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e read a lot in the media about diferent social groups criticising each other – apparently the baby boomers think millennials are the lazy me-me-me generation, whereas millennials think their baby boomer parents had it easy with their free education and cheap houses. In reality, however, in our real lives and in our homes, the generations are getting along together just fine – better than ever actually, according to our feature Meet the Billennials on page 70. People in their forties, fifties, sixties and beyond are determined to stay modern and in the know, and young people don’t feel the need to rebel any more, so the boundaries of age are being broken down. In a recent survey, 80% of millennials said they have the same taste as their parents when out shopping and regularly take their advice. It’s a far cry from when I was 20. I adored my mum and dad but I couldn’t wait to leave home, even though I did move to a pretty grotty flat-share in

north London. And as for fashion – I was into New Romantic rule neck blouses worn with tartan trousers and outrageous make-up – a far cry from my mum’s smart, slightly fifties style. The idea that we would share clothes would have made us laugh out loud. Fast-forward 30 odd years and it’s a diferent story. I was browsing around the Charlotte Tilbury counter in John Lewis with my 18-year-old daughter Gracie recently and it really struck me how things have moved on. This isn’t an older make-up brand or a younger brand, it’s just a glamorous range for everyone and that sums up how we all shop now. Gracie and I both bought lipsticks, then moved on to Zara where we also both found things we liked. A pioneer and brilliant role model for living life to the fullest has got to be Jane Fonda (page 10). We don’t often put American celebs on our cover but Jane is such an interesting and fabulously rebellious woman (even now she’s 80 – yes really!) that we thought we would make an exception. One of my favourite TV shows is Grace and Frankie on Netflix. If you haven’t discovered it yet I would really recommend it as it celebrates the importance of female friendship in

“For me, loving life is as simple as taking the dogs for a walk on the beach”

such a hilarious way. I was also keen to run this cover because I couldn’t resist Tulea, the dog who is Jane’s pride and joy. We seem to have a bit of a dog theme going this issue as you’ll see on page 76, where the brilliant journalist Lynne Truss writes about the joy of owning one. My children pestered me for years to buy our first dog, Lulu the Westie, and I’ve never regretted it. I was never really a dog person before but I certainly am now – I can’t imagine how quiet it would be at home without Lulu and our slightly bonkers Cockapoo Carter greeting me enthusiastically when I walk through the door.  Our theme this month is Loving Summer, Loving Life, and I sincerely hope you’re all doing just that. For me it’s as simple as taking the dogs for a walk on the beach. And perhaps a chilled glass of fizz. Cheers to that!    


Editor Kath at the beach with Lulu and Carter


We asked: What do you love most about the British summer? LYNNE TRUSS is the popular author whose new book, A Shot in the Dark, is out 28 June. She writes about why dogs make the world a better place on p76. Lynne lives along the coast from Brighton. % What I love most about the British summer is… the light evenings – the amount of out-andabout time expands dramatically. % This summer I’m… doing a few literary festivals to talk about my latest novel, A Shot in the Dark, but there’s also a week with friends in Dorset. I suppose I shouldn’t say this, but I’m really looking forward to a rest from writing! LISA VERRICO is a pop critic for The Times, and writes two pieces for us this month: Girls Still Wanna Have Fun on p52, and The Grown-up Guide to Festivals on p194. She lives in London with her partner and 16-year-old daughter. % What I love most about the British summer is… the lottery of it. No guaranteed sunshine means you make much more efort to enjoy it when it makes an appearance. % This summer I’m… holidaying in a castle in Kent and visiting the sustainable Flow Festival in Helsinki. FAITH ARCHER, a former JD Williams Don’t Tell Me I Can’t mentoree, is our brilliant new financial columnist (p142). She lives with her family in Sufolk. % What I love most about the British summer is… blue skies and long sunny days! I love sitting outside with a book while the garden is a riot of colour. % This summer I’m… setting of with my family to the Lake District to introduce the children to fell walking and sailing.

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8 Treat yourself Top summer buys 10 ON THE COVER Jane Fonda My rules for feeling fabulous forever! 15 As I get older, my love for summer grows Says columnist Allison Pearson 16 The 10 simple secrets to loving life Small tweaks for a happier you 45 My favourite things Designer Orla Kiely reveals what she loves most 48 Amazing women awards Meet the 50-plus women making a diference 52 Girls still wanna have fun The post-50 pop stars who are still going strong 56 The summer that changed my life 6 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

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Readers reveal their transformations 60 My breast cancer diagnosis was a challenge we faced together Victoria Derbyshire’s special friendship 62 ON THE COVER Get away from it all Yes, you can aford a holiday home! 68 Working with an all-female cast? It was a long time coming! The stars of Ocean’s 8 speak out 70 ON THE COVER You and your adult kids Shopping, sharing and sex under the same roof 76 Dogs make the world a better place The transforming power of dog ownership 79 Just the two of us How to have a happy empty-nester holiday 83 Secrets, heirlooms – and a lot of love Clearing your parents’ home 84 I’m living my life the way I want to now says tennis coach Judy Murray 138 Brand New Directions We make summer happen! Meet the women with sunshine businesses 142 ON THE COVER I’m living the good life Savvy ways to save money

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about life helps me stay

youthful”” Jane Fonda, 80, talks about her rules for feeling fabulous, why being single suits her – and her new ilm, Book Club

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ollywood star, workout queen, political activist – there’s no doubt that Jane Fonda is a force to be reckoned with. Born to the legendary actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Ford Seymour, who committed suicide when Jane was just 12, she rose to fame in the title role of the 1968 film Barbarella and quickly made a name for herself, winning numerous awards for iconic roles in films including the crime thriller, Klute, and Vietnam war romance, Coming Home. Her transformation from actress to activist came in the 1970s when she became a leading figure in the antiVietnam war movement, before she went on to revolutionise the fitness

industry with the release of the Jane Fonda Workout in 1982. She also has three high-profile marriages under her belt, in case you didn’t know. And, at 80, Jane shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. She’s the star of hit Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie, and in her latest film, Book Club, she plays Vivian, a successful hotel owner, who is part of a book club with three lifelong friends, played by Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. She encourages them to read Fifty Shades of Grey – and it’s an experience that changes each of their lives. Jane is now single and lives in Los Angeles. She has three grown-up children, Mary Williams, Vanessa Vadim, and Troy Garity, and two grandchildren.

My beauty secret is very simple. It’s sleep! I sleep nine hours every night. I’m very strict about it. When I come home – I live alone – I take my make-up of, slip into something comfortable and go to sleep early to get my nine hours in. And I’m very healthy, which I’m grateful for. I’ve always had a lot of energy. I eat a big breakfast and a big lunch. And I don’t eat after 4pm any more. I still exercise when I find the time. I live in a community centre now with a gym and a pool… and it’s not a retirement home! I have a trainer who comes and we work out there. I’m working a lot these days. When I’m not shooting a film like Book Club, I’m still making Grace and Frankie, so I don’t have a whole lot of time. But during a hiatus, I try to work out four or five days a week; I still love to sweat. I’ve never been a member of a book club, although I do read a ton. Book clubs are now what consciousness groups were a while back. They were the backbone of the women’s movement, and I think they are very, very important. I have many friends who are very committed to their book clubs. >>

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ON TURNING 80… I’m so excited because I never thought I would live this long! Much less be working at my age. And doing such fun things. ON BEING A GRANDMOTHER… When my first grandchild was born and I held him in my arms, I really understood intimacy. I felt a love I had never felt before. It broke me open, and I needed to be broken open. ON COSMETIC SURGERY… I did have plastic surgery. I’m not proud of the fact that I’ve had it. But I grew up so defined by my looks. I was taught to think that if I wanted to be loved, I had to be thin and pretty. That leads to a lot of trouble. ON HER DOG, TULEA… She’s a Coton de Tulear and I got her from a breeder in Montreal when she was two months old. She goes just about everywhere with me and when I am without her I ache for her. It’s a physical thing. ON NEVER GIVING UP… On my bad days I say to myself, “Fonda, you’re resilient, and you’ve never stopped trying to get better.” It’s saved me many, many times.

One of the books that changed my life was The Village of Ben Suc by Jonathan Schell. It’s about what was happening in Vietnam. I read it in one sitting, left my husband [Jane’s first husband, Roger Vadim] and left France. That book turned me into an activist in America against the Vietnam War.

Book Club is about four older women celebrating friendship, and I was particularly happy to make a film about that. It’s sad to say but most of my early friends are already dead. When you’re 80 they pass, so now my friends are all younger than me. There’s a reason why women outlive men though and it has to do with the importance of friendships among women; they’re very diferent to those among men. Traditionally, men were going out to hunt and bring back the meat. It was always individualistic 12 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

and competitive, while women were sitting around campfires talking. It was very interdependent and we benefited from that evolutionarily. We also aren’t afraid to share our emotions. Men don’t do that – to their own demise. I read Fifty Shades of Grey when it came out; I wanted to know what everybody was talking about. You don’t want to be left behind. I’m glad it was written because I do think it woke up a lot of women in this country.

I’m glad I’m still alive to be seeing and experiencing the #MeToo movement. I think it’s really important. I don’t think it’s a passing moment, I think this will make a big diference. The next step is the Time’s Up movement. How do we make permanent institutional and structural changes, so that sexual harassment and abuse doesn’t happen in the workplace any more? Part of the solution is equal pay for men and women. If women are being paid the same as men, sexual abuse will decline. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.



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“I’m very happy with my life and that’s a great thing to say at the age of 80, don’t you think?” I’m forever grateful to be here; I’m truly enjoying every day. I’m very happy with my life. And that’s a great thing to say at the age of 80, don’t you think?

I watched my father die and he went out with regrets. I’m not afraid of death, but I am afraid of leaving with regrets. That dictates how I live.

understand the importance of kindness. I didn’t realise until I was in my seventies and with a man who was kind that it’s what I’d been missing all along.

There have been long studies about men and women that after 50 they get less hostile, less anxious. Some of it may have to do with changes in the brain, but mostly it’s the attitude that more life is behind us than is in front of us. We’ve been there, we’ve seen things. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? Life is more stressful when you’re young.

I have a son who is perfect – and I am not kidding. He sits me down sometimes and tells me to act my age. My daughter, on the other hand, knows how to press all my buttons. But it doesn’t last. It goes away. And my meditation helps with this as well.

It’s also important to find someone who is able to cherish you. I don’t know why men are so afraid to be vulnerable to cherish a woman. To be able to do that you have to be very open, and a lot of men are not capable of exhibiting that quality. They’re being taught not to cry at an early age; very early on they often learn not to show empathy. There’s a toxic masculinity out there. When men are shamed they get violent.

It makes me very sad that people are afraid of death. It’s just our culture. In Mexico, for example, people are not afraid of dying. There’s an attitude of sooner or later we’ll be together… death, come and get me. But as long as I am still among the living, I’m going to have fun.

Would I marry again at 80? No! I just left my last boyfriend about a year ago, and I feel great. I wouldn’t be able to read three books in one week if I lived with somebody. And I wouldn’t be able to get nine hours of sleep either. I look for diferent qualities in a man now than I did 20 or 30 years ago. I now

My mantra in life is that it’s much better to be interested than to be interesting. Does that make sense? I’m curious about life and it helps me to stay youthful. Book Club is in cinemas now. w&h

My life in pictures… 1960

Jane makes her screen debut as a college cheerleader in the film Tall Story.

1950 Jane (top left) with brother Peter, mother Frances (bottom left), half-sister Frances and father Henry.

1968 Jane stars in the title role of Barbarella, which established her as a sex symbol.

1980 She stars 1960s

Late Jane turns political activist as she supports the Civil Rights Movement.

n the film 9 to 5 alongside Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin.

2005 Jane’s first film in 15 years is Monster-in-Law, also starring Jennifer Lopez.

1982 The Jane Fonda Workout launches, the top-selling exercise video of all time.

2018 Jane plays 2014 Jane with er three children, anessa, Mary nd Troy.

a book club member who gets a new lease She appears of life after reading in Netflix’s Grace and Fifty Shades of Grey Frankie with Lily Tomlin. in the film Book Club.


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‘As I get older, my love for summer only grows’



fter the Winter Without End – it kept coming back for another encore like some desperate actor who simply wouldn’t get of the stage – I reckon we’ve earned a truly wonderful summer. A few years ago, a GP told me he thought I sufered from SAD. That’s Seasonal Afective Disorder or, as Karen Carpenter put it in her lovely, mournful voice, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” My guess is that, like me, most British people have a touch of SAD. We crawl through the grey clouds and the Siberian sleet towards the glimmering promise of sunny days. Who knows, without the rain we’d probably be sultry Spaniards or impassioned Italians. Hard to be sultry when you’re always thinking, “Now, where did I put that cardie?” As I get older, my love for summer only grows. I crave the heat. Warmth makes me happy, easy in my own skin. My idea of heaven is a drink in the garden, the chink of ice in a jug, the tinkly slosh of white wine, the scent of newly mown grass and that quintessential sound of summer: your hunter-gatherer husband shouting

manly oaths at a smouldering barbecue where the sausages are mysteriously cremated on the outside yet salmonella pink within. Luckily, based on past experience, you have taken the precaution of putting alternative sausages and kebabs in the oven to cook through. Produce these surreptitiously with the watermelon and feta salad and you can: a) avoid poisoning friends and family, and b) protect the tender ego of the hunter-gatherer. Result! It’s amazing to think how summer has changed beyond all recognition in my lifetime. People today think nothing of taking holidays in Majorca or the Maldives. My family never ventured abroad. Our neighbours in 1970s South Wales, who went camping in Brittany, were considered wildly sophisticated. By contrast, my father packed the boot of our Ford Cortina with two hard, box-like suitcases and the four of us headed for Cornwall. One year, we stayed in a caravan so small it was like a gnome’s mushroom house. My poor mother did the washingup in a sink the size of a dog bowl and attempted to cook on two primitive gas rings. Forty years ago, eating out was still considered extravagant. Fish and chips on the prom was a special treat and gave Mum a night of. I remember it rained so hard one day during that Cornish holiday that Mum took all my sister’s and my clothes of and put them in a dryer at the laundrette while we went of, wearing only our anoraks and pants, to see The Sound of Music. Hypothermia narrowly avoided, the following year my parents splashed out on a seaside boarding house. History may record that the boardinghouse hotel preceded the boutique

hotel by 50 years and boasted none of its comforts. In fact, it seemed to take active pleasure in persecuting its guests. On the beds were bri-nylon sheets, which had the mysterious power of giving you random electric shocks. If it was a hot night, the sheets were unbearable to sleep on, a discomfort only made worse if you had sunburn. And, back then, all children had sunburn. This was the era Before Factor 30. As for the meals, it’s hard to describe to my own kids quite how bad British food was back then. There was grapefruit for breakfast (segments from a tin) and for dinner (with melted brown sugar and a cherry on top). Just imagine, fruit juice by itself counted as a starter! Salad as we know it had yet to be invented. (Well, the French had it, but they were foreign and far away.) If you were lucky, there was ham (plus yucky jelly), lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes with Salad Cream instead of dressing. Despite all of the above, summer still cast its enchantment. We forget the windbreaks that blew over, the wasps underfoot, the calamine lotion on sore skin, remembering instead the long, shimmering days that stretched out before us. I’m with the novelist Henry James. “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon,” he wrote, “to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” So let me raise a glass (or two) of something chilled and white to all my fellow SAD suferers. Our happy season has come again.

“My idea of heaven is a drink in the garden, with the scent of newly mown grass”

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Take stock this summer with some small tweaks to your outlook. The result? A happier, more fulfilled you

1 Live on purpose

“A sense of purpose brings the greatest life satisfaction,” says happiness expert Paul McGee. Not only are people with a sense of purpose happiest, they also live longer and even make healthier lifestyle choices by eating more vegetables and doing more exercise, according to research at Washington University. But how do you find your sense of purpose? Purpose can come from your children, friends, work – or even housework. “My 87-year-old mother-inlaw still comes over every week

Our expert %PAUL McGEE is a motivational speaker, communication coach and bestselling author. He has delivered talks worldwide and sold more than 200,000 books. His new book, How to Have a Great Life (Capstone, £9.99), out on 25 June, explores surprisingly simple ways to success and happiness.

to do our ironing – it’s not that we can’t do it ourselves, but she says it makes her feel useful,” says McGee. “She would never say, ‘I do it because it gives me a sense of purpose.’ But it amounts to the same thing.” %DO IT Ask yourself, “What do I care about? What energises me? What am I doing when I’m at my happiest?”

2 Plan for happy times

Don’t just hope for a happy future; plan one! Figure out what makes you happy and do more of it. “You might have an amazing evening with an old friend and you both say ‘We must do this again soon’,” says McGee. “But then neither of you does.” %DO IT Ask yourself, “Will this make me happy?” Make a conscious choice. “We know going to yoga or visiting a friend will make us happy, but we stay in and watch TV because it’s easier,” says McGee. “There’s nothing wrong with a Netflix fix, just make sure you’re choosing it for the right reasons.”

3 Stop comparing

We all do it. To compare is human, but if you’re constantly comparing yourself to other people and finding yourself wanting, that’s a recipe for unhappiness. The trick here, says McGee, is to catch yourself doing it and to remind yourself that what you’re seeing is not the full picture. How often, for example, do you post your least flattering shot on social media? Or tell that stranger you’ve just met at a party how stressed you are at work? Exactly. And you’re not the only one presenting your “best face” to the world. “Remind yourself that you’re only seeing part of the jigsaw and move on,” says McGee.

%DO IT Switch from idealising to humanising. That friend of yours with the envy-inducing house and fabulously wealthy husband might still feel insecure about her career – or lack of it. Or have worries about her sick mother.

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There’s a lot to be said for those rose-tinted specs. “It’s our outlook that determines what we see,” says McGee. Unfortunately, from a survival perspective, your brain has a built-in bias to notice negatives and spot any potential threats. Its primary purpose is to keep you alive, not make you happy. “So we need to consciously notice the positives, otherwise we end up being blind to them,” says McGee. %DO IT Every night, before you go to bed, make a note of three things that went well that day. And read over your list first thing the next day to reset your mood for the day.


Wear your heart on your sleeve

Feeling upset about something your partner or boss has said? You might think it’s better to keep quiet than make a fuss, but this will backfire in the long run, says McGee. When Australian palliative nurse Bronnie Ware recorded the regrets of the dying, common themes emerged, with “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings” right up there alongside “I wish I’d kept in touch with friends”. So next time you’re upset, let it all out – write a letter you never send, then talk to them calmly when the anger has passed.


%DO IT The same goes for positive emotions – never suppress a generous impulse. If you think someone’s great, tell them right now.

7 Worry less

Are you one of life’s worriers? Congratulations, you come from a long line of worry-warts. Since our days in the cave, we’ve evolved to anticipate sabretooth tigers, but because most “threats” aren’t life-threatening these days, being on constant red alert isn’t that helpful. You might think of worrying as a kind of protection – the more you worry about that promotion, the less disappointed you’ll be if you don’t get it – but left unchecked, worry can become toxic, like a distracting alarm in your head, making it hard to focus on what you’re doing or simply enjoy the moment.

%DO IT Worry is only useful if it alerts you to potential hurdles you might face, in which case make a plan and act on it. For instance, if you worry about money, seek the help of a financial advisor.


Get things in perspective

Your train has been cancelled and you’re late for work. Worse still, you’ve forgotten your season ticket and when you eventually emerge from the station the skies open. How do you describe your day so far? Deep sigh: “The day from hell”? Join the club, we’re all prone to a spot of melodrama. But the problem with this kind of “catastrophising”, as psychologists call it, is that our bodies don’t know the diference between real drama and the dramas we’ve invented – and before we know it, we’re pumping out stress hormones like we’re living in a war zone.

% DO IT The next time something goes wrong, try reframing. “Remind yourself that missing your train is annoying but not the end of the world,” says McGee. And remember the phrase “This too will pass”.

6 Ask for help

Are you the one in your house that does everything? From grocery shopping to booking holidays to the buying of birthday presents (even for your in-laws)? Then it’s time to resign from the position of “Mistress of the Universe”. And if your cries for help have fallen on deaf ears, McGee suggests having an honest conversation. “Most partners don’t help out due to habit or ignorance.” %DO IT Rather than wearing them down with little digs and daily reminders about loading the dishwasher or doing the vacuuming, set aside a time to have a bigger conversation, tell them why it matters to you, and spell out the advantages to them of helping.

9 Be here now

Close your eyes once during every meal. Why? We’ve all heard about the benefits of mindfulness, but how many of us actually do it? Fortunately, you don’t need a yoga mat and scented candles to practise mindfulness. Simple tricks such as closing your eyes to really taste your food can jolt you of autopilot and into the present moment, says McGee, who made the decision to stand still when he’s brushing his teeth rather than automatically pacing. “It just makes me that bit more aware of my surroundings.” % DO IT Next time you’re waiting for a bus, rather than reaching for your phone to “kill” time, savour the moment and really notice your surroundings.


Don’t take things too personally

“If you want to achieve anything in life, there’s a good chance you’ll acquire critics along the way,” says McGee. But the only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing. So roll with the punches and remember any bruises you pick up on the way are a reminder that you’re participating in life. “You’re still in the game, not hiding on the side-lines.”

% DO IT Take a leaf out of Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s book when she says, “The clock is ticking, we have to limit where we put our energies and resources, and I’m not going to put them into caring what other people think of me.” w&h woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 17


Indulgent treat £79, Whistles (35cm diameter)


STYLE ICON The enigmatic artist Frida Kahlo’s personal possessions are going on show at London’s V&A museum, the collection’s first appearance outside Mexico. Cue bright Tehuana garments, statement necklaces and portraits of her wearing them – proving that her style legacy is as strong today as it was in her lifetime.

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Pay day treat £49, Monsoon (41cm diameter)

GET THE KAHLO LOOK… because imitation is the best form of flattery

Dress, £295, xs-xl, Velvet by Graham & Spencer

Sunglasses, £150, Retro Peepers


SPORTSWEAR BRANDS that will have you rushing to the gym…

Fashion editor Charlie Moore picks the best items to buy in July

Blouse, £40, 6-22, Next



Four-way stretch, sculpting and breathable. Collection from £52, xxs-l, Letelux by Varley

FUNKY PRINT Lightweight, supportive and with a waistband that doesn’t dig in. £66, xs-xl, Seafolly

MODEL MATERIAL? JD Williams have teamed up with woman&home and Models 1 to find their next midster models. You need to be 45+. Find details at and look for updates about the open casting via Facebook (@JDWilliamsUK), and Instagram (@jdwfashion). Applications close 9 July 2018.




Leggings, from £60, xxs-xl, Sweaty Betty

Headband, £44, Rock N Rose

3 SUPPORT ACT For medium-impact sports, award-winning “Ellie” bra, £35, xs-l, Zaazee

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THE LONG GAME Get swept away in a vibrant midi skirt. Don’t shy away from colour, instead cram in as many clashing tones as you can. Tuck in a billowing blouse and highlight your waist with a zingy belt. Blouse, £39.99, 6-14, Mango. Skirt, £75, 8-18, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams. Belt, £9.50, Marks & Spencer. Earrings, £13, >>

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TAKE ME TO PARADISE Step into summer with colour, powerful prints and confidence FASHION DIRECTOR JULIA MAY MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHS NEIL MARRIOTT

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ULTRA ELEGANT If you can’t treat yourself on your summer holiday, then it’s time to have a rethink! Lavish, satin, maxi. These are the key words for feeling glamorous top to toe, day to night. Wear it open and loose as you loll around the pool, then cinch it in and raise the stakes for sunset. Maxi dress equals major impact. Dress, £565, 6-12, Alice + Olivia at Harvey Nichols. Heels, £295, LK Bennett. Scarf (worn as a belt), £22, Faith at Debenhams. Earrings, £44, Anthropologie

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style inspiration

TRUE BLUE Take one cotton blouse and transform it in seconds with flared pants, a trendier-than-ever turban and glamorous gold heels – a little retro yet so now. Blouse, £45, 8-18, Studio by Preen at Debenhams. Trousers, £89.95, 6-16, Massimo Dutti. Belt, £149.50, Elliot Rhodes. Headscarf, £120, Sevda. Earrings, £13, Necklace, £108, Nocturne. Heels, £275, LK Bennett >> woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 23

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SAY IT LOUD A bold print makes a big impact, so don’t hold back on the colour or the confidence. When you’re making this kind of statement you don’t need to add major accessories… think less is more and you’ll keep it looking modern. Dress, £69.95, xs-l, United Colors of Benetton. Earrings, £40, Jigsaw. Sandals, £20, JD Williams

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SLEEK & CHIC We’ve done it again… and worked out this summer’s dream dress. A small sleeve, a long-line hem and a clever front panel that makes you seem slimmer than the stats suggest! What’s not to love? For work or for that long deserved week of, style it up for any occasion. Dress, £130, 6-22, Boden. Earrings, £50, Lola Rose. Sandals, £79.95, Massimo Dutti >>

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RED ALERT It’s the one piece every woman wants for her holiday… the no-cling, nofuss, sling-it-on superhero dress. What elevates it to star status even further? It comes in vibrant red. Jazz it up with unusual earrings and life will be a breeze. Dress, £89, s-xl, Kin at John Lewis X Laura Slater. Earrings, £45, Toolally

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MATCH IT UP Pyjamas? In public? They may look like they’re destined for bedtime, but they’re actually seriously sought-after separates! Don’t be afraid to try something new… just match them top and bottom and work them like you own the place. Shirt, £39.99, xs-xxl; trousers, £39.99, xs-xl, both Zara. Earrings, £190, Giovanni Raspini. Ring, £81, Nocturne. Sandals, £85, Tommy Hilfiger >>

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One piece – that’s all it takes to nail day-to-night glamour. How to style it your way? We say add a slinky scarf. Tie it around your hair or work it around your waist and add glamorous heels. Experiment with colour; a bright pair will go with your black basics too… we promise. Jumpsuit, £265, 6-16, Karen Millen. Scarf (worn as a belt), £15, Accessorize. Necklace, £34.95, Massimo Dutti. Earrings, £30, Jigsaw. Heels, £275, LK Bennett

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GET IN LINE Bold stripes, stunning colour and a new up-to-the minute shape… don’t be shy and get those shoulders on show, and if you’re going all-out glam, why not try a red lip? Daring, but so doable! Dress, £150, 6-14, Finery at Selfridges. Earrings, £12.50, Marks & Spencer The woman&home fashion team stayed and shot at the five-star luxury resort, Dhigali Maldives. Kuoni (01306 747008 or kuoni. ofers seven nights at Dhigali Maldives ( in a beach bungalow, including breakfast, flights on Qatar from Gatwick via Doha and transfers in resort. The price for October 2018 is from £1,735 per person, based on two sharing. w&h

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fashion editor’s picks £15, Marks & Spencer £110, Kastur Jewels

£66, Nectar Nectar



£60, Kate Spade

Size matters! Extravagant earrings will update your look instantly £12.99, Zara

£15, Accessorize

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£34, Tutti & Co






never too many shoes

£30, Next

£28, V by Very


£24.99, Ego

£39.99, Zara

Ease your way into summer with a stylish pair of sliders

£119, Kurt Geiger


£12.50, George

£75, E8 By Miista

£22.99, New Look

£120, Senso

£69.95, Massimo Dutti

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W&H DEALS Lorna Top, £55. Isla Trousers, £59

Cloella Dress, £130

Lilith Broderie Dress, £89

Dinah Culottes, £59

Torey Tassel Vest, £39


Chelle Colour Block Dress, £89

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while bold pops of colour will add bright accents that will complement a sunkissed glow. Phase Eight’s holiday shop ofers figure-flattering swimwear, versatile cover-ups and casual separates for days on the beach, while smart-casual skirts, trousers and day dresses will be perfect

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fashion know-how


Rebecca Vann Reicher, 50, a design consultant, shares her tips;

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LEARN TO LOVE COLOUR AND EXPERIMENT WITH IT. Neutrals and soft camels are a fresh way to ground colour in the summer. ALWAYS HANG JACKETS AND COATS on correct hangers so that they keep their shape better and last much longer. INVEST IN GOOD QUALITY TAILORING as this will elevate your basics. I ALWAYS CARRY A MINI LINT ROLLER in my bag to ensure my clothes are fluf free. BUY HIGH STREET PIECES A SIZE LARGER as a little more fabric can make the diference in making a piece look more expensive. GOOD UNDERWEAR IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST – a well fitting bra and no VPL will give you a better silhouette. TRY SHOPPING IN THE MEN’S DEPARTMENTS FOR PRINTED T-SHIRTS. The graphics and colours are more unexpected and you are less likely to see a friend in the same thing. MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS USED TO SAY “stand straight” – it’s never too late to stand tall, you’ll feel more confident and your clothes will hang better.

Rebecca wears: jacket, Zara. Tee, H&M. Trousers, Marks & Spencer. Shoes, Converse




Blazer, £175; trousers, £85, both 4-14, Iris & Ink at

Men’s tee, £35, xs-xl, Criminal Damage

Wireless bra, £22.95, 32A-36D, Gap

Flats, £65, Vagabond

Invisible knickers, £7, xs-xl, Gap

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SUPER SWIMSUITS Take the plunge

£45, 4-16, & Other Stories

£32, 6-18, Accessorize

£55, 8-18, Biba at House of Fraser

£20, 4-18, Asos


£65, 6-20, Boden

£162, Pared


Perfect your poolside style with our pick of the best buys

Get sporty

Tan friendly £45, Komono

£172, Ray-Ban Mastectomy friendly, £65.80, 4-14, Melissa Odabash for Amoena £95, Hook LDN

£32, 8-20, M&Co

£85, 4-16, Whistles

£65, xxs-l, Speedo

£28, 6-22, Next

£40, 12-28, Simply Be

Oh-so slimming

£140, Finlay & Co

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£75, 10-24, Seaspray

£25, 8-22, M&S Collection

£155, 10-18, Miraclesuit

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£37.99, 10C-28E, Swimwear365


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Bold beach towels £50, Olivier Desforges at House of Fraser £40, Ted Baker £80, Beach People at Net-a-Porter

Tremendous tankinis

£29.99, 10-22, Bonprix

Top, £17.99; briefs, £9.99, both 6-18, H&M

Top, £50; briefs, £25, both 10-20, Lands’ End

Eye mask, £25, Elizabeth Scarlett at Very Exclusive Passport Cover, £55, Aspinal of London

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Stylish suitcases

£425, Samsonite

Top, £12, 34B-40D; briefs, £6, 8-20, Matalan

Make-up bag, £8.50, Paperchase

£59.50, Tripp

Luggage tag, £10.50, Caroline Gardner >>

£645, Tumi

£155, Antler

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Top, £60; briefs, £60, both, 8-14, Violet Lake


Top, £35; briefs, Top, £16, 32B-36DD; £30, both xs-l, briefs, £14, 8-18, French Connection Dorina at Asos

Top, £34; briefs, £19, both 6-18, La Redoute

Top, £55; briefs, £40, both xs-l, Heidi Klum Intimates at

Perfect strapless

Summer sliders The perfect go-to sandals to take you from day to night

£39, M

Top, £95; briefs, £60, both s-l, Fleur of England

Flattering high waists

Top, £15; briefs, £10, both Top, £40; briefs, £35, 8-18, Love by Julien both 6-16, Hush Macdonald at Matalan

Best for bigger busts

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Top, £30, 36C-42F/ FF; briefs, £20, 18-28, Top, £54; briefs, £54, River Island Plus both 8-16, Seafolly

Top, £25, s-l; briefs, £16, 8-18, Figleaves

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Top, £17.99; briefs, £15.99, both s-l, Zara

Top, £65, 30A-36D; briefs, £50, s-xl, Maison Lejaby

Top, £30, 30B-38FF; briefs, £18, 6-18, Boux Avenue

Top, £36, 28D-38H; briefs, £22, xs-xl, Bravissimo Top, £90, 30B-42H; briefs, £47, xs- xxl, PrimaDonna at Rigby & Peller


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Top, £65, 30DD-36G; briefs, £28, 6-14, Beija London

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GREAT… Get set for your most stylish summer holiday yet. Elegant, slimming, sexy... this season’s swimwear from Lands’ End guarantees that body-beautiful feeling in seconds

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GO GLAM Opposite page: Dazzle everyone with a daring print. Tropical styles are totally on trend and with a cleverly ruched middle, you can keep all your secrets hidden from sunrise to sundown. Up the glam factor with an oversized hat… size really matters, so the bigger the brim the better! Swimsuit, £85, 10-18; sun hat, £45; scarf, £20, all Lands’ End

UNDER COVER You can’t beat black when it comes to pulling of that bikini body. A high waist with built-in control will hold you in where you want it most – make it your go-to shape for a sleek and stylish cut. Removable straps? Yes please… turn your back on those tan lines, the sun bed is most definitely calling. Bikini top, £35, 8-16; bikini bottoms, £30, 10-18; shirt, £70, 8-20, all Lands’ End >> woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 41

EASY ELEGANCE Want a cool, crisp cover-up? Look no further than your favourite white shirt. A loose linen style works so easily over a vibrant, figure-flattering, wrap-style one-piece… roll up your sleeves, cover up those arms and slip it of your shoulders for that laid-back look we all love. Swimsuit, £110-£115, 10-28; shirt, £65, 8-18; sun hat, £25; sandals, £55; towel, £35, all Lands’ End

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The designer known for her retro prints tells Nathalie Whittle about the moments, memories and possessions she treasures the most…


rla, 55, lives in London with her husband, Dermott Rowan, and their two sons, Robert, 22, and Hamish, 20.

HONEY & CO It’s a Middle Eastern restaurant in Fitzrovia and they create the most perfect salads. There are so many choices.

A COOKERY BOOK (OR 10!) You can never have too many. My latest find is Dining In by Alison Roman (@alisoneroman); it’s her first cookbook and it’s brilliant.

WALKING THE DOGS We have a Labradoodle called Olive and a Westiepoo called Ivy, and I love taking them for walks through London’s Battersea Park and Cannizaro Park.

AN ON-THE-GO MASSAGE When I have some spare time I like going to the Walk-in Backrub on Charlotte Place. You can have 10 minutes or an hour and there’s rarely a queue.

MY SNOWDROP PATENT LEATHER BAG I’m loyal to my favourite bag no matter what the season, and this is currently it. It goes everywhere with me!


FIG-SCENTED CANDLES I have to have one on my bedside table at all times – the aroma is incredibly soothing.

NETFLIX’S THE CROWN It’s my absolute favourite show. Claire Foy gives such an amazing performance and the sets and costumes are just exquisite. MY 1960S PIANO I bought it at the first auction I ever went to at Bonhams and I adore it when our son, Hamish, plays it. MY ENGAGEMENT RING It’s made up of diamonds in the shape of a flower – how could I say no?

THEATRE TICKETS The West End is just around the corner from my oice and it’s the best tonic at the end of a long day.

HOLIDAYS IN ICELAND We went one summer and saw glaciers, puins and incredible landscapes as we drove through these really remote areas - it was like we had Iceland all to ourselves! We want to go back in winter and see the northern lights next.

VISITING THE ISLES OF SCILLY My favourite view is looking out to sea from the Seven Stones pub on St Martin’s. On a good day, you could be looking across the Caribbean.

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern is on at the Fashion and Textile Museum until 23 September; w&h woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 45

Amazing WOMEN AWARDS woman&home, in partnership with JD Williams, is searching Britain for the most impressive women aged over 50 who are really making a diference. Prepare to be blown away by their success stories…


These inspiring women are now at the top of their game

“The right problem-solving skincare still moves me – it’s not called beauty therapy for nothing” THE BEAUTY GAME CHANGER % Alison Young, 53, is a beauty expert and TV presenter for QVC. She began working in her local salon, but soon counted A-listers among her clientele. In QVC’s infancy, she convinced the all-male directors to abandon the US model of selling generic beauty TV shopping brands and, instead, focus on amazing but hard to find salon brands that she knew customers would want to

repeat buy. She’s helped shift over £500 million of world-class products in her career. She also set up the Aveda Training School and the Espa Training School when these brands first launched in the UK. Alison says: “Self-care should be easily accessible. I pride myself on being the customers’ champion. I’m a Northern lass living in the south. I travel all over the UK meeting customers and I know sometimes they want a quick solution to get them to the newsagents or to walk the dog – it’s not always about a full face of make-up. Sometimes a two-minute fix is enough. The right problem-solving skincare still moves me. I’ve met women who say treating themselves has helped them through bereavement. It’s not called beauty therapy for nothing!”

“This project kept my head above water after my husband died” THE DOCTOR SAVING NEWBORNS % Dr Pauline Williams, 51, is head of Global Health R&D at GSK. While browsing the internet, she came across research that showed the massive impact of the antiseptic chlorhexidine (an ingredient in mouthwash) when used to clean newborns’ umbilical cord stumps in developing countries. If used widely it has the potential to save more than 400,000 lives over five years. She came up with the idea to reformulate this into a gel, with advice from Save the Children about the needs of remote communities. It is now available at a not-for-profit price and targeted at countries with the highest newborn mortality. Pauline says: “My proudest moment was when Save the Children invited me to see the gel being used in Kenya. The healthcare workers danced to welcome me in celebration of the potential of the gel to save babies’ lives. My husband died in 2015 and I now realise that focusing on the chlorhexidine project kept my head above water. I’m so much stronger than I ever gave myself credit for.”


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“As a woman you always need to be true to yourself” THE HOME IMPROVEMENT BOSS % Véronique Laury, 52, is one of only seven female bosses in the FTSE 100. She’s CEO of Kingfisher plc (best-known in the UK for its B&Q and Screwfix stores). She employs 77,000 people. Véronique says: “It’s not just about selling power tools and garden furniture. We want customers to have a home they can feel good about. DIY can be a nightmare, especially if you’re short on ideas, money or skills. As a female CEO you always need to be true to yourself and not try to pretend to do things the way a man might. It’s about finding the balance between being tough and being human.”

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CHAMPIONS OF THE ARTS Meet the 50-plus women making sure that female voices are heard in the world of culture

“You can achieve more than you could ever imagine” THE RETAIL TROUBLE-SHOOTER Jill McDonald, 54, is MD of Marks & Spencer Clothing and Home. She was also the UK’s first female CEO of fast-food chain McDonald’s. Jill says: “My favourite game growing up was to play shops, lining up toys to ‘sell’ to family, complete with toy cash register! Today, it’s a privilege to work for such a well-known brand. It’s great to see how customers instantly respond to a new product or service. My career to date has been more than I ever thought possible. It’s a real lesson not to constrain your own ambitions and that you can achieve more than you ever imagined.”

“We enable women to take charge of their destiny” SPEARHEADING RETURNERS IN TECH % Sheila Flavell, 62, heads the Global Women in Tech campaign and Get Back to Business programme, aimed at women returners. She is currently Chief Operating Oicer at FDM. Sheila says: “I was an air stewardess in the Middle East for 12 years, then when I returned to the UK I had young children and found it hard to get a job; I don’t want the same to happen to other women. We’ve employed over 100 returners in the past year – I’m proud of that. You don’t need to have studied STEM to embark on a career in IT. We re-launch careers, enabling women to take charge of their destiny.”

“I wanted to celebrate women’s creative voices” THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE WOMEN’S FICTION PRIZE % Kate Mosse OBE, 56, co-founded the prestigious Women’s Prize in 1996 in response to an all-male Booker shortlist. In its infancy, it was controversial to have a female-only award. She is also the best-selling author of the Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth won the Best Book Award in 1996), and has just published the first book in a new series, The Burning Chambers (Pan Macmillan). Kate says: “I wanted to celebrate women’s creative voices from all over the world, to make sure that the quiet and often overlooked experiences are put centre stage. My career has been haphazard, joyous and lucky, and every new book feels special and miraculous. But without the support of family and friends there wouldn’t be much point. It’s the sharing of success (and also the failure) that matters.” >> woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 49



AWARDS “I like to think I’ve changed the goalposts for women” THE TV GENIUS WHO PUTS OUR LIVES ON SCREEN % Kay Mellor OBE, 67, is one of our most prolific TV scriptwriters, best known for much-loved TV series Girlfriends, Fat Friends and Band of Gold, often focusing on relationships, love and sex with humour and honesty. She has won many awards including a BAFTA and a Writers Guild Award. Kay says: “I like to think I’ve changed the goalposts and more women have been employed because of my skills. Also, I’ve created a lot of work in the North of England so TV isn’t as London-centric these days. When I started, people didn’t even know where Leeds was!”

“People expect Asian women to be doctors or accountants” THE LIVERPOOL-BORN ARTIST WHO EXHIBITS WORLDWIDE Chila Kumari Burman, 60, is a multi-media artist who merges Bollywood bling with politics and childhood memories. She’s one of the few UK artists to be exhibited internationally. Growing up in 50s Liverpool, her father had an ice cream van, and she often uses objects like cones and lolly wrappers in her work. Chila says: “I use so many diferent media because I love to make a mess in my studio, and I find my work so satisfying. I’m motivated by meeting good women, like Anita Choudhrie, founder of the Stellar International Arts Foundation, who has brought my work to the world. People expect Asian women to be doctors or accountants, but I’m just going for it and letting nothing get in my way.” 50 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

“I’m motivated by opening doors for young people” THE FILM PIONEER % Amanda Nevill CBE, 61, set up the BFI Film Academy, which has given bursaries and training to over 5,000 young people who want a career in film. Amanda won the Social Purpose Award in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards. Amanda says: “Talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t, so I’m proud that we’ve created a new pathway. I’m motivated by opening doors for young people who dream about entering this magical industry. I don’t have a creative bone in my body, so a job that helps others follow their creative calling is a huge privilege and joy.”

THE INVENTOR OF THE LONDON EYE Julia Barfield, 65, conceived and designed the London Eye along with her husband David Marks (who died recently). As no one would fund the development of this London landmark, they founded their own company and raised the money themselves. Today the Eye is the most popular paid visitor attraction in the UK and has won over 85 awards. Their practice has also built the i360 by Brighton’s West Pier – a vertical viewing platform inspired by a Victorian hot-air balloon ride. Julia says: “As part of the permanent planning permission, we ensured that 1% of ticket sales go to the local community in perpetuity. That has been no small sum over the years. Architecture is a bridge between the arts and science – at school I resisted choosing one or the other as I liked them both. My proudest achievement is knowing our projects put a smile on people’s faces.” w&h

THE SHORTLIST CATEGORIES BEST IN BUSINESS Doing exciting things in the world of work CHAMPIONS OF THE ARTS Fuelling our passion for culture “DON’T TELL ME I CAN’T” JD WILLIAMS AWARD Women making a diference in new and interesting ways CELEBRITIES DOING GOOD Stars of stage and screen who also do wonderful work for charities SOCIAL INFLUENCERS Best bloggers and vloggers shouting about midlife CHANGING OUR COUNTRY Women in high places dedicated to

making our lives better SHAPING THE FUTURE Working with children for a better world for us all SUPER ENTREPRENEURS Inspiring stories of business start-ups PLUS OUR TWO READERNOMINATED CATEGORIES: Community heroes and Friendship above and beyond. % Winners will be announced in our November 2018 issue.



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“My proudest achievement is putting a smile on people’s faces”

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HAVE FUN It’s not just male rockers ageing (dis)gracefully… Lisa Verrico heralds the post-50 women redefining pop

Bananarama The original trio reformed last year for a successful tour. From left: Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward


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f the dozens of gigs that I saw last year, only one made me laugh out loud, dance arms-aloft down an aisle and not care that I could hear myself singing out of tune. Bananarama’s comeback concert at Hammersmith Apollo in December was a night of pure joy. Watching the “girl group” – now all in their mid to late fifties – fluf their dance routines just as they used to, gasp at the size of their

80s hair and tell stories about how they became friends wasn’t just a nostalgia trip. As a pop critic for The Times, I’ve seen scores of reunions over the years – from Simon & Garfunkel ignoring each other on stage in Manchester to The Police burying hatchets in Hyde Park. All were fantastic but none as much fun as Bananarama. The trio attempting to mimic the moves from one of their old videos, or teasing each other for being out of breath, was brilliant because of

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Debbie Harry Blondie’s frontwoman is still one of the most iconic women in music. Right: in 1978 who they are now, not who they were decades ago. It reminded me of nights out with great mates after years apart. Whatever musicians claim, almost all reunions are about the money. Bananarama’s wasn’t like that. The joy that the audience felt came straight from the stage. Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward obviously loved being back together in front of fans who shared their excitement. The reunion came about after they got drunk several summers ago at a barbecue at Fahey’s house. At 2am, they talked about touring together for the first time – Fahey quit the band in the late 80s, just before their first tour. The delay was partly due to other commitments, but there was also the worry that no one would care. In fact, when their comeback concerts were announced, all 13 dates sold out so quickly that another ten were added. As Keren joked, “That’s 23 dates in a month – at our age!” The band has since toured the States and are spending this summer playing festivals in Europe.

Kate Bush Her 2014 live shows – her first since 1979 – were well worth the wait. Right: in the late 1970s


Bananarama are by no means alone in proving that pop isn’t a career that women outgrow after a certain age. Debbie Harry, 72, has never stopped touring or releasing records. She reformed Blondie 20 years ago, and began having hits all over again. And unlike, say, The Rolling Stones, much of the band’s new material has been fantastic. If you love classic Blondie, check out their current album, Pollinator – it has all the hallmarks of Parallel Lines, but brought up to date. Two years ago, I watched Petula Clark, then 83, rock a basement club in Berlin, playing old songs and new, including the dance hits she’s been having across Europe in recent years. Crucially, Clark doesn’t try to keep up with the kids – she just writes songs she likes and performs them. She

Sade She has recently released a new song, much to her many fans’ delight doesn’t need the money, but as she told me, “What else would I do? It’s my job.” In a sea of male pop stars whose careers seemingly have no sell-by date – Paul McCartney, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Paul Weller, The Stones, The Who… women post-50 making music have often been viewed as an anomaly. When Kate Bush took a decade out of the limelight to bring up her son, she was seen as an eccentric recluse. The 59-year-old has since released three astonishing albums and, in 2014, played a >>

the grown-up divas record-breaking 22-date residency at Hammersmith Apollo, which was hailed as one of the best pop performances of all time. Like Bush, Sade, also 59, chooses when she wants to work and records new music only when she has something to say. The excitement around the release of her first single in seven years this spring showed it’s a smart decision. Sade’s last world tour, in 2011, grossed more than $30 million. She can disappear for as long as she likes; it only increases her fans’ fervour for her.

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Kylie New album Golden is a survival album, made after a break-up


AGE IS AN ASSET But it’s not only superstar singers who are changing perceptions of post-50 women in pop. Since going solo, former Everything But The Girl singer Tracey Thorn, 55, has made her age an asset, touching on topics including dating after divorce and the menopause in her songs. Her latest album, Record, is a must-hear for middle-aged mums. One of its highlights is Go, a dreamy pop song that describes empty-nest syndrome almost too beautifully to bear. “You must outgrow it all/Those marks on the wall/You should leave it all behind/And I should never mind,” she sings. “To wave you out the door/ It’s what my love was for.” Listening to Go or the glorious disco song Babies – on which Thorn looks back over her life and compares 3am on a dancefloor to 3am in a rocking chair, feeding – I was shocked to realise that, despite being a middle-aged mum myself, I’d never noticed that next to no pop songs depict that side of my life. Now, I’m in search of any that do. My current obsession is Kylie’s new album, Golden. Released shortly before the singer turned 50 in May, it’s by a mile the best record she’s made since her thirties, partly because it acknowledges her age. Kylie mixes country with her trademark disco-pop – “Dolly Parton on a dancefloor” as she describes it. Golden is a survival album, made in the wake of Kylie’s very public break-up from the actor Joshua Sasse. I love the song A Lifetime To Repair not just because it makes me want to dance, but also because it captures a relationship break-up in middle-age, so diferent

Tracey Thorn Writes about her experiences of emptynest syndrome and the menopause

from how it feels in one’s teens. Go listen, and while you’re at it, check out her hit Dancing, which has a killer chorus for anyone worried about losing their lust for life. “When I go out/I wanna go out dancing,” sings Kylie, as efervescent as ever, but referring to the rest of her life, not her bygone clubbing days.

NO RULES What these successful artists have in common is that they’re making music that suits them and excites them, rather than trying to compete with a new generation with diferent ideas and influences. Björk, 52, is currently making the most challenging music of her career, whereas Lisa Stansfield, 52, recently released an eighth album that is as classy and soulful as its predecessors. I’m looking forward to rediscovering more of my teenage idols. Last year, I saw Alison Moyet, 56, formerly of Yazoo, on her first world tour in 30 years, for which she rightly received ecstatic reviews. This year, I’ve fallen back in love with Kim Wilde, whose new album, Here Come The Aliens, recalls her Kids In America era, but adds rock guitars. At her recent London gig, I watched Wilde, 57, play her rock chick role to perfection. It was only on my way home that I realised that the old Wilde didn’t rock at all. w&h

Alison Moyet Last year saw her first world tour for 30 years

Kim Wilde She may be in her fifties, but she’s a true rock chick!


Kim Wilde 9 June Let’s Rock The North East, Sunderland 16 June Newark Festival, Nottingham 7 July Chilfest, Tring 14 July Let’s Rock, Shrewsbury 18 August Rewind Festival, Henley-on-Thames

Bananarama 29 June AmpRocks, Ampthill 13 July British Summer Time, Hyde Park 20 July Edinburgh Castle 21 July Lytham Festival 28 July CarFest North, Cheshire 4 August Millennium Square, Leeds

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in my experience

The summer that changed


From losing weight to gaining a soul mate, three w&h readers reveal the transformative summers that they’ll never forget

‘I found love – and a whole new family’


ECKY SHEAVES, 51, runs a glamping business from the Devonshire farm she shares with husband John, 59. The couple live in Ottery St Mary with sons Luke, 16, and William, 13. On summer mornings, as I stand at the top of our meadow watching the sun rise over the roof of the farmhouse, I always feel a sense that anything is possible, if only you take a chance. If I hadn’t done just that in the summer of 2002, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Back then I was working in London. I had a great life, a career as a journalist, a flat, and was in a relationship. But then I fell pregnant and my partner left. With the rug well and truly pulled from under me, I took maternity leave and returned home to Cornwall to have the baby with the support of my mum. Luke was born in February and I was meant to return to work in June, but the thought of that frenetic lifestyle didn’t feel right, so I handed in my notice.

Despite life having been turned upside down, I felt happier than I had in years. Then, on the Monday of the August bank holiday, I was flicking through The Sunday Times when I came upon the “Encounters” dating ads. They were all from people based in London and the Home Counties, but one stood out. John, 44, liked music and tennis (neither of which are my thing), but… he lived in Devon! I thought, “Oh, that’s not far, I’ll call him.” John had a warm voice that instantly put me at ease. He explained he was a widower, his wife having died after a sudden illness. I appreciated his honesty and we arranged to meet a couple of days later. Things got of to a rocky start as John was an hour late, but once he sat down I stopped caring. He was handsome, cheerful and charming. We talked for hours and by the time we left I just knew this was it. I’ve never told anyone this – even John – but I was so sure we’d end up together that a couple of weeks after

If I hadn’t taken a chance I wouldn’t be where I am today

meeting him, I put my new number into my mobile under “S” for “Becky Sheaves”! John quickly introduced me to Matt, Philly, Bryony and Paul, then 10, 12, 16 and 18, and I moved in in the autumn. Being an instant stepmum to teenagers was a learning curve for all but we got through it. The kids were great with Luke and would babysit so we could have time together. We married in summer 2004, and William was born in May 2005. We’ve recently become grandparents. Summer continues to be a time when we grab opportunities. In 2008, as we struggled to make money from the farm, I came up with the idea for our glamping business. We started with two yurts in the meadow and an ad in the paper, but the phone rang of the hook. We now welcome over 150 families a year. For us, summer is when great things happen. To book visit >> woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 57

‘I slimmed down for the summer - and got my mojo back’


RAN McELWAINE, 59, is a health and wellbeing coach. She lives in Farnham, Surrey, with husband Peter. The couple have six children between them. There’s nothing worse than seeing unflattering photographs of yourself, especially at an occasion where you’ve made a huge efort to look your best. That’s what happened to me five years ago when I first saw the photographs from my daughter’s wedding. Before the wedding, I’d bought a lovely outfit and had struggled to lose as much weight as I could. I had a great day and felt I’d nailed my look – but then I saw the pictures and thought, “Oh no!” Back then I was feeling pretty miserable. I didn’t like my oice job and wasn’t happy in my own skin. I felt lumpy and dowdy, but it was more than a weight thing – I felt irrelevant and was plagued by aches and pains. I’d also developed a hugely destructive inner voice that reinforced these negative thoughts constantly. In spring 2014, as we booked a summer holiday to France, this voice was at its loudest. Instead of looking forward to the break, I felt depressed and anxious. I can pinpoint the exact moment things changed. I was on the computer sending an email and I got up to make a cup of tea. As I busied myself with

the kettle and the teabag, that same inner voice went into its usual running commentary: “You’re so fat, you’re useless…” I literally bullied myself to tears. As I sat down, however, rational thoughts took over. I thought, “This is ridiculous. Here I am at 55, weeping into a cup of tea. This cannot be what life’s about. If I’m feeling like this now, what’s going to happen next? I’m going to crumble into old age. I have to deal with this!” So, I made a plan. I decided I’d work out what it is that makes me happy and find ways to reconnect with myself. I began by setting a short-term goal – to give up dairy and gluten. I wanted to see if I could stick to it. As the weeks passed, I realised that an amazing thing was happening – I’d stopped feeling miserable. This gave me the impetus to keep going. In the run-up to summer I made small changes. I did a bit of mindfulness, a bit of yoga. I tweaked my diet and had less pasta and bread, eating homemade vegetable smoothies for breakfast, and lots of lean protein – fish and chicken. I had loads more energy and no longer had a slump in the Fran set afternoon. Best of all, the short-term inner voice that had been goals and now chipping away at me feels fabulous disappeared. I decided

I inally realised that change has nothing to do with willpower

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to find out more so I did an online course with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I felt understanding more would mean I could keep feeling great – and maybe even help other people do the same. By the time the holiday came round in August, I was feeling fabulous and had the time of my life. Now life’s so diferent. I left my job and have set up my own life-coaching company, Prüv, to share the things I’ve learnt. I used to have headaches and bloating after meals, for instance, and didn’t sleep well. All that’s gone. We tend to think that once we hit 45, that’s it – we are who we are and it’s all set in stone. But nothing is. We are hardwired to resist change, which is why willpower on its own doesn’t work. With the right tools, as older women we can overcome that resistance and really blossom – once and for all.

in my experience Trudi can now spend more quality time with her daughters Rubi and Mia

‘A camping holiday transformed my quality of life’ WORDS STEPHANIE CLARKSON PHOTOGRAPHS NAT GUERRIS, GARETH IWAN JONES


RUDI HARRIS, 50, runs Be.Known. communications agency. She lives in London and Toulouse with husband, Justin, and daughters Rubi, 14, and Mia, nine. In summer 2015 my husband and I were in the middle of our usual battle about the family holiday. I suggested a boutique hotel on Crete or a five-star resort in Thailand but nothing seemed to meet with his approval. I couldn’t understand it: my global role for one of the world’s top advertising agencies meant I spent so much time away, commuting between our homes in London and Toulouse (where Justin’s job is based). I felt constantly guilty about having no time with the girls. In my mind, the least I could do was use the money I was earning to book us all a luxury summer holiday. Justin, however, had other ideas. He said, “Look, we live in the South of France half the time anyway, why don’t we just stay here and go camping?” I thought this was ridiculous but, hopeful he’d change his mind, I said,

“Fine, but we’re not doing any of that glamping. We’ll go the full hog, get a tent, sleep on airbeds…” To my utter dismay he agreed and promptly booked a pitch at a campsite in Agen. I was absolutely dreading it. I craved relaxation and time with the family, not a few nights tossing and turning under canvas before I had to get back to work. Before children, global travel wasn’t a problem, but when I fell pregnant everything changed. I had just 10 weeks’ maternity leave with my first daughter and quickly discovered juggling motherhood with a high-level career was very diicult. In 2004 I got promoted and we moved to London, then my husband got a posting to France, so we had to split our time between London and Toulouse. A few months after Mia was born, the company said they also wanted me in the Paris oice three days a week. We coped by having a series of nannies,

but I missed so much of family life and there were many tears. I was overwhelmed by guilt. Once, due at a meeting in Berlin, I pretended a flight was cancelled so that I could attend Mia’s first ballet recital. I helped my girls do their hair and make-up, watched the show, and got the plane first thing the next morning figuring I could sneak in to the venue. Sadly, my boss saw me arrive and quizzed me about it before adding, “By the way, you have glitter all down your face.” I never dared lie about what I was doing again. By 2015 I was conscious that my eldest daughter was already starting to move away from me. My father was also very ill. With all that on my mind I reluctantly climbed into the car for this camping holiday. But, to my surprise we had a brilliant time. It was fun, relaxing, and it dawned on me that happiness didn’t depend on fancy hotels. However, the real life-changing moment came one afternoon. The kids were having a ball in the bog-standard, overpacked pool of this non-luxurious campsite. My husband and our friends were lying on sun loungers, thoroughly enjoying themselves, watching the kids play, catching the sun and chatting. Meanwhile, I was squished into a corner of the bar, trying to get a phone signal so I could talk to a team of lawyers about a global acquisition. I thought, “What am I doing?” That day the penny dropped. If I don’t have to make money to fund a lifestyle involving extravagant holidays, I don’t have to have this big, allconsuming job. Maybe I could start my own business, set my own schedule. Spend time with my kids. And that’s what I did. Following that holiday I handed in my notice, and set up on my own. I’m able to run my business from both the UK and Toulouse, and my life has changed immeasurably – I now earn half of my previous salary but my quality of life is beyond comparison. The best thing is I don’t have to apologise for the person I am – a working mother, but a mother first and foremost. w&h

I earn half my old salary but my quality of life has improved

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“MY BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS WAS A CHALLENGE WE FACED TOGETHER” From a shared love of Prosecco to navigating illness, Victoria Derbyshire tells Christina Quaine why her best friend Cathy is so special to her TV presenter Victoria Derbyshire, 49, lives with her partner, Mark Sandell, and their two sons, Oliver, 14, and Joe, 11, in London. Cathy and I first met 10 years ago when she came bounding over to talk to me in the school playground. Our eldest sons had recently started in reception class and we were waiting to pick them up. I was feeling very low as my stepdad had recently died unexpectedly and Cathy came over and asked, “Are you 909 Victoria?” It took me a few moments to realise that she was talking about the frequency of the BBC Radio 5 Live show I hosted back then. She was very smiley and she instantly lifted my spirits.

vodka, two bottles of Prosecco and loads of lagers. I thought, “She’s a party animal, I love her!” We ended up sitting around eating and drinking until 3am. We live two miles away from each other and our friendship has continued along a similar theme ever since – evenings spent round each other’s houses having kitchen discos until the early hours.

Our friendship developed over the next few months as our families grew closer. My son, Oliver, and her son, Alfie, ended up becoming best friends – they both support West Ham and started going to games together with Mark and Cathy’s husband, Paul. One day, when Paul came over to pick up Mark and Oliver I said, “You and Cathy will have to come for dinner one evening,” and the friendship grew from there.

Getting breast cancer in 2015 is one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced together. The night before my diagnosis was confirmed by my GP, I knew what was coming. I went to Cathy’s house for a girls’ night – I thought I had my game face on, but as soon as she looked at me she said, “Is everything all right?” So I came out with it – “I think I might have breast cancer.” She immediately ofered to have our boys over that night so Mark and I could get ready for the GP appointment the next morning. And when my diagnosis was confirmed, I remember Cathy saying, “We just need to get this thing out of you.”

I knew Cathy was my kind of woman when she arrived at my house for dinner with the biggest bag of alcohol I’d ever seen! She brought a bottle of

Cathy was there for me when I cried, and she and Paul helped out a lot with the children. She remembered every single one of my hospital

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appointments and would text on the day saying, “Sending you love and luck.” She was amazing. She’s got a brilliant sense of humour, which always puts me at ease. One time during chemotherapy, when a lot of my hair had fallen out, Cathy popped over. I could hear her downstairs in the kitchen talking to Mark and thought, “Do I stay here so she doesn’t see me or shall I just show her?” I ended up going downstairs and said something like, “I’m really sorry about my hair, it’s so thin and ugly.” She said, “Well what’s my excuse? My hair’s like that anyway!” It was just what I needed.


When I finished treatment, I invited Cathy and her family, along with some other friends, on holiday to a chateau in the south of France. There were 18 of us in total out there for eight days and it was amazing. The sun was shining, all the kids were there – and I was alive! It felt like a real triumph. The one thing she does that annoys me? She always tries to persuade me to stay at a party when I’m ready to leave!



the woman who inspires me

CATHY SAYS… Cathy Gower, 50, is Head of Department of Education at Brunel University. She lives with her husband, Paul, and their sons, Alfie, 14, and Archie, 10, in London. When I went over to Victoria to tell her I liked her radio show, I never dreamt I’d make a friend from it. My first impression was that, in many respects, she was pretty much like me. Both mums working full-time, never getting the front row at the school play because we were dashing in at the last minute, dropping the kids of at school as the car’s still moving, that sort of thing. At the heart of our friendship are shared values, and much of that is based around our love of family and friends. She is one of the most loyal, generous people I’ve ever met. She doesn’t do grand gestures, she does things quietly and unassumingly that show how much she cares. We’re both quite pragmatic and that’s how we dealt with her cancer diagnosis. We sat down together with our diaries and worked out what we could plan that she could look forward to, such as music and comedy gigs. We were realistic, we knew it was going to be awful, but we said “When it’s not so bad let’s do some nice stuf”. We’re not afraid to tell each other when we have a diference of opinion. When she told me she’d been approached to do a TV show called The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night, where celebrities with a breast cancer connection had to strip of for charity, I said, “Are you sure it’s right for you?” I wasn’t convinced. She went for it anyway and I have to admit, I was wrong; we all watched it together and I couldn’t stop crying. She is so gutsy and I felt so proud of her as a woman and as a friend. Her of-screen persona is actually very close to the Victoria you see on TV. Obviously you don’t see her fun-loving, wild side so much on her show, but you do see her genuine interest in people. She loves hearing people’s stories and she is completely non-judgemental. w&h Victoria’s book Dear Cancer: A Diary of Hope to Help You Through is out now. woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 61

Yes, you

CAN AFFORD a holiday home!

Achieving the two-home dream is more affordable than you think. Andréa Childs finds out how from the experts – and w&h readers who’ve already done it…

t takes just a glimpse of sun for most of us to begin the “What if and where… Would we, could we…” conversation. What if we had a holiday place that we could whizz of to at the weekend? Where would we buy, here in the UK or a cheap-flight bolthole abroad? Would we make the most of it – and could we ever aford it? Depending on who you talk to, having a holiday home is either the new property investment of choice, with returns of up to 12% a year. Or the next financial – and ethical – black hole, thanks to increased stamp duty and pricing out local residents. (St Ives and Gwynedd have imposed restrictions on second-home ownership and other councils are set to follow.) The consensus is that a holiday let, which the owner uses but also rents


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out (covering costs plus bringing visitors says, “The Brecon Beacons isn’t and income to the local economy), Pembrokeshire, so we don’t command is better than a second home, which the same sort of rental. But the area is spends most of the time empty. popular for its footpaths and rivers for And it may be more afordable canoeing and kayaking, and it’s an easy than you think. Read on for drive from Cardif, Birmingham, the expert guide to making Oxford and London.” Search your two-home dream “Paignton in South Devon is out areas come true… less expensive than nearby adjacent to Torquay but has access to better-known all the same amenities,” spots says Luke McCaughan from He also tips Weymouth and Portland in Dorset as afordable investments that In the UK, most holiday homeowners appeal to Londoners looking for a live an average of 120 miles from weekend getaway. And then there’s their second property. To find a place the east of the country. that’s afordable but still attractive “The coastline of Lincolnshire is to renters, search out areas adjacent breathtakingly beautiful, and when to better-known spots. Liz Daniels, you compare it with eye-wateringly founder of, expensive Norfolk, it becomes even


Affordable hotspots


‘We’ve managed to buy a beautiful house in Spain by renting in the UK’

Melanie now runs a yoga retreat from her Andalucian home (left)

more attractive,” says Linda Jefcoat of property search site

Clever property picks

Once you’ve found where you want to buy, it’s time to think about the type of property. In the UK, quirky spaces – shepherd’s huts, houseboats, even treehouses – are cheaper than a cottage but can command a premium for renting out. And when it comes to bricks and mortar, smaller can be better. “A property that sleeps two or four is less limited than one that sleeps six to eight, which is often diicult to fill,” explains Liz Daniels. A shed to store bikes and good parking so you don’t have far to carry suitcases are plus points. You’ll also want a shop nearby. “Even if it’s the sort attached to a garage, as long as it sells the essentials,” says Linda Jefcoat. “A pub is an

Melanie Melvin, 51, and her husband Craig, 49, sold their Brighton home, found a nearby rental, and used their remaining equity to buy a traditional stone house in Andalucia, Spain. They have two children aged 15 and 14. Having a house in Spain is a huge privilege but it came about through diicult circumstances. I was working as a business coach as well as a yoga teacher, and Craig had a marketing consultancy, but after the financial crash in 2008, getting work was tough. We were struggling to pay our mortgage and building up debts. Four years ago, we sold our house and paid of everything we owed. We decided to rent a house in Brighton, where our children go to school, and invest the £75,000 we had left in an old stone house in Andalucia. We already loved the area, and were friends with the owners of the nearby B&B. They told us when the house came on the market and we bought it as a getaway – both Craig and I are writers (his first novel is being published next year), so it’s a place to come with

obvious amenity too. If there’s a farm shop and café as well, that’s perfect.” And remember that while a remote cottage may seem a bargain, its location may come with hidden costs. “If your second home is in the middle of nowhere, you may struggle to find local people to carry out cleaning and maintenance,” says Kate Faulkner of

our laptops and write in peace. Then the B&B owners said they had a group of women coming to stay and asked if I could run yoga sessions for them. Our house is small but it has a huge terrace that’s perfect for yoga; a friend gave us 50 workout mats for free; and suddenly I was running a retreat! This year, I’ll be hosting three holidays here, with guests staying at the B&B but coming here for yoga, meditation and swimming. We’ve found a balance between running a business and having a second home. We visit as a family three times a year, checking out the cheapest flights to Malaga airport on Life here is relaxed and afordable; you can buy a cofee for €1 in a café and just talk; no one’s staring at their phone. We go to the beach or walk in the mountains. We always feel better physically and emotionally when we spend time here, but we love Brighton, too. We love to go away and we love to come back; it feels like this was meant to be.

Do your sums

New tax benefits make investing in a holiday home an attractive option, but for it to qualify as one, you will need to rent it out commercially for short lets for at least 105 days a year. Do that and you can claim allowances for furniture and fixtures, and count earnings as income for pension purposes. It’s not all money for nothing, though. Second homes attract additional stamp duty rates and may be subject to higher Anyone who has started their summer council tax. If you need a mortgage, you’ll “escape” by sitting in a traic jam typically need a deposit of 25% of knows how crucial holiday travel the property value. Seek advice can be. “If you’re looking at from an independent mortgage clogged motorways on a broker since there is a smaller Rent your Friday and Sunday night, choice of lenders ofering property for you need to think twice 105 days a year holiday-let mortgages. about escaping for Furness Building to qualify for a short weekend,” Society, for instance, tax benefits says Linda Jefcoat. specialises in this area. >>

Getting there

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BUYING ABROAD Affordable hotspots Again, pick up-and-coming or overlooked locations. “Greece is experiencing a tourism boom but property prices in Athens are still 40% below their 2008 peak,” says George Kachmazov of overseas property broker In France, Fleur Buckley from Plan your cites Limousin – known as visits. Booking “the French Lake District” flights months – as her in-the-know tip. in advance will “Farmhouses in need of get the best renovation with acres of deal land can be snapped up for €80,000, or pick up a large barn for €20,000,” she says. Overseas, the essentials remain the same. “Supermarkets, restaurants and pharmacies are all important,” advises Julian Walker of property broker “And look out for a local doctor’s surgery, particularly if you plan to retire to the property.”

Getting there

Forward-planning is key. “Be savvy with booking flights. Low-cost carriers like easyJet release tickets in waves throughout the year, often up to 10 months in advance. The best deals are usually found as soon as they drop, but flights are also dependent on demand so look out for flash sales,” says travel journalist Tracey Davies.

Do your sums

Seek expert advice as each country’s mortgage criteria, inheritance and tax rules are diferent. “Even if you’re a cash buyer, a mortgage may still be the best option as it ofsets fluctuations in exchange rates and means you know exactly what you’re paying each month,” advises Fleur Buckley. Look for companies that specialise in overseas property purchases, which can highlight common pitfalls such as not having the proper permits for renovations. Shows such as, and are a good place to find property, legal and financial advice on turning that two-home dream into a reality.

Susan eventually wants to live in France full-time

‘It’s not just a holiday house, it’s a home’ Susan Eyres, 55, and her husband Richard Pulford, 50, live in Bowdon, Cheshire, and bought a three-bedroom house on France’s Cote d’Azur in 2011. I’ve been coming to France every summer since I was two as my grandfather had a motorboat moored on the Mediterranean coast. After he died, my dad bought a boat and carried on the tradition, eventually finding a spot in a harbour in Sanary-sur-Mer, a lovely Provençal fishing port about an hour from Marseille. Later, Richard and I decided to buy a more permanent place in the village. We used savings for the deposit, and pay our mortgage in euros. At home in Cheshire, we’re walking distance from restaurants, shops and the tram to Manchester. We wanted our place in France to be just as well connected – when you’re coming for a weekend, you don’t want to spend hours waiting for a cab or getting to the beach.

I run Gateway Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Hale, Cheshire, and will escape to France for long weekends a few times a year. I can catch a flight from Manchester at 11am and I’ll be sipping a drink on the terrace just a few hours later. If we’re coming for longer, say at Christmas, Richard and I pack up the car – and our dog – and do the 16-hour drive down through France. Sanary-sur-Mer is a place to relax and escape. We do a lot of lunching out, day trips and relaxing by the pool. We also let it out occasionally, as empty second homes can kill a village and we don’t want to harm Sanary – I’ve been to St Tropez at Christmas and it’s dead. Renting also covers some of the costs of maintaining the property. For us, though, this isn’t an investment; it’s a lifestyle. We’ve already decided we’d eventually prefer to sell our Bowdon house and live here full-time instead. >>

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‘We love our romantic beachhut bolthole’ Trish and Matthew Kelvie, both 47, own a luxury beach hut in Shaldon, South Devon. They have two teenage daughters and live in West Hythe, Kent. Matthew and I had our first date in Shaldon 27 years ago and I also have happy memories of holidaying here as a child. When we saw the beach hut pop up on the TV show George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces four years ago, we immediately wanted to find out more. It was an emotional response but also a practical one. Matthew had recently sold a business so we had money to invest. I was a full-time mum at the time and looking for a way to earn an income to build up a pension. The hut seemed the perfect solution, and since you can also sleep there – not the case in most beach huts – it would give us a place 66 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

to escape to at the weekends. Although it’s only small, our hut is a luxury build, with granite work surfaces in the kitchen, a stonetiled shower and bifold doors leading on to the terrace and the sandy beach. It cost us £207,000 and we paid in cash, as we wouldn’t have been able to get a mortgage on it. We haven’t recouped that cost yet, but it is rented out for around 320 nights a year, so the investment is making more than if the money was just sitting in the bank. It’s a four-hour drive away, so we rely on a local cleaner and caretaker to maintain it for us. We’ve learnt the best times of day to travel, so even if we’re here for a night, it feels like a holiday. I love sitting on the terrace watching the waves and the lights twinkling across the bay. As our girls grow up – they’re 19 and 16 now – I’m looking forward to the time when Matthew and I can stay longer and really make the most of this place. It’s romantic; a place for the two of us to enjoy together.


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Matthew and Trish often rent out their hut

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It was a long time coming!” As the female-led spin-of, Ocean’s 8, hits the big screen, we hear from the cast about why women are having their moment now…

ABOUT THE FILM The revival of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise features a star-studded cast of eight women: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina. The plot sees Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, Debbie (Bullock) lead a team of highly skilled thieves on a quest to steal a $150 million necklace worn around the neck of a famous socialite (Hathaway) at New York’s Met Gala. But is she in on it too? 68 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

“I have a feeling things are changing for women – let us hope that keeps going” HELENA BONHAM CARTER, 52, plays fashion designer Rose. This film is saying: we should be doing all parts that traditionally or automatically were going to men. Women have got to have 50% of the parts. I have a feeling things are changing, but let us hope that keeps going. My character, Rose, is a little bit eccentric. I’m the “non-con” – they all have a diferent expertise, but I am the innocent. She’s a really sweet woman, a fashion designer who is going bankrupt, that’s why she needs the money. I find dressing up fun – it’s liberating. And not being myself.

I want to get away from myself. We all have the potential to be many selves. My children are not that interested in seeing me on screen. I’ve reached the age now that I really embarrass my daughter. My son seems to be OK most of the time, but my daughter is like, “Oooooh.” I’m definitely not the Hollywood star. I think I get extra points when I bring interesting people home though. Then I get, “Oh, she must be OK because she has friends like these.” When I’m not working, I’m sleeping. I do a lot of yoga to relax. Playing music, I read, play ping-pong, and most of the time I’m organising my life.

behind the scenes L-R: Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina

“You don’t worry about what you’re missing until you experience it”


CATE BLANCHETT, 49, plays nightclub owner Lou. Making Ocean’s 8 was too much fun; I hope and trust it will be as much fun to watch. It’s funny because you don’t worry about what you’re missing until you experience it. Something that all of us were saying is that an all-female starring cast is so rare. You get maybe one, two or three of you — but to get eight of you that have all got really interesting roles that are all playing of one another is very rare. It’s happened to me in the theatre a little bit, but it’s never happened to me before in film. So it’s hopefully to be oft repeated. Ocean’s 8 is released in cinemas on 18 June. w&h

Sandra Bullock leads an all-star female cast Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in action

“A lot of ilming was wasted on laughing – and make-up having to be redone” SANDRA BULLOCK, 53, plays Debbie Ocean, who has recently been released from prison. Working with this female cast felt like it was a long time coming. Too long, but I’m just so grateful that it happened. It felt like we had all been kept in solitary confinement from each other. Kind of like an “actress quarantine” and when we all found ourselves like sardines in the trailer that first day, it was like the dam

burst and we all made up for lost time. I saw a group of women support each other in the most humbling way. Everyone wanting the other to “have their moment”. Early on in the shoot we started reading stories that we were at each other’s throats, but the opposite was true. A lot of filming was wasted on laughing fits that usually resulted in make-up having to be redone and a little snot being removed!

The crew plotting the biggest heist of the century

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hink of a family home and you may picture either small children and their toys scattered everywhere, or hormonal teenagers leaving a trail of make-up, amplified emotions, enough trainers to stock a branch of JD Sports and an inert body on the sofa surgically attached to their phone. But there is a new family set-up in town – one that may very well be familiar to you, or about to become so.

Who are they?

While once you would have waved your children of to university with tears in your eyes, assuming they would never live at home properly again, things have changed. Now many find it impossible to make ends meet and stay at home well into their twenties. No more dropping by for Sunday lunch and a quick use of your washing machine. This lot are back under your roof seven days a week, their dirty clothes sitting in the family washing (and ironing) pile. They still raid the fridge, hog the sofa and ask “what’s for dinner?” at an age when many of us had already started our own families. And with bedrooms like mini-bedsits, with Netflix on the laptop and cheap on-trend furniture, they’re not going anywhere. A perfect storm of property prices, university loans, social media and parenting styles has created a brandnew social tribe – an inter-generational family made up of our kids (the 18 to 32 year-olds constantly talked about as “millennials”) and us, their parents (often referred to as baby boomers or Generation X). Meet the billennials.

Shared experiences

While our kids are the generation who are finding it hard to grow up, we are the generation who refuse to grow old, and as a result we are spending more time together with more shared experiences. We live

36% of millennials live at home full or part time

together and share more than we could ever have imagined sharing with our own parents. Much has been written in the press about the conflict between our two groups. Some say that “snowflake” millennials sufer from an inflated sense of entitlement and a lack of what used to be called “backbone”. In return the “snowflakes” claim that their parents had it easy, climbing onto the property ladder, straightforward career paths and in some cases final salary pensions. The reality is that, like it or not, all these factors have pulled us together in an unprecedented way.

Then and now

Think back to when we left home under our own steam with the vision that our lives would be as good as, if not bigger and better, than the ones enjoyed by our parents. Today we fret about how our kids will get past first base without the Bank of Mum and Dad. Forget granny flats, the boom now is the building of “graddy” flats, home extensions for ofspring bouncing back from university. As the original helicopter parents, we remain involved in much of the minutiae of our children’s lives in a way our parents never did. In return they keep us abreast of modern life from social media to fashion trends, looped into new technology and the latest must-watch dramas.

Sex under the same roof

Even sex under the same roof – once unthinkable before marriage and pretty ill-advised even afterwards – is now tolerated. However there are limits: having a grown-up attitude to your children having sex in your home can go horribly wrong, as a friend of a friend found when she was woken up

Millennial children who contact their mum at least once a day:

60% one night by a loud lovemaking session coming from her son’s bedroom, complete with shrieks and headboard banging. It went on all night – she didn’t sleep a wink while, to make matters worse, her husband snored through the entire proceedings. “How could you!” she railed at her son, once the young woman – a charming girl she had never seen before and has never seen since – had bid her goodbyes. “That was so disrespectful and inconsiderate.” He couldn’t see what the fuss was about. He couldn’t see the diference in being allowed to bring home someone he had just met and a long-term girlfriend, and when she talked about the noise he just smirked. In the end it was old-school tactics that did the trick. She suggested getting his father involved in the argument, and the discussion of how he literally treated their home like a hotel. The son sobered up and they agreed new ground rules around his bedroom. But the point is they all moved on. The parents might have been annoyed but they weren’t really shocked. How diferent to our own formative years and early adulthood. Our parents had come to maturity in the stark post-war years, there were no consumer >>


of millennials say they have the same taste as their parents when out shopping






modern life trimmings, it was about being grateful to be alive. While they had rationing, we had the swinging sixties and groovy seventies, sexual revolution, free expression, free love, women’s lib. For us, travelling abroad became the norm, the class system became more mobile and the kind of music you enjoyed defined quite clear social tribes, influencing not just what you listened to but often quite extreme styles of dress.

90% of millennials say they are close to their parents

Staying in touch constantly

Our generation were mods, hippies, punks, ravers – kicking back against previous generations with our own youth cultures. Fast-forward to the present generation – who, rather than kicking back, are in constant touch. According to research by retail consultancy Honest Opinion, which surveyed 1,000 people (500 millennials and 500 parents), 60% speak, text or message their mothers at least once a day and 50% are in contact with their dads. Half of 30-34 year olds speak to their parents once a day. And 36% of millennials live at home full or part time. On the flip side, parents get information from them on tech, TV, entertainment and holiday destinations. Perhaps this is unsurprising given their upbringing. Cycle helmets, panic over getting your kids into the right schools, OFSTED reports, the type

of TV programmes they should and shouldn’t watch, navigating social media and even head-to-toe body suits to stop them getting sunburnt were just some of the new additions to family life that never existed when we were kids. The fears of stranger-danger meant they didn’t just run of and play any more – they had play dates, organised by us, afterschool activities and hours spent sitting alongside us in the car as we transported them from A to B. Parties weren’t just a few friends round for pass the parcel and musical bumps, it was organised experiential activities and play parks. Our homes became decorated with giant words like Love, Family and Home. Instead of front and back rooms we wanted homes with open-plan living so the family could be together, and you could keep an eye on what your kid was doing on the computer and check their homework. Children’s opinions counted for more, whether it is what they wanted for tea or expressing an opinion on family holidays and new cars.

The family that shops together…

Now we shop together for fun – in fact billennials are the largest consumer group in the UK. Shopping is something that mums and daughters in particular enjoy doing together – some have even said it is their favourite shared pastime. Sharing advice on clothes, technology or bigger purchases like cars is something that works both ways and both generations benefit from. “If I had gone shopping with my mum we would have gone into town, bought something, maybe had a cup of cofee and come home,” recalls Tina, 58. “If I go shopping with my daughter we will make a day of it. We may go for a nice meal or to the cinema. I know she takes my advice on clothes and I’ll listen to her. Am I too old to wear ripped jeans for example? She will encourage

50% of millennials value parental advice on how to cook me to try stuf that I might not otherwise. I will ask if something is too short.” Part of the ritual is that Mum may often pick up the bills, just like we did when they were younger. An interesting part of the research is that millennials think their parents pay for far less than their parents think they pay for. It is easy to forget when Mum and Dad are slipping extra things into the supermarket shop or adding stuf into household expenses. So is all this togetherness a good thing? According to Dr John Curran, social anthropologist and trends expert, yes and no. “Traditionally, music and fashion had clear generational boundaries that allowed the young to rebel but now we are finding that parents have not shed their youth identity. Dads who were >>

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modern life skateboarders still wear Vans, as their sons and daughters do. A mother’s love for R&B, soul or disco from the 70s and 80s is central to contemporary music that millennials listen to…

enjoy doing the same things is priceless. Last summer my eldest son suggested we all went to see The Stone Roses at Wembley as a family day out. Of course, I said, then the penny dropped. “You want me to pay, don’t you?” “Well, yes,” came the reply. At least he was honest… and it was a great day out.


of baby boomers say they are closer to their children than they were to their own mothers and fathers

“Our kids seem to need us more”

Shared taste means shared values, which results in shared identities. Families enjoying programmes together like Gogglebox, where there is an acceptance of multicultural, gay and heterosexual lifestyles, means there are far fewer areas of conflict. Yet psychotherapist John Bowlby stated that growing up is about having a healthy attachment with parents and home in the younger years, and a healthy detachment away from them in later years in order to develop your identity. Millennial parents feel they have much closer relationships with their children, though no more loving than the ones they had with their own parents. But with fewer boundaries it can be tough to step up to the “I’m your parent not your friend” conversations, and it’s hard enough to plan for one’s own financial future without at the same time keeping an eye on that of our kids. But the joy of your kids choosing to spend time with you because you both

50% of 22 to 25 year-olds look for parental advice on inances

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Julie (centre) with, from left, Amelia, 21, Alex, 29, Abbie, 27 and Maisie, 19

clothes they are thinking of buying when they are out shopping. They all borrow my clothes. One borrows everything, including my underwear! We definitely did more with our kids when they were young than I did growing up with my

“I’d have been too embarrassed to ask my mum to be there at my children’s births” parents. We have always taken our kids out for meals. I don’t remember going out for dinner with my parents apart from when we were on holiday. My eldest daughter Alex is pregnant with

her second child. I was there when her daughter Betsy was born and she wants me to be there again this time. My mum wasn’t there when I gave birth. I wouldn’t have dreamt of asking her, I think I would have felt embarrassed and probably been a lot quieter! I love my mum and adored both my parents but it is very diferent these days. Our kids seem to need us more. It is nice doing things together as a family but I have just been on my first proper holiday with only my husband since I was pregnant with Alex. You should have your own life too. w&h


The Gogglebox effect on family

Julie Machugh, 50, from Surrey, has four daughters and one son, aged between 19 and 29. While she left home at 17, she has not had a chance to get empty-nest syndrome – currently three of her adult children are living with her. She is even one of the growing trend of mums who are invited to be at the birth of their grandchildren. My house rules have always been, if you are in a relationship with someone they can stay the night, but not otherwise. We enjoy doing things together like spa days, shopping and exercise classes. My phone is full of pictures my kids have sent me of

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IT’S TIME for Tunisia

Clockwise, from left: Sidi Bou Said harbour; Sahara adventure; archaeological site, Carthage

Whether you want to treat yourself in a luxury spa, go shopping in a souk or snorkel on a coral reef, you’ll be amazed to discover all that Tunisia has to ofer!

Time for adventure From watersports and camel treks to teeing of on emerald green golf courses and powering over sand dunes, Tunisia is a vast adventure playground for the whole family. Make waves at family friendly resorts from the yet-to-be-discovered Bizerte to the whitewashed island of Djerba. Here, you’ll be captivated by the island’s azure blue sea, vibrant souks, picturesque whitewashed buildings and laid-back atmosphere – before you unleash your adventurous side jet-skiing, windsurfing, sailing and parasailing. In the beautiful town of Tabarka, the stunning coral reef just of the coast is still under-explored – prepare to have your mind blown as you discover this underwater paradise for the first time. Down south, a hot-air balloon flight over the Sahara as the sun is rising is one spectacle no one should miss... unless a bird’s eye view from a

microlight plane gives you more of a buzz. Even though the desert camel trains are long gone, the town of Tozeur has not lost any of its charm. Home to one of the largest oases in Tunisia, this is the place to go camel trekking, spend the night under the stars or go hurtling over the dunes on a quad bike. And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. In Tunis and vibrant resort towns like Hammamet and Monastir, clubs, festivals, casinos, restaurants and shops welcome the hedonistic and hungry until the early hours.

Tunisia is a vast adventure playground for the whole family

Time to treat yourself With 800 miles of sun-kissed coastline, Tunisia boasts hundreds of excellent resorts, boutique hotels and about 60 Thalassotherapy spas dedicated to wellbeing. Go beyond pampering to experience celebrity-style treatments, such as scented clay wraps and acupuncture to therapies using marine minerals, sea salts and nutrient-rich

algae to de-stress and detox. Or try out a Hammam – the famed traditional baths – it’s an experience not to be missed!

Time for culture Finally let’s not forget about culture. From ancient ruins in Carthage and amazing mosaics to towering kasbahs and labyrinthine medinas, it’s easy to see why Tunisia has attracted millions of visitors over the years. The ancient streets and bustling souks of the 9th century old town of Tunis (which has a UNESCOclassified medina) are some of the best preserved in the world, with Moorish palaces, architectural masterpieces and colourful shops full of handmade crafts. Travel south and pause at the ancient Phoenician city of Monastir, with its honey-coloured fortress overlooking a stunning beach. Sounds good, right? That’s why it’s time to go.

Less than 3 hours flight time from the UK, now is the perfect time to discover Tunisia. Find out more at woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 75

a life less ordinary

DOGS MAKE THE WORLD a better place Lynne Truss was never really a poochy person until a certain terrier came into her life…


ears ago, I used to go for walks with a friend who behaved in a very odd manner. She kept stopping to say hello to dogs. Not being a doggy person myself, I would hang back in confusion until she’d finished. What was going on? It was true that the dogs responded to the attention, but on the other hand, what about the hilarious anecdote I was in the middle of telling when this random pooch came along? I honestly didn’t get it. Was she technically mad? Fast forward a bit, and I’m not confused any more. Nearly nine years ago, Hoagy the Norfolk Terrier entered my life, and now I am the maddest of the mad because I have simply accepted the truth I was blind to: that dogs make the world a better place.

They are not only really nice in themselves, but are also the cause of niceness in others. My two little dogs – I added a puppy, another terrier called Django, two years ago – are so adorable that people’s faces light up with smiles at first glance of them. I love it. It’s like being out with Peter Kay. Now, I know all this is a bit superficial. Hello, hello, hello – that’s how it goes with dogs. The dogs say hello to people; people say hello back. I say hello to other people’s dogs; the dogs snif each

A dog creates eye contact and breaks the ice with strangers

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other’s bottoms (which we draw a veil over), and that’s it. It’s not deep. I have observed through living with my darling boys that they are terrible at goodbyes, and not particularly good at sustaining the mood after the initial hellos, either. In the dog-training books, they tell you not to make a fuss of the dog when you come home from shopping, but I say to hell with that. Being greeted at the front door with their fantastic “hello-hello-hellohello!” is often the best bit of my day. And out on the streets, I’d far rather have a superficial hello than the usual nothing, wouldn’t you? We move in a world of strangers, strenuously refusing

Comedian and author Miranda Hart calls her bichon frise shih tzu cross, Peggy, her “best friend”, who “lies next to me, knowing when I am low and allowing me to hold her paw.”

to acknowledge each other’s presence, and increasingly encased in private bubbles of sound. I personally find this depressing and frightening: making eye contact is in my nature, and I’m bad at pretending other people are invisible. Having a cute dog cuts through all of this. Once, late at night, I was with Hoagy on a quiet London street and realised there was a gang of shouty youths loping threateningly towards us. “This is it,” I said quietly to Hoagy. “Never forget that I loved you.” And then two of the group spotted the dog, smiled, and all the scariness instantly departed.


Barking mad Whether entering Dog World has made me a better person, I don’t know. I do admire the straightforwardness of dogs, and I try to adopt their habit of living in the present. With cats, you can believe that they a) nurse grudges and b) are secretly hatching elaborate plans for world domination – so the past and the future are what they mainly think about. But with dogs, the only tense is the continuous present. “What’s happening now?” they ask, wagging their tails.  The one downside is that I’ve become a slob. There is just no need to make an efort with one’s appearance when all other people’s attention is drawn downwards into the furry faces of your pets. I have let myself go to a shocking degree: it won’t be long before I start going out in my pyjamas. But in Dog World, that’s just how it is. You are just an arm with a big, out-offocus blob on the end of it. Looking back to the old days when my friend was stopping to talk to all the dogs, I don’t remember her being much interested in the people holding the leads. So why not let the dog do the work of breaking the ice? “He’s very friendly,” I say to the tops of people’s heads (they have usually bent down for a spot of dog-fondling). I feel proud, but also a small pang of sadness. What a shame that it’s only in the context of dogs that friendliness towards strangers is OK. Lynne’s new book A Shot in the Dark (Raven Books) is out on 28 June w&h

Puppy LOVE As some of Britain’s most famous faces prove, we really are a nation of dog lovers… Chat-show host Graham Norton adores his Labradoodle, Bailey, and rescue terrier, Madge. “The emotional bond with my fur babies is profound and fully reciprocated,” he believes.

TV cook Mary Berry has a respectful relationship with her working cocker spaniel, Darcey. “I’m the boss and she is very obedient. We simply adore each other.”

Media mogul Simon Cowell loves his three Yorkshire terriers Freddie, Squiddly and Diddly. “I take them on holidays and I let them sleep in the bed with me.”

Broadcaster Ruth Langsford adopted her border collie cross, Maggie, from the Dogs Trust in 2011. Maggie, says Ruth, has “brought so much love to our house”.

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly adores her border terrier pup, Angus. “There’s nothing better than that enthusiastic welcome when you walk through the door.” woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 77





t was my husband’s holiday to Brazil that made me think he was the man for me. Thirty years ago, when we had just started dating, he told me he was of on a three-week trip with friends to Rio de Janeiro and the Bahia coastline. It seemed so daring and thrilling, the kind of jaunt I’d give my eye-teeth to do, and in that moment I decided, here is someone who could be interesting to have around. I was right. You see, travel has been our thing. Some couples buy cars, or join expensive members’ clubs. We’ve always agreed that money is well spent on airline tickets. Before we had our two boys (now 18 and 15), we tripped across a significant lump of the globe, notching up memories, taking risks and having bucketloads of fun. It’s not to say we haven’t had significantly memorable holidays with the kids (the one where our rampaging toddler plopped in the villa pool and my husband jumped in fully clothed – jacket, shoes, non-waterproof watch – is forever etched in my mind), but there is a dividing line between catering for family getaways and actually doing what you’d truly prefer to do on a much-needed break. Like, avoid spending two hours in a toyshop when it’s gorgeously sunny outside, or pass paper bags to a teenager on the flight home after a mishap with a bottle of retsina. Back in the day, we planned our jaunts with a passion. Even though we weren’t flush with cash, we’d save ferociously and often disappear for a month, our backpacks stufed with books and scraggy T-shirts. Because it was just the two of us, we were free to go wherever we wanted, live on a budget and take our chances. We’d research a long list of options: South America, China, India, Australia… and be giddy with the thrill of it

Jenny and husband, Pedro last year in Portugal; Left: zip lining in Costa Rica, 2007, with sons Luca (left), five, and Rafael, eight

Just the TWO OF US Jenny Tucker is thrilled that it will be just her and her husband again this summer

A family holiday to Uruguay, 2008; Below: in Rajasthan, India in 1996

all. There wasn’t even an itinerary most of the time, let alone a first aid kit containing Calpol. I will always feel blessed that we got to sing Bob Marley songs with a crazy Italian on the beach in Mexico… ate seafood caught 30 minutes earlier (by us) on the beach in Belize… and dived with hammerhead sharks in the sparkling, see-through water of the Galapagos Islands. Oh, the joy.

Toddler time But, like the rest of life, when children come along, things radically change. Holidays mean you often become a roadie for a week or two, carrying inflatables around like a street hawker and constantly running to the ice-cream seller for a Nobbly Bobbly to appease bouts of screaming that occur at intermittent intervals. When kids are young, holidays can be exhausting. Like one of my friends said, “It’s a change of scene, but worse because everyone >> woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 79

significant others is out of their routine and the children never sleep.” I remember my boys were obsessed with playing endless games of “Mummy Monster” in the pool. This entailed me being the monster and chasing them up and down while snapping my jaws like a ravenous alligator. They’d squeal with delight and swim away, often kicking me in my snarling chops while doing so. Look, of course it was sweet to see them so ecstatic but after three hours of the same, I was almost crying with relief when I finally managed to read two pages of my novel before collapsing in a snoring heap. And there have been wondrous trips with my children that I will cherish until my last breath. We treasured those golden years when they reached an age where we could choose more adventurous locations and they were still compliant enough to agree. We bundled them of to Argentina where we went white-water rafting on Christmas Day; we explored Thailand where the youngest was so shattered by all the escapades that he literally fell asleep face down in his dinner every night; we camped in a remote part of the Indian jungle where we were gobsmacked by the daily visit from a wild elephant family who came to bathe in the nearby waterfall. But, of course, our children got older, became teenagers and had opinions of their own. Suddenly we were annoying and sooooo boring as holiday companions. It was obvious that girlfriends, mates, football, WiFi were far more crucial than spending two weeks

in a Turkish villa with an infinity pool and parents who dare to chat to you! A couple of years ago, we did travel as a family to a beautiful part of Turkey and happened upon a private beach club, known as Fun Land, which, for our eldest, was about as much fun as stepping on a razor blade. While the club ofered giant bouncy castles anchored out at sea, soar-away slides and piles of all-youcould-eat food, he chose to stay back at the villa with his computer because it was “too hot in the sun”. He came home the colour of Tipp-Ex and wielding a deep furrow between his eyebrows where he’d scowled so much.

early – they want to lie in till noon. And we no longer have to get angry that they’re not “appreciating” it enough!’ Another pal of mine, after surviving a double bout of cancer, recently resigned from her job and embarked on a five-month utopian trip to faraway lands. She regularly sends me photos and messages to keep me up to date (and enthralled) with her adventures. It’s such a tantalising dispatch. Her last post informed me that she’d just rocked up to a dinky beach hut in Costa Rica run by a man called Wolf. Wolf! Envious? Who, me?! A few years ago we took the kids on holiday to a caravan site in Dorset. We thought it might be good old-fashioned fun. But it rained every day and our caravan smelt of old socks. One day, my youngest threw a wobbler about picking up his damp clothes from the bathroom floor. He turned to me, puce with anger and bellowed, “You can’t tell me what to do. I’LL DO WHAT I WANT!” Well, now it’s the time for my husband and me to be a twosome again, a couple who can travel for longer, diverse of the beaten track (we have our eye on Bali or Tulum), be a little daring and listen to the glorious whoooosh of the world’s oceans without interruption. And if we want to drink a glass (or three) of wine at 3pm or 3am, that’s our business. Because you know what, we’re going to do what we want.

‘While I did grieve for the family holiday idyll, I realised that life needs to move on’

Wish you weren’t here… And while I did go through a brief phase of grieving for the family holiday idyll, I soon realised that life – and parents – need to move on. One of my best pals, Fiona, has recently started enjoying time away with her husband again. They’ve just booked a trip to San Sebastián in northern Spain, where they will gorge on delicious tapas rather than scouring the back streets for a chorizo-free restaurant for their vegan daughter. “It’s such sweet relief to go away on our own,” she tells me. “We can do the things we love, like walk round cities, browse in bookshops and visit galleries without a barrage of moaning. We love being up and out



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your dreams. That African safari could be possible.


MAKE PLANNING THE TRIP PART OF THE FUN Discuss your individual needs and decide what works for you both. Think about what holiday plans you can create that appeal to you both. The globe is yours!


ENJOY BEING A COUPLE Although you may want to send the kids a regular WhatsApp message, try not to spend the whole trip talking about the children. Going away together, without the stresses of everyday life, can be a great way to kick-start your relationship.


BUT YOU CAN SPEND TIME APART TOO! If one of you wants to go of for the afternoon, that’s fine. It will give you something to chat about over dinner. Also, be open to meeting new people and encouraging interaction with other couples. It can add a new dimension to the mix. w&h









Secrets, heirlooms – and a lot of love Ella Griin on clearing out her parents’ house



he hardest part is the moment just before you begin. When everything is where it always has been. Your father’s writing desk. The armchair by the window where your mother used to sit. The higgledy-piggledy line of brass animals marching across the mantelpiece, the pig nose-to-tail with the elephant both, comically, the same size. Corner pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of your childhood. It has taken over 40 years to put it together; now you have to rip it apart and throw away the picture on the lid. There was nothing special about the house in suburban Dublin where I grew up with my four brothers and my sister. It was a small pebbledashed semi-detached, on a street of almost identical houses, though ours was the one with the slightly wonky extension. It was part of the family. It had its quirks and scars and secrets, its own unique personality. Nothing was ever thrown away in that house. The attic was packed to the rafters with our cast-ofs. If you opened a drawer to look for a pen, you’d have to rifle through a jumble of discarded golf balls and spent batteries, keys to lost padlocks and half-burned birthday candles. The walls had soaked up years of water fights and whispered phone calls, shouting matches and happy Christmases. After my father died suddenly and my older siblings moved on, there were just my mother and me, aged 18, and a house full of echoes.

Growing up Three years later, I moved out too. Two decades went by. I must have lived in a dozen places, but as long as that house was still there to go back to, some stubborn part of me still thought of it as home. We had nine months after my mother’s

corner of the sitting room like a forgotten family pet? The broken telescope that belonged to the brother who grew up to be an astrophysicist? Your dead father’s cheque books, the stubs filled out in his copperplate handwriting? Your mother’s hairbrush that still has a few silver hairs caught in the bristles? You can’t keep it all. You can’t keep any of it really because you have already accumulated your own clutter. I must have packed bags and boxes for the charity shop, and filled six skips, but I can’t remember anything about it. My mind refused to record this frantic purge, this sloughing of hundreds, maybe thousands of things that were so familiar that they felt as if they were part of me. stroke to say goodbye, and although it was lovely to have that time, it wasn’t enough. Maybe that’s why, five years after she died, we had left the house exactly as it was. Then it sold, suddenly, and we were jolted into reality. The family that bought it needed to move in three days after they signed, and they wanted the house empty. How do you decide what to keep in just 72 hours? The photographs, obviously. The hand-drawn birthday cards and scribbled postcards you sent to your parents from far-flung places. The rabbit’s foot good luck charm they found on the steps of a dancefloor on their first date. A sagging cardboard box of childhood copybooks. The recipe books with the turned-down corners and egg yolk-stained pages. Notebooks where your mother, widowed at 60, jotted down scraps of poetry and philosophy. But what about the rest? What are you supposed to do with the mahogany dining table with the carved lion’s feet that doubled as a ping-pong table? The piano nobody played that occupied its own

New beginnings What I do remember is that on the last day when the rooms were emptied out, and the house was just a shell, it filled with something lovely and completely unexpected. The thing my parents must have seen when they bought it. Possibility. As I took one last walk through the rooms where I’d grown up, I heard the echo of their footsteps across 40 years. I imagined them, as they would have been back then, a couple in the middle of their lives looking for a new beginning. A place where they could raise their family. There are things I wish I’d kept now. The little brass elephant. My father’s shaving brush. The set of tarnished silver cutlery we used on Sundays. I wonder where they are sometimes. Then I remind myself that they are here, where they belong, in my mind and in my heart. And that the most important things in life are not things at all, but memories. w&h The Memory Shop by Ella Griin (Orion) is out now. woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 83


“I’m living my life THE WAY I WANT TO NOW”

Tennis coach and mother of tennis players Andy and Jamie, Judy Murray, 58, shares her memories, passions, fears and habits

Did you have a career plan B? When I finished university, my first job was as a sales rep for a confectionery company, and I worked my way up to become a national account manager. I gave that up when the boys came along, and it was only when they got a bit older that I decided to rejoin the tennis club I’d been a member of when I was a kid. I started to coach on a voluntary basis – and I haven’t looked back!

but I was persuaded to try for it by another woman. And the funny thing is, if I hadn’t gone for that then my life would have taken a completely diferent turn. And the worst? Turning down the opportunity to go to America on a tennis scholarship when I was 17. It was a very uncommon thing to do back then and I wasn’t brave enough to go for it. Who knows how good I might have become!

I’m determined to overcome is your best quality? any obstacles What My determination. When

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you’re working in a male-dominated environment like the tennis world, you need resilience because you come up against obstacles all the time. Whenever anyone has told me I can’t do something, I set out to prove them wrong.

Frank Dick, who coached the likes of Olympic gold medallists Daley Thompson and Sebastian Coe; he said, “It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with what you have.” I live by that now. What is your greatest fear? Drowning. I can trace it back to having a swimming teacher at school who would make us dive into the water to retrieve rubber bricks. I could never open my eyes under water, so I could never do it and it’s stayed with me all of my life. Even when I drive over bridges, I find myself gripping onto the steering wheel. What is your guiltiest pleasure? Salt and vinegar Kettle Chips – I can get through a large bag on my own.

And your worst? Impatience – I can’t be bothered to wait for anything, whether it’s a bus or queuing in the supermarket.

Your favourite ever fashion item? I was a teenager when the Bay City Rollers were at their height, and my favourite thing ever was wearing those high-waisted trousers with the tartan trim, and platform shoes.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve received? It was from

How do you relax? I love going out for good food, a glass of wine and a chat


What is your earliest memory? Walking along a cliftop in Scotland, where I grew up, with my mum and one of my brothers; the wind was so strong and I just remember us all laughing our heads of. We were always out and about as a family, walking or swimming.

with my girlfriends. I still have the same set of friends I had in my teenage years and I’m really proud of that. What has been your most extravagant purchase? My teeth! I was always scared of the dentist, which led to me not looking after my teeth very well, and I got to the stage where I was reluctant to smile properly. I got sick of reading stories about me saying “She never smiles, she’s so serious”, so I made the decision to do something about it. It cost around £30,000 – but it’s one of the best things I ever did. What keeps you awake at night? Worrying about my kids. If they’re injured or I know they’re playing a match in another time zone, I struggle to get to sleep. You’d think I’d be used to it by now! What is your secret skill? I’m actually very good at calligraphy. I taught myself how to do it when I was 15, and ended up getting little jobs writing place cards for weddings and events. And the one you’d love to master? I’d like to learn how to cook well. When the boys were growing up, I was the queen of ready meals. I’m currently looking into doing a cooking holiday in Italy. What is your pet hate? If I get sat behind somebody who’s sniing constantly, I can’t stand it. Blow your nose! What is your most treasured possession? My children’s first teeth. I moved house recently and I was terrified I was going to lose them, so I kept them in my pocket the whole time. The best thing about the age you are? It’s a mixture of confidence and having the means to do the things I want to do. For most of my life, financially, it was a struggle; all of my spare money went into paying for the boys’ tennis commitments. It’s only now in my fifties that I have both the confidence and the means to live my life the way that I want to, which is fantastic. Judy Murray’s memoir, Knowing the Score (Vintage), is out now w&h woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 85

WEAR PRINT LIKE A PRO Holidays are the perfect time to experiment with a new trend. Make a statement or ease yourself in... just wear it with confidence

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% Clever co-ords do the hard work for you so you don’t need to figure out what goes with what. % Pick out a colour in your print and match it with your accessories. % A straw trilby is always stylish and protects your hair from harsh sunlight.

% If you don’t really do prints, then stick to just one piece. A roomy, striped tunic dress is an easy starting point. % A hoop-handle bag shows you’re on trend. % Tassel earrings will make a statement: a bright colour is key.

% Mix up two prints. If you wear it like you mean it, you’ll definitely pull it of. % The “top tuck” will slim your tummy – tuck the middle of your top into your waistband and leave the rest hanging out. % A cream bag will show of that summer tan to perfection.


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How to ind

the perfect SUMMER DRESS I

t really is the best possible news. That the summer dress is having a moment. On the one hand, who cares about fashion’s whims? The sensible among us never stopped wearing this most flatteringly feminine of items. On the other, hurrah! So many beauteous frocks to choose from on the high street. And with stealth tweaks that add a cool edge to their womanhoodenhancing lines, such as a subtly asymmetric hemline. (Truly. Sounds odd. Looks awesome.) Or a modern floral print that’s brighter and bolder. Or a clash-match of contrast patterns. There’s more good news. Sleeves are two-a-penny. Remember how we used to lament their demise? Where oh where are the dresses with sleeves, we used to ask. Answer, finally: everywhere! “What does every woman look good in, whatever her age and size?” asked the super-soignée septuagenarian designer Carolina Herrera when I met her recently. It was a rhetorical question, of course. “A dress,” she continued. “It’s not a pair of jeans. It’s a dress.” The designer herself was wearing a denim shirt-dress so

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upscale as to be wedding-guestappropriate. (For LK Bennett’s take, see opposite page.) But surely it’s not really that straightforward? Not quite. “You have to get the proportions right,” says Carolina. “The dress shouldn’t wear you. You should wear the dress.” And before you buy anything at all – frock or otherwise – you need what Herrera calls “the most essential accessory a woman can have”. Which is? “A full-length mirror. And you stand in front of it and ask, ‘What do I need? What is wrong with me?’” I have more good news: there are more ways of wearing a dress than ever before. If the fabric is fine and flowing – a good rule of thumb generally – you might layer it over jeans or trousers, adding further attitude with a pair of ankle boots, or, for a more ladylike approach, with this season’s nano-heel (super-small, super-wearable). If it’s a wrap or button-through, you can add in a T-shirt, and leave it open so that it works like a kimono or duster coat. The summer dress. We love it, it loves us. ’Tis going to be the summer of our content.


Endlessly flattering and easy to wear, there’s one out there for everyone, writes Anna Murphy

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Stripes (or spots)

To stripe, or to spot? That is the question. There are dresses that mix both. But the simplicityseekers can stick to one or the other. Not that this delicious rainbow-inrobe-form is exactly dialled down (£72, Meanwhile, my favourite polka dots come courtesy of Kitri, and its monochrome wrap style (£145). It would be great for a garden party; undone over jeans and a T-shirt, it would deliver for drinks at a bar.

4 Modern asymmetric I know it doesn’t sound good. But it looks good, flattering your legs and adding just the right amount of “flutteriness”. Having spent extensive time at the asymmetrichem coalface, I can report that this will get you compliments from even the most trendresistant of observers, namely men and motherin-laws. This Studio by Preen iteration for Debenhams is particularly fine (£79,

2 New-

generation denim Denim used to mean jeans only, and strictly for of-duty. This season it’s ladylike, reinvented in dark blue and in uptown cuts. Think blazers (Dior) and day dresses (Fendi). This shirt dress is a similar step up (£275,


An athleisure edge

You used to have to sign up to the programme properly to benefit from the youth-giving burnish of athleisure. It was track pants and trainers or bust. Now you can make a nod via a zip here, a popper there, plus even – in the case of this ofering from Kitri – a bum bag. Don’t worry: it’s removable. But you might find you don’t want to (£125,

Stealth body-con

Another excellent development. Dresses that accentuate your lines, but gracefully, not obviously. Like this beauty (£199, whistles. com). If you’ve got it, flaunt it, albeit subtly. And if your upper arms give Michelle Obama’s a run for their money, get them out! If you aren’t blessed with the former First Lady’s tricep definition, don’t dismiss a sleeveless dress. Red-carpet stylist Elizabeth Saltzman swears by Spanx’s Arm Tights (from £34,

6 21st century flower power

Gone are the MissMarple-ish connotations of the tea dress. The cult designer Demna Gvasalia changed all that, first at his own brand, Vetements, now at Balenciaga. “Everyone knew the vintage floral dress,” he told me. “We tried to reinterpret it.” Now the tea dress can be bold as well as beautiful. Look for bright colours and big blooms, such as this gorgeous number from Mango (£59.99; >>

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It’s one of the ways that fashion has moved things on in the past couple of years: splicing print incongruities together into a new, oh-sointeresting whole. Rixo, a favourite with industry insiders, do it better than anyone else. Florals with polka dots? Why not? Their aesthetic is much-copied, but never bettered (£315,

Rixo splices print incongruities together into a new, oh-sointeresting whole


Fifties fabulosity

Because some things can’t be improved upon. Nipped-in waist. Full skirt. A print that makes you feel as if you are on holiday the moment you put it on. It worked for our mothers and grandmothers. It can work for us too. The Brighton-based operation Dig for Victory has lots of options, and will make to order, too (£115, digforvictory

Feminine floatiness now looks workappropriate


Sleeves glorious sleeves So many sleeves, so little time. It’s an embarrassment of riches out there. Something else that’s changed is that canny oice-focused labels like Libby – whose founder, Libby Hart, is a former investment banker – have worked out how to re-tool feminine floatiness to look work-appropriate, even in traditional male-dominated environments such as the City (£198,


Colour me beautiful There used to be a shade of the season. Now there’s a rainbow of colours every time. Find your happy hue, and proceed accordingly. This summer it’s all about pastels on the one hand, and brights on the other. This scarlet crepe number from Hobbs puts a smile on my face, not least because it is machinewashable (£199, w&h Anna Murphy is Fashion Director at The Times

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rosie outlook



Our fabulous new columnist Rosie Green finds nothing relaxing about pampering with her husband, just too-small robes and paper pants anxiety



he hotel spa receptionist is telling me 50% of her customers are men. A fact I find as astonishing as Michael Fabricant’s hair/ Kim Kardashian’s bottom. Really? Really? This means there must be thousands, no, millions of sucker-for-aseaweed-wrap chaps, fanaticalabout-facial guys and manicuremad hombres. So how come I don’t know any of them? I glance at Alpha Male (AM), who has been coerced in here rather reluctantly on the way back from the pool and is now eating the display-only apples and dripping on the marble floor. “Can we book you in for a treatment, Mr Green?”, the receptionist asks, hopefully. NB, Alpha Male’s second name is not Green (I work under my maiden name), but as I have arranged the entire holiday, Green is on everything from the room to the taxi to the dinner reservation. He generally accepts such ignominy as quid pro quo, but I can see it rankles just slightly. I know he won’t make a fuss though as he doesn’t want to draw attention to the banana he has stufed in his pocket. He slinks of to have a seat, where he makes a very large damp patch on the sofa. Then he starts drinking the water with floaty bits of mint –

an alien concept to him and one that results in a fit of choking and spluttering (think dog who has eaten a Trebor Extra Strong Mint). When he has recovered I am relieved to hear him decline the ofer of an appointment. Once, a long time ago, we had a couple’s massage and it was the most angst-making 55 minutes of my life. The absolute antithesis of relaxing. Firstly AM appeared in his robe, which on his 16-stone frame (“all muscle Green”) was dangerously insubstantial. His Shrek feet were shoved into towelling slippers that made him look part-prop, part-geisha. I had a panic about whether he had left his underpants on (do men get paper pants? I didn’t ever find out), but this was soon superseded by the chat he was having with his therapist as she washed his feet pre-ritual. “So,” he said, obviously searching for a suitable topic of conversation in this situation, “what are your qualifications?” After this it went from bad to worse. As they left us alone to relax in the room’s hot tub pre-massage, AM sidled up and said with genuine curiosity, “Green, should we have sex now?” I respond firmly in the negative, but by now my

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cortisol levels had rocketed up so fast it was way beyond the capabilities of lavender essential oil and deep breathing to get me back into the zone. Lying side by side on treatment beds I was agonisingly aware of his every breath. I was so tense my therapist kept saying soothingly “try to relax”. This, ironically, is incredibly stressful. Alpha Male is equally bemused by the “at-home” spa concept. Occasionally, when he’s out, I’ll light a candle, dim the lights and mani and mask. I will be just getting into it when he’ll arrive back, having imbibed a few beers. “Carry on,” he’ll say cheerfully. But the lights get flicked on, some dubious processed meat is eaten and he’ll just need to check the Fortuna Düsseldorf V Holstein Kiel score on BT Sport. However there is a spa area where he redeems himself. He is particularly good at foot filing and sees it as a challenge to dispatch with my Parmesan heels. (NB, I have to stop him when he’s through to bone and we’re both covered in “dust”). But, in summation, from now on I’ll be keeping spa-ing to toute seule or with girlfriends. Because the only spa(r) AM really likes is one that sells Scotch eggs. w&h

“A couple’s massage is the antithesis of relaxing”

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Considering facial fillers?


Concluding our four-part exploration of JUVÉDERM facial fillers, we look at the next steps of treatment

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What are JUVÉDERM facial fillers?

JUVÉDERM® facial fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance within our bodies that diminishes as we age. Depending on the product used and treatment plan, JUVÉDERM® facial fillers can lift, smooth and add subtle volume.


ou’ve heard about facial fillers, read up on the benefits, researched treatment options and decided to make the first move towards having treatment. So, what now? Let us guide you through the next steps. First and foremost, find a practitioner with the appropriate expertise. Next read a real woman’s take on the results from her JUVÉDERM® facial filler treatment and finally, uncover expert answers to the top five post-treatment FAQs.


Finding a practitioner

Whether you’ve decided to go ahead with facial filler treatment or just have questions and want to know more, a consultation with a qualified medical aesthetic practitioner should be your next step. Visit to find recommended clinics and expert practitioners near you. To ensure your practitioner is the right fit, don’t be afraid to come armed with plenty of questions. Enquire about qualifications; ask to see before and after photographs as well as patient testimonials so you can feel confident you’re in the very best of hands. Find a clinic near you and arrange a consultation with an expert aesthetic practitioner to find out if JUVÉDERM® is right for you at

“I don’t think treatment has changed the way I look, it has enhanced the way I look. I feel the treatment has given me a lift. I feel better, I think I look better, it’s a fresher more vibrant look for me.” SUSAN, 57



What should I do afterwards? After having JUVÉDERM® fillers, you can carry on without much of a change to your normal routine. For the first 24-48 hours, your practitioner can advise how best to care for your skin, which usually includes avoiding make-up for 12 hours and staying away from intense heat or cold.


Can I expect any side efects? Side efects are rare and if they do occur, are usually mild. These can include temporary tenderness, redness, swelling and bruising on the injection site, which normally clears up within a few days.

24 months, and the efects will fade over time as your body gradually breaks down the filler.



Will anyone know I’ve had fillers? With JUVÉDERM® facial fillers the results are immediate. This means you can expect to look instantly revitalised, which others may well notice, but you shouldn’t look noticeably “filled”. The key is to ensure you visit a highly qualified medical aesthetic practitioner who can give you a subtle, balanced result.


How long will my fillers last? JUVÉDERM® fillers can last approximately up to nine and

I’d like to have another treatment, how long should I wait? This varies depending on the JUVÉDERM® product used and treatment plan and area, but in many cases another area can be treated once the healing process is complete. Ensure you book in a follow-up appointment around two weeks after treatment so your practitioner can check that you’re healing well and are happy with the results, and discuss future treatment plans.

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Holiday Pendants, £58 and £82, both Hermina Wristwear. Vest, £19, 6-22, La Redoute. Skirt, £45, 6-16, Hush. Camera, £250, Scarf (on wrist), £65, Rixo. Sandals, £85, Bimba Y Lola

Our savvy readers show you how to wear key summer pieces at home and on holiday

The khaki military jacket £89, 6-16, Hush – worn by Amma Rhode, 40, from Ipswich. % Khaki suits every skin tone and this army-inspired jacket is just the ticket for a relaxed cover-up on holidays. % Style it your way. Turn your collar and sleeves up, style it with a belt or brooches, or tie it around your waist so you can go hands-free. % Choose a style that covers your bum for the most flattering length.

Home Top, £90, 6-16, Jigsaw. Belt, £75; trousers, £75, 6-16, both French Connection. Bag, £139, Massimo Dutti. Sandals (just seen), £215, LK Bennett

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Faux cactus, £185; rattan chair, £200, both Graham & Green

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Home Earrings, £60, Kate Spade. Necklace, £85; cuf, £110, both Soko. Belt, £219, Maison Boinet at Fenwick of Bond Street. Bag, £265, Orla Kiely. Heels, £250, LK Bennett

The easy jumpsuit £59.99, s-l, Mango Committed – worn by Tina Brown, 54, from Kent. %A loose-fitting jumpsuit flatters most figures and gives you the option to cinch in your waist with a belt. %Layer a stripy tee underneath and style with a cross-body bag and optic white trainers – the perfect sightseeing outfit on your city break. %Make it look luxe by adding texture – a snakey belt, embroidered bag and gold accessories will pull it all together. >>

Holiday Top, £29.95, 6-26, Seasalt. Bag, £245, Amanda Wakeley at Watch, £250, Links of London. Trainers, £98, Jigsaw


The cotton tunic £145, 8-18, Oui – worn by Cheryl Larkin, 45, from Kent. % The key to getting your tunic to work harder is to buy a smarter version, that way you know it can work for day and night. % A monochrome colour palette is much more versatile – you can work in colour or just stick to neutral accessories. % It’s all in the detail – make quality your priority so that your embroidery and trims wash well, and look on point every time.

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Shorts, £39.95, 6-18, White Stuf. Cuf, £8, Accessorize. Bag, £60, Anthropologie. Sandals, £12, Matalan

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Holiday Dress, £110, 8-18, Onjenu at Bag, £636, Lautem. Earrings, £395; ring, £205, both Bracelet, £130, Rosantica

The smart blazer £399, 8-14, Limited Edition Winser London – worn by Daphne Cawthorne, 65, from Wakefield. % A suit jacket doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy, as long as the piece you’re styling it with is working your jacket’s tones, you can pull it of. % Silky palazzo-style trousers are super flattering. A higher waist with vertical stripes will elongate your legs. % Yes you can wear a blazer with a maxi dress – just style it by “shoulder robing” – so chic!

Home Blouse, £130, 8-16, Winser London. Trousers, £126, xs-xl, Anthropologie. Bag, £400, Coccinelle. Earrings, £58; rings, £60, all Soko. Bracelet, £51, Nectar Nectar. Sandals, £45, Marks & Spencer w&h

Set of 3 vases, £34.95; console, £275; rug, £245, all Graham & Green












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3 LUXE SUMMER LIPS If your lips are craving a slick of lightweight colour, a dash of shine and a hit of hydration then look no further than… % Tom Ford Lumière Lip, £36, is a balm that delivers a sheer tint of papaya, with a side order of moisture. % Sisley Phyto Lip Delight, £37 (out 15 June), has the colour and volumising efect of a gloss without the stickiness. % Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm, £31, feels nourishing and adds subtle polish to a sunkissed face.

KNOCKOUT SMILE New Pearl Drops Strong Polished White Toothpolish, £6.99, has definitely taken my teeth a few shades whiter. I’ve been using it with the new Foreo ISSA 2 Toothbrush, £149, whose bristles are gum-friendly gentle silicon. Actress Julianne Moore’s wantably white teeth



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Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara, £25, thickening and not smudgy. I’M SCARING THE KIDS by wearing the super-moisturising, slightly drippy Neutrogena Radiance Boost Hydrogel Recovery Mask, £3.50. I’M LIGHTING Jo Malone London White Lilac & Rhubarb Charity Home Candle, £47, smells like garden in early summer and helps mental health charities.


The hottest products, latest treatments and most transformative tips by beauty director Rosie Green

Buy it Dr Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It All Eye Gel, £58. I tap it on through the day, to brighten and refresh tired, lined eyes.

L’EAU YES! Two products notoriously tricky to apply? SPF and self-tan. New water formulations of both now make it a pleasure. Vichy Idéal Soleil Hydrating SPF 30 Solar Protective Water, £19, and Chanel L’Eau Tan, £48.


OLD FAVOURITE Beauty Pie Plantastic Hand Cream, £4.16 (to members), feels satisfyingly moisturising, but never greasy.

NEW LOVE Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte Hand & Body Cleansing Gel, £40, leaves skin sublimely scented. woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 101

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tripping down to your swimsuit can leave even the most body positive of us feeling overexposed and under-confident. While the pleasures of the beach are bountiful (sun, sand, sea and, if you’re lucky, chilled rosé), the trade-of is anxiety about blotches, bumps and blue-tinged skin. But to give you ultimate beach body confidence this year, we’ve gathered tried-and-tested products, tips and tricks from A-list make-up artists Ruby Hammer and Caroline Barnes. Both women, who’ve spent years prepping models and celebrities for beach shoots, give us the inside track on looking good and feeling great à la plage. You’ll be disrobing faster than Orlando Bloom can say paddleboard…


Smooth skin starts in the shower

It may not be news, but the first thing is to invest in a body brush. “We keep saying it because it makes a real diference,” laughs make-up artist Caroline Barnes, 45. “Start doing it a few weeks before your holiday. It encourages cell turnover so your skin looks radiant, and it removes that winter layer of dead skin so your products will absorb more easily. It also stops any fake tan from looking patchy.” Global make-up artist and brand creator Ruby Hammer, 56, is equally passionate. “It also helps boost lymph drainage, making limbs look leaner and lumpy skin look smoother.” Try ESPA Skin Brush, £20. In the shower, Caroline switches her usual gel body cleanser, “which can be drying,” for a shower oil. She loves Rituals The Ritual Of Ayurveda Shower Oil, £8.50. “It’s really lovely and smells of rose. L’Occitane does a good one too – L’Occitane Shea Shower Oil, £19.” If you want a really thorough exfoliation, try a gritty scrub. Caroline suggests putting

it on dry skin first and really massaging it in well before showering of. She likes Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub, £13; Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator, £23; and Carita Preparing Contour Scrub, £60. Ruby also suggests scrubbing on alternate days while you are on holiday. This might seem counter-intuitive, but she says it’s the key to a glossy, luxe tan rather than a dry and dusty one.

After your shower

Both Ruby and Caroline suggest using a body lotion with exfoliating acids. “An acid-based body lotion helps keep skin soft and smooth,” says Caroline. “I love Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion, £22.50. It minimises blemishes and helps with Keratosis pilaris (the bumps on the back of your arms).” If cellulite is your bête noire, Ruby swears by applying a toning lotion product like Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert, £39. “Apply it three days in a row, combined with body brushing, and your skin will look better,” she promises. >>

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We all want to look sunkissed and au naturel in the manner of Elle Macpherson, but the reality with high SPF sunscreens is often white, shiny faces and spots. So you need a face-flattering sunscreen. Caroline, whose skin is prone to breakouts, loves Medik8 Physical Sunscreen, £35. “It’s light, but it works.” She also likes La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Anti-Shine Mist SPF 50, £14. If you want to even out skin tone, go for a tinted SPF. La RochePosay’s range is great or try NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection, £34. Ruby also likes Murad Age Reform Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30, £60, which acts like a primer to perfect skin. “It delivers great protection and isn’t greasy, but also gives skin a polish.”

Beach-friendly make-up

We know a face full looks de trop, but new formulations are super sheer and allow you to look pretty rather than painted. “A dab of cream blush will add an attractive glow,” says Ruby. Try Glossier Cloud Paint, £15. “And I like a tinted lip balm, like Burt’s Bees Natural Lip Balm in Pomegranate, £3.99, Holland & Barrett. I always use eyelash curlers too. Mine are Surratt Relevee Lash 104 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

Curlers, £28 – all the models love them.” Another tip Ruby has is eye drops. “People underestimate their beauty-boosting efect. All that squinting and swimming can make eyes look tired. This makes them look clear and healthy. I like Murine Bright & Moist Eyes, £4.59.” Flattering body sunscreen is not an oxymoron. “I like using SPF in an oil/water formula,” says Ruby. “It stops skin looking pasty and instead makes it look

glowing.” Ruby likes Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 30 Solar Protective Water, £19, or we like Superdrug’s new Solait Shimmering Oil Spray SPF 20, £5.99. If you want to even out skin tone or minimise the look of spider veins, try Ultrasun Tinted High Body Sun Protection, £26. And if your feet are looking less that groomed? “Hydrate them,” says Ruby. Use coconut oil (try TIANA Organic Raw Coconut Goodness, £9.99, Holland & Barrett) or Astral Cream, £3.99.


Smart suncreams

NEW BEACH PRODUCTS TO TRY % Elemis Targeted Toning Body Moisturiser, £69, transforms from a rich cream to silky oil on contact. % REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum, £35, gently exfoliates dry, dull skin. % Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Body Buf Smoothing Scrub ’N Mask, £21, a great smelling skin smoother. % Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA, £31, blitzes “bacne”. % Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, £37, blends seamlessly into skin. w&h


L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow, £11.99

Normally I say foundation is like sushi – go cheap and you’ll pay the price later – but I ate my words when I tried this newbie. It melts into skin, gives full yet dewy coverage and really goes the distance. Shades for all skintones too, hurrah!


Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle, £8 I slap this sweetly scented lotion onto wet skin post-shower, dry of and dress right away, yet somehow it sinks in and softens like I’ve slathered on buttery cream and stood around for half an hour as it dries.


Superdrug Optimum Phyto Glycolic Pads, £4.95

I’m consistently impressed by Superdrug’s skincare, and these new pads give the same brightening and smoothing results as products 10 times their price. Swipe on after cleansing a couple of times a week and remember to put on SPF afterwards.

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EVERY WOMAN SHOULD TRY Beauty editor Fiona McKim reveals her budget beauty hall of fame, from classic buys to exciting new steals

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John Frieda Core Restore Treatment, £9.99

Whether your hair’s fine like mine, or you just crave extra volume (who doesn’t?), this blow-dry cream is the business. It manages to give noticeable bulk and root lift without feeling like it’s there at all, and results get better with every use. Magical stuf.



Roger & Gallet Cassis Frénésie Extrait de Cologne, £22.50 Ardell Wanna Get Lucky Gel Liner, £7.99

Budget make-up by a false lash brand doesn’t sound promising, but guess what? This liner is fantastic. It glides on like the softest, silkiest kohl then doesn’t move a millimetre, even on hooded lids. Chocolatebrown Teddy is my shade but at this price you can aford to experiment.

With my perfume snob hat on I might claim this French blackcurrant blend is a bit sweet, or that colognes lack the complexity of perfume. In reality I’ve been spraying it on constantly since spring because it puts a big smile on my face. C’est la vie.


The Wet Brush, £11.99


Soaper Duper Nourishing Coconut Body Wash, £6.50

There’s nothing not to adore about this. Great brand ethics, fun bubbly bottle (recycled), yummy tropical scent and a gentle, sulphate-free formula that works to a satisfying lather.

Sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best. Imagine a well-known and much-loved detangling brush, now imagine it has a proper handle so won’t fly out of your hand every time you hit a snag. It’s no exaggeration to say I won’t let anything else near my hair when it’s damp.


The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90

This brand can do little wrong in my eyes, ofering efective ingredient-led skincare at more than fair prices. This hydrates skin at every level and I routinely nab it from the beauty cupboard over far spendier serums.


Rosie For Autograph Starstruck Lip & Cheek Colour, £15

I find most lip and cheek duos uncomfortably thick, but this, with its pliable formula and sheeny rose pigment, is spot-on for rapidly giving my face a bit of life mid-afternoon. w&h woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 107

The HAIR answers you’ve been searching for!

We recruited the best hair experts to answer the questions you google the most…


Why is my hair falling out?

HAIR EXPERT CAROLE MICHAELIDES, consultant trichologist at Philip Kingsley. Temporary hair loss can be caused by crash dieting, iron deficiency, even a bout of flu. After childbirth is also a time when women may lose hair. But with most of the above, hair will recover. Prescription medicine is another trigger. The most common one is chemotherapy, but we see some hair shedding on statins, immune suppressants and blood thinners. And stress, too, plays a part in hair loss. Finally, there’s the menopause. Almost all women experience some degree of hair thinning at this time. The good news is, we can very successfully treat hair loss, often with topical anti-androgen hormones and Minoxidil.


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How can I make my hair grow faster?

HAIR EXPERT STEPHANIE MOORE, clinical nutritionist at Health In Hand. What you eat afects hair growth. There are numerous essential nutrients you need. The first is protein. Your hair is mainly made up of a protein called keratin. You need to have some form of protein at every meal to ensure enough keratin is made. Meat, fish, eggs, pulses, nuts and



HAIR EXPERT KIKI KOH, senior stylist at John Frieda.

After washing your hair, I would always suggest using a conditioner. But only on the ends. There’s a myth that conditioner makes hair flatter, but without it you’ll get breakage when you comb hair through. Use a volumising product on the roots then rough-dry hair till it’s two-thirds dry. If you blow-dry from wet you’ll lose all the body. Use a vent brush at the roots and pull hair upwards. Then blow-dry as normal. Rollers can give good body. Just don’t use them on the hair around the face as that can look old fashioned.



What is balayage?

HAIR EXPERT JOSH WOOD, celebrity colourist and founder of Josh Wood Colour. Balayage is the technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way


seeds are all good choices. Fat-soluble vitamins A and E are key too. Vitamin A helps the scalp to produce sebum oil required to keep the scalp and the roots healthy and to boost hair growth. Good sources include eggs, butter, liver, green veg, carrots and sweet potato. Vitamin E improves the blood circulation and helps the follicles work more eiciently to promote hair growth. Eat avocados, almonds, sunflower seeds, sweet potato and spinach.

For a thicker mane, style using a vent brush and pull hair upwards


often should Q How you wash hair? HAIR EXPERT ROLANDA WILKERSON, principal scientist at Head & Shoulders.

It’s actually a myth that over-washing your hair can dry out the hair by removing essential natural oils. We’ve been researching scalp care for over 50 years and even when you wash hair every day, essential natural oils remain inside your hair and scalp, keeping them moisturised. Leaving your hair unwashed, or using water alone, allows oils, sweat and dirt to build up. An excessively oily scalp serves as a breeding ground for scalp issues. So you need to shampoo regularly.


What makes hair go grey?

HAIR EXPERT STEVE SHIEL, L’Oréal’s director of scientific afairs. Greying is a gradual process, and is probably the most visible sign that your hair (and you) is ageing. Grey hair is hair where there is no longer any of the pigment melanin left. Many researchers have made a link between the greying process and external factors such as stress. There is also a genetic component,

with similar greying patterns observed in family members. The rare condition, Marie Antoinette syndrome, is when an individual suddenly becomes grey overnight (the name comes from the fact that the French queen supposedly went grey overnight due to shock). However as hair cannot change colour once it has been produced, this rare condition is caused by the sudden loss of the pigmented hairs, leaving only the white hairs behind.

to create a graduated, natural-looking efect. You get a more natural efect with balayage than you do with foil highlights. It can be done in a way that is commitment-free, so there’s no need to worry about regrowth. Balayage is a great way to blend, camouflage and colour grey roots at the same time. I personally think balayage works best on mid-length to longer hair. w&h

Balayage creates a natural effect with no need to worry about regrowth


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YSL Beauté The Curler, £26 Looks The longest brush of the lot in an elegant arc. One side loads on product while the other combs through and curls. Lashes One word: wow. Full-on flutter including inner-corner lashes I didn’t even know existed. Length I’d only previously achieved with glue and falsies. Lasts Amazingly well considering this doesn’t even bill itself as budge-proof. Survived a humid Tube commute and 12-hour day yet slipped of easily with micellar water. I think I’m in love.


Mark.Big & Extreme Mascara, £6


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Looks Easy to fish out of your make-up bag thanks to its you’vebeen-tangoed packaging and satisfyingly chunky shape. Lashes A good balance of length and volume as the flufy, widely spaced bristles pick up plenty of formula then load it on cleanly and precisely. Lasted From breakfast till bedtime – bar the odd smudge. Full disclosure: I tested it during a heatwave, through which my lids could probably have dissolved Dulux gloss.




Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara, £18.50

L’Oréal Paradise Extatic Waterproof Mascara, £11.99

Smashbox Superfan Fanned Out Mascara,

Looks Cute! Japan’s favourite mascara brand (one sells every minute there) with a fun bubbly wand, unlike anything I’ve seen before. Lashes A little bit of everything: good lift and curl, easy-going length for everyday wear and a healthy, glossy finish often missing from waterproof formulas. Lasted Stayed intact through one of those “four seasons in one day” days, required a little scrubbing to remove but oil-based remover did the trick.

Looks Just like my favourite original Paradise Extatic mascara with its big bushy brush and pretty rose gold lid. Lashes Big, bold and glamorous, with a perfectly sooty sexy black pigment. Just the thing for parties. Lasts The formula is fairly loose so needs a moment to set on, after which it became completely impervious to all my smudging attempts. Trickier to remove than the others, but so worth it.

£17.50 Looks Pretty sexy. A sleek scarlet tube and flexible rubber wand that bends to grip every tiny lash. Lashes Sophisticated, separated and very fluttery. If you need mega-volume this isn’t the one, if you’d rather look efortlessly chic then it probably is. Lasts Entirely water-resistant (and I gave my face a really good dunking), a vigorous eye rub caused a tiny smear or two but this was also the easiest to remove, which makes a fair trade in my book. w&h woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 111

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Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste, £42.50 I use this once a week as a scalp treatment with exfoliation, although it doesn’t feel scratchy in any way. It’s a weird gummy paste, but you put it on and it foams up and feels amazing.

Sisley Eye Contour Mask, £90 I’ve probably got 20 eye creams on the go, I’m not kidding. I make an assessment based on what my eyes are like that morning. This works well if eyes are dehydrated, I apply a small amount and put make-up over the top.



Aveeno Daily Moisturising After-Shower Mist, £7.50 I’m a late convert to this spray-on body lotion, which is amazing! I’m very lazy about looking after my body skin, but this really makes a diference to the texture, it has transformed it.



Made for Life Daily Radiance Facial Cleansing Balm, £29 My absolute favourite, made in Cornwall. It’s a really lovely, thick, yellow, buttery balm, I massage with it in the bath and it helps send me to sleep with the smell and comfort of it.



This month we delve into the beauty cupboard of BeautyMart co-founder Anna-Marie Solowij BATHING


Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, £49 I use this all the time, to the extent that I don’t even wear perfume any more and people think that that is my perfume. It’s the thing that keeps me sane and has done for many years.


Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eye Shadow in Candeur et Expérience, £44 I get why compacts with 95,000 colours are great for young girls who love experimenting and taking selfies, but I’m more of a few shades person. This combination is very clever, you can get an awful lot of looks out of these four colours. w&h

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e rethink our wardrobe at the first sight of summer, however our skincare routine often gets overlooked. Luckily, Gatineau has a seven-day plan to get you summer body ready! What’s more, the brand has teamed up with woman&home to ofer 20% of to all readers!

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EACH WEEK Exfoliate your entire body using either a body scrub, body brush or loofah pad. This will boost circulation and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin brighter and super soft.

EVERY MORNING When washing, reach for alcohol-free shower gels – they will be kind to your skin and won’t strip it of its natural oils. During the last few seconds of showering, switch to a cooler temperature to boost circulation. After showering, apply a nourishing body lotion or oil to skin while it’s slightly damp, massaging it in circular motions until it’s fully absorbed. Pay particular attention to the rough areas of your body, such as the backs of arms, hands elbows, knees and feet.



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Say “bon voyage” to clear bag fear with this mini, multipurpose beauty kit L-R, from top: Caudalie Thé des Vignes Body & Hair Nourishing Oil, £18. Tom Ford Soleil Shade and Illuminate Eye Kohl Duo, £32. IGK Swipe Up No-Frizz Smoothing Hair Wipes, £16 for 12. Real Techniques mini brushes, £5.99 each. Little MAC Lipglass in Nymphette, £10. Muji Oil Cleansing, £4.95. Beauty Pie Superactive Capsules Hyaluronic Acid & Biopeptide Microspheres, £50 (£9.27 members). Chanel UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily Defender UV-Pollution, £44. Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Jezebel, £23. Benefit BADgal BANG! Travel Mini, £10.50. Glossier You Perfume Solid, £19. Lixir Skin Universal Emulsion, £29. Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, £25.50. Bourjois Le Duo Blush Sculpt, £6.49. Cowshed Cow Pit Spray Deo (from travel countdown calendar, £65). OM Skincare Mindful Traveller with Pure Glow Cleanser and Daily Radiance Moisturiser, £38 w&h woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 115

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o many brilliant things happen as we get older, from gaining confidence to letting go of unnecessary worries, yet common wisdom suggests that only not-so-brilliant things happen to our hair. We say, forget the doomsayers. Whether you’re concerned about your hair colour, texture or condition, there’s no need to let these changes hold you back. You can look and feel as fabulous as ever with a little help from Dove’s expert collection of hair products.

HOW YOUR HAIR CHANGES As with skin, our hair changes as we get older. Greys are often the first sign of hair ageing, while slowing oil production can make it feel dry, and damage from repeated chemical treatments, such as permanent straightening or dyes, can make strands feel brittle and breakage-prone.

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LORRAINE LOVES DOVE “Feeling my best always starts with my hair. If your hair looks good, you feel great. I think it’s really important to boost self-esteem as we age because you want to enjoy these years. Women in their forties, fifties, sixties and beyond – this is our time! It’s great that there are products that can help prevent damage and Dove products are easy! I look after my skin by moisturising, and now I can nourish my hair too.” Dove Hair Ambassador, Lorraine Kelly

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Global health tips

Bring home more than a tan from your holiday. Copy these tips for the ultimate in wellbeing. Here’s what you can learn on your travels… Tradition The residents of many Mediterranean countries head for an afternoon nap when the sun is at its hottest, and a siesta is also good for your health, say experts. Studies have found it boosts the immune system and reduces the risk of heart disease. Holiday souvenir While it can be hard enough getting a lunch break at times, a study in the journal Sleep compared the benefits of naps of diferent lengths and found a 10-minute nap was the optimum length of time to boost brain performance. Find a quiet spot and literally switch of.

France Healthy eating

Tradition “The French tend to cook meals from scratch and use less processed and convenience foods than us,” says Fiona Hunter, nutrition consultant for Healthspan. “They rarely eat between meals and eat smaller portions of quality food.” Holiday souvenir Eat “real” food (cheese, yogurt, bread, etc) in moderation rather than low-fat/diet versions. The best way to do this is to aim for a traditional Mediterranean diet including olive oil, unsalted nuts, fish, lean meat, vegetables and fresh fruit.

Thailand Regular massages

Tradition Thai massage is diferent to most other forms of massage – the treatment is carried out on a floor mat and the client remains fully clothed throughout. The therapist uses their hands, feet, forearms and elbows to help free tension within the body. The combination of yoga-like stretching improves flexibility and circulation. Holiday souvenir Regular massages can ease tension, tight muscles and stress. Visit to find a practitioner near you. 118 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!


Tradition Sun safety Australia is the first country in the world to show an improvement in skin cancer rates – largely thanks to heeding the “slip, slop, slap” education messages. By contrast, a survey by Direct Line travel insurance last year found more than a third (34%) of Brits sufered from sunburn in the previous 12 months and 23% don’t wear sun cream at all, whether at home or abroad. This is despite suggestions that being sunburnt just once every two years can triple the risk of developing skin cancer. Holiday souvenir Get into the habit of applying a minimum SPF sunscreen every day – and reapplying it two-hourly when you’re out in the sun. Spend time in the shade, wear sunglasses and a hat.



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Tradition Hygge There is no direct English translation for the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga). “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience rather than about things,” explains Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well (Penguin Life). “It is sitting round a friendly dinner table, bathed in the yellow glow of candlelight; curling up with a good book and a cup of tea; going for a walk along a beach.” Holiday souvenir Leave work on time: The average working week in Denmark is 8am-4pm, which means the Danish can embrace hygge by spending time after work doing what they wish.

IndiaCooking with spices Tradition Whether you love Indian curries or Mexican fajitas, eating spicy foods could help you lose weight and boost your health. According to studies, turmeric could help slow Alzheimer’s, which may explain the low incidence of the disease among the ageing population in India. Chilli peppers can speed up your metabolism and make you eat more slowly, giving the brain more time to register fullness. Holiday souvenir Discover your own curry recipes and experiment with diferent spices. Stock up the store cupboard and get into the habit of using spices instead of salt to add flavour.

Sweden Being outdoors

Tradition Pronounced free-loofts-liv and directly translated as “free air life”, the Swedish/Norwegian word Friluftsliv is as natural to Swedes as the daily brushing of teeth, explains Frida Harju-Westman, nutritionist at health app Lifesum ( “The concept can efectively be broken down into two parts: spending time outdoors and getting involved in some kind of activity – from picking berries in the forest or going fishing in the summer, to cross-country skiing in the winter.” Holiday souvenir Go fruit picking, get friends together for a kick about in the park or spend time discovering the city by foot, suggests Frida.


Tradition Green tea Matcha green tea has been consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, and is now considered to be one of the most powerful superfoods on the market. This antioxidant-packed drink boosts nearly every part of your body from your skin to your memory, and has even been shown to speed up your metabolism. Holiday souvenir Try swapping one of your regular cuppas for green tea every day. Or add half a teaspoon of matcha powder to fruit juice or milk.

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Tradition Manuka honey Produced here by bees that pollinate the manuka bush, manuka honey is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. It’s nicknamed “liquid gold” because of its numerous healing properties, ranging from healing digestive illnesses to treating wounds. Holiday souvenir The market is flooded with fake versions so buy carefully, advises nutritionist Shona Wilkinson: “You can identify pure manuka honey by its rich golden colour and runny consistency.” w&h

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Holiday checklist Everything you need to know for a safe and happy holiday this summer… Is your insurance up to date? A quarter of British travellers surveyed said they went on holiday without insurance (up from 22% in 2016), according to a survey of more than 2,000 Brits by The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). Yet, 3,000 travellers a week need emergency medical care while travelling abroad – with the cost of some overseas medical treatments costing more than the price of the average UK house. TIP “Never travel anywhere without insurance and a basic first aid kit that includes dressings, antiseptic, painkillers, a thermometer and cream for bites and stings,” advises Shirley Bannatyne, specialist nurse in travel health at Medigold Health.

Avoid insect bites “UK travellers top the European league table for malaria because they don’t protect themselves,” explains Howard Carter, bite prevention expert ( Last-minute travel, ignorance about malarial hot spots and failing to take anti-malarial pills or use mosquito repellent are the most common reasons for around 2,000 Brits requiring treatment for malaria. Yet, it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to contract the disease. Visit and seek medical advice at least eight weeks before you’re due to travel, as some jabs need to be given well in advance. TIP “Spray an insect repellent such as Incognito, £9.99, on and around your door, as mosquitoes often ‘lie in wait’ outside doors and windows,” warns Howard.

While abroad, avoid ice in drinks – freezing doesn’t kill most bugs, it preserves them and extends their life


Prevent a dicky tum Take daily prebiotics for a few weeks before you go to boost good bacteria – protecting the gut against infection, food poisoning and traveller’s diarrhoea. Try Bimuno, £10.99 for 30 sachets. TIP Pack rehydration sachets to quickly replace lost electrolytes in the event of traveller’s diarrhoea.

Stay safe Familiarise yourself with beach flags: red and yellow flags mark areas that are patrolled by lifeguards so are the safest places for swimming and inflatables. A red flag indicates danger – so you should never enter the water when this is flying. When you see black and white

chequered flags, it means an area of water has been marked for use by craft, like surboards. And an orange windsock indicates ofshore wind conditions, so don’t use inflatables. TIP Whatever the water activity (even if it’s just sitting in a boat), make sure you wear a buoyancy aid that fits, says David Walker, leisure safety manager at RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents). “Too small and it won’t provide enough buoyancy; too big and it will float up around your ears in the water, make it harder for you to breathe.”

Don’t burn Eight out of 10 people fail to adequately apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, according to a recent survey by the British Association of Dermatologists. “It should be applied half an hour before going outdoors, giving it time to be absorbed and start working,” says Clare O’Connor, UK sun care advisor at Boots. TIP Pack Soleve Sunburn Relief, £9.95, just in case, suggests Dr Paul Stillman, GP. “It’s the only ‘after sun’ product that combines the power of ibuprofen with a soothing moisturiser.” w&h







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So many oils, so much information – and most of it conflicting. If you’re confused about what to use and why, here’s our cheat sheet! e’ve been so afraid of fat in the past – and by default, oils too – that it’s diicult to embrace the message that it’s OK to add the good-for-you kind to our diet. Sure, you can splash the olive for just about everything, but are you missing out on a whole menu of flavours and nutritional benefits? Sadly, even good oils can behave badly, so smart choosing and using is key. Here are a few things to remember…


saturated fats, which are more stable and healthier for use at high temperatures.” Don’t fret over the word saturated, these guys have added benefits. ✢ GHEE is clarified butter processed to remove anything but the fat – so can be good for those with a dairy protein or lactose intolerance. ✢ COCONUT OIL has more medium chain fatty acids, which are used easily for energy and less likely to be stored as fat in our body.

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Everyday oils…

No debate, oils are tricky to negotiate. “Less is more with oils,” says Rick Hay, Nutritional Director at “Even though the healthy ones are just that, you shouldn’t go overboard with them, they still contain calories – about 120 a tablespoon. It’s a dreary word but moderation is key. Keeping them to about a tablespoon a day is fine. Think spritz and drizzle rather than splash and glug!”

Olive, avocado and cold-pressed rapeseed oils – “If you want to use a liquid oil for cooking I would stick with these,” suggests Cassandra. “They contain more monounsaturated fats, which makes them a bit more stable at higher temperatures than other seed and nut oils.” Buying tip “Choose a light olive oil rather than extra virgin, as some of the benefits may be lost when heating the oil.”


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Some are best naked… …and that’s when you get more nutrition bang for your buck. Downing a great plant oil daily will deliver the nutrients and anti-inflammatory benefits for heart and skin health. Wellbeing expert Liz Earle, author of Skin (Orion Spring), our favourite book on eating well and using oils, shows the way. “Oils are most nutritious when unheated. I like to make sure I have a tablespoon of good-quality, uncooked oil every day,” says Liz. “This can be in a salad dressing, drizzled over vegetables or a bowl of soup. One of my very favourite ways of enjoying a good olive oil is to pour some into a little bowl then dunk in a hunk of good bread. Delicious.” We have our favourites… GREAT LITTLE DRIZZLERS…

✢ HEMP SEED OIL With omega-3s, good for heart health, plus magnesium for energy and nerves. Rich and nutty, add it to your morning smoothie. ✢ PUMPKIN SEED OIL Loaded with B vitamins and zinc, this gorgeous green oil makes a fabulous salad dressing. ✢ ARGAN OIL With vitamin E and said to be anti-inflammatory, this oil is best drizzled last-minute into tagines and couscous. ✢ WALNUT OIL Reckoned to improve blood circulation and heart health, this rich and nutty (as expected!) gem makes great salad dressings. ✢ CHIA OIL Rich in omega-3s and good for energy, these tiny seeds make a great oil. Terrific in smoothies and dressings. w&h

Oils have a smoke point, and cooking past that point on too high a heat can release free radicals and toxic chemicals into your food, which in turn can cause inflammation and other problems in the body. Keep it simple and safe by choosing the best for the job. Nutritionist Cassandra Barns gives us her pick… THE HIGH FRYERS…

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n our wired-up modern world, few of us are ever oline. Even if you try to be disciplined, turning of your phone, tablet and laptop at the end of the day, you’re still surrounded by the electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) from devices and networks around you. That means you’re living in what Denis Henshaw, Emeritus Professor of Human Radiation Efects at Bristol University, calls an “electrosmog”. What is still unclear is how this may afect your health. “Around

✢ You’ll get sounder sleep “At dusk, when the sun goes down, your pineal gland produces melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy,” says Henshaw. “But the blue light emitted by smartphones and tablets reduces levels of melatonin and that can have a serious efect on your sleep.”

HAVE A “WIFI WINDOW” Just keep it on when you need it – Susan Harmsworth, creator of ESPA skincare, swears by unplugging her WiFi at night. “It’s diicult to isolate your home because of neighbours’ tech,” she says. “But we know EMFs are disruptive and the more we can minimise these the better. By turning of your own WiFi you minimise the rays within your immediate surroundings, which are known to disrupt sleep.”

10-15% of the population experience what’s known as ‘electrosensitivity’ and have a range of symptoms,” says Henshaw. We can assume the EMFs may have a similar but long-term efect on our health, he says. “EMFs interact with the body, for example, afecting the way calcium flows in and out of cells.” While evidence is still building, it’s established the blue light from your tech could have health consequences – so here are good reasons to pull the plug…

✢ You’ll be happier Some research, including a study from Washington State University, has shown EMF exposure may lead to psychiatric symptoms including depression, anxiety and memory changes.

✢ You’ll be slimmer The bright light from tech has been linked to a raised risk of obesity, which may be partly down

to its efects on sleep – scientists know poor sleep makes it harder to control your appetite and make healthy food choices. But a 2016 study from Northwestern University also found bright light at night could increase insulin resistance and push up blood sugar levels, which, over time, raises risk of obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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The surfaces of the bones are covered with a protective cushion of cartilage, which, like many tissues in the body, is constantly undergoing repair because of the wear that occurs through daily activities. In joints afected by osteoarthritis (OA), the cartilage becomes damaged and worn, leading to inflammation in the joints, with pain and stifness. The two main factors that are known to increase the risk of OA in weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees, are being overweight and doing a lot of exercise. However, a third factor, which is how well the cartilage repairs itself, is also important, and if this is faulty, then OA can develop

Flaxseeds contain phytoestrogens, which have a weak oestrogenlike activity in the body. Because of this, they are often promoted as a natural way of easing hot flushes and sweats when oestrogen levels fall at the time of the menopause. However, studies in both animals and healthy women have shown that phytoestrogens can stimulate breast growth, and because of this, there is a theoretical concern that they could increase the risk of developing cancers that are oestrogen-driven, such as cancer of the womb and some breast cancers. There is no good evidence from research studies as yet that this actually happens, but most experts now recommend that women who have had breast cancer, or who are at high risk of developing it, avoid eating a lot of foods high in phytoestrogens.

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at a younger age than would be expected, and this can be an inherited problem. The best way of preserving your joints is to avoid putting excess strain on them, which means avoiding doing a lot of weight-bearing exercise, such as running, and opting for swimming instead (where the water takes your weight). Pilates and yoga can be helpful too in strengthening the muscles that support your body.


HAVE YOU HEARD OF… LICHEN SCLEROSUS? A reader has recently written to me telling her story of sufering for years with vulval itching and soreness, which was treated by various doctors as either thrush or eczema. A specialist has now diagnosed her with lichen sclerosus, which she had never heard of – and she wanted to raise awareness in other women. Though it can occur in any area of the body, it most commonly afects the skin in the genital area and around the anus. It can occur at any age, including

childhood, and though it can afect men, it’s more common in women. The cause isn’t known, but it is often linked with other diseases where the body’s own immune system attacks normal tissues, such as thyroid disease. Afected skin becomes inflamed, itchy and sore, and without treatment can become scarred and whitened. The scarring can makes the skin prone to cracks, which can be very painful, especially during intercourse, and tightening of the skin around the

anus can make if uncomfortable to pass a motion. The diagnosis can often be made just by the characteristic shiny white appearance of the skin, but if there is any doubt, a biopsy can be taken. Unfortunately, many GPs aren’t familiar with the condition, and correct diagnosis may take years. There is no cure, but treatment with a very strong steroid can stop the inflammation and itching. Keeping the skin well hydrated with a moisturising cream is helpful. w&h

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dmiring the cherry blossom in spring, immersing yourself in Tokyo’s dizzying neon-lit skyscrapers and finding tranquillity in ancient temples overlooking Mount Fuji – Japan is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. It’s also one of your favourites, as our first Cherry Blossom Tour proved. So now, back by popular demand, we’re ofering another opportunity to see this wonderful country and experience the magical sakura (cherry blossom) next year. This time we’ve partnered with Imagine Cruising to bring you a fantastic value holiday – just £2,699 for a 11-night bespoke tour, which includes the best Japan has to ofer – a hotel stay in Tokyo and a cruise around the Pacific Coast. We’ve negotiated a special itinerary that includes three nights at the four-star Shinagawa Prince Hotel in the heart of Tokyo. You’ll enjoy a day trip to admire

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stunning Mount Fuji and travel on one of Japan’s famous bullet trains. You’ll then board your luxury cruise ship, the Diamond Princess – voted Best International Ship in Japan – for an 8-night round-trip cruise from Tokyo, including stops at Osaka (with the opportunity to visit Kyoto), Kochi and Busan (in South Korea), with many more wonderful opportunities to practise Hanami – cherry blossom viewing.

SEE THE BEST OF JAPAN ✓ Stay in the high-tech city of Tokyo with guaranteed views of the skyline ✓ Take part in a traditional tea ceremony ✓ See the sakura (cherry blossom) ✓ Day trip to magical Mount Fuji, Japan’s most iconic mountain ✓ Cable car and lunch in Hakone ✓ Scenic boat cruise on Lake Ashi ✓ High-speed journey by bullet train ✓ 8-night Pacific Coast cruise ✓ Osaka and Kochi castles* ✓ See Geisha in Kyoto* ✓ Walk in the footsteps of the samurai and ninja in Nagoya *Available as a paid-for excursion from the cruise


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ARRIVE IN TOKYO Fly overnight to Tokyo, Japan’s vibrant and cutting-edge capital. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, where you can settle in for the next three nights. You’re guaranteed a room on one of the highest floors, which have fantastic views of the Tokyo skyline.


TOKYO AND TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY Today you’ll get to explore Tokyo. Exclusive w&h experience You’ll take part in a Japanese tea ceremony and learn how to serve matcha. In the afternoon, choose to wander among the stunning cherry blossoms in Ueno Park or visit the Imperial Palace and Gardens. Or you could go shopping in the famous Harajuku district or Ginza for its department stores.


MOUNT FUJI TOUR Today is all about majestic Mount Fuji. Enjoy the scenery of rural Japan as you travel from Tokyo by coach. Your tour includes a stop for lunch at the Hakone Lake Hotel, cable car ride for spectacular aerial views and a boat cruise on Lake Ashi. Keep an eye out for the bright red torii gates that bestride the lakeshore. You’ll then return to Tokyo by high-speed bullet train. >> woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 131

Torii gate by Lake Ashi


CRUISE SHIP Transfer to Tokyo’s port at Yokohama and board the Diamond Princess – your home for the next 8 nights. Exclusive w&h ofer Readers who upgrade to an outside cabin or above will receive a $100 credit voucher per cabin to spend on board – why not book an excursion of your choice or dine at one of the speciality restaurants?

Geisha in Kyoto

Cruise route YOKKAICHI

GAMAGORI Today you’ll visit Gamagōri, a city on Mikawa Bay in central Japan. Hot-spring resorts are scattered along the coastline and the tiny, forested Takeshima Island is home to the 12th-century Yaotomi Shrine.


OSAKA For centuries, Osaka was Japan’s cultural and commercial gateway to Asia and its 16th century capital. It remains Japan’s second largest city and is another fantastic place to see cherry blossom. Plus, Osaka is your gateway to Kyoto, home to 400 shrines and over 1,600 Buddhist temples. You can also see traditional Geisha in their kimonos.


KOCHI Today your port of call is Kochi in Shikoku, which takes its name from the feudal castle that sits at its heart.


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PACIFIC OCEAN Mount Fuji for a spa treatment in the Asian-themed Lotus spa with its Izumi Japanese Bath, or simply relax by one of the four pools.


BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA Today you’ll port at the second largest city in South Korea. Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new.

DAY 10

AT SEA Another chance to relax on board the ship and enjoy the on-board entertainment, which includes “movie under the stars” nights, Japanese karaoke and the 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling – “rakugo”.

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YOKKAICHI Yokkaichi serves as the gateway to the city of Nagoya. Walk across the moat of a cherished castle, pray at a sacred shrine and walk in the footsteps of the samurai. You can also visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu to find out about the life of a ninja as well as see them in action.

DAY 12

RETURN TO TOKYO AND THEN HOME Transfer directly from the Diamond Princess to the airport to catch your overnight flight back to London and return home with fabulous memories – and beautiful pictures – of this fascinating country.



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Join RAYMOND BLANC on our TASTE OF FRANCE CRUISE For the first time ever, the world-famous chef is hosting a culinary adventure on board our new foodie river cruise through beautiful Bordeaux



iscover the flavours of France with world-renowned chef, author and presenter Raymond Blanc OBE. He’ll join w&h readers for two days of an 11-day gastronomic river cruise around Bordeaux. Savour this region’s foodie highlights while on board the five-star Scenic Diamond. As Raymond says, “There are few greater pleasures than drifting quietly along the rivers and canals, perhaps with a nice glass of wine in your hand. I look forward to meeting w&h readers on board and toasting together to beautiful Bordeaux.” Joining you in Cadillac, Raymond will take part in an exclusive talk and Q&A session plus a photo opportunity. You’ll also watch a special cooking demonstration by Raymond and his sous-chef. Plus TV wine critic Susy Atkins will guide you through wine masterclasses and private tastings. Throughout the voyage, you can hone your culinary skills with private cookery lessons on board from the ship’s head chef. You’ll also savour some of the region’s finest vintages during the trip – cheers!

Your special guests RAYMOND BLANC OBE is an iconic French chef. His restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, remains the only UK country house hotel to have retained two Michelin stars for over 30 years. SUSY ATKINS (below) is an award-winning wine writer, and was for many years one of TV’s egular wine experts on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen.

THE DATES 26 August – 5 September 2018 THE PRICE From £3,230pp* *Two sharing. Subject to availability. Price correct at time of print. This trip is ATOL-protected and our travel partner Scenic is ABTA-bonded. For full terms & conditions visit: womanandhome.


What’s included

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✢ Return flight and airport transfers from one of up to


14 UK regional airports or direct from London Gatwick OR return Standard Premier Eurostar tickets from St Pancras International to Paris and on to Bordeaux ✢ 10 nights full-board accommodation on the Scenic Diamond with all drinks included and one tasting menu in the speciality dining venue L’Amour ✢ Talk and Q&A session with Raymond Blanc, plus a cooking demonstration ✢ Wine masterclasses and tastings with Susy Atkins ✢ Tours and admissions as detailed ✢ Gratuities and taxes

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Join our FABULOUS FESTIVE CRUISE! It might be summer right now but it’s never too early to plan for Christmas – or start looking forward to shopping in the best of Germany’s famous Christmas markets. You’ll get exclusive expert tips on gifts, food and wine – and kick of the season of joy in style



f you love twinkling lights and the smell of mulled wine and gingerbread, cute wooden fairy tale huts, nostalgic nativity scenes and charming squares that look like winter wonderlands, then our fabulous new German Christmas Markets cruise is for you. And while these atmospheric markets are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, nowhere does them better than Germany – home of the original and best! Our fantastic value five-day German Christmas Markets cruise from just £695pp will take you along the mighty

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Your special Christmas experts ✢ JO WHEATLEY rose o fame after winning he second series of The Great British Bake Of. Since then, she has set up her own cookery school and written two books, A Passion for Baking and Home Baking. ✢ Wine writer and drinks expert EWAN LACEY is the resident expert on The Gaby Roslin Show for BBC Radio London and on Channel 4’s The Cookery School, as well as Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose on Channel 4.


The four-star ship MS Serenity

Rhine to explore the markets of Bonn, birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven; Koblenz, one of Germanys oldest cities; Cologne, which boasts seven glittering markets; and romantic Rüdesheim, where each year 120 beautiful stalls from 12 diferent countries line the chocolate-box pretty Drosselgasse. You’ll also cruise through the stunning World Heritage-listed Rhine gorge on our partner, the River Cruise Line’s four-star ship MS Serenity. Plus we’ve invited Great British Bake Of winner Jo Wheatley and TV wine expert Ewan Lacey on board to give you some exclusive Christmas masterclasses that are not to be missed! So come with us and experience the magic of Christmas in Germany this year...

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Your festive itinerary


ARRIVE IN COLOGNE After travelling to Cologne by rail via Eurostar from St Pancras, you’ll join the four-star MS Serenity and enjoy a relaxing first evening with a welcome drinks reception. Cologne is home to some of the country’s most atmospheric advent markets.

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COLOGNE – BONN – KOBLENZ Begin your Christmas cruise

Mainz Christmas Market; below: Cologne down the Rhine this morning with beautiful Bonn as your first stop. It has an architectural heritage of more than 2,000 years and a fantastic museum for music lovers as it honours Beethoven’s birthplace. You’ll then stop at Koblenz, which has wonderful Christmas markets held in six of its picturesque squares. Exclusive w&h experience: Wine expert Ewan Lacey will

What’s included

✢ Return travel from the UK – Eurostar from St Pancras ✢ Four nights fullboard accommodation on board the MS Serenity ✢ Exclusive cooking demo with Jo Wheatley ✢ Wine tasting with Ewan Lacey ✢ Visits to Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, and Mainz Christmas markets with an excursion in Rüdesheim ✢ Welcome drinks and Captain’s farewell party

put the merry into Christmas with a brilliant workshop and tasting of his favourite Christmas tipples.

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KOBLENZ – RÜDESHEIM This morning you’ll cruise along the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei rock, to the quaint town of Rüdesheim. Again there will be plenty of time to explore the Christmas markets here, especially the one held along the famous Drosselgasse, where as part of our Rüdesheim Delights excursion (included), you’ll get a free mug of Glühwein as well as visit the wonderful Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. Exclusive w&h experience: GBBO winner Jo Wheatley will host an exclusive Christmas Bakes and Canapés workshop on board, giving you some great ideas to take home.


RÜDESHEIM – MAINZ Today you’ll continue cruising down the Rhine to Mainz, and spend the afternoon exploring its Christmas market. Choose to print your own cards in the Gutenberg Museum or admire the nine-metre-high rotating musical box with 18 handcarved angels. The streets are filled with the aroma of

THE DATES 11-15 Dec 2018 THE PRICE from £695pp* *Based on two sharing, subject to availability. Limited single cabins on the main deck (sole occupancy of a twin) are available with a 50% supplement. This trip is ATOL protected and our travel partner The River Cruise Line is ABTA-bonded. For full Ts&Cs visit: womanandhome.tripsmiths. com/christmasmarkets

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gingerbread, chestnuts and mulled wine, which you’ll enjoy for the last time before joining the Captain for a farewell party on board.

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RETURN TO THE UK This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew, and disembark for the return journey by rail to the UK. woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 135

Celebrate with a



ere at woman&home we love to celebrate with a glass of bubbles so we’re very excited about our new Champagne weekend. It’s the perfect way to mark a significant birthday, anniversary or special event and is simply not to be missed! Don’t make the mistake of thinking once you’ve tasted one Champagne you’ve tasted them all. With the delicious sound of every Champagne cork popped you’ll discover a diferent taste and get a fascinating insight into how the bubbles are made using the unique “Méthode Champenoise”. Last year’s Champagne Festival with Oz Clarke was one of our best ever, and the 50 plus lucky w&h readers

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who booked loved tasting the best Champagne in France while getting to know each other, glass of fizz in hand. As one said, “If you like wine and like-minded people, this is a great way to enjoy a break sampling what you enjoy,” and another remarked, “Well organised and value for money.” So once again we’ve joined forces with wine tour specialists Arblaster & Clarke to ofer you a fantastic mini-break to Reims, capital of France’s Champagne region. Our three-day break will take place next spring, one of the most exciting times to visit the region – the sun shines, the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes start to grow, and the beautiful wildflowers are in full bloom. It’s also perfectly

timed for all those summer celebrations! We’ve organised some exclusive events for readers Go behind too, including a unique the scenes dinner held in the vaulted medieval Palais at a vineyard du Tau, a private party organised by Taittinger in their Demeure des Comtes de Champagne in the centre of Reims and a behind-the-scenes visit to one of the region’s best vineyards. Plus a wonderful farewell lunch at the Champagne Vilmart Chateau. You’ll get the chance to buy some fantastic value discounted Champagne so you can continue your special celebration back at home. Cheers to that!


If you love a glass of fizz and have a special occasion to raise a glass to, why not join our sparkling new getaway to France’s wonderful Champagne region?

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Your sparkling itinerary

DAY 1 

WELCOME TO CHAMPAGNE! You’ll depart for France on one of our private coaches via Eurotunnel, or ferry to Champagne. Upon arrival in Reims, you’ll check into your four-star hotel in the centre of the city for the next two nights. Exclusive w&h experience This evening you’ll experience a magical Champagne dinner held in the vaulted crypt of the medieval Palais du Tau, once the venue for the kings of France coronation banquets and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 2 

PRIVATE PARTY AT TAITTINGER! This morning after a Champagne breakfast (of course!), you’ll take part in a tutored tasting by one of Arblaster & Clarke’s experts of the best Champagnes and wines of the region. There will be free time over lunch for you to visit stunning Reims Cathedral or simply relax before your next tasting! Exclusive w&h experience This afternoon the famous Champagne house

Attend a private party with Taittinger

Enjoy a dinner at the medieval Palais du Tau


Taittinger will be hosting a private party for you at their incredible headquarters in Reims. Here you’ll sip on some of their finest vintages while enjoying canapés and a tour of their iconic chalk cellars, parts of which occupy 4th-century Roman stone quarries and others that were excavated by 13th-century Benedictine monks. This evening is free for you to have a well-deserved rest!


SPECIAL VINEYARD TOUR & GOURMET FAREWELL LUNCH Another Champagne breakfast rings in your final day. Exclusive w&h experience You’ll then be taken for a unique behind-thescenes visit to a grower that supplies the top Champagne houses and find out how they produce the grapes used in the unique “Méthode Champenoise”. Finally, as a farewell celebration, you’ll enjoy a wonderful last lunch in the Vilmart Champagne Chateau to toast the end of your journey. From here you’ll travel back by private coach to the UK.

What’s included ✢ Travel by private coach and Eurotunnel or ferry from London ✢ Two nights bed and Champagne breakfast accommodation in a four-star hotel in the centre of Reims ✢ Champagne-filled private dinner at the medieval Palais du Tau ✢ Tutored Champagne tasting by an Arblaster & Clarke expert ✢ Private party with Champagne and canapés at Taittinger’s Demeure des Comtes de Champagne in the centre of Reims ✢ Behind the scenes visit to one of Champagne’s famous vineyards ✢ Gourmet farewell lunch at the Champagne Vilmart Chateau ✢ Local transport by coach – so if you’re usually the designated driver you don’t have to worry ✢ The chance to buy superb discounted wines and Champagnes direct from the best producers

THE DATES 25-27 April 2019 THE PRICE From £745pp* *From price based on two sharing, subject to availability. Single supplement applies. Deposit: £100. Dates and details of the itinerary may be subject to change. This trip is ATOL protected and our travel partner Arblaster & Clarke is ABTOT-bonded. For full Ts&Cs visit: womanandhome.

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HAPPEN! Meet the women whose businesses kick-start the sunshine season…

‘Our customers range from local kids to Keith Richards’ Katy Alston, 50, is married to Kevin, 51, who has a building company. They have two adult children and live in Bognor Regis, Sussex. Katy runs Pinks Vintage Ice Cream Vans & Tricycles.

✢ THE IDEA I’d been a nurse specialising in occupational therapy most of my working life and had taken a career break to look after a sick

Katy and her daughter Georgia

family member for five years. When I returned, I realised my heart wasn’t in it and wanted to leave. The systems had changed and the personal relationships with patients had gone. On my next birthday, though, I got the shock of my life. My husband, Kevin, drew back the

bedroom curtains and showed me a rusty old Italian vintage ice cream van he’d “treated” me to! At first, I thought it was a joke. Then, when I realised he seriously thought it would be my new job, I was furious! He managed to calm me down enough to explain – I’d be autonomous, decide my own hours, develop my own recipes, and it would give me contact with people. It was completely left field but made sense and I started to feel excited.

✢ MAKING IT HAPPEN Kevin fixed up the van beautifully and got the whipped ice cream machine working inside. I took an early retirement package from nursing and started researching ice cream formulas, and sourced quality cones and wafers. As well as the whipped ice cream, I made strawberry, chocolate and vanilla scoop ice cream that tasted delicious. I passed the hygiene and health side of it all with flying colours because of my nurse training. Within two months, I was up and running. You have to have a licence to sell on the seafront near where I live, so I stuck to a little suburban route in the back streets. I loved chatting to the families and children, and had lots of regular customers. It was huge fun but I had to take £50 a day to make it worth my while, and some days I only broke even. One afternoon, a couple who I served regularly told me they were getting married, and asked if I’d serve their guests ice cream from the van. I was thrilled. It was incredibly popular and I think I made a loss that day, but I didn’t care because I knew I’d hit on my next business plan. I was going to be a special occasion ice cream lady doing weddings, birthdays and corporate events. I created a website and marketed

myself on social media a lot using Facebook and Twitter. I eventually landed jobs with British Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and even the English rugby squad. Every week there was something diferent.

✢ BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT After my first year of doing events, I realised I’d done about 90 weddings and dozens of other events, and had made a decent profit, charging between £400 and £500 for two hours all-inclusive. I was still doing my little round near where I lived, though, just because I loved it.

✢ STEEPEST LEARNING CURVE I tried to cut corners in the beginning, and used cheap business cards with a cheap logo. I hated it and felt I wasn’t a proper company. Once I invested in proper design with good quality cards, it made me feel established and gave me the confidence to go and find new business. It’s important to bootstrap your business and save money where you can, but you need some gloss and polish to sell yourself.

MY TOP TIP Ignore competitors and focus on what you’re doing. Even if people copy you, they won’t be able to do it quite like you, with your own contacts and unique personal touches.

✢ WHERE I AM NOW I’m doing over 250 events a year with two vans and a vintage tricycle. The whole family get involved – my daughter, Georgia, 26, is known as Little Miss Whippy, and drives the other van along with our team of staf. I’ve done lots of celebrity gigs, too, such as Keith Richards’ birthday party. I’ve got around 56 ice cream flavours including Jafa Cake, peach bellini, lemon meringue and mulled wine. I want to turn part of the business into a social enterprise in the future to provide employment opportunities for adults with learning diiculties. I also want to do some research into traditional Italian methods of ice cream making. >>

BUSINESS IN FIGURES Launched: 2007 Current turnover: £150,000-£200,000 Start-up costs: £4,500 Comprising… Ice cream van: £1,500 Equipment: £500 Website and marketing: £800 Ingredients: £1,500 Sundries: £200

My deckchairs have an old-fashioned glamour’ Maria Hopwood, 67, is married with three children and three stepchildren, and lives in Chester, Cheshire. She owns The Stripes Company, a business selling stripy upholstery fabric and accessories, which now incorporates Heritage Deckchair Hire, hiring deckchairs to weddings, concerts, events and garden parties.

ut of my suitcases and filled them ith material. It was such good quality nd so cheap that I couldn’t believe my luck. I experimented with hammocks, cushion covers and covered a couple of old chairs. I then reupholstered an old deckchair and that was my light bulb moment. I knew the fabric would give a modern twist to an old retro favourite.

✢ BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT I managed to buy around


✢ STEEPEST LEARNING CURVE Very early on, we stored some

the weavers in India who made the fabric and asked them to make my own ✢ THE IDEA I retired from teaching colour combinations in a thicker weave and was an antiques dealer for a while so that it could be used for deckchairs. but fancied doing something They sent a container of fabric new. While I was on holiday to the UK, which cost in India, I came across the me around £10,000 most gorgeous bolts of – I used my savings Always grab an opportunity striped material in one to fund this. My when you see it. Don’t wait for of the local markets. stepson helped the “right time”; it’ll never come! The stall owners said me build a basic I didn’t really know what I they were for roller website and I would do with all the Blackpool towels in public loos, started to market deckchairs at first – I just felt but I knew there were the fabric through instinctively they were a better uses than that. my old database of good fit for my fabrics. I tipped all my clothes antiques customers.


6,000 battered old deckchairs from Blackpool Council for £25,000 (about £4 each). The council were selling them of because people no longer wanted to hire them to use on the beach. I set about repairing and reconditioning them, making sure they had a high-quality finish.

fabric at a warehouse and the water pipes burst. Luckily, only a few reams of fabric were damaged. It taught me not to cut corners or take chances with stock.

✢ WHERE I AM NOW The Heritage Deckchair Hire is a great success as people love the comfy feel and oldfashioned glamour of them. They have even featured in Downton Abbey. I now also do fabulous high-end teak deckchairs to buy, which are sustainably sourced from Indonesia, as well as oversee a staf of nine, doing everything from accounts to sourcing and packing.

BUSINESS IN FIGURES Launched: 2007 Current turnover: £1 million Start-up costs: £13,200 Comprising… Website: £2,000 First products: £10,000 Packing: £500 Postage: £700

brand new directions

‘A tan, even a fake one, makes you feel instantly summery’ ✢ MAKING IT HAPPEN I spoke to people at the next trade fair who put me in touch with a manufacturer abroad – he was amazing and understood exactly what I wanted. I took a chance and ordered a container of black pop✢ THE IDEA I was working as air up tents. The smallest number I could cabin crew for British Airways and went order was 948 at a cost of £25,000, so along to a beauty trade fair, just for fun, I put it all on credit cards and crossed my with a friend who worked in the industry. fingers. My instincts were right – I’d sold I was fascinated by all these innovative half of them before they even arrived in products, especially the new – at the the UK. I created a leaflet and marketed time – spray tan guns. I decided to as many mobile therapists a little spray tan business as I could. I charged would be quite good and £175 per tent and had could fit in around my to quickly re-order Think big and plan ahead. job. The problem was, another container. There’s a temptation just to spraying people in Around this time, meander with your business, their own homes was I became pregnant cross your fingers and hope it does very messy. I sprayed with my third child. well. Don’t leave it to chance. people standing I took maternity Think where you want to be in in their bath or leave and then a 10 years and plan accordingly. shower but it still went redundancy package Strategy will get you everywhere and stained to do this full-time. there, luck won’t! tiles and shower curtains. My husband also left his I did some research and thought engineering job to help me. about what I could use to stop it. One ✢ BREAKTHROUGH day I was watching my children playing MOMENT When people started to in the garden. They had a pop-up play come to me and ask for more products, tent and tunnel that they were crawling I realised that it could become a tanning in and out of. Bingo! What I needed was brand. I looked into tanning formulas a bigger, adult-size version so my clients and realised I could make a better one. could stand inside while I sprayed them. Nicola Matthews, 53, is married with three children and lives in Worcester. She is founder of Sienna X tan products, and invented the pop-up spray tan tent used by mobile tanning beauty therapists.



✢ STEEPEST LEARNING CURVE All our products were being sold through huge beauty trade superstores, but I was frustrated as I felt we couldn’t help them represent the brand properly. I decided to take sales in-house and sell directly to salons and therapists using a sales team. It was a disaster. I misunderstood my customers’ buying patterns – they liked to try before they buy, which they couldn’t do online. I was lucky that I had good relations and a good sales record in the stores so they took me back. Lesson learned!

✢ WHERE I AM NOW We have 32% of the spray tan market in the UK. I have 400 trade distributors and am in thousands of salons all over the country. I have a Sienna X retail range stocked in over 400 Boots stores, and a staf of 25 working with me in training, sales, administration and accounting. I also have two new products in the pipeline.

BUSINESS IN FIGURES Launched: 2004 Current turnover: £3 million+ Start-up costs: £50,000 Comprising… Website: £2,000 First products: £25,000 Packing: £5,000 Postage: £8,000 Distribution and sundries: £10,000 w&h

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And you can, too! w&h’s inspirational new columnist Faith Archer reveals how, with savvy saving, she’s carved out a dream life in the country


hat does money mean to you? Something stressful or too tedious to consider? To me, money isn’t boring – it can set you free. Money brings the choice to move home, walk away from a bad relationship or leave a job that isn’t working for you. But lack of money – or mounting debt – can destroy lives. I’m in my forties, married, with two children at primary school. I’m also passionate about helping people make the most of their money, cutting through the jargon that can make money issues a turnof. I’ve been writing about financial matters for more than 14 years, first for national newspapers and then, after my daughter Isabel, 10, and son George, eight, were born, as a freelance personal finance journalist and money blogger (my site is

142 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Now I’ll be writing a new column for woman&home to help get your finances fighting fit. Managing my family’s money has made a massive diference, helping us make the huge leap from London to Sufolk four years ago. Because we weren’t drowning in debt, we could take advantage of rising property prices and move to our dream house in the country. I continued working from home while my husband, Josh, 49, returned to working for the charity sector, fundraising for a local hospice. We’ve achieved our aim: to spend more time together, living a simpler, more sustainable life, rather than being trapped on a consumer treadmill. To us, the most important things in life aren’t things at all. By savvy spending, slashing bills and nabbing great deals, we can have

fun on a budget. For instance, I stash some extra cash by using cashback websites such as TopCashback and Quidco to do my shopping – you simply sign up and then do any online shopping (in stores such as M&S, Boots and Debenhams) via the cashback site. I earned more than £180 in cashback shopping last year – and I don’t even do much shopping! So whether it’s saving money on food, building a freedom fund or bagging a great bargain, here’s the low-down on how my family make the most of our money each month…

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Family life

Groceries £300 % Always

deals on pricier products such as dishwasher tablets. % “Fakeaway” Friday Cooking big quantities and freezing portions helps cope with “can’t be bothered to cook” nights. Then on Fridays we have a “fakeaway” with homemade pizza.

swap supermarket loyalty % Go outside Entertaining points for restaurant vouchers children needn’t cost the earth. and tickets to attractions such During weekends and holidays, as free entry to Legoland taking the kids out for country and Sea Life centres. walks, bike rides and the % Community vibes Our local library is brilliant for beach doesn’t cost a penny books, DVDs, craft activities apart from parking and petrol, and fortnightly Lego club. and we usually take picnics. In bad weather, we pick up board games from charity shops. SAVED % Become a EACH bargain hunter MONTH Tickets to children’s films or ten-pin bowling are often much cheaper in the morning, and we also

ratings as well as prices. % Compare and switch % Hit the phones Don’t Comparing prices on fancy switching? Ring bills sounds a yawnfest customer service but puts pounds in and ask for a better SAVED your pocket without deal to stay. This EACH afecting your lifestyle works particularly MONTH in the least. I tackle one well with broadband, a month, checking prices breakdown cover and when a deal or contract insurance policies. ends. Switching gas and % Tech savvy We keep mobile costs low by buying electricity suppliers is older handsets outright and super easy with comparison adding a SIM-only deal, sites such as Energy rather than splashing out on Helpline, uSwitch and the latest fancy model on, but an expensive contract. do check customer service

% Invite friends round % Enter every competition you can We’ve enjoyed Rather than meeting friends prizes such as cinema tickets in a restaurant, we’ll go for and a night at a London drinks or invite them round hotel. Good places to find for a meal. competitions include the % House swap We do fork out for a fortnight’s holiday Competitions Time forum each summer but stay in on self-catering cottages in and on England to cut food and % Ditch the gym Running is a great way flight costs. Otherwise, SAVED to get fit if you have we’re keen on EACH limited money and time, staycations, staying MONTH and I swear by the NHS with friends or house Couch to 5K programme swaps. We also bought a (podcast and app). refurbished tent on eBay!

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Scribbling a shopping list helps avoid top-up shops that turn expensive. I start by checking our kitchen cupboards, fridge and freezer, then buy the extra to make meals. This helps reduce food waste as well as costs. % Love your labels Swapping to own brands and discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl will save you loads. I also use the mySupermarket app to find

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% Make do and mend % Seek out discount We mend and repair codes Mainly, I save by stuf to last as long as buying very little! For some possible, rather than items – like handbags and buying a replacement children’s shoes – I take if a button falls of. advantage of sales, discount % Ask for money-saving gifts! For make-up codes and shopping and toiletries, via cashback sites to SAVED I rely on cheaper buy good quality that EACH alternatives such lasts. To get money MONTH as Boots No7, and of when shopping ask for pricier products, online, I always Google such as my favourite “voucher code” or “discount moisturiser, scent and code” with the name of Clarins Beauty Flash the brand, and often find Balm, as birthday and codes for a percentage Christmas presents. of or free delivery.



Free time and holidays


% Joining National Trust for Scotland As a hack to save on National Trust membership, join the National Trust for Scotland instead. It’s cheaper, but still includes entry to all the beautiful National Trust places in England. Family membership costs £120 a year for the National Trust, but only £102 for the National Trust for Scotland. % Snapping up free theatre tickets Kids Week ofers go on sale in June. During August – weirdly Kids Week is a month, not a week – you can get a free ticket to loads of London plays and musicals for a child aged 5-16 when buying a full-price ticket for an adult. Sign up for the family bulletin at for details. % Stocking up my Stocard Rather than stuing my purse with loyalty cards, I use the Stocard app. You just scan your cards, then show the barcode on your smartphone when shopping. w&h


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BARBECUE TIME Field&Flower is a meat box subscription business set up by two friends who met at agricultural college. They work with some of the best independent farmers who share their high values. Check out their barbecue selections, which include jerk chicken wings, beef and Stilton burgers, a large selection of sausages and all free-range,


IN SEASON Our produce really peaks right now. The UK soft fruit season is with us, finally. Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and red and white currants are ready for desserts and jam. There are broad beans, French beans, peas, runner beans and mangetout. English asparagus should still be around too. For fish lovers, our native crab is at its best and you’ll also find sardines, wild sea bass and mackerel.

Food director Jane finds new faves this month

GO NUTTY Kelly’s of Cornwall have just launched a new flavour, Butterscotch Pecan. Made in Cornwall with whole milk and clotted cream, it has a burnt caramel sauce with praline pecans and butterscotch pieces. Just delicious! £3.10, Asda, Morrisons, Co-op.


BOOK OF THE MONTH Planted: A Chef’s Show-stopping Vegan Recipes by Chantelle Nicholson (Kyle Books) Tredwells’ chef-patron Chantelle has produced this gorgeous book divided up into seasons to make life easier. If you have a vegan friend coming for dinner, this is for you! The Peanut butter pudding is a winner.

VIP* (Very Important Producer) ANDREW AND JOE BUTTON, CORNISH NEW POTATO GROWERS Cornish new potatoes truly signal the start of the summer. Joe Button and his family in Tregawn, Cornwall grow their early potatoes in rich, fertile soil close to the sea, in harmony with both the landscape and weather. It enables them to plant – and harvest – earlier

To add to their existing range of Light Pressés, Belvoir is introducing Light Ginger Beer. Bursting with fresh root ginger and lemon juice, it contains 30% less sugar than the original recipe. The flavour is sweet, fresh citrus ginger but still fiery with a kick of chilli heat at the end. Drink on its own over ice or as a mixer with rum or whisky. £3.10, widely available.

than other UK mainland potato crops, and gives soft flufy skins and a fresh taste, which really sets them apart from other potatoes. “My family have been farming the same land for three generations now, passed down from my grandfather Edward, to my father Andrew, and now to me. I’ve personally been farming at Tregawn since I was 18, and I am still well supported by my father. “When we are harvesting in the summer, it’s always my favourite time of year, as we can take home freshly dug spuds every day. There’s nothing better and you can really taste the goodness in them. We just boil them up and simply serve them with butter – beautiful!” w&h woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 147

The beer adds a malty flavour and the meat isn’t salty at all

Tastes like It’s all in the marinades and keeping it simple when planning dishes for the barbecue. Get ahead with a tasty menu that includes fresh, easy salads 148 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

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Beer and sugarcured pork

Enjoy this fresh-tasting make-ahead salad

Curing meat in a wet brine makes it tender and won’t dry out when cooked. Easy/Prepare ahead t 3FBEZ JO  NJOT QMVT CSJOJOH t 4FSWFT   QPSL MPJO DIPQT NM CFFS QSFGFSBCMZ *1" H HSPVOE TFB TBMU H MJHIU TPGU CSPXO TVHBS a little olive oil to serve H HSFFO CFBOT CMBODIFE 200g baby courgettes, halved; juice of 1 lemon; 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil; micro herbs or mustard and cress 1 Put the chops into a bowl or ziplock bag. Stir together the beer, salt and sugar until dissolved. Pour over the pork, cover and leave overnight in the fridge. 2 When you are ready to cook, take the pork out of the brine and pat dry. Rub olive oil into the pork and grind over some black pepper. Cook for a few mins on each side on the barbecue or a griddle pan – timing will depend on the thickness of the meat. 3 To make the salad, mix together the beans, courgettes, lemon juice and olive oil with plenty of seasoning. Scatter over the micro herbs to serve. Per serving: 270 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated), 4g carbohydrate

“Just a few fresh ingredients is all it takes to create a delicious meal to be enjoyed in the sunshine”

Avocado, pea, mint and courgette salad A fresh taste of summer. As long as you toss the avocado in the lemon juice and add the mint just before serving, you can make this ahead. Easy/Prepare ahead t 3FBEZ JO  NJOT t 4FSWFT  2-3 avocados juice of 2 lemons 300g peas (if fresh, blanch; if frozen, just thaw) 200g courgettes, ribboned lengthways 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2tbsp fresh mint sprigs

Peel and stone the avocados then cut into chunks and toss in the lemon juice. Add to the rest of the ingredients, gently mix together and season well. Scatter over the mint sprigs just before serving. Per serving: 204 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated), 7g carbohydrate >>

TIP Although the pork may take a bit of planning, brining meat will really transform the taste and texture. Experiment by adding a few teaspoons of dried chilli flakes to the brining mixture for some extra heat!

Korean-style beef short ribs This is such a simple but utterly delicious recipe for meat lovers. Easy/Prepare ahead/ 'SFF[Ft3FBEZJOISTNJOT  QMVTBUMFBTUISTNBSJOBUJOH t4FSWFT LHCFFGTIPSUSJCT for the marinade 5tbsp soy sauce 3tbsp honey UCTQTFTBNFPJM UCTQNJSJO 150ml apple juice TNBMMPOJPO TMJDFE HBSMJDDMPWFT DSVTIFE 5cm piece fresh root HJOHFS HSBUFE


1 Brush the ďŹ sh all over with some of the oil to prevent sticking. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d recommend a ďŹ sh grill for sardines or any smaller ďŹ sh as it makes easy work on the barbecue. Leave in the fridge while you make the sauce.  Simply blitz the herbs with the remaining oil, lemon juice and capers in a food processor. 3 Grill the sardines on a hot barbecue for a few mins each side or pop under the grill (the ďŹ sh grill still works brilliantly). Put onto a serving plate and drizzle over the sauce, serving the rest on the side with extra lemon wedges. Per serving: 300 calories, 24g fat (4.5g saturated), 0.5g carbohydrate

1 Mix all the marinade ingredients together and season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Put the beef into a large bowl or ziplock bag, pour over the marinade and leave for 24-48 hrs in the fridge.  When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to cook, heat the oven to 150C, gas 2. Put the beef and marinade into a large roasting tin, big enough so that the ribs can sit side by side. Cover with foil and bake for 2 hrs 30 mins until tender. Take them out of the marinade and put on the barbecue or under the grill and cook for a few more mins until charred and crispy. Per serving: 332 calories, 14g fat (4.5g saturated), 24g carbohydrate >>

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you like, you can freeze the raw beef in the marinade â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just allow to thaw at room temperature before cookingâ&#x20AC;?

seasonal menu Marinate the beef for at MFBTUIPVST to maximise the flavour

Chicken thighs would work just as well in this dish

seasonal menu TIP The great smoky flavour that a barbecue imparts means that you can get creative with your marinades. Spicy flavours and lots of chilli cook beautifully on the coals and add that extra punch to your spread.

Tandoori lamb cutlets This couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easier â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just a few ingredients really jazzes up lamb, which lends itself to spicy ďŹ&#x201A;avours. Easy/Prepare ahead t3FBEZJONJOT QMVT NBSJOBUJOHt4FSWFT 150g natural yogurt 150g tandoori marinade (we used Patakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) juice of 1 large lemon 3 red onions, thickly sliced MBNCDVUMFUT to serve blanched mangetout, garden peas, micro herbs and lemon wedges 1 Mix together the yogurt, tandoori marinade, lemon juice and red onions. Add the lamb cutlets and mix together well. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hrs or overnight. 2 Barbecue or griddle the lamb until tender and charred, 3-5 mins a side. Pan-fry the red onions until cooked through and coloured. Serve with the greens and lemon wedges. Per serving: 334 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated), 13g carbohydrate

Paneer holds its shape well, so is great for barbecuing

Spicy paneer kebabs Vegetarians often get a raw deal at a barbecue. You may want to buy a disposable one so these arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tainted with any meat or ďŹ sh, or simply grill. &BTZ1SFQBSFBIFBEt3FBEZJO NJOT QMVTNBSJOBUJOHt4FSWFT

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This delicious dish is a lighter take on the aromatic flavours of Indian cookingâ&#x20AC;?

YHQBDLFUTQBOFFS 2tbsp coriander seeds 2tsp each cumin and turmeric 2tbsp sunďŹ&#x201A;ower oil 1tbsp sea salt KVJDFPGMJNFT SFEPOJPOT DVUJOUPDIVOLT to serve lime wedges and cucumber salad

1 Cut the paneer into chunks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you should get 12 from each pack. Put into a bowl. Toast the coriander seeds in a dry frying pan then crush with a mortar and pestle. Mix the coriander in a separate bowl with cumin, turmeric, oil, salt and lime juice. Mix this well with the paneer, cover and leave to marinate for a few hours or overnight. 2 Thread the paneer onto skewers, separating each piece with a chunk of red onion. Brush over any remaining marinade and grill for 10 mins, turning to get an even browning. Serve with lime wedges and a cucumber salad. Per serving: 218 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated), 10g carbohydrate >> woman&home ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALL ABOUT YOU! 153

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Pink grapefruit, black bean and rice salad A great salad to make ahead. Easy/Prepare ahead 3FBEZJONJOTt4FSWFT 2 large pink grapefruit 200g packet cooked basmati rice 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed UCTQ FYUSB WJSHJO PMJWFPJM 4tbsp coriander

Segment the grapefruit with a small, serrated knife over a bowl to catch all the juice. Then squeeze out the remaining juice from the grapefruit. Microwave the rice then mix it with the grapefruit juice, fluing the rice to separate. Add the grapefruit segments and remaining ingredients with plenty of seasoning to serve. Per serving: 160 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated), 20g carbohydrate

TIP Make sure your barbecue is hot enough before you start cooking. Hot sizzling coals will sear the food while keeping the inside moist. The heat also allows for caramelisation, which means delicious flavours.

Squid salad with garlic and chilli Master the simple art of cooking squid and this would make a tasty starter for guests.

800g squid, cut into large pieces UCTQ PMJWF PJM 4 fat red chillies, sliced  HBSMJD DMPWFT TMJDFE 2tbsp sunflower oil 150g rocket juice of 2 lemons 1 Toss the squid in 2tbsp olive oil with plenty of black pepper. Set aside or you can leave it to marinate overnight in the fridge. Shallow-fry the chillies and garlic in the sunflower oil until just crispy. Drain on kitchen paper. 2 Grill the squid on a barbecue until charred on both sides. It literally takes a few mins. Put into a bowl with the remaining olive oil. Toss in the rocket, lemon juice and the chillies and garlic with plenty of sea salt, and serve. Per serving: 335 calories, 23g fat (4g saturated), 0g carbohydrate w&h

“Don’t be afraid of squid. Just cook it quickly on a superhot barbecue or griddle pan and it won’t be tough”


A refreshing salad that takes no time at all to make


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ON THE TABLE IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES! Summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the time to spend hours in the kitchen, so try these speedy dinners instead

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Cook the noodles according to the pack instructions then refresh immediately under cold water to prevent them sticking. Put them straight into a bowl and toss in the sesame oil, then simply add the remaining ingredients and scatter over the micro herbs, if using. Per serving: 641 calories, 29g fat (5g saturated), 39g carbohydrate >>

Microwave the rice according to the pack instructions, around 2 mins. Heat the oil in a wok and stir-fry the rice for a few mins, then add the prawns and fry until cooked through. Add the spring onions, chilli, honey, lime zest and juice. Stir through then scatter over the peanuts to serve. Per serving: 545 calories, 27g fat (4.5g saturated), 36g carbohydrate


Mozzarella, anchovy and artichoke flatbreads An instant pizza – but better than any takeaway! &BTZt3FBEZJONJOTt4FSWFT  Y H CBMMT CVʹBMP NP[[BSFMMB  nBUCSFBET XF VTFE $SPTUB  .PMMJDB 1JBEB &NJMJBOB GSPN0DBEP8BJUSPTF

UCTQ PMJWF PJM H KBS BSUJDIPLF IFBSUT ESBJOFE H DBO BODIPWZmMMFUTJOPMJWFPJM  ESBJOFE UTQ ESJFE PSFHBOP [FTU PG  MFNPO GSFTIPSFHBOPMFBWFT  Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Slice the mozzarella. Put the flatbreads onto 2 baking trays and brush them with the oil. Divide the mozzarella between them. Top with the artichokes, anchovies and dried oregano. Season.  Bake for 10-15 mins or until golden and crispy at the edges. Scatter over the lemon zest and oregano leaves. Serve immediately. Per serving: 493 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated), 40g carbohydrate


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 Put a large pan of salted water on to boil. Meanwhile, slice the sausages and fry until crispy. Drain on kitchen towel. Cook the broccoli until just tender and remove with a slotted spoon.  Cook the gnocchi in the same water â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they take about 3-4 mins, then drain and return to the pan. Stir in all the ingredients and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately. Per serving: 945 calories, 52g fat (25g saturated), 70g carbohydrate w&h

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking for a fast fix to settle hunger pangs? These tasty meals take no time to prepareâ&#x20AC;?


It’s strawberry SEASON! Summer’s here and with Wimbledon on the horizon, let’s celebrate the gloriousness of British strawberries

COOK’S TIP You can always prepare all the individual components ahead of time, then assemble just before serving

Strawberry and mascarpone tart You can cheat this one by buying a ready-made sweet pastry case if making pastry isn’t your thing. Easy/Prepare ahead t3FBEZJOIS QMVTDIJMMJOHt4FSWFT 300g shortcrust pastry (or a bought 20cm case) 500g mascarpone 75ml double cream 2tsp vanilla bean paste or extract 750g strawberries, hulled 150g redcurrant jelly 160 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

you will need a greased, fluted 20cm loose-based flan tin, foil and baking beans 1 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Use the pastry to line the tin, leaving an overhang. Chill in the fridge for 15 mins, line with foil and baking beans, then bake blind for 20 mins. Remove the foil and beans, then bake for a

further 5-10 mins until lightly browned. Trim the edges and leave to cool. 2 Mix together the mascarpone, cream and vanilla. If it’s too thick, add a little milk. Spoon into the case and spread evenly. 3 Arrange the strawberries, hulled side down, in the case to cover the mascarpone as much as you can. Heat the redcurrant jelly until liquid, then brush liberally over the strawberries. Serve within 1 hr.

sweet treats

Easy-to-make no-churn strawberry ice cream This couldn’t be simpler and is so quick – and delicious. Just make sure the evaporated milk is really cold before you whisk it with the sugar. Hull the strawberries then Easy/Prepare whizz to a purée. Stir in BIFBE'SFF[F t 3FBEZ the lemon juice. Put the in 25 mins, plus freezing evaporated milk into a t.BLFTBSPVOEMJUSF large bowl and whisk with the sugar on high speed 800g strawberries for about 10 mins until the juice of 2 lemons whisk leaves a trail. Stir 410ml can evaporated through the strawberry milk, well chilled in the purée and freeze until fridge solid. Leave at room 300g light soft brown temperature for 10 mins sugar before serving. w&h


COOK’S TIP Just like a scone, these strawberry shortcakes need to be eaten fresh, but are quick to make

Strawberry shortcakes An American import, these fruit-filled bakes are a cross between a sponge and a scone. &BTZ t 3FBEZ JO  NJOTt.BLFTBSPVOE 50g plain flour 75g polenta 1tbsp baking powder 5tbsp caster sugar 125g butter 1 egg, beaten 125ml single cream 1 egg white for the filling 150ml double cream 100g strawberry jam 10-12 large strawberries, sliced 1 Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Mix the flour, polenta, baking powder and 3tbsp of the sugar.

Rub in the butter until the mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in the beaten egg and cream, and mix it together to form a dough. 2 Roll out to a thickness of 2cm, then cut out circles with a small cutter. You can re-roll, then you should have 10-12. Put the dough circles on an oiled baking tray. Brush with egg white, sprinkle over the remaining sugar and bake for 10 mins until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack. 3 Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Split the shortcakes, spread a little jam on the base, then add the strawberries and cream, and top with the lid. woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 161


COCKTAILS Fresh and fruity drinks to enjoy with friends on warm summer evenings

Sweet and refreshing. Serves 4 220g strawberries, hulled 100ml tequila 30ml triple sec 30ml lime juice 300g ice cubes 1 egg white 2tbsp caster sugar

Blend the strawberries with the liquids in a blender, then add the ice cubes and blend again. Dip the rims of 4 glasses in the egg white, then into the sugar. Divide between the glasses.


Peroni Limoni Lager adds body to summer cocktails. Serves 1 bunch mint leaves 15ml lemon juice 5ml sugar syrup 30ml limoncello 150ml Peroni Shake the mint, lemon juice, sugar syrup, limoncello and some ice in a cocktail shaker. Sieve the mixture into a tall highball glass then top up with lager. Garnish with a lemon slice and mint.


Pink Sangria Great for serving a crowd. Serves 6-8 250ml pomegranate and raspberry juice 750ml bottle sparkling rosé 400ml sparkling water 100ml triple sec 220g strawberries, sliced into rounds 1 orange, sliced ½ watermelon, sliced into small wedges Combine all the cocktail ingredients in a large jug, then add the sliced fruit.

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Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

drinks to share


Alcoholfree Seltzer This has no booze but is anything but boring! Serves 6-8 500ml coconut water 500ml tonic water ½ cucumber, sliced 2 handfuls mixed berries ice cubes Combine all the ingredients in a large jug and stir.


The secret to a great cocktail is to start with sparkling glasses, plenty of ice and inspiration!

Iced Espresso Martini Try sprinkling with cocoa powder for a sweeter finish. Serves 1 ice cubes 30ml brewed espresso 25ml vodka 25ml Kahlúa 30ml Baileys crushed ice and ground cofee, to serve Shake the ice cubes, espresso, vodka, Kahlúa and Baileys in a cocktail shaker, then pour into a martini glass over crushed ice. Sprinkle over a little ground cofee to decorate.


Negroni This brilliantly bitter Italian classic is making a comeback. Serves 1 30ml Campari 30ml gin 30ml vermouth slice of orange ice cubes Mix all the liquids and pour into a short tumbler with a few ice cubes. Garnish with the orange slice. w&h





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edit New bubbles Champagne Delacourt is the new Champagne label from Marks & Spencer. Delacourt Champagnes have been crafted by Reims-based Champagne house Castelnau, which was established in 1916 and is led by Cellar Master Elisabeth Sarcelet, winner of Champagne cellar master of the Year 2017. Elisabeth has worked with Marks & Spencer winemaker Sue Daniels to create a classic Champagne with long cellar ageing to deliver an elegant, rich and complex style. Champagne Delacourt Brut NV, £30 The perfect aperitif, with flavours of white peach and sweet spice. Delacourt Rosé NV, £32 This has flavours of raspberry, strawberry and cherry, with cinnamon and pepper. Delacourt Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2008, £35 This is a special occasion Champagne, with 100% Chardonnay, with flavours of grilled nuts and buttered toast, and a citrus tang.

Winner! Aperini, £6.99, Aldi, won a bronze medal at the International Spirits Challenge. Just as good as Aperol but way cheaper for your summer Aperol Spritz. Add ice, sparkling wine and soda with a slice of orange.

Let’s chill

w&h food director Jane suggests white, red and sparkling wines to enjoy on hot, sunny days



Plessis-Duval Saumur Champigny 2015, £10, Marks & Spencer Made from Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley, this is a fragrant and silky wine, perfect for the barbecue. Serve lightly chilled.

Masseria Pietrosa Verdeca, £8, Morrison’s A bit of a mouthful to pronounce but this relatively unknown grape (Verdeca) from Puglia is fresh and zesty with hints of peach and a creamy finish. Great as an aperitif or with seafood.

Greyfriars 2014 Sparkling Rose Reserve, £21, greyfriarsvine This English sparkling wine is 100% Pinot Noir with half oakaged, the rest in steel tanks, giving a rich wine full of summer red fruits.

Nederburg 56 Hundred Pinot Noir, £5.75, Tesco Bright, juicy and velvety soft, with strawberry, cherry notes and spice. This smooth South African red is perfect lightly chilled with shellfish or meat.

Gabb Family Chardonnay, £14.99, Majestic A big favourite in our house, this buttery, way-better-valuethan-Burgundy from Somerset West near Stellenbosch is lightly oaked and buttery with hints of green apples.

Taste the Diference Crémant de Loire, £11, Sainsbury’s Made in the same way as Champagne and an excellent alternative from the Loire Valley. Made with 85% Chenin Blanc, this has hints of ripe peach and honey.

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HERO PIECES Joining’s Design Lab portfolio this year is Tamasyn Gambell, a textile designer who prides herself on creating luxurious, timeless products. Her two designs feature bold geometric shapes with a hand-drawn element to soften them – I love their Mid-century vibe.

Walter armchair in Abstract Squares Guava by Tamasyn Gambell, £890; Eccleston cushion, £30; both

Fretwork non-electric pendant, £25,

Fresh and perfect for summer, peach, lemon and apricot are making a pretty comeback. I’m loving the high-summer collection at Next, where you’ll find these colours in its hero print called Sketched Leaf. It’s a great palette for lightening up a grey scheme too. Bed set, from £20,

Set of 2 Savannah terrazzo plant pots, £39,

Blue origami vase, £18, jdwilliams.

RIAD STYLE Inspired by this season’s explorer look (see more next month), I couldn’t resist these pieces from the Modern Riad collection by JD Williams. The duvet set comes with a great price tag, while the pendant is an easy makeover.

Enya duvet set, from £15, jdwilliams.



Homes editor Jennifer Morgan shares what’s hot for interiors this month… Modern Riad cushion, £12, jdwilliams.

FAMILY TALENTS When designer Vanessa Arbuthnott fell and broke both her arms back in January and couldn’t hold a pencil, she was lucky to have a talented family to fall back on. Her two artistic daughters, Flora and Rose, and architect husband, Nicholas, have supported her business for years. Vanessa curated their sketches, translating them into workable patterns and scales, before choosing colours for her new Artists’ Collection.

The trend for terrazzo keeps on growing, and it’s not just for worktops or tiles, as these finds show…

Set of 3 Ferm Living terrazzo tins, £30,

Curtains in Handprinted Stripe fabric in Clay/Lemon, £52 per m; Gypsy Garland wallpaper in Clay, £54 per roll; both

Seaside CHARM When Nicola Dealtry took on the renovation of a 1970s bungalow by the sea, she went back in time with a nostalgic, vintage style

Exterior The exterior of Nicolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s detached ďŹ ve-bedroom chalet bungalow, built in 1974, in Camber Sands, East Sussex

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Kitchen Nicola wanted the kitchen to look rustic, so used old scafolding planks cut to size for worktops. The map wallpaper is actually old shipping charts, which Nicola bought at an auction for just £2

efurbishing her seaside home took vision for Nicola Dealtry, who inherited a 1970s throwback interior – complete with orange kitchen – and gave it a simple, coastal look that borrows elements from vintage and Scandi style. Nicola, who’s an interior designer (, bought the five-bedroom chalet bungalow in Camber Sands, East Sussex in 2016, as a seaside escape for her family (husband Giles and children Felix, 22, Oscar, 21 and Jake, 19). The renovation took eight months. “Camber is a step-back-in-time village, so it was important to create a good old-fashioned seaside home,” she explains. She stripped out the swirly carpets and Artex ceilings, and replaced them with a white interior. “I wanted a Scandi-meets-Hamptonsstyle interior,” she explains. “I avoided an obvious seaside theme and chose reclaimed furniture to evoke a beach

Dining table The table was cleaned up and painted, along with the chairs, which Nicola’s collected over the years

house feel. I wanted a home where people could relax.” The starting point was the flooring. “When we removed a wall between the kitchen and living room to create an open-plan space, the carpets were ripped up to reveal solid concrete,” says Nicola. It was the perfect base for timber floors. “They added character and painting them soft grey gave depth to the rooms.” More boards soon followed for the walls. “Painting them white brought sunshine into the house,” says Nicola. The new layout also saw a family room, bedroom and bathroom downstairs, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs. Nicola scours antiques markets and auctions for items to do up. “I can’t pass a reclamation yard without going in and I love charity shops,” she says. “It’s so much more satisfying than spending money on something new.” She made lights from old aluminium jelly moulds, getting them fitted by a professional electrician, adding pops of colour with a blue fridge and table. The house is also full of family hand-me-downs. “An old trunk that >> woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 169

Living room Vintage annuals are a great way of adding mood and colour to a room, displayed on a floating shelf above a modern sofa from

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Nicola used inherited and second-hand furniture for a lived-in look. She updated the sofas by covering with French linen sheets WORDS CAROLINE FOSTER/TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM PHOTOGRAPHS RYAN WICKS/ TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM GET THE LOOK JENNIFER MORGAN

was my great uncle’s makes a great cofee table and an anchor in the living room is from a family member’s boat,” says Nicola. The dining table was in her sister’s shed for years, but once painted, it’s perfect for the shabby-chic feel. Old sofas have been updated with French linen sheets, making them look clean and fresh. There are also several old Anglepoise lamps, which Nicola collects. “They give a room instant style. Some are over 50 years old, but work perfectly,” she explains. Nicola also loves a vintage sign. “One good junk-shop find was a corrugated iron fencing panel that had an old circus poster attached to it. The circus visits Camber Sands every year, so it’s a strong nod to the local area.” Nicola has just bought another beach house in the area, which she’s renovating, taking her relaxed style with her. “It’s a derelict coastguard cottage, with no services, plumbing and partly exposed to the elements. It’s going to be a challenge!” she says.

Bedroom Nicola has kept the blue and white look subtle, wanting to avoid a clichéd seaside scheme, preferring a more rustic feel. Aztec Patch bedspread (

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Striped cushion, £32,; Riviera navy stripe cushion, £10,

Large blue industrial chest, £470, Royal Doulton Ellen DeGeneres Joy mug in blue stripes, £12,


Large Blue Wave porcelain jug, £30,

Millie unstained bedside table, £335,

Anglepoise Original 1227 desk lamp in grey, £185, Personalised nautical metal sign, £17.50,

% Start with a white backdrop – paint walls, floors and windows. % Upcycle furniture with a coat of paint in white or soft shades of blue. % Add hero pieces such as large vintage signs. % Be creative with lighting, hanging quirky pendants. % Choose nautical prints and stripes for cushions and accessories – the supermarkets have some afordable pieces.

Fair Isle French Blue woven cotton rug, £42,


It’s easy to forget that Nicola’s home is a 1970s bungalow – the white backdrop gives her free licence to create any look she likes, including this Victorian-inspired bathroom. For similar wall tiles, try Metro ( Norsborg five-seater corner sofa in Finnsta grey/birch, £950, w&h

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This trio of hanging planters makes it easy to follow the vertical gardening craze – I’m tempted to plant a set up with supermarket herbs for a fragrant kitchen garden and hang just outside my back door. Set of 3, £14.99,

RELAXED SUMMER Made for leisurely afternoons, Neptune’s low-lined contemporary Tresco range (, includes an armchair and 3-seat sofa, but also ofers modular pieces that can be combined up to a 6-seater set (£2,750). Just add a few outdoor cushions and pot plants.

Homes editor Jennifer Morgan shares her favourite garden finds and to-do list for July

SUMMER SHOW-OFFS If your borders are bursting with vibrant dahlias, now’s a great time to cut some for inside – just a few arranged in a simple glass vase will give any room wow factor.



I love the detailing of this new design called Garden Birds, by Gisela Graham, which includes a handy carry-all for your gardening bits and bobs. Mug, £9; gardening gloves, £18; gardening bag, £18; jute ball, £18, all


Sit in the sun in style with a recliner


CHIC GREY £49.95,

FILL THOSE BORDER GAPS Plant up containers to add to borders to plug any holes that appear. Make sure they are in a style that fits in with the planting scheme, so the container enhances what’s already there and doesn’t look like an afterthought. Containers with ivy and nicotiana fit perfectly into this border of evergreens

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PACK UP &PICNIC Make the most of the sunshine with these great picnic buys


ummer days spent outside, with all you need to keep you fed and watered close by… sounds bliss? Well this season’s picnicware will make sure you eat alfresco in style. From bright melamine plates to classic wicker hampers for two (or four), on-the-go cool bags and rucksacks in fun prints to clever travel and serveware that will mean your salad survives the journey, it’s time to brighten up picnics once and for all.

SHADY SPOT Outdoor rugs, plenty of cushions and a makeshift sun shade provide the perfect setting. Use a large basket to carry essentials from inside out. Plain outdoor cushions, £10 each; elephant cushion, £30; seat pads, £25 each; water hyacinth basket, £40; Taj throw in Safron, £49; cool bag, £22; Himani voile, £45; Weaver Green washable outdoor rugs, from £135; Fusion tumblers, £3.50 each; Fusion wine glass, £4, all

COLOUR POP Indian Summer melamine plate in diamond design, £3,

MADE FOR SNACKS Flamingo Bay bamboo lunch box, £12.95,

READY TO UNROLL Bohemian Wanderer picnic rug, £12.50,

COUNTRY CASUALS Red, white and blue are always a winning combination for easy summer style. Birdspotting box cushion, £35; Chichester Check throw, £60; Wincanton Stripe blanket, £32, all

SUMMER PUNCH Drinks dispenser, part of a £10 set,

DIRECTOR’S SEAT Sunnylife Havana picnic chair, £58, FRESH STRIPES Coral stripe twoperson hamper, £49.50,

FAMILY FRIENDLY Fiesta family cooler, £8,

FLORAL CARRY-ALL Grey Whitstable Floral four-person rucksack with detachable bottle holder, £59.95,

HOT & COLD Serena flask, £22, laura >>

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CLOSER TO HOME If picnic-ing closer to home, comfy poufes and a low table make eating alfresco a breeze. Choose colours with plenty of zing – lime and fuchsia are perfect summer choices. Links poufes, £198 each; Links cushions, £75 each, PAINTERLY SCENE Murlough Bay View melamine plate, £4.50, shop.national

KEEP COOL Garden Birds oilcloth picnic bag, £32,

POSH PLASTIC Debenhams Collection clear acrylic jug, £12; wine glass, £4; hi-ball, £4; all

SIT UP & GO Lazy chair, £39.95,

VINTAGE VIBE Grey Whitstable Floral four-person picnic basket, £89.95,

KEEP THE LID ON Picnic serving bowls, £19.50, marksand DOG FANS Anorak Border Collies picnic blanket, £35.95,

CHIC STYLE You can even picnic in the city, with the stylish Beau & Elliot range, which includes smart lunch bags with matching water bottles and flasks in grey and pink. Beau & Elliot insulated lunch bags, £20 each; insulated tote bags, £17 each; 500ml hydration water bottle, £9; vacuum flask, £15, all 176 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!


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Serving bowls with lids, plastic or melamine glasses and dishes that fit inside each other will all help to save space and make the tidy-up easy. % SORT SEATING Are you going to go for a large picnic blanket or foldout chairs that come with carry-bags? How about a few box cushions with handles? There are some fabulous outdoor cushions, which are coated to make them weather resistant, perfect if the ground is a little damp. % REPURPOSE EXISTING KITCHEN KIT Small screw-top glass jars are ideal

for transporting dressings for salads, while wooden serving platters are great for laying out your outdoor feast. % PLAN AHEAD Pop in some kitchen roll in case of spills, some spare suntan cream and a few empty carrier bags for rubbish. w&h


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A large dining table, informally laid, should be the hero of your outside dining room, looking inviting yet stylish too. Start with a big dining table, and add a mix of chairs, borrowing some from inside if needed. Try to provide some overhead cover – a pergola, sun sail, umbrella or length of cloth draped above all work well. A console table borrowed from inside will make a handy drinks station for guests to help themselves to a glass of wine, while you finish of the dinner prep. Monaco 6-seater table, £765; Provence dining chairs, £120 each; cushions in Natural, £23; Wardley painted dining chairs, £270 each, all


OUTSIDE Style the perfect space for entertaining alfresco this summer, then invite a few of your favourite people and as the light fades, let the memory-making begin Set of 4 heart print napkins, £25; 24-piece Symons cutlery set, £165; small wooden heart board, £15; set of 2 linen heart place mats, £16; set of 4 grey linen napkins, £25, all thewhite


Add a personal touch with styling

Layer up place settings, using white crockery and crisp linen, for an elegant feel (try to avoid bright colours and anything plastic/picnic-ware in style), adding an individual tea light for each guest. If your garden table is a little on the rustic/ well-used side, then lay with a linen runner or opt for place mats. Dress your dinner table just as you would inside, making use of pot plants and fresh herbs to evoke the senses. Move planters from elsewhere in your garden into your outdoor dining space, using them to help create “walls”, adding to that sense of a room, while a shelving unit that’s suitable for outdoor use, can show of more plants, flowers and treasured gardenalia bits.

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Ceramic tribal platter, £22, dunelm. com

Marble and ash oval platter, £25,


Serve shared dishes

Choose a menu that can be shared by guests rather than “served up”, making for a casual afair. Sharing plates are gaining more and more popularity, with some Michelinstar restaurants now focusing their menus on this very idea of diners helping themselves. Just kit your table out with a selection of serveware that’s easy to pass around, adding to the informal vibe. Aldsworth narrow indoor/outdoor wooden ladder shelf, £135,


Get the lighting right

Outdoor lighting creates mood as the sun fades, but it also needs an element of practicality too. Festoon lights are a great way of conjuring up a magical feel, especially if you’ve a few trees you can weave them through. Designed to plug into an outside socket, you just need a few cable ties to secure to fences, etc. If you haven’t any power in your seating area, then solar lights have really developed in recent years, with pretty jam jar-style ones suspended from branches giving a similar efect. Make Frosted sure any route back inside is glass and metal illuminated, such as jam jars lantern, £12, with tea lights in to line the path. Hurricane lamps on the table will enhance the magic.


Add practical finishing touches

Background music, a few cosy blankets and plenty of candles will all help your alfresco dinner party go of well. Choose a portable speaker complete with lantern, such as the aGlow Bluetooth speaker, £109,, while a firepit will encourage guests to linger – take a look at for a great selection. If you’re worried about using best glassware outside, why not pop a pack of inexpensive glasses in your trolley when you do your food shop?

20-bulb festoon lights, £75, Top: Rope bottle lights, £30,

Fox & Ivy gold and platinum glasses, £20 per set,

Footed firepit and barbecue, £99, marksand

MIRRORS FOR GARDEN WALLS Hang up a mirror to reflect the twinkling light and views of your garden

%Silver fretwork mirror, £129,

%Stone, £167, decorative

%Gothic arch mirror, £115,


Gray & Willow large round acacia board, £30,

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Perfect POTS

Plant a mini kitchen garden With their pretty ornamental leaves, enjoy salad and vegetables as a thing of beauty as well as keeping them handy for cooking. You can grow a surprising amount of produce in one container, as plants can be closer together than when they’re in the ground. This one contains salad leaves, herbs and vegetables, including quick-growing green and purple pak choi and climbing beans. Buy garden-ready plug plants and you’ll be picking your own produce in no time. Green and purple Crunchy Colour Mix Pak Choi Plants, £6.99 for 22; Cobra Climbing French Bean Plants, £7.99 for 15, both

Choose long-lasting blooms Back in fashion, this dahlia planting scheme will bloom into autumn with very little input – simply mass together for a showy colour pop. In sumptuous red, ‘Soulman’ has delicate, frilled flowers while ‘Bluesette’ bears ruled pink flowers with yellow centres. Add some vibrant trailing red verbena to the mix. For best results, place in full sun and feed with a potashrich fertiliser to prolong flowering. Red Dahlia ‘Soulman’, £2.99, dobbies. com. Pink Dahlia ‘Bluesette’, £3.99, Or try the pink, red and purple Dahlias for Pots Collection, £22.50 for 6, Trailing Verbena ‘Scarlett’, £8.99 for 5,

A beautiful planter and some well-chosen blooms will add a little spot of joy to your garden


hether you like vivid colour combinations for instant impact or a minimal statement pot with one ornamental variety, planting up summer pots is a favourite moment. If you’re looking for inspiration, try our winning planting combinations to create an eye-catching focal point of your own. The plants we’ve chosen

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are readily available at garden centres or online, making it easy to recreate these seasonal looks. Once they’re ready be sure to position them where you will get the most out of them every time you pass – near a door, by a path or on the patio. Just remember to keep them fed, watered and deadheaded to prolong their flowering time all summer long.

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Add an on-trend plant display

Create a colour splash

So now – this hanging planter is made with planks of wood and is an easy way to display a collection of pots. Try mixing rosy-purple echinacea flowers with the aromatic, grey-green foliage and rich, violet-blue flowers of salvia. Add pots of fountain grass and carex Evergold. Echinacea purpurea, £5.99 for 9cm plant; Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, £9.99 for 2L plant, both Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’, £9.99 for 9cm plant, Carex ‘Evergold’, £10.50 for 2L plant,

For maximum impact, contrast pastels such as delicate mauve and pink with hot shades of crimson and tangerine for a vivid explosion of colour. A classic plain white planter is a good foil for this stunning colour combo. Arrange clouds of pompom-headed allium and cerise lilies at the back to give height and depth, then fill out with deep red pelargoniums. Finally add a gorgeous tumble of burnt orange million bells to spill over and soften the edges. Even better, these plants are long-lasting for a dazzling display all summer. Allium christophii ‘Star of Persia’, £3.99 for 5, Lily ‘Colour Carpet Sugar Baby’, £9.99, Pelargonium ‘Calliope Dark Red’, £12 for 6, Million Bells ‘Calita Orange’, £8.99 for 5,

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Add drama by choosing an oversized grey planter and fill with sempervivum (house leeks) to create an efective display. With clusters of star-shaped flowers, the leaves of these succulents change colour from green to a more intense purple. Get Potted ( has a good selection of contemporary planters that come in a variety of finishes including concrete, resin and metal. Sempervivum Collection, £14.97 for 6 9cm pots,

HEADY SCENT With its aromatic leaves, French lavender looks wonderful in a pot. Lavendula Pedunculata, £4 for 3; Bell terracotta lavender pot, £44.99; both JEWEL BRIGHT Amethyst and Ruby Container Collection has Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Red’, Cuphea ‘Torpedo’ and Verbena ‘Aztec Purple Magic’, £22.50; large zinc planter, £34.95, all ENGLISH CLASSIC This hydrangea has elegant, spherical flowers that will bloom throughout summer. Gia hydrangea macrophylla (50cm high), £22.50, w&h

Upcycle with style Wooden boxes given a pastel colour wash look great planted up with a profusion of delicate white, pink and mauve frilled blooms for a shabby chic-style addition to your garden. Petunias have shaken of their old-fashioned image, as long as you avoid the more garish varieties. They bring a pretty colour splash that will flourish all summer long and right into autumn as long as you deadhead regularly. For colour-washing wood, Cuprinol’s Garden Shades are available in a great range of pastel shades called Nature’s Neutrals – try pale yellow Spring Shoots and pale blue Coastal Mist (£28.13 for 2.5L, Petunia Reflections Mixed, £3.99 for 20 plug plants; Petunia Fanfare White, £3.87 for 3 plug plants, both woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 181

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This summer I’ll be reading… Find out which books the celebrities are packing in their suitcases – and where they are going on their hols...

Jilly prefers a staycation with Bluebell

BRYONY GORDON Journalist and author Bryony lives with her husband, Harry, and their daughter, Edie, five.

Where are you going? This year JILLY COOPER Novelist Jilly lives in the Cotswolds with her retired racing greyhound, Bluebell.

Where are you going? I haven’t been on holiday for about 22 years – it’s ridiculous, but I can’t bear to leave Bluebell. But Gloucestershire is so beautiful in the summer, I don’t want to go away. I shall be writing my new book that’s set in the world of football. Can you imagine? At the age of 81, I’ve got a lovely excuse to talk to some ravishing footballers!

What will you be reading? I’ll be re-reading The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young (Faber). Any book that makes people treat animals better is a good thing. I’ll finish Why Mummy Drinks (HarperCollins) by Gill Sims – God, she’s funny. The other one I’ll be reading is The Plus One (HQ) by Sophia MoneyCoutts. It’s a funny first novel where class and sex are back!

we’re renting a cottage in Cornwall. We’ll try to get in the sea without screaming, go rock-pooling and eat crab patties from Rick Stein’s place in Padstow. All very clichéd, but clichéd for a reason. If you go on holiday in Britain with low expectations, wet-weather clothing and a picture in your mind of snuggling up by a cosy fire, you can only be surprised.

What will you be reading? I’m going to re-read Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury). It’s about systemic racism in the UK, and has really made me think. As someone who sufers from mental health issues, I’m totally taking the new Matt Haig, Notes on a Nervous Planet (Canongate). It’s the follow-up to Reasons to Stay Alive, which got me through some dark spots. I also want to re-read Marian Keyes’ Rachel’s Holiday (Penguin). Now I’m a year sober, I want to remind myself why it’s really good that I don’t drink any more. Bryony’s new book Eat, Drink, Run: How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad (Headline) is out now

ALEX JONES Presenter of The One Show, Alex lives with her husband Charlie and their son, Teddy, 14 months.

Where are you going? We tend to favour holidays with grandparents, otherwise a holiday is nothing resembling a holiday! We’ll do one week in a cottage by the beach n West Wales with my parents and Charlie’s parents, who are coming over from New Zealand. Then we’re doing one week in a villa in Crete with Charlie’s parents. There will be long walks, lovely wine, food and adult conversation when we’ve put Teddy to bed. Now that he’s toddling it’ll be a lot more hands-on but it’ll be a lot more fun too. Last summer he was only six months so could only watch the other children play, but now he’ll keep us on our toes.

What will you be reading? On the recommendation of my sister, I’m taking Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins). She said on the surface it’s an easy read but the undertow deals with mental health. I’m also looking forward to The Cows by Dawn O’Porter (HarperCollins). I really enjoy her books and I know a lot of friends have read this. I made a promise to myself ages ago to re-read the classics. That’s not going so well! I put Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Penguin) on my bedside table two weeks before I went on maternity leave and it’s still there! So that’s coming with me and I’m going to try again. Alex’s new book Winging It! Parenting in the Middle of Life (Lagom) is out now

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KATIE FFORDE Novelist Katie lives with her husband of 45 years and two dogs. Her grown-up children all live nearby.

Where are you going? This year the whole family are going to Cornwall. That’s 12 of us – quite hard to find houses big enough that are child friendly. I love us all being together. The plan is, the children go out in the evening and we babysit their children, but usually we all just cook together and stay in. Soon the grandchildren will be big enough to play Racing Demon. Very excited about that!

Journalist and novelist Tony and his wife Yuriko live in Hampstead, north London, with their daughter Jasmine, 15, and their dog Stan.

Where are you going? After Jasmine has done her GCSEs we will be going to Japan. Yuriko is from Yokohama, which is a beautiful city on a bay – the San Francisco of Japan. We always stay at a hotel and while Yuriko and Jasmine see their friends and relations, I explore Tokyo alone – which can mean anything from seeking out tiny bars with just four chairs to going to the baseball. While we are there we will enjoy onsen – the great Japanese tradition of bathing in hot springs. It is glorious to bathe in an onsen under the stars on a warm summer night. I love everything about Japan – the food, the kindness of the people, the excitement of the big cities. Just travelling on a Shinkansen – a high-speed train – is a lot of fun.

ADE EDMONDSON Comedian and writer Ade splits his life between London and Dartmoor – he loves both – and lives with Jennifer Saunders and a whippet called Olive.

What will you be reading? I will be taking Dorothy Koomson’s The Brighton Mermaid (Century). I love her books – they are diferent from each other but I’ve loved every one so far. Because we’re going to Cornwall I’ll take Kate Riordan’s The Stranger (Michael Joseph), which is set there. I love reading books that are set where I am. I’ll also bring some light romantic comedy – novels by Phillipa Ashley, Penny Parkes or Jo Thomas’s Sunset over the Cherry Orchard (Headline). I’ll also write while I’m away. As the grandchildren will be there, it may be to the accompaniment of Peppa Pig but when I’m in the zone, I can do this! Katie’s new book A Country Escape (Century) is out now

Where are you going? The hierarchy in our small family group goes: Jennifer, Olive, me. I know my place. For the last seven years we’ve been on holiday to the same small village south of Naples. We rent a villa and our three grown-up daughters come along with their partners and children. I’m not going to tell you where it is because we never hear another English voice there, and we want to keep it that way. Jennifer and I speed through France and then idle our way through Italy. We love it. I’ve been trying to learn Italian for years – if I ever become fluent I will move there. I love the climate, the way the Italians understand how to build and enjoy public spaces, and above all, the food. I’m the world’s foremost expert on spaghetti alle vongole.

What will you be reading? I will be taking to Japan You Were Never Really Here (Pushkin Press), a novella by Jonathan Ames about a hit man trying to find an abducted girl. A short, sharp crime novel that is meant to be modern noir and sounds right up my street. I will also be taking Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins) by Gail Honeyman because I want to know if it is as good as everyone says it is. I always pack a book that I have already read as an insurance policy in case the new books don’t grab me, so I will be taking Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies (Penguin), who is one of my favourite writers in the world, and who writes with the kind of humour and heart that I find irresistible. Tony’s latest novel Girl on Fire (Century) is out now

What will you be reading? I’ll be reading Viv Albertine’s To Throw Away Unopened (Faber) – startlingly honest memoirs from a brilliant new voice. Rachel Roddy’s Two Kitchens: Family Recipes from Sicily & Rome (Headline) – I like to cook, but you can read Rachel’s books from cover to cover. And Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth (HarperCollins) – my favourite childhood book, which I will read to my grandchildren. Ade’s latest children’s book Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked (Penguin) is out now >>

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Calendar Girls the Musical – an amazing experience to come to my door and I am excited. While tour I shall get to writing nove number eight. y thoughts are that I shall get up each morning, have a walk or a swim, write a chapter and then go to the theatre in the evening. This may be a fantasy, but I will try!

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FERN BRITTON TV presenter and novelist Fern lives in a Victorian farmhouse with her husband, the chef Phil Vickery, and their youngest daughter, who is about to start upper sixth while their other three children fly in and out when their work, university term or desire dictates. They have three cats and two dogs.

Where are you going? This year we are mostly at home with some trips to Cornwall interspersed. All of us love our Cornish fix and can’t be away for very long. The dogs love the beaches and headland walks. The cats enjoy the mousing. They have been travelling with us since they were kittens and are surprisingly forgiving. I’ll be away for nine months from August this year, because I am on tour with Tim Firth and Gary Barlow’s

My greatest pleasure s to immerse myself nto a really good story so I’ll be taking Allison Pearson’s How Hard Can It Be? (Borough Press). A novel about the problem of being in that terrible generation where the children are teenagers, you’re approaching middle age and your husband is thinking of retiring… is it wrong to have a flirtation? I enjoyed Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble With Goats and Sheep (Borough Press) so I am looking forward to her new novel, Three Things About Elsie (Borough Press). Finally, who doesn’t love a creepy thriller? So I’m taking While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt (HarperCollins), who has written blockbuster historical crime under her pseudonym SJ Parris, so I can’t wait to read her foray into contemporary fiction. Fern’s latest novel Coming Home (HarperCollins) is out on 28 June

HY KOOMSON Novelist Dorothy Koomson lives in Hove with her husband and family, plus several fish and stick insects.

Where are you going? I live in a seaside tourist destination so finding a place to go on holiday that is as pleasing as home is hard for us! For many years we just enjoyed our walk to Brighton beach and perfect gelatos from the local Italian restaurant. Last year we went to Padstow in Cornwall and loved it. We’re hoping to do the same again this year.

What will you be reading? I have several books in my to-be-read pile, but the ones I’ll be taking are Our House by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster). I like to read Louise’s books because she creates characters who are completely diferent to me but are utterly fascinating. I read a blog post y eni E do- odge a couple of years ago and was blown away by how much I could relate to what she was saying. I bought Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race (Bloomsbury) when it first came out, but I haven’t had time to read it yet so that will come on holiday too. And finally, I’ll take Earthsea (Puin) by Ursula Le Guin. I’m a big sci-fi fan but I haven’t read any of her books, to my shame, and they are meant to be brilliant. Le Guin died recently so I think I should get on and read them now. Dorothy’s novel The Brighton Mermaid (Century) is on sale now

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MARTINA COLE Novelist Martina lives in a medieval hall house in Kent with her pug, Blondie.

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and all us usual old reprobates will be there. Then I’m flying with a friend and my son to Arizona where we’ll hire a car and drive to Monument Valley. We’re staying in an Indian reservation for a few nights. We’ll tour the valley and I’ll definitely visit Little Rock and do all the sightseeing there. I was mad about cowboys and Indians when I was a kid, and wanted to be Calamity Jane so I’ve always had an interest in the Wild West. After that we’ll go to Las Vegas. I love it there but five days is enough. When I was working in LA I used to run of there at the weekends. I like a bit of roulette but I’ll see what I feel like playing when I get there. I like the shows too. I’ll wait until I’m there to see what the new shows are and decide what to see then.

I’m going to ThrillerFest in New York in July. George RR Martin is the main attraction and I can’t wait, as I’m a big Game of Thrones fanatic. Lee Child

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I whizz through on my bike. Afterwards we’ll stay on the island of Fyn for a couple more days to explore.

Journalist, news presenter and athlete Louise lives near Chester with her husband, David, two daughters, Mia, 16, and Scarlett, 13, their two dogs, her adopted mini Shetland ponies, and one rabbit.

Where are you going? I’m competing in the World Aqua Bike Championships on Fyn, an island in Denmark. This is part of my family’s life now as I drag them round the world as I compete in diferent championships. So this is our latest adventure. While I’m getting ready, they’ll go sightseeing. I swim, cycle and run through these incredible cities and I get a unique view because they close the roads and

adore his books. The first time I read one of his Harry Hole novels, I was blown away and now I read everything he writes. I’m also taking Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon (Headline) because I adore her and her books. I love historical novels and she does such a fabulous job. I’m obsessed with the Tudors – they were like the first Kardashians! I always take a serial-killery one with me so I’ll probably take The Cutting Edge (Hodder), the new Jefery Deaver. I’ve read everything he’s written. I like reading about the process: how they’re caught, the mistakes they make, all that. Deaver always captures the zeitgeist too. Martina’s latest novel Damaged (Headline) is out in paperback on 28 June

I like reading Scandi noir so I’m definitely going to be taking Macbeth (Hogarth) by Jo Nesbo because I

What will you be reading? I’m going to take three books and hope to find time to read them. I want to finish Two Sisters by Asne Seierstad (Virago), about two Danish sisters who go to Syria without telling their parents. Asne’s a journalist and the way she writes is fantastic, which gives you a real sense of place. What I love about her books is that she goes behind the headlines to find out why things happened. Former world champion triathlete Ironman Chrissie

Wellington has written To the Finish Line (Constable). It’s an athlete’s guide to the perfect race so it’s obviously on the money for me. I’m planning on doing an Ironman myself later this year and she’s a real inspiration. And if I’ve got time, I’ll read Tony Parsons’s Girl on Fire (Century). His way of writing is so visceral and dynamic. This starts with an imagined news story about an explosion – news is what I do but I love a dissection of what’s going on. Louise’s book Dare to Tri: My Journey from the BBC Breakfast Sofa to GB Team Triathlete (Bloomsbury Sport) is out now >>

Jill Mansell (Headline) % Munich by Robert Harris (Arrow) % The Woolgrower’s Companion by Joy Rhoades (Vintage)

The w&h guide to the best books of summer Books editor Fanny Blake gives you her recommendations for brilliant holiday reads

COMPELLING AND FUNNY Old Baggage by Lissa Evans (Doubleday) If you read Evans’s superb Crooked Heart, you’ll recognise Mattie Simpkin, once a militant sufragette. Going back to 1928, we meet her again when her search for a new worthwhile cause has dramatic results. Quirky characters plus great storytelling make a terrific read.

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER Take Me In by Sabine Durrant (Mulholland) Tessa and Marcus have a seemingly perfect life until a stranger rescues their son Josh from drowning on a busy beach. Haunted by the man who saved their son, their marriage begins to unravel. A clever, sinister and compelling page-turner.

“The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts is so funny. And the sex is amazing –makes me feel like a nun!” Jilly Cooper

WARTIME DRAMA The Hour of Separation by Katharine McMahon (W&N) A mystery surrounding the death of a French Resistance fighter draws two women together in an intense friendship that leads to their lives being changed forever. Sensitively written from both points of view, this is a moving story.

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The spec ial EMOTIONAL READ The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh (Mantle) A week-long afair is enough to tell Sarah she’s in love. But then Eddie disappears. What has happened to him? This captivating high-concept love story is chock-full of secrets, loss and grief, with plenty of twists and tissue-sodden emotional moments.

TOUCHING STORY Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart (Sphere) Hannah, daughter of theatre manager and single father Tom, has a life-limiting heart disease. She imagines his future without her and tries to ensure he won’t be alone. An unforgettable portrayal of a father-daughter relationship that’s funny, tender and sad.

SHORT STORIES Girl, Balancing & Other Stories by Helen Dunmore (Hutchinson) Published posthumously, this is the final collection of Dunmore’s short stories in which she looks at love, friendship, betrayal and grief. Sharply observed, they’re ideal holiday reading, especially if you only get short bursts on your own.

FAMILY DRAMA Go Ask Fannie Farmer by Elisabeth Hyde (Hodder) When Murray Blair asks his three adult children home, he hopes the long weekend will run smoothly. Unsurprisingly, harmony eludes them. Hyde is a first-rate storyteller, funny and compassionate too.

TRIUMPHANT DEBUT Swan Song by Kelleigh GreenbergJephcott (Hutchinson) A decade in the writing, this remarkable novel centres on American writer Truman Capote and his betrayal of the glamorous, cocktail-swilling elite who surrounded him. Fuelled by deception, love afairs and secrets, this will keep you pinned to your sun lounger. >>

%Sunburn by Laura Lippman (Faber) %The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook (Penguin) %Admissions by Henry Marsh (W&N)

What’s your genre? Whatever your fancy, we’ve got you covered


Feel-good reads A Family Recipe

by Veronica Henry (Orion) Empty-nester Laura is blindsided by a revelation that rocks her marriage. But it’s her grandmother’s recipes that give her new purpose. As sweet a read as the jams she makes.

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan (HQ) Three generations of Stewart women are thrown together one summer. Each one must confront their secrets before they can fulfil their dreams. A delightful escape.


Real-life dramas The Salt Path

The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan (Headline) Fleeing grief, Juno goes to mend her broken heart in Spain. A beautiful backdrop to the story of a woman finding acceptance and new beginnings.

In a Country Garden by Maeve Haran (Pan) Will sharing a country manor house with life-long friends be a recipe for a happy old age? Funny, touching and of the baby-boomer moment.

by Raynor Winn (Michael Joseph) Having lost their home, Ray and her terminally ill husband Moth embark on a 630-mile trek along the south-west coast path. Uplifting and inspirational.

Educated by Tara Westover (Hutchinson) Remarkable account of the author’s childhood in a strict Mormon family and how she eventually made her own life.

The Blink of an Eye The Mum Who’d Had Enough by Fiona Gibson (Avon) When Sinead walks out of her marriage, her husband Nate’s life changes drastically. Fresh, warm and funny.

by Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard (Hodder) Powerful memoir of a 38-year-old woman who contracts bacterial meningitis and wakes up

in hospital with locked-in syndrome, only able to communicate by blinking.

The Wind in My Hair by Masih Alinejad (Virago) The extraordinary and inspiring story of a journalist and activist from a village in Iran who overcame adversity to fight against tradition for the freedom she believed in.

The Life of Stuff by Susannah Walker (Doubleday) An intimate and moving memoir by a woman mourning and discovering her mother through the hoarded possessions she left behind after her death. A revealing story of a mother/daughter relationship that raises universal questions.

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Historical iction The King’s Witch by

Tracy Borman (Hodder) Rich in detail and atmosphere, this compelling novel plunges us into the court of James I, where Lady Frances Gorges is caught up in a world of intrigue and betrayal.

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill) A murder in an opium den could cost Sam Wyndham his life. If you haven’t come across this thrilling, award-winning crime series set in 1920s Calcutta, now’s your moment.

Call of the Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks (Doubleday) It’s 1939 and at Salt Winds on the Essex Marshes, a mistake made when a German pilot is shot down has repercussions that will haunt orphan Virginia. A twisty, atmospheric treat.

The Poison Bed by EC Fremantle (Michael Joseph) 1615, Robert and Frances Carr are imprisoned for murder but which one is a killer? Based on shocking real events, this is an electrifying, brilliantly executed thriller.

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Edge of the seat reads The Tall Man by

Phoebe Locke (Wildfire) Having deserted her family years earlier, Sadie Bennett returns haunted by the mythical figure of the Tall Man who she fears now has her daughter in his sights. Creepy and unpredictable.

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (Harvill) A woman on the run from a loan shark, a Gothic mansion, and a case of mistaken identity

are the key ingredients in this explosive claustrophobic family drama laced with a touch of Du Maurier.

You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks (HQ) A seemingly perfect family have been given a new start in Sweden but, when a friend comes to stay, things take a dark turn as the cracks begin to widen.

How Far We Fall by Jane Shemilt (Michael Joseph) Beth has

never told her neurosurgeon husband about her afair with his boss. How far will she go to keep her secret safe? Breathtaking dissection of a marriage.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (Raven) There’s a whif of Highsmith’s Ripley over this riveting and provocative story of the intense but toxic friendship between two young women in glitzy New York City. When Lavinia decides to befriend someone else, Louise takes extreme action with shocking results. >>

“I always pack a book that I’ve already read – Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies is a favourite” Tony Parsons

The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst (A&U) A spirited and entertaining picaresque tale of one woman’s coming of age in Restoration England. Her journey towards independence makes exhilarating reading.

(Virago) % Knowing the Score by Judy Murray (Vintage) % The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth by William Boyd (Penguin)

very first question I was asked on my first day in the classroom was, “What’s your favourite flavour condom, Miss?” I didn’t think I had the necessary authority at that point! So in my twenties I did a variety of jobs. After being a sub-editor at the Financial Times, I joined the Independent on Sunday. The paper had hardly any staf so they’d say “Who wants to be the radio critic?” and if you put up your hand you could do it. I was doing about three jobs at one point and hardly left the building. That’s where I met Anthony.

“Being my age is a very powerful terrain for both comedy and tragedy”

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The bestselling novelist lives mostly in Cambridge with her partner Anthony Lane and their son Tom, 18, and two poodles, Django and Maisie. Their daughter Eve, 22, comes home regularly.

Those lyrics were my poetry. You can’t do better than some Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter. They really triggered my love of language and rhyme.

Welsh is my first language. My grandad was a coal miner so my sister and I were brought up in a small community in Pembrokeshire until we moved to England when I was about 10.

When my father left us, I sought refuge in fiction. I buried myself in reading whenever I could. I remember finding a Secret Seven and an Agatha Christie at a cousin’s house, and staying up all night to read them.

My mother was a great lover of musical theatre. So, instead of books, we had long-playing records of The King and I, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls.

I worked hard, got into Cambridge and then did teacher training for a year, which was a shock to the system. I thought I was going to be out there teaching the wonders of poetry but the

I wrote my first novel I Don’t Know How She Does It after reading a survey asking working mothers what they wanted for Mother’s Day. About 72% said “a little bit of time to myself”. The line that jumped out at me said they thought they had tougher lives than their mothers. We were the “having it all generation” but it felt more like we were doing it all. So I wrote a column for the Evening Standard in which I expressed these thoughts. The response was so extraordinary that I felt as if I’d opened a door to a secret world where women were keeping their worry to themselves. I remember thinking that if you could capture that in a book that would be very powerful. I heard so many funny and heartbreaking stories. I wanted my novel to be honest, with lots of crazy laughter, but to capture the bleaker side. I hadn’t thought of writing a second Kate Reddy novel until a woman said to me, “I hate to tell you this but having small children is the easy part. Wait until Kate’s got teenagers.” I didn’t know what she was talking about until I had teenagers of my own. Parenting children in the age of social media is an absolute minefield.

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The spec ial So Kate Reddy comes back in How Hard Can It Be? She’s coming up to her 50th birthday, and feeling caught between teenage children, elderly parents-in-law, a husband who’s having a midlife crisis, plus she’s riding the hormonal rapids of the menopause. She’s needing to go back into work and not feeling very confident so she reinvents herself and lies about her age.

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I wanted it to be a hymn to the amazing values of women who are holding the world together. Basically we’re carrying it on our shoulders and not getting the credit.

THE WAY TO FIND PEACE The Gift of Silence by Kankyo Tannier (Yellow Kite) Channel the power of silence to control thought, overcome stress and gain fulfilment and wellbeing. Tannier, a French Buddhist nun, is a wise and gentle guide, providing inspiration, exercises and tips to help you find serenity in a busy world.


I find any writing hard, but when I sat down Kate’s voice came to me almost immediately. I had her naked and sitting in front of the mirror, saying “I never worried about getting older and then I got older.” Once I’d tapped into her voice, I used lots of the experiences of my friends and myself. I love making people laugh into recognition. If women read about Kate having some sort of menopausal disaster that makes them feel understood. One of the reasons I write is to not feel so alone but also to make other people feel not so alone. That lovely universal thread in storytelling binds us all together. Being my age is a very powerful terrain for both comedy and tragedy. Women do so much in the world and their contributions have been under-recognised. I think whoever came up with “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” got it exactly right. Men go to the oice to have a rest, don’t they? Kate said in the first book that women make the world work so that men can run it. I strongly believe that, so hopefully we’re seeing big changes start to happen. Allison’s novel How Hard Can It Be? (Borough Press), £14.99, is out now

THE HEALTH MANUAL Reboot Your Health by Sara Davenport (Hay House) Most of us have little idea of how to listen to our body or build a clear map of our health. This manual aims to help you do exactly that by collecting the relevant information and taking practical steps towards feeling better and avoiding illness.

THE CLASSIC SELF-HELP TOME The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck (Arrow) How facing diiculties can help achieve a higher level of self-understanding and a happy life. The multi-millionselling mother of self-help books that has helped many to change the way they live and love for good.

(A&U) % The Summer House Party by Caro Fraser (Head of Zeus)

THE FAMILY GUIDE The Happiest Kids in the World: Bringing up Children the Dutch Way by Rina Mae Acosta (Black Swan) A definitive guide to bringing up confident and well-adjusted children following the traditions established by the Dutch. Clear and convincing.

THE GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman (Orion Spring) Through studying hundreds of couples, Gottman suggests new strategies for making relationships work.

The grown-up GUIDE TO FESTIVALS Michelin-starred dining and mindfulness? Festival veteran Lisa Verrico offers an invaluable guide to what’s on this summer – and what you’ll enjoy…

Festival No.6, located in the magical coastal home of Portmeirion


ention music festivals and some people picture mud, teenagers and communal camping. If you’re among them, I’ll bet the closest you’ve come to attending one, at least of late, is watching Glastonbury on TV. In which case you’ll barely believe what you’re missing out on. In the past decade, festivals have undergone an astonishing reinvention, spurred on by the fact that the average age of festival-goers has rocketed in recent years. In 2016, a study revealed that music festivals are almost as popular with 41-50 year-olds as with 21-25s. Meanwhile, more than 13% of tickets were bought by over 51s – and at high-end festivals, that figure can double. As a 48-year-old music critic, I’ve been having fun at festivals for

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two-thirds of my life. In my twenties, I was a Glastonbury girl. My thirties coincided with a boom in trendy family festivals, and I went with my wide-eyed daughter. Now I head for festivals in lovely locations with friends. I’ve watched ballet on lakes, had hot-stone massages, rowed a Viking boat, stumbled into a secret Ed Sheeran show, and cried at a male-voice choir in a Roman-esque piazza at night in north Wales. Read on for my guide to getting the festival season right…

Make a plan

What are your interests and who are your companions? Will it be just you and your partner, or would you prefer a weekend away with some friends? Go through the line-ups of two or three options before booking and consider your preferences – are you more into mindfulness than

music? Do you yearn to see more theatre, comedy or classical music? Bear in mind, though, that none of these festivals will be cheap – the ticket is just the start. Factor in accommodation, travel, food and drink, and optional extras such as the spa, and the cost soon soars. That said, all the performances are included, so make a plan of what you want to see (and when), and you will get more than your money’s worth. Glamping at Latitude

what’s on Festival No.6 % 6-9 SEPTEMBER % Portmeirion, Wales % £190 per adult for the weekend including camping. The site is the strange but beautiful model village where TV series The Prisoner was filmed. Will Self, Irvine Welsh and Suggs are among those giving talks;


Should I camp?

Comfort is crucial, extravagance is not. Yurts can be a great option, while a chalet with a balcony is just silly. Instead, share a two- or four-person yurt or opt for fancy tents erected for you with beds and bedding included. Book into the VIP area and you will get clean, flushing toilets, hot showers, beauty bars with mirrors, hairdryers and phone-charging points. You’ll also have a shorter walk to the site.

Port Eliot % 26-29 JULY %St Germans, Cornwall %£170 per adult for the weekend including camping. Demos from celebrity chefs in a Grade I-listed house, plus literary talks galore and survival lessons;


OF THE BEST Latitude % 12-15 JULY % Henham Park, Sufolk % £197.50 per adult for the weekend including camping. Catch QI live, see the V&A’s sculpture exhibition, watch Ed Miliband’s podcast, plus the debut of hot new hip hop musical Sufrageddon;

What to pack

Travel light. Check the weather forecast before you go and take wellies but there’s nothing you can’t buy on site. Wet wipes, a torch and a refillable water bottle are essentials.

What to expect

Think of a festival as a mini-break with lots of walking in stunning countryside, like-minded people all around, and endless entertainment laid on. If you’re lucky, you’ll be soaked in sunshine. You may encounter downpours and the dreaded mud, but with wellies and cagoules it won’t be a problem. Head for shelter in the nearest entertainment tent and you never know what you’ll discover!

Green Man % 16-19 AUGUST % Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons % £180 per adult for the weekend including camping. A spectacular setting at the foot of mountains, with hot tubs, yoga, mindfulness and debates;

Wilderness % 2-5 AUGUST % Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire % £179.50 per adult for the weekend including camping. Shows and screenings from the V&A and the BFI, plus dining from Michelin-starred Agrikultur; woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 195


Hot new shows ON THE BOX Poldark Aidan Turner is back as brooding hero Ross Poldark in a new series of the Cornish saga. The action picks up after Ross and Demelza’s marriage troubles of series three, with Rebecca Front joining the cast as Reverend Osborne Whitworth’s mother. BBC One

Must-see movies Ocean’s 8 The action blockbuster of the summer sees an all-female cast plot the ultimate heist – stealing $150 million worth of jewels at New York’s Met Gala. Sandra Bullock plays the ringleader, Debbie Ocean, while her accomplices include Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling. Out 22 June

Book Club


Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen are the fab four in this rom-com about book club members who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey. The result? They each decide their love life needs a reboot. Out now

The Happy Prince Making his directorial debut, Rupert Everett examines the destitute final days of Oscar Wilde and the ghosts that haunted him. Emily Watson is Wilde’s estranged wife, Constance, and Colin Firth stars as friend, Reggie Turner. Out 15 June




Mother-daughter duo, Jennifer Saunders and Beattie Edmondson, team up in Disney’s latest family film about a woman whose life is thrown into chaos when she inherits a (very spoilt!) pug from her grandmother. Out 29 June

Versailles Get ready for more lust, betrayal, stunning period costumes and flowing tresses in the third and final series of the drama that chronicles the rise of King Louis XIV. Brit actor George Blagden reprises his role as the King. BBC Two

Flowers Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt return as husband and wife, Deborah and Maurice, in this six-part comedy. This series, the pair are entering a new era of their marriage following his suicide attempt and her infidelity in series one. Channel 4

Ackley Bridge Jo Joyner leads a second series of this drama as the headteacher of a newly opened academy school that integrates white and Muslim students. Expect explosive fallouts and problem pupils. Channel 4



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My culture diary

Actress and author Isla Fisher, 42, lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen, and their three children

Stream it Our pick of what to watch whenever you want…

Dietland This comedic series, based on Sarai Walker’s bestselling novel, delves into the life of Plum, a ghostwriter for a top magazine editor, as she embarks on the road to self-acceptance. Amazon Prime

Cargo Martin Freeman is a man on the run during a zombie apocalypse in this new thriller. When he finds himself infected with the disease, he has 48 hours to find a new guardian for his child. Netflix


Preacher Watching… Nathan for You – it’s an American docu-reality comedy TV series and it’s hilarious. And I’ll definitely be watching Big Little Lies season two; the characters, the world and the dialogue, it all just works. Reading… I’m currently reading The Last Black Unicorn by Tifany Haddish, the stand-up comedian. It’s a collection of personal essays and it’s funny, filthy and brutally honest. Listening to… I’ve got Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B on repeat right now. I’m not a huge fan of rap, but I saw her play live and she’s such a great performer. Eating at… I’m a big fan of a restaurant called Trois Mec – it’s tiny and the music is loud, but everything on the menu is incredible.

Learning to… Make croissants. I’ve tried a few times and they always look awful! Scrolling… WhatsApp – I like it because it’s great for groups. Shopping at… Philanthropy, ba&sh and Madewell are my favourites at the moment. Buying… I love a late-night Amazon purchase. I just ordered some divine plates from Kate Spade and Lenox. Visiting… We’re going to Mammoth Mountain, California for some skiing. They have great family friendly deals for accommodation and there’s nothing more fun with kids than a ski day. Isla Fisher is the author of Marge and the Secret Tunnel (Piccadilly Press), out now.

Dominic Cooper returns as the rogue Texan preacher, Jesse Custer, who’s on a road trip across the US to find God. The first episode launches on 25 June, with new ones available weekly. Amazon Prime

LISTEN UP World-class acts are coming to spectacular historical settings this summer with the launch of a brand new festival, A Boundless Summer. Taking place in the grounds of Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath (7-8 July), and Bowood House, Wiltshire (21-22 July), acts include Katherine Jenkins, UB40 and Jools Holland. Tickets are £40 (adult);

What’s trending this month… The summer of sport is here thanks to the FIFA World Cup (14 June-15 July) and Wimbledon (2-15 July). Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock, London ( is serving up cocktails and lawn games alongside big screens showing the action, while NE1’s Screen on the Green, Newcastle, has free outdoor screenings of the tennis ( Selected Odeon cinemas are also showing World Cup fixtures nationwide ( woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 197

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From dates to mark out in your diary to tickets that are selling fast, these are the events not to miss…




Fancy seeing Pretty Woman in the grounds of Warwick Castle? Top Gun at Westminster Abbey? The Luna Cinema is now open for summer and beyond, screening old and new films in beautiful, outdoor settings. Until 6 October;




Hear the roar of lions as the sun goes down with Bristol Zoo’s Friday Twilights, when the zoo opens its gates after hours. 6 July-17 August; Meanwhile, Colchester Zoo’s Starlight Safari Nights return in September;

Coinciding with what would have been his 60th birthday, Michael Jackson: On the Wall is your hottest ticket this summer. The National Portrait Gallery exhibition explores the King of Pop’s influence on contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol. 28 June-21 October;



The Malvern Hills are the backdrop for the award-winning Ledbury Poetry Festival. It’s all about poetry for everyone, with performances from the likes of Jackie Kay and Hollie McNish, and readings from festival patron Juliet Stevenson and Michael Palin. 29 June-8 July;

LAST CHANCE TO SEE... ✢ Picasso: Paper and Clay looks at how Picasso pushed the boundaries as much in drawing, printmaking and ceramics, as he did in painting. Until 24 June; 198 woman&home IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

✢ It’s a firm fixture in the British summer calendar and tickets for Henley Royal Regatta are selling fast. Grab them while you can. 4-8 July;

✢ The Moderate Soprano, David Hare’s play about the love story behind the birth of Glyndebourne, finishes soon at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre. Until 30 June;



Following the huge success of its run at the Royal Albert Hall, Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo is embarking on a nationwide tour. The fantastical show is all about insect life – expect back-flipping butterflies and trapezeflying dragonflies. 16 August7 October;


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Your stars Astrologer Penny Thorntonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predictions for the month of July LEO 24 JULY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 AUGUST

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come a long way in six months, and some decisions require a rethink. The lunar eclipse of the 27th inspires closure. Weekly update 09058-170545* Six months ahead 09058-170474*

VIRGO 24 AUGUST â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22 SEPTEMBER

Love and fear are mutually exclusive. If your heart is telling you who and what you want, be brave enough to follow it. Weekly update 09058-170546* Six months ahead 09058-170475*

20 JANUARY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19 FEBRUARY

Famous Cancerians: Jennifer Saunders, Caroline Quentin, Elizabeth McGovern and Harrison Ford

24 OCTOBER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22 NOVEMBER

A project that was delayed or an ofer that was rejected could be back on the table. The solar eclipse (13th) signals positive change. Weekly update 09058-170548* Six months ahead 09058-170477*



23 NOVEMBER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22 DECEMBER

Money and travel take the top spots. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave anything to chance, and in the event of a detour or delay, see it as a blessing. Weekly update 09058-170549* Six months ahead 09058-170478*


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Events that took place six months ago are part of Julyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starry narrative. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be tempted to return to the past. Weekly update 09058-170551* Six months ahead 09058-170480*

PISCES 20 FEBRUARY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 MARCH

A process is all but complete and a sense of release will follow. Indeed, July has celebration written all over it. Weekly update 09058-170552* Six months ahead 09058-170481*


23 SEPTEMBER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 OCTOBER


A solar eclipse heralds a major relationship development. A new romance for some, the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over for others. Weekly update 09058-170550* Six months ahead 09058-170479*


LIBRA A contract could be in the pipeline and a new beginning made, ďŹ rst and foremost on the home front and second your career. Weekly update 09058-170547* Six months ahead 09058-170476*


21 MARCH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 APRIL

Star sign of the month CANCER 23 JUNE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 JULY Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like a solar eclipse in your sign (13th) to get you moving and motoring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in all senses of the phrase. For weekly updates, call 09058-170544* THE MONTHS AHEAD Get creative. Going into business or marketing your assets is recommended. And September is the month to go all in. To hear a detailed breakdown of the next few months, phone Penny on 09058-170473*

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A new job or an opportunity to showcase your talents. From the 26th travel and communications are on a go-slow. Weekly update 09058-170541* Six months ahead 09058-170470*

TAURUS 21 APRIL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 21 MAY

Moving home? Moving mountains? One way or another, July ďŹ nds you in new surroundings, and the better for it. Weekly update 09058-170542* Six months ahead 09058-170471*

GEMINI 22 MAY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22 JUNE

The solution to a ďŹ nancial matter may well be found on or near the 12th. This is a month of realisations and reckonings. Weekly update 09058-170543* Six months ahead 09058-170472*

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BILL NIGHY Bill lives in London and has a grown-up daughter, Mary, with his ex-partner Diana Quick. My rise to fame... Love Actually changed my life in a very good way. Richard Curtis gave me a very good role, and it changed my professional life and a lot in my personal life. So it’s something I should be grateful for. But when fans speak with me in the street, I feel like I’m disappointing them because I’m not Billy Mack, I’m just a normal bloke! My early memories… I don’t love acting; I did acting because I didn’t want to do some other things. When I got into drama school, they said, “We hope you realise there may be long periods where you’re out of work,” and I had to keep a straight face because that’s exactly what I had in mind. Long periods of no work. That’s what I call glamour. It still gives me a thrill to walk around when everybody else is at work.

My days of… When I’m working I have to get up at 5am, so when I’m not I like to get up at 10am. I put on some John Lee Hooker, shave, then go round to the café for a leisurely breakfast with two football pages.

Bill on screen 2003

Bill steps into the shoes of rock ’n’ roll star Billy Mack in Love Actually.


He joins a group of retirees who travel to India in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Then I go to the bookshop for a browse. My significant others... When Mary was growing up she’d say, “You wanted a boy, didn’t you?” I’d say, “No!’ and I really didn’t. I thought, let’s fill the house with women, as far as I’m concerned. But she thought I was keeping something from her. She’d occasionally sit down in front of a football game with me and say, “Do we like the red ones or the blue ones?” My new film, The Bookshop… I’ve read most of Penelope Fitzgerald’s books, including The Bookshop [about a middle-aged widow trying to start a bookshop in 1950s England], and I adore it. I was very pleased to be in the film adaptation, particularly when I had read the script, and having worked with [director] Isabel [Coixet] and Emily [Mortimer] before. My feeling is that it will be a wonderful film and that’s not PR – I say that because it’s true! ✢ The Bookshop is released in cinemas on 29 June.


The 68-year-old British actor found fame in Love Actually and has dominated our screens ever since. This month, he’s starring in The Bookshop

Loves & Hates 2016 The film 2018 His latest remake of the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army sees Bill play Sergeant Wilson.

role is as Edmund Brundish in the film adaptation of The Bookshop.

Waterlow Park, London It’s one of my most cherished places. Martin Amis’s books I buy every one as it comes out, just like I used to queue up on a Friday for the new Stones album. Yorkshire Tea I’m addicted to it.

X Sunbathing As an Anglo-sort-of-Irish person, the heat doesn’t suit me. X Tracksuit bottoms I’d kill myself before wearing a pair. X Ageing I look in the mirror and I remember what I’m supposed to look like and it’s not like this.


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