Five simple ways to declutter your brain – and stop the mind chatter

Her practice blends modern psychology with the 30,000-year-old ancient belief system of shamanism, although she says: “You won’t see me with my face painted and dancing around…

‘A doctor told me I didn’t have the right face for Botox’: the 7 beauty treatments Cat Deeley will be bringing home from LA

Her latest project is launching e11even (e11evenfragrance.com) a unisex perfume she developed with her make-up artist friend Amanda Grossman. Deeley points out that the blend of essential…

I thought admitting I was dyslexic would be career suicide

Matt Hancock’s recent decision to “come out” as dyslexic induced sniggering from certain quarters. “That’s why he talks such carp,” one wag joked. Even the usually mild-mannered…

Why the checkerboard print is spring’s answer to winter tartan

When I told a friend recently that I would be covering the checkerboard print in this column, she pulled a face. “Not for me,” she said. Then…

How to update your home with fresh paint and colour for spring 2022

The USP of the Heritage range is that it’s luxurious yet wipeable, and more practical than most matt finishes. Marianne suggests using it in a relaxed and grown-up…

How to update your home with new paint and colour interiors trends for 2022

The USP of the Heritage range is that it’s luxurious yet wipeable, and more practical than most matt finishes. Marianne suggests using it in a relaxed and grown-up…

I’m not good enough to teach writing – my students are outshining me

Months after excitedly deciding to start a writing course in Somerset, then advertising it and it selling out, I actually have to teach my first lesson –…

‘I can’t stop comparing myself to my husband’s late wife’

He was everything I had ever dreamt of in a partner: courteous, loving and kind; the perfect gentleman – but with traces of his bad-boy Glasgow upbringing,…

How to make any trend work for you, at any age

Beksi jeans, Ganni, £195, ganni.com While no one’s suggesting ultra-low-rise jeans worn with a crop top à la All Saints circa 1997, don’t dismiss a lower waistband…

The versatile print that’s game for anything

When I told a friend recently that I would be covering the checkerboard print in this column, she pulled a face. “Not for me,” she said. Then…

‘I’ve sent out 150 job applications without getting an interview. Is ageism to blame?’

I’d never previously paid much attention to my age and certainly had no intention of sliding into retirement without so much as a whimper, but my recent…

As usual my plans for luxury are pulled up short by the reality of my bank account

It’s a joy having a Workaway at the house – especially since T, a German woman in her fifties, seems to love doing the washing-up. Having sheepishly…

‘Shy people might not do a striptease on a first date, but we’re good listeners’

I haven’t always been this shy. I’m a twin and, as children growing up in Hertfordshire, my twin Ben and I were always together, so there was…

The one wardrobe classic that suits every body type

Every woman, no matter her age, size and shape, should have at least one in her style arsenal. It is up there with wardrobe staples such as…

I dread Sunday lunches with my husband and his father. Is it my job to be peacemaker?

Dear A&E,  My husband and his father don’t get on. My father-in-law is traditional, went to boarding school at seven and sees feelings as a sign of…

We went on a Colombian holiday – and came back with a cannabis business

After I separated from my husband in 2017, and my two grown-up daughters left for university and travelling, I found myself at a bit of a loose…

I’m inviting strangers to live with me so they can help with my DIY

Decorating and DIY have become my life. I wake up and drink my morning coffee while painting kitchen cupboards pink. I fall asleep reading plastering tips. Now…

5 ways to stay motivated to work out

Londoner Afsaneh Parvizi-Wayne, 56, founder of natural period-care brand Freda, was a keen Parkrunner who relished “getting fit in a very social way” with her friends, but…

Fixing my gut health made me feel and look ten years younger

Last week, Goop’s former chief content officer spoke out on social media denouncing “all cleansing”. For Elise Leohnen, it had become synonymous with dieting and restriction. “I…

Why your neck is an ageing giveaway – and what you can do to solve it

But it’s not all misery. There are non-invasive skin-tightening treatments you can have in a doctor’s chair, targeted products for the neck and décolletage to help with…

I’m invisible to my wife – should I leave her for a 22-year-old student?

Dear A&E,  I am a 56-year-old professional guy, married with a couple of older teenagers – I have provided very well for my wife and children but…

‘I was adopted at six months – and used social media to find my birth mum in Chile’

The first time I saw Ximena, I wasn’t prepared for it at all. I was on a call to my cousin Katy, who lives next door, and…

What I’ve learned about family and memory from handling people’s heirlooms

You don’t become a jeweller in a year. I’ve honed my skills and expertise over 18 years and I get so much out of it.  One of…

I’ve become closer to my cow neighbours than I ever was with my human ones in London

I knew this was my cottage before I even looked round it, because when I drove up for the viewing, I saw it was surrounded by fields…

My husband has become teetotal for the first time – and now I find him boring

Dear A&E, My husband and I both became teetotal at the end of last year – after realising that our relationship with alcohol was out of control….