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Spring Home Updates (Simple as you like)

Much as I love to be cosy at home, it feels good to throw open the French doors to the garden and let the air in. (And to dry my washing outside. Brief pause to appreciate the lovely Instagrammers who share my obsession. Honestly, when it’s warm-ish and sunny I start prowling the house for things to wash.) Whilst I am unlikely (in the near future anyway, with small children and work to contend with) to find time for a good old-fashioned Spring clean, I do think it’s worth casting a critical eye over your home and seeing where you can add some seasonal tweaks. I do love a so-easy-it’s-almost-cheating Spring home update.…

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The Valentine’s Line-up

As much as I love flowers, chocolates and professions of love, like Alex, I’m not a mad keen fan of Valentine’s – I prefer a more spontaneous gesture of affection. And yet, and yet… I do find it hard to resist a present. Particularly if it’s pink, pretty or gorgeously scented.…

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Spring Style Special: Baby Girls

I admit, I drew the long straw here. There is SO MUCH good stuff out there for baby girls. One thing I must do, before I go any further, is to recommend that anyone who has small people to read Little Spree. Written by a fashion editor, stylist and mother of twins (Tabitha and Marlow, collectively known as ‘Tabarlow’), it is a veritable treasure trove of gorgeousness on a small scale. Sarah has impeccable taste. So much so that I permit myself a fleeting moment of smugness when she recommends something I’ve already snapped up for C. AND you should also sign up to Half Pint Chic: flash designer sales at high street prices. Anyway, onto the clothes (if you haven’t already skipped off merrily to Little Spree). The problem here is that there’s almost too much choice (sorry mums of boys. It sucks, I know), so I’ve limited myself by budget (you can go ke-ray-zee shopping for girls: the Bonpoint store at Bicester is my downfall). Still found it hard to stop, though.                 Scalloped eyelet dress, £16.95, gap; Gingham print dress, £14.99, Zara Kids I have to show you this Boden dress from the…

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Zero time, max style: part one

We hear you. You want to look on trend(ish – nothing too crazy, thank you very much), but you have no time to devote to scouring the shops. Welcome to our world. So, here it is. One outfit. Done.     Jacket: Quilted, £59, Miss Selfridge Ethnic print jackets are everywhere this spring. Do check out Zara – which, as ever, has the trend nailed. And Monsoon has come up trumps. I originally had my eye on this, but it’s all but sold out. So check out Miss Selfridge for this very worthy replacement. I’d wear this over something very simple, like a white or grey t-shirt from H&M for a mere £6.99 (thanks Anti, for this tip). Add a gold chain or two (my favourite is from Laura Lee), and voila, instant chic. Jeans: Jeanie by IDA, £150, Donna Ida What Donna doesn’t know about jeans isn’t worth knowing. So hasten thee to one of her boutiques or online store, and try her new IDA range. The Jeanie Cigarette Leg by IDA (named after one of her customers who lamented the lack of chic, high-waisted jeans on the market) are grown-up, chic and have more than a whiff of Audrey Hepburn. Plus dark…

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My uniform: Antonia Kraskowski, fashion editor and blogger

Meet Antonia. She’s a stylist, deputy fashion editor at The Express, owner of a sausage dog called Holly, and the self-named ‘sartorial guinea pig’ behind the fabulous Thirty Days blog. (Do also check out her hilarious new incarnation, Flatzilla – as the fashionista tackles flat-owning (and renovation).  We love her work and really love her style. In the first of an irregular regular series, she gives us the lowdown on her look (with, naturally, that all-important ‘steal a stylist’s secrets’ bit.)…