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Kara Gause

About Kara Gause

Kara Gause is a junkie for TV, film, pop culture, and health food--in that order. A Yankee girl happily transplanted in Nashville, she spends her days as a freelance writer juggling the needs of her twin toddlers, two Bassett hounds, and one fantastic husband--in that order. Read more of her day-to-day shenanigans on her blog,

Shape magazine March 2012

Kate Walsh Bares Her Perfect Bod for Shape

Shape Magazine March 2012Actress Kate Walsh sheds her clothes and some light on how she stays so incredibly fit in the March issue of Shape magazine.

Here’s hoping 40 really is the new 30. If so, then actress Kate Walsh is giving us all a lot to look forward to. The 44-year-old “Private Practice” star is channeling Jennifer Aniston’s 2008 GQ cover, posing nude on the March cover of Shape magazine. So why nude now? The redhead hottie explains in the interview, “Right now, I feel really healthy, confident and sexy. I’m enjoying my 40s and wanted to share that.”

Could it be some sort of mid-life crisis? Walsh laughs that notion off, saying, “I do drive a Porsche, so maybe it is!”

All joking aside, Walsh’s incredible physique comes to her naturally–not by “the knife.” Working in Hollywood makes plastic surgery readily available, but Walsh says it’s just not for her. “We live in a strange time when getting plastic surgery is as common as dyeing your hair,” the beauty points out. “But in my profession, I need a malleable face.”

Not that she’s judging her colleagues for getting a little work done here or there. She says, “Everyone has her line in the sand. I draw mine at facials and laser treatments. But if others want to go a step further, it’s their call.”

Besides, she’s been working hard on the inside, too, having finally quit smoking for good in 2009. Still, Walsh is not so proud that she won’t admit to missing her “addiction.” She says,  “I’ll admit it, I used to love smoking. But from a health perspective, it’s a no-brainer. I lost my father to lung cancer when I was 22. When I stopped, everyone told me it would be great and that I would feel amazing, but I didn’t. I missed it.”

Quitting smoking may be an obvious way to improve your health, but Walsh dished out some of her other secrets for keeping her body fit and healthy in this issue of the magazine that truly inspires her. The reason? Because Shape “is about loving yourself inside and out.”

To be fair, though, that has to be easier for Walsh, given the reflection she sees in the mirror. What an inspiration!

Allure magazine March 2012

Kim Kardashian Talks Reality TV, Privacy with Allure

Allure magazine March 2012

Kim Kardashian covers March 2012 issue of Allure

In her latest cover story for Allure, Kim Kardashian bares more of her natural beauty but considers pulling back on sharing so much of her private life with the public.

Were there ever a photograph that could win over Kim Kardashian haters, it would be this one. The reality star is covering the March issue of Allure magazine with very little makeup, and it makes you wonder why she covers all that natural beauty up on a daily basis. Gone is the heavy eye makeup of Kardashian’s daily mask, and what remains is a dewy, (almost) approachable beauty.

It’s a welcome–and perhaps calculated–step in the right direction for the Armenian stunner after the demise of her 72-day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries. Kardashian clearly has regrets about making the couple’s relationship and marriage so absolutely public, and she admits, “When I saw Khloe and Lamar (Odom) get married–and they had their wedding on TV–I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, that’s so exciting! That’s what I want! If you were to ask me now, that’s not what I want.”

Such a public 180-degree turn has created a great deal of backlash for the star. Kardashian is weathering a bit of a damage control storm and is even asking herself some tough questions these days. “Do I think there are more haters than before? Not really. But I think this has given them a platform to have a louder voice,” she tells the magazine.

But no matter how loud those naysayers may be shouting, the 30-year-old soon-to-be single lady isn’t closing up shop on her reality career just yet. Though she may want to become more private, she maintains, “I’m a firm believer that my show is who I am.”

Whether that show will ever again feature her real-life romances remains to be seen. (As of late, Kardashian has been linked to on-again, off-again boyfriend and pro football player Reggie Bush.) For now, she seems content to leave the on-screen romance to sisters Khloe, now married, and Kourtney, who is a busy mother to 2-year-old son Mason and now pregnant with a baby girl due later this year with boyfriend Scott Disick. Kim is now the girl with the crushed fairytale, and she concedes that a family may not be in the cards for her.

“Do I want kids of my own?” she asks. “Absolutely. But I don’t know if that’s what’s meant for me. Maybe I’ll just work, work, work and not think about it.”

Will there be changes to her public persona via reality TV? Perhaps: “People [think] because you film your life on a reality show, you live everything for the cameras. But we all have limits.”

Are you tired of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” these days? Would you prefer Kim be more private about personal things or is that what makes her and her shows such a success?

Entertainment Weekly Oscars Issue

Billy Crystal Covers Entertainment Weekly’s Annual Oscar Issue

Entertainment Weekly Oscars IssueBilly Crystal is returning as the Oscar emcee for the eighth time tonight, but he’s not about to make the same foibles others have in recent years.

Some may enjoy the celebrity assault Ricky Gervais mounted while hosting the Golden Globes, but this year’s Academy Awards host Billy Crystal isn’t one of them. Covering Entertainment Weekly‘s annual Oscar Issue, the actor says, “That whole concept of ‘I want to really go after people’–I don’t understand that. Is it a roast or is it an awards show? Do you dislike these people?” Ahem, Mr. Gervais?

But before the Hollywood elite breathe a complete sigh of relief, they should know that Crystal doesn’t want them to get too comfortable. While Crystal, returning to the gig 21 years after his Oscar hosting debut, uses a “different bar” as a host, he’s not opposed to a friendly jab now and then. “If there’s a good target and they deserve it, you can kid them in the right way,” he says. “But it’s not the place to go out there and hammer people, because who am I? There’s many times we’ve kicked out jokes because they were too personal.”

It seems the eight-time Academy Award emcee  wants to have a good time but not at the expense of the nominees. After all, the comedian-turned-actor has also been a die-hard fan of the show itself since he was six or seven years old.  He recalls, “When I would first watch it … I very rarely could stay up until the Best Picture award, so my mother would write down who won and when I came into the kitchen the next morning, the list of winners would be in my cereal bowl.”

A host who’s just as big of a fan as we are? How fantastic is that? So much better than last year when Anne Hathaway tried to will fellow Oscar host James Franco into enjoying the night. But no amount of dress changes or Cheshire cat grins could win him (or their critical audience) over. For that reason, the expectation for this year’s show to be great is certainly high, to which Crystal simply says, “I’ve got to deliver.”

Will you be watching the Academy Awards tonight? How do you feel about Billy Crystal returning as the host? Which film deserves the Best Picture crown in your opinion?

Blissdom Conference 2012

Blissdom Conference 2012 Calls Bloggers to ‘Hang Up and Arrive’

Attending a blogging conference, Kara Gause hardly expected a call to unplug and reconnect with her family. But it turned out to be a much-appreciated wake up call. 

“Pay attention, Daddy?”

This misspelled message was sweetly scrawled by the daughter of writer, blogger and social media expert Jon Acuff across a napkin in a moment of desperation. Now, it flashed above us on three enormous screens. In one fell swoop, Acuff had thrown all his cards out on the table. In an act of transparent leadership, he showed hundreds a concrete snapshot of a day-to-day struggle: the never-ending battle for balance in a world inundated with social media.

I was taking in Acuff’s opening keynote address at the Blissdom Conference 2012, a conference for bloggers that takes place in Nashville. In truth, I’d gone on behalf of, hoping to network and meet some great writers, which I undoubtedly did. But what I really walked away with was my own need to unplug.

From Twitter, from (gasp!) Facebook, from Pinterest. Gulp. And even from blogging. Maybe it was time to just walk away. After all, Acuff himself just asked an audience of hundreds to consider what we’re doing to our children by always being online, always having a smart phone in hand, checking our status, looking for comments, retweets, mentions … It all seems so futile, especially when you consider that, as Acuff puts it, you’ll never “finish Twitter.”

Unfortunately, our kiddos get to be the first generation raised by people with an overwhelming desire to check in with our handheld devices before checking in with our families. We regularly give our offspring the shaft so we can look after our “friends.” I have to admit, I long for simpler times without the electronic devices. Is there really a substitute for turning the pages of a good book or a magazine? I haven’t found one.

But what’s today’s world without an online profile? How do you network or even maintain relationships with people who are also logged in all the time? Acuff says it starts by drawing a line in the sand. “Hang up and arrive” for your flesh and blood relationships, he advises. Create, and–more importantly–maintain boundaries.

Ironic that I would find this preached so heavily in the sessions and conversations at a blogging conference. Blissdom’s challenge to take a hard look at my own online habits only made me respect the conference that much more. These questions are far more important than examining platform growth.

I suppose that we, the social media guinea pigs, are arriving at a place of plugged-in overload faster than the average bear. I know I’ve arrived at a pace that needs to be slowed down. It means I’ll be drawing some lines in the sand for my personal accounts. On the other hand, I won’t be a Twitter quitter or a Facebook frenemy. Today’s world warrants a social media presence, and I want to be engaged in the discussion.

Still, I’m grateful for the wake up call, so thank you Blissdom.

Do you find yourself overly “connected?”


Vogue magazine March 2012

Adele’s Controversial Vogue Cover

Vogue magazine March 2012

Controversial March 2012 Vogue cover

Adele’s voice has held the world’s attention for an entire year, but now her curvaceous figure is becoming the focus of some unexpected media scrutiny.

Even my two-year-old daughters are die-hard fans of Adele. It seems she can do no wrong these days, having cleaned up at the Grammys with a whopping six awards and performed to a standing ovation during the broadcast. She’s weathered vocal cord surgery and recovery in the past year, found love with new beau Simon Konecki, and now she’s covering the March issue of Vogue. Vogue magazine, people. Not too shabby.

But some are crying foul at what I honestly thought was a beautiful cover of the Brit songstress.The problem? Critics think the image has been airbrushed or Photoshopped, and some fans have been sounding off on the magazine’s website. One reader claimed that while she loved the accompanying interview, the cover was “the worst picture of Adele I’ve seen,” adding, “Frankly, I can’t seem [to] relate to it and I just hope that it hasn’t been much Photoshopped. Adele is a larger than life personality and this just doesn’t do her justice.”

This comes on the heels of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld’s incredibly insensitive comments regarding Adele’s curvy figure, one that some believe she’s trimmed down since having surgery. According to Entertainment Weekly, in an interview with Metro US, the designer said, “The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but has a beautiful face and a divine voice.”

Oh, no he didn’t.

Lagerfeld was forced to eat crow along with that inserted foot in his mouth but chalked his unfortunate comments up to being taken “out of context.” Not that Adele’s letting the designer get the last word on that matter. In a February interview with People magazine, the singer says, “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”

Which makes me all the more proud to be her fan.

What do you think of Adele’s Vogue cover? Does it look retouched to you? More so than other covers?

Town & Country March 2012

Olivia Wilde Finds the Silver Lining of Her Young Divorce

Town & Country March 2012

March 2012 Town & Country

An upside to divorce? Actress/model Olivia Wilde tells Town & Country she can now see the upside in hers.

A recent photo of Olivia Wilde showed her walking down the street with her ex-husband Tao Ruspoli. Another set of photos showed Wilde canoodling with her new boyfriend, “Saturday Night Live” star and film actor Jason Sudeikis. It may seem confusing to you and me, but to the former “House” star, it’s become the norm. Heck, next week, we might find a photo of Wilde, Ruspoli and Sudeikis chatting over coffee!

In one of the more amicable Hollywood divorces to date, Wilde and her now ex-husband, Italian prince and documentary filmmaker Ruspoli, have walked away with their friendship intact. While that’s no small feat by anyone’s standards, it’s truly remarkable in Hollywood. Though the couple has made it look easy since their early 2011 divorce, Wilde opens up in the March issue of Town & Country magazine that letting go of her almost nine-year marriage has left her on shaky ground.

Having embarked on married life at the tender age of 18, Wilde now says of divorce, “It makes you feel like such a failure, but I think this whole traumatic year has made me a better actor.” As for facing divorce at just 27, she can now say, “And the good thing about getting divorced young–if there is a good thing–is that it makes you realize there’s no schedule in life. It blasts you wide open and frees you to be honest with yourself.”

Honest about the decision to elope with Ruspoli when she was just a kid? Perhaps. On marrying young, Wilde now concedes, “The danger is that you evolve over the years and find yourself in a different place.”

That place includes a heavy workload of no fewer than nine films lined up and in some phase of production, including next month’s “Butter,” costarring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene and Ty Burrell. It would seem that while Wilde’s marriage has ended, her career continues to blossom, leading her to work with the very best in the industry. Though, even she admits the bar has been set pretty high in that regard.

Thanks to her successful journalist parents’ Hollywood connections after writing the screenplay for 1997′s “The Peacemaker,” Wilde was introduced to the film’s star as a teen–none other than the gorgeous George Clooney. Of her first celeb encounter, she says, “Having George Clooney be the first Hollywood actor I met set a pretty high standard. He’s genuinely sincere, smart, gracious, and I like his politics, too, which always helps.” And the eyes. Surely his eyes helped, too.

Catch Wilde sans Clooney but alongside Jackman in “Butter” when it hits theaters everywhere March 16.