Design inspiration: how to get the Calcot Manor look

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CM280812_0040-1030x772If I could choose one hotel in the UK where I could escape to time and time again, it would be Calcot Manor. For families, it is utterly perfect in every way. Not only does it tick every box when it comes to small people – an AMAZING creche, completely child-friendly facilities, a genius listening service – but it is also incredibly stylish and very relaxed, managing to straddle that tricky line of being as good for parents who haven’t given up their game as it is for children who just want to play games. One of the many things I love about it (you can read all about the other reasons here) is the design. Its country-cool vibe is just beautiful and is all down to the genius designer behind it, Nicky Farquhar, who blends rustic elements with contemporary touches in the most stylish manner. We asked Nicky to open her little black interiors book and let us gain an insight to the ‘Calcot’ look. If only, so we can dream about recreating it at home…

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Flash Sale Alert! 30% off Very Exclusive

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image003Fab online boutique Very Exclusive is offering 30% off its entire spring/summer collection until midnight tonight – which is a pretty darn good deal. Stocking some of our favourite brands from Iro to See by Chloe, Elizabeth & James to Joseph, Paul & Joe and Marc by Marc Jacobs, it’s your summer wardrobe sorted. Just enter 6FW63 at check out…Here are just some of the things I’d love to buy… [Read more...]

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Decorate Update: The Occasional Chair

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b4794cda804a4d1a6b22a78276ca11f2Deborah Needleman, former editor of Domino magazine, author of The Perfectly Imperfect Home and a doyenne of decorating, is very keen on a chairs. “A variety of chair types…” she writes in The Perfectly Imperfect Home, “are essential to decorating for happy times.” She is advises adding “a deep and cosy armchair”, “an upright chair” and – my personal favourite – “a spare chair – a chair-in-waiting” to any living room layout. [Read more...]

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Hot new label alert: Rose Rankin

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profile pictureSound the klaxon, there’s a new shoe designer in town…

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The perfect little black dress?

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monica-bellucci-dolcegabbana-2_191236-1024x768Call it Sicilian-chic or sexy Italian mama-style, but there’s something about a black lace dress teamed with flats (I’m thinking lace-ups like these or these) that makes an instant summer hit.

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Style File: Sarah Curran of Very Exclusive

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Sarah-Curren-vogue-11sep14-pr_bOne of the things I love most about Style File is discovering what women who work in fashion actually wear themselves. As MD of new e-commerce platform Very Exclusive (where you can buy a designer item and spread the cost over 3 months), Sarah Curran has to walk that tricky tightrope of looking on-trend and as ready for meetings with investors and business people as she is with designers and fashion bods. Her style is chic, accessible and very covetable. If you’re after a gorgeous new look, then this busy working mother’s wardrobe is definitely one to covet…

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Zero Time, Max Style: The Embellished Jacket

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6f94417bccb57e8bfbd67ae44ee3c048I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned before that I am very much in favour of the embellished jacket – as I am in favour of anything which makes getting dressed easier/faster (I can be terribly indecisive when it comes to deciding what to wear. I can forsee that I will need to become one of those women who plan their outfit the night before when I return to work.) But throw on a jacket and it instantly upgrades your outfit – even if you’re only wearing jeans and a t-shirt underneath. [Read more...]

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The Perfect Summer Shoe (For Little People)

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2a2f8af9d6772dcede8da7dd826c2ca5Stop the weekend presses. Flitting around the web on a Friday eve in search of holiday essentials (we head off next weekend), I chanced across the most perfect pair of children’s shoes for the long, lazy summer holidays ahead of us (we hope). Espadrilles for boys and girls from Tootsa MacGinty. They’re £15; available in stripes (red, blue and multi-coloured) or solid colours (red, yellow and navy). Yes, I am officially obsessed. I am itching to order right now, but am waiting to ask the little one which colour she fancies tomorrow. (Fingers crossed for the navy stripes…) I love these shoes – and this brand.

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Weekend shopping list: Velvet by Graham & Spencer

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3a9819a94dc24f9a1e3e368551eefb0dThere are few things I love more than an embroidered jacket, which is why my eye was immediately drawn to this beautiful piece by Velvet by Graham & Spencer. Lightweight, exquisitely embroidered and just the right amount of boho, it is utter sartorial heaven. And that’s not the only bit of gorgeousness I found in their amazing summer collection… [Read more...]

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The Beauty Insider’s Monthly Miracles: English Mineral Makeup

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Fairy Godmother2If you’re anything like us, what you want from your beauty experts is not reams of columns about their experience at a gazillion pound a week spa nestled in a remote mountainside a 20 hour flight away. No, what you want to know is what works. Fortunately, beauty editor and our Beauty Insider Rachel Fiddes is a like-minded girl. There’s so much choice out there that the brain boggles – so with her new series, Monthly Miracles, Rachel presents her edit of the best. Granted, these products won’t always be super-cheap, but they will be worth investing in and they will WORK. Read on for her first hot tip… [Read more...]

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