MUST SEE! Katy Perry lands the cover of Vanity Fair!

Vanity Fair sat down with singer Katy Perry for their June issue, and I think she looks amazing on the cover (even if it looks like she’s channeling Dita Von Teese, still hot).

On her religious upbringing:

“I come from a very non-accepting family, but I’m very accepting,” Perry says of her religious beliefs as an adult. “Russell is into Hinduism, and I’m not [really] involved in it. He meditates in the morning and the evening; I’m starting to do it more because it really centers me. [But] I just let him be him, and he lets me be me.” Perry says she didn’t stick with the mold growing up. “I have always been the kid who’s asked ‘Why?’ In my faith, you’re just supposed to have faith. But I was always like…why?” she says. “At this point, I’m just kind of a drifter. I’m open to possibility…. My sponge is so big and wide and I’m soaking everything up and my mind has been radically expanded. Just being around different cultures and people and their opinions and perspectives. Just looking into the sky.”

On her parents:

“I think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up,” Perry says of her evangelical-minister parents. “Mine grew up with me. We coexist. I don’t try to change them anymore, and I don’t think they try to change me. We agree to disagree. They’re excited about [my success]. They’re happy that things are going well for their three children and that they’re not on drugs. Or in prison.” Perry’s mother confirms that she is proud of her daughter’s success, telling Robinson, “The Lord told us when I was pregnant with her that she would do this.”

“I didn’t have a childhood,” she says, adding that her mother never read her any books except the Bible, and that she wasn’t allowed to say “deviled eggs” or “Dirt Devil.” Perry wasn’t even allowed to listen to secular music and relied on friends to sneak her CDs. “Growing up, seeing Planned Parenthood, it was considered like the abortion clinic,” she tells Robinson. “I was always scared I was going to get bombed when I was there…. I didn’t know it was more than that, that it was for women and their needs. I didn’t have insurance, so I went there and I learned about birth control.”

On her husband Russell Brand:

Perry says that there is “never a dull moment” and that Brand has “never lied to me once. I trust him; there’s just a level of trust that we’ve built up.” When asked about the infamous photo Brand tweeted of her without makeup in the middle of the night, Perry laughs it off. “We were just messing around,” she says, “I didn’t really care. I mean, when I go to rehearsals I look like that. I’m every woman. It takes a village to make me who I am…. You don’t have to wake up looking like, you know, Gisele.”

On being married in the public eye:

“The press is just not your friend when it comes to a marriage,” Perry explains of her need for privacy in her relationship with Brand. “That’s why we didn’t sell the pictures of our wedding, and we got offered millions of dollars for them, millions.” Why not take the money and give it to charity? Robinson asks. “Well, I can always do that later for something else; maybe if I have a child,” Perry says. “But I’ve seen too much of it with other people—it’s the wrong kind of attention. It detracts from the reason why you exist. We wanted that moment to ourselves.” After ultimately showing a clip of her wedding video at the Grammys, Perry tells Robinson she did it “because I felt the moment was right and not forced. Russell and I had time to savor our moment privately first and then share it with people when we were ready, and not for a paycheck. I loved the idea, because I thought it was beautiful and artistically accompanied the song I wrote for him. Plus, it was Valentine’s eve!”

On the gossip:

“I don’t care what people say about my relationship; I don’t care what they say about my boobs. People are buying my songs; I have a sold-out tour. I’m getting incredible feedback from my music.” But despite her immense fame, Perry never forgets what it took to get to where she is. “I don’t take anything for granted,” she says. “There are 500 other girls right behind me. And I know that, because I was one of them. I remember what it’s like to be someone who’s always trying to get there—sending out tons of e-mails … trying to connect with some person who could connect me with some other person. And I wouldn’t be working at this pace now if I didn’t truly know that fame is fleeting.”

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Last Minute Gift Ideas: Mother’s Day‏

Still have last minute shopping to do for Mother’s Day? Here are some gift ideas that won’t break the bank while saving time AND showing your appreciation.

· Walk over (no driving required!) to your local drug and department store to pick up the perfect fragrance:
o Beyoncé Heat Rush ($59 for 3.4 fl oz.: Department stores nationwide): Heat Rush instantly captures attention with sparkling top notes of passion fruit, blood orange and Brazilian cherry.
o Reveal by Halle Berry ($35 for 1.7 fl oz.: Mass merchandisers nationwide): Reveal opens with a sparkling burst of naturally fresh, fruity top notes.
o Faith Hill True ($31.50 for 1.7 fl oz.: Mass merchandisers nationwide): The perfect complement to Faith’s first fragrance which embodies her strength and confidence as a woman.
o Celine Dion Pure Brilliance ($33.50 for 1.7 fl oz.: Mass merchandisers nationwide): Pure Brilliance is an exhilarating fruity floral that opens with a sparkling combination of Pear, Apple, Green Leaves and Freesia.
o GUESS Seductive Wild Summer ($52 for 1.7 fl oz: Department stores): This scent opens with vivacious notes that signal a true summer scent: lushly floral with a musky base.
o Baby Phat L♥V ME ($28 for 1.0 fl oz.: Target and Walgreens, nationwide): This powerful, flirtatious fragrance captures the essence of feminine strength.

· Avoid the crowds and opt for an online destination with guaranteed shipping:
Visit usa.L’ for guaranteed shipping by Mother’s Day – with these mother’s day gift sets , the work is “virtually” done for you:
-A Blossoming Gift of Peonies (with a Mother’s Day card included) ($70): This kit features the newest edition to the Peony collection: the Pivoine Flora Eau de Parfum – a dramatic floral elixir that creates a fragrant bouquet. The kit also includes the Pivoine Flora Shower Gel, Pivoine Flora Body Lotion, Pivoine Flora Eau de Parfum and Bonne Mere Soap in Rose & Milk.
-Pamper Mom’s Delicate Hands ($26): A mother’s hands are hard-working – this Mother’s Day, gift her with a pampering assortment of nourishing hand creams from L’OCCITANE. This gift set includes their best-selling, super smoothing Shea Butter Hand Cream, the NEW Pivoine Flora Hand Cream and the limited-edition Cherry Blossom Petal-soft Hand Cream.

· Bypass the dreaded mall and find your zen at a local spa:
Surprise your mom or a mom-to-be with an off-beat body treatment from Mama Mio Skincare. The brand offers invigorating treatments such as Bootcamp for Butts and Bootcamp for Tummies, as well as “Mama’s Touch” treatments such as the Yummy Tummy. Visit to find a spa near you.

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Membership Rewards Points: The Social Currency!

American Express launched Membership Rewards 20 years ago as a first of its kind program that overtime has continued to innovate through new partners, categories and features. Membership Rewards are more than just points, it’s a social currency that connects Cardmembers to the people, experiences and things they love.

I think this type of program is awesome! Face it – if you’re going to spend money – why not get rewarded for using your American Express? The Membership Rewards program is amazing. You simply use your credit card as you normally would, and for every dollar you spend – you begin to earn points! After that – there are a bunch of different ways to redeem your rewards! Of course, this got me thinking what I would do with my Membership Rewards.

We’re coming into summer months – which means kids home from school. I would probably use my rewards to buy things to do with my kids! I need a new bike! I would love to use my rewards points so I can get out and move with my boys!

How about you? How would you spend your rewards?

Here are some tips on how to earn more points and enjoy more rewards:

1. Points Don’t Expire

Membership Rewards points are ready when you are – today, tomorrow or whenever – and there’s no limit to how many you can earn.

2. Rewards at a Few Points

From Gap to Old Navy to Bath & Body Works, you can find gift cards starting at just 1,000 points.

3. Travel Your Way

Use the Pay with Points feature to book flights, hotels, cruises and vacation packages. Fly any airline, anytime without seat restrictions or blackout dates. Use points to pay for all or part of your trip.

4. Find Great Deals

At, you can save points with great deals on select rewards like electronics, travel, entertainment, home accessories and more. New items are added regularly and we’ll keep you posted on upcoming weekly deals.

You can also get bonus Membership Rewards points as you shop online with inSite from American Express – it’s a free online shopping tool that automatically notifies you of special offers when you use your Amex Card.

5. More Choices to Use Points

You can now link your Membership Rewards account to Zynga and many other accounts accounts and automatically use your points for purchases when you check out at these sites.

6. Redeeming is Easy

Go to to explore the variety of options and redeem points. Just check your balance, choose your reward, and click to redeem.

About The American Express Membership Rewards Program: The Membership Rewards program from American Express offers more than a million rewards from over 500 brands. The program allows Cardmembers to earn one point for virtually every dollar charged on eligible, enrolled American Express Cards, with many opportunities to earn points faster. Membership Rewards points are redeemable in a wide selection of reward categories. Points have no expiration date, and there is no limit on the number of points a Cardmember can earn. For more information about the Membership Rewards program, visit

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The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of American Express

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