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More than just celebrity gossip

CELEB SPOTTING: Kimora Lee Loving Up Ex Russell For Charlotte Ronson Event

Kimora Lee and her ex Russell Simmons are still getting along for the sake of the kids. Gotta love it. The once in love duo showed up to the Charlotte Ronson show in full force to show their support for the fashion designer. The Creative Director for JustFab provided all the shoes for the models taking part in Ronson’s show.

Anne Hathaway Weds…in Valentino

She’s had alot of practice in her film career playing royalty, so this weekend when Anne Hathaway tied the knot, she didn’t have to wonder what it was like to feel like a princess. She already knew. And with the help of Valentino to carry her down the hair in bridal couture?

She hit it out the park and in grand style.

Her off the shoulder Valentino gown fit like a glove and it should have, since it was made personally by Valentino himself, who refers to Anne as a very dear friend. Over the next week or so, we are going to be inundated with photos of Anne in her dress, the process behind the dress, how she secretly starved herself to fit into the dress, how she cried once she got into the dress. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

The Shirl Clark Collection

I’m many things. Film critic, sports enthusiast, political junkie, etc. One thing I am not is…a fashion expert. So why am I writing this article?  Because I have two eyes, a brain and I know a pretty girl in a nice looking swimsuit when I see one.

Exactly two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being invited to cover a brand new fashion collection. Shirl Clark launched her new line at the very trendy Shakai Lounge in downtown Orlando. Besides providing women with exquisite swimwear, Shirl is also the head of Signature Events. She is becoming the go-to event planner in the entire city. Remember folks, Orlando is much more than Mickey Mouse. It’s a cultural city that is growing into the new Miami (not as fake) and Shirl Clark is making that happen, as well as making girls sexier with her fashion line.

Oh yeah, back to the clothes.

Shirl is passionate about creating and designing for ladies who like to be sexy, but always stay class. And at the fashion show it really came off that way. The models were true stunners and the swimsuits looked perfect on them. I didn’t know if I wanted to ask the models out on dates, or just find a cute girl there and buy her one of the swimsuits.

Speaking with one of her closest confidants, Jamie Arnold-Spath, who has helped Shirl by being one of her models as well as helping her with the launch, she explained to me that Shirl’s retro line of swimwear (many inspired by the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s) really perked her interest.

Looking pretty gorgeous herself, Clark looked like she could easily rock the runway as well. I was able to pick her brain a little bit and learn more about what drives her. She wants her line to stand apart from other bathing suit lines by offering distinctly unique lines of suits within the collection. Her YachtWear Collection is for the woman who boldly announces “I have arrived” without saying a word. The Monroe Collection draws inspiration from the era of the fifties and sixties. Safari Collection offers a variety of animal prints such as white and black python. And last but not least we have her Signature Collection, which is based off the standard string bikini but unlike most bikinis, the bikinis in the Signature Collection are able to flatter the figure.

Check out some pics from the fashion show, as well as the rest of Shirl Clark’s line

Natalie Portman Is the Latest Hollywood Blonde

Natalie Portman is just the latest in a string of celebrities that have dramatically changed their hair color. Miley Cyrus has been reveling as one of Hollywood’s newest blondes and now Portman has followed suit.

She debuted her new golden honey locks at the dinner for her choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied. His L.A. Dance project held the ceremony at the Walk Disney Concert Hall. The star had this to say about her new hue:

“My mom says I’m like a different person. “I did it just a couple of days ago.”
Her stylist noted the look was achieved with Redken’s Blonde Dimensions. The transformation one of Hollywood’s most famous brunettes to a lighter tone was done for an upcoming movie role.

So what do you think, folks? Is this a winner or should Natalie retreat back to her darker locks and leave the blond for another celebrity?

Kellie Pickler Was Worried She Was Going To Have a Big Fat Wart On Her Bald Head

Kellie Pickler sat down with Ellen DeGeneres for her first interview since shaving her head with her best friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Check out the highlights below.

ON WHY SHE SHAVED HER HEAD WITH HER BEST FRIEND:

Kellie: When Summer (her best friend) was diagnosed with breast cancer back in June. We made a pact that we would shave our heads together. I think last thing that you want (for) anyone that you love to feel like… is that you don’t want them to walk through the valley alone. They need to know that. I think it’s important to have a cancer buddy. I guess you could say. That’s what everyone ‘s been calling us is cancer buddies. Oh, there we are (watching video)

Ellen: So you did it at the same time? Or who went first?

Kellie: I went first and… there’s actually a funny picture of her jumping up out of the chair running out and saying she’s not going to do this. So I um, I tackled her. No…it was honestly. That is probably one of the most beautiful moments of my life. Just being able to do that with her. A lot of people don’t know this but my grandmother passed away with cancer. It was a different type of cancer but she passed away the very next morning after being diagnosed.

Ellen: Wow.

Kellie: So there was never the journey I guess you could say of going through. What follows cancer chemo and all of that…

Ellen: Has she (Summer) started Chemo yet?

Kellie: She just started Chemo last week and she’s doing good of course, it’s hard. It’s hard on your body. It’s hard on your mind. It’s not an easy thing to go through. But she’s a strong woman and she’s handled it with such grace.

Kellie: I was able to be with her for first chemo treatment which was important I think for both of us because like I said, she’s my big sister. She really is. We’re not blood kin but we are sisters. I don’t think blood makes you family but I don’t know. I’m happy to have been able to do this with her.

Ellen: Wow, well you’re a good friend.

Kelly: Its just hair…you know…

Ellen: And, you look great…

Kellie: I will be honest with you. I was a little nervous and she was too. We were both a little nervous hope we don’t have some crazy birthmark or a wart or a mole…or something until you shave your head….

Photo Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Heidi Klum Is Intimate With Her Bodyguard

The accusations have already been made by Seal for a hot minute now, but Heidi Klum had maintained her silence. Maybe it was because she was asked by Katie Couric to not speak on it until she had a chance to release the information to her national audience? Whatever the reason for not answering the question burning on everyone’s lips these days, the model finally admitted on Katie that she is indeed doing the do with her bodyguard.

Heidi opened up her legs on the show, revealing that she “never looked at another man” while she was with Seal. This directly refutes what Seal said a few weeks ago, as he claims the bodyguard and his wife were screwing behind his back while they were married.

Heidi has known the bodyguard for over four years now, so rumors are swirling about how long the two have been together, since she claims they have become very close. She stated to Katie Couric on her daytime television show…

“I don’t know if I can call it a relationship. It just started. I don’t know.”

Listen, Heidi. If he is sticking his doo hilly in your German cha cha, it may not be a relationship in the traditional sense, but he is having a relationship with your lady parts!

Michael Colyar: Labor Day Weekend Style

This past Labor Day weekend, black Hollywood came together for three days of networking, entertainment, and marketing of future projects for the 2012 Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge. And just as in years before, fashion abounds at events such as these and we were able to get an exclusive with stand-up comedian and motivational speaker Michael Colyar, who was there in his trademark attire.

Wearing a blue Roberto Cavalli Suit with diamond embellished neck tie, Colyar’s style is a throwback to old Hollywood style, with emphasis on tailored pieces and hats to match. He prefers to support black designers like Beverly Hills based designer Reggie J , who is one of his favorites. Accessories are never to be ignored and Colyar proves this point, personalizing his look even further with his diamonded studded Obama watch.

Michael Colyar’s upcoming projects include hosting four events in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention, where there will be a reception in his honor.
Catch up with Michael Colyar on his daily morning radio show, which can be heard on LATALKLIVE.com.

photos: A. Neff King

additional reporting: Zenobia Williams

Martin Kristen: Heidi Klum’s Bodyguard Boyfriend Caused Seal Split?!

Martin Kristen, Heidi Klum’s bodyguard boyfriend could be the reason behind Seal and Klum’s split or so claims the Kiss From a Rose singer. Seal told TMZ last night that Klum was banging her bodyguard DURING their marriage and that is why they broke up. Well if that was the case why on earth would the guy want to reconcile with his wife towards the end of their marriage?

Seal told the cameras, “To be quite honest, if there is going to be somebody else in their lives, I’d much rather it was a familiar face. I guess the only thing I would have preferred is that. . . I guess I didn’t expect any better from him, I would have preferred Heidi show a little bit more class and at least wait until we separated first before deciding to fornicate with the help, as it were. I guess you now all have the answer that you’ve been looking for for the past seven months.”

He went on to add, ”I necessarily don’t expect for Heidi to all of a sudden become a nun, but as always, my main priority is the emotional well being of our children.” And I agree with that. I never understood why peeps can’t keep their vajayjays or their box of rocks in their pants until their marriage is completely dunzo.

So what is the status of Klum’s relations with Kristen? A friend told People magazine that, “It’s complicated. Their relationship is hard to define. Her inner circle of people she trusts is getting smaller and smaller and he is her No. 1 confidante.”

Bitch, please.

Katie Holmes at Fashion Week?

I never thought I’d put the words Katie Holmes and ‘fashion week’ in the same sentence. It’s not that the former model does not have the body to pull off haute couture looks – far from it. However, after being hitched to TommyGirl for the past seven years, her clothes and look were more dowdy and tamed for a woman in her 20s. Now that she has released the sprite from her life, Katie is going back to her roots by debuting a new line at Fashion Week.

Joining the ranks of celebrity designers,  Holmes and Yang (co-founder Yang is her personal stylist) will premiere in the tents during Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. Interesting to note is that Katie’s former fake friend, Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Beckham, will also be in the tents as well with her own line, Grazia.

Let’s see if this line will be a success for a woman who has dressed like she was 40 since she was 27. One thing is for certain: there will be alot of publicity surrounding her debut. I, for one, am rooting for Katie. She certainly deserves a bit of success of her own after putting her movie career on hold to raise a Thetan.

And a child too!

Janelle Monae, The New CoverGirl

The versatile singer-songwriter has recently been named as one of the new faces representing CoverGirl cosmetics. Fans will be able to catch their first official peek at her pictorial spread in the September issue of Vogue. She joins CoverGirls Queen Latifah, Sofia Vergara, Pink, and Taylor Swift. The ‘Tightrope’ singer had this to say about her collaboration with the cosmetics giant:

“Growing up and trying to find myself as a woman and experimenting with makeup, I’d go buy magazines. I’d see Tyra Banks in the CoverGirl ads and I’d think, ‘Wow, she’s beautiful.’ It never looked like she had on too much makeup. There was just something clean and classic about her face. I believe in the idea of every woman finding their own beauty superpowers. I want to help redefine what it means to be a strong woman in the music and fashion worlds.”

It has always rubbed me the wrong way that Janelle Monae has never become a huge star in America. But then again, in this era of mediocrity that we live in currently, she is simply too good for today’s mainstream radio. Hopefully, these ads will give her a bit of of a boost and help her climb to the top of the pop heap where she belongs. Yes, Britney, Ke$ha, et al. I am talking about you!

Meet Bregje Heinen: Victoria’s Secret’s Newest Body

Victoria’s Secret introduces you to their newest “body” with the launch of their Body By Victoria collection. Bregje Heinen joined well-known Victoria’s Secret beauty Candice Swanepoel at the Victoria’s Secret SoHo store to launch the collection and introduce herself to Victoria’s Secret lovers.

Dutch born Bregje has walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and most recently appeared in the Maroon 5 music video for their latest single, “Payphone.”

Pretty Little Liars’ Star Janel Parrish Reveals Her Fave Beauty Buys

Actress and singer-songwriter, Janel Parrish is best known for playing Jade in the 2007 film Bratz: The Movie and her role as Mona Vanderwall on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. Now she is revealing her must-have beauty buys for looking fresh and fabulous!

Soap & Glory Glow Lotion

A drop-dead gorgeous highlighting glimmer lotion for the body. This lotion is scented with fresh bergamot, strawberries, and mandarin, with floral and fruity mid-notes, and musk, amber and warm vanilla notes on the bottom.

Janel Says: “I love the shimmer and the way it makes my legs look sun-kissed.”

Rosebud Perfume Co. Strawberry Lip Balm

Indulge your sweet tooth as you soothe dry, chapped lips with Rosebud’s newest, strawberry-scented lip balm. Following in the Rosebud tradition of simple, easy to use products, this vintage-inspired tin contains a combination of rich emollients that lock-in moisture and banish dryness after only one application.

Janel Says: “I never leave home without it! It makes my lips feel extra moisturized and soft.”

A heavy duty, highly pigmented, transfer- and water-resistant, multitasking concealer. Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer is a creamy, blendable secret weapon that provides the ultimate, customizable coverage, in four simple steps: prep, conceal, perfect, and set (see details for each step below). The four-step process hides tattoos, dark circles, and blemishes alike!

Janel Says: “I know its for tattoos, but I use this on my face and it blends in beautifully and stays for hours.”

TIGI Bed Head After-Party Smoothing Cream

After-Party™ hair creme for silky smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair. Control the funky fly-aways and silk-ify your hair.

Janel Says: “This serum makes my hair feel super soft and takes care of pesky flyaways!”

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon

This cushiony, creamy eye pencil, in a glimmering dark brown shade, delivers powerful, vibrant color that slides on smooth and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won’t budge. These pencils go all day and all night.

Janel Says: “This eye pencil is the perfect shade of brown for brown eyes and has a slight shimmer that’s stunning.”

Soap & Glory Calm One Calm All® Bubble Bath

A bubble bath with built-in body lotion. This deluxe, stress-battling, softening bubble bath is formulated with lemon balm, mallow extracts, and moisture-magnetizing skin conditioners. Its relaxing scent of fresh bergamot, strawberries and mandarin with floral and fruity mid-notes, and musk, amber and warm vanilla will soothe you.

Janel Says: “Luxurious and silky, it’s perfect for a soak after a long day on set.”

Nars Blush in Orgasm

This soft, sheer pressed powder blush in a peachy pink shade with a hint of shimmer is designed to be worn alone or layered together for more depth.

Janel Says: “Prettiest cheek color! I wear it every day!”

FASHION FIND: Bobo House Revives Classic and Romantic

Bobo House is the simple yet ultra-charming collection by LA transplant and true Parisienne Eloise Lapidus, daughter of famed French designer, Ted Lapidus. Founder and designer, Eloise brings her experience, fresh style, and Parisian elegance to her line of apparel at BoBo House with a keen fashion sense that has been instilled in her ever since childhood. Her collections are comprised of classic pieces that are romantic while discreet and effortlessly sexy. Aren’t these pieces adorable?! What I love about Bobo House is the quality, the durability of the pieces and the simple, yet chic designs.

Perfect for traveling in style or a lazy Summer afternoon, the eco-chic, luxurious and ultra-soft Bobo House basics can be found in LA’s it-girl boutique SATINE as well as online http://www.jillroberts.com.

Taylor Swift Sizzles In Sassy Red Dress For Wonderstruck

Continuing her magical, Wonderstruck journey, Taylor Swift returned to the Magnolia Plantation in New Orleans, Louisiana, to shoot the advertising campaign for her second fragrance, Wonderstruck Enchanted, on-counter in September at Macy’s. Working with KraftWorks NYC, Taylor and Elizabeth Arden developed a creative concept which captures the bold and sensual allure of the new fragrance.

Taylor’s concept was brought to life with the assistance of Kara Glynn Productions and set designer Thomas Thurnauer at the Magnet Agency, who turned the plantation’s time-worn conservatory into an enchanting sanctuary – a world of lush ferns and crimson sofas.

Taylor and stylist Joseph Cassell selected a sweeping crimson gown, designed by Monique Lhuillier, and she and hair stylist Jemma Muradian created an effortless look by setting her hair in soft, natural curls.

As Taylor told People.com, “I love the look of my Wonderstruck Enchanted ad! I’m wearing this amazing red gown that I loved as soon as I put it on. It’s a classic look, and that’s been my recent style obsession. Anything classic and timeless.”

Taylor looks ravishing in red!

Rosie Huntington Whiteley To Design Tightey Whiteys

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may look gorgeous in lingerie but NOW she is designing her own line for British department store Marks & Spencer. Sure she has modeled for some of the world’s biggest brands, but now Miss Rosie is hoping that her own line of lingerie will make her own imprint into the fashion design world.

Huntington-Whiteley says, “I drew on my experiences as a model to create lingerie pieces that work on the body and are as comfortable to wear as they are beautiful. My goal was to create a luxurious collection which could flatter women of all ages and sizes, inspiring confidence and making women feel gorgeous in their lingerie.”

Get it girl! Make us feel beautiful. All I ask is for no muumuus!