Get your priorities right (why spending time and money on yourself is essential)

I’m at my favourite hairdresser’s , in charity-shop top and jeans, spending a ridiculous amount on a cut and colour, says Elaine Kingett. The guaranteed boost to my fragile self-confidence will be well worth it. Tomorrow I will pay to have my toe nails painted, even though my bathroom needs re-grouting and the tap has a terribleRead more

Pattern and printspiration: Hassan Hajjaj exhibition

Matching and mismatching pattern and print makes for a joyful combination. (There’s a chapter on mastering contrast and colour in Know Your Style ).  I may be low-key rather than loud when it comes to wearing print, but I do admire a clash-up on other people. And in art galleries. There’s a lovely, free exhibition of culture-blending photographer Hassan Hajjaj’s work at Somerset House .Read more

70s Style and Design: Dominic Lutyens and Kirsty Hislop

A special mention this week for the lovely Dominic Lutyens, 48, who together with co-author Kirsty Hislop has just published a book on 70s style and design. Lutyens is a brilliant arts journalist who writes regularly for Elle Decoration, Vogue, The Observer, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. The equally lovely Hislop, is a writerRead more