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Fashion & Beauty

  • Accessories for the well-heeled

    Accessories for the well-heeled

    Accessory presentations get their moments of fame throughout fashion week too. Held in different venues around London, these events are generally set up in an elaborate manner meant to convey the story behind the collection. In general, this...

  • Voucher vultures

    Voucher  vultures

    While I love buying presents for my nearest and dearest, I’m not equally enthusiastic about gift-giving when it comes to people whose tastes I’m not particularly familiar with. The truth is that while receiving something is always lovely, I can’t...

  • Buying after a breakup

    Buying after a breakup

    Rebecca has just broken up with her boyfriend. All of a sudden she finds that her Saturday afternoons are well and truly free and that she owes her time to no one. She no longer has to spend her Saturdays watching action movies that she would...

  • Jeremy Scott and Calvin Klein bring politics to NY Fashion Week

    Jeremy Scott and Calvin Klein bring politics to NY Fashion Week

    Politics has worked its way into New York Fashion Week, with a Calvin Klein show that had a clear message and Jeremy Scott saying the US has "an entertainer for president" after his event. Raf Simons message could not have been clearer or more...

  • The three pairs of shoes you need in your arsenal

    The three pairs of shoes  you need in your arsenal

    If ever there was an Achilles heel devised specifically for women, I’m pretty certain it would be shoes. Apart from the varieties of styles and colours that you can get them in, you have the added advantage that even if you gain weight, your feet...

  • Miss France wins Miss Universe contest

    Miss France wins Miss Universe contest

    A 23-year-old dental student from France won the Miss Universe crown in the annual pageant held in the Philippines last night, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged...

  • The incredible invisible woman

    The incredible invisible woman

    Despite the fact that Monica Bellucci publicly stated in a recent interview that ageing was sexy, it would seem that not many fashion and media outlets are on this particular gold-plated bandwagon. In fact, despite the fact that living legends...

  • Spy-cam ring boxes and blinking tiaras at Japan jewellery expo

    Spy-cam ring boxes and blinking tiaras at Japan jewellery expo

    Blinking zirconium tiaras, engagement ring boxes equipped with spy-cams and diamond-dusted hourglasses were some of the most eye-catching items showcased among more than a thousand jewelry booths at Japan's biggest jewelry exposition. Most booths...

  • Three species of shoppers

    The sales are upon us once again and while many bargain hunters will be trying their luck, after my previous forays into the mad world of this season I will probably wait for the hustle and bustle to subside before venturing back into my safe...

  • Ralph Lauren joins fight to ensure fabrics not damaging forests and lives

    Ralph Lauren joins fight to ensure fabrics not damaging forests and lives

    Fashion giant Ralph Lauren Corp, whose designs are sashayed on Hollywood’s red carpets, has unveiled plans to trace wood pulp used in its clothes to avoid buying from regions destroying forests or violating human rights. Rising cotton prices have...

  • Menswear trends from London

    Menswear trends from London

    London relaunched its menswear fashion week last Friday with a new name and quirky designs as the city seeks to hold on to its status as a creativity hub following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. In contrast to fashion capital rivals...

  • Peril at the Post Office

    “As I approached the desk with my palms sweating and a tight knot in the pit of my stomach, I dreaded the worst. Never knowing the outcome of my decisions was an anxiety that I wasn’t sure I could live with much longer…” One would be forgiven for...

  • New year, new me?

    New year, new me?

    Well, I’m sure you haven’t read it here first, but I don’t think anyone is going to be sad to see the back of 2016. After all, not only has this year brought with it the deaths of much loved actors of stage and screen, but it was also the year...

  • Ode to a comfortable Christmas

    Ode to a comfortable Christmas

    If you’re like me, you probably left your Christmas Eve party in the early hours of the morning, which means that when you eventually stumble blindly out of bed today, on Christmas Day, you’re going to have a hangover as big as the Himalayas and...

  • A lush velveteen dream

    A lush velveteen dream

    Long held to be the fabric of choice for goths, rockers and queens of the underworld thanks to 1990s cult classics such as The Crow and The Craft, my first brush with velvet came in the form of a red dress that my mother would put me in around the...

  • Christmas shopping tips for keeping a happy wife

    Christmas shopping tips  for keeping a happy wife

    While last week we tackled the nitty gritty of what you shouldn’t get your significant or not-so-significant other, this week I’m going to be digging my claws into what you might actually get half a smile for. ■ An experience she’ll never forget –...

  • What not to get your loved one this Christmas season

    What not to get your loved one this Christmas season

    While many draft lists of what you should get her for Christmas, very few go the other way. However, being the not-so-little rebel that I am, I thought I’d share a few pearls of the wisdom I have accrued over the years about presents which really...

  • How to get your dream bag without breaking the bank

    How to get your dream bag  without breaking the bank

    Last week I wrote about the real price of not buying a classic designer bag and at the time, I really thought that the subject was somewhat done and dusted. However, after receiving a number of messages from readers asking about the best way to go...

  • Watch in full: The night the Manoel Theatre was tickled Pink

    Watch in full: The night the Manoel Theatre was tickled Pink

    The season's top trends were showcased last week to live baroque and classical music at The Pink Fashion Show, a Times of Malta event held at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. An established and sought-after event on the local catwalk calendar, the...

  • The real price of NOT buying a Chanel bag

    The real price of NOT  buying a Chanel bag

    Based on current spending trends, the average woman under the age of 25 will probably spend in the region of €200,000 in her lifetime on bags, clothes and shoes. This seemingly outrageous sum translates to around 145 handbags, 185 dresses and...

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