The Royal Exchange will be throwing a luxury Christmas shopping event this week – with free cupcakes to fuel your browsing.
The historic landmark in Manchester, which is home to shops, cafes and restaurants, will dial up the festivities this weekend.
Its luxury Christmas shopping event will run on Saturday, with special offers and lots of surprises in store.
Shoppers will be serenaded by the amazing Victorian Carol Singers, who will walk around the building treating passers-by to Christmas carols.
The Northern String Quartet will also be performing festive tunes inside the Christmas Tree-lined arcade.
For the early birds, The Royal Exchange will be handing out free cupcakes inside the arcade while stocks last.
Visitors to French Connection will be welcomed by an in-store Christmas event, with its own music, competitions, goody bags (for the first 20 purchasing customers), festive drinks and mince pies.
You can ease all those pre-Christmas stresses at Amaranth Health & Beauty, which will offer a free 10-minute taster massage, Pukka herbal tea tasting, and Raw vegan chocolate tasting.
It’s also throwing in a free goody bag when you spend £30 or more, and has special offers on NEOM Organics.
The freebies continue at L’Occitane, where anyone who spends more than £45 will be able to select a free beauty bauble of their choice.
It’s 15% off at the Yards Store for anyone who signs up to their newsletter in store on Saturday, and there’s 10% off all purchases in store at Diamond Heaven, as well as free jewellery engraving for items bought on the day.
The Royal Exchange’s Luxury Christmas Shopping Event will take place on Saturday December 4, between 1pm and 4pm.
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Sainsbury’s and Tesco become latest retailers to stop selling disposable barbecues
Sainsbury’s and Tesco have become the two latest retailers to halt the selling of disposable barbecues amid wildfire risks.
The UK is currently in the midst of the second heatwave of the year, with temperatures soaring and a heat-health warning issued by the UKHSA, and now, following a rise in the number of wildfires reported in relation to the warm weather, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have made the decision to stop selling disposable barbecues at all stores.
These two supermarket giants have notably followed in the footsteps of M&S, which confirmed earlier this month that it had taken the “precautionary step” of removing disposable barbecues from sale across the UK.
Waitrose, Aldi, and other retailers had previously also announced they would no longer stock disposable barbecues due to their “detrimental impact” on the environment and wildlife.
Morrisons, and the Co-op say they do not sell disposable barbecues close to UK national parks.
Confirming the halting of disposable barbecue sales until further notice, also as a “precautionary measure”, a spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “Safety is our highest priority and we have made this decision due to the hot and dry weather that we are currently experiencing across the country.
“We will continue to closely monitor the situation and listen to customer feedback.”
Tesco has also confirmed that its decision to stop selling disposable barbecues is a temporary one, and says it will continue to sell small metal portable barbecues instead – with disposables set to be made available again once weather conditions allow.
The move by retailers comes as fire services nationwide warning of “tinderbox conditions”.
They have asked people not to use barbecues in the countryside, public greenspaces, and high-risk places – such as balconies and on dry grass – after an increase in the number of call-outs.
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PrettyLittleThing advert banned for ‘sexualising’ teen TikTok star Alabama Barker
A PrettyLittleThing advert that starred musician Travis Barker’s daughter Alabama has been banned for ‘sexualising’ the 16-year-old.
The content creator, who has almost three million followers on TikTok and is a budding musician in her own right, was named as an ambassador of the fashion brand back in April.
But a campaign that featured the young star has now been banned by the Advertising Standards Agency, who found that the advert ‘depicted a person who was under 18 in a sexual way’.
The ASA said the Alabama Barker campaign was ‘irresponsible’ and ‘highlighted Ms Barker’s young age’ through its promotion of its Y2K collection.
The images used in the PrettyLittleThing campaign include her ‘lying on a bed and licking her lips in a sexually suggestive manner’, crouching down in a way that ‘her buttocks were almost visible’, and ‘spraying a water hose which was positioned between her legs’.
The ruling also noted images where Alabama was sucking a lollipop and clutching her chest.
PrettyLittleThing has now been ordered not to use the advert in its current form, and to ensure ‘future ads did not include images that portrayed or represented anyone who was, or seemed to be, under 18 in a sexual manner’.
They also defended the hosepipe image, saying that ‘cooling down on the lawn on a hot day fitted the intended Y2K aesthetic’, and that open-mouthed poses are ‘currently popular with young people on social media’.