressful for many of us.  Non-stop gift giving, family time and of course the food!  With all the nostalgic holiday treats from eggnog, cookies to pie it's so easy to pack on those extra 5 - 10 pounds and get knocked off your usual workout routine.  So, if you're searching for a last minute gift to give a health-conscious, fitness-minded friend, THE WANNA hand picked gifts for the mind, body, and soul that you can purchase online and just in time for the health nut in your life!  Power on!  

Sugoi Versa Jacket

Competitive Cyclist

Competitive Cyclist

Hate having to peel off your sweaty jacket whilst on a winter run?  The Sugoi Versa Jacket has easily detachable sleeves that you can store in the pockets without skipping a beat.

Price: $75-$94

Where to buy: Competitive Cyclist Men's

Women's

Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender

Cuisinart/Amazon

Cuisinart/Amazon

This fancy looking tool allows for a tasty drink to be blended, but at a reasonable amount of calories.

Price: $100

Where to buy: Amazon

PerfectShaker

Perfect Shaker

Perfect Shaker

For the real life superhero you may know, the PerfectShaker makes protein shake preparation simple and fun!  These shakers come with superhero themes, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and the Hulk, to name a few.  

Price: $16.99

Where to buy: Perfect Shaker

Erica Sara Designs Necklace

Erica Sara Designs

Erica Sara Designs

Looking for something unique to gift the runner in your life?  Erica Sara Designs’ creates super stylish pieces with a fitness edge!  We love this rose gold neck lace that reminds us to "run run run run!"  

Price: $36-$106

Where to buy: Erica Sara Designs

May Designs Monogrammed Meal Planner Book

May Designs

May Designs

Maybe you or a loved one is currently in the process of slimming down.  This personalized meal planner will help give them the structure and motivation they need to stick with a new routine.

Price: $20

Where to buy: May Designs

Funny Motivational Poster

“Sweat is Just Fat Crying”…enough said.

Price: $8.95

Where to buy: Etsy

Zobha Essential Mat Carrier

Amazon

Amazon

Whether you're a guru or mere beginner, this ZOBHA yoga mat carrier is genius!  Tuck your wallet, phone and other essentials into the many pockets for easy storage and carry on the go!  Namaste!  

Price: $53.55

Where to buy: Amazon

Custom Monogrammed Yoga Mat

My Custom Yoga Mat

My Custom Yoga Mat

Personalize it!  While you’re thinking about that mat carrier, might as well get your best gal pal a monogrammed yoga mat as well.  

Price: $50

Where to buy: Custom Yoga Mat

Procizion Spiral Slicer

Amazon

Amazon

For those looking to cut out the carbs, try this vegetable-slicing gadget and make some zucchini pasta.

Price: $16.97

Where to buy: Amazon

Specialized Bike Gloves

Specialized

Specialized

Know an avid biker whose hands are nearly frostbitten?  Specialized says about their gloves:  “We work closely with the world's top medical professionals to create bike gloves with ergonomic, scientifically tested designs that are sure to increase your comfort, all without degrading your feel or protection on the road or trail.”

Price: $25-$90

Where to buy: Specialized Women's 

Men's

Swiftwick Compression Socks

Swiftwick

Swiftwick

These compression socks work hard to protect an athlete’s feet from blistering, while also reducing muscle soreness.

Price: $25

Where to buy: Swiftwick

 

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HILLARY CLINTON MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT UNICEF’S SNOWFLAKE BALL TO AWARD “QUEEN” KATY PERRY

Caroline Slusarczyk

Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball to present Katy Perry with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.

Perry and Clinton have a serious mutual appreciation of each other, and it was on full display at the Snowflake Ball.  Clinton took the stage unannounced to dedicate a speech to Katy as recipient of the Humanitarian Award.  Clinton said, “On a personal level, I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be here to help celebrate a global megastar, a social media queen with the most Twitter followers in the world – although she's getting some competition – and someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up.”  Clinton continued, “I have seen Katy's commitment to the causes she believes in firsthand.  I've gotten to spend time with her and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place.  She is serious about understanding the complex problems we face and pulling people together to solve them.  We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion.”

Perry, who actively supported Hillary throughout her Presidential campaign, was visibly emotional when she went onstage to accept the award.  Perry, tearing up at Clinton’s speech, joked, “Does anyone have a tissue?”  Perry returned Clinton’s kind words in her acceptance speech: “I've always had a voice, a singing voice, but I've never had a voice like I've had before.  Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter.  Thank you Hillary.  You motivate me and so many millions of people.  We appreciate you for your incredible work and your heart.”

The WANNA is all for two powerful ladies supporting each other!

 

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ROBERT DOWNEY JR, SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND OTHER CELEBS WANT YOU TO “GET OUT THERE AND VOTE”

Caroline Slusarczyk

CNN

CNN

Election Day is tomorrow, November 8th, which means the craziest Presidential race in U.S. history will finally come to a close.  Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will take their place in the Oval Office as Commander in Chief.  But there is still a good chunk of Americans who have chosen not to cast a ballot for this particular Election.

Throughout the campaigns, celebrities such as Robert DeNiro, Kathy Griffin, Aziz Ansari, and tons more, have appeared in videos urging people to vote, usually against Trump.  You can revisit The WANNA’s previous roundup of celeb-driven videos here.

In a new SaveTheDay.Vote video, “Vote Tomorrow,” released Monday November 7th, director Joss Whedon rounded up several Hollywood celebrities in a final attempt to encourage people to go out and vote.  In “Vote Tomorrow”, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, James Franco, Neil Patrick Harris, and others urge viewers to “just get out and vote” on November 8th.  They add humor to the video, along with more serious intonations, such as Julianne Moore saying, “No one has the right to stop you from casting your vote.”

Watch the full video below, and then make sure to get out and cast your vote tomorrow!

 

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WHICH A-LIST CELEBS PERFORMED LIVE TO HELP RAISE FUNDS AND SUPPORT TEAM HILLARY?

Caroline Slusarczyk

Getty Images

Getty Images

Monday, October 17th, Hollywood A-list came out to sing and dance, in hopes to help raise funds for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  The star-studded Clinton fundraiser concert was held at the St. James Theatre in New York City.  Fans that couldn't snag a ticket to the concert tuned into Clinton's YouTube and Facebook pages which streamed the event live!  The night turned into a Hollywood who's, who event with several big time celebs who all said, "I'm with her!" including: Neil Patrick Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Angela Bassett, Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Emily Blunt, Ansel Elgort and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The WANNA voted and delivered the best moments of the night below!  Drum roll please....

Lin-Manuel Miranda Reworks Hamilton Song

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of hit play Hamilton, rapped about Clinton and the importance of voting in a rewritten version of the song, "The World Was Wide Enough."  One memorable lyric goes, “Anybody here wanna shatter a glass ceiling?”

Bill Clinton Surprise Appearance

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the fundraiser in support of his wife, which brought the crowd to a standing ovation.  He spoke to the audience about Hillary, saying, “She is the single best change-maker that I have ever known…She will make you proud.”

Neil Patrick Harris Throws It Back

Craig Ruttle/AP Photo

Craig Ruttle/AP Photo

Neil Patrick Harris reprised his Tony-winning role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”  He sang the song, “The Origin of Love” with a troupe of backup ballet dancers, which presented a beautiful, moving spectacle.

Angela Bassett and Helen Mirren Speeches

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Taking a break from all the song and dance, Angela Bassett recited Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech, while Helen Mirren performed a speech from Elizabeth Roosevelt.  Both A-listers called to mind the strength of women in our country’s past, as a salute to Hillary Clinton in her leadership role today.

Barbara Streisand “Phones In”

Barbara Streisand, one of the greatest singers of our time, lent her voice to the fundraiser, where she made introductions for the concert from Los Angeles.  She also appeared in a video for “Climb Every Mountain,” alongside Jamie Foxx.

And Of Course, Hillary Clinton’s Screen Appearance

Clinton herself could not make the fundraiser, but she did appear on screen in a good-humored segment.  She joked, “I auditioned for tonight's show and I wanted to sing with you, but Harvey and Jordan said I didn't make the cut,” in reference to the event’s producers, Harvey Weinstein and Jordan Roth.  She also said, “We’re in the final stretch of this campaign and we need your help to reach as many people as possible between now and election day.”

 

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2016 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – THE WANNA BRINGS YOU EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE

Caroline Slusarczyk

Hamptonsfilmfest.org

Hamptonsfilmfest.org

The Hamptons International Film Festival kicks off this afternoon!  This year is the biggest one yet, which means even more celebrity action and highly-anticipated films to look forward to.  The festival will run from October 6th to the 10th.  If you plan to attend, be sure to get your tickets here now!

If you can’t make it, and feel a case of FOMO coming on, don’t worry!  The WANNA has you covered.  Be sure to tune in to MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH, where we’ll have exclusive coverage of all the excitement from the Hamptons.  Host Gina Giordan will be on the red carpet to interview both A-list celebs and up-and-coming stars, as well as get the inside scoop on the films to be showcased.

The festival will open with the film Loving, starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton.  Film premieres later in the week include, American Pastoralstarring Ewan McGregor and Dakota FanningLa La Landstarring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and 20th Century Womenstarring Elle Fanning and Annette Bening.

This year's HIFF Awards Dinner will honor actor, director, producer and activist, Edward Norton, on Sunday, October 9th.  For tickets to attend, go here.

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CRYING ON CUE IS WHAT MAKES CECILY, STRONG!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Glamour Magazine

Glamour Magazine

Actress, comedian and SNL star, Cecily Strong isn’t afraid to admit that despite the fact that her last name is Strong, she’s a serious cryer.  No joke.  Strong can cry on cue!  In an exclusive interview with Strong, she revealed to THE WANNA how she is able to just cry on command and told us, "I'm just an emotional person, I feel too much!"  Ironically, being overly emotional is actually working for Strong's acting career.  The rising star has been in several hit films including:  The Meddler, The Boss and Ghostbusters.  Plus, Strong is back for another season of SNL, tomorrow!  The entire former cast of  NBC's hit show, Saturday Night Live is back from a well deserved summer hiatus.  The Fall season premieres tomorrow night, October 1st @ 11:30 pm on NBC.
WATCH THE WANNA'S exclusive interview with Hollywood's next leading lady, Cecily Strong HERE!

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CAN YOU GUESS WHAT BODY PART BEYONCE, KIM AND OTHER CELEBS ARE OBSESSED WITH THIS SEASON ON THE RED CARPET?

Caroline Slusarczyk

WHO HAS THE HOTTEST WENIS IN HOLLYWOOD?

About half the population in the world, has a penis...

But, did you know, everyone has a wenis?  Two, in fact!

This season on the red carpet, celebrities have become obsessed with their wenis'!  Just ask any red carpet starlet, since they all seem to showcase their wenis any chance they get!  

If you are wondering, "What the heck is a wenis?"  You're not alone.  One out of two folks are clueless...

Redbubble.com

Redbubble.com

A wenis is similar to a penis, in that people can compare the different sizes and shapes of their wenis'.

A wenis is a real part of the body, we all have it!  It's that sometimes unsightly rough, droopy, chappy, discolored layers of loose skin that encases your elbows.

It should be noted that wenis has no official definition or spelling, but there has been a petition to make "wenis" an official word in the Dictionary.

Ever since Beyonce, K-Dash and T-Swift have been flaunting their buffed, bleached and polished wenis' in Hollywood, the latest global trend on the red carpet is the perfect wenis!

Red Carpet Wenis'

Red Carpet Wenis'

This season, even more than hair or makeup, the wenis is the most fashionable body part celebs are showcasing on the carpet!

While most of us non-celebs may not even think about caring for our wenis', those famous starlets are doing whatever it takes to whip their wenis' into shape!  

If you wanna A-list wenis, it will cost ya...

From a personal trainer, bleaching, exfoliation, paraffin treatments to those more serious cases of wenis reduction, it takes a village to keep your wenis looking tight, vibrant and healthy!  

That's why THE WANNA has curated a list of celebs with some of the best wenis' in the biz!

Beyonce has one fresh looking wenis!

Evan Agostini/Invision/AFP

Evan Agostini/Invision/AFP

Which Kardashian do you think has the sexiest wenis?

Kim?

Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

Kourtney?

Toby Canham/Getty Images

Toby Canham/Getty Images

Kendall?

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

Kylie?

Frazier Harrison

Frazier Harrison

Taylor Swift knows how to show off her pretty wenis!

Getty Images

Getty Images

Even famous men like to rock their wenis, including Zac Efron!

AP Images

AP Images

 

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PAUL GIAMATTI AND ETHAN HAWKE STAR IN A MOVIE YOU WANNA WATCH, THE PHENOM!

Caroline Slusarczyk

THE PHENOM HITS THEATERS TODAY!

MYWW recently hit the Tribeca Film Festival to attend the premiere of a MOVIE YOU WANNA WATCH, THE PHENOM, directed by Noah Buschel!  

MYWW hits several world renown film festivals to showcase the latest films way before they even hit the movie theaters!   

In this episode of MYWW, creator and host, Gina Glickman Giordan interviewed the entire cast of THE PHENOM starring:  Paul Giamatti, Ethan Hawke, Johnny Simmons, and Sophie Kennedy Clark.

THE PHENOM is a story about a major league rookie pitcher, Hopper, played by JOHNNY SIMMONS.  Hopper can throw a 98-mile per hour fastball but, his personal life issues cause him to lose control over his pitching.  After a pitching debacle sends Hopper back to the minors, he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports therapist, Dr. Mobley, played by Academy Award nominee, PAUL GIAMATTI.  Dr. Mobley discovers the dark truth that Hopper has been physically and mentally abused by his father, Hopper Sr., played by Academy Award nominee, ETHAN HAWKE.

THE PHENOM is way "more than a sports movie" Said Giamatti!  There is a real dramatic story line and struggle going on throughout the film.  There is a love story there too!  

Ethan Hawke's performance in THE PHENOM is creating a lot of Oscar buzz! 

•   What's the one role Giamatti still wants to play?  

•   How does Hawke feel now that his hottie hipster roles are a thing of the past and his more recent roles are portraying a Dad?

•   Why did Hawke take on the role?  

Find out right now by watching this episode of, MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH:  THE PHENOM!

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AEROSMITH FRONTMAN, STEVEN TYLER IS THE ULTIMATE FATHER FIGURE, THIS FATHER'S DAY!

Gina Giordan

ROCK ICON, SON, FATHER AND GRANDPA, STEVEN TYLER IS ALSO A FATHER FIGURE TO THOUSANDS THIS FATHERS DAY!  

Steven Tyler, Janie's Fund

Steven Tyler, Janie's Fund

Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler has a lot to celebrate this Father’s Day!  He is a proud Grandpa twice over to Milo and Sailor.  A Dad to four children.  Son Taj.  Daughter’s Mia, Chelsea and Liv who is pregnant with her third child and due to give birth later this summer.  Yet, this Father’s Day is even more special for Tyler.  He is also a proud father figure to thousands of young girls! 

Tyler is the founder of a successful philanthropic initiative, Janie’s Fund.  The fund benefits Youth Villages, which is a national organization that provides services to help young girls overcome serious neglect and abuse.  Tyler gives a lot more to Janie’s Fund then just his name.

Recently, Janie’s Fund chose several young girls, who are current members of the Youth Villages organization from Tennessee, to go on a special trip to NYC!   These lucky ladies attended an exclusive event at Lavo restaurant and nightclub on E. 58th street, in midtown Manhattan.  The event honored Tyler and Janie’s Fund.  The evening was generously hosted by Dujour Magazine and CEO, Jason Binn.

Tyler made a grand entrance into the event. The rocker arrived in his beloved car, a Hennessy Venom GT.  Tyler stopped traffic when hundreds of photographers and fans gathered around him to catch a glimpse.  Tyler officially announced his “baby” is up for auction and all the proceeds will benefit Janie’s Fund.  You can bid on Tyler's car by clicking on this link HERE! 

THE WANNA host, Gina Glickman Giordan, had the opportunity to interview Tyler one on one at the recent event.  The Hall of Fame inductee talked to THE WANNA about giving back and revealed how he honors his own father, Victor Tallarico, on Father's Day.

Watch THE WANNA episode below, starring; Steven Tyler!  

This episode of THE WANNA is dedicated in loving memory to, Steven Tyler’s father, Victor Tallarico

 

To find out more information or how to donate to Janie’s Fund click HERE!

THE WANNA wishes you and your family, a Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LADY GAGA HONORS THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGIC SHOOTING IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA!

Gina Giordan

 

Monday evening, pop star and longtime LGBT activist, Lady Gaga joined thousands of mourners in Los Angeles at City Hall, honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy. 

Lady Gaga at L.A. Vigil. Twitter @ladygaga                   Photo by:  David McNew/Getty Images 

Lady Gaga at L.A. Vigil. Twitter @ladygaga                   Photo by:  David McNew/Getty Images 

This past Monday evening, pop star and longtime LGBT activist, Lady Gaga joined thousands of mourners in Los Angeles at City Hall, honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy. 

The iconic and outspoken performer gave an emotional speech and read off each of the names of the victims, while she fought back tears.  Gaga directed her words at the entire LGBT community and said, “I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies. Not only me, but everyone here. We represent the compassion and the loyalty of millions of people around the world that believe in you. You are not alone, you are not alone.” 

Lady Gaga at L.A. Vigil. Twitter @ladygaga  - Photo by:  David McNew/Getty Images 

Lady Gaga at L.A. Vigil. Twitter @ladygaga  - Photo by:  David McNew/Getty Images 

In addition to Gaga's heartfelt speech at Monday’s vigil, she also posted on Instagram the photo below: 

Instagram @ladygaga

Instagram @ladygaga

 

It’s no surprise to Gaga fans that she came out to support.  She’s been a long-standing advocate for the LGBT community for years.

In 2009, Gaga appeared on the cover of Out magazine and she used the cover interview as an opportunity to discuss her stance on LGBT culture.  Gaga revealed, “I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream.  It's not an underground tool for me. It's my whole life. So, I always sort of joke the real motivation is to just turn the world gay.”

In 2012, she created a video message and addressed Maine, Minnesota, Washington, and Maryland about the vote for marriage equality.  She says in the clip, “I just wanted to remind those of you who live in Maine, Minnesota, Washington, or Maryland that you can actually vote for marriage equality on the ballot this year,” using her fame as a popular musician to get the word out.  Check out the video here:

When the U.S. Supreme Court passed marriage equality in 2012, Gaga took to Twitter with a photo and captioned it, “#Lovewins over prejudice.”

Photo from Twitter @ladygaga

Photo from Twitter @ladygaga

Gaga's Grammy nominated song, “Born This Way,” sends clear messages of acceptance and appreciation for the LGBT community.  “Born This Way” was the first top hit on Billboard charts to include the word “transgenders” in the lyrics.  

 

In March 2011, the pop star made a deal with Target stores in which she would only allow them an exclusive release of the Born This Way album if they ended dealings with anti-gay groups, and contributed to LGBT charities.  She stated, "Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they've made in the past ... our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they've made supporting those [antigay] groups."

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Prince George Wears a Robe to Meet President Obama!

Gina Giordan

BABY MUST HAVES YOU WANNA OWN! 

What made a simple personalized terry robe from an online baby boutique in the UK an international superstar overnight?  

MY1STYEARS.COM

MY1STYEARS.COM

That would be thanks to world famous almost three year old and a member of the Royal Family of the UK,  Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge who was recently photographed wearing the robe while meeting President Obama.  As soon as the photograph made international headlines, so did the robe!

The personalized robe was a gift from MY1STYEARS.COM!  MFY is a luxury baby clothing boutique, online that specializes in unique and chic personalized baby clothing and home items, co-founded by Daniel Price and Jonny Sitton!  

In an exclusive interview with THE WANNA Price told us MFY gifted the robe to both Prince George and Princess Charlotte but, was shocked when he found out Price George wore the robe and was photographed while meeting President Obama!

Price said, "It was unbelievable!  We couldn't have had anything better happen to us!"

 

Prince George is not the first time MY1STYEARS has created personalized gifts for the rich and famous.   Price and company created a personalized hamper for Sir Elton John and David Furnish's son, which included a blanket embroidered with the slogan: Zachary - how wonderful life is now you're in the world.  

According to Price, Prince George's wardrobe choice instantly made the robe sell out online in 7 minutes!   If you want to treat your Prince or Princess like a Royal, you can logo into MY1STYEARS.COM and pre-order the exact same personalized robe that Prince George wore for 27 pounds or approximately $40 dollars.  Price said, "If you pre-order the robe now, you'll have it in three weeks!"

Be sure to watch THEWANNA'S exclusive interview with MY1STYEARS co-founder, Daniel Price!  

Tune Into MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH Saturday's on WVVH-TV 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. streaming live on APPLE-TV and on Fio's Ch. 14/Cablevision Ch. 78!

ME AND MRS. JONES SINGER BILLY PAUL DIES

Gina Giordan

He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, The Associated Press reported.  

THEWANNA expresses our sincere condolences to Billy Paul's family and friends.

 RIP BP! 

Read the full story HERE! 

THE BOSS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CANCELS HIS NORTH CAROLINA CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY!

Gina Giordan

Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert over 'bathroom law'

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the news that Bruce Springsteen is cancelling a concert this weekend in North Carolina due to the state’s radical and extreme new anti-LGBT law – HB 2 – that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd.

“Bruce Springsteen is a hero and an icon because he gives voice, both through his music and his advocacy, to those who struggle against injustice and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “It means so much that he has spoken out against this hateful bill on behalf of thousands of citizens whose rights and fundamental dignity are being trampled by the leadership of North Carolina.”

In announcing the decision, Springsteen said: “As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law.  HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

H.B. 2 has eliminated existing municipal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and prevents such protections from being passed by cities in the future. The legislation also forces transgender students in public schools to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity, putting 4.5 billion dollars in federal funding under Title IX at risk. It also compels the same type of discrimination against transgender people to take place in state buildings, including in public universities. Lawmakers passed the legislation in a hurried, single-day session, and Governor McCrory quickly signed it into law in the dead of night.

North Carolina is the first state in the country to enact a law attacking transgender students, even after similar proposals were rejected across the country this year -- including a high-profile veto by the Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota.

North Carolina school districts that comply with the law will now be in direct violation of Title IX, subjecting the school districts to massive liability and putting an estimated $4.5 billion of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as funding received by schools from other federal agencies, at risk.

This section of House Bill 2 offers costly supposed solutions to non-existent problems, and it forces schools to choose between complying with federal law -- plus doing the right thing for their students -- or complying with a state law that violates students’ civil rights. Read more about how this bill puts federal funding at risk here.

As a result of North Carolina’s HB2 law, which puts thousands of youth, citizens, employees, and visitors to the state at risk, more than 130 business leaders are calling for a repeal effort during the upcoming legislative session and a number of businesses have begun to remove investments from the state.

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WANNA MAKE A FEW CALLS FOR HILLARY CLINTON?

Gina Giordan

Clinton's Director of Grassroots Engagement, Adam Parkhomenko 

Clinton's Director of Grassroots Engagement, Adam Parkhomenko 

Talking Politics is always a sure way to fire up any conversation.  If you are a NY'er, enjoy pontificating politics and you plan to vote for Mrs. Hillary Clinton, then how about donating some talk time in Brooklyn?  

As Presidential hopeful's gear up for the New York primary election on April 16, Hillary Clinton's campaign continues to reach out to supporters via email asking for donations.  But, today, the focus isn't just on donations, Clinton's Director of Grassroots Engagement, Adam Parkhomenko is asking Clinton supporters to "pick up the phone!"  You can see the email below...

If you are indeed TEAM HILLARY and want to join the official HILLARY FOR AMERICA Brooklyn Phone Bank log onto Clinton's website or CLICK HERE to RSVP for the official HILLARY FOR AMERICA Brooklyn Phone Bank on March 10, 2016, 5p.m. - 9p.m. at the United Federation of Teachers located on 335 Adams St, BK, NY 11201.

Do you plan on voting at the NY Primary?  Are you voting for Clinton or Trump?  

The Wanna team would love to hear your comments below...

"Ya know you Wanna!" 

 

 

FASHION YOU WANNA WEAR! SHOP WITH STYLIST TO THE STARS, BRAD GORESKI ON QVC!

Gina Giordan

E! Network "FASHION POLICE" CO-HOST, BRAD GORESKI

SET TO HIT QVC TOMORROW TO SELL HIS FIRST C.WONDER SPRING COLLECTION 2016!

C. Wonder Creative Director, Brad Goreski @ NY Spring Collection Preview Event 2/4/16

C. Wonder Creative Director, Brad Goreski @ NY Spring Collection Preview Event 2/4/16

Of course you know Reality TV stylist to the stars, Mr. Brad Goreski! 

Ever since Goreski's own Bravo TV series, "It's a Brad, Brad World" ended in April, 2013, Brad has been busy expanding his fashion empire both on and off camera!  Goreski continues to style several Hollywood starlets including, Rashida Jones.  Brad also has a gig co-hosting the E! Network TV series, "Fashion Police" alongside Melissa RiversGiuliana Rancic and Margaret Cho.

The E! "Fashion Police" Team on Set

The E! "Fashion Police" Team on Set

Now, Goreski's latest project is Creative Director for the C. Wonder brand.  Last summer, C. Wonder was saved by Xcel Brands Inc. (the parent company of Judith Ripka, Isaac Mizrahi and more) who acquired C. Wonder for $12.5 Million.  Soon after, Goreski was appointed creative director and on-air host of C. Wonder for QVC. 

 "THE WANNA" host, Gina Giordan and team, un-officially kicked off NYFW in midtown with Goreski, who revealed his very first C. Wonder Spring Collection,  exclusively created for QVC.  

A select few industry insiders and VIP guests were greeted with jalapeno cucumber margaritas as they entered the candy apple green and white covered fashion event.  The latest collection was on full display as Brad greeted guests and talked fashion.  Goreski told THE WANNA host, Gina Giordan, "I'm so excited about this collection because it's everything I love!  Color, prints gorgeous fabrics and luxurious details and I think our QVC woman is going to love it!"

C. Wonder Spring 2016 Fashion Preview Event 2/4/16

C. Wonder Spring 2016 Fashion Preview Event 2/4/16

Event Planner, Renee Lyn and Shu Uemura/Kerastase Artist & Educator Stylist @Warren Tricomi Plaza Hotel, Jasmine Anna Galazka

Event Planner, Renee Lyn and Shu Uemura/Kerastase Artist & Educator Stylist @Warren Tricomi Plaza Hotel, Jasmine Anna Galazka

THE WANNA team and a few good friends, Warren Tricomi hair-stylist, Jasmine Anna Galazka and event planner extraordinaire Renee Lyn both agreed, our fav accessory from the Spring 2016 collection was the C. Wonder tote bags and make-up cases!  The colorful bags reminded us of a super fun and way more affordable version of the lux GOYARD tote!  Go Goreski! 

You can snatch up C. Wonder Spring collection exclusively on QVC now and you can shop with Brad live this week starting tomorrow, March 3 @ 11a.m. EST! 

Watch Giordan's one on one interview with Goreski at the C. Wonder event right here on THE WANNA:  "FASHION YOU WANNA WEAR!" 

Tune into "MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH" Saturdays on VVH-TV (Fios Ch. 14) and streaming live on APPLE TV! 

Plus, don't miss "THE WANNA" TV series premiere Fall 2016!

"Ya Know You Wanna!"