When Mandy Abraham found out she was having triplets, the first-time mother went into shock. "We found out at our 12-week scan and it was a huge shock but my partner was really excited and he was telling people straight away. I just needed a bit more time to get it into my head." Then at 16 weeks' pregnant, the hospitality worker had to give up her job and take complete bed rest to allow the babies their best chance at survival. The 25-year-old and her partner Michael Gibbs-Manssen, 28, a Matamata jockey, welcomed their new family on February 12. The two-week-old fraternal triplets, a boy and two girls, arrived seven weeks early though Ms Abraham said doctors assured her that was normal for a multiple birth. The trio were completely healthy and are now putting on weight in the "feeders and growers" nursery at Waikato Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
An exclusive Japanese bar is suing a foodie website, arguing that unwanted publicity from a review is damaging its operational strategy of being little-known and hard to find. The bar in the western city of Osaka, which was not named in reports, has asked the wildly popular Tabelog website to take down a client review and photos of the establishment. But the operators of the site, which claims to have around 53 million users a month, refused the request, arguing that the review is covered by the right to freedom of expression, the Asahi Shimbun and the Nikkei business daily said. The bar, which threw open its nondescript doors in 2010, has no sign outside saying what it is or what it does. It requires known customers and their guests to ring a doorbell and ask staff to unlock an iron door from inside. "It was a way to differentiate the establishment. Our stagecraft as a secret hideaway was designed to appeal to visitors' imaginations," the bar operators told the Osaka District Court in a hearing Wednesday, according to the Asahi.
New Zealand teen singing sensation, Lorde, can now add Vogue girl to her growing swag of accolades. The 17-year-old features in the March issue of the US style bible, wearing a pale aqua Miu Miu gown and a daisy flower crown.
The story, titled Lorde: The Music Phenomenon of the Year, sings Lorde's praises, calling the Kiwi "Industrious, imaginative, and intellectually precocious". Lorde holds an equally exotic appeal for her audience," Vogue writes. "Offstage, she is arresting, with cutting blue eyes and a mane of curly brown hair. In her videos and photos, she often wears a mask of catlike makeup, giving her features a defamiliarized, almost otherworldly eccentricity."
Monday's Style File from the BMW Polo Open was one of our most popular yet, maybe it was Jaime Ridge's new brunette hue on the cover that had reader's clicking.
The Style File gents roadtripped out to Clevedon to capture the stylish pony-side fashion. While the competition on the field was action packed, the VIP tented areas hosted by sponsors were just as exciting. An electric mix of Polo fans, sponsors and celebrities jostled for pole position in the fashion stakes. Check out the full gallery below.
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