Life and Style

Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

Braided updo

Summer hair styling: catwalk looks that are perfect for holiday days and nights

Forget windswept hair – here is our guide to the best styles for the seaside with a little help from the experts

Sheath dress, £85

Dress designer Roland Mouret styles for Banana Republic

The king of cling’s collaboration with Banana Republic is a winner, writes Alexander Fury

Steve McQueen in ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’

Summer fashion: Timeless sunglasses for men - inspired in film classics

Shopping for sunglasses this summer? Take  inspiration from the world of film and its leading men for a classic, timeless look

It’s a cover-up: model wears: kimono £98, ganni.com

Summer fashion: From Asos to Paige, shopping for the holiday wardrobe

The summer sales may have been  and gone, but don’t panic, says Rebecca Gonsalves – there's still plenty left in the shops for your holiday wardrobe

Christian Louboutin at work

Christian Louboutin's debut cosmetics collection - a beauty brand with red sole

Christian Louboutin’s signature flash of red is the inspiration for the designer’s first foray into the world  of cosmetics, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

iStyle: Men's foot patrol - Sandals vs Shoes

To bare, or not to bare, when it comes to men’s feet? Charlie Porter and Alexander Fury go toe-to-toe on the ‘mandals’ debate

Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy

Stylish holiday luggage that pass muster

If you’re jetting off this summer, now’s the  perfect time to make sure your luggage will  pass muster, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Model wears By David Phelan Jonathan Saunders prefall 2014

iStyle: The big easy - Baggy Trousers

It’s time to switch your skinnies for super-wide strides

Kate Moss for St Tropez

Style file: Reach beyond the pale with innovations in tanning

A golden summer glow has never been easier  to achieve thanks to a crop of innovative new  tanning products, writes Emma Akbareian

Model wears See by Chloé, chloe.com

Style file: Print and patterns clash is in fashion

Indulge in this summer’s trend for bright and brash motifs and allow clashing patterns to run riot. Wearing top-to-toe prints is no longer a fashion faux pas

Remember that the sun is in essence a nuclear reactor, bombarding us with harmful ultra-violet rays

Style file: Slip, slop, slap on the sunscreen

If you thought the summer was all about fun in the sun, think again. Getting your SPF protection right is a serious business, says Lee Holmes

Model wears: necklace £14.99, newlook.com

Style file: Cocktail hour costume jewellery

Say it loud and proud with colourful costume jewellery – the perfect final flourish for formal occasions

Model wears shorts £140, Jack Spade, 83 Brewer Street, London W1, 0207 734 4768

Style file: How to wear shorts to the office

There’s no need to be afraid of wearing shorts to the office - simply follow a few easy rules to ensure you don’t look like  Just William, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Peter Pilotto spring/summer 2014 by M.A.C

Style file: Reign in purple make-up

Lilac and lavender have become the make-up staples for the season, writes Holly Swayne

In at the deep end: Model wears suit £137

Style file: Make a splash in Wildfox swimwear

Itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny swimwear from Wildfox is perfect for getting in the party mood this summer,  says Rebecca Gonsalves

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

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Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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