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Last night, leading lads and ladies took to the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles to celebrate the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

It's one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year, and while we're delighted to see so many deserving winners be celebrated for their incredible achievements, there's another big question on our minds question on our minds – what's everyone wearing? 

Red carpet style can sometimes be too safe – but everyone was out to impress at the SAGAs. 

Laverne Cox

Laverne was dressed to kill at last night's ceremony, and presented and award looking absolutely beautiful. 

The actress opted for a stunning, flowing red gown with delicate caped sleeves, complete with a subtle train. 

The dress featured a subtle textured polka-dot pattern and had a statement back, with draped strands of diamonds accenting Cox's exposed back. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Emma Stone

Emma Stone eschewed the traditional red carpet gown in favour of a tailored, wide-legged trouser by Louis Vuitton. 

She completed the outfit with a chic, one-sleeved blouse with a pussy-bow neck tie. 

Her red waves were pinned up into a chignon and she wore a darker version of her signature red lip. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yara Shahidi

Yara STUNNED in a hybrid trouser/gown by Fendi. 

The ensemble featured a striking tight, sequin jumpsuit under a floaty tulle overlay, and was topped off with an embellished, sheer tulle cape. 

The Black-ish actress completed her look with patent heels and a beautiful halo of curls. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Emily Blunt

Last night, Emily walked away with the Female Actor in a Supporting Role Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in A Quiet Place.

Emily looked glowing with minimal makeup, allowing her structured Michael Kors dress make the statement. 

The dress was adorned with sparkles, but the stand-out element has got to be the structured ruffle onm the halter-neck bodice. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lupita Nyongo

Lupita has essentially given us all the elements we have ever wanted in a look with this stunningly executed bespoke Vera Wang ensemble. 

Featuring an off-the shoulder tuxedo jacket as a bodice, the outfit then transformed into a structured, caged, blinged-out midi skirt. We were shook. 

Lupita finished the look with intricate box braids and subtle pink eyeliner. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Alison Brie

Alison went for a more-is-more approach when it came to the feature piece of her look – a volumised bow that adorned the back of her dress. 

The look, by Miu Miu, was so intrictae, she had to be sewn in: ' believe I am partially sewn in so tonight will be very interesting,' she told PEOPLE. 

Posing alongside husband Dave Franco, the actress looked gorge, opting for a 00s inspired lined-eye and a slicked back bun. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Susan Kelechi Watson

Susan shone on the red carpet in this zingy lemon yellow number. 

The stunning tiers of Christian Siriano tulle make the This Is Us actress appear as if she is literally floating, and she has perfectly paired the dress with some subtle, gold drop earrings.

 Beauty-wise, she went for a clashing green eyeshadow look that made her brown eyes pop, and a nude lip. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Danai Gurira 

The Black Panther star looked opulent and chic in this Ralph & Russo gown. 

Topped with a plumage of feathers, her white column dress was a stand-out on the night. 

She finished the look with Bulgari jewels and a short crop of natural curls. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rumer Willis

Rumer's red tailored gown will be inspiring our night-out looks for weeks to come. 

The stunning, draped silk dress by Tammy contrasted with her blunt, fringed bob. 

She finished the look with a white box clutch and a light smoky eye.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sophia Bush 

Check out that cape!

Sophia Bush committed to the cape in her polka-dot Monique Lhuillier gown. 

The dress featured a traditional sweet-heart neck line and classic cut, with the cape updating it to a notable red carpet moment. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Award season is well and truly underway. The paparazzi are flocking to the red carpet, hoping to get the winning shot of this year’s nominees. The biggest names in Hollywood are sporting their finest suits and gowns.

And the public, who have been flocking to the cinema to catch this year’s biggest films, are eagerly waiting to see who will be crowned the winner, or when it comes to the Critics' Choice Awards– winners.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There has been uproar following last night’s results when both Lady Gaga and Glenn Close, and Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette were tied in their respective categories.

It’s a rare occurrence and one that many stars would be extremely bothered by. Back in 1969, Bette Davis even said: “If someone gave me half an Oscar, I’d throw it back in their face.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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SHEmazing writers Kat O'Connor and Kate Brayden go head-to-head to discuss whether tying for awards is a good or bad outcome, and it gets HEATED, let us tell you.

Just The Two of Us by Kat O' Connor

I understand that giving the award to both Amy and Patricia, and Gaga and Glenn is controversial, but the sight of both duos on stage outweighs the controversy.

For me, the moment when Amy and Patricia embraced on stage and when Glenn cheered for Gaga’s triumph symbolises the sisterhood we have developed and strengthened in recent years.

The tie acknowledged the incredibly moving, outstanding and remarkable work of four talented women in Hollywood.

It wasn’t about who wore the most on-trend lipstick or whose gown was the most eye-catching.

That moment was about female friendship, celebrating one another’s achievements and showing the world that the days of cat-fights and backstage bitchiness are no more.

Amy and Patricia tying for best actress doesn’t take away from their stellar performances in Sharp Objects and Escape at Dannemora.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And the same goes for Gaga’s role in A Star Is Born and Glenn’s in The Wife.

I’ll leave you with the wise words of winner Amy Adams: “I actually can't think of a more beautiful thing than a tie because there really isn't a winner when we get to do such great work and we have such wonderful opportunities.”

Why Tying For Awards Is Entirely Pointless, by Kate Brayden

While I concur with the idea of supporting other women and acknowledging as much talent in female entertainment categories as possible, does giving two women out of seven in one category awards not dilute the entire notion of a winner in the first place? In that case, why don't each of the nominees get a trophy?

Giving two seems pointless, and also must have been frustrating for the five 'losers', so to speak. Other nominees in this category were the outstanding Olivia Colman, Emily Blunt, Toni Collette, Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio, who each gave incredible performances in their own right.

So why give the same award to two women? Arguably, the statement says neither woman stood out enough to get the gong. Sharing ain't always caring, sorry kids.

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They were both above average, but didn't deserve the trophy. Yet because we have to celebrate women from these categories, we'll just hand both of them a statuette and everyone will be happy.

Each of the seven women are amazing in their own right, but it doesn't reflect the reality of the entertainment industry to divide up the awards. Women are still competing in Hollywood for a tiny number of well-rounded roles and positions working behind the camera, so what's the point in pretending that 2019 is all about equality?

The point of an awards ceremony is to watch the competition, to see the reactions, the wins, the losses, the fashion, the tears, the joy; if the competition is diluted, arguably there's less entertainment factor. Don't get me wrong, I love gal bonding as much as the next feminist, but women are still allowed to compete against each other for the sake of art.

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All in all, both perspectives have valid points; lifting other women rather than pitting them against each other is something to cherish in today's harsh, still-patriarchal society which has a narrow idea of what a woman represents.

On the other hand, why not just give every woman in that category an award then, heck why not give US an award too while you're at it?

Will we just say we both won the debate? A trophy each? Sounds about right..

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The 2019 Critics' Choice Awards ceremony was one full of tearful speeches, glamorous outfits and moving moments. What else would happen at a celebrity gathering?

When it came to the Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie category, most fans were vying for A Quiet Place to snatch the award.

Mainly because we all wanted John Krasinski and his talented wife Emily Blunt to appear on stage as one family unit and make our dreams come true.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cast and crew both appeared to accept the award, with producer Andrew Form claiming that; "The truth is this movie doesn't exist without the visionary filmmaker John Krasinski."

It was then director and screenwriter John's turn to talk, and from that point on all the air left our lungs.

"Thank you so much. Wow. I don't know what's going on right now. I blacked out about six seconds ago. I want to say thank you to all the incredible kindness that has been shown to this film," John explained.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"The critics, but most of all, everyone out there that's seen or loved this movie. It means the absolute world to our crew and to our cast."

He continued, "I got to make a movie about a love story and a love letter to my kids. I got to do it with the love of my life by my side, so I'm pretty sure it doesn't get much better than that. Thank you so much." DEAR GOD.

We caught a glimpse of John and Emily hugging before walking off stage, and at that point we passed out from the hype.

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Anyone who paid attention to the Golden Globes the other night MUST have noticed the photobombing 'Fiji Water Girl.' Her constant presence was literally chilling.

Kelleth Cuthbert. AKA the 'FWG', works as a fashion model and commercial actress and pretty much just wants the world to stay DAMN HYDRATED.

She essentially stole the show at the 76th annual awards, and stood behind legit every single celebrity so ended up appearing in hundreds of high-profile images. Gas?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Golden Globe model eventually became the talk of the night, with viewers taking note of her consistent red carpet star presence.

Cuthbert told People that she wasn't actually trying to emerge into the spotlight, but her modelling instincts took over (mmhmm we don't believe it).

She claims that the magical and amusing photos simply came about by “looking at the camera at the right time.” LIES-a Minelli, sweetie.

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The gal has ended up being the brunt of hundreds of unbelievable memes, but explained that she was on her A-game because of the amount of photographers there.

“There’s tons of photographers everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you stand, you’re in the crossfire of every shot,” she commented.

“You’ve gotta have good face, at least, if you’re gonna be hovering in the background frequently," she added.

Her boss, Fiji Water, described her images as "ominous", which is a new one in terms of employer feedback, we have to say.

“We’re so glad everyone is talking about our water! *senses ominous presence* She’s right behind us, isn’t she? #FIJIwatergirl” the company tweeted on Sunday.

They then kickstarted the memes themselves by photoshopping her into various classic film images, pretty much NAILING free marketing.

They inserted her into Star Wars, Rocky and Thelma and Louise successfully, somehow, and it made for wonderful content.

Despite the “ominous” appearance, Cuthbert said the red carpet was actually too fast-paced to be focusing on your face constantly.

“The photographers have to take so many shots, so rapidly. Obviously, your face doesn’t look perfectly pleasant in all of them, so they captured lots of expressions where I’m naturally making weird faces.”

She appeared with Idris Elba, Judy Greer and Richard Madden, her favourite big-name photobomb image was Jim Carrey.

“I loved the Jim Carrey one,” she revealed to People. “I love his work. I grew up watching his movies and thought it was a funny thing to find myself in the background of.”

The model was totally unaware of all the social media furore surrounding her appearance on the red carpet, where she wore a long blue gown.

"I had absolutely no idea what was happening because I obviously didn’t have my phone on me,” she spoke about the craziness online while she was oblivious.

“I felt very cut off from everything. I didn’t find out until the last stragglers of the red carpet were heading into the awards ceremony, and all these people walking by started shoving their phones in my face and showing me that I was trending on Twitter, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of it untill later,” she added.

More than 50,000 tweets were sent out about Fiji Water Girl on Twitter in a few hours alone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cuthbert claims Fiji Water "got a good laugh out of it,” and that she was flooded with selfie requests from after-party guests, so she definitely made an impact.

She claims the Golden Globes was a once in a lifetime experience, despite having been in the industry for 12 years.

“Nothing quite so interesting has ever happened,” she said. “Nothing has garnered so much attention as this before.”

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2019 means a lot of things to many people.

However, for Game Of Thrones fans, it means the final instalment of the show is finally here.

In April of this year, our fave characters will be back on our screens as winter arrives.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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HBO has now released a teaser for season eight and it looks glorious.

Amongst a number of trailers for their 2019 shows, you can spot clips of the upcoming series.

Notably, we see Sansa meet Daenerys Targaryen (skip ahead to 39 seconds of the video below to see all the GoT action). 

In the snippet, Sansa tells Daenerys that: "Winterfell is yours, your grace," – EEK!

It appears from the relaxed tone of their exchange that they could be unaware that the Wall protecting them, is nothing more than a puddle now.

As the White Walkers approach with their ice dragon, we imagine all the politeness will go out the window and panic mode will set in.

WE CAN'T WAIT, roll on April.

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Lily Allen is a single lady.

The singer made the revelation on Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast.

In fact, Lily and Meridian Dan called time on their three year relationship in December.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The split marked a new beginning for Lily as it has been years since she has had to go it solo. 

“I’m single, for the first time since I was about 15. We’ve been broken up for about three weeks," Lily revealed.

“It’s just been bad news after bad news after bad news and I think that fact that I haven’t called him and been like, ‘Hey, wanna come around for a cuddle?’ means that it’s big for me, because ordinarily, when things get difficult, I do need to have somebody around to share those problems.”

“So the fact that I’m dealing with it all on my own, I’m growing up,” she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meanwhile, her ex, grime artist Meridian Dan took to Instagram to confess that 2018 hasn't been his finest year.

Underneath a picture of him chilled on a sofa, he wrote: “Like many 2018 wasn’t my best one but towards the end of it I stopped trying and started sowing a few seeds that are going to come to life later this year."

We wish them both well for the coming year.

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Taylor Swift was renowned for her Fourth of July parties in the past, but now it's all about New Year's Eve bashes- in COSTUME no less.

The Reputation star has posted an image to Instagram featuring a slew of celebrities dressed as their childhood heroes, and it's pretty damn unreal.

The singer dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and we're sure many of her fans may just rush to get her gorgeous red hair and emerald sequin lewk…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She captioned the post:

“Mary Poppins, Audrey, Ariel, Ms. Frizzle, Cinderella, Gwen Stefani, Mr. Toad, Avril, Nancy Drew, Posh Spice, Rizzo, Frida Kahlo, Steve Irwin, Dorothy, " she wrote, alongside four star-studded images.

“This new year we decided to dress up as our childhood heroes. Sending you all love and hope going into 2019."

The party featured Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds (being his gas self) and Gigi Hadid, among others, and our FOMO is real.

Just LOOK at how insanely good Gigi Hadid werks the Mary Poppins costume:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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No fair.

Where were our invites, though? Must have been misplaced with all the Christmas post and fan mail…

This is a party we'd KILL to attend. Keep slaying, Taylor. With the Grammy's approaching, the star is sure to achieve even more fierceness in 2019.

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A New Year has begun, yet our obsession with Kylie Jenner continues.

Debuting a brand new look to kick off 2019 in style, Kylie went for a big and bold change.

We are starting to believe that no matter what Kylie does with her hair, she still looks BOMB. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Opting for an icy blue colour, the 21-year-old looked flawless.

Celebrating the night with bestie Jordyn Woods, she simply captioned the picture: "To 2019, please…"

In her Instagram stories, Kylie wished everyone a happy New Year in a different outfit.

In the video, Kylie sported an oversized white jacket with pink heels.

Her blue hair was styled up but it still stands out. 

We have to admit we adore the hair transformation – there's nothing she can't pull off.

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It was a rough 2018 for Demi Lovato.

But despite her struggles, she ended the year on a positive note. 

Kissing goodbye to another year and welcoming 2019, she was "grateful" for the lessons she had learnt.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taking to her Instagram stories, Demi's New Year's Eve celebrations seemed very cosy and quiet.

Taking advantage of the slower pace, she took the time out to reflect on the past 12 months.

She wrote: "So grateful for the lessons I’ve learned this year.” 

“I will never take another day in life for granted, even the bad ones," she added.

Finishing up she thanked those who had supported her throughout the year. 

“Thankful for my fans, friends, family and everyone who supported me throughout this year. God bless," she said.

We are delighted to hear that Demi is doing so well. 

We hope 2019 will be a wonderful year for the singer. 

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Gift wrapping is serious business, and cannot be taken for granted.

Whether you can't wrap a present to save your life or are the Wrap Queen of 2018, these cute 'n' chic ways to package your parcels this Christmas are the bomb.

Y'all are welcome, if you wrap gifts like these then you'll earn some MAJOR brownie points…

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1.  The Car

All you need is brown paper, some string and a mini-tree (cut part of a bush and spray paint the tips white). Honestly this is just too adorable, the present outside of the gift is just as good as inside.

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2. Animal style

Why give a regularly wrapped gift when you can create a zoo of animal presents with some coloured paper, googly eyes and markers.

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3. The Colour-Me-In

Why give them store-bought wrapping paper when you could let their inner Picassos shine through?

So much paper is wasted when it comes to wrapping gifts, it would be lovely to create something artistic with the material.

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4. The Music Sheet 

As Madonna once sang; "Music…makes the people…come together…yeah."

This applies for wrapping presents too, FYI. Try using music sheets to package your gifts, and you'll be the new musical diva of Christmas.

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5. Santa Paws

This one is a slightly unusual tactic to take this festive season, but maybe it's worth a shot? Unless PETA hear about it…*winces*

Surprise a loved one with a wrapped up kitty kat this year, unless Santa Claws rips her way out first.

6. Marvel at the Marble

Some gold and paint on white paper mixed with watery dark tones can create a marble effect like MAGIC.

It's honestly looks so sophisticated, we can't even cope. 

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7. The Chalkboard

Get yourself some black wrapping paper and white makers to create the chalkboard effect, and you could even write a cute lil' message especially for your loved one to read.

If its a sibling who you constantly squabble with, you could also just write: 'Santa prefers me.' 

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8. Flower Power

If you've got a penchant for origami, this is the gift wrapping idea for you.

We're going to assume that most of you don't, in fact, have an obsession for origami.

Nevertheless, you can craft flowers by watching some decent Youtube tutorials, or just using cut up coloured sugar paper layered on top of one another, and using black fringed paper for the centre. 

It's probably harder than it looks, but it could be worth a try…

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9. Calendar girls

Why not mark the special occasion by…literally marking the special occasion. On your present. Genius or what?

It also helps the environment from unnecessary waste if you decide to use this year's calendar for wrapping your gifts. EUREKA.

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10. Fairy lights 

Light up your loved one's lives (yes, we actually said that) with this adorable gift wrapping idea.

All you need for this one is some brown paper and markers, and add glitter to spice it up. Simples.

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We're definitely going to try and tackle some of these gift wrapping ideas, they'll add a creative and personal touch to anyone's Christmas.

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Enjoy gals, let these be the guidelines for your future career as a Wrap Goddess.

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Glastonbury headliners are always a MAJOR deal, it's Coachella's British, more down-to-earth cousin, and the festival has attracted some of the music industry's biggest names since it began.

2018 saw the Kings of Leon, Jay-Z and The Verve headline the world class event, and now Mel B has let slip some possibly high-profile secrets regarding The Spice Girls and the infamous festival.

After selling out all nine of their stadium shows for their 2019 reunion tour, Scary Spice has now divulged that their sights are set on a huge career marker for the four-piece act, which is missing Posh Spice (sob).

Mel B let slip that "talks" are being carried out with bosses Michael and Emily Eavis, but she admits it would be a bit gas to bring their cheesy pop vibes to the edgy music festival stage. 

"Glastonbury? It’s been talked about," she told The Sun on Thursday. "But we’re so pop and it’s so cool — that’ll be funny to me."

"I think Mel C would really appreciate us doing that — she’s the cool one. She’s the cool indie chick." 

Victoria Beckham is bowing out of their reunion, which disappointed fans who wanted the clique back to their best.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So far, only Stormzy has been announced as Glastonbury's next headliner, who will perform on the Pyramid Stage in June 2019.

Emma Bunton has said that it would be 'nice' (don't gush, Emma, it's only Glasto…) and Mel C has expressed an interest in the headliner slot since May.

During their six-year pop reign, The Spice Girls never performed on a single music festival stage. The band became a hit back in 1994 but split when Geri Horner left the group in 2000.

Glastonbury returns to Worthy Farm in Somerset on June 26 2019 after taking a break.

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G&T's have become one of the most popular drinks on the market, but how is the spirit evolving? It's sophisticated reputation and delicious flavours create the ideal cocktails, as well as becoming the perfect confidence booster BFF:

"You should go to the dancefloor and show off your hip moves, you're such a great dancer" – as said by Hendricks, overheard in Coppers in October 2018. Hendricks was later proven wrong.

There's no doubt about just how much gin has grown in the world of spirits, with Scottish gin especially undergoing a massive revival.

According to the Irish Times, the on-trade gin market in Ireland is now worth at an all-time high of €50 million. It's image has become transformed from a seemingly 'mother's choice' to a millennial's favourite. 

We've put together a list of gin trends for 2019, so you can prepare your livers for the changes due to come in next year for the gin world. Get yourselves ready for relentless gin puns throughout, you have been warned.

1. GINcredible flavours 

Gin flavours are KILLING the game right now, and they're showing no sign of slowing down.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Botanical delights such as berry pink gin, plum and cinnamon, pomegranate and rose, lemon drizzle, rhubarb and ginger to passionfruit gin liqueurs, salted caramel flavour and even a bubblegum taste, the flavours of gin available are GINfinite (sorry not sorry).

Copeland Spirits, based in Co. Down, specialises in 37.8% flavoured gins. Aldi Ireland stock its GINSANELY good Rhuberry flavour, naturally infused with local fruit, as well as its new, limited-edition infusion Spiced Apple and Blackcurrant.

Founder of Copeland Spirits, Gareth Irvine has recently spoken about the journey which gin flavours is currently on, saying that a shift in what's popular is incoming:

“Flavours to date have been quite seasonal or trend-led and associated solely to summer, or unicorns, or crazy colours and not veer too much away from berries. Over the coming months, we’ll see the flavour ideas get more adventurous incorporating spices, herbs, exotic fruits.

“Often-times, trend-led flavoured gins are of poor quality and are full of syrups, additives or sugar, rather than real fruit. In addition, the volume is generally around 20% and so a liqueur as opposed to a gin."

Hmmm, this is heart-breaking news. Some of our fave flavah's are legit just sugar and syrup…but this is changing. Thank GOD. We get enough sugar as it is.

Gareth predicts that consumers will start to focus more on quality, just like we saw with unflavoured gin and this will catapult flavoured gin into a category all of its own. Noted, Gareth.

2. GIN-vironmentally friendly

With the introduction of plastic-free consumer goals, especially in terms of straws in bars and restaurants, it's no surprise that gin companies are noticing this important trend. The 'waste not/want not' ideology is spreading fast, with bartenders becoming more aware of the value of not throwing away unneccesary food and drink waste.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We’re thinking first and drinking second. We’ve noticed cocktail menus are changing slightly as bartenders consciously look for ways to minimise food waste." according to Gareth.

When it comes to garnishes such as lemon wedges, egg yolks and limes, the amount of fruit that is thrown away or used needlessly purely for the same of appearance is pretty shocking.

Rather than sweeping these used garnishes into to the bin, some bars have making what is becoming known as ‘closed-loop’ cocktails, where excess fruit is used to create natural syrup or saved for pitchers.

Bars becoming conscious about their eco-footprint is imperative, especially since spirit companies rely heavily on the land to create their infused gins.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. GINcrease in gin brands

Wait, you mean… we're going to see even more gin? YAS. 

More brands will be arriving on the scene next year, with supermarket-owned brands such as Aldi helping to increase access to the category.

Gin-lovers in Ireland are a passionate bunch of people, and brands are taking that passion seriously. As more and more brands come on the scene, people will only connect with the ones that have strong values, for example supporting the environment or raising talent through graduate programmes.

Brands will be providing a quality product that is conscious of price and quality. Amen to that.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. GINnovation

Brands in 2019 hope to focus on some brand new categories, many of our favourite brands which have risen in the last three years didn't exist prior to the gin renaissance. These brands, whose journeys are only really beginning, will be competing to adapt in the long-term industry pool.

Gin and spirit companies will begin experimentation with distilling and flavours which will likely benefit gin, and those who drink it, i.e. us.

We predict that experimentation will lead to some unreal new flavours and tastes, we also volunteer as tribute to test these new tastes. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For the moment anyway, we're heading straight to Aldi Ireland to grab Copeland’s Spiced Apple and Blackcurrant Gin for just €29.99, see you there gals.

With Christmas around the corner, this new flavour is perfect for winter.

Can someone please le Santa know that a gin advent calendar is on our present list? Just in case he doesn't know…

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