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So, Goop is telling women how to be their ‘leanest livable weight’

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Goop is a bible on nonsense advice.

Most of it is harmless guff but occasionally, it does also publish articles which are downright dangerous.

Take the piece that recently encouraged readers to reach their ‘leanest liveable weight’.

Yep, Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog published a Q&A with Dr Traci Mann, supposedly meant to ‘bust diet myths’ and instead ended up explaining how women could achieve their lowest weight possible.

And while no doubt, that’s bang on brand for Goop’s readership, you don’t have to be a genius to see the potential damage that kind of article might reek.

So, what do they mean by ‘leanest livable weight’?

Essex boys are the least romantic in the UK, according to their WAGs

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They may be reem but Chelmsford blokes aren’t the Valentine’s dream they might seem to be.

According to their own wives and girlfriends, Essex guys are the least romantic in the UK.

A study which polled 1,500 women in long-term relationships found that 79% of those from Chelmsford said their partner wasn’t romantic in the slightest.

And more than half said their spouse was ‘useless’ at anything to do with love.

They’re closely followed up by women from Leeds, 70% of whom complained about how useless their partners were.

Brighton, Nottingham and Glasgow didn’t fare much better either.

If you’re after a guy who knows his… Read the full story

Forget flowers, get your beau a pair of Valentine’s Day Nike kicks

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Not everyone wants garage forecourt flowers or cheap underwear on V Day.

In fact, most of us would be happy with a decent meal and someone offering to brush our hair (imagine the kind of God who’d offer to de-tangle your mane…).

But if we really had to have some thing concrete, these Nike specials would probably be it.

Nike’s just launched the Women’s Nike Air Force 1 Low and the Blazer Low Valentine’s Day Pack.

Both kicks are white, with striped tounges, leather tonal upper and little alphabet beads at the base of the laces.

And on the back, both feature striped half-broken hearts on the heel.

Salted caramel gin now exists, meaning you can drink dessert

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If you like boozy puddings then listen up.

Forget your chocolate liquors. Forget boozy chocolate pots.

Because a ‘baked apple and salted caramel’ gin is here to satisfy all your sugary alcoholic cravings.

Masters of Malt are selling the stuff for under £20 a bottle and it sounds dangerously delicious.

‘Syrupy sweet throughout with a faint Himalayan sea salt bite. Apple strudels dominate the palate, followed by a succulent soft toffee finish,’ is how it’s being described.

‘A delightful gin liqueur from the Poetic Licence distillery in Sunderland, made in the team’s 500-litre hybrid still (named Gracie!) and using Poetic License Old Tom Gin as a base.’

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We can’t get over these breathtaking bridges


There’s something quite magical about bridges.

From the orange vermilion of the Golden Gate to the futuristic Millau Viaduct in France, and even the Tower Bridge which stand majestic and proud, these famous bridges not only connect hunks of land, but works of architectural wonders in and of themselves.

These spectacular feats, although not all for the faint-hearted, are true works of beauty that you just have to stop and admire.

Here are some of the breathtaking bridges that are portals to a new world.


‘Devil’s Bridge’ Die Rakotzbrücke: Kromlau Park, Kromlau, Germany

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This might look like something out of The Lord of The Rings but it’s a real bridge you can cross (if you’re brave enough), in Rhododendron Park Kromlau, Germany. Commissioned by Friedrich Hermann Rötschke in 1860, it was called the ‘devil’s bridge’ after a popular myth that the builder died sacrificing himself in exchange… Read the full story

Bake Off’s Liam teaches how to make pancakes with Cadbury’s Creme Eggs


Fat Tuesday is about to get a whole lot fatter.

Otherwise known as Mardi Gras, or as we know it here in the UK, Strove Tuesday, there’s a whole load of indulgence to get through before we give it all up for Lent. 

Remember arguably the cutest baker on Great British Bake Off, Liam Charles?

Well he’s gracing our screens again with this quick tutorial on how to make pancakes…with Cadbury’s Creme Egg.

It might… Read the full story

Valentine’s Day is commercialised trash but we still need it – here’s why

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Valentine’s Day is just a day for shops to sell us overpriced chocolates, flowers and whatever else.

Everyone knows this.

From those days in high school watching the popular kids swap massive padded Hallmark cards to today’s Facebook braggarts posting pictures of what ‘My babe bought me <3’.

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It only serves to highlight your single status if you’re not attached or pressured to pay out and find new and extravagant ways to display your affection if you are.

Once you leave school, giving gifts as a secret admirer can seem either a… Read the full story

Diesel has created fake store to sell real bootlegs and we’re as confused as you


If you’ve ever been to Thailand or had a mate come back from their gap yah in South-East Asia, chances are you that you own a stash of bootleg designer clobber.

It might be a Versase handbag or a D&B belt, but it looks pretty legit from far away.

Fake fashion is everywhere – it’s even being advertised on Instagram these days.

And what do you do if you’re a designer brand which keeps getting ripped off? Join in on the fun, of… Read the full story

Big boobs are no fun when they always wreck your sleep

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It might be the oldest humble brag in the world but having big boobs can be such a chore.

Sure the old gals might look good in (super expensive) bras but when the boob cages come off, the only way is down.

And the worst part of having F cup breasts is the chronic back pain that comes with it.

While our smaller-chested friends love to remind us how lucky we are to have the ample assets, they don’t understand that the back pain that comes with it makes us wish we were flat chested.

The back pain never goes away. It’s there when you sit, it’s… Read the full story

It’s fine if you don’t thrive in stressful bootcamp gym environments


If someone was yelling at you at work, you’d probably try to file an HR complaint.

Yet loads of us hand over huge quantities of hard-earned cash to be treated like lower level privates at fitness boot camps.

Barrys. Rebel1. F45.

They all work on the GO HARD OR GO HOME principal and their trainers are hell-bent on getting every last bit of juice from their attendees.

Often, that means shouting.

Now, I do not like shouting. I do not enjoy being told what to do, for the most part. And I certainly do not relish my cortisol levels going through the roof when I’m already working at 75% of my max output. When I train, I like to listen to good music and little else.

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My boyfriend, however, is the opposite.

‘I personally thrive on a bit of *gentle* encouragement – I don’t mind trainers getting in my face,’ he says.

‘That way, you can feed off the… Read the full story

Keep your eyes peeled for these stunning mandalas made up of stones and leaves

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Nature is full of colour, patterns and exquisite shapes. All you have to do is train yourself to see the art that’s out there.

And one Yorkshire-based artist is proving what a diverse palette the natural world can be.

James Brunt (yes, that’s his actual name), creates artworks using natural objects that he finds out and about in God’s Own Country.

From rocks to twigs to berries, he arranges the materials into spirals, concentric circles, and mandala patterns.

And they’re incredible.

James regularly photographs and uploads pictures of his works to Instagram, where he interacts with fans – often giving times and locations for his installations.

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Dry January might be over but some people still don’t drink

Please don't call your Dry January mates 'boring'
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When you tell people that you don’t drink, they often look at you like you’ve just told them you’ve got something contagious.

‘How do you have fun?’ is the number one question I get when I tell people I don’t and have never consumed alcohol.

I have good, wholesome, halal fun – that’s answer. And yes that means that drinking is against my religion. Despite having been offered the opportunity to do so, I’ve never had the urge to drink, simply because I don’t want to.

So when the annual sober bandwagon, Dry January comes along, it’s nice to have a little… Read the full story

What to write in a Christening card – The best quotes and poems to use

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Writing a Christening card is surprisingly hard given the fact the recipient can’t even read what you include.

Obviously the parents can, though, and you want to make sure you make the right impression.

The key is to avoid being overly flowery, while still expressing gratitude for being invited and best wishes for the baby.

Use these templates, quotes, and poems, and you can’t go wrong.

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7 things you need to know before you go to India

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India is an incredible place to visit – an explosion of culture and colour and diversity.

The food is incredible, the cinema brilliant, and the people generally warm, open and friendly.

You’ll get a lot of stares as a foreigner, but you’ll make a lot of friends too.

India’s history may be fraught and complex (thanks in no small part to the British Empire), but for travellers it can be an absolute joy to visit.

There’s way more to it than the Taj Mahal – though that’s definitely a highlight – but it would take months if not years to explore all its vast and varied… Read the full story

Forget dinner and drinks – here’s how to get a sweat on together this Valentine’s


So you’re stuck on what to plan for Valentine’s Day.

Do you cook at home? Take them out for a fancy dinner? Get pissed down your local boozer? Watch a film and inevitably fall asleep, just as your Valentine thinks you’re about to have sex?

No, friends, no.

What you need is something to get the heart racing a little faster, the skin glistening in some light sweat, and an opportunity to see the other person in various positions that you can come back to later.

Enter: the Valentine’s work out date.

I know what you’re thinking – exercising isn’t sexy. You don’t want to… Read the full story

10 top places to eat gluten-free in Paris

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Stop what you’re doing and cancel your plans. 

A wonderful world of artisan gluten-free croissants, pastries, tarts, eclairs and fresh bread awaits you in Paris.

Paris is renowned all over the world for its perfectly crafted pastries, skilled chefs and beautiful patisseries.

But over the last five years, that reputation has finally transferred to the gluten-free universe.

Don’t believe me? Well, here’s 10 of the best places to eat gluten-free in Paris.

Most places have a lot of dairy-free options too.

But before we start, let me just blow your mind one more time: all of these places are 100% gluten-free, with no gluten on site.

Mon dieu.

1. Noglu

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What you really need this Valentine’s Day is small-time romance

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Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year.

Or so marketers, Hollywood rom-coms and Instagram influencers would have us believe.

If you buy into the hype, you must lavish your partner with expensive gifts, overpriced menus (unless you’re a Greggs fan) and try to recreate the smouldering pretensiousness of an French perfume advert.

Or, if you’re single (and look to Bridget Jones for your life choices) the Valentine’s options seem to be to mope around or learn to love yourself.

And the latter, Valentine’s guides for singles suggest, is… Read the full story

Former fashion photographer criticises magazines for female corpse trend

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When it comes to film and TV, women are often victims of violence.

Rape, slaughter, emotional abuse – for some reason, directors love brutality towards women.

In the fashion photography world, however, you don’t get to play out those sick fantasies because you’ve only got one frame to play with.

So instead, directors simply depict female models as corpses.

And Jennifer Moss, a former fashion photographer from LA, has had enough of it.

‘As a female, as a mother of a daughter and as a consumer, what’s most alarming to me is the advertisements where the female is depicted as a dead body,’ she tells the BBC.

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Teen thanks her mates for giving her body confidence and it’s incredibly pure

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We all own clothes that we like but don’t believe we can ‘pull off’.

Maybe we’re waiting to lose an extra inch from our hips before wearing those tight jeans. Maybe we’re too nervous to wear a crop top in public. Maybe we’re just too self-conscious to wear the slink dress we bought in the sales.

But you know, maybe we need to take a leaf out of Ashlie Bautista’s book.

She recently wore a velour wrap dress that she thought she’d never wear…and immediately went viral for it.

‘I’m very insecure, but with the help of my amazing friends for hyping me up, I was able to wear it and gained… Read the full story

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