UK Style

Shoe Fashion Trends Spring/Summer 2014: Sneakers and Brogues Dominate

Christine Babington Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Babington Smith

If you're still wearing court shoes with platform soles, consign them to the back of your wardrobe now! Even Victoria Beckham has ditched the platform pumps in favour of flats - hell has indeed frozen over and she is now wearing English style brogues.

The Tattoo Revolution

Mandy Townsend | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Townsend

Tattoos are still under attack from the public even though there an estimated 20 million tats in Britain. Mandy Townsend believes it's time to rebel against this age old prejudice

Reality Check With Paul Weller

Jason Holmes | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Paul Weller cuts a lithe figure in a black crew neck sweater and dove grey slacks that ride a couple of inches off the ground. His round-toed calfskin Chelsea boots gleam under the lights. A flashgun snaps at his every move as his gimlet eye rakes the clothes rack that lines the far wall of the West End showroom.

Can We Stop Slagging Off Marks and Spencer Please?

Poorna Bell | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Marks and Spencer is fast becoming - if not already become - the fashion industry's favourite whipping boy/girl. Watch the claws come out around its second Leading Ladies campaign, as columnists furiously tap away their thoughts about why it sucks, what it did wrong and what M&S needs to do to be successful. But seriously, it's getting a bit tiring.

TK Maxx Uses Gorgeous 60-Something Grandma For Swimsuit Shots (And An Octogenarian)

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

TK Maxx is already beloved by those trying to snaffle a cheap winter coat or bargain luggage for the summer holidays, but it has gone and done somethi...

How To Lose Weight For Your Wedding (Or Any Other Special Occasion)

Poorna Bell | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

I hate phrases like wedding diet and bikini fit, because they imply a burst of discipline and stricture that just isn't sustainable after the event takes place. Worse, you may find that it doesn't give you the results you wanted. So this is a short guide to what worked for me, and what has sustained.

Weekend Shopping: Queen Bee Style

Sarah McGiven | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Last spring saw one the release of the most perfect fashion collections in recent memory, from Alexander McQueen. Based around bees and women as worker bees, this fantastically visual theme was cross-pollinated with the brand's dark romance. Immaculate construction ensured each elegant look was executed in the most high fashion way.

Alexandra Shulman Says People Don't Want to See 'Real' in Vogue - And As A Reader I Heartily Agree

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

The skinny models don't make me feel bad about myself (and, to be clear, that's not because I'm in any way model-esque. Picture the average woman. That's me). Nor do the "real" models make me feel good. When it comes to magazines like Vogue, I want to see something beautiful - something magical. I value the escapism these publications offer...

The Circle of Hip and Why We Shouldn't Fear the Tattooed Douchebags

Anna Doble | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Doble

This new generation of image-obsessed males seems derived purely from previous, slightly hipper, forms of narcissism, in a churning spiral of self-adoration. These boys have been weaned on the teat of naff celebrity as a means to an end. Poor pumped-up lambs with lifetime debt.

67-Year-Old Sex Expert Credits Her Youthful Looks With Regular Sperm Facials

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Snail slime, sheep's placenta and 'vampire' facials - we've heard it all in the name of beauty. But even we draw the line at scooping up our partn...

Seven Signs Social Media Has Turned Me Into a Total Idiot

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Tech
Daisy May Sitch

That term "always-on" is massively cringeworthy, but working in media means being exactly that. I also blame that FOMO factor. If I don't dip in and out my Twitter/ Facebook/ Instagram/ Google+/ Pinterest accounts constantly how can I possibly be down with the latest?

Why Low Self-Esteem Was My Own Worst Enemy

BritChick Paris | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

‎Everyone on this planet has a childhood story about low self-esteem and we often don't realise how damaging they can be in later life. Even the great and the good like Jen Lawrence, Jessie J and Rebecca Adlington have all come out saying they had troubled teen years. Low self-esteem is a major cause of eating disorders, depression, anxiety and addictions.

I'm THAT Mum Who Has 'the Most Pampered Kids in Britain' - But Let Me Set the Record Straight

Faye Jacobs | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

This week, I found myself in the firing line of an extremely controversial story published on the Mail Online and have had to endure over a thousand comments questioning my integrity, my parenting and my sheer existence. To say the last 24 hours has been traumatic would be an understatement.

20 Trends for Autumn/Winter 2014-2015

Vogue.fr | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

With clean lines, cocoon silhouettes and androgynous looks featuring fur, capes, feathers and shearling, this season's collections are all about wrapping up against the cold. Get ready to ward off Winter's grip in pretty palettes, Sixties shapes, prints and flashes of shining gold.

What Is the Future for Leopard Print?

Rebecca Stevens | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Stevens

History is imperative for fashion. Trends form trends that, in this case, started as a way of life. But the main reason I sat down to write this article was to explore the demand for certain prints over others. Fashion has explored only a small selection of prints over the years, and even then many repeat season after season.

Lessons I Learnt From My Mentors When Shooting And Promoting My Latest Hat Collection

Lizzie McQuade | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie McQuade

I shot my AW14 collection just after my first Triumph mentoring session with Grace Woodward. With this being my biggest collection to date, it was fantastic to hear her advice on how to section up the collection and the importance of using styling to make that very clear for my audience.

Seven Stylish and Fashionable 2014 Bridal Trends You Will Fall in Love With

Marina Licht | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Licht

Although we are already in March, I thought it was a pertinent time as ever to discuss the seven stylish and fashionable bridal trends for 2014 that I think are impossible not to fall in love with.

Poorna Bell

Tried And Tested: The Best Facial I've Ever Had

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The world tends to be divided into two types of people: facial people and massage people. Until I really start freaking out about ageing, I sit firmly...

Fashion Week Beauty Round Up A/W14

Nina Leykind | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nina Leykind

Both Alexa and I are so inspired by our 60's girl crushes and eye looks so it was lovely to see Pat McGrath updating the decade for Dolce Gabbana, Versace and Gucci in Milan. McGrath referenced Sophia Loren for the make-up at Dolce & Gabbana, "it's all about the brow, lashes and liner," she cried echoing my own personal mantra!

Building the Super High Street

Mary Portas | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

Business is strongest is when it's face-to-face with customers and the beautiful products can be displayed physically in an alluring way. I regularly tell retailers who moan about the web to work out how to compete effectively instead. Innovators in top up grocery shopping, web purchase collection and so on, understand that the future is omni-channel and are making money. Grenson shows us how a perfect customer experience makes people feel special and gets them buying. And everybody please remember, you can't get your hair done, grab a quick drink when you fancy it, have your shoes mended, collect your prescription or dry cleaning quickly on the web (yet).

River Island Jumps on the Poverty Porn Bandwagon with Ridiculous T-Shirt

Sean O'Meara | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sean O'Meara

Fictional American universities, generic sports teams, and punk bands that thrived three generations ago; these are the sort of things that should be on teenagers' t-shirts. So when fashion retailers try to elevate off-the-shelf edginess to silly new levels, you suddenly remember that it's idiotic adults who are in charge.

Karl Lagerfeld Hits London

Sarah McGiven | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

What I treasure in an age of media trained, talent vacuum 'celebrity' clothing lines, is that Lagerfeld is a uniquely gifted character who will always speak his mind, no matter how controversial.

Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards: Pixie Leads Red Carpet Arrivals

Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Pixie Lott, Laura Whitmore and Gabby Logan have arrived at London’s Leicester Square Odeon ahead of the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards wh...

Normcore and the Emperor's New Clothes

Shannon Edwards | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shannon Edwards

How to dress normcore, let me break it down: no-name, unflattering, comfortable jeans, boring unfashionable warm jacket, plain tee, plain white socks, trainers, etc. If you've mastered the look, it should be hard to tell from behind if you are a 50-something executive or just taking a break from backpacking in Nepal.

The Resurgence of the Boyfriend Biker

Nik Thakkar | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Style
Nik Thakkar

Androgyny in fashion has existed since the beginning of time, granted. However, the resurgence of the boyfriend biker has become somewhat of a 2014 ...