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Losing someone close to you and preparing for a funeral is a difficult situation to be in at the best of times. But then the stress of knowing what to wear to the funeral itself adds a whole new level of difficulty. It’s never easy knowing what’s the right or wrong thing to wear for such an occasion, as each funeral can be so different depending on the person. So, we thought we’d help you out by putting together a few dos and don’ts of what to wear next time you’re in this situation.

Do consider the circumstances and culture

If the funeral is a formal church service, then chances are you need to be dressing quite smart. However, if it’s a memorial service taking place elsewhere; at the person’s home or a public space for example, the dress code is likely to be a little more casual. Also, consider the kind of dress sense that the person who died had, as this can often reflect what the funeral-goers should wear. Don’t over-dress or under-dress for what you perceive to be the circumstances of the day.

Don’t feel like you have to wear black

Formal, black clothing is what we all consider to be traditional funeral attire, but this isn’t always the case anymore. If you don’t have black, then grey, navy, bottle green or any other darker shades are more than acceptable. Also, the person who’s passed away may have specified that they don’t want any dark colours at their funeral and, instead, it should be a brightly coloured celebration of life.

Do ask for advice

If you’re really unsure of what to wear, don’t be afraid to ask someone’s opinion on what would or wouldn’t be appropriate. Maybe there’s a close friend or family member you can speak to? If not, there’s no reason why you can’t call up the local funeral directors and ask them what the tone of the day is set to be.

Don’t draw attention to yourself

Funerals are about celebrating the life and mourning the loss of a loved one; they’re not about your statement coat, hat or shoes. Stick with the theme that everyone else is going with and save the inappropriate shoes or accessories for a night out on the town. Tasteful jewellery is more than fine to wear with your outfit, but nobody needs to see any bling at a funeral.

Do be respectful

Just remember that the point of a funeral is to show your respect to the deceased person, as well as their close family and friends. You, therefore, should make sure that whatever you choose to wear is respectful too. Ensure that everything you wear is clean, smart and neatly ironed. Avoid things such as trainers, t-shirts with slogans, football shirt, open shirts, short skirts, revealing tops and anything that looks untidy.

Ultimately, the key to dressing for a funeral is to not worry. Chances are you’re going to have something in your wardrobe that’s suitable. Just use your common sense and dress to blend in.

Failing to take care of yourself can lead to low self-esteem, a lack of productivity, and various health complaints throughout your life. As a new year is just around the corner, it’s essential to review your lifestyle, so you can make the best tweaks and changes for your needs.

To help you enjoy a positive start to a new year, read this helpful advice on how to take better care of yourself in 2019.

Enjoy the Outdoors at Least Once a Day

Hemming yourself inside can have a negative effect on your daily life, which is why you must make an effort to step into the great outdoors at least once per day. Research has found that spending time in nature can lead to an increase in energy levels, and it can also provide a person with a greater sense of wellbeing.

Show Yourself Some Compassion

Being hard on yourself will not only damage your self-esteem, but it can lead to negative behaviours, such as emotional eating or dependencies. It is time to stop beating yourself up for any past mistakes and start showing yourself the same compassion, kindness and respect you would give to a relative or friend.

Make Time for Fun

Many adults are juggling multiple responsibilities each day, such as caring for children, cleaning a household, and completing projects at work. That’s why it’s so important to make time for a little fun when an opportunity arises.

For example, once dinner has been cooked, and the children are in bed, enjoy an hour or two to yourself to watch a movie, read a book, or play one of many casino games Unibet can offer. It will distract your mind from your worries and can increase your happiness.

Pamper Yourself

When was the last time you truly pampered yourself? If you can’t remember, then it was more than likely too long ago. Transform your mood and energy by regularly booking a professional massage, manicure, pedicure, or rejuvenating facial. You can guarantee you’ll feel like a brand-new person once the experience is over.

Ask for Help

Make 2019 the year you stop trying to do everything alone and start asking other people for help. For example, if you are feeling tired and stressed, ask your parents to babysit your children for an evening, so you can unwind alone or with your partner.

If you’re feeling the pressure at work, schedule in some much-needed vacation days to take a well-deserved break from the office. You could even identify tasks that could be delegated to other family members or colleagues, so you can take some pressure off your shoulders.

Accept Compliments

Many people are guilty of deflecting compliments given to them by loved ones or acquaintances due to embarrassment. Unfortunately, rejecting the compliment will minimize the kind word given. So, the next time someone compliments you on how you look or your personality, simply look them in the eyes to say thank you, so it will sink in and boost your self-esteem.

Finding your individual style can be difficult; with so much choice out there when it comes to men’s streetwear, where are you supposed to start? Streetwear has become a popular choice for many, thanks to its casual style and easy-to-wear designs. The clothing speaks for itself, through unique prints and statement detailing.

However, many critics of streetwear have claimed that it’s become too “mainstream”, prompting people to delve further to look for individual designs to make their own. So, if you’re hoping to build a streetwear wardrobe for yourself, here are some unique styles to keep an eye out for.

Graphic tees
T-shirts are as versatile and important as a pair of jeans when it comes to everyday style. It’s easy to reach out for a plain, block colour t-shirt to throw on for your go-to style, but think outside the box a little when it comes to men’s streetwear. Graphic tees are a perfect choice for adding detail to your outfit. Often embellished with unique prints and designed in flattering silhouettes, graphic tees can enhance even the simplest of outfits. Simply wear with a pair of jeans, trainers and throw on a hoodie and you’re good to go.

Distressed jeans
Streetwear styles are defined by a few key designs, one of which includes distressed jeans. Characterised by ripped knees and other grazed patches up and down the leg, distressed jeans are a crucial part of achieving a streetwear look. Opt for black jeans for an easy-to-wear style; they can also be worn with so many different things in your wardrobe. From the above graphic tees, to a check shirt or
even a short sleeve shirt, distressed jeans are a staple of your streetwear style.

Tracksuits with a matching hoodie and joggers is the perfect off-duty streetwear look. Often designed in neutral colours like grey or black, look for tracksuits in seasonal colours too; for AW18, look for dark green, burgundy or even navy. Streetwear-inspired tracksuits usually display subtle branding, and you’ll usually find a logo on the leg or chest. To take it up a notch, look for cut-off sweats, raw hems on the hoodie and ribbed panels and cuffs around the knees and ankles of the joggers. Making a statement in a much subtler manner, a tracksuit will become your go-to for the winter months.

Find your niche
When it comes to choosing your own streetwear style, look for something that has a unique approach. Rock and religion are becoming interesting concepts to mix with fashion, offering a different way of styling garments like t-shirts, hoodies and shirts. Look for influences from these cultural symbols, including motifs and quotes to create a unique outfit.

By finding your own personal style within the streetwear trend, you can stand out from the crowd and continue to build your own collection of carefully-chosen clothing.

My favourite car ever was a ‘vintage’ VW Golf MK1 Cabriolet, we used to call her White Lightening. She was pretty special until things started to go wrong with her. The perils of having an older car in London and parking by the roadside really. She should have had a garage at her age.

One day her accelerator peddle just dropped clean off (I now know how to fix this problem!), another day I found her flooded (leaves stuck in the grills) and then one day, we were driving back from Reading Festival and I can’t even tell you what happened because I still don’t know. She just started coughing and spluttering, like she wasn’t getting enough petrol through to the engine, going 70mph on the motorway, she just kept dramatically slowing down for no reason. To say it was scary was a bit of an understatement.

We pulled over not too sure what to do and whilst I paced back and forth and my passenger cracked open a leftover beer another car pulled up behind us. In this instance there was no doubt about it, he was our Everyday Hero! We were probably overly trusting looking back but we followed him to his house which he assured us was nearby and he tried to drive the car himself to work out the problem. Afterwards, he did some tinkering under the bonnet and away we went again! It could have been the start of a horror movie, sure, but this day we were lucky and the guy just genuinely wanted to help us out. The moral of the story? Not everyone is a murderer. The question though is, what sort of motorist are you?

The RAC are trying to find out with a quiz that you can find here.

Are you:

An Everyday Hero

You’re the real champion of the roadside: a modern-day white knight, saving the day for the broken-down and stranded. If only there were more drivers like you...

A Reserved Rescuer

In an emergency, you’ll step into some hero boots – but you’d rather stay safely behind the wheel. After all, you do have a life to lead.

A Drive-on byer

You cruise down the road and don’t care for interruptions. You’d rather drive on by than help road users in dire straits. In your car, time behind the wheel is about looking after Number One.

Why not take the test and find out. Really we would have done better just having some sort of RAC cover and looking back I think we did but we didn’t have the paperwork - this was well before the days of docs, reliable internet on phones and me being grown up enough to remember all this kind of stuff!

The RAC has been going yonks, first formed in 1897, it’s been looking after the needs of its members and championing the interests of drivers for more than 120 years!

The RAC is the motorist’s champion and campaigns to support the interests of its members

and UK drivers at a national level. This includes voicing concerns about the increasing cost of motoring, particularly the price of fuel and the high level of tax levied on it, advancing levels of road safety, and supporting the needs of all drivers, from young to old.

If you're looking for something interesting to decorate your tree with this year why not go with some celebrity names and words that rhyme with them? Two things are for sure - they will be a talking point and I doubt anyone else will have the same as you.

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What better than Drake with your Christmas cake? Or Zayne and a candy cane? These cute (?!) guy inspired Christmas decorations are just the thing for you or a mate that wants to date a celebrity!

Gush over your celebrity crush for these hilarious baubles have hunky sayings that’ll have you in high spirits and fits of giggles!

Cosy up this Christmas with these stunning gold backed baubles with a difference and ask the question - who’s your mate's must have man?

Who wouldn’t want Dicaprio under their mistletoe? Get the Celebrity Christmas Baubles – Set of 4 exclusive and just £24.99.