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Melissa Joan Hart Shows Off Amazing Bikini Body After Losing 40 Lbs.

Apr/09/2014 at 12:03 PM ET

Melissa Joan Hart bikini photosCourtesy Nutrisystem

It’s officially beach body season for celebrities, and Melissa Joan Hart is ready to kick things off in a big way. The 37-year-old actress is revealing her 40-lb. weight loss in a jaw-dropping hot-pink bikini.

Hart, who gained 60 lbs. while pregnant with her third son, teamed up with Nutrisystem to help shed the weight after Tucker was born in September 2012. She’s kept off 40 lbs. for a while now — even posing in a one-piece suit in February — but she now finally felt ready to rock a bikini for an upcoming ad. “It’s not every day I like to show a lot of skin,” she admits. “But these days I’m feeling confident.”

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The star’s weight-loss journey has also motivated her loved ones to lose weight (including her sister-in-law Sally Wilkerson, who ultimately dropped 136 lbs.). And Hart is inspired in turn by her husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, who helps her reach her goals. “He is the guy who is disciplined. His whole thing is ‘Stick to it, be healthy, be fit.’ He does it for me so I had to return the favor!” she says, also admitting that her looming 40th birthday creates added incentive to look “fantastic.”

While surely the attention she’s currently getting for her slimmed-down physique is a confidence booster, after losing 29 lbs. last June, Hart told PEOPLE that she became more comfortable with her size after giving birth to her three boys, Tucker, Braydon and Mason. “Being a mom made me stop being so hard on myself,” she said. “My priorities are my children.”


What’s your best weight-loss secret? How great does she look?

–Catherine Kast

Lorraine Bracco on Maintaining Her 35-Lb. Weight Loss: 'I'm Doing Something Right!'

Apr/03/2014 at 11:28 AM ET

Lorraine BraccoSylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic; Kristina Bumphrey/Startraks

She’s known for taking care of others in her roles as a therapist on The Sopranos and a meddling mom on Rizzoli & Isles, and Lorraine Bracco confesses that her caretaking tendencies in real life led to her gaining weight she just couldn’t shed.

At 183 lbs., “The last person on the ‘take care of’ list was me. I let myself go,” she tells ABC News. But it ended up being taking care of her aging parents that finally got her to turn her life around. “We were sitting there, dividing [their] medications, who gets what when. It was insane. I watched and realized, ‘I don’t want to go like that.’ I want to live every day the best I can be.”

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After her parents passed away in 2011, Bracco enlisted a life coach and cut out sugar, dairy and almost all gluten. And now, eating fruit and Kind bars instead of dessert, she’s lost her sweet tooth altogether. “I was a huge Twizzler eater … The other day I said, ‘I haven’t had this in three years,’ and I had half a piece,” she says. “I ended up spitting it out because I no longer have a taste for it. It was so sugary, it was almost like poison to me.”

Bracco has a new book, To the Fullest, coming out next year, which will share recipes, cleanses and tips — “It’s a body-mind-spirit thing,” she says. And despite the added benefit of looking fabulous in her clothes, Bracco’s mostly loving the extra energy she has. “”I am still a vibrant, contributing human being and I am not dead yet,” she says. “I laugh because I used to wake up and everything ached before I got out of bed. Now I jump out of bed! I’m doing something right.”

What do you think of Bracco’s body makeover? What’s your best great-energy secret?

–Alex Apatoff

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Mindy Kaling: I'm Not Courageous Just Because I Wore a Crop Top!

Apr/01/2014 at 12:27 PM ET

Mindy Kaling crop topFilmMagic; Getty

Mindy Kaling isn’t afraid to make a statement on the red carpet, but the actress revealed she was a bit surprised by all the body buzz her recent red carpet crop top generated.

“Unless you have problems, for most women that’s a nice little area right under your bra,” she told Jimmy Kimmel Monday of showing a slice of stomach skin in matching Topshop separates, worn to the 2014 PaleyFest. “Some people were pretty mean about it, but then some people were like, ‘She’s just so courageous!’ Aren’t surgeons courageous?”

The Mindy Project star also revealed that because of her curvier shape, she falls into this category where the public — and her followers on Twitter — seem to either fervently praise or harshly critique her style decisions.

“I also am the recipient of a lot of backhanded compliments about it, where people are like, ‘It’s so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn’t feel she needs to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do,” she shares. “And I’m like, ‘I do subscribe!’ They’re like, ‘It’s so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster.’ By the way, I run and work out. It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal, chubby woman. The way they talk about it, [it's] like, ‘She’s a pioneer because she’s glued to her sofa.’” Read More

PHOTO: Hilaria Baldwin Takes Her Latest Public Display of Yoga to the Pedicure Chair

Mar/24/2014 at 05:11 PM ET

Hilaria Baldwin yogaCourtesy Hilaria Baldwin

Hilaria Baldwin is the ringleader of the #yogapostureoftheyday Instagram community. Mrs. Alec Baldwin (and creator of a line of yoga videos) likes to strike her stances all over New York City. She’s posed everywhere from park benches to subways, but her latest pose location is probably the most wow-inducing: a pedicure chair at the nail salon. Read More

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Jessica Simpson Slips Back Into Daisy Dukes: Are You Loving Her Denim-on-Denim Moment?

Mar/24/2014 at 12:51 PM ET

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Does anyone love wearing wedges with distressed denim shorts more than Jessica Simpson? We doubt it. The singer returned to one of her favorite warm-weather styles — and showed off her seriously slimmed-down figure while she was at it — in a pair of cutoffs, a coordinating Current/Elliott shirt and a Samilynn Jewelry necklace.

Back in her pre-baby days, denim cutoffs were a key part of Simpson’s uniform. And now that she’s reached her goal weight, the mom of two isn’t afraid to show off her super-toned stems. (Click here for her workout from trainer Harley Pasternak.)

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Aside from consistently hitting the gym, Simpson has been following her Weight Watchers plan closely. And she revealed that this is all done with one goal in mind: her upcoming nuptials to fiancé Eric Johnson. “Knowing that I have the wedding coming up is an incentive to stay on Weight Watchers, count my points and stay in the gym. I mean, when you see my dress, you’ll know.” Read More

The Last Water Bottle You'll Ever Buy (P.S. It's Great for Mixing Cocktails, Too)

Mar/24/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

We know drinking water is good for us and that there about a million and four health benefits to getting enough of it. Our complaint, though, is that it’s not that exciting. Which is where this genius water bottle comes in…

We’ve become a bit addicted to fruit-infused H2O since discovering the Flavourit bottle. And unlike just dropping slices of lemons and berries in a pitcher, this water bottle is designed to get a ton of flavor out of whatever you’re adding to your drink.

And if you watched the full video, you’ve realized that we’re, uh, not using the Flavourit for just water. This thing has seriously elevated our at-home bartending since we can now make strawberry-flavored vodka-tonics, Dark-and-Stormies with actual pieces of ginger and rum-and-Cokes with a couple cherries added in.

Get an exclusive 15% discount (to bring down the price to 12.75 a bottle) by entering STYLE15 at checkout. And be sure to let us know how you’re flavoring your water (or other beverages!).

(Oh, and if hot coffee and tea are your thing, you must check out this other amazing bottle that keeps drinks hot for a full 12 hours and cold for an entire day.)

Happy shopping and sipping!

–Zoë Ruderman

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Kim Kardashian Loves this Calvin Klein Collection Outfit So Much, She Has It In Two Colors

Mar/20/2014 at 01:50 PM ET

Kim Kardashian Calvin KleinMCGM & JD’s Pht BX/Splash News Online; AKM-GSI

“If you love it, buy it in two colors. What’s worse than having to choose between black (the safe option) and another color (the wild card)? Nothing, that’s what.” Can you guess who said these wise words? Stumped? It’s PEOPLE Style Director Andrea Lavinthal. And it looks like Kim Kardashian‘s been reading the site, because she now follows that same style mantra.

The reality star stepped out Wednesday night in a red knit ribbed crop top and pencil skirt, both Calvin Klein Collection. And, sure, Kardashian has the most extensive crop top collection in the U.S., but there was something very familiar about this one in particular. So we did some digging on her Instagram feed, and voilà: She also has it in white, with the skirt to match.(Because one can never have too many coordinating separates, right?)

RELATED: Pick your favorite Kim Kardashian hairstyle

Kardashian wore the white two-piece set (which retails for over $2,000) back in January while out with Kanye West, adding Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. And Wednesday she proved once again she’s breaking away from her neutrals-only wardrobe policy by wearing a red version of the Calvin Klein design, this time paired with nude Tom Ford sandals. Read More

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