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Jul 16 2014

My new jewellery obsession: Karen Mabon

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It started with Eve and the Apple. No, not the dawn of mankind, I’m talking about my latest accessories obsession, the adorably quirky and seriously cool jewellery made by Scottish designer Karen Mabon. Karen mason necklace 2014 Karen Mabon jewellery 2014 buy Karen Mabon scottish designer eve apple necklace Karen mason necklace 2014 Karen Mabon jewellery 2014 buy Karen Mabon scottish designer swinging cat necklace I bought the above Eve necklacefor my BFF Annaleise’s thirtieth birthday because the cheekily iconoclastic design seemed to suit her perfectly – and she loved it. It was my other BFF Caroline’s…

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Jul 15 2014

Fantasy Summer outfit alert: And why there isn’t a floral maxi in sight

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Ahhh Summer. You bring with you an array of mood-elevating advantages. But, you have also stricken an unhealthy fear in to my heart ever since I was a teenager and believed, thanks to the likes of the devil Cosmomagazine and chums, that I needed to be ‘Summer ready’, and that process would involve waxing, shaving, scrubbing, rubbing, shaping and polishing myself to oblivion…who has the time?…

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Jul 09 2014

Think you know whether you’re an introvert or an extravert? You might be surprised

Think you know whether you’re an introvert or an extravert? You might be surprised

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‘Am I an extravert or an introvert?’ I asked a bunch of my friends recently. Extravert was the answer every time. Because I’m generally a chatty, lively, outgoing, opinionated kind of person who (not to brag or anything) has lots of friends and who you wouldn’t call shy, everyone agreed I must be an extravert. Turns out they were wrong. Pyschologist Carl Jung, who popularised the terms introversion and extraversion

Pyschiatrist Carl Jung, who popularised the terms…

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Jul 03 2014

Black Flats: How to Make Serious Shoes Your Friend

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In my head, my life in this here fair city is largely like Carrie Bradshaw’s; I get taxis from my apartment to wherever I’m going, I’m able to walk in five inch heels as if they were my bare feet and I speak to my girlfriends in pithy journalistic soundbites.

However, its time to embrace this is not the case; I live miles (literally, bloody miles) from the station, I spend a large proportion of…

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Jun 25 2014

How to shop the Summer Sales. I’ve scrolled so you don’t have to.

How to shop the Summer Sales. I’ve scrolled so you don’t have to.

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The Summer sales have started which means you need to hit the shops. Hard. Am I right? Actually, no. Rather than all that exhausting pavement pounding, use my guide to the highstreet retailers that have started up to 50% off clearance to refine your online fashion shopping list.

A few other hints. It goes without saying there are bikinis discounted everywhere,  but remember as well as holiday…

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Jun 18 2014

Meet your new favourite LBD, the little Bardot dress

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What’s a Bardot dress you say? Well, it’s one on which the neckline reveals both shoulders, as popularised by buxom French actress Brigitte Bardot in the sixties. That’s what I’m lead to believe, anyway. But if Google Trends is anything to go by, it’s primarily a term that retailers have cottoned onto in the last few years in order to shift more frocks. No matter, because it’s a REALLY good kind…

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Jun 14 2014

The Midi Skirt: the answer to all your summer fashion quandries

The Midi Skirt: the answer to all your summer fashion quandries

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The midi skirt has been knocking around the high street for a fair number of seasons now, and with shows like Mad Men (its not ending, shush) continuing to promulgate the beauty of a nipped in waist and a swishy bell bottom, its not going anywhere.

So sure, its June, and as I type the sun is beaming through the window, but my British weather-beaten soul knows the heat won’t last long. It probably…

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Jun 10 2014

Free outdoor cinema in London continues tomorrow with Mean Girls

Free outdoor cinema in London continues tomorrow with Mean Girls

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There are no shortage of options if you want to enjoy films in London’s great outdoors this summer. There are cinemas popping up in parks, on rooftops, on a barge – there’s even a hot tub cinema club. The problem is, these makeshift movie theatres are pretty pricey. The average ticket will set you back £15, which is a lot to lay down when there’s a chance the weather could ruin everything. That’s…

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Jun 05 2014

House-hunting in London? 10 essential tips for first time buyers, from a first time buyer

House-hunting in London? 10 essential tips for first time buyers, from a first time buyer

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House hunting, 2014, London, market, estate agents Hoorah, you’ve got enough money to put down a deposit on a lovely little property of your own! A first step on the abundant ladder of property awaits you. Unfortunately if said ladder is propped up somewhere in or around London, getting your money in order is just the beginning. If you’re house-hunting, or considering making the move, here are a few hints and tips from the front line.

As we all…

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Jun 02 2014

Ode to the orchid: the surprisingly resilient plant

Ode to the orchid: the surprisingly resilient plant

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orchid plant pink purple orchid flowers photos images 2014 how to look after an orchid indoors how often do you water an orchid radiant orchid photos house plants pink yellow white orchids photo image orchid care are orchids difficult to look after I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, green-fingered. In fact, I would rather make vegetables out of clay (see, here they are) than try to grow them myself. So when a friend bought me this orchid I was terrified that those painfully delicate looking white petals would soon be wilted and the lush green leaves shrivelled beyond recognition. orchid plant pink purple orchid flowers photos images 2014 how to look after an orchid indoors how often do you water an orchid radiant orchid photos house plants pink yellow white orchids photo image orchid care are orchids difficult to look afterYou can imagine my surprise, then, when I…

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