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.
FOOD & DRINK

7 Mouth-Wateringly Delicious Ice Cream Recipes

Get the scoop on these cooling, luscious home-made gelato ideas.

LIFESTYLE

What Is Gua Sha?

Have you discovered the ancient eastern self-care art of Gua Sha yet? It’s effective, quick and easy to do at home. Here’s how.

SHOPPING

7 Make-Up Products For Hot Weather

Keep skin healthy and make-up firmly in place through the summer months with our hot picks.

FOOD & DRINK

9 Of The Best Vegan Blogs in 2020

Here's a great list of 10 of the best vegan blogs out there. Check our plant-based recommended blogs for healthy recipes, lovely writing, and spectacular food.

SHOPPING

9 Of The Best Rose Beauty Products

It smells amazing, plus it’s full of healing and hydrating properties. We round up the best rose-inspired beauty products to add to your routine.

FOOD & DRINK

7 Ways To Perfect A Refreshing Summer Cordial

Want to add some zing to your soft drinks? Find everything you need in your local hedgerows. What could be better?

LIFESTYLE

Online Support For New Mums During Lockdown

Lockdown may have eased but it will be a little while before new mums can socialise again. Here’s how to connect in those sometimes lonely early days.

SHOPPING

8 Ways To Nail Sunless Tanning

Want to give lockdown skin some colour and glow? Try these safe ways to get the perfect tan at home, no matter your skin type.

SHOPPING

10 Baskets For Summer Styling

Basketry is all the rage right now on runways and in stylish homes.

SHOPPING

Lockdown Beauty Treatments Series: Hair

With hairdressers still closed, here are some easy ways to care for your tresses at home.

LIFESTYLE

5 Ways To Keep On Dating In Lockdown

Love in a time of coronavirus needn’t go on hold, thanks to these great digital dating innovations.

SHOPPING

9 Wonderful Ways To Rescue Dry Hands

Hands horribly dry from all the washing? Here’s how to take care of your digits, keeping them moisturised and happy.

FOOD & DRINK

7 Great Cake Delivery Companies Saving Birthday Cheer in Lockdown

Got a special occasion coming up during lockdown? Allow these special cake delivery companies to save the day.

LIFESTYLE

Follow These 7 Chefs To Nail Mad Cooking Skills

Lockdown kitchen malaise is not an option thanks to the chefs instructing and inspiring us just when we need it most.

SHOPPING

Buy From These 7 Small Businesses Supporting The NHS

The small indie companies digging deep and doing big things to help our invaluable National Health Service.

LIFESTYLE

7 Shows You Need To Stream In May

It’s lockdown, there’s nowhere to go and we’re all glued to our screens. Here’s what to watch now.

SHOPPING

14 Brands Doing Their Bit To Support The NHS

Ever wonder which big businesses are mucking in and helping out during the pandemic? Here’s a shout-out to some of the British brands giving back to the NHS.

TECH

HADEDA

Meet Kate Kindersley, the founder of HADEDA, the lifestyle brand that works with African artisans.

SHOPPING

7 Hand-Blocked Printed Interiors Brands

Bring some colour and joy into your home with these glorious hand-blocked textiles.

LIFESTYLE

9 Superstars Playing Free Instagram Gigs

Missing getting out to gigs? Allow the superstars into your sitting room courtesy of these free live streamed home concerts.

SHOPPING

9 Aromatherapy Products To Help Reduce Stress And Anxiety

We’ve never needed at-home therapy more. Here’s the best of the best olfactory ways to soothe your soul.

THE EDIT

Ruby Hammer MBE

Hitting the beauty spot with the make-up artist of legend.

HOMES & GARDENS

What To Plant In Your Garden Right Now

Your garden – or windowsill – can offer solace and pleasure as life in lockdown goes on. Here’s how to grow, what to plant and who to follow.

LIFESTYLE

How To Take Care of Your Dog in Lockdown

Lockdown affects every member of the family – including your resident hound. Here’s how to make sure they – and you – don’t go barking mad in self-isolation.

SHOPPING

7 Ways You Can Support Small Businesses In The UK Right Now

Small brands need our support now more than ever. Here’s how you can show your love for your favourite independents in this time of crisis.

LIFESTYLE

10 Heart-Warming Stories That Have Emerged From The Covid-19 Pandemic

The worst situations can bring about the best in people. Here are our favourite stories of humans helping humans that we’ve come across so far.

SHOPPING

7 Of The Best Probiotic Skincare Products

Probiotics are the latest buzzword in skincare. We round up the best of them to help your skin achieve optimum health.

LIFESTYLE

9 Free Online Fitness Videos To Work Up A Sweat

Get those endorphins going from the safety of your sitting room with these excellent fitness videos.

LIFESTYLE

9 Tips For Selling On eBay

Want to make a killing on eBay? Or fancy having a clear out and making cash on the side? Maximise your sales with these smart tips.

LIFESTYLE

7 Sites And Apps For Online Fitness Programmes

Who needs the gym, especially in these uncertain times? Get your heart pumping with these online fitness subscriptions and apps.

LIFESTYLE

7 Ways To Shop Smart On eBay

Don’t lose out on bargains with these nifty tips and tools to get the most out of your eBay trawls.

TRAVEL

5 Dog-Friendly Holidays In The UK

Ditch the kennels and take your furry best friend on hols with you.

LIFESTYLE

7 Online Resources To Help Kids Understand Climate Change

The sites, videos and podcasts that’ll help your kids be the change in the fight against climate change – without terrifying them.

LIFESTYLE

7 Of The Best Kids’ Educational Apps

Combine educational value with screen time, thanks to these clever, instructive apps for kids.

LIFESTYLE

5 Of The Best Food Waste Apps

Never scrape your surplus into the bin again with these apps that aim to eliminate food waste.

LIFESTYLE

9 Renovation Projects To Follow On Instagram

Fuel your decorative desires/house envy in time for a spring spruce up courtesy of these handy Insta folk who are doing it for themselves.

LIFESTYLE

7 Best Websites And Apps For Runners

Hit the road with these top websites, apps and podcasts to get you out onto the open road with a spring in your step

LIFESTYLE

7 Of The Best Dating Apps

Keen to shake up your love life? These dating apps make meeting potential love interests easier than ever

SHOPPING

7 British Beauty Brands We Love

Try these pioneering young brands working wonders and creating a buzz in the world of beauty right now.

HOMES & GARDENS

7 Best Places To Buy House Plants Online

Go green at home with these air-cleaning house plants, plus discover how to keep them alive and well.