Life and Style

Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

Clutch bag £35, asos.com

Spring fashion 2014: How the catwalk caught the gardening bug

This season horticulture is hot, with reimagined florals in full bloom, says  Stephanie Hirschmiller

Dolce EDP £62 for 50ml, Dolce & Gabbana, harrods.com

Style file: Scent from the heavens

The new season is just the time to change to a lighter, brighter fragrance, says Kate Rose Morris

Bah, humbug!: Model wears dress £65; frenchconnection.com

Style file: Black and white and cool all over

In the mood for monochrome? French Connection has it covered,  with a capsule collection of on-trend pieces, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Grey skirt £59.99; Top £24.99; Shoes £79.99; all by Mango, mango.com

Style file: Pleats please

Get into the fold and sport a gathered skirt for spring, says Emma Akbareian

Style file: Valentine's lingerie

Avoid the bigger brands and high street chains when you go underwear shopping. Instead, seek out under-the-radar lingerie labels, says Emma Akbareian

Braised pork cheeks with apples and cider

Moleskine to open first UK stores in London

Italian luxury notebook maker Moleskine has picked Canary Wharf and Covent Garden for its first standalone UK stores.

Justin Bieber does something other than get arrested: watch his video for 'Confident' featuring Chance The Rapper

The pop star and his ‘people’ made sure they threw fans a musical tit-bit before he handed himself in at a Toronto police station

Beauty trends: Has spring sprung early?

Spring is yet to bloom, but the latest beauty trends allow you to revamp your style for 2014, says Emma Akbareian

Obalon - a new weight loss balloon that can be swallowed in a pill and has been launched across the UK

Obalon gastric weight loss pill which releases a balloon in patients launches in the UK

The apple-sized balloon is encased in a pill which patients swallow

According to a recent estimate, there are now a million millionaires in China

China’s millionaire exodus as wealthy flee with America the preferred destination

Despite their increased confidence in the country’s economy, 64 per cent of China’s wealthy citizens have left or are planning to leave for pastures new, up from 60 per cent in 2013, the 10th annual Hurun Report has found.

Bo Bergman has struggled to get to grips with the Internet

"It's gone on for too long": Elderly Swedish man orders the Internet to shut down

Bo Bergman demanded in a letter that the Internet be returned 'to the military department...before everything crumbles'

There is concern that a ‘perfect storm’ of graduate debt, lack of finance and job insecurity is brewing

Top employers are reserving nearly 40% of their graduate jobs for interns

This figure rises to 75% for City investment banks, according to a new survey

Andy McSmith's Diary: No constituent left behind (as long as they pay for my toilet paper)

“Torridge and West Devon are two of the lowest wage areas in the country,” the local Tory MP Geoffrey Cox told the North Devon Journal last week. His resolution for 2014 was to make sure that those on low wages “are not left behind”.

Kempton switch favours Garde La Victoire

The Tolworth Hurdle, washed out at Sandown last weekend, has been saved for Kempton today with more or less the original cast of runners, but the sharper Sunbury circuit will provide a different test for some promising novices.

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