Pitta pockets—kept in the freezer and reheated under the grill—are perfect for picnics on the couch. I stuff mine with hummus, chopped hard-boiled egg, tomato, red onion and any pickles I have – ideally chili.
Yotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi’s Chef-Patron and Guardian Food Writer
Older fruits—especially peaches that are too soft to bite—turn them into a very simple pudding by roasting them with brown sugar and grated ginger and warming them with something cold like yogurt, cream or ice cream. yo
I can attest to the cheap thrill of a milk frother (I like Kitchencraft Le’Express, which costs around £8) to help make, as many of us did during lockdown, my dreams. Key Coffee without the price tag of a fancy coffee. machine – or spending several pounds at the coffee shop. I am still using mine.
merry sodachef and food writer
When we were skinny, my husband and I would give each other a challenge: cook meals based only on fridge or cupboard items. One thing I made was kimchi and tomato spaghetti. Fry half a jar of kimchi in roasted sesame oil until dark and caramelized, then add a tin of chopped tomatoes. Boil for 15-20 minutes, then mix in the freshly cooked spaghetti. M / s
For pudding, may I recommend this simple delight – scented, but much cheaper, than fancy candles. M / s
I rarely go for a complete pedicure as I take good care of my feet at home. Once a week and on dry feet, trim the toes with clippers (I always use Muji), then on your heels, around your toes, and on the balls of your feet with a cheap foot file File off dead skin with (there are Dr. Shawls, Boots or Superdrugs). all great). Let the dead skin fall onto a sheet of old newspaper (which sounds gross but is actually satisfying) and discard.
Follow up with a quick foot wash, then dry thoroughly and rub on a heel balm like Flexitol all over the feet. Cover with clean cotton socks and wear them to sleep at night. You’ll also wake up to softer, healthier looking feet. File and paint the nails if desired, making sure you leave a thin space between the nail and cuticle for the cleanest finish. Between paint jobs, keep skin from pumice stone in the bath or shower, working around the polish to avoid chipping.
Sally Hughes, Guardian Beauty Writer
Gel eyeliner makes the best cat-eye flick, but the brushes that come with the utensil are often just barely. You can buy better brushes, but you may be looking at double figures. Try a trick I learned backstage at Fashion Week and use a £2.50 super-fine paint brush to do your eyeliner instead. You’ll need one for acrylics or oils, as watercolor brushes are very soft.
Anita Bhagwandas, Guardian Beauty Writer
If you want to ease down your summer makeup regime, invest in a cream blush stick to use on lips, cheeks And Eyebrows for a pretty rosy look that works with all skin tones. Milk Mini Makeup Lip + Cheek isn’t cheap at £18 in Quirk, but keep in mind you can use it three ways. It’s pigmented enough to be used on lids without drying out, so stays on all day.
Another routine-simplified hack is using brush-on facial SPF that easily doubles as face powder. Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Sun Protection Powder Brush (SPF30), is great and works on all skin tones, regardless of the lighter complexion. It also keeps on selling out, so if you see it, stock up right away. now
Huge beauty products are the nemesis of a tiny handbag, but buying a trial-sized lipstick just because you can fit it in your bag feels a lot more decadent. A vintage pillbox is a way around it. Pick one up on eBay or a charity shop for less than £5 (I love many cans like this), clean it thoroughly, sterilize, and then put your cream blush, lip balm and lipstick into the compartments. Then gently heat the bottom side with a hairdryer: when it cools down, the products should set. now
Shopping is expensive but style is free. Everyone has a white shirt (and if they don’t, they know someone who does). I wear a vest and open over trousers instead of a summer jacket. Don’t pop the collar, don’t roll up the sleeve, and don’t tie it in a knot. Just keep it simple – I only shrink it as if it were a cardigan. It works everywhere from office to holidays. Bonus points if you wear it with a gold chain and dark sunglasses.
Jess Cartner-Morley, Guardian fashion writer
If, like me, you have the following items — a blazer, jeans, white sports socks, trainers — try adding a baseball cap. It gives a simple look some supermodel glamor (see the catwalks on Celine) on the cheap. Logo hats should be encouraged, wacky is better. JCM
First, tie an oversized men’s shirt (something large and plaid, ideally) so that it sits over the waistband of your trousers. Sounds simple, but this grunge-inspired twist will break up your outfit for good (and give you something to sit on if you head to the park). Second, on hot days, flash a piece of midriff by gathering your T-shirt with a hair bobble in the back, making sure to twist the material down to hide the bobble.
Melanie Wilkinson, styling editor of the Guardian
Channel the infamous Miu Miu SS22 show (the one with the super-short, frayed-hem miniskirt), but instead of cutting a short skirt in two, try cutting the sleeves and bottom half off a long shirt. Go for elbow length on the sleeves and buttock length on the hem of the shirt, so they match. You don’t need to make it too small, either—it’s all about getting the crumb. MW
Shopping secondhand is a sure way to get high-quality materials on a shoe lanyard. It only requires two things: time and patience. First, target specific categories or it gets too overwhelming – this applies to both online and in-person shopping. For example, “Broaderie Anglaise blouse” may sound like a narrow search term, but it will turn up a wealth of money on Etsy—while Bygonediva does some of the best Victoriana lace pieces. Leather jackets are another winner, as are ’70s summer dresses and backlit costume jewelry.
If you’re feeling more edgy, Asos Marketplace and Depop are full of crop tops and shoulder bags (both are big now) that look just as fresh as the Y2K.
Helen Simmons, Menswear Editor
Vintage denim costs less than new, is better for the planet (obviously) and usually better, not least because someone has already worn it for you. Cutting jeans into shorts is an excellent way to reuse an old 501 pair. Try Rokit, Thrift.Plus and Beyond Retro. hs
home and Garden
You don’t have to spend money to refresh your home – you just need to see what you already have. When I want to update a room, I ask myself if the space is working hard enough. By moving a few pieces of furniture around you can create a reading corner in the living room and suddenly create an additional mini-space within a larger one. Do this by rearranging your books by sorting out your bookshelf — freestanding or permanent. I promise you, it will feel like a brand new room.
Laura Jackson, TV presenter and writer
When I was running a supper club, I found some large pieces of wood that I cut into boards, sanded, treated, and used as serving boards on my dining table—making it something like a do-it-yourselfer. Incredibly satisfying. Best of all, it costs next to nothing. lj
Buying compost is one of the biggest outlays for gardeners, so making your own is a no-brainer. Take your food waste, your old wool socks, some removed garden weeds, a little time (about three months on average) and hey presto, free compost. It is not just a growing medium; It will also feed your plants for free and reduce your waste. You probably don’t even need to spend money on a compost bin—most councils provide one at discounted rates.
Alice Fowler, Guardian Garden columnist
Garden open days are a great way to nose around home-sized plots and get free inspiration. From locally organized ones to national park planning where your entry fee goes to charity, you’ll come across loads of ideas for layout, planting combination, path material, pond, shed, how big a mature plant is – along with Yes, you can choose the brains of the people who created it. On top of that, people often sell their spare plants for a fraction of the price of garden centers. And the best part is usually a homemade cake. a f
In addition to their beauty, air purifying properties and ability to make us feel calm, houseplants can be multiplied at no additional cost to share with friends and family, or simply to enhance your collection. . Propagation is the act of producing a new plant from a parent plant, and there are many propagation methods, from cuttings from a leaf, stem, or root to grafting, layering, and sowing seeds. I’m very lazy, and I like to hedge my bets and avoid disappointment whenever I can, so I stick to the most common techniques and simple houseplants to propagate. Here are my top choices:
Stem cutting (cut the stem 10-20 cm below the leaf joint and place it in the compost)
Jade Plant (crassula ovata,
Chinese money plant (jaundice peperomyoides,
chopping blockbut in the water
Swiss Cheese Plant (monstera deliciosa,
pit (epipremnam species)
inch plant (tradescantia species)
desert Rose (Echeveria species)
bunny ear cactus (Opuntia species)
snake plant (sansevieria trifasciata,
Plantlets (separate) small plants whose roots have grown from the mother plant)
spider plant (chlorophytum comosum,