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Beyoncé Skips Cocktails, Stirs Pregnancy Rumors, and More Celebrity News

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Lots of wining and dining this week! Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis took Manhattan by storm yet again, Jessica Simpson strayed from her diet for a night, and Jack Osbourne went to Oktoberfest... in Vegas.

Read on for highlights!

Restaurant Buzz

The world wants to know if Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z are pregnant with their second child. While the verdict is still out, the evidence is stacking up. The couple and a few friends, including Swizz Beatz, headed to a cocktail party at La Marina in New York City's Inwood neighborhood, where they snacked on crabcakes and chicken lollipops, and everyone but Beyoncé had cocktails. [Us]

Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson went to Los Angeles' Fig & Olive for a friend's birthday dinner. The singer took the night off from her much-publicized diet to indulge in the evening's festivities. She ate the Fig & Olive salad, filet mignon, and the chocolate pot de crème for dessert. In honor of the birthday girl, she sipped on bellinis and champagne. [Us]

Jennifer Lawrence chatted it up with a few fans while having dinner with a pals at Watershed in Atlanta. The group shared appetizers, but when it came to the entrée, the Hunger Games star ordered the restaurant's signature jambalaya. [People]

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are really enjoying the New York City restaurant scene as of late. Over the weekend, the couple watched football at a sports bar and grabbed ice cream in the West Village, dined at John Delucie's The Lion, and double-dated at Spasso, where they shared mussels, sipped rosé, and had bomboloni for dessert. [People]

Seen & Heard

Leonardo DiCaprio manhandled a pair of lobsters while filming his upcoming movie The Wolf of Wall Street. [Celebuzz]

Kat Von D and Deadmau5 grabbed fresh juices at The Organic Juice Store in West Hollywood, Calif. [Perez Hilton]

Lady Gaga opened up about her plan to lose weight and her body struggles with bulimia and anorexia. [Daily Mail]

Jack Osbourne and his buddies headed to Legasse's Stadium in Las Vegas for an Oktoberfest bash during his bachelor party weekend. The group dined on bratwurst sausage, beers, and soft pretzels. [Celebuzz]


From Beyoncé to Kendall: the stylist who turned internet culture into fashion

She was behind Beyoncé’s infamous pregnancy shot and has reinvented the look of Insta-models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Meet Marni Senofonte, the super-stylist who knows what’s on trend way before you do

Marni Senofonte: ‘I don’t have a black pair of socks or pants.’ Photograph: Amanda Friedman for the Guardian

Marni Senofonte: ‘I don’t have a black pair of socks or pants.’ Photograph: Amanda Friedman for the Guardian

Last modified on Mon 2 Jul 2018 14.51 BST

B reakfast with Marni Senofonte, LA-based super-stylist to Beyoncé and Kendall Jenner, was never going to be a slice of toast. She emerges from the lift lobby in her smart Mayfair hotel, hugs me, finds us a corner table, takes off her sunglasses, hails a waitress and orders as follows: an almond milk cappuccino, a double-shot espresso, a cup of ice, some turkey bacon (“Very, very burnt, please”), a baguette with butter, mashed avocado on rye toast and fresh pineapple juice.

When the drinks arrive, Senofonte stirs two sugar cubes into the cappuccino, takes a sip and puts the cup down in its saucer, never to be touched again. A few moments later, she inquires after the double-shot espresso, which turns out to have gone into the cappuccino when she wanted it on the side. The double shot appears, and Senofonte pours it over the ice. Now she needs a straw. This arrives, along with the turkey bacon and the avocado toast, but the bacon isn’t crisp enough, so it goes back. Senofonte cuts the avocado toast into tiny pieces, pushes them around the plate, but doesn’t eat any. The turkey bacon reappears, crispier, but still not crisp enough. “That’s OK,” she says cheerfully. “I don’t really need to eat this stuff, I just need to smell it in the morning.” She picks up a shard of the bacon in her pointed fingernails and waves it around like a cigarette for the rest of our conversation. By now, our table is almost collapsing under the piled-up plates, but the only thing Senofonte consumes is the double-shot espresso, which she inhales through the straw in one gulp. “That’s the only part I really need,” she explains. “The cappuccino, that’s only there to make me look like an adult.”

Senofonte does breakfast the way she does everything: attention-grabbing, high-energy, ultra-perfectionist while flirting with crazy. That’s her vibe, even at 7.45am. After the visual spectacular of Beyoncé’s Lemonade album, the arresting Black Panther imagery of last year’s Super Bowl performance, a pregnancy-reveal Instagram post that became global breaking news, Beyoncé is now not only significant as a music artist, but also one of the most powerful visual influencers in contemporary culture. That makes Senofonte, who has been central to Beyoncé’s styling team since Lemonade, near as dammit the Anna Wintour of the social media age, in terms of the dominion she wields over what we want to wear. Those puff sleeves that are everywhere now, for example, may have begun on the catwalk, but took off when Senofonte made them a visual refrain in Lemonade. “I go into Topshop or Zara now and it’s all pouffy sleeves, and I’m like, we were doing that two years ago!” she says, delighted. “Tim White, who is Beyoncé’s tailor, and the whole wardrobe department literally wanted to kill me with all the pouffy sleeves I kept asking for. And now look! I’m so validated.”

The addition to her client roster of Kardashian-dynasty supermodel Kendall Jenner represents Senofonte’s expansion beyond music and into fashion, introducing Jenner’s 83m Instagram followers to her style. Today, however, she is in London as an emissary from the court of Beyoncé. In seven months’ time, Beyoncé will perform at Coachella music festival, and the scale of the Beyoncé machine is such that the advance organisation necessary more closely resembles that for a state visit than for a mere stage performance. For the designers who dream of dressing Beyoncé, Senofonte is her woman on Earth her schedule while in London for meetings about Coachella, and Beyoncé’s athleisure brand Ivy Park, is packed. An initial plan for us to go shopping together had to be abandoned in favour of an early breakfast. The night before we meet, I get another text that seems to want to cancel me altogether, but turns out to be for her personal trainer, sent to me by accident. “We’re good! Come early as you like!!” she clarifies by text as I am going to bed. (She is the same on WhatsApp as she is IRL: big on exclaimers, short on full stops.) In the morning, the phone buzzes again with texts sent overnight (“can’t wait to see you!”).

As a stylist to Beyoncé – and before her, Lauryn Hill and P Diddy, among others – Senofonte has had a long career already, but “in music, not fashion. That’s where I wanted to be, because I always felt like music influences fashion more than the other way around.” After decades when music was “sort of looked down upon” by the fashion elite, the emergence of sophisticated, multilayered aesthetics such as the one Senofonte has helped Beyoncé build has turned the tables. The world’s voracious appetite for fashion content can no longer be satisfied by the politesse of the catwalk. Rihanna in an omelette-yellow dress at the Met Gala, Taylor Swift in a bath of jewels, Beyoncé standing her ground in a burning house in a high-necked Victorian lace gown: these are fashion moments with the stadium-sized power to hold our attention.

Senofonte doesn’t just pick out Beyoncé’s outfits, she helps craft her iconography. For the singer’s most recent birthday, a roll call of her famous friends, including Michelle Obama and Serena Williams, were photographed wearing the wide-brim hat, braids and necklace that made up one of Lemonade’s key looks. Like a Warhol screenprint of Monroe or Elvis, the group portrait has a style that transcends the glamour of even the most famous sitter.

Inside Marni Senofonte’s wardrobe. Photograph: Amanda Friedman for the Guardian

Senofonte is a new type of stylist for a new era of fashion. Case in point: she hasn’t worn black for 20 years, since she was a styling assistant in New York. “Twenty years ago, when I was working for Norma Kamali, she did a ban on black one season. I haven’t worn a piece of black clothing since. I don’t have a black pair of socks or pants.” Not allowing herself the safety net of black “shaped my clothing identity”, Senofonte says. She has carved out a bold aesthetic that is perfect for 2017, when “there are so many visuals out there that you have to be really extreme – almost comical – to separate yourself. And it’s relentless. If I style a great outfit for a client these days, we don’t save it for a big event. We put it on Instagram right away and then I go figure out another one.”

“Tomboy, sexy, athletic” is how Senofonte describes her own look. “I don’t exude the sexiness so much. It’s sort of in me,” she says, which sounds like an annoying statement written down but isn’t, somehow. Senofonte is wearing Vetements graffiti trainers and grey Champion sweatpants she says these were “like, $40, so I bought five pairs and cut some of them off to turn them into skirts”, a statement that I don’t even understand, but it’s too late, because she’s moved on to tell me about her jacket, which seems to feature abstract globe artichokes, but it’s hard to tell when both the jacket and a navy plaid shirt are tied around her waist, giving her silhouette a sort of streetwear-vibe bustle. On top, she wears a navy and white striped T-shirt with a strip of fake fur along each sleeve: I would have said Fendi, but it turns out to be Zara. She is in her 40s, I would guess, with glowy LA skin and the kind of body that doesn’t often skip training sessions. There is much to look at, but mostly I am staring at her eyelashes. They are extensions (I think), but instead of the Love Island furry-spider kind, Senofonte has on each eye maybe seven or eight fine, extremely long lashes that accentuate her bone structure. I didn’t even know this look was a thing until five minutes ago, and now I want it. That’s styling for you.

Beyoncé’s 2017 pregnant-with-twins post. Photograph: Beyoncé/Instagram/PA

Senofonte worked in various roles for Kamali – sales assistant, public relations, personal assistant – until a chance encounter brought the realisation that she wanted to be a stylist. “So one day Puff Daddy’s babymama, Misa [Hylton Brim], walks in. She’s a stylist, and she looks like she’s just stepped out of a music video: black girl, blond girl, stacks of cash. And straight away I’m like: I love you. She introduced me to the urban hip-hop world.”

Not long after, Senofonte selected Kamali looks for a Salt-N-Pepa appearance they loved them so much that Senofonte left her job and went on the road, styling their tour. Lauryn Hill came next, followed by the occasional Beyoncé job. It was a strong, solid, below-the-radar styling career until two years ago, when a broken-off engagement coincided with her promotion to the inner circle of Beyoncé’s team. “The timing was insane. Lemonade came at a time when life was like, pelting lemons at me, you know? The last two years have been incredible. The Super Bowl, Lemonade, Formation, award shows. Just the sheer amount of content. And in that time Beyoncé has had two babies, which is insane.”

Being Beyoncé’s stylist is tricky, because the iconography of Beyoncé is that her beauty comes from within, that her glow is innate. Beyoncé is not a fashion plate, she is a goddess. Logically, we know the image-making behind a visual album such as Lemonade must be the work of a team of creatives, but its power derives from the belief that it comes from a single soul. Senofonte starts to stumble over her words, on this subject. “I don’t like to talk too much about Beyoncé personally, because. I guess I am protective. I would never want to say anything about her that could be misconstrued. It’s her story.”

The pregnancy photo Senofonte styled is off limits – “It’s too personal” – a surprising take on a photo with 11m likes. “I don’t want to talk about the big moments in her life. I don’t want to take away from her narrative.”

While she “wouldn’t presume to speak” for Beyoncé, Lemonade was “a continuation of what Beyoncé has always stood for, which is empowering women. That’s where I come from.” Senofonte’s grandmother was head pattern cutter at a Diane von Furstenberg factory in the Pennsylvania town where she grew up, “plus she made everyone’s wedding gowns, she made dinner every night, she had five sons, she fixed the roof. Whatever needed to be done, she figured it out. I am my grandmother. That’s where I come from and that’s why I’m drawn to amazing, strong women.”

Style setter Kendall Jenner. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

Some of Senofonte’s most powerful looks in Lemonade came in the visual landscaping of its racial politics. “I would hate to put my meaning on it, because that’s not my place. You listen to the words of a song and what it means to you is what it means to you. That’s art. But we were on a plantation with Beyoncé and all these beautiful African American women, and I said, what if these women owned the plantation? What if they were in, like, Givenchy haute couture? Wouldn’t that be amazing? For me, those women were like Beyoncé in another era. Because if Beyoncé was on this plantation, you just know she’d be walking round in fricking couture. Right?”

Kim Kardashian, an old friend, passed on Senofonte’s phone number to her model sister Kendall Jenner earlier this year. “The thing I love about Kendall and these new models is, they are like the 90s supermodels. They finish a shoot and walk out on to the street where the paparazzi are in a full look and with all their makeup on, and just own it. They are like little rock stars.”

Along with Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, Jenner is one of a new crop of young models whose personal style is pored over by teenage fans. “All those girls have a strong game so, in a nice way, it’s like style wars, on the street.” Jenner, Senofonte says, has a real fashion eye: “She loves to shop vintage. And not just the pretty, curated, expensive vintage stores. I mean the ones where you have to dig, you know? And I love that even though she has this insane body, so basically she can wear anything, she understands and appreciates tailoring. But mainly I like that she’s grounded and so chill, and always organised and on time. She’s a good kid.”

Speaking of which, I have to ask, obviously. What’s Beyoncé, you know, really like? “She’s this… amazing talent. And all I can say about her personally is that she’s the hardest working human being I have ever met. Like, hands down, in my whole life. She’s unbelievable. She really is what everyone thinks she is. Isn’t that, like, crazy?”


Beyonce and Jay-Z Divorce: Couple Try Therapy First – Report

Beyonce and Jay-Z are the music industry’s First Couple, but how long will that last? Several new reports have cropped up, suggesting that Beyonce and Jay-Z are undergoing couple’s therapy, but it might not be enough to save their crumbling marriage.

According to a report from OK! Magazine, Beyonce and Jay-Z have turned to marriage counseling to recover from their recent issues, supposedly on the advice of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Really? They’re going to take the advice of someone who just got divorced, and that too because her ex-husband fell in love with someone else? Beyonce might want to be careful on that end, because if she’s not careful, her situation’s going to start mimicking Gwyneth’s. We already know that Jay-Z supposedly hooked up with Rachel Roy, and who knows how many other women he’s tried that with – and succeeded.

OK!’s source claims that Jay-Z promised Beyonce that he’ll break off his affair with Rachel, adding, “No more cozy dinners, no more late-night phone calls. He’s even deleted her number from his phone.”

The veil on Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s marriage has come drastically over the last few weeks, and everything that Bey has tried to hide from us has come to the forefront. We know all about her marriage problems, and even though Jay-Z’s infidelity has been suggested in the past, we’ve pretty much gotten confirmation on that front. At best, he’s a cheater. At worse, he’s a cheater, liar, and an user who manipulated those closest to him.

Whether they go through couple’s therapy or not, I have a feeling that Beyonce won’t want to continue with this charade. She put up with everything for so long because the public didn’t know about it, but now she has to deal with the public embarrassment of being a jilted wife. Beyonce, jilted wife? Yeah, there’s no way Queen B would ever stand for that.


Beyoncé and Jay-Z Christmas Party Ignored by Kim Kardashian: Kimye Too Cool for Music Power Couple? (PHOTOS)

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Christmas party was ignored by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Is Kimye too cool for the music power couple? CDL has photos of a festively dressed Beyonce, while Jay opted to be a Scrooge in black garb accented with a camouflage jacket.

A slew of celebrity pals attended Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Christmas party. The music moguls hosted a bash at their office in New York. But, Kim Kardashian and Kayne West were not among the guests who joined Jay-Z and Beyonce’s holiday celebrations. Was Kimye not invited? Or, was it more likely Kim and Kayne didn’t want to go?

It’s pretty obvious that Kardashian and West have cornered the market. The reality star and rapper are a bigger presence in the celebrity game and dominate social media. Tides have turned since Kim was begging to be friends with Beyoncé.

Kardashian practically bent over backwards to get in good with Beyonce, but the ‘Drunken Love’ singer and Jay-Z blew off Kim and her wedding with Kanye. Now, Beyonce and Jay-Z are struggling with constant marriage troubles that were exposed with the famous elevator brawl.

Solange, Beyonce’s sister, attacked Jay and accused him of being a cheating slime who disrespected Beyonce with his wandering eye.

In addition to the crumbling marriage, the Bey and Jay party barely made more than a blip in the media, and the only reason it got any attention at all was because Beyonce looked like she was dressed by Elton John or Lady Gaga in a tinsel festooned sweater. Maybe if Kimye had been there, they would have gotten more attention?

Beyonce and Jay-Z still have A-list status, but Kim and Kayne are a bigger deal – surpassing the music couple in business, popularity, and everywhere else. Kardashian appears to be having the last laugh as

Beyonce and Jay finally see that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West could help them maintain their relevance. I guess Bey should have been a bit nicer to Kim!

What do you think? Was Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Christmas party ignored by Kim Kardashian? Is Kimye too cool for the music power couple?

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z are seen leaving a Christmas party that they hosted at they office in New York City, New York on December 14, 2015. Beyonce was dressed in the Christmas spirit while Jay-Z was not. FameFlynet


Brandy Pregnancy Rumor: Is She Expecting Baby With New BF Sir The Baptist?

Could Brandy, 38, and her new man Sir the Baptist, real name William James Stokes, be expecting their first child together? Fans sure seem to think she is! The singer posted a cryptic message via Instagram on May 22, seemingly hinting that she has a bun in the oven — and she even shared what COULD be a first look at her tiny baby bump! “Dear God, I can finally see you in me. Continue to use me so that I may continue to know the joy of being used by you. I promise to cut back on my clap backs. #wink ❤️ I love you,” Brandy captioned a pic of herself singing. In the photo, which was shot from below, Brandy is all smiles as she holds up a microphone, and her mid-section is front and center.

“Ooooh snap! She pregooo! Yay,” one fan commented on the snapshot. Another one pointed out, “That’s a round belly to be JUST food brandy 👀.” However, addressing the pregnancy rumors, Brandy clapped back in her Instagram profile, writing, “People, I’m not pregnant. I got too much work to do. I just like pancakes and chocolate cake… let me live!!” So it looks like the singer has officially set the record straight. And she’s not the only one who’s fed up with false pregnancy reports. Turns out, her daughter Sy’rai Iman Smith, 14, is NOT about her mom being with child because she enjoys being an only child, thank you very much!

“My mother is not pregnant. I’m not gonna have any more siblings. I like being an only child. Thank you Lord,” the teen wrote via Snapchat on May 22. Brandy ended up Instagramming her daughter’s snap, captioning the post, “I can’t Iman… @syraismith. Get off social media at school lil lady.” LOL. But baby or not, Brandy and her beau def seem to being well. In fact, the stars posed together for an Insta pic and posted it on May 22 — seemingly confirming their love. “You make me feel forever young…. @sirthebaptist 💡,” Brandy wrote next to the image. Aw!

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do YOU think Brandy truly is pregnant? What do you think of her Instagram post?


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Britney Spears Has 'Crazy' Cameo On will.i.am's Album?

Black Eyed Peas mastermind teases a collabo with the pop princess on #willpower, set for 2012 release.
By Jocelyn Vena


Britney Spears performs in San Francisco
Photo: Max Morse/Getty Images

<P>In a sea of A-list contributions for will.i.am&aposs forthcoming solo album, the Black Eyed Peas mastermind recently dropped one name that will really get pop fans excited. Speaking with <a href="http://www.capitalfm.com/artists/william/news/britney-spears-alicia-keys-new-album/" target="_blank">Capital FM</a>, will teased that his <i>Femme Fatale</i> collaborator Britney Spears will make an appearance on the album, dubbed <i>#willpower.</i> </p><div right" width="240" height="211"></div><p> "I have a song with Alicia Keys &#8212 me, Alicia and Swedish House Mafia. I have a song with the Beats, which is pretty grand. Me and Shakira have been trying to finish the stuff we started, and me and Britney is really crazy," he said. "So we got a song with me, LMFAO and Eva Simons, a song with me and Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz &#8212 I got a whole other bunch of collaborations." Spears and will.i.am last worked together on "Big Fat Bass," a spacey, grinding party tune complete with clapping noises and some rapping from will himself. Their recording session was featured on the MTV special <a href="/news/articles/1660830/britney-spears-femme-fatale-previews.jhtml">"I Am the Femme Fatale."</a> There&aposs been no word yet from will&aposs camp about the song and whether this is a new track or if he will be including "Big Fat Bass" on the album. The rapper/producer&aposs love for Brit is hardly anything new: He <a href="/news/articles/1662289/britney-spears-will-i-am-big-fat-bass.jhtml">gushed to MTV News about the pop princess</a> months after they recorded together. "[I discovered] her love for music. I never seen anyone, like, come alive, full of excitement and giggling and laughing behind the mic," will recalled to MTV News. "She was like a little kid when she was recording the song, and it just brought the whole atmosphere, it changed the whole atmosphere when someone really loves music. So it was great working with her." His latest single, "T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)," featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger, dropped late last year. <i>#willpower,</i> which also features "X Factor" judge Nicole Scherzinger, will be released later this year. <i>What are you expecting from will and Brit&aposs collabo? Let us know in the comments!</i></p>

Ashley Tisdale Heads To Breakfast In A Pair Of Thigh-High Boots

Ke$ha Is Channeling 'Sexiness' Of ྂs Rock For New Album

Glitter-heavy pop star tells MTV News she's going for 'balls-out, irreverent rock and roll.'
By James Montgomery, with reporting by Matt Elias


Ke$ha
Photo: MTV News

<P><a href="/music/artist/_kesha_/artist.jhtml">Ke$ha</a>&aposs already got the face paint down pat, and, during recent live sets, she&aposs even taken to <a href="http://www.popeater.com/2011/03/17/kesha-drinks-blood-during-performance" target="_blank">guzzling blood</a> out of a human heart, so it should come as no surprise that, on her upcoming album, the pop star is taking things back to the most <i>theatrical</i> era of rock: the prop-heavy, arena-spanning heyday of the 1970s. Ke$h revealed her plans over the weekend in Los Angeles, on the red carpet of KIIS FM&aposs annual <a href="/news/articles/1663909/wango-tango-britney-spears-kesha.jhtml">Wango Tango</a> concert, where she told MTV News that the follow-up to her breakout <i>Animal</i> album (and, we suppose, <a href="/news/articles/1652714/kehas-cannibal-a-cheat-sheet.jhtml"><i>Cannibal</i></a> too) would be heavy on hard riffs and light on pretty much <i>everything</i> else. </p><div right" width="240" height="211"></div><p> "The next album . I&aposve been working on writing on the road, but as far as a sound, I just know it&aposs gonna be balls-out, irreverent rock and roll," she said. "I&aposve been pretty much in this &apos70s rock and roll kick and I just want to capture some of the true essence of what rock and roll is, and that&aposs just irreverence and sexiness and fun and not giving a f---, so we&aposll definitely put a bit of rock and roll in it." So, does that mean that fans can expect the likes of Alice Cooper or Peter Frampton to show up on her new album? Perhaps. Because while Ke$ha&aposs new album is still a ways off, she&aposs already begun calling in favors, hoping to line up a killer collabo for the new disc. "I&aposm trying, trust me," she laughed. "I really would love to connect with one of my idols, I mean, that&aposs my dream. I&aposm working on it." <i>What do you think of Ke$ha going rock for her next album? Tell us in the comments!</i></p>

Jessica Alba Checks Out V-Day Cocktails and Conversation

Looking for some girl power, Jessica Alba was spotted attending the V-Day Cocktails and Conversation with Eve Ensler in West Hollywood last night (February 21).

The ?Machete? star mingled with the likes of Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington as she made her rounds at the SoHo House.

And it seems Jessica and her hubby Cash Warren decided to get coordinating manicures before stepping out in New York City last week.

Jess and Cash hit up a few Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week events sporting red and pink nail polish, though Mr. Warren didn?t look all that pleased with his nails.

Keyshawn Johnson & London: Father-Daughter Day

Former NFL All-Star Keyshawn Johnson spent the day with his adorable little girl London on Tuesday (February 21). The pair took a break from their fun-filled day and picked up a Menchie?s Yogurt treat in Calabasas, Calif.

The USC alum?s youngest daughter turned a lot of heads with her cuteness. Gotta love her little curls that blow in the breeze! Wouldn?t it be great to have a London and Hank Jr. Baskett playdate?

Photos | A History Of Britney Spears At The VMAs

Oscars 2012: Why 'Harry Potter' Deserved A Best Picture Nod

2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shoot

The new 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue features the gorgeous Kate Upton on the cover, an impressive feat given that last year she was just a rookie in some sexy bodypaint. Also included this time around is legendary supermodel Bar Refaeli, who poses in some seriously high heels along with LA Clippers stud Chris Paul. Last year?s cover girl Irina Shayk is looking as hot as ever in her pictorial, and Chrissy Teigen, who got engaged to John Legend over the holiday season, works her magic in a loosely-knit red top with blue bottoms. Enjoy the pictures from the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shoot! [gallery=819]


Top celeb mom selfies! Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Kourtney Kardashian

Do you love looking at candid celebrity mom selfies and snapshots that the stars post on Twitter and Instagram? We have rounded up the best pictures of the week, including a makeup-free Gwyneth Paltrow in a bikini, Beyonce&rsquos new drastic haircut, Kourtney Kardashian on a motorcycle, Nicole Richie and her adorable daughter and a LeAnn Rimes vacation photo.

Gwyneth Paltrow

&ldquoSexy lady in Stella swimwear! Summer never stop!&rdquo wrote designer Stella McCartney, who posted this picture on Instagram of her BFF Gwyneth Paltrow, who is jumping in the air while wearing her chic one-shoulder snakeskin bikini.

When she&rsquos not jumping for joy in a bikini, the 40-year-old mom of two has been busy promoting her second cookbook, It&rsquos All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. Judging by her bikini picture, I might need to whip up a few of those recipes.

Beyonce

It was the haircut heard around the world when Beyonce posted this photo on Instagram showing off her new pixie cut. Blue Ivy&rsquos mom has always had long, flowing locks &mdash however her recent run-in with a fan may have swayed her to cut it. Beyonce got her hair stuck in a fan while performing on stage during a concert in Canada. Being the true professional, she didn&rsquot miss a beat and kept singing, however her security had to come over and untangle her. Ouch!

Not a fan of her cropped cut? She will probably have fresh extensions put in and will be back to long hair, like tomorrow.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie&rsquos selfies and Instagram pics always look like something from a photo shoot. The mom of two recently posted this picture of her on a boat with her daughter Harlow while on a family vacation in Italy. Richie shows off her tanned body (and tramp stamp tattoo) in a tan bikini.

In the words of Nicole’s frenemy Paris Hilton, circa early 2000s &mdash &ldquoThat&rsquos hot.&rdquo

Kourtney Kardashian

Since the queen of selfies Kim Kardashian is taking a hiatus since giving birth to North West (Kanye West must have taken her phone away), we checked out Kourtney Kardashian&rsquos snapshots to see what she is up to.

&ldquoRidin’ dirty,&rdquo wrote the mom of two, posting this picture on Instagram of her getting ready to hop on a motorcycle.

Rachel Zoe

We can always count on Rachel Zoe to post a &ldquomajor&rdquo selfie, either with a slew of celebrity friends or her adorable son Skyler.

&ldquoStriking a pose with my angel and that&rsquos a wrap!&rdquo she wrote, sharing this photo on Instagram of her with her blue-eyed boy wearing a striped romper. He even has the &ldquoarms on hips&ldquo pose down perfectly! I die!

Speaking of her angel Skyler, there are rumors that Zoe is pregnant with baby No. 2, however no official confirmation from the style guru herself.

Shameless plug alert: Check out my amah-zing interview with Zoe where she talks about having more kids >>

LeAnn Rimes

&ldquoTip Top of the mountain! #Heaven #Aspen,&rdquo LeAnn Rimes tweeted, posting this photo of her with her husband, Eddie Cibrian, and her two stepsons Mason and Jake.

Rimes, who calls herself a &ldquobonus mom&rdquo has her arms affectionately around the boys and her hubby as they enjoy a family vacation.

Be ready to see a lot more of this family as the couple have signed on to do a reality show with VH1. The two boys, however, won’t be making any appearances as Cibrian&rsquos ex-wife and mother of their sons, Brandi Glanville, tweeted that the boys &ldquowon&rsquot be on eddies show.&rdquo


Super Bowl Whisky & Bourbon Cocktails

Vanilla Old Fashioned
1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla
.25 oz simple syrup
1-3 dash(es) house bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with orange peel.

Crown Royal Vanilla Old Fashioned

Crown Gold Rush
1.5 oz Crown Royal Deluxe
.75 oz Squeezed Lemon Juice
.75 oz Honey Syrup

In a shaker with ice, add Crown Royal Deluxe, honey syrup and lemon juice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

Crown Royal will celebrate Coming 2 America and heroes in the Black community with a limited-edition Crown Royal x Coming 2 America pack designed by Oscar-winning Costume Designer, Ruth E. Carter.

Harper&rsquos Touchdown Julep
1.5 oz I.W. Harper Bourbon Whiskey
8-10 Mint Leaves
.5 oz Rosemary Syrup
Garnish: Rosemary spring and mint spring
Glassware: Julep cup or crushed ice filled old-fashioned glass

Method: Hand-clap mint and add it with all ingredients into serving glass. Stir to mix, add crushed ice and stir again, then top it with more ice.

Buchanan&rsquos Strawberry Slam Sour
1.5 oz Buchanan&rsquos 12-Year-Old DeLuxe Whisky
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Ginger Beer for Top
Garnish: 2 Fresh strawberries and rosemary sprig
Glassware: Highball Glass

Combine Buchanan&rsquos 12-Year-Old DeLuxe, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain contents into a highball glass over fresh ice. Fill to top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh strawberries and fresh rosemary sprig.

Double Old Fashioned
2 oz Dewar&rsquos 12-year-old
0.5 oz Orgeat Syrup
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
Orange twist or Lemon twist
Add all ingredients to rocks glass. Add cubed ice and stir until desired dilution is achieved.

The Golden Dram
2 oz ABERFELDY 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
½ oz Local Honey Syrup (honey syrup = 1 part honey, 1 part water)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Orange Bitters

Add the honey syrup, bitters and ABERFELDY 12 Years Old to a mixing glass, then add ice and stir to dilute (

30 seconds). Pour into rocks glass and add block ice, then garnish with an orange twist expressing the oils over the drink.

SUPER SMOKE
2 parts Hudson Whiskey Back Room Deal
4 parts Bloody Mary Mix

Bloody Mary Mix recommendation:
4 parts tomato juice
2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
2 tsp prepared horseradish
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch celery salt
1 pinch smoked paprika
1 pinch ground black pepper (to taste)

Method: Combine the whiskey and bloody mary mix in a shaker tin. Roll the ingredients back and forth between the shakers several times to combine. Pour the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice. Top the drink with freshly ground black pepper, to taste and garnish with blue cheese olives

TRIPLE-THREAT
1 part Tullamore DEW
1 part Monkey Shoulder
.75 parts lemon juice
.5 parts Orgeat
.5 parts simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Bourbon & Honey Mint Julep
For the Honey-Mint Syrup
5-8 mint leaves
1/4 cup Madhava Natural Sweeteners Organic Pure & Raw Honey
1/4 cup water

For the Honey Mint Julep
2-3 mint leaves
1/2 ounce Honey-Mint Syrup
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
Crushed iceGarnish: sprig of fresh mint

In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, add honey and water and stir constantly until honey is dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in mint leaves, and set aside to cool for at least 1 hour. Remove the mint leaves and store in an air-tight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Add mint leaves to your glass and gently muddle the leaves. Add 1/2 ounce of the honey-mint syrup, bourbon, and crushed ice, and stir. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint to serve


Mouthwatering Watermelon Cocktail Recipes to Ring in the 4th

The Fourth of July isn’t complete without a couple of drinks and some good old watermelon. So why not combine the two for your celebration this year? We’ve rounded up the yummiest cocktail recipes found on Pinterest for a refreshing way to enjoy your watermelon this weekend. From Watermelon Frosé to a Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita — there’s a recipe for everyone.

• 6 cups fresh watermelon cubed
• 2 (750ml) bottles white wine
• 2 cups watermelon vodka
• 3 cups lemon-lime soda
• 1/4 cup stevia or sweetener of choice

Instructions
1. Add cubed watermelon to blender and blend on high until well pureed. Pour through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth into a gallon jug.
2. Gather up sides of cheesecloth and squeeze to force out as much watermelon juice as possible. Discard pulp.
3. Add white wine, vodka, and soda and stir to combine. Taste for sweetness and adjust accordingly.
4. Refrigerate for 2-6 hours to let the flavors combine. Serve over ice with a sprig of mint and extra cubed watermelon (if desired).

Recipe Notes
Slight separation is normal, just stir to combine before serving.

Ingredients
3 cups pureed watermelon
• 3/4 cup tequila
• 1/2 cup lime juice
• 1/4 cup orange liqueur
• 2 teaspoons Truvia spoonable sweetener
• 2 jalapenos, seeded and sliced
• 2 limes, thinly sliced
• Habanero sea salt, optional

Instructions
1. In a large pitcher add all the ingredients and stir to combine.
2. Gently press some of the jalapenos against the side of the pitcher to release some of their spiciness.
3. Let the margarita chill in the fridge, stir before serving and pour over ice.

Recipe Notes
Rim your glasses with habanero sea salt.

Recipe is courtesy of 1000lovelythings.com

Ingredients
• 1/2 medium watermelon
• 1 bottle prosecco or champagne
• juice of one medium lime (approx. 1/3 cup)
• a handful of mint leaves
• ice cubes or crushed ice to serve

Instructions
1. Give the watermelon, mint and lime juice in a blender and blend up until smooth
2. Give the ice into the glasses and fill up with the watermelon juice until the glass is half full
3. Top up with prosecco and stir gently until combined

• 1 (standard 750mL) bottle of rosé
• 1/2 cup fresh watermelon syrup (recipe below)
• 1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice
• 1/2 lime, juiced
• watermelon slices for garnish
• watermelon syrup (find the recipe here)
• 1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice (from about 2 cups of fresh watermelon cubes)
• 1/3 cup sugar

Instructions
1. The night before, pour the rosé into two ice cube trays (you might need three trays depending on the size, but two should do it!) and freeze.
2. When it's time to make the frosé, place the ice cubes, watermelon syrup and juice, and juice from 1/2 a lime in the blender.
3. Blend until it's a slushy-like consistency. I like to refrain from adding ice until I see the consistency. Some rosé's freeze different, so you might need a handful or 2 of ice to make it more slushy. If it's TOO icy and won't blend, add more watermelon juice (not syrup) or some rosé from another bottle if desired.
4. Scoop the frosé into your glasses and garnish with a watermelon wedge.

Ingredients
• 2 fresh mint leaves
• 1 ½ ounces of premium vodka
• 1 ½ ounces of fresh watermelon juice
• ¼ teaspoon agave syrup
• Spring mint (for garnish)
• Small wedge watermelon (for garnish)

Instructions
1. Rip the mint in half to release it’s flavor and throw into shaker.
2. Add vodka, juice and agave syrup.
3. Shake with Ice.

Recipe Notes
For a healthier option, you can skip the vodka and add club soda instead for a refreshing mocktail.


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Beyoncé

Accusation: The singer and actress' weight fluctuations have occasioned many a comment since she first arrived on the scene. When she slimmed down for Dream Girls, using the potentially dangerous "master cleanse" diet, she was blasted for losing 20 pounds in two weeks in an unhealthy way. Then, when she regained the weight, she had to deal with a barrage of pregnancy rumors (which finally came true) and was one of the first to get slapped with the "curvy = fat" label.

Response: Not only did she answer the hurtful slams, but she wrote a song about it! Said the singer about her Bootylicious track, "I wrote that because, at the time, I'd gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable. I was just 18 and you shouldn't be thinking about that. You should be thinking about building up your character and having fun, and the song was just telling everyone to just forget what people are saying, you're bootylicious. That's all. It's a celebration of curves and a celebration of women's bodies." (Psst: Beyoncé has one of The Best Celebrity Bikini Bodies of 2015.)


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