One of our favorite accessories, the clutch, made a triumphant return this week. Stars were bringing out all kinds of different versions of the small and dainty bag on the red carpet, and let's just say, each and every one made a serious statement.
Shoes took center stage as well. Bella Thorne wore some beautiful green heels, and Heidi Klum officially brought a controversial (yet very comfortable) shoe choice back in style.
This multi-colored clutch works wonders with Allen's pink nails, and the varying shades of purple add a sweet final touch to her bright look.
These mint green strappy heels are just beautiful. We love how they add a pop of color to her floral dress, and the ties on the top provide an espadrille-like flair.
You can never go wrong with a classic, and Longoria pairs her Chanel bag perfectly with jeans and a white tee -- quintessential fashion staples.
We never thought we would say this, but Klum makes these Birkenstocks look so cool. And what girl doesn't want a comfy shoe when she's running all over New York City?
What a badass clutch for a seriously stylish outfit. Chopra looks ravishing from head to toe, and this metallic gold Louboutin bag is the icing on the cake.
Bingbing's bag gives her all-black ensemble the right punch to make her plain outfit look very fashion-forward. We're digging how unique and bright the color is.
How do you accessorize a simple dress? With gold shimmer, of course! Abdul's sophisticated clutch is so shiny and lovely, we want to find fancy events just for an excuse to wear it.
Parliament¡¯s ethics committee wants more bite: the need for steeper penalties is one of the recommendations in its guilty verdict against former communications minister Dina Pule.
Pule was found to have ¡°wilfully misled¡± Parliament over her spousal-like permanent relationship with businessman boyfriend Phosane Mngqibisa, who in turn gained ¡°improper financial benefit¡±, including government-sponsored overseas travel, while securing himself ¡°a favourable position¡±.
¡°The experience of this particular exercise, the Pule investigation, indicated that we might need to do quite a bit more adjustment (to the code),¡± said veteran ANC MP Professor Ben Turok, a Rivonia treason trialist and one of the drafters of the 1955 Freedom Charter.
Turok chaired the ethics inquiry into Pule¡¯s conduct.
¡°We do believe the code should be more severe,¡± he said, adding that a new draft code of conduct was with political parties for their input.
¡°You may not break a rule, but still act in an unethical manner.¡±
And while a reprimand may seem like a slap on the wrist, Turok added that it was ¡°a severe blow¡± for those relying on good reputation.
This week, the joint ethics committee unanimously recommended the maximum penalty allowed in the parliamentary code of conduct: a reprimand by Speaker Max Sisulu before other MPs in the House, a fine of a month¡¯s salary of an MP¡¯s annual income of about R890 000, and suspension of parliamentary participation and privileges for 15 days.
In a unanimous decision by the ANC-dominated ethics committee, the report found that:
Mngqibisa was indeed Pule¡¯s permanent companion, a relationship that must be disclosed under the parliamentary code of conduct as it applies to cabinet ministers, because they retain their seat in the national legislature.
Pule ¡°wilfully misled¡± Parliament by insisting, in the face of evidence to the contrary, that her relationship with Mngqibisa was one ¡°of comradeship and friendship¡±
Through his relationship with Pule, Mngqibisa obtained government funding for overseas trips and secured benefits to himself and his company, Khemanothe. The ethics report found that the company was imposed on the 2012 ICT Indaba and received a fee of R6 million, although another company did most of the work.
Mngqibisa was also included in official activities without having any official standing.
Communications deputy directors-general Themba Phiri and Sam Vilakazi misled Parliament and showed a lack of co-operation, used delaying tactics, and claimed travel documents had disappeared.
There was insufficient evidence relating to the Christian Louboutin sale shoes which, costing an estimated R15 000, were well over the R1 500 threshold above which MPs must declare gifts.
Pule was told to correct past declarations of interests.
¡°The committee notes that the concealment of the relationship by Honourable Pule enabled Mr Mngqibisa to gain improper financial benefit.
¡°In particular, Mr Mngqibisa, through Honourable Pule¡¯s influence, benefited improperly by receiving R6 million for his company, and enjoyed the benefit of the Department of Communications paying for his overseas trips and accommodation.
¡°The continued denial of the relationship during the proceedings further reflects the intent to wilfully mislead the panel,¡± it said.
The report, signed off by Turok and ethics committee co-chairman Lemias Mashile, said the aim of ethics proceedings was ¡°to discourage ethical misconduct, which constitutes an abuse of public trust¡± in the interest of national integrity, and to protect national assets.
The ethics report also recommends that the Presidency consider measures to ensure departmental fund-raising does not compromise oversight, while the Public Service Commission must investigate the communications officials.
And Parliament is asked to refer the report to police and prosecuting authorities over threats made against Turok and Registrar of Members¡¯ Interests Fazela Mahomed (both have now been assigned bodyguards), as well as against those who ¡°wilfully furnished¡ misleading information¡± to Parliament.
The ANC this week took a dim view of the threats against Turok as ¡°un-ANC¡±.
The Sunday Tribune has confirmed that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega were briefed.
SAPS national spokesman Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said the national commissioner was ¡°ensuring that this matter is receiving the necessary attention¡±.
The security threat was reported to Cape Town police by Parliament¡¯s security head, former Western Cape police top brass Zelda Holtzman.
However, while risk assessments were ongoing, there was no information or evidence yet suggesting the involvement of anyone in particular.
The blonde hottie was spotted with her ex as they partied together in Manchester on Saturday night to celebrate her birthday.
Dressed in a Agent Provocateur lacy black dress with sheer panels along the sides, the actress was joined by BFFs Lucy Mecklenburgh and Brooke Vincent at Circle Club. The I'm A Celeb star accessorised her tight dress with a pair of nude patent Christian Louboutin shoes sale.
Before the party started, Helen tweeted, ¡°Had enough of my stressy self I¡¯m going to get drunk.¡±
The 23-year-old star ended her relationship back in June due to reports that the footballer had been ¡°sexting¡± TV presenter Donatella Panayiotou. Shortly after, Helen was spotted moving out of their Cheshire mansion.
The former couple made sure they arrived and left separately at the bash.
The event was made public only hours before. ¡°This is the deal with my party¡¡± she tweeted.
¡°It¡¯s at the living room 8-12 then on to circle 12-5 xxx. Friends come x very last minute x.¡±
It is still unclear whether Helen has got back with the Man City player, but earlier this week they sparked rumours of a reconciliation after she posted pictures of them together on Instagram.
In a recent interview with FHM magazine, she said, ¡°I suppose right now me and Scott are separated. I am single at the moment.¡±