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‘I gave up on my pension at 40 – and built a property empire instead’

Shirley-Ann O’Neill was worried about her future even before the cost of living crisis hit. She was in her early forties, planning to start a family, and had given up her corporate job in marketing in public relations to set up her own business as an art adviser and director at the Visual Artists Association. “I used to worry about things like what...


Is Stevie Nicks the ultimate rock chick icon? How the star’s style evolution continues to inspire

Is Stevie Nicks the ultimate rock chick icon? How the star’s style evolution continues to inspire - The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman has been a style muse for over four decades – here’s why.


Review explains lesser-known yet vital components of the Mediterranean diet

By Dr. Sanchari Sinha Dutta, Ph.D. The Mediterranean diet has gained immense popularity over the last decades because of its scientifically proven positive impact on human health. Many studies have been conducted to decipher this dietary pattern's health and environmental impact. In a review ...


Living on Lanzarote: advantages, cost of living and why choose it

The island of Lanzarote emerges from the Atlantic Ocean as a unique enclave, a land of contrasts where volcanic nature combines with serene beaches and an excellent climate. Deciding to live on Lanzarote is opting for a particular lifestyle, in which the environment's calm and beauty play a leading role.


The health risks of being a skinny old person – and how to stay strong

Like so many fitness influencers, Rosemary Mallace runs strength-based classes on YouTube. Unlike so many fitness influencers, she is 73. She’s just starting to add fell running and tap dancing to her exercise regime. “I’m trying to think of something that I can’t do that I used to be able to do and I can’t think of anything.” It seems the Miss Mar...


I left my high-flying fashion career to buy a run-down B&B in France

The dream became a reality for this couple...


How to be frugal: Easy money-saving hacks from people who’ve mastered cutting back

How to be frugal: Easy money-saving hacks from people who’ve mastered cutting back - Living more frugally could reduce stress and help your money go further.


‘We spent £70,000 on a garden room – and lived in it for a year’

Anybody embarking on a full-scale home renovation will have to consider where they are going to live when their home is being ripped apart. Hardy souls may cut costs by remaining in situ, living with the dust, noise and builders’ mess. Others will stay with friends or bite the bullet and find somewhere to rent. Marty Orton, 51, took a more unusual ...


'I worked out at 5am every day – and it taught me 3 important things'

It all started with a 4 am alarm...


Life-Threatening Symptoms: 14 Red Flags You Must Address

Poisoning is a serious risk for both pets and humans, and it’s crucial to recognise the signs early. Various everyday substances can be toxic, and quick action can save lives. Here are 14 deadly symptoms of poisoning and the potential poisons to watch out for in the UK. 1. Vomiting Vomiting is one of the […]


We tried on ALL the linen trousers and here are our favourites

Tried and test by Marie Claire's editors


6 Summer Trends Italians Have Mastered That Channel "La Dolce Vita" Dressing

A taste of the good life.


Lifestyle habits linked to faster cognitive decline in new study

By Dr. Priyom Bose, Ph.D. A newly published study in the journal Nature Communications identifies several lifestyle factors that may accelerate cognitive decline. Study: Healthy lifestyle and cognitive decline in middle-aged and older adults residing in 14 European countries . ...


10 most relaxing places to live in the UK revealed


I used to live on takeaways, now I’m a 51-year-old bodybuilder

Sarah Davies, 51, is not your average bodybuilder. The mother of one, who works full-time, picked up her intense training routine in midlife and “fell into it by accident”, she says. “I’d struggled with my weight from when I left school and discovered alcohol, boys and Chinese takeaways,” she says. “Throughout my 20s and 30s, I did all kinds of car...


French recipes to bring a bit of joie de vivre to your summer

French recipes to bring a bit of joie de vivre to your summer - If you love Boursin, you’re going to love these summery recipes from French chef Manon Lagrève


Do you live 'for now' or prioritise the future? Why having money doesn't necessarily mean you can afford to spend it

There are times when the answer is very clear - if you don't have enough money in the bank to pay for something, you can't afford it.


‘Nobody’s hurrying – not like London’: How Britain’s ‘blue zone’ helps you live to 86

Carving through the lush Devonian lanes from Totnes to Salcombe, via Halwell, Kingsbridge and Marlborough, there doesn’t immediately seem much the South Hams has in common with the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, or the Nuoro Province in Sardinia, and definitely not Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture. Admittedly, they are all fairly idyllic, photogenic pla...


A local’s guide to Galway: ‘As a chef I love the food, but it was the culture that first captivated me’

Food We are spoiled for choice in Galway: there’s great pizza at Dough Bros; burgers at Handsome Burger or Bótown; Wa Café and Kappa-ya are great for an authentic Japanese experience; Ard Bia and Kai are longtime champions of local Irish produce, as are the more recently opened Rúibín and Blackrock Cottage. Dela, on Dominick Street, is the go-to spot for brunch and if you crave a beautifully laminated pastry get to Magpie Bakery early before...


The Five Stages of Retirement (and How to Skip Three of Them)

Getting the first step wrong inevitably means you’ll go through stages three through five. Get step one right, and it’s a two-step process.


Four stunning must-visit villages within easy reach of Kent's only city

The villages, near Canterbury, boast lovely architecture, history, ponds, monuments, churches and countryside walks


A moment that changed me: I was divorced, broke and alone – but I turned my life around with a list

The silence in the flat was deafening. Having lost almost everything in my divorce, it was now just me in a basement studio flat with black mould. I had no TV, no sofa and the wifi wasn’t set up. I sat at a cheap folding table and made a list. Since my life was no longer going to be the way I had planned – marriage, kids, a dog, a late-Victorian terrace in a country town – I was going to try something else. I was going to do all the things on my...


How to lose 1kg a week: Safe & healthy exercise + nutrition tips

No quick fixes, fads or crash diets here.


7 heart disease risk factors, according to experts

It's the leading cause of death in the United States, but what are the top heart disease risk factors?


Heart-healthy habits keep you biologically young, study shows

The benefit of better heart health may be associated with the positive impact of heart-healthy lifestyle factors on biological aging (the age of the body and its cells), according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association , an open-access, peer-reviewed j...


Despite owning hundreds of perfumes, I always go back to this one brand to boost my mood come summer

It makes my citrus-loving heart happy


Could the UK learn from the world's happiest country when it comes to work-life balance?

Is this something UK businesses could do?


How many litres of water should you drink a day and does tea count?

Drink up!


What Olympic weightlifter Emily Campbell eats to perform at her best

Britain’s most successful female weightlifter on eating for her cycle, our culture’s obsession with women’s appearance and fuelling to compete on sport’s biggest stage


How to get organised at home – boosting your health and adding value to your home in the process

How to get organised at home – boosting your health and adding value to your home in the process - Being well organised is key to a calmer space, and can also improve your home’s worth. By Sam Wylie-Harris.


6 thoughts and actions that only amplify anxiety and worry

Not to worry and be nervous is absolutely normal, albeit very unpleasant. But sometimes anxiety and concern can be so toxic that it hinders one's ability to carry on with daily activities. Our habits and thoughts can exacerbate the situation. Huffpost shares habits that intensify our anxiety and worry. Black-and-white thinking It is also known as "...


Best outfits for long haul flights that will keep you comfortable on your journey

Best outfits for long haul flights that will keep you comfortable on your journey - Jet-setting has never looked so good


Family Builds Amazing Mountain CABIN in Just 9 Months | Start to Finish by @woodjunkie_yt

In a world increasingly defined by urban sprawl and digital connectivity, the allure of nature's serenity beckons many to seek solace in the rustic charm of off-grid living. For one enterprising 24-year-old couple, their shared passion for carpentry and reverence for nature converged into a remarkable endeavor: the construction of an off-grid cabin. The Wood Junkie's project, borne of love and dedication, embodies not only the fulfillment of a dream but also a commitment to environmental stewardship and the pursuit of sustainable living. Are you ready to move? We are going straight to the nature! WOOD JUNKIE Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodjunkie_yt/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCib_y7QrDK3B_QcOyZN3zOw Email: [email protected] Other: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/woodjunkie?country.x=SI&locale.x=en_US Other2: https://500px.com/p/tinestrosar?view=photos Disclaimer: Quantum Tech HD is not affiliated with the businesses whose products are shown in this review. Any trademarks depicted are the property of their respective owners.


Calorie-starving slowed down my metabolism – this is what I did to lose a stone

This time last year I was feeling really depressed about my weight. In the previous 18 months, I’d put on a huge amount, mainly on my stomach, and because I’m short – just over 5’1” –  I looked pregnant. But I was at a total loss about what to do about it; I felt like I ate relatively healthily, opting for low-calorie meals and often avoiding carbs...


The families quitting Britain to live as digital nomads

A “digital nomad” brings to mind a young person tapping away at a laptop in the sun, beer in hand, earning enough money to travel to the next palm-fringed hammock. And as remote work becomes the norm, more people are taking it with them as they travel, making the most of a growing raft of digital nomad visas. But the stereotype of the free-wheeling...


This is how to look after your ageing dog

When people get older, all kinds of age-related ailments pop up. They need to rest more, become more rigid, get cold or too hot more quickly ... This is no different for dogs. Dogs do not stay young forever either. So they need extra care and attention from their owner. This is how to make the life of your 'aging friend' as pleasant as possible: Provide a comfortable resting place Pleasant temperature, soft and clean. Take care of the coat With...


The Simple Steps That Cut This Man's Cholesterol in Half and Dropped His Body Fat

He thought he was living healthfully, but when he learned what to tweak, everything changed


Healthy lifestyle ‘key for preventing depression – regardless of genetic risk’

Healthy lifestyle ‘key for preventing depression – regardless of genetic risk’ - Data shows that a good night’s sleep – between seven and nine hours a night – reduces the risk of depression by 22%.


Weekend warrior exercise approach comparable to regular exercise for weight loss

Whether you engage in physical activity on a regular basis or one-to-two days a week, both options produce weight loss suggests a new study published in the journal Obesity , The Obesity Society's (TOS) flagship journal. The study is the first of its kind to examine the association between phys...


Victoria Pendleton: ‘I run five times a week now – it was always considered dangerous’

Paris Olympics, we will be talking to former Olympian medallists about how they keep fit now – from ageing and retiring to what they eat and how much they exercise. Meet the fourth in our series, Victoria Pendleton. Track cyclist Pendleton won gold in the individual sprint at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and gold in the keirin and silver in t...


25 best lidos and outdoor pools near you in the UK

Summer is coming


Burnt out at work? Become a tradie to reduce your stress levels

The least - and most stressful - jobs have been ranked.


'I debunk wellness misinformation for a living… So, why did I fall for it?'

Given my career, I thought I’d be the last person duped by rogue wellness influencers. And yet…


Red panda Esha creates a buzz at new Peak Wildlife Park home

Red panda Esha creates a buzz at new Peak Wildlife Park home - The three-year-old is said to be settling in well at the site on the Staffordshire Moorlands.


Madeira's capital Funchal offers a natural retreat on the city's doorstep

Be sure to add these stops to your itinerary.


Would you ditch life as you know it all for a job? Meet the women who did.

When Kirsten Pugsley’s long-term relationship came to an end in 2018, she was ready for a fresh start. But it wasn’t just about dusting herself off and moving on. She wanted more. A new job, a new home… a new country. However, as a 35-year-old with a four-bed house and a mortgage, not to mention an already pretty fulfilling career and good social l...


Taking medication in line with body clock reduces risk of heart attack

Patients who were ‘morning people’ were less likely to have a heart attack if they took their medication in the morning, the study found.


Foods that slow brain aging and how to incorporate them in your diet

A new study has shown that specific nutrients, similar to those found in the Mediterranean diet, can play a crucial role in slowing brain aging, according to Healthline. Foods that slow brain aging Scientists have found that fatty fish should be included in your diet. "Fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout, are rich in omega-3 fatt...


How I renovated my childhood home to suit modern life

When Georgina Sargent and her family moved into the Georgian rectory where she lived as a child, she encountered a delicate, if quite common issue. How do you update the family home you grew up in and make it work for modern life, without destroying its character and charm? Georgina’s parents had bought the rectory in the early 1980s, when it was i...


A new start after 60: I retired from teaching – and became a blacksmith

In 2019, one year into his retirement, 66-year-old Julian Lee decided to start making knives. The former teacher and special educational needs expert built a forge in the back garden of his Winchester home, collected steel files, heated them to 800C and began hammering, grinding and refining until he had formed a blade. “Blacksmithing knives is a beautiful combination of producing art and something with a practical use,” he says. “It feels...