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Melanie Griffiths - LA gym sock faux pas?

Melanie Griffiths - LA gym sock faux pas?
Antonio Banderas' wife Melanie Griffiths will be rueing the day she kept part of her gym outfit on when she stopped for a light lunch in LA, after she was snapped by photographers.

The Academy Award winner's white gym socks and sneakers were a less than glamorous addition to her outfit as she enjoyed soup while on the phone at an LA eatery.

Her footwear choice stood out all the more against her far more chic upper half, clad in a smart stripy top and biker jacket.

Not that Banderas will be at all bothered by what his wife wears when she's out and about.

Speaking about his wife of 15 years recently, he said: "Hollywood stars are not supposed to be perfection.

"I don't believe in perfection. I think it is a mistake."

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Mary Portas solves legwear embarrassment with long tops

Mary Portas solves legwear embarrassment with long tops
Designer Mary Portas believes a long top is an excellent way to avoid embarrassment when wearing revealing leg wear.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News during a clothes fitting, she advises fashionistas to pair a long top with leggings to avoid showing off their bum.

"You see what's so wonderful about this top is it covers the bum - no woman wants to show her bum do they?" she told the newspaper.

Comfortable underwear is also an important consideration whenever investing in new legwear.

Last month, model Irina Shayk said that looking sexy is all about feeling confident and comfortable.

Wearing something that makes you feel good will help to boost your confidence and make you look beautiful too, explained Christiano Ronaldo's girlfriend.

"I'm absolutely sure that any woman can be beautiful and sexy and there are no standards of beauty," she said.

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Nicki Minaj creates unique look with ribbed tights

Nicki Minaj creates unique look with ribbed tights
Nicki Minaj is not known to be a shy and retiring performer, so her recent eccentric choice of outfit was hardly shocking to fans.

The 29-year-old singer teamed a pair of ribbed grey tights with leopard-print heels and a cropped, star-studded tuxedo jacket.

Her shiny blazer made the most of her ample assets and also drew attention to her oversized metallic necklace, which spelt out the name of her latest album, Roman.

Nicki sported her new Barbie blonde hair as she attended a promotional event in New York for her new record, which is named after one of her many musical alter egos, Roman Zolanski.

Her love of candy colours was expressed with her makeup, as she wore hot pink lips and creamy eye shadow to complement her cartoon-like fake eyelashes.

While at the event Nicki also took the opportunity to pose with a number of young fans, each of which had done their best to mimic the diva's unique style.

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Malaysia cancels ballet show over 'revealing tights'

Malaysia cancels ballet show over 'revealing tights'
Authorities in Malaysia have cancelled a ballet show from an esteemed Singapore troupe, due to concerns over the revealing nature of their costumes.

Performers from the Singapore Dance Theatre were denied visas for this weekend's performance, because of the "indecency of their costumes", president of Malaysian arts group MyDance Alliance Bilqis Hijjas explained.

The Singapore group had been due to perform in tights and long skirts for all dances aside from The Nutcracker which would have featured traditional tutus.

Officials have yet to confirm the reason for cancelling the show, however Ms Hijjas, whose group promotes dance, described the move as "deplorable", claiming that it could scare off foreign arts investors and make Malaysia seem unreliable as a host for performances.

She also went on to argue that the cancellation was inconsistent as similar ballet performances have been approved recently.

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Brooklyn Decker flashes underwear in lace dress

Brooklyn Decker flashes underwear in lace dress
Brooklyn Decker may have had to compete with music star Rihanna while on the set of their new movie Battleship, but she was left to take centre stage at the South Korean premiere.

The 24-year-old blonde bombshell wore a black lace maxi dress which exposed her underwear quite clearly with an Angelina Jolie-esque thigh-high split.

This revealed her high-waisted black knickers underneath, however as Brooklyn is a former swimsuit model she seemed unfazed about exposing a bit of extra flesh.

Rihanna was not present at the premiere in Seoul, leaving Brooklyn to capture the attention of the audience while posing in her daring ensemble.

She was photographed standing tall in black strappy stilettos with co-star Taylor Kitsch as they prepared to enter the movie theatre.

At last week's Tokyo premiere she opted for a more traditional look, in an optical illusion navy and white Stella McCartney dress.

Battleship is set to hit UK cinemas on April 11th.

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Imogen Thomas' intentions are transparent in see-through leggings

Imogen Thomas' intentions are transparent in see-through leggings
Imogen Thomas made sure all eyes were on her as she ran errands this week in a rather revealing outfit.

The glamour model was photographed dressed in a pair of black see-through leggings, which exposed her tiny underwear, and paired the bottoms with a cropped pink top and chunky heels.

Despite rain being forecast for London, the Welsh reality star popped out to the shops with sunglasses on and even bent over, giving photographs a clear view of her barely-covered derriere.

Imogen has recently been discussing the cyber bullying she has faced since it was revealed she had an affair with married footballer Ryan Giggs.

She claimed that since the relationship was exposed she has received death threats and has even moved house to escape the torrent of abuse directed at her.

The 29-year-old is currently dating Australian city trader Adam Horsley, who she says originally had no idea about her past.

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Bra named 'revolutionary female item'

Bra named 'revolutionary female item'
Bras have been named as the second most import thing to revolutionise women's lives over the past 100 years.

In a survey from Clearblue Plus, women in the UK and Europe cited the contraceptive pill as the most life-changing item, followed by the supportive underwear.

Other top things included the washing machine, tampons and pregnancy tests.

Some 91 per cent of all women questioned also said that all of the items had been hugely influential on their lives.

Christine Webber, psychotherapist and women's issues expert, claimed that the list highlights differences between the generations.

Older women were more likely to choose the washing machine as being revolutionary, whereas she said younger people will look for products to make their lives easier, "like the bra, which has been designed and shaped for women of all shapes and sizes".

Also featuring on the top ten list are jeans, contact lenses and mascara.

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Worcestershire ladies knit hats for British soldiers

Worcestershire ladies knit hats for British soldiers
A hardworking group of ladies from Kempsey, Worcestershire have come up with an ingenious way to help British troops abroad from the comfort of their living rooms.

The Cornflower Club for the over 50s has been putting its creative talents to good use by knitting hats for soldiers in Afghanistan, Worcester News reports.

Villagers David Harrison and his wife Jane Fowler have been volunteering to pack the parcels, which include an array of beanie-style hats in different coloured wool.

The garments have been earning numerous admirers from the front lines, with many praising their ability to keep them warm during 24-hour duty.

As well as the hats, Mr Harrison and Mrs Fowler hand-pack other welfare items into the packs, which include perennial favourites such as socks, packets and dried soup and the odd paddling pool to help the soldiers cool down during their time off.

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Pub kicks out 89-year-old for wearing hat

Pub kicks out 89-year-old for wearing hat
A pub in Sheffield has come under fire for kicking out a great-grandmother as she celebrated her 89th birthday on the premises.

Mrs Hilda Nelson was told to leave The Park Hotel in Hillsborough as she was wearing a knitted hat, which contradicted the venue's strict no-hat policy.

The elderly woman wore the knitted beret to cover up her receding hairline, after she lost her hair due to a medical condition.

Mrs Nelson claimed that when she was first asked to remove the hat she thought they were joking.

"Apparently the pub doesn't like football fans wearing hats, because a hat gives a wrong impression, but we hardly looked like football fans or hooligans, we are all getting on a bit to put it mildly," she explained.

A spokesman for the pub, which is owned by the Mitchells and Butlers chain, has offered his sincere apologies to Mrs Nelson and her party for the handling of the situation and for the embarrassment caused.

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Scarlett Johansson goes underwear-free for Avengers filming

Scarlett Johansson goes underwear-free for Avengers filming
Scarlett Johansson admits she went commando to stay cool during the filming of her latest move, The Avengers

As she was wearing such a tight costume the actress didn't wear underwear while reprising her role as the Black Widow in the highly anticipated film.

Scarlett and her co-stars were reportedly extremely uncomfortable while wearing their restrictive superhero outfits, which she claimed were very sweaty.

She told Collider.com that her unitard was really hot and bothersome.

"Everybody looks so uncomfortable until the cameras are rolling and then we all look slick. Then 'cut!' and we're all like, 'Arrrgh God, this thing, get it off me, it's awful," she said of her tight costume.

Andrew Garfield, who plays the title role in the new film, The Amazing Spider-Man, also recently confessed that he remains naked under his skintight costume.

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Tiny kitten given sock to sleep in

Tiny kitten given sock to sleep in
A pint-sized pussycat has been given an unusual place to sleep due to her very tiny size.

Sweetie the three-week-old kitten is so small that her owners are keeping her warm inside a little sock, the Herald Sun reports.

Michael and Gail Virgona and their two children Leo and Luca came across the cat in the garden of their home in Victoria, Australia.

Sweetie was found trapped in fruit tree netting inside their shed, with no sign of her mother of any siblings.

The family took her to the vet, who claimed she was in good health, but owing to her 200g weight would need constant care.

Ms Virgona told the newspaper: "She was just cold and, like any baby, needed to be swaddled and we found a soft sock worked the best to calm and keep her warm."

The local RSPCA have praised the Virgona family but are warning people to get their cats neutered to avoid a rise in unwanted or abandoned kittens.

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Kids transform old socks into rabbits

Kids transform old socks into rabbits
Kids in Castleford have been getting creative with old clothes at half-term workshops.

The youngsters enjoyed an afternoon of Easter activities, which included making bunnies and chicks out of odd socks and scraps of material, according to The Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Each of the small children got to make their own animal characters at the Sagar Street centre, with some steering away from seasonal characters.

Mandy Williams, who manages the centre, told the newspaper: "We started off making Easter bunnies but, as you can imagine with small children, it went off in a different direction and we ended up with a polar bear!"

The free workshop has also been teaching children how to make keyrings with faces on made from wool.

Due to its local success, as of April 19th it is being trialled as an hour-long after school art club for kids who love to get creative and learn new skills.

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Christina Aguilera misfires in fishnet tights

Christina Aguilera misfires in fishnet tights
Christina Aguilera is never far from worst dressed lists, and unfortunately her recent outfit choice on The Voice has prompted more criticism.

The Beautiful singer squeezed her voluptuous figure into a tight corset and paired it with fishnet tights and some staple Louboutin platforms.

Despite having recently lost weight, the bodice appeared to be considerably too small and failed to flatter her curvy frame.

While her outfit choice didn't win her any fans, Christina have a lively rendition of her track Fighter in front of the US audience, before Adam Levine's band Maroon 5 debuted their new song featuring Wiz Khalifa.

Fellow judge Blake Shelton also performed, although fourth panel member Cee Lo Green didn't take to the stage.

The Voice has recently made its way over the UK and is so far beating Britain's Got Talent in the battle for Saturday night viewing figures.

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Geri Halliwell looks youthful in knee-high socks

Geri Halliwell looks youthful in knee-high socks
Geri Halliwell proved that she can still look youthful as she partied with friends in London.

The former Spice Girl wore a grey mini dress, accompanied by matching knee-high socks and heeled ankle boots, complemented by a cream jacket, scarf and leopard print handbag.

Despite being only four months away from her 40th birthday the singer looked effortlessly fresh-faced with her sunkissed glow and natural tousled hair.

Geri kept her makeup to a minimum and looked surprisingly good even as she made her way home from dancing at The Rose Club, where Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am played a surprise DJ set.

The Voice mentor was joined by his bandmate apl.de.ap, who came to support him and posed for photos outside the venue.

Will.i.am meanwhile was a little camera shy and left the club hiding his face behind his iPad.

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Katy Perry reveals underwear at Coachella Festival

Katy Perry reveals underwear at Coachella Festival
Katy Perry showed off a more relaxed, hippy look as she stepped out in a hippy ensemble at the Coachella Festival.

The Part of Me singer wore a sheer chiffon maxi dress, which left her black underwear very visible, giving onlookers a clear view of her bra and high-waisted knickers.

With a floral crown rested neatly on top of her newly indigo locks, Katy really channelled the hippy chick vibe, especially when she donned a pair of 60s-inspired round sunglasses.

The US singer joined a host of famous faces at the music event, including Paris Hilton, Ke$ha, Whitney Port and Rosanna Arquette.

Socialite Paris also chose to try some laidback boho styling and was seen wandering around the festival wearing a white bejewelled bikini skirt and floaty ankle-length skirt.

She also copied the colourful hair trend by teaming her outfit with pink and blue extensions.

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Beyonce rocks patterned tights

Beyonce rocks patterned tights
Beyonce may be well known for her sexy style, however since the birth of her first child she's been rocking a very alternative look.

This week the 30-year-old singer stepped out in a pair of unusual black footless tights, which bore numerous patterns and cut out sections.

The new mum was seen leaving her luxury £1 million Mercedes van as she made her way into the Alternative Education Complex in midtown Manhattan.

She paired the look with black high top trainers and a wrap-around cardigan, as well as some oversized sunglasses and a trilby hat.

The Love On Top star also seemed to have left the house without makeup, something she has been seen doing frequently since the birth of Blue Ivy.

Rumours surfaced today that Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z want to have a second child soon, according to The Star.

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Could control underwear help keep you trim?

Could control underwear help keep you trim?
Wearing tighter clothes could help people to shift a few extra pounds, an expert has suggested.

Ursula James, author of You Can Think Yourself Thin, claimed that in the run up to your summer holidays you could try wearing tighter clothes and control underwear.

"This way you become more body aware and your appetite starts to self regulate to negate the tight feeling," she claimed.

Conversely, Ms James recommended that the quickest way to put on weight is to wear baggy clothing, as then you are less likely to notice the amount you are consuming on a day to day basis.

The author advised that other ways to shift a little excess weight include putting a picture of you looking at your best on the fridge door, to act as inspiration.

Another top tip is to try and control your stress levels, as "stress causes you to hold on to the fat you eat".

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Mark Wahlberg looks trim in Calvin Klein underwear

Mark Wahlberg looks trim in Calvin Klein underwear
Even though it has been over 20 years since he first appeared in the undergarments, Mark Wahlberg showed that he can still look good in Calvin Kleins.

Despite being in his 40s the actor looked just as good as he did 21 years ago as he was pictured in Calvin Klein boxer briefs while taking a break from his latest movie.

The Departed star showed off his impressive physique has he took a few moments off set after filming a scene for his new movie Pain and Gain in Miami.

His movie has been described as a black comedy and co-stars Mark alongside Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as two bodybuilders who become involved in an extortion ring and kidnapping plot that goes horribly wrong.

The film, which isn't due for release till next year, is sure to please both their female fans as it features plenty of shots of the hunks topless and flexing their bulging muscles.

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Lauren Goodger displays slim figure in leather leggings

Lauren Goodger displays slim figure in leather leggings
Lauren Goodger's new workout regime seems to be paying off as she showed off a thinner figure this week.

The Only Way is Essex star displayed her slimmer shape in a pair of super tight stretch-leather leggings at the launch of her own tanning product line, Lauren's Way.

She paired the leggings with a cropped blazer jacket and a sheer white shirt, helping to highlight her sunkissed fake tanned look.

The 25-year-old was accompanied by a team of friends and chose to celebrate the successful product launch at Aura nightclub in London afterwards.

Lauren has been the subject of much press ridicule for her habit of wearing short and revealing clothes and being slightly more curvaceous than some of the other Essex co-stars.

However, her recent outfits have shown a more sophisticated look from the vivacious reality star, as she seeks to silence her critics.

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Nicki Minaj works childish look in cartoon tights

Nicki Minaj works childish look in cartoon tights
Nicki Minaj has become known as somewhat of a style chameleon, or even a work of art depending on her mood.

The singer is famous for her love of colours and her latest explosion of pink at a London record signing was no surprise to her fans.

Dressed in towering platform heels, the Super Bass rapper wore a Barbie tutu, with a bubblegum pink corset and printed leggings.

Her unique legwear featured trolls and other cartoon dolls, all aimed at appealing to her younger fans, or 'barbz' as she often calls them.

Nicki wore the 90s-inspired ensemble as she signed copies of her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded at HMV in Bayswater.

The outlandish American recently caused controversy after deleting her Twitter account when a fan leaked music from her new album.

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Little Mix's Jade glitters in sparkling ankle socks

Little Mix's Jade glitters in sparkling ankle socks
Since bursting onto the music scene in last year's X Factor Little Mix have been working hard on their wardrobes.

During the competition the girls were happy in leggings and trainers but more recently have been trying out more sophisticated ensembles.

This weekend the quartet, minus singer Jesy Nelson, showed off their new images as they turned up to a JLS tour party at Aura in London.

Jade Thirlwall chose to wear a cute patterned mini-dress, black suede ankle boots and sparkling black and gold ankle socks.

To match her outfit she paired the body sculpting dress with a bow tie necklace, bright pink lipstick and blue nail varnish.

Bandmates Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock each went for long white frocks, showing off their legs with sheer fabric.

The girls were out celebrating with JLS, who also featured on the X Factor talent show, although in an earlier year to Little Mix.

JLS finished in third place, however Little Mix took the title and became the first group ever to win the singing competition.

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Rihanna spices up outfit with suspender tights

Rihanna spices up outfit with suspender tights
Rihanna is certainly no stranger to setting trends and it'll surely only be a matter of time before her latest look takes off.

Wearing a plain sleeveless white dress, she livened up her outfit with a pair of sexy suspender tights as she stepped out for dinner with a friend in Santa Monica.

As she made her way to the Giorgi Baldi restaurant a slit running up her leg revealed the black nylon hosiery with added red details, matching her crimson lipstick.

The 24-year-old has been on a publicity tour since her first movie Battleship hit cinema screens.

Rihanna's action-sci-fi film topped the UK box office charts in its opening week ahead of its American premiere next month.

The big budget blockbuster co-stars Liam Neeson and has been met with mixed reviews from movie critics so far.

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Mischa Barton goes wild in leopard print underwear

Mischa Barton goes wild in leopard print underwear
Mischa Barton showed off her wilder side in the streets of Los Angeles this week, giving onlookers a glimpse of her svelte frame.

The St Trinian's actress is believed to be the star of Noel Gallagher's new music video and was seen larking about with a male co-star wearing leopard print underwear.

She looked naturally slim in the patterned bra and knickers set, as she was filmed messing about while on the set.

Mischa teamed the look with a voluminous hairstyle and pair of red trainers, as well as some pink mini shorts and a blanket between takes.

The 5ft 9in beauty was originally snapped in a patterned dress while posing for pictures, but this is later ripped off to reveal her animalistic underwear.

Mischa is currently venturing into the world of fashion after a successful stint as a handbag designer and is preparing to open a vintage boutique in Shoreditch later this year.

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Harry Styles gets bombarded with men's underwear

Harry Styles gets bombarded with men's underwear
Harry Styles from hit British boyband One Direction certainly has plenty of female fans, including celebs such as Rihanna and Taylor Swift.

However, while girls are keen to show their affection of the mop-haired lad, it's guys who have been forward in their adoration, sending him lots of men's underwear in the post.

Apparently out of all the band members, Harry has the biggest gay following and gets tons of signed Calvin Klein boxers from male admirers.

"I get masses of signed Calvin's and cards but they are all from men," he told Metro this week.

Harry and bandmate Louis Tomlinson were forced to laugh off rumours that they were more than friends while touring in the US last month.

Louis told Dallas TV station KXAS: "Some people genuinely think that we're in a relationship."

In fact Louis is currently with part-time model Eleanor Calder, while Harry has been linked to a string of girls since breaking up with Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack.

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RSC turn down David Tennant fan's sock request

RSC turn down David Tennant fan's sock request
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is probably no stranger to eccentrics showing an interest in their more famous stars, especially Hollywood actors like David Tennant.

However, even the RSC was unable to indulge one Doctor Who fan, when he enquired about the availability of the Scotsman's unwashed socks.

According to the Daily Record, theatre bosses received three calls from one of David's admirer.

"He was prepared to spend £50," said RSC store assistant Lindsey Archer. "We told him no."

David Tennant's latest film, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, will - unfortunately - leave very few discarded costumes for fans to pillage as it is an animation.

Tennant plays Charles Darwin, who is captured by Hugh Grant as the Pirate Captain, who has his sights set on winning the Pirate of the Year award.

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Satellite 'may be able to spot socks from space'

Satellite 'may be able to spot socks from space'
A new satellite, due to fly in 2014, will be able to spot objects just 31 centimetres in length all the way from space.

The WorldView-3 will feature eight spectral imaging devices, which can capture images visible to the human eye the size of a sock or bigger.

Owned by DigitalGlobe, the satellite will be thrust 617 kilometres into the heavens on an Atlas V rocket, which boasts several different sensors.

Each of these can provide images to customers, including the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The satellite's owner also has substantial contracts with the US military, although it is not known whether it will be conducting any work on its behalf.

WorldView-3 also has the ability to help the resource sector, as its high-tech sensors can distinguish different types of soil.

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Brooke Vincent does glamorous with glitzy clutch bag

Brooke Vincent does glamorous with glitzy clutch bag
Brooke Vincent seems to have risen up the ranks rapidly from schoolgirl to screen siren, a progression which is easily understood witnessing her red carpet appearance at the 2012 Soap Awards.

The 19-year-old opted for a daring and low cut purple maxi dress, which she accessorised with a glitzy gold clutch bag and sparkling bangles.

She kept her hair long and loose, while her make up involved smoky eye shadow, creating a very mature look.

Other stars to take the plunge and opt for more adventurous styles included Eastenders' Preeya Kalidas in a red floor length gown and Emmerdale's Chelsea Halfpenny who chose to wear a peach strapless maxi dress.

Michelle Keegan meanwhile, who won the Sexiest Female award, kept it classy in a shimmering navy blue gown.

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Snake escapes from ladies handbag in India

Snake escapes from ladies handbag in India
There are many secrets kept in a women's purse, although a snake is rarely one of them.

A lady from Mumbai caused quite the commotion after such an incident in her hotel in Mudumulai.

After completing a sight-seeing tour of the area the woman and her husband checked into a hotel at the Queen of Hills.

Upon arrival the woman opened her handbag to see a two-foot long snake wriggling around inside.

She threw the bag in the air and screamed, however snake-catchers soon arrived at the scene and caught the intruder.

The 'wolf' snake is a non-venomous species and is thought to have slithered into the ladies handbag as she toured the resort.

It has since been released by officials into the nearby Kallhatty forest and was unharmed during the ordeal.

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Kristen Stewart 'stocks up on underwear' for Cannes trip

Kristen Stewart 'stocks up on underwear' for Cannes trip
Kristen Stewart and her heartthrob beau Robert Pattinson are frequently the source of gossip and the latest rumours about the couple suggest that they could be planning a sexy trip away.

A source has alleged to OK Magazine that when the pair dash off to the Cannes Film Festival Kristen will be taking lots of underwear with her on the trip.

"She's already gone and bought a tonne of new lingerie,' they claimed, adding that 'she's going to bring it with her".

Planning for a holiday can be a great excuse to stock up on essentials such as hosiery and underwear, helping to get people in the mood for their much-anticipated vacation.

The source also went on to say that Kristen has promised Rob that she'll make time for a romantic getaway "after he convinced her to add a couple of days onto the trip for some quality time together".

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