Life SupportApril 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
MUSIC YOU'LL LOVE
Call it "opera-lite," but a spate of recordings by groups like Il Divo and Amici Forever are making fans out of millions of Americans who don't know the difference between Puccini and Verdi. IL DIVO is the brainchild of American Idol's Simon Cowell. Tapping into a new appreciation for lyrical voices and classical music, he conducted a worldwide search for classically trained singers to form a band. Now they're touring with Barbra Streisand. AMICI FOREVER is comprised of five opera singers, whose unique blend of contemporary pop and traditional opera are showcased on The Opera Band. Even Luciano Pavarotti sings the praises of ANDREA BOCELLI, who achieved acclaim in 1996 when he sang with English soprano Sarah Brightman. Their rendition of "Con te partiró" ("Time to Say Goodbye") broke sales records. Finally, there's RUSSELL WATSON, an English tenor whose debut album, The Voice, is a mix of operatic arias and pop song covers. I've got all of these CDs in my collection, right alongside Puccini's La Bohème. —M.D.
Eat for Beauty
Your mother was right: Beauty comes from within. What you eat affects how you look and feel every day. Enter Avancé's "beautrition" philosophy, which encourages eating foods rich in beauty-enhancing nutrients, the same nutrients found in the company's vitamin and mineral supplements and skincare products. Here are some easy ways to incorporate beauty super foods into your daily diet. —L.A.
Q. What keeps you centered every day?
Pilates, meditation, yoga and hiking are some of the things that help keep me centered. We actually have a yoga studio in the salon, and three days a week we have an instructor who gives classes for my staff and me in the morning, before the salon opens. I also take my two Labrador retrievers, Grace Kelly and Montgomery Clift, hiking every day in Hollywood's Runyan Canyon. It gets me out into the environment and connects me to nature. My dogs are my excuse for doing it, but the truth is, it really helps me.
Chaz Dean, with Grace
—Celebrity stylist Chaz Dean is owner of Chaz Dean Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and creator of WEN Cleansing Conditioners and products.
Yummy Organic Blueberry Muffins
Skana: The Spa at Turning Stone near Syracuse, NY, shared this recipe with us. These delicious blueberry muffins are served at the spa café and have only 150 calories. What's more, they've got just one gram of fat but are full of flavor. Bon appétit! —M.D.
- 1 cup organic blueberries
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1¼ cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup applesauce
- 4 egg whites
- ¾ cup honey
- ½ cup plain or vanilla nonfat yogurt