V Jewellery

Our homegal Laura Vann is bringing her jewellery brand to it’s first B'ham stockist, Harvey Nichols. Celebrate the city’s latest sparkly coup and fawn over V’s jewels at the launch party (Aug 17).

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Stay-cay

You big time deserve a holiday. Tell your boss you do and if they disagree, tell them they can stick their stinking job before grabbing a goldfish and marching, dramatically, out of the office. And don't stop going until you reach one of these lovely UK destinations.

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Unhidden Treasures

Everyone knows Etsy is the online home of crafty and jewellery hits and, if you didn't, maybe best to just nod along and look knowing. Less explored, howevs, is the oodles of other goodies — from food to photos — that their well-preened website houses. 

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The Women of Man Booker

Six women feature on the 13-strong Man Booker Prize longlist and half of them are women of colour. Here's the who and some of the what.

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Enter Stage Left

Prepping for a last minute ministerial visit, clutching coffee and exchanging blows with a cold, Fiona Allan also has the not at all small matter of Miss Saigon, which has now opened. But get the thoughtful chief exec and artistic director talking about the future of theatre and culture in this city, and whatever else is going on, she'll find all the time in the world.

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Woven bags

From relatively humble beginnings, the straw bag has had a makeover. As long as it's woven, it's your new holiday wardrobe staple. We're thinking rattan clutches and wicker baskets.

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Best Dressed Guest

Six and counting — our PB for wedding invites, all happening in 2017. And despite our mammoth measures of experience, the “what shall I wear?” dilemma doesn’t seem to get any easier. So we’ve put together options for the traditional and the less conventional amongst you.  But of course, no white. Never ever white.

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Podcasts

We discovered podcasts more recently than is acceptable to admit. We feel sorry for our past selves who had to go through life without these mind-expanding, commute-distracting god-sends.

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Blue Interiors

We want every item, in every shade, of every type of blue. And apparently we're not unusual — jewel tones are a key shade for interiors this year, and actually getting gloriously hard to avoid. 

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Eat Italian

In Italy, meals are events. Stock your cupboards with these Italiano staples to make fete-worthy food any time. Or simply eat the pesto with a spoon. 

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Stockholm

Hard scientific fact: Scandinavian cities are cool. Stockholm, possibly the coolest, has more on offer than hipster hangouts and designer shops. In the summer, the archipelago city is drenched in sun, with the longest day stretching over 20 hours of daylight. Here’s how to spend every minute of that time.

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Classic Chairs

Imitations on the high street will come and go but design classics will endure. The price tag may prohibit buying six for the dining table, but we’ll be happy with one as a feature piece.

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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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