Lucy with diamonds

Feb

15

2014

Lucy with diamonds

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Charlotte Pearson talks to a bespoke jeweller about gap years, family and rings. Taking a year out before going to university usually comprises of travelling or working to save some money. Lucy But a gap year for Lucy Rawcliffe, from Itchenor, resulted in learning a trade and setting up her own business. “I...

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Sobriquet Eastbourne

Feb

11

2014

Sobriquet Eastbourne

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Jean Clark meets up with Eastbourne entrepreneur Nancy Nelson to talk lingerie, romance and career success. A survey by lingerie manufacturer Bluebella came up with some revealing figures. At the launch Nancy far right. More than half the women questioned confessed to being embarrassed by their underwear...

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What lies beneath

Feb

7

2014

What lies beneath

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Betty Lou Brighton

Feb

4

2014

Betty Lou Brighton

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Alex Jenkins is transported back in time to a salon that is making the retro ‘do’ cutting edge. Pictured is Lilly Griffin. During the last few years retro fever has taken the country by storm, whether it is the resurgence of vintage swing, high-waisted trousers, or 1950s inspired furniture. But...

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Business of dreams

Feb

1

2014

Business of dreams

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Parkhouse’s Michael Laing talks diamonds, beauty, and family influence with Laura Cartledge. Michael Laing is not just a prestigious jeweller, he has to be one of the coolest grandfathers around. The chairman of Parkhouse, which was originally founded in Southampton in 1794, has dedicated his career...

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Secret service

Jan

31

2014

Secret service

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Charlotte Pearson headed to Southampton to meet up with a personal stylist on a mission to help her find a bra that fits. Most women in the UK don’t wear a bra that is in the right size and fits them properly, and up until recently I was one of them. I have been measured in the past but have found...

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Sexy Big Pants

Jan

27

2014

Sexy Big Pants

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A Brighton based business shows Charlotte Pearson that big knickers can be sexy. Most women know that the secret to the perfect outfit is what you have on underneath. Wearing a bra or pair of knickers in the wrong size can instantly change an outfit from sexy to lumpy. Iskra Lawrence modelling Dolly,...

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A creative wonderland

Jan

27

2014

A creative wonderland

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Laura Cartledge meets Southampton based Sam Pierpoint who proves that illustration is not just confined to storybooks. From redecorating rhinos to styling shoes, Sam Pierpoint has turned her talent to transforming the everyday and the unusual. “I have a random imagination and I like to be able to use...

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Smashing fun

Jan

21

2014

Smashing fun

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Sian Gordon has a smashing time as she tries out an exercise class with a difference. If you are anything like me and the idea of going to a gym and doing the same set of exercises week in week out makes the prospect far from appealing, then Worthing’s newest exercise class might be the perfect answer. Smash...

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Sew ‘n’ spa days in Rye

Jan

14

2014

A mother and daughter team have relaxation all sewn up, says Laura Cartledge. Sew Not Strawberry Jam, a craft studio near Rye, is proof that ‘mum knows best’. However, owner Sam Coates was giving advice, not receiving it, when the idea struck. Sam Coates “My daughter had trained as a beauty therapist,...

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