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Lurex flares, all-over sequins and cute berets — bad taste has never looked better

STUDIO 54 was the place to be seen in New York during the 70s disco-era. And the partygoers were always seen in wide flares, cute beret hats and more sequins than a disco ball. Fast-forward 40 years and the Studio 54 style is back on the High Street just in time for Christmas. And these […]

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STUDIO 54 was the place to be seen in New York during the 70s disco-era.

And the partygoers were always seen in wide flares, cute beret hats and more sequins than a disco ball.

Jumpsuit, £70, V By Very at Very.co.uk; beret, £17, Accessorize; earrings, £7.99, Bershka
Alice Wakefield

Fast-forward 40 years and the Studio 54 style is back on the High Street just in time for Christmas.

And these pieces prove that bad taste has never looked better.

Top, £89, trousers, £149, both Coast; earrings, £12, Asos.com; bag, £35, La Redoute; boots, £65, Asos.com
Alice Wakefield
Jacket, £59.99, Mango; top, £45, Studio By Preen at Debenhams; trousers, £24.99, New Look; beret, £44, Kangol; sunglasses, £3, Primark; earrings, £18, bag, £32, both River Island
Alice Wakefield
Dress, £49.99, H&M; earrings, £12, Asos.com; necklace, £100, Mantrajewellery.co.uk; boots, £60, Next
Alice Wakefield
Tank top, £39, Biba at House of Fraser; blouse, £29.99, H&M; beret, as before; earrings, £12, River Island
Alice Wakefield
  • Styling – Tracey Lea Sayer
  • Hair and make-up – Aimee Adams using L’Occitane and Kat Von D
  • Model – Ida at Fusion
  • Stylist’s assistant – Maddie Burrough.
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Christmas 2017

We show you how to keep your Christmas tree looking fresh — plus find out how to win £5,000 with Sun Savers this December

ALREADY pining for Christmas? One in five of us puts up our tree in November. It’s now the start of the Christmas tree-selling season — so if you’re planning on buying yours early, how can you make it last? We’ve teamed up with Sam Lyle, owner of Pines and Needles, which supplies firs to such […]

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ALREADY pining for Christmas? One in five of us puts up our tree in November.

It’s now the start of the Christmas tree-selling season — so if you’re planning on buying yours early, how can you make it last?

Follow our tips for how to save money and keep your Christmas tree looking fresh
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We’ve teamed up with Sam Lyle, owner of Pines and Needles, which supplies firs to such notables as Prince Harry.

Sam said: “Traditionally people put up their tree on the first or second weekends of December, but we are seeing a year-on-year increase of people buying a tree in November.

“Last year so many celebrities put their trees up then, but it could lead to disappointment by the time the big day arrives.”

So to keep your tree looking fresh, here are Sam’s tips.

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Keep your tree away from radiators and well-watered this Christmas
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  1. If you’re able to, saw the last three inches off the bottom of your tree before putting it in the stand. It will make it easier for the tree to soak up the water it needs.
  2. Swap old Christmas lights for LEDs. They don’t give out any heat and so they won’t turn the needles brown prematurely.
  3. If your tree has been stood outside in the cold for days then is suddenly placed next to the fire, it won’t like it. Trees prefer steady conditions — so get it acclimatised.
  4. If you want your tree to last, try to position it well away from any heat sources such as radiators and, obviously, fireplaces.
  5. Use a Christmas tree stand, not a bucket or box. Place your tree in only plain water, never soil or sand — which block the pores.
  6. Your tree is thirsty so keep it watered. It may consume two to three pints (one to two litres) of water per day, depending on its size and your central-heating settings. Hydrate it daily as once the water level drops too low, sap will re-seal the bark within a few hours, preventing the tree from drinking any further water.

Best buys for trees

  • Water-holding Cinco 8 Advantage stand, £12.99 at charliesdirect.co.uk.
  • 240 multi-function LED lights in bright white, £14.99 at Argos.
  • LED star tree topper, £15 at John Lewis.
EGL Personal Blender
Save big on EGL Personal Blender online

SAVE BIG: Here’s a healthy saving. EGL Personal Blender was £39.99, now £9.99, at studio.co.uk.
SAVE: £30

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Jack Daniel’s Red Dog Saloon 70cl costs £20 in Asda

SAVE SMALL: Raise a glass to this deal. The new Jack Daniel’s Red Dog Saloon 70cl, in a premium gift box, was £30, now £20, in Asda stores nationwide.
SAVE: £10

Black Friday deals

  • FRENCH fashion firm La Redoute has begun Black Friday early. Get 40 per cent off everything on the site, using code BLACKFRIDAY, before November 27.
  • DEALS site vouchercloud.com has launched a live Black Friday map showing the most popular trending offers in the UK. See vouchercloud.com/black-friday-map.

PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.


Reader’s saving tip

HERE is today’s reader tip.

KAREN McGUIRE, from Cleethorpes, Lincs, says: “Re-use the liner bags from cereal boxes as bags for cake icing.

“No mess, no fuss and no cost.”

  • Send your tips to sunsavers@the-sun.co.uk and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used. Please include your name and say where you are from.

Win Christmas with Sun Savers

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and this year you could make it one the family will never forget with our fantastic competition.

The Sun is giving you the chance to win one of five prizes of £10,000 cash to pay for your festive period.

 The Sun is giving away five prizes of £10,000 cash to help you pay for the festive season
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The Sun is giving away five prizes of £10,000 cash to help you pay for the festive season[/caption]

To be in with a chance of winning, simply take a few minutes to sign up to Sun Savers either by downloading the app or visiting sunsavers.co.uk. Then collect ten Sun Savers codes starting from today until Tuesday, December 5.

Once you have ten codes you will be prompted to enter the competition. Make sure you do this by Monday, December 18.


Competition Rules

Collect TEN Sun Savers codes from the 18 printed in The Sun between Saturday, November 18 – Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Last chance to join in is Sunday, November 26. Competition closes at 23:59 on Monday, December 18. Over 18, residents of the UK only. One entry per person. Winners will be selected at random from all valid entries. There will be FIVE winners of £10k only. Allow 28 days from entry closing for the draw to take place. Winner will then be notified within seven days. No cash alternative to prize in whole or in part. Prize is non-transferable. Your information will only be used for the purposes of this competition. Promoter is News Group Newspapers Ltd. Not open to staff of the Promoter and promotional partner or their families. The winners will be required to participate in reasonable publicity relating to this competition. The Editor’s decision is final.


Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.


Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.


What is Sun Savers? Here’s everything you need to know about our new rewards club


To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

All we’ll ask of you is your name, your date of birth and an email address to get you on the way to your first crisp fiver.

You can choose to save or cash out straight to your bank account or instantly with Paypal.

Don’t delay — join Sun Savers now!

We bust the myths about Sun Savers

  1. It’s not real cash. It will just be vouchers or points.
    WRONG – it IS real cash.
  2. You have to enter the codes on consecutive days.
    WRONG – each code is valid for FIVE weeks, enter them whenever you want.
  3. It’s a one-off promotion.
    WRONG – Sun Savers is for ever.
  4. It’s just a joining offer.
    WRONG – you’ll get a fiver for EVERY 28 codes you enter.
  5. It’s not for me as I only buy the paper a couple of times a week.
    WRONG – it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get 28 codes, you’ll still get the fiver.
  6. There will be lots of hoops to jump through, lots of catches.
    WRONG – register with just your name, email and DOB, start entering your codes and you’re good to go.
  7. It will take ages to receive the fiver.
    WRONG – just link your bank account and the money will be in your account within three to five working days. Or do it via PayPal and get it instantly.

What our readers say about super Sun Savers

EARN money just for reading your favourite paper with Sun Savers.

There are no catches. Soon you will be enjoying extra money just like our loyal readers below . . .

A friend recommended Sun Savers to me and I’ll recommend it to others. It’s fantastic

Sun Savers
Lisa Strelley, 39, plans to spend her cash on Christmas presents
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CARER LISA STRELLEY, 39, from Kew, West London, will spend her Sun Savers cash on Christmas gifts.

She says: “I’m so glad my friend recommended Sun Savers. It’s a fantastic scheme and a really good way to save up a bit of money.

“It’ll come in handy when I’m buying Christmas gifts for my 16-year-old son, Liam. I’ll recommend Sun Savers to other friends.”

I used my Sun Savers cash to celebrate with the family after beating cancer

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Andrew Brydon, 42, wants to treat his family after cancer diagnosis
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FINANCIAL services worker ANDREW BRYDON, 42, from Colchester, says: “In January my wife Steph found a lump in my throat and I was diagnosed with cancer in my tonsils.

“After 30 rounds of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, I got the all-clear. It’s been a tough year for the family so I used our Sun Savers cash to take them out and treat them.”

The savings helped pay for our bargain Sun holidays – it was the best of both worlds

Sun Savers
Nikki Morgan, 33, booked herself a trip with our Hols From £9.50 offers
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SWANSEA travel agent NIKKI MORGAN, 33, used her Sun Savers cash to book herself two of our Hols From £9.50.

She says: “I started collecting Sun Savers codes for the holidays. We’d never booked a Sun holiday before but money was a bit tight.

“Thanks to Sun Savers, we could have a family break while keeping it affordable. It was the best of both worlds.”

The cash is a lifesaver and the app is easy to use, you just point the phone and click

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Jane Atherton, 40, says our Sun Savers app is a lifesaver
Hull News

JANE ATHERTON, 40, from Hull, who works in customer services, says: “I began using Sun Savers as soon as it started. I think I must have been one of the first.

“I’ve had loads of tenners and fivers. They come at just the right time, when my direct debits are due. They have been a lifesaver.

“The app is so easy to use – you just point the phone and click.”

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Christmas and New Year shopping

Nail these 30 party looks with five polishes and four techniques for your nails from simple dotting to advanced graphic lines

NAIL these 30 party looks with just five polishes and four techniques. Party season talons = sorted! To get the most from arty designs, use a top coat like Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, £9.95. Its clever patented technology wraps around nails to lock in polish. Half & Half There’s no need to worry […]

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NAIL these 30 party looks with just five polishes and four techniques. Party season talons = sorted!

To get the most from arty designs, use a top coat like Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, £9.95. Its clever patented technology wraps around nails to lock in polish.

Get these 30 party looks with five polishes and four techniques
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Half & Half

Stick regular masking tape to create straight lines
Stick regular masking tape on your nails to create straight lines
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There’s no need to worry about straight lines.

The cheat here is to simply stick regular masking tape to the area you want to avoid painting, apply the nail polish to the bare side and remove the tape once dry.

Masking tape is gentle enough to be used over dried varnish without peeling or chipping the polish.

Cut it into shapes (perfect for half moons) or use it to create a tip effect.

Graphic lines

Our trick is to paint with your weaker hand first because it will require more concentration
Our trick is to paint with your weaker hand first because it will require more concentration
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These are the trickiest of them all, as freestyle designs require a steady touch. Our top tip? If you’re right-handed, make sure you paint your right hand first using your weaker one, because this will take longer and require more concentration than the other side.

It’s also best to use a thinner brush than the one provided in the bottle, as this will give you more control.

We love the New Look Nail Art Tool Kit, £4.99, as it contains six applicators to create a variety of styles.

Brush strokes

Stroke marks do not have to look perfect, any gaps will improve the look
Stroke marks do not have to look perfect and any gaps will make the look better
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This easy technique can be applied on top of a solid base or over multiple colours. Simply take the “stroke” shade and remove any excess polish from the brush on the rim of the bottle before sweeping it across the nail.

The stroke mark doesn’t have to be perfect and any gaps will just improve the look.

Dot to dot

Use a dotting tool to create different size dots
Use a dotting tool to create different size dots
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Make sure the base varnish is dry and smudge-free before applying any spots.

Pour a small amount of nail varnish into an old plastic bottle lid – this will act like a palette, giving you more control over how much colour you’re using.

Then, with a dotting tool like The Body Shop Nail Art Pen, £5, dab into the polish and gently press on to the nail.

The Kit

Our five nail polish picks from clockwise from the top
Our five nail polish picks clockwise from the top
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Nailberry L’Oxygéné Nail Lacquer in Gold Leaf, £14.50

OPI Nail Lacquer in Icelanded A Bottle of OPI, £12.50;

Beauty Pie Wondercolour Nail Polish in Absolutely, £14 (£1.81 for website members)

Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Merlot, £11

Rimmel London Rita Ora Shades of Black in Moonlight Magic, £2.99

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  • Emily Nachshon

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Christmas 2017

When is M&S open over Christmas and New Year? Marks and Spencer’s opening hours for the festive period

CHRISTMAS and New Year are on the way and it’s good to plan ahead. But whether you need to replenish your stocks of yuletide treats, or have a bash to host, a few trips to the supermarket could be in order. Here’s all you need to know… When is Marks and Spencer open around Christmas and […]

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CHRISTMAS and New Year are on the way and it’s good to plan ahead.

But whether you need to replenish your stocks of yuletide treats, or have a bash to host, a few trips to the supermarket could be in order. Here’s all you need to know…

Make sure you know all the Marks and Spencer opening hours ahead of the festive season
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When is Marks and Spencer open around Christmas and New Year?

M&S’ opening days and hours throughout the festive season vary from store to store.

As Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday the majority of stores will be open 10am – 4pm but it is best to check your local store to be certain.

On Boxing Day some selected stores will be open in shopping destinations that are typically busy the day after Christmas.

Customers are advised to check in-store signage or on the online store locator for their local shop’s hours.

What you need to know about M&S' festive opening hours

  • Opening days and hours vary from store to store
  • Customers should check in-store signage or on the online store locator for their local store
  • As Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday the majority of stores will be open 10am – 4pm
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