It may not be Budget 2015 but private jets, limos & Dom Perignon won’t stop tonight’s VIP set

JUST as our Budget 2015 prepares to give us more to smile about* … a group of self-anointed VIP-lovers have unveiled a biz for those with no such budgetary concerns.

The VIP is an elite level lifestyle services provider planning on delivering a range of six-star lifestyle services and tailored package experiences, for individuals, groups and companies.

“We have aligned ourselves with the very best professionals in their industry, including Australia’s leading cosmetic surgeon, celebrity personal stylists and Hollywood’s preferred cosmetic dental surgeon, Dr. David Carr,” says VIP founder Karim Gharbi.

“Other services include personal trainers, VIP hosts, masseurs, personal security, supercar hire and chauffeur-driven luxury vehicles.”

Karim has been involved in providing luxury services for his clients for the past 15 years and has managed many restaurants, bars and nightclubs as well as hosting and organising film premieres, product launches, fashion shows and after parties.

During this time, he has worked closely for numerous national and international celebrities, including Giorgio Armani, Baz Luhrmann and Hugh Jackman.

Gharbi says The VIP will specialise in gaining clients exclusive entry into Sydney’s hottest fashion, sports and theatre events, as well as securing VIP bookings in Sydney’s finest restaurants, bars and clubs.

“The VIP Sydney shares its services with no strings attached,” adds Mr Gharbi, with no ongoing membership fee, or long-term commitment to access lifestyle luxuries.”

Mr Gharbi adds that all client requests are confidential and discretion is assured.

To mark the start of a luxe life known to a very small few, The VIP is hosting an event for guests in the penthouse apartment of ’The Top of the Town’ in Darlinghurst — on Budget night of all nights — where cocktails will be prepared by world-renowned ‘mixologist’, Grant Collins.

Guests planning to test out the trappings of The VIP world include Dr Chris Brown, Will Stewart & Steve Flood (the winners of My Kitchen Rules) John Ibrahim, Jason Dundas, Brent Wilson, designer Charlie Brown, Patrick Keating and Sharilea Hitchcock.

Guests are being ferried to the event in Rolls Royce’s, Bentley’s, Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s.

Services include bars and dining, special event chauffeurs and supercars, private yachts, jets and helicopters, beauty and medical hosts and health and fitness packaged experiences.

Mmmm. Perhaps Mr Hockey’s budget will leave us with enough spare change so we can all indulge.

*OK, I’m dreamin’ …

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Logies 2015: Celebrities reveal their best and worst bits

THERE is about as much buzz about this year’s Logies as a wingless bee.

Nevertheless, we grabbed a few stars of show’s past and present who told us about their fine and not so finer moments.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley

“My worst Logies moment was when I suffered a hair malfunction,” said the TV regular and Foxtel presenter.

“I went to the bathroom during the show to touch-up my lipstick and brush my fabulous ponytail do, when everything went awry. I called my hairdresser in her room upstairs and said: ‘I have problem with my hair.’ She said ‘What’s the problem?’ I said ‘I’m holding it!’

“I’d brushed my ponytail extension too hard and it came off right in my hand.”

Meanwhile, KAK’s best moment?

“My best Logies moment was seeing Annie Lennox sitting at the piano, singing live. She sounded like an angel. I’ve always been a big fan of hers — but to hear her sing in such an intimate setting was absolutely spectacular.”

Johanna Griggs

“My most memorable Logies was about two or three years ago when the Better Homes and Gardens team had a series of wardrobe malfunctions,” says the Channel 7 House Rules and Better Homes and Gardens presenter.

“Jason Hodges ripped his pants; Tara Dennis’ heel came off; Karen Martini’s dress split and the beads from my gown went everywhere. Luckily Tara saved the day — she pulled out a kit from her Logies purse which had everything including superglue.

“Before we knew it were good to go.”

Ken Sutcliffe

“Walking up the red carpet staircase at Crown with my wife Anne, the crowd was going off.

I remarked ‘wow, this mob really love Wide World of Sports’,’’ says the Wide World of Sports chief host.

“I was chuffed until Anne said “Get real. That cheering is for the Home and Awaycast coming up behind us.

“I still like to think it wasn’t, but I guess it was. Wives are always right.”

Natalie Barr

“I remember how excited I was when I was invited to my first Logies 13 years ago,’’ says the Sunrise news presenter and TV personality.

“Back then though, Channel Seven’s wardrobe department consisted of a man in a cupboard handing out red jackets. I spent half of my clothing allowance on a really cool Collette Dinnigan dress.

“I thought ‘I may never go to a Logies again so at least I’m going to look good on the one I go to!”

Deborah Knight

“About four Logies ago I had on the most uncomfortable shoes and a petticoat-type insert in my skirt to make it look super full which was super uncomfortable to sit in,’’ says the Nine Weekend Today co-host.

“So I made a dash back to my room to put on some flat shoes and remove the petticoat and got lost in the casino.

“I was seriously wandering around the gaming room floor with my shoes in my hand for about half an hour — looking slightly overdressed — until I got my bearings and was back on track. I was eventually able to dance up a storm at the after party in my comfy attire.”

Deborah was nearly involvedin a case of mistaken identity, too.

“Also about two Logies ago when I arrived to find where I was sitting, the organisers thought I said my name was Dominic Knight, so I nearly ended up on a table with the Chaser boys.”

That Deb, probably would have made the night pass a helluva lot quicker.

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