Is cut-price cashmere a CON The high street is awash with cheap knits – but are any of them value for money We test Gap, Uniqlo, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, John Lewis, La Redoute and Primark | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 26 November 2012 Cashmere was once a luxury item – but these days you can buy jumpers in the material in almost every High Street shop, from Primark to Tesco, John Lewis to Mango. The cheap cashmere revolution started in 2005 when import quotas were relaxed and China started exporting huge volumes of it to the EU. The lower end of the market still tends to be dominated by fibres from Chinese goats
Which store's self-service tills WON'T turn you into a basket case By Tessa Cunningham PUBLISHED: 23:59 GMT, 17 October 2012 | UPDATED: 23:59 GMT, 17 October 2012 Ten years ago, self-service checkouts arrived in Britain. And with the dreaded catchphrase ‘Unexpected item in the bagging area’, they’ve been dividing the nation ever since. They were meant to save customers time and hassle, but how reliable are they really Not very, if the shopper charged 527 for two pork chops is anything to go by.
The unfairer sex: Doting mothers spend more money on their daughters than they do on their sons Mothers spend 126 more on clothes for daughters Over 18 years, total of 24,084 spent on a girl’s wardrobe compared to just 21,811 for boys | UPDATED: 15:03 GMT, 7 September 2012 There must be a reason why girls grow up to love shopping and men can't bare a trip to the local shopping mall. And that reason has been revealed by new research that found that mothers will splash out more than 1,338 on new clothes, accessories and school uniform for their little girls – 126 more than they do on their sons. The study found that parents will splurge 212 on outfits for their daughter to wear on special occasions and just 170 on their sons, a hint at perhaps why girls love getting dressed up for a big event.
'They're just really saggy and heavy': Amy Childs, 21, to undergo a SECOND boob job | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 29 May 2012 She's already undergone one breast enhancement operation when she was just 18. However, after her recent weight loss made her drop a bra size, reality TV star Amy Childs has decided to have a second boob job, bringing her up to a DD-cup. As a teenager, the beautician originally had an A-cup cleavage, but decided to boost them to a D.
'They're just really saggy and heavy': Amy Childs, 21, to undergo a SECOND boob job | UPDATED: 14:20 GMT, 29 May 2012 She's already undergone one breast enhancement operation when she was just 18. However, after her recent weight loss made her drop a bra size, reality TV star Amy Childs has decided to have a second boob job, bringing her up to a DD-cup. As a teenager, the beautician originally had an A-cup cleavage, but decided to boost them to a D.
Once you pop you can't stop: UK popcorn sales have grown by 300% in the last year | UPDATED: 17:33 GMT, 13 April 2012 Where once we were a nation of crisp munchers popcorn is now giving the potato chip a serious run for its money becoming the UK’s fastest growing snack. In the last year alone, sales have grown by an unprecedented 300 percent and the UK popcorn market is worth a staggering 42 million. The increase is thought to be a result of the recent boon in Britain’s home cinema and giant TV industry
It's cheap, easy to cook and good for you… why everyone's getting kippered | UPDATED: 00:15 GMT, 12 April 2012 The humble kipper – that pungent smoked herring filled with fiddly bones – is making a comeback.
'Free-from' food market soars in value to 238bn as over half of all Brits claim to have food intolerances | UPDATED: 19:04 GMT, 19 March 2012 For so many years, specialist dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free were considered fun-free too. The 'free-from' market was a niche area, with products like wheat-free bread of gluten-free flour only available from the most rarefied healthfood shops or specialist outlets. Now though, so many Brits claim to have a food intolerance or allergy that the market for special foods to help sufferers has become one of the fastest growing in the UK.
Fashion student, 22, takes on Tesco after they used her face on a children’s jumper without permission Most fashion students can only dream of getting their work in stores across Britain at the age of 22, but when it happened to Nicola Kirkbride it wasn't quite what she had hoped. She was shocked to discover a photograph of her face had been lifted from her fashion blog and placed on the front of a Tesco girl’s sweater
Is this Britain's most selfless mother Julie Jones took in her late best friend's FIVE orphaned children, works 40 hours a week… and has refused benefits The mantelpiece in Julie Jones’s living room is crammed with pink, sparkly birthday cards