Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!
I had to squeeze in a last minute red manicure yesterday after my ma the Squawking Chicken yelled at me for even suggesting doing it on New Year’s Day.
So…the Year of the Rabbit begins tomorrow or, more specifically, at 11pm on Thursday February 3rd. What can we expect? The Squawking Chicken says it’ll be a lot calmer than the Tiger. Rabbits don’t generally run around fighting and sh-t. But, um, and I’m not going to sugarcoat this for you, if you belong to the sign of the Rabbit, there are some challenges ahead. You’ll have to be extra cautious. Take close care of your health. And, in particular, don’t let anyone try to convince you to do something you don’t want to do this year. Rabbits are vulnerable this year to coercion, you could be talked into something undesirable before you even have a chance to stop and reflect. So be mindful of your decisions, because the wrong decision could have disastrous consequences. Be wary of people coming with advice and a thousand opinions. And check your mouth too –what you say this year, and who you say it to, could bounce back and f-ck you up. Keep your gossip limited to the Hollywood kind, stay away from that sh-t in your real life. Small incidents in a year when your luck is running smoothly stay small incidents. Small incidents in a not so great year (for your Sign, in this case the Rabbit) have a way of escalating into huge dramas. Keep your guard up.
But DON’T PANIC. Every sign, everyone is due for a low year in the cycle. It’s unavoidable. Some years you go for it, you’re aggressive, and some years you huddle, you conserve, you keep your head down and wait it out. Rabbits – this would be the year you play it conservative. That’s all it is. It’s a year of regrouping, of being patient. Chinese astrology, and not the kind you find on websites, is often routed in character development. Luck or lack of luck is a series of tests, it’s how the universe determines whether or not you’re worthy of the good ride. Oftentimes, it’s how you play your low years that determines how high your high years will be. Jacek is a Rabbit too. So we know this won’t be the best year of his life. More importantly though, it doesn’t have to be the worst, so long as you’re smart about the choices you make. And if you’re smart about those choices, when a high year rolls around, the bonuses are plenty. By the way, dogs are protective of rabbits, so there’s that.
Anyway, just like last year, the Squawking Chicken has prepared some protective charms for giveaways. And this year it’s for the Rabbits. It’s especially fortuitous because she’s been in Asia for the winter. She spent weeks collecting these “luck pockets”, and she’s also getting them blessed while she’s over there at the temple. There are 20 available to those born in: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1999. All Rabbits. If you would like to enter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with RABBIT as the title by February 17th. We will randomly select from the entries. Ma is back on February 18 and we’ll send them out to you then. What does the “pocket” do? I’ve included a message from someone who received a Tiger charm last year. Check the Shout Outs section.
Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, and prosperous Year of the Rabbit!
Yours in gossip,
Photos from ChinaFotoPress/Gettyimages.com
Jennifer Aniston was on Oprah yesterday. She’s on Ellen today. She was photographed arriving at a photo shoot yesterday for Smart Water. Jen of course is on heavy promotion right now for Just Go With It. And at the same time she’s also pimping the US release of her fragrance, now available online at Sephora and in store in March. Full Story
But that’s why Vanessa Paradis is a badass. She doesn’t always have to look airbrushed and perfect. (The Superficial)
MK plays Photo Assumption with Reese Witherspoon and her fiancé. Conclusion: someone misses Jakey??? (Dlisted)
Anderson Cooper: still in the thick of the story, and still the story himself. (Popeater)
Rachel Bilson’s wardrobe is made for being photographed (Hollywood Tuna)
The Italian Queen makes Cavalli look like Cavalli but not as well as Sofia Vergara (Pop Sugar)
Two Olsens of a different combination (Just Jared)
Leighton, late night, legs (Popoholic)
Chemistry Try: Robert Pattinson & Reese Witherspoon (Celebuzz)
The TV Kate Middleton (SheKnows)
Minda Kaling makes a boring colour not boring (Go Fug Yourself)
Last week, Kate Hudson, Alex Rodriguez, and Cameron Diaz were in Paris at the same time. Click here for a refresher. This week it’s Hilary Duff, Joel Madden, and his wife Nicole Richie. Joel and Nicole were married just two months ago. Honeymoon? They hit up Colette – oh God I love Colette but real people cannot afford Colette – and then went for a romantic walk around Montmartre. Full Story
It’s hard to look sexy in one of these. Even Blake Lively barely manages. But then Sofia Vergara comes along and a puffy coat is suddenly giving you an erection. I know she’s great on Modern Family, but for me, right now, where she’s really taken it to the next level is on the red carpet. Full Story
But first – a programming note! Forgot to mention earlier in the excitement of the New Year: TV LIVEBLOG WITH DUANA goes today at 3pm ET/Noon PT! Back to our regularly scheduled programme: Jennifer Lopez was introduced as the first global brand ambassador for Gillette Venus yesterday at the launch in New York for the “Venus Goddess Fund for Education”. Full Story
Last year, Gwyneth Paltrow dedicated an issue of GOOP to Chinese New Year and featured a lady called Adele Reising who recommended a “winter bath” consisting of milk and essential oils. Click here for a refresher. When I asked my ma about a milk bath she said it’s a f-cking waste of money. Full Story