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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Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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

The Downton Abbey effect

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