Its back…! That show we love to hate but cant help watch (no not just TOWIE), the hour long show where a quarter of the time is made up of awkward pauses and longing looks… why oh why do we love it so much? Well, maybe there isn’t a definitive answer, and perhaps its something that we’ll just keep as our Monday night guilty pleasure secret – but what we can’t deny is that yet again, reality TV has made stars out of a bunch of people picked from obscurity. In this case however, unlike the debatable X Factor, or other reality talent shows, in this case, we’re just not sure if these stars actually have any ahem, talent….
What they do have and what they all share is their lavish lifestyles. So for those who are new to this phenomenon, those who can’t bring themselves to watch the actual show, and those who love it so much they don’t mind reading this type of information time and time again, here’s our bluffers guide to Made in Chelsea.
Made in where?
For anyone planning on visiting this area as a natural mecca to the show, then you’ll want to look at this area! Just across the river from beautiful Battersea and charismatic Clapham, is the wonder of Chelsea, the home of sloaney ponies and the pashmina parade, make sure you’re dressed appropriately if you’re planning a day trip!
And whilst onto your holiday to the London Borough of “Cash”, if you fancy a spot of lunch, you might want to try popular Made in Chelsea hot spots such as The Bluebird Cafe which sits quite proudly on the Kings Road. Snoochie Boochie ate there quite recently (ooh darling!) and if you cant cough up the cash for a full blown all out meal, then it does supply a set menu where 2 courses are only £20. Not bad and allows you to people watch to your hearts content, however we’d advise you to stay away from the steak as its a little too tough.
In addition, if you like to follow in Hugo’s footsteps, then why not head to The Phene. It’s a short walk from the Kings Road so perfect to pop in for a pint after your lunch at the Bluebird. The Phene is a clubhouse-style venue, housing a traditional saloon bar, conservatory restaurant and 1st Floor Lounge. Again, perfect for people watching but not necessarily somewhere to go out of your way for unless you’re in the area or a die-hard MIC fan.
Its all about the fashion…
Well, whether you have legs that go on for miles for like Millie Mackintosh (soon to be Prof. Millie Green!) Or feel that like Caggie Dunlop, denim on um… denim actually works, why not go straight to the horses mouth for all your Made in Chelsea fashion. MIC regular Rosie Fortescue, has her own style blog which shows lots of photographs of her in her favourite outfits telling you where you can buy the hottest Chelsea trends. Its worth a quick look and you can find it here: Rosies MIC Blog
But what we all really want to know is – what are they worth? Well thanks to www.csclifestyle.com (the luxury living resource) we can find out, here’s some of our highlights:
As far as exotic holiday hook-ups go, Spencer has it made. Not only did he try his chances at finding love on the French Riveria as the manufactured babe magnet on Channel 5′s The Bachelor, but his parents own one of the most luxurious hotels in St Barts; Eden Rock. With villas in abundance, (including one named ‘Rockstar’ complete with its own recording studio) there is certainly no shortage of last-minute getaway options for this MIC cast member. When swanning around London, Spencer works as hard as he plays as an ICAP Forward Foreign Exchange Broker.
This ex-Made in Chelsea star (and loved-up rap WAG) Millie Mackintosh is best-known as the heiress to the Quality Street fortune. Despite the fact that the Makintosh family, toffee-inventors though they were, sold the Quality Street business many years ago, there has evidently been no ramifications for Millie’s extravagant lifestyle. Now engaged to the British rapper Professor Green, Millie has developed a keen following from both ends of the social spectrum. The most popular by far, she is no longer simply “Millie from Made in Chelsea”.
Probably the most well-know heir is the heir to the McVities throne.
Yes, those who bought you the perfectly sweet yet savoury allure of the digestive biscuit also bought you the peroxide blonde playboy with a penchant for sexy candy. Keen to use his inheritance to further strengthen his economic security, Mr Laing has developed his own brand of edible goodies under the name Candy Kittens. His womanising flair apparently comes naturally as he expects his sweet shops to be run by “beautiful, sexy, fun, flirty girls”. We wonder what proud offspring will be receiving this business in years to come.
So we hope you’re ready to don your fur coat and swan into Chanel like you own the shop, no? Ok, well the new series has just kicked off, so why not live your rich fantasies through this lucky lot!
Made in Chelsea is showing on E4, Mondays at 10pm!
Happy TV watching!