Jane Eyre hair
Prim and pretty are your hair watchwords for autumn, as it’s all about embracing a braid. From Millie Mackintosh’s pristine Victoriana up-do at her Babington House wedding, to Kate Bosworth’s effortless red-carpet plait, this is a look that’s less milk maid and more modern romance. If you’re doing it yourself, wait till the day after washing it to give the hair more grip and add a few spritzes of hairspray (try Kérastase Couture Styling Powder Bluff) to keep it in place. We love checking out Instabraid for how-tos and some seriously jaw-dropping styles.
Checking your breasts
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and if you’re not already checking your breasts regularly (aim for about once a month), or you’re not 100% sure what you’re looking for then it’s time to head over to the Breast Cancer Care website where you can find all the information on what to look for and who to contact if you’re at all worried.
We’ve heard the rather devastating rumours about our beloved Colin Fir… we mean Mark Darcy (ahem!), are secretly hoping Daniel Cleaver is still on the scene (we all fancied him a bit, didn’t we?), and are #dyingtoknow how Bridge is going to deal with Twitter, babies and dipping a toe back in the dating pool! No two ways about it, our evenings are officially devoted to hitting the sofa with a glass of red wine and Celine Dion on the stereo until we’ve read every last page.
There’s been a bit of a buzz about luscious New Zealand-based natural brand Living Nature. This organic range, which has a 25 year heritage and is certified by BDIH no less, is packed full of active manuka honey, a plumping and repairing powerhouse that not only exfoliates, zaps spots and smooths wrinkles, it even revitalises tired and stressed-out hair. It’s a tough call but their Ultra Rich Body Cream is our top pick.
Carven’s pink coat vs Stella’s stomping shoes
Fashion weeks are long gone, you’ve pored over every runway photo and magazine article and you still can’t decide whether to splurge on this season’s pink coat (so ladylike, so pretty!) or a statement pair of ‘ugly’ shoes (so achingly cool, so avant garde!). It’s looking likely spring will be here before you’ve made your mind up!
Mini trend – ombre nails
It’s been all about dip-dye hair, but now nails are getting in on the action. Our eagle eyes have spotted some super stylish manis and whether you make yours look super cute with candy colours or sophisticated and pared back with more understated shades, this is a look that’s actually pretty easy to do. Select two of your favourite shades (we’re plumping for Essie’s Again?! and Nice Package) and you’re ready to start – Qtplace has an easy-to-follow video.