Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Ups and Downs of 18th Birthday Celebrations

As well as giving 18th birthday gifts, it's traditional to mark the occasion with a special celebration. If you're stuck for ideas, you might be able to take some tips from the stars. As you'll see, everyone has a different way to celebrate though a fortune isn't always a guarantee that things will go well!

Harry Potter star Emma Watson celebrated her big day by staying up until 4.30am after a lavish lunch with fellow cast members. She may have had some wonderful 18th birthday gifts, but they would have paled in comparison to something else she got for the first time that day: access to the £10.5 million that she'd earned and had been held in a trust fund.

Charlotte Church also got her hands on her fortune when she came of age, which may have been some comfort when her 18th birthday gifts didn't include one thing she'd jokingly asked for: a million-pound ruby-studded bra. She celebrated with a quiet buffet for friends and family, but still made the headlines when photographed the worse for wear.

Not only were Prince Harry 18th birthday gifts kept low-profile, but he opted to forgo a lavish birthday celebration. Newspapers had talked of a wild booze and birds bash, but instead he spent the day on charity work, visiting hospital patients and homeless people as well as working on schemes to help young offenders and improve health standards in the third world.

That's pretty much the opposite approach from Maria Sharapova. The tennis superstar's 18th birthday gifts actually included a party sponsored by mobile phone firm Motorola, with the company's logo even appearing on bottles of water. Around 700 people turned up to the Manhattan shindig, which included a live performance by pop band Maroon 5.

Princess Beatrice had a ball literally. Having been born on 8/8/88, she opted for an 1888-themed party at Windsor Castle. Guests wore period dress, though it's not known how many Royals simply wore family hand-me-downs! Beatrice's 18th birthday gifts included a blue and gold ballgown from the exclusive Marchesa label.

Many parents will get out the cameras for their child's 18th, but in Kelly Osbourne's case, the cameras were already there: she was being filmed for the reality TV series The Osbournes. Father Ozzy took her to Vegas (where he was performing) and his present of a 1958 Chevvy was the most lavish of her 18th birthday gifts.

While footballer Wayne Rooney celebrated his big day by signing a five-year contract worth £25,000 a week, his girlfriend Colleen McCoughlin's 18th birthday party wasn't as glamorous as you might imagine. Years before her fairytale wedding, she held her celebrations at a local hotel with sandwiches and sausage rolls. It wasn't on the cheap though, with reports that £10,000 was put behind the bar. That could be could be why the event ended in scuffles!

It's not just celebs whose 18th birthday gifts include misery, however. Just look at Sara Ruscoe, a schoolgirl who made the mistake of putting up a poster inviting the entire sixth form to her house party. As Sara lived in a mansion, that might have seemed manageable. The problem was that a mischief-maker persuaded Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong to give a shoutout to partygoers, mentioning the event was at a mansion in the small Devon town of Bovey Tracey. That's all it took for 2,000 youths to gatecrash in riotous mood, causing at least £2,000 worth of damage.

She's not the only school pupil to get into trouble on her 18th though. Eleven sixth-formers from a Somerset boarding school run by Benedictine monks had to be suspended after a party got completely out of hand. Not only were school displays damaged and thrown in a skip, but the staff room carpet was smeared with dog mess.

To be fair, most people don't behave in such a manner on their birthday and it's perfectly possible to celebrate with a drink responsibly. Indeed, you can always mark the occasion with a 'grown-up' drink such as a vintage whisky.

American teenagers don't make such as big fuss about turning 18: probably because they can't legally drink until 21, meaning traditional 18th birthday gifts such as champagne are a no-no. Then again, some children more than make up for it with earlier birthdays, as viewers of MTV's My Super Sweet Sixteen can confirm!

There is one group of people for whom 18th birthday gifts must be chosen with a little more thought. That's because they were born on February 29th and technically don't celebrate their big day until they've been around for 72 years. Then again, everyone's different, so there's no reason a leap-year birthday boy or girl shouldn't go paintballing or drive a Lamborghini with the rest of them!


10 Most Popular Handbags and Celebrities Using Them

They say women spend more on clothing than men and women spend more on handbags than men. Handbags are real obsession of women, especially the nice and elegant designer’s handbags.

However, with the many designer bags available to choose from, how can anyone choose the most popular and more valuable than others? You may see the value of a handbag from the reputation of the product, design, and the designer. Or you may also give value to a handbag brand if more attractive and famous celebrities choose them also when attending important occasions of their lives.

So, if these two are your basis on choosing the best designer handbag brand, then better take a quick look on the considered top 10 on the list:

10. Ralph Lauren

Last but certainly not the least in our list, Ralph Lauren is a famous brand of handbags all over the world for its preppy, classy, and hip designs. The latest collection of Ralph Lauren is something that many fans of designer handbags usually droll over.

Included to the celebrities using Ralph Lauren handbags are Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, and Sienna Miller.

9. Chanel

Chanel is one of the most recognizable designer handbag brand logos in the fashion world. If you watch “Sex and the City,” then you are probably familiar with the line of Chanel handbags.

Nicole Richie, Mischa Barton, Emma Watson, Kristin Davis, and Lauren Conrad are some of the famous celebrities seen using Chanel line of bags.

8. Fendi

That double “F” logo will never be missed in any collection of designer handbag aficionados. With the Fendi purse or handbag, anyone will certainly look elegant and refined.

The singer Jessica Simpson, Jenny McCarthy, and the fashion icon Paris Hilton are some of the celebrities who have those double “F” Fendi logo in their handbag collections.

7. Burberry

Burberry is known for its check pattern trademark. This is also one of the known high quality handbags in the world. Anyone wearing the Burberry trademark is usually welcomed with a “Wow!”

The elegant and famous actress Cameron Diaz and Victoria Beckham are just some of the celebrities using the Burberry trademark.

6. Kate Spade

Due to the love for creating her own line of fashion handbags, Kate Spade decided to leave her job as a fashion editor of Mademoiselle. And now, the Kate Spade line of handbags is among the most recognized classy, functional, and chic handbags in the fashion industry.

Blake Lively is seen using Kate Spade.

5. Prada

When it comes to designer’s bag in Italy, Prada is the first name in mind. Prada bags are known to be chic, classy, and luxurious.

The singer-actress Hillary Duff, the beautiful Eva Longoria, and Liv Tyler are just some of the Prada fanatics.

4. Dooney & Bourke

Dooney & Bourke handbags are known for its luxurious design and materials that is very popular for celebrities and many women worldwide.

Some of the celebrities seen wearing Dooney & Bourke are Hayden Panettiere, Mischa Barton, Emma Roberts, and Marcia Cross.

3. Gucci

Gucci is a name very popular since 1921. The popularity of this Italian brand is known not to vanish until these days.

Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy are just some of the Gucci handbag aficionados.

2. Louis Vuitton

You certainly won’t miss in the list the Louis Vuitton handbags. The Paris-based fashion house is the supreme statement when it comes to luxury designer bags.

Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Kater Moss, Uma Thurman, Jessica Simpson, and Angelina Jolie are celebrities using Louis Vuitton.

1. Coach

The list will never be complete without the New York-based luxury leather goods, the Coach. This brand topped the list with the materials that the handbags use and the familiarity of many women on the Coach brand.

Anne Hathaway can certainly prove the greatness of the Coach brand of handbags.

There may be a lot of designer handbag brands in the world but only few made it to the top 10 list of designer handbags. So, have you got all these brands in your collection already?


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