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Would you look at that? The googly-eyed trend is here to make you smile

We're not sure if we can fully explain why we love a pair of big, googly eyes. Maybe it's because the worlds of fashion and interior design can sometimes feel a little serious – but whack a set of cartoonish, black-and-white peepers on something, and everyone's having a good time. Don't believe us? Luxury accessories label Hill & Friends has just launched a joyful collection of tote bags and pouches referencing designer Emma Hill's Instagram-famous front door, which features a pair of eyes inspired by loveable 1970's children's book character Barbapapa (from £150). The undisputed queen of googly-eyed goods, meanwhile, is Anya Hindmarch, known for her bags, purses and lifestyle accessories adorned with mischievous expressions (from £25).

The Conran Shop has its own signature version of the motif – most recently seen on a set of beady-eyed bats and balls created with The Art of Ping Pong (£120). Just Mustard's spirit-lifting magnets (£5) will make you smile on every trip to the fridge, while Petra Boase's embroidered iron-on patches (£3.85) will give accessories a playful lift. Send one of SpecsStationery's googly-eyed greetings cards (£2.95) to a friend in need of a pick-me-up – and pull on Eka's eco-friendly mittens (£35) when the weather starts to turn. If your most-used emoji is the pointedly staring eyes (oh, the many meanings that gaze can convey!), this trend's for you. 

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Add these new natural wine bars to your must-visit list now

If you're prone to double-tapping photos of bottles of orange riesling and sparkling pét nat on Instagram, you can hardly have failed to have noticed that natural wine is a very big deal indeed. Made with as little mechanical or chemical intervention as possible, these once-niche bottles are now a mainstream hit: sales of natural wine in the UK soared by more than 30% over the last 18 months alone. And in happy news for the curious drinker, the back-to-basics movement has also been accompanied by a flurry of new bars serving up the natty stuff.

Leading the charge is Top Cuvée, which started out as a Highbury restaurant and bar, pivoted to a hugely popular shop during the pandemic, and has now opened a second bar – Cave Cuvée – in Bethnal Green. "Hidden underneath a street-level wine shop, Cave Cuvée has a simple, stripped-back vibe that lets the wine and food do the talking," says Stylist Loves editor Gemma Crisp. "Stop in for a glass of Sicilian catarratto accompanied by the smoked cod's roe with endive and you'll leave a very happy bunny."

There's also Hector's, a bottleshop and neighbourhood bar and café in De Beauvoir, which has a cellar well-stocked with natural and classic European wines, and Aspen & Meursault, a new natural wine bar in Battersea from the people behind Diogenes the Dog. If you prefer to pop a cork from the comfort of your sofa, Selfridges recently launched a natural wine edit, featuring a delectable range of red, white, sparkling and rosé wines (from £19.99). Now, who's in charge of the cheeseboard? 

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