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Get ready to be glued to your earphones, ladies, because our favourite online store, PrettyLittleThing has announced a brand new podcast.

Introducing PLT: Behind Closed Doors is currently sitting at number one on the podcast charts, and for a good reason.

The brand have described the audio as, "A podcast that is true to its name. A way to connect to our audience in a different way with no subject off limits."

The podcast is essentially a slumber party with the gals, where gossip is the sauce served ALL NIGHT LONG, with some healthy female bonding to boot.

To kick off 2019, the crew are hanging out with their gorgeous girls who inspire them daily. It's time to get to know them a lot better, and luckily they're sharing the footage with their audiences and PLT fans globally.

From stories the models and ambassadors have never shared before, to their everyday routines; it's time to really get into the minds of you favourites and take down the barriers of social media. Real talk.

The nine-part mega series will have you blaring the volume and eagerly awaiting the next episode. On Tuesday 22 of January, the debut podcast featured the absolute BABE that is Maya Jama.

Jama is a face of PLT, a TV personality, fashionista and radio presenter herself, giving us purely good vibes. Describing the podcast in her own words, Maya said;

“So excited for PLT to be stepping into the podcast world with Behind Closed Doors. They flipped the tables and put me in the hot seat. Listen in to hear me talk life, face masks and dealing with stalkers."

Stalkers? This we HAVE to hear.

Behind Closed Doors is the latest gift that keeps on giving. PLT Brand Ambassador Megan Barton Hanson will be breaking boundaries, speaking on subjects personal to her;

“Stripper heels are not the easiest to walk in”, she reveals. “I know there has been a lot of talk about my previous profession, so it feels good to set the record straight and open up about my past with PLT in a fun and comfortable environment.”

It's always fabulous to hear women opening up and getting candid about their everyday lives. We can't wait to hear even more from the clothing brand, check out the first episode for some scandal and slumber party vibes.

Listen to the new podcast on iTunesSpotify & Acast, but leave plenty of time, because you'll be pure BINGEING it.

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If you're a serial voucher giver or have a collection of them – listen up.

The Government has given the nod for new legislation which will require all gift vouchers to have an expiry date of at least five years.

The Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Bill 2018 is expected to be passed early next year. 

Addressing the matter, TD Heather Humphreys said: "Every year consumers lose out because their gift vouchers go out of date."

"Part of the problem is the great variation on expiry dates which can range from as little as six months to 12 months to 24 months."

"This often leads to confusion amongst consumers. By having a set five-year expiry date on all gift vouchers, we will provide certainty to everyone involved," added the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

The Bill will also include two conditions, the first means you and I will no longer have to spend that voucher all in one go.

And the second will tackle the cancellation of the gift card if the receivers name is spelt incorrectly, and a charge to amend the name will also be abolished.

Commenting on the provisions, the Minister said: "It’s wrong that consumers should have to spend a voucher in full in one transaction."

"Similarly, it isn’t fair that businesses can penalise consumers simply because of a wrong letter in a name."

"I’m glad that these two issues were brought to my attention during the public consultation so that we can now address them as part of this Bill," she added.

The Bill received cross-party support.

We for one are delighted with the new measures.

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Feverous Black Friday shoppers are HELLA p*ssed off as they are being forced to wait HOURS in online store queues.

Customers are being forced into virtual lines on store websites, yet retailers are claiming this was all properly planned… eh, what?

One man shared a screenshot on Twitter of his queue number: 107578th in line. Good God, people, this is utter madness.

It's fair to say that the eager online population are sufficiently angry, with complaints coming in left, right and centre for numerous brands, such as Debenhams.

A Debenhams spokesperson claimed that the system was "managed" and that customers have all been successful with their shopping experiences:

"Some customers experienced a short delay in accessing our website at peak hours last night."

"By implementing a managed 'queue system' we were able to ensure that once customers had accessed our site, they were all able shop the offers successfully."

Reports of thousands of websites crashing are also gaining traction on Twitter, it seems that online stores were hugely unprepared for the onslaught of consumerism which Black Friday brings:

Sky News were told by Game:

"Due to the volume of traffic to our site we are operating a queuing system to make it as fair as possible to our customers in getting the deals they want."

However, stores this morning on the high street were experiencing regular volumes of customers, with no queues in sight. It seems online shopping has officially taken over:

Remember gals, Black Friday is a massive marketing campaign, so try to resist the mania surrounding it.

Use deals websites to spot the best discounts, ask yourself if you really need the items and don't assume that just because it's on sale, it's a bargain.

Economically and environmentally conscious shopping needs to be a priority with the massive amounts of clothes going to waste.

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Stay strong gals, resist the urge.

If you can't resist, we hope you get through the online queue hysteria at least.

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The holy day of shopping is almost upon us – this Friday, November 23 is the sacred Black Friday and we CAN'T wait.

Get the Christmas list out and nab a bargain, and treat yourself too.

We've done ALL the hard work to make your shopping stress-free and complied those all-important codes.

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Boohoo was unreal last year, with 50 percent off. But this year, they're set to take it one step further.

They have dedicated a page to their savings this year, which includes early collection releases and top tips on how to make the best savings.

Pretty Little Things haven't missed out on the Black Friday magic and have set up this page for all the savings.

They're currently running a warm-up too, so save 30 percent using the code Cyber 30 in ROI and 25 percent if you're a UK hun, using the code EARLY25.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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ASOS isn't playing around this year and has promised the biggest sale event of the year this Friday. You can head to this page to keep up-to-date with all the glorious savings you can make.

But if you can't wait until the end of the week, head to their outlet to enjoy 70 percent off brands.

Missguided have already got underway with the incredible Black Friday deals, so shop at your own pace and enjoy an incredible 50 percent off everything* using the discount code: CYBER50.

They have claimed they are "going harder than previous years" with their sale on Friday, so this will definitely be one to stop by and snap up some fantastic offers. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Littlewoods also got in on the action, they are holding a Black Friday Week, kicking off November 19 with new deals to be launched daily throughout the week and right into Cyber Monday.

The savings have come early for all you Nasty Gafans, they have kicked off with 50 percent off everything* with the code: OHSNAP.

Forever 21 are counting down to Black Friday with deals all week. 

H&M are currently preparing for the Friday madness with a 50 percent off Denim and Basics. Stay tuned later this week to see the real H&M Black Friday beast unleashed.

River Island has a 30 percent off partywear in the lead up to Black Friday in the UK and ROI.

Zara always goes big for this shopping holiday and this year is no different – for the sales sign up to their newsletter and get on site or in store on Friday. 

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Gym + Coffee are ahead of the game and have released their Black Friday deals already. Their website is a haven of savage bargains and for you Irish gals, their Dundrum store is in full on sale mode. 

Gymshark has fitness fans hyped for a 70 percent sale this Black Friday.

The company released the good news on their Twitter.

And for all you protein junkies, MyProteins Black Friday sales have already begun with a minimum 40 percent off using the code: BLACK.

If you're looking for a fitness tracker, such as Fitbit or GarminCurrys are running amazing deals – so snap up a bargain.

The Nutri Bullet is in every fitness junkies wet dream, and Lidl has unleashed a huge saving on the product. This Friday, you can purchase the 600 series Starter Kit for €49.99 or £39.99.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nike has daily deals in the lead up to the big day, so check out their website.

JD Sports are also splashing out the savings and before the big day, you can head over and save 50 percent on their men's tees, vests and shorts, and 50 percent off women's tops and shorts too in Ireland. Or if you're located in the UK, they have a 50 percent sale off all clearance AND an extra 20 percent off if you use Unidays. 

Adidas love Black Friday and this year won't be any different, so make sure you keep an eye on their website.  

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Argos has launched their Black Friday deals already and they will last until November 27, so if you're in need of a telly or laptop, you know where to shop.

The king of the deals Amazon, has incredible savings on all your tech gear and they've already got their sale well underway.

One place we didn't think of looking for our tech goodies was Lidl. But the supermarket has some UNREAL deals on tablets and the Philips 6203 Series 50" 4K Ultra Slim Smart LED TV. Check out the sweet deals if you're an ROI gal, here. Or if you're a British babe, here.

Harvey Norman are also getting involved in the action and you can sign up to their email service to get all the best offers.

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Therapie Clinic are offering a massive 20 percent off for Black Friday. The Therapie Clinic Black Friday sale is running from November 19 to 25, AND, beauty lovers can get 20 percent off laser hair removal, skincare treatments and gift vouchers this Black Friday. To check out their sweet deals and all the T&C's, see their website

Beauty Bay are taking part in this week's events and have said that their offers are on their way.

The savings are already happening at Superdrug, from toothbrushes to make-up and skincare, check them out here if you're from the UK and here if you're from Ireland.

Boots have also joined the fun and enjoy a variety of savings on a wide number of items here (ROI) and here (UK). 

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Debenhams are spoiling us with offers starting from Tuesday, November 20, and their Black Friday sale won't be one to miss with their furniture deals. You can update the decor just in time for Christmas. 

Argos have some sweet deals on their homeware and hopefully, they'll only get better as the week goes on.

Harvey Norman has loads of live Black Friday offers, which includes 60 percent off bedroom furniture and 50 percent off dining furniture. 

House of Fraser currently have up to 60 percent off on selected lines, so go check them out.

I can hear your bank account screaming from here, happy shopping. 

 

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We all love a good puppy cuddle – there's nothing else quite like it.

As a nation of animal lovers, our four-legged friends are better members of our family, than our siblings. (Sorry, not sorry.)

And if you're looking to expand the family, or get a pet for the first time – this is why you should think twice before you shop online for them.

Okay, okay – we know how handy online shopping is – browsing for hours in the comfort of our own home, with minimal human contact – paradise. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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But according to animal welfare bodies, you should ditch the mouse when it comes to finding the newest member of the household.

The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) is launching a campaign to educate the public about the dangers of buying animals online.

The video below and #PuppyDotCon is being released as part of the campaign, to demonstrate how easy it is to be tricked by bad breeders. 

By all means, IPAAG encourages you to give an animal a second chance and adopt them from a reputable animal welfare organisation.

But they do recognise that more people than ever are looking online when they decide to get a pet.

If we really can't convince you to adopt and not shop – IPAAG has a number of helpful tips so you won't be fooled.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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First off – do your research, keep an eye out for red flags in online advertisements, and be armed with the information required before making any decision. 

If that voice in the back of your head is nagging – listen to it, if in doubt, walk away. 

According to the animal welfare body, being able to sell puppies online makes it very easy for unscrupulous breeders to conceal the substandard and often dangerous conditions their puppies come from. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Animal welfare organisations regularly hear from individuals and families who purchased a pet from an online advertisement only for it to fall sick or even die soon afterwards. 

Don't be foolish, your money is powerful and by supporting your local shelters and not these types of breeders – you send a clear message that you won't stand for this treatment to animals.

After all, we don't deserve the incredible animals we have in our lives and the love they give us – so they deserve to be given the best.

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If we didn't love Amber Rose enough for her work to end slut-shaming, then her capsule collection for Simply Be would put us over the edge.

Amber's empowering women, and not just through the Amber Rose Foundation, which aims to promote women’s rights and equality.

The model curated 25 size inclusive pieces that will show off gorgeous bodies of all shapes and sizes, as they range up to size 36.

The collection is wide-ranging, with hoodies, maxi skirts, vinyl leggings, jumpsuits, and plenty more.

The outspoken feminist is helping us to flaunt our curves, and yes, we adore her for it.

Teaming up with Simply Be is a natural move for Amber, considering that they have been championing plus-size fashion for nearly two decades.

“All women should have access to clothes that make them feel sexy, stylish and confident, and working with Simply Be allowed me to bring fearless fashion to women from sizes 6 to 32,” says Rose.

“I hope that everyone who wears my clothes will feel empowered love their bodies, celebrate their curves, and be the best versions of their true selves.”

The collection is also inclusive price-wise, with the clothes costing €14 to €77.70.

These pieces are sure to keep your summer look exciting, and they'll also carry over well into other seasons.

We can't get over how the collection changes so easily from casually cool one moment to stunningly sexy the next.

Amber's selections come in a striking black as well as soft hues of pink and grey, so they'll fit seamlessly in with your wardrobe.

Ummm… when's payday again, by the way? We need to place some online orders, stat.

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Online shoppers, rejoice! The day we have all been waiting for in finally here. 

For too long now, women of all shapes and sizes have been forced to select clothes based on how they look on the standard size eight model. 

Sure, this may still be the industry norm when in come to catwalks and fashion spreads, but why oh why are we offered only one look when attempting to purchase clothes online. 

Not only does this practice contradict the strides we have made in body positive over the past few years, but it's also extremely annoying when the package you've so desperately been waiting for contains ill-fitting and unflattering clothes.  

Well, ASOS want to change this by showing models of different sizes wearing the same clothes – giving customers a better idea of how the garment will look on their own body type. 

Twitter user Eleanor noticed the change on one particular dress and shared her discovery in a now viral tweet.

"Omg I love @asos even more!!! Finally showing the same item on girls with different body types!" she wrote.

The move was then confirmed by ASOS who told shoppers to "keep your eyes peeled as this rolls our across our app."

 

The brand also released a statement, explaining: "We're always testing new technology that can make our customers' experience even better.

"In this case, we're experimenting with AR to show product on different size models, so customers can get a better sense of how something might fit their body shape."

The feature is currently in place on just a few items of clothing, but it's set to be rolled out across the entire site in the coming weeks. 

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There is nothing better than shopping online – the ease and convenience of it is second to none. 

And what makes shopping even better is when you discover a cheeky discount code that will save you some cash. 

We have good news in that department.

There is a new and amazing app that is officially taking all the stress out of trawling the Internet for discount codes.  

Honey is an app that will hunt online, looking for all the best discount codes, to ensure that you get the best deal possible.

Yeah, we know, groundbreaking!

What goes on?

All you have to do is download the app on your web browser (we use Google Chrome) and shop as normal.

Once you get to the check out stages of your online purchase, Honey will simply scan the net and apply any discounts that it can find. 

Now obviously there aren't always discount codes available, but if there are, Honey will do all the work for you! 

The app also offers 'money back' when you shop from certain online stores, including Dell, Ray-Ban and Nasty Gal to name a few.

So basically, you'll be paid to shop. 

Holy heck, that's good stuff. 

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Stop everything! 

IKEA Ireland has today announced the launch of its new online store, meaning Irish customers will now be able to purchase all their favourite products at the click of a button.

The user-friendly interface makes it easier than ever to browse the brand's extensive range of furniture and homewares, all with the comfort of knowing that your purchases will be safely delivered direct to your door.

Not only will the the new online shopping channel make the brand more accessible to customers all around the country, it also marks the next phase of growth for the company in Ireland.

Speaking about the launch, Claudia Marshall, IKEA Ireland Market Manager, said:  “We know accessibility, convenience and value for time are critical factors in meeting our customers’ needs. Shop online gives customers across Ireland another way to shop with IKEA and allows them to choose how and when they want to shop with us.”

“This launch will help create a seamless shopping experience from the digital right through to the physical meeting with our customers”.

While we appreciate that this is going to make our lives so much easier, we're definitely going to miss those post-shopping meatballs.

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While online shopping is often viewed as a quick and convenient way to purchase good and services, making sure someone is home at the time of the delivery can sometimes prove problematic.

Sure the driver could take it back to the depot, or you could arrange for the package to be dropped off at local collection point – but really, if we wanted to venture out into the real world, we would have just went to the shop in the first place.

Well, what if we told you that Amazon drivers could soon be able to unlock your front door, even when you're not at home?

Sure, it sounds slightly invasive, even a little creepy, but Amazon have assured customers that the system, which is linked to a home security camera, is completely safe.

So, how does it work?

According to The Guardian, the Amazon Key system works in combination with an app, home security camera and a smart lock.

Once the driver has arrived at the address, users of the app will get a notification informing them that their package is ready to be delivered.

The customer can then choose to monitor the driver on their smartphone via the cloud-connected camera.

The futuristic delivery method will launch in some parts of the US this November – but the gadgets needed to make the operation run smoothly don't come cheap.

The online retailer is selling an Amazon Key starter pack (including camera and smart lock) for $250 (approx. €211).

Speaking about the launch, Peter Larsen, Amazon’s head of delivery technology, said: “Amazon Key gives customers peace of mind knowing their orders have been safely delivered to their homes and are waiting for them when they walk through their doors.”

“Now, Prime members can select in-home delivery and conveniently see their packages being delivered right from their mobile phones.”

What's more, the technology will also be compatible with other services, such as cleaners and dog walkers, or anyone else who may need access to your home when you're not there.

We can't say we're sold on the idea just yet, but hey, the thoughts of having our online purchases ready and waiting when we get in the door does sound pretty intriguing. 

Oh, and one more thing while we have you! Don't forget that you can catch up on all your favourite shows for free for a month right here, so sign up now!

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Some glorious news, online shoppers.

It has been reported that 500 postmen and women will start delivering parcels to Irish homes and businesses on Saturdays.

An Post are breaking tradition with the hopes they can capture a bigger share of the online shopping market. 

It is expected that about 20,000 parcels will be delivered every Saturday, which is pretty darn impressive – oh, and it's starting tomorrow. 

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According to The Irish Times, postal staff and their unions have agreed to these new and exciting working hours, that will involve them delivering parcels on Saturdays and weekday evenings.

This new arrangement is part of an aggressive drive by An Post to double its share of this market to "50 percent by 2021 and is backed up by an €8 million investment that includes an upgrade of its IT systems and a major advertising campaign".

An Post made an operating loss of €13.7 million last year and its chief executive, David McRedmond, has warned that its losses would rise if no action were taken to reshape the business.

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Let's all admit it; we're obsessed with Zara.

From its casual, grungy athleisure wear to its sophisticated and pretty formal wear, we can never get enough of the high street maven.

But, if you feel like you're going into Zara over-load, here are five other online stores that rock the same vibe, and ship to Ireland.

You won't look back after you take a gander through these stores:

Style Mafia – Price point €€

 

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Front Row – Price point €€

 

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Pixie Market – Price point €€€

 

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Few Moda – Price point €€

 

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Storets – Price point €€/€

 

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