Disney just dropped the cutest cacti pots for the plant-obsessed

Disney just dropped the cutest cacti pots for the plant-obsessed


Plus, they come with artificial plants if you can’t be trusted to keep a cactus alive…

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Everybody’s heard the phrase ‘cat lady’ before, but it seems like in recent years there’s been a new millennial take on the stereotype: a.k.a. the plant girl. We all know somebody (or perhaps you are that somebody) who loves their plants a little too much – draining their bank accounts for a fancy new cactus or having full blown conversations with their lucky bamboo. Luckily, Disney’s catered to all the succulent lovers out there with the cutest line of mini pots themed after all your favourite films. Safe to say, we’re pretty obsessed and honestly these would make a perfect Christmas present if you’re piling up gift ideas.

The tiny pots come with an artificial plant, so if you’re (also) pretty crap at keeping even a goldfish alive it’s a great shout. If you love a Disney classic, there’s a couple that’ll definitely grab your attention. Disney’s taken teacup planters to the next level with a Beauty and the Beast planter designed after everybody’s favourite chatty piece of crockery: Chip.

If there’s any Disney goths out there, their Poison Apple plant pot from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be right up your alley with a creepy skull dripping across it.

Disney Chip Artificial Plant Pot, Beauty and the Beast

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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Disney Poison Apple Artificial Plant Pot, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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For those feeling super nostalgic after Domhnall Gleeson’s recent film Goodbye Christopher Robin, there’s also a Winnie the Pooh themed Hunny Pot planter which the yellow bear would definitely approve of.

On the more subtle end, there’s also an Aladdin pot shaped after the iconic magic lamp. Sadly, it doesn’t come with a chatty Genie or three magic wishes but at least your desk will look cute AF.

Disney Hunny Pot Artificial Plant Pot, Winnie the Pooh

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Priced at £6, available to shopDisney

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Disney Magic Lamp Artificial Plant Pot, Aladdin

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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We’re not going to lie, we genuinely gasped out loud when we saw the Guardians of the Galaxy planter. Baby Groot is hands down one of the best Avengers characters of all time and you’ll be able to have your own little version, plus give him a little cactus afro of his own.

And naturally, there’s also a gorgeous minimal Mickey pot which is ideal for the major Disney stan given that the famous mouse will be celebrating his 90th birthday this year.

Disney Groot Artificial Plant Pot, Guardians of the Galaxy

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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Disney Mickey Mouse Artificial Plant Pot

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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Whether you’ve amassed a small army of foliage or you want to get your first sensible adult succulent, these pots will definitely brighten up any space.

Priced at £6 each, they’re all available on the Disney website and come with artificial plants inside.

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Putting Christmas decorations up early could actually make you happier

Putting Christmas decorations up early could actually make you happier


Knew it.

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Every Christmas person out there is waiting for Halloween and bonfire night to be over so that they can officially start counting down until the big day. If you’re a fan of the festive period, you’ll no doubt have your beauty advent calendar ready and the Prosecco Christmas crackers chilling in the fridge.

But there’s always that one person who complains that the Christmas hits have started playing in the supermarket too early, or expresses outrage that you’re already watching Love, Actually.

However, now’s the time to gather your fellow Christmas loving friends because experts actually say that prepping for the holiday season early could be the key to your happiness.

Hooray.

Apparently, getting the Christmas tree and Harry Potter baubles out early could make you happier, and it’s all down to our memories.

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Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown told Unilad: ‘In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood.

‘Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!’

See? There’s science behind it and everything. No point in holding back and waiting until we’re firmly in November to get your Christmas on – now’s your chance. It’s time to drag those boxes of tinsel out from the loft and get thinking of your 2018 festive theme.

Psychotherapist Amy Morin also told the website: ‘Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity. For many, putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods.’

So what the experts are basically saying is that it’s fine to put your Christmas tree up immediately in the name of happiness.

We’re in.

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Disney dropped a totally 90s throwback line and we need all of it immediately

Disney dropped a totally 90s throwback line and we need all of it immediately


Who knew VHS tapes could be so chic?

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Remember back in the 90s when you would slam your Disney VHS tapes into the machine and watch Hercules or The Lion King over and over again? Kids nowadays won’t ever know the frustration of having a tape get stuck in the machine or manually rewinding a tape with a pen. Well, the house of Mouse is out to help you relive the magic of your 90s childhood with a brand new Oh Oh My Disney 90s Flashback collection. Safe to say, we’re obsessed.

It’s jam packed with scenes from our favourite 90s films, ranging from popular flicks like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin through to more niche choices like Hercules and A Goofy Movie!. (I still stand by the fact that Eye to Eye from A Goofy Movie! is the best Disney song of all time. Get to know it if you haven’t already.) From cool magic carpet denim jackets through to bits and pieces we’re 150% sure we had in our house growing up, we want all of it and luckily it’s dropped online already.

According to Oh My Disney, the line was ‘inspired by the decade‘ and aims to celebrate some of their ‘favourite animated Disney classics from the ’90s’. They’ve definitely delivered on that count. I’ll take one A Goofy Movie! VHS clutch bag and a Beauty and the Beast cup, thanks.

Here’s our favourite bits below…

Oh My Disney VHS Clutch Bags

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Priced at £17, available at shopDisney

Currently available in Beauty and the BeastAladdin and The Lion King

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Oh My Disney Aladdin Ladies’ Denim Jacket

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Priced at £50, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney Beauty and the Beast Glasses, Set of 4

oh my disney 90s collectionPriced at £18, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney The Lion King Desk Clock

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Priced at £12, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney The Lion King Multi-Coloured Pen

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Priced at £4, available at shopDisney

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TBH we’re just thrilled it’s Friday because we’re scheduling a 90s Disney marathon ASAP.

You bring the wine, we’ll bring the Oh My Disney goods – let’s do this.

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These Harry Potter baubles are here to make your Christmas complete

These Harry Potter baubles are here to make your Christmas complete


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This month, Harry Potter fever is at an all time high. Not only are we blessed enough to get Harry Potter stamps (they truly are a thing of beauty), but we also get to create our own cocktails with actual magic at this Harry Potter bar (and you get your own interactive wand).

And as if that wasn’t enough, Primark has announced that their Harry Potter baubles are back so that Christmas 2018 really will be that bit more magical.

When you see how cute they are, you’ll completely forget that you never received your Hogwarts acceptance letter.

(Sorry for the reminder.)

This year, we’re being treated to some of the fan faves from 2017 as well as a whole new range of Christmas tree decorations, and we dare you to try not to buy them.

Fancy some of the characters in mini bauble form? You can choose from Harry Potter himself, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Hedwig… and if you can’t choose, fear not. They come in packs of two, and will set you back a mere five pounds.

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If the characters don’t quite tie in with your very sophisticated Christmas decor theme, then maybe you’ll be tempted by the classy snitch and broomstick baubles.

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And if you want something more traditional, there are lots of options – from a Deathly Hallows themed bauble, to a glittery platform 9 and 3/4 number, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Plus, there are house baubles.

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Oh, and did we mention that you can also get HP socks as part of a magical duo pack?

With everything in the range costing five pounds or less, we advise that you start stocking up immediately.

Who doesn’t want a Christmas tree dripping in all things Harry Potter?

Apparate to Primark, please.

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These real roses last an entire year and no, it’s not witchcraft

These real roses last an entire year and no, it’s not witchcraft


Totally obsessed.

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Receiving a bouquet of roses is always a special moment, but it’s pretty depressing when they start going brown and need to be chucked out a week later. Having to bin a romantic gesture isn’t very romantic, let’s be real. If you want the magic to last a bit longer (think 51 weeks longer), there’s this cool new company that now sells real roses that last a whopping whole year. And, they don’t even need water to survive. WILD.

The gorgeous long-lasting roses come from a company called Infini London, which was co-founded by a celeb florist called Louis Strudwick. And you can totally see his hand in all the work as each of the roses are absolutely perfect.

If you’re wondering how they manage to keep the roses alive for so long, it’s not witchcraft and wizardry — each of the blooms are individually treated with an eco-friendly solution that keep them looking fresh and from losing petals. Nobody tell Belle and the Beast, that story would have panned out way differently if they’d had one of these on hand.

The roses come in fifteen different colours, ranging from the classics including deep reds and baby pinks to their truly wild blue, grey and rainbow blooms. And these aren’t crappy dyed flowers either, they literally look like they were grown that way and we’re totally falling in love. Apparently, they have some big celebrity fans as well since Leigh-Anne Pinnock from Little Mix has previously raved about them in the past.

Unsurprisingly, these beauties aren’t the cheapest around but they’re perfect for special occasions. You can buy individual long-stemmed roses for £19.99 if you’re on more of a budget or opt for one of their beautifully packaged bouquets, including their see-through diamond cubes (£199) or very haute couture round boxes (£149).

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And if you really want to make a statement, you can also snag their Large Square Box for £299 which holds up to 42 flowers. Whether you’re looking for the perfect Instagram props or an alternative Valentine’s Day gift, they’re a sure fire hit.

We chatted with Infini London to find out what their best-selling bits are and safe to say, we totally see why. Check them out below…

INFINI LONDON The Classic Cube With Red Roses

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Priced at £99, available at INFINI London

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INFINI LONDON Classic Cube in Dark Grey Suede with White Roses

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Priced at £119, available at INFINI LONDON

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INFINI LONDON The Original Round Box In Pink With Baby Pink Roses

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Priced at £149, available at INFINI LONDON

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INFINI LONDON Diamond Cube with Pink Roses

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Priced at £199, available at INFINI LONDON

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So, if you want to sneakily send this link to somebody who needs to take a hint, we’re not going to say a thing. TBH, we’re totally considering buying a box for ourselves as our annual treat yo’self gift: payday’s soon, right?

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Housewarming gifts your friends will actually use (and get you invited back again)

Housewarming gifts your friends will actually use (and get you invited back again)


Bring on the dinner parties.

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It’s an unspoken rule of the millennial lifestyle that you and your pals are going to rent, and then have to move house, and then rent, and then move and rent with seemingly no end in sight. That means there’s always going to be another housewarming on the horizon and you don’t want to be the person who comes empty-handed – or the person whose present instantly gets binned when everybody’s left the building.

We’ve curated an edit of affordable housewarming gifts that your friends will fall in love with and use again and again, with the help of a few home interiors experts.

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We chatted to Alessandra Wood, interior design site Modsy’s Director of Style, to get her advice on the ideal housewarming gift.

She told Marie Claire, ‘Housewarming gifts should be three things: thoughtful, useful and affordable. There is no need to outshine others with an expensive gift; as long as it is from the heart and something you can envision your friend using, your job is done! Try to think of a gift that brings people together and will also add a pop to the decor of their new home…Anything marble is sure to be stylish and is a major home decor trend for 2018.’

Housewarming gifts for couples

Handmade Wood and Bronze Resin Cheese Board 

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This faux marble cheese board is a necessity for the inevitable dinner party nights. With a marble-effect detail, it’s more affordable than the real deal but still looks no less chic.

Priced at £30, available on Etsy

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Jo Malone Candles

White Lilac & Rhubarb Charity Candle

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Bring the smell of summer into your friend’s home with this candle from Jo Malone (always a classic housewarming gift). The beautiful illustrations give it an extra special touch, plus proceeds from the candle go towards supporting those in need of help with their mental health.

If you’re thinking of buying luxury candles, diffusers, linen sprays – well, anything smelly really – for your friend, Jo Malone gave us a little bit of advice on what scent to buy when. Emma South, their Fragrance and Lifestyle UK Expert advised, ‘Let peonies and freesias bloom during the summer months, then layer juicy berries and tart redcurrants with grounding woods later in the year.’

Priced at £47, available at Jo Malone

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Funny housewarming gifts

Bathroom Guest Book

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Some people leave stacks of magazines out, others leave a bathroom guest book – or well, they should now that this is available. This hilarious little notepad allows guests to rate their toilet experience, with sections including which songs that best describe your bathroom visit through to a dedicated doodle space you can rate as ‘crap’ or ‘not crap’.

Priced at £11.95, available at Oliver Bonas

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Personalised Housewarming Gifts

Personalised Home and Front Door Illustration

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This beautiful print by MelSmithDesigns is one that requires a little forward planning, but it’s oh-so-worth it. If your friend is one of the lucky ones who’s just bought their very first home, this print is a cute commemorative piece that celebrates that.

Priced at £75, available on Etsy

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Housewarming Gifts for Men

Theo French Press Coffee Maker

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Know somebody obsessed with coffee? This sleek black cafetiere may be a little pricier, but it’s one your pal’s likely to hang onto forever. Perfect for the minimalist, it’ll add a chic Scandi vibe to any kitchen counter.

Priced at £64.95, available at oggetto

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How to seriously raise your summer entertaining game

How to seriously raise your summer entertaining game


Want to bring a touch of the Med to your al fresco entertaining this SS18? Read on…

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Balmy summer evenings and hazy, sun-dappled afternoons in the UK demand attention. After all, we need to make the most of them while they’re here, so it’s time to respin your al fresco entertaining space and invest in new-season glassware, rattan place settings and more than your fair share of wooden platter-style serving boards for a Mediterranean feast. Keep things simple with a pared-down palette – blues, whites and soft greys are ideal for a chic table takeover  – and load up on earthy scented candles, too.

The White Company is your one-stop shop for this rustic Med look and stocks everything you need to pull off an entertaining masterclass for your mates, from olive wood serving bowls and whitewashed rattan trays to artisan stoneware dinner plates and striped linen cushions. So, once the festoon lighting has been hung and your playlist is sorted, you can kick back and enjoy a season of entertaining, stress-free. Here’s some table-setting inspiration to get your started. Now all you need to do is nail the menu…

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Clockwise from left: Olive Wood Large Platter, £55, and Olive Wood Dipping Bowls, £8 each, all The White Company

 

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From left: Whitewashed Rattan Round Tray, £45; Stemless Champagne Flute (set of 4), £40; Cocktail Jug with Stirrer, £45, all The White Company

 

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Above: Coriander & Citronella Outdoor Candles, £35 each, all The White Company

 

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From left: Artisan Bowl, from a selection; Artisan Stoneware Dinner Plate, £12; Artisan Stoneware Pasta Bowl, £12; Symons Cutlery (set of 24), £165; Striped Napkins (set of 4), £25, Striped Placemats (set of 2), £16; Elgin Wine Glass, £7, all The White Company

 

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From left: Vine Tomato Large Candle, £60, and Vine Tomato Signature Candle, £20, both The White Company

 

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Mini Bubbled Glass Tealight Holders, from £6; Bubbled Glass Hanging Tealight Holders, from £10; Glass Candle Holders, from £20; Seagrass Tealight Holders, from £10; Seagrass Candle Holders, from £25, all The White Company

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