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65 Which style of yoga will you try this year?

Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 has got off to the best of starts. Have you set yourself any New Year’s resolutions, I wonder? It’s always that time of year when so many of us resolve to quit bad habits, get fit and shape up, isn’t it? And, if you’re trying to do any of these things, we have plenty to support you in your mission. There’s our brilliant, easy-to-follow Super Bowl Diet – stick to it and you’ll lose weight while still enjoying nutritious, delicious food. There’s our fantastic guide to yoga, which really is an exercise for everyone – no more excuses! And we’ve also got expert advice to help you give up unhealthy habits. Need more inspiration? Just read our interview with cover star Lisa Riley. You may have done a bit of a double take when you first saw her on the cover, as she’s almost half the woman she used to be! She’s lost an incredible 11 stone over the past year by changing her lifestyle – she’s turned her back on junk food and taken herself in hand. Lisa is down to earth and great fun to be with, and I know you’ll love her as much as we all did. A different kind of resolution many of us make at this time of year is to sort our finances out. I’m chuffed that money guru Martin Lewis gave us an interview with some brilliant advice – I hope you find it really useful. Meanwhile, what’s the one piece of clothing we all depend upon but that’s so tricky to find the perfect fit? Jeans, of course! Well, fret no more about finding your wardrobe superhero, as our fashion team have every pearl of wisdom you require to track down your most flattering jeans ever. And their fabulous shoot also reveals the many other ways we can wear denim and look gorgeous. Enjoy!


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to wearing denim this season On the cover Jean genius! Cropped, bootcut, flared, girlfriend – which style works best for you?

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It doesn’t just have flex appeal – yoga can lower stress, boost your mood and get you in shape Time to feel good! The latest wellbeing news for nourishing body and soul Our healthy eating plan, where you eat three nutritious bowls a day, will stop you reaching for the biscuit tin!

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who took the plunge and turned their ideas into big brands My ode to indigo Our columnist Caroline Quentin ponders what makes denim so desirable. It must be in her, erm, jeans!


amazing 11st weight loss, the power of Strictly and moving forward Meet the readers who took on a challenge – and never felt better


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LOOKIN’ SHARP Let’s get straight to the point! Display your coasters in style with this playful design and terracotta pot. How will you build yours? Cactus coasters, £15 for 6, Red Candy.

FEELING GOOD Nourish your body and soul with this Happy Jackson Smile make-up bag, £9.95, Wild & Wolf.

BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL Give your kitchen wall an instant lift with a fun and unique Big Time Kaleidoscope clock, £35, The Glasgow School of Art Shop.

A HAPPY HOME Keep it quirky with fun accessories. We love this Giraffe bud vase, £12.99, The Oak Room – it’s ideal for displaying a flower stem or two!


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Cheer up a gloomy corner with a burst of sunny colour. Reasons to be cheerful, we say! Pompom cushion, £16.99, HomeSense.

Feel all fuzzy at the flick of a switch with a Vegas Happy LED light, £35, Cult Furniture.

PRETTY IN PINK These bright Richmond trousers, £69.50, 6-22, Boden, will certainly put a spring into your step!

20% OFF! STEP OUT WITH A SMILE Get ahead of the fash pack with a pair of London Evanna embroidered trainers, £95, 3-8, Dune. They’re set to be hugely popular this year!

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GIFT OF HAPPINESS BOX OF JOY! These super-cute chocolates look (almost!) too good to eat. Rocking Horse Chocolate Bars, £8.95, Prestat.

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‘I feel like WONDER WOMAN!’ Lisa Riley talks to Prima about what triggered her astonishing weight loss, finally growing up and emotional moments in shop dressing rooms


isa Riley, 40, rose to fame playing Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale and as the presenter of You’ve Been Framed. Reaching the final stages of Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, she proved she can dance as well as act, and has since appeared in the Strictly live tour and Strictly Confidential stage show. Lisa is currently a panellist on ITV’s Loose Women, and recently launched her own clothing range – Just Be You by Lisa Riley. She will shortly be starring in Three Girls, a BBC One drama based on the true story of the girls in Rochdale who were abused by a network of taxi drivers. I’m still catching up with my weight loss. The change is freaking me out a bit, and I do have arguments with myself in the mirror; I have to remind myself I’m not fat any more, and that I deserve the body that I’ve worked for. People ask me what my secret is and say they have no willpower. And I reply, ‘It’s because you don’t want it’. I had done diets before, and joined slimming clubs but nothing worked. What

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changed for me is that a bulb went off in my mind, which was as bright as the Blackpool Illuminations! The catalyst for change was fear. My dad was in hospital with Type 2 diabetes, in a ward with patients who’d had amputations. I’d visit him late at night after work and heard too much from the doctors, who were talking about the other complications than can arise from diabetes. I was already in fear since my mother had cancer and I realised that this is so much worse! I’ve lost over 11st now. I’m averaging three or four inches off my waist a month. I don’t have a goal or a target; it’s all about the clothes for me – and the excitement of things getting looser. I tried on a body-con dress in a size 14 in Marks & Spencer recently and it was too big – I actually welled up! What I’m doing is not a diet – because diets don’t work! I’ve found what works for me: I have just totally changed my lifestyle. I used to pick, and eat when I wasn’t hungry. But you wouldn’t fill a car up with petrol when

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Even though I was getting bigger and bigger, I didn’t see it. When my mum was dying, four years ago, it was out of control. I’d get a shopping delivery and it was literally all junk food – fizzy drinks, chocolate and crisps. That was part of my old quick-fix mentality. I’d grab a Subway here, Chinese there, a chippy on the way home. I’d have a cheese toastie and a bottle of red wine after doing a Calendar Girls show, then a full breakfast the next day and a big bowl of pasta and garlic bread before the matinee, then chocolate bars and crisps in my dressing room. Crisps were my downfall! But I haven’t touched them for a year. A typical food day for me now is totally different. Today I had gluten- and dairyfree porridge on the train with a skinny mocha; a halloumi and pine nut salad for lunch; and I’ll have fish and aim for five vegetables for dinner. People ask me how I treat myself, but I kind of don’t. My reward is clothes – I’d rather buy a size 12 cardi than a tube of Pringles any day! Exercise is now a regular part of my life. I still love dancing, I do boxercise at the gym whenever I can, and I aim to do three cardio workouts a week. But even if I’m in a hotel, I’ll find a 40-minute workout on YouTube! Even if I end up doing 100 star jumps while watching Corrie, I make sure I get my exercise in. And these days I always take the stairs instead of the lifts. I haven’t drunk any booze since 19 August 2015. That has actually been the easiest thing. Let’s face it, I’m not shy, so I don’t need alcohol to feel more sociable! But it’s so easy when you are, say, doing panto to ‘wind down’ with everyone afterwards and end up drinking a bottle of red wine each! When I see a bottle of Malbec now, I see fat Lisa. I didn’t realise how many empty calories there are in alcohol. Not drinking doesn’t bother me – but it seems to bother other people. People 12 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

constantly try to get me to drink. This year, 11 of my friends turned 40 and one of them had a party in Marbella that lasted four days. I would never judge anyone for drinking, but there is what I call ‘glass seven syndrome’, which is when the repetition starts. I think, ‘I’ve heard that story and it’s probably time to leave’. So I do probably leave parties earlier than I used to, but I’m not boring! I celebrated my 40th birthday with sparkling elderflower water – and three chocolate macarons. That was the treat I chose instead of a glass of red, as I toasted the most successful year of my life.

THE POWER OF STRICTLY… Doing Strictly made me feel accepted for the first time. As an actress, I am so used to playing other people, and I’m immensely proud of that, but when people saw me in a line-up, they assumed I’d be the next Anne Widdecombe and I thought, ‘I’ll show you’. And I did! I was there until the last week. I also made a best friend in Robin Windsor, who was my professional dance partner, and Craig Revel Horwood is also a very dear friend. Strictly was a gateway for the rest of my life, because I was accepted as Lisa Riley, not for a character I was playing.

For my birthday, I went to Florence with my other half. I don’t talk much about him because I like to keep a bit of a private life. I was offered a lot of money to sell photos of my 40th, but I refused. Going to Florence was my dream. I’d always wanted to go with Mum. We both loved architecture and beauty and after she died I always said I’d never go to Florence because it would hurt too much. But my other half plotted

the trip with my brother. It was just the two of us and to say it was perfection is an understatement. My partner has been a big factor in my weight loss. Being happy allowed me to go for it. The other factor is that my mum’s not here any more. Although the pain was indescribable, Mum dying has given me the breathing space to stand on my own two feet – the cotton wool isn’t there any more. I could do no wrong in Mum’s eyes. I remember when I was 24 and had the highest-ever viewing figures for a female on primetime TV. I was so proud. Then, the next day, there was a picture of me in a swimsuit with the headline “Emmer-whale”. I can’t tell you how painful that was. So why wasn’t that the trigger to lose weight? Because my mum made everything better. Her being there allowed me to make excuses. I have said to my girlfriends, ‘Why did you never say anything?’ And they said, ‘We thought you were happy’. And I was! But now I’m much happier; I honestly never thought it was possible to be this happy. I still have bad days, like anyone. There have been nights where I’ve cried myself to sleep after reading comments on social media from people who don’t believe that I haven’t had a gastric band. Why do I click on the comments? I call it the 94% syndrome: I only ever focus on the 6% that’s bad, even if the rest is positive! It feels like I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t. I was ridiculed because I was too big to be on Strictly Come Dancing, and now people are criticising me for losing too much weight. Why would I lie about a gastric band? I’m being totally open about the fact I’m having surgery to remove my excess skin in February, so if I’m being honest about that – why wouldn’t I be honest about a band? I’m sometimes tempted to get an X-ray to show that there isn’t one inside of me! Call me fat, but don’t you dare call me a liar. I hate liars!

Feature: Alice Mason Photos: Nicky Johnston Hair & make-up: Lindsay Bown, using Milk + Blush and Mary Kay Lisa wears: Print jumpsuit, Onjenu at Sub Couture. Shoes, Lisa Kay. Top, Closet London. Jeans, New Look

it was three-quarters full. I was threequarters full, yet filling up all the time.

LISA IN BRIEF When was the last time you were really happy? A minute ago, trying on a jumpsuit for the Prima shoot and feeling like Wonder Woman! Are you a saver or a spender? Spender. I do save a bit, but there are a lot of rainy days in Manchester – if you saved for all of them, you’d never spend a penny! What do you spend your money on? Travel. I’ve switched my addiction from crisps to my passport because there is so much to discover and I want to see how other people live. What’s your motto? Always be yourself. Technology: friend or foe? Somewhere in the middle. What would you change about yourself? Maybe I’m a bit too outspoken sometimes. What does love feel like? In the words of Craig Revel Horwood: tree-men-dous. What is your greatest achievement? Winning Best Soap Newcomer at the age of 19. The fact that it was voted for by the public meant so much. What do you order in the pub? Fizzy water. What keeps you awake at night? People being mean – along with the question of why?

I am surrounded by a phenomenal group of friends and family. I was away recently for work and had one of ‘those’ moments, having read the comments. I had a weep and rang three of my besties. I felt better immediately. My besties are all old school friends and there are 19 of us. They all have families and kids now, but the brilliance of FaceTime means that we speak all the time. They are all super proud of me. My best friend, Kate, has three children, and her daughter is my goddaughter. We see each other when we can. I am also blessed with my nephews, Jakie and Joshie. I feel so lucky that my brother, Liam, and my beautiful sister-in-law, Nat, let me be so involved in their lives. People say to me, ‘You spoil them!’ and it’s true – but that’s my job! Jakie works the iPad himself now and will FaceTime me when he wants. He started school this year and I had a proper cry because his nana’s not here – and I’m the next thing. I knew Liam was struggling, too – we’re such an insanely

close family unit. Mum being gone is pain like you’ll never know. It’s super hard. Mum dying at the age of 58 made me seize the day. I could be dead tomorrow, so I’ve started living much more for today. I scheduled time off and set myself the challenge to see 40 countries in 18 months. It ended up being 52! Some of the visits were just border crosses, but I have 52 stamps in my passport. Seeing so much of the world made me grow up. The country that had the biggest impact on me was Ethiopia. I saw boys the age of Jakie and Joshie – the loves of my life – with no shoes, playing football with a ball made out of a blown-up condom. It made such an impact on me and made me realise, among other things, how much I have. I’ve never been happier in my life. On my 30th, I had 400 guests and had an ice sculpture made of my body with liqueur coming out of the nipples – it was the campest thing ever! But I look at the pictures now and I don’t recognise that person. I’ve given myself a new being. I have the best friends, the best family and the most beautiful partner anyone could wish for – it’s bloody phenomenal! PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 13

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Love denim but bored with your old jeans? Then you’ll love the new high-street takes on this wardrobe staple

SAY YES TO THE DRESS The dungaree dress paired with a frilled broderie anglaise blouse and pumps or trainers is such a great option for a pretty, feminine look at the weekend. It’s also a great betweenseasons piece, as it looks fab worn with a striped rollneck, tights and ankle boots on chilly days. Dungaree dress, £49, 6-18, La Redoute. Blouse, £18, 8-20, Papaya at Matalan

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Grown-up denim

IN STITCHES Embroidery is a key trend for spring 2017, and we love these boyfriend jeans with bluebird detail. Style them with a nautical jacket and heels for a night out, or wear with Converse for day. They would also work with a white off-the-shoulder top when the weather warms up. Jeans, £35, 6-22, Marks & Spencer. Top, £16.95, xs-xl, Gap. Jacket, £30, 8-20, Matalan. Earrings, £15, Marks & Spencer. Heels, £80, 3-8, Dune

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LET’S GO TO WORK Paired with a smart blazer and a chic printed blouse, these denim culottes are good enough to wear to the office! They’ll also look the business come summer, with espadrilles and a folk-inspired top. Culottes, £99, 6-18, Somerset by Alice Temperley at John Lewis. Shirt, £69.95; blazer, £119, both 6-20, Joules. Boots, £115, 3-8, Dune 16 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

BEAUTIFUL BOMBER Just how gorgeous is this bomber? If you’re looking for a single piece to lift your look, here it is! Covered in embroidery, the jacket will be your new wardrobe hero – simply add white skinnies and trainers, and you’ll look fabulous. Bomber, £245, 6-16, Needle & Thread. Jeans, £49.90, 25-35 (waist), United Colors of Benetton. Earrings, £2, Accessorize

SHIRTING THE ISSUE A shirt dress can be styled to look smart with the right accessories. This one is a real bargain and makes such a versatile addition to your wardrobe. While it’s still chilly, you could layer it over a long-sleeved striped top and wear with tights and ankle boots. Shirt dress, £25, 8-18, Peacocks. Vintage Louis Vuitton scarf (tied to bag), from a selection, Lark Vintage. Bag, £65, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams. Boots, £25, 3-8, Fiore at Matalan 18 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

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COOL AND COMFY! Denim joggers can be super-glam for an evening out when paired with jewellery and heels. Plus, they’re a great dress-down staple when worn with a sweatshirt and trainers. And who doesn’t love the comfort of a tie fastening? Denim joggers, £49.95, 6-18, White Stuff. Shirt, £14, 8-18, George. Earrings, £15, Limited Edition at Marks & Spencer. Heels, £80, 3-8, Dune

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY The embroidered dress takes on a sophisticated feel, thanks to its midi length, on-trend voluminous sleeves and cute tie-neck detailing. The tie waist also ensures a flattering silhouette. We love it styled with navy suede ankle boots and a chic shoulder-strap bag. Dress, £49, 4-16, Miss Selfridge. Earrings, £2, Accessorize. Bag, £287, Monogram by Amanda Wakeley at QVC. Boots, £65, 3-8, Jones Bootmaker

FIND YOUR FLARE These flared jeans, with their nautical button detailing, can be styled with a striped sweater, scarf and loafers to look super-smart for the daytime. Flares are leg-lengthening (see our guide to finding your perfect jeans on page 24) and can also look amazing for the evening with an embellished jacket and a pair of heels. Jeans, £45, 10-22, Kaleidoscope. Jumper, £45, 8-18, Monsoon. Silk scarf, £195, Jane Carr. Bag, £160, Ted Baker. Shoes, £45, 3-8, Next

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GOOD TO GO Throw on a pretty sportsstyle zip-up top over your denim skirt to win style points this season. You can really ring the changes with this brilliant basic – the skirt also looks great with a tucked-in shirt, heels and a tote bag for an uptown vibe. Jacket, £48, 6-22, Next. Skirt, £28, 12-32, Simply Be. Paisley Dial watch, £135, Ted Baker. Pumps, £99, 3-8, Kurt Geiger at House of Fraser 22 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

SUPER SLEEVES It’s all about sleeve detail on the designers’ runways for spring/summer 2017. This jacket, with its frilled, fluted sleeves and boxy shape, is a fab high-street take on the trend. Try it with culottes and a striped T-shirt or work it with a denim pencil skirt and lace-up flats.

Feature: Wendy Rigg Assisted by: Ellie Attwell Hair & make-up: Bethany Rich

Jacket, £65, 8-18, Studio by Preen at Debenhams. Top, £29.95, 8-20, Seasalt. Culottes, £39, 8-18, Monsoon. Trainers, £50, 2.5-12.5, Superga

For where to buy, see page 152

At last, your search is over! We’ve found the perfect jeans to flatter every body


Dark bootcuts, £16, 10-32 (short and long leg length), Simply Be

Model Sam (left) is a tall and trim size 8. She would like jeans that will add shape to her athletic figure. Model Paula is a size 14, so wants denim to fit and flatter her gorgeous curves and create the illusion of longer, leaner legs.

Rose embroidery jeans, £18, 8-20, Matalan. Frill top, £35, 6-14, Unique 21

Sam wears: Cropped flared jeans, £95, 24-34 (waist), Whistles. White shirt, £39.50, 6-22, Marks & Spencer. Military jacket, £75, 10-32, JD Williams. Heels, £19.99, 3-9, New Look. Paula wears: Boyfriend jeans, £149.95, 4-22, NYDJ. Blue shirt, £55, 6-22, Boden. Heels, £19.99, 3-9, New Look

Great value

Belgrave bootcuts, £85, 6-18, Hobbs

Chic for your shape Bootcut jeans, £15, 8-20, Matalan. Navy blouse, £19.99, xs-xxl, Zara. Neckscarf, £6.99, Mango. Heels, £22.99, 3-8, New Look

BOOTCUT Hello, hourglass! Makeover your bottom half in a pair of bootcut jeans. With a snug fit around the waist and thighs, and a kick flare from the calf, these create the illusion of curves. Choose an elongating dark-wash shade and a waist-creating high rise for a shape-making silhouette.

High waist = Tummy-smoothing Dark wash = Leg-lengthening Kick flare = Curve-creating

MIRACLE JEANS Go on a denim diet! Your fast track to all-out figure flattery, ‘miracle jeans’ promise to give you your best shape ever. With clever built-in shaping and sculpting technology, the right pair can target everything from tummies to thighs. For drop-a-dress-size denim, you can’t beat the jeans at NYDJ – worth the splurge, we promise!

LEGS LOOK LONGER For a long and lean look, we love NYDJ’s popular Sheri jeans in a darkblue wash.

Sheri slim-cut jeans, £149.95, 4-22, NYDJ. White blouse, £79, 8-18, Fenn Wright Manson. Watch, £49, Elie Beaumont. Heels, £22.99, 3-8, New Look

Trend alert! DECORATED DENIM Let your jeans take centre stage – go for the new styles with embroidery, embellishment, print and pattern to show off your fashion credentials.

FOR A SLIMMER TUM A hidden support panel flattens your tummy for a holdyou-in feel.

Embroidered straight-cut, £29.50, 8-20, Marks & Spencer

Cropped, £35, 8-24, Very

Lift, slim and shape skinny, £45, 6-18, Next


Embellished boyfriend, £65, 24-34 (waist), Topshop

Shape and sculpt slim fit, £40, 10-28, JD WIlliams

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Best stores for long legs: Long Tall Sally, Topshop Tall,, Next and New Look

High-rise skinny, £89, 6-18, Jaeger

Flared jeans, £75, 26-32 (waist), Wrangler. Denim shirt, £45, 6-18, White Stuff. Jacket, £149, 8-18, Fenn Wright Manson. Heels, £19.99, 3-9, New Look

Mid-wash slim, £39, 10-22, Dash

FLARES Instant body confidence Go full-on flare with an extra-wide leg. Flares are fab at creating shape on athletic figures and also for disguising hips and bottoms on curvy girls. Team with heels, so legs look like they go on forever!

Skinny ankle grazers, £7.99, 8-20 (tall fit), New Look. Denim shirt, £34.95, xxs-xxl, Gap. Trainers, £12.99, 3-8, New Look

SLIM FIT Feel longer, leaner and leggier Still the most popular shape on the high street, slim-fit jeans are an all-round wardrobe hero! Look for a higher rise, which will show off your waistline and make legs go on for miles. For a shape-retaining fit, opt for between 2-5% stretch (any more and you’ll be in jeggings territory). 26 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

Windsor wide-leg, £69.50, 6-22, Boden

TOP TIP For the fashionforward look of the season, team your jeans with platforms for extra height!

Wide-leg, £49.90, 25-34 (waist), United Colors of Benetton

Chic for your shape

CROPPED Turn-up, £58, 8-16, Wåven

Chic for petites

PEARSHAPE SOLUTION If you want to balance out curvy hips and thighs, a straight leg with an oversized turn-up is a super-chic alternative to flares or bootcuts. It will add width to your lower leg. Style with a smart top, heels and jewellery, and you’ll be evening-out ready!

High-waist culottes, £15, 8-18, Primark

Yes, angle-swinging denim is back! If you’ve never tried culottes, make this the season you do. The looser shape will breeze over hips and thighs. Want something more figure-hugging? A cropped kick flare will play up your legs.

Embroidered cropped kick flares, £16, 8-18, George

Best stores for petite figures: Gap, Banana Republic, Next, Wallis


Feature: Helen Johnson Photos: Beth Crutchfield at Hearst Studios. Backdrop, Party Surprise Series by Dulux

Take hips and thighs undercover Made for women, not boys, this off-duty style looks great on most shapes and is the comfiest cut for laid-back weekends. With an easy fit through the waist, and a generous cut on the leg, the boyfriend fit is great for downplaying hips and thighs. For a more tapered fit, opt for a pair of girlfriend jeans, which have a slimmer cut from the hip down.

Girlfriend jeans, £34.90, 23-34 (waist), Uniqlo. Off-theshoulder top, £22.99, 6-18, New Look. Suede pumps, £89, 3-8, Mint Velvet

Patchwork boyfriend, £38, 14-32, Evans

Embroidered girlfriend, £35, 8-24, V by Very

For where to buy, see page 152

Mid-wash girlfriend, £49.95, 6-18, White Stuff

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THE HIGHS Your dream denim is in the bag – now all you need are the shoes to match!

BLOCK HEELS Brilliant buy

Metallic strap, £25, 3-8, Very

Bow sling-back, £28, 2-9, Asos

Embroidered, £58, 3-8, Office

Sling-back, £80, 3-8, Dune

MULES Super stylish

Metal heel, £70, 3-8, Van Dal

Striped bow, £45, 3-8, Wallis

Blue suede, £30, 3-8, Oasis

Patterned heel, £34.99, 3-8, Tamaris

HEELS Great value

Pink, £49.50, 3-8, Marks & Spencer

Floral, £68, 3-8, Office

Bow, £40, 3-8, Very

Blue, £30, 3-9, Dorothy Perkins

Metallic, £32, 3-8, Very

Navy buckle, £140, 3-8, Jones Bootmaker

Cream buckle, £170, 3-8, KG by Kurt Geiger


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Best foot forward

and the lows

From heavenly heels to fancy flats, treat your feet to some gorgeous new shoes SKATERS Great value

Snakeskin, £10, 3-8, Matalan

Metallic, £8, 3-8, George

Punched, £65, 3-9, Hotter

Floral, £36, 3-8, Joules

Buckle, £90, 3-8, Dune

Silver, £85, 3-8, Jones Bootmaker

Pastel, £27.99, 3-9, New Look

Leopard cap, £65, 3-8, Miss KG at Kurt Geiger

Embroidered, £35, 3-8, Nine by Savannah Miller at Debenhams

Silver, £110, 3-8, Vince Camuto

Pink, £55, 2-9, River Island


White, £149, 36-42, Hobbs


Feature: Helen Johnson Assisted by: Ellie Attwell

Great value

Leopard print, £95, 3-8, Jones Bootmaker

Metallic cap, £19.99, 3-10, Bon Prix

SLIP ONS So ontrend!

Fuchsia, £90, 3-8, Dune

For where to buy, see page 152

Striped, £32, 3-8, Miss Selfridge

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Style solutions from our acting senior fashion editor WENDY RIGG

Jacket, £249; shirt, £39.50; skirt, £49.50, all 8-18, Autograph. Bag, £35, M&S Collection Trousers, £35, 8-18, M&S Collection

Dress, £55, 8-18, Autograph Earrings, £12.50, M&S Collection

Blouse, £29.50, 8-18, Limited Edition


Buy it, wear it,

love it! Striped, £65, J by Jasper Conran

20% OFF*

I absolutely love the new M&S collection. This beautifully cut leather jacket (far left) is top of my shopping list – it’s the perfect way to ease yourself into the new season. Wear it over a striped shirt and add a pop of colour with a bright bag. Also, look out for earth-toned separates and cool tops. Meet you at the checkout! Vest, £16 (after discount); leggings, £22.60 (after discount), both 4-18



Fuchsia with mirror, £39, Floozie by Frost French

One way to update your look without investing in a whole new outfit is to treat Clutch with yourself to a new bag! ring detail, Check out Debenhams £35, Faith for some of the best on the high street. This season’s must-have designs include bags that double as a clutch, multicoloured stripes and the latest bag charm – a cute and handy mirror. Take your pick from these beauties... For where to buy, see page 152

If you’re starting the New Year with a new fitness regime, you need to look the part. We’ve teamed up with Zakti Active to bring you this fab discount. Our picks? The print leggings will have you feeling full of zest as soon as you put them on. And look out for lightweight padded jackets to keep you cosy on country walks. On your marks, get set, shop! HOW TO CLAIM YOUR DISCOUNT Enter code PRIMA20 at the checkout to receive your discount. Valid from 6 January to 6 February 2017. Terms and conditions *20% off is valid on purchases of full-price items purchased from with the code PRIMA20. Offer can only be used once. Voucher is non-transferable and has no cash value. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other sale, offer or discount. Voucher cannot be applied after purchase. More than one voucher cannot be used at the same time. Hearst Magazines UK reserves the right to cancel at any time, withhold prize for any reason, disqualify any entrant for any reason and change the prize.

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Ever dreamed of trying your hand at something new, learning a skill or facing a challenge? Well, there’s nothing to stop you, say these readers who went for it

READY for your next ADVENTURE? Joanna Close, 51, is a costume designer from London. She’s married to Simon, 54, and they have three children, Hannah, 19, Sam, 17, and Callum, 15.


’ve loved sport since I was at school. I was a keen hockey player, and even after I had my children, I kept it up, playing for a club every weekend. It was through hockey that I met Georgina. We bonded when our kids were young and, as well as juggling our jobs and families, we both liked to keep active, so we began to get together at weekends to play hockey at the Wimbledon club. In the years that followed, we marked all our major milestones together, including celebrating turning 40 with a joint birthday party. So as 50 approached, we were determined to mark the occasion in a significant way. We both felt fit and healthy, so we decided to take on a physical challenge. It would be a way of cementing our friendship, and proving to everyone that we were still young at heart! After mulling it over, I came up with the idea of trying 50 new sports in a year – one for every year we’d each been alive – and when I suggested it to Georgina, she loved it. We drew up

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a list of sports, including fencing, wall climbing and rowing, and in January 2015, three months before my big 50th, we kicked it off with three challenges in one day – table tennis, tennis and squash at the Wimbledon Club.

A PLAN COMES TOGETHER From then on, we spent all our time together planning our next challenge. When friends and family heard about what we were up to, offers of help came flooding in. A friend of a friend even took us out sailing on a dinghy in West Sussex. Sitting on the edge of the boat and holding on for dear life as we tacked across the river felt so exhilarating. By the time I celebrated my 50th in April 2015 – with a 1965-themed party – we were deep into our challenge, and a birthday that could have made me feel a bit anxious became an even bigger celebration. Some activities were easier than others. Georgina doesn’t like heights, so she wasn’t too keen on the rock climbing, while I found the white-water rafting terrifying. But we laughed our way through others, such as doing our gym routine to Uptown Funk. To our delight, we both found new things we love. Georgina discovered a passion for hot yoga, and I loved

playing football with my sons, who thought it was great fun to beat their mum! We even managed to get our husbands involved when we took part in a motor sport day in August. Along the way, we kept everyone updated on how we were doing by posting pictures and videos on Facebook. People were so supportive that, for our grand finale, we organised a huge game of dodgeball for all our friends and family. Ten teams gathered in a big sports hall, each one wearing a different kit – ours consisted of neon tie-dye T-shirts and Day-Glo headbands! – and we spent the evening battling each other for victory. It was the perfect end to a fun-filled year. It was such a joy to try out so many things, and proof that it’s never too late to fall in love with something new. We’re already planning something even bigger for our 60th birthdays!’ Georgina, 51, a teacher, from London, says: ‘Jo and I make a great team – both on the sports field and off it. When she suggested doing the 50 sports together, it felt like a celebration of our friendship, as well as a way of marking our big birthdays. It was tricky fitting all the sports into our busy lives, but we were left with an incredible sense of achievement. I loved every moment. Bring on the next big birthday!’

Joanna wears: Top, Scotch & Soda. Skirt, Luisa Cerano. Earrings, Zara. All other jewellery, Joanna’s own. Boots, Ted & Muffy Georgina wears: Shirt, Oliver Bonas. Jeans, Paige at Trilogy. Earrings, Zara. Bracelet, Gemporia. Shoes, LK Bennett

‘We tried 50 sports to celebrate turning 50!’

Women like you ‘Giving 50 sports a go in a year left us with an incredible sense of achievement. I loved every moment’ Georgina

‘It was such a joy to try out so many things, and proof that it’s never too late to fall in love with something new’ Joanna

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‘I went back to college to show my daughters how to follow your dreams’


’m hardly your typical student: after lectures I always rush off to pick up my young daughter from school and get dinner on the table. I was 41 before I started university and, even though it’s a huge challenge juggling everything in my busy life, I love every minute. Growing up, my family expected me to focus on marriage, so I finished my education at 18. But I felt inspired by the way other women were encouraged to pursue an education and career. A small, secret part of me dreamed of becoming a policewoman, helping my local community, but with a husband and a family, I put those thoughts to the back of my mind. Still, whenever I saw a police officer on the beat, or a detective on a TV show, I was reminded of that unspoken wish, and I would feel like something was missing. Then, in 2005, my marriage of 13 years broke down. It was meeting the man who would become my second husband, Kashif, a taxi driver, that would give me the courage to follow my dream. When I told him what I really wanted to do, Kashif, who was then studying for an engineering degree, was so encouraging and, with his support, I applied to become a special constable – a part-time volunteer with the police. It meant committing to a minimum of four hours a week, and having the same powers as regular officers. After passing an interview stage and a physical exam in August 2014, I was ready to patrol the streets. Being out on the beat was such an adrenaline rush, and I enjoyed it

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so much that I felt determined to become a full-time officer. This meant acquiring more qualifications and studying for a degree at my local university, Northampton. Even I after I got in, my tutors warned me that the other students would be much younger than me, and that I might not fit in with university life. But I’d always encouraged my daughters to dream big, so it would have been hypocritical of me not to do the same. Besides, it would be an adventure!

FIRST-DAY NERVES I was shaking with nerves when I walked into the lecture hall on the first day of term in August 2015. It was a world away from the safety and security of life at home. But the other students were so welcoming. Far from being judgemental, they admired my will to study later in life. It was certainly challenging. For a while, I kept getting C grades in my essays and I struggled to wrap my head around some of the trickier aspects of policing, such as the codes of conduct that officers have to follow. But I worked hard and, gradually, I turned my Cs into As! I always sit at the front of the lecture hall and soak in every word. I don’t get much downtime – my university classes take up four days a week and I do my assignments on Friday night when Kashif is out driving his cab. Some women in the Asian community where I live were sceptical about what I was doing at first – especially as it keeps me away from my family. But now they recognise me when I’m out on the beat, and applaud what I’m doing. It’s another reminder of the incredible journey I’ve been on. Knowing I’m setting a good example to my children makes it worth it.’

Saima wears: Coat, LK Bennett. Top, Lollys Laundry. Jeans, J Brand. Shoes, New Look Visit

Saima Kashif Saleem, 42, is married to Kashif, 40, and has three children, Nayhaa, 22, Narmeen, 17, and Manahil, nine. They live in Northampton.

Women like you when they were at their lowest ebb. It was my friend and fellow climber Rolfe who suggested I join his team to scale Everest. A seed was planted in my mind. It would be extremely dangerous. The brutality of the weather on the mountain forces many to turn back, while others die trying to reach the summit. But when someone I knew offered to sponsor the trip in return for raising money for a children’s mental health charity called Place2Be, my mind was made up. It would be the ultimate adventure.

‘The pure joy of reaching the summit will stay with me forever. It felt incredible’

Jo wears: Dress, Ilse Jacobsen. Necklace, Oliver Bonas. Shoes, Lisa Kay For more information on Place2Be, visit


‘Standing on the top of the world felt exhilarating’ Jo Bradshaw, 45, is an expedition guide and outdoor instructor from Salisbury, Wiltshire.


atching the sun rise over the horizon, I looked around, trying to take in the amazing view of valleys and peaks. It was -40°C and a strong wind blew all around me, but I was too lost in my thoughts to notice. “I’ve done it,” I whispered. If I had told my younger self that I would one day climb the world’s highest mountain above sea level, I wouldn’t have believed it. At school, I was picked

on for being chubby, and had no self-confidence. Even as I grew older, I never lost that self-doubt. I bounced from job to job and ended up as a local government business adviser, but never felt that I had got it quite right. All that changed after I did a charity bike ride in 2004. The challenge stirred an interest in weekend walks, then a passion for climbing. After years of thinking about turning it into a career, I moved to Salisbury in 2008 to become a mountain guide with an adventure company. My job involved leading expeditions, such as bike rides and mountain climbs, encouraging people to have self-belief

I spent six months training to build my fitness, and I read as much as I could about the dangers. In March 2015, we flew to Nepal to begin our climb, but were forced to abandon the first attempt after an earthquake destroyed Base Camp. We were lucky to survive. Incredibly, the sponsor agreed to fund another expedition. Although I was more daunted than before, raising money meant something positive would come out of a horrifying disaster. I returned to training and, in May 2016, we returned to Nepal to try again. Rolfe and I, together with two Sherpa guides, walked daily with our 10kg packs – sometimes for six hours, sometimes 20. Adjusting to the altitude was tough – at times, breathing was so hard that we needed oxygen masks. At one point, I felt so cold I thought I was getting frostbite in my feet, so we returned to Camp 2 to rest. After two days, we were back at Camp 3 – our last camp before the summit – and after one abortive attempt, the weather looked good enough to try again. Gritting our teeth, we climbed for 11 hours in treacherous conditions. The path was so narrow, we had to walk in single file and take tiny steps. But at last, at 6.45am on 19 May, we reached the summit. The pure joy of that moment will stay with me forever. I forgot about my cold, aching body. It felt incredible. I’m one of just 38 British women to have climbed Everest, and the experience has taught me a great deal about resilience. Standing on that summit, taking in the view, is a humbling experience; it’s just you against the elements. To me, there’s no greater adventure than that.’

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Women like you

Chika Russell, 32, from London, is married and has two sons, Chia, five, and Rocco-Zaani, three.


rowing up in London, I was aware that my life was different from children living in my homeland of Nigeria. When I went back to Africa with my parents, I’d run over to play with the other kids I saw, but some of them didn’t have the same carefree attitude as me. Many had to work in family businesses and didn’t get the chance to go to school and expand their horizons in the way I was used to. That observation stuck with me and was in the back of my mind when, after completing my economics and finance degree, I pursued a career in the City. I was doing well at work and making good money, but I wasn’t satisfied. As time wore on, I wanted to have something of my own; something that would make a difference. I thought back to my time spent in Nigeria and decided that I wanted to help people. My other passion was food. At work, colleagues would call me the office feeder, and food was at the heart of my Nigerian roots, too. I loved the big family feasts with my six brothers and sisters – particularly the snacks we enjoyed with drinks, such as plantain crisps, spiced chickpeas and cashew nuts. I only wished they were more readily available in supermarkets. So, in April 2013, while I was on maternity leave with my son, Chia, and pregnant with my second son, Rocco-Zaani, I started thinking about starting an ethical snack business. Remembering the poverty I’d seen in Nigeria, I thought maybe there was a way I could help. It was a big risk. Everyone I spoke

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to about it told me I’d be crazy to turn my back on the City to set up a business with two small children to look after. But, determined to follow my dream, I did more research and took the decision not to go back to my old job. Instead, I wanted to bring my exciting idea to life. I named my new brand Chika’s, and sourced the raw products from Nigeria, and employed local people on good wages. My days sitting at a desk in a London office seemed a long way away as I flew over several times a year to visit the local women toasting peanuts or picking plantains in their village.

A FRESH IDEA It was when one of the workers from the factory invited me to her house for dinner that I had another idea. Meeting her children, I was reminded of my days holidaying in Nigeria all those years ago, and realised that not everyone had the chance to go to school. I developed the idea of Snack For Change – a subscription snack box where 38% of the profit goes towards sponsoring a child through education in Africa. We teamed up with a charity that helps provide education in schools and decided to pair each subscriber with a child they are sponsoring through school, so they get the chance to follow the child’s progress via regular updates. It’s still early days, but I hope that I can play a part in helping to open up a world of adventure and opportunity for children. Taking a risk has given me a huge sense of achievement, and is making my childhood dream come true.’ • Visit

Feature: Rebecca Wright Photos: Angela Spain Styling: Amy Leonard Chika wears: Dress, Very. Earrings and ring with black diamonds, both Gemporia. Shoes, Public Desire

‘I quit my City job to help children overseas’

To e v o L rite W

Make this the year



alling all aspiring authors! Do you have a great imagination or a talent for telling a story? Do you love to write romantic fiction and have an idea for a contemporary romance that will entertain the nation? If so, then our Love To Write novel competition is for you! In 2015, we teamed up with Mills & Boon, the world’s largest romance publisher, to find its next author, and it was such a success that we’re offering you another chance to become a professional writer. Prima readers are a wonderfully talented bunch, and 2015’s winner, Rachel Dove (below), 35, from Wakefield in Yorkshire, is a fab example. She explains how winning this writing competition could change your life, and shares the incredible journey that transformed her from teacher to Mills & Boon author in just one year. Prepare to be inspired!

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he day the delivery driver gave me a box containing copies of my novel, I was so excited I gave him a kiss! It felt amazing to hold the book I’d worked so hard on in my hands for the first time. Winning the Prima Mills & Boon competition was life-changing. I’d had two ambitions in life: teaching and writing. And, although I’d built a career as a teacher, I hadn’t managed to get the book deal of my dreams. I’d entered lots of writing competitions over the years, and was always scribbling storylines on Post-It notes. I had even self-published a novel, selling a few hundred copies on Amazon. A longtime subscriber to Prima, I had settled down to read the February 2015 issue when I saw the Mills & Boon competition. Determined to have a go, I began thinking of ideas straight away. My husband, Peter, had just bought a sunbed salon and there was a dog-grooming parlour next door. I was helping him out when I came up with an idea of two neighbouring business owners falling in love. I wrote a synopsis and a first chapter and sent off my entry a couple of days later. I put the competition to the back of my mind, so when I received a phone call a few months later to tell me that I’d won, I was stunned. It was such a

thrill – I’d never won anything before. The novel took me 90 days to finish. Working with a Mills & Boon editor was fantastic. I’d send my chapters for feedback every two weeks, and my editor, Anna, would tell me what worked and what needed changing. It was hard work, but knowing my book would be published spurred me on. I’d take my laptop everywhere, grabbing spare minutes between my job – teaching adults about special needs education – and looking after my children, Jayden, now eight, and Nathan, seven. I’d write in the mornings before my family was awake, and long into the night. In January 2016, I gave up my job to write full time. Finally, in April last year, my book, The Chic Boutique On Baker Street, was published. Peter took me out for lunch to celebrate, surprising me with a cake topped with icing sugar books! The next day I saw my novel on sale for the first time – in Asda! It was an amazing moment. Since then, I’ve promoted my book on radio and in newspapers. It’s been well received and I’m now busy working on the second in the series, which will be romantic fiction, too. I would urge other budding writers to enter this competition – you’ve got nothing to lose! I never imagined I’d win but, in just a year, I’ve become a full-time author. Life couldn’t be better.’

‘Seeing my book in the supermarket felt amazing!’

Photos: Jill Jennings, Getty *For terms and conditions, see page 152

Could you pen the next Mills & Boon bestseller? Enter our Love To Write competition for the chance to have your romantic novel published

Prima competition HOW TO ENTER Submit your story outline (between 500 and 1,000 words) and first chapter (3,000 to 5,000 words) of a new Love To Write romance novel by 31 March 2017. Email or post to Love To Write, Prima Writing Competition, Mills & Boon, Editorial Dept, The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Visit primawritingcomp for more tips from Mills & Boon authors. Each entry will be judged on the following:  Characterisation Create relatable characters that the reader falls in love with, so we’re rooting for their happyever-after from the very first page.  Author’s voice We’re looking for romances that are told in fresh ways.  Emotional impact Create characters and a storyline to provide maximum emotional depth – Mills & Boon readers love to have their hearts touched. THE PRIZE Entries must include name, address  Our winner will have their and contact details (including a book published by Mills & Boon daytime phone number). Please  First chapter of the book to be published in Prima’s September issue tell us a bit about yourself, your story, and give details of any work  £500 cash prize you have had published previously.  One-to-one session with The winner will be selected a Mills & Boon editor by the panel (see below). They  Book package, including will then have six months to write the latest books from a novel of 50,000 words with the Mills & Boon help of a Mills & Boon editor. Competition opens on 2 January 2017 and closes at midnight on 31 March 2017. Good luck!* WHAT YOU NEED TO DO If you think you have what it takes to win our Love To Write • Visit competition, write and submit an original story outline and first chapter for the Cherish or Medical Romance series. JUDGING PANEL Cherish stories are all about real, relatable women and  Prima editor Gaby Huddart strong, desirable men experiencing the intensity of falling  Features editor Karen Swayne in love, while the Medical Romance stories are passionate  Prima books editor Nina Pottell and uplifting romances set in the medical world (see the  Mills & Boon editor Bryony Green guidelines at for more details). Your story  Mills & Boon authors Jessica can be set here or abroad – all we ask is that you create a Gilmore and Annie O’Neil love story to remember, so let your imagination run riot.



‘Introduce your hero and heroine as quickly as possible, so we can see their spark and get caught up in their romance! Remember that 50,000 words isn’t much, so maximise the time they spend together.’ Jessica Gilmore writes for Mills & Boon Cherish


‘Know your characters inside out – their hopes, dreams, secret fears… Not only will this allow you to really bring them to life, but it will ensure their behaviour is consistently motivated at all points.’ Bryony Green is executive editor at Mills & Boon


‘Writing romance is about preventing your characters from building their relationship until the end, but ensure the barriers to their romance are as relatable, credible and convincing as possible.’ Annie O’Neil writes for Mills & Boon Medical Romance PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 39

That’s life!

Help! There’s a VEGAN in the house! How do you cope if your teen’s latest food fad is veganism? All you can do is embrace it and show her some tofu love, says Fiona Gibson

Photos: Getty


um,’ my 16-year-old daughter announced a few months back, ‘I’m going vegan!’ Keep calm, I thought. It’ll only be a phase. After all, veganism – where no animal products are eaten, so no eggs, dairy or even honey – is terribly fashionable. The number of vegans in the UK has risen by 360% in the past decade and almost half are under 35. The clean-eating movement, championed by kale-munching beauties such as Ella Woodward, has propelled many of us to order a NutriBullet and start the day by pulverising whatever veggies happen to be lurking in the fridge. The step to veganism seems like a natural phase of youth, so I tried not to freak out. A new vegan cafe has recently opened in our area of Glasgow, so I reassured myself that if we couldn’t cope at home, we’d never be more than a mile away from a tofu and cashew stir-fry. Daughter repeatedly assured us ‘it’ll be fine’ and was adamant a vegan diet is ‘perfectly healthy’, having read up on the best sources of nutrition. I was pretty impressed. When I was a teenager in the late Seventies, healthy eating amounted to a bit of iceberg lettuce drowned in salad cream dumped beside your Findus Crispy Pancake. While we

gleaned the odd slimming tip from Jackie magazine, modern teens have PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education at school and unlimited access to advice from health bloggers.

STAR CHOICE Well-informed daughter announced that Miley Cyrus, Natalie Portman and Ellen DeGeneres are all confirmed vegans, and that even Beyoncé and Jay Z have adopted a ‘part-time vegan’ regime, whatever that means. Previously fond of the odd McDonald’s, she seems to have had no problem ditching meat, and cow’s milk has been swapped for non-dairy alternatives. There are now so many ‘milks’ in our fridge – almond, soy, coconut – that I can barely cram in my emergency bottle of Sauvignon. I still worry about her nutrition, and sometimes launch into a rant entitled ‘Why fish is great’, which has zero effect. When she recently stayed with friends for a week, I texted her saying, ‘It’s going to be really difficult, so don’t feel you’ve failed if you have a pizza or something. Don’t let veganism spoil your holiday/life.’ She returned having survived quite happily

on cheeseless pizza, pasta, veggie burgers and heaps of salads and veg. A few weeks back, I decided to get on board with a Sunday cook-in and we rustled up vegan chillies, curries and casseroles to ladle into single-portion tubs for the freezer. Everything’s brown, but it all tastes fine. I’ve bought a few vegan cookbooks and, though expecting hair-shirt misery, found the recipes quite tempting. I’ve even got to grips with how to fry tofu (press it first between kitchen roll) so it turns out lovely and crispy. Three months on, it seems it’s not just a phase. Although it pains me to admit it, I can see the health and environmental benefits, and I admire her for sticking to her principles. Plus, as a family we eat tons more veg than we used to and feel better for it. Boiling up vats of chickpeas is fast becoming the norm. And I’ve finally stopped wailing, ‘How can you be against eggs?’ Yes, mealtimes are slightly more complicated and eating out can be tricky. But when my husband and I sit down to a delicious roast chicken dinner on a wintry Sunday afternoon – well, there’s all the more for us. • Fiona’s latest novel, The Woman Who Upped And Left (Avon, £7.99), is out now.

‘I can barely cram my emergency bottle of Sauvignon in the fridge now’

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‘Grown-up love

doesn’t need old rules!’ Lucy Cavendish has just walked down the aisle for the first time, but has no plans to live with her new husband. Here’s how she created her own happy ever after Your place or mine? Lucy and Nick outside her house where he sometimes stays

Follow your heart


ast month, on my 50th birthday, I got married. There was no dress code, no colour code, no seating plan. Instead of fancy invites, we sent emails, and instead of bridesmaids, my four children followed me down the aisle. It was a bohemian affair, which started in a register office and ended in our local pub. Nick went back to work the following Monday. In short, we broke all the wedding rules and, when it comes to the matter of our marriage, we’re throwing out the rulebook, too. I always meant to get married, and always assumed I would. When I was a child, I used to sit at the French windows of my family home and daydream about who was going to come and take me away on their white charger. I loved fairy tales and was convinced that, one day, my prince would come, and we would live Happily Ever After. I don’t think it ever occurred to me that my life might not pan out quite like that – and it wasn’t for lack of proposals. The two men with whom I had my four children both asked me to marry them. But despite saying “yes” both times, somehow, by the time we got around to planning a wedding, we had drifted apart. During my twenties and thirties, I had clung to the traditional fairy tale. I thought love was supposed to be about wallpaper, gardening, dinner parties, and getting on with the in-laws. My first serious relationship ended in my mid-twenties, when I picked up my two-year-old son and ran home to my mother. My second relationship lasted for many happy years. But the pressure of money problems and three small children meant that we also broke up and, once again, I was heartbroken. With time, I began to date again and, somewhere along the way, I began to realise just how much pressure I was putting on myself with my traditional idyll. It was as if I was trying to live up to some stereotype from the 1950s: I wanted to create the perfect household,

complete with a loving family, homecooked meals and domestic bliss. It wasn’t just too much to ask of me – it was too much to ask of anyone. With that realisation, I decided it was time to break the rules. That was how, away from all the places you’re supposed to meet husbands – work, parties, through mutual friends and dating sites – I came to meet mine four years ago. Unlike most love stories, ours started on Facebook. Though Nick is seven years older than me, we had mutual friends and, in his messages to me, he seemed funny, kind and genuine. His missives were thoughtful and gentle, and I started to really look forward to our online chats. Our friendship gradually grew, and we really got to know each other, finally meeting up in the flesh to go for picnics, dog walks and day trips with my children. The first time I saw him, I was taken aback by how handsome he was – strikingly tall, with beautiful blue eyes. He looked so kind. Eventually, we realised we had deep feelings for each other and we decided to get together in a more public way. But if our courting was unconventional, then our burgeoning relationship was, too. He was living in Suffolk, hundreds of miles away from my home in Oxfordshire, and his work as a builder meant that he simply moved wherever the job was – even today, I have no idea where he’ll be in the next few months, let alone years. There was no grand proposal. Instead, we did something terribly grown-up, and actually sat down and talked about what our life would be like if we did get married. We discussed our finances, and how marriage would affect my children – Raymond, 20, Leonard, 13, Jerry, 12, and Ottoline, nine. It felt

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‘Love isn’t about bricks and mortar – it’s an intention to live as freely and fully as we can, together’

serious, supportive, and more mature than the saccharine sentiment of “will you marry me?” The run-up to our wedding wasn’t the stress-filled nightmare it is for some brides. We made all the arrangements together, meaning that we ended up with the kind of wedding we both wanted. And when, on my 50th birthday, I finally spoke the vows I’d been dreaming of saying since I was a child, it was a magical, tender moment. These days, I realise that love isn’t about bricks and mortar, proximity, or the money in our respective bank accounts. It is an intention – to enjoy each other, and live as freely and as fully as we can, together. It’s the reason that, even now that we are husband and wife, we continue to live apart. Nick is currently living in the Grade II-listed house he is renovating in Cambridgeshire. Sometimes he comes to see me and sometimes I go to him; we walk the dogs, have a pub lunch, read the newspapers and cook together. My four children are often around, which means our time is peppered with trips to riding lessons, rugby and football. Sometimes we see friends and host dinner parties and, as a treat, we occasionally visit London and spend the evening at the theatre. But time spent separately is also part of our marriage. It is our commitment to each other that carries us forward, not the fact that Nick puts the bins out each night.’

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Ever dreamed of your

own business? You can do it! Meet the women who turned their light-bulb moments into multimillion-pound brands, as they share the secrets of their success

‘My furniture paint thrived in recession’ Annie Sloan, 67, is the founder of the namesake paint company, which has an annual turnover of £10m.


studied fine art at university, but knew I didn’t want to be a traditional artist. I loved paint and, along with creating murals in people’s homes, I wrote a book about decorative painting techniques. I was frustrated that I couldn’t find furniture paint that didn’t need sanding or priming, or that came in lovely colours, so I decided to create my own. In 1990, I set up my own brand, called Chalk Paint. I had no money to start a business, but I found a paint manufacturer in Belgium who agreed to work with me. I contributed the ideas and they covered the costs. We made small batches and sold them to independent stockists, reinvesting money from sales back into the business in order to grow it. In 2000, I opened my own shop in Oxford, but it wasn’t until the financial crash in 2008 that I experienced big success. With the huge growth of people upcycling their existing furniture, rather than spending money on something new, sales rocketed. Since then, my range has grown from 12 to 36 colours, and I also sell fabrics, stencils and fragrances. I employ 45 people and my products are sold in 1,600 independent shops in 52 countries. My husband, David, and middle son, Felix, both work with me, so it’s become a family business, which is lovely.’

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THE SECRETS OF ANNIE’S SUCCESS Key tip Trust your instincts. You know your business better than anyone. My biggest challenge Around the turn of the millennium, people weren’t spending as much and home decor trends were very minimal. It was a bad time for lots of businesses. The moment I knew I’d made it big It’s hard to pick between opening my own UK factory in 2016 and when my paints were rumoured to have been used to decorate Princess Charlotte’s nursery.

My greatest achievement I’m proud that my products are only sold by independent shops. I want the person selling them to have used them and love them rather than being a faceless manager in a huge store. What keeps me motivated I still have many ideas I want to bring to life. When you’re naturally creative, you don’t just stop one day and say, ‘I’m done’. One more thing… You’ll make mistakes in business, but don’t dwell on them. Learn from them and move on.

Ladies who launch

‘My dog is the reason for my business’


Henrietta Morrison, 48, is the founder of Lily’s Kitchen – the luxury pet food company, which has annual sales of more than £25m.

Key tip Delegate – your business won’t grow if you micromanage. My biggest challenge I spent 18 months devising recipes, but found it hard to find a manufacturer willing to use fresh produce. I almost gave up, but finally found several amazing manufacturers to create my recipes. The moment I knew I’d made it big Chatting to the Queen about her corgis after we won the Queen’s Award For Enterprise last April. My greatest achievement Our gold-standard Feefo rating, which measures customer satisfaction. What keeps me motivated Knowing we make a difference to the lives of pets and their owners. One more thing… Don’t stray from the principles that first inspired you. I still come under pressure to use cheaper ingredients to be more profitable, but always refuse.


y company is named after my Border terrier, Lily. After medication failed to cure her itchy skin problem, and she completely lost her appetite, I began to wonder if it was her diet that was making her ill. I started to cook her meals consisting of freshly cooked meat and vegetables and, sure enough, within a month, her skin had improved. I knew little about pet food, but after doing some research I found that many brands used hardly any real meat and were full of processed ingredients. I felt sure that there had to be other dog owners who wanted to feed their pet high-quality food without the hassle of making it from scratch. So I decided to see if I could fill the gap in the market.

I quit the garden-design course I was on, invested all my savings, and remortgaged my home. Despite knowing nothing about the industry, I felt confident enough in my idea to invest £150,000. It was an enormous risk, but I knew I had to make a go of it. I launched Lily’s Kitchen in 2008, selling my pet food to small shops near my home in London. But with no budget for marketing, I had to rely on word of mouth. I had previously had my own publishing business, so I had experience running a company, but it was tough getting it off the ground while raising my daughter, who’s now 19. Nine years on, my products are stocked in major supermarkets and independent stockists, such as vet’s surgeries, and my customers include celebrity pet owners like Robbie Williams and Clare Balding. Lily is 13 now, and she is still my chief taster and number-one fan.’

‘I felt sure there had to be other dog owners who wanted high-quality pet food’

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‘I couldn’t find pottery I liked, so I designed my own’ Emma Bridgewater, 55, is the founder of the award-winning pottery company, which now has an annual turnover of £17m.


he inspiration for my company came in 1984 when I was searching for a gift for my mum, Charlotte. I wanted to give her two cups and saucers to let her know that, even though I was living away from home by then, I missed her and loved spending time with her in her cosy, welcoming kitchen. I couldn’t find anything that reflected my mum’s informal, mismatched style, so I decided to make my own pieces to give to her. I was living hand-to-mouth doing catering jobs at the time, but found a small manufacturer in Stoke-on-Trent to

‘It was heartening to know that people loved my work’ make my design. I wanted the pieces to be colourful but simple, and I applied the patterns with a cut sponge before glazing the pottery. I had studied English at university and didn’t have any training in design, but I experimented until I was happy that I had made something my mum would love. Then, in April 1985, I exhibited my products at a trade fair, and they were bought by high-profile companies, including Harvey Nichols. The reaction was amazing. It was so heartening to know that people loved my work and wanted it in their homes. Five years later, I started to manufacture my own designs and moved to a big Victorian pottery in Hanley, Staffordshire, where we now make more than 25,000 items a week, outsourcing others to Europe and China. For the last eight years, my husband, Matthew, has worked alongside me, and I’ve built the business while raising my four children, often feeling – like every working mother – torn in lots of different directions.’ 46 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

THE SECRETS OF EMMA’S SUCCESS Key tip Don’t fret over decisions. Be informed, do your research, but don’t torture yourself. What’s more important is what you do once you’ve made the decision. It’s all in the follow through. My biggest challenge When I had my business idea, I had no money to turn it into a reality. I sold samples of my designs to family and friends to make money to reinvest into my fledgling business. The moment I knew I’d made it big At my first trade fair, I saw how much interest there was in my work, and orders started to come in. I knew

then that this was going to work. My greatest achievement When I walk around my factory and see the talented people who work there, I feel very proud to have brought them all together under one roof. What keeps me motivated We’re training young people in traditional skills, preserving them for future generations, which I’m very passionate about. One more thing… Tap into the resources around you. Your local council, your bank, HMRC – they all have advisers who can assist you if you ask.

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‘A stranger inspired my fashion business’ Laura Tenison, 49, is the founder and managing director of JoJo Maman Bébé, the maternity, baby and nursery company, which has a turnover of £60m.


was lying in a hospital bed with 20 broken bones when the idea for my business first came to me. It was 1992 and I’d just had a serious car accident. I got to know the woman lying next to me – a mum-oftwo, who bought her children’s clothes from catalogues. As I flicked through one of them, I thought all the clothes were either dull and sensible or overly fancy and restrictive. It hit me that the UK market was missing children’s outfits that were stylish, affordable and practical. I’d been designing and making my own clothes since I was a schoolgirl and, before the accident, I had been making silk brocade men’s waistcoats,

while also selling homes in France to British people. I was single and didn’t have kids at that time, but was inspired by the French children I’d seen while living in France. I had £50,000 from selling my French property business, and the bank agreed to loan me another £50,000. I invested it all into JoJo, as I call it. JoJo is the name of the company’s bunny mascot, maman is French for mother, and bébé means baby. The name encapsulates what I wanted the business to be about – fun fashion with a French influence. After finding a manufacturer to make my designs, I set up as a mail-order company, rather than just opening a shop, so that I could reach more customers. In 2003, I opened the first store in Battersea, London, and today we have 80 stores, 750 employees and sell clothes in 82 countries. I’m passionate about promoting ethical employment – both in the UK and all over the developing world, where many of our factories are located.’

THE SECRETS OF LAURA’S SUCCESS Key tip Staying true to your brand can mean rejecting opportunities. We haven’t opened shops in the Middle East or China because our designs don’t suit those markets. My biggest challenge The credit crunch of 2008. I decided to look for a minority investor to help us grow. The moment I knew I’d made it big Not long after launching, I saw a child in one of my designs. It was an unforgettable moment. My greatest achievement My sons, Toby, 17, and Ben, 20. Being a mother made me determined to create a company that recognises people have lives outside of work. What keeps me motivated To give people a way to earn a living while also feeling appreciated. One more thing… Have at least a rudimentary understanding of all aspects of your business, while giving your specialists autonomy.

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‘Helping other mums keep their children healthy and happy has always been my goal’

‘I focused on baby food following a personal tragedy’


never set out to build a commercially successful business. My original inspiration was much more personal and poignant. It came after my first child, Natasha, died aged just three months in 1987. Having lost my daughter, I wanted my second child, Nicholas, to be healthy and strong. But he was a very picky eater, and it worried me. I began experimenting with his food, putting together tasty meals to tempt him, and passing on the recipes to other mums at a playgroup I was running. They urged me to turn them into a recipe book for babies and toddlers. I was neither a nutritionist nor an author, so I resisted following their advice at first. However, I decided that it would create a wonderful legacy for Natasha, and something that could help me come to terms with her death.

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I spent more than two years researching and writing The Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner, which has gone on to sell more than four million copies, and it was the first of my 42 books. Along with writing, I’ve developed my own range of meals for

children, which are stocked in major supermarkets, and presented my own TV show. I have even received an MBE for services to child nutrition. As well as Nicholas, I have two daughters, Lara and Scarlett, and Lara now works alongside me.’

THE SECRETS OF ANNABEL’S SUCCESS Key tip Find a niche and focus on it. Once you’ve honed your skills and established your reputation, you can branch out, but don’t spread yourself too thinly at the start. My biggest challenge The manuscript for my first book was rejected by 15 publishers. I nearly gave up before a US one finally bought it – then one of the UK companies changed their mind. The moment I knew I’d made it big Creating my own range of children’s foods. It had been a longtime dream of mine, so to see the products on supermarket shelves was incredible. My greatest achievement To have

created such a lasting legacy for my daughter, Natasha. Helping other mums keep their children healthy and happy has always been my goal. What keeps me motivated Recognising the changing needs of modern parents. We now have a website, an app, ebooks and a strong social media presence so that we can engage with our customers. One more thing… Set boundaries between your professional and personal lives. Whether it’s setting a time to stop working every day, switching off your phone when you’re with your family, or not working at the weekend, be kind to yourself.

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Annabel Karmel, 57, is a bestselling author and leading children’s food and nutrition expert. She has built her namesake brand into a company with a turnover of £4.9m.


What beauty experts buy & you should too! With more skincare, make-up and hair products available than ever, we asked those in the know to name their faves

SARA STERN Debenhams’ beauty trading director Sara has been working in beauty retail for 10 years and gets to know new brands and products before they hit the stores. Here are her top picks…

7 ‘From strobing to contouring, the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (£24; shown in Cheeky Bronze) will be your best friend. And, because a little bit goes a long way, it will last for ages.’

6 ‘The secret to gorgeous-looking skin is a good moisturiser. It doesn’t matter how much make-up you apply – without high-quality skincare, it won’t look good. I love Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (£24), because it’s super hydrating and packed full of skin-loving ingredients.’

2 ‘One of my favourite products is the Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara (£19, Debenhams). It provides full lashes in just one coat – and lasts all day!’

1 ‘A serum should be part of every woman’s skincare routine. I love the lightweight Clarins Double Serum (£56), as it gives my complexion that extra bit of hydration it needs to make it glowing and radiant.’


3 ‘The only eyeliner you will ever need is Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner (£16, Debenhams) – promise! It’s long-wearing, with incredible precision so is really easy to use.’


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5 ‘I adore Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Cream Liquid Lipsticks (£26 each; shown in Nude Pulse, Explicit Pink and Fuchsia Live). They’re so creamy and comfortable to wear all day long.’

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4 ‘I didn’t realise how much I needed the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette (£38.50) until I’d used it – from a classic to smoky look, this matte palette has it covered.’

Beautiful you 1 ‘You can’t beat Lancôme Bi-Facil (£21.50). I’ve had the eye make-up remover in my kit since I started working, because it’s the best. And I keep a bottle at home to take my waterproof mascara off. It removes everything quickly and is kind to skin.’

2 ‘My fave liner is Bobbi Brown LongWear Gel Eyeliner (£19). I use the Cobalt Ink on myself, as the blue makes my brown eyes pop, but in my kit I have a selection of colours. You can use it for strong definition or smudge it for a smokier look. It stays put all day and night.’

LIZ KITCHINER Make-up artist She’s our go-to girl for cover photo shoots and, with over 22 years in the beauty business, there are not many make-up products Liz hasn’t tried.

3 ‘I’m always trying out new mascaras, but I always end up coming back to Max Factor Masterpiece HD Waterproof Mascara (£9.99, Boots), as it doesn’t smudge under the eyes.’





4 ‘My kit wouldn’t be complete without Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips (£1.95, Boots). I use it on models and myself for a natural lip with just a hint of colour.’


5 ‘I love the nudebrown shade of MAC Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare (£13), and so do a lot of my clients. I use it to fill in the whole lip, and apply a little lip balm or Vaseline over the top. It’s the perfect nude!’



Top tip Primer creates a smooth canvas for a more natural finish that stays put for longer.

7 ‘Everyone should own a red lippy, and my favourite is the classic MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo (£15.50). It’s a blue-toned matte that suits most skin tones, is highly pigmented, and looks great dabbed on as a stain or with a lick of gloss.’

6 ‘The secret to a flawless complexion is Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze (£29, John Lewis). It gives you a beautifully natural soft-focus sheen and ensures your foundation stays put.’

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1 ‘If you want healthy hair, a healthy diet is a must. But the Viviscal Healthy Hair Supplements (£51.99 for 60 tablets, Boots) nourish locks from the inside out, too, and have been a huge hit in my salon, with clients seeing great results quickly.’

RICHARD WARD Celebrity hairdresser The award-winning hairdresser works with stars and royalty alike. He’s Kate Middleton’s favourite stylist, and even did her wedding hair!


2 ‘If you’re time-poor but still want amazing hair, you’ll love the Richard Ward The Chelsea Collection Argan Anti-Ageing 10-in-1 Spritz (£5.99, Waitrose). It ticks every box – volume, smoothness, shine – and comes in just one bottle.’




Top tip Persevere with these daily supplements for amazing results!




7 ‘L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Volumetry Root Spray (£13.99, Look Fantastic) is fine hair’s best friend. Don’t be afraid to be liberal with this spray – it makes a big impact but leaves no residue, and so it doesn’t weigh hair down.’

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6 ‘The Tangle Angel Detangling Brush (£14.95) is fabulous for detangling wet or dry hair. It has a handle and, unlike many other brushes of its type, is heat-resistant, so you can use it when blow-drying your locks, too.’

5 ‘I use the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue (£39.50, Look Fantastic) oil on almost every client, even if they have fine hair. It provides a glossy finish, bonds the ends together and, most importantly, helps to de-frizz.’

4 ‘If your hair lacks density and bounce, the Kérastase Densifique Densimorphose Mousse (£20.90, Look Fantastic) is amazing! A couple of pumps into damp hair before blow-drying will plump it right out for a much fuller style.’

3 ‘I use the BaByliss Curling Wand Pro (£25) to create lots of different looks, from classic curls to undone waves. It’s a professional, versatile tool, which is super easy to use.’

Beautiful you 1 ‘When we’re tired and stressed, it’s our eye area that always gives the game away, as the skin is up to five times thinner. Every one over 30 should be using eye cream. I love Clarins MultiActive Eye (£35, from 29 January).’

SABINE WIESEL Beauty editor ‘I’ve been putting the latest skincare, hair and make-up products and trends to the test for Prima for eight years. Here are just a few of my recent discoveries...’

8 ‘Nothing adds glamour to your routine like a sweep of bold lippy, so I always carry one on standby in my handbag. The Benefit They’re Real Double The Lip in Fuchsia Fever (£15.50, from 1 February) is a clever liner and lipstick in one that creates the illusion of a fuller lip. I love it!’ 7 ‘I have naturally dry nails and cuticles, so I’m obsessed with trying products that will hydrate them. Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Overnight Nail Serum (£9.95, Superdrug; from 4 January) is my new fave – it works a treat when massaged in before bedtime.’


6 ‘I love all the Marc Jacobs scents, and his latest – Daisy Dream Kiss Edition (£55 for 50ml, from February, department stores) – is a beautiful new fruity floral. The bottles always look fab on the dressing table, too!’

Photos: Hearst Studios

2 ‘My everyday go-to for lips is a nude gloss, as I can apply it on the go without a mirror. The bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss in Groovy (£17) is a winner for staying power and a glossy pout.’

5 ‘I massage my stress lines with a good oil every evening before bed. At the moment, I’m loving This Works Stress Check Face Oil (£40), as it’s also great for waking my complexion up in the morning.’

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4 ‘Because we simply don’t have time to blend a smoky eye in the mornings, the Benefit They’re Real Duo Shadow Blenders (£18.50, from 1 February) are a really clever find. A combo of perfectly paired shades, they’re ready to sweep over your eye using the special sponge.’

3 ‘I’ve been trying to grow my hair for years, but I always end up going back for the chop as the ends get too weak. However, since I started taking Imedeen Hair and Nails (£25.99 for 60 capsules), my locks have been in much better condition. I’m sure I’ll have hair down to my waist before I know it!’ PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 53


habits for




It’s what we all want – a radiant complexion that belies our age. Thankfully, it’s possible with a few simple lifestyle tweaks, says Kazia Pelka


Eat half an avocado a day! Packed with monounsaturated fats to help maintain your skin’s moisture, its vitamin E content helps guard against sun damage. Once you have finished eating one, rub the inside of its skin on to your hands, massage in, leave for a minute and rinse with cool water. Pat dry and add hand cream. 54 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017


Have a regular skincare regime of cleansing and moisturising. My mantra: twice a day, every day.

Drink water – lots of it. Have a minimum of six to eight glasses a day – and even more if you’re also drinking coffee or alcohol.


Try to get as much sleep as you can – at least seven to eight hours a night. The scent of lavender helps you nod off, so spritz pillows with a lavender-scented sleep spray, use a pulse-point oil or light a candle. Also avoid computer or phone screens for at least one hour before bed. Be prescriptive with facemasks and use different ones for different areas of concern. So if you have pimples on your chin, they will not respond well to the hydrating mask you apply to thirsty cheeks.


To help counteract broken capillaries or rosacea, try upping your intake of vitamin C – possibly add a supplement.



Limit facial exfoliation to once a week to avoid being too harsh on skin. And when you do exfoliate, be gentle but thorough.

Stress can age your skin, as surges in cortisol break down collagen and elastin – ultimately leading to wrinkles. Meditation or a little quiet time during the day will help manage stress levels – and remember to breathe deeply. Try to eliminate as much sugar as you can from your diet. Eating refined carbs and sugary foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) causes sugars to bind to the skin’s collagen, which weakens it. Collagen is what keeps skin plump, so choose your indulgences wisely!


Beauty for grown-ups ‘Stress can age your skin, so try to work a little meditation or quiet time into your day’


Your skin reaps so many benefits from exercise. Try to get out of the gym sometimes and into the park – the greenery will boost your mood and your lungs!


Omega-3 fatty acids are proven to benefit the skin in multiple ways, aiding oil production and hydration, while helping to prevent the effects of ageing, acne and sun damage. Get more into your diet with oily fish (salmon and mackerel), flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts.

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Beauty for grown-ups Remove make-up every night – without fail! Sleeping in your slap ages the skin and contributes to puffy eyes. If you wear make-up, you need to remove it and then cleanse your skin, too – a double cleanse.


Great skin needs protein to stay supple and firm. If you don’t eat meat or fish, ensure your diet includes other sources, such as eggs, yoghurt, nuts, quinoa, lentils and beans.



Wash the make-up brushes that you use for liquids and creams – such as concealer and foundation – once a week, using an antibacterial hand wash to keep bacteria at bay. You can leave powder brushes two or three weeks before cleaning them.

Wear SPF all-year round. The damage from incidental rays, even during the dull days of winter, can be considerable – so make sure you use a moisturiser or foundation with SPF 15. On hot, sunny days, up the level to factor 50.


When moisturising your face, remember to also include your neck and chest. The skin on these areas can show early signs of ageing, so don’t forget to pay attention to them!


Never, ever pop a pimple. Hold a hot (but not so hot it hurts) wet flannel over the area for a minute. Rinse, repeat, then dab on a little apple cider vinegar and leave it alone! Keep your shower cool. A hot one may feel fab, but it has a negative impact on skin. The hotter the shower, the harder the blood vessels have to work to cool the skin down by dilating, which causes flushing.



Change your make-up bag regularly and buy one with a wipe-clean interior.


21 22 23 Hydrate skin throughout the day with a refreshing facial water spray.

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Sanitise your phone screen. The glass cover harbours as many germs as the average loo seat – urgh! Add a little coconut oil to your healthy smoothie – it helps your body to absorb the nutrients. If you haven’t given up yet, make this your year not to smoke. You will see the benefits almost immediately. For advice on how to quit smoking, turn to page 85.

Photos: Claire Collins, Alamy, Hearst Magazines UK


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Why not get away from it all in style, with this relaxing stay? The rural setting means it is the ideal place to unwind, whether you want to be pampered, kick-start your health regime or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings, Ragdale Hall’s amazing spa facilities make it the ultimate relaxing break, with a wide range of treatments to suit everyone. EXTEND YOUR VISIT: To make your stay more special, why not book an extra night for just £169 per person? Includes all meals, another 40 minute treatment from the choices above, plus full use of all the facilities. GET A FURTHER 10% DISCOUNT if you book two breaks for 2017 now! (both breaks must be booked at the same time) NB: Extra discount not applicable on the third night option.

Enjoy spa treatments and a gift from Clarins (right)

TO BOOK Call 01664 433013* and quote reference PRIMA17 when booking to claim your special exclusive discount and free gift TERMS & CONDITIONS This offer is subject to availability. Break must be taken before 19th December 2017. Ragdale Hall Health Hydro, Ragdale Village, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3PB. Offer based on sharing a Superior Twin/Double/Triple Room for two nights. Third night option available (extra discount not applicable to third night option). *Calls from landlines are charged at the standard national rate; calls from mobiles may cost more.

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NEW YEAR, NEW These four readers have lost an incredible 28st between them, and now feel happier and more confident. To celebrate their dieting success, we showed them how to dress for their fab new figures!

Lost 4st 3lb

EMMA DAVEY (right), 45, from Caterham, Surrey, is a stay-at-home mum. Jumpsuit, £49, 4-16, Miss Selfridge. Necklace, £16, The Collection at Debenhams. Courts, £175, 2-9, LK Bennett

Lost 7st 4lb

MICHELLE CARRINGTON (far right), 36, from Milton Keynes, is a training and development administrator at a hospice. Top, £28, 6-22, Next. Skirt, £179, 6-18, Coast. Sandals, £14, 3-9, Primark

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Prima makeovers

SHAPE, NEW LOOK! Lost 12st

RACHEL SPALDING (far left), 43, from Bracknell, Berkshire, is a professional cleaner. Wrap jacket, £45, 4-16, Miss Selfridge. Trousers, £28, 8-18, Wallis. Necklace, £14, Red Herring at Debenhams. Courts, £10, 3-9, Primark

Lost 4st 4lb

NICKY JEVON (left), 56, from Ledbury, Herefordshire, is an art teacher. Dress, £140, 6-18, French Connection. Earrings, £6 for a set; ring, £10 for a set, both Mood at Debenhams. Courts, £80, 3-8, Dune

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Nicky wears: Dress, £45, 4-16, Miss Selfridge. Earrings, £8, Next. Heels, £25, 3-8, Dolcis

Nicky’s JANE PLAN diet Lost 4st 4lb WHY I LOST WEIGHT ‘When my father died of weightrelated issues last year, I decided I didn’t want to end up like him. It made me think that unless I lost weight and became healthier, I might be at risk of not living as long as I’d like to. So my New Year’s resolution was to take action.’ HOW I DID IT ‘I chose Jane Plan because I didn’t want to obsess over my food. It’s easy, because my food is delivered each month. It’s economical and, most NOW I CAN WEAR… importantly, effective. Plus, NICKY SAYS ‘I used to buy all my I’ve never felt hungry, clothes in one shop – the baggier, the and there’s always better. Now I can shop anywhere! support from the I’m a size 12 and it’s so nice to have staff when I need it.’ more choice and try new styles.’ HOW I FEEL ‘The WE SAY ‘Nicky’s embracing the latest best thing about trends since her weight loss, and this fab losing weight is off-the-shoulder dress looks absolutely that I have more stunning! The figure-hugging fit, bold energy, and my colour and glam neckline show off family are proud her new shape beautifully.’ of me, which is a real confidence boost.’

Rachel wears: Dress, £89, 6-18, Phase Eight. Earrings, £8; sandals, £35, 3-9, both Next

Rachel’s SLIMMING WORLD diet Lost 12st

WHY I LOST WEIGHT ‘I started to put on weight after each of my three pregnancies. Then, as a mum, everyone else came first and I stopped looking after myself. Things got so bad I would cuddle up to my husband in bed and try to make sure our hearts were as close as possible, as I didn’t know if I was going to wake up the next day.’ HOW I DID IT ‘Slimming World worked for me, because I wanted to be able to eat the foods I love and have treats, too. I didn’t want to do a fad diet – I needed something that I could follow for the rest of my life. I now love to cook and adapt recipes so that they’re Slimming World-friendly. I’ve also made friends through NOW I CAN WEAR… the plan, who help lift me up RACHEL SAYS ‘I used to live in during the weeks when I’m men’s tracksuit bottoms and polo shirts, feeling a bit down.’ as most women’s clothing didn’t fit. Now HOW I FEEL ‘I used to find I’ve found a love for fashion, and because it hard to walk for more I’m a size 12-14, I can shop anywhere.’ than five minutes, but WE SAY ‘After years of hiding her shape in now I’m training for my first jeans and baggy jumpers, Rachel loves to triathlon! I truly can’t believe shop for her new silhouette. This fit-andhow different my life is now flare dress is super figure-flattering and the amount of energy – and accentuates her slim I have. Now I’m living my life, waist and lovely long legs.’ not just existing.’


Michelle’s WEIGHT WATCHERS diet Lost 7st 4lb WHY I LOST WEIGHT ‘After I had my first son, I looked at all the new baby photos and felt that I had ruined them. It was a hot time of year, and I spent the summer puffing and sweating while pushing his buggy around and struggling with all the extra work a new baby brings. I got to the point where I really wasn’t happy with myself.’ HOW I DID IT ‘I chose Weight Watchers because I can still eat everything I did before, but it teaches you NOW I CAN WEAR… proportions. I have learned to MICHELLE SAYS ‘Now, I’m much more eat healthy foods and, best daring with what I wear. Before, I could of all, we can do it as a family only shop in one or two shops that did – I’m not eating different larger sizes, but now I have choice.’ foods like I would have WE SAY ‘Her new figure has given to on some other diets.’ Michelle colour-confidence – she’s HOW I FEEL ‘I’m a different ditching the neutrals in favour person. I feel happier, more of mood-lifting brights and bold confident and fitter than ever. patterns. A red dress like this one I can run around and play will get her noticed and really football with my boys, which suits her fab new figure.’ I couldn’t before. And I have a much better relationship with food.’

Michelle wears: Dress, £85, 6-18, Phase Eight. Bangle, £2, Primark. Heels, £35, 3-8, Faith at Next Directory

Emma’s LIGHTER LIFE diet Lost 4st 3lb

Emma wears: Dress, £148, 8-18, Damsel in a Dress. Necklace, £12, Next. Heels, £175, 2-9, LK Bennett

WHY I LOST WEIGHT ‘I saw myself in a family photo and was horrified by how wide I looked. Normally I avoided photos or hid behind the children, and I hadn’t really looked in a mirror for years. In my head, I didn’t look like that, and the new “flattering” top I bought for the occasion ended up making me look worse!’ HOW I DID IT ‘I signed up to Lighter Life because it worked for me brilliantly and quickly after my first baby, when I put on weight. I love the nutritional plans that work together with the mind-blowing cognitive behavioural therapy, which helps enormously with any emotional issues around food. It has been life-changing NOW I CAN WEAR… for me, and not just with food either. EMMA SAYS ‘I don’t buy floaty, My confidence has soared.’ camouflaging smock tops any more. HOW I FEEL ‘Fitting into a size 10 again I just order things I love in my size, has made me feel happier and more and know they’ll fit and look great.’ confident. I’m a better role model for WE SAY ‘There’ll be no more shapeless my children, and I’m looking forward layers for Emma! She’s playing up her to us getting fitter as a family now that new size-10 figure in form-fitting tops, I have the energy and motivation.’ trousers and dresses. A midi dress Feature: Sabine Wiesel & Helen Johnson in a streamlining scuba fabric flatters Photos: Angela Spain Hair & make-up: Carl Stanley & Anna Durston Styling: Lindsey Baker curves in all the right places ( Styling assistant: Amii Mcintosh for the perfect silhouette.’ For where to buy, see page 152 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 61

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dark winter night stuck at home with the central heating on is no friend to our skin and, as we age, skin suffers more from loss of moisture, oil and collagen, as well as its ability to shed dead cells. That’s why a good skincare routine is vital for keeping your complexion looking younger and fresher. So why not take advantage of Time Bomb’s exclusive 20% discount on its gorgeous beauty range? Confused about what to spend it on? Our beauty editor,

Sabine Wiesel, is a big fan of the Complexion Cocktail with a shot of B12 (£24). It’s great for tired complexions that appear dull and lifeless, as it boosts your skin’s natural energy production. If recent overindulgence has taken its toll, try Instawow Sparkling Facial Mask (£39). It bubbles dirt to the surface for a deep-pore cleanse. And for a hydration boost, follow that with a line-smoothing facial massage using Youth Juice Secret Oil (from £16 for 17ml), which is packed with beautiful ingredients. Happy shopping!

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Try it, use it,



BEAUTY SOS Dry hand dilemma Q My hands and cuticles have never been so dry, and my regular cream isn’t cutting it. Any suggestions? Carolyn Betts, Cheltenham

A It’s a common problem at this time of year. Firstly, try switching to a richer formula. But also make sure you’re wearing gloves for protection – I like to apply hand cream before I put them on to really cocoon them. And try a good layer at bedtime, too!


Photo: Jumpfoto

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Let’s try yoga! Longing to try but beginner’s nerves, body angst and style stress keep holding you back? Forget the fears...





h how we envy yoga devotees – those relaxed, loose-limbed gals confidently zipping about with their yoga mats tucked under their arms. Yes, we long to join them and share the benefits but we’re still too nervous to dip in and try! Trust us, yoga is not a secret society or as hard as it looks. So enough with the excuses – let’s find a group, unroll our mats and get with the programme.



It can give us the kind of calming and spiritual break we all need. ‘Yoga is medicine,’ says yoga teacher Emma Harding. ‘We juggle so much, but yoga offers essential switch-off time where you can release aches and check emotional health. An hour on the mat may mean you sleep well and are more productive. Miss it and you’ll notice the difference!’ • Emma is an experienced teacher with classes in Essex (

It doesn’t just tone your body. ‘The blend of postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation cares for both our bodies and our overloaded emotional and nervous systems,’ says Emma. Health gains Studies show yoga can help lower blood pressure, ease migraines, fight food cravings, calm the menopause and ease back pain. Fitness wins Yoga is real exercise! Along with improved flexibility and

balance, you can also, with the right style, gain strength and burn calories! Stress fixes The combo of poses and breathing helps lower stressrelated hormones, putting the lid on tension, anxiety and mild depression. Confidence boosts Yoga can help create a positive self-image. When you’re feeling strong, you’re able to handle stress. And when you’re energised, confidence soars!



TIME TO GET STARTED Not sure where to begin? Try our easy three-point plan

❶ FIND YOUR STYLE There are loads of different forms to try, from hatha, vinyasa and ashtanga to Bikram, kundalini and many more. But don’t get hung up on just one or rush to try the newest trend that’s sweeping your local gym. Start with a gentle, all-embracing form of yoga to ease you in.

Does yoga look more ouch than aah to you? Take things slowly – the flexibility will come!

TRY HATHA!  Absolute beginner? It can be gentle or dynamic but, because of its generally slower pace, hatha is the best choice for new starters.  What’s it like? Every hatha session is subtly different, depending on the teacher, but all classes include similar elements. A class typically begins by tuning into your breath – you’ll often be seated or lying down at this point – followed by some gentle stretches. You will then move on to poses you may know about, such as sun salutations, the warrior or the triangle. The class is also likely to include some balancing poses with twists and bends and finish with relaxation.

 Sounds tricky? Don’t be fazed. ‘There is a focus on alignment,’ says trainer Pippa Richardson. ‘But it’s a great place to begin yoga practice, as the pace gives you time to be clear about what your body is being asked to do.’  Who does it suit? ‘Everyone!’ says Pippa. ‘I have students from all walks of life, from stressed-out business people to busy mums and athletes. Yoga has the capacity to give the mind and body exactly what it needs.’

 Wellbeing benefits? Physical poses give us flexibility and strength, while added breath work can stimulate the nervous system, offering the ultimate in stress relief. ‘This is where yoga has the potential to provide benefits away from the mat, offering us tools to help us deal with life’s ups and downs,’ says Pippa. • Pippa teaches classes in London and Buckinghamshire. Visit 66 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017


There are great teachers and classes everywhere – church halls, gyms, smart studios and more – but how do you find your yoga soulmate? ‘Teachers, like pupils, are all different, and finding a class that fits can take time,’ The right yoga class can get you fabulously flexible says Emma. Here’s her advice…  Be flexible and open to all yoga styles If you don’t get on with a class, give another one – or more – a try.  If it feels wrong – even if others love it – then it isn’t for you You may want more activity or more calm. See our Yoga Decoder (opposite).  Trust your instincts ‘This may sound happy-clappy, but when I walk out of a good class, I glow from the inside out, look serene and float back home!’ says Emma. ‘Part of you will just know if the class worked for you.’ • For teachers near you, visit the British Wheel Of Yoga’s website at

Let’s try yoga!

YOUR YOGA DECODER You’ve had the lowdown on hatha, but what about other styles? There are loads to choose from – your personality and fitness levels will lead you towards what’s right for you. Here’s a few to think about…


 ‘It’s too late!’ Trust us, you are never too old to start yoga, and the benefits are plentiful. It can help with aching joints, balance, back pain and more. It’s good for the brain, too, which can only be good news. Visit and check out classes for all ages nationwide.  ‘I need to diet first!’ Park the idea that you need to be stick-thin. ‘It has nothing to do with size,’ says gorgeous, curvy teacher Charlie Merton. ‘As they say, “Use the pose to get into the body, not the body to get into the pose.”’ Her tip? ‘Don’t compare yourself to others – they’re too busy worrying about themselves. And if you really don’t feel happy in a group, try an online class at home.’ • Charlie teaches in west London. Visit her website or catch her online hatha flow class at




For those who like to dance As the name suggests, it’s flowing and logical, with lots of variety. Easily accessible to all levels, including newbies.

For those who love attention to detail Age and flexibility is not an issue – this is a slow-paced style. There are tricky poses, but belts and bolsters can help beginners.

To please your inner athlete Involves a flowing series of short-held poses and breathing techniques that require a good level of fitness.




For the physically fit! Already into some sort of fitness regime? This is a great extra. The demanding 26pose sequence takes place in a heated room – get ready to sweat!

For the soul-seeker Linked to chakra energy (we’re all said to have seven centres of spiritual power in our bodies), it features chanting, breathing and rapid moves.

For the playful Lively anusara (which means flowing with grace) is about opening up the heart. The focus is on how poses feel, rather than how they look.

RESTORATIVE For the stressed-out This is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. Poses mostly involve lying down and are held in place for a while, so you’ll be blissed-out in no time. Choose the best style for you

Every style has a beginner’s entry point. Don’t overthink things – take the plunge and give it a go!

 ‘I’ll be hopeless at it!’ Aaah, the perfectionist streak. Leave that at home. ‘Yoga isn’t a competitive sport,’ says Emma. ‘Newbies should be looked after in a subtle way, so as not to be singled out. Postures, breathing and instructions appear to be a juggling act at first, but they all come with practice.’ Forget perfection – just enjoy yourself!

 ‘I’m too stiff!’ That’s the best reason to start, as yoga helps us become more supple and flexible. ‘Yoga is self-massage,’ says Emma. You can ease out a shoulder, discover a hip is tight – and maybe find the causes. Once you’ve released all of your body, harmony is restored!’



Let’s try yoga! HANDY BAG This gorgeous shoulder bag has inside and outside pockets for all of your essentials. £45, Zakti Active.

Exclusive! Get 20% off the Zakti Active collection! See page 31 for details.

WHY WE LOVE YOGA Whether they start their yoga journey early or get on board later on in life, devotees keep going for all kinds of reasons! A FAB IN-VEST-MENT! This lovely racer back tank top hugs curves and covers your rear! £42, xs-l, HPE Clothing at John Lewis.

GET YOUR KIT ON! Choosing the right clothes can be a real yoga deal-breaker. If you are already anxious about being too heavy or the ‘wrong’ age, then the whole what-to-wear nonsense could tip you over the edge! ‘We are all made differently and yoga classes provide a non-competitive space to be in your unique, beautiful body,’ says Emma. ‘You don’t need to wear anything special, either – tunics and leggings are fine. I like to go to my class and not have to change out of my normal clothes, but it’s up to you.’

‘IT’S ENERGISING!’ Lale Guralp, 30, from London, is an illustrator who spends her working day sitting at a desk. ‘Yoga transports me to a friendly environment with lovely people. It took time to find the ideal form, as I didn’t know what I was looking for. Fortunately, I live near a yoga studio, which has lovely teachers and lots of styles. Once I got into it and built the strength that some poses require, I loved it. I feel so relaxed and energised after a class and I sleep well, too. For me, yoga is now a life plan, and for the past year I have practised three to five times a week. Some days, I like a physical session; other times I prefer a relaxing stretch. But every class is a new experience and the bonuses are the people I’ve met, the energy it gives me and discovering an awareness of my body through movement and building strength.’

A RELAXED FIT This Bubble T-shirt is oh-so cool and comfy. £16, 6-22, M&S.

WELCOME MAT! With dual textures for better traction, this foam yoga mat by Nike makes the perfect yoga buddy. £30, John Lewis.

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COOL CLOTHING! Feeling warm in class? Try this bra and leggings combo. Sports bra, £6; leggings, £10, both s-xl, George.

For where to buy, see page 152

Sue Hardcastle, 59, from Essex, only began her yoga journey two years ago to try to ease the pain from arthritis in her joints and help her heart-rate problems. ‘I didn’t fancy it at all at first and I found it tricky – I had no sense of balance and couldn’t manage the tree pose without falling over. But it’s about taking baby steps, and you suddenly realise that you can do a lot of the moves you couldn’t manage a few weeks before. I go to a class every week and it really helps – my knees are less painful and my shoulders more flexible. I can actually do up my own bra again! And on yoga day, I get my best night’s sleep of the week. Also, don’t feel intimidated by the body beautifuls. We’re all there to get as much out of a class as possible – a couple of hours where we can just chill out instead of chase our tails. I just wish I’d started yoga earlier in life.’

Feature: Daisy Gough Photos (posed by models): Jumpfoto


Your wellbeing

Time to feel GOOD!

We all love to try something new, especially at this time of year, so this month we’ll be…

…swapping Vitamin C tablets for cute little sachets of baobab, the superfruit powder with its own punch of C, plus a blast of fibre and the biggest antioxidant boost of any fruit! We love its sherbety taste, especially in smoothies. •Aduna baobab sachets, 99p each or £22.99 for 30,

…SNACKING ON Just delish!

Watermelon seeds. Who knew they could taste so good or be such nutritional bombshells? What’s so great about them? Well… they’re high in fibre, protein, iron, magnesium and potassium. Remember, protein helps you burn fat and build lean muscle. Oooh, a virtuous snack – heaven!

• Mello watermelon seeds, £3.29 for 125g,

...reading, sipping and soaking!

Feature: Daisy Gough Photos: Getty, Jumpfoto

…TRYING New skin oils! Stop rolling your eyes, we know there are lots out there, but these won’t disappoint.  Chia seed oil Rich in omega fatty acids, with more antioxidants than blueberries, this oil nourishes ultra-dry skin and helps to minimise lines. TRY Sukin Super Greens Chia Seed Oil, £17.49 for 25ml,  Cacay oil This nut oil is said to include 50% more vitamin E than argan, and three times more vitamin A than rosehip, which gives it anti-ageing cred. Super-light and non-greasy, you only need to use a little. TRY Miaflora Cacay Oil, £24.99 for 50ml,

…recycling Herbal teabags. Brew, drink, then cool bags in the fridge, squeeze out, then place on your eyes for a good 10 minutes to soothe and de-puff at speed. Afterwards, add to your compost – a triple green-living whammy!

Not into oils yet? There’s a trick to enjoying their skin-smoothing qualities: • Start small Use just a little the first time. That way, your skin won’t feel greasy. • Don’t rub Work it between your hands, press on to skin, then lightly massage in. • Add more Once your skin has become used to the oil, it will happily drink it in, so you can use more.

Yes, all at once! We’re working our way through the gorgeous recipes in Sebastian Pole’s new book, Cleanse, Nurture, Restore With Herbal Tea (Frances Lincoln, £20). Our fave is A Cup Of Love – it’s like sipping a herbal hug! Why not give it a go tonight?


Serves 3

9 Combine 3g camomile flowers, 2g lime flowers, 2g calendula petals, 3g lavender flowers, 1g liquorice root and 1g rose flowers. 9 Put in a teapot with 500ml freshly boiled, filtered water; steep for 10-15min; strain – and let the love flow! Sebastian Pole is co-founder of Pukka Herbs, so all his recipes are amazing! For herbs, see

Exclusive Prima diet


2017 diet Our ingenious healthy eating plan allows you to fill up on bowls of nutritious food, so you’ll stay full and lose weight. Three delicious bowls every day – it’s that simple!



HOW IT WORKS You can eat three bowls a day: select one of the breakfast bowls, one of the lunch and one of the dinner, or you can mix and match. You can also enjoy the lowcal snacks twice a day, if hunger strikes (see page 75). This isn’t a diet about rigorous calorie counting – it’s about ensuring you eat plenty of good nutrients each day. This way of eating will keep you full and stop you reaching for the biscuit tin! The breakfast bowl is either porridge, granola or 70 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017


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a super-healthy juice, which will help to keep your sugar levels stable until you’re ready for a healthy snack mid-morning or at lunchtime. Enjoy a super bowl made up of primarily grains, greens and protein for lunch and dinner. Each bowl is 500 calories or less, so your daily calorie intake will be around 1,500. You can also drink an unlimited amount of water and herbal teas, but no alcohol. If you stick to eating these bowls for two weeks, you can expect to lose at least 2Ib a week!

Your breakfast super bowls

Green juice SERVES 1 PREP 10min 100g (3½oz) kale • ½tsp fine rolled oats • 1 orange, segmented • 1.5cm (⅔in) piece of fresh ginger, peeled • ¼ apple, chopped • ½tsp goji berries Add all ingredients except goji berries to a highpowered juicer and blitz until puréed. The texture will depend on which type of juicer you’re using. Transfer to a glass and chilli in fridge before serving. Top with goji berries to serve. PER SERVING: CALS 158; FAT 2.5g; SAT FAT 0.5g; CARBS 25g

Granola SERVES 1 PREP 5min 40g (1½oz) rolled chunky oats • 15g (½oz) pumpkin seeds • 25g (1oz) whole almonds, halved • 1tsp goji berries • 300ml (½ pint) unsweetened almond milk • 4 raspberries, halved Add oats, seeds, almonds and goji berries to a bowl. Pour over milk and sprinkle over the raspberries. PER SERVING: CALS 500; FAT 27g; SAT FAT 3g; CARBS 43g

Fruit smoothie

At this time of year, use frozen fruits, but choose fresh berries when back in season.

SERVES 1 PREP 10min 125g (4oz) blueberries • Small handful of raspberries • 1 small beetroot, trimmed and peeled (if required by juicer) • ½ apple, roughly chopped • ½tsp fine rolled oats • Juice of ¼ lime • ½tsp sunflower seeds Add all ingredients except sunflower seeds to a high-powered juicer and blitz until puréed. Loosen mixture with a little added water. Transfer to a glass and chill in fridge before drinking. Top with seeds. PER SERVING: CALS 180; FAT 2.5g; SAT FAT 0.5g; CARBS 30g

Porridge & fruit SERVES 1 PREP 5min COOK 6min 50g (2oz) rolled chunky oats • 300ml (½ pint) almond milk • 1tsp raw honey • 60g (2½oz) frozen berries (defrosted and warmed in a pan) Add oats to a pan, pour in milk and stir. Cook on a medium heat for about 5-6min, stirring, until creamy. Add a little water, if necessary. Spoon into a bowl and serve with a drizzle of honey and the warmed berries. PER SERVING: CALS 355; FAT 7.5g; SAT FAT 1g; CARBS 60g

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Your lunch super bowls Freekeh & smoked mackerel with egg & avocado SERVES 1 PREP 5min COOK 20min • 40g (1½oz) quick-cook freekeh and quinoa mix • 60g (2½oz) purple-sprouting broccoli, trimmed • 40g (1½oz) fillet of peppered smoked mackerel, torn • ½ small avocado, sliced and tossed with lemon juice (to avoid discolouration) • 1 medium egg, soft boiled and quartered • Lemon wedge, to serve 1 Add freekeh to a pan and cover with twice the amount of water. Add a pinch of salt and simmer with lid on for about 15-20min, or as per pack instructions. Remove and put to one side. Fluff up with a fork and season well before serving. 2 Add broccoli to a pan of boiling salted water and cook for about 5-8min or until stalks are tender. Remove and put to one side. To assemble bowl, add freekeh and top with the broccoli, mackerel, avocado, egg and a wedge of lemon. PER SERVING: CALS 493; FAT 29g; SAT FAT 6g; CARBS 27g

Chicken with noodles, pak choi & mushrooms SERVES 1 PREP 5min COOK 20min • 150g (5oz) skinless chicken breast • Lime wedge • 1tsp olive oil • 3 chestnut mushrooms, sliced • 1 spring onion, trimmed and cut in half • 60g (2½oz) vermicelli rice noodles • 1 bulb of pak choi, trimmed and leaves separated • Handful of beansprouts, to garnish • Coriander leaves, to garnish FOR THE DRESSING • ½tbsp reduced-fat coconut milk • Juice of ¼-½ lime • 1tsp rice vinegar 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add chicken and lime wedge to a small roasting tin, drizzle over oil and put in oven for about 20min, or until cooked. Add mushrooms and spring onion for last 10min; shake tin to coat with a little oil. 2 Add noodles to a bowl, pour over boiling water to cover and leave for 3-4min, or as per pack instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water; put aside. Add pak choi to a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 5-8min until tender. Drain well and put aside. 3 Mix the dressing ingredients together, season and put to one side. To assemble bowl, add noodles and top with chicken, lime wedge, pak choi, mushrooms and spring onions. Add beansprouts and coriander leaves, then drizzle over dressing. PER SERVING: CALS 493; FAT 6g; SAT FAT 1.5g; CARBS 59g 72 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

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Mushroom & tofu rice bowl SERVES 1 PREP 10min COOK 30min • 75g (3oz) uncooked brown rice • 2tsp turmeric • 2tsp olive oil • 4 baby chestnut mushrooms, quartered • 1 sage leaf, optional • 100g (3½oz) savoy cabbage, blanched • 2cm (¾in) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced • 50g (2oz) firm tofu, cubed • 1tsp dark soy sauce • Coriander leaves, to garnish • ¼ red chilli, finely diced, to garnish • ½ spring onion, finely sliced, to garnish • 1 medium egg, poached 1 Add rice to a pan with twice the amount of water. Add 1tsp turmeric and simmer with lid on for about 30min, or until rice is tender. Stir in the remaining turmeric and put aside. 2 Heat ¼tsp oil in a frying pan. Add mushrooms and sage, if using, and cook for 3-4min. Remove and put aside. Add ½tsp oil to same pan with the cabbage and half the ginger. Stir-fry for a few min until softened. Remove and put aside. 3 Add remaining oil to pan with tofu, remaining ginger and soy sauce. Cook on a high heat, about 5-6min. To assemble bowl, add rice, tofu, cabbage and mushrooms, garnish with coriander, chilli and spring onion, and top with a poached egg. PER SERVING: CALS 489; FAT 17.5g; SAT FAT 3.5g; CARBS 58g

Quinoa tabbouleh with prawns & pineapple SERVES 1 PREP 5min COOK 20min • 2 tomatoes, halved • 1tsp olive oil • 25g (1oz) coconut pieces (available in 100g/3½oz pots) • 100g (3½oz) pineapple pieces, diced • ¼ red onion, optional, finely diced • 75g (3oz) uncooked quinoa • Handful of coriander leaves, chopped, plus extra to garnish • Handful of mint leaves, finely chopped • 6 small raw prawns, butterflied or left whole • Pinch of black sesame seeds • ¼ green chilli, finely sliced 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add tomatoes to a roasting tin, add ½tsp oil and put in the oven for 20min. Put coconut and pineapple in the tin for the last 5-8min of cooking. Remove and, when cool enough to handle, chop coconut and mix with pineapple, and chop tomato and mix with onion. Put aside. 2 Meanwhile, add quinoa to a pan, cover with twice the amount of water and simmer with lid on for about 15-20min. Remove from heat, fluff up with a fork and stir in coriander and mint. 3 Heat remaining oil in a pan. Add prawns and cook for 3-4min. To assemble bowl, add quinoa, prawns, pineapple and coconut. Sprinkle over sesame seeds and chilli and top with coriander. PER SERVING: CALS 500; FAT 15g; SAT FAT 7g; CARBS 59g

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Soba noodles with aubergine & wild mushrooms SERVES 1 PREP 5min COOK 15min • 60g (2½oz) aubergine, cut into cubes • 1tsp olive oil • 1tsp mirin • 1tsp dark soy sauce • 40g (1½oz) buckwheat soba noodles • 3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced • 1 carrot, sliced using a T-peeler • 1tsp rice vinegar • 1tsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted • ¼ small red cabbage, finely shredded • 5 cashew nuts • ½ spring onion, finely sliced • Few cress leaves, optional, to garnish 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add aubergine to a small roasting tin, and toss with ½tsp oil, mirin and soy sauce. Put in the oven for 15min, or until tender. Remove and put aside. 2 Meanwhile, add noodles to a pan of boiling salted water and cook for about 5min, or as per pack instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water; put aside. Add remaining oil to a frying pan, add mushrooms and cook for 2-3min. Remove and put to one side. 3 Toss carrots with rice vinegar and sesame seeds. To assemble bowl, add noodles, aubergine, mushrooms, carrot and cabbage. Sprinkle over cashew nuts, spring onions and cress, if using. PER SERVING: CALS 452; FAT 22g; SAT FAT 4g; CARBS 45g

Brown rice, tuna & egg SERVES 1 PREP 5min COOK 30min • 60g (2½oz) uncooked brown rice • 100g (3½oz) kale, any tough stalks removed, roughly chopped • Handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped • Juice of ¼ lemon, plus wedge to serve • Pinch of chilli flakes, optional • 100g (3½oz) tuna steak • ½tsp olive oil • 1 medium egg, soft boiled • 2 radishes, sliced • Few dill leaves, finely chopped • 1tsp pumpkin seeds 1 Add brown rice to a pan with twice the amount of water. Simmer with the lid on for about 25-30min or until rice is tender and water has been absorbed. Put to one side. 2 Meanwhile, add kale to a large pan of boiling salted water and cook for about 12-15min, or until kale is tender. Drain and add coriander, lemon juice and chilli flakes, if using. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3 Heat a griddle pan. Brush tuna all over with oil, season and add to hot pan. Cook for 2-3min each side, or until charred and cooked to your liking. Remove and put to one side. To assemble bowl, top the rice, kale and tuna with egg and radishes. Sprinkle over dill and pumpkin seeds, and add the lemon wedge. PER SERVING: CALS 500; FAT 14g; SAT FAT 3g; CARBS 47g 74 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

Bulgur wheat & sweet potato with ricotta & roasted tomato dressing • 60g (2½oz) bulgur wheat • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed • 2 tomatoes, halved • 1tsp olive oil • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg • Pinch of chilli flakes • About 3 stalks of rainbow or regular chard, trimmed • Pinch of chilli flakes • 25g (1oz) ricotta • Fresh basil leaves, to serve • Lemon wedge, to serve

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1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add bulgur wheat to a pan, cover with twice the amount of water and add a pinch of salt. Simmer with lid on for about 15-20min, or as per pack instructions. Put to one side and fluff up with a fork and season before serving. 2 Meanwhile, add the sweet potato to a small roasting tin, along with the tomatoes. Drizzle over olive oil and sprinkle over nutmeg and season. Cook for about 15-20min, or until potatoes are tender and golden. Remove and whizz tomatoes in a food processor with chilli flakes. Season to taste, then put to one side. 3 Add chard to a pan of boiling salted water and cook for about 8-12min, or until stalks are tender. Remove and put aside. To assemble bowl, add bulgur wheat and top with chard and sweet potato. Spoon over tomato mixture and dot over ricotta. Garnish with basil leaves and add a lemon wedge. PER SERVING: CALS 493; FAT 8g; SAT FAT 3g; CARBS 86g

Twice-a-day snacks All under 60 calories! • 2 celery sticks – 7 calories • 100g (3½oz) mushrooms – 14 calories • 100g (3½oz) radish – 15 calories • 1 tomato – 16 calories • ½ cucumber – 20 calories • ½ apple – 30 calories • 100g (3½oz) watermelon – 30 calories • 75g (3oz) sugar-snap peas – 30 calories • 1 small carrot – 32 calories • 225g (8oz) miso soup – 35 calories • ½ banana – 45 calories • 100g (3½oz) orange – 58 calories

Your dinner super bowls Wild rice, salmon & fennel SERVES 1 PREP 10min COOK 30min • 60g (2½oz) uncooked wild and red rice mix • 100g (3½oz) salmon fillet • ½tsp olive oil • 1tsp dark soy sauce • 100g (3½oz) fennel, trimmed and sliced • ¼ red chilli, finely sliced • 1 spring onion, trimmed and finely sliced • Few dill leaves, finely chopped • Lemon wedge, to serve 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add rice to a pan and add twice the amount of water and a pinch of salt. Simmer with lid on for about 30min, or until rice is tender. Drain and put to one side. 2 Meanwhile, add salmon to a roasting tin and drizzle over oil and soy. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Put in oven and cook for about 20min, or until salmon is opaque and cooked through. Remove and put to one side. 3 While the salmon’s cooking, add fennel to a pan of boiling salted water and cook for about 5min, or until just tender. Drain and put to one side. To assemble bowl, add rice, top with salmon and fennel, scatter over chilli, spring onion and dill and serve with a lemon wedge. PER SERVING: CALS 480; FAT 18g; SAT FAT 3.5g; CARBS 48g

Red & white quinoa with roasted peppers & beans SERVES 1 PREP 10min COOK 20min • 1 Romano pepper, halved and de-seeded • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped • 1tsp olive oil • 50g (2oz) red and white uncooked quinoa • Handful of coriander leaves, chopped, plus leaves to garnish • 100g (3½oz) tinned red kidney beans, drained, rinsed • ¼ red onion, finely chopped • 2tsp pomegranate seeds • Lime wedge, to serve FOR GUACAMOLE • ½ small avocado • Juice of ½ lime • Splash of Tabasco 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add pepper and tomatoes to a roasting tin, drizzle over oil and put in oven for about 20min, or until lightly charred. Remove and put aside. 2 Meanwhile, add quinoa to a pan with twice the amount of water. Simmer with lid on for 20min. Remove, leave to cool for 5min then fluff up with a fork. Stir through coriander; put aside. 3 Make guacamole by mashing the avocado with lime juice and Tabasco. To assemble bowl, add quinoa, pepper, tomatoes and kidney beans and top with guacamole, red onion and pomegranate. Garnish with a lime wedge and coriander leaves. PER SERVING: CALS 490; FAT 16g; SAT FAT 3g; CARBS 56g 76 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

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Noodles with beef & squash SERVES 1 PREP 10min COOK 15min • 1tsp olive oil • 100g (3½oz) beef steaks, cut into strips • 1tsp mirin • 1½tsp dark soy sauce • 100g (3½oz) butternut squash, peeled using a T-peeler • Pinch of black sesame seeds, optional • 150g (5oz) medium or thick ready-to-wok udon noodles • ¼ cucumber, halved, seeds removed and cut into moon shapes • 1tsp rice vinegar • Lime wedges, to serve • Few coriander leaves, to garnish • Thai basil, optional, to garnish 1 Heat oil in a wok, add beef and add 1tsp mirin and 1tsp soy. Cook for 3-5min, moving the beef around the pan. Move beef to one side of pan then add the squash and continue to cook for a further 2-3min. Sprinkle in black sesame seeds, if using, and stir. Remove beef and squash; put aside. 2 Add noodles to the wok with the remaining soy. Toss around the wok for about 3min, or until noodles are separated and heated through. Remove and put to one side. 3 Toss cucumber with rice vinegar and season. To assemble bowl, fill with noodles, beef and squash. Top with cucumber, lime wedge, coriander leaves and basil, if using. PER SERVING: CALS 490; FAT 9g; SAT FAT 2.5g; CARBS 61g

Cod with red rice, leeks & squash SERVES 1 PREP 10min COOK 30min • 60g (2½oz) uncooked wild and red rice mix • 100g (3½oz) butternut squash, sliced • 1 leek, trimmed and cut into chunks • 1tsp olive oil • Few rosemary leaves, finely chopped • 1tsp rice vinegar • ½ green chilli, finely chopped • 150g (5oz) fillet cod or haddock, skinned • 100g (3½oz) spinach, steamed • Handful of cress, optional, to garnish 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add rice to a pan, cover with twice the amount of water and simmer with the lid on for about 20-30min. Drain and put aside. 2 Meanwhile, add squash and leek to a roasting tin, toss with olive oil and rosemary. Put in oven and roast for about 15-20min. Remove and toss with rice vinegar and chilli. Put to one side. 3 Add fish to a frying pan, cover with water, season and cook on a simmer with lid on for about 6min or until fish is opaque and cooked through. Remove fish from water and put to one side. To assemble bowl, add rice mixture, squash and leeks then add steamed spinach and fish. Scatter over cress, if using. PER SERVING: CALS 500; FAT 7g; SAT FAT 1g; CARBS 59g

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Dhal with spinach & tomato SERVES 1 PREP 5min COOK 30min • 100g (3½oz) moong dal (available in Asian stores), or use yellow split peas or red lentils, well rinsed • 1tsp turmeric • ½ tomato, halved • 1tsp olive oil • 50g (2oz) spinach, steamed The bowls are very • Few coriander leaves, to garnish healthy, so if you want to lose more than 4lb, 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C stick to the diet fan) mark 6. Put the moong dal for longer! into a large pan and cover with plenty of water. Stir in the turmeric. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook with lid on for 15-30min (depending on whether you use moong dal, split peas or lentils). Skim away any scum and top up with water, as necessary. It should be the consistency of soup. Remove from heat, season well and put to one side. 2 Meanwhile, add the tomato to a small roasting tin, toss with oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Put in the oven to roast for about 20min, or until lightly charred. Remove and put to one side. 3 To assemble bowl, ladle in the dhal and top with some steamed spinach and half a tomato. Garnish with a few coriander leaves. PER SERVING: CALS 394; FAT 5g; SAT FAT 0.6g; CARBS 58g

Roast chicken with puy lentils, avocado & pistachio SERVES 1 PREP 10min COOK 20min • 150g (5oz) chicken breast, skinned • 2 tomatoes, halved • 1tsp olive oil • Pinch of sumac, optional • 100g (3½oz) ready-cooked puy lentils • Handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped • Handful of mint leaves, finely chopped • ½ small avocado, sliced and tossed in lemon juice (to stop discolouration) • 15g (½oz) pistachio nuts, finely chopped • ¼ red onion, finely chopped • Few coriander leaves, optional, finely chopped • Lime wedge, to serve 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add chicken and tomatoes to a roasting tin, drizzle over oil, sprinkle over sumac, if using, and season. Put in oven and cook for 20min, or until chicken is golden and cooked through. Remove and, when cool enough to handle, slice and put aside. 2 Toss lentils with parsley and mint, and season. Reheat in the microwave if you prefer to serve them hot. 3 To assemble bowl, add lentils and top with chicken. Add tomatoes and avocado, sprinkle over pistachio nuts, red onion and coriander, if using. Serve with a lime wedge. PER SERVING: CALS 495; FAT 22g; SAT FAT 4g; CARBS 20g 78 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

Chicken with brown rice, chickpeas & roasted cauliflower SERVES 1 PREP 10min COOK 30min

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Add rice to a pan with twice the amount of water and simmer with lid on for about 30min, or until rice is cooked and water has been absorbed. Remove from heat and put aside. Add cauliflower, oil and curry powder to a roasting tin, season and toss together. Put in oven for about 15min, or until cauliflower is tender. Tip in the chickpeas for the last 5min. 2 Meanwhile, add chicken to a small pan, season and top up with water to cover. Cook on a medium simmer with lid on for about 10-15min or until chicken is cooked through (pierce it with a knife and if the juices run clear, it is cooked; if not, cook for a couple more mins and check again). Remove chicken from pan and put to one side. When cool enough to handle, shred into chunky pieces. 3 To assemble bowl, add rice and top with cauliflower, chickpeas, spinach, chicken and pomegranate seeds. Add a dollop of yoghurt and a few mint leaves. PER SERVING: CALS 496; FAT 8g; SAT FAT 1.5g; CARBS 50g

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• 50g (2oz) uncooked brown rice • 75g (3oz) cauliflower florets • 1tsp olive oil • Pinch of mild curry powder • 50g (2oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 150g (5oz) chicken breast, skinned • 75g (3oz) spinach, steamed • 2tsp pomegranate seeds • 1tbsp Greek 0% fat natural yoghurt • Few mint leaves, to garnish

• For all new fab and filling super bowl ideas, see Heather Whinney’s 100 Weight Loss Bowls (DK, £12.99), on sale 16 January.

BEAR GRYLLS’ lessons from the great outdoors

We can all take inspiration from the man who climbed Everest, sailed the Arctic in an inflatable and took Obama through the wilderness

LIFE LESSON 1 Life is all about our growth Whenever we came back from Everest, the first question was: ‘Did you make it to the summit?’ I was unbelievably lucky to have reached that elusive summit. However, my best buddy Mick found the question much harder, as a ‘no’ didn’t tell even part of his incredible story. For three months, we’d climbed alongside each other. Mick was involved in some real heroics, climbing to within 300 feet of the summit. Yet somehow that didn’t count in the eyes of those who asked that unimportant question. For both of us, the journey was never about the summit. We held each other’s lives in our hands every day, and it was an incredible journey of growth. When Mick was asked that question following our return, he’d tell you that he was actually lucky – for the simple reason that he survived where four others that season had died. Mick ran out of oxygen high up on the final face of Everest. At the limit of exhaustion, he slipped and started to tumble down the sheer ice face. By some miracle, he landed on a small ledge and was rescued. By the time I was back with Mick a couple of days later, he was a changed man. Humbled, grateful for life, and I’d never loved him so much. 80 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

So when everyone at home was asking him about the summit, Mick knew better. ‘Failure’ had become his blessing, and life had become a great gift to him. And those are great lessons many never learn – because you can only learn them through a life-changing journey, regardless of the destination.

LIFE LESSON 2 Your greatest resource lies within There’s ‘good’ kit we need to carry and then there’s ‘bad’ kit – the stuff we’re going to drop. The more ‘bad’ equipment we carry, the slower we go and the less far we travel. A super-efficient, functional kit list made up of solid principles is the best on which to build your life. Pack the right skills and attitudes, and you don’t need much else. When you travel lighter, things happen. You laugh more, worry less and are much more likely to achieve your dreams. This also keeps us free to adapt. How often do great opportunities come to people, but they’re too busy – or maybe too cynical – to notice them, let alone walk through an exciting new doorway?

LIFE LESSON 3 If you can’t change it, don’t fret about it A friend once gave me sound advice: ‘Don’t worry about anything that’s outside your sphere of influence.’ In other words: if you can’t change it, don’t fret about it. Most of us panic about stuff we have no control over. Instead, spend your time and mental energy effecting positive change where you can, not where you can’t. Most people don’t live like that, which is partly why so few fulfil their dreams. Fears and worries – about the past or things that might never materialise in the future – weigh us down and slow us up.

LIFE LESSON 4 Do a job once – and do it well On my first mountaineering expedition – a school trip to Snowdonia – I learned a very valuable lesson about tents, and about life, too. We reached the campsite after midnight and it was raining hard. We were all desperate to get our tents up as quickly as possible. We cut corners and, sure enough, at about 3am, I was woken by the sound of the first peg snapping. We buried our heads in our sleeping bags and pretended

Inner you

LIFE LESSON 5 You are your own rescue team Paddle your own canoe – I love these simple words. How many people do you know who, when there’s something wrong, expect someone else to come and fix it for them? Don’t get me wrong – many people need help, and we have to love and help those who are suffering or trapped in poverty, ill health or violence. The sort of ‘needing help’ I’m talking about is asking someone else to do the hard work for you. There’s an expectation that someone else – the boss, the teacher or the government – will solve our health, wealth and community issues. One of the most valuable lessons of survival training is self-reliance: when no one is coming to the rescue, it’s down to you to sort things out. You can’t blame anyone else for where you are. There’s just an awareness that this is where you are. Good, positive action is the key. So get out your paddle, take a deep breath and get going. Watch the journey unfold – you are no longer waiting for someone else to help you out.

LIFE LESSON 6 Storms make you stronger

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BEAR ESSENTIALS: ‘Pack the right skills and attitudes and you don’t need much else,’ says the 42-year-old dad-of-three

nothing was wrong. With a dramatic snap and crack, the remaining pegs gave way. We found ourselves in the pitch black, smothered by wet, cold canvas and lying in muddy water. For the rest of the trip, there wasn’t a moment we didn’t wish we’d done the job properly at the start. My mum used to say: ‘When a job is once begun, leave it not until it is done.

Be it big or be it small, do it well or not at all.’ Smart lady. Doing a job correctly the first time gives you the assurance that anything that has your mark on it has been done to the highest standard: you don’t have to worry about any small tears turning into massive rips. This, in turn, builds confidence. And when you’re confident, you can make faster progress.

Life is unpredictable and won’t always swing your way. Sometimes it tests us – things don’t work out, people let you down. But when it’s all going wrong, step up to the plate and give it your all. I’ve seen heroics from unlikely people on mountains, but it took exceptional circumstances for that bravery to emerge. Most people are far stronger than they ever imagine, so don’t shy away from hard times. Use them to show the world – and yourself – exactly what you’re made of. • Bear’s latest book, A Survival Guide For Life (Corgi, £8.99), is on sale now. PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 81

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The TRUTH behind the health

Dr Sarah Brewer, GP and expert in nutritional medicine, debunks the scare stories



ave you ever read a health story and worried about what you’re eating or feared you’re taking the wrong medication? Dramatic headlines catch our attention, but they can lead to fear and confusion. The problem is that some may not be accurate, referring to studies based on animals or involving early test-tube research, neither of which have much relevance to the human body. Even studies that do involve people may only look at small numbers and, of course, statistics can also be used creatively. Here’s my advice on some of the current hot topics...

BUTTER VERSUS MARGARINE The age-old debate continues. THE REALITY A huge amount of data – involving more than a third of a million people for more than 25 years – found that those with the highest intake of saturated fat, including butter, had the same risk of death as those with the lowest. Saturated fat intake was not

associated with death from any cause, including heart disease, stroke or diabetes. MY BEST ADVICE I’m a butter girl, so I’m pleased to say the evidence that butter, or saturated fat, is bad for my heart isn’t as hefty as originally stated. Don’t feel guilty about enjoying a sensible amount.

SHOULD I TAKE STATINS? Statins are offered if your chances of developing heart disease over the next 10 years is 10% or more, based on your age and health factors. THE REALITY Analysis of 27 trials suggests statins can reduce the risk of mortality from any cause by 9% for women and 10% for men. But when researchers looked at actual survival rates, they found taking statins for two to six years only postponed death by an average of three to four days! MY BEST ADVICE The use of statins is a polarising issue – some doctors are in favour of statins, some against. If you’re on statins and experiencing side effects, talk to your doctor about switching or reducing your dose.

THE HRT DEBATE Headlines often proclaim menopausal HRT increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. However, many early studies were based on high doses of HRT, but these are much lower in modern formulations. THE REALITY Studies involving over 52,000 women showed that those who used HRT were no more likely to die from any medical cause than those who didn’t. There was a possible increased risk of breast cancer with oestrogen plus progesterone treatments, but not with oestrogen alone. A medical consensus has concluded that the benefits outweigh the risks when begun before 60 or within 10 years of the onset of menopause. MY BEST ADVICE Only you can decide – guided by your doctor and depending on lifestyle factors and family history.

SHOULD I TAKE VITAMINS? Articles often state that multivitamins are a waste of money, as you can get the nutrients you need from food. But evidence suggests otherwise. THE REALITY The National Diet And Nutrition Survey (NDNS) reveals that average intakes of iron, magnesium, potassium and selenium are below the recommended levels. In fact, many people’s intakes are below what’s required to stop deficiency diseases such as anaemia. MY BEST ADVICE Diet comes first, but if you avoid certain foods, don’t get your five-a-day or skip meals, then a multivitamin and mineral supplement acts as a nutritional safety net.

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LOW-FAT V LOW-CARB DIETS Recommending low-fat diets for weight loss is based on the fact that fat provides 9kcals of energy per gram – more than twice as much as protein and carbohydrate (4kcals per gram each). However, it doesn’t account for how your body handles different fuels: protein fills you up and carbohydrate stimulates insulin – the main fat-storing hormone in the body. THE REALITY Studies show that those who followed a low-carbohydrate diet achieved greater weight loss than those following a low-fat diet. Another analysis showed that, compared with low-fat diets, lowcarbohydrate diets produced significantly greater improvements in weight loss and, importantly, reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease. MY BEST ADVICE If you’ve struggled to lose weight on a conventional low-fat diet, a low-carbohydrate approach may work better. If you have diabetes, you will need medical supervision to adjust your medication as your glucose control improves.

We’re often advised to restrict our caffeine intake, based on studies suggesting that coffee might increase the risk of heart disease or cancer. THE REALITY Results from studies involving almost a million people show that coffee drinking protects against death from any medical cause, including heart disease and cancer. The greatest risk reductions were seen in those drinking four cups per day, who were 16% less likely to die from any medical cause than those drinking no coffee. MY BEST ADVICE Drinking up to 400mg caffeine a day should be fine for healthy adults. Here’s how much is included in typical drinks: 60ml espresso 80mg caffeine 125ml cup of instant coffee 65mg 125ml cup of filtered coffee 85mg 150ml cup of tea 32mg 330ml can of cola 40mg If you have high blood pressure, check your readings before drinking coffee, then check after 20, 40 and 60 minutes. If your blood pressure rises significantly, you may want to switch to decaffeinated coffee.

Recent headlines have claimed that a new arthritis injection could help two-thirds of people who have failed to respond to current treatments. THE REALITY The injection only relates to an autoimmune form of the condition, known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which affects around 400,000 adults in the UK. If you are among the nine million people in the UK with ‘wear-and-tear’ arthritis – known as osteoarthritis – the new jab won’t help you at all. MY BEST ADVICE If you have RA, early trials suggest there is a 20% improvement in symptoms compared to existing treatments. While this is probably not the miracle cure promised by headlines, do ask your doctor about the availability of new treatments.  Follow Dr Sarah on Twitter @DrSarahBHealthy, or read her nutritional blog at

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Time to quit

Give up smoking forever! The number of smokers may have halved since the 1970s, when half of all adults smoked, but more than five million British women still regularly light up. So how can you kick the habit for good? DON’T GO COLD TURKEY There are dozens of products that instantly help manage cravings. E-cigarettes are the most popular choice, but while GPs say vaping is better than smoking tobacco, there’s no definitive research proving it’s safe for long-term use. Visit your pharmacist to discuss patches, sprays and gums and get advice on which would best fit in with your lifestyle.

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SET SHORT-TERM GOALS Runners will know that a good way to build stamina is to pick a spot on the horizon and head towards it, repeating the exercise until you reach the destination. You can adopt the same idea in your journey to stop smoking. Remember, it only takes 28 days to beat the physical addiction; after that, you’re five times more likely to kick the habit for good, so use it as a milestone to keep you going.

of mini-breaks! Keep a jar in the kitchen to save the money you’d have spent on cigarettes – and look at it whenever you feel like giving in to a craving.

completely. Why? Because many smokers associate the taste of coffee with the need for nicotine. Avoiding caffeine gives you a better chance of cutting loose.



An evening meal doesn’t feel complete without a cigarette for many smokers. But this urge is simply a habit, so try to replace it with a healthier one. Leave the table as soon as you’ve finished eating and find a distraction. Whether it’s reading or catching up on a box set, create a new routine. Or go for a walk; it won’t just aid digestion – scientific studies have proved that exercise, even a five-minute walk or stretch, cuts cravings and may help your brain produce anti-craving chemicals.

Can you smell the fresh air yet? The first sense to return after you stop smoking will be smell. Try taking a brisk walk, as exercising outside can help improve your mood, according to research by the University of Essex. Taking up exercise will also reduce your risk of some cancers, as well as coronary heart disease and lung conditions.


Ensure your friends and family know you’re serious about quitting so they can encourage you and refrain from smoking in front of you.

If you’re out for a drink with friends or family, think through the situation beforehand. Alcohol is a disinhibitor, making you far more likely to give in to temptation and reach for a cigarette. Cut down on the amount you drink and nominate a quit buddy who can talk you out of any cravings you might experience.



It may seem like a double blow but, while many smokers tend to increase their caffeine intake when they quit, it’s actually a better idea to avoid it

If you view time spent in the car as a chance to enjoy a cigarette, break this habit by cleaning out the car so no cigarette smells linger. Then use journey time productively – listen to an audiobook or new CD or even learn a language.


THINK OF THE £££s If you smoke 20 a day, that’s £9.60 a packet, which adds up to around £292 a month or over £3,500 a year. That’s enough to make a dent in your mortgage or pay for a year’s worth

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drinking too much?

Lots of us enjoy a tipple or two at the weekend, but with 20% of women now estimated to be consuming too much alcohol, it’s time we knew our limit


fter a long day at work, or battling with the kids, it’s all too easy to reach for a glass of wine to help you unwind. Before you know it, that glass is empty, and you reach for another. Maybe your partner refills it for you. Somewhere along the way, a habit is formed, and you’re drinking this way every night. If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Drinking is now a huge part of our culture and we’ve become used to toasting both the milestones and the mundane with a drink. But with middle-aged mothers whose children have left home now the fastest growing group of hazardous drinkers, it doesn’t hurt to look more closely at our habits. Government guidelines advise that women drink no more than 14 units a week – that’s six medium 175ml glasses of wine. Yet the World Health Organization (WHO) says that one in five British women exceeds this limit. What’s more, 55% of those going beyond the recommended limit have a drink problem. And even those of us who don’t think we have one may be risking the health of our livers. ‘I’m seeing more women than ever 86 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

before suffering from fatty liver disease,’ says Raaj Praseedom, a consultant who specialises in liver disease at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital. ‘It’s often the result of alcohol consumption. More importantly, it’s a precursor to advanced liver disease, and the older you are, the bigger the knock you give to your liver.’ Worryingly, even if you stay within the guidelines, what you drink, and the way you drink it, could still be doing damage. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that even 12 units a week may have an adverse effect on health. ‘If you drink regularly, your body starts to build up a tolerance to the short-term effects of alcohol, but not to the strain it’s putting your liver under,’ says Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and medical adviser to alcohol education charity Drinkaware. ‘In fact, if your tolerance increases, you’re more likely to drink more, and this means your liver has to process more toxins. This, in turn, increases the risk of liver disease.’ Dr Jarvis also points out that women can develop alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than men, since our bodies have a higher ratio of fat to water and so are less able to dilute alcohol. To find out if you’re going beyond the limit, here’s our guide to loving your liver.

What alcohol does to your liver The liver is the largest internal organ in the body – with over 500 different functions, including filtering toxins from the blood, aiding the digestion of food, regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels, plus helping to fight infection and disease. The good news is that it’s also very resilient and – up to a point – capable of regenerating itself. ‘Each time your liver filters alcohol, some of the liver cells die,’ says Dr Akeel Alisa, consultant hepatologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London. ‘The liver is able to develop new cells, but drinking

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too much over many years can reduce its ability to regenerate. ‘There are three stages to this process. The first is when too much alcohol leads to more fat in the liver. This can be reversible, but if you keep on drinking too much, it leads to more fat and inflammation and early signs of cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, as a result of long-term liver damage. Once it reaches the cirrhosis stage, the damage can’t usually be reversed.’ Unfortunately, alcohol-related liver disease doesn’t usually produce any symptoms until the liver has been severely damaged, leading to weight loss, nausea, and yellowing to the eyes and skin (jaundice).

Try to stick to the recommended 14 units per week – or fewer, if possible – and steer clear of binge drinking, which is characterised by drinking six units of alcohol (two large 250ml glasses of wine) or more in one session. It’s far better to spread out your alcohol consumption. ‘Try to have a least one dry week a month or, at the very least, three consecutive days in the week,’ says Mr Praseedom. ‘It’s also important to know what a unit of alcohol looks like – half a bottle of wine a night may seem acceptable to you, but it isn’t acceptable to your liver.’ Ensure you eat properly before drinking alcohol, as food slows its absorption into the blood stream, says Nagappan Kumar, a consultant who specialises in liver disease at the Spire Hospital in Cardiff. Sparkling wine is absorbed more quickly than non-sparkling varieties because of the bubbles; drinks with mixers are absorbed more slowly than neat spirits; and shots of neat spirits go straight to the liver. ‘The liver processes alcohol at a very fixed rate – about one unit per hour,’ says

Mr Kumar. ‘If you drink more than this, the liver becomes overloaded and that can lead to damage.’ Being overweight causes additional problems. ‘If you’re overweight, or have a high BMI, this will increase the amount of fat cells in the liver which can cause inflammation and damage. Factor in alcohol – which not only increases fat because it is calorific, but also has a toxic effect – and it can have a very damaging effect on the liver,’ says Dr Alisa. Diet and exercise are the best ways to keep your liver healthy. Ensure you’re eating a balanced diet, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables; reduce portion sizes if you need to; and cut down on your fat and sugar intake. Aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, at least four times a week. You could also try boosting your liver health with a supplement – milk thistle contains the medicinal compound silymarin, which is thought to help repair liver cells. However, always talk to your doctor before taking a new supplement.

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 Is your sleep disrupted? Alcohol is a stimulant, which is why you wake frequently after drinking.  Do you make frequent trips to the loo during the night? Alcohol reduces the production of the anti-diuretic hormone, which makes urine more

concentrated. So the more you drink, the more likely it is you’ll wake in the night.  Take the CAGE test Ask yourself the following: have you ever thought you should Cut down on your drinking? Have others Annoyed you by criticising your alcohol consumption? Have you ever felt Guilty about your drinking? Have

you had an ‘Eye-opener’ – drunk alcohol first thing to get over a hangover and steady your nerves? If you answer ‘yes’ to two or more of the questions, you may have a problem, and should visit your GP.  Test your liver To assess the health of your liver, take the British Liver Trust’s test at

How to cut down on your alcohol and the number of hangovers or nonJonathan Edgeley, addiction consultant productive days you suffered. ‘This way, at Sober Services, reveals the tried-andtested techniques you can start using now. you can review your drinking patterns and understand key triggers that compelled you Identify your reason for quitting Your to drink in the first place,’ says Jonathan. reason for giving up will become your prime motivation and a point of reference Set realistic goals By using the drink when the going gets tough. ‘Choose an journal to review your weekly intake, image as motivation and have it as your you get a clear picture of your habits, and screensaver on your phone, pin it to the can begin to reduce your consumption. fridge, frame it on your desk – wherever Create a weekly reduction plan, either by you put it, make sure it’s visible so it acts the glass or bottle – whatever works best. as a constant reminder,’ says Jonathan. Let people know Telling people what you are doing and why means they Start a drink can support you along the way. journal Make a note of what you drink Celebrate It’s important to mark your over the course of a milestone achievements, so treat month, including the yourself to a night at the cinema, or dinner amount, why you felt with those loved ones supporting the cause. the need to drink •




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‘YOGA OFFERED ME AN ESCAPE’ Esther Nagle, 42, from Wales, is an author and yoga teacher. She is divorced with three children. ‘I can remember the moment when I realised I had to stop drinking. I woke up one autumn morning two years ago with the worst hangover of my life: my head was pounding, I felt sick and the world was spinning. I’d been out with friends the night before and had four cans of cider – and I don’t know how many whiskies and bottles of wine. I just thought: “I can’t do this anymore.” I drank for all sorts of reasons – low self-esteem, depression. Having my youngest son Marcus at 37 and splitting with his father a year later, made things worse. At one point, I was having at least a bottle of wine five days a week. I had been working in IT, and I realised that I had to change my life. So I quit my job and trained as a yoga teacher, and gave up alcohol. I also joined the women’s group Soberistas (, which provided great support. I am now approaching my two-year “soberversary”, and I love being a sober mum to my three sons, aged 25, 19 and six. Yoga has given me focus and a sense of peace. I feel happier, healthier, more together, and more in control of my life.’

‘MY ILLNESS MADE ME FACE UP TO MY DRINK PROBLEM’ Lynette Arnott, 54, from London, is divorced with three children. ‘It never occurred to me that I had a drink problem. With a full-on job in the film and entertainment industry, socialising was part of the culture, so I was surrounded by people who drank heavily. I’d come home from work, make my children their dinner and when they were in bed, I’d pour myself a welcome glass of wine. I’d share the rest of the bottle with my thenhusband, not realising how much I was drinking. Between work and home, my consumption crept up, but nobody noticed – least of all me. Then, two years ago, I fell ill. I started to lose weight – I’m 5ft 9in and my weight dropped to 7st 4lb. I also had nausea, bloating and chronic diarrhoea. My doctor ran tests, including liver function, and it was then I was told I had cirrhosis. I had to have my stomach drained of fluid and was put on medication. Miraculously, though my liver was scarred, it continued to function, and it seems I’ve been one of the lucky ones. Had I continued drinking the way I was, I’d have been heading for a transplant. With support from the British Liver Trust and my hospital, I gave up alcohol. The first six months were incredibly tough – I had the shakes and felt exhausted – but the open air became a lifeline. I love horses, and began riding regularly. I replaced alcohol with tea, and added ginger and turmeric to my diet – both believed to help liver function. Now I focus on each day, and I realise just how lucky I have been.’

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Family matters

Let’s get our children EATING BETTER More young people than ever before are overweight, putting them at risk of illnesses later in life. But there are steps we can take to encourage healthy habits in our offspring, say the experts


he shocking statistics tell their own story: a third of 10 to 11-year-olds in the UK are either overweight or obese. Watching your child squeeze into an extra-large school uniform is a worrying sight for any parent, but this is now the reality for many mums across the UK. This doesn’t just bring with it the fears of bullying and health problems, but also poses a dilemma – how do you tackle the problem without making food the enemy? But tackle it, we must. ‘If we don’t deal with it now, we’re failing our children and future generations,’ says Malcolm Clark of the Children’s Food Campaign. ‘The problem won’t go away unless we face it head on. ‘We’re surrounded

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overweight, people think it’s normal and so eight in 10 parents of an overweight child can’t see it,’ says Eustace de Sousa, lead for children, young people and families at Public Health England. But, with a third of those overweight GETTING THE MEASURE OF IT young children going on to be obese when they leave primary school, We all think we know our kids better ignoring these letters can lead to than anyone else, but would you know when to start being concerned by your a lifelong problem. child’s size? For many, the first sign that Far better to use it as a chance to something is wrong is receiving open up a conversation with your child, says child psychologist a letter from the school. More than and parenting expert Dr ‘Many parents are half (54%) of parents Claire Halsey. ‘You don’t surprised when they read reward or motivate need to show them the a letter telling them their their children with letter, but say: “I heard you reception-age child is screen time, and 49% were measured at school. overweight. As the use sugary and It’s made me think this is majority of adults are unhealthy snacks. by messages nudging us to make the wrong choices. Everyone needs to do more, including the Government, food manufacturers, supermarkets, schools and family doctors.’




a good opportunity for us to make a few changes to be healthier at home.” No matter what your child’s weight, ask yourself if you’re giving your family good habits for the future, then make the necessary changes to make sure you are.’



BE A ROLE MODEL Kids follow by example, so it’s important to be a healthy role model. ‘Most of us underestimate how much we eat,’ says Eustace. ‘If we want our kids to eat five a day, we need to do it, too.’ Simple changes – such as limiting sugary snacks and junk food – can make all the difference. Get children involved with meal planning and helping with the shopping and cooking. Also let them measure how much of the sweet stuff you’re eating through the Change4Life Sugar Smart app (free; Google Play and iTunes).

SWALLOW YOUR EMOTIONS For families, tackling weight issues can be fraught with guilt and the fear of making things worse. A recent survey found four in 10 mums were concerned that talking to their child about their weight would lead to an eating disorder. To avoid turning food into a big issue, lay your own feelings to one side.

THE PERFECT PLATE  A balanced dish should consist of one quarter protein (including two portions of oily fish a week), one quarter carbohydrate, and the remaining half should be made up of fruit and vegetables.  The proportions are the same for adults and children, but the portion size isn’t. A rough way to measure a child’s portion of protein and carbohydrate is by matching it to the size of their clenched fist. The veg should be double that. Start small – children can always ask for more.

‘Emotion and food are a toxic mix,’ says Claire. ‘It’s hard, because we worry about our children. But keep criticism and anger out of mealtimes, and try not to show your own hang-ups about food.’ However, it’s not just about what children eat, it’s how they eat. A quarter

Advice for you of families have their dinner while sitting on the sofa watching TV. ‘They eat in a hurry or when distracted and, as it takes 20 minutes to register you’ve had enough, kids don’t realise they’re full and keep on eating,’ says Dimple Thakrar, dietitian for the British Dietetic Association ( ‘Slow it down. Mealtimes should be about eating together and talking. Aim for mindful, not mindless, eating.’

JUMP TO IT Children aged five to 18 need to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, which can be split into shorter chunks. However, just 21% of boys and 16% of girls do the recommended level, and half of seven-year-olds aren’t meeting that target. The amount of exercise children do tends to plummet when they hit secondary school, especially among girls. Try to get them involved in a sport they love early on; with older children, encourage them to be active whenever possible. Again, you are the best role model. If you walk rather than drive, your kids will do that, too. ‘Consider doing a sport with them to spend some valuable time together, too,’ says Eustace.

‘Seeing the change in my daughter has been incredible’ Dawn White, 48, from Liverpool, helped her teenage daughter, Tori, lose weight and get fit.


ori had always been an active child, but as soon as she started secondary school she began to shun exercise and healthy food, and pile on weight. By the time she was 15, she weighed 16st and was wearing a size 22 uniform. I tried everything to help her change. She’d always been sporty, so I offered to pay for a personal trainer. But all she wanted to do was eat. At one point, I had to put a lock on the kitchen door to stop her from secretly eating at night. My heart ached for her. It was obvious she was unhappy with the way she looked, but I realised that the change had to come from her. In the end, she simply decided she wanted to look good for her school prom. She started reducing portion sizes, and lost a stone. She carried on and has now lost 7st in total.

Part of me worried that she’d become too obsessed, and that she’d go too far the other way, so we made sure we were all in it together. Her sister, Abbie, 22, and I joined her at the gym, and her dad, Phil, exercises with her, too. Seeing the change in my daughter has been incredible. These days she is full of energy, and has so much more confidence, too.’ Tori, 17, says: ‘I never used to do any exercise, and turned to food for comfort. My friends were all into boys and clothes, and I felt like the odd one out, so I ate more. Mum tried everything to help me, but it was my decision to change. Now, Strike a pose: Tori now has instead of turning to food when much more I’m stressed, I turn to exercise.’


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‘We’ve changed the way we eat as a family’ Mum-of-three Juliet Parrish, 52, from Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, has been inspired by her son’s healthier way of life.


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JOIN THE CAMPAIGN Some progress has been made so far – last year, a levy was introduced to make manufacturers pay a charge for soft drinks with a high sugar content, with money raised going towards sport in schools. The Committee For Advertising Practice will also ban adverts for food and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar online – and in other forms of media where under-16s make up a quarter of the audience – from July this year. Last August, the Childhood Obesity Strategy also requested that sugar in soft drinks be cut by 20% by 2020. But this is not mandatory and many, including Jamie Oliver (right), have accused the Government of ‘letting children down’. One key thing missing from the plan was regulation to curb supermarket promotions on unhealthy foods. The

Children’s Food Campaign wants parents to join the fight. ‘You can write to your MP and tell them that children have a right to be protected from junk-food advertising and demand they raise this issue in parliament,’ says Malcolm Clark, the campaign’s co-ordinator. Parents can also take the battle directly to supermarkets, printing out cards from the website ( childrensfoodcampaign) calling for junk-food-free checkouts and giving them to store managers.

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y the time my youngest son Ben was 10, he was struggling to fit into clothes made for 14-year-olds. It was tough to face the fact that this was something we needed to tackle, and I knew I had to tread carefully. I made changes to what he ate, cutting his portion sizes and hiding the biscuits, never mentioning the word “diet”, and I encouraged him to do some sport. But he just wasn’t interested, and even started eating in secret. At secondary school, Ben became unhappy. I could see my bright, funny boy becoming despondent. Then, one day, a friend of mine took him along to her boot camp class and, amazingly, Obese children he joined in. He loved doing the are more likely to be ill, press-ups and shuttle runs. be absent from school That made him catch the sports due to illness, experience bug, but eating healthily took health-related limitations, longer. Ben couldn’t understand and require more medical why he was exercising but not care than children who are a healthy losing weight. weight. We all supported him as a family, moving to a diet with more vegetables and less meat, and it was Ben, who is now vegan, who led the way. Now the whole family is healthier. We tell him he looks amazing, but more importantly his confidence has soared and he’s so much happier. Instead of focusing on weight, we made a point of showing how exercise was good for us and made us healthier. We all learned a lot from him, too. He’s inspired us all.’ Ben, 13, says: ‘I was aware of my weight when I was seven, but it didn’t become an issue until other children started making jokes at secondary school. Finding sports I enjoyed was great, but changing my eating habits was hard to start with. My family were so supportive, and now I feel like a different person.’

Brilliant money moves

The money resolutions we should all be making


He’s the country’s top money guru, so who better to advise on how to keep control of our finances for the year ahead? Martin Lewis tells Prima his secrets to a healthier, wealthier 2017

Have a New Year revamp There are two ways to give yourself a financial makeover – my preference is for what I call a financial blitz. This is where you go through every single thing you spend money on and ensure you’ve got the best and cheapest deals. But that’s a lot of work, so another option is what I call ‘big and easy’. Look at your big expenditure: your mortgage, utility bills, broadband, phone and digital TV. Start with these then make a 2017 resolution to check every time you get a bill that you’ve got the best deal. Gradually, over the year, you can makeover all your expenses. See more at

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sorted out their finances can save over a grand a year by taking a day to do so. If you aren’t internet-savvy, enlist a friend to help you work through everything. How many people earn £1,000 a day after tax? That equates to about £500,000 per year. If you earn half a million a year, you’re right – you haven’t got the time to do this. If you don’t, then it’s probably worth doing!

Keep yourself informed The worst thing you can ever say is, ‘I know nothing about finances, my husband deals with it all’! I cannot tell you how many women – some as young as their early fifties – have approached me and said, ‘My husband has died and he looked after all the finances – I don’t know where the money is.’ There are some things we’re obliged to do in life and looking after our money is one of them. Otherwise, when one of the three Ds – divorce, dementia or death – strikes, you will struggle to cope. Keep yourself informed; have a family meeting every three months; and keep a financial fact sheet (although make sure it doesn’t give too much away for security reasons).

Only spend what’s yours

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When I became self-employed, my accountant uncle said, ‘Remember, 30% of that money isn’t yours.’ It’s important advice. I put 30% of what I was paid into a separate bank account because it wasn’t my cash – it was the taxman’s. You see celebrities go bankrupt because they earn big money, spend it all and then suddenly a £1 million tax bill arrives and they can’t pay it.

Budget like a professional People don’t like budgets because they’re hard work, but having one is important. Unless you know exactly what you earn and what you spend, you have

BE CALM ABOUT BREXIT It’s important to understand that nothing has actually changed – in practical terms, Brexit hasn’t happened. Until we actually leave the European Union, nothing will change. We have to plan for the worst and hope for the best. The most critical thing is that we don’t collectively think we’re going to go into recession, which will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

no knowledge or control over your finances. Most budgets don’t work because people underestimate what they spend. For example, Christmas is once a year and the typical family spends

‘It’s worth spending a day sorting out your finances – you could save £1,000!’ £600, which is £50 a month. But that’s probably not in your budget because in January you aren’t thinking about it. And neither is your summer holiday, but that can be £1,000. What happens is, you do your budget and think, ‘We’re spending pretty much what we earn – everything’s fine. I wonder why we’re in debt, though?’ And it’s because you didn’t plan for Christmas and the holiday, or the cost of going to a wedding. If you’re going to do a budget, make sure you have at least three months’ worth of bank statements, and consider the big picture.

Question your loyalties Generally, you can expect to lose from loyalty. There’s no bank provider that is top of the table for more than one bank product, for example, and by being loyal to one company you’re not getting the best deals. Big companies reward customers who move. If an industry can take you for granted, then it will.

Be sure of a bargain The New Year sales are invariably the cheapest time to buy, but make sure you’re only purchasing items you’ll use and that are worth it. People often overspend on stuff that never gets used. Stock and choice is limited in the sales, so take a list and be sure of what you want before spending.

Know your refund rights Every January, I find myself in a shop when someone is trying to return goods, only for them to be turned away. They will then come over and say, ‘Oh Martin, tell them…’ and I have to say, ‘They’re right’! You have no legal right to return goods unless they’re faulty. A lot of people don’t know this. Wrong size, wrong colour, changed your mind – that’s not faulty. (Of course, if it is faulty that’s where the law comes in.) Most of the time, stores have returns policies, which give us more than the legal minimum. But in the January sales, shops often suspend their returns rights. And different rules apply online, where you have a 14-day right to return. • The Martin Lewis Money Show returns on 9 January on ITV.

MARTIN’S MONEY MANTRAS... 1 If you’re skint, ask yourself: ‘Do I need it? Can I afford it? Have I checked whether it’s cheaper elsewhere?’ If the answer to all of those questions is ‘yes’, then buy it. 2 If you’re not skint, the questions are: ‘Will I use it? Is it worth it? Have I checked whether it’s cheaper elsewhere?’ And if the answer is ‘yes’ again, then buy it.

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Tech savvy

THE FUTURE... IT’S HERE! From a talking kitchen assistant to a robotic mop, Prima’s tech guru, Lindsay Calder, checks out the gadgets you’ll be craving this year

Imagine having someone at home who never forgets to wish you a good morning. ‘Digital assistant’ Alexa does just that – and more! She resides in the sleek Amazon Echo, a tube-shaped speaker that connects to your Wi-Fi and waits patiently for your every command. While you’re getting ready in the morning, you can ask her about the weather or how your journey will be. She’s voice-activated, which is handy while you’re cooking. Alexa can tune into your favourite radio station, give you a news flash and be a kitchen timer. If you subscribe to Spotify or are a member of Amazon Prime – which gives you access to two million songs – then she can be your own personal DJ, too. Plus, she can even control certain smart-home lights and thermostats, including Philips Hue and Hive, so you don’t need to budge from the sofa to turn up the heating! Simply personalise her using the Amazon Alexa app. Like the plot of a science fiction film, we feel ourselves getting attached – and Alexa knows it. Tell her you love her and she’ll say ‘thank you, I’m flattered’! £149.99, Amazon

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Hisense 50M5500 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Hisense is still a newish brand in the UK, but the Chinese company is popular in the Far East. It’s known for its budget prices, offering the latest TV technology for considerably less than the top household names. This 50-inch smart TV has 4K Ultra HD, which means it has four times as many pixels as a standard HD set, giving it a super-sharp picture. This will really come into its own as more channels broadcast in 4K. At the moment, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube have some 4K content, as well as selected services on BT and Sky. £529, John Lewis

With this smart video doorbell, you don’t need to be at home (or in the country!) to answer your door. Blissfully fuss-free, it simply screws to the wall and syncs with your Wi-Fi. With the Ring app downloaded, it’s ready to go. If someone rings the bell when you’re at work, you can simply answer via your smartphone. You see and hear the person – and they can hear you, which is super handy for deliveries, as you can just tell the postman where to leave your package. Videos are stored in the Cloud for free for the first 30 days. After that, it’s an optional £2.50 a month to keep them for six months. The bell is fitted with a rechargeable battery or can be mains installed. £159, Ring

Hyde & Sleep smart pillow This pillow has some space-age science between its raspberry pink or mint green seams. It has memory foam on one side and softer fibres on the other, so you can flip easily between the two. The cover on the memory foam side reacts to the skin’s temperature, using NASA technology. When you overheat, the pillow cools you down, and when you’re chilly it warms you up. It’s quite firm, which is a matter of personal choice, but it’s much

more supportive than a standard pillow, and is extremely comfortable against your back and neck if you’re propped up reading in bed. £79, Hyde & Sleep

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Netatmo Presence The Presence is an outdoor security light and camera combined. Not only will the powerful LED floodlight go on when motion is detected, it will also start filming in HD video and send an alert to your phone. It’s accurate enough to distinguish between people, animals and cars, and you can instantly watch the video via the app. You can live-stream footage on your phone, too – ideal if you’re home alone and hear a noise outside. It doesn’t need any special wiring and can be swapped with your existing security light, although we’d recommend using an electrician. Then just download the app, connect to your Wi-Fi and your personal Big Brother is all set. £249.99, Netatmo

Smarter FridgeCam

iRobot Braava Jet 240

If you’re not the most organised food shopper, and end up repeat buying what’s already in the fridge, the Fridge Cam could sort you out. While you’re loitering in the veg aisle wondering, ‘do I need more lettuce?’ you can simply whip out your smartphone and remotely view the contents of your fridge shelves! The camera attaches to the inside of your fridge and takes a photo every time the door opens, so even if someone finishes off the milk after you left for work, you’ll be able to check what’s in there via the app. Plus, it’s a mere fraction of the price of a high-tech fridge! £99, Smarter (from mid-January)

Hate mopping the floor? The sloshing about, the wringing out, and the time it all takes means it’s a bit of a bore. Enter Braava Jet! With its jet spray and vibrating cleaning head, this robot scrubs the floors so you don’t have to. Simply choose which mode you want (wet mop, damp sweep or dry sweep), attach the relevant single-use cleaning pad (it comes with two for each mode) and press ‘clean’. The sensors detect where it’s already been as it makes its way around the room and it’s small enough to get round tight spots in kitchens and bathrooms. Plus, it knows to avoid the stairs! Braava Jet, £249.95; pads, £10.99 for 10, both John Lewis

Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi System If you have Wi-Fi dead zones at home, take a look at the world’s first Tri-Band Wi-Fi system, Orbi. Made by Netgear, it creates a super-fast, unbroken Wi-Fi signal throughout your home. The Whole Home System consists of a router and a satellite, which are easy to set up. Plug the router into your existing broadband router and place the satellite in a central location in your home. It’s no budget buy, but if the whole family uses the internet for streaming TV, it should make sure that everyone is happy, whatever room they’re in. £399.99, Amazon

For where to buy, see page 152

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Sarah’s tips for a CLUTTER-FREE HOME It’s the start of a new year, so there’s no better time to reclaim your house – and headspace – with a tidy up. Sarah reveals neat ways to address the mess BREAK IT DOWN The problem with those niggly jobs around the house is that it’s so tempting to put them off that they eventually become a MASSIVE chore that takes loads of time to put right. I know this from bitter experience. Try dealing with clutter little and often. If you have five minutes, tidy one drawer or shelf at a time rather than think, ‘I need a whole day to clear up my whole bedroom’. By doing this, you will find that you’ll have stopped a potential crisis in its tracks.

MASTER THE HALLWAY A hallway is often overlooked as little more than a space you use to walk from the front door into another room. Consequently, this can make the area a magnet for dumping all sorts of things, from coats, boots and keys to unopened mail and bikes. Turn it into a calm stop-and-stay place by putting in a handy console table, a well-ordered bookcase or storage shelves with hooks for coats, plus some framed photos or pictures to encourage people to pause for a moment and look around.

SORT OUT STORAGE Believe it or not, you can actually have too much storage – too many cupboards or boxes or filing systems. The key is to plan what your storage is for and then be ruthless about the fact that all the pencils, for instance, have to live in that place. This way, not only do you know immediately where to put something – and find it when you want it – you’ll also stop buying more than you need and will know when you’ve really run out of something. It’s a win-win! A place for everything and everything in its place. LSA utility pot, £35, Black by Design

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Make a ‘room’ of a decluttered hallway. Norfolk console table, £135; all other items, The White Lighthouse

ORGANISE THE KITCHEN It’s all too tempting to keep kitchen items ‘just in case’, such as the odd old Quality Street tin and random dishes. Instead of keeping stuff hidden in piles, the secret is to keep only a few things – that way, cupboards will be empty enough so you can see what you have. I try to run a kitchen system where I use everything in the store cupboard and freezer in rotation. By doing this, I don’t end up with things that are 10 years old. It also forces me to be inventive with that tin of pineapple I eventually find! Running a system like this helps reduce the stuff kept on and around the worktops and keeps your kitchen running like a welloiled machine rather than a junkyard.


Keep your kitchen running smoothly by storing items you actually use

Tidying up all that admin is a nightmare, isn’t it? Since the arrival of the internet, there’s clearly less paperwork than there used to be – nevertheless where to put it and what to do with it is key. I love a brilliant app called Receipt Bank (, which allows you to photograph and store your receipts so that you can discard the paper versions. Alternatively, keep on top of your admin so it doesn’t mount up – try and set aside a time every week to sort and file it – it will pay dividends in the long run.

DESIGNATE CUPBOARDS I ‘zone’ everything in our home, as it’s the only way I can find anything. However, I recently had a disagreement with my husband about having a random ‘glove box’ for the family, rather than each of us having our own cupboard. Actually, he was right – people taking responsibility for their own possessions is important. So, outside of a home���s shared storage systems, if you have children or grandchildren, try the ‘own cupboard’ solution. You’ll have less control, but they gain more in the long run.

Photos: Nicky Johnston, Getty, Alamy Sarah wears: Shirt, Zara


Smart storage and plants can hide clutter in bathrooms. Ladder shelves, £35; all other items, Dunelm

It’s a great idea to have pretty, matching containers in which you can put your various cosmetics and bottles to make them all look super sleek and uncluttered. You can get some fun retro tins that really brighten up the bathroom. And here’s a neat cheat: strategically place plants in front of messy little areas. Plants love damp air, so bathrooms are the perfect place for them. Also, if you’re designing a bathroom from scratch, it’s essential to have cupboards that are easily accessible from the bath or shower so that you’re not tempted to leave items cluttering up the room.

MY 4 GOLDEN RULES TO DECLUTTERING 5 If you haven’t used it or wondered where it is for the last year, get rid of it. 5 Remember that your sentimental bits and bobs won’t always be your children’s, so do them a favour and For where to buy, see page 152

throw them away, rather than make them wade through stuff for you one day. 5 I find it’s easier to declutter when I’m on my own. I have a rule that I have to put things into black bin liners – even if they’re going to the recycling or charity shop. If I can’t see stuff,

SEE THE BIG PICTURE Less is always more, but interesting trips down memory lane with old photos, ticket stubs, postcards and letters can add lovely character to a room. My advice is to blend in the old with the new. But don’t feel like you need to include too much – we should appreciate that our possessions must never own us.

I won’t tempted to change my mind.

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A home with BIG personality Want to pack your rooms with individuality? Caroline Firth’s bold colours, budget-friendly quick fixes and characterful contrasts show how it’s done


he right location was top of Caroline Firth’s wish list when she and her husband Ian began house hunting. They were keen to swap North Manchester for a more family-friendly

THE BOOK ROOM ‘I have lots of books, so I wanted a library feel in here,’ says Caroline. ‘It’s a lovely place to sit and read.’ The striking colour scheme was inspired by the eye-catching bright yellow chair.

area, with good schools for their young son, Sam, and a convenient commute. ‘I fell in love with the idea of an older house,’ says interior designer Caroline. ‘When one of the few Victorian ones in our chosen area of Bramhall, Cheshire, came on the market, I really wanted it!’ The house, built in 1865 for the local stationmaster, was a double-fronted semi with the high ceilings, fireplaces and elegant proportions that Caroline loved. Thankfully, she and Ian struck lucky, stretching their finances to buy the house, and moving in shortly before their daughter Erin was born. Inside, the rooms were all cream and fitted out with budget fixtures. ‘It had been decorated to sell, so it was liveable, even if it wasn’t what I’d have chosen,’ says Caroline. ‘I was desperate to add some character, so as soon as we were settled and Erin started sleeping through, I was ready to spring into action on the house.’ She soon discovered that parts of the house could feel a little dark at certain times of day, so opening up the space and boosting light were important. Rather than opting for a pale, pared-down look, she was keen to introduce colour and character. She was also aware that she

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KITCHEN BELOW Painted in Little Greene’s Dark Lead, the flooring is laid horizontally to accentuate the kitchen’s width, while the bright orange accessories add punch to the mid-grey colour scheme. Caroline invested in durable kitchen fixtures, like the Shaker-style units – painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White Estate Eggshell – and quartz surfaces.

No place like home

SITTING ROOM The off-white colour scheme and bright bursts of colour maximise the natural light. A local joiner built the elegant cabinets around the marble fireplace – one of which neatly conceals the TV. Caroline’s friend, illustrator Gabrielle Dow, painted the two butterfly canvases. ‘I’m so pleased with them,’ says Caroline. ‘They bring the room to life.’

WALL CALENDAR On one side of the dining room, a nifty calendar wall sticker defines Caroline’s office area. She can use chalk on the wipe-clean surface. The retro-style desk was originally a dressing table that she bought on eBay for about £40. PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 101

‘We’ve created a comfortable home that’s also full of character’

HALLWAY A graceful, period staircase is a feature of the roomy hall and Caroline’s smart stair-runner highlights the simple lines. The eye-catching station-style clock is a reminder of the history of the house.

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the hall into the dining and living rooms, bringing a unified feel throughout the house. The parquet, supplied locally, was a surprisingly cost-effective fix. Furniture was gathered from eBay and charity shops, while pieces from high-street stores, such as Ikea, have been customised for an individual look.

Even the old kitchen cupboards were recycled to fit out the utility room. The overall result is a lively interior with a brave and unique mix of styles. ‘I wouldn’t want to move from here now,’ Caroline adds. ‘It’s a comfortable home, full of character, in a lovely place – we’ve put our heart and soul into it.’

GUEST BEDROOM Caroline has decorated the inviting guest bedroom without major outlay. She’s had the metal bed for many years, and the bedside cabinet is an upcycled Ikea piece bought some time ago. She made the artwork herself, painting the delicate silver feather design on to a leftover MDF panel. Walls painted in Mole’s Breath Estate Emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

Feature: GAP Interiors/Annabelle Grundy Photos: GAP Interiors/Colin Poole Get The Look compiled by: James Cunningham

would need to think creatively to achieve her vision on a limited budget. Caroline tackled the narrow, dark kitchen first, paying attention to the window and back door either side of the central range cooker that looked odd. She designed a single symmetrical run of units and a slim dresser opposite to boost storage space. She framed the cooker with a false chimney breast and had the back door turned into a second, matching window. To reduce costs, she found a local joiner to make the Shaker-style cabinets at an affordable price. Having splashed out on quartz work surfaces, she cut back when it came to the flooring. ‘We lifted the laminate, relaid it horizontally – to accentuate the width of the room – and painted it,’ she says. ‘We love it.’ Next, Caroline turned her attention to knocking through from the small ‘book room’ at the front of the house to the larger living room at the back, to increase the amount of light. ‘The living room was so dark and uninviting,’ says Caroline. ‘The front room was a non-space, but it got the afternoon sun, so I wanted to even out the natural light between the two.’ To further balance the spaces, Caroline chose a dramatic dark grey and yellow scheme for the book room, contrasting it with the living room’s fresh off-white and vibrant green. ‘When there’s limited light, strong colours energise a room,’ she says. A wooden parquet floor extends from

No place like home MAIN BEDROOM LEFT Made-to-measure shutters provide privacy while also allowing light into the master bedroom, and have been softened by white voile curtains. Crisp touches of black and charcoal grey anchor the neutral scheme, creating a stylish retreat. The decorative headboard is one of Caroline’s best eBay finds.

Unfold pendant light, £119, Muuto at Paper Rooms

Patterned butterflies wall sticker set, £22, Spin Collective

Ombre cushion, £27, Oliver Bonas

CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS ABOVE AND LEFT Erin and brother Sam have the two bedrooms on the top floor. The butterfly theme continues in Erin’s bedroom, thanks to an easyto-apply wall sticker. Sam’s modern furniture, black feature wall and acid-yellow highlights make the room perfect for a boy.

Floor lamp, £139, Rigby & Mac

Shakrha cushion, £18, La Redoute

Penguin Books print, £10, John Lewis

Get Caroline’s colourful, quirky look... Polka tealight holders, £20 for 4, LSA International at Amara

BATHROOM The vinyl flooring in the bathroom echoes the wooden parquet on the ground floor, but is a more practical choice. There’s also underfloor heating for added luxury. The huge mirror was an inexpensive online buy, while the little wooden stool was a charity shop bargain that was painted soft grey to continue the tranquil feel.

Station clock, £55, The Great Gift Company

Pepper mill, £24.95, Le Creuset at John Lewis

Chalkboard calendar wall decal, £24, Etsy

Tub chair, £395, Oliver Bonas Naga throw, £80, Amara

For where to buy, see page 152

BED-AZZLED! Choose vibrant bedding and add bold accessories.

Elbert cushion, ÂŁ12, Made

Scenario cotton double duvet cover, ÂŁ26; Scenario cotton pillowcases, from ÂŁ8; Rosette eiderdown, from ÂŁ49; Bendo stool, ÂŁ39; Masa trunks, ÂŁ59 each; glass vases, from ÂŁ35 each, all La Redoute

Mustard velvet cushion, ÂŁ29.95, Idyll Home

Tassel geo throw, ÂŁ32, Oliver Bonas

Blok cushion, ÂŁ40, In Spaces

Look on the

Metal candle holders, ÂŁ9 each, The Contemporary Home

BRIGHT SIDE Now you’ve taken down the decorations, cheer up those bare walls and empty corners with smart and colourful buys to make your home sing!

LIGHTEN UP! Perfect for side tables and desks, these mini lamps really stand out in energetic tones of rose, mint and azure. Shine on!

Loft oating frame in sage, £18, Oliver Bonas

Cheer up a chore with _ZMffe N[d ÂłXQ_

Mini Gaston lamps, ÂŁ55 each, Loaf

Show off cUZ`Q^ ´[cQ^_ in a zingy bM_Q

ABOVE: Storage box, ÂŁ3, Tiger. Vintage-print boxes, ÂŁ21.99 for 4, Ian Snow

GET ORGANISED Retro glass vase, ÂŁ16, Eclect Design

Pep up your home office with some brightly coloured storage boxes – no more, ‘Now, where did I put that?’. For where to buy, see page 152

Your happy home LOUNGING AROUND

Handmade knitted Thimble stools, £125 each, Loaf

A well-placed pop of colour here and there is all it takes to elevate a living room from dull to dazzling!

Bartholomew chair in mustard, £450, Galapagos

Feature: James Cunningham

Teddy side table, £39, Very

PS 2014 storage table, £50, Ikea Umbra Flip coat hook, £25, Black By Design

Matrix Cassin rug, £159, The Rug Seller

CLOCK ON... a bright new year with a colourful new timepiece!

Fuchsia jug, £20; all other items, Laura Ashley SS17 Floral Heritage collection

Off-centre desk, £55, In Spaces

Berber snake charmer bread basket, £40, Postcards Home

Alarm, £12, M&Co

COOKING WITH COLOUR PS 1995 mantel, £30, Ikea

Be adventurous in the kitchen – not only with your cooking, but with your colour choices, too! Opt for painting the walls in zingy pinks or zesty oranges and liven up countertops with utensils in every shade. A fresh, fun look!

Marigold stacking mug, £12.50, Marks & Spencer

Spatula set, £4, George Home

Measuring spoons, £5, Debenhams

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Fab home and garden ideas from associate editor GARY IRWIN Candles, from £4 each; flowers, £8; pink votive set, £4 for 3, all Matalan

A fresh start Now the festive decs have gone, fill up empty mantel spaces with pretty votives and faux flower arrangements in simple vases. They will add a welcome hint of spring to your home.

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The new design-led Collection range at Argos features brilliant statement pieces at prices to make you smile. Two of my faves are the bang on-trend copper coffee table and mixed material floor lamp. Form an orderly queue... Copper-plated round glass-top coffee table, £99.99; Twyford wood and metal floor lamp, £39.99, both Collection at Argos

These lovely pieces are easy on the eye – and the pocket! Mirror, £59, Marks & Spencer

Metal and glass vanity jar, £12.99, HomeSense

Table lamp, £35, Oliver Bonas Cushion, £4.99, H&M Home

UPCYCLE IT Egyptian cotton duvet set (double with two pillowcases), white or cream sateen stripe, £34; Egyptian cotton bath towels, £8 each, all Wilko Best

Give existing kitchen storage jars a fabulous, affordable and fun makeover with these rather chic blackboard labels. Vintage Affair chalk board sticker labels, £4.49 for 12, Ginger Ray

For where to buy, see page 152

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A week of HEALTHY MEALS Start your year as you mean to go on with delicious, nutritious dishes ➺

Healthy eating VEGGIE RECIPE




HALLOUMI SALAD If you don’t have a griddle pan, you can cook the halloumi in a frying pan. The flavours are all delicious together. SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 15min • 2 pitta breads, cut into strips • 2tbsp olive oil • 250g pack halloumi • 100g bag mixed salad leaves • 400g tin butter beans, drained and rinsed • Large handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped • 50g (2oz) houmous • 50g (2oz) natural yoghurt • 1tbsp lemon juice 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Put the pitta strips on a baking tray, drizzle over half the oil and some seasoning. Toss together, then cook in the oven until crisp and golden – about 8min. 2 Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan over high heat. Cut the halloumi into 5mm (¼in) thick slices and brush both sides with the remaining oil. Griddle for 4min, turning once, or until the cheese has softened with charred lines on both sides. 3 Put the salad leaves, beans, mint, halloumi and pitta strips into a large serving bowl and toss. In a small bowl, stir together the houmous, yoghurt, lemon juice and some seasoning. Drizzle over the salad and serve. PER SERVING: CALS 402; FAT 14g; SAT FAT 5g; CARBS 28g 112 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

CHICKEN CACCIATORE You could shred the chicken once cooked and add to the tomato mixture to make a hearty sauce to go with pasta. SERVES 4 PREP 10min COOK about 30min • 1tbsp olive oil • 4 skinless chicken breasts • 1 onion, chopped • 250g (9oz) white mushrooms, sliced • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes • 1tsp dried oregano • 1 bay leaf • 150ml (¼ pint) chicken stock or water • Large handful of rocket 1 Heat half the oil in a deep frying pan. Fry chicken over a high heat for 6min, turning once. Lift chicken out; set aside. 2 Heat the remaining oil in the chicken pan and fry the onion and mushrooms over a medium heat for 8min, until beginning to soften. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf and chicken stock. Return the chicken to the pan, bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 15min, turning the chicken halfway through the cooking time, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. 3 Remove the bay leaf, then season well and stir through the rocket. Serve with seasonal vegetables or crusty bread to mop up the juices. PER SERVING: CALS 273; FAT 7g; SAT FAT 2g; CARBS 9g





TURKEY & PORK STIR-FRY If you prefer not to mix the two meats, then simply make up the volume using one or the other. SERVES 4 PREP 15min COOK about 10min • 1tbsp vegetable oil • 200g (7oz) turkey breast, cut into finger-sized strips • 200g (7oz) pork loin fillet, cut into finger-sized strips • 1tbsp Chinese 5-spice powder • 1 each yellow and orange pepper, deseeded and sliced • 150g (5oz) pak choi, thickly shredded • 1tsp sesame seeds • 1-1½tbsp soy sauce, to taste • Large handful of fresh coriander 1 Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan over high heat and add the turkey and pork. Cook for 3min, stirring occasionally. 2 Add the Chinese 5-spice powder, the sliced peppers, pak choi and a splash of water. Continue to cook for a few min until the vegetables are just tender (but retaining a crunch) and the meat is cooked through (add more water as needed). 3 Sprinkle over the sesame seeds, add the soy sauce and rip in the coriander. Check the seasoning and serve with rice or noodles, if you like. PER SERVING: CALS 264; FAT 8g; SAT FAT 2g; CARBS 6g

TOMATO & CHEESE BAKE This lighter-than-air dish makes a flavoursome change from an omelette. Why not try adding some torn ham, spring onions, peppers or soft herbs next time? SERVES 4 PREP 10min COOK about 30min • 60g (2½oz) plain flour • 1tsp baking powder • 3 large eggs • 100ml (3½fl oz) semi-skimmed milk • 3tbsp shredded fresh basil, plus extra whole leaves to garnish • 150g (5oz) cottage cheese • 250g (9oz) cherry tomatoes 1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Put the flour, baking powder, eggs and milk into a food processor and whizz until the mixture is smooth. Alternatively, put all the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together by hand. Then, empty mixture into a bowl and whisk in the shredded basil and cottage cheese. 2 Pour the mixture into a rough 1 litre (1¾ pint) shallow ovenproof serving dish, then drop in the cherry tomatoes. Season with freshly cracked black pepper. 3 Cook for 30min or until the egg has set (a knife inserted into the mixture should come out clean). Garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately with a crisp green salad. PER SERVING: CALS 177; FAT 7g; SAT FAT 3g; CARBS 16g

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Saturday lunch


FISH CURRY You can use whatever firm white fish you like. SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 25min • 1tsp vegetable oil • 2 onions, finely sliced • 5cm (2in) piece fresh root ginger, grated • 1tsp each ground turmeric and coriander • 1tbsp medium curry paste • 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped • 400ml (14fl oz) fish stock • 200g (7oz) raw, shelled king prawns • 300g (11oz) white skinless fish – such as cod, haddock or pollock – cut into 2.5cm (1in) cubes • 200g (7oz) frozen peas 1 Heat the oil in a large pan over low heat. Add the onions and a good pinch of salt, then cover and cook for 15min until completely softened. Stir in the ginger, turmeric, coriander and curry paste. Cook for 1min. 2 Stir in the tomatoes and stock and simmer for 5min. Mix in the prawns, fish and peas, then cook for 3-5min (stirring carefully to prevent the fish from breaking up) or until the prawns are bright pink and the fish is opaque. Check the seasoning and serve with rice or naan bread, if you like. PER SERVING: CALS 188; FAT 3g; SAT FAT 0g; CARBS 13g 114 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

ITALIAN-STYLE STEAK SALAD This speedy salad is perfect for lunch with friends. SERVES 4 PREP 5min, plus resting COOK about 5min • 2 x 250g (9oz) rump steaks, fat trimmed • 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle • 2-3tbsp fresh pesto, to taste • 110g bag salad leaves • 250g (9oz) cherry tomatoes • 100g (3½oz) marinated artichoke pieces from a jar, drained • 50g (2oz) toasted pine nuts • 25g (1oz) Parmesan cheese shavings 1 Pat steaks dry with kitchen paper and season both sides. Next, heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat and fry the steaks for 5min, turning once, for medium rare meat (cook for longer or shorter depending on your preference). 2 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the pesto, some freshly ground black pepper and enough water to make a loose dressing. Put the salad leaves, tomatoes and artichoke pieces into a serving bowl, then pour over most of the pesto dressing and toss to combine. 3 When the steaks are cooked, transfer to a board and leave to rest for 5min before slicing into strips. Add the steak strips to the salad, then drizzle over the remaining pesto dressing and some extra oil. Garnish with pine nuts and Parmesan shavings. Serve with crusty bread. PER SERVING: CALS 378; FAT 25g; SAT FAT 6g; CARBS 3g

Saturday evening



SALMON BURGERS WITH SWEET POTATO CHIPS No breadcrumbs or egg are needed to hold these satisfying omega-3-packed burgers together, while sweet potatoes are full of vitamins, making them a nutritious alternative to normal chips. SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 40min FOR THE CHIPS • 4 large sweet potatoes, cut into chips • Pinch of dried chilli flakes • 1tbsp sunflower oil FOR THE SALMON BURGERS • 4 x 125g (4oz) salmon fillets, skinned • 1tbsp Thai green or red curry paste • 4cm (1½in) fresh root ginger, peeled and grated • Finely grated zest of 1 lime • Small handful of fresh coriander, plus extra to garnish • 1tsp sunflower oil • Sweet chilli sauce, optional, to serve • Lime wedges, optional, to serve 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Put the potatoes, dried chilli and oil on a large baking sheet and toss to coat. Cook for 30-40min or until golden. 2 Meanwhile, put half of the salmon into a food processor

and whizz until completely smooth. Add remaining fish, curry paste, ginger, lime zest, coriander and some seasoning. Whizz again until well combined, but still retaining some of its texture. 3 Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Form salmon mixture into four equal patties (they will be fairly soft) and add to pan. Fry for 8-10min or until cooked through, carefully turning once. 4 Serve burgers and chips with sweet chilli sauce and lime wedges, if you like, and a green salad. PER SERVING: CALS 480; FAT 19g; SAT FAT 3g; CARBS 46g

‘Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to miss out – this delicious salmon burger is full of omega 3, which is good for your whole body’

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Sunday brunch

Sunday dinner


CHICKEN WITH WATERCRESS SAUCE & ROSEMARY POTATOES Inspired by the Mexican favourite huevos rancheros, this tasty recipe is one you’ll turn to time and time again. SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 30min • 1tbsp oil • 1 red onion, finely sliced • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes • 1tsp caster sugar • 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed • Large handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped, plus extra to garnish • 8 medium eggs • Sour cream, to serve 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Heat oil in a large frying pan and gently cook the onion for 10min, until softened. Stir in chilli and garlic and cook for 1min. Add the tomatoes, sugar and kidney beans and simmer for 5min. Stir through coriander and check the seasoning. 2 Empty into a large, shallow, ovenproof serving dish. Make a small well in the mixture and crack an egg into it. Repeat with remaining eggs, spacing them apart. 3 Cook in oven for 15-20min or until egg whites are set. Garnish with coriander. Serve two eggs with the sour cream and some crusty bread on the side. PER SERVING: CALS 313; FAT 16g; SAT FAT 4g; CARBS 24g 116 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

This looks luxurious and is delicious – but the sauce is low in fat! SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 40min • 900g (2lb) Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes • Olive oil spray, or 2tbsp olive oil • 4 whole garlic cloves, in skins • 4 rosemary sprigs • 4 skinless chicken breasts • 200ml (7fl oz) hot chicken stock • 4tbsp half-fat crème fraîche • 1tsp dijon mustard • Juice of ½ lemon • 50g (2oz) watercress, roughly chopped 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Boil the potatoes in a pan of salted water for 5min. Drain and then steam dry in a colander for 2min. 2 Tip potatoes into a roasting tin; spray with oil, or drizzle with 1tbsp of oil. Scatter over garlic and three rosemary sprigs. Roast for 30-35min, turning often, until golden. Chop remaining rosemary leaves and sprinkle over potatoes. 3 Meanwhile, put chicken on a board, cover with clingfilm and flatten with a rolling pin to a 1cm (½in) thickness. Heat a griddle pan until hot. Spritz chicken with oil on both sides, or brush with 1tbsp oil. Griddle for 8-10min, turning once, until cooked. Set aside, cover loosely with foil and keep warm. 4 Add a little water to a small pan with the stock. Bubble for 1-2min until reduced slightly. Remove from heat; add crème fraîche, mustard and lemon juice. Add watercress to wilt. Drizzle sauce over chicken and serve with the potatoes. PER SERVING: CALS 367; FAT 5g; SAT FAT 2g; CARBS 41g

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Healthier puds Mango & passion fruit mousse

Meringue peach melba

SERVES 6 PREP 15min, plus chilling

SERVES 4 PREP 15min COOK about 30min

2 large very ripe mangoes Finely grated zest of ½ lime 250g (9oz) 0% fat Greek yoghurt 2 medium egg whites 50g (2oz) caster sugar 3 passion fruits 1 Peel the mangoes and cut flesh from stones. Discard stones. Blend the flesh and lime zest until smooth. Empty into large bowl and whisk in yoghurt. 2 Put egg whites into a large grease-free bowl and whisk until stiff but not dry. Add sugar and whisk until thick and glossy. Using a large metal spoon, fold the whites into the mango mixture. Divide among six glasses and chill until needed. 3 When ready to serve, cut

4 ripe peaches, halved and stones removed 15g (½oz) unsalted butter, softened 125g (4oz) raspberries 50g (2oz) caster sugar, plus extra to sweeten, optional 2 large egg whites 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Arrange the peach halves, cut-side up, on a baking tray and spread butter on top of each half. Roast for 20-25min until tender. 2 Meanwhile, put the raspberries in a bowl and crush with the back of a wooden spoon. Strain through a fine sieve and discard pips. Taste for sweetness; if too sharp, add 1tbsp caster sugar.

the passion fruits in half and scrape the pips and juice into a bowl. Top each mousse with a teaspoonful of passion fruit. GET AHEAD Make up to end of step 2 up to a day in advance. Complete recipe to serve.

As the eggs are not cooked, make sure to use British Lion Quality eggs.

Wicked low-fat brownies

Quick banana ice cream with toasted almonds

MAKES 16 PREP 20min, plus cooling COOK about 30min

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and set aside to cool slightly. 2 Beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil in a bowl with a handheld electric whisk until thick – about 5min. Sift over flour, baking and cocoa powders and add cooled chocolate. Fold together with a large metal spoon. 3 Scrape mixture into tin, level and scatter the raspberries, if using. Bake for 20-25min, until set. Cool completely in tin before cutting into squares. TO STORE The brownies (without the raspberries) will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 days.

5-6 medium ripe bananas, about 550g (1¼lb), peeled and chopped 5tbsp milk 2tbsp runny honey 15g (½oz) flaked almonds, toasted 1 Open-freeze the banana pieces on a baking tray until solid, about 4hr. 2 Tip the banana into a food processor with the milk and whizz until smooth. Serve immediately, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with nuts.

TOP TIP Next time, why not drizzle over maple syrup instead of runny honey?

You can keep leftover ice cream in a freezerproof container in the freezer.

Feature: Hearst Food Network Photos: Steve Baxter, Gareth Morgans, Mike English

SERVES 4-6 PREP 15 mins, plus freezing

50ml (2fl oz) sunflower oil, plus extra to grease 250g (9oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped 4 medium eggs 150g (5oz) light muscovado sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 75g (3oz) plain flour ½tsp baking powder 1tbsp cocoa powder Handful of fresh raspberries, optional 1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Lightly grease and line a 20.5cm (8in) square tin with baking parchment. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water). When melted and smooth, lift bowl off pan

3 When the peaches are ready, take out of the oven and preheat grill to medium. Put egg whites into a medium grease-free bowl and whisk until stiff but not dry. Add the caster sugar and whisk until very thick and glossy. Pipe or spoon the meringue on to the peach halves. Grill for 3-5min until golden. Serve immediately with the raspberry coulis.

Your perfect batter recipe

Culinary delights from food editor HEATHER WHINNEY

125g (4oz) plain flour, pinch of salt, 1 large egg, 300ml (½ pint) milk. Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, make a hole in the flour mixture. Crack an egg into it and add a little milk. Stir, then add rest of milk. If lumpy, use a whisk to remove lumps. Sit batter in fridge for 30min before using.

FLIPPIN’ good time Pancake Day is on 28 February, so it’ll soon be time to give a toss... The secret to a good pancake is not to overbeat the batter, use a good, heavy crêpe pan and only a brushing of melted butter. For a seasonal twist on a Shrove Tuesday pancake, I’ll be squeezing over blood orange juice with a sprinkling of sugar. Pancakes also make a great supper dish for days when you’re in a hurry. Try spiking the batter with chilli powder or garam masala and topping with roasted cauliflower and paneer, or add a pinch of nutmeg and pile pancakes high with purple sprouting broccoli, chorizo and Gorgonzola. Delish!



Perfect for an indulgent night in… mmm!

❶ Melting

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Chocolate Domes (£4 for 2, M&S). So indulgent – with layers of brownie, ganache and a rich sauce.

❷ Matthew Walker Gluten Free Chocolate Sponge Pudding (£1.50 for 110g, Morrisons). You’d never know this is gluten-free – it’s so light! Good ratio of sponge to sauce.

❸ Dr. Oetker Pud In A Mug (79p for 42g, supermarkets). A yummy sponge you can cook in the microwave – add the sachet to a mug with some milk and microwave for 2 minutes. Naughty, nice and good value!

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SIMPLE PLEASURES Let your creativity soar with these pretty projects to start the New Year

Easy sew project

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Get making

Flights of fancY Create a beautiful dragonfly picture with ribbon, beads and thread

You will need • Open-weave linen fabric • Fabric scissors • Fine-tipped pen • 15cm embroidery hoop • 50cm each satin and organza ribbon, 1.5cm wide, in the same colour or complementary shades • 50cm satin ribbon, 3mm wide, in a toning colour • Large-eyed sewing needle

• Black embroidery thread • White sewing cotton • Small-eyed sewing needle • 2 small beads for the eyes • 2 small beads for the tail • Iron • Wadding • White mount board cut to fit the inside of your frame • Double-sided tape • Deep-edged or box frame

To make ❶ Cut out the fabric so it’s a little larger than your frame, then copy the diagram (above right) on to your fabric (we used a dragonfly with a wingspan of 7cm). ❷ Tighten the fabric in the embroidery hoop until taut. ❸ Thread the 1.5cm-wide satin ribbon through the largeeyed needle, knot the end and, following the lines of the design, stitch through fabric to make lower wings, ensuring the ribbon lies flat. Fasten off by knotting on the back. Repeat with organza ribbon to create upper wings. Fasten off. ❹ Now thread the 3mm-wide ribbon through the large-

eyed needle and make 3 stitches for the head (each stitch comes up through the same hole in the fabric and spreads out along the bottom edge). Repeat just underneath these stitches to make the You can enlarge the template body, following the lines to your desired size of the design, this time with the bottom of the stitches coming up through the same hole in the fabric. ❺ With the same ribbon, make 1 long and 1 short stitch just underneath the body. Fasten off. ❻ Take 2 strands of the black thread and work a running stitch along the lines for the antennae. Fasten off. ❼ Using the white cotton and small-eyed needle, sew on the beads: 2 for the eyes and 2 at the bottom of the tail to create a curve. (If you have any gaps in your ribbon stitching, hide them by sewing on tiny beads along the body.) ❽ Press your fabric on both sides, avoiding the ribbon and beads. Cut off excess threads and ribbon on the back. ❾ To mount the embroidery in a frame, place a layer of wadding behind the fabric to give a smooth finish. Lay your fabric and wadding on the mount board with the dragonfly in the centre. Fold the edges of the fabric over the sides of the mount board and tape to secure. Place your embroidery inside the frame and secure the back.

Go with the dough Add a personal touch to gifts with embossed tags and garlands

You will need • Flour • Salt • Cold water • Clingfilm • Greaseproof paper • Rolling pin • Patterned stamps

• Cookie and fondant cutters in various sizes • Drinking straw • Baking tray • Scissors • Leather cord • Large-hole round beads

To make ❶ Make your salt dough using 2 parts flour to 1 part salt and 1 part water. Mix until well blended, wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest for 40min. ❷ On a sheet of greaseproof paper, roll out the dough to about 4mm thick. Use the stamps to make a relief pattern on selected areas.

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❸ With the cutters, cut out shapes (combine smooth and patterned dough within one tag for an interesting effect). Use the straw to cut out threading holes for the cord. ❹ Place the tags on greaseproof paper on a baking tray and bake in the oven at 110°C (90°C fan) mark ¼ for 4-5 hours. Leave to cool. ❺ Attach a length of cord to each tag: fold in half and push the folded section through the hole, then thread the two ends through the loop and secure with a bead. To make a garland (as pictured), tie on tags with a bead either side, knotting each to secure, leaving 10-20cm between the tags.

Not too tricky!

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Revitalise a white napkin with this modern twist on a traditional dye technique

Simple to create

SaY it with love You will need • A4 scrap paper • Watercolour paper and envelopes • Rubber stamps • VersaMark ink pad • Embossing powder • Glitter embossing powder, optional • Embossing heat gun

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Fun and easy!

• Square white cotton or linen napkin • A4 card (we used the back of a brown A4 card envelope) • Pen or pencil

• Scissors • 4 small elastic bands • Dark blue fabric dye for hand use (we used Dylon Jeans Blue) • Salt

To make ❶ If your napkin is new, wash and dry it in preparation for dyeing. ❷ Fold the napkin concertina style into three sections. Take this strip and fold concertina style in the other direction into 4 so you have a rectangular block of folded fabric. ❸ Place your block of fabric on top of the card and draw around it. Cut out a rectangle of card 15mm smaller all round than outlined shape. Cut 3 more rectangles to this size. The rectangles of card will stiffen and protect fabric while you apply a geometric dye design. ❹ Place 2 rectangles of card on the front of the block of fabric and 2 on the back. Secure with the elastic bands: two wrapped vertically and two horizontally. The tension of the bands will cause the fabric to ‘cup’, which will form a coloured border of the dye pattern. ❺ Soak the fabric and card bundle in cold water for about 10min. Prepare the dye according to packet instructions and soak the bundle in the dye for 10-15min. ❻ Unwrap the bundle, remove card and rinse in cold water until the water runs clear. Then wash as normal.

Enhance plain cards with gorgeous raised designs and a touch of sparkle

To make ❶ Before stamping, prepare your scrap paper by folding the sheet in half, then open out and place this beneath the watercolour paper you’re stamping. Press your rubber stamp firmly on to the ink pad and stamp in the middle of your watercolour paper. ❷ Sprinkle embossing powder liberally over the stamped area so it sticks. If

you’d like a bit more sparkle, mix in a bit of glitter powder with your chosen colour before sprinkling on to the stamped area. Tip excess powder on to the sheet of scrap paper and reserve. ❸ Using the embossing heat gun, follow the instructions and heat up the stamped area until the powder turns into a relief design (this happens at melting point). Leave to dry.

Feature: Lisa Brown Photos: Mark Davison Embroidery: Beth Power Illustration: Terry Evans. For where to buy, see page 152

the DYe’s the limit

You will need

Get making

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Make it your way

Lisa Comfort Customises it!


Add a little cheer to a cold winter’s day by pepping up a plain woolly hat

• Sew-on diamanté stones (available from Josyrose or New Trimmings) • Woolly hat • Needle and thread • Scissors

THE STEPS ❶ Start by arranging your stones in a position you like. I took a photo of the arrangement placed on the hat so that I could refer to it throughout.

❷ Starting from the middle, sew on the first stone. To do this, you will need a double thread with a knot at the end. Make sure the thread is long enough to sew at least half the stones on. Come up from inside the hat and sew a little stitch to secure the thread. Then, using the holes in the back of the stone, sew on to the hat, going through each hole a couple of times. ❸ Move on to the next stone, using the same thread (there’s no need to knot off and cut the thread each time), sewing it on using the same technique. ❹ Continue sewing (one stone at a time).


❺ To finish, take the thread to the back

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of the hat and sew 2-3 small stitches into the hat alone. Then, tie a knot in the thread before cutting it, leaving a 1cm tail.

Photos: Thomas Skosvende. For where to buy, see page 152


Knitting pretty!

Keep your extra layer short but sweet with this cute tank top

Use your SKILLS!

MEASUREMENTS To ďŹ t bust 81-86(92-97:102-107:112117:122-127)cm; Finished measurements Bust 93(103:114:126:139)cm; Length to shoulder 54(56:58:60:62)cm. MATERIALS 9(10:11:13:14) 50g of Rowan Hemp Tweed balls in Pine 135. Pair each of 4.5mm and 5.5mm knitting needles. Cable needle.

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TENSION 19 sts and 25 rows to 10cm over st-st using 4.5mm needles. ABBREVIATIONS See page 134. CABLE PATT PANEL (worked over 56 sts) 1st row (RS) K2, [p1, k1] 3 times, p6, k8, C6B, C6F, k8, [p1, k1] 3 times, p6, k2. 2nd, 4th and 6th rows (WS) K8, [p1, k1] 3 times, k2, p24, k8, [p1, k1] 3 times, k2. 3rd row K2, [p1, k1] 3 times, p6, k5, C6B, k6, C6F, k5, [p1, k1] 3 times, p6, k2. 5th row K2, [p1, k1] 3 times, p6, k2, C6B, k12, C6F, k2, [p1, k1] 3 times, p6, k2. 7th row K2, Cr12F, k28, Cr12B, k2. 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th rows (WS) K3, [p1, k1] 3 times, k7, p24, k3, [p1, k1] 3 times, k7. 9th row K2, p6, [k1, p1] 3 times, k8, C6B, C6F, k8, p6, [k1, p1] 3 times, k2. 11th row K2, p6, [k1, p1] 3 times, k5, C6B, k6, C6F, k5, p6, [k1, p1] 3 times, k2. 13th row K2, p6, [k1, p1] 3 times, k2, C6B, k12, C6F, k2, p6, [k1, p1] 3 times, k2. 15th row K2, C12F, k28, C12B, k2. 16th row K8, [p1, k1] 3 times, k2, p24, k8, [p1, k1] 3 times, k2. These 16 rows form the cable panel and are repeated. BACK With 4.5mm needles, cast on 82(90:102:114:126) sts. 1st rib row (RS) K2, [p2, k2] to end. 2nd rib row P2, [k2, p2] to end. These 2 rows form the rib and are repeated until back measures 5cm, ending with a 1st row. Next row (WS) Rib 11(10:14:17:18), m1, [rib 12(10:15:16:18), m1] 5(7:5:5:5) times, rib to end. 88(98:108:120:132) sts. Beg with a k row, work in st-st until back measures 6(7:7:8:8)cm, ending with a WS row. Next row (RS) K29(33:36:40:44), k2tog, pm, k26(28:32:36:40), pm, skpo, k to end. 86(96:106:118:130) sts. Beg with a p row, work in st-st and dec 1 st as set before and after markers foll 4th rows (3 rows between each dec row). 78(88:98:110:122) sts. Cont straight until back measures 16(17:18:19:20)cm, ending with a WS row. Next row (RS) K26(30:33:37:41), m1, sm, k26(28:32:36:40), sm, m1, k to end. 80(90:100:112:124) sts. Cont in patt and 132 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

inc 1 st as set before and after markers on 4 foll 6th rows. 88(98:108:120:132) sts. Cont straight until back measures 34(35:36:37:38)cm, ending with a WS row. Shape armholes Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 80(90:100:112:124) sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 5(7:9:11:13) rows, then on 4(5:6:7:8) foll RS rows. 62(66:70:76:82) sts. Cont straight until armhole measures 18(19:20:21:22)cm, ending with a WS row. Shape shoulders and back neck Next row (RS) Cast off 4(4:4:5:6) sts, k until there are 12(14:16:17:19) sts on right hand needle, turn and cont on these sts only, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Work 1 row. Cast off 3(4:5:5:6) sts, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Rep the last 2 rows once more. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 4(4:4:5:5) sts. With RS facing, slip centre 30(30:30:32:32) sts on to a holder, rejoin yarn, k to end. Complete to match first side reversing shapings. FRONT With 4.5mm needles, cast on 92(102:114:124:134) sts. 1st rib row (RS) [K2, p2] 4(5:7:8:9) times, k2(3:1:2:3), p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, k1, [p2, k2] twice, p3, k6, p3, [k2, p2] twice, [k1, p1] 5 times, k1, p3, k2(3:1:2:3), [p2, k2] 4(5:7:8:9) times. 2nd rib row [P2, k2] 4(5:7:8:9) times, p2(3:1:2:3), k3, [p1, k1] 5 times, p1, [k2, p2] twice, k3, p6, k3, [p2, k2] twice, [p1, k1] 5 times, p1, k3, p2(3:1:2:3), [k2, p2] 4(5:7:8:9) times. These 2 rows form the rib and are repeated until front measures 5cm, ending with a 1st row. Next row (WS) Rib 1(1:4:2:4), m1, [rib 3(4:5:6:5), m1] 5(5:4:5:6) times, rib 60(60:66:60:66), m1, [rib 3(4:5:6:5), m1] 5(5:4:5:6) times, rib to end. 104(114:124:136:148) sts. Now work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K24(29:34:40:46), work across 56 sts of 1st row of patt panel, k24(29:34:40:46). 2nd row P24(29:34:40:46), work across 56 sts of 2nd row of patt panel, p24(29:34:40:46). These 2 rows set the patt of centre 56 sts as patt panel with sts to either side in st-st. Working correct patt panel rows, cont in patt as set, repeating the 16 patt rows, until

front measures 34(35:36:37:38)cm, ending with a WS row. Shape armholes Keeping patt correct, cast off 4 sts at beg of the next 2 rows. 96(106:116:128:140) sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 5(7:9:11:13) rows, then on 4(5:5:5:6) foll RS rows. 78(82:88:96:102) sts. Patt 7(3:1:1:1) rows. Shape front neck Next row (RS) [K2tog] 0(0:1:1:1) time, patt 30(32:33:36:39), turn and cont on these 30(32:34:37:40) sts only, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Work each side of neck separately. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 14 rows and then on 2 foll RS rows, at the same time, dec 1 st at armhole edge on –(–:–:2nd:2nd) row. 14(16:18:20:23) sts. Cont straight until front matches Back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row. Shape shoulders Next row (RS) Cast off 4(4:4:5:6) sts, patt to end. Work 1 row. Cast off 3(4:5:5:6) sts, patt to end. Rep the last 2 rows once more. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 4(4:4:5:5) sts. With RS facing, slip centre 18(18:18:20:20) sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn and patt to end. Complete to match first side reversing shapings. COLLAR Join right shoulder seam. With RS facing and 4.5mm needles, pick up and k32(32:34:34:36) sts down left front neck, k across 18(18:18:20:20) sts on front holder, pick up and k32(32:34:34:36) sts up right front neck, and 7 sts down right back neck, k across 30(30:30:32:32) sts on back holder, then pick up and k7 sts up left back neck. 126(126:130:134:138) sts. Beg with 2nd rib row as given for Back, work in rib until collar measures 10cm. Change to 5.5mm needles and cont in rib for a further 10.5cm. Cast off in rib. ARMHOLE BORDERS (both alike) Join left shoulder and collar seam, reversing the last 14cm to allow collar to turn over. With RS facing and 4.5mm needles, pick up and k78(82:86:90:94] sts evenly all round armhole edge. Beg with 2nd rib row as given for Back, work 5 rows rib. Cast off in rib. Join side seams.

Knitting pretty!

Chase the chill away with this snug scarf

Not too TRICKY

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Knitting pretty!

MATERIALS 7 x 100g balls of Rowan Big Wool in Linen 048. Pair of 10mm knitting needles. Call 01484 950630 for booklet and yarn details. TENSION 16.5 sts and 12 rows to 10cm over patt using 10mm needles. ABBREVIATIONS beg beginning; C6B slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle; C6F slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold to front of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle; C12B slip next 5 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1, then p5 from cable needle; C12F slip next 5 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1, then p5 from cable needle; Cr12B slip next 7 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work, p5, then [p1, k1] 3 times, p1 from cable needle; Cr12F slip next 7 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work, p5, then [p1, k1] 3 times, p1 from cable needle; cm centimetres; cont continue; dec decrease; double inc [k1 tbl, k1, k1 tbl] all into next st; foll following; inc increase; k knit; m1 make one st by picking up and working into back of loop lying between st just worked and next st; p purl; patt pattern; pm place marker; rem remaining; rep repeat; RS right side; sk2togpo slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped st over; skpo slip 1, k1, pass slipped st over; sm slip marker; st(s) stitch(es); tbl through back loop tog together; WS wrong side. SCARF With 10mm needles cast on 41 sts. Work in pattern as follows: 1st and every foll WS row P1, [k1, p1] to end. 2nd row K1, p1, * sk2togpo, [p1, k1] 6 times, p1, double inc, p1; rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 4th row K1, p1, * sk2togpo, [p1, k1] 5 times, p1, 134 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

double inc, p1, k1, p1; rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 6th row K1, p1, * sk2togpo, [p1, k1] 4 times, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] twice, p1; rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 8th row K1, p1, * sk2togpo, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1; rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 10th row K1, p1, * sk2togpo, [p1, k1] twice, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] 4 times, p1; rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 12th row K1, p1, * sk2togpo, p1, k1, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] 5 times, p1; rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 14th row K1, p1, * sk2togpo, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] 6 times, p1; rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 16th row K1, p1, * sk2togpo, [p1, k1] 7 times, p1, rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 37 sts. 18th row K1, p1, * double inc, [p1, k1] 7 times, p1; rep from * once more, k1, p1, k1. 41 sts. 20th row K1, p1, k1, * p1, double inc, [p1, k1] 6 times, p1, sk2togpo; rep from * once

more, p1, k1. 22nd row K1, p1, k1, * p1, k1, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] 5 times, p1, sk2togpo; rep from * once more, p1, k1. 24th row K1, p1, k1, * [p1, k1] twice, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] 4 times, p1, sk2togpo; rep from * once more, p1, k1. 26th row K1, p1, k1, * [p1, k1] 3 times, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1, sk2togpo; rep from * once more, p1, k1. 28th row K1, p1, k1, * [p1, k1] 4 times, p1, double inc, [p1, k1] twice, p1, sk2togpo; rep from * once more, p1, k1. 30th row K1, p1, k1, * [p1, k1] 5 times, p1, double inc, p1, k1, p1, sk2togpo; rep from * once more, p1, k1. 32nd row K1, p1, k1, * [p1, k1] 6 times, p1, double inc, p1, sk2togpo; rep from * once more, p1, k1. These 32 rows form the patt and are repeated. Cont in patt until scarf measures approximately 230cm, ending after 16th or 32nd patt row and with WS facing for next row. Cast off in patt on WS.

Feature: Rosy Tucker Photos: Hearst Studios. Taken from Rowan Loves 5 and Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 50. Call 01484 950630 for a booklet and yarn details for the tank top

SIZE Approximately 25cm wide and 230cm long.

Get creative with SUE McNEILL, editor of Prima Makes

Animal magic The perfect gift for your crafty friends and family, these sweet cross-stitch kits are stylishly packaged and include all the bits and bobs to complete your own loveable creature. £25 each, Cox & Cox

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Marvellous mosaics Teresa Mills has been a mosaic artist for over 20 years, and her new kits provide everything you need to create your own mini mosaics. Choose from insects, animals shapes and letters. The kits come packaged in a handy tote bag – and kids will love them, too!

TO DIE FOR If you’re into die-cutting and stamping in a big way, Create and Craft’s new Disney Princess Collection is a must-have. With familiar faces from The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Beauty And The Beast, you can use these dies to make some really beautiful cards that the whole family will adore!


From £10, Teresa Mills Mosaics

For where to buy, see page 152

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That’s entertainment

Your time off

& time out


An evening out at the movies

Coming to a venue near you MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL

Natalie Portman gives a brilliant performance as Jackie Kennedy

JACKIE Natalie Portman’s brilliant portrayal of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy, is a sure-fire bet for an Oscar nomination. She deserves it, too. Jackie is a compelling study of a complex, vulnerable woman desperately trying to come to terms with an appalling tragedy. Out 20 January




After becoming separated from his brother, fiveyear-old Saroo ends up on a train to Calcutta. There, he is taken to an orphanage, where he is eventually adopted by Australian couple, John (David Wenham) and Sue (Nicole Kidman). Despite his success as he gets older, Saroo is still haunted by his past. Based on a true story, it’s a harrowing watch. Out 20 January

A seriously creepy horror thriller with James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with a multiple personality disorder, who kidnaps three teenage girls. Some of Kevin’s alter egos – there are 24 of them, as we discover in flashbacks when he visits his shrink – just might be able to help the girls to escape. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense and Signs), Split is almost unbearably tense and constantly surprising. Out 20 January

This is the true story of Richard Loving, a white man who married Mildred, a black woman, and then spent nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in Virginia. The couple (played by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) are driven out by a local sheriff supported by a judge who threatened to jail the couple under state race laws. Their case was finally heard in the US Supreme Court in 1967, which confirmed their right to marry – a landmark decision that changed American society forever. Out 3 February

Nicole Kidman stars in Lion

The ‘change’ happens to every woman, and laughter is probably a better tonic than HRT and black Don’t miss cohosh combined! this new show! Actresses Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan, Rebecca Wheatley and Ruth Berkeley compare symptoms when they collide at a sale in a lingerie department. This all-singing, all-dancing comedy about women of a certain age – their chocolate cravings, low libido, fuzzy thinking and night sweats – is set to play at 42 venues across the UK. Make a note now, you know how you forget things! 7 February to 2 April;

OLLY MURS: 24 HRS TOUR He may have been an X Factor runner-up but this likeable singersongwriter has had a far better career than many who’ve taken the top prize over the years. He’s on a UK arena tour soon to showcase songs from his new album, 24 Hrs, but he’s also likely to include other numbers that have made him one of the UK’s most successful It’s the Right recording artists. Place, Right 3 March to 5 April; Time to see Olly Murs

Sam Riley is a policeman on a mission in SS-GB

What’s on TV SS-GB BBC One Len Deighton’s bestselling novel, which imagines what life in the UK might have been like if we hadn’t won the Second World War, forms the basis for this compelling five-part drama. BAFTA nominee Sam Riley stars as a policeman on a complex murder case under the control of a brutal SS regime, while Kate Bosworth plays an American journalist drawn into the investigation. The writing team wrote five of the best James Bond films, so this promises great things.

THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL ITV ITV’s new six-part medical drama tells the story of a young British-Asian doctor, Ruby Walker (played by Game Of Thrones star, Amrita Acharia), who arrives at a run-down cottage hospital in South India to join a team of overworked medics who never turn anyone away. The hospital is run by a gloriously eccentric English woman, Lydia Fonseca, played by Amanda Redman.

Feature: Daphne Lockyer Photos: BBC, Getty, Graham Moreton

FORTITUDE Sky Atlantic The second series, set in Iceland, sees the return of The Killing star Sofie Grabol, who plays the governor of Fortitude, a small and isolated Arctic town. In this 10-part thriller, Fortitude’s residents now face a fresh threat to their existence, plus there are some great new cast members, including Dennis Quaid and Ken Stott. Stoke up the fire, this is going to be a chiller to remember.

LEMONY SNICKET: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Netflix This marvellous eight-part adaptation of the bestselling children’s books is one for the whole family. It’s the tragic, yet often hilarious, tale of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, orphans whose evil guardian, Count Olaf, will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must foil Olaf’s many devious plans, while getting to the bottom of their parents’ mysterious deaths.


Brendan Cole Brendan, 40, is a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing and producer of many shows, including his latest, All Night Long. He has a four-year-old daughter, Aurelia, with his wife, Zoe. All Night Long seems to be a must for Strictly fans… Yes, every dance that you’ve come to love from that show – whether it’s the Argentine tango, Viennese waltz, quickstep or jive – will be represented. It’s a big night of entertainment in the Strictly mould, so there’s live music, phenomenal dancers and loads of chat, which makes it a really personal affair. The tour includes 45 dates in 10 weeks! How do you keep up your energy? I think it’s the excitement of the show – although it’s the fourth tour I’ve been on, it feels very fresh. I have mostly new dancers this time around, and new blood brings a new kind of energy. I felt I owed it to the audience – many of whom will have come along to all the previous shows – to give them something new. Did you ever imagine that Strictly would become as huge as it has? Well, the idea of it does sound a bit unlikely doesn’t it? And yet all of us who were involved from the start – Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and me – knew there was something magical about the formula from the very first show. With each series, you think, ‘Oh, maybe this one won’t work’ but, within 10 minutes, the spell is cast again. There’s been talk of you replacing judge Len Goodman, who won’t be back in 2017. How serious is that? I’d like to think it’s very serious! I was a judge on the New Zealand version of Strictly for five years, so I’m no stranger to the role. It’s a great job, because you get to give your opinion and no one votes you

off! But whether it will be offered to me remains to be seen. You’re famous for talking back to the judges. That takes some guts! Perhaps, but I’m not there to pander to anyone. I have 33 years of dance experience and 14 years on the show, so I also know what I’m talking about. On the night, too, there’s a lot of pressure to produce a fab routine and to keep your partner’s morale up and, if you feel that criticism is unwarranted, you can’t help but react. Why do so many couples fall in love under the so-called Strictly curse? It’s down to the fact that two people are going through a very intense experience. And it’s a big process, emotionally as well as physically. Also, bear in mind that, generally, Strictly is filled with attractive people – not just the way they look, but in terms of the fact that they’re good at what they do, whether they’re actors or presenters, and that in itself is attractive. Plus, the physicality of dance can cause a lot of chemistry. Who have been your fave partners? Kelly Brook, Lisa Snowdon and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. We had good fun and I’m still friends with them all now. Does Zoe mind you dancing with all these other beautiful women? Amazingly, she doesn’t mind in the slightest. In fact, she doesn’t mind so much that it almost worries me, because if the shoe were on the other foot I can’t say that I’d like it! I’m very lucky to be married to a woman who is 100% supportive. I know what is important in my life, and Zoe is at the top of that list. • All Night Long goes on tour this month. For tickets, visit PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 137

Get into the GOOD BOOKS Books editor Nina Pottell recommends the best new launches to get your reading year off to a flying start!

GOOD ME BAD ME by Ali Land (Michael Joseph, £12.99) Milly is placed in foster care while her mother awaits trial for murder. Will she fit back into ‘normal’ life with her psychologist Mike’s family? Dark, claustrophobic and thought-provoking. You’ll read this outstanding debut while holding your breath! Out 12 January

LITTLE DEATHS by Emma Flint (Picador, £12.99) It’s the summer of 1965. Ruth Malone doesn’t fit with the perfect image of a mother, so when her two young children go missing, the media and the police point the finger of blame in her direction. But is she really capable of murder? I devoured this book in two sittings. Out 12 January

THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS by Ruth Hogan (Two Roads, £14.99) When author Anthony Peardew passes away, he leaves his house and all its belongings to his assistant, Laura. His only request is that she finds the owners of the ‘lost belongings’ he has collected over the years. A warm and heartfelt debut. Out 26 January

BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough (HarperCollins, £12.99) Louise befriends the new couple Adele and David when they move into her neighbourhood. Something isn’t quite right with them but what is it? One of the best endings to a book – don’t be tempted to read the last page until you get there. Out 26 January

THE STRANGER IN MY HOME by Adele Parks (Headline Review, £7.99) What would you do if you found out that your child wasn’t actually yours? Alison and Jeff have to confront this fear when a stranger knocks on their door telling them that their daughter is his. And how will the ‘daughter’ cope? A must-read. Out 9 February

by Lucy Diamond (Macmillan, £12.99) Eleven Dukes Square, Brighton, has three new tenants – Rosa, Georgie and Charlotte – who all want a fresh start. As their lives entwine, wonderful friendships are formed between them and the other tenants, Margot and Jo. A delightful read. Out 26 January

Four New Year thrillers for lovers of The Girl On The Train THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney (Quercus, £12.99) Dare you enter the mysterious world of the Folgate Street house? Out 26 January 138 PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017

UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry (W&N, £12.99) Nora becomes obsessed with investigating her sister’s death. Out 26 January

THE FALL GUY by James Lasdun (Jonathan Cape, £14.99) Matthew becomes slowly fixated with his cousin’s wife, with staggering consequences. Out 12 January

MY SISTER’S BONES by Nuala Ellwood (Penguin, £12.99) A tense story with multiple twists and turns. Just who are Kate and Sally? Out 9 February


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Great escapes

Take 5...

This Valentine’s Day, why not cosy up together on a magical weekend away for two?

romantic city breaks Beautiful Bath

Feature: Jane Anderson Photos: Getty, Alamy. Prices correct at time of going to press

Where better to spend a weekend than in one of Britain’s most beautiful cities? Wander hand-in-hand through the honeycoloured streets to the Thermae Bath Spa, where you can bathe in the naturally warmed waters of its spectacular rooftop pool. Then, ramp up the wow factor and treat your date to dinner and a twilight tour of the 2,000-year-old subterranean ruins of the ancient Roman Baths. SAY YES For a real treat, stay in the city centre at the five-star Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel. It offers first-class service, luxury rooms and an exquisite spa – he’ll love this as much as you! Rooms from £215 per night. Visit

Explore the historical Roman Baths and take a dip in the Thermae Bath Spa’s rooftop pool (left)

Dreamy, genteel Oxford

Chocolateflavoured York

Majestic Edinburgh

Food & art in Cornwall

It doesn’t get any more romantic than a weekend surrounded by dreaming spires and English heritage. Sit back and take it all in on a chauffeured punt along the River Cherwell. Once you’re back on dry land, visit Gee’s Restaurant & Bar – it’s based in a beautiful glass building and has a great British menu. SAY YES For a romantic stay with a twist, try the Malmaison – a four-star boutique hotel that was once Oxford’s prison! Rates from £179 per night. Call 01865 689944, or visit

With its glorious minster and lamp-lit cobbled streets, York is a wonderful place to visit. And, if you love chocolate, it may interest you to know that Smarties and Kit Kats were invented here! Spend some quality time with your loved one at York’s Chocolate Story ( and learn the art for yourself. SAY YES Two nights at The Grange Hotel costs from £105 per person, including breakfast and dinner, plus a bottle of Champagne and chocolates! Call 01904 644744, or visit

You can’t fail to have a lovely weekend in Auld Reekie with its majestic Old Town and impressive castle. Try whisky tasting at The Whiski Rooms ( or join the newly launched Red Bus Bistro Tour for afternoon tea while touring the capital on a vintage Routemaster bus ( SAY YES The Romance Package at the Nira Caledonia costs from £176 per night for two in a Jacuzzi Suite with a bottle of Champagne on arrival. Call 0131 225 2720, or visit

Couples will love the highquality seafood at restaurants in Penzance, including the Tolcarne Inn, owned by Michelin-starred Ben Tunnicliffe at nearby Newlyn. The latter is also a haven for art lovers, with regular courses at the renowned Newlyn School of Art ( SAY YES Check into the quaint Chapel House boutique hotel, which has stunning sea views. Double rooms start at £150 per night. Call 01736 362024, or visit PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 139



HOLIDAY HOT LIST Wondering where to go next? We have plenty to whet your appetite, both far away and near to home

JETAWAY GETAWAYS All eyes on Ibiza


he White Isle’s shaking off its clubbing image with the rebirth of Santa Eulalia as a family-friendly region. There’s so much to this beautiful southeastern coastal spot, with fabulous walks along the Santa Eulalia river (the only one Ibiza’s rich in dreamy coves

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in the Balearics) and many cycling routes. Bike hire companies will even deliver all the wheels you need to your hotel! Visit in May for the local colourful fiesta, where you’ll find free concerts, a horse parade and a flower contest. See There’s plenty of fabulous accommodation for families, including the four-star Tropic Garden Aparthotel, which has several pools, a playground and lots of sports on offer, such as tennis and basketball. There’s also a mini club for kids aged four to 12. Seven nights in a suite for four costs from £1,477 on a halfboard basis. See Easyjet offers return flights from London Gatwick to Ibiza from £625 for two adults and two children (under 12) departing in July.

The Almyra’s stunning terrace is the perfect spot to relax Wander around Paphos harbour

Let’s book it! The historic city centre of Angra do Heroísmo on the island of Terceira

ESCAPES WITH A DIFFERENCE... JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS Canada celebrates 150 years since its Confederation in 2017 and there are plenty of events and celebrations planned countrywide. This year’s going to be a really vibrant time to visit and discover its culture, landscapes and activities. Western & Oriental has launched a new programme of tailor-made Canada trips for travel in 2017. See


The Azores? They’re awesome!


ith new direct flights from Ryanair and national airline SATA, the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, 900 miles west of Lisbon, is becoming easier and cheaper to visit. And it’s really not to be missed! Nine spectacular islands offer volcanoes and black-sand beaches to rival Hawaii, hot springs to outdo Japan and Hobbit-like villages and canyoning to compete with New Zealand, yet the Azores are only a three-and-a-half hour flight from the UK.

One of the many beautiful waterfalls on Flores

Activities Abroad is offering a new seven-night Lava Lands and Dolphin Swimming in the Azores group trip from £1,325 per adult, £1,185 per teen (13-18 years) and £895 per child (8-12 years). The price includes flights, transfers, accommodation, 14 meals, activities and instructors. See

Sun, fun & culture in Paphos


aphos in Cyprus has long been a firm favourite with Brits, but 2017 really is the year to visit as it becomes Pafos2017 – the European Capital of Culture. The city plans to turn itself into The Open Air Factory of Culture, incorporating its parks, beaches and archaeological sites as venues. Events throughout the year include art, concerts, theatre – including a production set among Paphos’s beautiful Roman mosaics – food festivals and, in August, an open-air cinema on the beach! For event information, see

Stay at the chic and friendly Almyra hotel, right by the sea and only a few minutes’ walk from Paphos harbour. For the ultimate in relaxation, take a dip in the infinity pool, relax on the super-comfortable padded sunloungers facing the sea then indulge yourself with a two-hour massage in the Almyra spa. With five superb restaurants to choose from, you’ll never want to leave! Double rooms at Almyra from £89 per person with breakfast. See Monarch flies to Paphos from Birmingham and London Gatwick, from £136 return.

Fans of late pop star Prince will want to hot foot it to the US this year, as his Paisley Park home in Minnesota is now open to the public. Prince recorded 30 albums here, and tours will follow his creative process – showing off his iconic wardrobe, musical instruments, motorcycles, artwork and rare recordings. Tickets from £31. See

KEEPING IT REAL Having authentic local experiences on holiday is set to be a huge trend for 2017. Evaneos Travel is leading the way by offering personalised trips with a conscience. Holidaymakers will get bespoke itineraries created by the people who live in the destination, so the money you spend there goes to the local community. Hot spots to visit include Iceland, Sri Lanka and Japan. See

BEST-VALUE DESTINATIONS Despite the fall in the pound last year, it has held its own against currencies in Norway, Sweden, Australia, Canada and Croatia so they remain good value for visiting Brits.

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STAYCATION SENSATIONS Love The Lakes & Beatrix Potter


he Lake District is the place to visit this summer with ongoing celebrations to mark 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born. One of the hottest hotel openings is set to be Another Place, on the shores of Ullswater, from the same team behind the contemporary Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. There will be a number of family suites and dog-friendly rooms, an indoor pool and activities, such as open-water swimming and cycling. Local Cumbrian food will be served around a table, a fire pit or as a picnic. Double rooms cost from £160 per night and suites from £270. See The Swan Hotel & Spa, set on the southern tip of Lake Windermere in Cumbria, is the perfect base from which to visit the National Trust’s Hill Top Farmhouse (Potter’s home) and learn about her conservation efforts and passion for animals. If you’re taking the kids, stay in one of the Beatrix Potter Suites (each with their own dollhouse!) or opt for one of the newly opened Swan Nests Cottages. Rooms from £140 per night, including breakfast for two. Visit

JUST POTTY ABOUT HARRY June marks 20 years since the release of JK Rowling’s first hit novel, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. For a Potter-style stay, book into the Wizard Chambers at the Georgian House Hotel near London Victoria from £289 per night for a family of four, including cooked breakfast and DVD rental! See

T Visit the magnificent Harlech Castle

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he only UK destination in Lonely Planet’s top 10 for 2017 is North Wales. From glorious beaches to amazing mountain ranges and ancient history, it has the lot – and it’s all easily explorable. By morning, beach lovers can head to glorious Black Rock Sands at Porthmadog, then take a walk in stunning Snowdonia in the afternoon or visit magnificent Harlech Castle. As well as some of the finest scenery in the world, there are some fantastic man-made experiences, too. Surf Snowdonia ( brings surfing inland into a safe, clean – sewage-free! – environment, while the world’s fastest zip wire is at Zip World in Bethesda, Bangor. The

mile-long, 500ft-high zip line offers panoramic views of the local coastline. Afterwards, visit Zip World’s nearby sister attraction, Bounce Below, which features giant trampolines in mining caverns. See Campers will love pitching up at Llyn Gwynant in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, right beside a river, lake and mountain. Rates from £9 per adult per night. See If self-catering with comfort’s more your thing, stay at a traditional stone cottage. Glas Y Dorlan is a comfy, stylish retreat in the countryside, yet only a 10-minute drive from picturesque coastal town of Criccieth. A three-night stay starts at £280. See

Feature: Jane Anderson, Gary Irwin Photos: Getty, Alamy, 4Corners Images. Prices correct at time of going to press

The North Wales wow factor!

Let’s book it! Take your pick: there are lots of beautiful beaches in North Cornwall

Coastal chic at Bude

N Lose yourself in The Lakes’ dreamy landscapes

Hull’s renowned aquarium, The Deep, has recently been reopened

It’s never dull in Hull


ull, as England’s first-ever UK City of Culture, is all set to join the city break hot list this year as it showcases 365 days of culture. Highlights include a host of great musical events, plus must-see productions of Richard III in May and Our Mutual Friend in August at the famous Hull Truck Theatre. Nearby, it’s worth visiting the Marina, the Old Town, and the city’s renowned aquarium, The Deep, which has recently undergone a major overhaul. For a taste of local hospitality, stay at the Mercure Hull Royal Hotel. Double rooms from £50; For more info on city-wide events, see

orth Cornwall’s Bude has just been voted Best UK Coastal Resort at the British Travel Awards. Its super-clean beaches are absolutely stunning, from the vast expanses of Widemouth Bay to the wild and romantic cove at Duckpool Bay. Wonderful Millook Beach is a great retreat for wildlife lovers – get lucky and you might spot seals or dolphins. Whichever beach takes your fancy, take a Cornish pasty with you for a picnic to remember. Bude’s heaven for all sorts of other foodie treats, too. The Shack has a laid-back surfy vibe for a lunch, while Life’s A Beach serves fab seafood, day and night. If you want to cosy up in a great little Cornish pub, 17th-century coaching inn, The Kings Arms, in nearby Stratton, is a perfect dog-friendly retreat, with great local ales and a log burner for chilly nights. Bude’s also a great base to explore the region. Sea dogs will find the boat excursion to Lundy Island a must, while lovers of beautiful scenery should head for the iconic castle ruins at Tintagel. The Beach is a gorgeous boutique bolthole, which overlooks Summerleaze Beach and has 16 beautiful rooms. The vibe is very much New England coastal chic. Rooms from £125 per night. Visit PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 143


FEEL GOOD, LOOK GREAT For a better you STRESS INCONTINENCE – ARE YOU SUFFERING UNNECESSARILY? Did you know that stress incontinence is a symptom of a weak pelvic floor. Often starting with the occasional embarrassing leak, left untreated it can develop into a life changing condition. The good news is stress incontinence can be treated without medical intervention. Your pelvic floor is a set of muscles that supports your internal organs, including your bladder. If these muscles are weakened (due to childbirth, menopause or aging), your bladder won’t have the support it needs. And that’s when the problems start. Like all muscles, your pelvic floor can regain its strength with regular exercise. Pelvic floor exercises (or Kegels) are simple to do, but need to be done correctly. This is where the PelvicToner can help. It provides feedback, so you know you’re squeezing the right muscles, and has multiple spring settings, so you exercise at the right level – the harder you work, the fitter you become!

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orry, love,’ said Peter, passing her a mug. ‘But you know what they’re like at head office.’ Monica accepted her tea, and took a sip. She didn’t really know what they were like at head office, but she understood that Peter had been nervous for weeks. It was bad luck that the dreaded management inspection coincided with Monica’s big move. She’d already booked the van, and said goodbye to the flat she’d lived in as a single woman. She was bringing everything she owned to Peter’s house so that they could be a proper couple at last. ‘Good news, though – Sadie will be here to help,’ he said, shrugging on his jacket. ‘How come?’ gasped Monica. Sadie, Peter’s daughter, was living miles away at college. ‘Flying visit. Wants her washing done, I expect,’ laughed Peter, as he kissed Monica’s forehead. ‘Good luck!’ And then he was gone, and Monica was left alone in the huge house, listening to the grandfather clock ticking in the hall. Sadie arrived just as the removal men lowered the last box on to the parquet flooring, and Monica handed them a tip. ‘What on earth’s going on?’ asked Sadie, dropping her

patchwork bag of laundry. The men filed past her, back to their van, leaving the two women staring at one another over a mountain of luggage. ‘Didn’t Dad tell you?’ quavered Monica. ‘I’m moving in today.’ Sadie tutted, and crossed her arms. She’d dyed her hair pink, and her eyeliner had sharp little flicks at the corners, like cat’s eyes. ‘You’re always here anyway,’ she shrugged. Monica spent the afternoon unpacking, while Sadie went to her room and turned her music up loud. Monica was left alone to try to cram her china into the kitchen cupboards. She squeezed paperbacks into gaps on the shelves, and wedged pairs of shoes next to the vacuum cleaner under the stairs. There was a problem with the house, a problem that Monica had not dared to raise with Peter: it was still full to bursting with his late wife’s possessions. There was hardly room for anything else and, after a couple of hours, Monica found herself returning her own paraphernalia to her cardboard boxes, ready for the attic. But Monica suspected that the attic, like everywhere else, would be stuffed with scarves and paintings – things once treasured by Sadie’s mother that were too precious to give away.

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She stood up and pressed a hand to her cheek. In her other hand, she held one of her old dresses – a lilac lace number that she hadn’t worn in decades. ‘What’s that?’ questioned Sadie, slipping silently out of her room to stand in the doorway of the main bedroom. ‘Oh, just some relic from the Eighties,’ said Monica, startled. She shook out the fabric and held it up for Sadie to look at. ‘Before you were born. I bet you think it’s awful, don’t you?’ ‘No.’ ‘I bought it for a wedding. It was very expensive, believe it or not, and I only wore it once. I’ve hung on to it thinking... well, I might get some wear out of it, one day.’ ‘Hmm.’ Sadie walked towards the bay window, pulled the curtains back and lifted the sash. Fresh air and sunshine rushed into the room. ‘Let me have a proper look.’ She ran her fingers over the lace, and tilted it towards the light. ‘Can I try it on?’ she asked, suddenly. ‘Of course!’

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Sadie disappeared into her room, and came out after a few moments wearing the dress. It fitted her perfectly, and its dropped waist suited her tall frame. The lilac even complemented her pink hair. She was smiling properly for the first time in years. ‘That looks better on you than it ever did on me,’ grinned Monica. ‘Keep it.’ ‘They’re back in fashion now,’ said Sadie, turning to admire her reflection in the wardrobe mirrors. ‘The Eighties.’ ‘Crikey!’ Monica thought of the terrible fashion experiments of her own teenage years. ‘Not rah-rah skirts and perms?’ ‘Well... maybe not everything. But the dresses, yes.’ Sadie glanced at the pile of clothes on the bed, and Monica instinctively began to apologise for making a mess. It had been Sadie’s mother’s bedroom, after all. But Sadie chewed her lip, and placed one foot awkwardly over another, like a small child trying to pluck up courage. Then she pointed towards the clothes, and said, ‘Can I look for some other things?’ Monica smiled, and sighed with relief. ‘They’re all yours!’

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‘One’ in Italian

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Unit of electricity

Recess, cranny

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Building that houses aircraft

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Your stars

for February

with Lori Reid

Aquarius 21 January – 19 February Take the ups and downs of the first few days in your stride. From the 3rd, Venus brings you happy news and an extra shot of feelgood factor. February is all about variety. Expect to attend meetings and greetings, local trips and events. Words of love are exchanged and bonds are strengthened.

Pisces 20 February – 20 March While the first fortnight focuses on wellbeing, the second half of February is when, with your batteries recharged, you will truly come alive. The 11th kick-starts the process, bringing a job offer or health regime to fruition. Money’s the highlight of the month. You have a mission in mind – now is the time to fulfil it!


© Lori Reid Illustration: Camera Press

21 March – 20 April You’re decisive and brimming with energy this month, but avoid a battle of wills early on. The super-sexy combo of Venus and Mars stirs up a brew that sizzles right through February. Socially, you’re meeting new people – some quite different to your usual crowd. There’s a decision to make on Valentine’s Day.

Taurus 21 April – 20 May Expect lots of secrets and surprises. Romantically, you’re in turmoil. It’s not like you to be restless, but life’s

twists and turns are unsettling early on. From the 7th, focus on your career: make those in charge aware of all your talents. The 18th opens up your social life and draws new people on to your scene.

Gemini 21 May – 21 June This month is filled with your favourite activities: mixing, making connections and meetings. But with the 14th fast approaching, it’s time to shake up your love life. Arrange a special romantic tryst and make it a day you’ll remember. Decide what you’re after on the 16th, and don’t be afraid to reach out for that golden goal.

Cancer 22 June – 23 July You’ve enjoyed staying close to home recently, but with the stars now flagging up faraway places, something special is happening. Take things slowly at first, and deal promptly with finances as they arise. Romance, linked with work, gets serious on Valentine’s Day. Outgoing activities and meeting new people is what it’s all about mid-month.

Leo 24 July – 23 August Venus and Mars, the planets of love and adventure, create a vortex of activity around you this month. Look out for opportunities to broaden your horizons, and possibilities that open new routes for your talents. Say yes to that

romantic break on the 9th. The 11th brings a chapter to a close – it’s time to think afresh.

Virgo 24 August – 23 September It’s all go at work this month. Not only will you be toiling every moment of the day, but you’ll also be dealing with big financial issues at home. By the 11th you’ll need a chance to re-energise, so have some time to yourself that weekend. Do some deep thinking, too, especially around the 14th. A potentially stunning offer comes your way just after.

Libra 24 September – 22 October You’re taking a step back this month but, given how much you’ve been juggling recently, that’s no bad thing. It gives Venus a chance to breathe new life into your romantic affairs. You have an irresistible allure that draws admirers – perfect for encounters on the 14th. Fresh developments unfold around the 26th.


23 November – 22 December Rarely has your mind been this sharp and far-sighted. But don’t go jumping into the deep end before the 3rd, as this is when Venus fills your life with good feelings! A bright idea or decision on the 9th could be one of the most important events of your year.

Capricorn 23 December – 20 January Domestic affairs make this a full, active and happy month. Your home life is enriched, and you’re either creating a cosy home or redecorating. Put your wisdom to work mid-month, when there’s the chance to gain financial benefits and move special plans along. By month’s end, you’re fizzing with exciting prospects.

Scorpio 23 October – 22 November Physically and mentally, you’re on good form and ready to get things done. You’re at your creative best and, if you have an upcoming interview or presentation, you’ll take centre stage on the 11th. Throw yourself into a project and see where it takes you. PRIMA.CO.UK | February 2017 153

Slice of life

My ode to She may have first fallen for jeans more than 40 years ago, but Caroline isn’t going to ditch the denim just yet


have three pairs of blue jeans. Is that an unusual number? What is the average? How many pairs do you own? None? Three? Eleven? I certainly can’t imagine my life without my current trio. I got my very first pair of jeans when I was 14. My best friend and I went to London to a ‘trendy’ shop on the King’s Road, where the decor paid homage to the Wild West: the changing rooms had saloon-style doors, so you could see the face and feet of whoever was getting changed. I remember it as if it were yesterday: my friend’s long legs sticking out from under the doors as she lay on the floor; a coat hanger hooked so tightly on to the zip of a pair of Lee Coopers, that when I eventually got her upright – with the help of two members of staff – she couldn’t bend her knees. She wore them home and had to stand all the way on the train! I got a fabulous pair of flared Wranglers that day that I adored and refused to chuck out for over 20 years. Since then, I’ve had dozens of pairs and recalling my faves is like remembering old friends – I may not see them any more, but they’re never forgotten. There have been drainpipes, skinnies, bootcuts, baggies, boyfriends and classic Levi’s.

‘My love affair with denim gets better with age’

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This MONTH… I’m baking

Veggie breakfast muffins – at least the kids will get a good breakfast, even if I’m running late.

I’m making

Eco-friendly newspaper pots, so that I can plant spring seedlings.

I’m sowing

Sweet peas in the greenhouse and snapdragons in a sunny spot.

Photos: GAP Photos/Gary Smith, GAP Photos/Victoria Firmston, Alamy, Getty, Claire Collins Caroline wears: Kimono jacket; top; scarf, all New Look. Jeans, Wizard Jeans

‘Oh best jeans, how I love thee!’

I’ve had low-rise so low that my stomach was for ever trying to perform a rolling escape out of the waistband, and others cut so high that I could tuck them into my bra. I even wore jeans throughout both my pregnancies – the legs were denim, but the rest was made from a stretchy fabric that hugged my bump. Of course, the right fit is essential. But the right fit for what? My gardening jeans are baggy – good for bending over when weeding. When I wear them, I look like Benny from Crossroads from the waist down (and also from the waist up, because I wear a woolly hat when gardening). My ‘everyday jeans’ can be found in a heap by the bed where I’ve stepped out of them at the end of the day, just to step straight back into them the next morning. They maintain my shape overnight, as if I’ve never been away. I like that in trousers. Then there are my best jeans – dark blue, they fit snugly around my rear. I think I look good in them, but I can only wear them when I’m not bloated, planning to drive long distances, have a urinary tract infection or getting hot flushes. OK, I’ll admit it – they’re on the tight side, but I LOVE THEM. They look good with flats or heels and I can dress them up or down. Am I too old for skinny jeans? The truth is: I DON’T CARE. When fashion experts talk about finding a shape to flatter our body type, I take note. But when people say women of a certain age shouldn’t wear blue skinnies, I see red! I love jeans. If anyone told me I shouldn’t wear them any more, I’d simply saunter off, my denim-clad rear wiggling into the sunset. This love affair with denim – like all the best jeans – gets better with age.