Boho-lovers Can’t Get Enough of IKEA’s Limited Edition Collection

Turn your home into an exotic paradise with summery pieces from Ikea’s seriously swoon-worthy Jassa collection

If you love all things bohemian, there’s no time to lose, because Ikea launched their new limited edition Jassa collection on Wednesday 1st March 2017 – giving you less than six weeks to get your hands on it.

Wondering what all the fuss about? Well, it’s a mixture of vibrant soft furnishings and rattan furniture, lanterns and ceramics all bursting with eye-popping colours. It’s a world away from Ikea’s famously minimalist Scandinavian style, drawing inspiration from far flung lands like Indonesia and Vietnam in South East Asia.

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With jazzy cushion covers starting at £4, bamboo pendant lampshade or rattan lounger for £119, you can create a relaxed summer vibe all year round – indoors and out.

But that’s not all that’s whipping folk into a frenzy, because every single piece is handcrafted the traditional way, from natural materials like rattan, bamboo, water hyacinths, sea-grass and cotton. The result? You could walk away from your local Ikea with something totally unique. From £5.95 stoneware plates, individually speckle-glazed or splashed with paint, to stylish rattan armchairs.

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The interior design fans among you will already know that ‘nature’ is one of 2017’s biggest trends – and for that, the Jassa collection couldn’t be more perfect. Hang a wind chime by your window, pop flowers in a vase woven from sea-grass or roll out a flat woven sea-grass rug. It’s about embracing nature in the most stylish and authentic way.

Like what you see? You can pick up a few pieces online, but the complete Jassa collection is only available instore at West Thurrock, Croydon, Edmonton or Wembley. Alternatively, call Ikea’s customer service team to try to arrange delivery to your local shop.

Missed out? Worry not, because there are other perks to be had all year round at Ikea…

1. Your kids can play for free

Want to shop without the little ones getting under your feet? Make everyone happier, by dropping the kids off with the supervisors at Småland – for a free hour-long play session near the entrance of your local IKEA. When you’re an IKEA Family member, you get an extra 30 minutes to boot, leaving you free to browse at your leisure.

2. Grab a free hot drink

The family members among you will score a free mug of tea or coffee whenever you take a trip to IKEA, because shopping can be thirsty work.

3. Browse exclusive sales

Join the IKEA Family rewards program and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with access to members-only sales on products from across their entire range – from mattresses and candles to kitchens. Better yet, you’ll be treated to special monthly discounts and 90 day price protection on absolutely everything. Ikea will refund you the difference whenever an item drops in price.

Call the customer service team today with any questions about your IKEA Family membership.

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7 Music Festivals You Can Still Make it To 2016

You can’t waste another minute if you’re to end up in a muddy field with your favourite tunes ringing in your ears this summer. It’s time to grab your mates, pick a music festival and finalise your plans, before you miss out altogether!

Unlike Glastonbury not all music festivals sell out in seconds. You can still find some festivals which promise cracking tunes, fun and mud galore, away from Somerset’s hallowed fields. From the country’s biggest gatherings to quirky events that fly under the radar, it’s not too late to grab genuine tickets and dance in the rain.

Latitude Festival 2016, 14th – 17th July 2016

Now this line-up has certainly delivered the goods! With The Maccabees, British Sea Power and The National on the bill, among heavy weight comedians like Al Murray and Josh Widdicome, it’s a mighty surprise that you can still grab weekend passed on See Tickets.

This year, the magical little corner of Suffolk boasts a sit-down restaurant, yoga and whirlpool baths. Or take a shower-beating dip in Henham Park’s lake for the first time in its 11 years.

Secret Garden Party, 21st – 24th July 2016

There are better kept ‘secrets’, but you won’t hear 32,000 music fans complaining! Pick up a weekend ticket for less than £200, descend on the landscaped gardens in Cambridge’s Mill Hill Field, and you’ll soon see why.

It’s a crazy quirky garden party on steroids, next to a river and a lake, with a ‘Gardener’s Guide to The Galaxy’ theme. Enrol at the Astronaut’s Survival School, before losing your mind to Primal Scream, Submotion Orchestra and The Temper Trap, among others.

Wildnerness Festival, 4th – 7th August 2016

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Another event that does precisely what it says on the tin. Wilderness prides itself on combining art with nature. You won’t find another festival on a private nature reserve, with camping spots still available by the spring-fed lake! That’s for sure.

However, you will spot the likes of Robert Plant, and Glass Animals on the Main Stage, live theatre in deep in the oak forest, and debates on topics like ‘Has Boris Broken London?’ among yoga classes. If you’re after a purist music festival with a social conscience, you’ve found it.

Boardmasters 2016, 10th – 14th August 2016

Chase & Status, Catfish & The Bottlemen, and Deadmau5 are bringing the beats to Cornwall this year. But they’re not the main draw for Boardmasters. That’ll be the BMX and skating, or the local and professional surfers battling at sea for a hotly contested spot on the World Surf League tour.

The UK’s biggest surf extravaganza comes complete with intimate gigs on Fistral Beach and photography classes. Children under seven can go for free, but you grown-ups can still pick up day passes.

V Festival 2016, 20th – 21st August 2016

You can hear the fangirls crying for Justin Beiber already! If you’re a pop fan worth your salt, or partial to a little Kaiser Chiefs, Rita Ora, or Years & Years, then you’ll make your way to Chelmsford’s Hylands Park or Weston Park in South Staffordshire.

V Festival runs simultaneously at both places. So there are plenty of tickets left, just waiting to be snapped up by last-minute musos, like you. Grab two of your mates, and go VIP – bell tents are still going for a cool £2,100.

Leeds Festival & Reading Festival, 25th – 28th August 2016

Finished your exams? Time for your final rite of passage. Leeds Festival and Reading Festival mean double trouble for your August bank holiday. With Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy and other hard-core rock acts waiting to burst your ear drums, they’re pulling no punches.

Whatever you do, make your way to the smaller stages. Leeds lads Eagulls and Pulled Apart By Horses are on the up-and-up, so catch them before they’re big. It’s easy. See Tickets have Sunday passes and weekend tickets for the festival up north, and plenty of passes for Reading as well.

Creamfields 2016, 26th – 28th August 2016

Spend your Friday and Saturday nights in clubs, losing it to Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix or Fat Boy Slim? See them in the flesh while you still can! Creamfields is a mecca for fans like you, and it isn’t too late to pick up standard weekend passes, with or without camping.

A ‘vanity van’ is on hand to help you get dolled up, before you get down to DJ’s earth-shattering beats with 70,000 like-minded souls… or go crazy in the infamous fancy dress tent.

Once you’ve booked, run your eyes over this fool-proof festival survival guide, while your tickets wing their way over to you.

Cover photograph of Secret Garden Party copyright Angel Ganev licensed for use under Creative Commons. Wilderness Festival image copyright Gunter Creasey licensed for use under Creative Commons.

How to bid like a boss on eBay

How many times has an evil shopaholic pipped you to the post on eBay? You thought that vintage t-shirt or car of your dreams was as good as yours and alas, it would have been, if they hadn’t stuck their oar in. Over 25 million sellers list more 800 million items on eBay. The average shopper spends 150 minutes on the eBay app determined to snag a deal – so there’s often tough competition for popular items.

Before you start bidding again follow these top tips to becoming a savvy eBay bidder…

Place your bid in the last few seconds of the auction

Firing a bid in the last ten seconds of the auction is called ‘sniping’, because it leaves no time for legitimate rival bidders (or unscrupulous folk who want to run the price up) to react. Open two windows, refresh one to check the status of the auction, and have your bid ready to place in the other. Then click ‘bid’ in the nick of time. We’re talking seconds, literally, not minutes.

Or use free UK apps, like Goofbid or Auction Stealer to do your bidding for you… so to speak.

Watch your feedback and bidding history

When you bid, the owner can see your history. So if you leave unfairly and consistently negative feedback on other sellers or if you appear to be a problem buyer – beware! They’re perfectly within their rights to block or cancel your bid if they think you’re untrustworthy or fake.

Only bid early in exceptional circumstances…

If you’ve found similar versions of the same thing, and aren’t too bothered which you end up with, so long as it’s as cheap as chips – you might try the ‘scatter-gun’ approach. Bid low on everything and keep your fingers crossed. That’s not very wise. Only place the opening bid if you’ve found a valuable item that’s been miscategorised or under-priced.

Don’t bid too often…

Buyers swarm items which have several bids. After all, popularity means it’s good, right? Maybe the seller’s more trustworthy too? Crowds are bad news on eBay – they push the price up, and slash your chances of getting a bargain. So play it cool and never show that you’re sweating with excitement – wait as long as possible before you cave in and bid.

But do leave automatic bids

Got things to do and places to be when the sale ends? Don’t panic. Tell eBay your highest price, and leave it to bid on your behalf whenever someone tries to steal it. You may well get it cheaper than your upper limit. But it’s not fool-proof. Someone can easily outdo your best effort.

Buy it now

If you could avoid the perils of bidding altogether, you would, wouldn’t you? If you have a price in mind, get in there early and try your luck by emailing the owner with your best effort. Charm them into selling to you direct. Or plump for an item that’s listed as ‘buy it now’, then rest assured that it’s definitely winging its way to you.