How to Decorate Your Home for Christmas

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IMG-14It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And so it should, given that we are but three sleeps away. But if you and your home are still not feeling sufficiently festive, then we have some brilliant, simple tips courtesy of the lovely and very talented Ruth from All for Love who has very kindly written this for us in between Christmasifying (it should be a word) venues across London, winter weddings, making what must number hundreds of wreaths and running her pop-up shop in my neighbourhood (long may she remain popped up). Here are her top five (with one for luck) tips to ensure your house wears its Christmas jumper. [Read more...]

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Object of last-minute Christmas shopping lust: She came to Stay

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SCTSIt’s the Sunday before Christmas. You’ve done all your shopping. You’re feeling pretty pleased with yourself. You can crack open the Buble and the bubbly and really start to enjoy the run up to the big day. But, wait a sec. What’s that niggling feeling? WHAT HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN? Is it the turkey? Is it the wine? Have you not set the video for the Two Ronnies’ Christmas special? (oh wait a sec this is 2014 not 1989) Uh Oh. You’ve forgotten someone. What on earth are you going to buy?

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Christmas Bonus Competition

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IDA Mona Bootcut Noir £175 and Out of Africa Shirt in Milk £250

Donna Ida has the best denim boutiques – and makes some of the best jeans – in the business. Her IDA Collection is A.May.Zing. If I could, I would have one of every single design. They’re that good (that flattering, that chic, that cool…) And because they’re also that nice, we have a pair of IDA jeans up for grabs for one lucky winner… [Read more...]

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My Beauty Uniform: Anna-Marie Solowij of BeautyMART

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anna-marie sitting 2An award-winning journalist with over 25 years experience in the industry (including six years as Beauty Director at Vogue) Anna-Marie Solowij is a serious guru when it comes to make-up and skincare. Together with esteemed make-up artist Millie Kendall, Anna-Marie founded BeautyMART a one-stop shop of pampering gorgeousness selling an edited selection of what Anna-Marie and Millie think are the best products out there. As an expert who has tried if not all, then a helluva lot of lotions and potions, we wanted to find out which ones she uses on herself…

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Cooking with children: Fun festive treats that are (shhhhh!) nutritious and delicious

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Wondering what to do with your children over Christmas? (Other than trying to calm down the pre- and post-Father Christmas excitement?) Well, thanks to the FABULOUS (they really are) team at Cooking Them Healthy, we have 3 easy, healthy and delicious recipes for you to make with your children. Something to do that ends up with something tasty to eat? I think they call that a result…

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Style File: Wardrobe Icons’ Petro Stofberg

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Meet Petro. A former fashion editor and one half of the truly fabulous Wardrobe Icons she is a style force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year, she launched Wardrobe Icons with Laura Fantacci (of Wearing it Today) – a website dedicated to harnessing their fashion editor expertise, leading you to the perfect wardrobe. We love the Icons Update weekly online magazine (and love shopping it, too. Ahem. Check out the Party issue – featuring Petro and Laura modelling their edit of the best frocks. The Christmas Gift Guide is also well worth a click if you have not yet completed your festive shopping and are starting to feel The Fear.)

Petro lives in London with her husband and son, Jacob, who is nearly two. For more insider style tips, follow her on @wardrobeicons.com and @petrostofberg on Twitter and Instagram post haste! [Read more...]

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Christmas Competition day 5: Win next year’s hottest books

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As a special treat, we have not one, but two Christmas competitions for you today! As well as a pair of stunning La Paire shoes (see the post below) we have something to keep you busy over the festive period.

Books are – to all right-thinking people – mandatory at Christmas time. (I re-read A Christmas Carol (and weep) every year and have just ordered Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit as I’m totally in the festive swing of things.) We know you love books – so we’re super-excited about this prize. We have five sets of three of next year’s hottest books up for grabs (yep, as in 2015; as in you’re getting a sneak preview of not-yet-published-novels). That’s your festive reading sorted. [Read more...]

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Christmas competition day 5 – win a pair of La Paire sparkly flats worth £139

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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

_MG_7283How gorgeous are these shoes? I mean, really. So sparkly! Such a chic shape! Just the perfect amount of toe cleavage (yes, that’s a thing) Designed by the incredibly talented Amy La Paire (you can read our interview with her here), they really are the perfect disco Dorothy flats. And, to make your Christmas even sparklier, even better, we have a pair to give away here…

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Christmas Competition Day 4: Hush Pyjama gift set

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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

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Who needs Santa? (This is a rhetorical question. We love him in this house.) The gorgeous people at hush have given us one of their fabulous gift sets for you to win. So you can cosy up in a pair of these star print beauties whilst munching on the most delicious chocolate. Essentially, it’s your dream night-in package. (And it makes an excellent present btw.) [Read more...]

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What to wear at Christmas by Fashion Editors Laura Fantacci, Erica Davies and Antonia Kraskowski

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97960350f987df986dbef1d14d015b75What will you be wearing whilst you’re rocking around the Christmas tree? Will you be dressing up whilst dreaming of a White Christmas? Or is All you want for Christmas a set of pjs to slip into on Boxing Day? Sorry…I’ll stop right now, you probably have a lot of things to do before you drive home for Christmas (*I’ll get my coat*)….But, really, what are you going to wear over the festive period? Are you thinking about turning yourself into a glamorous Christmas tree a la the Gucci show above? Or perhaps you’re going more low-key with comfy clothes to incorporate the almost guaranteed expansion of your waistline…. If you haven’t yet thought about it, then read on as we have inspiration from three very stylish women….

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