At Christmas, there’s no place like home.
Foreign foodies

Jette Verdi Food stylist Jette Verdi is a newly arrived Singapore resident. “My fiancé, baby and I moved to the city in April this year because we ne(...)

Look out for pre-lit Christmas trees to remove the annual light detangling from your to-do list

Turkey bought? Done. List made and checked twice? Check. Champagne on ice? Of course. Yet even the best-laid plans can be derailed by last-minute issu(...)

Rituals of Yalda: the series is inspired by an Iranian end-of-year ritual

Wellbeing is big business, and the beauty industry is taking note. Today more than ever, savvy consumers are paying attention to small brands, ethical(...)

A study should be done on the psychological behaviour of shoppers with vouchers; it would undoubtedly throw up some interesting insights. File photograph: Getty Images

It’s happened to me more than once lately – and the trend is unlikely to change. Yesterday I stepped out at lunchtime to visit a particular store for (...)

Maria Raftery’s Christmas table: ‘I always go all out with a bit of glamour and sparkles’

When it comes to setting the table for the annual festive feast, a little effort is required and so the candles will be lit, the centrepiece beautiful(...)

Of all the supermarkets, Marks & Spencer tries the hardest. It certainly has the best and most adventurous range of wines. I think I have noticed (...)

Star Wars action figures. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP/ Getty Images

A wonderful archive clip of the late Barry Norman reviewing the original Star Wars on the BBC’s Film 77 leaves no doubt as to his opinion on a certain(...)

Under the traffic light system, the box will have a panel listing energy, fat, saturates, sugars and salt. Photograph: Peter Morris/Fairfax Media

Breakfast cereal maker Kellogg’s is to adopt the colour-coded ‘traffic light’ nutrition labelling system on the front of its boxes from the beginning (...)

The simple addition of a good mask will  help your November skin a lot.  Photograph: iStock

Skin becomes cantankerous at this time of year, and you may find that the texture, oil or hydration levels of your skin are suddenly and noticeably di(...)

Sales of pianos were the most searched for item on the John Lewis website after their  ad featuring Elton John launched, the group said. Photograph: John Lewis & Partners/PA

Perhaps the £5 million John Lewis is rumoured to have spent on its Elton John Christmas advert will be worth it after all: the retailer boasted on Tue(...)

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