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Sometimes, self care simply involves chilling in bed in some cosy PJs with copious amounts of tea while the world hustles and bustles outside. 

There's nothing for it other than a duvet day with popcorn, leftover Roses and a Netflix binge..

Here are some of our top picks to get you through the day: 

13. Gossip Girl

A complete classic.

The show, which follows the spoiled brats of New York's Upper East Side, shape many of our teenhoods as we wished simultaneously for Blair's wit and attitude and Serena's wardrobe. XOXO. 


12. 13 Reasons Why

Without this being featured on the list, that headline pun would have been impossible. 

13 Reasons Why gripped the imaginations of millions this year, and was one of Netflix's breakout shows of 2017. Prepare to laugh, weep and be left in stunned silence. 


11. Blue Planet

Voiced by the delectable David Attenborough, Blue Planet is iconic seventeen years after it's original release. 

The classic documentary series is a captivating watch, no matter what episode you select. 

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10. American Horror Story

The show that brought true horror back to TV, AHS is hailed as one of the scariest and most creative shows in recent TV history. 

The first season, Murder House, is often hailed as the best by horror fans, so if you can stomach a bit of gore and want to lose yourself in the lives of people with much bigger problems than your New Year's hangover, this is a must see. 

9. The Handmaids Tale

If you haven't seen this already, where have you been?  Taking place in a dystopian future, fertile women are held captive to conceive children for sterile women and men.

The Handmaids are forced to live under a fundamentalist dictatorship, and the acts that take place on the show are both shocking and at times, hard to watch.

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8. Alias Grace

Written by the same author who penned Th Handmaids Tale, Alias Grace is an essential watch for any HT fans.

7. Stranger Things 2

If you didn't binge watch the new series of Stranger Things with the rest of the world back in November, now is your chance. 

6. Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

A renowned documentary film maker, Louis' Weird Weekends series is a must-watch for anthological documentary watchers.

From Ufo investigations to looking into the impact of the porn industry, Louis series is as varied as it is informative. 

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5. Clueless

Keep is classic with a 90s chick flick. 

Clueless is the ideal feel-good film for those delicate hangover days. However, you may end up shopping for a tweed skirt suit on ASOS.

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4. Girl Boss

This series took us all by surprise this year. 

The show focuses on Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso's rise to retail success, and is  a witty and edgy portrayal of Sophia's life. 

3. Power

If New York crime shows are your jam, Power will be yoyur new favourite show. 

The crime drama follows 'Ghost, nightclub owner and one of NYC's biggest drug dealers. Oh, and 50cent is in it. 

2. Black Mirror

Prepare to be creeped out by the potential that the near future could bring. 

Black Mirror's series of separate but ultimately connected stories about dystopian technology are sure to keep you hooked, get ready to binge-watch. 

1. Mad Men

If you want to lose an entire day (or week) to a series, Mad Men is the right choice. 

Drama, intrigue and the additional aspect of it being set in the 1960s keep us hooked. Oh, and Don Draper of course. 

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Every New Year, people make ambition lists of what they want to change in the next 12 months.

Most put a lot of pressure on themselves to live up to the phrase, "New Year, new you."

We are all guilty of it, but I think we should all take a leap from Stacey Solomon's book.

In an Instagram post, she detailed exactly what she is going to do for 2019 and it sounds divine.


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There's no gym, self-help or crazy diet plan in sight.

Revealing her plans, she captioned a picture of Joe and herself chilling out and tucking into some good drink and food.

"Start as you mean to go on… I’ll be spending most of 2019… In my pj’s, eating my favourite things, staring at the love of my life. So that’s what I’m doing tonight to bring in the New Year," she wrote – YAS, gal. 

Now they are plans we can certainly stick to in 2019.

Stacey also added: "HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours. May 2019 bring you health and happiness and all that you desire. Thank you 2018, it’s been incredible. Here we go 2019 can’t wait!"

In her Instagram stories, like always the TV presenter was bloody hilarious. 

The champagne was clearly not to everyone's taste, as she posted a picture of her boyfriend, Joe Swash looking less than impressed.

Trolling him, she wrote: "When your champagne tells you what's in store for 2019 @realjoeswashy."

We've all been there Joe.


If there's one day of the year when cooking for ourselves is utterly beyond us, it's New Year's Day.

And it seems we're not alone.

Just Eat, Ireland’s leading marketplace for online food ordering and delivery service, today confirmed that New Year’s Day 2017 emerged as the most popular day of the year to order takeaway.

The service saw a 40 per cent increase in orders on 1 January 2017 versus the previous year as people across the country recovered from the biggest party of the year.

Other occasions which proved to be popular throughout the year included Valentine’s Day, Back to School, Summer festivals, Halloween and Christmas.

Having analysed last year's trends, Just Eat has today announced its prediction that vegan food options are set to be the food trend of 2018, driven in part to an increase in demand from the image and health conscious, social media savvy consumers.

In 2017 there was an 987 per cent increase in demand for vegetarian options and 33 per cent of all Just Eat Restaurant Partners now provide Vegan and Vegetarian options on their menus.

Some of Just Eat’s restaurant partners like Bombay Pantry, has even launched their own bespoke vegan menu, reaffirming that there is a lot more to Indian food than just Chicken Tikka Masala. 

Demand for healthy choices generally grew by 94 per cent in 2017 vs 2016 and gluten free options increased by 72 per cent, while existing favourites were still popular among Irish consumers, who continued to opt for Chinese, Indian, American and Thai restaurants this year.  Hawaiian, Greek, Malaysian and Vietnamese food also proved firm favourites in 2017.

Just Eat Marketing Director, Edel Kinane said “The results from this year are a good insight into the future consumer trends and while convenience will continue to be key for consumers next year and beyond, we know that they are increasingly looking for more diverse, healthy, gluten free and plant based Vegan options”.

The Just Eat app  has now been downloaded over 1 million times with 60 per cent of all Just Eat orders going through the app.

It is anticipated that this figure will continue to grow in 2018.