Now that’s a cut and colour! I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I haven’t engaged with a proper hairdressing session since the beginning of September last year. I’ve had two cuts in the interim -not enough – at local Camden chain salons which weren’t great, (walking in at the last minute and taking an appointment because a stylist is free and you’ve got a big event the next day probably isn’t the best way to get a haircut) and it grew out badly both times.

(The recent experiences of my sister and me make very good arguments for doing your research, building a relationship with, and investing in, a good hairdresser. I know I usually hop off to the shiny of the shiniest, but good hair doesn’t have to cost the earth; my sister used a Camden national chain salon last time which gave her a seriously bad colour job, and charged her more than the Mayfair salon I love – woah, was I FURIOUS on her behalf. So she went to the Toni & Guy Academy on Monday for a cut and colour by a stylist with four years of experience, and overseen by a director; it cost her £35 and she looks incredible.)

Anyway, there’s no real reason why I didn’t get round to getting my highlights done apart from the usual – time and inclination, and, now that I’ve seen these before and after images I am resolved not to leave it ten months until my next session. I wear my hair every day – it’s one of the first things people notice about you, and it’s such a simple thing to get right.

And so it was that when I finally pitched up at the Daniel Galvin hair palace on George Street (a few blocks from Marble Arch, and just west of Marylebone High Street), the lovely Chelsey actually looked aghast when I said the last time I had my highlights done was last September.

I’m a natural blonde  – I have the pale eyelashes and brows of a bunny rabbit, but our northern climate and my insistence on wearing a hat anywhere near a sunbeam means that the top of my head starts to look decidedly murky without a little helping hand. A half head of highlights to be precise.

I had an actual line where the old highlights had grown out six inches down from the tip of my head.

And let’s draw a veil over the greys lurking on my temple. (Fun fact: both my mother and sister have the same swoosh of grey on their temples too.)

So here are my highlights baking:

So hurrah for my lovely new summer hair, thanks to Chelsey who has restored me to my happy blonde place. And a big shout out too to the lovely Lauren Greene for the perfect blunt cut and softening layers at the front: she took all the time to check in with me about my hair and meticulously – and rapidly made it look wonderful, taking off just enough to get rid of the frizz, but not so much that I felt scalped. I’ve washed it twice since, and it fell just perfectly each time when I air dried it.

And HELL-O perfect, super rapid, blow dry.

This was a complimentary press appointment for a cut and colour in June 2018 

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Well, the garden is almost approaching the state I imagined when I plotted out my ideas in the spring – you may have seen my beginning of summer post here. I bought the bare minimum of furniture last summer from Ebay – the amazing double lounger, a large parasol, an 8ft folding table (easier to store over the winter than a large wooden one, and easily disguised with a pretty tablecloth), and then there’s the lovely John Lewis Croft Bench that my mother gave me as a housewarming present – and now I have to work out what else I need.

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I took these photos in the middle of May, just over a month ago and goodness what a transformation from my beginning of April post. I hired a local gardener/handy man who did the brute force work: he dug out the dead box hedge, weeded all the borders and beds, dug over the vegetable patch, weeded and cleared all the flagstones and patios, pruned all the hedges, and helped arrest the gradual encroachment of the Virginia creeper.

Meanwhile I went to Camden Garden Centre, and to my local Camden Morrison’s and spent around £150 on plants. I bought a few key shrubs and plants – a peony, euphorbia, a beautiful Choisyia (Mexican Orange Blossom), as well as umpteen boxes of bedding plants for my hanging baskets and  window boxes. (Nicotiana, violas, pansies, ivies, lavenders, mint and the palest of pink fuchsias.) I also robbed a large alchemilla mollis from my father’s garden border.

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Above – lovely empty main bed waiting for plants

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The amount of garden waste has been quite astonishing: this is the box hedge chopped into pieces, stuffed into IKEA bags, and on its way to the Regis Road Recycling Centre in Kentish Town in the boot of a Zipcar.

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The ash tree is now in full bloom, and providing some much needed shade. I’ve also got the large 3metre umbrella from last year up again. I spent ages looking for parasol weights – first I bought the ones that needed to be filled with ballast, and I just couldn’t face dealing with builders’ sand, and water wasn’t heavy enough, so I bought these brilliant ones. (Was surprised to discover that weights cost the same as the parasol – around £50 each.)

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Below is the back wall and patio with the bare patch where the box hedge was removed to the left – the plan is for this to be weeded and I want to find an outdoor sofa set to place here for lounging and working. It’s a great spot for both as it’s pretty much always in shade, so it also means that any garden furniture I put here won’t be bleached by the sun. (I’ve got my eye on this set.)

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We’ve now dug over the vegetable patch and I’ve found a new home for the Japanese Maple (Acer)  via the NextDoor app, as I don’t have another bed for it, and it’s not very happy being stuck in this corner which it has outgrown.

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The small cream canvas umbrella was from Argos last summer – a bargain at around £30, but I bought the wrong size stand and it blew over one day and a strut broke, so I need to replace this and buy a heavier stand. Still extremely pleased with the double lounger. (The cushions were from Homesense, and the delightful leopard  fleece rug was also from Ebay)

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I found the compost in the most amazing special offer in Camden Sainsbury’s of all places. The dogs are loving having access to the sunshine, and roast themselves outside at every opportunity.

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I bought this pretty hanging basked on Columbia Road a few years ago. That’s rosemary in the bottom, and I plan to put fuschias in the top basket.

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I am extremely pleased with my herb window box – I can just lean out of the kitchen window and snip what I need. I’ve planted thyme, oregano, sage, chives, Greek, and Italian basil. The silver zinc planter is one of five I’ve bought from Primrose for all my window sills.

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Here are the plants I’ve collected waiting to go in the beds, borders, and baskets. Camden Morrison’s has been a particular joy and the source of most of my bedding plants.

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I was sent this mint box by John Lewis last summer and, whilst it died down over the winter, I was astonished to see it thrive from spring onwards and it’s now providing me with plenty of leaves for fresh mint tea.

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Wilco has the most amazingly cheap large terracotta pots (although I’ve yet to see how they last the winter).

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This is a Sponsored Post in association with Le Caprice

It’s always surprising to me how few places there are that I would like to have a drink in the afternoon and evening in and around Mayfair that aren’t chic hotels. Sure, there are lots of pubs, many exceedingly smart and very busy bars, and the afore-mentioned chic hotels (Duke’s and The Stafford are particular favourites), but finding somewhere that isn’t rammed, where I can always sit down (heels and age do not make me a fan of standing in any circumstance) and where the drinks and snacks are utterly delicious usually feels like a Sisyphean task.

So hurrah a thousand times over for the Caprice.

This summer, they’ve turned their small but perfectly formed Arlington Street terrace into a secret garden, serving a menu of lighter bites, alongside a specially created Grey Goose cocktail menu.

I love the Caprice – I used to book tables there for my very first bosses at Conde Nast – the legendary Peter Stuart of GQ, and Nicholas Coleridge the Managing Director, in my very early twenties, graduated to eating there of my own account a few years later, and even celebrated my thirtieth birthday in its warm embrace with my family, so I am very happy to know that I can now go there not just for delicious meals, but to sit outdoors for something a little lighter.

To create their Secret Jardin, the Caprice’s terrace has been enclosed with a wall of plants, herbs and botanicals; citrus trees line the sides of the space, walls of climbers create a barrier between the terrace and street, wisteria flowers hang from the ceiling and a selection of potted herbs reflect the ingredients of the specially created Grey Goose cocktail menu.

Le Caprice’s Head Chef, Will Halsall, has created a menu of dishes which are ideal for enjoying al fresco, so those who are ravenous post-work can enjoy a lovely aperitivo.

I took Holly Hannah and Chloe for drinks and snacks after our day at Royal Ascot; happily no one batted an eyelid at our spectacular Rachel Trevor Morgan hats.

After a day outdoors in the sun at the races, we were delighted to see lovely, long refreshing drinks on the menu – the Secret Jardin cocktails created especially for the space include a Garden Goose, made with Grey Goose vodka, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, thyme, rosemary, sage and basil leaves, a Le Grand Fizz, with Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain, lime juice and soda, a French Negroni, with Grey Goose L’Orange, Campari, Martini Rosso, and a Goose Bloody Mary.

We were hungry after our racing exertions, so mulled over the menu – too many things amongst which to choose – from Norfolk asparagus, served hot with hollandaise or cold with herb vinaigrette, to a crispy duck salad with pineapple, pink grapefruit and spiced cashews.

Above: the pickled and raw beetroot salad, goats cheese and multi seed granola crisp, and the Isle of Mull scallops. And, because I am a fervent lover of the high low mix – some of the Caprice’s legendarily delicious French fries.

And, if you ask, nicely, they’ll even let you order pud from the main menu.


The Le Caprice x Grey Goose Secret Jardin is open from now until Sunday, 30 September


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I had been in two minds about joining the protest march in central London yesterday:  racism/corruption/wall/incarcerated children/Roe v Wade/LGBTQ rights etc etc vs another country’s president/trade/special relationship etc etc  but Trump’s shocking bad manners, and divisive and ill-informed actions and words during his UK visit decided me firmly in favour of participation.

It’s true that we don’t all get on the streets when our government hosts other corrupt world leaders but Trump truly is in a special league all of his own.

(And watching my dog, Lettice, go berserk thanks to his sodding helicopter convention above Regent’s Park for the past two days hasn’t warmed me up much either. I am loving my friend Debora’s description of it as a helipram – for a president to scared to travel by road because of the protestors everywhere.)

I joined my Americans in London posse – Ayla, Chloe and Anne for a little light protesting on Regent Street.


The Daily Mail may have called us a mob of some 10 000 pro Corbynists but don’t believe their propaganda. The march was well in excess of 100 000, with some reports putting it as high as 250 000. And I’m pretty sure George Osborne is no Corbynista…

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This is a Sponsored Post in association with Links of London

I’ve written before about my problems with crippling social anxiety and, although it’s got so much better over the years, I still sometimes get the fear when walking into social situations where I don’t know anyone. In these situationsI find it’s helpful to have a mantra – I like to say the word ‘courage‘ to myself as I enter the room to give me some much-needed mental strength..

So when, Links of London asked me to choose a piece from their very wide range of items that can be engraved, from jewellery, including bracelets and pendants, to tie bars, collar stiffeners and cufflinks, although I was very tempted by the idea of self-gifting myself the compact mirror, and I’ve always loved the idea of engraving a message on the back of a watch for only the wearer to know, I decided on this beautiful gold vermeil necklace and pendant, which had a tiny secret on it, just for me.

On one side I asked for the word ‘Courage‘ to be engraved.

I’ve always liked the idea of engraving personal messages for just the wearer to see – it follows on from the Seventeenth Century idea of poesy rings, where a short message -religious, friendly or amorous – was engraved on the inside of a ring. (The name was derived from the French word “poésie” or poem and, if you are interested, I wrote a long feature for The Wall Street Journal about antique jewellery here.)

Hence ‘courage‘: a little reminder for me to always be brave

Y0u can check out the entire collection of  items suitable for engraving at Links of London here.


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The Differences Between CBD Hemp Oil and Marijuana

For many people, the word cannabis is associated with a high, however this is only partially true. Cannabis is a genus of plants to which marijuana belongs, but also includes other plants such as hemp. CBD hemp oil, which is sourced from the hemp plant rather than the marijuana plant, has recently risen in popularity due to the associated health benefits.  

Differences between hemp and marijuana 

Although they belong to the same genus, hemp and marijuana have obvious physical differences that make them easy to distinguish from one another. Marijuana plants tend to grow outwards, with a large circumference but a short height of less than five feet. They also have many more leaves and buds than hemp plants. Hemp plants grow to a height of about 15 feet and have long robust stalks.

Hemp, in comparison to marijuana, has significantly reduced THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, levels and higher CBD, or cannabidiol, levels. THC is the substance that causes the high associated with marijuana. Due to the low THC levels in the hemp plant, hemp does not affect the body in the same way as marijuana and doesn’t produce a high. CBD is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants that has positive benefits, such as relaxation and pain relief, without the psychotropic effects of marijuana, such as dulled senses and slower reaction times. 

Uses of CBD Hemp oil

If you suffer from anxiety, insomnia, or chronic pain, CBD hemp oil may be a good option if you desire a more natural method to help with the symptoms of these and other conditions. CBD hemp oil may be used in the treatment of epilepsy as well as certain mental illnesses. Research has found that CBD oil has similar effects to some antipsychotic drugs in the body.

Therefore, CBD oil may benefit people with psychiatric conditions without the problematic side effects of many clinical drugs. According to a study published in Current Pharmaceutical Design, CBD was found to be useful and safe in alleviating symptoms of ailments such as epilepsy, depressive disorders, as well as schizophrenia. This is because CBD has analgesic, antipsychotic as well as antidepressant properties that are key in managing these problems.

Cancer patients may benefit from CBD hemp oil. CBD is known for its ability to fight the spread of certain types of tumors in the human body by reducing the growth of harmful cancer cells. It also encourages the death of these cells, making it helpful in fighting cancer. Additionally, CBD acts as a pain reliever. It has anti-inflammatory and pain regulation properties that may assist those with chronic pain.

Recent studies show promising results that CBD hemp oil aids with the symptoms of drug withdrawal by producing a calming effect and leads to reduced rates of relapse.  

How it works 

CBD is a cannabinoid which fixes itself to the cannabinoid receptors in the body via the endocannabinoid system, commonly known as the ECS. CBD works in the ECS by assisting the homeostasis of the body, impacting functions such as pain, appetite, hormone regulation, memory, sleep and mood.

Using CBD hemp oil 

There are several ways through which CBD can be ingested in the human body, including: 

Gum, supplements, edibles, concentrates, topicals, vaporizers, oils, tinctures, and capsules. You can decide which method works best for you.  

As with any supplement, talk to your doctor about using CBD hemp oil before integrating it into your health routine.

Choosing The Right Women’s Plus Size Swimwear

Women have different body shapes. For this reason, not every swimwear will look fantastic on every woman. There is something specific to suit every individual. That is why you need to know how to select the correct women’s plus size swimwear. Below is a guide to identifying the best swimsuit based on particular body shapes.  

Small Busts  

A woman with a small bust needs to boost the appearance of the chest area. Therefore, consider buying swimwear with padding as it adds volume to the chest. Boning, on the other hand, contours the chest thus flattering your bust. Consider, also, swimsuits with patterns. You will look spectacular. These are basic rules for small-busted women. However, there is more to it if you like. 

For instance, a bow bikini comes with removable cups that look great when swimming. However, you can remove them afterward for a comfortable stroll at the beach or pool. After all, you have a small bust. You will not look as bad as you may think. Those removable straps also come in handy. To spice up your women’s plus size swimwear, consider buying one with ruffles at the cleavage. You will not regret it. 

V-necks look fantastic on small busts. They enhance your cleavage leaving you flattered. Think about a pushup bikini as well. The extra padding increases your beauty and balance. What about wearing a striped tankini? It accentuates your bust plus the cups can stand your active nature in the waters. They will give you the support you so much need if you have such a personality.  

Straight Figures  

Women with a straight figure have a variety of swimsuits to choose from. Any one-piece suit with cutouts will work well. Besides, go for light and bright colors. They will look excellent on you.  

Try a strapless bikini. It offers support and adds shape to your waistline. A halter bikini is an excellent choice too for a straight figure. It combines several designs. It has a contoured cut to boost your upper body look. The horizontal pattern and stripes add to the beauty of a halter.

Big Stomach 

There is nothing to be ashamed of for having a large stomach. There is women’s plus size swimwear designed just for that. You have nothing to worry about. It hides your stomach to make you feel confident as you have fun.  

Think about purchasing a high waist bikini. It takes away attention from your tummy and directs it to your waist for a marvelous shape.  

Underwire tankini does a great job of hiding the stomach. The top has patterns, and the middle has color. This way, peoples’ eyes shift to the chest and let your tummy be.  

If you love color blocking, swimsuits with such a style are available. They give you such an irresistible illusion.  

Tank suits with high necks suit those with large stomachs. Their horizontal strips provide you a broader appearance, which will be perfect if that is the look you yearn for when in the open swimming or simply basking.  

Endowed Bottom 

If you have fuller hips and thighs, there is something for you. Bold patterns on your lower body attract attention to your upper body. There are a few options to help make your thighs and hips look appealing.  

Put in mind monochrome suits when shopping for women’s plus size swimwear. There are amazing designs to select from. With monochrome swimwear, you choose either a black and white combo or a suit with one color that is white or black.  

A piped neckline draws attention to the shoulder taking people off your butt. Bold bands also work well with this physique. If you have a nice back, you had better flaunt it to the world with keyhole swimwear. People around you will focus on your beautiful back and forget about your thighs or hips.   

From the guide, it is clear that there is something for everyone.  Women have different figures. Each one of them has a good side, which should be exposed through the swimwear one chooses. It does not matter whether you have a belly, a straight figure or large hips and thighs. You can always find something that attracts attention to your good side and makes you look terrific. What remains now is for you to buy the correct swimwear that flatters your shape.

The 5 Nuggets of Life to Follow: A Decent Life That is Worth Living By

We all want to have a healthy lifestyle , want to maintain our lifestyle better and keep along with the fashion , that’s not going to be achieved by just reading the lifestyle news or reading about the best lifestyle habits , but doing what we read in the lifestyle new and do what we read about the best lifestyle habits is the thing which will provide us with the best lifestyle and healthy one , lifestyle news are all around these days , but finding easy steps to making your lifestyle better is hard in all the things around these days . So, not like any other lifestyle news article, this is an article about the best lifestyle you could ever have with maintaining these healthy habits.  

  1. Eat Healthy  

Healthy food could change our lives dramatically , maintaining the habit of eating healthy could change our working time ,our thinking and even our emotions , according to nutritionists , Eating the right food could change the way you feel , for girls eating a lot of soy products could enhance the production of Estrogen in their bodies to make them feel happier and more active , which will make their emotional life better , and also make them work harder towards their dreams , and the other way around for men , eating good amount of protein and wheat germs and oats products could enhance their Testosterone , which will allow them to be happier , tougher and work harder , and in all aspects of life , if you’re eating healthy enough you could reduce the idea of getting sick , reduce the rate of diseases and keep your body smart, you’ll keep on working for straight hours without feeling tired , and also healthy food could let you think better by advancing the work of your brain , so eating healthy is the first habit that must be achieved in your life to have the best lifestyle .  

 2. Keep the fitness  

According to two thousand and eighteen lifestyle news, keeping yourself fit is a way to change your life upside down in a good way, which is playing sports or making exercises regularly on a weekly basis.  

Exercising could make you stronger, more active to achieve more work with better quality and better thinking methods. Exercising will also help you manage your day time, by specifying actual number of hours weekly in specific timings, that will allow you to plan a schedule for your life and enhance everything in your life.  

Exercising would enhance your brain efficiency and body efficiency to have the best lifestyle you could ever dream of and keep your life stable and successful.  

Exercising will get your self-confidence up to the skies, which will affect every aspect of your life, whether you’re a man or a girl, getting your confidence up will make your life extremely better.  

3. Maintain your weight  

Well , although keeping in regular exercises and eating healthy food would control a huge amount of your weight and keep your weight in better values , but it’s kind of not enough if it’s not done well , to keep your shape and body healthy you have to maintain the perfect weight , whether you eat healthy too much or don’t eat enough and still do exercises that will bring you to deficiency ,not having ideal weight affects human dramatically in his life so far , it has been proven in the world wide lifestyle news that not having ideal weight affects your mood even if you do exercises and eat , and also affects your day life , but the other way around if you have a good maintained ideal body weight , you’ll get your mood and day life better and enhanced.  

4. Stop Alcohols  

Stop Drinking Alcohols , After doing the three above steps , stop drinking alcohols , you surely can’t do it within a night , you have to take it step by step , which means if you drink average two liters of Alcoholics weekly , then it’s about one and a half cups a day , change the two liters to one and a half liter weekly , and keep going down and down until reaching about half of the amount you were on to , keep on this average to a certain limit , then start going down slowly to three quarters of a liter , and so on until reaching no alcoholics in your life , this method will take about three months of your life , but as the three months pass , you’ll notice great change in your life starting from your memory , proven facts about the best lifestyle that reducing alcohol will improve your memory cells and keep them alive for the highest amount of time of your life , also quitting alcohols will improve your digestive system dramatically through the first two weeks of stopping alcoholics , and in all directions of your life , stopping alcohols will advance your life to the next level.  

 5. No smoking  

The last habit you have to stop according to the best lifestyle news, you have to stop smoking, whether you’re a smoker or not, if you’re not a smoker you have to not even think of going in that direction, you have to fight yourself to not even try smoking, smoking destroys every inch of your body and reduces your heart strength and brain and could expose you to dangers of cancer, also it’s something to get addicted to. In the other way around if you’re a smoker, you have to quit smoking, it’s going to be in the same way of alcohols quitting but a little further for six months because quitting smoking is a little bit harder and it needs a strong will, after you stop smoking you won’t feel any anxiety, your brain cells will regenerate to let you have healthier lifestyle, thinking, body shape, digestion, and every aspect and direction of your body will be enhanced to a certain level.