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POP INTERVIEW: Celebrity Psychic Thomas John Makes Predictions on Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper…and Brian Balthazar!?

Thomas John earns a living as a medium. There are no Long Island Theresa Caputo fingernails involved, but he has seen a large number of painted nails for well known clients like Jennifer Lopez and a slew of everyday folks paying for his services. He chatted about his work in an unusual, though lucrative, career path, tossed out declarations about celebrity love lives and tells me I am going to do things very unlike myself in my own dating life.



Have you ever wondered what your future has in store? Thomas John earns a living as a medium. There are no Long Island Theresa Caputo fingernails involved, but he has seen a large number of painted nails for well known clients like Jennifer Lopez and a slew of everyday folks paying for his services. He chatted about his work in an unusual, though lucrative, career path, tossed out declarations about celebrity love lives, predicted Brian’s future and tells me I am going to do things very unlike myself in my own dating life.

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Did you try to predict what questions I was going to ask you for this interview or get a vibe your PR folks were going to suggest you? 🙂
No, I didn’t because it just showed up in my Inbox today and I had no idea who you were. But it’s interesting—last month, I saw Brian on something on TV and I thought…..hmmm, I should give him a reading!

What are you going to do on your Valentine’s Day event? What excites you? What do you, well, *predict*?
I am putting on a panel about love and finding a soul mate. We have 5 experts who are truly the best of the best in terms of knowing about love. A love psychologist, a love psychic, a dating coach, a love self-help guru, and myself. The panel is going to be moderated by NYC radio personality Laura Smith, who has several shows on 77 WABC AM. We’re really excited about it because it will offer a forum for people to ask questions about this kind of elusive topic. We’re going to be mostly focused on tips and tricks to enhance your search for your soul mate. I predict one person will spill their pink lemonade!

Making Love: Finding Your True Soul Mate From The Inside Out
Friday, December 7, 2012
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
New York, NY

What are some findings you have discovered from one on one readings these past few months that startled you?
As far as my medium readings, I am still astonished at the amount of detailed information that the deceased are able to communicate, and how the deceased truly have wonderful information and messages to help guide us on the Earth plane. With psychic readings, I guess what always surprises me is how people’s deep fear of strangers and the unknown paralyzes them. My readings help people by helping them have a greater degree of certainty about things.

Which famous people do you believe are going to be couples this year and who will break up?
• Prince Harry will enter a serious relationship with a woman he will eventually marry.
Madonna will reveal her engagement to Brahim Zaibat. While no wedding plans will be in the works, the engagement will be made official with a lackluster ring.
Sharon Stone and Martin Mica will part ways.

• Taylor Lautner will become publicly and heavily involved with a girlfriend of little Hollywood significance.

• Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana will make their relationship more official. There will be clear evidence that they are moving in together and planning to marry.

• Britney Spears’ and Jason Trawick’s relationship will be strong. Allegations that they have called off their wedding or are ending their relationship will be proven false and their relationship will be stronger than ever.

• There will be a break up or a clear, definite split surrounding the Kardashians. It’s possible that Bruce and Kris Jenner will finally part ways. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will split amidst rumors that he is too controlling, however that may be closer to 2014.

• Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo will become engaged.

• Cam Gigandet and Dominique Geisendorff will be the new hot and heavy couple in Hollywood. America will fall in love with this modern, media friendly couple as they become “so cute” with their two children and Hollywood papers will eat them up. Cam will receive bigger roles.

• Taylor Swift will be ALL over the place with relationships this year and will start acting in a way that is out of character and almost seems reckless.

• Kathy Griffin and Randy Bick will split and then rekindle their romance.

Should people always trust first instincts with life and dating?
You should always listen to them, if they are true first instincts. You have to be careful though, because sometimes you can project your own wants and desires onto a situation—and that’s not an instinct so much as a desire of something. So you want to be careful there. The best way to tap into your instincts is to really sit with yourself in a quiet space and allow whatever to come to you without judgment or expectation. It’s about being honest with yourself.

Irish culture is full of magic, superstitions and rituals, as well as ancient Chinese and modern Japan, and I am certainly fascinated by these cultures. Do you ever delve into magical practices from these cultures in your work?
I don’t really work with magic or rituals. I have a certain system I use to prepare myself for readings, but I don’t work with magic or superstitions—besides the fact that I don’t open an umbrella indoors!

Among your services, someone can order energy cleansing. What do you do? Is this really another term for your version of feng shui?
In an energy cleansing, I basically heal people through touch and thought. I tune into what we know as the “aura”—it’s basically their whole internal and external disposition. I then make little improvements on things as I see fit. I may work on physical symptoms, emotional symptoms, or psychological blocks. It just depends where I am led. I also sage the person’s space and body. The idea behind the sage is that as the sage burns, it gives out smoke, and takes bad or negative things away with it.

If someone feels he or she has psychic abilities, how could someone transfer them into earning a living when people are skeptical to begin with?
If someone feels they have psychic abilities, the best thing to do is to first really practice with them. There’s a difference between having some abilities and the abilities to actually be a professional psychic. It’s just like basketball for example. I love to shoot hoops with a few of my guy friends—I am likely not going to make it to the NBA anytime soon though. So if you feel you have those abilities, you should develop them. I teach classes on this type of stuff, the next one is my four-part Psychic Bootcamp, which starts on March 7th.

Psychic Bootcamp
Part 1: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Part 2: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Part 3: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Part 4: Thursday, March 28, 2013
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
New York, NY

How do psychics fit in with religious beliefs? What do you want to tell people who think it goes against their Christian or other beliefs?
I honestly don’t know where on earth people get this idea—it’s basically essentially fabricated. I was raised Catholic, and I still go to Catholic Church from time to time. But when people come at me with telling me that what I do is bad or against Christianity or something, I tell them they are nuts and should do research. First off, Jesus was a medium and psychic. There is a passage in the Bible where Jesus tells a woman about everything that ever happened in her life, past and present. People also saw visions of Jesus after he passed away. He visited people. Also, the Bible was written by prophets. The Bible just says to be careful around fake prophets, and to not rely on anyone over and above Jesus or God. People like to exaggerate things to support their world perspective.

What does it feel like when you get a psychic message?
It can feel like many different things, depending on what Clair I am working with—I am clairaudient (hear things), clairsentient (feel things), clairvoyant (see things), claircognizant (know things). So these are all very different types of experiences. My strongest is probably clairvoyance, where I see things playing in my head. The analogy I would use is that it’s like thinking about a memory. It would be like if I said, “Hey, what was your 8th grade science class like?” You might see flashes of things. For example, I remember my teacher had red hair. I remember the black wood tables. I remember an experiment that I blew up a glass bottle somehow. But I might not see every single second and every single minute of the whole class.

Let me be your psychic prowl guinea pig and test you out, sans the too general speak most psychics use! 😉 First off, what is my overall career destiny?
It looks like in the next year you will be making a major shift where you leave one place and go to another. I saw you leaving a job. For you long-term future, you have books. They are telling me part of your change this year will be making a new contact with someone in TV/modeling who will help you refocus your career. I see you being recruited away from your current job!

* Hopefully, he is referring to another job and not! *

Will I ever get married and when? What will the age difference be between myself and my spouse? What does the person do for a living?
I see you married to an older man, about 5 years your senior. He is in business. He speaks with an accent and has very dark hair. You will meet him in the next 24 months, most likely next year. You may meet him this year, but if you did, you wouldn’t date I don’t feel, maybe just be friends.

 * Yikes. I may wind up hiding under my bed for two years if that’s the case! 😉 *

What lies in Brian’s career future (Brian Balthazar, my boss) in 2013?
It looks like Brian has a lot of potential for the summer. They are showing it being a slow period overall, but him being approached with new projects and new collaborations. Brian is going to get some sort of segment which would be on TV regularly. It is shown that he would be the host or the presenter. I also saw a very close person to Brian having great success in the coming year with real estate. It looks like a person with dark hair and blue eyes, a male energy. It looks like eventually, Brian may be involved in this too. But this is maybe 2 or 3 years from now. Brian is watched over by an older woman who has her hair pulled back in a hat, who did not pass that recently. Very smart, vibrant woman, not a mother, it may be like a grandmother or great Aunt.

Speaking of other people, have you made Oscar predictions? Who will win Best Actor? Will my new friend Daniel Dreifuss win an Oscar for “No” in foreign films?
• Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

• Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

• Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln”

• Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

• Best Picture: “Lincoln”

Re: Foreign Film, Yes, he’s going to win!

What do you readers think? Agree, disagree or agree to disagree?

If you want to attend any of his events or learn more, all the information is on Thomas’ website!


Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign



As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!


Let’s start with the Dining Room!

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Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!



Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!


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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!


So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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Well Sh-t, Leslie Jordan Has Shared Three Videos Of Himself Dancing In One Week And They’re All Perfect



Doing much better now, Leslie.

If you’ve never believed that “good things come in small packages” then you’ve never seen Leslie Jordan’s instagram. The 4’11” actor known for his iconic roles in shows like Will & Grace and American Horror Story has recently developed a whole new fanbase who loves him for his viral Instagram videos. Usually starting each video by greeting fans with “Well shit, how y’all doing?”, viewers have grown to anticipate Jordan’s hilarious recounting of stories from his time in show biz or growing up in the south. This week, however, the Tennessee native has shared 3 videos of himself dancing within 5 days and honestly it’s precisely what we all need right now.

The first video was posted on August 12th and shows Jordan taking part of the “Git up and dance challenge” which swept the internet about a year ago. Even though he is a little late, the video is still perfection.

On August 13th, Jordan does a dance to “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray a with special guest dance partner Katie Couric!

Finally, on August 15th, Jordan does an epic “tootsie roll” and challenges Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, to do the tootsie roll herself. Of course Rinna commented with a big “ON IT ❤️😂.” Who could say no to the viral star?!?

The moral of the story here is that the world is going through some tough times right now but maybe, even for a few seconds, we could all feel better if we’d just dance it out. Thanks for the inspo Leslie Jordan!

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Planters ‘Baby Nut’ Has Somehow Already Turned 21 And People Are Not Loving The News



2020 keeps getting nuttier.

The world was shocked when the iconic Mr. Peanut was killed during a pre-Super Bowl ad earlier this year. There wasn’t much time to mourn, however, before a new nut was thrust onto us like back-to-school commercials in July. Yes, after the 59-year-old mascot met his untimely death consumers were introduced to his reincarnate, Baby Nut. With big, expressive eyes and a tiny stature fans began to swoon over the cute branding revamp and accepted him as the new mascot. Well as if 2020 hasn’t been crazy enough, Planters just released a new commercial celebrating Baby Nut’s 21st birthday and I’m not sure how to feel about it.

According to a quick Google search, a peanut plant takes 4-5 months to reach maturity. So with Baby Nut being born in February, he is technically right on track in his growth cycle. The OG Mr. Peanut was the reigning mascot for 59 years so does that mean he was actually over 3,000 peanut-years old? The accelerated aging is not explained in the new ad with Baby Nut (Young Adult Nut?) simply saying “it’s been a weird year.” Reactions on Twitter are largely negative but as always, hilarious. Here are some of the best:

Yikes. Good thing Baby Nut is old enough to drink now…looks like he might need to throw back a few to handle some of these reactions.

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