by (@shalapitcher)

Britney Spears’ Bikini Pic Reminds Us Of Her Teen Heydey

Britney Spears bikini twitpic

We can only assume that Britney Spears saw yesterday’s Hottest Bikini Bods of Summer 2012 poll and decided she needed to be in on the game. Unfortunately, she also just missed the cutoff for our Hottest Twitpics of August post. Whatever, Britney deserves to be in a category all her own, right? Especially with an adorable photo like this one.

“Having some fun in the sun… don’t want summer to be over!” she wrote. That sentiment, combined with the super-cute ’60s floral print bikini she’s wearing, makes her seem more like an innocent teenager (who doesn’t want to go back to school) than she has since, oh, 1999. Her body looks great, and those glasses give her a touch of the hipster/I’m-not-onstage-so-I-can-relax vibe.

This is the perfect antidote to all those nasty rumors about Simon Cowell ordering Brit to “clean up” her look for The X Factor and her banning pretty women from working on the show. Look, we’re not naive; we don’t think things are all perfectly smooth and easy behind the scenes with two first-time judges who have a history of emotional fragility and are rarely forced to share the spotlight. But we are seriously looking forward to watching what happens this season, and no rumors are going to crush that … at least not until the first episode airs on September 12.

[Photo: Twitter]

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Kim Kardashian, Rihanna And Christina Milian Help Serve Up The 40 Hottest Twitpics Of August 2012

Are August doldrums getting you down? Well here are some of the sexiest ladies in entertainment to add some more heat to these dog days of summer!  Yes, it’s time again for our monthly twitpic roundup! All the usual suspects are here, including Kim Kardashian, Coco, Rihanna and so many more ladies who just can resist flaunting their fantastic physique for all of their followers to all to ogle. We have Victoria’s Secret angels Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum and Candice Swanepoel, and ladies who fall on the less-angelic side like Lady Gaga, Aubrey O’Day, and the newly punky-pixie-haired Miley Cyrus. Bask in this bikini bumper crop as summer winds down and the coats get zipped up. The hotness from these photos will keep you warm all winter, that’s for sure. Head on down to the gallery below for more!

[Photo: Twitter/Instagram]

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by (@seapeaz)

Kate Upton, Rihanna And Maria Menounos Top Our 20 Hottest Bikini Bods Of Summer 2012

With the summer coming to a close we’ve decided to celebrate the only way we know how … by remembering this season’s sexiest celebrity bikini bods. Between all of the Twitter and Instagram uploads and paparazzi shots, there was a never-ending stream of photos of scantily clad stars, so it was hard to narrow it down to just 20 top shots, but we did it! It should also be noted that there were plenty of runner-ups including Aubrey O’Day, Brooklyn Decker, Vanessa Hudgens and Irina Shayk. (And of course, our Bikini Awards runner up, Claudia Romani, whom we didn’t include because she got a place of honor in our Breakout Stars of the Summer feature.) Browse through the gallery of our top pics and vote for the celebrity you think had this summer’s hottest bikini body.

[Photos: Splash News Online, GQ, Tumblr]

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by (@shalapitcher)

15 Essential Fashions At The Republican National Convention

Fashions at the Republican National Convention

New York Fashion Week starts next Thursday, but trend-watchers are getting an extra treat this week as we watch a very different kind of show going on in Tampa. The Republican National Convention provides a very, er, unique venue for folks to show off their personal styles. From hats and buttons to Hawaiian leis and patriotic footwear, accessories seem to be the name of the game for the GOP. Seriously, the Dems are going to have to step up their game this year if they want to match this level of expression. But then again, there are plenty of protesters showing off their own stars and stripes, and privates, so we’re not too worried about their ability to flaunt it.

As day 2 (and a half?) of the RNC winds down, here are 15 of our favorite trends:

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[Photos: Getty Images, Code Pink Twitter]

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Teen Bride Courtney Stodden Turns 18! Celebrate With Her 18 Most Outrageous Looks

*Sigh* They grow up so fast. When we first met Courtney Stodden in May of 2011 she was just a 16-year old girl about to settle down with the (50-year old) man of her dreams, Doug Hutchison. And now she’s an 18 year old woman! Where on Earth does the time go? We watched her grow up before our eyes. Oh, wait…she was kind of already there.

She’s still insanely young, but just look at what she’s done so far! She’s invented the floor flashing craze, become a twitter poet laureate, been banned from facebook, and ceaselessly campaigned for animal rights. She posed a serious challenge to Kate Upton’s Queen of the Cat Daddy throne and is now busting into the wide and wild world of reality TV on VH1′s own Couples Therapy. And she’s done it all while wearing some of the most fabulously crazy outfits of all time. So in honor of her big day, let’s take a look back at Courtney’s 18 Most Outrageous Outfits Ever! *tear* Thanks for the memories, Courtney. (Cue Wonder Years music)

[Photo: Twitter/Facebook]

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by (@hallekiefer)

Alec Baldwin Continues To Benjamin Button Himself After Marrying New Wife Hilaria Thomas

Alec Baldwin Looks Young With Wife Hilaria Thomas

We’ve always been into Jack Donaghy’s “Daddy Bear” steez on 30 Rock, but please take a look at those photos. The picture of Alec Baldwin on the left was taken yesterday at the U.S. Open with his new wife Hilaria Thomas, the other a snapshot of Baldwin from the 30 Rock set…in 2008. The man is looking real good this summer, is basically what we’re getting at. Since we’ve already given Hilaria credit for getting Alec off Twitter back in June (a good idea considering the fact he seemed unable to stop escalating his paparazzi brawls/making confusing Trayvon Martin jokes), why not give this win to her too? Well-played, lady!

Baldwin also returned to the 30 Rock set today to work on his last season of being Tina Fey‘s boss, and looked equally fresh. Pay attention, celebrities! This is how you subtly whittle a few years off your face without turning into Mickey Rourke (minus the crazy hair, weird hat and Bane-sized back). Maybe all you guys need is a dye job and some deep moisturizing, rather than having your mug reworked into  sexy fetus face? Just floating it out there…

[Photo: Splash News Online]

by (@hallekiefer)

Jessica Alba Just One Of The Many Celebs We Wish Wouldn’t Go Blond

Jessica Alba Dyed Blond

Jessica Alba, whyyyyyyyyy? We understand that actors don’t have any control over the hairstyles their characters wear, but Alba’s bleached blond Sin City 2 look is making our retinas detach. “She got roots that Nancy,” the actress tweeted about her character, along with a photo of her hair in an ombre in-between phase. Later Alba post another photo of her hair dyed completely blond, and it’s giving us fashion flashbacks to her peroxide locks in Valentine’s Day. If you’ve seen that movie, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Then, as in now, light blond not Jessica Alba’s best look, but she’s nowhere near the only celeb whose bleached hair makes her look washed out rather than glammed up. From Lindsay Lohan to Victoria Beckham, Emma Stone to Angelina Jolie, a lot of famous ladies know blond is not always a girl’s best friend. Sometimes it just looks bleached.

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[Photo: Instagram/ Getty Images]

by (@shalapitcher)

From McKayla Maroney To Channing Tatum: The Top 10 Breakout Stars Of Summer 2012

McKayla Maroney, Miley Cyrus and Channing Tatum

Summer’s nearly over, and what do we have to show for it? Some tan lines? A big dent in our reading list? A new fitness routine? Hardly. We do, however, have a whole new roster of celebrities we’ve been obsessing over for the past three months. We’ll count that as an accomplishment! Some, like Olympians McKayla Maroney and Ryan Lochte, were brand-new to our radar when they came on the scene in London. Others, like Miley Cyrus and Channing Tatum, have been around for a while, but this summer just seemed to be when they reinvented themselves into bigger stars that would not be ignored. Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn and TLC’s favorite beauty queen Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson made our TV screens come to life, while Tom Hardy and Joe Manganiello made us have some pretty good dreams. Model Claudia Romani made her mark on this very site via the VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards, and singer Carly Rae Jepson etched her song into our ear canals forever. Who made their way permanently into your hearts this summer? Peep our gallery, vote in our poll and give us your write-in candidates in the comments!

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[Photos: CBS, Twitter, Warner Bros.]

by (@shalapitcher)

True Blood Season Finale Leaves Us With 10 Mostly Rhetorical Questions

Eric kills Russell in the True Blood season finale

I’m not the only one who had nightmares and delicious dreams about True Blood all night, right? Season five’s finale was intense. And it totally put to rest our doubts that Alan Ball and company could wrap up all of those crazy plots in one hour. Still, it also left my brain churning with all sorts of questions about what will happen in season six. Departing exec producer Ball answered a bunch of those questions over at TVLine.com last night, and HBO Go has a whole bonus scene that hints at a bit more, but it wouldn’t be True Blood if we could predict everything that’s coming up for Sookie, Eric, Jason and the rest. Here are 10 (mostly rhetorical) queries that kept me up for most of the night.

1. Could Eric get any hotter?
My heart stopped when he swooped in to save Sookie and the fairies from Russell — even though, in typical Eric fashion, he labeled it revenge for his family’s murder more than a heroic deed. He and Nora could have skipped town after that, but his better self drove him to venture back into the Authority to save the day. Swoon.

Jason and Eric on True Blood
2. Also, are we done with serious Eric and back to more of his playful side?
His interactions with Jason reminded us of why we fell for the dangerous vamp back when he was mostly a villain. Leave the dreary stuff for other vamps!
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by (@hallekiefer)

Important Style Lessons Learned From Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Harper Beckham And Other Celeb Kids

Celeb Kids Fashion

Sometimes it’s easy to get in a fashion rut. We can’t be the only ones who open our closets and want to dump everything down the garbage shut, right? Luckily there is one source of constant style inspiration, and that, of course, is celeb kids. From queen Suri to Harper Beckham, Zahara Jolie-Pitt to Ava Jackson, the lessons offered by famous offspring can help energize your excitement for fashion again. Click through our gallery for the important tips these miniature style icons have to offer. We’ll give you one right now: comfortable shoes can be cute too! Especially if they’re made out of cloth and you have a giant person constantly carrying you around so they never touch the ground. Who wouldn’t want to have that look?

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[Photo: Splash News Online]