Fashion Trends SEPTEMBER 2013
SEPTEMBER 2013 - NEW SEASON FASHION TRENDS
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Contents SEPTEMBER 2013
10 What’s in your Wardrobe?
NW delves into the wardrobe of fashionista and founder of SAM Tracy McCausland
58 Mourne Kitchen - a countryside retreat Lynda Bryans explores the charm of Glassdrumman Lodge in Newcastle
14 Shifting Seasons NW shows you what pieces in your wardrobe will be on trend next season
86 All Change Bronagh Waugh celebrates the success of her lead role in BBC’s The Fall
20 Take Five NW chats to five women in the fashion and beauty industry
52 Ask the Experts Our experts tackle a range of issues
24 Back to School
56 My Brilliant Career
Look good at the school gate
26 New Season Trends We bring you some of the key trends for autumn/winter HEALTH & BEAUTY
41 Heart Attacks: The Female Perspective The facts you need to know about women’s heart attacks 43 On Yer Bike!
The success of cyclists at the Olympics has inspired many people to get on their bikes
45 NW’s Lust List
Get the latest beauty must-haves
With make-up artist Pamela Smyth, whose prolific career has spanned twenty seven years
65 Grand Design NW explores architect Thomas O’Hare’s modern masterpiece 72 Spontaneous Malta Tucked beneath Sicily, Malta offers an ideal autumn break 79 Motoring News All the latest motoring news, including the Fiat 500 convertible and the Jaguar F Type V8
4 A Good Sport
Margaret Connolly catches up with local broadcaster Denise Watson
88 Wedding NW celebrates the wedding of Selina Horshi and Paul Stafford at The White Horse Hotel, Derry
38 Enjoy the North Coast
NW finds out more about what’s going on at the North Coast
23 Win a luxury stay for two at the Lough Erne Resort
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A Good Sport Margaret Connolly speaks to Denise Watson about leaving the BBC after 17 years and what lies ahead for this talented, local broadcaster.
roadcaster Denise Watson quit the BBC in May after 17 years. An award winning sports presenter with the corporation since 1996, at the time of saying goodbye, Denise was part of the Irish League Final Score team and worked on the BBC’s flagship GAA programme, The Championship. “I loved working on The Championship. Producer Margaret O’Hare approached me to join the team because they were wanting a female presenter onboard. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the programme and working with the GAA players meant that I able to pass on some information to the commentators such as the new young players to look out for.” “As well as broadcasting, I was also the BBC’s local contact for Sport Relief and this allowed me to get first hand experience of PR and event promotion. It was great recruiting people like Zoe Salmon, Christine Bleakley and Stephen Nolan to get behind Sport Relief in NI and help to put a largescale event like this together.” Although Denise was forging ahead with her career at the BBC, it was in May this year that she made the decison to leave. Although pushed on the specifics as to what made her reach this decision Denise wouldn’t be drawn to comment further than it was the right time for her to go and that she is looking forward to future challenges as she establishes a freelance career. “It wasn’t a decison I took lightly and I am sad to have said goodbye to good friends that I have known and worked with for many years, but I feel that I have skills that will work well in the commercial marketplace. I knew it was the right time for me to move on and explore other opportunities, and I have to say here that friends in the industry have been so supportive as I do so.” “For example, I started my broadcasting career on Citybeat, although in my time it was BCR. I worked with Maurice Jay back then and I was fortunate to enjoy a recent stint with him on the U105 Breakfast Show in June while Lindy was off. I’ve known Maurice for so many years and I throughly enjoyed getting this chance to work with him and get back on the radio.” While it’s clear that Denise can turn her
hand to a variety of broadcasting challenges, she has obvioulsy carved out a path in sport where she is certainly in a minority. “I think a lot of women feel threatened because sports presenting is so male dominated, but you have to believe in your ability, and while I say this, I know from experience that this just comes with time. It did take me until my 30s to get this confidence, but it would be great to see more local female sports presenters, just look at how successful Clare Balding and Gabby Logan have been on a national level.” “Broadcasting is all that I wanted to do since the age of seven! I can remember
listening to Bruno Brooks and Jacqui Brambles on Radio One and making tapes of myself hosting a radio show. Years later I was still making these tapes except I was posting them to the BBC in the hope of getting a job. In the end I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was working at Citybeat and asked to come along and cover a a kick-boxing event back in 1996". A producer from the BBC spotted Denise, liked the sound of her voice and happened to be looking for a female sports presenter and the rest, as they say, is history! “It really was a case of being in the right place at the right time. It turns out the BBC were looking for female sports presenter for NI Results and they liked the sound of my voice and so my TV career began. I was employed on a temporary contract for a number of years, before becoming full-time staff in 2001. I started with the Newsline team in 2001 which was probably one of the biggest profile jobs of my career presenting alongside Rose Neill and Conor Bradford at the time.”
Densie added to her skills when she learned how to work a camera in 2002 which allowed her the freedom to go after some great stories including her interviews with sports stars such as Michael Collins and Oisin McConville. “I won the title of “CIPR Sports Journalist of the Year” in 2007 for my interview with Oisin about his gambling addiction, and as for Mickey Collins, he was a man who didn’t like being on camera, but he did allow me to record an interview with him where he stated he was sorry for pushing IFA referee Alan Black.” “It’s a great feeling when you interview personalities such as these two and help them to communicate their stories. I have to say that I’ve always enjoyed interviewing sports men and women, espcially after a match/game when there is just raw passion and they say it as it is - there are no scripted, PR friendly repsonses in these moments.” As well as her broadcasting career, Denise’s other big achievements include her two daughters, eight-year-old Samantha and four-year-old Beth. “The upside of leaving the BBC and establishing a freelance career is that I can get to spend some time with my girls before they are back to school in September. They love going to the craft shop in Lisburn and buying all sorts of bits and pieces to make things, so we’ll be chilling out enjoying some art and craft, baking and taking days out here and there as well as spending some family time together at our caravan. Apart from my maternity leave, spending a period of time with them without the pressure of work doesn’t happen very often, so I intend to make the most of it while I can.” “I’m excited about what lies ahead. I think the best piece of advice I’ve ever had was “you make this work, no one else”, and this is exactly what I look forward to doing.”
Scarves & Shoppers
Cream scarf, £22.90, Sandwich @ Evelin Brandt, Lisburn Road, Belfast (also available in anthracite grey & terracotta orange)
Streets of London Shopper, £99, Radley
Take away the autumn chill and accessorise with a lightweight scarf and new season shopper.
Collection Bag, £39.50, M&S
Printed Scarf, £19.50, M&S
Square Print Wrap in Midnight Blue British Butterfly, £350, Mulberry
Black Tote, £99.99, Zara
Accessorize Floral Kaleidoscope Silk Square, £25, Accessorize
Cotswold Feather Stole £19, Accessorize
Bayswater Shoulder Bag in Oat from a selection @ Mulberry
Yellow Tote, £60, River Island
Richmond Women’s Leather Bag in Hotpink, £169, Joules Mulberry A/W13-14
Leather Mari Tote, £80, Accessorize Multi-Print Scarf, £15, River Island Grey Tote, £379, Marccain
Blue Printed Scarf, £65, BIBA @ House of Fraser
Camouflage Print Scarf, £26.90, Sandwich @ Evelin Brandt, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Moore s of Coleraine
A new exhibition of outfits worn by Her Majesty the Queen during recent state visits, including her Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland in 2012, are now on show at Hillsborough Castle. Candy Plum’s Lynne and Zara Beggs were on hand at the opening. The exhibition runs from 1 August to 29 September 2013.
Fashion & Lifestyle News
Moores of Coleraine will be adding Kookai and Whitestuff to its brands for A/W 13. Kookai combines design led clothing centred around exclusive prints, rich fabrics and fine cuts. For A/W 13 Whitestuff’s new collection is print-led featuring knits with vibrant trims, buttons and linings.
The latest news
for you this season!
Lily Pink Markethill’s Lily Pink will be stocking the bright and fabulous Milano Italy shirts this autumn.
A range of cushions and blankets by talented local textile designer Jude Cassidy will be stocked in the highly prestigious new Staffan Tollgard Design Store, opening in London on 12 September 2013. Call into Thompson Clarke Interiors, Belfast to buy from a full range of her cushions.
Calini Kids Boutique Calini Kids Boutique in Banbridge is moving! Luckily, it is only moving across the road to larger premises at 36 Bridge Street. While you’re there, look out for their new brand Cakewalk.
What' s in your wardrobe? Tracy McCausland, fashionista, mother of two boys Callum (10) and Sam (6), and a founder member of SAM - Struggle Against Muscular Dystrophy. Founded in 2008 it is a zero cost charity where all the money raised helps fund research into Muscular Dystrophy. NW takes a sneak look into her wardrobe... How would you describe your style?
I like simple, elegant styling… uncluttered, with accessories kept to a minimum. My taste is quite classical, I love well-fitted dresses, smart jackets and high heels… I suppose I aim for a slightly understated yet glamorous look. I really think that women should dress like women… And by that I mean feminine chic as opposed to short skirts and plunging necklines!
What is your day to day style?
It really depends on what I’m doing… Usually my fall-back pieces are a classic white shirt, jeans and either a blazer, fitted leather jacket or a smart mac. I love wearing heels and have been known to sprint in them, but generally on the school run you would find me in a pair of converse (though the heels are in the back of the car to change into)!!
What is your wardrobe essential?
Definitely coats and jackets… My wardrobe is crammed with them. Every season I try and treat myself to a decent jacket or coat, generally in a style and cut that will last the test of time and not go out of fashion. In doing so I have built up quite a collection over the years! I still have and wear coats
that I bought up to ten years ago! I think what I love most about a smart coat is that it’s like getting to wear two outfits in one… My favourite coat has a great wee story attached to it… It’s a patterened yellow silk swing coat by Irish designers Quin & Donnelly. It cost a clean fortune at the time I bought it, and it hung in my wardrobe quite literally for years as I kept telling myself it was too special to wear! It finally got its first outing at London Fashion Week a couple of years ago, worn over a simple black dress and high heeled black brogues. I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy Choo (yeah name-dropping!) after the Paul Costelloe show and he came over to talk to me because of my coat!!! He kept looking at it, touching the fabric and asked me ‘who’ I was wearing (very fashion world!) and even had his assistant take photos of it, muttering ‘inspiration’! It was a totally surreal moment – thank God it wasn’t from Primark!
What has been your most extravagant purchase?
A couple of years ago I splurged on a full length sequinned gown for an event – it’s beautiful, all the sequins are hand sewn, and it looks like a waterfall as the sequins change shape as the dress cascades to the floor… Unfortunately it’s so distinctive that I’ve only worn it on that one occasion, which totally goes against my usual policy of buying versatile pieces that I will be able to wear again and again.
Describe your style for a big night out.
I love having the chance to dress up, so it would usually be a dress and a pair of fab heels… In the past few years I have broken away from black and have a selection of
STYLEWHAT'SINYOURWARDROBE dresses in my wardrobe in deep pinks (which I love), blues, creams, metallics and even one bright canary yellow dress from Milly of New York. Maybe I’m just getting braver with age!!
Who/what are your style influences?
I love classic 50’s fashion – ultra tailored clean lines and a very elegant silhouette… I suppose Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly would be my ‘style icons’. In terms of designers, I love the wearability of Marc Jacobs, Chloe and Jil Sander.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy Choo ; he came over to talk to me because of my coat!!!
Do you have a favourite shop?
I always loved Fran’n’Jane – the girls in there knew exactly what I liked, which I think is fab. Unfortunately the shop on Lisburn Road is now closed. I also love Candy Plum in Hillsborough – again, the staff as well as the clothes make it a lovely shopping experience. I go to the States fairly regularly and tend to buy most of my clothes there… there’s a great little designer retail store that I always pop into – the lady who owns it knows me and she always has a few pieces for me to try on when I get there! That’s where a lot of my designer items have been purchased – most with labels still attached! My best buy there was a gorgeous black fitted Armani jacket, which I picked up for about 10% off the price on the original label!
What has been your biggest fashion disaster?
An empire line dress… I thought it was lovely until a well-meaning gentleman congratulated me and asked when I was due!! That dress never saw the light of day again! More recently, I took the crazy decision to cut my hair – which I had worn long for almost ten years… I really miss it – I love the elegance of long hair and the fact that you can wear it so many different ways.
What has been your most recent purchase?
I don’t normally do patterns or florals in a big way, but I recently bought a pair of black trousers with a really mad floral pattern in greens, blues and rust. I’m able to reconcile this little fashion adventure by paring down the look with a black top and black heels, though the trousers are a bit more ‘look at me’ than I usually go for!
What is the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever been given?
A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet and interview Paul Costelloe… I remember agonising over what to wear, and I ended up playing it safe with a long sleeved black dress and a great pair of high heeled boots. He remarked on what I was wearing, and said that in his opinion every woman should have a well cut, beautifully fitted black dress in her wardrobe, and that when it comes to wardrobe staples you are best to invest in quality – good tailoring and materials are worth paying that bit extra. Oh, and the other thing he told me – better to be overdressed than underdressed!
STYLEWHAT'SINYOURWARDROBE What are your essential accessories?
I tend to keep accessories to a minimum as regards jewellery and scarves… I have a bit of an addiction to gloves and belts. My real love though, when it comes to accessorising an outfit, would be hats… I have heaps of them, and I really think they give an outfit that little bit of extra ‘oomph’. It definitely takes confidence to wear a hat, but I truly believe that there is a hat for every head… It’s all about figuring out what suits you!
Tell us your wish list for A/W 13
We saw a lot of navy and deeply saturated blues on the runway for A/ W13, and I think this is so easy to wear and a little softer than black, so I’d see a navy coat on my fashion horizon for the coming season. I won’t be tempted to go for the huge voluminous coats that we saw from some of the designers – rather I would be thinking
along the lines of something more tailored and flattering! Velvet is also going to be a popular choice, so that might creep its way into my wardrobe in some shape or form. Also delighted to see lots of turtlenecks on the runway, and with a long neck I love these – they’re such a great choice for everyday wear – and they always look great under a coat!
Complete the sentence: Every girl should own… A little black dress If you could have any celebrity’s wardrobe, whose would it be and why?
I would have to back in time for that one – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – I love the well-tailored ‘togetherness’ of her look – from the cinched in waist to the heels, hat, handbag and gloves – all finished off with the well coiffed hair and the big sunglasses. Pure elegant glamour, ultra-feminine power-dressing of its day!
What three fashion items will you keep forever?
I know that a lot of people anchor memories around pieces of music, but I can honestly say that I remember exactly what I was wearing in all of the pivotal moments and occasions in my adult life! I attach sentiment to outfits – sad, but true! My three ‘forever pieces’ would be my Quin & Donnelly coat, a vintage black crocodile ‘Kelly’ bag that I inherited from my mother-in-law, and my black embellished over-the-knee boots from Hervé Leger.
What make-up essential could you not live without?
Mascara. It’s such a quick and easy way to make you look awake! Lancome Hypnose is my personal fave.
Lancome L’Absolu Crème de Brilliance – it’s gloss but not ultra-shiny. I tend to wear heavier eye make-up, so I go quite light on the lippy!
What is your signature scent?
Chanel no5. My mum wore it when I was little and I have always loved it because of that. It’s a real classic fragrance.
Are you a bags or shoes girl? Now that’s like asking a parent to choose their favourite child!!
Are you wondering what pieces in your wardrobe will still be on trend next season? Well you'll be pleased to hear that amidst all the new season styles that there are more than a few trends that are here to stay.
MONOCHROME Black and white is a classic colour combo which is never really out of fashion. This season black and white colourways still make an impact, especially with the revival of the Monochrome Sweater, £50, Preen houndstooth print. As for @ Debenhams a monochrome knit - this is a must-have! If you don't have one already, make sure to invest in one this autumn. Black and White Limited Edition Top, £29.50; Limited Edition Trousers, £35; Belt, £9.50; Necklace, £15; Shoes, £25; all M&S
Court Shoe, £65, Topshop
FLORAL Yes, florals don't go out of bloom this autumn/winter. Layer your summer florals to add warmth. Obviously some floral prints are easier to carry across, richer, warmer tones will see you through the whole season, whereas softer, pastel prints may not.
Mulberry A/W 13-14
Hand Knit Floral Jumper, £40, www.asos.com
PRINT & PRINTED TROUSERS Landscape inspired prints are everywhere for the season ahead. As for printed trousers, if you haven't been brave enough to try these yet, now is the season to give it a go! This trend continues to prevail, and in fact, they are very flattering, plus they'll add interest to plain chunky knits this autumn/winter. For a smarter look, team with a matching printed blazer, or a plain one and a crisp white shirt. Mary Katrantzou A/W 13-14
Floral Dress, £39.99, Zara
Printed Top, £19.99, Zara
Printed Blazer, £249.90 and Matching Slim fit Trouser, £159.90, Evelin Brandt
METALLICS Metallic silver and gold are once again adding some luxe for the season ahead. For those who have invested in metallic pieces this season, don't hide them away at the back of the wardrobe, in fact get them out and get them on day, or night.
Metallic Shift Check Dress, £55, www.asos.com
Metallic Silver Brogue, £79, Dune
Roksanda Ilincic A/W 13-14
SEQUINS & EMBELLISHMENT Everybody loves a bit of bling and sparkle, especially during the festive winter months. Don't throw away embellished pieces gathered up over the last two seasons. If you've already invested in a top with a jewelled neckline this will look good dressed up for evening with a cigarette pant or pencil skirt, or worn more casually for Sequin Jacket, day with a pair of jeans.
Roksanda Ilincic A/W 13-14
Jasper Conran A/W 13-14
STRIPES Another classic print that has become a fashion must-have stripes are bold this season. Wear them horizontally, vertically or diagonally in monochrome or bright colourways. If you've already bought into the stripe trend then you'll be pleased to hear they aren't going anywhere just yet.
Nicole Farhi A/W 13-14
Rainbow Stripe Scarf, £17, Accessorize Roksanda Ilincic A/W 13-14
Take Cover Stay dry in high style this autumn/winter...
Trench Coat The classic trench looks as good over a suit for work as it does when teamed with jeans and a jumper.
1. Beaton Trench Coat, £169, Hobbs 2. Best of British Black Trench Coat, £249, M&S 3. Fantastic Mr Fox Trench, £95, White Stuff 4. Waxed Trench Coat, from a selection @ Barbour
Quilted Coat With our varied climate it seems that an insulated jacket is an all year round essential. 5. Larissa Lux Collar Puffa Jacket, £150, Phase Eight, Debenhams, CastleCourt 6. Puffa Jacket, £429, Marccain 7. Moredalemew Quilted Black Jacket, £89.95, Joules 8. Quilted Jacket, £133.90, Sandwich @ Evelin Brandt, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Rain Coat Add a splash of colour on grey, wet days with one of these stylish raincoats. 9. Carli Jacket, £155, North Face 10. Sail Away Mac, £79.95, White Stuff 11. Olive Green Raincoat, £124, lise Jacobsen 12. Blue Jacket from a selection @ Barbour
Every Day Style
Petter Blue Suede Boot, £115, Bertie
Black Ankle Boots, £75, River Island
Red Suede Boot, £115, Dune
Block Heeled Boot, £79, Zara
Evelin Brandt A/W 13-14
Hispanitas Tan High Heel Ankle Boot, £139.99, Bishops of Coleraine
Green Ankle Boot, £365, Marc Cain
Think Chelsea Boot in Taupe Suede, £169.99, Bishops of Coleraine
Tan Ankle Boot, £85, River Island
Go West Riffle Brown Leather Boot, £90, Steve Madden
Shoe Boot, £125, Dune
Mesh Shoe Boot, £55, River Island
It's not time to break out the fulllength boots just yet, so treat yourself to a stylish pair of ankle boots - there are plenty to choose from this season...
Marco Tozzi Black Star Ankle Boots, £39, Bishops of Coleraine
Nins Pewter Boot, £99, Dune Grace, £140, Carvela Shoe Boot with Ankle Strap, £72, Topshop
Moda in Pelle Ariella Boot, £99.95, Moores of Coleraine
Discover the timeless creations of KAM Kouture
iera Ann Marie is the designer of KAM Kouture and is from the rural outskirts of Lisburn. As a First Class graduate in Fashion Design and Textiles, Kiera Ann Marie demonstrates her enjoyment through creating pieces which are out of the ordinary. Kiera Ann Marie’s influences extend back through previous generations of her family who had also a passion for clothing and design. KAM Kouture is a fun, modern brand for everyone. A preview of KAM Kouture’s 2013 A/W collection was showcased at the Unify May Ball at the prestigious Stormont Building recently. Each KAM Kouture item is a “One Off” timeless creation hand made in Northern Ireland. Kiera Ann Marie believes that colour adds happiness and character to a blank canvas; she aims to add that hint of colour to the fashion world with her 2013 A/W KAM Kouture range. She delivers this with sharp colour palettes, textured fabrics, statement embellishments and artistic embroidery. Kiera Ann Marie also highlights her passion for oriental and renaissance influences through the capsule of gold significance in her 2013 A/W range. KAM Designs are moving to a studio in Spires mall on 30th August offering a made to measure service to Belfast in evening, bridal wear, swim wear and accessories. KAM designs are stocked in their KAM studio and also in New U@92 boutique (Moira) and in Diamond Dolls boutique (Banbridge).
Stephen Potter Photography
Stephen Potter Photography
ith a title like that it could only be the Lady Boys of Bangkok back with a fabulous new show for 2013! Arriving to entertain Belfast like no one else can from Saturday 2nd to Saturday 23rd November. Dripping with diamante and sizzling on stage with new songs and side splitting comedy. From J-lo to Whitney, the stars and chart topping hits just keep on coming. Party like there’s no tomorrow under the exotic ambiance of the Sabai Pavilion with Europe’s number one cabaret sensation! Book now to make sure you don’t miss out on the inspiring and captivating sight of the Lady Boys of Bangkok live on stage! Tickets are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre or by calling 0871 7050705 (10p BT per min) or to book online, visit www.whatsontickets.com
This issue we ask five women working in the fashion and beauty industry about their jobs and their style secrets for the season ahead... Oonag h Boman, Make-up Artist
ocal make-up maven Oonagh Boman keeps her style current with the help of her cosmetics.
Briefly describe your typical day as a makeup artist. My work days vary from week to week as some days I am booked for weddings some days fashion shows or workshops in local colleges, but taking the general week, at least three days are spent at my school/office base in Botanic Avenue, Belfast, where I can be found dealing with the day-to-day business of my distribution company, Snob Distribution Ltd, through which we distribute Senna Cosmetics to top beauty salons and make-up artists across Ireland. I will also check the activity on my online shop and ensure that all orders are processed and shipped the same day. My make-up school starts at 9.30am, each day we have a different workshop and I generally finish teaching around 3.30pm at which time I will return emails/phone calls from brides/agents/photographers regarding upcoming bridal/fashion or commercial work before finishing at 5.30pm.
Who have you enjoyed working with the most and is there anyone you haven’t but you’d love to make-up?
Weirdly, the most famous people I have made up have been men! I have worked with Robbie Williams, James Nesbitt, George Best and Paddy Kielty, who was just hilarious. I have had the pleasure of working with almost all of our local female celebrities too including Zoe Salmon and Christine Bleakley and just the other day did make-up for our current Miss Northern Ireland. I would love to work with Angelina Jolie, what a beautiful face! I particularly loved her make-up in The Tourist when she was acting alongside Johnny Depp – now that would have been a great job to do make-up on!
Do you have a favourite beauty trend from the season ahead?
It’s not so much a favourite trend, but a rule of thumb. Make-up should change with the seasons, I always talk about make-up
wardrobes – when you change your clothes change your make-up. Artificial light (our main light source in autumn/winter) absorbs make-up, so we should go for matt textures and darker colours. Glosses and shines are great for the summer but change to creams and powders in the autumn. I always change my foundation to Senna HD Radiance in the autumn as it gives a move complete coverage which looks polished against heavier/embellished clothing textures. Black eyeliner is a must for me in winter as it adds drama and sexiness to any make-up. Naturally, I will opt for lipstick which will be creamier in texture in order to protect my lips from the harsh elements.
What item of make-up must-have will you definitely be using this autumn/winter?
I’ll definitely be sporting darker eye makeup, with liner and finishing off with a full, structured brow.
Would you have a top beauty tip you could share?
Look after your skin and adopt a good skincare routine, make-up is not the solution to bad skin. Also, I use my green colour corrector every day of my life! The green tint neutralises any redness in my skin which effectively means I can wear less foundation, but still have a flawless finish.
freelance stylist and personal shopper with House of Fraser, Siobhan makes it her business to keep up-to-date with the latest looks.
Briefly describe your typical day as a stylist/ personal shopper. I split my time between my freelance styling and working as a personal shopper in House of Fraser, Belfast. So, I can honestly say no two days are ever the same! When it comes to my work with House of Fraser I get inspiration from the brand’s look books and my own knowledge of styling and knowing what will suit a customer’s body shape and lifestyle. As for styling, when I’m working on a photoshoot for example, I will take into consideration the vision of the whole team and offer my input as well. Then it’s a lot of ground work sourcing clothes for the day and then of course returning them when it’s all over. Whether a photoshoot or fashion show, the stylist is always the first there and the last to leave, so days are long and no matter who it is you are working with, it’s important to be personable and get on with everyone.
How hard is it to develop a styling career in Northern Ireland? It’s not impossible, but it is hard. You have to be ambitious, confident and a good people person. Often you will be asked
to work with a team of people who you haven’t met before and you have to be able to get on with everyone and be respected by them. Initially, it also helps to make yourself available and give up your time for free to get yourself known with the right people. Word-of-mouth speaks volumes and if you are good at what you do it won’t go unnoticed and work will start to build up.
Do you have a favourite trend from the season ahead?
Trends come and go very fast. I am not trend led and I would advise everybody to edit the seasonal trends and opt for those that suit their body shape and age. Personally, I love the new quilted trend coming through at the minute.
What item of clothing will definitely be in your wardrobe this autumn/winter?
Outerwear should never be an after thought, with our climate it’s what most people see first! I love all of the colours coming through for autumn, so I will definitely be investing a new, brightly coloured oversized coat and I’ll cinch the waist with a belt. I also love flat shoes. The Oxford is my favourite and when you’re always on your feet like me they are practical and stylish.
Would you have a top fashion tip you could share? Invest in properly fitted underwear. What
Briefly describe your typical day as a fashion retailer.
I open the shop for 10am and I’ll start tidying and organising the merchandise ready for the day ahead. As well as every day smart/casual pieces, I do stock a lot of mother-of-the-bride and occasion wear and I like spending time with my customers, no matter how long this might be, choosing what will suit them and perhaps introducing them to something they may not otherwise have tried. I enjoy spending time with, and listening to my customers and encourage them to try new things that are going to make then look and feel great.
Are your customers heavily influenced by seasonal trends?
Diane Hug hes, Dietrich, Holywood
wner of Holywood boutique, Dietrich, Diane loves clothes and as well as choosing what to wear herself, she enjoys helping her customers put seasonal looks together for every day and those special occasions.
While I keep up-to-date with trends, and certainly that is reflected in my seasonal collections, for me it’s more about finding out what suits my customers. So, while I’m aware of the trends and can help customers update their wardrobes accordingly, I wouldn’t advise anyone to follow trends over what actually suits them.
Do you have a favourite look from the season ahead?
I really like the the 3/4 length baggy trouser and cropped, shorter jacket styles for the
Siobhan Kyles, Stylist/Personal Shopper you wear underneath your clothes really makes a difference. When I’m working with someone I always make sure they start with the correct underwear before they start trying on the clothes. So, don’t be shy, go and get measured every six months - you will notice the difference! autumn. Teamed with a silky blouse and a pair of heels I’ll definitely be investing in this look for the season ahead. Personally, I like smart/casual pieces that I can wear during the day and maybe with a change of accessory I can adapt and wear out at night.
What is your clothing must-have this autumn/winter?
I always invest in a new winter coat and a pair of boots. This year I’m bringing in a gorgeous tailored, tweed riding jacket that is currently only stocked in Harrods. I know my customers will love it and I’ll also be making sure that I treat myself to one! As for boots, to match this jacket it will have to be a smart, new knee-length riding boot.
Would you have a top fashion tip you could share?
With the new voluminous trend for next season in mind, my top tip would be never to go oversized on the top and bottom. If you have a voluminous sleeve or loose fit top pair it with a tailored skirt or trouser and vice versa. Also it’s important to accessorise. I love customers coming in with their favourite wardrobe pieces and helping them to update them by simply adding a new scarf or piece of jewellery.
STYLEWOMENINFASHION with team members on colour choice and techniques, this is an area I'm passionate about, the day will always throw other challenges including press, training and staff liaison.
Who have you enjoyed working with the most and is there anyone you haven't but you'd love to get your hands on their hair?
Leisa Stafford, Senior Stylist, Paul Stafford Hair
s one of Northern Ireland’s top hair stylists Leisa always has to be aware of the latest trends and how to interpret them to suit her clients.
Briefly describe your typical day as a hairdresser.
Ha! What’s a typical day? Well I try to start the day with some exercise as time is short. I do 30 minute Powerplates class at Bodyvibes, Lisburn Road, this helps get me focused for the day ahead after that with a quick coffee and maybe a croissant, I head straight to the salon to do stock and order up colour and products, my day from then on is a combination of attending to my own clients as well as consulting other salon clients
Riona Treacy, Fashion Desig ner
elfast born fashion designer Riona Treacy, now lives and works in London. Riona worked for Alexander McQueen, the Arcadia Group, ASOS and River Island, before branching out and focusing on her own, self-named label.
Briefly describe your typical day as a fashion designer.
Most days are spent in the studio designing and making. I make one-off pieces for clients, as well as doing small run collections each season for retail, so I have ongoing projects that I am working on all the time. At the minute I am making a show-piece for a composer for her to wear on stage. I always find the one-off pieces the most fun, as the creative process is more hands-on. I also spend much of my time dyeing fabrics and experimenting with different textile processes, as I am a textile designer at heart.
What has been your inspiration for your new A/W13 collection?
My A/W13 collection is very different from what I normally design. It is full of embellishments and crystals and there's lots
I've enjoyed looking after many high profile clients both local and international, most recently I coloured Gillian Anderson for her role in The Fall. I don't think of hair in that way though I like the challenges that are presented to me daily, I certainly don't go looking for them!
In your industry image is important do you think about this when you are deciding what to wear everyday?
Obviously I give it some thought, I like to be comfortable and as effortless as possible, I certainly don’t plan the night before with two very demanding young daughters most nights it’s the last thing on my mind and yet they are my biggest critics, usually when Paul likes something I’m wearing they hate it!
Do you have a favourite fashion trend from the season ahead and what will you definitely be wearing this autumn/winter? I tend not to be trend led, I have things
I don’t wear for years that I dig out and fall in love with again, I don't really overindulge myself, the odd classic piece and a few quirky vintage or cheapies can add a splash of colour or interest, and in my job I splash a lot of colour... usually over my favourite new top! My reference points in fashion would probably be BIBA and the Pop Art movement sort of Nico/ Velvet Underground meets Jean Shrimpton though I have been known to throw this together with a hint of my Gothic past but certainly the edgier slimline 60s sillohettes is my mainstay!
Would you have a top styling tip you could share?
My top fashion tip is spend your money on the bags and shoes everything else is pretty much throwaway. Okay, here’s a little tip for gym users, I like to wash my hair before I exercise, I blast the fringe and simply twist the rest into a ballet bun, after I’ve trained I release the bun to give a boho beachy wave effect which I then spritz with Bumble and bumble tonic spray and finish with Alfaparf oil. It’s a trick I learned from my biggest passion outside the salon which is Session Styling something I see myself getting more into as I love the freedom and creativity you get from working under pressure with great like minded photographers make-up artists and stylists!
of metallics, flesh tones and blood reds, with a futuristic and even robotic sense. The inspiration came from a person that I met a few years ago that changed my perspective on things. I never search for inspiration for a collection, it will just be an experience or mood I feel the need to express visually.
Do you have a favourite trend from the season ahead?
I tend to not follow trends that much, as it can cloud your judgment as a designer. But personally, I love the Japanese shapes and origami influences from last season filtering into the punkish looks for the coming season. The clean lines mixed with a mishmash of textures are right up my street.
What item of clothing will definitely be in your wardrobe this autumn/winter?
I live in jeans or leather trousers, and I'm mostly head to toe in black! But I will be wearing a lot of red this winter, as my collection is full of blood-red pieces. My favourite piece from my AW collection is the Blood Red Kimono Top with Swarovski Crystals. A few other pieces in my wardrobe I'm looking forward to wearing this Autumn are; a wool felted Fedora hat, that I bought at Spitalfields Market, my
black leather over-the-knee studded riding boots and my fox fur boa, so I should be kept nice and warm come winter!
Would you have a top fashion tip you could share?
Never look over your shoulder to see what other people are doing, just be confident in your own ideas and know what suits you. Any woman can wear anything, as long as she looks like she belongs in it. If you think you look good, it will show, and confidence is the best outfit you own!
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STYLEBACKTOSCHOOL Limited Edition Coat £89, Limited Edition Jean £35, Hat £15, Boot £39.50, all M&S
Black Furry Coat, £72, Topshop
Grey Jersey Knit, £59.90, Sandwich @ Evelin Brandt, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Grey Skinny Jean, £79, Hobbs
Apparently, the number of celebrity mums being papped on the school run has made the rest of us more acutely aware of what we are wearing when we do the drop-off and collection from school. Yes, there are those mothers who are dressed to go to the gym, others are suited and booted for work and then there’s the remainder in an array of casual attire. One thing’s for sure, whether being judged or not by other mums in the playground, everyone likes to look good. Therefore, bring your own personal style into it, but keep it simple with a good-fitting pair of jeans, a top, a warm coat and practical, but stylish footwear.
Marc Cain A/W13-14
Western Ankle Boot, £79.99, Zara
Wakefield Satchel, £149, Hobbs
Metallic Flat, £69, Dune
STYLEBACKTOSCHOOL Dickins & Jones Blue Stripe Shirt, £55; Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans in Pin Dot, £190, all @ House of Fraser, Belfast
his autumn/winter why not follow in the fashionable footsteps of celebrity mums Geri Halliwell and Myleene Klass with a flirty skirt or dress, a leather jacket and a pair of knee high Gaucho boots – oh, and don’t forget the sunglasses! Geri Halliwell walks her daughter Bluebell to school
Rocket Corduroy in Canyon, £203, Citizens of Humanity (www.harrods.com)
Gilet, £35, F&F Limited Edition at Tesco
Tyro Brown Boot, £149, Bertie
Sunglasses, £15, Next
Houndstooth Jumper, £25.99, Zara
Black Leather Jacket, £350, BIBA @ House of Fraser, Belfast
Myleene Dice Print Dress, £44, (www.littlewoods.com)
Polka Dot Blouse, £95, Oui
Sportswear Cardigan £170; Scoop Neck Tee £67.50 and Casablanca French Blue Jean, £173, all MiH (www.mih-jeans.com)
Myleene Klass with her youngest Hero as they take big sister Ava to school
New Season Trends Compiled by Margaret Connolly
What should you be buying now to wear this autumn/winter? Here we bring you some of the key trends to look out for as you aim to stay ahead in the fashion stakes! Mulberry
Second Skin House of Holland
Tap into the mood for fetish and luxe skins by wearing stylish pieces made from leather, vinyl and PVC.
STYLENEWSEASONTRENDS Topshop Unique
Skirting The Issue If you buy one thing this season make sure itâ€™s one of these voluminous, fun and flirty dirndl skirts.
Pinks & Reds All the pinks from plum to raspberry, and the reds from cherry to ruby, will lend the forthcoming autumn a warm glow.
House of Holland
Jumper, ÂŁ109.90, Christina Gavioli at Evelin Brandt, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Deep Thinking Necklines are going way down this season. Balance out low cut tops by keeping legs under cover.
STYLENEWSEASONTRENDS Roksanda Ilincic
House of Holland
House of Holland
Bigger is Better Making a big statement, the new season's scaled-up coats feature a broad, dropped shoulder and roomy cut. Cosy!
Perfectly Plaid As well as classic tartans Mulberry gave plaid a pretty twist with pastel shades. Go all the way this season with a tartan two-piece or try a soft-launch statement jacket.
F&F Tartan Skater Dress, £25, F&F Limited Edition @ Tesco
Tartan Coat, £125, Topshop
Jacket, £169.95, Oui
Attar’ Court Shoe, £79, Dune
Fur Blazer, £475, Marc Cain
Lulu Guinness Clutch, £375, House of Fraser, Belfast
Trousers, £99.95, Oui Simone Rocha
Plaid Shirt, £30, River Island Knitted Skirt, £30, River Island
Oversized Jumper, £42, Topshop Tartan Kilt, £12, George at Asda
Belt, £15, M&S
Animal Instinct Leopard stalked the catwalks. Break it up with printed separates or wear head-to-toe for traffic-stopping style.
STYLENEWSEASONTRENDS Antonio Berardi
In The Spotlight Why not follow the lead of Italian designer, Fausto Puglisi, the newcomer to the helm at Emanuel Ungaro, and mix classic black and white spots with some leopard print for autumn.
Untold Black & White Polka Dot Dress, £135; Dickins & Jones Black & White Polka Dot Shirt £50; Olga Berg Metallic Silver Clutch, £55 Olga Berg, all House of Fraser, Belfast
Houndstooth Whether classical black and white print or a more modern take as showcased at House of Holland the traditional houndstooth print is certainly making a renewed impact this season.
Dress, £149.90, Evelin Brandt, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Avedon in Kohl, £213, Citizens of Humanity. For stockists 020 7739 9292
House of Holland
Electric Blue Deeply saturated blue was the standout shade of New York Fashion Week. Blue proved popular last season and seems to be sticking around to add a pop of colour this autumn/winter.
Aragon Coat, £169; Diamond Sweater, £69; Shelby Trousers, £110; Florence Boots, £249, all Hobbs
Prairie Girl Transport yourself to the American Plains and opt for longline skirts and dresses in earthy, muted tones that can be worn everyday - or for 'Sunday Best'.
Maison Scotch Cream Button-up Blouse, £50 and Brown Barbour Coat, £150, both from Yoke Clothing; White High Waisted Anglaise Skirt, £259, Una Rodden; selection of Bracelets and Necklaces, Argento, Side Satchel, stylist's own
White Lace Wedding Dress, stylist's own; White Sleeveless Skater Dress, Ruedi; Pearl Necklaces and Bracelets, stylist's own
This page: Peach Vintage Dress, £18, The Rusty Zip; Floral Brocade Dress, £350 and Matching Top, £225, both by Una Rodden; Glass Pocket Watch Necklace, £15, Argento; Black Ankle Boots, stylist's own Opposite: Pastel Blue Button-up Blouse with Peter Pan Collar, £61, Dietrich; High Waisted Soft Crepe Skirt, £285, Una Rodden; Maison Scotch Oversized Blazer, £98, Yoke Clothing
This page: Marco Polo Blouse, £75 and Marco Polo Cardigan, £165, both from The White Bicycle; High Waisted Skirt, £189, Una Rodden; Millinery by Grainne Maher; Stella & Dot Pegasus Necklace available from Sinead Martin (07730678434); Bi-Colour Baguette Ring, £12, Argento
Black Tube Skirt worn as Dress, £95, Una Rodden; Black Lace Coat, £450, Dietrich; Millinery by Grainne Maher
Photographer: Khara Pringle @ www.kharapringlephotographic.com Make-up: Paddy McGurgan @ www.paddymcgurganartist.com Styling: Sean Loughran @ Fashion Pharmacy on 028 9032 4437 Model: Meaghan Green @ ACA Models with special thanks to Patricia Coey for her hard work and Robert Gilmore of Cape Country Furniture
Enjoy the North Coast E
ach summer holiday-goers have packed their bags and headed to Northern Ireland’s North Coast. With scenes of stunning natural beauty and an abundance of attractions for the whole family, it really is a great holiday destination that’s right on our doorstep! Enjoy the atmosphere of bustling coastal towns like Coleraine, Portstewart and Portrush. Take in breathtaking views along the Causeway Coastal route and explore UNESCO world heritage site The Giant’s Causeway. If that isn’t your thing, why not take the family down to the stretches of unspoiled beaches and enjoy a day of frolicking in the sea? Or if you want to find out more about the history of the area, visit the medieval Dunluce Castle or the numerous old churches and museums in the area. Whatever you enjoy, you’ll find something to smile about along the North Coast!
Places of Interest
Beautiful and unique, there are attractions in the North Coast that everyone should see!
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
Mussenden Temple, located near Castlerock, is perched on a dramatic 120 ft cliff top. It offers spectacular views over the Downhill Strand. Built in 1785 it was part of the estate owned by Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol. Architecturally, it was inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome.
Dunluce Castle is perched on a steep cliff top and is a breathtaking site. The castle building dates from the fourteenth century although the site is much older. It is first documented in the hands of McQuillan family in 1513 but changed in the sixteenth century to the MacDonnells after the former lost two major battles. As a banquet was being prepared in 1639, part of the castle collapsed into the sea, destroying the kitchen and taking the lives of nine servants.
The Giant’s Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable and popular attractions. Now a world heritage site, it attracts visitors from across the world who marvel at the extraordinary rock
formations for themselves. Popular legend says it was formed by the giant Finn McCool as he tried to bridge the Irish Sea to reach his Scottish enemy Benandonner. Scientists believe it was formed 60 million years ago when North America split away from Europe.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
This certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted! The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge connects the mainland to Carrick Island and spans an eighty foot drop into the sea. It was initially crafted by salmon fishermen who had to battle it using one handrail! Rise to the challenge and travel across it. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Bushmills Whiskey Distillery
Visit the oldest working distillery in Ireland, located in the small village of Bushmills, famous for delivering the global brand Bushmills Whiskey and you can even enjoy a guided tour.
Barry’s Amusements, Portrush
The whole family can have fun at Barry’s Amusements, with entertaining rides for kids (like the Mini Dodgems or the Express Train) to ones for the whole family like ‘The Cyclone’.
TOWNFEATURENORTHCOAST Fun Facts
• Coleraine was granted a Royal Town Charter on 28th June 1613 and has recently celebrated its 400th anniversary as a town! • Portstewart was named after the Portstewart family who owned the harbour in their eighteenth century estate. • Panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean are seen from Portrush and on a clear day, Scotland can be seen!
• Well-known actors James Nesbitt and Michelle Fairley (of Game of Thrones fame) come from Coleraine. • Ulster and Ireland rugby union player Andrew Trimble also comes from Coleraine • Professional golfer Graeme McDowell, who was the first Irishman to win the US Open, was born in Portrush and Darren Clarke, winner of the 2011 The Open Championship, lives in Portrush. • Jimeoin (McKeown), the successful comedian is also a former resident of Portstewart having attended Dominican College before finding fame with his unique comic style first in Australia and then internationally.
What’s On in the North West?
Ould Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, 26-27 August Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival, 20-22 September
New Season in store!
a broader picture 39-40 The Promenade, Portstewart BT55 7AE Tel: 028 7083 6844
TOWNFEATURENORTHCOAST The Jet Centre, Coleraine The Jet Centre in Coleraine is the place to be – with loads of family friendly activities and great deals guaranteed to make for a fun day out. The North Coast’s premiere entertainment centre boasts an eight screen Movie House cinema showing all the latest blockbusters, Super Strikes state of the art bowling lanes with glow in the dark bowling and Alley Cats indoor adventure play area. The perfect place to bring children from 0-12 to play! The Jet Centre also features a relaxed restaurant called The Diner serving a fantastic selection of great food at great prices. With loads of arcade games, you could spend hours at the Jet Centre. There are lots of great offers available at the moment Crazy Tuesdays mean all activities (bowling, indoor play and movies) are just £3 a head per activity and a family bowling deal at Super Strikes where a family of four can bowl for just £10 any day of the week. Sign up on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news or go to www.thejetcentre.co.uk to find out more.
A Broader Picture, Portstewart A Broader Picture is filled to the brim with everyday luxuries for you and lovely items for your home. Whether you’re buying gifts for family and friends or just treating yourself, choose from a wide range of amazing brands like Cath Kidston, Pip Studio, Orla Kiely Homeware and Fragrance collection and the award-winning Balance Me skincare range. The new season Cath Kidston range is in-store now and the Garden Bird print is a must-have! Opening in Portstewart fifteen years ago, the family-run shop is conveniently located right on the promenade and is the perfect place to find something special.
Moores of Coleraine
For out of towners one of the great shopping secrets of the North Coast is Moores of Coleraine which unveiled its brand new fashion floor earlier this year. If you haven’t ventured into Coleraine for a while it’s a must-visit destination having undergone a radical face-lift recently and is the perfect place to pick up that much cherished item by a design house that no one else has cottoned on to yet. Choose from an unparalleled range of brands across its womens, mens and kids departments including Kookai, Whitestuff and Masai. For foodies there’s a cookshop that rivals any London department store selling such items as Le Creuset, Stellar, Joesph Joseph and Brabantia. Then catch up with friends over a coffee or lunch in one of its two eateries – Cafe M or The Gallery Restaurant. Oh, and its sister store the White House in Portrush is also worth a visit when taking a break from East Strand beach!
Heart Attacks: The Female Perspective For the majority of us, a typical heart attack victim is an overweight middle-aged man, clutching at his chest before falling to the ground. However this image should be challenged, particularly in the wake of recent research on women’s heart attacks, as Caroline Perry discovers.
or a long time there has been an assumption that heart attacks are a much bigger problem for men than for women. To be honest, I used to think so too. After all, we only hear about male heart attacks and numerically, I suppose it makes sense. More men suffer from heart attacks than women. In Northern Ireland, statistics suggest around 3500 people suffer from heart attacks every year. Of these, 2732 are men (two thirds) and 1366 (one third) are women. On top of this men, often due to lifestyle factors like drinking and smoking, suffer from heart attacks on average nine years earlier than women do. This gender difference may also be due to the levels of oestrogen found in women before menopause (when oestrogen levels drop). Oestrogen is believed to improve heart health by improving levels of protective blood fats. Thus, older women are deemed to be at a higher risk of heart attacks than younger women (although the
latter are also affected because of lifestyle choices). We all know about the dangers and symptoms of male heart attacks but what about female heart attacks? Sadly these are far less publicised which can be a fatal mistake considering they are just as dangerous for women. Although not as many women suffer from heart attacks as men the death rate when they do is far higher. One statistic is particularly startling: 54% of women die before they make it to a hospital in comparison to 33% of men. This happens because many women fail to recognise their symptoms (and get help) until it is too late. Some have suggested that part of the reason women can fail to get help in time is due to their pain threshold, which is much higher than men’s. Despite this worrying trend, women are far more scared of the prospect of cancer than a heart attack.
Part of the reason women don’t seem to be as ‘worried’ about heart attacks is that they believe they strike suddenly and there isn’t much to be done if it happens. Yet many people survive heart attacks and can go on to lead healthy lives, if dealt with quickly! Problems are likely to have been developing for years, with the build up of fatty tissue in your arteries, even if it only takes one clot to bring on a heart attack. The main message of the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke is prevention and doing what we can to ensure we never have to suffer from a heart attack or stroke to begin with. Although we can’t change any genetic heart conditions we might inherit, there are lifestyle changes we can all make to keep our hearts healthy! Smoking damages your heart health most of all. It destroys the lining of arteries which leads to the build up of fatty tissue
HEALTHHEARTATTACKS and carbon monoxide in the bloodstream and means less oxygen can travel around the body. Getting regular exercise is something we always hear about but it does help your general well-being as well as strengthening your heart! Diet is another important factor. It’s all too easy with our busy lifestyles to buy fast food or stock up on ready meals, but these are often full of hidden salt. We could all do with cutting back on saturated fats (found in products like butter, cheese, pies, cakes, biscuits and fatty or processed meats). Red and processed meats are particularly damaging. Try and incorporate healthier foods, with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado and nuts and seeds. Fibre is also good as it improves cholesterol levels by lowering blood pressure and reducing belly fat. And finally, some good news! Having a glass of wine a day can improve your heart health. Just don’t save them all up for a Friday night and go on a drinking binge!
So what should you be looking out for? The most common symptom for men and women is chest pain. It makes your chest feel tight, with a squeezing sensation commonly described as feeling like an ‘elephant is sitting on your chest’. It can last two or three minutes and return. Shooting pains up and down your arm are also common. Yet women, far more than men, also complain of a range of other symptoms as well. In fact, 40% of surviving women don’t complain of chest pain at all. These other symptoms can develop in the hours, days and even weeks before a heart attack strikes and include fatigue, anxiety, indigestion and a sore neck, jaw and shoulders. They are often so subtle that they are mistaken for other ailments such as the flu or acid reflux. Below are less well-known symptoms which women have experienced before or during a heart attack. Each of them can happen for a number of reasons but it is important to be aware that they can be linked to female heart attacks. If you experience one or more of them or have noticed a marked change, it is far better to be safe than sorry. If you are concerned at all or believe you could be experiencing heart attack symptoms, ring 999 straightaway.
Upper Body Pain
The most common of these, as already mentioned, is a tight chest pain. However,
women can experience pain in other areas including the upper back, shoulders, neck and jaws.
Fatigue is familiar to all of us and can be caused for a variety of reasons. However, one factor can be decreased blood flow to the brain, which happens when the heart isn’t pumping blood as it should. Unusual or extreme fatigue could be an early heart attack symptom or a warning sign of heart disease. In one study, more than 70% of the women surveyed experienced marked fatigue in the days or weeks prior to their heart attacks. Sleep disturbances should also be noted. In another study, almost half of the women experienced sleep disturbances in the days or weeks leading up to their attacks.
Shortness of Breath
Unexplained shortness of breath during normal daily activities is one of the most common early heart attack symptoms. Heart attacks decrease the pumping function of the heart whilst increasing blood pressure in the lungs and heart.
Nausea, Vomiting and Indigestion
These are commonly associated with heart attacks because nerves which supply the heart and stomach are similar and some areas of the heart, when injured, can cause nausea. Many women also mistake a heart attack with acid reflux because the latter causes pain right behind the heart.
Feelings of Anxiety
Of course, feelings of anxiety, a rapid heartbeat and sweating can be a typical anxiety attack but it can also be a sign of your heart’s overexertion. If you are experiencing these whilst feeling calm or doing a calming activity, then this could be a sign of the latter. Around a third of women experience extreme anxiety, meaning that a heart attack is mistaken for a panic attack. Fidelma Carter, Director of Public Health at the NICHS recommends an annual health check if you are over the age of forty. You can get these done by your doctor or the NICHS offers cardiovascular risk assessments, both in their premises and in workplaces and local communities. If you are worried about anything or would like to find out more, visit the NICHS website at www.nichs.org.uk. World Heart Day is on 29th September 2013.
In January 2009, Sinead Scullion suffered a sudden heart attack when she was thirty six, mere weeks after she had given birth to her third child.
y heart attack is thought to have resulted from a series of events which occurred during and after labour. I took a sharp intense pain in my left shoulder blade. Within minutes I broke out in a thick clammy sweat with beads of perspiration on my forehead. The pain continued under my left arm and I felt nauseous. The intensity of the pain can never be fully expressed. My husband contacted our GP who subsequently sent an ambulance. On route to the hospital I suffered cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated several times, both in the ambulance and in hospital. My life has been affected. I had two stents inserted into two main arteries which were blocked by clots. I have permanent muscle damage and symptoms of fatigue and dizziness can hit me at any time. I was unable to return to work and I am on cardiac medication to support my heart functionality. While this benefits my cardiac condition, it has side effects like stomach problems and low blood pressure which need to be managed. I attend the Royal Victoria Hospital twice a year and my cardiac function is monitored. I did a twelve week cardiac rehabilitation programme six months after my illness, followed by another eight week programme six months later. This is an education programme coupled with a supervised exercise programme. It is necessary for giving you the confidence to know there can be normality after such a massive life event. Having a heart attack is surreal, particularly when you are in good health and are living a good lifestyle. I never thought for one minute that I was having a heart attack.
On Yer Bike! Irish cyclists, Martyn Irvine, Caroline Ryan and Wendy Houvenaghel, as well as British competitiors, Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Sarah Storey, Laura Trott and of course, Victoria Pendleton have certainly brought cycling to our attention. Watching them in the Velodrome at the London 2012 Olympics has prompted many people to get back on their bikes.
s a form of exercise, cycling has broad appeal. Toddlers, pensioners, the able-bodied or people with disabilities can all enjoy cycling if they have the right equipment. In fact, cycling is the third most popular recreational activity in the UK. An estimated 3.1 million people ride a bicycle each month and according to the Cycling Ireland website, “Cycling in Ireland is currently experiencing a very positive trend in the numbers of people taking to their bike in order to cycle both recreationally and competitively. This is evidenced by a 43% increase in our Cycling Ireland membership for 2010 and further increase to date of 21% for 2011. Over the past four years the number of women cycling has almost quadrupled”. Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. It saves you money, gets you fit, and is good for the environment. Here in Northern Ireland, the introduction of the Government’s Cycle to Work Scheme has been a significant factor in the promotion and uptake of cycling. With this scheme, the government has made it possible for people in Northern Ireland to purchase bicycles TAX FREE. In many cases this means people can save up to 50% on the cost of their bike through a salary sacrifice where the employee’s gross (taxable) salary is reduced. This means the employee is reducing their tax and NIC contributions. Whether you get on a bike to take yourself to and from work or purely for pleasure in your free time, regular cycling can help you lose weight and tone up, reduce stress and improve your fitness. In
fact, the list of cycling benefits is endless and riding at a moderate speed (12-14 mph) allows you to burn approximately 235 calories per half hour. If you have children, it’s great to involve them in cycling too. For tinier offspring, childseats and trailers are fantastic options, or tag-alongs for slightly older children. Then there’s a wide range of children’s bikes which are guaranteed to keep them occupied for hours on end. Once you’ve purchased the bike, the costs of cycling are minimal compared to other sporting activities and it allows for a value for money, fun family day out at various purpose built family cycling trails at Castle Archdale, Gosford Forest Park, Castlewellan Forest Park, Castle Ward Demesne, Craigavon Lakes and Blessingbourne Estate. There are plenty of traffic-free paths in Northern Ireland to start cycling on to build up your confidence before you venture either out onto the road or onto more technical off road trails. If you are starting out and want to know more about these trails and cycling in NI in general an invaluable website is www. cycleni.com If you enjoy cycling and want to boost your training and take it to a more competitive level you could enter events such as Sportives. Cycling sportives and challenge rides are fast becoming one of the most popular cycling disciplines in Ireland and Great Britain. Cycling sportives are typically the cousin of a runner’s marathon - they are long distance, mass participation road cycling events. One of the most iconic sportives in Northern Ireland is the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive which
will be held on 7th September 2013. This event has three distances to suit all abilities (35miles/80miles/115miles). The popular 35 mile Causeway Coaster is a perfect entry-level sportive route taking in stunning scenery as well as passing the Bushmills Distillery (Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery), Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site and you don’t even have to have a road bike to take part in this route. Many people tackle this route on mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. For the longer distances, a road bike is required. For more information on the growing number of sportives in Northern Ireland visit www. cycleni.com/cycling-sportives The world is your oyster when it comes to cycling (motorways and ‘no cycling’ signs permitted!), and if you do want to take it seriously as a form of exercise then why not join a cycling club in your area and go on organised bike rides, or if the open road isn’t for you, then check out Victoria Pendleton’s Pro Cycling Class, exclusively at Fitness First gyms it’s time to get in the saddle!
Tune In to...
The Cycle Show hosted by NI’s Graham Little. The weekly one-hour, studio based chat show combines lighthearted cycling conversation with wide-ranging features on everything connected to life on two wheels. With regular riding stars and bike mad celebrities. The show aims to offer something for everyone, from the newcomer to the hardened weekend warrior and this year they will take to the road with a number of visits to Ireland, and will include a special edition women-only programme. The Cycle Show airs weekly on ITV4, at 8pm, Monday evenings.
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Our panel of experts this month are:
Sara O’Neill Stylist www.saras-designs.co.uk
Kay McLorn MCSP Chartered Physiotherapist/ Pilates Instructor www.blackstonephysio.co.uk
Ask the Experts... Q: I have used the same eye shadow shades for a number of years but would like to make a change - what is the in colour shade for A/W13? Angela says: This season Clarins mineral eye colours are tinted Khaki, satiny Taupe, intense Bronze and pale Gold. These colours can be found in the new Clarins Forest Shade Collection.
Daytime Look 1. Apply Khaki (1) to the eyelid, working from the inner corner outwards. With the pointed applicator tip, take up the liner shade. 2. Apply the Intense Bronze (3) along the upper lash line, working from the inner corner outwards. Continue this line under the lower lashes, but only about half way. 3. To create more open looking eyes, dab on the Pale Gold (4) highlighter just under the eyebrows. For a Captivating Look 1. Apply Khaki (1) from the inner corner of the eye to the middle eyelid, then shade Satin Taupe (2) to the other half to the outer corner of the eye to add a touch of subtle satin colour. 2. Intensify this look by applying liner shade Intense Bronze (3) using the thin applicator. 3. Finally, illuminate the eyes by dotting the highlighter shade Pale Gold (4) under the eyebrows.
Base Colour 1 - Khaki Base Colour 2 - Satin Taupe Eyeliner 3 - Intense Bronze Highlighter 4 - Pale Gold
Q. Recently when I waken up in the morning and get out of bed the backs of my legs are very sore round about my heels. It is quite painful to walk but then loosens up after 5 minutes or so. What is causing this and what can I do about it? Kay says: If you are waking up with pain in the back of your lower legs in the morning and it is particularly bad, then you might be suffering from Achilles tendonitis or some related condition. The Achilles tendon is the large tendon that can be felt just above your heel and connects your calf muscles to the heel. It is this muscle group which lifts you up onto your toes. It is a major tendon and it is this whole calf complex that gives you power to walk, run and jump. The Achilles tendon complex also connects on around your heel into the Plantar fascia. The Plantar fascia extends along the sole of your foot right up to your toes, so if there is an injury in this region you could be feeling some degree of pain, and find walking difficult. You may be able to feel some ‘thickening’ of the tendon which would be sore - this is inflammation of the tendon. The damage may be caused by weakening of the tendon, walking with ‘flat feet’ or sometimes overuse of the tendon e.g. after starting a new training regime or perhaps a change of footwear. Treatment from a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist will help with this and make a difference from the very first session. This may involve some massage, ultrasound and the use of locally applied ice. You will be given exercises to do which will involve stretching the tendon and also making the whole muscle work to lift you up onto your toes. They will discuss some of the factors which may have caused the problem initially and make adaptations where necessary.
Health & Nutrition Rachel Wright Registered Dietitian
Q. I would like to invest in a piece of designer clothing in the S/S sales, What would you recommend I should buy that would still look as if I’m on trend? Sara says: For the past decade we have been bombarded by fast-moving trends and disposable fashion- now there is a movement towards classic, quality pieces that scream style over a particular season. Sales are a perfect time to invest in a classic item - bear the following in mind when shopping: look for the best quality you can afford, this item should last for years. Only buy something that fits well and is comfortable. Invest in something that blends with your existing wardrobe, or even better - updates it - and makes you feel great when you wear it. Bad weather in early summer and austerity has produced a disastrous season for retailers, which has in turn produced fantastic sales in both the high street and designer markets. Shoes and bags are a fantastic sale investment - unlike garments they are not affected by weight fluctuations, more likely to be looked after and mended, and not as easy to be defined by a certain trend or season. The trend in shoes over the last few years has been for more and more extreme platforms, which have recently reached dizzying heights, before being pared back to a more minimal, elegant court shoe style. Footwear trends for A/W13 are for a more grown up, sleeker shape, which this shoe delivers with a fashion twist.
Q. My first baby is due very soon and I am wondering once he or she is born do I need to be eating or avoiding certain foods? Rachel says: Just after giving birth, the one thing you will need lots of, is energy! Diet (along with plenty of sleep and help) will obviously be very important. You should follow a heathy balanced diet. Eat regularly, 3 small meals and 2-3 healthy snacks will help to boost metabolism and help give you a steady supply of energy throughout the day. Drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres per day. Even mild dehydration will add to your fatigue. Fibre is also very important as many woman suffer from constipation after birth. If you plan to breast feed your diet should follow the same advice plus: • You may feel extra thirsty, so always have a glass of water handy • Avoid too much caffeine (some mums notice a link with colic and restlessness) • Avoid more than 2 portions of oily fish per week (may contain low levels of pollutants) • Taking a 10 microgram (mcg) vitamin D supplement is recommended • You will use up an extra 500 kcals per day, which is always good for weight loss!
Paul Stafford Paul Stafford Hairdressing Belfast www.paulstafford.co.uk
Angela Mullan Make-up Training Manager Clarins NI
Q. I’m sure I’m nearly 100% grey (though I wouldn’t know for sure) and I’m now at the stage in my life where I think it’s time to grow old g “ racefully “ what are my options? I’ve been colouring my hair for so long I can’t even remember what colour it was! Paul says What is this “Growing Old Gracefully”? Never heard of it!!! Seriously, though if you feel it’s time to either embrace the grey or at least lighten the colour, the first thing we need to do is assess what’s possible. To lighten your hair might be difficult based on the build up and depth of the artificial colour, if its very dark, the lightening process will be long and gradual if its a mid-brown or dark blonde less so, the length of your hair will also dramatically effect the result as there will be varying degrees of colour build up and lightening could affect the condition considerably if the hair is already dry, brittle or coarse in texture. It is vital to have a strand test in preparation for any hair lightening process as this will determine the possibilities. Most salons offer this service, but for a major colour change I’d consult a Colour Specialist who has experiance in this field as its a highly complicated service. To strip or remove the colour to expose your natural colour, is risky and the results are usually less than impressive. Ask a colourist to assess the percentage of gray, then, and here’s the Big Question , if you are going to go the Grey Way ..... Maybe it’s also time for a new image, the easiest way to get back from the black, is to cut it out! A short textured crop, with the emphasis on the shape as opposed to the shade is a very liberating and exciting thing to do. It may take more than one cut, but if you work with a great stylist who is confidence inspiring and creative, you will enjoy the different looks and freedom a new look can offer. Many woman of all ages are now embracing grey hair, and as numerous articles in the fashion mags tell us. Grey really is the new black!!!
If you have any questions you would like to have answered by our experts please email your questions to email@example.com NW
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GET A SUMMER READY BODY Summer’s on the way but it’s not too late to sculpt your body with a non-invasive procedure that targets those stubborn areas and smooths contours.
magine a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that costs a fraction of what most treatments cost, is permanent, and tackles those tough spots like ‘love handles’ and belly fat. Well according to experts at UltraSlim Clinics, ultrasound cavitation lipo is the most effective non-surgical body sculpting treatment available on the market today. Inches can be lost off any given area of the body with a short, simple treatment administered in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Here UltraSlim Clinics answers some of the most common questions asked about ultrasound cavitation lipo.
What is ultrasonic cavitation?
Cavitation is a natural phenomenon based on low frequency ultrasound. The ultrasound field creates bubbles in the liquid that surround the fat cells, which gradually grow, and implode. As the membranes of fat cells do no have the structural capacity to withstand the vibrations, the effect of cavitation easily breaks them, while sparing the vascular, nervous and muscular tissue.
Does the treatment hurt?
Ultrasound cavitation lipo is a painless treatment to remove fat cells and reshape the curves of your body. It is a non-invasive and non-surgical approach to style your figure. Patients can return to normal day-today activities immediately.
How long does the treatment take and how soon will I see results?
Each treatment takes 30-60 minutes and will also include a consultation. Often results are visible after the first session but will improve further over the course of six treatments. We will assess the final results after completing your initial bookings. Maximum results require at least six to twelve treatment sessions per area depending on size. However, most clients will lose one to three inches after only one treatment. These results are not guaranteed and will depend on the client’s response to treatment and the area being treated.
Will the effect be long-lasting?
The fat cells treated with ultrasound cavitation lipo will not return or re-grow, so that is a permanent effect. However, the length of time that the body shaping will last for is really in your hands. How much you eat and how much exercise you take will also affect your long-term body shape. So if you take in more calories than you use, your weight and fat will increase and the permanent removal of fat cells from your treatment will be hidden by your weight gain.
So how does it work?
As the ultrasound passes through the fat cells inside your body it causes the fat inside to change from a semi-solid state and to become a liquid. Once liquefied, the fat will begin to drain from the cell. The fat then passes through the lymph node system and exits the body through the digestive system in the normal manner. The fat will continue to drain from the body for the next 72 hours.
Are there any side effects?
Ultrasonic cavitation is an extremely safe treatment. However, some people do experience some redness of the skin which should return to normal within a few hours.
What happens after treatment?
You will need to avoid alcohol for three days after each treatment because your liver will be busy processing the fat that has been broken down by the ultrasonic lipo therapy. Also try to drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated before and after treatment. Patients should be advised that following treatment they should maintain a low calorie intake for four days. This will ensure that fat energy released as a result of the ultrasound cavitation lipo treatment is used by the body.
How much does it cost?
The average price for a course of six 30 minute treatments is £375. However, this depends on the area being treated. Prices start from as little as £75 per course. If you
wish to have multiple areas of your body reshaped, prices may vary depending on the number of areas to be treated and the patient’s individual response to ultrasound cavitation lipo.
Is everyone suitable for lipo?
Your therapist will discuss this with you when you have your initial consultation as several conditions can exclude patients from therapy. A full list of exclusions can be found on the website at www. ultraslimclinics.com
Is it possible to lose weight with ultrasonic cavitation?
Ultrasonic liposuction is used to restyle your body rather than specifically reduce weight. We all know the difficulty of losing fat in stubborn areas such as ‘love handles’, lower abdomen or outer thighs. Ultrasonic is ideal for these targeted areas, helping to smooth contours and reshape your figure. We recommend using the crazy Fit vibration plate, which burns around 300 calories in just ten minutes, directly after treatments as this will speed up the weight loss process by increasing your metabolism. The cost is £5 for 10 minutes, or £10 for 3 x 10 minute sessions. Remember ultrasound cavitation lipo is not a licence to eat more or exercise less. The long-term results are in your hands.
For NW readers, three treatments for just £150 saving a total of £75 off! Please contact the clinic on 0844 2887297 or email: info@ultraslimclinics. com for a free no-obligation consultation.
'crystal clear' Beauty Secrets, Hillsborough has recently introduced Crystal Clear’s Microdermabrasion facial into their salon. A celebrity favourite which promises to tackle skin problems and deliver younger-looking skin, NW’s Caroline Perry tries it out.
ince being established in 1995, Crystal Clear has been a leading provider of hi-tec beauty treatments and skincare products. The Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion facial promises instant results including fresher, tauter, radiant and significantly younger looking skin! It also deals with problem skin, from acne scarring, open pores, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage. The treatment certainly promises a lot so I was excited to have the opportunity to try it for myself. It is also a celebrity favourite. Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham are fans. My skin errs on the oily side, particularly around my T-zone where I am prone to spots. If the facial can make my skin anything like the young, fresh and smooth skin of these famous faces, I’ll be happy! Beauty Secrets proprietor Lyndsey
Wallace and her colleague Judith are fans of the treatment too, loving the results when they’ve had it done themselves. The Microdermabrasion facial has two main steps. The first involves a controlled airflow of crystals which are placed directly onto the skin’s surface through a sterilised hand-piece. This works to gently remove dead skin cells layer by layer. More concentration can be given to problem areas, in this case my chin, although it can be used to deal with any of the skin problems mentioned earlier. Although this sounds technical and scary, the reality was straightforward and painless. This step essentially acts as a deep exfoliation, working to penetrate deeper, allowing skincare products to be more effective and make-up to go on more smoothly. The suction motion was gentle against my skin and I could feel it working straightaway.
The results were immediate! I was initially sceptical when I heard how much the product promises but my skin felt tighter and fresher straightaway. So that I could see the difference for myself, Judith did the suction motion (minus the crystals) on my eyebrows and cheekbones. Once she had done one eyebrow, she handed me a mirror. I was shocked by the difference! The treated eyebrow was noticeably higher and tighter than my remaining untreated eyebrow. The next step involved lathering my skin in Crystal Clear Lift Liquid Cool Activator. This is a cooling and tightening mask, designed to complement the first step by further lifting, firming and smoothing your skin. Be aware that the mask is cold, designed to cool you down after the first step. It is left on for fifteen minutes and there is a tingling sensation, which is normal. As the mask is left on, Judith also performed a massage which was a lovely bonus! After fifteen minutes, the mask is easily peeled off. Afterwards Judith mixed two Crystal Clear products together, both of which are available to buy. The first is Crystal Clear Skin Brightening Complex which brightens the skin, as the name suggests. It is useful for dealing with age spots. This was combined with Crystal Clear Skin Repair Serum which had an SPF 40 in it to protect your skin. Then, with a refreshing spritz of Crystal Clear Revitalising Tonic, I was good to go! Thanks to the cooling effect of the second step, you never need to worry about leaving the salon with a red face. As your skin is sensitive afterwards, particularly to heat, you are advised to avoid the sun (which isn’t too hard in Northern Ireland), exercising and saunas and steam rooms for twenty four hours. Judith further advised to wear an SPF of 30 every day for two or three weeks as well. The results last for weeks and the treatment really does offer a great non-invasive, non-surgical way to get visibly younger looking skin. I have had comments from people saying that my skin is ‘glowing’ or ‘radiant’ and can see for myself that my skin is fresher and tauter. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Crystal Clear Micradermabrasion facial really did deliver, even after one treatment. Please note that a course of six is advisable, particularly if you have a problem area you want to be worked on. The Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion facial is £65 for one hour. For a course of six. Beauty Secrets is offering six facials for the price of five. Beauty Secrets, 31 Lisburn Road, Hillsborough. Tel: 028 9268 2800
Pilates – challenge yourself to new possibilities
aking part in a regular pilates workout will help everyone no matter what their age or occupation. Modified Pilates exercises have evolved from Joseph Pilates’ original exercises. These original exercises were strenuous and required high levels of fitness – suiting the ballet dancers he worked with at the time. Modified Pilates can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. It teaches body awareness, good posture and promotes easy movement. If you have suffered an injury, then pain will prevent muscles from working in the correct way and their movement becomes altered. Although you may recover from an injury, unless your muscles are taught to move again in the correct way, you may acquire postural alterations that eventually lead to pain. It is important that these exercises are taught under the supervision of chartered physiotherapists, as they are experts in dealing with issues like this. Pilates starts at the core and like any other new skill the exercises need to be learned. Pilates exercises give stability to the spine by focusing on the deep abdominal muscles closest to the spinal bones. Initially this will take a lot of concentration, precision of movement and attention to detail as you or body learns (or re-learns) how to move at its optimal, literally forming the backbone of your fitness. As your muscle tone improves you will find that you can move easier and see your core stability, flexibility, strength and posture improve. Your whole wellbeing will be enhanced. For people involved in sport it gives more agility, prevents injury and improves performance. If you plan to attend a pilates class it
Kay McLorn from Blackstone Physiotherapy discusses how pilates improves core stability, balance, flexibility and strength and how these combined with concentration and precision of movement form the backbone of a healthier lifestyle.
is imperative that you look for a class that is at the correct level of difficulty for you, that the instructor is trained specifically in pilates and that there can be adaptations made to suit you as an individual. To enable a good instructor to tailor to your needs then you should look for classes that have no more than 12 people attending. You will use lots of small pieces of equipment like resistance bands and small soft balls to challenge your strength and balance while maintaining stability. Enjoy the fun! Reformer classes are challenging in different way – exercise using varying strengths of resistance whilst on a moving platform, makes sure you get a full body workout. The Reformer
provides finely tuned resistance, working very precisely to develop good alignment, core stability, strength and flexibility. Blackstone Physiotherapy offers both Mat and Reformer classes on a daily basis. As we are all aware it is important that the principals of good movement are learnt from an early age. Joseph Pilates famously said, “First educate the child” that is why we offer classes for children as young as seven years. Waken up to new challenges and possibilities and find a pilates class that is right for you!
inimi Body Wrap is a non-invasive treatment offering you a better body with lasting results. The advanced technology breaks down the fat cells resulting in a reduction of unwanted fat from those difficult areas on the body and reducing appearance of cellulite. The amount of loss varies depending on each individual but results can be seen IMMEDIATELY; Minimi has the power to DROP A DRESS SIZE IN A SINGLE TREATMENT Minimi Body Wraps active ingredient breaks down fatty deposits by non-surgical lipolysis. Highlights of Minimi Body Wrap are: • Target fat reduction in specific problem areas • Permanent fat loss not fluid! • Results seen in an hour • Results progress over 72 hours • Improves skin tone, tightens and firms • Reduce the appearance of cellulite A course of 6 treatments is recommended for maximum results as a certain level can only be achieved in any 60 minute treatment, however once the fat is gone, its gone. It will only come back if new fat is created!!!
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Flying the Nest You’ve spent years looking after your children and it can be a difficult transition when the time comes for them to leave home. Northern Woman finds out more about Empty Nest Syndrome and what you can do to beat the blues.
e’ve all had those days when, after a row with your moody teenager, screaming matches between two siblings erupt or when the house feels like it’s about to burst with overflowing piles of ironing, you can’t wait for the kids to leave home. Life would be so much easier. But when that day finally arrives, whether they are leaving for university or going on that round the world trip, parents often find the reality harder to deal with. After all, the likelihood is that you’ve spent the last eighteen years or so looking after them almost every day. When the time comes for them to fly the nest, it’s an adjustment for all concerned. Empty Nest Syndrome is something we’ve all heard of and, although it isn’t classed as a medical condition, it is something that many parents experience when their children leave home. Feeling lonely, upset and overwhelmed is completely normal. However, in extreme cases it can reach the point when months later parents are still suffering from extreme grief or even depression. A feeling of purposelessness might pervade and sleeping and eating patterns might have changed. It is traditionally associated with mothers although it can, of course, affect either parent. It often coincides with the menopause, an already emotional and
sometimes traumatic time. Furthermore, if a woman (or increasingly a man) has shaped her personal identity around being a stayat-home parent, this can be particularly difficult. One approach to dealing with the change is looking at the situation as a positive opportunity rather than a negative experience. It is often a proud moment for parents to see their children pursue their dreams and interests, carving out their future. Many find the anticipation of their children leaving far worse than the reality. In fact, relationships with your children can become more satisfying as you move from disciplinarians into advice-giving ‘peers’. But do give yourself time to adjust to the change – the chances are it is going to take months, not weeks, before you feel like yourself again. Take time to invest in yourself. The chances are you’ve spent years focusing on your children’s needs rather than your
own. One advantage is that most parents see financial benefits, generally being £600 better off each month than they were before their children left home, according to a survey by Unite in 2010. The majority of parents find this new stage of their lives affords a level of freedom, confidence and enjoyment that they haven’t had in a long time. Although you may be feeling the blues now, the chances are in a couple of months you’ll love your new life!
Tips for overcoming Empty Nest Syndrome Reinvest in your relationships
Single parents can be hit hard by Empty Nest Syndrome, adjusting from a full home to living alone. It can be difficult initially but use that free time to your advantage. Reconnect with your friends and use the opportunity to network and meet new people. You may also find that you have
The majority of parents find this new stage of ❝ their lives affords a level of freedom, confidence and enjoyment that they haven’t had in a long time. ❞
LIFESTYLEFEATURE the time or interest for a romance. If this is something you might like, look at online dating websites like eHarmony (www. eharmony.co.uk) or Match.com or groups in Northern Ireland such as The Fine Dining Club. For those of you who are married, now is the perfect time to reconnect. Although there are horror stories of partners realising they have nothing in common once their children have left home, many have found they have higher marital satisfaction levels than ever before. Enjoy quality time together by arranging date nights once a week and saving up that extra cash to take a once-ina-lifetime trip.
Pursue that hobby
All of us have hobbies we loved, whether you were the creative artist at school or an active member of your local tennis club. For those of you who have managed to keep those hobbies going, good for you! As for the rest of us who have given them up, meaning to go back but never having the chance, why not rediscover your passion or perhaps try something new? If you’ve always been passionate about
cooking, why not experiment and advance your skills with a cookery course? James Street South in Belfast offers an extensive range of courses (www.jamesstreetsouth. co.uk/Cookery-School). The Belle Isle Cookery School in Co. Fermanagh is another option (www.irishcookeryschool. com). If you love sports or just being active then why not take up a new activity? Join your local golf club, create a walking group with your friends once a week or, if you aren’t sure what to choose, why not join your local leisure centre where there will be a range of facilities and classes available? For dance lovers, look at Dance Resource Base for a range of classes, from ballet to Irish and Scottish Country Dancing for all ages across Northern Ireland (www.danceresourcebase. org). If you loved art, dabbling with painting or drawing in your spare time, or loved music and drama, why not take a class and get back into it? The Strule Arts Centre in Omagh has a range of facilities from their Art Workshop (including a Ceramics Room Facility and Print Workshop) to a music recording studio (www.struleartscentre.
co.uk). The Crescent Arts Centre has a range of classes in the visual arts, dance and drama, to suit all tastes and levels (www. crescentarts.org).
A range of courses
It can be a good time to refocus attention on your career, particularly if you gave one up or took on part-time work while your children were growing up. In order to spice up that CV, it is a prime opportunity to take a class or learn a language to boost your skills and your career credentials. The Open University offer an extensive range of courses, from business management to IT (www.open.ac.uk). If you don’t have time to attend full-time classes, look for night or part-time courses. Queen’s University’s Open Learning Programme offers a range of subjects from languages and literature to wine tasting and golf. You can pick a course to fit in with your schedule (www.qub.co.uk/schools/ SchoolofEducation/StudyattheSchool/ OpenLearning/). The University of Ulster also offer degrees which can be done on a part-time basis and through online learning as well (www.ulster.ac.uk/prospectus).
Explore the world around you
It is often the place on your doorstep that you explore least of all. If you’re on a budget, why not explore Northern Ireland? Hop in your car, or use our well-connected railways or coaches, to travel anywhere in the province (or beyond). Highlights include the Giant’s Causeway, the Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion. Explore the Antrim Coast and gorgeous coastal towns from Portrush to Portstewart. If city life is your thing, why not visit cosmopolitan cities like Belfast, Newry or the walled city of Derry, still enjoying its status as 2013’s City of Culture. Visit towns with great independent boutiques like Holywood, Dungannon, Hillsborough and Moira. For great restaurants across the country, look at our Great Eats on page ??
Keep in Touch
With all this fun you’re having, make time for your children as well! From phone calls and texting to Skype there is no shortage of ways to keep in touch. Although it doesn’t mean your child will ring or text when they’ve promised, it does bring greater flexibility. A quick text here and there can protect your peace of mind while you, or your child, are on the go! In saying this, many families find it useful to have a scheduled time when they catch up. Whether that’s Skype on a Sunday or phoning midweek, find what works for you and stick to it.
My Brilliant Career
Make-up artist Pamela Smyth, proprietor of The Make Up Dept, has had a long and prolific career spanning twentyseven years. She has worked in every aspect of the industry from fashion shoots and advertising campaigns before moving into films and television.
Did you always know you wanted to be a make-up artist?
No! I left school very early because I wanted to work and earn money. When I was about fifteen or sixteen I used to do hair modelling for hairdressers and I would do my own make-up, and everyone else’s too. It was just for fun but I kept being asked if I could do the make-up at these shows. Then when I was eighteen I went to England and worked in a theatre. I did a bit of everything from set decoration to background running and a little bit of make-up amongst other things. When I came home after a year I had to decide what I wanted to do. I applied to be a receptionist in a hospital but the day before I was due to start I was asked to do a commercial. I did it and then every couple of weeks I was asked to do something else. Soon I was making enough to think that it could be a potential career.
How did you make the transition from commercials into the film and television industry, which you continue to work in today?
I started doing mostly fashion photography shoots and small commercials. I also got a government start-up grant and spent every penny on make-up. With each job I kept putting money back in until I had enough to barely make a living. The more I worked the more I realised how little I actually knew so I went to London and did some courses on specialist make-up. Paul Stafford also taught me hair cutting so that if anyone needed a trim I was capable of
doing that too. By the time I was twenty seven, I had been working for eight years and had around six hundred commercials on my CV. At this point, I remember thinking that I wanted to expand and move into the film industry. A friend gave me a job on his first film and I really was thrown in at the deep end! But I took every job with open arms and a mentality to make the best of it.
Have you a preference for a particular area in the field or is variety the key? Variety is the most enjoyable bit. Makeup is an art and if you do something repetitively, it is not enjoyable anymore. On Game of Thrones I am in charge of the crowd (background extras) so my job is about logistics in this case whereas on Universal’s Your Highness (2009) I did the make-up for Danny McBride and James Franco. Danny was hilarious and James was beautiful so you couldn’t fault that but this meant being focused on them alone which is a big contrast. It is all different but hugely enjoyable! Different locations are also a huge benefit in my job. I could be in Iceland, Croatia or a dusty dark studio in the middle of nowhere! Getting up and having a look at the call sheet is really exciting.
You have travelled around the world on the job. How do you juggle your work and family life?
It is very difficult but there are two things which keep me going. My parents are amazing and take on everything I can’t do.
We also have an au pair who is a backup and can be in the house overnight if we have to get up at three or four in the morning. The variety for our children is that their parents have interesting jobs (Pamela’s husband is an Art Director in the film and television industry) and when we do have time off, we have really good quality time with them. It is a matter of organisation and I’ve gotten better at it over the years.
You are now the proprietor of The Make Up Dept, which offers a variety of courses for budding make-up artists in NI, from beauty to special effects. Can you tell us about more about this and what made you decide to move into teaching? A few years ago, when big projects were beginning to come over to Northern Ireland, I was looking for assistants. Girls were coming with four or five years experience in make-up but they didn’t know what to do on set. I thought the best thing was to set up The Make Up Dept to run short courses which got people up and running for working in films. We have increased the skill-set of make-up people in Northern Ireland. Setting up the school also meant I would have a selection of good people I could use locally. Now, after three years of the school, I have a core team of really good make-up artists.
What has been your most proud or memorable moment?
I remember standing in a newsagent
LIFESTYLECAREERS in Dublin and seeing three front covers showing my work! Those made me feel really good. Being part of the make-up team on Game of Thrones is another. We got an Emmy (for Outstanding Make-up on a Single Camera Series (Non Prosthetic) in 2012) and even though I was looking after the background, it is still part of the job and that gives you a lot of pride. Knowing that people on the other side of the world thought the make-up looked so good that it deserved an Emmy is an amazing thing. Being recognised for doing a good job is very inspiring.
On the set of ‘Occupation’ with James Nesbitt
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
Working in extreme weather conditions is very challenging. For example, if you are on a shoot in a desert you have to keep the sand out of your kit, out of your eyes and away from the actors. As the day goes on this gets harder and you have to try cleaning them up without giving them a facial! One particular job (Flood (2007) starring Robert Carlyle) was quite challenging because we were filming in tanks of water. The water came up to your chest and you had to keep your kit dry. There were divers with us in case anyone slipped or went under. The set was meant to look like a room that has been flooded and the lights were flickering with real electricity. You are trusting someone with your life! But you can’t be afraid of things. No matter what it is, you have to be willing to do it!
What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to follow in your footsteps?
It is hugely competitive but the more knowledge you have of your art, the better. It is also very important to be aware that you’ll always be learning. Every job is different and every environment is different. You could be doing exactly the same makeup in 35˚C or -25˚C. You’re only as good as your last job and if you come into a job boasting but you can’t deliver, you don’t get another chance. Be open-minded and do everything to get as much experience as possible. Do that wedding on a Saturday, do a couple of days on a set, do that commercial or help out a friend for free on a photographic shoot, just to build up experience. Don’t pigeon hole yourself because then you are just reducing your income.
What are your plans for the future?
I don’t think too far ahead. I’ve never been a person to have big goals as far as work is concerned. I’ve worked on massive jobs and very small jobs and if that progresses, that’s great. After all these years, I still love it.
Knowing that ❝ people on the other side of the world thought the make-up looked so good that it deserved an Emmy is an amazing thing.
nt Abroad’ with Zoë Wa
On the set of ‘An Innoce
Mourne Kitchen a mountainside retreat
by Lynda Bryans
here can hardly be a more imposing sight than that of Slieve Donard as you approach Newcastle. CS Lewis took the Mournes area as his inspiration for the fantasy land in which he set his Chronicles of Narnia. Travel along the coastline a little further though, towards Annalong, and you will get a true picture of the spectacular scenery he must have glimpsed in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Glassdrumman Lodge sits nestled right in the heart of this glorious landscape, with a backdrop of Slieve Binnian, Wee Binnian and some of the smaller mountains that make up the Mournes, yet high enough to look out across rolling fields to the sea. A stunning picture, but no words can describe accurately the quiet peace of this countryside location and the incredible sense of calm it holds. The place has been run as an elegant hotel and restaurant for three decades by
the Hall family, Ben at front-of-house and his brother Jonny, head chef, as welcoming as the wide open doors of the conservatory and the sight of an exquisitely decorated lounge with the sort of plush sofas that you just want to curl up on with a brandy and a good book - the open fires are there if you need them. Before we even think of that though, my travelling companion, Denise, and I are rolling up our sleeves for a hands-on lesson in Mourne Kitchen - Glassdrumman’s daytime cookery school. Jonny Hall was trained at Ballymaloe by Darina and Rachel Allen, at 17, the youngest they’ve turned out. Now in his 30’s, he’s built a reputation in his own right as one of this region’s finest chefs. And the location is surely a blessing - the freshest lobster, scallops and fish straight off the boats at Kilkeel, locally sourced lamb and Angus beef, and vegetables grown in fields right on the doorstep - at Glassdrumman
they talk about food yards rather than food miles. We start with a very civilized morning coffee and home-made shortbread brought by Rebecca (not related, but part of the Glassdrumman ‘family’) as Jonny talks through what we’ll make, and later eat for lunch. The kitchen has several cooking stations, each kitted with all the utensils and implements we’ll need, and we will prepare everything from scratch. Denise is a jewellery maker, arty and imaginative - Jonny picks up on this, telling her that she will learn to slightly control those creative instincts in the kitchen, while I, who usually follows recipes to the letter, will learn to be more inventive with ingredients, “feeling” my way to creating the dishes he has in mind rather than just copying the recipes; Soda bread, Scallop with Leek and Apricot Glaze, Indian Style Dover Sole Fillet with Iranian Rice followed by Peppered Pineapple - all of which sounds
LIFESTYLEMOURNEKITCHEN slightly ambitious, not least because he says we’ll be filleting the Dover sole ourselves. Under Jonny’s surprisingly calm supervision, it’s not as hard as I thought. As we work, he throws in pearls of cheffy wisdom - how to sharpen a knife properly, why it’s important to pre-heat, understanding the ‘taste compass’ and identifying its four points - salt, pepper, sweet and sour - and questions are always welcome. Things go remarkably smoothly, given that there are three pans on the go at one point but step by step he guides us and in a very short time we are sitting down to a fine lunch in the restaurant, washed down with an equally fine glass of chilled white wine. The gardens at Glassdrumman are worth a dander round after lunch. Sit down and take in the view and the smell of wild garlic in springtime, summer herbs later in the year - again, the emphasis is on using as much growing locally as possible. You can, of course, work off that lunch with a good walk on the mountains, the level of difficulty is up to yourself, and there are plenty of other activities to do including golfing and fishing. We chose, rather lazily, to return to the promise of that comfy sofa we spotted earlier - to indulge in some Glassdrumman-made fudge and a seemingly bottomless coffee pot. Mourne Kitchen runs cookery courses all year round and special deals on bed, breakfast and evening meals. For more information, go to: www. glassdrummanlodge.com
Jonny Hall’s Soda Bread Recipe:
Makes 1 loaf Cooking time: 35 minutes approx Preheat oven to 200c/400F/Gas mark 4.5 500 grams Soda Flour 1tsp Sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt Pinch of Pepper 28 grams Porridge Oats 475mls Buttermilk Combine dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon in a large bowl. Add buttermilk in stages, mixing throughout. When mixture is damp and combined, but not sloppy, turn out onto floured oven tray. Shape and make a cut across the top about 1cm deep. Bake for about 20 minutes, remove from tray and bake for a further 10-20 minutes until tapping the bottom of the loaf produces a hollow sound. Allow to cool slightly, before serving with butter. Bread can be frozen and is wonderful when reheated from thawed in the oven.
Do you want to declutter and make money at the same time? Well Margaret Connolly would recommend taking a closer look at eBay and other c‘ lutter to cash’ options.
hether you’re looking to clean out your closets and make a few pounds, turn a hobby of collecting into a profitable venture for extra income or establish a small business as a primary source of income, eBay offers an excellent way to make money by selling stuff. Originally called AuctionWeb, eBay made its debut online in 1995, when founder Pierre Omidyar offered a broken laser pointer for sale and found a collector to purchase it. Today, eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace with more than 97 million active users around the globe. Millions of people worldwide depend on eBay as a source of income, and the site has become an attractive marketplace for those looking for some extra cash.
Most of us are attracted to ebay because of the wide selection of products, roundthe-clock access, the convenience of selling from home. Getting started on eBay is easy. Many eBay sellers have started small by selling a few items they weren’t using, then discovered the fun and profitability of running a business online - so you never know what selling your item could lead too! Finding something to sell is as easy as deciding to declutter the kid’s playroom or part ways with your unused handbags and clothes that have hung in your wardrobe unworn for the last couple of years. Some eBay sellers offer items they’ve made, such as paintings, crafts, or even patented items or machinery, while others source unique items from overseas or from
wholesalers. You can start small, with one or two clay pots or holiday ornaments, or on a larger scale with dozens of silk scarves. Before you start selling on eBay spend a few hours getting to know your way around the site. You’ll find almost any item you can imagine available for sale, from iPhones and camera equipment to new and used books, as well as clothing, jewellery and designer handbags. Then, do a little research on the item you want to sell. Go right to the source; for example, type in ‘leather handbag’ or ‘pendant necklace’, and get a feel for the market for your product. See how other sellers describe and price their products, and track the results of a few auctions to learn how to position your own items for sale.
LIFESTYLEEBAY Making money on eBay is just like running any successful business. You'll need to consider all the administrative and upfront costs, monitor your product quality and positioning, market and promote your items, establish pricing, process and fulfill orders, and provide excellent customer service answering any questions buyers might have, posting quickly and sending goods in a manner in which you would like to receive them yourself. Be aware of all of the charges incurred when selling on eBay. There’s an insertion fee charged when you list your item, upgrades for enhancing your listings, a final value fee based on the selling price of your item, and fees for collecting payment through PayPal. Consider these fees when determining your listing price. There are two ways to sell on eBay. In the popular auction style, your item will go to the highest bidder, so this format works best if there's a high demand for the item you want to sell. You can also set a ‘Buy it now’ price so that a buyer who really wants the item can buy it immediately at the price you’ve set. A fixed price format makes your item available for immediate purchase; this works well if you know what your item is worth. Start with an informative title that includes keywords a buyer might enter into eBay’s search engine. Then write a few lines that describe your product accurately and include clear, close-up photographs to illustrate your product from different angles. Include size, colour, information about the item’s conditions or defects, as well as terms and conditions. Build a good reputation as a seller by following up with your buyer as soon as the auction ends or item is purchased. Once you receive payment, package the item carefully (an attractively - a bit of tissue paper and ribbon to package some jewellery or a small purse would be gratefully received at the other end!) and post promptly. Let your buyer know you appreciate their business by inviting them to leave positive feedback to encourage repeat sales. From my own limited experience of eBay I sold a designer handbag on the site to a customer in Germany. Unable to find the dustbag I actually sent it in an old canvas London Fashion Week bag with a gift card to my buyer. Rather than bemoan the missing dustbag, the buyer was happy to have received her cool alternative protector and looked forward to seeing my other listings for future purchases! So as I have learnt, little gestures like these will make all the difference. I should also add here that if I can do this anyone can! It took me years to get round to using eBay for the first time, but it is so simple and thanks to Paypal and all of the monitoring in place by the site itself, it’s a sure way to turn your clutter into cash - so go on, give it a go.
s well as selling on eBay other methods that allow you to turn your clutter into cash include selling on Gumtree or other suitable online and Facebook sites that offer interaction with a suitable customer base - just make sure you’re always protected when it comes to receiving payment before posting the items you are selling. While selling online is perfect for those who don’t have the time to spend at car boot sales or fashion fairs, these conventional methods are still worth considering if you can set aside the time in your diary. Ask about suitable events near you and if they are held regularly find out if they are worth the effort before pitching up with a car load of stuff that you will only be bringing home with you again! Music Magpie and Envirophone or Mazuma Mobile are good sites to sell old CDs and mobile phones. Shops are now also trading that accept old phones and computer games in return for cash and last but not least any old gold and silver pieces can also be sold for cash rather than living at the back of your jewellery box!
Caulfield Insurance – looking after motorists
All car insurance is not the same, but Caulfield offer the best cover at the right price... Everyone knows to shop around for the best car insurance deals but Caulfield Insurance can take the stress out of renewing your policy by shopping around for you. Caulfield’s price around the market to ensure low insurance premiums and with an estimated 1 in 200 drivers not insured on UK roads, the policies that Caulfield issue protect their customers against uninsured drivers. Caulfield know that motoring is great when everything is going well, but if trouble does appear around the corner they offer a special service that many other insurance brokers do not. These include a windscreen replacement service that does not affect your no claims bonus. If you do have an accident, Caulfield’s claimslines are open 24 hours a day, all year round to help after an incident. Even if you should get a puncture, Caulfield can help you on your journey with changing a flat tyre! With back to school coming up soon, the roads will be getting busier... Here are some tips that could help you stay out of trouble... • Keep a good distance in front of you so that you can slow down gently when you need to. • Except in an emergency, always look in the mirror before braking. Knowing what the car behind is doing is the best way to avoid getting hit from behind. • Make sure you have a properly adjusted head restraint. The top of the head restraint should be level with the top of your head for maximum safety. • Anticipate the traffic ahead and drive to avoid stopping as often – slowing down earlier gives the driver behind more time to react. • Try and signal early for junctions to give time for the traffic behind you to react. • Keep your foot lightly on the footbrake as traffic approaches from behind to show brake lights as a warning, until you are sure it is stopping.
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LIFESTYLEINTERIORS Mini Chaise featuring Designers Guild and Romo Fabrics, £695, Roycroft Interiors Studio, Lisburn
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Glitterati Mirror, £299, Littlewoods
We all deserve a little luxury in our lives so fill your house with these gems! Eclectic and thoroughly indulgent, we just couldn't resist. These gorgeous interior goodies have gone on our wish-list and, hopefully, yours too...
Bog Standard Molly's Garden Candle, £9.95, Ulster Museum, Menarys
Star by Julien MacDonald Candle, £8, Debenhams
Orchid and Orange Lampshade, £267, www.thevelvetlab.com
Cheese Board, £33.95 and Cheese Marker Set, £21.50, Beaufort Interiors
Emma Bridgwater Wine Glass, £29.95 and Emma Bridgewater Bowl, £29.95, CFC Interiors
LIFESTYLEINTERIORS Natalie Duvet Set, from £15 (for pillowcases), Bedeck
Betty Jackson Frame, £12.50, Debenhams
A selection of Candlesticks, from £35, Helen Turkington
Large Deer Head, £79.50, M&S
Genevieve Collection from Wilman Interiors, £45 m/roll, Decorator's Touch Belfast Ltd
Conan Gradient Circle Rug, £199, M&S
Glass Cut Wine Glasses, £12.50, www.bittenlondon.com
Ceramic Balloon Dog, £12, House of Fraser
Missoni Home Kew Pouf, £315, www.LuxDeco.com
Leolux Limited Edition 'Jungle Fever' Pallone Chair, £1,695, Beaufort Interiors
8 Great Eats: the best of NI
Are you bored of your local haunts and want to try something new? Look no further than these great eats to enjoy some of the best restaurants Northern Ireland has to offer.
Sugarcane Café Bistro
Linen Hill Kitchen and Deli
Café Vaudeville is a luxe Bar & dining establishment located on Arthur Street in Belfast, open Monday through to Saturday from 11:30am. Our coffee area, Café Vault, exudes an authentic Parisian atmosphere serving a selection of hot beverages along with a range of traditional boulangerie & savory delights. From 12pm we have a full menu with locally sourced produce & specials available daily and a fabulous priced two course menu from early evening at £13.95 that changes daily and encompasses modern cuisine. For city dwellers there’s free Wi-Fi coverage available in a sumptuous environment to relax, unwind and enjoy a tipple with acquaintances. Tel: 02890 439160 www.cafevaudeville.com
Lime Tree has become an important fixture in the lovely town of Limavady. Now in its eighteenth year, it is synonymous with great food in an intimate yet relaxed setting. Using a thoroughly modern approach, traditional Irish dishes are infused with chef Stanley’s individual taste to create an unforgettable menu. Available for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, Lime Tree is now open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays! Lime Tree’s extremely popular themed nights will also be beginning again from September. Recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including an Irish Restaurant Award in 2013, experience Lime Tree for yourself! Tel: 02877 764300 www.limetreerest.com
Fusion is a relatively new restaurant in Warrenpoint yet it has built up a reputation for its fine food and wine, relaxing ambiance, stunning décor and impeccable service. With passionate owner Mark O’Kane and award-winning Head Chef Brendan Baxter, Fusion is thriving and recently won a Taste of Ulster Award. The menu suits all tastes (and pockets!) with an emphasis on keeping it local. Fusion uses produce from Warrenpoint butcher John Magee, the Hilden Brewery and the Armagh Cider Company amongst others. For special offers, find Fusion on Facebook and look for The Restaurant Pimp’s first-class review online. Tel: 02841 754292 www.fusionwarrenpoint.co.uk
With “its all about the food” as their motto Square Bistro certainly doesn’t disappoint! Opening seven years ago, it has gone from strength to strength. Open five nights a week (booking highly recommended) it certainly has built up an excellent reputation. On Tuesday night, as well as an early bird menu, “Tapas” is on offer, Wednesday and Thursday nights are popular “Curry” evenings, only £8 a person. Friday night is “Seafood”, a fresh fish menu that changes weekly. Saturday night unwind and enjoy their fabulous “A la carte” menu all cooked by Head Chef/proprietor Stephen Higginson. A delicious meal any night of the week can be finished off with one of their own homemade desserts. The restaurant's indescribable passion for great food and great service makes it a must to visit when in Lisburn. Tel: 02892 666 677 www.squarebistro.co.uk
Located in the heart of Comber, the family-run Sugarcane Café Bistro has become a staple for locals and visitors alike. Based on the European Café style, Sugarcane is so much more than a typical café. Open seven days a week, they are renowned for sourcing the best local ingredients to create tasty and varied menus. Enjoy their first-class Bistro menu (with a glass of wine as they are fully licensed!) served in the evenings from Wednesday until Sunday. As a Taste of Ulster member and Highly Recommended on TripAdvisor, you know you will be in great hands. Tel: 028 9187 3388 www.sugarcanecafebistro.com
Linen Hill is one of the latest additions to The Outlet, Banbridge and their highly extensive menu has been a hit amongst locals and visitors alike! Co-proprietors John and Fiona Robinson and award-winning chef Shaun Hanna share a passion for local, seasonal ingredients and champion the world-class products available from artisan producers on their doorstep. Breads and scones are baked every morning and the team even grow their own herbs, salads and vegetables! Linen Hill opens every day and on Thursday and Fridays evenings. Find them on Facebook (Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli) and follow @linenhill on Twitter. Tel: 02840 626957 www.linenhill.co.uk
Fontana has been delighting customers ever since it opened its doors in Holywood fifteen years ago. Offering a first-class selection of food lovingly prepared using fresh, local ingredients, it is a much-loved restaurant for locals and visitors. Customers can enjoy their meal in relaxed surroundings created by Fontana’s friendly staff. Why not while away the summer evenings on their terrace roof garden and enjoy food prepared on their professional barbeque? Enjoy lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Friday, dinner on Saturday evenings and brunch on Sundays from 11am. Find Fontana on Twitter (@ fontana61a) and on Facebook for their latest news. Tel: 02890 809908
In the heart of Belfast, next to the historic Ulster Hall, lies Harlem Café. The interior is distinctive and inimitable, decorated with globally sourced antiques. Enjoy the unique surroundings and soak up the atmosphere which allows you to dine in relaxed and less formal surroundings. Open throughout the week for breakfast and lunch, you can also enjoy Harlem in the evenings with their bistro service on Friday and Saturday nights. Try their fabulous menu, full of delicious dishes made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and enjoy a night to remember! Tel: 02890 244860 www.harlembelfast.com
Having lived with limited light and space in the Lock House in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, architect Thomas O’Hare and his wife Dervla decided it was time for a change. On the Belfast Hills, Thomas designed a striking modernist and original house which garnered acclaim when it was featured on Grand Designs.
et on a very steep south-facing hill, it is this feature which defines the house’s design. There were even initial concerns that the site was undevelopable but Thomas and Dervla didn’t let that stop them. Nevertheless, it takes a lot of lateral thinking to create a house which is built into the side of a hill! The smallest details needed to be thought out carefully. There could be no windows on the north side so Thomas designed all of the windows which would have faced backwards to face into the middle, creating a central courtyard which much of the house is built around. It is a key feature and prompted Kevin McCloud (of Grand Designs fame no less!) to describe it as “a 21st century answer to the Roman villa”. All bedrooms are designed to have views into the courtyard or out to the panoramic views of Belfast and beyond. With a beautiful feature made from rough hewn granite oozing water from its centre, the courtyard is certainly a retreat to escape to!
The house follows a very modern design and is a three level modernist pavilion made up of three interconnecting blocks. With clean lines, a simple white colour palette and block shapes, it stands out from the majority of houses in Northern Ireland. Made from concrete and glass with a copper roof (an unusual decision as this is normally seen on church spires), it is a heavyweight build made to last. Thomas insists that he and his wife chose the modernist style of build because they loved it, not to make a statement. The style is just unusual here because it isnâ€™t seen much in Ireland, although in other
LIFESTYLEHOUSE parts of Europe, particularly Holland and Germany, it is much more common. The design was, however, original enough for Grand Designs to feature it, both in an initial episode in 2005 and in a 2010 episode revisiting the property. It was actually a colleague who suggested applying and the result was Grand Design’s first episode in Northern Ireland. Kevin McCloud visited about once a month with crews visiting every other week to document the build. It was a great experience although it did not come without its challenges. Due to a change in air date, the project’s end date was brought forward a month. Although they managed it, it involved working late the night before to move furniture in before the crew arrived to capture the finished project! Space and light are in abundance, a reaction to where they had lived previously. Double height glass walls envelope an entire level! With so many large rooms and space to play with, versatility is the name of the game. Rooms which were initially planned to be guest rooms or a games room soon found their function had changed with the arrival of the O’Hare’s children. The flexible design also meant that it only took a few tweaks to incorporate a side garden when unexpected land became available (their neighbours decided to sell) about 80% of the way through the project. This versatility is “the beauty of modern architecture” as Thomas says. The interior design follows the exterior of the house in style (namely clean lines and neutral colours) which made the design process simpler. Like the build, longevity is crucial. The kitchen was deliberately designed not to be too fashionable so it would have a longer life. With a long worktop made from white Italian marble and dark graphite grey cabinets, it is a style that will still look fresh in another ten years. The house is open plan; there are no doors except in necessary areas like bedrooms and bathrooms. The large amount of space in the house did bring challenges; the size of the living room meant that everything in it needed to be over-scaled, including the furniture! For the large white walls, they knew they wanted a large piece of art to complement the interior but it is only more recently that they managed to acquire one of Neil Shawcross’s largest pieces (measuring nine feet by six feet!) of whose work Thomas is an admirer. It has taken years to create the house they initially envisioned, both inside and outside, but now that the task is completed Thomas and his family are free to enjoy their family home for years to come.
ITALIAN JOB As the days turn colder and the nights longer, why not stay in and try out these delicious Italian recipes that everyone will love?
Suppli al Telefono (Risotto Balls filled with Mozzarella) Ingredients
Glug of olive oil 60g butter 350g risotto rice 1 litre beef or chicken stock (stock cube is fine) 500g ragù 100g Parmesan, grated Sea salt 1 ball of mozzarella, cut into 1.5cm cubes Plain flour, for dusting 2 eggs, beaten Breadcrumbs, for coating Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
• Put a large saucepan on a medium heat and add a glug of olive oil with half the butter. • When the butter starts to foam, add the rice and toast for two minutes until the grains start to go translucent. • Add enough stock to just cover the rice and gently simmer. Keep topping up with stock for roughly 30 minutes until it has reduced to a risotto-like consistency and the rice is al dente (still with a little resistance when you bite into a grain). • Add your ragù, the rest of the butter, Parmesan and sea salt and stir until the cheese has melted and it has taken on a glossy sheen. • Spread the risotto out on a large plate and leave to cool. • To make the rice balls, take a small piece of the mixture, definitely no bigger than a golf ball. Roll into a ball and then flatten in your palm to a thickness of about 1cm. Take a cube of the mozzarella and place in the middle of the disc. • Wrap the rice around the mozzarella using the palm of your hand so that the cheese is completely encased in the rice. Put a little water on your hands and roll the ball into the classic oval shape. Repeat until you’ve used up all the mixture. • Roll the balls in flour, followed by the beaten egg, then the breadcrumbs. To get a really good crust, repeat the egg and breadcrumbs steps. • Heat the oil to 180ºC (if a cube of bread browns in 15-20 seconds, the oil is hot enough). Taking care with the hot oil, deep-fry the balls for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and the mozzarella is melted and stringy when you break one open. If you cook them too fast, then they brown too quickly and the mozzarella doesn’t melt.
Telline Clam Linguine
600g telline clams 400g dried linguine Olive oil 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped Good pinch of peperoncino (dried chilli flakes) 1 tablespoon finely sliced parsley stalks Sea salt and black pepper Handful of chopped parsley
Chocolate and Amaretti Puddings Ingredients
100ml milk 100ml double cream 50g butter 200g dark chocolate, broken up into pieces 2 egg yolks 100g icing sugar, sieved 150g amaretti biscuits, plus extra to serve 100ml amaretto liqueur, plus extra to serve
• First, clean your clams by scrubbing under cold water, discarding any that are broken or open already and don’t close when tapped. Leave the clams for a couple of hours in clean water to get rid of any grit. • When you’re ready to eat, cook your linguine in a large pot of boiling salted water for about a minute less than the packet instructions (to keep it ‘al dente’). • At the same time, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan with a lid and gently fry the garlic, peperoncino and parsley stalks for about 30 seconds before throwing in the clams. • Cover the pan with the lid to steam the clams for a minute or two until all of the shells have opened. • Spoon a little pasta water into the sauce to help create a good consistency. Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the sauce. • Check for seasoning and finish with a handful of parsley.
• In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, cream and butter until just before it boils. • Take off the heat and stir in the chocolate until it has completely melted. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes. • Once cooled, beat in the egg yolks and icing sugar. • Break up the amaretti biscuits into your serving glasses and pour a trickle of amaretto into each glass. • Spoon in the chocolate mixture, halfway up the glass, before repeating the process with another biscuit/liqueur layer and chocolate to the top. • Leave to set in the fridge for at least a couple of hours or, even better, leave it overnight. • Serve with more amaretti biscuits and an ice-cold glass of amaretto.
These recipes and many more can be found in James and Thom Elliot’s Pizza Pilgrims: Recipes from the Backstreets of Italy NW
HOSPITALITY REVIEW BBQ
orthern Ireland's hospitality industry turned out in force for a BBQ organised by leading trade magazine Hospitality Review NI. All in aid of charity, it was a great success, raising £3,300 for Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke and organisers hope it will become an annual event.
1. Ryan McFarland, Gavin Carroll and Paula Stephens 2. Mandy Martin, Adrienne Hanna and Karen Doyle 3. Suzie Gates, Julie Hailies and Rachel Crawford 4. Ryan McFarland, Vanessa Elder from Chest, Heart and Stroke, Nicola Daly and James McGinn 5. Nicola Daly and James McGinn 6. Victoria Caddell, Carolyn Matthews, Siobhan O'Sullivan and Katie Robinson of Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast 7. Norman McBride, Stephen Meldrum, Andrew McNeill and James McGinn
A GRAND OPENING
alone Lodge Hotel recently re-opened its doors after it completed an extensive twelve month redevelopment project. The renovation and extension project included comprehensive meeting, food and beverage, accommodation and wedding opportunities for business and leisure guests. Dame Mary Peters unveiled a new celebratory plaque in the new Deramore Suite.
1. Carol and Kevin McAlindon 2. Mary Macklin and Mena Willoughby 3. Helen Harom and Leona McAvoy 4. Cara Macklin, James Greer, Gladys Greer and Eileen Wilson 5. Gemma Murray, Marty Campbell, Front Office Manager of Malone Lodge Hotel and Natalie Verdoene 6. Lynn Crawford, Joanne Fairley and Elish Cowan 7. Peter McCausland and Paul McCausland
Spontaneous Malta Tucked beneath Sicily, Malta offers an ideal autumn break for a temperate Mediterranean climate paired with a laid back Italian twist. Kate Wilson took a trip to see whether it lives up to the hype.
Fort St. Angelo
or years Malta has had a bit of a reputation of being suitable only for those who qualify for a free bus pass. However, Malta has totally reinvented itself in the past decade or so and in a rather ironic twist, has really come of age. Everything about Malta is unique when compared with its Mediterranean neighbours, including the familiar red telephone boxes and driving on the left hand side of the road. But it still has all the good stuff in common, from mouthwatering seafood, to sunshine all year round. Going to Malta was the result of enduring a miserable summer of rain in Belfast and a desperate desire for a skin tone that exceeded ‘off white’. My quest for a healthy tan began in September, perhaps not the ideal month to start with. After striking a balance between reasonably priced flights and a warm climate, Malta came out on top. There are plenty of B&Bs and chain hotels to stay in, especially in September when the occupancy and room rates are lower than in peak season. I opted for the Xara Palace, which immediately stood out due to its connection with the somewhat arduous history of the island. The painstakingly restored 17th century Châteaux is now a luxury 5* boutique hotel standing on the bastions of times past, in the ancient city of Mdina, which is the old Capital city of the ancient island. It seemed that the more I researched my spontaneous trip to Malta, the more unexpected delights became apparent. Having booked last minute flights and a hotel, I left a dreary day in Belfast behind and headed for the sun. Much to my delight I stepped off the airplane into 25 degrees of Mediterranean sunshine, and immediately feeling healthier I went to check into my hotel. No amount of online research could have prepared me for just how spectacular the Xara Palace Hotel was going to be. The history of Malta is quite literally steeped within walls of the stunning Châteaux. My room did not disappoint either. Genuine antiques and local paintings furnished the interior, while out on the terrace, which by the way was perfect for working on that tan, there were panoramic views of the countryside, as well as a Jacuzzi to top it all off. My first stop in Malta had to be the beach. The best one I could find was the Golden Bay beach, which at just over five miles away from my hotel in Mdina, was easy to get to by car. The sand was golden as promised, and the water crystal clear and pleasantly warm. Being there in September was perfect, as I would imagine that during July and August there would barely be
Xara Palace Hotel
standing room! I was also delighted to discover that it was an idyllic sheltered suntrap, surrounded by high rocks on three sides. Perhaps it is because Malta is so small, or that the full force of tourism has not yet hit the island, but I was also relieved to find the beach as nature intended, not overdeveloped nor too commercial. However, I was still grateful for some facilities including toilets and a fab beach bar. I wasn’t in Malta for long, and I had been somewhat surprised and so genuinely pleased with my trip so far that I wanted to see some of the city. As I was staying in Mdina, it seemed the perfect place to start! The ‘City’ as it is called is so small and easily negotiated that it feels more like a town or a large village. Immediately I felt that Malta was unlike any other European city I had visited. It is filled with beautiful Baroque architecture and everything in sight is a reminder of Malta’s exuberant past. For example the Domus Romana, or Roman Town house is reminiscent of the Roman invasion of Malta in 218 BC when they named it Melite, after the sweet honey found in the region. The fortifications surrounding the city also hail back to yet another invasion of this popular little island, this time it was Muslims taking over in 870 AD. It was probably at this time that the perimeters of the city were reduced to it's current size. After having enjoyed sun, sea, sand, and a few more cultural delights, I was ready to let my hair down. St Julian’s, another
town on the eastern side of Malta had been recommended to me as a great night out, and at less than ten miles away a taxi there and back was inexpensive. Having taken a stroll around the lively town, we headed for Terrazza Restaurant and Wine Bar. The views over the harbour were what drew us through the doors, but the laidback atmosphere, great food and flowing wine encouraged us to spend most of the evening. The town was still buzzing late into the night even though we were past peak season and it was the perfect way to round off our trip. Leaving the sun behind, I had found everything I was looking for during my visit to Malta, which began only as a good tan, but as it turned out, my trip was not nearly long enough to explore everything this Mediterranean gem had to offer. Here’s hoping next summer brings just as much rain so that I can book another visit!
Easyjet from Belfast International Airport Flights every Tuesday and Saturday throughout September.
http://www.xarapalace.com.mt from €203 per night for standard duplex room.
VICTORIA SQUARE CELEBRATES 5th BIRTHDAY IN STYLE V
ictoria Square, Northern Ireland's premier retail, residential and leisure complex, welcomed hundreds of well-wishers, shoppers and special guests to share in its 5th birthday celebrations at the beginning of June. Leading the charge of party goers was fashionista, Kelly Brook, who made guest appearances on Saturday while family favourites, Peppa Pig and George trotted into Belfast on Sunday to join with the festivities.
1. Alison Clarke and Ross Lauder 2. Criona Collins, Kelly Brooke and Belinda Moran 3. Grainne and Ciarán Maher 4. Jennifer Allen and Nadine Afshar 5. Jonathan Bell and Glynn Roberts 6. Kelly Brooke and Rebecca McKinney 7. Rosie Boyle and Gayle Williamson
Four Star treatment on offer at White Horse Hotel ‘Tourists need something to see, somewhere to go, something to eat, and somewhere to stay,’ says Issam Horshi, proprietor of the White Horse Hotel in Campsie, who is renowned as a welcoming host, with a lifetime of customer service behind him.
£1.2 million expansion plan has recently enabled the hotel on the outskirts of Derry-Londonderry to gain four-star accreditation from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The latest investment at his hotel completed the upgrading of 25 bedrooms in terms of new en-suite bathrooms, fixtures and lighting. As one of the best known hotels in Londonderry and the wider North West, the investment has enhanced the standing of the hotel and enables it to attract guests seeking four star quality standards in service, accommodation, food and leisure facilities. The hotel is well-positioned in terms of access to City of Derry Airport and the Northern Ireland road network. Guests can experience both the atmosphere of the historic Walled City and the stunning natural beauty of the North Coast. And there’s no shortage of things to see in the vibrant city of Derry-Londonderry, especially this year. It is now a must see destination thanks to it’s historic local attractions, an action-packed calendar of events, and a unique heritage. Visitors to the area can take a trip back in time strolling along the famous 17th century Walls. Celebrating their 400th birthday in 2013, it is one of the most intact city walls in Europe, and the only remaining
completely walled city in Ireland. Nestling just inside the walls is St Columb’s Cathedral, the first cathedral of its type built after the Reformation in 1633, making it the oldest building in the city. Dedicated to the name of Saint Columba (Columb), an Irish monk who established a Christian settlement in the city in the sixth century, the cathedral is a treasure trove of historical interest. Since it was opened in 2011, the Peace Bridge has become one of the city’s main attractions to tourists and locals alike. The pedestrian and cycle Peace Bridge links the newly opened public space at Ebrington Square. At over five acres in size, it is larger than Trafalgar Square in London and has become a new cultural hub for the city hosting key events throughout the City of Culture 2013. After a day of sightseeing, whether it’s contemporary cuisine, a fine dining experience or somewhere to re-fuel the kids, it’s all at the White Horse Hotel. Head Chef Noel Ward and his highly qualified team have developed imaginative and exciting menus which showcase the finest fare that Northern Ireland has to offer.
Four star standards
The latest investment was part of a long term development strategy which has resulted in their reception, restaurant, function facilities, and leisure complex being
upgraded to four-star standards. The hotel has 58 bedrooms in total, all of which are en suite. Fourteen of these rooms are executive suites which offer a double bed and the possibility of two single beds ideal for families. There are two new suites for those special occasions, one with bubble jet bath and shower. All the rooms feature complimentary wireless broadband internet access, luxurious linen, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities, and trouser press, or an iron and ironing board. The interior design team has given each of the rooms a modern yet comfortable finish, utilising calm colours. ‘The leisure facilities at the hotel are the finest in the city,’ said Issam, ‘and are designed to cater for those who believe in investing in their health and wellbeing, with qualified staff who will tend to your every need, from a new fitness regime to nutritional advice.’ ‘We have just invested heavily in the gym with new state-of-the-art equipment - new treadmills and cross-trainers, all with ipod dock and built in digital TV, complete with recently refurbished changing rooms to offer new fresh facilities for all our members, which include many local non-guests.’ The swimming pool is one of the largest of its kind in the North West of Ireland and is heated to a comfortable 29 degrees centigrade. It incorporates a semi-circular bubble-jet spa and there is also a children’s pool, sauna, and a steam room for relaxing after a hard workout or a relaxing swim. Being able to satisfy the needs of all his guests means a lot to Issam, who came from the Lebanon at an early age to learn the business and has spent his career in the hotel trade in London and in Ireland. He has served as president of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and places his emphasis on personal service and friendly attention to detail. It’s a formula that seems to be working well. Further information at www. whitehorsehotel.biz
LIFESTYLEWHAT'SON Alison Moyet
(1 Oct, Waterfront Hall) www.waterfront.co.uk UK music icon Alison Moyet performs following the May release of her eagerly anticipated new album, The Minutes. Moyet began her musical journey in punk bands before Only You became a worldwide hit for her and Vince Clarke. The duo, otherwise known as Yazoo, went on to reinvent British dance music. Alison’s multi-million selling 1984 debut album, Alf, spawned three UK Top 10 hits and won her a Brit for Best Female Artist. Her Raindancing follow-up earned her a third Brit, 1991’s acclaimed Hoodoo garnered her a Grammy nomination and her 1995 Singles album entered the UK chart at No. 1. In 2002 Alison released Hometime, her first studio album in eight years, securing her place in the Top 5 Best Selling female UK artists and earning her a nomination for Best Female Vocal at the 2003 BRIT Awards.
Heels on the Hill
(25 Sept, Dungannon) www.dungannon.info As part of Dungannon’s Festive Hill celebrations, ‘Heels on the Hill’ is returning for a second year and is guaranteed to set the catwalk alight with collections from independent retailers, high street brands and the ever fabulous Linen Green. This year well-heeled gents will also be gracing the catwalk alongside the ladies with a number of male retailers taking part.
What's On! August-September 2013 If you’re bored or looking for something a bit different, why not try some of the great events going on across the province? If you love festivals, you won’t have to travel far with some great local ones taking place like Belsonic and the Stendhal Festival of Art. Rediscover the hit play based on Leesa Harker’s Fifty Shades of Red, White & Blue at the Grand Opera House or toy with Shakespeare at the Ashbrook Estate. Whatever your preference, enjoy what’s going on! Stendhal Festival of Art (16-17 Aug, Limavady) www.stendhalfestival.com
Stendhal Festival of Arts, one of Northern Ireland’s most all-encompassing music and arts festivals, will be taking place at Ballymully Cottage Farm in Limavady this August! Providing something for everyone, the music line-up has been carefully chosen to cover as wide a range of genres as possible, from Ska punk to an Opera showcase featuring some of Ireland’s top young talents. In addition to music, the festival will play host to a varied family programme of events for kids to enjoy, art work, sculpture, digital art installations, a fun fair and so much more!
Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
(17 Aug, Ashbrook Estate) www.ashbrookestate.com Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is performed by ‘Off the Ground Theatre’. This is their 18th annual tour of the UK and ninth of the UK and Ireland but their first time ever in Derry. Shakespeare’s joyful comedy of mistaken identity follows the fortunes of two sets of identical twins, accidentally separated at birth, then miraculously thrown together again. This most farcical of comedies is a carnival of clowning and a laugh out loud treat for the whole family to enjoy. It is an open air event so bring a picnic, your friends and revel in the antics.
LIFESTYLEWHAT'SON Belsonic 2013
(16-26 Aug, Custom House Square, Belfast) www.belsonic.co.uk Belsonic returns to Belfast’s Custom House Square this August, delivering an eclectic range of world class musical artists! A hugely successful Northern Irish music event, Belsonic has become renowned for bringing international talent to the heart of the city centre’s revitalised and historic Cathedral Quarter. Among this year’s all-star cast of headline acts are Basement Jaxx, Ben Howard, Nine Inch Nails, The Lumineers, Jake Bugg, Suede, Steve Angello and Bullet For My Valentine.
50 Shades of Red, White & Blue (13-24 Aug, Grand Opera House) www.goh.co.uk
Other events Music
Daniel O’Donnell (Various locations around the province, Aug) www.danielodonnell.org An Evening of Music with Alana Henderson (Ranfurly House and Visitor Centre Dungannon, 3 Aug) Nathan Carter in Concert (Ardhowen Theatre, 25 Sept) www.ardhowentheatre.com
Following a completely sold-out run of performances, the smash-hit sensation 50 Shades of Red, White & Blue is back! It all started as a joke when Leesa Harker wrote a Belfast-based spoof of 50 Shades of Grey last summer. Very soon it went viral and Lessa had over 29,000 followers! Hitting the stage for the first time in January 2013, all 9,000 seats were sold. Due to popular demand, ‘Maggie Muff’ and her mates are now coming to the Grand Opera House, Belfast for a two week run. If we were to say that this is a laugh-a-minute evening, we would be telling lies – it’s literally non-stop laughter!
A Man for all Mediums, Eamonn O’Doherty (29 Aug-29 Sept, London Street Gallery, Derry~Londonderry)
Derry~Londonderry-born artist Eamonn O’Doherty is best known for his public sculptures, with around thirty large-scale works in Ireland, the UK, the USA and Europe. He was also a prolific painter, printmaker and photographer and this year’s exhibition will highlight his diversity as an artist. O’Doherty left Derry~Londonderry in 1957 to study architecture in Dublin, but always kept the bonds with his place of birth. His work is among the best-known of any Irish artist, but as far as name and recognition is concerned, he may also be the least famous. Among his landmark works are the Crann an Oir (Tree of Gold) at the Central Bank Plaza in Dublin and the Great Hunger Memorial in Westchester, New York. One of his best known works is the populist but controversial Anna Livia monument, which Dubliners quickly rechristened “the Floozie in the Jacuzzi”. Originally positioned on O’Connell Street it was re-located in 2011 to the Croppy Acre near Heuston Station in Dublin. A Man for all Mediums is curated by John Fitzgerald of Irish Art, Oslo, Norway.
To be included in the NW's What's On please send event details to email@example.com
Othello (Millennium Forum. 24-25 Sept) www.millenniumforum.co.uk Evita (Grand Opera House, 3-14 Sept) www.goh.co.uk
Stendhal Festival of Art (Limavady, 16-17 Aug) www.stendhalfestival.com Ould Lammas Fair (Ballycastle, 26-27 Aug) On Home Ground Poetry Festival (Laurel Villa Boutique Guest House, 20-22 Sept) www.laurel-villa.com
City of Culture
The Maiden City Festival (3-10 Aug, Citywide) www.maidencityfestival.com Music for a New Revolution (Nerve Centre, 30 Aug-1 Sept) www.nervecentre.org CultureTECH (Citywide, 12-15 Sept) www.cityofculture2013.com
Hillsborough Oyster Festival (Hillsborough, 3-8 Sept) * All proceeds go to the Jill Todd Trust Sunflowerfest 2013 (Tubby’s Farm, 9-11 Aug) www.sunflowerfest.co.uk
‘Festival Fun in Hillsborough The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival has become a popular date in Northern Ireland’s calendar. With a schedule jam-packed full of events, there really is something for everyone!
et in the picturesque Georgian village of Hillsborough in Co Down, the worldrenowned Hillsborough International Oyster Festival celebrates its twenty first year and looks set to dazzle visitors once again.
Don’t be fooled by the name as oysters are no longer the only selling point for the festival! There are a broad range of activities including the World Oyster Eating Championship, cookery demonstrations by leading chefs and a Gourmet Food Market for food lovers. For the first time ever, enjoy ‘A Nite at the Flicks’ featuring the Rocky Horror Picture Show, followed by some dancing and cocktails. Glamour and glitz are also on the menu with the Diamonds & Pearls Fashion Show and ‘A Night at the Oscars’ Banquet and Ball’ amongst many other events. Are you a sports lover? Then look no further with great events like the Oysters Masters Golf, a charity cycle ride and ‘Supercar Sunday’. The Ferrari F12 Berlinatta, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari road car ever built, will headline the multi-million pound line up at ‘Supercar Sunday’ on offer for the finale to the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival.
Members of the public will be able to step into their dream machines for the run of a lifetime in a Ferrari, Lotus, Aston Martin or Porsche to name a few! In its history, the Festival has raised £5,400,000 for local charities and this year it is supporting The Jill Todd Trust. Based at the Cancer Centre in Belfast City Hospital it does great work by funding innovative research posts, providing clinical nurse specialists and delivering complimentary therapies and relaxation classes for cancer patients and their families. With thousands of visitors expected to travel from far and wide to enjoy the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival experience, there is something for everyone in 2013. The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival runs from 3rd-8th September 2013
Try the Fiat 500 Convertible – with thirteen colours to choose from!
he Fiat 500 convertible is one of those cars you will most likely see another female in, as 70% are sold to women. It’s a dinky, bubbly car painted in pretty pastel colours. The inside is just as pretty as the outside. The fabric folding roof has been modelled closely on the original but with one or two clever new touches. It rolls back from the body in the manner of a panoramic sunroof rather than a true convertible, and concertinas electronically behind the rear seat although it doesn’t store out of sight. Cleverly, you can opt to roll it back halfway which leaves the rear window in place and gives you a larger area of sky above your head. Even better, if the roof is fully down and you wish to open the boot, the folded roof automatically rises slightly and tips to give you access. Relish the ride as the Fiat provides a thoroughly enjoyable driving experience. There are three engines available; 1.2 or 1.4 litre petrol and a 1.3 MultiJet diesel. You can really make the car your own with thirteen body colours, three roof colours, ten wheels and stickers galore to choose from. A sporty version is also available. Prices start from £11,300 so treat yourself and visit Donnelly Bros in Mallusk or Dungannon for a test drive! www.donnellygroup.co.uk
DS3 Cabrio - Escape the ordinary C
itroën DS3 Cabrio is the latest advance in the distinctively styled DS line. A cabrio version of the multi-award winning DS3, this exciting new model features intelligent design and dazzling looks to make top-down driving considerably easier and even more enjoyable. The DS3 Cabrio boasts all the hallmarks that have made the hatchback so successful – bold styling, sophisticated refinement, extensive personalisation and a thoroughly enjoyable driving experience – combined with the pleasure of al-fresco motoring. This new Cabrio leads the way for occupant space as the only five-seater in its class and features the biggest boot in the segment. The electrically operated folding roof can be fully opened or closed at speeds of up to 75mph – which is also unique in this segment – and takes just 16 seconds to fully close. Top down driving has never been so easy. Offering all the pleasure of soft-top motoring without the usual compromises in terms of space, functionality or economy, Citroën DS3 Cabrio offers prospective buyers the opportunity to ‘escape the ordinary’. DS3 Cabrio inherits all the convenient technology of the hatchback, including Citroën’s integrated satellite navigation system, eMyWay, which features a high-resolution 7-inch colour widescreen, Europe-wide navigation and Bluetooth® and USB connectivity. Rear parking sensors are standard across the range, providing added reassurance when parking with the roof down. For added occupant comfort, whatever the weather, automatic digital air conditioning is also available.
Jaguar F Type V8 – a real head-turner T
he car to be seen in this season. Stunning looks, blistering pace, surprisingly supple ride and decent refinement make it a relaxing long distance tourer. This really is a very exciting car to drive as there is so much power available so quickly. The fabric hood can be lowered in only 13.9 seconds. The open top leaves you much better placed to enjoy the F-Type’s brilliant 5.0-litre V8 which erupts into life with a purposeful bark, and can reach 60mph in only 4.4 seconds, and could go on to 186mph. Inside you get a superb ground-hugging driving position, wraparound dashboard, air vents that rise out of the top of the dashboard, and a large grab handle incorporated into the central console. Boot size is only 196-litre – not the car to use if you need a lot of room for luggage. On the inside the space is also quite limited for handbags and other baggage if you have a passenger in the car with you. Having this beautiful car for a few days certainly gave me enormous pleasure no matter what type of road I was on. It is a real head turner and I can honestly say it’s the most exciting car I have ever driven. Price £79,895 – available from Charles Hurst, Belfast.
2008 – Peugeot's new Crossover T
he eagerly anticipated new Peugeot 2008 Crossover is now available from Charles Hurst Peugeot at £12,995 OTR. The 2008 Crossover offers the perfect blend of contemporary styling, efficient low CO2 engines, class leading technology and a versatile cabin design, making it an exciting addition to the wide choice of models in the latest Peugeot range. The 2008 Crossover range consists of four trim levels: Access+, Active, Allure & Feline. Building on a product positioning strategy introduced with the 208, the 2008 Crossover has competitive and progressive pricing, with less than a £1,000 walk from an equivalent trim level 208 version, coupled with high levels of specification, offering the customer great value and choice throughout the range. Range highlights include CO2 from 98g/km, economy up to 74.3mpg in the Combined Drive Cycle and the new three Cylinder VTi 82bhp petrol engine, successfully introduced on 208. The new 2008 Crossover also sees the introduction, as standard, of Grip Control on Allure and Feline models. This system is patented by the PSA Group and optimises traction in poor conditions, along with ‘Mud & Snow’ tyres. With four badge levels, six engine choices, six alloy wheel designs, seven trim environments, eight colours and 18 options to choose from, customers need only think of one number – 2008!
New initiative puts craft on the map
n exciting new online initiative is putting the craft industry on the map revealing hidden gems among the rolling landscapes and rocky shores of Northern Ireland. With a click of a mouse, the new Craft Map uncovers the rich diversity of designer-makers, studios and craft outlets across each county offering a plethora of places for local people and tourists alike to visit. Launched in time for August Craft Month, Craft Northern Ireland’s new interactive online map aims to encourage local people and visitors alike to hit the “craft trail”. “Northern Ireland has a wealth of talent, our designer-makers are being recognised on a global stage now and this is a chance for people to see work actually being created, to meet the maker and to shop for high quality contemporary craft. Many of the makers are located in studios in the most scenic parts of Northern Ireland; some are off the beaten track and this map will guide people to these amazing places,” explained Alan Kane, Chief Executive of Craft NI. The map goes beyond simple listings; by clicking on each listing on the map, further details are revealed including a series of beautifully filmed videos of makers and their businesses. Filmmaker and ceramicist Adam Frew criss-crossed Northern Ireland capturing footage of the landscape and the work of the makers to produce these high-quality, short videos. Among the places featured include: Turnip House in Castlewellan with its unspoiled rural location and views of the Mournes where Elaine and John McCombe have been creating knitwear and felt items since 1987; at Welig Heritage Crafts basketmakers Clive Lyttle and Elaine Burke grow their own willow from their small holding on the edge of Strangford Lough; at Leadlines stained glass artist David Esler works in a beautiful studio perched on the side of Donegore Hill near Antrim. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has also supported Craft NI and its programmes, individual artists, and a variety of projects which are part of City of Culture 2013. Head of Visual Art at the Arts Council, Suzanne Lyle said: “Visitors and local people can now access the work of a vast array of talented artists with considerable ease and they can explore opportunities to purchase a one off piece, or attend a workshop to broaden their own skills, by simply visiting the Craft NI website.” Check out the new map at www.craftni. org/craftmap
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Starring: Steve Coogan & Anna Maxwell Martin Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in his life. National Television Broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa portrays the events of the greatest low-to-high-ebb spectrum in his life to date – specifically how he tries to salvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events at North Norfolk Digital Radio. 7 August 2013
Kick Ass 2
We're the Millers
The Shadow Year
The Summer Wedding
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Moretz & Jim Carrey When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by Colonel Stars and Stripes. But they are soon hunted down by the world’s first super-villain. 14 August 2014
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston & Emma Roberts David Burke is a small-time drug dealer. After his stash and cash gets stolen, Burke is left in major debt to his supplier, Brad. Now he has to go to Mexico and bring in Brad’s latest shipment. Twisting the arms of his neighbours, stripper Rose, wannabe customer Kenny and streetwise teen Casey he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife and two pretend kids later, the “Millers” are headed south for a weekend that is sure to end with a bang. 23 August 2013
Shelf Life I Laughed, I Cried
By Viv Groskop Viv Groskop is fed up, recession-scarred and pushing forty. She always wanted to be a stand-up comedian. But surely that’s not advisable if you have three children, a mortgage and a husband who is not the biggest fan of stand-up comedy? With no time to waste, she attempts the mother of all comedy marathons - 100 gigs in 100 consecutive nights. She laughs. Sometimes at her own jokes. Occasionally the audience laughs too. Often they don’t. And she cries. Often. Along the way she is heckled, flattered, hated and hit on. So is this the start of an exciting new life? Or a delusional comedy binge doomed to failure?
By Hannah Richell On a glorious summer’s day in 1980, five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage hidden in the English countryside. Isolated and rundown, it offers a retreat; somewhere they can escape from the real world. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will ever be the same again… Three decades later, Lila arrives at the remote cottage. Bruised from a tragic accident and with her marriage in crisis, she finds renovating i t g i v e s h e r a renewed sense of purpose. Little by little she wonders about the cottage’s previous inhabitants. Why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings strewn about? Most disturbing of all, why can’t she shake the feeling that someone might be watching her?
By Fiona Walker The hotly anticipated wedding of Iris Devonshire, teenage daughter of celebrity couple Mia and Leo, is to be held in the gardens of their grand Palladian pile alongside the Thames. But they worry she’s rushing into the marriage. Just ask their best friends since college, whose relationship is on the rocks again - and they’ve already married each other twice. On the big day, Iris’s playboy fiancé Dougie Everett is flying on a chemically assisted high, and he’s not the only one floating on a collision course. As Iris goes up the aisle, a hot air balloon appears over the woods, heading straight for the ceremony. Its arrival is about to transform the lives and loves of some of the wedding guests for ever.
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson & Bill Nighy At the age of twenty-one, Tim Lake discovers he can travel in time... Tim decides to make his world a better place... by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving to London Tim meets the beautiful but insecure Mary. They fall in love then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again and again but finally, he wins her heart. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. 6 September 2013
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Natalie Dormer & Olivia Wilde Set against the glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the true story of two great rivals - handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent Niki Lauda. A crash in 1976 almost claimed the latter’s life yet, mere weeks after the accident Lauda got back behind the wheel to challenge his rival. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows both drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance. 13 September 2013
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Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges & Mary- Louise Parker Two cops are dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer has spent his career tracking monstrous spirits cleverly disguised as ordinary people. When wisecracking Ray and his junior officer Nick Walker uncover a plot that could end his life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D's finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance. 30 August 2013
By Elizabeth Loupas Barbara of Austria is plain, quick-witted and sensible. She also desperately needs a husband, for unmarried at twenty-six, she is about to be packed off to a convent, like her sisters before her. So it is that she seizes what seems to be her last chance - a proposal of marriage from Alfonso d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, Lucrezia Borgia’s grandson, clever, handsome, powerful - and widely believed to have murdered his first wife, Lucrezia de Medici. Barbara goes into her marriage clear-eyed, fascinated by her dangerous, enigmatic new husband - and increasingly - recklessly - driven to discover the truth about the death of his first duchess.
By Liane Moriarty Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while he is very much alive . . . Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all - she’s a successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia - or each other but they too are about to feel the repercussions of her husband’s devastating secret.
By Charles Cumming Six months before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace. Former MI6 officer Thomas Kell is called out of retirement and ordered to find her. With only days before the story leaks to the press, Kell must make his way to France and begin to piece together Levene’s final movements. Was she kidnapped? Or could Britain’s most senior spy have defected? Kell’s investigation takes him to North Africa where he discovers an extraordinary secret buried deep in Levene’s past. It is a secret which will come back to haunt her – and one which could make Kell pay with his life.
All Change Hailing from Northern Ireland, actress Bronagh Waugh talks about making her move from the world of soap to TV drama as she celebrates the success of her lead role in The Fall.
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ronagh Waugh is probably best known for her role as Cheryl Brady in Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks, but she has now become a household name playing Sally-Ann Spector in BBC2’s highly acclaimed drama, The Fall. “It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Hollyoaks and it took a long time to make. I loved playing Cheryl and I knew that it would be hard to not only leave her behind, but also the cast and crew because you do become like one big family, when you are working on a soap. Let’s be honest, to go from a steady acting job out in to the unknown isn’t an easy decision to make, but I knew I was ready to move on and try new things, and when l got the part of Sally-Ann Spector in The Fall this was the confidence boost I needed to move on.” Bronagh’s character, Cheryl, did make a dramatic exit from Hollyoaks, but the door has been left open should she ever wish to return. “Emmett Scanlan who played my brother in Hollyoaks, Brendan Brady, was also looking to move on, and I actually came up with our exit storyline. Basically, it is revealed that Brendan was sexually abused by our father when he was younger, which Cheryl never knew, so when our father came back into our lives Cheryl was happy but Brendan wasn’t. Walker, another character with a vendetta against our family, made it his mission to destroy us. Walker revealed to Cheryl what my father did to Brendan and when Cheryl saw her father try to attack Brendan again she shot him, but Brendan made the ultimate sacrifice and said he did it as a way to make up for all of this past crimes. Brendan went to jail and Cheryl left to start afresh in Donegal with her Prince Charming!” “So, both of our characters haven’t been killed off and the door has been left open if we want to come back which is really flattering and who knows one day, but at the minute I’m on a break from filming the second series of The Fall and looking forward to trying new projects.” “It is hard to make the switch from soap to drama, but not impossible. Others who I admire who have done it very successfully are Suranne Jones (Karen McDonald in Coronation Street), and Sarah Lancaster, who once played Raquel Watts in Coronation Street but has since had a series of fantastic roles in TV dramas. Sarah really is a big inspiration and I would like to emulate her career. A small percentage of soap actors do make the leap into drama and, for me, moving on from Hollyoaks to The Fall is a good start.” A five part drama series made and set in Northern Ireland, The Fall has been
Bronagh in character as Sally-Ann Spector in 'The Fall'
commissioned for a second series after captivating audiences when it aired recently. Staring Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Gibson Stella who is brought in from the London Metropolitan Police to help catch murderer Paul Spector played by Jamie Dornan, the drama follows the police investigation uncovering the intricate story of the lives entangled by a series of murders both within the killers’ and the victims’ families. Written by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy’s Law, Prime Suspect) and executive produced by BBC NI’s Head of Drama, Stephen Wright, The Fall was filmed in and around Belfast from March to June 2012 and has a fantastic cast of NI talent including Bronagh. “The response to The Fall has been amazing. Allan Cubitt is such a talented writer. This was one of few scripts that I have read in the last few years that I thought was amazing and really enticed me.” “Sally-Ann Spector is such a complex character and I was fascinated by her. Often female characters can be underwritten, but Sally-Ann is so well-rounded, and for me she was a million miles away from Cheryl Brady. Unlike loud, brash night club owner Cheryl, Sally-Ann is a neo-natal nurse working with sick babies and she is quiet, calm and measured, allowing me to show my versatility as an actress.” In The Fall, Bronagh’s character Sally-Ann helps to bring new life into the world while her husband Paul Spector, a serial killer, takes life away. “It’s so interesting to think of this isn’t it? Paul takes life and Sally-Ann nurtures it! Is this why he married her? Their relationship is so complex. They are in love, but he has this whole other life that she knows nothing about. Jamie is great as Paul Spector and I really enjoyed working with him.” To show the loving relationship between Paul and Sally-Ann, both Jamie and Bronagh had to film a few nude scenes. Ex-model Jamie certainly hasn’t had the same media scrutiny for his body that Bronagh has encountered over the years, but confident in
"A small percentage of soap actors do make the leap into drama and, for me, moving on from "Hollyoaks" to "The Fall" is a good start."
her own skin, Bronagh faced this challenge head-on. “During my time in Hollyoaks I was surrounded by lots of glamorous girls and the press judged me more on my red carpet appearances than my acting talent. This isn’t what it’s all about for me. I enjoy acting and being in front of the camera, being critiqued on my own image is an unfortunate by-product, but hopefully now that I’m not in an image-led soap like Hollyoaks this won’t be to the extent that it once was.” “Having to take my clothes off in The Fall was scary. This was the first time I had to film any nude scenes, but the team were really supportive and I think because there’s nothing gratuitous about the nudity, that’s one thing Allan hates, that I was able to take it in my stride knowing that it was an essential part of the storyline. For example, the scene when Paul and Sally-Ann are in the bath, yes I had to get naked, but this shows a snapshot of a real couple spending intimate time together, they are in love and affectionate, yet he has this hidden, sinister side.” Bronagh will begin filming the next series of The Fall in the New Year, but until then she is looking for the next challenge. “I took a break after Hollyoaks. I was exhausted after such an intense storyline and heavy filming, plus filming The Fall had overlapped my exit from Hollyoaks too. I have been flattered to have so many offers, but I am being very careful about my next role. Making this leap from soap to drama is so important to me and I have to choose my path wisely. The Fall has been such a success and I need to make sure that my next role stands up to the quality of this and also continues to show how versatile I am as an actress.”
Northern Woman Congratulates… Selina Horshi and Paul Stafford enjoyed a romantic wedding at The White Horse Hotel, Derry surrounded by their family and friends. Afterwards the couple enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon in Scotland, travelling around the Highlands and the Scottish Islands. Photography by Donal Doherty (www.donaldoherty.com)
fter an initial proposal in the couple’s living room with Paul’s grandmother’s ring, and a second, grander proposal in Paris, the couple enjoyed their special day at The White Horse Hotel, run by Selina’s family. Guests travelled from as far away as Lebanon and Canada so the wedding celebrations were spread across the weekend; from drinks and karaoke on Friday evening to a hog roast on Sunday before guests left. Selina’s dress was by Ellie Saab for Pronovias and her bridesmaids wore dresses from Harvey Nichols, with the style chosen to suit each bridesmaid. Paul and his groomsmen wore Lanvin suits.
Glynis Millar at The Beauty Rooms and Kim McLaughlin did the make-up and hair respectively. Hudson Blue performed and the bride and groom didn’t leave the party until 5.00am! Selina’s wedding band was made by an uncle in Lebanon and Paul’s dark grey oxidised platinum ring (made by a friend) will slowly turn silver as it is worn. Instead of a cake, a tower of cheese was served with vintage port – some of which had been bought by Selina’s father in the year she was born, to be drunk on her wedding day!
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