• The Big Smart Works x Stella Fashion Sale - what you missed
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    The Big Smart Works x Stella Fashion Sale - what you missed

    Our office is still on a high after last week’s charity fashion sale at Somerset House. 

  • Interiors guru Abigail Ahern: ‘I used to be a bit rubbish at work-life balance but hot yoga has completely changed my mindset’
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    Interiors guru Abigail Ahern: ‘I used to be a bit rubbish at work-life balance but hot yoga has completely changed my mindset’

    Wake-up time for me is 5am. I start the day by going through emails with a peppermint tea, which sounds a bit sad, but things tend to get crazy and chaotic later on so it’s the best time for me to get it done. Four days a week, I head off for a hot yoga class at 6.30am. I only took it up about a year ago but now I’m a total convert – I used to be a bit rubbish at work-life balance and it has completely changed my mindset. I’m back at my desk by about 8am after a quick breakfast.

  • Why midlifers love to lead double lives
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    Why midlifers love to lead double lives

    We are all more than one woman, right? But it’s not as simple as being many things at once. We can display actively opposing qualities. And it’s OK to be all these strange and contradictory things. Sometimes you just need to be kind to the hero and zero in your personality. Because neither is going anywhere.

  • How I did it: 'I was fired from my job in beauty - but it gave me the kick I needed'
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    How I did it: 'I was fired from my job in beauty - but it gave me the kick I needed'

    It would be fair to say that Maleka Dattu is the definition of courageous. As a girl, she wanted to be a hairdresser but her parents were determined that she become a doctor. Pursuing her passion, Maleka did study hairdressing at college, before going on to work in the corporate beauty world, with high profile roles at Clinique, Origins, Estee Lauder and Lancome.

  • 15 of Michelle Obama's most inspiring quotes about work, marriage and motherhood
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    15 of Michelle Obama's most inspiring quotes about work, marriage and motherhood

    With job titles like former first lady, lawyer and now author listed on her ever-expanding CV, Michelle Obama is someone that we can learn a thing or two from. The Princeton-educated powerhouse, who has consistently championed the education of girls and advocated for America’s poverty-stricken families, became a role model for many throughout her eight years in the White House. Doing it all “with grace and with grit and with style”, according to her husband Barack, the 44th President of the United States.

  • TV presenter Anita Rani: 'Choosing what to wear is  the joy of my life'
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    TV presenter Anita Rani: 'Choosing what to wear is  the joy of my life'

    If I’m away filming Countryfile, we might start at 6am, so I get up an hour earlier to do my make-up and blow-dry my hair. I’m always up super-early anyway, as  I like to start the day with a cup of Yorkshire tea in a china mug, or, if I have time, I’ll make a pot of Assam – there’s something beautiful about the ritual.

  • Exclusive: Carole Middleton's first interview: 'Life is really normal - most of the time'
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    Exclusive: Carole Middleton's first interview: 'Life is really normal - most of the time'

    ‘Two things you need to know. Carole’s very, very nervous, and she doesn’t do sofas,’ the Telegraph’s team on the shoot warned me the night before I went down to Bucklebury in west Berkshire to interview her. ‘When we asked her to perch on one,’ they continued, ‘Carole’s response was, “Who sits around on a sofa?”’

  • Sheet masks, breathing apps and other things midlifers used to mock... but now can't live without
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    Sheet masks, breathing apps and other things midlifers used to mock... but now can't live without

    Breathing apps - You laughed, right? Because you don’t need to be told how to breathe. (‘Don’t forget to breathe’ in all those agonising dynamic Pilates classes.) You are practically a yogi. I mean you have the Lululemon leggings… Except someone sends you a link to calm.com/breathe and you follow the little blue bubble, and breathe in and out, and it’s the first time you’ve felt even vaguely sane all week. 

  • Calling all young women writers: Enter the Telegraph's Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize 2018
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    Calling all young women writers: Enter the Telegraph's Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize 2018

    Last week, Dolly Alderton won a National Book Award for her bestselling memoir Everything I know About Love, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Sue Perkins and Lily Allen.

  • Baroness Trumpington's 11 ballsiest and best quotes
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    Baroness Trumpington's 11 ballsiest and best quotes

    Baroness Trumpington, a Bletchley Park code-breaker famed for flicking two fingers up at a fellow Tory peer, has died at the age of 96. 

  • Things you only know when your pet goes missing while a cat killer is at large
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    Things you only know when your pet goes missing while a cat killer is at large

    The news that a cat killer may be on the loose in Brighton has highlighted the bittersweet nature of pet ownership. They can bring you so much joy – but when things go wrong, you suffer genuine pain.

  • 'They said my twin was a witch and deserved to die': How Britain is tackling the female genital mutilation of schoolgirls 
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    'They said my twin was a witch and deserved to die': How Britain is tackling the female genital mutilation of schoolgirls 

    The Government has announced a £50 million investment in ending the practice of female genital mutilation worldwide. It hopes to stamp out the practice by 2030 through education and grass roots initiatives across Africa. In our piece published in September, Lucy Njomo shares her experience of being 'cut'.

  • The Midults: 'We are never dressed right and we always feel jet-lagged, but round and round we go'
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    The Midults: 'We are never dressed right and we always feel jet-lagged, but round and round we go'

    We spend our emotional lives constantly on a tour, of sorts. There are no arenas or groupies. There’s no itinerary. There’s no guide. We are never dressed right and we always feel jet-lagged, but round and round we go. Sometimes we land in uncharted territories and don’t know where the hell we are. But we have certain well-trodden emotional territories, which include…

  • Violent bargain-hunter or smug naysayer: what's your Black Friday personality?
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    Violent bargain-hunter or smug naysayer: what's your Black Friday personality?

    Gird your loins, sharpen your sword, and clear some space on your shelf for a new multi-room wireless speaker: Black Friday is upon us once more.

  • ‘My husband chose an assisted death… but it’s hard on those left behind’
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    ‘My husband chose an assisted death… but it’s hard on those left behind’

    If you were to meet Debbie Binner at a party – as I did, at Christmas last year – you would imagine she was the luckiest woman in the world. She is stunning and vivacious, in love with her partner, and a proud mother and grandmother. Fate must have smiled on this woman, you think. But you could hardly be more mistaken.

  • 'I transitioned from female to male, then realised I had made a mistake' 
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    'I transitioned from female to male, then realised I had made a mistake' 

    If Stella O’Malley was a child today, she is sure she would have had gender reassignment treatment. The 43-year-old psychotherapist and presenter of a new Channel 4 documentary, Trans Kids: It’s Time To Talk, identified as a boy in the 1980s, long before gender dysphoria was a common part of medical and social parlance. Uncomfortable in her skin until she reached puberty, O’Malley says she “finally connected” with her biological identity when she had her first period.

  • Princess Beatrice's new boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and the new European royal set
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    Princess Beatrice's new boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and the new European royal set

    She seemed to cut a rather lonely figure at her younger sister’s wedding last month, when she dutifully accompanied her mother (said to have been “a bag of nerves” on the big day), into St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Poor old Princess Beatrice. Watching your little sister walk down the aisle in the same year that your ex boyfriend of a decade also tied the knot? That must have smarted a bit. 

  • 'I lost £100,000 to a stranger I thought was in love with me' – the devastating rise of romance fraud
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    'I lost £100,000 to a stranger I thought was in love with me' – the devastating rise of romance fraud

    When two policemen knocked on Roy Twiggs’s door and asked whether he had been transferring money to a woman named Donna, he couldn’t understand what on earth they meant by it. He was in a relationship with Donna - why should it be any of their business if he had sent her the odd bit of cash? 

  • Has Fantastic Beasts had a 'woke-over' and has it backfired?  
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    Has Fantastic Beasts had a 'woke-over' and has it backfired?  

    If there is one thing that viewers will be looking forward to as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits the big screens today, it is how it addressing the countless controversies that have loomed over the movie since word of its release.

  • 9 things that only midlifers know about parties
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    9 things that only midlifers know about parties

    Parties do strange things to the human psyche. Just as the television programme The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds is set in a playground, if The Secret Life of Midults were a show, it should be set at a party. Or perhaps in front of the mirror before the party because of the weird things we do there – pulling skin taut, examining back fat, shooting ourselves a ‘winning smile’.

  • The 4 things Theresa May might have been trying to say with her Frida Kahlo bracelet
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    The 4 things Theresa May might have been trying to say with her Frida Kahlo bracelet

    Amid the Mayhem, it could easily have gone unnoticed. But a few eagle-eyed commentators spotted that, during her press conference, in the wake of minister resignations and a letter of no confidence from Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Prime Minister was wearing a bracelet bearing the image of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

  • Michelle Obama is right - we need to talk about miscarriage
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    Michelle Obama is right - we need to talk about miscarriage

    She is unquestionably one of the most powerful women in the world — strong, authoritative; wonderful mother, supportive wife, world-class lawyer and dedicated campaigner. Even before she was First Lady, Michelle Obama was probably all of those things. The idea that her glamorous international life could bear any resemblance to mine seemed doubtful — or that’s what I thought, before I read last week that she too was a woman who has experienced the agony of a miscarriage. It’s amazing, really, that it is still so surprising to hear someone in the public eye talking about losing a child like this. It’s something so many women experience, and yet even in 2018, a woman who suffers a miscarriage often won’t know that two of her dearest friends have been through that same trauma.

  • Pale, male, and stale: are men really suffering from workplace discrimination?
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    Pale, male, and stale: are men really suffering from workplace discrimination?

    Are men now under threat in the workplace? If you were to listen this week to a group of advertising executives at J Walter Thompson, you might believe so. The men claim they were made redundant for being “white, male, straight, and British”, and are said to have approached lawyers about the possibility of bringing a discrimination case against the company.

  • Could you have inherited your mother’s sex life?
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    Could you have inherited your mother’s sex life?

    No-one likes to think of their parents having sex. Every generation prefers to imagine they invented it themselves, although according to the poet Philip Larkin the precise year of its inception was 1963. So if your mother came of age before then, it might give you cause for concern. Why? Because researchers have found that children follow their mother’s example when it comes to the number of romantic relationships they have.