How to…style your bedside table

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b72f4320826b329e433f29d7bdcabfcdHow pretty is your bedside table? Is it arranged perfectly as above or is it a mishmash of objects? A pile of half-read books, a lamp, some magazines, scattered earrings, maybe a phone charger? While you might think that you need to have some serious time on your hands to care about things like ‘styling your bedside table’, a few quick and easy tweaks can make the world of difference to your bedroom – and therefore your bedtime routine. Want your bedroom to be an oasis of calm where sleep is much-beloved friend? Then look no further, your bedside table is where to start…..

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Weekend Wishlist

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From midi-skirts at London Fashion Week to the hottest nail colour du jour, picnic ideas for the last days of our (Indian) summer and the prettiest maps for children. We have the weekend covered….

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Ear Candy

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main-1.originalThere’s nothing particularly new about ear cuffs. There were quite a few knocking around at last year’s punk themed Met Gala, not to mention a whole host at the last few fashion weeks – and then a little further back in the 90s when I was rocking one with a grand dad top, a pair of diesel jeans and perhaps even a pair of Caterpillar boots (I swear they were cool then). But, almost 20 years later the time feels right for me to wear one again. It suits my age, my style and my taste. If you’re too chicken to pierce (or in my case repierce) the cartilage at the top of your ear, then an ear cuff is the way to go.  While designs by Sophie Bille Brahe and Repossi (pictured above) are the dream buys, there are more affordable choices out there. Here’s our pick of the best… [Read more...]

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The Beauty Insider…Glow Girl

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3b1210d2aa9ee28a3253c458acb364ffTo celebrate the safe arrival of Natasha’s second little bundle of joy (she’ll be needing some serious skin boosters in the next few weeks when the lack of sleep kicks in), and in response to requests for top tips on tired dull skin, this is Rachel Fiddes’ (aka The Beauty Insider) ultimate hit list of skin-saving, radiance-boosting tips, tricks and products. Trust us. Your skin needs this info…

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Something (to eat) for the weekend: Recipes from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

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Corsican PieTired of eating the same old thing? Then how about trying one of these recipes from the Israeli-born, London-based superstar chef  Yotam Ottolenghi‘s piping hot new book Plenty More?

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SAHM Style

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Of course, you might look exactly like this on the school run/whilst hanging out with your children. In which case, move along; there’s nothing to see here.

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However, judging by the emails and comments you send us, you might not quite be hitting such sartorial highs. These are typical pleas: “Just because I am a stay at home mum [SAHM in mumsnet parlance] doesn’t mean I don’t want to look stylish. But how do I do that in a rush, on a budget and with zero time?” and “Help! I have lost my style mojo!’ [Read more...]

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Style File: Stylist Jemima Bradley from Musings from a London Mum

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IMG_6566We love Jemima Bradley’s style blog, Musings from a London Mum. Reading it, I always think, ‘Ah, she’s one of us’. By which I mean a woman who juggles a creative career (she’s a freelance stylist) with being a mama to her two little girls, Rose and Martha, and a blogger – you can follow her via Twitter (@jemimabradley) and Instagram (@musingsfromalondonmum). She also has a genius eye for style and nails a great on and off duty look – who better to be our latest Style File candidate?

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Style around the World: it’s up to you New York

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Vogue_Girl_March_2012New York. New York. So good they named it twice. So fashionable that it’s the city that always hosts the first Fashion Week of the season. While London is heralded for its creativity, Paris for its classic brands and Milan for its glamour, it’s New York where the business of fashion really takes precedence. It’s where the likes of Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham and Diane von Furstenberg show off their hard work and where the big guns of the Fashion World such as Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington rub their immaculately-clad shoulders with the celebrities du jour on the Front Row. And so, to herald the start of the new season and the fact that New York Fashion Week is in mid-swing, we decided to delve a little deeper into the Big Apple’s style. Which is why we turned to Kimberly Bernhardt, an ex-pat Brit who has made both New York her home and the city’s super-groomed style her own. Kimberly who works in Public Relations and has a brilliantly curated Pinterest board (take a look and steal her style) lives in Brooklyn, works in Manhattan and after 10 years in the Big Apple knows all there is to know about how New Yorkers dress…You a an also follow Kimberly on twitter @BritMummyNYC

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Weekend Wishlist

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63e29e40b589981daafc11ba35071e78So September has started, most schools are back and autumn is very nearly upon us. Gosh, that summer went fast. Whilst we were in the midst of it (those gloriously long, balmy days of June and July), it felt like it would last forever and I could hardly remember a time when it wasn’t light, when it wasn’t always hot and when I’d wear anything more than a pair of shorts, sandals and a top. But now sitting here in jeans and jumper, the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping, it feels as if it went in a flash. It reminds me of one of the most poignant things I have ever read about raising children – “the days are long, but the years are fast.” And, oh how they are! My son started school yesterday and it really does feel like only a few months ago that he was born. The passing of time isn’t something I particularly like, but as I can’t fight it, I try to do the next best thing, which is to treasure, if not every moment, lots of them. To enjoy the sound of my children laughing. To watch them run around outside. To grasp tightly that tiny, squidgy little hand in mine. To kiss those little cheeks and smell that gorgeous hair. Because, they’re not going to let me do that forever. With this in mind, I am determined to enjoy the transition from summer to autumn (something I usually dislike) and make the most of all of these daily moments, which when it comes down to it are the most precious of all. Here’s to the start of autumn and the simple, but stunning joys it will bring.

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Caroline de Maigret: How to be Parisian wherever you are

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1e8ce5afec68cb7e89a01206dde197b4This week sees the release of How to be Parisian wherever you are, the latest book touting how fabulous Parisian women are. While I’m not buying it (neither the book nor the notion that every single Parisienne is perfect in every single way – pah!) I would quite like to look Parisian in the way that Caroline de Maigret, one of the book’s authors does. An ex-model who dabbles in all things fabulous, she has the low-key luxe thing down pat. Now I’ve been trying to work out what it is that makes her so darn fantastic. Is it the fringe? (Is it? I am getting rather obsessed with it.) Is it the attitude? The wardrobe (littered with little-known Parisian labels and big names such as Celine and Chanel), is certainly great, but it takes more than a lot of great labels to make fantastic style. So, I guess she just has ‘it’, that magic jumble of pieces that go to make up the perfect puzzle. In short, I think she looks amazing. Quite a lot how I’d like to look when doing the school run (not asking for much there). Here are some of her looks I love… [Read more...]

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