The perfect… Floral shorts
“Super cute and flowery – I’m in love with these beauties.”
Lara, Fashion Assistant
Shorts, £14.99, H&M
Toothpaste isn’t just for teeth!
- Stubborn stain on your kitchen surfaces? Dab on a blob of paste and rub gently for miracle results. Sparkling!
- Spots ruining your life? Smooth on toothpaste to dry the red devils out, then rinse before leaving the house. Fresh!
- Fake-tan disaster? If your palms, elbows, fingers or toes wind up more orange than Joey Essex’s Ugg boots, rub toothpaste in to fade the shade instantly. Minted!
What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
“Follow David Beckham around and hopefully catch him in his undies.” Charlotte, via Facebook
“I’d walk the high street naked!” Carly, via Facebook
“I’d go to my daughter’s school and see what she’s like – a little angel or a little terror!” Stacey, via Facebook
“Panic!” Lyndsay, via Twitter
“Sneak on to a plane and fly somewhere hot.” Amy, via Facebook
We text Olympic rower and adventurer James Cracknell, 40, then let you have a nosey…
Hi James! Are you back to full strength after your 2010 cycling accident?
I don’t think I’ll ever be the same and I don’t know if that’s good or bad. It’s just different. I believe I’ll be able to get back to doing the same kind of things I could before, but whether I choose to is a different issue.
Do you think the accident damaged your brain’s fear filter?
Definitely not. The fear factor’s still there, but what I’ve realised is you can’t control everyone’s actions. You can do everything right, but you can’t control how someone else behaves.
Are you competitive at home, like desperate to wash the dishes in record time?
There’s no rush to wash dishes! But I like to be resourceful and knowing how to build shelters and spark fires are good skills to have in west London.
What are you looking forward to most about the Olympics?
I’ll be watching to see if Chris Hoy beats Redgrave’s record of five gold medals, and whether Usain Bolt can do something magical like in Beijing when he broke the 100m record.
Can you blag us tickets for the men’s 100m final, please?
My lad [Croyde, eight] and I put in for tickets and didn’t get any. He was like: “If Bolt wins maybe he could come for a sleepover?” And I’m thinking: “How do I say: ‘If he won the 100m there’d be a lot of ladies in front of an eight-year-old in the queue?’
This week, we’re…
The makers of Twilight have a new edgy TV show. Teen Emily (Emily VanCamp) is after, erm, revenge on those who framed her dad and got him imprisoned for life. Like The O.C., but far eviler. Tomorrow, 9pm, E4.
The prequel to Alien from director Ridley Scott is a dark affair (just as you’d expect). The film of the summer, it’s packed with A-listers including Fabulous fave Michael Fassbender. Out Friday.
Magic Hour by Scissor Sisters
The cutting-edge (geddit!) ones are back with a new album full of camp disco gems. We’re loving new single Only The Horses, which is produced by Calvin Harris. Out tomorrow.
Is it just us or…
Whenever you step into a revolving door, do you feel a bit scared of getting trapped in it?
The moment when… you spill red wine on your mother-in-law
You’re meeting your new boyf’s parents for the first time and have the great idea of going out for dinner. So, of course, on the way back from the loo you manage to snag the edge of the tablecloth, sending his mum’s glass of wine flying. In her direction. And it’s red. Oh dear God. So you do the only thing any self-respecting girl would and throw your glass of pinot grigio on her dress (because you once heard that’s the alcoholic’s answer to a red wine stain). And then some salt. And then you look up and see her face. She’s horrified. You’ve basically turned your future mum-in-law into a cocktail.
Date for your diary
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 3-27
Coveted tickets for this top festival go on sale on Tuesday. The full line-up of acts will be announced then, but you can expect to get your jollies, drama and musical madcaps from the likes of Alan Davies (him with the curls), Axis of Awesome (hilarious Aussies) and Vikki Stone (super-funny new girl on the block, right). Get in there, quick! Book tickets at Edfringe.com
This week we want to be… Charlize Theron
Movie stars are busy bees. And Queen Bee in Tinseltown right now is our latest lady crush, Charlize Theron. This week you can catch her in not one, but two massive summer smashes. First up, Charlize is starring as ultra-badass Queen Ravenna in Snow White And The Huntsman, where she takes the phrase “evil stepmother” to a whole new level (sure, families can get annoying, but wanting to rip out Kristen Stewart’s heart, all because she’s a teensy bit younger? That’s Grimm).
And you can go for a double dose of Charl in creepy, amazing new blockbuster-to-be Prometheus (see above left), where she does a spot of alien hunting. Two totally different parts in one week, but diverse is the word when it comes to Charlize’s acting skills. Remember Monster? Charlize donned so many prosthetics she looked unrecognisable to play, eerily, the part of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos. You don’t get the likes of Jennifer Aniston or Cameron Diaz making such brave film choices. Of course, Charlize bagged an Oscar for the part, and became the first South African to win one in the process.
You want more? Charlize is the star of Christian Dior’s perfume ads. Jel. But most of all, we’re digging her because she’s just adopted a baby son, Jackson, who she calls “the coolest kid in the world”. And she’s a single mum.
Snow White And The Huntsman is out on Wednesday.