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The 20 best Christmas party dresses of 2014

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It's that time of year again. The Christmas invites are flooding in, and you have nothing to wear that everyone hasn't seen before. Oh and of course, you need a different outfit for your work party, house party and New Year's Eve – we're exhausted just thinking about it. Luckily, we've done the hard work already:…

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Top 12 Christmas gifts for gamers

Holly Brockwell Accessories, Geek chic clothing, Geek style, Home, Living & Decor, Premium, Shopping, Style Leave a Comment

Buying for gamers can be tricky, especially if you're not one yourself. Whether they play on PC, console or mobile, we've got you covered for presents a whole lot more impressive than the default strategy guide. Even better, they're all available now (or in the next week) and in the UK. Shop away. …

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In search of the maximum mani: a DIY gel nails odyssey

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  I'm pretty sure I have the world's most chippable nails. I can't be 100% sure without conducting the necessary research, but I've definitely never encountered another nail-painter whose polish disappears with such reliable speed. Most people measure a manicure's success in terms of days, but using ordinary polish I'm lucky if mine lasts a full…

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10 gadgets to keep you warm and comfy this winter

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Temperatures have dropped below freezing in England for the first time this winter, and don't we know it! Luckily for us, it's not entirely necessary to bulk out in layers any more - tech, of course, extends to a whole host of weird and wonderful gadgets designed to keep us warm and cosy. So…

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Meet Articulate, the security-conscious clutch bag

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The amazing-looking Articulate Clutch just closed for funding on Kickstarter, having raised six times its $10,000 goal. Not surprising given that in addition to being a classy, colourful little bag to take out with you, it comes with some pretty smart features for protecting your money. The main one is RFID-blocking, which is becoming popular with the rise of…

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Charge! ShinyShiny reviews the Elektronista clutch bag by Knomo

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I have a bag with an in-built calculator. One of my favourite ever vintage shop finds, it dates from the late 80s and comes equipped with everything a late 80s career woman might need for successful careering. As well as the calculator, it has a built-in notebook and address book, a key fob, a pocket mirror,…

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12 Christmas party outfits that won’t leave you freezing

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The trouble with Christmas party season (aside from drunk bosses, disappointing Secret Santa presents and anything involving an Iceland canapé buffet) is that it happens in winter. Standing in queues, trekking between bars, trying to capture the perfect 'hey, I'm casually ice skating!' selfie – all have the potential to leave us frostier…

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Pebble and PayPal team up for watch-powered payments

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It's pretty clear that the physical wallet's days are numbered, and Pebble and PayPal have just teamed up to put another nail in its coffin with the launch of PayPal for Pebble. Pebble owners can now get the PayPal app on their smartwatch, which allows them to search for businesses nearby that accept PayPal as a payment…

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The Fashion ID app lets you share your style

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Something to Talk About Media has just released a new, updated version of their style app, Fashion ID. Initially launched in September, the app is designed to cater to the clothes-obsessed. (Plus handbag lovers, shoe aficionados, and anyone else who loves to shop, whether online or IRL.) Users can both browse the latest trends for…

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Our 10 favourite winter hats from the high street

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There's no denying it now - the cold has well and truly set in, and the evenings are getting darker. Hallowe'en is over, and street markets are starting to smell suspiciously like mulled wine, which can only mean the next milestone in the cultural calendar is near: Christmas! But before we get ahead of…

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New app, The Hunt, is ‘super satisfying’, according to Made In Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue

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Made In Chelsea star Rosie Fortescue, along with CEO Tim Weingarten, was in London launching new fashion-finding app The Hunt last week, and shinyshiny got the chance to sit down and chat with the pair. Originally launched in 2013, in San Francisco, The Hunt is an app, where users upload pictures of items they currently…

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Student’s jewellery turn your veins into energy source

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If you're squeamish about veins, then look away now. Israeli graduate student Naomi Kizhner has designed some strange but highly functional jewellery which connects to your veins to make them produce electricity. As The Higher Learning reports, Kizhner has created three pieces (see main image) through a project, Energy Addicts, for her BA in Industrial Design at Hadassah…

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Is happiness the secret to personal style? We join the debate with Zandra Rhodes, Dawn O’Porter & Jim Chapman

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Last Thursday 16 October, shinyshiny put our glad rags on and joined TK Maxx and a panel of industry pioneers for its the inaugural #StyleByMe debate about the future of fashion. Hosted by presenter, writer, vintage-inspired designer and owner of TV's glossiest bob, Dawn O'Porter, the panel featured 'high visibility' grand dame of British fashion Zandra Rhodes, legendary fashion…

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10 genuinely original Halloween costume ideas

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Put down the knee socks, and step away from the body glitter. Since Yahoo, Google and Amazon revealed their top Halloween costume searches – a snoresome mix of generic pirates, fairytale heroines and blockbuster movie characters – we thought it was time to stir up the imagination cauldron a bit. You've still got 10 days to find an idea…

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Will Omate’s Lutetia be the ultimate wearable smartwatch for women?

Becca Caddy Gadgets & Apps, Style 1 Comment

It's a discussion we've had time and time again here at shinyshiny HQ: Are the recent wearable releases REALLY designed with women in mind? The square faces, huge chunky straps and dull designs would suggest no. Well, meet the Lutetia. Designed by women and for women, this shiny gadget aims to be the ultimate smartwatch…

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