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My (Not Quite) Definitive Top Ten Dressing Tips

I like a top ten list, me. Whether it be the best places to visit in a foreign city, must-see films or the most fabulous mascaras, I’m not fussy. You may also have noticed that I’m quite fond of compiling them too. Well, far easier to write the tips than follow them. Getting dressed successfully and having the perfect wardrobe is hard and it is a work in progress. Especially if like me, you live i...

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When is a Holdall not a Holdall?

I’m not complaining, really I’m not. The initial excitement at the suggestion of a mini break for two, sans kids, is still very much there now it’s all booked and we’re about to go. From the outset it had all the right ingredients for a romantic getaway; private villa with pool, dates during term time, cheap short haul flights. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been away as part of a couple an...

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‘Til The Dress Do Us Part

A former colleague once told me a story of when he was a best man. It wasn’t the usual sort of thing, we’ve all heard plenty of those; tales of how challenging it is to give a speech when under strict instructions not to: a) mention the bride’s age (when she’s 35 and he’s 20 it’s kind of an elephant) b) refer to the groom’s manhood (unsubstantiated rumours are a terrible thing) c) refer to the num...

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Four Wardrobes and a Legacy

It goes without saying I am a huge fan of Sex and the City. It is ten years since the last episode of the final series was aired and it is still as much a part of the TV listings as it ever was, if not more so. Who hasn’t had their channel surfing interrupted by being unable to resist yet another of their favourite episodes when in fact they have the box set and can watch it anytime? So strong [....

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Clench, Tone and Moisturise

Is anyone else bemused by the latest craze for huge arses? Haven’t we spent decades worrying about the size of our backsides to the point of spending hundreds of pounds on jeans and knickers that promise the world? Not to mention the body brushing, kneading, clenching and squatting. Has anyone here rubbed horrifically expensive cream into their butt cheeks in the hope that it’ll somehow take them ...

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The Men in Your Wardrobe

Finding myself suddenly hooked up with a man I first met when I was seventeen is an interesting experience. Unlike meeting someone new and discovering gradually all the little things that add up to make them who they are, there is a lot of stuff you are aware of already. Of course there are things that may have changed – maturity (hopefully), previous relationships and children will make sur...

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Accessorise All Areas

Accessorising. It’s a tough one, and something that tends to get relegated to ‘afterthought’ status even on the most important of occasions. The trouble is there are very few parts of the body remaining unadorned these days. Once upon a time a clutch, pill-box hat and a pair of white gloves were all you needed to be presentable as long as they all matched your shoes. Now jewellery is all ‘statemen...

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The Dress Gets Shirty

I have worked for a company who produces shirts for many years. Trends come and go, colours fade in and out, collars and cuffs are on and then off again but really a shirt is a shirt and there will always be a place for them. At least until someone decrees that sweaters actually are acceptable under a suit jacket (think: Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct – are we agreed?) the crisp white shirt wi...

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Mini, Midi or Maxi – Which way Will You Go?

Of course that’s the thing about this country, there is never any warning. We endure months of rain and splash out on wellies, macs and headgear only for spring (or in the case of the past weekend) practically summer, to suddenly appear. The instant the sun comes out, we Brits lose all sense of, well, sense. Do we think about lightweight knits and layering and perhaps lose just the one layer as wo...

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One Oscar Show Closes as Another Oscar Show Begins…

  Amy Adams in Gucci Jennifer Lawrence in Dior When I heard that the afternoon of the Academy Awards 2014 was unusually rain-soaked, I found myself feeling amused in a most uncharitable manner. Well, the rest of us are having to carry hats and umbrellas everywhere we go at the moment so why not the Oscar nominees too? I’d have liked to have seen some wellie styling or possibly even some of ...

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