The most extra Airbnb Plus properties to book in 2019

The most extra Airbnb Plus properties to book in 2019

Because we all want to live our best lives, Airbnb have launched a new tier of premium properties called Plus, which are available to book in over 41 cities across the world. We’ve found the most luxurious ones you’ll want to book ASAP for 2019, from tree houses with jungle pools in Bali to chic loft apartments in Montréal.

Artistic and Quirky Home with a Copper Bath and Breakfast in Bangkok, Thailand

Each bedroom has its own floor in this Bangkok home, with a different artist theme, private bathroom with 3 different kinds of bathtub. From Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo to personal pencil drawings, this home is bursting with artistic charm.

Old Port Apartment with Exposed Brick Walls and City Views in Montréal, Canada

Host dinner at a table for six in a space with lavish arched windows presenting views of the cobblestoned city streets below. Gather on a tufted sectional sofa for after-dinner drinks in the company of exposed brick walls and cosmopolitan decor.

Cozy Eclectic Art-Filled Loft in Trendy Bree Street, Cape Town, South Africa

Select an album from the vinyl collection to play on a vintage hi-fi system. Then sink into deep leather armchairs in a spacious room with black walls, white ceilings, and an eclectic array of art and artifacts collected on the homeowner’s travels.

Enchanting 16th Century Dovecot Cottage in Private Garden, Edinburgh

A historic stone dovecot, with illuminated ancient pigeon nesting-boxes, for a serene rustic-chic getaway.

Peaceful Treehouse with Ocean View, California

Enjoy panoramic ocean and forest views from a hammock in this secluded treehouse. Inside, mid-century furniture and architectural details are made of natural materials like wood and stone setting a calming, sanctuary tone throughout.

Elegant Baroque Apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

Step back into the 18th century with this opulent, vibrant apartment. While furnished with antiques, the comfort is modern and the art is distinctive. The kitchen and bathrooms are modern with the latest equipment.

Magical Treehouse with Jungle Pool above the Rice Fields, Bali

The Treehouse at Satori is more than an enchanting hideaway, we also have the loveliest team ready to help you create a stress-free, unforgettable adventure. All you’ll need to do is check-in and enjoy the Bali magic.

Stayloom’s Opulent Esplanade Estate near the French Quarter, New Orleans

Stay at this stately 19th-century mansion featuring traditional NOLA architecture and modern design elements. From eclectic artwork and refined furnishings to an 18-foot dining table, this home offers a unique and opulent atmosphere.

Private and Serene Loft Style House in Central Seminyak, Indonesia

Feel a true Balinese welcome by stepping between pink bougainvilleas that match exterior walls, and into a courtyard with tropical plantings. A sense of belonging continues inside with a comforting blend of modern conveniences and local accents.

Tranquil Javanese-Style Apartment in Oakleigh East, Australia

Study the exquisite detail of the antique Javanese garden wall, or meditate beside the calming fish pond. BBQ on the huge covered deck, also a perfect place for catching some morning rays. Or settle back with a book from the well-stocked shelves.

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The chicest places to get an ear piercing in London

The chicest places to get an ear piercing in London

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Gone are the days where getting your ears pierced involved a trip to your local Claire’s accessories. While we’re not knocking it (ah, the memories), the piercing game has evolved quite a bit since those days.

I used to have two piercings, one in each ear, but in the past couple years, my collection has grown to nine, and call it late teenage rebellion, but it seems I’m not the only one wanting more bling on my ear. A wave of new ‘ear designers’ (I’m looking at you Maria Tash) and piercing studios means that your adult piercing experience has gone more luxe.

No titanium studs here, instead, think delicate gold and diamonds, which means you’ll never have to remove them if you don’t want to. If you fancy joining the rebellion, here are a few London addresses to know about.

Lark & Berry ear piercing

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Where? The Lark & Berry store, 52a George Street, W1U 7EA

What? Sustainable women’s jewellery brand, Lark & Berry have launched an in-store piercing studio complete with a 14K gold piercing capsule collection set with cultured stones, and diamonds. It has been developed with an expert body piercer to curate jewellery that minimise scarring in a new piercing, including hoops which have an increased thickness that have been designed specifically for piercings.

How much? Piercings are free with the jewellery, which costs from £95. Book here.

Maria Tash ear piercing

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Where? Liberty and Harrods

What? Jewellery designer Maria Tash started off with a studio in New York, which was a hit with celebs and editors alike, thanks to her excellent ‘ear curation’ skills. She will basically look at your ear and suggest which piercings and where they will look nicer. She’s now brought her studio to Liberty and Harrods, and whilst not cheap, her diamond or pearl coronet hoops are forever.

How much? Piercings from £15, jewellery from £100. Book here for appointments at either Liberty or Harrods.

Astrid & Miyu ear piercing

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Where? The Astrid & Miyu Covent Garden (35 Neal Street WC2h 9PR) store or the St Christopher’s Place store (4 St Christopher’s Place W1U 1LZ)

What? If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, then Astrid & Miyu’s range is super stylish. They have a specific range they use for piercings, which are either titanium or solid gold, which include delicate studs and hoops.

How much? From £45, including jewellery. Book here.

Nichola Joss ear piercing

Where? 39 Harley Street, W1G 8QH

What? Best known for being Meghan Markle’s favourite facialist, Nichola Joss has teamed up with Shen London to offer luxury piercings in-store. Each labret or stud is crafted in 18kt white or yellow gold and adorned with D colour, VS+ Clarity diamonds of triple excellent cut offering some of the world’s most rare and precious stones.

How much? It’s pricey, but then again you’ll never want to take them off. Piercing is free with the purchase of jewellery, which starts at £470 for studs. Book here.

Maria Black ear piercing

Where? In Selfridges

What? Copenhagen-based jewellery designer Maria Black has brought her paired-back Scandi aesthetic to London. Her piercings are made in 14K yellow and white gold, complimented by stunning diamonds and coloured sapphires, and are even better when layered.

How much? Sadly the pop-up at Selfridges is now closed, however there are rumours she might open a studio again in London, so watch this space…


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Love Actually script writer shuts down this popular fan theory

Love Actually script writer shuts down this popular fan theory


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is upon us, and as we count down the days to 25th December you’ll probably find yourself screeching Mariah Carey at the office Christmas party, opening the doors of your beauty advent calendars, or falling asleep on the sofa with a mince pie stuck to your face.

But the best part has got to be huddling around the telly and watching all of the Harry Potter movies (because a snowy Hogsmeade is the one), the EastEnders Christmas special (even if you don’t watch it for the other 364 days of the year, it’s TV gold) and – of course – Love Actually.

The film is a festive classic – whether you think Andrew Lincoln’s cue cards are cute or creepy. So considering that you’ve probably already seen it approximately 249 times already, you’ll have heard some of the best fan theories. Like the one about Prime Minister David (Hugh Grant) and Natalie (Martine Mccutcheon).

In case you haven’t, it goes like this.

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When David catches the US President making a move on Natalie, he asks his chief of staff, Annie, to have her ‘redistributed’. Natalie then sends David a Christmas card telling him that she is ‘his’, and luckily it’s selected as part of a ‘random sample’ of well wishes from the public and given to David to read.

However, some have speculated that Annie put Natalie’s card in the pile on purpose.

When asked whether Annie knew there was something going on between David and Natalie, script writer Emma Freud said: ‘Wow, I love that!

‘I’ve never heard that or even thought of it. I was the one who wrote the post-it saying, ‘A random sample’, so I always thought it was me who chose that Christmas card.’

Apparently, it was ‘certainly not in Richard Curtis’s mind’ that David and Natalie could have been set up by Annie.

However, the fact that Natalie’s card did land on David’s desk is a HUGE coincidence. So we’re sticking to the theory.

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Kate Middleton at one point annoyed her household staff for this wholesome reason

Kate Middleton at one point annoyed her household staff for this wholesome reason

‘She does more for herself than anyone else in her position before.’

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All of us like our house to be a certain way, from the way the kitchen cupboards are arranged to the way we fold our clothing. The same apparently goes for the royals, but unsurprisingly, the royals have a number of household staff to help keep things pristine. It makes sense, because could you imagine trying to clean Buckingham Palace on your own? Apparently Kate Middleton however shook things up a little, as she ‘desired the privacy of not having servants’ around according to Express.

The outlet said that in a 2016 documentary, journalist Ashley Pearson claimed that, ‘Kate had broken precedent in the sense that she does more for herself than anyone else in her position before.’

She also went onto reveal that Kate and Prince William’s married head housekeeper and head gardener both wound up quitting, as they had ‘worked for the Queen previously and then came over to work for Prince William and Kate’.

Pearson alleged, ‘There was a lot of speculation at the time that [Kate’s mother] Carole Middleton had been interfering in the housekeeper’s duties, that Kate was doing a lot for herself and that didn’t sit too well with the staff.’

TBH if your entire job was to look after the royals, we guess it makes sense that you’d be frustrated if you essentially had nothing to do. Express continued that Kate ‘loved to cook herself’ and ‘didn’t grow up with household staff’, so it sounds like it must have been a big adjustment.

This isn’t the first time that Kate’s tried to keep things low-key as a royal, as the keen photographer has also opted to take her children’s official portraits in the past – rather than turning to one of the Palace’s professionals. In fact, she snapped a few birthday pictures of her children and made our hearts melt with Princess Charlotte’s first day of school photograph below.

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We stan an independent gal and if anybody has a problem with that, we’d like to have a word.

That said, we hope Kate knows it’s okay to ask for help when she needs it. With her ever growing list of royal duties and three little rascals to look after, we doubt we’d ever get anything done if we were in her shoes.

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The best spas in London – because sometimes you want to get away from the world (and the people in it)

The best spas in London – because sometimes you want to get away from the world (and the people in it)

For a spot of respite in the busy city

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Whether you’re a visitor to the city or a resident in need of some time out from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan madness, the best spas in London offer the perfect moment of respite.

From tension releasing massages and decongesting facials, to soothing watsu pools and detoxing steam rooms, there is nothing better than a pamper to ease the mind and soul.

Luckily the city has some spectacular options, here is our guide to the best spas in London…

Best spas in London: Akasha

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Why is it so amazing? After a rubbish night’s sleep and a hellish commute into London, it’s safe to say that my stress levels were above average before checking myself into Akasha. Thankfully, the spa itself is the polar opposite of the streets outside – calm, clean and quiet. As you descend the steps down into the spa, you instantly feel more at peace. The first thing you spot is the incredible pool, which sits at its centre that has alcoves coming off it that house the Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. But it’s also the netural-toned marble that seems to soothe the soul too. *Side note: you don’t actually have to be on the brink of a hissy fit to enjoy this cavernous spa. You could walk in happy as Larry and still come away the most relaxed you’ve ever been.* It’s got everything you need without being so overwhelmingly big that you don’t get lost and the minimalist decor doesn’t distract you from the sole purpose of being there – relaxation.

Standout treatment? Aromatherapy Associates offers a range of treatments to tackle lifestyle concerns like stress or lack of energy; I opted for the ‘We Relax’ Wellbeing Treatment as I felt I needed help in that department. The majority of the treatment involves a massage at whatever level of pressure you prefer, combined with AA’s Light or Deep Relax oil blend and, thankfully, I left feeling like I was walking on air. Five stars. £150 for 60 minutes

Where is it? Underneath Piccadilly Circus in the Hotel Café Royal, 50 Regent Street, W1. Who knew?!

Best spas in London: The House of Elemis

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Why is it so amazing? What looks to be a tiny little beauty shop, is in fact a three-story wonder emporium. On the ground floor, you can get your hands on all of Elemis’ brilliant products, whilst the first floor and basement is where you experience world-class facials and massages that soothe even the tensest people.

Standout treatment? Elemis’ Biotec facials are out of this world as they are bespoke to you and your skin’s needs. It comines ground-breaking technology and active ingredients to wake your skin up and bring energy back to your cells. Their Biotec Skin Resurfacer leaves skin smoother and softer. Is there any better feeling? No, is the answer. From £125 for 1hr.

Where is it? Walk down a warren of cobbled streets in the depths of Mayfair, and you’ll find the House of Elemis. 2 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair, London W1

Best spas in London: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

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Why is it so amazing? While the Four Seasons treatments are dreamy, the unique selling point is the spa itself, with everything from the cosy slippers and grapefruit water to the aesthetic, which renders the spa-visitor ultimate relaxed. The oriental rooms are flooded with natural light, and whether you’re unwinding in the Sky Suite, thermal rooms or bathing in the vitality pool, it’s easy to forget the millennial stresses outside. Did I mention that there is a Hammam suite?! Now that’s pure luxury – and an excellent Instagram opportunity. You will definitely leave with your chakras rebalanced.

Standout treatment? The Hyde Park Awakening and the Four Hands at Four Seasons are probably the spa’s signature treatments, but if (like me) you’re looking to properly de-stress, I’d recommend the hot stone massage. I had never had one before and a Four Seasons offering seemed like a great start, with the treatment offering a bespoke service, depending on pressure, oils and target areas. The hot stones (basalt) are incorporated into the deep massage strokes, relieving aches and pains, releasing tension and alleviating anxiety. If you suffer from insomnia or anxiety, this is the treatment for you. At the end of the treatment – I had to be woken up because I was that relaxed. You’re then taken to a fancy pod (decked out with YuYu hot water bottles, jewelled cushions and headphones) to unwind with a pot of herbal tea and a bowl of almonds. I might have fallen asleep again. From £165, for 60 mins.

Where is it? Perfectly placed, just off Hyde Park Corner and a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city. The spa is located on the rooftop with the floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic city views of the scenes below from your own relaxing haven. Hamilton Pl, Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1

Best spas in London: Espa Life

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Why is it so amazing: There’s literally nothing about this spa that isn’t amazing. Oh Corinthia, how I do love thee. This place has everything you could possibly want and then some. Usually we think of spas as being light and airy, but the dark marble interiors and lack of daylight at this particular ESPA Life outpost really help you to close the door on the outside world and switch off. The treatment rooms, or ‘pods’ are spread out off one of the sprawling corridors and at times you feel like you have the whole spa to yourself. But the real jewel in the crown here is the thermal floor. Oh. My. There’s the usual must-have pool, steam room, plus the additional massage jets, heated loungers and ice fountain to cool you down. Plus, the separate women-only sauna and steam room in the changing rooms, and hair, nail and gym facilities to boot. And that’s before I’ve even mentioned the sauna, which is a glass box in the middle of the spa and honestly, a thing of beauty. Every little detail has been thought of and perfectly placed, to the point that I didn’t feel I needed to ‘look’ for anything (I’ve never seen such well-equipped changing rooms). It really is the perfect spa and, naturally, I’ve spent every day since my visit wanting to go back.
Standout treatment: Any of the ESPA facials, they’re all some of the best facials in London. You could pick one at random and you skin will love you for it. They are divine. From £140.
Where is it? In the unbelievably beautiful Corinthia London Hotel. You might not need a room to book in to the spa, but you’ll wish you had. Whitehall Place, Westminster, SW1

Best spas in London: Ushvani

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Why is it so amazing? This spa is understated luxury at its best, a little oasis of calm in the centre of London. Its ethos is the Malaysian Ushvani philosophy, guided by the principles of nurture, total well-being, relaxation and healthy indulgence. Inside, it translates into dark wood panelling, soft lighting, contemporary mandi baths and a lingering aroma of ginger, nutmeg and pandan leaves. Do make sure you arrive well before your treatment so you can make use of the facilities, because trust me you won’t want to wash away the oils in the hot water.

Standout treatment? If it’s your first time at the spa, then I recommend you try the house’s signature Malay massage, which starts, as all excellent massages do, with a consultation so you can truly have a bespoke experience. This is a bit of a different massage as it is a more gentle Asian approach then you might be used to, using long kneading strokes and soothing stretches rather than a more intense technique. But slow and steady wins the race, and you leave feeling deeply relied and de-stressed. At the end of the 90-minute treatment, I was taken to the spa’s special tea room to detox with comforting tea and nibble on candied ginger. 90 mins – £180 | 120 mins – £240

Where is it? Hidden away behind an oak door in the heart of Chelsea, it is a haven that guarantees the privacy of its prestigious clientele. 1 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3

Best spas in London: Bulgari Spa

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Why is it so amazing? The walls of the Bulgari Spa are paved with gold. Have we caught your attention? OK they’re not technically paved with gold, most likely painted with gold leaf, but still. If you haven’t got a holiday booked anytime soon, then I really must insist you get yourself a day pass to the Bulgari Spa instead. You can spend the whole day reclined on a chic daybed surrounded by white drapes, next to a swimming pool, reading your latest issue of Marie Claire, with the occasional visit to the steam room or dip into Watsu pool. You can while away hours here and really take the time to yourself.

Standout treatment? There are so many treatments on offer, by so many different brands that I honestly don’t think I can pick one. You could opt for a 111Skin cryotherapy energy facial – essentially a ice facial; a Jax Coco compress massage that utilieses the soothing and hydrating properties of coconut oil; an Ayurvedic-inspired Mauli signature surrender ritual; or how about a 24K gold rejuvenating facial? I mean the options are ENDLESS.

Where is it? For a spa this opulent, it can only be in once place: Knightsbridge. A stone’s throw away from Harrods on 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7

Best spas in London: Bamford Haybarn

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Why is it so amazing? Bamford Haybarn’s newest outpost at Brompton Cross is so calming, when you walk through the door it’s like your problems and stresses are checked in with your coat. Perhaps it’s the soothing colour palette – all white, beige and more white? Or the tinkling fountain that sits slap bang in the middle of the shop? Or maybe it’s the treatments or yoga classes that are offered at the back of the boutique? What ever it is, it’s working. I honestly challenge you to walk in and not have the following thoughts: ‘Gosh, I really need every single item in this boutique.’ and ‘Do you know, I think it’s time to redecorate and I’m going to forage for decor. It’ll look marvellous.’

Standout treatment? Their bSilent Body Treatment is utterly fantastic. They should rename is it bSleep Body Treatment, for you are so silent and calm that you quite literally drop off within minutes. They target pressure points all over to relieve stress and tension and after the 60 minutes you’ll feel like a new person. You’ll be so dazed, you’ll most likely drop a couple of hundred pounds in the boutique upstairs. £90 for 60 mins.

Where is it? In South Kensington surrounded by equally enticing boutiques. Brompton Cross, 104 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3

Best spas in London: Cloud Twelve

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Why is it so amazing? Cloud Twelve is a destination. It opened earlier this year as a lifestyle member’s club that definitely appeals to it’s West London neighbours. There are insane children’s facilities (I don’t have a child, nor am I one anymore, but I could totally appreciate that ball pit) on the ground floor for the yummy mummies and daddies, the brasserie on the first floor has a plant-based vegan menu and their hair and nail salon looks like the front room of a house on Portobello Road. However you really musn’t ignore its pièce de résistance: the wellness and beauty destination. On the first floor, tucked in a corner (you’d honestly miss it if you weren’t directed there) is the spa with six therapy rooms, a thermal suite including steam, sauna and salt room and quartz treatment beds from the Dolomites. On the top floor is where more magic takes place, this is where some of the city’s best wellness practitioners come and do weekly clinics – from acupuncture and reflexology to IV infusions and colonic irrigation.

Standout treatment? Any of their massages. The therapist who pummeled my back (in a good way) was so knowledgeable and talked me through everything that she was doing. She then chatted to me once it was all over about aftercare and other treatments that my knotty back might benefit from. From £140.

Where is it? Tucked down an old mews in Notting Hill at 2 – 5 Colville Mews, London W11.

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This is how Meghan Markle reacted to all the negative headlines

This is how Meghan Markle reacted to all the negative headlines

‘She’s always been so independent, her entire life, and that’s all been taken away from her.’

Meghan Markle Effect

Meghan Markle was the most Googled person of 2018, and while she was a star in her own right before she started dating Prince Harry, interest in the former Suits star has only grown since the couple got engaged, married and announced that they are expecting their first child – all in the space of a year.

But Meghan has been the subject of many negative headlines over the last few weeks. Despite the fact that the Duchess of Sussex is believed to be around six months pregnant, she has been working hard to advance girls’ education behind the scenes, even meeting up with Michelle Obama to see how they can both work towards the worthy cause.

However, she has also been mummy-shamed for cradling her bump ‘too much’, slammed for breaking royal protocol at the British Fashion Awards, and let’s not forget the alleged ‘feud’ between herself and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

She was even given a chilling warning from her sister, Samantha Markle, who made a rather bizarre reference to Anne Boleyn’s ghost ‘walking the tower with her head in her hands’. Right.

But how has Meghan reacted to all the rumours and criticisms? While she has not addressed any of the rumours or speculation directly, according to a new report she is frustrated that she cannot stand up for herself.

A royal insider spoke to Us Weekly: ‘She’s always relied on her own voice to stand up for others, and for herself. So not being able to say anything is a debilitating feeling.

‘She’s always been so independent, her entire life, and that’s all been taken away from her. She’s always been able to clap back on social media and now she can’t.’

If this is the case, it’s completely understandable – however, considering she is due to welcome her little one in a few months we’re sure the Duchess has more important things to be worrying about than tabloid gossip.

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Chris Pratt just revealed who his new girlfriend is

Chris Pratt just revealed who his new girlfriend is

We wouldn’t mess with her dad though.

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Sound the alarms, we have a new couple alert. Although it’s been rumoured for a while that Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger (yes, that Schwarzenegger) have been dating, they’ve finally stepped into the social media spotlight. Just a few hours ago, Chris Pratt posted an adorable birthday message to his new beau on Instagram – complete with a photo collage just to show how much she meant to him.

He wrote, ‘Happy Birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together.’

Pratt, who is a devout Christian according to Huffington Post, also included a photo of Katherine holding up a plaque with Jesus carved into it. He continued in his caption, ‘Thrilled God put you in my life.’

He also included a bunch of other cute relationship moments from the pair, including a little peck on the cheek, Katharine laughing and smiling and the biggest giveaway: a picture of the pair wearing animal-themed face masks together. You don’t face mask with just anybody, come on.

According to People, a source revealed Schwarzenegger’s mother Maria Shriver set the pair up. They continued that they were ‘spending every day together and Katherine has met Jack several times’; Jack being Chris Pratt’s son with his ex-wife Anna Faris. E! News also claimed that they have also spent Sunday morning ‘churchgoing’ together and were spotted having a very Los Angeles date ‘cruising aboard a pair of Bird scooters’.

Pratt also introduced her to his brother Cully, who shared a snap of their ‘day-cation’ to a Napa Valley winery called Round Pond Estate.

The winery also shared a picture of the get together and wrote that the pair were ‘every bit as warm and hilarious as you’d think’.

Chris Pratt was previously married actress Anna Faris in 2009 according to the Daily Mail, however they later announced they were parting ways in August 2017. Their divorce was made official earlier this October according to TMZ and they share ‘joint custody of their 6-year-old son Jack’.

Chris Pratt isn’t the only one who seems to have moved on, as Anna Faris has recently been linked to cinematographer Michael Barrett who has worked on the likes of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang according to the Daily Mail. He also worked on the set of her upcoming film Overboard. Things seem to be getting pretty serious between the pair, as Faris even took Barrett on a family holiday with Jack to Portofino in Italy. Barrett was photographed by the outlet giving him a piggyback and splashing about in the water, which melted our hearts a little.

Breaking up is never easy, but we’re just glad that Faris and Pratt are finding love in other places. All the happiness to them.

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This is what happened to Keira Knightley’s second (secret) wedding dress

This is what happened to Keira Knightley’s second (secret) wedding dress

When Keira Knightley got married to James Righton five years ago, she got everyone talking because she pulled a Kate Middleton and recycled a Chanel wedding dress for the ceremony – and I loved it. At the time, she said she said ‘I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again.’

However it later emerged that she had a secret second wedding, and she wore a custom Valentino gown for it. It apparently had layered lace and was embellished with tiny pink flowers.

Sadly, no one ever got to see the dress as the actress kept it private (rightly so), but she reveal what she’s done with it though. I sat down with her to discuss her latest role in the biography Colette, which is out in January, and she had some interesting ideas for it.

‘I have kept my wedding dresses. I’ve worn one of them a lot, the Chanel one, because that’s easy. The proper one, the big old one, I don’t know what to do with that? You’re not meant to get rid of it are you?,’ she said.

Like most brides, Keira revealed she hasn’t cleaned the dress (‘too frightening!’) and it’s still hanging in her wardrobe: ‘Could you frame it? I don’t have the wall space. Then I thought I could cut it up and make it into something I could wear, but then that’s a shame. It’s not ballgown, but it had a bit of a train.Unless I just wear it again and ruin it, like a party somewhere. Or maybe somebody could organise a wedding dress party, like in Friends. Yeah that’s quite cool.’

But whilst she said it would be a good dressing up dress for her daughter Edie, she doesn’t want to pressure her to wear it for her own wedding one day, ‘what if she doesn’t like it but feels like she had to? Too much pressure.’

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Keira’s first wedding dress, by Chanel

The actress hasn’t just kept her wedding dresses though, she’s also kept little mementos from her films, though in case you were wondering, they don’t include that dress from Atonement *sob*.

‘I’ve got the corset from Pirates, I’ve got corsets, gloves and a couple of hats from The Duchess. Just as ornaments, and I’m not sure what the f**k I’m going to do with gloves, they’re quite out there. They’re in a box somewhere. Sometimes I don’t want to have any of it though, occasionally I’ll ask for something small, otherwise it takes up loads of space, and we don’t have that much storage in London. I guess Edie can use it as dressing up at some point?,’ she told me.

We also chatted about wearing suits on the red carpet (she’s all for it), but that she found it tricky to shop for them.

Keira said, ‘I’d love to find a suit that fits, you can’t find anything for an arse and thighs. I’m always on the hunt, I’ve got some arriving today from Matches, I’ve literally been through about 10-15 trousers this year and had to send them all back.’

Fingers crossed you’ve found a winner there.

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These hacks will keep your hair fresh between washes, and we’re in

These hacks will keep your hair fresh between washes, and we’re in

The dream.

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We all know the feeling – we’ve skipped our regular hair washing day and suddenly your tresses are so greasy that no hairstyle in the world is going to hide those tell-tale strings.

So what if we told you that there are a few simple ways to extend the time between hair washes?

Before you drown your hair in dry shampoo and hope for the best, take a look at this.

Blogger Jess Keys spoke to about how she keeps her hair looking fresh between washes, and we’re sold.

She revealed that she air-dries her hair as much as possible, and only uses hot tools on special occasions. But when it comes to extending that time between hair washes, what are her hacks?

Here’s what Jess said…

Blowdry the roots

‘When you wash your hair, let your hair air dry as much as possible, but, if you hit the roots (just the roots, because, you know, hair dryer = damage) with the blow-drier for a hot second and get your roots dry (we’re talking, like, just the top half-inch to inch of your hair) then it REALLY helps to combat grease. This really makes an incredible difference in setting your hair up to be less greasy.’

Use a shower cap

‘I don’t know why I just dismissed the idea of using a shower cap for the first 29-odd years of life. This really helps combat frizz, because even if my hair doesn’t get wet in the shower, it does get crazy from the steam.’

3. Dry shampoo before bed

‘Of course, you use it after to help soak up existing grease, but where dry shampoo truly shines is in its preventative effects – it’s great to spray on before you go to bed! You’ll wake up with more voluminous bedhead and it’s amazing.’

Happy hair washing! (Or not…)

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Emma Watson just shared a cute behind the scenes photo we’ve never seen before

Emma Watson just shared a cute behind the scenes photo we’ve never seen before

I could never love anyone as I love my sisters. (And Timothee Chalamet.)

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Ever since Harry Potter wrapped up, Emma Watson’s taken a leaf out of Hermione’s book and continued to excel after leaving Hogwarts behind. With projects like Perks of Being a Wallflower and Beauty and the Beast under her belt, she’s now working on an adaptation of Little Women which sounds absolutely massive. It was a pipe dream that we’d ever see her onscreen with Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet, let alone being directed by Ladybird’s Greta Gerwig, but here we are. The film is currently underway and Emma Watson shared a sneaky snap from behind the scenes, which sent the internet into a tailspin.

Dressed in an adorable AF pair of suspenders and a black hat, she and five other members from the cast crowded into a polaroid for a sweet picture. Emma stayed true to her character and captioned it with a quote from Little Women, writing, ‘I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.’

Below that, she name-dropped all the characters everybody played in the books including Meg March (herself), Jo March (Saoirse Ronan, looking very bad ass with a pipe), Amy March (Florence Pugh), Beth March (Eliza Scanlen) and finally Laurie – or Theodore Laurence – played by Timothee Chalamet. Tucked between them was one of our favourite female directors, Greta Gerwig: a.k.a. the wonder woman behind Wonder Woman earlier this year.

TBH there’s no friendship group that could ever come close to touching Harry Potter’s scooby gang, but this crew of excellence certainly gives Ron, Hermione and Harry a run for their money. According to Paste Magazine, this is the first official cast photo. If it’s anything to go by, we’re excited for the film to come out already.

Emma Watson’s involvement with the film has been a topsy turvy one. Initially, Emma Stone was slated to play Meg March but was “unable to join the project because of promotional obligations” for her film The Favourite according to Variety. Funnily enough, Emma Watson ended up taking on her role; an ironic twist of events given that Emma Stone had actually ended up taking her spot in La La Land when she was tied up with Beauty and the Beast. We don’t doubt both women would have killed the roles, but we also low-key just want them to star in a film alongside one another after all this.

Little Women will be released next Christmas 2019, which is something that’ll keep us going after we bust open our presents this year. We honestly can’t wait.

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