Chris Pratt’s reaction to fiancé Katherine Schwarzenegger rating him is hilarious

Chris Pratt’s reaction to fiancé Katherine Schwarzenegger rating him is hilarious


‘My heart sank’

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Chris Pratt made headlines this month, as he announced his engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger, popping the question after just seven months of dating.

‘Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes!’ The actor posted to his Instagram alongside a photo where Katherine is showing off her new sparkler of a rock. ‘I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!’

But it wasn’t his ex wife Anna Faris’ sweet message of congratulations that got the world talking the most, or even her offer to officiate the wedding. Instead, it was the resurfacing of a 2017 interview where Katherine was asked to choose her favourite of three famous Chrises – Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Chris Pratt.

Hilariously. Katherine chose Chris Evans, before changing her answer to her now fiancé, Chris Pratt. If only she had known!

‘Actually, Chris Pratt,’ she corrected herself. ‘Chris Pratt has been looking good lately, so you know.’

The throwback interview was shown to her now fiancé Chris Pratt during a recent appearance on Access Hollywood where he and Elizabeth Banks were promoting their new film, Lego Movie.

Wow. Did you know about that?’ Elizabeth Banks asked her co star after they were shown the old video, ’to which Chris confirmed that he didn’t, even asking if the video had been edited as a joke.

‘When she said Chris Evans, my heart sank,’ he exclaimed. ‘And then she rescued it’.

These two!

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Everything you need to know about buying or designing an engagement ring

Everything you need to know about buying or designing an engagement ring


Can you? Should you? Would you?

Buying or even designing an engagement ring can seem very daunting, after all you don’t want to get it wrong if your bride is meant to wear it for the rest of her life.

Which is why we thought we’d get the experts involved. Roxanne, of Roxanne First jewellery, specialises in gorgeous ethical and affordable fine diamond jewellery – here she shares her top tips.

Trust

Trust is everything when it comes to designing a piece of jewellery or creating a bespoke (engagement) ring. The best way to tell if a jewellery is reputable, is by finding out the amount of years they have been in business. As with any other business, only successful ones survive – so this is a good tell, tell sign. Recommendations are also always preferable if you can be referred by a friend or colleague. If they have had a good experience, then you probably will too!

Designing an engagement ring

Get as much information on what she may like without giving the game away. Usually her besties will have an idea of what she likes or maybe she has mentioned something. This really does make the whole experience of ‘designing’ or finding a ring much easier. It is for life, and a big purchase so you need to be sure she will like it. If in doubt, always go with a classic setting. Classic never dates.

The 4 Cs

Diamonds and the famous 4C’s. The 4 aspects of a diamond that determine everything about those sparkly rocks. A summary of the 4C’s is below. A diamond is like a snow flake, no two are the same and they balancing the 4 C’s will result in the stone that works best for you. Diamonds are categorised by the 4’Cs – Cut, Colour, clarity and carat. All 4C’s impact the look of the diamond as well as their value.

Cut

Cut refers to the geometric proportions of the gem. A diamond’s cut fuels it’s sparkle and brilliance, precise workmanship is required to cut a diamond so it’s proportions, symmetry and polish to maximise its magnificence. While high grades of colour and clarity contribute to a diamond’s appeal, it’s the cut that determines the symmetry of the stone’s facets, it’s over all proportions, and its ability to reflect brilliance and light. Of the 4C’s, cut is the most difficult to determine.

Colour

A diamonds appearance is significantly influenced by its colour which ranges from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). A diamond’s value is scored by how closely it approaches ‘colourless’ – the less colour, the higher the value. A colourless diamond will excude flashes of light in a spectrum of hues. Colour in a diamond inhibits its ability to reflect light.

Clarity

The clarity scale contains 11 grades, ranging from IF (internally flawless) to I3 (included grade 3). Inclusions are nature’s birthmarks, the characteristics that make each and every diamond unique. The fewer visible inclusions and blemishes a diamond has, the better the clarity and the more rare and valuable it is. Clarity grades are based on the number, size, relief and positions on the inclusions under x10 magnification.

Carat

Carat weight is the measurement of how much diamond weighs. Since 1913, the weight of diamonds and gemstones has been measured in carats. 1 carat is equal to 0.2 grams. All else being equal, diamonds if a greater carat weights are exponentially more valuable than diamonds of lower carat weights.

Diamond certificates

Sizeable stones (usually the centre stone) are all certificated (or should be!). When investing in a stone, it is important the stone is certified (otherwise you just don’t know what you are buying). The most reputable diamond grading board is the GIA (Gemology institute of America). The GIA are the most respected (within the diamond industry) and their certificates hold the most value. We don’t usually buy stones that are not GIA certified. It’s a gamble as diamonds are still graded by the human eye (not machine) so it so important it is done so by a trusted board. The diamond is given a GIA report number, which gives you all the details of the stone. Sometimes this number is also lasered onto the stone (and this can be checked with a microscope). HRD is also well respected but in our experience I would avoid boards like EGL.

Finishing of the ring (and polish)

The way your diamond is set is so important. If the setting is not up to standard, it will not do the centre stone any justice (show it off properly). The ring will also not wear well with time, for example if it is too fine, there is potential for stones to fall out and if the setting is too heavy, it may be that the ring mount (setting) doesn’t do the stone justice and let enough light into the stone(s).
At Roxanne First, we can talk you through every step of the design, from inception, to a CAD to a 3D Wax mould (of your ring) before it is cast. This means you are really part of the process and that’s pretty special.

Ethical diamonds

How a diamond is mined is so of the utmost importance and also the responsibility of a buyer to check they are buying a stone from a reputable source. At Roxanne First, all of our suppliers are Members of the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council). RJS members are committed to the RJC code of practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals. The Code of Practices addresses human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewellery supply chain.

Blood (or war) diamonds, are diamonds that originate from war zones and are illegally traded to fund rebel fighters and insurgencies. Conflict diamonds are mainly associated with Africa, in areas like – Angola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Democratic Republic of Congo. The two very serious issues with conflict diamonds are firstly, the treatment of workers in the conflict diamond industry, and that the sales of these diamonds perpetuate war and violence within these areas of the world. You can avoid buying a ‘conflict stone’ by shopping with jewellers that are registered with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. This scheme was established in 2000 to prevent the buying and selling of conflict stones. The process aims to track every diamond from where it was originally mined to where it is sold. Currently, it is estimated that 99.8% of diamonds within the diamond market are conflict free.

Engagement rings online

In today’s market there is a huge influx of companies online selling diamonds and diamond jewellery. Whilst it is great in educating the consumer in the market and the various aspects of the industry as well as a seriously great tool to make sure you are a ‘savvy’ buyer and getting a ‘fair’ or the most competitive price – it is important to ask yourself, would you want to work with a studio that has been in business for 40 years, a real person that cares or an online start up that churns rings out in the hundreds?

The process of buying a stone is a very special one and it is great to work with someone that really cares. I think the difficulty arises, when a client may get a quote online for a particular stone or ring and then go to a family jeweller in Hatton Garden – you’ll find that the bricks and mortor business (which has been around for 40+ years) will be slightly more expensive. The question to ask yourself, do you buy a suit in Saville Row or do you go to the High Street? Price is reflected in quality.

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Ariana Grande’s reaction to her new tattoo typo is hilarious

Ariana Grande’s reaction to her new tattoo typo is hilarious


Here’s how she corrected it…

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Ariana Grande has been one of most talked-about women in the world this month, after dropping her new music video, ‘7 Rings’.

The pink-hued vid has predictably gone viral, raking in over 56 million views in four days, becoming the most talked about music video since, well, Ariana’s ‘Thank You, Next’.

But it wasn’t the music video or the drama around Ariana’s comments on weaves that made news this week. Instead, it was her tattoo to mark it, that she got inked on the palm of her hand.

Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, the tattoo, that was meant to read ‘7 Rings’ had a typo, and after posting a photo online, Ariana was informed by Japanese fans that the ink actually read, ‘BBQ Grill’.

Yes, Ariana Grande legit had the words ‘BBQ Grill’ tattooed on her by mistake, and how did she respond when alerted to the typo?

In true Ariana style, she reacted hilariously.

‘Indeed, I left out “つの指” which should have gone in between,’ Ariana tweeted. It hurt like fuck n still looks tight. I wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao. But this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if I miss it enough I’ll suffer thru the whole thing next time.’

Later, Ariana posted an Instagram story, revealing an addition that she had added to her palm tattoo, changing the meaning to ‘seven wheels’.

‘Slightly better. Thanks to my tutor for helping me fix and to Kane Navasard for being a legend. And to my doctor for the lidocaine shots (no joke)’ she posted. ‘R.I.P tiny charcoal grill. Miss u man, I actually really liked u.’

A reminder of why we all love Ariana Grande (and to always check spellings before tattoos!)

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This photography exhibition about birthmarks is body positivity goals

This photography exhibition about birthmarks is body positivity goals


Photographer Brock Elbank has photographed 30 women and children with the rare birthmark disorder Congenital Melanocytic Naevus for his new exhibition, How Do You C Me Now?

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From Jameela Jamil’s #I_Weigh campaign, to model Maya Spencer-Berkeley raising awareness of the rare skin condition epidermolysis bullosa, the number of body positivity influencers is happily on the rise.

On Wednesday 13th March, world-renowned photographer Brock Elbank is bringing How Do You C Me Now?, his series of portraits of 30 women and children who have the rare and untreatable birthmark disorder called Congenital Melanocytic Naevus (CMN) to the gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf.

How Do You C Me Now?, which has been organised by the CMN support group Caring Matters Now, will run for two weeks in London, before it goes on a worldwide tour. One of the subjects of the portraits, Yulianna Yussef, now inspires a huge audience through her Instagram. With her 95,000 followers, Yulianna shares her daily life as someone with CMN, using the hashtag #bareyourbirthmark.

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Well, I want to be honest with you and tell you a little bit more about how I actually physically live my life with birthmarks. My posts showcase how confident I am about my birthmarks, self acceptance and how I've learned to live with my giant Nevus. Here is “behind the scene” of the fancy posts.. . ☀I should start from the hairs, this is a very BIG and annoying topic for anyone who has many birthmarks and specially a giant one..Sooo my back is actually fluffy 🤦🏽♀🐯 I can't do anything about that, and even more annoyingly, the hairs on the birthmarks all over my body are thicker and more dense than around the normal skin. We cant wax or shave them , or use removal creams ( because it could turn to melanoma ) and all I have heard from doctor is that I should cut them.. wait a second..CUT them?! Now you can imagine me 🌵.. it makes me sick .. Also there were lots of different situations when I really hated this "fluffy stuff". For example you might try to prepare your boyfriend that you have something unusual on your back .. but how do you explain that you are like a cute fluffy animal on touch?! 🤦🏽♀ let alone the many awkward questions you get whilst at school or on the streets… . ☀ “Does it hurt?”- you asking .. It’s itching is so f***ing bad that it just drives you crazy! Sometimes I literally want to scratch my skin off🙇🏽♀ waking up at night because I can't control myself, scratching it which causes the birthmark to swells and forces me to get up and put cold compress on it. Sometimes I really feel like a 🐒. Just imagine some business meeting, of course I'm nervous, if I'm nervous it's itching a hundreds time more and my strength of will not to stretch myself 😩🔨 uuff… I am an adult now, I can control myself but children no, some scratch themselves till they draw blood at night. There is no solution besides growing up and learning how to control yourself. It's a part of our "difference" and we should learn to live with this. ☀The last one for today is #Melanoma. 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 #read below

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Yulianna was previously bullied because of her birthmarks, and uses her Instagram as a way to inspire body positivity, as well as dispel any myths or untruths about the condition.

She told Marie Claire, ‘I couldn’t even find the right words to describe how happy and grateful I am to Caring Matters Now for this exhibition… [the exhibition] is so important to everyone who has the CMN: it shows you how beautiful you are, how confident you could be and how strong and powerful each one of us is.’

Photographer Brock Elbank, whose previous exhibitions have highlighted the idiosyncratic beauty of people with vitiligo and people with freckles, counts diversity as a key component of his work. He added that How Do You C Me Now? is ‘about raising positive awareness for CMN, the charity and the people with the condition and their families as well as educating the general public that to date haven’t seen the condition.’

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The first of six teaser out-take shots from my next exhibition commissioned by the UK Charity @caringmattersnow Our first incredible subject the beautiful @yulianna.yussef who flew in from Ukraine a year ago to take part in the 30 Portrait Series. Congenital Melanocytic Naevus (CMN) is a birthmark that can cover up to 80% of the body. I was asked to shoot 30 subjects for an exhibition to raise Body-Positive Awareness and educate people that haven’t heard of the condition before. Subjects from N & S America, Australia, China and Europe have kindly taken part. The show ‘How Do You C Me Now?’ will have it’s Private Launch Night on the 13th March at @oxotowerwharf London and will open to the general public from the 14th March. I’m very proud of the subjects and their families that have taken part in this journey. More to follow… #Mrelbank #Beauty #Portrait #CMN #Skin #London #OXOGallery @hasselblad @profotoglobal

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As well as causing birthmarks, CMN can also lead to neurological complications in children, as well as increasing the risk of malignant melanoma for some people. Caring Matters Now was established by current CEO Jodi Unsworth, who was an 17-year-old patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital with extensive CMN when she established the charity in 1998.

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Create amazing fashion shots every time with the help of this nifty little camera.

Create amazing fashion shots every time with the help of this nifty little camera.


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When it comes to learning and developing your skills nothing quite beats hands-on experience and a healthy dose of trial and error. So with that in mind, we teamed up with Fujifilm to host a fashion photography workshop to enable everyone to create amazing perfect Insta-ready images and fashion shots every time, powered by the new Fujifilm X-T100 camera (RRP £549).

We assembled a team of experts, as well as eight keen photographers and spent the day road testing the X-T100, from discovering the ins and outs of flat-lays, getting a first hand insight into shooting a fashion shoot, plus learning how to nail those edgy street-style shots.

With everyone usually reaching for their phone to take images, it’s easy to forget about the art of photography and using an actual camera. That’s what makes the FUJIFILM X-T100 so special, not only is it super easy on the eye, featuring classic retro styling and is lightweight to boot, it also features a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor which basically means you can achieve the amazing photo that Fujifilm is renowned for – think super-sharp with incredible detail.

After a quick Photography 101 where we learnt about aperture, composition and lighting led by Jamie Stoker, who has covered fashion weeks for the likes of Burberry and Dior, it was on to start the three segments of the day and for everyone to finally get their hands on the goods and test out the camera.

Shop now: Fujifilm X-T100 Camera, £549

Stil life

It takes a keen eye to master still life photography – just because you’re snapping an inanimate object, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. It takes a keen eye for detail, a steady hand and a sharp focus to take flat lays that are going to stand out. We challenged our photographers to work between three ‘live’ flat lay sets, which they could modify using different light set ups and props to get their ultimate professional set up.

What makes a static image come to life on Instagram? The device you use. Yes, you can get amazing shots with a smart phone, but nothing can beat the precision of an actual IRL camera. The Fuijifilm X-T100 has a high res electronic viewfinder and intuitive swivelling touchscreen which takes the guess workout of getting the perfect frame. Yes, this camera has your back.

Model shots

There’s nothing like being on set with a full team of creatives; from photographer to hair and makeup artist to stylist and model, when everyone comes together it really can be something special. With the help of the camera’s built in advanced hybrid autofocus system and speedy 6frames per seconds shooting mode, no moment was missed and everyone was able to capture the perfect shot. The lightweight and nifty camera really is easy to use and the built-in flash works well in this setting but should you need to add an external flash, handily there’s a hot-shoe connection.

Street Style

Street style imagery is one of the most popular types of content you’ll see on Instagram. You get more candid shots than a studio set up, and they’re often more fluid and let’s face it, more fun. We were all excited to get out on the streets of Shoreditch, London’s (unofficial) street style capital and put our amazing model Alex to work. This is where the camera came into its own. For a start, it’s light and compact. If you’re opting for a simple pancake lens, you can easily slip this camera in a jacket pocket or bag, so no excuses for not having your camera on you at all times.

We shot in multiple locations – from contemporary graffiti-lined streets to shooting outside 18th century-fronted shops – which resulted in a lot of images. The ‘always on’ Bluetooth function was a lifesaver – using the camera’s in-built WIFI connection, we could easily connect to our smart phones to instantly transfer the images, upload them and share on Instagram, which is basically the dream.

Scroll through for a look at some of the shots taken on the day. If this sounds like the perfect day out stay tuned because we will be hosting another workshop in the coming months.

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Meghan Markle’s Suits co-stars just explained how the royal wedding bonded them

Meghan Markle’s Suits co-stars just explained how the royal wedding bonded them


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was undoubtedly one of the most iconic moments of the decade, with the royal event seeing A-list guests, family and fans travel from afar to celebrate.

Among the royal wedding guests were Meghan’s old co-stars from Suits, with everyone from Gina Torres and Sarah Rafferty to Rick Hoffman and Abigail Spencer crossing the pond for the nuptials.

And let’s not forget Meghan’s onscreen husband Patrick J. Adams who not only came over to England for the wedding but also told Prince Harry via Twitter that he was the luckiest man in the world.

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Meghan Markle’s Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams arriving at the royal wedding. Credit: REX

This week, the cast of Suits took part in a panel promoting Pearson, a spinoff show to Suits, that has been announced will be filming its final season. And when asked about a moment that bonded the cast together, the show’s creator Aaron Korsh brought up the royal wedding.

‘The thing I’ll say about it is that we all went as a family,’ he explained. ‘When we all went, there were about 10 of us or something. It was unbelievable.’

‘I think it changed our lives in certain ways, forever,’ he continued. ‘But if it had never happened, we were a family on Suits for 10 years.’

This is something that Sarah Rafferty agreed with at the time of the wedding, explaining: ‘We were with each other longer than we went to college or high school with our friends, so we became family in a way. We’re still family, so this is a wonderful family affair.’

There’s nothing like a royal wedding to bond a group of friends!

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BEAUTY BYTES: Pixie Geldof talks vegan beauty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and saving the ocean

BEAUTY BYTES: Pixie Geldof talks vegan beauty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and saving the ocean


#veganuary

Welcome to Beauty Bytes: a place where I chat to celebrities about all things beauty – from their favourite products, to their biggest beauty disasters. Plus I grill them on everything from their social media habits to their favourite cheat meals. You know, all the important and essentials things that we need to know about.

As we’re reached the end of January – a.k.a. Veganuary – I wanted to chat to someone who’s better versed in the subject of cruelty-free and vegan beauty products. Who sprang to mind? Pixie Geldof, who’s pretty vocal about her love for both these topics. We met up to chat about exactly that, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brightly coloured hair and the small things that everyone can do to help save the world’s oceans. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

KT: IT’S VEGANUARY!

Pixie: It is!

KATIE: I SUPPOSE IT’S VEGANUARY FOR YOU ALL YEAR

Pixie: Veganuyear at all times!

KATIE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE VEGAN BEAUTY BRANDS?

Pixie: Ummm… ‘The Body Shop’ although they’re not completely vegan, but the majority of their products are. ‘Cover FX’ which I am obsessed with and Lixirskin. Have you tired it? It’s so good I use it religiously.

KATIE: YEAH I LOVE IT. HAVE YOU TRIED THE RUBBING PRODUCTS THERE’S THIS RUBBING PRODUCT. 

Pixie: Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, the clay mask thing? Yeah I’m really lazy with things like that, but I did that last week and I was like “I feel so posh right now” but it’s really good.

KATIE: AND WHAT’S IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF SPECIFIC PRODUCTS?

Pixie: I don’t wear much make up, but I use Milk mascara. Push, smush, or…

KATIE: KUSH. YEAH MILK’S CRUELTY-FREE ISN’T IT?

Pixie: Yeah and vegan, so they’re pretty bang. And then I use a Milk, it’s the best lip balm.

Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara, £20.50 Cult Beauty

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KATIE: THAT’S IT?! IS THAT ALL THE MAKE-UP YOU USE?

Pixie: Pretty much. If I’m ‘wearing make-up’ I use the Glossier Skin Tint, which is just the best in the world because I don’t like to look like I’m wearing make-up. I really don’t like thickness, I don’t really understand powder or any of that stuff, so I use the lightest of everything I can use. Skin Tint is like putting water on your face. Then maybe a bit of brow. I like brow stuff actually.

KATIE: WHAT BROW STUFF DO YOU USE? GLOSSIER BOY BROW?

Pixie: Yeah that’s the best one. Although I want to try the Milk one. So yeah, all pretty simple.

KATIE: BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

Pixie: Wash your face. I say wash your face all the bloody time. No, actually, do you know what? Face wipes: not a thing. You’re just putting dirt around your face. You’re just moving it. It’s like wiping a table with like a dirty rag, it’s just not how it works. I used to only just use face wipes, but not any more. First of they’re just bad for the environment and second of all they don’t work. So that’s probably the best advice I’ve been given.

KATIE: SO HOW DO YOU CLEANSE YOUR SKIN NOW?     

Pixie: I actually think I do it the wrong way round. So I do two cleansers. I use the Milk Cleanser Stick, which has got a slight exfoliating thing in it and then I use the Lixirskin one which you leave on for a minute.

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KT: THAT SOUNDS OK TO ME.

Pixie: Yeah, but then I remove my make up after. Well like whatever’s left.

KT: NO NO, THAT’S TOTALLY FINE.

Pixie: But in my head, I’m like: ‘should I take of my make up first?’ I use The Body Shop’s Camomile Eye Make-up Remover. It’s really gentle.

KATIE: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

Pixie: Primer. And especially the CoverFX primer. I’d never used one before and I didn’t really understand what they were and then I used it and on the occasion that I actually wear make-up, it lasted so much longer. So I was like ‘oh into it!’ Primer.

KATIE: IF YOU HAD TO HAVE ONE HAIRSTYLE, ONE MAKE-UP LOOK AND ONE NAIL COLOUR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AND YOU COULDN’T CHANGE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Pixie: I mean that sounds quite menacing, but OK. I’d wear a tight top knot like today. I like a little facelift. Then probably this make-up, so basically none. I like as much moisture on my face as possible, so I think I would just put on a thick base of heavy-duty moisturiser, then brows and mascara. And I do like a very light see-through blush, which I normally to use lip balm for.

KATIE: LIKE A TINTED LIP BALM?

Pixie: Yeah, so that. And then a lilac on the nails.

KATIE: OK NICE! AND WHAT’S THE WORSt BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

Pixie: Anything I did with my hair until like three years ago.

KATIE: OK, WHICH WAS THE WORST?

Pixie: When I got extensions at 15/16 – they were really bad. I think probably anything to do with my hair was not great. I just look back and there are so many weird haircuts! I think I was doing them myself in fairness, no one else to blame but myself.

KT: I HAVE QUITE A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HAIR COMING UP…

Pixie: Oh my god who doesn’t?

KATIE: LET’S CHAT MANI’S. YOU OFTEN HAVE QUITE JAZZY NAILS…

Pixie: I do love a jazzy mani.

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💛💚❤💙Best nails ever @imarninails 🌈🌈

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KATIE: LET’S TALK ABOUT THEM. HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET YOUR NAILS DONE? DO YOU LOVE GETTING NAIL ART? AND WHERE DO YOU GET IT ALL DONE?

Pixie: I used to like nail art. I used to have the proper really long nails with the sharp pointed tips.  But due to my laziness I stopped having it, because they’re so high maintenance. You have to do that shit constantly – I had to do that every two weeks.  It was incredibly expensive. The best thing I ever discovered when I had acrylics was encapsulating. Not many places do it in London, but they put the art inside the acrylic and then put it on your nails. That was a big moment for me. But I don’t have it anymore; I’m not so fussed about art anymore. I’m such a biter and if they look nice I won’t bite them. I do it every three weeks now and I love a pedi. Pedis are more important to me than manis 

KATIE: BECAUSE OF THE ACTUALLY SCRUBBING OR BECAUSE OF THE PAINT?

Pixie: There’s just something about having nice looking feet that really gets me. As a nail biter I’m so used to them not looking nice that I’m kind of like ‘whatever’. But feet, I have a thing about nice looking feet.

KATIE: AND WHAT COLOUR DO YOU TEND TO GO FOR?

Pixie: I always go for really dumb colours. I like light colours on my feet, kind of exclusively. Currently they’re lime green, which is really not the colour your supposed to have on your feet, but I love it.

KATIE: WE’VE KIND OF TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN. DO EVER YOU GET FACIALS?

Pixie: Every now and then. I had a break out last year and not to sound like a dick, but legitimately for the first time ever I had the experience of breaking out and nothing was fixing it. And when I was in LA I went for a hydra facial kind of thing, with microdermabrasion and hyaluronic acid and it completely fixed everything.  It was mad.

KATIE: DO YOU GO FOR REGULAR TOP UPS?

Pixie: Not that regular. I had another one six months later here in London. My spots were all cheek focused and it really helped with my blackheads and things like that. So that really the only facial that Iswear by.

KATIE: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO EXERCISE

Pixie: I work out four to five times a week.

KATIE: SHIT, REALLY?!

Pixie: Yeah, it’s a lot. I know it’s horrible. But I like it; I do enjoy it. I do two to three weight workouts and the one or two cardio days.

KATIE: IN A GYM?

Pixie: In a gym. I hate cardio. I hate it, I hate it.

KATIE: ME TOO, I HATE BEING OUT OF BREATH.

Pixie: Yeah, I hate it. It’s just not enjoyable. Every now and then I’ll be like, ‘oh I’m quiet looking forward to going for this run’, because I’ll be with my own mind and then as soon as I start doing it, I’ll be like: ‘lets stop this, I don’t want to be here.’ I really like weights. Not while I’m doing it obviously, I’m not insane.

KATIE: SO DO YOU JUST GO INTO THE WEIGHTS SECTION AT THE GYM AND JUST START LIFTING?

Pixie: I have a trainer that helps me with the weights.

KATIE: I WOULDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

Pixie: No, and now I do. Technically I could do it alone now, but I have no motivation to do that so I need someone who is like ‘I’m waiting for you!’ Otherwise I would just not show up. But it’s been really interesting because I’ve always thought that like fitness and everything was all about cardio and there’s a lot of emphasis put on it. And actually what’s changing my body the most is the weights. I’m a big fan of fit not thin. I want to feel strong. It’s only been about five months and already I feel much stronger, as does my back. I’m hyper mobile, especially in my back, so it used to hurt a lot, but it doesn’t any more and that’s become really important to me, more than anything else.

KT: ALRIGHT, HAIR. LET’S DO IT.

Pixie: My long-suffering hair.

KATIE: YOU OFTEN CHANGE THE COLOUR. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT TO DO EACH TIME, HOW OFTEN DO YOU CHANGE IT AND WHERE DO YOU GO?

Pixie: I go to Bleach; they’re the best for me.

KATIE: THEY ACTUALLY DID MY WEDDING HAIR.

Pixie: Did they?! I’m obsessed it with and I also like the environment at Bleach, like I always feel quiet awkward in posh salons, but at Bleach my friends and I can just hangout. I’ll just spend the day at Bleach!

KATIE: AND HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH COLOUR? BECAUSE YOU’VE HAD A FEW.

Pixie: We’ve had a few. Boy oh boy have we ever. Well due to trying to grow my hair back I had it dark for a while.

KATIE: YOU’RE NATURALLY…?

Pixie: I’m naturally kind of like auburn sort of a mix. It looks a lot darker at the moment, because of the bleaching and also the greys. I was dark for a while so I could grow it out, and I’ve spent the last six months going in every six weeks to bleach it back to blonde. I used to go into a salon with black hair and come out with white hair, but that is not how you’re supposed to dye your hair. And I’m kind of a bit mad that any-

KATIE: THAT THE SALON LET YOU DO IT?

Pixie: Yeah. I mean Bleach would never do that. Bleach told me that we’d have to do it in increments, and I was like ‘ugh boring!’, but they told me that I had to protect my hair and it’s survived. I genuinely thought I’d have to shave my head again. I just love all of the different multicolours. I want blue hair at the moment really badly, but I know that if I dye it blue I’ll have to bleach it a bit again and I’m like ‘it just can’t take it!’. But I shall do it too.

KATIE: I REALLY LIKE THEIR ‘ROSÉ’ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER…

Pixie: It makes a really nice colour. It makes it kind of creamy after a couple of washes. I love that. I love a cream colour.

KATIE: SO HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR HAIR IN TERMS OF SHAMPOO/ CONDITIONER? DO YOU USE MASKS?

Pixie: I do. I use the Maria Nila Heal range on a day-to-day basis, and then I’ll use the Bleach Reincarnation Mask like every three washes as my conditioner. I also use an Argan Oil from Maria Nila because my hair is naturally quite dry and puffy, so I literally just brush it down with some oil.

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KATIE: OK COOL. HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?

Pixie: So deep! Oh my god this is so cliché answer, but generally you can tell when people feel comfortable. People sort of take the piss out of ‘feeling yourself’, but there’s something to say for it! I think if more people got into ‘feeling themselves’ it would be a good thing. And I don’t mean like taking hot selfies and putting it on Instagram. When people are feeling themselves I’m like, ‘yeah I’m into you’ and that looks really beautiful to me. I think it’s just everyone’s natural state, when they’re most comfortable. They’re most natural state is always their most beautiful state

KATIE: DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE?

Pixie: I don’t really wear perfume; I have this oil, which is just like a random oil that I found in a little store.

KATIE: IS IT SANDALWOOD?

Pixie: It’s like sandalwood and jasmine or something. I really like oils for smells; I like to put them in my hairline or things like that. But traditionally I like floral scents so like jasmine or rose.

KATIE: OK SO I’VE HEARD THAT YOUR CRUELTY-FREE AND VEGAN PRODUCTS CHOICES STRETCH TO ALMOST EVERY PART OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD… 

Pixie: As much as it can. So cruelty-free cosmetics and cruelty-free medicine are very different things. The Body Shop have always campaigned for cruelty-free cosmetics and they have to be very specific in saying that because obviously there are different laws. Medical testing on animals is not something that I can weigh in on, I have no ability to and also there’s nothing I can really say on it. But with my house, all of the products we use are cruelty free.

KATIE: DOES THAT COUNT FOR CLEANING PRODUCTS?

Pixie: Everything. I think a big myth about cruelty-free and vegan is that it’s quite expensive and inaccessible, but not any more; it’s everywhere and it’s so easy to get these things. Waitrose own brand is completely cruelty-free. Their washing up liquid, their surface sprays etc and it’s not expensive. I do enjoy a home of ‘ no animals have been hurt in the making of this house’. But it’s harder with veganism. I’m not going to pretend that I am not still in the process of veganising. I’m not going to throw out things that I brought ages ago just because they have leather on them, because I think it’s wasteful and I don’t believe in that. So I try my best to not buy any new clothes with animal products, but that is hard and that’s something I am still learning. But more often than not it’s vintage or second hand. I’m not buying into the industry, but it is hard and I think people need to be very gentle with themselves about it. A lot of people beat themselves up about it but you’re doing your best, everyone has to do their bit.

KATIE: I ALSO HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE CRITICISE. MY HUSBAND IS VEGETARIAN AND SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE HE NEEDS A BIT OF OILY FISH EVERY NOW AND THEN, SO HE HAS IT AND SO PEOPLE WILL SAY ‘ I THOUGHT YOU WERE A VEGETARIAN?!’

Pixie: Yeah I’m not into that at all, because I think if you’re going to do something fair-fucking-play. I don’t know whether or not it’s absolute fact, but they say if everyone in America went vegan for a day a week, it would be the equivalent, emissions-wise, of taking eight million cars off the road. So if you’re doing it one day a week, you’re smashing it. No ones asking you to be perfect. If you’re on a diet and you eat some fucking pasta – give yourself a break, it’s ok. Don’t feel guilty. If you want to not eat animal products, but you want to wear them that’s your choice. It’s all everyone’s choice.

KATIE: WHAT ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY?

Pixie: What about sustainability? I’m a big fan.

KATIE: I READ THAT PART OF THE REASON YOU BECAME A VEGAN WAS FOR SUSTAINABILITY REASONS. WHAT OTHER WAYS HAVE YOU ADAPTED YOUR LIFE TO BE MORE SUSTAINABLE?

Pixie: Obviously plastics is a huge thing and everyone talks about it. That’s been relatively easy to be honest. The dairy industry and the meat industry are the biggest emitters of CO2. I mean if you’re cutting out that, you’re pretty golden omissions wise. I have a big thing about sunscreen for example. I only wear reef-safe sunscreens. There are some amazing brands that are cruelty free and reef safe. My favourite is Kiss My Face.

KATIE: IS THERE A SYMBOL FOR REEF SAFE?

Pixie: No there isn’t actually, that’s funny. So for me it’s chemicals, banning plastic, being vegan.

KATIE: OK WE’RE MOVING AWAY FROM THE SERIOUS, TO THE RIDICULOUS…WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJI’S?

Pixie: Heart eyes, these guys, I love these guys. I use that for pretty much everything. And then, either probably just a heart or a rainbow. I love the rainbow. Also I like this one – hand up lady. 

KATIE: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE?

Pixie: Not a fan of the booze. I’d rather have a Shirley Temple. But if I were to have a cocktail on the beach I’d have a Pina Colada. But that could be booze or no booze, I wouldn’t care.

KATIE: FAVOURITE BOOK?

Pixie: Call Me By Your Name. I’ve read it five times. I’m not kidding, I cry hysterically every time. Oh and it’s the best soundtrack. I listen to that soundtrack every time. It’s my favourite drive music. Have you read the book?

KATIE: NO I HAVEN’T, I’VE GOT IT AT HOME THOUGH.

Pixie: Read it. Oh my god please read it. Message me when you’ve read it. I’m obsessed with the film and Timothee Chalamet, but there’s something about the way the book is written and they way things are described; it’s just heart-breaking. But in a beautiful way and my god, killed me.

KATIE: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

Pixie: Oh my god, so many and they’re all so embarrassing. I don’t give a shit: Gossip Girl. I’m a big fan of One Tree Hill, I don’t care. No one likes One Tree Hill, I’m the only one on planet earth, but I fucking love it. I’ll watch those sort of shows just to re-watch them.

KATIE: LIKE IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE YOU’RE DOING STUFF?

Pixie: Exactly, like when I’m cooking. Like One Tree Hill is the big one when I’m doing that. They’re my two favourites. Oh my god, wait Buffy! I’ll just sit and watch it forever. Buffy is the be-all-and-end-all. But Buffy I didn’t want to put into the same category as the others, because Buffy is actually good and genuinely important to me. And the soundtrack – fuck! There are so many songs that I know, only because of that. I’ll hear them and go ‘Buffy’! If I hear the Buffy and Angel theme song, I’ll start crying. [She starts humming the tune]. Oh my god, when she kills him! I actually can’t fucking handle how much I love that show.

KATIE: I LOVE SPIKE.

Pixie: I love him too. He’s got some great speeches actually. In the Lovers Walk episode, which I think is season three, he does a really good speech about love. I love him. That show taught me everything. Everything I know I learnt from Buffy. I genuinely think that’s true.

KATIE: IT WAS SO AHEAD OF ITS TIME.

Pixie: It’s so well written and important. It had a woman lead, two very strong female leads in fact. It wasn’t just about her relationships, it was about her relationship with herself predominately and I think that’s very rare in a teen TV show based on nonsense. It was a very good show.

KATIE: AND FINALLY, ENDING ON A HIGH, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?

Pixie: Anything ocean based. Probably 50% of the things I follow are ocean based. I must say the Project Zero Instagram is particularly fantastic.

KATIE: WE HAVEN’T ACTUALLY SPOKEN ABOUT THAT.

Pixie: It’s an ocean marine conservation charity; we do big activation and fundraising events to help fund marine projects around the world. We are basically a funnel for other charities and projects. We just think it’s really important because of charitable giving world wide, if it was a pie chart 3% of charitable giving goes to the environment and of that 3%, only 6% of that goes to ocean charities. So there is no money going into what covers 70% of our earth. We really want people to be engaged in what’s happening. Like the plastic thing has been amazing, because it’s given something very tangible to people that they can take control of. When it comes to ocean issues, it’s so vast and so abstract, like ‘we’re going to save the ocean’, you’re like, ‘What does that actually mean?’ But if you look at it in terms of the threats that the ocean faces, they’re very sort of tangible and easy and really affect us. For example, overfishing is probably the biggest problem the ocean faces. So an easy thing for people to do is make sure the fish you’re eating is sustainably caught; make sure it’s not trawling nets. Trawling nets can be the size of four football pitches and then they throw out, I think it’s 16 billion or trillion tonnes of by-catch every year. By-catch is turtles, seals, dolphins, sharks, whales – things we’re not supposed to eat. 16 trillion! I’m sure it’s trillion, it may be billion, but either way it’s a lot of dead animals. So we can actively engage in stopping that, so where plastic has given us this push, I think now people are starting to get involved in these other things, like shark-finning and coral bleaching. It kind of started with Sir David Attenborough and Blue Planet II – he blasted a well-known problem into peoples’ homes and made it unavoidable. And I think that kind of pressure is necessary.

 

 

 

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Create amazing fashion shots every time with the help of this nifty little camera.

Create amazing fashion shots every time with the help of this nifty little camera.


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When it comes to learning and developing your skills nothing quite beats hands-on experience and a healthy dose of trial and error. So with that in mind, we teamed up with Fujifilm to host a fashion photography workshop to enable everyone to create amazing perfect Insta-ready images and fashion shots every time, powered by the new Fujifilm X-T100 camera (RRP £549).

We assembled a team of experts, as well as eight keen photographers and spent the day road testing the X-T100, from discovering the ins and outs of flat-lays, getting a first hand insight into shooting a fashion shoot, plus learning how to nail those edgy street-style shots.

With everyone usually reaching for their phone to take images, it’s easy to forget about the art of photography and using an actual camera. That’s what makes the FUJIFILM X-T100 so special, not only is it super easy on the eye, featuring classic retro styling and is lightweight to boot, it also features a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor which basically means you can achieve the amazing photo that Fujifilm is renowned for – think super-sharp with incredible detail.

After a quick Photography 101 where we learnt about aperture, composition and lighting led by Jamie Stoker, who has covered fashion weeks for the likes of Burberry and Dior, it was on to start the three segments of the day and for everyone to finally get their hands on the goods and test out the camera.

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Stil life

It takes a keen eye to master still life photography – just because you’re snapping an inanimate object, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. It takes a keen eye for detail, a steady hand and a sharp focus to take flat lays that are going to stand out. We challenged our photographers to work between three ‘live’ flat lay sets, which they could modify using different light set ups and props to get their ultimate professional set up.

What makes a static image come to life on Instagram? The device you use. Yes, you can get amazing shots with a smart phone, but nothing can beat the precision of an actual IRL camera. The Fuijifilm X-T100 has a high res electronic viewfinder and intuitive swivelling touchscreen which takes the guess workout of getting the perfect frame. Yes, this camera has your back.

Model shots

There’s nothing like being on set with a full team of creatives; from photographer to hair and makeup artist to stylist and model, when everyone comes together it really can be something special. With the help of the camera’s built in advanced hybrid autofocus system and speedy 6frames per seconds shooting mode, no moment was missed and everyone was able to capture the perfect shot. The lightweight and nifty camera really is easy to use and the built-in flash works well in this setting but should you need to add an external flash, handily there’s a hot-shoe connection.

Street Style

Street style imagery is one of the most popular types of content you’ll see on Instagram. You get more candid shots than a studio set up, and they’re often more fluid and let’s face it, more fun. We were all excited to get out on the streets of Shoreditch, London’s (unofficial) street style capital and put our amazing model Alex to work. This is where the camera came into its own. For a start, it’s light and compact. If you’re opting for a simple pancake lens, you can easily slip this camera in a jacket pocket or bag, so no excuses for not having your camera on you at all times.

We shot in multiple locations – from contemporary graffiti-lined streets to shooting outside 18th century-fronted shops – which resulted in a lot of images. The ‘always on’ Bluetooth function was a lifesaver – using the camera’s in-built WIFI connection, we could easily connect to our smart phones to instantly transfer the images, upload them and share on Instagram, which is basically the dream.

Scroll through for a look at some of the shots taken on the day. If this sounds like the perfect day out stay tuned because we will be hosting another workshop in the coming months.

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These are the two accessories to steal from Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton this week

These are the two accessories to steal from Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton this week


This week saw not one, but two royal outings. First, the Duchess of Cambridge went to Dundee with Prince William on Wednesday.

She fittingly wore a tartan coat by Alexander McQueen, one of her favourite labels, and of course the one behind her famous wedding dress.

Kate kept things tonal with a green scarf, but it was her handbag that caught our eye. First off, we’ve not seen it on her before, and secondly, it’s by uber-cool bag brand Manu Atelier (SJP is a fan), and a bit of a cool departure for Kate. We predict it’s going to be next season’s new cult bag.

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Then, yesterday, the Duchess of Sussex visited the National Theatre in London, as she was announced as their Patron earlier this month.

For her first official visit in this role, she opted for head-to-toe blush, a colour that’s very on trend for SS19. In fact, the Brandon Maxwell dress and coat were straight off the runway.

She accessorised with a clutch bag by Caroline Herrera, and we’re very into her suede Aquazzura court shoes which she seems to love so much she’s worn them several times, including to announce her engagement to Prince Harry. They certainly go with everything, so they might be worth investing in.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just made a very exciting announcement

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just made a very exciting announcement


And we cannot wait!

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Award season is in full swing, with the SAG awards taking place just this week and the Grammy awards in touching distance.

But it wasn’t Emily Blunt’s iconic win or the alleged leaked Grammys winners list that got the world talking today, instead it was the BAFTAs, or rather – its guest list.

The British Academy Film and Television Awards is set to return to the Royal Albert Hall on 10 February, but it was announced today that it won’t just be A-listers taking to the red carpet, it will be royalty too.

Yes, Prince William and Kate Middleton have confirmed their attendance.

‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the #EEBAFTAs Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 10th February,’ the official Kensington Palace Twitter account announced this morning.

And while this is hardly surprising – given the fact that Prince William is the President of BAFTA, it seems he has a special job this year – and everyone is very excited.

‘The Duke, @BAFTA President, and The Duchess will meet BAFTA representatives and watch the ceremony,’ the statement continued. ‘The Duke will also present the Fellowship award.’

Like we needed another reason to tune into the BAFTAs!

Now we officially cannot wait.

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