Plaid has never been our colour, pattern or style. Yet, there we are, Monday to Friday, dressed like a little Scotsman in an oversized kilt. With a blazer, some ‘smart’ shoes (which frankly, are just plain ugly unless your mum is cooler than mine) and a just-about-acceptable school bag. Not in summer though. Finally, we’re freeeeeeee! Here’s why not wearing school uniform is one of the best things about the summer holidays…

You can express yo’self…

Whether you’re more My Chemical Romance or Malibu Barbie, you can wear your style with pride, without getting told off by your grumpy headteacher.

…And not look like every other person in the room

This is not Despicable Me. We are not in Gru’s lab, and we are not Minions. (Even though they are freaking cute).

You can even experiment with your look

Want to dye your hair peachy blonde or try a fierce plum pout? The holidays are the best time to play around with your style because you can actually see what works in the safe haven of your bedroom. Grab the Colour Switch lippie from this month’s bettybox and try all the shades under the sun before you step out to reveal your brand new vibe.

You’ll actually have clothes to wear in the morning

We’ve all experienced the wait by the tumble dryer in the morning, in hope of a nice, crease free white shirt. Your wardrobe is full of possibilities when uniform isn’t a thing!

You can rock the cutest accessories

Since when is a tie a must-have accessory? FYI teachers, it isn’t. We’ll be flashing about the Stylondon henna tattoo from this month’s bettybox instead, thanks.

Your legs can actually breathe…

The combo of an oversized skirt and knee-high socks mean our legs never actually see the light of day during term time.

…And your arms can wave wild and free too

No constricting blazer holding you back from dancing to the summer bangers. Result!

Stylondon henna tattoo and Saturated Colour, Colour Switch lipstick are available in August’s bettybox. If you haven’t subscribed already, don’t worry! You can sign up for a bettybox here.

 

The Teen Choice Awards are almost upon us again! It’s the annual ceremony that sees celebs awarded with surfboards and some of your favourite stars perform, with this year’s show taking place in Los Angeles on 13 August.

Among the 2017 performers are Louis Tomlinson, Zara Larsson and Clean Bandit, while Lucy Hale, Victoria Justice and the Riverdale gang are all lined up to appear. We’re sure they’ll all fix up and look sharp – but what did people wear to the Teen Choice Awards in years gone by?

Well, funny you should ask, because we’ve raided the archives to find out EXACTLY what everyone rocked to the retro TCAs in the 90s and early 00s. Check out the fabulous looks below and keep your fingers crossed that this year’s attendees make half as much effort.

Destiny’s Child

You can always rely Queen B to work a killer outfit at any ‘do she hits up – and my, she worked it at the TCAs in 2001. Worked it with her best girls, Kelly and Michelle, who collectively nailed that sizzling hot salsa look that was SO BIG in the 90s. We’re serious.

Usher

Peak ’90s pop god vibes from Usher here – just check out those super-baggy stonewash jeans and, erm, bowling shoes? We’re loving the hot red racing jacket (and the fact that he brought his smoke machine along).

Gwen Stefani

Turns out Gwen got the stonewash memo, too, and we’re seriously into her star-print bikini top. As for the teeny-tiny cardigan? We’ll leave that in 2001.

Paris Hilton

Party girl Paris poses up a storm in her fave accessory: massive sunglasses encrusted with diamonds. It is sunny, tbf.

*NSYNC

Clearly there isn’t an award for Best Dressed Band. Sorry boys, but that bandana and glasses combo. The goaties. Justin’s necklace…

Aaron and Nick Carter

Guys, you’re at the Teen Choice Awards, not a Pirates Of The Caribbean audition. Don’t worry, just go and chill with N*Sync. You’ll feel better.

Jessica Alba

Did this girl NEVER have an awkward teenage phase?! Not fair.

Reese Witherspoon

Sure, she’s wearing her office trousers but a floral hair clip jazzes things up, right guys?

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Slay, Buffy, slay.

Dakota Fanning

Dakota is too cute for words.

There isn’t much we don’t know about the Kardashian/Jenner family these days: they’ve given birth, gotten married and divorced on TV, battled mental illness, worked, played, laughed and cried, all in front of an audience of millions.

But, there are certain members of the squad who – until now – have managed to keep their private lives away from Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Yep, Kendall and Kylie Jenner have always stuck to the work and family side of the show, never really letting us into their daily routines and (more importantly) juicy gossip.

However, while Kendall remains the most reserved of the sisters, Kylie is finally ready to let us into her world in new show Life Of Kylie. Premiering on E! in the UK on 13 August, Kylie looks set to show who she really is, away from her famous fam.

But how much will we really see beyond what Kylizzle already shares on Snapchat? How personal will she get? Here are all the questions we have about Life Of Kylie…

Which of her friends will be on the show?

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From the trailer we know that Kylie’s long-time BFF, model Jordyn Woods, will definitely appear. But what about the rest of the gang? Will Anastasia Karanikolaou (aka @stassiebaby), Jaden Smith, Harry Hudson or any of Ky’s other besties pop up? We’re hoping for a slumber party scene tbh.

And, while we’re at it, what about family?

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Momager Kris Jenner is surely a shoo-in, but will any of the Kardashian girls be spotted hanging around Kylie’s not-so-humble abode? Or will we see her visiting dad, Caitlyn Jenner, out in Malibu? Time will tell.

Is Tyga going to appear at all?

Jungle Bae

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Sure, they’ve broken up, but if filming began before the end of Kylie and T’s relationship then we might just find out where it all went wrong. She hasn’t deleted all traces of him from her Instagram, so we’re assuming it was on (relatively) good terms?

Will Kylie shed any light on the whole Blac Chyna story?

ATL Vibes

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Even before Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s recent social media drama, there was beef between her and Kylie, because – let’s not forget – Chyna had a baby with Tyga before he started dating Kylie. Then, err, she went on to have her second child with Kylie’s brother. Messy stuff. Whether or not it’ll be addressed in the show remains to be seen.

Are we going to see her new boyfriend?

BUTTERFLY EFFECT 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

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She’s been flying around the world on tour with Travis Scott and they even have matching butterfly tattoos, so will we be seeing the rapper on Life Of Kylie? Here’s hoping!

Will we get to meet her team?

adventures w the fam ✨ happy early bday @victoriavillarroel

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Kylie’s assistant Victoria is already pretty prolific on Instagram, but will her appearances on Life Of Kylie be as frequent as Kim’s assistant Stephanie’s on KUWTK? We like to think so.

Will it basically be an extension of one of her Snapchat stories?

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Some Lip Kit swatches, Kylie lip-syncing in the car, her cooking with Jordyn… Tbf we’d definitely watch a full series of that.

Image: Getty/Katie Edmunds

1. I wonder if these will be the trousers that change my life forever.

2. Why is it always so hot in here? Is it just the body heat generated by changing in and out of clothes, or have I accidentally signed up for, like… Bikram shopping?

3. These are probably not the trousers that will change my life forever.

4. I’ll stand on tiptoes though, just to be sure.

5. Nope.

6. Saved myself £24.99! I am a financial wizard. I’ll probably have a three-bedroom house by the time I’m 20.

7. Could I class changing in and out of clothes I definitely don’t want as ‘exercise’? It feels like cardio.

8. This mirror is probably wrong. I will open the curtain and look at the mirror in the cubicle opposite, just to be sure.

9. Mirrors should be banned.

10. Why can’t I get this thing off? Has it shrunk in the tropical humidity? Why don’t they realise that we’re never going to buy things if we feel like a puddle in a jumpsui– hang on, am I… stuck?

11. It’s fine, I’m not stuck. Deep breaths.

12. Was that a seam ripping? Ok, shallow breaths.

13. I’m stuck.

14. They will have to call firemen to cut me out. It’ll be in the newspaper. ‘LOCAL GIRL STUCK IN JUMPSUIT, LAUGHED AT BY ASSEMBLED CROWDS’.

15. Ok, if I just slightly dislocate my shoulder and do a kind of wiggly dance…

16. Free! I am free! Sweet freedom! I will never take my limbs for granted again.

17. Do I want to buy it though? Did it look sassy before I got stuck? I think it did. Maybe I should put it back on again.

18. This is fantastic lighting for squeezing spots. I should save them all up especially.

19. I wonder if anyone has ever died in here?

20. Tell you what’s still alive and well though – my KILLER sense of personal style.

21. If I just stayed very still and quiet, could I get locked into the shop and spend all night trying on the clothes?

22. But why would I want to do that, when this is such sweaty hell?

23. Films. It is because films make trying on clothes look like fun.

24. BUT WAIT, this isn’t a skirt at all! It’s a top!

25. It’s a nice top too. Imagine how good it would look if I wasn’t wearing it with emoji socks, pants and a hoodie tied round my waist instead of a skirt.

26. I think this might be the top that changes my life forever.

Image: Sisters

If you spend as much time lurking on Perrie Edwards’ Instagram as we do, you’ll be completely aware that the Little Mix queen knows a thing or two about serving lewks – beauty looks, that is.

Whether she’s on tour, shooting a new music video or out on the town, Perrie is a constant source of hair and make-up inspo, forever making us want to run to the nearest Boots and raid the beauty aisles.

Check out her nine best looks of recent times and start hunting down those dupes, ASAP…

The pink lid

Sure, anytime you try it at home you end up looking like you ACTUALLY have pink eye, but – with help from make-up artist Adam Burrell – Perrie pulls off neon pink lids with aplomb. Add a strong brow, nude lip and an Ariana Grande-style high pony, and this look is hot to trot.

Boho princess

First, let’s talk about how that smoky eye – created by make-up artisté Heidi North – makes Pezza’s baby blues pop like nothing else. Seriously, you could swim in those pools all day! Then, the hair: loose waves + random plaits = the most dreamy, beachy, boho style you’ve ever laid eyes on.

The subtle stars

Sometimes, just sometimes, you need more than a smoky lid and a nude lip. Sometimes you need a tiny star beneath each eye, a scattering of face pearls and glitter, and a pink rinse through your hair. Consider this your festival go-to – and don’t forget the baby pink nails.

Halloween queen

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OK, so you might not be able to crack this one out on a daily basis, but Perrie’s mermaid make-up is serious #Halloweengoals. The glitter, pearl and shell-covered look was created by Anna Lingis, whose Instagram is well worth following for fancy dress inspo.

The ’90s dream

🌙⭐️

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The split ponytail, the loose strands of hair at the front, the brownish lip… Are you looking at Perrie Edwards or Baby Spice? Either way, it’s epic.

Curly hair don’t care

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A beach day calls for as little make-up as possible and some amazing natural curls. Straight hair? Get yourself a good salt spray and you too can achieve peak California surfer girl vibes. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

She’s electric (blue)

Never underestimate the power of changing up your black eyeliner for a little electric blue to make those peepers pop. Add a sweep of mascara and a slick of clear lipgloss, like Pezza here, and you’re good to go.

Feline myself

Ciao Italia 🇮🇹

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You just can’t beat the classic cat-eye. Team with a subtle contour and a nude lip, and you can’t go wrong. Perrie knows.

And it’s called black magic…

Back of the cab. Tokyo 🇯🇵

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OK, so that lipstick is the best lipstick we’ve ever seen. It’s FIERCE and Perrie looks as fabulous as ever. So many sassy girl emojis…

Image: Katie Edmunds

Ah hair. It can be the bane of your life when it refuses to do as it’s told, or it can be your crowning glory when you’re dressed up and headed out and the hair gods are on your side.

There are those girls who seem to always have perfect hair—they’re either blessed with seriously dece DNA, or they have a lot of time on their hands. For most of us mere mortals, we spend our lives trying to get it a certain way.

Though all of us are (thankfully—beautifully) different, we bet you know at least one girl that falls hilariously well into one of these five hair categories.

The one who’s had the same hair since they were five

There’s one of these in every group. They’re the girl with waist-length hair they’d never dare show a pair of scissors, or the fringe they’ve sported since their mum first took them to the hairdressers. They’ll probably look the same forever—and we love them for it.

The colour chameleon

You just never know which colour of the rainbow this girl’s gonna choose next. One week she’s peroxide blonde, the next she’s channelling mermaid green. Hey, if you can pull it off, go for it—there’s a serious level of confidence in busting out the blue dye. We salute you.

The one who’s been trying to grow it for.ever.

I don’t know many girls who’ve not at one point dreamed of having lusciously long beach waves, but there’s always that one girl who seems to have been desperately trying to grow theirs for as long as you’ve known them. With varying degrees of success. Some of us just aren’t destined to be Rapunzel, no matter how hard we try. Sorry girls.

The one who gets bored every few months

Look through this girl’s prof pics on Facebook and she’s probably got a different look in each one: it’s been red, it’s been bright blonde, there have been fringes (because let’s face it, we’ve all had a fringe at some point) then there was that time she cut it all off, hated it, grew it again—then changed her mind and went for a graduated bob. No matter how good the look, give it a few weeks, she’s back in the hairdressers.

The curly one

She complains about the frizz, the problems with humidity and the impossibility of taming her mane; we think it’s absolutely awesome. Short and cute like Marilyn Monroe or long and bouncy like a lioness, it’s a look that sadly can’t quite be recreated with tongs for the rest of us, no matter how we try.

@EllieCostigan

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Whether the old saying about having more fun is true or not, being blonde is great, hence why so many of us hit the bleach to achieve peak flaxen locks. Who doesn’t want to channel their inner Elle Woods every once in a while?

But, if you’ve dabbled with the lighter side of life, you’ll already know that bleached hair is high maintenance – all those root touch-ups and purple shampoos cost time and money. Add in the summer threats of drying UV rays, chlorinated swimming pools and salty, sandy beaches, and the hours spent between the shower and salon basically triple.

Here are all the things you know if you’ve ever had bleached hair in summer…

Walking out of the salon with a fresh head of bleach is a dream

The way the sun bounces off your tresses? Like something out of a shampoo ad, seriously.

And all your new holiday clothes look SO GOOD now your pesky roots are gone

Your selfie game is gonna be on fire all week long.

But you know you’re going to need to take drastic action to protect your new ’do on vacay

*Packs heat defence spray, five conditioning treatments and an ill-advised baseball cap*

The trouble starts the minute you get off the plane

Monica was right, it IS the humidity, and it will hit you 10 times harder if you’re sporting a full head of faux ice blonde.

But you manage to get things back under control…

You hit the beach looking and feeling like C.J. Parker in Baywatch, thanks to a clever leave-in conditioner and a top-knot that’s just the right side of messy. Phew.

…until you get in the sea

You had visions of natural, surfer girl waves. What you got was crispy curls with a side of seaweed.

Brushing your hair really isn’t an option

The only way to get those new knots out is to hop in the shower, use an entire bottle of conditioner and try not to cry with the pain your comb is causing. Side note: remember to de-fuzz the plughole. Nobody likes picking up someone else’s literal cast-offs.

Don’t even think about blow-drying it

Adding more heat into the equation? ARE YOU CRAZY?! You’re just asking for frizz, now.

And no amount of sun-specific shampoos can save you from your hotel pool

At least you know it’s REALLY clean if the chlorine is also strong enough to turn your hair green.

But there is one weird, kinda gross solution

If it’s happened to you before, you’ll know that washing your barnet in ketchup is one of the only ways to neutralise the green tones until you can get to the salon. Mmm, Heinz.

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Ever get outfit envy so bad that you want to quit what you’re doing and go shopping immediately?

This happened to me yesterday. There were two girls in the next booth at the local coffee place. One was totally on trend, in a tropical jumpsuit and floral kimono jacket. She looked good, but it was her friend that I was style crushing over.

What she was wearing was so simple: white shirt, cut off shorts and flip flops. But she looked so cool! I imagined her heading off to join Kate Moss and co in Ibiza later that day, although she was probably going home to do exam revision, lol.

Having concluded it would be weird to ask if she’d be my friend (that would have been strange, yes?!), I decided to use her as my muse instead. She was rocking some old school summer classics, items so iconic that they’ll never go out of fashion – which means buy now and wear every summer. I guess that makes them investments – the perfect excuse for shopping.

Also want a look that says ‘laid back summer cool’? Here are five items you’ll want in your wardrobe…

Denim shorts

Dirty Dancing may be thirty this year but the kinda cut-offs favoured by Baby will never grow old. Ask your mum. From skimpy short to nearer-the-knee, there’s a version for everyone. They’re especially great if you’re packing for a trip as, like the jeans they come from, they are better for not being washed – so if you’re lucky enough to be having a fortnight away then grab a pair and don’t worry about how much you’ll be wearing them.

Summer ’17 twist: forget bumper stickers as souvenirs (what use are they if you don’t have a car anyway?!) Pick up badges or patches from any place you visit this summer and sew them to your pockets to make your own personalised memory board.

Try this one: Try this one: pretty much every vintage shop in the land has a rack of shorts made from old Levis, Lees and Wranglers. Head to your nearest store and get rummaging! Or just snap up these beauties from Zara

Holo backpack 

Summer is a time for fun, right? And the perfect bag can help with this as it’s hard to feel anything other than happy if you’re toting round a holographic backpack! We are obsessed with everything shiny atm (plus it talks to our inner space queen) so make yourself happy and get one to shine bright on your back this summer – and next summer, and the one after, and the one after that!

Summer ’17 twist: a cool mix of blue and purple is the hot colour combo of the season, so get your holiday wardrobe on point.

Try this one: Clear Holo Backpack, £30

Striped dress

Blue-and-white Breton stripes are just as summery as loud Hawaiian prints, just less shouty about it – and easier to wear!  Every spring Breton tees and tops fill the shops but it’s the jersey dress that trumps them all. Wear with leggings and a hoody when it’s cold and wet or on its own when the sun is out to bring a bit of French fancy to your wardrobe.

Summer ’17 twist: pop a t-shirt underneath to get the 1990s vibe that’s so popular right now.

Try this one: H&M Jersey Striped Dress, £12.99

Cotton shirt 

Banish nightmarish thoughts of school uniforms: like my coffee shop style inspo, a plain shirt is a great place to start with your summer wardrobe. Cotton will keep you cool when it’s roasting and provide an extra layer when it turns chilly. It’ll also work in loads of different situations, whether you need something a bit smarter for a holiday job interview or a cover up for the beach.

Summer ’17 twist: shirts are *big* fashion news this year, with lots of celebs showing new ways to style them. Make like style babe Ashley Olsen and wear yours backwards – just make sure that there’s someone around to help you unbutton it before bed!

Try this one: jazz up the classic white style with a cute touch of embroidery. Topshop’s £32 hero buy is our number one.

Hoop earrings

Whatever decade captures your fashion heart, from the 1950s to today, you’ll find the stars of summer adorned with hoop earrings. Like Ray-Ban sunnies, this is an accessory that just *is* summer. Again you can make them work for you, with different sizes and finishes available – but plain silver is always a sure fire bet.

Summer ’17 twist: wear a hoop in one lobe and a stud in another for the asymmetric earring craze. Just be prepared for ‘You forgot your other earring’ comments from your annoying brother (or maybe it’s only me with that luck!).

Try this one: swish your hair back and forth as you show off these Freedom babies for just £5!

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You know your Valencia from your Juno, you know how to keep your mates entertained with the funniest Instagram Stories and you know the best selfie angles to get the most likes. But what if we told you there are some Instagram secrets you don’t know?

Okay, okay, you’ll probably know some of them. But we’d bet your next super Instagrammable unicorn cupcake that we know some tips you don’t.

We’ve collected together some of our top Insta secrets and cool hacks to make using your favourite app more fun than ever. Whether you’re just starting out, like to use Instagram for silly selfies and keeping your friends updated about what you’re up to or you’re an aspiring Instagram superstar, we’ve got some goodies for you.

And if we’ve missed out your favourite trick or tip, please share it with us in the comments below!

1. Do you have a favourite Instagrammer? Get notified when they post photos

Have you got one or two favourite Instagram influencers that you just can’t get enough of? Or maybe your best mate is on holiday and you want to see everything she posts as she posts it? Well, you can set up notifications for specific people – so you’re the first to know what they’re doing.

Here’s how to do it: Visit your favourite person’s profile and click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner. A menu will pop-up and the bottom option is ‘Turn on Post Notifications’. Just click that and you’ll be notified when they post. If you get sick of seeing everything they do after a while, just do the same thing to turn them off. Simple!

2. Do you have a favourite filter? Put it to the top of the class

There are plenty of great Instagram filters, but most of us have one or two that we use more often than the others. To save yourself a bit of time, you can re-order your filters so your faves always come first.

Here’s how to do it: Next time you’re editing a photo, head to ‘Filter’ but instead of choosing one, scroll right to the end and tap ‘Manage’. Here’s where you can press and hold the list icon next to your filters to shake up their order – just press, hold and drag. You can switch filters on or off here too with the tick on the right-hand side. This is good if there are some you just never ever use. We’re looking at you, Inkwell.

3. Keep it real and change the intensity of your filters

When Instagram first launched, you picked a filter and had to live with how it looked. Now you have way more freedom and can add just a little hint of a filter instead. This is really good if you like your photos to be slighty edited, but to look quite natural too.

Here’s how to do it: You can tap a filter once to apply it to your photo, but tap it again and a little slider appears, which lets you change the filter’s intensity from 0 to 100.

4. Bored of your Instagram feed? Then use the ‘Explore’ tab waaaay more

This one isn’t a secret. Your Explore tab is right there, after all. But this is just a reminder to check it more often. Instagram uses its smart tech to fish out new people and photos and videos and stories you might like to follow and puts them all in this tab. If you love your Instagram feed just the way it is, ignore this. If you’re on the hunt for new stuff, then don’t forget to check it out once in a while.

Here’s how to do it: Click the little magnifying glass in the bottom menu bar within the Instagram app. Stories you might like are at the top, a video is usually displayed in the middle and then there are photos from people you don’t already follow at the bottom.

5. Want more likes? Then think about when you post

If you’re using Instagram for fun and don’t care whether you get 1 or 100 likes, then post photos whenever you want. But if you want to get more likes and become a bit more Insta-famous, then social media experts tend to suggest that posting photos at lunchtime – that’s between 11am and 2pm – or in the evening – that’s between 6pm and 9pm – tend to get you the most likes and comments. Now that won’t always be the case, but it’s a simple rule to remember if you want to think a bit smarter about when you post.

6. Want more freedom? Use Instagram’s other apps

If you’re tired of just sharing static photos, then you should check out Instagram’s other apps. Hyperlapse lets you create fancy timelapse videos, Boomerang lets you make GIF-like looping videos and Layout lets you combine images into a grid. This one is our favourite for making collages or moodboards.

7. Edit now and post later by saving a draft

You take a great photo. You use Instagram to edit it and apply a filter. You write a really funny caption. But then you realise you don’t want to share it straight away – you want to wait until 6pm when you’ll get more likes! Now Instagram lets you save your posts as drafts so you can come back to them later.

Here’s how to do it: Do everything you’d usually do to your photo first, like add effects, filters, a caption and your location. But then instead of hitting ‘Share’, press the back button in the top left-hand corner. Then press it again. Instagram will ask you if you want to ‘Save Draft’ or ‘Discard’. Click ‘Save Draft’ and next time you go to add a photo, it’ll pop-up first under ‘Drafts’ above your regular photo library.

8. Make your bio and captions stand out and look better with line breaks

You probably think that to add line breaks to your Instagram bio or captions you need to write everything out in Notes or a note-taking app first, then copy it across. But there’s a much easier way to break up text.

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How do you spend your Saturday nights in? Reading? Painting? Cooking up a storm, just for you, and Skyping your lonely Canadian auntie? Or do you, like me, spend them on the sofa, refreshing Insta and mooning mournfully over photos of your friends at some lit party while sinking a family size pack of Twirl bites? If it’s the latter, then listen up lady: you’ve a lesson to learn — one which I am (obvs) still learning, and has taken my confidantes in this matter (bff’s Katie and Sophie) the best part of 20 years to master.

It is making time for yourself on a Saturday night: that time when, according to the laws of the universe, aka socials, you should either be hanging out with your mates, or on a date night with bae. It is writing ‘ME’ (or myself, or I) in your diary — and enjoying it, whether that’s through a film, a book, a bath or a long neglected talent like piano or painting. And if you too find this scary AF, I strongly recommend the following tips.

Switch off your phone

Or at LEAST put it in another room. The first step to enjoying time by yourself is to BE by yourself, as opposed to looking through a tiny, greasy window into the lives of others. Soon as you hit Insta or any group whatsapp chat you’re on the slippery slope toward painful (and false) comparisons, and bitter self-loathing

Express yo’self

Don’t just hit the internet automatically, as if there’s nothing else you could possibly do of an evening. What are you interested in? What are you good at, or do you enjoy doing that you perhaps haven’t done in a while? Sophie, who has been nailing Saturday nights in for a good number of years now, says “the risk of back to back social appointments, is that I don’t make time to feed my interests: the things that make me, well, me and fuel satisfying conversation” — like, in her case, drawing or curling up and reading. A Saturday night spent doing those things you’ve always loved — playing an instrument, writing a story, making cards — will enrich you in a way falling into a Youtube shaped black hole of cat videos is unlikely to do.

Plan Stan

Consider your night in, not as a burden, but as a gift of four or five hours of free time you’ve granted yourself. Put it in your diary, and plan it as a fixed date, says Katie — just as your would an evening with friends. As Sophie warns, “an urgent scouring of Netflix or iPlayer in the hope of finding something to fit the bill” all too often ends in a disappointment after a string of half-watched films and documentaries. What’s on your ‘to watch’ list? What was that book your bff recommended last week? “A really good, nourishing evening — one where I would delight and relish in it, and have not a shred of FOMO, would be to absorb myself in the things I love and that nourish me,” Sophie continues. That invariably demands thinking ahead.

Feed yourself

Just as important as nourishing your sense of self is nourishing your body. Cook a dish you love, or have wanted to cook for ages — or if cooking isn’t your vibe, nicely ask your parent to cook or order one of your favourite things. Have dessert, or at the very least some kind of treat, and make Saturday night in a real occasion as opposed to something that happened by default. No one can ever truly regret an evening that ended in zillionaire cheesecake from GU.

Refresh yourself

Have a bath, change your duvet and pull on your favourite pyjamas for a feeling of indulgent luxury that won’t cost you a penny. Don’t skulk in your bedroom too early though, warns Katie — you’ll feel like you’re hiding from the world. “I make a point to hang out in the sitting room. If I were to hang out in my room as if I were ill or something, I’d start to feel sorry for myself.” You don’t have to dress up for the occasion, but equally you don’t have to treat yourself like you’ve got the flu.

Share the love

A weekend night in is the perfect chance to catch up with a friend in another time zone — or even an elderly grandparent whose every Saturday night is a night in, and would relish a quick chat with you.

Take pride

A night in is nothing to be ashamed of: we all have them, and if we are to retain a sense of identity (see 1) we all need them. Katie tells me when she is having a Saturday night in, and what she is going to do. She’ll have a documentary lined up that she’s been wanting to watch for ages, or a book she’s just getting into, and she’ll be really excited about it — to the point that I’m invariably left wishing I had made such lovely plans for myself, too.

Have faith in yourself, and in your friends

I promise they will still be there for you come Monday morning. Own your Saturday night. Share it with them with as much enthusiasm as you would a night out, or on holiday. No one can laugh at you for cooking paella, stencilling your cousin a birthday card and watching a documentary about elephants on a weekend. Or at least, they can — but the joke’s on them, not you.

Easy like Sunday morning

Not going out means not being knackered on Sunday morning. Not being knackered on Sunday morning opens up a whole new world of eating, drinking and exercising possibilities which a less sprightly, Saturday-night-out you would have slept right through. Get that run in, book a tennis court before 12, or make coffee plans so you’ve done something social that weekend. Alternatively, make the most of the lie in and back yourself a sweet 16 hour sleep.

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Model siblings are nothing new. We’ve got the Hadids: Gigi, Bella and Anwar. The Delevingnes: Cara and Poppy. The Hills: Taylor, Mackinley and Chase (plus their photographer sister, Logan Rae). But, now, there are two new photogenic sisters on the block: Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray Hamlin.

Delilah was showing me her calf muscles…impressive

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Daughters of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna and her actor husband Harry Hamlin, the comparisons between Delilah and Amelia, and Gigi and Bella, are inevitable. The Hadid girls’ mum, Yolanda, was also a Real Housewife and handily Delilah and Amelia have the same one blonde, one brunette thing going on as their elder counterparts.

But, Hadid connections aside, why should you get invested in @delilahbelle and @ameliagray? Well, funny you should ask…

They’re both signed to IMG Models

fyi we jumped in the pool today 😝

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Joining the ranks of Victoria’s Secret Angels Candice Swanepoel and Jasmine Tookes, plus modelling legends like Kate Moss and Gisele, Delilah and Amelia were both recently snapped up by IMG. That means big modelling jobs, which in turn means epic behind the scenes snaps on both their ’grams, so stay tuned.

Their style is sick

we're motherf'ing star boys

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The Hamlin girls employ stylist Odessa Lu Nikolić and it shows. From red carpets to Coachella, Delilah and Amelia are never not looking amazing, so their Instagrams are a seriously great source of fashion inspo.

Their vacay photos will give you serious wanderlust

Yo where's my baguette 🥖??

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Birthdays in Paris, beach weeks in Cabo; Delilah and Amelia know how to live. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself on Skyscanner immediately after peeping their feeds.

Their friends are all cooler than cool

Quiet on set

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Expect an insane line-up of celebrity offspring in the Hamlins’ pics, including Cindy Crawford’s daughter, Kaia Gerber, plus Sophia and Scarlet Stallone (yep, their dad is Sylvester). You’ll end up following them all – and that’s no bad thing.

They really are BFFs

There’s no sibling rivalry here, as Delilah and Amelia do pretty much everything together, with Amelia calling her big sis “my best friend in the whole freaking world”.

We can’t wait to see them conquer it.

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Summer is great for a lot of things: spending time outdoors, hanging out with your mates, unsheathing your pasty arms and legs from their winter woollies and getting some vitamin D… the list goes on.

You know what it’s not good for, though? Being a goth. Or in my case at least, being a rubbish goth.

At my school, come year nine, two main groups emerged: the chavs and the alts, and you had to pledge your allegiance to one or the other. You were allowed to sit on the edge with a gentle nod towards your chosen clan – an Adidas satchel or a bit of extra eyeliner, for example – but choose you must.

I’ve always been an angsty person – even as a child I’d get myself worked up about the meaning of life – so the alts were my obvious choice. And boy did I commit to it, bypassing the entry-level studded belts and skater shoes and launching headfirst into raven-black hair and boned corsets. In my mind I was a beautiful angel of darkness, with an ethereal aesthetic that matched my troubled soul.

The reality, though, was rather different. Caking white foundation over my already-bad skin just made it look worse, and my Potter-esque glasses only magnified the fact that I didn’t have a clue when it came to blending eyeshadow. I did a rubbish job dying my hair, my braces rubbed all my blood-red lipstick off and I could never get my blacks to match.

Plus, I lived in the middle of nowhere, so I couldn’t just pop to the shops for the stuff I needed to actually make the look work – visiting my nearest town involved sitting on a bus for more than an hour, which is not something I recommend when all the other passengers are aging farmers and elderly conservatives and you’re wearing a black wedding dress.

But I stuck with it, because even though I was doing a pretty bad job of it I felt that rocking a goth aesthetic was part of my identity. The music, the people and the mindset of the alt-goth scene spoke to me and made me feel like I was part of something meaningful and different – that I was meaningful and different.

So I was prepared to deal with the time-consuming faff of the hair and makeup, and I’d gotten used to the horrified stares from people in the village and the stupid insults from kids in school. It was the payoff for finding my identity and ‘my people’.

What eventually broke me, though, was summer.

No amount of factor 50 suncream could keep the freckles and weird tan lines at bay. No amount of powder would keep the white foundation on my shiny face and no amount of deodorant would stop me sweating profusely onto my thick velvet dresses. Any time I succumbed to the heat and wore a light dress or a pair of shorts the sudden change in aesthetic was so jarring everyone would make a big deal out of it, which made me feel rubbish, like I was betraying my own identity.

This was back in the days before pastel and summer goth were a thing. Back before there were endless webpages of style inspo to look to and long before Instagram makeup tutorials came along. It was all or nothing, and I was uncomfortable, sweaty and defeated. If I couldn’t properly show off who I was on the inside on the outside, I thought, then I wouldn’t bother at all.

So instead I just wore what was comfortable. I still went for blacks and dark colours, but there was no more scratchy velvet or rib-busting corsets. I stopped trashing my hair every month with black dye and started using a wash-in red to give my natural mousey-ginger a bit of a kick. I swapped the painful Victorian-style heels for a pair of comfy biker boots and while I still trucked on the black eyeliner, the white foundation went in the bin.

For a while I felt like I was compromising; like I was doing a bad job of ‘being me’, but gradually it dawned on me that, actually, I felt better in my own skin. I spent less time in front of a mirror fretting about my makeup. I moved around more freely and worried less about the vibe of my outfits.

I still listened to the same music and hung out with the same people – people who liked me for me, and not what I looked like. People who probably liked me even better when I stopped constantly tripping over my long skirts and being preoccupied with staying pale. I had, without even realising it, developed my own style and was more ‘me’ than I’d ever been.

So that summer was good for a lot of things, and as it turned out in the end, being a rubbish goth was one of them.

Image: Hailey Hamilton