I always vowed that when I had children, I wouldn't make them kiss anyone they didn't want to as a simple mark of respect. Although there are times when we all have to do something we don't want to - otherwise my children would never tidy their rooms! - when it comes to something as affectionate as a kiss, no one should be made to kiss someone when they really don't want to, not even when it's as innocent as a peck on the cheek for a relative. As it turns out, I have very demonstrative children who adore their relatives and are very happy to give them kisses and hugs - indeed, they demand them! However, if they were shy, I'd respect their choice. Sure, I'm all for a high five or a wave as an alternative to a hug, but children are opinionated creatures who know exactly what they do and don't like. More »Why my children don't kiss anyone they don't want to
Forced rhubarb is in season in UK from January until April and is then replaced with field-grown rhubarb. Forced rhubarb is grown in the dark and tends to be more delicate than the summer variety, but it still has a very sharp taste and is usually sweetened with sugar when used in dessert recipes. However, when using rhubarb in savoury dishes its sharpness works well with the rich flavours of game and oily fish. More »In season: Muffins filled with rhubarb and ginger
We sat down with Lupita’s make-up artist Kay Montano to talk about her rising star and why this newcomer is changing the face of beauty for women of colour everywhere More »Why Lupita Nyong'o is changing the face of beauty
Katie Hopkins recently gave her tuppenceworth on how "Stay At Home mum is not a job title" - yes, that old chestnut. I'm a SAHM. More »I'm a stay-at-home mum, get over it (working mothers, I will do the same for you)
Step-by-step: How to dye jeans black properlySo, you've made your pom pom handbag charm, what's next?Sometimes black is just the ultimate jeans colour - it's sliming, it can makes high waisted 'mum' jeans easier to pull off and all you need is dye and washing machine - right?That is generally true but we've rounded up the main lessons we've taken from getting the old DYLON out.Tip 1. Using colour stripperColour stripper can feel like a lot of extra work, but if you're using a strong colour you'll be glad you used it.It's not just dark colours like black and blue that this applies to... ... More »DIY Fashion Fix: Essential hints and tips when you dye jeans black
It is not only the Oscars 2014 red carpet where makeup has been noticeably demure. Debenhams have reported that sales of nude lipstick are up 62%, with more neutral hues out selling red lipstick shades three times over. But how can you pull it off without it all going >a bit 90s? These stylish celebs can show you how...How to wear nude lipstickIT'S TIME TO MATCH YOUR LIPSTICK TO YOUR COATFAKE TAN TIPS WE'VE LEARNT FROM CELEBRITY FAILSMORE BEAUTY TRENDSTHE LATEST FROM HANDBAG.COM More »How to wear nude lipstick like Miranda Kerr and Angelina Jolie
Man vs Food's Adam Richman has put his days of competitive eating behind him and you can tell More »Adam Richman weight loss: 'I wanna look good when I take my shirt off at the beach'
When it comes to buying a celebrity engagement ring, it's a case of go big or go home.From the eight-carat whopper weighing Jennifer Aniston's hand down (we wouldn't be surprised if Jen's left arm was a couple of inches longer than her right by now) to vintage inspired jewels designed by the famous groom himself - there can be no bigger display of money love then the celebrity engagement ring. Here's some of the best rings currently blinding these famous faces... ... More »The best and biggest celebrity engagement rings
Sure we could all do with cutting down on the biscuits, but could there be another reason for those extra little rolls?Body shape and where we store fat is generally down to genes but sometimes stubborn pockets of fat can be due to an underlying health issues and could be caused by stress, hormones or something more serious. What is really causing your body fat? Problem area: StomachIf you always seem to end up with a paunch after a particularly unhealthy week it could be down to your stressful lifestyle. ... More »Are these the real causes of your body fat?
The fake tan fail has officially happened to everyone. From Millie Mackintosh and Amy Childs to Kate and Pippa Middleton, it seems nobody is safe from the odd faux pas.With Made In Chelsea's Ashley James as the most recent victim.So to make sure we all keep our tans looking tip top, and also to have a bit of a laugh, we've rounded up the best lessons we've learnt from observing celebrity self-tan disasters...Limbs must matchIf your legs and arms are seriously different shades, your tan is going to look weird. More »Fake tan tips we've learnt from celebrity self tan fails
Ever wondered what it's like to be snapped for Company mag? Watch this month's Street Girl Leanne Lim Walker's amazing behind the scenes vid and find out... Could she be anymore awesome? Doubtful. More »Behind The Scenes: Street Girl Shoot
There are some female characters in the movies that you just have to love.From the bow and arrow wielding Katniss to Thelma and Louise, here are some of our favourite chicks from the flicks (yes we rhyme, what of it?)Top 10 feisty women in films target="_blank"NEW SEXUAL ABUSE STATS ARE TERRIFYINGCAMERON DIAZ SAYS YOUR VAGINA IS HUNGRYMORE NEWS STORIESTHE LATEST FROM HANDBAG.COM More »10 of the best strong women in films
International Women's Day has been celebrated every March 8th since the early 1900s, when it arguably started life as a political event in the Soviet Union before being developed by the UN as marked occasion to recognise our worldwide struggles. Each Women's Day has varying themes to which it aims to find resolution. 2013 was, 'A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women' and this year it is all about Inspiring Change and challenging the status quo. More »What is International Women's Day all about?
Brunch classically involved eggs benedict and the Sunday Times, but things have moved on considerably in little over three years. Now, you're as likely to receive tapas as Eggs Florentine and a plethora of options exist for the adventurous. My favourite venue outside of London is Alma de Cuba in Liverpool, for a slice of Latin fuelled Sunday brunch dining with live gospel singing to boot. More »The Brunch Revolution: UK's best places for Sunday Brunch with friends
Our mum blogger asks if all mothers are as deluded as she is… More »Mum Diary: Of course I think my son's a genius
High sugar consumption causes fat to accumulate around the middle and this is bad news for both men and women when it comes to baby making. "Being very overweight is often a key reason why couples are struggling to have children," explains Melanie Brown, expert fertility nutritionist at The Harley Street Fertility Clinic. More »Could too much sugar stop you getting pregnant?
Taking the Special K ads a little too literally, meet the Essex man who piled on the pounds while eating 'healthily' More »Man's ridiculous interpretation of the 'Special K' diet see him eating 8000 calories a day
Despite wearing similarly risque clothing Ellie made the bold statement that she has "nothing against being sexy" but doesn't need to dress like a "skank" to sell records. Speaking to Hunger Magazine she also explained that the reactions to these outfits is geographical. More »Ellie Goulding on Rihanna's 'skank' wardrobe
© Getty - Handbag Bow down bomber jackets, you have a new queen in Beyoncé. The singer has got us questioning our allegiance to the leather biker jacket by constantly looking so fly in her bombers.After the Brits, Bey sent Twitter crazy by wearing her Black Boy Place Picasso Baby jacket over her evening dress and sneakers. More »How to wear a bomber jacket like Beyonce
Benedict Cumberbatch can apparently thank his "Byronic" looks for being declared the "first sexy Sherlock" by the BBC drama's co-creator Mark Gatiss. The fandom of Benedict is ever rising and after that epic photobomb at The Oscars, not to mention his dance off with Michael Fassbender at the Golden Globes, we think perhaps if he was less attractive, he'd be able to film new scenes. Speaking to The Metro, Mark Gatiss said, "Everyone wants to carry on doing Sherlock. It's a simple matter of schedules – particularly Benedict and Martin. More »Is Benedict Cumberbatch too sexy for new Sherlock series?
The soulful diva and winner of X Factor, Sam Bailey was papped yesterday leaving BBC studios yesterday, after the news she is expecting baby numero 3. Looking positively radiant and very happy, the singer wore a swirly, galaxy top, black skinnies and a brown Michael Kors bag which helped to dress up her day look seamlessly. We love this carry-all tote. Sam recently Instagrammed this image to announce the baby news: More »Pregnant Sam Bailey announces tour delay
Here at Handbag HQ, we like to think of ourselves on the cutting edge of important fashion and beauty debates and Pixie Lott's bunches hairstyle managed to knock 'is it ok to wear a bum bag?' off the conversational top spot. Attending the 40th anniversary of the London Lesbian and Gay switchboard in just a red silk bra and rainbow leather jacket (it is a strong look) - Pixie tuned to one of her favourite hairstyles for long hair - pigtails. It was more of a cute, behind the ears, lazy Sunday kind of hairstyle. While Pixie is working the look, we remain unconvinced that as adults who aren't in the entertainment biz we can pull off such a bold hairstyle. More »Pixie Lott and Caroline Flack show how to wear pigtails as an adult
Sarah Jessica Parker was swapping perfume for shoes at her collection launch last night, but we couldn't help but notice that she seemed to be taking some inspiration from reality TV and star Kim Kardashian. Kim K's sex tape days are long behind her now and she's a fashion icon to many - but we wouldn't think Sex and The City actress SJP would need any tips. Now, as much as we feel perhaps Kim's was a little much, SJ has gone a little to far the other way for us. More »Sarah Jessica Parker taking inspiration from Kim Kardashian?