Some people are bad about eating leftovers, their refrigerators filled with takeout containers and Tupperware containers of dubious provenance. For others, leftovers are an opportunity ― they diligently eat them and may even strategically cook large meals with the intention of having leftovers all week.Why do people respond so differently to leftovers? Is it a class issue, with the upper class snubbing leftovers as being below them? Or perhaps some people get nervous about eating old food? Turns out, it’s all those things and more. Talking with experts, we learned that one’s approach to leftovers depends on a variety of factors including economics, food safety and even sustainability.How Money And Mould Play A RoleA person’s economic situation may play a huge role in their approach to leftovers, determining whether they eat them regularly or throw them out. For some people, eating leftovers is a necessity; they need to make those food dollars last, explained Catherine Coccia, associate professor of dietetics and health at Florida International University. However, other folks may be economically stable enough to afford to eat other foods and throw away leftovers. Anxiety over food safety may be another factor, and it’s closely linked to anxiety about spending or wasting money on food. Some people feel they’re “racing against rot,” explained Helen Zoe Veit, associate professor at Michigan State University and author of “Modern Food, Moral Food.” Many are nervous about whether food is still safe to eat ― anyone who has had food poisoning can relate. But it can depend on the food. “Meat and especially fish leftovers tend to elicit more anxiety regarding food poisoning than do non-meat foods,” explained Adam Wenzel, associate professor of psychology at Saint Anselm College. He recommends the 2-2-4 rule: “Within two hours of preparation, store leftovers in the refrigerator in a shallow, 2-inch dish, and consume within four days.”Cooking Confidence Is KeyPeople may also worry about what to do with leftovers. Sure, we’ve all been trained to become wizards with Thanksgiving leftovers, but during the rest of the year we’re not always full of great ideas.If someone is comfortable cooking, they may be able to effectively reuse leftovers, Veit explained ― they can just toss them into a pot and whip up a soup and feel productive about it. But if a person is lacking confidence or skills in their cooking abilities, they may be gripped with fear and less inclined to use up those leftovers.Veit also pointed out that people tend to have varied diets ― Chinese food one night, spaghetti the next, a hamburger on Sunday ― and assembling a full meal from those leftovers might be a challenge. And there’s not a lot of room for error when it comes to re-preparing leftovers ― for instance, there isn’t much you can do to improve a dressed salad after it’s gotten soggy. Thanksgiving leftovers. But what about the rest of the year?" data-caption="Sure, we all know what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. But what about the rest of the year?" data-rich-caption="Sure, we all know what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. But what about the rest of the year?" data-credit="HuffPost" data-credit-link-back="" />Some People Are Wired To Enjoy Monotony, But Many Aren’tThe monotony of eating the same food every day plays a big role in one’s approach to leftovers, and it’s not something that can be easily proven by science. “We seem to be ‘wired’ to want variety in our diets,” Wenzel said, “[which] may be important for ensuring we consume a balanced diet.”But for others, eating the same food all week can provide a sense of control that eases anxiety. For folks on a specific diet, making a big batch of foods that agree with them removes the temptation to reach for bad choices out of desperation. And if you’re about to have a busy week, meal planning can take a lot of the stress out of your schedule.Attitudes Toward Leftovers Have Changed Over TimeHistoric attitudes to leftovers have also influenced us. Veit explains that at the beginning of the 20th century, people just expected to eat leftovers most days ― it was what you ate for your next meal. The concept of leftovers began to develop when refrigerators were introduced into people’s homes in the 1920s and ’30s, which meant that food could last longer. Initially, wealthier families owned fridges, so having leftovers was actually a sign of prestige. But over time, fridges became more common in people’s homes and leftovers lost their lustre.After the food scarcity of the Great Depression and rationing during World War II, leftovers became all the rage for three decades, Veit said. Cookbooks, in general, emphasised creativity and taught home cooks how to incorporate their leftovers into other foods. But later on, this positive outlook on leftovers dissipated as food became cheaper and incomes rose, Veit explained. Eating leftovers weren’t considered as economically or morally necessary as they were in the past; they were seen as something seen closer to garbage than food. As Portion Sizes Get Bigger, We’re Burdened With More And More LeftoversIn recent decades, restaurants have increased their portion sizes, which produces a larger amount of leftovers when people can’t finish their heaping plateful.Researchers are starting to look at how having leftovers may impact people’s behaviour towards other foods. Linda Hagen, associate professor of marketing at University of Southern California, and Aradhna Krishna, a professor at University of Michigan, conducted an experiment giving two groups two different-sized cookies, large and small, and told to eat a certain amount of the cookie. Afterwards, they gave both groups a bag of cookies and said they could eat as many as they wanted. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Levain Bakery (@levainbakery)The study found that participants with the larger cookies, and thus the biggest leftovers, ended up eating more cookies than the other group. They also worked out less than the small-cookie group. Hagen theorised that people saw the larger amount of leftovers and perceived they had eaten less, so they felt that they could indulge more and did not need to exercise as much. While this is one experiment and more studies need to be undertaken, it’s suggestive that having leftovers may impact food choices and amount of food consumption later on.On The Plus Side, Leftovers Can Help Save The PlanetBut one prevailing trend that researchers are seeing right now is the rise of sustainability when it comes to leftovers. “Some people are growing to understand that food production is resource-intensive from soup to nuts,” Veit said. Throwing away food is wasting all the resources that went into making and growing the food. And Americans throw a lot of it away ― the United States Department of Agriculture reports 133 billion pounds of food were thrown away in 2010. Eating leftovers is one way of minimising food waste.As sustainability becomes more mainstream, it still remains to be seen whether leftover-haters will be motivated to change their outlook.Related...How To Reheat These 9 Classic Leftovers Without Ruining Their Texture27 Funny Tweets About Parents' Cooking Fails9 Of The Biggest Home Trends For 2021, According To Design Experts
Earlier this week, you may have seen some paparazzi photos of Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwallletting her hair down after the band’s historic win at this year’s Brit Awards.Well, Jade has now shared a string of pictures of herself and bandmates Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock celebrating their win, which saw them becoming the first girlband in history to take home Best British Group.As well as a couple of somewhat demure shots of herself backstage with Perrie and Leigh-Anne, Jade also shared a rowdy clip of the trio excited leaving the awards show after their win.“Best group, bitch!” an excited Jade is heard saying, while Perrie agrees: “Woop, bitch! Making history, bitch!” View this post on InstagramA post shared by jade amelia thirlwall (@jadethirlwall)In the same post, Jade also revealed a photo of the band celebrating the win with their team, with herself and Leigh-Anne both jokingly holding up their middle fingers to the camera.It’s been a big week all round for Little Mix, with Perrie announcing that she is pregnant with her first child on Monday, a week after Leigh-Anne also revealed she was expecting.This was referenced by Brits host Jack Whitehall during the ceremony, when he was heard singing (as part of a sea shanty-inspired sketch): “Soon may the Little Mix come, babies popping out one by one, they still look like they are having fun, Jade’s drinking for all three.”Jade also poked fun at being the only member of the group who isn’t pregnant with a meme she shared on her Instagram story, quoting a recent interview she gave with People magazine. READ MORE:Jesy Nelson Shows The Love For Former Little Mix Bandmates After Their Historic Brit Awards WinLittle Mix Mark History-Making Brit Awards Win With Powerful Speech On Music Industry SexismLittle Mix Fans Are Loving Leigh-Anne And Perrie's First Photo Together Since Pregnancy Reveal
One of the greatest films of all time turns the ripe old age of 10 this week – yes, it’s been a whole decade since the release of Bridesmaids. And to celebrate, Melissa McCarthy has shared a suitably Bridesmaids tribute to the hit movie. Referencing perhaps the film’s most infamous scene – where the bridal party get violently ill in a wedding dress shop – Melissa posted a string of behind-the-scenes snaps on Instagram on Friday. The Oscar-nominated actor, who played sister-of-the-groom Megan in the hit comedy, shared a picture of herself in her bridesmaid dress with fake vomit (or, at least, we’re hoping it was fake) down the front. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy)Another snap featured the main cast outside the bridal shop, while a third saw Melissa and co-stars Rose Byrne and Wendi McLendon-Covey posing with girlband Wilson Phillips, who had a cameo in the film’s final scene. Melissa joked: “Who knew the recipe for joy would involve vomit, a carpal tunnel glove and a kangol hat?“Happy 10 year anniversary Bridesmaids!!! I’d marry you all over again.”Directed by Paul Feig, the film was co-written by star Kristen Wiig – who played Annie – and Annie Mumolo. Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas, Ellie Kemper and John Hamm were also among the cast. Rumours of a sequel to Bridesmaids surfaced in 2012, and while Kristen Wiig later said she was not working on another script, reports suggested studio bosses were pursuing the idea of going ahead without her. However, Melissa said she would “never” want to do another film without Kristen, adding at the time: “I think it’s a terrible idea. I don’t know anything about it. But I know that nobody wants to do it unless it’s great. If it is, I will show up wherever those ladies are.”Relive that bridal shop scene in all its *ahem* glory below...READ MORE:Bill Murray Claims He Was Tricked Into Making Ghostbusters II 'Under False Pretenses'Kristen Wiig's 'Lasagna' Dress At The Oscars Has Twitter Feeling SaucyYep, Another 'Ghostbusters' Film Is In The Works, Helmed By Original Director Ivan Reitman's Son
Lisa Kudrow’s son got rather confused after visits to the Friends set as a young child.The Phoebe Buffay actor has revealed how her son Julien would often mistake her co-star Jennifer Aniston for his mother after growing attached to her behind the scenes of the hit sitcom. During an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s US chat show, Lisa revealed: “He got a little confused. I know that he really was obsessed with Jen.“He’d fly into her lap. Well, she’s a love bug, and that made sense. And I was always glad for anyone that Julien felt love for and felt from. But then at home, she’d be on TV, and he’d go, ‘Mommy!’” However, while Julien was obsessed with Jennifer, he wasn’t such a big Friends fan growing up.“I know he hasn’t seen every episode,” Lisa said. “I know for a while, in school, people were watching it. And he kind of felt like he had to, so that he can participate in what everyone else was watching. And he did really think that everybody else was very funny on the show.”Julien did actually feature on the show though, as when Lisa was pregnancy with him during filming of the fourth season, it was written into the storylines when Phoebe became a surrogate for her brother and his wife. Lisa recently marked Julien’s 23rd birthday by sharing a rare photo of him on Instagram. “Happy Birthday, Juls!!! Feels like yesterday that you arrived,” she commented. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Lisa Kudrow (@lisakudrow)Last month, Lisa reunited with her fellow Friends co-stars for a reunion special, that is set to air in the coming months. The TV retrospective will see her, Jennifer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer looking back at their favourite moments from the sitcom, which originally aired from 1994 to 2004. READ MORE:12 Things We Absolutely Need The Friends Reunion To DeliverThe One Where They All Get Back Together: Everything We Can Tell You About The Friends ReunionCourteney Cox Shares What Made Filming The Friends Reunion 'So Emotional'
Dua Lipa has got the official seal of approval from the Brit Awards’ original Union Jack wearer Geri Horner, following her performance at this year’s bash. The Spice Girls singer cemented herself in pop culture history when she donned the famous mini dress made of the British flag on stage with the band at the Brits in 1997.Dua wore a twist on the outfit when she performed a medley of her recent hits during Tuesday night’s ceremony, where she was also the night’s biggest winner.Geri posted a picture of Dua on stage in the Union Jack miniskirt – created by designer Vivienne Westwood – adding: “Wow @dualipa you wore it well.” Sharing an image of herself in her famous outfit, Geri added it was “so special” to see Dua wear it 24 years later. View this post on InstagramA post shared by geri (@therealgerihalliwell)She wrote: “Trust yourself. This dress is a reminder to follow your instincts and be yourself. 24 years ago I had an idea-to wear a Union Jack to celebrate The Brit Awards. Despite the doubts, I trusted my instincts and wore it anyway.“All these years later to see it worn by a fellow sister is so special #girlpower #followyourdreams.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by geri (@therealgerihalliwell)She added that her dress was much less designer than Dua’s noting: “P.S. it was £5 tea towel on a Gucci dress.”Geri also posted on her Insta Story, “GIRL POWER! LOVED THE OUTFIT AND PERFORMANCE.” Meanwhile, her fellow Spice Girl Mel C said they were both “amazing women”. Dua’s outfit was not the only nod to the Spice Girls during this year’s Brits. Little Mix also shouted out the band, along with All Saints, Sugababes and Girls Aloud as they made history by becoming the first-ever all-female group to win Best British Group in the awards’ 41-year history. READ MORE:Little Mix Mark History-Making Brit Awards Win With Powerful Speech On Music Industry SexismDua Lipa Wins Big At The Brit Awards – Here's The Full Winners ListBrits Best Bits: The 21 Must-See Moments From The 2021 Brit Awards
Little Mix is about to get even littler, as bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards have announced they’re both pregnant. The group’s manager, Sam Cox, who is also pregnant, posted a picture of herself and the two singers cradling their bumps – and it got us thinking about what it’s like to have a baby at the same time as your closest pal. Or, multiple pals, if “pregnancy contagion” has well and truly taken over your group. Sure, you have someone to sense-check with throughout pregnancy, but things could get a little tricky if you have different experiences, or if your little cherubs don’t automatically become BFFs, too. To find out the other pros and cons – and give the stars an idea of what to expect – we asked women to share their experiences. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Sam (@iamsamcoxy)The pros...A friend at baby group“My best friend and I had babies 12 weeks apart and we loved it,” says Sarah Nichols, from Wiltshire. “Having someone I knew to go to baby groups with was invaluable, as I’m an anxious person. I don’t think I would have gone otherwise.”Having someone to hang out with“Myself and my neighbour had a baby four days apart in May 2020,” says Alexia Sparrow, 27, from east London. “We both work in a school and are the same age. It’s amazing. We’re on the same page with everything! We share dinners, tips and tricks. We walk with the babies and go to the park most days. It’s been a blessing to have somebody in the same boat so close by during lockdowns.”Sharing the anxiety “The best bit is sharing the anxiety,” says Katie Smith*, 35, from Newcastle. “My best friend and I had babies three weeks apart and although we live in different cities, it was so wonderful to have someone close to share the experience with. We each had it hard in different ways and we were non-judgemental with each other, which was lovely.” Your kids (hopefully) become friends“One of my besties and I had babies at the same time. Our eldest kids are in the same class at school and youngest go to nursery together,” says Kirsty Ketley, 40, from Surrey. “They are like extended family and we love it.” The cons... The babies being compared“I gave birth the same day as someone in my family and the hardest part is the babies are constantly compared,” says Laura Crayton*, from Liverpool. “If one does something before the other, you automatically think ‘why is my child behind? Are they not meeting their milestones?’”You’re not always on the same page“I thought a close friend having a baby at the same time would be great, but the truth is I’m closer to the NCT friends I made,” says Sophie, 33, from Leicester.“I felt my friend always had exciting responses [from our other friends] about things to do with her pregnancy or baby and then, as my baby was five weeks younger, I never had those same responses. However, with those from NCT that are close in age, it was an amazing experience to share with. “My close friend always gave the impression of a perfect baby and never shared the struggles, whereas the NCT group shared anything and everything and that made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my experiences.” Names marked * have been changed at the speaker’s request. Related...We Were The First Of Our Friends To Get Pregnant – This Is How It FeelsLittle Mix Fans Are Loving Leigh-Anne And Perrie's First Photo Together Since Pregnancy RevealHow To Tell If A Friend Is Struggling With Anxiety During PregnancyWomen Can Now Test Their Fertility At Home. So I Tried It
Head to the self-help section of any bookshop, and you’ll notice rows of guided journals alongside the books aimed at boosting wellbeing. The production of them has boomed in recent years – from Fearne Cotton’s Happy, Calm and Quiet journals, that match her books of the same titles, to Michelle Obama’s Becoming having an accompanying diary. Looking at my bookshelf crammed with them, it’s fair to say they’re mostly marketed from women, to women. Sam Topley is a man looking to break that mould and encourage more men to process their feelings through writing. 2017 was a transformational year for the now 30-year-old TV producer from Bermondsey: he decided to get sober. Two months quitting alcohol and drugs, he was at London Bridge the night of the June 3 attacks, where eight people were killed and 48 were injured. “It was unreal graphic trauma and a night of pain,” says Topley, who managed to escape injury alongside his friends. He couldn’t talk about what’d happened for a year – “I couldn’t even begin to explain how I was feeling; I didn’t know my own story” – and found another way to cope with his thoughts: writing. It began with writing down what he was grateful for, as recommended by sober support groups, as well as free-writing – the practice of writing your thoughts without stopping, and without regard for spelling or grammar. “It helped me be self-aware and get out what was going on inside,” he explains. “I began to clear the kerfuffle of words knocking about in my head. I started to actually have real conversations and it gave me confidence to be more open.” However, it wasn’t until 2020 – when Britain went into lockdown and people started speaking out about their mental health and sharing tools to help – that he decided to share how journalling had helped him. “It was something I’d kept to myself,” he says. “But a lot of people were going through trauma and people were sharing what had worked for them. That was an exciting and great thing.”
I began to clear the kerfuffle of words knocking about in my head.Sam TopleyTopley started by sharing journalling prompts for friends, then eventually set up a Crowdfunder to launch a six-week journal – Dear Writer. The journal provides space to write in the morning and the evening with prompts including gratitude, free-writing, notes to self and weekly reflections. “It’s aimed at people who are new to writing,” says Topley, who wants to expand his range of journals. “A blank page can be quite daunting. The journal guides a new writer through the page and helps them find what works for them. No one should feel there’s an incorrect way of journalling.” Topley wants to make the conversation around mental health – and, specifically, journalling – accessible to everyone. And he’s not the only one. Iain Ross, 29, from Leeds, says journalling has helped massively with his anxiety. He tried to get into it before, but always worried about “not doing it right”. Then, when he was in therapy two years ago, his therapist encouraged him to try again. “When I journal, it feels as though I’m physically moving my anxious thoughts out my brain and onto paper, freeing up space,” he tells HuffPost UK. “Seeing things I’m fretting over written down in black and white takes the power away from them. I might sit worrying for hours about a task I have to do, but as soon as I write it down, I can interrogate it and look at it in a rational way.”When Ross first started journalling, he wasn’t open about it with friends. “I think because I didn’t really understand it myself, and felt like I wasn’t good at it, so kept it quiet,” he says. In recent months, though, Ross says he’s started telling his mates about it – and even advised others to give it a go.
It feels as though I’m physically moving my anxious thoughts out of my brain and onto paper, freeing up space.Iain Ross, 29, from LeedsLee Bear has been journalling for seven years. The 34-year-old self-employed artist from Chester started it to “get the stuff out my head and onto paper”, he says, where it would free up space in his brain for positivity. Two years later, he shared his coping method with a friend experiencing grief. ”They tried it and found it useful, I wasn’t embarrassed to share what worked for me,” he says.When he saw a counsellor and shared that he did free-writing and journalling, they were amazed, he says. “I’ve picked it up and put it down over the years, but I know it’s a tool that works for me when I need it.“Most of the time, I don’t read back what I’ve written or check for spelling or grammar, but just let the pen loose. But sometimes, I read back to make sense of things or identify routines or triggers to anxiety or low moods.” Bear said the coping mechanism is something he shared with his mum after his dad passed away 18 months ago. “It was a good way [for her] to work off some of the anger, confusion and sadness,” he says. Things have got a lot better with men being more open about struggling with their mental health, believes Bear. “I still think things could be better, but as a homosexual man I’ve witnessed heterosexual men share how they are struggling and it’s great to see those conversations take place, breaking down that barrier some males have around stigma and judgement.”Like Topley, Bear has used his writing for creative projects and his zine, How’s Your Head?, is inspired by journalling and mental health experiences, especially within the LGBTQ+ community. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Lee Bear (@bearwithlee)For many men, journalling is simply a way to stay motivated and thankful. Adewale Lawal, from Cambridge, frequently writes in a gratitude journal, which he says raises his energy levels to “remain in a positive state”. In recent years the 51-year-old has told his friends more about his journalling. “Most people my age come from a place where they don’t talk about their feelings,” he says. “The more people that talk about things in general terms out in the open, the better things get. Talking about is a way to bring things out in the open.” How you can benefit from journalling, according to Dear Writer’s Sam Topley It helps process difficult emotionsYou can work through daily stress and anxiety, leading to calmer daysYou may find new words and ways of explaining things as well as being more honest with yourselfYou can uncover creative ideas and solutions to daily challengesIt may give you a new attitude of appreciation towards life through a practice of gratitudeIt can give you improved memoryI’ll give you an understanding of good experiences and success as well as bad ones, which helps build resilience and come back from failure fasterYou’re likely to feel more mentally energisedYou’ll have a better relationship with goals and intentions.Related...The Bullet Journal Bootcamp: 7 Things To Know If You're Just Getting Started5 Ways Bullet Journalling Has Improved My Mental HealthHow a Gratitude Journal Stopped Me Feeling Half-EmptyHow To Practise Gratitude In These Unsettling TimesHow To Confront Someone When You Hate Confrontation5 Habits You Should Avoid First Thing In The Morning5 Prompts To Get You Writing More Creatively
Victoria Beckham has made no secret of the fact that she doesn’t want to perform with the Spice Girls ever again, but maybe she’s having a rethink.Yeah, we know it’s wishful thinking but after VB shared a snap of her in official Posh Spice mode (LBD, V sign), we couldn’t help but get all misty-eyed.Victoria even acknowledged the Posh Spice vibes in the caption, writing: “Hoping you all have a spicy Saturday!! Kisses!” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham)What a tease.In reference to the line Victoria’s fellow Spice Girl Mel C made to her in the group’s 1997 movie Spice World, one fan commented: “Which one should I wear...The little Gucci dress...the little Gucci dress...OR...the little Gucci dress?”Victoria, who busies herself these days with her fashion empire, recently responded to rumours that the Spice Girls were working on a sequel to their debut feature film.In a since-deleted Instagram Story, Victoria shared a post about the rumours, along with the caption, “Has somebody got something to tell me?” alongside a laughing-crying emoji. Spice World might not be making a comeback, but Posh Spice appears to be.READ MORE:Victoria Beckham Reveals What Beyoncé Once Told Her About Being A Teenage Spice Girls FanVictoria Beckham Shares Hilarious Surprise Birthday Gift For Husband DavidVictoria Beckham Gives Us Quite The Mental Image With Details Of David's Half-Dressed Zoom Calls
To paraphrase the old adage about beer, you never buy a cup of coffee ― you only rent it. As you wait in the line for the loo of your favourite coffee house, you might wonder why this particular drink has such a powerful effect on your bladder. Check out what the experts have to say about that journey from first delicious sip to mad dash to wee, and every stop in between. Let’s start with your first sipEverything you swallow goes straight to your stomach. Depending on how much is already in there — if this is your first sip of the day or if you’ve just eaten a big meal — it can hang out in the stomach anywhere from five minutes to upward of an hour. Liquids are quicker to digest than solid food, so your body gets to work on an empty-stomach cup of coffee right away, sending it through your intestines, kidneys and on the way to your bladder. And this is where caffeinated coffee is different from some other beverages, according toLisa Anderson, associate professor of integrative biology and physiology at the University of Minnesota. “The small intestine uses osmosis to absorb the liquid, using energy to pull in sodium and other electrolytes so the liquid follows those particles,” Anderson told HuffPost. “With caffeinated coffee, the caffeine, polyphenols and other coffee molecules are all lipid-soluble, which means they pass easily across the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.” We’ve finally come to the moment of truth, when it’s time to talk about your new word for the day, “micturition,” which Anderson told us is a science-person word for peeing. “Once the fluid has made its way to the bladder, sensors there begin to notice that the bladder is filling up,” Anderson said. “That sets off signals to the micturition centre (see, there it is) in your brain stem, which sits by other centres that tell you things like when you’re thirsty, hungry or need to vomit.” Coffee gets the process moving faster because the caffeine it contains provides an extra boost of stimulation to the detrusor muscle, a smooth muscle in the bladder’s wall. (It stays relaxed so the bladder can store up urine, and it contracts when it’s go time.) With your brain and your bladder working together, you suddenly ask the person sitting next to you in the coffee shop, “Would you watch my stuff for a minute while I go to the bathroom?” This fast-track process goes even faster if you have an overactive bladder, Anderson said, citing studies of people with that disorder. Drinking eight ounces of water with caffeine made them go to the bathroom much sooner than when they were drinking just eight ounces of plain water. One more fun fact about the size of your bladder: That short line to the men’s room isn’t only about the patriarchy. It turns out that men “can hold more fluid in their bladders, and hold it for longer,” Anderson said.Caffeine adds to the feeling of urgency to wee, compared to drinking the same amount of plain waterWhile anything you drink is eventually going to need to be eliminated, it’s the caffeine in coffee that, um, expedites the process. “Caffeine is a bladder irritant, and when the bladder is irritated, it starts to contract,” said Dr. Rena Malik, a urologist and assistant professor of surgery and director of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “That contraction is what gives you that sense of what we urologists call ‘urgency,’ which is the sudden desire to go to the bathroom that you can’t delay.”Malik noted that studies have shown that while caffeine does increase urgency, those who consume quite a lot of it — in drinks or food — may build up some resistance. In her practice, she sees a wide variety in each person’s body. “I have some patients tell me that drinking even just a cup of coffee makes their morning miserable, and others can drink quite a lot and not suffer any ill effects.”Drink eight ounces, wee 12?While coffee is a fluid, caffeine is a diuretic, which means that your kidneys may be pulling more fluid from your system than you’ve just consumed, without hydrating you at all. So, if you feel like you’re weeing more than you just drank, you may be entirely correct. And you need to get some plain old water into your system, stat. The more caffeine you drink, the worse it can get. “The diuretic properties of caffeine kick in at higher levels of consumption,” Anderson said. “You usually need to ingest more than 400 mg of caffeine for it to have a significant impact on your body’s fluid balance.” That’s roughly theamount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, which is also the recommended limit for daily consumption.When to worry that caffeine is dehydrating youMalik said a quick way to tell if you’re dehydrated from all that coffee is to check the colour of your urine. “If it’s really dark yellow, you need more fluids in your system,” she said. “If it’s almost clear, you’re drinking too much. But if your urine is a lemonade-yellow colour, your fluid levels are most likely in a good balance.”If you’d like to cut down on the frequency of your bathroom breaks, you don’t have to go cold turkey on the caffeine, Malik said. “It’s OK to take it slowly, so if, for example, you drink two cups of coffee every morning, try having one regular and one decaf and see what happens.” Finally, if you feel as if most of your life is spent in a toilet stall, Malik urges you to consult a urologist. “People might think, ‘This is just the way I’ve been my whole life,’ but you don’t have to suffer. A urologist can help you look at all your options, including lifestyle changes, medications and procedures.” Related...7 Tips For Dealing With Wasps If They're Doing Your Head InHow Sugary Drinks Could Heighten Bowel Cancer Risk5 Foods That’ll Boost Your Energy – And 5 That'll Drain It
Nothing quite beats the feeling of stepping out from an air conditioned plane into that hot holiday air. But for those clamouring for some sun or simply a change of scenery this summer, is it actually safe to travel abroad?The UK government is set to introduce a risk-based traffic light system with countries labelled green, amber or red, and different rules set for returning travellers depending on the colour of their holiday destination.Green destinations will be the ones deemed lowest risk (and therefore safest), and amber destinations are places with a moderate risk.Red destinations are countries where cases will likely be high or variants of concern are circulating. These will be most heavily restricted – if you do travel, you’ll likely need to do a range of tests before and after visiting, as well as the potentially costly exercise of self-isolating in a hotel on your return.But is it safe to go abroad?The introduction of a traffic light system and easing of travel restrictions could be read as a big thumbs up to pack that suitcase of yours, but experts in viral transmission are a little more cautious. “I don’t consider mass international travel to be desirable at the current time,” Professor Eleanor Riley, an immunologist and expert in infectious disease at the University of Edinburgh, tells HuffPost UK.If you’re fully vaccinated by summer, overseas travel should not be a particular health risk, she acknowledges, but there are still some unknowns. For example, until we know more about how likely vaccinated people are to be a source of infection for others and to contribute to the spread of the virus and its variants of concern, those who have been jabbed could still pose a risk to others.On top of that, many younger adults and children probably won’t be fully vaccinated by the peak of the summer holidays and will therefore still be at risk of becoming unwell and transmitting the virus to others, Prof Riley adds.This is why she hopes most people won’t be travelling abroad purely for leisure purposes – “to enable essential travel to continue without unnecessarily raising the risk of triggering another wave of infections in the UK, or elsewhere.”As well as health and safety concerns, she flags the “increased bureaucracy and cost” and significant risk that yours plans may be have to be changed at short notice due to flight rescheduling or changes in quarantine measures.Local travel is “likely to be so much less stressful and more enjoyable”, she adds – and Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist from the University of Warwick, agrees.He’s planning on a staycation in the UK this summer rather than holidaying abroad. “We’re doing so well here as a consequence of lockdown and the vaccine rollout, but I fear that this could all be jeopardised by bringing back virus variants from overseas,” he tells HuffPost UK. Here are some things to think through before deciding to go abroad this year, given the Covid climate, and, if you do, how to travel as safely as possible. 1. Is your destination on the green list?Green-listed countries are deemed by the government and their health experts to be lowest risk when it comes to circulation of the virus – so these should be top of your list if you’re keen to go abroad.People coming back from green list destinations won’t need to self-isolate on their return. However they’ll need to take a pre-departure test at their holiday destination, then another PCR test on, or before, day two of being back in the UK.It could make sense to book a short-notice or last-minute break rather than something far in advance. This is because if you book to visit a green-listed country in May, there’s no guarantee it’ll remain in this category later in the summer. You can find up-to-date travel advice for specific countries here. 2. How are you getting there?Not all modes of travel are equal when it comes to your risk of catching the virus. Driving your car to somewhere in north France, for example, would be less of a risk than an eight-hour flight to New York. And it’s not just the mode of travel that could pose a transmission risk. Prof Young flags that waiting in airport queues in poorly ventilated spaces could be a concern. The Border Force union has suggested holidaymakers coming back to the UK could face queues of up to 10 hours this summer because of Covid-19 protocols, iNews reports. Lucy Moreton, professional officer at the union, said “there’s no way around the delays” and added, “people from all over the world will be mixing inside for a long time.”A Sage summary suggests there is some increased risk of catching Covid when travelling on public transport. That said, there are things you can be doing – or thinking about – to reduce your risk. These include: Can you travel at a quieter time? The fewer people on your chosen mode of transport, the better – so if you’re flying, think about whether it’s worth booking onto that midnight flight. And equally, consider how you’ll travel from the airport to your holiday accommodation. Can you wear a face mask? These are mandatory on public transport and flights to and from the UK, so if you do end up beside someone, masks should minimise the risk of transmission – just make sure you’re both wearing them over your nose and mouth. Dr Stephen Griffin, associate professor and virologist at Leeds Institute of Medical Research, previously explained to HuffPost UK that masks are “critical” because they prevent the exhalation of a considerable proportion of the heavier droplets, as well as some of the aerosols. Experts broadly agree that surgical masks are more protective than cloth masks – and studies back this up. Can you travel somewhere closer to the UK? The shorter the time spent travelling, the better. The longer you’re on a plane, coach or train, the higher the risk of catching any virus that might be lurking.3. Where are you staying?The type of holiday accommodation you choose will also influence your risk of catching Covid while you’re away. Some questions to consider, suggests Prof Young, include: “What measures have been put in place in your holiday accommodation? Will you be mixing with holidaymakers from other countries?”Self-catering accommodation like Airbnbs, private cabins, holiday apartments and villas will most likely be lower risk than staying in hotels as you can keep to your household quite easily. Hostels with dormitory-style rooms are pretty high risk due to the fact you’d be staying in close contact with strangers. “Aside from the levels of infection and vaccination in other countries, there are many pinch points associated with the practicalities of travel,” says Prof Young.Mixing with people from many different countries where infection levels are high and vaccination levels low, and the lack of protective measures in crowded bars and restaurants in busy resorts “are all worrying factors,” he adds. If you can, eat outdoors, cook for yourself, or get takeaways. 4. Are you vaccinated?People who are vaccinated with two doses of the coronavirus jab will obviously be in a much better position to travel this summer – and to do so relatively safely, compared to those who aren’t. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people delay travelling abroad until they are able to get fully vaccinated. 5. Do you have travel insurance?It’s even more important to book travel insurance than usual – this is something the government actively recommends doing once you’ve planned a trip. You’ll want to double check the level of healthcare cover it includes, the travel disruption cover it includes, and any Covid related terms and conditions.You might want to keep an eye out for policies that specifically cover trip cancellations, as well as emergency medical and repatriation costs.6. Can you afford extra costs if your circumstances change?It’s tempting to blow all our savings on a trip abroad this summer, given how long it’s been since we last had a foreign holiday, but be aware that you’ll need to factor in extras such as paying for PCR tests and possibly needing to quarantine in a UK hotel on your return if, for whatever reason, travel guidance changes while you’re abroad. The cost could range anywhere from £60-£100 for a single test to £1,750 to stay in a quarantine hotel.It’s worth making sure you’ve cash set aside just in case. 7 tips for safer travelWash (or sanitise) hands frequently, particularly before and after eatingWear face masks indoors and in crowded outdoor settingsKeep 2m from people outside your household if you can and avoid crowdsIf you are in a crowded space, try to face away from people Use contactless payments wherever possibleDon’t eat on public transport if you can help itTake cleaning wipes on aircraft if you’re travelling for long periods of time. 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London mayoral election candidates (clockwise from top left) Count Binface, Laurence Fox, Brian Rose and Niko Omilana." src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/6092e58f2600006752b424d5.jpg?cache=iVa4hafnBV&ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" />Britain has a rich recent history of eccentric candidates running for office despite having little chance of success, and every chance of losing their deposit.The English musician Screaming Lord Sutch achieved fame in the 1980s after founding the Official Monster Raving Loony party. In total, he stood for parliament 39 times and was trounced 39 times. But no television coverage of election night was complete without at least one lingering shot of Sutch in his trademark top hat and leopardskin jacket.Sutch was perhaps a forerunner of what now seems a staple of UK elections, and the ballot for Thursday’s London mayoral election is chock-full of candidates you might charitable describe as outside bets.Some 20 people are standing and the final Savanta ComRes poll on Wednesday shows that Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan has a commanding 41% of first preference votes, holding a double-digit lead over Conservative challenger, Shaun Bailey. Final London Mayoral PollSadiq Khan 41% (-)Shaun Bailey 29 (+1)Luisa Porritt 8 (-)Sian Berry 5 (-1)Others 17 (-)After transfers:Sadiq Khan 60 (-1)Shaun Bailey 40 (+1)29 April - 4 May(chg from 13-19 April) pic.twitter.com/LH7zO10SvD— Savanta ComRes (@SavantaComRes) May 5, 2021So with the contest looking like a two-horse race – or one horse, if we’re completely honest – many political watchers have turned their eye to the battle lower down the ticket. So who are they, what are they offering, and who will get the wooden spoon? Niko OmilanaNiko Omilana is the break-out election star that most professional politicos have never heard of – but millions of people have. The YouTuber is among several candidates who are running independently, and is set to be the most successful.The Savanta ComRes poll has the 23-year-old is arguably punching above his weight on 6% of first preferences, which is up one point on the last survey. To put that in context, he’s just two percentage points behind the Liberal Democrat candidate and one ahead of the Green party’s nomination.And yes. We have @NikoOmilana on 6% (+1). Not included in the above tweet because he deserves one all of his own...— Savanta ComRes (@SavantaComRes) May 5, 2021Omilana has around 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube alone, and more social media followers than all the other candidates combined. The content on his channel is typically pranks, challenges, and elaborate stunts.In a video clip uploaded to Twitter announcing his campaign, he introduced himself as the “founding father and supreme leader of the Niko Defence League”, known more commonly as NDL. The “NDL” was a knowing parody of the far-right English Defence League, and Omilana even trolled its figurehead Tommy Robinson by getting him to endorse his group.im running for mayor of london #NikoForMayorpic.twitter.com/vD1WqsGBvI— NDL Vibeside (@NikoOmilana) April 2, 2021If he manages to stay above 5% on election day, he keeps the £10,000 deposit required to stand.What he would do if he won seems to be less of the point of the campaign than it being another opportunity to create “content”. The first policy listed in his manifesto is: “Boris Johnson will be forced to shush.” Count BinfaceCount Binface is the “interplanetary space warrior” who first came to prominence after standing against Boris Johnson in the 2019 general election.In his manifesto, the count, played by comedian Jon Harvey, 41, plans to rename London Bridge as Phoebe Waller Bridge and have London join the EU.Another pledge is to ensure that no croissant is sold for more than £1 and that a hand dryer at an Uxbridge pub will be moved “to a more sensible position”.“These are just obvious policies and it mystifies me that it takes a space warrior to point them out,” he reflects. The count said he would like to be endorsed for mayor by some illustrious names: “Top of my list at the moment are probably Ian McShane, Barack Obama, Emily Maitlis and Chris Rea.”He is one of nine candidates polling at 1% in London.Brian Rose On the surface, Brian Rose is a fairly routine candidate – a businessman who wears expensive suits claiming that politics can be transformed by applying the principles of business and old-fashioned common sense.But the American, who has lived in London for the past 21 years, raised eyebrows when two clips emerged of the 49-year-old drinking his own urine (one was posted on his Instagram in 2018).“The whole team here thinks I’m crazy and thinks it’s kind of gross,” Rose said, before adding that he was drinking his urine because “it’s medicinal”.The poll suggests 1% of Londoners like what they hear. Laurence FoxThere has been blanket coverage of the one-time Lewis actor turned anti-lockdown, anti-woke publicity hound, who is standing under the Reclaim Party banner and its ‘Free London’ pledges.The mainstream media’s fascination – long interviews have run in The Telegraph, New Statesman, and Evening Standard in the last week – and a campaign said to have £5 million in the coffers has put him on 2% of the vote, edging ahead of Binface in the fierce battle everyone is talking about.Other notablesAnother YouTuber – Max Fosh, who has 419,000 subscribers – is running simply to “get more votes” than Fox (they both went to Harrow school) and admits he would be a terrible mayor. He trails Fox on 1%.Former weather forecaster Piers Corbyn, the former Labour leader’s older brother, is a notorious anti-vaxxer, anti-lockdown protester and climate change sceptic. Also tied on 1%.UKIP’s candidate, meanwhile, is called Peter Gammons. 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Nick Kamen, the model who shot to fame after starring in an iconic TV ad for Levis jeans, has died at the age of 59.The Essex-born model and singer was best known for starring in the 1985 ad, which saw him strip to his underwear in a laundrette.It shot him to international fame and launched his singing career, which saw him reach the Top 10 with the Madonna-penned hit, Each Time You Break My Heart.Following the news of his death, Nick’s friend Boy George paid tribute, sharing a throwback picture of them together, which he captioned: “R.I.P to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Boy George (@boygeorgeofficial)The model was aged just 18 when he shot the career-changing Levis ad.In the clip, he is seen stripping off and washing his clothes in front of a host of onlookers in a laundrette to the sound of Marvin Gaye’s 1968 hit Heard It Through The Grapevine. The advert caught the eye of many - including Madonna - who provided backing vocals on his biggest hit.In a BBC radio interview in 1986 Madonna said she was inspired by Nick’s “charisma” and “beautiful voice”.His music career spanned four albums between 1987 and 1992. He also enjoyed huge European success with the song I Promised Myself.
Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd has paid a special tribute to the late actor and author in honour of Star Wars Day.On Tuesday – which happened to be “May the fourth” – Billie posted a picture of her baby son, Kingston, sporting a knitted hat that resembled Princess Leia’s iconic bun hairstyles.She also revealed that Kingston was watching his grandmother on screen in the original Star Wars trilogy, while wearing a babygrow emblazoned with the image of Carrie Fisher in character as Princess Leia.Posting the photo on Instagram, Billie also spelled out “May the fourth” in emojis, in the same way Carrie used to write her tweets in her final years. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Billie Lourd (@praisethelourd)Carrie died in December 2016, and appeared in the last two Star Wars films posthumously, using old footage of her in character as Leia.While the mother and daughter pair shared the screen in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Billie also served as a stunt double for her mum in special scenes recorded for the ninth instalment in the sci-fi saga, The Rise Of Skywalker.As well as Star Wars, Billie Lourd’s acting credits include two series of American Horror Story, the teen comedy Booksmart and the recent Will & Grace reboot.Her Will & Grace appearance was particularly poignant as she played the granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds, her real-life grandmother, who died within days of Carrie Fisher in 2016.Billie gave birth to her son, Kingston Fisher, in September 2020. She is currently engaged to Kingston’s father, fellow actor Austen Rydell.READ MORE:Remembering The Legendary Carrie Fisher With 20 Of Her Wisest And Wittiest Quotes
Madonna has shared a video of herself getting her second tattoo on Instagram.Having mostly abstained from body art during her life, the Queen of Pop revealed at the end of last year that she’d decided to have her first tat at the age of 62, having her six children’s initials inked on her wrist.On Sunday, she revealed on Instagram that she’d decided to go under the needle for a second time, having a red “X” tattooed on her wrist in honour of her most recent album, Madame X.After drinking a glass of wine in what she said was her attempt at numbing the pain, Madonna told her 15-year-old son David: “Look, I’m going to get another tattoo. It’s not anything different or new, that I was planning on doing, but I thought maybe you’d want to watch. Just for a second.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Madonna (@madonna)“It’s going to be red, blood red” Madonna told the teenage aspiring footballer.“Because this revolutionary business...” he then said, to which she responded: “Is a bloody business.”As David cheered her on from the sidelines, Madonna was then heard telling tattoo artist Robbie Ra: “That hurts, oh my god, I really don’t like you right now. [But] even if I complain don’t feel like you have to stop. I’m used to people hurting me, and also I’m used to being in pain.”“Why do you need a bigger needle?” she asks later in the clip, before adding: “Wait, you’re English? OK, everything’s coming into focus now.”Showing off the finished tat, she posed saying: “Power to the people.”The tattooist also posted the same clip on his own Instagram page, writing: “This was nuts!” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Robbie Ra - Handpoke & Machine (@tuesday________)Madonna is currently working on a tour film based on her Madame X live shows, which is rumoured to be debuting on Netflix later this year.Although the Madame X tour was lauded by critics and fans, it was also met with an array of problems, largely due to technical issues and an injury Madonna sustained early in the run.The final shows were then cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.READ MORE:Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Leon Reflects On Timothée Chalamet RomanceRupert Everett Finally Explains Why He Branded Madonna ‘An Old Whiny Barmaid’Rita Ora Recalls 'Amazing But Awkward' Madonna Moment That Is Oh So Madonna
Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has shot down one of the theories fans have about the identity of “H”. Many viewers of the hit BBC cop show believe DCS Patricia Carmichael might be “the fourth man” after a line of dialogue Jimmy Lakewell apparently said. Some people on Twitter claim Lakewell told Martin’s character DI Steve Arnott to “look beyond the race claim to find H”. It’s thought to be a clue because if you take the letters R A C E C L A I M out of Carmichael, you are left with one letter, H.However, during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday, Martin explained why we’ve all got it wrong. He said: “Do you know what I love about that one? It’s so spot on, but that line never got said… blew my mind.“Jed [Mercurio, the show’s writer and creator] said, ‘No, that line never happened.’” Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Carmichael – played by Anna Maxwell Martin – isn’t “the fourth man”. During last Sunday’s episode, viewers picked up on the fact Carmichael tapped her pen four times during DCI Jo Davidson’s interrogation scene, which is Morse code for ‘H’. Addressing the theory on The Jonathan Ross Show, Martin’s co-star Vicky McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming, would not be drawn into commenting. “Hmm that’s very interesting, yeah.,” she said. “Very, very interesting…”. View this post on InstagramA post shared by The Jonathan Ross Show (@thejonathanrossshowofficial)Anna tried to brush off the speculation when she made an appearance on This Morning earlier this week. When hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield presented her with the video evidence, she said: “I think I was just bored. Those scenes are very long. I think I was like, ‘What am I saying next?’”A trailer for Sunday’s series finale has promised viewers that the identity of ‘the fourth man’ – otherwise known as ‘H’ – will be revealed during the episode. Carmichael is among the suspects, along with Superintendent Ted Hastings, Chief Constable Philip Osborne, DI Kate Fleming and ex-officer Marcus Thurwell. Line Of Duty concludes on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.READ MORE:8 Things The Line Of Duty Finale Absolutely Must DeliverLine Of Duty Finale Is 'Frustrating' And 'Exhilarating' According To Ex-Star Who's Already Seen It Four TimesLove Anna Maxwell Martin In Line Of Duty? Then Motherland Is About To Be Your New Favourite Show
Prince William and Kate Middleton are giving royal fans exactly what they want. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday released brand-new family footage of the couple playing with their three children ― Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ― to commemorate their 10th wedding anniversary on April 29.“Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary,” the couple said in a message accompanying the footage, which was shot by Will Warr in Norfolk last fall. “We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W & C.” The sweet, 40-second footage shows William and Kate gazing adoringly at each other, giggling with Louis, chasing after George and Charlotte, climbing trees and even roasting marshmallows around a campfire with the kids. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)The couple also released new portraits of themselves on Wednesday, a day before their 10-year celebration. The images, captured by photographer Chris Floyd, were taken earlier this week at Kensington Palace. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)In the below photo, the couple even recreated their original, official engagement picture, which was taken by Mario Testino: View this post on InstagramA post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)The Royal Family’s official social media accounts reshared the photos and wished the couple “a very happy wedding anniversary” on Thursday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, in a star-studded ceremony that included Guy Ritchie, Elton John and David and Victoria Beckham among the 1,900 guests. To relive some of the couple’s biggest relationship milestones in their nearly 20 years together, scroll through the photos below: Related...How Kate's Wedding Dress Inspired A Thousand Marriages
Like all of us, Timothée Chalamet has found himself with a little more time on his hands lately.But the Call Me By Your Name actor has been making the most of his own company by spending some quality time with his (ahem) little Timmy.Or as he put it: “I’ve been playing with myself all day.”Allow us to explain.The Dune actor, who stars as Paul Atreides in the upcoming film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic, shared a series of snaps of his... action figure. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Timothée Chalamet (@tchalamet)The 25-year-old stars alongside Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista and Oscar Isaac in the new film, which is finally due to hit cinemas this October.Earlier this week, Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon opened up for the first time about her past relationship with Timothée.As a teenager, Lourdes attended the LaGuardia performing arts high school in New York, where the actor was one of her classmates.In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the 24-year-old revealed he had been her first boyfriend.“I respect him a lot, we were a little item,” she told the magazine. “My first boyfriend.” Lourdes then added a cryptic “or anything”.READ MORE:Woody Allen Accuses Timothée Chalamet Of 'Denouncing' Him To Improve His Chances Of Oscars GloryTimothée Chalamet's 'Peach' Joke About Trump's Impeachment Has Seriously Just Made Us Blush
She stepped out of the Rolls-Royce and the world took a collective breath.Finally we could see the dress – anticipated for weeks, months, some might say years – that Kate Middleton would be wearing to wed her Prince. As she entered Westminster Abbey, the soon-to-be Duchess of Cambridge made fashion history with a look that would change wedding style forever. The elegant design, by British designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, was markedly distinct from the strapless gowns that had dominated weddings in the 2010s. The year was 2011, and Kate’s delicate lace sleeves, cinched-in bodice and fuller skirt were a complete departure.Bridal boutiques have been referencing the look ever since. Just last year, I was searching for my own wedding dress when the shop owner showed me a satin, boat-necked number she dubbed ‘The Meghan’, for its similarity to the Givenchy wedding gown worn by the Duchess of Sussex in 2018. She then gestured towards an entire rail of lacier, long-sleeved gowns, “for those who prefer the Kate Middleton look.”As the Duke and Duchess Cambridges celebrate their 10-year anniversary, designer and dressmaker Holly Winter reflects that the royal wedding marked a pivotal shift in wedding style that continues to influence dresses today. “As Kate stepped out of the car to reveal her dress, a BBC pundit practically squealed, ‘This is such a fashion moment!’ And it really was,” she tells HuffPost UK. “Naughties bridal boutiques were packed with huge tulle ballgowns and you’d be lucky to have found a strap, let alone a sleeve. I was no different – marrying in 2008 in a strapless gown, looking like I’d just got out of the bath.”Winter kept an eye on eBay to see how long it would take for a replica Kate dress to appear – and someone managed it in just 12 hours. By 2012, she says, dresses with sleeves were in high demand.Just as, three decades earlier, Princess Diana’s puffball dress had been copied by 1980s brides, Kate’s dress became the marker for brides of the noughties – and beyond. Pinterest, the site many couples use to plan their wedding, has tracked the royal influence. Despite the pandemic sparking headlines about low-key wedding trends, the site has actually seen a 55% year-on-year increase in the search term ‘princess wedding dresses,’ calculated from global searches between April 2020 and April 2021. The term ‘long sleeved lace wedding dress’ has also doubled in popularity, while ‘Kate Middleton dress’ is up 70% from last year. Although Kate’s dress marked a change from the designs that dominated the previous decade, it was based on a classic style, says luxury wedding planner and royal wedding commentator Sarah Haywood – and that is the secret of its longevity. The Duchess’s dress was heavily influenced by the gown worn by American actress Grace Kelly, when she married Prince Rainer III of Monaco in 1956, says Haywood.“The shape, the silhouette, the sleeves... it’s very reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s wedding gown, and that’s quite astonishing,” Haywood tells HuffPost. “Royal brides know that we’re going to be looking at these pictures forever, so it was probably important to go for something very classic, that later down the line, she [Kate] wasn’t going to regret. “This gown will span the test of time, that’s one of the most successful aspects about it. You could wear this gown now, 10 years on, and it wouldn’t look out of place.”Modesty is a must for royal brides and while it was based on a classic style, Kate’s dress was game-changing, in that it used lace rather than an opaque, all-concealing fabric, adds Winter. “Consider the barely-there bodices and illusion panels of today’s bridal trends and you’ll see they’re simply a reinterpretation of Kate’s look, just extending the sheerness into the bodice,” she says. Kate can also thank modern, American royalty for keeping the look popular. Kim Kardashian apparently asked designers to take inspiration from the Duchess during planning for her wedding to Kanye West in 2014. “Kim loves Kate’s style and while she is planning on several gowns for her big day, she wants the one for the ceremony to look something like Kate’s dress,” a source said at the time. “The brief is demure princess and she’ll also wear a tiara.” When Kim’s Givenchy dress was finally revealed, it looked like she got her wish. Stars including Sophie Turner, Kate Upton and Jacqueline Jossa have since worn long sleeve gowns with a silhouette reminiscent of Kate’s. One possibly surprising legacy of Kate’s dress, says Winter, is that padding is still popular in bridal and mainstream styles.In 2011, the palace released a statement describing how the Burton-designed skirt “echoes an opening flower”, complementing “the ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips”.“Kate’s padded hips came three years before Kim Kardashian ‘broke the internet’ with her booty. Since that time, I’ve noticed a real switch from brides asking me to design dresses that make their boobs look bigger to ones that emphasise their hips and bums,” Winter says. “I’ve had at least one bride wear padded knickers.”On the subject of bums, Pippa Middleton’s rear was much discussed following her Maid of Honour appearance, and Haywood says her outfit sparked a trend for ivory, flattering bridesmaid dresses that are still favoured by some clients. Other elements of the day have stood the test of time, adds Haywood, such as a move towards brides wearing their hair down and bridal bouquets with flowers that have significance for the couple.Kate’s bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and drew on “the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers,” according to a statement released by the palace. In fact, the details released by the royal family on William and Kate’s wedding gave us more insight into royal wedding planning than we’d ever had before. “They told us about everything – why she was in the carriage she was in, why she was wearing what she was wearing, why the abbey was decorated in the way that is was, why they chose the words that they did,” says Haywood.“Absolutely everything told a story, and that’s a big legacy of this wedding: storytelling. People these days when they’re marrying, they want to tell a story and they want that story to be woven into everything that they do.”For some, the appeal of Kate’s dress isn’t about fashion at all, but the fairytale wedding between a normal-ish woman who married her prince. The past year has been rocky for the royals, with the death of Prince Phillip, ongoing and serious questions about Prince Andrew’s connections, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s groundbreaking interview with Oprah Winfrey, which has reportedly deepened the rift between William and Harry.Still, we look back on April 29, 2011 and remember watching the moment that Harry, as William’s best man, first saw Kate walking down the aisle, and turned to his brother to whisper: “She looks beautiful.” The fate of the royal family over the next 10 years remains to be seen, but one thing’s for certain: that dress was certainly something special.“Weddings are so steeped in tradition that only the most enduring fashion trends make it into bridalwear, and they tend to take longer to get here too,” says Winter. “You know that if a detail gets adopted by the bridal world, it’s a massive hit.” READ MORE:100 Years Of Royal Bridal GownsMore Brides Are Doing Wedding Speeches Than Ever Before – Here's How To Boss Yours'All Too Familiar': Why Black British Women Relate Hard To Meghan MarkleTotally Adorable Photos Of Prince Louis To Mark The Little Royal's Birthday
Kate Middleton and Prince William are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary with brand-new photos. Kensington Palace released two portraits on behalf of the couple on Wednesday, one day before their anniversary. The new pictures were snapped earlier this week at the palace by photographer Chris Floyd. The two appear to have recreated the official photo William and Kate released for their engagement, which was taken by Mario Testino: Thursday's @DailyMailUK#MailFrontPagespic.twitter.com/MMXH8aNzKL— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 28, 2021The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have been together nearly 20 years, officially tied the knot at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. Millions lined the wedding procession route, while an estimated 2 billion tuned in from around the world. Celebrities including Elton John, Guy Ritchie and David and Victoria Beckham made up some of the 1,900 guests invited to the ceremony. Ellie Goulding performed at the couple’s evening reception, an honor she called quite “scary”. “I did their first dance and like, talk about scary,” the singer told Vanity Fair in 2016. “I was so nervous, my hands were shaking.”Ten years since their wedding day, the duke and duchess now have three children: Prince George, 7; Princess Charlotte, 5; and Prince Louis, 3. William and Kate celebrated Louis’ birthday last week by releasing a brand-new photo of their little one taken before his first day at nursery school. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)Louis’ birthday is just two days after his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s big day.The queen turned 95 on April 21 and released a statement thanking people for the tributes to her late husband, Prince Philip.“My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days,” she said. “We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”