Aaaaand, relax

Between work, life-min and all those weddings you absolutely must remember and be present at the celebration of, getting from one week to the next can start to feel pretty intense around about now. So we've been confabbing with meditative master and founder of Barefoot Yoga, Faye Fenton. Here are her top five ways to feel better and more present. *Warning — no heavy machinery should be operated during the reading of this week's issue.*

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Shelanu

Shelanu is a women’s craft collective made up of refugees and migrants that have moved to Birmingham. The ‘Interlocking Stories’ collection is in collab with B&S fave Charlotte Valkeniers.

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The Anti-Valentine's Guide

Hey. We’re not completely heartless. We’re not begrudging anyone the chance to celebrate love. But for those of us that are reluctant to pay over the odds for red roses and a set meal at a crazy busy restaurant, we’ve got some alternatives for spending the 14th either with your bestie, your valentine-phobic better half, or your sweet, sweet self.

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New Art West Midlands

Celebrating emerging artists that have graduated from the region’s art schools, New Art West Mids does a lil tour of BMAG, The Herbert in Cov and AirSpace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent over the next few months. 

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Notes on... Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

The last production we watched by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures was The Red Shoes and it was arguably the best thing to happen to us in 2017. So expectations were preeeetty high for Cinderella, Bourne’s piece that was originally performed in 1997 and is now touring the country.

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Work-friendly tops under £35

Offices can be dull. Karen in Accounts won’t stop talking to you and you’ve just had another meeting that definitely could have been an email. Bring it in the boardroom with these bargainous workwear additions.

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Notes on... The Walk

Did you know interactive podcasts are a thing? They’re totally a thing. The Walk is a thriller in which the listener plays an active part, both literally and figuratively as they're encouraged to get outside and walk as they listen. Written by Naomi Alderman (The Power) and developed by Six to Start (behind the fitness app, Zombies, Run!) this is a dystopian podcast with a difference.

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Sonia Sabri: Female Warrior

On the 100th anniversary of women's partial suffrage, we thought we'd have a natter with a woman who's asking questions we shouldn't still have to be asking. Sonia Sabri is the artistic director of SSCo, one of the leading South Asian dance and music companies in these here parts, and her real-life one-woman show, Virago, comes to The Old Rep on Feb 15.

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Bag A Barg

Reader, we’re about to let you in on our number one shopping hack. With some of our fave brands (New Balance, Kurt Geiger, Levi’s), at marked down prices, grabbing an absolute barg at Resorts World is practically guaranteed. We created four different looks to see how much we could save.

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First Cocktail Back

In less than 36 hours, it won't be January any more. And whether you've been observing a month of abstinence or not, you've survived. Toast yourself with one of these delectable little numbers. You deserve it.

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City Guide // Verona

Banish all your preconceptions of Verona as being a quiet, crumbling old town of stuffy relics and homages to that Shakespeare play. Granted, it is a crumbling old town, but once you navigate around the tourists clambering to get a glimpse of Juliet’s balcony, the city is young and buzzy.

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Sensible Winter Boots

We have zero plans to traverse a mountain any time soon, but hiking boots are firmly at the top of our wish list. City-dwelling in winter means pounding pavements in rain and snow (mainly rain) so a sensible shoe is the answer. Now just decide whether it's going on debit or credit.

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The Quit Conundrum

Former lawyer turned writer, Katy Drohan, on how she changed a career crisis into a one-person vocation revolution

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Water Bottles

Make like a gosh darned environmental goddess and invest in a reusable bottle for hydration on the go. The brighter, the better — green creds don’t have to mean snoozefest.

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Pinterest trends: 2018

As reliable as January sales and fad diets, a new year means marketeers making bold claims about new trends. Some are chin-strokingly questionable (we’re looking at you Pantone and your colour of the year). Pinterest’s round-up is wholly more sane and these are some home decor styles we hope to see more of in 2018.

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Yoga Pants

We don't really do New Year's resolutions, but there's always time for more yoga in our lives. Zen the eff out with the aid of these joy-inducing leggings.

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