Blog Posts by Vanessa Green

  • How to look slimmer, today

    Of course, women shouldn't be wishing themselves away. But sometimes, you want your clothes to look more streamlined, or some advice on how to make the best of your great bits (every size has some). So here are some quick tips to make your clothes fit better, and your posture prouder. No calorie counting required.

    Jewellery
    A bit of bling is the slimmer's secret weapon. Think optical illusion here. A dramatic pendant elongates the neck by drawing the eye up and down, whereas a choker will only widen a broad neck and shoulders. Likewise, long drop earrings slim the face better than hoops. Plus, glitz can look ghoulish on skinny minnies, so if your décolletage is more bountiful than bony you should go ahead and adorn it.

    Eva Longoria's emerald arrows are a cunning face slimmer.
     

    Underwear
    Sure, you can vacuum pack yourself into giant support pants, though control tights usually do an equally good job of streamlining.

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  • Best deals on supermarket Easter eggs

    The Guardian recently reported rising chocolate prices this Easter, with the Galaxy Minstrels egg increasing in price by up to 140%.  Rising cocoa costs have been blamed on poor harvests, political unrest in the Ivory Coast (the world's largest cocoa exporter), and escalating fuel and sugar prices.

    After Easter, chocolate egg prices can drop dramatically, but popular eggs are snapped up fast. Don't wait for the sales - here are some of the best deals this Easter.

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    Tesco offering a bundle deal on small eggs - equivalent to £1 each

    At Tesco - whose Portslade Tesco Metro store famously began selling chocolate eggs on Christmas Eve - shoppers can pick up a bundle deal on Easter eggs for the equivalent of £1 each.

    Currently, the 85g Milky Way egg is priced at £2 per egg, but is part of a 3 for £3 deal. Other eggs in the deal include the Maltesers egg (88g), Nestlé Milky Bar egg (65g) and the Smarties egg (90g). Tesco's offer ends on

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  • The worst celebrity baby names from A – Z

    Celebrities live in a parallel universe where maybe the bizarre names they give their babies sound OK. In reality, it's probably kinder to your child not to name them after fruit, musical instruments, countries, accessories, or random words from the dictionary

    Here's our A to Z of weird and wonderful celebrity baby names. What were their parents thinking?

    Apple: Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
    Astrella Celeste: Donovan and Linda Lawrence (also parents to Oriole Nebula)
    Audio Science:
    Shannyn Sossamon ('A knight's Tale')
    Aurelius Cy: Elle Macpherson and Arpad Busson
    Blue Angel: U2's The Edge and Aislinn O'Sullivan
    Bluebell Madonna: Geri Halliwell
    Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz: David and Victoria Beckham
    Calico: Alice and Sheryl Cooper
    Diezel Ky: Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis
    Fifi Trixibell, Peaches, and Pixie: Bob Geldof and Paula Yates
    Fuchsia: Sting and Frances Tomelty
    Gulliver: Gary Oldman and Donya Fiorentino
    Heaven: Lil' Mo
    Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily: Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence
    Hopper: Sean

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  • Cher Lloyd gets made over in latest magazine photo shoot

    X-Factor runner-up Cher Lloyd has traded in her street style for something more edgy.

    Minus the fake-tan and heavy make-up, the outspoken teen shows off her flame-red hair, in an elegant photo shoot for Wonderland magazine.

    Since dyeing her hair and getting more tattoos, Cher has been called a Cheryl Cole clone. Appearing in an alternative magazine like this offers the aspiring singer a chance to step away from her alleged copycat style.

    The reason for her radical hair change was all for building her image. Cher told Wonderland, 'I wanted something that would sort of represent me, that's fiery and outgoing. So I thought a bit of a red would do me good.

    In the upcoming issue, the aspiring pop star also addresses the criticism she received since leaving the show. She told Wonderland, 'Sometimes stuff people say really affects me, whether it's about the way I look or the way that I'm acting. It can get me really stressed out.'

    The 17-year old added, 'And it's like, give me a little

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  • How to make the perfect ponytail

    Richard Ashcroft is the International Creative Director from top hairdressing company, Saco. Here he shows you how to perfect that traditional ponytail hairstyle.

    Step 1: Apply salty water

    Mix some salt into water.

    Step 2: Make hair bungee

    Using a hair-band and two kirby-grips make the hair bungee.

    Step 3: Brush hair

    Brush hair back through your hand towards a point at the back.

    Step 4: Tilt head back to avoid sagging

    When positioning your ponytail, tilt your head back in order to avoid a loose section underneath.

    Step 5: Position pony-tail

    Position ponytail between crown and occipital bone.

    Step 6: Use hair bungee

    Wrap pony-tail in hair-bungee and fix using kirby-grip.

    Step 7: conceal hair bungee

    Using a strand of hair, wrap round the bungee to conceal it.

    Step 8: Smooth finish with hair spray

    Apply hair spray to finish any loose hair to complete the look.

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  • The most influential ‘girl crushes’ in fashion

    The lady crush is intriguing. Far more so than the man crush. The woman you'd love to be says so much more about you than the man you'd like to kiss. And contrary to what Just Seventeen used to assure us, you don't grow out of it. You just transfer your crushes from 'The Prettiest Sixth Former',   to a celebrity, or a woman at work.

    'Girl hot' is a subtle quality.  Women who magnetise other women come in all shapes and guises, but they tend to have this in common — men don't get it. Where males gawp at long hair and va va voom bodies (Kelly Brook), women go gaga for something subtler (Audrey Hepburn). The usual suspects are tall rangy women (oooh you wish you looked like her in jeans), tiny doll like women (sigh, she's so dainty), perfectly groomed girls (if only you had her energy) and 'couldn't care less women' (oh, for her confidence).

    And what does your girl crush say about you? Answer the question below, to find out. Which of these famous women makes you coo? Olivia Palermo, Kate

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  • How to fold a t-shirt in two seconds

    This video offers an in-depth explanation into folding your T-shirt In 2 Seconds! Watch the technique online, and let VideoJug break it down for you and show you how it's done.

    Step 1: Lay it flat

    Lay the T-shirt so that it is completely flat and is side on to you

    Step 2: Pinch one

    Draw an imaginary line with your finger across the middle of the T-shirt, stopping short of the edge. Pinch the T-shirt between your thumb and forefinger of your left hand at this point, making sure that you have gripped the front and back of the T-shirt fabric.

    Step 3: Pinch two

    With your other draw a line directly up the T-shirt and pinch the T-shirt on the shoulder seam of the T-shirt directly above this point again making sure that you have gripped the front and back of the T-shirt fabric.

    Step 4: Pinch three

    Bring Pinch 2 down behind your hand and pinch T-shirt at the bottom directly beneath the two pinches and pinch the bottom along with your original pinch, again making sure that you have gripped the

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  • Chicken stir-fry with noodles

    Ingredients:

    • 2tbsp vegetable oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, each sliced into 10 pieces
    • 3 medium carrots – around 450g (1lb) – cut into thin strips, about 5cm (2in) long
    • 250g pack thick egg noodles
    • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
    • 200g (7oz) mangetout, ends trimmed
    • 155g jar sweet chilli and lemongrass sauce

    Directions:

    1. Fill the large pan with water and bring to the boil.

    2. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in the wok or frying pan, then add the garlic and stir-fry for 1-2min. Add the chicken pieces and stir-fry for 5min, then add the carrot strips and stir-fry for a further 5min.

    3. Put the noodles into the boiling water and cook for the time stated on the pack.

    4. Meanwhile, add the spring onions, mangetout and sauce
    to the wok. Stir-fry for 5min.

    5. Drain the cooked noodles well and add to the wok. Toss everything together and serve.

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  • Easy lasagne recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 2tbsp olive oil
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 2tsp dried oregano
    • 750g (1½lb) minced beef
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 x 600g-700g jar tomato sauce (eg Loyd Grossman's Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce)
    • 2tsp sugar
    • 250g (9oz) fresh or ‘no pre-cooking required' dried lasagne
    • 2 x 350g tubs fresh carbonara sauce (eg Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Carbonara Sauce)
    • 250g (9oz) grated mozzarella
    • Baby spinach or rocket leaves, to serve (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan, gas mark 6).

    2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion and oregano over a low heat for 5 min until the onion softens. Add the beef and garlic, and increase the heat to medium and cook until the meatchanges colour. Pour in the tomato sauce, rinse the jar out with 150ml (¼ pint) water and pour into the pan. Add the sugar, season and stir well. Simmer for 10 min until slightly reduced.

    3. In a 3-litre (5¼-pint) baking dish, spread a quarter of the meat sauce. Layer a third of the pasta

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  • Traditional Irish fare for St. Patrick’s Day

    Beef stew with Guinness

    Packed full of flavour, this beef casserole is perfect with mashed potatoes.

    Ingredients

    • 700g (1½lb) braising steak, cut into large chunks around 5cm (2in) across
    • 2tsp plain flour
    • 2tbsp oil
    • 25g (1oz) butter
    • 2 large onions,finely sliced
    • 225g (8oz) carrots, peeled and cut into large sticks
    • 200ml (7fl oz) Guinness
    • 300ml (½ pint) vegetable stock
    • 2tsp tomato purée
    • 2tsp English mustard
    • 2tsp light muscovado sugar
    • 225g (8oz) large field or portabellini mushrooms

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan oven) mark 2. Toss the meat in the flour. Heat the oil and butter in a large casserole dish over a medium heat and brown the meat a few pieces at a time, removing it with a slotted spoon. The flavour and colour of the finished casserole depend on the meat taking on a good deep colour now. Stir the onion into the pan and cook for about 10min until golden brown and beginning to soften and caramelise.

    2. Return all the meat to the pan, then add the carrots and stir in

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