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Negroni cocktail with Campari, gin, orange

Lifestyle

RECIPE The Booze Cabinet #9: The Negroni By Felix Cohen

Campari is one of a family of Italian liqueurs called 'amari'. These amaros come from all over Italy and come in a million variations. In fact, you'll often find villages in Italy have their own amaro, and a lot of families also have secret recipes.

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RECIPE Prawn Curry prawns sprinkled with chilli

Lifestyle

RECIPE Spicy yoghurt prawn curry By Sian Meades

This spicy prawn curry tastes incredibly rich, but it’s actually pretty healthy as the creamy sauce is yoghurt-based

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Kiernan Shipka at window

Features

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC I don’t have siblings and it’s not fair! By Diane Shipley

I’m not saying the Dollanganger kids in Flowers in the Attic don’t have it rough: their grief-stricken mother has them locked in an attic, subject to the warped whims of their abusive grandmother, all so she doesn’t lose out on her inheritance. But at least they’re together. Growing up, I was desperate for siblings.

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Hugs with one of the dolls

Shows

FRISKY BUSINESS EPISODE 4 Recap by Kit Lovelace
SKY 156 / VIRGIN 242

This week, Lovehoney went global, giving us a chance to see what other countries are doing to themselves (and each other) – and what they are choosing to do it with.

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Heather Graham at Hangover film premiere

Features

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC Heather Graham’s 10 best moments By Duncan Vicat-Brown

She was raised Catholic in Actual Milwaukee, she’s never-not smiling, and she’s got eyes the size of most people’s hands. In many ways, Heather Graham is the epitome of the straight-off-the-bus country gal who came to town to make it big in the talkies, and did. But that’s only part of the story.

 

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Flowers in the Attic group picture in bedroom

Features

LIFETIME DRAMA SPECIAL FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC REVIEW By Jennifer Eiss

Any adaptation of V.C. Andrews’s wildly popular debut novel is going to be an event. Fans of the book will flock, curious about how successful the transition to film is (or isn’t), and those with knowledge of the subject matter will line up like rubberneckers at a car crash, craning to see how deeply the more controversial elements will be detailed (or not). Lifetime’s new drama proves pretty satisfying on both counts, while remaining just tame enough for TV.

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Cazz, Plum and Jess having a laugh

Features

FRISKY BUSINESS Rabbiting on: we examine the world's best-selling sex toy By Sarah Morgan

Sex and the City made the Rampant Rabbit the world’s number one sex toy – but is it really all that and a bag of winegums?

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Sex shop neon sign

Features

FRISKY BUSINESS Five things to remember when shopping for sex toys By Limara Salt

Reportedly, three in five British couples use a sex toy every time they have sex, so if you’re not burning your electricity bill regularly charging toys you’re in the minority. But it’s never too late to start, so here are five things to remember when shopping for sex toys...

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Woman in bed with remote control

Features

FEATURES Lessons in sex brought to you by TV By Scarlett Cayford

There are many reasons to watch television, beginning with and not limited to having voices in the background while you eat crumbed chicken and brown sauce between two pieces of stale white bread.

But the main reason we watch television is for the sex.

 

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Mother and baby underwater in swimming pool

Features

FEATURES Crazy things new mothers do By Jennifer Barton

It’s not at all surprising that new mums will do anything – ANYTHING! – to feel slightly in control, or to make things the teensiest bit easier. Here are some crazy things new mothers do (and I know they’re true, because at one point or another, I did them all myself).

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Old people shocked at laptop

Features

FEATURES What to do with parents on social media? By Amy Swales

They're friends with all your friends, have a shockingly poor grasp of status commenting etiquette and fall for every 'Share This Photo If...' scam going. But what is their worst virtual crime? It's probably failing to follow our unspoken Facebook rules.

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Woman holding high heels, sensible heels

Fashion

FEATURES All hail the manageable heel! By Lauren Bravo

A wonderful thing has happened. Somewhere amid all the cropped tops and the bomber jackets and the terrifying murmurs about combat trousers, manageable heels have tiptoed into the line-up of spring trends. They’ve come to save us all.

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Women reading in the library

Features

FEATURES Let Books Be Books and stop with the gendered marketing By Zoe Apostolides

On my frequent visits to various Holloway Road newsagents, it’s become startling apparent that, despite calls for gender desegregation in the world of children’s media, we’re really lacking. My Little Ponies, crafts and friendship dioramas are still blockaded from ‘wrestlemania’, and plastic weapons chat. Book and toyshops are frequently berated for seas of pink and blue, leading children into neat little worlds of what is and isn’t appropriate for them. Why are we so keen to parcel up entertainment, books, food and toys?

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Hunt for Labyrinth Killer: Amanda Schull

Features

LIFETIME DRAMA SPECIAL Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer By Jennifer Eiss

The first thing you need to know is that this film contains no labyrinths. It’s more of a metaphor, really, which is a shame for all you maze-ophiles out there and for us because we thought we were going to see people getting stabbed in Longleat. There are loads of stabbings, though, and mazes of plot twists, so we were happy anyway.

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Jess

Shows

FRISKY BUSINESS EPISODE 3 RECAP By Kit Lovelace
SKY 156 / VIRGIN 242

I am not what you’d call a ‘man of the world’. Of the many earthly delights there are to indulge in, I have indulged in very few – but I am a voracious internet user and I like to think that counts for something. BUT.

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Flowers in the Attic poster

Shows

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC How Was Your First Day? VIDEO
SKY 156 / VIRGIN 242

Living in the attic isn't ideal, but the alternative is even worse.

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Cazz looking amused

Features

FRISKY BUSINESS Dil-dos and Dil-don’ts: sex toys through history By Sarah Morgan

Lovehoney may have made ordering a 12-speed Squirting Exorcet less anxiety-inducing than your average Starbucks order (Venti? Grande? Pumpkin? Bwargh!) but it didn’t always used to be this way, sisters. Here’s a look back at great moments from dildonic history…

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Filling up the basket

Features

FRISKY BUSINESS MEET THE TEAM: Bonny VIDEO

Bonny is Lovehoney's head buyer which means she gets to go around the world and find brand new sex toys to stock. Given the stuff they do end up stocking, we were wondering about the stuff she rejected. THE THINGS THIS LADY HAS SEEN.

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Get the look

It's sunglasses season (almost!) so here are some great ones

Here at Lifetime, we’re big fans of sunglasses – they’re a fun way to accessorize (or cover up last night’s lack of sleep and overindulgence), they help keep our skin protected from the sun and they also happen to be a summer wardrobe essential (or a year-round must-have if you’re leading lady in one of our drama specials, especially if your motives are questionable). So we’re pretty excited that it’s finally sunny (mostly) and that we have an excuse to wear them – legitimately. Check out some of our favourite shapes and styles this season.

M&S sunglasses
  1. Paul Smith sunglasses
  2. M&S sunglasses
  3. Ray Ban sunglasses
  4. George at Asda sunglasses
  5. ASOS ornate cat-eye sunglasses
  6. Michael Kors sunglasses
HARDCORE PAWN Les Gold standing in front of a Cash For Gold sign

Features

FEATURES An imagined conversation between Monica Heisey and an antiques dealer By Monica Heisey

INT. DAY. A stately home. The place is full of older people clutching artifacts from their attics, queuing up to see famed embroidery historians and celebrated antiquarians from all over the world. Just behind an older couple, a young woman, Monica stands smugly, dragging a garbage bag behind her. It is very full.

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Kim of Queens promo image

Shows

KIM OF QUEENS EPISODE 1: WATCH ONLINE VIDEO
SKY 156 / VIRGIN 242

Brand new Lifetime show Kim of Queens starring Kim Gravel launched this week and -- wait, were you doing something else on Monday night? We warned you. We told you: if you want to win that beauty pageant, you need to listen to what Kim Gravel's got to say. Anyway, forget it, it's fine, we'll get over it. Just watch this and set up a recurring iCal thing for Mondays at 8pm.

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Man holding boxes

Features

FEATURES Date ideas delivered to your door. Would you buy it? By Natasha Warren

Unbox Love is a US company that is about to launch a unique (read: good reason why no one else has done it before) service that promises to “deliver fun dates in a box” for “couples who don’t have the time to organise a romantic evening”. Now, this is a bad idea of trifle proportions – one with layers – and I hardly know which one to pick through first. But, much like a failing relationship, I’m committed to seeing Unbox Love through to the bitter end, or at least until I need somewhere to store pension details I’ll never read.

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Burrito

Features

FEATURES So You’ve Decided to Have a Work Crush Part II By Caroline O'Donoghue

All confused parties (hi, hello) please refer back to So You’ve Decided to Have a Work Crush Part I in which we meet Tim, you, and your halved burrito. That’s not a weird sex thing, we are literally talking about a shared burrito. Read that, come back, we’ll tell you how to handle things in this How To Appropriately Handle Your Work Bang Advanced Course for people who should know better but did it anyway.

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Cosmopolitan stock image

Lifestyle

RECIPE The Booze Cabinet #8: Orange Liqueur By Felix Cohen

We've talked about pretty much all the big spirits and ingredients now so there's just one remaining item in the bartender’s quiver [That thing you put arrows in, no I had no idea either – Ed] – orange liqueur. Normally you'll see triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier used for this purpose, but a very honourable mention has to also be given to that most garish and awesome of ingredients – blue curaçao. This week, we'll dip briefly into how fruit liqueurs are made, you'll grab a bottle of triple sec on the way home, and then we'll dive off into the easiest and best way to start inventing your own drinks without screwing it up. (You’ll screw it up. But you’ll learn.)

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Tired dog with puppy on its back

Features

FEATURES Dear Editor: I didn't write that thing because Babies By Leah Moore

Dear Editor, I am sorry to report I have no column for you this week. I tried, really I did, but circumstances beyond my control have made writing it impossible. I appreciate how unprofessional this must seem, so I'll briefly explain, in the hope you understand. My eyes are like tiny burning coals, my skin is like Li-Lo on a crystal meth jag. If Sigourney Weaver encountered me stuck to the wall of the Nostromo, she would not hesitate to put the flamethrower to me.

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Frisky Business: Plum judging the Design a Sex Toy competition

Shows

FRISKY BUSINESS EPISODE 2 Recap by Kit Lovelace
SKY 156 / VIRGIN 242

I first read about rusty trombones in the back pages of Viz a few years ago. A rusty trombone (also known as a 'Dirty Bristow’, if you’re more au fait with that phrase) is a niche sexual act and, quite honestly, not one that I ever thought I’d hear explained on television. Yet that is exactly what happened in last night's episode of Frisky Business.

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7 Days of Sex Ep8 Joel and Sara Zaldivar with their children

Features

OPINION Friends With Kids: Is it our fault we don’t see them? By Anne T. Donahue

Maybe the problem is us and we're responsible for letting those friendships fall apart. (Although it is not our fault they moved to Harrow-on-the-Hill and a thousand tube stops from here.)

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Old-fashioned phone

Features

FEATURES How to do phone sex without making it weird By Allana Reoch

First there were messages carved into stone, then there were carrier pigeons, and THEN there was the telephone (I am a bit foggy on the details of this timeline). Shady details aside, it is a fact that each new method of communication in our technologically driven society inspires a new way to express oneself sexually (it’s just science!). With the invention of Skype, the art of phone sex is often bypassed in favour of visual stimulation, but there is something to be said for the art of articulate arousal. Hold on to your berets, my friends, because we’re living in perhaps one of the most sexually progressive eras since the 70s, and they didn’t even have phones back then (I’m pretty sure!). Honestly, why have regular ol’ in-person sex time and time again when you can keep it spicy with telephonic titillation?

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Frisky Business Roy in returns with a pink dildo

Features

FRISKY BUSINESS THE 5 WORST TIMES THAT SEX TOYS RUINED MY LIFE BY ISSY SAMPSON

I’ve been alive for thirty whole years now, and I like to think of myself as a fairly confident, open-minded person. After all, I speak as someone who’s interviewed upwards of 100 people about their sex lives, heard intimate details of one night stands and put my hand up at an actual F1 press conference and asked Lewis Hamilton what his favourite Pussycat Dolls song was. I’d like to say that I’m pretty much made of steel. But every now and again, something so embarrassing happens that I consider leaving London, finding a lovely dark cave somewhere, and living off roadkill and the occasional Ocado delivery until all of mankind has died off in some kind of nuclear accident and I can re-emerge without the risk of meeting anyone’s eye. Yes. That bad. And weirdly, all of those moments included a sex toy. What I’m saying is: the Lovehoney warehouse. I’d probably die of blushing.

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Nuts magazine

Features

OPINION The end of Nuts is no win for feminism By Daisy Buchanan

As a feminist, a woman, and the occasional girlfriend of various Nuts readers, there were times when I found the title hard to love. Of course, it wasn’t for me – in a way, I had as much right to an opinion as an angry bald man who had just selected Your Wedding Hair as reading material before embarking upon a four hour train journey. But when I struggled with it, it wasn’t because I was bothered by the bare breasts, but the accompanying editorial that sometimes suggested women were as dumb as they were breasty. However, compared to pretty much everything else on the internet, from Porn Hub to the unmentionable Sidebar of Shame, Nuts did a brilliant job at promoting men, women and gender relations in a positive way.

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Get the look

Get the look: 1920s make-up

Who doesn’t love a flapper? Their sparkly frocks, their taste for cocktails and slightly improper behaviour means there is plenty for twenty-first century ladies to admire. The same applies to their hair and make-up: the 1920s was the first time when cosmetics were affordable for the ordinary woman. And boy did they go for it. Forget the natural look, to compete with the bright young things, you’ll need to put on the ritz and glitz and then some…

Clara Bow
  1. Clarins Ever Matte
  2. Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl
  3. Givenchy mascara
  4. Guerlain lipstick
  5. NARS blush Taj Mahal
  6. Revlon parfumerie
Vodka

Lifestyle

RECIPE The Booze Cabinet #7: The Bloody Mary By Felix Cohen

After last week's most flavoursome of spirits – Scotch – we turn our attention to something deliberately boring: vodka. Vodka is, according to the FDA, 'odourless and tasteless' – a spirit that is often very little more than industrial alcohol and water. The water makes a difference, and the source of the alcohol can, but ultimately, vodka is a vessel for getting drunk in the simplest fashion possible. And hurrah for that.

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Flowers in the Attic poster

Shows

HELP! How Do I Get Lifetime?
SKY 156 / VIRGIN 242

Right, so: now that we’ve convinced you Lifetime is a thing you need to have in your life – what now? How do you get this on your telly? Here’s what you have to do.

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Lifetime on iPad

WHY NOT PLAY WITH LIFETIME ON ALL DEVICES TABLET OR SMARTPHONE

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