Carla Gugino on Moscow Mules, Travel Must-Haves, and Her Modern Home


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To the characters of Roadies, Showtime’s backstage-set series, a tricked-out tour bus is as good as it gets. Certainly, Carla Gugino’s cool, composed production manager Shelli is a creature of the road—domestic comforts be damned. She’s totally at home amid mic stands, mega speakers, and rock ’n’ roll–induced mayhem. Gugino, on the other hand, is no stranger to the finer things in life. When she wants to feel at home away from home (roles in everything from Spy Kids to Batman v Superman to Wayward Pines have taken her far and wide), she knows just what to bring along. “A little Bialetti espresso maker, a Nespresso milk frother, my favorite pillow, Young Living essential oils, and a Vitamix—if I’m on location for a long time,” she says, ticking off her carefully curated list. What else gets her thumbs up? Read on. Roadies airs Sundays on Showtime at 10 p.m. EDT.

Describe your home in five words or less. Open. Inviting. Modern.

How would you describe your taste in decor? I live in an apartment in New York City. The main attraction is high ceilings and a kitchen that is open to the living room. We have a wall that’s a bookshelf, and it’s decorated fairly simply. We also have a wall that has a growing collection of art and photography that we’ve collected over the years. Our previous home was a 1927 Spanish house in the Hollywood Hills, which used to be the French Consulate, and was decorated quite colorfully and in keeping with the period in which it was built. So when we moved to New York, we wanted the opposite. ABC Home being nearby has been both brilliant and dangerous!

What’s always in your refrigerator? Lots of fruits and veggies, green superfood powders that I put in shakes (at the moment I have one by Moon Juice called Beauty Dust), homemade almond milk, Manchego cheese, farm-raised eggs, an eye mask, and a bottle of Billecart-Salmon rosé—you never know when a celebratory toast is in order.

What was last playing on your TV? I just watched a wonderful Spanish movie calledTruman and before that watched the full season of The Girlfriend Experience in two days. We have a big screen in the living room. I don’t like TVs in the bedroom, unless I’m on vacation.

Most nights you eat dinner . . . In New York it’s easy to get in the habit of eating out often. We have great restaurants in our neighborhood, and I love nothing more than a stroll to and from dinner. We also have a roof deck on our building so, in the summers, we will eat dinner up there. I just perfected my Moscow Mule, so it’s been making some appearances in this sweltering East Coast weather.

What was the first thing you splurged on when you made it big? My splurges have remained pretty true to type from the start. I took myself to Positano the second I could afford it. They are my people, ya know? Travel, massages, and dark chocolate are still my favorite indulgences.

What was the best-designed set you’ve ever worked on? Watchmen was impeccably designed. Alex McDowell built several blocks of an alternate New York City in Vancouver.

Before you leave the house you always . . . “Try to find my keys and sunglasses. Why I can’t seem to put them in one spot, I’ll never know!”

What design details on Roadies make you feel like you’re inhabiting an authentic rock ’n’ roll world? The bunk beds with little curtains that draw shut are so specific to a tour bus. Also, the small kitchenette, like something you’d have on a boat. There’s a groovy lounge in the back, which creates a Pavlovian response—you want to start drinking beer and smoking cigarettes even if you don’t do either.

You make playlists for your characters. What was on Shelli’s? “It was a combination of songs that I felt Shelli would gravitate to and also just the overall vibe of that world. A few examples are “All Hands on the Bad One” by Sleater Kinney, “Do Ya” by Peaches, the Kills’ cover of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac, “Feeling Good” courtesy of Nina Simone, ”I Need You” by the Eurythmics, and “Kiss Me on the Bus” by the Replacements.

What do you imagine Shelli’s dream home would look like? Would she even have a dream home, loving life on the road so much? I think Shelli has a fantasy version of a home that’s an antidote to being on the road. Probably something that involves a claw-foot bathtub, an open kitchen, vast glass doors that open onto turquoise water, and a very comfortable bed. But as you astutely pointed out, I’m not sure she’s ready for that yet. Via Architectural Digest.



DIY Bubble Bath

As I’m fighting a severe flu/cold, is there anything more rejuvenating than a bubble bath? The best part about this DIY is you can customize it with whatever essential oils fit your mood! Just mix all the ingredients together and add it to a running bath for some bubbly relaxing.


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Quick Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Eyes


Nothing screams back to school and early mornings more than unsightly dark circles under your eyes. While getting adequate amounts of sleep, eating a balanced diet full of a variety of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water can prevent and diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles over time, sometimes you need a quick fix to get you out the door and looking your best. Fortunately, there are a number of fast remedies that take less than 15 minutes to prepare and apply.

Cucumber Slices

You have probably heard your mother talk about using cucumber slices as a remedy for eye puffiness, but they are also an excellent way to revitalize tired eyes and reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. Cucumbers are mild, soothing and contain a large amount of water. When placed on the eyes, they help hydrate and cool the skin which decreases the swollen appearance of many dark under-eye circles. Hydrated skin promotes an increase in blood flow to the area, causing the eyes to look less sunken.

To use cucumbers on your eyes, slice the cucumber into 1/4-inch slices and cool in the refrigerator for five minutes. Lie down and place one slice on each closed eye. Leave them in place for 10 minutes. For an even more dramatic effect, grate a chilled, peeled cucumber, place a portion of the cucumber shreds on two square gauze pads and apply these to your eyes for 10 minutes.

Tea Bags

Like cucumbers, tea has naturally soothing properties and can provide much needed hydration to dehydrated skin. You can use either black tea or herbal tea bags to treat under-eye circles. Put two of the tea bags in cold water and allow them to soak undisturbed for five minutes. Shake the excess water off the bags–but do not wring or squeeze all the moisture from them–and place them on your eyes for 10 minutes.

Almond Oil

Massaging the under-eye areas with a small amount of almond oil is another way to diminish quickly the appearance of dark circles. Almond oil has been used in many Eastern cultures, particularly in India, as an all-purpose treatment for improved skin health. It is thought to soothe inflammation, to make the skin soft and moisturized and to lighten the dark circles beneath the eyes visibly. To use almond oil, place a few drops on your fingers and gently massage the oil into the under-eye area. Be careful not to rub too vigorously or to use too much oil.


Sometimes, your best bet is simply to cover the dark circles up with concealer. If under-eye circles are a recurring problem for you, keep a concealer in a shade slightly lighter than your skin tone on hand. To use the concealer, first moisturize the area with eye cream, then apply your normal makeup. Using a soft makeup brush, gently apply the concealer to the under-eye area, being careful not to use too much. Article via Modernmom.