Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Gonsalves works on The Independent's Fashion Desk.

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Approaching sale shopping in a smart way means that you’ll get the most out of your money

Sales shopping: Tips and tricks from the experts

Ignore the seduction tactics of the sales to avoid expensive mistakes. Stick to your plans, say the fashion experts

The best luxury bathing products: Recuperate from the excesses of the season with a good soak

A good wallow in warm water is a very lovely thing, even more so at this time of year – it is the season of indulgence after all, and some of that should be self-inflicted.

Razzle dazzle: model wears Bee ring £127, Vittorio; ring £240, CC Skye; earrings £108, and necklace £159, both Anton Heunis, all cadenza.co.uk

Festive jewellery to suit all budgets

Jewellery gifting doesn’t have to cost a small fortune, look to specialist designers for more budget friendly options, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The best products for party hair: Add volume, style big waves, or create an impressive bouffant

The higher the hair, the closer to God – so if you're planning on being sinful, adding a bit of volume is one tactic to ensure you remain guilt-free.

Christmas gift guide: Fashionable presents for her

Stylish gifts don't have to cost the earth: there are plenty of little luxuries to be found for less than £100

The best fragrances: Hit the jackpot this Christmas with these stand-out scents

Fragrance can be a tricky gift to give. Unless you have access to their dressing table, or they've been dropping weighty hints, you might not be able to single your loved one's signature scent from the endless perfumery permutations at the beauty hall.

Books of the year 2014: Fashion, from Diane von Furstenburg to Sex, Sense and Nonsense

There is an auto-biographical strain running across fashion fare this year

Model wears shirt, £205; brownsfashion.com

Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang inspires Danish-designed cartoon couture

A new collection by Danish designer Peter Jensen takes inspiration from an unlikely muse, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Sam Farmer travel set, £20, samfarmer.co

Best beauty gift sets for teens: Presents that will make them feel grown-up, but elicit childlike joy

The teen years are difficult to traverse at the best of times, thanks to the pressure of fitting in – or standing out, but only in the 'right' way of course – as well as all those hormones.

Model wears: dress £399, shoes £179, both hobbs.co.uk

Footloose and fancy-free: flat shoes are back in fashion

The fashionable flat isn’t just for daytime: wear a pair this party season and you’ll be dancing all night

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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