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#WhatsHotNow: Maria Bello in Isharya

9c227174-7cfa-4e0d-8c4a-0ef3bc311da4Maria Bello was photographed wearing Isharya recently in LA while celebrating the launch of her book,”Whatever…Love is Love.”  What we couldn’t help notice about the actress and author, and what we LOVED most about this whole look was how she accessorized her metallic ensemble with Isharya’s  Goddess Link Dovetail Cuff ($298  click the link to be taken directly to the page).


Book Review: Why Latinas Get the Guy

A No-BS Guide to Understanding the Allure of Latin-American Women and Spicing Up Your Love Life by Joe Bovino

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

The-Final-Final-Cover-205x300This book should come with a companion guide for women entitled something like, “How to recognize slackers, mysoginists, abusers, control freaks, perverts, baggage handlers, gay men faking it for mommy, boys with s’mothers and bisexuals who actually prefer men but love to lie to you, and the general male dating scum at large.” After all, as Mr. Bovino says, he’s really on our side, even though we’ve got to know the truth…about ourselves. So as a tiny helpful incentive for taking the deep dive into his bold advice, looking, acting and dressing like a sexy, friendly, flirty Latina in order to “get the guy”, I myself wouldn’t mind a little bit of, suck in your beer gut, wear some decent clothes once in a while, shave and shower often advice to men.  

I never thought I was supposed to take any part of this book seriously.  The stereotypical descriptions of Latinas and American women alike are so over-the-top that they actually gave me the giggles until I started coming across too many real life examples to my shock and chagrin of women who fit them in both cultures — and none of them flattering.

Mr. Bovino has a point.  In fact, I asked a couple of my guy friends how they felt about women today, heck I even asked my Dad. They all said they wished women were more approachable.  It’s not that they didn’t find us completely hot (well at least the ones trying), but they were pretty fed up with feeling like a bunch of jerks for actually liking us.

Women who consider themselves liberated from having to adorn to get a man are not going to like this book at all.  Some are going to be intrigued by the Chica-spotting visual aides and there will be many others who will treat this advice as Bible.  (And good luck to that!)  Most guys, I think are going to love this and shout hallelujah from the rafters.  (Although my street tough, lady-killer-in-his-day-father actually rolled his eyes at some of the portraitures of both Americans and Latinas – older generation…) In any case, it is a substantial amount of new fodder in the Battle Royale of the sexes.

That fact of the matter is when it comes down to the opposite sex, every man might want something different and every woman too but the commonality is we all could use some “pretty” and more than just a little “nice”.

Of all the things written in this tome, Mr. Bovino’s grandma actually has the most sound encouragement of all, “Just be happy and laugh a lot.”

“I’ll take it!”

amazon-logo-1It’s a brutally honest $5 Kindle read.  Keep in mind that it is one man’s opinion about women. 

Paleo Cleanse: Detoxing the Primal Way

PaleoCleanseReviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


As a rule, I like to begin every new year with a clean slate in all areas including eating.  For someone as active as myself, a former professional dancer, gymnast, triathlete and marathoner, everything I ingest is a conscious decision. Strength and suppleness in my muscles, ligaments, joints, heart and overall physical health is a number one priority.  I love being able to jump, turn and soar through the air in a dance class, power through an acrobatic workout, swim in the ocean, downhill ski and recreationally do any activity that spontaneously gets my attention. Life is so much fun having that kind of flexibility.  So I’m always on the hunt for ways to keep myself in prime condition.  When I received Paleo Cleanse for review I thought, “Ok, this might just be the thing.”  Plus, there’s definitely a little bit of vanity in following the lifestyle of one’s namesake.  It hasn’t gone unnoticed that my surname is one of the biggest keywords on the internet. lol

“30 Days of Ancestral Eating to Detox, Drop Pounds, Supercharge Your Health and Transition into a Primal Lifestyle.”

Paleo Cleanse is a very straightforward, no nonsense guide on how to transform your body and improve your health via a hard-core cleanse based on the caveman diet, by following a 30-day plan to rid your body of toxins without feeling deprived.   Included are over 100 recipes using whole ingredients like meats, eggs and fresh vegetables to help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Increase Energy
  • Boost mental clarity
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce Inflammation

Confession:  It’s now January 3rd and my second day consciously eating as primally as I can muster in a modern world.  Personally, it’s not so tough aside from the (I forgot about this part…) intermittent but temporary detox headaches.  Last January 1st, I went completely “cold turkey” for 6 months in order to break myself of a serious carb addiction, lower my cholesterol, knock a few inches off my body and increase my energy.  I was actually ordered by my internist to do so while trying to recover from a long illness. Feeling a very desperate need to improve my health, I did it.  The results were amazing until June rolled around and I really wanted an ice-cream. Alas,  I fell off the wagon, although mostly maintaining the basic principles.  Now that I’ve had my fill of everything my taste buds “craved,” this second round with Paleo is kind of a no-brainer.  The Paleo Cleanse, is one of those helpful reminders that offers a different point of view of the “How-Tos” and non-abrasive, practical ways to achieve them.

amazon-logo-1There is a lot of helpful information in the first several chapters.  The rest is really up for you to decide what’s best.   That is how authors Camilla Carboni and Melissa Van Dover leave it to their readers in any case.  Their suggestion is to follow this lifestyle for the first 30 days very strictly “by the book” in order to get the full benefits of a Paleo cleanse. (Order the Paleo Cleanse on Amazon now. Click the icon to be taken directly to the order page!)

Variety is key psychologically and comestibly for most people and there are wonderful recipes, grocery lists and meal plans included, which while testing them at the latter part of 2014, I found occasionally difficult to follow, but generally satisfied.  You’ll have to be inventive at some point on your own.  Also, compensating for a busy work week of travel and not spending as much time as you might like at home is already challenging.  You’ll have to find your own way around that too, if you don’t have the work from home option.  This particular tome asks you keep your food intake to service from your own kitchen which isn’t going to happen for most people…at least not in every instance.  And in a world filled with too may low nutrient/high carb alternatives on grocery shelves it’s going to feel insane without some serious thought and preparation.  If you really want this to work, you’ll have to put in some work.  This is not a quick fix diet, although there will be some incredible, immediate benefits.

Paleo Cleanse Exerpt

Read an excerpt from Paleo Cleanse. Click on this image for an enlarged view.

Here’s what I loved:

The authors are 100% supportive where the lifestyle is concerned.  The book is somewhat conversational and you’ll feel like you have a buddy/coach comfortably urging you in the most positive direction as if it is the easiest choice you can make. In fact, within Chapter 14 (Week 3 page 152) readers can find a link to a website called, ThePaleoPact.com where everything you need to succeed in this cleanse can be found including giveaways, products, humor and even advice on dealing with criticism.  Apart from wishing they would have mentioned this information in an earlier chapter, it is one of the awesome additional perks and a great way to keep accountable.  Plus there are more yummy recipes to discover.

There are whole chapters dedicated to Paleo Food pyramids versus Traditional, tips on pantry purification, worksheets for tracking progress and what NOT to eat in your first 30 days for prime results.

I also loved the all-you-can-eat vegetables (Cauliflower Humus is ‘da bomb’!) included in the meal plans as snacks to get you through the withdrawals of grain based carbs and the suggestion of doing what many of us think is the impossible — making meals for the week. Although a definite commitment of time for the preparation and cooking process, this one weekly chore actually freed me from the unbearable hassle of having to think about breakfast, lunch and dinner, night after night.  It put the fun back into it.  And along with time, I saved money!

Personal past Paleo benefits included allergies subsiding, more focused, clearer thinking, more energy, smoother skin and with exercise — firmer muscle tone and weight loss, for starters.  And truly, I was able to finally break my carb addiction.

Paleo Cleanse is a great starter book for those looking to dip a toe into the water of the lifestyle and a helpful companion to get them through the initiation process.  If you are not a novice, it’s a quick boost for revisiting. Light easy reading and immediately usable, included are charts to assist in tracking progress and habits.  They do say “hard-core” cleanse and it kind of is.  But the best thing to know is that you absolutely won’t go hungry on this diet — ever.  Recommend.

searchFor fun I did a quick YELP search for Paleo restaurants in Los Angeles.  Click here for the results.  The list might come in handy later on after your 30 day cleanse period or in case you really NEED an extra option. Let us know at Gia On The Move if you’ve tried any of these.  We’ll be doing the same!

Downside:  Not for vegetarians, vegans or raw food eaters.  Primal means animal proteins. Legumes, all grains and soy products are restricted here.  Also, no dairy, no alcohol and NO CHEATING.  If you are partial to any of these…it’s not for you.

A 16 Year Old Girl Takes On Female Empowerment Through Games

nancy drew board game

This came up on the radar yesterday and just begged to be shared.  As part of the ongoing Gia On The Move triviadid you know that Gia’s first job as a professional critic was in grammar school when she was asked to review the entire Nancy Drew mystery series for a local Boston newspaper?

Now there’s a game that not only inspires reading, but empowerment for girls all around.  Be sure to go to the kickstarter page and view the video!  Read on…

Since the 1930’s, millions of youngsters have enjoyed the beloved Nancy Drew mystery series. As a heroine she has served as a great role model for girls and has been cited to help inspire the success of many famous women including Supreme Court Justice Sotomajor, Hilary Clinton, Barbara Walters, Sheryl Sandberg, Gail King, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Bush.

Quincy McShaneNow a determined young girl, 16 yr. old Quincy MacShane, from Concord, Massachusetts, who read the original 56 books, has obtained the rights from Simon & Schuster to launch the Nancy Drew trivia board game. Quincy, who was drawn into the series by the character’s strength, confidence and intelligence, strives to be like Nancy Drew.

“I have designed this trivia board game to be a fun way for girls to learn about Nancy Drew. She is strong, confident, and smart.” ~Quincy

Quincy has already designed the game prototype and with the assistance of friends and family, has filed a provisional patent, formed a company and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 to get the game on the shelves. She is currently working with a top game production company in Michigan that feels confident that if she meets her fund-raising goals, they will be able to fulfill the preliminary orders. 

Please help this remarkable young woman achieve her goal of raising $20,000 via Kickstarter:


She has 18 days to go!

There is also a Facebook page for the game:

The Mockingbird Has Been Killed

To Kill A Mockingbird

Something extraordinary has been happening today.  In case you haven’t been on Twitter, To Kill A Mockingbird has been trending.

Believe it or not British Education Secretary Michael Gove has caused an uproar by removing this book which has been a part of English study for over 20 years, as well as Of Mice and Men from the GCSE syllabus purely because of his personal “dislike” of these texts.  He wants them replaced by English works written  by pre-20th century British authors such as Charles Dickens or Jane Austen. 

The decision has also been criticised by educators and is being rumored that,  ‘It’s a syllabus out of the 1940s, that Michael Gove, designed the new curriculum himself,’ and that he’s on a mission to ban all American texts from British study.

Really? Wow!

What’s awesome about the backlash is finding out just how many people world-wide are chiming in with anger at this decision…and you thought nobody read anymore.

Apparently, To Kill A Mockingbird has been one of the most influential books read in our time, instilling a sense of connection with one’s fellow man/woman, taking the ideal of erasing prejudice and racism to great lengths in our hearts, minds and actions.

The new curriculum is going into effect in 2015.  Let’s hope we don’t have an American backlash to the extent of no more Shakespeare, or Dickens or Austen for us here in the “Colonies”.  That would be more than a shame, it would be an erosion of culture.

Thanks for the wake up call Mr. Gove. Cheers!

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Michael Gove wants students to learn from the English classics (Picture: PA)





Parade.com emailed us early this morning and asked Gia On The Move to share an article about Food Network star Guy Fieri, who will be presenting his new cookbook  Guy on Fire, and his summer cooking secrets with Parade this Sunday.

The mayor of what he dubs “Flavortown” sits down to discuss the most common grilling mistakes, coping with critics, and how the death of his younger sister changed him. “Life goes by in a click,” he says. “You gotta enjoy it in a massive way.” Some excerpts below:

On the biggest grilling mistakes people make:

“The most common problem is not cooking with enough fire or cooking over coals that haven’t established themselves. But using lighter fluid, I think, is the biggest mistake people make. It’s nasty and you don’t want it in your food.”

On what people should be cooking that they’re not:

“People are very phobic about fish. And if they do cook fish, they fry it, which kills all the flavor. Tuna is probably the most readily accessible, easy to work with, and best tasting.  So try searing some ahi. … If you’re feeling adventurous, grill up some marinated octopus. It’s so healthy.”

On getting skewered by a New York Times critic, who wondered if he had even eaten at his Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square:

“I’m not going to make everybody happy. And anybody who wants to hate is going to hate. You have to be confident in who you are and what you’re doing.”

On Bobby Moynihan’s impression of him on Saturday Night Live:

“I love it. Whenever he’s done it, he’s texted me the next day to ask how I liked it, and I always tell him he’s brilliant. But my goal is to go on SNL doing Bobby doing me, alongside Bobby doing me. Wouldn’t that be nuts?”

On the death of his sister, Morgan, in 2011:

“That she could get melanoma and die within a year—I’ve always been aware of the tenderness of existence, but it reminded me to live for today.”

On what his ideal future looks like to him:

“One of my favorite places in the world is Mexico, and I have a little piece of property down there. … The end game for me would be living on the beach. The days I want to cook, I’d open my restaurant, put a flag out in the sand, and cook whatever was fresh. I love to cook for people. It’s my honor, honestly. It’s what I have to give.”

 For more from Guy Fieri, and to visit him at his rustic family compound in Santa Rosa, Calif., check out Sunday’s Parade and go to this link for the exclusive story on Parade right now:  http://bit.ly/1gAuP4s

St. Patrick’s Day Through Irish Eyes

Through Irish EyesIn honer of Saint Patrick’s Day Glitterati presented a selection of photographs from Through Irish Eyes:   A Visual Companion to Angela McCourt’s Ireland.

Through Irish Eyes adds a visual dimension to the Ireland that so many readers of Angeles Ashes – Frank McCourt’s luminous account of his Limerick childhood – have longed to know better. Photography of Limerick in the 1930s and 1940s offers witness to the Irish ways, its people and customs, its struggles and its small and hard wrought joys, coupled with the words of such Irish writers as Yeats, Morton and Thackeray. (To read more…purchase the book) Click the Soundcloud link below for the music of Jordi Busquets and other Irish tunes.

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Through Irish Eyes