After a distinctly disappointing spring, the weather has done an about turn in July, sending us some of the hottest temperatures in nearly a decade.
Over a quarter of women (28%) treat themselves to a top-to-toe makeover before hitting the beach on holiday, including manis, pedis, facials and fake tans, according to a survey by QVC.
Morocco, Rio, the French Riviera... the words alone are enough to conjure images of endless beaches, sultry sunsets and the clink of cocktail glasses.
With rack upon rack of cut-price clothes and gigantic signs luring us and our pay packets into the shops, it can be easy to get carried away in the summer sales.
Imagine having a wardrobe full of designer dresses to choose from, whenever the occasion called for a jazzy Christopher Kane minidress, or a dazzling Roland Mouret number...
Don't underestimate your holiday itinerary when it comes to finding the holy grail of swimsuits. While body shape is key, it's what you're doing in it that really counts. On-the-go thrill-seeker or human sundial, pick a bikini or one-piece that fits with your vacation mantra.
As a teenager, Chris Beardshaw was a keen sportsman, running half-marathons for his county, destined to achieve great goals as an athlete.
Everything is blooming in the rose garden this year, thanks to the mild winter and spring, with little in the way of frost, providing stress-free conditions for growing.
Now, I don't want to be a killjoy about people's pets, but when I see a neighbour's feline stray into my garden, I just want to get my claws out.
He spent years serving queen and country, but when a vicious assault put an end to Jonathan Knight's career as a soldier, he found a new life producing clothes for them instead.
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died from an "apparent drug overdose" in his New York City apartment, an NYPD spokesman said.
Shropshire’s Zoe Cooper has urged the county to get behind her tonight as she aims to book her place in the final of Britain’s Got Talent – after admitting she has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support she has received.
One of the most dramatic walk-through Dinosaur exhibits in the UK is now open at West Midland Safari Park, and we have 10 family tickets to give away in today’s competition.
The summer holidays are just around the corner, and the family will no doubt want to enjoy some days out. So we’ve teamed up with Tempcover.com to give you the chance to win an IPad mini - to research where to go over the holidays, and a Tom Tom - to help you get there!
The Silverstone Classic celebrates it’s 25th anniversary this year, and to celebrate we’ve got five weekend family passes to give away, in today’s competition.
1. Prep for painting typically means filling, sanding, cleaning off and perhaps even repeating the process until the surface is as perfect as you can get it. With bare wood or plaster, it's often easier to see what needs to be filled after applying a coat of paint, so it's not always possible to do all the prep in one go. Quick-drying fine fillers, such as the Polycell Advanced Polyfilla (£8.99 for 600ml, Homebase), are invaluable for filling walls and ceilings halfway through the job because as long as the repair isn't deep, they dry in no time and require little to no sanding. Wood fillers dry quickly anyway, but usually have to be sanded.
1. Check that the roller has a heavy wire frame and that you'll be able to get replacement sleeves (the bit you apply paint with), so you don't have to bin the whole roller when the sleeve gets worn or you fail to clean it properly. Roller sleeves take a great deal of cleaning (in water) and if you inadvertently leave any paint to dry on the sleeve, it may ruin the finish the next time you paint. If you don't have time to clean the sleeve properly, it's tempting to leave it to soak, but this can cause the frame to rust, which bleeds into the paint when you use the roller. So take the sleeve off the frame first.
1. Period floorboards are often hidden under carpet, tiles or lino, waiting to be discovered and restored to their former glory. This usually means sanding them with an industrial floor sander and edger, which is hard, hot and dusty work. Although more expensive, employing someone to sand them for you is often worth it, and they usually include the cost of the wood stain or varnish in the price. They should also be able to do the job more quickly than you can.