Still capturing plenty of attention, especially for her promotion of worthy social causes, Lady Gaga headed to Annabel’s in London last night in association with Belvedere Vodka and Product Red.
Gaga performed ‘Artpop’, ‘Dope’ and ‘Do What U Want’ from her new album Artpop, which was released last month, as well as her classic ‘Poker Face’, at a private concert at Annabel’s.
LVMH, meanwhile, launched its Belvedere Red Special Edition bottle. Proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition vodka bottles will go to the Global Fund to fight HIVâAids in Africa.
Celebrity guests included Adele, Sting and Trudie Styler, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emma Watson, Bar Refaeli, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Jessie J, Chelsea Davy, Boris Becker, Bryan Ferry, Hayley Atwell, Michael McIntyre, Emile Sande, Tinie Tempah, Christopher Kane, Natalie Massenet, Arizona Muse, Richard E. Grant, Philip Treacy, Suki Waterhouse, Sally Greene, Nicky Haslam, Irina Ambromavich, James Blunt and Sofia Wellesley.
Gaga had performed at the same venue in 2011 to launch her famed Born This Way album.
Charli XCX followed on with a special DJ set into the small hours of the morning.
Gaga notes, ‘I think it is very important to join the fight against Aids and HIV and think it is wonderful that Belvedere and Annabel’s are supporting and had this event this evening. The more we can educate people the more we control the problem. I think it is really wonderful they are involved and think all major corporations should join the fight.’
Get a refreshing lift this summer with Taste Nirvanaâs new Real Coconut Water. Being all-natural, it is the only beverage on New Zealand shelves that comes close to drinking out of a real coconut. The world is finally catching on to the health benefits of coconut water for hydration and nutritional value. While people in tropical locations were already aware of these values, sports players, as well as celebrities, are now beginning to see the benefits of coconut water.
Taste Nirvanaâs Real Coconut Water not only has health benefits, it also manages to avoid the bitter flavour most coconut waters have. Here at Lucire our office was divided: those with a sweet tooth appreciated the sweet but refreshing flavour. I personally am not sold on the flavour but appreciate the nutritional value due to real coconut water, including five essential electrolytesâmeaning it is more hydrating that water. (The coconuts are harvested from Nakhon Pathom province in Thailand, hence the naturally sweeter taste.) It also is not made from concentrate, so it has none of the nasty additives that majority of sports drinks have. This means it is also diet-friendly, being fat-, cholesterol-, gluten- and sugar-free. It is the perfect addition to the health-conscious individualâs diet.
Taste Nirvana is a father-and-son-owned business which prides itself on having environmentally and socially conscious standards of manufacture. It has tried to set the bar as the only coconut water in New Zealand sold in recyclable glass bottles. Get on to a new health kick and give Real Coconut Water a try.âAnna Deans
As Wellington gears up to Africa Day this Saturday, with a 12-hour celebration at the Wellington Town Hall beginning at 11.30 a.m., thereâs a distinctively non-African name behind the scenes doing the make-up for the fashion show on the day, as well as the smaller Taste of Africa event at Te Papa from 6 p.m. tonight (May 23).
Kareen D. Holland, whose business KD One recently opened at Morrison Kent House on The Terrace, is applying her extensive experience in film make-up to the community event.
KD Oneâs natural skin care and cosmetics stemmed from Hollandâs years in film, working with such luminaries as Wetaâs Sir Richard Taylor.
Working at Taste of Africa and Africa Day is Hollandâs way of giving back to the community, something she was keen to do ever since KD One opened last month.
Africa Day showcases African culture through dance, music, arts, crafts and cuisine. It is the first major cultural event for African communities in Wellington.
KD One was mentored by Lucire publisher Jack Yan as part of his work with Business Mentors New Zealand.
After a successful year where Lily Cole promoted the Body Shop through her channels, the ethical beauty retailer has announced that Leona Lewis will be its new ‘brand activist’, to use the company’s term.
It’s not altogether inaccurate: instead of simply posing in photo shoots for the brand, the Body Shop expects that its activists will use their own networks to promote the company’s initiatives.
Lewis is no exception: she will help the Body Shop and Cruelty Free International in their global campaign to end animal testing in the cosmetics’ industry, building on the EU ban that comes into effect on March 11.
She will also hold an exclusive gig for fans, to be streamed on March 26.
As with Cole, Lewis will put her name to a cruelty-free make-up and fragrance collection, which uses 100 per cent vegetarian cosmetics. The Limited Edition Collection by Leona Lewis features a floral deer motif on its packaging, highlighting that the Body Shop uses man-made musk, not musk derived from deer.
Lewis said in a release, ‘I’m passionate about beauty and I’m all about animal rights. As a result, I’m really conscious of where the products that I use come from. The Body Shop sells cruelty-free, ethical products containing amazing Community Fair Trade ingredients. The collaboration is a natural fit!’
Lewis says she is an animal lover and life-long vegetarian. She has netted 20 million album sales since winning The X Factorâs third season in 2006.
The area around Palm Springs, California has made a gradual transformation in recent history from retirement community to trendy retreat. Known internationally for its film festival, music festival, as a tennis and golf paradise, gay destination, and popular health tourism mecca, the desert community has a new aspect that goes beyond simple cosmetic surgery. Call it over-the-top medicine. Executive Foresight, a bespoke medical practice catering to the ultra-wealthy and luxury traveller, now quietly offers the most extensive and exclusive physical examination available anywhere on planet earth. According to the companyâs website, ‘âŠ members receive first-class, personalized, bespoke healthcare in a luxurious environment modeled after top-tier five-star hotels. The cornerstone of the practice is a comprehensive health evaluation which delivers a composite picture whose resulting data enables âŠ specific recommendations which can optimize and improve your overall health and decrease the risk of illness and disease.’ Executive Foresight refers to itself as a very private practice, where members experience unrestricted access to a world-class medical team, 24â7â365. The clinic also has anti-ageing and weight-loss programmes, and other related services including medical evacuation and dedicated physician care anywhere in the world.
The service does not come cheap. No Medicare or insurance accepted, and itâs US$100,000 for the first year. But low-profile, high-net-worth individuals are lining up for the practice, which scrupulously protects your privacy and will not share records without your consent. Dr David H. Tang, an internationally known ER physician who is also SWAT-certified, serves as Executive Medical Director. While the client list canât be disclosed, suffice it to say these are individuals accustomed to the utmost discretion, names you would recognize but which cannot be spoken.
On another therapeutic front, many talk but few act to show appreciation for returning veterans from foreign wars. Hacienda Inn and Spa of Desert Hot Springs (above), about whom I have previously written, wonât openly publicize its offers to returning vets in need of a zone of rest and healing waters, but a phone call to GM Karl is the way to find out the latest. It wonât be advertisedâword of mouth only.âStanley Moss, Travel Editor
Stanley Moss is travel editor of Lucire. His novel, The Hacker, is now available in Kindle (via Amazon) and print (via Uread) formats.
These smell fantastic and fruityâand their formula contains vitamins E and B5, and Community Fair Trade organic virgin coconut oil. The Body Shop’s latest lip glosses are released in nine new shades in flavours (this is not an understatementâyou should see how this office smells) of plum, peach, strawberry, mango, lychee, coconut and watermelon, among others. The formula is non-sticky and lightweight. Each retails for NZ$23.
Meanwhile, the Body Shop has also released its Rainforest Coconut Hair Oil, which contains coconut oil and pracaxi oil, giving a softer shine and nourishment. The coconut oil is sourced from Samoa’s Women in Business Development Initiative, a Community Fair Trade provider. The Body Shop reminds us that Samoa has had two centuries’ experience in coconut oil extraction, and purchasing the oil (retail NZ$28Â·50) helps the people there, something that’s particularly poignant after the severe storm their country has had.
The hair oil works as an overnight leave-in, a pre-wash treatment or as a scalp massage.
The British media have been going all out in the last day covering the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, with news that she has been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital with acute morning sickness.
Journalists, photographers and TV camera operators were stationed outside the Hospital to catch a glimpse of the Duke of Cambridge leaving wearing a grey sweater.
ITN supplied this footage without its trade-mark commentary, on the expectation it would get viewed regardless, thanks to the fascination with William and Kate.
The Duchess will remain at hospital for a few days to get extra liquids and nutrients before being discharged home to rest.