Lifestyle (UK)

You’ve heard of mindfulness, now meet its dynamic young cousin sophrology

Mindfulness is the tried-and-tested tool of our times for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addiction and more, but what if it’s not your thing? For those too twitchy to sit still and focus on breathing, the ubiquitous mindfulness apps, self-help sheets and courses in schools and workplaces are …

Self-improvement

This is how much Meghan Markle’s wedding dress cost

Hint: It was less than Kate Middleton's<p>You’ve by now all seen Meghan Markle’s stunning Givenchy wedding dress, which she wore with an embroidered …

Weddings

My husband recently killed himself and I can’t face being on my own

<b>The dilemma</b> It’s only been a few weeks since my husband took his own life, but now the reality is starting to sink in and I feel completely overwhelmed by fear about what the future holds. I’m nearly 40, no children, and was with my husband since I was a teenager. He was my first real boyfriend and …

Mental Health

How the Stars Changed Up Their Looks for the Royal Wedding Reception

It's not often that an outfit change is required at a wedding, but then this isn't any old wedding. Between the ceremony and the evening reception at …

Fashion (UK)

Princess Diana was honoured in the most lovely way during the wedding ceremony

And it's very emotional<p>Prince Harry ensured that his mother was included in yesterday’s wedding proceedings – and, spoilers, it’ll bring a tear to …

Prince Harry

11 things you never knew about the jackdaw, the bird that just loves people

Ian Morton takes a look at the jackdaw, a bird with a real affinity for man – despite a chequered reputation in our history and literature.<p>Jackdaws …

Birds

Why Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding outfit is causing such a stir

The most highly anticipated event of the year is finally here.<p>And celebrities and members of the royal family have descended on Windsor en masse, to …

Royal Weddings

Organisation expert reveals the secret to the perfectly packed suitcase 

How to pack the perfect suitcase: Organisation expert shares the secret to the ideal luggage layout - and the simply holiday hacks to make any family …

Hung Up

The Queen made this special exception for Prince Harry at the royal wedding

And it was definitely worth breaking royal protocol for...<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot yesterday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor …

Royal Weddings

Does my bum look big enough? Women seek to mould a larger look

To paraphrase Sir Mix-A-Lot, rap’s prophetic connoisseur of “booty”, the internet likes big butts, and it cannot lie. We are living, it seems, through the radical age of celebrating curvy women, where the call for bigger bums, tinier waists and thicker thighs is having something of a moment. In …

Marks & Spencer

The glass-eye maker: ‘I make sure that the eye fits, but psychology comes into my work as well’

Tessa Waugh meets Jost Haas, the only remaining maker of glass eyes working in Britain today. Photographs by Richard Cannon.<p>Jost Haas is the only …

Glass Art

10 plants, greens and leaves you didn't know you could eat

Have more on offer and reduce waste<p>For National Vegetarian Week, we are celebrating the lesser-known wild plants and herbs that are edible. Not only …

Healthy Eating

We Know the Exact Beauty Products Amal Clooney and Kitty Spencer Wore

We should have known that our two favourite makeup looks, besides Meghan's of course, would have been created by the makeup goddess that is Charlotte …

Beauty

Kirsty Wark: ‘We should work a four-day week and on the other day learn another skill’

I can tell I’m getting older (I’m 63), because I can’t see without my glasses. Just yesterday morning I went into my daughter’s bathroom and picked up a bottle that looked exactly like my face oil and splashed it all over my face and went out. I woke up this morning and my face is bright orange – …

Women's Health

This is the secret to Kate Middleton’s shiny royal wedding hair

How does she get it so glossy?!<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, aka the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were married over the weekend, and it truly …

Hair

The dilapidated Victorian house that’s now ‘indestructible’

Flora Bathurst is surveying her back garden with dismay: scattered on the lawn are a bright red robot, a Nerf gun, a toy trolley and a large plastic cash register. “I have tried to do my best to keep it under control,” she says. “But there is an inevitability to small people’s stuff.” Bathurst has …

Living Rooms

Nigel Slater’s easygoing ready-when-you-are salad recipes

The most useful of recipes are those that do not demand our punctuality at the table. They carry with them a sense of ease, allowing them to be eaten at our pace rather than theirs. So you can pounce on them the moment they are made (that spirit of urgency to tuck in), but they are also happy to …

Food (India)

This Old School Highlighter Trend Is Back on Our Radar

When it comes to highlighting, powders will give you serious sheen and shimmer. In recent years balms and liquids have had us experimenting with …

Beauty

What Works For Me: 'Without Crossfit I Would Work More, It Gets Me Out Of The Door'

Long hours, exam pressures and budget cuts, teacher Chelsea Jones shares how she maintains a work-life balance.<p>It’s Wednesday evening, long after her …

Work-life Balance

Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress is possibly chicer than her first

A Stella McCartney creation<p>Latest stories<p>We can all agree that Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress was well worth the wait, as it was revealed …

Weddings

These are the 65 cleanest beaches in England, with Blue Flag awards to prove it

One region has a whopping 26 stretches of award-winning coastline<p>If you’re planning a staycation this summer then you’re in luck, as there are …

Beaches

I drop my daughter at nursery: I am the abandoner

My youngest daughter has recently started at nursery and while she seems to be enjoying it, boy has it resulted in her hating me. For the past year, we’ve had a special bond. Mostly because of a sling. But a special bond nonetheless. For the first two months after she was born, she slept on me from …

Parenting

Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle Reveals Stunning Evening Dress

The new couple are due to attend an 'intimate' evening reception.<p>Sky News<p>Meghan's evening dress has been revealed.<p>Meghan Markle has stepped out with …

Weddings

Vegan burgers: now juicy, pink and bloody

The sun’s out and it’s time to light the charcoal and flip the burgers as the British barbecue season gets fully under way. Yet the red liquid oozing satisfyingly from your grilled patty or steak is as likely to be beetroot juice as blood.<p>UK supermarkets are scrambling to be the first to stock the …

Food (UK)

Meghan Markle wore this Diana memento on her wedding day

Subtle<p>Top stories<p>It was pretty much a given that Meghan Markle would pay tribute to Princess Diana on her wedding day. She already carried …

Weddings

Look what came in the post: the rise of subscription shopping

Welcome to the shopless shop, where customers pay for decisions to be taken out of their hands. Since 2014 the number of visitors to subscription shopping websites has grown by 800%. Customers receive a “curated box” of items of beauty products, clothes for work, even toys for their pets. The …

Queer Eye

Planning a holiday? Don’t forget your out-of-office message

The holiday season is encroaching on work life like knotweed, and for those of us sitting in offices, it makes itself known not just in our unwelcome introductions to colleagues’ exposed feet, but in the “out of office autoreplies” that spring unbidden into our inboxes. As a combination of cultural …

Love Island

Looks We Love: David Beckham's Suave Sunglasses At The Royal Wedding

Steal Beckham's style with these high street dupes from £6.<p>We love:<p>David Beckham is a man who knows how to make an entrance and he didn’t disappoint …

David Beckham

Carniverous plants with real bite

If you are a regular reader, you might just have noticed that I have a slight fondness for exotic plants. Hell, let’s be honest, it’s more of an obsession. Yet I like to think that part of my love of them is not just due to personal bias, but because there is simply no other group of plants that …

Plants

Michele Curtis's red salad with berries and spiced nuts recipe

Some people think of salads as summer food, when in fact they’re an important part of our diet all year round. At the very least we should eat a green salad with a main meal every day.<p>The simplest salads are made up of good, fresh leaves – all you need to do is toss them in a bowl with some vinegar …

Food (Australia)