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  • Thursday’s Best Celeb Gossip

    Hi VIPs! How’s your week going? How did it become Thursday already? If you’re planning a night out tonight (as Thursday is the new Friday) or over the weekend then we have some outfit inspiration for you. Last night was the Daily Mirror Pride of Sports awards and some celebrities wore some gorgeous outfits!

    We’ve also seen some lovely Christmassy inspired outfits worn by Amy Childs and Kylie Jenner. So let’s have a closer look:

    Kylie Jenner on NBC

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    Amy Childs at Ideal Home Show Christmas

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    Pride of Sports Awards:

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    Charley Webster

    Lucy Mecklenburgh and Louis Smith

    Michelle Heaton

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    What was your favourite? We’re all about Kylie Jenner’s mink velvet number in the Live Like a VIP office.

    Have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of the week’s best celeb news stories.

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    Our Pics From AJ Bell London Triathlon

    Nothing compares to the feeling of accomplishment you get when you do something that’s frightening! It wasn’t the swimming outside that bothered me in the AJ Bell London triathlon, as weird as that sounds, and it wasn’t the 10km run despite a nagging calf injury. I hadn’t been on a bike since I was 11 years old after a nasty childhood crash and until 3 months ago I was petrified of riding a bike.

    Therefore when I crossed the finish line at the AJ Bell London triathlon, it made me appreciate the power of human will and determination. I must have been one of the slowest cyclists ever, taking 1 hr 50 mins for a 40km course (an avearage of 12mph) but I finished without accidents to myself or others. And for me, that was an accomplishment.

    If you’re considering a triathlon, let me talk you through why you should do London before any others:


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    (1) 13,000 people will take part in this event over the course of a weekend. You get to bond with strangers – the atmosphere is incredible. In the photo above, I’m smiling as I spot my mum and dad in the crowd of spectators. They made friends too.

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    (2) How often can you swim in The Thames? Never! It’s pretty cool to see Canary Wharf as the backdrop of the swim. Also, City airport is so close, I was swimming with a plane taking off above my head at one point. I felt like a Bond Girl in an action movie.blogZG 6

     

    (3) After the swim, which took me a reasonable 37 minutes, you can see your supporters up close. My mum held out a bag for me to put my wetsuit in. You have to have your wetsuit fully in the bag before you are allowed up the stairs to the Excel centre.

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    (4) The bike course is two laps of a 20km course and it is super flat (apart from a few speed bump measures). For most part, it is also wide so nervous cyclists like me could keep to the left.

    As for the route itself, Canary Wharf was interesting scenery on the bike course but it did get narrow at times in Canary Wharf! I liked when we were riding near traffic as the people in the cars most shouted support.

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    (5) The 10km run was probably my favourite part. It was 3 laps of a course around the ExCel centre with plenty of water stations and packed with supporters the whole way. There was loud music, there were hose pipes to run through to stay cool and did I mention the supporters? How could you give up when people are cheering for you non-stop?

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    (6) You get beer at the finish line. Shortly after this photo was taken, I received a medal and a pint of Erdinger. Here’s me with my medal in a bar in Docklands later on in the evening:

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    London has plenty of places to celebrate after the race and then I didn’t have far to travel home after the event. I could attempt sleep in my own bed (although my mind was racing) and I could get some cuddles from my Chihuahua.

    Celebrities including Lydia Rose Bright, Charlie Webster, Toby Anstis and Jason Bradbury did it, so it really is the triathlon for VIPs. If my photos weren’t enough insight, then you can watch it / record it on Channel 4 on Saturday 15 August at 7am.

    See the AJ Bell London triathlon website for details about how to register for next year’s race.

     

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    Tuesday Trends: BAFTA TV Special

    Hi VIPs! We do know that the BAFTA TV awards were on Sunday night, but we just want to have one more look at the fabulous fashion. It’s not every day that there’s a British awards ceremony, where all our home grown talent shows they can look just as chic and elegant as the Hollywood stars. And as the stars went to a real effort to look uber VIP, we owe it to them to pay attention. Plus we can use it as fashion inspiration.

    We’ve had a debate in the Live Like a VIP office and our fave looks are Brooke Vincent and Rochelle Wiseman. Tweet your thoughts to @livelikeavip 

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    Michelle Keegan

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    Millie Mackintosh

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    Jessica Wright

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    Lydia Bright

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    Laura Whitmore

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    So what did you think?

    Have a great day and we’ll see you tomorrow for more showbiz goss.

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    Inside The Rio 2 Celebrity Gala Screening

    When you go to the cinema, you want to see a film that makes your eyes-pop, warms your heart and has you on the edge of your seat as you’re never quite sure what will happen next. Rio 2 has all of these elements in glorious 3-D, making it better viewing on the big screen than at home. The blue macaws and other bird characters are in bright technicolour, you can’t help but feel for the endangered but Westernised birds Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) while laughing your socks off at the canary and cardinal bird double act (Jamie Foxx and Will.I.Am) and you’re unsure whether humans are good or bad and whether the bird family can escape all the dangers. I watched it all the way through and LOVED it!

    With the Easter holidays coming up soon, this is a film for the entire family. The celebrities got in first on the act, taking their kids to the UK gala screening at Leicester Square’s Vue Cinema, where I caught up with them to ask for some VIP tips. First up was Michelle Heaton with her adorable daughter Grace.

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    Michelle only had a caeserean section for her second baby 4 weeks ago so she can’t exercise but she’s looking amazing. Her VIP tip is that it’s 80% nutrition so she’s eating a healthy diet and waiting til she can get back in the gym. And the faux fur jacket? It’s from the high street as Michelle said she’s a girl that likes a bargain. She’s a girl after her own heart.

    Talking of fashion, Kate Garraway looked gorgeous and full of the joys of Spring in a yellow outfit. The shoes are from Dorothy Perkins and the trousers, top and coat are all Tu at Sainbury’s. She makes it look a million dollars!

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    TV presenter Jenni Falconer took a break from her London Marathon training to chill out with her daughter. So if you want legs like hers, maybe it’s time to get some trainers at hit the streets? Running won’t cost you anything and you’ll burn tons of calories. Jenni also told me that she’d already watched the film for work and yet she came back to watch it at the gala screening to take her daughter. Finding out that someone watched a film twice is a good sign that it’s good, right?

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    We took some video at the event, which we will be posting as soon as it’s edited. Watch this space!

     

    Rio 2 will be in cinemas 4 April

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    TV BAFTA’s 2013!

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    So the TV BAFTA’s took place yesterday and to be honest I was shocked, mainly because I thought it had already happened this year. Then I found out that there are two BAFTA Award Shows, one for film and one for TV. Who Knew!? So bearing in mind I didn’t realise it existed (I’m terrible) I wasn’t expecting much in the way of greatness. Anyway like a true patriot I stuck it out until the very end and to be honest it wasn’t too bad. Presenter Graham Norton was hilarious, the audience laughed politely and clapped in all the right places and Sheridan Smith dropped the F-bomb (bearing in mind on any other post-watershed channel this wouldn’t be a problem however, it was the BBC so someone definitely got fired) All in all it was pretty exciting. Well about as exciting as any British awards show is ever going to get! But, like any good fashion journalist I was only interested in the celebs and what or should that be who they were wearing. Some were better than *cough* others so here’s my take on who nailed it and who needs a warning, or possibly several, from the fashion police.

    Sheridan Smith: In my opinion she looked stunning. Wearing a leopard print LBD with a twist and skyscraper black heels she kept her look classy put playful and it definitely payed off!

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    Holly Willoughby: She might be one of the most boring nicest people on the planet but she definitely knows how to emphasise her assets. Hey, they don’t call her Holly Willoughbooby for nothing! Her dress may have literally blended into the carpet but the cut suited her figure and skin tone perfectly and her hair and accessory choices broke the ensemble up nicely!

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    Kimberly Wyatt: She might have one of the best figures in showbiz but this dress is just so blahhh. It fits well but she could have chosen a million other better outfits! The colour washes her out and her hair would make Marilyn Monroe turn in her grave. Kimberly, consider yourself warned!

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    Michelle Collins: Oh dear god! There are literally no words! Actually thinking about it, there are many. Ill-fitting, tacky and gross all spring to mind and I haven’t even finished. Her train-wreck of a hairstyle probably took about two seconds to do, her boobs appear unsupported and the yellow does nothing for her complexion. Annnnd breathe. She might be smiling but her eyes are definitely screaming ‘help me’. I wish I could have Michelle…trust me!

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    Tess Daly: There is literally so much going on with this dress my eyes don’t know where to look. The bottom half looks like it’s been attacked by something with claws and don’t even get me started on the beading. And what’s with the white bodice underneath that stands out by a mile? It’s all just awful.

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    Kara Tointon: One word, stunning! The detailing on the dress is just spot on and the colour looks gorgeous against her olive skin tone. Not many people could have pulled it off but with a figure like that she could have worn a sack and still won best dressed of the night. Bravo!

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    Sienna Miller: She’s an actor? Seriously? I know I’m just kidding! Wearing Matthew Williamson Sienna added a subtle (Michelle Collins take note) hint of colour into the evening. The skater dress is nice enough but doesn’t really get me excited like some of the others. Verdict: cute but maybe not appropriate for a formal awards show.

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    Jenni Falconer: I would love this dress if it was on someone ten years younger and didn’t blend into her skin. Her hair is just massively boring and even the red lipstick, which was a popular choice among the actresses, couldn’t save the outfit. Beautiful dress, wrong person!

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    Binky Felstead: The MIC star opted for a bubblegum pink chiffon jumpsuit instead of playing by the ‘award show’ rules. However, she definitely stood out on the red carpet amongst the plainer dressed. The colour was gorgeous and her tousled locks gave her a young, fresh vibe which ensured all eyes were on her.

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    Claudia Winkleman: I love this woman but the dress makes me want to cry. Claudia definitely has the figure for it but somehow she manages to make it look frumpy and unappealing. Lace just shouldn’t be seen on women over a certain age and unfortunately she didn’t get the memo. And the tacky white shoes? Just why!?

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    Red Carpet Pics From Arqiva TV BAFTAS

    Last night was one of the most glamorous nights in the TV calendar – a chance for the celebs to kick back and drink Champagne after working on emotionally draining shows throughout the year. No I don’t mean Deal or No Deal. I mean shows with seriously gripping storylines like Accused…and, well, Eastenders, which won Best Soap.

    Olivia Colman (below) was the star of the night, winning two awards – one for dramatic storyline in Accused and one for comedy in Twenty Twelve. It doesn’t matter what she’s wearing – the smile says it all. Well done to her!

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    But if you’re anything like me you’ll want to see what people wore and what people won. Scroll down for theics and the list of winners is at the bottom. It was a good way to spend a Sunday night but I bet a few VIPs may be feeling a bit tender today!

    Kimberly Wyatt

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    Kara Tointon

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    Ben Whishaw (Best Actor)

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    Louise Redknapp

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    Lucy, Binky and Louise (Made In Chelsea winners)

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    Laura Whitmore

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    Sienna Miller

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    Millie Mackintosh

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    Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (Paul is just delicious!!!)

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    Jenni Falconer

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    Sarah Milican (did she borrow this from Kim Kardashian???)

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    Ant And Dec and a Dalek

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    BAFTA 2013 winners

    Leading Actor

    • Ben Whishaw – Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

    Leading Actress

    • Sheridan Smith – Mrs Biggs

    Supporting Actor

    • Simon Russell Beale – Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)

    Supporting Actress

    • Olivia Colman – Accused (Mo’s Story)

    Entertainment Programme

    • Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show

    Entertainment Performance

    • Alan Carr – Alan Carr: Chatty Man

    Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

    • Olivia Colman for Twenty Twelve

    Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

    • Steve Coogan for Welcome To The Places Of My Life

    Single Drama

    • Murder

    Mini-Series

    • Room At The Top

    Drama Series

    • Last Tango In Halifax

    Soap and Continuing Drama

    • EastEnders

    International

    • Girls

    Factual Series

    • Our War

    Specialist Factual

    • All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

    Single Documentary

    • 7/7: One Day In London

    Features

    • The Great British Bake Off

    Reality and Constructed Factual

    • Made In Chelsea

    Current Affairs

    • The Shame Of The Catholic Church (This World)

    News Coverage

    • Hillsborough – The Truth At Last (Granada Reports)

    Sport and Live Event

    • The London 2012 Paralympic Games

    Comedy Programme

    • The Revolution Will Be Televised

    Situation Comedy

    • Twenty Twelve

    Radio Times Audience Award (voted for by members of the public)

    • Game of Thrones

    Special award

    • Clare Balding

     

     

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  • Nivea Dare To Dip – The Who, What And Why

    How body confident are you? Despite photos like the one below (where I am in a bikini being watched by hundreds of bemused shoppers) I have my hang-ups like any other woman. But Nivea threw an event in Covent Garden with a large swimming pool tank called Dare To Dip and I instinctively knew that if I left without dipping I would have regretted it.
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    So what is (or was) the Dare to Dip campaign then? It was a one day event on Saturday 11 May that encapsulates the Nivea message – if you have nice skin then you should feel more confident about your body, whatever your shape. But notice the ‘should’…because it doesn’t always happen like that, does it? I like my skin a lot more than I like my body because I’m always looking in magazines and at other girls at the parties I go to and wishing I had their bodies. I think I’m pretty much like the rest of the population at this, most of us girls compare our bodies to one another don’t we? When what we should do is unite and compliment each other to boost our confidence.

    Nivea’s Dare To Dip event (one in a series of promotions they’re doing through Facebook this summer) involved a group of women who’d united through social media to get down to London’s Covent Garden and jump into a pool in front of onlookers while wearing nothing more than a swimsuit. I guess it’s a bit like pulling off a plaster because once you’ve done something like this in such a public place, the next time you put on a bikini it will be lots easier!!!

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    The press preview that I attended was hosted by TV presenter Jenni Falconer. We all saw on the TV show Splash that Jenni has a figure most of us would kill for but even she said she has her hang-ups about wearing a bikini on the beach. When you hear someone like Jenni say this, it puts things into perspective. If someone you admire isn’t 100% confident then it makes you realise that most of us girls are being a bit silly, aren’t we? Sorry if this sounds patronising but we’re actually wasting our lives worrying about how we look when we could be having fun on the beach (or in a pool in Covent Garden!)
    The event was also the perfect opportunity to launch one of Nivea’s new products designed to give us softer skin.  In-shower body moisturiser (£3.56 from Boots).

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    It’s kind of like conditioner for the skin.You apply shower gel as normal, rinse off, and then you apply this Nivea in-shower moisturiser and rinse off. This means you don’t need to stand around in your towel after getting out of the warm shower and get all cold while you moisturise before putting your clothes on.

    I used it straight after getting out of that swimming pool and I can honestly say that my skin did feel a lot smoother as soon as I got out of the shower. However, I have to say that by the time I went to bed that night I had to moisturise again as I felt a bit dry. The next day I used it in the shower in the morning and followed it up with a regular moisturiser and that worked a lot better for me. Ok, it defeats the point of saving time / heat on moisturising in a cold room after the shower but I use conditioner on my hair and I use heat-protective serum and a frizz-taming spray. With my skin I just use shower gel and moisturiser,which makes me think. If I give my hair so much attention, the least I can do is give my skin some extra moisture with this new Nivea product. And it’s only £3.56!

    And on that happy note, when you feel confident you can really enjoy yourselves. The press preview turned into a real party as Britain’s Got Talent runners-up Aquabatique did a performance in that pool

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    Those girls are amazing in real-life. Individually they might not like getting into a swimsuit either but they’re a foursome and they stick together.

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    We may not all be able to move like Aquabatique but we can be as brave as them if…. we want to be.

    Feel free to contact me on Twitter @zoegriffin or comment below if you want some more motivational thoughts. After jumping in that pool, I do feel seriously empowered.

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  • Olympic Party: Super Luxury Omega House

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    Luxury watch company Omega have officially opened Omega House, which will be the companies official residence whist the Olympics is taking place. The swiss brand is an official partner of the 2012 Games and what better way to celebrate this than to have a party?!

    Brand ambassador Nicole Kidman was there to support the watch company, whilst My Week with Marilyn star Eddie Redmayne and television presenter Jenni Falconer also attended. Music was provided by Jarvis Cocker and magician Dynamo was on hand to entertain guests.

    Nicole has never looked better and rocked the little black dress and strappy shoe boots well. The Australian actress who has remained tight lipped about  Tom Cruise’s divorce from Katie Holmes looked like the cat that got the cream – we bet she is thinking, ‘I told you so.’ Nicole’s doll like complexion is the envy of many women across the globe, but she says anyone can achieve it by indulging in YSL Perfect Touch Foundation. Next stop for us is the Boots counter.

    British heartthrob, Eddie Redmayne took time out of his busy pouting schedule for Burberry and watched the Olympics on the big screens at the Omega party. The dapper gent simply smoldered in his tan chinos and navy blazer – SWOON!

    Jenni Falconer looked pretty in a blue dress and white blazer. The former Daybreak presenter has got her pre-baby body back and has said she is fitting into clothes she had ten years ago – lucky her! The pretty blonde says the secret to her success is eating five small meals a day and going to the gym four times a week. We had better get ourselves a membership then.

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  • VIP Marathon Style: Jenni Falconer

    You wouldn’t think that Jenni recently had a baby would you? The ex-GMTV presenter looked like the ultimate yummy mummy at ExCel Baby Show this year. The new mother has also taken on another challenge of running the London Marathon this weekend. Phew! How does she find the time eh? We love her bootcut jeans she’s wearing in the picture above – we all find it difficult to nab the perfect pair of denim, but it seems Jenni has found her ideal slacks. To get something similar head to Next (pictured below) and grab a pair of these lift and shape, high rise bootcuts for the bargain price of £45 – they are like having spanx in your jeans!

    As one of our favourite television presenters we hope to see Jenni back on our screens soon – if we don’t, how will we get our fashion fix? Ahead of her marathon run, we take a look at Jenni’s fashion history, to see her style highs and lows. See more below:

    The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala – 2010


    Jenni certainly put the glam into rock at the 2010 Prince’s Trust Rock Gala. The leather jacket, LBD and strappy heels gives our Jen the edge – and we love it! We’re always on the look out for a new LBD to wear to parties. We searched the high street for hours and found this little gem from Topshop and it’s cheap as chips at £22. Click here to buy.

    Pride of Britain Awards – 2008


    Black seems to be Jenni’s signature colour, and she rocks ANOTHER LBD, but it’s ok because she looks HOT! We have to say, we do adore her cream peep toe shoes though, so with this inspiration in mind, we searched the archives and found these bobby dazzlers from Misguided.co.uk and are a snip at £35.99. Click to buy.

    Elle Style Awards – 2006


    Oh dear Jenni, it seems a lion has had a feast on your dress! The brassy gold, shapless design and dodgy quiff – all we have to say is that Jenni certainly has got better with age. Please tell us you left this in the GMTV fashion cupboard?!

    To follow Jenni’s progress on Sunday at the Virgin London Marathon click here.

     

     

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  • London Last Night: The Prince’s Trust Spring Ball

    The Event: The Prince’s Trust spring ball

    The Venue: Hurlingham Club, Putney Bridge, London

    The VIPs: GMTV presenter Jenni Falconer (above), Emma Willis, Jodie Harsh, Kristina Rihanoff, Zoe Salmon, VV Brown, Lizzie Cundy, Zaraah Abrahams and Louisa Lytton

    The Gossip:

    1) Louisa Lytton wore the best dress of the night by far. Click here to see what The Bill star wore.

    2) One of the faces of M&S, VV Brown, got rid of the hair roll / quiff that she used to wear and looked gorgeous au naturel. She sung her socks off at the event receiving first-rate feedback from Ms Lytton tweeting “just incredible!!” Check VV and her stripey socks out below!

    3) Zoe Salmon said she’s doing lots of work on Channel 5 right now and is really busy. That explains why she is looking slender and toned –  check the lovely Love Bus star out below

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