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4fca41c49f8a6f9f484c6114f20aeab9W&W is taking the week off. [Read more...]

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Rachel Fiddes: the ultimate guide to beauty on a budget (part one)

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Skærmbillede-2013-08-08-kl.-15.25.08If you feel overwhelmed by sheer volume of choice when it comes to beauty purchases, you’re not alone – even for beauty editors it can be seriously confusing, and not made any easier by the huge gulf in prices. A heart-stoppingly expensive eye cream for £200 may actually not be any better than one for £15. As with the rise of inexpensive fashion from Top Shop, Uniqlo and Hennes, savvy fashion-forward beauty shoppers don’t give two hoots about pulling a budget brand out of their make-up bag. After all a great product is a great product however little it cost.  Some products are worth spending out on and some just aren’t. But where to save and where to splurge? And if you’re going to save, where to go for the best beauty bargains?

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We want to live here: Emma Cannon’s gorgeous London home

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Fertility expert Emma Cannon has been helping women conceive for over 20 years using a mix of acupuncture, Western medicine, good nutrition and lifestyle advice. “More and more of my patients were getting pregnant and I gained a reputation as ‘the Baby-Maker,” she explains. “I absolutely love this area of work – helping couples improve their health in order to conceive is very rewarding. Author of three books including The Baby-Making Bible, You & Your Bump and Total Fertility, she also runs a specialised clinic The Fertility Rooms in London’s Sloane Square – do make an appointment if you are in the ‘baby zone’ and are looking for advice.

As part of her holistic approach to health, Emma has recently launched a range of teas called Cycles of Life. “I was frustrated about the amount of coffee people were drinking and I wanted to help them find a suitable alternative. My range is mostly herbal infusions so they are without caffeine, although I do have a beautiful green tea which does contain caffeine (not suitable during pregnancy) I wanted to source really high quality herbal infusions that were free from heavy metals and pesticides. A lot of the commercial teas actually contain high levels of heavy metals which can over load the system and which most people are beginning to want to eliminate from their diet as much as possible.”

The range, which is going to be expanded has been designed to support the advice Emma offers in her books and clinic. Nourish Blood for instance supports Emma’s notion about how important it is to nourish blood, while Warm Womb helps warm the body and encourage good blood flow for conception.

Based in London with her husband Roger, an interiors photographer, daughters Lily (18) and Violet (12) and her dog Maddison, Emma’s home is as welcoming and calm as she is. We are thrilled she has opened its doors to let us see it… [Read more...]

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How to…Set up your own business (and juggle it all)

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2014-05-16_FLAX_PR39225_A5Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your child had their own personal stylist? One who sent a box of ultra-chic small-scale goodies to you every month? (Side note: doesn’t this box [above] have Prince George’s name written all over it?)

Wish no longer. Box Upon a Time is a simple – but very clever – concept. Simply complete a fashion profile of your child and your preferences – and Box Upon A Time’s stylists will send you a hand-picked selection of gorgeous clothes from some of the most fabulous baby brands (Miniature, Louis & Louise, Marie Chantal, Their Nibs, Poppy & Ned…) Boxes are delivered monthly (at several price points), exchanges are free and you’re guaranteed to save 40% on the retail price. Now that is a what we call a brilliant present for a new baby. Or a service a time-pressed, but stylish parent, needs in their life. We asked co-founder, mother of three (Rachel, Juliette and Noah), former lawyer and canny business-brain, Caroline Kendal, to talk us through setting up Box Upon a Time – and how she copes with the work-family juggle…

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Get ready to shop! Designers Guild Warehouse Sale

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1104_AlexandriaI love Designers Guild. Not only do they do great curtain/upholstery fabric and wallpaper, but they also have a nice line in soft furnishings, towels and bed linen. I have one particularly gorgeous beanbag and a couple of beautiful throws that I picked up for a song a few years ago from their warehouse sale in Shepherd’s Bush. If you happen to be in London this weekend (and I know this is annoying for non-South-East based readers – sorry) and are in the market for fabric, cushions, rugs, wallpaper etc then do make a beeline to their huge clearance sale. Having relocated their warehouse elsewhere, everything is being sold with prices starting at a bargaintastic £5. I think the key to this kind of sale shopping is to work out exactly what you want first. So trawl their website, choose the fabrics/cushions/lampshades you really like and then hunt them out when you get there. I am planning to go and this is what I’d love to find…. [Read more...]

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My Uniform: Anneli Willis of What I Bought Today

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We’re completely thrilled to feature the gorgeous Anneli Willis from What I Bought Today as today’s My Uniform. I met her at a bloggers’ lunch the other week – and she was super stylish, smart and sweet. She also cheerfully admitted to a Zara addiction (my kind of girl) and is a fellow West London girl. I just knew she was just the perfect candidate for My Uniform: yes, she’s ultra stylish, but not in a head-to-toe in designer fashion: what she has is a great eye for a good piece. You’ll totally want to steal her style.

She also has the most addictive blog and great taste. You’re probably already a fan, but if not, click here immediately and prepare to become obsessed. (Completely obsessed already? Did you know you can shop her wardrobe?) You can also follow Anneli and her impeccable taste on Twitter and Instagram @AnneliWillis and on Pinterest. [Read more...]

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Something (Pink) for the Weekend

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9fb3a31f476acf810f6b9c12ea605128I’m a little bit obsessed with this shoot. I love Sophia Coppola. I love the mood. I love this dress (the cover shoot was styled by Little Spree’s Sarah Clark. Why, yes, I do have a style crush on her…). I think it’s because I am feeling in the mood for pink. [Read more...]

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Object of Lust

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saga_amyandivorGetting yourself one of these? Then read on…

A little addendum to my pregnancy post. Having said I didn’t need a changing bag this time, I may just have changed my mind… Idly perusing the web last night, I chanced across this wonder by Storksak. And. I. Love. It. It might just be the best changing bag I’ve seen yet. Why? [Read more...]

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Dressing the Bump: Part 3

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f68cb041bc47bc56ff1f1c8bcbbe2808By the time you get to your third trimester you will be craving comfort, support and anything which fits. (And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be pretty keen to “get this baby OUT” as my daughter puts it.) But you still don’t need to go crazy shopping (unless of course you want to and have limitless funds to do so – in which case, be my guest). Here’s my final instalment of dressing the bump rules. [Read more...]

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Object of skincare lust: Cleanser 27 by Cosmetics 27

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475-3003155-9785215_MI first heard of M.E.SkinLab last year when Deborah Brett mentioned it in her Style File interview. Now, I don’t know Deborah personally, but she seems to be a woman of impeccable taste and by all accounts, knowledge when it comes to these things. I have recently been trying Cleanser 27 from Cosmetics 27 (part of M.E. SkinLab) and I am completely sold. It’s a bio-balancing cell cleansing cream – basically a cleanser – with 27 active ingredients used to cleanse, regenerate and restore the skin. You apply the balm, massage it in, add some water, massage some more and voila, your skin is properly cleansed – and glowing. Now in part, this is to do with the massage and the time taken to really clean the skin, but I also think it’s to do with Cleanser 27‘s ingredients – all formulated around the Centella Asiatica plant, known for it’s restorative and anti-inflammatory properties. While I don’t fully know the ins and outs of how it works, I do know that my skin appears much better for using it. Cleaner (obviously) with less red patches and more of a glow. At £55 for 125ml it’s not cheap, but you do only use a tiny amount each application. And, I’m finally coming around to the idea of using more expensive beauty products. Your skin is yours for life, so why not invest in it, rather than on a top which you may wear for a season and then go off? While I haven’t yet tried it, I’ve also heard great things about Essence 27 – an anti-ageing serum and Baume 27, an anti-ageing balm. If they work as well as the cleanser, then I’ll be really excited.

 

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