How to Wear Ultra Violet This Spring

How to wear ultra violet this spring

 

It's certainly the season of pastel, but if there’s a standout shade it has to be Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2018, ultra violet. For Pantone, it’s a blue-based purple, but for the rest of us, it’s finding its way into our wardrobes in an array of tones and shades. And we love them all. New to this lilac hue? Let us guide you with our hero pieces to tap into the trend

 

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Lilac dresses

The violet solution to occasion season? Our flowing dress designs. Charming and feminine, they are everything a spring staple should be. We'll be wearing ours with vibrant accessories and statement jewellery. If you’re already on board with this palette, why not add a matching eyeshadow and manicure? The best part about these must-have dresses is that they can be worn again. Style them with sandals for garden parties or under neutral blazers for work.

“When it comes to lavender dresses, it’s all about whimsical details.”

 

 

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If in doubt, accessorise

Still unsure? You don't need to dress head to toe in violet this spring. Instead, ease yourself into the trend with pastel shoes and handbags. Backpacks are the perfect style to revamp your workwear, whilst essential totes sit stylishly with tailoring. Looking for something more subtle? Treat yourself to a pretty purse or a leather cardholder for a weekday update.

“If you buy one accessory this spring, make it violet.”

 

 

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Weekend essentials

The key to keeping this trend cool is to keep it simple. A plain lilac t-shirt paired with blue jeans makes the perfect off-duty outfit. Planning an evening out? Swap laid back tops for an embellished blouse and add your favorite heels. If you aren't ready to style this shade in public, why not try some lingerie? Our favourite brands are now releasing a host of pastels designs - this chemise just moved to the top of our wish list.

“Let the violet trend extend to your lingerie for romantic spring style.”

 

 

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Michael Kors Autumn Classics

Amp up your wardrobe this season

 

Introducing the new autumn trends from Michael Kors. Whether it's a tote or backpack you want to head back to work with, you’re covered for every occasion.

 

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The Rivington stud

For a touch of everyday luxury, look no further. Only available at House of Fraser, our Michael Kors satchel tote combines practicality and style with an edge. The detachable shoulder strap guarantees comfort, whilst the studded trim will add punch to your workwear. These signature shades will also take you from day to night and into the weekend. What more do you need? For polished off-duty styles, wear it with your favourite denim and trainers.

“Meet your new autumn hero that’ll compliment everything”


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The nylon collection

This nylon collection has a bag for every occasion – whether you’re preparing for a weekend getaway or heading back to work. The roomy interior will allow you to keep your essentials close, from your gym kit to your laptop. Feeling daring? Fall back in love with leopard this season and make a statement. If your style is more subtle, embrace the cross-body bag for a busy weekend on the run.

“Versatility meets style with durable backpacks, totes and cross-body bags”


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Pimp your pancakes

Pimp your pancakes

 

From the right kit to the tastiest toppings



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Pancake Day

 

How to make buttermilk pancakes

Skip the store-bought mix in favour of this quick recipe, which yields a stack of light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes sweetened with a hint of vanilla. If you’ve got enough willpower to save them for later, simply slip baking parchment between each pancake and pop into a warm oven – but we’ll be tucking in straight away.


Ingredients

  • 375 ml plain flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 425 ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg 4 tbsp butter
  • Melted 2 tsp vanilla

Method

1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. Whisk buttermilk, egg, half of the butter and vanilla; pour over dry ingredients. Gently, whisk until combined but still slightly lumpy.

3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan; lightly brush with some of the butter. Pour batter, scant ¼ cup (60ml) at a time, into the pan; spread slightly to form pancakes.

4. Cook until bubbles appear on top, about 2- 5 minutes. Flip and cook until bottoms are golden brown, about 1 minute. Transfer to baking sheet; cover and keep warm.

5. Serve with blueberries, raspberries, and maple syrup.

 

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What to top pancakes with

For traditionalists
We’ve got no qualms with those firmly in the lemon and sugar camp, but it’s worth going for fresh juice, so use a reamer and don’t forgot to fish out those pips. Streaky bacon and maple syrup are more often associated with puffier American pancakes but will work with crepes too – try rolling up a rasher inside each one and dipping in the syrup.

For foodies
Looking to up your pancake game? Try adding slices of softened pear, orange or plum in the first few seconds as the batter has sealed underneath. Once out of the pan, top with Greek yoghurt or crème fraiche, adding some crunch with chia seeds, chopped pistachios or pecans. Add a drizzle of honey and you’ve got one show-stopping pancake.

For big kids
If you’re making them for the kids – or like us, you’ve just got a seriously sweet tooth – Nutella and peanut butter are hard to beat and easy to spread onto warm pancakes. Can we tempt you with some fruit, too? Sliced strawberries, banana or blueberries will pack a decent nutritional punch (and are the perfect ingredients for making into faces for the kids).

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The gent’s guide to New Year’s Eve party dressing

The gent’s guide to New Year’s Eve party dressing

 

Ah, New Year’s Eve. One of the trickiest nights of the year to plan, never mind to dress for. So to help us all on our merry way, we’ve pulled together a little guide to help you get dressed, taking inspiration from some of our favourite dapper gents. From James Bond to Ryan Reynolds, there's an outfit out there for every level of celebration.

 

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Inspiration: Bond

When else do you get to go to a black tie dinner in, well, black tie? New Year’s Eve is the ideal moment to get spruced up and grab yourself a great tuxedo that’ll be the source of many compliments. Want to try something a little bit different this year? Go for a subtle pattern or a statement jacket in wintry hues or lustre textures. Add a polished pair of Oxfords or Derbys and order your martini shaken, not stirred. James who?


Inspiration: Ryan Reynolds

If you’re going to an event or fancy dinner and want to look suave but a tux is too much, try a slim cut grey, black or blue suit instead. The trick is to dress the suit down slightly, so wear the two piece with just one button done and a great skinny tie and shirt, do away with stiff collars altogether and opt for a simple crew neck and trainers or mix and match your jacket with chinos and your trousers with a t-shirt and bomber jacket. The options are plentiful and a hard-working suit will buy you some serious mileage.


Inspiration: The Chainsmokers

If you’re heading down the house party/ going out out route, get yourself a statement tee, some great fitting jeans (black and tapered are our current favourites) and some on-trend, clean-line trainers. Pair with a bomber jacket that’s not too warm, not too cold, or a parka to add to the coat pile. If you need a hand in getting the vibe right, look to The Chainsmokers’ casual-cool style for inspiration.


Other party heroes include a rugged leather jacket, hiking boots (the ones you don’t actually use for mountaineering) and the failsafe indigo denim shirt. Fashion’s fanciest night of the year just got a whole lot simpler.

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Mother of the Bride Makeup Must-haves

Mother of the Bride makeup must-haves

 

It's not just the happy couple's big day - make sure you have your moment in the spotlight with these ageless beauty buys, perfect for every mother of the bride's makeup bag.



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1. Brighten up

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow

 

Bright, beautiful and forever young at heart, this Charlotte Tilbury essential will colour correct and brighten.


Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow, £38.50

 


2. Stay gold

Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold

 

A glow-giving serum with that Midas touch and a notable floral scent.


Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold, £47

 


3. Made you blush

Bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush

 

Warm up your complexion with a sweep of blusher.


Bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush, £22

 


4. Long lasting lashes

Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara

 

Because luscious lashes are the order of the day.


Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara, £25

 


5. Lip service

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe

 

A long-lasting show of colour speaks volumes on the lips, achieved by a super pigmented formula.


MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe, £17.50

 


6. The perfect foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF 10

 

This iconic foundation doesn’t budge, has great coverage and comes in a range of shades.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF 10, £33.50

 


7. Get, set, go

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

 

This setting spray saviour enables you to enjoy the festivities without worrying about your makeup.


Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £24

 


8. Prime time

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift

 

Say hello to the ultimate lip primer, which will keep your lipstick firmly in place all day.


Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift, £25.50

 


9. Multitasking must-have

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

 

This heaven sent concealer fits perfectly in your clutch bag, ready for any quick touch-ups.


Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, £25

 


10. All about the eyes

Clarins Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette

 

Having to travel for the wedding? This cute palette will make all your brow dreams come true.


Clarins Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette, £35

Top 6 statement lighting

Come darker days, what better way to upgrade your space than the mood-boosting appeal of luxe lighting? Our edit of the best makes a case for metallic finishes, animal motifs, exposed bulbs and more - these are some seriously bright ideas.

 

 


1. Scandi simple



 

The organic curve of this glass bubble pendant softens the cooler-than-cool exposed bulb.


Gray & Willow Glass Bubble Light £85.00

 


2. Bronze appeal



 

The elegant lines and bronze finish of this charming heron lamp prove that luxe design can still have plenty of personality. Warmer than gold, bronze is this season’s hero metallic.


Biba Heron Resin Table Lamp £95.00

 


3. Walk on the wild side



 

Dial up the drama with the kitsch appeal of this leopard lamp, inspired by all things exotic. We’ve gone wild for its metallic finish and hand-painted spots.


Biba Leopard Table Lamp £85.00

 


4. Chic centerpiece



 

Finished in a grey wash, this beaded beauty is a little less formal than a traditional chandelier, but no less luxurious: consider it a lesson in French country charm..


Junipa Talia Wood Beaded Chandelier £140.00

 


5. Contemporary cool



 

Tap into the industrial trend with this future classic. The concrete pendant is finished with a resin contrast, which glows with a band of warm and gentle light when switched on.


Gray & Willow Concrete Pendant Light £70.00

 


6. Eastern inspired



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This signature shape is elevated by an intricate floral print, capturing an elegance from the Far East. The best bit? Every hand-painted ceramic base is unique.


Junipa Anise Floral Painted Ceramic Table Lamp £120.00

3 Ways to Style Summer Suits

3 WAYS TO STYLE SUMMER SUITS

 

3 ways to style summer suits

 

The suit has made its return just in time for the height of summer and we couldn't be happier about it. With ample fits, shapes and colours on offer, summer suiting really can work for everyone. From work to play, here are three of our favourite ways to style them.


Monday - Friday

We're loving grey suits for work this season. Opt for light fabrics and neutral shades that'll keep you cool in the office. Pair with everything from slogan t-shirts and trainers (perfect for laidback offices) to blouses and heels for big meetings. How to transform this look for the weekend? Throw your blazer on over blue jeans and sliders for a chic take on the trend.


Dinner and drinks

It's Saturday night, aka your one chance to get really dressed up, so don't hold back. Nothing turns heads like a head-to-toe red ensemble, so be brave and style up some bright and bold tailoring. Slip over bodies or silk camisoles and add longline earrings for an extra dose of glitz.


Summer afternoons

If you're heading for brunch or to your favourite gallery this weekend, switch tailored trousers for some easy-to-wear shorts. This season, the new spin on tonal dressing is perfect for balmy days, so swap out brights for subtle variations of white, albaster and cream. The best part? These pale pieces can easily be added to your vacay wardrobe and restyled as separates.


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The ultimate partywear guide

The Ultimate Men’s Partywear Guide

 

Who doesn't love party season? Calendar jam-packed, Instagram Stories galore, fending off invites left, right and centre… we live for the Christmas hype. The downside is the pressure to look on-point at all times. We can all feel a little flustered at the thought of entering a party not knowing if your outfit’s going to nail it or look OTT. So in aid of all partygoers, we’ve pulled together a quick reference guide with some help from Carl Thompson from @hawkinsandshepherd. You pick the party, he's picked the outfit - and the rest of the night is up to you.

 

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THE HOUSE PARTY

 


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The house party is often the most casual of all yuletide festivities. Like arriving fashionably late, the trick is to give the air that you didn’t even try, while looking ridiculously good. To pull off this elusive equation, we recommend centering your outfit around a great shirt.

“This is not the place for peacocking”

Keep your shirt slim cut, roll the sleeves up and pair with chinos (rolled above the ankle) and minimalist sneakers. Vary the look by choosing a denim shirt and inky black jeans, or a plaid shirt, mid-wash jeans and a tee underneath. Accessories-wise just stick to a watch and if you need an outer layer, choose a black puffer that says both sensible and free-spirited, casual but not too undone.

Base your outfit around: the shirt

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THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

 


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Whether you’re dutifully joining in or are an enthusiastic participant in the after-work antics, the general consensus for an office party is it’s important to look good. Often going straight from work, you don’t want a full outfit change. So that day wear suit trousers and a roll neck or a fine knit in an autumnal hue. When the drinks get passed around, throw on a statement jacket – velvet, pattern or check – and you’ll look instantly event-ready. Alternatively, wear a grey suit and when you down tools, swap your shirt for a simple white tee, and wear with your suit jacket over the top.

“Look like you’ve made an effort with little fuss”

We’ve all had the temptation to literally roll from your desk to the party without any change of attire but trust us – it pays to look like you’ve made some kind of effort. Even later when you’re not feeling the jovial vibes, senior management will take note that you valiantly joined in with the celebrations.

Base your outfit around: the blazer

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The black tie do


Black tie is code word for ‘make an effort’ and we jump at the chance to feel simultaneously like James Bond and royalty. The tux is arguably the most sophisticated thing hanging in your wardrobe – the luxe, satin lapels distinguishing it from all your standard suits. Keep your look classic with a black dinner suit or for the more daring, choose a burgundy or emerald hue. To finish things off, polished black Oxfords or Derbies are a must.

“Your starring moment”

It’s hard to emphasise enough the importance of fit. Great men of style – we’re thinking David Gandy, David Beckham et al. – all sport suits tailored exactly to fit. If the one you wore to that thing a couple of years ago is a little loose, do away with any risk and get yourself a new one to fit your shape. You’ll thank us later.

Base your outfit around: the suit

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The dinner soiree

 


The dinner soiree


A dinner party invite is a compliment for two reasons: a) fewer people are on the guest list b) the host is putting in a lot of effort. To return such a gesture, you’ve got to look sharp. In this intimate, classy setting go for refined elegance and anchor your style around knitwear. A chunky cream turtleneck or a sweater in an earthy tone teamed with neutral trousers oozes easy sophistication. Similarly, herringbone trousers with a simple knit and shirt will always go down well.

“An invitation to sophistication”

Look expensive in soft fabrics and tonal hues. Complete your look with a clean-line coat and as soon as you knock on the door (bottle in hand, of course), you’ll soar in the first impression stakes.

Base your outfit around: knitwear

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Going out out

 


Going out out


When you’re dressing for drinks there are lots of ways you could go, but for winter we like to think about it in terms of boots. Just picture a pair of sand chukka boots, light jeans and a statement tee… the dream. Black Chelsea boots, dark jeans, black jumper - also a winner. And this can be your moment to go vintage. Try rugged boots, a supple leather jacket and worn-in denim for effortless cool.

“Be prepared for anything”

To be honest, we never know where drinks are headed. Keep a peacoat or Harrington handy for any location moves or impromptu alfresco drinking. Layers are great for transitioning from hot bar to blustery pavements. Think comfy, easy, suave and you’ll have a great time. Clink, clink.

Base your outfit around: boots

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Spring Jacket Favourites & How To Wear

YOUR NEW HERO JACKET: THE SPRING BLAZER

 

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As temperatures begin to rise, it's time to phase out your winter coat in favour of a spring jacket. Enter the blazer, which has had something of a resurgence over the past year. Worried it'll feel too corporate for spring? Fear not, this season it's been reinvented in bright colours, bold prints and signature stripes. Here's how to make the blazer work for every summer occassion.

Desk to drinks

Looking for a sharp 9-5 staple? Be brave and go for bright colour waves, like the below fuschia number. Throw on over loosley tucked in shirts, beach accessories and summer's staple; the mule. Our handbag of choice? Straw, of course.

Garden parties

If floral dresses aren't for you, opt for a floral blazer instead. Top of our wish lists? The Biba palm print version, which comes with matching trousers. Don't want to go all out? Wear with blue denim, a metallic handbag and chunky wedges. Underneath, go for a silky cami - perfect for those hot summer evenings.

Chic casuals

Who said blazers are just for work? Fitted sillouhettes can easily be thrown on at weekends too. We're in love with stripes at the moment. Wear yours with blue denim and white trainers for a simple finish - perfect for Saturday brunches and Sunday lunches. Add a luxe leather backpack, a red lip and some subtle hoop earrings.


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One festive dress, Three Ways to Wear

One festive dress, three ways

 

ONE FESTIVE DRESS, THREE WAYS

 

When it comes to Christmas Day dressing, it's nice to treat yourself to something new. But, how do you get more get-ups for your buck in the new year? Re-cycling dresses might seem like a sartorial shocker but adding some of your everyday wear into the mix will mean you can maximise its outings.


Desk

Desk dressing demands a multi-tasking outfit; appropriate for the office and for after-work drinks. This dress with its high neck line and just-above-the-knee length does the job, but it’s the ensemble add-ons that make the look. When it comes to shoes, a pair of humble loafers is the way to go – comfortable and cool, while a super chunky knit and sophisticated trench coat will add some serious chic.


Date

Dinner at a swish restaurant, cinema and a night cap or bowling, you need your date night outfit to cater to all three. You want to look stylish at the same time as being comfortable. This dress and a pair of thigh high boots were made for each other. They’re on trend and there’s varying heel heights to ensure your feet last the whole evening through – just chuck on an oversized denim jacket to add some cool.


Dance

Party on past the festive season by changing up the way you wear your dress with statement accessories, the way you wear your hair and what makeup look you go for. Why not throw your hair up in a messy pony and add some look-at-me dangly earrings? Compliment the look with a slick of ruby red lipstick and some slip on metallic courts.


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How to Style Straw Handbags

HOW TO STYLE STRAW HANDBAGS

 

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If there's one bag we're lusting after this summer, it's the humble straw bag. No longer reserved for the beach, they're fast-becoming a wardrobe staple, looking just as at home in the city as they are on the sand. From oversized totes to cross-body essentials, there's an array of takes on the trend for every occasion.


City break

Mini break packing can be a tricky affair, but the straw bag might just be the perfect handbag solution. Come day time, opt for your favourite trainers and loose-fit jeans, and when the evening sets in, switch to a maxi dress and lace-up espadrilles for easy boho style.


Dinner date

Miniature straw styles are the perfect finishing touch to date night outfits. Pair with everything from floral dresses to jeans and courts. Take your look even further with nods to the print trend and add statement blouses under denim jackets.


Back to work

Refresh last season's tote with a large straw bag and team with new season tailoring, think neutral palettes and wide-leg trousers. For a more relaxed finish, pair blazers with denim and mules for a modern take on 9-5 dressing.


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Summer holiday activities for kids

Staycationing with the kids

 

The school holidays are nigh, if not already upon us. Six weeks can feel like a daunting amount of time to fill but with a few boredom-busting tricks up your sleeve and a host of family-friendly activities on your radar, the time will fly and hopefully fly tantrum-free.

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We know the feeling: after a couple of hours in the house, all the toys have been played with and the kids are restless. Fear not.

Make an indoor laser maze by stringing up streamers of various heights in the hallway and encourage kids to climb through without touching them. Create a race car track by sticking masking tape on your floors or fill a room with balloons for all sorts of throwing and catching fun. Try an ABC hunt and get kids to run around the house collecting objects starting with each letter (and then challenge them to put the objects back in the right places first).

Suggest kids re-enact their favourite children’s book (complete with costumes) and invite friends round to watch. Alternatively, build a den by draping a sheet around chairs and fill the inside with cushions and fairy lights.

Get creative by doing some baking. Try cutting apples in half and coring them, melting chocolate and peanut butter and drizzling on the top of the apple slices, with berries and sprinkles, so they resemble donuts. Make colourful ice cubes by freezing fruit juice and berries. For more creative fun, use plastic forks dipped in paint to press on paper to create colourful firework patterns or grab a few plastic toys and choose a sunny spot to draw their shadows.

Summer is the prime time to make use of the garden. Camp out overnight and have a bonfire, complete with marshmallows. Get kids’ to keep a nature diary, recording all the wildlife spotted and seeds they plant over the summer.

Get kids to put on an acrobatics display and encourage them to learn to cartwheel and roly-poly. When it’s sunny, string up balloons filled with water on the washing line and play piñata. Alternatively, run a plastic sheet down the slope of your garden, put the hose at the higher end and with a little soap, you’ve created the perfect water slide. Genius.

 

 

 

Away

There are plenty of activities going on this summer to make staycationing feel as special as vacationing. In the capital, be sure to head to Beasts of London at the Museum of London (museumoflondon.org.uk): an interactive exhibition telling the history of London through the animals that once lived there, voiced by celebrities from Kate Moss to Stephen Mangan. Also, don’t miss the Science Museum’s celebration of 50 years since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon (sciencemuseum.org.uk).

Head to the country’s longest and highest treetop walkway at the Enchanted Forest in Groombridge (groombridgeplace.com), Kent. There are workshops galore at the Roald Dahl Museum (roalddahl.com), Buckinghamshire, plus magical journeys await on Hampshire’s Watercress Line steam trains, including a trip on Thomas the Tank Engine (watercressline.co.uk). 

In the south west, take a journey back in time in Devon’s Victorian village (morwellham-quay.co.uk) or have a sleepover among the sharks at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth (national-aquarium.co.uk). At Green Man festival in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, there are plenty of activities to keep little ones occupied (greenman.net) while you soak up the festival spirit.

Cadbury World, Birmingham (cadburyworld.co.uk), is a must along with the National Space Centre, Leicester, with its 42m rocket tower (spacecentre.co.uk). There are live action shows at Warwick Castle (warwick-castle.com), plus ample opportunities for learning and exploring at Imagine That!, Liverpool (imaginethat.org.uk).

Find fossils on the Dinosaur Coast in North Yorkshire and don’t miss the very family-friendly festival, Deer Shed (deershedfestival.com). Unleash their inner Tarzan at GoApe in locations throughout the UK, including Northwich, Cheshire (goape.co.uk).

In Scotland, head to Edinburgh Zoo to see life-sized animal sculptures constructed from over a million LEGO bricks (edinburghzoo.org.uk). There’s inflatables galore at the heated Stonehaven outdoor pool, Aberdeenshire (stonehavenopenairpool.co.uk).

Explore Belfast with the self-guided murder mystery trail (treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/co-antrim/Belfast) and check out Titanic Belfast (titanicbelfast.com). Hitting the beach and renting a body board, at Portstewart  or  Portrush for example, should be on everyone’s summer bucket list. 

There you have it. Six weeks planned out, no problem.   

 

 
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Men’s spring wardrobe staples

 

Time to refresh your style? Look to Linea for around-the-clock staples, Turner & Sanderson for city smart, Label Lab for urban street style, Criminal for trend-led swag, and Howick for preppy weekend wear. We’ve got it covered – basics and beyond.

 

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Layer up


The first switch in transitioning from winter to spring is the coat. Pack away your heavy outerwear and slot a perennially cool bomber, rugged trucker or smart/casual mac into your repertoire.

For knitwear, turn to lighter colours and thinner, breathable weaves. Equally, sweatshirts come into their own in spring as the ideal middle ground – perfect on their own or layered under a jacket.

“The master of layering has a wardrobe of relatively staple items that he twins with designer items”

Let David Beckham be your guide for successful spring dressing. Want to know how he does it? Paul Hayes, Menswear Senior Buyer at House of Fraser, decodes Beckham’s look: “The master of layering has a wardrobe of relatively staple items that he twins with designer items. This formula makes that old T-shirt or well worn pair of jeans look brand new.” For in-between weather, he’ll wear a T-shirt and beanie, or denim shirt layered under a light safari jacket.


COMING SOON: Howick classic khaki baseball cap

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Working wardrobe


There's some good news for your working wardrobe, as one of the biggest trends for SS18 is a fresh new take on suiting. But this time around we're looking at a beautiful rainbow of colours, from dusty pink to electric blue.

“Be a little more daring with your workwear wardrobe”

Office codes are also changing. Spring – with all its new season optimism – gives you a chance to mix it up. Change your shirt for a striped tee, wearing with your suit blazer, trousers and trainers. Wear subtly patterned shirts with khaki trousers, or go for a luxe bomber and chinos.


COMING SOON: Label Lab Joel pink velvet blazer

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Colour code


"For an evolving wardrobe without the footballer price tag, choose contrasting colours from the same palette,” advises Anita Ross, Personal Shopper at Jenners, Edinburgh. Blue with subtle accents of orange or yellow, for example, is always stylish. Try introducing pattern and colour into your wardrobe through statement tees and pastel Oxford shirts.

“Choose contrasting colours from the same palette”

A few simple changes can breathe fresh air into your outfits. Swap cords for jeans, boots for trainers and scarves for aviator sunglasses and buy items that can work just as well for weekends as they will for smart-casual, from chinos to shirts.


COMING SOON: Turner & Sanderson Fairford monkey paisley silk tie


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Lobster Prints For Spring

How to wear lobsters this spring

 

Lobster Lady

 

It looks like the style universe has thrown a crustacean curveball with a sea of lobster and crab motifs. And no one is doing it better than Fabienne Capot. New to House of Fraser, the Amsterdam based brand has a handful of pieces dedicated to the clawed critters. Whether you want to add a subtle touch of rock-pool chic to your wardrobe, or go all out with a head-to-toe ensemble, be sure to snap these styles up this season.

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New Season Capsule Wardrobe

Along with the start of a new season, comes the desire to fill your wardrobe with a whole new collection of clothes. But with Christmas just behind us and January payday still a million miles away, how can you give your wardrobe a refresh and not break the bank? Well, this year is all about investing in a few key pieces that will instantly transform your look.

 

 


1. The athleisure trouser



Whistles Tie Side Stripe Sweat Pants

 

Athleisure is here to stay. So, flaunt your sporty side (whether you're a gym goer or not) with some laidback trackpants.


Shop Whistles Tie Side Stripe Sweat Pants £89

 


2. The sock boot



Dune Ovela Ankle Boots

 

From desk to drinks, this slick take on the boot will look at place at the bar and in the boardroom.


Shop Dune Ovela Ankle Boots £120

 


3. The wrap dress



Issa Kate Tie Wrap Dress

 

If you need one thing in your wardrobe this year, it’s a wrap dress. Seriously hardworking, it'll multitask as an office staple with heels and comfortable weekend wear with trainers.


Shop Issa Kate Tie Wrap Dress £99

 


4. The must-have jean



Pepe Jeans Denim Pants

 

Light washed and looser fitting than their skinny cousin, the straight leg jean is your new denim staple.


Shop Pepe Jeans Denim Pants £90

 


5. The updated biker



Whistles Borg Sleeve Leather Biker Jacket

 

The biker jacket is going nowhere. But this season, choose one with stand-out sleeves to make a statement.


Shop Whistles Borg Sleeve Leather Biker Jacket £295

 


6. The new shirt



Linea Sydney Tie Waist Stripe Shirt

 

The humble shirt has had an update. Not only is this style in one of SS18's key trends, stripes, but the addition of a chic tie-waist detail makes it a desk-to-drinks essential.


Shop Linea Sydney Tie Waist Stripe Shirt £40

 


7. The go-to bag



Fiorelli Mia Large Grab Tote Bag

 

The tote bag is about to become your new best friend. Big enough to hold all your worldy possesions, but chic enough for a night out with the girls.


Shop Fiorelli Mia Large Grab Tote Bag £65

 


8. On-trend trench



Jigsaw Modern Trench Coat

 

The trench coat was made for layering and will take you straight through to the height of summer. Chuck a fur gilet over the top for those cooler months, and throw on over a fabulous floral dress in spring.


Shop Jigsaw Modern Trench Coat £199

 


9. The statement skirt



Linea Henny Faux Leather Full Skirt

 

Introduce some luxe materials into your seasonal ensembles by way of faux leather - still as stylish, just less pricey.


Shop Linea Henny Faux Leather Full Skirt £49

 


10. The new blouse



Biba Loop Neck Long Sleeve Blouse

 

Worn with a prim and proper skirt, or with baggy boyfriend jeans, the high neck blouse is one of the season's most hardworking items.


Shop Biba Loop Neck Long Sleeve Blouse £59

Best kids' spring clothes

Best kids' spring clothes

Longer days, bluebell woods, Easter egg hunts… we’re getting excited for all that spring brings. Navigate the change in seasons with our pick of the best staples to take little ones into springtime.

 

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1. Love to layer

Kite Daisy Pinafore

 

A pinny is the perfect transitional piece. For warmer days, pair with a cotton tee and when it’s chillier, throw a cardi over the top and a long sleeve top underneath.


Kite, Daisy pinafore, £28

 


2. Shout out

Zadig & Voltaire Girls Short Sleeve T-Shirt

 

Get in on the slogan tee trend and impart wisdom with this standout t-shirt.


Zadig & Voltaire, Girls' short sleeve t-shirt, £39

 


3. Hero hue

Timberland Boys' Trousers

 

Coloured trousers instantly inject a sense of spring into a wardrobe. Choose burnt orange that’ll pair seamlessly with white or navy.


Timberland, Boys' trousers, £55

 


4. Dapper dude

Polo Ralph Lauren Boys Striped Oxford Shirt

 

When spring occasions demand smarter dressing, make sure he’s decked out in a crisp, striped shirt. It’ll look as good with a V-neck and trousers, as with shorts and sandals.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Boys' striped oxford shirt, £49

 


5. Topical tropical

Polarn O. Pyret Girls Parrot Print Leggings

 

Fashion and homewares are turning to the tropics for Spring/Summer 2018. Translate this trend into your little one’s looks with these fun, printed leggings.


Polarn O. Pyret, Girls' parrot print leggings, £12

 


6. Shoulder to shoulder

Monsoon Girls Plain Enid Denim Jacket

 

Denim jackets come into their own in spring. As stylish thrown over pretty dresses and leggings as layered with knitwear and a beanie, they're the ultimate versatile piece.


Monsoon, Girls' plain Enid denim jacket, £24

 


7. Double trouble

Tommy Hilfiger Boys Reversible Bomber Jacket

 

Get two looks in one thanks to a reversible bomber jacket. Practical and timeless, a bomber is a shortcut to effortless style.


Tommy Hilfiger, Boys' reversible bomber jacket, £110

 


8. Casually done

Howick Junior Boys Badge Sweatshirt

 

Pack away heavy knitwear and instead make sweatshirts the new go-to. Providing the ideal level of warmth for spring, they’re also comfy and work for indoors and outdoors.


Howick Junior, Boys' badge sweatshirt, £22

 


9.Feet first

Converse Boys Ctas Core Hi Trainers

 

Iconic Converse are the ideal footwear solution to springtime weather. For all weekend plans, he’ll look super cool.


Converse, Boys' Ctas Core Hi trainers, £34

 


10. Florals for spring

Yumi Girls Girls Floral Kimono Dress

 

Combining an English garden pattern with an Oriental style shape, this fusion dress will work for a multitude of situations.


Yumi Girls, Girls' floral kimono dress, £30