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Interviews with

Eamonn & Ruth Holmes and Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie

Dating: Finding the right partner

NW's whistlestop tour of

Newry & Holywood

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Contents HOLIDAY 2013

10 Dressing for Summer

NW picks the best dresses for the summer

35 Daddy’s Girl NW catches up with ex-Miss NI Tiffany Brien and her father Simon Brien

12 Carte Blanche Experiment with white, this season’s biggest colour

44 ‘Scents’ and Sensibility Find out more about iconic brand Jo Malone and their scents for the summer

13 Dressing to the Max! The maxi dress remains a summer wardrobe essential

80 Summer 2013 - NI Tourest Gems Lynda Bryans finds the best places to visit in Northern Ireland this summer

18 In the Shade Find the right pair of sunglasses to suit your face shape

84 Lights, Camera, Action!



38 Beach Beauty Here are the products that will get your skin prepped and beach ready

52 Ask the Experts Our experts tackle a range of different issues, just in time for summer

42 Feel ‘Tan-tastic’!

64 The Great Outdoors We pick the best outdoor furniture and accessories for the summer

50 A Harmonious Pregnancy A new risk-free test for mums-to-be is the first of its kind in Ireland

74 My Brilliant Career



NW chats to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford ahead of their summer run on ITV’s This Morning

Claire Wilson visits Barcelona


NW has tested a range of self-tanning products so you don’t have to!

4 Mornings Were Made For

6 Leading the Way

Caroline Perry investigates the popular trend of production filming in Northern Ireland

With Julie Andrews, The Linen Hall Library’s first female director

86 City Life




20 Win a pair of designer sunglasses from Alexander Bain and Murray Opticians

Judith Gillespie, Deputy Chief Constable, talks to Margaret Connelly

66 Win a two night break in Edinburgh

32 Newry feature NW explores the city of Newry

78 Win a two night midweek break to Co. Offaly

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Mornings Were Made For...



INTERVIEWEAMONN&RUTH Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are familiar faces on our TV screens, with Eamonn on Sky News in the mornings and Ruth often seen on ITV1 ' s Loose Women, but perhaps the presenting role for which they are both best known, and indeed loved, is This Morning. Margaret Connolly chats to them both ahead of their summer run on the show.


amonn and Ruth have been presenting ITV1s daytime show, This Morning together for eight years, and bring their own brand of banter to Friday mornings and the summer holidays when they take over from Holly and Phil as daily presenters of the show. As a result, they have become one of television’s most talked about couple’s and often face speculation on the state of their marriage because of their on camera banter. “People do like watching a husband and wife team because we’re a real pairing and they can see what unites and divides us,” says Eamonn. “While they have their own opinions, personally, it’s great to have been given the chance to work with the woman I love and bring our personalities together on the show.” Ruth adds, “I know that viewers sometimes raise an eyebrow at our remarks during the course of the show, but it’s only a bit of banter between the two of us. I think the NI audience, which is very loyal to us on a Friday and during the summer, can relate to our sense of humour and laugh it off more than the rest.” “Eamonn would never say anything that he knows would upset me, it’s all in jest and if I can laugh about it then I expect everyone else to as well. Men and women do have different opinions on the same subject and this is what people see between us.” This is where I need to highlight Eamonn and Ruth’s YouTube series, “He Says She Says”, where the couple talk about subjects close to their hearts. If you’re a fan of the banter between these two you will love these short programs, which highlight the naturally differing views of men and women. They are very entertaining and totally suited to their easy way with one another, which we’ve all come to love during their eight years on This Morning. “I think this is our fifth summer on the show,” says Eamonn. “I always pray for bad weather in the summer for two reasons - I have to work, and if the weather is good people aren’t watching us on the TV!” Laughing he goes on to say, “It amazes me the number of people who record This Morning to watch it later in the day. I made a comment on the show to those who might be watching at 1am with a kebab and then I got a tweet from someone that night who thought it was hilarious that they were indeed sitting watching it with a kebab in

the early hours! The show certainly has broad appeal and for those who aren’t at home during the day they like to record it and watch it when they are free.” “A lot of topical subjects covered on This Morning have to be sugarcoated to suit daytime TV and with my news background I do tend to ask quite direct questions, which is a style people either like or they don’t. Fortunately, viewers tend to like it and while Ruth and I don’t get a final say on the content of the show, we obviously present and interview in our own way.” As well as having their presenting skills under scrutiny from the viewing public Eamonn, and Ruth in particular, are well used to hearing what viewers think of how they look. “This is probably more acute for women, so while there may be the odd comment about me or a query over a shirt or suit I’m wearing that someone would like for their husband, Ruth gets much more of this than me.”

However, Ruth takes this all in her stride, “Viewers are constantly asking where I got my dress, shoes, jewellery on any given day I’m presenting which is very flattering. I don’t take anything too personally, I’ve learnt not to. I’ve made mistakes, we all do, and while I’m aware I’m on TV and being judged on how I look I don’t feel pressure from it. While I do take pride in myself and want to look good for the job I am doing, I don’t let this detract from the job at hand.” “That said, I was starting to feel a bit frustrated with my eyesight. I found that to read scripts and autocues I was reaching for my glasses more and more. Not only was this extremely annoying, but it was making me feel a bit old, so I decided to take action and opted for Clarivu lens replacement. This isn’t laser, they actually remove and replace your natural lens. It’s not a painful process and I am now completely glasses free. I am so impressed I agreed to being a brand ambassador to let others know that this treatment, which is aimed at the over 50s, is out there.” I sense a suitable This Morning topic and ask the pair about some of their favourite aspects of the show. “Ruth and I have been lucky to have worked in broadcasting for over 30 years (Eamonn can remember covering the launch of Northern Woman back in the early 80s when he was a reporter with UTV!) and we’ve met some great people in that time, everyone from Roland Rat to Bill Clinton. However, I never tire of meeting people and life always brings new personalities to keep everything fresh and alive. For me, this is why I enjoy working on This Morning, meeting the guests and learning more about them. While it’s great to meet the many celebrities who are on, it can be learning more about the latest personality on a reality show that really appeals to my curiosity.” “Like Eamonn, I enjoy meeting the guests who come on. I like being there to help them share their stories and use my broadcasting experience to help them get across what they want to say in the short time available to them. For me, I know that I’ve done my job when we’re finished and they say that although they were nervous, I made them feel really relaxed.” So, with summer nearly here, Eamonn and Ruth have a busy time ahead, but never taking for granted the success they have, they can can’t wait, and wouldn’t have it any other way!





the way

This month Margaret Connolly talks to Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie who joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 1982 and became the first ever female Chief Officer (Assistant Chief Constable) in the history of Northern Ireland policing in May 2004. Â



INTERVIEWJUDITHGILLESPIE experience greater fear of crime than men, whilst men are more likely statistically to be victims.

What have been the highs and lows of your own career to date?

Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie, Chair of the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) Board, pictured along with (L-R) Carál Ní Chuilín, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure; Mike Graham, President of the WPFG Federation; Dame Mary Peters, Games Patron, and two Firefiighters who hope to take part in the Ultimate Fire Fighter competition at this year’s Games which are taking place in Belfast between 1st and 10th August.

Why did you decide in 1982 that a policing career was for you?

I lived at the top of the New Lodge Road in North Belfast during some of the most troubled times and I knew early on in life that I wanted to do something to help. Unlike many recruits at the time, I had no close family ties to the RUC, but my wish to make a difference pushed me towards policing. After two failed attempts, I became a recruit in 1982. In those days the number of women recruited was minimal, mainly because women weren’t allowed to carry firearms, a rule that changed in 1994. When I joined there were 90 new recruits and only four were women. More recently, the number of new female recruits stood at 30 to 40 per cent and 27 per cent of the PSNI police complement is made up of female officers with about two thirds of ‘unsworn’ police staff being female.

How have you seen the police service in NI change over the years?

The police service has changed greatly over the years, and mainly for the better. Like any large organisation, it has had to become more efficient. Thanks to technological developments there are more visible officers on patrol because so much can now be done remotely by email and by access to data remotely. It is also more representative of different religions, gender and race and this has in some part at least led to an increased confidence from the communities we are policing. The growth of social media has also allowed us to open up our communication channels with the public and we have over 100,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter.

How difficult has it been forging a career as a women in a male dominated environment?

Parts have been really tough and quite lonely. Often I was the only female on duty in the station, and perhaps the whole area. However, in spite of the organisation, the other female officers of my era and I did keep in touch and

we all kept each other going, albeit that I’m the only one of my female peers still policing. My husband was also a serving officer, he has since retired, and it was tough when the children were young because we had to work different shifts, taking turns to look after the children. When he was on nights I was on days and vice versa, we barely saw each other for a few years. In those days there were no career breaks or part-time working, you just had to manage as best you could under the circumstances.

How do you juggle your career and family?

I’ve been balancing family life with a policing career for 31 years, and yes it was tough in the early days, I did miss out on some things, but I was an Inspector by the time the girls came along, so luckily I was able to have some measure of control over my diary and make it to school concerts and the like. I think if I show my team I make time for these things, they will feel able to as well and these are the things in life that won’t wait until tomorrow and are so important. My girls are 18 and 21, I can’t believe how quickly the months and years have slipped away, but we have a great relationship and enjoy spending time together. They certainly know how to keep me grounded.

Are there qualities that you feel women bring to policing that their male counterparts don’ t?

Any good executive board has diversity. All successsful, forward thinking teams are those with a variety of talent from men and women of different backgrounds, so in answer to this question, women in the police service bring wider representation and understanding of the community we serve. For example, female officers often better understand the fears women have of crime. Women make up 51 per cent of the population of NI so it’s important to know the issues that give them cause for concern, as we know generally that women

A recent high is seeing the opening of the new Sexual Assault Referral Centre at the Antrim Area Hospital, which is a collaboration between the PSNI and the Department of Health. When I was based in Antrim in the 1980s, and in Child Abuse and Rape Enquiry (CARE) in the 1990s we could only have dreamt of this facility, which is a real breathrough and all credit has to go to all of those involved. I think the lowest point by far in my career was when I was Assistant Chief Constable and four officers were killed in a road accident when their armoured 4x4 police vehicle hit a stone wall on the Rostrevor Road, Warrenpoint. It was in the early hours of 23rd November 2008 and they were on their way to help a colleague. I’ll never forget it. I’ve lived through many tragedies but this one was amongst the most awful circumstances that I think I have ever encountered and it had a huge impact on the wider police family as well as the immediate families of all who lost their lives that night.

You have been Deputy Chief Constable since 2009, where would you like to see your career progressing in the future? My ambition was to be a Sergeant and I’m now the Deputy Chief Constable, so I have far exceeded my expectation! As for progressing up the ladder, the position isn’t vacant and I’ve been fortunate to step in as Temporary Chief Constable for a time prior to Matt Baggott’s appointment in September 2009, so I can always look back and say with honesty that regardless of what the future may or may not hold, I occupied every rank in the police service.

Is there anything that you think people would be surprised to know about you?

I love music and I did piano lessons when I was a child. My daughter was learning the flute and I taught myself with her. I would love to have been involved with musical theatre and writing musicals.

Finally, away from the day job how do you like to unwind

I have a great circle of friends and my family who I love spending time with. I enjoy listening to music and like to keep fit by walking my dogs and running. I do a number of charity runs and completed the Great North Run in 2011. I’ve always been a huge Chelsea supporter and enjoy going to see them play. I actually have a signed personal letter from Carlo Ancelotti who was a Chelsea manager, proudly displayed on the wall of my office!



FASHIONNEWS Image courtesy of Evelin Brandt, Lisburn Road, Belfast




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New launches, new stock and

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Pamela Scott

Pamela Scott is for the first time now trading in Northern Ireland, having recently opened two Pamela Scott concessions in Menarys Department Store in Rushmere Shopping Centre, Craigavon and Cookstown.

Evelin Brandt

Evelin Brandt Belfast is introducing Sandwich to their existing collections from early July. To keep up-to-date with all new arrivals in-store make sure to follow the Evelin Brandt Belfast Facebook page at

NW Loves.. Why not make a statement with this turquoise and coral Necklace, £75, Martine Webster @ Rebecca Jane, Crossgar.

Siren Boutique Siren Boutique, Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast are now stocking a new range of shirts from Bariloche, prices start from £59 - shirts with a twist!




Dressing for Summer Here we highlight a selection of summer dresses for everyday as well as those that lend themselves to a day out at the races, a wedding or garden party.

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Everyday Dresses

1. Vintage Floral Dress, £119, and Aubrey Derby, £139, both NW3 @ Hobbs 2. Algarve Shirt Dress, £74.99, Fever, Rio/Brazil, Belfast 3. Bird Print Dress, £35, M&S 4. Timble Dress, £22, Vila @ Menarys/Tempest 5. Silk Paisley Print T-Shirt Dress, £225, Jaeger 6. Pink Tunic Dress, £65, Gerry Weber 7. Printed Shirt Dress, £49.99, Zara 8. Blue Double Strap Jacquard Pattern Dress, £35.99, Zara 9. Striped Jersey Tunic, £39, Fearne Cotton for


7. 8.





Dramatic Prints





1. 'Holly' Polka Dot Dress, POR, Kate Fearnley @ Diamond Dolls, Banbridge 2. Floral Dress, £85, www. 3. Striped Dress, £385, Marc Cain @ Katriona, Banbridge (as worn by Sarah Harding from Girl's Aloud) 4. Multicolour Silk Dress, £100, Topshop 5. Autograph Oriental Print Dress, £69, M&S


Colour Block


Summer Brights


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1. Tiered Dress, £110, Betty Barclay @ S.D. Kells 2. Kaylyn Dress, £119, Fenn Wright Manson @ Storey Womenswear, Dungannon 3. Blocked Stretch Sateen Shift, £149, Mint Velvet, Menarys 4. Dress, £150, Mary Portas @ House of Fraser, Belfast 5. Combination Dress, £45.99, Zara


2. 3.


1. Aqua Zip Detail Dress, £98, Dietrich, Holywood 2. Tina, was £225 now £95, L.K. Bennett @ The Outlet, Banbridge 3. High Neck Tuck Dress, £225, Jaeger 4. Yellow Shift Dress, £130, Taifun by Gerry Weber 5. Red Gathered Dress, £35.99, Zara

Ornate Embellishment 1. Lavinia Lace Jacket, £69; Ava Mae Embellished Dress, £139; Leonor Bracelet, £14; Marle Pouchette, £39 and Bali Shoes, £65, all Monsoon 2. Larissa Tunic, £139, Monsoon 3. Silver Blue Embellished Dress, £195, Topshop 4. Ruby Embellished Dress, £120, River Island 5. Blush Dress with Embellished Collar, £28, F&F @ Tesco



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3/4 Sleeve A-line Textured Dress, £119, Mint Velvet @ Menarys

Pied a Terre White Cotton Biker Jacket, £169, House of Fraser, Belfast

Evie Dress, £179, NW3 Hobbs

Roksanda Ilincic

Maria Grachvogel

Carte Blanche Louise Top, £99; Fenn Wright Manson @ Storey Womenswear

This season's pristine whites offer a blank canvas for you to enjoy experimenting... Embroidered & Fringed Mesh Kaftan, £38, Warehouse

ders Marcel WanClutch, White Box £35, M&S

White Blazer, £99, Gerry Weber

White Palazzo Trousers, £39.99, Zara

Embroidered Dress, £49.99, Zara

Collin Mid Rise Signature Skinny in White, £195; Hudson Jeans Austin Top, £110 and Aretha Trouser, £89, all Hobbs London F&F Denim Jacket, £22; Dress, £14; Scarf, £5 and Clutch Bag, £19.50, all Tesco



'Oxygen', £65, Office


Denim Maxi Dress, £139, Dietrich, Holywood

Tropical Print Maxi Dress, £169.95, selection by S.Oliver @ Menarys

Kate Moss

Printed Maxi Dress, £70, River Island Optical Illusion Dress, £139.95, selection by S.Oliver @ Menarys Paisley Print Maxi Dress, £139, In Wear @ Rebecca Jane, Crossgar

Gallery Maxi Dress, £43, Dunnes Stores

Dressing to the Max! Looking for a stylish, everyday summer essential? The maxi dress remains a wardrobe must-have. Add a leather or denim jacket and a pair of gladiator sandals or wedges and you're good to go!

Seychelles Maxi Dress, £69, Monsoon Long Dress with Pockets, £45.99, Zara

Tribal Print Maxi Dress, £30, TU @ Sainsbury's Dress, £75, Mexx, Rushmere Shopping Centre & Arthur Street, Belfast & Mexx at Menarys in Bangor & Lisburn

Miranda Kerr

Olivia Palermo

Red Tie-Dye Maxi Dress, £55, Label Lab @ House of Fraser



STYLECITYBREAK Sunglasses, £85, Guess

Striped Maxi Dress, £32.50, A/Wear Denim Blazer, £115, Gerry Weber

Pied a Terre 'Laxmi', £75, House of Fraser, Belfast

City Break

Tina Swimsuit, was £90 now £50, L.K. Bennett @ The Outlet, Banbridge

Pied a Terre Neon T-shirt, £35, House of Fraser, Belfast

Linen Rich Playsuit, £14, George @ Asda Cardigan, £80 and Shorts £65, both Betty Barclay @ S.D. Kells Bag, £285, Marc Cain

Global city style that is stylish and practical for staying cool while sightseeing and shopping. Straw Trilby, £8, TU @ Sainsbury's Neon Floral Scarf, £5, Heatons

Chino Shorts, £28, Fat Face

Suede Three-Strap Wedge, £89, Mint Velvet @ Menarys



STYLEBEACHHOLIDAY Florida Dark Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, were £110 now £65, L.K. Bennett @ The OUTLET, Banbridge

Manali Necklace, £35, Monsoon Olivia Tie Dye Kaftan, £45, Monsoon

Noreena Sandal, £55.95, Moda in Pelle, Sitara Morgan, Portadown

Beach Holiday Aztec Cut-Out Swimsuit, £8, Primark

Embroidered Bib Front Dress, £49.99, Zara

Turquoise Bikini, £75, Azizi Lingerie, Newry Miraclesuit Red Swimsuit, £140, House of Fraser, Belfast

Opt for a youthful, relaxed style while taking time to laze on golden sands this Summer.

Denim Shorts, £32, Next

Retro Sundress, £10, Dunnes Stores Pleat Ruffle Bandeau Bikini Top, £16, Hipster Bikini Brief, £18,

Leather Beach Bag, £70, River Island




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lly Brook by Ke Tapestry Floral Bikini Top, £16 and Pant, £12,

Black Swimsuit, £35, M&S Geo Print Swimsuit, £28, Next Nautical Swimsuit, £90, Seafolly @ House of Fraser, Belfast


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Striped Bandeau Bikini Top, £13.80 and Yellow Bikini Bottoms, £17,

Apparently the one-piece is overtaking the bikini in the popularity stakes this summer. However, while celebrities can be spotted in a one-piece most still like to show off all the hours they've spent in the company of their personal trainer in an ab-baring bikini. Here are some of our favourite swimsuits, bikinis and cover-ups that give you celebrity style as you soak up the summer sun. d by love

Panel Control Swimsuit, £12, Heatons


loved by Miranda

White Crochet Bikini, £14.99, Internacionale

e Van Outen

Autograph Snake Print Bikini Top, £29.50 and Bottoms, £19.50, M&S

Floozie By Frostfrench Top, £24 and Bottoms, £18, Debenhams

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In the Swim


Floral Swimsuit, £42, Reger By Janet Reger @ Debenhams

1. Embroidered Tunic, from a selection by YaYa 2. Tunic Top, £35, Fat Face 3. Yellow Beach Coverup, £155, Melissa Odabash @ House of Fraser 4. Blurred Paisley Kaftan, £39, Accessorize 5. Pacha Embellished Kaftan, £60, River Island


t Katriona ladies fashion boutique in Scarva Street, Banbridge you will find beautiful and unique mother of the bride dresses as well as bridal wear in the Katriona Bridal Studio, all from Europe’s leading fashion houses. The service at Katriona is unique and will make you feel special. Well trained and enthusiastic staff will help you choose your dress for that special occasion, ensuring you look your best. For June only Katriona has a special offer on leading Mother of the Bride brand Ian Stuart. Many garments are now half price. There are also big discounts on other selected lines during June, but only while stocks last. Katriona is at 6-8 Scarva Street, Banbridge. Tel: 028 4062 9768.

look your best

6-8 Scarva Street, Banbridge, Tel 028 406 29768

Look Your Best


In the Shade

A summer essential, it's important to get the right pair of sunglasses to suit your face shape. Here are a few of our favourites... Square

A strong jaw line with wide cheekbones looks great with a rounded or aviator-shaped frame. With such a strongly shaped face, oversized and curvy styles also work well, while creams and neutral tones help to soften and subtly frame the face. Lenses with a rose amber tint add a gentle but retro look overall, for the more laid back lady.

Aviator Sunglasses, £89, Biba @ House of Fraser

'Genevia', £35, Dune

Gold/Gold Flash Lens, £70, Guess Model 0740, £245, Cutler & Gross @ Alexander Bain and Murray, Dungannon


With such a soft shape, definition is key so slim your cheeks with a frame slightly wider than the broadest part of your face. Soft but angular styles will pull your temple higher. lengthening your face and breaking up the roundness. A double brow style also pulls the eye area away from the mouth, giving you a more defined shape overall. Black/Grey Gradient Lens, £95, Guess Havana Sunglasses, £230, Tom Ford @ E.K. Eyewear Opticians, Lisburn Road, Belfast Butterfly Shaped Sunglasses, £19.99, Zara

Model 1007, £245, Cutler & Gross @ Alexander Bain and Murray, Dungannon Primark S/S13




To balance out your face and give it width, choose sunglasses that don't extend beyond the widest part of your head. Opt for round or square shapes. You don't want the pea head effect here, so ensure that you opt for a substantial circumference. Keep away from anything too angular that might jut out at the edge. Tortoiseshell Aviator Sunglasses, £16, River Island

Sunglasses, £8, TU @ Sainsbury's

'Gabby', £30, Dune

Grecian Arm Sunglasses, £15, M&S


A defined, pointed chin with wide cheek bones and forehead look great with more quirky, retro shaped sunglasses, such as rectangular or 'cat-eyed' sunglasses. Choose a pair which angle outwards towards to top corner, widening out the face to balance the jaw line. Coloured frames and arms with strong detail will soften the lower portion of your face shape by accentuating the eye area. Polka Dot Half Frame Sunglasses, £15, Accessorize

Sunglasses, £20, Urban Outfitters

Sunglasses, £13, Next Mint Colour Block Retro Sunglasses, £15, River Island


Count yourself lucky, as pretty much any style works on an oval face. You should experiment with the latest looks such as the resurge of the wayfarer, now updated with an array of colours and printed frames. For pure celebrity status and a pair that screams 'look at me', go for a heavily detailed arm. Solid and dark lenses add status, whilst metal frames are a good way to create definitive silhouette.

Marcel Wanders New Antiques Metal Sunglasses, £19.50, M&S

Model 1069, £295, Cutler & Gross @ Alexander Bain and Murray, Dungannon

Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses, £150,

Green Milky/Grey Gradient Lens, £85, Guess




Why fashionistas love Siren Boutique S iren Boutique is perfect for discerning fashionistas who like to stand out from the crowd. Proprietor Claire McConnell and her team are constantly sourcing fresh new labels from London, Dublin, Paris and Milan for their customers. Clothing ranges from size 6 right up to their ‘Curve Woman 18+’ range. Alongside clothing, Siren also offers a fabulous range of jewellery and accessories. The team at Siren go the extra mile for their customers, putting on in-house fashion shows and constantly refreshing their stock based on the request of their customers. They also offer personalised customer visits by opening late for private parties.



Kaleidoscope This summer let your clothes do the talking with an explosion of colour. Don't be afraid to mix and match bright colours and clash prints to create a look that is truly memorable. Continue the trend right down to your accessories and you're good to go!

Blazer, £69.99, Zara; Shirt, £25.99, Zara; Skirt, £29.99, Zara; Necklace, £19.99, Zara; Bag, £37.99, Dietrich

This page: Jumpsuit, £60, Topshop; Belt, £45, L.K. Bennett @ The Outlet; Mili Sandals, £75, Aldo; Bag, £89, Pied a Terre @ House of Fraser; Mask Necklace, £19.99, Zara; Pandora Necklaces, £110 each, Argento; Watch, £55, Louis Thompson @ Argento; Bracelets from a selection @ Argento Opposite: Jacket, £279.99, Malene Birger @ Brazil; Shirt, £135, Brazil; Skirt, £40, Topshop

This page: Blazer, £335, Gant @ Brazil; Blouse, £110, White Bicycle; Skirt, £110, White Bicycle; Obi Belt, £39.99, Dietrich Opposite: Dress, £86.99, Dietrich; Jacket, £79.99, Zara; Necklace, £19.99, Zara; Belt, £45, L.K. Bennett @ The Outlet

Photographer: Khara Pringle Stylist: Sara O'Neill Make-up: Paddy McGurgan @ The Make-up Pro Store Model: Emma @ Morgan the Agency Hair: John Morrison @ Paula Anderson Salon Hair Assistant: Cormac Curran Location: Jungle NI Moneymore bookings @

Dress, Ruedi Maguire, price on request; Top, now £54, Armani Exchange @ The Outlet; Necklace, £89.99, Argento; Cuff, £49, Dietrich; Pandora Braclets, £55 each, Argento

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ummer is the season of bright, happy colour. Vibrant shades of pink, red and orange look great worn together, or opt for cooler combinations of blue and green, and sunny yellows are a must! Colourful prints also stand out this season – wear head to toe or break up with tonal block colours. Make an impact this summer with a wardrobe that is full of colour – even if the sun doesn’t shine!

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What' s in your wardrobe? Sandy Keane is one half of the dynamic duo who own beauHAUS, a hair and express beauty salon in Belfast. And with the hair and beauty emporium going from strength to strength she lets NW delve into her wardrobe to see what chic and stylish pieces she has! How would you describe your style?

It’s a bit of a mixed bag! I’d say my style is quite classic but I do like to mix in the odd unique piece. My most ‘comfy’ outfit would have to be my new Thom Smalls sweats and hoodie. There’s nothing like getting them on after a long day!

What are you wearing today?

The YSL shoes I bought in Cruise last

summer were the best buy ever. They are ridiculously high but are the most comfortable heels I own. I’m also wearing white skinny jeans and a top from Zara. The belt is by Cartier from Lunns and was a present from my lovely husband!

What is your wardrobe essential?

For casual wear, a plain white T-shirt or blouse is great. For something dressy, it has to be the LBD for something simple, sexy and elegant. A good pair of sunglasses should always be close at hand for the school run with no make-up on!

What has been your most extravagant purchase?

I bought a D&G dress in Brown Thomas a few years ago. At the time I thought more

than twice about buying it but I have worn it so many times to different occasions, from weddings to girly nights out, and I always feel good in it.

Who or what are your style influences?

The girls in beauHAUS are all very stylish and fashion savvy so I’m kept up to date with what’s hot and what’s not. I love Victoria Beckham’s style as she always looks immaculate. My seventeen year old step daughter Coco and five year old daughter Lily show a keen interest in their wardrobes (and mine!) so needless to say I’m well directed. They can be too honest sometimes!

Do you have a favourite shop?

I don’t have one favourite in particular although I love Zara for skinny jeans, chiffon blouses and jackets. You can’t beat a good rifle in TK MAXX although you either love it or hate it. Nine times out of ten I find a great bargain! Holywood also has a great selection of boutiques so I like to pick up the odd piece that’s different but doesn’t cost the earth.

What has been your biggest fashion disaster?

My mum is a dab hand at sewing and at my request she once made me a dress for a formal I was attending. It was made out of a high sheen silver fabric with a short flared skirt and cape style neck. At the time I thought it was fabulous but looking back I actually looked like I was going on a space mission – not a good look!

What has been your most recent purchase? I’ve purchased a few items from which is a great online outlet.



STYLEWHAT'SINYOURWARDROBE I’ve just bought a pair of DSQUARED2 killer heels which are snakeskin strappy sandals with the most amazing half wood, half perspex heels. It is a real statement shoe, if I ever manage to walk in them!

What is the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever been given? Show your skin strategically. Choose one body part and show it off. If it is cleavage, don’t show your legs and vice versa, if it is your legs, stay covered up on top.

Biggest style crush? Victoria Beckham!

What three fashion items will you keep forever?

The Jimmy Choo shoes which I bought for my wedding day, a Belstaf coat my husband bought for me last Christmas and my old faithful LBD which is timeless.

What make-up essential could you not live without? My mascara. If I don’t have mascara on I feel half dressed.

Favourite lipstick?

Lancome Juicy Tube. I’m always applying it as it has a lovely natural finish but also keeps your lips really well moisturised.

What is your signature scent?

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir. I love the body lotion and perfume and people are always asking me what it is.

Bags or shoes?

Can I say both?!





FASHIONSHOES £89 Sitara Morgan Portadown

£120 Sitara Morgan Portadown

£120 Sitara Morgan Portadown

£99 Sitara Morgan Portadown

Precious, Cookstown

£44.99 Moda shoes Belfast/ Newtownards

Precious, Cookstown

£85 Sitara Morgan Portadown

Precious, Cookstown

£44.99 Moda Shoes Belfast/Newtownards

£79.99 Bishops of Coleraine Precious, Cookstown

A selection of shoes from Precious, Cookstown

£55 Sitara Morgan Portadown £295 Candy Plum Hillsborough

£89.99 Bishops of Coleraine

Happy Feet!

£59.99 Bishops of Coleraine

Show of your feet off in these pretty summer shoes. And there is plenty to choose from... £59.99 Bishops of Coleraine

£145 Candy Plum Hillsborough

£195 Candy Plum Hillsborough




A Whistle-stop

Newry Cathedral

Tour of Newry


he city of Newry barely needs an introduction. Nestled between two areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion, Newry is right in the thick of it. Affectionately dubbed the ‘Gateway to the North’, it is also conveniently located between two of Ireland’s main cities, Belfast and Dublin. But it is Newry’s vibrant city centre which excites us most of all! Full of independent boutiques, fabulous restaurants and quirky coffee shops, Newry has it all.


Money is being assigned to a major public realm scheme for Newry, otherwise known as the Newry City Centre Masterplan. With backing from the Department for Social Development, the ultimate aim is to increase footfall into the city and make it even more people-oriented by supporting local businesses further, easing traffic congestion and creating an attractive waterfront.

Famous Faces

Christine Bleakley was born in Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry in 1979. Ronan Rafferty (13 January 1964), a professional golfer, was born in Newry.



Newry Town Hall


Sisters Berenice and Aisling Rafferty established Berling, the awardwinning ladies clothes boutique, just over five years ago. They aim to dress the lady who will inspire, make a statement and turn heads. Berling is a destination boutique for those looking for an alternative to high street fashion. Desirable and original, choose from a range of clothes to suit all occasions whether it is a wedding, a christening, day-at-the-races or just a nice evening out. Labels showcased at Berling include: Almost Famous, Daisy May, Kate Fearnley, Michaela Louisa and Virgos Lounge, to name a few.

Tresses Hairpiece Boutique

Set up in Newry in 1988, with a second shop in Belfast, Tresses Hairpiece Boutique is Northern Ireland’s leading supplier of wigs and hairpieces. Offering a bespoke service to anyone suffering from hair loss due to alopecia or the side effects of chemotherapy, proprietor Therese Hughes MBE understands the psychological effects of hair loss and the importance of finding the perfect wig. She has travelled far and wide in search of the best quality wigs and attends conferences abroad to discover how she can best adapt a wig to suit each individual client. Much more than a business, Tresses was created to give people their confidence back.

Places of Interest Newry & Mourne Museum (Bagenal’s Castle)

Established in 1986, Newry and Mourne Museum provides a dynamic and inclusive recreational and educational resource reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the local area. Come and visit two temporary exhibitions; ‘The Performing Arts in Newry and Mourne’ which examines the development of performing arts in the areas from the eighteenth century and ‘Brotherhoods and Friendly Societies’ which looks at the growth of fraternal and friendly societies in the district.

Newry Cathedral

Also known as Cathedral of St Patrick and St Colman, this is a very important Roman Catholic Cathedral. In a stately gothic style, the ornate and beautifully crafted building is a must-see.

Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Guillion

For those who want to experience nature, why not visit these much-loved scenes of natural beauty? Both are areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and make up some of Ireland’s most scenic areas.




Opening in Newry in 2012, Azizi Lingerie is already a firm favourite for locals and visitors. This unique lingerie boutique offers a personal fitting service and has an extensive range of stock including Empreinte, Maison Lejaby, Aubade and DKNY. Do you want to look your best for that summer wedding? Shapewear has never been so pretty since Maison Lejaby produced a colourful range to match their main lingerie line. If you’re jetting off to the sun, why not grab some of the gorgeous colourful swimwear available? Specialist items including post-surgery Anita lingerie are also stocked as Azizi Lingerie is Northern Ireland’s only Anita Care Centre of Excellence.



Shauna Fay

Shauna Fay is becoming one of Northern Ireland’s hottest womenswear designers. Her timeless pieces accentuate femininity and fit the female body perfectly. Structured pieces and lace have become particularly synonymous with Shauna’s style. Now she has branched out into bridal wear with a capsule collection of five dresses available from Elody Bride in Newry. Inspired by Hollywood glamour to create bridal dresses that are simple and elegant, fans of her womenswear collections certainly won’t be disappointed! As always, Shauna’s ‘Made to Measure’ service is also available so you can get that beautifully crafted outfit for any occasion.

Photo: Stephen Potter

Fun Facts • The

River Clanrye runs through Newry and marks the historic boundary between counties Down and Armagh.

• Almost

70 per cent of the population of Ireland (North and South) live within 70 miles of Newry.

Famous Faces

Thomas Duff, architect (1792–1848) was born in Newry and is renowned for having designed the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Colman. Michael Legge, an actor best known for his roles in Angela’s Ashes and Channel 4’s Shameless, was born in Newry and went to school there.


Daddy’s Girl

It’s that time of year when in the run up to Father’s Day dad’s get a bit of a look in! Margaret Connolly caught up with ex-Miss NI Tiffany Brien and her father Simon Brien to hear more about their passion for sailing and Tiffany’s Olympic ambitions. Tiffany & Saskia in action!


s we congratulate and welcome the new 2013 Miss NI Meagan Green who was crowned at a Gala Ceremony at Europa Hotel Belfast on 13th May, it’s time to say goodbye to 2012 Miss NI Tiffany Brien who did a fantastic job and is moving on as a different kind of ambassador as she returns to her sailing career. “It’s been an amazing year,” says Tiffany. “To be honest I can’t believe it’s over and I know looking back in years to come I will remember all of the brilliant opportunities that came my way and the people I was fortunate to meet and work with. I went along to all of this year’s heats and was just in awe of all of the contestants. I was looking at the girls wondering how I ever got through a heat, never mind win the title! As for watching the finalists and seeing Meagan being crowned it made me want to go back and do it all over again.” “Dad was at a business meeting the night of the Miss NI final, but mum was there with all her girlfriends. When we phoned to tell him that I’d won he came from his meeting to join us and celebrate. Both mum and dad are so supportive of whatever I do. Over the last year they’ve stood by me in my role of Miss NI, but I haven’t lost touch with my tomboy roots and love of sailing.” “Tiffany is so competitive and always has been,” says Simon. “Having lost out on the title of Miss NI the year before, she was determined to come back and win, and she did! Although she stepped back from competitive sailing for a time, on her return from Miss World she announced

Tiffany with her dad, Simon Brien

that she wanted to get back into training and achieve a place at the Rio Olympics in 2016.” As Tiffany explains, “I lost faith in my sailing after losing out on a place at London 2012 and that’s when I threw myself into my university studies and Miss NI, which has now in turn brought me back to my roots. I lost out in the Miss NI final in 2011 and focused and won the following year and this experience has taught me that I can do the same with my sailing. I knew I didn’t just want to go back to university after Miss NI, I needed a new challenge.” Simon adds, “Tiffany has been sailing since the age of seven and was number one in Ireland in the laser class. When she

returned from China we competed together in the British Championships and came in second. We are competing together again this summer so I may get some practice in because I know only too well what my daughter expects!” “My dad is an incredible sailor and we’ve a few events coming up this summer. I have been training really hard over the last few months with my sailing partner Saskia Tidey. I have changed from a single hull to 49er FX and Saskia has moved up from Dublin to train with me. The amount of work you have to put in is phenomenal, but I know that the harder I work at something the better I will be. As they say, effort equals reward!” “Now that I’ve handed over my crown I can really focus all of my time to my sailing and can now be away from home to compete and train. For Saskia and I the focus is on the Olympic qualifier next summer in Spain - and that’s not going to be long in coming around.” “As Tiffany has said herself, the last 12 months have been a real confidence booster for her. I have watched her take everything in her stride and now as she moves on to look for sponsorship for her sailing she has all the experience of the last year to back her up,” says Simon proudly. “Saskia and I both really appreciate all of our parents, support and both agree that when you are on the water and achieve something the first call we want to make is to our mum and dad, so hopefully, all our efforts and theirs will be paid off when we head to the Rio qualification in Spain next year!”




Whatever the occasion, whether it’s a wedding, a corporate event or a formal, look your best with all that Dietrich has to offer! In the spirit of the boutique’s namesake, everything stocked is timeless and elegant. Located on Holywood’s High Street, the shop interior and exterior epitomises luxury and creates a first class shopping experience. Clothing is stocked from sizes 8 to 18. Exquisite accessories are also available such as quality Italian handbags, jewellery and handmade shoes which aren’t available anywhere else in the UK or Ireland. 63 High Street, Holywood 028 9042 1181

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Sitting on the shore of Belfast Lough, between Belfast and Bangor, Holywood is so much more than a small coastal town. With fun and fabulous boutiques, art galleries, cosy coffee shops and renowned restaurants, it really is second to none! Rodgers & Browne

From our stunning contemporary premises our progressive and enthusiastic estate agency team offer the highest standard of personal attention. This, combined with excellent knowledge and expertise in the local market, has secured Rodgers and Browne instructions and recommendations for individuals, companies, institutions and referrals for those keen for sound, reliable advice. For residentials sales, lettings and property management telephone now or call in and see us - you will be most welcome. Visit our web site: rodgersandbrowne. 76 High Street, Holywood 028 9042 1414



RA Glass Opticians

RA Glass Opticians is synonymous with excellence in its field, with six branches province-wide. Opening in Holywood fifteen years ago, with optometrist Andrew Nugent at the helm, it offers a service you can trust. Apart from excellent eye examinations, there are frames to suit all tastes from designers Marc by Marc Jacobs and Gucci to bespoke rimless Lindberg frames. Look stylish this summer with a great selection of sunglasses from Maui Jim to L’Wren Scott. On Wednesday 26th June, everyone is welcome to attend the launch of the latest Paul and Joe collection of sunglasses and frames, new to RA Glass Holywood! 125 High Street, Holywood 02890 428910


Holywood Brides is the go-to place for your bridal needs. Offering an uninterrupted, one-to-one service in spacious and comfortable surroundings, the aim is to make brides-to-be feel relaxed and special. Blue by Enzoani and the Heritage Collection by Amanda Wyatt are just some of the top brands on offer. Alongside the gorgeous selection of bridal dresses, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses are available. You’ll find the perfect accessories to match, from shoes to veils and bespoke headpieces. For more information, take a look at the updated and re-launched website! If you would like to call in, please note an appointment is advisable. 3 Hibernia Street, Holywood 028 9042 8114

Holywood Dreams Zamba Shoes

Opening in Holywood three years ago (with a successful shop in King’s Square as well) Zamba Shoes was an instant success, quickly becoming the go-to for stylish footwear in the town. There is great choice with brands as varied as Fly London, Tamaris, S. Oliver, Gabor, Reiker, Marco Tozzi and Mam'zelle (pictured). This summer, choose from a fabulous selection of wedges and sandals, stylish heels for weddings and great work shoes. Finish off your look with an array of colourful scarves and gloves from Fraas and Pia Rossini and a great selection of bags and purses from Fiorelli, Boo!, Hispanitas and the always popular Fossil.

Opening two years ago and recently renovated, come to Holywood Dreams if you are looking for a unique hair and beauty salon with an on-trend retro vibe! It is the only salon of its kind in Holywood so you know you’ll be getting something truly unique. There is also the added bonus of having both your beauty and hair done under one roof! The salon offers everything from Brazilian Blowout, HD brows, classic vintage styles and the always popular Gel nails! With the help of beauty therapist Tara and hair stylists Beth and Christina, you can be sure that you will look your best for the summer. 138a High Street, Holywood 028 9042 4687

94 High Street, Holywood 028 9042 6464

Holywood Chamber of Commerce

Holywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to support local businesses in Holywood. Holywood is renowned for its speciality shops, award-winning restaurants, cafes, delis, salons, art galleries & professional services. We’re delighted that new businesses have or are about to open soon in the town centre and that some of our long-established businesses have undergone major refurbishments. Holywood town centre now offers free Wi-Fi and £2M from DSD and NDBC will be invested in improving Holywood’s public realm in 2014. Find out more on our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Holywood is the place to work, rest and play! 65b Main Street, Bangor 028 9147 9651





Beach Beauty No doubt you've been on a diet, spent hours in the gym and tried all the cosmetic procedures on the market! Now, it's time to get your skin prepped and beach ready and we know the products that will help...



Image courtesy of Next S/S13

BEAUTYSUMMERBEACHBODY Exfoliate, moisturise and tan to keep your skin in tip-top condition. 1. Origins Modern Friction for the Body, £29, Debenhams, CastleCourt, Belfast. Glowing results are apparent after just one treatment. Bodies reveal decreased appearance of crepiness and freckling and skin feels so sleek and satiny the years seem to slip away! 2. Elemis Lime & Ginger Salt Glow, £36.50. Invigorating ginger stimulates the metabolism and tones the body, while lime peel works to energise, cleanse and purify the skin. Unrefined Sea Salt is uniquely blended with Kukui, Camellia and Jojoba oils to exfoliate and remineralise skin. 3. Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream, £20. Polishes rough, dry areas such as heels, elbows, knees. Smoothes and refreshes skin and is the perfect prep for moisturising or self-tanning. 4. The Body Shop Spa Fit Smoothing & Refining Body Scrub, £14. This zesty citrus scrub contains 100 percent natural-origin citrus ingredients. It refines skin’s texture, and will leave it looking smoother and feeling firmer.

Exfoliate Scrub away tired, dull skin and refresh your body with the help of these fabulous exfoliating products.


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Moisturise Keep skin supple, soft and on show this summer with these luxurious moisturising products.

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5. Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Balm 185ml, £50. Immediately soothing and hydrating, this rich cream is deeply conditioning for the skin. Instantly soothing dryness, the balm is quickly absorbed; helping to soften, replenish and restore the skin. 6. Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil, £31.50. Intoxicate the senses with an exotic blend of Coconut Coprah Oil and sweet scented Frangipani flowers. This exquisite treatment oil has long-lasting hydration properties to seal in moisture and leave skin silky soft. It can also be used as an intensive conditioning treatment for hair and nails. 7. Jurlique Hydra Control Super Sleek Body Oil Mist 250ml, £18, Space NK. A luxurious body oil mist that provides hydration and leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and comfortable. Spritz onto body after bath or shower or anytime skin needs additional hydration. 8. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Body Oil 100ml, £35. A lightweight, silky oil that gives skin a fragrant, sensual sheen.







Skip the sun and achieve a natural looking tan from head to toe with these must-have products.


9. Self Tan Formula Gradual Tan Moisturiser, £2.50, M&S. Thanks to the low-level of self-tan in this moisturising lotion, the colour gradually builds to give your skin a healthy glow. 10. St Tropez Self Tan Sensitive Un-Tinted Body Lotion 200ml, £28. Providing the same natural-looking streak free tan you’d expect from St Tropez, this lotion is specially formulated to be gentle on skin with naturally derived tanning ingredients, a delicate fragrance and added moisturisers. Even Kate Moss is a fan! 11. Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion Light-Medium, £18. This tinted lotion gives you instant colour and a golden “tan” develops in just a few hours. It looks smooth, even and natural. 12. Bobbi Brown Sunless Tanning Gel for Face & Body, £24. You’ll achieve a natural-looking tan from head to toe with this Sunless Tanning Gel.



BEAUTYSUMMERBEACHBODY Look good on and off the beach this summer with these makeup essentials.



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Image courtesy of Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Collection Campaign

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1. Benefit The Bronze of Champions, £26.50, Menarys. Get your goddess on with these bronze make-up essentials. This is THE bronze kit for eyes, lips and cheeks! 2. Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream, £28. Evens skin tone, revitalises and protects - resulting in beautiful skin with a perfect complexion in one simple step. 3. Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Duo, £31. An update on Bobbi’s cult classic Bronzing Powder, this limited edition Bronzing Duo features a larger compact with two new universally flattering shades. Apply them separately, or blend together, and sweep over the face, neck, décolletage and arms for the perfect summer sun-kissed skin. 4. Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Cologne 100ml, £76, House of Fraser, Belfast. Delicately exotic. This white flower captures the duality of apricot counterpoised with supple leather. Luminous petitgrain and luscious peach and orange flower ripple over voluptuous cashmere wood. 5. Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, £16. Instant volume and length that resists flaking, clumping, smudging. This waterproof version of High Impact Mascara can stand up to summer’s heat and humidity. 6. Estée Lauder Pure Color Palette in Batik Sun, £35. A high-style mix of textures and shades to inspire creative blending, highlighting and colour accenting. 7. Nars Nail Varnish in Madness, £14.50. Fashion-forward and classic NARS Nail Polish shades impart incredible lustre and prolonged gloss retention with UV protection to prevent polish discoloration. An advanced polymer system provides extended wear and a durable, chip-resistant finish. 8. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in ‘On The Beach’, £14, House of Fraser, Belfast. Deborah Lippmann’s luxury line of award-winning hand and foot care was created as a result of her working with some of the most iconic figures in fashion - from Cher to Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Posen to Rodarte. 9. Ciaté Nail Varnish in Candy Floss, £10, Andrew Mulvenna Hair & Beauty Spa, Belfast 10. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil, £14. Creamy, forever-lasting and waterproof, these eye pencils are the stuff of beauty legend! 11. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Fragrance 100ml, £45. Inspired by the warmth of the Mediterranean, a citrus floral blend with notes of Bergamot and Orange Blossom, this is summer’s new sun-kissed fragrance.


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BEAUTYSUMMERBEACHBODY Hot sunny days on the beach can play havoc with your hair, but with the right products and advice your hair will remain your crowning glory. 1. This thoroughly modern formula goes beyond traditional hair oils to also provide UVA/UVB filters, and is appropriate for ALL hair types, from fine to coarse and curly. Since it’s colourless, it won’t add an amber tint that can dull or alter the colour of lighter hair. Bumble and bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil, £30, Paul Stafford Hairdressing, Belfast 2. A dual-phase, multitasking, conditioning hair treatment that deeply nourishes to repair, detangles, hydrates, smoothes and restores high-gloss shine. Ojon Rare Blend Deep Conditioner, £29 3. The innovative, sprayable foam texture is easily absorbed into the hair to deeply nourish, repair and soothe. Schwarzkopf BC Sun Protect After-Sun Treatment 200ml, £14.50, The Natural Hair Company, Lisburn 4. Pop this lightweight, water-resistant, UV-defence spray in your beach bag, for invisible protection from sun exposure for up to 16 hours. Aveda Suncare Protective Hair Veil 100ml, £20.50, Nicholas Graham Hairdressing, Bangor

Give your hair a holiday too from intensive heat styling and ditch the blowdryer and straighteners and opt for a beauty boho wave. Try a Salt Spray for that "just stepped out of the sea look." These give your hair texture and 'bulk up' fine hair to give a really sexy movement.


Martine Broggy, The Natural Hair Company, Lisburn

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Image courtesy of Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner Campaign. All Bumble and Bumble products are available from Paul Stafford Hairdressing, Lisburn Road, Belfast.


Summer 2013 is a big year for definition, the cuts are strong, bold and sharp - think Carey Mulligan's Great Gatsby flapper, but who wants to sit around blow drying if the sun is shining? The new mid-length looks lend themselves to easier drying, use curl creams to enhance natural movement, light hold styling sprays to craft loose finger waves and and if you're brave enough the slick back is well - back! Drama is evident everywhere in hair but low maintenance is essential, on long layers Bumble and bumble's Surf foam wash and creme rinse will help create a summery buoyancy and combined with B&b surf spary every girl can be a Californian girl!

Paul Stafford, Paul Stafford Hairdressing, Lisburn Road, Belfast




Feel ‘Tan-tastic’! With Northern Ireland’s weather, we all need a bit of help achieving that sun-kissed glow for the summer. We’ve tested a range of self-tanning products so you don’t have to! Baby B Browne Medium Self-Tanning Lotion, £14.95 for 250ml

Korara Gradual Bronzing Moisturiser SPF 15, £12.99 for 150ml

Baby B Browne gives an instant colour. It dries very quickly though so you have to apply it fast! A nice golden tan colour was produced. It does darken slightly over time and did develop a slight orangey tone although it wasn’t very prominent! 3/5

Karora was easy to apply, being like any other moisturiser. It also has an in-built SPF. The cream colour meant it was difficult to apply evenly meaning I had problems with streakiness. I put on a couple of layers and it produced a good colour which was natural looking. The smell wasn’t overly strong but it lasted. 3/5

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Crème De La Mer Soleil de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan, £65 for 200ml This is easy to apply but as it is white you need to be meticulous that you cover all areas well. It created a beautiful, golden glow which looked very natural although you can apply it daily to increase the colour. It had a lovely scent and you can use it on your face as well as your body. 4/5

For Your Face

Clarins Liquid Bronze SelfTanning, £14.40 for 100ml This was easy to apply as it sinks in quite quickly with no stickiness or smell. The small bottle fits easily into your bag. It gives a natural sun-kissed glow although you can apply more to get a deeper tan. I would recommend this product and use it again. 4/5



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B Bold Liquid Light/Medium, £14.95 for 150ml With the applicator mitt, it was straightforward to apply. The liquid texture meant it rubbed into your skin easily and the dark colour made it easy to see any missed areas. It produced a sun-kissed glow which was very natural and subtle. I didn’t notice any smell and the colour lasted around 5 days. 4/5

BEAUTYNEWSTANNING Vita Liberata Moment by Moment Tinted Self-Tan Mousse, Rapid Development, £24.50 for 100ml

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It was extremely easy to apply because it was dark tinted. The strength of the colour depended on how long the product is left on before showering. If it is for one hour it created a glow whereas after three hours it became a light golden brown. I didn’t notice any smell. It faded gradually over a few days and I had no problems with streakiness or dryness. 4/5


Clinique Body Tinted Lotion, £17 for 125ml


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This tan was a tinted gel which applied easily and evenly. Initially there is a bronze colour but this develops into a deeper, natural looking tan within two or three hours. The colour looked really well and the whole tan was easy to apply. I was happy with the product and would use it again. 4/5


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The G Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Body Skin Care, £72 for 150ml This product is very easy to apply and there were no streaks. The colour was very natural and there was a good smell which definitely wasn’t offensive. It lasted a few days and faded naturally. It was very nice product although it is expensive. 5/5

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Tantastic Self-Tanning Liquid, £9.95 for 75ml; 18 for 150ml Using the tanning mitt, the product goes on very smoothly and gives instant colour which darkens over time. I wasn’t sure about the watery consistency but there was no streaking. The colour wasn’t as dark as I like although two coats will achieve that. There was no smell and you could go out after application with a lovely streakfree glow. 4/5

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Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel, £24.99 for 148ml This tan is a clear gel with iridescent gold shimmer in it. It is easy to apply, gliding onto the skin, although the clear colour means you couldn’t see where you had applied it, leaving a risk of streaking! It had a pleasant tropical smell. The colour deepens over three hours to create a lovely golden tan. It shimmers in the light which is a nice touch. The tan lasted for five days before fading evenly. 4/5




‘Scents' & Sensibility Marie Salamagne, Master Pefumer and Celine Roux, Global Product Development Director, are two of the people behind the quintessentially British brand Jo Malone. NW finds out more about their iconic colognes and what the key scent is this summer...

Marie Salamagne, Master Perfumer, Jo Malone London

Where do you live and work?

I live with my family in Paris, and work in the creative centre of Firmenich.

What is your current role at Jo Malone London and how long have you been doing it for?

Jo Malone London first approached me two years ago, to first work on the creation of Osmanthus Blossom Cologne. Now the story continues with the creation of Saffron Cologne Intense. I had always wanted to work with Jo Malone London. It is a brand which, for me represents elegance and quality. The distinctive, simple and iconic packaging pushes the fragrance names and classic bottle to the forefront; with the perfume taking centre stage; and I like this approach. It is also a brand which has quality notes and accords at its heart. It is an interesting challenge for a perfumer to represent a flower or an ingredient in a simple way, but with a modern twist.

Give us a brief overview of what your job entails on a day-to-day basis.

A Master Perfumer is a sculptor of smells. He shapes a perfume to tell a story, by transcribing feelings, combining ingredients, and making selections on instinct. Historically the perfumer of our imagination is a solitary figure in a white coat, but the perfumer of today works in team with laboratory assistant, the marketing and sales team, the creatives and the storytellers, to compose each of his perfumes.

How did you get into this field initially? And what are the biggest challenges?

I was born into a family of doctors, so naturally I started to study medicine, but I always knew it wasn’t really for me, and eventually I changed my major to chemistry. One day when I was sitting in the university café I met a girl whom I had never met before, and have never met again since. She told me about a perfumery school in Versailles. I had always loved to smell the scent of bread, trees, flowers – of everything! In that moment I



knew perfumery was my pathway. My official training lasted two years, but that is only the beginning. It takes years to develop and grow to a Master Perfumer.

they deserve to be used as much as possible. This is influenced by my experience of learning perfumery in a company which works with natural materials.

What has been your most memorable moment at Jo Malone London?

What will be the key scent from Jo Malone London this summer and why?

My first memory of Jo Malone London was a gift I received few years ago. When I opened the beautiful cream and black box it was as though I had been invited to live in a special moment; part of something very elegant and beautiful.

Can you explain the evolution of creating a scent, from initial planning and the sourcing of materials to getting it out on the shelves? I gather visual inspiration from books, art, journals, magazines… Imagery gives me an understanding of texture and colour, a crucial starting point for any fragrance creation. Each scent I have created for Jo Malone London begins with an idea, which is moulded and developed with the brand. After months of building the fragrance and many submissions, the project is completed when the brand makes its final choice on a fragrance. Round trips and adjustments stop, and I can begin on the next fragrance journey. Jo Malone London will then enter the next stages; packaging and visualising the fragrance, ready for the counter.

What influences and inspires you when it comes to creating a new scent each season? I like natural scents in general because they have the power to tell a story by themselves. They are both an inexhaustible source of ideas, thanks to their multifaceted personalities, and

Currently women are attracted by fruity and gourmand notes, bringing an idea of youth, coupled with immediate pleasure and delight. Men are driven by an aromatic freshness, favouring ingredients such as mint, basil or sage, with a more textured freshness rising up, shaped by spicy notes like cardamom and ginger. The most interesting trend is the revival of classic ingredients, revisited with a modern twist. This is the case with the new addition to the Cologne Intense collection; Saffron. The saffron and orange flower which were opulent and complex are now appreciated for their soft luminosity and regressive facets. Jasmine is treated with transparency and creaminess, while vintage green notes dare new inflexions such as geranium, mint, powdery orris and galbanum. Blossoms are also a prominent in perfumery, providing luminosity to floral fragrances. Fresh roses, petals of white flowers and exotic blossoms evoke a modern sensuality. Osmanthus Blossom Cologne has been created for its delicately exotic character. The inspiration came from the idea of a fresh osmanthus flower covered in morning dew. I wanted to create an exotic floral with a real freshness and air of mystery. This white flower captures the juiciness of apricot enlightened with petit grain, orange flower, counterpoised with supple leather and a voluptuous note of cashmere wood.

BEAUTYINTERVIEW Besides fragrances, Jo Malone London creates other items such as scented candles and diffusers. Can you tell us a bit more about them? Do you have a different approach when creating these in comparison to the fragrances?

Each fragrance is different, and the process depends on the ingredients used, and the way in which the notes are extracted, developed or interpreted. At Jo Malone London we believe that the ambience of your home should be as inviting as the fragrance on your skin. Your home is an extension of you; an extension of your style and character. However the approach when creating a scent for home is different. In a personal fragrance you will have the top, heart and base notes, which evolve with time; from volatile notes like lemon and bergamot in the first instances, to the wood and musk notes settling on the skin after a few hours. With a candle or room spray there is not scent evolution. You smell the essence of the scent as one, at the same time. This means that the character of the fragrance sometimes has to be modified so that it suits the atmosphere in a room.

Jo Malone London is well-known as a sophisticated, classic and iconic British brand. How do you make sure that Jo Malone London is continually evolving whilst retaining its core values as a brand? Being a quintessentially British brand, we have an understated style and unconventional sense of sophistication. Staying true to our British heritage remains at the heart of everything we do. The Jo Malone™ Studio orchestrates a world of bespoke luxury inspired by, and immersed in, modern British culture, curating collaborations between world-renowned master perfumers and London’s leading creative talent to remain at the forefront of perfumery.

For any fragrance, using complementary ingredients is crucial. Is there a technique to finding good combinations or is it a case of following your gut instinct?

Perfumery is not intellectual, it is emotional. It is something really deep and intimate. When creating a new fragrance, the perfumer has to remain instinctive and intuitive, allowing a story to be told. The choice of ingredients is just as important as the development of the texture of the fragrance.

Regular collaborations take place with the likes of world-renowned perfumers and creative talent in London, from Savile Row to Sloane Street. Can you give us more details on previous collaborations (how they

came about, the outcome etc) and what collaborations have been planned for the future?

Each creation starts with a conversation, drawing inspiration from images or moments in time. To create great fragrances with a perfumer, there needs to be an intimate connection, like a love story. If there is not a good fit, it will be very hard to achieve an outstanding fragrance. There should always be a mutual desire and a similar way of working, sharing in our philosophies and values as a brand. Developing the scent is the beginning of the story, which is then transformed by the creative team into a captivating visual narrative. And thus a collaborative journey unfolds.

One unique aspect of Jo Malone London is that customers are encouraged to mix and layer different fragrances to create their own tailor-made, individual scent. When did thinking behind this begin and how have customers responded?

Fragrance Combing™ is at the heart of the brand, and has been since its inception. All Jo Malone™ Colognes have a unique “olfactive signature” and are crafted in a transparent fashion. Because of this transparency, one can perceive its signature notes throughout the composition from the top, middle to the base Global Product notes. Jo Malone Development Director, London uses Jo Malone London distinct fragrance ingredients - their pure nature allows you to blend, interplay and layer fragrances. Our customers enjoy experimenting with our Stylists in our boutiques, as it gives each person the creative license to express an original, elegant and modern personalized scent. We try each new fragrance with all the other Jo Malone™ Colognes, with no exceptions, and we always surprised by combinations that are not conventionally obvious, but are a beautiful fit.

Celine Roux,




TREAT YOURSELF... to the best skin you've ever had Northern Woman's Eileen Wilson tries out The Ionzyme Vitamin Facial - a facial which bridges the gap between medical science and beauty Before


our skin’s glowing! You’re looking really healthy!” are now constant comments from friends and family, but almost a year ago it was a different story all together – it was one more of “ you’re looking very tired and stressed!”

What was my secret?

ENVIRON! Most skin products give you exactly what you would expect. Environ gives you so much more! Environ's vitamin enhanced skin care products are designed to help nourish the skin. Environ bridges the gap between medical science and beauty. Environ is a complete range of skincare products and salon treatments based on vitamin A, and antioxidants C,E and betacarotene and other active ingredients, developed in South Africa by plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes. Environ formulations are aimed to benefit those who want to maintain healthy and youthful skin. Having read that Elle Macpherson and




Naomi Watts were both fans of the South African skincare range I thought I would look into it a bit more. I paid a visit to Elaine O'Roarty’s salon in Belfast where I was greeted by Elaine herself. Elaine is a fully qualified Beauty and Complementary Therapist with many years of experience. Her mission is to have you look and feel your natural best! After filling in a medical history form, Elaine provided me with a thorough

consultation revealing exactly what I needed and tailored my treatments accordingly. She says “Each client receives a totally bespoke facial set to combat every skin need from acne scars and deep wrinkles to sun damaged, and pigmentation problems.” My face needed to be scanned so Elaine could see what exactly was going on underneath the surface. She was looking for signs of damage/problems lying below the surface and that would eventually rise to the surface. Most of my life I rarely had a spot and problem free skin but recently I had been having some serious problems with my skin – suffering from dehydration, sensitivity on my cheeks and on my nose. The sides of my face were very dry, with flaky patches on my forehead, along with congestion around my nose and whiteheads on my chin. Overall a complete nightmare! Elaine talks me though my treatment – a series of Ionzyme Vitamin Facials over a three month period. After settling in, I’m cocooned with

BEAUTYTRIED&TESTED a blanket and immediately fight the desire to fall asleep. Elaine insisted that I relax. With the sound of birds in the background and soft lighting this was not difficult. Elaine starts each of my facials with a pre-cleanse, using the Environ pre-cleanser mineral oil aimed at removing debris and make-up. This was followed by the application of a gentle Hydrating Exfoliant Masque after its removal Elaine cleansed my skin again with a gentle cleansing lotion and applied toner with damped cotton wool. I'm amazed how refreshed my skin feels and this is just the beginning. Before I left Elaine explained the home care routine, there seemed so much to do I thought I may need to reduce my working hours to part-time so I could follow the morning and evening regimes! Home care pack - Environ AVST Cleanser, AVST Toner, AVST Gel, and Colostrum Gel to help heal and repair my skin, and also Hydrating Oil Capsules. Also skin care supplements Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Pure and Skin Omegas. Combining these with the skin care routine would improve and strengthen my skin from within. I had heard the effects were noticeable even after just one session, with stunning results after a course of six treatments. Within two weeks colleagues had remarked on the improvement to my complexion. Delighted with the

compliments I continued with my second treatment. Elaine examined my skin again - it was less dehydrated, and pores were less open but I still had issues with sensitivity and whiteheads. She repeated the pre-cleanse, followed with a micro exfoliation masque and removed this with warm mitts. She continues working on my skin using an innovative pulsed galvanic current and low frequency sound waves (sonophoresis) to penetrate my skin, dramatically improving the collagen and elastin production (responsible for the skin’s firmness) with the use of replenishing vitamins, anti-oxidants and beta-carotene. The sound waves are high pitched and pulsed currents create a slight prickling sensation at times- but even during this uncomfortable part of the treatment I found myself relaxing. Elaine reminded me of the importance of continuing the home care routine though by this stage it had become second nature and as I could start to see the improvements in my skin I was keen to take the time and follow it to the letter. By the third treatment the tone of my skin was evening out, sensitivity had lessened and my skin was very well hydrated. At this stage Elaine decided to combine galvanic with the sonophoresis, working on my forehead, cheeks and chin. I could really notice the improvements to my skin and I felt I could actually go outside without my makeup on! However on my fourth visit Elaine noticed that I had some sun damage to my face. I had had a few days abroad and obviously hadn’t applied my sun protection correctly. My skin was a little drier, the whiteheads had raised their ugly heads again and the sensitivity had returned and increased more than my previous visit. On the plus side my congestion around and on my nose had improved. Elaine reminded me to use my RAD – a SPF of 15 for everyday use on my face and neck. At my final visit with Elaine I had just

returned from a cruise in the Med and with temperature of 40+ degrees. Though having stuck rigidly to my skincare regime I was worried what damage the sun rays may have caused. My face was scanned for the second time and we could clearly see a huge difference from the first scan three months earlier. Bar evidence of windburn, my skin had improved significantly, the whiteheads on my chin had cleared, my nose was less congested, and the sensitivity on my cheeks had calmed. Overall my skin tone was definitely evening out, it was clearer and hydrated. With this improvement in my skin Elaine decided to introduce Lac Pam Gel (Lactic Acid) and A&C professional 1 which contains antioxidants into the facial, paying particular attention to chin and cheek areas. At this stage the skin had built up the tolerance to change my moisturiser from AVST Gel to AVST 1, thereby increasing the level of Vitamin A into my skin. Now six months on since my final treatment, my skin is hydrated, I have less sensitivity on my cheeks and I no longer have white head or congestion on my nose. I’m still continuing with my home care products, and my regime in the morning and evening are just part of my everyday routine. My skin is looking radiant and some say more youthful! Elaine and Environ products are both my “miracle workers”! The Ionzyme facials start at £55 for 1 hour £65 for 1.1/2hr.

Contact details: Elaine O’Roarty, 14 Carolan Road, Belfast. Tel: 02890 643 448




Taking control of your biological clock Dr Steve Green, Embryology Manager at Origin Fertility Care


woman’s fertility is at its highest in her mid twenties, however, more and more women are choosing to leave starting a family later in life due to busy lifestyles, careers or not meeting the right partner. However, the number and quality of the eggs in the ovaries decline in the mid thirties and the chances of conceiving naturally reduce dramatically after the age of 35. In February, County Down couple, Elaine and Andrew became the first in Ireland to have a baby by using state of the art egg freezing technology available in Northern Ireland only at Origin Fertility Care. Elaine and Andrew were married six years ago and desperately wanted to have a family, although age was not in their favour. Having previously attended the Regional Fertility Clinic in the Royal for initial tests (over the course of 18 months) Elaine and Andrew were then put on the NHS waiting list, which at the time was estimated to be a further 12 months. As time wasn’t on their side they turned to Origin Fertility Care in Belfast. “When the consultant sat down and informed us that I might develop a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and might have to cancel treatment, we were so disappointed. We had waited so long for this moment, we really didn’t want to have to postpone everything,” Elaine explains. “ We were soon reassured that we could still have our eggs collected and have them frozen for use in a later cycle. The embryologist came and explained in detail



the process involved in egg freezing and emphasised that the success rates were on a par with any fresh cycle of treatment.” In February 2012, Elaine’s eggs were collected and frozen. The eggs were safely stored at Origin Fertility Care until two months later when Elaine and Andrew decided to have them thawed and fertilised using Andrew’s sperm. The embryologist thawed nine eggs and four fertilised. Days later, two embryos were transferred and Elaine and Andrew began the two week wait for a pregnancy test. The minute Elaine and Andrew found out the process was a success there was a flurry of mixed emotions. The two week wait between the embryo transfer and carrying out the pregnancy test was a worrying time and on the test day, Elaine lay awake for about an hour before she finally plucked up the courage to go and carry out the test. She was petrified and couldn’t stop shaking, and when she saw that the result was positive, it was hard to take it in. In the end, it took another couple of tests before they were finally convinced! For the first day or so, they both just felt numb as they didn’t want to think too far ahead until they had had their first scan and the pregnancy was confirmed as viable. However, in the end, they both agreed that they should just enjoy the moment, and whatever was meant to be would be. They felt so happy and excited at the prospect of what lay ahead. This feeling was reinforced when they went for their first scan and the consultant confirmed that he could definitely see a heartbeat. They were both overjoyed and couldn’t wait to share the news with close friends and family. Looking back Elaine understood the limitations of any fertility treatment but was excited at the advances made in egg freezing and felt this offered her the best chance of success in the future. Elaine is delighted that she and Andrew made this choice as not only did it result in a successful pregnancy, with the birth of their baby in February 2013, but due to her age it means that, if they decide to have any more children in the future, they have given themselves the best chance, as they still have a number of good quality eggs in storage. When it comes to having a baby it is the age of the eggs that is more important than

the age of the woman and the younger the eggs are when they are frozen the higher the chance of achieving a pregnancy when they are thawed later in life. According to Dr Steve Green, Embryology Manager at Origin Fertility Care, the proven success of this procedure with Elaine and Andrew offers enormous hope to many future parents here. “Women may need to have their eggs frozen for many reasons, whether it be for medical or personal reasons. For example, treatments for cancer and other medical conditions can be toxic to eggs. Some women may suffer from premature ovarian failure, early menopause or simply have a very low egg reserve. By freezing their eggs they are preserving their ability to have their own family.” “Some women may opt to freeze their eggs simply because they have not met the right partner or are delaying having a family for other personal reasons.” “The most important fact for women to understand is that it is the age of the egg that dictates how fertile a woman is and freeze banking egg at a younger age will preserves her fertility for later in life.” “Post thaw survival rates are between 80-100 percent and eggs are commonly stored for up to ten years, although this can be extended.” “Successful pregnancy rates from frozen eggs are similar to those for fresh eggs and Origin Fertility Care are seeing a pregnancy rate of up to 50 percent. “Like Elaine, a woman can opt to freeze her eggs now to be ready for the time in her life when she wants to become a mother and we would urge all women who, for whatever reason, need to delay motherhood to consider freezing their eggs when they are young, adds Dr Green.” The process currently costs from £2,500, including the drugs to stimulate the ovaries, harvesting and freezing. Storage costs an extra £20 per month. For further information log on to or call us on 028 9076 1713

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A Harmonious Pregnancy

Dr Samina Dornan

A world leading new risk-free test that tells mums-to-be whether their baby has a range of genetic conditions is the first of its kind in Ireland and is now available from 3fivetwo Healthcare in Belfast.


he new Harmony Prenatal blood test, which is not available on the NHS, offers peace of mind to women without the devastating risks associated with amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) tests. This new test is suitable for any pregnant woman with a singleton pregnancy who wants a safe, reliable, early and accurate test to verify that their baby has normal chromosomes. Whether you’re under 35 and you want a safe, reliable, early and accurate test to confirm normality, over 35 and concerned about your age putting you at a higher risk or you have experienced a previous pregnancy with a baby with Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome and Patau Syndrome or other chromosomal problems then this test is the peace of mind you’ve been waiting for. According to Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Samina Dornan, one in 100 women who opt for these procedures which involve inserting a needle into the womb, will suffer a miscarriage. However, a blood sample taken from the mum’s arm



from the tenth week of pregnancy (this is the earliest date the test can be conducted, it can be done at any point after this date too) is all that is required for the new Harmony test. The sample is then sent to a laboratory in San Jose in the US where chromosome levels are analysed and in less than a fortnight the mum-to-be will find out whether her baby is healthy or has Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome or Patau syndrome. As Dr Dornan explains, “It is very important for women at risk to know the reality of their situation. Helping them know that their babies are healthy is a real joy, but giving them the time to understand and cope with an adverse diagnosis is equally, if not more crucial. ” “Standard screening for foetal abnormalities available under the health service in Northern Ireland is offered in the form of a scan at 20 weeks and a maternal blood test is offered in a number of maternity units. However, they are not 100 percent accurate and a woman must then undergo either an amniocentesis

or CVS test if she wants a definitive answer.” Apart from the fact that this new Harmony test is non-invasive and carries no risk of miscarriage, it is also boasts 100 per cent accuracy in the detection of normality rate. “The Harmony test is very new and as I’m the first person to bring it to Ireland it is very exciting. We are giving women control so they can enjoy their pregnancy without being concerned that she is going to harm her baby, ” says Dr Dornan. If you do decide to opt for this test not only you will be in the safe hands of Dr Samina Dornan, Consultant Obstetrician and Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist or one of her trusted team, but results are back within ten days allowing for peace of mind in your first trimester. Treatment costs £950 and this covers consultation/counselling, ultrasound scan, blood test and your appointment with the consultant to communicate your result. Additional information on the test can be found on the 3fivetwo website


Classy Colebrooke is the perfect place for pampering


estled away down a winding country lane, Colebrooke Estate and Spa looks like something straight off the set of Downtown Abbey. However, it is in fact just a 90 minute drive away from Belfast, in the beautiful Fermanagh countryside. Fans of the Channel Four series Country House Rescue may remember the house from last summer when it appeared on the show. The Spa was a developed as a result of the programme and has been going from strength-to-strength ever since. Colebrooke Spa is managed by local businesswoman Nadine Lyons who has an excellent pedigree within the beauty industry. Nadine owns The Loft Beauty Salon in Fivemiletown, which was awarded Decleor Salon of the Year in 2012. The spa is not exclusive to guests of the Estate which is perfect as this place is too good to keep secret. Louise Murphy visited recently to avail of a Hot Stone Full Body Massage to ease her ‘stressed and weary muscles’. The spa is tucked away at the side of the mansion house. Wooden fences afford lots of privacy, perfect if you’d like to enjoy a dip in the outdoor hot tub, Jacuzzi or sauna. The building itself is stylish and modern and literally as soon as you step over the threshold, a sense of calm sweeps over your

body. All senses are catered from, from soothing aromatherapy scents through to soft, gentle, calming music. I was shown to the changing area by a smiling, friendly assistant whose pristine uniform and warm manner aided my sense of calm even further. After a quick change into my robe and slippers, I was brought through to the relaxation area. Reclining loungers, a crackling open fire and a choice of freshly squeezed orange juice, water and fruit platters were all provided to heighten the feeling of wellbeing. After some R ‘n’ R time, my therapist Natasha arrived. The treatment room was relaxation on another level. The heated couch and soft fluffy towels made the perfect combination for a snooze. Something which impressed me was the option on the consultation form asking if you would like your therapist to converse with you during your treatment. I chose yes and no and Natasha had instinctive timing to know when was best to talk and when

was best to let me fully relax. Starting from my feet, Natasha worked on my legs with oils and the hot stones. She then made her way up my arms and back before kneading out knots of tension around my neck and shoulders. Again the form had enquired as to what strength we wanted our therapist to work on us with. I chose ‘medium’ and this was more than sufficient. Once this was completed, I hopped onto my back and Natasha then began to work her magic again on my legs, arms and shoulders before finishing with a temple massage. When I opened my eyes, I felt the most refreshed that I had in a long time. Natasha advised me to take my time getting up off the couch, although she needn’t have worried, I could have happily dozed there for the rest of the day! Colebrooke Spa is a place I will certainly revisit. Their wide range of treatments, friendly staff and ultra relaxing atmosphere makes it a ‘must-try’ for anyone looking some special pampering.

The spa is not exclusive to guests of the Estate which ❝ is perfect as this place is too good to keep secret. ❞ NW



Our panel of experts this month are:



Sara O’Neill Stylist

Kay McLorn MCSP Chartered Physiotherapist/ Pilates Instructor

Ask the Experts... Q: I’m going to a wedding in August. It’s a very trendy do and I would like to make a good impression. I like dresses, but I’m not fussed. I’m into a vintage look but don’t want to look clichéd and cheesy. Can you please help? Sara says: You can’t have failed to notice the impact Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby has had on the media of late. And although the reviews have been mixed, everyone agrees that the film, and the fashion in particular, is a wonderful spectacle, triggering a new trend in vintage fashion. With that in mind, I think you could do worse for your hipster wedding than channel your inner Daisy Buchanan. The 1920’s flapper look is gorgeously feminine, with beading, sequins and beautifully draped bias cut fabrics creating a perfect party look for a summer wedding. There are many Gatsby-inspired pieces on the high-street right now, and one of my favourites is this Jenny Packham dress from Debenhams. The all-over embellishment of the mesh overlay and the scalloped double edge of this dress looks expensive and authentic, and the on-the-knee length is demure enough for a wedding. With regards to styling – keep it simple. The accessories should be kept to a minimum. I would avoid 20’s inspired hair and make-up and go for a more modern, tousled and natural look.



Q: I am a 41 year old and have a 10 year old daughter. Recently I have started needing to rush to the toilet and even ‘leaking’ when I exercise, cough and laugh. I am keen to return to exercising but this is so embarrassing that I don’t want to go anymore. Can physiotherapy help me? Kay says: Physiotherapy can help! This is called ‘Incontinence’ and can affect both the bladder or the bowel. These problems are common for men and women of all ages, however, people often don’t like to discuss these more personal problems and often suffer in silence. Urinary incontinence can be a fairly common problem. Symptoms like these are often caused by weak pelvic floor muscles and this can be treated with specific exercises that will improve the strength of these muscles making physiotherapy is very effective in treating these kinds of problems before having to consider surgery. Some other problems that also might lead to incontinence include prolapse, constipation and chronic pelvic pain. If left untreated the problems will continue to get worse as we grow older. Intensive pelvic floor muscle training, plus lifestyle changes is the most effective way that these problems can be treated. A specially trained Chartered Physiotherapist in Women’s Health will discuss in detail the problem and they can teach you how to use the muscles correctly and exercises to strengthen them. So don’t suffer in silence.


Health & Nutrition Rachel Wright Registered Dietitian



Paul Stafford Paul Stafford Hairdressing Belfast

Angela Mullan Make-up Training Manager Clarins NI

Q: Are there any foods or drinks that will speed up my metabolism? Rachel says: Firstly it is a complete myth that certain foods can ‘burn’ fat, however there is some valuable advice all women should be aware of! • Always have three meals/day, this keeps your metabolism burning calories throughout the day, opting for one large meal/day slows metabolism down. • Your body burns up more calories digesting protein than fat or carbs. Try to include a protein source at each meal e.g. Lean meat/chicken/fish, tofu, nuts, beans, eggs or low fat dairy. • Stay hydrated – even mild dehydration can decrease metabolism. Ice cold drinks can help to increase metabolism during digestion. • Black coffee in moderation has been shown, in the short term, to increase metabolism. • Green tea – research has indicated 2-4 cups/day may help speed up metabolism. • Build your muscle mass through exercise. Muscle tissue is metabolically active when at rest, adipose (fat) tissue is not. • Avoid crash diets – weight loss is usually obtained from fluid and muscle mass. The lower your muscle mass is, the lower your metabolism.

Q: I saw an advert in a magazine for the new CC creams. What are these and how do they differ from BB creams? Angela says: BB cream and CC creams differ depending on the brand, generally they both claim to provide skincare benefits, with invisible coverage and in some cases protection against the harmful effects of the sun. Ideal for women looking an alternative to foundation. The major claims of CC cream verses BB would be a lighter texture, more coverage with colour correcting benefits, minimising uneven skin tone, redness etc. There are limited shades available in both, so try to sample where you can to get the perfect match. Clarins new BB cream offers the best of both, specialist pigments to add radiance and even skin tone, organic kiwi for skin cell regeneration katafray extract to boost hydration. Triple protection – SPF 25 high level of protection against UVA UVB rays all with invisible coverage, the result... just beautiful skin!

Q: My husband is starting to thin on top he’s in his early forties and I know he’s very conscious of it. Are there any products on the market that can counteract thinning or is it a case of what will be will be? Paul says: It’s certainly a broad market nowadays with lots of claims and promises. In my experience making hair look thicker is easier than regrowth so I’d recommend a series of thickening products from Bumble and Bumble. There is thickening shampoo to invigorate the scalp and fortify the hair making it appear thicker and fuller, thickening conditioner to moisturise and smooth the hair to make it feel and look healthier without weighing it down. A leave-in thickening styling hairspray which is designed to bulk the hair, making it stronger and thicker during styling and after, and finally thickening leave-in nightly serum which if applied regularly can have long-term positive effects on hair density as well as in some cases new growth. I’ve used these products myself on clients with some amazing results! One last thing; the haircut you’re husband may have might add to the problem. So a new look might be on the cards as well.

If you have any questions you would like to have answered by our experts please email your questions to NW


Life's a Beech!

Jimmy Beech has been hairdressing for 22 years and is the new star at Stafford Hairdressing How did you become interested in hairdressing? Where did you start?

If you only had one hairdressing tool what would it be?

Scissors, I even took them on my recent honeymoon (and I cut the Mrs hair)

My mum dragged me to the salon every week with her and graduaualy I started to notice the guy who blow dried her hair “Fran” was a bit of a genus with a Denman brush, He used it like a paintbrush to create work of art out of nothing more that wet hair.

Stafford Hairdressing is an extremely successful and internationally renowned salon with a high profile clientele - What will you bring to the salon? I must admit I had reservations leaving my post in synergy Hairdressing where I spent 10 happy years, But the opportunity to work at such an iconic salon, the chance to further my interest in education and to travel the world representing NI Hairdressing was too great a pull for me, I have backround in Hairdressing training and that is passion I Think I can develop within Stafford Organisation.

Who has helped you most in your career?

There have been lots of people who’ve helped me, numerous salon owners, stylists and mentors but my parents have been the most consistent, though I’m inspired by the people around me. My folks have always been there.

What qualities are needed to make a good hairstylist?

Patients, understanding, Humility!! A desire to succeed a keen eye for shape and form, But more importantly and understanding of angles and lines.

What is your own particular favourite hairstyle of all time?

I’m a bit of a contradiction as on one hand I love structure of the classics, Clara Bow, Louise Brooke etc but on the other hand I like deconstruction, Palti Smith comes to mind in the famous pic by Robert Mapplethorpe where she’d cut her own hair a week or two previously to look like Keith Richards

Do you have a signature style or favourite cut that you like to do? Since moving to Stafford Hairdressing, The pressure has been immense to forge

Do you have a wish you would like to accomplish?

a style of my own amongst many great stylist, working closely with Paul Stafford on future shows and collections we want to build “Brand” Imagery, if I can bring my own identity into that it’ll be the perfect marriage.

Who inspires you within the industry?

I’m inspired by my students. I’m education Director at Stafford Hairdressing but on a more personal note I have to say the young crop of new British stylist, Percy & Reed, Mazella and Palmer and The sessionist’s souliman, Mcknight and Duffy really tick the box.

The only wish I have is to be known as a great educator and somebody who can give a dam good haircut. I’m coming close to 40 years of age the next period of my life is to use my experience and to develop education as a major part of the Stafford brand.

What advice could you give to anyone who wanted to work in your profession?

The problem is, that there are many great hairdressers today, to be the best you need commitment, Patience, Desire and ultimately a great mentor. The point being great salons produce great hairdressers. Ask every question with no matter how silly you think it us and watch everything you can. Simple!


Shape Up Juggling a family, work commitments and a home can be tough and the last thing you have time for is a complicated diet plan and exercise regime. So, take the pressure off and look at some of our other easy exercise suggestions and top toning tips. Perfect Pins

We all want sexy summer legs to show off in our mini skirts and short shorts. But spending hours on end in the gym isn’t always possible so here are a few top tips and tricks for sexy legs. The first tip for sexy legs, is having toned, fit legs! While you can’t beat the results from squats, calf raises and walking lunges there are a few fashionable finds that can also help to get the job done. Try a pair of toning trainers or wear a pair of slim and tone leggings to enhance any workout time you might be able to squeeze in. Smooth, hair-free legs are sexy for more than just their stubble-free feel. Rather, smooth, hairless legs are also able to reflect more light making your legs look longer, leaner and sexier. While waxing may give you a baby bottom affect, waiting for the stubble to grow in long enough is never sexy – and laser hair removal is expensive, which is why you should consider sticking to tried and trusted razors! We all know that tanned skin looks better – it hides unsightly veins, conceals cellulite and even seems to make legs look leaner! As used by Kim Khardashian, Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs will cover freckles, veins and any other imperfections! This long-lasting



leg make-up gives instantaneous results and stays put until it is washed off. Finally, while there aren’t any cures, so to speak, caffeine and vigorous scrubbing can increase blood flow and reduce the dimpling effect – plus an exfoliating scrub is great for removing dull, dry wintery skin for an even better, closer shave. To get a cellulite-reducing and sexy-leg-creating scrub, though, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Rather, mix cooled coffee grounds with coconut oil for a moisturising, cellulite reducing scrub perfect for showing off those sexy pins!

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Looking to display a tight tush this summer, well as with everything while nothing beats hitting the gym regularly here are a few last minute tips to get your rear in shape. The lift may offer the fastest and easiest route but if you take the

stairs you’ll firm up your bottom, get toned calves too and it’s a free workout! Build up to doing two steps at a time, and don’t forget to stretch your legs out when you get to the top to keep your muscles long and lean. As with toning your legs, a new pair of trainers will help. Look for a pair with a raised toe and lower heel. These work your

LIFESTYLEEXERCISE legs and bum harder, so even if you just go for a walk around the block or walk to pick your kids up from school, you'll be giving your bum an extra workout. Ask your local sports shop for MBT trainers. There’s nothing that works the bum as well as squats, why not try and get into a routine of doing a few every morning and every night. Alternatively, when you are waiting for the bus or train, or perhaps hanging out at the photocopier in work, you can exercise your bottom by standing up straight, keeping your shoulders back and pulling in your belly. Clench your buttocks, hold for five to ten seconds and release. Repeat 10 to 15 times. Nobody will know you're secretly shaping up! Like legs, your bum is the most common place for cellulite to develop, so do try the caffeine scrub, try eating more kiwis and blueberries to help protect and perfect your skin. Try cellulite busting, body shaping creams such as the Liquid Diet Body Treatment, £85 from Space NK - the ultimate tool for a sleek body! If finances allow you can always look to body shaping cosmetic procedures such as Laser Lipo available from Skin Medi Spa. This pain free treatment can be completed in just 40 minutes and positive results and inch loss can be seen instantly.

Toned Tums

A toned, flat tummy is a goal many of us strive to achieve, but endless crunches and ditching all your favorite foods isn’t the right, or fun way to do it. A sculpted core and trim tummy can be attained by incorporating small changes into your day, like holding in your abs while you walk and adding the right healthy fats to your diet. If you want to burn the most belly fat, a Duke University study confirms that aerobic

exercise is the most effective in burning that deep, visceral belly fat. In fact, aerobic training burns 67 percent more calories than resistance training or a combination of the two, according to the study. So, instead of catching up with friends over food and drinks, suggest a weekly walk or jog. As you go about your day, imagine there’s a magnet pulling your belly button back toward your spine. Practice the tuck until it becomes comfortable, and soon this easy ab-engaging move will become like second nature. If you’re driving or sitting, imagine there’s gum or wet paint on the back of your chair so you have to hold yourself up instead of leaning back. Keep shoulder blades down and back, abdominals lifted, and picture yourself knitting your rib cage together and in. Vacuuming is a great ab workout. Tighten your abdominal muscles while you push back and forth for a tighter tummy while you clean. Did you know that for every 10 grams of fiber you eat daily, your belly will carry almost four percent less fat? Two apples or two cups of broccoli will all give you 10 grams of belly-flattening fiber. Avoid salt, fizzy drinks and wine which all bloat and add inches around your belly. Do eat oily fish, avocados, peanut butter and sunflower seeds to help ward off belly fat and wash it all down with plenty of water. Finally, sleep on it! Research from the University of Chicago shows that those who sleep seven hours or more a night lose twice as much fat and are less hungry than those

who get less than seven hours of shut-eye.

Banish Bingo Wings

The dreaded bingo wings seem to creep up from nowhere and stick around for much longer than we would like, so what can be done to shift them? Obviously a healthy diet that shifts stubborn fat in the upper arms helps, but exercise is a must when it comes to getting arms you are proud to have on show. The key is getting your triceps in shape. Try using a chair or box step to do tricep dips and commit to doing a short session of these every morning or evening. Ensure that your arms are kept healthy and well moisturised. Regular body brushing will help to remove dead skin and increase circulation. NIP+FAB’s Upper Arm Fix (£12.95 @ is a celebrity favourite, and it claims to help tone and soften the upper arms. Certain areas of the body are predisposed to store fat and, for a lot of us, the upper arms are one of these areas. The Cooltec Body Shaping Treatment is an option for flabby arms, FDA approved it has been proven to reduce fatty deposits by 20 to 40 percent on the treated area.

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Non-surgical facelift using PDO thread Beauty Lift Due to the low invasiveness of the procedure, no complications, immediate effects, no discomfort, according to Dr Gabriela Mercik of HEBE Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Clinic treatments with PDO threads may soon dominate the aesthetic medicine market, especially since the results achieved are similar to surgical procedures. Dr Gabriela Mercik


ifting treatments using special threads have been carried out for several years. Different kinds of threads appeared on the market: Silhouette, Aptos and Happy Lift. The latest product used in such treatments is called a PDO thread. In contrast to the previously used threads, PDO thread does not have hooks or tapers that rise tissue. Lifting effect is achieved by a special thread weave and polydioxanone which has properties that stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin. The PDO threads were created five years ago in South Korea and are currently used in many countries (Japan, USA, Brazil, Russia and Western Europe). It is a potent synthetic fibre, consisting of one filament or two filaments twisted solid which dissolve after a certain time in the tissue. Polydioxanone is a material known and used in medicine for many years. To date it was mainly used in plastic surgery, gastroenterology, urology, gynecology and ophthalmology. This material meets all the requirements set by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) in relation to surgical sutures and has a high safety profile. Based on clinical observations, it was found that polydioxanone stimulates tissue



neocolagenesis process – that stimulates the production of new collagen – the protein responsible for the tension and firmness of the skin. In addition, stimulation of fibroblasts results in stimulating the synthesis of elastin – the protein responsible for skin firmness and elasticity. Through this mechanism the skin in which we introduce a PDO thread becomes firmer, elastic and moisturised. The technology is based on using the natural skin tension lines, which causes an effect similar to a surgical facelift. Thanks to the threads, we can also limit the strength of facial muscles and get the aesthetic effects of muscle relaxation and smooth facial features. This effect is more natural because it does not fix muscles in place. By introducing the PDO thread in the skin, we get immediate improvement in its appearance. After about 10-14 days, begins the synthesis with the body’s natural proteins (collagen and elastin). This process continues throughout the period of maintaining the threads in the body (up to 240 days). The resulting aesthetic effects persist typically up to 24 months.

The treatment effects are: • Skin rejuvenation • Smoothing wrinkles • Narrowing the pores • Skin Lightening • Increase or decrease the volume (depending on the technique of implantation) • Lifting the skin The procedure usually takes 30-60 minutes and is practically painless. Patients on whom I performed the treatment, stated that the discomfort associated with the procedure is much less than in case when hyaluronic acid is administered. Additionally, we can perform local anesthesia by using an anesthetic cream. Immediately after the treatment, the skin might be slightly reddened and slight bruising might appear. It usually disappears within a few days. The effects of the treatment can be seen immediately, but keep in mind that the neocolagenesis process (formation of new collagen) starts after 10-14 days and then it really starts to show relevant effects of the treatment.

PDO Thread is placed in a sterile, very thin needle, which is introduced into specified areas of the facial skin, neck, breasts, buttocks, abdomen and legs.


Pilates - Introducing the Reformer!


he Pilates Studio at Blackstone Physiotherapy in Moira is now delighted to offer the Pilates Reformer!! We believe that Pilates and mindful movement is what you need for a better and healthier way to live. The Pilates Reformer, invented by Joseph Pilates, is probably the most famous piece of Pilates equipment and despite the somewhat medieval name it is actually an amazingly elegant and sophisticated machine. The Pilates Reformer makes a dramatic impression when you first see one and an even more dramatic change in the body when you use it. The Reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. On the other end there are shoulder pads and it also has long straps with handles which can be pulled with legs or arms. Body weight and the resistance of the springs are what make the exercises more or less challenging. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows you to work

very precisely to develop good alignment, core stability, strength and flexibility. All Pilates Tone Instructors are Chartered Physiotherapists trained by APPI, a world leader in Pilates Education, and will instruct you on how to move best for your body. The exercise programme allows for a range

of difficulty ranging from beginners to advanced and you can choose the workout that suits you best increasing the intensity as your body condition improves. Classes are run on a daily basis for both reformer and mat Pilates. All the instructors are Chartered Physiotherapists with expertise in dealing with postural pain and problems. Pilates is a form of exercise which is innovative and safe using a variety of floor, mat and special equipment to achieve dramatic effects. With an emphasis on proper breathing and correct spinal alignment you will learn how to control your body putting you back in charge! Attending well run weekly classes has generally overwhelmingly positive benefits for our clients. There is a great sense of personal, social and mental well being. It can positively change lives. Pilates Tone mat classes are available in several area across Northern Ireland. If you are interested in attending any Pilates class and want to be instructed by Chartered Physiotherapists please contact Pilates tone on 028 9261 1211 for information on your nearest class. One to one sessions are also available or smaller group sessions on request.




Creating a Dream House Located in County Down, this beautiful house is crafted in a traditional style with a modern twist. It has all of the makings of a show house whilst still being a lived in and much loved family home.


riving up a sweeping driveway, lined with trees and traditional lamp-posts, you are immediately struck by the stately feel of the house which sits solidly in its surroundings. With matching box trees lining the large black front door, complete with a gold lion knocker, this grey rendered house certainly creates an impression. Surrounded by 360ยบ views of sloping hills and green countryside for miles around, the location adds to its charm. Upon entering into the hallway, a ceremonial staircase lies in the middle of the hall and is the first thing anyone sees. Made from mahogany and covered with a light coloured carpet, the staircase tapers out, wider at the first couple of



steps, inviting visitors in. Underneath the stairs lies a beautiful shiny Lippman piano, laden with family photographs. Initially two front rooms can be seen, a dining room and a drawing room, are placed to the right and left of the staircase respectively. Every room in the house has a certain colour scheme. The dining room, for example, follows a purple and silvery grey scheme. Purple chairs surround the table, including a striped purple chair in the corner, and are complemented by silver accessories like napkins and a statement, almost wall-height ornate mirror from Creations. Although each room in the house has a distinctive character, the house blends together as a whole. All walls are painted in neutral colours allowing


artwork and personal photographs to stand out. Paintings, of all different styles and sizes, are dotted throughout the house and Irish artists are favoured, including the work of Dublin artist Louise Mansfield and Northern Irish artist Con Campbell. The greatest amount of time and effort was spent on the kitchen which the owners designed themselves. It is also a great space which the whole family enjoys. It follows an open-plan design with a large island in the centre and, turning to the left, a couple of steps lead up to a sun-room, with doors that open on to a paved patio area. Two large wooden trusses lie above the island in the heart of the kitchen. An area of exposed brickwork over the cream AGA matches an entire wall of the same exposed stonework behind the family kitchen table. Beautiful views can be seen from the large windows, with sunlight illuminating the room when it shines. In the distance, a donkey or two can also be spotted in a nearby field. The house owners have three donkeys, two adults and a foal, which adds




further to the picturesque feel of the entire place. Going upstairs, rooms are arranged around a three-sided rectangular shaped hallway. The bathroom is filled with a restored standalone bath, bought from ‘The Bath Doctor’ in Omagh, and a Thomas Crapper style toilet (a style chosen for all toilets in the house). A children’s nursery, filled with gentle pastel colours, has Quentin Blake prints on the walls (from ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and ‘The Twits’ respectively) and striped Laura Ashley curtain material. Many pieces of furniture and artwork have been found from many different avenues, including antique shops, salvage yards and auctions, and then restored and adapted to suit the family’s needs. The aforementioned purple corner chair was a complete wreck when the family purchased it with only the basic shape and




legs left. But after some tender loving care the chair has been spruced up and returned to its former glory, now sitting proudly in the dining room. In the back corridor, a pew from a local Presbyterian Church lies, being acquired when the church was being renovated. It is extra touches within the house which makes it such a unique and muchloved home. A statue of a hare sits on the mantelpiece of the drawing room. Colourful patterned pottery sits on the family kitchen table whilst children’s paintings are stuck on the fridge. The wooden floor in the dining room once lined the floor of the Royal Victoria Hospital. In the downstairs bathroom, a small wooden table is fitted with a standalone sink, making it a truly unique feature. Outside, a miniature outline of a donkey sits on top of a weathervane, a tongue in cheek detail. This extra creativity and thoughtfulness truly sets this gorgeous home apart from the rest.




Garden Plaque, £6, Next

The summer is the perfect time to invite friends and family round to enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed!). Whether you have a BBQ or picnic, the outdoors has never been so stylish with NW's pick of the best furniture and accessories.

Lucinda Chambers Jubilee Cushion, £285; Paul Smith Birdie Blossom Cushion, £325 and Alexander McQueen Hummingbird Cushion, £495, Thompson Clarke Interiors

Table, £435, The Linen Mill

Loose Weave Throw, £13, Heatons Cushion, £14, Next Barnsdale Bench, £149, M&S

Maxwell Williams Hot and Cold Picnic Range, from £6.95, Menarys Maze Rattan Triangle Dallas Set comes complete with a Table Top Heater, £949, CFC Cookstown, Table Top Heater is an additional £175



LIFESTYLEINTERIORS Splatter Enamelwear, from £9.50,

Summer Sundae Ice Lolly Maker, £2.50, Sainsburys'

Olivia Bamboo Lantern, from £25, Helen Turkington Interiors

Bird House, £10, Next

Weber One Touch Premium Spring Green Charcoal BBQ, £209.99, CFC Interiors

Picnic Blankets, £12.99, Menarys

S/S 13 Outdoor Fabrics, £55-£67 per metre, Beaufort Interiors

Chairs, Bretagne table and Parasol set, £1,699, Hillmount

Plastic Stools and Pouffes, £60 and £35 each, Aqua Zinger, £24.99, available from Moores, The White House or



Win... a right Royal Break in Edinburgh


dinburgh is one of the great cities of Europe, and we’ve lined up a right royal treat for one lucky Northern Woman reader and a friend to enjoy it at its finest. The winner of our exclusive competition will receive courtesy ferry crossings with Stena Line, stay for two nights at the Scottish capital’s leading apartment-hotel, and get free admission for two to the Royal Yacht Britannia plus lunch in the Royal Deck Tea Room. The Knight Residence has a wealth of aristocratic touches, offering five star luxury, comfort and space to relax in the heart of Edinburgh. For the past four years in succession it has been rated in the top 500 of more than 130,000 establishments judged by guests reviewing for Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company. Its 28 apartments provide substantially more space and facilities than top-of-therange rooms in conventional hotels. The Knight Residence does not have its own restaurant but a welcome pack, including breakfast and daily essentials, is provided. The Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed in Edinburgh’s port of Leith, was home to The Queen and Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over a million miles around the world. Stena’s Belfast to Cairnryan service offers a direct link from Northern Ireland to Scotland on the Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII. Crossing time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes with a choice of up to six sailings a day.

QUESTION To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

What is the name of Edinburgh's leading apartment hotel? To enter, text GREER EDINBURGH, plus your answer, along with your name, address and daytime number to 60777. Closing date: Friday 26th July 2013. *Texts cost £1 plus your usual network rate. Prize is for two people as detailed and no alternative will be offered. Travel and accommodation must be taken by November 30th 2013 and is subject to availability. Vehicle transport and fuel is the winner's own responsibility, as is any item, service or cost not expressly stated to be included in the prize.



CFC Interiors Ltd - Branch Locations 73 Church Street, Cookstown, Co.Tyrone, BT80 8HT - Tel: 028 8676 3319 Fax: 028 86788333 75a Clooney Road, Campsie, BT47 3PA - Tel: 028 7186 0708 Fax: 028 86788333 9c Longwood Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 9UL - Tel: 028 9085 4374 Fax: 028 86788333


Eating al fresco This summer, get outside and start BBQ-ing with these delicious recipes from one of Northern Ireland's well-loved celebrity chefs, Rozanne Stevens.

These recipes and many more can be found in Rozanne Stevens's 'Relish BBQ: Making al fresco food fun with the ish factor'.


20 thinly sliced pieces of Parma ham, torn into large strips 4 peaches, cut into large wedges olive oil freshly ground black pepper 4 balls of fresh buffalo mozzarella 150g baby salad leaves, such as baby spinach, beetroot and lamb’s lettuce Dressing 150g fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced 1 tbsp caster sugar 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 small red chilli, seeded and diced salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp finely chopped basil leaves


• To make the dressing, mix all the dressing ingredients together except the fresh basil. Leave at room temperature to infuse, as the flavours will be so much better. • Wrap the Parma ham around the peach wedges. Lightly coat with olive oil and season with black pepper. • On a medium-hot BBQ, grill the peaches until the Parma ham is crispy and the edges of the peaches are caramelised. • Add the basil to the dressing just before serving. • Serve the grilled peaches with torn buffalo mozzarella, baby salad leaves and the strawberry and chilli dressing.



Starter: BBQ Peaches and Parma Ham with Strawberry Chilli Dressing (Serves 4)


Main Course: Spicy Tuna Steak with Peppadew Papaya Salsa (Serves 4 )


4 thick tuna steaks salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 limes, halved Spicy Marinade 125ml (½ cup) tomato paste juice of 3 limes small bunch of fresh coriander stalks 2 tbsp sunflower oil 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tbsp ground coriander 1 tbsp agave syrup or honey 2 tsp chilli powder


• Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a large dish and reserve 2 tablespoons for basting. Cover the tuna steak with the marinade and leave for 20 minutes. • Scrape the marinade off the tuna steaks and season well with salt and pepper. Place on a very hot BBQ and grill for 2–3 minutes, basting both sides with the reserved marinade. Squeeze over half a lime on each tuna steak while grilling. Tuna steak is best served pink, so don’t overcook it. • To make the peppadew papaya salsa, mix together the sweetcorn, black beans, papaya, red onion, cherry tomatoes and peppadews in a bowl. In a separate bowl, squeeze the lime juice and zest over the avocado, then add to the salsa along with the fresh coriander. Check the seasoning and season well with salt and pepper. • Cut the tuna steaks in half so that you can see the juicy pink inside and serve with the peppadew papaya salsa salad.

Peppadew Papaya Salsa 1 tin sweetcorn, rinsed and drained [a 200g or 400g tin] 1 tin black beans, rinsed and drained [400g tin] 1 papaya, peeled and cubed ½ small red onion, finely diced 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 2 tbsp chopped peppadews zest and juice of 2 limes 1 ripe avocado ½ cup chopped fresh coriander salt and freshly ground black pepper

Dessert: Francesca's Tiramisu Ice-Cream (Makes 1 dish)


2 tbsp instant espresso powder 2 tbsp boiling milk 2 tbsp coffee liqueur 2 tbsp Marsala liqueur 600ml double cream 1 x 397g tin condensed milk Chocolate orange sauce 200g dark chocolate (75% cocoa content) zest of ½ orange


• Dissolve the instant espresso powder in the boiling milk and mix well. Allow to cool completely. • Whisk the coffee, coffee liqueur and Marsala with the cream until soft peaks form. Add in the condensed milk and continue whisking until well combined. Pour into a 1 litre dish with a tight-fitting lid and freeze overnight. • To make the chocolate orange sauce, place a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Do not allow the water to touch the bowl. Break the chocolate into the bowl and zest the orange peel into the chocolate. Heat and stir until the chocolate is melted, smooth and shiny. • Serve the tiramisu ice-cream with chocolate sauce and extra orange zest.








orthern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children recently held a 'Fashion to a Tea' event at the Culloden Hotel raising just over £17,000 on the day. The event was sponsored by BMW, in association with the Culloden Hotel, House of Fraser. Northern Woman was the media partner.



3 6 1. Pamela Wilson, Tracy McCormick and Karen Wilson 2. Tanya Cairns and Louise McClure 3. Elaine Hargan, Gillian Creevy and Megarry 4. Charlotte Boyd, Dawn Hirst, Gail Boyd and Lynn Hefferon 5. Doris Leeman, Jennifer Mackey and Olive Lilburn 6. Shelley Garret, Emily Rose Scroggie, Lynn Scroggie, Stephanie Montgomery and Joan Torrens 7. House of Fraser's Mark Kelly and Jemma Cousins who styled the fashion show 8. June Cromie, Mary Cassidy and Deirdre Bratton 9. Gladys Greer, Hannah Greer and Jenny Wright 10. Wendy Scroggie, Debbie Scroggie and June Torrens







Get the Weber experience!


eber, the UK and ROI’s number one barbeque brand, is renowned for its quality products to give you the best barbequing experience. Now, their acclaimed Weber Experience BBQ Roadshow is coming to Northern Ireland! Using a stateof-the-art Airstream Land-Yacht, Weber’s top barbeque chefs will be showing you the best techniques from roasting and grilling, to baking and smoking. There is also an

opportunity to sample the mouth-watering meals cooked, from traditional barbecued feasts, right through to tasty bread and inspired puddings. Not only does the Airstream boast a select range of Weber barbecues, it also showcases high tech Weber gadgets and fabulous accessories, so you can get to grips with trying something a little different and make your own barbecue a storming success for the summer.

Check out the Weber experience for yourself! Thursday 13th June, from 6pm at CFC Interiors, Cookstown Friday 14th June, from 6pm at CFC Interiors, Campsie Sunday 16th June, 12-4pm at Hillmount Garden Centre, Belfast



LIFESTYLEDATING The summer is here and it’s that time of year when it would be nice to have a significant other to share some summer fun with. So, if you are single in NI what’s the best way to go about meeting someone?

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t’s not easy to find ‘the one’, or perhaps you have, but the situation has changed and you find yourself back in the dating game. Half of all UK singles (of which there are over 15m according to ONS survey of 2006) have at some point tried online dating. NW spoke to Karen Turner*, a single mum of two who decided to give it a try. When Karen’s partner left her on her own with two young children, unable to get out of the house on a regular basis, Karen decided ‘armchair dating’ was her only option. “When I was getting out on my allocated night off, perhaps I wasn’t giving off the right vibe, but no one was approaching me. Now in my mid-thirties, meeting other



singles isn’t as easy as it once was and I had been in a relationship for most of that time anyway, so I’d forgotten how to date,” explains Karen. “I felt that internet dating was the only way I was going to meet somebody. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I realised

that the people on these sites were other professional, single people like me looking to meet someone. I was also surprised to see so many young people on it, I have to talked to people aged just 18 right through to those in their 60s. There’s a whole spectrum of people online all looking for for someone.”

I would definitely recommend meeting up face-to❝ face early on if you like someone, perhaps within a week of chatting before you establish a relationship online and then face disappointment months later when you do met.


I felt that internet dating was the only way I was ❝ going to meet somebody. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I realised that the people on these sites were other professional, single people like me looking to meet someone. I was also surprised to see so many young people on it, I have to talked to people aged just 18 right through to those in their 60s. There’s a whole spectrum of people online all looking for for someone.

“I have tried a couple of sites including which you obviously have to pay for. I do think that it is worth the fee because it means the you and the others you chat to are serious about wanting to meet someone.” “However, that said, after 18 months on this site I did stop because I felt the people on here had become a bit stale and so I decided to try Plenty of Fish (www.pof. and this is where I met my current partner who I have been with for the past few months.” “Anyone I met for the first time I did so over a coffee during the day, somewhere with other people around and I could excuse myself after 20 minutes if I needed to.” “Luckily, I’ve had no horrendous experiences but I have met people where

photos are very misleading - in some cases at least a decade out of date! I’ve never been scared for my safety, but I was careful not too give to much away until I knew the person better.” “In total I must have chatted to about 200 different men, but only 50 of these actually made it to the date stage. There were some guys I was chatting to for nearly a couple of years, but nothing ever came of it, or there were those I spent weeks, maybe months chatting to and when I met them they weren’t what I expected. So, I would definitely recommend meeting up face-to-face early on if you like someone, perhaps within a week of chatting before you establish a relationship online and then face disappointment months later when you do met.” “There’s definitely less of a stigma behind internet dating nowadays and in my opinion for those looking to meet someone this is the only way forward. It has taken me a while, but it has been fun along the way, and now thanks to online dating I’ve met a great guy that I wouldn’t have otherwise!” It’s funny, even though you read Karen’s experience and hear about more and more people who are meeting their significant others online, there are still a lot of stubborn hold-outs who insist that online dating just isn’t right for them. It might be fine for your friends, but the thought of signing up yourself makes you sort of sigh/cringe and think “No, not me. Not yet.” For many online dating is an admission that they can’t get dates on their own. If this is you, have you thought about trying out a singles night? Belfast woman, Liz Doyle is Managing Director of The Fine Dining Club. The club is attracting interest from professionals in all sectors and has recently branched out into the rural market via The Country

Dining Club. As Liz explains, “There is no substitute when trying to find love to meet face-toface. Interestingly, 60 percent of online profiles lie about their weight and 48 percent lie about their height. More than 19 percent have a different age to that on their driver’s license.” “A lot of research and studies out of the US are now proving that indeed the way to see if you like someone is to actually sit, talk and spend some time with that person. It is a ‘numbers game’. The more people you meet, the more chance you have of finding love.” So, rather than trawling through online dating sites and arranging to meet people you like on a one-to-one basis, you can go to an event like the ones arranged by The Fine Dining Club and The Country Dining Club where you’ll be in a room full of singles who have come together in the ‘old-fashioned’ way to socialise and meet face-to-face. Equal numbers of men and women are sat at each table to enjoy their meal, and guests get to meet lots of new single people of the same age. At the first Christmas event Liz organised, nearly 85 percent who attended got at least one date! As for the overall success of these events, well so far Liz has successfully arranged three marriages, two babies, over 50 ongoing relationships and more than 1,000 dates in her four year history, which suggests that people should give her Dining Club a try! Whether online or organised dating events, for those who are single it definitely pays to be proactive when it comes to finding someone to spend time with. You certainly can’t sit back and expect that certain someone to walk into your life without having to put any effort in.




My Brilliant Career

Julie Andrews Julie Andrews, recently appointed as The Linen Hall Library’s first female director, has enjoyed a varied career from telecommunications to property development. Here NW finds out more about her career to date and her plans for the The Linen Hall Library.

Did you always know the field you wanted to work in?

My childhood dream was to own a book shop with a coffee shop, so it seems ironic I have ended up at the Linen Hall Library. When I was a child I always wanted to be a barrister and this led me to studying law at Queen’s University.

Talk me through the various stages of your career and how you have reached where you are now.

I graduated in Law from Queen’s University in 1993. Whilst in my final year, I realised I did not want to be a practicing solicitor or barrister. I applied for a job as a Trainee Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and was lucky enough to be appointed to this post mainly specialising in taxation. This was a valuable experience but I felt that I wanted to widen the work I would be doing. From there I became one of the first employees in CableTel (NI), later NTL and gained experience in business set-up and the regulatory matters relating to the telecommunications industry. I worked for five years in the property development industry for a UK plc dealing with all aspects of development from site acquisition through the legal and financial appraisals to letting or sale to tenants. After redundancy I worked with a multidisciplinary practice of architects and quantity surveyors before moving back into the telecommunications business where I worked with a local company managing contractors through Europe for Vodafone. A position came up to manage the



Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road. I learnt new skills in setting up an arts and cultural venue alongside commercial facilities. As well as managing the business and property, I had overall responsibility for arts and cultural programming alongside fundraising. These skills have led nicely to my current position as Director of the Linen Hall Library. This role will combine all of my

What has been the biggest challenge?

I sometimes think the biggest challenge has been self doubt. When I have changed direction in my career, I instinctively did it as I knew it would develop the experiences I have gained. However, there is always a phase of wondering whether you have done the right thing and how things will work out.

My childhood dream was to own a book shop ❝ with a coffee shop, so it seems ironic I have ended up at the Linen Hall Library. ❞ previous experiences. It is necessary to have a commercial focus for the Linen Hall Library for future sustainability, alongside managing the property and business and arts and cultural programming. Fundraising is also crucial to allow future sustainability of the Library. In particular, a key part of my role will be to fundraise for the Catalyst Endowment Scheme launched in 2013.

How do you fit your work with your personal life?

Well I don’t have any children, just a little shih tzu called Mischa! However, I do make time to spend time with family and friends as I think it is really important to have that balance in life.

Outside of your career, you have been involved in a number of interesting projects, acting as President of Belfast Soroptimists (a leading international women’s organisation) and sitting on the Board of Safefood (Food Safety Promotion Board). Can you tell us a bit more about this? I was appointed to the Board of Safefood in December 2011. This is an appointment by the NI Executive. I was very flattered to be asked to do this as people are usually chosen with different areas of expertise to sit on North South Bodies. I am currently President of Belfast Soroptimists. I was asked to go along to

LIFESTYLECAREERS a meeting a few years ago and recognised the valuable work that Soroptimists do worldwide. They are recognised for the work they do by the UN. In Belfast, we are involved in fundraising for a number of charities and we have speakers which raise awareness amongst our members of issues in the fields of health, education, women’s human rights throughout the world; the environment and economic sustainability.

Recently, it was announced that you have been appointed as the first female Director of the Linen Hall Library. What an achievement! How did you feel applying for the position and when you found out?

A friend called me and said that they had seen a job advertised that they thought would really suit me. When I heard where it was, I was really excited and decided to apply. From the moment I saw the advertisement I really wanted the job. When I heard that I had been appointed, I was absolutely delighted especially as I am the first woman and the Library is currently celebrating its 225th anniversary year.

What is your vision for the Linen Hall Library and what do you hope to achieve? My goal for the Linen Hall is to ensure that it survives for another 225 years! My vision is that we attract more people into the Linen Hall Library. I think some people are under the illusion that only members can enter the Library. This isn’t true. It is free and we welcome people to come in and look around and use the library and the coffee shop. I hope to encourage more people from socially disadvantaged areas to attend events in the Library. We are an inclusive organisation and I want people to become more aware of that. I also want to achieve fundraising over the next number of years to ensure that the targets we have been given by Heritage Lottery for our Catalyst Endowment Fund are achieved. The Linen Hall Library is a charity and it is important that we continue to raise monies to ensure its long term sustainability.

What advice would you give to those who wanted to follow in your footsteps?

I don’t think there is a template for the career path I have followed! However, I would just say that people should follow their dreams and realise that following their dreams also comes with a lot of hard work!

Julie is pictured with (L-R): Linen Hall Librarian John Killen, Deputy Director Patricia Saunders and NI Musician Neil Martin




1. Maxine Boyd, Sharon Watson, Marcella Campbell, Susan Skates, Colin Milliken, Elizabeth Dickson and Janie Matthewson 2. Marcella Campbell, Clarke Campbell and Lorna Collins 3. Michelle and Gary King with Andy and Linda Eley 4. Richard and Sharon Watson with Geoff and Liz Peel 5. Linda Gowdy, Michelle Rodgers and Teresa Twene 6. Gail Gray, Fiona Loan and Tracy Scholfield 7. John Lynch, Jane Lynch, Niki McCrea and Patrick McCrea




he Friends’ School Old Scholars’ Association joined with the School’s Parent Teacher Association to host an enjoyable and successful May Ball at the Ramada Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, on Friday 10 May. Over two hundred guests enjoyed a great night’s entertainment, dancing late into the night to Old Scholar Noel Marsden’s band ‘Split Second’. With a tremendous response on the evening to the raffle and auction, plus donations of £2,000 each from the two associations, the event raised just under £17,000 for the Friends’ School Astroturf Appeal. Old Scholar John Stanage, who introduced the evening, thanked all those who had sponsored the event so generously and, capturing the views of many, said that the Friends’ School May Ball was an occasion to be repeated.

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ome of Northern Ireland’s top emerging fashion designers and musical talent showcased their skills at a fashion and music extravaganza at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. All the proceeds from the night went to the children’s charity Cinemagic.


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Summer 2013 –

Northern Ireland tourist gems By Lynda Bryans

Cycle along the Kingfisher Trail

If it wasn’t for the weather, this would be a lovely wee place”. How many times ❝ have we heard that? To be honest, if we were to wait for a good day to arrive before taking ourselves out, we could be waiting a long time. Lynda Bryans says embrace it, wrap up warm (yes, even in July) nurture your inner hobbit and go in search of Northern Ireland’s precious tourism gems... Go into Nature

It’s said that forty shades of green are found among the fields and vales of Ireland and any visitor can see why. Even on the greyest of days, the Sperrin Mountains’ greens seem to glow with a life of their own. Discover the folklore of the Sperrins, with trips by Sperrin Mountain Goat Tours, Pomeroy - designed to give you the opportunity to see the sparsley populated hills where the big coaches won't go. County Down’s majestic Mournes are always a good stretch of the legs – Slieve Donard, our highest peak, is do-able in a couple of hours for those with a modicum of fitness and the views from the top are more than worth the effort of getting there. Nearby Tollymore Forest Park is beautiful



Join Aquasports & Visit Rathlin Island

for leafy walks and crystal clear streams. For the very daring, don’t forget the unrivalled experience of crossing the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the north County Antrim Coast Road, before dipping right into those breakers after a surfing lesson at Troggs Surf School in Portrush. £25 gets you a 2 hour adult lesson and you can even pre-book a DVD of your experience to laugh at afterwards. Push the board right out and reward yourself with Troggs Surf ‘n’ Spa package – after your lesson you can soothe those aching muscles at the Adelphi Hotel and Spa also in Portrush. A fantastic Fermanagh day out - well, underground in fact - is a trip into the Marble Arch Caves, the spooky palace of stalactites, natural rock formations,

LIFESTYLETOURISM A Blast from the Past

Play a game of Lasertag at W5 ' s Lost Planet!

rivers and waterfalls, but don’t miss the tranquillity offered above ground too on the Kingfisher Trail, named after the bird long associated with the Enniskillen lakes and fishing. Cyclists especially will appreciate the lack of traffic along this 230 mile trail – the first mapped and signed long distance cycle route in Ireland. Check out the Jungle NI, a leading outdoor activity provider in Northern Ireland, in Moneymore, 45 minutes from either Belfast or Derry/Londonderry. Offering an exciting escape to the wild, The Jungle NI provides the chance to indulge the senses with a range of unique, adrenalinepacked activities, such as Zorbing, Tree Top Adventure Courses, Paintball and many more. The Jungle NI also offers Family Fun Day events every Sunday with activities from just £3 per person.

Children’s Activities

This year, The National Trust has an interesting take on summertime for families with young children – they’re offering “50 Things to do Before You’re eleven and three quarters”. Included in the list is climbing a tree – and there are plenty of them in the always spectacular Rowallane Gardens, or they can learn how to skim stones or hunt for bugs at the beautiful Argory near Dungannon. The grown-ups, meanwhile, can take a tour of the inside of this glamorous property and discover the history of the Bond family and its links with the Birkenhead drill that dictates “women and children first”. If nature is your thing, you’ll love getting up close and personal with the fabulous birds of prey at World of Owls, a conservation and education centre set in the 430 acre Randalstown Forest in County Antrim. World of Owls' dedicated team of

award-winning volunteers look after owls, hawks, falcons, vultures and exotic animals from all over the world, or explore the four miles of footpaths, five birdwatching hides, woodland, ponds, wildflower meadows, picnic and play areas at Oxford Island, County Armagh. The centre is fully accessible and houses an exhibition where visitors can learn all about the history, the culture and wildlife in and around Lough Neagh. You can also watch the birdies at Murlough National Nature Reserve, in Dundrum. The children will love a day at The Lost Planet, the latest addition to the brilliant W5 at the Odyssey. The ancient and modern in life size static dinosaur models and the latest laser tag technology are brought together in 400 square metres of themed gaming space with spectacular sound and lighting effects. A ticket to this gets you free admission to the rest of W5 your ticket is valid all day and you can stay as long as you want - or until you, or the children, are exhausted.

Step into the past at Downpatrick and County Down Railway. Built on the track bed of part of the Belfast and County Down Railway, which ran to Newcastle, the old line was closed and abandoned nearly 60 years ago, but volunteer enthusiasts have laid nearly three miles of track to create Ireland’s only fullsized heritage railway. Steam locomotives from the 1920s and 30s, or diesels from the 60s, convey their passengers in 50 to 100 year old carriages past rebuilt railway buildings through the drumlins of County Down. This year is a special one for County Londonderry – the maiden city holds the title of first UK City of Culture and in addition to the events that will mark it out as a must-visit-venue, the city’s Craft Village is a reconstruction of an 18th Century street and a 19th Century Square. Craft shops, balconied apartments, a licensed restaurant, a coffee shop and the Craft Village Collective will display some of the best producers in the North West.

Exploring our shores!

The Lagan Boat Company in Belfast offers the only Titanic Boat Tour in the world. Come and see where the majestic and ill-fated ship was built. The scheduled and guided tour takes in the well-known Harland and Wolff shipyards and the famous sites of the Titanic around Belfast Harbour. If you like exploring get in touch with Aqua Sports! Based in Portrush, they offer trips to a variety of locations including Rathlin Island and the Scottish Isles. You can also go on trips to see marine life from seabirds to seals, dolphins and whales! To find out more on attractions and things to do in Northern Ireland visit or www. or call into your local tourist information centre.

Travel on the waves with Aqua Sports




Mary Jo and her family

Troubles childhood leads Belfast woman to help traumatised children By Teri Kelly, journalist and director of Kelly PR

Mary Jo in Australia with her sons Conor and Cadhla





n 1975 a bomb ripped through her family’s pub killing one person and changing 12-year-old Mary Jo McVeigh’s life forever. It was her experiences growing up with the horrors of the Troubles that instilled a love of peace and a desire to help others that led the North Belfast woman to set up a trauma recovery centre in her adopted country of Australia, Mary Jo writes in her biography due to be published at the end of May. Mary Jo is a brave and resilient woman who has embarked on a life-long journey to help other people, particularly children suffering from trauma. She is the founder of Cara House, Centre for Resilience and Recovery in Sydney, was nominated for New South Wales Woman of the Year in 2010 and does extensive charity work helping traumatised young people. “The bombing didn’t give me thoughts of revenge; it did the opposite to me. It turned me into a pacifist. At the same time I know the ugliness, the guns and bombs. But it didn’t make me bitter,” said Mary Jo, who comes from a family of seven children in the Greencastle area of North Belfast. Now she has just written a warts and all book about her colourful life and her service to others – dedicated to The Children of Belfast. The book, Discovering Audacious Love, talks candidly about growing up in Belfast, attending boarding school near the Mournes, studying at Queen’s and then leaving behind her family and friends to start a career in London. The book deals with her divorce, the darkness of depression and treatment for colon cancer – but how all of life’s experiences have made her more determined to help others and live life to the full. It also talks of her spiritual journey and how she’s woven this into her clinical practice. She set out originally to write a book about social work practice but as the book evolved she found that she was writing more about her own personal experiences and how she coped with life’s problems and found a truly audacious love. It was life’s “little surprises” that have given her a deeper spirituality and greater acceptance of herself. “I didn’t expect to get divorced, or to be diagnosed with colon cancer. I didn’t foresee the deep depression

that came after surgery. And I never could have predicted that I’d delete the entire first draft of my book. But all these things taught me to look deeper inside while learning to rely on others at times,” she said. “I see that everything that happened in my life connects me to everyone around me and to everyone reading this article. This is not a connection that claims some magical power; it is a connection that knows we all face the storms. But I hope to show people, through my own journey, that they should be kind to themselves. As difficult as things get, I learned that an important part of facing difficult times is to be deeply compassionate and loving to all those aspects of my being,” she said. When she was young Mary Jo never spoke of what she felt was a calling to help people, she thought it would seem lofty, even boastful – and definitely not something “little Mary Jo from North Belfast” could achieve. “I was a shy, sombre child. I had no selfconfidence and just felt that I didn’t fit in,” she says. But her openness to life and her determination to help others has firmly established Mary Jo as a leader in her field

The bombing didn't give me thoughts of revenge; ❝ it did the opposite to me. It turned me into a pacifist. At the same time I know the ugliness, the guns and the bombs. But it didn't make me bitter.

of social work and counselling. In her 30 year career she has worked with hundreds of children and young people, counselling for the effects of sexual abuse, physical assault or childhood neglect; counselling for the impact of domestic violence; and counselling children who are using violent behaviours. All tough subjects that many shy away from: “I wanted to work therapeutically with children, I always knew that. I knew that they needed my help and that I would not let them down.” The name of Cara House is a tribute to her childhood in Belfast. “Anam Cara is an ancient way of healing. Anam Cara was someone to whom you turned to seek guidance, counselling and support – a true soul friend. When I was setting up my practice, I wanted to integrate my clinical training with the wisdom from my spiritualcultural heritage.” To that end she developed a more spiritual form of therapy called Wrapped in Angels which involves creating a blanket which holds a colourful representation of love, protection, warmth and safety. “I have watched over the years as needle and thread connected with fleece and stories of love and strength and fun and achievement came into being to give meaning to people’s experiences. “The idea of creating angel blankets first came to me during a time of deep personal pain; it was a great comfort and it always amazes me that at our darkest times, there is still this innate urge to reach out and help others,” she said. Discovering Audacious Love is now available on Amazon.



LIFESTYLEFILMINGINNI Maisie Williams (as Arya Stark) in Series 3 of HBO's Game of Thrones

Lights, Camera, Action! N

orthern Ireland is a haven of natural beauty. From the sheer cliff faces and sparkling waters of the Antrim Coast to the rugged terrain of the Mourne Mountains, the province really does have it all. And now it seems that production companies across the world agree. With fifty six feature films, thirty four television programmes and over 150 short films made here so far, the future looks bright for Northern Ireland’s film industry.

Location, Location, Location

Despite the number of productions which have been filmed in Northern Ireland, for many people the province’s popularity as a hub of filming activity only became common knowledge with the international success of Game of Thrones, for which the province is the principal filming location. Yet the potential has always existed. The diverse landscape and potential filming locations are incredible, something which production companies have recognised. Everything from a fantasy medieval world to East Berlin in the 1940s (for Christopher and his Kind (2010)) has been created. On Games of Thrones alone, filming locations have ranged from the North Coast to Castle Ward and Magheramorne Quarry alongside their base in Titantic Studios, Belfast. The fact that



locations are within relatively close proximity helps logistical planning, such as the distance from the set to cast and crew accommodation. It has been the re-purposing of the Paint Hall in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter which has added the impetus and the facilities to allow the industry to thrive. Once part of the shipbuilding yard famous for building the Titanic, it has become a 64,000 square foot film studio with a recent extension of two purpose-built sound studios to play with. There is also impressive studio space at the

Linen Mill Film & TV Studios, set on a thirty two acre site in Banbridge. Alongside locations of natural beauty and high quality facilities, Northern Ireland can also offer a highly skilled workforce. Make up designer Pamela Smyth, whose career has spanned twenty seven years, agrees that workers in Northern Ireland are part of the attraction. “We have excellent crews because everyone wants to help and are hard-working. In other places I have worked, crews had no concept of deadlines. In Northern Ireland,

Geoff McConville, proprietor of Geoff McConville Opticians, has worked in productions from Your Highness to Game of Thrones fitting special effect lenses. Here he shares some of his experiences. Working on Your Highness - It’s cheaper to employ the likes

of me to do special effects with contact lenses than to do CGI. For the witches, they wanted an effect when the full moon hit them so it looked like their eyes had rolled back into their heads. I came up with the idea of white contact lenses with no pupil or iris. It was very spooky.

Biggest challenge? For The Fall, I was fitting a lovely girl called Laura Donnelly. In the twilight of the bedroom scene, you couldn’t see the effect [of the lenses] so I had to fit two sets of contact lenses in the one eye. It’s known as piggy-backing and I’d never done that before. I have to say that there was a moment when I was struggling to get them out and I got that slight edge of panic. Comfort zone was out!

LIFESTYLEFILMINGINNI Pamela Smyth, make-up designer and founder of The Make Up Dept, has worked on dozens of films and television programmes all over the world. Highlight? Every single job has had

multiple highlights. Whilst working on The Fall Gillian Anderson and I had such a laugh. It is always a highlight when you form a bond with an actor. In make-up, you are there for them to look good but also to make them feel comfortable.

Tips - In make-up, you can be working

fourteen or fifteen hours a day with an additional hour on either end for driving to locations. You get home at the end of it all, have a shower, go to bed and then get up, have a coffee and do it all over again. You have to love it!

Throughout its lifespan it is likely that Game ❝ of Thrones will deliver the widest media exposure Northern Ireland has ever achieved outside of politics and the Troubles.

Arlene Foster, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment that the production brought in £9.2 million. Across the three series of Game of Thrones, an estimated £65 million has been generated for the local economy. The critical and commercial success of Game of Thrones, one of the largest productions on television, has cemented Northern Ireland’s status on the international stage. With five books in the series (so far) and recent confirmation that series four will be filmed here, it certainly has the potential to run for years. If so, it will boost long-term capacity and secure Northern Ireland’s reputation in the

field. Although over-reliance on the hit HBO series should be avoided, the future looks bright for Northern Ireland. The industry has hit new heights in recent years and with Universal's recent announcement that big budget movie Dracula will be filmed here, this upward trajectory looks set to continue. Northern Ireland is certainly ready for it to.

Fans of Games of Thrones can visit the International Game of Thrones Exhibition, which will be shown at Titanic Belfast, 8th – 17th June 2013.

Danny McBride and Natalie Portman in Your Highness (2009)

Biggest Challenge - Over the years I have worked in the desert in Morocco, on the streets of Paris and in Iceland. There are challenges that come with both sandstorms and snowstorms. You’re working in temperatures from -25˚ to 40˚ and actors have to look right for twelve hours of shooting. At -25˚ it is particularly hard. If someone gets a speck of dirt on them, you can’t use wet wipes to take them off. When you have to take your gloves off, your hands go numb immediately! it just gets done.” Since Universal’s Your Highness training for workers has become more widespread which has allowed the local industry to cope with and thrive on bigger budget productions.

Smart Money

The factors mentioned above are not the only things attracting multi-million pound productions to our shores. The economic benefits which come to those who decide to base their productions here are fruitful. Northern Ireland Screen offers funding for production development and filming of up to £800,000 (although this maximum amount is rarely granted). The UK’s film tax relief arrangements also apply in Northern Ireland, adding an extra incentive. Investment in productions might seem generous but it is nothing compared to the economic benefits reaped as a result, particularly with big productions. An investment of £800,000 may have been put into City of Ember but it has been estimated




City Life Claire Wilson takes to the sights and sounds of the vibrant, eclectic Spanish city of Barcelona...

Parque de la Cludadela


efore visiting Barcelona I had heard so much about what it has to offer, and I was worried it wouldn’t live up to its glorious reputation – I shouldn’t have worried – it blew me away. In Barcelona, you have the best of both worlds; the vibrancy of the city, a fabulous beach which has been voted number one in a list of top ten city beaches in the world, and breathtaking scenery. A must see in Barcelona are the many buildings created by the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, even to the untrained eyes, (like mine!) these buildings, including the



now famous, La Sagrada la Familia, are nothing short of spectacular. But it’s not just Gaudi’s works of art which makes up the beautiful Barcelona landscape, most the buildings in the Catalonia district are aesthetically pleasing. Perhaps the best way to take in the sights of Barcelona is on the sight-seeing hop-on, hop-off bus. It’s great for getting a sun tan – and is ridiculously relaxing. Plus, it’s the perfect way to discover some of Barcelona’s hidden treasures, and a few Starbucks along the way. From the top deck you can view all the main tourist attractions across the city, with the

chance to explore as many of them as you wish. Some of the main sites on the bus route are Gaudi’s works of art, the impressive football L'E Stadi Camp Nou (this will keep the boys happy), the Port-Vell Marina, the gothic quarter and a hillside trip which gives you panoramic views of the City. At just 25 euro for a one-day ticket, or 50 euro for two days, it’s a tiny price for a fabulous experience. If you are on a family holiday, or just a child at heart like me, there is lots to see and do, from the stretches of golden beach, to the L’Aquarium

LIFESTYLETRAVEL Barcelona featuring some of the rarest and interesting sea creatures from the Mediterranean – one of the highlights of the Aquarium is undoubtedly the underwater tunnel – the Oceanarium, where you really do feel like you are walking among the sharks. The Aquarium is in the Port Vell area of Barcelona, which is characterised by the fabulous marina, where you can relax by the glorious coastline, and of course, visit the very impressive shopping centres and restaurants near the marina. As well as the Aquarium another must see attraction, regardless of your age is the Barcelona Zoo. Featuring animals from across the globe, one of the main attractions of the Zoo is the African Plains, and of course, the dolphin show – a truly magical sight. While you are in Barcelona you simply must spend as much time as you can on La Ramblas. It is the main strip of the city and it truly showcases Barcelona’s vibrant culture. La Ramblas, as well as being picturesque, is filled with outdoor markets, street performers, mime artists and is lined with Sangria and Tapas Bars – you have to see it to really appreciate its appeal. Barcelona’s cuisine is as rich and diverse as its culture. Tapas Bars and traditional Spanish restaurants stand alongside little cafés boosting the best in European and Western Cuisine. A must visit in the City is The Hard Rock Café which has some of the best food – and cocktails that the City has to offer – in my opinion. And of course, what woman goes on holiday and doesn’t seek out a bargain or two? Barcelona has its own style, ranging from high fashion to low key, haute couture to high street fashion and everything in between. The Ramblas boosts a variety of Spanish stores and stalls selling bespoke jewellery, handbags (my favourite) and handmade gifts – I bought a beautiful white watch for 10 euro and I’ve lost count of the numerous times I’ve been complemented on it. But if your tastes in fashion are more high-end fear not, all of the top designers and brands have stores in the heart of the City, and most of the prices are much cheaper than their UK counterparts. Thomas Sabo stands alongside Tiffany&Co, DKNY, Cavalli, I could go on. So fear not, if you are hoping for a spot of retail therapy on your holiday – Barcelona does not disappoint. I could go on, and on, and on about Barcelona because it truly is one of the greatest cities in the world but you should just go and see for yourself. To help you

along I’ve even given you some top tips for when you a visiting the City. Whether it’s a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a girl’s retreat, you will be not be disappointed. No words could properly do the City justice, so simply experience it for yourself.

Casa Batlo


Top Tips 1. If you are staying outside the City Centre, you can purchase a 10 journey Metro Ticket for a tiny price tag. It is a fast and cost-effective way of travelling across the City. 2. Before you go log on to Groupon Barcelona to see if you can pick up some deals. 3. One of the best places to eat is any of the Tapas bars that line La Ramblas or try some oriental cuisine at Wok to Walk. 4. Llao Llao – frozen yoghurt combined with any toppings you wish – like warm white chocolate. It is absolutely moreish. 5. The Marina – go there!

La Ramblas


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(Waterfront Hall, 26 June) Blondie, fronted by new wave goddess, pin-up and pioneering frontwoman Debbie Harry, will play at the Waterfront on 26th June! One of the great pop icons of New York`s celebrated late `70s new wave punk scene, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, Blondie, are set to release their latest album, `Panic Of Girls’. In an incredible career spanning over 30 years the band have sold more than 40 million records worldwide with a back catalogue containing hits such as Denis, Atomic, Heart of Glass and Hanging On The Telephone.

Azealia Banks

(21 June, The Limelight) Harlem rapper mistress Azealia Banks has announced headlining shows in Ireland including a date at The Limelight 1 on Tuesday June 25th. The critically acclaimed MC, singer & songwriters' hugely anticipated new album Broke With Expensive Taste is on the way. She’s topped many lists, including amongst her many accolades a spot at the top of NME’s “Cool List” in 2011.

What's On! Summer 2013

Northern Ireland has set the bar high this summer with the variety of events on offer! With so much to see and do, you never know what you’ll be up to. Enjoy musical entertainment from Blondie at the Waterfront. Fancy some theatrical entertainment, then go see 'The Gruffalo's Child' at the Millenium Forum in Derry/Londonderry! If you love photography, then enjoy the 'Belfast Photo Festival' suitable for all tastes and backgrounds, and much, much more... Dalriada Festival

(Glenarm, 13th-20th July) Comprising of events that highlight the unique historic sporting, music and food cultures of both Ireland and Scotland, the Dalriada Festival reflects our shared heritage which extends back in time to the ancient kingdom of Dal Riada and beyond. Attracting in excess of 20,000 visitors this festival has something for everyone from Highland Games, Celebrity Chef demonstrations and children’s entertainment to large outdoor concerts. The local community plays a major role in coordinating the community events including a street carnival, live concert and fireworks finale!



The Gruffalo’s Child

(7-9 June, Millennium Forum) This is a musical adaptation of the sequel to the bestselling book 'The Gruffalo'. The Gruffalo's Child focuses on the Gruffalo's side of the story as he tells his daughter about 'the big bad mouse' that scared him in the first story. Intrigued, she tracks down the mouse, meeting some familiar faces along the way, and he tricks her into thinking he is 'big and bad' by making himself appear larger by the light of the moon. With some charming musical numbers, this is a must see for fans of the original classic.

LIFESTYLEWHAT'SON International Game of Thrones Exhibition

(Titanic Belfast, 8-17th June) One of the most popular and successful fantasy TV series ever – the HBO Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning Game of Thrones – will come alive for fans in an immersive, not-to-be-missed touring exhibition that will transport viewers into the breathtaking and enchanted world of Westeros. Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Culture and Arts Officer Helen Carey is looking forward to welcoming the exhibition to Northern Ireland. “Belfast is one of only five cities across the world chosen to host the Game of Thrones exhibition and there has been a huge interest from fans with enquiries from across Europe,” said Helen. The exhibition, presented by HBO and international partners, is free to the public and will focus on key characters from five of the noble houses (Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon and Greyjoy), showcasing a treasure trove of more than seventy original artifacts from seasons 1 and 2, plus select pieces from this year’s new season. Among the displays are costumes, props, armour and weapons such as King Joffrey’s crossbow and a precise replica of the Iron Throne which fans will be able to take their photo on.

World Police and Fire Games 2013

(Various locations, 1-10th August) Belfast will host the prestigious World Police and Fire Games (WPFG), the third largest international multi-sport event in the world. Around 10,000 competitors from over 70 countries are expected to attend the games along with family and friends. Competitors will compete in around 56 sports at 41 venues across Northern Ireland. The majority of events are open to the public, giving people the opportunity to attend some fantastic, free sporting events. The Games are held biennially and are commonly referred to as the 'Olympics' for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers.

Belfast Photo Festival

(6-30th June, Various Locations, www. It has been two years in the making but The Belfast Photo Festival returns from 6th June. The inaugural festival took place in 2011 and brought over 30,000 visitors, achieving international acclaim as one of the most dynamic first festivals in the UK and Ireland. This year, organisers hope to encourage an even wider enjoyment with a packed programme suitable for all ages, tastes and backgrounds. Among the internationally renowned names at the festival are Roger Ballen, Mirko Martins and Cedric Delsaux alongside a dizzying array of workshops, film screenings, portfolio reviews, tours and live events, which offer participation and enjoyment of the photographic medium and Northern Ireland’s rich photographic heritage.

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Other events Music

Rod Stewart (26-27 June, Odyssey Arena) Nathan Carter and Friends Live (14 July, Glenarm Castle) Phil Coulter & Friends: Live with the Ulster Orchestra (Ebrington Square, 14-15 June) www.cityofculture)


We Will Rock You (12-15 June, Odyssey Arena)


The Wind in the Willows (3 July, Enniskillen Castle Museums) Pirates Picnic (12 July, Castle Ward)

City of Culture

Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ (17-22 June, Millennium Forum) Sky Orchestra (21 June, Derry-Londonderry)


Walled City Music Festival (19-28 July, Derry-Londonderry) Sounds from The Cities on The Edge (21 June, Derry-Londonderry) Fiddler’s Green International Festival (21-28 July, Rostrevor)


Adrian Knight – Ireland’s No 1 Hypnotist (20-23 June, Millennium Forum)





The Company You Keep

Starring: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a civil rights lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. His world is turned upside down when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) exposes Grant’s true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground as a lawyer, Grant must now go on the run. He is the centre of a nationwide manhunt and with the FBI in hot pursuit he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name. 7 June 2013

Man of Steel

Now You See Me

‘Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald'

Wish You Were Here

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. With Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”), it is the must-watch of the summer. 14 June 2013

Starring: Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman Now You See Me pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audience while staying one step ahead of the law. 21 June 2013

Shelf Life Under the Jewelled Sky By Alison McQueen

India, 1947. As daughter to the physician of an Indian Maharaja, Sophie has spent her teenage years with a palace as her playground. Everyone has to grow up; for Sophie that means losing her heart to the one person she shouldn’t fall in love with. On the night of Indian independence, something happens that sends her back to post-war England… Years later, Sophie has put the past behind her. But when her diplomat husband is posted to Delhi, she realises her own story is about to fall apart. Facing the truth will mean a journey into her past and the memory of a boy with tourmaline eyes.



By Therese Anne Fowler

A novel of the woman dubbed 'The First Flapper' - Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife and muse to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle, Zelda Sayre. The life they led made them legends in their own time. Z brings Zelda and Scott’s romantic, tumultuous and e x t r a o r d i n a r y journey to life. Filled with larger-thanlife characters, such as Ernest Hemingway, we watch the evolution of this iconic woman as she lived large and ached to find her own identity while fighting her own demons.

By Victoria Connelly

A week on the sunny Greek island of Kethos is just what Alice Archer needs, even if she has to put up with her difficult sister. Stella's tantrums and diva-like demands are a fair price to pay for crystalclear waters, blue skies and white clifftop villas. When Alice met Villa Argenti, she suddenly feels beautiful and confident for the first time. But is it just holiday magic or will the irresistible pull between Alice and Milo survive against all odds? For fans of Katie Fforde and Alexandra Potter, this heartwarming, romantic novel is the perfect escapist read.


Despicable Me 2

This Is The End

The Internship

Heading out to Wonderful

The Lovliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

My Father's House

Starring: Jason Segal, Steve Carell, Al Pacino Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, ‘Despicable Me’, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th biggest animated motion picture in U.S history. Now get ready for more minion madness in ‘Despicable Me 2’. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), who is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help them fight a villain named Eduardo (Al Pacino). Gru, the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. 28 June 2013

By Robert Goolrick

A stranger. A small town. The wife of the town’s richest man. It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, shows up in the sleepy town of Brownsburg, Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. Charlie should have turned and walked the other way, for what follows – the most passionate and tragic story of a forbidden love affair – will threaten to destroy everything and everyone in its path. Told through the eyes of Sam, a young boy in the town whose world is changed forever by the events of that single year.

Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. 28 June 2013

By Jenny Colgan

As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, Anna Trent is already at work, mixing and stirring the finest chocolate. It’s a huge shift from the chocolate factory in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher who offered her the chance to work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier. With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate –and herself – than she ever dreamed.

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Bryne Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who last teamed in “The Wedding Crashers,” are analog fish-out-of-water in a digital world, in The Internship. They portray out of work -- and out of luck –salesmen who after finagling internships at Google, must compete with candidates half as old and twice as smart, for highly-coveted positions at the internet giant. It’s a brave new world for this old school duo, whose time-tested skills are pitted against their opponents’ high-tech savvy. 4 July 2013

By Bethany Dawson

Northern Irish author Bethany Dawson’s debut, My Father’s House, is a powerful, lyrical story of loss and regret. Robbie Hanright has a normal, settled life in Dublin. However, after an enduring estrangement from the rural landscape of his youth, Robbie receives a phone call from his sister asking him to come home. Left with little choice, Robbie returns once more to County Down, to Larkscroft Farm, to confront the father who tormented his childhood and face up to a history he only wants to forget.




Get your top off this Summer! We may not have the weather, but more coupés and cabriolets are sold in the UK than in France or Spain. Perhaps we’re more optimistic or just like to make the most of any nice days we have. Vauxhall launches executive convertible

Following the demise of Saab and in particularly the very successful 9-3 convertible, Vauxhall has spotted the potential for a stylish four seater convertible. Crucially for weather-hardened Ulster buyers, the Cascada features a high-quality fabric hood, with optional superior acoustic and thermal insulation thanks to a special layer of polyester fleece between the outer and inner linings. The roof disappears completely below a high quality tonneau cover when lowered. Making the Cascada a practical year-round car, the hood can be opened in just 17 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph by an interior switch, or via a button on the key fob. The Cascada’s fabric roof can be specified in one of three colours, which can be coordinated with one of ten body colours. Other personalisation options include an array of six different alloy wheel choices. The Cascada comes with a broad range of engines starting from a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, achieving up to 54.3mpg, to the all-new 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine with a top speed of 135mph. The Cascada comes in two trims, SE and Elite, priced from £23,995.

Revised Z4 launched

BMW has just launched a revised Z4 roadster. New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, the new Design Pure Traction equipment package, a new entry-level sDrive18i model and the latest additions to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features all provide fresh impetus and lend the Z4 even greater appeal.

Jaguar F-Type

One of the new cars to be seen in this summer, the Jaguar F-Type has just arrived at local dealer Charles Hurst. The F-Type is a continuation of a sporting pedigree stretching back more than 75 years. The two-seater rear wheel drive convertible represents a return to the Jaguar heartland, focusing on performance, agility and driver involvement. A new 3.0-litre V6 powers the F-Type and F-Type S, exhibiting the free-revving, willing nature that encourages the enthusiastic driver to explore the full extent of the engines’ abilities.




The small car with a sting in its tail T

he Abarth 500 has been designed to thrill. This little pocket rocket means business and packs a punch from its 1.4 litre turbo charged engine. The power is there for the taking if you need it and it gave me a lot of pleasure to use. The Abarth 500 will turn heads wherever you go. Every detail has been designed for exceptional performance and it certainly makes the right noise. Inside, the care has wraparound bucket seats with combined head restraints and lateral support providing containment on the sharpest of bends. A sculpted steering wheel and leather gear knob along with aluminium and rubber pedals enhance the racing look. A clever array of instrumentation includes an analogue pressure gauge for measuring the turbo pressure, and an LED indicator prompting you when it is the perfect moment to change gear. Safety features include ESP ensuring tyres keep their grip when the going gets tricky, and the hill holder makes hill starts much easier. Up to seven airbags are fitted, including one for the driver’s knees. Torque



transfer control (TTC) improves the transfer of power to the wheels. The Abarth 500 starts at ÂŁ14,205. With a fuel consumption average of 33mpg, the maximum speed is 128 miles per hour and acceleration goes from 0 to 62 in 7.9 seconds. The urban cycle carbon dioxide

emissions are 155g per kilometre. The only problem with taking a test drive in this car is you will not want to give it back. I enjoyed every minute of driving the Abarth 500. The Abarth 500 is available from Donnelly Bros Mallusk.


New Clio makes the heart beat faster N orthern Woman were given the chance to drive the new Renault Clio last month. The car has changed quite considerably from the last Clio. Breaking with tradition, the new Clio is available

solely in five-door guise, but with a coupélike silhouette incorporating hidden rear door handles and a sportier profile. The model I had was the Dynamique S Medianav which had Bluetooth, USB

and Handsfree technology, with Renault Bass Reflex system and fingertip remote controls. Other features include handsfree key card with push button stop/start; auto lights and wipers; 7” touchscreen with MediaNav incorporating Navteg’s Nav ‘N’ Go satellite navigation; leather steering wheel and 17” ‘Desire’ alloy wheels. With so many extras available, you can really make this car your own and it feels like you have all the latest technology on board. The new Clio feels youthful and sexy. A sporty car built with everyday life in mind. The car I drove had a 1.4 engine. The Clio glides over bumps and is nimble through corners. It has strong brakes, stopping the car from 60mph in 36.8 metres, and eight airbags come as standard. Also included is a 288 litre boot and split rear seats (60/40). The new Clio has already won awards and it is easy to understand why. Current deals on the new Clio start from £179 per month with £179 deposit from Charles Hurst Renault, Boucher Road, where their trained staff will tell you all you need to know.








’m a Celebrity’ Star Alex Best flew into Kennedy Centre in West Belfast recently to officially open two new exciting retailers. High Street favourite Peacocks and one of Northern Ireland’s largest restaurant and takeaway chains, Herrons Country Fried Chicken.

1. Centre Manager for Kennedy Centre John Jones and Alex Best 2. Hannah Greer and Alex Best 3. BBC’s Denise Watson with daughters Beth and Sam 4. Lembit Opik and Alex Best



2 1. Carol Curry, Caoimhe McGovern, Naomi Loughran, Nicole Beggs, and Laura Jane Donnelly. 2. Deirdre Maguire at the red Vauxhall 3. Carlene Leitch, Deirdre Maguire, Roisin Donnelly and Clare Donnelly 4. Martina Marshall, Victoria McDowell, Brenda Treanor, Vanessa Buckley and Nicky Alexander.





Photos by Michael Cullen


onnelly Bros’ recent Ladies Night was a great success. Apart from showing off their fabulous Vauxhall and Fiat cars, they gave tips on road safety and self-defence demonstrations. For fashionistas, there were also pop-up shops full of clothes, shoes and bags!




uxury fashion brand CRUISE has renovated its premises in Victoria Square and will be celebrated the contemporary new interior with a Summer Style party. Cruise is recognised as one of the UK’s leading independent luxury retailers with a reputation for iconic international designer collections, directional street-led fashion and premium denim brands.





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1. Deborah Kinder and Catherine McKenna 2. Stephanie Berkeley 3. Miss Northern Ireland Meagan Green 4. Lynzie Trainor and Piaras Smyth 5. Victoria Patterson, Oonagh Lavery and Maria Doran 6. Lori Moore and Jennifer Carson 7. Jason Shankey and Gerry Armstrong 8. Greg Cowan, Nuala Scullion and Myles Scullion 9. Sean McCann, Patrick Mulholland and Andrew Mulvenna




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