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Shopping and fashion
How you shop and what you buy certainly helps to define your ‘image’, and expats will be influenced by what’s on offer in the UK no matter how much they resist. But of course, you can always travel – and shop – around and create your very own multi-cultural image. Read how to look slimmer in your clothes and about fashion trends for spring/summer 2011.
In the business world, first impressions can be lasting. Here are some tips for dressing across cultures.
Home decoration is key to the heart of comfort, so see how a little spring cleaning can do wonders for success. Even when it's time to head home, expats keep their taste full of memories. Have a green thumb? Dig deep in the dirt with gardening and planting, or dabble with landscape at an affordable price despite your location cost.
Making green choices
Green living is a lifestyle and organic clothing is coming of age, and across Europe eco-friendly can only add value to a label. Reducing waste and choosing foods with a lower impact on the environment can also help us battle climate change, as article 'Buying food in the UK: Making greener choices illustrates'.
‘Green’ food doesn’t mean ‘no style’ and, when it comes to entertaining, benefit from one of our reader’s tips on how to throw a garden party. Lifestyle article 'Beat the crunch: Make it and mend it' offers tips on making good use of the things we would normally throw away.
Relationships and networking
Flirting across cultures requires just a little thought, and in the era of text messaging and social networking the approach has changed somewhat. Read ‘Love in the age of Facebook’ and ‘Breaking up in the time of Twitter', , for a look into the web dating world, while YouTube reports and articles on how teens consume media and internet tell more about online connections globally.
What is love? The marketplace of Eros examines this age-old question in the light of the modern world. Join Expatica UK’s dating site to increase your chances of meeting like-minded internationals. Or connect with other expats in the Expatica forums.
Click through for listings of groups and clubs in the UK.
Visa paperwork Whether you're relocating to the UK or just visiting, it's important that you find out in advance whether you need a visa.
Expat mortgages and everything to do with buying a UK property might sound complicated, but there’s plenty of help out there for you.
You can access the UK's National Health Service (NHS) in a range of ways. Here is an overview of the main services available to help you get the treatment you need.
Just moved to the UK? You'll need a bank account to effectively manage your money while you're here. Cliff Govender explains the UK banking system, including facilities that may come in handy down the line.