Bits and pieces: Beat your post-Christmas blues with our pick of the week's best products


Life & Style has been waiting with bated breath for the launch of the latest handbag from Mulberry, the Alexa, named after style icon Alexa Chung, which is released this week. The bag is a fabulous take on the iconic Bayswater classic.

£695, Mulberry, 01761 234 200

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Modern classic: Mulberry's Alexa bag was named after Alexa Chung


Barnett Lawson's online haberdashery is a hidden gem for creative types that supplies film and television, fashion designers, florists and stylists with trimmings galore. And with the trend for customising and make-do-and-mend showing no signs of abating, the selection of more than 10,000 trimmings are flying off the shelves.

Prices from £1.96,

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Embellished: Decorate your clothes with accessories from haberdashery Barnett Lawson; beautiful jewellery at starts at just £55


Money may be tight post-Christmas, but if you're wondering what to ask for on your next big birthday, consider something by jewellery label Hot Diamonds.

These elegant pieces each contain a brilliant cut diamond, with prices from £55.

The Selene Collection (meaning moon in Greek) features smooth polished orbs with delicate cut-outs and tiny diamonds, and is available as bangles, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, in silver, 18ct gold or Rose Quartz.


Triumph lingerie may have been around for over 40 years, yet they still manage to produce styles to satisfy the modern woman. Particularly pretty is the Revival Feelings collection, with plenty of retro detailing and flattering bra and knicker shapes.

Bra, £24.50 and briefs, £17. For stockists, call 01793 720 300

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On trend: Triumph's Revival Feelings collection has plenty of retro detailing; Stay in style with Leighton Denny's Elemental line of nail polishes


A quiet January doesn't mean we'll be letting ourselves go, and we're starting with the new Elemental Collection by Leighton Denny to keep nails looking fabulous. With six nail colours and shades ranging from a wonderful mossy black to a feisty terracotta, there's something to suit everyone.

Colours are £10 each,

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