• 10 fun ways to spend your lunch break in London
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    Samantha Simmonds

    10 fun ways to spend your lunch break in London

    What did you do on your lunch break today? If so, you’re not necessarily doing your creativity or productivity (not to mention your digestion) any favours – and you’re not alone. Only 17% of Brits take a full hour for lunch, with a third of us eating at our desks and 40% picking up work calls or emails. According to experts, staying in the same environment inside all day inhibits creativity.

  • Fashion Week styling hacks to try at home
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    Samantha Simmonds

    Fashion Week styling hacks to try at home

    Shorts and sandals may still feel like a distant dream, but, on planet fashion, we’re already talking about next autumn/winter. So why not get not one, but two steps ahead of the game? We’ve swiped these nifty styling hacks straight from the Fashion Week catwalks. And the best bit? Most of them won’t cost you a penny. Wear Two Coats Feeling the chill? Rejoice, because the likes of Tome and Thakoon have officially made the double coat a thing. ...

  • Feeling blue? How to survive this seemingly everlasting winter
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    Samantha Simmonds

    Feeling blue? How to survive this seemingly everlasting winter

    Although Blue Monday is long gone, a lot of us are still feeling a bit blue this winter. To cheer right back up again, why not forget that restrictive ‘new year new you diet’ and that ‘quitting social media for good!’ resolution. Instead, use these science-backed life hacks to favour cookie cramming, bubbly glugging and early morning workout avoiding for lazy lie-ins and Snapchat. Moderation is key, but it beats the alternative, right?

  • Spruce up your sprouts: Curried Brussels with mango chutney recipe
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    Samantha Simmonds

    Spruce up your sprouts: Curried Brussels with mango chutney recipe

    Brussels sprouts. They’re a non-negotiable when it comes to Crimbo dinner, but how many of us actually enjoy them? According to a recent survey, they’re the third most hated food in Britain and just under half of us actively abhor them.  But are they getting a raw deal? We honey-roast our parsnips, glaze our carrots, braise our cabbage and… boil our sprouts. Side-serving of mush, anyone? Last year, my family quite literally got a raw deal, when we decided to microwave the little blighters in an attempt to circumvent the ‘mush’ situation. ...

  • How to wear metallics all day, everyday
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    Samantha Simmonds

    How to wear metallics all day, everyday

    Magpie by nature, minimalist by necessity? Think your boss would send you home sick if you rocked up to the office decked out in ‘shine bright like a diamond’ metallics? Then it’s time you learnt how to do them right.

  • 4 minute party make-up: Master office to late night beauty
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    Samantha Simmonds

    4 minute party make-up: Master office to late night beauty

    The season of goodwill, Brussels sprouts and impromptu mulled beverage-based shindigs is upon us. If you’re sick of swerving after-work gatherings because you can’t face going out barefaced, or you’re sadly working on New Year’s Eve, then you’ll know that the potential pitfalls of the day-to-night beauty transition fairly dwarf those of day-to-night dressing by comparison.