Not your average Joe

Up to 60% of the human body is made up of water. If you're anything like us the remaining 40% is pretty much entirely coffee. This weekend our caffeinated excitement is boiling over because 40 independent coffee shops, vendors and makers are coming to Birmingham Coffee Festival, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am. Here's the hap-haps.

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Floral dresses

Go full girly-girl with a flowery print summer dress. Our picks go from day-timecashj to wedding friendly; choose from a delicate powder blue to bold red. 

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Star Rising: Ruth Brill

As well as having the best posture of any person we've ever met in real life, choreographer Ruth Brill's got her first commission, Arcadia, premiering in full this week. We've been chatting about the production, the company and the city that has seen her career sparkle and shine.

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Portable Parfum

Oil fragrances last longer than their alcohol equivalents, are less likely to be irritating to skin and bring more parfum for your pound. In short, roll-on scent is the answer to all of life’s great questions.

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Be your own florist

Sometimes the sad-looking lilies at Sainsbo's just won’t cut it. Flowers that look natural and wild aren’t easy to come by, so we asked Katy from Bloom Collective for help making our own bouquet at home. 

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Types

The Counter Press is a design studio and private press based in East London. Elizabeth Ellis, speaking at Glug, gave us her round-up of favourite typefaces ahead of the ‘Personality Types’ event this Thursday.

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Summer Shoes

Despite the heavens continuing to open upon us, we’re bidding brave bye-byes to sensible storm-worthy footwear and saying a cheer-filled ciao to summery shoes.

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Kitchen Matriarchs

An understated clutch of cooks have changed the world. From uni kitchens, to right fancy dinner parties, the seminal works of these six wonder women probably had something to do with it. 

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Must watch television

Did you see the first episode of The Handmaid’s Tale this weekend? We devoured three of the ten-part series nearly a month  ago (best not ask too many questions 'bout the how) and have been haranguing the publicists of all major UK channels ever since. Here's why.

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Sunglasses

Our holiday isn’t booked yet but we’re already planning the outfits.  This lot are top of our face-framing, sun-shading, must-pack list ✔

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Hanging artwork 101

If we had our way it would be on the national curriculum, but hanging art is a skill nobody's taught. Benefit from our lifetime of fastening faux-pas as we put some science (learnt the hard way) behind the guesswork.

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Notes on... Praza

We welcome with two perfectly placed air kisses the update given to the British institution that is afternoon tea, by Indian restaurant Praza.

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Proper picnic

Strike out at the first sign of sun with a well curated picnic. Swankiness levels can be upped with the help of OKA's glassware, ice buckets and — of course — the obligatory fizz.

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Make the meat-eaters weep

If Craig David's Seven Days was about National Vegetarian Week (we're on day two by the way), it would have been a triple platinum selling journey through our city's seven best veggie dishes.

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Rose gold

About as close as we’ll get to buying anything pink – rose gold is warm and feels super luxey. Contrast small accents with a dark colour, such as a charcoal grey wall, to make the metallic really pop.

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