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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 holidays.co.uk for more information.

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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. co.uk for more information.

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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 pocruises.com for more information.

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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 flamingoland.co.uk for more information

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Breakfast At Tiffany’s Press Night: Theatre Outfits

Pixie Lott has taken on the role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s on the West End stage and any new start calls for a celebration. As Pixie invited her friends and the world’s media to the official press night, she hosted a party in the bar afterwards.

Before coming to the West End stage, the show was tested on audiences around the UK and toured the country for a night or two at various venues. It was a sell-out everywhere, so there was a lot of hope and confidence for it’s West End transfer and Pixie hasn’t disappointed. She’s very sultry as Holly and when she sings, everyone in the audience sits still and stares.

Going to the theatre is always a treat, but sometimes it’s hard to work out what to wear. The goal should be to look sophisticated but you still want to look glamorous in case you have dinner or drinks after the show. As the stars at Pixie’s party did just that, it’s helpful to look at them for inspiration about what we can all wear to the theatre this summer:

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It’s Pixie’s show and she made sure that everyone spotted her in a gorgeous sequin dress, that she matches with a gold bag. She knows she looks fantastic and that gives her confidence to pose. She doesn’t look at all stressed or nervous, even though she’s the host. When you look good, you can handle anything.

Jenni Falconer

Jenni looked absolutely incredible in a multi-colour jumpsuit. The strapless top shows off her figure to perfection. When a jumpsuit fits as well as this, it can look smarter than a dress. Plus people stop and stare as it’s more unique than a dress.

Rachel Stevens

Rachel looked lovely and feminine with a black going out top and black tailored trousers. Rachel is a mum of two and this is a very practical – but still pretty – outfit which you can wear with children or on a night out on your own. What do you think?

Jessica Wright

Now she’s left TOWIE, Jess seems to have grown into her own style and looked gorgeous in a red midi dress. She’s not flashing too much flesh, but the colour is fantastic so she grabs attention. This is classy enough for the theatre and you could wear it out afterwards – it’s very versatile.

Made In Chelsea’s Nicola Hughes

MiC’s Nicola isn’t from Chelsea and is from Northern Ireland, but she made love-rat Alex Mytton fall for her and then became an essential part of the storyline – clever girl! In a red mini dress like this, you can persuade anybody to do anything and it looks beautiful with strappy sandals. You could wear this to a club and to the theatre.

Are you going to any shows this year?

Who do you think wore the best ‘theatre outfit’?

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Kitchen Colour

Whether you love being in the kitchen or hate it, there is no denying that life is made easier when you have the best equipment. From prep to plate is a kitchen event which has been created to bring all of the best names in kitchenware together in one place, so you can be well equipped no matter what you are cooking! Discover all of our favourite items designed with you in mind. From super smart pans to stylish utensils and kitchenware. It’s never been so much fun to get cooking…

The secret to every great meal is in the prep! Make sure you are fully kitted out with our great selection of cookware and utensils. From knives to chopping boards we have everything you need to cook up a storm. The cook and serve collection, bought to you by BergHOFF has everything you need to take your creations from oven to table. The beautifully designed cookware is both modern and versatile, designed to look great in your kitchen whilst the interchangeable pieces will make your life as easy as possible.

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Whether you are going to University, moving house or just looking to upgrade, we have the perfect collections for you and your family. The Tefal excite 7-piece aluminium pan set is the ultimate kitchen essential. This set is sure to have everything you need including two saucepans, a stewpot, 2 frying pans, as well as an egg wonder and measuring spoons. We love the cream colour way which offers a contemporary finish designed to complement any kitchen.

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Looking for something slightly smaller? Then the ingenio enamel 3-piece set is for you. This set is perfect for those moving out for the first time or going to University. They are easy to store with detachable handles meaning they are perfect for kitchens with limited space. Attach the handles and use as frying pans or detach and they convert into baking tins- so versatile!

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More of a baker than a chief? Don’t worry we have you covered! The swan retro mixer is perfect for those looking to indulge their sweet tooth. The mixer is designed to take the hard work out of baking! The 600-watt low noise motor powers a planetary mixing action that makes short work out of all your mixing tasks. Whether its batters, cake mix, egg whites or mashed potato, aching arms will be a thing of the past!

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It’s all in the presentation! Impress your friends and family at dinner parties with the Denby Regency Green 16-Piece dinner set. Made in England using locally sourced clay, each piece of Denby stoneware is handcrafted and expertly glazed. They are practical and durable, designed to stand the test of time as well as being oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe!

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If you want to keep your food fresh and savour the last of your impressive creations, the secret is in the storage. The BergHOFF storage box collection keeps food fresher for longer and are ideal for all your storage needs. Whether you need to store food in your fridge or simply organise your cupboards, the different shapes and sizes are designed to be as versatile as possible. They are great for talking your leftovers into work!

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Discover more great kitchen essentials by visiting the prep to plate event in which you can see more of our top picks from leading brands! It has never been so fun (or easy) to start cooking!

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. https://twitter.com/verynetwork

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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Revlon Masquerade Ball: Get The Celeb Look

Don’t you just love an excuse to dress up? The celebs had just that at Revlon cosmetics’ grand masquerade ball at the V&A museum, where the dress code was ‘dress to impress’.

Sometimes, it can be hard to decide just what to wear for a special occasion. There are so many gorgeous dresses – how can we pick just one? For this event, the celebs seemed to stick to the colours black and white, which are always striking. Also, the great thing about these colours is that they never ever go out of date so you can get a lot of wear out of them.

Let’s have a closer look at the celebrities’ gorgeous outfits at the Revlon masquerade ball:

Michelle Keegan

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Michelle stood out for her fresh blonde hair, which made headlines in all the newspapers as it was such a shock. Because her hair was what got noticed, she didn’t want to detract from that with a colourful dress so she went for a lace black maxi dress. The lace shows she’s making an effort. It reminds me of the Rare lace top maxi dress.

Lydia Bright

Lydia showed off the tan she got while filming TOWIE’s Mallorca special in a white maxi dress. White makes everyone look more gorgeous in summer as it makes skin look brighter and healthier. What do you think?

Jessica Wright

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Jessica looked stunning in a simple black dress, adding some extra length to her legs with some high black sandals. If you’ve gone to the effort with your hair and make-up, wearing a black dress emphasises that so you looked groomed and gorgeous. Jessica’s dress is very like the V by Very backless crochet trim dress.

Chloe Lewis

The Only Way is Essex star Chloe shows that a black jumpsuit looks just as elegant as a dress and looks super cool. I like how the trousers split so it keeps her legs cool on a ht summer’s day and gives everyone else something to look at. This is no ordinary jumpsuit and that’s because you don’t just get one style of jumpsuit – there are lace styles, halterneck styles and basically something to suit everyone.

Tanya Burr

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Vlogger Tanya looked angelic and really pretty in a white maxi dress, which is so similar to the Rare lace top maxi dress. Because it’s cinched in at the waist, it gives her a lovely hourglass silhouette and the lacy top is really pretty. It shows you don’t have to flash lots of flesh to look amazing.

Which outfit do you prefer?

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Party: Supermodel Fashion

Leonardo Di Caprio has hosted a party in the South of France every year since 2008 with all proceeds from a celeb charity auction benefiting his eco-charity – the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation. The idea is that all his celeb pals pay to attend and donate prizes to the auction and they all raise a lot of money by bidding on the fantastic auction prizes.

The charity idea works as Leo has raised a huge $59 million for charity since 2008, but this event certainly puts the ‘fun’ into fundraising. Every single person that attends dresses to reflect the glamour of St Tropez, where the event is held. Leo’s girlfriend is a Victoria’s Secret model and she invited all her friends to this year’s event so it was full of models that know how to dress and have access to huge wardrobes.

Just looking at the photos of who attended and what they wore is inspiring, because the models there are on top of the trends and looked gorgeous. We don’t have to spend a fortune to copy their look, we just have to see what they wore. The best dressed were:

Petra Nemcova

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Petra posted a photo to Instagram of herself looking stunning in a white maxi dress. White is a great colour for a summer party and in places like St Tropez they have dress codes that guests should only wear white. That wasn’t the case at Leo’s party but Petra had other guests wishing they’d worn white as the colour made everyone notice her and reflected her tan perfectly.

Joan Smalls and Doutzen Kroes

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Joan (second from left) showed off her supermodel legs in a red dress and posted the photo above to her Instagram, showing that her ‘squad’ were the most beautiful. I particularly liked her pal Lily’s burned orange dress (centre). It’s a maxi dress, but the split up the side ensures that you’ll stay cool while dancing and feel gorgeous, knowing that you’re flashing a bit of flesh in a sophisticated way.

Lily Donaldson and Sophia Richie

lily-sophiaLily (left) flaunted her figure in a mesh and crochet black dress. It’s a brave move to go so sheer but Lily pulls it off as she walks round with attitude. If you can’t take risks to a special party like one hosted by Leonardo Di Caprio then when can you? Sometimes, you just have to be brave and I think Lily pulled it off. I was also impressed by Lionel Richie’s 17 year-old daughter Sophia, who wore a white jumpsuit. She’s got a similar look to Gigi Hadid – a star is in the making!

Mariah Carey

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Mariah posted a snap on Instagram of herself with the party’s host Leo. She looked stunning in a black evening maxi dress that showed off her curves. Every girl needs a black dress in their wardrobe, something that makes you feel a million dollars and you can wear on multiple occasions. Mariah’s dress doesn’t have any embellishments so that means it’s timeless – it will never date and she could wear it again.

Kate Hudson

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This isn’t the best photo of Kate that Petra Nemcova posted on Instagram, but I can tell that she would have looked fantastic in real-life in a white jumpsuit. Kate’s very sporty so she wants to show off her figure and she did just that. When you wear a jumpsuit, people do stop and stare so it’s a great way to get noticed and that puts you in the party mood. It’s a lot easier to dance in a jumpsuit than it is in a dress, so a jumpsuit is a great option if you’re planning on partying hard.

Whose glamorous look did you like most?

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Finding Dory Premiere: Blue Carpet Fashion

Finding Nemo was one of the most popular children’s films ever so the premiere for it’s sequel Finding Dory had lots of celebs fighting for tickets. Ellen De Generes – who voices the character of Dory – hung out with British TV presenters, sports personalities and singers. The movie really does appeal to everyone.

However, as it’s primarily aimed at children, the premiere took place on a Saturday morning, so we got to see celebs wearing smart casual clothes. Usually, we only see celebrities in glamorous evening-wear at premieres, so it was interesting to see what they wear at the weekend and get some inspiration. It was a warm day so pastels seemed to be the trend on the carpet outside the cinema, which was blue instead of red to reflect the colour of the sea.

Let’s have a look at the celebs in their pretty pastels:

Alesha Dixon

Alesha looked stunning in a pink coat, which meant she could keep the rest of her outfit simple with jeans and a white t-shirt. All you need is one statement coat and then wardrobe essentials and it looks cool, clean and crisp with virtually no effort at all.

Ellen De Generes 

Ellen went for a similar look, except she had a statement blazer rather than a coat. Florals are always good in summer and made her look bright and alert, which she needs right now given that she’s got to go around the World, having premieres in different cities. If you’re tired, a pastel top or jacket can disguise it.

Michelle Heaton

Michelle looked fresh and summery in a gorgeous yellow skirt. It’s loose and made from a lovely cotton material so it will keep her as cool as she looks and she’ll feel comfortable in it. You don’t need to suffer to look fabulous in summer. The more comfortable you are, the more confident you’ll be.

Rebecca Adlington

The Olympic medal winning swimmer looked really feminine in a blue midi dress, which almost matched the blue carpet. Blue is a lovely colour for summer as it’s bold and suits both brunettes and blondes. Rebecca’s midi dress would also work well at a summer wedding.

Alex Jones 

The One Show TV presenter looked pretty in a green day dress. It’s super casual and you could wear this from day to night. It would also look fantastic with flip flops for a picnic in the park as well as with heels for slightly more formal occasions. I love a dress that’s versatile!

Fleur East

Fleur has her own image and she doesn’t compromise. I admire that because you don’t have to wear pastels if you have an image that you want to maintain. Fleur’s image is that she’s a performer and a risk-taker and so she wore white ripped jeans and a white top. What do you think?

And who do you think looked the best in their smart casual outfits at the daytime premiere?

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Immerse yourself in your favourite games with the latest Samsung TV!

After a TV that will completely transform your gaming experience? Say hello to Samsung’s new range of smart TV’s that eliminate the need for your games console! If you’re all about the awesome picture quality and impressive graphics, this Summer Samsung have teamed up with Gamefly to offer you an impressive 3 months of free online gaming straight from your TV along with a compatible controller! What more could you want?

Check out the full details here!

Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited. Participants who purchase selected new (i.e. not second hand or refurbished) Samsung Smart TVs from Tesco, Argos, Shop Direct or AO between 6th June 2016 and 4th September 2016 will be eligible to claim a GameFly compatible controller and access to a 3 month Gamer Pack subscription to GameFly online by redemption. To claim the reward participants should visit www.samsungpromotions.claims/GameFlyGifts, complete the online claim form and submit it together with proof of purchase. Claims must be made between 30 and 60 days of purchase.

Jason Bourne: Film Premiere Fashion

The Bourne Identity franchise is all about big-budget, high-drama, fast-paced action and glamour, so I was hoping for the same thing at the premiere of Jason Bourne – the prequel to the series. Happily, the premiere represented the film as Matt Damon invited his gorgeous celeb pals to walk down the red carpet with him and everyone dressed up to look the best they could.

All colours were bright with silver and pink dresses really standing out. Even if the weather isn’t fantastic, wearing a bright coloured dress helps to make us feel more cheerful when we look in the mirror. And it means people take notice when we walk into a party as colours make people look twice.

If you want to make your presence known at a summer event, have a look at these celebs for inspiration:

Alicia Vikander

Alicia looked stunning in a silver dress, which reflected both the photographers’ flashlights and the early evening sun. It’s very flattering against her skin as she looks fresh and alert and that’s because the colour has given her a boost. She’s the lead actress in the film so she had to wear something fabulous!

Luciana Barroso

Matt Damon’s wife showed that she wanted everyone to notice that she was with the leading man by wearing a hot pink maxi dress. It looks fantastic with her summer tan – it’s the ideal colour for summer and summer holidays in particular. Notice that she has gold heels as gold and pink look gorgeous together.

Julia Stiles

Julia’s also in the film, so she needed to get noticed and she certainly did that in a figure-hugging silver maxi dress. She looks mermaid-like with the fishtail bottom and the loose waves in her hair. With a dress like this you don’t need any accessories as the dress is enough of a statement in itself.

Lisa Snowdon

Lisa took bold to another level in a multi-colour jumpsuit! Talk about making a statement! The former model enjoys taking fashion risks and she pulls it off because she has a lot of attitude – posing on the red carpet with a hand on her hip. You can get away with a lot if you wear things with confidence.

Which bold outfit do you like best?

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Let’s get digital- Part 2

Get switched on, ‘ like’ and ‘ follow’ social media’s latest #BEAUTYSQUAD

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Michelle Phan, 29, trailblazed her way into the world of fashion and beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 8.5 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times. She also co-founded Ipsy – the world’s largest online beauty community.

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After developing adult acne, in March 2015, Londoner Em Ford, 26, began to share images of herself both with and without make-up on social media. After a backlash from haters, she posted the negative comments she received online – which got 10 million views in its first week alone!

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A UK vlogger, blogger and author, Tanya, 26, is best known for her fashion and beauty channel on YouTube, where she often replicates sought-after celebrity looks. In 2014, she released her own cosmetics line and now has over 2.7 million followers on Instagram!

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In 2008, Samantha Chapman, 38, began producing make-up tutorials on YouTube under the name, Pixiwoo. Her sister, Nicola, joined her soon after. Together, they produced ‘how to’ videos and beauty product reviews. The sisters also created make-up brush line Real Techniques.

 

Wireless Festival: Coolest Celeb Fashion

The Wireless Festival is slightly different to other festivals because it takes place in London. This means that most people go home – or to a hotel – each night so there’s plenty of grooming time. Everywhere you look there are seriously stylish people and you can tell that everyone’s put real effort and thought into their festival look.

I think it’s great that this festival takes place at the start of July because it’s great inspiration for the rest of the festivals this month and in August. We’ve at least 6 weeks of live music gigs left! What we can see from Wireless is that if you plan in advance and wear lots of layers, you can cope with rain or shine and bring some glamour and attitude to the festival site.

Just look at these gorgeous celebs for inspiration:

Alesha Dixon

Alesha looked stunning in ripped black skinny jeans with a black biker jacket. The pink trainers add a playful edge. You can’t wear heels at a festival so you need to find other ways to have fun with footwear and Alesha gets it so right!

Laura Whitmore

Laura looked super cool as she matched a girly tea dress and dainty ankle boots with a military style jacket. It’s like she’s saying she doesn’t need to be defined by one particular trend – she can do what she wants. Plus she’s warm and comfortable at the same time – what’s not to like?

Ashley Roberts

Festival style is all about layering and former Pussycat Doll Ashley is a great example of this with her denim jacket over a simple black vest top. I love the black ankle boots too – these would help her strut through the festival site with confidence. What do you think?

Lucy Watson

Like Alesha, Lucy showed that a biker jacket can work at a festival. Lucy’s look was more girly as she wore hers with a red mini dress and ankle boots with a slight heel! This is a lovely look for the first day of a festival, as you arrive fresh and ready to party. If you look great on the first day, you’re more likely to feel fantastic for the whole time.

Louisa Johnson

The X Factor winner may be new to the festival scene but she knows how to dress as she looked amazing in a multi-colour shirt dress. I love the tasseled gladiator sandals too. Watch out for more of Louisa towards the Autumn – she’s working hard on her music and developing her own unique image.

Vogue Williams

The Irish model / TV presenter and DJ wore pink trainers like Alesha – are we starting to see a trend here? Vogue’s also a great example of the layered look as she shows off her legs in some lovely black denim shorts but has a warm green military jacket for when the weather takes a turn. This look would see you from day to night and you would never have to stop partying, go back and find your tent and change and you’d be ready for anything in this look.

Which outfit can you see yourself wearing to a festival?

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Summer Holidays: How to Be a Beach Babe – Not a Flop!

The Summer holidays are almost here and so it’s time to start thinking about organising our suitcase. Cue mild panic!

But it doesn’t have to be – we asked 4 of our favourite fashion bloggers, who always look impossibly stylish wherever they are in the world, for their top tips on everything from how they wear their bikinis, to who their ultimate Summer Goddesses are and their tips to avoid a fashion fail.

Helen Canning
CocoMamaStyle.com
@MissHelen
Stylist, blogger & award winning vlogger. Mama to Coco Lily & Mimi Rose.

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My summer holiday goddess is: Elle McPherson

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When it comes to swimwear idols, it’s the Aussie girls that nail the effortless beach babe look. The Body herself, Elle McPherson can give those young, bikini-clad selfie-oholics a run for their money.

Elle shows how the long and lean can embrace the triangle tops and tie-sides of string bikinis and for more coverage it’s the sports-inspired styles which suit this athletic bod.

My tip to avoid a holiday fail: Don’t look like you’re not wearing one!

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It may sound obvious but make sure your swimwear looks like swimwear! While nude tones are positively chic in many areas of fashion and beauty, when it comes to your bikini, be careful with nude tones – make sure the colour contrasts your skin tone, or has detailing like ruching or texture.

Kylie Jenner has an enviable figure and budget to match but it’s always a good idea to contrast or complement your skin tone to turn heads for the right reasons and not because it looks like your luggage got lost en route!

London Fashion Girl
http://www.londonfashiongirl.com/
@TheLauraBlair
Fashion & beauty blogger, graduated in Fashion Management and Marketing.

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My summer holiday goddess is: MIC’s Lucy Watson

Lucy’s just so effortless on the beach and I’m a great believer that less is more in the Summer months. It’s all about going au naturale, with simple swimwear and some crazy shades.

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My tip to avoid a holiday fail: Embrace natural beauty

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My tip for creating the perfect beach look is to leave the hair extensions, the false eyelashes and the heels for the night clubs. Too much effort can deter from your natural beauty. So embrace bare faced to achieve that perfect sunkissed glow.

Whitney Valverde
http://www.whitneyswonderland.com/
@WhitsWonderland
London based, Costa Rican luxury fashion influencer and designer.

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My summer holiday goddess is: The Olsen Twins

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen –  I just love their luxe bohemian approach to summer style!  More than just a bikini, a fab kimono, cool hat, and lots of accessories will make you look anything from basic.  I always find inspiration in these two bohemian petite goddesses as they rock any outfit so well regardless of their height.

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My tip to avoid a holiday fail: Get the fit right

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Look for swimwear that makes you feel comfortable and fits well!  Instead of getting a smaller size and putting pressure on yourself to fit in it, get a size that doesn’t “pinch” your skin, something that could actually look really unflattering.  Nothing looks better than confidence, so find a swimsuit that brings out your best assets and fits your style!

Thankfifi
www.thankfifi.com
@thankfifi
Fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger with a love of style, writing and photography.

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My summer holiday goddess is: Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid – she is the ultimate swimwear babe because she is sporty and feminine both at once and always inspires me to work out.

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My tip to avoid a holiday fail: Stay protected

My tip to not be a swimwear fail is to stay safe in the sun with a good sunscreen – swimwear never looks good on a burnt body .

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So now you have all the right tips from our fashion bloggers, you can go and put it into practice. Check out our bikinis to kick start your holiday wardrobe, and make a splash on the beach this summer for all the right reasons.

And alternatively, we love this option… You go ladies! 🙂 

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Serpentine Gallery Party: Best Summer Dresses

The Serpentine Gallery summer party is one of the hottest tickets of the summer. Celebs beg, borrow or steal to get an invite because only the best celebs are at this event. When they get asked to attend the Serpentine’s summer party, it’s a sign they’ve made it. The night starts off outside in the grounds of Hyde Park and then moves inside with dancing inside the gallery until late.

However, the downside to attending exclusive parties is that there’s a lot of pressure to look good. Nobody wants to just show up, they want to look the best. However, it’s hard to pick one celeb from the stars that attended the summer party as many of them looked fantastic in their own individual way.

Let’s have a close look at some of the best dressed to help us make our minds up on summer party clothing:

Ellie Goulding

Ellie looked angelic in a white maxi dress. Normally she’s flashing the flesh in hotpants and a crop top, but she looked feminine, classy and slightly regal.

Kate Moss

Kate really stood out in a multicolour maxi dress. The supermodel doesn’t like to conform as she’d rather set the trends rather than follow them. If that’s the case then we all need multi colour maxi dresses this summer.

Fearne Cotton

The event was in Hyde Park and Fearne looked festival chic in her purple maxi dress. I like the halterneck top as it makes the shape of the dress more flattering and the belt detail highlights (and helps pull in) slim waists. Now shes’s not on the radio all the time, Fearne has more time to indulge in fashion and it shows.

Georgia May Jagger

Sequins aren’t just for Christmas! The sparkles in Georgia May’s sequin dress reflected the light and created cool shadows everywhere she walked. You can literally light up the dancefloor in a sequin dress and they really get you into a party mood.

Sienna Miller

Sienna kept things simple in a white maxi dress and it really works for her as it stands out for its simplicity. The colour flatters her skin tone and she just looks fresh and healthy. White is a lovely colour for summer as you just feel brighter and happier in it. Sometimes less really is more…

Naomi Campbell

Naomi also wore a sequin dress but she doesn’t do things by halves! Why were a mini dress when you can really make your presence known in a maxi dress? This is a fantastic dress for a prom or posh ball when you need to dress to impress. I’m certainly impressed by Naomi in this dress.

Laura Whitmore

Laura always looks lovely and she looked super pretty in a chiffon tea dress. At a summer party, a tea dress looks really classy. It’s especially good for warm weather as the loose fabric keeps you cool and it’s short sleeved so your arms can feel some breeze. This dress is ideal for weddings!

Donna Air

I know it’s not a dress but I think Donna looks pretty fabulous in a multi-colour jumpsuit. It’s something you need to wear with attitude as you are guaranteed to get noticed in this outfit.

Which outfit do you like most?

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Paris Fashion Week: Celeb Trends

Paris Fashion Week is the haute couture week, which is full of gorgeous dresses on the catwalk and on the FROW. While London is all about celebrating individual styles and New York is about chic tailoring, Paris celebrates femininity and glamour.

This means that even the celebs in the audience have to make an effort. It’s fantastic inspiration for summer party outfits and ideas for prom and ball dresses.

These are my top 5 celeb looks from Paris:

Lottie Moss

Kate Moss’s younger sister has definitely inherited the family’s fabulous dress sense. Lace dresses are so popular this season and she has a playful twist on the trend in a lace maxi dress. This is fresh, summery and looks sensational.

Mischa Barton

Mischa went for the colour block trend in a multi-colour maxi dress. I think she looks amazing. The colour is bright and uplifting and the loose maxi dress makes her feel cool and look cool at the same time.

Cate Blanchett

The American actress dazzled in a gorgeous black jumpsuit. I love how unique it is with the lovely satin material and the flared trousers. It shows that jumpsuits can be just as glamorous as evening dresses.

Bella Hadid

Gigi Hadid’s younger sister also went for lace,  but chose a lace midi dress and showed off a bit more flesh. However, lace has a teasing effect so it keeps you looking classy and Bella looks just beautiful in her black dress, doesn’t she? What do you think?

Jourdan Dunn

The British supermodel was a great ambassador for British fashion in a green maxi dress that complemented her skin tone perfectly. An olive shade of green is ideal for enhancing tans and works brilliantly with silver accessories. Well done, Jourdan!

Which celeb had the best outfit? It’s hard to pick just one, isn’t it?

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Let’s get digital- Part 1

Get switched on, ‘ like’ and ‘ follow’ social media’s latest #BEAUTYSQUAD

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#MASCARAGOALS Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara, 73tXe, £7.99

Fleur De Force, 27, started making videos on YouTube in 2009, and she has been building her global audience ever since – her videos now attract millions of views per month. Fleur has also brought out her own range of false lashes and her latest beauty book will be released soon.

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#LIPGLOSSGOALS NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss, 6kteW, £6.99

Patricia Bright, 27, is one of the biggest uprising vloggers in the UK, with over 760,000 YouTube subscribers. She started her channel in 2010 and delivers make-up and hair tutorials. Plus, she has recently given birth to her first baby. Aww!

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#FOUNDATIONGOALS L’Oréal Paris Infallible Foundation, 6cP4d, £12.99

Spot the difference between these identical twins, 22, from Norwich who are obsessed with all things beauty, fashion and music. They have a combined 527,000 Instagram followers – people obviously adore their pretty pastel nails and love for ghds!

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#REDLIPGOALS Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Precision Glide Lipliner in Red Door Red, 3vdtJ, £17.99

After being introduced to all things vlogging by her then boyfriend and successful vlogger = Marcus Butler, Niomi, 23, has now carved out a career of her own on YouTube. With videos and a blog offering fashion, beauty and lifestyle advice, she’s also set to bring out her own cookbook.

Come back to check out Let’s get digital- Part 2!

Your Guide to Festival Style with Superdry

Festival fans rejoice! Superdry storms the fashion scene this season with an epic collection dedicated to music lovers. Whether you’re descending on the city of Barcelona for Sonar Festival or packing your tent and waterproofs for Glastonbury, Superdry’s brand new summer collection has everything you need for effortlessly cool festival style.

Playsuits are so this season!

Whether you’re dancing to your favourite band or lazing on the grass soaking up the sun, a playsuit is the perfect outfit for all day comfort without compromising on style. The cute Peekaboo print playsuit features an all over print design, off the shoulder sleeves with adjustable straps – it’s our go-to festival look this year.

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White is the new black!

As classic as it is contemporary, as distinctive as it is beautiful, nothing screams elegant festival vibes like crisp white against sun-kissed skin. Not only is it the must-have colour of the season but it also keeps you cool, looks fresh and couldn’t be more versatile. Lace detail tops worn with shorts, and elegant lace-detail dresses draped with bleached denim is laidback chic at its best.

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Bold prints and bright graphics

It’s all about print and texture this season. Guys, bright colours and loud and proud Hawaiian prints are hero looks. Sun-worthy staples include graphic print swim shorts and international chinos in bright colour bursts, paired with classic tees, logo vests, rebel and voltage sunnies, and soft sole flip-flops for laidback style while watching the main stage. Ladies, think relaxed silhouettes, audacious cutaways and romantic detail with touches of dramatic 70s nostalgia. You’ll steal the show in the electric Eivissa maxi dress.

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Boho Tassels

It wouldn’t be festival style without a dose of classic boho fringe and tassels on jackets, tees and accessories. Rewind back to the 70s in this ultra-boho biker jacket in 100% suede with fringe finish. To seriously up your festival style, team with a basic crochet top and bleached denim shorts for the ultimate bohemian vibe.

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Lightweight Layers

If you’re venturing to festivals in the UK, you just know that the cold afternoon breeze will kick in. Fill your festival rucksack with emergency layers like a super soft checked shirt or a khaki parka; both look effortlessly cool over denim cut offs and a tee. Maybe pack both, as you know you’re going to want one when the sun goes down.

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Visit Very.co.uk to explore the full Superdry range. Whatever festival you are going to, the Superdry collection at Very is sure to be your one stop shop for all things festival this Summer!

Absolutely Fabulous: Film Premiere Fashion

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie lived up to it’s name as the premiere in London’s Leicester Square was just fabulous. With all the stars from the movie dressed up and wearing bold colours, the night was a tribute to fun and fashion.

All the stars of the movie looked particularly good, probably because they wanted to dress to impress to show that it was their night. What they wore shows that if we all want to make an impression at summer parties then we need to wear colour.

Let’s have a closer look at the best dressed:

Stella McCartney and Kate Moss

Kate wore a bright green blouse underneath her black blazer and it contrasted perfectly with her blonde hair. The green colour also made her skin look more tanned. Meanwhile her pal Stella looked sensational in a blue dress. It’s eye-catching but it’s also feminine and pretty.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie made sure everyone saw her arrive and party in a red maxi dress. The colour is absolutely gorgeous, isn’t it? The maxi dress is so flattering as it’s cinched in round her waist so she looks even more petite, and the halterneck top gives her a lovely hourglass shape.

Abbey Clancy

Abbey went for a dress with attitude with her leather dress with white detail. Black and white monochrome always looks fantastic as black is slimming and white is a flattering colour next to the skin and it’s attention-grabbing. If you’re confident with your looks like Abbey, you’d want to attract attention and show off, wouldn’t you?

Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders

The stars of the night – Jennifer and Joanna – also wore striking bold outfits! Joanna’s trousers really stood out and Jennifer’s blue skirt was pretty fabulous. If you can’t dress up when it’s your party, then when can you? Pass the Bolly – those two should celebrate the fact they’ve filmed several series and a movie and are still in touch with the latest fashions and look amazing.

What do you think of the premiere outfits? Will you be watching the movie in the cinema from 1 July?

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Faster computing to improve your everyday with Intel

Fancy a PC that’s fast, sleek and stylish? Upgrade to a new PC with Intel Inside®.

You’ve got a busy life, so you need a computer that will work as fast as you do. Whether you’re shopping, studying, gossiping or multitasking, there’s so much to fit in to each day so your device needs to keep up.

If you’ve already heard of Intel® but have no idea about processors let’s give you the lowdown. First things first: they’re fast. Upgrade to a device with an Intel® processor inside and you can drastically improve your everyday life and speed up everything you do on your computer. We’ve chosen our top devices that can help you do this!

Sleek, stylish and portable 2 in 1

Lenovo YOGA 500 with Intel® Core™ i3 inside

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Gossip waits for no woman and with a better processor you’ll be able chat, share and comment faster than ever before on the Lenovo YOGA 500. With Intel® Core™ i3 inside, be the first of your friends to Instagram that beautiful view – or your breakfast!

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Acer Aspire E5 with Intel® Core™ i5 inside

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A better processor means faster downloading, so if you’re getting the family together for movie night you’ll have the latest blockbuster ready to watch in no time on the Acer Aspire E5.

If you love shopping online (and who doesn’t?) the super-fast Intel® Core™ i5 processor gives you the speed you need to browse, explore and shop on your device.

Our favourite all-in-one hub

Lenovo C50 with Intel® Core™ i5 inside

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Multitasking is made simple with Intel® Core™ i5 inside. The quicker you finish your work, the quicker you can move on to some me time on Twitter and Facebook.

Into gaming – or know a teenager who likes to borrow your device to play? Rapid loading times means faster gaming and better experiences on the Lenovo C50.

Upgrade your look, upgrade your speed. Shop all products featuring Intel Inside® now at Very.co.uk.

Glastonbury 2016: Gorgeous Festival Outfits

There are festivals and then there’s the Glastonbury festival, which is Britain’s most famous and longest-running festival. It’s never just about the music as everyone that attends puts a lot of effort into their outfits. In fact, fashion is just as important as music.

The goal for Glastonbury is to combine fashion with a bit of practicality as there’s usually mud and rain to contend with. It’s inspiring as we see that nothing – not even the weather – needs to hold us back when it comes to looking good. Just look at these gorgeous celebs to see that it’s possible to dress to impress, whatever the external situation:

Ellie Goulding

Ellie looked stunning in a blue shirt with denim shorts and short Hunter wellies. I always think shorts are essential for a festival as it’s easier to clean your legs than clean a pair of jeans. The shirt is super comfortable as it’s loose but the colour shows like she’s made an effort.

Laura Whitmore

Laura is like a poster girl for the ideal festival outfit. She has the shorts, she has the mac, she has the sunglasses and she has the wellies. If the sun shone she could take off the mac and it’d be a completely different look. Well done, Laura!

Millie Mackintosh

Millie doesn’t look like she’s at a festival at all as she’s swapped wellies for Converse boots that she doesn’t mind getting muddy. It’s a risky look with the level of the mud at Glastonbury but black Converse and a leather jacket always work well together and the black skirt gives a feminine edge. What do you think?

Alexa Chung

Alexa looked ready for anything in denim shorts and a green hoodie. These are basic items but they fit her well so they don’t need to have any fancy embellishments. It looks good while it’s on and it’s easy to wash after it gets muddy so she can wear it to other festivals this summer.

Daisy Lowe

A white vest top and blue skinny jeans always work and you can wear that combination anywhere – even Glastonbury it seems. If you’re going to wear jeans, skinny jeans are best as when they get wet they’ll still be as tight as ever, whereas looser jeans just get heavier.

Rita Ora

Trendsetter Rita Ora has high-heel wellies – how cool is that? In fact, she’s so cool she doesn’t even seem to bother with shorts and wears a long white-t-shirt with a blue jacket. What do you think?

Cara Delevingne

Cara’s been to Glastonbury for the past 5 years so she’s a pro at knowing what to wear. She’s got the shorts, she’s got the Hunter wellies and she has a sturdy blue jacket. She looks really comfortable in this and that’s important because if you feel comfortable you’re ready to party!

Whose outfit did you like most? Are you going to any festivals this summer?

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V&A Summer Party – Best Dressed Celebs

When Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue are on the committee for a summer ball, you can guarantee a fun night out. They planned a summer party for the V&A Museum in London and their celebrity friends looked stunning as most wore fabulously bright dresses to walk down a green carpet runway outside the building before entering the party.

Bright clothes look so good when the sun is shining. Whether you’re tanned or not, they make skin look less tired plus you’ll feel more alert as you’ll like what you see when you look in the mirror. The stars looked fantastic in their outfits, so let’s have a look at who wore what for some summer party fashion inspiration:

Kylie Minogue

Yellow really is the colour for celebs right now and Kylie looked stunning in a yellow maxi dress. The vibrant shade makes her skin look more tanned and ensures everyone noticed her when she arrived. If you want to impress at a summer party, then yellow is a fantastic option.

Kate Moss

Kate is the ultimate style queen so it’s interesting to see that she went for a pink maxi dress with a fabulous floral print. What Kate does, millions copy and I’m not surprised as she looks effortlessly cool. She always looks ready to party! What do you think of her maxi dress?

Jenna Coleman

The Dr Who actress looked elegant in a formal short-sleeve maxi dress. A preppy look can be hard to pull off but she looks preppy and pretty by wearing her hair down and having gorgeous black heels. This is a look that would be great for work parties.

Jessica Raine

The Call The Midwife actress looks ready to party in a blue midi dress. This is a dress that would see anyone through a variety of situations as you could wear it to a ball or to a bar. The lace detail is just gorgeous.

Erin O’Connor

Model Erin shows off her long legs in black trousers but she has a white shirt on to add some summer brightness to the look. A white shirt is a wardrobe essential in summer as you can wear it day to night and fit in with any dress code. Whether you wear it with jeans or trousers, a white shirt somehow looks like you’ve made a bit of an effort.

Which outfit do you like best?

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Summer Fashion: Celebs Dress Up For Solstice

Summer is officially here now that we’ve just had the summer solstice (the longest day of the year). And what better way to celebrate than by throwing a party? Now that it stays light for longer, an early evening party in the fresh air can last for longer.

Light, summer parties have a different atmosphere than parties in a dark space – I just think we all feel more free. And everyone’s in a good mood when it’s warm and hot rather than when it’s cold and you have to wear a million layers. When dressing for summer parties, the goal is to stay cool and look cool and the stars got this right at their summer solstice party at London’s five star EDITION hotel. Let’s have a look at their outfits for some inspiration:

Alexa Chung

Alexa has always been on-trend with the latest fashions and I think she looked absolutely stunning in a tea dress. It’s floaty and it’s feminine and the lace detail on the neckline made the outfit look a lot more eye-catching. With this dress, you wouldn’t need a coat and would be comfortable whatever the weather.

Laura Bailey

Florals are perfect for summer and model Laura Bailey looks fabulous in her floral maxi dress. Maxi dresses are super flattering and so are prints because the colours attract the eye to the length of the dress to make the wearer appear slimmer. You can never have enough florals in your life – or wardrobe!

Sienna Miller

Sequins are so much fun in the sun as they reflect the light and make sure everyone sits up and pays attention. If you want to stand out for the right reasons at a summer party then a sequin dress will help you do that. Sienna accessorises with a lovely golden tan and black sandals and looks a million dollars.

Mollie King

When dressing for summer, fabric is important. Mollie’s satin cami and loose long coat would ensure she kept her cool whatever happened during the night. That smile expresses the fact that she both looks and feels fantastic.

Whose summer outfit did you like the most? Enjoy the start of summer!

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Look who’s new to Very this Summer…

When it comes to finding the perfect pair of shoes look no further! ALDO have landed on Very with their summer collection and we are in love! Their innovative designs make fashion affordable meaning you can keep up with the seasonal styles without breaking the bank. Now you can shop these amazing styles at Very.co.uk just in time for the summer months!

ALDO have set their imagination free and have created some unique style accessories for Spring/Summer 2016. ALDO showcases their design team’s seasonal trends through a cast of authentic personalities that embody the founding spark of each unique inspiration. With the diverse collection now available online at Very, it is definitely not one to be missed. From summer sandals to show stopping heels, you are sure to find your perfect style no matter what the occasion.

Cheer up your neutrals with a ray of bright! Whether you are going out for dinner, to a wedding or you just want to brighten up your work wardrobe, shop the collection which is inspired by sunshine. We love the yellow Marys ghillie tie heeled sandal and the Dalias block heel. Bold, beautiful and versatile, these really are the perfect summer heels.

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This season’s must have shoes are the ghillies – it’s all about the lace up heels this summer. Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner have been spotted wearing this style and we can’t get enough of them! Whether you’re more fashion forward and like the dramatic look of them being tied up to your mid-calf, or you prefer the understated look and tie them around the ankle, these shoes work with all of your favourite skirts, dresses or even jeans to give you a real on-trend look…they will instantly update the classics in your wardrobe!

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It’s not all about the shoes… also available at Very is a selection of bags and purses, from clutches to totes, pastels to monochromes. Our favourites for the season have to be the tribal print collection. The tote bag and cross body bag both offer alternative twists on the tribal style and are perfect for jazzing up your outfits this summer. Whether you are taking them to work or on holiday they wouldn’t look out of place. They look perfect teamed with an all-black maxi dress – just adding that hint of colour to make your outfit pop whilst remaining effortlessly chic

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Check out Very.co.uk for even more styles available from ALDO. With an extensive online collection of both shoes and bags, you are bound to find something you love! With summer just around the corner, you don’t want to miss out!

Get Inspired. Get Moving. Be #BETTERFORIT

Very.co.uk 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 Very.co.uk and the NTC app helping you to get #BETTERFORIT this Summer with Nike.