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    Natural History Museum Ice Rink Opening

    Christmas is coming!!!! Love is in the air!!! And there’s a new fun way to get a bit fit and burn off the mulled wine – hurrah!

    Last night the Natural History Museum outdoor ice rink officially opened with the Tower of London rink and Winter Wonderland soon to follow. And the celebrities tested the ice to make sure it was safe for the rest of us. Isn’t that nice of them?

    Refreshingly, it looked like they were just as unsteady of their feet as the rest of us, with the exception of Tom from The Only Way Is Essex (above) but he is a former professional football player so we’ll let him off. Ricky Rayment and Jessica Wright (below) were not budding Torvils Nor Deans but we did like Jessica’s beret.

    However, if you haven’t got a man to join you on the ice then don’t worry. TV presenter Stacey Solomon and ex Made in Chelsea vixen Kimberly Garner also took a spin with the skates solo showing that you don’t need to have a hot plus one to have fun. There’s a great cafe by the rink serving hot chocolate  and hot chocolate won’t fart in bed…

    Anyway, to book tickets for the rink that is open until 6 January, click here

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    VIP Awards: Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012

    Celebrity Awards | Barclaycard Mercury Prize

    There is always an awards show which celebrates the ‘alternative’ and the Barclays Mercury Prize is definitely one of them. Most of the nominees are relative newcomers to the music industry (apart from Plan B) and it is always a mystery of who will win. The who’s who in music lined the red carpet at Camden’s Roundhouse, with everyone on edge as to who will win.

    Electronic band Alt-J won the coveted Mercury Prize said they only thought they had an 8% chance of winning. Well boys, now your dream can become a reality. Congratulations.

    Hosts Nick Grimshaw and Lauren Laverne delivered suitable amounts of dry humour to the proceedings and made some cracks at each others expense. Lauren looked stunning in black vintage and the music veteran said since she has had kids, she never really bothers dressing up too much and her make-up only took ten minutes to do – somehow we don’t believe her.

    Ben Drew a.k.a Plan B who was nominated for his album ill Manours,  said he wasn’t too upset that he didn’t win. But he did say he is starting to work on a campaign which will see the biggest names in music collaborating to put an end to illegal downloads – hmmm, we can’t see that happening Ben. Good luck with that one.  The London rapper turned director turned actor wore a trendy blazer and jumper and looked HOT. We are seeing a new side to Ben – PHWOAR!

    One of our favourite music newcomers of the year Lianne La Havas, showed all the other ladies up in the style stakes. Lianne’s white, plunging maxi dress showed off her enviable figure. The soul singer said she had to do a lot of spinning to get into the frock.

    Jessie Ware looked beautiful in a slashed floor length, black dress and scraped back hair – her dress was almost as sexy as her voice. The Londoner told us that she was wearing a Lipstick Queen Glossy Pencil, which she swears by, and has them in all the colours. That’s our lunchtime purchase sorted.

     

     

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    VIP Party: Jonathan Ross’s Halloween Party

    Celebrity Party | Halloween in the UK

    Halloween is one of our favourite holiday’s of the year and it looks like the celebrities of the UK and United States love it just as much as we do…

    Jonathan Ross’s Halloween Party

    Lover of all things frightening, Jonathan Ross managed to throw a party better than the one last year – we thought that would be impossible. Decorating his house like a haunted castle, the quirky television star said he plan his halloween party a year in advance. You have gotta love Wossy!

    Jack Whitehall went as a giant cockroach, whilst his girlfriend dressed up as a sexy, blood splattered nurse. What a handsome pair.

    Holly Willoughby looked impressive as a zombie, complete with freaky red contact lenses. We don’t think Keith Lemon would approve.

    Gary, Danielle and George Lineker went all out with their costumes as a mixture of vampires and a mummy – we think perhaps George’s trainers slightly ruined the scary look though.

    We’re not overly sure if Helena Bonham Carter actually dressed up – she looked normal to us!

    Kate Moss and husband Jamie Hince rocked the Morticia and Gomez Adams look. We think black hair could be a good look for kate – what do you think?

    Jimmy Carr dressed as a ventriloquist and carried a dummy with him – we think that dummy looks a little too much like Jimmy. Creepy.

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    VIP Awards: Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards

    Celebrity Awards | Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards

    Another day, another awards show and it doesn’t get much ritzier than the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards. Fashion’s most influential women slipped their feet into their very best Jimmy Choo’s for the awards ceremony at super posh Claridge’s last night.

    Stella McCartney won best British Designer, whilst Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmons scooped the British Ambassadors of the year awards – we wonder if Stella claimed responsibility for the dodgy Olympic tracksuits?

    Scottish singer Emeli Sande put her microphone down for five minutes to put her party pants on and let her hair down. The Heaven singer, who will be touring next year said she is not ruling out trying to break the US – do we see another Leona Lewis?

    Yasmin Le Bon certainly doesn’t look her 48 years in s snakeskin print floor length dress. The model has a body to die for and said she owes it all to snacking on strawberries and Bikram yoga – we had better get our mats out now.

    David Gandy, in a suit, looking scrummy. Enough said.

    Fashion legend Vivienne Westwood committed the ultimate fashion sin by wearing socks with sandals. Queen Viv, it may be time to renounce your crown!

    Marion Cotillard looked divine in Dior and said she is always happy to have an excuse to come back to the UK. We heart Marion’s style and her new flick Rust and Bone – click here for the review.

    The Devil Wears Prada star Emily Blunt arrived wearing a statement orange gown. The actress, who divides her time between the UK and the States said she is thinking about making her time in England more permanent with her Chuck actor husband John Krasinski.

    The Winners are…

    Stella McCartney – British Designer of the Year

    Marion Cotillard – International Actor of the Year

    The Queen – Icon of the Year

    Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmonds – British Ambassadors of the Year

    Dame Vivienne Westwood – Inspiration of the Year

    Raf Simons – Man in a Woman’s World

    Anya Hindmarch – Businesswoman of the Year

    Ruth Wilson – Breakthrough of the Year

    Cindy Sherman – Artist of the Year

    Emily Blunt – British Actor of the Year

    Emeli Sande – Musician of the Year

    Marie Colvin – In Memoriam

     

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    Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards With VO5

    Celebrity Party | Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards 2012

    Last night saw one of our fave award shows of the year – the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the year awards with VO5. The Victoria and Albert Hall turned into all things girly for one night only, with the likes of the X-Factor judges, Kelly Osbourne and Team GB there to celebrate women. We were so lucky to be invited, we made the most of every second to ask the stars what they do to make life more fabulous.  This is what we found:

    Nicole Scherzinger look fabulous as always in a tight white shift dress and hot pink shoes. Nicole Scherzinger (when collecting an award) said she regretted saying ‘grow some balls’ as balls are weak and sensitive. She wished she’d said grow a vagina. Hearing Nicole say Vagina was weird!

    The X-Factor judge has the best brows in the business and the singer told us that she has been using Chantecaille eyebrow pencils to give her brows a nice arch and a shape to her face. We know where we’re going after reading this…Chantecaille.

    Yummy mummy to be Fearne Cotton looked gorgeous in a vintage style floral gown. The Radio One DJ said since she discovered she is pregnant she has been using Bio Oil everyday to stop stretch marks – and it’s working!

    Strictly Come Dancing star and Girls Aloud legend Kimberley Walsh looked ravishing in mint green at last nights awards show. The singer and dancer said she is glad she is competing in Strictly as she won’t have to bother doing anything extra to shape up for tour. To be honest, she could do with putting ON some weight but we did notice her scoffing her chocolate souflee pudding and finish the lot, so we’re not that worried about her. She’s a girl after our own hears – that souflee was choc-o-licious!

    Kelly Osbourne still looks amazing after her dramatic weight loss, not showing the same appetite as Kimberley (boo). Ozzy’s daughter, who was not happy with the way she looked after leaving rehab, had an image overhaul and cut out sugary foods and started running. Kel said she still loves Jammie Dodgers, but said the best thing for you to work the calories off is to join a running club.

    We are loving Alesha Dixon’s masculine style at the moment. Last week she wore double denim to the National Poppy Appeal and this week she is in tuxedo trousers – pop to Urban Outfitters (Alesha’s fave high street shop) to get the look.

    As the night was all about strong, powerful women, Zoe went for a show-stopping glamour overhaul for the evening. In fact, she was called the Queen Quiff – we like that. The hair was done by Kerry from Danique hairdressing. And notice Zoe’s eyelashes in the picture below? They are Angel Eyes semi-permanent eyelash extensions, which mean you don’t even need to wear any mascara. They’re meant to last for up months with regular infills. We’ll let you know how we get on.

    Zoe caught up with the X-factor hopefuls at last night’s awards and said her new fave is definitely Kye Sones. The ex-chimney sweeper was very humble and said he was just grateful to be in the competition, let alone possibly winning it!

    Zoe also had a natter with Rylan Clarke about his BFF and ex-mentor Katie Price. The controversial contestant said that Katie tried to do his tan for the show but it was really bad, so he is now off to Fake Bake to get it done properly. He also confessed that Katie nearly took his eyebrows off before bootcamp – we wouldn’t advise you let Pricey near your face!

    Speaking to ex-Westlife singer Kian Egan, he confessed he has been watching more X-Factor than Strictly. The Irish singer said he has been keeping up with Nicky’s dancing though and has been voting every weekend. Kian said he still watches it all though is backing Kye Sones to go all the way. He may be a little biased  as his wife, Jodi went to stage school with the reality show contestant.

    Jessica Ennis won the Best Olympian award and said she is back in training already! The Olympian trains every day and said she only has rare days off – we can tell, you looked fabulous in your McQueen frock! Zoe towered above her:

     

    The winners are…

    Editor’s Choice  – Stephanie Kercher

    Ultimate Olympian – Jessica Ennis

    Ultimate Hottie – Louis Smith

    Ultimate Paralympian – Sarah Storey

    Ultimate UK TV Actress – Vicky McClure

    Ultimate Film Actress – Jennifer Lawrence

    Ultimate Newcomer award – Zawe Ashton

    Ultimate Confidence Queens – Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian

    Ultimate Style Icon – Kelly Osbourne

    Ultimate Men of the year – One Direction

     

     

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    VIP Gig: JLS Supported By X-Factor’s MK1 At G.A.Y

    Celebrity Gig | JLS and MK1 At G.A.Y

    Those JLS boys have come a long way since those X-Factor days haven’t they? The super cheeky boys have written a new album and their new single ‘Hottest Girl In The World’ is fast becoming our fave track to date. Saturday night saw Marvin, Ortise, JB and Aston get the blood pumping through many a man (and woman’s) heart on stage at G.A.Y.

    Not content with putting on a fabulous show full of jumping, flips and gyrating, the boys also had evicted X-Factor urban group MK1. Charlotte and Sim (MK1) may have been gutted they are no longer in the running for the coveted X-Factor prize, but they said they have already been offered support and help from mentor Louis Walsh and Tulisa – with those guys behind you, we think you are going to have a glittering career guys.

    We did have ask the JLS boys if we are going to hear any wedding bells soon, as JB is engaged to childhood sweetheart Chloe and Aston is dating one of his back-up dancers – they wouldn’t give away anything but we think we should start dusting our hats off.

    We wonder if that calender will be going on Marv and Rochelle’s fridge?

     

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    VIP Sporty Party: NFL International Series 2012

    Celebrity Party | NFL International Series 2012 Launch Party

    Rugby and Football season may be making its comeback, but we are much more excited about the NFL coming to our fair shores. Yesterday saw the New England Patriots and the St Louis Rams at Wembley stadium to a packed audience full of fans old and new. The New England Patriots won by a mile and we have to say that they were definitely the fitter team.

    But talking of fit men, one of the best parts of the NFL circus coming to town is we got an opportunity to party with sporty people of all ages at a pre-party at Under The Bridge in the Chelsea Football Stadium.

    Our website editor Zoe, enjoyed the fun and frolicks of Saturday night’s launch party who caught up with NFL legend Bruce Smith from top team the Buffalos. The giant of a man told Zoe that this is his first trip to London and is absolutely loving it – he was even showing some impressive dance moves too.

    American soft rock band Train performed, busting out classic tunes such as Drops of Jupiter and Hey, Soul Sister – we loved every minute of it.

    Not only did Zoe get a chance to rub shoulders with the NFL stars and cheerleaders, but she also met synchronised swimmers Jenna and Asha Randall and Chris Ubank with his sons Christopher and Sebastian who are both boxers. It all got a little hot in that room.

    Lastly, we rounded the party up with discovering a super cool rap star Called Bobii Lewis – we would of actually preferred to have seen him rather than Train’s extra loooooong set! Don’t believe how good he is? Check him out yourself…

     

     

     

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    Lingerie Backstage With Peter Crouch And Abbey Clancy

    Before I start this post, I have a mini-disclaimer.I took a lot of video footage at this event, which I plan to edit for my Live Like a VIP YouTube channel by Friday, and so this written blog post is a teaser of what is to come. Tease was very much the slogan for the night as the event I’m talking about was a lingerie fashion show for the Seven Bar Foundation.

    I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of the Seven Bar Foundation before but the more I hear about it the more I like it as it’s a female friendly charity. It’s all about helping women in poverty to help themselves by arranging loans for viable small business plans they have. And last night, they definitely earned enough to fund themselves as the £500 a head dinner at Old Billingsate Market in the city of London was completely full and that’s a venue that seats 500 people. That’s at least £250,000 (minus the cost of the venue hire, obviously).

    I was lucky enough to have VIP access to the behind the scenes area and so to make the most of the night for everyone that couldn’t be there I took some photos and chatted to celebrities  like Abbey Clancy (above with me and below).

    Abbey is wearing an Agent Provacateur corset that’s out next season and told me it’s the first time she’s been on a catwalk since giving birth to her daughter Sophia. She said it was nice for her to know her husband Peter Crouch was sat in the crowd as it made her feel less nervous. We bet he was really proud of her too! In fact, we did also talk to him later in the night (see more further down).

    The main hangout for the models was the backstage bar provided by luxury rum brand Ron Zacapa. In the photo below, you can see Dan, the brand ambassador for the drink, on the far right. On the far left is me and my personal trainer Derrick Twum and there are also journalists from Star magazine, The Daily Express and The Mail on Sunday. Us journalists are a tough crowd to please but after a Daquiri, a long cocktail and some tasting of neat rum, I certainly had a smile on my face. However, I do also realise that Derrick may make me work this off in the gym later this week…

    The backstage bar was a big pull for the models who needed a stiff upper lip before walking down the catwalk wearing practically nothing.  There were two shows with the warm-up being a lingerie show by Lady Gaga’s favourite latex designer Atsuko Kudo. Here’s a model doing some warm-ups backstage before sashaying down the catwalk in this latex lingerie.

    I quickly peeped my head round the curtain to see how it looked on the catwalk. What do you think?

    One thing I did like about the Atsuko range is that it was really colourful. When you think of latex you automatically think black or beige, well I do anyway, but I was impressed to see that wasn’t the case with stunning pinks and lilacs.

    Check out the lilac latex stockings. It was National Stockings Day last Friday so it’s about time to celebrate it now if you didnt do so last week.

    Now back for some more celebrity gossip, I grilled Peter Crouch about fashion. He gets his suits made at Oliver Sweeney, he uses Elemis shaving gel and he uses Fudge products in his hair. He avoids alcohol and he has a date night with his wife Abbey at least once a week. Could this man be any more perfect? However, I do feel sorry for him as his default pose is to  stoop anytime anyone wants their photo taken with him. He’s much better looking in the flesh than I captured in the photo, trust me.

    The main fashion show by Agent Provacateur I captured on video, with Peaches Geldof and Sarah Harding doing turns on the catwalk. This will be up online and on YouTube tomorrow – watch this space for one of the sexiest videos you’ll see all year.

    And after all this, it was time for an after-party held at the luxurious Raffles members club in Chelsea, which was one of the sponsors of Lingerie London. With Veuve Cliquot, Tom Collins cocktails and a sparkling pear and cinnamon fizz, let’s hope some guests booked the next day off work!

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    VIP Royal Premiere: James Bond Skyfall

    Celebrity Premiere | James Bond Skyfall

    That’s right ladies, the only man to make a Martini look sexy is back. Daniel Craig has reprised his role as 007 and has definitely put the shaken back into the Bond franchise. Treading the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall, the stars of the film and the fans were treated to classical Bond music and David Walliams interviewing the stars live on the red carpet.

    In Skyfall, 007’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is severely tested, as her past comes back to haunt her. Bond must track down the threat, regardless of the personal cost.

    Cue buildings being blown up, hot women and Daniel Craig in his pants – what more could you want in a movie? This is by far the best Bond film we have seen in years – go and watch it now!

    Star of the film Daniel Craig looked pretty dapper in his Tom Ford suit (we were gutted he wasn’t in Speedo’s) and told us that he has signed up to do the next Bond. Thank the Lord!

    British veteran actress Judi Dench looked fabulous last night in a floor length white gown. M even had her neck ‘tattooed’ with a diamante 007 – so bloomin’ cool! Our favourite British actress said she is sad to be leave the Bond films behind and said life isn’t all bad when you see Daniel Craig in a suit everyday. Whoah! You go Judi.

    New Bond girl Naomie Harris looked every inch the starlet last night, but confessed to us that she never thought being a Bond girl was even possible. “I never thought it was a possibility, so it’s hugely exciting to be a Bond girl.” She added: “I’m loving it. I love Sam Mendes. He’s a fantastic director. And Daniel Craig is incredible to work with, so I feel incredibly lucky.” Yes, you are bloomin’ lucky Naomie!

    Naughty Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe stunned the crowds in a scarlet Vivienne Westwood frock – she definitely won the frock off with Naomie. The actress said she enjoyed trying to kick Bond’s butt and that she would love to work with Daniel again. We bet you would, after seeing him in the buff!

    Kelly Brook sizzled in a floor length gold gown, but boyfriend Thom Evans was not there to admire her. The model said she has been super busy at the moment training for her role in theatre show Crazy Horse and said she has never been in better shape. We had better get our dancing shoes on if we want to look like Ms Brook.

    Baddie of the film Javier Bardem may have replaced our Daniel Craig crush – PHWOAR!

    We were a bit gutted it wasn’t Prince Harry in a James Bond style suit, but we guess Charles tried his best to look more like 007.

    Skyfall is due for release Friday 26th October:

     

     

     

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    VIP Awards: Women of the Year Lunch and Awards

    Celebrity Awards | Women of the Year Lunch

    We know there are more awards shows in one year than hot dinners, but yesterday’s Women of the Year Awards truly inspired us. Jam packed with celebs, normal folk like me and you, packed to the brim with inspirational stories and remarkable women. Everyone from Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington to Lorraine Kelly was there to either present or receive awards – girl power!

    Olympic athlete Rebecca Adlington looked well rested after her sporting summer and said she is already back in training – this girl knows how to punish herself doesn’t she?! We love Becky’s look so much that we dedicated an entire beauty post to her. Read it here.

    Legendary actress Helen Mirren put some glamour into the proceedings yesterday afternoon. Helen said it is about time women pull together and appreciate each other as we spend more time being negative towards on another. Here, here Hel! Ms Mirren is looking in fabulous shape recently and said she owes it all to body balance classes (a mix of yoga, pilates and tai chi).

    The Winners…

    • Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award: PD James
    • Women of the Year Special Award: Doreen Lawrence
    • Women of the Year Award sponsored by Barclays: Zainab Salbi
    • Inspirational Woman Of The Year award: Kate Woolveridge
    • Women of the Year: Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic team
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