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Jul 11

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis’ Just Friends?


It may be teeming down in Britain but things are certainly heating up in sunny Cancun with the recent arrival of Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. The 27-year-old Black Swan actress and her 30 year-old co-star jetted into Mexico to spread the word about their new movie, Friends with Benefits, but it seems that life may be imitating art as rumour has it that the couple are an undercover item.




The cute couple have been laughing off the gossip for a while now but if it is true then Justin and Mila couldn’t have picked a location for some low-key romance than honeymoon heaven, Maroma Resort and Spa. Set amidst lush jungle on the soft white sands of the unspoilt beaches of the Maya Riviera, Maroma offers barefoot luxury and pure escapism.



Visiting celebrities to the Maroma – and there have been a few – have at their disposal a four-bedroom beachfront villa with views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Just offshore are some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs and on-site there are flower-filled gardens and a host of poolside restaurants. And if that’s not enough to torture you in this miserable summer, there’s also an award-winning spa, Kinan, where Sharon Stone, Cameron Diaz and Minnie Driver have all made use of the magical Mayan treatments on offer.


Jul 11

Celebrate Like Royalty at the Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo

Love was in the air this weekend, as the Cambridges canoodled on their Canadian tour, Kate Moss got hitched to Jamie Hince, and the tiny Principality of Monaco rejoiced at the union of Prince Albert and her Charlene Wittstock.

Some 3500 guests attended the star-studded Royal Wedding including heads of state and the rich and famous. Amongst them were the French President Nicholas Sarkozy, Prince Frederik of Denmark, couturiers Karl Lagarfeld and Giorgio Armani – who made Charlene’s dress. Former super-model Naomi Campbell also made an appearance and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sang Ave Maria for the happy couple.


All of these illustrious guests, of course, had to find somewhere to pop on their party frocks and and Monaco’s top hotels were on hand to fuss over their fabulous visitors. The Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo, voted the ‘Best Hotel in the World’ last year, enhanced the hotel’s decor with an amorous floral theme.

In-house stylist and florist Miss Rose created a stunning ephemeral floral display in the lobby. Named the ‘Garden of Eden’, the centrepiece was a spectacular Cherry Blossom tree surrounded by a halo of whimsical white flowers. The hotel’s discreet archway entrance was also adorned in white and red flowers, as a subtle nod to the official colours of Monaco.

Discerning wedding guests were able to soak up the city’s regal atmosphere in the palatial surrounding of the Jaques Garcia designed Hotel Metropole. Dining here is a divine experience; the hotel has two marvellous Michelin-starred restaurants; YOSHI and Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo both of which are celebrity-frequented all year round. Guests were also able to relax in between the three-day celebrations by sipping cocktails at the hotel’s enchanting summer-in-the-city swimming pool or hanging out at the trendy Lobby Bar. The hotel’s fairy-tale pretty suites and junior suites, which feature terraces and stunning views of the ocean, are bound to have been the most sought-after and on-site there is also the celebrated Espa Spa to keep glamorous guests ready for a world-wide audience.

Hotel Metropole, 4 avenue de la Madone, Monte Carlo. (+377) 93 15 15 15 ) From £265 per night

Jun 11

The Dorchester: Home to More Stars than the Milky Way!

If The Dorchester was a drink it would definitely be champagne – it’s effervescent, exclusive and ever so much fun! Since its opening in 1931, The Dorchester has been one of the most desirable places in the world to stay achieving legendary status for its exemplary facilities, immaculate service and outstanding dining.  During its eighty-year history, royalty, world leaders, celebrities, musicians and cultural luminaries have graced The Dorchester with their presence so imagine my delight when a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to take a peek behind its renowned revolving door.













The Dorchester has been an essential stop for the high-profiled and well-heeled for nearly a century. From its opening in the 1930s which attracted eminent artists like Cecil Beaton, Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward, to the war years when General Eisenhower set up headquarters alongside Winston Churchill, to sensational 1960s Jet Set that included Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, to the superstars of the Eighties, Nineties and Noughties, every celebrity worth their salt has been spotted at The Dorchester. Recent Dorchester darlings include Ben Stiller, Al Pacino, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Elton John, and Lady Gaga to name just a few.



As the doorman, in his heavy gold-braided green coat, escorted me into the lavish lobby of The Dorchester I felt like I had made it! The entrance is suitably dramatic for the establishment’s celebrated patrons; reminiscent of a spectacular stage set, the marble-clad lobby resembles a proscenium arch with two splendid reception desks at its wings. Its players are provided in the form of an unending stream of models and yummy Mayfair mummies, international industrialist and suited-and-booted businessmen. The Dorchester runs as smoothly as the well-oiled Bentleys that sit outside: this is the kind of place where if Britney wants a hundred Marilyn Monroe DVDs and a selection of “chick lit”, they will be carefully arranged in her bookcase, or if J-Lo turns up with sixty-six suitcases and insists on Jo Malone candles, suitable stowage will be found and the room will undoubtedly reek of Lime Basil & Mandarin. The Dorchester is, of course, much too discreet to divulge these star secrets but a quick search on the internet provides ample confidential celebrity demands that have been met with ease by the world’s most agreeable hotel.



Celebrity, and non-celebrity, guests residing at The Dorchester can expect round-the-clock pleasure and delight. I was treated to some Star Treatment in the hotel’s beautiful Belgravia Suite. Favoured by many celebrated guests, these suites overlook Park Lane and Hyde Park and are opulently decorated in traditional yet timeless English fashion. Rich wood panelling complements the plush furnishings, elegant fireplace and oriental rugs in the sitting room, and a four-poster bed and Italian marble bathroom, boasting London’s deepest tub and a range of bespoke Floris amenities, combine to provide a truly A-list experience. Cosseted amidst such luxury it was difficult to leave my sumptuous surroundings and obvious why Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor fell madly in love in the hotel’s Harlequin Suite. But duty called, so after a quick plunge in the bathtub it was time for tea.








The restaurants and bars are in a class of their own, and dining at The Dorchester is on every icons itinerary. Whether it be taking afternoon tea in The Promenade, hanging with the celebs at Tang, or enjoying some fancy French cuisine at the booked-months-in-advance Alain Ducasse, there’s an abundance of taste bud titillation on offer. We opted for a champagne-fuelled feast at The Grill and, even though my Seventies-inspired jumpsuit clashed badly with the tartan-filled interiors, being a Glasgow girl originally I loved the quirky design, which looked like it had been realised by the love child of Vivienne Westwood and Braveheart! Service was, as expected, impeccable and refreshingly fun, and the adventurous menu proved to be an absolute joy.


The Spa at The Dorchester is definitely one of the most glamorous on the planet and has devotees that include Sophie Dahl, Elle Macpherson and Vanessa Hudgens. I was utterly seduced by The Spa’s unashamedly opulent, navy and ivory, Art Deco inspired decor and loved the gorgeous Spatisserie where it is the custom for guests to enjoy champagne, cakes and cocktails pre and post-treatment. The sublime spa space features a show-stopping chandelier of 72,000 South Pacific white pearls, decadent blue velvet day beds and lashings of lilies – I wouldn’t have been surprised if Greta Garbo had swanned out of one of the nine treatment rooms. The Spa has teamed up with some of the world’s leading beauty practitioners, from the supreme facialist Vaishaly to celeb-favourite and anti-aging specialist Carol Joy London, to Aromatherapy Associates and Kerstin Florian, to offer the ultimate beauty experience. A suite for manicures and pedicures is also available, as is hairdresser to the stars, Royston Blythe.





I had some serious handbag envy going on during my visit! A glambag is de rigueur at The Dorchester so grab a Great British design like this cute clutch from Nadia Minkoff to garner some green-eyed glances.







The Dorchester: Park Lane, London W1 (020 7629 8888; Doubles from £265

Jun 11

Hats, Horses and Prince Harry! Celebrate Royal Ascot at Coworth Park

It’s all about the Royals at the moment! First the magnificent Royal Wedding, closely followed by Hollywood royalty strutting their stuff in Cannes, and now it’s time for the fashion extravaganza that is Royal Ascot! There’s no doubt that Royal Ascot is one of the most famous and prestigious events in the sporting calendar where first class horseracing is combined with spectacle, style and tradition. This year, Royal Ascot celebrates its 300th anniversary and it’s a sure bet that fashionistas will be pulling out all the stops to commemorate this momentous occasion – and the odds are pretty good for spotting a royal visitor or two this year too. So, there could be no better time to turn your day at the races into a luxury holiday with a stay at the nearby Coworth Park Hotel.












The Coworth Park has been a glittering success since its opening in 2010 and is now looking forward to hosting its first Ascot season. Situated in the heart of Royal Berkshire’s polo playing country, yet only forty-five minutes from London, and twenty minutes from Heathrow, the hotel makes for the perfect celebrity retreat. The Coworth Park is part of the Dorchester Collection and perfectly complements its big city sister – it’s kooky, capricious and contemporary while at the same time it manages to lovingly uphold the tradition for fine dining, inspired interiors and impeccable service that the Dorchester is so famous for. Its wonderful eco-spa has also been attracting a load of A-listers with its innovative indulgent treatments … but more on that later.



This cool country manor comes complete with its own equestrian centre, and is the only UK hotel to have its own polo field, and an equestrian centre with stabling. Prince Harry is a regular visitor who was most recently seen charming Charlize Theron at the Audi Challenge charity Polo Cup, and when his royal hotness needs to cool down there’s a good chance he’ll be sipping his Pimms at the Coworth.

And Harry is not the only red-hot royal to be spotted here; during their courtship, the Cambridges were also seen strolling hand in hand through the ambling countryside. Blue-bloods abound but they are not the only ones who love this place; as I checked in, Paloma Faith tweeted that she had just checked out of “the best hotel in the world”. Cheryl Cole was here last year to film parts of the X-Factor and the local press recently reported that Jonny Depp, Vanessa Paradis, and family were staying at the five-star manor while Depp was shooting his new film, Dark Shadows, on our shores.



I loved so many things about this hotel that it’s hard to pick favourites, but I’ll have a go. First the Spaaaaaah! This thoroughly modern spa is bathed in light and has lashings of high-end glamour. Sculpted into the lush green landscape with a “living roof” herb garden, this holistic haven has fabulous eco-credentials as well fabulous treatments. The Dr Alkaitis Organic Skinfood Facial left my skin with the glow of new bride and my husband was more than a little bit impressed with the super-stylish indoor pool, which was lined with amethyst sculptures, lit with luminous LEDs, and had underwater music – he was so surprised when he popped up from his first dip that I thought he must have discovered a new life form down there! The Spa also has its own eatery, The Spatisserie, where you can lounge around in enormous duvet-like robes drinking champagne (or tea if you prefer) and tickling your tastebuds with zingy snacks, amid the postcard-pretty English countryside. Bliss.








Post-spa we spent a couple of hours in our Junior Suite to revel in its understated luxury before dinner. Celebrities tend to stay in the jewel in the Coworth’s crown, the Dower House, a Grade 2 listed building that has been lovingly restored to include three bedrooms, a private kitchen, dining and living area. It also has its own gardens, a babbling brook and a family of swans. All the rooms, however, have every amenity you would expect from a classy hotel. Chicly decorated in far-from-boring neutral tones, every accommodation comes with a wonderful woodland-inspired four-poster bed, pop-up Bang and Olufsen TV, sumptuous furnishings and under-floor heating to keep you cosy after a dip in the freestanding copper tub.












An evening at the John Campbell restaurant completed the A-list experience. The delightful dining room honours the hotel’s natural surroundings with elegant leather seating, beautiful floral displays and a simply stunning copper halo of oak leaves and acorns to dine beneath. The vivacious eight-course degustation menu was described as a “journey through the senses” and with everything from pea and ham ice-cream to rabbit ragout and a divine chocolate, lychee and rose dessert on the menu, it certainly lived up to its spirited description. Throw in some fabulous cocktails and outstanding service and it’s fair to say that John Campbell has ruined me for all other restaurants!












The Coworth Park has its very own fashion ambassador, the celebrated milliner Stephen Jones. OBE Jones has created enchanting headwear for the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, and Dita Von Teese. This collection of four couture hats, however, has been inspired by the celebrity bolthole, and will be available for suite guests to borrow to attend the legendary Ladies’ Day.





Coworth Park: 01344 876600; Doubles from £282.















May 11

Where the Stars Check-In at Cannes

Hollywood has taken its annual working holiday to French Riviera for the International Cannes Film Festival and when the stars roll into town, more often than not, they check in to the glitzy Carlton Cannes International.



The Belle Epoch palace that is the Carlton Cannes has long been associated with the film festival and is the place to see and be seen in Cannes. The high-wattage hotel has sweeping views of the bay, a pool, casino, and gastronomic glamour at the seventh-floor La Belle Otero.






A veritable mother ship for decades of visiting movie moguls and super-celebs, its also a star in its own right having been the location for Hitchcock heist movie, To Catch a Thief, starring Cary and Grace Kelly.  During the film’s release at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier for the first time, at the Prince’s request. They married the following year in what was dubbed the “Wedding of the Century”.






The Cannes Carlton has a long list of celebrities who are regular clients and as a tribute to its illustrious guests, the hotel has named some of its most prestigious suites after celebrated celebrities, the Sean Connery and Sharon Stone suites are just two of the options.


The Sophie Marceau Suite


This year, Jack Black and Rachel MacAdams have been spotted in the lobby, as has Dustin Hoffman. Jamie Foxx, Kanye West and Lady Gaga have all performed there during the 2011 festival and Brangelina and their family are also said to have a set-up camp in a stunning sea-view suite.



May 11

The Royal Honeymoon Begins!

Well the secret’s out! It seems the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have jetted off to beautiful, and molto romantic, Seychelles for their honeymoon. We just knew that Kate’s bikini buying pointed to some upcoming fun in the sun – girls don’t buy beautiful beachwear for a splash in the local swimming pool! I’m so glad that they’ve not waited too long, there’s nothing sweeter than heading off on honeymoon while you’re still basking in the happy glow of your wedding day. And I do hope now that they will be able to spend the next two weeks just as every other honeymooning couple would – happy, together, and ALONE.





The world’s favourite couple tried to slip away quietly yesterday only to have their cover blown by the loose-lipped Seychelles tourist board who obviously couldn’t contain their excitement. St. James’ Palace is, of course, remaining tight-lipped.


This island of Mahe, where the royal couple touched down in the Seychelles













Rumour has it that the royal couple visited the Indian Ocean paradise in 2007, and it was here on their make-it-or-break-it holiday that they vowed to stay together forever, aaww. The main contender for the royal honeymoon hotel is the private island lodging, Desroches. This little drop scone in the sea is ringed by white sands, coral reefs and baby blue sea. There are only and handful of luxury beach villas hidden amidst verdant greenery, but the royal couple are bound to have bagged the Presidential Villa. Tastefully decorated in dark woods and soothing vanilla tones, featuring a four-poster bed, large dining and entertainment area, and  – honeymoon heaven! – an outdoor bathing area with monsoon shower. The villa also comes equipped with its own butler, chef and private swimming pool.




The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted buying some swimwear from high-street store, Goldenpoint, and is said to have opted for a black and white bikini and this cute pink two-piece. Kate is also said to be packing a selection of evening dresses from the Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer range.



The royal honeymoon is not the only trip coming up for the dynamic duo, Canada is next on the cards, followed by a trip Hollywood to visit Wills’ pal, David Beckham so even if we don’t see them for the next fortnight – and hopefully we won’t – they’ll be plenty of opportunity to spot the happy couple this summer.

Apr 11

Kate’s Royal Wedding Eve at the Goring Hotel

Royal wedding fever is taking over the country and what we want is details, details, details! So while we’re still waiting to hear where the royal honeymoon might be – locations from Scilly to Chile are currently being bandied about – here’s a few facts about the London hotel where Kate will spend her last night as Miss Middleton.





The night before the wedding is a special time for any bride and, like many modern brides, princess-to-be Kate, will pass her last night as a single lady with her parents and sister. Keen to avoid too much pomp and pageantry, Kate has opted to avoid Clarence House and instead will be checking into the elegant Edwardian-era Goring Hotel. Kate is extremely family orientated and so is her hotel of choice, having been run by the same family since its opening in 1910.





William and Kate couldn’t have picked a hotel with a richer regal history. Previous royal visitors include Queen Mary, consort of George V, and her daughter-in-law, the Queen Mother, both of whom loved to take afternoon tea in the hotel’s subtle but sumptuous surroundings. The King and Queen and their young children are also known to have celebrated the end of the Second World War here over a hearty sausage and scrambled egg breakfast, while Queen Elizabeth took advantage of the Goring’s superior pastry chefs to bake Prince Charles’ christening cake.

r58_mostsplendid_s_bed1_406x460.jpgThe Goring marked its 100th birthday in 2010 and the interiors have been refreshed by some of the country’s finest designers. There are seventy-one individually designed, classically English rooms and suites – many of which overlook the Goring’s private gardens, some enjoying a private terrace. Suites and rooms are charmingly decorated in the epitome of English style, from country house and classic British, to contemporary cool Britannia.

The Royal Wedding party will be staying in the fifth floor, five-bedroom Royal apartments which have recently been redecorated in splendid style. Apparently the update was commissioned about two years ago with the finishing touches falling in to place just in time for the noble nuptials. There are no shots of the new suites yet but based on the photograph of the hotel’s Most Splendid Silk Room, the suite is bound to capture the best of English eccentricity and elegance.



A precise plan for the big day has been issued by St.James’s Palace; Prince William and, his brother and best man, Prince Harry will leave Clarence House at 10.10am and arrive at the Abbey five minutes later, followed by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will depart from Buckingham Palace and arrive at the West door of Westminster Abbey at 10.45am. Like most brides, Kate will, of course, be the last to arrive, having been scheduled exactly nine minutes to leave the Goring and arrive at the Abbey for the 11.00am marriage service.


Apr 11

Kylie: Between the Sheets at Buddha-Bar Prague

The first time I heard about the Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague was earlier this year when I was looking for some special hotels to feature in my “Celebrity Romance” blog. This little boutique retreat was certainly causing a stir with A-listers, actors, athlebrities and Aphrodite herself, otherwise known as Kylie Minogue, having all been rumoured to have recently visited. So I grabbed my sweetheart, some slinky silk lingerie and prepared to channel my inner Showgirl at this favourite sexy celebrity stopover.







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Star Destination

Prague’s high-culture history is most evident in its beautiful filo-like architecture as layer after layer of Baroque, Gothic and Belle Epoch buildings blend and merge to create a quite magical cityscape. But this historical hotspot is far from being stuck in the past. Although Prague has been pulling in the celebrities since musical maestros Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin were composing romantic symphonies for Russian Tsars and European Royalty, nowadays the beautiful and beguiling Prague is a dynamic global city attracting stars of a different type, with everyone from the Clintons to Kylie swinging by to make sweet music. 


Star Sanctuary

The hip hotel won’t give out guest details but Kylie Minogue, and latin lover Andres Velencoso, have allegedly stayed at the Buddha-Bar Hotel in the past and are thought to have checked-in for a second time, a few weeks ago, during the pop princess’ Aphrodite tour. Just like Kylie, the bijoux boutique is small but fashionable and elegant. Located just a few footsteps away from Prague’s Old Town, the discreet retreat’s entrance is hidden behind a humble historical facade making it ideal for A-list guests to slip in and out of, and giving it an instantly illicit feel.

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Inside, the lobby conveys the glamour that lies ahead. The dark wood and red leather check-in area is overlooked by a large lemon-lit Buddha, the sweet scent of incense floats in the air while the famous Buddha-Bar soundtrack plays peacefully in the background. Guests are welcomed with mouth-watering cocktails from the kitsch but cool Siddarta Cafe, before being whisked upstairs in a space age elevator to one of the hotel’s deliciously decadent rooms. Shadowy and chic, cosmopolitan and quirky the Buddha-Bar concept rocks a seriously mischievous vibe and with A-list celebrity fans that includes Cameron Diaz, Matt Damon and Kanye West, I couldn’t help but feel special.



The Siddarta Cafe

Star Treatment

The Buddha-Bar Hotel was clearly designed as a place for some A-list lovin’ so the Star Treatment here is all about indulging in one of the fabulous flirtatious rooms. After walking down a corridor so dark you would probably walk past your own mother, never mind a celebrity co-guest, we entered our gorgeous room. It didn’t disappoint! Inside lay a red-hot haven of oriental opulence, sumptuously styled with lashings of red and black lacquer, sensual scarlet drapes, a huge heavenly bed and mood-inducing lighting. Also included was an extensive bar with a drawer full of champagne for those romantic moments when nothing but bubbles will do.












Suite at the Buddha-Bar Hotel, Prague

A very sexy bathing experience was also on hand as the blissful bathroom was kitted out with plenty of lush L’Occitane amenities, black bathrobes, raunchy rain showers and a bathtub big enough for two (or more, if that’s your thing!) We loved the way that music was pumped throughout the room and my hubby especially impressed by the fact that he could watch a concealed Bang and Olufsen television in the bath. The top suites also have jacuzzi baths and outdoor terrace space. After sampling the in-room opulence, guests can sip cocktails, eat fusion-cuisine and hide in dark corners downstairs in the sleek, celebrity-frequented Buddha-Bar and Restaurant.


Star Style


When the rooms as seductive as these, it’s best make sure that you have some suitably sexy attire.

Set your honey trap with this steamy Love Slip from Agent Provocateur




Mar 11

Elizabeth Taylor’s Romantic Hotel Hideaways





Screen goddess, Elizabeth Taylor, is now resting in the great presidential penthouse in the sky. One thing that Dame Elizabeth knew how to do was travel in style, so, pack your jewels, eyebrow pencils and a Cleopatra DVD for a trip to some of the gorgeous one’s favourite romantic getaways.



Hotel Splendido

It was in Portofino, probably during a stay at the Hotel Splendido that Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor for the first time, on a break from filming Cleopatra in Rome. The romantic proposal is thought to have taken place on the wisteria-covered terrace of the hotel’s bellissima first floor junior suite.











Inspired by this event, Fred Buscaglione, a famous Italian singer of that period, wrote the song ‘I found my love in Portofino’. To this date, this is the song that celebrates the love between Burton and Taylor and represents the ‘soundtrack’ to the Hotel Splendido and Portofino. For instance, if you are ever put on hold whenever you call the Splendido, that’s the song you will listen to – how gorgeous is that! The hotel boasts a myriad of photographs of its celebrity guests on its walls, and amongst them are pictures of Elizabeth Taylor with husband number four, Eddie Fisher.

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The legend amongst the hotel’s personnel though is that the image had to be very promptly and discreetly replaced when news broke of Taylor’s relationship with soon-to-be husband number five, Richard Burton.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Elizabeth Taylor stayed here so often during her lifetime that you could probably still catch a whiff of White Diamonds in her favourite room in the house, Bungalow Five. It was in this luxurious private bungalow that Taylor consoled Burton on his Oscar near-miss in 1969.


This iconic Hollywood hotel was much loved by the violet-eyed star. Early in her MGM career she would often stop by to visit her father, who kept a gallery onsite, and later in life the Beverly Hills Hotel was the scene for many of Dame Elizabeth’s romances – in fact, the perpetual bride spent six of her eight honeymoons at the hotel.


The Dorchester

Elizabeth Taylor first stayed at The Dorchester as a child star and carried a lifelong affection for the London hotel, eventually commandeering the largest of the hotel’s rooftop suites to create The Harlequin Suite. The space is apparently sublime, with a large master bedroom, dressing room, living room, dining room, bar, a huge outside veranda with views over Hyde Park and a divine pink marble bathroom that was specially installed for Taylor – rumour has it that the bathroom wall is carved with celebrity graffiti that reads “RB XXX ET”.

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It was in the Harlequin Suite that Elizabeth Taylor signed her multi-million dollar deal to star in Cleopatra and so played out one of history, and Hollywood’s, greatest love affairs.


Mar 11

Jet Set Chic: How to Travel Like a Star

Whether they’re checking out the latest international hotspots, skipping between continents, or filming on location, the world’s most fashionable leading ladies are always packing a well-put together landing look – it’s so annoying! Take, for example, fabulous frequent flier, Kylie Minogue, who can step off a twenty-hour flight looking as though she has stepped out for a stroll in the park.


Mere mortals though generally arrive looking as if they have spent the night in a tumble drier being mauled by hair-hating monsters. Now, I’ve done my fair share of travelling and carry a pretty comprehensive in-flight kit but I’m always on the look-out for new travel tips so I asked my friend, and make-up artist and stylist to the stars, Phoebe, for a few of her top tricks for travelling and, more importantly, disembarking like a star.




Pre-Flight Prep

Pack like an A-lister. Stick to casual but sophisticated; team a great pair of jeans or leggings with a long-sleeve tee and some edgy boots or pumps. Wraps are also ideal for travelling, opt for cashmere as it won’t wrinkle and can be thrown over your shoulders for an effortlessly put-together look. White and Warren have a gorgeous range of knitwear with fans that include Gossip Girl, Blake Lively, Alexa Chung and Reese Witherspoon.





In-flight Beauty

The super-trendy Rodial Glam Balm range is a celebrity favourite. Scarlett Johanson and Kate Hudson are said to use the Glam Balm cleansing wipes (£15) en route. Packed full of vitamin E and camomile these designer wipes are perfect for replenishing dried-up in-flight skin. Rodial’s Glam Balm (£45) is another must-have product. It’s perfect for plumping skin, moisturizing lips and taming stray eyebrows and can also be used for a little in-flight facial – Nicole Richie apparently rates it as her number one travel essential! And SJP, Paris Hilton and 50 Cent (yes really) also swear by Glam Balm powers of rehydration.

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In-flight Comfort

As you probably won’t have an onboard entourage to keep you looking your best it’s really important to stay as comfortable as possible. I don’t go anywhere without ear-plugs, an eye-mask and slippers but those airline amenity kits just don’t cut it. To travel in true celebrity style try Holistic Silk’s exquisite in-flight accessories. Catherine Zeta-Jones is said to love their lavish silk slippers with magnetic massaging insoles, and Isabella Rossellini and Jessica Lange are known to adore Holistic Silk’s lush lavender-infused eye-masks.



Post-flight fabulous

When it’s time to hit the tarmac, dry shampoos are an absolute lifesaver. For most people an onboard wash and blow is out of the question so a great way to eliminate the signs (and smells) of a long flight is to reach for a travel size can of Bumble and Bumble’s Hair Powder (£28 for 125g and £14 for 28g). I’m a bit of a Bumble and Bumble devotee and love this product; it’s ideal for adding a bit of va-va-vroom, smells lovely and, as it comes in five colours, it’s perfect for touching up between visits to the salon. Miuccia Prada counts B&B’s Brown Hair Powder as her vital travel accessory and Renee Zelwegger and Avril Lavigne are also firm fans.


There are just two more things that you need to travel in celebrity style: some chic sunglasses and a designer carryall à la Beyonce.


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Follow in the Beautiful One’s footsteps with some HUGE sunglasses – the rule is go big, go dark, or go home – and haute holdall from the newly revived and truly fashionable MCM label.

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Since Joy Gryson started designing for the German label a slew of A-listers have been spotted sporting MCM bags and luggage. Other recent newcomers to the brand include Lady Gaga and Eva Mendes. I want!

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