Learn To Be A Child Of The Dance video, pounds 10.99. Available from branches of Menzies, WH Smiths and Woolworths nationwide. Enquiries: 0171 470 6666. Once you've ignored the psychedelic superimposed backdrop and the Eurotrashy presenter, learning to Irish dance is actually a fantastic work-out for the legs - and you can show off at parties.

Classic cotton pyjamas, (sizes XS-XL) pounds 45, Toast. Enquiries/mail order: 01558 668800. The most cosy, stylish PJs to lounge about in.

Plastic shopper, pounds 38, Urban Outfitters, 36-38 Kensington High Street, London W8. Enquiries: 0171 761 1001. Chirpy bright shower proof bag that makes you feel like you're in Mexico.

Old-fashioned powdered lemon-raspberry lemonade, pounds 4.45, available from Sainsbury's Special Selection. Enquiries: 0800 636262. Far less sharp than the average liquid cordial. Slightly medicinal, it would be great made with hot water if you were sniffly.

Children's patchwork dress (ages 6 months-4yrs), pounds 33, Jane Clucas. Available from Cath Kidston, 8 Clarendon Cross, London W11. Enquiries: 01442 873642. All Clucas's children's wear is made from vintage Fifties and Sixties fabrics. Pretty and original, everyone who sees the collection ends up buying something.

L'Occitane lavender linen water, pounds 8.95 for 1 litre. Stockists: 0171 290 1421. Pour this straight into a steam iron instead of water. A bit of an extravagance but worth it, especially if you live in a nasty hard water area. Plus, it makes ironing a damn sight more glamorous.

Flat white strappy mules (sizes 3-8) pounds 24.99, Oasis. Stockists: 01865 881986. Very stylish well-priced flatties which you won't fall out with for ages.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNA FAIRGRIEVE

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