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  • Midweek Music: Top 5 New Tunes

    HI VIPs! It’s been a major week in terms of music with the Grammy Awards but there’s no time for the artists’ to recover. They have to build on their success with some new music so they’re constantly being talked about. When you’re on the crest of a wave, you have to ride it as far as you can, don’t you?

    It’s good news for us music fans as we have more to listen to! Here are the LLAVIP team’s current faves:

    (1) Beyonce – Sandcastles

     

    (2) Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm

     

    (3) Lady Gaga – John Wayne

     

    (4) Michael Buble – I Believe In You

     

    (5) Carly Rae Jepsen & Lil Yachty – It Takes Two

     

    Which one’s your fave?

    Now have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of the week’s best celeb goss so far!

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  • Our Showbiz Quiz: 2016

    Hi VIPs! Do you know what day it is? Have you been using your brain much over the festive period? There’s no denying that the country is in downtime until 3 January, when it’s back-to-work proper. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that!

    The Live Like a VIP team is also scattered around the country with their families, doing different things for New Year’s Eve. But we didn’t want to stop posting as we love talking about (and catching up with) the latest showbiz goss. So we’re going to end the year in style with a big, juicy quiz to see how much you knew about 2016. Answers at the bottom.

    (1) Which film did Leonardo DiCaprio win his Best Actor Oscar?

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    (2) Which ‘Starman’ was the first major celebrity to die in 2016?

    (3) Who was robbed at gunpoint during Paris Fashion Week

    (4) Prince died in April. How old was he when he died?

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    (5) Prince Harry announced he had a new girlfriend, who acts in Suits – what is her name?

    (6) Who released an album called Lemonade?

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    (7) Who headlined the pyramid stage on the Saturday night of this year’s Glastonbury festival?

    (8) Who was the surprise tracksuit and sunglass wearing hit of this year’s X Factor?

    (9) Which celebrity sent social media into a frenzy with this shot of him doing naked paddleboarding?

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    (10) One Direction’s Liam Payne became a baby daddy with a famous pop star girlfriend – what’s her name?

    (11) Which celebrity Hollywood golden couple who have 6 kids together started divorce proceedings?

    Answers:

    (1) The Revenant

    (2) David Bowie

    (3) Kim Kardashian

    (4) 57 :(

    (5) Meghan Markle

    (6) Beyonce

    (7) Adele

    (8) Honey G

    (9) Orlando Bloom

    (10) Cheryl

    (11) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

     

    We’ll be back in 2017 with our personal highlights of 2016…Have a good one!

     

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  • The Weekend’s Top Celeb Goss

    Hi VIPs! How was your weekend? We hope you treated yourself in some way? If not, do it tonight!

    It was quite a busy weekend in showbiz with the final premiere of the London Film Festival and Jay-Z’s charity Tidal gig. Here’s a round-up of some of the top events and the people that attended:

    The London Film Festival ended in style with the premiere of Fire, Fire starring Elizabeth Chambers (who looks lovely pregnant)

     

    But before that, the stunning Monica Bellucci attended the premiere of On The Milky Road

     

    Beyonce performs at the Tidal gig in New York

     

    (Her ear-ring was ripped off but she continued performing – what a star!)

    Nicki Minaj gave full diva attitude in white at the Tidal gig

     

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back had a fan screening in LA. There’s one in London this Thursday at the BFI Imax – exciting!

     

    Now have a great day and don’t forget to treat yourself.

    We’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of fashion and celeb news.

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  • The Week’s Top Celeb Goss

    Hi VIPs! Congratulations on making it to the weekend. It’s been a hot and sunny week, so pat yourself on the back if you were working at all. You deserve a pay rise and a break!

    While we can’t help with the pay rise – sorry! – we can give you some entertainment to start off the weekend in style. Let’s have a look at all the best gossip from the week:

    Calvin Harris fuels the rumours he’s dating Tinashe by taking her on a private jet

     

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    TV presenter Charlie Webster is battling a tropical disease in Rio – but she’s out of an induced coma.

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    Beyonce indulges her inner Tom Daley and jumps 30ft off a yacht (for fun!)

     

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    Daisy Lowe is confirmed for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing

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    Celebrity Big Brother housemates are continuing to cause drama. Bear is really annoying us though – what do you think?

     

    Now have a great weekend and we’ll be back on Monday with a round-up of al the weekend’s celeb goss including the V Festival.

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  • Thursday’s Hottest Celeb Goss

    Hi VIPs! Have you had a good week so far? The middle of August can sometimes be a bit strange due to holidays and nobody wanting to do much when the sun’s out, but make the most of that. When September starts, you’ll be glad you had a rest.

    Lot of celebs seem to be on holiday right now. So if you need any more motivation to have a little break, be inspired by:

    Beyonce and Jay Z in Sardinia

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    Madonna in Cuba

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    Kendall Jenner in the Turks & Caicos islands

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    Victoria Beckham in LA

     

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    Lydia Rose Bright in Italy

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    We hope this hasn’t made you too jealous? It doesn’t matter where you go to take time out though, the main thing is that you make time for yourself.

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

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  • Wear Sunglasses Like A Celeb

    When is the right time to buy sunglasses? The answer is that it’s always the right time! Since we don’t really have distinguished seasons in the UK – ie summer isn’t always that hot and there are random sunny days throughout the year – sunglasses can be used all year round.

    Also, how often do you have the perfect night’s sleep? Sunglasses are better than plastic surgery for hiding bags under the eyes! Since becoming a mum, I appreciate the value of sheltering behind sunglasses even when there’s only a tiny bit of sun. And it’s rare you’ll see a celebrity walking through an airport sans shades – they hide a lot of sins!

    There’s a secret to buying sunglasses. Don’t follow fashion, but follow your face shape. Forget about articles that say all the celebs are wearing mirrored shapes or catseye shapes because these can look terrible if your face doesn’t have the same proportions as the celebrities that are wearing them.

    But just as each one of us has a different face shape, so too do all the celebs. So it is possible to look like a celeb in sunglasses whatever your face shape. We’ve analysed this in detail (as we don’t like to take chances of looking anything less than fabulous) and this is our sunglass guide:

    MIRRORED SHADES – ALL FACE SHAPES

    Mirrored shades are the exception to the rule about following face shape rather than fashion as mirrored sunglasses come in all shapes and sizes. As you can see below, you can have mirrored styles on the classic Ray Ban shape or mirrors on aviator styles. Mirrors even come on catseye and round sunglasses.

    Try on as many mirrored sunglasses as you can and you’d find one that suits you but to save time, we advise going for raybans or aviator styles if you have an oval shaped face, catseye shades that extend beyond the width of your face if you have a heart shaped face and geometric shapes (like rectangular shades that will elongate your face) if you have a round face.

     

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    Jessica Alba (above) has mirrored Rayban wayfarer shades. If you don’t want to pay £153, try Polaroid polarized glasses for £36.95.

    Beyonce (below) has mirrored Rayban aviators, which are also £153 on the official Rayban website. You can get them for £10 at River Island.

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    AVIATOR SHADES – OVAL SHAPES

    If you have an oval shaped face you can afford to experiment with lots of sunglass shapes, but aviators look particularly good as they give other people something to focus on when they look at your face.

    Angelina Jolie has a classic pair of Rayban aviators (below), which you can get for £130 at Very.co.uk. Alternatively, V by Very metal frame aviators are a steal at £7!

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    Selena Gomez also looks as cool as a cucumber in some aviators with brown lenses. They remind me of the Abbie ombre lense classic aviators that are just £6 at Boohoo.

     

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    CATSEYE SUNGLASSES – HEART SHAPES

    If you have a broad brow and narrow chin similar to Olivia Palermo and Kylie Jenner, try a style with bottom-heavy frames. Shapes that are parallel and extend past the width of your face complement your strong jawline.

    Olivia (below) channels a retro vibe in her catseye shades with a tortoiseshell trim. They’re almost identical to a £7 pair at Boohoo.

     

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    Meanwhile, the Queen of Instagram, Kylie Jenner, looks stunning in a pair of white catseye sunglasses. The Pieces round catseye sunglasses are similar and a bargain at £12 from Asos.

     

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    What do you think would suit you best?

    Tweet us / tag us in your Instagram pics – we’re livelikeavip on both!

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  • Met Ball 2016

    The Met Ball is one of the highlights of the fashion calendar. Celebs from all walks of life FIGHT to get a ticket. From Kim Kardashian to Karlie Kloss to Beyonce and Jay-Z – reality stars meet models and music royalty.

    Sponsored by American Vogue and organised by the legendary Anna Wintour, each year there’s a dress code. This year was ‘futuristic’, with the official title being ‘Manus vs Machina: Fashion in an age of Technology.’ Here’s how the celebs interpreted the theme:

    Taylor Swift

    Rita Ora

    Beyonce

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

    Kate Upton

    Kylie Jenner

    Kim Kardashian

    Karlie Kloss

    Katy Perry

    Zoe Saldana

    Kate Hudson

    Alexa Chung

    Madonna

    Lady Gaga

    Who do you think looked the best?  Which outfit would you actually wear? What were Lady Gaga and Madonna thinking?

    I could look at dresses like this all day but I liked Kate Upton’s dress the most. The Live Like a VIP team, however, is split.

    Whatever you do today, have a good one and we’ll be back tomorrow for more celeb and fashion goss.

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  • Grammy Awards 2016

    Hi VIPs! Awards season is in full swing. The day after the BAFTAs in London was the Grammy Awards in LA. It’s non-stop and it continues that way until the Oscars on 28 February.

    It’s good news for us as we get to brighten up the cold Winter weather by looking at some fabulous fashion. This is who looked great:

    Taylor Swift 

    Selena Gomez

    Ellie Goulding

    Beyonce

    Adele

    Meghan Trainor

    Lady Gaga (an interesting look!)

    Carrie Underwood

    Ariana Grande

    Alessandra Ambrosio

    And the winners are:

    Record of the Year: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

    Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989

    Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor

    Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”

    Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton

    Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

    Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller

    Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, “These Walls”

    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

    Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

    Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

    Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

    Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones

    Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

    Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”

    Best R&B Album: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah

    Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

    Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”

    Best R&B Song: D’Angelo and The Vanguard, “Really Love”

    Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway, “Little Ghetto Boy”

    Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

    Best Dance Recording: Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”

    Best Music Video: Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”

    Do you think the right people won?

    Now have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of celeb and music news.

     

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  • Midweek Music: Top 5 New Songs

    Hi VIPs! We’ve reached hump day. And what better than some Beyonce music to carry us through to the end of the week in style? Yes, that’s right – Mrs Shaun Carter has released a new music video following her successful Superbowl 50 appearance at the weekend.

    It’s time to put your headphones on or turn the volume up loud – depending on how many people are around and how much you care. Hopefully our playlisr will brighten up your week:

    (1) Beyonce – Formation

    (2) Missy Elliot – Pep Rally

    (3) Katy B, Craig David and Major Lazer – Who am I?

    (4) Skillrex & Team EZY – Pretty Bye Bye

    (5) Brooke Candy – Happy Days

    What was your favourite? Beyonce has to win for us, but Craig David and Katy B’s collab is surprisingly good.

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

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    VIP Books: Becoming Beyonce Biography

    If you’re looking for a book that’s full of glitz, glam and gossip to brighten up those dark Winter nights then I have good news. There’s a new book about Beyonce and it’s written by J Randy Taraborrelli- the king of the biographers.

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    I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover but if you were going to do that then this is gold and glittery – just looking at it made me feel excited. And when I saw the contents page I was won over as this book covers everything from growing up with her parents Tina and Matthew, through to Destiny’s Child, meeting Jay-Z, the ‘affair’ Jay-Z had with Rihanna, the birth of Blue Ivy and the elevator incident with Solange and Jay-Z.

    Every biography has at least one selling point – a juicy fact that makes people feel like they need to read this book for the scandal, even if they’re not fans of Beyonce (clearly some people are crazy). And J Randy Taraborrelli has history of picking out these facts as his 1989 biography about Diana Ross, Call Her Miss Ross, caused scandal around the globe and was what one reviewer termed ‘a marathon bitchfest’. He’s also the scribe of bestselling biographies about Michael Jackson and The Kennedys.

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    So what did he uncover about Beyonce through conducting hundreds of hours of interviews with several sources? At the start, we learn that a teenage Usher turned up to Beyonce’s house to hang out and was mooned at by Beyonce’s mum Tina. Random but funny!

    At the end we learn about the elevator incident and the account that Taraborrelli gives is that Beyonce was opposed to Jay-Z attending Rihanna’s Met Ball after-party, based on rumours that Rihanna and Jay-Z had an affair, which are according to Traraborrelli just rumours. Solange stepped in to defend Beyonce and Beyonce was mortified. They’ve all kissed and made up since.

    And in the middle, if you want to know what makes a diva tick and what it takes to climb to the top in music then this can be your guide. There is a lot of detail about all the bands she’s been in and her ruthless work ethic, which is inspiring as it shows you have to go the extra mile for success. Beyonce has planned every step of her rise to fame – nothing was handed to her.

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    When I started this book, I hoped to unearth some scandal but it seems that Beyonce’s real-life is as flawless as the image she portrays. I wasn’t disappointed though because on closer reflection, I found  her perfection impressive and the reason her life is free from scandal is that she coldly cuts drama from her life. Anyone wanting to succeed in life would do well to adopt some of Beyonce’s principles. If in doubt, think What Would Beyonce Do?

    I think Beyonce would definitely learn as much as she could about the industry she wanted to succeed in and study other successful people. So if you like Beyonce or you want to succeed in the music industry, or any business, then this book will help.

    Becoming Beyonce by J Randy Taraborelli is available now on Amazon for £9.Great value for a glitzy hardbarck.

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