It’s so cold, wet and manky at the moment, that it can be a mission just summoning up the energy to go outside. No wonder January is one of the busiest months for travel agents. But if you can’t afford to book a holiday right now, or you can’t wait till summer to catch a glimpse of golden sands and blue cloudless skies, here’s another idea… The quite frankly genius umbrellas from Where I’d Rather…

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Chuck away your moccasins! Sling away your slip-ons! Because I’ve found the Holy Grail of slippers. Choosing the perfect slipper is no mean feet, sorry, feat. A good pair needs to be snuggly and warm, yet hardwearing and – ideally – look good too. Most of the slippers I’ve owned in my life only meet a few of these criteria – slip-ons look a bit grannyish; mules lose their shape; while furry ones…

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Forget the football. With Wimbledon now in full swing, this week and next week it’s all about tennis. To celebrate, I’m seriously considering treating myself to a pair of the greatest old skool tennis shoes every created, Dunlop Green Flash. I used to have an amazing pair of my mum’s, which had survived since the Sixties, but sadly I wore them to death. Hard to get hold of these days, you can still…

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This week, London plays host to the Chelsea Flower Show. My dad’s a botanist, and so I was lucky to visit the show several times as a kid. I always loved walking round the imaginative gardens packed with every plant under the sun, and tents full of amazing arrangements. So I’m loving the current trend – in both fashion and homewares – for fabulous florals. Forget girly, ditzy prints, it’s all about beautiful, blowsy blooms in…

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HIGH CHURCH ON THE CATWALK: Dolce & Gabbana HIGH CHURCH CUSHIONS: Angel sisters £17 Very.co.uk. Oxford damask £19.50 M&S. Peacock £20 Littlewoods.com What’s in vogue interiors-wise is often what’s also in Vogue clothes-wise. Each season, buyers from high street stores scour the fashion shows in London, Paris, New York and Milan for hot new trends they can translate into stylish homeware ranges . The best thing about this? While updating your wardrobe with a new coat…

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