ShoppingStyle

Blue Monday: 10 Reasons to be Cheerful (for under £30)

So, this Blue Monday business, eh? How are you feeling? Anything you'd like to share with the group? Our heads are tilted to the side, entering sympathetic mode. And our site offers you 10 ways to feel a little more cheerful - for under £30 a pop. …

DoRecipes

Winter warmer recipe: Persian Chicken by Cooking Them Healthy

January is the time of year when you want to eat delicious and hearty food that's also healthy, which is why I'm a huge fan of Cooking Them Healthy's recipes. Dreamed up by Georgie and Jo, a Chef and Nutritional Therapist, the website is full of hundreds of inspiring family-friendly recipes designed to boost your family's health throughout the year. Of special note are the Supercharged recipes, which focus on specific health challenges and really are worth checking out. But, before that, how about this recipe for Persian chicken, which fills the bill of 'delicious, hearty and healthy' food perfectly.…

LifeWomen

Meet your new favourite shopping destination (and be inspired by its owner)

As much as we love the high street is for a quick fix, as we get older we like to make sartorial investments. Our secret weapon on such occasions is a boutique where the owners' taste tallies so perfectly with your own that it's as though they've edited the collections just for you. A boutique like Iris, for instance. It now has eight gorgeous branches across London (and a burgeoning website), selling exactly what we want to wear. Co-owner Annie Pollet tells us about building a business, having an eye for a great brand and somehow managing family life on top of that. …

Style

Shopping the sales: Fashion

The first rule of 'shopping the sales club' is don't talk about 'shopping the sales club' (at least not to your bank manager), the second rule of 'shopping the sales club' is to look for items with longevity. Forget about those on trend pieces that are nearly out-of-fashion and think long-term. Cashmere jumpers, statement skirts, swimming costumes, fab shoes, a quality coat etc are all great buys. Think about what makes your heart sing and will continue to make your heart sing for years to come and (hopefully) you won't regret it.....…

LifeWomen

Life Lessons: 10 Things I Know at 40

Last year, I turned 40. (40! How did that happen? I don't have a problem with the age itself (it doesn't feel like particularly big deal these days - just me?) but where did those years go? I swear I was 27 about five years ago.) I've been meaning to write this for a while - the life lessons I've learned in 40 years, what I know now to be true (for me), and the opening of a new year seems as good a time as any. …

Home

Shopping the sales: Home

It's January, it's raining, it's time to make your home feel and look even better than ever...…

Life

Happy Christmas!

And a very merry, restful, hopeful New Year - from us t…

BooksDo

Christmas Shopping: Part 4 – Books

I write this whilst watching The Holiday (again) and conducting three separate WhatsApp chats - mostly about Christmas. One week, folks. That's all we have. And I offer you the one gift that truly will keep giving...a really good book.…

ShoppingStyle

Christmas Shopping: Part 3 – Men

I cannot tell you how hard I find shopping for men. The men in my life either don't want anything, or do that thing of buying what they want/need as soon as they want/need it (my husband is a particular offender. My son will probably be the same once he gets old enough not delighted by wooden trains and Matchbox cars). There are rules about this kind of thing, people - especially in the run-up to Christmas. This said, I have rustled up a few ideas....…

Beauty

Going for the Chop

I've always loved the idea of long hair, but the truth (which it's taken me a long time to accept) is that it doesn't love me, and so a few months ago I went for 'the chop'. And this time, for the first time, I'm not looking back...…