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Best Italian Festivals April to June

As you know, there is never a bad time to visit Italy and for many spring and early summer is the best time, especially if you are a culture fiend and city explorer. By April it's getting pleasantly warm with temperatures averaging around 14°C in the north and around 19°C in the south, although the [...]

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Valentines Day Isn't What It Used To Be

It used to be the case many years ago that on Valentine's Day you sent a gift or a card to someone you admired from afar and it would state it was from an unknown admirer. It was done in a light hearted and fun way and I do remember when I was at school [...]

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An overnight stay in the City of Bath. Trolley Suitcase or Holdall?

Recently we had an overnight stay in the city of Bath. Why Bath? Well we got to know the city very well when our youngest went to the University of Bath to do a masters degree on aerospace engineering and it has become my favourite city for a short break. It's so quintessentially English with [...]

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Birkin, Lady Dior, Kelly, Jackie and Alexa Handbags, Named After The Rich and Famous

Naming a handbag after someone famous has been something fashion houses both designer and high street have been doing for many years. It's a brilliant marketing trick that, if successful, will see sales go through the roof. It has always been normal practice for the top fashion brands to gift celebrities clothes, handbags, shoes and [...]

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Fashion And How To Style An Italian Leather Briefcase Business Bag

If like me, when you have put together your look for the day for work, the addition of a beautiful leather work bag is not only a fashion must but part of the distinctive appearance and dress code for the professional business man and woman. It may be that you require a classic traditional piece [...]

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Best Italian Festivals January to March

Italy is one of the most wonderful countries to go and visit. Steeped in history it possesses some of the most glorious architecture in the world to enjoy. It's also a nation of great style and passion and this translates into the extravagant festivals they hold. As if you needed another reason to go, here [...]

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Red The Colour of The Festive Season And Christmas

There is no doubt that as the colder weather arrives and we head into the festive season that red is one of the most popular colours. Whether it is a pillar box red dress or a burgundy teddy bear coat, both the high street and high end designer fashion houses are filled to the brim [...]

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Christmas in Italy

Let's face it, there is never a bad time to go to Italy. I mean pick a city, any city and you'll be enchanted by its history, architecture, character and overall charm whatever season it is. Most people go to Italy in the spring, summer and autumn months, however, a visit to Italy on the [...]

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The Story Behind The Modern Neck Tie

Wearing a piece of cloth around the neck as an adornment is nothing new. There is evidence that the Egyptians and also the ancient Chinese civilisations wore such an accessory. However, it is well documented that it was during the Thirty Years War in the 17th century that, what you might say was the forerunner [...]

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How To Wear All Things Animal Print Leopard And Python

It is not hard to miss that this Autumn the season's trend is animal print, especially big cats leopard, jaguar and tiger. Snake print such as python are also very popular. The variety and boldness ranges from huge patterns in all shapes, sizes and colours to small delicate abstract prints. Animal prints are nothing new [...]

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