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It's one thing we look forward to year on year – DJ Earworm's annual pop music mash-up, featuring the most bangin' tunes from the last twelve months.

From Taylor's 1989 singles to Adele's comeback, it's been a busy year for pop music, and the 2015 mash-up is definitely a killer. In fact, it features double the amount of songs than it ever has before, with a huge 50 songs featured on the track.

DJ Earworm, real name Jordan Roseman, told Billboard that this year's mash-up is a "more eclectic mix than it was five years ago."

United States of Pop 2015 includes a massive FOUR hits from Taylor, plus Adele's Hello, Maroon 5's Sugar, Hotling Bling by Drake, Ed Sheeran's number one Thinking Out Loud, Trap Queen by Fetty Wap, One Direction's Drag Me Down and The Weeknd's I Can't Feel My Face.

Get the full list here.

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When we say that the popularity of baby names are more often than not influenced by popular culture what we usually mean is that they are influenced by films, TV shows and celebrities.

We all know that the name Hermione did not become increasingly popular for no reason. 

However, what we didn't bank on was social media heavily influencing the popularity of names. 

Baby Center, a site that annually compiles trending baby names from across the US, has seen an increase in the popularity of naming children after Instagram filters. 

No, really. 

The top trending filters on the list were Lux (which was up 75% in popularity), Ludwig (up 42%) and Amaro (up 26%). 

Other filters that made the list including Reyes, Hudson and Kelvin for boys and Valencia, Juno and Willow for girls. 

Parents are also still heavily influenced by young adult fiction such as the Hunger Games and John Greene's novel the Fault in our Stars (apparently there is a tonne of little toddlers named Katniss and Hazel running around). 

Celebrity choices are also often copied. Wyatt, the cute name given to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's baby girl went up a whopping 84% this year in popularity. 

Hmm, we still don't know how we feel about potentially having a mate named X-Pro II though… 

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Our very own Lisa Kavanagh went along to Brown Thomas CREATE 2015 which showcased the latest fashion from our very own home-grown designers.

As Irish designer Jill de Burca explained, “CREATE is an amazing opportunity for Irish designers to sell their products in amongst really well-known international brands and have an incredible platform and encouragement from Brown Thomas.”

Check out a few of the great new looks that were on display.  

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It's already one of the most hotly-anticipated sporting events of the year, and the rugby world cup is now just two months away.

Taking place in England from September 18 to October 31, Ireland will be expected to perform well – emerging top of Pool D, a group which also boasts fellow Six Nations teams France and Italy.

And at least now we know what the boys in green will be wearing: Canterbury, which is making the jersey for the first time since 2007, officially unveiled its design this morning in Galway.

The jersey is simple and classic – and has a striking similarity to the England jersey (probably because they're both made by Canterbury).

There is also a white trim around the neck and no collar.

The Irish rugby team is currently ranked third in the world behind New Zealand and South Africa.

Our best result in a world cup is still the quarter finals stage; we've made it that far five times, most recently in 2011 when the tournament was held in New Zealand.

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Here at SHEmazing! we’re not going to ask you to vote yes in tomorrow's marriage referendum. 

But then, we’re not going to tell you to vote no either. And we’re unwilling to weigh-in on what age our presidents should be.

Here’s what we are requesting: that you vote.

Tomorrow is a hugely important day in this country’s history. But in many other ways, it will be like any other Friday.

Because it will be busy and it will be hectic. People will be jumping on buses, sitting in traffic, going to work, juggling appointments, and honouring commitments. And we all know how unexpected annoyances crop up at the most irritating of times.

In short, despite good intentions it’s not always easy to make it to your local polling station.

But if you’re unable to vote, then you’re unable to make your voice heard, and you will be prevented from exercising your right to shape this country’s future.

So please, don’t assume you’ll vote “at some stage”. Instead, plan your day; leave your house a half an hour before you usually do; get an earlier bus home “just in case” – but do whatever it takes to guarantee that you are present and correct, free and able to mark the yes or no box as you see fit.

And then, as the result emerges over the weekend, you can at least know that you played your part – regardless of the outcome.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. See www.refcom2015.ie for more information.

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Rihanna was turning heads at the 2015 Met Gala earlier this week.

Her outfit choice was very attention grabbing as she showed up in a massive yellow robe. 

During an interview with Vogue's André Leon Talley on the red carpet, she revealed that the robe took YEARS to make and it was all stitched together by one woman—designer Guo Pei.

"It's a miracle how it happened actually, I saw this beautiful beast on the Internet. I was looking through, you know, researching Chinese couture…It's handmade by one Chinese woman. It took two years to make this," she said. 

We bet RiRi was panicking about the possibility of somebody standing on it, we would too!

While the singer always looks gorgoeus, it didn't stop people making jokes about the dress. Many memes were created comparing it to things such as pizza and an omelette.

Luckily she was able to laugh at herself and joined in on the fun on her Instagram account. 

 

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While buying all of the new wardrobe trends for a season can be a expensive and almost pointless task, when it comes to beauty trends you can always be in style!

Many of these beauty trends for spring 2015 can be easily done with what you already have on your make-up shelf. 

Wing it
Black eyeliner and flicks are still bang on trend for spring 2015 so don't give up this YouTube tutorials just yet! From light lines to full-on cat flicks, it's time to stock up on the black stuff!

Fishtail with a difference
If you have just about perfected the fishtail plait but find it always comes undone and looks like you've back combed it by 12pm then fear not because you are on the right track! This season's plait is big, messy and bold!

Minimal make-up
This season's runways were all about the bare face. Calvin Klein's models pulled this off best with an almost bare faced ethereal look. While we would love to believe that hopping out of bed and out the door would render us 'on trend' we have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of effort actually goes into the 'naked' make-up look. Sigh…a girl can dream!

Bold crimson lips
We're not sure if Taylor Swift has had anything to do with these beauty trends but red lips are staying where they are ahead of the style game. 

Statement nails
We love the nail art that is coming into its own this season. Pastels, shapes and minimal appearance, add some gold lines for a serious statement nail. 

all images via Pinterest

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The New Year is here and with that come many, many promises we make ourselves. While we may manage to keep some, let’s be honest, many we do not! Here are the expectations and realities of making those resolutions! 

1. Eating healthy

Expectation: “I am going to eat salad all day and look like a VS Angel by summer”

Reality: “There’s only like five Roses left, sure I may as well finish the box and get it OUT of the house”

2. Being Organised

Expectation: “I am going to keep my room spotless and write everything in my new diary”

Reality: “WHERE is my stupid red dress *rummaging through piles of clothes on the floor*?! How is it that time already?! Oh Gawwwd”

3. Getting Fit

Expectation: “I am going to run 3 miles every single day”

Reality: “I might just walk actually and do it every second night”

4. Broadening horizons

Expectation: “I am going to join a book club and meet lots of new people”

Reality: “Oh CRAP it’s Thursday already?! Quick open the Wikipedia page for Jane Eyre!”

5. Financial maturity

Expectation: “I am going to start saving so much this year. I do not need frivolous things”

Reality: “I’ve been thinking about this for a whole three hours now and…those shoes would be an investment for my career. And nights out"

 

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Soooo… Taylor Swift is coming to Dublin! Next June that is, but we're already getting excited! 

Here are some things we reckon Taylor might get up to in Ireland during her stay:

1. Walk around St. Stephen’s Green like it's Central Park looking totally immaculate and feed the ducks

2. Fall in love with the guy who served her a (half) pint of Guinness and then write a song about him

3. Have a meet and greet with a fan that goes a little something like this:

4. Visit George’s St. Arcade holding her handbag on her wrist

5. Randomly show up outside Ed Sheeran’s extended family’s home with baked goods

6. Buy the vintage dress you tried on last week and look perfect in it. It looked like a potato sack on you – how is this possible, is this magic?

7. Go to Penney’s and buy the most ridiculous dressing gown she can find

8. Take photos at the top of Killiney Hill – even though you can’t imagine her actually climbing it

9. Call into Bono’s for tea afterwards and bring baked goods (that she made, obvs)

10. Go to a gig in Whelans and have a bit of a boogie

Roll on June!

 

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Style queen Sarah Jessica Parker has joined an all-star cast for an exciting new comedy role.

The Sex and the City star will join veteran actresses Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange in Wild Oats – which is due to hit our screens early next year.

The story follows MacLaine, who is widowed and accidentally given a life insurance cheque worth $5 million instead of the expected $50,000.

Her close pal – played by Lange – urges her to cash-in the money and retire to the Canary Islands.

Hitch director Andy Tennant will helm the project.

The movie has apparently been in development for several years and has undergone several plot revamps.

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