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bed with botanical bedding
From the comfiest mattresses to the colours that guarantee your best sleep ever, here's all you need to know about slumbering in style.  Keep it natural Experts suggest that immersing yourself in nature can feel as good as getting a pay rise. Bring natural elements into the bedroom with plants, botanical...
Yep, you know them… Grouchy Michael Hogan lists the space invaders blighting a town near you. The slow walker When you’re in a hurry, you can guarantee a dawdler will block your path with their painfully tardy progress. Try to dodge round them and they drift to one side, cutting you...
It’s the hidden side effect no one wants to talk about – but here’s why we must. The first time Lesley Lloyd had sex during her breast cancer treatment, the pain was excruciating. ‘There was no stretch,’ she says. ‘All the elasticity was gone. Sex is an important part of...
plastic spatulas beauty
 Why we need to say no to beauty’s most unnecessary little luxury. Recently, my editor Jo came to me with a very important beauty question: why are there still plastic spatulas included with face creams? I couldn’t give her a decent answer and, frankly, I feel as outraged about the...
YOU’s resident astrologer Sally Brompton reveals your horoscope for 13th-19th January 2020. So, what does the week have in store? SCORPIO 24 Oct-22 Nov You are ideally placed to speak your mind to those closest to you at both home and work. No matter how tough the message, they will respect your...
My friend Lotte recently found herself on a busy tube on her way to work. As she boarded the carriage, she noticed every seat was taken but one. A big black bag was resting against the seat, making it impossible for her to sit down. She did the obvious thing...
Can’t find the perfect basic or classic shoe? Then make it yourself – that’s what these women did, discovers Laura Craik.  As anyone who has ever shopped for a specific occasion knows, it’s a stone cold fact that you will never find the thing you’re after first time. Or second....
These miracle-working gadgets are having a moment. It’s surely a sign that rose-quartz facial tools are as much a part of the modern skincare routine as moisturiser when The White Company launches its own: a Facial Roller (£30, thewhitecompany.com) and Gua’sha Stone (£20). These, traditionally used in Chinese medicine, are...
You know I said last week that I wouldn’t get angry? Want to know how that’s going? On the Thursday night before Christmas, my assistant Nic persuaded me to go to the carol service at our local luxury hotel. I got there early with the three collies, and we...
editor's letter
I don’t think I’ve ever told you something as deeply personal as I’m about to.  It involves an excruciatingly embarrassing visit to a doctor’s surgery – as we all know, no glamorous tale ever starts here, so brace yourself. It was an annual health check provided by my company. Part...

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