Footie Fever

With a summer of football kicking off soon, now is the time to grab the best gadgets that’ ll help you cheer your team on in style…

Enjoy the best of ultra HD, the internet and 3D with this telly. With 4K resolution picture quality, studio master HCX quad core processing and cinema display technologies, you can guarantee you will get great sound and a top picture to enjoy the matches. it’ll be as if you’re there yourself!

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Panasonic 50inch ultra HD Smart LED 3D TV, 79QW7, £1,299.99* 2 years extra service guarantee, £139.99*

A soundbar adds to the atmosphere and improves your TV’s audio without the fuss (and wires) of a surround-sound system. This has a wireless subwoofer and two built-in speakers. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can also get cable-free access to your smartphone, tablet and MP3 player, all with just one touch.

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Panasonic 250watt Bluetooth nFC Soundbar With Subwoofer, 6AVCY, £159* 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £25.99*

No matter which coffee you fancy, there’s a Dolce Gusto drink for everyone. From an espresso to a skinny latte macchiato, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ready in 30 seconds, just pop in the capsule, adjust the strength of your coffee and let the machine do the rest. All you have to do is decide which one you want…

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Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia Pod Machine, 4GCM7, £69 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £9.99*

Mainly brought out for rustling up smoothies and juices, why not try using your NutriBullet to add to the party atmosphere by making cocktails or a veggie dip? It has a super powerful blender – you can whizz up cocktails, crush ice in it or even make a salsa in seconds. With the added bonus of being easy to clean, it’s the perfect party partner.

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NutriBullet Superfood nutrition extractor, 44QVQ, £89 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £9.99*

This George Foreman Ten Portion Grill is ideal for entertaining your guests this football season. With its famous groove system that drains away excess grease and fat, it even makes food healthier. Plus, as it heats from both above and below, it cooks super quickly, leaving you more time for entertaining or watching the footie! Prepare anything from paninis and toasted sandwiches to meat and fish. There are no offside rules here!

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George Foreman entertaining Ten Portion Grill, 3P7U4, £99 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £9.99*

Hate missing the action when you head to the kitchen for a cool drink mid-game? Then, make sure the refreshments are within arms reach with this handy mini fridge. It can hold up to 40 cans and, with its adjustable thermostat, your drink is guaranteed to be just the right temperature.

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Budweiser Mini Beer Fridge, 4D49E, £129.99 2 years extra service guarantee, £9.99*

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Celeb Interview- Nathan Sykes

As one fifth of boy band The Wanted, 23-year-old Nathan Sykes was always known as ‘the cute one’. Now, he’s back as a solo artist, and his third single, the very saucy Give It Up, is set to be a huge hit. Currently on tour with Little Mix, we caught up with the singer for a chat…
How has solo life been treating you?
I have never been happier – if I’m completely honest! Especially on the creative front. The videos and songwriting are all coming from me – there are no discussions with four other people or input from anyone else. It’s very much a me driven project, and it’s exciting. Every day I’m learning new things about myself as an artist and as a person.
Is it like starting again?
Absolutely! I get really excited that people are treating me like a new artist. I was nominated for Best New Artist as part of the Radio Disney Music Awards recently and that was amazing. The fact that people are taking it seriously is so nice.
You are on your third solo single now…
I know, it’s mad isn’t it? It’s called Give It Up and I think it shows yet another side of me. With my first solo single, Kiss Me Quick, you got the cheeky playful side, then I really stripped it back for the second, Over And Over Again, and I think this one is sexier.
When I started writing it, I didn’t think I’d have a sexy song on the album. I think I almost surprised myself with it.
Is there anything you particularly need to give up?
I think I probably need to give up my laziness. In the Over And Over Again video there’s a scene where I take off my shirt. On the day, I was looking at all the different scenes and then thought: “Oh, no! I haven’t been working out, this is going to be really embarrassing.” So I literally got on the floor and did 20 sit-ups – but then realised it was a bit too late for the sit-ups! I should be in better shape than I am.
Have you enjoyed being on tour with Little Mix?
I’m really enjoying it. I’ve just been with my guitarist Louis and I get to play the piano as well. The Little Mix ladies are amazing. They are the loveliest girls and are so talented too. That shows when they are performing – their vocals are outstanding! It’s a pleasure to be part of their tour, and I know half the team from my time with The Wanted, so it has been nice seeing them as well.

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Will you be bringing out an album soon?
Oh yes, the album is due out in the autumn, which is exciting. It’s a complete introduction to me and hopefully some of the old fans will like it, but it’s also a time to make new fans too. There’s a lot of variety on the album, but essentially it’s a pop album with soul, R&B and jazz thrown in. There’s one more collaboration to come too, with a male artist you won’t be expecting!
You performed again recently with your ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande. Was that weird?
It was really nice working with her, and I think it shows real maturity that we can put everything aside and just focus on the music. A lot of people in that situation wouldn’t have done it. She is a sweetheart and she’s having great success at the moment, so it’s great to see her doing so well. We are both very supportive of each other’s music.

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She has launched her own fashion line. Is that something you’d like to do in the future?
Well, it’s not something I’ve thought about. I’ve been busy concentrating on my music. I do keep an eye on the fashion side of things, though.
Where do you go shopping?
I try to keep it sophisticated, so I’ve stopped wearing jeans and now wear trousers that are rolled up. I go shopping at Cos, Reiss and I like the French designer Sandro too. I do love my shoes. I’ve got some from designer Louis Leeman. They’re cracking!
How many pairs do you have?
Too many! I still have all my hightops and boots from my time in the band, which I don’t even wear any more. There’s probably a room full of clothes and shoes from back then… so, if anyone wants them!
What’s coming up next for you after the tour?
I’ll probably be going back to America. I’ve got lots of summer shows to do. There’s a great reaction to the songs over there, which is amazing.

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Nathan’s new single Give It Up will be available soon

Blogger’s Corner

We chat to the coolest parent bloggers around to get their top tips and picks!

NAME: Stephanie Withers
CHILDREN: Finlay, two and Parker, six months
BLOG: chalkkids.co.uk

What do your kids love to wear?
For Finlay, loose jumpers, harem pants, dungarees and rompers. Parker tends to wear a simple bodysuit with some cute baby leggings and moccasins.

Are there colours or patterns you prefer to dress them in?
I love neutral unisex shades on the boys. Occasionally, I like to pick up the odd out-there patterned item, such as a mouse-print jacket.

Which children’s buys are key for spring/summer?
I love short dungarees for boys and twirl dresses for girls. For babies, sunsuits and bloomers look really sweet.

“I love adding a pop of colour through accessories.” Caps, 6WU4G, £12 (two pack),

“This is a great bag for taking on all your adventures!” Converse Backpack, 6NFWL, £30

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“Simple t-shirts can be styled in so many ways.” Ralph Lauren SS Classic Tee, 6VGG6, from £19

“Who said only girls can wear pink?” Ralph Lauren Classic Swim Shorts, 6VGGX, from £35

What are your packing musts for the kids?
For the plane, a couple of their favourite toys, an activity book, snacks and an iPad loaded with some cartoons and learning games. It’s worth investing in some good-quality sandals in a neutral colour as they’ll go with everything.

How do you style up the kids’ wardrobes?
I love adding a pop of colour through accessories. One of the easiest ways to do this is with a hat, patterned leggings or some cool socks.

What is important to you when buying clothes for the boys?
It’s vital that their clothes never restrict their ability to play freely, so i pick comfy fabrics.

What are the boys crazy about?
Finlay is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine and Parker loves bouncing in his Jumperoo.

What couldn’t you live without as a mum?
A comfortable baby carrier, a compact pram, a changing bag – and my coffee machine!

What are some of your favourite places to go with your children?
I love taking them for a walk along the beach boulevard where we live in Aberdeen. it’s such a pretty spot and has a playground close by.

Tell us a bit about your blog…
I started Chalk Kids as a way to share my love of kids’ fashion and unique interiors. I also wanted to connect with other like-minded women who are mothers.

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#FitnessInspo: Our Day at Be:Fit London

Last Friday, we went along to the Be: Fit London event at the Business Design Centre in London;  a 3 day health and fitness festival for women.

Featuring motivational talks, the hottest classes, and a huge exhibition including premium sponsor, Reebok, here’s what we did:

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Image c/o @BeFitLondon Instagram

We started the day with Tara’s Strala Yoga, based on her background in ballet. After encouraging us to ‘find a good place and take a deep breath’, we felt calmer, more supple and ready to take on the day.

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Image c/o @TaraStiles Twitter

Follow Tara on Instagram at @TaraStiles


Dan Roberts

Dan trains Hollywood A Listers, Victoria’s Secret models and Elite models. With his Methodology X workout, he knows exactly how to sculpt and tone the perfect bod.

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Dan’s Tips for an A List Bod:

A positive mentality: Exercise is just another word for movement – dance, run, use your arms, just move more

Try something new: Yoga, dance, martial arts – try using your body in a new way

Like yourself: Respect your body, focus less on how you look and more on using exercise to reconnect with your body

Nourish your body: Don’t crash diet. Eat fresh and cook real food

Confidence: Have a confident mindset that will lead to a better body image

Follow Dan on Instagram at @TeamDanRoberts
Girl Gains

The Girl Gains

Image c/o @TheGirlGains Instagram

Tally, Victoria and Zanna are Girl Gains.

These ladies are all about positivity and girl power – plus a bootyshaking playlist and motivational cheers like ‘you look amazing!’

Girl Gains’ Tips for Making Workouts Fun:

Keep it simple. Don’t overstretch yourself, just move more, walk instead of taking the bus, or use fitness watches 

Download a water alert app. Make sure you stay hydrated

Get 8 hours sleep. Stress can help cause bloating so get enough sleep and try to relax

Don’t use scales. If you base your goals around how you look, you’ll never be satisfied.

Keep yourself accountable. Have an open conversation with friends and family to ask for support.

Follow Girl Gains on Instagram


Our Be:Fit Style Takeaways

The main trend was 100% graphic running tights in the boldest prints you could possibly find.

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Image c/o @BinkyFelstead Twitter

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Meanwhile, gym tops were cropped, colourful or casual vests.

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When it came to sports bags, it was more colour and chunky, retro styles.

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Cover ups, meanwhile, were casual and athleisure style.

Reebok Picks

There was plenty of gorgeous Reebok clothing knocking around at the event, and Gemma from Reebok told us which trainers would suit each class:

Z Print Train (Perfect for HIIT, Barry’s Bootcamp, Girl Gains and Equinox)

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Your Flex Trainette (Perfect for Danielle Peazer, GymBox, Seen on Screen dance classes)

Shop Reebok trainers collection here.

Gemma says: ‘Be:Fit is a celebration of women’s fitness – equipping women with the tools to become healthier and happier. We hope the event inspires every woman to achieve their health and fitness goals, set new ones, and do it in style.

To find out more, visit the Be:Fit London website.

The Bold and The Beautiful

Get Fearne Cotton’s eclectic luxe interiors look..

No one does quirky-cool like Fearne Cotton. Whether it’s on the red carpet or in the house, the mum of two never fails to impress. Her edgy take on fashion perfectly translates into the world of interiors to create a home look that’s opulent and, of course, seriously stylish. And, with her latest Very.co.uk interiors collection, she’s done it again. “My house is a mishmash of pieces from different eras,” reveals Fearne. “I just love a vintage feel to it all. It’s about experimenting and finding things that suit you.”

So, why not follow our designer’s lead and embrace the bold and the beautiful in your home this spring?

Tie your theme together with plenty of touches of greenery. Plants help to soften the edges and give your room a homely vibe.

Aim to incorporate a little colour alongside the neutrals. “a bright piece of artwork or a floral cushion pops against a cool grey background,” says Fearne.

Be brave with print and invest in a statement piece of furniture. Pattern doesn’t have to be confined to just wallpaper and cushions.

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Putting a clashing printed cushion with this animal-print sofa nails the star’s adventurous flair.

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Accessories are your friends. Keep things interesting by styling up shelves, dresser tops and tables with some fun and vivid homeware.

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Fearne Cotton Home Snakeskin Two Seater Tub Sofa, 6Q9JK, £569*, Fearne Cotton Home
Pineapple Pot, 6UGAW, £25, Fearne Cotton Home Three + Two Drawer Chest, 73ARC, £199*

 

 

Trend watch: candy crush

With bright shades against cool greys and whites, the ‘candy colour pop’ trend is a contemporary twist on the retro 60s look. Think Andy Warhol, mid-century shapes and plenty of splashes of bold turquoise, pink, yellow and green and you’ve got the right idea. Get creative and introduce vibrant hues in the form of picture frames, cushions, upholstery detailing and vintage gadgets like a colourful record player.1000x510-interiors-feature-5Products featured in image above: Candy Accent Chair, 6PP79, £239, Merlin Cushion, 4NDWV, from £15, Hedgehog Table Lamp, 6UKTH, £29, Monty Retro Lamp Table, 6VL36, £59, Lenco L-85 USB Direct Recording Turntable, 6E6G4, £149 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £25.99*, Nevada Rug, 6XYG3, from £57.

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A  neon pendant makes the perfect finishing touch for your space. Taco pendant, 6W9WG, £22.99

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This lamp’s fuchsia base will add a splash of colour to any room. Bobble Glass Table Lamp, 6WeQk, £69.99

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Not only does this radio in marine teal look great, but it sounds superb too. Double win. Roberts revival Mini radio, 6en4P, £139.99 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £25.99*

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Bring your storage up to date and nail two trends in one with these dip-dyed effect baskets. Dip Dyed Storage Baskets, 6ud7e, £35

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Snuggle up with this pink throw. It’ll add instant interest to your seating area. Catherine Lansfield Cuddly Throw, 694nt, £27

CELEBS AT HOME

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Drew Barrymore makes no secret of the importance she places on her interior surroundings. “There’s so much stuff in my home,” the star says. “I’ve always been a homemaker, I like creating spaces.” When it comes to making over your abode, drew has two top tips. “My favourite thing to do is to have a furniture rearranging party,” she says. Her second piece of advice? “Paint is a powerful thing. When you find room-changing colours, it really is an achievement.”

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The New Puma Forever Fierce collection has landed

Puma brings sport and style to the next level with the Fierce as worn by Kylie Jenner

Sports brand Puma unveiled the latest women’s training campaign focusing on their new fitness style offering head to toe looks featuring the Puma Fierce. Entrepreneur and style icon, Kylie Jenner headlines the campaign along with other Puma ambassadors.

Very bring you the complete Fierce collection with the chance to WIN the full head to toe look from the Kylie Jenner range – simply re-tweet our competition post on Twitter and win a full training outfit for you and a friend!

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The Puma Fierce collection worn by Kylie Jenner mixes performance-ready technology with street-worthy styling. The style will take you to and from your latest training class while taking your look to the next level.

Kylie Jenner represents the young and bright future of fashion and fitness for women and we are excited to be supporting this campaign. Our favourite look of the collection is the All Eyes On Me printed ¾ length tights paired with the PWRshape cardio bra for the full co-ordinated look this season.

They both offer sweat-wicking tech and a statement print to make sure you’re always ready to train! Featuring drycell fabric, you’re kept cool dry and comfy from start to finish, while the generous stretch provides a second skin cut that’s a must for focusing on your fitness!

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Finished in a blue colourway, this look is the ultimate training attire. Finish with a pair of Fierce trainers for a sleek style this summer dressed by Puma.

P.S Don’t forget to enter our completion to dress like Kylie Jenner on Twitter!

Good Luck!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.
  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who re-tweets our competition post on Twitter.
  3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight 7th May 2016.
  4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.
  5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 07.05.16. Prize: 1 pair of tights and 1 top or bra from the Kylie Jenner range stocked at Very.co.uk per winner (2 in total). There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.
  7. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.
  8. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.
  9. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328
  10. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household

Capture your creativity at Very!

Capture every special moment with the perfect camera for you. From socialising with friends to exploring new, exciting places – visit our top picks at our Camera Event.

We’ll give you a sneak preview into our favourite cameras this year!

For the socialisers

The Canon IXUS 285 is ultra slim, stylish and easy to carry with you wherever you go. This camera is perfect for days out with friends.

Using the Wi-Fi, you can shoot and share all your images with your friends online. Plus, you can experiment with the creative shot mode which analyses the scene and creates 5 unique images to find the best one for you.

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For the adventurers

The Canon EOS M3 is lightweight, compact and delivers outstanding image quality. This camera is great for those who love to explore the scenery.

Take high speed shots at the touch of a button, and shoot in HD video to remember special every moment. We also have a great top tip for you – use the wheel dial to find the perfect setting for any photo!

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For the photographers

The Canon 750D gives you professional results and lets you explore your creative side. This camera is designed for those looking to take their photography to a whole new level.

With 24.2-megapixels, you can capture vivid, high-resolution images wherever you are. It is packed with the latest technology, a moveable screen and you can record full HD moves!

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Visit the Camera Event now to find the perfect camera for your adventures!

BLOGGERS CORNER

We chat to the coolest parent bloggers around to get their top tips and picks!

Name: Natalie Wong
Children: Gabriella, four, and Lucia, 23 months
Blog: mummygorgeous.com

What do your two girls love to wear?
I always get them involved when shopping, so we don’t have unworn or hated outfits. Gabriella likes dresses and skirts as much as leggings, chunky knits and t-shirts. Lucia is another story. She’s at that age where she doesn’t like wearing any clothes!

Which kids’ pieces are a must for Spring?
A raincoat, a nice shirtdress, a gilet and wellies. I blame Peppa Pig for the number of shoes and boots ruined by jumping in muddy puddles!

You’re so glamorous. Does that side trickle down to your girls?
Am I? Thank you. I don’t feel quite so glamorous these days. I try, though! I think it has an effect. I’m sure most little girls look at their mummy and like to mimic their style.

Are they into fashion?
Gabriella is. She likes to look nice and has an eye for clothes.

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River Island Girls Denim playsuit, 7437H, £18, Hunter Original Junior Wellingtons, 2CEEX, from £32, Name It Long Sleeve Stripe Dress, 6T7EX, £30, French Connection Marble Structured Dress, 6NYPY, from £48

What else do they like?
Both girls are so into arts and crafts. They enjoy drawing and painting. Gabriella’s quite a tomboy. She’s a fan of Paw Patrol. Lucia is obsessed with Peppa Pig. She’s more girlie.

Where do you look for fashion inspiration?
I’m a traditionalist and love a magazine that I can flick through. I like to peoplewatch too. I’m completely inspired by my fellow ‘Notting Hillers’. Anything goes here!

What can’t you live without as a mum?
A bag that’s big enough for snacks, toys, paper, pens, my iPhone and a camera. I love to capture simple moments.

What about your style?
I like a neutral palette: black, grey, nude, blush and white. If I’ve had a sleepless night, it’s not too difficult to decide what to put on!

Has your look changed since becoming a mum?
I dress for comfort now. I run around with my girls in the park, so the active-wear trend is great. I like getting dressed up from time to time, though.

How do you spend your time as a family?
Hyde Park is like our second home. My daughters love afternoon tea. I think it’s the pretty cakes and sandwiches that keep them entertained.

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Mini fashionista Gabriella and her little sister Lucia.

 

 

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Interiors blogger Amanda Cottingham writes at theanamumdiary.co.uk and is a self confessed lover of all things quirky. Amanda, who has more than 250,000 followers on Pinterest, can spot a good textile from a hundred paces and has a keen eye for detail.

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“My biggest interiors tip is that if you love it, go for it. Yes, you can go with current trends, but I think homes should be filled with your personality. If you love something – whether it’s a style or a particular piece – start with that and work your room around it.”

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“Because I travel quite a lot, I chose a console table with a display shelf that I keep travel memories on. It holds things like Tanzania shillings and a spaghetti charm from Florence. I’m also a little obsessed with photography and cameras, so I keep those there too.”

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“My office is at the far end of the living room. It was important that the style was integrated into the space. I decided to surround myself with my collection of magazines and vintage bits and bobs.”

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“My favourite room is the smallest in the house: the en suite. It’s light, bright and a reflection of my eclectic interiors style. I love the floor tiles, which I was told wouldn’t work. I’m so glad I pushed for them because they make the room.”

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This metallic pineapple pot has a fun design that would work really well in an eclectic home. Fearne Cotton Home Pineapple Pot, 6UGAW, £25.

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“I’m a bit like a magpie, collecting different things that catch my eye. I’m a fan of colour and metallics. The only looks I can’t embrace are minimalism and monochrome.”

 

Calm your living spaCe

Turn a busy living area into a Zen-like sanctuary with cool colour palettes and classic prints.

Arguably one of the most-used rooms in the house, it’s easy for the living room to become cluttered and busy. This is exactly what you don’t need when you’re trying to create a calming sanctuary to relax in after a long day.

The quickest way to take your living room from chaos to calm is to rethink your colour scheme. Opt for pale blues, greys and creams as your base palette, keeping patterns subtle and classic. Textiles are vital for a sense of cosy luxury, but avoid too many throws or cushions as they can end up being yet more things to tidy.

Here are our six top tips for calming your living space…

600x600-numbers-1Accessorise your home with glassware and pretty floral arrangements for a grown-up, polished finish.

600x600-numbers-2A gallery of mirrors makes for a great feature and it’s a simple step to reflect more light around your room.

600x600-numbers-3Floor-length curtains in a subtle metallic shade adds a sense of understated elegance.

600x600-numbers-4Create interest with mixed textured textiles in metallic and floral prints, but opt for neutral shades to keep the overall look relaxing.

600x600-numbers-5Choose furniture with a white or natural base for a feeling of laid back order. Pick a few matching pieces for a classic look.

600x600-numbers-6Contrast your pale base colour palette with furniture in a dark lacquered finish to bring edge without compromising on the calming atmosphere.

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Graham & brown Classic Orchard Canvas, 4JQMT,  £25 Ritz Two Door, Three Drawer Sideboard With Mirrors, 6PNYU, £219* Edgeware Set Of five Mirrors, 6RXGN, £99 Luxury Soft Velour eyelet Curtains, 6EF9J, from £59 Pembroke Two Seater Sofa, 6T4NT, £499* Luxury Soft Velour Cushion, 669K9, £12 Pembroke Wool Rug, 6XYEA, from £79 Valentina Table Lamp, 6CER7, from £59 Ritz Lamp Table, 6PNYR, £99

Inspired by what you’ve seen? Check out Very Home here;  http://www.very.co.uk/home-garden/e/b/12981.end

WIN tickets to ladies day with lambrini

Here at VeryHQ, we love nothing more than treating ourselves to a gorgeous new dress, a super glam fascinator and a pair of amazing shoes. So obviously, Ladies Day at Aintree Races is our idea of a fabulous time!

That’s why, together with Lambrini, we’re giving you the chance to win an amazing Ladies Day prize! Not only will you be off to Ladies Day at Aintree on Friday 8th of April, but you’ll also be the best dressed there as you and three friends will have up to £500 to spend on outfits for the day from Very.co.uk.

Maybe you’ll pick a super glam dress from our V By Very range, or what about some pretty floral prints from Ted Baker? Don’t forget to finish the look with some statement accessories too.

To be in with a chance of winning, look out for our Ladies Day tweet on @VeryNetwork on Friday 1st of April.

Good luck!

How to enter:

Followers of the Very.co.uk Twitter feed can enter a prize draw in which one winner will be selected from all valid entries and will receive four Tattersalls tickets to Ladies’ Day at The Crabbie’s Grand National Festival 2016 and x4 outfits to the value of £500. All prizes subject to availability. Tickets only valid on 8th April 2016.  No travel or disbursements included.

To enter, fans need to RT the promotional tweet and follow the @LambriniUK and @VeryNetwork Twitter handles.

By RTing and following, fans accept the listed terms and conditions.

The winner will have one day from being contacted to claim their prize.

Terms and Conditions:

1      Entrants to the free prize draw are bound by these terms and conditions.

2     One winner will be selected from all valid entries and will receive four Tattersalls tickets to Ladies’ Day at The Crabbie’s Grand National Festival 2016. The winner will also be eligable to select outfits for themselves and their 3 guests up to the value of £500 (value inclusive of all 4 event attendees). All prizes subject to availability. Tickets only valid on 8th April 2016. No travel or disbursements included.

3      Only residents in the UK aged 18 or over are eligible to enter. Entries are limited to one per person.

4      Employees of the Promoter or any business involved or associated with the prize draw, any of the Promoter’s agencies and any of their parent and/or affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to enter. The Promoter reserves the right to verify entrants’ eligibility.

5      Prize is non-refundable, non-transferable, non-changeable and no cash alternative will be given.

6      The Promoter reserves the right at its absolute discretion to substitute another prize of similar or greater value.

7      Entries will be accepted online at https://twitter.com/verynetwork. To enter, fans need to RT the promotional tweet and follow the @LambriniUK and @Verynetwork Twitter handles.

8      Entries must not contain material that: i) is inappropriate, offensive, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, derogatory or anything similar;ii) promotes irresponsible or excessive drinking; or iii) may promote bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or that may promote discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

9      The prize draw opens at 16:30 on 01/04/2016 and closes at midnight on 03/04/2016.

10   The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries submitted prior to and including 16:30 on 01/04/2016. The winner will be notified by a comment on their post within one day of the closing date and asked to contact the Promoter via a DM on Twitter. Proof of age may be required. The winner’s name and county will be available by sending a stamped SAE to the Promoter at the address below, within 3 months of the closing date, marked “Lambrini Ladies Day Ticket Giveaway.

11    The Promoter is not responsible for any lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified. No responsibility can be accepted for any technical failures of any kind, any entries incompletely or incorrectly completed any unauthorised intervention in any part of the entry process or any entries not received for whatever reason. Neither the Promoter nor any appointed agent will accept responsibility for any technical or other error, which may occur in the administration of the prize draw or the processing of entries.

12    In the event of any dispute regarding the prize draw, the decision of the Promoter is final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions.

13    Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party other than is absolutely necessary so as to fulfil the prize offered under this prize draw without the individual’s prior consent.

14    By entering this prize draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.

15    Any information submitted by you must be personal to and relate specifically to you. You hereby warrant that the information which you submit and/or distribute will not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or any other rights of any third party, and will not contain anything which is defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening.

16    The Promoter reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to remove and disqualify any entry that does not adhere to these terms and conditions.

17    The Promoter will take all reasonable steps to avoid causing undue disappointment to consumers but reserves the right to amend or withdraw this promotion where necessary if circumstances arise that are beyond its control.

18    Winner may be required to take part in any publicity accompanying or resulting from this prize draw. By entering this prize draw you hereby assign to the Promoter the complete copyright and all other intellectual property rights whatsoever in any promotional and advertising material and similar which arises out of or is in connection with this prize draw.

19    The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the operation of the prize draw or to be acting in violation of these terms and conditions or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person deliberately to undermine the legitimate operation of the prize draw may be a violation of criminal and civil law and, should such an attempt be made, the Promoter reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Promoter’s failure to enforce any of these terms and conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

20    Except where prohibited, entrants agree that: (1) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this prize draw, but in no event legal fees; and (2) under no circumstances will entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrants hereby waive all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages otherwise increased. Subject to clause 22, and subject to any liability arising as a result of its fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, the Promoter’s liability for claims related to this promotion is limited to a maximum of three thousand pounds.

21    To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not liable for any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, from any entrant’s participation in the prize draw or from any prize.

22    All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the parties hereby agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

23    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You are providing your information to the Promoter and not to Twitter.  Entrants agree that Twitter shall have no liability in respect of this draw.

24    The Promoter is  Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328 All communication regarding this promotion should be forwarded in writing to the above address.

Smells like Team Spirit

Struggle to motivate yourself to exercise? Here’s why team sports might just be the fitness friend you need in your life…

When it’s cold and dark outside, it’s easy to see why the sofa is likely to win over the gym, especially if you’re the kind of person who needs somebody to push you with your fitness. That’s where team sports come in, the theory being that you’re less likely to bail on a session if you feel like you’re letting other people down. And it’s a double win, as not only will they help you stay in shape but also you may make some new mates along the way. Here are five of our favourite ways to combine fun, friends and fitness. so, what are you waiting for?

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Where to play Increasing in popularity thanks in part to the success of the England women’s football team, you can take your pick from an 11-a-side or a five-a-side team. Why it works playing regularly can help to protect against problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. A typical match burns a whopping 1,100-1,200 calories. What women say “I first started playing football with my dad in the yard when I was about four,” says England women’s captain Steph Houghton. “then I’d play in the street with my friends, and basically just be kicking a ball against a wall whenever I could. I’ve loved football ever since. Team sports are useful in terms of getting and staying fit because you’ve got all your teammates there to push you on when you’re feeling tired and encourage you to be the best you can be. I’ve made lifelong friends from the game and I’ll be forever grateful for that.” More information The FA’s website can help you find your nearest club. Visit thefa.com/play-football

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Where to play A non-contact version of regular rugby, Touch Rugby League can be played in both mixed or single-sex teams – but don’t worry, tackling isn’t allowed so it’s not as rough as regular rugger! Why it works Playing a few times a week, along with the warm-up exercises, offers brilliant physical training. A 40-minute fixture covers about 3km, including sprinting distances of up to 30m. On average, players work at 80 per cent of their maximum heart rate, building muscle tone and burning up to 610 calories per hour. It provides a great HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout, which burns fat and increases your metabolism. What women say “I wanted to play some sort of sport and I liked how easy it was to sign up and be put in a team. All I had to do was turn up. It’s a fantastic way to get to know people,” says O2 Touch player Jay Chou-Lee. More information Go online to fnd teams near you. Visit in2touch.com or playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk

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Where to play Played both indoors and outdoors, the aim of the game is to throw balls at the opposing team to eliminate them from play. With over 150,000 people playing on a weekly basis, there isn’t a shortage of clubs. Why it works A one-hour session can burn around 350 calories (that’s if you stay on the court without getting hit the whole way through!). All the dodging and throwing makes for a great cardio workout too. It’s great for strength, flexibility and is also a great stress reliever. What women say “I’ve loved dodgeball since I frst played it seven years ago! I love the way it’s an inclusive sport and caters for all people from both sporting and non-sporting backgrounds who are looking to play seriously or just for fun,” says Steph White, Scotland Highlanders’ women’s coach. “I think the people make the sport and the friendships I’ve made mean I enjoy playing and competing even more.” More information Visit ukdba.org

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Where to play You can find a basketball court in most local leisure centres, so it’s ideal for those who prefer to exercise indoors when the weather isn’t great. Why it works Whether you’re on the attack or in defence, you’ll be jogging up and down a 94ft long court and you’ll burn on average around 584 calories per hour. Basketball is an excellent full-body workout and helps develop useful, lean muscles. What women say “It can stretch your mind with the technical IQ required as you always look to develop your skills, fitness and athleticism. One of the biggest elements in success is finding chemistry with your teammates. The collective effect of that can be inspiring and hugely enjoyable,” says Stef Collins, a basketball legend and the most capped basketball player in Great Britain’s history. More information For your nearest team, email ofce@basketballgb.com

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Where to play A full-contact sport, it’s a cross between rugby and running a race except everyone is on roller skates and there’s no ball! Why it works It’s a great cardio workout and is good for your strength, balance and endurance. You can burn 450 calories during a 30-minute roller derby game. What women say “Roller derby is a great way to get fit and be a part of a team,” says Katy Gordon, vice chair of the UKRDA. “It is a real mix of endurance, agility and strength training and is one of the most effective all-round sports for exercise. Most clubs don’t expect you to have any skating experience because full training is provided. And as it’s a sport that started as female-only, there’s a real feeling of empowerment for women, particularly those who fell away from traditional sports as teenagers.” More information You need to join a league to take part. Visit ukrda.org.uk

WIN with our Baby & Toddler Event

 

Whether you’re excited at expecting your first or going through the terrible twos, the Baby and Toddler event at Very has everything you need to help you feel like Super-Mum every day. We’ve got you covered – from decorating your Nursery and speedy feeds to travelling in style, and with up to 30% off! Read on for a chance to WIN a fabulous bundle from Mamas & Papas, Tommee Tippee and Quinny that will spoil your little one (and make life a little easier for you too!).B&T final

Give your little one’s bedroom a complete makeover with the classic Mamas & Papas Haxby Furniture range, with it’s traditional oak design. The cot bed is ideal for new-borns up to children aged 4 with an adjustable bed base and 3 height positions. It even features teething rails to protect their little gums! The wardrobe and practical 2-in-1 dresser are beautiful additions to complete the look and will grow with your baby – to ensure your child sleeps in style for years to come!

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Make a bold statement this Spring with this stylish Quinny Moodd Pushchair in special edition Grey. Suitable from birth to around 3.5 years, this stroller comes with a colour matching baby nest designed for your newborn’s comfort, as well as a large, coordinating shopping basket that’s perfect for storing all those bits and bobs. At a touch of a button, this stroller folds up like a dream too, so no more buggy-battling in the car park!

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When baby arrives there’s so much to do and to think about and with so many things to juggle, anything that makes life easier is a blessing to a new and busy Mum! The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep™ machine makes a fresh bottle at just the right serving temperature in less than 2 minutes. Specially designed to make preparing formula bottles quicker and more accurate, Perfect Prep™ will give you the extra peace of mind that comes from knowing Baby’s bottle will be perfect every time.

For your chance to win this amazing prize for your precious bundle, just let us know what your number one essential item is as a Mum – the product you couldn’t live without that makes your life so much easier!

Terms & Conditions

  1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.
  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment stating their essential ‘baby and toddler’ product.
  3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midday 12th April 2016.
  4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. The draw will be made by the social team from all valid entries after midday on 12th April 2016.
  5. There will be one winner who will win all three prizes.
  6. There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.
  7. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.
  8. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.
  9. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328
  10. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household.

 

Nike Air Max Day: The Best Air Max Moments

It’s a double celebration at the weekend, as March 26th isn’t only the day before Easter (yay!) but also Nike Air Max Day – a celebration of 29 years of Air Max. From the first Air Max 1 pair in 1987 that introduced ‘visible air’ to the world, to the ground-breaking Air Max 90 (Infrared) in 1990 and moving us into a new chapter with the Air Max Flyknit in 2014, these shoes have certainly made their mark.

They’re hugely popular around the world – and have been a key fixture in our culture for nearly 30 years, appearing in some of our favourite movies, on the feet of well-known pop stars and even the US President! So grab your favourite pair and check out some of our favourite Air Max moments:

In pop music…

When Ella Eyre wore hers 90s sporty style…

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We loved when Ella wore her Nike Air Max with a sporty vibe and tumbling curls. The pop starlet is a huge fan of Air Max and is rumoured to have around 32 pairs – with even a couple of bespoke pairs with ‘Feline’ written on them.

When Rita Ora Instagrammed hers…

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Nike Air Max have been seen on a range of stars over the years, but in the last couple of years with the 90s trend hitting the catwalk, there has been real love for the more retro style of Air Max. Rita Ora even Instagrammed her obsession with the shoe – and is seen here performing in a metallic blue pair to complement her outfit!

In fashion…

When Vogue Williams wore hers street style…

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Putting a different spin on the sports shoe, we love the way Vogue teamed her Air Max with leather look leggings, a quilted shoulder bag and zebra print coat for a fashionable off-duty look.

When Sam Faiers showed off her abs in hers!

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When Sam showed off her amazing abs thanks to all her hard work down the gym, it wasn’t just her abs we were looking at… we couldn’t take our eyes off her striking Nike pink trainers! The Air Max beauties added a fun feel to her workout that even inspired us to want to get training too. If only we could look this glam while exercising!

In Politics (yes, really)…

When President Barack Obama wore his…

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US President Barack Obama has been spotted out and about in his Nike Air Max shoes on many occasions – he’s especially fond of an Elite II pair! And as a huge basketball fan he’s often seen shooting some hoops while in a pair.

In the Movies…

When Morgan Freeman wore a pair in Lean on Me

Lean on Me starring Morgan Freeman showed a pair of Air Max 1s – also known as Air Max 87s. The film is based loosely on the true events around an inner city high school principal, Joe Clark who made radical changes to save his school from being taken over. But Air Max provide a moment of light relief when Freeman’s character takes part in a skipping scene!

The first pair of Air Max that came from the original design by Tinker Hatfield, these Air Maxs were a cultural phenomenon.

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 When King Ralph wore them to the cricket…

When John Goodman strapped on a pair of Air Max 90s for the film King Ralph, he broke the rules of etiquette by wearing bright sneakers to a cricket match. But he definitely scored style points as this pair of Air Max is one of the most popular pairs of all time. Although he sports Air Jordan Vs on the poster for the film, it is the colourful Air Max 90s he wears throughout most of the film that came out in 1991, the year before the film was released.

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So there you have it – Nike Air Max have had a huge impact within fashion and culture, and basically just look pretty cool as well! So to get your pair, shop the Nike store on our website.

 

WIN THIS FABULOUSLY PINK LG WASHING MACHINE

Earlier this year, LG marked their 10th consecutive season as the official Garment Care supplier of LFW, taking their expart backstage garmet care team out to people’s doorsteps and providing emergency laundry care for anyone who’d had a fashion mishap. All you had to do was tweet @LGUK using the hashtag #saveourstyle – easy!

To celebrate this, we’ve partnered with LG to give one lucky person a fabulous ‘Very’ pink LG washing machine to keep their clothes like new.

To enter the prize draw simply tell us your laundry top tip within the comments box below, including your email address, and we’ll select one at random to win.  Here’s a one to get you started:

Did you know that if you wash your older clothes all together on a cold temperature, you’ll eliminate the rish of bleeding – genious!

GOOD LUCK!

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over who answers the online question and completes the online entry form. Closing date is midnight on the 25.04.16, only one entry per person.
  3. Employees of the Promoter (LG Electronics UK Ltd), Shop Direct companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering.
  4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.
  5. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries within 48 hours of the closing date.
  6. Prize: LG washing machine (model: FH4A8TDN4-P). Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  7. We will email the winner within 48 hours of the draw. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner at random from the remaining entries. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.
  8. Delivery of the prize to the winner will be within 4 weeks from the date delivery details are confirmed. The Promoter will not be responsible for failed delivery where the winner has provided incorrect or incomplete delivery information or is unavailable to receive delivery.
  9. By entering the draw, entrants agree that if they win their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of the prize winner. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.
  10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328.
  11. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts.

 

TREND WATCH rose gold

Brighten up your home with some bling 2016 style. A trend taken directly from the catwalk, rose gold is one of the big looks for interiors this spring. It’s a new take on classic gold and this year’s answer to 2015’s copper craze. Rose gold accessories work well in a kitchen featuring a white background or introduced as an accent colour against inky blues and greys for a moody look in the bedroom.

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Samsung 23 Litre Grill Microwave, 46PQA, £119.99 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £12.99* Dualit 47450 Classic Toaster, 6KHHA, £199* 2 years extra service guarantee, £22.99* Le’Xpress Mirror Polished Espresso Maker, 6MPTR, £49 DeLonghi Distinta Filter Coffee Maker, 6KLGU, £99 2 years extra replacement guarantee, £12.99*

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Create a chic look in your bedroom with scatter cushions on your bed. This metallic design is a great way to instantly update your abode.

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For some decadence, pop this scented candle and its beautiful jar on your bedside table.

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Turn your lighting into a talking point with this ornate lamp. Place near a mirror to ramp up that sparkle factor.

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Wall art is an easy way to add rose gold into a space. A piece of art can bring out accents in your space without going full-on Midas.

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Mirrors make good investment pieces when it comes to interiors. this design is both classic and contemporary.

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Tech guru Julia Hardy shows us what’s on her radar this month..

This year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas went extra tech-crazy and we saw more and more ‘normal’ items become technified. That’s ace in my opinion. Smart gadgets have got super smart now.

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HAIR WE GO
How about something to make your locks longer? The igrow is a rather unsexy bike helmet that uses lasers and LED to promote hair growth. Apparently it does work, just maybe wear it inside the house…

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NAIL IT
Are you a totally mani-obsessed kinda girl? Sick of people having tips that look a bit like yours? The Inail (pronounced “I nail”) is basically a printer for your talons. After picking a design (you can send it photos too), you stick your hand in and then it prints onto your nails. No more anger-inducing design-related accidents. It’s perfect every time.

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FANCY FRIDGE
Take a look at this Samsung Smart Fridge. The huge screen on the front is about to become the hub to your family life. It merges the household’s calendars and takes and sends photos of its contents to your smartphone (that’s really useful when you pop into the supermarket and aren’t sure what you need). It acts like a normal tablet too, so you can stream movies and music and even watch cooking videos. It really is a very clever bit of tech.

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PET CENTRAL
Is being away from your pet all day just too much? Then, you need Petcube. Not only is it a video camera, so you can see what your pampered pet is up to while you’re away, but there’s also a two-way microphone, which means you can hear them and they can hear you. And, it has a laser pointer in it, allowing you to play with your cat when you’re on a lunch break. Petcube acts as home security too as it uses motion sensors to alert you and record video when you are out of the house.

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BUTTON UP
Ever imagined having something great happen at the touch of a button? While a man delivering Bourbon biscuits in hot pants is probably not on the cards, we have found something that makes a whole host of other good stuff just a click away. This is Flic, a button you can assign to do up to three different tasks. Perhaps you want to order a pizza, send an alert if you need help or get a fake call to rescue you from that appalling date? You can program it to do pretty much anything.

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Imspired to get techy? Check out our amazing range of electricals, http://www.very.co.uk/electricals/e/b/4739.end

 

Win the new ASICS FuzeX range!

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Work out in style with the new ASICS FuzeX range! ASICS are giving one lucky Very shopper the chance to win the outfit.

As we slowly step into Spring and Summer, it’s time to step outside and get running again. Not only is the ASICS FuzeX range lightweight and perfect for exercising, the vibrant patterns and stylish trainers will ensure you look amazing doing so! Bring running back to its essence and ensure you do it in style.

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This FuzeX packable printed jacket makes sure the weather never gets in the way of your workout! The adjustable hood and lower hems are a must for outdoor sessions, while the all over print lends your kit loads of look-at-me appeal.

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Bring a bold pop of colour to your new season gear with this Fuze X tank top by ASICS, perfect for intense cardio classes and relaxing yoga sessions. With a sleeveless design that’s great for layering and a cool turquoise hue to perk up your kit, this tank is ticking all the right boxes for us!

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These FuzeX printed tights are just the ticket for girls who like to go bold, even when they’re taking on the treadmill! The wide waistband is a must for training to keep you covered as you bend and flex, while the moisture wicking fabric keeps you cool, dry and confident when you up your game.

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The FuzeX and FuzeX Lyte provide comfort and hit the go bold sportswear trend this season! Get a shoe that’s lightweight but comes with high levels of protection and cushioning. Pair with ASICS printed leggings for the ultimate look.

Win this ASICS outfit, including the jacket, top, bottoms and one pair of FuzeX trainers! How? Just comment below and answer the question; what gets you motivated to work out?

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.
  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment answering the question.
  3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight (08.03.2016).
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Single white female

Rebel Wilson is starring in hilarious new film how to Be Single. We caught up with Australia’s shining star of the moment.

After trying to make it in her native Australia, comedian, actress, writer and producer
Rebel Wilson had her sights set on Hollywood. Fortunately, it was a welcoming place for the 35 year old and her career has grown from strength to strength…

Was it tough moving to Hollywood?
It was incredibly tough, but I was fortunate enough to be mentored by some amazing people. One of the first women who was really nice to me in Hollywood was Amy Poehler. When I first came to America, I was no one, yet she agreed to meet me at Chateau Marmont and give me advice.

What did she say?
Basically, that you have to generate your own content. You can be funny all you want, but you’ll get to a point where if you want the right roles, you have to write them and develop them yourself. It was great advice. Luckily, I have the skill set to do it, but it was good to hear something like that straight of the bat. You can get lucky sometimes with roles, but usually you have to write them yourself, otherwise you’ll end up playing the sister or the ‘funny friend’ all the time.

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Do you get approached by young actresses wanting guidance?
Not a lot. I don’t think they have my phone number! Australian Theatre For young people, where I studied, occasionally put me in touch with people that they think have the goods. There are plenty of people who want to be actors, so they only put me in touch with the ones they think have more promise.

What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring actors?
I always advise people to get a good education. I have many young, teenage fans in high school and I always tell them to study really hard. Not everyone is academic, but there should be something that you like at school – sports, music, art. Work hard in that and do your best. The entertainment industry is a very uncertain, risky career path and, realistically, the likelihood of making a full career out of it is small. So, if you have a good education, then you always have something else to fall back on.

What would you fall back on?
I have a law degree. I don’t think I’ll ever need to go to plan b, but it’s a useful one to have!

When did you know you wanted to be an actress?
I think around high school. I was very shy in high school, but I had a fantastic teacher who saw my potential and encouraged me to enter a performing arts tournament. It made me totally come out of my shell and realise I love performing. then, I became obsessed with watching Oprah Winfrey and she inspired me too.

How did your cameo in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie come about?
I’m a huge Absolutely Fabulous fan. Jennifer Saunders was one of the
first women I saw on screen writing and performing her own material. I got the chance to meet her last year in London and I cried when I met her! She’s every bit as amazing as I thought. Then, Matt Lucas actually told me Jennifer Saunders was writing an Ab Fab movie. He knew I was such a big fan of hers and gave me her email address.
I emailed her and said: “If you need me for anything, I’ll be there,” and she cashed that in about six months later. she said: “We’re going to be shooting around November [2015] and would love to have you come on for a day and do some funny stuff.” It was so fun. The show is so iconic in the UK and to work with Jennifer and Joanna [Lumley] was incredible.

Who are your close friends in the industry?
My closest mates aren’t actually in the industry. my best friend, Nick, just moved to London. in the industry, though, i’d have to say Anna Kendrick, my mate from Pitch Perfect. She’s such a great actress and does such diverse work. It’s been great to pair up with her in what has become a big franchise.

  •   You can see Rebel in How To Be Single from 19 February