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Introducing: Protest – Autumn / Winter 2017 collection

Surf, Snow, and Lifestyle brand Protest was founded by a small group of Dutch snowboarders to inspire other boarders and non-boarders alike by their belief that anyone can have a great time on the slopes or on the waves.

The range available from Protest is fashionable and functional sportswear at competitive prices, reflecting the latest trends in styles and colours.

There’s a strong focus on details such as materials, finishes, stitching, textures, and zippers, which gives the range an exclusive look.

In combining snow and streetwear styles, the brand aims to make technical snow-wear more accessible and combine innovation, style, performance, movement, and versatility.

The Protest Autumn Winter 2017 collection for men and women is available now online from protest.eu. Items range from around €30 for a t-shirt to €220 for a technical snow jacket.

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Ted Baker introduces ‘Tie the Knot’ collection

With the height of Spring just around the corner, it’s time to wave in that special time of year – wedding season. Whether you’re preparing to say ‘I do’, will be watching from the side lines or plan on indulging in a spot of wedding crashing, Ted Baker has your outfit covered.

The British label has just launched its ‘Tie the Knot’ collection, a capsule line of dresses, suits and everything in between for that big day. From bridesmaids to guests of honour, the brand has thought of everything, allowing you to dress your party to impress all in one place.
For the groomsmen amongst you, the brand has a selection of slick and suave suits to choose from, available in a variety of modern fabric options and contemporary cuts. If you’re a bit more of a non-traditional kind of guy, be sure to pick up a design with a bold patterned lining for a playful touch.

But the greatness doesn’t stop there – take advantage of an unforgettable offer, by saying ‘I do’ to three or four suits to receive 15 per cent off, or hit a home run with five suits to receive 20 per cent off.

Then it’s over to the ladies. Bridesmaids can walk down the aisle in this season’s biggest trend – pastels – with the label’s selection of gorgeous gowns coming in a variety of soft shades and stunning silhouettes. From intricate details to free-flowing, feminine cuts, there’s something for everything theme and fresh colour scheme.

While we all know weddings can be a stressful exercise, Ted Baker’s additional complimentary services ensure your nuptial experience runs as smoothly and slip-up free as possible, offering a one-to-one service for bridal parties, including styling advice, tailoring facilities and exclusive discounts on group purchases.

Plus, with evening bridal wear options and a custom made service for the happy couple, why would you go anywhere else?

Check out Ted Baker’s Tie the Knot collection now at the brand’s webstore and take advantage of the complimentary services instore now.

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London’s Best Christmas Markets 2014

‘Tis (almost) the season to wrap up warm and help yourself to a slice of London’s Christmas markets! Whether you’re looking for artisanal gifts, traditional Bratwurst, a warming glass of mulled wine or just some good old festive fun, read on for our list of the best London Christmas markets.


1. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

London’s biggest Christmas market transforms Hyde Park into a Winter Wonderland: complete with an ice rink, theme park rides, a Bavarian village and – of course – an enormous Christmas market. Winter Wonderland is family-friendly and free to enter, but some activities require a paid-for ticket. Bear in mind the park can get very busy at the weekends and in the run up to Christmas.

www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

21 November 2014 – 4 January 2015


2. The Winter Festival at Southbank Centre

From the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge to the Christmas Tree Cafe and Tree Maze, Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival has a lot more to offer than your traditional Christmas market. They also have a jam-packed schedule of festive shows and choir sessions, so be sure to look ahead to see what’s on and ensure you don’t miss out!

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/the-winter-festival

5 November 2014 – 11 January 2015


3. More London Christmas Market on Riverside

With views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, this location couldn’t be any more “Londony” if it tried. Selling handcrafted gifts and delicious food, this Christmas market will also play home to Santa’s grotto (and his reindeers!) as well as featuring carol singing from local choirs.

www.morelondon.com

8 December 2014 – 21 December 2014


4. Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall

You have to be quick to catch this three-day event at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. With more than 60 carefully chosen exhibitors, you can pick up all kinds of gifts – ranging from homewares, clothing, toys and specialist food and drink products – while your children are kept entertained with one of their free kids’ workshops. Also, every visitor will be entered into a raffle to win prizes worth a total of £700, with part of the proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation.

www.chelseachristmasgiftfair.com

12 December 2014 – 14 December 2014


5. Winterville in Victoria Park

Winterville is one for those who like to think outside the box for their festive frolics – London’s newest Christmas market promises to combine East London’s creative energy with talent drawn from across Europe to create a seasonal destination aimed at all ages. As well as the customary stalls and festive ice rink you can also expect a roller disco, alternative cabaret shows and horse drawn carriage tours.

www.winterville.co.uk

2 December 2014 – 1 January 2015


6. Winter Village at St. John-at-Hackney Church

The stalls at the Winter Village sell everything from ceramics and sculptures to jewellery and soft furnishings. This event will also play host to live music, local choirs and food and drink stalls to keep everybody feeling truly merry.

www.cityshowcasemarkets.com/home

5 December 2014 – 7 December 2014


7. Hackney Flea-Mas Market at Abney Hall

If you’re looking for unique gifts, then the seasonal version of Hackney’s regular vintage market is the Christmas market for you. The Flea-Mas market specialises in one-of-a-kind, handmade items, with carol singers, Christmas music and a cafe selling mulled wine and homemade cakes continuing the festive feel.

www.facebook.com/HackneyFleaMarket

6 December 2014 – 21 December 2014


8. The Scandinavian Christmas Market on Albion Street

This market draws on Scandinavian influences, allowing people to sip on a warming mug of Nordic glögg and pet the visiting Siberian huskies while doing their Christmas gift shopping. As well as musical performances throughout the weekend, there will also be a visit from Father Christmas as well as a friendly Moomin.

www.scanevents.co.uk/christmasmarket

21 November 2014 – 23 November 2014

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Top 5 Women’s Ankle Boots

Your autumn and winter wardrobe won’t be complete without a pair or two of women ankle boots and there are some great options to choose from this season.

Whether you prefer the grungy urban hiking boot style, or something sleeker and more sophisticated, ankle boots are a flexible footwear option that can be worn with many different outfits.

Go neutral in black or brown or opt for a pop of colour with this season’s hues of red, green, or mustard. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of boots in a timeless style you’ll return to year after year.

 

1. Marco Tozzi Low Chunky Heel Chelsea Boot

The Chelsea boot is a style that never goes out of fashion and is simple but stylish enough to wear casually or dressed up for the evening. These black Marco Tozzi boots look great with skinny jeans or a mini skirt and solid coloured tights or leggings. These boots have a low heel so they’re comfy enough to wear all day and the elasticated sides give them a snug fit.

 

2. Rieker Tex Fur Winter Boots

These gorgeous brown leather boots are fur-lined to keep your feet warm on even the coldest days this winter. They look great paired with jeans or dark trousers, and with skirts. The top of the boot can be worn up or folded down to show the fur for a different look. A great versatile boot to see you through until spring.

 

3. Mustang Crochet Ankle Boots in Red

Red is one of the must-have colours this autumn and winter and these feminine but sassy lace-up ankle boots are great for brightening up outfits in darker shades. A pretty crochet lace panel on the side of the boot adds a bohemian feel and they look great with jeans or a long full skirt for 90’s style grunge chic.

 

4. Earth Spirit Denver Lace Up Ankle Boots

These grey lace up suede boots are a great addition to any casual wardrobe this winter and have a comfortable flat sole for all day wear. Wool detailing at the back and a side zip add a touch of quirkiness. Great to wear with jeans and chunky jumpers this season whether you’re walking in the countryside or pounding the pavements on a mission to get your Christmas shopping done.

 

5. Adesso Suede Fur Lined Ankle Boots

These gorgeous suede ankle boots are available in grey, green, or black, to go with all your outfits this winter. The streamlined shape makes them versatile and stylish to wear with jeans, trousers, or skirts and tights. A side zip makes them easy to put on and take off, as well as adding visual interest to the shoe. The contrasting brown sole has a low heel for extra comfort and the fur lining will keep your feet warm on colder days.

 

Prices range from £30 to £175, depending on style, and the boots are available from mr-shoes.co.uk

 

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10 Amazing Weekend Breaks from London

As Samuel Johnson famously said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” That may be true enough, but sometimes you just want to escape the city for some fresh air and a change of scenery. These weekend breaks from London certainly offer that, and a lot more too.

Think of heading to the beach, the countryside, or perhaps another city? There are plenty of great locations within just a few hours’ travel that make for the perfect weekend trip away.

1. The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds chocolate box villages are the image that immediately springs to mind when you think of the English countryside. This area makes a great rural retreat for anyone wanting to escape London for the weekend.

Some of the prettiest villages in the area include Burford, Bourton on Water, and the Slaughters – the walk between Upper and Lower Slaughter along the banks of the River Eye is a must-do.

The area is rich in archaeological sites and historical buildings. There are also some beautiful parks and gardens. There are also plenty of traditional English pubs to retreat to if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Get there: 2 hours by car, or 1 hour 30 minutes by train from Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh

2. Cornwall

Scones with clotted cream and jam, Cornish fudge, pasties, and seafood – Cornwall is a foodie paradise. It also offers some of the best coastal views, sandy beaches, and surf breaks in the UK.

Cornwall is at its best in the summer months but it can also get very busy. Try a weekend break in the shoulder season during June or September. The weather is still good at this time, but it’s a lot quieter and accommodation is cheaper.

Some must-dos in the area include Padstow for fish and chips, Lanhydrock stately home, the coast-to-coast bike trail, and the Eden Project

Get there: 4 hours 40 minutes by car, or 4 hours 30 minutes by train from Paddington Station.

3. Brighton

For a classic British seaside trip, you can’t go wrong with Brighton. Deckchairs on the beach, fish and chips, and a stroll along the pier – what more can you want?

Of course, there is actually a lot more on offer. Brighton has great nightlife, is a cultural and creative hub, and there’s shopping galore – The Lanes is Brighton’s historic shopping district with dozens of independent boutiques

Brighton is also famous for being one of the UK’s most LGBT-friendly and inclusive cities, and the annual Pride event is not to be missed.

Get there: 1 hour 45 minutes by car, or 1 hour by train from Victoria Station.

4. Oxford

Oxford’s dreaming spires have been attracting visitors to the city for thousands of years. But if you’re not interested in academics or architecture there’s still plenty to keep you occupied here for a weekend.

The city’s history covered market is a must-visit for the best the area has to offer in food, drink, and local crafts. There are also some great weekly farmers markets for the foodies.

As a cyclist-friendly city, hiring a bike is a great way to see the city, or you can try your hand at punting down the river. The botanic garden and arboretum in the city centre is Britain’s oldest and well worth a look too.

Get there: 1 hour 30 minutes by car, or 1 hour by train from Paddington Station.

5. The Peak District

If you’re craving some fresh air and open spaces, head north to the beautiful scenery of the Peak District.

The area offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, caving, rock climbing, and other outdoor pursuits. Keen cyclists must try out the Tissington Trail. For a more leisurely activity, explore the grounds and tearooms of the several stately homes such as Chatsworth House or Haddon Hall. You can also while away an afternoon browsing the antiques shops in picturesque villages such as Matlock or Ashbourne.

Get there: 3 hours by car, or 2 hours by train from St Pancras or Euston Station to Derby

6. York

Fast train connections make the medieval city of York a popular choice for a weekend break. There’s plenty to see and do, and it makes a nice change of pace from hectic London life.

York is full of history, and walking its streets can make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. The 14th century shambles is a must for history buffs as well as for shopping and exploring quaint cafes.

The city is particularly pretty at Christmas time when it becomes quite magical, lit up with fairy lights and with a festive traditional market running annually from mid November.

Get there: 4 hours by car, or 2 hours by train from King’s Cross.

7. The New Forest

If woodland walks and cute ponies sound like your idea of a great weekend, head to the New Forest. This ancient woodland provides a picturesque backdrop for a whole host of outdoor activities such as horse riding, hiking, cycling, and water sports.

There are plenty of rainy day activities on offer too including a tasting tour around Ringwood Brewery, the National Motor Museum, Hurst Castle, and plenty of spots to enjoy afternoon tea or explore the shops.

Get there: 1 hour 45 minutes by car, or 2 hours by train from Paddington Station to Lyndhurst.

8. Bath

There’s possibly no better place for a relaxing city break than Bath with its elegant Georgian architecture and thermal spas. The Thermae Bath Spa is the city’s most famous and has been around since roman times, fed by natural springs which contain over 42 minerals.

Once you’re suitably relaxed, Bath has several interesting archaeological sites to explore. This contrasts with a modern and buzzing city centre that offers shopping and dining opportunities for every taste.

Get there: 2 hours 30 minutes by car, or 1 hour 30 minutes by train from Paddington Station.

9. Dorset

Dorset and its stunning coastline lend themselves perfectly to long walks with a side of fossil spotting. There are also plenty of castles, forts, gardens, and stately homes to explore. Many of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories are set in areas around Dorset, so you can relive your childhood dreams of adventure in the real world.

Shopaholics can happily browse the fossil and local pottery shops for hours. If you fancy a tipple, there are some great breweries, micropubs, and vineyards.

Get there: 2 hours 30 minutes by car, or 3 hours by train from Waterloo Station.

10. North Norfolk

The calming waterways of North Norfolk make the perfect backdrop for a relaxing weekend break. The area is best in the spring when the weather is pleasant, but the summer tourists haven’t yet started to arrive.

There’s plenty to do including some gorgeous coastal walks on the beaches of Holkam and Brancaster Staithe. There are also some impressive stately homes in the area with extensive grounds such as Holkam Hall and Houghton Hall. If you’re visiting in the winter months, make sure to stop off at Blakeney Point to see the seal pups.

Get there: 2 hours by car, or 3 hours 45 minute by train from King’s Cross

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10 things you might not know about Prince Harry

Prince Harry turned 30 last year, but the wild prince shows little promise of settling down like his older brother and there’s no sign we’ll be treated to another royal wedding any time soon.

Fourth in line for the throne, Harry has proven to be something of a rebel since his teens, delighting the tabloid press and perhaps shocking some of the more traditional members of his family with his escapades.

Here are 10 things you might not know about England’s most talked about prince:

 

1. He spent a day in rehab when he was 16 – Prince Charles was so shocked at his confession of regular alcohol and cannabis consumption that he sent him to Phoenix House rehabilitation centre in 2002 to learn about the dangers of addiction.

 

2. In 2013 he trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition to raise money for the charity, Walking With The Wounded. Despite the harsh conditions, he somehow managed to bring an ice-cream cake with him that he surprised his team mates with for dessert.

 

3. His nickname is “Spike” and this is how he’s known to many of his friends and even his bodyguards. He had a secret Facebook page for four years under the pseudonym “Spike Wells”, which was hastily deleted after photographs of the young prince cavorting naked in a Las Vegas hotel were leaked on the Internet.

 

4. Aged 19, he filmed a documentary about the plight of AIDS victims in Africa. The film was titled “The Forgotten Kingdom” and was broadcast on ITV in 2004.

 

5. Harry may have gone to one of the best public schools in the country (Eton College) but it didn’t seem to make much difference to his academic achievements – Harry graduated with just 2 A Levels, achieving a B in Art and a D in Geography. One of his former teachers claimed to have helped him pass his art exam and was fired as a result – she later won the unfair dismissal case.

 

6. Prince Harry took a gap year in Australia after finishing his A Levels. During this time he worked on a cattle ranch as a “jackaroo” in Queensland. He also visited Argentina and worked at an orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.

 

7. Harry was a big fan of the Spice Girls during their height of fame. He attended a concert in 1997 with his father and describes a day when the band visited Highgrove as being one of the best of his life.

 

8. His given name is actually Henry and his official title is “His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales”, but he has always been known as Harry.

 

9. During a trip to a small village in Chile in 2014, Harry repaired the television of a local resident, so she could watch the World Cup.

 

10. Harry is a huge fan of Britain’s Got Talent. He told judge Amanda Holden that he never missed an episode, recording each week’s show on Sky Plus.