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She wore an exquisite Elie Saab Couture gown and bespoke Christian Dior shoes.

There was strewn lights and a redwood forest and we are simply in awe of Hilary Swank's stunningly beautiful Californian wedding. 

The Academy-Award winning actor tied the knot with her partner of two years, social venture entrepreneur Philip Schneider in the dream setting. 

The 44-year-old bride spoke about her romantic day to Vogue, gushing, “it was timeless. There is just no other way to describe it.'' 

“I was overwhelmed with such gratitude and thanks to be marrying the man of my dreams and to see all the people we love together in the middle of such a profound setting. It was truly a dream come true.”

Hilary's dad walked her down the aisle, only a few years after he was recovering from a lung transplant. 

Her wedding dress was – wait for it – made of 25 meters of Chantilly lace, eight meters of silk chiffon, and six meters of organza silk – and it took 150 hours to create.

OMG, is all we have to say to that. 

“I’ve loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled to have him design my dress,” Hilary says.

“I wanted something romantic that felt as timeless as the redwood grove where we were to be married, and he delivered – designing something that far surpassed my greatest expectations. It was everything I imagined and more.”

The ethereal theme continued throughout the day, beginning with the couple marrying beneath a family of 800-year-old trees, and carrying on to the reception, which took place in a 100-year-old rustic barn, illuminated with hundreds of globe string lights.

Could this day get any more dreamy? 

It seems so, as after the reception, the newly married pair had a surprise for their guests.

They performed a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers–style tap dance choreographed to Moby’s In My Heart.

“I doubt we completely pulled off the modern-day version of Fred and Ginger, but we had fun, and our family and friends seemed to enjoy it.''

Congratulations to the gorgeous couple – we wish them a lifetime of happiness together.  

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So, it turns out taking regular power naps can actually make us happier. 

In a recent study conducted by the University of Hertfordshire, researchers asked over 1,000 participants to rate their happiness levels and note whether or not they napped throughout the day.

The subjects were then divided into three groups – non-nappers, short nappers and long nappers.

Results found that approximately 67 per cent of short nappers claimed to feel happy, while just 56 per cent of long napper and 60 percent of non-nappers said the same. 

According to Red Online, Richard Wiseman, Psychologist Professor at the university said:

"Previous research has shown that naps of under 30 minutes make you more focused, productive and creative, and these new findings suggest the tantalising possibility that you can also become happier by just taking a short nap."

"Similarly longer napping is associated with several health risks and again, this is in line with our results."

Short 'power' naps actually come with a whole host of health benefits. 

A separate study carried out by NASA found that 26-minute naps could boost alertness by up to 54 per cent. 

We won't argue with those statistics. 

Professor Wiseman also stressed the need for workplaces to provide quiet napping areas for their employees.

"A large body of research shows that short naps boost performance. Many highly successful companies, such as Ben & Jerry's and Google, have installed dedicated nap spaces, and employees need to wake up to the upside of napping at work."

Now, there's an idea we can definitely get behind. 

 

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Hugely popular TV and radio presenter, Fearne Cotton, made the decision to discuss her depression diagnosis in her new book Happy, and in a recent column for Glamour magazine she offered an insight into the motivation behind it.

"The book Happy was born from a huge personal shift in perspective and pivotal point in my life," the mother-of-two began.

 

And as if by magic she was back to her natural state #getyapjsout

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In words which are bound to resonate with millions, she continued: "I used to believe that life worked in a certain way and that particular moments should be reached or achieved, and along with that would come happiness."

Fearne reveals that this particular approach was thrown into freefall when she was diagnosed with depression, continuing: "Although excruciating, this explosive yet short period of my life lead me to soul search in new ways I hadn't before."
 

The presenter, who first hit our screens way back in 1996, is eager to remind the public that depression does not discriminate.

"There might be assumptions made that if you are on TV or have experienced a certain journey in life then you should be immune to depression or sorrow."

Fearne chose to use her book to share the techniques which help her to navigate the condition – something which she also touched on in the recent column.

 

Last in the series on in just over an hour! @itv2

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"Simple pleasures like being with my family, getting out in the fresh air, eating healthy food and music are all small things that impact my happiness daily," she wrote.

"For me it's all about those small steps in the right direction rather than huge leaps where there are no guarantees."

Reflecting on Happy, which is set for release in February 2017, Fearne added: "It's an honest book which I hope brings solace to others knowing they're not alone and also includes practical exercises to help tap up that happiness daily."

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Ah, North West. We just can't get enough of her. Not only does she HATE photographs (sorry, Kim), she has no time for people telling her what to do and totally just acts out on her own (remember when she took a fit in the middle of New York Fashion Week?).

And this weekend, the reality toddler took a trip to a toy store – and she could not be more delighted.

Ooh, YES we're going to the toy shop…

 

Hey, mama, where you goin'? You have all the money since Daddy is broke and all…

 

Nearly there!

 

I can SMELL the toys…

 

One. More. Step…

 

I have reached my wonderland.

 

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In this day and age, we LOVE our social networks, but one of them trumps all others.

In a new study published in the journal Information, Communication & Society, has found that Snapchat makes people happier than any other social network.

Researchers from the University of Michigan enlisted 154 college students who used smartphones and texted them six times a day over a two-week period.

When the students received the text, they had to answer a survey about their latest social interactions – like who they were with, how supportive they were and how they felt at that moment. 

The researchers found that when participants had Snapchat interactions, they felt more positive emotions than when they had Facebook interactions.

They also found that the students paid more attention to Snapchat messages. 

The reason might be because people don't feel as insecure about how to present themselves on Snapchat, since the images disappear in a couple of seconds. 

But in general, the participants found that Snapchat is similar to face-to-face interactions with a friend, since the messages come day-to-day and not recorded for anyone else to see. 

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Canine pals Phoebe and Tillie were reunited with their owners this week, but there was a very special story behind their return.

Tillie, a Setter mix and Phoebe, a Basset hound, went missing earlier this month in Seattle, and their owners feared the worst.

With no sightings of the pair after almost a week, it seemed more and more likely they could be stuck in a building or a ravine. 

Thankfully, at the beginning of this week a pet service in the area got a call to say a "reddish" coloured dog matching Tillie's description had been spotted outside a house before disappearing into a nearby wooded area.

Volunteers from VIPP, the Vashon Island Pet Protection service, started a wide search of the woods, and what they found was truly amazing.

Tillie was standing guard over her four-legged pal Phoebe, who had become trapped in a cement 'cistern,' a large receptacle built to hold rainwater.

Luckily she was uninjured and had stayed above water by sitting on a pile of bricks, but the height of the wall left her physically unable to get out.

"For nearly a week Tillie stayed by her side with the exception of the few minutes of each day when she went for help," VIPP explained via Facebook.

Both dogs were cold and hungry but otherwise in happy spirits when found.

Offering advice to dog owners, VIPP's Amy Carey told Daily Mail that a disappearance with no sightings should be taken very seriously.

"My message to most people with missing dogs is that unless the dog is being seen periodically, it is likely stuck somewhere," she said. "That's where the amazing Miss Tillie steps in as the heroine of this story."

What a happy ending!

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It’s here… it’s REALLY here!

Yes, after what is being described as the most miserable May the country has ever seen (radiators at full blast; scarves and winter coats given regular outings) it appears that the sun has decided to grace our fair land with its presence.

Cue a steady stream of ice-cream, shorts-and-t-shirts – oh, and sun-burn.

And not only does red and raw skin look (gonna be blunt here) not very attractive at all, but harsh rays can furthermore be seriously damaging and ageing.

In short, sunscreen is an absolute must at this time of year – even when you’re on home-soil.

Still, Irish weather requires an Irish-appropriate product: enter P20 sunscreen – THE sunscreen for extreme weather conditions

We know that those who are frequently exposed to UV rays before the age of 25, as well as people who get sunburnt as a child or teenager, are at a much greater risk of developing skin cancer in later life.

In fact, their risk is almost doubled – and that means slathering on a higher SPF; think P20 sunscreen SPF 50.

And why do we love P20 in particular? Its unique formula is non-greasy (hurrah!) and fragrance free (hear, hear!).

Better still, it provides great coverage, even in water, for up to ten hours, meaning it only needs to be applied once-a-day.

The P20 range consists of SPF15, SPF20, SPF30 and SPF50+ and is suitable for those with very delicate and sensitive skin.

With prices ranging from €19.99-€34.99, P20 is available from pharmacies nationwide. 

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It's hard to find the perfect gentleman, but we are positive he's out there. He just needs to do all of these things to sweep us off our feet:

1. Comment On Our Appearance (Positive Only, Obviously)

Even after two or three years, this will still go a long way. 

2. Celebrate The Little Things

We don't want men to remember that first time we held hands or anything, but a sweet gesture to remind us that they remember little things would be nice. 

3. Do Not Point Out Our Flaws

You don't think we realise our brows haven't been done for weeks?! We're poor!

4. Don’t Talk About Your Exes (Especially If They Were Really Hot)

We probably know everything there is to know already, on account of the fact that we’ve stalked her numerous times on Facebook. Never, ever underestimate a woman’s stalking skills. She probably knows more about her than you do.

5. If She’s Acting Crazy, Buy Her Chocolate Stat

It's our currency. 

6. Don’t Forget To Randomly Text Us From Time To Time

It’s all too easy to take your other half for granted when you’ve been together for a long period of time, so touching base every now and then is imperative. Just a funny little text will do the trick and get you back on her mind in no time.

7. Don’t Ever Comment On Our Hot Friends

Because that is a very good way to lose a part of your special anatomy.

8. Do Not Attempt To Put An Ugly Picture Of Her On Facebook

We get that men do this to other men and even women to other women, but what the hell would posses you to do it to your girlfriend? You are not Ashton and she is not Demi and it’s not funny or cute. Not acceptable. Ever.

9. Never Disrespect Our Parents

They made us, therefore you should automatically be grateful to them. Make an effort and inquire about them from time to time, that’s all it takes.

10. Leave Us To Shop Alone

There’s nothing more annoying to women than having an annoying man following us around grumbling about being bored, when all we want to do is buy three dress for €40 and rejoice. Do us both a favour and go wait in the pub.

11. Surprise Her Every Now And Then

There’s a certain element of getting into a routine when you’re in a long term relationship, so instead of spending another weekend in the pub together, surprise her with a little treat, a date night, a weekend away, a new sex move or whatever else it takes to put you in the good books. Whatever it is that you do will show that you’ve put thought and care into it and that’s a massive plus in our eyes. Honest.

12. Our Space Is Not Messy, It’s Organised Chaos

For some reason most women , are slightly messy. Some of us might be totally neat, tidy and into our appearance on the outside, but step into our rooms and you’ll be greeted with a wall of crap. Don’t mouth off about it, it’s our mess and we’re happy with it. Unless you live with us, in which case, it’s only changing if you’re happy to clean it up for us.

13. Support Us, No Matter What

That’s what you’re there for, after all. If she’s feeling down, cheer her up. If she’s quiet, talk to her. If she’s having family problems, be there for her and if you’re the reason she’s upset, then change your bad habits before she changes her boyfriend. Above all, be her shoulder to cry on and her solid support system. Remind her why she loves you and you’re on the right track.

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Who heard (and bawled) at the beautiful proposal on Spin 103.8 this morning?!

Listeners of the station’s show, Fully Charged were in for as big a surprise as the bride-to-be this morning when a game of Whatchamacallit turned into a marriage proposal.

Rachael and Ian, from Swords in Dublin, got engaged live on air after Ian dropped to one knee.

Not only that but the couple also surprised their friends and family by announcing on air that Rachael is expecting twins!

What an exciting day for this happy couple – congrats, you guys!

 

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Today is Just Because Day! Don’t ask us why, it’s just because. To celebrate this VERY important day, we have come up with a list of ten things you should do, for no reason other than to make yourself, or someone else, happy. Here they are:

Buy some new clothes
Ditch the guilt and buy yourself that dress you’ve been lusting after for ages. So what if you’ve nowhere to wear it? You don’t need a reason today!

Eat some cake
Why wait till it’s someone’s birthday for a bit of cake? Grab a slice, sit down with a cup of tea and turn off your phone so that you can enjoy it properly. Bliss.

Go for a nap
Why wait till bed time? A nap during the day is possibly one of the best luxuries, if you have the time, of course.

Get way too dressed up
So what if you’re only going to get the groceries? Put on something really nice. You can pretend you’re one of those people who manage to look perfect all the time!

Smile
Don’t be afraid to smile, just because. It’ll put you in a better mood, and make you more approachable!

Buy someone a present
Make someone else’s day by giving them a present for no reason. It’s not a totally unselfish act, as it’ll make you feel good too!

Call a friend
Don’t wait until something big happens to call that friend you haven’t spoken to in ages. It’s good to catch up every now and again, even if there’s isn’t anything exciting going on. You can reminisce over old times if nothing else!

Go for a walk
Not because you want to lose weight, or don’t have any petrol left. Going for a walk just because will help clear your mind and beat stress.

Paint your nails
At least when you make your nails pretty, you can appreciate your efforts every time you look at your hands – unlike makeup. You have to find a mirror to appreciate that stuff – effort!

Tell someone you love them
Don’t wait until it’s too late to let someone know you love them. When you say it for no reason (other than your love for them, obviously) it really means a lot.

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It can be hard to be happy when you are bogged down with college assignments or are overloaded at work. However, with these simple steps you’ll be beaming at yourself in the mirror in no time.

Make plans
Nothing makes you feel happier than having plans for the weekend or the end of the month. Whether it is a holiday or a few drinks with friends, having something good to look forward too will help you get through the day.

Drink water
Avoid the 3pm slump by consuming enough water to keep dehydration at bay. Pop a water bottle in your bag or by your desk and never feel thirsty again.

Put on the radio
Nothing says 'smile' like your favourite tune. If you can, sing-a-long with it or even get up and have a dance. But if that's a bit awkward – you could be at work – just hum along to the song in your head.

Fake it until you make it
If you’re still not feeling happy, fake it. Your smile may trick your brain into thinking you are happy which might actually make you feel happy.

Write a list
If you have tons to do in one day, sit down and write a list. When you have completed a task on your list tick it off. You will instantly feel relief and joy.

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There is happy news for actor Jeff Goldblum and his new fiancée, Emilie Livingston as they announce they are getting married.

The Grand Budapest Hotel star popped the question to 31-year-old Emilie while on holiday in Hawaii.

His new fiancée opened up about the engagement, saying: “Jul 8 he proposed @ our fave #okstore. I was taken over by tears of joy n ecstasy! We picked the ring 2gether #inlove.”

Congratulations to the couple on their happy news!

Do you like the engagement ring they picked out? 

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