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Rose to the occasion

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There's no denying that a dozen ravishing roses is a fabulous gift to receive on Valentine's Day.

Oil have what she's having...

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Remember the great oil spill of 2014? No, not the kind that gets petrol producers in trouble - we're talking about the flood of oil products onto the beauty market.

Recharge your beauty routine

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If your alarm clock going off is tantamount to torture, and it feels as though you're applying your make-up on autopilot and sleep-walking to work, then you're clearly suffering from a case of PNYSD: Post-New Year Slump Disorder.

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Fashion

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Figure out your perfect lingerie

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Treating yourself to some lovely lingerie to impress that special someone has become a time-honoured Valentine's Day tradition. But with the array of underwear on offer, it can be hard to know where to start - and what suits.

Flex your fashion muscles

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Since the dawn of time, or at least since the dawn of the gym, New Year's resolution lists have invariably included a pledge to get fit.

Just fur fun

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Faux fur is a no-brainer for winter, but now we're the wrong side of Christmas, natural tones and animal prints can feel a bit too, well, wintry.

Gardening

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A rose isn't just for Valentine's Day...

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I'm not wanting to put a dampener on romance, but I really begrudge my husband paying a fortune for roses on Valentine's Day when the same money could have gone on a living rose that I can plant in my garden and enjoy for years to come.

Beardshaw sows ideas for new trends

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The weather is going to be the telling factor in garden design trends this year, thanks to several years of excessively wet weather and flooding.

Dining Out

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Showbiz News

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Competitions

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WIN a mobility scooter

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We’ve teamed up with Midland based Easy Living Mobility stores to give you the chance to win a Go Go ES8 Boot Scooter.

Food

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DIY

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5 tips for exterior makeovers

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1. The latter decades of the 20th century weren't our finest in terms of architecture, and some houses from the 1950s onwards just aren't that attractive. If your home is among those aesthetics forgot, an architect or builder will be able to help you transform the exterior. Detached houses are the best candidates for an extreme makeover, because there isn't an adjoining reminder of the old look, but properties of all shapes and sizes can benefit from an exterior redesign.

5 tips for choosing carpet

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1. Consider where the carpet is going - bedroom carpets are subjected to far less wear than stair carpets, for example. Also think about your household - do you need something hardwearing because you have children and/or pets, or do you live alone? For busy rooms, go for a blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon - the wool will make the carpet look good and the nylon will help it perform better.

5 top tips for efficient radiators

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1. If a radiator's hot at the bottom but cold further up, it's not working properly because there's air inside. To get rid of the air, put a radiator key or small screwdriver (depending on the type of hole) into the radiator's bleed valve and open it (see my How-to Tip). Don't do this when the heating is on or the radiators are still hot.