The Very Spooky Guide to Halloween

Need some inspiration for Halloween? Then look no further – we’ve got it covered, from unusual scary places to go, to ghouslishly good recipes, chillingly good activities and costumes to die for!

Spooky places to go:

Fright Nights, Thorpe Park
7-9, 14-16, 21-31 October
Fancy finding your way out of a live action horror maze or taking a ride in the dark? If so, this is the experience for you. Prices start at £26.99 per person, visit for info.

Frightmare Festival
8, 14, 15, 21-31 October
If you’re in or around Gloucester, why not check out the family friendly attractions and more spooky shenanigans here. From £14 per person, visit

Halloween Evening at Hoghton Tower
31 October
Definitely something a bit different, this torchlight walk and witch trial is based in Lancashire. You’ll also get a meal and mulled wine, all for £41.68 per person. See

Virgin Zombie Survival Experience
6NLGA, £99.99
This experience is now available at Very here – if you’d enjoy being chased by zombies, completing tasks and planning in order to win the ultimate survival game, head to Heywood and Kidderminster.

Bodelwyddan Castle and Park
22 Oct – 5 Nov
If you fancy a spot of ghost hunting, enjoy a guided tour in North Wales for £42.69 per person. Head over to

Celebrity inspired costumes:

Scary like Kim:
If you’d rather opt for a traditional, spooky costume, however, do it like Kim Kardashian and opt for an old favourite like a skeleton or witch.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock (4230584f) Kim Kardashian Kim Kardashian out and about on Halloween, Los Angeles, America - 31 Oct 2014 Kim Kardashian once again outdoes herself on Halloween. Costume one is a skeleton and costume two she is dressed as Editor in Chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour. Little North as Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley. Kim`s makeup artist Joyce Bonelli was dressed as Grace Coddington, Creative Director of Vogue, and Joyce`s son as a mini Karl Lagerfeld.

New like Holly:
If you want to bring something fresh and different this Halloween, how about doing it like Holly Willoughby and going with a new character, like this awesome Suicide Squad outfit?

Girly like Paris:
If you prefer to keep your Halloween costumes on the cute side, then take inspiration from Paris and go with a cartoon character or fairytale spin on your outfit.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock (4221254b) Paris Hilton Casamigos Annual Halloween Party, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, America - 24 Oct 2014 Casamigos Tequila Halloween Party - Celebrity Sightings

Retro like Laura:
If, like us, you’re swept by by Strictly fever at the moment – or you love a vintage flavour – then why not channel flapper style with your Halloween outfit?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5848946ce) Laura Whitmore 'Strictly Come Dancing' launch, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, UK - 30 Aug 2016

Check out our fancy dress section for even more costume ideas for the perfect Halloween outfit this year!

Quirky finger food:

Mummy hotdogs:
Quick and easy to make, these fun hotdogs will look extra cute on your food table – all you need is a tin of hotdogs and some roll out dough. Cut the dough into strips and wrap them around your sausages – leaving about 1/2 inch for the faces – then whisk together 1 egg and a tablespoon of water and brush over the dough. Pop in the oven for 10-15 mins or until golden, and pop some mustard on with a toothpick for the eyes!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Food and Drink/REX/Shutterstock (3690359a) Wrapped frankfurter sausages Food and Drink 

Ex-scream-ly good decorations:

Make sure you stand out from the crowd with your decorations and set a suitably spooktacular scene, from cardboard cut-outs to pop-ups and flying witches.


How are you spending Halloween?

Blogger Gymbunnymummy tells us her family’s plans:

“Our little man has Autism so Halloween can be really scary for him, more so because of his sensory & developmental issues rather than the ghosts & ghouls, but you still want it to be a fun occasion even if you don’t do the ‘traditional’ Trick or Treating.

Instead of heading out on Halloween we stay in and have a little family get together, having fun making our own treats. One of the boys favourite things is a Halloween cake dripping with edible blood, and I have the easiest recipe for you to make your own edible blood using on two ingredients. Simply mix a little red gel food colouring into some golden syrup! Easy or what?”

Read more about Toni over at her blog 


We think it’s pretty impressive – tell us in the comments below if you’ve got any good Halloween tips or ideas. And have a fantastically frightful time!


Whatever the Adventure

Whether it’s taking the kids to school, a weekend city break or a long country walk, you want to stay warm and dry…and stylish of course!

Here at we have combined a selection of the most premium outdoor brands; Berghaus, Regatta, Trespass, Jack Wolfskin, Merrell and The North Face to bring you styles that you can wear every day, out and about and for the times when you fancy your next adventure.

If you are wanting that luxe look then check out these padded jackets, perfect for keeping you extra warm and stylish. Short or long length, a metallic finish or sophisticated darker shades, we have the jacket for you.

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The North Face Thermoball Jacket,  Berghaus Scafell Hydrodown Jacket

Had a more casual jacket in mind? Look no further, we have some classic styles with adjustable faux fur trim hoods and Sherpa lined interior that are wind and waterproof.

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Regatta Brodiaea JacketTrespass Clea Parka Jacket

And of course we can’t forget shoes! Check out the Merrel Moab GTX. They are waterproof and have a cushion heel for stability and comfort. The contrast hot pink design will make you stand out on the streets or up a hill in the middle of nowhere.


So, whatever the adventure, no matter how big or small, we have a range of the most premium outdoor brands with products that have both style and substance.

Blogger’s Corner

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

Name: Zoë de Pass
Children: Son, aged 4, and daughter, aged 2

How do you love to dress your kids?
It makes me happy to see my daughter in a cool dress with a fun print on it, especially when she lets me put some shoes on her that aren’t her bright pink Crocs! I love my son to wear colourful trousers and soft tops.

V by Very embroidered badges shift dress, KDVJX, from £14, Mini V by Very Feed Me Printed t-shirt, 9EGNR, from £6.


Marvel Avengers Pyjamas set, CMXMX, from £16 (three pack), Ladybird Metallic spot dress, 9QR4H, from £12

Do they have their own individual styles?
Yes, but I guess it is an extension of my style and how I would like to dress if I could!

How would you describe it?
Colourful, fun, bright, relaxed and cool.

What do the kids want to dress in?
My son loves wearing his Spider-Man costume and my daughter loves clothes with pockets – I think it makes her feel grown up to walk along with her hands in them.

How do you accessorise?
Bandanas are good. I quite often tie one around my daughter’s neck. It looks cute and doubles up as a bib.

How do you dress them for the British weather?
I always have a big bag with a spare set of clothes for each child, a mac and a jumper. I rarely need it, but the day I don’t bring it will be the day I do!

What clothes make you feel amazing?
For me, fashion should be flattering, comfortable and fun. I believe a good outfit can make for a better day, so I rarely go for the ‘safe’ option.

How do you style up basic pieces?
I like to mix and match in unpredictable ways like styling a Breton top with a gold skirt and pink shoes.

Give us a fast, fashionable outfit for the school run…
Dungarees and jumpsuits are great as they are a whole outfit in one. They are so easy to style and always look cool.

Tell us about your blog…
I started it to change misconceptions that mums can’t dress, to share breastfeeding friendly outfits with other mums and to challenge myself to wear good outfits while on maternity leave!


10 Reasons Why We Love Bridget Jones Baby (No Spoilers!)

Okay, the main reason is because WE CORRECTLY PREDICTED BRIDGET’S BABY NAME!

Check out our infographic we created before the film’s release, when we had a stab at imagining what he/ she might be called. And we got it right!

Even if you haven’t seen the film yet, don’t worry there’s no spoilers. And in the meantime, here are some other reasons why we love the latest film…

1. She’s an expert lip syncer
She might not be blessed with Beyonce’s voice, but she sure can lip sync to a power ballad – and now rap!
2. She never gives up
No matter what life throws at her, she gets back up. And this time she’s doing it with a KILLER wardrobe.
3. She’s got the craziest bunch of friends
All totally different but united in being by Bridget’s side through thick and thin. And we love her new work bestie!
4. She’s still a big pants and pyjamas-and-wine type of girl
PJs and a glass of white, with your fave playlist on: Bridge recognises nights in are the new nights out.
5. She’s still inappropriately dressed
Turning up to a garden party as a Playboy bunny? Check. Running down the street in your knickers? Check. And now? Just a smile and an apron. Oops.
6. She still has no filter
That thing that’s in your head that you always try not to say? Yep, she’ll still say it.
7. She gives herself goals
She loves a good ‘to do’ list. One of her best qualities has to be that she never settles – she’s always working on improving herself.
8. She sees the good in everyone
Even when that voice deep inside was screaming Daniel Cleaver is a wrongun – or now that her mum is running a bonkers political campaign – she sees their good qualities.
9. She still follows her heart
Despite heartbreak, she’s still hopeful of finding running-down-the-street-in-your-knickers type love again.
10. She muddles through life, and that’s okay
Bridget shows it’s okay not to have life sussed out. Just enjoy the ride – or the festival! – and everything will work itself out in the end.

Meet Mya & Jack, our Very own Toy Team

Have you met Mya & Jack our Toy Team at Very? Head over to their page now and find out what they have to say about this seasons top toys at Very. They have been super busy trying out every toy and they are here to reveal all to help you find the perfect toy for your little one. Find out below a snapshot of what they had to say about some of the toy’s they tested.

The first toy to be reviewed was the Barbie Ultimate Puppy Mobile. Mya checked this one out and her favourite thing was how it easily transformed from a vehicle into a puppy playground for all the puppies to play in. The tropical details are really cute, but not as cute as the puppies! She couldn’t wait to grab her Barbie doll and set off on her adventures in the puppy mobile.


The Meccano 25 model set was right up Jack’s street. With 25 different models and 260+ metal parts to create and build, it kept him entertained for hours. He liked how fast the motor was so he could watch his model move forwards and backwards across the floor.


The next toy that Mya tested out was the Leapfrog Leapstart Interactive Learning System. Mya found learning with Leapfrog so fun as it was packed with so many different features. She thought it would be perfect for younger children looking to learn all about school and life skills. The system works with lots of different activity books so Mya never got bored.


The final toy we are talking you through that the toy team loved is the Playdoh town 3 in 1 town centre. Mya got really creative in the 3 different places she could play. She loved building different playdoh adventures in the florist, restaurant and mechanic shop. So much fun and so much playdoh!


To check out all the other reviews of the top toys from the Toy Team then head over to their page now and explore lots more from big toy brands like Fisher Price, Kinetic Sand, My Little Pony, Hot Wheels, Thomas and friends and Bob the Builder.

V by Very Designer on the Journey of Your Clothes

It’s a dream job for many: travelling through time zones for cultural inspiration, gaining the first glimpse of new-season silhouettes and fabrics, and scouring markets for one-off finds. V by Very Designer Holly Clare is living that dream – I caught up with her to discover where she finds inspiration, how she got into fashion design and how your clothes go from first sketch to final stitch…

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Holly Clare designing for V by Very


First of all, where do you get your design inspiration from?

We find inspiration from loads of sources; vintage markets, global shopping, runways, magazines, popular culture, celebrity culture…

How long roughly does it take to design an item?

Roughly, it takes eight months from trend concept to delivery. However, we are working hard to react faster and smarter, so in some areas we can go from sketch to delivery in six weeks.

What steps are involved in designing a product?

We begin by researching current trends within the market place and then start creating mood boards, looking at suitable colour palettes based on our findings. Next, we shop the trend boards, visit vintage markets to discover key shapes and prints and we take trips to overseas cities of interest for inspiration.

Once we have a firm idea of what we’re aiming for, we sketch out the item and include swatches of fabric, before visiting our fabrics in FE to ensure the design interpretation is correct. Once we receive the sample, we get approval from the heads of our department and then the product goes online for the customer to buy.

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How did you get into fashion design?

I’ve always had a keen interest in fashion. With a love for shopping and creating my own individual look at school, this led me into a fashion design course and it all went from there really.

What’s the best bit about your job?

Creating a garment that loads of people purchase and then seeing it worn in ‘real life’. Travel is an amazing buzz too!

The advert below is packed with new-season inspiration and you can shop the label here. 

By Laura Taylor, Fashion Writer for Very

Ice Ice Baby

Had enough of fighting over sunloungers and queuing at the all-inclusive buffet?
We go on an adventure break to southern Iceland for a holiday with a difference…

Iceland’s scenery is so dramatic and unspoilt that it almost feels like the beginning of a new world. You’ll find mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and volcanoes as well as its legendary hot springs and locals who come with bags full of stories and folklore tales. Sitting between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, it is the land of ice, fire, vikings, trolls and elves. With a small population of just over 300,000, it’s the perfect place to take a break away from the madding crowd.


We base ourselves about an hour’s drive from the capital, Reykjavik, at Hotel Rangá (, a gorgeous alpine lodge. Nestled in southern Iceland’s picturesque countryside, the panoramic scenery also comes with the added advantage of its close proximity to several of Iceland’s renowned must-visit attractions, including the black sand beaches, volcanoes and lagoons. As we go to check in, a giant (stuffed!) polar bear is waiting to greet us in the reception. It instantly sets the tone of this quirky, relaxed hotel which has a Nordic-style luxury log cabin vibe. Be sure to make use of the hot tubs outside as nothing beats stargazing in the fresh Icelandic cool air while lounging in hot thermal water. Many visitors choose to stay here for its rural location, far from light pollution, which makes it the ideal place to view the Northern Lights. If you’re around while they’re active, the hotel even provides warm clothes to make your experience one in a million.

The best way to explore Iceland is from the comfort of an SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle). These 4x4s can cover all terrain in all weathers and the experience feels like Bear Grylls meets the Kardashians as you zoom over rocky ground and past volcanoes in complete comfort – think heated leather seats and tinted windows. The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route. We take a private tour with South Coast Adventure (, which provides a knowledgeable local guide who takes us to southern Iceland’s most famous sights, including Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir Strokkur. We get to walk through the rift valley, which marks the division between the North American and European tectonic plates. Being so close to the earth’s tectonic activity is a truly awesome and grounding experience. We also visit Þingvellir National Park, home of Iceland’s first parliament, the AlþingI, as well as the original location for ancient winter pagan festivals, public executions in the ‘drowning pool’ and where Iceland’s cultural heritage and national identity were first formed. While there, stand on the bridge over Peningagjá (The Money Chasm), drop a silver coin into the crystal clear spring water and make a wish. Legend has it that if your eyes follow your coin right down to the bottom, your wish will come true. For a taste of adventure, head to Midgard Adventure tours ( for trips to the foot of Eyjafjallajökull. Sound familiar? This volcano’s eruption in 2010 caused a gigantic grey ash cloud that caused major travel chaos, with 20 countries closing their airspace to commercial flights, affecting over 10 million travellers.


As an active volcanic island, Iceland’s incredible landscape is ever evolving, and in fact increasing in land mass too. after the 2010 eruption, the island Dyrhólaey became connected to the mainland and the black beaches (made of cooled lava granules) were formed. standing on the black polished pebble beach at Reynisfjara and staring out to the ice blue powerful atlantic will make you feel like you’re really at one with nature. On the tour, you’ll climb the skógafoss waterfall, as well as having the chance to walk (or dance) behind the seljalandsfoss waterfall (where Justin Bieber filmed the music video for I’ll Show You). The day ends with an adrenaline pumping snowmobiling trip, which finishes with you standing on the glacier above the Katla volcano. After a full day of touring, you’ll have worked up quite an appetite. For traditional Icelandic fare, the gourmet restaurant at hotel Rangá is an exceptional treat. It uses fresh seasonal ingredients and fuses Nordic cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The restaurant offers panoramic views across the east Rangá river which are truly exceptional.
For something a little more unusual, head to Fridheimar (, a farm using the power of hot water springs to grow tomatoes all year round. From tomato soup to grilled mozzarella and tomato tortillas, the farm’s restaurant delights with its tomato based menu. You’ll eat in the greenhouse where you can see the tomatoes being grown and picked around you– it doesn’t get fresher than that!


Before jetting home, book into the Blue Lagoon ( This Icelandic tradition of bathing outdoors in volcanically heated pools dates back to the Viking times. The combination of the clean, fresh ice-cold air hitting your face as you relax in toasty warm waters makes this experience truly invigorating. Bathing in this hot geothermal pool is a great way to unwind after an epic adventure and soothe those aching muscles. If you can’t quite make it to the Blue Lagoon, there are natural hot springs throughout Iceland and we would recommend the secret Lagoon ( for a more intimate, quieter experience. When it comes to packing, you’ll need everything from swimwear to thermals! While the climate is considerably warmer than its northern latitude might suggest, thanks to the warming Atlantic gulf stream, for Europeans heading here, the clue is in the name to how cold it feels. Heavy snowfall and ice are prevalent in winter (November to march) and while the summer months are warmer, the average temperature in high summer (July) in the southern lowlands usually only hovers around the 10-13°C mark. Layering is key, whatever the season – so that you can strip off and wrap up when required. a good waterproof, warm gloves, a bobble hat, a bikini and your sunnies are also essential must-packs. Iceland might be small, but it certainly packs a punch and we leave with many magical memories – and the hope to return soon.

April is a great time to go as it’s quiet, slightly warmer and there’s still a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Flights with WoW air depart from London and Bristol to Reykjavik, starting from just £49 one way. to book, visit For more information, go to

Vote for the best British fashion moment ever!

It’s almost time for London Fashion Week, and so we want to find the best British fashion moment of all time.

There are hundreds of British models, designers and style icons who have made their mark on the fashion world over the years, but which is the best?

These are our top 10 fashion moments that make us proud of British style. Vote below!

(We certainly don’t need any excuse to look at dresses all day – and if you want to make your own fashion statement you can shop dresses here).

Voting will end on Thursday 2nd September 2016 at midnight.

1. Geri Halliwell’s union jack dress when performing with the Spice Girls at the 1997 Brit Awards
2. Liz Hurley’s safety pin dress at the 1994 premiere of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’
3. Vivienne Westwood helps invent punk fashion with Malcolm Mclaren in 1974
4. Elizabeth Taylor’s record breaking $115.9 million jewellery auction in 2011
5. Twiggy becomes the first ever supermodel in the 1960s with her pixie haircut
6. Mary Quant redefines fashion and makes the mini skirt popular in London, 1965
7. The Duchess of Cambridge’s Sarah Burton designed wedding dress in 2011
8. Kate Moss’s effortless cool defining the 1990s, as she cemented her fashion leader roots in her laid back 90s slip dresses and challenged the high glamour model look
9. Naomi Campbell’s ground breaking Vogue covers: She was the first black cover girl since 1966 for British Vogue in ’87, then first for French Vogue in ’88, and first also for the huge September issue in the US in ’89.
10. Victoria Beckham’s fashion debut, modelling for Maria Grachvogel at London Fashion Week in 2000


Smart Kooky

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel explains how becoming a mum has made her better at me time and why she was in no rush to lose her baby weight.

Star of E4 comedy New Girl, Zooey deschanel is returning to our screens with a brand-new series of the hit show. the actress took a short break during filming to have her daughter, Elsie Otter, now ten months old, but was soon back playing her quirky on-screen persona, Jess.

In real life, Zooey is sharp, clever and fuelled by a steely determination that has ensured her success as an actress, musician (she is one half of folk duo she & him) and blogger (the star sold website hellogiggles to Time Inc last year).


After making her name in a string of cool, indie films including Almost Famous and 500 Days Of Summer, 36-year-old Zooey landed the lead role in her own sitcom, New Girl, playing Jessica day, an offbeat school teacher who moved into an apartment with three men after splitting with her long term boyfriend. although she’s earnt both golden globe and Emmy nominations, Zooey now calls motherhood “her most important project ever,” and explains how it’s finally taught her to slow down and create more balance in her life.

Work, rest and play
A self-confessed workaholic, Zooey admits that she often finds it hard to switch off. “on a scale of one to ten, I’m a ten on the workaholic scale,” she says. “I don’t sleep in. I’m a go-to-bed early, wake-up-early kind of person. I hate the feeling of waking up at noon.” but since becoming a mum in July last year, Zooey believes it has forced her to relax her ambitious nature and says she’s much better at carving out some me-time these days. “I’ve slowed things down a bit,” she admits. “I think it’s good for your whole self – your creative self, your professional self and just your soul – to take a little time for yourself and your family. You can spend your whole life going after things, but I think you risk missing out on some really powerful self-reflection.”

Baby balance
And although she is looking great following her pregnancy, Zooey is quick to point out that she was never going to be one of those celebrities who snaps back to their pre-pregnancy size in a matter of weeks. “To expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd,” she explains. “Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human – there’s a lot that needs to go back to where it was. all your organs move around, for christ’s sake!”
Instead, for a Hollywood star, Zooey is refreshingly realistic about body image. “I’ve always gone my own course and never been someone who had the need to be super skinny. I like a healthy look. I don’t buy into that skinny-is-better mentality. I just eat healthy and work out and don’t worry about my weight too much. actresses aren’t models, and most of them never wanted to be.”

Fitness For Fun
Zooey’s approach to working out has always been to have fun rather than to lose weight. “A lot of people work out to be skinny. that’s so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman,” says Zooey. “I work out to be healthy and because I like it. I do sports or classes, things that engage my mind.” mixing it up with hiking alongside her husband, film producer Jacob Pechenik, hoola-hooping and even tap dancing keeps her exercise routine interesting. “If you’re active, fitness will follow – and probably a good figure, too.” A firm believer in achieving a healthy mind as well as a healthy body, she has ‘I don’t buy into that skinny is- better mentality’ the actress stars in hit comedy New Girl Zooey enjoys hiking with hubby Jacob a great tip for instantly uplifting your mood. “everyone needs a theme song!” she recommends. “It should make you feel like a million dollars. mine is Friends Of Mine by the Zombies. It makes me feel extremely happy.”


Food Fight
A former vegan, Zooey struggled to sustain it as she has coeliac disease and suffers from allergies to dairy, wheat and soy. “to be a gluten-free vegan is, like, the most difficult thing you can possibly be. and I lasted, like, six months,” she laughs. but as a keen cook, she loves to whip up healthy recipes for her friends and family. “I find it really
satisfying to bake for other people – cupcakes, cookies and cakes. I make a good quinoa spaghetti with pesto and zucchini. pesto is one of those things you can experiment with, and one day I was like: ‘What if I used hemp seeds instead of pine nuts because they’re more nutritious?’ I’ve made it for a lot of dinner parties. It was a hit!”
Doing things on her own terms and refusing to compromise has become the secret to Zooey’s success. So now that she’s nailed her career and is loving life as a new mum too, what is the biggest lesson she has learnt along the way? “If I could give my teenage self any advice, it would be: ‘calm down!’ In fact, if I could relive one day of my life, it would be the worst day of seventh grade, just so I could appreciate how much better life is now.”

Tune in to see Zooey in the forthcoming series of new girl, coming soon on E4

Back to School: Top up your tech for the new term!

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It’s that time of year again and term is about to start. You’re looking for a device that’s perfect for you, but where do you start? We’re here to help with our Back to School guide.

Whether you’re after the perfect on-the-go companion or the ultimate entertainment device, we’ve selected our best tech that is perfect for you.

Efficient and Flexible

You need a device that works multiple ways and has a stronger, more stable Wi-Fi connection to make your work simple.

We recommend: Lenovo YOGA 710



  • A super-fast device means you will finish more work, more quickly.
  • Its unique antenna means a stronger and more stable Wi-Fi connection.
  • You can now work in multiple ways. Smoothly swap between laptop, stand, tent or tablet to help you work faster.


Perfect Travel Companion

You need a lightning-fast laptop and elegant design which allows you to compute on the go and turn heads throughout your day.

We recommend: HP Spectre X360




  • Long battery life so it lasts all day without needing to be charged.
  • It’s perfect for working efficiently on the go as it’s lightning fast.
  • With its elegant design, it’s so stylish and sleek you’ll be turning heads throughout the day.


Ultimate Viewing Experience

You’re looking for lightning-fast speed and an incredible, large display, allowing you to enjoy your favourite movies with your friends.

We recommend: Dell V Nitro

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  • It’s 15inch HD display is perfect for those movie marathons.
  • Ultrafast wireless internet means you can download and watch your favourite shows effortlessly.
  • It has an innovative design! It is stylish and exciting so you’re happy to share with your friends.

Visit our Back to School guide to help you find the best tech for you this term!


WIN a bundle of toys worth up to £300 in our Toy Time event

Whatever time of day, Very has the answers for non-stop entertainment for the kids this Summer. Explore our Toy Time event today to discover the hottest toys from some of the biggest toy brands around including LeapFrog, Playdoh and Little Tikes!

As the weather starts to brighten up (fingers crossed) and the kids off for Summer, what better way than to keep smiles on their faces than getting them outdoors. We have a host of fabulous toys for outdoor fun from scooters and bikes to slides and trampoline’s.


The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Deluxe Ride and Relax Recliner Trike is ideal for this time of year. Perfect for walks around the park and trips to the shop, this versatile trike grows as your child does. Push them around yourselves when they are young and as they get a little bit older they can use the pedals themselves to zoom around on their own.

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If it’s rainy outdoors however, it’s the right time to spend some quality time with your little one and for this we have been loving the LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Basket. It’s super cute and colourful! Playing with this, your child will learn lots as they explore shapes, colours, good manners and more! You can even connect to the online LeapFrog Learning Path to help your child get that little bit more from the fabulous toy. Who doesn’t love a picnic?!


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 – Tactical Truck and Leonardo Figure is another fun toy for a day indoors. Bring all the action from the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Out of the Shadows movie’ to life and help save the city! Your little one will love all the features that come with this truck like the missile net launcher when you open up the top hatch. A day indoors never seemed so cool with this toy.

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Finally let their imagination run wild with the Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Thistle Castle Playset. They can create their own magical adventures as they discover lots of secrets hidden in the castle. The set comes with a Holly figure and lots of fairy-tale accessories too.

For a taste of what else is on offer at Very for the kids this Summer than take a look at our Toy Time Event today. There are ideas for outdoor fun, indoor playtime, learning time and even family time. Be sure not to be bored this Summer with all the amazing toys available at Very.


  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 25th August 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 26th August. The prize includes a bundle of toys worth up to £300. This competition is open to 1 winner only.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.
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Wearable Tech

The world of wearable technology, to some can seem a scary one. With so many different products on the market with a variety of benefits, which one do you choose? Which is right for you and your lifestyle? For some you might want to track your fitness and achieve your fitness goals, however, for others it might be that you are looking for a smart watch to check your smart notifications and just help your everyday life. Three of our favourite brands within the category are Samsung, Polar and Garmin who offer a variety of products to meet a variety of needs. We have picked our favourite products which we think are great for anybody wanting to delve into the world of wearable tech. Whether you are an expert or new to the category, there is no denying it is taking the world by storm and you don’t want to miss out…

The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ GPS

This fitness watch will help you turn your steps into strides, with wrist heart rate monitoring technology it not only counts your steps, calories, floors climbed and intensity minutes, it also uses GPS satellites to track where you jog, walk or even roller skate. It will measure how far you go and how fast you go. This will help you set yourself goals and understand how active you are, allowing you to think about your lifestyle and ultimately help you achieve your fitness goals. Another benefit of this watch is that it has a water rating of 5 ATM meaning it is both swim and shower safe!



The sunlight readable touch screen display allows you to view your stats and to swipe to see more! The features also allow you to pair the watch with your smart phone to control music and stay connected with all of your smart notifications including emails, social media alerts and text messages. As well as tracking your fitness progress, it automatically syncs with the Garmin connect mobile app in which you can receive meaningful digital insights as well as daily motivational health tips. The Garmin Vivosmart HR + GPS comes in 3 colours so you can personalise it as you wish. Whether you go for black, purple or blue the design is simple and sleek not looking out of place if you wear it to the gym, at the weekend or for work!

The Samsung Gear S2 Smart Watch

This smart watch comes full circle with a durable stainless steel body that sits slim and sleek on your wrist. It is also interchangeable meaning you can customise your watch by changing the watch band to suit any occasion as well as customising the watch face. You have also got the choice between black or white.


The things that you most need from your smartphone are available with a simple twist of the Gear S2. Gently turn the Bezel to scroll through long emails, zoom into a map and play the next track! You can also take charge of your health with the Gear S2. You can track your daily activity levels, heart rate and even your coffee vs water intake. The Gear S2 will also send you timely motivational messages to give you the push you need!

The battery life lasts up to 3 days but when it is time for a recharge, simply place it on the wireless charging dock. The Samsung Gear S2 has also partnered up with a growing portfolio of amazing apps to make the Gear S2 work effectively for you. The smartwatch comes with enough space to store up to 300 songs, synced seamlessly from your phone meaning you can have your music with you wherever you go, even if you leave your phone at home! Perfect for when you want to go on a run!

The Polar A360 Fitness Tracker

Polar offer a selection of high-quality fitness trackers and GPS sports watches to help you monitor your training and meet your fitness goals. The Polar A360 is one of our favourites from the brand. It is water resistant and is the first from the range to have both a wrist-based heart rate monitor and Polar personalised training guidance, as well as the 24/7 activity tracking. It even has added features such as smart notifications and a colour touchscreen making it a good all round choice. If you are looking to up your fitness goals this summer, then the Polar A360 is for you. Simply tighten the wristband and turn on the training mode to track your performance. Whether you are going for a run, working out at the gym, going for a cycle or simply walking to work, your activity and progress will be tracked. If you are lacking the motivation, don’t worry as the A360 will send you timely motivational feedback so you keep on top of your daily goals. It’s great for people who are always busy and on-the-go sending you vibrating notifications when you have incoming calls, messages, social media updates and calendar events.


For more information and a larger breadth of products, visit our wearable tech event at to learn more about what is available and to find your perfect fit this summer!

Happy families

Looking for holiday fun this summer? Check out some of the best alternative getaways around…

Glamp it up
More than just a theme park, Chessington World Of Adventures now offers a glamping experience, allowing you and your little explorers to have a sleepover with a safari spin. Located within the park itself, you can enjoy dinner in the Explorer’s Outpost restaurant with plenty of extras, including fast-track access to all rides for the first hour of the day.

A one-night break starts from £149 for a family of four. Visit chessington for more information.


Wonderful Waterways
If you’ve ever fancied your chances as a sailor, then this is the holiday for you. Learn how to skipper your own narrowboat along the waterways of the UK, where you’ll be taught how to manoeuvre your craft and, of course, how to negotiate those tricky locks. Everything you need is on board – kitchen, bathroom and free Wi-Fi.

A three-night break for a family of four costs from £795. Visit hoseasons. for more information.


Cruise Control
Enjoy the high life at sea on a cruise ship. A brilliant way to keep costs down is to swap the typical Caribbean cruise for a destination closer to home like the Canary Islands. Sail away from Southampton on the family-friendly Britannia (B616). On board, you’ll find tons of entertainment including four pools, a spa, children’s clubs, theatre shows, films, bars and even a nightclub.

A 13-night Canary Island cruise costs from £999 per adult for an inside cabin. Visit for more information.


Flamingo Fancy
Located in Kirby Misperton, Yorkshire, Flamingo Land is a theme park, holiday resort and zoo all in one. There’s loads of rides to keep the thrill-seekers satisfied, wildlife aplenty and also a golf course, pool and gym. Plus, during the May half term, they’re hosting their Party In The Park concert with X Factor winner Ben Haenow. Tickets available online for only £10.

Prices start from £339 for a three-night self-catering break in a four-berth holiday home. Visit for more information


Ready, Sweat, Go!

Get Clancy fit and look stylish with the new season sportswear looks from Reebok in association with Abbey Clancy.

Interested? Well keep reading, as we are also offering the chance to WIN a Reebok outfit worth £150 by simply retweeting our Reebok competition post on Twitter.

The brand new Reebok women’s collection combines style with function; featuring bright, standout colours and bold patterns and prints.

Check out the full range and you will be sure to look and feel great!


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  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 06.08.16.
  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 06.08.16.Prize: 1 Reebok outfit worth £150 from (1 top, 1 bottom, 1 pair of footwear). 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.

Get Inspired. Get Moving. Be #BETTERFORIT have teamed up with Georgie Starkie to gain behind the scenes access into the life of a Nike+ Trainer including expert advice, hints and tips. Georgie has shared her expert knowledge and tailored it for us to get our beach bods this summer and feel #betterforit. She has created exclusive workout routines and exercises, training tips and tricks, workout hair inspiration and a host of healthy recipes to download and refer to as and when you please.


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As well as being a Nike+ Trainer, Georgie is a Muay Thai boxer ranked 6 in the UK. With health and fitness playing a major role in Georgie’s life, she is the perfect ambassador for all things fitness this summer. With a rigorous training routine, Georgie has to set herself demanding goals and targets to keep on improving her performance! Stepping aside from her own training, she takes great pleasure in making sure those around her are reaching their fitness gains too! This involves working as a Personal Trainer at Equinox, teaching Muay Thai and Boxing classes, and teaching Nike Training Club. The NTC app can be downloaded so you can access all the workout routines and keep you on the move anytime, anywhere.

“My job isn’t just a job, it’s who I am.

Keep your day as healthy and as active as possible between your schedule, and check out my 20 min workout that you can blitz out at home/outside or at the gym if you fancy some inspiration!”

As well as fitness advice, we have added the ultimate outfits to compliment your fitness routines. Whether it be Yoga, Dance, Running or general fitness training, you are sure to look and feel great.

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This is Georgie’s training look of the season allowing for a full range of movement with medium support, the Pro Classic Frequency pairing by Nike is perfect for cycling, dance or cardio classes. Made using their innovative Dri-FIT fabric, sweat is brought to the skin’s surface where it is quickly wicked away, keeping you cool, dry and comfortable, no matter how hard you train. Removable pads offer better coverage and shaping during training, while the racer back design provides a natural range of motion, which is perfect for your cardio workouts.

In a bold pastel print with swirls of colour that make your kit pop, simply pair the duo with your go-to Nike training shoes for a streamlined and coordinated workout look this season.

Check out the full hub at and the NTC app helping you to get #BETTERFORIT this Summer with Nike.



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!


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.


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…


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.


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!


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.


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


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

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:

Tara Stiles

Be Fit London BeFitLondon on Twitter

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.

Tara Stiles

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.

Binky Felstead

Image c/o @BinkyFelstead Twitter


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


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


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 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.


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


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


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.




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


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


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*


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


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



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.”

500x600-celeb-1V&A Kashmir Cushion, 6yWv4, £40

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!


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!


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!


  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 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