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Have a cool summer!

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Balmy weather is wonderful if you're lucky enough to be on holiday. But when you're stuck at work, or in a stifling flat where air con isn't an option, it's enough to make even the most ardent sun-worshipper pray for rain.

Fabulous feet in a flash

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Peep-toes, pool slides, sexy sandals... summer shoe options are endless. But if you're feeling shy about these feet-revealing styles, there's only one solution: a thorough pedicure and polish.

Happy Birthday you beauty!

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In the fast-moving world of beauty, fads come and go in the blink of an eye (quite literally in the case of mascara), but some products are so popular they last a lifetime - or longer.

Holidays

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Fashion

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Now in print

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Some of the biggest - and best - trends to emerge from the spring/summer collections were the bold, technicoloured prints that designers emblazoned on their catwalk creations.

Find a real jewel online

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The high street is great if you're looking to grab a statement necklace or pack of stacking rings for less than a tenner, but to avoid catwalk copycats, your best bet is to head to the e-shops.

Stride into summer

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You probably have most of your summer fashion shopping list sorted by now, but as we kick into high season, thoughts turn to accessories, and how to enhance those hot weather outfits.

Gardening

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Gardening? It's Child's Play!

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School's out for summer - but while some parents have every day meticulously planned with activities and time away, others are having 'staycations' and trying to coax their children into the garden.

Slow the flow this summer

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We may have had the hottest July day on record and relatively little rain this month, but water companies are indicating they're not going to introduce hosepipe bans this year, according to a report in trade publication Horticulture Week.

Dining Out

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Showbiz News

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Competitions

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WIN family tickets to celebrity charity football match

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Ex-Corrie star Adam Rickitt is bringing together celebrities from TV, sport and music to take part in a charity football match at Shrewsbury FC August Bank Holiday weekend, and we’ve got family tickets to give away in today’s competition!

Food

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DIY

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5 tips for summer DIY

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1. Hot, sunny days are the obvious time to do exterior repairs and painting, although painting in strong, direct sunlight and high temperatures isn't necessarily a good idea - it can affect the finish. If your home's exterior walls are painted, a fresh coat or two will protect them ready for winter, and smarten them up. As always, do any prep first, such as filling cracks and scraping off loose and flaking paint. To protect bricks, pointing, render, stone, concrete and plaster against water damage, try Sandtex Brickwork Waterproofer and Protector (£29.99 for 5ltr, Homebase), a clear liquid that's easy to use and dries quickly.

5 tips for updating bathrooms

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1. The quickest and easiest way to update your bathroom is to repaint the walls and ceiling. Special kitchen and bathroom emulsion paints (Dulux has separate ranges for kitchens and bathrooms, see www.dulux.co.uk) are designed to withstand steam, stains and mould. Traditionally, kitchen and bathroom emulsions had a sheen, but now many come in a matt finish and a wide range of colours, including some pretty dramatic ones. You should never apply paint in wet, damp or steamy conditions, so if you've only got one bathroom and you want to redecorate, ventilate it well before starting to paint.

5 tips for dealing with showers

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1. There are three main types of shower: power, electric and mixer. Power showers are ideal for homes with plenty of hot water, as they take stored hot and cold water and mix it together to create the desired temperature. A built-in pump boosts the flow of water, creating a powerful spray, even if you have low water pressure (a tank-fed, gravity-based water system is required).