Saturday, June 30, 2007

Rock the Black Blazer

I love love love blazers. My very first staple outerwear was a black blazer. Although I now realise it was a bit too big on me, my love for blazers never died. I now own other blazers, like a washed-out yellow one and a purple velvet one. But the one I really want is THE perfect black blazer, so I'm on a hunt.

Meanwhile, I thought I would share my recent favourite way to wear it. Actually, it was the only outfit I wore during my last Christmas holidays: Skinny/straight leg jeans, a flowy long top with a blazer. It's simple yet looks so cool (love Sienna's outfit here). The blazer adds structure to the not-so-structured flowy top. And if you only wear black, grey and white, then you achieve a rock chick look like Lindsay here.

Blazers are also great for casual outfits, (for some reasons, people seem to be stuck with the idea that blazers are formal,) which is why I love it when Ashley wears it. Here are a few styling ideas from Ashley's outfits: you can try rolling up the sleeves and adding a colourful scarf to make the outfit look more casual (and warm). Blue jeans will of course, get you the more casual look, but black jeans feel cooler and edgier.

OK, I should stop blabbering about how much I love blazers and spend more time looking for my perfect black one, (or ideally many many ones).

Flower Handbags and Accessories at Hayden Harnett

I came across this adorable store in Brooklyn Hayden Harnett and for all of you who don't live in New York, they have a fabulous website too. They have some really cute summer handbags and accessories especailly if you are like me and take inspiration from your garden (cute flower prints).

Cam's magician boyfriend is married

Turns out Cameron Diaz's new guy, magician Criss Angel, is married. Angel's "secret" Long Island wife, Joanne Sarantakos, claims their marriage broke down as soon as he got famous and hooked up with the Shrek star. A lawyer for Sarantakos says he intends to subpoena Diaz to testify in state Supreme Court about her romance with the Vegas magician in support of his client's divorce petition on the grounds of mental cruelty and abandonment. Angel - whose real name is Chris Sarantakos - reportedly kept his five-year marriage (and 15-year relationship) a secret to raise his sex appeal to female fans. "We're naming Cameron Diaz as his lover," Sarantakos's lawyer told the court yesterday, adding that he'd had Angel followed by a private investigator for six months. "We will subpoena her as soon as she comes back to New York." He also revealed that Angel hasn't given his wife a penny of the $7 million he made last year. "He's not paying her support, which is tragic - considering his worth." Angel himself was in court, and his lawyer did not deny the allegations of adultery. The magician flashed a peace sign, but did not make any comments. According to the Mindfreak star's in-laws, "When his career took a jump forward, he became a different person. He's in love with himself. He's a narcissist. My daughter was never acknowledged as his wife. He told her it was a better single image, than a married image." Sarantakos's brother agreed, saying, "It's almost as if he played the Mindfreak game on her. He was controlling her. He's basically living in a TV persona. Chris Sarantakos is dead - Criss Angel has taken over. He killed off his old self and morphed into his new self - it's scary, really." This guy seemed like a loser from the start. What is Diaz thinking?

Natalie's intelligence wows co-star

Natalie Portman is a genius, according to her Goya's Ghosts co-star Javier Bardem. "I guess she was very young when she became famous, but her mind is perfectly structured," Bardem said at a press event this week. "She's so intelligent it's scary. When I was talking to her, I didn't know what to talk about because she knows a lot of things. I felt like a donkey."

Victoria si gentile Hermes

Victoria Beckham se declara foarte mandra de gentile ei Hermes, pe care le colectioneaza. Din cele aproximativ 15 genti de diferite culori, preferata ei este cea neagra, despre care spune ca este clasica si nu se va demoda niciodata.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Britney's mom "brokenhearted"

Lynne Spears is said to be "brokenhearted" over the recent rift in her relationship with her daughter. Photos surfaced on the web yesterday of Britney Spears handing her mom papers on the set of a photoshoot in Valencia, California. Rumored to be a restraining order, the papers were later identified as a letter from an out-of-state lawyer. When asked by paparazzi agency x17 what the papers were, Lynne joked, "It's a love letter," before clarifying, "She did not serve me." Lynne "has cried her heart out over the trouble between her and Britney," says a family friend. "She is brokenhearted. She wants her baby to be okay and to bring her grandkids home to Kentwood and raise them in a normal environment." As for what caused the rift, the source says, "I think Britney is angry that her family got involved in getting her into rehab."

Paula lands a man

Paula Abdul finally has a boyfriend. Just in time for the debut of her reality series, Hey Paula, Abdul has been dating restauranteur JT Torregiani for the past few months. Torregiani hosted a 45th anniversary bash for the Idol judge at Ketchup, the West Hollywood restaurant he co-owns with Tara Reid. "You could tell she was so happy to be with him," said a partygoer. "They were cuddling all night." The pair reportedly met through friends, and are taking things seriously. "She introduces him to everyone as her boyfriend," says a source. "It's really cute how she's so smitten."

MJ clears the air

Michael Jackson was on the defensive yesterday, calling a series of stories about himself "untrue, defamatory and malicious." The King of Pop asked his spokesperson to let people know that he:
  • is not bedridden
  • is not on any type of medication, including painkillers
  • has not "left" Las Vegas nor is he being "evicted" from his residence there. He decided not to exercise the option to purchase the house.
  • does not believe that his brother Randy Jackson has stolen money from him
  • does not think any family members would ever steal from him
  • has never used nor instructed his security to use force toward any reporter
  • is neither losing nor selling his share of the ATV/Sony partnership (including the Beatles catalogue)
  • is concerned that his assistant Grace Rwaramba, said to live a very private life, is constantly being attacked by Fox News' Roger Friedman
And for what is true? Jackson is currently working in the studio, "putting finishing touches on his music."

Lily Allen arrested for assault

British singer Lily Allen was arrested in London yesterday on charges of punching a paparazzo. The incident allegedly happened in March, when Allen is accused of punching the photographer as she left a London nightclub with her boyfriend. "At approximately 1:30 a.m. on the 13th March a woman allegedly punched a male photographer in his 40s, near the Wardour Club, W1," a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said. "He suffered a cut to the nose, but didn't require any hospital treatment. Officers attended but the woman had left." Allen turned herself into the police yesterday, where she was photographed and had her fingerprints and a DNA sample taken. "At approximately 9:30 a.m. on the 28th June, a 21-year-old woman attended at London police station by appointment and was arrested in connection with the allegation of assault," said the police rep. "She has been bailed to return in late July."

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Katie Holmes heading to a business meeting

Michelle Williams out and about

Bridget Moynahan in Santa Monica

Rachel McAdams at the wrap party for The Return

Penelope Cruz in NYC

Sarah Michelle Gellar shopping in Beverly Hills

Amy Smart, Kristin Cavalleri and Kimberley Stewart at the Pink Taco Restaurant launch

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Britney serves her mom with legal papers

Britney Spears sure knows how to keep herself in the news. The popstar served her mom with a letter from an out-of-state lawyer this afternoon barring her from visiting Sean Preston and Jayden James while taking any medications that would impair her ability to be around them. Spears had her bodyguard ask paparazzi for the location of her sister Jamie Lynn's photoshoot, then loaded her kids into a car and drove 40 minutes to Valencia to hand-deliver the letter (photo credit: Splash News). Spears reportedly blames her mom for sending her to rehab and has been upset that Lynne visits her kids while they are in the custody of her soon-to-be ex Kevin Federline. She also believes her mom is not stable enough to be around the kids due to her own "issues." Meanwhile, Federline is said to be stalling in signing final divorce papers out of concern over Spears's recent behavior. "Britney's attorneys are anxious to see Kevin sign off on a divorce," says a source. "But Kevin and his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan are dragging their heels out of concern over reports of Britney's post-rehab partying." Federline "wants to make sure that the divorce document makes it simple enough for Kevin to downsize Britney's access to her kids the next time her behavior troubles him," added the source. Spears has been spotted out and about in LA, drinking the odd cocktail and shopping up a storm. The popstar's lawyer says, "I do not feel it's appropriate to comment on the personal life or legal positions of my client."

United Nations

Cameron to star in horror flick - Variety

Frugal-Fashionista does Amanda Peet

Paris tries to go incognito in Hawaii - Dlisted

Heidi and Klum look cute in NYC - ICYDK

exposes Hollywood's baby secrets

JT has gas - Jossip

Mandy Moore steps out with her new guy - Popsugar

Jaime Pressly looks good post-baby - TMZ

Lindsay on booze and coke at time of crash

Lindsay Lohan had alcohol and cocaine in her system the night of her car accident and DUI arrest on Memorial Day weekend. According to multiple law enforcement sources, TMZ says toxicology reports conclude that Lohan had "nearly twice the legal limit" of alcohol and traces of cocaine in her bloodstream when she crashed into a curb on Sunset Boulevard on May 26. The Beverly Hills Police Department will likely present the case to the D.A. in the next few days. Lohan's lawyer said, "It's highly inappropriate for me to discuss a pending case. It is extremely unprofessional for law enforcement to do it." As to the accuracy of the reports, when reached by People mag for comment, a Beverly Hills police lieutenant would say only that TMZ "won't be sued for inaccuracy."

Old Navy Fall 2007

Quite surprisingly, Old Navy has some really cute stuff coming up for Fall '07. I don't have a lookbook yet, but you can check out this ad, which actually isn't super annoying.
Or, you can just click on their outfits for deets. Their hooded fleece coats and swing trenches are absolutely adorable. I'm also hoping they actually will carry those tights in those colors shown on the models.

Congrats, Old Naves. You've come a long way from shapeless, too-short T-shirts.

Drew goes naked for Gucci

Check out Drew Barrymore's new ad for Gucci jewelry. The Music & Lyrics star looks amazing, but there's not much product placement going on here.


Britney turns down actual singing gig

Britney Spears will not perform with Cyndi Lauper's True Colors tour this weekend in LA, as previously reported. The rehabbed singer failed to accept the offer to appear at LA's Greek Theater this Saturday. "She was invited to appear on the first date in Las Vegas but we never heard from her," a rep for the tour said. Spears reportedly did not want to appear because she is said to be terrified of singing live. "Britney said she would only dance or lip-sync - and to be on stage with Cyndi, you have to actually perform. It's not happening now," said a source. Spears's choreographer revealed earlier this week that Spears had plans to join Lauper, Debbie Harry, Erasure and others on stage this weekend.

Ryan Gosling's next role

Ryan Gosling has signed on to co-star with Rachel Weisz in the movie adaptation of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. Directed by Lord of the Rings pro Peter Jackson, the film will begin production in Pennsylvania and New Zealand in October. The story revolves around a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and killer - from heaven. Gosling will play the girl's father.


Jess gets into the swim

Jessica Simpson is launching a bikini line to go along with her rapidly expanding business ventures, which include a skincare empire, hair extension project, shoe and clothing lines and plans for lingerie designs. Simpson will reportedly debut the swimwear during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami next month. Featuring skimpy bikinis and more modest one-piece suits, the designs will be shown on models personally selected by the singer.

Is Brittany Murphy being fooled?

Brittany Murphy believes she is being stalked. A source who used to work for the actress claims she is being stalked by "a high-powered Hollywood player." When her new husband, Simon Monjack, disappeared for ten days in April, the Girl, Interrupted star believed he had been kidnapped by agents of the alleged stalker. "When he came back, he had head injuries," said the source. "He was pale and sometimes had trouble standing." The former employee also says Murphy was unable to pay him because she had used her money to pay ransom. The alleged kidnapping coincides exactly with the dates that Monjack was jailed by U.S. immigration authorities for visa infractions. Several anonymous and unflattering stories about Monjack have appeared on the internet since his marriage to Murphy this spring.

Oprah to open store

Oprah Winfrey is expanding her empire into the retail world with plans for a storefront close to her Chicago studio that will exclusively sell Oprah merch. A spokesperson for Winfrey's Harpo Inc. announced earlier this week that construction on the shop has begun kitty corner to Harpo Studios. The rep declined to give an expected opening date or discuss further details, saying many aspects of the store are still being planned.

Spice Girls announce tour

The Spice Girls have finally made their reunion plans official after months of speculation. Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm appeared at a press conference in London today to announce an 11-show world tour. Beginning Decembewr 7, the two-month tour will stop in LA, Las Vegas, NYC, London, Cologne, Madrid, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, Capetown and Buenos Aires. "We're celebrating the past!" Halliwell aka Ginger Spice said at the press conference. "I want to be a Spice Girl again," added Bunton or Baby Spice. "We are like sisters and we have our arguments, but by the end of the day we get back together."

Chloe Shades SS07

Ever since I saw the latest Chloe shades at Nordstrom back in March, I've been in LOVE with them. They are flattering, girly, fun and most of all different from all the other shades on the streets. And it seems that the stars think so too, as many of them have been spotted wearing them.Ex-OC stars, Mischa Barton and Rachel Bilson wearing the Myrte. Ooo and I LOVE Mischa's jacket.
Lindsay Lohan and Cameron Diaz also sporting the Myrte.
And I must say, I agree with most of the stars here and prefer the second rounder one better, the design combined with the shape which is just so much more flattering, makes it perfect.The one Rachel has on is different, but definitely not as flattering. The aviator style sloping down thing makes it look more masculine and a bit sad- should shades have personalities that is.
For the longest time I was lusting after these hexagonal ones. Because I thought, well, I already have squarish ones, why not have a hexagon one? And these look great. And I also liked the off-white color too. But alas, after trying them on several times, I had to finally admit that they are not for me. Maybe I've become so accustomed to large frames now that I just can't accept smaller frames anymore...
Then at the store I tried on these ones (the lower rounder ones) in purple and it looked awesome. This shape is flattering and yet still different with its large round metal frame, half silver, half purple. Now THIS is fashion. But alas after MUCH debating, I finally decided that I'd like to wear them for more than one season and with that half silver and half purple rim thing, it was too trendy for me

In the end, I bought a similarly styled paired sans the dual colored rims, from Marc Jacobs in brown (I know, it doesn't quite look brown here, but it is. I considered the purple ones and they're much pinker than this). While the metal frames and round shape style is still the same, this design is much simpler, more feminine and much more classic. The only downside is that this design is not very condusive to sticking it on my head like a hairband cause the nose thing gets in the way. But I'll live ;)

Photo Credits: Chloe, Mischa Style, CoutureCandy and Life & Style.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Usher to be a daddy this fall

Usher and his fiancee, Tameka Foster, announced today that they are expecting their first child together this fall. "We are extremely excited at this point in our lives planning our wedding and the joy that comes with expecting our first child together," the couple said in a statement. "We hope people will be happy for us and respect our privacy during this happy period in our lives." This will be Usher's first child and Foster's fourth.

Eye Lash Perming

Yesterday evening, BG and I went to do something really girly together -we got our eye lashes permed. For those of you who have never heard people getting their lashes, it's basically getting your eye lashes curled permenantly. Well, permenant for maybe a bit more than one month, but really, that's permenant enough since it's likely your lashes will fall off naturally around that time.

The procedure takes around forty-five minutes to an hour. Now I can't describe the whole, exact procedure because my eyes were closed the whole time but from what I understand, the facialist curled and glued the lashes around a small, round piece of plastic thing. The facialist also applied some perming chemicals onto the lashes. After 20 minutes, the facialist applied more chemicals. After another 20 minutes, the facialist used oil to remove the checials and glue and that plastic strip thing. Voila -you've got curled lashes.

OK, so the newly permed lashes look a bit clumped together (because not all the glue could be removed without the facialist scrubbing too hard,) but give it a few days and you'll look like you've got naturally curled lashes. This wasn't my first lash perm, but it was BG's. BG forgot to keep her eyes completely shut during the procedure so the chemicals stung her lashes a bit. So if you're planning to get your lashes permed, remember to keep your eyes shut tight!

Perming our lashes only cost us around HK$80 each, that's around US$10 each. It's totally worth it because curled lashes make one's eyes look so much more awake. Plus, now I don't have to curl my lashes or apply mascara on for my normal days. If anyone is trying to decide whether to get their lashes permed -do it! Anyone else had their lashes permed before?

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Tom and Suri Cruise leaving a hotel in France

Jennifer Garner in Hawaii

Amanda Peet arriving at the Late Show with David Letterman

Reese Witherspoon and Ava in Century City

Gwen Stefani and Kingston in LA

Sienna Miller in London

Kelly Clarkson performing on The Early Show

Cameron Diaz leaving a salon in Beverly Hills

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