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Aug 30 2014

How to make a bumblebee flapper dress fancy dress costume

How to make a bumblebee flapper dress fancy dress costume

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When I chose the fancy dress themes – yes, multiple themes – for my 30th birthday party I already had one of my costumes in mind. The three options were bees, pandas and Star Wars, and I’d decided I would take a black dress and somehow apply yellow stripes so that it was bee-like, but not a crazy/skimpy/boiling hot outfit I’d regret the minute I put it on. I had my black Bardot dress(I bought two…

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Aug 29 2014

Snip Happy: The Return of the Fringe

Snip Happy: The Return of the Fringe

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Last week, I got a fringe again. I am a massive supporter of the full fringe; I always feel so much more ‘done’ with a fringe, without ever devoting more time to my hair than a quick rinse in the sink in the morning and a blast with the hairdryer. The rest of my hair can be an utter mess, but if the fringe is good, it covers all manner of sins.

I originally grew it out for the summer (natch,…

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Aug 28 2014

Why I finally gave in to the midi skirt trend

Why I finally gave in to the midi skirt trend

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I really didn’t think it would last. No, I don’t mean the relationship known as Kimye, or the three-day tan I picked up in Ibiza – I’m talking about the midi skirt trend. I thought these full knee-length skirts were frumpy, swamped anyone under 6 foot tall and would disappear from shops faster than leg-warmers in the mid-noughties. I was very much SKIRTING the issue. But I was wrong.

It’s been a…

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Aug 15 2014

I think this is the most bee-utiful present I’ve ever received | Bill Skinner Bee and Honeycomb Ring

I think this is the most bee-utiful present I’ve ever received | Bill Skinner Bee and Honeycomb Ring

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When I blogged about honeycomb-themed jewellery late last year, little did I imagine that I would have the most stunning piece, the Bill Skinner Bee and Honeycomb Ring, in my possession one day. But thanks to my sister and a few of our very generous friends that’s exactly what I got for my birthday last week.

Since it’s basically the most bee-autiful thing I’ve ever owned, I thought I’d give it…

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Aug 05 2014

Worried about passport delays? I just got mine back after an agonising wait. Here’s my advice.

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I realise this isn’t really the sort of thing we usually write about here on S&TS, but I wanted to share my recent passport renewal nightmare in the hope that it might save someone else some passport-related anxiety in future. Plus, it’s cathartic for me. passport delays passport office problems strike UK travelling soon delay getting passport back overdue more than three weeks help 2014 london liverpool victoria passport office

The relief I felt when my passport was finally in my hands was overwhelming.

The passport delays and subsequent one-day strike have been…

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Jul 31 2014

Britney Spears is poised to drop her knickers come September

Britney Spears is poised to drop her knickers come September

Who’d have thunk it? Britney Spears is all set to dominate the sleepwear market in the UK come September with The Intimate Britney Spears collection . Seeing as the majority of her career has involved prancing around in her kecks anyway, it makes semi-sense this could be a viable career move for the (current) Vegas show gal.

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Set to launch exclusively on ASOS from September 23rd for one month…

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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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