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Which ‘essential shops’ are open and can you still order takeaways?

Boris Johnson recently announced closure of all shops that sell non-essential items

Editor’s letters

Harriet Hall A sustainable Christmas needn’t be bah humbug

By all means come bearing festive gifts – but think twice before buying a jumper with a reindeer on it

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Charlotte Cripps While Christmas shopping with the kids, I was accused of theft

A fun day out at Harrods turns nasty when a fellow shopper accuses Charlotte Cripps of stealing her iPhone

21 best online beauty stores

Whether you are looking for targeted skincare or cruelty-free makeup, these sites offer the best beauty products available 

The best fashion pieces to buy in the summer sales

Sales shopping can feel like a daunting mission at the best of times, let alone when the country is being gripped by a record-breaking heatwave.

The homewares facing extinction in 2018 — and the most popular trends

How David Attenborough became the unlikely interiors style inspiration in 2018. 

50% of British people are confused by automated services, survey says

'Technology is transforming the way we live and work - but it can never replace the importance of the human touch'