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December may be a week away, but it's fair to say Christmas party season is already in full swing.

And as well as being synonymous with shifting the wrong person and waking up with a pounding head, it's also the time of year when you go big or go home on the manicure front.

While you may opt for muted shades throughout the rest of the year, the festive season gives you carte blanche to go batsh*t crazy with those nails of yours.

If you're only dying to mix it up, but have found yourself stuck for some inspiration, worry not, because we've got you covered.

1. Doing it right.

2. What more can we say? 

3. Oh, yes. 

4. Nailed it. 


#xmasnails by Gemma! #xmas #festivenails #snowflakenails #rednails #glitternails #sparklenails

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5. Almost too cute to handle.


Fun nails!#biosculpturegel #nailtechlife #festivenails #tistheseason

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6. Lovin' the matte finish. 


Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are possibly the most adorable couple on the planet, their only competition being Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Nick, AKA one-third of the Jonas Brothers recently spoke out on his Instagram page about suffering throughout his life with diabetes, and Priyanka was ready to back him up.

Type 1 diabetes is a disease which occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin in the body, which regulates blood sugar levels.

"13 years ago today I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The picture on the left is me a few weeks after my diagnosis. Barely 100 pounds after having lost so much weight from my blood sugar being so high before going to the doctor where I would find out I was diabetic."


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"On the right is me now. Happy and healthy. Prioritizing my physical health, working out and eating healthy and keeping my blood sugar in check." 

He continued: "I have full control of my day to day life with this disease, and I’m so grateful to my family and loved ones who have helped me every step of the way. Never let anything hold you back from living your best life."

"Thank you to all my fans for your kind words and support. Means more than you know. Love you all."

Priyanka, being the stunning future wifey that she is, left a supportive comment underneath the Instagram post that essentially cleared our skin, made us believe in love again and brought N*SYNC back together:

"Everything about you is special, with or without diabetes," wrote Priyanka.


Bae @nickjonas

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We're shook from their sheer cuteness. We have now decided that if they ever break up, love is officially cancelled.

Nick Jonas' words are truly inspirational to the many who suffer with Type 1 diabetes, for which there is unfortunately no cure. 

Jonas is a co-founder of Beyond Type 1, an organisation which helps to educate children who live with the chronic disease through social media.

We're so glad to see he has the support of his beautiful fiancé.

Feature image: CelebMix.com



Choosing a tattoo can be a deeply personal moment for some, and an off-the-cuff decision for others.

But no matter how much or how little time and energy you put into your inking, you are guaranteed to divide opinion no matter what choice you make.

Take Chris Zylka, for example.

The boyfriend of reality star-turned-DJ Paris Hilton, Chris decided to add to his collection of body art with an inking dedicated to the woman in his life – a decision she couldn't wait to share on Instagram in recent days.

Uploading a snap of Chris' arm, Paris gushed: "Such a lucky girl! My love surprised me & got my name tattooed in #Disney font. And said cause I’m his most magical place on Earth & he finally found his fairytale princess."

She finished the caption with '#BoyfriendGoals #ParisForever', and while some gushed over the tat, others couldn't help but pour scorn.

With that in mind, we decided to have a good mooch on Instagram for some of our favourite designs, so if you're in the market for a new inking, check out some contenders below.

1. We adore.

2. So pretty 


Fun feminine foot today! #tattoo #colortattoo #lineworktattoo #floraltattoo #advancedtattoo

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3. So delicate 


Cute little side back tattoo@graffittoo

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4. Yaaas Kween. 


So beautiful@crafttattooyasin

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5. BackGoals.


Back goals Who agrees?? @kaelintaichee

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6. Oh and then there's this


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7. And this. 

8. That font though…


Healthy, cheap, filling, office-friendly: soups are your best friend if you want to avoid the dreaded Sad Desk Lunch.

And even if there are plenty of nice options in the shop, they will never be as good as the one you make yourself. You can trust us on this, there is nothing as easy to make as a big batch of soup that will last you a whole week!

The great thing about soup is that it is quite hard to mess up. If you just buy what is in season – and usually, on offer – peel it, cover it with water and let it cook gently, you will definitely end up with a delicious soup.

But for those afraid to try, don't worry, we have you covered with these 3 foolproof recipes.

Creamy courgette soup

  • 1kg courgette, roughly chopped
  • 500g potato, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 stock cube
  • 100g grated parmesan, to serve
  • 10g butter
  • Pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cook the spring onions for 2 minutes.

Add the courgettes, potatoes and stock cube and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.

Cook for about 20 minutes, until vegetables are soft.

Blend and serve topped with freshly ground pepper and grated parmesan. 


Spicy butternut squash soup

  • 1 butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 3cm fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 stock cube
  • Sour cream to serve

In a large saucepan, melt the coconut and fry the onion, garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes.

Add the butternut squash, carrots, stock cube, turmeric and cayenne pepper and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Blend and serve, topped with a dollop of sour cream if desired.  


Green pea soup

  • 1kg frozen peas
  • 3 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 25g butter
  • 1 stock cube
  • Pepper
  • Greek yoghurt and finely chopped mint to serve

Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the shallots and garlic.

Cook for 2 minutes

Add the peas and the stock cube and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. 

Blend and serve topped with a tablespoon of greek yoghurt and some fresh finely chopped mint.


He’s spoken candidly about depression, defended himself against body shaming and now Wentworth Miller has delivered an inspirational message to the LGBT community.

Speaking to Attitude magazine as he’s named its Man of the Year, the 44-year-old actor reassured those struggling with their sexuality that it gets easier with time.

The star – who will make his television comeback as part of next year’s Prison Break reboot – said: “I would say what others have said: it gets better one day, you’ll find your tribe.”  

“You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are,” he continued.

Acknowledging that coming to terms with one’s sexuality can be an isolating experience, Wentworth encouraged members of the LGBT community to focus on self-love first.

“In the meantime, the reality is you might have to be your own tribe.  You might have to be your own best friend.  That’s not something they’re going to teach you in school.  So start the work of loving yourself.”

The Golden Globe nominee publicly came out as gay in 2013 after challenging Russia’s treatment of LGBT individuals.


It’s been less than a month since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt.

But just as the media storm surrounding the high profile split begins to settle, Cara Delevingne has come forward to voice her support for the Maleficent actress.

Alongside an Instagram post featuring Angelina, the British model-turned-actress wrote: “My admiration for Angelina Jolie is endless, I also admire anyone who transforms their pain into power.”


Charlie Chaplin @vintageframes

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“I admire unruly activists.  I admire her continued involvement in the UN as a goodwill ambassador.  She is ruthless, determined and unforgiving in her efforts to make a difference for Refugee’s.”

Describing the mother of six as her “#GirlHero”, the Suicide Squad star went on to acknowledge how Angelina has inspired her on a personal level.

“She also inspired me to follow my dreams into acting,” she wrote.  “And have higher goals of one day becoming a director.  I have chosen her as my #GirlHero today.”


The image has received more than one million likes since it appeared online yesterday and comes as reports begin to circulate that Cara’s ex St. Vincent has moved on from their year long relationship with actress Kristen Stewart.


As every dedicated pinner will know, Pinterest is a haven for interiors inspo and there are few rooms in a house which deserve more design dedication than the bedroom. 

Unfortunately the problem with developing a unique personal space is that it can take a lot of time and effort, so we’ve pulled together some eye-catching ideas from the online board sharing platform to help you kick your creativity into gear.

The bed: The main focus of any bedroom is obviously the bed but even if it is the room’s most practical feature, it doesn’t necessarily have to be boring.  Whether your sleeping space is flat on the floor or stacked on top of someone else’s, Pinterest will know how to make it look magical.



Walls: While all white bright rooms will always be super chic, Pinterest also has a great collection of contrasting colour bedroom images.  It demonstrates that there is no need to keep walls boring as striking wallpaper can be applied to create a unique focus point in the bedroom and mix and match paints can be used on alternate walls.


Lighting: Whether it comes from a natural light source like a large framed window or an artificial base like a quirky lamp, light in a bedroom is an absolute essential.



The little things: Sometimes it can be the smallest details which give a room its authentic feel.  From stacks of magazines to framed positivity quotes if Pinterest promotes anything it’s well placed small touches.

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Sometimes we just need an extra bit of motivation to get ourselves to the gym.

As the temperatures start to drop and the evenings get shorter and shorter, it can be a little bit harder to get ourselves out for a run. Leaving our warm cosy beds on dark mornings for a gym session tend to have us feeling a tad reluctant.

However, when you take into consideration having the chance to show off a whole new outfit things start to seem more fun.

We found some very stylish, and practical, gym outfits from around the internet that are sure to give you some fitness (and style) inspiration for your next sweat sess.

For when you need don't want to let go of summer colours:


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When you're just being honest:

For anyone who knows that having their shoe game on point is half the battle:


Co-ordinated outfits make us faster, right?


When you want to workout, but also look chic AF:


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Cookies as accessories? Maybe not, but that windbreaker looks practical and cute:


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Leggings on fleek every day of the week:

We want them all:




Ok so it’s the weekend and now we have a bit of extra time to prepare a delicious breakfast.

Usually we’re in a rush to get out the door in time to work, but today we want to make something delicious.

We have lined up some breakfast that you can get working on right away without all the calories.

Avocado Omelette

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 avocado
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Sea salt

This is definitely what we’re making for brekkie today! This is so easy and it’s just a spin on the regular omelette. All you need to do is crack the eggs and add them to mashed avocado and chopped tomatoes.  Cook the mix on a non-stick frying pan until nicely firm and then crisp it up until the grill.

Wheat-free pancakes

  • 384g of ground almond
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100ml of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Thank god! We can have pancakes without the guilt, finally!

All you need to do is combine the ground almond, salt and baking soda in a bowl. In another bowl whisk the eggs, add the milk and oil together. Gradually mix the two bowls of ingredients together and add more milk if necessary. Cook with coconut oil on a frying pan for 3-4 minutes each side and serve with desired toppings.

5 ingredient granola bars

  • 120g of dates
  • 85g of honey
  • 85g of peanut butter
  • 120g of roasted almonds
  • 120g of rolled oats

Toast the rolled oats until golden brown – around 15 mins. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl. Warm peanut butter and honey in a pan on a very low heat and then pour oat mixture in on top.  Place evenly in a flat container and place in the fridge. Once set cut into bar squares.


Wow, Humans of Dublin has got us so emotional today with it's latest post on their Facebook page. 

They posted the most inspirational story of a young man in Dublin who came across someone sitting on the ledge of a bridge in Dublin contemplating suicide. 

The young man stopped and asked him was he ok and proceeded to talk to him until he agreed to come down from the ledge and ring an ambulance. 

But the happy ending is what really gets us, so much came from one person stopping to say "Are you okay?", but we won't spoil it for you! Have a read: 

"I was just on my way to the American sweet shop to buy some Gatorade, when I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the…

Posted by Humans of Dublin on Monday, August 3, 2015


"I was just on my way to the American sweet shop to buy some Gatorade, when I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the ledge of the bridge. I just thought, "wow…" I stopped and asked him if he was okay, but I knew from the look in his eyes he wasn't, and he didn't say anything either, but I saw tears coming from his eyes."

"I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did. We sat on the sidewalk on the south side of the Liffey and talked for about 45 minutes, about what was happening to him, why was he feeling that way… I couldn't leave him there alone, but I had to go, so I was going to ring an ambulance."

I told him they could help him feel better. But he was like "please, please don't call them, I'm fine, I just want to walk around for a while, I'm gonna be okay!" I told him to please let me ring an ambulance, that I wouldn't sleep knowing he was just walking around alone. So I rang it, and he was taken to St. James Hospital."

"I got his number so I would know what was going on with him for a good while… And about three months ago, he texted me that his wife is pregnant, they're having a boy, and they're naming him after me. Can you believe that? They're going to name their child after me…"

"He said in that moment that I approached him, he was just about to jump, and those few words saved his life. That they're still ringing in his head every day. "Are you okay?" I can't really understand how these few words could save his life, but he told me, "Imagine if nobody ever asked you those words…" "

This story has already been shared over two thousand times, and rightly so, it has completely restored our faith in humanity. 



Sometimes when you're feeling down, lost or unfocused, it can be helpful to sit back and gain some perspective.

Next time you're in need of some extra drive and motivation or are just looking for something interesting to keep you occupied on your bus journey to work, try out one of these brilliant TED talks.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and each TED talk promises to feature "ideas worth spreading." TED's speaker events launched in 1984, and there are currently thousands of talks from official and independent (TEDx) events available online.

Here are five we love to listen back to again and again…

1. Panti Bliss – All The Little Things (TEDxDublin)
A very timely talk, given that the Marriage Equality referendum is just weeks away. Draq queen Panti (a.k.a. Rory O' Neill) has been one of the most high profile faces of the Yes campaign, and in this TEDx talk she describes the frustration of living in a society where being homosexual is still not widely accepted.


2. Lizzie Velasquez – How YOU Define Yourself (TEDxAustin)
As just one of three people in the world who suffers from a rare syndrome preventing her from gaining any weight, Lizzie has endured a lifetime of bullying and ignorance. She says her turning point came when she found a YouTube video of herself titled "World's Ugliest Woman," with millions of views. Now Lizzie is using her own situation to inspire others to define themselves on their own terms, and to rise above negative comments.


3. Meg Jay – Why 30 Is Not The New 20 (TED 2013)
Many of us twenty-somethings are led to believe we have a whole decade to do what we want with, to make mistakes galore. We'll work it all out in our thirties, right? Not according to clinical psychologist Meg Jay, who says our twenties are the defining years of our lives and that we should do our best to make them count.


4. Cameron Russell – Looks Aren't Everything. Believe Me, I'm a Model (TEDxMidAtlantic)
Model Cameron Russell admits she won the "genetic lottery," with looks that allowed her to become a successful model from an early age. However she agrees that the commercial idea of beauty is superficial, and is doing everything in her power to be admired for more than her looks.


5. Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts (TED 2012)
At least one third of people in the world are introverts, meaning they thrive in quieter and more intimate environments, and can often feel drained by being in large groups of people for extended lengths of time. Author (and self-confessed introvert) Susan Cain says our schools and workplaces are designed to allow only one group of people to succeed – the extroverts.



Sometimes when you're feeling run-down, sluggish and tired, an energised and healthy body can feel like something totally out of reach.

But health is a way of life and not just the way you feel when you've managed to get to the gym two days in a row.

We love these inspiring quotes for a bit of motivation when we're not feeling like our best selves!

1. William Shakespeare
See, they even hated exercise back in the 1500s!

2. Jim Rohn
It is a temple, after all, even if you do fill it with kebabs after a night out!

3. Kevin Trudeau
Talk about motivation!

4. Marjorie Hinckley
The diet starts tomorrow…

5. Michael Pallon
Sometimes the simplest advice is the best.

6. Anonymous
The first key to running that marathon is getting out of bed!

7. Mark Twain
We know it's not easy!

8. Terry Guillemets
No-one else can do the hard work for you.

9. Mahatma Gandhi
Yes, but gold and silver CAN buy you a personal trainer…

10. Anonymous
Mental health is just as important as physical health.