Top 14 Classic Rom-Com Films for Valentines

Are you ready to feel the love?

Admittedly, Valentines Day is not a day for everyone. Single, complicated, in a relationship, broken-hearted or just free, it’s a day that is marked in our calendar as the most romantic day of the year. So whatever you’re situation here are my top 14 classic romance-comedy films that you may enjoy on this day of love.

1.Dirty Dancing (1987)

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2. Pretty Woman (1990)

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3. Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994)

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4. Never Been Kissed (1999)

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5. Notting Hill (1999)

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6. Maid in Manhattan (2002)

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7. Love Actually (2003)

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8. The Holiday (2006)

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9. A Good Year (2006)

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10. P.S I Love You (2007)

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11. The Proposal (2009)

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12. Dear John (2010)

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13. Love, Rosie (2014)

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14. Bridget Jones’ Diary (20011) / Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) / Bridget Jones’ Baby (2014)

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14 Valentines Day Gifts From You To You!

Valentines day – another occasion during the year where materialistic items are purchased on the basis of love. But instead of buying for your other half, why treat yourself and love number one?

Here are my top 14 valentines day gifts that are perfect for you…


Face mask

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Lie back and give your face a nourishing treat! 100% vegan, this refreshing gel face mask is infused with real British rose petals, essence, rosehip oil and organic aloe vera.

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, £17 – thebodyshop.com


A relaxing candle

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Whilst enjoying a soak in the bath, nothing sets the calming mood more than a beautiful,  soft smelling candle. Described as “the essence of charm,” Peony & Blush, burns an exquisitely flirtatious scent. Transform your atmosphere with luxury and opulence, and up to 45 hours burn time.

Peony & Blush Suede Home Candle, £45 – jomalone.co.uk 


Bath bomb

“The most romantic bath ever!”

With a floral triplet of yellow rose petals, rose absolute and rose oil, this bath bomb is an enthralling spectacle to watch. Drop into your bath and as it fizzes, watch the outer shell break away and the magnificent petals burst out into “a sweet haze of Sicilian lemon and floral geranium oils.”

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb, £4.50 each – uk.lush.com


Bottle of bubbly

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Treat yourself to a glass or two of this sweet, but sharp pink prosecco. Slightly sweeter than the traditional brut cava, note the blackberries and mouth-watering strawberries hinting on your pallet.

Freixenet Cordon Rosado Gran Selección Cava, £10.75 – tesco.com


Flowers

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A beautiful alternative to the stereotypical valentines roses, this radiant bouquet, with soft feminine colours contains a mix of white blooms, roses, alstromeria, antirrhinum, stocks, statice and ammi. Presented in a modern keepsake jug.

Plum Jug, £35 – nextflowers.co.uk


A good book

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“Your best friend stole your fiancé. Do you run away and hide, or start planning your revenge?”

The brand new novel of Sunday Times bestselling author Jane Fallon’s. Delve deep into another compelling storyline and lose yourself to the characters.

Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, £3.99 Paperback / £4.99 Kindle – Amazon.co.uk


A sexy lingerie set

“Celia is sultry, luxe and perfect for the bedroom, in the classic vivid red and deep black colour combo.” – Ann Summers

Celia Plunge Bra, £32.00, Celia Waspie, £25.00 and Celia Thong, £14.00 – annsummers.com


Or a cute pyjama set

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Super cute with comfortable fabric and elasticated waistband, this dainty heart print vest and short combo, with slogan design is brilliant value for money.

Love Club Vest & Short Pyjama Set, £18 – asos.com 


Pretty jewellery

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This cute little hoops, with hanging heart charm, are beautifully understated and delicately nod towards romance.

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Hanging Heart Charm Hoop Earrings, £10 – asos.com


Scented draw liners

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Don’t just look after yourself, care for your clothes too! Layer these premium, scented liner papers into your drawers and allow the sweet, uplifting fragrance of dewy-fresh Rosewater to slowly release and infiltrate pretty notes fresh into your clothes and linen.

Rosewater Drawer Liners, £18 – crabtree-evelyn.co.uk


A sweet-smelling scent

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Princess Perfume by Vera Wang, this extraordinary fragrance was created by Vera Wang. Its sexy scent includes a mixture of waterlily, apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin, dark chocolate, amber, musk, and vanilla.

Princess is all about a new attitude. It’s about claiming something magical and mystical in your life. It’s all of the characteristics that we would want to possess and what resides in all of us young or old.

Princess by Vera Wang 100ml, £19.99 – theperfumeshop.com


A new lipstick

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Currently out of stock on charlotte.tilbury.com, this hugely popular petal-rose pink gives you “irresistibly kissable lips in seconds.” This beautifully hydrating lipstick contains soothing orchid and 3D glowing pigments to give you a fuller, wider pout.

Charlotte Tilbury Valentine: K.I.S.S.I.N.G, £24 – feelunique.com


Box of chocolates

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Solid strawberry-white chocolate pink hearts, featuring a zingy fragrance and creamy texture that melt beautiful in your mouth.

Chocolate Strawberry Hearts, £5.50 – hotelchocolat.com 


A goodnight’s sleep!

After an evening of pampering and relaxing like the princess you are, you want nothing more than the best night’s sleep. You definitely feel like royalty with SILK’s luxurious silk eye mask and pillowcase.

Made with the highest grade mulberry silk, wear your eye mask whilst resting your precious head on their matching pillowcase, perfect to keep your skin and hair protected and hydrated.

SLIP Silk eye mask, £45 and SLIP Embroidered silk pillowcase, £79 – net-a-porter.com


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Trend Alert: Spots vs Stripes

As we approach spring, just like the weather, the fashion trends are also changing. This season’s hottest trend alert is the battle between spots and stripes.

Bold sizes, brash designs and clashing colours, they are a great statement pattern. Fancy sprucing up your wardrobe? Check out these gorgeous pieces from the high street.


Spots

River Island Black polka dot double frill play suit – £50

This absolutely adorable play suit is part of a reoccurring pattern that River Island have used for several pieces of their spring collection. Perhaps my favourite piece, this play suit is super fun! Featuring double frill sleeves is alternate colours, the placing of material around the shorts, deceives the eye as if it was a skirt! Team with killer heels for a night time look.


Asos – Miss Selfridge Polka Dot Jumpsuit – £39

Tiny, tiny dots with bigger dots this jumpsuit is cool. As suggested wear with a plain tee, or even a cute blouse underneath and trainers or ankle boots for a simple look.


Missguided – Red polka dot print frill tea dress – £15

The very popular polka tea dress, as worn in navy and blue by Lacey Montgomery, this dress is a great nod to the long summer nights! Perhaps a little on the short side if you’re a tall girl, the gathered bust is extremely flattering for those small chested. Choose minimal makeup and a bright red lip to really get this outfit turning heads.


Boohoo – Bethany Polka Dot Wrap Front Jumpsuit – £25

Great for an occasion this wrap jumpsuit is not only flattering but super comfortable. Dress it up with heels for a weekend event or down with trainers and a leather jacket for running around town.


Topshop – Polka Dot Mesh Top by Boutique – £32

Super cute, this delicate mesh top is great for a an evening. Going casual? Wear tucked into a pair of wide legged high waist trousers and a pair of trainers or chunky heels. Fancy dressing up a little then wear it with pvc wet look leggings or skinny black jeans and add heels. If you don’t feel comfortable having your bra on show, wear a thin black cami underneath!


Stripes

PrettyLittleThing –  Red Stripe Jersey Frill Edge Crop Top – £12 and Black Contrast Stripe Track Leggings – £15.

A great outfit all for under thirty pounds! Team the tracksuit leggings with the cropped jersey frill for a sports luxe vibe. Trainers for daytime, a leather jacket and heels for night!

 


River Island – Green stripe print split sleeve shirt – £35

Perfect for spring, adding a little summer colours into your wardrobe. With a split sleeve detail, wear with skinny jeans and trainers for the ultimate casual work wear. For night change into barely there heels, do the top button up and add chunky statement earrings or a short necklace under the collar.


Mango – Oversize striped shirt – was £35.99, now £14.39

This beautiful cherry striped shirt is a timeless garment classic. The baggy design, with regimented cut would look great tied into a bow around the waist, with mom jeans and chunky boots. For summer, this shirt is perfect loosely hanging over a pair of bright white jeans and sandals.


Asos – Jumper in bright stripe – £22

An easy outfit to pull together if you’re in a rush, the bold and bright the colours of this jumper are fab. Wear with bright bleached mom jeans and white trainers.


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Top Tunes of the Week!

This week is a brilliant week for new music! Familiar faces are returning with absolutely incredible songs, making way for their followup albums later in the year.

Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – Say Something

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It’s official Timberlake is back. Another single from his long-awaited album Man of the Woods (out February 2nd, available to pre-order now) “Say Something has just been released. Featuring Chris Stapleton, a born and raised Kentucky country singer-songwriter, the collaboration between the two is incredibly inventive, utilising their independent expertise and imagination to create a powerful, spine-tingling tune.

The song begins with a simple background hum, light piano chords then combined with hollow repeats of ‘say something’ and thick electro-beats. Glass smashing sound effects and your senses are overwhelmed with the variety of instruments fusing together, luring you in. It’s pure excitement.

Rich harmonies fill your ears and the simple, winding video intrigues you. As the music grows, you are being led on a journey with the video, reaching the destination, the exact point the music climaxes. Clever videography skills.

Completely different to his last single “Filthy,” “Say Something” is pure indication that Timberlake is no one trick pony. This song exposes his raw talent and ability to turn his hand to any genre of music.


Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen – These Days 

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Rudimental are responsible for some of the catchiest drum, bass and electronica productions from the last six years. They’ve collaborated with some of the UK’s biggest acts and now they’ve combined the beautiful British singer, Jess Glynne with American sensation Macklemore.

“These Days” comes from Rudimental’s third studio album (still in progress) and is a feel good anthem that is bound to be a success, especially with those big names attached to it.


Lily Allen ft. Giggs – Trigger Bang 

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Lily Allen has announced her fourth studio album, No Shame, will be released in “early summer 2018.”

“Trigger Bang” is her first new track since 2014! It is a “fun pop flashback” featuring UK rap’s finest. With a super catchy chorus and a toned-down, percussive instrumental, “Trigger Bang” is the sort of material Lily should have always been making. And adding Giggs to the song will elevate the coolness a little further.


George Ezra – Paradise 

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Ezra is back with new music and he does not disappoint. Ranging across three octaves, the upbeat song just makes you want to bop. “Paradise;” influenced by his girlfriend and the emotions during the early stages of their relationship, is proof that George has returned with utter confidence.

“It feels like we missed this song even though it didn’t exist until now.” Anne Mac – BBC Radio 1


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Top 7 Essential Oils for Improving Natural Health

Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from a variety of plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy; a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.

For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine. In recent years, essential oils have become increasingly popular within western beauty products.

Here are the top 7 essential oils and their individual health benefits.


1 Argan oil

Often called “liquid gold,” argan oil  is produced from the kernels of the argan tree, native to Morocco and is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including vitamin E and fatty acids.

Most commonly used in hair products, the properties of argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It’s the ideal conditioner, helping treat split ends and tame frizzy hair.

Vitamin E increases the elasticity of skin, making it a great facial oil to reduce ageing, but is also beneficial for stretch marks, sagging and puckered skin.

According to Women’s Health the best facial argan oil is Avalon Organics Intense Defense with Vitamin C Antioxidant Oil. For body, try Body Shop’s Wild Argan Oil Sublime Nourishing Whipped Lotion 100ml £8.50.

And for hair, I personally recommend OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Reviving Dry Oil 118ml £4.90, in fact the whole Argan Oil haircare range from OGX is great! (left to right)


2. Coconut oil

The most popular oil currently amongst society, this versatile oil can bring health benefits both inside and out.

Recently introduced as a healthy alternative to cooking oils, coconut oil is a naturally antibacterial and antifungal oil.

A deep moisturiser, it’s perfect for those with dry skin. Many choose to use it as a substitute for shaving cream and even a hair mask!

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Available in a variety of forms and at the majority of supermarkets and health shops, the Vita Coco Organic Coconut Oil 250ml £6.99 is the leading brand.


3. Rosehip oil

Reportedly a firm favourite for the Duchess of Cambridge, if it’s good enough for royalty then it’s got to be really good!

Lush explains that Rosehip oil “is obtained from the seeds of the wild rose (Rosa canina),” and is an important source of vitamin A and B, as well as beneficial fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids.

The high content of essential properties help nourish and maintain healthy skin. Known to be a blood purifier, rosehip oil is amazing for skin rejuvenation, especially stretch marks, age spots,  burns and pigmentation problems.

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Kate Middleton apparently loves the Trilogy Rosehip Oil 20ml for £19.99 it really is the best on the market.


4. Olive oil

Usually found in your kitchen cupboard, this oil has recently found itself in several beauty products across the industry.

Remarkably, one study found that when applied to skin, olive oil worked to fight off the cancer-causing cells.

Other uses of olive oil straight from the bottle can be for your scalp. Personally suffering from psoriasis, I used to scrub my scalp deep with olive oil, leave overnight then wash off well in the morning. Overtime it reduced inflammation, pain and appearance. (I recommend doing this every 1-2 weeks, if you are prone to naturally greasy hair, use on targeted areas only) 

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Often found as an ingredient in face wash products, there are several cosmetics with olive oil based. DHC Olive Oil facial cleanser 70ml £12.50 is an antioxidant-rich olive oil infused makeup remover.

Top Tip! This facial cleanser is best for dry skin, other skin types should be careful because its thick consistency could clog pores.


5. Almond oil

Rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, almond oil is excellent for our hearts, skin and hair. Because of its hypoallergenic properties, if you suffer from psoriasis, eczema, skin rashes or dandruff, keeping your skin hydrated helps cure these skin conditions, and almond oil is a brilliant for skin hydration.

One of the most widely known benefits of almond oil is, (with regular consumption) its ability to reduce cholesterol.

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L’Occitane’s Relaxing Massage Oil 100ml £24 is “made with sweet almond oil from Provence and leaves skin supple and satiny with a 100% natural, soothing scent.”


6. Lavender oil

Predominantly used  for its balancing and soothing qualities, it ideally reduces anxiety and emotional stress, with many people adding a few drops onto their pillowcase to improve sleep. But lavender oil contains several versatile properties and is therefore gentle enough to apply directly to the skin.

Not only can it help heal burns and wounds as a pain relief, it can alleviate headaches, improve brain function, restore skin completion, reduce acne and soothe irritated scalps.

Draxe.com recommends lavender oil as the “must-have oil, if you are getting started with using essential oils for you health.”
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Dr Organic Lavender Pure Oil £6.59 for 10ml is a bargain price for this versatile oil. 


7. Flaxseed or Linseed oil

Known on the market as both, flaxseed or linseed oil is derived from the extremely nutritious and disease-preventing flaxseed. Similar to the seed, flaxseed oil is loaded with healthy omega-3s, fatty acids that have been associated with healthier brains and hearts, better moods, decreased inflammation, and healthier skin and hair.

This sweet-flavoured seed has been said the help with weight loss, alongside improving digestive health, control cholesterol levels and a natural cellulite remover – the consumption of this oil helps increase the collagen production thus strengthening the skins tissue reducing the appearance of cellulite!

Holland & Barrett Flaxseed Oil 500ml £17.99 or Holland & Barrett Flaxseed Linseed Oil 60 Capsules £7.65 (left to right)


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Trend Alert: Stars

Stars are everywhere! They are scattered across the high street from accessories to clothing, and they are this months top trend!

I have scoured the online giants to find you the best items that will make you star-crazy!


Black star print lace up back skater dressMissguided – £35

A very detailed high neck skater dress, in a beautiful black and metallic star print, with a  lace up back, this is the perfect dress for that awkward smart-casual dress code. Team with a pair of chunky ankle boots, or go bare legged and add a strappy stiletto for that glam nighttime look.


Pieces Star Layered NecklaceAsos – £16

Beautiful and delicate, this layered necklace is a simple nod towards the current star trend. Wear with an open shirt, or on top of a high neck top or dress.

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Brooke Star Wrap Tea Dress – Boohoo – £18

Combining the old faithful wrap dress with a bold colour and star print, this gorgeous red dress is a killer daytime outfit. Perfect with a pair of tights and boots for winter, or choose the nude – perfect for the long summer nights – or black or navy for a nighttime outfit. And a bargain price too!


MOM Silver Star JeanMiss Selfridge – £14 (sale was £42)

Last seasons favourite jean has been gently revamped with star embellishments. There’s even the choice of black! Team with a cute crop and heels for an instant evening look, or t-shirt and trainers for running around town! A simple, but effective addition to this staple jean, they are a steal at £14 in the sale! Whilst stocks and sizes last of course.


Sunny Kiss Oversized Tee in Black CosmosMotel – £30

Motel doing what they do best, providing us season after season with cosmic prints. This bold, oversized t-shirt is super hot. A great slouchy boyfriend fit, tuck one side into a pair of jeans or add a belt and tights and you’re all set.


Whats Your Star Sign Maxi DressNasty Gal – £40

Sheer chiffon, featuring a v-neckline this maxi silhouette star print dress is great when you’re having dilemmas on what to wear! Perhaps a little pricey, it makes a great wardrobe staple and an easy way to add the bold star print into your life. Add tights and thigh high boots for winter, or gladiator sandals for summer.

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Star Stone Stud EarringsTopshop – £8.50

These adorable earrings in rose gold and iridescent stones are super cute wearing together or separately.

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Black star makeup bagPrettylittlething – £8

Perfect for you or for a friend, this trendy makeup bag is great for storing all your precious makeup goodies.

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Top Tunes of the Week!

This week we’re celebrating two new British rappers making successful waves in 2018 already, and the return of a the trio-dream-team sisters Haim, with their latest single from album number 2. Incredible tunes to get that blue January feeling gone.

Avelino – 1 In a Million

Achi Avelino, better known by his stage name Avelino, is an English/Congolese rapper from Tottenham, known for his “unique tone” and “deep wordplay.”

Last year, he released what he calls a “fluid playlist” promising to “grow, mature and change shape over time, bucking the penitentiary of the traditional album format.” The playlist features all originals, blending elements of R&B, acrobat, jazz and more for a truly wild and electric listen.

The 24-year-old is fast becoming “one of the country’s best spitters,” especially with his first single, from this said playlist, ‘1 in a million,’ a bouncy dancehall-meets-rap banger. Take a look at the video here to see Avelino in some colourful, psychedelic settings.

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HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong

With their very first album, 2013’s Days Are Gone, LA’s Haim are back with their long-awaited second album, and have stuck to the sweet spot.

Speaking to Pitchfork, Danielle explains how “this song started out with a guitar lick and a narrative dealing with coming back from tour and realising something’s changed in a relationship: You’re sleeping back-to-back, maybe you don’t want to admit to yourself that something’s wrong.”

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Ramz – Barking

Recently peaking at number four, on the Official UK Singles Chart, Ramone Rochester, professionally known as Ramz, beat big name pop artists Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez, with is latest single “Barking”.

The video (now sitting at over 15 million views) was initially released in September, but officially came out at the beginning of December last year. With a repetitive hook and simple lyrics, this song is catchy as hell.

Ramz is another English rapper and songwriter to watch out for this year.

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