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JULY 2016 £4.20



ME & MY AB FAB LIFE by Rosie Green








EDITOR’S LETTER FROM LEFT: Elle founding editor Sally Brampton; perfect holiday packing (page 22); Salma Hayek (page 44); art by Yayoi Kusama, a favourite of new Tate Modern director Frances Morris (page 88)



A bevy of utterly brilliant, potent, kick-ass women feature in this issue, from pro-ageing advocate Cameron Diaz to flame-haired polymath Kelly Hoppen (I promise you quite the most insightful profile you have ever read, page 62), to our bold, sexy and utterly inspiring cover star Salma Hayek. “I’ve had to fight very hard for everything I have,” she tells our writer Emily Cronin. “You have to learn to listen to your instincts. Especially women; we are programmed to diminish our own instincts and vision. You have to be able to block everybody else’s voice so that you can find your own.” Sassy. Turn to page 44 for more of Salma Hayek’s guide to life. Our July issue is, of course, all about helping you get the most out of these summer months – Eleonora Galasso’s food spectacular, Roman Holiday, inspired by my favourite city, is an absolute joy; and our fashion pages are brimful with happy-making vacation dressing, should you be splashing out on a gloriously elegant Dodo Bar Or cover-up or giving your


wardrobe a little pop with a cute pom-pom bag (page 33). Whether this issue finds you indulging in a little hammock/lounger/deckchair time in a far-flung beach or your own backyard, here’s to the importance of carving out a little bit of me-time and enjoying the sunshine. As I write this letter, we have just learnt the tragic news of Sally Brampton’s passing. Sally edited Red for a short period, but is best known for launching Elle in the UK in 1985 and ushering in a bold new era in women’s publishing. The title bore the hallmarks of her modern, audacious spirit and bold intelligence (I was lucky enough to follow in her redoubtable footsteps and edit it myself several years later). In recent years, Sally won a new audience for her piercingly insightful writing on mental health, documenting her own dark battles with clinical depression, which she ultimately lost. So this issue is dedicated to her trailblazing talent and the message that we must lift the lid on the taboos surrounding mental health and depression*. RIP, brilliant Sally.

Editor-in-chief SARAH BAILEY

THIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN: DISCOVERING my summer lipstick (Tom Ford’s delicious coral red Le Mépris); WEARING Monterey Pop chic (see Tu at Sainsbury’s for easy-breezy steals); DOUSING myself in Chanel’s first ‘gender-fluid’ perfume, Boy Chanel; LOOKING FORWARD to visiting the new Tate Modern (opens 17th June); TWEETING @SarahRedMag

*Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill). You can email, or visit for your nearest branch, and to find out how to donate or fundraise.




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21 Bon voyage The need-to-own holiday bag has landed! And it’ll help you travel light 22 Your suitcase starts here Pyjama shirts, crochet bikinis: these are the chicest sunshine buys 28 Stella Jean: Fashion’s most wanted The Italian-Haitian designer shares her multicultural style inspiration 31 La dolce vita Add to your wanderlust wardrobe with Sicilian-inspired accessories 33 Pack like a fashion editor The essentials for your summer suitcase. Tip: Don’t go anywhere without a pom-pom bag 37 Grown-up festival dressing Jess Cartner-Morley on what to wear come rain, mud or sunshine 38 Jewellery news Update your look with S/S 16’s most-wanted accessories

July 2016


101 Summer style edit Easy to pack, easy to wear, welcome to hot holiday dressing 102 Into the blue Embrace this season’s new-wave nautical – the ultimate sunshine look


41 Do my thighs look big in this? Rosie Green gets a much-needed lesson in men’s body image 42 You’re either Glinda the Good Witch or Joan Crawford Mira Jacob questions the stereotypes of motherhood 44 Salma Hayek: Bold, fearless, inspiring The A-list actress, wife and mother shares her sensational guide to life 55 Me & my Ab Fab life Think the TV antics were OTT? Rosie Green reveals the reality


58 Brexit: Are you in or out? If you’re still undecided, read this 62 Forget everything you thought you knew about Kelly Hoppen Saska Graville gets an intimate glimpse into the interior designer’s life 67 Grieving for the friendship I never wanted to end The loss of a best friend has many life lessons, says Emma Laurence 71 The new rules of sex Stephanie Theobald looks at the trends of the latest sexual revolution 74 Dad dancer Jeremy Vine on politics and Strictly 80 When my soulmate married my best friend One writer shares her story 88 The bigger picture Red meets Tate Modern’s first female director – Frances Morris 93 Are you a Red Woman of the Year? Or maybe you know someone who could be? The nominations are open » JULY 2016 REDONLINE.CO.UK 13


151 149 And relax Embrace the outdoors with these warm-weather entertaining buys


151 The beach edit Whether you want UK or faraway, we’ve found your next seaside break

SELF 164 Learn to code in a day Don’t miss our latest Digital Date with Sky and Freeformers 178 My favourite thing For Catastrophe’s Ashley Jensen it’s a 20-year-old Ray Richardson print


115 Bronzed skin & playful colour This S/S 16, sun-kissed skin calls for bold, vibrant beauty shades 122 How to wear a man’s scent The secret to adding layers of intrigue, says Annabel Meggeson 125 What does it feel like if you’re not the pretty one? Clare Goldwin addresses the beauty taboo of being the ‘uglier’ sister 130 Beauty notebook


133 A burst of sunshine The key to a happy home? An accent shade of bright (or mellow) yellow 134 Alfresco Italian recipes Eleonora Galasso’s sunshine eats are a taste of summer in Rome. Tuck in 142 Sunny side up Riotous colour and a hint of 1970s, Rebecca Udvary’s home is a lesson in smart styling


157 Honestly Healthy’s easy 7-day planner Cook on Sunday (and eat well all week) with Natasha Corrett’s feel-good food plan


115 162 How Cameron is ageing gracefully, beautifully, happily The actress on celebrating the changes we notice when we’re 40 165 Why being quiet is your superpower No, being an introvert isn’t a negative, as Susan Cain explains 169 Ask Philippa Our agony aunt tackles your issues


51 Great reasons to subscribe to Red 167 Don’t miss our Clinique beauty swap shop event


7 Editor’s letter 18 Say it, write it, tweet it 54 In next month’s issue 83 Hot reads for sultry days The books to pack for the beach 177 Stars THIS MONTH’S COVERS Salma Hayek wears, far left: Dress, £820, Alexander McQueen. Rings, from top: £1,470; £3,500; £1,470, all Pomellato. Left: Dress, price on request, Dolce & Gabbana. Rings, as before. Styling Nicola Rose. Photographed by Max Abadian. Hair Mari Ohashi at LGA Management. Hair assistant Wilson Horwei Fok. Make-up Jo Baker at Forward Artists, using Rimmel London. Nails Joanna Newbold at, using OPI Nail Lacquer. Tailor Michael Hunt. Set design Laura Timmons. Stylist’s assistant Chloe Forde. Location Spring Studios. Recreate Salma’s look using Sheer Radiance Makeup Base, Perfect Luminous Creamy Foundation in 120, The Sicilian Bronzer, Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Miss Dolce 143, Intense Khol Eye Crayon in True Black 1, all Dolce & Gabbana. Subscribe to Red to receive the limited-edition covers (above, right); see page 51 for details.


Sarah Bailey Editor-in-chief Deputy editor Sarah Tomczak

Emily Cronin

Creative director Tanita Montgomery

Interviews our cover star Salma Hayek, on page 44

Acting fashion director Oonagh Brennan Group managing editor Merrick Cassanova Digital editor Fong Chau Picture director Beverley Croucher Entertainment director Rosamund Dean Fashion & beauty bookings director Karina Dial


O Scones with cream and jam O Eavesdropping on my two-year-old twins’ chats



Always Be My Baby – it recalls summer camp and fireflies.

Mary Wiles

Does make-up for Rainbow bright on page 115 BEST THINGS IN LIFE

Gives healthy Sunday-night cooking tips, on page 157 BEST THINGS IN LIFE

O Snuggling on the sofa of my Cotswolds home with my husband O Walks in the park with my dog, Lottie O Dancing with my friends

O Family and friends all over the world O My Buckinghamshire garden of roses and lavender O Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask – my flight staple SONG THAT REMINDS ME OF SUMMER The Isley

Brothers’ Summer Breeze – it takes me back to evenings at my childhood farmhouse, riding my pony without a care.

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Jack Savoretti’s Knock Knock – it’s my favourite all year round, and was our first dance at our wedding.

Priti Patel

Argues her case for Britain leaving the EU, on page 58 BEST THINGS IN LIFE

O Spending time in my constituency O A day at the horse-racing O Family days out involving ice cream SONG THAT REMINDS ME OF SUMMER Bryan

Adams’ Summer Of ’69.


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We’ll be touring through holiday season using the king of classics’ royal-blue cross-body. From passports to boarding passes, fill Ralph Lauren’s ultimate hands-free bag with all your travelling must-haves. 

Leather bag, £1,045, Ralph Lauren Collection

For more holiday must-haves, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK


Wood and paper fan, £30.98, Duvelleroy

Steel and shell necklace, £8, Accessorize




Perspex sunglasses, £240, Chanel

Style tip

Splash out on Peter Pilotto’s off-the-shoulder sundress and tick off the season’s most talkedabout trend.

Gold, diamond and pearl charm, £495, Links of London

Resin and gold-plated earrings, £230, Aurélie Bidermann at Net-A-Porter

Nylon bikini, £230, Zimmermann at Net-APorter

Cotton-mix top, £160, Paloma Blue Cotton dress, £685, Peter Pilotto at Harvey Nichols


Go Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr Ripley

Raffia, frills and a soft pastel Lanolips 101 Ointment, palette create an elegant £10.99 at Riviera-worthy wardrobe.

Straw hat, £285, Eugenia Kim

Poly-mix dress, £39.99, H&M

Cotton top, £370, Jonathan Simkhai at Selfridges Leather passport holder, £175, Dolce & Gabbana at Net-A-Porter

Cotton skirt, £245, Tara Jarmon at

Canvas sandals, £50, Soludos at Browns 22 REDONLINE.CO.UK JULY 2016

Polyamide swimsuit, £91.75, Love Stories

Suede shoes, £45, Autograph

Bumble And Bumble Prêt-àpowder, £22

Ita l y , o n i f to r Po

Style tip

Add texture to a soft colour palette by mixing in natural raffia and a whole lot of frills. Straw bag, £55, The White Company


Gold-plated necklace, £175, Alex Monroe at Liberty

Gold-plated sterling silver earrings, £80, Thomas Sabo

Acetate sunglasses, £425, Pomellato

Travelling somewhere tropical? It’s time to pack your prints for a spritz of poolside glamour.

Style tip

Slip a versatile pyjama shirt over your bikini as a luxe cover-up while beside the sea. Alternatively, team it with wide-legged pants and sliders by night.

Brigitte Bardot and Johnny Hallyday in Saint-Tropez, 1967 Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam, £19.50

Resin and metal cuff, £40, Jaeger

Silk shirt, £595, For Restless Sleepers at Selfridges

Enhance sun-kissed cheekbones with Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam liquid highlighter.

Leather and cotton-mix shoes, £120, Kurt Geiger

Kauai, Ha wa ii

Straw bag, around £90, Kayu

Silk trousers, £410, Zeus + Dione

Lycra bikini top, £26, Pour Moi at Figleaves

Lycra bikini briefs, £22, Pour Moi at Figleaves

Smith & Cult Shattered Souls Nail Varnish, £19 at Space NK

Style tip

Polyester dress, £229, Hobbs

Nylon swimsuit, £215, Mara Hoffman at Net-A-Porter

Cotton bag, £39.99, Zara

Acrylic earrings, £635, Dsquared2

Hot Milk by Deborah Hampton Sun Levy SPF30 lotion, (£12.99, Penguin) £33

Cotton top, £325, MSGM at Liberty

Leather sandals, £130, Miista

Cotton towel, £65, Gandys


After brothers Rob and Paul Forkan (and their four siblings) lost their parents in the 2004 tsunami, they were inspired to create Gandys – a cool travel accessories brand with a mission to give back to the devastated Sri Lankan community. Ten per cent of all Gandys’ profits go to their charity Orphans For Orphans and the initiative’s been so successful that they’ve not only built, but then extended, an orphanage in Sri Lanka, and have plans for similar projects in Malawi and Nepal. So when you pick up one of their chic circular towels or fun flip-flops, you’ll not only look good, you’ll be doing good, too. » Rubber flip-flops, from £18, Gandys


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Acetate sunglasses, £354, Hakusan at Farfetch

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Aromatic Repair & Brighten Hand Cream, £28

Cotton top, £395, Pringle of Scotland

Lycra bikini top, £34.95, Samsoe & Samsoe Lycra bikini bottoms, £34.95, Samsoe & Samsoe

Olympus Pen F Compact System Camera, £999.99 at John Lewis

Jane Birkin on a pedalo in Cannes, 1974

Style tip

Add a white straw hat to keep the look light and summery.

THE STAYCATION Straw hat, £160, Eddie Harrop

Keeping your Birkenstocks firmly on home soil this holiday season? Stay stylish by mixing casual denim with khaki and stripes.

Cotton top, £70, Etre Cécile at Liberty Stainlesssteel watch, £1,620, Rado

Cotton shorts, £12, Matalan

Cotton shirt-jacket, £250, Zadig & Voltaire Cotton-mix dungarees, £59, Oasis

Style tip

Lycra swimsuit, £340, Lisa Marie Fernandez Denim jeans, £225, MiH Jeans

Linen shoes, £24, Next 24 REDONLINE.CO.UK JULY 2016

Raffia bag, £25, Asos

Update your canvas tote with Anya’s signature rainbow stripe and playful smiley logo. Canvas and leather bag, £425, Anya Hindmarch

Leather sandals, £55, Birkenstock at Schuh »


Acrylic, howlite and metal necklace, £310, Alexis Bittar at Liberty Crochet and neoprene bikini, £65, Triangl Polyestermix bracelet, £9.99, Mango

Leather and suede bag, £1,395, Chloé

Cotton top, £605, Isabel Marant at Net-A-Porter


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Take inspiration from Tommy Hilfiger’s S/S 16 runway. Hit the road with knitted stripes and a base of tan and black.

Wood and cotton earrings, £65, Hilfiger Collection

Acetate sunglasses, £195, Chloé at Crochet dress, £35.99, Zara

Lavett & Chin Sea Salt Texturizing Mist, around £20

Tommy Hilfiger S/S 16

Rayon-mix top, £80, T By Alexander Wang at Net-APorter

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Minimalist, £4.99

Linen shoes, £80, Uterqüe

Pile on the pom-poms, tassels and stripes – more is more for this boho vibe Gold-plated and cord bracelet, £115, Monica Vinader at Liberty

Viscosemix top, £209, Sandro

Denim culottes, £38, Topshop

Straw and leather bag, £440, Marni at Browns 26 REDONLINE.CO.UK JULY 2016

Cotton bikini top; bottoms, £69 each, both She Made Me at 

For more holiday packing ideas, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK Raffia shoes, £18, Next


Style tip



Stella Jean S/S 16


tella Jean’s madly coveted La Dolce Vita-style dirndl skirts and nipped-in blouses in bold African prints are no happy accident. They’re her raison d’être. Because that unexpected clash of Italiana-meetsAfricana is both the story of her life and the reason she became a designer. “It was hard being from the only multiracial family in the school,” says the 36-year-old, whose father is Italian and her mother Haitian. “When you hear every day it isn’t possible you can be Italian, that you don’t belong, things become hard, especially as a teenager. I started making clothes, not with an aesthetic goal, but to show how my two cultural backgrounds could sit together in the same look.” Jean (who goes by Stella Novarino – her mother’s maiden name – in everyday life) started a political-science degree at La Sapienza University in Rome, before surrendering to the lure of modelling. She then set her sights on design, despite no formal training. After two failed attempts at Italy’s prestigious ‘Who Is On Next?’ fashion talent competition, set up by Italian Vogue


and AltaRoma (Rome’s Fashion Week), she came second in 2011 with a collection that honoured her parents: Italian striped shirts for her father, and Fifties prom skirts in wild African prints to represent her mother. “I am a storyteller,” she says. It was perfect timing, because by then the fashion heavyweights were ready to listen. On a sunny day in 2013, Jean was navigating a Milanese highway, mulling over how to fund her brand, when the unbelievable happened. “Sara Maino, an Italian Vogue fashion editor, called to say Giorgio Armani wanted to lend me his Teatro Armani for the upcoming season. I screamed, then hung up.

“Stella Jean combines a STRONG ETHNICITY and sense of place with a boundary-less brand of GLAMOUR” I thought it was a joke.” Even as she recalls this story today, her voice wobbles. “But she called back and said it was true. Armani had never lent his space to any designer before.” Now, three short years later, Stella Jean is stocked in matchesfashion.

Stella Jean in Teatro Armani – Giorgio Armani’s show space

com and Browns, and her designs are worn by Beyoncé and Rihanna. Next season, her exploration of her dual heritage is showcased with a sartorial mash-up of Italian medallion portraits and wild African masks. “I always use two points of view to respect both sides of who I am. When I’m able to celebrate my history as a whole, I create my own third identity – and that is my creative narrative.” Highlights include sharp, red tuxedo-striped trousers of the type worn by Italy’s Carabinieri police and plenty of Ndebele patterns, African blankets and oversized tribal bibs. It’s clear Jean’s difference – her cross-racial heritage, the reason she felt misplaced and

Stella Jean S/S 16

Stella Jean S/S 16

ostracised as a teenager – has become her trump card. “More than any other designer working today, Stella Jean combines a strong ethnicity and sense of place with a boundary-less brand of glamour,” says The Times fashion director Anna Murphy. “I love the fact she takes African prints and cuts them into Euro-chic dresses and skirts. What, in less talented hands, could look incongruous, looks effortlessly right. Stella Jean has created a distinctive brand identity remarkably quickly: there is no mistaking her clothes for anyone else’s.” And it’s not just her collection that feels fresh and authentic; her whole ethos does, too. She squeezed our phone interview in between charitable field trips to Haiti with the Clinton Foundation, and her clothes are ethically produced in ways that support fragile communities – and women – in many of the world’s poorest countries. In fact, it’s clear the political student within Jean is still present: after a recent stay in Jeddah, she tells me she wonders if women in the West, who feel pressurised to buy new trends each season (“We’re told to wear big shoulders even if we really don’t like them”) are actually more oppressed than those beneath the niqab. While many of Milan’s fashion greats, among them Fendi and Miu Miu, are also beating to a new, eccentric design drum, Stella Jean still stands alone, thanks to a fusion of natural, kooky good taste and watertight social awareness. Her teenage self may never have expected to revel in her difference, but it’s pretty obvious that today she’s completely comfortable being the brilliant outsider. 

Cotton top, £170; cotton dress (right), £378, both Stella Jean at

Cotton top, £275; cotton skirt (below), £330, both Stella Jean at Cotton dress, £367; cotton skirt (above), £475, both Stella Jean at matches fashion. com Raffia sandals, from £280, Stella Jean

Raffia bag, from £500, Stella Jean

Stella Jean S/S 16



Celebrate style on London’s South Bank For a real shot of style inspiration, head to the Southbank Centre’s Fashion Weekend on 23rd-24th July. Part of the Fashion Undressed festival, in partnership with Mastercard, it celebrates the individuality of street style, with exhibitions, performances, runway shows and pop-up shops showcasing local and up-and-coming designers. See you there. For tickets and information, visit





Leather bag, £1,500, Dolce & Gabbana. Silk scarf, £215, Hermès. Acetate sunglasses, £113, Dolce & Gabbana at Sunglass Hut. Suede shoes, £490, Aquazzura. Gold-tone brass earrings, £330, Oscar de la Renta at Liberty 


For more ideas on summer accessories, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK


Tatiana Santo Domingo (left) and Dana Alikhani

STYLE Cotton dress, £290, Dodo Bar Or at




Dana in a Muzungu Sisters design

This online treasure trove – crammed with one-of-a-kind delights – was founded by New Yorkers Dana Alikhani and Tatiana Santo Domingo to promote handmade items crafted by local artisans around the world. Their travel must-haves? “I’m obsessed with our Jasmine Vine dress from Budapest,” says Alikhani, “and I always carry my Wayuu Mochila bag from Colombia, which now doubles as the perfect nappy bag.” Santo Domingo says she can’t be without one of the website’s fine-knit cashmere shawls, because “they double as a cosy blanket on flights”. Practical and pretty.

FROM RIGHT: Blogger Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller); stylist Pandora Sykes and supermodel Bar Refaeli, all dressed in Dodo Bar Or’s designs

Dodo Bar Or styling one of her kaftans

Cotton dress, £150, Muzungu Sisters


Cotton top, £120, Muzungu Sisters

Cotton and mirror jacket, £450, Muzungu Sisters

Leather and cotton sandals, £150, Muzungu Sisters

Cotton playsuit, £225, Dodo Bar Or at

Straw and cotton bag, £300,Muzungu Sisters at

One glimpse of Dodo Bar Or’s Instagram account is all the proof you need that the Israeli-born designer’s kaftans are fashion’s most-wanted on holiday. “I live in the Middle East, so most of my influences come from here… I just try to transform it into something current,” says Bar Or. Her cool clothing is inspired by traditional fabrics used to make shemaghs and keffiyehs. “Styled with the right accessories, a kaftan is quite multi-functional,” she muses. “You can wear them as dresses on holiday, then drape a jacket over your shoulder and grab a cross-body bag to wear them in town.” Consider us sold. » Available at

Cotton dress, £175, Dodo Bar Or at matchesfashion. com

Cotton dress, £200, Dodo Bar Or at matchesfashion. com



CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Diane Kordas draws inspiration from her home of Mykonos; where she lives with her husband

Nylon bikini, £190, Melissa Odabash at

DIANE KORDAS Onyx and black diamond amulet, £2,710, Diane Kordas

status when they launched in 2000. Her latest range of exotic necklaces have a secret cap and dipper stick hidden within each amulet-like pendant, which you can infuse with fragrance. “I love the idea of filling it with your lover’s perfume,” she says. “Then you can take a little bit of them with you wherever you go.” From £2,305, available at

Black diamond amulet, £3,900, Diane Kordas

Cotton dress, £297, Talitha at matches Cotton, diamond, sapphire and white gold bracelet, £1,050, Diane Kordas at Net-A-Porter

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Centre Court gets chic Is a green lawn the new red carpet? Each year, Wimbledon’s best-dressed list just gets ever more fabulous, with the likes of VB, Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley and Bradley Cooper. But this month, they’ll have serious style competition from the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s own staff, as each member is being dressed by Ralph Lauren in chic new uniforms. There are hi-tech leggings and bombers for the ball kids, plus slimline blazers and chunky knits for umpires. Jealous?


Diamond amulet, £2,865, Diane Kordas

Us too. Luckily, a limited range of Wimbledon-inspired designs (including this cool varsity-style sweatshirt, £85, from the men’s collection, which we plan on wearing ourselves) will be available from during the tournament. Talk about acing it.  Kim Parker


Luxury jewellery designer Diane Kordas knows a thing or two about travel. She splits her time between London, New York and her home on the Greek island of Mykonos (from where she draws all her inspiration), so over the years she has learnt to pack like a pro. “My motto is to keep things comfortable. Holidays are about relaxing, so bring clothes that you can feel naturally confident in. For me, it’s a bikini with a kaftan or a maxi dress, accessorised with my own designs, of course,” she says. Influenced by local Greek traditions and talismans, Diane’s work has always been heavy with symbolism, starting with the Evil Eye bracelets that sealed her brand’s must-have




and I danced to the Happy Mondays, watched Italia 1990 football matches on an outdoor screen, lived on warm cider and jam doughnuts. (Look, this was before Deliciously Ella was even born; clean eating hadn’t been invented yet.) I recall us wearing jeans, baggy jumpers and checked shirts tied around our waists. But I don’t really remember thinking much about what we wore, because festival fashion hadn’t been invented either. Festival fashion was born on that June day in 2005 when Kate Moss strolled through Glastonbury in hot pants, Hunter wellies and sunglasses. And just like that, to the practical issues of dressing for a festival (dealing with campsite conditions, unpredictable British weather) was added a new challenge. From that day forward, dressing for a festival also required you to channel supermodel side-of-stage glamour. Practicality and glamour are not easy to square (consider: high heels). And while the bar on festival fashion gets ratcheted up a little higher every year, the practical questions for most festivalgoers remain stubbornly in place. The British summer remains

Top 5 festivals

BEST FOR LINE-UP: Isle of Wight

Festival, 9th–12th June. The Who, Queen, Stereophonics, Faithless; £195 BEST FOR FAMILY:

Camp Bestival, 28th31st July. Kids’ Disco, Space Centre, the Tudors On Tour, Rob da Bank’s Music Club and more; £197.50 BEST FOR FOOD:

The Big Feastival, 26th-28th August. Jamie Oliver, Nadiya Hussain, Thomasina Miers, Madeleine Shaw… et al; £174.50 BEST FOR LOCATION: Festival No 6, 1st–4th September. The beautiful, pastel-painted town of Portmeirion and surrounding woodlands; £185 BEST FOR ART: Port Eliot Festival, 28th–31st July. An array of the world’s creatives collide, from Noel Fielding to Ali Smith to the Eden Project; £165. All prices are for adult weekend.


unpredictable, and the countryside still has the ability to turn from fluffy grass to a mud puddle in 45 minutes. After 26 years of festivalgoing I have hit upon a formula. Start with the shoes. If it’s muddy, I wear my Hunters (black or green only), otherwise a high-top C onverse. Then it’s skinny jeans – no loose trousers, for floor-of-Portaloo reasons – unless it is boiling hot, in which case a silky black skirt. The top half is about layering: a dark vest, then something fun to turn up the fashion volume (a vintage sparkly jacket or satin bomber) and finally a warm layer with a hood. Oh, and a cross-body bag, one that fastens. With a lot of layers going on here, I stick to black or navy, to keep it streamlined. This look is a touch too downbeat for festival appeal, so accessories do the heavy lifting. I always take my most rock ’n’ roll sunglasses, which this summer means my Miu Miu sunnies with diamanté eyebrows. And a great pair of earrings are essential – graphic rose-gold Astley Clarke hoops are perfect for this year. And voilà. You’re done. A festival outfit that looks good but also sets you up to have a good time. Fashion



CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Jess with husband Tom at Glastonbury in Astley Clarke earrings; with daughter Pearl, wearing Chloé

Jess’ packing list Silk jacket, £650, Tommy Hilfiger at Harrods

Acetate sunglasses, £241, Miu Miu at Sunglass Hut

Leather and sequin bag, £248, J Crew

Rubber wellies, £95, Hunter

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Goldplated earrings, £88, Elizabeth and James


The A-listers:


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By Kim Parker

One of the trends I’m most excited about for next season – menswear-inspired tailoring – is actually a look that I can rock right now to be super ahead of the curve. Perhaps that’s why I love it so much. A dressy shirt, paired with a cool jacket and some silky trousers, ticks so many boxes for me (smart? Sure. Sexy? Yep. Will go from desk to drinks? Absolutely), not least because it allows me to channel my style icon, Gwyneth Paltrow – for she is undoubtedly the queen of tomboyish chic. She also happens Rose gold-plated Rose gold, brown cuff, £ 270, Aurélie diamond and tsavorite Bidermann at earrings, from £625, Dodo matchesfashion. com

Gold and carnelian necklace, £1,860, Louis Vuitton

to be the latest brand ambassador of Swiss watch brand Frederique Constant, whose Delight watch, I’ve decided, is pretty much the perfect accessory for my cool new look – sleek, stylish and with a distinctly boyish charm. Well, if it’s good enough for Gwyneth… A percentage of each Frederique Constant Ladies’ Delight Watch sold will go to Gwyneth Paltrow’s chosen charity, DonorsChoose, which supports education for children in need;


PLANT LIFE Let Gucci’s pretty leaf-pattern rings, Louis Vuitton’s ‘Colour Blossom’ necklace, Dodo’s sweet palm-tree hoops or Aurélie Bidermann’s ginkgo plant cuff bloom across your skin and tap into this season’s feel-good, back-tonature vibe. Summer has arrived.

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In 2006, Monica and Gabriela Vinader spotted a niche for accessible fine jewellery that women would want to buy for themselves and the rest is mega-brand history. Bestselling designs include chic friendship bracelets (these ‘Signature’ bangles are our new must-haves) and stackable skinny rings;

Goldplated pavé stacking ring, from £65, Monica Vinader

Rose and white gold ‘Signature’ bangles, from £185, Monica Vinader

The cool duo: DANNIJO

As kids, Jodie and Danielle Snyder ‘borrowed’ their father’s cardiology tools in order to create Sterling jewellery but, thankfully, silver and the chic pair have their own Swarovski equipment these days in crystal NYC – and they certainly put it to earrings, £370, good use. Their latest collection is composed of intricate designs that Dannijo capture the fun and fabulousness of Cuba, the country that inspired them; 

Crystal earrings, £145, Dannijo at Liberty

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Metal ‘Delight’ watch, £1,580, Frederique Constant

The pioneers:


“Do my thighs look big in this?” The right answer? Yes. Who knew? Certainly not Rosie Green…


A RETRACTION In the April issue, columnist Rosie Green wrote that her husband had 18in thighs. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify that Alpha Male’s thighs are 25in, possibly 26in (if he has recently done some squats). The author apologises unreservedly for the damage caused to the complainant’s personal ego.

AM, saying the latter was a passable rock ballad, while Matt, Luke and Craig’s pop song was “for girls”). But I digress. In body terms, what offends AM is the polar opposite of what offends me. Politically incorrect I know, but to moi “have you lost weight?” is always a joy giver. But for him, “skinny” is an insult. It never fails to crack me up that his mate T does emergency press-ups before a night out to beef up his ‘guns’. THERE IS A FOREBODING ATMOSPHERE IN THE So to AM, bigger is better. Which is how tux-gate came GREEN HOUSEHOLD. AM, who having skipped into the about. AM once had to hire a dinner jacket and told the kitchen, hoovered up a whole portion of cold Bolognese man in the shop he had a 46in chest. Said man assessed (supposed to feed the entire family that evening) and him as a 40in, possibly 42in. AM was En. Raged. The multiple Maltesers in manner of starved anteater, has man brought out the smaller suit and AM stuffed himself descended into blackness. He is reading the April issue of into it. He then flexed his muscles and puffed out his chest, this very magazine. “Green,” he says in a grave voice that smiling beatifically at the man and maintaining eye implies that divorce is, if not imminent, then highly likely. contact. The silk seams split with a loud ripping noise. “I do not have 18-inch thighs.” Gulp. Sensing the gravity Other things AM and many of his fellow men find of the situation, I plunge into crisis management mode. deeply offensive that we would not? The question, “Are “Of course not,” I say, with a nervous laugh. you lost?” Apparently, this fires synapses deep “So sorry. They’re obviously not that big.” inside their brain that says “you are a complete “To MOI This has the opposite to desired effect, ‘have you lost incompetent, who should immediately be fanning rather than dampening the flames stripped of your Scout Map Reader badge.” weight?’ is a of rage. “My neck is 18 inches,” he shouts, Our mate Tony says he would rather have JOY giver. For an unanaesthetised vasectomy than ask for proper cross. “My thighs are much bigger than that. Get a tape measure!” directions. AM also finds it abhorrent when a him, ‘skinny’ Despite my having written about him a) teenage boy – 9st fully clothed – tries to carry is an insult” the bags to our hotel rooms (queue a wrestling drunkenly climbing into bed with my mother b) being unwittingly signed up for an anal situ in the foyer). And his rage-ometer is examination (by me) and c) the fact that triggered when an ‘instructor’ tries to he has fallen asleep on the loo (more than ‘induct him’ into equipment at the gym. once), he has never really complained. Back at the kitchen table, though, Once a school-gate mother told me she the mood has lightened (thanks to couldn’t look at him because she knew the deluge of breakfast calories hitting so many of his secrets. But this is of zero the blood stream). I summon my best bother to AM. In fact, the only other time diplomacy skills. “I think,” I say, faux he objected was when I wrote that his casually, “that T-shirt might be too first record purchased was Bros’ Cat tight on the arms.” “You think?” he Among The Pigeons. “That was my says with a twitch of a smile (and an sister’s,” he said huffily. “Mine was almost imperceptible flex of the biceps). Huey Lewis And The News’ The Power Harmony, For more Rosie Of Love.” (I thought the latter was equally dear readers, columns visit shameful, but my brother concurred with is restored…  REDONLINE.CO.UK



“You’re either Glinda the Good Witch or Joan Crawford” The idea that becoming a mother magically transforms you into one outdated stereotype after another is just lies, says author Mira Jacob crap. You will still be yourself – the perks, the flaws, the ambition and the neurosis – after you become a mother.” Because here’s my dirty little secret: motherhood did You know the one I’m talking about, not transform me. It did not turn me into a selfless person, right? The woman who shed her it didn’t fill me with gentle complacency. Perhaps most former self as easily as an old blanket bafflingly, it did not clear away the complications in my to take on the much more meaningful work of motherhood. heart and leave me suddenly able to prioritise my child’s The one who squashed her personality into an entirely wellbeing above every other thing that could ever happen. different shape to accommodate her child. She gazed back I want to be clear about what I mean here because at me from Netflix, from magazines and from those I think there’s a tendency to assume the worst of a mother damnable “targeted” Facebook ads. Stop who admits such a thing. First, I love my running around pretending what you’re son deeply, thank the universe for bringing doing is important, I imagined her saying. him to me, and cannot imagine my world Your soul is empty without this non-toxic, without him, because if I do, I will fall into biodegradable yoga mat for Mummy & Me. a state suspended between panic and deep As a childless woman I was told – by despair, and that seems like a foolish thing my parents, doctors, even friends who had to do when he’s just down the block at the gone before me – that motherhood would park. Second, I’m not saying something as change me, but that it would be worth it. ridiculous as “you can have it all” because And I just wasn’t ready to give up my no-one but Beyoncé can have it all. But individuality in my early thirties. what I do have, and what I’m guessing A small-town girl who came to New many, many other mothers have, is a real York to be a writer, I was as clichéd as love for individuality. I find it differently I was determined. It was a glamorous life, now – the bar nights have become “I knew if by glamorous you mean scrambling for evening bike rides, for example. But writing jobs and one-egg dinners and the writing and need to explore and joy that LOSING constantly wondering whether I would ever I take in arguing about politics in America, that much of afford an apartment without the deranged the things that require me to detach from myself would strangers I called “roommates”. In fact, my my son and just be in my own body to life was filled with so much uncertainty, one experience them, those things are still NEVER be of the only truths I allowed myself was that paramount. And keeping them paramount worth it” does not mean I love my son any less. I just wasn’t mother material. After all, I had avenues to explore, pieces to write, big thoughts to You see, contrary to the popular belief that wrestle! Yes, there were the practical concerns (where motherhood turns you into either Glinda the Good Witch would my local bar even let a baby sleep?) but these or Joan Crawford, I’ve found there’s a third, more plausible paled in comparison to what I knew deep down – that outcome. Maybe you will be more tired, maybe your heart losing that much of myself would never be worth it. will feel overwhelmed by new emotion, maybe you will You know that fantasy you have about going back in even wonder at points who you were before you had time to tell your younger self something important? Don’t a small person to follow you into the bathroom, but under date that idiot! Don’t beat yourself up! Don’t buy that all that, you might retain all your flaws and foibles, all your horrible sweater that makes you look like a randy gerbil big dreams and desire to be more.  Join the conversation The Sleepwalker’s Guide when your rent is due! Sometimes I wish I could step @RedMagDaily To Dancing, by Mira onto the sidewalks of the New York of 10 years ago, grab @Mirajacob Jacob, is out now myself by the collar and say, “Don’t believe a word of this







alma Hayek doesn’t so much enter a room as decant into it. When she appears in the doorway of the South Kensington Club, all conversation pauses as people take in the fact of the actress and her indomitable curves, today clad in head-to-toe-to-handbag Gucci. And then she starts talking about the menopause. “They don’t tell you the things that can happen,” says Hayek, 49, shaking her head in feigned disbelief. “They send you this questionnaire: Are you losing your hair? Are your nose and your ears growing? Do you have facial hair growing? Are you gaining weight that you cannot get rid of? Are you shrinking? And then they ask, is your vagina dry? And my answer was, ‘If I’m bald, and my nose and my ears are huge, and I have a moustache and a beard, and I cannot lose the weight, and I’m even shorter than I’ve been my whole life, who cares if the vagina is dry? Nobody is gonna come near it!’” Frank and uproarious, authoritative and sexy as hell: that’s Salma Hayek. With her honeyed rasp of a voice and direct gaze, she packs a commanding presence into a pin-up frame. Born »



Cotton-mix tulle dress, price on request, Dolce & Gabbana. Rose gold, white gold and amethyst ring, £1,470; rose gold, white gold, blue topaz and diamond ring, £3,500; rose gold, white gold and white topaz ring, £1,470, all Pomellato


Stretch crepe jumpsuit, £1,495, Roland Mouret at Net-A-Porter. Rose gold bracelet, £9,300; rose gold and diamond ring, £12,800, both Pomellato


RED WOMAN in Mexico, Hayek launched her career in telenovelas thing you have to learn is to cherish your humanity and before moving to Los Angeles to cross over into film. humility. If you detach judgement and just see people, After landing lead roles in films, including Desperado your possibilities of connecting are much stronger.” and Fools Rush In, she spent nearly a decade BLOCK OUT THE NAYSAYERS campaigning to produce Frida. The 2002 Frida Kahlo “In Mexico they said, ‘You have no talent, you’re biopic earned two Academy Awards and a Best Actress a spoiled brat, you’ll never make it as an actress here.’ nomination for Hayek. Then she executive-produced I ended up doing telenovelas in Mexico and then Ugly Betty, started her own beauty brand (Nuance), and went to the US because I wanted to do films. They took her activism all the way to Congress. When she said, ‘You’re Latina, you’re very limited, the parts says, with a glint in her eye, “I’ve had to fight very hard don’t exist, you’ll never make it as an actress here.’ for everything I have”, you believe her, and then wonder In both scenarios, I thought, ‘What an interesting why anyone would be so foolish as to stand in her way. challenge. This is wrong. It must be changed.’ For her latest project, Matteo Garrone’s dark fairy tale I had conviction because I was completely clear Tale Of Tales, Hayek plays a queen desperate for a child. that this was what I had to do.” A sorcerer tells her she must consume the heart of a sea monster to conceive and, in scenes of otherworldly TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS… beauty and strangeness, that’s what she does. Before the AND BACK THEM UP “When I was pitching 2007 birth of Valentina, Hayek’s daughter with husband Ugly Betty to the US TV networks, I got rejected three François-Henri Pinault, CEO of the Kering luxury times. But I knew I had bought the rights to something fashion group, she experienced “that yearning, that that was a phenomenon in the Latino community. It had longing and that pain”. already been produced in Colombia Hayek brings Valentina, now eight, and Mexico and had worked every along to work when she can and I’ve had to FIGHT very time. I went to an agency that delights in her daughter’s curiosity. represents sponsors with a case On the Red cover shoot, Valentina hard for everything study demonstrating how this swoops and scampers among the I have. Instead of show could reach the Latino stylists and photo assistants, intent getting angry, I take market, and they offered to pay on getting as close to her mother for the whole thing. I went back to as possible between shots. “I try the information and ABC with this information, and it to be really present with her, and find a SOLUTION was different. The first episode of really listen to her, and make it up Ugly Betty had 16 million viewers.” day by day,” Hayek says, “because they change so quickly.” DON’T BE AFRAID TO FIGHT “I’ve Off-screen and off the red carpet, Hayek revels had to fight very hard for everything I have, but I’m in domestic routines. Tonight, she’s excited about a good strategist. Instead of getting angry, I take the that rarest of events in any working mum’s life: information and find a solution. You have to learn a date night. “Valentina has a sleepover and I’m to listen to your instincts. Especially women; we are having a surprise romantic dinner with my programmed to diminish our own instincts and vision. husband, to go discover somewhere new.” You have to be able to block everybody else’s voice She cooks most nights. Her latest invention: so that you can find your own. And then have the Thai chicken soup with added Serrano chilli. curiosity to learn about anything that will support “I cannot just follow a recipe,” she says with your instinct. Really go and research. And then have a dismissive wave. “Everything has to be creative. the stamina and the stomach to go fight for it.” I do not like to do it how it has always been done.” Amen to that. Here, she shares some more life lessons... TAKE THE LONG VIEW “When I think TREAT EVERYONE EQUALLY “I come from about how hard I worked to bring Frida to life, a strange place. My town, Coatzacoalcos, was very rural, for nearly 10 years, I’m in awe. Some of my strong but 85% of Mexico’s oil refineries were there during the opposers at the time, people who thought it was crazy, oil boom. A small group of families, including mine, had later on in life have become incredible allies. From access to a much larger world. But it was a small town; the outside you don’t see how huge the struggle was, you could have a huge mansion with a little shack right but the people inside know that I did it on my own. next to it. I went to a school that had all kinds of people. Sometimes you don’t get the respect in the moment. I played on the streets with everybody. My mother and But you have to believe in karma, and think long-term. father taught me to treat everyone absolutely the same. It teaches you to remember, when you get down, Don’t separate yourself by class. The most important that everything is possible.” »



Jumpsuit, as before. Rings, from top: rose gold, white gold and prasiolite, £1,470; rose gold, white gold and madeira quartz, £1,460; rose gold and brown diamond, £1,900, all Pomellato Hair Mari Ohashi at LGA Management. Hair assistant Wilson Horwei Fok. Make-up Jo Baker at Forward Artists, using Rimmel London. Nails Joanna Newbold at, using OPI Nail Lacquer. Tailor Michael Hunt. Set design Laura Timmons. Stylist’s assistant Chloe Forde. Location Spring Studios

OWN YOUR FAILURES “I only succeed


“I try to be with Valentina as much as possible, even 2% of the time. You don’t see the millions of times when I’m working. She was with me on the cover shoot I have failed trying. First rule of life: you have and she felt like a participant – she wasn’t just sitting to always learn from your failures. Embrace them. there on the iPad. This is so important. You have to I worked four years on The Prophet, a film I am drag children into participating in life. It takes a lot so proud of, that I thought was going to inspire of work and mummies are very people, and it’s the biggest failure tired because most of us work I’ve ever had. We couldn’t even I’m proud of my and life is exhausting, especially get distribution. And it’s the if you are an older mom like me, thing that I am most proud FAILURES, because but you have to make the effort. of that I ever did. I’m proud I did them with And if you have a smart child, of my failures, because I did CONVICTION it’s harder. Now it’s so easy to them with conviction.” just entertain them (with a screen), EMBRACE UNEXPECTED and you don’t have to go through the complaining for an BLESSINGS “I had a child late in life. In Tale hour about dragging them places. Drag them, and make Of Tales, I identified with my character’s desperate them a part of your life. It’s about the human connection, desire to have a child, and maybe feeling that you and the things they can learn from participating in life. could never be happy or complete, that your life is Otherwise, isolation starts to happen.” not complete, without this. I’ve had that yearning, STOP THE BLAME GAME “When there is that longing, and that pain… I always wanted to a conflict, people waste time and energy trying to find have a lot of children, and I was not able to. My out who to blame. It’s easy to ask whose fault it was body, as a miracle, had one. The huge blessing instead of putting heads together to see what can you I’ve had is that my husband has three other children. learn from it and how can you fix it. Trying to find who » So I have four. And they are all so different.”


RED WOMAN to blame – even if you know immediately whose fault it was – is extremely destructive in a relationship. The person with the fault will have a lot of guilt or shame, or feel attacked. Everybody loses.”

KEEP ROMANCE ALIVE “Sex is not the key to a happy marriage, but it’s a side effect. Although not every day! If it’s every day, it loses its charm. It’s so important to maintain your chemistry. You have to continue to laugh, explore, have fun with each other, and have romance. A good marriage, full of love, is my biggest accomplishment. Home is where my husband is. He is home. Everything outside of the family nucleus is an adventure that you’re living together.”


SEXUALITY, what other people see in you, is ENJOYING your body. Involve your senses, and you become sexy

“Even though I struggle every moment with my own judgement of my body, I’m in touch with myself. I try to be really aware of every muscle. It is sexy. Sexuality, what other people see in you, is enjoying your body. Involve your senses in your life, and you will become sexy. Dance, and not to look good. If you dance terribly, still dance. I’m a diver, and I think this is the most sensual thing. It’s liberating to move in the water, to float, to observe things that you cannot control, to be in touch with your breathing. I find that sexy. It might in the moment not look sexy, but this interaction with life makes you sexy. And even if you’re on a diet, enjoy your food – please! It’s a very Latin point of view.”

CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE: Hayek with husband FrançoisHenri Pinault at Cannes last year; in Frida (2002); with Antonio Banderas in Desperado (1995)

Hayek with her daughter Valentina last year

Oh, that gives me such pleasure! I think every woman is a creative being and a lot of women don’t get to be happy because they don’t have a creative outlet. Or women waste time obsessing about fashion, or their weight, or their children, which is all about image. We were born to create. Even if you don’t think you have the talent in you, imagination and creativity is a very strong part of being a woman, and you have to find a way to explore it. I’ll tell you why: we are the creators of life.”

REJECT THE GOAL OF PERFECT HAPPINESS “Happiness cannot be perfect. Perfection is a mirage. If you have a vision of perfection, when you take the road to get there, if you learn in the road, then when you arrive you will see it’s not perfection. Perfection can damage beauty, it can damage art, it can damage growth. Happiness cannot have this title of perfection.”  For Salma Hayek’s Best Things in Life, visit Tale Of Tales is released nationwide REDONLINE.CO.UK on 17th June


CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE: With America Ferrera in Ugly Betty (2006); in Tale Of Tales; on the red carpet at Cannes last year


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Rosie wearing a Galliano stole in the Elle fashion cupboard (aka the world’s best dressing-up box)



Ab Fab is back. But while Patsy and Eddie’s antics now seem gloriously OTT, the reality, says Rosie Green, was far more bonkers “WILL YOU F*** OFF OUT OF MY CAR?” The owner of

this Mercedes is not happy. Neither is the fashion editor whom I have ushered into his back seat. It turns out the silver saloon is not the ‘executive car’ I ordered on the magazine’s account (monthly bill equivalent of Burundi’s GDP). No, it actually belongs to a man who just happens to be waiting for his wife outside our office. Gulp. Welcome to my own version of life as a Bubble, Eddie’s long-suffering personal assistant in Absolutely Fabulous. As tantalising teasers of this summer’s new film emerge, it jolts me right back to the bonkers, crazy 1990s fashion world the TV show so brilliantly pastiched. (Well, some might say pastiched, I would say just accurately reflected.) It was the early 1990s. I had won a writing competition at Vogue for which my prize was £1,000 (which, in a careful and considered manner, I immediately blew on a VW Beetle). Oh, and a week’s work experience. I was a Midlander (I fear it was the first time some staffers had encountered such a person) with a penchant for club clothes. My work wardrobe consisted of a sheer mesh top with a Wonderbra underneath and an old lady’s girdle. And while my creative chops had been joyously confirmed by my victory, the organisational side of my brain was still somewhat underdeveloped, verging on non-existent. On my first day in the Vogue offices, the editor’s PA was off sick. Some unwitting fashionista posted me outside the editor’s office to answer the constantly ringing phones. “Sorry, you are…?” “Lord Snowdon.” “Just putting you through, my Lord.” Click. Dead line. “Oh, terribly sorry, Lord. Trying again.” This happened six times.

CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT: Rosie with then Elle beauty assistant Sarah Joan Ross; Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina and Patsy in Ab Fab in 2001; Rosie in a Sonia Rykiel catsuit, age 23 I moved to Elle. I spent a year in their fashion cupboard, surrounded by Gucci, Pucci and Prada, logging long hours feverishly faxing (faxing!) the fashion houses to secure clothes for editors. During that time, I accidentally sent the editor’s personal dress back to Donna Karan in New York (cost of FedEx recall unknown); threw Yasmin Le Bon’s slip dress in the bin (if she noticed the stains, she didn’t say); got a tube from Leicester Square to Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles), and sent my boss to the airport the day after the date her tickets were booked for. I wasn’t just green, I was chartreuse. I was also in heaven. JUST CALLING MILAN ON THE PHONE FELT SO EXTREMELY EXOTIC, I thought I might pass out.

Sometimes you knew the last person to wear the outfit you were calling in (blue velvet Gucci trousers) was Madonna (of course, and nope, I couldn’t get them over my knees). Shoots were hilariously decadent. Lucie McCullin, a former Elle intern, then fashion editor, and now a creative consultant for Claudia Schiffer, remembers the excitement of meetings where the world’s most exotic locales were bandied around as possible shoot locations. She recalls the joy of being “stranded” in St Barths for three days until the luggage turned up, and waiting for a week for Kirsten Dunst to materialise in LA. My first trip was to Morocco and I shared a room with a rookie make-up artist called Charlotte Tilbury (who spoke to the waiters in an ’Allo ’Allo-style French accent in the hope they would then understand her »


EXPERIENCE crazy dogs and bought them rotisserie chicken (the pups, that is). I fielded furious calls from outraged PRs (T and S critiqued clothes with unheard-of honesty). IT WAS ALL ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, WHICH IS HOW SUSANNA FLYNN REMEMBERS IT, TOO.

FROM TOP: Saunders and Lumley starring in the new Ab Fab film; at the Elle Style Awards

FROM TOP: With Catherine Zeta-Jones in LA; Jennifer Lopez in the Versace dress Rosie later wore

English). I spent many days (unsuccessfully) sourcing an endangered leopard for the fashion editor. THE FASHION CUPBOARD WAS OUR WARDROBE.

Being un peu more curvaceous than your average celeb/super didn’t stop me from squeezing into the samples. I wore the slashed-to-there jungle-print Versace dress J-Lo made infamous (yes, I have shared gusset with Jenny from the Block). Occasionally, when last night’s excesses caught up with me and my fellow fashion slaves, we would take a lie-down among the Galliano samples. And boy, were there wild parties. I went to Madonna’s in LA, where Jack Nicholson came up to me and said, “Nice tits, can I buy you a drink?” Every party had the Brit Pack, some YBAs and the Primrose Hill posse in attendance. Think Moss, Frost, possibly Jade Jagger, always Meg Mathews and Fran Cutler. Plus Liam, Noel and a menagerie of hairdressers and stylists. In the late 1990s the Met Bar was where it was at. I had birthday drinks on the second night it opened. When the bill came, everyone had buggered off. It was more than my yearly rent. I scarpered. The next day an envelope arrived from them. I opened it trembling. It was a membership card. At this time I ate at parties because I couldn’t afford to eat at home and lived with five girls in a hovel in southwest London. We had one shower and no curtains. One housemate used to do our waxing using strips of old jeans and a revolting pot of wax forever bubbling on the stove. I remember a woman from Cartier coming to pick up some diamonds she had lent me (the first time I realised that a fat neck was a thing). When she stood up from our revolting sofa she had a (used) strip attached to her derrière. I removed it, rather deftly I thought, with a single swipe. Then I became Trinny and Susannah’s assistant and earned (whoop) £50 a day. They were a blast. When it was hot, we worked in our underwear. I walked their

She worked as a PA for Lynne Franks, the PR whose clients were Ab Fab creators French and Saunders. In her, they found a rich seam of comedy gold. She is widely acknowledged to have inspired Edina. And Susanna, so fashion lore has it, was the inspiration behind Bubble. “They (French and Saunders) have never openly acknowledged it was me,” says Susanna. “I wasn’t northern, and I hope I’m cleverer than Bubble, but yes, I had the crazy hair and wild outfits.” She confesses to some Bubble traits, too. “I didn’t ever learn shorthand, and I couldn’t use a computer, so I would take dictation from Lynne and she would talk so quickly I would get the first few sentences right and the rest of the stuff I would have to just make up. When I gave her the document, she’d call me back into her office and say, ‘What the bloody hell is this?’” Susanna describes a crazy office with incessantly ringing phones, and how Lynne would stride in from her car, still talking to her on her mobile, until she was standing directly in front of her desk. “If she was out of the office and I was on the phone, she would have the receptionist Tannoy me to get off the other call and pick up hers. She was always going off on retreats and went on one with some North American Indians. When she came back, we were all allocated a spirit animal – I was an owl – and you had to make the sound of that animal. Oh, and you were strongly encouraged to chant with her in the office.” Though it all sounds crazy bonkers, Susanna is at pains to point out it wasn’t all frivolous. In the early 1990s Lynne and her fellow entrepreneurs were changing the face of fashion. No longer was it dominated by middle-aged white men or considered pointless, but finally being recognised as both culturally significant and a powerful, profitable industry. Plus, “It was a meritocracy,” says Susanna. “At Lynne Franks people succeeded on their talents. Lynne wasn’t from a privileged background – her dad was a butcher and she didn’t go to university – but she was sharp and on it. If she saw talent and tenacity, she would give you an opportunity, wherever you were from.” So Lynne was no joke. Neither was Ab Fab’s popularity. It confirmed fashion was worthy of airtime. It was manna for all of us who were starved of any mention of it. Suddenly, supermodels, designers and beauty were big news. Fashion went stratospheric. And I feel so lucky to have had a front-row seat when it did.  To find out more about Absolutely Fabulous is out 1st July the Ab Fab film, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK



I ate at PARTIES because I couldn’t AFFORD to eat at home and lived with five girls in a HOVEL

BREXIT: ARE YOU IN OR OUT? Of the third of Britons undecided on how to vote on 23rd June, 60% are women, which means your vote will decide this election. Here, politicians, business owners and writers give their take on the debate



David Cameron “On 23rd June, Red readers, along with the rest of the country, will face one of the biggest political decisions of a generation – whether we remain in or leave the European Union. Whether you are an employee, entrepreneur or perhaps thinking about your children’s future prospects, you can’t underestimate what this decision means for you. Those who want us to leave have tried to argue that in doing so we can still get all the benefits of EU membership but at no cost. I’m afraid they are wrong. If we stay, British businesses will have full access to the European free trade area of 500 million people, bringing jobs, investment, lower prices and financial security. This is the best trade deal of all – better than anything we could get outside the EU. By staying in we can continue to work closely with other countries to fight cross-border crime and terrorism, giving us safety and strength in numbers. And by remaining part of a reformed EU we can continue to play a leading role in one of the largest international organisations from within, enabling us to stand tall in the world. Compare that with the potential costs of leaving. The likelihood is that prices would rise, your mortgage would be at risk, and businesses would suffer. We just don’t know how many jobs would be lost. It would mean risk at a time of uncertainty; a leap into the dark. My firm belief is that we will be stronger, safer and better off staying in a reformed Europe than out on our own. But the decision is for you. So whatever you decide, I urge you to get out there and vote for your future.”


Martha Lane Fox, June Sarpong and David Cameron argue the case for staying THE TECH GURU

Martha Lane Fox, crossbench peer at House of Lords “Our membership of the EU has been central in getting me to where I am today. Professionally, the EU has allowed me to build successful businesses and provide the best deals for consumers, while personally it has given me the chance to travel freely and enjoy the best the continent has to offer. That is why I firmly believe we must vote to stay in. Today, we can access a pool of more than 500 million consumers across the EU. That is as crucial for tech start-ups as it is for big business. Amongst other things, the single market enables UK tech firms to recruit the best skilled employees from across the continent without the need for visas. Bringing in and sharing this knowledge has been invaluable to growing the UK tech sector – do we really want that to end? The reality is that leaving would hit our economy, businesses of all sizes, impact jobs and much more. Being part of the EU helps develop the spirit of entrepreneurialism that is so synonymous with the UK. In my opinion we can’t afford to turn our backs on that.” THE CAMPAIGNER

June Sarpong, board member of Britain Stronger In Europe “This decision will not only impact us, but our children and future generations. Staying in the EU brings jobs and a boost to businesses, plus cheaper flights due to a competitive market of low-cost airlines. Take women’s rights as another example. Thanks to our EU membership,


we have guaranteed maternity leave, protection against dismissal for becoming pregnant, and the right to earn as much as a man for doing the same job. Funding from the EU also gives our children the chance to study in Europe, due to the Erasmus Programme. Then there’s the access to free healthcare abroad, the fact we have cleaner beaches and the celebrated booze cruise. These advantages, and more, are put at risk if we walk away from the EU. That’s why this referendum matters to all of us.”




Janice Turner, journalist “Remember the tampon tax row? For decades feminists argued sanitary products are not a luxury and should thus be VAT-exempt. Finally last year the argument was won. Labour agreed, the Tories agreed. So why does a 5% tax remain? Because for our democratically elected government to drop VAT requires the unanimous agreement of 28 EU states. It is a small but illuminating case. Micro-management by Brussels grows by the year since the EU is committed to ‘ever closer union’. Can you name your MP? I bet you can, at least their party. Your MEP? I bet not. For democracy to work it must be accountable and transparent. Whereas Brussels involves layers of unelected officials – who, incidentally, are exempt from income tax in their own countries – and secret negotiations. Take diesel cars. I bought mine eight years ago because I was told it was the ‘green’ option. I didn’t know the EU had secretly been lobbied hard by car firms such as Volkswagen. So, while America invested in electric and hybrid, the EU plugged diesel. Now half of British cars run on what the EU now tells us is a filthy, dangerous fuel. Millions of cars like mine are almost worthless. The Remain camp points out the IMF, the CBI and countless big corporations support Britain staying in the EU. Of course they do! Capitalism loves cheap workers. Which those arriving from countries like Bulgaria and Romania – where incomes are four times lower – provide. Why should rich companies pay more when the pool of cheap labour is infinite? And what about rapid population growth? When net migration is 336,000 a year it means mighty social change. We’ll need 880,000 more school places by 2023, an extra


68,000 homes a year just to accommodate migration assumptions. To wish to leave the EU does not mean ‘leaving Europe’. It means trading and cooperating with our neighbours while regaining power over matters as big as controlling our borders and as small as tampon tax.” THE MP

The Rt Hon Priti Patel, minister of state for employment, MP for Witham “By voting to leave we can take back control of the laws we make and spend the £350 million the EU takes weekly from the taxes we work hard to pay on our own priorities. Just think of the services that we could pay for. At a time when our NHS is under pressure, we could be investing that money in more hospitals, doctors, GPs and nurses. As a mother, I am always thinking about what’s best for our children and investment in education. But when so many parents worry about securing a place for their children at the school of their choice, it is heartbreaking to see our taxes being blown on projects in far-flung parts of Europe instead of in schools. By voting to leave, we will also be able to take control of our borders and address the pressures on service, housing and infrastructure caused by uncontrolled immigration. Leaving will also support job creation and security. Red tape from the EU costs this country over £33 billion a Priti Patel, Jon Moulton year, putting jobs and growth and Janice at risk. Remaining in the EU Turner want is a huge risk for Britain. Britain out You can be confident that of the EU by choosing to Vote Leave, you can make the safe choice for our country and the secure choice for your family.” THE VENTURE CAPITALIST

Jon Moulton “I favour leaving Europe because I see the country being dragged into an overregulated, bureaucratic sort of place, which goes nowhere. Why do we all have to have the same social and work rules? In my world of financial services I am particularly worried – given time, European, and especially London’s, financial services will suffer if we leave Have you made up your mind their fate to the European about how to vote? Tweet us regulation writers.”  your views @RedMagDaily #TheRedReport




KELLY HOPPEN Yes, she’s a feisty, super-successful entrepreneur with a beige obsession, but she’s also a doting mother, supporter of young women and a potent cheerleader, as Saska Graville discovers


Photographs KATE MARTIN

elly Hoppen is not who you think she is – but let’s get who you think she is out of the way first. Successful, rich, determined and a little bit chilly; Sienna Miller’s stepmum, and the go-to designer for any celebrity in search of a beige, candle-filled interior. In other words, the woman who appeared on Dragon’s Den is the real Kelly, right? Well yes, but then again, absolutely not. She is, of course, successful, rich and determined. You don’t get to be Kelly Hoppen MBE, presiding over your own global design company that is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, without having focus and off-thescale determination. This is a woman who, as a precocious 16-year-old, launched a design career, from which she has never looked back, creating homes for Victoria Beckham, Elton John and Jo Malone along the way. And Sienna is her stepdaughter, with her sister, designer Savannah Miller (Hoppen’s second marriage was to their father, Ed Miller). Add in Hoppen’s daughter from her first marriage, Honestly Healthy’s Natasha Corrett, and you’ve got what must be one of the most high profile – and happiest-sounding – blended families around. But we’ll get to all of that. For now, let’s debunk any impression of Hoppen as haughty or, whisper it, a tiny bit frightening. Full disclosure, I used to think all of the above. But, having worked with her on several Red mentoring events, and seen how passionate and engaged she is, particularly when it comes to supporting young women, I stand corrected.


“All my life, people have said to me, ‘you’re not who I thought you were going to be’,” Hoppen, 56, tells me, as we sit at the kitchen table in her cavernous London home. (We’ll come on to that, too.) “But I really like helping people because I feel that people think that my life has been unbelievably easy, and it hasn’t.” Hoppen may have been born into a wealthy family in London’s Belgravia, but “from the age of 11 I was aware that my parents weren’t happy. My brother was at boarding school so I was an only child, and I was very lonely. I was bullied at school, I hated it. At 13, I put a lot of weight on, which was horrible at that age, so my confidence went.” THE DEFINING POINT OF HOPPEN’S LIFE WAS THE DEATH OF HER FATHER, WHEN SHE WAS 16.

A chronic asthmatic, he died in hospital after being taken off his breathing medication for tests and suffering eight heart attacks. “That was the worst thing that was ever going to happen in my whole life,” she says. “And that’s when I put up all these shields of ‘right, I’m strong, I can do it, I don’t need anybody’. That was to my detriment, because it’s taken years of people trying to break down all those shields and barriers.” If you talk to the closest people in Hoppen’s life, it’s clear that there are no barriers when it comes to family. Quite the opposite. “Kelly is a major compass in my life,” is how Savannah puts it, when I ask her to describe her »

PROFILE Kelly Hoppen photographed in her home for Red


“It’s taken years of people trying to break down all my shields and barriers,” says Hoppen, pictured in her living room

stepmum. “She understands me on a personal and (Miller’s ex-wife) was very sick with cancer, and the kids professional level, and never ceases to amaze me moved in with us. I had an instant family with three with her insight. She’s a bloody good laugh, too.” kids, which was the best thing to ever happen to me. Sienna is equally effusive. “Kelly has always managed “Jo had such an ease with the girls, that if I hadn’t to be both instinctively nurturing and also an incredible met her, Natasha would have had an incredibly strict lateral thinker,” she tells me, over email. “There are upbringing. I would have been very much like my few people in the world who I would rather turn to for mother was with me. Jo was a great stepmother to advice. I am so in awe of how she has built her business Tash, and me to her girls. We’re all still very joined in the way that she has, while managing to retain – Jo is my best friend. We have a bond that can such a strong sense of family. She really never be broken.” epitomises the modern woman.” “Confidence HOPPEN IS VERY MUCH A WOMAN’S It sounds like Hoppen could write is the one WOMAN, SOMETHING THAT IS the how-to manual on modern family THING that CLEAR WHEN YOU GET HER ON life. “She is the glue that holds us all will make THE SUBJECT OF MENTORING. together,” says her daughter, Natasha. She wants every girl to enjoy the “She is the most generous person your life same confidence that she had when, I know, with her time, love and BETTER” at just 16, she launched her career by commitment to support us.” designing a family friend’s kitchen. (She’d That all three daughters have a close bond is cut her teeth at 13, designing her own teenage a powerful testament to Hoppen’s mothering skills. bedroom, “white shag pile carpet, brown felt “You should see the three of them together,” she smiles. walls trimmed in chrome and shutters on the “They have nicknames for each other. Sienna is Gismo, windows with chrome handles”.) and Tash is Gronk. They call me Celtic Wizard!” “Confidence is the one thing that will make your Even more extraordinary, is Hoppen’s relationship life better,” she says. “Every problem that you have with Sienna and Savannah’s mother Jo. “I had one in life, whether to do with boys, or the way you child (Natasha) and then one day, I had two more,” look, will be better. It’s about being around people she tells me, of her married life with Ed Miller. “Jo


PROFILE who motivate you and make you feel good about yourself. It’s not something that can happen instantly.” A clue to both Hoppen’s own confidence – and her rebellious streak – comes when I ask her to tell me her secret skill. “Backing singer,” she says, mischievously.

Hoppen with partner Jason Gardiner; and stepdaughters Savannah and Sienna Miller



a flight to South Africa (her mother is South African, that is now a six-bedroom, but Hoppen grew up in London). It was there, six-bathroom temple of Hoppen’s in the midst of apartheid, that she met a group creamy, marbled, hyper-sleek of black jazz musicians. “I’d never heard music aesthetic. “I’d already redone like it,” she says. “They were incredible.” his home in the country Flouting the segregated norms of the time, – four weeks after we met. the teenage Hoppen joined the band’s tour, He pretty much knows as backing singer and apartheid-busting hotel every shade of taupe! “I’m stooge as they travelled around South Africa. “It was a big empty warehouse, full “I’d check in and then sneak them all into my of rats and rubble,” she says, of the site. constantly room,” she says, of those days. “I was young “And now it takes my breath away every STRIVING and so anti-apartheid, and I fell madly time I walk in. When John saw it he said, to find the in love with one of the band members.” ‘you’re good at this, Kel, it’s beautiful’.” There were signs back then of Hoppen’s It’s the first time, since Natasha’s next new later career – back in Johannesburg, she dad, that Hoppen has bought a home THING” accessorised her musician boyfriend’s with a partner. “Quite a big thing, because place with Designers Guild furnishings, pilfered I’m very independent,” she admits. “But from her mother’s home back in London. it never felt wrong, and the whole relationship has “I called her and she thought I was coming home, been like that. Completely easy and natural.” but I was just coming to nick all the cushions and It seems businessman Gardiner won Hoppen’s heart, throws from her house,” laughs Hoppen. “All these with a bit of old-fashioned cheesy romance. “After we’d sweet-pea designs, stuffed into my bag. I went met, he came over the next day and he was wearing this straight back and decorated our new apartment. amazing T-shirt,” she tells me. “He gave me this big hug “These band members were so funky and cool, and I looked at his T-shirt and said, ‘God, that is so soft’.” and there was me, making porridge and saying, Gardiner didn’t miss a beat… “He said, ‘That’s ‘breakfast will be served at 7am’.” boyfriend material’,” laughs Hoppen, “and he had Alongside her home-making tendencies, those me at that! I got him a T-shirt for Valentine’s Day years also reveal the adventurous spirit that still fuels last year, saying ‘Boyfriend material’.” Hoppen today. “If I did the same thing every day, WHETHER OR NOT GARDINER IS HUSBANDI’d go mad,” she says. “I need to move, I need to go NUMBER-THREE MATERIAL REMAINS TO BE SEEN places. I’m constantly striving to find the next new (from the twinkle in Hoppen’s eye when she talks thing. I’m somebody who collects information.” about him, I suspect it’s a ‘yes’ from her), but there Crazy busy she may be – there’s a 40th anniversary is no doubting that this is a woman at the very to celebrate, an “amazing” list of design projects on peak of her powers – in life, love and work. the go and a new line of over 100 pieces of furniture “My business is incredible, I’m incredibly happy with about to hit the shops, not to mention a cameo in the John and my kids are all happy,” she says. “I’m at a point upcoming Ab Fab film – but if you want to really put in my life where I feel very lucky.” Not that she’s standing a smile on Hoppen’s face, ask her about a certain still, far from it. “It’s not about fame and fortune, it’s John Gardiner. The woman goes positively mushy. about constantly striving for something great,” she says, “I just couldn’t be happier with everything in my life,” of her unstoppable work ethic. she grins. Gardiner, who she met at Lisa Snowdon’s house “I never cease wanting four years ago, is the man with whom Hoppen has bought Enjoy more stories in the Red free weekly things to be amazing.”  and created her extraordinary London home. Well, I say newsletter. To sign up, Read Kelly Hoppen’s ‘created’, but I doubt he got a say in its luxe pale interior. text RED and your email monthly column “I told him to stay away until it was finished,” address to 84499* on she says, of the outsize converted auction house,




THE FRIENDSHIP I never wanted TO END Being spurned by a close friend is the worst kind of rejection, says Emma Laurence, but it’s a valuable lesson in relationships, life, and knowing when to quit


bewildering, place. I was trying to find a job as well as a home for us, while Sean was out at work all day, and I knew no-one. It hurt that my attempts to reach Abby were met with silence but I sensed she was down – as was often the case when one of us went quiet – so I kept the messages light and waited for her to bite.

ou can’t always pinpoint the end of a friendship. Mostly, life intervenes and we just drift apart, held together for a while by Facebook reminders and we-must-do-thisWHEN SHE FINALLY DID, SHE TOLD ME SHE’D BEEN more-oftens – until the last thread wears so UPSET WITH ME FOR MONTHS BUT NEVER FOUND thin it simply falls away. But I can tell you the exact THE RIGHT TIME TO MENTION IT. Not on my hen moment my friendship with Abby* ended, because it weekend in Ibiza, when we’d danced till our limbs happened in an email, a time-stamped digital missive were numb and our hearts full, not when she’d pressed that’s still sitting, ironically, in my ‘friends’ folder. a collage of pictures of us together into my hand before I’ve never been dumped by email before. Call me the wedding, and not when we’d clung to each other on old-fashioned, but I always thought a proper relationship that winter’s day, already planning her first trip to Dubai. deserved a proper ending. And this was a proper The email was an ultimatum of sorts – either relationship. Okay, we weren’t lovers, but for six years I apologise for something I couldn’t we’d laughed together, cried together and, six months ago, walked down I ALWAYS THOUGHT remember doing or, well, there was the aisle together at my wedding. a proper relationship no ‘or’. Somewhere in between all the dancing and delirium of Ibiza, Abby Not long after, my new husband’s deserved a PROPER had decided I’d acted ‘displeased’ job brought us to Dubai. Sean and ENDING. And this was with her and embarrassed her in front I had just weeks to pack up our lives and say our goodbyes. When we a proper relationship of the group. I forced myself to reread her words over and over even though shared our last London pint with they made me feel sick; replayed the whole weekend in friends one grey December afternoon, a few my head; implored everyone who’d been there to tell days before the move, it was Abby who shed the me if I’d thrown a hideous bridezilla strop and somehow most tears. I held her tight and she promised to erased it from memory, but we all drew a blank. visit in the spring. It didn’t feel like goodbye. It was as if, on our way back from the island, we The next few weeks were dizzying. We were living had splintered off on two parallel but miles-apart » out of eight suitcases in a strange, at times deeply


FRIENDSHIP trajectories, Sliding Doors style. In my world we were as close as ever but in Abby’s, our friendship had unravelled, and when I opened her email the two became one again and my version of us – the only one I knew – disappeared. Back when Abby and I became friends, we were very much on the same course. We met at work, bonding over a shared hatred of our jobs and a shared history of crappy boyfriends, crazy families and occasional depression. Although our views on everything from sex to politics were wildly different, we sensed in each other a kindred spirit – that rare and precious thing that makes a friend a soulmate.

treasured friends. The second time involved being squared up to in a club for reasons I still don’t fully understand – I blame hormones and tequila. This one took longer to heal but we’ve made our peace now, too. Number three was like a holiday romance: we fell hard and fast, our lust fuelled by endless, intoxicating nights and duvet days, but fizzled out when I (shock horror) got a boyfriend. It took me years to realise she’d actually already ended it but didn’t know how to tell me. WHY IS IT THAT WHEN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP GOES WRONG, AT SOME POINT WE ALWAYS KNOW WHEN TO QUIT, but when a friendship isn’t working

any more we skirt around the issue? Maybe it’s because ast-forward two years and we both had new jobs, relationships demand a physical break – there’s property and new men. Mine went on to become my to return, financial ties to sever, mutual friends to claim. husband; Abby’s broke her heart. I was there for But the things that bind friendships together are less her – Sean and I both were – but my happiness tangible – so when they come undone, someone has to hung unwittingly in the air, and I could see that it actually call it. And none of us wants to admit we’ve stung. I knew well the knife twist of yet another friend failed at something so basic toddlers can do it. getting engaged/pregnant/promoted At school I was bullied pretty but I was always truly happy for them, much constantly. A swot with fat We met at work, even when my own circumstances felt knees and tears that came too easily, bonding over a shared desperately unfair by comparison. I made an obvious target. Since then, HATRED of our jobs After all, our path in life is no-one’s the emotional tendencies and the and a shared history of studiousness have served me well responsibility but our own. Until I asked Abby to be my crappy BOYFRIENDS (and I’ve learned to live with the bridesmaid, though, we rarely knees). I care about things, and about quarrelled. She became increasingly prickly about the people; about doing a good job and being a good hen do, in particular, complaining that she’d had to friend. Which is why I’m letting Abby go. I have cancel another holiday because she couldn’t afford both. always loved generously and unconditionally, and I offered to help out – for me, it wasn’t about the money expected the same in return. I’ve been disappointed – but I think this only made her resent me more. often. But like all relationships, a friendship must Resentment, jealousy – it feels so unbearably be nurtured, and if the other person won’t meet presumptuous however you say it, but I can’t find you halfway, it can only survive so long. another explanation that fits. I thought our friendship After the sixth or seventh round of bullying, I remember was strong enough to withstand anything, but perhaps my mum, exasperated, saying something like, “All these I just wanted that to be true. Or perhaps we’d come to people can’t have it in for you – have you ever thought the end of our story and I’d been so busy, so content, you might be the problem?” I might well have been, I hadn’t noticed. We had gravitated towards each other insofar as I was weak: too trusting; too sensitive; in a darker time, and now she couldn’t reconcile my desperate, by that point, just to be liked. But the bullies happy ending with her work in progress. and, later, the failed friends made me strong. I’m proud of the fact that my friendships now are as few as they are I TRIED TO REASON WITH HER OVER EMAIL EVEN fabulous. Life is too short and too wonderful to spend THOUGH I ALREADY KNEW IT WAS OVER; she never a second of it on people who don’t want to be in your gang. even bothered to reply. It was devastating, but in some They say that people come into your life for a reason, ways it was also a relief. I no longer have to feel guilty a season or a lifetime, and the last six months have proved for getting on with my life, and if she needs to pin the beyond question who the lifers are. As for Abby, I believe demise of our relationship on me, that’s fine. This isn’t that we were absolutely meant to meet when we did, and my first experience of a friendship fading. I hope she feels the same way. Maybe we’ll be friends Abby is the fourth friend who’s broken up with me again someday, maybe we won’t, but whatever happens in adult life, though the first time it was technically I hope that the seasons are kind For more friendship me that did the dumping. My friend had experienced to her, as they have been to me. stories, visit unbearable loss and I bore the brunt of her pain. We I have six years of summers REDONLINE.CO.UK needed a cooling-off period; today, she’s one of my most to thank her for. 






COMING Put yourself first, take orgasm training, talk about your clitoris… Stephanie Theobald shares the secrets of 2016’s sexual revolution


arlier this year, Emma Watson embarked on an adventure more thrilling and gutsy than anything JK Rowling could have imagined. In conversation with legendary 1970s feminist Gloria Steinem, Watson broached the predictable chestnuts about the modern female experience: violence, abortion rights, women in politics. But what sent headlines careering around the world was when the 26-year-old dared to champion the importance of sexual pleasure. Enthusing about new website, where women show you how they have orgasms, Watson (“I wish it had been around longer!”) was unknowingly virtual vulvas with their computer mouse while hearing cutting the ribbon for the Sexual Revolution take two. responses from the women they belong to (“I’m close”, I became aware of this female-friendly Second Sexual “Stop for one second”, etc). Although the $4.6 million site Revolution two years ago on a journey across America, had research help from the famous Kinsey Institute, it’s meeting the sex heroines of my youth. I’d been inspired not the science that’s been wowing subscribers. Daniller by attending a ‘masturbation masterclass’ in New York, explained that, until now, the only funded large-scale thrown by 86-year-old renegade feminist Betty Dodson. sex research has either been biological (the physiology Dodson published the world’s only bestselling book of what happens in the body during sex) or on masturbation, Sex For One, in 1987 and, behavioural (the percentage of women during the workshop, her message really came “Something who masturbate). Neither medical nor home to me: getting to see and know your genitals without shame and learning how a woman liked pornographic, talks about to bring yourself to orgasm alone are the in her twenties specific techniques women use to orgasm. foundations of every woman’s sexuality. might not work THE SELECTION BOX OF ORGASMS ON Dodson’s vision may soon come to pass thanks to Co-creator Lydia in her forties” THE SITE INCLUDES ‘EDGING’ (GETTING VERY TURNED ON, THEN HOLDING OFF), Daniller, 37, says Dodson’s work was an and ‘orbiting’ (making circles around the clitoris inspiration and that the new generation of bold and clitoral hood). Daniller says she’s learned how women comics such as Amy Schumer helped her “women evolve over time. Something a woman liked in realise that the cultural conversation was changing to her twenties might not work in her forties.” The essential “more frank and realistic portrayals of female sexuality”. thing, she continues, is that “women need to understand is an interactive orgasm-training it’s okay to ask for lots of different things sexually”. programme that promises to “lift the veil on female This was a common sentiment from everyone I spoke pleasure” and since it started (in December) it has to. Take Annie Sprinkle, a consultant on generated more than 45,000 users – half women, half men. The porn-star-turned-cult-performance-artist told me » For a flat fee of £19, subscribers can caress a selection of


SEX that when she got into porn in the 1970s, “there was a dies inside. The consequence is a life of mediocrity and debate about if women even had orgasms and if they did, low-level irritation with her boss, her husband, her kids.” who cares?” Sprinkle, 61, was denounced in the Senate One thing that’s stuck in my head from my adventures, in 1990 for a publicly funded show where she invited which turned into a memoir called Sex Drive, is the members of the audience to look at her cervix through importance of getting the word ‘clitoris’ out there. Lots a speculum (“to demystify the female body”). I meet of women who consider themselves liberated will refer to her in her San Francisco their genitals as their ‘vagina’ but this drives Betty Dodson kitchen as she’s pressing crazy. “The vagina’s the goddamn birth canal!” she her paint-splattered DD hollers, adding that the female equivalent of the penis is cleavage into art paper, the clitoris. During my travels, I learned that the clitoris completing another series has 8,000 nerve endings, as opposed to the penis’ 4,000 of ‘tit prints’ to celebrate and that it is actually around 8cm. Most people don’t the female form. It’s realise because most of our erectile tissue is inside our like Andy Warhol’s body. We’re talking a Lamborghini versus a bicycle. Factory in here only No wonder we need more attention. with more breasts. AT FIRST, IT WASN’T AN EASY RETURN Retro prints sell TO BRITISH LIFE after three months with at Christie’s for the American sexual avant-garde. But up to $1,000. FROM then I started meeting some forward“I’m glad the TOP: thinking UK-based women. The women’s Second Sexual Stephanie editor of The Telegraph, Emma Barnett, Revolution Theobald BETTY DODSON has just made a film for the BBC, Let’s finally arrived,” with Betty An 86-year-old who Talk About Female Masturbation, and she said, Dodson runs masturbation Newcastle-based Nicola Hunterconfessing that she only (left); masterclasses. Canavan’s ‘Raising the Skirt’ workshops discovered where her clitoris Betty in ( are gathering force. was by “seeing porn movies”. the 1980s; her famous BARBARA The title refers to the ancient Greek The most ‘out-there’ book CARRELLAS tradition of ‘Ana-Suromai’. The vulva was pleasure practitioner I met An expert in the believed to be so strong it had the power was Nicole Daedone who invented ‘energy orgasm’. to drive away evil, so Hunter-Canavan Orgasmic Meditation, or OM. Her urbantantra takes women outdoors to flash their company, now with a growing chapter genitals literally to the four winds and in London, offers a yoga-meets-sex NICOLE DAEDONE make art about their experiences. “After experience where a partner strokes the The founder of three days, the women have a much “upper left-hand quadrant of the female Orgasmic Meditation. stronger relationship to their bodies,” she clitoris” for a set period of 15 minutes says. I started to feel optimistic. The idea with the purpose of enhancing energy, REGENA that sexual pleasure is not just allowed but libido and connection to others. Daedone THOMASHAUER crucial to our health is beginning to be claims that most guys are never taught Motivational speaker understood. A new Sexual Wellness what to do and that OM is a way for men on sexuality. Clinic opened at Spire Southampton to break free from the cycle of hovering Hospital earlier this year, “between bravado and helplessness, SOPHIA WALLACE the first in a UK hospital. when they’re having sex with women”. (Right) Founder of Sexologists talk to patients Betty Dodson’s genital show-and-tell the ‘Cliteracy’ project. about awkward questions ‘Bodysex’ classes are a response to around sex, and therapy can modern women being “more at sea” be physical as well as verbal. about their sexuality than they were in the The Millennials are on the 1970s. She has a great line about how, as case, too. Last year, artist Sophia Wallace launched her a woman, you have to “run the fuck”, ie, don’t spend all ‘Cliteracy’ project to enlighten men and women through your time thinking about what your partner likes or if art about the deafening silence surrounding the clitoris. you’re appearing sexy enough for him or her. Millionaire It’s an exciting time to be a woman. In the first Sexual motivational speaker Regena Thomashauer has a similar Revolution, people talked about message. She speaks to hundreds of Sex And The City-style breaking through barriers – but this women every year about the ‘Pleasure Revolution’ and Read more about time the barricades are actually the importance of putting yourself first. “When a woman Stephanie Theobald’s starting to come down.  does not create pleasure in her life,” she told me, “she road trip at MYSEXDRIVE.ORG



heroines of the Second Sexual Revolution

Jeremy Vine photographed for Red




DANCER From politics to Strictly, Jeremy Vine talks to Viv Groskop about being an unlikely sex symbol, Twitter trolling, and how his daughters helped make him an internet sensation Photographs HAMISH BROWN


n this country, we seem to specialise in unlikely heart-throbs. Boris Johnson, Paul Merton and Clive Anderson regularly come top of ‘weird crush’ polls. Helen Mirren once admitted she had a thing about Andrew Marr. But there’s one man who’s king of them all, especially since his appearance astride a fibreglass horse on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Meet 51-year-old Jeremy Vine, ace political reporter turned Springsteen-loving, nerdy DJ. He’s currently celebrating a 13-year reign as the country’s best-loved radio broadcaster on his weekday lunchtime show on BBC Radio 2. With more than seven million listeners a week, Vine presides over a show that has quietly become the most popular news programme on UK radio. Personally, I am an even bigger fan of his quizmaster turn on BBC Two’s Eggheads, a peculiarly British show that is greatly enhanced by his chummy, supply-teacher manner. But it’s since his winning performance on Strictly (if we judge winning to mean not necessarily the glitter ball itself, but hearts and minds) that Vine has had to get used to being described as a sex symbol. He blushes. “Someone told me that I had ended up on a ‘List of Lust’. I was told it was a big breakthrough for me.” He goes even redder. “At the time, my left foot had swelled up because of the Charleston and I thought, ‘I do not feel like a sex symbol.’” I can report that, in the flesh, he is not a conventional hunk. But he is rather adorable, wearing a trademark »



But I learned what dancing is, and it felt fabulous.” The bookies had him as the favourite to go out in week one. “But we stayed in for eight weeks, which was miraculous. That’s down to the patience of my teacher Karen. She always got me to do stuff that I didn’t think I could do. She did this spin on the floor that was like Travolta in Grease. I thought: ‘I must remember this moment.’” Then there was the horse. This was the moment he had to shout, awkwardly, dressed as Clint Eastwood: “I’m back. Because I wanna dance with you.” Not many former Newsnight journalists could get away with then tossing their Stetson into the air before tangoing ineptly to Go West by Pet Shop Boys. But Vine did this kind of thing week after week with aplomb (including an exceptionally memorable zombie salsa to Michael Jackson’s Thriller), pausing only to release viral videos on his Facebook page about the importance of public failure. “There was a bit of trolling,” he recalls, giggling, “And there was one person in particular saying, ‘You should leave the programme, you idiot, because you can’t dance.’ I said two things in reply. One, I was doing my best. And, two, I have two daughters and I don’t want them to see their father realise he can’t win and then give up.” A week “I have two later that video had a million hits. DAUGHTERS and His daughters, Martha, 12, and I don’t want them to see Anna, eight, encouraged him to enter lilac shirt and a sharp-but-relaxed, definitely-not-Clarkson suit. On their FATHER realise he Strictly and it was important to him Strictly, he was compared to a giant he saw it through for them. can’t win then GIVE UP” that spider and “a stork that has been “I realised there must be a lot of electrocuted”. He was “scared” of the people who fear the pressure on their experience, he admits, “because I am a dad dancer. But children in a world that tells you that if you’re not Taylor my pro-dancer partner Karen said, ‘Dad dancing is where Swift, you’re nobody. It happens particularly with girls you move everything. Real dancing is where you move and how they do academically, as well as in terms of only one thing.’ That’s probably the one thing I learned.” body shape and fashion. It enabled me to communicate Off the dance floor, and in his radio studio where we something that I couldn’t always put into words for them: meet, he is a very appealing combination of extremely that it’s enough to work well and do your best. I did self-aware and defiantly geeky, keen to trumpet his worry in the first week when Craig [Revel Horwood, love for 1980s pop sensation Japan and his excitement Strictly judge] was very rude to me. I was worried that he has become “the cross between Kenny Everett about Anna being upset, as she’s only eight. But she and Alastair Burnet” that he always dreamed of. “My said: ‘No, don’t worry, Daddy, we were expecting that.’” mum always laughs because she says I’m doing exactly Vine is exceptionally sweet and earnest. He’s also what I wanted to do when I was 12.” He has also become open, admitting that his wife, Rachel Schofield, 39, an unlikely champion for life’s underdogs, pumping out herself an occasional presenter on BBC News, does believe-in-yourself messages on his 534k-strong Twitter most of the childcare in their house. He can come feed and publishing poems for his daughters on his across as old-fashioned and almost too clean-cut to website. (For his daughter Martha’s 12th birthday be true, but this just makes him more likeable. He is recently: “Life lies spread ahead of you: Have fun, frequently asked in interviews if his radio show is “a bit seize love and do not worry much. What you are too Alan Partridge”. “I think, ‘No. That’s the show,’” he already is what you will become.”) once replied, “The range is incredible.” And today he is



“I thought it would take six months for the listeners to trust me. It took at least six years,” says Vine



feeling just as protective of the show he loves. “Listener contributions could be someone saying, ‘My child’s school is next to an abattoir and seagulls keep dropping pigs’ ears into the playground.’ Then we’ll have an item on Shetland ponies and the producer will say, ‘We need some Shetland ponies in the studio.’ That happened. They brought them up in the lift.”

was going at the age of 82 and I happened to sit in for him. Now when I cycle in every day, I’m thinking, ‘What will it be today?’ I have been doing it for 13 years. It’s the best job in the BBC.” Sometimes, he strays into territory that could be regarded as defensive. I wonder if there’s HE REMEMBERS ONE a snobbery MOMENT THAT towards Radio EXEMPLIFIES WHY 2 that can HE LOVES HIS JOB sometimes SO MUCH – and why he grate. But he is thinks it’s important. He too much of a CLOCKWISE, was hosting a jokey item DJ nerd to care. FROM TOP LEFT: With wife Rachel about how difficult it is “I did worry Schofield; with to let your kids win at when I joined Radio 2. As daughters Martha games. One man phoned soon as I put the needle down and Anna; performing in and said that he had on the first record, I thought, on Strictly finally allowed his ‘Hmm, is this the end of my teenage daughter to beat career as a journalist?’ The “You get to a point when first record I played on Radio 2 was him at Connect Four when she was you have to AVOID the Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen. ill in hospital. “I said, ‘Oh, that’s lovely. How is she now?’ And he NARROWING. It’s about It turned out that all of that happened said, ‘She died the following day.’” the BBC was changing. This very trying to do stuff that as As he tells this story, I think he is old-fashioned idea of ‘you have to do you don’t want TO DO” politics, then foreign, then you can going to start crying. He is definitely the right person to host his show. be a presenter’ is disappearing. Now, And if things go the way he wants, he may well do if people trust you, you can communicate anything. this for the rest of his life. “If somebody said to me, in At first, I thought it will take six months for the listeners 20 years’ time you will have done 33 years on BBC Radio to trust me. I realised it took at least six years.” 2, I would say, ‘Brilliant’. Because it would be more than HAVING TURNED 50 LAST YEAR, HE IS NOW Jimmy Young. And he was one of the all-time greats. Also, FOCUSED ON STAYING YOUNG. “I see it in older people it’s all impact. TV is all about moments. You do one thing and sometimes I see it in myself: you start to narrow. If and people remember you for that. On Strictly I appeared I was going to listen to anything right now, for example, on a fibreglass horse. That is probably all I needed to do. I would listen to an Elvis Costello album because I love With TV it’s one show. With radio, it’s 10,000 shows.” him. But why aren’t I listening to Drake? I know that He grew up in Surrey, the eldest of three, and studied Drake is massive. Why aren’t I trying to figure out why English at Durham. Brother Tim Vine is one of the Drake is massive? Why am I listening to what I already UK’s most successful stand-up comedians. Sister Sonya know? You get to a certain point when you have to avoid is an artist and actor. Having been obsessed with music the narrowing. It’s about trying to do stuff that you don’t in his teens, young Jeremy soon focused on journalism. want to do. Being friends with people you don’t normally “I was a reporter for a long time and I think all meet. Listening to music you don’t normally like. Going presenters should be reporters for as long as they can walking when you don’t like walking.” And continuing be. I had two of the best jobs in reporting – I was with dad dancing that is not dad dancing, of course. a political correspondent in Westminster and I was “That’s the one thing Karen said to me,” he laughs. “‘You a foreign correspondent in Africa. Politics and foreign may not be able to dance. But are the key jobs. I really wanted to be a presenter. But Enjoy more stories in at least you can hear the beat.’”  everyone wants that and everyone is waiting for that tap the Red free weekly Jeremy Vine is on BBC Radio 2 on the shoulder – and sometimes it never comes. Then newsletter. To sign up, weekdays from 12pm to 2pm I had this amazing lucky streak where Jimmy Young text RED and your email address to 84499*





Laura Jane Williams imagined she’d marry the man she had spent the last decade with. But when he chose her closest friend instead, she realised the next person she had to fall in love with was herself


he first time David* and I kissed, we were barely teenagers. I tripped over a stone in a church graveyard, landing on my knees, when he sort of launched on top of me and pressed his mouth to mine. I pushed him off, startled and embarrassed, and carried on walking. We had variations of that several times over the next few years. “He’s just my friend,” I’d squeal at sleepovers. “I don’t fancy him.” But it was always a given that, no matter how an evening started, we’d always end up in the corner of a party together. When we kissed properly in Year 11, both more willing and prepared, somebody cheered, “Finally!” while 20 bystanders hoorayed. At 14, we were drawn to each other but unsure, in that teenage way. At 17, we were boyfriend and girlfriend, bunking off sixth form to have sex in my car in the North Yorkshire hills, after which I’d confide to my best friend Gwen, proud and giddy. By 18 we were backpacking around the world, from Thailand to India. We spent summers at his family’s house in France where I used to imagine our wedding would be. At 19, we moved in together, putting off university until, two years later, we made the weighty decision to go – 200 miles apart but still together. I know a lot of people drift apart in their early twenties but, perhaps naively, I believed we’d be the exception. We loved to be together. To cook, to build things, to be a team. I was part of his family, and he mine. Above everything else, we were best friends. Soon, though, days passed without a phone call; weeks disappeared without us meeting. Then one day, I saw on

Facebook that some girls we’d grown up with had visited him. I didn’t think twice when I saw Gwen, my closest school friend, in the background of one of the photographs. I didn’t even connect the dots when David travelled to see me later that month and ended our relationship. AFTER HE LEFT, I CLOSED THE FRONT DOOR AND COLLAPSED TO THE GROUND, HEAVING THROUGH UNINTERRUPTED HOURS OF PRIMAL SOBS. I called

his mother. The phone rang out. I don’t know what she could have said to me anyway. I hadn’t just lost David, but his mum and dad, his brother and sister. Weeks later, a friend of a friend told me she’d seen David and Gwen at a bar in York, arms entwined. When I heard that, I knew in that instant, bizarrely but certainly, that they would marry. “I know them both inside out. If they are in public together and don’t care who sees, I’m telling you: they’ll get married,” I told my friend. I was right. They were engaged within the year. Being dumped by David, after almost a decade of sharing our lives, meant I had no idea who I was without him. On hearing he was engaged, I spiralled and started to sleep around. Once I realised the trick to having sex with men was simple – you just have to ask – I did it because I could. I treated men as worthlessly as I felt: I’d throw them out of bed at 4am; I kept texts short and explicit, void of emotion. My anger at one man had made me angry at all men. And so, for most of my twenties, I went home with men I met in clubs and slept with colleagues and friends. I never felt bad about moving on to the next, because it didn’t mean anything anyway. I didn’t

Being DUMPED by David, after almost a decade of sharing our lives, meant I had no IDEA who I was without him


MEMOIR An escape to Italy – working in a convent – helped her find peace

After the break-up, Laura turned to travel

want to be the broken-hearted one; I’d rather be the one men cheat with than on. I was 26, wild and free: but also trapped in a parody of myself as the good-time girl.



I spent mornings in cafés with a MacBook, reliving my flings, trying to make them sound sexy. But what I wrote was a portrait of a woman who had no idea who she was. I saw myself in the pages as a wounded animal. In that moment, three years after David and I had broken up, I resolved to take a year-long vow of celibacy. I needed to take responsibility for my own role in my life. It was a revelation. Without men – when I stopped seeking validation in sex – a mist cleared. Friends would say: “You seem different.” And I began to feel it. The opportunity arose to teach English in a convent on the Italian Riviera, and I jumped at it. I wanted to be removed from everything, to really sit with my ghosts. To find peace. In my limited Italian I had ascertained that I’d be living with nuns, but it was really a sort of monk retirement home. The convent had bare rooms and blank walls. My mattress was thin and hard, and I shared my living quarters with an American girl called Megan – a one-time model from the Magnum ice cream adverts who’d used the payout from a cycling accident to come and practise her Italian “in situ”. I taught for three hours a day and spent the rest of my time reading, writing and looking at the lavender by the statue of the Virgin Mary holding her rosary beads, repenting for that which only she knew. I was forgiving myself, too. I’m not religious, but the energy there healed me. Sometimes monks would smile at me, letting me know I wasn’t alone. I’d sit in the shade of the veranda smelling the flowers in the courtyard. They were magnificent – reds, blues, pinks and purples. One of the monks would tell me

the names in Italian. I’d repeat, incorrectly, and he’d shake his head in amused contempt. It was a dance we did daily. I still remember the hot, oppressive temperature as a heatwave swept through, and how, three days before I left, the sky cracked, the clouds made way for rain and I stood on the balcony and let myself get wet. That was the day the man I thought I’d marry, married my friend instead. MY TIME IN THE CONVENT TAUGHT ME THAT WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TREAT OURSELVES KINDLY. We don’t reach ‘happy’ and stay there; happiness

is daily work. We cannot rely on others – we have to work on ourselves first. And that takes commitment. I’ve made peace with my ex-boyfriend and my ex-friend. While I don’t want to know the details of their life together, I’m not angry any more. Everything happened as it was supposed to, of that I’m sure. I’ve grown into a version of myself I never would have realised if I’d stayed in that relationship. I understood that when I bumped into David in a pub, almost three years ago. We had tried. We had fallen in love very young and very hard, and knew nothing but each other. I realised we had a beautiful relationship, and it ended – like so many do. I try to find the good in that. I hesitate to say I’m stronger now. But what I am is more willing to be vulnerable. Getting to know myself again – perhaps even for the first time – has opened up the greatest love affair of my life. I didn’t ‘fix’ myself to be loved again by a man. I didn’t heal for somebody else to say I am enough. I simply had to take some time – almost six years – to understand: I always was enough. And so, whoever comes next, when the time is right, has got one hell of an example of love to live up to. They have to live up to the love I’ve learned to give myself.  Becoming by Laura Jane Williams (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99) is out on 2nd June





Summer is the season for reading, which is why we’ve devoted this month to the hottest beach books and writers you need to know about


f, like us, you’re already dreaming of blue skies and a poolside gin and tonic, now is the perfect time to think about which books to pack in your suitcase, too. And who better to recommend a summer read than Red’s literary editor Sarra Manning? From cult classic Valley Of The Dolls to the debut novel that’s set to be the next big thing, she reviews the books you won’t want to leave home without. Elsewhere, our favourite authors reveal the beach reads they treasure, and author Nina Stibbe tells us why her new novel deserves space on your to-do list. Holiday reading, sorted. »



This month’s best

HOLIDAY BOOKS Sarra Manning picks five of the most engrossing page-turners out this month, to get you through any flight delays…

Spanning 20 years, this debut novel is set to be a summer smash. It takes four university friends, Eva, Benedict and glamorous siblings, Sylvie and Lucien, and follows them through the worst excesses of the 1990s and the noughties as they fall in and out of love, succeed or fail at first jobs, and try to find themselves. Invincible Summer isn’t a million miles away from One Day or The Versions Of Us, so it makes for compelling reading.

The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson (Sceptre, £18.99) It’s 1964 and, at the height of her fame and notoriety, Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr Ripley and Carol) is holed up in a cottage in Suffolk to write. Yearning for her married lover, drinking too much and breeding snails, what follows next is a dark tale of madness and murder, of obsession and delusion, that’s worthy of Highsmith herself.


Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan (Michael Joseph, £12.99; out 16th June)

A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter (Borough Press, £14.99; out 16th June)

When a Cambridge newspaper agony aunt starts receiving letters from a girl who has been missing for 20 years, just as another local girl disappears, the search for answers will consume Margot and make her begin to doubt everyone and everything. This is a clever psychological thriller with some pleasingly unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Debut novel from author of The New Feminism, refugee campaigner and Red favourite, A Quiet Life is inspired by the life of Melinda Marling, the wife of Cambridge spy Donald Maclean. Starting in 1939, when innocent but idealistic Laura Leverett sets sail for London, the exquisitely detailed story charts the dual existence of a woman who flits between upper-class drawing rooms and Communist Party rallies, until she finally has to choose between them.

The Girls by Emma Cline (Chatto & Windus, £12.99; out 16th June) The summer of 1969 in a small, dusty Californian town and 14-year-old Evie, bored and disenfranchised, meets the mysterious Suzanne, who leads her to The Ranch and the charismatic Russell. Inspired by the Manson Family death cult and their brutal slaying of Sharon Tate (the heavily pregnant wife of Roman Polanski), among others, The Girls is an intensely atmospheric story that perfectly captures the aching loneliness and longing of a teenage girl.


Invincible Summer by Alice Adams (Picador, £12.99)


“I love it when books make you SMILE and CRY at the SAME TIME” 2016 is a big year for Nina Stibbe: her first book has been turned into a five-part BBC series starring Helena Bonham Carter, and she’s just about to publish her third, the witty coming-of-age novel Paradise Lodge. Here, the author talks about her new book, growing up, and the importance of being true to yourself THE NARRATOR OF PARADISE LODGE, LIZZIE, IS 15. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WRITE FROM A TEENAGER’S PERSPECTIVE? Like Lizzie,

I ditched school to work in a nursing home, and my mum had a baby when I was 15. Some plot lines are fiction, but on the whole it’s my story, told in my 15-year-old voice.



you smile and cry at the same time. It’s that poignant humour you get from writers like Sue Townsend. When you look at the Adrian Mole books, she was tackling issues like divorce, alcoholism and mental illness, but in a way that made everyone feel better. I think that’s my model.

you have a summer job you mature. You’re mingling with people who teach you things without you noticing.

WHAT’S THE TRICK TO BEING FUNNY? Stop trying to be clever


believe in yourself, be a good friend.

Stibbe’s debut, Love, Nina, is coming to the BBC, starring Helena Bonham Carter (above right)

I get butterflies thinking about what could happen.

Stibbe was inspired by Sue Townsend’s humorous take on life’s twists and turns; her third book, Paradise Lodge, is out now


When I’m crafting the story with a character I’ve grown to love and I don’t know where the plot is going.

or quirky, and write as you’d think. I didn’t get published until I was 50 because I spent too long focusing on writing wonderful literary books. It was only when I stopped trying to be somebody else and found the confidence to be myself, that I got my break. Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe (Viking, £12.99)

Festivals for literary lovers WRITE ON KEW (22ND-25TH SEPT) WHAT? Bookish

talks and events in leafy surroundings. WHERE?

Kew Gardens, Richmond WHO TO SEE?

Children’s author Michael Rosen and novelist Rose Tremain;


A music and arts festival set around a spectacular lake and fairy light-filled woods. WHERE? Henham Park, Suffolk WHO TO SEE? Poet Hollie McNish and comedian Sara Pascoe;

CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL (22ND-24TH JULY) WHAT? A boutique festival with a

twist. Think literary big hitters, poetry workshops and night-time bat walks. WHERE? Pylewell Park, Hampshire WHO TO SEE?

Literary icon Carol Ann Duffy and playwright Polly Stenham; curiousarts »


Sharon Tate (centre) starred in the Valley Of The Dolls film adaptation

Beyond the VALLEY of the DOLLS

Before Jackie Collins, before Lace and “which one of you bitches is my mother?”, there was Jacqueline Susann, who invented the ‘bonkbuster’ when she wrote Valley Of The Dolls. Published in 1966, the novel follows three friends searching for stardom in New York. Anne is an elegant, East Coast WASP who becomes the face of a huge cosmetics brand. Neely, very obviously based on Judy Garland, conquers Broadway then moves to Hollywood, and Jennifer is the archetypal model/actress/whatever who men only want for her beauty. All three become addicted to pills, the ‘dolls’ they guzzle down to mask the demands of fame and the men in their lives. Fifty years later, the novel’s sex scenes might seem tame and its pill-popping protagonists gloriously camp, but back then the bed-hopping antics in Valley Of The Dolls, including (gasp!) oral sex, were a revelation to a generation of women who’d been brought up to believe that nice girls didn’t. And not since Scarlett O’Hara had there been heroines so flawed, so ambitious, so unlikeable, and yet so relatable. The critics might have hated it, but Valley Of The Dolls went on to sell 30 million copies and forever changed the way women would be portrayed in popular culture. From Mary Tyler Moore and Jackie Collins’ ballsy heroines to Sex And The City and Lena Dunham’s Girls, they all owe a debt to Jacqueline Susann’s riveting, racy read. Valley Of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (Virago, £9.99)


To celebrate its 50th anniversary and induction into Virago’s Modern Classics, Sarra Manning digs out her dog-eared copy of Valley Of The Dolls

Beach PICKS Four authors we love select their favourite holiday books... NATASHA WALTER

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante Ferrante has created fiction that grips you like a thriller, but is also intellectually alive and emotionally subtle. Her characters are so real to me that I feel I’ve known them in another life. If you haven’t yet succumbed to Ferrante fever, do so this summer. A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter (Borough Press, £14.99, out 16th June) BRYONY GORDON

The Rise, The Fall And The Rise by Brix Smith Start Expect much honesty about sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, but also body image. Smith Start is astonishingly candid about eating disorders, and I reckon this will be a mustread for any woman who feels she doesn’t fit. Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon (Headline, £14.99, out 7th June) EMMA JANE UNSWORTH

Not Working by Lisa Owens A super-droll comedy about a woman, Claire, who takes a year off work to find her true vocation. The way it’s told is utterly charming and poetic – and stylistically bold, in little vignettes or messages from Claire to herself. You’ll fall hard for it. Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth (Canongate, £8.99) CORRIE JACKSON

Lover by Anna Raverat A keenly observed tale that explores the question: how well do you really know your husband? Raverat’s classy prose brings a delicate touch to female insecurities. Also, who can resist the opportunity to peek inside somebody else’s marriage? Breaking Dead by Corrie Jackson 

Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled With The Brilliance Of Life, Yayoi Kusama, 2011 The Passing Winter, Yayoi Kusama, 2005

Happy Holiday, Agnes Martin, 1999

The BIGGER picture When a new, vastly expanded Tate Modern opens its doors this June, its brilliant director will be Frances Morris, a lifelong gallery obsessive and champion of art’s grandes dames

Frances Morris, photographed at Tate Modern, in front of Phyllida Barlow’s Untitled: Upturnedhouse 2


The Three Dancers, Pablo Picasso, 1925 © Succession Picasso


The Unilever Series: The Weather Project, Olafur Eliasson, 2003

Maman, Louise Bourgeois, 1999



rances Morris paints a vivid picture of the art school in her forties, embarking on opening of the original Tate Modern in 2000. The a second career setting up Greenwich party in the cavernous Turbine Hall had a very Printmakers. She continues to have great particular and exclusive guest list: “About 300 success today in her eighties as a busy London Black Cab drivers. There was a big fear artist and a businesswoman. “A great when we opened that nobody knew where Bankside was,” role model,” observes Morris. “Dozens of explains Morris, her eyes twinkling at what now, 40 people miss the boat for whatever reason.” million visitors later, seems rather like an absurdity. Morris cut her curatorial teeth in the For those of you mentally conjuring a positively Richard creative and experimental atmosphere of Curtis-esque mise en scene of cabbies carousing in the Bristol’s Arnolfini gallery in the 1980s. “We were pretty Turbine Hall, it’s worth remembering that the first artwork ahead of the curve bringing together experimental dance, to be installed there was none other than Louise avant garde film, video… We did carnivals in the summer Bourgeois’ giant metal spider Maman, a creature over and one of the first exhibitions of graffiti art in the UK.” 30ft tall, as regal as she was monstrous, with overtones When she first pitched up at the Tate in 1987, she of predatory female sexuality. “We encountered an institution that felt Morris is well set to be atrophied and vaguely Victorian. hadn’t actually finished installing the spider, but dammit we just got on the FIRST Tate Modern Her first director told her, “I think with it and the cab drivers had this you’ll be here for about four years director to really incredible, theatrical experience and then I imagine you’ll want to stamp her OWN IDEAS go and run something of your own,” of seeing the spider being put in place,” says Morris, 57, who was the which made her feel “quite hungry”. and passions on this curator responsible for Bourgeois But the game-changing appointment MIGHTY museum and her Maman. “It was a tingling, of Nicholas Serota as director in heart-stopping moment.” 1988 was to radically reinvent the prevailing culture, empowering curators to create the sorts of bold, FRANCES MORRIS, THE FRESHLY ANOINTED original exhibitions that have excited modern audiences DIRECTOR OF THE NEW TATE MODERN (a gleaming in their millions. Morris’ first major show on Paris new 10-storey building behind the original power station post-war art in 1993 was an early attention-grabber. But will be unveiled on 17th June), is passionate about the exhibitions upon which she has built her reputation public space. It’s a life-long love affair she traces – Louise Bourgeois (2007-8), Yayoi Kusama (2012) and back to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Agnes Martin (2015) – have not only challenged some (“an extraordinary place of discovery and fantasy and of the woeful gender imbalances in contemporary art adventure and dreaming”). As a child she was transfixed institutions, but shaped the Tate Modern’s identity. by two exhibits in particular: Nelson’s naval uniform, in “As a matter of principle I adore old ladies,” says which he was fatally wounded (dried blood only adding Morris with typical self-deprecation. “I had very to its visceral allure), and a large cabinet in which the elderly maiden aunts as a child and I do love that Battle of Waterloo was recreated with little painted relationship that sort of misses a generation.” wooden boats and cotton wool for smoke. “And when s an interviewee, Morris is a fascinating you pressed a button, the lights went on. It was the most rarity, as humble as her résumé is dazzling. magic thing, this idea that you can activate someone’s She seldom reads her own press (according interest by letting them do something.” to her she still stings from an eviscerating Today Frances Morris and I meet in the higgledyreview from the late Brian Sewell for her piggledy back offices at Tate Modern. Outside, the 1993 Paris show, though, frankly, I’d take that as a badge new building is very much under construction and the of honour) and seems thoroughly chary of self-promotion atmosphere is laced with just the amount of tension one might expect with a £260 million building project outside in general. “I wouldn’t say I have nerves of steel. When we opened the Tate Modern the response was ecstatic one’s window. As befits a curator who is steeped in the and incredibly negative, so you just learn to live with actual realities of making exhibitions, catalogues and that. But that’s where you feel exposed in the job.” paperwork are everywhere. Morris, her hair worn short Nonetheless, when Morris’ appointment was and pixie-ish, is dressed in her signature black: “I don’t announced in January, it was to critical rejoicing that dress up, I don’t dress down. I wear coloured shoes someone from inside the institution had been anointed as I see you do, too. Silver or red – to cheer me up.” to lead it through its next chapter. She is also – and Morris was brought up by a teacher mother and very significantly – the first woman to fill the » architect father. Her mother, Elizabeth, went back to



CULTURE role. “Morris… is well set to be the first Tate Modern director to really stamp her own ideas and passions on this mighty museum,” wrote Jonathan Jones in The Guardian. “In fact she has already done CLOCKWISE, FROM RIGHT: so. Tate Modern is a museum in Morris’ mould. Yayoi Kusama at It bears her intellectual signature.” her Tate Modern The significance of Morris’ new role at Tate exhibition in 2012; Modern is not lost on Valeria Napoleone, the art at the unveiling of her Louis Vuitton collector and patron, who exclusively collects collaboration; female artists. “There are many incredible Kusama’s Love women driving the art world’s community as Is Calling curators and directors of museums and not-forprofit smaller institutions. In London alone, we can name quite a few – Iwona Blazwick, Jenni Lomax, Julia Peyton-Jones, Margot Heller… but the number drops drastically as we reach the peak of the art world pyramid with the largest museums. Frances’ appointment is still not a norm, but an exception.”



nsurprisingly, Morris has put the championing of female artists at the heart of the new Tate Modern, but there is also a commitment to making the collection more international – Louise Bourgeois, “I mean really international, so great art from creator of the Tate’s around the world is acquired without regard to geography.” iconic Maman sculpture, In truth, Morris’ outlook has always been with Eye To Eye in 1990 internationally focused. When she first began working with Bourgeois in the 1990s, the grande dame of happenings in the sculpture was little known in the UK. Morris is 1960s and has since amusingly candid about their initial encounters. attained iconic “Bourgeois was utterly intimidating, hugely intelligent, pop-art status with she wore her intelligence at the ends of her fingernails, so legions of young a very difficult woman to get to grips with. If she didn’t fans, not least Marc like someone, she would just blank you.” Jacobs with whom Apparently an early interview with she collaborated on Bourgeois was so absolutely ghastly scads of high-ticket Louis Vuitton Bourgeois was utterly that she couldn’t bear to listen to it items in 2012. Indeed, she was INTIMIDATING, hugely immortalised as a waxwork in Yayoi until Bourgeois died and Morris was intelligent, she wore her Kusama x Louis Vuitton windows the asked to speak at her funeral. She admits it was, in fact, “a brilliant intelligence at the ends world over, looking resplendent and interview. She [Bourgeois] was grumpy with a severe scarlet of her FINGERNAILS rather absolutely amazing and I’m not bad, wig. For Morris, as for Marc Jacobs, but there is a point in the interview where I ask her it must have been quite a feat to collaborate with a question and she says, ‘No, Frances, no, no, no, no, Kusama, who may be the most successful Japanese no,’ and it just goes on.” Morris pauses, as if to relive artist ever, but whose fragile mental health is such that the excruciating moment. “But I adore her work. It is she chooses to live in a psychiatric care home. “She does so rich in associations and it’s complex and it’s very occasionally need medication. She gets very nervous and much about her life. You can very easily connect to it she wants to be looked after. I suppose an alternative and, once you do, it really is deep and it goes on and would be to live in Claridge’s with a butler, but those on. That’s why people go back to museums, isn’t it? trappings – they mean nothing to her,” explains Morris. It’s why I still think about Nelson’s jacket. Because “She doesn’t want to live in luxury, she lives very it has a very deep and lasting connection.” simply… I don’t think anyone can know Yayoi Kusama, Quite different, but no less delicately wrought, is but she trusts me, which I find very endearing, and she Morris’ long-time association with Yayoi Kusama, the will hold my hand and I won’t let her down.” enigmatic 87-year-old Japanese ‘lady of the dots’, who Clearly Morris’ sensitivity and empathy, coupled with came to prominence with her sexy performance-art a bold intellectual agenda, have made her a fascinating »


Francis Morris, in front of Susumu curator. They should also make her an Koshimizu’s From interesting boss. She is strikingly honest Surface To Surface about the challenges of combining at Tate Modern motherhood with a career in the art sector (she and her husband have three grown-up children). “I was exhausted for 18 years and struggled a lot with childcare – you know, endless streams of shared nannies, sisters of nannies, mother coming up from the country, neighbours, au pairs, that sort of thing.” And while she avoided as much travel as she could when her kids were young, she is now burning up the air miles. “It’s a little bit like my mother flourishing as a printmaker – as our children got older, then I took on the remit of the international collection and travelling became a big deal.” She is realistic about the time it will take LEFT: The new Tate to address the proper Modern building, banquettes in the representation of designed by Herzog existing members women in our great art & De Meuron room – sorry about institutions. There is, she ABOVE: Boris Charmatz: Flip Book, that). But that is the says, an “institutional at Tate Modern, 2012 thing about Tate lag”. “To be an Modern – come establishment artist takes 17th June, the millions of annual a long time. Take Phyllida Barlow, Historically, WOMEN visitors, many of them with their who is in her seventies and has just worked in marginal, annoying kids, will be streaming got the Venice Biennale project EXPERIMENTAL areas. through those shiny new doors and, [Barlow is representing Britain at the exhibition in 2017]. When Those margins are coming for all the curatorial ambition and fine principles, there has to be the populist she was at art school in the 1950s, to the CENTRE now touch. And with such huge audiences women were not allowed in the (2014/15 saw 5.7 million visitors) there will inevitably welding classes, so they could not really effectively be dramas and disappointments along with the become sculptors taught to wield metal-working tools. triumphs. Morris knows it. In fact she tells me a story Skip back 50 years or so from there and very few from the opening morning of Olafur Eliasson’s Turbine women were allowed in the life classes.” Morris’ plans Hall installation The Weather Project (2003), one of the to embrace and promote more performance and more most skin-tingling and transcendent artworks to be shown experimental genres in the new Tate Modern is all part in a London gallery in recent memory. “I remember of addressing that gender bias. “Historically women turning to my friend Donna De Salvo, who is now deputy were discouraged from what we call plinth and pedestal director at the Whitney in New York, and saying, ‘Gosh, types of art because it was occupied by the blokes. this is a bit disappointing, isn’t it?’ and she said, ‘Yes, They worked in marginal, experimental areas. a bit foggy,’ and we both felt a bit gloomy. Thirty minutes Those margins are coming to the centre now.” later we came out of the press conference and there were for one can hardly wait to discover the new Tate about 300 people doing these Busby Berkeley things on Modern – quite apart from the galleries and a new the floor and it was just brilliant. All that activity!” floor dedicated to performance, there’s a new She smiles broadly. “Those moments where it all piazza-type square for hanging out, and a whole new tips from being just a gallery floor dedicated to the loyal Tate Members (reader, into being a public space, For the best art to see this summer, visit I am one such member and, yes, my kids are probably that’s really exciting… REDONLINE.CO.UK a little bit responsible for wearing out the leather That’s the exciting thing.” 










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Classic cover-ups are taking on a contemporary feel. Whether partying at a festival or sunset strolling along the beach, this poncho’s got your back White denim poncho, £228, J Crew. Black nylon bikini bottoms, around £92, Made by Dawn. Wicker and leather earrings, as before


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RAINBOW BRIGHT Your black eyeliner and beige lipgloss can stay at home this summer. Sun-kissed skin is an invitation to play with those vibrant hues we love the look of, but somehow never try out. The result is a warm, carefree look that doesn’t just capture the spirit of holiday, but could have you rethinking your routine long after you get home. Bring on the bright side… » Photographs DAVID GUBERT Words ANNABEL MEGGESON


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Orange-red is a key colour for lips this summer; it also happens to work with bronzed skin. Mary Wiles, the make-up artist who created the looks for this shoot, advocates a “modern suede” finish on lips – “Think matte but with some light and hydration” – teamed with a dewy complexion. Wiles saturated our model’s skin with moisture, then used a bronze fluid to create a fresh glow. She also flushed the cheeks with coral: “Using similar tones all over the face creates a look that’s polished, but still low-key.” Dolce & Gabbana The Sicilian Bronzer in Sunshine 30, £48




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THICK BLUE LINE Colourful eyeshadow is a step outside the comfort zone as far as we’re concerned, but a streak of blue liner along the upper lash line is, honestly, easy to wear. The key is choosing the right tone, says Wiles. “The Chanel waterproof liner that I used here has got some warmth to it, so it’s pretty as well as vibrant. The sheeny texture brings light to the eye and creates a line that’s clean, but soft.”



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PINK & Y ELLOW “Pink is perfect if you don’t normally do colour,” says Wiles. “It’s more wearable and less of a statement than red. Start with a colour close to your own lips and build from there.” Wiles teamed the pink lip here with yellow eyeliner blended along the upper lash line and up onto the lid. “Again, yellow sounds scary, but choose a warm buttercup tone and think of it as your summer gold – something to open and brighten the eye. In real life, a wash of yellow on eyes would work with a black one-piece and tanned skin.” 





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To look one way and smell another provides a contrast that’s stylish and intriguing, says Annabel Meggeson. Which is why she’s reaching for men’s fragrance this summer


didn’t think I fancied men who wore fragrance, until I met one who did. I didn’t notice at first, but was invited in to catch it. There, in the cradle of his neck – forbidden territory, really, as we were just friends – sweet, creamy leather mingled with warm skin. It was like inhaling a trinket. Till that point, I thought men who wore fragrance were too ‘metro’ for me. I aligned their penchant with a preference to wear concealer, have manis and ‘trim’. And while


I know women who appreciate a tempered man-bush (mush?) and neat nails, I was sure I preferred my men as nature intended. Instead, I was confusing men wearing fragrance as a badge with men who wore it as part of their ritual, something they felt enhanced them, no different to soap or a nice suit, with subtlety as key. I was also discounting the fact that I did love a scented man, only that scent didn’t necessarily come from an extravagantly marketed bottle. My boyfriend is au naturel in the cologne department, but his mingle of shampoo and moisturiser has kept me in for years. Now I think about it, the married man from (even more) years ago wore some kind of splash, but by the time he reached me in the evenings, it was much muted and smelt like part of him. And when my very first boyfriend ditched me, I took to drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, then licking the back of my hand and inhaling hard, as that was the smell that brought

me back to him – though I quickly gave up with that, thank God. But for any latent ambivalence regarding the man who sprays, there’s one place I love a male fragrance, and that’s on me. From Dior’s classic Eau Sauvage to Ulrich Lang’s lesserknown Anvers, men’s fragrances are staples on my perfume table, reached for often. It’s not that they make me feel neutral as such, but take away the expectation of seduction inherent in any feminine fragrance, (to a greater or lesser degree), and a certain breeziness ensues. ‘’I agree with breezy,” says Michael Donovan, a fragrance expert who consults for niche perfume brands across the globe. “Most male fragrances are simpler, cleaner and easier to understand than a lot



BEAUTY of women’s perfumes. That makes them great for relaxed situations – weekends, say – and they play especially well in summer, as they tend towards the top notes.” They also come into their own in the boardroom or at a job interview. “It’s not to sound sexist,” say Donovan, “but those formulas convey a certain energy and focus. They might say, ‘I’m a safe pair of hands; I’ve got tons of ideas’, better than a tuberose or a jasmine.” I know what he means. Take the tuberose rush that is Robert Piguet’s Fracas or Mazzolari’s wonderfully feminine Alessandro. Both play a critical role in my life, but their

“When I wear them, the EFFECT is to feel bold, singular and not easily DEFINED” intent of seduction would be distracting if I had to keep my head down at work or was popping out on a Saturday. For those things, it’s Eau Sauvage or Creed’s seminal Spice And Wood all the way. There’s also a surprise effect to wearing men’s fragrance, which I love. To look one way and smell another provides a point of contrast that’s stylish and intriguing. The aforementioned Lang, a New York-based perfumer, recalls meeting a woman at a party, whose fragrance “completely threw me. I ran through my mental catalogue of all the female fragrances I knew, but couldn’t work

it out. It drove me nuts! It turned out she was wearing a men’s cologne”. Despite his confusion that time, Lang says that women wearing men’s perfume is “always a good idea. That woman knows what she’s about; she’s very confident. And incidentally it’s a great fragrance choice if you’re wearing tailoring or brogues”. Therein lies the rub: when you’re a woman, wearing men’s fragrance represents a choice. I don’t wear perfume to please anyone other than myself (though the self-pleasing is often fulfilled through the promise of being able to seduce), but I do wear them for effect – and when I wear a fragrance designed with a man in mind, that effect is to feel bold, singular and not easily defined. Then again, me and that girl in New York are hardly the only women wearing men’s fragrances. “The niche market has changed our perception of perfume; we don’t distinguish as much between male and female scents,” Donovan says. “Society is much more fluid. Everyone is multi-faceted these days; we all have many roles and our fragrance wardrobes reflect that – men’s, women’s, unisex, there’s a place for it all. It’s about making a bold, individual choice.” One estimate has it that 30% of men’s fragrances are bought by women – for women. Let’s make it 31%. Because, honestly, little invites people to buy into your autonomy and individuality as readily as the ‘wrong’ perfume. So wrong, it’s right, of course. 


Stop press! Chanel launches its first ‘consciously genderfluid’ fragrance this month and I can tell you it’s wonderful. Built around a (traditionally male) fougère heart of lavender, coumarin and moss, Boy Chanel was inspired by Chanel the relationship between Coco Chanel and Arthur ‘Boy’ Boy Chanel, Capel. He championed her vision for clothes that £230 for incorporated masculine elements and funded her first 200ml shop. The addition of mint, grapefruit, vanilla and woods evokes a dynamic interplay between zesty virility and creamy softness. It’s been billed For more of Annabel’s ‘Chanel No 5 for men’ but really it’s the perfect fragrance edits, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK balance between masculine and feminine.

men’s fragrances to know and love Creed Spice And Wood, £475 for 250ml (above). Breezy and sophisticated, this is the scent to team with next season’s relaxed tailoring. Frederic Malle Monsieur EDP, £120 for 50ml. You’ve got to be in the mood, but this huge hit of dirty, sexy patchouli can present a gratifyingly bold choice for mademoiselles. Caron Pour Un Homme EDT, £48 for 75ml. This arrangement of lavender, vanilla and amber, divides opinion but stick with it, it’s a grower. Guerlain Vetiver EDT, £42 for 50ml. Fresh and earthy with classic notes of bergamot, lemon, oakmoss and tonka bean, this 1959 creation has long been borrowed by the fairer sex. Dior Eau Sauvage EDT, £49.50 for 50ml. It’s the easy, upbeat scent with a rich, creamy dry-down you’ll reach for again and again.



WHAT DOES IT feel like



Clare Goldwin lifts the lid on the ultimate unspoken beauty taboo – life as the less attractive sibling Photograph CHRIS FLOYD


irror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Poor Snow White’s stepmother; she might be a vain and murderously scheming queen, but when it comes to her angst in front of a mirror I have some sympathy. Why? As her magic looking glass gave the answer she feared most, in my teens I too struggled with the truth about my looks. If our bathroom mirror could have spoken, it would have assured me my younger sister Eleanor was the fairest. From the moment, at 12 or 13, when my friends started telling me, “Your sister’s so pretty,” I was increasingly aware I was the Growing up: Eleanor ‘uglier’ sister. As a teenager (left), 21, at her I felt lonely in my anguish. Yet graduation and I realise now it’s an experience Clare (right) aged 20 shared by just about every woman with a sister. Because no matter how attractive you both are, one of you will always feel like the ‘ugly’ one. It hasn’t blighted my life, but it sent ripples out from my teenage years. After all, this is a period when your identity and self-confidence are fragile and easily bruised. Until secondary school, there wasn’t much to choose between us when it came to looks. The family photo

ABOVE: Clare (right) with sister Eleanor albums show LEFT: The girls aged we were both four and 18 months girls with nice features. My sister was not one of those supernaturally beautiful babies or toddlers. But as I entered my teenage years I mutated into the archetypal awkward adolescent, while from the age of 11 she metamorphosed into a… beauty. I ticked all the gawky teenager boxes. Braces? Yes. NHS-issue glasses? Yes. Spots? Yes. Taller than all my peers? Yes. It didn’t help that an undiagnosed allergy to our cats gave me a permanently puffy face. Eleanor’s genetic inheritance, meanwhile, meant she was spared – braces aside – this adolescent version of the plagues of Egypt. Her skin remained clear and she would only ever need glasses for occasional help. Oh, and she tanned an attractive cappuccino shade, while I pinkened and burned. GENETIC LOTTERY But it was more than that. Even with many of these flaws corrected (no braces, contact lenses, decent haircut, antibiotics for the spots, fake tan), by any definition of »



“In reality, being the BETTER-LOOKING sister is no guarantee of a HAPPY ENDING” diverted to her, whether it was from my friends or the boys I did come into contact with. When you’re in your teens, good looks are currency that help buy popularity. My currency was weak already. Did I secretly fear she’d be more popular than me? Yes. The result was that I was relieved, rather than envious, when she went to a private girls’ school, rather than the


girls’ grammar I attended. I never included her in trips to the pub or invitations to parties. She’s said that my distancing left her feeling rejected, but it was the only way I could deal with the situation. The irony, of course, is that being pretty doesn’t guarantee that you feel pretty.

SKIN DEEP Eleanor’s always been insecure about her looks and never exploited them half as much as she could have done. Because she was pretty I think she felt under pressure to attract every man she came into contact with. Once I’d gone to university I had the breathing space to accept myself for what I was. I wasn’t, I realised, the flipside of my sister but someone who sometimes looked – like most women – dreadful, but could also look fantastic under the right circumstances. As an adult I also realised that sexual attractiveness has little to do with physical attributes. Confidence, style and a glint in your eye count for much more. Like many siblings, Eleanor and I grew much closer after we left home. These days I’m proud of her for many reasons, and not just her appearance. She’ll always be more classically beautiful but now I can say it without sadness. My view is if I’ve got even a hint of her looks then mine can’t be too bad. So I wish sisters didn’t feel this innate urge to compare looks that leaves you feeling there’s room for only one pretty sister in a family. That, of course, is ridiculous. Unfortunately it’s something we’re programmed to do from our earliest childhood. Think about the messages fairy tales send us. There’s Cinderella and her (older) ugly stepsisters or Belle in Beauty And The Beast, who is the youngest and most lovely of her siblings. (Why does the youngest always get to be the prettiest and nab the prince?!) In reality, being the better-looking sister is no guarantee of a happy ending. While Eleanor’s journey is her own, and she’s in a very good place now, there’s a view that – with a husband and children – I’m the one who has so far achieved conventional markers of personal happiness. And sometimes it does feel like I have accrued more confidence and even contentment than my sister. By her own admission, her self-esteem can be fragile. But it doesn’t feel like I’ve subverted the traditional fairy-tale ending. It just feels like life. Sometimes you get your heart’s desire, sometimes you don’t. Perhaps that’s the ultimate wisdom of growing up as the ‘ugly’ sister. Join in the conversation Life isn’t always fair but you @featuresbyclare can always make the most of @RedMagDaily  what you have.


conventional beauty, I was – still am – less attractive. My cheekbones are that little bit less well defined, my bottom lip a little too full and my jawline and chin less well chiselled. It can be a peculiarly painful experience seeing your looks on someone else, nature’s tweaks resulting in a face that is more beautiful. At the time it all felt devastatingly unfair. Our parents never favoured the more attractive child or drew attention to the difference in our looks. But still my confidence died as a result of what felt like a thousand small compliments bypassing me for my sister. It was quietly crushing, especially for someone who was naturally quite shy. I remember the time she came home and revealed her tennis instructor thought she looked like a young Jacqueline Bisset. Over the years, Eleanor’s also been compared to Uma Thurman and Heather Graham. Meanwhile, I got Chelsea Clinton. These days I think Chelsea is a woman to admire, but in your teens that’s not what you want to hear. I felt miserable, and was certain no-one would ever find me attractive. Attending single-sex schools CLOCKWISE, and living in the country FROM TOP: meant there weren’t many boys Eleanor at 10; the passing through our lives. But sisters at Clare’s 40th I would have been terrified of birthday; Clare at 15 bringing them home, in case they fancied Eleanor, not me. I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 19 and safely away at university. As it was, I distanced myself from her. I told myself it was because the age gap between us was awkward – just under three years meant she wasn’t close enough in age to be into the same things, or young enough to boss around. Yet, writing this piece, I also wonder if a big part of it was that I feared any attention I did get would be



It was one of the big beauty innovations of last year and now St Tropez’s In Shower Tanning Lotion (£14.50) is back, only this time it’s darker. Sure, the new ‘medium’ shade still takes a few days to build a holiday-like glow, but the amped-up actives mean you get more bang for your three minutes spent standing there, while the formula UPDATE gets to work.




IT ’S GENIUS! Using one eye as a control, I found a few swipes of Diorshow Maximiser 3D Lash Primer (£25.50), followed by mascara, does exactly what it says on the tube. As well as making lashes look huge, it keeps mascara in place, too.


Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules (£86). Handy for daytime top-ups.


New favourite I always start with a balm, but for my secondary cleanse I like a foam or wash. Or, as it turns out, Bare Minerals Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser (£18). The soft, red clay works in beautifully, feels deeply cleansing, thanks to the sea salts and papaya, and rinses off thoroughly, leaving skin clean but not stripped.


THE NOURISHER: Elemis Superfood Facial Oil (£45 at QVC) is the latest high-quality face oil. A little goes a long way.

THE MASK: Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Sheet Mask (£34 for a box of six) drenches skin with moisture.


It’s not often a treatment comes along that is truly revolutionary. Botox was one, IPL another. Both delivered consistent, provable, visible results – no ambivalent, “It can take three months to see the full effects” true of so many beauty therapies on the market today. Well, now there’s another: Cutera Excel V (Cutera, I think, for short, is fine) uses laser technology to target red veins, which gather like tiny spider’s legs round both nostrils in my case, but in others take the form of rosacea or varicose veins. With some other treatments, it can be painful and the veins come back, but I tried Cutera two weeks ago and I can confidently report that a) it didn’t hurt and b) the veins have pretty much gone. I’ll need one more treatment – a topup to seal the deal – but I’ve pretty much This month retired the concealer I have been… already. The result is CREATING a ‘background my skin now looks cleaner and creamier fragrance’ for my home with overall. It’s a small Ila’s Incense For An Aroma but significant Of Purity And Peace (£12); improvement. LOVING the warm scent It’s the real deal. of Kneipp Grape Seed Cutera Excel V is Massage Oil (£10.95); available at Medicetics WONDERING whether from £350 a session; the world really needs 

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ver wonder exactly what’s happening as your skin gets older? We’re all aware of wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging, and while all these start to appear as we get older, did you know that they’re largely caused by the skin’s loss of ability to hold onto water? Yes, dehydration is the enemy of skin. Which is why the beauty industry has poured so much time and money into researching a certain little molecule called hyaluronic acid. HA, as it’s also known, is a naturally occurring sugar found in our bodies. It attracts and holds onto

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“Hyaluronic acid fillers can improve your complexion, as well as adding subtle volume – they’re like moisturiser for the deeper layers of your skin” water molecules, helping it cushion and lubricate tissues and joints. Skin rich with HA is firm and plump as it holds onto water molecules within. But as we age, the levels of hyaluronic acid start to decrease, meaning skin is less supported and the facial structure starts to ‘drop’. You may have come across hyaluronic acid in your moisturiser or serum, but despite being a much-loved ingredient in skincare, it can only work on the uppermost layers of the skin when

applied that way. Where HA really comes into its own is when it’s injected into the dermal layers. Facial fillers like Juvéderm are made of HA and as it occurs naturally in our bodies, the skin takes to it very well. Because they’re natural, hyaluronic acid-rich fillers break down over time, unlike permanent fillers, which can give unpredictable results. Instead, you’ll look glowing and never ‘done’. Some have likened it to a moisturiser for the deeper layers of the skin. And what’s not to love about that?

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A burst of



…Or a mellow nod to yellow, if you will, as the interiors world’s most cheering colour is best taken in small doses. A plant pot here, a table leg there or, as on page 142, a set of dining chairs against paler, more liveable shades. Adding just a splash is like a jolt of joy. Transforming and transportive, it’s a shot of summer for the soul. Yes, yellow is the accessories colour of the moment. Try it – you just might like it. 

Wallpaper, £119 per 10m roll; wood console table, £445; large glass planter, £55; medium glass planter, £35; glass box, £30, all A Splash of Colour

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Writer and blogger Eleonora Galasso has written a culinary love letter to Rome in the form of her new recipe book




Eat, explore, and eat some more. Eleonora Galasso’s recipes are a slice of summer in her city, a joyful moment in the Italian sun


Photographs DAVID LOFTUS

leonora Galasso emanates the spirit of Rome. It’s in her rolling vowels, cadences floating like the feathery tiers of her ballet skirt, her hair and eyes sparkling in time with the brooches on her cashmere crew neck. The food writer, supperclub host and Instagram celebrity is in London for a day to talk about her first cookbook, As The Romans Do, a culinary snapshot of the city she calls home. But don’t expect any pictures of the Colosseum – this is a slice of her life served up like a piece of pizza: moreish, dripping (continues on page 136)


SALMON FILLET WITH BROAD BEAN AND PECORINO MOUSSE It’s picnic time, and families will arrive in the meadows of the Castelli Romani with baskets filled with bottles of wine, fresh broad beans and crystalline pecorino. Sit down. Tuck that napkin in your collar. Get ready to enjoy this perfect summer dish.

PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes COOKING TIME: 10 minutes SERVES: 2 ●

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250g podded broad beans or edamame, defrosted if frozen 2 tbsp lemon juice 30g mint leaves, plus extra to garnish 50g pecorino romano cheese 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Knob of salted butter 2 x 260g salmon fillets

1 Bring a saucepan of salted water to boil, add the broad beans and cook for five minutes. Drain and skin the beans, then put them in a food processor with the lemon juice, mint leaves, pecorino and olive oil. Season with salt and blend together briefly for five seconds to form a coarsely chopped ‘mousse’. 2 Melt a little butter in a frying pan over a low heat, add the salmon and cook for three to five minutes on each side until lightly golden. Transfer the salmon to individual plates and spread the broad bean mousse over the surface of each. Scatter over a few extra mint leaves and enjoy with a full-flavoured white wine such as Greco di Tufo. »


Galasso channels Rome’s vibrant spirit and sun-ripened flavours into recipes like her Spelt salad with chicken, courgettes and goat’s cheese, right

in goodness, the best bits found in the backstreets. “I just tried to convey the fact that when you go around in Rome you might meet a lady that is like the crazy lady of the neighbourhood and she would talk about how she was an extra for Fellini and how everyone loved her, but she actually looks far from glamorous and you would wonder if she says the truth,” Galasso lilts charmingly. “Rome is the people you meet – the artisan, the craftsman, the prince that doesn’t have any money but still goes around in the carriage.” But it’s the food too, right? “Of course. Rome is also what you find in homes: pasta bianco or pasta rosso, artichokes that are green and vibrant.” That vibrance comes across in all her recipes, ingrained in her when, as a little girl, food was taught to her by her grandmother “as a language of love. So, ‘Are you tired? Maybe you want a cake’, ‘Are you happy? Maybe you want a lasagne this Sunday?’ or ‘Guess what! You got a nice grade at school, polpette tomorrow!’” Her cooking feels like a momentary holiday, her writing like the gently energised bustle of Italian life. “I want these ideas to make people feel like they’re walking on cobblestones at their own pace,” she says romantically. For romance is the true essence of her Rome. Take a great big helping. PIP McCORMAC


SPELT SALAD WITH CHICKEN, COURGETTES AND GOAT’S CHEESE This wonderfully light, tasty recipe catches the flavours of my Rome. With a delicious nutty taste, spelt is easier to digest than more common types of wheat. Take this as just a starting point: feel free to use any ingredients that take your fancy.

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30g raisins 150g pearled spelt or pearl barley 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 100g chicken breast, cut into 1cm strips 1 courgette, halved lengthways and very finely sliced 8 cherry tomatoes, cut into 5mm wedges 100g semi-soft goat’s cheese, cut into 5mm cubes 100g rocket leaves, roughly chopped Zest and juice of 1 lemon Small handful of roughly chopped mint leaves

1 Place the raisins in a small bowl of water and leave to soak for 30 minutes, then drain and squeeze them dry with your hands. Place the spelt in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Add a handful of sea salt flakes and cook the spelt according to the package instructions until it’s fluffy but still retains a bit of crunch (this

usually takes around 15 to 18 minutes). Once cooked, drain the spelt and pass it under cold running water to cool it and stop it from cooking further. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside. 2 Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a griddle pan or non-stick frying pan until smoking hot, add the chicken and courgette strips and cook for three minutes on each side, brushing with the oil as you go, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside. 3 Add the tomatoes, goat’s cheese, raisins and rocket leaves to the spelt. Drizzle over the remaining three tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt, then sprinkle over the lemon zest and squeeze over the lemon juice. Add the mint leaves and mix together well so that everything is evenly coated in the dressing. Pile the chicken and courgette strips on top of the salad and serve.

LIVING RICE-STUFFED TOMATOES WITH POTATOES This is Roman street food par excellence, the sort of thing you would get in a rosticceria to take back home. I love the way such simple ingredients can turn into something so tasty – perfect for a cosy meal.

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2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing 2.5kg King Edward potatoes, peeled, parboiled in salted water and cut into chunks Handful of rosemary leaves 3 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole 300ml vegetable stock 6 large vine tomatoes, each weighing around 200g 2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley leaves 2 tbsp chopped basil leaves 2 tbsp chopped thyme leaves 180g arborio or carnaroli risotto rice 40g Parmesan cheese, grated 20g pecorino romano cheese, grated 60g scamorza, haloumi or mozzarella, cut into six pieces

transfer them to a food processor and blend together until smooth. Sprinkle the inside of the tomatoes with salt and place them upside down on a wire rack to drain. 3 Gently fry the remaining garlic clove in the olive oil until browned, then add the blended tomato and leave to simmer for 10 minutes over a low heat until thickened. Remove the garlic, season to taste and stir in the chopped herbs. Set aside. 4 Boil the rice in abundant salted water according to the packet instructions until al dente, about 15 to 18 minutes. Then drain and transfer to a bowl with the tomato

sauce, grated Parmesan and pecorino. Stir together well. 5 Place the tomatoes on one of the prepared sheets. Fill each with a tablespoon of the rice mixture, add a piece of cheese and cover with more rice to fill. Lay the tomato caps on the other baking sheet. Drizzle the tomatoes and lids with oil and season with pepper. Transfer to the oven, placing the tomato lids on the bottom shelf, and bake for 55 minutes. Place under a hot grill for the final five minutes of cooking, until golden brown. Remove the tomatoes and lids from the grill and leave to cool for five minutes. Put the lids on the tomatoes and serve with the potatoes. »

Galasso turns street food into home-cooked fare BELOW: Rice-stuffed tomatoes with potatoes

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line two baking sheets with baking paper. Lightly oil a baking dish and add the parboiled potato chunks, rosemary and two garlic cloves. Cover with the stock, transfer to the oven and cook for one hour, or until the potatoes are soft and slightly browned at the edges. Drain the potatoes and set aside to cool. 2 Meanwhile, prepare the tomatoes. Slice off the top third of the tomatoes and reserve (these will act as the ‘lids’ for the stuffed tomatoes). With a spoon, scoop out the pulp and juices of the tomatoes,


LIVING LEFT: Galasso’s Citrus monkfish with fennel salad RIGHT: Pasta with cheese, pepper and mussels

CITRUS MONKFISH WITH FENNEL SALAD With its bright citrus flavours, this is honest, straightforward food. An unusual mix of ingredients, this side dish proves that in the kitchen, as in life, there’s something more important than logic: imagination.

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 25 minutes SERVES: 6 ● ● ● ● ●

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100g plain flour 6 monkfish fillets, cut into 1cm cubes 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 50g unsalted butter 2 fennel bulbs, cut into 1cm chunks and fronds reserved 4 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp fennel seeds

4 Cook for a further 10 minutes, turning the fish pieces to ensure they are evenly cooked. Scatter over the fennel fronds and serve alongside the beans with lemon slices, drizzling over the dressing before serving.

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1 garlic clove, peeled and left whole 600g runner beans, trimmed 25g chives, finely chopped 8 walnuts, shelled 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/4 large mango, peeled and diced 100g pomegranate seeds

1 For the runner beans, half fill a large pan with water, add the garlic clove and bring to a boil. Add the runner beans to the pan with a little salt and cook for five minutes or until tender, then drain well under cold water, reserving three tablespoons of the garlicky cooking water. Set aside. 2 Mix the chives, walnuts, Parmesan, vinegar, oil, mango, pomegranate seeds and reserved cooking water together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. 3 Put the flour in a large food bag together with the monkfish pieces and shake to coat. Gently heat the oil and butter together in a large casserole dish. Add the fennel chunks and 120ml of water, increase the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, then stir in the coated fish pieces, lemon juice and fennel seeds. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.

PASTA WITH CHEESE, PEPPER AND MUSSELS Cleaning mussels is not that hard. Just rinse them under cold running water, then remove any remaining ‘beards’. If you find a wide-open mussel in your batch, check if it’s still alive by tapping it against another mussel – it should gradually close up. If it doesn’t, toss it.

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3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, peeled and left whole Large handful of flat leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped Handful of dill, roughly chopped 700g mussels, cleaned 400g farfalle or pappardelle pasta 150g pecorino romano cheese, very finely grated 100g roasted peanuts

1 Heat two tablespoons of oil in a non-stick frying pan over a low heat, add the garlic and cook for two minutes or until lightly browned. Add half of the parsley and dill to the pan with the mussels. Increase the heat to

medium, cover with a lid and cook for five minutes, until the mussels have opened fully. Tip them into a colander set above a bowl, making sure to reserve the cooking liquid. Discard any mussels whose shells haven’t opened and set the remaining ones aside. 2 Bring a saucepan of salted water to boil, add the pasta and cook until a few minutes before al dente. While the pasta is cooking, mix the pecorino with a ladleful of the pasta water and whizz together with a hand-held blender to form a creamy sauce. Season with pepper and set aside. 3 Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the mussel cooking liquid and simmer for one minute until slightly thickened and reduced. 4 Drain the cooked pasta, reserving four ladlefuls of the pasta water, and transfer it to the saucepan with the mussel cooking liquid. Add the shelled mussels, pecorino sauce and peanuts and sprinkle over the remaining herbs. Gradually add the pasta water, stirring, until the sauce is thick and creamy. Season generously with pepper and serve. »


LIVING LEFT: Roman-style meringue with orange sauce RIGHT: Handmade ice cubes

ROMAN-STYLE MERINGUE WITH ORANGE SAUCE Romans make enormous meringues, reaching almost impossible heights. Why? Because once the Romans actually get around to doing, they often overdo. The secret to making a successful meringue: be sure to add your sugar a little at a time and keep whisking.

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus cooling SERVES: 6 ● ● ● ●

150g icing sugar 150g caster sugar 6 extra-large egg whites 1 tbsp cornflour

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300ml whipping cream 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves 2 tbsp rose petals or edible red glitter

1 Preheat the oven to 150°C /gas mark 2. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine the two sugars in a small bowl. Put the egg whites in a large bowl with a pinch of salt. Whisk the egg whites together, adding the cornflour after a few minutes, until they form stiff peaks. Keep whisking vigorously and start adding the sugar, mixing in a tablespoon at a time (it’s imperative to add the sugar gradually – no-one wants a watery meringue) until the mixture is glossy and thick. 2 With the help of a spatula or two large spoons, form six billowy meringues on the prepared baking tray, gently flicking the spatula or spoon as you deposit the mixture on the tray to give the meringues a pointed, spiky finish. Bake the meringues for one hour until pale and creamy in colour, then switch off the


oven, open the door slightly and leave to cool in the oven for 15 minutes. 3 While the meringues are cooling, make the orange sauce. Pour the orange juice into a small saucepan, add the icing sugar and orange blossom water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for five minutes, until the sauce is syrupy. 4 To serve, whip the cream until stiff and stir in the chopped mint. Divide the cream between individual serving plates, spooning it into the centre of each plate. Place the meringues on top of the cream and spoon over the sauce, finishing each plate with a scattering of rose petals or edible glitter.

HANDMADE ICE CUBES Gracefully clinking in glasses, ice cubes can be so much more than simply functional. To emphasise their power of suggestion, enrich them with all kinds of fruit, juices and herbs. May the sun be with you.

PREPARATION TIME: 5 minutes, plus freezing MAKES: one ice cube tray’s worth

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4 red grapes 1/4 kiwi, peeled 1 redcurrant stalk 8 mint leaves, halved 150ml water or fresh fruit juice

1 Cut each grape in half and the kiwi into 3mm cubes. Strip the redcurrants from the stalk. 2 Fill half the moulds of an ice cube tray with the grape halves, kiwi pieces and redcurrants, keeping the different fruit separate. Top each mould with half a mint leaf and fill with water or juice. Freeze until solid (this will take at least five hours) and keep for up to six months.  As The Romans Do: Authentic And Reinvented Recipes From Rome by Eleonora Galasso (Mitchell Beazley, £25) For more summery Italian recipes go to REDONLINE.CO.UK


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How to make your own planter A flourish is all you need to add your own finishing touch

Bring your own sunshine with a happy-making Zamioculcas,’s houseplant of the month


ummer starts at home. That’s our theory anyway – that filling your house with bursts of sunshine fills your soul with positivity. That even if it’s not as warm as you’d want outside, you can keep your happiness thermometer soaring with a few well-chosen touches. And what is more cheerful than a houseplant in a zingy pot? Particularly the easy-to-look-after Zamioculcas, chosen as’s houseplant of the month for its eyecatching appeal. Normally found in East Africa, its modern and graphic shape creates an indoor jungle effect, its bright green being a jolt of joy, a visual version of sunlight on your back. Needing only the smallest amount of water, you can let it flourish with minimal effort. A lazy – and summery – vibe that is totally perfect for now.

1 Lay out one Zamioculcas in a small pot, some sturdy black cardboard, a template (available from Zamioculcas), a ruler, glue, scissors, a sharp knife, a plastic bag, black tape and sheets of pressed cork.

2 Trace the template onto the black cardboard and cut it out along the edges.

3 Fold over the edges of the template’s ‘arms’ and stick them together so that they form a pot.

“Filling your house with BURSTS of sunshine fills your soul with POSITIVITY”

The graphic Zamioculcas creates a sunny vibe in its simple DIY planter

4 Cut the trapezium shape out of the cork and stick it onto the sides. Fix a sturdy plastic bag inside the pot using black tape. Then place the Zamioculcas inside it. And you’re done.



SIDE UP In Rebecca Udvary’s family home, colour and happiness go hand in hand

HOME CV WHAT: A four-bedroom bungalow in Melbourne, Australia. RESIDENTS: Food stylist Rebecca, her engineer husband Tim, twin girls Erzsike and Saskia, 12, son Woody, eight, one cat and one dog. RENOVATION BUDGET:

£250,000 in 2007 then £160,000 in 2014 to add the pool, an en-suite and make some tweaks.

DINING ROOM: Yellow timber Thonet chairs were added to a large table for a striking but liveable centrepiece. Their bright colour is tempered by pale picture frames, a royal-blue Le Creuset dish, 1970s-inspired indoor plants and chocolate-stained timber flooring, and the balance between modern and retro feels fresh. For similar pieces, go to Habitat.


A hint of 1970s aesthetic gives the kitchen a relaxed yet elegant feel

“As this is the heart of the home, I didn’t want a surface I had to be careful with,” says Rebecca

Marble and wood pendant light, £130, Holly’s House

Vintage Ercol Goldsmith chair, £175, Florrie & Bill

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Trolleys are multi-tasking and a stylish way to capitalise on space. This metal version by Ikea (left) will blend in with worktops or just as easily be a standalone statement piece

Enamel container with wood lid, £24, LSA Reclaimed wood and steel trolley, £249, Swoon Editions

Faux potted succulents, £4.50 for a set of four, Paperchase

KITCHEN: The cupboards


are painted in Dulux’s Namadji (an Australian shade – try Creative Coal in the UK). The low-hanging pendant light, a vintage find, hangs above a walnut-veneer/ polished-concrete island and industrialstyle bar stools – chosen for their hardwearing, familyfriendly nature. »

Emulsion Paint in Rainy Slate, £36 for 2l, Paint By Conran




Handmade Fenlands wall tile in Heron, £3.28 each, Fired Earth

Stylist’s notes

Display coloured glass (here, vintage, collected over 15 years) en masse to brighten dark corners. The papiermâché cat made by daughter Saskia adds fun and individuality

Bilbao Gloss White wall tile, £3.49 each, Fired Earth

Handmade Fenlands wall tile in Chalk, £3.28 each, Fired Earth

Glass vases, small, £14; large, £30, both Dartington


Glass bottle, £175, SCP

Glass vase, £12, Debenhams

Glass vase, £140, Georg Jensen at Selfridges

Crackled glass vase, £24, West Elm

Concrete bear sculpture, £150, Trouva

Cotton cushion, £50, Habitat


LIVING ROOM: Rebecca chose

Birch and polyester armchair, £499,

neutral walls throughout, as “they anchor the decor and make bright accessories pop”. Here a trio of white, cream and grey glazed bricks are a cooling backdrop to the emerald-green rug, tomato-red sofa and yellow wingback chair bought from Grazia & Co. Similar pieces can be found at »

White marble and oak table, £1,200, Anthropologie



Stylist’s notes

Graphic cushions create splashes of pattern in colourblocked rooms

Wool rug, £995, Designers Guild

LIVING Concrete tile, £6.80 each, Mink Interiors Steel and wood sconce light, £95.90, CB2

Stylist’s notes

Wool throw, £110, Howkapow


Bedding and this light-up sign are from Australian company Cotton On; find similar at notonthe

It’s all fun, bright and practical for the kids’ room

Lightbox, £45, Typo


works because each piece of furniture is functional and fits a purpose – a great way to banish clutter. The tulip table is from Ikea, while the built-in cupboard and peg-board wall house board games and art supplies. 

Faux potted Bird of Paradise, £299, Rockett St George

Reed and wool basket, £23, Bohemia

Succulent plant in porcelain pot, £24, The Small Home 146 REDONLINE.CO.UK JULY 2016

Metal and paper basket, £112, Tea and Kate

Cotton cushion, £26, Oliver Bonas

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Plastic chair, £40, Ikea


LIVING Canvas and wood hammock, £259, Amara

Plastic rug, £42, Green Decore


Cotton seat cushion, £7.99, H&M

Rattan hanging chair, £282, Broste Copenhagen


Organic Gardening Bible by Bob Flowerdew (Kyle Books, £18.99)


Metal and plastic lantern, £24.95 for two, London Garden Trading

Long afternoons, long drinks, long, lazy moments. The spirit of summer well spent

Stone and metal oven, £80, BHS

Polyester and wood deck chair, £20, Ikea


Drawer liners, bath oil, soaps and candles from the new Jo Malone range

Bamboo cloche, £20 for a set of three, Habitat

Need to know:

MARTHE ARMITAGE X JO MALONE Perched on a deck chair, dappled sunlight, buzzing bees and the scent of just-ripe blackberries in the air. That was the inspiration behind 86-year-old wallpaper designer Marthe Armitage’s collaboration with Jo Malone; a series of hand-drawn prints Bamboo torch, £15, covering similarly scented Bloomingville drawer liners, soap and candles. “I wanted to capture a perfect English summer afternoon,” says Armitage. The Chiswick-based artist loves the imperfect quality of lino printing; a fitting style, she says, for her love of the outdoors and all its irregularities. Available from, £30-£56

Earthenware plant pot, £8, Anthropologie Cotton and bamboo chair, £270, Urban Outfitters Wool throw, £125, Bluebellgray Cotton and wood sun lounger, £275, John Lewis 

For more on how to style your outdoor space visit REDONLINE.CO.UK


Escapes Edited by SASKA GRAVILLE


BEACH edit

It’s that sand-betweenyour-toes time of year. Whether it’s a seaside weekend in the UK or somewhere a little further afield, dive on in

FOR FASHIONISTAS Faena Hotel, Miami Beach

Magical is the only way to describe the Faena Hotel, Miami Beach’s hottest new addition on the Mid Beach strip. The former Saxony Hotel, in its heyday a dazzling playground for the Rat Pack, has been transformed by Argentinian owner Alan Faena (a fashion designer turned hotelier). Adding »

Kick off your shoes at Miami Beach


FROM LEFT: A room with a view at the Faena Hotel; art is a big part of all the interiors

Local artist Christa Wilm created the shell-decorated busts dotted on the terrace

luxurious condominiums, a new cultural centre and a shopping bazaar, he has created what is being dubbed the Faena District. Against the intoxicating backdrop of Miami’s endless blue skies and palm trees, the Faena’s dreamy interiors evoke the golden age of Hollywood, thanks to consultations with The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann and his Oscar-winning costume designer wife Catherine Candy-stripe parasols Martin (her rugs feature in every and bamboo loungers room). No wonder it was the hot at the Faena Hotel spot for parties before it officially opened during last year’s Art Basel Miami, and A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brangelina, Rita Ora and Karlie Kloss have already been spotted hanging by the pool. Acetate sunglasses, Everything about the hotel is £145, Emporio Armani at Sunglass Hut Instagram heaven: lots of big-cat animal print and kitschy pineapple and palm-tree lamps. Red and white Stainless candy-stripe umbrellas and gilded steel watch, bamboo loungers line both the pool Straw hat, £95, Reiss £165, and the hotel’s private strip of white DKNY sandy beach and on the terrace, columns and concrete busts are

What to wear

encrusted with vibrantly coloured seashells (by local artist Christa Wilm). You’ll find Damien Hirst’s glass-boxed gilded mammoth, Gone But Not Forgotten, with a ringside view of both pool and ocean from its floodlit position on the terrace. But the Faena Hotel is not all fabulous style and no substance – it offers faultless service (if sometimes a little overenthusiastic for a reserved Brit) and the early morning ‘aeroga’ (a blend of aerobics and yoga) session organised on the beach is just the thing to blow the jet lag away. That, and a glass of rosé-laced Faena spritz (or a glass of the hotel’s own rosé) in the chic salon vibe of the Living Room. This place is addictive. FIONA McCARTHY TRIP NOTES Faena Hotel (room

only) from £2,099 for seven nights with British Airways, including flights and accommodation;, 0344 493 0122

Damien Hirst’s Gone But Not Forgotten resides on the Faena’s terrace Polyamide-mix bikini top, £29.50; bikini briefs, £26.50, Boden


Catherine Martin rugs

South Beach scramble, with crab, sweet potato and chimichurri

ESCAPES Padstow harbour

BRITISH BEACH GETAWAYS’s pick of the seaside breaks on your doorstep MALMAISON, BRIGHTON

With the twinkling lights of the pier to the right and the iconic chalk coastline to the left, most of the bedrooms at this modern hotel offer a seaside panorama.

FOR FOODIES Padstow, Cornwall

Where better to eat fish and chips than at the beach? To sit, on a bench, facing the water, paper cup of prosecco in one hand, keeping your windblown hair out of your eyes with the other. This is what Padstow is about, this and world-famous seafood. For the chef, TV presenter and legend that is Rick Stein, aka the Patron Saint of Padstow, aka Padstein, has turned it into a Mecca for mackerel, the place for plaice. Thanks to Stein’s vision of a culinary beach utopia, there’s now his bluntly named Seafood Restaurant (Asian-inspired, all citrus flavours and zingy twists), his café, his fish and chip shop and his cookery school, where you can take day classes in everything from preparing a crab to classic British seafood recipes. Padstow itself is set on a hill, with winding streets and independent shops. The curved front, stretching in a low yawn around the coast, offers the perfect perambulation and views of the town of Rock on the horizon. Rick isn’t the only Stein here – his ex-wife (and business partner) Jill, an interior designer, has become the go-to for stylish accommodation.

Pip soaks up some rays in ‘Padstein’

A 10-minute drive brings you to her cluster of self-catering houses just outside the town, a part of Cornwall so quiet your own breathing deafens you at night, where you can cook what you’ve bought in town. It’s a retreat in the perfect sense of the word, Jill’s four-bedroom houses are scattered among a small hamlet of converted farms, nothing but fields and garden terraces brimming with thyme and heather and fat, lazy bees. I stayed in Martindale, a modern masterclass in coastal chic: four bedrooms, two en suite, grey sofas, smooth wood and rough-hewn linen. There was room for a party, but also enough living space to allow you to feel secluded when you want to. For Cornwall is about quiet moments. Picturesque coastlines. And good food. PIP McCORMAC

Three-night breaks from £500 selfcatering;


FROM LEFT: The perfect view; obligatory fish and chips from Rick Stein; and Martindale


Surrounded by mile after mile of white sand and staring out across the Atlantic, Hell Bay is pretty special. Dine at Fraggle Rock and buy seascapes by local artist Richard Pearce. THE BRUDENELL, ALDEBURGH

The perfect base for a nostalgia trip. Sitting alongside the pastel-hued houses that line Aldeburgh’s pebbly beach, it has the look and feel of an old Victorian seaside hotel. THE MARINE HOTEL, WHITSTABLE

This one comes with heaps of history. Once a hospital, it’s now all crisp white linen, slatted cream walls and French doors that open out on to little balconies. SEAHAM HALL, COUNTY DURHAM

While the hotel’s setting atop the Seaham cliffs is impressive, it’s included here for its fabulous spa. A decadent pampering day and plenty of dramatic vistas? We are in! »



Sterling silver ring, £30, Pandora

What to wear iPhone case, Sterling £69, Swarovski silver watch, £229, Citizen

CROATIA FOR EXPLORERS The Mediterranean as it once was... well, that’s what the Croatian Tourist Board promises, and they’re right. Just driving along the only coast road from the airport to our villa gave us a glimpse of what to expect. But first to stone-built Villa Mimosa in Mali Ston on the Peljesac peninsula, situated walking distance of several delightful restaurants including Kapetanova Kuca, run by Croatian celebrity TV chef Lidija Kralj. The peninsula also boasts one of the area’s few sandy beaches at Prapratno Cove, some of Croatia’s oldest vineyards and the Croatian version of the Great Wall of China, 14th-century fortifications that zigzag up pine-covered hills. We mixed relaxed pool mornings and beach afternoons with active days. One was spent in Dubrovnik, Byron’s ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, walking its city walls. For Game Of Thrones fans, it doubles as King’s Landing with Renaissance palaces and narrow alleys where you can do Cersei Lannister’s walk of shame. Other days were spent island-hopping to the jet-set Mljet and beautiful Korcula, said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo.


A week at Villa Mimosa (sleeps six to eight) from £4,600 in July and August with Croatian Villa Holidays; croatianvilla, 01494 671359



TURKEY FOR WATER SPORTS There are many sporty beach clubs on the Med – ideal when family members have different passions. Neilson alone has six in Greece and two in Turkey – the one to try is Seaside Beachclub in Ortakent. Options include dinghy sailing, windsurfing, tennis, sea kayaking, mountain biking, paddle boarding and TRIP NOTES wakeboarding, Neilson Seaside with tuition Beachclub covering zero in Ortakent to hero. Neilson’s motto from £715 per person, per week, (‘relax as hard including flights as you like’) and airport really does sum it up. transfers; 154 REDONLINE.CO.UK JULY 2016

MALLORCA FOR YOUNG FAMILIES My own favourite pocket of this beautiful island, one we’ve been to many times, lies in and around the town of Pollenca in the north. Last summer we rented Finca Rafalet Piscola, a converted 18thcentury farmhouse in the Colonya Valley, horseshoed by the pale grey Tramuntana mountains. We spent most of our time outside; loafing by the pool, reading thick books, playing games, cooking on the BBQ and eating at the long terrace table. Beyond the garden were olive and almond groves, punctuated by sheep bleatings and distant goat bells. When we did manage to prise ourselves away from the house, there were beach outings (five miles) or the restaurants, cafés, shops and a Sunday market in Pollenca (two miles). There were big days out too – the villages of Valldemossa and Deia, once home to poet Robert Graves, are both recommended. 

Finca Rafalet Piscola (sleeps eight, with room for an extra bed) from £998 per week. Flights and car hire extra, through Mallorca Farmhouses;



The stunning vista from Finca Rafalet Piscola’s pool in Mallorca

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Villa Mimosa

Leather sandals, £90, Fitflop

Get away from it all on the unspoilt Peljesac peninsula


Ready, set SUMMER Fashion-forward bikinis, chic one-pieces and statement beach accessories from Coco Bay’s Seafolly collections take your next summer escape from lukewarm to sizzling hot

Style tip

Kaftan, £48

This kaftan can be transformed from daytime saviour to night-time hero; team it with jeans and espadrilles for an easy out-fordinner look.

FEEL THE HEAT Nothing says summer like a bright two-piece. This zesty, orange-hued bikini is the perfect sartorial choice for the end of your holiday when your skin is sun-kissed.

Dress, £59

Bikini top, £59; bottoms, £41

Hat, £35 Bikini top, £59; bottoms, £41

Bikini top, £53; bottoms, £38

If you’d prefer a little extra support, pair these bottoms with a bra-style bikini top

Style tip

Pair an orange bikini top with a bottom in another bright shade for a fun look that gives a nod to trendy colour blocking.

Bikini top, £59; bottoms, £39

WORLD TRAVELLER Nail the luxe traveller trend by teaming a Navajo-print bikini with a distressed-looking hat and tasseled tote, for a low-maintenance look with serious style gusto. Hat, £35

Kaftan, £97 Bikini top, £58; bottoms, £48

BLUE NOTES Opt for beachwear in dark blue hues to create a cool, sophisticated holiday look. A simple bandeau bikini with a kaftan thrown over and a woven fedora is the ultimate yacht-ready outfit.

Exclusive Red discount

Bikini top, £53; bottoms, £41

Maximise your holiday spending money by saving before you even step off the plane. Use the exclusive Red reader discount code RED1607FP to save 20% when you shop at

Bag, £64

Style tip

A halter-neck frames the chest and is incredibly flattering for bustier holidaygoers. If you’re unsure about what style suits you, check out Coco Bay’s top fitting tips. To shop more of the Seafolly range visit COCOBAY.CO.UK




(and eat well all week) The secret to making easy, healthy food choices every day? #Mealprep, says Honestly Healthy’s Natasha Corrett


oing a big Sunday cook-up is my absolute best healthy habit,” says Natasha Corrett, creator of Honestly Healthy. Right now, #mealprep is a big hashtag on Instagram, with keen, healthy foodies photographing impressive piles of organised Tupperware, ready for the week. But Corrett has been doing it for a while. “It’s something I learnt working in the kitchen of my dad’s French restaurant in the summer holidays. If you prep all your ingredients, when it comes to service – making a packed lunch or quick supper – you can just assemble them.” Corrett’s new book, Honestly Healthy In A Hurry, is full of ways »


to produce healthy meals super-fast, one being the Sunday cook-up. This particular one Corrett designed exclusively for Red, making two portions each of three main-meal salads. You do the basic washing, chopping and cooking in an hour and a quarter on Sunday night, then just assemble them in the morning, carrying salad dressing separately. It also includes an adaptable pesto for last-minute pasta, two prepped breakfasts and even brownies to keep in the freezer (“I’ve been known to eat them frozen!” says Corrett). And a full shopping list (see right) so all your planning is done – just add it to your online shop. Meal prep has many benefits besides saving time, she says. It makes it much easier to eat the way you’d like to, to eat homecooked food, and to eat more fruit and veg. “In the evenings, if I’m hungry and I haven’t got ingredients ready, I’m more likely to get a takeaway,” she confesses. “And even with the best intentions to be healthy, if you leave the house on Monday morning without a good breakfast, you’re more likely to grab a croissant.” As you get creative about your meal prep (there are lots more ideas in the book) it will save you money, helping you use up everything in the fridge. “I used to be heartbroken at throwing away any food left over from my food delivery, the sad beetroot or parsnip going soggy at the back of the fridge. If it’s prepped, I’ll use it, either raw or cooked, or it can go in the freezer,” says Corrett. Think of your meal prep time as an hour and a quarter to yourself, says Corrett. “Put on music or have the TV in the background. And when you wake on Monday, you’ll know you’ve got food for lunch that day, and dinner at home.” Food planning ticked off the to-do list. Honestly Healthy In A Hurry: The Busy Food-Lover’s Cookbook by Natasha Corrett (Hodder & Stoughton, £25)


Honestly Healthy #mealprep menu

BREAKFAST: Boiled eggs with smashed avocado (2 portions) SALAD 1: Roasted sweet potato cooked with cumin seeds, with puy lentils, blanched broccoli, chopped parsley and a spiced yoghurt dressing (2 portions) SALAD 2: Roasted butternut squash cooked with ground coriander, with flaked almonds, quinoa, lemon, chopped coriander and coriander dressing (2 portions) SALAD 3: Blanched broccoli with quinoa, feta, chopped dill, a pinch of sumac and tahini dressing (2 portions) CAULIFLOWER BROWNIES:

Makes 9 (freeze some) PERFECT PESTO: Makes 350g (a small jar). Add to pasta or soups and freeze the rest See recipes right and over page

ABOVE: A week’s worth of #mealprep BELOW: Boiled eggs with smashed avocado

SELF How to do your prep

Natasha’s Honestly Healthy perfect pesto recipe makes enough for several meals

1. Chop the sweet potato and

#Mealprep shopping list: FRESH INGREDIENTS

1 sweet potato 60g parsley 1 butternut squash 2 lemons 60g coriander 40g parsley 1 broccoli head 20g dill 200g salad leaves 1 tub goat’s yoghurt Feta 1 avocado 4 eggs Garlic 1 small cauliflower 1 loaf of gluten-free bread (freeze what you don’t use) DRY INGREDIENTS

60g puy lentils Cumin seeds Ground cumin Ground coriander 10g flaked almonds Quinoa Tahini Sumac Cinnamon Olive oil Sunflower oil Coconut oil 220g cashews (for the pesto) Onion seeds (for the pesto) Coconut blossom syrup (for the brownies) Cacao powder (for the brownies) 100g gluten-free flour (for the brownies) 20g vegan protein powder (for the brownies) Bicarbonate of soda (for the brownies) 60g pecans (for the brownies) 30g cashew butter (for the brownies) Agave syrup (for the brownies) Himalayan pink salt Pepper

butternut squash into 2cm cubes. Sprinkle the sweet potato with one tablespoon of cumin seeds, and the squash with a teaspoon of ground coriander. Drizzle with sunflower oil, add a sprinkle of salt, then roast in a pre-heated oven for 25 to 40 minutes at 180ºC/ 160ºC fan/gas mark 4 or until soft. 2. Cook 100g of quinoa in a pan of boiling water according to packet instructions. Rinse with cold water through a sieve, then it will keep refrigerated for up to four days in a sealed container. 3. Cook 60g of puy lentils in a pan of boiling water for 20 minutes until they are soft. Rinse with cold water, as above. 4. Boil a pan of water with a tablespoon of salt. Drop in the broccoli florets and blanch them for three minutes, then run under cold water. 5. Make your yoghurt dressing by putting 100ml of yoghurt into a cup and adding one teaspoon of cumin, one teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of salt and mix together. 6. Make your lemon and coriander dressing by putting a quarter of a cup of oil into a blender with 10g of fresh coriander, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of salt. Blend. 7. Make a dressing by mixing three tablespoons of tahini, six tablespoons of water, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of salt. Mix well or blend. 8. Boil a pan of water and boil three eggs for seven minutes. At breakfast, smash one and a half with half an avocado, a pinch of sumac, salt and pepper. Spoon onto a slice of gluten-free toast spread with coconut oil. Garnish with chopped dill. 9. Make the pesto (right). You can freeze it into ice-cube trays and defrost for pasta or when you need it. 10. Make the cauliflower brownies (over page). Freeze what you’re not going to use straight away as you can defrost them any time. 11. To prepare each salad, put together all the ingredients, plus a handful of leaves. Keep the dressing separate until you’re ready to eat it.

HONESTLY HEALTHY PERFECT PESTO I love pesto and it’s great to have a big amount tucked away in the freezer so you can make things like my Spring minestrone soup (see or just a simple pasta dish. This is also a great recipe for kids, and you can change the nuts and herbs to suit your taste.

MAKES: 350g pesto (1 small Kilner jar) PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

220g cashews 1 large clove garlic 40g parsley 20g coriander 1/4 tsp onion seeds 125ml olive oil A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

1 Put the cashews, garlic, parsley, coriander and onion seeds in a food processor and process until the mixture is crumb-like. Add the olive oil, salt and a pinch of pepper and pulse again. 2 Use the pesto straight away or put into ice-cube trays and freeze for a later date, warming it as you need it. »


SELF Honestly Healthy cauliflower protein brownies

HONESTLY HEALTHY CAULIFLOWER PROTEIN BROWNIES Everyone loves a good brownie and I have written quite a few recipes for them, but these are based on a traditional recipe with a twist. In my first book, I created a sweet potato brownie: let’s see if the cauliflower addition will be the latest craze!

MAKES: 9 brownies PREPARATION: 25 minutes COOKING TIME 20 minutes 180g cauliflower florets 80ml coconut oil or vegan butter ● 170g coconut blossom syrup ● 100g gluten-free plain four ● 60g raw cacao powder ● 20g vegan protein powder ● 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda ● 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt ● 1 egg ● 1 tbsp vanilla extract ● 60g pecans, chopped (optional) For the cashew butter swirl (optional): ● 30g cashew butter ● 30ml agave syrup ●

How to get creative with your meal prep As you get more confident, try switching up your recipes, using Natasha Corrett’s suggestions: O I suggest you roast two trays of vegetables: hard-root vegetables in one tray and soft vegetables in the other, for 20 to 40 minutes or until soft, at 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas mark 4. Hard veg are: sweet potato, butternut squash, aubergine, carrots, beetroot, celeriac, etc. Soft veg are: asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, courgettes, fennel, peppers, celery, onions. O Cook your choice of grains: quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, millet (see my YouTube channel Honestly Healthy for instructions), plus your choice of lentils and beans.


O Wash salads and leaves in cold water; dry in a salad spinner or tea towel. Wrap in kitchen paper or keep in an airtight container in the fridge. O Blanch green vegetables in boiling salted water for three to four minutes then run under cold water. O Make a frittata to use up any leftover veg in the fridge. O Hard-boil eggs for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Run under cold water to cool quickly. O Batch-cook stews, soups and curries and freeze in portion-size freezer bags. O Cook a double batch of brownies, cakes or granola bars, and freeze. For more #mealprep tips, see

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Line a square 20cm brownie tin with baking parchment. 2 Steam the cauliflower florets until soft – this should take five to six minutes. Once cooled, blend the cauliflower. Melt the coconut oil or butter, add the syrup, then blitz to make a smooth purée. Set aside. 3 Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and vanilla extract together. 4 Stir the purée into the egg and whisk. Fold the dry mixture into the wet, adding the pecans at the end if you are using them. Pour into the tin. 5 To make the cashew swirl, stir together the cashew butter and agave syrup with a teaspoon of water. Drizzle over the brownie mixture and swirl using a teaspoon. 6 Bake for 20 minutes until a skewer inserted into For more healthy a brownie comes and time-saving out clean, though recipes, go to still a little moist.  REDONLINE.CO.UK





Cameron Diaz, 43, is changing the 40+ conversation, turning it into a positive. I want to age exactly like her, says Brigid Moss


ameron Diaz must have been listening to the global bestseller The Body Book. For their research, they near-weekly conversations I have with Red’s interviewed the US’ top longevity experts, doctors and beauty director Annabel. They go something researchers. In fact, the book is so science-heavy, I’m not like this. Person 1, looking in the mirror: sure anyone who didn’t have the Hollywood pulling power “Oh god, look at my wrinkles/sagging/pores!” of Diaz could have got away with it. But, she says, this Person 2, as she pulls her skin tight on her face: “I can’t was a deliberate strategy: “Knowledge is power and being see anything, you always look great. Look at my eye able to understand what’s happening to your body and bags/jowls/redness.” Person 1: “Don’t be silly! Your being able to impact it empowers you, and I also think that skin is lovely/nobody would notice that.” understanding it, you can be kinder to yourself,” she says. What’s way more likely, these conversations between The book explains stem cells, and how in the future women – or versions of them – are so universal, that they may be used in regenerative medicine to help heal even Hollywood mega-blockbusting actresses like damaged and ageing organs. It explains typical Diaz, 43, have them. And her new book, The age-related changes in each decade (a mini ‘Knowledge sample from the forties section: “And if Longevity Book, is all about championing the changes we begin to notice near the you have that extra glass of wine at the is POWER time we hit 40. At 39, Diaz writes in Your hangover the next day and being able restaurant? chapter one, the question she was asked in will be a lot more unpleasant than it was to IMPACT it every single press interview was if, as an in your twenties or your thirties, partly actress, she was ‘scared’ to turn 40. But because your liver can no longer process empowers refreshingly for Hollywood, she has chosen alcohol as effectively as it used to.” Great). you’ the route of gaining knowledge about ageing, It delves into the mechanics of cellular ageing rather than fighting it via surgery or the needle. and female biology and how hormones work. “Everybody is so scared of ageing,” she tells me BUT THE MAIN MESSAGE THROUGHOUT IS: WE over the phone from LA. “And I questioned that, why NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK about ageing. is everybody so scared? And I realised it’s because To stop being ‘anti-ageing’, to normalise it, even to we don’t understand what ageing really is. So that’s celebrate it. “We need to start embracing it and what I wanted to understand.” What she did next was congratulating one another. ‘You did a great job, you’re empower herself – and so all of us – by tackling this a great mother, you’re a great daughter, you’re a great huge subject with Sandra Bark, her writing partner from


SELF wife, you’re a great friend, you’re a great aunt.’ We have accomplishments that happen with our age and our experience that we ignore because we don’t look like we’re 25 any more.” Above all, embracing the fact you’re ageing, she says, is a major part of ageing well. This, it strikes me, is an attitude I can embrace, one that will help me feel good about myself and any post-40 changes I notice. Once you know what your cells are doing – and that everyone’s are doing it, too – it’s reassuring, yes? Philippa Perry, psychotherapist (and Red’s agony aunt), puts age into starker perspective, when we discuss it over tea. “As the saying goes, the choice isn’t to grow old or stay young,” she says. “It’s to grow old or die. Wrinkles aren’t a sign of ill health, they’re a sign of life.” The end of a decade – 29, 39 and 49 – she finds relatively tough, she says, but at the beginning of each decade, she says, she feels rejuvenated, comparatively young, “early fifties”. Cameron Diaz, of course, will be beautiful at any age, as Miranda Sawyer says when we speak on the telephone. She had her own fortysomething “mid-life crisis” she says, which became her upcoming book, Out Of Time. “The positive message is, if you’re lucky, this is the middle of your life. How amazing is that? You can look back at your past, look forward into your future, you know quite a lot, you’re more confident, you know what suits you, you know what you want a bit more, what you’re bothered about fundamentally. We’re not all Cameron Diaz but we will probably be fine if we just accept, this is a phase we might feel weird about.”


THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME, THEN, IS TO ACCEPT AGEING, to age healthily. So does Diaz bring

us any solutions? Yes, but they’re surprising by being unsurprising. “We went into this thinking, since we had this access to these amazing researchers, we really expected to kind of go in there and go: what cutting-edge science are they going to present to us, that we’re going to say ‘wow’?” But what’s proven scientifically, is what’s good for health is what helps us age well, too. “It’s just what everybody’s always been talking about forever,” says Diaz. “Nutrition, physical activity, rest, stress relief and meaningful relationships. Those are the five pillars of our wellbeing, how well we age, and that’s it. Like, that’s it,” she laughs. There will be more, she promises, as science advances. But for now, it’s about treating yourself well. Eating a Mediterranean diet (fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats), moving every day and building muscles, connection with other people. And, Diaz’s favourite daily tool, meditation. “Meditation isn’t just a check-out point,” she says, “it’s an opportunity to heal yourself on a cellular level.” She’s referring to studies that have shown meditation has a biological effect on the body. “That to me is really interesting. (And) makes me want to do it all the time.” Look past the healthy living advice, and what Diaz is really advocating is self-love. “I’d like to suggest that we

all agree…” she writes, “that every age a woman passes through has its own beauty… We can be the healthiest, most vibrant version of ourselves we can be.”

HOW CAMERON AGES WELL, ONE DAY AT A TIME Extracted from The Longevity Book: Live Stronger. Live Better. The Art Of Ageing Well by Cameron Diaz If you hold on to one piece of practical information, here is what we would love for that to be: eating nutritious foods, moving often, and getting enough rest are the keys to healthy ageing. Here’s how my most perfect days go: I wake up rested from a night of sleep and dreams. The first thing I do is make my bed, smoothing the covers down with purpose, because this is one of the rituals that, for me, marks the beginning of a bright new day. After I brush my teeth, I’ll drink a litre of water, and then I’ll meditate for 20 minutes, because it relaxes my body and brain, putting me in a calm, energetic state. Then it’s time for food, some protein and some carbs and some fat – perhaps a piece of avocado toast or a bowl of savoury porridge. After that, I work out. This whole routine takes about an hour and 15 minutes from start to finish, and the balance of its components – rest, nutrition, and movement – is what I have found to be the perfect formula for getting me energised, excited, and ready for the day ahead. I eat dinner on the earlier side, because I don’t like to go to sleep with a full stomach. In the evening it is time to reverse that energy flow and start to wind down. I make sure my room is nice and dark. I create the best setting for rest I can give myself, so that I’ll have energy for the next day. And in the morning, I wake up, and the process begins again. Of course this perfect day is imaginary, because no day is perfect. If I don’t sleep well, if I miss breakfast or eat something that looked rich and delicious on a menu but turns out to be toooo rich and delicious, if I miss my workout because I have a stack of meetings – well, I suffer for it, just as we all suffer for choosing not to take care of ourselves. Letting these basic needs become imbalanced hurts our hearts, our brains, and speeds up the rate of ageing in our cells and organs. Nutrition. Movement. Rest. For more from These are the threads from Cameron Diaz on which our human experiences healthy ageing, go to are woven, and are the basis of REDONLINE.CO.UK our strength as we age. 



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IN A DAY Digital confidence comes with greater knowledge – which is why Red has partnered with Sky to offer you the chance to learn to code in a day with digital transformation company Freeformers


ast month, a panel of brilliant women – from tech CEOs to entrepreneurs – shared their secrets to success in the digital world. The strongest message: confidence. But having faith in your abilities and the bravery to try something new is easier when you know what you’re talking about. Which is why Red has joined up with Sky and Freeformers to host a series of Digital Dates to boost your confidence and knowledge. Our second event with Sky is on Saturday 2nd July and is a coding workshop at Sky’s London headquarters. Over the course of a day, you will learn how to code a website and create an app. You’ll get to ‘pitch’ your idea to the team, learn about cyber security

“This is a MUST-ATTEND workshop for anyone thinking of a career in TECH” and network with key industry figures, making this a must-attend workshop for anyone thinking of a career in tech. You’ll learn to code courtesy of Freeformers – a digital transformation company founded Emma Cerrone, founder of by 2015 Red Women of the Year Freeformers Award winner Emma Cerrone. For every professional Freeformers trains, it offers the same training to a young person for free, so you’ll not only be empowering yourself, but the next generation too. There are limited tickets available for this bespoke coding experience, so sign up now to avoid disappointment.


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10am-4.30pm O CODE: Build a responsive web page using HTML, CSS and the building blocks of the internet to master the foundations of web development O INNOVATE: Learn about the lean product development cycle, what ‘MVP’ means and how start-ups approach innovation O IDEATE: You’ll be shown how to use the lego bricks of the internet to come up with app ideas – or develop an existing idea further O PROTOTYPE: Understand the design process and how to use free, online prototyping tools to rapidly create a working prototype of your app idea to test with your target audiences O PITCH AND PRESENT: Pitch your app idea and prototype to the room. Gather feedback and learn about next steps O CYBER SECURITY: An introduction to cyber security and the key tips on how to stay safe online There will be refreshments throughout the day, lunch at Sky’s rooftop Italian restaurant and an end-of-day networking session with experts in the field

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WHY being quiet IS YOUR SUPERPOWER Over 13 million of us watched Susan Cain’s TED Talk on being an introvert; now she’s showing strong, silent types how to harness their unique skills, writes Zoe McDonald


ave you read this?” asked my friend Jules, in a low voice, handing me a copy of Susan Cain’s Quiet at the nursery gate, four years ago. We’d met a couple of months previously at a ‘party’ for the parents of new starters. I knew nobody, neither did she, but we zoned in on one another with the silent recognition of two kindred souls, equally ill-at-ease. I devoured the book with that ‘Ah. Of course’ sense you get when something speaks to you. What resonated with me – and I’m sure with the two million who bought Quiet, plus the 13.7 million who watched Cain’s TED Talk – is she champions the unsung superpowers of introverts. Take note, extroverts: introverts can be excellent at listening, fostering deep connections, thinking against the grain, among other things. So I can’t wait to talk to Cain about her follow-up book, Quiet Power, which makes sense of our extrovert-focused world for introverted kids and teens. And the book will resonate with anyone, of any age, who has introvert tendencies. “The word readers use most frequently in the feedback since Quiet was published is ‘permission’,” says Cain when we speak on the phone. She’s in an airport and there is a lot of distracting noise. (It’s ironic, as there’s a whole section in Quiet about how introverts are sensitive to overstimulation and sound.) “Before the book, many people felt as if their inner reserve and need for time alone was something to fight…

Quiet helped them see it was possible to embrace that nature, that they could be successful on their own terms.” So how can you know if you’re an introvert? Cain says we’re all on a spectrum: a third of us are introvert. A third are extrovert and the final third ‘ambivert’, a mixture. But our society is so geared around extroversion that in order to fit in, we have to be ‘out there’ much of the time, squashing or masking quiet traits. Even since Quiet came out, social-media pressures have ramped up. It’s the loudest voices that get acknowledged and rewarded most. I’m not a ‘classic’ introvert. I’m sociable but have had to learn to put myself out there for my work. When I do »


I prefer deep conversations to small talk. I avoid conflict. I have a place I like to retreat to for quiet time. Too much exposure to light or noise leaves me spacey. I quickly feel drained when I’m in a large group of people. I only take risks if I’ve carefully researched them first. I can dive into a project, practise sport or an instrument, or do something creative for hours without getting bored. I like asking questions more than I like answering them. If I had to choose, I’d prefer a weekend with absolutely nothing to do to one with too many things scheduled. I find open-plan, noisy offices really hard to work in. The more you tick, the more introverted you are.


SELF you’ve mastered public speaking, built a big contacts network, perhaps got good at making small talk at school pick-up? All great, but Cain says to be careful: repeatedly overriding your nature can lead to symptoms of burnout. “Elevated levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline are an inevitable part of the fallout,” she says.

WE CAN ALL STRETCH OURSELVES, THOUGH. “The sensitive and cautious can learn to act boldly,” says Cain. She’s managed it herself; she’s now a brilliant public speaker, like her fellow introvert Brené Brown. “I like to think of this as the rubber-band theory of personality. “Repeatedly OVERRIDING Introverts can stretch like rubber bands, acting outgoing or hanging around in an over-stimulating environment. your NATURE can lead to But if we’re pulled too far, we can snap.” symptoms of BURNOUT” For Cain, limiting social media helps. Other tactics from introverted friends I spoke to involve a bit of faking it till incredible moments,’” says Rita, in the book. “It became you’re making it. That works, says Cain, “so long as you my mantra.” Her great listening skills helped her form do it mindfully”. My neighbour Zoe, 39, a publisher, says close relationships with her host family and children. she’s had to learn to do “a lot of presenting. That means She wore an extroverted mask at times but, she says, being the centre of attention. The only way I can cope with “I didn’t become less introverted, I just became less shy.” it is to pretend I’m an actor being ‘a successful publisher’.” I’VE HAD TO LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY There also seems to be a certain refusal to compromise, INTROVERSION AND SHYNESS, too; the first is my which comes with experience. My friend Anna, 39, nature, the second I can overcome. And so has my friend a pattern cutter, says: “I’ve become more accepting of Susannah, 41, an art therapist. “I’ve always had an my introversion. I don’t think I ever really fake it any awareness that it helps to play the game. I can do small talk more. I know I hate big social occasions. Socially, it but I prefer deep conversations to the gaggle of parties. kind of works itself out because if you’re very quiet, I can cope with big groups, but I’d hate to do it often.” you don’t tend to make lots of friends, and so there aren’t This summer, Cain is launching lots of events you need to cope with.” a training programme to help educators I admire her singlemindedness. understand how introverted students learn. Perhaps because I’m more COME TO RED’S LEARNING One example makes me stop and think of a mixture, I’m not so good BREAKFAST about how I am as a parent, too. A mother at managing my quiet needs. WITH advises her daughter, Jenny: “When you When I moved to a new town SUSAN CAIN need to recharge your batteries, you NEED five years ago, loneliness On 14th July, to recharge your batteries.” It makes me inspired me to reach out to hosted by Grace think about times when one of my children anyone and everyone. I took Belgravia, London changes their mind about a play date, or an numbers, planned nights out, chatted like SW1. Tickets, £15 after-school club, begs to come home and an anxious butterfly with no filter to pretty (incl breakfast & chill. Perhaps I ought to honour that need? much any human who came within my goodie bag): I ask Cain whether she thinks there radius. I felt jittery, phony and emotionally are introverts in denial. Are there people drained. The project did come good: susancain who’ve spent so long compensating for I ended up with a handful of true friends. ● Hear Susan Cain introversion, that they’ve totally lost But reading Quiet Power has given me share her manifesto for touch with their inner quiet nature? a wake-up call, reminded me of my inner becoming a supersuccessful introvert. “Absolutely,” she says. “I’ve met lots nature. I now give myself permission to ● Find out how to of people who describe themselves as ignore calls, to cancel social engagements use your introvert extrovert, and I watch them for a few or leave early, when I need to. Both as superpowers. minutes and think: ‘No, you’re not.’” How a parent and personally, I’ve resolved to ● Learn how to get the can she tell? “There’s an inner reserve, stop ‘pushing through’ all the time. To best out of partners a cautiousness. They might be able to be have some respect for the warning signs. friends and colleagues. extrovert for a short time, but then they Some of us need time to just be. Quietly.  ● Discover how to Quiet Power: Growing Up As An Introvert have to remove themselves to recharge.” be an introvert in In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by If you’re an introvert, you’ve most likely an extrovert world. Susan Cain (Penguin Life, £12.99) learnt to play the extrovert game. Maybe



Cain’s test online, I come out as sitting on the ambivert/ introvert borders. Like a lot of people, though, I’ve long perceived extrovert traits as desirable ones, the indicators of confidence and comfortable-in-your-own-skin-ness. But Quiet Power is a book packed with introverted role models. There’s Rita, who went on a high-school exchange programme, travelling from her home in Indiana to spend a year in Ecuador. Before she left, her mother gave her a handwritten book of advice from friends. “One of my neighbours wrote, ‘You cannot let fear become a thief. It will steal so many precious things and rob you of so many






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I have no motivation and I’m trapped, says one reader. That’s because nobody has seen or understood the real you, says psychotherapist and Red’s agony aunt, Philippa Perry Photograph CAMERON McNEE


I’m finding it hard to motivate myself to do anything. I feel trapped. I see the point of life, but I just cannot feel it. I’m 35; since I was a teenager I’ve felt as if life was happening to me, without me. I have a professional job, I’m not unattractive, like to laugh. People see me as happy and slightly quirky. But behind closed doors I binge on TV, cigarettes and food. Alcohol used to be a serious problem; I’d end nights with embarrassing behaviour from one-night stands to throwing up and blackouts. Family and friends said I was being melodramatic, so I went to a counsellor. She was helpful initially and prevented me from giving up completely, but it didn’t change anything. Now, I avoid going out, especially if there’s alcohol. I avoid opening mail until I can’t take the angst of an unpaid bill. I cancel appointments, and I let the washing pile up. I just don’t want to be here, although I know I have so much potential. I’ve tried self-help books and meditation but nothing reaches

me for long. I am single and have given up on having a family. Should I be on medication? It’s something I’ve avoided, as I cannot handle the thought of losing myself entirely. Name withheld What I’m going to say may not resonate with you; if not, disregard it. I’m just groping in the dark. It sounds to me like you feel empty inside. That emptiness may come from no-one seeing the inner part of you. If I search for an image, I see a baby who feels dead because no-one picks her up. That’s what babies do if no-one comes when they cry, they give up. I feel you have given up. You tried to tell friends and family how you felt, tried self-help, meditation and counselling, but nobody managed to see you. It’s as though you are still crying in the dark and no-one comes.

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If that was your history as a baby, and I don’t suppose you can know, but if it was, the cycle could be on repeat. I imagine there are two of you. One is the person who can put on a good show as a professional grown-up, even enjoy herself. But there’s always the empty, unloved baby part, who needs to be seen, to be told she does matter and she is intrinsically loveable. Now you are wondering whether to take medication, which you see as losing yourself. I’m guessing you mean by shutting up or out the part of you that feels empty but also feels somehow like the real you? I am not a good person to ask about medication as I’m prejudiced against it. Probably because, as a therapist, I was sent people for whom it hadn’t worked – the success stories didn’t need to come. Medication might help, but might not. If you feel suicidal, it might be a temporary stopgap. There are disadvantages and advantages – and the pharmaceutical companies play down the disadvantages. I’m not surprised you seek gratification from alcohol, food, cigarettes and TV if you do have a lost, empty baby part. Emptiness wants to be filled, and immediate gratification is all babies can know. I can’t help thinking that what you need is not within you. You need to be understood and accepted for how you are. For all their qualifications, what a therapist needs is to be able to “get” the person in front of them. Your counsellor may have been helpful, but it doesn’t sound as if she was willing to climb into whatever hole you are in and sit there with you. Make appointments with three therapists and interview them to see if one will “get” you. A relational therapist might be the most helpful. If you have spare holiday (and money), you could look into the Hoffman Process, a week-long course ( You could also find a healing relationship outside the therapy room. You are only 35, neither too young nor too old to be found and reached out for. 


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AQUARIUS 20th Jan-18th Feb It’s that time of the year again when you need to have a think about your daily work and health routines. How well are you looking after yourself? Are you in good self-care habits? You have had a bumpy ride lately – you need to make sure you’re alleviating the stress in healthy ways. What in your timetable isn’t working for you?

Yasmin Boland reveals what’s in store for you this month Illustration ALICE PATTULLO

CANCER 22nd June-22nd July The new moon this month is in your sign, plus you have the romance-and-riches Venus also in Cancer. So, it looks like a very auspicious start to your birthday new year. Just remember to stay calm at work.

PISCES 19th Feb-20th March This is it, Pisces. We’re coming to your peak love month in your peak love year. Between now and September, if you don’t feel good about your love life, then something really does need to change. If you and your partner are in the doldrums, make getting out of your rut your July priority. Tip: don’t work too hard.

LEO 23rd July-23rd Aug

SCORPIO 24th Oct-22nd Nov

ARIES 21st March-19th April

Can you say, “Omm…”? Try meditation and yoga this month, or even some chanting or some other sort of spiritual pursuit. Don’t think this is all for hippies. You have some wonderful new energies coming into the most cosmic part of your chart. Tuning in will boost you personally and professionally. Even business supremos meditate now.

If you’re worried about money, try to calm down. Actually, this is the right time for you to be restructuring your finances, so use any cash-flow issues as a springboard to a solution. Focus on what you can do to set up new systems and strategies, rather than worrying. Looking at the big picture could help, too.

So how do you feel about moving house, city or even country? That’s most certainly in your stars this month, if it’s something you’re interested in doing. That, or you can give your home a proper clear out and clean up so that everything feels like new. A better cycle is starting regarding a family member, too.

VIRGO 24th Aug-22nd Sept

SAGITTARIUS 23rd Nov-21st Dec

Be sure to make a wish at around midday on 4th July. Heck, make 10 of them. This month brings your annual new moon in your wishing zone – if you get clear about what you want and express these desires, you have a better-than-usual chance to make these dreams real (some effort will also be required…).

One of the bad things about having Saturn in your sign is that you can end up feeling like you’re not meant to have any fun. Not true! While you do have to do your duties first and foremost right now, this month also brings a new start for you, re sex and money. Think of the possibilities. Explore them!

LIBRA 23rd Sept-23rd Oct

CAPRICORN 22nd Dec-19th Jan

Your 10th house is all about your career and ambitions, and it’s getting some top-notch celestial juju this month, thanks to the new moon and abundant Venus being in there. The even-better news is that it looks like the powers that be are going to be on your side. It’s a great time to formulate yourself a 12-month plan.

There’s a new moon in your love zone and the planet of love and romance, aka Venus, is there, too – this really is one of the best months of the year for you for love and romance. Moreover, this part of your chart rules all partnerships, including professional ones. And it’s all good.

TAURUS 20th April-20th May Expect a busy month and don’t get wound up by all the things you have to do. All indications are that you will be run off your feet personally and professionally this month. You really do need to make time for relaxing and self-care, if you don’t want to turn into a raging bull.

GEMINI 21st May-21st June Not saying everything is going to go along 100% smoothly for you financially this month. However, there really are very positive signs for you regarding money. Don’t go and spend all your savings, though – there is room for the odd financial surprise. Remember, you will earn more if you value yourself more. That’s the golden money rule. 


ASHLEY JENSEN The star of Extras, Ugly Betty and Catastrophe still cherishes a 20-year-old print Photographs STEPHANIE SIAN SMITH


’ve never been a materialistic person so don’t really get attached to objects. But in the mid-1990s, when I was in my early twenties, I saw this print, by London artist Ray Richardson, in the Glasgow Print Studio. It’s called Bob’s Round, and shows three men in a pub with pints and cigarettes, and one of them is holding a dog. I was drawn to it immediately because it’s so everyday. The men have lined faces that have clearly lived. They reminded me of the people from the pub I worked in at the time. At £500, it was the most decadent thing I’d ever


bought. I had just moved to Glasgow and was in the process of buying a flat so I didn’t have a lot of money, but I remember thinking to myself, “I’m an adult and I’m going to buy this because I like it”. I still love it after 20 years, especially since I’m now the owner of a terrier, Poppy, and I relate to it more than ever. It has moved with me to every flat and house I’ve lived in. It has hung in hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms. Wherever it is, it always fits.  Ashley Jensen stars in Agatha Raisin on Sky 1 this month