IF YOU have enjoyed Christmas and the New Year celebrations a little too much and now find that your clothes are pinching, then perhaps a garment developed by two Co Down women may be exactly what you need.
IN THE dreary, bleak expanse of time known as January, when the fairy lights have come down but the sun barely seems to register on the horizon, having a range of spirit-lifting activities in your arsenal is a must.
CALLED M&S Collection Curve, the range is available in sizes 18-32 and includes everything from cotton basics to party dresses, and knitwear to coats, all designed to ensure a perfect fit for the curvier customer.
COMMITTING to a ton of gym classes, a month without alcohol or a diet overhaul is a recipe for disaster in January, when dreary weather and post-Christmas malaise mean our usually iron-clad willpower is pushed to breaking point.
IT'S a long way off from strolling down a stage in the Miss World beauty pageant to sitting quietly at a sewing machine at home making tiny baby garments but former Miss Northern Ireland and Miss United Kingdom Lucy Evangelista says that she has finally found her passion.
Finding the right Christmas gift at the right price can be a challenge but if you're a shopper who's both canny and has a conscience, why not try Oxfam? In addition to their clothes and accessories, the charity's shops have a range of gifts costing between a couple of pounds to £20 – meaning you reduce your spending while both delighting your loved ones and helping to save lives and support people who are less well off around the world.
IRISH textile company Dúinn Designs, known for patterns depicting Celtic myths, legends and places of interest, has created a 'Skelligs' range of scarves and home-wear inspired by the Skellig islands, off the Co Kerry coast.
WHY is it that in summer our nails are long, strong and practically invincible, but as soon as we get the first whiff of winter in the air they start snapping like nobody's business? "With winter setting in, nails take a pummelling from the dropping temperature outdoors and the dry atmosphere indoors," says Pupinder Ghatora, pharmacist and co-founder of Ingenious Beauty.