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7 ways to get fit without really trying

(Illustration: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)
(Illustration: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

You’ve seen them chugging green juice after a HIIT class, all mesh workout gear and crop tops.

They exude vitality while for you the struggle to bend over and put your socks on in the morning is real.

Sometimes you wonder, wouldn’t it be nice to join them?

If you’re out of shape though, the idea of a spin class or a run feels about as unlikely as doing the London Marathon.

Thing is, most of us do not meet the government’s recommended level of exercise – 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate activity every week.

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Versace will no longer use fur in their collections

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Following in the footsteps of Michael Kors, Gucci, and Net-a-Porter, Versace will no longer use real fur in the label’s designs.

That’s according to Donatella Versace herself, who said in an interview with 1843 Magazine: ‘Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.’

This is quite the about turn for the brand, which at the time the interview was conducted was advertising fur-embellished coats.

The brand has historically used a LOT of fur in its collections, ranging from mink and raccoon dog accessories to fox coats, shown as recently as… Read the full story

11 mistakes I’ve already made while planning my wedding

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Did I miss out on my dream dress? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Planning a wedding would be a lot easier if you could have a practice run.

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Instead, you’re expected to plan the biggest party you’ll have in your life with zero prior experience.

(Unless you’re onto wedding number two, in which case, I guess the planning is easier. Or maybe it’s just as hard? Tell me about it in the comments.)

Planning a wedding is… Read the full story

Penis facials are the luxury skincare trend celebs are loving

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Attention, skincare devotees: If you really want to take your face to the next level, you might want to try a penis facial.

No, we’re not talking about smothering your face in semen or popping a sheet mask on your peen.

This might be an even stranger concept – but a bunch of celebs are doing it, so naturally, we’re intrigued.

The penis facial is the catchy name for what’s professional known as an EGF (epidermal growth factor) facial, which uses stem cells from the foreskins of circumcised Korean boys.

Stem cells work to encourage skin cells to turn over rapidly and regenerate, so they’re often… Read the full story

11 great new British gins to try – including gins made from hay and gorse

Fancy a gin made with potatoes, gorse or hay? (Picture: Muff Distillery/ Ginkhana/Deerness Distillery)

Someone actually went and made a gin with hay and carrots.

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And the experiments don’t stop there. Others have used gorse flowers, potatoes, green coffee beans and marmalade to find some startling new flavours.

Up in Scotland even that wasn’t enough, with one distiller going and creating what they claim is the world’s strongest gin at a hair-raising 77% ABV.

While last year was all about the craft gins, it seems that 2018 is the year of some… Read the full story

Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm shares how giving up dieting set her free

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The modeling industry isn’t exactly a body-positive space.

Models are shamed for their size, expected to lose weight at breakneck speed, and made to feel like objects valued only for their visual appeal.

It’s tough to love your body at any size when you can lose work if you get bigger.

For Bridget Malcolm, a model who’s walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret, body-acceptance could only come when she gave up dieting.

On her blog the model shares why she decided to stop checking how much she weighed and measured, and how that choice set her free.

‘In August this year I made myself a promise,’ writes Bridget. ‘It… Read the full story

Starbucks is offering a permanent discount to all emergency services workers

BEIJING, CHINA - 2015/07/27: Coffee cups on the table in a Starbucks shop. Last Thursday, Starbucks Corp. announced a new partnership with Lyft, which is Uber's biggest competitor, and reported a best quarter performance in history, sending the stock roaring in after-hours trading. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Picture: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Starbucks has announced that it’ll be offering people who work in the emergency services a permanent 10% discount in all of their branches across the UK and Ireland.

You might not be able to click on your computer without a caffeine hit but it’s our ambulance workers, police force, and NHS personnel who have to work godforsaken hours to keep… Read the full story

How a soak in a tub of wine remedied my crushing stress and anxiety

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I’m probably not the only one who has said they could dive headfirst into vat of wine after a long day of meetings, looming deadlines, and tube delays.

But while bathing in the stuff has always been a bit of a dream, Ella Di Rocco, the UK’s first ever ‘wine spa’ has made it a reality.

From the outside, it looks like any West London wellness clinic, but once you descend the spiral staircase, a Tuscan-inspired, stone spa area complete a bath brimming with gallons of Italian red wine awaits; it’s pretty bizarre to imagine Chelsea’s gridlocked Fulham Road is just a few metres away.

As… Read the full story

Prepare your hearts – uncuffing season is nearly here

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Ah, those halcyon colder days of fresh love (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

What God giveth, he taketh away.

When it was cold and miserable, you were in the deepest throes of love – snuggling up together in your parka jackets and making use of the extra body warmth.

Now the weather is finally improving, however, it seems like that love is also beginning to defrost and fizzle.

Why? Because, friends, spring marks the start of ‘uncuffing season’.

The flowers might be springing up but your winter love is dead.

You see, people get together in time for winter in a bid to stave off… Read the full story

Adidas sells 1 million trainers made out of ocean plastic in 2017

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Our oceans are positively choking with plastic pollution.

In the Mediterranean alone, we’re experiencing a ‘plastic smog’, with experts predicting that by 2050, there’ll be more plastic than fish in the sea.

But some of this trash can actually be reused – and many of us want to see it being recycled.

Just look at Adidas; last year the sportswear giant launched a range of trainers made from ocean plastic, and they’ve already sold over a million pairs.

Adidas CEO Kasper Rosted told CNBC that in 2017 alone, the company sold ‘1 million shoes made out of ocean plastic’.

Adidas teamed up with environmental initiative Parley for the Oceans to… Read the full story

5 signs to spot that you are in a toxic work environment and how you can move forward

Quite often, everything is made to feel like it is all your fault (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Many of us at some point in our careers will experience a work environment that causes us to feel unhappy and anxious, but there is a difference between having a bad week, and being trapped in a long-term toxic work environment.

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Toxic work environments are typically not spoken about, as many of us are dependent on our jobs as our only source of income.

All too often employers take advantage of this fact, and… Read the full story

Street artists are calling for a boycott on H&M

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Another day, another drama for H&M.

Just when you thought their PR team were able to take a break after the whole ‘Coolest Monkey’ jumper debacle, the Swedish fashion label is now being taken to task for apparent copyright infringement.

H&M’s new campaign features a model in its ‘New Routine’ sportswear line, in front of artist Jason ‘Revok’ Williams’ graffiti.

The wall on which his work is sprayed is located in the William Sheridan Playground handball court in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

And, according to HypeBeast, the artist has filed a cease and desist letter to H&M on the grounds that the fashion giant’s ‘unauthorized use of… Read the full story

Meet Yogi, the dog with a human face


You might not be able to see it at first, but this dog really does look like a man.

The one-year-old shih-poo has incredibly humanlike features that you can’t unsee once you’ve noticed.

A picture of Yogi the dog went viral after his owner posted a picture of the two, with most thinking it was a face swap application from Snapchat or Instagram.

Many did a double take when… Read the full story

You can’t dismiss someone’s grief because they’re smiling

Why you can't judge people's grief on how happy they are
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When survivors of the Parkland shooting spoke to news outlets and demanded change in gun laws, they were applauded for their bravery.

For a while, anyway.

Then Emma Gonzalez and other teens shared a video of themselves laughing and smiling during a TV appearance… and some people were outraged.

‘Anyone else think it’s weird how happy these kids are?’ reads one tweet, which received more than 13,000 likes.

James Woods chipped in with a sarcastic ‘grief wears many faces…’ while tweets popped up using the video as ‘PROOF’ that Emma and her friends must be actors paid to take… Read the full story

Please stop to appreciate all these perfectly imperfect pups

Jakk. Meet Bali Pip, the playful pup rescued from the streets of Bali suffering from mange; blind but loyal Shazza; Raul, who takes his partial paralysis ?in his stride? and many more. These portraits of perfectly imperfect dogs will uplift and inspire, finding a special place in your heart with their ability to overcome physical adversity. Award-winning animal photographer Alex Cearns captures their intrinsic beauty and spirit; their sweetness, resilience and strength. They do not recognise their limitations, nor do they dwell on their differences
Jakk (Picture: Alex Cearns)

Dogs are blessed creatures.

Even when they have certain ‘imperfections’, they’re perfect bundles of furry joy – as photographer Alex Cearns is proving.

He’s been… Read the full story

The world’s first ‘anti-ageing Sandwich Spa’ has opened in London and frankly, it’s insulting

Healthy sandwiches
Who knew lunch could be so good for you (Picture: BFree Foods)

I get a lot of wacky press releases in my inbox but one of the latest, announcing a new ‘anti-ageing’ sandwich, available from – I kid you not – a ‘Sandwich Spa’, has to be up there with the best of them.

I usually scan stuff like this then file them in my carefully curated Bin Folder, but this one has actually made me despair; the idea that a sandwich can turn back time, that a sandwich can change the laws of physics, is obviously laughable but it’s also a bit insulting.

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Doughnut Time’s Easter doughnuts come topped with caramel and creme eggs

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Doughnut Time has launched a four-pack of Easter themed doughnuts just in time for the chocolate egg filled day.

Just recently, we wrote about Doughnut Time’s doughnuts which come with actual pots of Nutella on top. This time, the Easter doughnuts each come topped with an Easter favourite.

The limited edition Easter doughnuts include the Struck By A Smooth Caramel – a £5 chocolate glazed doughnut filled with chocolate caramel and topped with Galaxy Golden Eggs, gold leaf, black pearls and a Cadbury’s Caramel egg.

Why you listen to the same sad songs on repeat

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We’re all guilty of listening to the same song on repeat.

It might last for days, it might last for weeks; sometimes it’s impossible to move your playlist on.

Listening to the same old tunes on a loop is the most natural thing in the world. But why do we do it?

Researchers have been exploring the notion of ‘extreme re-listening’ in the journal Psychology of Music, and their findings might throw a little light onto your embarrassing and yet all-consuming Kelly Clarkson habit.

Scientists from the University of Michigan interviewed 2.04 men and women in their 30s and younger, about the music they were listening to most often at the moment, their connection to the song,… Read the full story

There’s an Instagram account of people’s hands while travelling on a train and it has more followers than you

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You notice weird things when you’re on a train.

Like how loudly people breathe and how some have no shame when it comes to showing their bare feet (or worse, resting it on a seat…).

But do you ever find yourself staring at their hands?

Let’s face it, the London underground is a rollercoaster at the best of times, you never know when you’re going to go flying, so it’s important to hold on.

Some people are not holding on in any old manner though, oh no.

A compilation of some creative and bizarre grips on American subway poles is being tracked by an Instagram account. And it has 14,000 followers.

Read the full story

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