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What can save Marks & Spencer?



Marks & Spencer store closures

In the UK there’s a huge furore around the news that Marks & Spencer is shuttering stores and streamlining its clothing offer. M&S is a national treasure to the Brits, so we naturally panic at such news, but I’m being optimistic. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: forward planning



Smythson diary

How far do you like to plan ahead? Are you the type to get your next year diary in August, or do you buy it in clearance on the 31st January (you cheapskate!)?

Smythson is making it very easy to stock up now with its 2017 diaries which now come in an extended range of colours. Its customers kept asking for different shades, so it’s gone mad and given them everything they asked for and more. (more…)



How to wear a trench coat now



How to wear a trench coat

For all the fanfare around puffy jackets and duvet coats, it has to be said – they don’t suit everyone. I was reminded about this at the weekend at the sight of a diminutive soul in her blue Bacofoil number, hoisted slightly askew a la Vetements, but not really fooling anyone. No wonder then that the sensible stalwart, the trench coat, is more popular than ever, on and off the catwalk.

The Telegraph ran a piece unpicking the whys and wherefores of the trench trend a week ago (more…)



Omorovicza: first impressions and new launches



Omorovicza skincare from Budapest

Back in the day, a skincare routine was easy – cleanse, tone, moisturise. SPF? Not on my radar. We certainly didn’t have unctuous hot cloth balms or zany foil masks – it was a straightforward, functional process. But beauty has become a bigger (and more competitive) business than ever before; enter many many more steps and products. (more…)