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January 2014

WIN! ÂŁ100 At Eva Alexander

Maternity Made Chic TV Chef

Dev Biswal Interviewed


Your Wardrobe

Anarchy At Central Saint Martins


Gold Radiance

Lose 10lbs

For Your Wedding


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Editor-in-Chief Gabriella Enriocco

Editor’s PA Sophia Moretti 07514412050 Fashion Editor

Moira Valenti

Features Editor

Isabelle Porteous

Beauty & Fitness Editor Caroline Topperman

Bridal Editor

Rebecca Martin


George Watts Belinda Chorley Vicki Lord Kelly Millar Suzanne Bernie


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Sophie Milner, Kirsti Reid, Madeleine Spencer Kimberleigh Spreadbury Laura Farrington, Maggie Reid

In House Artists

Alex Douglas Newton Caroline Jeffery

Photographer Liam Smith

Videographer Daniel Gold

International Presenter Ileana Madarnaz

International Videographer Lizbella Molina

HR Manager Samantha Roberts Sales Team Vicoria Hewitt Anna Wilson

Todd Lynn The New Season


Discoveries Regulars

Cover Look

10 Editor’s Letter 24 Fashion Loves 38 Menswear Loves 104 Wedding Fairy SOS 112 British MODE Loves Bridal 138 Honeymoon Essentials

Fashion & Beauty 12 Central Saint Martins & The Anarchists 22 Detox your Wardrobe 48 Clayspray Review Photographer: Jason Knott 50 Dermaco Skincare Dress, styling & concept: Michelle Blenkinsopp of Shell Belle Couture 52 Baby Soft Hands Hair & makeup: Silvia Mangano 54 New in Beauty Model: Catalina Mirita 58 Banish Blemishes 60 Our Top 5 Exfoliants 64 Story of the Red Lip 66 Liquid Gold Radiance 68 Detox your Locks 70 Top 6 Products Containing Argan Oil 72 Luxe Beauty Treatments

Food 86 88 90 92 94 96 98

TV Chef Dev Biswal Interviewed Spice Crusted Fish with Kentish Asparagus Drunken Kyushu Crab Chef ’s Signature Appetizer Platter Crispy Sweet & Sour Pork Wok-Fried Wagyu with Capsicum Almond Tofu Pudding

Misc 78 Six Sinful New Year City Breaks 100 14 Ways to Stay Healthy 102 Lose 10lbs for your Wedding 140 Your Thoughts on British Fashion 142 (Philanthropy) RSPCA - Don’t Blame The Dog

Bridal 108 Beyond Burlesque Classic Spangle Cocktail Dress 110 Beyond Burlesque Aphrodite Dress 116 Sincerity Bridal Interview 120 Joanna Bristow Jewellery 131 Arabic Jewellery & Fragrances 124 Maternity Made Chic 138 Luxe Lefkada Honeymoons


EDITORS LETTER World Travel There are arguably few things more fulfilling in this lifetime than being able to travel the world, experiening the many wonderful peoples and cultures on each continent. This month we share with you our current favourite designers and cuisines, as well as some truly incredible holiday and honeymoon destinations from around the globe - placing a particular focus on North Africa, East Asia and Southern Europe. Although we celebrate British design and champion those who make a conscious decision to purchase garments made in Britain, we also recognise the sheer volume of international talent from various locations around the world. Regardless of where you’re from, if you’re a reader of British MODE magazine then we welcome you to our metaphorical ‘family’, and hope that you feel inspired or at the least enthused by what we have to offer up this month. On that note we welcome you into the new year with a few notable changes, one of which is our updated logo, and the promise of many incredible giveaways and competitions which will be announced as the year unfolds. I hope that you have all had a fabulous Christmas and that you are entering the new year in a positive frame of mind. January marks our fifth issue of British MODE magazine and it has taken a lot of work and dedication to reach this point, so as always I’d like to thank each and every one of our writers, editors and columnists, aside from the photographers and other industry proffessionals and supporters who make this glorious publication possible. Happy New Year!

Gabriella Enriocco

Gabriella Enriocco, Editor-in-Chief 11

Central Saint Martins

& The Anarchists


at the prestigious institution and has already been dubbed ‘The next big thing’. Never one to be told what to do, Hynes had spent a lifetime fighting against the establishment. This feisty attitude and rebellious nature is something Central Saint Martins thrives upon; those who aren’t afraid to do something different, those who are undeniably innovative, who evolve and who change, and those who take such a rebellious nature and turn it into something beautiful, shocking, and inspiring, those are the McQueen’s of the world.

Article by Sophie Milner Central Saint Martins is the most highly celebrated design college in the world. Like a factory of the spectacular and daring, it produces globally sensational designers on a conveyor belt of raw talent and new vision year after year. Yet the students of Central Saint Martins are far from factory duplicates. Each designer’s DNA is distinctively different and what unites them in their Saint Martins pedigree, is a streak of rebellion. Joanne Hynes is no exception. An ambitious and driven young woman from West Ireland, Hynes studied a BA in Fashion at the Limerick School of Art and Design. Following in the path of some of the greatest designers over the past decades, such as Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, Hynes relocated to London to study an MA in design

During her studies at Central Saint Martins, Joanne Hynes created her own personal revolution that cemented itself deep within the fashion industry. Hynes’ latest collection, entitled ‘Collection 11’, has a very strong, contemporary aesthetic. Jackets and dresses feature powerful yet simple sculptural constructs creating alluring silhouettes featuring a selection of dropped waists, balloon skirts and bell shaped sleeves. The entire collection is a nod to the twenties flapper girl, yet herein lies an futuristic infusion, giving it a refreshingly modern twist, ideal for the refreshingly modern woman. Experimentation is the key ingredient within all of Hynes’ collections. A total rejection of convention, the pieces are heavily embellished with sleek perspex shapes rather than fussy ornamentations. Hynes incorporates modernity through the unusual sartorial substance to create a ‘I’m from the year 3030’ vibe. The collection is relatively simple, clean and concise, yet the adornment adds a touch of atypical drama. Collection 11 features the winter’s most mysterious colours. Midnight na13

The college has produced a strong army of headline hitting designers




“The conveyor belt of anti establishment and innovation never ceases and Central Saint Martins continues to produce some of the most shocking, exciting and spectacular designers on the style spectrum.” mysterious colours. Midnight navies are played against flirtatious blush pinks and hazy greys. Deep inky blue is contrasted with bright perspex explosions of fluorescent orange and blood red scattered over necklines, hemlines and sleeves like a non-traditional, contemporary tribal design.

Saint Martins, and to ever grace the world.

Pushing design boundaries with his avant-garde creations, McQueen’s collections were saturated with controversy. The catwalk shows exhibited his collections through spectacular theatrical displays, playing out like fantasies The celebrity cult following reflects the na- from the darkest depths of his mind. ture of the Joanne Hynes designs. Paloma Faith, Jessie J and Nicola Roberts are all no- After the untimely death of Lee Alexantoriously experimental and expressive with der McQueen it seemed only natural that their personal style. They endorse Hynes’ a Central Saint Martins graduate would creative and anarchistic pieces within continue his style legacy. Cue Sarah Burtheir wardrobe to cement their adventur- ton, McQueen’s right-hand woman and ous style status, and Hynes’ individuality. design aide, who through the pain of losing her colleague and friend, has conWith the expressive nature of Central Saint tinued to head the Alexander McQueen Martins ingrained deeply within its stu- label and maintain its success. Blossomdent’s genetics, the college has produced a ing under the creative eye of Burton, strong army of headline-hitting designers. Alexander McQueen was heralded for Alexander McQueen has been one of the incorporating a woman’s touch with a most influential and innovative design- lighter, less controversial nature, yet still ers to walk through the gates of Central maintaining a sense of the spectacular. 17


They are rebels with a purpose of redesigning recreating and revolutionising the fashion industry This new fresh era of modernity, tra- a cause, but rebels with a purpose dition and femininity led Burton to of redesigning, recreating and revdesign the famous wedding dress of olutionising the fashion industry. the Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Wedding in 2012. The clever combination of edgy fashion and tradition made Burton the perfect choice in designer for the illustrious dress, firmly embodying and marking the contemporary and modern stamp of the new royals. If anything, it was a tribute to a fashion house that signifies the power and strength of Great British Design. The conveyor belt of anti establishment and innovation never ceases and Central Saint Martins continues to produce some of the most shocking, exciting and spectacular designers on the style spectrum. From Joanne Hynes recreating an old era of femininity with a modernist vibe, to McQueen’s shocking displays of sartorial genius, to Burton twisting edginess with tradition, Central Saint Martins design graduates are inherently unique. They are not rebels without 19

Model wears Jaeger London Vase Shaped Wool Coat-£399 Wool Stretch Leg Trouser-£160 Jackson Bag£275

Model wears Jaeger London, Wool Angora Drop Shoulder Coat with Leather Trim-£399 Rib Cowl Neck Wool Sweater-£180 Wool Stretch Parallel Leg Trouser-£160 Robinson Bag-£299


Your Wardrobe by columnist Suzanne Bernie Hoping you had a perfect New Year and you looked and felt wonderful in your NYE party outfits. However you do realise that sparkles and sequins are all behind you now and somewhere not too far away are the lush colours of spring. Yes, I know the cold, wet weather and grey skies don't have any hint of spring but you have to stay positive in these chilly couple of months.

fits for each occasion – and of course one mustn’t forget date night! There are several things you'll need to do in order to successfully detox your wardrobe and the first step is to take a long hard look at just what’s in there and consider the following: DO I hear you say you have …… a million clothes and nothing to wear! Too much black? Why didn't I take unwanted garments back to the shops before the expiry date? I used to love this in the 80’s, how can I throw it out!! Nothing goes with anything arhhhhhhh !

A sure fire way of getting stuck into the new year, especially with the smattering of spring collections just arriving in stores (in-fact, any time you’re ready to just make your life easier,) is to have an organised tidy to create a fully accesorised wardrobe. So you do mutter those words to yourself and anyone else who’s prepared to listen. Just imagine the pleasure of waking up Well in that case follow these few steps every morning and opening your ward- for your Wardrobe Detox and enjoy the robe to reveal a concise capsule collec- feeling of total clarity, organisation and tion of clothes. Outfits and accessories jubilation. All in preparation for the new that will work for all aspects of your life, and exciting pieces that will be added to both for work and leisure. Whether it be your wardrobe in order for it to work a hectic day at the office with back-to- harder for your lifestyle, as well as take back meetings or flights and commuting, you everywhere you need to go looking where the thought of accessorising will beautifully stylish, in control and fabusimply push you over the edge, or dresslous! ing for your busy social diary of lunches So here goes………… and dinner parties, there should be out- 1. Open your wardrobe doors and take a 22

long hard look at what’s inside

Hang knits & tops on wooden hangers. Trousers and jeans on clip hangers. 2. Systematically try EVERYTHING on, NO wire hangers (unless used for men’s yes EVERYTHING! shirts). 3. Sort out the pieces that still fit, what isn’t worn out and what isn’t dated. Make a pile for the charity shop, a pile to give to friends or family and a pile for the bin!

Your newly organised wardrobe will slowly take shape so be patient and if you really can’t face it yourself Coathanger can do it all for you! Next month see the great new designers you should check out to add to your newly culled wardrobe.

Be ruthless and be honest with yourself, will you actually wear it again if you hav- Let 2014 be filled with good health and en’t worn it for over a year? happy times and of course great style!

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LOVES Fendi mini shoulder bag £699.23

Valentino lace top £836.42

Lanvin cut glass paisley-style earrings £927.58


Dsquared2 embellished bracelet £119.49

Gianvito Rossi classic pointed toe pump £380.59

Fendi cube necklace £230.13

Giorgio Armani leather gloves £299.16

Dsquared2 crystal drop earrings £92.94

Alexander McQueen Herione Small Leather Bowling Bag £1,260.00

Red Valentino flared hem coat £1053.27


Saint Laurent Micro Mellettes leather box clutch £1,065

Erickson Beamon knuckle ring £327.63 Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to handle small leather tote £375.00

Sergio Rossi 'Ramage' cut-out ankle boot £858.55 26

Helmut Lang lambskin trouser £742

Balenciaga vintage oversized trench coat £663

Loree Rodkin Art Deco marquise ring £8045.56

Saint Laurent Cassandre leather clutch £680 27

Shourouk 'Sparkling' earrings £321.84

Burberry London 'Haymarket' belt £221.14

Saint Laurent leather shorts £1509.1

Chloe Elisie Grained Leather Shoulder Bag £930.00

Shourouk crystal earring £331.91


Fendi Textured leather and leather pumps £650

Chloé logo embossed bangle £268 Wouters & Hendrix Gold 'Crow's Claws' pearl earrings £716.93

Givenchy Lucrezia Small Leather Tote £1340.00

Luis Morais pyramid earring £812.85


Model wears Marks & Spencer Patterned Coat £249 and sky blue Top £69, with a Patterned Skirt £99

Model wears M&S Autograph Top £79 Autograph Trouser £79 Earring £7.50 Necklace £15 & £29.50 Shoe £35

Model wears M&S Collection Dress £45 Bag £25 Shoe £19.50

Model wears Per Una Speziale Coat £149 Per Una Speziale Top £69 Per Una Spz Skirt £69 Bag £129 available at M&S

Model wears M&S Collection Coat £95 M&S Collection Top £22.50 M&S Collection Skirt £35 Shoe £19.50


LOVES Alexander McQueen skull detail slipper £374.79

Tateossian Carbon fire cufflink £137.91

Burberry Fragrance Brit Rhythm Shower Gel £16


Stones of Character Ring £6341.8

Giorgio Armani striped tie £108.95

Nixon chronograph watch £376.53

Otis Batterbee Waxed Grand Tour Wash Bag £75.00

Versace Medusa western boots £767.88


Diesel Thavar Skinny Jeans £189.00

Polo Ralph Lauren Half-Zip Mock Neck Sweater £115.00

Mulberry Ribbed Scarf £149.00 Mulberry Classic Leather Driving Glove £165.00 Brioni logo buckle belt £359.97


Moncler Thick Knit Scarf £175.00

Vivienne Westwood Button Collar Shirt £215.00

Moncler Hirson Jacket £1,325.00

Moncler Fairisle Chunky Scarf £200.00

D&G logo belt £245


Navy bomber with quilted detail £160 Diesel Spot and strip t-shirt £75 Paul Smith Jeans Grey sweat shorts £80 Diesel

Images: House of Fraser

Model wears: Navy polka dot polo shirt £40 Linea Pink shorts £100 Ralph Lauren at House of Fraser Block colour canvas rucksack £43 Penguin at House of Fraser

Model wears: Beige linen jacket £199, Beige linen trousers £99 both Howick Tailored Triangle print shirt £55 Farah at House of Fraser Dark tan belt £28 Howick

Images: House of Fraser

Model Wears: Pink jumper £40 Howick White cotton shirt £50 Linea Blue chinos £80 Gant at House of Fraser Blue leather satchel £210 Ted Baker at House of Fraser

Clayspray Mattifying Red Clay effectively fights spots by addressing its core causes: 1. Eliminates excess oil leaving the skin clear and shine-free. 2. Unclogs follicles, where microorganisms involved in acne breed, by removing impurities and excess sebum that block them. Clayspray Mattifying Red Clay has been clinically tested on 20 subjects with signs of oily skin and moderate spots: after 28 days there was a significant decrease in skin surface sebum (-35%) and spots (-23%) without affecting the skin moisture level. - Pure clay emulsion, easy to use always fresh - Is over 95% natural - Is paraben-free - Does not contain preservatives, colourings and artificial perfumes - Not tested in animals


ClaySpray review

Review by Dean Smith

Having used Clayspray’s Mattifying Red Clay for only one week, the results have been instantaneous. I, like so many others, have combination skin, meaning that my T-zone is constantly oily and my cheek area is always rather dry. One fantastic advantage of this product is that it’s not solely designed for the facial region and for those like me who suffer from dry and oily patches, you can apply it wherever it’s needed. The product possesses regenerative properties and is formed from molecules that have the ability to hold 800 times their weight in moisture; meaning that whilst it’s unblocking the pores and removing excess sebum, it’s not drying out the skin to the point where it become an issue.

With most of us living fast paced lifestyles, it’s good to know that this only needs to be applied once a day and that the entire process lasts no more than ordering a Starbucks double espresso. Simply dampen you face with warm water (or for the perfect preparation and added moisture, marry the clay with the mineral rich H2OSpray also by Clayspray) and spread the product over the oily areas on your face and body. Once the clay is dry, which takes approximately 4-5minutes, wash off with warm water. For those that are against animal cruelty, you’ll be happy to know that the brand do not test on animals and that this product is 100% paraben free! 49


Dermaco Skincare Bridal Editor, Rebecca Martin, trials part of the Dermaco skincare range including: a revitalising toner, collagen cream, soothing revival balm and a cleanser. It has been over a month since she began trying the products and her review is glowing.


Love the skin you’re in! After years of leading at the forefront of the skin aesthetics industry, DermaCo have finally answered many a prayer, with the creation of their glorious range. Created in cooperation with Cheltenham based internationally renowned MONU Skincare, the DermaCo Skincare Range merges professional results with natural formulations. The range is thankfully free from chemicals, artificial perfumes and synthetic colours; instead combining a pure and natural ingredients list of essential oils, plant herbs and minerals. The resulting range is an exceptional skincare system, which feels truly luxurious to use. The chic dispensers of the DermaCo Skincare range scream elegance, automatically suggesting the quality of the product within. A cleanser is undeniably the cornerstone of any skincare regime, and DermaCo have definitely hit the nail on the head with a product so exceptionally wonderful that I look forward to using it. Rose and Geranium essential oils lend their incredible scents to not only the

cleanser but several of the products within the range, giving an incredibly soothing aroma. Calming Aloe Vera soothes sensitive skin, leaving it feel cleansed and refreshed, and the wheatgerm and coconut oil left my skin beautifully soft, even before using the toner. Toners definitely create somewhat of a skincare ‘minefield’ for those with sensitive skin, just a tad too harsh and they can cause all manner of irritation! The DermaCo Revitalising Toner has the opposite effect, being soothing, calming and gentle on the skin. Immediately noticeable is the divine scent of the neroli, rose and petitgrain essential oils, all of which combine to leave sensitive skin feeling incredibly soft and supple. The difference in skin tone after regular use for just a few days is vast and I noticed my complexion beginning to really even out. For those people who not only have sensitive, but also dry skin, DermaCo’s Revival Balm and Collagen Cream answer many a prayer for natural, rescue treatments that soothe dry skin without containing artificial irritants

that would only aggravate it. Both the Revival Balm and the Collagen Cream are suggested by DermaCo as being suitable for use after Microdermabrasion and other facial treatments, such are their healing properties. The Revival Balm is a rich, luxurious butter that melts into the skin, the light reflecting pigments combining with soothing essential oils to leave skin radiant and glowing. Marine collagens in the Collagen Cream plump the skin and smooth fine surface lines. Dramatic improvements are noticeable in not just the hydration of dry skin, but also its tone. The quality of the DermaCo system is instantly identifiable, not just through the chic packaging, but even more so through the luxurious textures of the product and their effect on the skin. Building on their vast experience within the industry, DermaCo have created a skincare range to rival all other high end products that have gone before them. This is definitely a skincare system I’d recommend and one which I see myself using well into the future. 51

Baby Soft Hands In the winter months, with artificial heat and chilling temperatures, it is difficult to keep our hands looking moisturised and youthful. While they say that our eyes are the windows to our souls, our hands are surely the windows to our age. That’s why we’re sharing with you our favourite products for happy hands!

Creme de la Mer Hand Treatment £70.00

Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream has always been a staple in our beauty bags and we are delighted with its sister hand cream. This gellike cream absorbs into our dry hands instantaneously and keeps them soft and touchable for up to eight hours. This translates to smooth and beautiful hands for a glorious day spent in the mountains.


With a seaweed formulation, this rich hydrating cream creates the perfect barrier between you and the elements. Take a moment to massage this vitamin filled cream into your skin for the perfect antidote to tired looking hands.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment £26.00

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream £98.00

Bliss Glamour Gloves £37

Pair these gel lined gloves with any cream you love and you will see soft hydrated hands in no time. As the weather gets colder and the biting wind cracks our delicate skin, we will be reaching for this luxurious combination of grapeseed oil, olive oil and Vitamin E, which is also great for eczema.

With an SPF of 15, you can be sure that this skin brightening cream will help protect your digits from future sun damage. With daily use, you will notice your skin brightening and dark spots diminishing.

If you’re noticing age spots or fine lines, this is the ideal hand Cream with SPF 15. Not only will you notice healthy and plump cuticles, but more importantly you will have younger looking hands.

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream SPF15 £23.50 53

LOVES A selection of our favourite new beauty products, straight from stores, as seen on the catwalk.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush £62.00

Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons £47.00 54

Burberry Beauty Lip Mist Trench Kiss £22.50 Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Eye Palette £35.00

D&G Makeup Intense Nail Lacquer £19.00

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture 48 £18.00

Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte £21.00 55

Banish Blemishes Our guide to exfoliation for long lasting results when it comes to the clarity and softness of the skin

It’s a new year and for some of you perhaps it’s time for a new facial routine. If you’re a young adult and you find that you still have blemishes, which is fairly common, then it’s time to tackle the issue head on, and whilst most of you already know about tools such as the Clarisonic, it’s important that you to understand which products to use alongside it. Acne comedones develop in the hair follicles of the skin from trapped oil and dead skin cells. The bacteria trapped inside those hair follicles leads to inflammation and infection which is what causes ‘break outs’, and if you can’t help yourself from itching the area then unfortunately it’s probably going to cause hyperpigmentation. Not to worry though, get58

ting clear skin is easily achievable for many people, but if you find it especially difficult to clear up those blemishes we’d recommend you seek the advice of a qualified dermatologist. Exfoliation is something that all of our Editors swear by, as it’s the key to healthy, rejuvinated skin. Not only does it increase and encourage blood circulation, it also buffs away those dead skin cells which leave the face looking tired and dull. Repeated use of a good exfoliant over a period of 1-2 months for those with mild hyperpigmentation will leave the skin looking looking clear and feeling soft. For those of you with slightly more to worry about, we’d recommend you exfoliate twice daily for 2-3 months instead, in order to achieve the same results.

Selecting the right exfoliant Without the right exfoliant you may find that your skin becomes irritated or inflamed; it’s of the utmost importance that you consider both your skin type and skin sensitivity. What we mean by this is whether your skin is oily, dry or combination, as well whether you’re sensitive to certain ingredients. If you have sensitive skin or eczema for example, you’ll want to either use a milder exfoliant or simply exfoliate less.

We don’t believe in neglecting any part of the skin when it comes to exfoliation, which is why last month we trialled a few different body scrubs by Bahoma London. Each scrub is beautifully fragranced and contains mineral salt crystals for deep, intense exfoliation. When using these scrubs on the arms and back, not only did the skin become softer, it also became much clearer; helping to dramatically fade scars in both areas. Retailing at just £22.95 for a whopThe routine itself will vary from person to per- ping 200ml, it’s a steal and definitely someson but here is basic guide to what you should thing we’d recommend to all of our readbe considering, depending on your skin type: ers. Good luck on your skincare journey!



Those with oily or combination skin have the luxury of being able to select between finely milled exfoliants and those that are more intense. If you have oily skin that means you have a thicker epidermis which produces more sebum. We recommend you look for exfoliants containing witch hazel, tea tree oil, calendula, or cucumber to soothe and tighten the skin, and always moisturise well once you’re finished to rehydrate.

If you’ve got dry skin and you’re considering exfoliation you might be a little nervous that it will further exaggerate those dry areas. In actuality it’s brilliant for clearing up dry patches, but you’ll want to use a light exfoliant regularly, and a slightly harsher one perhaps one or two days of the week. Be sure to follow up with a serum and of course lots of moisturiser - water based ones work wonders for this skin type! 59

BODY With a combination of Rosemary, Rosewood, Mint, Sugar and Salt Crystal, this product works a charm on dry areas of the body such as knees and feet. Clarins Paris Tonic Body Polisher with Essential Oils £31.00 For a salt scrub this is very gentle, probably due to the shea butter it contains. Ideal for daily exfoliation, it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Paul & Joe Body Salt Scrub £19.50 60

Bahoma London Pomelo Grapefruit body scrub ÂŁ22.95 These glorious scrubs are available in a variety of scents - we approve! If you have any surface scarring this provides deep exfoliation, ideal for fading blemishes fast!

Great for mature skin, this beautiful exfoliant is infused with damascena rose otto and jasmine to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Ila Spa Body Scrub for a Blissful Experience Natural Bodycare ÂŁ63.00



Story of

The Red Lip By Caroline Topperman When one imagines the perfect red pout created a vibrant Montezuma Red as a tribute it is inevitable to picture the golden age to the brave women serving in the military. of cinema. From silent movies straight Although no longer available, its influence through to technicolor, it is an ever pres- has been felt in the decades that followed. ent image of the strong, sultry wom- Even though makeup was scarce in the an who knows exactly what she wants. 1940’s, red lips were encouraged and seen It was only as of the 1920’s that red lips fi- as a sign of patriotism. Service women nally gained acceptance in England and sported luscious red lips in order to boost became an integral part of the fashionable morale, and show strength in femininity. lady’s wardrobe. Clara Bow was the cur- Veronica Lake, Joan Crawford and Betty rent star of the silver screen and women Davis, the most glamorous women of the everywhere could be seen wearing her sig- silver screen, enchanted and inspired audinature cupid’s bow shaped lips in stunning ences with their full and splendid red lips. matte garnet-reds. The Flappers, ‘it-girls’ In the following decade, the cinema brought of their time, adopted this colour too, as back passion, adventure and romance to a symbol of their independence and re- the classic red lip. There was an endless line bellion against the morals of the previ- of suitors for Marilyn Monroe in “Gentleous generations. Their beaded dresses, men Prefer Blondes” and the dangerous short bobs and deep red lips became the sensuality of Ava Gardner in “The Killers” defining image of the roaring twenties. which Burt Lancaster was powerless to reForever the innovator, Guerlain launched sist. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend the timeless icon Rouge d’Enfer in 1924. It but it is the red lips that get her noticed. was a rich red lipstick with the opulence of Companies such as Guerlain and Elizaa ruby shimmer. The line has stood the test beth Arden knew that red lips are the deof time and is still available today; though fining statement of a woman’s look. Elizit has evolved into a deliciously luxuri- abeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth and Marilyn ous, scintillating cocktail of colour which Monroe were women who bravely blazed leaves your lips feeling fuller and softer. through life forging their own paths. Just as Amongst the oldest names in the beauty in- these trailblazers have survived and permadustry, Elizabeth Arden was a fiercely driv- nently stamped themselves into our psyche, en business woman. A true symbol of inde- so has the classic red lipstick. As a symbol pendence who believed in empowerment of passion and utter confidence, it has bethrough makeup, promoting a healthy life- come the colour of choice for the woman style and holistic beauty. In the 1930’s she who wants to be seen, as well as to be heard.



liquid gold radiance “The natural ingredients make TanOrganic vegan friendly, ideal for pregnant women, and have allowed the brand to be named as having the only Eco-Certified tanner in the world.�


inding the perfect tanning lotion is surprisingly difficult, particularly as there are simply so many products on offer. Nonetheless, here at British MODE we’ve scoured the shelves and managed to find an exemplary product which stands alone in the world of sunless tanners. As the only tan in the


Review by Sophie Milner world to be Eco-Certified, meaning it is made from 95% natural ingredients, Tan Organic delivers a beautiful, buildable, bronzed glow without harmful chemicals that dry out and age your skin, and given the time of year, for those of you who desire a beautiful bronzed appearance, this is the ideal brand. The tanning lotion is applied using the TanOrganic luxury application glove. It fits the hand

like a soft foam glove and is double sided, unlike traditional tanning mitts, so that your hand is completely protected. It even has a thumb to make reaching the smallest parts of your body around ankles and wrists even easier. Packaged in smooth brown glass with a golden screw-lid, the lotion bottle looks impressively sleek. The lotion itself is thin in consistency and golden in tone; visible when ap-

plying on the skin, which means no surprise streaks when the colour has fully developed. This is perhaps the biggest bonus as it allows you to continue building the tan to the depth that you desire. When using the lotion I found that it was fast drying and leaves no sticky residue, meaning you can of course get dressed straight away without worrying about leaving any marks on your clothes or bed sheets.

Although TanOrganic labels itself as ‘odourless’ it has a distinctive smell. The golden liquid smells like delicious mandarin oranges, making the application process enjoyable with no biscuity faux-tan smell. Many faux tanners contain hundreds of chemicals, parabens and fragrances, so not only are these nasty chemicals drying out and ageing the skin but they are also getting into your blood

stream. TanOrganic use all natural ingredients which are kind to the skin, such as aloe vera, caramel, beetroot and sugar. The natural ingredients make TanOrganic vegan friendly, ideal for pregnant women, and have allowed the brand to be named as having the only Eco-Certified tanner in the world. I love that it’s hydrating and easy to use, which makes this a must have product for the season!


Detox Your Locks “Give your hair that well-earned break from all the heated tools, back combing and product build-up we put our hair through to create those spectacular party hairdos. It’s vital we give our tired locks a chance to repair and recover with a good hair detox!” - Vicki Lord


Firstly you will need to take a visit to your hair stylist. There’s nothing better than a good chop to get rid of all those dead/split ends. (For tip top conditioned hair you should always get your hair trimmed regularly every 6-8 weeks).



Speak to your hair stylist and ask them to assess your hair condition so you can purchase the correct shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type. They say you pay for what you get - well this is true in the case of your shampoo and conditioner!

Give your hair a break from the use of heated appliances, like hair straighteners, curling tongs and of course the hairdryer, for at least a week - or try blow-drying your hair on cooler setting than normal using a soft bristle brush.



I’m a big fan and have had fabulous results from using pure argan oil to ondition, protect and heal the hair. My favourite Argan prouct is Agadir Argan! Hair is made up of mainly protein so ensuring we have enough protein in our diet is vital, along with vitamins A,B,D and E and/or Biotin, to revive your hair!



Top 5 Products Containing Argan Oil

A L’Olivier Virgin Argan (cooking) oil £24.95 A L’Olivier’s Virgin Argan oil is extracted from the almond of the fruit of the Argan tree. Rare and precious, this oil is recognised for its gastronomic, nutritional and cosmetic virtues. Argan oil can be used in cold or hot dishes and with savoury, seafood or sweet food.


Melvita Argan Oil with Geranium RollOn for Hands, Nails and Cuticles, 10ml £10.00

Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion £50.50

The lightweight, readily-absorbed lotion improves skin texture, tonicity and resilience, providing a radiant, healthy-looking skin. Scented with essential oils of orange and eucalyptus. Not tested on animals

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo 385 ml £6.99

This blend of Moroccan argan oil rapidly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness!

Keep cuticles and nails in tip-top shape with Melvita’s nourishing argan oil. The rollon bottle makes it easy to target torn or dry skin.

A ‘weightless’ blend of climate control factors help keep hair smooth, frizz free and manageable in the dampest or driest conditions.



Beauty Treatments Article by Madeleine Spencer

Nataliya Robinson Facial On visiting Nataliya’s treatment room in Knightsbridge, my senses were arrested by the sea of white that make up the sumptuous surroundings. Don’t let them fool you - behind a curtain lies Nataliya’s work station which holds a bounty of high-tech machines and high-impact products. The balance an hour with Nataliya strikes reflects the duality of the room, although you’ll feel very relaxed what you’ll receive is a very firm, very effective treatment. Though I half expected to doze off into a gentle slumber, I was too overwhelmed by her sheer wealth of knowledge, and seized the opportunity to ask many a question. It is therefore rather a good job that she dexterous enough with her hands to not let answering me impede on the treatment - Nataliya is also endlessly patient! All in all I loved the treatment and left with baby soft skin, brimming with confidence and would definitely recommend this ‘experience’ to any busy woman who wants to destress after a long day in the office. 72

Neville Hair & Beauty Blowdry I have on occasion coveted another’s hair. Usually said hair belongs to one of the rare classes of woman (models, heiresses, A-listers and so forth) for whom drizzle and wind seem to inexplicably relent, leaving them blow dried to perfection whilst walking the streets of London. Whilst I can’t promise that the weather will be on your side, I can tell you that more often than not, these perfectly-coiffed creatures have had their locks tended to at Neville, and your chances of looking picture perfect are much increased after a single session there. I opted for the Neville classic: a bouncy, healthy head of hair - think Middleton, I kept my eyes open to the comings and goings of the other clientele. Those coming in had a variety of issues north of the eyebrow, whilst those leaving all sported uniformly beautiful hair. My expectations were high and of course they were exceeded. It was nothing short of a miracle, a thirty minute turnover from limp and lifeless to voluminous and sleek 0 no wonder Alexa is a fan!

Urban Retreat, Harrods Hot Waxing Few purveyors offer all the things you’ll ever need all under one roof, but Harrods have stepped up to the challenge and their Urban Retreat will have you fuzz-free in double time! Furthermore, their wax is not of the ordinary hot wax variety; Harrods have snapped up the new Outback Organics release, Outback Gold, which dries quickly when on and shrink wraps hair prior to the pull-off. The result? Even the most stubborn and tiny of hairs are removed, whilst this is the closest to a pain-free wax I’ve ever had! 73

Chi Yu Integrated Therapy Chi Yu is a Japanese inspired health and wellness centre based in West London. I’ve sent countless friends, family and colleagues into the firm hands of the Chi Yu team for this treatment and all have returned rapturous (some even claiming lifelong ailments felt alleviated). What does it consist of? In short, it is a combination of therapies - meridian massage, reflexology and acupuncture - to redress


imbalances particular to you. The team at Chi Yu are wonderful at understanding the form and this treatment is therefore different for each individual on each separate visit depending on what is necessary. Throw in the fact that this isn’t just a session that is deeply relaxing, but has knock-on benefits, and you could not spend an hour anywhere better to fortify yourself in the lead up to any event!

Manicure At Liberty’s Generally speaking, a manicure typically lasts me just a few days, which is so far from ideal. You may think shellac is the answer, as do many, however I don’t champion the permanent nail movements that have swept London; it simply feels so unusual having something ‘attached’ to the nail. That is not to say that I don’t appreciate a classic manicure that goes the distance without chipping or losing its lustre which is why I swear by Margaret Dabbs Sole Spa Total Manicure, available at Liberty’s. Margaret Dabbs offers the latter with panache using Rococo’s nasty-free polishes. Each time I go for this wonderful manicure it consistently lasts ten full days without losing a whisper of its glossy perfection. This is truly one of the best locations in London to get your manicure done!

“This is truly one of the best locations in London to get your manicure done!”

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Article by Madeleine Spencer

Bath, England Bath is a uniquely charming place and the ideal location for those wanting to pamper themselves as a wonderful way to welcome in the New Year. Our accommodation of choice would be The Bath Priory hotel, with its ludicrously tasty food which can be enjoyed in the Michelin-starred restaurant, on location. With an array of brilliant spa treatments, 78

there’s truly everything you need to unwind and if I do say so myself, the reflexology is particularly relaxing before bed. After an incredible nights sleep, you’ll be ready to see the sights, ranging from the Roman baths and the Thermae Spa open air rooftop pool, to an Abbey and countless museums. Amongst the best are: Sally Lunn’s, home of the famous

With Christmas being all about the family, we think it ’s about time for a post-holiday getaway; a luxurious city break , full of shopping, champagne & relaxation!

Sally Lunn bun (of which Dickens was a fan), which is situated in one of the oldest houses in Bath; The Jane Austen Centre - not to be missed, Austen fans - this glimpse into the Regency Bath in which Austen absorbed so many impressions that shaped her novels is for you, and Number One Royal Crescent, which is a house that is assembled precisely to exacting Regency standards complete with a liberal scattering of knowledgeable volunteer guides around the house who can answer manifold questions and make the visit really quite absorbing. With all the

virtue of having seen the historical sites, not partaking in some hedonism would be shameful. Thankfully, Bath is a haven for shoppers and everything from boutique shops specialising in Bath Stone products to large department stores can be found in the main shopping centre. At the end of a long day, cosy up by the warm fire at the Bath Priory with a warm mug of premium hot chocolate or a cold glass of whiskey - you’ll never want to leave To find out more about The Priory visit: 79

London, England If you are a Londoner, it may not seem the sibilities for exploring are endless. Head obvious choice to take a holiday in Lon- to the West End to enjoy the world’s most don, however you may wish to reconsider. highly regarded theatrical performances, indulge in a delicious three course meal, There is something marvellously indulgent prepared by award winning chefs from about enjoying your own city without paus- Paris to Shanghai, spend time bar hoping to think about work, the house, or other ping, wine tasting, and so much more. committments. For a hotel in the midst of the museums of Albertopolis, head to the Amper- Shop the next day at the old school estabsand. Situated in South Kensington, the ho- lishments (Harrods, Fortnum’s, Liberty’s), tel is a mere stone’s throw from the V&A, the and take a wander down London’s inimScience Museum, the Natural History Mu- itable streets - Notting Hill and Shoredseum, Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall. itch are hard to beat. Whatever you do, don’t even think about heading home until The Apero restaurant in the basement make you’ve exhausted both the city and yourself. some mouthwatering dishes and the cocktails provide ample reason to stay all night. To contact the Ampersand tel: Should you want to venture out, the pos0207589 5895


Berlin, Germany Berlin is a city of opposites - both rooted in its past and its enormously vibrant and evolving present. The division of East and West Berlin, demarcated by the Berlin Wall, may have been dissolved and the two disparate parts reunified in 1990, but it is still well worth bearing the two distinct parts in mind when looking around the city - the marks of this time are apparent everywhere.

Our recommendation is to submerse yourself entirely in the culture, and to therefore consider a stay at the Radisson Blu - the AquaDom in the centre of the reception lounge often proves quite popular. After taking a ride in the beautifully built glass lift that journeys through the centre of the cylindrical, 25-foot aquarium, the popularity of this premium hotel will become apparent. Equally pleasing is this hotels close proximity to many Checkpoint Charlie and the East Side a delicious eatery. Ask the concierge Gallery are musts, as are older sights such for suggestions - they won't disappoint! as Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz. Head to the impressive KaDeWe, To contact Raddison Blu tel: Voo or Happy Shop for garments so +49 (0)30 23828 0 gorgeous they'll make heads turn. 81

Venice, Italy It is hard to think of a time of year during which Venice would not be spectacular, though January and February in Venice is quite something. Almost emptied of the tourists that make summer months next to unbearable in the city, winter offers all the same attractions without the bustle of tourists. Start centrally and work your way out - Piazza San Marco is the best place to get an overview of Venice (and if you head to the top of the Campanile in the square you will quite literally get an view over the city). Then take in some of the vast collections of art housed in the city in the Peggy Guggenheim Col82

lection, Galleria dell’Accademia and Biennale before visiting, Campo Santo Margarita, San Polo and Santo Stefano (where scenes for Casino Royale were filmed) - all typically Venetian. Don’t fall into the trap of eating on the go without advice - food in Venice is as good as it gets, provided you know where to go! Try Birraria la Corte in Campo San Polo for brilliant pizza or Pizzeria Accademia to gaze upon the romantic view of gondoliers gently gliding along the river whilst you dine. Finally, walk: Venice is made for walking and you’ll get the most from the city by simply strolling around it at leisure.

Vienna, Austria The pace of Vienna is far slower than that of most cities, enjoyably so, in fact. It allows for one to see the sights in a rather leisurely manner, without feeling as though you’re somehow rushing from one place to another. It is therefore fitting that one of the most typically Viennese things one could do whilst visiting is to indulge in sumptuous baked goods and a much beloved cup of coffee. Natives give over an afternoon to such simple yet delightful pleasures, and once you’ve seen the inside of the coffee houses that abound in the city, you may also decide to have a naughty nibble on a delicious piece of chocolate torte. Popular with the tour-

Spanish Riding School, Vienna

Donaustadt Skyline

ists is Central, Hawelka and Braunerhof, but Vienna offers up so many places in which to refuel, you’ll easily come across one to call your own. Don’t forget however, to take an afternoon stroll through the Stadtpark, visit the Spanish Riding School to see some extraordinary Lipizzaner stallions, explore the Schloss Schonbrunn Gardens and take a peek at Mozart’s residence!


Oslo, Norway A bustling and thrilling place, the art scene in Oslo is represented by the curated collection displayed, the food by the fantastic and typically Scandinavian fare on offer. We’d recommend you check yourself into The Thief hotel. Colourful yet luxurious, the design features strong elements of colour, so characteristically Swedish, with emphasis on the bold and the modern. Oslo can be so chilly and the rooms so warm and welcoming, that you may find it difficult to once again venture outside. The Thief proffers all you’d need for a stay from blankets galore to a beauty mini-bar - the ultimate temptation for fashionistas. The 84

world outside of ‘The Thief ’ does have a very distinctive allure and fortunately the hotel is located in the arty district of Tjuvholmen, within walking distance of the centre of the city which is home to everything from juice bars to cavernous shops in which to stock up on everything from household goods (Scandinavians excel on this front) to supplements. You’ll leave Oslo with a sense of euphoria, unable to forget the incredible memories of such an utterly impressive city, and of course, simply dying to go back. To enquire about The Thief hotel visit:

Valentine’s Romantic Break Tylney Hall Hotel, Hampshire Fri 14th Feb

Enjoy luxurious accommodation, a gourmet meal created by our Executive Chef, Stephen Hine, and enjoy a romantic stroll around our historical grounds.

The Valentine’s Romantic Break includes: • Luxurious accommodation with full English breakfast • Valentine’s chocolates in your room on arrival • Pre-dinner champagne and canapé reception • Candlelit five-course dinner in our award winning Oak Room Restaurant, with our resident pianist providing musical accompaniment. • A rose for each couple at dinner • Early check in at 1pm and Late check out at 12 noon - subject to availability • Use of the hotel’s leisure facilities throughout your stay • VAT Rates start from just £340.00 per room, per night based on two sharing a Deluxe Bedroom and a non-refundable prepayment of 50% will be required. Special rates are also available for Saturday 15th February. To book call Reservations on 01256 764881


mother’s cooking. The first dish I learnt to make was an omelette, unsupervised, so of course I forgot the milk and burnt the pan! You trained at the Dubai Sheraton . What was the most valuable lesson you learnt whilst there? Dubai rience ty in ically

gave me an opportunity to expethe diversity as well as similaricuisines from various geographdistant countries and cultures.

What inspires you to keep creating? Ingredients and imagination. I always start with a clean plate and look forward to the process.


What advice do you have for trainee chefs?

TV Chef Dev Biswal

Keep an open mind. Enjoy food and creation of flavours. Don’t feel the pressure of being judged. Be proud of everything you create. You have the most unique relationship with your food which no critic can understand .

This month we sat down with the incredibly talented, motivated and successful TV chef and owner of the award winning Ambrette restaurant in Kent, Chef Dev Biswal. Chef Biswal is nothing short of a culinary genius and before we share a mouth wateringly tempting recipe courtesy of the chef, we bring you a very interesting and insightful interview.

This year you became the ambassador for Kentish Oils. What makes it so special?

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What were your favourite meals during your childhood and can you recall the first dish you learnt to make? Eastern Indian style goat curry with garlic flavoured aubergine mash was one of my favourite meals from the plethora of dishes from my

It’s absolutely amazing and needs to be experienced to be understood properly. It leaves this crisp, fresh and nutty shine on anything that’s cooked in it. It doesn’t turn rancid easily and has a longer shelf life. What are the major differences between locally sourced ingredients and those which aren’t? I call it “flavours of the soil”. Mass produced produce from international food markets do not have the intensity of flavours which we see in locally grown ingredients. Sometimes you come across jewels in local food pro87

Chef Biswal is owner of the award winning Ambrette restaurant in Kent To find out more visit www.theambrette. To book a table or for general enquiries tel: 01843 231504 or email 88

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ducers where the farmer is really passionate beaches of Mumbai. They are some about his produce and does an excellent job of the most romantic places in India. with them. To add to it all it makes commercial sense as it supports the local economy. What was it like and what did it mean to you, being awarded the ‘Best Indian in Britain’? Are you partial to cooking with a particular type of meat and if so, why? It was fantastic! We owe it our great customers in the South East. I fell in love with the fillets of zebra. It was super tender and lean and also The Ambrette is short listed for several is a by-product of a conservation pro- awards in 2014, can you tell us a little bit ject in Africa which helped in developabout that? ment of the species. Moreover it helps the poor economies in Southern Africa. We’ve just been short listed in the Kent on Sunday Food Awards along with two excelWhich 3 Indian dishes should everyone try lent Michelin starred restaurants. In March at least once? we’re defending our Best Restaurant title on the Taste of Kent Awards. We will have to wait My favourite are: and see what else the future brings as most of the awards are announced later in the year! -A Hyderabadi style mutton Biryani slow cooked and then steamed. Finally, we’ve heard that you’re planning to expand and open some more restaurants -A Kerela style fish cur- which is fabulous. Is the expansion planned ry cooked in coconut milk. for 2014, can you kindly share a little bit about that? -An authentic Goan pork vindaloo. We are planning to take our Ambrette For our readers getting married or hon- concept to other parts of Kent such as eymooning in India, do you have any fa- Canterbury and Tunbridge wells. We vourite restaurants that you’d recommend? are also working towards creating a development kitchen to quench our thirst I would recommend street food on the of creating new flavours all the time.

Spice Crusted Fish with Kentish Asparagus


4 x Fillets White Fish (eg. Cod, Hake, Hoki, Mullet, Turbot) 1 x bunch Kentish Asparagus (could be substituted for any green beans in season) trimmed & cut into 2.5” pieces 5ml Kentish Oil Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil Salt to taste

For the Marinade

25ml Kentish Oil Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil 5mg Ground Turmeric 5mg Ground Red Chilli 10mg Crushed Coriander 10mg Crushed Fennel Seeds 5mg Onion Seeds 5mg Crushed Green Cardamom Seeds 2 x tsp salt Juice of half a lemon

For the Sauce

25ml Kentish Oil Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil 5mg Mustard Seeds 1 x Chopped Red Onion 2” piece of Finely Chopped Ginger Half a Chopped Green Chilli 1 x Medium Sized Tomato Finely Chopped 10mg Ground Turmeric 100ml Coconut Milk


Mix all the ground and crushed spices, seeds, salt and lemon juice in the Kentish Oil to create the marinade. Place the fish in a shallow dish and add the marinade ensuring the fish is entirely covered. Place the dish in the fridge and allow to rest for 1 hour. First heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the fish to sear well on all sides taking care not to burn the spices. Finish cooking the fish in a pre-heated oven (180°- 200°C) for 10 minutes. For the sauce, heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the chopped onion and chopped ginger and cook for around 3 minutes on a medium heat until the onion and ginger are soft. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook together for 3 to 4 minutes and then add the green chilli. Now add the ground turmeric. Finally add the coconut milk and adjust the seasoning to taste. Simmer the sauce on a low heat for 8-10 minutes This recipe was provided courtesy of Chef Dev Biswal


Photography by Motoki Kato


miki Imagawa’s

Photography by Terry Wong

Chinese Recipes

Drunken Kyushu Crab (Starter)

Ingredients / Prep *Blue king crab imported from Kyushu, Japan (chef Miki picks only live crabs that weigh 400 grams or above). The taste of blue king crab is sweeter than local or Russian crabs and the texture is more tender as the fat & meat is more evenly distributed. *The magic of this dish lies in picking the right year of Shao Hsing Hua Tiao (Chinese Yellow wine) to bring out the fresh and sweet taste of crab meat, whilst maintaining a perfect balance with the strong flavour of the wine.

Method 1. First, pick the right year of Shao Hsing Hua Tiao (Chinese Yellow wine). Chef Miki usually uses 5 to 8 years, or 10 to 12 years aged Shao Hsing Hua Tiao, depending on the weight and condition of the crabs. 2. Add soy sauce, sugar and spices into the wine. 3. Soak live crabs in Chinese Yellow wine for 10 days before preparing and serving. 91

Photography by Terry Wong


Chef’s Signature Appetizer Platter (5 kinds) Ingredients 1. Salted shrimp, imported from Japan 2. Three-coloured roll 3. Jelly fish soaked in vinegar (purchase pre prepared) 4. Crispy pig’s ear 5. Smoked Silver Warehou (Fish imported from Kyushu, Japan)

Method 1. Cook the salted shrimp before cooling and freezing it. 2. The three-coloured roll is made using homemade bean curn skin, wrapped with snow peas, mushrooms and red pepper. 3. The crispy pig’s ear should be soaked in soy sauce and sugar for one day.


Photography by Motoki Kato


Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork with three types of vinegar

Ingredients Yellow and red pepper (half portion), pork (200 grams); corn flour and sesame oil (2 tablespoons each); and a bit of salt, pepper and sake Japanese rice vinegar, Chinese brown vinegar, apple vinegar (2 tablespoons each); apple paste (1.5 tablespoon), soy sauce (1 tablespoon) and sugar (2 tablespoons)

Method 1. For the sauce - mix Japanese rice vinegar, Chinese brown vinegar, apple vinegar, apple paste, soy sauce and sugar together until the sugar and apple paste dissolve. 2. Slice the yellow and red pepper. 3. Slice the pork and mince it. Season with salt, pepper and sake. 4. Mould the minced meat into a ball and roll in corn flour before deep frying. 5. Slightly fry the peppers. 6. Put the sauce into a wok with a little water, then add meat balls and stir fry quickly with sesame oil – then serve. 95

Photography by Terry Wong


Wok-Fried Wagyu

with Capsicum in a Crispy Nest

Ingredients A5 grade wagyu tenderloin from Saga Kyushu; red pepper Dried daylily Zizania caduciflora Potatoes and pumpkin

Method 1. Stir fry the tenderloin with soy sauce, together with red pepper, dried daylily and water oats (zizania caduciflora). 2. Slice then deep fry the potatoes. Use the chips to build a basket-shaped container whilst they are still hot. 3. Use the pumpkin as a “tray� to support the potato basket. Carve a phoenix on the pumpkin surface if you wish to decorate it. 97

Photograpy by Sinyi Yung


Almond Tofu

Pudding Ingredients Water 1500cc Agar 8 grams White sugar 220 grams Apricot kernel powder Almond powder 80grams Milk 460 grams Evaporated milk 460 grams Gelatin sheets 8 grams A small amount of almond oil A small amount of wolfberry and white fungus

Method 1. Soak the gelatin sheets until they soften. 2. Mix the gelatin sheets with water, white sugar, apricot kernel/almond powder, milk, evaporated milk and almond oil, until everything dissolves perfectly into liquid condition. 3. Then put the liquid into freezer until it turns into jelly. 4. Place wolfberries and white fungus on top of the pudding to serve.

Michelin starred chef, Miki Imagawa, is the executive chef of YU LEI Shanghainese restaurant located in Hong Kong. YU LEI have been featured in some of the most highly respected publications the world over, and are acknowledged as one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau. To find out more visit 99

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It is important to keep hydrated throughout the day. Not only will it help you feel satiated, but it will give your skin a healthy glow. Choose between water with a few drops of lemon or green tea which is a delicious antioxidant rich choice.


ealthy Alchohol

Swap sugary cocktails for a shot of liquor over ice or with a splash of soda water. It will keep the calories to a minimum and still allow you to go out and have fun. Of course wine spritzers are always a great choice.

Drink or Dessert


Decide ahead of time which you prefer. Take a moment to scope out the room and if there are no deserts that you absolutely have to try, then go ahead and have a drink. Otherwise stick to soda water with a twist of lemon and enjoy a decadent treat.

Keep your metabolism going by starting the day with a healthy breakfast including protein, fibre and carbohydrates. This balances sugar levels and you’ll be less likely to reach for calorific snacks. A great choice is an egg white omelette and some fruit.


Eat Clean

Make sure you have healthy snacks on hand. Apple wedges, carrot sticks and nuts are a great choice. Eating every few hours keeps sugar levels stable and stops overeating. Remember to never attend a party when you are hungry as this is the perfect recipe to gorge yourself on rich foods.

Whenever at any event such as a dinner party, scope out the healthy foods such as salads, soups, fresh pastas or seafood. Pile fresh fruit and vegetables high on your plate whilst keeping pastries, cheeses and creams to a minimum.


Say No

If you work in an office all day then making your own meal in the morning is a better option than grabbing a packet of crisps or chips at lunchtime. Steamed vegetables and fresh fish are a delicious choice. Best of all, you will have full control over what you are eating.

Remember you are completely in control of what you allow yourself to eat. When your loving aunt offers you a second helping, simply smile and say that you are saving room for her delicious desert, then politely change the subject.



Take twenty minutes to do some lunges, squats, push-ups and sit-up. Even if you only have a few minutes a day, any movement you do will help burn off extra calories. Exercise will also help to keep you toned and looking fabulous in that perfect little black dress.

Portion control is one of the most important things when it comes to staying in shape. Once in a while it’s fine to treat yourself to something sinfully delicious, but make sure the portion is moderate. This will eliminate the feeling of guilt, and keep you on track.



Motivation is important. Keep pictures of yourself at your current weight and take one picture every 10 days to document your weight loss. If you have these on display and you’re thinking of giving up, those pictures will serve as a reminder of just how far you’ve come.

Eliminate the things in your life which make you stressed and if that’s not possible, tackle the issue. Many people overeat as a form of comfort but at then left feeling even worse. Be honest with yourself and if this is you, break the pattern.

Say Goodbye


Clean out your fridge and freezer, and whilst you’re at it, clear out the cupboards also. Whether or not you live alone, it’s important, especially at the beginning, not to have any form of temptation in your way. That means goodbye Fox’s Biscuits, hello sparkling water and fresh pears.

Sometimes it’s neccessary to have a detox. One of the best ways to shed some pounds and kick start a weight loss journey is by doing a liquid diet. That means soups and fresh smoothies for at least a few days to cleanse your body of toxins and have you feeling refreshed.

Article by Caroline Topperman



This gym has something for absolutely everyone. For the utmost in fun, the Cardio Wall is a must. Coloured lights will test your reflexes, keep your mind working, your heart pumping and you will be working up a sweat in no time.

If you are finding yourself wearily punching in the same workout on the same old treadmill, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. With your very own HD television, you can choose a music station and run to your favourite tunes or sweat through a virtual simulation of your favorite outdoor course. Your run will be over before you know it.


itness First is the largest privately owned health club group in the world. One which consists of 540 Fitness First clubs worldwide, with a reach of over 1 million people. It is therefore no surprise that they constantly strive to improve the experience of each of their members, and we are definitely impressed. After having taken a look at what’s new on offer, we thought we’d give you a run down to help you lose those pounds to fit into your gown!

Tom Eastham, Health & Fitness Manager, Tottenham Court Road


Lose 10lbs

For Your Wedding


We love the Wattbike with its advanced pedalling analysis we will be riding like the pros in no time as this is the only stationary bike backed by the GB cycling team.

‘Fusing an excellent range of state of the art equipment with a highly qualified and experienced team of fitness staff, the newly refurbished TCR takes the member experience to an entirely new level. Creating a fun and energy driven fitness environment, we are looking forward to seeing the results that this brings to all Fitness First members’


At the end of the week, you will be able to find us sweating out toxins in a Hot Yoga class. We are going to take a moment to focus inwards. Not only is yoga a great total body workout but it also strengthens our organs, ligaments and veins. The 36 degree heat is ideal for sore muscles and the intense warmth will be perfect for beginner and advanced stretching.

For a full body workout, you can be sure that we will be trying out the battle ropes. Slamming the thick ropes against the ground will be a very satisfying way to relieve ourselves of pent up frustrations and challenge our whole body.




With programs like Tabata (the UK’s first High Intensity Interval training program of its kind), and Sandbells (a twist on the popular kettlebell workout), you will never repeat the exact same workout twice. Each time you enter Fitness First’s doors, you will be starting a new and exciting adventure in the fabulous world of health and fitness. Article by Caroline Topperman 103

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Invite Etiquette So as we kick off 2014 BritishMode Style, there is just one question on everyone’s lips... where do I start with my wedding invites?! Yes, the celebratory champagne cork may have popped and the bubbly flowed over the festive season as you screamed ‘yes’, but now it’s time to get down to business, so we can start planning the biggest day of your life. And whether it be a formal or casual affair, your guests-to-be need to know about it asap. And right now, the hot topic of convo, is how the invite should flow... paper or electronic I hear you cry! Time to embrace the modern World... let’s discuss via this month’s wedding invite q&a twf x

How has the web made it easier or more Right now I think it can be a good idea difficult to RSVP for weddings? when hosting a more informal celebration, but it’s important to be creative I guess the great thing about the web is with the content otherwise a standard that it gives couples more options to con- online invite can feel a little flat. Don’t nect with their guests, be it through so- just put an email together and zip out cial media or even a self-hosted wedding to friends and family, think about how website. Facebook for example, is a great you can use technology to get people way to instantly connect with friends enthused pre-wedding. And this doesn’t and family through a page dedicated to have to cost a fortune... create a video your celebration and also a brilliant way with your phone or other electronic deto build a bit of buzz in the lead up to vise and maybe tap into a friend for adyour wedding. Of course, it’s important vice who’s a bit of an IT whizz kid - we all to remember there will always be guests have one lurking! Of course, this option that are not using online mediums - es- in general is always helpful for keeping pecially older family members that are costs down as printed invites can prove reliant on more traditional forms of costly, just remember to include all the communication. For me, the web is nei- essential details your guests need to ther easier or more difficult, but should know... date, time, location, giftlist etc just be considered another option within and accommodation options. It is also your overall mix of reaching out to your vital that you take some time to propwedding party. erly ‘set the scene’ by integrating your colour-scheme/theme into the wedding What’s the etiquette of an online invite - invitations, to inspire guest outfits and when is it a good idea? give them an idea on the overall look and feel for the day ahead. 105

Has the reduction in formality been good paper format. I am finding that people or bad or both? are becoming much more inventive with their invites in general, everything from a Always a good thing in my book. Having personalised box of cupcake’s arriving at fun and a great time in general with fami- your door with all the detail through to ly and friends is always the most memora- use-able goods such as printed tea-towels ble aspect of any big day celebration. The or kitchen utensils and even usb memory cake, flowers and dress are of course vital sticks presented in a gorgeous gift box for ingredients, but it’s all about the fun times guests to open on a laptop or pc work rein my book! The real drama is always ally well. in the detail and this is especially true when it comes to weddings. And when I How do you think the world of online say detail I do mean the fun factor! For invites/RSVPs will change in the coming example, ditch the traditional glass of fizz years. Do you think paperless will be the on arrival and kick off your pre-dinner most accepted practice eventually? drinks with a his ‘n’ hers cocktail menu designed by your very good selves as I do believe that the paperless route will bride and groom. Why not also host a big become more popular as the options day bride ‘n’ groom quiz at your reception available to couple’s become more inthemed around you as a couple. Where ventive and creative to use. Right now, did you first meet, first date etc and make I think people have the opinion that it sure you have a prize for the table that can be seen as a ‘cheap’ option and that wins - this is a fabulous ice breaker when is not necessarily the vibe a couple wants putting strangers together on a table. to portray before the big day itself. In the wedding world, it often takes time for Do you personally advise clients to go the new trends or ways of doing things to paperless route or are you a fan of tradi- kick in and I think the paperless route is tional invitations? no different, but eventually (as with any emerging trend) it will really get going Personally, I am a big fan of an invite and I think we will start seeing some searriving at your door, it’s all part of the riously fun videos popping up and going initial excitement and build up to the celviral on youtube - bring it on I say! ebration. And it doesn’t just have to be in

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Beyond Burlesque New Season

This dazzling dress is made of a raw black silk with a lurex thread in the weave. It has a corset base with stretch side panels for comfort and a strong back zip for an easy fastening. The asymmetrically twisted pencil skirt has a drape in the front stomach area to allow for comfort and movement and has the same stepped vent as the classic striped dress. The ultimate twisted classic!


The Aphrodite Dress


I decided to make this dress in a double silk Crepe Georgette. If you like a dress with a classic influence this one hits the mark! It has an effortless Greek draped feel with a 1940’s tea length skirt that flatters shapely figures. This dress is sewn around a classic corset base with a back zip for easy access and stretch mesh for comfort and fit. There’s no need to wear a bra with this garment… say good bye to embarrassing bra straps showing! With this Mid calf dress; you have the option to remove the ties to form a strapless garment as well as making it a capped sleeve to cover the shoulders and a halter neck. It’s also available in most colours. 111

BRIDAL Louboutin The Mini Loubi Lula leather clutch £550

Golds & Greens

Giambattista Valli sleeveless bouclé dress £827.13

Wouters & Hendrix 'Crow's Claws' pearl earrings £706

D&G Lizard effect leather sandals £535


Jenny Packham Embellished Shoulder Gown £2,799.00

Boodles Jazz Diamond Ring £1,300.00

Ted Baker Miska Embellished Prom Dress £999.00

Sergio Rossi caged shoe £1194.89

Carat Classy Pear Drop Earrings £252.00

Carat 1ct Pear Cut Stud Earrings £135.00 113

Silvers & Blues Stephen Webster Long Superstone Earrings £620.00

Pamela Love stone pendant necklace £441.53

Rachel Gilbert Portia Embellished Gown £1,650.00

Charlotte Olympia Paloma Satin Court £595.00


Rachel Gilbert Avarie Floral Beaded Dress £1,025.00

Gurhan large round pendant £3520.19

Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling Eye Colour Diamant Argente £21.00

Rachel Gilbert Avarie Floral Beaded Dress £1,025.00

Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Pump £320.00 Carat Asscher Set Studs £430.00



Sincerity Bridal Interviewed

Who designs both the Sincerity & Sincerity+ bridal gowns?


Yes, lace has become very popular reTony Mentel, Jose Dias and Terri Hilferty cently and I do think we owe it to Kate Middleton. Her wedding dress started a trend with brides who seek for a modest, What is the designers background within refined, and elegant style. I love lace and the industry? it is such a versatile fabric to work with. It’s the epitome of romance! Terri Hilferty- Her 27 years of experience in bridal are well rounded, having started as a stock girl who was then taught pat- What are your 5 top tips for brides searchtern making by European tailors, to briding for their perfect gown? al store manager to now designer and creative director. 1.Be open-minded. Try on different shapes and necklines because you might Tony Mentel - His 15 years of experience be surprised what dresses suit your parin fashion design started at home, having ticular body shape. grown in a family of tailors and accessory manufacturers. Tony Mentel studied 2.Think about the overall atmosphere fashion design at the Royal College of you want your wedding to have. Think of Art London. the keywords you want to use to describe your big day, and then use those as influJose Dias - His 30 years of experience ences to find your dress. designing wedding dresses and evening gown comes from having worked at many 3.Think about accessories because they wedding and evening wear companies. can make or break a look. A simple dress can be transformed with a gorgeous veil and jewels. Lace is very much synonymous with Sincerity gowns. Do you find many brides 4.Be you! You want to look like you at who looking for a gown similar to Kate your absolute best. You dress should 117


complement not overpower you. Re- Within your current accessory line are member this is a wedding not a costume a few pieces inspired by the Orient. To party. what extend do design aesthetics from other cultures influence your creativity? 5.Think practical. You want to look fabulous but you should also want to eat, I am lucky that I get to travel extensively dance, and relax in your dress. for my work and I am always getting inspiration from the different cultures and people I meet. Recently I have been lookHave you ever designed for any public ing at a lot of beautiful Indian beading figures and if so please share an anec- designs a well as Chinese and Japanese dote? silk embroideries for embellishment inspiration. Terri Hilferty, designed style 8659 for Alexandria Mills, Miss World 2010. Terri wanted to accent all the right curves and All of your dresses are very elegant and create a vintage inspired gown for Miss classy, but is there one in particular World’s wedding. which you favour and if so why? What was the inspiration for your SS14 Sincerity 3772, I love this dress as it is collection and who or what was the de- romantic and reflects perfectly the spirit sign muse? of the Bahamas where we shot the collection and took inspiration for the colOur Spring 2014 collection is a combi- lection. The back of the dress is its key nation of things. We have our own hand- feature, it is sexy yet still covered and writing for the collections but I try to imwearable for a real woman. agine different girls and how they want to get married. I meet many brides from all over the world and helping them feel Finally what can we expect to see from beautiful is really the biggest inspiration your next collection? for me. This season we also had the luck to work with The Bahamas to create a We are working on lots of light romantic collection of dresses that embodies the dresses, beaded accents with more pearl romance and beauty of the islands. accents and less crystal. Rose motifs and lots of different necklines and accents of pale blue.

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Joanna Bristow Jewellery

Morocco is not simply all about the Kasbah or the Souk, its about every other kind of discovery. Famous for its beautiful mosaic tiling, intricate examples of embroidery, lovely enamel jewellery and fine traditional craftsmanship, we have discovered some beautiful accessories to add that extra dimension to your personal getaway “wow,� factor this New Year.

fashioning her own unique designs. During her time in Morocco Joanna also designed jewellery for Angela Fisher for Liberty, London. Her work combines silver and gold-plate and features traditional materials such as Murano glass, Yemeni silver beads, black Mauritian prayer beads, semi-precious stones and silver touareg rings. These materials are blended into tassel earrings, fringed Living in Marrakesh Joanna Bris- and bead collar necklaces, bracetow designs and makes jewellery in- lets and earrings to create a range spired by Moroccan traditions and of distinctive and timeless pieces. style conventions. Over the years she has worked closely with African silTo find out more versmiths and in consultancy whilst


Arabic J &F ewellery

ragrances Shourouk 'Apalonia' necklace £684.21

Vickisarge Moroccan Rose drop earrings £335.00

Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose EDP 50ml £69.00

Roberto Cavalli Cavalli Oud (EDP, 50ml – 75ml) £100.00

Melody Ehsani M.E. X J.S. Arabic Nameplate £75



Isabella Oliver Somerton Dress


Made Chic Article by Maggie Reid Pregnancy is a roller coaster of emotions that begins with excitement, fear, and trepidation about the impending labour. It is a special time of nurturing and change, but also when a woman can feel vulnerable and self conscious in terms of body image . Maternity wear used to be about concealing the baby bump beneath billowing tunics, leggings and poorly cut dresses, leaving women to despair at lack of choices available. Women often resorted to buying a bigger size in high street labels only to be disappointed with the cut and fit which did not allow for an ever growing tummy. However,


news is that maternity wear really has been transformed and there are gorgeous luxury labels that allow women to feel confident in well tailored, quality fabrics. Kate Middleton, it has to be said, has been a real ambassador for pregnancy fashion. One of her most noteworthy ensembles was the tartan buttoned coat she wore on a school visit that had impeccable tailoring, which is always key.

to your pre - pregnancy style. Fashion is an expression of your identity, so you’ll feel at your best when staying true to who you are . 2. Embrace your body shape. If you hide your bump it will affect your posture and ultimately your confidence.

3. Streamlined silhouettes are brilliant during pregnancy - we believe it’s all about keeping it simple and sleek. Forget about fussy patterns and Kate Winslet also looked instead, opt for beautifantastic on the red carpet ful, high quality fabrics during her pregnancy, as which aren’t too ‘busy’. did Hollywood actress Halle Berry. In fact Mov- 4. The biggest question ie star glamour is simple that pregnancy brings to recreate by following is the issue of a working three golden style rules. wardrobe. Cue, Eva Alexander London Matergreat 1. Always remain true nity wear. Founder and


Model wears Eva Alexander Gathered Faux Wrap Dress peridot


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Creative Director Jane ley knit maternity style Mac Dougall says: pants, which could be worn with a real splash of “I bring masculine fem- colour. Be daring by pairinity to maternity wear. ing something like this We hope to send a mes- with a magenta blouse, sage that women can re- or for urban wear select a main powerful during shade of slate grey. Many pregnancy with beautiful think that pregnancy is a designs, and quality fab- time to be overly modest rics.” Jane explained that and conceal your love of “the silhouette knit mid fashion beneath several maternity skirt is beauti- layers of baggy garments, ful, and a great piece for but take Fergie from The creating a great shape at Black eyed Peas for examany stage during preg- ple, who was totally unanancy. If worn with heels, fraid to express herself it looks really glamorous.” aesthetically, during her pregnancy - showing that We adore the beauti- you can be experimenful navy ‘Audrey’ stylish tal, particularly when it maternity dress, which comes to colour palette. would look incredible with show stopping red It should be noted that heels for an instant splash body temperature flucof colour. It has a real feel- tuates during pregnancy, ing of Audrey Hepburn, thus layering is the most and for the complete look simple and stylish soluput your hair in a French tion. A cashmere cardiroll and wear a chic pair gan is a fantastic piece of sunglasses once the to give warmth without weather warms up. The it becoming unbearaAudrey dress would be bly hot, and we adore a classic, trusted piece to antique rose shades, see you through the en- which really enhanctire pregnancy. It would es a pregnancy glow . also look stunning with ballet flats later on in the It’s also a great idea to pregnancy when your include a swing coat as main focus is comfort. a staple piece for this period. Hobbs do a darling Eva Alexander also of- red ‘Maisie’ coat which fers a pair of lovely Har- would be ideal. Although 128

you may be cautious when it comes to bright colours, red can truly compliment a lot of different skin tones, and a swing style will flatter both the bust and hips. It goes without saying that you’ll still want to feel desirable when attending cocktail parties or hosting events., evening receptions Seraphine is the answer to your prayers. Zara Philips looked breathtaking in their colour block silk maxi gown - composed of stretch silk in vibrant shades of azure and ultra marine. Inspired by oriental design, and featuring beautiful draping over the shoulders. It’s so utterly flattering. A list actress Kate Winslet rocked the red carpet, in the glorious Somerton maternity dress (as featured ) by Isabella Oliver . It is an example of simplicity and celebrating curves . Regardless of your dress size or height, maternity wear is more exciting than ever before. Designers are celebrating pregnancy, so embrace your baby belly in style and with confidence.

Seraphine Black Lace and Sapphire Maternity Cocktail Dress


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Chantecaille The Diamond Eyeshadow Trio £45

Jimmy Choo elaphe, sateen & leather sandals £695 Saint Laurent 'Classic Y' zip purse £522.96

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Chantecaille Hydrating Lip Chic Lipstick (Anemone) £29

Estée Lauder Pure Color 5 Color EyeShadow Palette Batnik Sun £36

Globetrotter original 21" trolley case £1029.36

Lara Bohenic 'Solaris' earrings £217.9

Maiyet stacked heel sandal £755.37 Sisley Sunleÿa Age-Minimizing Sun Protection £100


Sergio Rossi thong sandal £261.29 Emilio Pucci baroque geometric printed dress £885.1

Sergio Rossi thong strap sandal £169.96

Alexander McQueen belted dress £862.97

Aurielle Bidermann pod earrings £414.01

Jimmy Choo 'Lottie' sandal £588.33


Shourouk 'Leitmotiv Helga' necklace £315

Chantecaille Protection Naturelle SPF50 £60

Christopher Kane cutaway side dress £1378.56

Bottega Veneta woven card holder £156.89

Ritch Erani NYFC 'Temper' pump £524.38



LUXE Lefkada


Photoography by Panos Mavromytis

Article by Moira Valenti As your wedding is set to be the most memorable and magical day of your life, then an individually designed boutique destination wedding on this beautiful Island is worth serious consideration. Initially, a fee is agreed, then your vision and your budget are put to work to create a dream come true. The scene is set to be utterly unforgettable having all the elements a dream honeymoon should have: romantic hideaways with gorgeous views: Blue skies and azure seas set along sparkling sands. Lefkada meaning ‘white,’ describes the gleaming white cliffs to the south of the Island. This ‘hidden gem,’ just west of Greece, not only boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world it also hides a wealth of history, tucked-in amongst its romantic and tranquil villages. The Island is ‘connected’ by a causeway and a floating bridge, all within 20 minutes of the airport at Perveza. Off the tourist track, it is well known to jet setters, celebrities and the glitterati, having witnessed Giorgio Armani, Bill Gates and Prince Albert of Monaco on its shores; to the East is

Skorpios, formerly owned by Aristotle Onassis, to the south, Vassilki, renowned for water sports and Cape Lefkada where the female poet Sappho is said to have leapt to her death from the 30m high cliffs. If the fancy takes you, there are the water sports, glorious water falls to admire, you might choose to charter a yacht, Agios Nikitas, set in the west is a traditional fishing village with unforgettable sunsets and in the North, Milos Beach in Agios Ionaiss, known as the windy beach, offers the best kite and windsurfing in Europe. There are the world famous beaches of Porto Katsiki and Egremni nestled on the South West coast, alongside many delightfully deserted beaches throughout the Island for those in search of seclusion, peace and tranquillity. The delightful atmosphere is capped by the friendly and welcoming inhabitants placing Lefkada high on the list of honeymoon locations for discerning Brides and Grooms to be. To find out more visit: 139

Your Thoughts On British Fashion

Your opinion matters which is why we asked you to send in your thoughts about British Fashion and here’s what you had to say...

“I LOVE British fashion. London is my favourite place in the whole world to people watch. I’m always telling people how much I love Londoners style… It’s so inspiring! British fashion doesn’t inspire me to dress the same but it inspires me to be unique, to be an individual…. to follow my desires. And just talking about it makes me want to go back there, grab a coffee and sit and watch the cool people wander past. Ahhh..!” -Sechys from Australia

I think of rebellious vs polished, experimentation vs history… From McQueen to Burberry. British style icons are like no one else – Kate Moss, Kate Middleton, Alexa Chung and now Emma Watson. Even Anna Wintour is from London. The Met exhibit AngloMania did an amazing job laying out the history. –Tonie. Portland, Oregon USA


I think of class and refinement, with a hint of edge, when I think of British fashion. Burberry, and Christopher Bailey, come to mind first. Also (and unrelated), I’m such a fan of the crazy fascinator hats; they’re essentially our version of elegant derby hats. –Stephanie. Orlando, Florida USA

I love it!! When I think of British fashion, two words come to my mind: Quirky and edgy.-Ruzin. North Carolina, USA

I really appreciate British designers. They have a terrific history of re-imagining fashion. My favorites are/were Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. They epitomize unconventional fashion. –Sharon. USA

I love British fashion, I think our style is so versatile because we’re constantly dressing for the bipolar British weather. There’s always so much layering with statement pieces and bursts of colour. – Emily. UK

I think it’s preppy, makes me think of oxford shoes and creepers. I love their street style - Vianey González, Panama

I like British fashion, as there is a fondness for experimenting. More so there, than here –Kajsa, Oslo

Progressive, creative. Can I say Jessie J and stylishly so. –Karen. Atlanta, USA

I love Vivienne Westwood, she is a brilliant designer!!!!!! –Paola. Italy

My favourite British designers would be Alexander McQueen, and Sarah Burton - Bhushavali, Chennai India

I love British fashion! For me, it represents a mixture of conservative tendencies and amazing innovative designers! This contradiction makes British fashion so unique! -Petra, Prague Czech Republic 141


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Article by Moira Valenti We are a nation of dog lovers and on occasion our passion doesn’t live up to our ability to provide the care and attention our fury friends need. Pester power to provide what seems the ultimate Christmas gift, a puppy, can all too sadly end in pets being abandoned and in need of rescue. Britain is blessed with having many animal charities whose aim is to aid, resuscitate and re-home pets who have suffered neglect or require re-homing. This month we are showing our support for the incredible work done by the RSPCA, with a particular focus on the care and rescue of Staf-

fordshire Bull terriers. These most British of dogs and their crosses have become Britain’s most popular dog alongside the Labrador.

small children, the golden rule for all responsible dog owners. We at British MODE believe it is time for Staffordshire bull terriers to be looked at anew. These dogs are over-represented in rescue centres and pounds, requiring above all stable, loving homes.

Staffordshire bull terriers are loyal, intelligent and good natured; they are really a big dog in a relatively small frame. Lively and playful, they To find out about doare characterised by a nating to the RSPCA distinctive ‘staffy smile,’ visit: when the lips pull back after vigorous play when panting. A well trained For information on how and well socialised to volunteer check out: SBT enjoys the of humans volved/getfundraising and makes a wonderfully empathetic, con- To learn about events tented companion that visit: is good with children. dog should not be volved/events left unattended with


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