1. Q: What's Your Favourite Scary Movie?

    Need some Halloween film inspo? Look no further! Our web team at JOY HQ have rounded up their favourite horror movies so you can have a terrifying Halloween in the comfort of your own living room. Just add popcorn (and maybe a sofa to hide behind!)

     

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    Fran

    A: The Birds 

    “Although I’m a big, big fan of ‘90s slasher films like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, the only movie that genuinely terrifies me is The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. The master of suspense had me freaking out right from the opening credits and as much as I probably shouldn’t, I love the tale that Hitch threw in real birds at Tippi during that iconic attic scene. I would dress up in a green suit à la Melanie this year but I don’t think it would be quite right for my Hip Hop Halloween party!”

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    Lauren

    Lauren

    A: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    “This is the only film that’s required a second attempt to finish watching it! I cried. The fact that it’s based on a true story just tips it over the edge for me: a real slasher classic! The image that really sticks in my mind is Leatherface and his bloodstained apron and mask made out of human skin. Terrifying, but a good option for this year’s Halloween costume!”

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    Faye 

    Faye

    A: From Dusk Till Dawn

    I absolutely love Quentin Tarantino films, especially when they’re a little ridiculous, and this one does not disappoint! With incredibly basic special-effects and a truly raw script, From Dusk Till Dawn is both shocking and hilarious. Tarantino plays a sex-crazed psychopath and Mr Clooney his murderous (but incredibly charming) brother. From killer bank robbers to crazed vampire strippers, this film is a real Halloween classic with an edge.”

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    Dorothea 

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    A: The Shining

    “My favourite horror film of all time! The Shining really traumatised me when I was younger and it still terrifies me to this day. The whole atmosphere is so eerie right from the word go, and the isolated location really lends itself to that. My favourite part is when the creepy twins make an appearance: this scene has gone down in history!”

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  2. Bridget Jones: The 5 Life Lessons to Learn

    Now we’ve (almost) gotten over the fact that Hugh Grant and his delightfully floppy hair won’t be in the next Bridget Jones film, we simply couldn't resist taking a peek at the first imagery released for Bridget Jones’s Baby. And, while the verdict may be out on Renée clutching an iPad instead of that little red journal we all know and love, we were all agreed on this quick fire recap of Bridge-inspired life lessons to count on.

    1) NEVER JUDGE A MAN BY HIS JUMPER

    Okay, what we’re really getting at here is that first impressions don’t always mean everything. Avoid the bad boy in the impeccable white shirt (and the boss for that matter) and try to look past ridiculous reindeer jumpers or too-tight turtle necks. After all, the man beneath may just be your very own Mark Darcy. Note: This doesn't apply if the jumper in question says something along the lines of ‘Jingle My Bells’. Got it? 

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    2) SIZE MATTERS

    Sometimes your teeny tiny knickers just won’t cut it under that figure-hugging LBD you've been stowing for the office party. Instead, it’s time to suck it up and dig out those granny pants! To sum up, we’ll just quote Bridget herself, “Chances of reaching crucial moment greatly increased by wearing these scary stomach-holding-in pants”.  Just don’t wear them every date night.

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    3) WINE AND PUBLIC SPEAKING WILL NEVER END WELL

    Or singing for that matter! This is one lesson that we all need to learn for the upcoming season of work parties. We say stick to nights in with vodka and Chaka Khan or forever be mortified on YouTube.

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    4) ALWAYS DOUBLE (TRIPLE) CHECK FANCY DRESS INVITES

    Needless to say, this is especially important for those Halloween shindigs that lurk just around the corner. And it's even more important when it comes to family events. But at all costs, don't lower yourself to de-bunnying in public.

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     5) NEVER MAKE SOUP FOR A DINNER PARTY

    Daniel Cleaver: I’ve been going crazy. I can’t stop thinking about you, and thinking about what an idiot I've been. Christ, is that blue soup?”

     ...enough said.

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  3. LFW: Our pick of the trends

    Fashion Month has come and gone and we’ve been left buzzing with inspiration for Spring/Summer 2016. While LFW may remain the world’s most irreverent shows, it seems they have taken a turn for the grown-up this season; we’re still having all the fun poring over our favourite trends of the week and the pieces to buy now that will see you into the next season.

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    Whenever Spring/Summer rolls around, we always want to don our brightest clothes to match the long-missed sunshine. For SS16 though, the trend was less for matching the sun and more for outshining it completely in a range of eye-catching acid brights. These colours are much bolder than this year’s springtime pastels; bright yellow was a particular favourite so nab yourself some primrose-coloured pieces in time for next year.acid

    1. Lovell Tie-Back Blouse
    2. Ella Crepe Dress
    3. Jan Quilted Sweater
    4. Creston Vest Top

     

    Gloss Over

    For the die-hard rock chick who wants to shine but can’t bear bright colours, high-gloss outfits were the way to go at LFW. A continuation of the seventies trend (but harking back to the glam rock era rather than the corduroy and suede of the seventies hippie child), this look is all about leather, sequins, metallic accessories and high-shine fabrics. Glow get ‘em.rock

    1. Shura Tartan Shift Dress
    2. Popper-Front Faux-Leather Skirt
    3. Hereford Metallic Leather Cross-Body Bag
    4. Colour-Block Snake-Sprint Skirt

     

    Go to Print

    Prints and patterns ought never to be abandoned in Spring/Summer but next year’s designs promise to be a lot bolder and more well-defined than this year’s pretty lace and floral patterns. Think sixties-style geometry and you’ll be on the right track.

    Go BOLD

    1. Lucylyn 70s-Style Shift Dress
    2. Striped Midi-Skirt
    3. Umi Graphic Shift Dress
    4. Cosmic Split Mini Skirt

    Fluff Stuff

    If you thought faux fur and shearling was for Autumn/Winter only then get set for an extremely cosy SS16. Another trend to thank the seventies for, fur was still going strong at LFW with fluffy accessories and accents making an appearance everywhere from House of Holland to Topshop.

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    1. Cuttina Faux-Fur Gilet
    2. Alamedia Jacquard Folk-Print Coat
    3. Bead-Cluster Jumper 

     

    Tailor Swift

    Tailoring is the chicest way to do both smart casual and workwear, and next year’s masculine-inspired, loose and oversized pieces are perfect for staying cool in spring and summer. Wear now with boots and capes or dress down next summer with camis and sandals, this is the perfect interseasonal trend.

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    1. Double Breasted Trench Coat
    2. Olga Floral Culottes
    3. Alovette Tapered Trousers
    4. Polka-Dot Oversized Shirt

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