Hanging Out with the Stars
From The Oprah Winfrey Show Sarah Jessica Parker, Orlando Bloom and Matthew Fox
Published on October 05, 2005
Special thanks to the people and companies who contributed their products and/or services to 'Sarah Jessica Parker, Orlando Bloom and Matthew Fox Reveal Their Favorite Places.'
Funny happens. And it always happens when comedian Patti Vasquez is around. You don't have to take our word for it either. Lewis Black says, "Patti is simply marvelous." Bill Maher called her, "The funniest woman in comedy since Carol Burnett." <br><br> For some reason being a mother of two with a "stay at home Dad" (which sounds so much better than "unemployed husband") while living with her parents is a great motivator for Patti to just get out of the house. <br><br> But Patti loves being a mom to her beautiful little boys. Griffin, who loves trains, Batman and talking as much as his mom, is the best big brother to Declan, who loves music, water and hugs. Declan also happens to have special needs, a part of Patti's life that she isn't afraid to talk about. She has begun sharing her story with humor and heart for groups such as the Iowa Department of Education, The Hope Network and Gilda's Club. <br><br> Patti Vasquez is leading the Lipstick Mom Movement nationwide. Lipstick Moms believe that being a wife and mother doesn't prevent you from feeling attractive. It says something when you can still feel good even if you've spent the day doing laundry and washing sippy cups. <br><br> Patti doesn't dwell on the minutia of motherhood. She tackles social issues with a cheerful edginess that appeals to audiences of all backgrounds. Her hilarious take on the foibles of the human experience keeps people coming back to see what she has to say about relationships, pop culture and random encounters with strangers who have no idea she's cataloging their ridiculous behavior to share with audiences all over the world. <br><br> In addition to headlining in comedy clubs and colleges all over the United States, Canada and Europe, Patti has written and performed three hit solo shows for theater audiences<br> <i><b>Tequila and Shamrocks:</b> Every Flower Has Her Roots.</i> <br> <b><i>Pregnant Party Girl:</b> From Stoli's to Stirrups</i> <br> <b><i>Mamacita:</b> Tales of a Diaper Diva</i> <br><br> Patti has appeared in many comedy festivals including Just For Laughs, HBO's Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Festival and Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival in New York City. <br><br> On television Patti has appeared on the <i>Very Funny Show</i> on TBS and COMEDY.TV along with regular appearances on the wildly popular <i>Bob and Tom</i> TVShow on Superstation WGN and their daily morning radio show syndicated in 139 cities across the country. <br><br> If you want to be where the funny is then you want to be there when "Patti Happens."
It's never too late to help after a natural disaster like Superstorm Sandy. Every donation helps, no matter how small your contribution is. The people who suffer the consequences of these disasters need our help long after the news cameras leave the devastated areas. We've compiled a list of 13 ways you can contribute to the Sandy relief effort right now. <br><br> Click on the names of the organizations below to go directly to their websites. <br><br> <b><a href="http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy" target="_b"> 1. American Red Cross</a></b> <br> The Red Cross continues to focus on reaching as many people as possible who need their help. Getting supplies, meals and water into affected areas is the top priority. Financial donations make the greatest and most immediate impact, helping the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. <br><br> <b><a href="http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-sandy-relief-fund/" target="_b">2. Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund</a></b> <br> Hurricane Sandy has caused massive destruction and dislocation along the East Coast of the United States and extensive flooding in the Caribbean. This fund supports relief efforts by organizations working in multiple locations, including the River Fund in New York, International Medical Corps in Haiti, and Save the Children across impacted areas, to provide emergency assistance to those in need. Specific project distributions will be communicated as allocations are made. <br><br> <b><a href="http://www.riverfund-ny.org/" target="_b">3. The River Fund New York</a></b> <br> For 18 of their 21 years, the River Fund New York has been operating the only mobile pantry program in New York City, taking care of extremely needy families in New York's most desperate communities. As a result of this depth of experience and well-practiced teams, they have been, in many instances, the first food providers to get into the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. Their mobile pantry operations get in and set up in minutes and begin serving substantial quantities of ready-to-eat foods. <br><br> <b><a href="http://www.kidsdonations.org/home.php" target="_b">4. KIDS Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund</a></b> <br> Since 1985, Kids in Distressed Situations (KIDS) has responded to natural disasters quickly and effectively. Their response to Hurricane Sandy is well underway, and they need your help to ensure that families living in New York, New Jersey and West Virginia receive warm winter clothing, coats, shoes, undergarments, blankets and baby products to endure the harsh winter weather. <br><br> <b><a href="http://fuelrelieffund.org/" target="_b">5. Fuel Relief Fund</a></b> <br> Fuel Relief Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides free fuel immediately after a major disaster. They are currently deploying to the New Jersey coastline to provide free fuel for those in need. Primarily, the gas and diesel fuel will be given to individuals and other nonprofit agencies for use in generators and vehicles. One hundred percent of funds raised for the relief effort is used to purchase fuel. <br><br> <b><a href="http://www.worldconcern.org/" target="_b">6. Help Hurricane Sandy Survivors Rebuild</a></b> <br> World Concern is responding directly to aid families affected by Hurricane Sandy in Haiti, where more than 50 people lost their lives and 18,000 families are left homeless by this historic storm. In the United States, they're responding through partner organizations and local churches to reach needy families with emergency assistance. <br><br> <b><a href="http://www.mercycorps.org/" target="_b">7. Relief and Recovery for Haiti Disaster Survivors</a></b> <br> Mercy Corps continues to assist the survivors of disasters in Haiti, including working through their existing microinsurance organization to ensure thousands get the funds they desperately need to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. M
Creative director Adam Glassman, beauty director Valerie Monroe, and celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves give the Real Housewives of Orange County some serious New York City style. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the L.A. shoot.