Chiara in silver, perfect for brides

I hate to live up to a sexist stereotype but I, along with most of my girlfriends, have a life long love affair with shoes. I can blame my Gran on my fathers’ side. Whenever I visited her the first thing I used to do (after telling her I wasn’t a queen I was a cincess) was to rush up to her wardrobe to try on all her fantastic pretty heels. My personal favourites were a pair of silver platforms. Sex and the City made Manolo Blahnik’s impossibly high and tiny...

choosing a pushchair

The days of nannies pushing babies around parks in huge prams are now far behind us and today’s families need much more versatile ways of safely transporting little ones. For most people, a suitable pushchair, or stroller as they are usually referred to in the US, is often the preferred choice. Pushchairs it seems have been around for as long as babies and wheels but modern high tech versions come in a bewildering range of styles with an equally wide range of price tags....

Working From Home

Most of us now work from home for at least part of our working week. While we are on client premises or at our company office we are very aware of the health and safety issues surrounding computer work; we have adjustable seating, desks at the right height, foot rests, wrist rests, monitor raisers and good lighting. However re-locate us to our homes and we find ourselves working on a bed, balancing on the end of a kitchen counter or vanity desk. Do we suddenly think all those...

THIRD EDITION: 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales) “Women love Italy because Italy loves women,” says author Susan Van Allen, who has been traveling there for 40 years. “When you land in a country that’s been adoring the feminine since the earth was cooling, with all those goddesses and Madonnas surrounding you, something wonderful gets unleashed in us. We feel deeply valued for all that we are, and that opens women up to...

 You go, girls! An all-female adventure in the Pyrenees, with Pedal Nation Pedal your way to peak fitness on an awesome, all-girl adventure in the Pyrenees. Girl Power Coast to Coast Pyrenees trip is a week-long, 397-mile ride from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean via some of the most iconic climbs of the Pyrenees, including the Aubisque, the Souloir and the mighty Tourmalet. There is plenty of time to train: the next departure is 9 September 2017, so you can still get into...

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Steal Her Look, a fresh online fashion brand specialising in clothing for 16-35 year olds has announced its involvement in this years Clothes Show at the NEC Birmingham.  The Clothes Show in association with Alcatel, is a one stop destination for all things fashion and beauty and features over 350 pop-up fashion and beauty boutiques, inside expert trend reports, exclusive style advice and non-stop runway shows. Steal Her Look will be showcasing their AW 2016 collection in line...

When planning an outfit for a girly night out or an evening gig, the jacket is usually the last thing to be considered. As well as covering up any well-styled ensemble, the burden of carrying it round once inside or queuing for the cloakroom is enough to deter many people from wrapping up, even during the winter party season. New product, the Jack-it-bag has been launched, offering the solution to this problem that is only set to grow as we wave goodbye to this year’s summer...

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Ann Summers are inviting you to Get Your Freak On this Halloween with their spooktacularly sexy fancy dress and accessories range! Focusing on the classic costumes with a Zombie twist and the intricate art of the Day of the Dead, this range is sure to suit all Halloween costume needs! Perhaps going back to basics with the Miss Bones Dress and half price matching socks is up your street, or alternatively, become a zombie Cheerleader for the night!  or for a simple effect, try...

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AmaElla, a new ethical lingerie brand offering stylish, organic cotton designs, produced according to strong ethical principles, is to be launched via a crowd-funding campaign this month. The two best friends behind this social venture aim to raise £10,000 to enable their first production run. Investors will be offered benefits additional to the feel good, look good, do good factors they’ll experience by being first to take delivery of such elegant, ethical lingerie … AmaElla,...

Nail your look just like Adele and grab the latest finger fashion craze with the launch this week of Bling Art’s Stiletto collection of false nails. The stunning selection taps into the red hot trend for pointed fingertips with some truly beautiful designs, including these glamorous Purple Glitter Stiletto Tips , perfect for glam rock goddesses everywhere. Loved by celebrities and nail pros worldwide, the globally acclaimed company have developed their most fashion forward range...

To support the fight against breast cancer, Lindex is launching its own design collection in October with 10 % of the price being donated to cancer research.     Lindex has a great reputation for collaborating with some of the worlds most esteemed international designers such as Missoni, Matthew Williamson and Jean Paul Gaultier, but for 2016, the Lindex in-house design team have lead the creation of the ‘Pink Collection’ to support the fight against breast cancer.     “We...

Clay has long been used in beauty products to leave skin fresh and clear but a new product uses a unique type containing over 50 different minerals and elements to promote skin renewal and an enviable, glowing complexion. e3’s Ionic Power Ultra Cleansing Mask has received 5 star reviews from customers thanks to its detoxifying properties. The mask is made up from 99% of natural ingredients, including the precious Canadian glacial oceanic clay that helps to leave skin smooth,...

If you are looking for stylish footwear to see you through autumn and winter, then shoe specialist, Deichmann , has all of the inspiration you need. From on trend shoes to help you step comfortably through the working week to sophisticated boots that promise to keep your feet cosy and chic, the Deichmann collection will help you stride through all weathers this winter. If you’re looking for a fashionable update to your working wardrobe, then look no further than these deep...

A new subscription box from Candy Coat means that fashion conscious individuals that love to show off their style through their nails can get stunning, high quality gel nail polish colours delivered every month. From pretty pastels to rainbow brights, Candy Coat has a huge range of long-lasting gel nail polishes to choose from. The online shop caters perfectly to those that want endless colour options and polishes they can be sure will last. With the subscription box service customers...

Bringing you the latest styles and trends straight from the catwalks, Audacious style believe in creating individuality and freedom of expression in what women choose to wear. Exploring the unique and fun side of fashion, Audacious style believe every fashionista has a gift. They believe in seeing every individual flourish in their fashion choices, eliminating stereotypes or conventions from traditional fashion brands. Audacious Style believe in allowing their customers to play...

Electronic clubbing scenes in 70’s New York and Britain’s rave culture in the 80’s have been celebrated as times of emancipation in their fusion of class, culture and gender. In a new article published by  Contemporary Music Review , Tami Gadir challenges the idea that total gender equality now prevails. Are gender related prejudices still rife in clubs despite snapshots of social and political consciousness in dance music culture? Past research has portrayed music as a...

Pokémon Go may only have launched last month but it’s already amassed a legion of followers, with downloads of the mobile app estimated to have already topped 100 million and breaking Apple Store records. Fans of the popular franchise can now demonstrate their passion for the game with the release of a new graphic design t-shirt from Shhplash Clothing. The augmented reality app Pokémon Go has seen users walking the streets in search of pocket monsters in a bid to catch them...

Let’s face it. Whether it’s for Dad, a boyfriend or husband, or brother, when it comes to buying presents for the men in our lives, it can be tricky! Men are so notoriously difficult to buy gifts for and asking for ideas is not always met with much more than a grunt or ‘dunno’.. ! I don’t have a statistic for this but my hunch is that the British sweater and sock industries are kept alive and well purely on this basis. But it needn’t be a chore that involves buying...

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Female entrepreneur Hayat Rachi is on her way to becoming a big name in fashion, but her path to success has not always been clear and free of obstacles. The young Moroccan woman‘s drive as Founder and CEO of feminist lingerie brand Neon Moon has resulted in a successful project aiming to empower women. Hayat grew up on a council estate and was bullied in school. Ignoring her peers’ hurtful words, the young woman became the first person in her family to go to university, getting...

Everyone may be going green, but Malki have never been anything else! To achieve perfectly healthy and balanced skin we need to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible and follow a similar beauty routine. After all, skin is the body’s largest organ and what we put onto it is absorbed into the blood stream with frightening speed. So it makes sense to check our beauty labels just as we do our groceries. NO PARABENS OR SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE Un-natural preservatives...

The phrase ‘put on your dancing shoes’ has just taken on an exciting new meaning, as a brand new pair of smart shoes hit the market with the ability to teach the wearer to dance using nothing but gentle vibrations. Great for those who want to add a new skill to their repertoire, the shoes are also an ideal accessory for those looking to get fit in a fun new way. The rhythm shoes are set to become the novice dancer’s new wardrobe essential. As well as being comfortable and...

There was a time branding was seemingly reserved for giants of the advertising world; logos, catchphrases and jingles were a sign of megabucks (or at least local dominance) and were reserved for only the most fitting of brands. Today, however, it’s far easier to make your own mark on the world without wads of cash behind you and the necessity of a personal brand is more prolific than ever; from self-employed professionals (whether you’re a law expert, marketing consultant...

Two top athletes from a leading London-based model agency will be unavailable this summer because they’ve both been selected to compete in the Olympics. Dressage champion, Charlotte Dujardin OBE, 31 and Windsurfer Bryony Shaw, 33 are both preparing for the Rio Olympics that starts on August 5 2016.     Mike Illes, Director at MOT Models said, “We’re thrilled for Charlotte and Bryony and we wish them the very best at the world’s most competitive sporting event....

In a fashion landscape that encourages a constant demand for new collections, fuelling a culture of fast, trend-led, throwaway fashion, new clothing brand Crepe Records calls for a new approach to great style. Inspired by music and a passion for ethically sourced clothing, Crepe Records urges fashion fans to stop collecting a multitude of throwaway clothes, opting for a more considered, staple wardrobe of only high quality pieces instead. Formed from a love of music, the original...

When it comes to applying make-up, there are plenty of top hints and tips to ensure you always achieve a flawless finish. But according to television make-up artist Caroline Parks the key to looking camera-ready starts well before the make-up comes out. She explained: “Getting the right lighting is essential. Lighting is extremely important as make-up works with the shadows and highlights of your face.” Dubbed the ultimate getting-ready mirror, the Hollywood Collection from...

The eagerly awaited official opening date of Alpamare Scarborough, the £14 million alpine themed, innovative and thrilling waterpark, due to open on the Yorkshire coast later this month, has been announced today as Thursday 28 July 2016 . With Alpamare’s plan always being to open in time for the main summer season, contractors are working at a phenomenal pace to put the all-important finishing touches to the multi-feature waterpark ready for the grand opening.     Like...

Old-school Hollywood glamour is returned to the red carpet and beyond as Dominique Mearns Couture debuts a luxury collection of evening wear, oozing classic style rules and timeless elegance. Produced from the finest of fabrics, this new fashion house revives traditional values as well as a retro style inspired by a golden era of movie stars. Already a favourite of TV stars and beauty queens, the couture collection does more than just look good – a portion of the proceeds from...

A new name in sustainable hair extensions launches this week with a promise to put natural looking, utterly glamorous locks within reach. Available to order online, Flowbella specialises in bulk and machine weft extensions, all made from healthy, natural virgin hair with no processing or chemical treatments. Each piece is designed to last for up to a year. For those finding their social calendar overflowing with summer soirees, Flowbella’s beautiful extensions can be delivered...

The moment we bring home a new dress, we want to cherish and keep it safe forever. But there are risks and dangers crouching behind every corner, waiting for the right moment to fade our fabrics or tear holes in the most embarrassing of places. These clothing villains lurk in our washing machines and hide in our coffee cups. Constant vigilance and a little bit of stain removal knowledge can help us defeat these villains and help us deal with surprise attacks. Stains It’s a little...

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Springtime should hopefully signify putting heavy boots to the back of the shoe cupboard and slipping on lighter shoes, sneakers and sandals instead. Adding any of these five shoes to your rack will ensure you’re stepping out in style this season: On-Point The pointed toe is the posh shoe shape of the season, with Celine even dubbing its Babouche pointed slipper a ‘V neck’ style. Topshop is a great place to find perfectly pointed flats in a similar style at a much more purse-friendly...

Tame eyebrows and set brow make-up for hours! The brow is now, and setting the trend as an innovation in the brow category is Browcote, brought to you by Lipcote the Original Lipstick Sealer. Providing a defined, smudge-free and natural finish that is waterproof, long-lasting, comfortable and transparent; gel Browcote is the must have finishing tool for eyebrow perfection. Whether you’re working the boy brow, a natural shape or a sharp arch that means business, Browcote has...

As blending sponges continue to rise in popularity, the new Flawless Finish makeup sponge from Pamper Therapy utilises a never seen before design, making it the most new usable tool on the market for those striving for the next big thing in makeup perfection. 2015 was the year that the quest for a flawless complexion hit new heights; as celebrities such as Kim Kardashian led the trend for impeccable glowing skin and contouring, a new wave of makeup sponges were released using...

From Tuesday 31st May to Saturday 4th June customers are invited to visit the pop up Beauty Lounge and Style Clinic within a marquee at The Rock every day from 11am–4pm. Shoppers can visit the Beauty Lounge for complimentary treatments including mini-manicures, make-up and hair styling, while the Style Clinic offers free appointments with industry experts who have worked on TV shows such as This Morning and 10 Years Younger. Shoppers can learn how to style their shape with a...

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For a limited time, Diet Coke and essie have teamed up to give Boots shoppers an exciting offer. From 27 April – 24 May, or while stocks last, you can pick up a 500ml bottle of Diet Coke and an essie nail polish in Cocktail Bling, Fiji or Fishnet Stockings for only £5.99 at Boots (standard price £9.39). Love giving your nails a splash of colour but keen to experiment with pattern and texture too? If you’re looking for ways to be bold and want to try something new then look...

Providing one the most luxurious massage and prestige services in London, CityLux Massage has recently rebranded. Providing clients with bespoke treatments with a modern approach, CityLux’s new re-brand reflects evolution and the future of luxury spa treatments brought to a destination of your choice. Following the brand’s success, CityLux only use the highest quality-Organic and Fair-trade award winning massage products. Using expert techniques to ensure luxury client...

Kitchens can be an incredibly frustrating place to spend a lot of time, especially if they don’t function in the precise way that you would like them to. We all have problems with our old kitchens and many of us dream of upgrading to modern kitchens, so why shouldn’t you get a new kitchen design? You may think that there are a lot of obstacles in your path preventing you from doing so. Fortunately, this is not usually the case. So, in order to dispel a number of these common...

One of the UK’s biggest and best music festivals (Isle of Wight Festival) have today launched a competition with Bellfield Clothing and Big Green Coach to provide one lucky winner (and their chosen friend) with a once in a lifetime ‘VIP Festival Experience’. Originally started as a counterculture event back in the late 60’s, the Isle of Wight Festival has since grown to become one of the UK’s most sought after music festivals and attracts around 60,000 revelers each...

Beauty business owners and budding beauty entrepreneurs take note, a new academy has launched with a mission to make running a salon or beauty business easier and more straightforward than ever. The first and only company to offer comprehensive beauty business training courses in the UK, Blush Academy’s aim is to fill the gap between the technical skills learnt at college and the daily challenges faced when running a business. Designed to help beauty, health and wellness industry...

British brand Lily Lolo has been busy creating a long-lasting, non-toxic formula using Eco-cert ingredients that looks gorgeous and keeps nails healthy by saying ‘no’ to the nasty chemicals often found in nail polish. Available in six shades for summer and beyond, the long-lasting, non-toxic formula looks gorgeous and keeps nails healthy by saying ‘no’ to the nasty chemicals often found in nail polish.     As fans of natural beauty, we believe that you don’t...

Beauty salon treatments are becoming ever more popular All around the world nail salons are opening more a more, and they are becoming increasingly popular. It tends to be that women are the vast majority of the clients for these establishments, however in recent years men have been seeking out manicures and pedicures more. It is also the case that women who once saw these treatments as a luxury, are now seeing them something that they can regularly pursue. According tothe National...

Lingerie brand Playtex launches major innovation for women wanting to enhance their assets and go WIRELESS • Playtex’s new wireless bra promises 360° support and lift and a new sense of freedom and comfort throughout the day • Holly Willoughby and Catherine Zeta-Jones top the list of breasts most admired • Helen Mirren voted as biggest role model amongst women ages 40-65 New research unveiled by lingerie specialist Playtex reveals how more than 6 out of 10 women are not...

A brand new name in nail wraps has unveiled a couture-worthy collection of designer-inspired wraps that are as easy on the delicate nail area as they are on the eye. The DinkiBelle range of nail wraps couples truly unique aesthetics and Insta-worthy designs with a mission to care for nails. The entire collection is based on a ‘five free’ philosophy, meaning all wraps are free from formaldehyde, diabutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin.     Perfect...

British fashion brand AGA Couture has just debuted its latest collection, ahead of stunning runway entrance at London Fashion   Weekend. A collision of luxe fabrics, delicate finishes and feminine cuts, DARK-SUNSET casts a shadow on convention, and introduces ladies to a new era of artisan style. Designed to celebrate the female physique, the DARK-SUNSET collection is an assembly of formal evening gowns and two piece sets. The concept of contemporary femininity is woven into...

Norethisterone tablets are typically used to delay your period for a few days, but they can also be prescribed for conditions such as pre-menstrual syndrome, heavy periods, or endometriosis. They work by mimicking the effects of the hormone progesterone; during pregnancy, progesterone levels are high, and because of this the tablets can also be used to delay a woman’s period. However, as with any medication they are not suitable for everyone and you may experience side effects...

The collection is built around the boho-chic look which is perfectly aligned with Sienna Miller’s personal style. Key pieces include the fluid goddess blouse, the maxi dress and denim flares.     “I love the delicate fabric of the white blouse; I can imagine living in it during summer. The flare jeans are fantastic; comfortable and the fit is great! Both pieces are real classics that are versatile and well made”, Sienna Miller commented on the collection. Sienna...

Gill Amos

The difference between the salaries of men and women has been in the news again recently, following the government’s draft legislation on reporting the gender pay gap. Gill Amos, leadership development and career management specialist from Northamptonshire, has been looking at the reasons behind this pay difference and what can be done about it. Her research report: “Women’s Careers: What helps? What hinders?” will be published on 7 March 2016 (between Mother’s Day and...

• 25 works of art donated by internationally acclaimed artists including Sir Howard Hodgkin, Sir Antony Gormley and Grayson Perry to be auctioned at Christie’s • Featured celebrities in the artwork include the late David Bowie • Works of art valued from £500 – £50,000 • Art 4 Eve online auction bidding starts from 1 April at www.eveappeal.org.uk/art to help raise funds to fight women’s cancers Some of the world’s best known artists have donated work in...

Following its 7th consecutive sell-out last year, the UK’s No.1 dance festival Creamfields returns this summer and with a 4th day added has officially become the world’s biggest electronic music festival! The multi award winning Creamfields is undoubtedly a rite of passage for any electronic music fan or artist, with over 70,000 fans flocking from around the world every August Bank Holiday to witness performances from some of the biggest names in dance music.     With...

Continue to Stay Healthy After Breast Cancer Today people still can’t nail down the causes of cancer. Is it diet? Technology? What it is in the atmosphere that we are breathing in? Whatever the case, we aren’t always worried about our health until we are diagnosed. Once we are aware that we have breast cancer, we immediately begin taking better care of our mind and body. But how do we continue this healthy lifestyle once we have beaten cancer? Boost your spirits. Some believe...

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