Bones

Tonight on Bones I get to hang out with David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and John Boyd. Well, I don't, but my character Katie Stober does. Who's Katie Stober, you ask? All you need to know is: she inherited a pro hockey team and may or may not have been involved in a nefarious plot surrounding one of the players. That's all I can say. To find out more, join us @ 9/8c on Fox!

My Little Black Book of Los Angeles

When The Jetset Collection asked me to share my "Best of L.A." picks, I was hesitant. Over a decade into living here, I have yet to fall head over heels in love with Los Angeles. Sure, it wins me over in moments, but L.A. and I have always had our differences. As a native New Englander, I still crave the change of seasons, the lush green of deciduous foliage and the ubiquity of charming, historic architecture. As I thought more about it, though, I realized there are places in L.A. that I love. There are experiences associated with living here that I enjoy very much. In fact, the exercise of enumerating my favorites reflected back to me a fondness I didn't realize I had. It was a reminder to focus on the good, stop dwelling on the bad, and embrace the fact that relationships with cities -- as with humans -- are inevitably complex. Here's a peek of my must see/eat/drink/do. For more, including my favorite workouts and naked spas (yup), check out the article.

Best way to start the day? Meditate. I'm all about Unplug Meditation lately. The classes there are approachable, diverse and inspiring. Breathwork Meditation is a game-changer, and Jon Paul Crimi's class keeps me coming back.

Favorite meal? This was a tough question; we have vast and diverse culinary talent in Los Angeles. Even the street tacos are spectacular (ahem, Cactus Taqueria). My go-to, though, is Blue Plate Oysterette, for a seafood-centric dinner. There's one in West Hollywood, but I prefer the original in Santa Monica. As for sunsets? Griffith Park Observatory if you're on the Eastside; Palisades Park if you're on the Westside.

My favorite day trips would have to be Ojai anytime (90 minutes) and Palm Springs anytime except summer (2 hours, if you time it right). Both are magical. Must-see L.A. sights include: the Hollywood sign, the beach and In & Out Burger. Like, if I had one day with you in Los Angeles, I would sit you in my car, drive you to these places, and say: "Film history! Old Hollywood! Yes, it's just a sign on a hill, but it's pretty cool and iconic. And look! Here's the beach! Los Angeles is a city on the Pacific, and isn't that beautiful? And finally, try our local cuisine. It looks like a burger & fries but tastes like heaven." I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't love it.

Ice cream: Sweet Rose Creamery or Salt & Straw (your girl is dairy free, and both these spots have delectable options along those lines). Coffee: Caffe Luxxe and Groundworks. People love Intelligentsia, but I find it a little intimidating. I like my coffee delicious, organic and relaxed.

For brunch try Cora's Coffee Shoppe or Milo and Olive (speaking of which: just go to all of Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb's restaurants if you have time). For drinks? Tower Bar at Sunset Tower is iconic. Being there feels old-timey glam and so special. Into something more casual? Drink while singing karaoke at Palm Tree in Koreatown. I guarantee you've never experienced anything like it. (Full disclosure: the drinks there are just okay. This is all part of my plan to make everyone do karaoke.)

Come to think of it, this only scratches the surface. I could really go on and on. Hmm. Maybe I do love L.A. after all?

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project has long been one of my favorite shows, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to act opposite the brilliant Mindy Kaling. Added bonus: Ike Barinholtz directed the episode. What?! Yeah. It was a joyful moment for the comedy lover in me.  All episodes (mine is "2 Fast 2 Serious") are available now on Hulu.

2 Broke Girls' 100th Episode

So proud of my 2 Broke Girls family for reaching 100 episodes! I know firsthand that these funny folks work their asses off, and it fills my heart with joy to see them thriving.

Dress by Nicholas. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Hair by Drybar. Makeup by Blushington.

Serendipity Magazine

Delighted to be featured in the December 2015 issue of Serendipity Magazine. I grew up in Connecticut's Fairfield County and have such a fondness for the area, so being included in this local publication feels very special. Thanks to my childhood friend and editor Amy Levin-Epstein for the beautiful spread. Sifting through Paige Jones' images brought back many happy memories of our magical Ojai wedding.

The (Eden) Affair

Once in a very long while, you get an opportunity to be a part of something that reminds you why you do what you do. This summer I had the incredible pleasure of playing Eden Ellery on The Affair. Suffice it to say that working with this cast and crew was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed filming it. Please join us Sundays this fall at 10pm on Showtime.

Birthday Weekend in Joshua Tree

My dear friend Lindsay recently moved to Joshua Tree, a desert town I had driven through on the way to Palm Springs, heard about from countless people and recognized from the U2 album title, but had never actually visited. I'm here to report that the trip is worth it and that you should go as soon as possible. The landscape is incredible: stretches of sand dappled with smooth, round rocks & boulders that make you feel like you're on the surface of a different planet. And then, of course, there are the Joshua trees: twisted, spiky shrubs that feel more Dr. Seuss than Mojave Desert. Highlights of the weekend included an epic afternoon hike and a Patty Griffin concert at Pappy & Harriet's in nearby Pioneertown. The stargazing after nightfall is not to be believed. I'm normally more of an ocean person, but there is something deeply spiritual about the desert landscape. I mean, watch out for scorpions and bring plenty of water, but... it was my birthday weekend and I am a Scorpio, which is a water sign, so... somehow it all made sense?

iZombie Chronicles: Vancouver

The last (and only) time I traveled to Vancouver was in 2012, to film Psych. Exactly three years later, I find myself here again and am just as smitten with this marvelous city as I was the first time. It's simultaneously an international metropolis that flaunts its diversity of languages & cultures, and a charming Pacific Northwestern town that feels geographically small and classically Canadian. Perhaps it's the water surrounding the city or the snow-capped mountains in the distance, but there is a sense of quiet here that escapes me in other urban landscapes. I'm here filming iZombie, and on my days off I've taken to wandering the city on foot (the best way to experience Vancouver, in my opinion). This crisp, fall weather is perfect for exploring. Some of my favorite discoveries include: Granville Island, the Stanley Park Seawall, Gastown and of course the food, which deserves a post all its own (pro tip: soup dumplings and/or ramen for lunch, and Tavola (Italian) or Blue Water Cafe (oysters!) for dinner.

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty was such an incredible resource for me when I was in the throes of wedding planning. I visited the blog again and again for inspiration, advice and suggestions. It's such an honor to be featured on their site this month! Admittedly, it took us a very long time to get our act together. As it turns out, though, seeing this a year and a half later has brought back so many happy memories that I'm glad we waited. Below is a sneak peek of our Style Me Pretty feature, including some of my favorite images from our brilliant photographer -- and the coolest gal in the world -- Paige Jones.


The 40-Year-Old Her-Gin

Thanks for watching The Exes! In case you missed it, you can check out the full episode here.

The Exes on TV Land

The Exes returns this month to TV Land, Wednesdays at 10:30pm. I play Sophie, the bohemian French lover Nicki (Leah Remini) brings home from her trip to Santorini. Stay tuned for my episode, "The 40-Year-Old Her-Gin," airing August 5th.

Matthew Modine Interview

Had the pleasure of interviewing actor Matthew Modine for this month's issue of Hamptons Social Life Magazine. I've included some of my favorite excerpts below.

"Matthew Modine stars in this summer’s highly anticipated drama Proof. The Golden Globe award-winning film actor and Weeds alum returns to television as Ivan Turing, a terminally ill billionaire seeking proof of life after death. Recently, we caught up with Modine, a longtime New Yorker, to discuss the afterlife, the environment and the meaning of happiness. Here’s what he had to say. (Proof airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on TNT.)"

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BL: In your new TNT series Proof, you play a terminally ill billionaire willing to give up his estate in exchange for proof that something is awaiting him after death. Do you personally believe in an afterlife?

MM: Well, that is a very personal question and I don't think I can explain what I imagine happens when we "die" or what an "afterlife" might be. Personally I am fascinated by silence and empty space. We can't know silence unless there is sound. We cannot know empty space until there are objects in the empty space. Somewhere in this space and silence, I believe, is the key to opening our eyes, ears and understanding or what cannot yet be perceived. If death is even a real thing.

BL: You founded Bicycle For A Day (BFAD), a global initiative bringing together people who choose to ride bicycles rather than use gas-powered motor vehicles, immediately reducing their carbon footprint. What are some simple steps we can all take to reduce our carbon footprints?

MM: Oh, there are so many things we can do. When I speak to school children, I try to impress upon them the fact that there is no away. There is no magical place where the many things disappear to. Everything goes someplace. If we can all be conscious of this fact, we will be more thoughtful about our consumption and disposal of things. This step leads us to the deep understanding that the resources of our planet are finite. Not infinite. We simply must consume less and be thoughtful of our waste.

BL: What does happiness look like to you?

MM: Pursuing a goal. Doing the best you possibly can. Then starting all over again. As I have matured, I'm less interested in the results of my ambitions. Knowing that I have done my very best is enough.

The Actor's Diet with Lynn Chen

Nothing better than brunch with some of your favorite ladies to kick off the weekend. On Saturday, I met Lynn, Lily and Jenny at Pure Beverly Hills to sample the culinary creations of Michèle La Porta, who's brought her signature style from Rue de Passy, in the heart of the XVIème, in Paris, all the way to South Beverly Drive.

Our favorite dishes included: Chicky Chicken (with tarragon, deviled egg salad, light mayo, and lettuce on pumpernickel bread); Michèle's signature organic tea blends; vegan, agave-sweetened Chia Seed Puddings with toppings of your choice (granola, berries, or mango/banana); and Zucchini Spaghetti (raw, shredded, with cherry tomatoes, house basil pesto, parmesan, and olive oil). Photos by Lynn Chen, courtesy of The Actor's Diet. See Lynn's full post about our brunch here. And while you're at it, pay Lily a visit over at Kale & Caramel. You'll thank me later.

Los Cabos

Just back from a wonderful trip to Los Cabos, at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where I got to explore beachy Cabo San Lucas and historic San Jose del Cabo. Highlights included: indulging in a decadent dinner at The One & Only Palmilla, exploring the beautiful grounds of Flora Farm, watching the sun set over the Sea of Cortez, and reading Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.

Spring in New York

Max was nominated for a James Beard Award this year for his work on the Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong, so we traveled to New York to attend the ceremony. I'm so proud of him! It also happened to be our first wedding anniversary. Needless to say, we had a supremely fun weekend. If you're not familiar with You're Eating It Wrong host host Dan Pashman, visit him at The Sporkful. He's awesome.

New Orleans

Arrived shortly after Mardi Gras had ended, and there were beads everywhere -- on the streets, fences and trees. It was my first time in New Orleans, and it was beautiful. Speaking of firsts, we scored an invite to a backyard crawfish boil and stumbled upon a Tibetan sand mandala dissolution ceremony on our way to visit a Voodoo healer. I can't wait to go back.

Be Mine

Happy Valentine's Day! We celebrated at Fake Prom's Flashback Party in #DTLA and danced the night away to rad tunes by The Flash Dance. I wore a classic 50's prom dress from Shareen Vintage, one of my favorite boutiques in the city. Best of all, we bumped into our buddy Matt Moy from 2 Broke Girls. Read more about it on Racked LA.