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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. …

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. …

Life

Happy Christmas!

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

Life

Are we telling the truth?

Last night, Natasha and I received a message from somebody questioning our integrity. She had 'suspicions' that we weren't disclosing paid-for posts, gifts and partnerships and wanted to confront us about it. So, the question is, are we telling the truth?…

LifeWomen

A Confession…

…I am a woman conflicted. This sounds far more dramatic than it actually is – but I am. Why? The age-old work/family debate, am-I-doing-the-right-thing angst has me lying awake at night.…

Family

How to take pictures of your family (and love the result) by photographer Andrea Thomson

Taking pictures of your nearest and dearest, should be easy, right? You're comfortable with each other, you spend a lot of time together, you love each other...then why is it, that whenever you pick a camera up everyone stops what they're doing and acts like a rabbit in the headlights or turns on the jazz hands and poses as if they're on a shoot for Vogue? Gorgeous, natural pictures are always the best, but can be the hardest to take. Which is why we turned to brilliant Edinburgh-based photographer Andrea Thomson (who takes amazing family pictures) for some tips. If you've ever wanted to take a good photo, then read this....…

LifeShoppingStyleWomen

Needle Knits’ Founder Lizzie Burckhardt on building a brilliant brand

Needle is destined to become one of those great British brands: covetable, luxe knits that are high quality, thoughtfully designed, perfectly made – each one a wardrobe enhancer. Founder Lizzie Burckhardt talks frankly about going in feet first, finding the perfect partnership (and the perfect name), surviving mistakes – and combining a new business with a new baby (think zero maternity leave). …

BeautyWomen

How I make it work by Chloë Luxton of Bramley Products

We love a brand with a kick-ass woman behind it and Bramley is one such brand. Inspired by the beauty and therapeutic properties of plants and made in the British countryside, it a gorgeous natural collection for bath, body and home products . Masterminded by Chloë Luxton, who used to work for Cowshed, and now lives in Wiltshire with her husband and 3 children, Bramley not only smells divine, but has some of the prettiest packaging I've ever seen (which let's face it is important!) To find out how she manages juggling a small, growing brand whilst at the same time looking after 3 growing smalls, it's over to Chloë....…