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  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 (03.09.2016).
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  6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 20.09.2016. Prize: Nutri Ninja Blender (various models). 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.
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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 (23.09.2016).
  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 24.09.2016. Prize: Whirlpool Supreme Care Washing Machine. There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependent. 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.
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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).

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

Celeb Style At Burberry Fragrance Launch

Wearing a gorgeous perfume makes us all feel fantastic in just the same way that a lovely dress does. When you smell good, you feel confident and ready for anything. The celebrities realise the importance of this as they’re always launching their own fragrances or modelling for a designer perfume brand and now Downton Abbey and Cinderella actress Lily James is the face of a new Burberry scent.

To celebrate her new role, Lily hosted a party for all her celebrity friends at the five star London hotel, Claridges. As the scent was taken care of, the celebrities only had to make an effort with their outfits. They all looked stunning and the overall vibe was classy and sophisticated, reflecting the fact that it was held in one of London’s poshest hotels. The trend was for classic colours of black, white and red, which suited the formal occasion.

Lets have a closer look at the best celebrity outfits for some fabulous formal wear style inspiration:

Lily James

When it’s your party, you need to look and feel fantastic and Lily did just that in a black bardot midi dress with classic black heels. This is a feminine and elegant look. It’s a lot classier than a mini dress but not as prim as a maxi dress and the shape suits her perfectly as it emphasises her slim waist. If you want to make a sophisticated impression then a midi dress is the ideal choice.

Jenna Coleman

Jenna, who we’re soon to see tons more of on our TV screens as a young Queen Victoria, also wore a black midi dress. There’s definitely a trend going on there. However, hers was more of a party dress due to it’s daring plunge neckline. It shows she’s classy but she has a fun side. The formal black jacket is a good shout as it means that she can cover up if she feels like she’s flashing too much flesh for the occasion. This jacket would look equally good with jeans as it does her dress.

Gemma Chan

There’s nothing like wearing red to a party to get noticed and I love that Gemma’s is scarlet red. It’s like she’s loud and proud of that! However, it’s still appropriate for a formal occasion as its a maxi length so it’s a conservative shape but a super cool colour.

Cressida Bonas and Clara Paget

Prince Harry’s ex girlfriend went for a more striking monochrome look with slim leg black trousers and a crisp white shirt. This is formal wear with attitude. And she wasn’t the only one at the party to do this as stylist and TV presenter Clara Paget went for a trousers and shirt look too. As both accessorised with sky high heels, they looked sleek and in control. What do you think of this look?

Laura Carmichael

Lily’s Downton Abbey co-star went for a simple black top like the rest of the guests but she added a statement green skirt. Sometimes it is fun to do things a little differently. She knew people would be watching as its the first public appearance she’s made with fellow Downton cast mate Michael Fox and so she put on a show with her vibrant skirt. I like her way of thinking.

Are you going to any fancy parties soon? Which celebs outfit would you prefer to wear?

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Turtle Beach – Don’t just see the action, be part of it!

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Perfect for Playstation gamers

Elite 800

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Welcome to Turtle Beach Elite. The 800 is completely wireless and is the ultimate headset for PS4 and PS3! They also cancel out any external noise, meaning you can chat to your friends all day long, with no interruption.

 Perfect for Xbox gamers

Elite 800X

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Watch and play all day with Elite 800X which provides up to 10 hours of battery life! You can also take calls during gameplay with the Bluetooth pairing and the headset is completely wireless.

Perfect for multi-platform gamers

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V Festival 2016: Celebrity Style

V Festival is the hottest ticket in August – the acts are A’list and there are tons of celebs chilling at the festival site and watching the bands like the rest of us. It’s not every day that you get to see Rihanna up close on stage, and the fact that celebs like Laura Whitmore and Millie Mackintosh are in the front row and letting their hair down like the rest of us makes it so much more fun!

Most of the celebs had been planning their outfits for ages, knowing that cameras are everywhere at V. It’s the UK’s version of Coachella as everybody makes an effort to look fantastic, and the celebs in the VIP area have access to a beauty tent so that they can top up their make-up. They have no excuses for looking anything other than fabulous.

Looking at the celebs’ V festival outfits is great inspiration for the rest of the festivals like Bestival and it may make you want to go to V next year. If it does, I suggest looking at these gorgeous celebs who looked sensational. These are the eight standout outfits from the festival:

(1)  Rihanna

You had to know that Rihanna would bring attitude and give it her all. And it doesn’t get more fabulous than over the knee boots, a PU skirt and a PU jacket. You can always trust Rihanna to put on a show. If you ever get a chance to see her live, snap it up!

(2) Foxes

How fabulous is this bright red shirt? I love the fact that Foxes’ outfit is so simple and easy to wear, but she still has stage presence because the top is so bright. Sometimes all you need is one statement piece and you’ll look fantastic, no matter what you wear it with.

Laura Whitmore

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Laura was busier than the acts as she was hosting MTV’s live coverage with Conor Maynard and running round to interview all the stars. With a job like that she needed to look pretty because she was on the TV, but it also had to be practical. Shorts are great for that as there’s no chance of a wardrobe malfunction and I spotted  the V by Very high waisted frill shorts are similar to Laura’s indigo ones. These would look lovely with a bomber jacket like the Glamorous floral print bomber jacket – Iayers are essential at a festival.

 (4) All Saints’ Shaznay Lewis

I love how Shaznay did double leather by wearing leather trousers with a biker jacket. As the trousers are loose-fitting, she looks super cool. All Saints may have formed in the 90s but Shaznay is still on trend in the 2010s now they’ve all reformed.

(5) Little Mix

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The girl band showed off their unique styles but they had one thing in common – they all got their legs out and they’re all wearing ankle boots. For every festival, it’s useful to take ankle boots and wellies because you’ll be too hot in wellies if the sun makes an appearance.

(6) Millie Mackintosh

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Millie looked very glamorous in a brown mini dress with  black leather jacket and black accessories. This is not a typical festival outfit as it’s so matchy matchy, but it just goes to show that as long as you have sensible footwear and an extra layer then you can be as girly and feminine as you want. I like that!

(7) Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire

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Pixie is a regular at V as it’s held near where she’s from in Essex, so she’s used to picking gorgeous festival outfits. Her white shorts make her legs look lovely and tanned and they go brilliantly with a strapless top. What do you think?

(8) Ferne McCann

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You have to hand it to Ferne – she took a fashion risk with her yellow outfit and blue boots. It looks like a costume from the recent Absolutely Fabulous movie. You can get away with something like this at a festival, because they’re a place you can experiment with fashion. You won’t see most of the people at the festival ever again so you can try new things.

Who wore  your fave V festival look?

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Lenovo Competition

Want to win a Lenovo Ideapad 510s? Enter on Facebook here!

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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 03.09.2016.
  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 17.09.2016. Prize: Lenovo Ideapad 510S. 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

Celebrity Style Steal: Daisy Lowe Day And Night

It’s just been announced that Daisy Lowe will salsa her way into the next series of Strictly Come Dancing. This means the model will have access to a fabulous wardrobe of bold colours and sequins when the series starts next month. Sometimes the costumes are better than the actual dances, aren’t they?

Daisy has an advantage in the fashion stakes before the series has even started as she has a unique, comfortable but flawless style going on. This could be because  she’s been exposed to fashion from a young age through her mother Pearl Lowe, who was one of Kate Moss’s best friends. This means that she seems super confident with what she wears. Whether it’s a little black dress on a night out or some super cool dungarees for a day of shopping, Daisy walks with attitude and that will stand her in good stead to bring that little bit extra on the dancefloor. Just look at how she pouts and holds her hand on her hip on a night out.

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Wearing a well-fitted LBD can help give you Daisy’s confidence. The River Island black slinky cami dress (above right) is very similar if you want a dress to help make you feel amazing when you walk into a room.

When you have a black dress, you do need some accessories to complete the look. Daisy has a red handbag like the Ted Baker geometric bow clutch bag and then some classic black heels like the Shoe Box Palma point court microsuede shoes.

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So that’s the night sorted but what can you wear to make you feel fabulous in the day? Try something a bit different to jeans by wearing denim overalls and you’ll stand out from the crowd. Daisy’s fabulous dungarees are like the Levi’s heritage overalls in gold rush blue, which go perfectly with a white t-shirt like the New Balance accelerate short sleeve t-shirt. 

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Again, this is a simple outfit so you need to think about your accessories. Daisy has some catseye sunglasses, which look like Michael Kors cats eye sunglasses (below left). She finishes the look in a rock chick way with some Converse Chuck Taylor hi-tops (below right).

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What do you think of Daisy’s fashion sense? Do you think she’ll do well in Strictly?

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V Festival: Best Celebrity Fashion Ever

The V Festival is like the UK’s version of Coachella. Because it’s possible to leave the campsite at night and stay in a hotel in town if you don’t want to camp, the fashion and beauty standards are  so much higher.

This year is the 21st anniversary of V Festival so it’s the ideal time to look at some of the best outfits worn to V by the celebs over the years. If you’re planning on going to V or to Bestival in September, you’ll get some inspiration about what to wear. It’s always beneficial to plan your outfits  in advance as you don’t want to get on site and panic. Keep everything as stress-free as possible by knowing in advance that you’ll look good and then you can start the party from the moment you arrive!

Our favourite V Festival outfits of all times are:

(1) Beyonce

Beyonce looked incredible in a blue jumpsuit, looking every inch like the strong, powerful woman that she is. Who run the world? Girls! Well, Beyonce definitely does in a jumpsuit like that.

(2) Katy Perry

Shorts are ideal for a festival and Katy looked super cute in her high-waisted black shorts. I also love her white sunglasses that add the rock star edge.

(3) Taylor Swift

Even before she hit the big time, when she was still in her country and western phase, Taylor looked stylish. The great thing about a fringe detail dress is that they shake when you move. Taylor’s dress is really similar to the V by Very fringe halterneck dress.

(4) Lily Allen

Leather and denim always go together and Lily is a shining example of that in her leather jacket and denim shorts. Both of those fabrics are super durable, which is important if you’re at a festival and plan to do a lot of partying!

(5) Rochelle Humes

Rochelle brought a bit of glamour to V by channeling the boho vibe. I love her brown midi skirt and the bardot top is so on trend right now!

(6) Pixie Lott

Pixie showed that you can still look pretty at a festival. A white dress is a great way to keep cool and can be worn with ankle boots or sandals, depending on the weather.

(7) Laura Whitmore

Layering is essential at festivals and Laura does it superbly in denim shorts and a floaty beige jacket. She often dresses to show off her legs, which is understandable. If you’re proud of a body part then you should dress to show it off.

(8) Millie Mackintosh

Millie often has a rock chick style and she stuck to her favourite look at V in black skinny jeans and a black t-shirt. You’ll look good and feel better if you stick to what suits you – don’t feel like you have to compromise just because you’re going somewhere new. Be yourself and you’ll ooze attitude.

(9) Foxes

I love this look as Foxes’ black trousers and crop top make it seem as if she’s going on a night out and then you see that she’s wearing black trainers so she’s really comfortable. The hat is awesome as it hides festival hair while making you look cool and interesting.

(10) Rita Ora

Sometimes you can really have fun with fashion at a festival as you’re in a place where not that many people know you. You can test it out on a festival crowd and then wear it again when you get home if it works. If not, no bother. I think Rita’s wild red outfit looks amazing though and the red lipstick tops it off perfectly.

What was your favourite outfit?

The V Festival 2016 line-up is star-studded with Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Sia, Tinie Tempah, The Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David, Fleur East and Example. We’ll bring you all the festival gossip in a separate blog post so you can see how who did what and what they wore!

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Jennifer Lawrence: Top 5 Fashion Moments

She’s best known for playing teenager Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games but Jennifer Lawrence is now celebrating her 26th birthday. Happy birthday J-Law!

From the moment she fell up the stairs at the Oscars when collecting her Best Actress award for Silver Linings Playbook, to photos of her leaving nightclubs in the early hours of the morning – Jennifer looks like such a fun person to hang out with. She’s gorgeous and she’s a Hollywood star, but she comes across as a regular girl who’s done well and wants to make the most of every minute of her success.

In honour of her birthday, let’s have a look at 5 of the most fabulous outfits she’s ever worn. When she’s dressed up, she looks amazing!

(1) Oscars 2013: White Maxi Dress

Jennifer looked sweet and innocent in a white maxi dress, which made people bond with her when she fell up the steps and messed it up. Because she looks sweet and girly, rather than edgy we can all relate to her more – there’s nothing stand-offish about her. The white colour also flatters her skin tone, helping her get a golden glow that complements the colour of the Oscars statue.

(2) Golden Globes 2016: Red Maxi Dress

After a few years at the top of Hollywood, Jennifer has more attitude and she shows that off in a bold red maxi dress. At that award ceremony, she won a trophy for her role in Joy and she definitely should win a fashion award for that dress too. The shape’s so simple but the colour’s fantastic.

(3) David Letterman Appearance: Red Dress and Blazer

J-Law really suits red and so when she wants to make an impression it’s the colour she turns to. A red mini dress is more suitable for a night out than a TV appearance so she dressed it down with a black blazer. This is a clever way to  go from day to night as she’s ready to party when the blazer comes over.

(4) Oscars 2016: Black Feather Dress

Wow! As she’s got older, she’s taking more risks with fashion. She pulled it off in a black maxi dress with feather embellishment, holding her hand on her hip like she was proud of herself.  Arriving at an event in a dress with such embellishment causes people to stop and stare as there’s so much detail to look at.

(5) Serena premiere – Blazer Dress

Jennifer has great legs and when you’re happy with a body part you should dress to show it off! She looks awesome in a tuxedo blazer dress, which makes her look strong and in control as well as gorgeous.

As you can see, she looks like a star in mini dress, maxi dress and midi dresses as she wears everything with attitude! Which outfit do you like the most?

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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.

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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).

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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.”

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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.”

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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

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Why?

  • 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

 

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Why?

  • 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.

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Celebrity Style Steal: Rita Ora’s Red Look

Rita Ora’s proved her music ability and now she’s testing her fashion credentials by taking over from Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model. They’re big shoes to fill so she needs to make a bold, dramatic entrance. What better way to do that then with red?

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When Rita does something, she does it properly and rather than being cautious about red she goes all out with a colour block red jumpsuit. This is a strong look and that reflects on her in a good way – it shows that she’s prepared to take risks and have some fun. Wearing something like this gives you confidence so even when you’re nervous about making an impression, a colour block look like red will give you more attitude.

Inspired by Rita, I’ve found a few different ways to go all out in red. One option is a jumpsuit like Rita’s like the Coast Raisa jumpsuit (above). Or why not try a maxi skirt? I love the V by Very pleated maxi skirt, which are almost as fabulous as the  V by Very smart chino trousers.

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Now you’ll need some red tops to complete the colour block trend. The  V by Very lace insert jersey back blouse (above left) would go well with skirt or trousers, while you could wear the  V by Very jersey blazer (above right) with trousers for a look that shows you mean business.

Want a more smart casual alternative? The V by Very rib detail boxy jumper (below ) is both comfortable and cool due to it’s flattering shape.

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But if you’re more of a dress person then there a plenty of ways to go all out in a completely red dress that will make everyone’s head turn. You’ll have all eyes on you – for the right reasons – in the Little Mistress embellished maxi dress with its fantastic neckline (below left). Or if you’re really adventurous, check out the Rare textured mesh bardot dress, with it’s stunning side detail – it’ll blow people’s minds. For girls on the go, the V by Very high neck ruffle dress will see you from day to night and you’ll be at the heart of the 60s trend.

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Are you ready for red?

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David Brent: Life On The Road Premiere Fashion

The Office has to be one of the most iconic British comedy TV series of all times so there are high expectations for the film. Can the humour translate from the small screen to the big screen? And can  the characters cause enough drama to create a feature-length storyline?

Fortunately, the answer to both of these questions is yes if the reports from the film critics are anything to go by. For that reason, all the stars were in a celebratory mood at the film premiere as they were confident that the cinema audience would love it! The celeb guests at the premiere were all excited about watching it and dressed up for the occasion – there were some beautiful dresses.

This is a classic British movie and the premiere showed that us Brits can pick party dresses that stand out at a special occasion. Let’s have a closer look:

Emily Atack

Actress Emily Atack came to support her friends in a stunning white bodycon dress. It really complements her summer tan and stands out on a red carpet. This dress is perfect for a day at the races or a summer birthday party.

Katie Piper

TV presenter Katie went for a multicolour maxi dress that’s both fun and fabulous. When you wear something that’s a little bit different, it helps you strut into a room and Katie glowed with happiness as she walked the red carpet. The dark red lipstick finishes the look perfectly and gives her some attitude.

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She may be pregnant, but that doesn’t mean TV presenter Anna Wiliamson can’t be fashionable. The black midi dress that she’s wearing is actually a regular dress but in a slightly larger size than normal. I love the mesh effect – what do you think?

Abbie Murphy

Abbie’s one of the stars of the film and she channeled old school Hollywood glamour at the premiere in a navy blue evening dress with a full skirt. When combined with classic black stilettos and an elegant low bun hairstyle, she looks super sophisticated. It’s a very feminine look.

Whose dress do you like the most? David Brent: Life On The Road is released on 19 August, so you can judge what it’s like for yourself.

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Brazilian Supermodel Style: Get The Look

There’s not just sport going on this summer in Rio – there’s a real party atmosphere to accompany it. The opening ceremony showed off what the country does well and touched on environmental issues like global warming and rising sea levels. What I enjoyed was that the country’s most stylish models played a key part of it.

Adriana Lima carried the symbolised torch, Alessandro Ambrosio covered it on NBC and Gisele Bundchen looked gorgeous as she played a role in the televised ceremony. Brazilian models always seem to look incredible – we can learn a lot from them. Let’s have a look at the hottest five Brazilian models and the roles some of them have played in the games for some inspiration:

Gisele Bundchen

Gisele looked fabulous in a silver maxi dress during the opening ceremony. She strutted down the catwalk putting her years of experience to good use. However, even if you have no model training, you still walk tall when you know you look fabulous and maxi dresses always help with that as they’re both formal and flattering.

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Adriana was one of the torch bearers and she looked pretty in her sports kit, but even better in a long sleeve maxi dress at a party afterwards. I like a long sleeve maxi dress because it adds a bit of drama to a dress.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra shows that even models have to exercise to stay in shape – you can tell she does a lot of running as she’s light on her feet. I love her red trainers!

Ana Beatriz Barros

Victoria’s Secret Model Ana Beatriz Barros is always on the list of the Most Beautiful Women in the world and in her cream maxi dress I can see why. She’ll be watching some of the games and I can’t wait to see what casual clothes she wears as a spectator as they’re bound to be chic and stylish.

Izabel Goulart

Izabel was photographed at the airport arriving in Rio for the sporting action, but one of my favourite outfits she’s worn recently was a  gold dress at a film premiere. If you’ve got a bit of a tan (real or bottled from St Tropez) then gold will lift it out and give you a real glow. It’s a stunning colour!

Are you feeling ready to celebrate, Brazilian style? Whether you’re watching the sport or not, you can always use it as an excuse to party!

Zoe x

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.

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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?!

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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.

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Celebrity Style Steal: Renee Zellweger’s Little Black Dress

Renee Zellweger’s soon to back on screen as  Bridget Jones’s Baby is released on 16th September, so she’s getting a bit of practice dressing up for all the premieres she’ll have to attend. The actress attended the Foreign Press Association’s banquet in Los Angeles, looking chic and sophisticated in a LBD.

The best thing about a little black dress is that you can wear it anywhere and never look out of place. It’s the first time Renee’s attended this banquet and she’s had ups and downs with the press, so this smart outfit shows that she’s trying to make amends. She looks stunning without being showy – this is a great outfit if you have someone special to impress.

What I like about Renee’s dress is that it has a unique hemline to give it a talking point and this is very similar to the V by Very plait back jersey dress. With this dress, you don’t need many accessories but you can see that Renee has a large ring on her index finger. It reminds me of the Love Cocktails pink sensation rose gold cocktail ring. She’s gone au naturel on the make-up, with gorgeous nude lips that can be achieved with something like the L’Oreal Paris Collection Eva nude.

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Now look at a full-length photo and you can Renee’s finished the look with some classic black stilettos. They’re just like the Shoe Box Palma point court microsuede shoes.

Are you excited about the next Bridget Jones film? Renee seems in good shape for it!

Zoe x

Suicide Squad Premiere: Celeb Style

With supermodel Cara Delevingne starring in Suicide Squad, there were high hopes that the premiere would be a super glamorous affair. It certainly didn’t disappoint as star after star walked the red carpet in something fabulous. It was almost more like a catwalk show than a red carpet!

As Cara knows all the top designers personally, she could have chosen from hundreds of outfits but she definitely went for the best one she could. Her black dress with leather accessories made her stand out as the star of the film. While her co-star Margot Robbie looked lovely in a bold tiger print and floral maxi dress, Cara was cool in an understated way. She may have known it too as she walked the red carpet with her head held high and swung her hips with attitude in typical Cara style. It’s only when you feel good in an outfit that you have the confidence to do that.

Let’s have a closer look at what the stars wore, as it’s very inspiring if you’ve got any big nights out planned:

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Cara oozed attitude in a black mini dress, leather jacket and over the knee boots. She’s guaranteed to get a lot of criticism for changing from modelling to acting, and this is her way of saying ‘don’t mess’. Whatever the critics say about her, there’s no denying that she looks incredible. Talk about power dressing – I love it!

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Margot was the perfect contrast to Cara in a girly white maxi dress. I wonder if they coordinated it so that Cara would be in black and Margot in white and they’d get more attention when they stood together. Margot looks feminine and summery – a white maxi dress is the ultimate in summer fashion as you can wear it from day to night.

Poppy Delevingne

 

Cara’s elder sister Poppy also had an understated outfit on as she didn’t want to upstage her sister. The bright kimono shows she’s made a bit of an effort but the rest of the outfit is low-key. This is a very flattering outfit as the shape and the colour of the kimono takes the eye away from your figure.

Georgia May Jagger

 

Georgia looked like a cartoon character come to life in a leather-look dress with her bright red hair.  She’s one of Cara’s best pals and she certainly made an effort to support her friend looking super sexy!

Laura Whitmore

 

Laura always looks incredible as she never follows the crowd and she stood out at the premiere in a trouser suit while most people were wearing dresses. What really makes this is the colour pop sleeves and super high heels – you just wouldn’t cross her in that outfit.

Nicola Roberts

 

The Girls Aloud singer kept it simple in a blue midi dress, which really flattered her figure. Sometimes, simple is best as you come across as cool without having tried too hard. What do you think?

Which red carpet outfit did you like the most? Suicide Squad starring Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie alongside Will Smith and Jared Leto is out on 5 August.

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Teen Choice Awards: Smart Maxi Skirts And Trousers

I love an awards ceremony as it gets lots of celebrities in one place and then we can really get a good look at some fabulous party outfits! At the Teen Choice awards in LA there was a great mix of stars – actresses, singers and models. The awards honour the biggest stars in music, movies, TV and fashion with the unique feature being that they were chosen by teen voters.

The winners are clearly in touch with what’s popular and fashionable right now as teen viewers are hard to please. And to appeal to the voters, all the celebs made an effort with their outfits and many seemed to be very imaginative. Rather than wearing maxi dresses, they experimented with maxi skirts, trousers and jumpsuits. They had to put more thought into these outfits and it was inspirational as it showed that you can look beyond a traditional maxi dress for a red carpet look.

If you’re not a dress person, you may be inspired by these super cool Teen Choice Awards outfits:

Jessica Alba

Jessica looks glowing in black trousers and a black crop top. You can tell that she feels comfortable and because of that she feels happy. This is a fantastic way to combine glamour and comfort.

Lea Michele

Lea looked gorgeous in a monochrome maxi skirt, which had a boho vibe to it. Black and white always stands out and even more so if it’s on a skirt rather than on a dress. Wearing a crop top and high waisted skirt draw attention to the slimmest part of the waist to create a stunning hourglass shape.

Chanel Iman

Model Chanel also opted for a maxi skirt and a crop top – models know what’s flattering and they wear it when they’re off duty. I love the gold colour, Chanel looks just radiant!

Gina Rodriguez

The Fast and the Furious actress had tons of attitude in a trouser suit. The bow at the neck adds a quirky edge while the black heels give a girly twist. When wearing a trouser suit, it’s all about the accessories to personalise the look. It allows you to really express your personality with your entrance and throughout the night. There are no restrictions when wearing a trouser suit – if you want to stand on your head on the dancefloor then you can!

Laverne Cox

The Orange is the New Black actress looked sensational in a long sleeve black jumpsuit. The belts at the waist highlight her slim waist and black is a really flattering colour. I like this look because Lauren looks edgy but also feminine. What do you think?

What do you prefer – the maxi skirt look or a style with smart trousers? It’s so refreshing to see alternatives to maxi dresses at an awards ceremony!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Celebrity Style Steal: The Floral Trend

Florals instantly brighten up an outfit and make us feel more feminine and carefree! Just look at actress Isla Fisher (above left), who was photographed walking through London in a lovely floral midi dress.

She’s a busy mum-of-three, married to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen of Ali G and Borat fame, writes her own collection of kids’ books and looks incredible! The secret to this has to be having a lot of outfits that are easy to wear in the sense that they’re not too tight or restrictive, nor are they in light colours if you have kids, but that make you feel fantastic the moment they’re on. Florals do this as they’re so uplifting with the colours providing warmth so you look like you’ve made an effort even if you’ve just thrown the dress on in two minutes.

Florals suit everyone as they can be worn many ways. Here are three of my favourite ways:

(1) The bodycon floral

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Pink flowers on a black dress go so well together and the lace on this Lipsy floral print lace strappy dress makes it so girly and gorgeous. This is how you’d wear the floral trend for a night out and it looks great on most shapes and sizes as the bodycon effect flatters all physiques and shows off womanly curves.  With this you don’t need to spend time looking for accessories as the dress does all the talking.

(2) The day dress floral

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This Joe Browns tea for two dress is so easy to wear – it’s loose and flowy so it’d keep you cool but you can throw on a cute cardigan over the top and still look feminine. The colours on the tea dress brighten up the dress so you feel like you’re ready for anything – looking good makes us feel more positive.

(3) The prom dress floral

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This is a way to wear the floral trend for a formal occasion like a wedding. It is a flattering shape as the cinched in waist and wide skirt creates an hourglass effect. The loose skirt also makes it cool for a summers day. What do you think of the V by Very bandeau panel floral prom dress above?

But to really look like a celebrity like Isla in a floral dress, you need some accessories like shoes and sunglasses. Isla’s berry shoes perfectly offset the floral colours, just like the Dune Mary Jane court shoes. The cute sunglasses are similar to the Michael Kors catseye sunglasses.

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What do you think of the floral trend? I’m up for anything that saves time!

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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 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:

Pixie Lott

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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