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The weather outside is frightful – and staying in seems most delightful (yes, we have Christmas songs on the brain). But seriously, while the weather whips into a beast of a Christmas storm, here's how to make the most of the next few days, whether you’re staying in or braving the great outdoors...
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Last minute Christmas shopping. Go, go, go! Brace for the cold and the shops armed with ideas straight from the #ELLEfashioncupboard or stay right where you are and buy everyone a subscription to ELLE…
Plan your Christmas dinner – Ruby Tandoh style. She’s all about keeping it simple, which works for us – ‘You’re not Heston. Don’t try to infuse the roasties with a pine sprig off the Christmas tree.’ Wise words, Ruby.
Watch a Christmas movie - Elf, Gremlins, Home Alone and Love Actually are all on our list. Or hit the sofa for a box set marathon. What could be more festive?
Panic buy a puffa jacket and some waterproof boots. Even if you’re not heading for the slopes, the UK-wide weather warnings have us convinced only après ski appropriate fashion will get us through the next few days.
Start planning your New Year’s Eve beauty look. Lisa Eldridge’s video tutorials. Punk eyes? Double brights or grunge? Take inspiration from the best celebrity make-up looks of 2013.
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