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Discovering New York one book at a time…

Natasha and I are rather excited about this post. We both love New York and we both love books (Natasha, in particular, is something of a literary fiend) and so when the lovely Ellen Schmidt of Baby Meets City agreed to give us a round-up of her favourite children’s books set in the Big Apple, we were over the moon. Ellen, who lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, Millie and Vivian, not only writes about everything New York-related on her blog, but also reviews children’s literature, so when it comes to discovering NY through the pages of a book, she really is the woman to know. From classic reads to a stunningly illustrated tome, here’s her pick of fabulous books that will beguile your children even if they’ve never set foot in Manhattan.…

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Style around the world: Copenhagen Calling

It’s no secret that Natasha and I have a thing for Scandinavian style. Although let’s face it, doesn’t everyone? If it’s not Nordic TV programmes, food or interiors, then it’s fashion with Danish and Swedish designers fast becoming the brands on the most-stylish women’s hips. Because of our fascination with Scandi style and because we’d heard that Copenhagen is something of a hotbed for incredible design talent, we wanted to get the inside story on the city’s style. Having discovered British journalist Cathy Strongman (pictured below with her two children) through her excellent blog Designs on Denmark, we asked her to tell us more about life in Copenhagen. After 5 years living in the city Cathy has just left Copenhagen for a new life in Houston, which she will documenting in a new blog soon (watch this space!) Luckily, we grabbed her in time to find out everything from the coolest local designers to Danish women’s attitude to their bodies……

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How to…Pack like a Fashon Editor: Part 1

The holidays are here. And with them comes the need to pack. Have you mastered it yet? Or are you an over-packer (stuffing everything in just in case you need that fourth pair of jeans and three woolly jumpers in Greece in August. Excess baggage charges, anyone?) An under-packer (why oh why did you forget to bring anything whatsoever to wear in the evening, compelling you to wear that ancient sundress Every Single Day)? A last-minute packer (necessitating a crazed dash around the airport in search of knickers, books, SPF…pretty much everything)? Fortunately for our suitcases, we’ve assembled a team of seasoned travel pros and crack packers to tell you how it’s done. First up, GLAMOUR Beauty Director Alessandra Steinherr and fashion editor and stylist, Liz Thody.…

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How to…book a family holiday by Tamara Heber-Percy of Mr & Mrs Smith

You probably have your summer holiday plans sorted. If not, don’t worry, we have help at hand from the very knowledgeable and very lovely Tamara Heber-Percy, co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith. Having just launched Smith & Family, a new collection of hotels cherry-picked for parents with children in tow, working mum Tamara knows everything there is to know about gorgeous hotels, travelling with kids and choosing the right place for ALL the family. Even if this summer’s trip is well and truly planned, there are still future holidays to think about, so don’t book without reading this first. Happy Holidays!…

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Insider’s Guide to Puglia

If you’re planning on going on holiday to Italy, you may be thinking of somewhere like Tuscany, the Lakes or the Amalfi Coast. But, if you want somewhere a little different, a little less well-known, but arguably as chic then you’d do well to consider Puglia.…

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Insider’s Ibiza

Ibiza. Don’t you wish you were there right now? Or at least, in a couple of months time when summer is here? If you are planning a trip out to the White Isle, then you’ve come to the right place as we have the inside track on where to go and what to see when visiting the island. Victoria Durrer-Gasse is, with her friend Sharon Bar, the owner of Ibizan concept store La Galeria Elefante and has lived in Ibiza for 17 years. Enjoying what appears to be a pretty much idyllic life in an old finca in pretty Santa Agnes in the north-west of the island, Victoria has let us in to her home and her Ibizan secrets. Now you just have to book the flight……

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Style around the World: South Africa calling

What do you know about South African style? I have to be honest, I don’t know much. Which is why I was so interested to read Philippa Allen‘s take on it. As part of our Style around the World series (we’ve also covered Sydney and Paris), we thought Pip, a treatment writer and creative consultant, who spends six months of the year in London and six months of the year in Cape Town (jealous? moi?) was the perfect person to ask. Here she talks us through the differences between British and South African attitudes to style, health and beauty. We’re betting the weather has a lot to answer for……

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Thoroughly Modern Milly’s Little Black London Book

Whether you live in London or occasionally visit, it’s always helpful to have an insider’s perspective on where to go and what to do. Milly Kenny-Ryder, a professional singer and the ‘Milly’ behind the hugely successful online magazine Thoroughly Modern Milly is an expert when it comes to all things London. Based in the west of the city, she has the inside track on the best restaurants, the hottest new hotels and the things to do if you’re spending time in the Big Smoke. Here’s her little black book of capital secrets….…

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Holiday Inspiration: Bestselling author Tasmina Perry opens her Little Black Travel Book

Not only is Tasmina Perry one of W&W’s favourite people and a best-selling author and journalist with 8 Sunday Times best-selling novels to her name, she is also something of a travel guru. I first met Tammy ten years ago (yikes! has it really been that long?!) when we worked together firstly at In Style and then at Jaunt, a brilliant travel magazine she founded with her husband John. Ever since I’ve known her, Tammy has had a passion for travel and is a font of all knowledge when it comes to fabulous destinations, inspiring get-aways and clever ideas about how to make the most of your holiday. Together with John and son Fin, she has jetted around the globe, staying in gorgeous hotels, organising house swaps and visiting some of the most beautiful places on the planet.…

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The Great Escape: Casa Cairucu, Brazil

So, the weather. Not great is it? As much as I love an excuse to stay inside and curl up on the sofa, I really don’t like heavy rain and grey skies. Which is slightly unfortunate considering I live in London and it’s October. However, it’s not just the thought of Halloween, bonfire night and Christmas that’s keeping me going, it’s dreaming about holidays. And, hot holidays at that. As anyone with a sports-interested husband/boyfriend/brother/friend will know, the spotlight is very much on Brazil at the moment. Not only is it the World Cup next year, but then it’s the Olympics after that, which will mean plenty of pictures of white-sand beaches, blue ocean and tropical rainforest will be beamed over the Atlantic just to make us sigh and dream of jumping on a plane immediately. Not that I’m suggesting you actually fly out to Brazil for the World Cup. Oh no ho ho. That would be lunacy unless you are a hardcore football fan. What I am suggesting is that you go to Brazil at another time. Any time in fact. I’ve been twice – both times to Rio (which in the words of Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood is…