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It’s 5 o’clock in… Cecil’s

I’m a sucker for a tucked-away bar. A hidden gem. But you know the sort I’m talking about…it often means you have to schlep miles, but you convince yourself it’s … Continue reading

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Do you masturdate?

Hello my name’s Anna and I like to masturdate. What? Yes, you read that wrong I said I like mastur-date. as in the verb to masturdate e.g. going out alone … Continue reading

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Ever-soaring property market forced you into a home of Sylvanian-family proportions? Me too. Here’s how I’m styling it out…

“World! I’ve bought a flat and finally made it onto the London property ladder!” I (metaphorically) cry from my building’s rooftop, jumping about like a loon, fist-pumping the air and … Continue reading

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Why can’t we get rid of clothes we never wear?

Everyone has a few items of clothing in their wardrobe – mistakes some people might call them – things you pined after for ages, or just fell in love with … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with Villoid?

Perennial gamine it-girl Alexa Chung has been branching out of late. Roving reporter for Vogue magazine, celebrity girlfriend (if the Daily Mail is to be believed) and as of September … Continue reading

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Never been skiing? Here are five reasons why you should hit the slopes

I’m on countdown to my ski holiday in France. This will be my fourth year in a row on the slopes, and while it’s THE most expensive week in my … Continue reading

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Work it three ways: dresses over trousers

Ah the Nineties, remember how great they were? Everyone had a crazy braid, pre-break down Britney was still topping the charts nd Sabrina the teenage witch was the coolest thing … Continue reading

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5 of the Best: party boots

I am a boot girl. The first time I ever hankered after a pair was Julia Robert’s over-the-knee leather boots she wore in Pretty Woman. I remember being captivated by … Continue reading

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Work it three ways: the statement midi skirt

At the end of the summer I bought a red midi-length skirt from ASOS. Having never owned anything quite so scarlet before, I was psyched about this this swishy bad-ass, … Continue reading

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Essena O’Neill – is Instagram really to blame?

Nineteen year old Instagram sensation Essena O’Neill dramatically quit social media last week. In a video posted on her Youtube channel she unleashed a barrage of vitriol against the ‘fake’ … Continue reading

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It’s 5 o’clock in…Terroirs

Tucked sort of between The Strand at Charing Cross, and Trafalgar Square at the point where you’d probably be heading to the National Portrait Gallery or the chaos of Leicester … Continue reading

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The Book Club: November’s novels

Like all other basics around the world, Autumn is my favourite season. Those perfect Sundays, blue sky and orange leaves, cold in the air but not enough to make you … Continue reading

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Five of the best: roll necks

Winter is coming. It’s time for hats, scarves and big coats. Hooray! This winter, roll necks are in and they are actually everywhere. LWF saw fashion’s finest on the street … Continue reading

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Looking back at a month of fashion – 10 highlights from Spring/Summer 2016

Christmas might be around the corner but Spring is not as far away as you think. If the fashion shows passed you by, here are my top ten highlights from … Continue reading

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The Book Club: October’s best reads

The nights are closing in, good TV has returned to our screens and a slew of autumnal festivities are on the horizon (too early for the C word?). In other … Continue reading

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It’s 5 o’clock in…The Piano Works

Stepping into The Piano Works was like turning up to a party that you could feel was just about to get going…and get really good. Ok, so this isn’t the … Continue reading

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Is London Fashion Week still relevant for a second-hand style junkie?

London Fashion Week. That time of the year when getting a table for dinner in central London means grappling with the likes of people who hardly touch their plates. But … Continue reading

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The Book Club: Literature’s Finest for September

I have a friend who works in publishing, and while sitting together on the number 3 bus to Crystal Palace (me) via Brixton (her), we were chatting about the books … Continue reading

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It’s 5 o’clock in… Antidote

After-work drinks? Date night? Dinner with the girls? This is a column dedicated to sharing the good and the great of where to go when it’s time to clock off. … Continue reading

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Hungover at work? Eleven tips for dealing with the pain

We’ve all been there. A couple of ‘thirsty Thursday’ drinks somehow turned into Karaoke and the next thing you know you’re rapping Eminem’s Lose Yourself at 1am and chasing it with another round … Continue reading

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Laser hair removal – the verdict

About six months ago, I took a plunge and handed over a wad of cash for a course of laser hair removal. Fed up of applying creams, razors and wax … Continue reading

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Let’s follow Michelle Obama’s lead in speaking up for girls around the world

Michelle Obama is the latest high-profile name lending her voice to a campaign promoting education for girls, and that’s no bad thing, writes Anna Williamson. Michelle Obama’s visit to London … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to the nine to five: why more people than ever are becoming career multitaskers

Guest blogger Alex Williams examines why more and more of us are ditching the daily grind and becoming career multitaskers – whether we choose to or not. Meet today’s millennial. … Continue reading

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Six reasons why you should go to Wimbledon 2016

“I think I must be in heaven!” These were the words uttered by my friend as we stepped through the gates of the iconic Wimbledon lawn tennis grounds last June. … Continue reading

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In Defence of Kim Kardashian West

As I write this, Kim K is in the UK, supporting her husband Kanye headlining Glastonbury. Like him, she divides opinion, and there’s a fair amount of vitriol towards her … Continue reading

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Buffalo Exchange: America’s awesome solution to your unworn clothes problem

Have you ever bought something from ASOS realized it’s not quite what you thought and missed your returns window? Me too. America has a solution. Buffalo Exchange is a chain … Continue reading

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Can beauty products create the ultimate scent of summer?

The ultimate smell of summer can be summed up in three simple ways for me – fresh cut grass, barbecues and coconut. Thanks to the lovely people at YesTo, I … Continue reading

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Does ‘mindfulness’ really work?

It may sound a bit new-age, a bit Silicon Valley, a new craze for the Birkenstocks-and-avocado set, but ‘mindfulness’ – a peaceful mix of meditation, wishful thinking and simple observation … Continue reading

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My week below the breadline

Our guest blogger, Claire Anderson, took on a challenge to Live Below the Line. Setting aside £1 per day for all her meals and drinks across five days, she stood … Continue reading

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The thought of summer clothes making you want to cry? Me too. Here’s how I plan on dealing with it.

‘Are you beach ready?’ and ‘Let’s hit the beach!’ are among the many phrases that every year make my stomach turn and cause me to all but weep into my cosy … Continue reading

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How to dress timelessly, courtesy of The Age of Adaline

Last week, I went to see The Age of Adaline, featuring the world’s most wholesome beautiful person Blake Lively in her first starring movie role. Sure, it’s probably not going … Continue reading

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10 ridiculous make-up claims that I totally fell for

I’m slightly ashamed to admit I recently bought some moisturiser because it claimed to improve the texture and luminosity of my skin by precisely 97%. Now don’t get me wrong, … Continue reading

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Baseball, bacon and 10 other things I still don’t get about America

I moved to New York eight months ago and am having a splendid time. There are many things I love about this town (brunch, roof tops) and many wonderful, mostly … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Walking on Custard and The Meaning of Life – A Guide for Anxious Humans By Neil Hughes

It is a truth often unacknowledged that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. That seems like a lot right? Well, if you … Continue reading

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Could you live on £1 a day? I’ve joined the 1.2 billion people who do

Claire Anderson, our guest blogger, has this week joined the Live Below the Line campaign. She is choosing to live on £1 a day for five days for all her meals … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Emoji, I need these twelve symbols in my life right now

Is there anything worse than not being able to express yourself accurately through emoticons? Well, yes, but let’s face it we’ve come to rely on those little digicartoons to convey how … Continue reading

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#ReportItToStopIt: would you report unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport?

Imagine this: it’s Monday morning and the commuting week comes around again. You’re fresh from the shower and a good weekend. You’re unruffled, smiling and ready. Then you join the … Continue reading

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Never take a naked selfie, and other advice from an aunty to her niece

I’ve just spent a glorious weekend with my little niece, who is about to turn two years old. It got me thinking about my responsibilities as an aunty. There’s not … Continue reading

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Is this the best boozy afternoon tea in London?

If your mum is anything like mine, she enjoys a cocktail or two, can’t resist a good pastry and falls for period dramas every time the BBC commissions one. If … Continue reading

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What’s so great about Poldark?

Sunday nights got good. So yeah, there’s work the next day, and yeah the weekend frolics are over but…Poldark happens. And doesn’t everyone know it. I didn’t really get Aidan … Continue reading

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Election fever is coming…here’s what you need to know

Every year, my sister and I do our predictions for the year ahead: royal babies, winners of sporting events, and this year, outcome of the General Election. Now I like … Continue reading

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Surviving the 5:2 diet: ten more tips

One of the many reasons I began the 5:2 this year was to fit into my ski trousers. Nothing like an impending holiday deadline to motivate weight loss, is there? … Continue reading

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Mama’s got a brand new bag; Dolce and Gabanna celebrate motherhood at Milan Fashion Week

I never thought I’d see the day that babies were toted along the catwalk as an accessory. And yet Dolce and Gabbana’s Milan show last weekend proved just how, er, … Continue reading

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A French girl gets a lesson in French cooking

I can hear my Dad now, tutting with a whole-bodied Gallic shrug. What on earth is his daughter doing taking a French cookery lesson? Where did he go wrong in … Continue reading

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The second-hand challenge: becoming a sewing bee

I’ve been challenging myself not to buy new clothes, and six months into my yearlong sentence I’ve found some incredible second-hand items (not least a Celine spring trench coat for … Continue reading

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My Funny Valentine: Is V-Day finally going out of fashion?

Valentine’s Day has been and gone, and this year (at the risk of sounding Carrie-Bradshaw-blah) I began to wonder, has the most maligned, caricatured and laughable holiday finally bitten the … Continue reading

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The Art of shopping in Amsterdam

Being one of Europe’s most accessible and beautiful cities, Amsterdam attracts many types of tourists and visitors each year. Known for its lax laws on weed and open policies on … Continue reading

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Big Flares, Don’t Care: How to Wear This Season’s Key Trouser

Whenever I read articles in fashion magazines about the great and the good inheriting key pieces from their parents’ or grandparents’ wardrobes, I feel unbridled jealousy. Carefully preserved Hermes bags … Continue reading

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Surviving the 5:2 diet

I first got wind of intermittent fasting after Michael Moseley did that documentary about a year and a half ago. It was intriguing but shrouded in mystery; it only had … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Harry Styles! Fashion Lessons from a Modern Icon

Harry Styles – the Jagger reincarnation for our time, with significantly worse music but equal hero worship amongst contemporary youth – turned 21 on Sunday. Whilst trying to suspend the … Continue reading

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