Thursday, August 09, 2007

Smell Ya Later

The attack of the celebrity fragrances is upon us, not that it's a new development or anything, they just seem to be very prevalent right this second. In the past few days alone we've been hearing about Sarah Jessica Parker's new scent called Covet, Mariah Carey's new fragrance called M by Mariah Carey, David and Victoria Beckham's new fragrance called Instinct and others. Britney Spears isn't new to the smelly game, she has already released Curious, Fantasy, In Control and Midnight Fantasy and has just announced that she will be releasing a fifth fragranced called Believe. The really interesting thing about this new fragrance is the ad campaign that is being used to promote the new smell. Here is the Believe fragrance ad which features a photo of Britney Spears that was supposedly taken this summer:

This is the new ad for Britney Spears' latest fragrance, Believe. With her trademark blonde locks, tight tummy and skinny arms, this photo sure looks like an archive shot of Britney from years ago. According to a rep for Elizabeth Arden, the company that manufactures Spears' perfume line, this photo was actually shot earlier this summer. Despite several reports that Brit used a body double for the shoot, according to Elizabeth Arden, the featured figure is Brit's own. While shooting the ad, like she did with OK! magazine, Britney bolted from the set. Afraid she would not return, Cayli Cavaco stepped in so they could get the lighting right, an Elizabeth Arden rep also told Access Hollywood. Spears did however return and they finished shooting the ad with her. Hmmm. I, too, find it very hard to believe (har har) that this photo was taken this summer. I don't remember Britney having a waist that looked like that for some time now. Either the photo is an old, previously unseen pic or there was a body double used like THIS report suggests: Promoters of Britney Spears' new perfume Believe are struggling to make fans do exactly that after the singer stormed off during a photoshoot. The 25-year-old singer left before she had posed for body shots, leaving the production team with no choice but to use the shoot's stylist, Caylie Cavaco, as body double for the campaign. An insider said: 'Britney looked amazing, but she left the shoot three times in a state of distress before driving away for good. They are superimposing Britney's head on Caylie's body. Caylie has the body Brit used to have, not the one she has now.' The maker of the fragrance, Elizabeth Arden, refused to comment. Well, actually Elizabeth Arden spokespeople have decided to release a comment on this body double report, saying:

We recently shot Britney Spears for the print campaign for her new fragrance Britney Spears Believe, in Santa Monica. It is true that Britney did leave the set; however, she returned after a brief time. Cayli was the wardrobe assistant on the shoot. We used her as a stand in so that we could set up the lighting while Britney was off the set. When Britney returned, we shot the national print ad with her. The only person in the national print ad for Britney's Believe fragrance is Britney Spears.

The statement goes on to talk about the fragrance itself:

We all have beliefs that are treasures in our soul. Some are fun with a superstitious twist, others are words to live and love by, the remainder serves as inspiration when we need it the most. Britney's next fragrance is a reflection of her soul. As she shares her beliefs, we reflect on our own.

Uh huh. I still ain't buyin' that this is a new photo (and I'm not totally discounting the body double charge) but the fact that everyone is talking about this ad and this fragrance means that they've accomplished their mission. It is a nice picture, no matter whose body is in it ... and I like the shape of the bottle. If wearing this perfume can give you a body like the one Britney is rockin' in this photo then I'm sure it will fly off the shelves. [Source, Source, thanks Shannon]

In more fragrance news, here is our first look at the promo photo for Xtina Aguilera's new fragrance called simply Christina Aguilera:

It's nice, I suppose. I'm pretty sure that is Xtina's body in the picture despite the fact that she doesn't seem to have a butt crack. [Source]

In even more fragrance news, Beyonce has been named the face of the Emporio Armani fragrance called Diamonds ... here is her promo ad photo:

Give Beyonce a gold star in the "be prepared" category — or maybe she'd rather have a diamond. The 25-year-old pop singer — and new star of the Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrance ad campaign — said she's learned to be photo ready at all times. She carries three pairs of sunglasses (black, gold and brown) in her purse and a pair of nude-colored or gold Christian Louboutin shoes, in case she has to elevate her outfit at a moment's notice ... Beyonce, who recalls wearing her first Armani suit at 14, said diamonds often are a sign of a woman's strength these days. "Now women can buy their own diamonds," she said. The Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrance will be in stores next month. Yes, finally women can buy their own diamonds! They are, after all, a girl's best friend ... [Source, Source]

... as Beyonce makes clear in the commercial for this Armani perfume:

Now it is easier than ever to smell like your fave celeb! With endless choices like this, how can anyone ever settle on just one? Personally, I think my fave continues to be Shania by Stetson.

MTV has yet to market a fragrance around the girls of their hit show The Hills but I'm sure that will come in time (Envy, for the Beyotch in all of us!). Until then, we'll have to content ourselves with just being able to watch the TV show. The third season of The Hills debuts on MTV next week but the premiere party went down at the LG House Malibu in Malibu, CA last night. Here are a few pics from the red carpet:

Photo credit: Splash News

Woot Woot! With all the shit-talking that has been going down in the last few weeks between LC and Heidi & Spencer, I am really super excited for this upcoming season. While I'm not 100% convinced that all the drama going on outside the show isn't a marketing ploy for the show, I'm enjoying it all nonetheless. I understand Lo, my fave Laguna Beach girl EVER and who also attended last night's premiere party, will show up quite a bit in this new season. Bring it on already ... I can't wait to watch the sparks fly. [Source]

David Beckham showed off his guns at the press conference for the upcoming LA Galaxy vs. DC United soccer game set to take place tonight ... where he mentioned that he might play a limited amount of time in the game. Here are a few pics of Becks at yesterday's press conference:

Photo credit: Splash News

Of course he is gonna hint that he may play ... but it wasn't until I saw the pictures from the training session that he participated in yesterday that I really started to believe that he might make good on the hint. [Source]

With the bandage removed from his injured ankle, David Beckham took to the practice field with his team mates to warm-up and practice a bit for tonight's game:

Photo credit: Splash News

Wee! It looks like David Beckham will be playing some portion of tonight's game. I hope that he does because it will silence his critics (for the moment) and it will thrill his fans. Becks and the boys will be playing in LA again next Wednesday night in SuperLiga play against DC United which I hope to attend ... if he plays some portion of tonight's game and/or Monday night's game against the New England Revolution. Yes, the man does look very good on the playing field. [Source]

One last bit of Becksness, Pink reader Ray ran into David Beckham at the Pentagon City Mall in Washington DC yesterday and snapped THIS pic of him pickup up a coffee drink at Starbucks. Ray writes that Becks was very friendly and courteous to all the regular folk and that he even made a little shopping trip to Abercrombie & Fitch ... natch.

In marriage news, Scary Spice Girl Melanie Brown's secret is out ... news broke yesterday that she and boyfriend Stephen Beleafonte got themselves secretly hitched in Las Vegas last June! All this time that we've seen the two of them laughing it up in Miami Beach, FL they have been secretly married. I guess the fact that they started wearing matching clothing should've clued us all in:

Photo credit: Mavrix

Scary Spice, aka Melanie Brown wed her boyfriend Stephen Belafonte in June, her rep confirmed to Access Hollywood. It is the bride's second marriage. Mel previously was married to Jimmy Gulzar, a former backup dancer for the Spice Girls. Gulzar is the father of Mel's oldest daughter, Phoenix Chi. In related news, earlier today, Brown canceled her appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live" which was set for broadcast this evening. She cited sickness on the part of herself and her baby Angel Iris as the reason for pulling out of the show. A rep for the curly-haired singer told Access, Brown is attempting to reschedule her interview with Larry King ... The interview with King was expected to be Mel B's first time discussing the paternity situation in a televised interview. In a statement to People magazine, Mel B.'s rep had this to say: Regarding the marriage, Mel and Stephen have known each other for many years and were great friends first. Now they are deeply in love. The two are very happy together [Source]

Here are a couple pictures, one of the A Special Memory Wedding Chapel (where Pink reader Nikki works, incidentally) and of the newlyweds' quickie marriage license:

Photo credit: INFdaily

While the couple were wed in June it looks like the license wasn't filed until yesterday, August 8th. Hmm ... well, I suppose congratulations are in order. These two seemed to hook up pretty quickly after Eddie Murphy deep-sixed her so I just figured they'd date for a while until she found someone new. I hope they really are happy together and that she's not merely getting married to spite babydaddy Eddie Murphy by beating him to the altar. [Source]

Kate Moss appears to be moving on with her life. After she dumped Pete Doherty for cheating on her for the last time she has been spending alone-time with her family and friends. But now it seems like she has managed to find some male companionship to keep her warm at night. Here is a pic of Kate with her mysterious new dude:

Kate Moss's recent all-girl getaway to forget about Pete Doherty has obviously worked wonders. The supermodel has been spotted leaving a mystery man's house in the early hours of this morning. In a case of Pete who?, Moss seemed to have other matters on her mind as she quickly loaded some cases in the back of a limousine with the help of her dark-haired (and-as-yet-unnamed) friend. And of course, tongues begin to wag. If she were Mel B., the two of them would've been married ages ago, but since we know that it takes a while for Kate to officially commit to a man it's hard to say if this new dude is really a romantic interest or just a friend. As long as Kate stays away from Petey boy then I don't care who she hangs out with. Getting back with Pete Doherty would be the biggest mistake ever. [Source]

And speaking of biggest mistakes ever, here is a new photo scored by TMZ of Whitney Houston and ex-hubby Bobby Brown having dinner together in Georgia at the local Joe's Crab Shack together last night:

TMZ has exclusively obtained a picture of reunited train wreck, puffy-eyed ex couple Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, taken on Tuesday at Joe's Crab Shack in Alpharetta, GA. Hell to the no! Joe's Crab Shack told TMZ that Whitney and Bobby "sat at table 103 and had a good time." From the look of this pic, crabs aren't the only thing that may have been stoned! ... Today is Whitney's birthday. She's a smokin' hot 44-year-old! NOOOO! Say it ain't so, Whitney! Bobby Brown + crabs = A world of NO. I just hope they don't start humpin' around together again for reals. Booo. [Source]

Paris Hilton is continuing her reading retreat in Malibu, CA but instead of bogging herself down with books filled with actual words she has moved on to books full of pretty pictures ...

Photo credit: Splash News

... of herself. Ew, actually "pretty pictures" isn't really the right phrase ... she doesn't look all that cute in that close-up picture of her hanging from the stripper pole. Ah well, at least she's keeping herself out of trubs ... it's more than we could hope for actually :) [Source]

Paris Hilton's sometimes BFF Kimberly Stewart was spotted checking out of her London hotel carrying her dirty clothes in a suitcase that looks an awful lot like a Glad trash bag:

Photo credit: Mavrix

While most of the Hollywood "It" Girls would rather cart around (or have someone else cart around) their clothing securely packed away in Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Prada bags, frugal Kim opts for the free plastic laundry bag that can be found in hotel closets. This makes sense actually, since Kelly Osbourne has put the kibosh on her dreams at reality TV superstardom. Save those pennies, Kimmy! [Source]

OY ... let's bring back the hotness, here are screencaps of Milo Ventimiligia from his mostly unheard of 2002 movie Winter Break:

Now, I have absolutely no idea what the movie is about and I really don't care ... all I need to know is that Milo is in it, he's shirtless and the DVD only costs $5.98 at ... money well spent, I think :) [Source]

Here are the rest of the photos from the issue of Rolling Stone magazine that features Zac Efron on its cover:

Uh huh ... it looks like Zac is really interested in sexifing his image (note the nipple peeking thru his open shirt). I like that it appears that he's spending more time at the gym than the tanning salon, too. [Source]

And finally, here are a few of the photos that accompany the W magazine cover story on Gwyneth Paltrow in their new issue:

Photo credit: Steven Klein

While I'm not too crazy about the magazine cover, I think I like the freaky photos inside. The weird crutches and cane thing is interesting and the rat pic is just plain weird. I kinda like photospreads like this :) [Source]

Les News:
Alright so last night was my last night here in Detroit so Sarah and I got together a bunch of our friends for drinks and food at the Living Room in Berkley, MI. Before we made it to the restaurant we met up with Tracey and Zakiya in Ferndale so that I could spend some more time with them one last time before I had to leave. Here are a few pics from our short little play date:

I know ... drop dead gorgeous, right? Z is the cutest baby ever ... I'm gonna miss her.

After spending some time with Tracey and Zakiya we made our way to the Living Room to get the party started:

As you can see, we had a blast as usual. Gina and VLB were the first to show up after Sarah and I arrived and then Connie and Jessica, Ben, Megan, Mike G., Roger, Sam, Mark, Reggie and Joe all made it out. It was so nice getting to spend time with my peoples before I have to fly back home to LA. I love them all ... and I'll be back to see them all again soon.

Much love goes out to Mike G. for working so hard to get me his pictures this morning ... his camera always manages to take the best/funnest pics so props to him for going out of his way to send them all to me.

Mike back in LA tells me that folks in SoCal were shaken up a bit by an earthquake last night/this morning at about 1:30AM. Fortunately, it was a small one so it wasn't a big deal ... tho, I'm very happy that I missed it :)

I'm due at the airport in a few hours so I'm off to spend time with my folks before I have to jet. Have a great Thursday ... I'll be comin' atcha from the West Coast tomorrow! I'm out.