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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Hair SOS! 7 Post-Summer At-Home Nourishing Hair Treatments

If you want hair shinier than a conker, here are our favourite post-summer treatments to strengthen, gloss and restore shine.

HOMES & GARDENS

7 Statement Wallpapers For The Downstairs Loo

Use the smallest room in the house to make a big statement.

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7 Ways To Nail Dramatic Eyes With A Mask

Is lippie a redundant relic of pre-Covid days? Here’s how to nail a knock-out eye top wear with your face mask.

HOMES & GARDENS

7 Of The Prettiest Cottages On The Market

Got your eye on a slice of the good life? Fuel your bucolic dreams with these pretty cottages to buy now.

HOMES & GARDENS

3 Ways & 9 Brands To Nail A Coastal Look At Home

Dreaming of a relaxed barefoot coastal vibe? Channel your seaside interior look, from Cornwall to Ibiza, with our edit.

FOOD & DRINK

8 Mouth-Watering Mexican Recipes

Mexican fare makes ideal early autumn fodder, with plenty of summer flavours balanced by warming comfort.

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7 T-Shirts To Wear Now

They are the hardworking staples of every wardrobe: presenting our all-time top T-shirt brands.

HOMES & GARDENS

7 Of The Best Summer Table Linens

Add some dash to your summer table with these gorgeously colourful linen cloths.

FOOD & DRINK

7 Gorgeous Dips To Eat By The Spoonful

Wow guests at your BBQs, picnics and al fresco soirees with these delicious homemade summer dips.

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Cult Beauty Haul: 5 Top New Summer Buys

From cult classics to under-the-radar hero products: our top Cult Beauty buys right now.

TRAVEL

7 of The Best European Cycling Holidays

Fancy exploring Europe by pedal power? Here are the cycle tour companies you need to know.

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7 Of The Best Refillable Beauty Products

Beauty brands are making strides to cut packaging. Try these refillable beauty products and do your bit in the fight against single-use plastic waste.

LIFESTYLE

7 Great Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Here’s something to brighten your smile: safe, effective home products to get your gleam on.

HOMES & GARDENS

How To Tackle Clothes Moths In Your Home

Are your knits being decimated by dreaded moths? Here’s how to combat an unwelcome infestation.

HOMES & GARDENS

7 Of The Best Homewares To Source From Europe

Transport yourself to the continent with these stylish artisan buys for the home.

FOOD & DRINK

7 Great New Summer Cookbook Launches

All the mouth-watering new cookery book releases of the season that everyone should own.

THE EDIT

Bobbi Brown, Beauty Queen

The make-up legend unlocks the door for a privileged peek at her digital world.

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9 Of The Best Summer Necklaces For Layering

Chunky chains, beaded chokers and talisman pendant charms: how to layer summer jewellery.

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7 Of The Best Bar Soaps That Won’t Dry Your Skin

Try one of these hand-milled artisan soaps for the sake of your skin – and the environment.

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.

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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.

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10 Ways To Rescue Stressed-Out Lockdown Skin

Is your skin dry, lacklustre or breaking out? Try these great at-home remedies and products.

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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.

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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.

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10 Baskets For Summer Styling

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.