• Oktoberfest: a celebration of German beer

    It may only be September, but the Bavarian capital is once more about to open its doors to a flood of visitors all ready to set about joining in the fun and enjoyment of the annual Oktoberfest. It's a mammoth event that's been going on now for two hundred years, and this year, from September 18th to October 4th, the residents of Munich are planning their biggest party ever. Some six million litres of beer – mostly blonde German beer or lager – will be consumed, but there are also plenty of family-focused activities for non-drinkers and kids. The

  • Country club cool and Seventies glamour seduce the New York fashion set

    At New York Fashion Week J Lo and Christina Hendricks - Mad Men's voluptuous secretary - were in ecstasy over Tommy Hilfiger's crisp 'twisted country club' collection, which took Ivy League preppy as its starting point . Paying tribute to Babe Paley, the Manhattan socialite, who dominated New York in the Fifties, the line featured miniskirts and ruffle dresses done in grosgrain ribbon, slouchy cashmere V-neck sweaters, cropped polo shirts and pleated tennis skirts. Click on photos for gallery Over at Marc Jacobs the mood was all about Seventies glamour: Think Faye Dunaway in eye-popping playsuits, teamed with wide-brimmed hats

  • How to care for combination skin

    The first step in looking after your skin is to understand it and to recognise what type it is. Pay attention and see how it reacts and you'll be able to determine if your skin type is dry, sensitive, oily or combination; then you'll know how best to look after it. Combination skin is very common, but it can present more problems than clearly defined skin types, as the different areas require different care, and shiny patches are frequent. The important thing to realise is that you will need to care for the different areas in different ways. Don't use

  • The time is right... for exercise

    Have you ever wondered what's the best time of day to get in shape? How best to schedule your fitness sessions to get the most benefit from the time you spend at the gym, swimming, jogging etc.? Clearly it's not always convenient, and we need to organise around work and household schedules, but it's been shown that morning is the best time to shake your booty. A healthy start: Taking exercise can stimulate the cardiovascular system and keep your heart healthy; what's more, it releases endorphins, the body's 'happiness hormones'. So, if you plan your fitness routine for the morning,


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