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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Vegan Skincare Brands To Clean Up Your Skincare

If you’re ditching animal-derived products this month or for good, these are the beauty brands you need to have on your radar.

FOOD & DRINK

9 Lentil-Based Recipes To Try This Veganuary

If you’re going vegan, lentils are your friend. Warm, comforting and filling, these are the tasty lentil recipes to try this month and beyond.

LIFESTYLE

9 Of The Best Muscle Relief Products

Soothe your hard-working muscles after a good work-out with these alleviating rubs.

LIFESTYLE

7 Of The Best Running Podcasts And Apps

Tune into these great running podcasts or download these apps to keep your goals on track.

FOOD & DRINK

9 Immunity-Boosting Recipe Ideas

Give your body the boost it needs through the mid-winter with these recipes to support your immune system.

LIFESTYLE

9 Cool Christmas Craft Ideas

Keep little hands and minds engaged this festive period with these fun crafty ideas.

LIFESTYLE

Box Sets To Lose Yourself In Over The Twixtmas Lull

The week between Christmas and New Year is made for box set marathons. These are the ones you need to commit to.

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9 Of The Best Journals, Diaries & Planners For 2022

A new journal full of beautiful blank pages holds a tiny world full of possibility. These are the planners that will be running our lives come 2022.

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The Long And The Short Of It: How To Grow And Maintain Long Hair

Does your hair refuse to grow beyond a long bob? Encourage long locks with these styling tips and conditioning products.

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7 New Hotels Opening We Can’t Wait For In 2022

We hardly need much encouragement to get excited for foreign holidays. But these new hotel openings are whetting our appetites for wanderlust more than ever.

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3 Fool-Proof Party Make-Up Looks

Christmas parties are go! If you are in the market to make up for last year’s washout, take note of these festive looks to add some shimmer and shine to the whole affair.

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9 Beautiful Festive Linens For Your Christmas Table

Give your Christmas tablescape a spectacular lift with these lovely festive linens.

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12 Great Cord Pieces To Up Your Winter Fashion Game

Corduroy is having a fashion moment. These are the cord pieces we’re making space for in our wardrobes right now.

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3 Ways With A Statement Smoky Eye

The AW21 catwalks were awash with sultry smoky eyes: get the lowdown and all the kit you need to achieve the look here.

HOMES & GARDENS

On The Tiles: 7 Great Independent Tile Companies To Know

Beautiful showstopping ceramic tiles are taking centre stage at home right now. But do you know your terrazzo from your encaustic?

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12 Little Black Dresses To Wear Now

The LBD never goes out of fashion. But now it’s having a moment in the limelight once more. These are the little black dresses to wear now.

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At The Cold Face: Cryotherapy Facials To Try At Home

Try these sub-zero facials at home to stimulate collagen production.

HOMES & GARDENS

10 Mesmeric Marbled Paper Homewares

Marbling is a big interiors story right now. These are the marvellous marbled homewares we’re mad keen on.

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7 Holiday Homes In Europe Under £150k

Bag yourself a slice of the dream Euro bolthole – without breaking the bank.

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The Latest Celebrity Beauty Launches

What do Jennifer Aniston, JLo and Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley all have in common? They all have beauty ranges out now. Here’s the lowdown.

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The Big Green Edit: 12 Ways To Wear This Season’s Trending Colour

From sage to apple: how to pack in your on-trend greens.

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29 Wellness Products That Make Perfect Christmas Gifts

Beauty Spot: delight the beauty junkies in your life with a gloriously indulgent gift.

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30 Great Gifts for The Gadget Obsessive

Star Tech: go gadget go! The best presents for those for whom only the latest tech will suffice.

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13 Cosy Shearling Looks For Autumn

Wrap up in shearling as the season of mists beds in.

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7 Gloriously Spoiling Wellbeing Hamper Ideas

Treat hardworking beloveds to a wellbeing hamper and bestow the gift of repose.

FOOD & DRINK

7 Hard Seltzer Brands To Try

Have you tried the drink de jour yet: low-calorie flavoured alcoholic water that goes easy on the sugar? Say hello to Hard Seltzer.

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Skates On: The Big Roller Renaissance

Roller skates are having a major moment. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Most Wanted: 7 Hotly Anticipated Beauty Advent Calendars

Countdown to Christmas in glittering style with our pick of the best beauty advent calendars to get your hands on now – waiting list or no waiting list.

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7 Skincare Tips For Autumn

Get ready for the big cool down with our skincare lowdown.

HOMES & GARDENS

7 Coloured Cookware Brands

Inject some dash and colour into your kitchen game with these vividly-hued brands’ offerings.

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7 Designer Fitness Gadgets For Your Home

Caught the at-home gym bug post lockdown? Here’s how to kit out your home for a stylish and effective work-out.

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7 Of The Best Collagen Supplement Brands

Get the glow-down with our guide to the very best collagen supplements and why they work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.