A ruthless approach to decluttering completely transformed my life

Since watching an episode of Marie Kondos TV show, I have overhauled our family home and reaped mental, financial and professional rewards When I moved in with my husband, we found ourselves with two of everything. We sold furniture and donated kitchen utensils to charity. But, having lived alone, parting with more sentimental items was difficult. And, as I later discovered, my husband is a bit of a hoarder. He couldnt ditch his MDF TV cabinet; I was too attached to my impractical 50s Danish tub sofa. Things got worse after we had children. With the arrival of countless toys, books and kids clothes, it got out of hand. I am an introvert who loves being at home, but, as …

Gillian Anderson: I fall in love with my characters

Shes played a host of strong female leads, from Miss Havisham to Blanche DuBois and now Margaret Thatcher. Gillian Anderson talks about living in Britain, obsessive fans and dating Chewbacca Gillian Anderson is a woman of many duelling qualities, and it is hard to know quite what to expect when meeting her. Her old interviews are displays of either surprising candour or frosty reserve. She can be earnest and thoughtful, sometimes to the point of seeming grave, yet she peppers her social media with penis/yoni of the day posts, pictures of things that happen to look like genitals, even when they are not. She speaks with an American accent when with Americans, and with a crisp British accent with Brits, …

Jennifer Gunter: Women are being told lies about their bodies

Dr Jennifer Gunter is the worlds most famous and outspoken gynaecologist. And shes on a mission to empower women with medical facts, taking on wellness gurus, old wives tales, the patriarchy and jade eggs along the way Dear Ms Paltrow, began Dr Jen Gunters Goop. Paltrow claimed that inserting one into the vagina would improve a womans life, in at least four ways. It is the biggest load of garbage I have read on your site since vaginal steaming. Its even worse than claiming bras cause cancer. But hey, you arent one to let facts get in the way of profiting from snake oil. And so it began. It was a war on wellness an industry now worth more than …

A tale of two cities, New York style meets London chic

Art is given centre stage in a designers bright monochrome apartment. By Kate Jacobs Carl Blcher sits in his trademark baseball cap and eye-poppingly bright trainers, his friendly miniature dachshund, Mr Big, on his knee in his New-York-loft-inspired east London flat. When the new Whistles creative project manager bought the compact flat in an Edwardian mansion block 13 years ago, the original dining room was being used as a third bedroom and the kitchen was tucked away at the back. It felt very small, dark and boxy, says Blcher, but I could see that the proportions of the rooms were good. Dogs life: Mr Big on a Frank Gehry cardboard chair. Photograph: Taran Wilkhu He lived here for a couple …

The story of The Dress: how a 40 Zara frock stole the summer

This years unexpected viral fashion hit is suitable for all weathers and sizes, as comfortable as a nightie and currently unavoidable. But why are its fans so happy to be seen in the same outfit as someone else? The dress is very good friends with leather jackets, red lipstick, Birkenstocks, Veja trainers, totes and cross-body shoulder bags. It does not have time for the performance of modern femininity an embarrassment of Lycra, neon and scratchy lace. It can be worn when the weather is intolerably warm and your day stretches ahead of you work, drinks, dinner and it wont chafe or itch. The dress is on your side. You will have met the dress by now, even if you dont …

It’s electrifying! Olivia Newton-John on her big Grease auction

Those headturning trousers, a pink ladies jacket, plus many more items from the actors 55-year career are going under the hammer. So why-yi-yi-yi now? When Sandy told Danny to Tell me about it stud, in skin-tight black trousers and a leather jacket in the 1978 film Grease, little did Olivia Newton-John realise her characters costume would go on to fetch a combined estimate of $230,000 (185,000) at auction more than 40 years later. These items of cinema history, along with 200 more of the actors costumes and personal clothes will go under the hammer at Juliens Auctions in LA in November, with 32 highlights now on display at the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland. Needless to say, the black …

When will I be famous? Oscar the whippets bid for Instagram fame

Petfluencers rule the internet. Can Emma Beddington transform her gloomy pet into a social media sensation? Grumpy Cat, the internets favourite seemingly furious feline, handbag dogs, luxury cat hotels. Animal influencers have real financial clout, attracting brand partnerships, sponsors and merchandising opportunities. Its easy to see why. Animals dont get gropey at parties or turn out to be horrifyingly racist; they simply make us feel good. US superstar pets can earn up to $16,000 for a social media post. In her book Influencer, digital guru Brittany Hennessy wrote she once paid a dog $32,000 for two Facebook posts, one Instagram post, and one tweet. There are whole years I have earned less than that. Times are tough for freelance writers …

Dressed to kill: why were obsessed with the clothes on TV

Whether its Killing Eves stylish assassin or the pals in Friends, its TV, not models, that is inspiring our wardrobes and with good reason It feels safe to say that at this moment, more people around the world are lusting after the style of a serial killer than ever before. Thats globalisation for you, but thats also the grip that our favourite TV characters have on our wardrobes. Anyone who has been watching the second series of Killing Eve cannot fail to have noticed the bold, stylish and often bizarre outfits worn by Jodie Comers Russian assassin character, Villanelle. Many of the items she wears, from her velvet jumpsuits to satin coats to silk dressing gowns, are selling out despite …

The Veja way: inside the cult sneaker brand’s operations in Amazonia a photo essay

Thanks to its ethical credentials and stylish designs, the trainer brand has amassed a devoted following. Here, its co-founder, Sbastien Kopp, files his travelogue from a trip to Amazonia where the shoes are made We started working in Amazonia, in the Brazilian state of Acre, in 2004. Acre is a frontier: the last point before the Veja co-founder Sbastien Kopp (right) with local anthropologist Marcelo Piedrafita, as they embark on a journey past countless cattle pastures en route to the rainforest. All photographs by Jonny Weeks. divider The community meeting We buy wild rubber from communities of rubber tappers whom we work with inside the Amazon rainforest. The rubber is tapped directly from the Hevea trees that grow here. The …

The models have bellies, hips and thighs that jiggle: the rise of body-positive swimwear

From larger-cup bikinis to modest beachwear, fashion is finally beginning to cater for a range of womens bodies If theres one thing Sasha Khan loathes, it is shopping for swimwear. Which makes it a strange coincidence that, on the day we speak, Khan has just been bikini shopping. I buy swimwear about once every 10 years, she says. The 23-year-old charity worker from London is flying to Ibiza tomorrow. I always put it off. I hate it. Its like having to go to the dentist or get your eyes tested. The reason Khan hates bikini shopping is because she is a size 10-12, with a 32FF bust, and few retailers design swimwear for women with relatively narrow backs and larger …

‘They have you in a cultish grip’: the women losing thousands to online beauty schemes

It sounds too good to be true earn money selling makeup on social media. And for many, it is. What really happens when you join a multi-level beauty business? When a Facebook friend told Lindsay about a genius business opportunity in January 2015, the Manchester-based NHS laboratory assistant was already struggling for money. She had spent the last two years caring for her elderly father, and the stress meant she frequently missed shifts at work. Unwell with chronic fatigue syndrome and struggling to pay the household bills, Lindsay was instantly curious about her friends offer. I hardly had any money coming in, and I was looking at everything, doing all the maths, and there just wasnt enough, Lindsay says now …

Ugg: kick in the guts as Aussie maker loses US trademark case

Sydney-based Eddie Oygur ordered to pay damages after footwear and apparel company Deckers puts its foot down The Australian ugg boot maker Eddie Oygur has suffered a $US450,000 ($A643,000) loss in his David versus Goliath legal fight with a major US footwear and apparel company. A jury in Chicago found Oygurs business, Sydney-based Australian Leather, wilfully infringed a trademark registered to California-based Deckers Outdoor by selling ugg boots online to customers in the US. After a four-day trial Oygur was ordered to pay Deckers statutory damages of $US450,000 and he may face an order to pay millions more in legal costs. Deckers generates more than $US1bn in annual sales from its UGG brands. Oygur argued ugg is a generic term …

A cold-water cure? My weekend with the Ice Man

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. Its yelling at us, Helloooo! says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds. Soon hes catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excitedly like a child. Here I am, talking to the tree, he beams. I see the tree has personality. I go in. We are one. Its alive. We are alive. Is that crazy? Bloody crazy! Yes …