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  • Adam 16:46 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    These are the dreamiest easter eggs that we’re dying to get our hands on this year 

    We need ALL of these now.

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    Credit: Waitrose

    Easter is fast-approaching, meaning hot cross buns, gold Lindt bunnies and creme eggs are returning to the shops.

    Are we excited? Just a little bit – especially those of us who have given up chocolate for lent.

    Disclaimer: For those people this might be a difficult read.

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    The most exciting part of Easter shopping is of course the selection of the dream Easter Egg, with 2019 serving up some cracking (get it?) offerings.

    Are you shopping for a loved one? A child? A parent? A co-worker? Your boss? Or, like most of us, yourself? Well, whoever you’re buying for and whatever your budget, we’ve catered for everyone.

    And whether you’re looking for the super luxe dark chocolate designer shells (you know, the ones that are more like artwork than food) or the classic Cadbury’s eggs that come with a mug (#nostalgia), we’ve got you covered.

    Not to mention vegan chocolate lovers, there’s a whole other round up for you on the best vegan easter eggs to scour through – you’re welcome.

    The most curveball eggs of 2019 have to be the solid cheddar Easter egg (umm YUM) and Aldi’s marmite offering (you’ll either love it or hate it).

    And the prize for the most millennial offering has to go to Waitrose for their chocolate avocado (thankfully only avo-like in shape).

    game of thrones easter egg

    For Game of Thrones fans, there are dragon eggs – yes dragon eggs. And as always there are also some boozy offerings, from Baileys to even Prosecco infused shells.

    But for the crème de la crème of Easter eggs, we’re going artisanal with this year’s offerings. We’re talking hand-piped shimmery pink shells from Betty’s, Venchi dark chocolate choco caviar and Booja Booja decorative eggs stuffed with powdered truffles.

    We would recommend eating or being near chocolate while scrolling through the following – you are about to feel very hungry.

    Now, sit back, browse and let your mouth water…

    The post These are the dreamiest easter eggs that we’re dying to get our hands on this year appeared first on Marie Claire.

     
  • Adam 11:40 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Sophie Turner opens up about her battle with mental health 

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    Words by Maisie Bovingdon 

    Sophie Turner has opened up about her battle with depression in a very honest interview, and we love her even more for it.

    The 23-year-old actress stole our hearts in Game of Thrones, she has given us all the #couplegoals we need with her adorable moments with fiancé Joe Jonas, and she’s done it again when she bravely opened up about her personal struggles.

    Unbeknown to all of us Sophie sought comfort in her GoT co-star Maisie Williams, who also struggled with mental health.

    Speaking on Dr. Phil’s Phil in the Blanks podcast, a teary Sophie recalled: ‘I had no motivation to do anything or go out.

    ‘Even with my best friends, I wouldn’t want to see them… I would cry and cry and cry. Just having to change and put on clothes, I said, “I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.”‘

    Sophie has insisted she has turned a corner after seeking help from a therapist, although she has also praised her future hubby for giving her a boost in confidence.

    She added: ‘I love myself now, or more than I used to.

    ‘I’m now with someone that makes me realise, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose, and when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you realise why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.’

    The post Sophie Turner opens up about her battle with mental health appeared first on Marie Claire.

     
  • Adam 12:18 on 17.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Including this Game of Thrones reference on your dating profile will apparently increase your odds 

    ‘When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die’

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    Game of Thrones season eight is officially here and it’s about time. We’ve only waited two years!

    It’s hardly surprising therefore that the HBO show’s long-awaited return has divided the nation into viewers and non viewers (who have a lot more time).

    For GoT fans, there’s no better time to bond, with hours spent dissecting the latest theories of what’s to come in Westeros and predicting which character will end up on the iron throne.

    And seeing as most of the world is obsessed with the series, GoT quotes seem to be a failsafe way to make friends right now.

    game of thrones souvenir

    ©2017 Home Box Office, Inc. All

    It also helps in dating it seems, with dating service Zoosk via Mashable, discovering that quoting the HBO show right now could hep you get more matches.

    Yes, really. After looking into 375,454 messages, they have found some interesting insights, and after seeing the results, you will want to pepper your profiles with GoT quotes whether you watch the show or not.

    game of thrones metoo

    ©2017 Home Box Office, Inc. All

    But what exactly should we be quoting?

    Well, according to Zoosk, mentioning the Red Wedding is your best chance at getting a match, reportedly increasing your response rate by 376 percent.

    Other sure-fire wins are mentioning Tyrion, increasing the chance of a response by 165 percent and Hodor (maybe a ‘hold the door’ quote) getting you 120 percent more messages.

    The phrase ‘Winter is coming’ will apparently increase your response rate by 79 percent and quoting Jon Snow in general will up your chances by 43 percent.

    Well, that’s all the proof we need.

    Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to update our profiles.

    The post Including this Game of Thrones reference on your dating profile will apparently increase your odds appeared first on Marie Claire.

     
  • Adam 17:09 on 16.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    “I’m 33 and I still don’t have any savings. Help!” 

    This new bi weekly franchise is here to impart some much needed real talk when it comes to money. Speaking to financial pro’s and money saving experts, Money Talks will dispel mortgage myths, break down fiscal barriers and help you stop being a baby when it comes to your bank account…

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    In the interest of transparency, I have zero savings to my name, unless you count the glass jar of coins that lives on my table and gets added to intermittently when I find a 2p on the floor, so actually, there’s £2.59 in my savings portfolio.

    Instead, all the money I have languishes in a current account where it’s doing nothing beneficial.

    If you too, are that person, Josie Clapham – Head of Customer Banking at Barclays is here to help guide you on what to do with your money and how to start saving wisely. AKA, stop using your current account as a holding pen and get an ISA and/or savings accounts…

    Is there a set amount that we should be saving per month?

    As a rule of thumb, we should all be setting a little aside each month into a ‘rainy day pot’. Having this buffer means you can focus on enjoying life rather than worrying about how you are going to pay for those unexpected bills.

    Beyond this, what you should save is completely down to you and your goals. Whether you have a big summer holiday planned, or are trying to get on the property ladder, work out how much you need and how long you have – this will give you an indication of what you need to be setting aside each month to hit your future targets.

    Are there simple ways to save daily?

    Absolutely. First of all, you need to look at what you are spending, so you can then work out some swaps which will save you money.

    Go through your monthly expenses and see if you can strike out anything you aren’t using and might not have even remembered you were paying for. Also look to switch some things where you aren’t getting value for money. For example, if you are paying a high monthly gym fee but rarely go, why not switch to more cost effective class packs and bank the difference.

    And don’t forget the small things. Are you spending lots of money on lunches or coffees and can you switch them for homemade options? These little things will quickly add up to bigger savings.

    Should I have separate savings accounts?

    Getting into a good savings habit takes willpower, and it can be really hard not to spend when the money is sitting in your current account. Therefore, it can be really helpful to move your money to a separate savings account where it is out of temptation’s way. A great tactic is to set up a standing order on payday that puts some of your money straight into your savings.

    Better yet, if you put your money into a savings account, in most cases you will get interest on what you’re putting away.

    What’s the difference between a savings account and an ISA?

    An ISA is an Individual Savings Account – it allows you to save money in a tax-efficient way. With Barclays, you can start saving into an ISA with as little as £1. You can use your annual ISA Allowance (currently £20,000 for 2018/19) in one tax year, without being taxed on the interest your ISA makes.

    Alternatively, you can go for different savings accounts such as an Instant Access savings product these are not ‘tax-free’ so you might have to pay tax (check with your provider for specific t&c’s).

    The post “I’m 33 and I still don’t have any savings. Help!” appeared first on Marie Claire.

     
  • Adam 12:16 on 16.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Ryanair just launched a huge sale on Easter flights 

    And we’re here for it.

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    Words by Maisie Bovingdon

    Ryanair has launched an unmissable Easter sale on flights – just in case you fancy booking a last minute getaway this four-day weekend.

    Whether the travel plans in question feature a Game of Thrones medieval Air BnB or eco bamboo homes across the pond, Ryanair has got us covered.

    The airline has slashed the prices of 500,000 seats by up to 20 per cent, and the sale is tempting us to book, book, book.

    However, there is a catch.

    The tickets are for one way travels – something that could prove problematic, but on the flip-side you could just choose to island hop, especially if you are planning on doing some interrailing. Or just book a separate cheap and cheerful return flight.  Simple.

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    Jetsetters can get their #wanderlust on with a mini break to Belgium or the Netherlands for €14.99, a city break to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh for €17.99 one way, or even Bologna, Amsterdam and Paris for just €19.99.

    While others may prefer a city break slightly further afield will go head over heels for a boujee beachside break to Biarritz for €22.98, or splash out a bit more on a trip to Spanish hotspots Barcelona and Madrid for €24.99.

    Ears pricked up yet? We thought so.

    Marrakesh has become hugely popular, so why not jump on a plane for €28.99 single flight, and you’ll be there in just a few hours browsing through all the goodies in the Medina.

    For those looking for a super chilled getaway doing nothing but sitting by the pool, or pitching up at the beach with a good book and G&T in hand venture to Ibiza, Malta or Paphos for under €35 for a one way flight – you may love it so much you will never want to return and go all ‘Shirley Valentine’ on us.

    There is also another catch though, as these flights are only available from a handful of Ireland airports, Dublin, Knock, Kerry, Shannon and Cork.

    The flights are available now if you book to travel up until March 2020.

    Happy booking.

    The post Ryanair just launched a huge sale on Easter flights appeared first on Marie Claire.

     
  • Adam 18:36 on 15.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    The 4 Facebook Watch shows that need to be on your radar this Easter weekend 

    Words by Maisie Bovingdon

    Easter is fast approaching, and while some may simply be indulging in chocolate eggs after chocolate eggs after chocolate eggs for the four-day weekend, others may be taking a road trip, or weekend away, to visit the in laws or just jetting away for a change of scene.

    Whether you need to line up a series of shows while you put your feet up and gorge on the sweet treats so you don’t have to move a muscle for the full 96 hours, or a playlist to while away the hours on your journey, we have you covered.

    From teen dramas to talk shows, gripping adventure shows to tear jerkers, here are four must-sees, exclusive on Facebook Watch this weekend.

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    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith got married in 1997. The marriage was Will’s second

    Will Smith’s Bucket List

    We all have a soft spot for Will, from his early Fresh Prince days to Suicide Squad, and we STILL know every lyric to his track ‘Switch’, but now we can see Will in a whole new light.

    The actor has a long bucket list, and this series follows him ticking off his challenges – it’s a must watch for those who love Will, get a kick out of adventure, or wants some inspiration for their own bucket list.

    From filming a Bollywood movie, to skydiving in Dubai, racing Lewis Hamilton on the track, as he travels across the globe.

    If that wasn’t enough he is joined by his uber talented family in the six-part series.

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    This American teen drama explores all the trials and tribulations of a group of youngsters, from school life, to young love and what they do in their free time.

    The series – inspired by the Norwegian version Skam – offers a realistic and unfiltered look at what teenagers get up to and it’s been a huge hit ever since its debut in 2018.

    Season two has just dropped with eight episodes in it so far, but start from season one with a full 10 episodes to get your teeth into.

    Red Table Talk

    The one with Jordyn Woods right? You got it!

    Jada Pinkett Smith has rounded up three generations – her mum Adrienne, and daughter Willow – for her reality show, and the trio are often joined by celebrity guests.

    The family and their guests open up about various topics on the show; from R Kelly’s victims to family friend Jordyn who candidly discussed THAT Tristan Thompson scandal and sought advice from Jada.

    There are over 24 hours worth of shows to watch, with even more coming next month, so even if you’re venturing further afield this Easter this will be your saviour.

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    Credit: REX

    Sorry for Your Loss

    Sometimes all we want is a good cry, and this series will provide exactly that.

    This programme, starring Elizabeth Olsen, follows a young widow trying to cope after the sudden death of her husband.

    While it is heartbreaking and tear-jerking, and gives us all the feels, watching her journey is cathartic and quite educational.

    The countdown is on!

    The post The 4 Facebook Watch shows that need to be on your radar this Easter weekend appeared first on Marie Claire.

     
  • Adam 16:04 on 15.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    ‘There’s palpable relief that Citroen has kept its sense of fun’: Erin Baker takes a spin in the new C5 Aircross 

    Erin Baker, Editorial Director at Auto Trader, gives us an exclusive look into Citroen’s freshest offering, the C5 Aircross

    C5 Aircross
    Citroën

    Words by Erin Baker, Editorial Director at Auto Trader

    French car brand Citroen has an admirable history of making quirky cars with left-field design married to little luxuries like sumptuous hydraulic suspension. The company’s latest family SUV, the C5 Aircross, aims to keep a sense of weirdness, while putting comfort at the heart of the driving experience.

    Style

    From the outside, there’s palpable relief that Citroen has kept its sense of fun. Our test car had bright red roof rails and splashes of red round the side bumpers, as well as crazy front lights that split option as strongly as Marmite.

    The C5 Aircross sits high off the ground; it’s chunky with plenty of room for the wheels to move across rugged ground.

    Inside, aside from some red stitching, the C5 Aircross is disappointingly… well, normal. There’s none of the whacky storage solutions you get on the Citroen C4 Picasso, which is an MPV and also a very decent family car, like storage above your head, or hidden in the dash. There’s an absolutely massive central cubby hole under the central arm rest, but that’s about it.

    Tech

    Boy, does Citroen play its trump card here. For a car costing about £30k, you get a really impressive set-up. The digital read-out behind the steering wheel is very funky, with the speed going horizontally across the top of the screen like a tickertape. Flick a switch on the steering wheel to change what you see on the screen: you can have the satnav map filling your view, or nothing but a massive speedo when you select “minimal”. There’s Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, plus USB ports.

    We had the “Flair Plus” version, which gives you a special bit of tech called ConnectedCAM Citroen – an inbuilt camera fitted behind the rear-view mirror. It will take photos or record a video for up to 20 seconds, so you can capture your superb driving (or film dangerous driving in front of you). You download the footage via an app into your phone.

    Flair Plus also gets you voice recognition for the DAB radio, satnav and phone, as well as wireless smartphone charging.

    Comfort

    While the tech on the car is superb, Citroen is pushing “comfort” as the selling point. The C5 Aircross has “hydraulic cushions” which basically means liquid chambers in the suspension that soak up the bumps before they reach you. For families on long journeys, believe me, this is a huge tick.

    The car is also quiet on the motorway, which should never be underestimated when your six-year-old is desperate to explain at length why “Cloud” is the answer to “something beginning with S” in a game of I-Spy. It saves a lot of tension, believe me.

    We took the car to Legoland for an overnight stay (I know, never again) and there was plenty of space in the boot for overnight bags for two adults and two children, plus good leg and head room for four. The panoramic sunroof is a welcome addition, and the electric button to open and close the boot comes in handy with armfuls of Lego.

    Power

    Don’t expect much – we tested the 1.5 diesel engine with 130 horsepower which is enough to boot you past a slower car, but not enough to whang it uphill at motorway speeds. What you do get, though, in return for moving more slowly, is better fuel consumption – we got 48mpg and we haven’t seen that for a very long time.

    There are proper off-roading buttons in the car but only the front wheels have power sent to them, so you’re limited to grassy fields rather than desert sand dunes…. buy a camel if that’s your bag.

    Price

    A very fair £30,825 will get you into a C5 Aircross with the 8-speed automatic gearbox and the full Flair Plus spec. We also had metallic paint (£545, don’t bother) and Grip Control in case you want to go charging through sand and snow (£395, don’t bother). You also get a three-year/60,000-mile warranty.

    The post ‘There’s palpable relief that Citroen has kept its sense of fun’: Erin Baker takes a spin in the new C5 Aircross appeared first on Marie Claire.

     
  • Adam 15:06 on 15.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Test driving the new XE: ‘Jaguar’s baby saloon has had a facelift’ 

    Erin Baker, Editorial Director at Auto Trader, lets us in on the secrets behind Jaguar’s new XE, one of the most handsome estates to hit the market.

    XE

    Words by Erin Baker, Editorial Director at Auto Trader

    Jaguar’s baby saloon, the XE, has had a facelift. While it may not look very different, inside it’s all new, with a load of tech that’s standard at entry level. There’s a simplified choice of engines and equipment, making decisions easier in the dealership.

    Style

    The new XE looks very similar to the old XE: only new bumpers and lights distinguish it. We tested a bright blue model with tan leather interior, which was a pretty swish combo. The XE is in fact one of the most handsome estates on the market: in our opinion it’s better looking than the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class which it competes against.

    Inside is where all the changes lie, however, and here it looks like a very different car.

    Tech

    This is where all the improvements are. Although the new XE is pricier (by about £2,000) than the previous version, you get a load of new kit as standard, including Apple CarPlay, front and rear parking sensors and reversing camera.

    If you order the Touch Pro Duo set-up, you get the swanky two touchscreens that are in the new electric I-Pace SUV; they control satnav, ventilation, music, phone, driving modes and more.

    You can also order ClearSight, which for a few hundred pounds transforms the reflection in your rear-view mirror into a live feed from the rear-mounted camera, giving a wider, clearer view.

    Comfort

    The important question here is: is a saloon the right choice for you? Few people other than those choosing a company car buy a saloon the days, preferring SUVs, hatchbacks or estates. But saloons often look better, and always handle better, than SUVs, with big boots and plenty of room for four adults inside. If you don’t have kids, or at least don’t require a big tailgate for a pram system any more, it’s worth trying out a saloon.

    The XE has electrically adjusting leather seats as standard, and an enormous boot for suitcases or a month’s shop. It’s also incredibly quiet inside on the motorway.

    Power

    You have the choice of a diesel engine (the D180) or one of two petrols (P250 and P300). There’s only one gearbox: an eight-speed automatic, but you can choose rear-wheel drive, for more sporty handling, or all-wheel drive for extra grip on slippery surfaces like wet grass.

    We’d suggest the P250 as the pick of the bunch – it’s fast (0-60mph in 6.2 seconds), smooth, quiet and more economical than the P300; the diesel sounds gruff and has little appeal. The numbers, by the way, denote the power output of each engine.

    Price

    The XE starts at £33,915, which puts it up there with the BMW 3-Series, a well specified Land Rover Evoque, the Volvo S60… it’s worth trying a few different makes, models and body shapes. For example, compare an XE with a top-spec Volvo XC40: one’s a saloon and one’s a baby SUV, but a small, active family who like their creature comforts would be happy in either. The choice is yours.

    The post Test driving the new XE: ‘Jaguar’s baby saloon has had a facelift’ appeared first on Marie Claire.

     
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