MORE is most definitely more at this time of year – and what better way to dazzle at festive parties than by piling the accessories high?Outshine the Christmas tree by decking yourself in the best glitzy pieces on the High Street.Here, CLEMMIE FIELDSEND reveals the best finishing touches to make sure your look is a cracker.Blue velvet maxi dress, £55, Asos.com; earrings, £10, SimplyBe.co.uk; choker and necklace set, £14.99, diamante bracelet, £4.99, and ring, £6.99, all New Look; pearl bangle, £4, Primark; blue ring, £10, and shoes, £48, both River Island; red cross-body bag, £25, and yellow bag, £30, both Very.co.uk … [Read more...] about We bring you the best accessories to dazzle at festive parties with the most glitzy high street pieces
THE Christmas countdown is ticking, which means your festive shopping should be in full swing.But don’t panic if you still have gifts to strike off the list . . . or even if you haven’t started yet.We have it all wrapped up.Here, JENNY FRANCIS picks out brilliant presents for him, her, teens and littlies – all for under £50 apiece. Happy shopping!1. Tool bottle opener, £8.95, restorationyard.com2.Gentleman’s Hardware Christmas Day survival kit, £18, zavvi.com3.On-Ear headphones, £13, Amazon Basics at amazon.co.uk4.Origin by Dan Brown in hardback, RRP £20, major bookstores5. Virtual reality Transform headset, £20, Boots6.Molton Brown Distinguished Treats cracker (contains four body wash), £20, Boots7.Philips Wet And Dry Oneblade trim, edge And shave, £29.998.Paul Mitchell Own Your Look gift pack including shampoo and strong-hold texturiser, £17.99, Hairtrade.com9.Tabletop air hockey, £7.99, … [Read more...] about Say goodbye to stressful shopping as we help you pick out brilliant Christmas presents for him, her, babies and teens
THOSE who dye their hair will know how frustrating roots can be.While most of us like it when our hair grows quickly, this isn’t without its downsides.Beauty fans who dye their hair shades that are a bit of a leap from their natural colour will be all too familiar with how roots can ruin your look.But the latest hair trend sweeping Instagram seems to be the perfect solution.Shadow roots involve dying the roots a different colour – so the “re-growth” becomes a focal point.You can keep this a colour nearer your natural hue (e.g. a dark brown if you’ve gone blonde, or vice versa) or others are switching the look up with brightly coloured alternatives – also known as “party roots”. Bolder colours seen on beauty bloggers include bright pink, electric blue and even rainbow roots.Would you be brave enough to give the style a try?And if you’d like any more beauty inspiration, there’s plenty more fads taking Instagram by … [Read more...] about ‘Shadow roots’ are the latest slummy chic beauty trend… but it’s only for the brave
A TV reporter says she is glad that surgery to remove her breast and bum implants will leave her scarred.Glamorous Argentine TV host and talk show participant Mina Bonino says that the scars left by the removal surgery will remind her not to make such “bad decisions” in the future.Mina claims that she found it impossible to forge a TV career as a woman without a noticeable bum and boobs.Having now made a name for herself on show Intrusos en el Espectaculo (Intruders in the Spectacle), she says she now regrets the breast and bum operations she had at the start of her career.She wrote on social media: “Just like that two years ago I filled my bottom with things so that I was not so thin, I also took the bad decision of having my breasts operated so that they could buy something that is not real.“Because, unfortunately in TV, if you do not have enough breasts and bottom you cannot get anywhere.“Now I have the chance and I decided to remove the implants … [Read more...] about TV reporter is glad op to remove her breast and bum implants will scar her – to remind her not to make such ‘bad decisions’
WITH all it’s fancy french terms and angry shouting, getting to grips with how a professional kitchen works can be difficult.Here’s our run down of the kitchen hierarchy from head honcho to pot wash…The name for a sous chef comes from the french word “sous” meaning under.This is basically the second in command in the kitchen.Which means they take over running service when the head chef isn’t around.As well as preparing food, they also act as the head chef’s assistant, which often includes managing the kitchen team.A chef de partie is more junior than the sous chef.There are often many chef de parties in a kitchen, and each works in a specific section.In bigger operations a chef de partie could have a number of other cooks working for them in their section – but in most kitchens it is them in their section on their own.Sometimes, chef de parties are separated into their own hierarchy of “first cook”, “second … [Read more...] about What is a sous chef, what does a chef de partie do and how exactly are chefs ranked in a professional kitchen?
IF you watch MasterChef, you’ve likely seen tonka beans used in numerous recipes.But what is the bean and what does is taste like? Here’s the lowdown on the gourmet cooking favourite…Tonka beans are a somewhat exotic ingredient that is becoming more and more common in home cupboards.The beans are about an inch long and look similar to raisins in texture and are actually seeds from a type of flowering tree found in South America.They are often used as a substitute for vanilla in recipes and have their own vanilla-like flavour – but with fruity, spicy notes.Tonka beans pair well with chocolate as well as sweet fruits such as strawberries and is often used in puddings and in ice creams.Tonka beans are not usually found in the supermarket, but many online specialists sell them.Websites such as Sous Chef have the beans available, starting at £5 for 20g.They are also available from various sellers on Amazon.Interestingly, the beans are banned in the US.This is … [Read more...] about What is a tonka bean, what do they taste like and where can you buy them? MasterChef favourite explained
FINDING the perfect party dress is no easy task – especially if you have a budget to stick to.To try and bag themselves a bargain, some Brits decide to shop around online.Many are willing to risk purchasing cheap frocks from abroad and getting them shipped over – rather than forking out for more expensive options.But, as these shoppers soon found out, ordering dresses from the internet can have disastrous results.From saggy fitting styles to garments that look nothing like the ad, we bet these Twitter users wish they’d not gone bargain-hunting online.Here are some of the worst cases…From barmy replacement items, to products that came up a LOT smaller than expected, here are the most hilarious online shopping fails ever.And these women got a nasty surprise after ordering these frocks from the internet.Plus we road-tested some eBay prom dresses… wit hilarious results. … [Read more...] about Women share shocking snaps of their party dress shopping fails that look NOTHING like they did online
AUTISM spectrum disorder is a condition which can affect a person’s communication skills and social interaction.Here’s everything you need to know about traits of people with ASD and the support which is available in the UK.Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an incurable, lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.It affects around one in 100 people in the UK and is three to four times more common in boys than in girls.Many people with ASD find it hard to understand other people’s feelings and emotions, and they may have difficulty holding conversations.When they are young, their language development may take longer and they can struggle to use facial expressions, using gestures to communicate instead.They may also find it hard to connect with other people and to hold eye contact with unfamiliar individuals.Many children with ASD like to follow a routine, and changes to this can cause distress.There are no tests … [Read more...] about What is autism spectrum disorder, what are the early signs, symptoms and causes and can you be tested for it if you’re pregnant?
PRIMARK have launched a range of rose gold homeware.The gorgeous rose gold dining set had Instagrammers swooning, after the bargain store posted a a snap of the utensils perfectly laid out for Christmas.And, in true Primark style, the cutlery is cheap and cheerful at just €4/$4.50 per piece.Sadly, there’s a catch.As you may have guessed from the pricing, the set isn’t yet available in the UK – so for now we’ll just have to swoon over on Insta.Come on Primark, us Brits love rose gold too!But, if you still want to add some rose-tinted sparkle to your festivities, there are other options. Lakeland are selling prosecco shimmer that turns your fizz rose gold and sparkly.And Primark are selling a rose gold bedside lamp… and fans are going mad for it. … [Read more...] about Primark has brought out a beautiful rose gold homeware collection… but there’s a catch
MUMS have told how they’re being left red-faced by this year’s must-have Christmas present for kids – because they have to tell shop assistants they’re after “a Fingerling”.Parents have bombarded Mumsnet and social media sites to snigger about the rude name of the popular monkey toy.The interactive pets – which come in 50 different adorable characters – clutch snugly around your finger and respond to touch and voice.One mum with username Isadora2007 posted to Mumsnet: “The name… it’s really awkward saying to the young male toy shop assistant that I’m desperate for a fingerling!”Another, Lottie509 quipped: “Haha my daughter’s got one and his name (as they already come named) is willy. I said to my husband can u imagine her talking about her fingerling willy. How embarrassing to anyone who doesn’t have a clue.”And on Facebook Sharon Port Originals posted a picture of the finger-puppet, … [Read more...] about Mums left red-faced at having to ask shop assistants for this year’s Christmas must-have toy Fingerlings