Recreating Fifties Style in 2014

By  Leanne Dempsey   @leanneysbabble Fashion and style in the fifties was fun, flirty and feminine, so it comes as no surprise that it is still a favourite of many in 2014. The floaty skirts, kitsch patterns and block colours make fifties inspired clothing ideal for the summer months, but sometimes fifties, or indeed any vintage style, can be daunting to wear if you’re not sure how. Well never fear, fifties fans, as you can read on to read three simple ways...

Top 10 Wedding Gift Rules You Should Know

 By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor This summer, all over the country, people will be visiting an online John Lewis wedding gift list to buy one of a pair of cappuccino towels (because it’s the only thing left for under £50).  Selecting a gift for the bride and groom is as traditional as cutting the cake or watching the first dance, but it’s also one aspect of weddings that’s a political minefield. It isn’t just the wedding guests who vex about...

Keep skin looking great through the ages

By Laura Casewell As experts tell us all too often, looking after your skin is unfortunately not a one-size-fits-all process. We start to see the early signs of ageing in our late twenties, but as each decade passes the skin changes, and so too must your skincare routine. Of course, we’re all different, and some of us age faster than others thanks to genetics and lifestyle, but there are some basic skin principles that can help you look as young...

One in ten Brits can’t name the capital of Scotland

By Leanne Dempsey With the commonwealth games a big success north of the border and the Scottish referendum imminent, it is no surprise that all eyes are on Scotland. So, it is somewhat shocking that one in ten of us do not know what the countries capital is. A recent YouGov survey, commissioned by Sykes Cottages, asked 2,390 respondents from England, Scotland and Wales to name Scotland’s capital city. Some of the results were shocking, to say the least. Amongst the incorrect answers...

Future Beauty Innovations And Trends

By Steve Taggart The non-surgical treatments industry has seen massive growth throughout the last few years, with demand for anti-ageing and cosmetic treatments remaining buoyant even during the darkest days of the recession. Perhaps one of the reasons is that the market is still in growth, expanding naturally as more and more consumers become aware of the treatments available and the results that can be achieved without surgery. The most popular treatments carried out remain injectable treatments. These are quick,...

Things my children won’t understand

By Sallie Bale, Director, Communica PR In life, things change and move on. There are so many things in my everyday life that by the time I have children, will be obsolete. And many things are already going that way. Every now and again, it strikes me that something that I am doing makes no sense in today's world, and yet makes total sense to me. My children won't understand why the international sign for "taking a picture" is putting...

Healthy salads stuffed with secret salt

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Huge amounts of salt continue to be added to many restaurant, café and supermarket salads, according to a new survey by Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH). This is despite calls in 2010 to lower salt in salads, as certain restaurateurs and food manufacturers continue to sneak in large amounts of unnecessary salt when it comes to serving up their ‘healthier’ dishes and raising the nation’s blood pressure CASH surveyed 650 ready-to-eat salads available...

Top 5 tips on how to meet your dream girl this summer

  By Jason Lloyd When it comes to finding ‘the one’, most guys leave it to fate. A single guy may spend his time working out in a gym trying to get that ‘dream six-pack’. After battling the nine-to-five throughout the week, he feels that he’s earned the right to go to the pub on a Saturday afternoon with the lads, consuming more units of alcohol in one sitting than the entire population of Ireland during St Paddy’s day celebrations....

Toddler Times: The Road Trip

  By Clare Miller So, my baby William has just turned 18 months. The early baby days of breastfeeding, bouncers and sterilizing bottles are well behind us, although at the time it felt like they would last forever.  William is now officially a toddler, he no longer has the baby ‘look’ but instead a little boy is emerging. One who can say a handful of words; who can walk, climb and dance a little jig when excited. Of late he...

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