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I am a big believer in the phrase Treat Yo Self. My bank account is certainly aware of my love of this motto.

Ever since Tom and Donna introduced me to the phrase on Parks and Recreation I’ve been treating myself to everything from over-priced notebooks to concert tickets.

Trust me, it hasn’t gotten to a dangerous level (yet) but a recent tweet reminded me of why we should splurge on luxuries every now and then.

Following the death of her mum, Twitter user Cath (@rentswrites) shared: “After she died I was tasked with clearing out her things. So much unworn and untouched. So many things kept “for best.” Don’t do that. Wear the clothes, spray the perfume and dance in the shoes. Be bold/outrageous/fancy while you have the chance.”

This tweet got me thinking about how guilty we can feel for treating ourselves which is nonsense. So, when I got a sneak peek at the new L’Occitane Christmas collection my mind screamed… TREAT. YO. SELF.

This year, the brand has teamed up with none other than French fashion house Castelbajac. Together they have created a divine collection that has left us starry-eyed.

The two brands have put together the most divine collection inspired by constellations, that instantly reminds us of the classic childhood book A Little Prince.

The new collection features the classic products we have adored for years, but they’ve been given quite the eye-catching makeover.

The Shea Butter rage is here to save your skin during those bitter, icy winter days. One thing you need to invest in is the nourishing hand cream with 20 percent Shea Butter. It will leave your hands feeling super soft in no time. Pick up the 200ml tube of this life-saver for €24.

Another heavenly product on our wish list is the hydrating Almond Milk Concetrate. The swoon-worthy product is our winter saviour. It keeps your body hydrated from dusk ‘til dawn. Treat yourself to a 200ml jar for €46.

There are so many incredible L’Occitane products we want to try, from hand creams to lip balms, and the perfect way to find your holy grail products is by purchasing one of the classic advent calendars. The advent calendar features 24 mini-products that you can look forward to opening every day of December.

The Classic Advent Calendar is worth €99 but available for €59- the ultimate bargain.  The Luxury Advent Calendar is worth €126 but is priced at €99.

The new L’Occitane Christmas collection in collaboration with Castelbajac is available in stores and online from September 20, 2018.

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Look, I know it is only September, but I can’t help but feel excited about Christmas. Is it too early? Maybe… Do I care? Nope.

I am already embracing the holiday spirit and this latest movie news has my heart feeling full and festive.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clark and Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding are set to star in a Christmas film together written by none other than Emma Thompson.

The Hollywood goddess is no stranger to festive films, having starred in Love Actually in 2003. Emma’s portrayal of the heartbroken Karen is by far one of her best performances *listens to Joni Mitchell and sobs*

The Pride and Prejudice actress has penned the screenplay for upcoming Christmas flick Last Christmas, with the help of Bryony Kimmings.

The writer revealed the movie is based on the popular Wham! hit Last Christmas. The late George Michael even gave the movie his blessing before his untimely passing on Christmas Day 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bridesmaids director Paul Feig will take over directing duties for the romantic comedy.

Lead actor Henry Golding couldn’t help but express his excitement about Last Christmas: “Finally I can start getting excited and share the news… @paulfeig and I will be back to business in London at the end of the year.”

It is believed filming will take place in London later this year, which unfortunately means it won’t be released in time for Christmas 2018.

I guess we’ll just have to stick with the classics for now. If anybody needs me I’ll be watching Home Alone for the 1000th time.

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Yes, we're talking about Christmas already – but hey, it's to do with the John Lewis ad, ok?

The iconic ad is something that everyone looks forward to every year and this year looks set to be even better than ever.

It has been reported that Sir Elton has signed on the dotted line to voice the ad for a whopping £5 million.

His hit ''Your Song'' will be the soundtrack for the department store TV ad and that Elton himself will appear onscreen playing the piano.

 
 
So, what's the storyline this year?

It will reportedly follow Elton's life, with a younger version of him with his family and then through time as he grows up.

At the end of the ad, it’ll be the Elton as we know now.

According to the Mail, ''it is all very, very charming and the exciting crescendo at the end will be Elton playing his famous piano.''

This all hasn't been confirmed but a John Lewis spokesman said, ''we are lucky enough to enjoy lots of speculation around our TV ads, much of which is wildly inaccurate, and our one rule is to never comment on any aspect simply because we want to keep the magic.''

We can't wait to see it!

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The Coronas’ December shows at the Olympia theatre are one of the most popular music events of the year.

Their legendary gigs have almost become part of the Christmas calendar now.

This year, the San Diego Song singers will be playing the Olympia on December 3 and 4.

Whether you were at their very first show there ten years ago or ‘the one where the power cut’ in 2010, you’ll know how magical these up close and personal shows are.

This year, The Coronas have something special planned to mark a decade of Olympia shows.

As always, tickets for the two shows are expected to fly out this Friday.

Danny O’Reilly says “We’re so excited to be coming back this year to the Olympia. It’s hard to believe we’ve been playing this venue for 10 years.”

 

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He continued: “We’re heading off on tour next week all around America, Canada and then Australia but knowing that we’re coming home at Christmas with these gigs to look forward to is an amazing feeling.”
“We’re gonna plan something special for the gigs to thank our fans for continuing to come back and spend these deadly nights with us,” the frontman teased.

General tickets from €33.50 including booking fee and restoration levy go on general sale this Friday at 9am

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We know that Christmas is still a long way away (117 days, FYI) but you just have to see this unreal Christmas beauty calendar from No7.

Being huge fans of No7, we're seriously excited at what this calendar holds – €250 worth of the brand's cult hero products.

Yes, you read that right. 

The products include the ever-popular Protect & Perfect serum, which is priced at €50 alone.

If you're looking to get your hands on it, well, you might want to register via the online waiting list as that way, you have the chance to buy it one day ahead of everyone else. 

Over a whopping 4,000 people in Ireland registered last year for the calendar waiting list alone. 

Yep, it's just that gorgeous.

So, what else comes with this stunning calendar I hear you ask?

It has thirteen full-sized beauty products, nine miniature products as well as a limited edition champagne mini foundation brush, tweezers and a Match Made Lipstick voucher.

Perfect for stocking fillers or perhaps, a well-deserved treat to yourself? (We won't tell a soul!). 

To be in with a chance to nab this exclusive limited-edition purchase, sign up today at https://www.boots.ie/no7/no7-beauty-calendar-waiting-list because, trust us, this will sell out fast!

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Kate Spade’s passing shattered the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Many people were stunned to hear the designer died by suicide, because “she had it all,” but as many people pointed out- mental health affects everyone.

 

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At the time of her death, her husband Andrew shared that the 55-year-old had been battling many personal demons.

Over a month has passed since her death and Andrew has taken to Instagram to post about the tragic loss.

He shared a photo of a tree decorated in colourful lights outside their family friend’s home.

“She was born Christmas Eve, 1962. She loved the Midwest, the desert, and the city,” he wrote.

Andrew explained that their daughter Bea had spent some time with family friends shortly after her mum’s death.

“I was lucky enough to have dear friends let my daughter stay at their home through a difficult time,” he shared. Bea and her dad decorated the tree in honour of Kate: “This tree was standing alone beside the house so we ordered those multi colored, old fashioned lights from Amazon or Target and another dear personal friend gave me a really Iong extension cord.”

He continued: “Bea and I cut a star out of the cardboard box the lights came on and wrapped it in Reynolds wrap like we do every Christmas.”

 

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The post has been inundated with comments of love and support.

Andrew and Bea’s moving tribute to the woman they loved will bring a tear to your eye. Christmas is bound to be a harrowing time for both of them, but we’re sure they’ll find comfort in their memories of Kate.

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We know Christmas is six months away, but we can’t help but feel the tiniest bit excited about this upcoming Netflix movie.

Last Christmas, we were completely obsessed with the popular and incredibly cheesy Netflix film A Christmas Prince. We must admit we tuned into the film more than once over the festive period.

We’re sure you’re going to adore this year’s Netflix original Christmas flick The Princess Switch, starring High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens and Nashville star Sam Palladio.

The romantic comedy is all about a Duchess and a commoner who trade places when they realise the uncanny resemblance between them. It sounds like The Parent Trap sprinkled with Christmas cheer and set somewhere a lot more glamorous than a campsite.

However, things get complicated when they both fall in love with men who have no idea who they really are.

Vanessa treated fans to a glimpse of the movie on her Instagram account. She shared a photo with co-star Sam Palladio in full costume.

 

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She captioned the photo: “Did someone say a royal wedding? That’s a wrap on THE CHRISTMAS SWITCH. coming to you this holiday season on Netflix.”

The Spring Breakers actress added: “I’m so excited for you guys to see this one.”

Vanessa may have mixed up the title of the movie, but we cannot wait to see her in the Netflix festive flick.

The film may not be released for a couple of months but we’re already daydreaming of cosying up in front of the fire and tuning into The Princess Switch.

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Plates are empty, the dishwasher is full, there's a Christmas film on the telly and your Dad is already nodding off in his armchair. 

The hours and days after your Christmas dinner has finally digested are traditionally a time to feast of turkey sandwiches – and lots of them. 

However, we'd all like to think that our culinary skills have progressed a bit over the past year, and what better way to put them to the test than by creating scrumptious dishes from the Christmas leftovers? 

And to help, we've rounded up some of our favourite leftover turkey recipes that are both simple to make and oh-so tasty. 

Enjoy! 

Turkey Bubble & Squeak 

 

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Creamy Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

 

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Leftover Turkey Chilli Con Carne

 

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Creamy Turkey & Potato Soup

 

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Enchilada Bake With Leftover Turkey

 

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Turkey Tetrazzini

 

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Asian Inspired Turkey Soup

Leftover Turkey Paella

 

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Leftover Turkey Spicy Miso Ramen

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If Chris Rea's Driving Home For Christmas gives you butterflies in your stomach, you're not alone.

If after 24 hours back home this Christmas, you struggled to understand why you got butterflies in the first place, you're definitely among your own people here.

Believe us, we know the idea of returning to the family homestead over the festive period is always hugely appealing, but, unfortunately, we have to admit that the reality often falls a little short.

For every shared laugh and moment of closeness, there are always twice as many arguments and three times as many spats; it is what it is, ladies.

Here we take a closer look at the reality of returning to the family home for Christmas.

1. You revert to teenage mode

There's something about crossing your parents' threshold which throws all of us back a few years in the maturity stakes.

Within minutes of sashaying in, an adolescent cloud will descend upon you, and you'll feel compelled to ditch your heels in favour of a hoody and your tote in favour of a tank top. And that's just the clothes. 

From fighting over the remote to refusing to answer the house phone, your transition back in time is pretty much complete.

2. You need more personal space

Living on top of your family was fine for most of your life, but your tolerance has definitely waned slightly since you moved out.

While you're undoubtedly thrilled to see them, that doesn't mean you're OK with sharing an inflatable bed, or squeezing onto one armchair together for the duration of an entire film.

Having to endure your sister's breath in your ear as you watch Home Alone: Lost in New York is more than flesh and blood can stand, frankly.

3. You struggle with the 'routine'

Having to re-adapt to the family's routine can be one of the toughest parts of the festive season.

You forgot that your father rises at dawn and insists that the rest of the family does too and it had slipped your mind that your mother needs to know your whereabouts at all times.

Oh, and you really hadn't factored in your drunk siblings' penchant for arriving home at 4am and burning the kitchen down. Maybe you blocked it out.

4. You question your family's habits

Whether it's their chewing, their insistence on having the TV volume on an even number or their reluctance to have a discussion at a normal decibel, your family's habits are enough to drive you to drink.

You told yourself to rise above it, and God knows you definitely tried, but they're really pushing you to the limit here.

It's as if they want you to leave, but they will not get the better of you.

5. You miss alone-time

Being able to spend more than a few hours in complete silence is something you can kiss goodbye to when you rock up at the family homestead this Christmas.

You'll spend the entire festive season being asked multiple questions – many of which shouldn't require an answer of more than two words, but by God, you'll be obliged to give one.

You'll find yourself fantasising about a moment in your day when the only sound you hear is the crickets chirping around your own head.

6. You struggle with your own notions

While your friends may think nothing of your love for a Chai Latte and your other half wouldn't question your obsession with tapas, your family think you're nothing more than a high-falutin' gobshite.

And the longer you spend with them, the more you tend to believe them.

To be fair, it was far from Chai Lattes you were raised….

7. You must accept drop-in visitors

When you return home for Christmas you realise that the 'just popped in for a chat' visitor is still an actual thing.

The thought of dropping in on someone unannounced within your own circle would have you ex-communicated in no time, but back home, it's a cause for celebration.

And sneaking upstairs the minute the doorbell rings isn't an option because – just like every Christmas that has gone before – you have been nominated the head of the welcoming committee.

 

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When it comes to comfort, Christmas is the one day of the year when pretty much anything goes. 

Wear you dressing gown at the dinner table? – No problem. 

Nip to the shop in your slippers? – Go right ahead. 

Stay in you onesie all day long? – Absolutely, in fact, we insist. 

Christmas day is all about family, food and feeling cosy, which is why we've come up with a few reasons why staying in your onesie all day is perfectly acceptable. 

1. It's waaay more comfortable than that itchy Christmas jumper

If anyone finds a more comfortable clothing item, we want to be the first to hear about it. 

For now though, you'll find us lounging in front of the telly in our favourite onesie.  

2. You don't need to waste time getting changed

There's dinner to be cooked, presents to be opened and cheesy Christmas films to watch – honestly who has the time for anything else?

Just roll out of bed and let the festive fun begin! 

3. Save your 'good clothes' for a day you're actually going to leave the house

Sure, everyone like to look their best at Christmas time, but when your aunt Marie is the only one to compliment your efforts, you're better off saving yourself for Stephen's Day. 

4. More room for turkey 

Christmas Day is the one day of the year when it's totally acceptable to eat your body weight in glorious food – the skinny jeans are just holding us back. 

5. They can actually be pretty stylish

The onesie game has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, meaning we no longer have to compromise style for comfort. 

Oh, what a time to be alive! 

 

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Christmas shopping can be a daunting task. Trying to find a gift for your moody teenage sister is like mission impossible.

The shops are crammed with frantic shoppers, the queues never seem to end and your arms ache from lugging so many shopping bags around. However, there is one thing you can do to make the experience better- TREAT YO SELF.

Buy yourself something that'll bring a smile to your face, whether that's a weekend away or a Polaroid camera to capture those special festive moments.

Clockwise from top left:
Alex and Ani Bracelet €75 Kilkenny 
L'Occitane Shea Butter Collection €59 L'Occitane
Personalised Diary £29 Not On The High Street
Personalised Welly Boot Family Print £17.15 Not On The High Street
Clockwise from left:
Yankee Candle Holder €22.40 Debenhams
Polaroid Camera £60 Amazon
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream €30.60 Debenhams
Teapot and Mug Set €21 Debenhams

 

Clockwise from left:
Turquoise Vinyl Turntable £42.99 Amazon
White Mini Hotel Robe €37 ASOS
City West Gift Card from €25 City West Hotel
Whittards of Chelsea  Luxury Hot Chocolate €9.60 Debenhams
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Here we go again… 

Every year you tell yourself it'll be different this time around, every year you tell yourself you won't leave everything to the last minute.

And every year you find yourself rushing around the shops on Christmas Eve, dishing out dirty looks over half-price scented candles. 

Will we ever learn? 

Probably not, but hey, it wouldn't be Christmas without some last-minute mayhem, now would it? 

Here's a handy list of the best gifts that can be picked up in town this weekend:

 

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