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Look Who We Met: Danielle Fishel (aka Topanga)
I’m such a TV fiend and was basically raised on Boy Meets World episodes, so every day after school, I couldn’t wait to get home and spend some quality time with Cory, Shawn, and of course, my hair idol Topanga.
Even back during her flower child phase, I thought Topanga was just the coolest girl ever, so my inner 10-year-old self was freaking out when Danielle Fishel paid a visit to InStyle headquarters last week. I can’t get over it, she really was the sweetest person ever—we had a blast chatting it up about Girl Meets World, her new book, ‘90s beauty trends, and that glorious hair of hers, then we swung by the InStyle fashion closet where she was amazed by the rows and rows of Louboutins.
I always used to wonder how cool it would be to have Topanga as a best friend when I was a kid, and figured we’d probably spend a lot of time decking each other’s hair out in butterfly clips and talking about cute boys. Though no butterfly clips were involved this time around, we talked about another cute boy in her life—her 15-year-old dog Spike—and she even showed us a few pictures from her recent wedding with now-hubby Tim Belusko. Seriously, how cool is she?
— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: Danielle Fishel (aka Topanga)

I’m such a TV fiend and was basically raised on Boy Meets World episodes, so every day after school, I couldn’t wait to get home and spend some quality time with Cory, Shawn, and of course, my hair idol Topanga.

Even back during her flower child phase, I thought Topanga was just the coolest girl ever, so my inner 10-year-old self was freaking out when Danielle Fishel paid a visit to InStyle headquarters last week. I can’t get over it, she really was the sweetest person ever—we had a blast chatting it up about Girl Meets World, her new book, ‘90s beauty trends, and that glorious hair of hers, then we swung by the InStyle fashion closet where she was amazed by the rows and rows of Louboutins.

I always used to wonder how cool it would be to have Topanga as a best friend when I was a kid, and figured we’d probably spend a lot of time decking each other’s hair out in butterfly clips and talking about cute boys. Though no butterfly clips were involved this time around, we talked about another cute boy in her life—her 15-year-old dog Spike—and she even showed us a few pictures from her recent wedding with now-hubby Tim Belusko. Seriously, how cool is she?

— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero from Orange Is the New Black
The main problem with Netflix’s original series is after you’ve shamelessly binge-watched a new season, you’re forced to wait idly until the next one drops. Thirteen episodes deep into Orange Is the New Black and yearning for some answers, I was lost in a hopeless fangirl state in which I read every review and think-piece that existed on the Internet. I longed for the nights where I’d come home and a brand-new episode would be waiting for me in my queue. 
So it goes without saying that I was reeling with excitement when Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero, a.k.a. Flaca and Maritza, swung by the InStyle office for a chat. When I got wind of their visit, I knew I had to present them with a pizza, as a not-so-subtle nod to Guerrero’s token line in her campaign to run for Women’s Advisory Council (WAC) in season one: “If you want more pizza, vote for Maritza.” And even though Cruz’s character ran against her in the episode, both of them dug into their own slices, carbs be damned.
When asked about Maritza’s potential backstory reveal in season three, Guerrero, like most of her OITNB co-stars, remained tightlipped: “I think Maritza has some stuff going on—I have no idea what it is, but I hope it’s something fun. I don’t think she robbed a bank like Rosa [Barbara Rosenblat] did.” How about a pizza place? “I’m going to tell Jenji that!” If that one gets written in, we’re demanding royalties!
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Look Who We Met: Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero from Orange Is the New Black

The main problem with Netflix’s original series is after you’ve shamelessly binge-watched a new season, you’re forced to wait idly until the next one drops. Thirteen episodes deep into Orange Is the New Black and yearning for some answers, I was lost in a hopeless fangirl state in which I read every review and think-piece that existed on the Internet. I longed for the nights where I’d come home and a brand-new episode would be waiting for me in my queue. 

So it goes without saying that I was reeling with excitement when Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero, a.k.a. Flaca and Maritza, swung by the InStyle office for a chat. When I got wind of their visit, I knew I had to present them with a pizza, as a not-so-subtle nod to Guerrero’s token line in her campaign to run for Women’s Advisory Council (WAC) in season one: “If you want more pizza, vote for Maritza.” And even though Cruz’s character ran against her in the episode, both of them dug into their own slices, carbs be damned.

When asked about Maritza’s potential backstory reveal in season three, Guerrero, like most of her OITNB co-stars, remained tightlipped: “I think Maritza has some stuff going on—I have no idea what it is, but I hope it’s something fun. I don’t think she robbed a bank like Rosa [Barbara Rosenblat] did.” How about a pizza place? “I’m going to tell Jenji that!” If that one gets written in, we’re demanding royalties!

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Look Who We Met: Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen

I generally enjoy cooking. If I had all the time in the world, I’d fix myself and my imaginary dinner guests homemade banana bread and roast chicken galore and have no qualms about doing it. But the reality is I don’t. Working full-time can often stand in the way of achieving such lavish culinary desires—but it doesn’t have to. When Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen dropped by the InStyle office, she assured me that there is such a thing as a fun and easy dessert to prepare for your friends. 

The L.A. born chef, blogger, and host of ABC’s Food for Thought with Claire Thomas specializes in easy-to-make recipes and fun riffs on classic dishes. Her latest concoction, called S’Meaches, is exactly what it sounds like: s’mores made with peaches (and, in Thomas’s case, homemade lavender and rose marshmallows). “It’s a non-recipe recipe,” she told me. The yellow peaches, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper combine to make, in her words, “an insane peach cobbler explosion in your mouth.” We’re sold!

Check out the full recipe below:

For 8 S’Meaches
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 peach, cut into 8 slices and halved horizontally
8 marshmallows
8 double graham crackers

1. Combine the cayenne and sugar, and toss in the peaches in mix to coat.

2. Put 1 peach slice and 1 marshmallow on each of the 8 skewers. Use metal skewers or soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes before using.

3. Toast over a medium-low flame until caramelized and browned.

4. Lay a peach-marshmallow skewer on a graham cracker half. Pull out skewer. Sandwich with another graham cracker. Enjoy immediately!

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com; Claire Thomas

Look Who We Met: Vicky Jeudy from Orange Is the New Black I’m obsessed with Orange Is the New Black, so when Vicky Jeudy—better known as Litchfield’s resident athlete Janae Watson—came by to visit the InStyle office, I tried my best not to fangirl too hard. After all, Janae is one of my favorite characters, and her backstory in particular had me pretty misty-eyed. While she comes off as tough on-screen, Jeudy’s off-screen persona was the total opposite.
She was incredibly warm and friendly as soon as we met, and we bonded over fashion, our penchant for a bright lipstick, and shoes. Especially shoes. During the tour of the InStyle office, Jeudy (who used to be in beauty pageants!) made a beeline for a pair of bright orange patent Louboutins in the fashion closet, which happened to perfectly match her nails.
The star is currently filming season 3 of everyone’s favorite prison-based drama, and while she couldn’t reveal very much about the plot or season 2’s cliffhanger ending, she admitted that she sometimes doesn’t know about particular storylines until it’s time to roll the cameras. “We get our scripts about a week before we film,” she told us. “Some of us don’t know what’s going to happen until we read it, or what our particular backstory is, so we have to use our imagination to fill in the gaps.”
— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Editor
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: Vicky Jeudy from Orange Is the New Black
 
I’m obsessed with Orange Is the New Black, so when Vicky Jeudy—better known as Litchfield’s resident athlete Janae Watson—came by to visit the InStyle office, I tried my best not to fangirl too hard. After all, Janae is one of my favorite characters, and her backstory in particular had me pretty misty-eyed. While she comes off as tough on-screen, Jeudy’s off-screen persona was the total opposite.

She was incredibly warm and friendly as soon as we met, and we bonded over fashion, our penchant for a bright lipstick, and shoes. Especially shoes. During the tour of the InStyle office, Jeudy (who used to be in beauty pageants!) made a beeline for a pair of bright orange patent Louboutins in the fashion closet, which happened to perfectly match her nails.

The star is currently filming season 3 of everyone’s favorite prison-based drama, and while she couldn’t reveal very much about the plot or season 2’s cliffhanger ending, she admitted that she sometimes doesn’t know about particular storylines until it’s time to roll the cameras. “We get our scripts about a week before we film,” she told us. “Some of us don’t know what’s going to happen until we read it, or what our particular backstory is, so we have to use our imagination to fill in the gaps.”

— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Editor

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: Recording Artist Lykke Li
On tour to promote her recently released album, “I Never Learn,” Swedish-born singer-songwriter Lykke Li made a stop at the newly opened Empire Artists Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to seats at the sold-out show (which was amazing, by the way), we scored an intimate meet-and-greet with the star backstage in her dressing room.
The first thing we noticed when we walked into the cozy room was her swoon-worthy ensemble, complete with shoes she designed herself. We were thrilled to find out that some of her designs will soon be available to the public—the star is collaborating with fashion brand & Other Stories for a collection that will launch in the fall. We got to preview a few of the pieces up close, and later saw them in their full glory on-stage while she performed new tracks, like “No Rest For The Wicked,” and old hits, such as “Little Bit.”
While this was her last stop in the U.S. before heading off to Europe, she’ll return stateside in August for music festivals Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. 
— Tessa Trudeau, Editorial Assistant, InStyle LA office

Look Who We Met: Recording Artist Lykke Li

On tour to promote her recently released album, “I Never Learn,” Swedish-born singer-songwriter Lykke Li made a stop at the newly opened Empire Artists Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to seats at the sold-out show (which was amazing, by the way), we scored an intimate meet-and-greet with the star backstage in her dressing room.

The first thing we noticed when we walked into the cozy room was her swoon-worthy ensemble, complete with shoes she designed herself. We were thrilled to find out that some of her designs will soon be available to the public—the star is collaborating with fashion brand & Other Stories for a collection that will launch in the fall. We got to preview a few of the pieces up close, and later saw them in their full glory on-stage while she performed new tracks, like “No Rest For The Wicked,” and old hits, such as “Little Bit.”

While this was her last stop in the U.S. before heading off to Europe, she’ll return stateside in August for music festivals Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.

— Tessa Trudeau, Editorial Assistant, InStyle LA office

Look Who We Met: Richard Brancatisano from Chasing LifeSure, it’s a little childish, but listening to Richard Brancatisano seamlessly shift from an Australian to an American accent when he stopped by to chat about his role on ABC Family’s Chasing Life was highly entertaining. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Brancatisano (who goes by “Branco” for short) landed the role of Dominic, a Boston-based newspaper reporter, after sending a tape of himself to the show’s producers. “Luckily, I didn’t have to talk like a Bostonian for the audition,” the now L.A.-based actor told us. “I haven’t mastered that one—at least not yet.” How ‘bout them apples? 
— Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: Richard Brancatisano from Chasing Life

Sure, it’s a little childish, but listening to Richard Brancatisano seamlessly shift from an Australian to an American accent when he stopped by to chat about his role on ABC Family’s Chasing Life was highly entertaining. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Brancatisano (who goes by “Branco” for short) landed the role of Dominic, a Boston-based newspaper reporter, after sending a tape of himself to the show’s producers. “Luckily, I didn’t have to talk like a Bostonian for the audition,” the now L.A.-based actor told us. “I haven’t mastered that one—at least not yet.” How ‘bout them apples? 

— Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere
Lucky us! One of our favorite bloggers, Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere, stopped by the InStyle office to hang with our editors and dish on her new collection for Club Monaco. We’re loving the line’s sophisticated separates, like a crisp, tailored button-down and a structured pencil skirt with cool leather details.
Schuman rocked a flirty floral tunic dress from her collection. “Since it’s such a sweet piece, you could also offset it with a leather biker jacket, a smudgy smokey eye, and black booties,” she suggested. Noted!
— Christina Shanahan, InStyle Associate Editor
Her outfit breakdown: Dress: Cupcakes and Cashmere for Club MonacoBag: CelineFlats: Jenni Kayne
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere

Lucky us! One of our favorite bloggers, Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere, stopped by the InStyle office to hang with our editors and dish on her new collection for Club Monaco. We’re loving the line’s sophisticated separates, like a crisp, tailored button-down and a structured pencil skirt with cool leather details.

Schuman rocked a flirty floral tunic dress from her collection. “Since it’s such a sweet piece, you could also offset it with a leather biker jacket, a smudgy smokey eye, and black booties,” she suggested. Noted!

— Christina Shanahan, InStyle Associate Editor

Her outfit breakdown:
Dress: Cupcakes and Cashmere for Club Monaco
Bag: Celine
Flats: Jenni Kayne

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: ABC Family’s Italia Ricci"I’m gonna show you a picture that will help explain everything,” actress Italia Ricci said while sliding her iPhone across my desk last week. Clad in a chic lace Lublu by Kira Plastinina ensemble, Ricci stopped by the InStyle offices to chat about Chasing Life, the new ABC Family series where she plays a young reporter who is diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say, the photo, which depicted Ricci getting into character, was heart wrenching."Going home and leaving my character, April, behind at the end of the day is something I’ve struggled with," the Ontario-native admitted. "But it’s such an important story to tell and the writers are able to make you laugh along the way—the plot is relatable no matter who you are." The show debuts on June 10, and in the interim, Ricci is avidly responding to fan mail. “About 100 different letters, Facebook messages and tweets come through each day,” she told us. “I think the show’s execs are a little worried I’ll wear myself out, but I can’t not respond—my character is a hero.” Here are four more reasons to join the fan club:1. She’s got beauty and brains: "I was in law school before I became an actress. I was planning to pursue corporate and entertainment law because I loved the industry—acting was a risk that I didn’t initially have the guts to pursue. I was an extra in a movie in my hometown and it ended up snowballing from there."
2. She can shop on a budget: “I’m a total Maxxinista. TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack—take me there and I’m gone for hours. My closet is maxi dresses galore but tomorrow is an exciting day. I’m buying my first Chanel handbag while I’m in New York.”3. She dyes her own hair: “You can do it, too! Revlon’s Frost & Glow for $13—put the cap on and go to town with the wand. If you mess it up, you can’t get mad at anyone but yourself.”4. She has a weakness for Big Macs: “I eat like a nine year old boy, two big macs from McDonalds is my go-to. For my birthday there were 300 burgers on set for the crew, and I consumed four of them!”
—Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Look Who We Met: ABC Family’s Italia Ricci

"I’m gonna show you a picture that will help explain everything,” actress Italia Ricci said while sliding her iPhone across my desk last week. Clad in a chic lace Lublu by Kira Plastinina ensemble, Ricci stopped by the InStyle offices to chat about Chasing Life, the new ABC Family series where she plays a young reporter who is diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say, the photo, which depicted Ricci getting into character, was heart wrenching.

"Going home and leaving my character, April, behind at the end of the day is something I’ve struggled with," the Ontario-native admitted. "But it’s such an important story to tell and the writers are able to make you laugh along the way—the plot is relatable no matter who you are."

The show debuts on June 10, and in the interim, Ricci is avidly responding to fan mail. “About 100 different letters, Facebook messages and tweets come through each day,” she told us. “I think the show’s execs are a little worried I’ll wear myself out, but I can’t not respond—my character is a hero.”

Here are four more reasons to join the fan club:

1. She’s got beauty and brains: "I was in law school before I became an actress. I was planning to pursue corporate and entertainment law because I loved the industry—acting was a risk that I didn’t initially have the guts to pursue. I was an extra in a movie in my hometown and it ended up snowballing from there."

2. She can shop on a budget: “I’m a total Maxxinista. TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack—take me there and I’m gone for hours. My closet is maxi dresses galore but tomorrow is an exciting day. I’m buying my first Chanel handbag while I’m in New York.”

3. She dyes her own hair: “You can do it, too! Revlon’s Frost & Glow for $13—put the cap on and go to town with the wand. If you mess it up, you can’t get mad at anyone but yourself.”

4. She has a weakness for Big Macs: “I eat like a nine year old boy, two big macs from McDonalds is my go-to. For my birthday there were 300 burgers on set for the crew, and I consumed four of them!”

—Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com