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While we may not be jetting off to exotic places this Summer, at least we have more time to dedicate to our never-ending reading lists.

With so many exciting titles being released each and every day, from such incredible authors, it really was a struggle to whittle it down. However, somehow we managed to figure out our top 10 reads, which we can’t wait to dive into — along with our book of the month: The Bird in the Bamboo Cage.  

  1. Midnight Sun 

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

  1. The Midnight Library

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time, Matt Haig.

  1. Finding Freedom

The first, epic and true story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s life together, finally revealing why they chose to pursue a more independent path and the reasons behind their unprecedented decision to step away from their royal lives, from two top royal reporters who have been behind the scenes since the couple first met. 

Finding Freedom is complete with full colour photographs from Harry and Meghan’s courtship, wedding, Archie’s milestones, and many more unforgettable moments.

  1. Hell in the Heartland

On December 30, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, 16-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing.

While rumours of drug debts, revenge, and police collusion abounded in the years that followed, the case remained unsolved and the girls were never found.

In 2015, crime writer Jax Miller, who had been haunted by the case, decided to travel to Oklahoma to find out what really happened on that winter night in 1999, and why the story was still simmering more than fifteen years later. What she found was more than she could have ever bargained for. These forgotten towns were wild, lawless, and home to some very dark secrets.

  1. Death Sets Sail

The final novel in the number-one bestselling, award-winning Murder Most Unladylike series.

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are in Egypt, where they are taking a cruise along the Nile. They are hoping to see some ancient temples and a mummy or two; what they get, instead, is murder. Daisy and Hazel leap into action and begin to investigate their most difficult case yet. But there is danger all around, and only one of the Detective Society will make it home alive…

  1. The Liar’s Daughter

Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon. But grief is the last thing that Joe's daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe – the man who was supposed to protect them and did anything but.

 As the mourners gather, the police do too, with doubt being cast over whether Joe's death was due to natural causes. Because the lies that Joe told won't be taken to the grave after all – and the truth gives his daughters the best possible motive for killing him.

The Liar's Daughter is a dark, powerful and twisty psychological thriller that will keep you glued to the pages.

  1. The Pull of the Stars

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds.

  1. The Friendship List

Two best friends jump-start their lives in a summer that will change them forever…

Single mom Ellen Fox couldn’t be more content—until she overhears her son saying he can’t go to his dream college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

So Unity Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change. What’s wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband’s childhood bed?

The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re just fine. But somewhere between “wear three-inch heels” and “have sex with a gorgeous guy,” Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humour, heartache and regrettable tattoos.

  1. Jump: One Girl’s Search For Meaning

The point of all this has nothing to do with finding yourself. It’s about what you can do to lose what you don’t need.

Daniella is 26, a highly successful radio presenter, model and influencer, but panic is building in her head and chest, the internal state of affairs she has been trying to ignore finally spilling over into something undeniably physical. She is frozen, petrified, looks to her boyfriend and says, ‘I don’t know who or where I am.’ This day changed Daniella’s life. It derailed almost everything she had worked to achieve and set her on a new path. 

Jump is the story of what happened when Daniella quit her job to backpack around the world for two years, and how freedom from the trappings of what society considers success leads to true contentment, strength and authenticity.

  1. Utopia Avenue

Utopia Avenue are the strangest British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967. Fronted by folksinger Elf Holloway, guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet and blues bassist Dean Moss, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief and blazing journey. From the clubs of Soho and draughty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the cusp of chart success, to glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of 1968.

David Mitchell's new novel tells a story about Utopia Avenue; of fame's Faustian pact and stardom's wobbly ladder.

 

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The sunny weather has finally made an appearance and we can’t help but daydream about summer adventures. Spending the summer in New York sounds perfect, but unfortunately, our bank accounts are stopping that dream from coming true.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to visit around the Emerald Isle that are perfect if you’re in need of some time away from reality.

There's one place you must visit this summer and it’s the charming town of Clonakilty, Co.Cork. The West Cork town is one of the nicest parts of the county with the stunning Inchydoney Beach, snug pubs, plenty of dinky cafes and dozens of historical sites including Michael Collins House.

Once you arrive in the colourful and vibrant town you’ll never want to leave. The locals and their cheery disposition will make you feel like you’ve lived there your entire life.

There are plenty of hidden gems in Clonakilty that will make your trip all the more memorable.

1: Cafe On The Lane

This quirky spot is hidden down Spillers Lane, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. The cafe is covered in bunting and fairy lights, with fresh flowers donning every table. The main seating area is full of mismatched, vintage furniture that adds to the character of the place. Treat yourself to a croissant or a brownie and a cup of coffee and listen to Elvis play on the cafe's record player.

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2: Cycle around Clon​​​

Clonakilty is the first rural community to offer a bike rental scheme. There’s no better way to see the glorious town than cycling around Clonakilty, especially when the sun is shining. The Clonakilty Bike Scheme even shares advice on how to cycle safely on West Cork roads. Cycle out to Long Strand, which is only 20 minutes away from the town. Take in the breathtaking scenes and breathe in that fresh sea air.

3: Pints in Scannells

This gastropub is the heart of the town, known as the small pub with the big garden, you just have to visit Scannells for a quick pint and a bite to eat. You’ll struggle to leave the pub with the infectious atmosphere and assortment of live music, from jazz to trad, Scannells has something for everyone.

4: A bookworm’s paradise

The Children’s Project charity shop may just look like every other charity shop, but once you go upstairs you’ll be greeted by mountains and mountains of books. The second floor of the shop is a bookworm's idea of heaven. They have shelves full of best-sellers, horror tales, young adult novels, well-loved classics, popular chick-lit books more. You’ll go in for a quick browse and end up leaving the shop hours later with bags full of books.

Clonakilty is the perfect place to visit if you need to escape to the country, especially when the sun is shining!

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We may be over *gasp* half way through summer 2018 but don't put your Penney's sunnies and your Bardot tops away just yet, ladies. 

With the whole month of August still to come, we have sooo many more chances to take (fifty drafts) of that sun-drenched Insta snap in The Perfect Outfit. 

If you're feeling like you've worn out every possible summer '18 fashion trend, then no look for further for fabulous inspo from our very own home-grown gals who are absolutely slaying it on Instagram.

1. Straw sun-hat/matching bag combo 

As seen on the stunning fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger Louise Cooney, who shared the image with her 115k followers while on holiday in the Cinque Terre Riviera.

Straw hats and bags have been a summer staple forever – but they're a staple for a reason.

They are practical and stylish. A summer classic, if you will.

Grab a simple straw hat in H&M for €12.99 and instantly become a beach goddess. Minus the 155k followers, obvs. 

2. The baggy shirt 

Only Erika Fox (@retroflame) could make a baggy shirt and short-shorts looks this effortlessly cool but it's summer and we're gonna try, goddammit. 

Zara are killing it in the shirt game, but this one for €29.95 is simple but gorgeous.

Pair it with your trusty denim cut-offs and you're Insta-ready, no matter the backdrop. 

3. Wrap dress

This whole outfit is just ''Wow.''

And the best bit?

It's Penney's, hun.

Yes, Courtney Smith has paired a matching wrap dress and trousers together and it looks unreal, doesn't it? And not bad at €25. 

4. The jumpsuit

 Louise O'Reilly (@stylemecurvy) has nailed the jumpsuit in one fell swoop.

The stunning red literally pops off the screen and it's such a simple piece to style around. 

As Louise writes herself, it can be worn as workwear or evening wear and it's available at River Island for €75.

We think it's worth every penny.

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HB Ice Cream are getting their science caps on and delivering the research we both need and deserve: Ireland's top new language terms.

The bizarre evolution of our generation's language is mainly clocked down to social media, with social-speak invading 70 percent of all real life (IRL) conversations for young people.

The HBae summer campaign has named the top terms for the country's summer, with 'YAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS', 'Vibes' and 'Can't Even' leading the pack. 

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We truly are living our best lives this summer, with that term tagged in almost half of the most popular summer content this season.

'Bae' is another word we love to hate in Ireland, with 'fleek' coming in second as the most despised phrase.

HBae O'Clock is a series of flash ice cream giveaways celebrating Ireland's language evolution, and all we can say is: Treat Yo'Self. 

It turns out that keyboard chatter is massive in the Emerald Isle, with a whopping third of young Irish adults admitting to chatting through social channels over 20 times a day. Relax there, lads.

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HB is encouraging the great Irish public to prep themselves for a flurry of 'kween', 'YAAAAASSSSSSS', 'holibobs', 'this one', 'vibes', 'stun' and '#deserved' tags taking over the social media grid.

Research shows that 10 percent of Dublin, Connacht and Ulster are set to scream ‘YAAAAASSSSSSS’ this summer, while 12 percent Munster are saying 'Not Able' (N'able)

11 percent of Leinster (all of South Dublin, bae-sically) say we're all about dem 'vibes'.

Obviously. 68 percent of speakers in the land are native in Ireland's newest social media slang lingo and 90 percent of that group admit that it helps them connect with friends.

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Our language doesn't stop online, social media speak is now invading 70 percent of all conversations in person. Awks.

Ireland is 'living it's best life' this summer, with the term tagged in almost half of the most popular content this season. 81 percent of young Irish people use the term 'holibops', 'sunny dzay' and 'festi-gals'.

60 percent of us are willing to post holiday pics and 19 percent will post ice-cream photos or selfies with '#deserved' becoming a top tag for ice cream posters.

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The most annoying social media terms in Leinster with 38 percent of the vote are 'nom noms', 70 percent of people voted for 'bae' and 'not able' is also up there in the most annoying pile.

'Fleek' and 'holibops' are also getting under people's skin, but the terms show no sign of slowing down. Soz not soz. We're surprised 'shook' wasn't mentioned, personally.

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HBae O'Clock is giving away flash ice cream giveaways to celebrate the research of our most prevalent social terms, giving us our fave tasty treats all summer long.

Simply tag  #HBaeoclock every Friday to be in with a chance to grab them ice cream cones before anyone else gets their paws on them.

Seeing as there's a damn HEATWAVE going on all over the world (*cough* climate breakdown *cough*) why not celebrate the world coming to an end with some liquid sugar?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Social media addict and presenter James Kavanagh says;

 “Sunnier days are in sight baes and we’re looking to reward all of you stunning kweens with the tastiest treats for helping develop the language of our generation, STUN!

"Get your hands on a refreshing Twister, classic Cornetto, a gorge Iceberger or my fave – a cheeky Brunch and go wild on the social speak and HB pics tagging #HBaeoclock every Friday to be in with the chance to win.”

To find out more about HB this summer, search @HBIreland on Twitter and Instagram.

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ITV is set to air two seasons per year of Love Island, as the broadcaster looks to tackle a five percent fall in total advertising revenue by adding a winter edition of the hit reality TV show.

From 2020, an additional series will air during the British winter, with the original summer series continuing to be filmed in Europe.

The first season of the winter show will be shot in South Africa, so a few safari challenges might not go amiss. Love Island remains to be the most watched programme of the year for adults aged 16 to 34 across any channel.

The show hit new heights in its fifth series this summer, and recently broke an astonishing six million viewer barrier for the first time, according to The Guardian.

ITV’s chief executive, Carolyn McCall, credited the show for saving their drop in advertising revenue;

“ITV delivered another good viewing performance in the first half of the year,” McCall said.

“Online revenues grew strongly, up 18 percent, despite tough comparatives, with Love Island providing a strong finish to the half. This was reflected in better than expected total advertising revenue.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Currently the show enjoys over five million viewers watching per episode, and is commercial gold for the broadcaster. Uber Eats pays five million pounds alone to sponsor the show.

A dozen commercial partners were also involved in the 2018 series, spanning brand licensing, podcast sponsors, product placement, in-store branding and exclusive product lines and merchandise.

Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels at ITV, said; "Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences,”

“In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Love Island Instagram account has over three million followers, with the show creating over two billion impressions on Twitter so far this year.

Love Island will be back in an all new location of South Africa in early 2020, with the first series of the year bringing the sun to audiences from a brand new villa.

Angela Jain, Managing Director ITV Studios Entertainment said; "2020 is going to have even more love than before."

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Do you brace yourself every time you use your card in Dublin? Do you mumble excuses at the cashier when it’s declined?

I’ve taken to pre-emptively warning the staff at Zara that my card may not work. Dublin is one of the world's most expensive cities to live in, and we’re feeling it this summer.

With this in mind, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to make the most of your Irish summer on a tight  budget.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. Get familiar with the best-for-your-euro food options around the city centre

Looking for a burger? WOW Burger does a mini burger for €4.95 that ain’t so mini. Carluccio’s on Dawson Street does a half box of delicious pasta at lunchtime for less than 4 quid.

Mongolian BBQ in Temple Bar does an enormous Lunch Bowl for €7.90 that will do as your main meal for the day.

If you need to eat out, look around and see where a fiver lunch or a tenner dinner is available- be strict with yourself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Choose culture for dates

The National Museums of Ireland are all free to visit and are simply gorgeous. The Archaeology Museum is on Kildare Street and the Museum of Decorative Arts and History is just beside the Museum stop on the red Luas line.

The Natural History Museum (think weirdly interesting stuffed animals) is on Merrion Street and is a fab place for a date or a stroll at lunch. Spend your free afternoons this summer, learning about Dublin for free.  

The National Gallery of Ireland also has breathtaking art with collections from icons like Caravaggio, Jack B Yeats, Mantegna,Titian, Monet and Picasso.

Paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, archival and bibliographical material all feature, as well as furniture. The inside of the building itself is worth a look for the beautiful design.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Buy a good raincoat NOW

It may sound expensive, but if you make an initial investment, it will stand to you. Dublin is WET during the summer.

If you don’t have a waterproof jacket that a) has a hood and b) fits into your bag, you WILL accumulate several sh*t umbrellas over the coming months.

Not only is this a financial drain but its also the most unsustainable way to keep yourself dry this summer. Buy yourself a raincoat that will last and both your pocket AND the environment will thank you come September.

4. Drink off-peak

We don’t mean drink on your lunch break or have a liquid breakfast. We mean slightly earlier in the day or midweek.

Many places around town will have a two-for-one deal on cocktails (Fade Street Social, Pygmalion, Capitol Bar, Xico) or cheap pints (Dicey’s Garden) during the week or early in the day.

Have a scout and plan your drinks based on the deals- it will be worth the extra bit of research when you have more cash leftover at the end of the week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5.  Avoid the following high street stores like the plague:

  • Zara
  • Penney’s
  • H&M
  • Pull and Bear
  • River Island

Don’t lie to yourself. Don’t window shop or go in for a ‘quick look’. You WILL end up spending money. As usual, you will come across the most gorgeous clothes when you have the lowest funds available.

If your route home passes by these shops, choose another. An extra five minutes walk may save you money in the long-term. It's also beneficial for the environment to avoid these stores full stop…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Look for half-price stickers

Once you get into the ‘reduced’ or ‘half price’ mindset, you'll be flying it. Food shops such as Marks & Spencer and Avoca have a system where they cut the price of many of their products (such as ready-made meals) at the end of the week.

Keep your eyes peeled for such stickers so you can eat well on a budget.

7. Shop Charity

If you take a turn up George’s Street, you will be met by an abundance of charity shop options.

St Vincent’s, Enable Ireland and Oxfam are all a stone’s throw from each other, so you are bound to find something.

The same can be said for the Aungier Street/ Camden Street area which is home to shops like Age Action, Gorta and the Dublin Simon Community Shop.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charity shopping is a great way to save money, not to mention a greener way to shop for clothes and shoes.

Keep an eye out for the vintage racks in these shops where you might find some real treasures.

An unforgettable Dublin summer isn't impossible to reach for. If you carry out the right research and plan your budget, you can make the most out of this fun city without going into massive debt.

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We all know and love supermodel Emily Ratajkowski, and have longed to steal her effortlessly sexy style for years.

Now's our chance to finally embody the fashion prowess of the actress, model and entrepreneur, and we couldn't be more excited.

Nasty Gal has announced the launch of their 'EmRata' collaboration campaign, inspired by her personal look and focused on trend-driven summer essentials.

Emily Ratajkowski is the face of the stunning campaign, which is available on Nasty Gal's website from today.

Known worldwide for her eponymous style, the partnership collection is defiantly sexy, bold and confident, just like EmRata herself.

The model undoubtedly embodies the badass American clothing brand, which was originally named after the ubiquitous song and album by soul singer Betty Davis.

The retailer designs for empowered women such as EmRata, who reflects the unapologetic energy of Davis herself.

Many of us have noticed how Ratajkowski uses her platform to fight for women's reproductive rights and spreads the message of body positivity, encouraging women to own her sexuality.

With over 22 million Instagram followers, the gal is a full-blown fashion icon and feminist queen.

We aspire to be as confident as Emily, honestly. (It's hard work without her washboard abs)

We are LUSTING after this lilac satin crop top. Those bell sleeves, the lace, the colour, the material: We're weak.

Speaking about the incredible launch, Emily said;

Nasty Gal has always been a brand that has never shied away from pushing the envelope.

“I love the whole idea of a Nasty Gal – it’s a woman who stands up for herself and what she believes in. I’m very excited to
partner with them for this campaign!”

Nasty Gal x EmRata features ready-to-wear separates such as tops, skirts, trousers, dresses, jackets, and more.

Trend pieces including oversized jackets, graphic tees, midriff tops, sheer kimonos and light-wash denim are on the table, of course.

Who would EmRata be without her trademark crop tops? The styles range from sizes 4 to 22, and prices are in the area of €16 to €100.

Not bad, not bad at all. *Buys entire collection guilt-free*.

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Netflix is brilliant and everything – like, we'd be lost without it, right?

But what about when you've kinda scoured all the good things and you're not in the mood for the list of recommendations?

Well, there are movies that no one has really heard of.

I stumbled upon a  few of these while procrastinating college work and on YouTube.

Pom Pom Girls (1976)

This movie is not trying to emulate the flared-jeans, loose hair, flower power 70s, it was made then and that's what makes it so authentic.

You're transported to a high school in 1976 where a bunch of seniors are hooking up and breaking up. It's got cheerleaders, gorgeous floppy-haired guys and retro everything – perfect easy-watching. 

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Wish You Were Here (1987)

Emily Lloyd was born to play this role. 

She plays Linda, a teenage girl in a sleepy village of 1950s England.

It's post-WW2, everything is quiet and reserved and all she wants to is run wild – much to her dads's anger.

You can't help but fall in love with her and her free-spiritedness 

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Mischief (1985)

This movie takes place in the 1950s and focuses on two guys – cool new kid Gene and nerd Jonathan who is unlucky with the opposite sex.

Gene becomes his friend and mentor as he tries to win over Kelly Preston while Gene has his eye on the cute but taken Bunny. 

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Peggy Sue Got Married Go Married (1985)

If you had the chance to be 17 again, would you?

Kathleen Turner is Peggy Sue, who faints at her 25th high school reunion and wakes up back in 1960 – when she was just dating her soon-to-be ex-husband, Nicholas Cage.

It's quite emotional due to its nostalgia – the scene when she meets her grandparents again will make you bawl, for real. 

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Mystic Pizza (1988)

One of Julia Roberts first movies – and she glows alongside her two co-stars, who play best friends in a small American town.

They're waitresses and the summer after high school is a summer they'll never forget as they struggle with who they are and what they want. 

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Dance Til Dawn (1988)

This is something I stumbled upon while on YouTube and it has many familiar faces.

Christina Applegate? Matthew Perry? Christina Milano?

It's their prom and it's the 1980s so think big hair, poofy dresses, mullets, and high school drama.

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Great Outdoors (1988)

This is one of John Candy's funniest movies – him and Dan Ackroyd as brothers is genius.

They, along with their wives and kids, spend a few weeks in a cabin for the summer –  cue summer love, family rows and an epic bear that steals the show.

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Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation (1962)

This flick pairs screen legends James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara as a married couple who are having a good old family holiday with their brood.

It will resonate with anyone who has ever gone on a family holiday and wondered why the f*ck they did. 

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Mean Creek (2004)

This one is slightly darker than the others but a great movie all the same.

A teenage boy is being bullied by another kid so his older brother decides to get him back.

What ensues is a boating trip in the woods that backfires.

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The Wackness (2008)

It's summer. New York. It's 1994.

Teen marijuana dealer Luke gives his therapist weed for sessions with him.

They each have their issues and things get messy when Luke falls for his therapist's daughter. 

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Tonight's Love Island looks set to be a good one and we cannot wait.

In a twist, the couple had to vote for who they thought was the least compatible….and they chose Joe and Lucie and Elma and Anton. 

No big surprises there, right?

However, the public has the power now to kick out their least two favourite Islanders.

Thank f*ck.

Ok, so I know Lucie isn't Miss Innocent and whispering with a guy (Tommy) she was in a love triangle with isn't the nicest thing in the world to do, but she needs to get away from Joe.

Sandwich man Joe started out as alright, few red flags of jealousy and possessiveness…but the last few days, his behaviour is downright not ok.

He's making Lucie feel bad for not being a girlie girl and told her she needs to spend more time with the girls in the villa.

He 's said that her friendship with Tommy is ''weird'' because he's a guy and it's kinda gaslighting.

So bye Joe.

So – Elma and Anton.

Anton's video when he came in had me thinking – Oh ffs, here's an arrogant shit' but he's such a sweetheart. 

He's been pied so many times and is still smiling.

He told Molly-Mae how it was, hugged Anna even though he had to recouple with a romantic partner, is funny and just seems like a good guy.

He's not everyone's cup of tea but he's not a d*ckhead, that's for sure.

I initially thought Elma was ok and she and Anton seemed to make sense…but her behaviour the minute (could be just sneaky editing) after Anton chose her, she went cold.

I was like – wtf Elma?

Anton is a CUTIE – I know, I know, keeping her options open…I just feel like she's not and never has been into Anton and I'm not a fan.

So for me, it's an easy choice…Joe and Elma should get the boot.

We'll see how Lucie acts without Joe and as for Anton, throw someone in there who fancies the poor lad, will you?

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We can all remember the good old days when Lucy Watson was the sassiest person in Made in Chelsea history, and we drooled over her gorgeous clothes and high-end but chic style.

Now a full-time influencer and animal rights activist, her fashion sense is as stunning as ever. Watson emanates eclectic taste and carefree, feminine clothing while travelling on her worldly adventures

Thankfully, Nasty Gal have also realised her talent for epitomising personal style, and have decided to collaborate with the British model for a 30-piece summer capsule edit.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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International online retailer Nasty Gal made our day when they announced a curated summer collection featuring Lucy's favourites; vintage wash denims and fresh florals.

Watson is a long-time fan of the brand, and collaborated with them on the campaign and product direction, working closely with the buying team to edit the collection and self-style her favourite outfits.

The gorgeous range was inspired by the model's many travel experiences, and is offering cute ruffle tops in sweetheart shapes, linen playsuits, detailed sleeves, eye-catching skirts and pretty dresses alongside key summer staples.

The beautiful campaign was shot in Spanish Ibiza, and we are beyond ready to be obsessed with the entire range. The confidence, simplicity and lace-up corsetry detailing in the clothing is giving us life.

Embroidered mesh, frills and vintage details with a twist would be perfect for your summer suitcase…it's high time you showed off these looks on sunny beaches in exotic, faraway lands.

The collection won't break the bank either, with products ranging from €30 to €60 and available in UK sizes 4-24. Lucy's typical laid-back fashionista vibe is the essence of the campaign.

The businesswoman, TV personality and vegan author recently has also recently launched her first vegan restaurant, 'Tell Your Friends' plus a range of ready-made meals in supermarkets. Her 'Feed Me Vegan' cookbook has also become a runaway success.

It makes perfect sense that Lucy decided to work with a brand like Nasty Gal, which is rooted in old-school rock 'n' roll and plays around with rules rather than prescribing to them. Badass meets sunny femininity in this collection, don't miss out.

These pieces will make any gal feel special and confidence for the summer, check out the full range on Nasty Gal's website.

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Summer is on the way and while that excites us, the news that one of our FAVOURITE McFlurrys will be available again takes top billing. 

Remember Aero and Mint Aero McFlurrys?

Of course you do – well, they are going to be back on the menu at McDonald's soon.

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After four years, the ice-cream treat will be making summer 2019 the best one in ages, all thanks to its minty chocolatey goodness.  

Starting from next week, the McFlurrys will be available in regular and mini size – but there's a catch.

They'll only be in McDonald's for eight weeks, so snap 'em up while you can.

So what's in them?

Topped with chocolate pieces and a chocolate or peppermint sauce (depending on which one you go for) – sounds delicious, right?

Time to race you to your nearest McDonald's.

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The countdown to one of Ireland's biggest summer festivals is well and truly on, and now Longitude have only gone and given us 22 more glorious acts to see.

They've also entrusted us with the break-up of which days certain artists are playing over the weekend, so we're pretty much ecstatic.

The new acts include; Ave, Bugzy Malone, Fredo, Wild Youth, Little Simz, NOT3S, Headlie One, YBN Cordae, Chasing Abbey, Kneecap, Biig Piig, Grace Carter, Amber Mark, Saweetie, Buddy, Ama Lou, Adekunle Gold, Mallrat, JYELLOWL, Nealo, Why-Axis and Barny Fletcher.

Stage times will be announced over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Unforch, H.E.R. and Clairo cannot perform at Longitude 2019 due to scheduling conflicts. We're gutted, especially about H.E.R., but thank the Lord we have 22 new acts to worship.

The festival will take place in Marlay Park from July 5 until July 7, 2019. There are still some limited tickets left for the full three days, so get on that FAST.

For further festival information see: www.longitude.ie | www.mcd.ie

Feature image: Instagram/@longitudefest

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