Something sparkly for the weekend

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There are two ways to approach a Saturday night in. You could go for all out comfort – I’m thinking pjs/tracky bums/a slinky little number if that’s the way you roll – or you could embrace your inner Disco Diva, crack open a bottle of champagne and get all sparkly whilst watching Strictly. And with party season nearly upon us (how did that happen?), it is nearly the time when some kind of sparkle is practically obligatory. So, even if you’re not planning to do sparkle on a Saturday night, then pay attention and get sorted for December with one of these little magpie-attracting numbers…

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Wrap it up

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What is a scarf to you? A super-useful item that you can throw over any old outfit to give it a bit of zhush? Something to keep your neck warm when it’s bl***y freezing outside? A ridiculously addictive accessory that you can’t stop buying even though you own 20 perfectly good ones already? Or all of the above? Perfect for autumn, perfect for travelling, perfect for adding a little something to an outfit, scarves are the cornerstone of any winter wardrobe. Which is why I have tons of them, but am always open to buying just one more. Here’s what I have my eye on at the moment…(ps I did contemplate calling this feature Are you having a scarf? But, that was one pun too far, even for me…)

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How I Make it Work: Tara Lee, yoga guru

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I first went to one of Tara Lee‘s yoga classes five years ago when I was pregnant with my son. Something of a yoga legend, Tara is the go-to girl for pregnancy yoga (she also teaches Mother and Baby yoga and Vinyasa Flow) with everyone from Rosamund Pike to Laura Bailey having gone to her classes. Celebrity clients are all well and good, but, there’s so much more to Tara than famous names and starry clientele. Her classes were a revelation to me and one of the most enjoyable things I remember about pregnancy. Every time I went (twice a week with my eldest child – first timer alert, and then a little less than I would’ve liked with my subsequent pregnancies) I left on a high feeling stretched, rested and very, very peaceful. She was wonderful, the exercises amazing and the music just perfect –  I can’t listen to Massive Attack without thinking of her! And so, I for one, am thrilled that she has a new pregnancy video out. I may not be with bump, but I urge anyone who is to try it out. I am also thrilled that Tara (a mother of two, trained doula and Shiatsu practitioner) has let us into her world, telling us how she makes her juggle –  home, children, teaching – work….

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Eat well, live well: delicious recipes from Nourish

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Last week we featured an extract from Nourish, a wonderful new book written by Sadie Frost, Amber Rose and Holly Davidson (pictured above) focusing on wellbeing for the mind, body and soul. It’s all too easy to forget to look after yourself when you’re caught up in the busy whirl of life, so we’re all for stopping for a second, reading some good advice and taking a little better care of ourselves. Amber, whose cookbook Love, Bake, Nourish we featured last year (her Anzac biscuits are ridiculously good) has created a host of delicious and nutritious recipes for Nourish, three of which we are lucky enough to feature here. In a week when the weather is promising to be foul and the nights are drawing in, a little bit of nourishment is just what we need…

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In Defence of the Mum Coat

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My name is Natasha and I own a mum coat.

This weekend, I noticed this Facebook post from a very cool, stylish journalist and new mama: ‘I have bought a ‘mum coat’. And I love it!’

The term mum coat was coined here by the brilliant Molly Gunn of Selfish Mother. Defining characteristics? Waterproof; neutral dark colour; hooded. Natural habitat: the playground; the school run; your local high street. Worn by: women like you.

The thing is, the much-maligned mum coat is actually – whisper it – incredibly useful. Have you tried holding an umbrella whilst pushing a buggy and attempting to corral a toddler/schoolchild who is impervious to the rain/the fact that you’re running late? Tricky. Remove the umbrella from the equation and one vital hand is freed. This is why I have a mum coat: I flipping love the hood factor.

Bonus: said coat need not be frumpy or boring. Some of the most stylish women I know (flagging it up here: not all of them are mothers) rock a great mum coat.

So wear your mum coat, I say. And do it with pride.

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Something for the Weekend: Bold Floral Prints

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The fabulousness of a floral jacquard print should never be underestimated – and graphic, statement blooms are the way to work it this winter.  Just for you, we’ve found three high street beauties… [Read more...]

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Sadie Frost on…Motherhood and Being Positive

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Motherhood isn’t easy. Although, sometimes when you look at pictures of celebrities in magazines and read inane quotes from women banging on about their perfect pregnancies and amazing lives, you can sometimes think you’re the only person who finds it hard. Which is why it’s incredibly refreshing to hear mother of four Sadie Frost’s honest take on it. Extracted from the wonderful new book Nourish, written by Sadie, her sister Holly and her friend Amber (whose brilliant cookbook Love, Bake, Nourish we featured last year), Sadie talks all about pregnancy (and suffering from hyperemesis), motherhood and her struggles with postnatal depression. I particularly love what she says about dealing with negative thoughts and staying positive. Sadie Frost – she’s one inspiring woman…

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The Beauty Insider…this is what you need to look hot right now

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Yup, we know sometimes you just want to make it out of the house without scaring people, but other times (I’m thinking work/meetings/going OUT)  you do want to look pulled-together, chic and not in the least bit dated. Even perhaps like you look like you know what’s going on in the world. Which is where the fabulous Rachel Fiddes comes in. Having trawled the catwalk reports so you don’t have to, here’s her rundown of what beauty bits you need to buy to look hot right now….

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Burberry – by way of M&S

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Love this? But can’t afford the £895 price tag? Then head on over to M&S where you can pick up this pretty much identical blanket for a lot cheaper…

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Easy Decor Tweak

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f2038ecd14a03ed2537c00dc51808971 I’m spending a lot of time hanging out at home at the moment for one reason (baby) or another. It has made me realise two things about my house. Firstly, that I needed more storage for the children’s toys and “arts and crafts” (my daughter’s current obsession) paraphernalia (I made a beeline for Great Little Trading and bought another cupboard unit from their fab Northcote range, which sits unobtrusively in my kitchen). Secondly, that flowers really do transform a space. (Thanks to the kindness of friends and family who recently showered me with flowers.)

However, you (like us) might not have a surfeit of time to pop to the florist and then painstakingly arrange your blooms – and a vase of decaying flowers is the opposite of cheering. So, I’m all for a cheat… [Read more...]

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