Pattern Mix

25 Jun 19
SOUTHERN LACED

Southern fashion is iconic, and the timeless, chic and decidedly American style of southern women is cropping up all over runways for summer 2019. But there’s a lot more to southern style than just throwing on some seersucker and classic pearls. The elements of fashion staples in the south are about combining class with function for […]

25 Jun 19
Dean Gallagher Music

Released in 1977, Rumours, by Fleetwood Mac is lyrically informed by the dysfunctional relationships of band members, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John Mcvie and Mick Fleetwood. Lindsey was splitting from Nicks and Christine was in the process of divorcing from bass player John. Leader of the band, Mick Fleetwood’s marriage was in crisis […]

25 Jun 19
mittonmusings

A tale of one woman’s mid-life crisis…

25 Jun 19
MomaBabyEtc

Amazing Use Of Coffee You know how incomplete your days without your daily coffee dose? Well, what if we’re telling you that even your hair sometimes needs that pick-me, which only coffee can provide? That’s true! And we’re going to tell you how. We’ve listed some benefits that it can deliver to your hair, as […]

25 Jun 19
Tech Mania

You didn’t think we only had 18 startups we would feature, did you? Hailing from New Delhi and Russia, through the UK and Ireland and all the way to San Francisco, we have gathered another stellar cohort of up and coming SaaS startups below. This year’s SaaStock will help more than a hundred diverse and exciting startups break ground […]

25 Jun 19
Videogame Musings and Meanderings

Trails of Cold Steel 1 Analysis Summary – No spoilers Having no familiarity with the previous games in the Trails series, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Erebonia without being too overwhelmed by the continuity of characters and politics of the past. The story and characters of this game can stand alone as a singular […]

25 Jun 19
The Sun
If you haven’t put much thought into how you display flowers before, then now’s the time. Cheap glass vases are simple but effective, but not missing their own subtle stylishness too. Quality glass pieces aren’t always cheap and if you consider the amount of work that goes into them, from creating it out of sand and other materials, to heating it up and moulding it, you can see why glass vases can be expensive. That said, we’ve done our best to find some designs that won’t tug at your purse strings too much, so you can ease your guilt about buying more than one. We haven’t just gone for the plain variety of vase either – nope, read on below and you’ll find everything from ribbed and recycled to patterned and lacquered. Before you buy, though, have a quick think about what stems you’re likely to be displaying in your vase. Long-stemmed flowers, like hydrangeas, for example, work well in cylindrical vases, while single stems, such as magnolia, blossom or pussy willow are ideal for taller, slimmer designs or ones with bottlenecks. Then there are sweet bud vases, which are ideal for a cluster of smaller flowers, and posy vases, where you might not want anything too overpowering. Lastly, mix and match shapes and colours for a bit of variety and remember to keep your vase sparkling clean. We’ve found six fabulous designs for you – your only dilemma is going to be deciding on which one to get! 1. Floral hurricane vase Floral Hurricane vase Floral Hurricane vase, H19cm, £6, George Home – buy here Add a seasonal update to your table or windowsill with this floral number. The pretty leaf pattern turns an otherwise plain vase into a little show-stealer and it works just as well on its own as it does displaying a bunch of flowers. 2. Ribbed glass vase Ribbed glass vase Ribbed glass vase, H17cm, £10, Matalan – buy here Sultry curves and a blush-pink ribbed design make this impressively inexpensive vase a standout buy. Add a few single stems of cherry blossom for a simple yet pretty look, or some blowsy roses for a fuller, softer display. 3. Glass Cacti vase Glass Cacti vase Glass Cacti vase, H17.5cm, £10, Next – buy here Ramp up the fun factor and channel a Wild West vibe with a quirky cactus-shaped vase. Pop in a few blooms or simply use it as an accessory – however you choose to display it, make sure this hot-to-trot buy is out on show this summer. 4. Grey Lacquered Elongated glass vase Grey Lacquered Elongated glass vase Grey Lacquered Elongated glass vase, H45cm £18, B&Q – buy here The slimline shape of this vase has called to us, and despite its very simple appearance it makes a change from the usual plain glass design. Use it for a single stem or pop a candle in the top and display it as a centrepiece on the table. 6. PS 2017 vase PS 2017 vase PS 2017 vase, H27cm, £15, Ikea – buy here We do love a recycled product, and this vase is a great buy if you want something unique but still at a good price. Made from leftover glass pieces of different colours, each of these vases has a different pattern and colour to it and are mouth-blown by a skilled craftsperson.  [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] Enjoyed our roundup of cheap glass vases? Why not have a look at our selection of cheap lamps? Looking for more great household goods? Find more top product roundups on our home section. Check out our full range of product reviews in the Sun Selects homepage. This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.
25 Jun 19

Okay so this is a two-parter… You’ll need to make a teriyaki sauce to drench your aubergines in. …But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Up first: Teriyaki sauce What you will need: 1 Tablespoon of tamari 1 Tablespoon of mirin 1 clove of garlic, grated finely (the worst job ever) About an inch piece […]

25 Jun 19
Chicago Review of Books

A review of Darcey Steinke’s “Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life.”

25 Jun 19
The Sun
WE’VE come up trumps for you lot this time, with our pick of the best cheap mugs around. Yep, if you love a good cuppa and want to update your drinkware collection, then there’s no need to shell out a fortune when you’ve got designs as good as this with fantastically low price tags. And the beauty of a cheap mug is that if you chip it, drop it, mark it or lose it, it’s no biggie, because you didn’t spend a lot on it in the first place. Mix and match designs for a fun selection. If you want to keep them looking cohesive in your cupboards, then opt for ones in the same colour palette or with a similar pattern. You don’t just have to buy them singularly either – we’ve got a few below that come as a set, and still at a great low-cost price. If you’re not a washer-upper, check if they’re dishwasher safe, and if you like to heat up your hot choccie in the microwave, then make sure it’s suitable for that too. Lastly, show them off with pride. Display them on a shelf, hang them on hooks or stack them in a wire rack – they may be cheap but they’re still a good-looking bunch. 1. Framkalls mugs Framkalls mugs Framkalls mugs, £4 for four, Ikea – buy here Simple Scandi styling at its best – these mugs come as a pack of four and feature mixed patterns in blue, yellow and pink. They’re not the largest of mugs, but their fun and funky designs more than make up for that. 2. Heavenly Hummingbird Stacking mugs Heavenly Hummingbird Stacking mugs Heavenly Hummingbird Stacking mugs, £12 for four, Dunelm – buy here It’s not just the fact that these mugs come in a handy wire rack that makes them winners in our eyes. Nope, the floral and hummingbird detailing is beautifully elegant and they’re a great size and an equally great price. Made from quality porcelain, the mugs stack on top of each other, with the motif continued from one mug to another. Stunning. 3. Yellow Sausage Dog mugs Yellow Sausage Dog mugs Yellow Sausage Dog mugs, £3 for two, George Home – buy here We’ve seen sausage dog prints hit the high street in a big way, but if you still haven’t gotten your fill then check out these vibrant mugs from George Home. Featuring two sweet sausage dogs on a vibrant yellow background, they’re sure to make you smile every time you use one. 4. Alphabet mug Alphabet mug Alphabet mug, £5, Matalan – buy here Whether you’re an A for Alice or a B for Ben, these alphabet mugs with gold lettering are great for knowing whose mug is whose and upping the fun factor into your cuppa. Feeling flush? Spell out a word and display them on a shelf for a novel touch. Hand-wash only. 5. Warota Two-tone Ceramic Cups Warota Two-tone Ceramic Cups Warota Two-tone Ceramic Cups, £10.40 for four, La Redoute – buy here More cup than mug, these powder-pink two-tone designs are great for minimalist shoppers that want both form and function. We like that they don’t have a handle, which makes them a little bit different and a whole lot stylish. 6. Extra Large mug Extra Large mug Extra Large mug, £6, Argos – buy here It wouldn’t be a mug roundup without a) a slogan mug and b) an extra-large design, now, would it? Voila – we’ve found both in this cheap-as-chips ceramic mug! A great gift for someone special. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] Looking for more great household goods? Read more home products reviews. Check out our full range of product reviews in the Sun Selects homepage. Enjoyed our roundup of the best cheap mugs? We’ve rounded up the best coffee machines you can buy. This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.
25 Jun 19
The Sun
WHEN it comes to dressing your windows, there’s a multitude of different styles and an endless choice of fabric options, but today we’re going to focus on the best cheap curtains. There are a few decisions you need to make before buying curtains and we’re here to help you pick the best set for your windows while sticking to your budget. Headings Let’s start with headings. This is what’s at the top of the curtains so they can glide along the pole as you open and draw them. Pencil pleats are close-together folds of fabric that gather as the curtains are drawn. They are attached to rings on the curtain pole and give a full look. Pinch-pleat headings are sewn-in pleats that give a neat, decorative appearance. When drawn, they completely cover the curtain pole for a smart finish. Eyelet headings are created by adding metal rings around holes cut into the top section of the curtains; the curtain pole is then threaded through the eyelet holes. The folds of the curtain will hang in a uniform way when opened – choose this option if you want an unfussy look. Finally, tab-top headings and strips of fabric sewn along the top section of the curtains to form a loop; the loops are then threaded on to the curtain pole. This is the simplest look and is best suited to country-style decor. Linings Next up, the linings. Most curtains come with a standard lining that is usually made of cotton. It’s a good all-round option for dulling the effect of bright light on a sunny day, stopping too much heat from escaping on a cold day or entering on a hot day, and it drapes in a natural way. Blackout lining is designed to block almost all light from entering a room and protect fabrics from fading in sunlight – ideal for kids’ bedrooms or if your windows overlook street lights, for example. Some curtains come with a thermal lining, which is designed to keep heat from escaping a room and therefore heavier than standard lining. It’s a good bet if your home has single-glazed windows, but this lining will bump up the price. If you go for sheer or voile curtains, these will not be lined. Size You also need to think about the size. Curtains can either sit inside the wall surround that contains the window, or be positioned above and outside the wall. For bay windows, it’s common for the curtains to sit inside the bay. The next thing to think about is length (or drop) – go for curtains that drop just below the bottom of the window to keep costs down and give a lighter, less-cluttered feel. Full-length curtains will drop down to the floor and are the best option for a luxurious look and to keep the maximum amount of heat in a room. Fabric types And don’t forget about the fabrics. This is obviously down to personal choice, but as a general rule, voiles and sheer linens are best for creating a light and airy feel, heavily patterned damask fabrics are luxurious and will bring a traditional feel to a room, while patterned or coloured cotton curtains work with all kinds of decor. If you need to add height to a room, consider a vertical-stripe pattern to draw the eye up and down to give the illusion of higher ceilings. Remember, too, that bigger patterns, such as oversized florals, work best on curtains covering bigger windows, otherwise the scale of the pattern can be lost. All set to shop? Then cast your eyes on these six price-busting designs we’ve found for you. 1. Lenda Curtains with Tie-backs in Bright Blue Lenda Curtains with Tie-backs Lenda Curtains with Tie-backs in Bright Blue (W140cm x L250cm), £25, Ikea – buy here These full-length cotton tab-top curtains are fantastic value at just £25, which also includes the tiebacks. Pop them in a country scheme or pair with French-style decor for a rustic look. 2. Orla Kiely Multi Stem Eyelet Curtains Orla Kiely Multi Stem Eyelet Curtains Orla Kiely Multi Stem Eyelet Curtains (W117cm x L183cm), £51.20, Amara – buy here Want designer good looks on a budget? Few signature styles are as recognisable as Orla Kiely’s, and thanks to Amara’s sale it’s possible to get the gorgeous eyelet curtains in one of her most iconic prints for just over £50. These ones are perfect if you want a hit of pattern in a retro or mid-century-style room. 3. Morris & Co. Strawberry Thief Pair Lined Pencil Pleat Morris & Co. Strawberry Thief Pair Lined Pencil Pleat Morris & Co. Strawberry Thief Pair Lined Pencil Pleat Curtains in Duck Egg (W117cm x L137cm), £56, John Lewis – buy here Lined pencil-pleat curtains made in a pattern by one of the most famous fabric-makers in the world for less than £60? These wonderfully detailed Morris & Co curtains are 100 per cent cotton with a cotton and polyester-mix lining – and they’re currently 20 per cent off at John Lewis. 4. Sheer Voile Panel Sheer Voile Panel Sheer Voile Panel (W140cm x L229cm), £19.50, M&S – buy here This simple and elegant voile panel is the width of most standard windows, so you’ll only need one. And it’s super-long too, at over 220cm, which means you can leave it to cascade on the floor for a relaxed look. It’s perfect for a back door in a kitchen. 5. Solar Blackout Pencil Pleat Curtains in Stone Solar Blackout Pencil Pleat Curtains in Stone Solar Blackout Pencil Pleat Curtains in Stone (W168cm x L274cm), £60, Dunelm – buy here If you’re after blackout curtains, head to Dunelm, which has 20 per cent off all its blackout designs right now. These versatile pencil-pleat curtains are available in a variety of sizes and plain colours yet still only cost £60 for the longest drop, making them excellent value. 6. Geo Jacquard Curtains Geo Jacquard Curtains Geo Jacquard Curtains (W117cm x L137cm), £60, Next – buy here Inefficient windows or single glazing creating draughts in your room? If you can’t afford to shell out huge sums for new windows, make the best of a bad situation with a pair of thermal curtains – worth paying a little more for as you’ll be saving on energy bills. These Super Thermal eyelet ones are lined and filled with wadding to keep heat in your room and draughts out. They’re also machine washable. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] If you’re looking to revamp your bedroom, take a look at our guide to the best bedside tables. Enjoyed our roundup of the best cheap curtains? We’ve also selected the best bedside lamps – from touch to trinket holders and traditional styles. If you are looking for more home recommendations, check out our dedicated home section. This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.  
25 Jun 19
Future Systems

With the arrival of 5G in the USA, it’s worth remembering it’s not all about faster download speeds. The transportation industry, vehicles, roads and infrastructure, are set to be shaped by the upgrade to the cellular network on a nation-wide basis. Self-driving vehicles, along with advanced traffic management could reduce time wasted in traffic, as […]

25 Jun 19
Walking Beside the Boat

I am not a gambler, but I do enjoy playing games for fun. It is especially enjoyable to play games that mix luck and strategy and watch the facial expressions, hand movements and nervous postural adjustments of my opponent. It soon becomes apparent whether (s)he is holding a promising or disappointing hand because of patterns […]

25 Jun 19
mummy and me x2

This week we were excited to review our first ever PR box from lindziclips. I don’t think I’ve ever seen emily grin so hard think it’s the prospect of having her hair look nice I’m not the greatest at hair and hers is a beautiful golden blonde long and very fine not easy to do […]

25 Jun 19
Grace's Mindful Bakes

A delightful summer pud! Perfect for a dinner party or family meal. This tart is a delicious summery desert. It’s light and yummy and goes well with fruit or ice-cream. I also think it looks really pretty (although I still need to work on my apple slicing skills…) But it is easy to achieve a […]

25 Jun 19
novum - publishing for new authors

According to Philip Pullman, libraries are treasure chests of serendipity. But how can we benefit from such institutions in today’s digital age?