It’s all about tan, man

Whilst I try and get over my obsession with pink, I’m becoming equally as involved with all things tan.

I’m on the hunt for a tan suede jacket so my best friend Pinterest is helping me out and inspiring me as always. I wish I wasn’t so addicted, I might have more of a life… *ahem*

I love the whole 70s vibe and actually remember my dad having THE coolest suede bomber jacket. It sucks he got rid of it.

It all comes round again doesn’t it?

Check out my top picks for all things tan, man.




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Millie Mackintosh gets body shamed for hairy legs

When Millie Mackintosh posted a photo from her holiday in a French ski resort we weren’t expecting to see an argument about body shaming and feminism.

But that’s exactly what happened when the reality star posted a photo of her legs on Instagram.


One user wrote: “How hairy are her thighs?”

Another, named Kelah O’Neil, wrote: “She didn’t shave her legs uh oh she’s losing my brownie points.”

Lorna Barlow simply posted: “Hairy dog legs.”

Millie Mackintosh arriving at the Julien MacDonald show taking place during London Fashion Week SS16/
(Edward Smith/PA)

Most of the posts supported Millie, with many women saying they didn’t shave their thighs either.

One wrote: “Seriously, some of you need to take a long, hard, serious look in the mirror and sort yourselves out!!!! Women tearing down other women. Gross.”

Comments from Instagram users.

Don’t worry Millie, we don’t shave that high either…



5 dress trends you wanna be wearing this summer

Summer is really trying to make an appearance in England. It’s taking a while but it’ll get here eventually.

Time to get rummaging people. There’s no time like the present!

This season the cold shoulder trend is still huge, pinafore dresses are everywhere and palm prints are no longer just for the beach.

Here are the only key dress trends – and their best high street incarnations – you need for the coming warmer months (well, fingers crossed).

1. The tropical print dress

Topshop palm print jacquard mini dress
Topshop palm print jacquard mini dress, £95 (Topshop)

2. The shirt dress

Very Aztec shirt dress
Very Aztec shirt dress, £32 (Very)

3. The off-the-shoulder dress

La Redoute off-the-shoulder denim dress
La Redoute off-the-shoulder denim dress, £29 (La Redoute)

4. The floral dress

Topshop floral wrap sun dress
Topshop floral wrap sun dress, £49 (Topshop)

5. The pinafore dress

Deena denim pinafore dress
Deena denim pinafore dress, £59.50 (Oliver Bonas)



10 fashionable reasons why we bloody excited Spring has arrived!

1. Ostentatious hair accessories


Now that it’s warm enough not to go outside wearing a woolly hat, the time has come to stick as many flowers and gold bits in your hair as physically possible.


2. Sunglasses


Kendall Jenner in sunglasses
(Francois Mori/AP)

I mean, hey, some people wear sunglasses all year round anyway. But for those of you who aren’t bloody mental, you’ll be getting excited to wear these soon too.


3. Sandals


Gladiator sandals
(Richard Drew/AP)

Maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. It’s not summer yet…BUT!


4. Dresses without tights


Cara Delevingne
(Thibault Camus/AP)

Get the fake tan in, lads.


5. Giant hats


Woman wearing floppy hat
(John Walton/PA)

Because who doesn’t want to annoy fellow pedestrians with a giant, floppy brim as you walk down the road?


6. Swimwear



Spring marks the beginning of summer holiday season which means squeezing back into that old bikini and feeling super uncomfortable. Yay.

7. Bold prints

Dolce and Gabbana dress
(Luca Bruno/AP)

Banish your black wardrobe pieces. We know, it’s hard. But you have to. You must.

8. Shorts

Santa wearing shorts and waterskiing
(Julie Lewis/AP)

Remember shorts? Nope, us neither.

9. Tees


Slogan or otherwise. Dig out that “you looked better on Myspace” T-shirt. There’s no better time than now.


10. Sheer fabrics


(Charles Sykes/AP)

Believe in yoself. You are Beyonce. Preach.


11 awesome tips on how to decorate your rented home

Living in a rented home can be tricky if you want to decorate because it’s not really your own place.

It doesn’t mean you have to live with drab curtains and bare walls though!

Blogger and interior stylist Sarah Akwisombe has teamed up with flatsharing site Weroom to offer some tips on how to freshen up your rooms and inject your own personality without breaking the bank.

1. Pimp your walls without causing damage to them

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

“A gallery wall is such a cool way to instantly brighten up your pad, and Command strips can make it happen, damage free,” says Sarah.

“The strips are like Velcro that stick onto the wall via an adhesive back and they leave ZERO residue when you want to remove them.

And if you are reluctant to hang your pictures, Sarah suggests investing in large-scale artwork that can be popped up on a sideboard or any available surface.

“Frame large scale pieces of art and prop them up on a surface for a contemporary look,” she advises. “If you want to go bigger, Surface View offer large-format ‘epic’ posters that can be blue tacked to the wall to create a big statement without the permanent commitment.”

2. Transform your room with Washi tape

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

Don’t want to invest in a frame? Sarah suggests Washi tape could be a great (and oh-so-modern) alternative.

“Washi tape originates from Japan and is like masking tape but way cooler!” says Sarah. “It comes in a variety of colours and patterns and the only limit here is your imagination.

“It’s really easy to peel off so can be used to highlight areas with great effect. Think about blue tacking pictures to the wall and then framing them with Washi tape.”

3. Use LED strips to brighten up your home

LED lighting.
(LED Bulbs 123/Flickr)

“I personally love LED strips,” says Sarah. “Readily available and affordable, they are the perfect way to backlight something to add interest and depth.

“Try the back of a TV for instance, to create a cosy glow when watching a movie at night time.

“Also check with your landlord if you would be allowed to change lampshades or light fittings, as this can be a great way to add a little bit of personality.”

4. Go big on retro furniture

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

Retro is so on trend at the moment, although sourcing antique furniture could well be out of our price range. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fake it a little.

“Modern furniture at the moment is very influenced by mid-century Scandinavian design, so you’re likely to find lines and shapes that occur in off-the-shelf pieces at a fraction of the price,” says Sarah.

“Not only that, they will add interesting depth to your place and provide much needed storage that can sometimes be off limits if you can’t (for instance) put up shelves.

“Head over to eBay and get browsing. You’ll be shocked at some of the bargain prices available!”

5. Go crazy with accessories

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

Strategic investment in home accessories can transform a room almost instantly.

“A few well-placed ornaments and objets d’art (if you want to get all fancy with it) can provide interesting focal points in a room,” says Sarah.

“Interesting accessories don’t need to cost the earth either. Try scouring vintage markets or charity shops for unique pieces that have a history.

“You can also pick up inexpensive bits on the high street too. Check out places like H&M home or West Elm to add a bit of chic cool that can distract from the areas you don’t want to focus on.”

6. Invest in soft furnishings

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

“Curtains and window dressings are a bit overlooked in most rentals but can add a lot of drama and comfort to a space,” says Sarah.

“If you already have a curtain pole up then it’s very easy to switch out the landlord’s curtains with a fresher, more contemporary pair that are to your taste.

“Cushions and throws also go a long way when it comes to diverting your attention from less interesting walls, and again, the high street shops have a fab selection of modern prints, patterns and fabrics that can update your interior instantly.”

7. Think about stickers or peel-off wallpapers

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

If you want to do something more creative with your walls, then it’s worth looking into temporary wallpapers.

“If paint or artwork alone won’t satisfy your creative cravings then investigate the newly established temporary wallpapers and stickers,” says Sarah.

“Born with the rental market in mind, these peel-off papers are super easy to apply and can be removed with virtually no residue.

“The wallpaper is still quite a new thing to market, so you may have to do some research around which companies offer wallpaper that won’t leave marks, but wall stickers are much more common and there are loads of great options out there.”

8. Get your green fingers out

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

Believe it or not, indoor gardening is on trend at the moment. And the good news is, it doesn’t require too much effort.

“Greenery is huge right now,” says Sarah. “The indoor plant has really made its comeback and the variety on offer can make for a really fun display. From cacti and succulents to towering Edwardian-style palms, there really is something for everyone.

“Use smaller little plants in bathrooms and kitchens to liven them up. Bigger indoor plants like palms or monsterosa can cover up boring corners or unsightly bunches of wires. Most of all, plants breathe life into a room that can seem stale, helping it to feel fresh and homely.”

9. Paint your walls

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

Not every landlord will allow this, but Sarah suggests it’s worth asking for permission to paint the walls on the condition that you will paint them back to the original colour on leaving.

“Painting is a fairly inexpensive way to dramatically change a room’s style and vibe, and it doesn’t take too long either,” she says. “If they’re okay with it, ensure that you really go overboard with protecting surfaces and flooring.

“Plastic sheets can be bought from local DIY shops (layer up to be absolutely certain you won’t leave any marks) and use masking tape to cover windows, skirting boards and anything else that could be ruined with a stray splash of paint.”

10. Go rug shopping

Weroom interior design tips by Sarah Akwisombe.
(Sarah Akwisombe/Weroom)

“When I moved into my second rental the landlord had decided that floor tiles (yup, the type found in 70s’ office blocks) were an acceptable look,” says Sarah.

“Obviously as a creative they drove me mad, but rather than ripping them up and paying my own cash to have the floor replaced, I instead invested in a large, patterned rug that would cover most of the floor space and provide a healthy distraction from the unsightly tiles below.

“There are many benefits other than distraction though, such as the added insulation, which will keep your room warm, and as you own the rug you can take it on to your next place or, eventually, your own home.”

11. Upcycle your existing furniture

DIY cupboard handle.
(Creative Tools/Flickr)

“Sometimes you’ll have pieces of furniture that do the job, but that need a bit of a refresh,” says Sarah.

“Why not get creative and upcycle your pieces to give them a new look? This can be as simple as taking a piece of sandpaper and ‘roughing up’ the edges of your dresser before giving it a lick of chalk paint (which goes on anything!) or spray paint, and adding new knobs to the drawers.

“Sites like eBay and Amazon offer affordable door knobs, but if you have the time why not check out your local antique shops or flea markets for something a bit quirkier.”

There you go! Your place is going to look sweeeeet.






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