And if you’re searching for the perfect Christmas decorations a little earlier than usual, you’ll be happy to know that Primark is releasing a host of Disney-themed baubles that will really make your tree sparkle.
Almost all of the baubles will be shaped like the iconic mouse head and instantly recognisable to any Disney fan.
There will be four large baubles on offer – think cute Santa, black and white polka dot, simple red and fir tree green – coming in at a very affordable £4.
Then there are three packs of six smaller baubles, also retailing at £4. One set includes burnt orange, gold and brown mouse head baubles, and another range instead focuses on cute pastel colours – think soft purples, pinks and baby blue. The third sticks to the traditional Mickey and Minnie red, white and black palette and will look gorgeous hanging on the tree.
Each pack also includes a glittery Mickey Mouse glove, too.
If you really want your tree to shout out Disney, Primark will also be selling boxes of 25 decorations for just £12. There will be a box of cute pink, blue and gold baubles, and another featuring the classic red and black designs.
Now we’ve just got to work out – how early is too early to put the tree up…?
And if you’re just as obsessed with all things HP, you’ll be pleased to know that Primark has launched a Harry Potter homeware collection and just take our money already.
You can now get your hands on a range of Hogwarts themed bedding, whether you’re house Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin or Ravenclaw.
Primark wrote on Instagram: ‘Celebrate the day that students return to Hogwarts with our magical selection of #HarryPotter homeware. Which house will you choose?’
Once you’ve sorted yourself into the right house (with the help of the Sorting Hat on the Pottermore website, naturally), pick your sheets and cushions to match.
Ravenclaws can enjoy a blue and white colour combo, with illustrated eagle pillows, while Gryffindor goodies come in the regal reds and golds. Hufflepuff’s signature badger graces their yellow cushions, while the slippery Slytherins get a snakey set.
Fans are thrilled with the news, with one writing: ‘Slytherin bed goals.’
Another added: ‘Let’s go shopping!’
A third said: ‘This is literally exactly what I always wanted in my bedroom.’
And it won’t make a dent in your Galleons, either, with bedding starting from £14, throws from £6 and cushions from £6.
So if you’re more than a little excited for the upcoming Mulan reimagining, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a Primark range which has been created especially for you.
The high street store is selling everything from beautiful teapots for just £12 to a pink and yellow Mulan pillow for £7.
There’s also a matching Mulan duvet set featuring pillowcases that read: ‘Let your dreams blossom’, and the set costs a very affordable £14 for a single bed, £18 for a double and £20 for a kingsized bed.
The news was announced on Instagram, and fans have been unable to contain their excitement.
‘Oh my goodness I must buy one of these,’ one user wrote.
‘I NEED IT ALL NOW!’ another added.
Primark has masterminded many Disney ranges, from Beauty and the Beast (who remembers the instant sell-out Chip mug?!) to Alice in Wonderland.
We’re certain that the Mulan line will be a huge hit, so get down to your nearest store to pick up your favourite bits before they go.
And if you’re a big fan of sausage dogs, you’re in for a treat. Home furniture retailer Dunelm has released a 21-piece range and it all looks absolutely marvellous. Plus, everything is a complete bargain with nothing costing more than £25, bar a blue iron effect sausage dog planter which comes in at a very reasonable £39.
There are duvet covers, one which includes a number of rainbow coloured sausage dogs for £19 – £25, as well as an ‘I woof you this much’ lap tray for £8, ironing board cover for £6, and an adorable yellow throw for £6.
The range also includes bits for your kitchen, including a 12 piece ochre dinner set (£20), Bertie sausage dog stacking mugs (£10) and a wire dish drainer (£7).
If you’re after something to decorate your bed or sofa, there’s an embroidered cushion (£12) or a sausage dog-covered cushion cover (£5).
All products are available in Dunelm stores, except for the planter which is an online exclusive.
So, dog lovers, what are you waiting for? Your home is simply calling out to be decorated with all things sausage dogs.
The Charlie and Bella Swan house located in St Helens, Oregon has is now available to book on Airbnb. The listing reads: ‘Stay in this famous movie house! For the first time ever, you are now able to experience the inside of the home, so loving referred to as the Twilight Swan House.
‘This house was featured as the home of Charlie and Bella Swan in the movie Twilight.
‘This charming 1930’s home is located in a quiet neighbourhood in downtown Saint Helens, within walking distance to the historic riverfront.’
The dining table used during filming is included and you can sleep in Bella’s bedroom if you wish. You can also decide to stay in the ‘Edward’ lookout room, or the ‘Jacob’ guest room, depending on whether you’re team vampire or team werewolf.
The description continues: ‘Take photos recreating all of your favourite Twilight scenes! Dine at Charlie’s actual dining table that was used in filming. Sleep in Bella’s bedroom.
‘Team Edward?–Sleep in the ‘lookout’ room, overlooking the front yard, which is where Bella looks out the window to see Edward parked.
‘Team Jacob?–Sleep in the ‘Jacob Black guest room’, located off the main entry downstairs.’
The house was put on the market last year, with owner Dean Koenig telling PEOPLE: ‘If you’re a fan, this place is the one spot that a movie fan can directly connect with an actual physical part of the movie.
‘Actors age. They change. They take on different roles. This house will always be as you saw it in the movie. So when people come here they actually can connect to that world and that world becomes a little more real to them.’
Super fans will be paying $330 (£260) a night (Monday to Thurs and Sundays) or $440 (£350) a night (Friday to Saturday or at peak times).
Having a small bathroom doesn’t mean you have to compromise on storage or style. From scented candles to storage solutions, there are many things to help you maximise the small space while bringing your personal taste.
In the UK, searches for small bathroom have increased by 30%, showing that Brits are looking for ways to make the most of their space without compromising on style.
Here are eight hacks to make the best use of space in a small bathroom, from Pinterest:
Towel Rack: Use a decorative wine rack on the wall to hold rolled towels while freeing up space in your cabinets.
Wash Bag: Organise your makeup and toiletries with a cute wash bag to help you keep your space tidy and stylish.
Splash it white: An all-white bathroom makes any tucked away space feel bigger and brighter.
Mirrors on the wall: Mirrors are useful for more than just touching up your makeup: light bounces off the reflective surfaces and helps make rooms appear bigger.
Basket it up: Turn an inexpensive basket on its side to create deep shelving storage. The open face allows you to easily see all you have packed in it and can hold decorative accessories.
Bathroom shelving: A storage shelf can help you create storage space in a small bathroom that doesn’t have any.
Dhurrie Rug: Give your bathroom a cute pop of colour with a bathroom rug that’ll also help keep your floor dry as you hop out of the shower.
Drawer dividers: Drawer dividers will help you to ensure that you’re able to find a place for everything you need to keep in your bathroom and maximise the space that you do have.
The The Lion King live action remake is hitting cinemas later this month and the excitement is real. The ASOS x Lion King collection launched today in celebration of the Disney classic, with everything from co-ords to jumpers to embroidered denim jackets.
And they’re not the only ones. Primark has launched their very own The Lion King range which includes makeup, homewares and clothing – so there’s literally something for everybody.
Every item from the 50-piece strong collection is already available in stores and there’s so many things to choose from. Prices range from £2 to £20 and a lot of it is Simba, Timon and Pumbaa themed (yaaas).
For the beauty-obsessed, there are make-up bags, compact brushes, lipsticks and eye shadow palettes with bronzes, corals and burnt oranges reigning supreme.
If you’re looking for some rawrsome (sorry) goods for your home, you’ve got the choice of everything from duvet covers to Simba-shaped pillows, and there’s also a ‘Hakuna Matata’ noticeboard and a ‘No Worries’ a biscuit caddy. There’s a range of drinking flasks and mugs, all of which have a place in your kitchen cupboard.
And for those who want to snuggle up in some comfy TheLion King pyjamas, there’s a cute shorts and cami set which is perfect for summer as well as some fluffy slippers.
There are even some bits and pieces for little ones, with the baby T-shirts, sleepsuits and bibs perhaps the cutest we’ve ever seen.
It’s not exactly breaking news that millennials are struggling to get their feet on the property ladder. Declining avocado toast and lattes isn’t really going to make much difference when you consider that you need a £72,369 deposit for a one-bed flat in London, according to research by Comparethemarket.com. If you don’t want to live in the capital, the best city for a first-time buyer sounds pretty tempting – but, of course, still requires adequate savings and a decent deposit.
To make matters worse, it was recently announced that the Help to Buy ISA scheme will be dropped this year, making it that bit harder for young people to make the dream of owning their own home a reality. Just to really emphasise the reality of home ownership in the current economic climate, UK house prices have increased from £180,548 in 2013 to £248,233 in 2018 while earnings have risen by just 11% over the same period.
As if things weren’t bleak enough, new research from Zoopla found that the average city-dwelling Brit needs to earn £54,400 per annum to buy their first home. And if you’re looking to make a purchase in London you need to be earning around £84,000. Gulp.
The research reviewed UK house prices and assumed that buyers would have a 15% deposit (or 25% in London, Oxford and Cambridge). It sticks to the traditional model that sees buyers borrowing no more than four times their income and spending 30% of their take-home pay on their mortgage.
But the tiny bit of good news is that the average income needed has actually dropped by £3,300 since 2016.
The research found that the cities that require the lowest average income were Liverpool, Glasgow and Newcastle.
Here’s the full list of the average salary needed to buy a first property:
Liverpool – £26,100
Glasgow – £26,600
Newcastle – £25,500
Belfast – £28,800
Sheffield – £29,500
Nottingham – £32,900
Aberdeen – £33,700
Birmingham – £35,200
Leeds – £35,500
Manchester – £36,200
Leicester – £38,000
Cardiff – £44,600
Southampton – £48,500
Edinburgh – £48,700
Portsmouth – £50,700
Bristol – £59,500
Bournemouth – £62,300
Oxford – £68,800
Cambridge – £72,000
London – £84,000
Richard Donnell, research and insight director at Zoopla said: ‘First-time buyers are an important group accounting for more than one in three sales.
‘While the average household income to buy a typical home across UK cities has grown 9% since 2016, weaker price growth and recent price falls have led to a 5% reduction in the income to buy across the most expensive cities.
‘It will come as a modest relief for would-be buyers although the income to purchase still remains relatively high.’
Forget everything you think you know, there’s one way of telling what makes a person ‘middle class’ and it has everything to do with the things they pack into their kitchen cupboards, apparently.
That’s right – you can tell a lot about a person from their weekly food shop. There’s reportedly something telling in buying a jar of hollandaise and shredless marmalade, and if you’ve got a Nespresso machine on top of that then you’re really hitting the middle class jackpot.
Team it with a Brita filter and a Nutribullet and there’s no denying it any longer. You’re a bit posh.
This is all according to etiquette and protocol expert William Hanson, who told Cosmopolitan.co.uk that if you have these items in your kitchen cupboard you’re technically middle class.
Do you have any of the following…?
Hollandaise in a jar
Click and lock plastic containers
Anything from Aldi or Lidl
The number of mugs is greater than cups and saucers
Why these are the middle class markers, we have no idea – surely Waitrose, the royally favoured supermarket, deserves a spot on this list? – but that’s what the expert reckons.
Getting your foot on the property ladder can feel like an impossible task. Only recently it was announced that the Help to Buy ISA will be dropped later this year, and according to a study by Lloyds bank the average house price in the UK has increased from £180,548 in 2013 to £248,233 in 2018 – while earnings have risen by just 11% over the same period.
Fair to say that things aren’t looking great for first time buyers.
But price comparison site Comparethemarket.com has reviewed the average price of a property in 29 cities and towns across the UK to determine which places are viable options for those wanting to buy their own home – and which ones, well, may not be.
At the top of the least affordable cities list is London (quelle surprise) with an average deposit coming in at just over £72,000. Gulp.
However, once you branch out from the capital things are a little less eye-watering, with Bradford and Kingston upon Hull offering much more affordable housing.