Sophia Bush is warm and friendly when she launches Tone’s Almond Milk body wash during a Gen Art Styles event held at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

As lemon chicken and tuna tartar tacos are served, tunes including Rihanna’s Umbrella, Jesse McCartney’s Leavin’ and Leona LewisBleeding Love fill the air. Sophia struts up to the microphone.

“What’s come to the forefront of fashion and beauty products today is a trend toward our world becoming more accessible,” the raspy-voiced One Tree Hill star says. “You can see that with Sarah Jessica Parker’s Bitten line, and you can see that with these Tone products, that are wonderful for your skin. It’s chic, fashionable and affordable.”

Sophia and I sit down on white couches, where she is giddy about presenting the Tone Fashion Vision Award to Jolibe tonight. (She’s also giving him a check for $10,000!) What’s the key to her style?

“Always having fun with it,” the actress, 25, tells me. “Putting on something that makes you feel great, whether you’re in the mood to be casual and throw on jeans and a v-neck t-shirt, or you want to get done up and put on a dress and the heels and throw the hair up in bobby pins. Regardless of what it is, you’ve gotta feel good. If other people are pushing you into fashion decisions, I don’t think that’s the way to go. That’s why I generally choose to dress myself.”

What makes her feel comfortable?

“What makes me feel most comfortable is feeling like I’ve been taking care of my body. Having healthy skin is just as crucial as having the big white smile. I load up on my antioxidants, drinking green tea and taking my Omega 3 fish oils.”

What also makes her happy is being free and single after ending her marriage to One Tree Hill costar Chad Michael Murray in 2006 and two-year relationship with fellow actor Austin Nichols.

“I really like just enjoying my time in the moment,” she tells me. “Being in every day, not planning for tomorrow, not worrying about yesterday. It’s so lovely to just have time with my girlfriends and my family. But it’s really awkward to not be dating in Hollywood because whenever I get spotted anywhere with any of my guy friends, suddenly we’re madly in love or something. People misconstrue things so insanely. You realize you can’t win and you sort of have to let all that go and laugh about it at the end of the day.”

Upon leaving, I get a gift bag that includes Tone body wash in Exotic Fusions, Almond Milk and Sugar Glow, plus Almond Milk hand wash and Almond Milk body bars. All right!

For more on Sophia Bush, pick up the OK! on newsstands now. “Brit’s Private Mommy Moments” is the cover line.

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