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Written By Admin on July 25th, 2014 | Filled under Gallery Update, Interview, Magazine Scans

As cofounder of The Honest Company, Jessica Alba has turned her eco-friendly values into a big business. The entrepreneur, actress, wife and mother talks about finding her calling – and how she stays balanced.

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Jessica Alba says, with a comically exaggerated eye roll: I hate working out.” It’s not what you’d expect to hear from actress with one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood, but the 33-year-old mother of two is surprisingly candid about most things. “It’s boring! I really only did it when I had a job that was physically demanding. But from age 17 until I was 27, all I did were movies that were physically demanding—so all I did was work out all the time!”

Alba clearly knows the meaning of the word discipline. Yes, she was born with a desirable genome—and the kind of naturally curvy-but-slim figure that inspires characters whose entire wardrobe consists of bikinis—but she’s worked tirelessly to make a good thing even better. The girl has earned her stripes.

“Jess is an animal,” proclaims Jennifer Johnson, founder of The JJ Dancer Technique. The choreographer, dancer and fitness trainer helped Alba get ready for her role as Nancy Callahan, a hard-living stripper with a dark past, in the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, codirected by Robert Rodriguez and inspired by Frank Miller’s famed graphic novels. “She works like crazy. She’s still hungry to make it happen. You know that saying, ‘You have just as many hours in the day as Beyoncé’? It’s the same with Jessica. She just uses those hours better, too.’”

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Written By Admin on July 22nd, 2014 | Filled under Gallery Update, Interview, News & Announcements, Photoshoots

Jessica Alba Before & After

When actress, author, and Honest Company co-founder Jessica Alba first decorated her Beverly Hills home, the master bedroom became somewhat of an afterthought. “It was like everything that didn’t have a place or fit elsewhere in the house ended up here,” Alba says of the accidental furniture exile that prevented the room from living up to its potential. Like most of us, Alba and her husband, producer Cash Warren, prefer total darkness for sleeping. But, cumbersome window shades and a shuttered door to the outside patio kept the couple from making the most of L.A.’s sunny outdoors by day. “After a while, we just wanted the room to feel airy, thoughtful, and chill,” Alba says of her decision to make some changes to the space. Enter Domaine. With the help of creative director Mat Sanders and his team of style experts, Alba’s once overlooked room was transformed into a bright, useful space that tells the story of a stylish, well-considered life.

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For Alba, bringing in a designer to help her achieve a serene indoor-outdoor oasis was a no-brainer. “If you do everything yourself, you never really get perspective,” she says of her decision to work with the Domaine team. “What’s great about working with an interior designer is having someone to bounce around ideas.” Ever on the go, one tool was especially useful in collaborating on the transformation: Pinterest! “It’s a great place to visually convey what the space means to you and what you want it to be,” says Alba. “Whether you find color inspiration, products, or even pictures of nature, just start pinning stuff that makes you happy and eventually you’ll narrow in on the design direction.”

“A great bedroom is functional, comfortable, and peaceful,” Alba says. “At the end of the day, it’s a room where you’re meant to be sleeping, so it’s important to feel like you can just turn off.” With that in mind, a serene color palette of neutrals was created and enhanced with a bold mix of textures. “I wanted the space to feel earthy and grounded, but at the same time, clean and modern,” Alba says of the modern mix. With Woven Accent’s Modern Moroccan rug layered on top of a braided Ballard Designs jute rug and Turkish pillows combined with patterned pieces by Zak and Fox, playful elements work in harmony with roughhewn textures for a cool, peaceful feel.

Equally important to a well-planned, tranquil surrounding was ensuring all decisions aligned with Alba’s well-considered lifestyle. A latex-free Naturepedic mattress was in order for a restful night’s sleep and a pair of Cisco’s Romero chairs, produced with non-toxic fillers, played into the room’s eco-friendly plan. For the walls, Yolo Colorhouse and their natural, refined palettes of no-VOC paints provided the perfect white.

“I always use my travels as a source of inspiration for my living space,” Alba says of her desire to bring the world she sees on her many trips into her Los Angeles bedroom. “I recently went to Istanbul and loved how the flavors of the Middle East mixed and mingled with the Mediterranean coast. The design there feels so luxurious and gorgeous because it’s all handmade, natural, and authentic. I want my home to feel like that getaway.”

Source: DomaineHome.Com



Written By Admin on July 17th, 2014 | Filled under Interview, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Jessica Alba is a woman on a mission. Not that she gives the impression of being overly driven or frantic – it’s more that she has a plan for how she wants to live and work in harmony. As the mother of two children, Honor, six, and Haven (who turns three in August), Alba is pursuing twin careers as a movie star and as the CEO of The Honest Company, a business devoted to producing and distributing ecologically-friendly baby products and other non-toxic household goods. She’s also the author of a personal health manual, The Honest Life, and is an ardent advocate of eating natural foods and eliminating salt, sugar, and processed foods from our diets.

In the meantime, however, Alba’s film career is about to gain massive momentum with the release of the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long-awaited sequel to the original 2005 Sin City directed by Robert Rodriguez and adapted from the Frank Miller graphic novel. The 33-year-old actress returns to the iconic role of exotic dancer Nancy Callahan bent on avenging herself against her tormentors. Alba is joined by original cast members Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Benicio Del Toro as well as newcomers Eva Green and Joseph Gorden-Levitt.

“It’s an even wilder ride this time,” Alba smiles. “In the original Sin City my character Nancy was very sweet and innocent and like a deer caught in the headlights. This time out she’s no longer innocent or naïve. She’s damaged, she’s angry, and she’s an alcoholic and generally in a pretty sad state. But at one point she decides to stop being the victim and takes charge of her life again.”

Away from the film set, Alba spends virtually every day in her office working at her bright pink desk. As the head of The Honest Company (which she runs together with co-founder Christopher Gavigan), the sensationally beautiful actress is responsible for a flourishing business boasting annual revenues in excess of $50 million.

She was inspired to start the company because of her childhood battles with severe allergies and asthma which she believes was caused by an intolerance to the chemicals found in ordinary household products as well as processed foods. With the birth of her first daughter Honor in 2008, Jessica decided she would make sure that her child would benefit from a safer and cleaner home environment and she has carried out that pledge with the same determination that made her a teenage film and TV star.

For our interview, Jessica Alba was wearing a white Dior dress and Jimmy Choo heels. She speaks quietly but firmly and gives the impression of being a very serious and determined young woman.

Q: Jessica, how does it feel to be returning to your character Nancy and the dark world of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For?
ALBA: It feels like we’re making up for lost time. I had been talking with (writers/ directors) Frank (Miller) and Robert (Rodriguez) over the years but the sequel never seemed to get off the ground. I had given up on the idea. So to actually get to return to the role has been fantastic. Nancy is such a troubled kind of woman and her life has fallen apart. I’m a very organised and disciplined person in my own life especially now that my Honest Company has taken off that it was really cathartic to play such a messed-up character.

Q: Apparently you worked pretty hard on your dancing for this sequel?
ALBA: I’ve never trained hard than I did for this film. Nancy’s a professional dancer and I haven’t danced like that since the first Sin City. So getting back in form for this film wasn’t easy. I’m not a dancer and I worked with a choreographer 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, for several months. But I had a great choreographer in Jennifer Johnson and she taught me everything that I needed to be able to do.
I’ve had martial arts training for various films over the years, but this was even harder especially when you’re looking after a young girl and a baby! (Laughs) I also saw it as a great way to get back in top shape after having had two children.

Q: Are you more confident with your character Nancy’s overtly sexual nature now?
ALBA: I’m more comfortable with playing a sexually aggressive and seductive woman than I was in the original film. Even though my image earlier in my career was very racy and sexy, I was the exact opposite of that in real life. I was raised in a strict Catholic family and even though I was marketing myself or being marketed in a very aggressive way, I had very few love affairs and I was wary of a lot of men who were more interested in my image than in me.

Sin City is also very suggestive and racy, and I understand that sex and violence are the core elements of this kind of a movie. But I also need to explain that I’m an actress playing a particular kind of character but it’s very far from who I am.

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Written By Admin on July 7th, 2014 | Filled under Gallery Update, Interview, Magazine Scans

High-res magazine scans from Jessica’s August issue of British GQ Magazine have been added to the gallery. Take a look and read the interview below!

Summer just gor a little bit better, The siren of Sin City is back for the sequel and she’s sexier than ever (her words, not ours). Jessica Alba tells GQ about building a business empire, losing her inhibitions and coping with an infatuated Eminem…

Some people have what Liam Gallagher memorably termed “sun-she-yine” about them. Jessica Alba is one of them. Everything about her, from her olive skin to her preternaturally youthful face and figure speaks of endless West Coast summer.

It’s not simply that she can rock a bathing suit. She glows with a can-do spirit that has seen her make a graceful transition from film star to businesswoman (her eco-friendly children’s product selling outfit, The Honest Company, now turns over $60 million annually), to motherhood (two daughters Honor and Haven) and back again to Hollywood (a starring role in next moneth’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) without seeming to so much as perspire.

Given that Jessica Alba and summer go together like Ambre and Solaire we thought it best that she guide us through the highs, lows, do’s and don’ts of the season. Not since Signor Botticelli asked his Aphrodite to go stand in that outsized sea shell has there been a woman better equipped to do so.

The last time you spoke to GQ you said having children had ruined your figure, but we beg to differ
I didn’t say it ruined my figure! I said my body is different. I said I’m perfectly happy with my body, even more happy now than I was then.

You’e not planning to cover up just yet then?
No, because I have to enhance what I like about my body and my stomach is good. My legs I’m not as excited about all the time, but I wouldn’t cover up my stomach. That’s what women do. Enhance what we’ve got.

Where do you stand on the big sartorial question of the summer for men. Namely board shorts of budgie smugglers? You know what we’re talking about…
Yes, I have heard that term before [laughs]. That’đ really funny. I like the board shorts, but I liek the shorter board shorts that show off the legs. They should be mid-tigh.

What should men not do fashion-wise in the summer?
Wear clothes that are too tight. Bathing suits that are too tight and small T-shirts, and I’m not a fan of studs or tattoo prints on T-shirts or trousers. I like a skinny jean, but I just think tight board shorts are weird.

That’s like the worst elements of the board short and the budgie smuggler in one package, so to speak.
Exactly!

What’s your summer drink?
Rosé with ice.

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Written By Admin on July 5th, 2014 | Filled under Interview, TV Shows, Video

Watch the full interview with Jessica on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she gave Jimmy some gifts, talked about Honest Company, Sin City and played Tweeter Totter with Jimmy. Skip to 18:16.



Written By Admin on July 3rd, 2014 | Filled under Gallery Update, Interview, Magazine Scans, Photoshoots

Jessica is on the cover of August issue of British GQ Magazine. This issue hits newsstands on Monday, July 7th. Check out gorgeous cover and two outtakes and read some headlines below!

On her body…
“I have to enhance what I like about my body and my stomach is good. My legs I’m not as excited about all the time, but I wouldn’t cover up my stomach. That’s what women do. Enhance what we’ve got.”

On what men should never do in the summer…
“Wear clothes that are too tight. Bathing suits that are too tight and small T-shirts, and I’m not a fan of studs or tattoo prints on T-shirts or trousers. I like a skinny jean, but I just think tight board shorts are weird.”

On her role in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For…
“There’s more of me and I do more than I did in the first one. I have a bit more of a character arc in this one. There’s more dancing, but the dancing’s really connected to the story. Nancy’s a bit of an alcoholic and a bit of a mess and she’s depressed and angry. The dances in the movie reflects where she’s at.”

On learning how to master a lassoo…
“One of the transport guys was a cowboy and he brought his to work and he showed me how to do it in a parking lot before I went on stage. It’s not terribly easy but it’s not the hardest thing in the world.”

On how she’s changed since the last Sin City film…
“I feel much more grounded, much more comfortable, much more saucy. Then I was a girl, I was timid, I was afraid, I was so insecure and now I’m a woman and it’s different… I’m more uninhibited.”

On her Into The Blue co-star Paul Walker…
“He had a real childlike innocence and he was game to try anything or do anything. He treated everyone with respect and love. He was never treating anybody differently because of who they were. He was really a guy’s guy. And loved his daughter so much and talked about her all the time. He never cared about Hollywood. He never cared about the hype.”

Source: GQ-magazine.co.uk



Written By Admin on July 2nd, 2014 | Filled under Interview, News & Announcements, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Video, ZICO Coconut

While in New York, Jessica sat down with Allie Merriam of Popsugar to talk about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, her family, cooking, ZICO & more. Check it out!

Source: popsugar.com



Written By Admin on July 2nd, 2014 | Filled under Interview, News & Announcements

Jessica Alba may be Mother of the Year (at least, according to The Helping Hand of Los Angeles) but she insists she’s just a regular, multi-tasking mama. Her two toddlers make the same amount of messes at the dinner table as every other kiddo with a plate of spaghetti. And the list of normalities goes on.

Yahoo Celebrity caught up with The Honest Company founder at a cooking demonstration and got the dish about what life is like inside her kitchen. We grilled the Machete Kills star on everything from the appliance she hates to clean to her favorite appetizers to whip up before a girls’ night.

What spice or condiment do you use the most? Sea salt.
If you’re short on time, what do you cook for dinner? Whatever is in the fridge. Whatever vegetables we have, I’ll broil them and do some kind of grilled meat. Or I’ll do some kind of simple pasta with olive oil, tomatoes, and dice up whatever vegetable we have and throw that in there. The kids love it.

Do you have a go-to take out spot? We have a few. We are in a good place for takeout.
What’s the most used item in your kitchen? Probably the blender and the espresso machine.

What’s one thing that you hate to clean in your kitchen? The blender. It is irritating. Or the Cuisinart.
What’s the biggest mess your kids have ever made in the kitchen? Every time they eat, it is like war. It is like they had a war with their food and it is all over the kitchen. I don’t know how it ends up that way, but it does every time.

What’s one kitchen appliance you own, but never use?
We use everything. I have a crepe pan with the wooden spatula and we use that. I use the thin rubber spatula. That’s our favorite thing to do on the weekends. We do savory and sweet crepes on Saturdays.

What’s your favorite appetizer to make when your friends come over?
I usually just do a cheese plate with olives, dried fruit, and nuts, and an array of different cheeses.

Do you have a signature cocktail you make when you entertain or do you prefer wine?
I am kind of both. I love a good refreshing cocktail in the summer, but then a nice rich wine is nice in the fall and winter. It depends on what I am making.

Do you have a kids snack that you make regularly?
It is really what the kids feel like. It is everything from mini sandwiches to hummus and vegetables. That’s an easy go-to. Or sometimes I do a quick quesadilla.

Do you wear an apron when you cook?
I do. I have a few because I like to just wipe my hands as I am going and I don’t like to stop and look around for a towel. I just wipe them on the apron and keep going. It’s pretty great.

Are you a kitchen table family or a dining table family?
We’re usually in the kitchen. It is just easier. We have a bar kind of style with big comfy chairs.

What do you like to decorate your dining room with?
I always love to have fresh flowers. I think that’s always nice and I have candles as well.

What’s one item that is always in your fridge?
Zico coconut water. We always have natural and we always have chocolate.

Source: celebrity.yahoo.com



Written By Admin on June 28th, 2014 | Filled under Interview, News & Announcements

Jessica Alba is busier than ever. The 33-year-old runs a successful natural health and beauty company, has a family, and has four movies coming out this year.

“It’s hard,” Alba says of juggling it all. “I feel like I’m always compromising one thing over another.”

We caught up with the busy mom of two at a recent event for Zico coconut water, and she talked about setting an example for her daughters, why she and husband Cash Warren still go on dates, and one of her favorite recipes.

You and Cash Warren have been married for six years now. What are some of your secrets to a happy marriage?
“Yeah, we’ve been married for six years. You know, I think we have an incredible amount of respect for each other and we value each other’s opinion and time, and I feel like we’re in it together, we’re not petty with each other, and we communicate a lot.”

Do you two still go on dates?
“Yes! Absolutely. I think you have to. I think that’s essential.”

What are some of your favorite things to do together?
“Anything. I mean, even watching TV and making popcorn. Other times having a staycation and staying at a hotel down the street. It just depends what vacation is.”

How did you get turned on to coconut water?
“I stayed at this hotel and they had it in the mini bar, so I discovered it a couple of years ago and I’ve been drinking it ever since. They’re the best after a workout because it’s so refreshing. [When I drink it] I would immediately feel hydrated, especially after a tough workout, and I felt replenished quicker than downing a bottle of water. So that’s how I discovered it and I just recently discovered the chocolate coconut water, which is super-delicious and it’s one of my kids’ favorite things. We even carry it in the diaper bag with us to the park or when we go out to eat. I can get them to eat their vegetables if I can promise they get to drink their chocolate coconut water.”

Do you cook a lot with coconut water at home?
“I do, yeah. It’s great because you can make fresh things, a fresh marinade, or a fresh salad dressing. I love making my own salad dressing. I think there’s something about it, just making it right there, because you can alter the taste to exactly what you’re making.”

What are some of your go-to ingredients when making a homemade salad dressing?
“Lemon, salt, and fresh garlic. I think everything is good with lemon, salt, and fresh garlic—and you can add coconut water. You can do a flavored coconut water if you want something a little more sweet, like mango or something like that.”

Source: parade.condenast.com



Written By Admin on June 20th, 2014 | Filled under Interview, News & Announcements

What does Jessica Alba bring to the makeup table?
Evelyne Noraz: “She’s really good at contouring. She knows her face very well. She’s just really good at doing her own makeup.”

And Jessica, what have you learned from Evelyne?
Jessica Alba: “Before I worked with her, I thought that makeup in movies meant that I would literally have another person’s face on top of mine. And she enhances your beauty and brings out the best part of it, and makes you look how you want to look, but without making you look artificial. She never tries to paint you. She doesn’t want to do too much.”

And have you become close working together on so many projects?
Alba: “When we’re on location, I always try to get her to be my roommate. We like living together. We have a codependent relationship. In the trailer we dance, listen to music, tell jokes, watch silly things on YouTube.”

And Evelyne, do you do your own makeup?
Noraz: “I’m blind, so I can’t really do my own makeup with glasses on. I have to do it in front of a big magnifying mirror, so I don’t even wear makeup usually.”

Source: allure.com


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