Bank of England Keeps UK Interest Rate at 0.5%… For Now

Bank of England Keeps Interest Rate at 0.5%

According to reports in February, economists were expecting a hike in UK interest rates to hit this month. The Bank predicted a 1.8% growth for the economy this year, but it is now lowering this to 1.4%. This comes after the spells of bad weather impacted construction and consumer spending. The Bank claims that this was just a soft patch, and it is likely that the economy will recover quickly. However, in the first three months of this year, the UK economy has only grown by a dismal 0.1%. As a result, the Bank has decided to leave interest rates the same until they have further evidence to consider.

What Will Happen to Interest Rates Now?

Economists might take the collapse in growth with a grain of salt since the Beast from the East caused so much disruption. Inflation has slowed down much faster than anticipated as well. It is now expected to remain at 2.4% instead of the previous prediction of 2.7%. So, while 7 out of 9 members of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to hold the UK  interest rate at 0.5% today, this might change in the future. They could still implement an increase to 0.75% later this year. The Bank still holds the same opinion on the future health of the economy. Both demand and supply growth will be modest, but the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney thinks the pace of growth will be resilient. Inflation should return to the 2% target in 2 years.

How Do Interest Rate Increases Affect Me?

There are around 45 million savers in the UK who would benefit from an interest rate rise. Savings rates should rise as well as the base rates, but it depends on the bank or building society. Whether your savings account is with NatWest or Nationwide, a future increase to 0.75% could lead to you collecting 0.25% more interest on your savings. People who are buying an annuity for their retirement can also expect better value for their money. However, it won’t be good news for everyone. At least 4 million households could see their mortgage payments increase. Around half of the 9.2 million UK households with a mortgage are standard variable or tracker mortgages. Those on variable rates, who tend to be older and have a lower outstanding balance, could end up paying a few hundred pounds more per year. On the other hand, the people on fixed-rate mortgages might actually get a better deal, because fixed-rate lenders are especially competitive. So, will interest rates actually increase? Like the Bank of England, we have to wait and see.

Costa Coffee’s Spring Menu 2018

Costa‘s long-awaited spring menu is here featuring loads of new drinks and snacks for us to try as well as an old favourite!

New drinks

The Flat Family

Costa has now added 3 new drinks to their  ‘Flat Family’. Costa was the first coffee chain to introduce the flat white to their nationwide menu back in 2010 and now they’re putting their own twist on the classic.

The Coconut Flat White

coconut flat white coffee
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The Flat Mocha

Flat mocha coffee
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The Flat Black

flat black coffee
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Bringing Back an Old Favourite – The White Hot Chocolate

white hot chocolate
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The white hot chocolate is usually a Christmas menu special but as it was absent from the Christmas 2017 menu, Costa is giving the drink’s fans what they’ve been waiting for. You’ll also receive a free Lindt chocolate bunny with your purchase of any hot chocolate. The white hot chocolate is only available for a select amount of time so be sure to get one whilst they are still on the menu!

The New Coolers

Every year Costa brings out new fruit cooler flavours, this year we have: Mango and Passionfruit, Pineapple and Coconut, and red summer berries. The cooler range is perfect to cool you down in spring and summer when the sun starts to shine and the heat starts to rise.

New Food Menu Items

This year the spring food menu welcomes the new easter choc-o-crunch, sausage rolls, Lindt chocolate bunnies, chocolate cornflake nests and a lemon layer cake. All the Costa sweet treats and savoury foods will go great with their new spring menu drinks.

Easter Choc-O-Crunch

The new Easter Choc-O-Crunch are doughnut inspired chocolate rice crispy rings that come in three pastel colours: pink, blue and yellow. These treats will be perfect to accompany a fruit cooler or a white hot chocolate.

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Sausage Rolls

Another new food product is the Sausage rolls, a great British favourite – made with golden flaky pastry and British pork, perfect for when you’re craving something savoury with your coffee.

Costa Sausage Roll
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All Costa products prices range depending on area and store. All products are subject to availability. 

Below is a full menu with prices of the new spring menu, available in Costa stores across the country now.

Drinks Menu
The Flat Family

  • Flat Black – from £2.25 NEW!
  • Flat Mocha – from £2.90 NEW!
  • Coconut Flat White – from £2.95 NEW!

Hot Chocolate

  • White Hot Chocolate – from £2.95 LIMITED EDITION!

Fruit Coolers 

  • Mango & Passion Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!
  • Pineapple & Coconut Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!
  • Red Summer Berries Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!

Food Menu
Sweet

  • Easter Choc-O-Crunch – from £1.95 NEW!
  • Lindt Chocolate Rabbit – from 45p NEW!
  • Chocolate Cornflake Nest – from £1.95 NEW!
  • Lemon Layer Cake – from £2.55 NEW!

Savoury

  • Pork Sausage Roll – from £1.99 NEW!

The Best Sweet Treats for Easter 2018

The Best Sweet Treats for Easter 2018

Much like Christmas, Easter has lost most of its religious significance. The annual holiday became all about food and gifts instead. Which isn’t to say you can’t celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with a creme egg if that’s what you prefer. Many people will be eagerly anticipating the excuse to dig back in after giving up chocolate for Lent. Whether you’re Christian or not, most people take advantage of the public holiday and abundance of Easter treats on sale. While edible bunnies and chicks flood the shelves, we all know that the eggs are the main event. So what’s the best on offer for Easter 2018?

Currant Affairs for Hot Cross Buns

Unfortunately, wildfires and droughts in California last autumn have had a hugely negative impact on grape crops. The result is a shortage of one of the main components of an Easter favourite. What’s a hot cross bun without the dried fruit? The lack of currants, raisins, and sultanas means that prices for hot cross buns could rise steeply. The buns may sell in smaller packs or simply have less fruit in them. Alternatively, bakers may want to try out new ingredients in place of the traditional dried fruit. Retailers like Tesco and Marks & Spencer are branching out with salted caramel hot cross buns. With chocolate chips instead of fruit, they might be sickly, but worth a try.

Buying Easter Eggs on a Budget

Parents will know that getting Easter treats for the family isn’t easy when money may be tight. Not to worry, because there are plenty of places selling branded Easter eggs for low prices. Since they are the real deal, you won’t be risking low quality. Poundland currently offers Kinder Easter eggs for £2, at least half the price of supermarkets. At 100g they are almost five times the size of regular Kinder eggs, and also have a toy inside. You can also get a good deal at major supermarkets, though. With a month to go until Easter, Tesco is already running offers. You can currently get a medium egg worth £4 for half price. Or snag two or three chocolate treats for only £1 – £1.50.

Something to Suit Everyone…

Why stick to a plain milk chocolate egg at Easter? For those who like white chocolate, why not treat them to a Taste the Difference bunny? These won first place in Good Housekeeping’s white chocolate Easter treat taste test. You can get them from Sainsbury’s for £6 each. The overall top spot for Good Housekeeping was the Booja Booja vegan egg with chocolate truffles. These are perfect for people who can’t eat dairy or gluten. They’re on the pricier side, but you can buy them from Selfridges or Ocado. And for adults, why not make the treat alcoholic? Prestat’s gin and tonic eggs are available from Ocado. Or get Edinburgh Gin eggs with liqueur bottles at John Lewis.

…Even Savoury or Silly

Strange as it may seem, some people just don’t like chocolate that much. For those with more of a savoury tooth, look out for the “Cheester” egg at Asda from 16th March. That’s right, an Easter egg made of cheese. The “cheggs” will come with crackers and chutney too. If you enjoy humour with your Easter chocolate splurge, check out Hotel Chocolat. Their “Egg Sandwiches” are available from concessions in John Lewis stores as well as online. Don’t leave your pets out either if you’re treating the whole family this Easter. You can buy substitute chocolate eggs for dogs and cats at B&M, or online from Amazon. Last but not least: if you live near Manchester and are a fan of Harry Potter, visit Slattery to pick up a magical Sorting Egg!

Five New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

The start of a new year is the best time to make changes in your life. After a season of over-indulgence, it’s time to get things back on track. New Year’s resolutions can seem a bit pointless, as pretty much everyone forgets about them by the end of January. Joining a gym in a burst of optimism often ends with you cancelling the membership a few months later when you realize you actually only went that one time but are still paying for it. However, you don’t have to resolve to become a fitness guru in order to improve yourself as a person. There are plenty of other things you can do throughout the year to make your life better. Here are five resolutions for 2018 that you should consider keeping up with next year.

1) Read More Books

Who has the time for reading anymore? Who even reads books when you can stream TV shows and movies anywhere, at any time? Well, that’s the point. Give yourself a break from staring at screens and relax with a good book every now and then. You don’t need to go on a marathon of reading books. Just take the opportunity to give your imagination a chance at translating a story for you instead of absorbing other people’s visual adaptations. You could also resolve to learn new things in 2018, and read non-fiction books about anything from history to science to pop culture. Reading in bed is a good way to wind down. With e-readers like the Kindle from Amazon, reading has never been easier.  You could even buy audio-books to listen to on your commute to and from work. Listening to books still counts as reading!

2) Change Your Style

If by the end of 2017 you felt stuck in a rut, take the chance to shake things up. Declutter your closet and reinvent your whole look. Sorting out your wardrobe will help you feel like a newer, better version of yourself. You can also fulfil a resolution to donate to charity by donating the clothes you never wear. Use the new year as a chance to change your habits if you’re constantly buying the latest fast fashion trends. Instead of spending so much on disposable fashion, create a staple wardrobe by shopping around for adaptable key items you know you’ll wear a lot. Addicted to buying everything on ASOS or Topshop? Try to spread your price range by giving cheaper alternatives a chance. Primark is great for collecting simple pieces, and you’d be surprised by what you might find in the clothing section at supermarkets like ASDA.

3) Fix Your Sleep Schedule

Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule can do wonders for your physical and mental health. A late night once in a while doesn’t hurt, but if you stay up all the time it will affect your mood and energy levels. Fatigue will hold you back when you’re working. You know how much sleep you need to function well, and when you’ll have to get up in the morning. So set yourself a time to be in bed by every night, allowing for however long it takes to fall asleep. Avoid caffeine in the evening, and try not to watch TV or scroll through your phone in bed. Make bedtime more appealing by treating yourself to a comfy new mattress or mattress topper, available from IKEA and John Lewis. You could also buy fresh bedding, such as a new duvet set from the inexpensive range at Argos.

4) Stop Eating Fast Food

It’s so much easier to just pick something up at the Drive-Thru than cook a meal at home. However, even the cost of cheap fast food adds up over time. You could save money and get healthier at the same time by cutting out junk food. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight as one of your 2018 goals, you’ll notice the difference. Fast food may quickly satisfy cravings, but it will make you feel sluggish and generally gross. Avoiding greasy foods will improve your skin, too! If going to McDonald’s for lunch is just more convenient, try to choose from their healthier options instead of burgers and fries. You can still have a takeaway as a monthly treat. If you order with Just Eat, browse all the restaurants instead of sticking to your usual pizza joint. You can try out new cuisines which might be better for you.

5) See More of the World

One of the top New Year’s resolutions is to travel more. When you’ve worked hard earning your money, you deserve a sunny holiday in a hotel by the beach. The thing is, if you’re only ever sunbathing on the sand or by the pool, you’re not experiencing anything new. What’s the point in flying halfway across the world to not make the most of being in a different place? There’s no better way to grow as a person than to broaden your horizons. Considering the divisiveness of global politics in recent years, it’s important to establish connections and make an effort to understand other cultures. Challenge yourself by doing something you’ve never done before. Go hiking in national parks in other countries and witness the planet’s natural and manmade beauty.  Listen to the stories of the local people wherever you go and learn about the history of the place.

De-stress Your Christmas Dinner: Where to Order Everything Online

For families small and large, preparing a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings can be daunting. There are many components to a successful Christmas dinner, and food traditions vary from family to family. Getting all the ingredients you need can be a huge hassle. Nobody wants to battle in the frozen aisle over the supermarket’s last pack of parsnips the day before Christmas. Luckily, developments in online shopping and especially Food to Order services have taken the stress out of Christmas cooking.

So, where do you go to find the best Christmas food options for you? Read through the selections on offer at the following supermarkets to help you choose. But choose quick – for many of them, the last day for Christmas Food to Order is tomorrow, 15th December! After you sort out Christmas dinner, you can still browse the options to place orders for the New Year. If you’re hosting a party, make the catering easy so you can just have a good time with everyone else!

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A Very Lush Christmas

Lush Cosmetics Christmas Products
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As our favourite time of year has finally arrived it can only mean one thing – our fave Lush products are back in-stock! Here are some of the Christmas Lush products we are loving this festive season.

Snow Fairy

Snow Fairy Lush Products
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The infamous Snow Fairy is back and better than ever with two gift sets, naked shower gel, pressed soap, body conditioner, shower gel, jelly bomb, bath fun bar, solid perfume and sparkle jar! Snow Fairy has a sweet and cotton candy-like scent leaving you feeling not only refreshed and clean but like an excited child in a sweet shop! All of the Snow Fairy products are definitely on our shopping list every year.

Santa

Santa's Christmas shower cream
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Lush has a range of Santa themed products including the Santa baby lip scrub, lip tint, naked lip tint and naked lip scrub, the Santa’s Christmas shower cream and naked shower cream and lastly the Santa’s belly shower jelly – if cleaning your body with Santa’s belly doesn’t make you festive I don’t know what will!

Bath Bombs

Assortment of Lush Christmas Bath Bombs
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As always Lush has a famous assortment of the best bath bombs you can buy and they have not failed to impress with the festive explosions this year!

As mentioned above Lush has graced us all with a Snow Fairy jelly bomb so not only will you be left smelling all things candy you will also be able to play with pink fairy fluff whilst relaxing in a pink sea of sweet heaven.

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If the cold weather has got you feeling like Scrooge this festive season there’s nothing like the Christmas Sweater bath bomb to warm you up after a long day shopping for gifts in the freezing cold!

Christmas Sweater lush bath bomb
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The Golden wonder bath bomb is ribbon wrapped gift of a beautiful nights sky- stars, glitter and soothing oils all included. Exclusively to the website the Golden Wonder bath bomb is available in a giant edition (that weighs 2.5 pounds by the way) for an extra large starry explosion. You can also buy a golden wonder gift set that includes the golden wonder bath bomb and the man in the moon bubble bar.

Golden wonder and giant golden wonder bath bombs
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For a festive pop of colour to brighten the ever darkening evenings, the Luxury Lush Pud will certainly turn your bath into a relaxing sugar plum scented rainbow!

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb
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If you’re looking for a cocoa butter heaven the Butterbear bath bomb with turn your bath into a vanilla paradise, with ylang-ylang oil and cocoa butter to leave you with soft skin and a warm heart.

Butterbear christmas bath bomb
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Bubbles

magic of Christmas bath bomb
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The snowman bubbleroon will certainly bring a smile to your face and bubbles to your bath, with a blue tint and lemon oil you will be feeling as refreshed as a December morning breeze.

snowman bubbleroon
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If you don’t choose the Christmas Eve bubble bar for your night before Christmas bath time, you aren’t doing Christmas right. The Ylang-Ylang and jasmine will but you in just the right mood for tomorrow’s festivities.

Christmas eve bubble bar
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The magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar wand will keep your baths bubbly and mood festive all season long. It has a warming cinnamon stick handle and sweet orange oil, cinnamon leaf oil and almond essential oil to put you in a relaxing merry mood.

the magic of Christmas wand
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Shower Gels & Jellies

lush Santa's Christmas shower gel
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In the shape of Frosty himself the Snowman shower jelly will keep you clean and smelling sweet, all we are missing is the carrot!

person washing arms with snowman shower jelly
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The Berry Berry Christmas shower gel and naked shower gel will give your skin a soft deep clean whilst leaving you smelling of festive cranberries and Blueberries.

berry berry Christmas shower gel
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Soap

golden pear soap
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The golden pear soap is the greatest twelfth-day mix of murumuru butter, cardamom oil, agave syrup, orange oil, cocoa butter, sandalwood oil and almond oil – perfect present if you ask me.

golden pear soap
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If you’re feeling a little saucy the Saucy Snowcake soap is made for you – rose absolute, cranberries, cashews and fair trade organic clove infusion will make this soap the perfect exfoliating wash.

saucy snowflake soap
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Other Christmassy Goodness

Twilight Sparkle massage bar
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The star light star bright bath melt turns your bath into the brightest dreamy sky with soft murumuru butter you will be left feeling silky soft and moisturised, not to mention the fresh smell you’ll be left with.

star light star bright bath melt
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The snow angel bath melt turns your bath into a fluffy blanket of snow for you to make angels and relax in. You’ll leave your fluffy heaven shimmering gold and your skin will be as soft as an angel’s kiss, say goodbye to dry winter skin!

snow angel bath melt
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In the shape of a very perfect looking Christmas tree, the Tree-D bath oil turns your bath into a refreshing grapefruit and tangerine-scented forest whilst smoothing your skin and hair.

Tree-d bath oil
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10 Winter Movies to Watch This Season

The time after Halloween and before Christmas can feel like a bit of drag. All the autumn colours have gone, and now there’s just a mushy carpet of leaves on the ground that can be a hazard in the icy November mornings. The fairy lights and festive decorations are beginning to multiply, but there’s still seven weeks to go. All the huddling inside coats and scarves, cursing your touch-screen gloves for not working, and the miserable grey skies seem worth it for a few days of bright colours, warmth, and excessive food at the end of the year.

Not to seem like a Scrooge, but early November is too early to start breaking out the Christmas movies. You know that all the Christmas classics are going to be shown on TV during the holidays, so why burn out your festive excitement watching them way in advance of Christmas Day? It can be tempting to dive right into the Christmas trappings as early as possible. It gives us something to look forward to when it’s cold and dark most hours of the day.

Get into the Yuletide mood without wearing it out too quickly by watching some winter movies that aren’t centred around Christmas itself. Grab your blankets and your favourite hot drink and settle down for the night. Here is a list of 10 winter movies with seasonal and snowy settings for you to enjoy. Find them on Amazon or Netflix, or check your Sky listings.

Chalet Girl (2011)

Take a trip to the Alps with ex-skateboarder Kim, who becomes a chalet girl at a fancy ski resort to help her dad pay the bills. This story of family, friendship, and determination will melt the frostiest of hearts, with plenty of laughs along the way. Starring Felicity Jones and Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick, this film is a winner for fans of romance and/or snowsports.

12A | Available to buy or rent on Amazon Video and Sky Store now.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Watch Wes Anderson’s award-winning portrayal of the kooky adventures of the staff at a distinguished hotel in the fictional country Zubrowka. The pretty pastel aesthetic and comedic capers set against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains are sure to delight. The film boasts an all-star cast including Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton.

15 | Available to buy or rent on Amazon Video and Sky Store now.

 

Number Helpline 10 Winter Movies
Meet up with friends to watch winter movies together.

The Book Thief (2013)

Adapted from Markus Zusak’s internationally best-selling 2005 novel, this movie follows a young girl and her adoptive family in Nazi Germany during WWII. Liesel bonds with Jewish refugee Max over a shared love of books and hatred of Hitler. Liesel alone has enough fire to counteract the chilly small town and its equally chilly townspeople. Despite inevitable sorrow and narration by Death itself, The Book Thief is full of hope and heart.

12A | Available to buy or rent on Amazon Video and Sky Store now.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

The beloved book series by JK Rowling is just as adored in film format. Christmas at Hogwarts castle is truly magical, so settle in for the first of the young wizard’s adventures at school. If you have the time you might even want to marathon all 8 movies! While the end of the series gets darker, the best Harry Potter movies to watch for a wintery setting are the first (Philosopher’s Stone) and third (Prisoner of Azkaban).

PG | Available to buy or rent on Amazon Video and Sky Store now.

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Set at a conservative boarding school in Vermont in 1959, this drama film won critical acclaim and several awards. English teacher Mr Keating encourages his students to “make your lives extraordinary” – so a group of boys start a club to read and write poetry together. As a result, they gain the courage to pursue their individual dreams. Eventually with winter comes tragedy, but the film’s touching message to seize the day endures. Worth watching as Keating is recognized as one of the best roles played by the late Robin Williams.

PG | Available to buy or rent on Amazon Video now.

 

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Use streaming services on your TV, tablet, or phone to watch winter movies anywhere.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Save The Nightmare Before Christmas for Christmas itself, if you haven’t already just watched it for Halloween. Another of Tim Burton’s classic winter movies is the gothic fantasy romance Edward Scissorhands. The arrival of an unfinished human invention with scissors for hands unsettles a previously idyllic suburban town. In creating ice sculptures, Edward’s scissors also create a flurry of snow over the town.

12 | Available to buy or rent on Amazon Video, or download from Sky Cinema On Demand at no additional cost.

Carol (2015)

Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt inspired the screenplay for this romantic drama. Nominated for over 270 industry awards, Carol was controversially snubbed by the Oscars despite its excellent direction, cinematography, and acting by lead stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Set in New York City during an early 1950s winter, a prohibited romance blooms between a young aspiring photographer and a glamorous older woman struggling with a divorce from her husband.

15 | Available to buy or rent on Amazon Video and Sky Store now. 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Originally published in 1950, this was the first book in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series and consequently the first adapted to film. In this family favourite, four children evacuated to a country house during WWII find a fantasy world on the other side of a wardrobe full of fur coats. They must fulfil a prophecy and defeat the White Witch to end the 100 years of winter in Narnia.

PG | Available to buy or rent from Amazon Video and Sky Store now.

 

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Treat yourself to hot chocolate with marshmallows while watching winter movies.

Frozen Planet (2011)

Alright, so this seven-part documentary isn’t actually a movie, but any of the hour-long episodes is a fantastic viewing choice. There’s just something about stunningly HD footage of nature narrated by David Attenborough that feels like it’s almost Christmas. Follow the struggles of polar bears, penguins, and whales across the Arctic and Antarctic. Featuring beautiful icy scenery, this documentary is both informative and entertaining.

All Ages | Available to buy on Amazon Video, stream on Netflix or download from Sky On Demand (Eden HD) at no additional cost.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Finally, if you prefer the big screen experience, bundle up and make your way to your nearest Cineworld cinema for Murder on the Orient Express. Another book to big screen adaptation, the star-studded 2017 version is the fourth portrayal of Agatha Christie’s famous 1934 murder mystery. Kenneth Branagh both directs and plays the main role of meticulous French detective Hercule Poirot. An avalanche of snow derailing the train and a suspicious death establish an atmosphere of chilly tension. This new release is already top of the UK box office, so don’t miss it!

12AScreening at cinemas across the UK from 3rd November 2017.

Morrisons offer ‘Wonky Veg’ for just £1 – making healthy eating that bit easier

Morrisons have launched a new ‘Wonky Veg’ box that provides over 20 items of veg for £1. Their boxes were originally launched at £3, charging between £1-£5 for delivery depending on your requested time, but now they offer their vegetable boxes at an even lower price.

The new Wonky boxes are available from 5th October from the supermarket and can be delivered to your home, yet they are currently sold out due to plenty of frugal shoppers finding the deal and maxing out on their veg.

Each box contains a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, that are all shaped ‘wonkily’, meaning that they aren’t usually sold in supermarkets. The boxes contain 8x Wonky Potatoes, 4x Wonky Carrots, 4x Wonky Onions, 1x Wonky Cauliflower, 1x Wonky Cabbage, 3x Wonky Parsnips and 1x Wonky Swede. With such a varied selection of vegetables available, you can have enough to feed yourself comfortably for a week, meaning that many avid veg-eaters will be stocking up on the boxes!

As the vegetables are misshapen, they wouldn’t typically be sold separately in supermarkets as people would be less likely to purchase unattractive looking veg. This way, the supermarket is helping to save tonnes of vegetables that don’t match up to strict supermarket size & shape parameters from being thrown away and wasted because of their looks.

Andy Todd, Morrisons’ Vegetable Buyer, related the decision to customers asking for more affordable veg in stores, and as other stores like ASDA are already offering misshapen veg boxes (with ASDA’s costing slightly more at £3.50) it makes sense that they would jump on the hype.

With their Wonky Veg already proving a hit with shoppers, we can imagine that Morrisons will continue to come up with new ideas on how to make eating vegetables more appealing and more cost-effective. With an £8 organic box already on sale as well, they’re truly keeping in mind exactly what their customers are looking for, and making sure that it is all accessible while ordering food from their online store. Minimum spend for delivery from Morrisons online is £40.

Summer Fashion Trends for 2017

Bralettes

Summer Trends for 2017Bralettes are making a huge breakthrough this year on the runway. With Prada’s collection of delicate bralette’s hitting stockist stores this month, pairing a lacy bralette with a post-modern skirt could be a recipe for summer fun this year.

Alexander Wang has also experimented with bralettes this year, styling them with wrap skirts to create a bohemian night time look. Victoria Beckham this year has styled bralettes with literally everything, with McQueen offering a slightly more drastic approach to the trend by adding studs to their bralette collection.

Summer Fashion Trends for 2017Ever wanted to be a ballerina? Here is your chance. The fabric is already cropping up in statement pieces on the ASOS website. Paired with jewels and embroidered flowers, the fabric is becoming a key trend for this summer. Dior has used the fabric in a number of pieces this year, layering tulle with oriental florals.

Summer Fashion Trends for 2017Rolling in from Spring to Summer is the mini bag trend. With just enough space for your phone and your favourite lipstick, mini bags are perfect for date night, or a night out on the town with the girls.

If you’ve got the means to splash the cash, small satchels from Michael Kors will set you back around £170. However, stores such as Primark offer similar products without the brand name for a fraction of the price.

Post-Minimalism

Summer Fashion Trends for 2017Minimalism is over. Post – Minimalism is in. Think pure colours and the perfect mix n match style with frayed edges. On post-minimal clothing, you can expect to find subtle details added to the simplest items of clothing. For example, you can find classic items such as the high waisted trouser, but added to it will be a mix of pleated fabric and hessian design.

Despite this, however, post-minimalism is still heavily focusing on “less is more”.  You can find designers such as JW Anderson mirroring this in the new collection for Summer 2017.

 

Statement Stripes

Fashion Trends for Summer 2017Stripes came back into style over Spring, and it looks as though the trend is here to stay for the summer. Think nautical blues and whites for the perfect summer co-ord outfit.

Nearly all major fashion designers in New York had stripes on their runways during the S/S fashion week this year. Mulberry especially excelled in their statement stripes, with their amazing green striped trousers sold out already on their site.

We’re expecting some amazing holidays snaps featuring this trend over the next few weeks.

The Cold Shoulder

Yep, the cold shoulder is here to stay. So much so that designers in the UK are bringing out cold shoulder bikinis to wear this summer. Who doesn’t want a patch of tan on their shoulders throughout their holiday?

This is one of the most bizarre trends to come out of fashion this year. This, and that odd perspex trend that saw H&M bring out jeans with perspex knees….

So what do you think of thisyear’ss summer trends? There are some very weird ones in the mix this year, but they could all work when done right. Apart from the cold shoulder. Please let that trend die soon.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Spring Trends for 2017

It’s that time of year again. Spring has popped up and it’s time to discuss which trends we will all be sporting when the sun finally decides to show itself. I know what you’re thinking, florals, for spring? Groundbreaking. However, florals are definitely out this year. Instead, think check prints, high necks and tulle (yes, that stuff found on wedding dresses). Style the trends however you want in order to produce your own style! And shop the following trends at high street stores such as New Look, Debenhams, and H&M. You can also find up to date trends for this season over on the ASOS website.

Top 5 Spring Trends for 2017Ruffles

 

Ruffles are one of the major trends to come out of fashion week this season. Think cowboy chic and arm ruffles. This can be mixed with the gingham style also emerging from the catwalk this year. Ruffles are great for dressing up or down, and can be found in the majority of on-trend stores on the high street and online.

Pair a ruffled shirt with some dress down jeans and you’re ready for the office, or for date night. Pair the ensemble with heels and you’re ready for drinks with the girls. This really is a great statement piece for Spring this year.

Top 5 Spring Trends for 2017Activewear

Activewear will never go out of fashion, it seems. Need to go to the shops? Activewear. Need to walk the dog? Activewear. It’s taking over sweats as the new go-to “slob” ensemble. Activewear really is an effortless way to look as though you’re busy and going somewhere important. Even if you’re just nipping to the shop for milk and some biscuits. Currently, brands such as Nike and Adidas are paving the way with fashionable activewear with their star-studded endorsements and high-end fashion shows. Find fashionable activewear items on their respective online stores and high street counterparts.

Top 5 Spring Trends for 2017Tulle

Yes, that amazing ethereal material you find on wedding dresses is making a mainstream debut this year. Expect to find bright tulle dresses and shirts on the high street this season. Pair a tulle shirt with a bralet and tailored trousers to create a perfect spring office look. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more out there, take a look on the ASOS website for some amazing off the shoulder tulle dresses in an erray of colours and lengths. You can also shop the tulle trend in H&M.

Top 5 Spring Trends for 2017Gingham

Gingham is a style of print you will more than likely see on schoolgirls this spring instead of grown adults. However, the Gingham trend is proving to be a front runner in terms of trends, with many fashion bloggers, such as Helen Anders, sporting the style in many of her OOTD looks. Style gingham shirts with pigtails, braided updos and jeans to create a beautiful and effortless house on the prairie look. You can also find gingham paired with tie waists and cold shoulders to showcase a bit more of an eccentric look. Not a fan of the gingham look? Take a look at our next trend, we think you might like it if you love being bold.

Top 5 Spring Trends for 2017Fuchsia

Hot. Pink. We have been waiting forever to see this trend to make its comeback. Bold colours are something we can’t wait to see this Spring, however, the Fuchsia trend has us shook. Whether you’re wearing your fuchsia through your lipstick, or you have bright and bold statement fuchsia pieces in your wardrobe, you will be bang on trend with one of this Spring’s hottest looks. If you’re opting for a fuchsia skirt or top, match it with the same colour again, or even contract it with a bright blue or yellow. Remember, bold is in, why not take it to the next level.