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HOT STUFF: We love to love...; The prettiest things for proper little madams.

Byline: Jamie Bevan and Leigh Miller

Ladylike is the new black, so this week we're mostly being all dainty and demure (give it a go, it's fun pretending to be posh) Obviously, we're no longer swilling Typhoo out of Elvis mugs, but sipping Lapsang Doohdah out of our Laura Ashley tea set (1). With prices from pounds 9 for a side plate, rosebuds are our new fave thing. And we're noting How To Look Like Top Totty by trotting along to the British Blondes exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (020-7306 0055). There, proper laydees like Sophie Dahl (3) reveal how to be dead decorous. We've already got the clobber - this gorge dress (4), pounds 65 from Principles, is just the ticket. No lady's properly dressed without her `pearls' - Agatha's pastel baubles (5) start at pounds 21 for a bracelet (020-7495 2779) - not to mention a Guerlain Champs-Elysees Purse Spray (6), pounds 39.50 (01932-233874) in our cute Warehouse tote (2), pounds 20. We're still working on Sophie's bambi eyes and supermodel figure though...

Genuine up-town gals are posh right down to their pants - make sure yours are of the fancy variety with these Coco Ribbon Ell & Cee undies (7), pounds 51 a set (020-7229 4904). Real princess types feel the cold (as well as peas under mattresses) so wrap up in this stylish trench coat (8), pounds 34.99, from New Look - and as a billy bonus you get to pretend to be Audrey Hepburn. Ooh, and don't forget to swap your trainers for frivolously feminine shoes (9), pounds 175, Russell & Bromley. Finally, brush up on your etiquette with a copy of Better Than Beauty: A Guide To Charm (10), pounds 10.99, from Past Times (01993-770467), and put the la back into la-di-dah.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2003
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