Time to spa: So Spa at Sofitel St James, London

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SoSPAEntranceThere’s something pretty special about a beautifully serene spa in the heart of a madly busy city, especially when you’ve travelled on the tube (side note: there were a lot more beards than in my regular commuting day), pounded the pavements and swerved the crowds to get there. Calm, quiet and more than a little Parisian in feel, So SPA at Sofitel St James is pretty awesome when it comes to massages…

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Zero Time, Max Style: The Investment Piece

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I love the simplicity of investing in one great piece. It takes the fuss out of shopping when you think, “Right, I have £x to spend and that whole sum will be given to the perfect y“. And then that perfect y component, whatever it might be, comes along and makes all the difference to your wardrobe. Come to think of it, this could well be the grown-up approach to shopping (about time, some might think.)

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Boden: Top 5 Sale Hits

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I’ll be honest, with my penchant for a floaty white summer frock with an Isabel Marant Etoile vibe, I wasn’t expecting to find one of my favourite summer dresses at Boden. But I love this dress. I wore it this week (here) when it was about a gazillion degrees (or thereabout) in London, and felt more South of France than West of London. And it’s on sale. Yep, the Boden sale has dropped and it is what my friend Sarah once referred to as “a real sale” i.e. one with proper discounts. Not £5 off. We’ve combed through and come up with a mini edit of pieces which will last way beyond the heatwave. [Read more...]

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3 ways to cool down in the heat

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1bdf2ed258aa76ca6444da4ae2bd62acHot enough for you? This is the one time of the year when I yearn to be sat under a big tree mainlining ice cold drinks whilst being wafted by a very large fan (either that or bobbing around in lovely cool pool). Sadly, this ain’t gonna happen, so instead, I’m employing these three tactics to keep myself just a little bit cooler…

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Summer Reading List

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I’ve had a brilliant literary run recently. I’ve read such great books that I want to exhort perfect strangers to pick up a copy. (I actually did this on the way to work last week, when a surreptitious tear escaped me as I finished a book. I caught the eye of the girl next to me (yep, we were standing. Feminist as I am, I sometimes hanker after old fashioned chivalry) and she gave me the, ‘you okay?’ head tilt. In return, I told her to get her hands on The Versions of Us, tears notwithstanding). If you are headed to a sunlounger/the beach/your garden any time soon, these are the books I’ve loved and urge you to take with you…. [Read more...]

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How to turn your business dreams into reality: Clare and Rebecca Hopkins of Balance Me

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R&C2I’ve been using natural British skincare brand Balance Me for a few weeks now. The Super Moisturising hand cream is fantastic for dry old crone’s hands like mine, the Super Moisturising body oil smells ridiculously divine and the Wonder eye cream sounds wonderful with its promises to smooth, brighten and lift tired eyes. Founded by sisters Clare and Rebecca Hopkins, the company celebrates its 10th year this year and is renowned for its range of 98.8% natural products (i.e. no paragons, sulphates, artificial fragrances etc), which not only smell great, but also work like a dream. With a decade of business under the belts, we wanted to ask them how they set about creating an award-winning company from scratch and what it feels like to work with a sibling…  [Read more...]

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Simple Summer Bedroom Update

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w571_6301647_mainimagehatleyceriseA little heads-up if you, like us, are feeling a bit giddy at the rumour that summer is due to arrive next week (along with Wimbledon – my favourite sporting event ever) – Cabbages and Roses have produced a range of bedding for John Lewis. It is madly pretty and would be the perfect summer bedroom update. There’s more dropping soon – it’s also available in a dove grey which is lovely. (It feels apposite as  I’ve just planted my first rose bush in my teeny urban garden – having watered my neighbours’ garden whilst they were on holiday, which is a blaze of roses, I promptly came home, rang my Dad (Knower of All when it comes to gardens – and many other things) and lo, we now have a rose.) From £12-£75 at John Lewis001872825

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Pineapples and Chinti & Parker: who wouldn’t love that?

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kd565gm_1A quick post today as my work marathon is in full-swing. Obviously, this means I have been distracting myself from impending deadlines by a bit of online window shopping. In doing so, I discovered this super-soft cashmere sweater from Chinti & Parker. Not only is it a gorgeous colour and fit, it also has a completely fabulous pineapple elbow patch. It’s the perfect thing to be slouching around in on a ridiculously un-summery day like this…

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Shopping the Sales for Small People – Part 2

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43023660_69-43000300_56-43053653_92I mentioned on Friday that Mango is my new go-to for little ones. Let’s start with these adorable trousers with little patched knees – perfect for crawlers. And the list does not stop there. (Or indeed, with this shop – there are some fabulous bargains to be snapped up now…) [Read more...]

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Shopping the Sales for Small People – Part 1

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1171779617_1_1_1 I am a big fan of ‘buy now, wear later’ for my children. Today my daughter wore a sundress I bought in the sales last year (the boy just wore navy striped leggings. He is crawling – and thus frequently filthy of knee). My sales hit list: Zara Kids, The Little White Company, Mini Boden and M&S. I’ll add Mango Kids to that list this year. Plus Elias & Grace and Alex & Alexa for some designer hits. [Read more...]

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