Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read

Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read


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‘Tis the season of the party. Yes there are presents to be wrapped and carols to be sung, but there are also many, many parties to be attended. Which means that you your party makeup and party hairstyles need to be on point. However, this can prove tricky when you have an event every night of the week.

Thankfully, Adam Reed – ghd brand ambassador and co-founder of one of the best hair salons in London Percy & Reed – has come up with a five-day hair plan to get you from party to party. ‘If you’re partying all five nights of the working week, you’ll want a different look for every night without having to spend much time styling your hair,’ he explains. ‘Your hair plan is just as important as your outfits.’

Day 1 – Get a blowdry

Reed suggests getting a blowdry to set the foundation for the week ahead. ‘Starting the week with a good blowdry will create a base that will last all week as you won’t have time to wash and blowdry your hair mid-week and those extra 30 minutes in bed each day can take priority.’ Book in on your lunch break, or on your way to your first party.

Day 2 – Tong your hair

On the second day, your blowdry should still be going strong, so you’ll just need to joozh. Reed recommends adding in a few loose waves, ‘Tong sections of your hair using the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong. I would wrap your hair around the tong, facing away from the face, then massage the roots and brush through the curls using your fingers.’

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Day 3 – Texturise

You’re about halfway through now, so your hair will most likely be a little flat, so it’s time to refresh. You want to add texture and volume to the roots, so spritz around the crown with a texturising spray. ‘This will add instant glamorous volume and a more beachy texture than the day before.’

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Day 4 – Straighten

You’re on event four, your hair is most likely looking a bit greasy now, so Reed says don’t fight it, work with what you’ve got: ‘disguise greasy roots by creating a super sleek, straight look with a statement centre parting. Straighten you hair, then tuck behind ears and smooth down.’

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Day 5 – Pop in a ponytail

You’re on the final day, so you’re either falling asleep as you walk or dangerously hungover. Make things easy for yourself and go for a simple ponytail. Reed says, ‘This strong party look actually holds better on hair that isn’t super clean.’ Pull hair into a high, tight ponytail, then tie it off with a pretty ribbon. This will draw focus and attention away from the front of your hair.

So there we have it, your five-day party hair plan. On the sixth day we recommend binge-watching Xmas films on your sofa.

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Prince George has the most adorable nickname for Prince William

Prince George has the most adorable nickname for Prince William


Our hearts <3

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We love knowing about all the royal family’s nicknames for each other because it proves that, really, they’re just like us. Prince Harry has a very sweet nickname for Kate Middleton – he reportedly calls her ‘Cath’ – and he refers to his wife, Meghan Markle, as ‘Meg’. And Meghan’s pals call Harry ‘Haz’. Cute? We think so.

We also know that Kate calls Prince William ‘babe’, and that he calls her ‘darling’.

On the slightly more hilarious end of the scale, we recently learned that William used to refer to the Queen as ‘Gary’. Lol.

But when it comes to royals and their nicknames for one another, Prince George definitely wins. He’s one of our favourite royals – did you see how he comforted a crying bridesmaid at Harry and Meghan’s wedding? – and this will make you love him even more.

During a recent royal engagement, Kate revealed that George doesn’t call William ‘dad.’ He actually prefers the very endearing ‘pops’.

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A fan of the royal family, Fiona Sturgess, who met the Duchess of Cambridge, told reporters: ‘Kate said that William was playing football with the children last night and one of them said, I think it was George, “Are you playing football tomorrow, Pops?”’

It’s not the only nickname he has dished out, either. A few years ago, Kate told ITV’s The Queen at Ninety: ‘George is only 2 ½ and he calls her “Gan-Gan.”

‘She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family.’

Adorable.

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Emma Watson just sent the sweetest message to her Harry Potter co-star

Emma Watson just sent the sweetest message to her Harry Potter co-star


Adorable.

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The Harry Potter movies might have wrapped up seven years ago (yes, it really has been that long) but we’re still just as obsessed as we were when we were young wannabe witches and wizards. The proof lies in the fact that we’ve been trying to get our hands on the Asda Harry Potter advent calendar in time for December, because who doesn’t want twenty four magical charms?

And if there’s one thing we love more than Harry Potter baubles and Harry Potter bars, it’s a Hogwarts reunion.

We just love it when the gang get together IRL because it proves that the actors and actresses are just as close off-screen as they were on-screen.

Even the wizarding enemies are friends in real life. Recently, Emma Watson met up with Tom Felton to do a bit of skateboarding and we are, quite frankly, living for it.

So when Evanna Lynch – aka Luna Lovegood – made it to the final of Dancing With The Stars (the American version of Strictly, no less), Emma had a sweet message for her former co-star and decided to send her a cute video.

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Emma told her HP pal: ‘Evanna — you are in the final. Can we just say this again? You are in the final!

‘I am so proud of you. I don’t know where those dancing skills came from but you are unbelievable. We love you. We are rooting for you. Kill it tonight, girl!’

Tom also sent in some words of encouragement, telling her: ‘I want to wish you all the very best tonight.’

They weren’t the only ones. Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Matthew (Neville Longbottom) and J. K. Rowling also sent in some messages to support Evanna.

How ridiculously sweet is that?

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Meghan Markle wore the ultimate little black dress and it’s £50 from M&S

Meghan Markle wore the ultimate little black dress and it’s £50 from M&S


Manolo Blahniks not included.

When it comes to fashion, Meghan Markle’s really come into her own as a royal fashion icon and we’ve been keeping tabs on her favourite fashion brands, best tour outfits and more. However there was one gorgeous dress that she wore recently that we fell in love with, but just couldn’t place. While attending the Festival of Remembrance over the weekend, she was photographed in a super sophisticated LBD and the internet thankfully stepped in to solve where it was from. It turns out that it’s actually a piece you can grab off the high street, as the Duchess of Sussex opted for an M&S dress that cost just under £50.

Although there isn’t a super clear full length photo of Meghan Markle in the dress, there’s been snatches of the sophisticated sheath in pictures. The Royal British Legion wound up putting up a couple of photographs from the festival, which was held to honour past British servicemen and women, and if you look super closely you can see spot her in the chic V-neck piece.

The team behind @whatmeghanwore were the first to identify the dress, which is shockingly still available online on M&S. Given that Meghan Markle has a tendency to break websites and instantly sell things out within moments of wearing a designer item, it seems like the high street retailer is better equipped to deal with the onslaught of royalists that want a Markle original.

On M&S’ website, they revealed the dress was crafted from a stretchy double crepe material and features a ‘elegant off-shoulder neckline’ with a folded over detail. Although Markle kept her make-up and accessories relatively simple (barring a quintessential poppy pin), the brand advised pairing it with a bright red lip and ‘your favourite jewellery’. There’s only a few sizes of the dress still available, but if you don’t mind grabbing it in a different shade – it’s also available in red.

M&S Collection Double Crepe Bodycon Dress in Black

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The Duchess of Sussex accessorised the look with a pair of heels from Manolo Blahnik, another one of her famous Meghan Markle coats (this one by Stella McCartney) and nude tights according to royal protocol.

Honestly, we’re keen to see more high street designers in Meghan Markle’s wardrobe. Her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, has been known to wear a Zara piece or two as well and she always looks amazing in them. We’re super keen to see more fashion icons following suitproving it’s possible to dress chic on a budget.

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Hunter released a Mary Poppins Disney collection and we want it all

Hunter released a Mary Poppins Disney collection and we want it all


Christmas presents to ourselves sorted

Karen Dotrice was just 8 years old when she took on the role of Jane Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins.

As Christmas edges ever closer, loads of your favourite brands are releasing Disney collaborations – and we love all of them. There’s a Vans Disney collection which includes a Minnie Mouse backpack (want), there’s an Oh My Disney 90s collection complete with old VHS cases as handbags (double want), and of course we can’t forget these Disney headphones from Beats by Dre.

And if you want some ultra cute stocking fillers, then you need to check out the Cath Kidston Mickey Mouse collection. It’s fab.

But the latest Disney collab is one that you will not want to miss. Enter Hunters and their Mary Poppins collection.

The sort-of-sequel to the original Mary Poppins movie hits cinemas next month, just in time for Christmas, and we’re certain that Emily Blunt is going to a fantastic job as the magical nanny. If you don’t believe us, then just take a look at the Mary Poppins Returns trailer.

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See? Told you.

If you can’t wait for the film, though, you’ll be happy to know that Hunter have created a line of wellies, backpacks and umbrellas so that you are equipped for the weather while looking Mary Poppins stylish at the same time.

There are pink, purple, blue or khaki print wellies to choose from, which the brand explains are ‘a contemporary take on a traditional print, holding the iconic silhouette of Mary Poppins at it’s core.’ The short wellies cost £100, and the long come in at £115.

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And if you want to recreate the famous umbrella scene, you can with midnight blue or seaweed green brolly for just £40.

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There’s even a water-resistant leather bag that will have you looking just like Mary.

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Dreamy.

They’re the perfect Christmas gifts for Mary Poppins/Disney/Hunter fans.

We’ll be putting the lot on our list.

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The sweet way that Prince Harry is supporting pregnant Meghan Markle

The sweet way that Prince Harry is supporting pregnant Meghan Markle


So cute.

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Since embarking on their 16-day tour, all eyes have been on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The couple announced that they are expecting as they touched down in Sydney last week, and since then all we can talk about is the royal baby – what pregnancy rules will Meghan have to follow? Did Harry hint that they are having a baby girl? And why did Meghan refuse this food in Melbourne?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already travelled around Australia, visiting schools and families, and sharing the cutest moments together – did you see those umbrella pictures? And the snaps of them walking along the beach?

Now, Harry and Meghan are on the second leg of their tour in Fiji.

They attended a state dinner – a black-tie reception hosted by the Fijian prime minister, and Harry proved what a supportive husband he is with one small but very meaningful gesture.

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As all those in attendance raised a glass, Harry reportedly decided to toast with water instead. Why? Because that’s exactly what Meghan was doing, given that she is pregnant and not drinking alcohol.

The insight came from royal reporter Omid Scobie, who shared the news on Twitter.

Alongside a picture of the couple, Omid wrote: ‘Meghan and Harry both toasting with water at tonight’s reception (@FIJIWater, natch).’

Meghan stunned in a gorgeous blue Ginkgo cape dress by Safiyaa, and finished the look with gorgeous statement earrings.

Many noticed that the glowing Duchess was cradling her bump throughout the evening, and Harry was keen to share why the trip is so special to him.

‘This visit is particularly nostalgic for us as a young married couple – my grandparents stayed in this very hotel, the Grand Pacific, a number of times over the years,’ Harry told the attendees.

Well isn’t that just the sweetest thing?

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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 out to help you relive the magic of your 90s childhood with a brand new Oh Oh My Disney 90s Flashback collection and we’re totally 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.) 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’ and they’ve definitely delivered on that count. I’ll take one A Goofy Movie! VHS clutch bag and a Hercules mug, thanks. Here’s our favourite bits below…

Oh My Disney VHS Clutch Bags

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

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Oh My Disney The Lion King Desk Clock

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Oh My Disney The Lion King Multi-Coloured Pen

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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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Prince Harry was caught by the internet stealing samosas at Meghan Markle’s cookbook launch

Prince Harry was caught by the internet stealing samosas at Meghan Markle’s cookbook launch


Yeah, we all saw you.

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Now that the Hubb Community Kitchen and Meghan Markle’s joint charity cookbook has launched, we’re keen to grab ourselves a copy as everything in it sounds delicious. With 50 different recipes spanning from aubergine masala through to coconut chicken curry, there’s one person who’s very familiar with the recipes – and he’s been found out. During the launch of Together: Our Community Cookbook yesterday at Kensington Palace, Prince Harry was filmed sneaking away from a photo call to grab a handful of samosas.

The moment was caught on camera by ITV and one of their reporters pinpointed the moment, tweeting, ‘I could be wrong but I reckon we’ve caught Prince Harry red handed stealing some samosas from the Meghan’s ‘Together’ cookbook event they were at today!’

And, well, the footage speaks for itself. While the camera initially focused on the crowd posing for the cameras, it quickly panned over to Prince Harry who is spotted walking very quickly away from the marquee before slipping into a inconspicuous stroll. (Not at all obvious, Harry.) Although he did his best to hide his stolen goods behind his back, the camera caught the whole thing and you can see the very tip of a samosa peeking out of his little haul.

In a moment right out of The Office, he spotted the camera halfway through a conversation with one of the attendees. Clearly knowing he’d been done for, he poked his head out from behind the crowd and grinned guiltily – knowing full well he’d misbehaved. Honestly Harry, if you’d just waited a few more minutes…

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Prince Harry wasn’t the only person who attended to support Meghan, as her mother Doria Ragland also showed up to support her daughter’s meaningful project. Meghan, who first met the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen while volunteering to cook for Grenfell Tower survivors, developed the charity cookbook alongside them to help raise funds for the those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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With recipes from places as diverse as Northern Africa and the Middle East, she penned a foreword to the book and many of its dishes were available at the launch luncheon.

Want to support a good cause and find out if the samosas are as good as Prince Harry thinks they are? You can grab yourself a copy of the book titled Together: Our Community Cookbook on Amazon for £9.99 – it’s already a number one bestseller on the site despite just dropping yesterday.

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This charity event at Ibiza Ushuaia will melt your heart

This charity event at Ibiza Ushuaia will melt your heart


We can all agree Ibiza Ushuaia know how to throw a great party right? Their legendary pool parties are not to be missed and this charity event is no different.

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The Night League in association with Music Against Animal Cruelty otherwise known as M.A.A.C are coming together with Ibiza Ushuaia to present ‘Wild’ and we are very much here for it. According to M.A.A.C 90% of the Worlds Rhino population have been lost in the last 40 years and up to 30,000 elephants slaughtered for their ivory each year; its safe to say we have a global crisis on our hands.

So if you want to party the night away and support animal cruelty at the same time, er yes, then this event could be right up your street.

Ibiza Ushuaia

When:

Thursday 13th September expect a line up of stellar DJ’s at Ibiza Ushuaia

Who:

DJ’s including South African’s finest, the man of the moment Black Coffee, Swedish DJ Adam Beyer and Art Department.

Johnny White of Art Department and co-founder of M.A.A.C explains that ‘This isn’t just techno against animal cruelty. This is music against it. This is a global force against treating animals like they have any less right to be here than we do.’ All DJ’s are contributing their time and performance for free and all profits will go directly towards wildlife conversation projects. So far, so good.

With the music industry uniting at Ibiza Ushuaia on this global cause lets hope its sends a message and we can all come together to support the cause and raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. Boom, we are in! Buy tickets here

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MEET THE PUKKAS: Anna and Matt discuss forgetting their anniversary

MEET THE PUKKAS: Anna and Matt discuss forgetting their anniversary


In this week’s #TrueRomance column, Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson are celebrating another year of marriage. Or are they?

Does every anniversary come with existential angst?

He says…

By Matt Farquharson

When we picked wedding rings, our (male) jeweller asked if I wanted the date etched on the inside of the band, ‘in case you forget’. Anna was by my side, and I gave an indignant huff. It was a huff that said, ‘forget? Forget the greatest day of my life? The day I became bonded in an ever-lasting union of souls? Impossible. And also: she’s right here, dude!’

But before I could form these words, he said, ‘most people forget. It’s normal’. And so he etched it on, and ever since, I haven’t been able to give a convincing answer to, ‘when did you get married?’ without removing it. I know it’s in ‘late August’, but official documents do not normally accept such vagueness.

Anna is no better, and were it not for the cartoonish cards my mum sends us every year, I think we’d usually get to mid autumn before realising we’d missed something.
We’re not alone, either. Four years ago, Norwegian University of Science and Technology released the results of a study of 48,000 people. In it, they found that, while men forget more than women, most of us are as forgetful at 30 as we are at 60. Names and dates tend to cause the biggest blank spots.

‘Every anniversary seems to mark time running away’

And I think I know the reason why. Past the age of about 21, every anniversary – be it wedding, birthday, or something else – seems to mark time running away, rather than an imagined peak that you’re running towards. I might be more content now, more certain of who I am, but I am much less carefree.

Our eight years of marriage has been good, but seeing that number laid bare forces a mental totting up of achievements, and they mostly seem to be grown-up things – mortgage re-payments, job moves, ownership of two children that don’t smell like old dishcloths. I’m happy to be married, but troubled by the marker of time, just like those Facebook reminders that pop up to clarify how much more fun you were having that time your face was a bit thinner and your eyebags less full.

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She says…

By Anna Whitehouse

Our anniversary is usually marked by a Forever Friends card – complete with amorous poem – from my mother-in-law. This year there was a call from my mum, who said, ‘shall we take the kids for your anniversary weekend?’ I had to ask her what date that might be because it’s not something that has been etched in my mind (despite it having actually been quite fun). I simply said, ‘yes’ because being burden-free for two nights is worth pinning to anything – wedding anniversary or bunion removal.

But why are celebrations edging further down the list? Date of vaccinations for the kids? Done. Date of school term? In the diary. Anything relating to Matt or I seems to get a quick, ‘shall we leave it this year?’ Before ploughing on with the life admin and looking into each other’s slightly sunken eyes for any hint of the person we signed up for.

‘Do we have to career across the Mediterranean Sea in pursuit of celebration?’

And we’re happy. It’s not a case of simply having given up and resigned ourselves to trudging towards the bitter end like a knackered cart horse all too aware of its destination. It’s just, perhaps, we’re all or nothing. For our first anniversary I flew Matt to Milan (via Moscow because flights were so much cheaper) and made him a love cake with his face centre-stage. Anything after felt like he was getting short changed.

That’s possibly where our celebratory plans are scuppered – expectation versus reality. My happiest moments with Matt have not involved careering across the Mediterranean Sea in pursuit of celebration. As saccharine as it sounds, they’re in the small, everyday gestures of appreciation. His delivery of a cup of tea every morning even though it will most likely remain undrunk; offering up a cheeky bum squeeze in the glow of an open fridge. A deep hug when I’ve lost something, someone (possibly myself) and his willingness to sit next to me while I find that thing, person and sense of self again. That is something to be celebrated – and who would say no to a child-free weekend, anyhow?

Also in the True Romance series, why talking about your feelings with your other half is an ongoing challenge

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