IT’S time to ditch the winter wardrobe as this week the weather is hotting up.
Banish winter coats and chunky knits to the back of the wardrobe in favour of lighter essentials as this week is set to be hotter than Greece – hooray.
Topshop It’s finally time to bust out your brightest colours
But with warmer climes on their way also comes the biggest conundrum of all – what to wear.
While the high street is brimming with holiday essentials and festival wear, most of it isn’t great for sitting in an office or popping to the shops.
It can be hard not to instantly grab the first summer dress you see, but you’ll want to buy something that you’ll wear more than once – not just in a rare heatwave.
We’ve rounded up five of the best pieces to make sure you don’t lose your cool this week.
Topshop The Top Shop dress is on trend for the sunshine summer look
Take tips from Beyonce and opt for sunshine yellow dress.
This frock with sleeves is great for those of us who aren’t overly keen on showing off our arms and the wrap shape is flattering on all figures.
Plus you can dig it out when the temperatures cool and slip and shirt or poloneck underneath.
Dress, £39, Topshop – buy it now
SAY IT DON’T SWEAT IT
Zara Slogans are this summer’s T-shirt must-have
Keep your cool in a block coloured T-shirt with this seasons must have – slogans.
Simple and effective, you can wear a T-shirt under a 90’s slip dress or pair with some wide leg trousers and heels for the office.
You’re guaranteed to always need a statement Tee.
T-shirt, £7.99, Zara – buy it now
JUMP INTO SUMMER
Primark The jump suit is an easy summer look to wear
Opt for a loose fitting jumpsuit to keep you comfortable and cool.
Try darker shades so you’re look doesn’t scream beach, like this Primark number.
Its cut-in collar is flattering on broad shoulders and if you want to smarten it up for work, slip a crisp white shirt underneath.
Jumpsuit, £16, Primark
FREE YOUR LEGS
Debenhams The midi skirt means you can hide your winter white legs
Release your pins from the confinements of tights and go bare-legged in a midi skirt.
Most of us haven’t seen the sun since last year so baring skin can be daunting, but a midi skirt will cover majority of your legs while still letting you breathe.
Also, when the sun does disappear you can always pop the tights back on and wear the skirt again – win win.
Skirt, £36, Studio by Preen at Debenhams – buy it now
Zara This pastel suit is just the thing for spring
Zara Zara’s mint green trousers are £39.99
Suits are big news this season and we’re not talking dull greys, it’s all about colour.
This pastel green suit ticks all the boxes, and is lightweight for hot days.
Wear a plain top underneath and the rest of the work is done for you.
Plus you can mix and match the blazer and trousers with lots of other looks, getting more for your money.
Blazer, £79.99, from Zara – buy now Trousers, £39.99, both Zara – buy now
What Is Trichotillomania, What Has Towie Star Sam Faiers Said About The Hair Pulling Condition And How Is It Related To Ocd?
PEOPLE of all ages and both genders can go bald, with hereditary, genetic and compulsive conditions all causing people to lose their hair.
Trichotillomania, also known as trich, and it ss a condition where someone can’t resist plucking their hairs, with TV personality Sam Faiers revealing she suffers from it.
Alamy Trichotillomania, otherwise known as trich, affects women more than men
What is trichotillomania?
The NHS website describes it as a condition where sufferers can’t resist the urge to pull out their hair.
But not just the hair on their head, but eyebrow, eyelashes, beards and pubic hair are also targeted.
It is more common in girls rather than boys, and mostly affects teenagers and young adults.
Rex Features Sam Faiers wears false eyelashes now
The urge to pull out a hair intensifies until they do so, which brings them a temporary sense of relief.
It can also be done subconsciously, where the person isn’t aware they’re doing it.
It can lead to bald, uneven patches on people’s head or thinning hair in some areas.
There is no singular cause for trich, but it can be used by some people as a method to cope with anxiety or stress.
It could also be caused by changes to hormone levels during puberty, or a chemical imbalance in the brain.
In certain cases it could be classed as a form of self-harm.
What has Sam Faiers said about the hair pulling condition?
Model and TV personality Sam Faiers revealed she has the condition, and it stems from trauma surrounding her stepdad being jailed.
The mum-of-two spoke candidly about trich in her YouTube videos, revealing she was diagnosed when she was eight.
The former TOWIE star said she later discovered its root cause after a speaking with a psychologist when she was an adult.
Instagram She used to wear mittens and dip her hands in nail repellent to try and stop
She began to pick out her eyelashes, and confesses that she still does so in her sleep despite trying multiple remedies over the years, including mittens and nail-biting repellent.
Despite her eyelashes growing back, she would just pluck them out again, and resorted to false eyelashes.
Is it related to OCD?
Trich is similar to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as it can be caused by a chemical imbalance.
With OCD, sufferers also feel a compulsion, or urge, to complete an act.
OCD and trichotillomania can also both be triggered by a negative or traumatic event in their life, and can also be used as a coping mechanism.
I Hate The Fact My Mates Fancy Mum And She Won’t Cover Up… It’s So Embarrassing I Want To Die
AN embarrassed schoolboy has pleaded with his mum to cover up – because all his mates fancy her and it “makes him want to die”.
Carla Bellucci, 36, mum to Jermaine, 15, Tanisha, 13, and Jayden, 10, from Borehamwood, Herts., said she was taking her lead from actress Liz Hurley, 51, whose son Damian is begging her to change the way she dresses because his mates think she’s hot.
Olivia West – The Sun Jermaine says it’s “gross” his pals fancy his mum
But year 10 pupil Jermaine said he had every sympathy with Damien because, like him, he was embarrassed by his mum’s behaviour.
He confessed if he passes her in the street he pretends he doesn’t know her.
“If I see my mum and my sister in the street when I am with my mates I pretend I don’t know her or to not see her,” he confessed. “My mates see mum at school or at my house and tell me how jealous they are.
“They say they want to date her or be me and I just want to die. I wish she’d be like other mums. She should cover up. I’m embarrassed.”
Alley Einstein Carla loves posing for selfies
Jermaine told how his pals tried to befriend his mum, who has had breast implants, on social media – forcing him to take the reins of her account.
“The lads constantly try to friend her on social media and I have to go through her account and tell her who to block,” he admitted. “I wish she wasn’t on social media. It’s so embarrassing to be told mum is hot.”
Like Damien, who has confessed to snapping pictures of her mum, Jermaine has also been encouraged to photograph Carla as she poses.
“When we’re on holiday she asks me or my sister to take pictures of her,” he admitted. If she asks me to take a picture of her I deliberately mess it up so she can’t use it.”
Alley Einstein Jermaine avoids his mum if he sees her in the street
And he thinks all parents should be banned from social media or at least only have private accounts.
“I have begged her to set her account to private,” Jermaine confirmed. “I even try and sneak onto her accounts and delete pictures. My mates love trying to find other kids parents on Facebook and Twitter and then ribbing each other. I get why Damian, Liz Hurley’s son, would be embarrassed.
“My mates tell me mum is fit. I hate that because she’s my mum and it’s just gross. If I told them I fancied their mum they’d get all weird too. I hate it when they perve on my mum – I have to live with her. She should understand that.
“Why do teenagers have to suffer like this?”
But Carla, who works in retail sales, said she found her son’s mates’ comments funny – and he needed to accept she was proud of her body.
“My son complains he is embarrassed by my clothes and looks because that his mates tell him I am ‘fit’,” Carla, who is a fan of Liz Hurley, said. “He complains my jeans are too tight, or that I don’t wear clothes that are mumsy enough.
“I am not going to ever be a mum who wears twin sets and pearls. Looking good and wearing on-trend clothes is a great example to my kids.”
Olivia West – The Sun Carla says she won’t change how she dresses
She continued: “My kids know my motto is, ‘Have pride in yourself and you’ll feel great.’
“I refuse to walk around with a paper bag on my head.”
Like Liz, Carla plans to “still post photos of herself when she is 51”. “Parenting these days is complicated because mums don’t immediately become ‘old’ or ‘old fashioned’ the moment the kids are born or start school,” she explained. “Liz and I are the new generations of mums who are proud of our bodies and looks.
“Cosmetic surgery, skin care products and access to gyms mean we’re able to look better for longer and no one wants to hide that under baggy jumpers and tracksuit pants.”
Alley Einstein She loves posing for pictures – but her boy doesn’t love her doing it
“Just because I look good and am not a wrinkly doesn’t mean should change even for my son. Being embarrassed by your mother is part of growing up.
Kids will just have to get used to it. Being a hip mum means my kids get to do hip and fun things and I know they won’t give those things up.
“Liz shouldn’t back down either. She’s got a fabulous body and I hope I look that good in my 50s. Let’s face it teenage boys will always find something to complain about. That’s how we know we’re being good parents when they complain.”
Mum Is Torn After Finding Out Her Friend Who Has Three Kids Is Gay… So Should She Make Him Tell His Wife?
A MUM has started a debate online after asking for advice about her married friend who recently came out as gay – despite having a wife and family.
The helpless woman didn’t know whether she should encourage her pal to be “true to himself”, or to condemn his actions and force him to tell his family.
Getty A woman took to Mumsnet and asked for advice on her married gay pal (Picture posed by model)
Taking to the parenting forum, she said: “If your friend is gay and he just recently told you, but you suspected he’s known all along and he has a family, would you encourage him to embrace his sexuality?
“My current stance is to stay away from the issue, but my other friend says it’s hard to not be true to oneself and so he’s encouraging him.”
The mum went on to explain that the man has three children, aged nine, six and two, and may have had a change of heart about his sexuality after recently turning 40.
There was no doubt in her mind that there was another man spurring him on, and that he would still provide for his children even if he came out to his wife.
Getty – Contributor Her married friend came out of gay after many years of her suspecting, and both were confused on what to do (Picture posed by model)
One user, who believed the man should embrace his emotions, said: “He should live true to himself. Being gay and leaving his wife for a man wouldn’t make him any better or worse a father.”
But many other users were quick to criticise the man’s actions, claiming it would be selfish of him to leave his family and be “true to himself”.
One mum argued: “It’s rather selfish of him to have had a family knowing his sexual orientation now he’s going to ruin all of their lives, his poor wife has been duped for years.”
Another, who resonated with the story, said: “My dad came out as gay when I was 13 and I found it so hard to process. Your friend needs to be honest with his wife, he needs to leave.”
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