Feast your eyes on the most beautiful Golden Globe dresses of all time

Feast your eyes on the most beautiful Golden Globe dresses of all time

All the drama, all the glam

Golden Globes Dresses through the ages

With the Golden Globes just around the corner, it’s official, this year’s Awards season is kicking off, and we’re feeling a little nostalgic, so we thought we’d have a look back at the most iconic red carpet moments.

Golden Globes red carpet 2018

Let’s start with the most recent one, which was a year ago. You could argue the Golden Globes 2018 were one of the most memorable in the history of the awards, because it was of course the one where pretty much everyone on the red carpet wore black designer dresses, to protest against sexual harassment in the industry, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The likes of Emma Watson, Jessica Biel, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon all wore black, and many made an extra political statement by wearing Time’s Up badges – whilst others wore white to signify peace and unity.

The Golden Globes red carpet over the years

There are so many memorable red carpet moments, it’s hard to condense it all in a few paragraphs, but let us try.

So many strong looks happened in the 90s and early noughties, not least Kate Moss’ high-neck sequin dress in 1995, when she attended with then-boyfriend Johnny Depp. What a couple. We were also into Sarah Michelle Gellar’s 2001 halterneck Valentino number, Sarah Jessica Parker’s 2002 baby pink Emmanuel Ungaro gown and what the Friends cast wore in 1995. A relatively unknown Angelina Jolie also made her red carpet debut in 1998 in a sparkling dress.

There was also Salma Hayek’s unforgettable deep crimson corseted Narciso Rodriguez gown in 2003, and Hillary Swank’s sleek copper Calvin Klein gown when she picked up her award for Million Dollar Baby.

And, who could forget Sienna Miller’s Grecian moment? The actress shimmered in a stunning white Marchesa gown with intricate metallic overlay. And her unusual milkmaid braid and natural, bronzed make-up made for one stunning red-carpet look.

But let’s not forget the Golden Globes have been going for 76 years, and there were some iconic looks back in the day too, like Marilyn Monroe’s black sequin dress in 1962, Liza Minneli and Elizabeth’s Taylor’s excellent sequins and shoulder pads in 1985, and Audrey Hepburn’s sleek look.

This year’s Golden Globes will be held on Sunday 6th of January, and we’ll be sure to share all the best looks then.

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This actress was paid $2m to wear a Dior dress (and 11 other mega expensive dresses)

This actress was paid $2m to wear a Dior dress (and 11 other mega expensive dresses)

And the 11 other most expensive red carpet dresses of all time

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When you know how much work goes into celebrity red carpet dresses – Nicole Kidman’s Cannes Dior dress took 1,000 hours to make, and Adele’s Zuhair Murad Wembley dress took 500 hours, it makes sense that they have a price tag to match. But even we couldn’t handle it when we found out the most expensive dress in the world cost over £4m, according do new picture research by Getty.

Makes you feel a little less guilty about that Zara splurge, right? Bur before we tell you which iconic dress topped the list, here’s a little look at the nine other pricey gowns, including the Dior dress a famous actress was paid $2m to wear (and while you’re here, these are the most expensive Oscars dresses of all time).

12. Kate Winslet in Valentino: $100,000

The mint-green Valentino creation Kate wore to the 2007 Academy Awards was reportedly worth around a hundred thousand dollars and was picked out by her daughter, Mia. Girl’s got taste.

11. Charlize Theron in Christian Dior: $100,000

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Charlize Theron wore this Dior couture gown for the 2013 Oscars. While the dress already hit a hundred grand, the actress paired it with Harry Winston diamond cuffs, bringing the value of this elegant look to a whopping $4 million.

10. Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein: $150,000

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Lupita Nyong’o attended the 87th Annual Academy Awards in 2015 wearing a custom Calvin Klein dress made with over 6,000 pearls.

9. Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé: $200,000

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Cate Blanchett rocked the red carpet in this Armani Privé dress for the 2007 Oscars. The form fitting, gunmetal gown is fully embellished with Swarovski crystals.

8. Princess Diana in Victor Edelstein: £240,000

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Princess Diana danced with actor John Travolta at President Raegan’s White House Dinner in 1985, wearing a custom-made velvet gown by Victor Edelstein. The iconic dress was originally auctioned off for charity in 1997, selling for £100,000, then sold again in 2013 for £240,000.

7. Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen: £250,000

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Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was custom-made by Alexander McQueen’s head designer Sarah Burton. Featuring delicate lace embroidery, this dress has inspired many modern replicas, especially for other fairytale weddings.

6. Amal Clooney in Oscar de la Renta: $380,000

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Amal Clooney wore a custom-made gown by Oscar de la Renta on her wedding day. The exquisite dress featured intricate French lace detailing and hand-embroidered pearls.

5. Meghan Markle in Givenchy: £387,000

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Photo: Rex

While the cost of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress hasn’t been confirmed, it was estimated at over £100k more than Kate’s thanks to its bespoke design, expensive fabric and fittings, as well as a custom-made veil and wedding shoes.

4. Imperial Pearl Syndicate wedding dress: $500,000

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Mary Joe Connolly, a photographer for King Features, modelled a pearl wedding gown worth half a million dollars today. The dress was made of 100,000 cultured pearls and was worth $100,000 in the 1950s, donning the heftiest price tag for its time.

3. Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy: $900,000

The little black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most iconic dresses of all time. The Givenchy frock was auctioned and sold for just shy of a million dollars at Christie’s in New York.

2. Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior: $2 MILLION

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Nicole Kidman was paid $2 million to don this chartreuse Haute Couture gown designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior at the 1997 Academy Awards.

1. William Travilla’s Marilyn Monroe dress: $5.6 MILLION

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Marilyn Monroe’s ivory pleated subway dress from the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch sold for $5.6 million in a Beverly Hills auction in 2011.

Let’s just finish on this note: can you imagine being paid to wear a designer gown? Oh to be a celebrity.

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The BAFTA nominees for the 2019 EE Rising Star award have officially been announced

The BAFTA nominees for the 2019 EE Rising Star award have officially been announced

And we cannot wait.

Bafta Rising Star 2019 nominees

Award season is officially upon us, with the Golden Globes taking place in just a few days, the first ceremony in a packed calendar. So what do we have in store? Sweet red carpet moments, emotional speeches and some high profile political activism if last year is anything to go by – and we absolutely cannot wait.

But it wasn’t the Golden Globes that had everyone talking today, it was the BAFTAs, with its prestigious EE Rising Star Award nominees for this year announced this morning.

Broadcaster Edith Bowman and BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry announced the finalists, with the nominees consisting of five actors and actresses who have showcased their outstanding talent on the big screen this last year.

Here are the EE Rising Star Award nominees for 2019…

Jessie Buckley

‘I would like to thank both BAFTA and the jury from the bottom of my heart for putting me forward for the 2019 EE Rising Star Award – it’s a huge honour and a fantastic category to be nominated for, especially as the winner is decided by film fans at home.’

Cynthia Erivo

‘I’m ever grateful to BAFTA and the jury panel for nominating me for the 2019 EE Rising Star Award. It means the world to me to be acknowledged by the community that, for most of my life, I’ve known as home. Thank you for this incredible honour.’

Barry Keoghan

‘I want to thank BAFTA and of course the jury for this incredible honour. It’s really exciting to be put forward for the EE Rising Star Award. Over the years, I have watched so many actors and actresses that I admire be nominated in this category, so to think that I’m now on that list is an amazing feeling.’

Lakeith Stanfield

‘On behalf of the entire Sorry To Bother You team, thank you BAFTA. It is an honour and a pleasure to be considered.’

Letitia Wright

‘It’s an incredible feeling to be chosen by BAFTA and the jury as a candidate for the EE Rising Star Award. It means a lot that my work has been recognised, especially in the country I’ve grown up in, and that I get to share this recognition with so many talented actors.’


‘Selecting and announcing the EE Rising Star Award nominees has always been an honour,’ explained EE Rising Star Award juror Edith Bowman. ‘Having been on the jury panel for the past three years, the experience is more thrilling each year. Now, it’s up to film fans from across the UK to vote for their favourite nominee, as this is the only award which is determined by the British public. So, please make sure to check out each of the films these talented actors and actresses have been nominated for and get voting.’

Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA.

Make sure you tune into the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 10 February 2019 to find out the winner.

We officially cannot wait.

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A comprehensive ranking of every Netflix Christmas film on your queue this winter

A comprehensive ranking of every Netflix Christmas film on your queue this winter

And whether they’re worth an hour and a half of your life…

Christmas is officially here, and if the mince pies, festive markets and turkey trimmings Pret sandwiches weren’t convincing enough, Netflix has ensured that we all know that the yuletide is upon us.

How? By making and releasing so many Christmas films that there are no festive plots left.

Last year we had A Christmas Prince and it proved to be a smash hit. So, this year we have A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, A Princess Switch, Christmas Inheritance, Christmas Wedding Planner, The Holiday Calendar, A Wish For Christmas, Once Upon A Holiday and even The Christmas Chronicles.

The Princess Switch

The movies tend to follow the same winning formula, with most of them featuring some form of royalty, a fake European country, giant candy canes, hygge-style baking scenes, some element of magic and a once great actor or actress who has clearly fallen on hard times.

And while none of these films pretend to be Academy Award winners, some are definitely more worth your time than others.

But which will be enjoyable over a glass of mulled wine and which will waste an hour and a half of your life that you will never get back?

Here’s our rundown…

The Princess Switch

Plot: This Parent Trap esque flick involves a European Duchess switching places with an ordinary baker from Chicago, who looks identical to her, just one week before Christmas. Inevitably they fall in love with each other’s partners, want each other’s lives and somehow everything ties together perfectly in the end.
Recognisable cast members: Vanessa Hudgens (she plays both the leads)
Festive rating: 5/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 4/5 mistletoes

A Christmas Prince

Plot: A journalist somehow manages to sneak into a royal palace and pose as a tutor to get the scoop on the playboy prince, who she ends up falling in love with – after breaking a viral news story about him.
Recognisable cast members: Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones and Once Upon A Time) and Ben Lamb (Divergent)
Festive rating: 5/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 3/5 mistletoes

The Holiday Calendar

Plot: A struggling photographer gets given a magical advent calendar that seems to predict each day of advent (yes, really!), making huge changes in her love life.
Recognisable cast members: Kat Graham (Bonnie from Vampire Diaries)
Festive rating: 4/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 1/5 mistletoes

Christmas Wedding Planner

Plot: An aspiring wedding planner is in the middle of organising her cousin’s nuptials when the bride’s ex-boyfriend-turned-private investigator recruits her to look into the groom.
Recognisable cast members: Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl‘s Lily Van der Woodsen)
Festive rating: 3/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 2/5 mistletoes

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

Plot: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding unsurprisingly follows on from the first film, and also unsurprisingly follows their wedding. But with her husband now on the throne and her country facing huge economic problems, Amber doesn’t feel like planning her nuptials, going back into investigative journalism instead.
Recognisable cast members: Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones and Once Upon A Time) and Ben Lamb (Divergent)
Festive rating: 3/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 2/5 mistletoes

Christmas Inheritance

Plot: An heiress has to prove she’s worthy of inheriting her father’s business by delivering a special Christmas package to Snow Falls, before getting stranded and realising the spirit of Christmas.
Recognisable cast members: Eliza Taylor (Janae from Neighbours) and Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral)
Festive rating: 4/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 3/5 mistletoes

A Wish For Christmas

Plot: A shy woman gets given a magical wish in her office secret santa (yes, really!) and she asks for confidence. She then stands up to everyone, gets a promotion and goes to spend Christmas with her boss.
Recognisable cast members: Lacey Charbert (Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls)
Festive rating: 3/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 1/5 mistletoes

The Christmas Chronicles

Plot: A brother and sister end up healing their difficult relationship when they accidentally sneak onto Father Christmas’ sleigh and help him deliver presents. Yes, you guessed it, they save Christmas.
Recognisable cast members: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Lamorne Morris
Festive rating: 5/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 4/5 mistletoes

Once Upon A Holiday

Plot: An orphaned princess runs away from her duties in New York during Christmas, posing as a photographer, and naturally, finding herself and her true love.
Recognisable cast members: Briana Evigan (Andie from Step Up 2: The Streets)
Festive rating: 4/5 mistletoes
Quality rating: 3/5 mistletoes

Well, there you have it – happy watching!

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Phantom ringing syndrome is the millennial condition you probably suffer from

Phantom ringing syndrome is the millennial condition you probably suffer from

But what is it?

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Living life day to day as a millennial is like navigating a minefield.

You can’t even date without being confronted with a modern phenomenon – Kittenfishing, Scrooging, Roaching, Submarining, Stashing, Haunting – the list goes on.

And if you thought avoiding online dating would make you immune, we have some bad news for you, because millennial phenomenons aren’t limited to dating apps, just to technology, something we all use every day.

The latest issue everyone’s talking about? Phantom Ringing Syndrome.

No don’t worry, this has nothing to do with ghosts. But it does have everything to do with your phone.

What is phantom ringing syndrome?

Phantom ringing syndrome is the belief that your phone is ringing when it actually isn’t, and repeatedly checking. It is also called ringxiety, a term coined by psychologist David Laramie, and linked to phantom vibration syndrome – the mistaken sensation that your phone is vibrating when in your pocket.

Is phantom ringing syndrome common?

Yes, phantom ringing syndrome is very common, especially among millennials. In fact, according to CBS news, one study of over 290 US college students showed that ’90 percent of them sometimes felt the phantom phone sensations’ and 40% said it happened ‘at least once a week’.

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Credit: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock

What causes phantom ringing syndrome?

According to The Independent, Dr Robert Rosenberger at the Georgia Institute of Technology reported that the phenomenon is caused by ‘learned bodily habits.’

‘Through bodily habit, your phone actually becomes a part of you, and you become trained to perceive the phone’s vibrations as an incoming call or text,’ he reportedly explained. ‘So, due to these kinds of habits, it becomes really easy to misperceive other similar sensations.’

Recognise the symptoms? Yup, us too.

Maybe Christmas is time for a screen break.

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A Women’s March is officially happening in 2019 and here’s why we’re joining it

A Women’s March is officially happening in 2019 and here’s why we’re joining it

Look out for the #WomensWave

Womens March 2017, London, Banners
Don’t turn back the clock

It has officially been announced that a new Women’s March is on the horizon, taking place in January 2019, and to be honest, we can’t wait. But before we dust off our make shift signs and put on our pink knitted ‘pussy’ hats, let’s go over the basics:


Two years ago saw the biggest international demonstration in history as millions of people across the world took part in the Women’s March on January 21st, the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Their aim? ‘To express to the new administration and Congress that women’s rights are human rights and our power cannot be ignored’. And what initially started out as a grass roots reaction by one grandmother against Trump, went on to become a cross-social, global movement with over 600 ‘solidarity’ marches around the world and over 100,000 people taking to the streets in London.

On the one year anniversary of the OG Women’s march, women took to the streets once more in 2018, but this time to promote the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, condemning misconduct and calling for change.

January 2019 will mark two watershed years since the first ever women’s march, and while they have been momentous for making change, they have also been a giant kick in the teeth for women – from the unearthing of the shocking gender pay gap statistics to the disturbing blame culture around violence against women, showcased in the aftermath of Grace Millane’s murder just this month.

We’ve come a long way, but there’s so much further to go.

A 2019 march has been confirmed for January 19th, with the Washington DC march dubbed Women’s Wave and prompting sister marches across the globe.

Womens March 2017, London, Banners

Marie Claire’s #handsoffourrights

‘Reminiscent of the 1912 Bread & Roses protests which revolutionised workers’ rights for women, Women’s March London will galvanise thousands for a Bread & Roses rally against Austerity in the United Kingdom,’ read the save the date on the Global Women’s March website. ‘It is the common denominator in the rise of economic oppression, violence against women, gender pay gap, racism, fascism, institutional sexual harassment and hostile environment experienced by marginalised groups of people in the United Kingdom who are the many not the few.’

It continued: ‘With the imminence of Brexit, we want austerity to end and are demanding specific assurances from the UK government. It is time to eliminate the dividing line between the ‘Haves’ and ‘Have Nots’. Equality demands that we all get to thrive and not just survive. We demand Prosperity not Austerity.’

Womens March 2017, London, Banners

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Want to join the movement? Here’s your chance.

The Women’s March 2019 will start at 10am on 19 January 2019.

Find more information at womensmarchlondon.com.

See you there to make history.

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Who could replace Theresa May as UK Prime Minister?

Who could replace Theresa May as UK Prime Minister?

From Amber Rudd and Boris Johnson to Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt…

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Ever since Theresa May stepped into the role of Prime Minister following the divisive 2016 Brexit vote, it has been a turbulent ride.

Two years later and there are accusations of little progress made, with this Brexit appearing to be softer and slower than anyone could have predicted.

But today, after more than 48 letters of complaint sent to Graham Brady, it was announced that Theresa’s days at No.10 could be numbered as Tory MPs have requested a vote of no confidence in their leader.

‘Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has received 48 letters from Conservative MPs so there will now be a vote of confidence in my leadership of the Conservative party,’ Theresa May announced this morning. ‘I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got.’

She continued: ‘A change of leadership in the Conservative party now will put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it. A new leader wouldn’t be in place by the 21st January legal deadline, so a leadership election risks handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs in parliament.’

‘The new leader wouldn’t have time to renegotiate a withdrawal agreement and get the legislation through parliament by 29 March – so one of their first acts would have to be extending or rescinding article 50, delaying – or even stopping – Brexit when people want us to get on with it.’

‘Delivering the Brexit people voted for. Building a country that works for everyone. I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister,’ May concluded. ‘And I stand ready to finish the job.’

The vote taking place tonight between 6pm and 8pm will see Tory MPs reveal their trust in their leader, with the result potentially triggering May’s departure, and a new leadership contest.

But who is likely to replace Theresa May as Tory leader and Prime Minister?

These are apparently the most probable candidates…

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Former Foreign Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Leave


Dominic Raab

Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
OG Brexit slant: Leave


Sajid Javid

Home Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Remain


Michael Gove

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
OG Brexit slant: Leave


Amber Rudd

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
OG Brexit slant: Remain


Jeremy Hunt

Foreign Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Remain

We’ll have to tune in tonight to see if Theresa May will be keeping her position, with the results expected to be announced an after after the vote.

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Here are the best ways to beat a cold virus if you’re feeling grim

Here are the best ways to beat a cold virus if you’re feeling grim

So you’ve got a cold – nothing you can do about it, right? From the truth about vitamin C to the power of your mood, here’s the latest science to help you get well soon

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At this time of year the common cold is, er, pretty common, and we’re all in the firing line. Most of us will have at least two colds this year – snotty ordeals that turn us into sniffling zombies clutching vials of Olbas Oil and saying things like, ‘My hair hurts.’

There are 200 different types of the common cold virus. The most prevalent ones are rhinoviruses, closely followed by coronaviruses, adenoviruses and coxsackieviruses. ‘When these viruses get into your nose, they irritate the lining, causing it to produce mucus to try to expel the bad stuff,’ says clinical scientist Professor Peter Openshaw. ‘The virus sticks to the cells in the nose then ruptures, travelling to the airways and other parts of the upper respiratory tract, including the throat.’

So what can we do to protect ourselves? Well, as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. ‘Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are more effective than you think,’ says Dr Adam Simon, GP and medical officer at Pushdoctor.co.uk. ‘Washing your hands regularly is always a good idea but be aware that antibacterial soaps don’t kill viruses and as such won’t prevent the spread of colds.’ Office martyrdom doesn’t help, either.

‘The best way to prevent a cold outbreak is for the person who has the virus to stay at home and rest.’ But there is another way to get ahead of the game in the face of all these airborne contagions – know your facts.


Is a cold the same as the flu?

Colds and flu are both caused by viruses, but it’s quite difficult for doctors to determine which one we are suffering from. The term ‘influenza-like illness’ or ‘ILI’ is, in medical settings, also used for colds, especially when a fever is present. Both viruses attack the cells of the adenoids at the back of your throat, spreading to cells in the rest of the upper respiratory tract (ie, the nose, throat, pharynx and larynx).

‘If you have more severe symptoms, a fever of 39.5 and you’re aching all over, it’s more likely that you have got an influenza,’ says Sebastian Johnston, professor of respiratory medicine and allergy at Imperial College London. ‘But influenza only really happens during annual influenza epidemics – we normally have one every year [from October to May], they vary in severity and will last six to eight weeks in more highly populated parts of the country before spreading.’

Currently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the flu jab for pregnant women, health workers, people over 65 (or under five) and those with chronic health conditions. But it is available for everyone (ask your GP) and is the only reliable protection.

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Can common colds be spread by kissing?

True, but more than that, you don’t need to kiss or even touch a stranger to pick up the germs. ‘The virus particles of the common cold are spread through the small droplets of saliva in the air when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or even laughs or talks,’ says GP Dr Sarah Brewer.

‘The particles are propelled at an estimated speed of around 100mph and can travel for many metres [recent research* shows that a single cough would fill about three quarters of a two-litre bottle with air containing 3,000 droplets of potentially infectious saliva]. They may then enter a nearby person’s body through the eyes, nose or mouth.’ In addition, germs from their hands linger long after they’ve gone, contaminating surfaces such as door handles, escalators and keyboards on which the virus is able to survive.

Does Vitamin C help prevent colds?

Not so much. ‘Research shows that vitamin C is only really effective in the prevention of colds when the human body is under significant stress – for example in soldiers or long-distance runners,’ says Dr Ashton Harper, medical advisor for pharmaceutical company Protexin. Professor Openshaw agrees. ‘The vitamin C myth really doesn’t have a good scientific basis,’ he says. ‘There’s no harm in it, but it is not a cure.’

In fact, much on offer at your local pharmacist will have a negligible effect. ‘There’s no good evidence, for example, that cough medicine works,’ says Dr Davina Deniszczyc, medical executive director at Nuffield Health. ‘But, interestingly, in clinical studies, placebos (sugar pills) work really well.’ Indeed, research from the University of Wisconsin found that when patients received a placebo pill that they believed contained echinacea, their illnesses were substantively shorter and less severe. So whatever your medicine of choice, if it’s safe and seems to work for you, stick with it.

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 Is the number of colds you get down to genetics?

Partly true. ‘We all have what we call innate immune systems, which protect us against viruses we’ve never seen before,’ says Professor Johnston. ‘We also have acquired immunity, where our bodies “learn” from infections we’ve seen previously and have immunity to them [such as mumps or chickenpox].’ The number of colds we get depends on how strong both these immune systems are. ‘People vary depending on their genetic make-up and there are at least 40 genes found to control our immune defences,’ adds Professor Openshaw. ‘So you may simply be lucky or unlucky in terms of the pattern you’ve inherited.’

Does being miserable make you more susceptible to the sniffles?

This one’s actually true. ‘Maintaining a positive mental attitude can help prevent illness,’ says Justin Jones, national physiology manager at Nuffield Health. ‘This is because we release different hormones depending on our outlook. Thinking positively has been proven to release the immune-boosting hormone DHEA, while thinking negatively releases the immune-suppressing hormone cortisol.’ So being upbeat can help you stay healthy.

Professor Openshaw agrees there’s some science behind this idea. ‘One of the last studies that was ever done at the Common Cold Research Unit in Salisbury before it closed showed that if people feel miserable and out of control in their lives then they are more likely to be infected by a standard dose of common cold virus.’ So chin up, and look on the bright side, you will be doing your nose a favour.

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The cold remedies that actually work (according to the experts)

Zinc lozenges

A study by Helsinki University found zinc lozenges can shorten a cold by about four days. ‘Don’t exceed 100mg of elemental zinc per day,’ says lead author Dr Harri Hemila. Nature’s Way Zinc Lozenges (£2.93 for 60, Iherb.com)


It turns out that yoghurt is the best thing to eat for breakfast if you want to avoid catching the common cold, as yoghurts are probiotic foods. ‘The majority of our immune system is in our gut,’ says Dr Harper. ‘Probiotics have been shown to significantly reduce the severity of cold symptoms.’ Choose a high- quality multi-strain product such as Bio-Kult Advanced Formula Probiotics (£8.99 for 30, Bio-kult.com).


‘The last thing you will feel like doing when you have a cold is exercising, but a study has shown that going on a 45-minute walk when you don’t normally do much exercise boosts your immune system. The effect can last for up to three hours,’ says Dr Sohere Roked.


This one’s still up for debate, but recent research by Professor Johnston at the Royal Society of Medicine showed echinacea reduces (by about 50 per cent) recurrent respiratory tract infections. A Vogel Echinaforce Hot Drink (£9.99, Avogel.co.uk)


‘Nothing can prevent a cold, so it’s a matter of symptom relief,’ says Professor Johnston. A Southampton University study found paracetamol was superior to ibuprofen when it comes to treating colds. Paracetamol (39p for 16, Superdrug.com).

Drink plenty of fluids

‘Drink plenty of fluids, as it’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re ill due to fluid loss caused by having a high temperature and increased nasal secretions,’ says Angela Chalmers.’

Eat less sugar

‘Avoid sugar, as it competes with vitamin C, which is good for the immune system,’ says Alison Cullen. ‘If you have lots of sugar, you undermine your immune system.’

Vitamin D

‘A lot of people are deficient in vitamin D in the UK and there’s evidence boosting it can help resistance to infection,’ says Professor Johnston. Research shows in order to activate an immune response, vitamin D must kick-start T cells in our body, which can attack and neutralise any threat. ImmiFlex (£13.39 for 30, Nutritioncentre.co.uk)

*Study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Drink green tea

‘Try drinking green tea,’ says Alison Cullen. ‘It’s rich in many chemicals that have been shown to have health-protective properties.’

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Use vapour rub

‘Put vapour rub on the soles of your feet and wear socks on top,’ says Angela Chalmers. ‘Many people swear by this to help relieve a cough at night.’

Incorporate beta glutens into your diet

‘Having beta glucans in your diet – found in baker’s yeast, oats, rye, barley, wheat and shiitake mushrooms – or in supplement form on a daily basis has been shown to reduce both bacterial infections and viruses. And, if taken when unwell, beta glucans can actually shorten the length of the illness,’ says Dr Sohere Roked. Check out our list of immune-boosting foods to add to your diet.

Add lysine into your diet

‘Get plenty of lysine, an essential amino acid that works to boost the immune system and helps stimulate the body’s own antibodies to fight illness,’ says Dr Sohere Roked. ‘It’s found in plain yoghurt and skimmed milk, apricots, dried apples and mangos, and fish.’

Stay cool

‘You could also try sleeping with the window open, as germs and viruses can breed more quickly in warm temperatures,’ says Angela Chalmers. ‘It’s a myth that cold weather causes a cold, and keeping fresh air circulating will help create a healthier sleeping environment.’

Steam inhalation

‘Steam inhalation may sound old-fashioned, but it’s a powerful way to help clear mucus and soothe irritated airways,’ says Angela Chalmers.

Sleep with an extra pillow

‘When you have a cold, sleep with an extra pillow, as this will help with the drainage of nasal passages,’ says Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers.

Use a warm compress

‘Try a warm compress,’ says Dr Laura Ginesi. ‘A hot flannel, wrung out and placed on your forehead and over the bridge of your nose, may help to relieve some of the pressure from blocked sinuses.’

Get enough sleep

‘Try to get enough rest,’ says Dr Annabel Bentley. ‘It can help you get over the worst.’


Team Marie Claire’s cold remedies

Holly Rains, Digital Editor:

‘Satsumas (easy peelers) are my go to when I get a cold, or think I have one about to strike. It’s essentially Vitamin C but starving off a cold while feeling festive is better than chugging orange juice all day long.’

Jenny Proudfoot, Junior Digital News Editor:

‘As soon as I feel a cold coming on I go hard on the ginger. Ginger in my meals, ginger in my teas, any ginger sweets etc. It not only soothes a sore throat, but can kill rhinoviruses (the cause of most colds) and gives you a quick warm up.’

Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor:

‘I do fresh garlic and ginger in hot water, with a bit of lemon – I have that once a day when I’m feeling unwell. Garlic is great for colds, in fact I add garlic to all my dishes when I’m ill.’

Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor:

‘It’s vitamin C for me – I overdose on easy peelers when I sense a cold.’

Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer:

‘As soon as I feel a cold coming on, I take either Day or Night Nurse (depending on the time of day). It knocks my illness on the head immediately and when everyone was getting ill a couple of weeks ago, I credit that with my speedy recovery.’

Get well soon!

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Can we all stop unfairly judging The Princess Switch please?

Can we all stop unfairly judging The Princess Switch please?

Before you form your opinion, consider this…

The Princess Switch

The Christmas countdown is officially on, and with the cold weather setting in and Yule logs and mince pies coming into the shops, we’re feeling more festive than ever.

Now all we need is a new Christmas film to obsess over with a mug of mulled wine, and last week, that is exactly what we got – thank you, Netflix.

The Princess Switch, released last Friday, is this year’s answer to A Christmas Prince, and let’s just say it doesn’t disappoint.

Vanessa Hudgens plays the two leads in this Parent Trap esque flick, involving a European Duchess switching places with an ordinary baker from Chicago, who looks identical to her, just one week before Christmas. Inevitably they fall in love with each other’s partners, want each other’s lives and somehow everything ties together perfectly in the end.

The Princess Switch


I’m not going to lie, there are a few gaping plot holes and I can’t pretend that I understood everything. Why didn’t Stacy report that her blender had been sabotaged and get a new one? Why was the strange old man that kept popping up everywhere to deliver wise quotes never explained? And HOW did the butler Frank De Luca survive that almighty fall off the bridge?

And yet, I loved it.

The film has proved to be pretty divisive, but in this writer’s opinion, it’s all pretty unfair.

There’s no point in comparing it to an Academy award winning film because it never pretended to be one – it’s set in a make-believe European country and packed with cliché quotes about Christmas wishes, orphans wanting to be princesses (Hello Princess Diaries 2), fake snow ball fights and makeover musical montage scenes.

Let’s call a spade a spade. It’s the perfect winter film – especially if you’re an over-worked stressed out millennial who just wants to switch off and feel festive.

Sure, if you’re a film buff whose highlight of Christmas is dissecting the artistic camera work of It’s A Wonderful Life, then give this a miss. But if you tend to like films that score less than a 6.3/10 on IMDb and you feel like putting your feet up, this is a must-see.

Here’s why The Princess Switch is well worth a watch…

1. Lady Margaret Delacourt’s wardrobe:

The Duchess of Montenaro is impeccably dressed, and the scene where Stacy explores her wardrobe for the first time rivals Carrie Bradshaw‘s SATC big wardrobe reveal. We’re talking Blair Warldorf style berets, Camilla Mendes esque mini skirts and some serious Jackie O inspired tailoring. And don’t even get us started on the red and gold ballgown that she wore to the royal dance – that is reason enough to watch.

2. Robin Soans’ multiple cameos

The big unanswered question from The Princess Switch has to be the identity of the wise old man (played by Robin Soans), who turned up everywhere (even within the palace walls) to deliver some much needed Christmas wisdom. We assume of course that he is a sort of modern day fairy godmother, but still – why doesn’t the character have anything better to do?! How does he know everything?! And did he literally follow Stacy all the way from New York? There are so many questions and we really would have liked some reassurance Netflix. That being said, he did save the day on numerous occasions so we’ll let it slide.

3. Kevin the baker’s bod

Kevin the baker! Who knew that body was hiding under your apron? Well, Lady Margaret does now, but it’s safe to say we were all surprised and understandably, it is of course a highlight.

4. The hilarious British accents

Somehow the accents in the mythical European country of Belgravia (yes, Belgravia!!) are English, same with the country of Montenaro, where Duchess Margaret Delacourt comes from. Get ready for some very clipped old school Mary Poppins style accents. Let’s just say it’s in the same league as Gossip Girl‘s Lord Marcus Beaton.

5. That moment of Inception

In one particular scene, Lady Margaret posing as Stacy and Kevin from The Princess Switch sit down to watch a Christmas film, scrolling past A Christmas Inheritance, before landing on A Christmas Prince. Yes, really. The characters in a Netflix original Christmas film just watched another Netflix original Christmas film. What is real life? We don’t know anymore.

6. The Meghan Markle effect

Did anyone else think that Stacy as Lady Margaret had elements of Meghan Markle about her? A feminist royal who wanted to have a hands-on approach in terms of official events, and despite being a high profile princess-to-be, insisted on being heard, not just seen. Just saying – we loved the millennial references.

7. The references to other chick flicks

One thing that has really got viewers talking is the inspiration from other romantic comedies. There’s a dancing in a fairy-lit canopy scene that is almost identical to A Cinderella Story, a Parent Trap esque hair cutting scene and even a moment that mirrors a Princess Diaries 2 scene where an orphanage of children get to be princesses for the day. One scene that excited viewers the most however was when Kevin gave Margaret a locket, looking a lot like a High School Musical 2 scene (also starring Vanessa), where Troy gave Gabriella a necklace. Basically, The Princess Switch is an amalgamation of every single romantic comedy you’ve ever seen, and if that’s not reason enough to watch it, we don’t know what is.

Be right back – off to watch this again.

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Fancy getting your hands on a pair of Kate Moss’ shoes?

Fancy getting your hands on a pair of Kate Moss’ shoes?

Ever dreamed of walking in a celeb’s shoes? Quick, now’s your chance to bid for them while helping children out of poverty


This year, Kate Moss, Emma Watson and Poppy Delevingne are just a handful of the celebrities who have stepped forward to donate their most treasured pair of shoes to be auctioned off for the Small Steps Project. With previous celebrity donors including Helena Christensen and Oprah Winfrey, this is an unmissable opportunity to get some celebrity-endorsed footwear.

The charity was founded by former showbiz journalist Amy Hanson, who quit her job to launch the charity after a life-changing visit to Cambodia seven years ago.

‘I had just turned 30 and was looking for something more meaningful to contribute in life,’ says Hanson. ‘After seeing so many homeless kids scavenging barefoot on rubbish dumps filled with broken glass and sharp objects on Cambodia’s largest landfill site, I was heartbroken and an idea just came to me. I thought, perhaps I could use the experience and contacts I have through my job to make a positive change to their lives.’

And from her bedroom in north London, the world’s biggest celebrity shoe auction was born.

Today, Amy spends her time travelling between various Small Steps projects in Nicaragua, Romania and Laos to oversee how the funds are spent. What began as just giving out shoes, has developed into providing children with what they need to make the small steps out of poverty and into education, breaking the crippling cycle of scavenging for survival.

‘Thousands of Manolos could have been gathering dust in celebrity wardrobes all over the world, but instead they’ve helped fund nurseries, mother and baby units, medical, nutrition and education programmes and really transform lives,’ says Hanson. ‘And we’re just getting started.’

Celebrities from all walks of life, from Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer to Clean Bandit’s Grace Chatto to Hollywood A-lister Orlando Bloom have been sharing their reasons for contributing to the project. Legendary fashion designer and eco-warrior Vivienne Westwood has voiced her backing for the Small Steps auction, saying, ‘I am proud and happy to be on board.’

The Small Steps Project #CelebrityShoeAuction runs until  Sunday 11th November
Bid here NOW.

Here are just some of the celebrities taking part this year:

Joanna Lumley

‘Lucy Choi is Jimmy Choo’s niece – these are my favourite premiere shoes and are given with all the love in the world. Cheers sweeties! xx’

Rachel Weisz

‘I wore these to the Independent Spirit Awards in LA. Hopefully, the money raised by the Small Steps Project will help people live with more dignity and have better lives.’

Poppy Delevingne

‘It’s amazing to be a part of the beautiful project that Small Steps has created. I am really happy to see my favourite pair of sparkly heels have a new life and owner while helping kids living in poverty.’

So if you’ve ever wanted to walk a mile in a famous person’s shoes, now’s your opportunity.

Red carpet, here we come.

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