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12 Sports leggings & running tights to keep you comfy, active & stylish #RunningWeek: Lexie, Black Milk & Fashercise

Whether you enjoy running, working up a sweat in the gym or taking part in some gentle pilates practice, leggings and running tights are a fitness fanatic’s friends. They’re more practical than jogging bottoms, more stylish than shorts and can transition seamlessly from the yoga studio to the road. Sports brands and fashion brands are clearly realising just how much we …

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Becca Caddy12 Sports leggings & running tights to keep you comfy, active & stylish #RunningWeek: Lexie, Black Milk & Fashercise
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Who says you can’t look good running? 10 brands mixing fashion with function #RunningWeek

One of the biggest stepping stones when it comes to your first run is the thought of looking rubbish in your baggy old T-shirt, leggings and ugly worn-out trainers, but, with so many sport and fashion brands looking to put the FIT into your fitness gear, this shouldn’t be an excuse. From Stella McCartney to H&M, anyone who’s anyone is …

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Hayley MinnWho says you can’t look good running? 10 brands mixing fashion with function #RunningWeek
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10 best sports bras for working up a sweat [part two]: Shock Absorber, Anita Active, No Jiggle #RunningWeek

In case you missed part one, we’re rounding up the top sports bras, whether you like to pound some serious pavement, or are more of a treadmill tourist. Read on, and make wobbling while you run a thing of the past… Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra A fave of serious runners, this promises to reduce bounce by up to 78%, …

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Diane Shipley10 best sports bras for working up a sweat [part two]: Shock Absorber, Anita Active, No Jiggle #RunningWeek
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10 best sports bras for working up a sweat: Panache, Berlei, Nike #RunningWeek

When you’re running (or jogging, or even just walking briskly for some of us, let’s face it), a good sports bra is essential if you don’t want to cause yourself both temporary discomfort and long-term damage. Luckily, we’re living in a time of some of the most advanced, well-designed sports bras known to woman. Here are ten of our faves, …

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Diane Shipley10 best sports bras for working up a sweat: Panache, Berlei, Nike #RunningWeek
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Avon has created a #NoFilter lipstick, for the perfect selfie pout

Like so many other brands these days, Avon Cosmetics is hoping to capitalise on our need to take perfect selfies constantly, with a new #NoFilter lipstick. Named the Ultra Colour Bold Lipstick, it’s Avon’s highest concentrated lipstick yet, formulated with Avon’s exclusive Pigment Loading Technology, claiming to give the wearer ‘highly pigmented bullet’ and a lipstick that ‘explodes with bold, …

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Hayley MinnAvon has created a #NoFilter lipstick, for the perfect selfie pout
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Belaqise: Clothing brand changes S, M, L to ‘beautiful’, ‘amazing’ and ‘fabulous

An innovative clothing brand from Holland wants to change the way we label and talk about the size of our bodies. The first step in making such a huge cultural shift? Do away with ‘small’, ‘medium’ and ‘large’ and replace them with ‘beautiful’, ‘amazing’ and ‘fabulous’. Sounds great in theory, but will these new labels really make a positive difference? …

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Becca CaddyBelaqise: Clothing brand changes S, M, L to ‘beautiful’, ‘amazing’ and ‘fabulous
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The QBracelet charges your phone: Finally a wearable that does something useful!

After strapping the 10th gadget to my wrist this week in as many days, I’m starting to become a bit disillusioned by the whole ‘wearable revolution.’ It’s not that finding out how many steps I’ve taken, miles I’ve travelled or goals I’ve smashed isn’t an awesome nod to how far tech has come in recent years. It’s just that I’m not …

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Becca CaddyThe QBracelet charges your phone: Finally a wearable that does something useful!
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Aritzia has launched #FallForUs campaign using Instagram

Advertising campaigns for Autumn (or Fall, if you’re from across the pond) clothing collections usually involve beautiful models wearing a selection of greens, reds and browns, carefully selected by a stylist to complement the falling leaves the pictured girl is most likely frolicking around in. Canadian clothing retailer Aritzia has changed all this, and used Instagram to make it all …

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Hayley MinnAritzia has launched #FallForUs campaign using Instagram
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These stylish two-in-one Olive Cooper bags are built to hold your laptop and stop your back pains

Carrying a laptop around everyday can be extremely painful on the back, and then lugging it out for drinks after work can be a bit of a pain too. Laptop bags and backpacks don’t really do much for your outfit either, when you’re dressed up but having to use the same backpack you’ve been carrying around all day. Olive Cooper …

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Hayley MinnThese stylish two-in-one Olive Cooper bags are built to hold your laptop and stop your back pains
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New wearable Elemoon matches your clothes, and finds your phone

With so many wearables constantly coming on to the market, and most of them not looking very attractive, we do get very excited when one pops up that we’d actually be happy to be seen wearing out, and the Elemoon smart bracelet is definitely one of the best-looking ones we’ve come across. The splash-proof wearable, which looks like a bangle, …

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Hayley MinnNew wearable Elemoon matches your clothes, and finds your phone
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You could get free Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume just for tweeting this weekend

If you’re in London this weekend, be sure to head to Covent Garden, as you could bag yourself a Marc Jacobs perfume, just for tweeting! On 15th August, the luxury fashion house will be opening a money-free pop-up store in Covent Garden, where social media will be the only currency accepted. Tweets with the hashtag #MJDaisyChain will be turned into …

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Hayley MinnYou could get free Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume just for tweeting this weekend
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10 best backpacks for urban commutes, gym trips & summer fun: Herschel, Nike, Mi Pac

Chances are you’ve been avoiding backpacks like the plague ever since you broke free of the education system and didn’t have to cart 3,853 textbooks, 56 folders and 41.482 unnecessary pieces of stationery around with you 24/7. But sometimes you need to carry just as much stuff now you’re all grown up, whether you have to take your laptop to …

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Becca Caddy10 best backpacks for urban commutes, gym trips & summer fun: Herschel, Nike, Mi Pac
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Could the Cogito Classic be the smartwatch for you?

Have you been thinking about getting a smartwatch, but thinking you’re quite content with an old-fashioned analogue watch? The Cogito Classic combines the traditional analogue watch, with digital notifications, which you can control, so you won’t be constantly bombarded with email subscription notifications (unless you want to be). Created by Paris designer Xavier Houy, the Cogito Classic works alongside an …

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Hayley MinnCould the Cogito Classic be the smartwatch for you?
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Temperley and Net-A-Porter create first shoppable fashion film: But is it just style over substance?

Temperley London has teamed up with the bright sparks at online luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter to create the world’s first ‘shoppable’ fashion film. But is a dreamy video of supermodels frolicking in a field really likely to flog more dresses? We’ve come across a range of different ‘shoppable’ videos from fashion brands and retailers in the past, like these from French …

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Becca CaddyTemperley and Net-A-Porter create first shoppable fashion film: But is it just style over substance?
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Colour-changing fabric has been created. We can now all die happy!

Material studio The Unseen has created something that we never knew we needed but it looks incredible – colour-changing fabric, so basically a mood ring in clothing form! This material, created by The Unseen and artist Lauren Bowker, works through an ink in the fabric that reacts with fluctuations in the air pressure to change colour. The ink was debuted …

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Hayley MinnColour-changing fabric has been created. We can now all die happy!
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The Pebble smartwatch is now available in #FreshHotFly colours

If you’ve been holding out for the original Pebble smartwatch to be given a design overhaul, to be as stylish as the Pebble Steel, you’re in luck, as it’s been given some bright new colour combinations today. Available for a limited time, you can now get the Pebble smartwatch in Fresh Green, Hot Pink and Fly Blue (yes, we’re also …

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Hayley MinnThe Pebble smartwatch is now available in #FreshHotFly colours
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Etching could be the hair dye of the future

It could one day be possible to colour your hair as easily as you straighten it, according to scientists from the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratories. They’ve patented a method of etching designs onto hair using focused ion beams, so it looks like it’s changed colour but isn’t actually damaged. There’s even a semi-permanent option where …

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Diane ShipleyEtching could be the hair dye of the future
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12 cases to make your iPad Air happy: EverythingTablet, BookBook, Proporta

So you’ve got yourself a shiny new iPad Air, but you want to protect it? Fear not, as there are SO many cases for your new tablet out there – so many in fact that we found it impossible to choose our 10 favourites, so went for a nice round 11 instead. Some are affordable, while some are a bit …

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Hayley Minn12 cases to make your iPad Air happy: EverythingTablet, BookBook, Proporta
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Inspiration and perspiration: how to survive shopping in summer

Online sales growth has actually slowed this summer. And although the proportion of online retail sales has leapt up a whole per cent from last year, at 16.7% it’s still a surprisingly small fraction compared to all the shopping we do in real shops. Whether that’s because (despite all the tech at work to minimise misfits) we still don’t trust …

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Lauren BravoInspiration and perspiration: how to survive shopping in summer
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Will avatars be the models of the future?

Step aside, Gisele. You too, Miranda, Kate, and Adriana. The huge salaries, diva-like demands and actual human bodies of supermodels could soon be a thing of the past. That’s what two scientists from Manchester Metropolitan University reckon, anyway. Andrew Brownridge and Peter Twigg have published a study in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education which suggests that …

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Diane ShipleyWill avatars be the models of the future?