RECIPES

Inventive meals for your left-over turkey

Whether it’s a turkey and cranberry sandwich or a classic stir-fry you stick to, we’re always trying to come up with new ways to be inventive with our left-overs on Boxing Day. Here’s some perfect recipes to help Turkey & Black Bean Chilli Bowls Preparation time: 15 minutesCooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients 300g pack British […]

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MOVIES & TV

What to watch this Christmas

As it’s clear we’ll be spending most of Christmas indoors, we’re so glad the TV schedule is looking good. Here’s what to watch this year Christmas Eve Katherine Jenkins: Christmas Spectacular from the Royal Albert HallITVWe can’t wait for these seasonal favourites to get us into the spirit before the big day. Gavin & StaceyBBC1So […]

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LIFESTYLE

Eight ways to keep busy during Christmas

With household mixing now only on the big day, we’ll be looking for things to do at home for the Christmas period – so here’s some fun and festive ideas. Faye’s picks: Get creative in the kitchen Test out your bake off skills just in time for The Great Christmas Bake Off and make some […]

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RECIPES

Creative cake recipes for Christmas

Tired of Christmas pudding and want to try something new? Here’s some festive recipes to give you some inspiration. Festive Spiced Latté Cake Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus coolingCooking time: 50 minutes Serves: 10–12 Ingredients 250g unsalted butter, melted 300g self-raising white flour 1 tsp baking powder 250g Billington’s Light Brown Soft Sugar ½ tsp […]

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BOOK CLUB, NEW RELEASES

Book Club: 10 New releases to read this December

From in-their-own-words stories to fictional favourites, these new releases will keep you busy throughout your Christmas break at home (and may make perfect gifts too). Faye’s picks: 1. The Wrong Family Tarryn Fisher Have you ever been wrong about someone? Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect perfect life, but only now […]

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GIFT GUIDES, NORTH EAST

Gift Guide: North East gifts for a Christmas at home

As we’re all spending Christmas at home, in small groups with our loved ones, we’re celebrating the amazing places and spaces around us. Treat your loved ones this Christmas with a reminder of home. 1. Newcastle Ceramic Bauble 2. 2021 FTLOTN Calendar 3. Angel of the North Necklace 4. The Alnwick Garden Mini Candle Collection […]

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GIFT GUIDES, HOMEWARE

Gift Guide: Six stylish stockings for Christmas

Hang them by the fire, or give them to a loved one filled with gifts, here’s the stockings you need this Christmas. 1. Faux-Fur Christmas Stocking 2. Alphabet Stocking 3. Personalised Stocking 4. Quilted Alphabet Christmas Stocking 5. Traditional Christmas Knitted Stocking 6. Jolly Reindeer Christmas Stocking

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LIFESTYLE

What we’re loving this December

Here’s everything that’s making the run up to Christmas that little bit better for team Style and Wear. We’re watching: Festive films Be it Elf, The Grinch or Last Christmas, we’ve got our festive favourites on repeat. We’re listening to: Fairytale of New York It just never gets old. We’re following: @zoesugg Not just for […]

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MAKEUP

21 Instagrammers inspiring us with their Christmas makeup looks

There are many great things about Christmas, and one of the best parts is the lead-up, the anticipation and the festive spirit. One way we can all get involved is social media, and nobody doesn’t it better than beauty influencers who spend the season creating beautiful Christmas-themed makeup looks, inspired by classic movies and festive […]

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BEVERAGES

Five winter cocktails to try this Christmas

It’s time to eat, drink and be merry as Christmas is just around the corner. We’ve picked five winter cocktails to put you in the festive spirit with flavours of fresh peppermint, warm gingerbread and zesty citrus fruits. 1. White Chocolate Peppermint Martini 2. Naughty Rudolph 3. Buck’s Fizz 4. Gingerbread Martini 5. Jack Frost […]

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LIFESTYLE

19 Things to put in your Christmas Eve box

Christmas Eve is fast approaching, leaving little time to get all our Christmas shopping in order. Which means it’s about the right time to start thinking about Christmas Eve boxes. You may put one together for your children, partner or even treat yourself to one, because they’re a wonderful part of Christmas Eve as you […]

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FASHION, NORTH EAST

How Sunderland is going virtual with shopping perks

The arrival of a new app in Sunderland, which is being backed by a Dragon from BBC’s Dragons’ Den, is perfect for the city’s shoppers this Christmas. Faye finds out why… ParkingPerx rewards shoppers with free parking when they spend in participating stores and is now live in Sunderland. Ashington-born Chris Reed impressed the panel […]

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FASHION

It seems party season is not cancelled as shoppers go crazy for sequins

Despite lockdown, and tier restrictions put in place this holiday season it appears as if the nation refuses to give up its Christmas spirit. According to new data from Lyst, over the last two weeks searches for items with sequins have increased significantly, by 165% and demand for sequin skirts specifically increased by 26% week-on-week, […]

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RECIPES

Five Christmas cookie recipes to bake with your family in 2020

While baking Christmas cookies is usually an American tradition, there is nothing wrong with adopting a little festive cheer, especially this year. Baking with your family can be one of the most enjoyable and satisfying activities. So, gather the troops and pick your favourite cookie recipe because it’s nearly Christmas and there is no excuse […]

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PLAYLISTS

Get in the Christmas spirit with this fun and festive playlist

It’s December, and while most started celebrating Christmas early this year due to the pandemic, we’re still in need of some festive cheer. We’ve put together a Christmas playlist with more than 100 songs that will have you up on your feet dancing and singing with your family for hours. So, stay merry this December […]

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FASHION

Nine festive pyjama sets you can get at your local supermarket

Since 2020 has been about all things cosy with loungewear being the go-to for most, it’s finally time to honour the most important of all loungewear sets – Christmas pyjamas. Is there anything better than getting in your Christmas pyjamas, and getting all smug with a hot chocolate while watching your favourite Christmas movie? Answer, […]

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BEVERAGES

Festive hot chocolate seven ways

Yesterday we woke up to the first frost of Autumn, we could see our breath in the air as ice nipped at our finger tips. So, in preparation for the cold days ahead we’ve gathered up some of the best hot chocolate recipes to keep you warm on the run up to Christmas. Classic Hot […]

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NAILS

Nailed It: Christmas nail art we’re loving

Everyone is getting excited for Christmas – us included. One of the more stylish parts of the holiday season is getting your nails done with festive designs sure to catch the attention of those around you. So, from cute reindeers to classic tartan these Christmas designs have caught our eye. Classic Christmas View this post […]

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GIFT GUIDES

Gift Guide: 20 Stocking fillers under £10

Stocking fillers may not be the highlight of Christmas morning but they can still surprise a loved one. Usually, when you think stocking fillers your mind may jump to socks and underwear, which as a child are boring but as an adult is an amazing and much-needed gift. The great thing about stocking fillers are […]

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GIFT GUIDES

Gift Guide: Stylish gifts for that special man in your life

There is only a month till Christmas which doesn’t leave much time for shopping and it’s likely you’ve got a number of gents on that shopping list, such as your partner, father, brother, best friend, cousin, uncle, maybe even housemate. So, from beauty essentials to practical everyday necessities we’ve picked out some of the most […]

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