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Glam Christmas Trees While Dressed in Sexy Outfit

Beyoncé’s holiday decorations slay, or rather, sleigh!

Queen B showcased a giant, ultra glam Christmas tree, as well as what appear to be two other trees, in a photo slideshow posted on her Instagram page Saturday. The montage is set to Tamar Braxton’s cover of “Sleigh Ride.”

In one pic, Bey wears a plunging, cleavage-baring navy mini dress in front of a 10-foot tree adorned with is adorned with silver and purple ball ornaments, silver and purple stars, disco balls and sparkling snowflakes.

Another tree contains silver branches, gold and metallic pink and green ball ornaments and others resembling a pink and white cake and a ballerina wearing a strapless, white and pink tutu.A small tree, perhaps daughter Blue Ivy’s is also shown. It contains metallic pink, green and silver ornaments and pink and silver tinsel.Another photo shows a purple and golden nutcracker figurine placed in front of a marble vase of pink roses. In another pic, a pink, red and silver cupcake ornament sits on a table alongside other ornaments, including ones shaped like pink and blue Christmas cookies.

Beyoncé appears in another image, wearing a reindeer antlers headband. She then has some fun striking a few poses.

Beyoncé has showcased her elaborate Christmas trees in the past and even dressed up like one at an office party last year.The singer recently co-hosted and gave a surprise performance at her company’s holiday party in Los Angeles.

This Is What Happened

If anyone can teach you how to choose the very best pieces for you, it’s the person who did the designing.

One of the many luxuries that comes with being a celeb is you have direct access to resources that other people don’t—like fashion designers. When stars do eventually venture out to shop for themselves (because, let’s be honest, they have stylists for that), what I imagine happens is they have their assistant(s) make some calls, and in no time, said celeb and said designer are frolicking around the shop, chatting and trying on the latest and greatest from the most recent collection…and then visit ends in a hefty sale.

Real talk: I’ll probably never know for sure, but what happened to me a couple weeks ago was pretty darn close.

I got a taste of the good life, thanks to the “VIP Experience: Rebecca Minkoff x Chandon. Here, I’d have the designer’s attention for about 30 minutes and get a personal styling session with the tastemaker who’s outfitted the likes of Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and more. Casual.

On the day of the event, a car was sent (and by a car, I mean a black Escalade) to drive me to the store on Melrose Avenue. I stepped out of the car and within seconds, I’m greeted with a tall glass of Chandon. Alas, my first I-could-get-used-to-this moment occurred.

Now I have to admit, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. In my head I’d pictured an empty, relaxing store closed just for me, in which Rebecca and I leisurely walked and talked, mostly about fashion, but also about ourselves to the point where we became best friends and lived happily ever after.

The reality of the situation was that, despite my visions of grandeur, the style maven was actually really busy—splitting her time between multiple styling sessions, delegating tasks to her staff and overseeing the set-up of a second event she was hosting later in the store. There was consistent hustle, and I was soon reminded that fashion is about much more than celeb endorsements—the art of design and business acumen also takes precedence.

Gharachedaghi Is Engaged

Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi is rocking a brand new engagement ring!

The Shahs of Sunset starlet is set to tie the knot with Dash Dolls‘ Shalom, a rep for the reality TV fixture confirms to E! News. GG later took to Instagram with her own-must see announcement, and the way Shalom popped the question is a proposal that’s not to be missed.

Turns out, her fiancé scored a billboard in New York City’s Times Square that read, “Golnesa, My Love, My Everything… Will You Marry Me?” alongside a photo of herself.

“In the middle of Times Square… he asked… and I said… HELL YESSSSS! So happy to spend my life with him. I love you,” GG captioned the moment online, simultaneously flaunting quite the diamond sparkler.

A source tells E! News the entire cast of the Bravo series flew to the Big Apple for the surprise, as well as to support GG in her off-Broadway play, Sex Tips For Straight Women from a Gay Man.

GG and Shalom have kept much of their relationship under wraps, as do most of her co-stars, and only took their relationship public about three months ago. Despite the cast’s penchant for privacy, it’s been quite a year for the Shahs of Sunset family when it comes to the marriage and family department.

E! News had an exclusive look at Mercedes “MJ” Javid’s over-the-top proposal, and in late October, we learned Asa Soltan Rahmati would soon welcome her first child with longtime love Jermaine Jackson Jr. Then just days ago, it was revealed via The Daily Dish that Lilly Ghalichi is also engaged!

Marriage Proposal for Her Assistant Victoria

The 19-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star helped arrange a surprise marriage proposal for her friend and assistant Victoria Villarroel Gamero.

Her boyfriend and soccer player Marco Lobo proposed to her on a platform decorated with candles arranged in a heart shape in Malibu, California Saturday as Kylie and several other friends watched from above.

“@kyliejenner words can’t even describe how thankful I am to have you in my LIFE!” Gamero wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the two women hugging. “I am OBSESSED WITH YOU.”

Kylie documented the aftermath of the proposal on Instagram and Snapchat.

“Shout-out to the mastermind right here,” a male friend says in an Instagram video showing the newly engaged couple embracing. “Did it, killed it!”

The 36-year-old Home Alone star recently hung out with goddaughter Paris Jackson, the only daughter of his late friend and the most famous singer in the world, Michael Jackson. Paris, 18, posted a photo on her Instagram page Saturday showing her giving Culkin a pedicure during a trip to New York City.

“Model? nah i paint hipsters toenails for a living,” she wrote.

Paris and Culkin had also hung out in October. She posted a photo of the two inside a Starbucks, holding up a drawing he had made of her.

Rob By Her Side

On the show, we saw Rob and Chyna prepare for the birth of their baby girl and Rob explained that he and Chyna are in a “really really great place with each other” after “communicating our problems with each other more.”

During the episode, the couple learned that Chyna would have to have a C-section. During her first pregnancy with King Cairo, Chyna had a C-section because he didn’t “drop in time,” and that is exactly what happened with baby Dream. Even though Rob was hoping Chyna would have a “VBAC” birth, Chyna’s doctor told her a C-section would have to happen.

Then when the day of the C-section arrived, Chyna broke down in tears and admitted she was “scared.”

So how did she handle the delivery?

Take a look at the recap to find out and to see Kim Kardashianmake an appearance in the delivery room!

1. Chyna Calls Kris Jenner Her “Second Mother”:

After getting a 4D sonogram of baby Dream, Chyna FaceTimes Kris Jenner to show her the adorable photo and talks about her relationship with her soon-to-be mother-in-law.

“Everybody always talks about mother-in-laws and how they can be,” Chyna says in the clip above. “But Kris is totally different, you know always willing to give me personal, good advice. With everything from like health insurance to talking to her about Rob and future plans and everything in between.”

She then says, “Kris is like a second mother to me.”

2. Rob & Scott Disick Talk About Chyna’s Birth Plan:

When Scott Disick stops by Rob’s house, the two talk about baby Dream’s upcoming birth and how Chyna is thinking about having a second C-section.

“I think she’s gonna do a C-section,” Rob tells Scott. “Yeah she did it with her first kid…but you could only do so many of those. So I’m saying you can only have a certain amount of kids if you do C-section.”

Rob wants a large family, so Chyna is willing to do a natural birth if she can.

He then explains, “Chyna had a C-section originally because King didn’t drop in time and you can’t just go around having C-section after C-section. I want her to have a VBAC cause I’ve always wanted to have a lot of kids…a repeat C-section would make that a lot more complicated.”

 

Kardashian Hosts Fast and the Furious

Start your engines! It’s time for a Kourtney Kardashian-planned birthday celebration.

The E! reality star hosted a party on Saturday for her two boys, Mason Disickand Reign Disick, who just so happened to celebrate their seventh and second birthdays, respectively, on the very same day.

Multiple sources confirmed to E! News that Kourt was planning to round out a week of celebratory festivities at her pad with a “low-key” party for Mason and Reign, which was very appropriately themed à la The Fast and the Furious.

Scott Disick’s leading lady kept it rocker chic by tying a red, white and blue bandana around her head and sporting an oversized denim jacket, skinny jeans and casual sneakers. Celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin also attended, along the way snapping a few photographs of herself, Kourt and another pal in front of a massive, silver ballon arch.

As for activities, both kids and adults got in on the fun, which included going head to head on a tricycle race track and jumping in a huge bounce house shaped like a car.

From the looks of the Keeping Up With the Kardashian‘s Snapchat, middle sis Penelope Disick also was present. As for their famous family members, Kylie Jenner was busy helping plan a surprise engagement for one of her best friends and Rob Kardashian was facing ongoing relationship drama with Blac Chynaover social media.

Earlier this week, Scott and Kourt took their three children and mom Kris Jenner on a fun-filled adventure to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. Throughout the day, the group was spotted riding It’s a Small World, the Merry-Go-Round and other attractions near Fantasy Land.

Before heading to the Happiest Place on Earth, the proud mother-of-three shared a heartfelt message to her boys on her popular app.

“How crazy is it that I have two boys born on the same exact day?” she wrote. “It is truly so special and meant to be. They changed my heart forever. Happy birthday to the coolest brothers I know!!!”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Baby Shower Attended By Amber Rose

Dancing With the Stars professionals Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy brought their closest family and friends together Sunday afternoon to celebrate the upcoming arrival of their first child together. The lovebirds flew to Maks’ hometown in New Jersey for the baby shower, which proved to be a quite a special moment honoring their newborn son.

The mama-to-be, who’s in her final two weeks of pregnancy, glowed in a white, floor-length dress that accentuated her baby bump. Peta pulled her blond locks into a glam updo, complimented by a pair of gold statement earrings. As for Maks, he kept it suave in a polka dot dress shirt and black suit jacket.

As for the party itself, the venue was decorated in shades of baby blue and gold, and guests were treated to a yummy spread of various desserts before stopping by the photo booth to pose for a snapshot with the happy couple.

When it came to the guest list, Maks and Peta kept it pretty exclusive, though it appears the man of the hour’s brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, brought along DWTS alum and rumored beau Amber Rose as his date. She shared her own super sweet selfie alongside Maks captioned, “My brother for life.”

Ever since the engaged lovebirds took their baby news public over the summer, Peta hasn’t shied away from giving her thousands of social media followers a glimpse into what it’s like to lead one of the most flawless pregnancy journeys around.

The New Zealand native had no trouble striking a balance between indulging in ice cream for breakfast all while maintaining a rigorous fitness regimen, and she also managed to sneak in a few impromptu, bikini-clad photo shoots. She couldn’t help but shout out Maks along the way, often dedicating more than a few heartfelt Instagram uploads to her fiancé.

AR Workers Confident in Profitability

From Facebook’s Oculus Rift to Snapchat Lenses, the immersive media space has certainly become a headline grabber. But the big question is: How profitable could virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) activities be in the near future? According to July 2016 research, fewer than half of VR professionals in the Americas anticipate gains from this work over the next 12 months.

In July, Greenlight Insights (formerly Greenlight VR) and Road to VR surveyed 514 VR professionals in the US, Canada and Mexico about their expectations on profitability of both VR and AR activities.

According to the data, 45.2% of respondents felt that their VR and AR activities will be cost-effective to their organization in the next 12 months. In contrast, 22.4% said they do not anticipate being profitable in that timefrome.

Of those that are expecting profits, 35.7% of VR professionals anticipate hitting VR- and AR-related revenues of $250K or less, according to the same study. But even more promising, another 38.4% are forecasting between $250K to $5 million-plus in revenues.

Devices that power home-based video viewing showed high US penetration rates in separate studies published in September 2016. Nielsen noted that 24% of US households had smart TVs in Q2 2016, while 76% had DVD or Blu-ray players, 53% subscribed to a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service and 44% had game consoles. The study also noted that 94% of households had HDTVs.

A study by Verto Analytics found that in addition to the 90% of US internet users who had desktops or laptops, 31% had smart TVs, 29% had game consoles and 21% had streaming media devices. Since consumers need only one such device to enable connected TV viewing, the combined penetration rates—coupled with the likelihood that other household members might be using the same devices—amount to mainstream adoption of home-based video streaming technologies.

Research from Ericsson, a communications technology company specializing in mobility, broadband and the cloud surveyed more than 30,000 internet users worldwide ages 16 to 69 who have a broadband internet connection at home and watch TV and view video on a weekly basis. Generally, the study found that more respondents are conducting digital activities via a smartphone or tablet, while at the same time watching TV, than they did in 2014.

For example, two years ago, less than a quarter of TV and video viewers said they browse the internet, related to the content they were currently watching. Fast forward to 2016, and nearly a third of respondents said they were doing so.

Celebrates Her 38th Birthday

The actress is currently celebrating her 38th birthday, and she took to Instagram Sunday to thank her fans for their well wishes with an absolutely precious selfie alongside her mini-me.

Katie and Suri, 10, lean into the camera for the Kodak moment, and from the looks of the birthday girl’s smile, she was certainly overjoyed to be spending the day with her No. 1 gal. “birthday vibes!” Holmes captioned the moment alongside a bunch of emjoi hearts, which followed a separate snapshot of a table decorated with glittered birthday hats and streamers.

“Thank you for the birthday love I really appreciate it !!!!!!!!” she added.

As for how exactly the Dawson’s Creek alum rang in her birthday, a source told US Weekly that Holmes joined Jamie Foxx for a brief getaway to Cabo over the weekend.

According to the outlet, the notoriously private pairing flew from Los Angeles Friday morning to the celeb-loved Las Ventanas al Paraíso resort before heading back to the states on Saturday night. Suri did not join Katie and Jamie on the trip.

“They stayed in one of the most private suites at the hotel, separate from other guests and entered by a small path,” a source revealed. “They wanted to be very discreet and had everything delivered to their room and taken care of by a personal butler.”

Back in October, multiple tabloids reported the couple had called it quits, however an E! News’ source shot down the rumors. In fact, it was also shared that both Katie and Jamie are so on board with keeping their romance under wraps, they pay no mind to the public’s speculation.

Helps Grow US Connected TV Audience

US connected TV users will grow by 20.6% in 2016 to reach 181.8 million. Starting next year, growth will level off to single digits but continue in positive territory through at least 2020, when the number of users will reach 202.1 million, as explored in a new eMarketer report, “Connected TV and Over-the-Top Video: The Living Room’s Place in the US Digital Video Ecosystem” (eMarketer PRO customers only).

By 2020, connected TV users will represent 71.2% of internet users and 60.4% of the US population, up from 68.0% and 56.1%, respectively, in 2016.

Smart TV viewers will make up an increasing number of the connected TV user base during eMarketer’s forecast period. By 2020, 34.4% of connected TV users in the US will watch on smart TVs, up from 26.9% in 2016.

Smart TVs won’t be the only growth category within the group of devices that make up the connected TV universe. Amazon’s and Google’s streaming devices will enjoy the most growth from 2016 through 2020, followed by Roku players and smart TVs. Apple TV and game consoles will grow more moderately, while Blu-ray players will remain essentially flat.

Connected TV users as a whole will increase by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.68% from 2016–2020—a lower growth rate than that of every device listed separately except Blu-ray players. This suggests people will increasingly use multiple devices, driving up the growth rates of individual devices more than the category as a whole.

As is typical with connected TV data, the number of households closely follows the number of users, with an average of 2.06 users per US household during the forecast period. By 2020, there will be 97.7 million US connected TV households, up from 88.7 million in 2016. Much like the user figures, growth will top 20% this year and recede into the single digits next year and for the rest of the forecast.

A GfK study titled “Over-the-Top TV 2016: A Complete Video Landscape” found that 36% of US internet users owned connected TV devices in 2016, nearly double the 19% who did in 2014. This particular stat was limited to set-top boxes and streaming sticks, and did not include smart TVs, game consoles, or Blu-ray and DVD players, though the full study looked at all of the above.

Connected TV accounted for 20% of US weekly time spent viewing digital video in August 2016, according to a Frank N. Magid Associates study. Mobile devices made up a combined 33%, while the largest share, 46%, went to computers. Even though connected TV had the smallest share of the three major device platforms, it grew by a factor of 2.5 in the two years leading up to the study, according to Magid.