Blog Posts by Nicola McCafferty

  • The most daring lingerie EVER? Wonderbra unveil lowest-ever plunge bra to help you mirror celebrity trend for plunging necklines

    Wonderbra promises to put an end to bra-flashing faux pas with seriously daring new bra

    Flashing a hint of bra strap under your dress is one of the ultimate fashion faux pas.

    Stars such as Holly Willoughby have inspired the trend for very daring, plunging necklines [Rex] You can avoid that particular wardrobe malfunction this festive party season and still be ahead of the trends though, thanks to a revolutionary new piece of lingerie that definitely isn't for the faint-hearted.

    In response to all the plunging, cleavage-baring dresses currently hogging the rails on the high street, Wonderbra have revealed their lowest-ever plunging bra to date.

    With a huge scooped, cut-out panel at the front, the bra features straps and side panels to give support to the bust and keep everything firmly in place.

    With a huge cut out at the bust, the lowest-ever bra promises to take away any fears of a bra flash The bra retailer reckon the new design will be the answer many have been looking for when it comes to pulling off the tricky-to-wear trend for plunging halternecks, V-necks and even cut-out panelling.

    But while the design may mean no more bra-flashing, wearers still have to drum up the confidence to pull off such a look - which definitely won't work for all.

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  • Has Kate Middleton inspired an expensive Christmas? Sapphires shoot to the top of wish lists thanks to her infamous engagement ring

    The Duchess of Cambridge's sapphire and diamond engagement ring has inspired many women to dream of sapphires under the tree this year

    From hairstyles to outfits and even birthing plans - it seems there's nothing the 'Kate Middleton effect' doesn't touch.

    Kate Middleton's sapphire and diamond engagement ring has sent the stone soaring up Christmas wish lists In fact, such is the pull of the Duchess of Cambridge's chic style that many households could find themselves with a pricey Christmas on their hands, if new reports are anything to go by.

    Thanks to Kate and the oval sapphire engagement ring surrounded by 14 diamonds that Prince William presented her with - the late Princess Diana's ring - sapphires have seen a huge boost in popularity.

    So much so it seems diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend, with sapphires being high up on scores of Christmas wish lists this year.

    Perhaps due to the Duchess being under even closer scrutiny that usual this year what with the birth of the Royal Baby, 73 per cent of women revealed they're dreaming of sapphires under the Christmas tree this year.

    Classic pearls were next on their jewellery must-have list - another favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge.

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  • Where has our body confidence gone? Women spend a whole MONTH worrying about their appearance

    Fretting over our weight, what to wear and what we look like makes for a serious amount of concern for women, new study reveals

    It's no wonder diets and weight loss regimes do such booming business, as it's been revealed today that women spend almost an entire month of the year worrying about their appearance.

    Women spend almost an entire month of the year worrying about their appearance Fear about our weight or our curves, as well as whether we overindulged at our last meal make up for an average 12 hours and four minutes a week of worry for women.

    This results in us spending a whopping 627 hours and 28 minutes panicking about how we look, over the course of one year.

    An alarming new study released today showed that anxiety over our weight, fretting about what to wear and then how that outfit looks cause a serious amount of concern for most women.

    And if we're not beating ourselves up enough, stressing over whether we're fat, too bloated, have pale skin or frizzy hair is also playing on our minds.

    The average female spends around 50 minutes a week deciding what to wear, with a further hour and 32 minutes worrying about what we've chosen.

    Even our choice of underwear poses problems, with many

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  • Photo frames made of PLACENTA: New mothers can buy frames made of dried and crushed pieces

    Not only can you choose to eat one, now you can have a picture of your newborn in a frame made of placenta

    The placenta is renowned for being rich in nutrients - if you can bear to eat one.

    New mothers can have a photo of their newborn in a frame made from their placenta [PA}But it seems there are more controversial ways to make use of it after childbirth, as now you can treasure pictures of your newborn in a frame made from your very own placenta.

    One university graduate's unique idea sees dried and crushed pieces of placenta being added to moulds filled with clear casting resin that create a marble-effect photoframe  - perfect for keeping a photo of your new addition in.

    The technique involves using crushed and dried pieces of placenta to make a frame And it seems the bizarre idea is taking off, as she's already receiving orders from parents, according to the University of Brighton.

    Amanda Cotton uses the entire placenta to make a frame, first boiling and cooking it and then grinding it into small pieces before placing it into a mould with resin and other materials.


    She said: "I have had a lot of positive feedback from mothers and fathers to be - and I already have clients."

    One order has come from Ulrika Jarl, who is expecting her second daughter at

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  • I'm A Celebrity: Rebecca Adlington's tears highlight 'how even iconic female role models face the body confidence issue'

    I'm A Celeb 2013: As Rebecca reveals her body insecurities, Judi James, a leading body language expert, explains the sad truth that body confidence is still an issue - despite our successes

    Watching a beauty queen parade around in a tiny bikini is enough to unsettle most women.

    Rebecca Adlington broke down in tears on last night's I'm A Celeb And it seems even Olympic athletes aren't exempt from feeling pressure over their body image, judging by the latest antics on I'm A Celebrity.

    Gold-medal holder Rebecca Adlington was reduced to tears in the jungle last night, admitting to her fellow jungle camp mates how the sight of Amy Willerton's bikini body made her feel insecure about her own.

    Despite being arguably one of the fittest camp mates this year's series has to offer, the 24-year-old broke down as Amy continued to strut around the camp in her bikini - much to Joey's delight.

    She told the Bush Telegraph: "It's make me very, very insecure that I have to look [a certain way]. For me, I was an athlete.

    "I wasn't trying to be a model, but pretty much every single week on Twitter I get somebody commenting on the way I look."

    For many at home watching, Rebecca's admission will have come as somewhat of a surprise.

    Just why should a twice Read More »from I'm A Celebrity: Rebecca Adlington's tears highlight 'how even iconic female role models face the body confidence issue'
  • Brave Skye Swinton, 4, takes her first steps thanks to revolutionary new spinal treatment

    Four-year-old takes her first proper steps after complex spinal surgery, thanks to Britain's biggest lottery winners

    Her brave story captured the hearts of millions across the country.

    Skye Swinton, four, has taken her first steps thanks to a revolutionary spinal treatment And now four-year-old Skye Swinton is set to break hearts again, after taking her first proper steps following her revolutionary spinal surgery.

    The brave tot underwent the complex operation thanks to the generosity of Britain's biggest lottery winners, who stumped up the £28,000 needed to perform the surgery.

    And thanks to Chris and Colin Weir, who dipped into their £161 million EuroMillions jackpot, Skye has now taken her first tentative steps with the aid of walking sticks.

    Her mum Ruth, 39, is hoping that soon Skye will be able to walk completely unaided and go on to live a normal life.

    Skye Swinton's operation was paid for by Chris and Colin Weir, who won a £161 million EuroMillions jackpot The Weirs made the pledge after desperate Ruth wrote a letter asking for help when her local NHS trust refused funding.

    But she was stunned when a phone call confirmed the pair - who became Britain's biggest single jackpot winners last year - would stump up the cash.

    Little Skye is already walking more steadily with the help of her

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  • 'Spitfire baby' whose labour lasted five minutes can dance Gangnam Style, walk and talk - all before his first birthday

    Heather Thorpe reveals her son Jonathon shot into the world in less than five minutes - and is still impressing with his quick development

    You would think he'd slow down after launching himself into the world in a labour that lasted just five minutes.

    Jonathon has earned the title 'Spitfire baby' after a labour lasting five minutes But a tot nicknamed 'Spitfire baby' is clearly continuing to live life in the fast lane - by walking, talking and even dancing Gangnam Style all before his first birthday.

    Heather Thorpe, 24, was the envy of women the world over when she had a labour that lasted just 300 seconds.

    She revealed he shot into the world "like a little Spitfire" on November 22, weighing in at 5lbs and 7oz.

    And he's showing no signs of slowing down since, learning an impressive array of skills and all before turning one tomorrow.

    After learning to walk and talk when he was just seven months, Jonathon loves dancing and is increasingly tech-savvy - even mastering how to use his mum's laptop.

    And while most youngsters his age are just getting up on their feet, he can use a remote control to change TV channels and dance along to his favourite song Gangnam Style.

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  • Couronne De Noël recipe: A sure-fire baking treat to wow the family this Christmas

    Christmas food: Delight with a tasty brioche with a festive twist

    If you really want to impress your friends and family this Christmas, then why not give The Couronne De Noël a whirl?

    Impress your friends and family with this recipe for a tasty Couronne De Noël [Paul] An edible Christmas wreath with a round, soft brioche base, the pretty pastry is topped with candied fruits and worked into a festive star shape. Finish with sugar crystals.

    Ingredients:
    60ml milk
    15g fresh yeast
    60g bread flour            
    3 eggs
    240g bread flour          
    15g sugar                    
    (3⁄4 tsp) 4g salt                       
    210g butter, softened


    Method
    :
    1. Scald milk to the point below boiling and cool until lukewarm. Dissolve yeast. Add flour and mix to make a sponge texture. Leave to rise until mixture doubles in size.

    2. Gradually mix in eggs and then the dry ingredients to make a soft dough. A small mixer with a dough hook can also be used to mix.

    3. Beat in butter a little at a time until it is completely absorbed and the Read More »from Couronne De Noël recipe: A sure-fire baking treat to wow the family this Christmas
  • The Duchess of Cambridge reworks her Orla Kiely fashion hit for latest charity visit

    Kate Middleton joins Prince William for trip to Only Connect charity in London and wows in her chic winter style

    She was back to her pre-baby slim figure in next to no time.

    Kate Middleton and Prince William were visiting the Only Connect offices in London today [Rex] And Kate Middleton looks as though she's got winter styling down to a tee too, as she stepped out today in a smart coat dress by Orla Kiely for an official outing with Prince William.

    Smiling for the hordes of well-wishers gathered for a glimpse of them, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge braved the November chill for their visit to the Only Connect crime prevention charity in London.

    Wrapped up warm against the cold climes, Kate was typically on chic form in Orla Kiely's beige and brown patterned coat dress, which featured oversized buttons down to her waist and on the sleeves.

    Cut to just above her knee, she teamed the dress with chocolate-coloured tights and matching suede ankle boots with silver appliques.

    Accessorising her look with a slim suede chocolate clutch, Kate kept the rest of her look to a minimum - letting the bold patterned coat dress do all the talking.

    The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her winter chic in the wool printed Orla Kiely dress [Rex] With her long brunette locks in her trademark blow-out style,Read More »from The Duchess of Cambridge reworks her Orla Kiely fashion hit for latest charity visit
  • A whole Christmas dinner in a block of CHEESE?! Cheese maker reveal you can dramatically reduce cooking time with unusual cheddar

    Christmas Day will never be the same again, thanks to a Christmas dinner CHEESE

    First there was the three-bird roast that dramatically reduced preparation time in the kitchen.

    The Christmas Dinner Cheese would reduce hours of cooking on Christmas Day And now it seems those hours you spend slaving away over the Christmas dinner could be reduced ever further - thanks to a BLOCK OF CHEESE that tastes like turkey and all the trimmings.

    With turkey flavouring, the Christmas dinner cheese is packed with carrots, Brussels sprouts, festive fruit, candied cherries and apple - all packaged in a block of cheddar cheese.

    Despite being noticeably void of any roast potatoes, the unusual cheese means you get a taste of everything you'd usually find on your plate on Christmas Day in just one slice.

    But it doesn't stop there either, as you can round off your Christmas dinner in the traditional way - with a piece of Christmas pudding, in even more cheese.

    Packed with all the key ingredients of the classic Christmas pudding, the cheese includes brandy-soaked sultanas, raisins and currants, candied cherries and apple, cinnamon and a special Christmas liqueur.

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