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Duchess Meghan breaks royal protocol with bold fashion choices

<p>Royal watchers are once again left wondering whether Duchess Meghan has broken royal protocol, as she eschewed some of the unwritten rules at a public engagement this week.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex was seen rocking dark nail polish on her toes and a Roland Mouret gown that showed her bare legs at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s new show Totem on <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/beauty-style/pregnant-duchess-meghan-stuns-in-glamorous-6k-gown">Wednesday night</a>. The event was held for Prince Harry’s charity foundation Sentebale.</p> <p><img style="width: 263.15789473684214px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822824/duchessmeghan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c1ba004123544f8fa3954df17f438a65" /><img style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" src="/media/7822825/duchess-nail-polish-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/acca8f033c5846f9b4df107e251e34bf" /></p> <p>It has long been reported that women of the royal family are required to wear pale polish and hosiery for official appearances. The tradition is said to originate from Queen Elizabeth II, who always wears flesh-coloured stockings and reportedly finds colourful nail polishes vulgar.</p> <p>However, royal expert Marlene Koenig said the Duchess was not breaking any rules with her lack of tights.</p> <p>“There are no rules for royal women regarding pantyhose,” Koenig told <em>BAZAAR.com</em>. “While most women (royal or commoner) wear pantyhose with suits or gowns for a good slim line, it is not required by any decree from the Queen.”</p> <p>Royal correspondent Omid Scobie also said the Duchess’s polish choice was not an issue.</p> <p>“There’s no actual protocol about dark nail polish,” said Scobie. “It’s simply about being appropriate – we’d never see this at a royal engagement.”</p> <p>Scobie also said “there’s a lot more flexibility on what one can wear” for non-royal events. </p> <p>This is not the first time Duchess Meghan has broken longstanding royal beauty customs. Since joining the royal family, she has also been criticised for styling her hair loosely, using a cross body bag instead of a clutch, wearing a sheer skirt at a public event, taking off her wedges to go barefoot in Sydney’s Bondi Beach and more. </p> <p>What do you think of Duchess Meghan's royal style? Do you think she's breaking royal protocol? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Pregnant Duchess Meghan stuns in glamorous $6K gown

<p>The Duchess of Sussex walked hand-in-hand with husband Prince Harry as they attended the glamorous premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s new show Totem.</p> <p>The extravagant event was being held for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale. The organisation focuses on youth in Lesotho, a country in Africa, who are currently suffering from HIV.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BstbfUnlWVL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BstbfUnlWVL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Jan 16, 2019 at 1:03pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Arriving at the Royal Albert Hall to meet those performing in the stunning act, Meghan opted for a dazzling, floor-length navy gown by French designer Rolan Mouret. The sparkling dress came with a hefty price tag of £3400 ($NZ6459).</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822787/meghan1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce781fea71af4e2c92e7a0a5135e1f35" /></p> <p>The Duchess chose to keep the rest of her look understated, as her hair was slicked back into a bun, with her growing baby bump proudly on display. Prince Harry chose to keep things classic, with a royal blue suit and tie.</p>

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Our 8 favourite fashion Instagrammers over 50

<p>Fashion is big on Instagram, but that doesn’t mean it’s all about the younger generation. Here’s our pick of some of the best people who are demonstrating why you don’t have to become invisible as you age.</p> <p><strong>@Funkyforty</strong><br />Yvonne is a Kiwi living in Zurich – so she has great global style. We love her relaxed, natural look (and odd splash of colour). She shows that you can still take some risks with your fashion choices when you are into your fifth decade. We love her passion and courage.</p> <p><strong>@iconaccidental<br /></strong>Lyn Slater knows how to make grey hair the epitome of cool. She has what she calls an “urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic” and likes to connect with women who live “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities. Her looks are simple and elegant, but with a great edge. There’s a lot of black! She manages to look modern without looking overdressed or trying too hard...</p> <p><strong>@thestylishwoman</strong><br />Sharryn is a stylist based in Melbourne helping women of all ages dress for their body shape. Her style is positive and fun – a great way to get your fashion mojo. She’s a big believer in finding your own personal style and often showcases other women of a certain age that she finds inspiring. Sharryn is also great at discovering new Australian designers who dress older women well. Great to have on your feed.</p> <p><strong>@fabulously_chic_over_50</strong><br />This Instagram account – and accompanying blog – is for women “who refuse to go quietly into maturity”, says Jonet Wooten, 54 years young. A former photojournalist, she says that shopping with her best friend inspired the creation of her blog.</p> <p>“We both turned to each other and said, ‘Where are the clothes for us?’” she says. “Neither of us could relate to anything on the racks. We were – literally – stuck between racks of junior crop-tops and dismal granny panties. From that experience, I vowed to keep my finger on the pulse of fabulously chic trends in my age group.” Words to live by.</p> <p><strong>@styleatacertainage</strong><br />Beth Djalali is all about style rather than trends. She rocks the silver bob and has a certain country-style chic. She’s based in the mid-western USA and practicality rules. As she says, “One thing I’ve learned is that when you look great, you feel great and you step out the door armed with confidence!” One of the best elements of Beth’s style is that she has lots of key (and affordable) pieces that are worn over and over again, with just a little twist each time.</p> <p><strong>@stylecrone</strong><br />How good is the motto “Ageing with hats, vintage and the mysteries of yoga”? Judith is a former psych nurse and is 73 years old. She lives in Denver, Colorado, and says she wants to take back the word crone to its original meaning, signifying a woman of a “certain age” who embodies all her life’s wisdom, knowledge, experience and love. She’s an inspiration.</p> <p><strong>@fmuytjens</strong><br />Frank Muytjens is the Head of Menswear Design at J Crew, so it’s fair to assume that his style is classic and simple. His age is a bit of a mystery, but he certainly eschews a certain silver fox charm. Stylish without looking too tricked up, Australian men could learn a lesson from him on how to dress casually without looking like a slob. There’s lots of great home snaps as well – his country house is one to lust after.</p> <p><strong>@advancedstyle</strong><br />The original and some say, the best. Ari Seth Cohen travels the world finding stylish women (and men) over 60 who refuse to disappear with age. Inspiring, uplifting and often quite hilarious. He’s been in Australia recently too and showcased many of our most original dressers. You might be surprised!</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/our-8-favourite-fashion-instagrammers-over-50.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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Serena Williams makes bold fashion statement at Australian Open

<p>Serena Williams is always the best dressed athlete on court, so it’s only natural that fans were eagerly anticipating what the tennis champion would choose to wear at the Australian Open.</p> <p>After causing an uproar in June last year for wearing a catsuit at the French Open, then following that controversy by donning a tutu at the US Open, the 37-year-old knows how to get people talking.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjX1maqloXv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; 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text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjX1maqloXv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a> on May 29, 2018 at 12:05pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The mother-of-one has decided to rebel against those who go against her fashion statements and stray away from traditional tennis outfits to more eye-catching styles.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnP1oKilj8t/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnP1oKilj8t/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a> on Sep 2, 2018 at 7:37pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The catsuit was originally worn to help her with blood clots, but tennis officials deemed the full-length attire as “too far”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BspLZYPnIwC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BspLZYPnIwC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a> on Jan 14, 2019 at 9:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And this Australian Open, she did not disappoint, as she opted for a Nike ‘90s-inspired-romper, with fishnet stockings underneath.</p> <p>Do you enjoy seeing Serena’s fashion statements on court? 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The one wardrobe staple the Queen has never been seen without for 50 years

<p>Queen Elizabeth II has had the same handbag in her possession for the last 50 years.</p> <p>The iconic bag, made by British label Launer, has been a staple in the wardrobe of the royals since Queen Elizabeth gave the company a royal warrant in 1968.</p> <p>A royal warrant is a warrant that’s been issued by the sovereign that authorises the company to display the royal coat of arms.</p> <p>The bag has been carried by the Queen over many years to iconic events, and its staple twisted rope emblem has been something royal watchers have kept an eye on.</p> <p>The Queen had the statement piece when she met the Kennedy family in 2000.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822683/queen-elizabeth-clintons.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0f0e26d5797f43f9a35d1625b5327b71" /></p> <p>The handbag was also in a portrait that was painted by artist Benjamin Sullivan to celebrate 100 years of the RAF club in London.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822685/queen-handbag.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/297a4729eabd466e8f96707c93a0f697" /></p> <p>"It was almost happenstance that it was placed there," the artist, Benjamin Sullivan, said during the portraits’ unveiling.</p> <p>"It's where she put it and I thought I could take it out. But then I thought it's actually quite a nice thing, a personal thing."</p> <p>Do you have a staple item in your wardrobe that you’ve kept for many years? Let us know in the comments. </p>

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Princess Mary turns heads in dazzling gown at New Year’s Eve ball

<p>She always turns heads with her elegant fashion choices, and Princess Mary has proved yet again why many consider her to be a style icon.</p> <p>The 46-year-old arrived at a New Year’s ball wearing a beautiful floor length gown.</p> <p>The traditional banquet is an annual event held by the Danish Queen, Margrethe II at Christian VII’s Palace in Amalienborg.</p> <p>The Tasmanian-born royal was spotted standing alongside her husband, Crown Prince Frederik as they smiled towards on lookers.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGoZH_gGc3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGoZH_gGc3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Jan 1, 2019 at 11:25am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mary was the star of the show as she opted for a full sleeve, black and gold patterned gown with a drop neckline.</p> <p>She accessorised with a dazzling tiara and a pair of chandelier earrings.</p> <p>The royal was also seen wearing the Order of the Elephant necklace, which is considered to be the highest-ranked honour in Denmark.</p> <p>Queen Margrethe was also photographed as she arrived at the ball wearing a pink lace gown, complete with a train.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGpbyugAVG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGpbyugAVG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Jan 1, 2019 at 11:35am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGng1EAzj3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGng1EAzj3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Jan 1, 2019 at 11:18am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>To mark the family occasion, Prince Frederik’s brother, Prince Joachim of Denmark was also present alongside his wife Princess Marie. </p>

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How this woman found her diamond ring will restore your faith that miracles do happen

<p>Once you lose a diamond ring in a busy car park, there’s no going back.</p> <p>And that’s exactly what happened to Shelley Wells, who dropped her prized possession in a Louisiana car park in the US on December 5.</p> <p>Despite the item of jewellery being small, Shirley Ross, who was also in the same car park on the same day, stumbled across the ring.</p> <p>She discovered the diamond ring as she was getting out of her car, and luckily for Wells, Ross was adamant on returning it to its rightful owner.</p> <p>It was an innocent blunder, as Wells took off her ring to apply hand cream as she sat in her car.</p> <p>She placed the ring on her lap, and forgetting that it was there, she got out of the car and dropped it.</p> <p>The ring was a 20th-anniversary present from her husband.</p> <p>She soon realised the sentimental item was missing and went back to the car park to look for it, but unfortunately, had no luck.</p> <p>Speaking to local news station <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/shreveport-women-say-divine-intervention-led-to-lost-ring-s-return/1654182401" target="_blank"><em>KTAL</em></a>, Wells said: “That night I got into bed and I said, ‘OK, I’m going to post it on Facebook’.”</p> <p>She took to social media to ask about her ring at 10:19pm, hoping desperately for a response.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FShelley.Jenkins.Wells%2Fposts%2F10216463357632406&amp;width=500" width="500" height="528" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>With Ross having the ring in her possession, she thought to hand it to the store staff, so they could take care of it, but then a voice inside her told her to track down the owner herself.</p> <p>“As I looked at the ring, I said, ‘No, I can’t, I must pursue this,” she said.</p> <p>“I must find the owner of this ring.”</p> <p>Coincidentally, Ross was in this exact position before, as she had also taken off her wedding ring in a parked car and lost it.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Ross never found her ring, but that made her more determined to help deliver this one back to the woman who lost it.</p> <p>Ross’s daughter posted on Facebook exactly one minute after Wells at 10:20 pm about the found ring as she tried her best to find the owner.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsherri.collier%2Fposts%2F10156886430339324&amp;width=500" width="500" height="480" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FShelley.Jenkins.Wells%2Fposts%2F10216467575217843&amp;width=500" width="500" height="573" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FShelley.Jenkins.Wells%2Fposts%2F10216468368037663&amp;width=500" width="500" height="242" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Wells, who’s post was shared over 3200 times, reached out to Ross by December 6.</p> <p>And a few short hours later, the ring was back in her hands.</p> <p>“Thank you to the most wonderful lady who saw it in the parking lot and was honest enough [to] turn it in!” she wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“I truly have been gifted a Christmas miracle!!”</p>

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Melania Trump unveils surprising new hair colour

<p>During a rare interview with FOX News last week, Melania Trump showed off a surprising new look.</p> <p>The First Lady of the United States and former model has strayed away from her ombre-coloured hair with a striking blonde look for the Christmas season.</p> <p>The colour change, which may have been inspired by her step-daughter Ivanka Trump, was hinted at earlier in December when Melania was spotted with blonde highlights.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 480px; height: 263px;" src="/media/7822454/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/acd436b812314858b734c09a33e983ac" /></p> <p>Hair expert Kyle White told <a href="https://www.instyle.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle</em></strong></span></a>, “The best way to transition from brunette to blonde is in multiple stages.”</p> <p>"The lighter, honey blonde color is a softer look on the First Lady," he added of the hue.</p> <p>Fans were quick to comment on her new look, with some saying that Melania looks unrecognisable with the new colour.</p> <p>During the interview, Melania criticised “opportunists” who she believes are “using my name or my family name to advance themselves".</p> <p>Speaking on her relationship with her President husband, she said: “I follow what’s going on. And I give my husband advice and my honest opinion. And sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t.”</p> <p>What do you think of Melania Trump’s new hair colour? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Princess Eugenie debuts new hair at royal engagement

<p>Princess Eugenie has debuted her new hair while attending an event at the Queen’s Gallery in London.</p> <p>The 28-year-old granddaughter of the Queen has taken inspiration from her cousin’s wife, Duchess Kate, donning a darker shade of chestnut brown.</p> <p>Eugenie, who is the daughter of Princess Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, shared her new look with fans in a post on her Instagram this week.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrQAQSuFe0f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrQAQSuFe0f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">As patron of the Tate Young Patrons, I was happy to host a reception at The Queen’s Gallery where we got to see two magnificent shows on Russia. A must see in London. @royalcollectiontrust @tate #queensgallery #buckinghampalace</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/princesseugenie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Princess Eugenie</a> (@princesseugenie) on Dec 11, 2018 at 6:16am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Eugenie wrote: “As patron of the Tate Young Patrons, I was happy to host a reception at The Queen’s Gallery where we got to see two magnificent shows on Russia. A must see in London.”</p> <p>On October 12, Eugenie tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.</p> <p>Prior to her big day, Eugenie was seen in London with auburn red hair, showing a subtle comparison to her redhead mother.</p> <p>However, when her wedding arrived Eugenie chose to dye her hair a darker auburn shade. </p>

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Princess Mary debuts surprising new hairstyle

<p>Princess Mary has become a style icon with her elegant wardrobe and her signature long brunette hair.</p> <p>The Crown Princess of Denmark manages to always have her long locks styled to perfection and now, she has stepped out with a new and sophisticated hairstyle.</p> <p>Mary, who was accompanied with her husband Prince Frederik, was spotted with the new look while attending an official dinner in Latvia with President Raimonds Vejonis and his wife Iveta Vejone.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdetdanskekongehus%2Fphotos%2Fa.252278945110694%2F817791728559410%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="497" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Although Mary usually prefers to wear her hair out, she styled her hair in a low bun, with her hair pinned away from her face.</p> <p>When looking at her bun straight on, it appears as if Mary has dramatically chopped her hair off.</p> <p>However, from the side angle the low bun becomes visible.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrD2O38A5o1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrD2O38A5o1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Kronprinsparret deltog her til aften i en officiel middag på Riga Slot med det lettiske Præsidentpar som værter. Deres Kongelige Højheder er i disse dage i Letland for at deltage i fejringen af landets 100-års selvstændighed. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix ©️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/detdanskekongehus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> DET DANSKE KONGEHUS</a> (@detdanskekongehus) on Dec 6, 2018 at 12:57pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The royal Aussie wore a suit by Danish designer Jesper Hovring to the event, paired with Pura Lopez shoes.</p> <p>Earlier in the week, the 46-year-old mum posed for photos with her father John Donaldson and her children, Prince Christian, 13, Princess Isabella, 11, and seven-year-old twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdetdanskekongehus%2Fphotos%2Fa.284013581937230%2F819033198435263%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="577" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Mary’s father moved to Denmark after she tied the knot with Prince Frederik in 2004.</p> <p>Sadly, her mother Henrietta ‘Etta’ Donaldson died from a heart condition in 1997, when Mary was in her 20s.</p> <p>"I was 26. It happened too early," Mary said in 2016 of her mother's devastating death.</p> <p>"It's so hard to see when it is so close and so personal, but as you get older, you learn to appreciate the time you had together as a gift. And the loss offers something that you wouldn't have otherwise. It makes a strong person."</p> <p>The Crown Princess previously told Danish media about the pain she endured following the loss of her mother.</p> <p>"I felt alone in my pain," she told Danish reporters.  </p> <p>"As if nobody understood what I was going through and I had come to a standstill while the whole world around me kept moving forwards."</p> <p>"I would have liked to have spent more time with her," she said.</p> <p>In 2001, Mary’s father remarried after meeting English author Susan Horwood. </p>

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Bridezilla reveals ridiculous dress code for guests based on how much they weigh

<p>A bride has come under fire for setting a very specific dress code for her wedding guests according to their weight.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook to share the ridiculous guidelines, one guest revealed the number of items the bride expects her guests to purchase for a choreographed group dance.</p> <p>“The dress code is very specific because it will be used to create an incredible visual effect,” wrote the bride.</p> <p>“If done right, it will make our synchronised dancing along the beach really pop.”</p> <p>If guests are female and weigh less than 71kg, they need to don a green velvet jumper, orange suede pants and a Burberry scarf.</p> <p>Those women who weigh above 72kg must opt for an all-black outfit consisting of pants, jumpers and shoes.</p> <p>Men are not exempt from the bizarre dress code either, with those weighing under 90kg expected to come in a purple fuzzy jacket, a soda hat, all white trainers and plain glow sticks.</p> <p>But if their weight is above 90kg, then they must come in a full camouflage with black sneakers.</p> <p>The bride-to-be has also set a strict dress code for children, requesting them to wear red from head to toe, as they will be used to create a heart.</p> <p>“It needs to be true red, not blood orange or some bulls***!” She said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 281.1094452773614px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822373/6hvdkel64c221.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4efdf2ca59094067a8e69a72b13b74bc" /></p> <p>But that’s not all, as after the dance routine, guests are expected to change into formal clothing as the wedding is held at an “extremely upscale” venue.</p> <p>“Please, if you look like trash, so will we. All jokes aside, we want you to invest in an outfit valued at at least $1000,” she wrote.</p> <p>“This includes jewellery, accessories, makeup and hair. Remember ladies and gents, this wedding is 24k themed for a reason.”</p> <p>The bridezilla concluded the list of demands with a firm reminder that they have a year-and-a-half to organise their outfits and she doesn’t want to hear excuses.</p> <p>After viewing the post, many users responded with criticism and disbelief, especially because she wants them to wear fuzzy jumpers during summer.</p> <p>“She basically wants the women to look like fuzzy palm trees,” said one person.</p> <p>“If you want me to wear at least $1000 in clothes, jewellery etc. You best be buying that stuff for me or reimbursing me for stuff I won’t wear again,” said another.</p> <p>Many believe the post to be a hoax, but those invited to the wedding have insisted that the list of demands is definitely real.</p> <p>What do you think of this bridezilla’s extreme dress code request for guests? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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Why the royals never change their shoes

<p>Due to their influence and mass following, the members of the royal family have become fashion icons.</p> <p>And although Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan have extensive designer wardrobes, there is one accessory they always seem to play down: their shoes.</p> <p>All the senior members of the royal family, both male and female, stick to the same style of footwear for every major engagement they attend.</p> <p>The Queen, who is said to own more than 200 Launer handbags, is leading the trend, wearing the same style of shoes for the past 50 years.</p> <p>Even fashionista Meghan is sticking to only a few key styles of shoes, rather than mixing it up to match her latest designer outfits.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex has made Italian brand Aquazzura her go-to shoe choice, wearing either her Deneuve bow heels or the Matilde Crisscross style in both black and nude.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 499.99999999999994px;" src="/media/7822383/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/be6437ad33764dcaa19c53ae6eec5f09" /></p> <p>Fashion expert commentator Karine Laudort told <em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/"><strong><u>Femail</u></strong></a>  </em>the purpose of the shoe trend is all about practicality and giving a subtle hint of thriftiness.</p> <p>“It is easier to stick to a style that is practical and neutral such as the nude court shoes which Kate always wears,” she said. </p> <p>“It is well known that the Royal Family observe strict fashion rules which no-one can bend especially when it comes to footwear.</p> <p>“Only closed-toe shoes are permitted, and open-toe shoes considered as unformal wear and inappropriate for wedding occasions.”</p> <p>In order to wear their shoes for all different types of occasions, it is important for the royal family to choose neutral colours, such as nude or black.</p> <p>“It is always easier to match outfits with very neutral footwear, especially when several outfits are required during public functions, and that applies to men and women in the Royal Family, even the Queen.”</p> <p>She said that it also allows the royals to avoid appearing too extravagant, rather than debuting a new pair of stylish shoes for every engagement they attend.</p> <p>“In order to maintain a more humble public image, irrespective of whether Royals wear designer outfits at times, neutral footwear will always be the way to go,” she said. </p> <p>For the past 50 years, the Queen has worn her Anello &amp; Davide of Kensington shoes, which are handmade for her from the finest calf leather.</p> <p>Reportedly, she has 10 pairs at any one time and has made her way through hundreds of identical pairs over the years.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge has also become an ambassador for her nude court shoe trademark look.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 242.71472392638037px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822382/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5b10b0f765eb425ab15149a942228853" /></p> <p>It is believed she buys several Gianvito Rossi blush, light grey and nude courts for her engagements.</p> <p>Did you know about the royals' shoe rule? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Prince William’s cheeky joke about Duchess Kate's outfit

<p>On Wednesday, Prince William was in happy spirits, joking about his wife’s outfit during a visit to a RAF base in Cyprus.</p> <p>The royal duo posed for photos with military personnel at RAF Akrotiri when the second-in-line to the throne noticed a similarity between his wife and the Christmas decorations.</p> <p>The Duke of Cambridge commented: “My wife's camouflaged against the tree.”</p> <p>In order for Kate to pose solo, he later jokingly asked his wife: “Do you want me to move out of the photo?”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822336/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6a872bd9a8cd4532939998ca388bf2e5" /></p> <p>The royal mum-of-three, 36, wore a $<span>1236.76</span> green blazer by Canadian label Smythe for the visit, along with a pair of $<span>241.46</span> wide-legged trousers from Jigsaw.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge completed the look with a white silk top underneath, an olive green clutch bag by LK Bennett and co-ordinating heels.</p> <p>Kate also wore the stylish blazer during her tour of Canada in 2016.</p> <p>Both William and Kate looked delighted to be meeting with the service personnel, delivering them presents from their families back home.</p> <p>Earlier this week, the couple hosted a party at Kensington Palace for the partners, children and parents of those from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham, who will all be away for Christmas due to their service.</p> <p>The royals happily mingled with their guests, with William telling a pilot: “I told George this morning we were going to see the pilots today, and he said, ‘If you see a helicopter can you take a picture?"' </p> <p>Meanwhile, Kate revealed that Prince Louis has started practising how to wave.</p> <p>Speaking to guest Rhian Davis, who was carrying her 10-week-old daughter Dorothy, the Duchess explained how her baby has been learning new skills.</p> <p>Rhian recalled: “She asked whether she was sleeping through the night and she told me that Louis is starting to wave.”</p>

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Duchess Kate celebrates Christmas in chic tartan look

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared to be in good spirits as they hosted a Christmas party at Kensington Palace today.</p> <p>Amongst those invited were families of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham, and to kickstart the celebrations, on hand were Santa costumes and a fake snow machine.</p> <p>After the party, the couple couldn’t resist throwing a few fake snowballs at each other, and joining in on the festive fun were the entertainers that were booked for the occasion.</p> <p>Kate, 36, opted for an Emilia Wickstead red tartan skirt that costs a cool NZ$2750, she paired it with a black cashmere sweater from designer Brora.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822293/kate3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/45f37148cb2245e1abf0653601060c00" /></p> <p>The Duchess looked relaxed as she conversed with RAF families and offered her sympathies as they won’t be seeing their loved ones over the holiday period due to being deployed in Cyprus.</p> <p>Over 200 wives, husbands, children and parents were in attendance, and Kate was seen discussing her own experience as a service wife as she empathised with the families.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822291/kate1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eed3d710f26e489b94cfb3da523e93ed" /></p> <p>The occasion saw William and Kate play games with the children and also take part in Christmas activities such as making cards and other treats.</p> <p>The couple will board a “Royal Mail” flight tomorrow to visit those who are deployed in Cyprus to help deliver gifts from their family members.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess will spend two days with RAF families to show their gratitude to the 7500 military personnel who are away from home, serving their country.</p> <p>Delivering a speech to those in attendance, Kate told the families: “William and I just wanted to pass on our huge gratitude to all of you here today.</p> <p>“Not only are we grateful for you coming here to join our party, but also for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis on behalf of the nation.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822292/kate2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/08711915513c47248065f9830cb25fd4" /></p> <p>She went on to discuss her own experience as a service wife, during William’s time as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.</p> <p>“As someone whose husband has served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they’ve trained for,” she said.</p> <p>“When William served in the Falklands or went search and rescue, I remember how it felt. But I can’t imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas or at those special family moments.</p> <p>“The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year. William and I, however, hope that today shows, in some small way, how much you are all valued.</p> <p>“We should never forget our military families and all the service you do for us all.”</p> <p>William and Kate spent all their time engaged in conversation with families while children took part in party games and other festive activities.</p>

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Police locate couple who dropped engagement ring down New York drain during proposal

<p>While all wedding proposals are unforgettable, one couple’s engagement has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.</p> <p>Security cameras captured the horrific moment an engagement ring fell down a drain at Times Square in New York after a man got down on one knee to propose to his partner.</p> <p>The video footage, which was retweeted more than 20,000 times, shows the mystery couple unsuccessfully trying to retrieve the lost valuable.</p> <p>NYPD officers were able to locate and clean the piece of jewellery but found it difficult to find the couple who it belonged to.</p> <p>They shared the video on the New York City Police Department official Twitter account, hoping that online users would be able to assist in their manhunt. </p> <p>But now, the New York City police have happily revealed that they have been able to locate the tourist couple and return the special ring to them.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you, Twitter. Case closed!<br /><br />Love, <br />John, Daniella, and the NYPD. <a href="https://t.co/G7eB1Ds7vP">pic.twitter.com/G7eB1Ds7vP</a></p> — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYPDnews/status/1069307942749515776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 2, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"The [now] happy couple is back in their home country, but thanks to your retweets they heard we were looking for them!" the NYPD wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>"We're making arrangements to get them their ring back. Congratulations!"</p> <p>Times Square receives more than 350,000 visitors every day but thanks to Twitter, John and his fiancée Danielle were located in record time.</p> <p>The couple shared a photo of them celebrating after being reunited with the stunning ring.</p> <p>Have you ever lost your engagement ring? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Do we really want to look younger?

<p>Around the world, the quest for long-lasting beauty is an expensive one.</p> <p>By 2021, the global market for anti-ageing products is projected to reach $US330 billion, according to a <span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/brandfeatures/venture-capital/article?id=11480">report from Orbis Research</a></span>.</p> <p>Why are we buying these products? Is it because we strive to look younger? Or do we simply want to look as good as possible as we age?</p> <p>Dr Rachel Thorpe of <span><a href="https://www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs">La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society</a></span> says the majority of older women she has interviewed as part of her studies on ageing and appearance are aiming to appear “age appropriate” rather than younger.</p> <p>“It’s not like they say, ‘Oh I wish I looked younger!’” says Dr Thorpe.</p> <p>“They are focused on looking as good as possible for their age. There was an acknowledgement that as you age, you should change the way you dress, colour your hair and do your makeup.</p> <p>“It was more like, ‘Well I’ve got more wrinkles than I’d like to have but I can’t change that, so how do I adapt my makeup, so I don’t accentuate those wrinkles?’”</p> <p>Dr Thorpe, who conducted 60 in-depth interviews with women aged 55 to 81 as part of her research, says society places enormous pressure on women to conform to beauty ideals.</p> <p>“Those expectations we have of women and how they should look don’t just go away when we age,” she says. “However, they are changing – the baby boomer generation are resisting a lot of stereotypes of old age, they don’t want to look like their mothers looked or behave like them.”</p> <p><strong>On getting wrinkles</strong><br />Surprisingly, the company that makes Botox, a well-known anti-ageing product, conducted a study that found older <span><a href="http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/beauty/news-features/TMG11287823/Study-by-Botox-makers-reveals-we-dont-want-to-look-younger.html">women don’t necessarily want to look younger</a></span>.</p> <p>As reported in <em>The Telegraph</em>, Allergan took photographs of five women in their 50s and then digitally “improved” the pictures. Then they asked 2000 women which pictures appealed to them the most. None of the women chose the most highly altered version – every participant preferred the image in which the women had kept most of her wrinkles.</p> <p>“What’s really interesting is when you speak to older women, they are happy for their experience – they don’t want to be in their 20s or 30s again,” says Dr Thorpe.</p> <p>“But they do have regrets about the social consequences of being older, which includes being less visible and having less social power. They lament the changes in their appearance, but they don’t simply want to look younger, it’s more complicated than that.”</p> <p><strong>How old is old?</strong><br />Australia’s first life table, published in <em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em> a century and a half ago, <span><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/life-expectancy-from-45-to-82-years-weve-come-a-long-way-20171106-gzfuzk.html">gave a newborn colonist just 45.6 years to live</a></span>.</p> <p>One published today would give a newborn boy 80.4 years and a newborn girl 84.6, and that will only increase in the future due to medical advances and genetics. By 2020, life expectancy will be 81 for a male and 86 for a female.</p> <p>According to a <span><a href="https://www.mercer.com.au/our-thinking/healthy-wealthy-and-work-wise.html">report by Mercer</a></span>, this will leave many Australians in a dire financial predicament during their later years.</p> <p>“Two-thirds of adults expect to <span><a href="http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_White_Paper_We_Will_Live_to_100.pdf">live past 80</a></span>, but only one in three expect to have enough money to afford it,” the report said.</p> <p>At the same time, World Economic Forum (WEF) figures predict the gap between what Australians have in retirement and what they need, will increase to $9 trillion by 2050, from $1 trillion in 2015.</p> <p>The WEF believes working for longer is inevitable. Workers need to save between 10 and 15 per cent of their annual salary to support a reasonable level of income in retirement, it says.</p> <p>And the WEF warned that many workers will face a shock in later life, with current savings rates "not aligned with individuals’ expectations for retirement income – putting at risk the credibility of the whole pension system”.</p> <p>This makes Aubrey de Grey’s belief a frightening one. The Cambridge University geneticist believes that within the foreseeable future, human beings will be able to <span><a href="https://futurism.com/aging-expert-person-1000-born/">live to 1000</a></span>.</p> <p>Do you want to look younger? And if you could live to 1000, would you want to?</p> <p><em>Written by Leah McLennan. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/do-we-really-want-to-look-younger.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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Six fashion faux pas that will age you

<p>Haute horrors, frock shocks or style missteps. We all know the fashion mistakes that make us scream “quelle horreur!” But what are the fashion faux pas that age you?</p> <p><strong>1. You're stuck in a style rut</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately, style doesn’t come with a use-by date. Without the occasional refresh of clothes — and hair and make-up — you can end up looking older than you are. </p> <p>Stop relying on trusty old favourites and update them with more modern versions. Ditch the drab boxy old double-breasted jacket for a fab fitted slimline single-breasted version; leggings and easy-to-wear fleece for classic straight-leg jeans and a boyfriend shirt; square-toed pumps for kitten heels or slides; and a longline cardigan for a khaki army jacket or leather jacket.</p> <p><strong>2. You dress too young</strong></p> <p>Once you reach a certain age, there are some style choices you should leave behind because you'll look like you're trying too hard. Instead, make your outfits chicer and body appropriate.</p> <p>Aim for a classic chic look, and if you’re self-conscious of your arms or some other body part, perhaps swap sleeveless, low-cut mini dresses for a long-sleeved dress that sits just below the knee with heels – especially if you have great legs.</p> <p>Wear flattering fitted jeans – classic straight leg or boot leg styles in a dark denim – with a gorgeous silk blouse.</p> <p><strong>3. You've forgotten about fit</strong></p> <p>Fit is the key to everything! If you don’t care about the fit of your clothes, you run the risk of looking older.</p> <p>A clean, lean silhouette with modern sharp lines is timeless and ageless. Garments that skim the body, jackets that fit you in the shoulders or a pair of classic straight-leg pants or jeans will flatter your figure in a way that’s both stylish and youthful.</p> <p>Most important is the correct bra size. Pregnancy, fluctuating weight and menopause can change a woman's bust shape and size. When your bust drops, you can become short-waisted and find it difficult for clothes to fit properly. So, it’s important to get professionally fitted once a year to determine your correct bra size, one that keeps the fullest part of your bust exactly halfway between shoulder and waist.</p> <p><strong>4. You wear the wrong underwear</strong></p> <p>One of the worst is the VPL – visible panty line – and wearing coloured or patterned briefs under white or light-coloured pants.</p> <p>Look for smooth seamless styles that sit under your buttock cheeks.</p> <p>Or invest in shapewear and Spanx-type power panties or shorts (the new girdle) under dresses. And when it comes to white or light-coloured pants? Stick to nude or skin tone underwear.</p> <p><strong>5. You choose comfort over style</strong></p> <p>Active wear is a huge trend right now, but that doesn’t mean you can wear leggings, track pants or elasticised-waist pants and an oversized top everywhere.</p> <p>While the look is undeniably comfy, try to leave them for the gym or yoga studio.</p> <p>Instead, keep your silhouette narrow and wear tailored pants, classic straight leg jeans or cigarette-leg cropped pants that skim the body.</p> <p><strong>6. Your glasses are so last decade</strong></p> <p>The style and shape of your glasses is just as susceptible to fashion trends – and can age you. So, take a risk and try something you wouldn't normally wear.</p> <p>Swap out your old metal frames with those fiddly little nose pieces for a pair of funky plastic frames.</p> <p>But if you wear multi-focals, getting lenses updated every year (particularly if you have optical glasses AND sunglasses) can get expensive. So, opt for transition lenses instead or a pair of cheap 'n' cheerful readers from the chemist.</p> <p><em>Written by Anne-Maree Gale. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/six-fashion-faux-pas-that-will-age-you.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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Duchess Meghan shows off royal baby bump during glamorous night out

<p>Duchess Meghan has shown off her growing baby bump while attending her first ever Royal Variety Performance event.</p> <p>The expecting mum attended the event alongside her husband, Prince Harry, wearing a $1,576 fitted top and $1,497 skirt by British label Safiyaa.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/IhpAJRx0qb"></a><img style="width: 312.3333333333333px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822019/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/81431e41ad3b488b855015845e9224fa" /></p> </blockquote> <p>After arriving on the red carpet, the happy couple mingled while holding hands.</p> <p>The 37-year-old former actress, who expecting her first child next year in the UK springtime, was greeted in the theatre foyer by Darcie-Rae Moyse, 7, who presented her with a bouquet of winter blooms.</p> <p>The annual event is a star-studded variety show which raises money for the Royal Variety Charity.</p> <p>The Queen is a patron of the organisation which dates back to 1912. Prior to the show commencing, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chatted with some of the performers, including the cast of Hamilton and members of band Take That.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822020/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4acd55723f0e487388fd9e6aee40ede2" /></p> <p>Other guest stars included George Ezra, Rick Astley and performers from Cirque du Soleil.</p> <p>It was the second year that Prince Harry has attended the event, which always has a member of the Royal Family represented.</p>

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Serena Williams turns heads on the red carpet

<p>Serena Williams may be known for her legendary tennis career, but the athlete is now making a name for herself in the world of fashion.</p> <p>Appearing on the red carpet for the AdWeek Brand Genius Awards in New York City, Williams was awarded Brand Visionary of the year as she wore a dress that reflected her big personality to a tee.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821922/serena2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/34e9b6c7ff1e439eb49eff7350eba54e" /></p> <p>The midi-length dress was created by acclaimed designer Vera Wang and was made with mixed materials of plaid and silver sequins.</p> <p>To top it off, the tennis champion paired it with a pair of statement Christian Louboutin heels and diamond earrings.</p> <p>Williams received her award from last year's winner of the same title,<span> </span><em>Vogue</em><span> </span>editor Anna Wintour. Upon being handed the award, Williams gave an inspirational speech that highlighted her many achievements and struggles since she was a child.</p> <p>“Once you set your goals, always aim higher. I have to say hard work and dedication are the cornerstones of success,” Williams said.</p> <p>“If you believe in yourself, even when others are doubting you, it’s so important to have that self-belief in yourself.”</p> <p>Williams is known for taking a stance against inequality on and off the court, as the mother-of-one is a proud feminist.</p> <p>And after 15 years of rejection and hardship, Williams was finally able to lift her fashion brand off the ground.</p> <p>“After 15 years of false starts, and people in fashion telling me ‘no,’ it only drove me to work harder. As a result, I discovered what it meant to invest in myself, and I allowed that belief in myself to drive me to reach my dream,” she said in an Instagram post.</p>

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There's a reason why Duchess Meghan has been wearing so much navy blue

<p>Since becoming the newest addition of the royal family, Meghan has becoming a very influential trendsetter.</p> <p>Within hours of the Duchess of Sussex donning a new outfit, the item quickly goes out of stock or the influx of online traffic crashes the designer’s website.</p> <p>Whether it be the affordable ASOS maternity dress she wore in New Zealand or the ivory gown she wore to a formal dinner in Tonga, Meghan has proven that she can look elegant in any outfit. </p> <p>Recently, the 37-year-old has been seen wearing a lot of navy blue looks, donning eight separate navy outfits alone on her recent tour down under.</p> <p>In her last day of the tour she wore a navy dress by Stella McCartney and a blue Givenchy skirt.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpl26aNHhb8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpl26aNHhb8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">🇳🇿 Thank you Rotorua for the incredibly warm welcome for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the final day of their tour to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand! 📷PA #RoyalVisitNZ #NewZealand #Rotorua</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 31, 2018 at 1:55am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And now, Applied Colour Psychology Specialist Karen Haller has revealed the reason why the former actress is gravitating towards the colour.</p> <p>Haller believes Meghan is repeatedly wearing navy to appear professional but also relatable.</p> <p>“When it comes to the psychology of colour, blue relates to the mind. Darker blues relate to trust, logic, and knowledge," Haller told <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6342695/Meghan-Markle-keeps-wearing-navy-shows-professionalism.html"><em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Daily Mail</em>.</a> </p> <p>"It communicates duty and professionalism and given it’s a more approachable colour than black, maybe why she wore this hue often on her recent 16-day royal tour down under."</p> <p>Haller also believes the expecting mum wore a lot of blue on her first major tour to “maintain her focus and concentration during her royal duties”.</p> <p>What is your favourite colour to wear? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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