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

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

Bill's baked shoulder of lamb is slow-cooked in the Moroccan way
Monkfish cheeks with creamed spinach, browned shrimps and capers
Braised Ox cheeks with port and turnips

The Lockhart, restaurant review: Brad McDonald has picked up the south-western ball and kicked it out of the park

At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.

Anna's Barlows 'I'll Give You Everything' - one of her amazing ice-cream ceramic sculptures

Ceramics good enough to eat: Anna Barlow's ice-cream sculptures have art-lovers salivating

These hand-crafted gluttonous goodies are not for human consumption

Irn-Bru unveil new ice cream in Scotland

The drinks company has followed the likes of Ribena into the ice cream market

Hosting a Super Bowl 2014 party? Consider the snackadium

Build your own colosseum of gluttony

Fat chance: Xand van Tulleken in ‘Horizon: Sugar vs Fat’

Sugar vs Fat, TV review: Binge twins make a meal of it

Last night's Horizon (BBC2) pitted the two best food types against each other in "Sugar vs Fat", a battle which – as I flounce towards a chubby middle age – I'm calling as a score draw. They're both brilliant.

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas

Shelved Dylan Thomas screenplay to air on BBC Radio 3

'The Beach of Falesa' was shelved in mysterious circumstances in the Forties

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

Buttering up: The popularity of artisan butters has forced the big makers of other spreads to change their products

Butter is back: Margarine giant admits defeat in the battle of the spreads

Margarine makers have an unusual response to  our renewed taste for butter

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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
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