It’s been a big week. Our hearts broke all over again for London, then healed themselves with Manchester. George and Amal Clooney became parents. The voice of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit passed away.

And while all that was happening, we’ve been busy with this lot. Here are all the things we’ve been doing, loving and reading this week.

Want to be in the next Fantastic Beasts film?

If you’ve ever felt bitter resentment that you weren’t the right age when there were casting scouts sent all over the country to find the actress that would play Harry, Ron and Hermione, we have some good news! Warner Brothers is holding an open casting call for five teenages to play the roles of young Gellert Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore, Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange and someone called Sebastian (which frankly seems like far too normal a name for JK) in the next installment of the Fantastic Beasts series.

The film will go back in time (again) and focus on the history of Dumbey and Grindey’s feud. If you fancy your chances as the next Emma Watson, visit the Pottermore website for more info.

No one named their baby Trout this year and apparently we should be surprised

When Amal and George Clooney welcomed their twins Ella and Alexander into the world this week, everyone let out a collective sigh of relief, turned to the person next to them and whispered, “Are weird baby names… over?”

Probably not. But a list has been released of the baby names that no one in the US used last year and tbh, we can see why. Mainly, because they’re NOT NAMES. Options such as Diablo (which sounds like a board game), Lucasta (which sounds like a character from GOT), North (which sounds like some a Kardashian would name their bab- oh, wait).

We need to talk honestly about periods. Period.

Jazmin Sawyers, a long jumper and Olympic finalist, has had to pull out of a competition  because of her period pain. She took to Twitter to explain what happened, writing: “If you don’t have periods, or don’t have them this bad, it’s hard to imagine why I can’t just suck it up and compete, but when you’re in so much pain you can’t walk more than a few steps, and your legs buckle under your own weight, there’s no chance you can jump.”

She added that no one talks enough about periods in sport and how they affect a woman’s performance. Thank you Jaz, for helping break down taboos – and wherever you are, we hope there’s a hot water bottle and some chocolate handy.

Dance like no one is watching

It’s been a long week, but this clip of a policeman dancing with teenage girls during Justin Bieber’s performance at the One Love Manchester Concert has got us through. When talking to The Telegraph the policeman, Paul Taylor, a 50-year-old father of two, said he didn’t know he was being filmed but added: “I wouldn’t describe myself as the best dancer in the world but I was more than happy to oblige.” Awww.

And finally, presenting the most perfect photo of all time

I have nothing else to say about this. Enjoy.

Happy Friday!

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So it’s raining. It’s always raining. I have been damp for three and a half days. And I know it’s good because the rivers needed it and probably so did the grass and stuff, but ok, that’s enough now. Right? Well, apparently not.

But it’s all going to be ok, because here’s a round-up to read which should kill five and a bit minutes! After that? Yeah, you’re on your own. Probably Netflix.

Here’s everything we’ve been doing, loving and reading this week…

Solange Knowles talks to her teen self, whole world listens

It can’t always be easy having Beyoncé as your sister, but Solange Knowles is a study in grace and wisdom. Tbh, I’m not sure what to say about this letter she wrote for Teen Vogue other than please read it. Then read it again. Hell, print it out and stick it on your wall so you can read it every morning. Here’s a taster:

“there will be pain, there will be doubt there will be beauty, there will be the unknown. there will be so many moments of joy and delight that the whole universe will feel painted in hues of amber and wonder. there will be times you are so sad you can’t lift your head. and there will be times you are so happy that the sensation of life knocks you down. but most importantly, there will be you. a whole, whole lot of it. and you will feel good about who she is and who she is still becoming.” Sol, you slay us.

Shorts, skirts, trousers? Oh, who cares?

At least 120 schools in the UK have now adopted gender-neutral uniforms according to Educate & Celebrate, a charity that helps develop LGBTQ+ training in schools. What does that mean? Well basically schools are allowing boys and girls to wear either skirts or trousers, whatever they choose, or they’re creating an entirely unisex uniform from scratch. Heartwarmingly, loads of schools are doing this organically and with minimal fuss.

Paula Weaver, the headteacher of one of the first primary school to introduce gender-neutral uniforms back in 2013, said: “There’s nothing special about gender-specific toilets and uniforms: children just need to be able to express themselves and if they feel comfortable, it’s what clothes they feel comfortable in.”

Ha. Take that gender roles.

We’re not playing around

At some point in your life, you’ll probably have found yourself standing in a bathroom, looking down at your outfit, then looking at the loo, then back to your outfit wondering what the hell you’re meant to do. And it’s not because you’ve suddenly forgotten how to ride the porcelain express, but because fashion designers seem to have forgotten you’d ever have to. Playsuits, jumpsuits – or as Americans call them, rompers – are the enemy of the small-bladdered ladies among us.

But it turns out men want in on the action anyway. A new Kickstarter campaign called Romphim is trying to fund playsuits for men. They’re collared and pastelled and no matter how many times I look at them, I can’t help thinking they make fully grown men look like weirdly tall babies… but apparently that’s just me because they’ve already raised more than 20 times what they were aiming for. Hey, let’s all have equally frustrating toilet trips together!

@neumfoto rocked our latest print for its debut at the #kentuckyderby. The crowd loved it; we're pretty stoked about it too.

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Apparently bad liars make great singers

After having Harry Styles’ album on repeat for an entire week, we’ve taken a small break to listen to Selena Gomez’s has new single Bad Liar – and it’s freaking awesome.

After Selena posted a teaser of a video where she’s wearing a bracelet that reads ‘Fall Risk’ and a bandage on her arm, fans were speculating that her new single might centre around self-harm to tie in with 13 Reasons Why, the show she produced. But the photographer Petra Collins set the record straight in the Instagram comments, writing: “Selena came straight from the hospital to this shoot – from being there for lupus”.

Selena, feel better soon. The betty team is sending you all our good vibes x

If you’re having withdrawls

If you need some more Harry Styles in your life (we get it, you’re only human), check out his Carpool Karaoke with James Corden to find out what it means to cry…but in a cool way.

Happy weekend! X

@LilyPesch

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Grab your glitter, your sequins, your best continental snacks and your funniest mates and plop yourself in front of the TV this weekend. That’s right, the Eurovision final is on this Saturday night and by all accounts, it’s set to be as absurd as usual.

But as well as doing vocal warm-ups and assembling the cheese buffet, here’s everything else we’ve been reading, love and watching this week!

Judgement day for Harry Styles

Finally, after weeks of waiting, the full Harry Styles album has dropped. Harry has been everywhere in the last few weeks promoting it – he’s been wearing a pink suit on The Today Show in the States, he tried (and failed) to crowd surf in an underground bar in Brooklyn and who can forget his profile in Rolling Stone Magazine, which made everyone who read it weak at the knees? He’s also reportedly got a new lady love, Insta-celeb, chef and healthy food blogger Tess Ward, which has suddenly piqued our interest in salad.

We don’t know about you, but we’re gonna have this on repeat all. day. long.

Bang bang, there goes your heart

Nicki Minaj tweeted this week about a competition where she would pay international airfares for winners to spend time with her at the Billboard Music Awards, when one of her fans tweeted at her: “Well you wanna pay for my tuition?” AND GUYS, SHE DID! Not only that, she offered up cash to other fans too if they could prove that they had a 4.0 GPA (which apparently are really good grades – IDK, I’m not American).

She helped a grand total of THIRTY current and former students with their tuition, student loans or other education-related expenses before promising to do the same thing all over again in a couple of months. She really is about that super bass(line of equality), guys.

Simone Biles deserves a gold medal in sass

Our fave athlete from the 2016 Olympic games (sorry Team GB) is making headlines again, but not for her gymnastics this time. She’s currently competing on Dancing With the Stars (the US version of Strictly) and after the judges gave her feedback on her performance, the host, Tom Bergeron commented, “I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments… you didn’t.” To which our babe Simone shrugged and replied, “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.” Fierce af.

Brb, I’m starting a campaign to officially name the sassy girl emoji ‘Simone’ in her honour.

Tom Daley somersaults into marriage

Speaking of the Olympics, diving dreamboat Tom Daley married his boyfriend Dustin Black this week in the *most* beautiful ceremony…

So… what did you do this weekend?

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And then, as if they weren’t being adorable enough, Dustin posted a photo of himself crouching beside a small tree with the caption: “Married life: Plant trees to mark the beginning of our new adventures together? [tick] Paint the living room? [tick] Wipe that grin off my face? NO.” Congratulations you two!

Sims is back!

If Pokemon Go is lying abandoned on your iPhone, collecting (metaphorical) dust, fear not – we have the solution. Sims is coming to iPhones and Androids, “soon” which is an annoyingly unspecific timeline but we don’t care, we’re getting excited anyway.

PPL Recap

Guys, this episode was insane. Tbh, there hasn’t been nearly enough weirdness going on in the last few episodes for my liking, but woah. Woah. It was Ali’s turn to play End Game and A taunted her by sending her to a baby store and making her pick out things for it before revealing that the baby was actually made with EMILY’S EGG. GUYS! GUYS! I’m trying not to be smug and all like, I picked this – but I totally picked this. So now what happens to the baby? Ali cancelled her abortion and tbf, I’m not sure what the etiquette is when you find out you’ve been impregnated against your will with your bff/love interest’s baby. Emily and Paige sort of got back together, but let’s be real, that’s not gonna last once she finds out about the whole baby mumma situation. Spencer had a confrontation with her dad before going searching for Mary Drake with Hanna. And then we found out that Pastor Ted (I love Pastor Ted, he reminds me of a human teddy bear) is Charles/Charlotte’s dad, which let’s be honest, was a real curve ball. Aria and Ezra’s relationship is getting super weird and the whole thing with Nicole feels so twisted and wrong, especially since she found the book they wrote ABOUT HER. Then Aria started receiving anonymous phone calls from A.D. which were so freaking creepy, and agreed to meet A.D. in a stretch limo (obvs) but it was Sydney, who I’ll be honest, is still a confusing character to me – why is she involved in this? I don’t understand! But it looks like Aria might strike a deal with A.D. to get her out of playing End Game because Hanna’s up again and she is pissed. Will the game tear the Liars apart? Only five more sleeps until we can find out more!

Happy Friday!

@LilyPesch

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At one point or another, everyone has flipped through their own Instagram or Facebook profile and cringed at their former selves. The Justin Bieber fringe. The super-tight jeggings. The oversized hoodies. You’ve peered at the you of a few years ago and thought “girl… what were you thinking?!”  But, hey, at least we’re not alone in this one – celebs have a digital past too guys, and it’s wonderful.

On Twitter last week, Shy Charles went on a magnificent rant about this old MySpace profile pic of Taylor Swift, and it totally resonated with people – including us. You can practically feel the adolescent angst in this photo. Seriously, look at the clothes rail behind her, there isn’t a single colourful piece of clothing to be seen. This wasn’t just an experimental selfie – Swifty was committed to this look.

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After a little bit of digging, we found some of Tay’s other profile pics from her MySpace days – and we love them all.

Have you ever wondered what people did before Instagram? This. This is what people did before Instagram. Somewhere around 2007, Apple released computers that had built in cameras that you could take photos on and then apply totally *ahem* awesome filters to. Like this one, that makes it look like you’re on the front cover of a bad horror film.

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Or this one, which was super artsy because it made you look like you were in an Andy Warhol painting. Sahh artsy.

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Also, for some unknown reason, people used to take photos of themselves in mirrors with digital cameras, which, sure, makes sense. But then they’d leave the flash on. In hindsight, the early noughties were a bad time for photography, but at the time it was ‘kewl’, ok?

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It wasn’t just T. Swift who got on board with this trend. Harry Styles was into it too – but he stepped it up a notch so the photo is completely useless and you can’t see his face at all. That’s right, Harry Styles had MySpace. Sometimes the internet really is a glorious place.

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And look how cute he was! Look! With the beaded necklace and the half-Biebs fringe. Plus the trademark red eyes that went along with almost every photo taken on digital cameras between 2003 and 2010 which used to make people look like they were possessed or extras in Twilight.

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But the best bit about Hazza’s (is that a thing? We’re making that a thing) profile is the blurb. He wants to meet Superman. Isn’t that the cutest damn thing you’ve ever heard?
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Unsurprisingly, it turns out the Jenners have been around since the dawn of social media. Yep, Kylie and Kendall both has MySpace profiles too.

Kylie went with the weird glowy filter that made everyone look like ghosts and paired it with the tried and tested “Kylie Rocks” for her blurb. Classic.

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Whereas Kendall went for the thermal filter (why, just why) and the casually humble “It’s All About Me” for her blurb. Plus, her URL was horsegirlkl, possibly the most 00s URL ever.

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So next time you’re scrolling through your Insta profile and see some of your old photos that make you cringe now, remember that even the most famous faces in the world went through a stage of, fist-gnawingly awkward teenage photos. And who knows, if you’re famous one day, those pics might even help cheer up some teenagers on a grey Monday morning.

Plus, next time your nan tells you that your generation is too obsessed with selfies, you can show her this article and say with total confidence: “Actually the MySpace generation were a million times worse. Plus, their filters sucked.”

You’re welcome.

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