Author - Emily Smith

Twenty-one years old, with green eyes, pretty good teeth and currently venturing through Philosophy and Literature degree. But all that is semantics.
What’s important to know is that I have a passion for creative writing, reading and travelling and a love for deep ideas, deep people and deep tubs of ice cream.

Celebs

Meghan Markle Accused of Copying Vogue Cover From 2016 Book

Meghan Markle’s opportunity to guest-edit the September issue of Vogue U.K. has not quite gone the direction she probably hoped for. It didn’t take long after its release for fans to begin pointing out the striking similarities between the magazine’s cover and The Game Changers, a bestselling book by Australian authors Samantha Brett and Steph Adams.

According to the pair, while the resemblance between the cover of their book, which Meghan contributed to, and the cover of this magazine is “flattering,” it is also “disappointing.”

“It’s obviously very flattering, she must like our concept! I love Meghan and am a huge fan, but it is a little bit disappointing,” said Brett. The cover features different women who are thought to be “Forces for Change” in separate boxes.

“But any project that aims to support the empowerment of women, I am a great supporter of,” she continued. “Our book was for charity — so hopefully they too are giving the proceeds to a worthy cause.”

Whether or not the entire cover idea was Meghan’s idea is still unclear, but the idea to have a mirror as one of the images to inspire readers to be their own forces for change was her idea, says the Daily Mail. Meghan was also one of the 40 women to contribute to The Game Changers, Brett told Fox News.

In just a few weeks, the book was sold out, so in 2017, it was re-released with more women and a pink cover. Since then, it has become a bestseller.

“Someone We All Want To Look Up To”

Adams, a four-time author who published her first book three years ago, agreed with Brett in her hopes for the earnings to be contributed toward a worthy cause, but she also added that she could visualize Meghan having just as much success as they if she took on an endeavor like The Game Changers.

“The Duchess of Sussex is someone we all want to look up to, admire and respect,” said Adams. “We love that she has ideas for change that are positive and that she is addressing issues such as diversity and kindness. But wouldn’t it have been more powerful if she just created a book and interviewed women and gave the money to charity?”

On Australia’s “Sunrise” Tuesday morning, Brett said she initially “didn’t think anything of it.”

“And then someone sent me the press release and the wording was very similar,” Brett added. “She said ‘trailblazing change-makers who are fearless women,’ and on the back of my book, it says ‘trailblazers, game-changing, fearless women.’ And so I thought ‘wow, this is very similar.’”

It wasn’t until her phone was ringing off the hook that Brett realized how big of a deal the cover was.

“Suddenly, I had the world’s media calling me. And it made me realize she is extremely scrutinized,” said Brett. “This is such a small thing, it’s a small book in Aussie,” she joked. Of course, Brett was being just a bit humble about the success of her book.

Since The Game Changer, Brett and Adams have also released The Juggle in April 2019 which is about high-profile mothers who have successful careers in addition to a family.

Meghan Markle’s opportunity to guest-edit the September issue of Vogue U.K. has not quite gone the direction she probably hoped for. It didn’t take long after its release for fans to begin pointing out the striking similarities between the magazine’s...

Animals

You Can Actually Improve Your Health by Letting Your Dog Sleep With You!

As humans, we have many ways of improving our health and one of those ways involves your pet!  Recent studies from the Mayo Clinic have shown people who sleep with their dogs will let them sleep more soundly and improve their overall good health. Let’s look at the reasoning behind this study:

The Mayo Clinic:

Their study was a joint effort by researchers in two different branches of the clinic in Arizona. The experiment involved 40 people and their dogs. Every night, the participants slept in their usual way but with their dog either in the bed or in the bedroom.

The people and the dogs wore sensors to track how well they slept and whether they moved while sleeping. They were tracked and recorded each night for 5 months.

All the participants were adults who had absolutely no health issues relating to sleep and most of them were women.  The dogs were all adult dogs as puppies are too unpredictable in their sleeping habits which could disrupt the study.

The Difference Between Sleeping On The Bed Or On the Floor:

Many past studies have shown that distractions or sounds outside the bedroom, including that of dogs, can interfere with sleep.  This study showed that dogs in the bedroom did not disturb their owners’ ability to sleep.  The study also found that dogs who slept in the bedroom allowed their owners a better sleep than dogs that actually slept on the bed, causing less sleep.

People who love their dogs want them nearby which is a leading source of comfort. Studies have also shown that if a dog is calm and sleeps restfully, the dog’s breathing sounds are actually very soothing to help the owner sleep even better.

Overall, the study showed that people who sleep with one dog in their bedroom at night will allow them to sleep better than people who do not have a pet in the bedroom.

The study did show promise but there are other factors that could have changed the outcome. This study was very casual because there were only 40 participants and their dogs. It did not take into consideration other factors for getting a good night’s sleep or not.

All the participants had only one pet and all the pets were dogs. Having more than one dog in the bedroom could cause disturbances if the dogs wake up in the night.

It’s also believed the outcome of the study could have differed if they had more participants.  Also, the study could have been a washout if an owner had a very active dog and they were a light sleeper.  If you feel having your dog sleep in your bedroom would be a disturbance, then by all means, have them sleep in another room.

All said and done, pets are an important part of our family and having a study that shows you might actually experience a much better night’s sleep if your four-legged friend is sleeping close by.

There are other studies in the works to see if sleeping with your cat has the same effects as sleeping with your dog.  Pretty much, if you ask animal lovers how they feel about their pets you will find having them curl up on your bed or sleeping next to the best is welcoming to both the owner and their pet.  We will let you know if other researches are performed and what the findings will be.

As humans, we have many ways of improving our health and one of those ways involves your pet!  Recent studies from the Mayo Clinic have shown people who sleep with their dogs will let them sleep more soundly and improve their overall good health. Let’s...

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Stranded Bride & Bridesmaid Rescued by Firefighters

This is what happened.  In March, there was an accident that involved two vehicles which ended up blocking two lanes of traffic.  Firefighters from Station 69 noticed a woman in a long wedding dress and her bridesmaid trying to walk through traffic.

They were holding up their gowns to prevent them from becoming soiled.  Even though there were no reports of rain, the area was very muddy.

The bride told firefighters she was getting married but she was late because her limo was stuck in traffic and she needed to get to her wedding.  A representative for the LA County Firefighters told Yahoo Lifestyle, as soon as they had cleared the way, they put the two women in the fire truck and drove them to the wedding.

With the bride and bridesmaid safely inside the fire truck, they headed northbound on Topanga Blvd and turned into the wedding event with lights flashing which made her arrival not only unique but really special.

They looked like they were being escorted to the wedding and as soon as they stepped out of the truck, a photo was taken.

Happy Epilogue

A few weeks later, back at the station, the representative noticed a photo of the bride with her four wonderful rescuers hanging on the wall.  He posted it on his Instagram page  The photo had been signed by the bride and sent to the fire station just a few weeks after the wedding.

The photo read: “Thanks for saving our wedding, The Gormans”.  The firefighter who snapped the photo said they still have no idea what the bride’s first name is!

Highlights of the many diverse duties the firefighters do are the main reason for their Instagram account.  It shows the crew doing everything from battling fires to visiting with local school children.  The representative added that’s sort of the point of this Instagram page.

The representative who runs the page requested his name not be used.  He said there are so many cool things we do that never seem to make it out there.  Bravo to Fire Station 69!

This is what happened.  In March, there was an accident that involved two vehicles which ended up blocking two lanes of traffic.  Firefighters from Station 69 noticed a woman in a long wedding dress and her bridesmaid trying to walk through traffic.
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Fashion

The £7,500 Dress That Does Not Exist

I don’t know about you, but for me, $9,500 (£7,500) is quite a chunk of money, so spending it all on one single dress would be quite extraordinary. But Richard Ma, the chief executive of San Francisco-based security company Quantstamp, did something even more extraordinary.

Not only did he spend all of that money on one dress, but he spent it on a dress that doesn’t even exist in physical form. Yes, that’s right, he bought a digital dress for his wife.

The Fabricant designed the digital dress and rendered it onto an image of Richard’s wife, Mary Ren, so that she can use it on social media. What might sound bizarre to us now could be one of the biggest money-making schemes going forward.

“It’s definitely very expensive, but it’s also like an investment,” Mr. Ma says. Typically, neither he nor his wife spends much on clothes, so the reason he bought this piece is because he believes it has long-term value. “In 10 years’ time everybody will be ‘wearing’ digital fashion. It’s a unique memento. It’s a sign of the times.”

Mary hasn’t shared the photo anywhere public, but she has posted the image on her own Facebook page and showed others through WeChat.

Carlings, a Scandinavian company, is another fashion house that has taken up digital fashion design. Last October, they released their own digital streetwear collection which started around £9 ($11), and it sold out in just a month.

“It sounds kinda stupid to say we ‘sold out’, which is theoretically impossible when you work with a digital collection because you can create as many as you want,” explains Ronny Mikalsen, Carlings’ brand director.

“We had set a limit on the amount of products we were going to produce to make it a bit more special. You wouldn’t buy a white t-shirt digitally, right? Because it makes no sense showing it off. So it has to be something that you really either want to show off, or an item that you wouldn’t dare to buy physically, or you couldn’t afford to buy physically.”

When you’re designing only digitally, you have the freedom to be a bit more creative and extravagant.

Stunning Success

The Scandinavian company only created their digital line to promote their real products, but after its stunning success, the firm is preparing a second line of digital garments to be released at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Fabricant puts out new, free digital clothes every month on their website, but in order to truly appreciate and combine the designs with their own pictures, consumers need specific skills and software. The Fabricant will also have to find another way to make money until the digital fashion market becomes more popular.

“We make our money by servicing fashion brands and retailers with their marketing needs, selling tools, and creating content that uses that aesthetic language of digital fashion,” says The Fabricant founder Kerry Murphy.

No one really knows who exactly is buying all the digital markets that Carlings has sold so far, or downloads from The Fabricant, but according to Mr. Mikalson, Carlings has sold 200-250 pieces.

A search on Instagram to find the pieces, however, only brings up four people who independently purchased with no involvement with the company. Of course, the digital clothes may have been shared privately.

According to Amber Jae Slooten, a co-founder and designer at The Fabricant, it’s mainly just industry professionals who use CLO 3D software who are downloading their clothes. “But it’s also just people are very curious to see what the files look like. People just want to own the thing, especially since that one dress sold for $9,500,” she says.

Where is this trend heading?

The long-term impact is yet to be seen of this “amazing phenomenon” of digital fashion, as Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at market research company NPD Group, calls it. “Do I believe it’s going to be something huge and stay forever? No.”

According to Cohen, it’s just for those who want the perfect image. “If you don’t like what you’re wearing, but you love where you are, you now have the ability to transition your wardrobe, and digitally enhance the photograph to make it look like you’re wearing the latest and greatest.”

The idea partly began with the popularity of games like Fortnite where players are willing to spend money on outfits or skins for their digital characters. “The only reason we made the collection the way we did – inspired from Fortnite – was because of the whole link between buying skins and buying digital clothing,” Mr. Mikalsen says.

“When it comes to technology and the way people are living their lives, we have to be aware of that the world is changing.”

Of course, designing skins and clothes for a game is a bit of a different challenge. All of it has to fit the character as well as the story. And designing it isn’t even the hardest part. After anywhere from one to 70 attempts at designing, you have to make sure the skin actually works in the game, when the character walks, fights, dances, etc.

“For a game like League of Legends, you have to do 3D, there’s sound effects, there’s animations, all of these things have to come together to make the character feel like they’re sort of expressing a different fantasy of themselves.

“It’s less like changing clothes and more like seeing an actor playing a different role.”

All in all, it was this growing popularity and success of games like these that gave the fashion industry the courage to give digital clothes a try.

“Digital fashion will become an important part of every fashion business’ future business model,” says head of the Fashion Innovation Agency at the London College of Fashion, Matthew Drinkwater.

“It’s not going to replace everything, but it will be an important part of that.”

I don’t know about you, but for me, $9,500 (£7,500) is quite a chunk of money, so spending it all on one single dress would be quite extraordinary. But Richard Ma, the chief executive of San Francisco-based security company Quantstamp, did something even...

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Celebrity Couples With Open Relationships

Some couples elect to have their cake and eat it, too, as they choose to have open relationships and marriages.  Celebrities have been known to follow this path, too, engaging in non-traditional relationships as they are forced to spend long periods of time away from their wife or long-time significant other.

For some, the arrangement works well.  For others it has ended the relationship.  The idea seldom works unless both parties are in it for the long haul. Here is a list of celebrity couples who embrace open relationships.

David Beckham & Victoria Beckham

In 1999, Victoria Adams (better known as Posh Spice from the Spice Girls) married the Manchester United soccer legend, David Beckham.  The power couple have a family, but there have been swirling rumors that there is an agreement for an open marriage.

David has been spotted cheating a few times, the first when he was linked in 2007 to Irma Nici and again in 2010.  Victoria has remained quiet, adding fuel to the open-marriage rumors.

Find out who skipped the “forsake all others” part of their vows:

Some couples elect to have their cake and eat it, too, as they choose to have open relationships and marriages.  Celebrities have been known to follow this path, too, engaging in non-traditional relationships as they are forced to spend long periods of time...

City Life Vacation

9 of the World’s Oldest Buildings

Old buildings are a fascinating way to look back at the development of human civilization and appreciate just how far architecture has come since man’s earliest attempts to build in stone and wood.  Some of the oldest buildings are now ruins, while others have stood the test of time, here are 9 of the oldest still in existence today:

Knap of Howar, Scotland

Dating back to around 3700-3500 BCE the Knap of Howar is one of the oldest stone houses in the world.  Not only that, but it also has a hidden passage and joint walls that link two stone houses together.

Monks would likely have been the first residents here and they probably built the houses.  There are 50 other abandoned homes nearby and while these would probably make better candidates for renovation, the fact that these ancient homes are still standing is impressive, to say the least.

Ġgantija Temples, Malta

The Ġgantija Temples are also known as the Megalithic Temples and have been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dating back to 3200 BCE and 3600 BCE respectively, these two temples represent some of the oldest free-standing temples in the world.  They were possibly used for the ritual sacrifice of animals according to the archaeological evidence found at the site.

Tarxien Temples, Malta

These temples are slightly younger than the Ġgantija Temples.  The oldest of the temples were constructed in 3600 BCE – 2500 BCE and has almost disappeared,  but the other three have been lovingly reconstructed.   In 2012 the local people constructed a walkway to allow visitors to appreciate the beautiful blocks, screens, and altars that remain in place there.

Shunet el-Zebib, Abydos, Egypt

Shunet el-Zebib is one of the oldest buildings in existence with much of it in ruins but parts of it do still stand which is impressive for a mud and brick building that was constructed back in 2750 BCE.  Alongside the above-ground structures, there is also an underground tomb here and it is said that this is a precursor to the pyramids.

Cairn de Barnenez,  Brittany

The Cairn de Barnenez is a megalithic structure located in Brittany, France, and overlooks the English Channel. The monument was built around 4850 BCE and is sometimes known as the “Prehistoric Parthenon”.

It is not what you could call a building but as a structure, it is one of the oldest still intact and contains 2 burial chambers and 11 passage tombs.  It remains a fascinating place for anyone interested in architecture or archaeology to visit.

West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire, England

The West Kennet Long Barrow is an old tomb that forms part of the Avebury Neolithic complex.  It is believed that people built these barrows in 3600 BCE and when archaeologists excavated the site they found many artifacts like pottery, tools, and jewelry alongside the remains of around 46 people.

The site is one of the largest burial sites in Britain and has many visitors from all around the world.

Newgrange Neolithic Historical Site, Ireland

Newgrange is located in the Boyne Valley, Ireland.  Constructed around 2300 BCE this passage tomb has a chamber with 3 alcoves. The entire structure is circular and spreads across an acre of land.  It is a popular location with visitors especially during the winter solstice when they come to see the illuminated passageway.

Tomb of Cyrus, Iran

This is one of Iran’s major UNESCO World Heritage sites and is said to be one of the first structures that was protected against earthquakes. The base is constructed in such a way that the main structure cannot move away from the foundation which is even more impressive when you consider that it was built in 530 BCE.

Old buildings are a fascinating way to look back at the development of human civilization and appreciate just how far architecture has come since man’s earliest attempts to build in stone and wood.  Some of the oldest buildings are now ruins, while others...

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The Powerful Women Of Hollywood

When it comes to women in Hollywood, we have made leaps and bounds. From a time where actresses were viewed solely as love interests, singers were marketed solely as sex-symbols and woman filmmakers were practically non-existent, we have entered into a new wave for the badass woman in the industry.

Here we chart some of the women who have played their role in changing the game for women in Hollywood.

Charlize Theron

This Oscar winner is a strong voice for females in the industry with her powerful presence in Hollywood. Theron made her voice known when she negotiated a higher salary for her role in 2016 film ‘Snow White and the Huntsman”, ensuring she matched her co-star Chris Hemsworth.

See who else makes the list:

When it comes to women in Hollywood, we have made leaps and bounds. From a time where actresses were viewed solely as love interests, singers were marketed solely as sex-symbols and woman filmmakers were practically non-existent, we have entered into a new...

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Rare Celebrity Childhood Photos

Here’s a look at celebrities and cultural icons before they were famous. Your job is to try and recognize them. Do you think you can?

Who’s the twerking kid?

Miley Cyrus

Before she became a wrecking ball with short hair and the strength to take on all the conservatives in the world, Miley Cyrus was sweet educating Hanna Montana.

This picture is a little bit before she made her TV debut and became Miley Cyrus. One thing is certain – she isn’t going anywhere, and that’s a good thing.

See more rare photos of your favorite stars:

Here’s a look at celebrities and cultural icons before they were famous. Your job is to try and recognize them. Do you think you can?
Who’s the twerking kid?

Miley Cyrus
Before she became a wrecking ball with short hair and the strength to take on...

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Celebs’ Kids On Prom Night!

When it comes to celebs, they always make sure their children have everything they need to have the kind of prom night they will never forget. See our favorite star’s kids on their prom night!

Paris Jackson

She is the trendy daughter of the late pop legend Michael Jackson and nurse Debbie Rowe and she is all grown up! She headed to prom complete with dyed hair that matched her prom’s dress.

The actress posted the above picture before leaving for prom night on her Instagram account with the caption, “Only true friends dye their hair to match their gal’s prom gown.”

Hold your corsage and click next. There’s more…

When it comes to celebs, they always make sure their children have everything they need to have the kind of prom night they will never forget. See our favorite star’s kids on their prom night!
Paris Jackson

She is the trendy daughter of the late pop...

Fashion

Amazon Shoppers Flock to Buy Comfy Pull-on Jeans

Most of us take a lot of time and trouble over finding that amazing pair of jeans that look good and fit perfectly. But now Amazon shoppers are moving away from denim and are looking at the stretchy jeans that are both super-comfy and flattering.

The stretchy jeans are becoming more and more popular on Amazon due to their low price, which does not seem to be reflected in the quality of the denim. Made by a sub-brand of Levi’s these comfy alternatives are now the number one bestseller in Amazon’s women’s jeans and has over 1600 5-star reviews.

The jeans have a pull-on waistband with a built-in panel that trims your tummy and sizes range from 2 to 20. Color choice is good too with the jeans coming in black, blue and pale blue.

I Want!

Shoppers are really falling in love with these jeans; many say they are the best jeans they have ever worn. In the many reviews, there are details of the shopper’s personal dimensions so you can easily find out what size you need.

Many happy customers have praised the jeans’ ability to smooth out lumps and enhance their natural curves. The waistband makes sure nothing bulges so no more unsightly ‘muffin tops’. For those of us who tend towards being a little bigger in the rear, the jeans work well to make sure your butt is pert rather than squashed flat.

To top it all these jeans come in at under $30 which is a rare find indeed! At that price, it is worth buying a few pairs so you can always find a pair of comfy jeans in your closet.

Most of us take a lot of time and trouble over finding that amazing pair of jeans that look good and fit perfectly. But now Amazon shoppers are moving away from denim and are looking at the stretchy jeans that are both super-comfy and flattering.

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Celebs Fashion Inspiring Stories

Once Again Meghan Markle Speaks Up For Ethical, Sustainable Fashion

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her heart.  Sarah Staudinger, the co-founder of STAUD, was so honored that Meghan chose to wear one of her designs, a recycled nylon dress.

During her visit to the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, she wore an olive green shirt dress with a cream-coloured headscarf and flats.  Not only was the look very chic but was made entirely from recycled nylon, showing her need to speak up for an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The designer told the press that the response to Meghan’s choice in clothing has been incredible and has given her great exposure to a much larger audience.  This dress can be pre-ordered for $325.

Zero-Waste Fashion

From the beginning of the tour, her sustainable theme in clothing was apparent with her black and white print dress from Mayamiko.  Mayamiko is an ethical, zero-waste fashion line that uses reclaimed, re-cycled materials along with locally sourced fabrics from Malawi.

Mayamiko has stepped up and trained disadvantaged women in their workshop and many of these women suffer from the HIV pandemic.  Their line of clothing is produced in limited supplies and therefore Meghan’s Dalitso Dress was sold out almost immediately.

Meghan has also worn outfits she has re-cycled from her own closet, such as her blue Veronica Beard shirt dress and her striped Martin Grant maxi dress which she wore on her last tour.

This is not the first time the Duchess has chosen clothes from her closet, she also revamped a black jumpsuit from her Everlane collection which she wore in a video for British Vogue last September. This video was called Forces For Change which she played a large role in editing.

She has become a positive role model for women everywhere with her views about eco-friendly fashion.  Zofia Day, Los Angeles-based and founder of Lisette Polyn Jewelry, said Meghan chose her pave diamond and gold bracelet to accessorize her Everlane jumpsuit.

She went on to say that Meghan is showing women that it’s beautiful to be conscious of our environment and you can make choices that make a difference.

This project has been a passion of Meghan’s since she and Harry announced their engagement.  As a matter of fact, during one of her first royal walking tours, she wore a sustainable Welsh denim brand from Hiut Denim Co which creates organic sustainable jeans and employs from their own community.

The Duchess also dons ethical and socially conscious lines like Gabriela Hirst, Maggie Marilyn, Reformation, and Outland Denim. She chose Stella McCartney to design her evening wedding reception dress.  Stella is considered an early pioneer of ethical fashion.

Many women have watched Meghan emerge as someone passionate about our environment and feel a need to make a strong statement to other women that it is chic and fashionable to wear clothes from recycled materials.  Not only does she always look amazing, but she will not be a hypocrite when it comes to how she addresses concerns for our planet.

Each one of us should take a little time and go through our closets and see what we can bring back into the light of day.  How many of us have clothes we have worn once and then just locked up in our closets never to be worn again?  Maybe it’s time to reconsider!

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her...

Celebs Fashion

Ivanka Trump Rocks Mom’s Cocktail Dress

Ivanka Trump seems to have reached into her Mom’s closet for a recent wedding weekend in Rome. Ivanka wore a glam Bob Mackie cocktail dress her mother donned 28 years ago.

For her visit to the Italian Capital for the wedding ceremony of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and oil heir Michael Hess, Ivanka wore a shiny white, gold and black cocktail dress on the second night of the lavish affair.

The 37-year-old first daughter and White House Adviser sported a swept-back updo, red lipstick and gold strappy heels as accessories in a photo shared to her Instagram story.

The Bob Mackie dress was first worn by Ivana Trump in 1991. Since then, her daughter has borrowed the fringed outfit twice. The first time being a fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra’s wedding in 2014.

Glamourous Affair

The White House first daughter and husband, Jared Kushner, in-laws Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Orlando Bloom, and Katy Perry were some of the 300 guests present at the Nonoo and Hess’ multi-day wedding celebration, held at the classy Villa Aurelia.

The Villa is said to be one of the most exclusive and wanted wedding venues in Rome.

Ivanka Trump seems to have reached into her Mom’s closet for a recent wedding weekend in Rome. Ivanka wore a glam Bob Mackie cocktail dress her mother donned 28 years ago.

For her visit to the Italian Capital for the wedding ceremony of fashion...