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Top Products from Yankee Candle
Summer Gifts with Cath Kidston
Make Your House a Home with John Lewis
West Quay News
West Quay Plus App
SS16 Trend Edit
M&S Summer Style
New Look Curve for the Plus Size Woman
It’s a Man’s World: Gadget Guide
Wedding Style with Accessorize
Sleep Well: Baby Accessories
Menswear for Spring/ Summer
Pregnancy Pamper Products
Summer Skin Essentials
Summer Holidays with Thomas Cook
Beauty Blogger Sam Jeffery talks to West Quay
Kuoni Weekend City Breaks
Seasonal Make Up Looks with Accessorize
Become a Sleeping Beauty with Overnight Tips
Get your Beach Bod Ready with a Workout from WestQuay
Healthy Living with Cameron Diaz
Love Life with Waitrose this Summer
Indulge at Hotel Chocolat
LETTER FROM THE
EDITOR Charlotte Beattie
Editor-in-Chief Lisa Curtiss Designers Jenny HoffmanN Emily Taylor The Team Bryony Salisbury Becca Savory Chris Milligan Alissa Kirkwood Lauren Berry Charis Sadler Phoebe Cuff India Loughlin Katerina Peppa Publisher Solent Creatives
The Spring/ Summer season has always been my favourite time of year. Spring represents new beginnings, a sense of rebirth and a reminder that we’re only as old (or young) as we feel. While, for me, summertime means exploration and making memories. The warmer weather gives us an excuse to do some spring cleaning, redecorating and even treat ourselves to a new summer wardrobe – what could possibly be better? Perhaps grabbing a bargain – and you’ll definitely do that with West Quay this summer. The wedding season is now in full swing, and, ladies, getting your outfit right can be tricky; but not to fear we’ve got hot tips for making the most of both old and new
outfits by investing in beautiful accessories and statement pieces. For the men, we have a style guide to staying on-trend in your fashion statements for the summer, so read on and get it spot on. Beauty trends are forever changing, with Fashion House preferences fluctuating from bold, bright splashes of colour, to deep shades and nudes. Learn how to replicate the best multi-functional makeup looks for the season through our ‘Introducing’ piece with local Blogger, Sam Jeffery. For news, inspiration, travel ideas and style advice, West Quay magazine is your firststop-shop this season. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy your summer with West Quay shopping.
WESTQUAY NEWS New Store: In March, WestQuay’s new frozen yogurt shop, SNOG, opened. SNOG is a popular destination for all the family. A low-calorie alternative to ice-cream with an array of toppings to choose from, it’s the perfect treat without the guilt. For your fill of fat-free yogurt with both healthy and indulgent options, head to WestQuay. You’ll find your perfect SNOG on Lower Shopping next to Millie’s Cookies.
WestQuay Student Sessions Calling all students! Save the date as Student Sessions returns to WestQuay on April 21st. The centre will be open later than usual as the event runs from 5:30 - 9:30pm. In addition to exclusive offers from many of the stores, there will be live music, freebies and even discounts in many restaurants up on the dining level. Make sure you don’t miss out by texting WESTQUAY, your full name, and email address to 60777 and get ready for an unforgettable evening.
M&S launch new collaboration with Alexa Chung
Style icon and TV presenter Alexa Chung has collaborated with Marks & Spencer to bring an exciting new fashion collection for women. Archive by Alexa is the first of the ‘M&S &’ series; a number of unique, exclusive collections in collaboration with top designers, brands and fashion icons. The 31-piece fashion collection has been carefully handpicked by Alexa and the M&S design team. Alexa has delved into the Marks & Spencer company archive to give a fresh spin on classic pieces with her unique approach to style. Modern fabrics and an updated colour palette will create a contemporary womenswear collection with a heritage sensibility. Launched on the 13th April the entire range will become musthaves for Spring/Summer 2016. Keep up to date with the collection at www.marksandspencer.com/alexachung or search #ARCHIVEBYALEXA. To shop Alexa’s style for yourself, head to M&S in WestQuay.
Archive by Alexa for M&S
WESTQUAY PLUS Words by Becca Savory Have you ever been lost in WestQuay shopping centre or couldn’t find the shop you were looking for? If you didn’t know, WestQuay have a free app for your phone, which can help you navigate around the shopping centre with a digital map. The map helps you find your way around WestQuay by using your phones Bluetooth to find your location and creates a path on screen from you to your shopping destination. Zooming in on the map will show you the name of each shop, so figuring out your surroundings could not be easier. Simply search for the shop you want by typing in its name. You can also find stores through the genre-organised list within the app, which also shows you when the store opens and closes, as well as a detailed
description of what they sell and where you can find them. When you pass a store, the app will notify you of great offers - from sales at stores like Jack Wills to an unlimited lunch buffet at Pizza Hut for £7.50. You will never miss a deal again. The ‘What’s On’ section allows you to see WestQuay’s latest news and keeps you up to date on events within the centre, as well as fun competitions and offers within the stores. By creating an optional profile, the WestQuay Plus app tailors itself to you. It remembers what you have been interested in before and shows you offers it thinks you will enjoy. The app can be downloaded now on IOS and Android operated phones for free, just search for WestQuay Plus.
FASHI O N River Island
10. India Loughlin shares the top five fashions to try for Spring/Summer 2016. 12. Fashion isnâ€™t just for the young, Charis Sadler showcases trends for the more mature woman. 20. Summer Fashion for the plus size woman with New Look. 24. Get beach ready with Phoebe Cuff as she educates you on the perfect swimsuit for your body type. 26. Wedding outfits made easy with Accessorize. 28. Chris Milligan has the key pieces for this season in menswear. 32. Sportswear from Superdry.
This is a trend that keeps coming back around, perhaps due to the flirty and fun nature of it. Lace and silk are sumptuous and feminine fabrics and are key to this trend. Slip dresses and camisoles are also in style. The main rule is: the more risque the better.
River Island £26
Style With New Look £3.99
This look could be styled in many ways however, you could amp up the femininity by pairing these looks with dainty flats or delicate lace up heels and floral trousers. Or you could toughen this look up with leather trousers, or biker jacket and a choker.
River Island £60
High necklines, frills, lace and ruffles are key to execute this trend. It’s perfect for an everyday look, or to wear in the evening. Avoid making this look too wintery by choosing neutral and pastel shades such as nude, beige, white and pale pink.
Marks & Spencer £9.50
White Stuff £25
This style can be made to look less frou-frou by adding leather accents such as a skirt or heels, or give another nod to the Victorian era by adding rich jewel toned pendants and pearls.
River Island £28
We’ve selected a few pieces that reflect the spring/summer trends this year. Many of these trends were seen on the runways at London and New York fashion week, and now they have made their way to West Quay. Take a look if you want to snag designer style on a budget.
River Island £35
Style With New Lo ok £17.9 9
This is a trend that has been around for a while, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Channel 70’s boho chic by wearing suede and fringing, delve even deeper into the 70’s by wearing patchwork suede. River Island £90
New Look £6.99
This style would go perfectly with long brown boots and a crisp white shirt for an effortlessly cool daytime look. Or wear it with animal print, chunky heels and statement jewellery for a 70’s night time alternative.
River Island £70
Words by India Loughlin
Denim H&M £39.99
A lot of bold patterns were seen on the runways this year, with stripes being the main focus. Don’t be scared to venture into the world of print, it’s a simple and stylish way to add interest to any outfit.
Phase Eight £99
New Look Top £14.99 Skirt £24.99 Marks & Spencer £22.50
River Island £30
Who said denim had to be boring? It’s definitely far from dull this season, forget the notion that denim only has a place with jeans and jackets and embrace slouchy and structured denim dresses and midi skirts.
Prints as bold as this don’t need that much styling, however you could go neutral with nude shades to down play the print or a pop of colour such as bright yellow or deep pink to add another level to this look.
Riv er I slan d
5 Trends to try this season
Underwear as Outerwear
Phase Eight £59
Style With H&M £39.99
Chunky heels or boots can work for a more formal look while colourful accessories will make this outfit pop. Flat shoes with unusual details are a fun alternative trainers.
Marks & Spencer £25
Summer Dressing Made Easy With
Top £39.50 Trousers £35.00
Shirt £35.90 Jeans £29.50 Jacket £199.00
Jacket £89.00 Top £39.50 Jeans £35.00 Shoes £65.00
Shirt Dress £45.00 Necklace £22.50
Blouse £35.00 Trousers £35.00 Shoes £49.50
Images Courtesty of Marks & Spencer
Clothing that is functional and appropriate is important in our everyday lives and a jumpsuit is the ultimate staple piece for summer 2016. From doing the school run to going for dinner, it is the perfect item that will take you from day to night. M&S have a large range on offer to suit and flatter all shapes for incredibly affordable prices.
Palazzo pants and wide leg jeans are back on trend, suitable for those not yet prepared to get their legs out. Bold patterned trousers are a fabulous way to inject some colour and flair into any wardrobe and can be teamed with a range of jersey tops or cool knits which M&S sell in abundance. Jeans will never go out of fashion, but this summer try a high waisted pair that will hide any indulgences of ice cream and Prosecco.
SUMMER DRESSING WITH Words by Charis Sadler
Summer dressing can now be stress free with the help of M&S and the extensive array of clothing they have to offer. It is affordable, on trend and most crucially comfortable – what’s not to love?
However if you don’t think a jumpsuit is for you, then other items such as a shirtdress are ideal. The loose flowing fabric compliments all figures while keeping you cool and elegant in the warmer weather. Pair it with flat sandals and a large tote for day-to-day or a clutch and wedges for the evening – summer dressing has never been so easy.
The British summer weather can be precarious, so jackets and coverups are essential. A sophisticated trench coat will protect from any rain while still allowing you to remain cool and stylish. An alternative to a leather jacket would be a lightweight suede jacket; it is versatile and can be thrown over any outfit.
Spring Fashion for the
Curvy Woman: New Look
Top £12.99 Jeans £19.99
Jacket £32.99 Skirt £19.99 Top £7.99
Images Courtesty of New Look
As the summer season approaches we all begin to switch our soups for salads and fret about whether we’re bikini ready or not. If you’re lucky enough to leave the country for your holiday this year, or the British campsite is calling you r name for a weekend away, then don’t let the
fear of stepping into a swimsuit get you down. Whether you’re in your twenties or fifties, high street fashion is able to cater to all your swimsuit needs. If you know your body shape then narrowing down a swimwear style that accentuates your best bits is easier than you’d think.
Marks & Spencer Top £12.50 Bottoms £8.00
Rectan gl e
New Look Swinsuit £24.99
This is for the women who are generally bigger on the bottom with a smaller bust. If you’re looking to avert the attention from your hips, then go for styles that offer prints and colour; two attributes that are great for the summer season. Balance your body shape by wearing brighter tones on top and darker ones on the bottom. Vintage styles look great on this body shape; high-waisted briefs offer sliming panels down either side. River Island’s swimwear range provides pieces suited for the pear shape in a range of tropical prints and as an addedbonus, you don’t have to purchase as a set, so mixing and matching tones is easy! Celebrities that are synonymous with the pear shaped curves include Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson.
AppleThe apple shape figure means you have more
weight on the torso, with slim arms and legs. There are many types of swimwear that the apple shape can chose, but arguably the most flattering is the sculpting suit. Accentuating your chest and making the rest of your figure appear slimmer, this is a swimsuit that smoothes the stomach. Marks and Spencer’s offer a range of these types of swimsuits for you to choose from. Similar to the pear shape, vintage styles suit this figure. High-waisted bottoms with ties or cut outs add curves and help to balance your shape. For celebrity swimsuit style, look to Jennifer Hudson, Liz Hurley and Oprah Winfrey.
Marks & Spencer Swimsuit £19.50
Marks & Spencer Swimsuit £35.00
River Island Top £18.00 Bottoms £14.00
This narrow shape is for women who have an athletic body type. If the goal is to add the illusion of curves when shopping for your swimwear, then steer towards styles with detail and added attention on both the top and the bottom. Frills, ruching and beading give the implication of a wider shape in the desired area. Alternatively, monokinis are great for making it appear as though you have more of a waist, and these are brilliant for adding glamour to any party holidays. If you’re after a monokini, head over to Victoria’s Secret. But, if you’d prefer a twopiece or a swimsuit that covers all areas, then Next’s range is filled with the extra details that are perfect for your shape. For style inspiration, look to celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Boux Avenue Top £26.00 Bottoms £18.00
Accessorize Bikini £14.00
The curviest shape of them all, this is for women who are both top and bottom-heavy but have a small waist. Colour blocking will draw attention to your curves and it’s best to invest in a bikini that can provide support, so look for styles with thicker straps and an underwire. Monokinis can make an hour glass figure look cartoon-like, so go for swimwear lines that allow you to mix and match styles. Boux Avenue
feature a range of styles and prints that will help you make the most of your curvaceous figure. When shopping for your perfect swimsuit, look to the celebrities with hourglass figures, such as Scarlett Johansson, Kelly Brooks and Dita von Teese.
Phase Eight Bikini £60.00
Words by Phoebe Cuff
Finding multiple outfits for these occasions might prove a struggle but accessories are a great way to make an old dress look new again. There are a few rules and regulations that every guest must follow when attending someone else’s big day. Most brides won’t let you through the door if you’re wearing white and it’s usually distasteful to flash a lot of flesh, (especially at a church wedding). However this day is all about celebrating love and matrimony so let Accessorize help you to look your best as you partake in making memories that will last forever. Accessorize’s spring/summer range is elegant and delicate, enabling you to add the perfect finish to any outfit. If you didn’t rush off to buy a hat as soon as you heard the good news, then think about a fascinator. Designed in an array of styles there’s a look for everyone. Find your fascinator first and let the rest of youraccessorising follow suit. If you’re a mother of the bride or groom, then let corals and pastels compliment your outfit. Taupe headbands adorned with feathers or mesh will add a subtle touch, allowing a necklace to carry all the emphasis.If your dress is making the statement, then flatter it with a simple jewelled or flowered hairgrip. As mentioned wearing white is usually a no-go, although find a loop hole in your accessories.
Not even a bridezilla will get upset over a cream clutch and matching hat. This is the perfect colour to accessorise with a patterned dress and you’ll be sure to refrain from upsetting the happy couple. A range of satin and embellished bags in cream, gold and white are all available to polish off your look, while adding a Great Gatsby element. Be sure not to over accessorise your outfit by saving the best for last; the jewellery. If you’ve decided to opt for a headpiece then choose between either earrings, a bracelet or necklace, never all four. Wearing too many items can lead them to detract from each other.
As summer starts, wedding bells can be heard all over the country. As it’s the most popular season to tie the knot, you may have been lucky enough to receive more than one invite.
Moreover, a busy ensemble will result in each piece being overshadowed, so keep in mind the aged old tip; less is more. Accessorize’s jewellery section is a feast for the eyes; statement necklaces can be pared with subtle bracelets and vice versa. Packs of thin rings compliment graceful chains that are available in both silver and gold. This season dust off your beloved dress and treat it to a few embellishments. As the name suggests, Accessorize really is a professional in this department. They have a variety of colours to suit all skin types, show-stopping jewellery and bags that will make you the envy of all your friends, and they are just waiting to be picked up. Start the season in style and fall in love with your old favourites.
Words by Phoebe Cuff
Photography: Katerina Peppa Styling: Phoebe Cuff
The Wedding Guest Guide
BOMBER JACKET Spring/summer 2016 has shown that there was one standout fashion that is not going away any time soon. There is nothing new about the bomber jacket but they are as stylish and as popular as ever. They can be worn with a casual outfit and look not only cool, but are comfortable as well. New Look has a great selection of bomber jackets to choose from, so head down there now!
The Jacket New Look £24.99
River Island £30
Suede Loafers Next £45
Images courtesy of PRshots.com
Image courtesy of: River Island
New Look £14.99
Patterned Tee New Look £9.99
Desert Boots White Stuff £79.95
Patchwork Jeans River Island £45
Image courtesy of: Marks & Spencer Image courtesy of: River Island
WHITE OUT Jeans will always be in fashion, but this season’s denim is ripped, patched, bleached - all but destroyed, basically. The key to this style is to make your jeans look worn in. As we move into spring, try ripped knee skinny jeans in a stonewash finish - great for casual day looks.
Incredibly complementary with deep navies and pops of bright colours, the white denim and chino trend is worn best with accessories like dusty brown boots and belts. Style white trousers with traditional cable knits and patterned sweaters for preppy-takes-on-vintage cricket attire, or combine white denim with washed out chambray button down shirts for a classic weekend look.
Words by Chris Milligan
work out wear with
Gym Panelled Sports Bra, Colour: charcoal grit/ fluro - 24.99£
Gym Logo Capri leggings, Colour: Intergalactic – 29.99£
Superdry Tri Tarpaulin Backpack, Colour: Navy/ White – 54.99£
Core Applique T-shirt, Colour: white – 24.99£ True Grit Shorts, Colour: Slate Grey Grit – 34.99£
Gym Core Print Vest Top, Colour: fluro pink ombre 29.99£ Palm Print Slouch Knit Jumper, Colour: denim – 44.99£
Gym Logo Leggings, Colour: Charcoal Grit – 29.99£
Boy Short Dungarees, Colour: Black – 54.99£
Shoreditch Button Down Shirt, Colour: Paisley Navy – 44.99£
True Grit Shorts, Colour: Slate Grey Grit – 34.99£
Gym Tech Embossed Crew Sweatshirt, Colour: black – 49.99£
Santorini Wrap Skirt, Colour: Mono Stripe – 24.99£
Core Applique T-shirt, Colour: Dark Forest Green – 26.99£
Photographer: Katerina Peppa Models: Abbie Hills, Matt Knight Make up artist/Hair Stylist: Charlotte Coles Stylists: Mary Morgan, Jenny Hoffmann
Gym Basic Sport Runner T-shirt, colour: Grey grit – 29.99£
Gym Tech Slim Joggers, Colour: black – 54.99£
Gym Logo Leggings, Colour: Charcoal Grit – 29.99£
Trackster Lite Zip Hoodie, Colour: Mazarine Blue – 54.99£ True Grit Shorts, Colour: Slate Grey Grit – 34.99£
40. Summer skincare can be a challenge but Lauren Berry is here to help with tips to protect your skin this summer. 42. Southampton based blogger, Sam Jeffery, talks to WestQuay magazine about her beauty saviours. 46. Make up trends for the season with Accessorize Beauty. 50. Make that beauty sleep count and avoid any morning mishaps with overnight hair and beauty help.
Facial cleanser/toner: This is an important part of your skincare routine all year round, but the summer comes with different skin dilemmas. While the harsh cold winters can dry out your skin, the warm sun can make it tight and sore, especially if you have got a bit of sunburn. Using a gentle facewash and toner will help repair the skin –along with plenty of after-sun. We suggest using The Body Shop’s Pomegranate Softening Facial Wash and the Pomegranate Invigorating Toner. The gentle formula will clean and soothe your skin without being too harsh. For only £12 each, it’s a cheap way to ensure your skin can be in its best condition.
Use a foundation with SPF: If you have a garden party or a summer wedding to go to, you may want to have a full face of makeup on. But, this doesn’t mean you have to stay in the shade all day protecting your face. Try using the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation with SPF10. Although SPF 10 may not seem much, as long as you apply an SPF moisturiser too, your skin will be protected. This foundation is wonderfully lightweight and not at all cakey. This is great for hot weather, as it will not feel like it is running off your face. This means flawless coverage and protection at its finest.
To ensure your makeup stays in place all day, it is always a good idea to apply powder. It is also a nice idea to apply pressed powder instead of foundation, to even skin tone without using heavy products. Marks & Spencer sell the Pure Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Powder for only £24. This powder is clinically proven to correct and prevent skin concerns. Not only this, it also smooth’s away fine lines and wrinkles, plumps and firms the skin’s appearance, and balances uneven skin tone. It is a great way to look fabulous in the sun with ease. To keep in line with the summer theme, this product also has SPF 15 – what could be better?
Summer Skin Image courtesy of Accessorize
Moisturiser: After cleansing and toning, it is vital to apply a moisturiser. This will ensure your skin is super soft and glowing all day. Applying sun-cream to your face is a great idea, unless you want to apply makeup – the oily base will not bode well with foundation. It is a good idea to apply a moisturiser that has SPF in it instead. The Body Shop’sVitamin C Daily Moisturiser has an SPF of 30! This will make a great base for your makeup whilst protecting your skin at the same time.
Words by Lauren Berry
Its time for our chat with Southamptons Beauty Blogger ... Words by Becca Savory Photography by Katerina Peppa Hair and Makeup by Sam Jeffery
Southampton blogger, Sam Jeffery shares with us her growing beauty story and best advice – like why we should avoid using wipes to take our make up off!
Sam Jeffery, 23, created her blog just over a year ago and has already had a nomination for ‘Best Up & Coming Beauty Blog’ in the #BloggerBlogAwards 2015 and she has worked with brands such as L’Occitane, Superdrug and Vichy. What began as a place on the internet for this Southampton blogger to write about her beauty experiences has grown into a professional looking and wellestablished beauty and lifestyle blog. After graduating from a creative writing course at The University of Winchester and going through ups and downs trying to find a ‘wordy’ internship, she decided to get her writing ‘out there’ through blogging. “I used my experience in beauty to start my blog: Made From Beauty. I’m still learning a lot about the industry, but my blog has given me a place to share every step I take along the way with my readers from all across the globe.” Her interest in beauty began at a very young age and still continues to grow now. “As a child I loved watching my Nan get ready for an evening out. I was amazed by all her lotions and potions, the way she applied classic makeup and dabbed on Chanel No. 5. I have always been entranced with the ritual of beauty and the products that give women the ability to be a different person everyday depending on the products they use. My love of different looks and trends made me try out many products throughout my teen years.” Sam’s mum encouraged her love of beauty by giving her daughter full control over trying out beauty
techniques throughout childhood and her teenage years. She was allowed to paint her nails, dye her hair and even use of as much glitter body spray as she wanted! “She always said to me ‘Oh well, it’s only makeup’ and because of that I’ve never been afraid to try out new looks and have fun with it. She reminded me that if I mess up my eyeliner, apply too much blush or wear too bright a lipstick, that it will all come out in the wash.” However, she has an issue with her teenage self using only wipes to take off makeup. “If only I’d been able to rip those pesky makeup wipes from my
teenage hands! I wish I had been able to tell myself that a wipe, no different to a baby wipe, will not clean my skin properly, let alone get rid of all the foundation I was wearing to cover my spots. It was a vicious cycle, I wasn’t cleaning my skin, the spots were forming, then I was applying more makeup to hide them and expecting a face wipe to solve it all! No, I wish I could just reach back in time and hand myself a good cream cleanser, it would have saved a lot of hassle and boosted my self esteem hugely!” Hydration and acid are the two skincare secrets she swears by and shares with us exactly how this works: “My skincare secrets are simple: hydration and acid. The acid part sounds a little scary at first, but a gentle AHA acid, fruit enzyme or BHA in your skincare routine can truly turn the worst skin situation into a beautiful, clear, glowing complexion. Most acids you use like a traditional toner before bed. I love to use the Alpha H Liquid Gold, which can be found at Marks & Spencer, once a week to give skin the gentle exfoliation it needs after a long work week. “When it comes to hydration, a whole multitude of skin worries can be solved or eased with a little moisture inside and out. If my skin is red, dry, blemish prone or in need of some TLC for any reason I immediately turn to water. I drink plenty and often, and the difference it makes to the skin is outstanding. Then dig out a rich moisturiser like The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream and use twice a day; skin is plumped, primed for makeup and glowing.”
Images courtesy of Sam Jeffery
Sam spent a lot of her teen years in WestQuay shopping centre and has picked up a few beauty product favourites there which she recommends. “I absolutely love the beauty hall in John Lewis, there are lots of brands to try like MAC, Dior and Laura Mercier. One of my favourite products I have in my collection is my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, it gives a flawless, luminous base that lasts all day and looks beautiful in photographs. I would also recommend taking a look at the huge makeup collection recently released in H&M. We are very lucky to have the full range of beauty items available in our local H&M store and there’s lots of high quality pieces available from eye shadows to foundation.” With her blog having recently hit its one-year anniversary, the journey has not been as simple as just adding posts to make it so successful. A lot more work has been put into Made From Beauty by Sam for it to be where it is today. “A year ago I’d never held a DSLR camera, never shared my writing as publicly and I didn’t have a true understanding of how the blogging world worked. I now work around four hours a day on my blog, creating content, promoting my work and attending events all across the country.” She has even travelled all the way up North of England. For those who are interested in making their own blog, or advancing blogs further, Sam gives her best advice on how to do so: “The biggest tips I’d give for starting your own blog is to read some, get a feel for what is out there and what people are writing and reading. This will put you in a great position to work out what sort of blogger you will be.”
e d Ma m o r y f t u bea She notes that there are even bloggers who concentrate on images more than writing, so if you do not feel confident with just writing on your blog there are other options. “The visual side of blogging, photographs and video content is still growing, so you might find a visual only blog might be a great way to start, or maybe you could share the highlights of your week through a diary style format. You don’t have to be an amazing writer to blog, it’s more about having a passion for what you create and share that will see your blog take off.” Something Sam wants aspiring bloggers to remember is: “Never be ashamed of your blog; talk to people about it, share it with friends and family and be proud of your little corner of the Internet.”
Something Sam wants aspiring bloggers to remember is: “Never be ashamed of your blog; talk to people about it, share it with friends and family and be proud of your little corner of the Internet.”
Products Sam mentioned and where you can find them:
Alpha H Liquid Gold 100 ml, Marks and Spencer, £33.50. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, The Body Shop, £18. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, John Lewis, £37. H&M examples: Liquid foundation, £7.99. Eye shadows, £4.99. To visit Sam Jeffery’s blog go to www. madefrombeauty.co.uk. Or follow her @madefrombeauty_ on Instagram and Twitter.
Lipsticks, £7.99. Nail varnishes, £3.99.
BEAUTY Magic Eyelashes mascara - £9.00 Eye Love It Eyeliner - £6.00 Wild Bronzer in Blonde - £7.00 Lalala Lilac Nail Polish - £5.00 Lipstick Retro Lip Duo Lip Gloss in Pink - £7.00
Gem Eye Shadow inBlue and Green - £4.00 Light Me Up’ Lip Gloss - £6.00 Almond Nail Polish - £5.00
This Season’s Hottest
Make Up Trends
Petrol Nail Polish and Blue Suede Shoes Nail Polish £5.00 each Light Me Up’ Lip Gloss in Lilac - £6.00 Chubby Lips Lipstick in Fuschia - £5.00
Light Blue Sparkle Eyeshadow Palette - £14.00 Highlight Me Highlighter - £7.00 Heavenly Nail Polish - £5.00
Images courtesy of Accessorize and PRshots.com
Top Tips for a
Sleeping Beauty Words by Becca Savory
Puffy eyes can leave you looking so tired in the morning. Use eye cream to reduce puffiness when you wake up as well as nourish your eyelids. To depuff try BareMinerals Mineralixirs Eye Nourishing Oil Balm, £26, at night.
Applying leave-in conditioner or a hair mask overnight and washing it out in the morning gives your hair a more intense moisturise and strengthens hair. Leaving it in overnight allows the mask or conditioner to deeply soak in to every strand of your hair, maximising its effects.
The changing weather and general use can leave hands dry and cracked with brittle nails. Our hands apply our beauty products to the rest of our body, so it can be easy to forget about them needing treatment too. Apply hand cream before bed for best results. Try M&S Moisture Charge Overnight Hand Cream, £4.
Putting in some extra effort before bed can mean waking up with skin and hair ready for the day ahead of you. Do you wake up with dry lips or puffy eyes? Try the tips bellow to avoid any of those overnight beauty problems!
For that extra moisture on your skin, try a moisturising mask overnight to wake up with soft, hydrated skin. Hydrated skin is a lot more manageable; it looks soft without makeup but also means that makeup sits better on your skin, so less of those dry skin flakes when you apply foundation. Try The Body Shop’s vitamin E sink in moisture sleep mask, £14.
Even your eyelashes can be cared for. Applying Vaseline to your eyelashes is an old trick that leaves them stronger and healthier. It is better to apply overnight and let the Vaseline sink in - you don’t want to be walking around the office with gloopy lashes.
If you can catch your spots early, then Tea Tree Oil can make them disappear overnight. But, even if you don’t get there in time, this natural oil will speed up the process of spot-healing, working by directly killing the bacteria. Apply tea tree oil to spots at night with a Q-tip. You can find a range of tea tree products at The Body Shop, starting from £6.
This one is already wellknown, but drink plenty of water before bed to stay hydrated. It’s forgotten about as a beauty tip but not only does it leave your skin hydrated, it also reduces the feeling of fatigue, helping you get out of bed in the mornings more easily. And, dehydration causes water retention, which can be a huge factor in puffylooking eyes.
Your skin appreciates nutrients, and oils can really sink deep into your skin’s layers leaving it feel replenished. There are so many different oils that promise to do different things, such as scar-fading, wrinkle-reducing or even just rejuvenating. Clarins Lotus Oil, £33, aims to soothe and seal in moisture, which reduces fine lines and dehydration.
All that turning in your sleep creates friction which, in turn, can cause frizzy hair, and can even add damage to your hair. Try John Lewis’ silk pillowcase, £3, to minimise the friction and allow you to wake up with the soft, combed hair you went to bed with.
Want to wake up with soft lips? Exfoliate lips before bed to get rid of any dry flakes, leading the way for soft lips. Exfoliate with The Bodyshop Lipscuff, £8.
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54. Get summer body ready with a quick and easy workout from Bryony Salisbury. 56. Jenny Hoffmann gives us the lowdown on Cameron Diazâ€™s healthy lifestyle book. 58. Head to Waitrose for clean eating this summer as Alissa Kirkwood makes meal plans easy. 60. Chris Milligan and Hotel Chocolat encourage you to give in to your sweet tooth despite the seasonal diets.
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Mountain climbers: 30 reps
Get Bikini Ready!
Squats: 15 reps
Words by Bryony Salisbury
With summer quickly approaching we are all thinking about eating healthy and shedding those extra pounds. However, when your day is packed full with work and other commitments, your lunch break may be the only time you are able to squeeze in some exercise and burn off that unwanted fat.
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Lunges: 10 reps each side Burpees: 15 reps Glute bridges: 20 reps
Full-body workout you can do on your lunch break
So, WestQuay magazine has created a series of workouts you can do in under an hour that target your troublesome areas and will get you bikini ready for the summer months ahead.
Circuit Two - Legs
Circuit Three - Arms Circuit One - Abs Plank: 45 seconds Bicycle crunches: 30 reps
Commando plank: 10 reps each side Close grip push-ups: 15 reps Tricep dips: 15 reps
Leg raises: 15 reps
Hand walks: 15 reps
Russian twists: 15 reps each side
Side plank: 45 seconds
Bent leg sit-ups: 15 reps
Love your body
Two-thirds of British people agree that healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to achieving a healthier lifestyle and maintaining a good body, according to Mintel’s healthy life style report, released in 2015. Even simple steps like joining a fitness class can go a long way, and of course it doesn’t have to be the spin class that many of us dread so much. Find something that is perfect for you and make it enjoyable; get your best friend to join with you and let exercise become a fun activity.
Why not get some professional help on how to develop your healthy lifestyle? Actress and author Cameron Diaz’s Body Book, for example, has all the tips and knowledge on healthy living, and simple ways of improving your wellbeing. The Body Book is available at Waterstones for £16.99, and is an enjoyable, relaxed read. One of the main tips she swears by is to get your day started right, by simply drinking a pint of warm water with lemon every morning, in order to boost your digestive system.
A daily consumption of water is really important. Our bodies are made of around 60% water, and we move around so much during the day, sweating and taking several trips to the toilet, that keeping ourselves hydrated is a must. Suggestions of how much we should consume vary, with some recommending up to 8 glasses a day. But simply making sure that you drink regularly throughout the day will be enough.
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When food shopping, try and stay away from anything with a high percentage of saturated fat, sugar or salt. We all love to put that inviting box of muffins into our shopping trollies, but there is guaranteed to be a much healthier recipe out there for a home-cooked version. Baking your own would be healthier, as well as a fun activity for a Sunday afternoon.
If you’re thinking, “I simply cannot ditch the donuts”, remember - you can absolutely do anything you set your mind to!
Formula for healthy living
Dehydration leads to loss of energy levels and focus. If, like many others, you’re fed up with the plain taste of water why not freshening it up by adding a couple of slices of cucumber? You can also try lime, lemon, mint, blackberries or even ginger for an upgraded water-drinking experience.
Cameron Diaz - The body book Furthermore, if you ditch the no-carb diets, and give in to that yummy pasta you know you want, you will feel much better for it as carbs can increase happiness, which will probably come as a blessing in disguise to many.
They are simply that good for you, and an easy addition for a healthy meal. Experiment to find the vegetables you like, and by all means stay away from the once you’re not so keen on, but make sure you increase your intake and get those allimportant antioxidants into your body. When it comes to cooking your meals, make sure to include as many untouched, organic ingredients as possible. Fresh is the buzzword here.
Available at Waterstones for £ 9.99
Simple steps to an improved you
Achieve your goals – you think you can’t do it? Yes you can!
Give your diet a make over and eat smart
Live stress free – or at least reduce stress as best you can
It might not come as a surprise to you chocoholics, but it’s actually been scientifically proven that chocolate makes us happy. A study undertaken at Nestle Research Centre has found that dark chocolate can reduce stress hormones if consumed every day for two weeks.
nutritious food + plenty of exercise + good amount of sleep = Healthy lifestyle
The right food can improve your mood and wellbeing and keep you fuller for longer
Exercise is key
Did you know that eating the right foods could improve your mood?
Everything in Moderation is key
A healthy diet can reduce the chances of getting cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. We always hear about the significance of whole foods, but what are they? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, they are foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible without any additives or artificial substances, so this definitely includes your fruit and veg.
Fruit and Veg should be your best friends !
Make sleep your priority – sleep right and try to sleep for 7-8 hours a night
With the help of a positive approach, cutting down on bad habits will be much easier. However, try to deny yourself as little as possible, as the more you refuse to eat your favourite pastry, the more your body will crave it.
Everything in moderation Miss Diaz really does One thing Cameron is allowed, Cameron can not leave anything out in her quest to share keeps mentioning in back us up on that; you don’t have to eat that her wisdom of health her book is Quinoa. whole box of chocolates, and body with us. Her other tips include Try it, it’s really good! you can have a few and still get that kick of making simple satisfaction. adjustments to your Finally, let’s not forget about exercise. diet; for example, swapping fried eggs for poached eggs in the morning, white Any form of workout can improve your skin and gives you a healthy and toast for brown toast for that yummy natural glow. Going to the gym several marmite snack during the day, dairy milk for almond or soya milk in your times a week can also reduce stress levels. coffee and dairy chocolate for dark chocolate as your almost-healthy snack But, if all this doesn’t help or appeal whilst watching Netflix. to you in any way, a glass of red wine a day is considered as really good for you, Adding spices or chillies to your meals right? So pop into Waitrose now and is also a good way to encourage the fat burning process. choose from our favourite selection.
Words by Jenny Hoffmann
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
Eat whole foods
Avoid junk food – your body will thank you for it
Cameron Diaz image courtesy of Wiki Commons: By Caroline Renouard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16478802
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Kickstart your summer with SNACKS
Words by Alissa Kirkwood Here are some of the products we have specially selected from the range; simply put into the sections breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and sweet treats, to help you kick start your healthy summer.
Waitrose LoveLife Seeded Oatcakes (250g) 89p Vegetarian
Waitrose LoveLife Peanuts and Raisins (120g) £1.29
Waitrose LoveLife Dried Mango (40g) £1.00 Vegetarian
Waitrose LoveLife Tropical Smoothie Mix (480g) £2.40 Add 2 for £4 Vegetarian
Waitrose LoveLife Cheese Ploughman’s Sandwich £2.00 Vegetarian
Waitrose LoveLife Chilli Chicken and Sticky Rice Salad (240g) £3.29
Waitrose LoveLife Spiced Butternut Squash & Dip (110g) £1.30
Waitrose LoveLife Sweet Potato Oven Chips (500g) £2.29
Waitrose LoveLife Calorie Controlled Cottage Pie (400g) £2.60 Freezable
Waitrose LoveLife Calorie Controlled Celeriac & Spinach Soup (600g) £2.49
Waitrose LoveLife 4 Fruit, Nut and Seed Muffins (4s) £1.50 Freezable and Vegetarian
Waitrose LoveLife bircher muesli (750g) £3.85 Vegetarian
Waitrose is here to help you beat the bad habits and get healthy in time for summer. Their range of nutritionally balanced ‘LoveLife’ products includes lentils, beans, nuts, soups, calorie controlled ready meals and healthy smoothies.
Waitrose LoveLife Calorie Controlled Raspberry & Blackcurrant Frozen Yogurt (500ml) £2.99 Vegetarian
Waitrose LoveLife 4 Flapjacks (148g) £1.64 Vegetarian
Waitrose LoveLife Vanilla Sponge Mix (400g) £1.70 Vegetarian
The Home Baking Hamper Learn how to cook with chocolate. Inside, you’ll find: a beautiful cookbook, filled with over 100 cocoa cuisine recipes both sweet and savoury; three bags of 40% Milk, 70% Dark and highcocoa White Chocolate Drops; a 100% natural, non-Dutched cocoa powder, our salted caramel and pecan chocolate spread, and a bag of Ecuadorian cocoa nibs.
Cocoa Beer English, small-batch beer, brewed with traditional Fuggles hops and the warming flavour of cocoa shells to create a complex, rounded ale of real character, with pleasing savoury bitterness and notes of tobacco, cocoa and coffee. Our cocoa shells are left over from making chocolate. The only beer you want this summer.
Crispy crunch meets meltingly smooth, with chocolate chip cookies, creamy white chocolate chunks and puffed rice stirred into a silky smooth 70-30 milk and dark chocolate fusion. A unique chocolat combo yet to be matched!
With summer just around the bend, the temptation to eat your own body wait in chocolate is hard not to do, that not to say that we won’t do that. Hotel Chocolat is on hand to make that temptation even stronger and they have some perfect gifts for love ones and yourself of course!
The Patisserie Sleekster
27 decadent dessert recipes, including: The Brownie, Mousse au Chocolat, Caramel Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, The Blondie, Raspberry Pannacotta, Billionaire’s Shortbread, Strawberry Cheesecake, Fudge Sundae, Tiramisu, Custard Tart, Lemon Cheesecake, Apple Strudel and Rhubarb & Custard.
Words by Chris Milligan
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Rocky Road Giant Slab
The Chocolate & Fizz Collection A mini selection of pure happiness. Enjoy a mini bottle of Prosecco Salted Caramel Puddles; a trio of nano slabs, including the 50% Milk & Cookies, 70% Dark Fruit and nuts, and Salted Caramel; and a duo of Champagne Truffles.
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65. Learn all about WestQuayâ€™s new Yankee Camdle store with Charis Sadler. 66. Cath Kidston has gifts for every occasion, Emily Taylor helps you find the perfect present for everyone from your grandma to your best friend. 68. John Lewis inspires housewarming gifts. 70. Not forgetting the men in our life, Chris Milligan has put together a handy gadget guide for the clueless shopper.
Yankee Candle Since opening just before Christmas 2015, WestQuay’s Yankee Candle store has been a big hit with customers. Situated next to WestQuay’s largest department store, John Lewis, on lower shopping, the store has an endless range of scented candles and other home accessories which the brand has fast become known for. With competent and approachable staff who are eager
Yankee doesn’t just sell candles; they also stock Reed Diffusers. With equal strength in scent to a candle, the Yankee Reed Diffusers are an alternative for those who are not fans of candles, but are still after that gorgeous fragrance. The Lemon Lavender diffuser has a divine combination of the freshly sweet lavender in cohesion with the zesty citrus smell of lemons. The diffusers, priced at £17.99, come with a larger 250ml vase to ensure an enduring aroma in your home.
Words by Charis Sadler
to help find the perfect Yankee scent for you, the experience in store is like no other. The products are a deliciously inviting addition perfect for any home at very affordable prices. If you are interested in adding some spring/summer scents to your home, here is a selection of five of our favourite products from the Yankee Candle store.
The large 22oz Yankee Candles are arguably the brands most popular product, and the Black Cherry scent is a favourite among Yankee customers. With natural extracts, the deep richly, sweet black cherry fragrance is an ideal choice for first time customers. Priced at £21.99, with an approximate burning time of 110-150 hours, it is well worth the money!
The Yankee Candle store has an assortment of products to suit everyone at affordable prices. Pop in on your next trip to WestQuay and see for yourself - you won’t leave empty-handed!
Image courtesy of John Lewis
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Next up is the Fresh Cut Roses small pillar candle. This 7oz candle has an approximate 35-45 hours burning time, it is perfect for this spring/ summer season. The candle has a beautiful aroma of an English garden filled with roses; a natural subtle odour that will create a tranquil ambience in the home. Priced at £10.49, it would make a fabulous gift!
If you’re after something small and understated for your home this spring/ summer, then the plug in electric refills are an inexpensive way of adding that elegant touch to any room. At £6.25 each, the refills are compact and last roughly 4 to 6 weeks. The Beach Walk refill is a revitalising seaside scent fused with elements of orange blossom and tangerine.
Besides scent-based products, Yankee also sells ornaments that would look remarkable in the home this spring/ summer. You can pick up an array of tea light holders and wax burners that are striking and unusual. The Clear Glass Bubble Mosaic Wax Burner is particularly eye-catching and a bargain at £14.99! The incredibly versatile Wax Burner is a must-have this season! It can be used as a standalone piece or as another way of creating your own personal scent. Yankee wax tarts can be placed on top of the burner and the tea light inside melts the wax, filling the air with your chosen aroma - an ideal buy for those wanting something a little different!
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Salt & Pepper Shakers £ 8.00
Known for their iconic florals and polka dots, the brand is often seen as exclusively feminine but if you venture in store you’ll find novelty prints sure to put a smile on your dad’s face. The quintessentially patriotic print ‘Guards and Friends’ adorns mugs, pens and glasses cases, all guaranteed to brighten up Father’s Day. The fun kitchenware range includes gnome-shaped salt and pepper shakers and even a beefeater-shaped mug to make that early morning breakfast routine a little bit more interesting.
Spring Gift Guide:
Words by Emily Taylor
Spring is in full swing with Easter and Mother’s Day far behind us and summer fast approaching. Father’s Day is coming up and wedding season is nearly upon
us meaning the search for presents will begin imminently. Lucky for you, WestQuay has the perfect store for all your gifting needs and it comes in the form of British brand Cath Kidston.
Wedding gift buying can be difficult as you never know what a new couple will want or need and you’re always worried that you won’t be the only one to get that expensive blender that they will probably never use. Cath Kidston makes wedding presents a whole lot easier with their gorgeous new homewares range for summer. The ‘Highgate Rose’ dining set will inject a summer feeling into any kitchen with pastel colours and dainty florals and the corresponding baking range will encourage every new bride to embrace the housewife stereotypes and purchase a Mary Berry cookbook.
Leather Bag £ 125
From pretty passport cases just in time for summer getaways, to premium leather bags to make that work day look a little trendier, to make up bags and brushes for the beauty enthusiast we all seem to have in our lives, there is something for every young woman in your life.
So Mother’s Day has been and gone but your Mum or Gran have a summer birthday and you used your only gift idea back in March, fear not, if there’s one person Cath Kidston was made for it’s your mum. A classic handbag in ‘Richmond Rose’ or ‘Blossom Birds’ will become an everyday staple in her wardrobe while summer dresses in ‘Spring Cottage’ and ‘Hydrangea’ are a foolproof fashion statement for every woman and the perfect outfit for that afternoon tea party you have planned for her.
Weighing Scales £ 35.00
Blooming Lovely Presents
Everyone knows someone with a summer birthday and if it happens to be your best friend or your sister then present buying couldn’t be easier with Cath Kidston. No matter what your budget is, the store will have the perfect product for you.
Dress £ 75.00
Diffuser £ 22.00
Now that all your gifts have been bought for every occasion, it’s time to treat yourself. A ‘Blossom Bunch’ foldaway travel bag is the perfect luggage for a weekend by the beach and to keep that holiday feeling all year round, why not make your home smell like summer with the ‘Padstow Rose Peony and Lime’ ceramic diffuser. That’s summer sorted for everyone.
Foldaway Travel £ 45.00
The newest trend to hit John Lewis for this season brings us right back to nature. Floral prints, contemporary designs and natural materials feature heavily in this edit. Combine some statement pieces with natural tones and make your home the envy of all your neighbours this summer.
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The Scandinavian style and way of life is the muse for designers everywhere this season, and John Lewis is no exception. Pull off this style in your home with muted tones, natural hues and simple pieces.
Words by Charlotte Beattie
If a lavish look is what youâ€™re after, indulge in John Lewisâ€™ more luxurious pieces with deep tones, bold prints and metallic touches.
the best inventions Words by Chris Milligan
Do you ever wake up in the morning, really want a cuppa but decide against it because you can’t be bothered to stir your tea? Then worry no more, because you can now buy the self-stirring mug. It requires just 2 AAA batteries and the press of a button to take this most arduous of tasks of your hands. Simply push the thumb-friendly button and watch your tea or coffee stir itself. With this you avoid the risk of serious wrist injury involved in stirring your own tea. All you have to do is just sit back and remember make tea, not war.
Gadgets you need in your life
from Men Kind
2016 has been an exciting year for technology amd there is plenty of new technology to be released throughout the year. We take a look at some of the top new electronic gadgets amd find out why you need these products in your life. Mug £7.99
Dash Cams are becoming ever more popular. Our roads are by no means accident-free, and fitting a dash cam to your car can help reduce your insurance premiums, and offer you peace of mind when it comes to disputes over liability in an accident.
It was over 100 year ago that the Wright brothers took flight for the first time, and since then we’ve seen the first commercial flight, the first plane to go supersonic; but now all we see is drones. The world has gone drone crazy. Drones are now so popular it was reported that an estimated one million were expected to be sold this past holiday season. One of the many drones available to buy is the M:Tech sk drone plus. Record and take photos midflight with the Sky Drone Plus.
Drone £ 69.99
Its Headless Intelligent Orientation Control means the flight direction depends on the user rather than the drone. 6 axis technology makes the drone more stable when in flight and blades are protected by a plastic outer circle for better protection.
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This Micro DVR Dash Cam’s 2.5” DVR camera records everything on the road. It has a rechargeable battery built into the unit, and an AVI video format that records directly to an SD card, making make it simple and easy to use and a must-have this summer.
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We’ve all been there, sitting on the sofa, drinking a glass of wine and suddenly your glass is almost empty. You’re feeling lazy and don’t want to get up and top it up. How do you solve that problem? Well, there is a solution! There is now a wine glass attached to a wine bottle. Now your glass can be fed a constant supply of your favourite tipple from the bottle beneath. Because let’s face it, drinking straight from the bottle is just so unsophisticated.
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for a peaceful Must-have accessories
night of sleep
The first few weeks, and even months, of bringing your newborn into the world can be a real challenge. New parents have to adjust in a big way, from adjusting their lifestyle and routine, to those dreaded nappy changes and nighttime feeds. In what can be an exhausting period for many mums and dads, sleep is more important
Words by Charlotte Beattie
than ever, for parents and baby. Here at WestQuay, our stores provide an array of sleep-enhancing gadgets and accessories to help new families get into the swing of things. Read on to find out more about our top picks from John Lewis and how they can help you. The baby monitor is the must-have gadget for any parent, but they don’t
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come cheap, and they certainly don’t come in one simple design. There are so many monitors to choose from, and they all do something different in their own ways. So where do you start? And what monitor is best for you? Find out more about WestQuay’s most popular baby monitors below.
Motorola MBP18 Baby Monitor, £54.99 1.8 inch diagonal colour screen
High sensitivity microphone
Live video feature
Mains and battery powered
Infrared night vision
300m maximum range
Tomy Digital TF550 Baby Monitor, £49.95 Interference–free connection Remote controlled night light and lullabies LCD display with temperature indicator and clock
Vibrate mode Two-way talk back 350m maximum range 120 channels for clear sound
Samsung SEW-3037WN BabyView Baby Monitor, £134.97 75. Sleep easy with John Lewis as Charlotte Beattie introduces the top products for baby and mum. 80. Pregancy pampering with The Body Shop will make those nine months of anticipation much more enjoyable. 84. Accessorize Angels has your kids covered this summer with cool and trendy clothes for the season.
3.5 inch LCD monitor
Two-way talk back
Remote pan, tilt and zoom night-vision camera and night light
Last feed timer
System can be expanded to include up to 4 cameras
Rechargeable battery and mains powered
275m maximum range
To y s & A c c e s s o r i e s From mobiles and nightlights to cuddly toys, there’s a soothing night-time accessory to suit every baby, and John Lewis has something to help every family get as peaceful a sleep as possible. Take a look at some of the customers’ favourites below.
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Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Mobile, £47.00 Exclusive to John Lewis Height: 66cm Musical mobile Rotating arm Twinkle Twinkle Little Star lullaby Automatic 5-minute play time Soft hanging toys include zebra, elephant, monkey and lion. Suitable from birth
Easidream Ewan the Dream Sheep, £29.95
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Replicates soothing sounds of mum’s womb and heartbeat Sounds combined with household, musical and natural sounds Soothing pink glow Requires 3x AAA batteries Suitable from birth
Grobag Gro-Clock, £17.49 Moon and sun pictures teach children bedtime and daytime Comes with beautifully illustrated book to encourage children to stay in bed longer Screen displays stars disappearing one by one to show passing of time during the night Adjustable screen brightness Silent option Optional digital clock and alarm feature Mains powered
Image courtesy of Next
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Moses baskets are a popular choice for baby’s first bed. The design keeps the baby snug and secure in their first months, while the confined, darker space provides a familiar feeling of being in the womb. While Moses baskets aren’t necessary for baby, they are very much back in fashion, and are a lovely item to pass through generations of the family.
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John Lewis Sweet Dreams Moses Basket Neutral colour 100% Cotton liner, polka dot fitted sheet, hood and coverlet 100% polyester filling
Lightweight, durable maize basket Suitable from birth to 9kg Mattress included
£55.00 John Lewis Moses Basket Stand, Neutral Solid beech with natural finish
Flat packed for self-assembly
Folds away for easy storage
Suitable from birth
Holds Moses baskets 72-80cm long and 30-47cm wide
Basket not included
£30.00 John Lewis Heritage Wicker Moses Basket Stylish and comfortable Wicker basket with leather handles White, cotton padded dressing
Coverlet and dressings are machine washable Mattress sold separately Suitable from birth to 9kg
Lace trimmed coverlet
£99.00 John Lewis Waffle Moses Basket, White
Images courtesy of Next
Comfortable and secure
100% polyester filling
Mattress, hood and cover included
Lightweight, durable palm basket
100% cotton liner and hood
Suitable from birth to 9kg
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Aloe Soothing Day Cream The Body Shop, £12.00
for the mum-to-be Pregnancy can be one of the most incredible times of a woman’s life, but it also brings about a lot of personal changes for the mum-to-be, which can often be unexpected. We are here to talk you through some of the changes that can affect a woman’s body during pregnancy and how to work with your body to combat them.
Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Scrub The Body Shop, £7.00
Recommended products The changes in your hormone levels during pregnancy can do all sorts of weird and wonderful things to your body, from growing breasts to morning sickness; but not all of them are out of our control. Hormone changes can also have a big impact on your skin. Whilst some women are lucky enough to benefit from that infamous ‘glow’, others are not so lucky. Skin complaints during pregnancy can range from acne to rashes to stretch marks – thankfully, there are plenty of things we can do to help ourselves. The secret to skin care while pregnant is to use as many natural products as you can – and we’ve got you covered.
Oily, acne-prone skin The best way to treat oily, acne-prone skin is to tackle it with products that will draw out the impurities in your skin. It’s also a good idea to exfoliate regularly to get rid of any dead skin cells and sweep out the oil and dirt gathering in your pores, which will help prevent future breakouts. If you have very sensitive skin, products that are a little gentler may be the best option. If this is the case, try yoghurt and cucumber, which are both gentle and soothing to skin, or honey, which is a great natural antiseptic.
Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser John Lewis, £20.25
For products that will tackle the problem more deeply, tea tree oil, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are all great options. These also have antiseptic and skin-clarifying properties, and are generally a little more thorough – perfect for problematic skin. Be sure to use a light moisturiser after using these products to ensure the skin doesn’t dry out too much, otherwise it’ll automatically react by producing more oil – and you’ll be back to square one.
Aloe Soothing Day Cream The Body Shop, £12.00
Words by Charlotte Beattie
It might sound odd, but the first step to healthy skin is exfoliating. While this may be the last thing you want to do when your skin is sore, gentle exfoliating products are available, and will really make the difference when you moisturise as it’ll get rid of those dead skin cells and allow your skin to absorb the moisture much more easily. Coconut oil has recently been dubbed as the one product for everything miracle worker. One thing coconut oil is brilliant for is moisturising, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a lot of other ‘miracle’ products out there. Other products to try are milk, honey (yes, it moisturises too), and Aloe Vera. The chances are your skin is dehydrated, too, so make water your new best friend.
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Mask The Body Shop, £11.00
Combination Skin The key to treating combination skin is to find a balance. Combination skin is typically dry in most areas, but oily around the T-zone. No two people have the same type of skin, so experimenting to find what works best for you will be the best way forward.
Try out the various remedies listed above for dry and oily skin types and see which ones work best for you. Bear in mind that tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar may be a little too harsh and drying for those of you who don’t suffer from breakouts, so start with milder remedies like yoghurt and cucumber and see how you go.
Vitamin C Microdermabrasion The Body Shop, £15.00
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Swollen Feet Stretch Marks Stretch marks are incredibly natural and can appear on the body for many reasons, from growth during puberty to weight gain and loss, and of course, pregnancy. Everyone is different, and some women are affected more than others when it comes to gaining their stripes. It is possible for some women to prevent stretch marks entirely just
Olive Beautifying Oil The Body Shop £10.00
Discolouration Another skin change that can occur during pregnancy is discolouration of the skin. Often, patches of skin get darker on the face, neck and chest. This is known as chloasma or melasma, and is caused by your body producing extra melanin. It’s important to protect your skin in the sun, and the use of a higher SPF can help to ensure the dark patches don’t get even darker.
Lemon, cucumber, guava, and avocado are most effective when you apply them to your face as a mask and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. Cocoa butter and argan oils are also great as lotions. Massage them into your skin thoroughly after a shower or bath for best results.
The extra weight being carried around can put a lot of additional pressure on your joints and legs, but your feet are most likely to feel it. Resting as much as you can and quite literally putting your feet is a big help, but this range of products will also help to ease the pain and discomfort.
Pure Mum-t0-be Foot & Leg Gel Marks & Spencer £6.00
by eating right, but getting enough vitamins and nutrients isn’t always enough. Aloe Vera, olive oil, cocoa butter and tea tree oil are all effective remedies for improving and fading the appearance of stretch marks, and with regular use, can have a longlasting effect.
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter John Lewis £9.35
Lemon Verbena Body Scrub Marks & Spencer £3.00
Let Your Body Talk
It’s not just hormone changes that have an effect on the body during pregnancy. Carrying a little person around for nine months really takes its toll, and the last few weeks, and even months, of pregnancy can be incredibly uncomfortable for some. While there are no miracle cures for the complaints we face as a result, there are things we can do to ease the aches and pains. So, take some time to pamper yourself from time to time with some of our stores’ best products.
Wild Argan Oil Body Butter The Body Shop £14.00
Aches & Pains During pregnancy your joints can loosen in an attempt to adapt to your ever-changing body. The excess weight and the position of the baby can cause discomfort and result in aching throughout your body. Pampering yourself and keeping warm can really help, so why not have a long, deep bath and put these products to the test. Just sit back and relax.
Pure Relaxing Candle Marks & Spencer £12.50
Spa of the World French Lavender Massage Oil The Body Shop £14.00
Rosie for Autograph Bath & Body Oil, Marks & Spencer £15.00
From one trimester to the next, your body is constantly trying to adapt to the pregnancy, and this can often mean a big change in your sleeping patterns and how much rest you need. If you find that you’re tired all the time, or you’re having trouble sleeping, give some of these products a try.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray John Lewis £16.00
MOTHER & BABY
Kidswear: Accessorize Angels
Words by Emily Taylor As the weather gets warmer kids want to play outside and enjoy the summer sun, and as a parent itâ€™s your number one priority to keep them cool and protected from the heat. Accessorize Angels has a fantastic range of kidswear to keep the young fashionista feeling cool and stylish all summer long.
From delicate summer dresses to fun and frilly swimwear, Accessorize have products for every little girl this season. And it doesnâ€™t stop there! Sunglasses, flip flops and backpacks will help your little one prepare for the summer holidays while adorable fancy dress outfits make even a British summer a little bit more exciting.
92 78. Thomas Cook is WestQuayâ€™s number one stop to book a family getaway this year. 82. No time for a long, relaxing summer holiday? Kuoni has the best weekend breaks for an escape from the routine of everydau life.
All-inclusive holidays for all the family
A perfect family summer holiday is not complete without an adventure-packed day out at a waterpark, a lazy day lounging and soaking up the sunshine at the beach or an indulgent spa day for the parents to unwind and relax whilst the children are having fun at Kids’ Club. Thomas Cook has plenty of family-friendly, all-inclusive hotels to make your summer truly unforgettable.
Steigenberger Aqua Magic, Egypt from £314 pp The stunning Steigenberger Aqua Magic resort in Hurghada opened in January 2014 for families to enjoy their summer holiday in style. The onsite aqua park provides hours of fun for everyone, and adults can enjoy the spa and adults-only pool for some well-earned peace. There is an international rooftop á la carte restaurant and a variety of bars including the Magic Sky Bar. Try something new with pool- or introductorydiving sessions or take to the sea with a spot of windsurfing.
Royal Wings Hotel, Turkey from £313 pp The Royal Wings hotel overlooks Antalya’s Lara beach, a stunning Mediterranean location surrounded by landscaped gardens and thrilling waterslides. Be sure to check out the Turkish bath for ultimate relaxation before spending the evening listening to live music and watching professional acrobatic shows. The hotel boasts four á la carte restaurants, the ‘Gondol’ Italian restaurant, ‘Bamboo Garden’ Asian restaurant, ‘Sahan’ Turkish restaurant and the ‘Deep Sea’ seafood restaurant. Choose to stay in a variety of accommodation types, from the Whirlpool suite to a double room with a sea view.
Mitsis Roda Beach Village, Greece from £398 pp
A fantastic beachfront location combined with excellent service at Mitsis Roda Beach Village. Enjoy a Piña colada from the beach bar whilst watching the kids sculpt sandcastles or take a dip in the sea to cool off. You will be spoilt for choice at dinner time with Italian, Greek and Chinese restaurants offering delicious food. This Beach village is great for kids, they can play in the playground, the children’s pool or join a Thomas Cook Kids’ Club. Family rooms have a double bed plus 2 single beds that are separated from the main sleeping area by a partition.
Hotel Vila Galé Nautico, Portugal from £380 pp Spend your holiday on the beach, located just 300m away, or sunbathe by the hotel’s big pool. Challenge the kids with a game of petanque or table tennis whilst waiting for dinner to be served at the á la carte pizza and pasta restaurant. Kids activities include aerobics, basketball, football and water polo. Take a day trip into Armação de Pêra and explore the shops, bars and cafes. Alternatively, hop on a bus to Albufeira to see more of the stunning Portuguese Algarve. Family rooms can sleep 2 to 3 adults and 2 children, with twin beds and a sofa bed, air conditioning, minifridge, safety deposit box, hairdryer and television.
Paradise Island, Spain from £445 pp The Canaries’ Paradise Island resort has a dinosaurthemed waterpark with multi-lane slides to keep the kids entertained all afternoon. It is located close to the popular Playa Flamingo beach and a courtesy bus is available to Playa Dorada beach. In the evenings, grab a glass of wine and sit back as the hotels entertainment team put on a sensational show for all the family. Wind down to bed, staying in an apartment for 2 adults and 2 children with a twin bedroom plus 2 sofa beds in the living area. A kitchenette with microwave, fridge and kettle is provided.
Words by Alissa Kirkwood
Sol Nessebar Mare, Bulgaria from £285 pp Time spent with loved ones makes the best of memories. Sunbathe on the gorgeous sandy beach right on the doorstep of the resort or explore Nessebar’s beautiful Old Town. The resort is surrounded by trees in an extensive garden. There is a German beer garden which serves lunch and dinner. If seafood is your thing, check out the Sushi bar. A paella restaurant and tapas bar neighbours the Sol Neesebar resort. The rose spa centre offers aroma therapy, a spa capsule, finisha and infra-red sauna, contrast showers and VIP area.
Words by Alissa Kirkwood
Kuoni has an array of city breaks for you to choose from so that the weekend becomes the highlight of your week.
Spend your Saturday morning strolling through the cobbled streets, past the Romanesque buildings in the beautiful city or catch a train to see the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Florence is nestled in the heart of Tuscany, famous for its rich history and notably the birthplace of the Renaissance.
After a long week, there’s nothing more spontaneous than booking a weekend away in a foreign city. You could be spending the weekend exploring the cities’ ancient history, immersing yourself in the hustle and bustle of the markets or allowing yourself to relax in the hotel spa with nothing but bubbles around you.
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Spring and summer time is the perfect time to visit. You can take in the settings dining al fresco, relax by the beach, or enjoy a spot of shopping in one of many boutique shops with an ice-cream in one hand and bundles of bags in the other.
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Described by many visitors this hotel is historic and romantic and named after Florence’s most admired architects. The picture above shows the Osteria della Pagliazza restaurant which offers the most delicious and authentic Tuscan dishes. The 96 newly renovated rooms boast stunning scenic views over the Via dei Calzaioli shopping district or Giglio Square. Rooms feature a flat screen TV, air conditioning and luxurious Pedersoli bed linen.
Hotel recommendations Brunelleschi
The winding streets and hidden corners of Marrakech’s markets are cram packed with city street vendors selling an abundance of products from spices to ornaments; you might even see the odd snake charmer adding more mystery to the atmosphere.
Marrakech is located in Morocco, Africa. It is a city bursting at the seams with culture, energy and exotic aromas. With charming locals, stunning mosques and buzzing markets, why not get lost in the enchanting alleyways of the city.
The excursions to the Berber villages of the High Atlas Mountains are a must-do holiday highlight. The city is magical with the aroma and people that will capture your heart.
Hotel recommendations Marrakech
advisor rating 4.5/5
The Four seasons hotel is known for its world renowned service. There are a variety of views from the bedrooms, including Atlas Mountains and the Menara Gardens. The rain shower inside the marbled bathroom is a highlight of the hotel. A Saturday morning yoga session by the pool, afternoon tea in the Inara Lounge and an 18-hole Al Maaden Golf Club is close by to fill your weekend with enjoyable activities. There are three impressive restaurants which include; the Solano, Azzera Grill and the Bleu d’Orange.
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Whatever you do whilst in New York, your trip isn’t complete without checking these out:
Empire State BuildingTallest building in New York
There’s no city more well known for a weekend break than New York. The city that never sleeps has it all with shops, shows and skylines. Shop ‘til you drop on fifth avenue or grab a freshly baked bagel and take a leisurely walk around Central Park.
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The stylish Fifth Avenue hotel is just a few steps from Manhattan’s most exquisite shops offering the quintessentially New York experience. On a warm summers day relax and rewind by on the sun terrace and take a dip in the glass en-closed pool with a glass of something bubbly. The Penisula Spa is a great place to spend the afternoon getting pampered and recuperating after a tiring day of shopping; but make sure you head out after dinner to check out the city’s most talked about nightlife.
Statue of Liberty
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Times square‘The Crossroads of the World’
Central Park Fifth Avenue shopping- High end shops department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s Broadway showMusicals, comedies and drama! Something for everyone.
Dubai Chicago, USA
advisor rating 4.5/5
Hotel Recommendations: The Penisula New York
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