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LoveFashion Jan 2011
magazine Simple. Beautiful. Affordable.
50 High Street
trends under £50
How to buy:
last minute City Breaks
70’s style hits back this spring
to make him
Get the latest Spring look with TopShop
LeightontalksMeester love, sex
Sexy Shoes (painful, but oh so beautiful)
and her new single life
20% OFF at Lipsy, Very and NewLook
Hot new Nail Art all at your fingertips
*Valentine’s Day Special WIN a romantic meal for two inside Fashion for your face, Beauty pull-out inside
on sexting, dating and vajazzling
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Editor’sLetter After a slow start, the LoveFashion oﬃce has ﬁnally gone V-day mad! From romantic city breaks and sexy lingerie, to what to do if he pops the question, if this months issue doesn’t get you in the love up mood, nothing will. And, seeing as giving is better than receiving , we have the ultimate sealed section, how to give good, and safe oral sex. Our cover star Leighton Meester gives us the low-down on her relationships, ﬂings and living it up on the Upper East Side (aren’t we good to you?!). With this and all the celeb fashion you can dream of, what more could we possibly give? Well this month sees the launch of our new stylish website, so log on lovefashion.com to hate and rate celeb outﬁts, daily comps and our Facebook posts and Tweets, and the most exciting part? We will be live from the red carpet of the BRIT Awards 2011, so keep checking back for all the top trends of the stars! Using the site is basically like being part of the LoveFashion team, so log on now and let me know what you think - we’re all very excited about it! Have a brilliant month!
Carla Carla Regan, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuﬀ this issue has taught us From St Valentine to great oral sex... Sexy doesn’t always mean trashy Ok, so we all know what me are like and how they think, to a degree, but we didn’t know that sometimes, pretty works too.
Everyone has a past to forget about Cover girl Leighton Meester was born in a Texas state prison whilst her mom was doing time for drug crimes, as was her Father
Sexy shoes are worth the price tag So they may cost three months wages, but it’s so worth being the envy of all your friends.
It’s ok to not know where Valentine’s Day originated After asking about the office, no-one actually knew where V-Day came from! So we did our research and there’s a full story on page 45 just for you. Now that the history lesson is over with, it’s also ok to ditch the gym and eat all the wonderful choccies you’ve earned!
Nail Art is SO in Straight from the States, the girls in the office couldn’t help but have a go at some VDay styles, so we got to it and have some fab tips so you can recreate you very own! www.lovefashion.com JANUARY | 3
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20 Spring Looks with TopShop
Our fashion editor hits our favourite High Street store all in the name of fashion
24 Underwear to make him blush
From sultry and sexy to pretty and cute, we found what real men want in bed
47 Sexy shoes you MUST have Sarah Jessica Parker eat your heart out
50 High Street trends under £50 Harem pants, pretty florals, and lots and lots of lace! Hurray for Spring!
52 Fashion for your face Check out our on trend make-up secrets from the A-List make-up artists
54 Hot new Nail Art New Celeb trend straight from the states
...and the rest
16 Are we really having safe sex? It’s the 21st Century, but do we know everything about STI’s? Keep safe and find out more here
55 “I had 2 weeks to live” Real Life: One girl’s struggle with anorexia and bulimia, is it the media’s fault?
101 Too scared to get Wed? What to say when he pops the question, tips to make him take things slow
107 Horoscopes 100 Hot men talk women, sexting and “what the hell is vajazzling?!” 118 WIN a romantic meal for two in a top London restaurant with LoveFashion 119 FREE Nivea set when you subscribe to LoveFashion* Magazine 116 Chilling Out Check out this year’s pick of 120 & 121 20% off online at Lipsy.co.uk, Very.co.uk and NewLook.com the flicks: Burlesque, Black Swan and The Hangover part 2 122 Feng Shui your life and watch the stars move just for you and Twilight: Breaking Dawn 123 Men Overheard because they say such amusing things 4| JANUARY www.lovefashion.com
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LeightonMeester “I'm much more mature in relationships. I've let go of the bullshit.” On screen she is the Upper East Side resident Bitch in a whirlwind with Bad Boy Chuck Bass. Meet Leighton Meester, the straight forward talking, no bad boys allowed, city girl.
t's hard not to get antsy when you're waiting for Leighton Meester to show up. After all, on Gossip Girl, she plays Manhattan-socialite-in-training Blair Waldorf, who's so convincingly evil, scheming, and selfish, you'd have to think that she pours a lot of herself into the character. By the time she walks into La Bottega Caffe, near New York City's Meatpacking District, and settles in to the booth, we're braced for a throw-down. But that's not what happens. For starters, there's not a headband or haughty set of pearls in sight. Leighton shows up makeupfree in retro Nike sneakers, skinny jeans, a black tank top, and...horn-rimmed glasses (are you picturing this?). Clearly, she's not going out of her way to project an intimidating image on us or the customers doing double-takes as they walk by. "I never wear makeup when I'm not at work," she explains. "It can make you forget what you look like, and I've grown to really love the way I look without it." Sound surprisingly unsnotty? She is. In fact, the night before, she ordered in burgers and watched Home Alone 2 with a friend. But that's not to say she's always a homebody — cast members often go out together, and Leighton's been written up in New York gossip columns for "downing tequila shots" and making out with abandon at nightclubs. "The evil side of Blair is somewhere in me," she muses, "but acting her out is like therapy. I get to do things nobody would ever say or do in real life." Leighton, 23, says the nonstop scrutiny doesn't bother her. That seems impossible, but after watching her closely, we believe her. "In this world, everyone wants to know everything about you, and I think that's funny," she says, propping one elbow on the table and waving off the rumors with a raised hand. "I can't be annoyed. People speculate a lot about me, saying there's something else that's really the truth...." She trails off, looks kind of sad, and bows her head. We barely hear her mutter "Maybe I'm just too boring." Uh-oh. Has Leighton suddenly gone all emo on us? Have we managed to make her cry three minutes into the interview? Um, not exactly. A couple of seconds later, she looks up with a huge grin and starts laughing so hard, she shakes. The fact that Leighton isn't concerned with saying or doing anything phony to make sure we like her only makes us like her all the more. "If you're just yourself, you'll never lose," she
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says, shrugging and warming her hands around a mug of chamomile tea. "I want to be myself. That's when you feel the most comfortable, that's when you have the most success, and that's when you're the most happy."
THE IN CROWD Leighton's childhood didn't start off comfortable or happy. Her mother had her while serving a prison sentence in Texas for drug trafficking. Her grandmother took care of her on Marco Island, Florida, until her mom was able to join them several months later. "My mom lived through a lot before I was born, and I can't judge her on that," Leighton says. "She and my dad are good people." Then she rolls her eyes, obviously used to telling this story, and smiles. "Look, I could've turned out a lot worse." From a very young age, Leighton knew she wanted to act. "I watched a lot of TV, and it clicked one day that these people were acting," she says. "It sounded like the most fun thing ever." So she started doing local plays when she was 9 and then met a manager who encouraged her to move to New York to try out for bigger gigs. After several years and minor roles on shows like House and Entourage, she landed Blair. It wasn't due to luck. Turns out, the creators of the show had had their eyes on Leighton for some time. "She has a great combination of intelligence, wit, and strength but also this mischievous quality," says Gossip Girl executive producer and writer Stephanie Savage. "Leighton's very matter-of-fact and up front about things, and unlike Blair, she's nonjudgmental." The show has a fan base that's truly, well, obsessed — perfect for all that rumormongering. Is Leighton friends or frenemies with costar Blake Lively? (Answer: They don't hang out together often, but Leighton has denied any animosity over and over and over.) Was she born in a jail cell? (Answer: No, her mother had her in a hospital.) Did she secretly get engaged to a costar? (Answer: Read on.) Blair is unquestionably the villain viewers root for: ditched by her dad, screwed up by her mom, and in a torturous will-they-or-won't-they relationship with gigantic a-hole Chuck Bass. Ed Westwick, who plays Chuck, really cuts to the chase when discussing his costar. "Leighton plays such a good bitch because she is one," he says. What follows is a silence
so awkward, we actually start to sweat — until he bursts out laughing. "I'm joking! She's so good at it because she has fun with it." Boy, the Gossip Girl cast are quite the kidders. Leighton fully understands why viewers have become fixated on the love affair between Blair and Chuck. "They're so perfect because they get each other. Chuck knows about her deep, dark side, and he finds it hot," she says, spearing a bite of creamy rigatoni and peas. "But the best part of their relationship is that it's realistic. People don't always date for a while and then slowly fall in love. They start by hooking up one night. It takes time to get to know someone, and then you realize that you're in love later on." Chuck Bass isn't her type. "I'm not into bad boys. I think the term is stupid," she says with Blair's blunt delivery. "A guy who cheats on you or is not nice to you? What is that?" She has an equally straightforward idea of what she does want: "Nowadays, I'm much more mature in relationships. I've let go of the bullshit. I think more about the deal makers than the deal breakers. I want a guy I can look up to."
DEAL MAKERS, NOT DEAL BREAKERS
So we have to ask: Is Leighton in love now? She looks cagey before answering. "I haven't been in a lot of relationships, but I've been in love. There's an inexplicable chemistry. You just really, really want to, like, stare at the person." She laughs as her face flushes, and she bites her lip as if she's both eager and reluctant to go on. "I've never fallen in love right off the bat. I get scared to say I love you too soon because it means so much. It means you're not seeing an end to things." So those engagement rumors about her and Sebastian? Totally false, she assures us. These days, Leighton's filming her first starring role, in the flick The Roommate, and focusing on her as-yet-untitled album "I never pursued it seriously until now," she admits. "I was making music, but I didn't see a future in it." And despite having fun recording, she's in no hurry to get it out there. "The only person pressuring me is myself, I have a lot of things going on," she says.
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