1. Oscars 2016: the Dresses, the Winners and Our Favourite Moments

    The Oscars took place just a few hours ago and they're what everybody's talking about (ourselves included)! In case you missed it, we've put together everything you need to know: the dresses, the winners and of course, the moment when our beloved Leo finally got his long-deserved golden statue.

    The gowns
    Blue seemed to be having a big moment, will several actresses sporting the colour, from royal blue to purple-tinted hues and lighter, almost silver-like shades. Green was also a favourite, as well as the classic black and white. And extra points to Charlize Theron, Alicia Vikander and Margot Robbie for choosing something different - Charlize was stunning in her floor-sweeping red dress, Alicia looked flawless in her yellow gown and Margot gave us a super dose of glam that felt effortlessly elegant. But that's just us... Check out the photos below and tell us who were your favourites.

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    Above: Reese Witherspoon, Daisy Ridley, Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Sophie Turner and Sofia Vergara.

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    Above: Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan and Rachel McAdams.

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    Above: Olivia Wilde, kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, Julianne Moore, Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Garner.

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    Above: Charlize Theron, Alicia Vikander and Margot Robbie.

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    Above: Chrissy Teigen and Emily Blunt.

    The moment to remember:
    The most adorable moment of the evening was when Kate and Leo left their dates to greet each other on the red carpet. TOO CUTE. Not only that, but when the night's most awaited moment finally came - the Oscar for Best Actor - Kate even shed a tear as Leo was announced winner. (And so did we, but hey, don't tell anyone!)

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    And, of course, the winners:
    Best Picture: Spotlight
    Direction: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)
    Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
    Actress: Brie Larson (Room)
    Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
    Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
    Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay)
    Original Screenplay: Spotlight (Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy)
    Cinematography: The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
    Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road (Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration))
    Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)
    Visual Effects: Ex Machina (Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett)
    Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road (Jenny Beavan)
    Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road (Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin)
    Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road (Mark Mangini and David White)
    Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo)
    Score: The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
    Song: Writing’s on the Wall from Spectre (Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith)
    Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary)
    Animated Feature: Inside Out
    Documentary Feature: Amy
    Animated Short: Bear Story
    Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
    Live Action Short: Stutterer

    You might not be walking down the red carpet anytime soon, but nonetheless, whatever it is you're looking for, we've got you covered. Check out our occasionwear section for the most party-ready outfits of the season.

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  2. Brit Awards: the Best and Worst Dressed


    In case you missed the Brit Awards (how could anyone, really), here's our own take on the best and worst dressed of the evening.

    The best dressed
    Rihanna matched her eyeshadow to her dress and Kylie Minogue's twirly number was just too cute, while singer Tallia Storm looked lovely in her embellished dress.
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    Alexa Chung, Fleur East and Lily Donaldson showed different versions of glam.
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    Maybe not the most flattering choices, but we have to praise Adele for choosing something other than her customary black dresses.
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    The Little Mix girls brought their mums along. Just for that, they should get an award. #toocute
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    Ant and Dec went out with a bang and so did Ant's purple gown.
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    The worst dressed
    We're still not quite sure about Jess Glynne's hair and Lana Del Rey's floral gown was a little too casual for the event. Keith Lemon was just,... well, Keith Lemon.
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    Annie Mac's rainbow dress just wasn't flattering, while Cheryl Cole's dress seems to evoke her girl-band days. And Sinitta? She knows how to make an entrance (sort of)...
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    What can we say? Pam Hogg's and her scantily-clad friend, model Sadie Pinn, have certainly won our award for worst dressed of the event.
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    What about you? Who do you think were the best and worst dressed of the night?

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  3. Mum's the Word

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    We all know that mums always, but ALWAYS know what’s best for us, even if we sometimes fail to see it. And because Mother’s Day is right around the corner, we’ve put together a list of mum-isms that never get old.

    Here’s our list:
    1. Did you brush your teeth?
    2. Don't go out with a wet head, you'll catch cold.
    3. Don't sit too close to the television; it'll ruin your eyes.
    4. Do you think this is a hotel? You can't just come here only to sleep.
    5. Because I SAID SO.
    6. Just wait until we get home.
    7. It's no use crying over spilt milk.
    8. Don’t make me come in there!
    9. Eat your carrots, or you won’t be able to see in the dark.
    10. Turn off that light. Do you think we own the electric company?
    11. I said CLOSE the door, not SLAM it.
    12. I'm going to give you until the count of three...
    13. What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?
    14. I’m not going to say ‘I told you so’!
    15. I don’t care what all the other kids get to do.
    16. Now, say you’re sorry…and MEAN it!
    17. When you have your own house you can make the rules.
    18. Just you wait until you have kids of your own - then you'll understand
    19. It doesn't matter what you accomplish, I'll always be proud of you.
    20. You will ALWAYS be my baby.

    Do you think we managed to cover them all? What about your mum’s?

    P.S.: don’t forget to get her something really special. Have a look at our unique selection of gifts.

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  4. We've Got Your Valentine's Day Breakfast Sorted

    Not sure what to do this Valentine’s Day to surprise your other half? Breakfast in bed is always a winning option and Fern Green’s Bacon & Egg Toast Muffins, featured in her book Breakfast: Morning, Noon & Night (you can get it here), a great way to someone's heart.

    Not only is bacon and eggs such a classic combo, but also easy to pull together – yep, even you can do it! For this recipe, you can also use puff pastry or corn tortillas, in case you’re wheat intolerant. Plus, you can replace the bacon with prosciutto and add sun-dried tomatoes and slices of mozzarella. A standard muffin tin works well, but you can also use ramekins or dariole moulds.

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    For 6 muffins
    Ingredients
    3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
    6 medium slices white or brown bread
    6 rashers (slices) smoked streaky bacon
    4 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced
    6 eggs
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    6 Portobello mushrooms, grilled, to serve
    Vine tomatoes, roasted, to serve

    Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/Gas 5) and grease a muffin tin with the melted butter. Flatten the slices of bread by rolling over each one a few times with a rolling pin. Use a 10 cm (4¼ in) round biscuit cutter to cut a circle out of each slice of bread. If you don’t have one of these, you can use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut out the circle instead. Cut one of the circles in half and push one half down into a mould in the muffin tin, with the curved edge at the top, so the edges of the bread stick up out of the mould. Then push the other half in the mould so that the two halves overlap slightly and completely line the mould. If you find you have some gaps, just use some of the bread you cut off to fill them in. Brush the bread with the remaining melted butter.
    In a heavy-based frying pan, fry the bacon on one side over a medium heat for 4 minutes without flipping it over.
    Lay a piece of bacon, cooked side down, into each muffin cup. Sprinkle some spring onion evenly over the bacon and then crack an egg into each muffin cup. Season and bake for 20 minutes in the oven.
    Run a small knife around the bread, which will now be toasted, and pop out each muffin from the tin. Serve immediately with a large grilled mushroom and some roasted vine tomatoes to make a complete dish. Otherwise these are great on their own for elevenses.

    Photography by Danielle Wood

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  5. 16 Gifts To Celebrate That Special Someone

    Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating that special person who has always been there for you. Take some cues from our gift guide and spread the love with those who really deserve it, be it friends or loved ones.

    Your best girl
    You spend so much time together that everyone says you look like an old married couple. She always knows what you’re thinking and she won’t let you wear a bad outfit - ‘cause you have to look good together, duh!

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    Clockwise: Talk To The Hand Manicure SetThe WAH Nails Book of Downtown Girls; Finchittida Silver Tribal E Necklace; Margarita Cocktail Gift Set.

    Your sister
    You still get mad when you think about that time she ruined your favourite dress, but she’s one of few people that has known you since, literally, FOREVER and you can’t imagine how your life would’ve been without her.

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    Clockwise: Louche Enamel Love Bangle; Oola Unicorn Ring Holder; Ring for Prosecco BellOola iPhone Case- Darling.

    Your mate
    You survived the most embarrassing situations together, you tell each other how it is (even if it’s bad), you laugh at the same jokes and you refer to everybody else as ‘other people’.

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    Clockwise: Star Wars Falcon Bottle OpenerFinal Touch Beer Tasting SetMan Mug Giant MugHappy Socks Red White Blue Giftbox.

    Your nanna
    She still treats you as if you were ten years old, and although, at times, that annoys you, it’s actually pretty ok if it means your favourite munchies will be waiting for you every time you pay her a visit.

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    Clockwise: Modern Home Espresso SetCopper Candle PotKeep Calm And Colour For MumsHome Made Cookie Stamper.

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