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Step into something new in 2011

If you have been rushed off your feet this Christmas, why not give them a break with some brand new trainers for the New Year?

If you are looking for some new footwear this December, then take a look at the Very.co.uk sale where you could grab as much as 75% of some leading brands, including Adidas, Nike, Puma, Lacoste, K-Swiss, Converse and many more.

We have picked out three pairs of fantastic-looking men’s casual trainers that will look great in almost any occasion. What’s more, they have all had their prices slashed in the Very sale!

We’ll start with these Lacoste Carnaby Mesh trainers, down from £55 to just £29 in the Very sale.

Aside from getting the iconic Lacoste crocodile logo and superb quality for less than £30, you’ll be getting a stylish white leather trainer that looks great. It is comfortable enough to wear as an everyday trainer and smart enough to wear on a casual night out.

The upper of the trainer is a combination of leather and textile, with a dark lining and sock and a black rubber sole. This trainer is proving to be a big hit in the Very sale and, at £29, we aren’t surprised.

If you are looking for something that shows off your artistic flair a little bit, then these Puma 917 Pop Art plimsolls might be more to your taste.

It might not be the work of Andy Warhol but these Puma’s will certainly be a talking point when your friends first catch a glimpse of them.

With a canvas upper, pop art lining and a funky red trim around the sole of the shoe, this Puma trainer will certainly be a different addition to your wardrobe.

For something a little more discreet, without compromising on style, why not take a look at something a little different with these Hummel stadil low trainers.

Hummel seem to have really got the hang of this “retro” styling recently and these black leather trainers, with red and blue motifs, really seem to work as a stylish, casual trainer that wouldn’t look out of place on a fun night out.

They’re down from £55 to just £32 in the Very.co.uk sale, making them an even more attractive proposition for the New Year!

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Your New Year’s Resolution starts here!

The New Year is upon us and that means that thousands of people across the country will be drafting their New Year’s resolutions.

Up there with ‘quit smoking’, one of the most popular resolutions made by people is to attack the bulge that has built up over the festive period, to get fit and lose weight. For many, this usually leads to joining a local gym or health club.

But is this the right way to go? Memberships at some top gyms can cost anywhere between £30 and £60 a month are research by some financial groups has found that the average person will spend around £17,500 in their lifetime on gym memberships that they don’t use.

So can you get fit for less in the comfort of your own home? Can you find a way to actually stick to your New Year’s resolution in a way that’s convenient and fun? Well, thanks to Very, the answer is a comprehensive “yes”!

After all, healthy living doesn’t have to be a chore; it can be enjoyable and nothing has demonstrated this more than the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit.

Wii Fit is the perfect partner for somebody who is looking to get started into a regular light exercise. The focus here isn’t about making you run as hard as you can for as long as you can, it is about doing regular, constructive exercises to focus on core, balance, aerobic exercises.

Your ‘personal trainer’ will track your progress, help you set targets, give guidance on your technique and alter your routine to suit your needs. Above all, the exercises are enjoyable for everybody, whether you are a regular gym goer or somebody just dipping their toe into the world of exercise.

If you are a bit more fitness focused and fancy something a little more challenging, the Dynamix Treadmill could be more up your street.

This lets you run to your heart’s content in all weathers from the comfort of your own home, doing away with those wet and windy jogs around the local park!

With the Dynamix Treadmill, you can ease your way back into exercising with a gentle walking pace or feel the burn with a run up to a maximum speed of 10mph, with the additional option of increasing the incline to simulate walking or running up hilly terrain. The onboard computer measures speed, time, distance, calories and heart rate, has six pre-programmed workouts and the treadmill folds away when not in use.

Regular exercise is great, but ask any expert and they will tell you that a healthy, active lifestyle isn’t something that comes from just a few hours or exercise every week – it comes from making small but effective changes to your lifestyle – and that’s where our next products come in.

We’ll start with your mode of transport. Now, we’re not for a second suggesting that you can do without your car, but consider how many avoidable journeys that you make. Do you drive to the shop for a spare pint of milk? Do you drive to the newsagents for the Sunday paper? Instead, why not walk or even cycle?

We have picked out this Boss Stealth 26in dual suspension mens bike, not least because it comes with £40 off in the Very.co.uk sale, as the ideal form of health-conscious transport for 2011.

With a rugged hi-tensile steel B-type dual suspension frame, front and rear suspension forks, mountain bike-style handlebars, comfy padded seat and Sure Grip mountain bike tyres, this is the ideal alternative for those short journeys.

And finally, we finish off without doing any exercise at all. In fact, we don’t think that you need to change anything at all, other than your fryer.

Healthy eating is the key to healthy living, so this Tefal ActiFry is the perfect addition to any home.

All you need is just one spoonful of oil to make 1kg of chips – enough to feed a family of four, making it much kinder to your heart. It’s also safer than your traditional chip pan, easier to clean and much more economical to run – all without having to compromise on taste!

As well as chips, you can also use the Tefal ActiFry to make a whole range of other meals – including stir-fried vegetables, meat, fish and even pudding! A recipe book is included to give you plenty of tasty meal ideas.

Smiley Emma Bunton Steps Out In Style

It’s been a sober Christmas for pregnant Spice Girl Emma Bunton but at least she can express herself with her outfits.

The singer turned Don’t Stop Believing TV presenter combined two of our favourite things – faux fur and fierce shoes – when she attended a Christmas party at chef Gordon Ramsay’s house.

Emma, who is already mummy to 3-year-old Beau, is making up for the lack of alcohol with  plenty more food and Very hears she has a rather timely craving – Christmas pudding.

Her long-term boyfriend Jade Jones, who is also a chef like Gordon Ramsay, turned up to the festive bash with  Harrods Xmas pudding, just in case the Hell’s Kitchen star wasn’t serving any. Bless! It’s always good to be prepared.

Other guests at the party included James Corden and his pregnant girlfriend Julia Carey. The pair are expecting their first child early in 2011, so second time mummy Emma was able to pass on some tips.

And we imagine Tana Ramsay would have been on hand to fill in the gaps in Emma’s knowledge as she has four kids, or five if you count Gordon!

The only hitch in the festive evening came from the Ramsay’s three year old bulldog Rumple, who was started humping poor Emma’s leg causing husband Jade to play the knight in shining armour yet again.

With shoes like that, Emma’s far too pretty to do anything for herself! Feel like a princess yourself with a similar pair from Very like the Morgan Beatrix court shoes, on sale from £27

Or add a sparkle to your steps with Love Label godmother embellished platform shoes, now from £13

Pregnant or not, everyone deserves to snuggle up at Chrsitmas to something soft. Keep your neck snug in a Savoir belted faux fur coat

And a black dress will be see you through any event this party season – from dinner to dancing. Try the South pleat sleeve bodycon dress

While we’re on the subject of babies, the Spice Girls are to collectively give birth in 2011…to a musical.

They’re currently working on Spice: The Musical with Mama Mia producer Judy Craymer. Just a little something to Spice Up Your Life next year. Zig-a-Zig-ah!

Pregnant Penelope Cruz Braves Sales

She may be eight months pregnant, but Penelope Cruz can still be used as an example of how to keep stylish this Winter.

While British stars tend to wrap up in dull black, which means everyone ends up looking the same, Penelope stood out miles as she stocked up on baby items in the sales. How refreshing that even well paid celebs like a bargain!

And what’s also refreshing is that Very can reveal that Penelope has cleared her schedule to prepare for the baby so she can be a stay at home mother for a while.

Some actresses sign up for roles immediately after giving birth, thus putting immense pressure on themselves to lose their baby weight, but Penelope can enjoy her first child with her actor husband Javier Bardem.

Her first appearance will be at the premiere of Pirates of The Caribbean 4 in May, in which she stars alongside Johnny Depp. Her sister Monica also stars in it, playing her body double after Penelope’s baby bump started showing mid-way through filming.

And Very can reveal the sister’s have plans to collaborate again on a range of clothes for Swiss designer Biaggini. The range will be called Biaggini Violett and consist of cocktail dresses, party dresses, trouser suits and glamorous jumpsuits to  give the label a global appeal as well as a touch of glamour.

Even when she’s pregnant, the Spanish acttress is naturally glamorous in a warm cream coat. There are several styles to choose from at Very, starting with the South belted coat

Or try something slightly shorter but equally snug with the South roofer coat

Or check out one of the cool macs at Very like the Love Label raised shoulder belted trench coat

Pen adds a feminine touch to her outfit with a girly top like the South cotton crochet smock top

And mixes in a fashionable edge in a smart hat like the Blues Brothers black hat from Very

Finish with some pretty but practical flat boots. If they’re in the sales it’s a bonus like the South Belgrade back strap calf boots – now £29

Penelope and Javier have refused to find out the sex of their baby, but if it’s a girl she’ll be very lucky. She can inherit her yummy mummy’s hand-me-downs.

However, a boy wouldn’t be so bad as Javier scrubs up alright too.  What gorgeous parents!

Kylie Reveals Very Special 2011 Plans

While her sister Dannii Minogue prepares to spend Christmas with her new baby Ethan and fiancé Kris Smith, there’s also a demanding presence in Kylie’s life – her work.

Very has exclusive news that the Aussie diva has released not one but two Christmas charity singles for her Australian fans and dropped her strongest hint she will be touring in 2011.

Either that or we could be expecting the pitter patter of feet for the Can’t Get You Outta My Head singer herself. OOOh, we ‘Should Be So Lucky’!

The intrigue comes after Kylie, who we spotted in London looking cool, composed and casual despite freezing temperatures, released a YouTube video wishing all her fans Merry Christmas, then saying “I have some very exciting news for you in 2011 which I can’t tell you yet but I can hardly wait.” Wow!

Kylie has been dating Spanish model Andres Velencoso for three years after meeting him on the set of a D&G perfume advert.

Despite the age gap – at 42 she’s 10 years older than her man- she’s started learning his language, visited where he lives in Northern Spain to meet his parents and attended a Barcelona football game with Andres by her side. Now that’s dedication!

In return, he’s been to see her folks in Melbourne and gets on so well with Dannii’s man Kris that the two of them have been spotted playing golf together on holiday in Australia. Perhaps seeing Dannii so settled has encouraged Kylie to give Dannii’s son Ethan a cousin?

However, a tour would also be exciting as she has not toured Europe since 2008.

Kylie looks best when she’s on stage and singing her heart out, as you can see by her YouTube videos of the  cover versions of Santa Baby and Let it Snow, which will be released for her Australian fans with proceeds benefitting Vision Australia.

However, she knows how to pull off a snow look too. You can copy her snow days style with clothes at Very.

Start with the cold weather essential – a hat. The retro bobble hat comes with matching mittens for a combined price of just £16.

Next you need a warm coat like the South metallic padded jacket

Match with some pale jeans like the Love Label authentic skinny jeans – a bargain at £25

And finish with a good size bag that you can fit a jumper in, just to be on the safe side. The double purse bag has two cute pockets on the front for extra storage and it’s just £30

We’re so excited about 2011 now!

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Get a DSi in Your Hands for Christmas

Handheld computing has come a long way since the Nintendo Game Boy and Sega Game Gear did battle in the 1990s. Since those heady days, we’ve seen consoles slim down, lighten up and introduce colour touch screens as the norm.

The Nintendo DSi is one device that has been at the forefront of portable gaming and Nintendo has gallantly fought off the challenges from Sony’s PSP and increasingly advanced mobile phone games (including Angry Birds!).

Despite the DSi, the latest version of Nintendo’s dual screen handheld, being conceived more than four years ago, it is still set to be sat under many Christmas trees this weekend, thanks to its cool features and some great family friendly games.

The DSi console itself is packed with even more technology, adding even more features to the touch screen, WiFi connectivity and voice recognition capabilities that were found in its predecessor, the Nintendo DS and DS Lite.

The casing is now 12% slimmer than the DS Lite but the screens are actually 17% bigger, whilst a built-in internet browser lets you browse on the move.

In addition, it is now easier to personalise your DSi with two cameras, downloadable Nintendo DSiWare and the option of playing your favourite music via SD cards.

And Very is helping you to get a great deal on a new DSi console in time for Christmas (remember that today, Wednesday 22nd December, is the last day for Christmas delivery), with some great bundle deals on a console and games.

We’ve covered Hello Kitty before on the Very Blog so let’s revisit the phenomenon with this Nintendo DSi console in pink bundle, which comes with ‘Happy Party with Hello Kitty and Friends’ and ‘Angel Cat Sugar’ as part of the deal.

With Happy Party with Hello Kitty and Friends’, you can get together and enjoy their many activities, including shopping, cooking, dress making, dressing up and dancing all in the cute and lovable style that has made the Hello Kitty franchise a hit all around the world. You can party away by dancing or by playing some of the great puzzle games, such as spot the difference, the slide puzzle or the memory game.

If Hello Kitty isn’t the sort of game that gets you or your youngsters excited, then try this great DSi bundle with ‘Toy Story 3’, ‘The Princess and The Frog’ and ‘Bolt’.

You’d be hard pressed to find a youngster that didn’t love Toy Story 3 and now, with the DSi, they can relive the adventures of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang wherever they are.

Bolt for Nintendo DS takes man’s best friend to a whole new level and beyond in a comedic, fast paced, high-action adventure whilst ‘The Princess and The Frog’ will also keep the kids entertained.

And what’s more, there’s money-off across the range with £20 off both the console only and Hello Kitty bundle, and a cool £30 off the Toy Story 3 bundle.

All that remains from us here from the Very Blog is to wish you all a ‘Very’ Merry Christmas!

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Thinking of Spring!

The new Spring catalogue is on it’s way and I for one can’t wait for it to drop on to my doormat. In this cold weather I love to think of the warmer weather to come and the days when you don’t need to layer up to go outside.

Whilst waiting for the new Spring book I am making a mental wish list for Spring/Summer 11 by perusing the ‘New In‘ pages of the website. Already there is so much that has caught my eye, Fearne Cotton has once again put together a fab collection, my favourite pieces being her white cotton shirt (something every wardrobe should have and something that mine is definitely lacking)…

… and these gorgeous bloomer shorts.

New brands to the site recently are Hedkandi and Olivia Rubin. I have already indulged in this super cute heart shaped clutch bag from HedKandi, it’s my new favourite thing – shiny and tactile, I can’t leave it alone! It’s a definite for my New Years Eve outfit.

Olivia Rubin‘s pieces are summery, girlie and feminine. Perfect for summer parties.

And here are a few of my other favourite pieces (in no particular order)… Happy browsing!

Now, I could go on but I think I’ll let you discover the rest for yourselves.

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The final touch to your Christmas dinner

You’ve got the turkey, the veg , the wine and the dreaded Brussels sprouts – almost everything that you’ll need for a fantastic Christmas dinner, but what are you eating it on?

If you’re inviting family and friends around for the annual festive dinner, will you be digging out the old dinnerware and cutlery for what, for many people, is the crowning glory of any good family Christmas? Did you know that you could get yourself a brand new dinner set, in time for Christmas dinner, for relatively little? Well, with Very.co.uk, you can.

For example, take this Pulse 16 piece dinner set, which gives a stylish and contemporary look to your dinner table but, at just £39, won’t break the bank.

The set features square stoneware style crockery with an off-white finish and unique embossed detail, giving your table a modern look for the traditional Christmas turkey.

In the box you’ll find four plates, four side plates, four bowls and four mugs, making it ideal for family gatherings. The plates, mugs and bowls are also dishwasher and microwave safe.

If you’re family is a little bigger, then you could pick up a real bargain with this 65-piece simple porcelain dinner set and cutlery.

This 65-piece set comes in at a fantastic £36 – a £9 saving on the RRP and equivalent to less than 56p per piece!

This set is ideal for those who have just moved into a new home or are just looking to refresh their current dinnerware set but, despite the low price, this set doesn’t skimp on style or substance.

The set comes with six white dinner plates, side plates, soup bowls, bowls, mugs and glass tumblers as well as six knives, desert spoons and tea spoons. There are also two serving bowls, one oval platter and salt and pepper shakers thrown in for good measure.

The set is fully microwave safe but be aware that because of the knives, buyers must be over the age of 18.

If you are looking to get something with a little more quality and add that extra touch of class, then try out this Denby white 16 piece dinner set.

As one of the leading manufacturers of dinnerware, you know that you can rely on Denby to provide you with the highest levels of quality. This contemporary white set comes with  four dinner plates (29cm), four x tea plates (19cm), four soup/cereal bowls (18cm) and four mugs. It is also safe to use in the microwave, dishwasher and freezer.

Exclusive: Christina Aguilera’s Comeback Plans

Move over Rihanna and Katy Perry – Christina Aguilera is making a comeback.

The Dirrrty singer, who took a break to have her son Max, showed she could outsing anyone as she performed with Rebecca Ferguson on The X Factor.

And the following day she proved she could out-glam anyone as she turned up to the premiere of her new film Burlesque in a slinky dress. No man that spoke to her that evening knew where to look!

However, Very can exclusively reveal that Christina’s own eyes were firmly focussed on one man- her former personal assistant, Matthew Rutler.

“‘Matthew is a special person,” she exclusively revealed to Very at the film’s premiere. “We had a really strong friendship on the movie.

“Once I filed for divorce, we started dating. I’m not trying to jump into anything. I just left a five-year marriage. I’m taking it slow and trying to be happy.”

Christina’s marriage to music producer Jordan Bratman ended badly earlier this year around the time that her last album Bionic only made the UK singles charts for one week.

Compared to her last albums Stripped and Back to Basics, which combined sold 50million copies worldwide, this was a big shock for the stunning star.

She put it down to lack of promotion, which will not happen this time as X-tina has had an x-rated time in London enjoying the best of the capital’s clubs.

She visited Mahiki, Flotridita, the bar of The Connaught Hotel and Hix in Soho and she was only in London for three days.

You can dress to party like Christina with satin. It looks good and it will feel smooth next to your skin making you feel extra sexy and in the mood to stay out later.

The Vila satin dress has a sexy v-neck

More confident ladies could try the Love Label belted dip hem dress

Or go for midnight elegance in the Jasmine Guinnes star dust satin dress

Add fur for the full Christina look. The new faux fur gilet will keep you cosy and snug in all weathers

If you’re only running between car and club or have a strong constitution then try the faux fur wrap

We look seeing more of the amazing Ms Aguilera in 2011.

Kate Moss’s Mission To Overpower Piers Morgan

As Kate Moss partied until the early hours in London this week she showed off a new look – the power suit.

The 36-year old fashion icon was responsible for the boho chic look turning into a nationwide phenomenon a few ago, so her changed look is significant. Let’s get a better look:

Wow!

It marks an fresh time in the supermodel’s life as Very has a juicy exclusive about Kate. The diva from South London, who famously ‘doesn’t do’ interviews  is considering helping out her arch rival turned almost-friend Piers Morgan.

Piers has just landed a job succeeding Larry King on CNN International.  He is interested in interviewing influential figures from fashion and the arts to appear on the show that is watched by millions of homes across the globe.

An approach has been made to Miss Moss and it’s being considered. At the age of 36, she wants to beat her shyness that has led her to refuse interviews in the past.

What a baptism by fire! But we shouldn’t be too surprised as Kate never does things by halves! For her 35th birthday she parties for 35 hours straight and on her 36th birthday she got a huge diamond wedding ring from her now-husband Jamie Hince.

With her 37th coming up on 16 Jan, we’re looking forward to more showbiz theatricals and drama…and to see if the power dressing will continue.

Where Kate leads the nation follows so with the economy crawling out of the credit crunch, it’s time throw off the hippy skirts and  follow Miss Moss.

There’s a famous saying ‘dress for the job you want rather than the job you have’ and it’s worked for Kate- who’s modelled for Dior, Longchamp  and Isobel Marant this year as well as releasing a new fragrance Vintage Muse.

Step in her successful footsteps with the South Mix and Match bootcut trousers, which are on a 3 for 2 offer.

It works with the South Mix and Match Peplum jacket

And why not go one stage further than Miss Moss with the South Mix and Match structured shift dress

Even cooler still is the French Connection Tie Neck Jumpsuit

If she talks as powerfully as she dresses, Piers Morgan will be putty in her hands.

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WIN! A Love and Other Drugs date night!

To celebrate the 29th December release of Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenaal’s new film Love and Other Drugs, we are giving one lucky-in-love reader the chance to win an all expenses paid date! Get Hathawayed up and don your best frock to celebrate the new year in style with your man!

In their latest film together, Hathaway portrays Maggie, an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone – or anything – tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.

For a chance to win this brilliant date, all you need to do is answer the following question and post it below:

What other film have Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal both starred in?

a. The Devil Wears Prada 

b. Brokeback Mountain

c. The Day After Tomorrow

Once you’ve entered by posting your answer below, all you have to do is decide what you’re going to wear! Why not take some tips from Anne Hathaway’s sophisticated style? Here’s how to get Anne’s date night look from Very.co.uk.

Choose a maxi dress with a cinched in waist for cocktails at the bar (just don’t have too many & fall over!):

Or choose a girlie dress offest with a black leather jacket so he knows you mean business:

What would you wear on your date? We’d love to hear!

Love and Other Drugs is out 29.12.10

**This competition is now closed**

Terms and Conditions

·         Competition will close on 10.01.11

·         Open to UK participants only

·         Prize is cheque worth £200 only

·         There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions

·         Winners will be picked at random and contacted by Very.co.uk. The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address.

·         The Editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

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Kylie Minogue At Home – her latest design collection

Kylie Minogue is a woman of many talents and the lastest feather she’s added to her cap is with her range of beautiful bed linen.

This gorgeously glam range by pop princess Kylie features a style to suit every bedroom plus all the accessories and extras you need to dress it up for that proper boudoir look.

What I like most about the designs is that they’re not OTT, so you won’t scare anyone off (!), but they are luxurious enough to make getting in bed feel like an even bigger treat.

My personal favorite is the new Valencia design:

This range includes the duvet cover, throw, pillow covers and matching cushion, all sold seperately. Plus you can add to the luxury with cushions from her wider range:

 

 Another beautiful range is the Fortini range. Available in ivory or Amethyst as duvet set, pillow covers and cushion (all sold seperately):

And again there are other pillows and cushions in the range that you can add to your bed to make it a bit more ‘princess and the pea!’

So with Kylie Minogue’s At Home range there really is no excuse not to have a superstar bedroom – just remember you need some girlie pyjamas to finish it off to full effect!