What’s your favourite book? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Whatever your chosen reading may be, these book bags are perfect for toting it around… along with your keys, phone, purse, tissues, lipstick – whatever!
Back in the day, when I used to have a daily rail commute (and before mobile phones were so ubiquitous), I used to read books voraciously. I read Lord of the Rings entirely on the Todmorden ↔ Manchester train. I was also addicted to crime fiction, long before the advent of Scandi Noir.
Unfortunately, I never seem to find that kind of time any longer – more’s the pity. I think one of these book bags would certainly get me back into turning those pages!
- Book handbags and clutch bags by The Literary Gift Company: £30, Notonthehighstreet
- To Kill A Mockingbird leather book bag: from £143, Etsy
- Dolce & Gabbana book padlock top handle bag : £4,750, Harrods
Happy New Year, people! Have you made any resolutions? Do you have any plans for 2017?
January is traditionally the time when people book their holidays. Either some last-minute winter skiing, some winter sunshine or a far-flung city break.
Whichever holiday you choose, you’ll need to pack your sunglasses in your hand luggage. Not got a pair? We can help you out of that situation! We’ve teamed up with Sunglasses Shop to offer one of our readers a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses*. (Please see the note below for the few models not included!)
To enter, visit the Ray-Ban page on the Sunglasses Shop website then return here to leave a comment below telling us which pair you’d like to win. It’s that simple! There are lots of other ways to increase your chances of winning – and this comp is open to our international readers too!
A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop
*Excludes polarised and prescription lenses and titanium and aluminium frames
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Festive fashion has got a bad rep, but it doesn’t need to be like that. There are lots of lovely Christmas jumpers out there to be had – you simply need to wade through some of the itchy, scratchy, tasteless fancy dress stuff.
Be gone Christmas jumpers with garish prints, flashing Rudolph noses, tinny carol music and tinsel trim. You’ll look forward to bringing these ones out of your woollens drawer each year!
- Bah Humbug women’s Christmas sweatshirt/jumper: Etsy
- Crew neck bauble beaded jumper: Marks and Spencer
- Girl’s festive jumper: Boden
- ‘Christmas jumpers are so cliché’ organic sweatshirt by Lovetree Design: Notonthehighstreet
- Bellfield Christmas jacquard geometric knitted jumper: ASOS
- Women’s favorite pullover yolk Fairisle sweater – Merona™: Target
I took my first Christmas shopping trip into Manchester city centre yesterday. I was mainly looking for warm winter clothes for Justin, but I managed to have a little browse at a few things for me as well. Before the weather begins to get too cold, I want to make sure I get myself a new pair of black thermal leggings to wear under my waterproof trousers while I’m out walking.
I popped into Marks & Spencer and made a beeline for the escalator up to the ladies’ underwear department. They had a very good selection of thermal socks, tops and bottoms. I had a feel of their cashmere blend leggings… so soft and warm! Cashmere is a brilliant material for thermals, it’s very soft – softer than sheep’s wool (which makes me itch if it comes into direct contact with my skin for too long), it provides excellent insulation, it’s lightweight and it’s a natural material. Everything you need for a winter base-layer – it’s the choice that I’ve gone with!
Thermal leggings have had a 21st century high tech treatment. They’re all about Heatgen™, Thermolactyl and Isotherms and their ‘heat retention technology’. It reminds me of the kind of terms used by laundry detergent and cosmetics companies in their TV and magazine ads!
- Isotherm women’s brushed leggings – black: £4.99, Mountain Warehouse
- AUTOGRAPH Heatgen™ thermal leggings with cashmere: £25, Marks & Spencer
- Thermolactyl grade 4 long pant: £32, Damart
Welcome back autumn! I lament the end of summer, but autumn is Justin’s favourite season of the year. He likes the nights drawing in, the trees turning russet, the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot – and his beloved log burner being lit again!
The weather often turns wet and windy at this time of year, so when summer rolls on to autumn and winter, an essential piece of kit is a pair of Wellington boots. We have a super pair of kids’ boots to give away courtesy of The Warm Welly Co. Just the things for being outdoors splashing around in big, muddy puddles!
As the name suggests, they’re not just waterproof rubber wellies, they’re lined with neoprene to keep your kids’ feet & toes nice and toasty warm.
They’re available in sizes from toddler to teenager – and they’re soon to start producing them in adult sizes too!
To win a pair for your child, visit the The Warm Welly Co. website then return here to let us know what colour, style & size you’d like and who they’d be for!
A pair of kids’ wellies from The Warm Welly Co.
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The Indian summer has abruptly come to an end this week. The dog and I have returned home from our walks wet through after being caught out by unexpected and heavy downpours. Every single year, it takes me a while to get back into the swing of donning a coat before going out – I never learn!
I’ve been browsing waterproof coats online this week because I’m in need of a new one. My old one, even though it’s only about 5 years old, has seen a lot of rain, sleet and snow action. It’s rarely off my back from October through to around April. It’s got all stained from all the slipping in mud and clambering over mossy stiles.
I really fancy a new khaki green one. It needs to have a hood and lots of pockets for keys, phone and dog walking detritus – poo bags, lead, treats. And most of all, it must be able to withstand the kind of rain the Pennines are famous for!
- Regatta women’s Brodiaea waterproof jacket: £75.00, Millets
- The North Face Women’s Inlux insulated HyVent™ jacket: £140.00, Blacks
- Women’s Sickline insulated jacket: £290.00, The North Face