This is what happens when a star borrows diamonds for the Oscars

This is what happens when a star borrows diamonds for the Oscars

The Oscars are just around the corner, and celebrities are getting ready to compete for the best dress on the red carpet (here are the most expensive Oscars dresses of all time in case you were wondering).

Of course, if you’re wearing an amazing outfit, you want accessories to match, and there’s only one thing for it: diamonds. Now as we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars here, a lot of celebrities just borrow them for the night, and it’s a whole process.

Jeweller Martin Katz has been dressing actresses for 30 years now, and he revealed what happens behind the scenes.

He said, ‘I remember my first encounter bejewelling an actress for the red carpet came when a client (an actress) asked me to loan jewellery to her co-star – it turned out to be a new young actress named Sharon Stone who was just about to hit the big time with Basic Instinct. I loaned her some pieces for that premiere and my brand went “viral” from there.’

Since then, Martin has accessorised over 500 of Hollywood’s finest, from Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman, all the way through to Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet Ashley Judd, Alessandria Ambrosia and Gigi Hadid.

What’s interesting is everything that goes into making this happen. Whilst some brands do pay the celebs to wear the jewels (‘eye-watering sums’ according to Katz), he simple works with those who like his designs.

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First off, it starts with the stylist. He says, ‘My team initially liaise with the stylists, and this can often be only weeks in advance. Since we are based locally in Beverly Hills we have developed close relationships with some top stylists who we work with throughout the year so we know their clients well.

‘Most stylists prefer choose the gown first then start considering the jewellery. On occasion, we have come across stylists who have a particular style of jewellery in mind then source an evening gown to fit that. We will then invite them into our boutique on Brighton Way for an appointment at which stage I personally like to meet with them to discuss ideas and show them pieces that I feel would work well.’

Once the celebrity approves of the choice, or requests a custom design, then ‘they have fittings in their ready-to-wear with the selected jewellery items and their hair and make-up done. They must see the finished look in advance and take several photos from all angles to ensure the look is flawless.’

Unfortunately, there’s always a risk the celebrity won’t wear the jewellery (or the dress, remember Anne Hathaway?), so the team have to bide their time: ‘they may suddenly wake up the morning before or worse yet, the morning of the event and change their mind on their outfit which can then knock on to the jewellery too. That would involve a last minute rush into the vaults to select alternatives and it’s happened before…’

And when we’re talking about really expensive jewellery, you need to have a plan in place in case anyone tries to steal it – just think how many people come to watch that red carpet.

Martin says, ‘Measures are taken to ensure the security of the jewellery and the talent wearing the piece too so we will send a security guard to accompany them.’

Disasters can happen though, and the jeweller’s diamonds once scattered all over the red carpet. ‘I will never forget though the year when Minnie Driver wore a multi-strand ruby of mine to the Oscars and unfortunately it became attached to her dress, causing the clasps to break and the ruby beads to dissipate across the floor of the auditorium. James Cameron was seen on his hands and knees helping to pick up the rubies for the distraught Ms. Driver. There’s never a dull moment at the Oscars!’

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Meghan Markle gave her baby shower guests the sweetest gifts

Meghan Markle gave her baby shower guests the sweetest gifts

This is lovely.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the news that they were expecting a baby in Spring 2019, just months ago, with the exciting news sending the internet into a frenzy.

Who are the god parents going to be? What will be the royal baby name of choice? And of course, when is the due date?

While Meghan has hinted at an April arrival, supposedly disclosing the month to a member of the public, the question on everyone’s lips this week surrounded the Duchess’ baby shower, taking place in New York this week.

Yes, Meghan Markle spent the past few days in New York, spending some time with her closest friends before the arrival of her baby.

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The intimate baby shower took place in the city’s Mark Hotel, attended by Jessica Mulroney, Abigail Spencer, Amal Clooney and Serena Williams, among some of Meghan’s other BFFs.

While the details of the event are being kept a secret, there have been rumours of a flower arranging class and a dessert table – yes, really. A dessert table.

The sweetest detail seemed to come from the Duchess herself, with guests receiving a sweet party favour – a trio of decorated biscuits. Giving a nod to Meghan’s ‘little bump’, the three monochrome biscuits came in three different shapes – a rattle, a baby bib and stork.

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Meghan’s close friend and make up artist, Daniel Martin, made the details known this week, when he shared a photo of the sweet treats to Instagram.

‘Such an incredible day celebrating #babylove,’ he captioned the sweet snap.

We hope Meghan had the baby shower she deserved!

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Princess Charlotte’s favourite snack is pretty fancy for a three-year-old

Princess Charlotte’s favourite snack is pretty fancy for a three-year-old


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in April, and all eyes are on the royal couple. The world is waiting for details about Baby Sussex, from whether Harry wants a boy or girl, to the vegan paint Meghan is using in the little one’s nursery. We even had a glimpse of Meghan’s New York baby shower this week, and we have to say the biscuits looked delicious (and very cute).

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their bundle of joy in a couple of months, there are three little royals who will be very excited to meet him or her. Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, will finally have their first (first) cousin!

They will no doubt be happy to show Baby Sussex the royal ways – and if Charlotte has anything to do with it, she’ll be teaching them the secret to a sophisticated palate.

During a royal appearance earlier this month, Kate admitted that her young daughter ‘loves olives’. What a fancy snack for a three-year-old!

Apparently, Charlotte and her brother, George, also love making ‘cheesy pasta’ and enjoy creating their own pizzas because they get to make their own dough.

‘They love it because they can get their hands messy,’ Kate said.

We can just imagine these two putting their culinary skills to the test in the royal kitchens!

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The one thing that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t like about Prince Harry

The one thing that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t like about Prince Harry

We don’t get it.

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Prince Harry is one of the most popular royals, but it turns out that not everything he does impresses his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Earlier this week, we learned that the Queen doesn’t approve of Prince William’s favourite hobby, and it turns out that she’s also irked by something that Harry chooses to do.

Katie Nicholl’s autobiography about Prince Harry entitled Harry: Life, Loss, and Love points out that his beard displeases the Queen.

According to the Express, Katie claims that Harry decided to grow his facial hair while he was in the army and decided to keep the look going when he got home. However, the Queen wasn’t best pleased about it as she reportedly believes that men should be ‘clean-shaven’.

The paper also reported that the Queen gave Harry special permission to sport a beard when he married Meghan Markle.

In a statement at the time, Kensington Palace said: ‘Her Majesty The Queen gave her permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform.’ It’s believed that this included his facial hair.

A royal insider previously told Hello! magazine: ‘The rest of the family liked it and were taking the mickey, especially his cousin Zara who dubbed him Prince Hairy.

‘But the Queen soon let her displeasure be known.

‘She doesn’t mind royal men growing beards when they are away in the armed forces or out in the wild like Harry was in the Antarctic, but she expects them to be clean-shaven when they get home.’

We’re here for Harry’s beard, tbh.

Sorry, Liz, but we’re going to disagree with you on this one.

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Gwyneth Paltrow almost missed out on this iconic role because of her split from Brad Pitt

Gwyneth Paltrow almost missed out on this iconic role because of her split from Brad Pitt

Wait, WHAT?

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Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the most talked about women in the world, and from her lifestyle brand Goop to her recent marriage to Brad Falchuk, she never fails to make news.

This week, it was her previous relationship with Brad Pitt that everyone was talking about, with Gwyneth admitting that her split from the Fight Club actor had almost prevented her from taking one of her most iconic roles, Viola from Shakespeare In Love.

On Shakespeare In Love’s 20th anniversary, Gwyneth explained that she wasn’t supposed to star in the film at all, with a different A-list actress given the role.

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‘The movie had many iterations,’ Gwyneth recalled in an interview with Variety. ‘Julia Roberts was going to do it for a long time, and then that version fell apart. It ended up in Miramax, and I was the first person they offered it to.’

Despite being offered the role however, Gwyneth went on to explain that the timing wasn’t right, with the actress mid break up from Brad, reportedly turning the opportunity down at first.

‘I was in the middle of a terrible breakup and the idea of going to England and being far from home just seemed … I didn’t even read it,’ she explained. ‘I was just like, “I can’t read anything right now. I’m having a really hard time.”’

We don’t know who convinced Gwyneth to reconsider but seeing as she won herself an Oscar for the role, we doubt she regrets her decision!

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Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the BRITS

Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the BRITS

Meghan Markle was spotted at the BRITS last night, but not in the way you think, as she was on her way back from her baby shower in New York.

Instead, she made an unlikely appearance in Beyonce‘s company when the singer accepted her award via video message.

She and Jay Z won the award for Best International Group (as the Carters), and stood in front of a portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge to accept it.

In the oil painting, Meghan wears a crown and old-fashioned pearls, which makes her look like Queen Victoria.

This was all the more poignant that it was to celebrate Black History Month, and with it the landmark of Meghan being the first bi-racial woman in the Royal family.

You can watch the full video below:

Beyonce also congratulated the Royal on her pregnancy, writing, ‘In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.’

We’re pretty sure Meghan will love this.

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Beyoncé reveals the meaning behind the Meghan Markle Brits painting

Beyoncé reveals the meaning behind the Meghan Markle Brits painting

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The BRIT Awards was an absolute treat. Not only did Hugh Jackman prove he is, indeed, the greatest showman, we were absolutely living for Little Mix and Pink’s performances.

But one moment that got Twitter talking was Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s acceptance speech. The couple won Best International Group as The Carters but weren’t able to attend the ceremony to collect their award. Instead, viewers watched as they said thank you via VT. While celebs usually film themselves saying thanks in a dressing room or from their tour bus, Bey and Jay made sure that their video acceptance speech was epic.

In their Apeshit music video, The Carters are casually hanging out in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. But last night they recreated the iconic scene in front of a portrait of Meghan Markle looking regal AF.

Bey told the camera: ‘Thank you so much to the Brit Awards for this incredible honour. You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love. Thank you. You’re Welcome.’

They then turned to face the painting of Meghan by illustrator Tim O’Brien. And fans loved it.

‘The HIGHLIGHT of the brits is The Carters paying homage to Megan Markle,’ one person wrote on Twitter.


Beyoncé took to Instagram to explain the meaning behind the moment.

Alongside a photograph of the pair in front of the portrait, Bey wrote: ‘Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle.

‘How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova.

‘In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas.

‘Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.’

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Green tea KitKats are coming to the UK, and finally

Green tea KitKats are coming to the UK, and finally

It’s a yes from us

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It has been a great few weeks for sweet treat-loving foodies. The Hotel Chocolat Easter sandwiches have hit the shelves and Kinder Bueno ice creams are now available at your local supermarket. Plus, let’s not forget about the Creme Egg ice creams.

But if you prefer your chocolate a little less traditional and a little more matcha, you’ll be pleased to know that the Green Tea KitKat is finally coming to the UK.

It launched in Japan over fifteen years ago, and now Nestlé has confirmed that we’ll be able to get our hands on them very soon. They’ve decided to make the chocolate available in Europe after years of demands from customers, and we cannot wait.

The bar resembles the original milk chocolate version, but there’s one obvious difference – it’s bright green. The colour, and its ‘sweet and fragrant flavour’, is all down to the main ingredient – matcha green tea powder – mixed with cocoa butter and white chocolate.

According to Bloomberg, they’ll be made in Nestlé’s Hamburg factory before being made available in eighteen European countries, including the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. And if they prove popular, they’ll be here to stay.

Last year, the Ruby Chocolate KitKats were such a hit that they’ll soon be sold nationwide.

Alexander von Maillot, global head of confectionery at Nestlé, said: ‘The launches of KitKat Ruby and KitKat green tea matcha are further proof of our commitment to our leading international confectionery brand.

‘We have introduced other innovative flavours and premium products to KitKat, KitKat Chunky and KitKat Senses in recent years and there is more to come.’

Excited? Same.

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Shea butter: the beloved ingredient set to revolutionise your beauty routine

Shea butter: the beloved ingredient set to revolutionise your beauty routine

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From moisturising dry skin to replenishing hair, there’s nothing shea can’t do.

Shea butter has long been hailed as an effective solution to dry skin, but the truth is, it’s a beloved ingredient for many more reasons. From offering a super nourishing, diverse top-to-toe regime, to helping communities of women in Ghana, here’s why you should be using shea.

It’s intensely nourishing for dry skin

Shea butter is a uniquely powerful ingredient, which nourishes even the driest of skin. Itchy legs? Sorted. Rough knees and elbows? Solved. So why is shea such a wonder product when it comes to tackling dryness? The main reason is that the shea nut contains a high level of fatty acids that help to keep things smooth and soft, as well as vitamins A and E to help protect the skin’s natural oils and maintain moisture.

Shea butter mecca The Body Shop is the place to head for all your nourishing needs. Its Body Butter is a bestseller for a reason; 100% vegan, it floods the skin with rich moisture lasting 72 hours while smelling irresistible. The range also has a new addition – multipurpose Shea Butter. Made with an incredible 192 shea nuts, it can be applied directly to your body, face, hair or lips. You could use it as a base for a DIY lip scrub by adding sugar and using a toothbrush, a hair treatment by mixing it with your favourite oil or even make a nourishing bubble bath melt by mixing with bath foam and freezing overnight.

The She in Shea: The Tungteiya Women’s Association

It helps support female empowerment

While shea’s moisturising properties alone are enough to convince us, it’s the story of where the ingredient comes from that really inspires. The Body Shop has been sustainably sourcing Community Trade shea butter from the Tungteiya Women’s Association in Ghana since 1994. As well as empowering women, making shea has a positive impact on the entire community.

An incredible 640 women handcraft 390 tons of shea butter for The Body Shop every year, using an 18-step process that’s passed down from mother to daughter. So every Shea product you use from The Body Shop allows female empowerment to go from strength to strength.

It is a super versatile ingredient

Not only does shea butter keep skin feeling tip top, it also works everywhere else – including your hair. The Body Shop’s three-step replenishing shea range, which is 100% vegan, includes a deeply cleansing shampoo, richly nourishing conditioner and a special treatment mask for super smooth, silky lengths.

Inspired? The options with shea are seemingly endless…

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Ever Wondered Why People Drink Milk On Their ‘Suhagraat’?!

Ever Wondered Why People Drink Milk On Their ‘Suhagraat’?!

How many times did you move awkwardly when I came across a bride who offered her husband a cup of milk on their wedding night on TV?

Actually, not by your fault, the way it is portrayed on television, the ritual makes us all shrink inward. Moreover, if you happen to watch it in the presence of an older brother or sister. But have you ever wondered where and when this ritual arose? In the end, most of what is depicted or repeated in popular culture has some origin in our history or culture. Another question is that he gets a much more distorted avatar until he reaches our idiot boxes.

After watching a particularly melodramatic production of this scene in a 90s movie (I'm a thousand years old, judge me!), He decided to investigate the origin of this ritual so he would not uncontrollably burst out laughing whenever he met him on television . My search took me online to a site called Quora, where several self-proclaimed cultural experts gave several reasons to justify this ritual and the need for it. Although I'm still not convinced, that's what they had to say about him:

1. Consumed for a clean start to a new life, apparently

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According to this gentleman, milk is a symbol of purity in Hindu culture and is used at the beginning of all favorable ceremonies and puyas. Since the wedding night of a couple marks the beginning of their marriage life, which is an important stage in (marriage life) life, it makes sense to begin with the consumption of the purifying liquid ( 1 )

I know about you, but I will get more convincing. Besides, the ceremonial fire around most of the Hindu ceremonies is already acting as a purifying agent

2. This is an aphrodisiac … Is it really?

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Another gentleman, on the same platform, had this brand new information about this fortification fluid. "Milk is a substitute for food. You need energy after a hard day for a ding-dong. They also mix almonds and some other dried fruit with milk that act as an aphrodisiac " 2 .

This is completely new information about me. On the other hand, this answer was examined nine thousand times, so the next time your SO offers you milk as a drink, you know what they are reading on the Internet.

He has to help with the number of sperm

This answer, which was accidentally published by a man (though, again, Sighs), claims that the tradition has arisen from a popular myth that milk should strengthen

Glory to the gentleman for the admission that this information is at best a myth, and also for a very wise counsel who follows this information where he says that consuming something before the act of intercourse (19459011) 3 )

All the jokes aside, I found a scientific proof that had a completely different view of the ability of the milk sperm atozoidi to strengthen the capacity. In fact, it claims that only dairy products with low fat or low-fat milk have a positive link with the production and mobility of the sperm ( 4 ). It helps the couple to rejuvenate for the night


Yes, this is also referred to as a reason by several users of the platform. In their view, the bridegroom will need this bribe after a long, tired day of wedding rituals to continue with socially sanctioned intercourse!

There was another group that seemed to have a very opposite view, according to them, milk was given to cause a restful sleep after a tense day. Well, this is a principle that is supported by science ( 5 ).

5. Well, the Indian Panacea for All Problems

As strange as any, the only lady to weigh this question is something very different to say about this strange ritual, she thinks in our culture, milk is supposed to be a solution to all the evils. She writes, "Lol. It's something in India, where everyone thinks milk is the solution to everything. Do you have cold? Drink milk with hot turmeric. Do you want to be honest? Drink milk from turmeric. Do you want honest kids? Drink kesar, haldi badam wala milk during pregnancy. Do you want to become stronger? Drink lots of milk … [ 6 ) "

And we would like to agree that it is not too far from the truth!

So, do you believe that? In our opinion, tradition is mostly a product of popular culture, and as such comes from countless films that have established it as part of an artificial tradition

. Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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