Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an ex-London magazine editor (Grove, The Resident) turned creative brand consultant, who decamped from West London back to the wilds of Devon to rear her two boys, Enid Blyton style. A self-confessed ‘wanderlust writer with a hippie heart’, she is happiest on the move, camera in hand, namely to the beautiful yet impractical French Manoir she is renovating with her husband in rural SW France.
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9 Of The Chicest Coffee Table Books To Buy Now

These are the artsy tomes we’re envisioning on our coffee, console and bedside tables right now.

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9 Of The Best Kids’ SPFs

Slather your children’s skin in sun lotion that will protect first and foremost, while not ruining their clothes. These are our tried and tested favourites.

TRAVEL

Unique hideaways – Holiday Inspiration in the UK

If the traffic light system is leaving you frazzled yet you’re longing for a complete escape this year, Unique hideaways has just that: exclusive, quirky and utterly unique destinations across the UK.

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7 Products To Get Your Legs And Feet Summer Ready

Get your feet and pins prepped for their annual airing.

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9 Of The Best Luxury Lip Balms

Slather your lips in these soothing balms for a perfect pout.

LIFESTYLE

6 Way To Recycle Your Old Tech

Not sure what to do with the multiple mobiles clogging up your drawers? Here’s how to be shot of your defunct technology.

LIFESTYLE

7 Of The Best Health Podcasts

Look after mind, body and soul with this crop of must-listen podcasts.

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Facial Essences: What They Are And Why Your Summer Skincare Routine Needs Them

Everything you need to know about facial essences, the beauty industry’s latest trend.

THE EDIT

Lydia Loves

Our Lifestyle Editor, Lydia Mansi shares a few of her favourite things.

FOOD & DRINK

9 New Restaurants We Can’t Wait To Try

This year hasn’t been easy for restaurateurs. Let’s show some love for these new openings.

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9 Tea-Infused Beauty Products

Tea isn’t just for slurping. It has a whole host of health properties currently being harnessed by the beauty industry too.

TRAVEL

7 Cultural Places To Visit In Devon

Devon isn’t all cream teas and beaches. It’s also a massive draw for culture vultures too.

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Beauty Spot: Best New Beauty Launches for July

These are the new instant summer staples you’ll find in our make-up bags.

FOOD & DRINK

9 Cooling Summer Drinks Recipes

Refresh yourself with one of these beautifully thirst-quenching drinks.

LIFESTYLE

7 Of The Best Sites For Planting Trees

Help turn the tide on deforestation by using these brilliant sites, which plant trees on your behalf.

FOOD & DRINK

9 Delicious Seafood Recipes

Transport your taste buds to the coast with these glorious seafood suppers.

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The Best of Somerset

Somerset is part-quaint, part rock ‘n roll and fully beautiful. We love these local businesses in this spectacular south-western county.

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Poker Face: 6 Ways To Get Nineties-Style Super Straight Hair

The ironed, centre-parted look is back. Here’s how achieve poker-straight locks.

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Ten Brands Like Cos

If you're a fan of minimalist and modern clothes, you'll want to have these ten sites on your radar.

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9 Of The Best SPF Skincare Products To Wear This Summer

Protect your skin with these luxe new high-protection UVA and UVB SPF formulations.

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7 Summer Garden-Inspired Fragrances

Take a wander through an English country garden courtesy of these uplifting scents.

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A Guide To Wild Camping In The UK

Sleep under the stars and reconnect with nature: wild camping is all the rage right now. Just make sure you know the rules and go armed with the right kit.

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20 Under £20: The Affordable Beauty Buys We Rate

Buying the tools you need for your beauty regime need not break the bank. These are our top buys under £20.

FOOD & DRINK

7 Healthy Fakeaway Recipes

All the indulgence of a good takeaway and none of the overindulgence guilt. Fakeaway recipes are go!

HOMES & GARDENS

12 Rugs To Transform Your Space

Bring warmth and texture to your home with our edit of on-trend, high quality rugs, from kilims to sheepskins.

HOMES & GARDENS

10 Super Stylish Kitchen Gadgets

Upgrade your kitchen counters with these beautiful and hard-working gadgets.

LIFESTYLE

7 Of The Best Apps For Escapism

Feeling the need to get away from it all? These mind-calming apps will help.

LIFESTYLE

7 Of The Best Apps To Take Shopping With You

Shop smart with these handy in-your-pocket supermarket and high street apps that help you keep lists and make informed purchases.

HOMES & GARDENS

9 Radically Cool Radiators

Turn up the heat in style with this pick of stylish radiators.

FOOD & DRINK

12 Fun And Tasty Spring Traybakes

As picnic season arrives, we round up the best traybake recipes to make with and for the kids – or, indeed, just for yourself.

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9 Fresh Spring Fragrances To Wear Now

Spritz these intoxicating new scents to mark the gradual resumption of life as we knew it.

HOMES & GARDENS

8 Brands To Shop For Sprucing Up Your Downstairs Loo

Want to give the smallest room in the house a makeover? Check out our powder room edit.

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9 Of The Best Lightweight Spring Foundations

Check out these barely there foundations for great coverage with the lightest of touches.

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12 Breton Tops For Spring

Classic yet fresh, a Breton top will always be in style. Here are twelve Breton tops that are stylish and comfortable to boost your wardrobe this spring.

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9 Great Hair Wellness Products

The best products to restore optimal health to your scalp and locks.

FOOD & DRINK

9 Exceptionally Good Bread Recipes

Caught the baking bug? Branch out beyond sourdough with these lovely loaves.

FOOD & DRINK

12 Of The Best Vegan Easter Treats

A dozen delicious ways for plant-based folk to tuck into the treats this Easter.

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9 Great Fashion Fleeces

Thought fleeces were just for geography field trips? A collaboration between Margiela and North Face has made us think again.

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7 Great Waterless Beauty Buys

Get the scoop on the solid beauty products that do less harm to the environment.

LIFESTYLE

7 Best Free Apps for Interior Design

Our edit of the apps and sites that let you mock up your new interior scheme, virtually.

HOMES & GARDENS

Shine On: Lovely Lacquered Home Accessories

Add some gloss and glamour to your home with some on-trend lacquer.

HOMES & GARDENS

15 Spring High-Street Homeware Buys

Freshen up your home for the new season with these cheerful high street buys.

TRAVEL

7 Great Wellbeing Breaks In Britain

Who doesn’t feel in need of a break right now? We’re eyeing up these ones that promise to nourish body and soul.

LIFESTYLE

7 Of The Best Gadgets And Apps To Beat Insomnia

Accursed sleeplessness be gone! Get a good night’s sleep with these digital aids to slumber.

HOMES & GARDENS

Interiors Trend: All Eyes On Bouclé

Get snug with this chic French woollen trend for the home.