• Hot hen party destinations for the adventurous bridal party

    If you're planning a hen party for a bride-to-be that has set her hopes on something more original and sophisticated than a night out on the town, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer amount of exciting options and fun places to visit. In recent years the hen night has made way for the hen weekend with groups of girlfriends opting to travel further afield, making a mini holiday of the special event. And what better excuse to get together abroad than the approaching wedding day of one of your best friends? To give you some ideas HELLO! Online has the lowdown on the

  • Oh baby! Rochelle and Marvin Humes in good spirits as they go maternity shopping

    The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes and her JLS star husband Marvin are set to become parents for the first time in 2013. And like any young couple they're keen to be prepared for their firstborn – in every way. The singers were spotted stocking up on baby items for their unborn on Monday, and the trip to the shops clearly brought the prospect of having a child sharply into focus. Rochelle was beaming as she browsed through the store, looking at toys and prams. And her husband was also deeply engrossed in the task, and was spotted gathering up

  • In her own words: Taylor Swift on her dramatic style reinvention

    When the world first met Taylor Swift as she burst onto the music scene in 2006, the 17-year-old was a cutesy country girl. Since then, the starlet has undergone something of a style transformation, and her daring new wardrobe is replete with dresses from luxury designers including Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang.    Now 23, the country belle is certainly turning heads with her sartorial choices, and she reveals that the new look is simply part of getting older. "As far as wardrobe, we have been operating from a different place," the singer admitted in a recent interview to promote her

  • Raymond Blanc's Chocolate Mousse

    Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus 2 hours chilling Ingredients 165 g (51/2 oz) dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids, finely chopped 25g (1 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder 10 organic or free range egg whites 25 g (1 oz) caster sugar 1 organic or free range egg yolk Method Whisking the egg whites: With an electric beater, whisk the egg whites and sugar for 2–3 minutes, until they form soft peaks. Adding the eggs to the chocolate: Stir the egg yolk into the chocolate and cocoa mixture and immediately whisk in a quarter of the egg whites to lighten the mixture. Melting the chocolate: Place the

  • Raymond Blanc's Floating Islands Maman Blanc

    Serves 4–6 Preparation time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes For poaching the meringue: 1.25 litres (21/4 pints) full-fat milk 2 vanilla pods, split lengthways (see page 16) For the meringue: 8 medium organic or free range egg whites 275 g (10 oz) caster sugar For the vanilla custard: 8 medium organic or free range egg yolks 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar milk used for poaching the meringue For the caramel: 50 ml (2 fl oz) water 150 g (5 oz) caster sugar Infusing the milk: Pour the milk into a large, shallow pan, about 30 cm (12

  • Raymond Blanc's Moules mariniere

    Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes Ingredients 1.8 kg (4lb) best-quality mussels 1 onion, finely chopped 2 bay leaves 8 sprigs of fresh thyme 15g (½ oz ) unsalted butter 100ml (3 ½ oz) dry white wine 2 tablespoons whipping cream 25g (1 oz ) fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped Method 1. Cleaning the mussels Wash the mussels under cold running water, but don’t scrub the shells or the colour will transfer to the juices during cooking, giving them an unappetizing grey appearance. If any of the mussels float it means they are not very fresh, so

  • Pregnant Kate starts to firm up her maternity wardrobe

    She's a well-known fan of skinny jeans, and being pregnant will not stop Kate Middleton sticking to her favourite style, if recent reports are anything to go by.  The fashion-savvy Duchess was spotted shopping for maternity jeggings in Gap on the King's Road. According to The Telegraph, Kate, 31, took Saturday afternoon to browse the stores in her and sister Pippa's favourite shopping area around Sloane Square.  It seems Kate was searching the rails for some snug, yet stretchy, jeggings that would be more comfortable as her pregnancy edges into its second trimester.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE   The young royal couldn't quite find the right style and length to

  • Raymond Blanc's Riz au Lait

    Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 850 ml (28 fl oz) full-fat milk 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar 1 vanilla pod, split length-ways and seeds scraped out, or a few drops of natural vanilla extract 75 g (3 oz) short grain (pudding) rice, washed in cold water and drained Caster sugar or icing sugar for sprinkling 1. Boiling the milk, sugar and vanilla On a medium heat, in a medium saucepan, bring the milk, vanilla pod and seeds (or vanilla extract) to the boil. 2. Cooking the rice Pre-heat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas Mark

  • The tide is high for Mel C and co in Red Nose Day challenge

    Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm is tackling crocodiles, mosquitoes and the world's largest waterfall as part of a Red Nose Day challenge. The Hell and High Water task will see the singer, Radio One DJ Greg James, comedians Dara O'Briain and Jack Dee, Olympian Phillips Idowu and Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey sail 100 km up the Zambian River, which boasts the largest waterfall in the world. Now a day into the challenge, the group will face adrenaline-inducing perils to raise money for the charity. "This is way out of my comfort zone. I've never found myself in a

  • Expectation in the heir: The next generation waiting to ascend the throne

    The news that Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is on the threshold of becoming king will have sent ripples of interest around the other palaces in Europe.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY Willem-Alexander will be the first to ascend the throne within the current generation of royals waiting to fulfill their duty. The first-in-line's peers – Prince Charles, Haakon of Norway and Denmark's Prince Frederik to name but a few – will all continue their wait to become monarch, and will be watching the Netherlands with keen interest in the coming months. Similarly, the Dutch royal's Argentinian wife Maxima will be the first

  • Raymond Blanc's culinary delights for a candle-lit dinner

    Britain's most respected chef and holder of two Michelin stars has created four delicious dishes to show his support for Earth Hour. The recipes, which can serve up to four people each, include one seafood dish and three desserts, and incorporate all five of WWF's – one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations – food principles for a healthy planet. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR RECIPE The culinary master's creations are definitely worth a try. Owner of Le Manoir aux Qaut'Saisons, the two-Michelin starred hotel-restaurant in the Oxfordshire village of Great Milton – the chef is an expert in the

  • A look at Maxima's style hits as she prepares to become Queen

    The moment she stepped out at her wedding in 2002 wearing a breathtaking Valentino haute couture gown made of ivory Mikado silk and featuring a five metre long train with panels of delicate embroidered lace, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was firmly on fashion fans' style watch. So fashionistas will be delighted with the news that the Argentinian-born investment banker is set to become Queen of the Netherlands when her husband Willem-Alexander takes up the Dutch throne on April 30, meaning she is bound to up her sartorial game even further with the promotion.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL

  • The Netherlands make changes for future king Willem-Alexander

    Following the news of Queen Beatrix's abdication, the Dutch Royal Household has begun implementing several changes in preparation for Prince Willem-Alexander's accession to the throne. The order of  succession will now change as the Prince of Orange prepares to become King of the Netherlands. When Willem-Alexander is inaugurated on April 30, his wife, Princess Maxima, will become Queen consort. In accordance with the country's constitution the couple's eldest daughter Princess Amalia, who is  nine-years-old, will then become the heir apparent.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY The youngster, whose full name is Cathalina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria, was born on December 7, 2003 a

  • Simple steps to a diet-friendly kitchen

    With a fridge full of tempting treats and cupboards stacked high with your favourite foods, the kitchen can be a dangerous place to be when you are trying to lose weight! So here are some small changes you can make to help make life a little easier. Keep your kitchen clean Make a rule that the kitchen should always be left clean and tidy - that means no dirty dishes in the sink, and no cluttered work surfaces. You will be much more motivated to cook healthy, nutritious meals if you don't have to clean the kitchen first   Water, water, water Fill

  • Pull off hot pink a la Jessica Alba and co

    It's been hot on the lips of every major catwalk beauty trend this season. And now it looks like the front row may have rubbed off some of its spring/summer charm onto the fresh faced and fashionable, Jessica Alba. Transforming the seductive layers of black lace from her Elie Saab gown, the 31-year-old actress turned what would otherwise have been vampy outfit into a playful look with her bright pink pout at the 2013 Producers Guild Awards.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY With shiny ombre locks framing the warm biscuit skin tones of her face, Jessica has mastered the art of matching makeup

  • David Beckham gets back to business on Arsenal turf

    David Beckham has been spotted nursing his footballing talent on Arsenal FC's traning ground. The former LA Galaxy star was spotted training with the Premiership squad in Hertfordshire on Tuesday, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has maintained that the 37-year-old has joined them purely for recreational purposes. "He called me," said the manager. "He has asked to come here and work on his fitness. He has not done anything for a long, long time. It's purely for fitness. There's no speculation or signing or anything."   CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE The Frenchman said that he offered David access to the

  • Best of British: Samantha Cameron awards troops Brit Awards tickets

    Samantha Cameron has presented Brit Awards tickets to British troops to commend them for their bravery. The Prime Minister's wife dined with the honourees at the Wellington Barracks on behalf of The Tickets For Troops charity, of which she is an ambassador. Pictured laughing and joking with the soldiers, the Prime Minister's wife also met troops who are currently receiving care and support at the London District Personnel Recovery Unit.   Speaking about her experience, Samantha said: " 'It is such a privilege to meet these young men and women who have been so courageous in the line of duty and

  • Golden Globe beauty Emily Blunt voted 'best dressed' by our readers

    Each and every female attendee looked gorgeous at the Golden Globes, dressed to the nines in beautiful designer gowns that were expertly offset by stunning hairstyles and red carpet-worthy make-up. But, according to HELLO! Online readers, it was Emily Blunt who triumphed in the best dressed stakes. The British beauty, who was breathtaking in a gold Elie Saab number with side cut-outs, came out on top of our vote with 16%.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO SEE ALL THE GOLDEN GLOBES GOWNS She was closely followed by Kate Hudson, who won runner-up with 12%. In a super sexy black Alexander McQueen gown complete