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PASTA is the ultimate comfort food, but sadly it can be more than a little unforgiving on your waistline. Not any more. Dreamfields pasta has just launched a new low-carb version. OK, so it may sound a little oxymoronic but if it can help you achieve a fit body on the beach this summer, without hunger, who are we to quibble? Dreamfields claims its spaghetti, penne rigate and rotini ranges have a glycaemic index 65 per cent lower than most other pastas so it releases energy at a slower rate and helps you feel fuller for longer.

The Dreamfields range is available in health stores and online at, 2.99 for 375g

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GENERATIONS ago, women were desperate to get rid of them. Corsets, complicated hosiery, pancake make up and dresses that allowed them to sit and, well, not much else. Nearly a century on, however, these items are highly coveted. And with the opening of Edinburgh's first vintage-inspired burlesque boutique, Miss Dixiebelle, this week, women will have everything they need to make the look work for them. The shop will be a boudoir-style haven, complete with twinkling chandeliers, and a stock of vintage-inspired lingerie, corsets, nylons and dresses with a splash of glamour from bygone eras. The boutique will also offer classes on helping women realise their inner goddess – with workshops on flirting and sensuality as well as deportment, hair, beauty and styling.

Shake it, Baby

Marco Noe, THE STAR MIXOLOGIST AT EDINBURGH'S Bramble Bar, is set to feature on a huge billboard in THE CITY after winning the Scottish final of the Diageo World Class vodka cocktail competition. HIS WINNING Under Pressure cocktail mixES Ciroc, lychee liqueur and Velvet Falernum. he'll take part in the UK final this month.

Get fresh

MOST of us would agree that fresh food usually tastes better than frozen or preservative- packed options. is a new online shopping initiative that allows you to maximise the produce available in your area by bringing it all together under one network. Just pop your postcode into the website and start shopping for the best selection of meat, fish, bread, dairy, fruit and vegetables nearby. Larderbytes is currently in the process of expanding its food networks across Scotland and the rest of the UK. For more information visit


WE know it's not easy ditching the raincoat after recent downpours, but summer is here and it's time to tell your wardrobe. Hitting the UK this week, Australian label Style Stalker has already caught the eyes of the likes of Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Fearne Cotton. And for good reason. The label's design duo Rachel Zeilic and Sue-Anne San are self-described 'style hunters'. Based in Sydney, they travel the globe sourcing original pieces and finding inspiration – from poring over the latest magazines to hitting the party scenes of London and New York. Their lifestyles also feed into their designs – Rachel is a drummer (and girlfriend of a producer for band Empire of the Sun), while Sue-Ann is also an actress. The results are an edgy blend of glam and street, with a range of slouchy cut-away cotton dresses, sexy lace-up leggings and masculine-style tees. About to go on sale at Selfridges, from 40-200, the range is also available online at

• This article was first published in Scotland on Sunday, June 6, 2010