Posts by Katie Couric
- Katie Couric at Katie's Take4 mths ago
Actress and fashion designer Lauren Conrad stopped by “Katie” to offer a primer on some of the hot hair and makeup trends of the season, including white eyeliner and messy side braids.
Lauren has been called “the mini Martha Stewart” for good reason. She has her own clothing lines and a huge online following as a fashion blogger and on Twitter and Pinterest.
Lauren demonstrated how to create a messy side braid, starting with a ponytail and a fishtail braid which is then gently pulled apart.
“Lots of different variations are everywhere,” she said. “It’s really just the undone look. The messier you make it, the better.”
A trend also seen on the runways was white eyeliner.
“A subtle way to do it is just the waterline of your eye to make it pop,” said Lauren. “It’s more of a mod look. Another way is just as a highlight on the inner corners of your eyes. It’s a really easy day-to-night look, an easier take on the trend.”
White eyeliner would match the all-white outfit she’ll soon be sporting. Lauren, 27, will be planning her wedding. She just got engaged to law student William Tell.
- Katie Couric at Katie's Take5 mths ago
Kate Gosselin is back, this time with a cookbook, and she invited Katie Couric over to her Pennsylvania home to get an inside look at what her life is like these days. Hint: it included pizza and tug of war.
"Can I just say, I've never been so exhausted in my life," Katie said, after experiencing the hectic Gosselin household.
As for why Gosselin decided to write her new cookbook "Love Is In The Mix," the answer is simple. She may not be a trained chef, but she is a mom who loves to cook. She also knows what kids love to eat -- and with a test audience of eight, who wouldn't?
"I'm not a chef, I don't chop properly," she said, "(The kids) are definitely super excited about it, they helped me."
With all of her time spent raising eight children, Kate is not too sure she will be getting married any time soon, but she is interested in dating.
"Would you like to one day get married?" Katie asked.
"You saw the chaos. That is so not for the faint of heart," Kate noted.
But she did give a tip to all the bachelors out there.
- Katie Couric at Katie's Take5 mths ago
Memory loss, libido, sleep problems. Almost nothing is off limits in Billy Crystal’s recently published “Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?”
The longtime comedian celebrated his 65 th birthday in March and wrote the book as he was approaching the milestone. It’s a funny look at what the aging process is all about, from marriage to “physical things that happen” to “what gravity does to us.”
Crystal, who voiced the character of Mike in this summer’s blockbuster “Monsters University,” also takes a look at his storied career, which included memorable turns in “City Slickers” and “When Harry Met Sally,” and as a nine-time host of the Academy Awards.
Crystal shared with Katie Couric how sleep problems have racked him since he was born.
“Basically I’ve been up since 1948,” he said. “The old joke is that I sleep like a baby: I’m up every 2 hours.”
The “registered insomniac” is not above a few tricks so he has someone to talk to during a sleepless bout. Crystal admitted that sometimes he pretends to have nightmares just so he can wake up his wife.
You know the saying, "Everything in moderation." It turns out that may be true for our bad habits, as well.
I spoke to Dr. Ryan Fuller, a clinical psychologist, about the positive impact some of our bad habits may have if we keep some control over them. For example, I'm a procrastinator. Always have been and always will be. Dr. Fuller says a little bit of procrastination can actually calm us down, temporarily relieve stress and help us approach tasks more efficiently when we begin them. There are two types of procrastinators, the ones who blow off a task and miss a deadline and the ones who just wait until the last minute because they thrive on the adrenaline rush. If you're the latter, odds are you're OK.
Dr. Fuller also said a little bit of red wine (one glass a day for women and two for men) is perfectly fine, and so is a little chocolate. In fact, the flavonoids in dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease. Also, a catnap during the day can keep your mind sharp. Life seems more fun already, right?
But here's the big one: Is coffee bad for us? That is one morning ritual I don't think I could break.
It’s Monday morning, and the day begins with a moment of panic.
“Where are my keys?”
As the search begins, the clock is ticking and you're already late for work. After turning over pillows, opening drawers and even checking the trash can, you find them in your bag…where they've been all along.
As frustrating as they can be, moments like that are pretty common and probably brought on by stress induced memory loss. I spoke to Dr. Gayatri Devi about all these little lapses of memory we experience, how to prevent them and when they may be a sign of something more serious. Dr. Devi, a neurologist and director of New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services, suggests that simple mind exercises can help, particularly ones that utilize a very different part of the brain than you're accustomed to using. If you sit at a computer analyzing data all day, do something physical or manual to wake up the rest of your brain.
Remember those old commercials for Lubriderm, "See you later, alligator?"
The wintertime has many of us feeling a bit reptilian, dry and flaky. All that cold, dry air is the culprit. I spoke to Dr. Lisa Airan, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist practicing in New York City, whose remedies provide a soft solution for winter skin.
Hydration is key. We might think we need to drink more water in the summer, but it's just as critical in the colder months. Caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your skin, so she recommends avoiding them.
Everyone loves a long hot shower when the weather outside is frightful, but the hot water will dry skin out and eliminate natural oils. Dr. Airan suggests a short luke warm shower in order to keep in some moisture. Also, moisturizers applied in the shower or directly after patting down with a towel will lock in the moisture.
Maintaining a comfortable humidity in your home will not only help remedy dry skin but it will keep away other winter time worries such as the flu. Dr. Airan strongly encourages installing a humidifier and keeping the humidity at a comfortable level so that the air at home doesn't exacerbate your dry skin.
When the typical cough or cold strikes, the average person can recognize how to ease the pain, but what about when it comes to more serious health issues? Not everyone can think like a doctor, which is why a checkup is necessary every now and then.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Senior Medical Contributor at the ABC New Medical Unit focuses on what to pay attention to, how to analyze it and when to worry. Dr. Ashton highlights the importance of the patient’s own intuition so that the physician can follow their own medical instincts.
A feeling of knowing when something’s just not right can help both the patient and the doctor in determining the diagnosis. Symptoms can occur in circles, such as depression and fatigue. A person that experiences one of these symptoms is more likely to experience both, knowing how to treat just one of these symptoms can solve both problems.
Dr. Ashton mentions the internet as an endless stream of explanations for symptoms, doctors know how to properly apply patient information in order to provide proper treatment and she tries to teach this skill to people also.
It’s a new year and whether that means you’re in the middle of a career change, seeking a promotion at work or debating starting a new business, Laura Fredricks, author, speaker and the Expert on The Ask sits down with Katie as she talks about the top “ New Year, New You ” questions you need to be asking!
Laura says she has the ability to show people how to ask the right questions using the right words so that they can get exactly what they want.
For over 20 years, Laura Fredricks has applied her practical and successful background in law, business and communications to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits by teaching the ways of The Ask. Her expertise has been featured in Shape , SELF , the Wall Street Journal , D ow Jones , and ABC .
Some of her ‘asks’ have led her to various successful career paths all because she asked the right questions.
For example, her career took off when she was an attorney and winning her defense cases as a result of asking the witnesses the right questions. She eventually transitioned to philanthropy and used her skills to ask for significant gifts, raising millions of dollars for nonprofits.
These days, most Americans spend about an hour choosing a doctor, less time than we spend choosing a car or a refrigerator.
Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Physician and Strategic advisor to HealthGrades.com, says that most times, people confuse convenience with quality. When looking for a doctor, many people just wonder if he or she will be covered by their insurance or if the doctor's office is close to home or work.
There are, however, more important things to consider when making this critical choice. Dr. Georgiou introduces the five P’s of finding a doctor: Professional, practice, procedure, performance, and personal. Using free online networks, like healthgrades.com, to research your doctors or hospitals will help you make an informed decision for you and your family.
But, why is it so important to research your doctor or hospital?
According to Dr. Georgiou, in Chicago, for example, there are 18 hospitals within a few miles of each other and the mortality rate for a heart attack ranges between 2% and 24%. Researching the hospitals can help you know which you’d like to be taken to in an emergency.
Acupuncture may be an ancient Chinese practice, but it's only been in the U.S. since the 1970s, and most of us probably don't fully understand what it is or how it works. In other words, what's the point? (Get it?)
While it's still considered an "alternative" form of medicine, it's gaining acceptance in the mainstream as a supplemental treatment for everything from back pain to infertility. Jill Blakeway, founder of the YinOva Center in New York City, says that the practice was based on the idea that we all have channels running through our bodies like rivers. The belief is that the ‘rivers’ get blocked up and acupuncture needles open them again to allow a healthy flow of energy in our bodies.
Today, doctors view it in a less metaphorical way. When a needle goes into a patient, the doctor is accessing the nervous system and it causes the body to release chemicals which will either interrupt the signal of pain or invoke your body’s own healing capabilities.