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Running shoes, check. Lycra leggings, check. Snazzy top, check. But have you got an armband to keep your valuables safe and dry?

Halloween on a budget: DIY costumes for lazy people

Love making stuff, or hate spending money on costumes? Check out our guide to making Halloween costumes...the lazy way!

Lawsuit reveals Abercrombie & Fitch boss’s high-flown demands for jet

The crew had to play the song "Take Me Home" when passengers entered the cabin for the return flight

<p>1. London Undercover Brussels Sprout</p>
<p>£30, liberty.co.uk</p>
<p>Endearingly kooky and light enough to slip into your bag. Has a wooden handle and cotton strap.</p>

The 10 Best umbrellas

With winter rains on the way, now is the time to invest in these wet-weather shields that will keep the damp away in style

Crowning glory: the makeshift headgear for the happy couple
<p>{1} Sealskinz Hi-Vis Waterproof Beanie</p>
<p>This hat has a very clever construction: on the outside it's made of a knitted acrylic, which sees off all but the heaviest wind and rain that the season can throw at you, while on the inside it has a micro-fleece lining to keep your ears nice and snug.</p>
<p>£19.95, outdoorgb.com</p>

The 10 Best hi-vis gear

Whether you’re walking the dog or on your bike, make sure you’re seen and safe as the evenings draw in

Men's accessories and grooming: What he wants

Opulent accessories and gorgeous grooming products. It's all in the details…

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises

Batman suit named top superhero outfit

Batman's rubber body suit has been named the greatest superhero outfit.

Matthew Zadonia carries a stuffed animal from the My Little Pony cartoons at BronyCon

Fans (male and female) gather for My Little Pony convention

Over 4,000 fans of the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic have gathered for a convention dedicated to the show - and specifically to its male fans.

New dress code a hit at Ascot's Ladies' Day

A drop of rain could not affect sartorial standards at Royal Ascot today - and even a dog was appropriately dressed for Ladies' Day.

British manbag maestros Cherchbi are getting lots of buzz for their new collection of handsome men’s accessories - from satchels to laptop cases - all made from Herringbone cotton. Available online (in various fabrics) from £185. They also do iPad sleeves and belts. Cherchbi.com
<p>1. Livescribe ECO Smartpen</p>
<p>£79, dixons.co.uk</p>
<p>This smartpen is light, portable and captures everything you write in your notebook, notepad or paper, allowing you to print it out later at your leisure.</p>

The 10 Best business travel kits

From nifty scales to classy passport covers

Scuba Chic: zip dress £60, jacket £165 and tights £8, topshop.com

In at the deep end: How to make a splash with your wardrobe

You may not be at one with the waves, but your wardrobe can still make a splash, says Gemma Hayward

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