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If everybody is beach body ready, then shouldn’t that include slim, fit people too?

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Are you ‘beach body ready’?

If you’re a believer in body positivity, then yes – we all are by virtue of having bodies in the first place.

Since that infamous Protein World tube ad, the term ‘beach body ready’ has become a self-love call to arms. In the fitness world at least, it’s no longer something exclusively associated with ab-cracks and pert glutes, but rather a ‘f*ck you’ salute to traditional body standards.

So it was surprising when one boutique gym actively went out of its way to use the term to describe their clients on Instagram, accompanied by a photo of some very slender, fit women.

‘Our consistent clients who… Read the full story

I’m an introvert and no, I don’t wish I was an extrovert

If I wasn’t an introvert, I wouldn’t be myself (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

Ever since I saw a job advert for a vacancy that promised to ‘make you less introverted’, I realised that I was actually proud to be an introvert.

Why the discrimination against introverts? I thought I was applying for a job, not auditioning for some sort of extrovert-exclusive master race.

But that’s the type of anti-introvert ethos that I’ve encountered throughout my life.

When you apply for jobs, you’re encouraged to describe yourself using words like confident, outgoing, sociable – or phrases like people-person or team-player.

But actually, those words are probably very far away from describing the real me. Words like… Read the full story

Forget contouring, people are using prosthetic make-up to sculpt their faces

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We all have features we might not love. Some embrace it, while others go to different lengths to cover them or make them less obvious.

There are folk, however, who go to extreme measures to completely change their physical features.

Prosthetic make-up might make you think of special effects used in films but some people are using the stuff for their everyday look.

In a video posted on Twitter, a compilation shows various women using prosthetics and clay to their noses, as well as using contour make-up to change their jawlines, foreheads, and overall face shape.

The results make for some interesting viewing.

Victoria Beckham’s camoflouge t-shirt is all the rage – here’s where you can get yours

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Goodbye white t-shirts; you are no longer the must-have wardrobe staple you once were.

Well, that’s according to the biggest singing fashion guru in the world, Victoria Beckham.

She may have made some questionable sartorial choices in the past, but no one can say Posh Spice doesn’t know how to dress.

Now, she’s ditching traditional white tees for camouflage t-shirts with pulled up sleeves.

The look comes as part of her label’s spring/summer 2019 collection but if you can’t wait that long, (or can’t afford it), here’s where you can grab your own camo tees.


Battle Cry Camo Tee, Nasty Gal, £15

Why Meghan wears shoes that are too big for her

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You’d think now being royalty, Meghan Markle would be able to get her hands on some shoes that fit.

And yet, during her first royal appearance at Ascot, the Duchess of Sussex appeared to be wearing a pair of too-big black leather pumps.

So what was going on there?

Well, according to fashion expert Harriet Davey, celebrities often go up a size or two in order to avoid blisters.

‘Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they’re at an event or on the red carpet and it’s for one reason we can all relate to – to avoid blisters,’ she tellsRead the full story

If you’re sick of moths eating your clothes, wash them at a higher temperature

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Have you got loads of tiny holes in your clothes? Are your finest fabrics starting to unravel? Are you finding little cobwebs everywhere?

Well, friend, you’ve probably got an infestation of moths.

You’re not alone; Rentokil claims to have had a 110% increase in the numbers of people calling with moth issues.

And while that’s largely going to be down to the balmy weather, it may also be because we’re all washing our laundry at cooler temperatures.

Rentokil has conducted a survey of over 2,000 customers to explore how temperature might be responsible for the moth epidemic.

And the results have found that 54% are more likely to wash their clothes at 30’C… Read the full story

If you’re not getting enough glutathione in your diet, you’re aging way faster

You can’t moisturise your way out of a bad diet (Picture: Getty)

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, surprisingly few of us know our stuff.

We might chug the odd Barocca in the hope of getting a load of bug-busting vitamin C, but when it comes to other vitamins and minerals – and the natural sources we can find them in – we’re a little more hazy.

One less spoken about mineral that we want to be careful about, according to doctor Christine Maren, is glutathione.

Dr Maren says that glutathione is a ‘universal and all-important molecule (which) is the mother of all antioxidants’.

And it’s main role is to defend… Read the full story

The story of a teenager helping a lone blind and deaf man on a plane has gone viral

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Tim, a blind and deaf man, boarded a six-hour flight with Alaska Airlines, travelling from Boston to Los Angeles by himself.

He struggled onboard as no one was able to communicate with him – until a 15-year-old grabbed his hands.

After flight attendants called out for anyone speaking sign language (or, more accurately, tactical sign language), Clara Daly came to Tim’s assistance to talk to him the only way he knew how – with his hands.

Signing each individual letter, Clara was able to sit with Tim and have a conversation with him.

Disabled people are sharing all the amazing ways their partners show love

Senior woman riding skateboard while pushing husband in wheelchair
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‘You can love me but you can’t hold my hand’ is the hashtag shared by Imani Barbarin who asked people of Twitter how disabled people’s love differs from able-bodied people’s.

She encouraged people with disabilities to share the beautiful ways their partners make them feel loved.

From holding them up, to washing their hair, and to shaving one’s underarms, some of these gestures are small but so meaningful.

She told her followers that although she is single, the comments have reassured her and reinvigorated her hopes of finding the right one.

Midwife left with massive hands and feet after tumour wrapped itself around her brain

Midwife reveals how her hands and feet wouldn?t stop growing ? because of tumour wrapped around her brain
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A midwife developed massive hands and huge, clown-like feet which were constantly growing because a tumour had wrapped itself around her brain.

26-year-old Chloe Powell, from Bristol, first realised her fingers were swelling while on a trip to London with her sister.

She was in a jewellery store when she realised she couldn’t find a ring big enough to try on.

Then, just a few weeks later, having already increased her shoe size from a 6 to a 7, she said even these were too tight, adding: ‘I realised my hands and… Read the full story

Teachers reveal what they really want as thank you gifts

Teachers will appreciate a joint gift - trust us!
Teachers will appreciate a joint gift – trust us!

We are into the summer term which means it’s only weeks until you wave goodbye to another teacher.

For far too many of us, that means one thing: scrabbling around to buy a box of Toffifee from Tesco the night before end of term and handing it over while hoping no one remembers it came from you.

You buy everyone else’s presents online, so why is it that teachers’ presents always end up being sorted alongside your weekly shop?

Not only do you end up with something lame and unoriginal, but it also means teachers end… Read the full story

Going to Florida can be cheaper than you think – here’s how

You can all get the giggles and make a splash without splashing the cash at the SeaWorld Parks this year (Picture: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

Planning this summer may have started off as an exciting project, finally visiting all of the Florida attractions that you enjoyed during your childhood or fulfilling a lifelong dream, but it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. For example, did you know that you can enjoy THREE Florida parks from only £108pp?

It’s a daunting task, planning an itinerary that will suit the whole family while trying not to break the bank, but now SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens, have made your life… Read the full story

If you’re going to a wedding this summer, why not stick a bath puff in your hair?

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Women’s mags are nothing if not an endless source of strange stories and unfathomable advice.

Their sex tips can be enough to put you off coitus for life. The real-life stories are often horrifying (see Take A Break).

But when it comes to sartorial advice, women’s mags – and particularly their readers – are second to none.

Take Lillian Smith, for example.

She embodies this country’s finest ‘make do and mend’ attitude.

‘I couldn’t find a hat or fascinator in the colour I liked for an upcoming party,’ she says.

‘But I still wanted something fetching to wear in my hair. Seeing a bath puff in the exact shade I was looking for gave… Read the full story

Someone has been selling Hot Dog Water for £21 to prove people will buy anything

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Imagine turning up to a festival and finding that someone was selling something called Hot Dog Water for over £20 a bottle.

If you had any sense, you’d jog on.

Especially when you realise that the keto-friendly, gluten-free beverage is just…a hot dog in a bottle of water. It sounds absolutely rank, regardless of price.

But what if you were told that it something of a miracle juice, able to help you lose weight, increase brain function and look younger.

Would that tempt a £20 note out of your wallet?

Well, it did for a load of people at a recent Car Free Day festival in Vancouver, Canada.

The Hot Dog Water booth… Read the full story

Please appreciate these proud pups enjoying Pride parades

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This weekend saw cities around the globe turn technicolour, with Pride parades taking over roads and pavements.

But these street parties weren’t just for LGBTQ people and their human allies.

Oh no.

There were plenty of rainbow pups out and about, basking in the sun. A load of very good dogs came out wearing multicoloured ties, bows, flags and floral crowns.

Because dogs don’t care what gender or sexual orientation you are – they just want to be petted and loved. And these canines sure got a lot of love online.

Suffice to say, these proud pups stole the show.

Artist Photoshops characters from famous paintings into modern surroundings

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We’ve seen a number of excellent Photoshop projects in recent times.

And the latest to come to our attention is The Canvas Project – a digital project created by Brazilian artist Gabriel Nardelli Araújo.

His aim?

To ‘free’ well-known characters from classical paintings and put them into modern day surroundings, with a little help from his trusty cut ‘n’ paste tool.

‘The process is entirely digital, my works do not exist, at least so far, in physical form,’ the 28-year-old explains.

‘It is done in Photoshop based on photos of places I visited and pictures that I had access to. Other pictures are made available online by the museums themselves in high-resolution… Read the full story

What a terrible haircut taught me about being a woman

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As a bottle blonde, I’ve spent a lot of my life in the salon.

To be specific, I’ve spent about 15 hours a year for the last seven years being made blonde. That’s 105 hours of salon time. But despite my bleach pedigree, I managed to have a complete disaster last week. A disaster which made me realise exactly how I’m getting things wrong as a woman.

I went to a salon in a smart part of London. It looked nice, it had good reviews, and because it was the middle of a Wednesday, they had a super reasonable offer on – £75 for a… Read the full story

‘I’m a person, not a fetish’– This is what it’s like to be a fat woman dating in 2018

Keto diets don’t work if you eat too much protein


In recent times, the keto diet has grown massively in popularity.

Tyson Fury claims to have shred four stone on a 3,500 calorie-a-day keto plan. Adriana Lima, Halle Berry and Megan Fox are said to be fans.

It’s essentially a low-carb, high-fat diet which unlike the Atkins farce, encourages people to eat a tonne of greens too.

And the plan tends to work because fat is more energy dense, so it takes longer to digest and can help us to feel fuller for longer.

Rather than feeding your body readily available glucose in the form of processed carbs, you’re getting it to eat into its reserve of fat and ketones for energy (which is what happens when your body is in a stage of ketosis).

So why then, when the likes of Fury are so successful at it, might your progress stop on a keto diet?

How do you turn burn into tan?

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If you got burned this weekend, you have my sympathy.

Tanning when you’re a pale person is really, really hard. And it’s perfectly natural to want to try and find a way to turn that angry pink skin into a lovely even tan.

Unfortunately, because you’re burned you’re already a skin cancer risk, so before you can think about getting brown you need to give some serious thought to sun protection.

Burned skin should be covered up. A cotton t-shirt which covers any burned areas will do the trick – no need to swelter in the sun. But yes, even if it means you can’t show off your new bikini,… Read the full story

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