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    Insider Goss: Philip C Baldwin’s Charity Dinner

    At Live Like a VIP, we want to lift the lid on what it’s really like to be a star and host star-studded parties with lots of celeb mates.

    And so we have an exclusive today as the philanthropist and gay rights activist Philip C Baldwin has done a guest blog post for us about his celebrity party and dinner to mark LGBT history month. We love it when there’s a really good reason for a party and it seems the celebs do too as lots turned out to support him.

    Let’s pass over to the man himself – Philip C Baldwin – to explain what went on:

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    Last Tuesday, on 21 February 2017, I hosted an event to celebrate LGBT History Month. The dinner was in association with Gay Times, at London restaurant Smith & Wollensky. It was attended by a range of celebrities, politicians and activists.

    I am very lucky to have incredible support for my activism. Vogue Williams, Lauren Pope, Imogen Thomas, Gemma Oaten, Jane Felstead, Jane Witherspoon and Abi Clarke all attended the event and looked fabulous!

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    Ollie Locke, Jamie O’Hara and Dr Ranj Singh were also at the dinner.

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    LGBT History Month is an annual celebration of LGBT history, which takes place in February. LGBT History Month is about re-evaluating the contribution of LGBT people to history, better understanding LGBT identity and looking to the future. The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is citizenship and law, with a particular focus on the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised gay men in England and Wales. It is now 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act. In 2017, the UK is one of the most LGBT friendly places in the world.

    I hosted the dinner because I wanted to commemorate this landmark anniversary and also to highlight some of the areas where we still need to achieve change for LGBT people in the UK, such as in our schools. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to make schools LGBT inclusive.

    Crispin Blunt MP, who has been very supportive of my activism, was seated near my friends Tim Sigsworth and Paul Dillane, who head the Albert Kennedy Trust and the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group. The AKT help young LGBT homeless people and UKLGIG campaign for LGBT refugees. The work these charities do exemplify why LGBT History Month is so important.

    Sadly, there remain many LGBT people who are excluded in our society. A quarter of young homeless people are LGBT and LGBT refugees face particular persecution. I was really pleased that both Tim and Paul were at the event. We need to work for a society which is inclusive for every LGBT person! Celebrate #LGBTHM17, all that the LGBT community has achieved since 1967 and think about what YOU can do to make our society a fairer place for LGBT people!

    To find out more about my activism, please check out: www.philipchristopherbaldwin.com. My social media handle is: @philipcbaldwin

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    BBC Earth magazine launch party

    The Sea Life London Aquarium played host to the launch of BBC Earth Magazine last night, with drinks flowing to the back drop of sea turtles and shoals of fish.

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    Copies of the new monthly magazine, priced at £3.99, could even been seen inside the aquarium’s tanks: in the hands of underwater divers positioned to answer guests’ questions.

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    With an underwater slate and a pencil in hand, the divers communicated with guests – which included actress and model Camilla Rutherford; fashion journalist Henry Conway; and model and businesswoman Caprice – answering questions which were written down and held up against the aquarium’s glass.

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    Sharon Kirby, group publisher for The River Group, gave me a whistle-stop tour of the content of the new monthly mag, which is out today and features incredible photography; the kind we’re used to seeing from the BBC Earth brand (under which the corporation sells documentaries such as Planet Earth and Frozen Planet).

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    Editor Celia Woolfrey said the publication, which covers science and nature, has been created to be enjoyed by the whole family and even includes articles from a 10-year-old columnist, sharing his view on the natural world.

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    Leaving the event with my new mag and a gorgeous cuddly polar bear in hand, it dawned on me how unusual it was, to leave a party with the sight of sharks swimming below my feet!

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    Currently, there’s an offer where you can get the first 3 issues for a total of £3. Visit the BBC Earth Magazine’s website to find out more.

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    Red Magazine’s Women of The Year Awards

    Hi VIPs! We hope you had a good Monday. Sometimes, it’s nice to chill out on a Monday night to stockpile on sleep for the week ahead but that doesn’t rule out having fun. The celebs are experts in partying early evening. It may look like they’ve had a wild night, but actually the party’s from 630pm – 9pm.

    Red Magazine’s Women of The Year awards was slightly different in that there was an after-party so the celebs could choose to party til 11pm or have an early night, but many stayed as it was an inspiring evening. With women being honoured for doing amazing things, it was a celebration of sisterhood which is a refreshing change in the increasingly bitchy world we live in.

    As you can see from our Tweets last night (@livelikeavip), we were there and this are some of the well-dressed ladies we saw:

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    Victoria Pendleton

     

    Millie Mackintosh

     

    Amber and Yasmin Le Bon

     

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    Joanne Froggatt

     

    Helen George

     

    Lisa Snowden

     

    Samantha Cameron

     

    As Tuesday is traditionally the day we look at trends, we hope this has given you some party outfit inspiration? Who do you think looked best?

    Now have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with some music and entertainment news.

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    Partying With Stars At HIV Visibility Dinner

    The Live Like a VIP team are very much of the mentality that everyone deserves to feel like a VIP. We should all celebrate our individuality and embrace what makes us different and rise above anyone that tries to bring us down. For this reason, we were delighted to attend Philip C Baldwin’s Visibilty Dinner to raise awareness about the stigma of living with HIV.

    Philip was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, but it’s made him the person that he is and he is determined to show that you can live a fabulous life with HIV. We often see him at the best celebrity parties and each year he hosts his own star-studded Visibility Dinner, which this time supported Positive East – East London’s HIV charity that offers support for individuals and communities affected by HIV. This year it took place at the super luxurious Beaufort House restaurant in Chelsea with lots of TV stars and there was one hell of a fabulous atmosphere. Just how pretty is the venue?

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    Live Like A VIP’s Joanna had a blast with Sandi from Googlebox:

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    And check out some of the other glamorous celebrities who attended to show that HIV is happening and that we need to team up to fight it:

    Anthea Turner (photographed with Philip)

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    Made in Chelsea’s Tiff Watson

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    Made in Chelsea’s Olivia Bentley

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    Model Imogen Thomas

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    Former TOWIE star Abi Clarke

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    Love Island runner-up Olivia Buckland

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    HIV does have the power to destroy lives but this event was a step in the right direction to help people cope with and fight it thanks to the work of Positive East and the networking / philanthropy of Philip C Baldwin. You can find out more about Philip on his website and do check out the Positive East website.

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    Bridget Jones Baby World Premiere

    It’s been 12 years since the premiere of the last Bridget Jones movie, so there just had to be one hell of a party! After a day of media interviews at Claridge’s Hotel, the stars of the film dressed up to the max for the premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square and then went to Aqua in central London for champagne, canapes and dancing. Bridget would have approved.

    As Tuesday is the day that we look at trends on Live Like a VIP, lets have a look at what the stars of the film (and the random stars that turned up to watch the film) wore to the premiere.

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    Rochelle Humes

     

    Una Foden

     

    Ellie Goulding

     

    Kimberly Wyatt

     

    Zara Holland

     

    Sally Phillips

     

    Emma Thompson

     

    Who do you think looked the best?

    Will you be watching the film when it’s out on 16 September? We can’t wait! Now have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with some music and entertainment news.

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    Brit Awards 2016

    Hi VIPs! Did you watch the Brit Awards last night? I was there and it was even more amazing at the O2 arena. Justin Bieber and Rihanna literally caused the whole audience to stop drinking and take notice. It was lovely to see Adele do so well after her disappointing Grammy appearance and I enjoyed One Direction’s acceptance speech as they genuinely didn’t expect to win.

    Let’s have a recap of who won what, and who were the fashion winners on the red carpet.

    FASHION WINNERS

    Rihanna

    Alexa Chung

    Adele

    Cheryl Fernandez Versini

    Emma Bunton

    Kylie Minogue

    Alesha Dixon

    Florence Welch

    Caroline Flack

    Jess Glynne

    AWARD WINNERS

    British Male Solo Artist – JAMES BAY (presented by Kylie Minogue)

    British Group – COLDPLAY (presented by Simon Pegg)

    International Female Solo Artist – BJORK (presented by Craig David and Fleur East)

    British Female Artist – ADELE (Presented by Liam and Louis One Direction)

    BRITs Global Success Award – ADELE (Presented by Tim Peake)

    International Male Solo Artist – JUSTIN BIEBER (presented by Major Lazer)

    British Single – ADELE ‘HELLO’ (presented by Simon Le Bon and Suki Waterhouse)

    International Group – TAME IMPALA (presented by Henry Cavill and Jourdan Dunn)

    British Breakthrough Act – CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (presented by Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl)

    British Artist Video of the Year – ONE DIRECTION (Presented by Alan Carr and Lianne La Havas)

    MasterCard British Album of The Year – ADELE ’25’ (presented by Mark Ronson)

    Critics’ Choice – JACK GARRATT (Already presented at BRITs launch)

    British Producer Of The Year – CHARLIE ANDREW (presented previously at The MPG Awards)

    What a year! What was your fave moment?

    Now have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of the week’s hottest celeb gossip.

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    Tuesday Trends: LFW 2016 Best Looks

    Hi VIPs! We hope you’ve had a good start to the week? It’s been a busy one in London as we’ve had four days of London Fashion Week and the finale is today.

    We’ve loved seeing what the celebs are wearing on the FROW as that’s more immediate. The catwalk looks won’t be out until Autumn / Winter and that’s ages away! So this is what we can all be inspired by right now:

    Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington Whiteley

    Ellie Goulding

    Olivia Palermo

    Alexa Chung

    Lily Donaldson

    Amber Le Bon and Tali Lennox

    Lianne La Havvas

    What was your favourite look?

    Now have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with some goss about the Brits, which take place tomorrow night. Exciting!

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    London Fashion Week Roundup

    Hi VIPs! How was your weekend? The celebrities didn’t get any down-time at all as London was a non-stop whirlwind of catwalk shows and parties this weekend. It was fabulous!

    It’s great inspiration if you have any parties coming up as you can look at what the celebs wore and copy. The hottest ticket in town was Karlie Kloss’s £1000 a head fundraising ball, which drew out all the A’listers, but the Topshop Unique show and the Henry Holland show were also pretty fabulous.

    Here’s what the LLAVIP team’s inspired by:

    Karlie Kloss and Natalia Vodianova at their fundraising ball

    Jourdan Dunn at TopShop Unique

    Millie Mackintosh and Portia Freeman at the fundraising ball

    Daisy Lowe at Topshop Unique

    Suki and Immy Waterhouse at Topshop Unique

    Caroline Flack, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Bip Ling and Nick Grimshaw at Henry Holland

    Are you inspired by anything? We hope so! If not, that’s cool – go and set your own trends.

    Whatever you do today, do it in style. Have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with another fashion round-up.

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    NME Awards 2016

    Hi VIPs! How’s your week going? Fancy rocking things up a bit? Just a few days after The Grammy Awards in LA, London hosted the NME awards. And there were some seriously cool guests in some flamboyant outfits.

    Here are some of the most memorable looks:

    Kylie Minogue

    Yoko Ono

    Charli XCX

    Laura Whitmore

    Coldplay

    Amber Le Bon

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    Who do you think looked the best?

    Have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of the hottest showbiz stories of the week.

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    National TV Awards 2016

    Hi VIPs! We have a glamorous blog post today thanks to the National TV Awards (NTAs). It’s just what we needed to brighten up Winter.

    Let’s start with the best dressed and move onto the winners..

    Emma Willis

    Jorgie Porter

    Michelle Keegan

    Holly Willoughby

    Fearne Cotton

    Lydia Bright

    Rochelle Humes

    Jessica Wright

    And the winners are:

    Talent show: Strictly Come Dancing

    Challenge show: The Great British Bake Off

    Drama: Downton Abbey

    Serial drama: East Enders

    Serial drama performance: Danny Dyer in EastEnders

    New drama: Doctor Foster

    Drama performance: Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster

    Comedy: Peter Kay’s Car Share

    Factual entertainment: Gogglebox

    Entertainment programme: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

    Live magazine show: This Morning

    Newcomer: Shayne Ward in Coronation Street

    International: The Big Bang Theory

    Daytime: The Chase

    TV presenter: Ant & Dec

    Now have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of the week’s juiciest celeb goss.

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