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Sep 24 2012

Mayim at the Emmys: Pictures and Quotes from the Red Carpet

By at 2:26 pm

mayim bialik emmys 2012 pamela rolland gownMayim had us kvelling this Sunday as she walked the red carpet at the 64th Primetime Emmys.

Over the last couple of weeks Mayim kept us up to date on her dress-search progress and when she finally decided on a gown by Pamella Roland, we knew what color to expect (a deep burgundy) but not how the complete look would come together.

Long story short: it came together beautifully.

The gown was complimented by Mayim’s mezuzah necklace, which was designed for her by North American Jewelers. The layered necklace was finished just days ago with a sapphire and a blood-free diamond. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 21 2012

Getting Ready for the Emmys!

By at 2:23 pm

mayim bialik emmy-nominated a ctressShanah tovah! I hope everyone had a sweet New Year so far. We rocked ours with apples and agave and my husband’s Southern great-grandma’s cornbread stuffing. Yum.

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the Days of Teshuva, or returning, as we customarily take this time to ask for forgiveness from those we may have harmed this past year. Besides those phone calls of teshuva, here’s what else is on my mind these 10 days.

The Emmys Read the rest of this entry →

Beyond the Sling Giveaway: Day 3

By at 11:59 am

beyond the sling audio book giveawayWelcome to Day 3 of our Mayim book giveaway!

In honor of the Emmys which are this Sunday, the 23rd, and the fact that Mayim is nominated for Best Supporting Actress (woohoo!), we’ll be giving away a copy of Beyond the Sling.

Congrats to yesterday’s winner: Jennifer Oltman

To enter, sign up for Kveller’s  e-letter by clicking this link and then wish Mayim good luck in the comments below (NOTE: if you’re already signed up for the newsletter, just skip to the “good luck” part). We’ll choose a winner at the end of the day TODAY, so enter now!

Sep 19 2012

The Emmys Necklace: One Tiny Conflict-Free Diamond

By at 4:20 pm

diamondRemember my previous post? About the mezuzah I’m having designed for the Emmys? Remember my comment about “no blood diamonds please”?

Well, my mezuzah, I have been informed, will have a small diamond. But it will be perfectly… kosher! Here’s why. Turns out it’s not just left-wing social activist hippies like me who care about this stuff.

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Sep 14 2012

The Emmys Dress: I’ll Be Wearing Pamella Roland

By at 11:37 am
Pamella Roland dress Mayim Bialik

This is not my dress, but it is by my designer, Pamella Roland.

The last post I wrote about the search for this year’s Emmy dress was written just before a little thing happened that we can heretofore call my horrible, horrible car accident. The days after my accident were spent negotiating pain, recovering from surgery, returning to work, and also wondering what was I going to do about my Emmy dress with my right hand in the sorry state it’s in. At that time, Ali and I were 99% sure of the dress.

Almost a month after the accident, my hand is still extremely unpleasing to the eye in its ungloved, unprotected form and my hand therapist has agreed to try and give me a black compression glove, sleeve, splint, or combination of those.

We have decided to forge ahead and convert our 99% certainty to 100% certainty. I think it’s safe to announce that the designer of my Emmy gown is Pamella Roland. We have made a few modifications to the dress, given the state of my hand and forearm and general Mayim-ness.

1. Sleeves: We modified the sleeves from the original design of the dress so that, if need be, the fact that the sleeve may not close around my wrist will not be easily noticed.

2. Color: We changed our color choice from slate blue to a deep, dark burgundy. Although they do not make hand splints and compression gloves in deep, dark burgundy, I will feel less self conscious having a black hand contraption blend in with deep, dark burgundy, than with any of the other colors we considered.

3. NeckwearThe mezuzah, which North American Jewelers is designing for me to wear on the red carpet, originally featured a sapphire to go with the slate blue. Tempted as I was to change the sapphire to a garnet or ruby, Ali and my husband both rolled their eyes and said that that was “too mitchy-matchy.” As it stands, the mezuzah will feature a sapphire and an “unblood” small diamond (more on that next week).

4. Neckline: The dress plunged more into the cleavage arena than I am comfortable with, so we lifted it to a more tzinus (modest) level. I guess you could say that the dress is now closer to God. Ha ha ha.

Without giving away too many details besides the fact that it’s deep, dark burgundy, it is very long, it has a loop that goes around your index finger to hold up the train when you walk (I feel like I should have one of those medieval princess cone hats on when I loop it through my finger), and it shows off my curves in a hopefully appropriate way.

RECAP

Dress: 100% no turning back. Thank you, Pamella Roland. Thank you, deep, dark burgundy. Thank you, Jorge the tailor.

Necklace: 100% almost done. No mitchy-matchy red stone. Just a sapphire and a happy diamond.

Mood: Furrowed brow attributed solely to the pain of my injury and recovery. Otherwise, pretty darn content.

Read more on my deliberations over the search for the perfect Emmy dress. And read up my quest for last year’s Hot and Holy dress.

Sep 10 2012

The Emmys Dress: Making This as Easy as Possible

By at 2:30 pm

mayim bialik emmys 2011 black dressThe search for this year’s Emmy dress is already going much smoother than last year’s search.

One reason is that I have a stylist named Ali who I really like, who understands me and my fashion needs, and who isn’t afraid to be honest with me. She’s also not freaked out by all of my weird Jewish modesty clothing issues. As I described in my last post about the search for my Emmy dress, I sent my stylist some images of classic Hollywood dresses, classic paintings depicting dresses I like, and pictures of Hollywood actresses in dresses I like. Then, I waited.

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Sep 6 2012

The Emmys Necklace: Designing Something Jewish

By at 8:17 pm

mayim bialik at reception for emmy-nominated peersThe search for a mezuzah to wear to the Emmys is on. Let’s call it Operation Motzi Mezuzah, shall we? Last we spoke, stylist Alison Kahn was beginning a search for a jewelry designer to craft a mezuzah that is red carpet appropriate and, as Ali might put it, “fabulous,” “awesome,” and “aMAzing,” because stylists use those kinds of words a lot.

Ali works with a set of jewelry designers and manufacturers collectively known as North American Jewelers, Inc. She also works with the The Palladium Alliance since she likes that metal because it’s a luxurious precious metal that is hypoallergenic, so it is sensitive to your skin…and best yet, it is lightweight. We had a conference call, all four of us: Ali, me, Heather Tucholski from The Palladium Alliance, and the CFO of North American Jewelers, Martin “Marty” Weinberger. That’s right, folks. Marty’s Jewish. Marty knows what a mezuzah is. Marty’s got the skills to make Operation Motzi Mezuzah happen. Go, Marty, go! Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 22 2012

My Night Among the Emmy Nominated Stars

By at 11:35 am

mayim bialik emmy nominee reception kveller.comMonday night I made my first red carpet appearance since my accident. It was an Emmy nominee reception hosted by the people who actually vote for who wins the Emmys.

I’m going to be honest. Monday was a rough day, recovery-wise. I almost didn’t go but went for a few reasons. First, it’s a fantastic opportunity to schmooze with the people who will potentially vote for me to win the award. Second, I saw it as an opportunity to prepare for a night of filming, which would be the next night, in terms of staying awake past 7 p.m., which I had yet to do since the accident. And finally, I had an awesome Tadashi Shoji dress already picked out and we all know you can’t disappoint your stylist.

The evening was a tremendous success, both professionally and personally. Here are my highlights.

1. Getting dressed. It normally takes me one hour flat to get ready. Monday night, I left myself two hours since things I took for granted, such as putting on my own SPANX, takes a longer time when someone else is doing it, especially when the SPANXer and the SPANXee are giggling hysterically. We got me out the door lookin’ pretty sharp and all I could think was: we put Humpty Dumpty back together. Read the rest of this entry →

Jul 20 2012

Mayim Bialik’s Exclusive Take on Her Emmy Nomination

By at 10:23 am
mayim bialik emmys 2012

At the Emmys last year.

I got nominated for an Emmy yesterday. Like for realz. Emmy. Nominated. Me.

Here is the Kveller.com exclusive with all of the details you won’t hear from EW.com, New York Magazine, Good Day LA, and so on.

Where Was I?

I am in Atlanta and that’s where I was yesterday morning when I found out. I was in my best friend’s kitchen.

What Was I Doing?

I had just completed a phone interview with a parenting site about World Breastfeeding Awareness Month. I was so certain I was not being nominated that I didn’t even hesitate about scheduling the interview for the exact time the announcements were made. In fact, as the announcements were about to begin, I texted my best friend from her bedroom where I was doing the interview to tell her that I didn’t get nominated, but “the announcements are starting.” I also emailed a good friend of mine last night who was wishing me good luck, “I am 99.99999% sure I am not nominated. But Kristen Wiig will be!” Read the rest of this entry →

Jul 19 2012

The Internet Buzz Over Mayim Bialik’s Emmy Nomination

By at 1:46 pm

mayim bialik jim parsons emmy nominations big bang theoryThe internet is buzzing with news of my Emmy nomination for The Big Bang Theory. Here’s all the interviews I’ve done so far and some other features:

- Making the good side of “snappy judgments” in this post on TVLine.

- My brief reaction to being nominated on Hollywood.com.

- A nod on my first-time nomination from USA today.

- My interview on Entertainment Weekly.

- My tweet was mentioned on The Hollywood Reporter, and then they interviewed me.

- I make the favorite nomination list on BuddyTV.

- I’m among the funny women of comedy line-up on Slate’s XXfactor blog.

- Featured in this write up from Jewcy.com.

- A nice write up from the super kind and generous folks at an amazing parenting blog called Kveller.

Kveller will also be interviewing me here in just a bit. Any questions you’d like them to ask?

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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