Miranda Kerr is one big guilt trip. The model mum, whose abs were catwalk-ready a few months after giving birth, has always irked me a little. For her perfection. Her organic approach to life. Her perfect breastfeeding boobs. And, well, her Victoria's Secret fairytale existence.
Green-eyed? Perhaps. But I can attest that, after meeting Kerr in the flesh, she is just as perfect as she is, gulp, nice. She really is chilled and down to earth.
Kerr is spruiking Unilever's Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy, which is about the scalp, NOT the hair (I'm told this is very important). The Unilever people whisper excitedly that they definitely saw the bottles of shampoo and conditioner ''half-full'' in her shower. This means two things: she really uses Unilever, and marketing people will snoop in your bathroom.
It's obvious she relishes motherhood. She surprised daddy Orlando Bloom with a cream 1960s Ford Mustang for Father's Day last Sunday.
I smile as Kerr reports she has ''a healthy boy who loves his vegies'' and reveals how she made a gluten-free/sugar-free first-birthday cake (of course she did) when Flynn turned one.
''I try to avoid Flynn having certain things that I don't want him to have, like sugar and whatnot,'' Kerr says. ''I try to give him healthy alternatives. For his birthday I made him a gluten-free cake, and I made my own icing so it was organic, and opposed to sugar I made it with cream cheese and agave juice from a recipe I found. It was quite a beautiful little party.''
The confident Kerr, who wrote a book for girls about being comfortable in their own skin, says she is under no illusion about her modelling longevity, even saying she is surprised her career has lasted this long. Which is why she shares other passions based on her skincare range.
''I don't have to work or put on a face,'' Kerr says. ''This is what works for me. This is just like spreading the word and if I like something, then why not share it? When I was younger, I would have loved to read the book I wrote - Treasure Yourself - because it's very important to value yourself and not be afraid of other people's judgment, and if they like it, great, and if they don't, then it doesn't matter, as long as you are authentic to you.''
Kerr and Bloom have a nomadic lifestyle and their next destination, after a stopover in Japan to launch KORA Organics in Asia, is South Africa for six weeks. Bloom is filming Zulu there.
''I don't want to put too much on my plate,'' Kerr says. ''I think that's a good message for women: saying no is a powerful thing. The more you can say no, the more time you can give to yourself. You can be a better mother, give more to your work, more to your family, your husband and your friends.''
Note to self: must take her advice.
No hate in Ajay's new happiness
Ajay Rochester can sympathise more than most with Charlotte Dawson's encounter with Twitter trolls. The chronic yo-yo dieter has had her fair share of public hatred and abuse and says she would never come back to Australia because of it.
''There's nothing for me to go back to [in Australia],'' she told S last week when quizzed if she would ever return from the Beverly Hills home she shares with son, Kai, 13. ''To be really blunt I don't feel very welcome in Australia - it's not like I'd be going home to a place I feel really cared about. I can do nothing right there, I'm painted in a certain way and it's not how I am.''
Hitting the catwalk in New York on Wednesday night as part of Real Fashion, Real Women, in support of the women's charity Bottomless Closet, Rochester says even though she has been penniless and homeless in LA - not to mention emblazoned on the cover of National Enquirer for having the Worst Beach Body Ever - she is loving her new home. ''I kind of revel in a certain anonymity here and the chance to rewrite my story and to reach a little a higher than I thought was possible,'' she says with optimism. ''This is the town you could have your butt hanging out of your pockets one day but those same pockets lined with gold the next.''
It is with her own experiences with cyber bullying that Rochester, who recently won Nine's mega-flop Excess Baggage, hopes to hit the jackpot. She is now on the verge of setting up a global anti-bullying channel on YouTube. She tweeted Dawson, who attended the Smile Foundation Spring Ball on Thursday night, in the midst of the ugly twitter stream that caused Dawson to tweet a photo with a handful of pills saying ''you win''. ''I urged her to not listen to it, to 'listen to yourself'. I've been on the end of that. I know how hard it is to separate yourself, even though you know these people are sewer rats using any form of celebrity to suck off, but you try to and you can't.''
It is this lack of rules in the cyber world she hopes to fix. ''This is the world our children spend the majority of their time in and we have to police it. YouTube are partners and we are having a massive conference in November and starting a campaign to get funding off Apple. Ironically it doesn't matter what my bank account says, I'm happy helping kids.''
Leggy Laura gets girly in La-La-Land
Laura Csortan admits she's having an affair. With a city, that is. ''LA is beckoning; it's a cruel tempting mistress!'' she laughed when S called after our Hollywood operative spotted her having a moment with Minnie Driver in a blow-dry bar.
''No, seriously, I'm having a ball; it's hard not to. I think you open yourself to opportunities here you wouldn't normally and I'm just checking out some opportunities presented to me and assessing the situation - but I have work commitments back home for which I will return in a few weeks.''
Csortan is an ambassador for the Cancer Council and encouraging Aussies to ''Stop & Pink'' with friends and family to raise money for breast cancer with a girls' night in. ''It's a great excuse for a gossip session with the girls while also supporting a worthy cause.''
Girlie catch-ups have been high on the agenda in LA. With her boyfriend, Chris Joannou, still working in Sydney, Csortan has been hanging out with fellow leggy expats including Kathryn Eisman, Tali Shine and Renee Bargh.
Synergy of life and art
His business brain has earned him collaborations with modern-day celebs including the Kardashians, Peter Morrissey and Priscilla Presley. Now entrepreneur Bruno Schiavi is working with the stars of yesteryear to make a fashion range using inspiration from his favourite artists, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt and Leonardo da Vinci.
An exhausted Schiavi chatted with S after his first fashion parade for his new label, Piju, on Wednesday night at Fashion Palette - the trade fair for Aussie designers at New York Fashion Week - saying he had always been fascinated with old things.
On hand to lend star power to his creations was Emmy Award-winning actor Kristin Chenoweth. ''I've always looked up to these painters and been described as an old soul and collected antiques since I was young,'' Schiavi said.
''This is an extension of that genre. These artists inspired people who were so ahead of their time and relevant today, so I wanted to make something wearable out of art.''
Schiavi admits stepping out from behind the celebrity faces he usually uses is a little scary: ''I'm always scared about what people will think and worried if people will understand; yes, it is scary.''
Next up, Schiavi will establish the Kardashian Kollection in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Britain, Italy and Asia as well as launch a Kardashian children's wear label inspired by Kourtney's bubs.
''We talk about six or seven times a day,'' he said.
''They are very involved; there is a children's wear line as well as being in the early stages of working with their brother, Rob, and Kourtney's husband, Scott Disick, in a menswear range.''
But amid all the glamour, Schiavi still loves popping home to his house in inner-west Sydney. ''I try to visit every three weeks; it's important to me.''
A question mark still hovers over whether I Will Survive actually will survive, but charmer Hugh Sheridan is not letting the bad ratings affect his mood. The former Rafter has been sunning himself between Ibiza and Formentera with a small group, including hotel emperor Justin Hemmes, in the past week. A tanned and happy Sheridan celebrated Hemmes's birthday on board last week (is it just us or do they look like brothers?) before arriving in Sydney and attending the Qantas/Emirates announcement on Thursday night at the Park Hyatt. He'll soon be jetting to New York for a round of meetings and auditions before he stars on stage at Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre with Geoffrey Rush in the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum.
Michelle Bridges is having intensive rehab ahead of the upcoming series of The Biggest Loser after tearing her hamstring off the bone. S learned the fitness guru has had to undergo surgery after suffering the injury not on a long-distance hike or rugged mountain terrain, as you would imagine, but by tripping over her dog while running. The ever-smiling host was wearing a sensible square heel at the Men's Health Man of the Year awards this week. Out with the stilettos and in with the wedges for now, Michelle!
Another day in the life of Mel B - whose life continues to unfold like an episode of her reality show, It's a Scary World. Last week, S hears, the X Factor judge and her husband called the boys in blue to Watsons Bay during a cake-shopping excursion for their one-year-old daughter, Madison's, birthday. Her husband, Stephen Belafonte, said the couple were being harassed. Funnily enough, it is alleged the family have a paparazzi deal for more-contrived family outings, where they take a cut of the photographers' pay packet. Maybe she just didn't have the right face powder on?
Speaking of paparazzi pay packets, one person who has kept Sydney's lensmen in business in the past few weeks is our original choir girl, Lisa McCune. Her turn as scarlet woman opposite the hulk-like Teddy Tahu Rhodes has flooded the market with money-earning shots. Tomorrow, S hears, one of the trashies will show the couple in a compromising clinch at Manly. With the pair taking their final bow for South Pacific at the Opera House this afternoon, McCune is taking her car on the road trip back to Melbourne ahead of the musical's opening at the Princess Theatre.
Jodi Gordon celebrated her final night as a bachelorette last night with her hen's night before her Bali wedding to rugby league star Braith Anasta. No reports of shenanigans have emerged but S hears friends including Kelly Smythe and Kate Ritchie enjoyed the festivities. Gordon and Anasta will wed in front of 110 family and friends in a private compound in the hills of Bali next month. Gordon will be wearing a dress by Melbourne designer J'Aton Couture.