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Rock the Seventies revival

a model from Emanuel Ungaro SS15, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout

It was the trend story that eclipsed all others in the spring/summer collections. Designers took a hippy trip back in time, their muses the bohemian babes of the Seventies.

Put a stop to spots


Acne vulgaris, to use its icky full title, now affects 44% of women in the UK, according a survey commissioned by skincare brand Eau Thermale Avene.

Get made-up for spring


Make-up artists at fashion shows have a tendency to get a bit, well, experimental - resulting in catwalk looks that you wouldn't dream of wearing in real life.


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Discover your Seventies style siren


After autumn's Sixties fixation, designers inched forward for spring, landing squarely in the era of bell-bottoms, platforms and feathered hairdos (and that's just the men).

Join the jean scene


Apart from the odd designer who specialises in it, denim doesn't tend to get much of a look-in on the catwalks, with high-end houses favouring textiles that command a higher price on the retail racks.

Set your sights on the spring trends


Now that the autumn fashion shows are done and dusted, we can get back to the task at hand; namely, filling our wardrobes with fresh new season fashion.


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Fairytales and flowers


As families enter the wonderful world of Disneyland Paris with its quirky characters, pink castle, fairytale lands and breath-taking parades, few will notice the quality of the plants, the precision cutting of the lawns or the carefully clipped topiary.

Easter gardens to inspire


When school's out for Easter, it's time for the family to venture outdoors - and there are some great gardens to visit over the holidays, with the added bonus of raising money for charity while you do it.

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WIN a glamping break


Brecon Carreg has extended its distribution of bottled water in the Shropshire area and to celebrate, we are giving you the chance to win an overnight glamping break in Carmarthen, South Wales.

WIN Disney On Ice VIP tickets

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See your favourite Disney princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle take to the ice in a new twist of fairytale fun in Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival. Plus – for the first time in the UK – join royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Frozen, as they journey on a moving adventure with Olaf, Kristoff and loyal reindeer Sven.


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Five tips for: understanding permitted development


1. Big home improvements like loft conversions and extensions can often be done under your home's permitted development (PD) rights. This means you don't need planning permission, as long as you stick to the rules governing width, height, materials, etc. You can apply to your local council for a lawful development certificate for building work that doesn't require planning permission. When you come to sell your home, this certificate can be really useful because it proves to the buyer and their solicitor that the work is lawful.

5 tips for: feature walls


1. You can create a feature wall in pretty much any room - chimney breasts, alcoves and walls behind beds, dining tables and sofas usually work well, but not all rooms have these obvious spots. That doesn't mean it can't still be an option though, you might just have to think more carefully about which is the best wall of the room to focus on - maybe you want to brighten up the darkest wall, or liven up a wall without any other inbuilt features on it.

5 tips for: choosing solar panels


1. Solar panels are relatively inexpensive and straightforward to install compared to many other types of renewable-energy technology. Panels are usually fitted to a pitched roof, but they can be mounted on a wall, or a frame on the ground or a flat roof. Although they work on cloudy days, the panels need a sunny position to be most effective, so a south-facing position, which gets sun most of the day, is ideal.