A shopping tip: if you ever find yourself on the A19 in County Durham, stop off at Dalton Park (www.dalton-park.co.uk) outlet shopping centre. While I'm not fussed about trawling last season's discounts from Next or Nike, the Joseph store is a great little treasure trove. Today I found a pristine black leather biker jacket reduced from more than £800 to £324, as well as Lanvin satin ballet shoes, fab tweed coats, chunky leather belts, and a truckload of cashmere jumpers at well under a hundred quid. You sometimes find the odd sample and current season pieces in amongst the rails so it's worth taking a little time to sift through. And do try on: there are piles of 7 For All Mankind jeans at temptingly low prices, but the fit may be slightly different.