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NICOLA WALKER on finding success

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in her 40s, shyness and being braver

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Have a balanced life! ou can have it ALL but not ALL at the same time… I like this quote as it’s what having a balanced life means to me. It’s about striving for an equilibrium between family, work and myself (in that order), but realising that, when it comes to carving up time, it’s not always equal in love and life. Like our columnist Karren Brady says (p19), “Be prepared to hop from one foot to the other and try not to lose your footing!” That’s why I’m intrigued by a new book by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. On p41 he explains why you should leave the “busy” badge of honour behind. The effect of rest is restorative and rejuvenating, making you happy and healthier. It beats dieting! If decluttering makes you feel more in control, check out our bonus on p177, with tips to organise every room in the house – just reading it will make you feel calmer inside. On p70 we continue our Influential Women series. We talk to Caroline Dinenage MP and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State For Women & Equalities, and Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of the British Fashion Council, about how they achieve a work/life balance, and what they do to unwind. Looking to take a new direction, return to


work or be your own boss? On p158, we’ve teamed up with everywoman, the global membership network resource for women in business, to offer w&h readers an exclusive one month’s free trial. Our cover star is Nicola Walker, who never started out as an actress, and was the first in her family to go to university (Cambridge no less!). On p14, she talks about finding success in her forties, as all her hard work has paid off and she’s now a prime time TV star. She’s a very un-actressy actress – she came to the studio by Tube and is still surprised when people recognise her. She’s a little shy but not cool or aloof and I know you’d like her as much as I did – I’m loving her in ITV’s Unforgotten.  After travelling the country, talking and listening to you, I’m delighted to tell you about a new launch your views have inspired, w&h Travel (p107), from your trusted brand, woman&home. It’s about providing you with the bespoke holidays, exclusive tours and unique experiences you told me you want to go on with like-minded people. We’re partnering with Tripsmiths, a unique travel and media company that works with the world’s leading tour operators. This month we invite you on a five-star River Danube cruise, with special celebrity guests (see right). And a Great Tour of China, with a brilliant offer – book now and you’ll save £200 plus get a FREE flight upgrade*. What are you waiting for? It seems you CAN have it all – at least for some of the time!


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Our favourite things Sue’s pick of things to enhance the balance in your life ON THE COVER VIDEO Nicola Walker TV’s hot detective on finding success in her 40s, shyness and being braver Karren Brady “Planning to create balance is great until illness, work crisis or kid trouble come along!” ON THE COVER Work less, do more? How, and why, to take quality rest time The rules we live by… From lessons in love to learning to say yes, four famous faces on making life work for them Can we find balance in our lives? How to make time for what matters Overcoming the childhood secret that haunted me Michelle Thomson MP talks about being raped as a teen – and why she decided to speak out Love when you’re looking… and when you’re not Three inspiring tales of romance at different life stages I’d never heard of cystic fibrosis before my daughter was born One mother’s moving story The women who shape our lives Two of Britain’s most influential women share their visions for 2017 What balance means to us Five top entrepreneurs on achieving balance I adopted two children then had a miracle baby A surprising story Can you really divorce online? Advice on whether you can go it alone Are you being offered a fortune for your pension? The pros and cons of leaving employer pensions


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What are Sarah Parish’s life lessons? See page 44

The new fashion trends you can wear now. See page 98

Skincare solutions to simplify your routine. See page 80

152 Parental anxiety became my business Meet the winner of the Ignite Awards 2016 and find out how you could be next year’s winner 154 New Directions Three women who left established careers to start their own businesses share their secrets 158 Join everywoman and watch your career soar! Help your career move up a level and enjoy more success

fashion & beauty 21 Indulgence Mini and maxi handbags 23 The fashion edit Style news 24 Are you on trend? Check out spring’s new fashion superheroes 37 Jewel personality On-trend jewellery 98 ON THE COVER Spring trends How to wear them your way 104 Your shape your way Learn how to layer with ease and confidence 79 The beauty edit Jo GB’s essentials 80 ON THE COVER Start something new! Skincare that really works for you 87 ON THE COVER The one secret to perfect foundation Find the right tool 88 Look radiant! The ultimate fresh and pretty make-up for glowing skin 90 ON THE COVER Make your hair behave every day Top styling tricks

The best accessories to update your look – see pages 37 and 102

144 We’ve gained so much from our special relationship We hear how a new service from Alzheimer’s Society is helping people with dementia

THE BONUS Your new declutter guide – solutions for every room! See page 177

Food for every mood. See page 164

EXCLUSIVE 107 HOLIDAYS CHOSEN FOR YOU! A five-star river cruise, fabulous city breaks, plus a 114-day escorted tour of China

food & homes 163 The food edit What’s trending 164 ON THE COVER Good mood food If you want to impress, or need a healthy boost, we’ve got a recipe to suit! 175 The wine edit The best bottles now – as recommended by Decanter 177 ON THE COVER Clear the clutter Get organised and feel in control 187 The home edit Great buys this month 188 We made every inch of space count An impressive home renovation 194 Spring trends update The latest looks to give your home a refresh


time for you


198 Books New releases 200 In conversation with… Adele Parks 202 w&h weekend What’s on this month, plus Phyllis Logan on her new TV role

in every issue 147 215 217 218 94 Beauty bargains We reveal insider secrets and must-have budget buys

travel Holiday exclusives Book our eight-day river cruise and dance down the Danube with Arlene Phillips, and James and Ola Jordan! 112 The 5 city breaks to do this year Where to stay, shop and eat in Florence, Lisbon, Paris and more! 118 ON THE COVER The great tour of China Join us on this exclusive escorted tour


108 What’s new Coming next month Your horoscopes Monthly stars My loves & hates Actor Jamie Dornan

more offers 146 Reader offers Book a fab holiday, with more deals on p174 and p204 – plus save money on energy bills on p216


wellbeing & health 122 The secret of calm Ten surprising tricks to release tension 126 ON THE COVER The No1 fitness must-do Only takes minutes! 128 ON THE COVER Eat well Foods that can help beat the bloat and more 132 ON THE COVER Get to sleep in 20 minutes Guaranteed! 138 Your health Ask Dr Rosemary Leonard 140 Hopes, fears and my heartbeat diary One woman’s account of her heart rhythm disorder, and its risk factors

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Sue picks her favourite things to enhance the balance in your life

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AND RELAX… with our top picks: Sanctuary White Lily & Damask Rose Luxury Bath Float, £10; Sisley White Ginger Contouring Oil for Legs, £117; Uma Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil, £70; Bamford Shavasana Relaxing Essential Oil, £25; This Works Stress Check Breathe In, £16; Arran After The Rain fragrance rollerball, £12.50

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NATURAL BEAUTY Treat your coffee table to these stunning coasters, £38 for four, which are made from Agate – believed to balance emotional, physical and intellectual energy. Team with the opulent Moon bowl, £42. Both

SO SILKY A silk cami is the ideal layering piece under a low top or jumper – and so soft on skin. Camisole, £60,

TUNE IN, SWITCH OFF Slip into your own little world for a while with these neat little headphones in a pretty blush pink. Headphones, £39,

DUAL BENEFIT Enjoy the fragrance of this candle, then once the wax has melted and cooled, you can drizzle the oil over your body. Skin treatment candle, £36,

CHIC SPRITZ This luxurious room fragrance combines rose with smoky incense for an Eastern influence. Sassy room spray, £55,

COSY FACTOR Cashmere is the fabric that every woman loves to snuggle up in on a Sunday. Opt for a lighter shade for spring. Gassato jumper, £99,

SUMPTUOUS SLIPPERS With built-in magnetic insoles, these snazzy slippers not only look great but massage your feet at the same time! £75,

I’m learning to be

BRAVER Nicola Walker talks to Nathalie Whittle about enjoying success in her 40s, on- and off-screen romance, and being TV’s hottest detective NICOLA WALKER, 46, Is one of those actresses who on first meeting, might fool you into thinking she’s not actually “famous” at all. She arrives at our shoot dressed in jeans and a parka coat, having determinedly travelled across London on the Underground. Does she not get recognised, I ask? “When I did Spooks, people did start quietly sidling up to me on the Tube – but it’s only in the past couple of years that it’s started happening more.” Does she mind? “Not at all, but the worst is when you’re in the supermarket screaming at your husband and someone comes over and says, “I think Unforgotten n is wonderful”; you have to reset your face into “Thank you very much!” – then they walk away and you continue shouting at your husband.”


ast becoming the queen of prime-time TV, it’s no wonder all eyes are on Nicola. From her role as Senior Intelligence Analyst Ruth Evershed in long-running spy drama Spooks to that as Gillian, the northern sheep farmer in Sally Wainwright’s Last Tango in Halifax, she’s no stranger to versatility. And now? She’s stealing the show once again as DCI Cassie Stuart in a second series of hit ITV crime drama, Unforgotten. Nicola lives with her husband, actor Barnaby Kay, and their ten-year-old son Harry in London.

On “overnight” success... I’ll never forget the moment last year when my dad phoned and said, “Nic, you’re an overnight success at the age of 46!” Two of my dramas, Unforgotten and River, were airing at the same time and Dad had read about my “success” in a newspaper – he thought it was brilliant. I was thinking, “Does this mean I’m going to be put in a box for a bit now?” In this industry, people like to look at different

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faces on their screens – even I do. I’m still hoping nobody’s bored of me yet!

friends – but it takes a lot of begging… and a lot of gratitude after the event!

When I’m not working, I find it difficult to hang onto my sanity. It’s now become a joke in my family that as soon as I finish a job I’m on a loop saying, “I’m never going to work again” – it drives everyone mad! Maybe that’s why I still don’t feel like I’ve “made it” yet. But it’s only now I’m in my mid-forties that I realise if I didn’t get offered more work, I’d actually try to do something about it. That’s one of those brilliant feelings that comes with age.

Unforgotten was a bit of a no-brainer. I’m a big fan of crime dramas, but often the “investigation” part goes much too smoothly – and you don’t get that with this. My character DCI Cassie Stuart and her partner Sunny [Sanjeev Bhaskar] take quite a long time to identify their victim because they’re not superheroes, they’re just great police officers. When we meet them again, they’re working on a new murder case – and you’ll see that they don’t always get it right. That’s life, isn’t it? You’ll also find out a lot more about Cassie on a personal level this series too – why her husband’s not there, and her relationship with her father, who she’s living with, gets a lot more interesting! >>

My husband, Barnaby, who’s an actor too, would tell you that deciding which roles each of us take is a bit like the UN’s negotiation process. In fact, he’d probably say it’s more like a mini dictatorship – and I’m the dictator! It’s a constant juggle between getting it right at home and getting it right at work – and I still don’t know the secret. We’re lucky that we’ve never had a nanny because we have a lot of help from family and

the real me

ASK ME ANYTHING Technology – friend or foe? Friend, but I’m rubbish at it, so I’m probably a bad one! The last thing that made you laugh out loud? My dog, Dora. She was asleep on her back with her arms and legs akimbo… completely out. She’s hilarious. The best piece of beauty advice you’ve received? Go to bed before 2am. In fact, try to go to bed before midnight. Somehow, I just can’t seem to do it. The trait you most deplore in others? Intolerance… on all levels. Your greatest fear? Death, illness, wasps (they’re evil), spiders, sharks… Your foodie weakness? Bread and cheese with really thick butter. Your dream dinner party guests? David Bowie and Prince, please. Desert island essential? A really thick book. It would start a fire really well too. Believe in a higher being? Not really, but I do believe in how amazing people can be and what they can do.

“You’ll usually find me in jeans and a jumper, but I loved getting dressed up in this outfit – isn’t the skirt amazing?”

the real me There’s not much time to socialise during filming, but I do find time to annoy Sanjeev by trying to make him come out for boozy lunches with me once filming has finished. The rest of the time, we’re running through our lines trying to make our interview scenes sound natural – in other words, me driving him mad going through the lines.

On where it all began... I was never the sort of child who wanted to be the centre of attention – I was actually quite shy. But I was obsessed with all those glamorous black-and-white movie musicals – Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly – and I liked the idea of pretending to be someone else. You can sort of disappear when you do that. My dad worked as a scrap metal dealer and my mum was an interior designer –

they were at a complete loss as to what to do with a child who wanted to act. It’s true that sometimes ignorance is bliss because instead of being daunted by it, they took me to our local youth theatre, the Harlow Playhouse in Essex. This brilliant teacher called Roger Parsley would get us to perform plays based on improvisation and write our own stuff. It probably kept me out of a lot of trouble. I was the first in my family to go to university [Cambridge], but when I graduated, I turned down a place at RADA – what was I thinking? Perhaps it was sheer ignorance. I got myself an agent who said, “If I can’t get you a job in the next six weeks, you can think about RADA again.” And the first job she got me? A part as a folk singer in Four Weddings and a Funeral. I lived off the money from that for quite a long time!

“This look is a lot more casual, but the suede trousers give it a bit of an edge – I love them”

On the truth about marriage… I met Barnaby when I was 25 (we were starring in a play together called The Libertine), but we only got married five years ago. I was always quite daunted by the idea of marriage; my parents had the most amazing partnership, and no one wants to be the one who gets it wrong. But now that we’ve done it? Actually, it was just the legalities we were missing before. Maybe in a couple of years I’ll be saying, “If only we’d done ‘date night’, he wouldn’t have run off with that 22-year-old!” But I just don’t feel the need for it with Barnaby. He’d hate me for saying this, but he’s a brilliant musician, and when Harry’s in bed, sometimes we’ll open a bottle of wine and he’ll play the piano while I drunkenly sing along. I love it when we do that. Perhaps that’s our version of date night! I admit I sometimes find it weird when Barnaby comes home on a Saturday night having just acted out a love affair with a very beautiful woman. We’re both actors, so of course I understand, but equally I’ve seen a lot of marriages break down. I try to give him the space to do the work he wants to do (as he does me), then I warn him repeatedly that if he ever leaves me, I’m going to kill him... that’s all I’ve got! The fact is though that he’ll probably carry on having on-screen relationships until he’s 80, whereas I won’t because I’m a woman and we don’t make shows like that very often in this country. My big one was Ruth Evershed in Spooks and a kiss at the end with Peter was as dramatic as it got.

On friendships (that last)… I found my best friends, Sue [Perkins] and Sarah [Phelps] in my first term at university. Doing further education at that age isn’t straightforward because you’re growing up and there’s a lot of deal with, so we went through a lot of highs and lows together, which is probably why now, they feel more like sisters than friends. I’d say I’m the “needy” one out of the three of us. I’d happily live in their pockets if I could, but I’ve had to grow up a bit and realise I’m not allowed to do that. At the moment, we’re spending most of our time moaning down the phone to each other about how little we’re seeing each other – but as long

WSPOOKS Nicola spent eight years in the role of highly intelligent and meticulous Senior Intelligence Analyst Ruth Evershed, who’s seconded from GCHQ to MI5 and must protect the UK from terrorists. BBC One



as you can hear the other person’s voice, they can keep you on the straight and narrow. One of my most unexpected friendships came when I met Sarah Lancashire [Nicola’s Last Tango in Halifax co-star]. I think we drive directors mad because we’re always talking right up until they shout “Action!” Then they shout “Cut” and we’re talking again! She’s such a good actress though that there are times during takes where I think she’s stopped acting and gone off script, then I realise that it’s just because she sounds so utterly real.

NICOLA ON SCREEN… VUNFORGOTTEN Returning for a second series, Nicola stars as DCI Cassie Stuart who, with colleague DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) explores historic murder cases. ITV

On what really matters... I’ve read about people who say their dogs have changed their lives and snorted with derision – well, now that’s me. We had dogs growing up, but I didn’t want one now because I didn’t think I could cope with the work that comes with it. Then Barnaby took me to see a gorgeous black Labrador puppy, and of course I said yes. Dora’s nine months old now and suddenly I’m getting up at 5.15am to take her for a walk. We spend a lot of time in Cornwall, which usually involves my husband waking us up (too) early shouting, “It’s operation body board!” Then he throws us in the car and we arrive on a beach at 8am, shivering in wetsuits. He’s right to do it though because when we’re throwing ourselves around on our pieces of polystyrene in the sea, life doesn’t get much better. Some of the best acting I’ve ever done was when I had to go home early for work from a family camping trip in a wet, Cornish field last year. When I left Barnaby and Harry, I said, “Ah, I wish I could stay.” It rained non-stop and actually, I couldn’t wait to get in the car, get the heating on, get back home – and get back to a bed! Let’s just say I’m not a natural camper. Nothing beats a ridiculously long walk where you get a bit lost and end up in a pub with an open fire. I’m a terrible map-reader and I often find myself telling farmers I’m terribly sorry, while they shout at me with my map upside down.

On switching off... I don’t have an online profile of any kind – probably because I think that I’d only have about three followers and they will be my blood relations! But actually, one of

RIVER Now available on Netflix, this six-part detective series sees Nicola step into the shoes of DS Jackie “Stevie” Stevenson, ex-partner of DI John River, who is traumatised by her death. BBC One

VLAST TANGO IN HALIFAX Tipped to return for a fourth series, Nicola plays Gillian, the daughter of one half of a pair of childhood sweethearts (played by Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi), who reunite in their seventies. BBC One

BABYLON Directed by Danny Boyle, Nicola took the part of Assistant Commissioner Sharon Franklin in this seven-parter, which followed members of the Metropolitan Police Service responding to incidents – and the PR team at New Scotland Yard. Channel 4

Series two of Unforgotten is on Thursdays at 9pm on ITV. Catch up on the ITV Hub.

my friends who’s an actress came off Twitter because she didn’t want to be involved with this idea that casting directors look at how many Twitter followers you have if it’s down to casting between two actors. There’s this fear that it’s becoming a marker of one’s status. I’ve had to put myself up for enough rejection, and I don’t want to put myself up for it on an even larger level. Like all parents, I worry about my son and tech. Barnaby and I draw the line, then it gets crossed around a week later. The secret is to try to distract Harry – take him off in the car somewhere or do a little dance. Or say, “Oh we’ve had a power cut.” I wish I could inhabit the phrase “Don’t sweat the small stuff” a bit more. I was flicking channels on the TV recently when I saw a programme on mindfulness. It made me realise I need to start noticing what I’m feeling, rather than getting wound up and obsessing over it. I’m still working on it!

On what the future holds… I can’t pretend I’m a writer, but my plan B would be to write something with Barnaby... a TV script perhaps. One of my good friends who’s a writer would tell me it’s not that easy, of course – but it would give me some discipline and the incentive to get up and get moving, which is incredibly important for us all, isn’t it? One thing I’m learning to do is to be braver. Anne Reid [Nicola’s Last Tango in Halifax co-star] is always encouraging me to do it – I think she wants to try and get rid of the remnants of whatever shyness there was in me when I was younger. When I have a moment of weakness, she just says, “Oh it’s ridiculous darling, just get on with it, do it”. I love that. w&h

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in my opinion


‘Planning to create balance is great until illness, work crisis or kid trouble comes along!’ I remember when I was young someone telling me that the secret to achieving a great balanced life was to have three psychological boxes. One for your family. One for your work. And one for yourself. The secret, I was told, is to try and make them all the same size. If you managed this you will have achieved the holy grail of “work-life��� balance. And people with good balanced lives are among the happiest. I have to admit it is advice that has stayed with me, but I equally have to admit that over the years my boxes have not always been equal! When there is a crisis at the office my work box gets so big it would not fit inside the Olympic Stadium. I think the time I lost the balance altogether was when I floated my company on the stock market, making me the youngest managing director of a PLC in the country. I was 27 years old and I had a one-year-old baby. I can’t even begin to explain the exhaustion I was feeling! There have been times when my children have been sick: chickenpox, colds, impetigo. Or when my daughter got wedged in a baby walker (don’t ask but the fire brigade cut her out) and then she split her head open on the trampoline. And my son has ended up in hospital dozens of times courtesy of his passion for

playing rugby! These are the times when work can just go to hell, my place is at home. And as for the box labelled “myself”, well, over the years it’s got so small that these days it wouldn’t even hold an aspirin! As the song goes, “Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman”. Actually Tammy Wynette got it wrong, most of the time it’s hard to be a woman and as for being a working mother, well that’s when it can sometimes be just plain impossible! Life has its ups and downs. It can rock us to the core. I remember when my grandmother died and my mother was inconsolable – I didn’t have a box for that, I had three board meetings that same week and two small children, but she was my priority. Planning your balance is great until illness, work crisis or kid trouble comes along and interferes! What I can tell you is that life is a roundabout of balance, rather than a box. Sometimes home is much more important than work and vice-versa, you have to be prepared to hop from one foot to the other to maintain that balance – sometimes even stand on one leg! Don’t fight the balance is my advice, just shift a little weight from one foot to the other and try not to lose your footing. w&h


Life’s ups and downs can rock us to the core

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CURATE COOL We adore the V&A gift shop, whether you’re looking for printed scarves, interesting jewellery or custom prints; William Morris silk scarf, £60



Tee, £51

Saint James, the original manufacturer of the iconic Breton top, is launching its first UK website in March. Based in Normandy since 1850, the heritage brand has been awarded EPV status for its excellence in traditional skills – an honour bestowed on only 43 other brands, all of which are haute couture! Tee, £56

Bronze ring, £35; Barbara Rothstein heart cuff, £35

EFFORTLESS STYLE Get the foundations of your wardrobe right and you’re entering the Holy Grail of relaxed dressing that oozes style. Prices start from £19. Silk shirt, £110; cropped trousers, £75, both 6-16; shoes, £120, all




We fell in love with Hobbs SS17 collection, with its injection of key trends – think optic white obi belts and gingham for grown ups. Belt, £69; heels, £139



Pe tite ary bra celet, £159, Rot



Kick-start your new season wardrobe with a burst of confident colour. Ageless and easy to throw together, yellow is the shade to be seen in. Work it in with black, white, navy or neutrals. Jumpsuit, £440, 4-14, Theory. Poncho, £258, one size, Hayley Menzies. Bag, £450, Kate Spade. Belt, £18, Next. Earrings, £98, Nocturne. Bracelet, £145, Tamarzizt. Shoes, £32, Next



Bring your look bang up to date with spring’s new superheroes…

spring trends


A powerful print in a high gloss finish will always make you look and feel expensive. Go all out like Gucci and mix and match tones and textures – just add fabulous accessories that will get everyone talking. Top, £25, 6-18, Therapy at House of Fraser. Skirt, £249, 38-49, Pinko. Bag, £235, Meli Melo. Earrings, £73; necklace, £76, both Nocturne. Watch, £165, Mondaine >>

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Crisp, clean and with those key details that give the new season the nod… all you need to show you’re so on top of the trends is a white shirt. Look for stylish sleeve details to make it even more modern. Shirt, £69, 6-18, Mint Velvet. Top, £145, xs-xl, LK Bennett. Culottes, £218, 8-14, Kate Spade. Earrings, £6, Accessorize. Bracelets, £129 each, Astley Clarke. Larger bag, £944; mini bag, £476, both Serapian

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spring trends


When in doubt, say it with stripes. Mix bigger, bolder versions with fine girlie cotton… just remember the way we’re wearing them this time round is strictly in shades of blue. Blouse, £18, 8-20, Matalan. Skirt, £35, 8-22, Marks & Spencer. Coat, £325, 6-18, LK Bennett. Necklace, £75, Anton Heunis. Shoes, £45, Wallis >>

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spring trends


A sweeping skirt, a seriously eye-smacking bag, a cute cropped jacket… mix and match your proportions and give your everyday look a more glamorous finish. A powerful print always makes a bold statement. Stick to the same tones and make tribal look modern in seconds.


Dress, £375, 32-44, By Malene Birger. Blouse, £150, 4-14, Reiss. Jacket, £185, xs-l, Velvet by Graham & Spencer. Scarf, £195, Bianca Elgar. Earrings, £140, Carousel Jewels at Gallery 5. Bag, £310, MaxMara. Cuff, £320, The Folly Boutique. Ring, £76, Miansai. Shoes (just seen), £35, Marks & Spencer

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Up the luxe factor to the hilt – your simple separates have just been upgraded in sheeny, molten metallics. Match top and bottom and indulge in silver, gold, copper and bronze. If it shines then add it to your shopping basket immediately. Top, £229; skirt, £249, both 8-20, Luisa Cerano. Belt, £60, Reiss. Necklace, £149, Nocturne. Bracelet on model’s left hand: £180, Miansai. Watch, £139, Rotary. Bracelets on model’s right hand: £175 each, both Miansai. Bag, £450, Aspinal of London. Heels, £765, Manolo Blahnik >>

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Dress, £275, 6-18; belt, £55, both LK Bennett. Bag, £29.50, Marks & Spencer. Shoes, £100, Geox


Didn’t think you could do sporty? Just take one button-down dress, some seriously stylish sneakers, and a striped strap bucket bag and you’re almost at the finish line. A strong bold colour will give a confident finish.

spring trends


If one thing says you’ve got the trends taped, this spring it’s a ruffle. Forget less is more, if you can make your mark with a revved up maxi then you’ve mastered the look in one powerful piece. Don’t want to work it from head to toe? Then look to skirts and shirts… you’ll still be spoilt for choice. Dress, £135, 6-16, Finery. Belt, £95, LK Bennett. Earrings, £212; bangle (just seen), £101, both Anton Heunis. Shoes, £590, Manolo Blahnik >>

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spring trends


Go girlie and get your pink on from top to toe. Pleats, ruffles, suede or shine… everything goes and you can even add pink accessories to boot! Why hold back? Blouse, £425, 6-14, Cedric Charlier at Fenwick. Skirt, £140, 4-16, Whistles. Bag, £480, Subella London. Long necklace, £350; short necklace, £270, both Lily Kamper. Ring, £85, Rodrigo Otazu. Shoes, £129, Mint Velvet >>

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spring trends HAIR & MAKE-UP Matthew Sky at NEXT Artists NYC using Christian Dior  FASHION ASSISTANT Samantha Rnic DIGITAL ARTWORK Jackie Williams at Happy Finish


Loose and laid-back, fashion’s new mood is like you haven’t even tried. A baggy blouse over slouchy pants… why, you’ve got the new season nailed. Shirt, £85, 8-18; trousers, £120, 8-18, both Modern Rarity at John Lewis. Coat (just seen), £279.95, xxs-xl, Samsøe & Samsøe. Earrings, £79, Carousel Jewels at Gallery 5. Rings on model’s right hand: £60 and £95, both Astley Clarke. Ring on model’s left hand: £75, Lola Rose. Watch, £445, Miansai w&h


Need an easy update? Here’s the jewellery that’s happening NOW!


Marabou necklace, £200, Nocturne

Long and lean – the bar is the newest shape to be seen in accessories

Stone, £12.50, Autograph, Marks & Spencer

“Believe” necklace, £58, Mantra

Make a statement Bold earrings are still going strong, while block colour and Prada-inspired marabou feathers pick up the pace

THE BIG TREND Mismatched earrings One shorter than the other is the way to go

Palm tree earrings, £214, Revolve

Enamel stacking rings, £55 each, Pandora


The best way to wear it?

Bauble, £15, SilkFred

A simple ring with an oversized bauble makes it modern

Milky Way ring, £102, Zoe & Morgan

Brooch, £12, Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Brooch, £45, Uterqüe

Pearly queen

Forget twin-sets – pearls are here to stay, whatever your age!

THE CHOKER Spheres, £25, Finery London

Stone ring, £25, Gemporia

Seeing stars

Double ring, £122.50, Sarina Suriano

Gold stars, £75, Tada & Toy

Look skywards for shape inspiration

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get more done! We strive to be better at work but now a new book says our hectic lives require a different skill… how to take quality rest time


e wear “busy” like a badge of honour – whether that’s at work or as an “involved parent”. We leave our holiday allowance unused and in the evenings and at weekends, we compulsively check our emails. We’re always “available”. So rest has become something passive – the box set, the Facebook feed – to be squashed (if we’re lucky) in what’s leftover between work and sleep (once we’ve done dinner, supervised homework, taken the bins out…). Really though, effective rest is a skill – and brings so much more than “me time”. It’s restorative and rejuvenating, it makes you happier, healthier, more focused and more productive. So just what is the right kind of rest? And how can we find the time?

OUR EXPERT Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a business consultant, academic and founder of The Restful Company talks to Anna Moore about his fascinating new book, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less (Penguin)


Start early

We tend to see staying up late as a luxury – a “gift” to ourselves. But the best way of scheduling daily rest is to start work early and tackle your most challenging tasks first. This is when our creative energy peaks, we’re most able to concentrate deeply and least likely to be distracted by emails, Twitter, Facebook or anything else! Research has shown that the most successful people tend to spend just a few hours a day doing what we would recognise as their most important work – and

usually, it’s the first four hours. Designing a distraction-free morning allows you to make space in the day for rest – with no guilt!



If you’re working on a project, writing a presentation, trying to find a solution, rest is crucial for fulfilling your potential. When your brain tires, or your four hours are done, don’t keep plugging away! The next crucial stage is “incubation”. Though we’re hardly conscious of it, the “resting brain” isn’t inactive – it keeps generating ideas, making sense of the past, preparing for future events – and searching for solutions to current problems. This mind wandering allows different areas of the >>

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the life edit



Whether it’s the morning journey to work, 20 minutes at lunch or out with the dog at the end of the day, a daily walk frees your mind to wander, boosts creativity and helps you think better. If you can get to the park or open countryside, that’s a bonus but the latest research shows that even a spell on the treadmill will improve thinking power. As yet, scientists aren’t sure why walking has such magical effects, but it’s believed that it relaxes and diverts the mind, taking up just enough brain power to allow your subconscious to do its own thing. It can be solitary or social, a mobile meeting or a quiet ramble – but it will clear your mind and provide a fresh perspective.


Get breathless

While walking can stimulate new ideas, aerobic exercise like dancing, running, vigorous gardening or cycling with some uphill sections will improve your ability to make them happen. Even if you’re non-sporty by nature, aerobic exercise can boost intelligence by increasing production of neurotrophins (essential for the growth of neurons, the building blocks of the nervous system). Instead of treating exercise as something that would be good to do when you finally have time, making it part of a regular routine makes the brain function faster and more effectively, relieves stress and increases capacity to deal with a difficult job.



HOW TO HOLIDAY WELL Most of us know from bitter experience that when we’re burnt out, we make bad decisions, lose perspective, fall out with colleagues, kids, partners. “Detachment” (the ability to switch off and put work completely out of your mind) is crucial for peak mental and physical performance. It’s also important to know that the happy boost we get while away tends to peak on day eight – and once we’re back, our new n energy levels last only three or four weeks. For these reasons, it’s better to have lots of shorter breaks through the year than one marathon summer bonanza. Breaks with the best form of recovery contain four major qualities (think of them as vitamins!).

✢ CONTROL You need to be able to choose how you spend your time and energy (if you’re still cooking, picking up socks and smoothing out rows, don’t expect to feel refreshed by the end!).

day can accommodate this of course, but with more of us learning flexible working patterns, it’s worth knowing that experts suggest one hour’s nap six hours after you wake – say 1pm ��� gives the biggest mental charge. This is because it’s long enough to include periods of REM and slow-wave sleep (see our sleep feature on p132).

“Effective rest is restorative and rejuvenating, it makes you happier, healthier and more productive”

No sleep is lost time. Your brain doesn’t switch off when you shut down. It gets busy consolidating memories, reviewing the day’s events and plugging away at big problems and little niggles. And though naps may be thought of as a habit for the very young and very old, they’re now recognised as a powerful tool for recovering focus with business leaders like Arianna Huffington, founder of the website The Huffington Post advocating a 20-minute nap to improve memory, restore energy and concentration. Not every working

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Indulge passions

We feel guilty about what used to be called “hobbies” – they take us away from the family, they’re not “work”, they don’t make money, so as adult life gets busy, they often become a luxury we can’t afford. Women tend to be worse than men at making time for passions. In truth, the right kind of hobby makes you a far better worker, providing that crucial detachment, boosting energy and preventing burnout. The most rejuvenating hobbies are mentally absorbing, with problems and challenges, and clear rewards. If it has a personal dimension – if it’s something you did as a child – it’s even more nourishing.

✢ ACHIEVEMENTT Sett upp an elem lemen entt off something that engages and challenges – yoga? Diving? Painting? Climbing? The key factor is that it absorbs you and rewards when you do it well. ✢ DETACHMENT If you go somewhere with no WiFi, or let your phone run out of charge or stop checking your emails, so much the better. ✢ RELAXATION Seems obvious but is hard to achieve immediately. Pay attention to the first three qualities and this will automatically follow.

Stop, don’t stall

Knowing when to stop what you’re doing and start resting is crucial. Don’t press on with a work challenge until you’re exhausted and the well runs dry. The best time to stop is when you can see your next move. Go to sleep on a good idea. It will keep your subconscious mind engaged with the problem – and make it much easier to pick up again and start next day.


Write, don’t tweet

We may think checking Twitter or our Facebook feed is “downtime” – but for our brains, that processing, seeing other people’s holiday pictures, curating our lives for other people’s consumption is not restful. Traditionally, our brains have made sense of our experiences and processed our thoughts by mind wandering – it’s how we learn lessons. Instead of live tweeting your day, try waiting till the end and then writing down your thoughts. Your mind has time to unlock when it’s not constantly thinking about how to reduce something to 140 characters! w&h


brain to connect and start talking to each another – regions that don’t work together when we’re really focusing – and it’s the reason why famous eureka moments often happen when they are least expected!

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E H T LES … U y R liveb e w From lessons in love to learning to say yes, four famous faces tell Nathalie Whittle what they know about making life work for them

ARAH PARISH, 48, lives with her husband, actor James Murray, and their six-year-old daughter, Nell, in Winchester. They lost their eldest daughter, Ella-Jayne, to Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, a rare genetic condition that increases the risk of heart defects, at the age of eight months in 2009. Sarah stars in the third and final series of ITV’s Broadchurch.


I’m a big believer that you’ve got to have a clean soul to let light in. One of the things I detest the most in people is lying. I’ve been hurt by liars in the past, but I admit I’ve also lied and hurt people myself too – and now I think, “Why on earth did I do that?” The simple fact is that no matter what the situation is, it doesn’t get you anywhere in life. I’ve had moments in my life where I’ve been so down that I thought I’d never get up again – I think all women have had that, haven’t they? Whenever I read things about myself, I always think my life sounds perfect, but it’s 44 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE

not; nobody’s life is. I have terrible times like everybody else, but it’s about finding a way to conquer the bad stuff. As I’ve got older I’ve started to think, “I’m not going to let this depression get me,” and I’ve decided not to be a slave to it. It’s important to remember that life will never give you anything you can’t deal with. When I lost my daughter, Ella-Jayne, I gained a lot of perspective. Up until that point, I’d gone through life thinking, “You can’t fail, you’ve got to be the best you can be” and I’d punish myself if I wasn’t. But suddenly it just didn’t feel like it mattered so much any more. I thought, “Well, if I fail, I fail – nothing awful is going to happen.” In fact, I now know that failing is a huge part of growing as a person. Stepping outside your comfort zone is scary, but I’ve learned that there are often great things waiting at the other end. My biggest fear has always been public speaking – there was a time when I’d have rather eaten my own arms off than get up in front of a bunch

of people and talk to them – as me, Sarah Parish, and not a character in a play or TV show. Then my husband, James and I, started our charity, The Murray Parish Trust, in memory of Ella-Jayne, and I realised I didn’t have a choice but to learn to do it. There was no magic cure, just practice, but now I can get up to talk to strangers about the NHS, about the charity and about my daughter – and it’s opened up a whole new world for me. One of the most important things in a relationship is listening to each other. Romance is important – and I am a bit of a romantic myself – but being able to be honest with each other means so much more, doesn’t it? When I’m lacking self-belief, I pick up the phone and call one of the “girls”. Sometimes there’s nothing better than just talking; in fact, it’s what women do really well (and men not so well). It doesn’t matter if you’re tired, angry or upset, when you say to someone “This is how I’m feeling” and you hear someone else’s take on it, it can completely take you out of it. A group of us including Amanda [Holden], Tamzin [Outhwaite] and Angela [Griffin] have got into the habit of going on juice retreats together, which might sound dull, but actually, we don’t stop laughing. The idea is that you don’t eat anything, you just drink these juices to detox, and by the third day we’re all rocking and dribbling, desperate for a glass of wine! We also have our drunken weekends too… but I won’t go into those! I never used to be very into the whole healthy living thing – then HD TV came in and that all changed. Suddenly you could actually see it in my face! I realise now that it’s more about what you put inside your body than what you stick on. I have a juice, hot water and lemon in the morning and I don’t drink alcohol in the week either. Plus, I try to work out as often as I can – a mix of yoga, HIIT, Barre and boxing – and I feel a lot better for it. I wouldn’t rule out cosmetic surgery. I’m like every woman; I start messing around with my face in the rear-view

in our experience mirror and think, “If only I looked like that.” The trouble is, if you do go down that route, it might not look quite as good as you think. If my chin suddenly starts hanging down by my boobs though, then it might be worth the risk! When I need to unwind, you’ll find me watching a film on the sofa with a glass of wine. I recently had a bit of a trashy rom-com fest where I watched everything from It’s Complicated to The Break-Up. And sometimes you can’t beat the ones you’ve seen a thousand times… like Jaws! If I wasn’t acting, I’d probably be an events organiser – I love getting big groups of people together. Since James and I moved from a tiny little cottage to a bigger house with a lovely open-plan kitchen, we’ve started hosting dinner parties. I’m not going to pretend I’m an amazing cook, but I’m getting better. Though I did get a couple of cookbooks for Christmas – perhaps that was a sign!

“It’s important to remind yourself that life will never give you anything you can’t deal with”

Doing the first read-through for the new series of Broadchurch was a bit like a huge reunion of mates. It’s the fifth time I’ve worked with David Tennant and I last worked with Olivia [Colman] about ten years ago (she’s wonderful!). Then there’s Andrew Buchan, who actually did his first job with me straight out of drama school. I even knew the second assistant director – and I have to admit when I wasn’t needed, we spent a lot of time messing around, taking stupid pictures of each other and making little videos. It was brilliant seeing everyone again. My character Cath in Broadchurch was once the popular girl at school who you looked at and thought, “Oh, I wish I was like that” – well, I did anyway. But when we meet her, things haven’t quite turned out the way I think she and everybody else thought they would. She’s unhappy, unfulfilled and feels unloved. I was far from the popular girl at school, so I couldn’t relate to that, but the more we get to know her and see the challenges she’s up against, the more of myself I was able to bring to her – as you’ll see. Broadchurch starts on ITV this month >> woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 45

“The secret to a successful marriage is being true to yourself” ANJUM ANAND, 45, lives with her husband, entrepreneur Adarsh Sethia, and their children, Mahi, 11, and Aditey, six, in London. Anjum launched The Spice Tailor, a range of Indian sauces, in 2012. Growing up, I was always quite preoccupied with the idea of making my own money and not having to rely on anyone else. Then I got into the food world because I wanted to change the way people thought about Indian food – and success became less about money and more about achievement. I decided that actually I’d rather do what I love every day than work really hard doing something I don’t really care about. I think that’s a much healthier way of thinking.

I don’t like the fact that I take life too seriously sometimes. But when you’re trying to juggle all the plates, it’s hard to make time for “fun”, isn’t it? I’m always worried about disrupting everyone’s lives by going on some daring adventure, but I want to climb Machu Picchu and I’d love to do the Grand Canyon hike too. This year is the one when I’m going to make time for me. I’ve been married for 13 years now and the secret is being true to yourself. If you can’t do that and express your own feelings, then you end up resenting it. Adarsh and I have a huge amount of respect for each other and because of that, we’ve always been very equal. In fact, people often find it hard to tell who wears the trousers in our relationship. I have to admit, we tend to reconnect on a personal level when things get tough. When life is good and everything’s going smoothly, you just keep going, then life throws

you a curveball and it stops you in your tracks. That’s when I talk to him like he’s my best friend and husband, rather than as the father of our children or as my business partner. He’s so grounded and gives me a great sense of perspective; it’s incredibly comforting to know that support will always be there. I was once told that tears are a great way to remove emotions from the body – and it’s true. If I'm frustrated or overwhelmed, it’s the one thing that enables me to let go of things and move on. It’s easy to lose who you are when you have kids – I think that’s something we all grapple with. My friends and I are all at this stage where we still remember what it was like not to have kids – the “girls” we left behind, if you like – and now we’re adjusting to the new women we’re becoming. It doesn’t matter how much our lives change though, we’ll always make time for a girls’ night. On our last one, we all went for cocktails and to see Bridget Jones’s Baby after – we had such a laugh. I grew up in an Indian household and I often didn't feel comfortable talking to my parents about things that were normal outside our community. Even when I was in my mid-late twenties, I actually snuck away with a boyfriend on holiday… I did that a few times! I once told my whole family I was going skiing with some friends, then fast-forward a few months and those same friends were sat at my table, with my parents asking, “How was that ski trip?” – it was very awkward. My latest book, I Love India, is my most personal one yet. My mum was always cooking different Indian food when I was growing up and after a night out, all my friends and I would gather round the kitchen table gossiping about the night’s events with chicken curry and rounds of bread; we couldn’t get enough of it. You'll find lots of little memories like those in the book, alongside the recipes. Anjum’s book, I Love India (Quadrille), is out on 9 March

“My mantra is to say yes more often than not ” LAURA MAIN, 35, is single and lives in London. Laura stars as Shelagh Turner in BBC One’s Call the Midwife. I feel incredibly lucky to have two nephews and a niece (aged four to seven), and I have to admit, the joy is not having to set the rules! Even though I’m in London and they’re in Aberdeen, we have a strong bond and when I visit them, I even find myself doing the school run! I love going out cycling and walking with them. But now they’re at that age where they’re the ones coming up with the ideas of what to do – and I just go along with it. Working with so many babies on Call the Midwife does make me broody. I hope I’ll have children of my own at some point, but you never know what the future holds, do you? There’s a lot of pressure on women to try and do it all, but fortunately I think society’s “rules” are loosening up a bit. One of my friends recently said, “There’s a lot you can do by not having kids” – and it’s nice to know that the alternative is accepted as well. One thing I’ve learned about romantic relationships is that it’s important not to lose yourself in them. I’m single at the moment and I’m enjoying rediscovering what I like to do with my time and how I want to spend it. But the reality is that, actually, if you keep doing the things you love when you’re in a relationship and make sure you take time for yourself too, everyone benefits from it. If you’ve started watching the new series of Call the Midwife, you’ll know that my character, Shelagh, is pregnant – and it’s a bit of a shock! Having previously discovered she couldn’t conceive (she had TB in series two), she decided to adopt and she’s now a stepmum too, so trying to fall pregnant wasn’t on her agenda. I was dying to share the storyline with my mum and sisters, but I didn’t want to spoil it

for them – so instead, I spent a lot of time talking to the female members of the cast, picking their brains about the various stages of pregnancy. One of my mantras is to say yes more often than not. Even if you’re not sure about something, what’s the harm in giving it a try? I’ve just said yes to doing the London Marathon for the charity Sentebale, which was founded by Prince Harry and helps vulnerable children in Lesotho, and having never been much of a runner, I’ve got a lot of work to do! And my next challenge? I’d love to do Strictly. I actually think twice about going out when it’s on. I don’t worry about how I look at all times because fortunately no one recognises me, but I do swear by having a decent facial. I trek all the way across London to Beauty Works in Crouch End to have an Environ facial (using natural vitamins to repair the skin) and it’s brilliant. We have a bit of a chinwag for the first half hour, then I just completely zone out. There are lots of other things I should do like get to bed earlier, drink more water and eat fewer roast potatoes – but I think the word “should” says it all! I don’t know what’s next for me, but I want to spend more time nurturing my friendships. I don’t know about you, but I find it pretty overwhelming keeping on top of it all – there’s the WhatsApp group with all the Call the Midwife girls, then there’s the texts, emails and Facebook messages between all my old school friends. They’re the champions in my life though – and we could all use more of those. Call the Midwife airs Sundays on BBC One. Read a moving real-life miracle baby story on page 76 >>

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THLEES RUliveby… “I used to measure success on being offered a job we LISA FAULKNER, 44, lives with her partner, MasterChef judge John Torode, in London. She has an adopted daughter, Billie, nine, and John has four children from previous relationships. One of the best things about going into a relationship slightly later in life is that it makes you appreciate what you have. It’s easy to be quite foolish when you’re young, but now that I’ve found John, I think, “I’m not going to let this go, I’m going to look after this.” We have date nights every week – we’ll go for dinner or to the cinema – and we write little notes for each other when one of us goes away. John actually left for work this morning at 5am, and I found one next to the teabags. It was lovely. I love the fact that between us, John and I have this wonderful blended family. I don’t see myself as a mother figure to his kids though, I’m more of a friend and a confidante. When all the children are in the house with us, it’s the best feeling. My favourite time is when it’s breakfast and you’ve got one person boiling an egg, another making pancakes and someone else putting sausages in the oven – and all the jars of jam and chocolate spread are out on the table. It’s what I call “happy chaos” – I love it. Counselling has seen me through some difficult times – not only when I lost my mum to throat cancer when I was 16, but through an ectopic pregnancy and several failed rounds of IVF. It’s funny though, because there’s this assumption a counsellor gives you the answers to your problems, but actually, you just have to talk, and some days you come out feeling great and other days you come out feeling rubbish. It’s not easy, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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For a long time, I measured success on being offered another job. The other day I looked around me when I was at home and the kids were jumping on and off the bed, and there was mess everywhere and I thought, “Everyone’s happy” – and I felt like I’d done something right. Now I see success as appreciating the small things because in fact, they’re the big things. When my mum was very ill, she wrote me a letter in which she said, “Keep your shoulders back and don’t follow the crowd.” That’s become more important to me the older I’ve got. It’s easy to say, “I’m this age now and I’m stuck in this rut and that’s fine” – but actually, sometimes you have to jump. For years my life was defined by being an actress, then I did MasterChef and

my heart would beat with an excitement I hadn’t really felt before. If I hadn’t closed my eyes and thrown myself into it, I wouldn’t be doing the thing I love today. We’ve all got it in us to do that. My new book, From Mother to Mother, has been inspired by the women in my life. It started when I asked all my family and friends who are mothers for their favourite recipes that have been passed down the generations – and they let me play around with them. You’ll find everything from my cousin’s butternut squash Bolognese to Auntie Lil’s chicken soup, each with a twist. And maybe I’m biased, but they taste pretty good! Lisa’s book, From Mother to Mother (Simon & Schuster), is out 9 March w&h


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We asked our experts to show four women at different stages how to improve the balance in their lives and make time for what matters

The single high-flyer ALICE DOGRUYOL, A 39, 3 from London, iss the founder and a director of o a publicity company c and a jeans je business, Beauty B in Curves. She S has been single g for six monthss after a long-term relationship ended. I’ve been self-employed for the past six years and run two businesses, but since a relationship ended last year I’m aware that work is dominating. I work seven days a week, checking my email first thing in the morning, right up until midnight when I finally go to bed. My mind is constantly buzzing so it often takes me an hour to fall asleep. I don’t watch much TV and I rarely

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‘I need to switch off from work and make time for dating’

have time to go out. My weekends are spent working too. Sometimes I wonder if I feel emails are more urgent than they really are, so I’d like some tips on dealing with the anxiety over having to be on call 24/7. I need to create a clearer divide between work and home. On one occasion I employed someone to cover for me while I took a holiday but it was very expensive so I’ve ended up working during all my holidays. I’m also determined to invest more time in my love life. I was in a relationship for four years with a musician who was touring and living between Cuba and London, so we’d have a few months living together, then he’d go on tour for a couple of months and I wouldn’t see him. He kept saying we’d live together properly one day and have a family, but time was running out. Once I’d made the decision not to wait any more, I actually felt liberated. Now I’m keen to start dating again, so I’ve joined a couple of dating apps. I’d love to share my life with someone and have a family, but I’m aware I’ve left it late. I’ve known I need to redress the balance in my life for a while now and have made some positive changes like

life lessons seeing a personal trainer and paying more attention to my diet. As part of my new lifestyle, I’ve also been away with girlfriends on a couple of city breaks, which has been brilliant. My ideal now would be to get my work done in fewer hours, so I can feel like I’ve finished work for the day and enjoy my time off. See

EXPERT TIPS CAROLE ANN RICE, founder of The Real Coaching Company: Having your own business can be all-consuming, especially if you’re single. Here’s how Alice can help make changes: %Create clearer personal and professional boundaries by giving

herself set working hours – eg, 9am until 6pm – and let her clients know she’s only available then. It’s important that she puts her out of office message on and doesn’t reply to emails outside of those times. %When working from home, make sure the computer is in a separate space from the room she eats and relaxes in. To improve her sleep, she needs to stop checking emails/her mobile at least one to two hours before bedtime. %Hiring a virtual PA by the hour, even for just a few hours per week, would make a huge difference to Alice’s work/ life balance. They start from £20 per hour and could deal with all of Alice’s admin. %Dating can be very time-consuming so she’ll need to make a serious

The working parent DANIELA HORTON, 41, a marketing manager and consultant from London, is married with two children, Alex, aged four and Charlotte, aged six. She works four-five days per week. Her husband works full-time as an MD and travels regularly with work. I work three days per week in an office as a marketing manager, then another one or two days a week from home as a consultant. Things have got much harder now the children have started school as we can no longer justify having a nanny four days per week and there’s all the school holidays to cover. At the moment we use a mix of afterschool clubs, holiday clubs, babysitters and grandparents. I take the children to school at 8am and collect them at 5.45pm from their after-school clubs. It means they don’t get to bed until around 8pm, then I have all the school admin and washing to deal with. The children are at two different schools, which doubles the school runs, PTA events and so on. The school run works 70 per cent of the time, but if I suddenly have an early meeting and my husband has to travel, the arrangements fall apart.

It feels like we’re always rushing and it can be overwhelming at times. I’ve turned into quite a strict parent as there’s no room for unacceptable behaviour, but having clear guidelines has worked well for the children and they’re both doing well at school. From next month I’ve got a mother’s help starting, which will make a huge difference. She’s a mum herself and will do four school pick-ups a week, make the children dinner, help with their homework and get them ready for bed. It will be much better for the children and us, though I’ll miss being as involved in their schoolwork. It does mean I might be able to start taking a lunch break and go to the gym sometimes. I volunteer for events at school and I’m also class rep, but I try not to be too hard on myself. I don’t try and be superwoman, but I’d like to learn some better coping strategies for juggling it all. Our weekends are our family’s chill-out time. My main aim at the moment is to be there for my children emotionally and find a good balance between work, family and time for myself.

EXPERT TIPS LORRAINE THOMAS, CEO of The Parent Coaching Academy: Most working parents struggle at times, but Daniela has many positive

commitment to it, giving herself a target of going on two or three dates a month and setting aside time to chat to people online. She needs to be careful to convey to her dates that she has some balance in her life, and of course it’s best not to mention her desire to start a family too early on. %She should congratulate herself on the fantastic success she’s had so far, but also needs to keep her end goal in mind: why is she working so hard? %Alice is a dynamic, decisive person. She’s taken the positive step of ending an unhelpful relationship and invested in herself by enlisting a personal trainer. Now it’s time for her to have some more fun! See

strategies already. Here are my tips: %It’s important that Daniela makes time for herself to recharge, even if it’s just ten minutes outside at lunchtime or unwinding on her journey home with the Headspace meditation app. %She shouldn’t feel guilty making childcare arrangements to give herself time just for her, whether that means asking her husband, relatives or paying for a babysitter. %To help mornings run smoothly, buy a giant egg timer then challenge the children to get dressed before the sand runs out. A child’s concept of time is very different and they respond well to a challenge and a visual representation. %Create a visual map of the children’s morning and evening routines. They could have fun one weekend, taking pictures of them cleaning their teeth, putting on their pyjamas etc, then stick the “map” on their bedroom wall. Get into the habit of telling them what you DO want them to do, not what you DON’T. Instead of saying, “Stop shouting!” say, “Whisper like this…” Children like it if you show and tell. %When it all feels too much, use the ABC technique. A = acknowledge how you’re feeling, B = breathe to calm yourself down, then C = choose how you’d like to respond. Instead of giving an emotional reaction, this puts you back in control. See >>

‘I try not to be too hard on myself, but I do feel overwhelmed sometimes’

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NIKI N HALL, 50, from Buckinghamshire, B is a self-employed image consultant. im She S is married with three children aged th 16, 1 14 and eight. As A a mum, I do sometimes feel I s cco ’ down to me, rather come me las astt, butt that’ hat’ t’s than anyone else making me feel that way. I always feel I should be doing more for both my children and my parents. I try my hardest to be a great mum and I want to be there for my parents, particularly as I’m an only child. I’d like someone to help me stop feeling guilty that I’m not doing enough! My parents live on the Isle of Wight, which is over two hours away from me. My father is 82 and in declining health, so I’d like to be there more to support them both but it’s hard with them being so far away. We go to visit every school holiday and a few years ago, after my dad had a hip operation, I went four times in a fortnight, which was exhausting, but I wanted to help. I do feel torn between my children

EXPERT TIPS NINA GRUNFELD, creator of Life Clubs: “When you’re part of the sandwich generation, it’s hard feeling pulled in all directions, but even if your parents live close by, it doesn’t make it easier because then you might be expected to visit every weekend, run them to doctor’s appointments and so on.” % The first step for Niki and anyone in this situation is to let go of the guilt. Her mum is fighting fit so is able to cope on a practical level and Niki’s regular phone calls provide a good emotional support. % Ask children to chat to their grandparents over Skype to keep in touch. %Be authoritative but also relaxed with teenagers. If the boundaries are reasonable, they’re old enough to understand. It’s a personal choice, but I think it’s reasonable

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and my parents needing me, though my mum is 74 and in good health. At the moment, with my dad unwell, I’m speaking to my mum on the phone every night and afterwards I often feel sad I can’t offer more practical help in person. With our teenagers, they’re lovely but we’re at the stage of deciding on rules and boundaries. My daughter is now 16 and some of her friends have just got their driving licences, so we’re in discussions about whether she can go in the car with them, as I do worry. I’d always rather my husband and I drive her, but it means our weekends are spent providing a taxi service. Sometimes I’ll get time to go to the gym in the week or occasionally I’ll go away with girlfriends, but the children come first. One area of my life where I feel I’ve got the balance spot on is with my work. I’ve recently re-trained and set up my own business as an image consultant called The Style Hall. It means I can choose my own hours and have the flexibility to be around for the children when they need me. See

for her daughter to accept lifts from friends who’ve passed their test. %It’s best to be supportive of your children’s friends, otherwise the implication is you don’t trust them, which could make Niki’s daughter rebel. %Opting out of driving the children around so much will enable Niki to put herself first more and reclaim her weekends. Apart from allowing her daughter to accept lifts, help them find bus and train details or sometimes paying for taxis. It’s different with the eight-year-old, who of course will need her more. %As Niki’s work is flexible, she can take an hour out to go to the gym. She could also arrange play date swaps for the eight-year-old if she wants to go after school and her 16-year-old daughter is old enough to babysit. It’s time for Niki to take a step back. See

The working wife… with retired husband SHIRLEY HOOKS PATTISON, 62, P from fr Bicester, works w full-time as a an independent financial advisor fi and a also became a novelist at the age n of o 58. Her husband Karl Ka rl, l, 63, 63 is is a reti ettired ired publican. Karl retired in 2009 when the pub industry declined. We agreed it made sense as I could support us both on my income. Now he’s retired, I really notice the difference in our energy levels. I’m a hyper control freak and everything has to be instant, whereas Karl is so laid-back. I work full-time as a financial advisor from my home office and I write my novels early in the morning, evenings, on weekends and on holiday. Karl says he would like to see more of me, but he only gets cross when he thinks I’m working too much and should be taking better care of myself. My mind is always buzzing so I often find it hard to sleep. It’s ironic that just after Karl retired, I launched a second career as a novelist (writing as Antonia Abbott). I wrote my first novel at the age of 58 – now I’m on my fourth. I love both my jobs, but my balance between work, quality time with Karl and time to relax could be improved. Enduring Emotions: An Oxfordshire Tragedy by Antonia Abbott (Raven Crest).

EXPERT TIPS JUDY RICH, founder of Rich Coaching, specialises in retirement and creative business coaching: % In order to switch off more, I would challenge Shirley to see what it’s like just to “be” sometimes. Being in nature is ideal for this – walks in the woods or the beach. % Shirley could try to structure in 30-40 minutes of “being” time into her day, where she just has a cup of tea with Karl or takes in a view. % Finally, does Shirley plan to slow down one day? She and Karl would benefit from a discussion about what they want in the next 10-20 years. See w&h


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Michelle Thomson in front of the Forth Rail Bridge in her Edinburgh West constituency

MICHELLE THOMSON moved her colleagues in the House of Commons to tears in December when she stood up in the chamber (below) during a debate on violence against women and revealed she had been raped at 14. The Speaker, John Bercow, who was visibly upset following her emotional speech, said she had “left an indelible impression upon us all”.     Michelle, 51, is the independent MP for Edinburgh West. She is married to Peter, a music teacher, and has two children: Max, 22, and Lizzie, 20. Originally from Bearsden, near Glasgow, she worked in financial services before being elected as an MP in 2015.

secret that haunted me Michelle Thomson MP talks to Charlotte Williamson about her rape as a teenager, its devastating aftermath – and why she finally decided to speak out


y childhood stopped the day I was raped. I was 14, at a youth event, and my attacker offered to walk me home. I knew him, so didn’t think anything of it. Everyone walked home in those days. It wasn’t even dark. I’m from a polite, middle-class background, and my childhood was very protected – but probably no more protected than any other child living in a small town near Glasgow at that time. I was wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and no make-up. I wasn’t very mature for my age and fairly shy.  My attacker took me a slightly different way home than usual, but I wasn’t worried since there were many ways to my house. He then took me into a wooded area, and I blithely followed. The path became less defined and bumpy and I thought, “This is a bit odd”. Looking back now, that was a clear warning signal. But I overrode any alarm bells because I was thinking, “It will be fine; I know this guy.” I also didn’t know what the word

rape was. I’d never had a conversation with my mother. I’d never read about it.  The act itself was mercifully quick.  I felt surprise, then fear, then horror that this was happening and I couldn’t escape. Three quick reactions. I also remember quite literally freezing up – I now know that this was a subconscious protection mechanism. It’s hard to know if the attack was premeditated or merely opportunistic. But certainly I wasn’t aware he had any particular interest in me over and above any other girl.  He got up and walked away without saying a word. I got up, brushed the leaves from my back, and started walking home, stumbling as I went. I barely remember the journey back, but I do recall thinking that I needed to calm myself down. I was shivering from the shock.  Back home, I went straight to bed. I don’t think at that point I’d properly processed what had happened. I thought about telling my parents, but then thought they would tell me off; that I was a silly little girl putting myself >>

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at risk. I don’t blame them – they, too, were products of their time. I actually wished I was pregnant as it would force the issue out into the open. How pitiful that that was my teenage level of emotional response. But it wasn’t a rational response; it was a cry for help.  I can’t give any other details as this is now a police investigation and I don’t even know if my attacker is dead or alive but, overnight, my personality changed. I’d been a happy, idealistic child. I went from being quite bright at school to staying at home and reading books because I wanted to be on my own. My mum must have known something was up, but how could she know the truth? Rape doesn’t just affect the woman, it affects the whole family.  I blamed myself for years, carrying a sense of shame and self-revulsion. I kept my rape secret until I was 17, when I told my boyfriend. He was very supportive, but only as supportive as he could be at that point in his life. I was hypersexual for a while, too, as a reaction to trying to make sense of what had happened; of what was my first sexual experience. From what I have subsequently learnt, it’s a common reaction. It’s trying to reframe an early recollection into what it should be – the highest form of love between two consenting adults.  I met Peter, my husband, in my early twenties – his best friend was giving me singing lessons. I told him about the rape before we married, as I wanted him to understand there was a swaddled kernel of extreme emotion inside me; an edginess that sometimes might come out in other ways. At that point, I still couldn’t say the word “rape” without breaking down. In fact, all I was able to blurt out to Peter was, “You need to understand this about me – I was raped.” We never discussed any details.   I was 42 when I finally could say the word “rape” without crying. I’m interested in personal development and went to a coach who specialised in neuro-linguistic programming. I told

Happier now: Michelle with her family dog, Benjy

it was as though no one else was there. I felt I was genuinely unburdening myself. I finished, sat down, and that was the first time I was aware of all the other MPs, many of whom were crying.

WOMEN WITH SECRETS her about her h b the rape as I felt it was an important factor in my life. I didn’t have therapy as such, but she used a technique that allowed me to get rid of all my suppressed negative emotion. I literally cried the tears of the River Clyde. Amazingly, that one session enabled me to move on. It was clearly the right time for me. I’ve still got a bit of anger in me, though, and that will never go away.

I was 42 when I finally said the word ‘rape’ without crying

SPEAKING OUT When I told my husband I was thinking of making the speech, his initial reaction was, “Then everyone will know.” In other words, everyone will know that his wife had been raped. I thought, “Yes, you’re right, and it is for that reason I have to do it.” Being worried about people’s reactions just reinforces the taboo.  My speech was the first time I’d forced myself to remember as much as I possibly could. Even though I’ve carried the event throughout my life, I’ve never thought about the repercussions and my emotional response. I wrote the speech in Westminster and I called my husband at home in Edinburgh to read it to him – it was the first time he’d heard the full details of what had happened to me.  I couldn’t sleep the night before the debate, and was feeling anxious when I went into the chamber that morning. When I stood up and started speaking,

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Following the speech, I’ve had hundreds of letters and emails. The ones that really touched me were women who have also been raped and have never told anyone before. Many were around my age and from similar backgrounds. The first my father knew about what had happened to me was after my speech. I didn’t tell him or other people beforehand because I wanted the option to back out if I felt I couldn’t go through with it. He’s 83, and phoned me up afterwards saying he had no idea. I said, “Well, that was the times then, Dad.” That was his way of dealing with it, and I wouldn’t want him burdened with any guilt.  My mother sadly died 12 years ago. She’d had breast cancer and had had five years of palliative care, so I’d had a long time to give serious consideration to telling her. The child within me wanted to tell her because, well, she was my mum. But my response as an adult was not to tell her because how could I burden her with that guilt and allow her to blame herself?  But I am so glad I spoke out. The sheer volume of correspondence makes me realise how endemic rape is – and how angry it makes me feel. I now want to spend a large part of my remaining time as an MP bringing attention to the issue. My job is about giving a voice to people who have no voice.   For much of my life, I have frozen and taken the stuff that’s been thrown at me – routine sexism, horrible online comments calling me a slut, that kind of thing. My speech was a signal that I’m not doing that any more. So in many ways, the speech was my final stage in coming to terms with what had happened. It wasn’t just to give voice to other people, it gave me my voice. I’m not a victim – I’m a survivor. w&h


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…AND WHEN YOU’RE NOT! Finding a soulmate can happen at any age and any stage – these three inspiring stories show how as we celebrate Valentine’s Day

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“I found love again at 50… after being inspired by w&h!” HELEN HILL, 50, is divorced and lives in Upminster, and works as an admin assistant. She has two sons, aged 16 and 18. Kiron, 54, is a management consultant for the NHS and lives in New Eltham. He has two daughters aged 13 and ten. I’d been married for 15 years but separated for five years and was going through a divorce. I wasn’t interested in looking for “The One”. It takes a long time to get over a break-up, and my priorities were my boys. I also knew I wasn’t prepared to be with someone just for the sake of it. But when my ex-husband started seeing somebody in October last year, I strangely felt like it gave me a licence to finally start dating again myself. It was seeing an article in woman&home that inspired me to try something different. Author Veronica Henry, who was about my age and divorced, had taken part in a fun single’s event. Going to an event where everyone was single seemed much less daunting than dating where you might be stuck with one person you didn’t hit it off with. I looked at the website and saw they were hosting an event at a wine bar on the Thames on 12 December, and so, two days before, I thought why not go along? I was incredibly nervous on the day, mostly about what I was going to wear! I bought a new pair of leggings, something I had never worn or owned before, just to try something different. Although I was petrified, I knew that if I got there and felt uncomfortable, I could leave. I had nothing to lose. Arriving at the bar alone at 7pm, I found that most women had come in groups. It was a low-lit bar over two levels with around 60 people, and kindly, one group invited me to join them for a drink, so I began to relax. They said I was brave to come on my own. In the beginning it was a bit like a school dance – boys on one side of the room and girls on the other. But the organisers put on silly, fun icebreaker games to relax everyone, like a game where women had a lock and the men had keys, and the game was to see whose unlocked whose. We were then sorted into three groups of 20 for the speed dating section. The women sat at the tables, while the men rotated around each table, but no one really stood out to me – it’s hard to find out much about someone in three minutes! That was until a tall dark man dressed smartly sat at my table in the last round. Although all I remember talking about is how quickly three minutes seemed to go! We parted ways after the speed dating section finished, but a little while later I went back upstairs and spotted him at

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the bar. He was on his own, and so I went to chat to him. Instantly, it was like we’d known each other for years, talking about our families and our work. We spent the whole evening together, and I felt so comfortable with him. We kissed that night, on the balcony of the bar, under the Christmas lights after a few G&Ts! At around midnight, we walked back to the station together and, before getting on our trains, we arranged to meet on the following Monday night. We met for dinner twice the following week, and then I introduced him to my sons. It was all happening very quickly but it felt right. When I visited him on Boxing Day I met his immediate family, including his girls, who were lovely. By this stage we’d still only known each other two weeks but it felt completely comfortable introducing him to my sons – they were really welcoming towards him. Although I had been on my own for so long, with Kiron I was comfortable and relaxed from the beginning. Since then we’ve have spent weekends away together in places like Brussels – having a house full of kids can make it difficult to spend time alone together! We both have birthdays in November and I hit the big 50 so we had a celebration weekend away together in Venice, which was wonderful. We’ve been together for a year now, and I just love Kiron and how he makes me feel. With him, I feel special and loved, and we genuinely seem to have clicked from the moment we met. The joy is that we haven’t had to think too much about our relationship – it just works. When I first split up with my husband, I panicked, worrying about what the future might look like. But I realised that none of us know what’s around the corner in life, so we can only take it a day at a time. And since meeting Kiron, I’ve learnt to just enjoy what we have right now. KIRON SAYS… I’d been separated from my ex for seven years in 2015. During that time, I’d dated, but nothing had ever lasted that long. I’d got to the point where I thought that I’d rather not go out with anybody, than date the wrong person. But when I got chatting to Helen I remember really liking her – and it helps that she’s drop dead gorgeous. It was exciting, feeling that way about someone again, even if it felt a bit scary at first. I’d had relationships that lasted for six, and even nine months, but I never introduced any of them to my daughters, who are ten and 13. I think I knew deep down that they weren’t going to last. So introducing Helen to my children that Boxing Day was a big deal, but I had no worries about it – it just always felt right. We enjoyed spending this past Christmas together. Helen is a wonderfully generous and caring person, and she just makes me feel happy. We certainly see a long-term future together, but we’ll take it one day at a time. Whatever happens, I’m so glad I went along to that singles evening. >>

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“I’d been a single parent for years after leaving an arranged marriage; he was single and eight years younger…” SURLENDER PENDRESS, 46, was born into a highly traditional Asian family and at 19 was betrothed in an arranged marriage. The couple went on to have two children but after 11 years she broke free, to live on her own as a single parent and set up her own business. She tells how, several year later she met Richard, who is eight years younger, and found love across the cultural divide. My family came to Leicester from India, and my father, an engineer, was determined that we would integrate into British society. I was allowed Western friends to come to the house – which was definitely not allowed in other stricter families in our road – but at the same time we were very much bound by the culture of our tradition and religion. Growing up, I accepted I would have an arranged marriage, with all the ceremony of an Indian wedding. I met my husband about six times before we were married when I was just 19. I trusted my parents to find someone they thought would be right – but I was young and so naive. If I had really disliked him they would not have forced me, but I was very aware of the expectations of my extended family too. I was the eldest of six children, and very much a role model. I was working in insurance when I was married, but I knew my priority was to be a dutiful wife and mother. For the first few years of our marriage we lived with our in-laws, until we could find a house. There were problems, but in my community, at that time, you adapt, you make a marriage work. But the simple fact is that my husband and I had very different expectations. He wanted a traditional Asian wife and mother,

a homemaker. But I was ambitious, and I had something inside me telling me how much I could achieve. After 11 years together, I broke free. It was extremely hard – I felt I was letting my family down, and there was a lot of disapproval from the community. We had moved away from where my family lived and being a working single mum was hard. I felt so alone. Yet I was determined to realise my potential. I bought my exhusband out of the family home, and I had no financial support as I battled to keep my family going. For a long time, I wasn’t interested in relationships. Everything was about work and raising my children. Now I’m so proud my son Aaron, 24, and my daughter Alisha, 21, have grown up to be free, independent and thoughtful people. Then in 2007 I met Richard in a bar. I thought he wasn’t for me – he was a bit of a ladies’ man and they in turn loved him – but we became friends. We had lots of interests – we both love property development, watching films, going out and having fun. After a year of friendship, he asked me out to the cinema – and we realised there was something between us. Initially I was very worried – both about the age gap and the cultural divide – and at first my family were hesitant too. But they saw what a lovely man he is, and how fantastic he is with my children, who adore him. Last year, ten years after we first met, we had a wonderful East-meets-West wedding. Our two sets of guests, while looking so very different in their wedding outfits, mingled beautifully and it was such a happy day. Also last year I set up my own business with a partner, Writesize, which makes pencils adapted for small children’s hands, and it has been such a success – we’re getting orders from all over the country. So both sides of my life are fulfilled – I am an independent, successful businesswoman and very happily married to man who is fully supportive of my career. The most important thing I have learned is that you must follow your own destiny to be happy, and not live by anyone else’s rules. RICHARD SAYS… When I first met Surlender I didn’t see an Asian woman – I saw a beautiful, vibrant woman who was full of plans for the future and had a great sense of humour. To us the cultural divide didn’t matter, but I was very aware it could be more difficult for her family. In fact though, they were very charming and welcoming. I didn’t have children and had never been married before, and initially my family were possibly more concerned about the age gap and the fact I was taking on two children. But they could see how happy Surlender and I make each other. In terms of personality, we are quite different – she’s very outgoing whereas I am more shy. But we complement each other perfectly and the cultural “barriers” are irrelevant to us. >>



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“I was looking for a dance partner and found a husband instead” PAT ADAMS, 70, lives in Highcliffe, Dorset. She is retired and has four children, all in their forties. Richard is 69 and has one daughter. I found myself having to make a fresh start in my sixties after a long marriage came to an end when we drifted apart. I decided to move to a different part of Dorset, where one of my daughters lives. I have always been involved with the church and have volunteered for most of my life. But I wanted to try something new, so I signed up for ballroom dance classes. But at the dancing classes, there never seemed to be enough men to be partners. When I complained, the instructor’s words to me were: go find yourself a man then! I’d been on the website Streetlife – a local social network where you can talk to your neighbours – and came across a forum thread of people talking about Pat and Richard never ballroom dancing and saying exactly what I’d thought. thought they’d find love So I sent a message asking if there was anyone who again, but it happened might want to be my dance partner. so naturally – and they A few hours later, a woman responded, saying bonded over their shared that she thought her brother-in-law Richard might be passion for dancing interested. So we arranged to meet two days later in a local café. Richard and his sister-in-law, Ita, were there when I arrived, and I noticed immediately how The secret to finding love when you’re older, is not to go out handsome he was. I was bowled over. looking, but to involve yourself in lots of different things so I was nervous, but Richard and I soon discovered a shared love has a good chance of finding you. love of painting. We talked for almost three hours, about everything from our hobbies to our families. The subject of RICHARD SAYS… I had recently separated from my wife and moved ballroom dancing was actually put on the back-burner for a bit! to be nearer to my brother in Dorset. I’m retired from my job as an Our first dance class was funny because while I’d been having engineer, so I wrote myself a bucket list of things I’d like to do – one of lessons for a year already, Richard hadn’t danced for 25 years! which was to learn ballroom dancing again. So when my sister-in-law We loved each other’s company, and it was exciting to spend asked if I’d be interested in meeting a lady I could dance with, I agreed time with someone romantically again, doing things we loved. straight away. When Pat proposed, I was over the moon. Getting g I knew soon after we met that I would ask Richard to marry me… married again was never on my bucket list but I’m so happyy I met Pat.. if he didn’t ask me! Then on the weekend of my 70th birthday, 15 months after we met, we were in a café that had become our regular haunt when the waitress said, “You two should be married!” so I thought, why not and I took the decision to propose to him there and then. Luckily he felt the same and accepted! I never intended or thought I would fall in love again, but it If you’d like to meet someone special, let us help you! y Go to happened so naturally. This is very different from my first marriage., create a profile and enter the We don’t have the same pressures of raising children and getting code W&HMar17* on the subscribe page. (No credit cards established in careers that you have when you’re younger. required.) Our clever matching system will find you likeThe church was full with about 100 people on our wedding minded members in your area, so why not join free today! day in October 2016, and it was an incredibly happy day.

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‘I’d never heard of CYSTIC FIBROSIS until Alice was born’ Alice Martineau died of cystic fibrosis aged just 30 and now her mother Liz has given her blessing to a moving novel based on her daughter’s life LIZ MARTINEAU, now 74, is married to David. Last year, when the writer Alice Peterson contacted us about writing a novel based on Alice, I thought it was a chance to talk about my lovely daughter so I said yes. After Alice was born, our GP had sat on my hospital bed and gently told me she had cystic fibrosis. I’d never heard of it before. Alice was born with a bump in her tummy that looked like a blockage, then whisked away for an operation before I’d even held her. Our GP explained that CF was an inherited condition affecting the lungs and digestive system. At first I didn’t cry. I didn’t take it in. But the next time I saw my tiny baby alone in an incubator – then I did cry. Cystic fibrosis means the body struggles to move salt and water, and this leads to a build-up of thick, sticky mucus, which causes chronic infections and organ damage. We

Alice enjoyed success as a singer and songwriter with her album Daydreams

Liz with her daughter Alice were told the life expectancy was ten years but things change, treatments develop. We never knew what tomorrow would bring. Through childhood, Alice was pretty normal, though she needed lots of medication and a special diet. She also had physio three times a day to drain mucus from her lungs. David would do it before work – he’d call it “giving Alice her thump”. Alice never felt sorry for herself. She was a lively character and always wanted to be famous – she used to play-act in her room, dressing up and singing into her nebuliser! She was a party girl by nature and when she was a teenager, she did everything she could and had lots of fun. I don’t think Alice quite knew that CF was life-threatening – or she didn’t believe it could happen to her. She was independent

and started at Warwick University to read English. I was terrified – it was awful taking her there with a mass of equipment and medication. She lasted three weeks – the walk from her halls to the lecture theatre was exhausting and she ended up in hospital with a lung infection. After that, she transferred to uni in London so she could live at home. It was probably awful for her, knowing she needed her mother, but at the same time, I think she felt safe with us. We turned the basement into her bedroom so she had her own front door and a bit of independence. Alice graduated with a First. Her lungs weakened with every infection though. One of the worst aspects was suddenly coughing up pints of blood and we’d have to call an ambulance. She had an emergency button by her bed. When Alice was 26, her consultant told us that he thought it was time to go on the waiting list for a triple transplant – lung, liver and heart. He thought Alice definitely had two more years, but he couldn’t be sure she had five. It was a ghastly moment. I think that’s >>

Having a transplant was Alice’s only hope

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inside story when Alice realised she could die. The thought of it was horrible but it was our only hope. She went on the list, but we never got the call. While all this was happening, Alice was determined to realise her dreams of being a singer. She began to perform and had an incredibly powerful voice – despite her lung condition. All that coughing had strengthened her diaphragm muscles. During her last four years, she also had a boyfriend Al, who was brilliant – imagine taking that on – but they cared for each other very deeply. Then in 2002, Alice got a record deal with Sony. We were in hospital on the day her single If I Fall was released. When it came on the radio, the nurses rushed in to listen. It was just five months before Alice died. We knew Alice couldn’t go on much longer. Where once she needed oxygen at night, she now couldn’t be without it for more than ten minutes. She had no energy and had to be pushed in a wheelchair. There could be no more performances. Alice never talked about dying – we lived for the moment. Alice had a lovely evening before she died. It was 5 March 2003, she was with her boyfriend and her cousin, jumping about on her bed and I heard howls of laughter coming up the stairs. The next morning, I’d just taken Alice breakfast when I heard her shrieking for me. She’d had a terrible bleed and it was very quick. By the time the ambulance came and someone was clamping an oxygen mask

CF – the facts

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Alice never felt sorry for herself and enjoyed life onto her, she’d already stopped breathing. I suppose we’ve got through it by always talking about Alice – she’d be very cross if we didn’t! We have her album, Daydreams, in the car. Sometimes, I’ll laugh and sing along. Sometimes, I can’t listen to it. When we were finally given the finished book, A Song for Tomorrow, I couldn’t read it all in one go. I had to wait until I felt strong enough. Of course, it’s fiction, some of the things didn’t happen and the mum in the book is much nicer than I am! But it’s based on truth. I’ve read it twice now. I’m unbelievably proud of Alice. I’m proud of both my children – my son Luke is a successful artist with two lovely children. They’ve both done a great deal and achieved more than I ever have. I often wonder what would have happened if Alice was still here. I hope this book will enable people to understand what living with cystic fibrosis means.

a cystic fibrosis gene. Babies born to parents who are both carriers have a 25 per cent chance of having CF. % People with CF experience a build-up of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of symptoms, including chronic lung infections and reduced lung function, poor growth and diabetes. Life often involves a rigorous treatment regime including physiotherapy and oral, nebulised and intravenous antibiotics. % Those who are very ill are left breathless by basic tasks, may use a wheelchair to get around, and oxygen to help them breathe. When conventional treatments no longer work, a transplant – usually lung but sometimes liver, kidney or pancreas, can be the next step. % While life expectancy for babies born in the 60s with CF was ten years, today half of those currently living with CF will survive beyond 41 years – and babies born with CF today are expected to live longer. For more information or to donate, please contact ➤ Cystic Fibrosis Trust helpline: 0300 373 1000 or 020 3795 2184

Author Alice Peterson, 42, tells of her own rheumatoid arthritis and the affinity she has for the girl whose life she captures in A Song for Tomorrow. I first learned about Alice in 2002 when she wrote an article for a newspaper. I remember looking at her picture and really connecting with what she was going through. At 18, I’d been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis so severe, I was often in a wheelchair. Reading about Alice’s experience at university gave me goosebumps. She’d devised ways to hide her illness – pretending to look at the pinboard when she was out of breath, getting up extra early to get to lectures on time. I’d been the same.

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When people asked why I was limping, I’d say I had new shoes and I’d hide the hand splints I wore at night. At 18, you just want to fit in. I bought Alice’s album – her lyrics were like her diary, they were about life and death – and when I learned she had died, I felt very sad. In 2014 I was searching for a subject for my ninth book. All my books are about overcoming adversity and I was walking the dog when the name Alice Martineau just came into my head. Luke, Alice’s brother, is an artist with his own website so I approached him first. He replied saying they wanted to keep Alice’s memory very much alive. When I met the family they talked about Alice and shared photographs, news clippings and family films. When it came to showing Liz the finished

book, I was really apprehensive. It’s a massive responsibility to do Alice justice and to show readers what it may be like to live with CF. I hoped I’d given an idea of Alice’s courage and defiance, her determination to never give up on her dreams. I disagree when Liz says that the mum in the book is much nicer than her. I’m close to my mum too and she is always saying, “I didn’t do much.” The truth is, if she hadn’t got me through the darkest days, I don’t know what I’d have done. I’m sure Alice felt the same way about Liz. w&h A Song for Tomorrow (Simon & Schuster) is out on 9 Feb.


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The WOMEN who SHAPE our lives Two of Britain’s most influential women share their visions for 2017


aroline Dinenage is the Conservative MP for Gosport, Hampshire, where she lives with second husband, fellow MP Mark Lancaster. She has two sons, aged 14 and nine, from her first marriage. Her father is broadcaster Fred Dinenage. Here, she talks about her work as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities. Everything that has happened in my career has been unexpected. I didn’t start off wanting to be an MP; I loved books and writing and wanted to be a journalist.

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Growing up, I wasn’t aware that my dad’s job as a TV presenter was unusual. I didn’t have a “celebrity” childhood in any way. I was raised in Hambledon, a village in Hampshire, and have twin siblings ten years younger than me. My mum is incredible and a really inspiring role model. She didn’t have a strong academic background but she was hardworking. She began a business called Badgeman, which brought the idea of name badges from the US to the UK in the 70s. It started in my playroom, then grew to the garage and when I was about 17 she finally


Where we live is so beautiful – on the peninsular surrounded by water so I’m out walking nearly every day. When it comes to staying fit, sometimes I force myself to run but to be honest, I don’t like exercise unless it’s disguised as a game! I used to play netball every Wednesday night before I became an MP so when I got elected I started a “back to netball” course for female MPs, which was fun while it ran. The rest of the family is more sporty though. Mark runs all the time, my youngest son is on the Gosport rugby team and football team, and my 14-year-old is really big into skateboarding.


‘I want girls to know there are no boundaries for their talents’

Influential women got a factory unit away from home. I’d started my own business before I went to university and that was because of my mum. She had a bit of machinery that plots and cuts vinyl so I used it to make signs for vehicles and above shop windows. My move into politics at the age of 25 wasn’t planned. My mum had had pneumonia and was struggling to recover, and meanwhile Hambledon was flooded and it felt like no one was doing anything about it. I was still running my business and one day, I was moaning about the flooding to a client, a retired brigadier. I didn’t know it, but he was also the chairman of the local Conservative Party. He said, “Why don’t you do something instead of just complaining? We’ve got a vacancy for the local elections in May. Why don’t you stand for the Hambledon seat?” – so I went blindly knocking on doors. I won – and became the youngest councillor in Winchester’s 1,000-year history! The Gosport seat is the one I’d always wanted – an area I know and love. I never expected it to come up but the incumbent had to stand down after the expenses

Caroline and family were invited to Windsor Castle when her father Fred Dinenage received an MBE. Below, Caroline arriving at No 10. Below right, raising awareness for her local animal shelter

scandal, so I applied for it and got it. I found the election and all the campaigning very bruising. Everyone assumes politicians are very thick-skinned. Actually, I’m sensitive and I take criticism personally. My first day as an MP was overwhelming. Suddenly, you’re at the top of this mountain and it’s both exciting and terrifying. Nothing can ever really prepare you for what it’s like getting the call to go to No 10, and being asked by the Prime Minister, then David Cameron, to join his team. I was actually in the car wash when the PM’s office rang – a bit embarrassing! It was certainly a dream promotion for me. At this point I had been Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nicky Morgan (the Minister for Women & Equalities at the time)

“Tackling the gender pay gap – women are paid around 18% less – is an important part of my job”

for a year. So I was already involved in the role and was emotionally invested in what we were working towards. Being an MP is an unusual job and it does put a lot of pressure on you. In a funny way, it’s helpful that my husband is an MP too, as he really understands the role. We have a lot of shared interests outside politics so it’s amazing how little we do discuss work at home. Career-wise, I’m proud of how far we’ve come in terms of equality. I think back to when my children were little and I was almost literally working to pay the childcare – an issue many mums have experienced. We’ve done things to ease that – introduced more flexible working, shared parental leave and the 15 hours’ childcare, which later this year, we’re extending to 30. Tackling the gender pay gap is one of the most important parts of my job. Back in the 90s, the gap was around 30 per cent. Now it’s down to around 18 per cent – though obviously that’s still 18 per cent too high. This is a big year for my department because we’re introducing new laws to provide more. From April, employers with more than 250 staff will have to publish their gender pay gap figures and bonus pay gap figures. For the first time, they’ll be held accountable. New employees can make informed decisions about career choice. I think it will make a big difference. It’s helpful that the Women & Equalities team sits within the Department for Education. From an early age, it’s about getting rid of the notion that there are “girl jobs” and “boy jobs”. There are just “jobs” and girls have a great aptitude for the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), which lead to higher-paid jobs. I really want every girl to grow up knowing there are no boundaries to being able to maximise her talents.


MY FUTURE HOPES M I want to see the gender pay gap narrow to th he point where we no longer talk about it and to have women right the way through th he whole management pipeline at every le evel of business. There’s so much evidence th hat more diverse boards actually perform b better – and there has to be benefits to o a company whose board reflects the customers it serves and employs. We also want women at every level achieving th heir goals, not just at board level. >>

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‘The fashion industry is incredibly diverse, with so much opportunity for young women’ The woman behind London Fashion Week, Caroline Rush CBE, 45, talks about her role as Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council


aroline lives in London with husband Matt, a PE teacher. Their daughter, Lana, 19, competed in Junior Wimbledon and is now at university in Florida on a tennis scholarship. My role is to promote British fashion and in doing so, help to develop young designers. We do everything from engaging with education and careers, to incubating young designer businesses through to the big events like London Fashion Week and The Fashion Awards. The British fashion industry is taken more seriously these days. Government and other industries are realising how much we contribute to the economy. In the past, I think being interested in fashion in Britain was seen as “vanity”. That attitude is changing. I grew up in Lancashire and have always been interested in fashion. My mum was a domestic science teacher and taught me how to use a sewing machine. I became quite famous for trying to redesign my school uniform

My email pings all hours of the night because fashion is an international industry – so it’s good having a husband who insists I put my phone down and engage in conversation! Running at the gym also helps me tune out. Lana, our daughter, spent a year training in Barcelona so we all lived there – but I was only there for weekends. The physical distance meant I could focus on my day job during the week and then treasure the moments with my family at weekends.

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Caroline’s dress is by Britishbased label Roksanda



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I love the fact that the fashion industry is always changing, innovating and throwing curveballs. We have a very entrepreneurial spirit and I know from talking to my counterparts in other countries they look with a little bit of envy at our willingness to take on the new. The British fashion industry is known for embracing digital and in the future, I’d like us to continue leading the way in sustainability. That means thinking about everything from sourcing to waste to how you look after and treat the people you work with.


Above right, Caroline was awarded a CBE in 2015. Above, at The Fashion Awards with businesswoman Nadja Swarovski and Dame Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter. Right, front row at London Fashion Week

every week. An old school report said, “Caroline would like to work in fashion so we suggest she goes into retail or design.” I did neither! Instead, I worked in PR and marketing, working for a woman called Annette Worsley-Taylor, who was credited with starting London Fashion Week. We created its first website. On my first day, she asked, “What British designers do you know?” I probably named the obvious ones so she sent me out to research all the British designers and see their work. Years later, in 2008, I was working as the strategic PR advisor to the British Fashion Council’s CEO Hilary Riva when she approached me to be her successor. The first season that I was Chief Executive, we set a goal for the shows to start no later than ten minutes late. For most people in other industries, ten minutes late is late. For a fashion show, it’s early! Making those changes showed that we were taking this seriously. We weren’t here to waste people’s time. The fashion industry has sometimes been criticised for promoting an

“One of my first goals was to start fashion shows only ten minutes late!” unhealthy look. I think it’s getting better but it takes time. But the fashion industry is an incredibly diverse industry with a lot of female role models. For young women there’s so much opportunity. The fashion industry is also getting better at catering for older women. When I was in my twenties, women over 40 probably dressed a bit more conservatively. Now you could see the same working wardrobe on a 20-yearold as you do on a woman in her sixties. Selecting what I’m going to wear does tend to be a bit more spur of the moment than you might imagine! Most days, I don’t tend to think too hard about what to wear. It’s usually black jeans and a grey shirt or jumper. When I go

to events though, I always wear British. So many British designers are exciting me now. From going on Instagram and finding a young brand that’s just starting out, to a designer like Erdem that does the most beautiful romantic collections through to J.W.Anderson that leads the trends around the world. My can’t-throw-away clothing item is the dress I met my husband in! It’s a Junior Gaultier dress, which was probably my first designer purchase, as we were 18. It probably wouldn’t look as good on me if I wore it now! I sat next to John Paul Gaultier at a dinner in December with my husband and told him that story so he’s now claiming the credit for our marriage! There’s a lot of talk about the rise of online shopping and how the high street will look in the future. When we talk to tourism agencies, we hear that “fashion tourism” is a big part of why people come to the UK. That doesn’t mean coming to a hotel room and ordering online – though I’m sure they do! They want to go out into our brilliant retail industry. I’m sure the high street will develop and become more interactive. There are so many rewarding moments – I do recognise I’m incredibly lucky to have this career. I was beyond honoured to receive the CBE for the work I do. The highlights are knowing and helping young designers through challenging times and seeing them flourish. Walking around an empty venue for fashion week, seeing it all come together is incredibly exciting. Seeing British designers go from strength to strength is what gets you addicted! London Fashion Week, 17-21 February >>

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inspiring women

ELLE MACPHERSON MODEL AND BUSINESSWOMAN I believe that a healthy body and a balanced life comes from love, laughter, water and good nutrition. It’s all about that balance, no extremes. I am constantly on the go. This is my life as a mother, wife and woman in business. I’ve learned it’s important to do things you love with the people you love, and balance everything else around that. I have a strict wind-down routine: no screens 30 minutes before bed, quiet family time and a cup of my Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea in warm water. I make it a priority to get seven hours’ sleep a night.




BALANCE means to me Five influential women tell us what balance means to them, and how they achieve it

SARAH WILLINGHAM ENTREPRENEUR AND ONE OF THE DRAGONS ON DRAGONS’ DEN The single hardest thing I do in life is try to find a work-life balance – but it’s what I prioritise above all else. I work from my home office and the kids – I have four – know not to disturb me. My secret to managing things is my diary on my phone, and it’s synchronised with my husband’s. If something’s not there, it’s not allowed to happen! I don’t think you can live life full of adrenaline – you’ve got to take it easy too, and my kitchen is my sanctuary.

INTERIOR DESIGNER Finding balance can be hard when you’re driven the way I am. I love my work, but I also want a life outside of it. It’s important to take time out to regroup and refocus. I watch girlie chick flicks and spend time with my boyfriend John. It’s challenging for women today with families. I had my daughter, Natasha, at 23. I also had help. I took some time out at the beginning, but then I was straight back to work. Nowadays, women feel much more guilty about working and having a family.

JUDE KELLY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH BANK CENTRE To wind down and rebalance, I love to windsurf. Now my children do it too. When they were growing up, my husband was a real help. But there’s still a huge pressure on women, and most women don’t have those kind of partners. Sometimes you have to let go. When you’ve been running organisations for a long time, you inevitably get used to being in control. Sometimes it’s good to have it taken away from you.


VICKY PRYCE ECONOMIST AND FORMER JOINT HEAD OF THE UK’S GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC SERVICE Balance is whatever you do to ensure you don’t feel too pressurised in either your work or home life. When you have children – and I have five – it’s hard to avoid those feelings of guilt when you’re at work, but you need to be firm with yourself. There’s also a pressure to be perfect, which I think many working mothers feel. I see technology as a huge benefit to achieving balance – not a problem. It means I can do my job anywhere. w&h woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 75

“I adopted two children then had a miracle baby”

As fans of BBC’s Call The Midwife wait to see if nurse Shelagh Turner and her GP husband have a surprise addition to their family after adopting, we talk to one mother who had just that experience NAOMI RICHMOND*, 34, and her husband Phil adopted two children, now five and six, then in the same year, to Naomi’s amazement, she fell pregnant naturally. Naomi, a creative producer, gave birth to their daughter, Charlotte, last September. I’m the youngest of four girls so I’d always wanted a large family, but my husband Phil said, “No way, we’re only having two!” I assumed I’d conceive relatively easily like my sisters, so it came as a real shock when a year later I still wasn’t pregnant. I underwent various tests but there was no real explanation. My hormone levels were slightly low, so the problem was due to me, not Phil, which made me feel I was letting him down. Over the following year I tried acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, changing my diet,

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losing and gaining weight, and exercising less. Finally I started fertility treatment with the drug Clomid. It was heart-breaking and, after every scan, which showed the follicles hadn’t developed properly, I’d call my mum crying, “It hasn’t worked again.” It put a huge strain on us, though Phil was always really positive and supportive. After a year, our consultant suggested IVF but I couldn’t face putting myself through an even more intense treatment. We went through a period of grieving for the children I’d never give birth to, but decided that adoption would be a positive choice for us. We did worry about the possible issues we might face in adopting children who’d had a challenging start but

you hear stories of birth children going down the wrong path, so there’s never a guarantee of how any child will turn out. We made contact with independent adoption agency Caritas Care and their brilliant adoption preparation course helped us decide we’d like to adopt siblings. It took nine months before we were finally approved as prospective adopters. Then the matching process began. Our social worker explained we would just know instinctively when the match was right and, sure enough, when we were shown the details of Ben and his sister Sarah, we knew we wanted to go ahead. As I read their profiles I already felt a strong connection to them. Sadly, their background was a typical story of drug misuse and violence, and they’d been placed in foster care when Ben was two-and-a-half years old and Sarah was 18 months. The first time we saw them was during a meeting with their foster carers at their nursery. The children, who were then three and four, were oblivious to

I felt a strong connection to Ben and Sarah

it happened to me who we were, but Sarah looked me in the eye and smiled. Ben was right in front of us, wearing a fireman’s hat. It was an incredibly powerful moment. I already felt myself falling for them. Our match was finally approved just before Christmas 2014 and we met them properly for the first time at their foster carer’s house. Ben was wildly excited and squealed when he opened the door, whereas Sarah was more shy and reserved. We played with them for an hour, Ben hugged us straight away and eventually Sarah came to sit on my knee. They called us Mummy and Daddy from the start, which felt surreal. Over the two-week transition period, Sarah’s attachment quickly moved from her foster carer to me but the first night with us was awful as she cried, suddenly realising what was happening. I think she was testing to see if we were going to send her back, but then they both settled amazingly well. My love for them came very quickly and naturally. I took adoption leave and we met their birth parents once, which was very emotional. We reassured them the children were happy. Having our family helped me gain closure on my fertility issues but I still wanted to know the cause of my unexplained infertility. The consultant concluded it was down to early menopause and that I should look out for signs of being menopausal. Soon after, I started to feel very tired and my breasts felt sore. I googled: “sore breasts, not pregnant” and it came up as a sign of the menopause. I did a pregnancy test to rule it out, but the result was inconclusive so I booked a blood test. When the nurse rang saying “It’s positive!” I was flabbergasted. Phil was speechless at first, saying, “I never envisaged this,” but off course we were both thrilled. I was in denial initially, even with morning sickness. I still couldn’t believe it was real until I’d had my 12-week scan. When I told Ben and Sarah, they were beside themselves with excitement. Sarah asked a few questions, showing she

was concerned my love for them might diminish to make room for the baby. I reassured her that, “When more people come into our lives, our love grows.” We tried to involve them as much as possible in the pregnancy, always referring to it as “our” baby. I gave birth in September last year in the early hours of the morning, so Phil brought the children in to meet their baby sister before they went to school. They were so proud and excited, cuddling her. At school that day, Sarah drew hundreds of pictures for her and when Ben’s teacher asked his little sister’s name in his excitement, he told her she was called “Snow-girl!” Now our family life is both sublime and ridiculous. There has been the odd time when Ben has had tantrums and afterwards I’ve realised it was because I was busy tending to the baby. I try to encourage them to help out and apologise when I can’t pay them attention because I’m feeding. I’m very careful to treat them all equally – for instance, because of their background we’ve decided not to put photos of Ben and Sarah on social media, so we won’t with our baby, Charlotte, either. The fact I gave birth to Charlotte and adopted Ben and Sarah makes no difference in terms of the love and attachment I feel to them all. Since having Charlotte, I feel like my love for the eldest two has grown even stronger. I’m so proud of how they’ve bonded with her. Phil did have one unhelpful comment from someone when they found out our elder children were adopted, who said, “Oh, we know who the favourite is then?”


I’m very careful to treat them all equally

Shelagh and Dr Turner with their adopted baby, Angela, and Dr Turner’s son, Timothy, on Call The Midwife

He just replied, “Actually no, our love is the same for all of them and just as strong.” It’s hard to believe that we prayed for a family and within 20 months we had three children. My only theory on why I suddenly fell pregnant is that it was a miracle! I do think though that making the decision to stop fertility treatment changed my attitude to my body. Choosing to adopt meant I felt liberated as I was no longer relying on my body for children. We feel so grateful with the way everything has worked out and believe it was all meant to happen exactly as it did.

Can becoming a parent affect fertility?  Leading fertility guru Zita West, founder of The Zita West Clinic ( commented: “This isn’t uncommon. We often see women who are booked for IVF, then cancel as they are pregnant. I think many women facing fertility issues with no plan of action are left feeling lost and hopeless. Once they’ve made a decision to move on to adopt or start IVF, they ‘let go’ on some level and stress eases. I believe mindset and stress play a big role in fertility, and that, when women have a plan of action, there is a shift in their subconscious and the pressure is off. As a result of the stress being lifted, sometimes they then fall pregnant.”  Geeta Nargund, founder of CREATE Fertility ( C a and a pioneer of mild and natural IV IVF agrees: “It’s not uncommon to ssee natural conceptions after failed ffertility e treatments in couples where there is unexplained subfertility. We th don’t have an exact figure but up to 15 d per cent of these couples are known p to conceive naturally. I know of many ccouples this has happened to.” w&h

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The BEAUTY edit

woman&home HEALTHIER NAILS DON’T NEED TO BE NAKED There’s no need for a base or top coat with Orly Breathable Treatment + Color, £12 in 18 shades. Its nourishing vitamin C and argan oil all-in-one formula has a revolutionary oxygentaing treatment inspired by contact lens tech, which prevents nails from drying during wear.

NOW What’s new

“99% of women saw a noticeable difference in the appearance of their nails in just one week!”

Beauty director Jo GB tracks down a few of her favourite beauty buys right now



SMELLS LIKE SPRING Like a warm glow of sunlight on your skin, I defy any woman not to utterly fall in love with L’Occitane Terre de Lumière, the first gourmand fragrance created by three leading ladies of perumery: Calice Becker, Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantezec – a world first in itself! Close your eyes and think bergamot, lavender honey, bitter almond and tonka bean. It slips on the skin and therein works its magic. “For me, this is Provence,” says founder Olivier Baussan. From £58 for 50ml.

SMILE! The ultimate effortless lip matches your own lip tone, or go one shade lighter or darker for a bit more of a punch. I gasped when I first saw the entire BareMinerals Nude Lip Collection of 40 beautiful shades in varying textures, including semicream matte and gloss. Be inspired… %Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Fawn Rose, £26 %Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Colour in Nude Plum, £32 %Dior Addict Lipstick in Rose Twist, £26.50 %BareMinerals Matte Liquid d Lipcolor in Swag and Boss, £17 each.

This season is all about longer lashes, smoky nude khol and thicker, real looking brows, so try out a few of my new faves: smudge Benefit They’re Real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender in Sexy Smokin’, £19.50 (below), around the eyeline for a pretty, shimmering neutral way to contour eyes. Define lashes with La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara, £16, and fill in brows naturally with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, £17.


ON MY HANDS… Ravaged by winter weather and a little bit prune-like of late, I’ve been slathering the new and nourishing The White Company Hand Elexir, £20, on my hands. This super luscious, mega dose of moisture is now a permanent fixture in my bag.

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Start something


Smarter skincare solutions to simplify your everyday regime

From super cleaning rituals and ageless ageing ingredients to the latest in anti-pollution protection, beauty director Jo GB gives the latest skin buzz

ANTI-POLLUTION Q “Do I really need to TRICK… Get super clean cleanse night and day?” If you live in a city, or you smoke, drive almost every day, or are partial to log fires, yes, you really do. Recent studies show how toxic pollution really is to skin, affecting key ageing signs such as hyperpigmentation, dehydration lines and super sensitivity. “Air pollution is full of fine particulate matter called PM2.5 microns, which includes anything from bacteria to diesel, man-made construction particles, to pollen,” says Dr Tom Mammone, Executive Director of Skin Physiology and Pharmacology at Clinique. “Put even the smallest amount (of PM2.5) onto skin under lab conditions and you can see it’s highly toxic, with significant cell death shown within 24 hours.”


new skincare But, and it is good news: apparently we can literally wipe it away! “At Clinique, we have shown that we can clean off harmful particles with a cleanser – cream or wash,” says Tom. “The mantra of once or twice a day is not crazy,” he says. More we’re crazy not to. So check out these new power powders: Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser with Pure Vitamin C, £24 for 28 sachets, is a sachet of powdered pure crystalline vitamin C to ensure its freshness. “Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant,” adds Tom “and works directly on the surface, the superficial layers. It reduces free radical damage, slows down hyperpigmentation and excessive melanin formation, plus it ensures correct cross-linking of collagen for plumper, softer skin in the long run.” Or try the super-updated version of the iconically brilliant Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, £55, also designed to “smooth away the effects of pollution”.


“I don’t understand double cleansing – is it a ruse to make me buy more?” Clearly deemed the most important step of your skincare regime, it makes sense that applying a treatment serum, oil or moisturiser on skin that still has a layer of make-up, SPF, pollution, city grime and dead skin cells on the surface, is never going to achieve the best results. “Double cleansing” isn’t new. It’s long been the start of almost every facial going: removing make-up first with one cleanser, followed by a deeper, more thorough cleanse as the second step. But to make it official, longtime advocate and skincare vlogger, Caroline Hirons, has teamed up with Pixi Beauty to create Pixi Double Cleanse, £24,, a transportable “two creams in one jar” set-up, one oilier to


remove make-up and sebum, then another water-based formula to remove pollution and perspiration – so you have all you need at your fingertips to ensure you do it. Her mantra? “If you’ve spent time putting it on, then take time taking it off”. And it’s a good one. W&H favourites also include the new Pestle & Mortar Erase & Renew Double Cleansing System, £72, or combine your own using the divine aromatic cleanser Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, £40 (avoid the eyes), followed by a second-step fresh deep-clean gel texture with Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Cleansing Gel, £27, with glycolic acid for a radiant, deep-down, smoothing cleanse that’s great for dull or older skin.

“Is a chemical exfoliant better for my skin than a manual one?” Silicone microbeads, banned for 2017, were originally created as a ssmoother alternative to harsher natural exfoliating granules made from walnut e or apricot kernels that are still deemed o by many as too rough, superficially b tearing the skin’s surface rather than buffing it. Cleansing brushes too. So the b positives for chemical exfoliants such as p salicylic acid (BHA) or AHAs, however, is that they are potentially gentler, more balancing and less physically abrasive on the skin’s surface, where a heavyhanded scrub may easily over-sensitise. So, if your skin is dry or lacking elasticity, try an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliator such as Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA, £31, which aims to boost cell turnover. If you’re more oily with blackheads, or sensitive, opt for a more calming BHA (beta hydroxy acid) such as the brilliant SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel, £29, with the favourite BHA, salicylic acid. >>


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LOOK IN THE MIRROR… What do you see?


“I’ve been terrible at using an eye cream and am beginning to regret it, but how do I know what kind of cream I need?” Take a long hard look in the mirror… what is your burning issue? Dark circles bother you most? Puffy eye bags? Fine lines and wrinkles? Recent research by P&G suggests that our eyes really are the first, most ageing feature on our face. For crow’s feet, seek out Guerlain Abeille Royale Replenishing Eye Cream, £74, with a luscious Royal Jelly concentrate. Puffiness is driven by lifestyle, so cut back on alcohol and late nights and improve your diet with less processed foods; but try a cooling eye product such as Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum, £15, that acts like a primer too, or pop on a couple of cucumber slices, still one of the cheapest and best eye revivers known to wo-man. If it’s dark circles that get you, opt for more illuminating eye care such as Olay Eyes Illuminating Eye Cream, £24.99, and if sagging is the issue, you can smooth and condition the skin, with a fab firmer like Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment, £45. But there is no eye cream that can truly firm up loose eyelid skin, which is why eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is still THE cosmetic surgery with the highest satisfaction rate. Check out details and recommended surgeons through


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“I want a serum for my skin, but there are so many I just don’t know where to start…” There is no one ideal serum for everyone, although there are multitaskers that aim to cover all eventualities. However, why choose something with an ingredient your skin doesn’t need? We shouldn’t overload the skin’s natural ability to take care of itself: better to help support and reinforce its capabilities with more select ingredients. Consider your skin type, age and layer what your skin needs. Do you want to reduce lines, dark spots or stop skin sag? Are you super dry in patches, too oily or mega sensitive? Whatever the issue, serums are a great skin solver and may help prevent ageing simply by encouraging your skin barrier to work better. My favourites include the botanically beautiful new bareMinerals Brilliant


Our eyes are the first measure of age and attractiveness to an observer,” says Dr Frauke Neuser, Principal Scientist for Olay. “A recent eye-tracking study using a heat map illustrated how another person visually focuses on the eyes when meeting, then the focus shifts down the face to the nose and mouth, then back up to the eyes again and lingers there the longest.”

Future Age Defense & Renew Serum, £42, with manganese, vitamin C and olive leaf extract to help protect and boost radiance; and Ila Face Serum For Glowing Radiance, £75, with rose, cactus and moringa oil. Environmentally protect with new Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Booster, £58 for 4, a 10% vitamin C antioxidant serum to brighten; or for night, SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3, £37, once or twice a week helps refine pores, boost cell turnover and diminish dark spots. All require a sympathetic moisturiser over the top to help seal the skin’s delicate barrier. Just love Zelens Marine Complex, £120, designed to help more mature skin that feels as if it’s “reacting”, using sea whip that has a cortisone-like calming effect on the skin.


LET’S MAKE IT EASY “I have zero time to shop around for skincare, plus it costs so much. What could I be doing differently right now that actually ‘works’?” “My money is always on the ‘treatment side of skincare’,” says Dr Dendy Engelman, US consultant dermatologist, “and when it comes to it, I’d choose an antioxidant serum, such as Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum, £165, with idebenone. Great for skin recovery, post procedures in my office where there’s redness, such as laser, IPL or microneedling etc, I’d always use a topical antioxidant.” Now more than ever, look for antioxidant ingredients from core vitamins A, C and E, plus algae, plant polyphenols, lycopene, green tea, niacinamide and grapeseed. “Some of the very best protective ingredients we use today have come from natural sources such as plants,” says Tom.



“My skin is so dry and dull no matter what I do. Any advice?” Recent studies have shown that our natural depletion of ceramides – key to maintaining the moisture and protective barrier of our skin – accelerates dramatically with age, and that while we may have 100% ceramides in our skin aged 20, by our thirties we’ve 38% less, and by our forties 63%, nearly two-thirds, have gone! “Radiance is what we consider ‘youthful’,” says Dendy, “but this loss of ceramides and a reduction in cell turnover leads to dullness, lack


of radiance, less hydration and more wrinkles.” The good news is we can actively boost the skin barrier. The new Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, £39 for 30, feels richer than ever with an increase in fatty acids including cholesterol and Ceramide 3, which helps draw more moisture into your skin where it’s needed most. Meanwhile, research into the dehydrating and harmful ageing effects of daily “thermic shocks” that we experience on average

more than 17 times a day, such as a change in temperature, indoor and outdoor pollutants and everyday stresses, has led Clarins to create the new Hydra Essentiel range based around an organic extract from the Leaf of Life, a succulent plant that enhances the skin’s ability to retain precious moisture even when majorly challenged. My favourite? The Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel, £36, an icy-blue, shine-free, super hydrating gel designed to shield skin from dehydration and feels like an uplifting mask. >>

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“I’ve lost volume in my face after dieting but have never liked the appearance of fillers – am I missing out?”

but I still have dark spots, is there anything I should be doing differently?” We know UV is a super-ager, but more and more evidence suggests heat and infrared light are damaging to deep tissue and affect our quest for better ageing. “New research reveals that even ambient lighting and lighting from computers and phones give off infrared light and so our skin needs a shield all the time,” says Laurent Nogueira, Scientific Communications Director at Givenchy, the brains behind the new antioxidant algae rich L’Intemporel range. “Infrared is very penetrating,” says Tom Mammone, “not just the epidermis and the dermis, but into muscles and even into bone. When we’re ageing we’re talking loss of fat and muscle, so these are fundamental changes to the facial tissue and skin structure such as potential collagen degradation and inflammaging.” Go for significant antioxidant protection and check out the beautiful new texture of Givenchy L’Intemporel Global Youth Divine Rich Cream, £100, with vitamin E and polyphenols to help reinforce skin’s natural defence against oxidative damage from UV and IR, thereby helping skin to stimulate collagen synthesis. “Make sure you are using a broad-spectrum physical mineral sunscreen (with zinc or titanium oxide, ie the ones that look whiter on your skin) so that it literally blocks out as much UV as possible,” says Dendy, “and more importantly wear it 365 days of the year, whatever the weather.” My fave UV protection buys include: La RochePosay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Tinted Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50, £18; Aveda Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid SPF 30, £34; and Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face SPF 50, £22.


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“The UK is much more restrained about procedures than we are in the States,” says Dendy. “In the US we love Fraxel and microneedling because we want fast results and are prepared to go through a lot to get there. I actually think the US could learn a bit of restraint from the UK, but well-placed fillers are great, and I do find in the UK there’s a stigma against them that is unwarranted.” Done well, placed along the jaw (the mandible) and at the side of the ear (the maxilla) where you naturally lose fat and bone with age, rather than filling the centre of the face which just looks wrong, can subtly give you back the contours of a more youthful face.

increase.” In truth, all oils get positive and negative feedback, and the very best way to find a favourite is word of mouth, then get a sample and try it for a week or two. My fave skin oils include Aesop Breathless, £25, with sweet almond and jojoba; the much-loved Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara, £45, updated with sweet orange; Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Oil, £127 at, with chia and calendula oils; and the new lightweight, super absorbent and fabulous The White Company Night Oil, £30.

Q “Home facial toning microcurrent gadgets; are they worth the investment?”


“I rather like a face oil, but I’m never sure which one I should be looking for…”

“I love the ritual aspect of face oils,” says Dendy, “and the fact that they help protect against ageing and inflammation. I’m not a fan of mineral oil myself, and even some essential oils can be almost too potent for sensitive skins, but give me a pure oil, such as argan oil or sweet almond, which is a renowned anti-inflammatory ingredient, and I’m happy. I do think ‘less is more’, we are aggressing our skins and it’s been noted that the incidence of acne while an average of one in two in our twenties, is still one in three in our thirties – and a staggering one in four women in our forties. And it’s on the


Much like the good old foot spa that was a big hit in the 90s but sat at the back of the wardrobe gathering dust, few of us buy these DIY gadgets and actually adhere to using them regularly enough to see real benefits. “The professional treatments at clinics are more intensive than treatments you can buy for home use,” says Janet Curmi, CEO of Training at Elizabeth Arden. Fact is it IS the same tech used, but you must use them religiously for 3-6 months to really notice a benefit. Build it into your skincare regime much like brushing your teeth or, as one avid user told me, “placing it by the TV remote control and using it during EastEnders”! One to watch out for is the new Iluminage Youth Activator for Line Reduction and Facial Contouring, £240, available April. Apply the conductor gel to skin then wipe this nifty gadget along the jawline, cheekbones and forehead. It’s an investment in your skin where you’ll notice an instant lift. w&h



Q A “I’ve always used sunscreen


FREE Murad skincare gift worth £34*! POLISH AWAY DULLNESS FOR GLOWING SPRING SKIN… We’ve teamed up with award-winning skincare brand Murad to give readers a free skin-brightening cleanser



urad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser polishes away dead skin cells and impurities to reveal a smoother, softer complexion. This multiple award-winner contains a trio of exfoliating acids: salicylic, lactic and glycolic acid, alongside jojoba beads, to leave skin more radiant and younger-looking.

A superb twice-weekly facial cleanser, you can also use it all over your body to whisk away dull winter skin and leave you super-smooth and glowing from head to toe! Created by worldrenowned dermatologist Dr Howard Murad, the Murad skincare range targets every concern, from plumping and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, to evening out

skin tone, soothing sensitivity and improving clarity for beautiful, healthy skin. Lisa Snowdon, Emily Blunt and Kim Cattrall are just a few celebrities who swear by the “Murad glow” – and now you can get yours too! Simply enter the code, right, when you make a purchase online to receive your free 200ml AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser.


HOW TO CLAIM Simply visit to make a purchase and enter code MURADCLEANSER at checkout. Your free gift will be added automatically.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS *Free gift not valid with the purchase of Clarifying Cleanser 200ml, Clarifying Toner 180ml, Clarifying Wipes and Blemish Spot Treatment 15ml. Offer valid until 15 March 2017 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion. Subject to availability.

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Register on to find out more and let GOLD COLLAGEN® surprise you! *Contains vitamin C, which contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin and cartilage, and vitamin E, which contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. **Double blind, placebo controlled, randomised clinical trial conducted on 120 volunteers taking GOLD COLLAGEN® FORTE daily for 90 days. For more information on our clinical trials visit †Contains zinc, which contributes to the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nails.

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Kiko Skin Tone Foundation, £15.90. Silky and moisturising, in a very inclusive 39 shades and 6 undertones. MEDIUM Bourjois Healthy Mix, £9.99. The cult bargain base, re-jigged with vitamins C and B5 to brighten skin. FULL Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion, £35. Robustly matte and now super portable too!


IsTHIS the secret to



Find the right tool and your foundation will work twice as hard. Fiona McKim reveals the perfect partner for your base now


ou read up, you tracked down, you even colour matched in the unkind glare of the beauty hall, so why is that promising new foundation sitting on top of your skin like parchment paper? Don’t underestimate the effect of the tools you use. If you’re still using fingers, you need to catch up! Superdrug has reported a 44% rise in make-up brush sales and there’s an embarrassment of choice out there – so we’ve tried and tested the lot to tip you off on the ideal tool for you.

The one for… A DEWY FINISH

Sponges have made a comeback, reinvented as “blenders” in conical shapes and clever materials that won’t drink your make-up. Dampen to make a drop of foundation go far, bounce on for a sheer wash of pigment and a perky glow. OUR TESTER on Givenchy Makeup Blender, £13 “So easy it’s borderline fun! The pointy angles get into every nook and cranny and I don’t have to worry about tidemarks or streaks.”

The firmer the bristles, the fuller the finish, so pick a flat-topped brush if you have oily skin or like your coverage on the muscular side. A new subspecies has little wells to perfectly ration out foundation. OUR TESTER on YSL Y Brush, £32.50 “This is sleek, weighty and easy to control. I had to work a little to blend my high-coverage base but the polished result is so worth it.”

The one for… A LIGHTER TOUCH

If full-on foundation isn’t your thing, pick a domed brush. They partner well with BB Creams as the tapered top spreads product quickly, while the fat base massages everything to a natural finish. OUR TESTER on Real Techniques MultiTech Point XL, £18 “A fatter brush than I’m used to, this felt strokably soft and blended my tinted moisturiser with minimal effort.”


Do we really need a gadget to apply foundation? Short answer no, but you might want one once you see what they can do. Sonic vibrations are the business at laying down make-up evenly and smoothly. OUR TESTER on Color Me Pro Foundation Applicator, £58 “I was sceptical but have been totally converted! It took 30 seconds to cover my whole face, flawlessly.” w&h

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radiant! w&h beauty director Jo GB presents the ultimate fresh and pretty make-up that will make you blush with compliments t takes a ton of make-up to look good on Instagram, but in real life, if it looks like anything other than your skin to the naked eye, it’s just not “pretty”, and is downright ageing. Make-up artists stake their reputation on the idea that skin make-up should be so beautifully employed, an observer would need a microscope to detect it. So, to keep it “real”, stylishly covered and a way better version of you than when you got up this morning, try these beauties…


START WITH THE PERFECT PERFECTING PRIMER It’s the Holy Grail: a base that blurs, smooths, primes, perfects AND highlights in one single stroke. 1 Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance with Hyaluronic Acid, £30, is one easy suits-all peachy cream designed to mimic that radiant evening glow skin gets come sunset, and can be worn year round by everyone. HOW TO WORK IT Super creamy, you need to keep blending over your moisturiser (don’t leave that bit out) for a hint of warmth, or mix it in with foundation, wear it alone with just a hint of concealer where you need cover, or even just to target areas as a highlighter. ALSO TRY… 2 Nars Radiance Primer SPF35, £27, a new staple in my

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make-up bag, a glistening dewy gel cream that melts into skin and instantly puts back the life that foundation tends to cover up. Plus it contains a highprotection, broad-spectrum SPF, which, considering the areas we highlight – such as cheeks, temples and bridge of the nose – are also the ones that catch the sun the most, is a clever call.


CONCEAL… ONLY WHERE IT’S NEEDED! When you need to cover, do you really need to cover the whole lot? The trick for more radiant skin is to let your skin texture shine through by not covering every inch of skin, just the areas that need evening out, so opt for a great concealer such as the new 3 Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £23 in 16 shades. This gives high coverage and lasts yet blurs imperfections and looks invisible on the skin. Or try a fab foundation that layers well, such as Surratt Surreal Skin Foundation Wand, £50 in 15 shades at, an oil-free liquid foundation in a brush pen that goes from sheer to full cover with no fingers required.


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HOW TO WORK IT Prepped and primed skin is forever the secret to great looking make-up. It doesn’t matter that it’s not perfect – that is what make-up is for – but it does matter that it’s the best it can be before you coat it in many layers. A great cleanse, a good scrub, a fab serum sealed in with moisturiser (see page 78) and you’re ready to start. Now examine your skin in a good light. Consider your features at every angle, tilt your head up and down then focus on evening out dark and red areas, such as under the eyes and around the sides of your nose. Once these zones are covered over, you may well see that your face no longer looks tired, and hence there’s less need for all-over cover that just looks artificial. ALSO TRY… A tried, tested and adored all-round concealer and foundation formula is 4 Clinique Beyond Perfecting, £25, that’s easy to adapt to whatever coverage you want, easy to make more sheer by mixing with moisturiser, yet covers brilliantly too.









You will never see me with powdery cheeks: it’s way too ageing! In daylight, I just don’t like the look, on me or on anyone else. 5 Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette, £35, however, is a creamy duo compact with the iconic Pot Rouge and Cream Glow Highlighter in four great colourways to make every one of us beam with joy. Darker skins and super tan aficionados will love Bronze Sun & Milk Chocolate, while the fairest will adore Bare/Desert Rose. HOW TO WORK IT Creamy formulas are so forgiving to lines and creases, and just add to the illusion of a beaming, flushed skin that literally looks as if you’ve just had sex. So grin widely, then apply the deeper shade on the rounded apple of your cheek,

and keep smiling as you blend an arc of the lighter shade from temples to cheekbones. ALSO TRY… For those who prefer the lasting finish of a more powdery blush, 6 Sisley Phyto Blush Twist, £43, is a blush cream stick that turns into a powder as you blend away. Ideal for those who want their blush to stay in place longer, yet handy enough to throw in your bag. JUST GOTTA LOVE: 7 Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Peach-Infused Blush, £25, that’s adorable and smells of… yep peach… but strictly for those who want a powder – or why not pop on eyelids too?

LIFT YOUR LOOKS WITH HIGHLIGHTER Never underestimate the transformation a highlighter gives to older skins, shifting from dull to delicious in one stroke. Creamy texture or powder, it’s your choice; the key is to opt for a sheer translucent champagne shade that is universally flattering and so suits every skin tone, from fair to dark. HOW TO WORK IT As the last step to your make-up, selectively powder 8 Vincent Longo La Bella Luce Highlighter, £24.50, on the tops of your cheekbones, temples, brow bones, the bridge of your nose and your Cupid’s bow; or if it’s a cream, pat and press a tiny amount into the areas you want to gleam. Remember, wherever you place a highlighter, you will draw light and attention to your face, so take it easy, don’t overdo it and keep the rest of your face matte to help contrast the illusion and avoid shimmer catching in pores and deeper wrinkles. ALSO TRY… 9 Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG, £32, a truly beautiful iridescent powder that can be worn along the décolletage, shoulders and shins too as the weather starts to warm up; or 10 Ilia Illuminator in Cosmic Dancer, £30, the dinkiest stick of instant radiance you will find to pop in your pocket for an emergency skin pick-me-up mid-afternoon. w&h

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ver find just a change in your routine – you blow-dried too late so there’s an impossible kink, or heaven forbid you switched shampoos – creates mischief in the way you “usually” style? Time to rethink your hair and give it a reboot, making it easier to manage so you can reclaim more time for you…

Same style as this time last year? GO FOR A RESTYLE “Every so often it’s good to have a rethink on what’s working and what’s not,” says celeb stylist Paul Edmonds. “Normally as we age the jaw gets heavier and the upper parts of the face lose their fullness. To shift the emphasis away from the jaw and bring it back to the eyes, weight can be taken away from the lower part of the hair, giving back width to the upper face using layering or a fringe.” 

BLOW-DRY UNMANAGEABLE? DAILY CARE Get off to a good start by reinventing your shampoo and conditioning routine. Hair tends to flop? Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Shampoo, £19.20, leaves fine hair with more body and shine.


Put the life back in


Can’t make your hair behave day in, day out? Jo GB suggests a few everyday tricks to update your routine, and ease everyday styling

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Hair just too fat? Many smoothing shampoos contain silicone to help flatten thick hair, but if you colour your hair, residues can affect the end result. Try the nourishing and silicone-free Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, £9.

Scalp issues? If you regularly use spray, give hair a thorough cleanse with Davines Natural Tech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo, £15.20, or Klorane Soothing Shampoo with Peony, £8. But rinse for twice as long as you usually would.

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Time to get more gloss, tone and dimension. Try adding a few subtle tones yourself using a commitment-free wash-out tint (in three washes) such as ColourOn Toner, £6.99 at Superdrug, which you can use regularly for a colour kick; or a semi-permanent colour such as or L’Oréal Casting Crème Gloss, £6.79, to ramp it up (lasting for up to 24 washes). In the salon, ask for techniques such as “contouring” and “strobing”, which are like balayage methods of placing and painting colour, similar to applying make-up to emphasis areas of the face. “Start having fun with your colour,” says Redken ambassador Jonathan Long. “Think toned blondes, pinks, blues, golds and greys: this can work for all ages!” 

TRY THIS “‘Root smudging’ or ‘base-breaking’ shifts the natural root colour up a level, so is amazing for giving an overall lighter result without causing a big regrowth,” says Jonathan. “Perfect in-between highlights, it’s also ideal for those annoying little hairs growing back that are too short to get in a foil.”

Great with grey? There’s a revolution going on with the “I’m going grey and keeping it” mentality as more women opt to stay grey. Sure, it helps if your grey is even, but the trick is to add lights to the mid-length and ends to brighten the effect. “Add a few baby lights (spaced out fine lights) around the hairline to lighten and blend greys rather than totally obliterate them,” says Paul.

TRIED, TESTED & ADORED BLOWDRY BUDDY “In the salon we love using Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry, £21. It can be used to tame fine, frizzy hair when blow-drying, and can be reactivated days later by heat styling to change the look.” Paul Edmonds

Figure-shaping styling?


Lost your body? If like me you remember crimping in the 80s; well, news is it’s back! Less for the crinkle effect say hairdressers, but more for itss ability to mimic the benefit of backcombing to create thicker looking hair from the roots without the frizz and breakage. “For a modern crimp, just pick out a few sections on a straight blow-dry and crimp in different areas to give texture e and interest without being too much,” says Jonathan. Try Scunci InstaBoost Crimper, £22.99 at Argos.

Crazy change in texture?

Get your hair in a healthy place. “With fashion being casual and undone, hair needs to look even healthier,” says Paul, “so get the internal right first. If you’re losing hair, or it’s more fine or less lustrous, get a blood test and check your iron and hormone levels, as these can give you quick wins on improving your hair.” 

TRY THIS Viviscal Maximum Strength Hair Growth Supplements, £49.95 for 60, a marine complex of vitamins and minerals, really do improve hair quality.

SPEEDY SHIFT Parched, wiry hair demands super softening with: Phytodensia Plumping Serum, £29.50, part of a new collection for ageing hair; the luscious Redken Extreme Conditioner, £15.50, or Pantene Smart Pro-V Repair & Protect Conditioner, £3.99, for damaged hair.

Quick cheat hair fix  For frizzy hair, apply one to two pumps of Kérastase Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil, £37, onto damp hair to instantly smooth.  Control frizz, flyaways and waves by sleeping with your hair wound into a tight, neat bun.  Mimic a “full body blow-dry” with L’Oréal

Professional Beach Waves Wild Stylers, £14.99, on the roots to add that natural surf-spray body even on straighter, fine hair.  “Cheat oily hairlines by just washing the front hairline instead of the whole head to save time,” says Jonathan. w&h

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Beauty BARGAINS Fiona McKim reveals the insider secrets of budget beauty – where to shop, what to buy and those insider expert must-have steals

The brand that breaks the mould Would you be shocked to hear that a sizeable chunk of what you spend on cosmetics is mark-up? Probably not. How about that a beauty entrepreneur is not only publicising this, but also selling at cost price instead? That is surprising. For a fee of £10 per month, Soap & Glory founder Marcia Kilgore’s Beauty Pie gives members access to make-up sourced directly from luxury manufacturers with no mark-up. So the creamy, packed-with-pigment Future Lipstick is £2.23, and the excellent Great Skin Foundation is £4.75. Word has it skincare is coming soon – watch out beauty biz.

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“Smith’s Rosebud Salve (£8.50) is my go-to. It is smells divine, and I use it on my lips, brows, under my eyes (this was recommended to me by a gentleman in his 90s) and anywhere dry, so heels and elbows too. The scent has an oldfashioned quality rose aroma.” BeautyMart co-founder Millie Kendall MBE

%MUA has long hit the spot for fun lipsticks and the like, but its new Professional collection offers clever skin-perfecting products rarely found at this price. Custom Colour Foundation Mixers, £4 each, are four loose liquids that mix with just about any base or concealer to perfectly match it to your skin and undertone. % Sleek started life catering to all ethnicities – darker skin being at best under-served and at worst totally ignored on the high street. As well as for brilliant inclusivity, A-list make-up artists from Lisa Eldridge to Pixiwoo love the i-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes for their smooth texture and incredible pigment. A New Day, £8.99, contains 12 very useful warm nudes and bronzes. %Avon isn’t exactly under the radar, but huge investment in technology means the US cosmetics giant is worth revisiting. The range is vast, but the reinvigorated True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick, £5, is a photoshoot favourite, with punchy shades that really stay put. For long, elegant lashes, True Colour Supreme Length Nourishing Mascara, £10, never clumps, dries out or flakes.

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TROLLEY DASH FLASH BUYS These supermarket collections are serious contenders. Here’s what to pick up along with your groceries…

WAITROSE W Th entire PURE HYDRATION The skincare range is worth sk a look, with natural ingredients and cruelty-free credentials an that far pricier brands lack. th The new Hot Cloth Cleanser, Th £5, has a pleasingly unctuous £5 texture thanks to seed oils, te llathers nicely without harsh ffoaming ga agents and leaves skin tingly clean and comfortable.

SAINSBURY’S MANDARA SPA’s five-star retreats are a lucky lottery ticket away for most of us, but on these shores it runs a nice line in exotic body treats at any-time-you-fancy

prices. New and particularly lovely are the sweet and smoky Oriental Retreat Bath Salts, £8, with skin-softening oils, which are housed in a classy glass jar.

ALDI That bang-for-your-buck thing Aldi does so well with wine and lobster extends to skincare, but you have to be quick to catch it. Those in the know stockpile LACURA and the latest range, Vitacell, contains cell-communicating active baicalin that works at a DNA level to firm and strengthen. Lacura Vitacell

Serum Concentrate, £6.99, is the most potent of the lot, so elbows at the ready when it drops this month!

MORRISONS It’s a safe bet that visitors to your downstairs loo would never guess that any of the eight chic bath and body products from the MY SPA range is straight from the shelves of Morrisons... In fact, I’d put money down that anyone who uses the prettily fragranced, nondrying Coconut & Frangipani Flower Cleansing Hand Wash would be astonished to learn that it costs just £2. Which is exactly what you’re aiming for in the cloakroom, right?

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil (£8) is my bargain “T instant in s rescue product – it dries up spots straight away.” Celebrity facialist Su-Man


GET “IN THE KNOW” ACTIVES We all love a fancy face cream, but if you can forgo satisfying packaging and wait a little for technology to filter through, you’ll find the same active ingredients at far friendlier prices. Look out for these proven skin-improvers: %Hyaluronic acid – it’s the gold standard of hydration, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90, plumps all day. %Salicylic acid – the thing for blackheads and oil – springcleans pores. Find it in La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo,

£15.50, the only product that blitzed my jawline breakouts. %Retinol – AKA vitamin A – is A+ at shrinking lines, firming and smoothing. Find it in Super Facialist Retinol+ Anti-Ageing Restoring Serum, £16.99. %SPF – nothing is more important, but go for oil-free formulas from reliable brands like Garnier The Moisture Bomb Protect Mist Spray, £9.99.

“My budget beauty hero is Bio-Oil (£8.99). I recommend it for scars and stretch marks, but it can also be used as a daily moisturiser for dry skin. Use a few drops after a bath, while your skin is still damp, to lock in moisture.” Justine Hextall, consultant dermatologist at Harley Medical Group

A TOUCH OF LUXURY Sometimes you just crave a designer treat, and who am I to argue? Beauty is our way in to luxury brands and getting your hands on the limited-edition nail shade of the season is as desirable – and far more discreet – than the latest “It” bag. For spring 17, the ones to watch are clean, fresh and flatteringly grown-up: Chanel Le Vernis in Beige Beige, £20; Dior Vernis in Maybe, £20; YSL La Laque Couture in Blanc Arty, £19; Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Fluorescent Beige, £15.

If you’re waiting for pay day to top up on the legendary Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, get a hit where your skin needs it with new ANR Recovery Eye Mask, £10. woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 95

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you can wear NOW …regardless of age and shape, here’s our ultimate edit for you…

THE PINK COAT EVON BRENNAN, 57, is a part-time music teacher and lives in London. % Make it look expensive by combining with other tones of pink. For a relaxed look, this coat looks great with mid-grey jeans. % A looser Crombie style makes this appear effortless. % Harmonise your outfit with accessories in shades of blush, cream, dove and nude. % There’s a pink for everyone, so try on different shades until you find the right one.

Coat, £475, s-l, LK Bennett. Roll neck, £109, 8-24, Pure Collection. Skirt, £89, xs-l, Winser London. Boots, £195, Reiss. Earrings, £140, The Folly Boutique. Bag, £60, Dune

Belted, £95, 8-20, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

Metallic, £44.99, 8-16, New Look

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Long line, £119, 6-14,

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The ruffled skirt, £45, 8-18, Limited Edition at Marks & Spencer



The sports luxe separates: top, £29.99, xs-xl; trousers, £49.99, 36-44, both Lindex

The metallic jacket, £245, s-l, Uterqüe The restyled white shirt, £30, 6-22, Dorothy Perkins

5 The roundhandled bag, £180, Jaeger

THE HIT LIST Our round up of spring’s top picks to update your look


The mismatched earrings, £70, Anton Heunis


The mixed-print dress, £130, Sportmax Code at House of Fraser



The ribbon-tie heels, £248, J Crew


The military jacket, £120, 4-16, Miss Selfridge

The sash-tie trousers, £24.99, 8-22, New Look

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THE RED DRESS DEBORAH BUSH, 49, is a dog walker and mobile hairdresser who lives in Warwick. She’s never out of jeans, so a dress that can be dressed up or down is the perfect antidote. % Red is the colour of vitality – making you feel more energised when you wear it. A red dress makes a statement and will empower you. % The new way to wear red? Add pink accessories. % An adjustable sash keeps you in control – wear it a little tighter to nip in that waist or go for a looser, relaxed approach for a more dressed-down look. % Button it up to the top and wear it with a statement necklace, or keep it relaxed by rolling up your sleeves and unbuttoning your collar.

Tunic, £29.99, s-l, Zara

Ruffled, £99, 6-22, Debut at Debenhams

Dress, £139, 6-18, Hobbs. Shoes, £279, Chie Mihara. Necklace, £8, Accessorize. Bracelets: top, £75; bottom, £55; both Lola Rose. Bag, £200, LK Bennett

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Ruched, £49, 6-16, Finery

how you wear it Shirt, £115, 4-14; bag, £195, both Reiss. Trousers, £199, 8-20, Luisa Cerano. Shoes, £150, Kurt Geiger. Necklace, £185, Tara Jarmon. Rings, Cat’s own

THE SPORTS LUXE TROUSERS CATHERINE HOCKLEY, 39, lives in London and is director of Fifth Element PR, a music press and online creative agency working with musicians including Belinda Carlisle and The Carnabys. % A side stripe elongates your legs – what’s not to love about that? % Wear with trainers and a tee, or smarten up with a silky shirt and heels. % Keeping your footwear the same colour as your trousers will make your legs appear longer than ever. % Pull your look together with a top that matches your stripes.

Wide leg, £28, 8-18, V by Very

Cropped, £34.95, xxs-xxl, Gap Colour pop, £49.99, 36-44, Lindex


£49, Bimba Y Lola

£230, Prada at Net-a-Porter

The subtle twists and styling tricks that will move your wardrobe into SS17

£115, Furla



Looks to shout about

The top five prints and palettes that took over the catwalk

Take inspiration from the catwalk k and add eyecatching keyring gs to your bag.


The new ways to work it for SS17 7

Schoolgirl stripes



ic High-shine metall

Skirt, £42, 6-16, Topshop

All tied up Bag, From bags £55, to skirts and Dune tops, the key feature Skirt, that every £45, 8-20, fashionista Autograph is getting at Marks & fanatic about is Spencer the knot detail.

Knit, £249, 8-20, Luisa Cerano





Add a fancy frill to any item to make a bold impact.

Make your sunnies as bold as can be with coloured lenses.

Dress, £150, 8-14, Iris & Ink at The Outnet


After taking over in AW16, it seems embroidery is here to stay. Biker jacket, £200, 8-24, Very. Denim skirt, £200, 4-16, Needle & Thread

Frill seeker





Guitar bag straps are still on trend, but this season wear it shorter.

White out MAXMARA




Think pink



Hot tropics

Belt up a chunky cardigan to cinch in your waist – the more bling, the better when it comes to belts. Shoes, £35, Office

Studded kitten £95, Uterqüe 00 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE

Silver sparkle £185, LK Bennett

Gilt-y pleasure £35, Asos

In the red £140, Reiss

Pearly queen £375, Russell & Bromley


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THE STRIPED SHIRT CATHERINE LEWINGTON, 67, has been giving psychic readings since she was nine and works for The Psychic Sisters in Selfridges in London. Catherine splits her time between London and Portsmouth.



% The classic striped shirt is a versatile edition to your wardrobe. Wear it your way by styling it with rolled-up sleeves/ upturned collar/knotted at the waist or layered over another top. % This style is best in cotton as it’ll give you more options. % Wear it with blue denim jeans and you’re good to go. w&h

Knotted, £120, 8-18, Modern Rarity at John Lewis

Spotty, £55, 6-22, Boden

Embroidered, £14, 8-22, George at Asda

Shirt, £19.99, xs-l, Mango. Trousers, £110, 6-16, Jigsaw. Shoes, £110, Phase Eight. Earrings, £140, The Folly Boutique. Bracelet, £79, Sif Jakobs. Bag, £195, Reiss

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Step into the new season with confidence and learn how to layer with ease

Ale shape

Pear shape


Move the eyes upwards with a printed scarf. Then pop on a belt to define your waist

Wear a slim tee under a deep V-neck dress to give you extra cover and a hint of a sleeve

Vertical stripes on a long bag strap will lengthen your body instantly

Create an hourglass shape by pinching in your belt to show off your waist

Of course you can wear statement pants – just add a dark long-line tunic to slim your sides

A large and looser skirt will balance out an uneven frame Talking-point shoes will divert attention away from your middle

Blouse, £125, 6-20, Jaeger. Dress, £109, 6-18, Mint Velvet. Bag, £50, Jones Bootmaker. Shoes, £19.99, New Look

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Tunic, £245, xs-xl, Eileen Fisher. Scarf, £52, Bimba Y Lola. Belt, £12, Next. Jacket, £249, 8-22, Marks & Spencer. Trousers, £165, 6-18, LK Bennett. Bag, £350, Aspinal of London. Shoes, £180, Kurt Geiger

T-shirt, £27, xs-xl, Jigsaw. Dress, £65, 8-18, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams. Sleeveless jacket, £396, 14-28, Marina Rinaldi. Bag, £39.50, Marks & Spencer Collection. Shoes, £235, LK Bennett


Mix sporty with smart and make this dress office-appropriate by layering it over a classic blouse

your shape your way Not ready to brave bare legs but want to banish the tights? Pop on a pair of on-trend skinny trousers under a long tunic dress for a relaxed, layered vibe.

GOT THAT COVERED! Learn how to layer revealing pieces with confidence…

Dress, £200; top, £200, both xs-xl, Eileen Fisher

 Opt for a laid-back look and layer a mesh top over a maxi dress.

 A ribbed knit is just the thing to team with a super low top. The slimmer the knit the better, as it won’t pad out your top half and will still feel spring-like.

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NEWS FLASH! Seasalt are now extending their size range to 24 for SS17. Top, £29.95, 8-24, Seasalt

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W&H 8-DAY RIVER CRUISE INCLUDES Budapest ✣ Vienna ✣ Linz ✣ Salzburg ✣ Nuremburg THE DATES 27 September to 4 October 2017 THE PRICE From £1,695pp TO BOOK Call 0800 7563 515 Quote ref TSDANUBE






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& Ola Jordan!

See Budapest from the five-star Scenic Amber


on’t miss this unique opportunity to join us on our first ever luxury river cruise. Experience the romance and grandeur of the Danube on a five-star ship in the company of three of the biggest names in ballroom dancing. Enjoy wonderful money-can’t-buy w&h experiences during this eight-day journey along one of Europe’s greatest rivers on the new Scenic Amber five-star ship. They include a ballroom masterclass with James and Ola Jordan, and a fascinating evening “In Conversation with” Arlene Phillips. If you love dancing it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to holiday with some of the UK’s biggest dance stars. We promise that this will be a magical journey filled with unforgettable experiences – so whether you’re a ballroom expert or just a Strictly fan, we guarantee that you’ll have a wonderful time.

Choreographer, presenter and talent show judge ARLENE PHILLIPS

World-famous professional dancers, as seen on Strictly JAMES AND OLA JORDAN

“I’m really excited to be joining w&h’s readers on the Danube and answering all your questions about my life and 40-year career as a choreographer, director and TV judge – there are so many exciting stories to tell.”

“We’ve performed some incredible dances together but our showcase for w&h readers in Vienna is going to be special, filled with passion, energy and beautiful costumes. We can’t wait to see you there!”

Your w&h exclusive experiences ✣ Watch James and Ola Jordan perform at the Vienna Arsenal during a private evening of music and dance. ✣ Enjoy a private “In Conversation with” Q&A evening with Arlene Phillips, the doyenne of dance. ✣ Get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join James and Ola Jordan during a Ballroom Masterclass on board the Scenic Amber. ✣ Experience private excursions – Vienna, including the Schönbrunn Palace; and a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg. ✣ Enjoy the services of a private butler on board the Scenic Amber, with all food and drink included. >>

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Beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart


Vienna’s statue of Johann Strauss II

Watch James and Ola Jordan perform at the Vienna Arsenal

Lipizzaner Stallions at Vienna’s Spanish Riding School

Your five-star itinerary Fly from your choice of UK airports to Hungary’s historic capital, Budapest, where your journey along one of the world’s great rivers begins. Raise your glass to the adventure ahead at this evening’s welcome reception on-board your luxurious home for the next seven nights, the five-star Scenic Amber cruise ship. Enjoy a gourmet dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.


Budapest and “In Conversation with” Arlene Phillips Enjoy an expert guided tour of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, including a piano concert. Alternatively, relax at Budapest’s famous Thermal Baths and Spa. Or, if you prefer, venture into the subterranean caverns that contain the once secret Hospital in the Rock, first used before and during the Second World War.


% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: “In Conversation with” Arlene Phillips, hosted by w&h This informal evening will see Arlene reveal anecdotes and insights from her eventful 40-year career in dance, theatre, music, film and television. Plus you’ll be given the opportunity to ask your own questions of the star. The evening will also include a cocktail party as you set sail on the mighty Danube, bound for Vienna. Vienna and A Dance Showcase by James and Ola Jordan Relax in one of the Scenic


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Amber’s lounges and viewing areas as you cruise the Danube, sailing towards the sumptuous Austrian capital. In the evening, after your arrival, breathe in the elegance and opulence of the Vienna Arsenal, one of the city’s grandest venues, while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt.

% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Join James and Ola Jordan for an exclusive dance masterclass, where they will show the audience and selected couples how to pull off and perfect some of the dances that made them famous, such as the Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive and Paso Doble.

% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Your unforgettable experience at the Vienna Arsenal continues with a unique evening of music and dance. First, be enchanted by a wonderful Viennese concert featuring the music of Mozart and Strauss. Then be enthralled by a thrilling dance performance by bewitching ballroom stars James and Ola Jordan, with Arlene Phillips as your host and compère. It will be a night of music and dance like no other.

Dürnstein to Melk In Melk, explore the magnificent 18th-century Benedictine abbey, which overlooks the Danube from a rocky outcrop and features a breathtaking library and beautiful frescoes on the ceiling of its baroque church. Alternatively, take a fun guided bicycle ride along the Danube from Dürnstein to Melk – peddling at your own pace, of course. Dürnstein is one of Austria’s most enchanting villages and has a rich history: Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned here by Duke Leopold V during the Third Crusade. As the day draws to a close, you can enjoy sundowners surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Wachau Valley, famous for its rolling hills, castles and vineyards. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Wachau Valley has views you will never forget.

Vienna & A Ballroom Masterclass with James and Ola Take a guided tour of the historic city of Bratislava. Or marvel at the grandeur of the Habsburg Empire at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the world-famous Spanish Riding School, where you can take a tour of the stables or see the celebrated Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise programme. Or, if you prefer, you can taste your way around a Viennese food market with the Scenic Amber’s head chef as your expert guide.



Linz to Passau Visit the medieval Czech town of Český Krumlov – its historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is one of the reasons it is the second most




Nuremberg, in northern Bavaria

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest visited destination in the Czech Republic after Prague. Alternatively, journey to Salzburg to see the birthplace of Mozart and the city that famously provided the backdrop for The Sound of Music. Popular sights from the Oscar-winning film include Hellbrunn Palace and the Mirabell Gardens. Regensburg Built at the confluence of three rivers – the Regen, the Naab and the Danube, and at the edge of the Bavarian Forest, Regensburg combines a rich history with breathtaking natural beauty. Join our expert local guide to discover Regensburg’s famous Old Town, with its array of historic merchants’ houses, its Old Bridge and the Porta Praetoria, the impressive arched gate that recalls Regensburg’s Roman heritage. Alternatively, hop on a local ferry and sail through the Danube Gorge to visit the stunning Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery built on the very shores of the Danube. During your tour, sample beer brewed at one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. Another option is to take a leisurely bicycle trip on your own, guided by our individually tailored and easy-to-use GPS device, to see the striking Walhalla Temple, built by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in the style of the Parthenon in Athens.



WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR W&H EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE % Return flights from London, Manchester or Birmingham (regional departures available at a supplement) and all transfers. % Seven nights five-star accommodation in a standard suite, which includes personal butler service. Upgrades to balcony suites are available at a supplement. % The award-winning Scenic Amber offers six dining venues and a Wellness Centre with a pool and spa. % All meals on board including complimentary beverages** – plus no need to worry about tips and gratuities as these are also included in the price. % Exclusive ballroom dance performance by James and Ola Jordan at the Vienna

Arsenal, hosted and compèred by Arlene Phillips. % An exclusive evening event, “In Conversation with” Arlene Phillips, hosted by woman&home, during which you will have an opportunity to meet and put your questions to the queen of dance. % A ballroom dancing masterclass hosted by James and Ola Jordan, during which you may be chosen to dance with the couple. % Private excursions including a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg and insider’s tour of Vienna as detailed in the itinerary. % All drinks are included except a small number of fine and rare wines, Champagnes and spirits.



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Nuremberg Say goodbye to your unforgettable river cruise with a luxurious farewell breakfast before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. The beautiful city of Nuremberg is a fitting final stop on this truly magical journey. w&h


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The city breaks


Whether it’s visiting Paris for Fashion Week, falling in love with Florence or eating custard tarts in Lisbon, we nominate our five favourite city getaways Firenze, as the Italians call it, has been the home of romance since the Italian Renaissance – think Michelangelo, Galileo, the Medicis, Dante, Titian, Caravaggio and Brunelleschi. Marvel at Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus in the Uffizi. Even the vast crowds won’t stop you falling in love with Florence. The best way to see it is by foot and the city is very walkable, but expect those feet to be achy if you’re determined to do it justice in a short visit. There are plenty of beautiful churches to imagine your dream wedding in too – start with Brunelleschi’s Cathedral with its incredible dome. Head to San Lorenzo with its adjoining chapels built for the Medici family, then take a look at Santa Maria Novella (the city’s first big basilica).

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But it’s not all sightseeing – the shopping in Florence rivals anywhere in the world. There’s the incredible 14th century Ponte Vecchio, whose ancient shops, originally occupied by butchers, are now full of art dealers and souvenir peddlers. Seek out local designer Sonia Fortuna’s fashion boutique (, and my favourite jewellery is from Angela Caputi on Via di Santo Spirito, where you’ll find fabulous statement pieces. For leather goods, including wonderful gloves and purses, head for the San Lorenzo Market, and major designers are along the Via dei Calzaiuoli. This is the city’s main shopping street, which will take you from the Cathedral towards the 14th-century Piazza della Signoria. You must visit the Officina Profumo

Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, an original apothecary that dates back to 1612. It’s a wonderful shopping experience with stunning museum rooms and fabulous products for you and your home. Buy their signature pot-pourri and it will give your home a beautiful aroma of the Tuscan hills. Elegant, formal and imposing, the 5-star Hotel Helvetia & Bristol is right in the centre of the action close to the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery. The hotel’s restaurant, Hostaria Bibendum, is great for traditional Tuscan cuisine – try their soups, pastas and delicious ice creams and sorbets. Get a table outside on a sunny day and order a cocktail or two – it’s a perfect spot to people-watch! Or for a more modern place to rest your head, try the 4-star Gallery Hotel Art, also




city break inspiration


The Breakfast Room at Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

located in the city centre near the Ponte Vecchio. It’s a beautiful architect-designed space with frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Gallery Landmark double rooms boast fabulous sandstone bathrooms. Try their Fusion Bar and Restaurant where the sushi is fabulous but has touches of Italian flavours, in small tapas-style dishes. Try their FusioNegroni cocktail too. For the best pizzas, I loved O’Munaciello in Via Maffia. Or eat with the locals at Trattoria Sabatino, a family restaurant with great food and excellent prices. By Sue James % THE COST Gallery Hotel Art ( or call +39 055 2726 4000) has double rooms available from €190 (approx. £163) per night. The rate excludes breakfast, VAT (10%) and city tax of €4.50 per person per night. Hotel Helvetia & Bristol ( or call +39 055 26651) offers rooms from £205 per night based on two sharing, breakfast included. Flights to Florence from London cost from £121 in April ( % INSIDER TIP The biggest museums are closed on Mondays. Pre-book your tickets in the UK to avoid long queues in peak season. The quickest way to get your bearings is to take an open-top bus – tickets are good value.

restaurant serving an inventive menu with wraparound views of the city’s most famous landmark. Just as we thought our stay couldn’t get any more chic, the room began to twinkle… Parisians might find the Eiffel Tower’s hourly light show a tad gauche, but we Brits couldn’t help loving its style. C’est la vie. By Fiona McKim

% THE COST The Peninsula Paris ( has rooms from £334 per person per night. Or get one night free when you book a minimum stay of three nights. Travel from London to Paris for £58 per person return with % INSIDER TIP A cocktail revolution is taking place in speakeasy-style bars. Le China in Rue de Charenton is a glamorous vision of 1920’s Shanghai with classy cocktails and cabaret to match. Or open the metal door at the back of a tiny pizzeria on Rue Sedaine to enter prohibition-style Moonshiner. >>

The Peninsula has undergone a four-year restoration and as first impressions go, it’s a corker

The Peninsula sits in the heart of Paris


An elegant Deluxe Room at Gallery Hotel Art

From the timeless tweeds of Chanel to Jane Birkin’s bohemian chic, Paris and fashion have always been a perfect fit. But you don’t have to be a blogger or dressed head to toe in French designer clothes to enjoy Paris Fashion Week (28 February-8 March). The extra frisson when le tout monde are in town extends to excellent people-watching and a real buzz that spreads across the city. The French capital has a well-deserved retail therapy rep, but an unfair one for ruinous prices. If luxury is your bag the opportunities for largesse are without limit, but if your Champagne tastes have a vin de table budget, Paris is the place for savvy vintage shopping too. Fashion insiders head to Collector Square on St Germain-des-Prés where well-preserved accessories by the likes of Chanel and Hermès sell at 30-50% off. Still too much? The real bargains are to be found in the hip Marais district, where a cluster of vintage boutiques sell classic wool coats, rows of Levis 501s and everything in between for €20 (approx £17.50) upwards. Shopped out? Drop in style. Paris has its fair share of chic hotels, but The Peninsula makes a real impression. The gleaming lobby houses vast sculptures, ornate cornicing and super-shiny marble floor. Rooms are spacious and sleekly masculine with dark lacquered wood, creamy bedding and a tablet to control every amenity. The Peninsula has six bars and restaurants, but save room for see-and-beseen breakfast under the giant chandeliers of Le Lobby. The jewel in the crown is L’Oiseau Blanc, an intimate rooftop

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AlmaLusa Baixa/ Chiado is set in an attractive square (above); a peaceful Deluxe Suite in AlmaLusa (below)


I can see why Lisbon has become the hottest European city to visit this year. The ornate pastel-coloured buildings look beautiful in the sunshine, which is plentiful because Lisbon gets more sun than anywhere else in Europe. Plus the restaurant scene is booming – there are six one Michelin star restaurants in the city and one with two (Belcanto in Chiado, visit One of the best ways to sample the best food the city has to offer is in the Time Out market ( en/). Housed in an original market hall in the Cais do Sodre neighbourhood opposite the train station (there are still meat, fish and flower sellers down one side), the magazine’s journalists and critics have chosen the best pizza, sushi, steaks and bacalao in the city, bringing them together under the same roof (and for very reasonable prices). When Rick Stein spent a long weekend in Lisbon for last year’s TV series of the same name, he made a pilgrimage to the Pasteis de Belem ( This traditional bakery, dating back to 1837, is rumoured to be the best place in the world to have traditional Portuguese Pasteis de Nata (those deliciously flaky custard tarts). Following in Rick’s

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footsteps I fought through the crowds to sample the secret recipe (they make over 16,000 a day using it) and found the rumours to be true – these heavenly tarts are well worth the airfare. We made another foodie pilgrimage to the Conserveira de Lisboa (conserveiradelisboa.pta), a traditional grocer shop specialising entirely in tinned fish (another Portuguese favourite). The brands it stocks (including Tricana) are far superior to the tourist tins sold stamped with your birth date in the main shopping street (which I also succumbed to!). Fill your suitcase and bring a selection home. One of the best hotel openings last year was AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado, a wonderful boutique hotel in the historic Praca do Municipio where Lisbon’s Royal Palace once stood. Rooms are stylishly decorated with modern prints and monochrome bathrooms. Ask for one of the suites with a balcony overlooking the square on the first floor. Quiet and discreet, nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff and it’s worth eating in Delphina, the hotel restaurant. Try the local Açordas – a delicious bread stew (€14, approx. £12) washed down with some green wine, another Portuguese speciality. By Emma Justice

%THE COST Rooms at AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado ( start from €145 (approx. £124) per night, including breakfast. To celebrate the opening of the new MAAT museum (see below), until 15 March the hotel is offering guests who book online with the code FRIEND free entry to MAAT (a 10-minute drive away), a 10% discount on their room booking and an additional 20% discount on meals at the hotel’s Delfina restaurant. Monarch (monarch., the world’s most punctual low cost carrier in 2016, flies to Lisbon from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester with fares, including taxes, from £35 one way (£61 return). % INSIDER TIP Visit Lisbon’s answer to the Tate Modern – the newly opened MAAT (, the museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.

The futuristic MAAT museum is Lisbon’s latest attraction


It’s not often you find a city that’s as rich in history as Prague; in fact, it’s one of those rare gems that makes you want to keep digging a little deeper into its 700-plus years of history (that’s how long ago the former Czech king Charles IV, who’s often hailed as the city’s “founder”, was born). The perfect base from which to explore? Check in at Mandarin Oriental, Prague. Situated in the city’s oldest quarter, Malá Strana, it’s a piece of history in itself. A former monastery, it took four years to renovate (it now has 99 rooms and suites), and many of the building’s original features have been preserved (think vaulted ceilings, archways and original staircases). You’ll even find a gallery of artefacts en route to the hotel’s heavenly spa. But we’ll get to that later. When it comes to sightseeing, we recommend hiring an experienced guide. If you can, spend half a day with

The magnificent Presidential Suite at Mandarin Oriental, and below, the hotel enjoys views of the Castle

the lovely Rosa Biskova (Kirker Holidays), who is in her eighties and has more knowledge than is packed between the covers of most guide books. Every decent tour starts with the Old Town Square; it’s known best as home of the Astronomical Clock, installed in 1410 and the oldest in the world that’s still operating, but lesser-known is that it also accommodates the first university where Albert Einstein taught and it’s also the site of Charles IV’s birth. Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw away from Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, where Jewish settlers lived as early as the 10th century, and which Hitler preserved because he wanted future generations to see all the religions he believed would no longer exist – as a museum, if you like. It’s no secret that Prague has its fair share of castles – but by far the best is Prague Castle itself – Europe’s biggest medieval castle and a Gothic masterpiece. One of the official seats of the President of the t Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, visitors have been known to catch him arriving in h his h black Skoda Limousine. To avoid the queues though, take an evening stroll q – it’s beautifully lit and open to explore until 11pm. The Bohemian Crown Jewels u are a also kept within a hidden room inside it – it’s fun trying to guess which one. For a quicker fix of history (you’ll only need around ten minutes here), the John n Lennon Wall has real “wow” factor. Dating L back to 1988 when Prague was under b Soviet control, an image of Lennon was S painted and dissidents would write their p

city break inspiration grievances around it. You’ll find the result in a secluded square opposite the French Embassy – and you’ll notice people still putting down their thoughts today. In between all that sightseeing, you’ll need a dose of retail therapy. Sip coffee in style at Grand Café Orient; it’s Prague’s only cubist café and it’s situated on the first floor of the stunning House of the Black Madonna, created by the renowned architect Josef Gočár in 1912. Or re-energise with a 60-minute Oriental Essence massage at the Mandarin Oriental’s spa. It costs from approx £89 and the secret ingredient is it begins and ends with the chime of a Tibetan bell, which helps you go into a deep relaxation more quickly. By Nathalie Whittle

%THE COST Mandarin Oriental, Prague ( has three nights for the price of two from £749 per person booked through Kirker Holidays (020 7593 2283, Offer is valid for stays until 31 March 2017 and includes return flights from the UK, private car transfers, and B&B accommodation based on two adults sharing a room. % INSIDER TIP Take a pit stop at Lokal Dlouha (, a 1970s-esque pub popular with locals, which serves fresh Pilsner on tap, traditional Czech dumplings, schnitzel and fried cheese. >>


It’s not often you find a city that’s as rich in history as Prague

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5 NEW YORK FOR MODERN ART New York, America’s premier art city, has produced some of the most legendary artists – Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Cornell and Andy Warhol to name a few. Plus it’s home to some of the world’s most iconic pieces of art – The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh; Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso; and Gold Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol – all at The Museum of Modern Art – and The Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet at the Met. But it’s not just about the big hitters. There are a number of exciting, emerging artists exhibiting in the smaller museums and galleries too. Try the New York Society of Illustrators (, $12 admission, approx £9.90), set in a townhouse on the Upper East Side, with its significant collection of illustrations, both modern and traditional, as well as comic art. Moving through the narrow building is a feast for the eyes as drawings line every wall – even up the steep staircases. There’s a fabulous café on the third floor and, if you go on a sunny day, you can enjoy an iced coffee on their outdoor terrace. Another wonderful new addition is The Met Breuer ( met-breuer, suggested admission $25, approx £20 but this also gives you sameday entry to the Met Fifth Avenue, a few blocks away). It opened last year and is the little brother to the main Metropolitan Museum. If you appreciate contemporary art, it’s a must visit with well-curated exhibitions that change frequently.

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Most people think a visit to New York City isn’t complete without a trip to Ground Zero, but that tells NYC’s recent history – for something different try the Museum of the City of New York (, suggested admission $14), a small but informative museum that starts with a brilliant 20-minute video telling the story of NYC’s history, from discovery to present day. Afterwards explore a mix of beautifully presented exhibitions celebrating some of the city’s big personalities like Alexander Hamilton, and exploring the underground culture. The Loews Regency New York (below), a luxury hotel tucked away on a corner of Park Avenue, is the

%THE COST Loews Regency New York ( or call +1 212 339 4095) costs from $429 (approx £347) per room per night. British Airways ( offers 12 daily departures to New York (JFK and EWR), including new direct flights from London Gatwick starting from £588 return (travel in Feb). %INSIDER TIP Combine sightseeing and exercise with a one-hour “fitness tour” of Central Park. Fit Tours NYC ( are run by personal trainers who lead you on a 5k casual run-slash-tour of the park, stopping every so often to share some interesting facts about the New York institution.

Central Park, the perfect place to work out and get a tour too!


The Pop Art Signature Suite at Loews Regency New York, taking inspiration from Andy Warhol

perfect base for an art-based trip as it’s just a ten-minute walk from Museum Mile. The stylish rooms have feathery-soft, comfortable beds and flat-screen TVs built in to the bathroom mirrors. Plus the balconies of the apartment-style suites on the 20th floor have spectacular, sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Don’t miss the “Power Breakfast” at the hotel’s Regency Bar & Grill, where the city’s movers and shakers come for business meetings – enjoy the buzzy atmosphere as you dine on indulgent American pancakes or smoked salmon platters. There’s also a state-of-the-art salon and spa at the hotel, called the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa (, where you can have their signature “Power Hour” treatment (approx. £166) and get your make-up, a blow-dry and a manicure done simultaneously – very Carrie Bradshaw! By Carly Rigley

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great tour of CHINA

Walk on the Great Wall, explore Beijing’s Forbidden City, discover the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, come face to face with giant pandas in Chengdu, enjoy a Yangtze River cruise and explore Shanghai. Join us on this exclusive escorted tour of China at the best time of year to go…

THE DATES 9-22 September 2017 – September is the best time to visit, as cooling breezes ease the sweltering summer heat in Beijing, and the forests around the Great Wall offer a kaleidoscope of autumnal colours, while in Shanghai, the rainy season has ended THE PRICE From £2,999pp* TO BOOK Call 0800 7563 514; quote ref TSCHINA

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W&H ESCORTED TOUR – 14 DAYS Beijing and the Forbidden City ✣ The Great Wall ✣ Terracotta Warriors at Xian ✣ Chengdu’s pandas ✣ Yangtze cruise ✣ Gardens of Suzhou ✣ Shanghai

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Your 10 w&h exclusive experiences…


%Go behind the scenes in the Forbidden City in Beijing % Walk one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall at Mutianyu %Learn Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing % Visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xian % Sample the hot springs of Angsana % Try your hand at calligraphy % See both giant and red pandas in Chengdu Book before the end of February to claim a % Cruise the mighty Yangtze River £200 discount off the normal £3,199 price % Explore the Unesco-listed gardens of Suzhou and a free upgrade on your flight home % Tour the Old Town in Shanghai (Gatwick or Manchester) on board award-



winning Cathay Pacific, or an upgrade to business class for £199 (Gatwick or Manchester; Heathrow upgrade fee is £399), subject to availability.

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Your China itinerary DAY 1

Fly overnight with your choice of airline to Beijing, China’s capital city.

Temple of Heaven Join the dawn gathering of locals in the parklands that surround the Temple of Heaven.

Beijing On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, either relax at the hotel, or begin exploring the city.



The Forbidden City and Pearl Market Start the day with a stroll through Tiananmen Square, stopping to see Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and admiring the grand architecture that surrounds it.


% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Go behind the scenes in the Forbidden City in Beijing Enter into Imperial magnificence through the impressive Gate of Heavenly Peace, where you’ll explore the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. Here you will also get exclusive access to the Treasure Hall. This afternoon, you are at your leisure to explore Beijing’s famous Pearl Market, where you can browse a plethora of wares including handbags, clothes, silk, souvenirs and electronics. Optional extra: After dinner this evening you can enjoy a Kung Fu Show, a spectacular blend of martial arts and modern theatre. Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Walking on the Great Wall is the best way to appreciate this 2,000-year-old feat of engineering and the magnificent surrounding landscapes.


% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Walk one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall at Mutianyu It provides a glimpse of how the structure would have looked when it was first built to keep out the Mongol hordes. Reached by a short cable car ride, the views from the top over the surrounding mountains are memorable. On your return to Beijing, there’s time to stop at the beautiful Summer Palace. Once the royal family’s escape from the summer heat of the city, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has exquisite landscape gardens, traditional pavilions and pagodas to admire. This evening’s meal includes the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck.

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Learn Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven A Tai Chi master will ensure a relaxing start to the day with the graceful, free-flowing movements of this ancient martial art. This afternoon you fly to Xian – Imperial capital for 11 dynasties and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. Optional extra: A colourful Tang Dynasty dance performance.


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bamboo. Travel by coach from Chengdu to Chongqing and on arrival enjoy dinner in old Ciqikou. Then:

% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Cruise the mighty Yangtze River Enjoy three nights on a four-star boat. Fengdu City and Captain’s Reception Depending on river conditions, you’ll take a shore excursion to either the fabled ghost city of Fengdu or Shibaozhai, an impressive wooden pagoda built on a cliffside. This evening enjoy a special reception with the ship’s captain and learn about life on the Yangtze.


% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xian Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army was buried in battle formation for 2,000 years, each warrior crafted with a different facial expression and varying heights. Seeing them in their huge hangar will be one of the highlights of the trip.

% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Sample the hot springs of Angsana This afternoon enjoy some welcome relaxation at the foot of scenic Mount Lishan. Bathe in the hot spring pools, use the swimming pool or book spa treatments for some extra pampering.


Calligraphy then fly to Chengdu

% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Try your hand at calligraphy The symbolic art form of the oriental world stresses the importance of balance and harmony in eastern cultures. In the class, you’ll use simple tools and techniques to create beautiful characters. This afternoon, fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province but best known as the home of the giant panda. Optional extra: This evening you can enjoy a Face Changing Show, part of the elaborate and magical Sichuan Opera.


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% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: See both giant and red pandas in Chengdu Spend the morning visiting the gorgeous pandas at Chengdu’s Panda Centre. You’ll learn more about China’s celebrated bears, and get to observe them as they sit, play and munch through

Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Locks Cruise through the breathtaking panoramas of the Three Gorges: starting with Qutang and Wu gorges. Sculpted by nature, the gorges make for a dramatic sight as you pass through on board your cruise ship. Listen to the on-board commentary and enjoy a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of the Goddess or Shennong streams. Later, enter the Xiling Gorge. This evening, sail through the locks on the Three Gorges Dam and admire this incredible feat of engineering.

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Three Gorges Dam, fly to Shanghai Arrive in Yichang, the trade centre that connects east and west China, and boasts the largest hydroelectric base in the world. Here you disembark the ship and drive to Wuhan, where you’ll fly to Shanghai.

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Gardens of Suzhou

% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Explore the Unesco-listed gardens of Suzhou Located just outside of Shanghai, Suzhou is a city famous for its meticulously designed classical gardens, cobbled streets and picturesque waterways. Explore the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Founded in the 12th century, Suzhou’s largest garden has numerous pavilions, bridges, pools and islands to explore. Later, cruise on the 1,000-year-old Grand Canal before returning to Shanghai.


Explore Shanghai This morning is at leisure to spend as you wish, be it relaxation or a bit of time to explore by yourself. Later:

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% EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Tour the Old Town in Shanghai It still nestles among the ever-growing skyscrapers, where you can admire the spectacular Art Deco architecture of the famous Bund waterfront area. Get a view of the city from a different perspective with a cruise – the contrast between the classic Bund on one bank and the futuristic Pudong on the opposite side, is fascinating. This evening, dine on a farewell meal of Shanghai cuisine and relive your favourite memories chatting about your China adventure! Return home Fly back to the UK and enjoy your free premium economy upgrade (or business-class upgrade for £199) if you book in February.

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Ten surprising tricks the wellbeing gurus regularly roll out to calm themselves down when life gets manic – all guaranteed stress-proof! t’s hard to imagine a wellbeing expert getting stressed, tense or anxious, but take it from us – they do! We might rush to find a supplement but they would rather indulge in a soothing handmade ritual that fixes things surprisingly fast. Feeling a bit overwhelmed yourself? Choose from their stay calm menu…


RELAX WITH A MASK Capitalising on that direct route to the brain via the nose can raise a beauty mask to a mind soothing therapy. Margo Marrone, co-founder of The Organic Pharmacy, has a gem. ➤ MARGO’S SECRET “I have a lot of de-stressing tactics but my favourite is to cleanse my skin, then slather on a deeply nourishing honey and jasmine face mask, and pop on an eye mask,” says Margo. “I

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then focus on my breath for ten minutes, and allow thoughts to come and go. The eye mask stops me using my phone and the beauty mask not only calms and uplifts me (jasmine is a natural de-stressor), but it’s also pampering.” How smart is that? Make Margo’s mask by mixing 1tbsp of classic Greek yogurt, 1tsp honey and 2 drops of jasmine essential oil. Or buy: Organic Pharmacy Honey & Jasmine Mask, £37.95 for 40ml,

EMBRACE NATURE Fresh air is nature’s own Prozac and wellbeing experts are first out the door when stress mounts. “I find nothing more soothing than being outside when work overwhelms me,” says herbalist Tipper Lewis. “Green spaces, walking and gardening all help me relax.” ➤ TIPPER’S SECRET “Recreate the scent of the outdoors with essential oils; I love blending pine, rosemary, vetiver and bergamot in a diffuser for a relaxing foresty vibe!” says Tipper. Make her “forest” by blending 6 drops bergamot, 4 drops pine, 3 drops rosemary, 1 drop vetiver and adding to a diffuser, which

PRESS AWAY STRESS Acupuncture is a sure-fire tension-relieving success, but when you need an on-the-spot fix, acupressure is the way to go. “It’s a brilliant age-old technique that is used to calm the mind,” says top aromatherapist Colleen Harte, creator of the gorgeous Lucy Annabella skincare collection.

➤ COLLEEN’S SECRET A couple of wonderfully simple techniques. ✢ Soothe your mind “Apply gentle but firm pressure in a clockwise motion to the middle of the palm side of the wrist, at the natural crease,” suggests Colleen. “By stimulating this point, you will calm the mind while softly grounding your thoughts.”  ✢ Ease tension “A great second point is ‘joining the valleys’,” says Colleen. “This is my go-to point for calming when life is manic. It’s on the web between your thumb and index finger. Squeeze your thumb against the base of the index finger to relieve tension.”  ✢ Breathe “Use a mindful blend of spearmint and lemongrass essential oils. These two combine to release endorphins while also grounding us,” says Colleen. Mix a couple of drops of each and add to a soothing bath. Better still… Try adding Lucy Annabella Cloud Nine Organic Bath Milk, £43 for 125g,

creates a soothing and hydrating mist. Essential oils, from £7.70 for 10ml; Esta diffuser, £50, both

TOUCH AWAY TENSION Touch has magical properties, helping to release tension wherever it gathers. “A lot of tension and stress manifests in the most powerful joint in the body – the jaw,” says Bowen Technique expert Nikke Ariff, “reflecting the physical and emotional states we’re experiencing.” ➤ NIKKE’S SECRET “The fastest way to restore calm, stay grounded and banish muscular tension is to… ✢ “Rest your index fingers behind your ears and allow the rest of the fingers to rest on the sides of the face.” ✢ “Slowly move your hands up and down, lightly stroking from where the top of the ear joins the face, and all the way down to the edge of the jaw.” ✢ “Repeat about eight times until a wave of calm cascades through you. You can repeat this as often as you need and want,” says Nikke. To experience Nikke’s expert touch, visit

“When I’m trying to get to sleep and my mind is hyperactive, the best way to calm it is with yoga stretches”



Easier said than done, but Super Sleep Yoga creator Lisa Sanfilippo has a pre-sleep ritual. “When I’m trying to get to sleep and my mind is hyperactive, the best way to calm it is with yoga stretches,” says Lisa. “Eighty per cent of the nerve messaging between the body and brain is the body telling the brain how to interpret its posture and surroundings. So I make sure that those messages are ‘calm’ and ‘safe’ using grounding stretches.” ➤ LISA’S SECRET lies in her sequence of stretches to open the heart and lungs. Like to try? Go to to see them for free. Lisa also likes to… ✢Turn down the lights at least 30 minutes before bed. ✢Wash feet with warm water and apply a calming oil like Yogandha’s Relax Body Oil or simple untoasted organic sesame oil. ✢Pop on some woolly or cotton socks, then jot thoughts and ideas in my journal to make sure my mind is clear. Find Lisa at Try Yogandha Relax Body Oil, £25 for 125ml,

LOVE A FOOT RUB It can chill you out as much as a full body massage. Aromatherapy guru Glenda Taylor does it with her fave essential oil. ➤ GLENDA’S SECRET “Chamomile! It’s the calming royalty of aromatherapy.

WRITE OFF THE PRESSURE Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the daily grind? You can lift yourself up without a pill or supplement. Aromatherapy expert Annee de Mamiel has a soothing duo that works in the gentlest way. ➤ ANNEE’S SECRET A great cup of chamomile tea. “I love it, but it has to be whole flower bud tea. It’s pungent and wonderfully calming,” enthuses Annee. “I also try and empty my head by writing down thoughts – I write every morning if I can. It’s very relaxing.” How simple is that?

At the other end of the day she likes to use her own award-winning Altitude Oil, with its mix of pine, peppermint and lemon myrtle. “I always pop a few drops onto my pillow, it encourages me to breathe deeply and calmly – deep breathing calms the whole nervous system and it’s one of the best ways to give the body time to calm and rebalance.” Try Jing Chamomile Flowers, £2.25 for 10g, or £34 for 100 tea bags, De Mamiel Altitude Oil, £28 for 10ml, demamiel. com >>

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SOAK AWAY THE STRESS A bath can be as good as a spa for de-stressing. This Works creator Kathy Phillips is an expert in calm… ➤ KATHY’S SECRET “Simple pleasures are my route to relaxation and calm,” says Kathy. ✢ First of all silence “I once spent a week in silence and it was bliss.” ✢ Then a good cup of tea – it doesn’t even have to be herbal. ✢ Crisp white sheets, plump pillows and a view of the garden. ✢ A yoga class with its post-class glow followed by a long bath with essential oils of lavender, vetiver and chamomile. Gathering together our own simple pleasures is an effortless way to create a ritual. Enjoy a relaxing soak with This Works Deep Sleep Bath Oil, £80 for 100ml,

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“Feet are the mirror of the body, so massage the corresponding areas to soothe aches and relieve stress” big toe. Massaging these areas of the foot will soothe and ground you. Want to feel more chamomile love? Try Cottage Chamomile Bath Melts, £8 for four,

BREATHE OUT STRESS We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t mention breathing as a speedy route to calm. Myofascial Release expert Lyn Breakwell knows its power. ➤ LYN’S SECRET “If I’m overwired I remember to breathe fully into the lower abdomen, side ribs and chest. I then reverse it out from the chest and all the way back to the lower abdomen,” says Lyn. Here are her tricks… ✢ If you’re stressed Breathe in for a count of 4 and out for 4 through the nose. Repeat until you feel calm. ✢ If you’re panicked or hyper-tense do the same, but breathe out through pursed lips. We tried this and it’s brill – just like steam from a kettle! Find Lyn on Facebook or email listening-touch@lyn.bodywork

MIX UP A “CALMTAIL” OK, it’s tempting to rifle the booze cabinet when you’re stressed, but this is a wellbeing feature so don’t push it! Nutritionist Rick Hay has a mocktail that does the relaxing biz perfectly. ➤ RICK’S SECRET “When you fancy a drink to take the edge off a mind frazzling day, try a mocktail version of a Long Island Iced Tea instead,” says Rick. “It mixes like a cocktail, looks like a cocktail and, thanks to the theanine in the tea, will promote alpha waves and contribute towards a feeling of wellbeing.” LONG ISLAND ICED TEA MOCKTAIL Into a jug, pour… 300ml filtered water, a whole lemon cut up, few sprigs of mint, small piece of ginger, 2 or 3 tea bags, ice cubes. Leave to infuse in the fridge until chilled then strain into a tall glass. Add more mint and ice cubes. The bonus? Along with the theanine, vitamin C supports the adrenals, and ginger and mint are both nervous system tonics. Visit w&h


Just add 5 drops of chamomile to 1tbsp of sweet almond oil.” Here’s her ritual.. CALMING FOOT RUB “Feet are the mirror of the body,” says Glenda, “so massage the corresponding areas with chamomile oil to soothe aches and relieve stress.” ✢ The big toe reflects the head, and the base of big toes the neck, so giving that area a good rub and gentle rotation will ease a tense neck. ✢ Under the arch of the foot is the tummy. Massaging this area clockwise can be seriously relaxing. ✢ The bony joint below the little toe is the shoulders. The line along the instep is the spine and reflects upper and lower back – upper being nearest the

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Gibraltar Forget exchange rates – have a short break with a difference on the stylish Rock of Gibraltar… your home from home in the sunny Mediterranean


tand on top of the Rock of Gibraltar to feel the majesty of its crowning position at the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea, while Africa lies across the Strait. This is a truly unique destination, packed with history, naturally beautiful but also buzzing with exciting th h modern life. It’s very British, but with a very different twist. Apart from the fantastic weather – this truly is Britain’s longest summer – you can enjoy… % SHOPPING FOR EVERYONE Gibraltar is a VAT-free jurisdiction so you’re assured great value and the currency is the Gibraltar Pound, equivalent to Sterling, so there’s no costly currency conversion. Traditional shops, high street brands, artisan and souvenir shops… you’re spoilt for choice. And don’t miss the Gibraltar Public Market – a traditional indoor market with a range of fish, fruit, vegetables and local delicacies. It’s a fantastic place to people watch and get into the local spirit. % FABULOUS FOOD On any evening, lively Casemates Square is filled with a range of outdoor restaurants, cafés and

From left: Dining alfresco, the lighthouse at Europe Point and the Moorish Castle – a medieval fortification bars, and is the hub of nightlife, whether you’re after a quiet meal and drink, lively clubbing or a flutter at the Casino. % FASCINATING HISTORY AND NATURAL BEAUTY This former fortress is encased with original city walls, gates and fortifications. The 30 miles of long tunnels through the rock date back to the 1700s and were extended during the Second World War. But go back even further on a visit to Gorham’s Cave, home to Neanderthal Man and recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nature lovers won’t want

to miss the famous Barbary Macaques – but you’ll also find three types of dolphin in the Bay plus some of the best bird-watching in the region. % YOU’RE NOT FAR AWAY! Gibraltar is under three hours flying time from the UK and there’s plenty of choice of accommodation – from five-star luxury to self-catering. To find out more about Gibraltar, go to or call 020 7836 0777

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ACT Why you may need to work on your wobble! Being able to stand on one leg may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of good health but you’d be surprised… %Research shows that maintaining good balance can help to reduce falls and fall-related injuries. %It may also be an indicator of brain health: a recent Japanese study found that difficulty balancing on one leg for 20 seconds or more was linked to a higher risk of brain blood vessel damage and reduced thinking in otherwise healthy individuals. %The Medical Research Council found a poor result in a standing balance test was linked to higher mortality.

TEST YOUR BALANCE The standing stork test is a traditional, straightforward test to give you an idea of where you stand (’scuse the pun) balance-wise. Stand with hands on hips and place the bottom of one foot against the inside knee of the other leg. Lift the heel of your standing leg off the floor so you’re balancing on the ball of your foot. Time how long you can maintain this position. If your heel touches the floor or hands leave hips, restart the clock! Generally speaking, 30

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seconds or above indicates good balance; below 10 seconds means you probably need to get practising to find your inner flamingo. TOO EASY? Add a further challenge by closing your eyes. The visual part of your balancing system sends signals to your brain regarding the body’s position and its surroundings, hence the reason balancing with closed eyes can be tough. (The yoga Tree Pose is a ramped-up version of the stork test – give it a go, see picture.)


10 easy ways to improve your balance The first and most obvious balance trick is to perform everyday tasks on one leg. Try the following, balancing for 10-30 seconds on each leg at a time: Brushing teeth, talking on the phone, waiting for the bus or in the supermarket queue. Applying make-up or try grabbing a towel with your toes for an added standing challenge! Too tough? If you find yourself wobbling or tipping over on to one side, stand with feet close together and slowly lift one foot just an inch or two off the floor. Strengthening lower body muscles is key to improving your balance.  


BEND! Knee bends are a great way to start strengthening lower body muscles. Stand with feet hip-width apart and push your bottom out as if you were going to sit down – don’t let your knees come forward over your toes or collapse inwards. Do 5-10 at a time throughout the day.


TAKE THE STAIRS A study found stair-climbing not only improved strength and fitness, it was also found to improve balance. You’re working against gravity as you push your body weight upwards so it’s a strength and balance win-win.


WORKOUT ON THE ESCALATOR Practise calf raises on steps and escalators to help build support and strength for the ankles. Stand on the stair so that just balls of feet remain on the step. Push up onto the balls of your feet, hold for a count of three. Do 10 reps at a time. Ensure you hold on!


WALK HEEL-TO-TOE Easy to do whether you’re waiting for the bus or en route to the photocopier. Stand tall and position your right heel directly in front of your left toes. Switch by placing your left heel in front of your right toes. Keep looking straight ahead of you. Try for five steps and increase as your balance improves.


SHIFT YOUR WEIGHT This is a good way to practise your balance when out and about. Stand with feet hip-width apart, weight equally distributed before shifting entire body weight to your left side and lifting your right foot a few inches. Hold for up to 30 seconds before switching sides.


BE AWARE OF YOUR POSTURE Good alignment minimises the load on muscles and joints and in turn creates maximum mobility and stability for the whole body. Avoid


locking knees; keep shoulders and arms relaxed. Minimise any slump or arch in the lower and upper back. Don’t tip your head forward or backwards. PRACTISE TUMMY TUCKS Strong abdominal muscles are key as they help to protect the back and act like the base of a crane helping to keep you stable. Simple abdominal tucks that can be done anywhere involve drawing the lower part of your tummy back to your spine for a count of 10 without holding your breath or clenching buttocks.


STAND ON A PILLOW Standing on a variety of surfaces will help to provide an added balance challenge. Try standing on thick carpet or a thin pillow or cushion. Lift one leg off the surface, hold for a count of five and repeat.


AND DON’T FORGET YOUR ZZZ It’s thought that going short on shut-eye slows reaction time while a study of 3,000 women researchers by the California Pacific Medical Center found those who slept more than 5-7 hours each night were 40% less likely to fall than those who slept for less time.




These exercises have the edge when it comes to working on your wobble… Tai chi is one of the best forms of exercise if you want to improve balance. Strength, flexibility and good reflexes are key, all of which need work as we age. Many of the moves in Tai Chi involve positioning your body weight at different angles on your feet, which helps you to get used to balancing while moving. Yoga is a great way to work on balance. Not only are many poses balancebased, such as Half Moon Pose and Tree Pose, it also helps to improve balance because of the co-ordination

involved. One study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that participants who engaged in a 12-week programme of sitting, standing and breathing yoga exercises experienced a 4% increase in balance, a 6% reduction in fear of falling and a 34% increase in lower body flexibility. Swimming Not the first sport that springs to mind when it comes to balance, but a 2014 study undertaken by the University of Western Sydney found older people who swam regularly were 33% less likely to experience a fall than those who participated in other types of exercise such as

walking or golf. It’s thought the effort required to support your body in the water helps to improve balance. Get your Strictly on Brazilian researchers found half an hour of ballroom dancing three times a week over a three-month period resulted in fewer falls and a whopping 50% improvement in balance. DID YOU KNOW? Having good balance can have a beneficial effect on your workout? Whether you’re moving or stationary, good balance can help you to maintain your body’s position, useful whether walking upstairs or practising that mountain pose. w&h

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EAT yourself WELL Good nutrition is our firstt line of defence against disease says awardwinning health writer Dr Sarah Brewer in her latest book. Here she explains what to eat to beat common problemss

BEAT INSOMNIA During sleep, we lay down new memories, and most of the body’s growth, rejuvenation and repair occurs – so getting enough is vital. In addition to adjusting lifestyle factors, consuming melatonin-producing foods can help. Insomnia is the subjective feeling of excessive wakefulness, whether from difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep or waking unrefreshed. Most people experience insomnia at some stage of their life – usually when they are worried or stressed. Insomnia can last just a few days (for instance, jetlag), from one to three weeks (stress), or last longer term (anxiety, depression, illness or alcohol abuse). People with persistent insomnia are more likely to have a serious accident, and to develop depression, high blood pressure or heart disease. Adults need seven to eight hours’ sleep, but this reduces with age. If you sleep less, but wake feeling refreshed, you are getting all the sleep you need.

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Foods that can help ➤ Eat a healthy, wholefood diet with plenty of complex carbohydrates (such as cereals, bread, pasta), fruit and vegetables, avoiding overly rich food, especially at night. ➤ Eat foods containing tryptophan, needed for the production of the sleepinducing hormone melatonin. These include turkey, bananas, oats, honey, wholegrains, dairy products, oily fish, plus some nuts and seeds. A light bedtime snack that includes complex carbohydrates (wholegrains) and low-fat dairy products such as semi-skimmed

milk or live yogurt provides calming substances such as magnesium and calcium as well as tryptophan. ➤ Drink Montmorency cherry juice: it’s one of the few foods to contain melatonin, so can help you sleep (also available as a supplement).

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Serves 4 Spread 4 slices oated wholegrain bread with a little butter, then top each slice with 1tbsp of sour che rry jam or cranberr y sauce. Take 250 g of sliced cooked turkey breast and arrange the turkey and a few fres h spinach leaves on top of each slice .


SUBDUE STRESS Everyone has a different stress threshold. When you’re fit, well fed and happy in your relationships, for instance, you can cope with more pressure than when you are unfit, have missed a meal or have stayed up all night arguing. Symptoms of stress result from the production of the hormone adrenaline, which prepares your body to fight or flee. Energy would ordinarily be consumed by the action of fighting or fleeing, which neutralises the stress response. Nowadays, however, the need to fight or flee rarely occurs, so the effects of stress can build up, leaving you physically and mentally exhausted. Stress can contribute to lowered immunity, low sex drive, indigestion, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

carrots, mangoes, kiwi fruit, peas, grapes, oranges, apples, pears, berries.

stressed, select foods with a low to moderate glycaemic index (GI), to help maintain an even blood glucose level. Go for lean meats, fish, wholegrains, fruit and vegetables. For breakfast have bran-based cereals or porridge with fruit, unsweetened yogurt/ fromage frais and semi-skimmed milk.

Foods to avoid Go easy on foods with a high GI and, if you do eat them, combine small amounts with lower-GI foods to help even out blood glucose levels.

Foods that can help Stress raises blood glucose and fat levels, ready to fuel muscles during fighting or fleeing. So, when you’re

➤ LOW-GI FOODS eat freely Bran cereal, baked beans, most fruit and vegetables, including sweet potato,

➤ MEDIUM-GI FOODS eat in moderation Brown rice, wholewheat pasta (cooked al dente), honey, dates, new potatoes (boiled), dried apricots, figs, bananas, potato crisps/chips, sweetcorn, porridge oats, muesli. ➤ HIGH-GI FOODS go easy Parsnips, baked or mashed potatoes, cornflakes, raisins, doughnuts, bread.

Tzatziki with crudités Serves 4 Blitz 250ml low-fat Greek-style natural bio yogurt, ½ cucumber, handful of mint leaves, 1 garlic clove, zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon in a processor until smooth. Serve with carrot, pepper, courgette, mangetout, broccoli and cauliflower cut into finger-sized pieces.

SOOTHE INDIGESTION AND HEARTBURN These conditions often come on within 30 minutes of eating and may be caused by eating too much, exercising, bending or lying down. Eating carefully is key. Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a term used to describe any discomfort felt centrally in the upper abdomen as a result of eating. This includes feelings of distension from swallowing air, flatulence, nausea, heartburn, acidity, abdominal pain and sensations of burning. Heartburn is a more specific term referring to hot, burning sensations felt behind the chest bone, which may spread upwards toward the throat. One of the most common causes of heartburn is acid reflux, in which stomach contents reflux up into the oesophagus (the tube connecting the mouth and stomach). This brings stomach acids and enzymes into contact with the sensitive lining of the oesophagus, and can also trigger painful spasm of muscles lining this part of the gut.

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Try to eat little and often throughout the day to avoid overfilling your stomach, and take care not to stoop, bend or lie down immediately after eating. ➤ Eat bland, non-acidic, easily digestible foods such as cooked white rice, oats, scrambled eggs, ripe bananas, well-cooked green leafy vegetables, watermelon, chicken broth and yogurt. Plain crackers and digestive biscuits are also worth trying. ➤ Milk and yogurt provide calcium salts that help to neutralise excess acid. ➤ Try papaya: this contains digestive enzymes that may help. ➤ Drink probiotic drinks or eat live bio yogurt to maintain a high population of probiotic bacteria, which play a key role in intestinal health.

➤ Avoid eating large meals (three or more courses) that are rich (for instance, with cream sauces) or “heavy” (including pastries, gateaus or cheesecake). ➤ Steer clear of acidic fruit juices, coffee and alcohol as much as possible, as these are the most common culprits for triggering symptoms. ➤ Avoid late-night eating. ➤ Don’t drink fluids with meals, as these dilute digestive juices (although water or milk are desirable if you have reflux). >>

Soothing banana rice pudding Serves 4 Combine 200g cooked white rice sprinkled with cinnamon, 2 ripe bananas, mashed, and 300ml low-fat vanilla bio yogurt. Serve cold or warmed through (don’t overheat), with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

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BEAT BLOATING Although bloating is commonly linked with overindulgence or eating a rich, fatty diet, it can also occur after eating relatively little in those with functional disorders of the gut. Ensuring adequate intake of digestive enzymes can help. Your salivary glands, stomach, small intestines, liver and pancreas produce a variety of digestive enzymes needed to process food properly. These include proteases, which break down dietary proteins, amylases, which digest carbohydrates, and lipases, which break down dietary fats. As you get older, you tend to produce less intestinal enzymes and less stomach acid, which can lead to a number of health problems, from bloating, wind and heartburn to irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption.

Foods that can help ➤ Digestive enzymes are found in pineapples, kiwi and papaya. ➤ Consume more fruit, veg, salads and


juices – these contain potassium, which helps to flush excess sodium from the body to reduce fluid retention. ➤ Magnesium plays an important role in salt and fluid balance; food sources include fish, nuts, seeds, soybeans, wholegrains and dark green leafy veg. ➤ Drink peppermint, ginger or fennel tea – these can help to reduce bloating. ➤ Eat live bio yogurt or other sources of probiotic digestive bacteria.

Foods to avoid ➤ Cut back on salty foods and “windy” foods such as beans, lentils and onions. ➤ Switch to lactose-free dairy products if you have a lactose intolerance.

 Eat slowly, chewing each mouthful well.  Avoid fizzy drinks, drinking through a straw, chewing gum and sucking on boiled sweets – these increase air-swallowing and gassiness.  Seek medical advice if symptoms last more than two weeks.

Settling peppermint tea Place a handful of fresh mint leaves in a warmed glass or china teapot. Add freshly boiled water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain into cups and drink hot or cold three times a day.

Migraine affects one in ten adults, with three times more women affected than men. A severe headache, it’s described as a throbbing pain on one side of the head, often around one eye. Nausea and vomiting can also occur. Some people experience a warning “aura” up to an hour before, tingling or speech difficulties. Migraine is associated with widening of blood vessels in the brain, so nerve tissue becomes congested.

Sweet potato & spinach stir-fry Serves 4 Fry 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed, in 2tbsp olive oil for 10 minutes. Add 1tsp turmeric, 100ml water and 1 red onion, chopped, and cook over a gentle heat, stirring, until the water has evaporated and the potatoes are tender. Add 1 bag baby spinach, washed, and heat until leaves wilt. Season with ground black pepper. 130 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE

Foods that can help ➤ Follow a well-balanced diet, avoiding refined carbohydrates, fasting or skipping meals. ➤ Consume more olive and fish oils – these have been shown to reduce the frequency, duration and severity of migraine. ➤ Eat magnesium-rich foods, such as spinach, sweet potatoes and wholegrains, as magnesium levels are consistently low in people with migraine. ➤ Reduce fat intake: studies show that cutting dietary fat from 66g to 28g daily reduces migraine frequency, intensity, duration and the need for medication.

nuts, pork, shellfish, tea, tomatoes, caffeine and artificial sweeteners. Follow an elimination diet that avoids common dietary triggers for two weeks, then reintroduce excluded foods, one at a time, to see if any trigger your migraine. Keep a food diary to pinpoint associations for at least two weeks, or long enough to cover three migraine attacks (bear in mind that trigger foods are usually eaten/drunk 24-48 hours before the migraine occurs). All foods related to suspects must be eliminated (for instance, all dairy products if milk is suspected), and other factors such as work stress and stage of menstrual cycle must also be taken into account. w&h

Trigger foods Many foods are known to trigger migraine, especially milk and chocolate (the prime culprits, at 43 and 29 per cent), German sausages, cheese, fish, wine, coffee, garlic and eggs. Other reported dietary triggers include beans, beef, citrus fruits, corn, fried foods,

Eat Well Stay Well – What to eat to Beat Common Ailments by Dr Sarah Brewer is out now (Eddison Books).










How to fall asleep

in 20 minutes

…and 35 other sleep secrets from the experts

Wear warm socks, drink cherry juice – and don’t count sheep. A few simple tweaks could change your sleep – and transform your life, finds Victoria Lambert OUR SLEEP EXPERTS  Dr Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist and specialist in insomnia and sleep problems  Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, author of Fast Asleep, Wide Awake  Dr Helen Nightingale, a clinical psychologist  Dr Renata Riha, consultant in sleep and respiratory medicine at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary, and author of Sleep: Your Questions Answered  Jim Horne, professor of psychophysiology at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring  Dr Michael Mosley, TV presenter and author of The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet

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KEEP A SCHEDULE Setting a specific time for going to bed and for waking up, even at weekends, reg egulates y your body y clock and can help you stay asleep for the t whole night. g .


Wind down – properly. Spend at least 30 minutes at the end of the evening slowing down. Listen to music, have a warm shower, or meditate using an app such as Buddhify or listen to a peaceful sleep story via


BECOME A CAVEMAN Keep the bedroom cool, quiet and dark – aim for it to be thermally neutral so that your body doesn’t have to shiver or sweat to keep warm or cool down. 18.5-20°C is ideal.


Take the spoon test. Lie down in a darkened room in the early afternoon clutching a spoon – hold it over the edge of the bed. Place a metal tray on the floor, check the time, then close your eyes. The question is: do you fall asleep and if so how quickly? The idea is that when you fall asleep, the spoon will drop from your hand and hit the tray, waking you up. Check the time when you wake: if you fall asleep within five minutes, you’re severely sleep deprived. Within ten is “troublesome”; anything over 15 is fine.


CHANGE YOUR MATTRESS… Back and other joint pain can affect your sleep, and a new mattress could help. The Sleep Council suggests changing your mattress every seven years.


…AND KEEP IT COOL Mattresses just made of memory foam may be too warm for anyone going through menopause. Try a Leesa mattress, which has memory foam as a middle layer for support and an upper layer of foam designed to allow air flow. From £390 for a single;


Adopt sleep hygge. Wear thermal socks, cosy nightwear and a warm hat (if you really feel the cold). Keeping warm from head to toe promotes good blood flow, which in turn aids sleep.


PICK UP A BOOK… Read quietly for a short while (but nothing work-related or too stimulating). It’s a great way to get those eyelids drooping.


Practice 4:3 sleeping. Prior to the 19th century, people practised biphasic sleeping – sleeping for a couple of hours, then waking for a period, then sleeping again. Tests have shown that a first sleep consists largely of “deep sleep”, when your brain moves memories from short-term into long-term storage. This creates more memory space for the next day. If you don’t get adequate deep sleep, this will impact on your memory. A second sleep, which happens if you wake at night, is usually lighter and is important because it’s when noradrenaline, a stress-related chemical in the brain, is switched off. It allows us to calmly process the experiences of the day.


Alter your ba brainwaves. a es Cranial electrotherapyy sstimulation (CES) ( ) has been p y, proven to alter brain connectivity, according to research published by University of California Los Angeles. Try the Alpha-Stim CES, which passes a waveform between electrodes clipped on to your earlobes, helping your brain back into kilter. It costs £358.80, but it can help with everything from insomnia to anxiety. Visit


Eat breakfast at the same time. Tuck in every day within 30-45 minutes of rising to keep your hormones balanced.


SOAK IN MAGNESIUM Having the right levels of magnesium makes it easier for us to fall asleep and wake up at the right time. Try BetterYou Magnesium Flakes, £9.95, or its Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray, £12.20, both



QUALITY NOT QUANTITY 8 hours of sleep a night is a good target, but 5 or 6 of deep sleep is better than 8 hours of restless slumber.


BAN SCREENS TVs and tech screens switch off your brain’s production of melatonin, meaning it will take you longer to fall asleep.


Be blue. If you can’t bear to be away from your phone, turn it on to night mode to reduce the intensity of the light. If your phone doesn’t have this mode, download the F.lux app.


Think pink. A background noise at night makes us feel safe and masks other sounds. Try “Pink Noise”, which is linked to a brainwave produced during deep sleep, via the Pink Noise app.


WRAP UP IN WOOL Suffer from allergies? Try a wool duvet and mattress topper. Wool absorbs moisture, so reduces house dust mites and other allergens.


Exercise in moderation – and at the right time. As a rough guide, do 20-30 minutes of exercise that is moderate for you. The best time to exercise is between 4-7pm.


ADD A DELAY If you take part in competitive sport, which produces stimulating hormones, delay sleep by at least 45 minutes to wind down properly before bed.


See the light. Exposing yourself to sunlight first thing will help regulate your body clock. Let in as much natural light into your home or work as possible.


DRINK CHERRY D C JUICE JU CE T e hormone The o o e melatonin e ato c controls the body’s y s sleep cycle y rhythms, y but levels ca an drop when we age g or are stresssed. Montmorency y cherries contain high g levels of melato latonin – find them in n Cherry y Active, £8.99, 9, cherryactive k


Stop sle eep-stressing.. Take a e tthe e stress o out of trying y g to g get to sleep p by realising that resting in itself is good. Only two hours before you get up? Think: that’s two whole hours of rest. >>

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Try a body scan. If you’re wakeful in the night, imagine a light running over your body; at each point it shines on, relax that muscle.



Be caffeine-aware. According to the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, caffeine sensitivity increases with age. The older we are, the slower it takes for caffeine to metabolise – and the more likely it is that it will prevent sleep.


ASLEEP IN 20 MINUTES! 4-7-8 breathing, designed by Harvard-trained doctor Andrew Weil, is a technique designed to help you relax – and get you to sleep in a matter of minutes. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, making another whoosh sound to a count of eight. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.


EAT FOR SLEEP Tryptophan, an essential amino acid found in protein such as fish, chicken and eggs, is converted in the body to serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin, the sleep hormone. Tryptophan needs insulin for its absorption, so uck into complex tu carbs such as pulses, grains, fruit and veg.


Make a list. Writing down your worries (and how you might solve them) before bed can help. Make work to-do lists before you leave the office so you can switch off more easily at home.


WHAT ABOUT SEX? For some, sex is the perfect way to relax. But others may find it too stimulating and not sleepinducing. Pick your time accordingly.


STOP SNORING Developed by ear, nose and throat consultant professor Anshul Sama, SnooZeal (£199; sends electronic pulses to the back of the tongue to stop snores. An app monitors progress.


BE KINDER TO YOURSELF Do you tell yourself off at night, thinking things like, “I should have done a better job today”? Instead, tell yourself not to dwell on things – we have little reasoning available to us at night, so it really isn’t the time to be dealing with problems.


SPRAY MIST A study in a US hospital found that inhaling lavender essential oil was associated with lower blood pressure while sleeping. Try Primavera Organic Lavender Pillow Mist, £11,


Massage legs. If Restless Legs Syndrome is causing insomnia, try a warm bath and a leg rub before bed. Hot and cold compresses can help too.


Turn your alarm clock round. Clock-watching in the night can lead to worry and overthinking. This then turns on your sympathetic nervous system (the part that deals with problem solving and focus) instead of your parasympathetic nervous system (the one that promotes rest). Keep your phone out of reach too.


Try CBT. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you overcome sleep issues. Online programme Sleepio. com has helped around 75 per cent of people with persistent sleep problems to improve their sleep to healthy levels.


BE THANKFUL Count your blessings before bed and you will sleep more effortlessly. w&h


DON’T COUNT SHEEP An Oxford University study found that counting sheep actually kept participants awake longer than normal. The best way to help you drop off was to conjure up a pleasant and relaxing scene – which helped sleepers drop off 20 minutes faster.





There’s a reason why Almased ® is Germany’s No.1* meal replacement. Katie Hipwell, Almased® Nutritionist Have you tried dieting in the past without any long-lasting weight loss success? That’s because some diets provide too few calories and inadequate nutrition, resulting in the loss of muscle, making it difficult for you to maintain any lost weight. Almased® provides more protein than any other meal replacement in the UK. It is calorie-controlled and nutrient-rich, providing your body with excellent nutrition. With its high biological value protein and low glycaemic index, this formula has been scientifically proven to reduce body fat while preserving essential muscle1. In particular, clinical testing has found that when compared to a low-fat diet, users of Almased® achieved greater reductions in body weight, body fat and unhealthy abdominal fat while positively retaining muscle2. Such results are fundamental to weight loss, successful weight maintenance and overall health and wellness.

So simple to use! The benefits of Almased® • Reduces body fat without loss of essential muscle mass1. • Clinically proven weight loss v a low-fat diet2. • Nourishes the body with a unique blend of soya, yogurt and honey. • Contributes to weight loss when replacing two daily meals. • Maintains weight after weight loss by replacing one daily meal.

Mix 50g of Almased® with 200350ml of water or 200ml of lowfat milk and 2tsp of oil rich in essential fatty acids (e.g. olive, flaxseed, rapeseed or walnut). Flavour your shake by adding cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder or extracts such as vanilla or almond.

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Want to lose weight this spring?

 Try Jane Plan – the easy diet delivery service! When it comes to diets, we’ve often found it can be easy to treat ourselves to a day off, which turns into a week off and, well, you know the drill. Which is why the idea of a delivered service is so appealing. No naughty treats delivered = no way of getting our hands on them. The latest meal plan delivery service to gather a huge following is Jane Plan, developed by Jane Michell (above). Nutritionist and weight-loss expert Jane actually started out by creating meals for friends (from Waitrose ingredients, no less!) when she realised there was a gap in the market for easy, yet healthy and wholesome diet food. And the best bit? There’s not a fad in sight. By offering calorie-controlled meal portions and healthy snacks straight to people’s homes, Jane has helped thousands of women shed pounds.

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What is the Jane Plan Diet? Jane Plan is a diet delivery service, with a mentor support aspect too. Meals are delivered to your door, and include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You then add fresh fruit or veggies of your own before “heating and eating” the meals. When you sign up, you’re assigned a personal nutritionist to go to with any questions, or just for a bit of advice when you feel like you need it. You’re also given a personal plan guide to keep with you, to help you through each day. This includes easy tips and tricks to help you avoid those dreaded chocolate-filled pitfalls and a weekly weight loss tracker so you can keep on top of your results.

It’s not rocket science – the Jane Plan Diet goes back to basics by counting calories and focusing on good old portion control – ultimately providing balanced meals. And the message is simple, if you take in fewer calories than your body burns every day, you’ll lose weight. We always thought common sense is underrated when it comes to diets!

Who is it good for? Jane Plan is perfect if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands and are looking to lose weight, and keep it off, over a steady period of time. There are men’s plans too, with added calories. So if you’re attempting to do a diet as a couple, this could be perfect. If you have an allergy or specific requirement (like gluten free, for instance), the team at Jane Plan will be able to help put together a personalised menu for you.

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What are the pros? Well, apart from losing weight, you don’t have to think about what you’re going to have for your next meal. There’s no weighing, calculating or complicated tracking, so it’s easy from the get-go. Lots of people have reported huge weight loss and many love it so much that they stay on the plan even once they’ve achieved their goal weight, which can only be a good sign!

What are the cons? It obviously wouldn’t suit a whole family, so it’s only suitable if you’re still willing to cook a different meal for the kids. That said, the veggie side dishes you make to accompany your meal would definitely be good for the kids too, so you could still share some elements of the same meals. It’s not a quick fix either and does require you to be strict most of the time. The plan is about lasting results, not dropping a dress size overnight.

We lost weight with Jane Plan PAULA WALKER, 43, from Bristol, is a finance director for a company supplying helicopters to Air Ambulance services. “The first week I lost 5lb, then 9lb came off fairly quickly. Jane Plan reeducated me about my ‘off switch’. I’ve learned that I don’t have to eat such big portions, and that I can leave food on the plate. Jane Plan takes all the worry about dieting away, so it’s much easier on the mental side. I would definitely recommend it.”

ANNA COWIE, 42, a graphic designer from London, lost two stone in four months on Jane Plan. “At first it was tough sticking with portion-controlled meals while my partner, Spencer, had large helpings of pasta. But I would say to anyone struggling with willpower that once you get past the first four days, it gets easier and becomes a habit.”



What does a typical day look like? Unlike lots of fashionable diets, this isn’t about cutting out specific foods or drinking magic potions to help you lose weight overnight. You’ll recognise your favourites on the meal plan, like Thai chicken curry and cottage pie.  An example menu for a woman looks like this:

BREAKFAST Toffee pecan granola or organic muesli with goji berries and cranberries LUNCH Moroccan salad with wild salmon and bulgur wheat or curried sweet potato and butternut squash soup DINNER Massaman pork curry or slow cooked beef in ale with a side of root vegetable mash SNACK Spicy ginger cookie or a luxury chocolate bar

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Your health Got a medical problem or need health advice? Ask GP Dr Rosemary Leonard THIS MONTH… • MISCARRIAGE • NOCTURNAL LOO VISITS • VARICOSE VEINS • VITAMIN D

NEW FROM YOUR DOCTOR – Noqdirna Needing to get up frequently at night to go to the loo is a common problem, thought to affect at least 55% of older women. The disturbed sleep it causes can lead to daytime tiredness, irritability, and also increase the risk of falls and broken bones. Normally the kidneys produce less urine during sleep, but this ability can reduce with age. Noqdirna contains a low dose of the urine-concentrating hormone desmopressin, and in trials it reduced the amount of urine produced at night by more than 200ml, allowing users to sleep for an average of 4.5 hours before their first nocturnal trip to the loo. It is suitable for older people, where other reasons for the problem, such as cystitis, have been excluded.


I’m 42, and have just had a miscarriage. I’m lucky that I have a child already, but am keen to have another. How long do I need to wait before trying again?


Though the official World Health Organization advice is that women who have had a miscarriage should wait six months before becoming pregnant again, this is now being questioned. A new study, analysing data from over a million women, found there was no difference in the risk of another miscarriage or having a low birthweight baby in women who became pregnant soon after a miscarriage compared with those who waited six months. So my advice is to start trying again when you feel up to it, physically and emotionally. For some women, an immediate pregnancy is the right thing to do, but others may need more recovery time.


NEW AT YOUR CHEMIST FULTIUM DAILY D3 Most of our vitamin D comes from the action of sunshine on our skin, and in the UK the sun is not strong enough to do this in the winter months. Though some vitamin D can be stored in fat cells, by late winter most people will have low vitamin levels. For this reason, it is now recommended that everyone takes a daily supplement of 10 micrograms vitamin D. Unfortunately, the amount of vitamin D in most supplements is highly variable – studies have shown that some products only contain 15% of the stated dose. Fultium is made to guaranteed pharmaceutical standards, and is the most popular vitamin D product prescribed by doctors. New Fultium Daily D3 Capsules contain the recommended 10mcg vitamin D, and is now available from chemists. Drops are available for children under 12. £3.99 for 30; £10.99 for 90.


I have some varicose veins on my legs, and recently saw a specialist who said I needed a scan before he could do any surgery. Why is this, and what sort of treatment am I likely to need? Will I be able to walk afterwards?


In healthy veins, there are numerous small valves that prevent blood flowing backwards with gravity. If one or more of the valves are damaged, then blood pools in the lower part of the vein, which becomes widened – a varicose vein. The scan you are having, which is a type of ultrasound, can identify the position of the faulty valves. The aim of treatment is to stop the blood flow in the affected vein, but how this is

done depends on the results of the scan. Large veins may need to be stripped out, but smaller areas can be sealed off using either a laser or electrical energy (radiofrequency ablation). It is important to keep active afterwards, as this helps to promote blood flow in the remaining veins, but you should avoid standing still for long periods of time. w&h

Hopes, fears and my

heartbeat diary

A regular heartbeat can be sent haywire by a condition called atrial fibrillation. One sufferer explains to Patsy Westcott what happened to her


trial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder and the leading risk factor for stroke in the UK. It’s on the rise and recent US research reveals women suffer more symptoms and complications than men. Ann Fugler, who is in her sixties, worked as an editorial consultant and now blogs and writes about food. She is divorced with a grown-up son and daughter, and lives in South Milford, North Yorkshire.

September 2004

I wake in the night with what feels like a huge bird fluttering in my chest. I’m faint and breathless, my heart is fast and irregular and my chest tight. There have been no warning signs. I’m terrified I’m having a heart attack. A friend who is staying calls an ambulance and I’m whisked to my local hospital, blue light flashing. There I’m hooked up to

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RISK FACTORS AGE Although AF can occur at any age, prevalence doubles with every decade. UNDERLYING HEART PROBLEMS eg valve problems or coronary artery disease. SMOKING AND ALCOHOL especially drinking a lot in one go.

FAMILY HISTORY A third of people have an affected family member. OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNOEA Temporarily stopping breathing/ choking during sleep (a clue is loud snoring). OVERWEIGHT AF sufferers who shed a tenth of their body weight are six times more likely to be

monitors and given intravenous digoxin, a medication to steady the heart. I lie there wondering if I will live or die. To my huge relief it’s not a heart attack but AF, atrial fibrillation. Normally the heart’s natural pacemaker sends out regular electrical impulses but when those impulses fire off from different places in the upper chambers or atria, the rhythm goes haywire. This makes it hard for blood to circulate and explains why I am so weak and faint. It could be a one-off or I might have more episodes – something known as paroxysmal AF. I’m shocked. Why me? I’m healthy, I go to the gym, swim, eat well. The fluttering continues for four hours but when it stops I can go home.

October 2004

OTHER CHRONIC CONDITIONS such as overactive thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. HEART SURGERY 35-50 per cent of patients develop self-limiting AF shortly after a bypass or other heart surgery.

and the medication keeps the AF at bay for seven years.

Nember 2012

I suddenly have several attacks. Because blood pools in the atria, or heart chambers, during an attack, increasing the risk of clotting and stroke, I’m prescribed warfarin to thin my blood. I have to avoid foods containing vitamin K like kale, spinach and Brussels sprouts, which interact with it, and I have numerous blood tests to get the correct balance between bleeding and clotting. I love walking and travel for my job as an editorial consultant as well as to visit my elderly parents in Cumbria. Now I’m afraid of having an attack while out alone. I feel AF is taking over my life. A mindfulness course helps but I can’t completely shake my depression and anxiety.

It feels like a bird fluttering in my chest

I have a multitude of tests but apart from slight high blood pressure the only thing wrong is my heart’s “electrics”. I’m prescribed beta-blockers but suffer bad side-effects – tiredness, brain fog and a tight chest. My GP agrees I can stop taking them and I’m OK for nearly a year.

August 2005

symptom-free than those who remain overweight.

I did a 10-mile w&h Ribbon Walk at Chatsworth and felt good but one night, the fluttering starts again. I know what’s happening but it’s still frightening and I end up in A&E again. This attack lasts four hours. The doctor prescribes flecainide, a drug that slows electrical signals in the heart. Fortunately I experience no side effects

March 2013

Desperate to find out what more I can do, I contact the AF Association, who tell me about radiofrequency ablation, a procedure to destroy tissue near the heart that conducts electrical impulses. It’s performed in specialist centres by heart rhythm specialists called electrophysiologists. The NHS waiting list is six months but luckily I have BUPA via work. Under general anaesthetic a thin wire is threaded via a blood vessel in my groin up to my heart and heat used to destroy (ablate) areas >>



Barbara Casadei, BHF professor of cardiovascular medicine, Oxford University, and Lee Graham, consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist, expert in heart rhythm management at Yorkshire Heart Centre, Leeds General Infirmary and the Spire Hospital, Leeds, give the facts: ➤ What is AF? An irregular, fast heartbeat that happens when the two upper chambers of the heart or atria fire off electrical signals faster than they should, causing the heart to beat erratically and pump less efficiently. ➤ What are the risks? Untreated AF increases stroke risk 4-5-fold and doubles the risk of a heart attack. It also raises the risk of dementia. ➤ Who gets it? One million people in the UK have AF and while men are slightly more at risk, a US study reveals women have more symptoms and are 40 per cent more likely to suffer a stroke as a result than men – although less likely to die of heart-related complications. ➤ How is it managed? Beta blockers and if these don’t quell symptoms, antiarrhythmia drugs to regularise the heart’s rhythm. Anticoagulants reduce clotting and stroke risk. Cardioversion can be successful started soon after onset. Catheter ablation may be offered for persistent symptoms.

One million people in the UK have AF

On the horizon It is thought that AF changes the electrical structure of the atria – a process called remodelling. Researchers have discovered that people with AF have low levels of a muscle protein called dystrophin. Professor Barbara Casadei and her team are looking to see if turning off the switch in heart cells that leads to dystrophin depletion can reverse remodelling, leading to longer-lasting recovery. The hope is this may lead to new treatments.

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The latest apps can keep track of a suspicious heartbeat of tissue where abnormal heartbeats originate. When I wake three hours later my groin, heart and chest feel tender while my throat is sore from the op but my heart feels light and calm. I go home after two days and return to work a month later.

May 2014

July 2016

I retire and move to North Yorkshire. I’m an honorary Yorkshire woman! My daughter lives close by and I have friends there. I join a book group and by luck one of the members is a nurse specialist in AF. I’d hoped my more relaxed life might enable me to wave goodbye to AF. But after another attack my book group friend recommends an electrophysiologist at Leeds Spire Hospital where I have ablation number three. I’m prescribed a different anticoagulant drug – rivaroxaban – which suits me better and, after an online cardiac rehab course, begin to regain confidence.

A new drug and rehab restores my confidence

I know ablation doesn’t always work first time, nevertheless, I’m hopeful. To my dismay, however, I have another attack while cat-sitting for my daughter Kirsty in Sheffield. This time it lasts non-stop for four days. After three days in hospital the doctors suggest cardioversion, in which a controlled electric shock restores the heart’s rhythm either under short-acting general anaesthetic or heavy sedation. I agree, but just as suddenly as it started, it stops. A second ablation sorts things out – at least for a while.


I hardly dare say it but I’m AF-free, though there is still a risk it could return. I avoid triggers, which are both not eating enough and getting overfull,

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If your pulse is irregular or you feel breathless, dizzy or faint, make an appointment to see your GP. You can also check your own heart rhythm in these ways: ➤ TAKE YOUR PULSE Place the second and third fingers of your right hand on your left wrist. Check for a steady, regular pulse rhythm. Most adults have a heart rate of 60 to 100 beats per minute. ➤ USE AN APP AliveCor’s Kardia mobile (RRP £99, pictured left) is a pocket-sized device you attach to your mobile. You place your fingers on two small metal sensors to produce an ECG reading, which links to an app. AliveCor’s Kardia Band – a wriststrap with a small integrated ECG sensor that attaches to an Apple Watch – works similarly (RRP £199). Results can be relayed to the doctor via the app if your heartbeat looks suspicious ( ➤ TRY A MONITOR Boots Pharmaceuticals Advanced Blood Pressure Monitor With Breakthrough Atrial Fibrillation Alert features an in-built AF detector as part of the monitor (RRP £129.99) in store or

alcohol, getting overtired or stressed. My daughter, Kirsty, and son, Robbie, are understanding and supportive. I belong to a great online forum run by the Atrial Fibrillation Association ( and meet up with local members – it’s good to have people around who understand. It has been a long journey but I feel more in control and wake up each day determined to make the most of it.

➤ The Hey You Campaign aims to increase awareness of AF-related stroke risk and encourage anyone with uncontrolled AF to talk to their doctor to ensure they are doing all they can to reduce this. Visit w&h


Check your heart rhythm

We’ve gained so much from our special relationship A new service from Alzheimer’s Society matches people with dementia with volunteers who provide invaluable support – and exciting new friendships

‘I want to enjoy life as much as I can’ Winnie Caldwell W ((fa ar left) is a Side by y Side volunteer and an has met Irene Woodward (left) W for o shopping and coffee for the co pa ast three years. Winnie, 55, is a W re retired midwife a and is married w with wi th three hree gro rown-up ch hildren. Irene, 66, is widowed with two daughters and a son. They both live in Leicester.

WINNIE SAYS…   Three years ago I decided that I wanted to do something worthwhile in my spare time. I knew that dementia is a growing problem, so I contacted Alzheimer’s Society and they told me about their Side by Side service. I attended a training day, during which we were educated on the different types

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of dementia and we also received advice on how to manage certain situations we could encounter when volunteering. The charity then matched me with Irene – and we hit it off straight away.  We tend to meet up once a week and what we do is very much up to Irene. She loves looking round charity shops – she has a great “eye” and picks out some fantastic clothes. Irene also enjoys buying gifts for her grandchildren. Sometimes we’ll go to the cinema, or for a coffee, exploring the villages around Leicester. Our trips can be more mundane, too, such as going to the local Co-op. We just enjoy each other’s company and I think I get as much out of it as she does.     Irene’s daughters live locally but work full-time and have families so she doesn’t like to depend on them too much. This is where I come in. She appreciates the company, especially during the week when she can feel isolated. When we first met, Andrew, her long-term partner, had

just died and the change in Irene since then has been dramatic. She’s bounced back and grabs life for all it’s worth.  Irene is so inspirational. She’s still very independent, and doesn’t dwell on her condition; instead, she focuses on living life day by day and has a wonderful sense of humour. In fact, I often forget she has Alzheimer’s. I’ve gained so much from knowing Irene – her philosophy in life is don’t waste one single moment.

IRENE SAYS… I was at a low point in my life when I first met Winnie. My partner had died, and I’d spent many years as his carer. He had MS and was paralysed from the neck down for the last two years of his life. Then I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I first thought something was wrong five years ago when I’d be out shopping and my mind would go blank. I thought it might just be down to my age, but the doctor suggested a series of tests and scans at the hospital, which revealed Alzheimer’s.  I’m still in the early stages of the illness, so I want to make as much of the time I




‘Just one hour a week can make a huge impact on someone else’s life’ Annie Payne (left) and Rhiannon Scott (far left) have been meeting up for the past six months. Annie, 46, is a PA and lives with her fiancé. Rhiannon, 73, has three daughters. They both live near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire. 



have now as possible. I got in touch with Alzheimer’s Society as I don’t have that many friends in my area, as Andrew and I used to live in Spain.     Meeting Winnie was a breath of fresh air. We clicked from the start. I love going shopping with her, especially around charity shops, as the memories come flooding back when I see items that my mother might have owned. Last year we did a Memory Walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. But more important than any of the activities we do together is the support I receive from Winnie. She knows all about my condition and has become a real comfort in my life. With other people, I sometimes feel I should be acting cheery when I don’t feel it. With Winnie, I can be completely honest.  Alzheimer’s has such a stigma attached to it and I wish people wouldn’t be so scared of it. Without sounding pleased about my condition, I want to enjoy this stage of Alzheimer’s as much as I can. My father had the illness so I’m aware of what might be ahead of me. My attitude is that life is precious and still worth living.

Bryn, my border collie, was my motivation for getting involved. He’s a working dog who helps to round up sheep on our smallholding and has a very gentle, loving nature, so I wanted to use him in some way as a therapy dog. My grandmother was in a residential home; she didn’t have Alzheimer’s but was very frail, and Bryn was brilliant with her. Some of the other ladies in the home had dementia, and they enjoyed seeing him so much. They would always remember him from the previous visit – more than remembering me! I believe there’s a link between pets and memory.  I started thinking what I could do with Bryn locally and then heard about the Side by Side service, which sounded wonderful. First, Bryn had to be assessed by a vet, and then we had to make sure he had the right temperament to work

as a therapy dog. Alzheimer’s Society matched me with Rhiannon, as she had grown up on a farm and used to keep dogs; they try and pair you up with someone with common interests. Rhiannon has three daughters, two of whom live nearby. She sees them regularly, as well as her grandchildren, but wanted a new friendship and social interaction to feel more included in the community. We got along instantly and have a real friendship. Rhiannon has had such an interesting life – she left rural Wales to work in London as a journalist – so there’s always heaps to talk about. We meet once a week, usually at Rhiannon’s home as she’s not very mobile now.  I’ve found it so rewarding giving something back to my local community, and it’s lovely to have made a new friend. Just one hour of your time can make such a big impact on someone else’s life.  

RHIANNON SAYS… I look forward to Bryn and Annie’s visits. I value our friendship and it gives me a sense of importance again. I can’t go out very often and, as my illness has progressed, I see fewer of my old friends, so making new ones has been lovely. Annie treats me in a way that I feel valued. It also means my daughter can get a break. The only downside is that Simba, my cat, has to hide on top of the wardrobe!

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED Fiona Phillips, broadcaster and ambassador for People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “If you know someone with Alzheimer’s, or another form of dementia, you will know how devastating it is for everyone concerned. In memory of my parents – who both had dementia – and the 850,000 people with the condition across the UK, I’m proud to support Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s

Scotland. I feel passionate about the new Side by Side project, which will go from strength to strength thanks to a £1.5 million award from People’s Postcode Lottery players.”  The Side by Side service helps people with dementia to continue doing activities they love, or to try something new, with the support of a volunteer. Anyone interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer, or who would like to access the service, should visit sidebyside or call 0330 333 0804. w&h

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Can you really

divorce online?

As work begins to A move the divorce m process fully online p as part of the a digitalization of the d court process process, Karen Holden, founder and MD of A City Law Firm, answers your questions on divorce and whether you can really go it alone…

How about online divorce services? Are these safe? They are increasingly common

HOW DO I but have a variable success rate. The cheapest services find a reputable £400) don’t involve solicitor to act for me? (under a solicitor or deal with the

Word of mouth. If you don’t know anyone who’s been through divorce, check out online resources. It’s always worth listening to someone who has bothered to go online and post a review. Once you’ve found a solicitor, make sure they explain their fee structure up front. Their rate will vary according to experience and location, but the days of solicitors operating on an open hourly rate basis are over. Any suggestion of this is a warning of poor practice.

How long will my divorce take, and how much will it cost? One is dependent on the other. Court fees are standard and the divorce itself (the point at which the decree absolute is issued) can be completed within four to six months if everything is returned to the court promptly and no one delays. However, the financial agreement, which should be reached before the decree absolute is granted, is a separate issue. This can be settled within months if there is full consent, but where you disagree on division of assets the timescale and costs can massively increase. You can help this part of the process and keep costs down with mediation.

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financial settlement. This is risky because matters flowing from the divorce need close attention.

My husband says I’m not entitled to his pension because I have never worked. Is this true?

All assets, including your husband’s pension, are matrimonial assets and you are entitled to claim on these. The strength of your claim will depend on how long you have been together and your age. The older you are, the less likely you will have the ability to build your own pension, whereas a younger person will have greater scope, thereby negating the need to share their husband’s pension.

digital divorce My husband has several successful businesses, but I know nothing about his finances. Will I need professional help? As part of the disclosure process, it is important that you seek as much information about the business and forecasts for the future as possible before agreeing to anything. Ask your husband to produce the information with the assistance of his accountant, but engage your own financial advisor if your solicitor is not business fluent. Ultimately, you cannot agree to something that you do not understand and there is no fault or shame in admitting this. Ask, ask, ask until you understand, and let your own advisors unpick any issues to ensure transparency.

My solicitor is saying we have to go to mediation but we can’t stand to be in the same room. Is this really necessary?


You are required to attend mediation only where parties cannot agree financial settlement or child-related matters, and it is then an obligation to try this route before commencing litigation. At this point, you could consider alternatives such as shuttle negotiations by the mediator between two rooms or round-table meetings with your solicitor and your partner’s solicitor as counsel.

My husband has stopped paying maintenance and won’t acknowledge any correspondence. How do I curb mounting costs? There should be a court order with the maintenance awarded at a set rate. If he cannot afford to pay, he should apply to vary down. This application is also available to you if you believe his income has increased. In either event, a court will assess whether there has been a change in circumstances that warrants a change in payments. If he has ceased all communication, your solicitor should be advising you to involve the court, which will order relevant information to be disclosed. Court involvement is more costly in the short-term, but continued correspondence and no reply will only increase costs on something that is likely to need the court in the longer term anyway.

Can my spouse force me to leave the marital home? My daughter is at a crucial stage of her schooling. I can’t afford to rent in the area and I won’t get a mortgage on my income alone.

A court will not support an application to make you homeless and will always prioritise the We have agreed children in a family and ensure there is to split our WHAT IS minimal disruption assets digital divorce and to them. They 50/50 will look at is it available now? but I have whether your Full digitization of the divorce process is spouse can an ISA to be expected as technology moves afford to for the forward. Digital divorce will not mean move out that you’re going it alone, but that all family and keep communication, between yourself, the of my the current solicitor and even the judge will occur daughter mortgage in online rather than by letter or in court. place, or if it from This will not happen overnight can be reduced and we cannot know how my first to an affordable successful it will be. marriage. level for you. A court Will my second is balancing what is husband be fair for all parties, including the children, but it does not entitled to half of this? necessarily mean that the former All assets, including the ISA, form matrimonial home will be protected part of the matrimonial assets and at all costs. If your spouse is are subject to the court’s jurisdiction. effectively made homeless as However, the court is seeking to a consequence, this will bear divide the assets fairly and the heavily on the court’s mind when provision for your daughter is the making any long-term orders. need of a dependant on you and therefore justifiable to exclude.

DIVORCE: The True Cost

✣ SOLICITOR Total costs for a solicitor charging an hourly rate vary between £1,000-£3,000 for a negotiated financial settlement; up to £30,000 plus for a financial application requiring a contested final court hearing. ✣ MEDIATOR They typically charge anything from £100 an hour, with most couples requiring three or four sessions. ✣ DIVORCE COURT FEE It currently costs £550 to file for divorce in England and Wales, although some clients may apply for a reduction or exemption if they do not have the funds. ✣ CONSENT ORDER It costs £50 to apply for the document that makes your agreed financial arrangements legally binding. ✣ FINANCIAL ORDER If you can’t reach agreement you will pay £255 to apply for the courts to decide on division of finances. w&h

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Are you being offered a fortune for your

nest egg

PENSION? Many of us are being offered tempting sums of money to leave employer pensions. w&h money expert Niki Chesworth weighs up the pros and cons



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the pensions promised. Funding black holes have been created by low interest rates, rising liabilities as people live longer, poor investment returns and inadequate funding. If they “bribe” enough people to leave the scheme, employers hope to cut their liabilities. Think of the reason why Sir Philip Green sold BHS for £1 knowing it had a massive £571 million pension deficit. If they are all in the red, should I take my money now to protect it? The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) steps in if an employer scheme collapses with



AVOID THE SCAMS The Government is planning a crackdown on this but in the meantime: ✣ BE WARY of unusual or unexpected contact about your pension. ✣ DO NOT MAKE any decisions on the phone or via email. ✣ ALWAYS SEEK independent financial advice – schemes have to offer this by law. ✣ NEVER ALLOW yourself to be pressured into a decision. ✣ REMEMBER, once you have transferred your money out of a scheme, you are now responsible for investing it safely and managing it. You cannot change your mind and ask the scheme to take it back.


f you have ever worked for an employer with a company pension scheme, there is a good chance you have a pension entitlement – even if you left your job decades ago. Most pension schemes today are money-purchase schemes – you get a pension based on what is paid in. Members of these schemes do not get incentive payments to leave. However, many of the 15 members of generous final salary schemes are being offered a fortune to leave. These pay pensions based on your earnings when you left the scheme and the number of years you worked. If you left the employer after April 1975 and were in a final-salary scheme you will be entitled to a pension if: ✣ you were over age 26 and had completed five years in the scheme. ✣ or you left after April 1988 and completed two years’ service. These are the schemes that are now encouraging you to leave by giving generous incentive payments. Why are they paying “bribes”? Five out of six of these schemes are in the red without enough money to pay

scheme members compensated for all or most of their pension. So do not take the bribe out of fear – unless your pension is going to be more than £36,000 a year – that is the maximum the PPF will pay. How much are they offering? Some have found that because of long service they are entitled to pensions of as much as £30,000 a year and are being offered anywhere between £450,000 and £900,00 to give up this guaranteed income – transferring the money to a different pension scheme. In addition, some schemes are topping this up by 20% or even 25% as an incentive or bribe. The amount depends on your age and how your pension is valued. If you are yet to be approached, ask for a valuation from the scheme trustees. You might be surprised at the amount: transfer values are 80% higher than in 2012 and up to 25% higher than a year ago because of falling gilt-yields.

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You can leave your pension to whoever you want if you take it out and invest it elsewhere Why are the payments so generous? The payments are generous because the benefits are: you can often take your pension from 60 and pull out 25% of it tax free, the income you are paid is guaranteed to rise each year (by up to 5%) and should you die your spouse and dependants can inherit between twothirds and half of your pension. You may also be offered a pension early if you fall ill. Buying an equivalent package of benefits – and the certainty of these guarantees – is often impossible, even with a “bribe”. What are the benefits of taking the offer? ✣ You could get an extra 25% as an incentive to transfer out of the scheme – £100,000 on top of a £400,000 valuation, for doing nothing. ✣ Once out of the scheme, you can access your pension from 55 rather than 60 (or 65 with some schemes). ✣ You can still take 25% of this as a tax-free lump sum. ✣ You also have more freedom to do what you want with the money. Although most of it is taxed, you could for example take out the whole lot and buy a rental property. But bear in mind that if you withdraw £250,000, after tax you will only have £112,500 left.



DIVORCED? Don’t lose out

Pensions should be shared on divorce, but often the spouse loses out because the true value of the partner’s pension is not taken into account. Pension valuations are usually based on what the individual would get if they left the scheme, rather than the value should they continue until retirement. But for final salary schemes this does not take into account how generous they can be. If you are divorced or are going through this process, contact which says that a proper valuation is usually 30 per cent higher. can review your settlement if you think you missed out on the true value of half of your ex’s pension. In one case, a wife was given just £5,000 as her share of her husband’s pension – after a review she received £50,000 more. ✣ Your age and health needs to be taken into account. Although dependants have provision in final salary schemes, if you want to leave a lump sum to your offspring, that can only be achieved by taking the money out of a pension and investing it elsewhere. How do I know if the new pension provider is offering a good deal? Before you transfer out of a final salary scheme you have to get independent financial advice – it is a requirement and your scheme can arrange this. The advisor can talk you through the pros and cons. ✣ However, as a rule of thumb find out how much of an investment return you would have to get if you invested the cash. ✣ Smaller schemes may require you to beat inflation by two percentage points a year to match the benefits you are giving up (unlikely without taking a risk with your cash). The best deals only require you to beat inflation by one per cent. ✣ Look at the value as a multiple of the pension you have given up. For example, a £10,000 a year pension could be


swapped for £200,000 as a transfer value, giving a multiple of 20. ✣ However, some schemes calculate values differently and another scheme could offer you £350,000 for that same pension guarantee. ✣ The older you are the higher the incentive you will be offered. Who shouldn’t transfer out? Anyone in public sector schemes. The local government scheme, for example, would need returns of 4 per cent plus inflation – and after fees – to match the guaranteed benefits. That is something few professional fund managers can consistently achieve. Also you cannot transfer out of some other public sector schemes such as firefighters and Army schemes. Also if you are likely to qualify for early retirement on the grounds of ill health, you should seriously consider staying put. You could be given your guaranteed pension from age 50 and it will last for life and then your spouse/ dependants will receive a pension too. Who should consider it? If you need to take your pension from 55 (perhaps to pay off a mortgage with the tax-free lump sum) and are confident you could manage your pension yourself, you could consider taking the bribe – also if you are not married (so the spouse’s pension is not something you will be giving up), the argument for transferring is stronger. If your pension will be paid from age 60, and you are likely to be working and not need the income, transferring out will enable you to take your pension later (say from age 68) when you will also pay less tax. So you could be better off. Otherwise stay put. These pensions are hard to beat. If you have any other pensions, raid those instead. w&h



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Parental anxiety BECAME MY business

Stella James was concerned about what her two sons were doing online, so she tackled the technological generation gap – and turned it into an award-winning app STELLA JAMES, 45, is divorced and lives in Hook, Hampshire, with her sons Zachary, 15, and Luke, ten. She launched Gooseberry Planet, a gaming app that teaches schoolchildren about online safety with the help of their teachers and parents, in 2015.  The idea for Gooseberry Planet came after I’d discovered how little advice was actually out there. When my eldest, Zac, started secondary school, I went online to find tips on how, as a parent, I could talk to him about online safety – and everything was so lame. The technological generation gap is huge. Many children have complete faith in what they see online; if it’s on Facebook, then it must be true. Children are also early adopters and use websites and apps that many adults won’t even have heard of, let alone know how to monitor. Some of the worst offenders are seemingly innocent apps., for instance, is a videostreaming app that allows users to mime to music and share the videos with friends. It looks tame, with nine-year-olds miming along to their favourite songs, yet it is very easy for anyone to contact these children. Likewise, Yellow helps users make new friends – and in

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doing so shares the location of where that child is with other users. Out of sheer frustration I thought, “Let’s create a game!” Because, I figured, kids find games engaging, and gaming could potentially be an effective and fun way of teaching them about internet safety. That’s the aim of Gooseberry Planet. The game I have created links together students, teachers and parents. There are three apps – firstly, the gaming app, Gooseberry Student. The child plays as a character called Taff, who’s a cute gooseberry. Taff collects stars and other items – as many characters do in games. At the same time, Taff encounters real-life online scenarios and teachers and parents will see how that particular

student would deal with them. One scenario, for instance, would be someone hooking up with them on Facebook claiming to be a photographer who thinks they’re pretty and could be a model. We target four- to 16-year-olds and there are five levels in total, each one adapted for different age groups. The two apps that work alongside Gooseberry Student are Gooseberry Teacher and Gooseberry Parent. These monitor the student’s response to the scenarios – for instance, if the student makes a lot of wrong choices in the “meeting new friends” section, a conversation about stranger-danger might be appropriate.      Many people are surprised that I don’t have a techy background at all: my

Winning the Ignite Award helped move me to the next level

YOUR CHILDREN ONLINE Stella looked at different sources for these statistics on internet safety, which cover everything from online bullying and chat rooms to sexual contact... % One in three five-year-olds now has their own tablet, while 71 per cent of five- to six-year-olds have a device in their bedrooms. % 39 per cent of nine-year-olds know how to turn filters off. % Three-quarters of children aged between ten and 12 have social media accounts – despite being below the age limit. % 63 per cent of 13- to 18-year-olds have been asked for a sexual image.

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career previously had been in sales and marketing. I then set up my own small telemarketing company to work around raising my sons; I had separated from my husband in 2011. My initial idea for Gooseberry Planet came in 2013. I started researching the market to discover whether it was a realistic business proposition, and discovered that internet safety is supposed to be taught in schools as part of personal, social, health and economic education – yet many schools don’t know how to teach the subject. They’re doing it halfheartedly; I wanted to do it full-on, selling the schools a package that included a 12-week programme of consistent, repetitive learning for every year. I then found a developer, and we worked together creating an app.  In January 2015 we finally went live to the consumer market and onto iTunes. I had previously been using my own money but after the launch, I called my contacts from my sales and marketing

Stella with her sons, Luke and Zachary

d days, and d ffound d ““angel” l” iinvestors t for f the next stage of the development. I now have 13 investors in all. Winning the Ignite Award last year helped move me to the next level. I received invaluable mentoring and guidance from industry heavyweights, which helped me publicise my brand. I now stand back and look at Gooseberry

Pll Planet – and everything we have achieved a c in the space of just over a year iss amazing. We’re now in 111 schools, w i 22,000 students registered. We’re with alsso thinking of expanding the gaming apps a p into other areas such as mental he ealth problems and sex education. At th t e moment, though, our focus is very much the internet – and, as I always say, the problem can be as much with the parents as with young people. As parents, we need to look at how much tech we are allowing our children to use. After all, it’s very easy to give a two-year-old an iPad to keep them occupied. And what kind of message does that send out? ✣ Visit



CONNECT Be open and honest. Chat frequently with your children about online risks and stay knowledgeable on the latest trends. Make sure that if they are sharing locations, for instance, only the right people will have access to that information.


HAVE PASSWORD RULES Make sure you have access to their passwords and sites, and periodically check what’s being said and done. Don’t change the settings without telling your children.


MAKE IT NORMAL Checking browser settings together should be a regular part of everyday life. A simple step, such as routinely checking the privacy setting on Facebook, is so important but often overlooked.


START YOUNG Five-yearolds are getting passwords. We wouldn’t let a child play near water if they didn’t understand the dangers, but we’re too happy to let them pick up a digital device and easily interact with strangers. w&h

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Izabela went from a career in finance to owning a luxury baby and children’s shop Former maths teacher Sally set up her clothes shop Bias




Three readers who left the security of an established career to start their own businesses tell us their success secrets

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After jobs in government and at the BBC, Naomi now runs property businesses

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‘I had a good job in finance but launching a luxury business, I knew I couldn’t be stuck behind a desk for the rest of my career’


IZABELA MINKIEWICZ, 43, is married with two children and lives in London. She’s the owner of Blue Almonds, a luxury baby and children’s shop in Knightsbridge.

colour schemes, which I then ordered and got shipped from Poland. This was 2007, before the crash, so business boomed for a few months. My decision not to hold stock paid off when the recession hit because my overheads were lower and my cash flow was easier to manage. But gradually, as business improved, people started to ask for off-the-peg items, such as baby toys, clothes and matching accessories. I researched brands from all over the world so I could stock hard-toget-hold-of ones. After seven years, I needed a bigger shop, and so moved to new, larger premises on the same street, where I could hold more stock.

✣ TIPS Understand every aspect of your business, even if you delegate the day-today running. I know where every penny is at any time, how many orders we have, what member of staff is doing what, how each piece of furniture is made. You must know your business inside out to push it, motivate your staff and make it work. >>

✣ BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT? Within the first three months, a woman from Kuwait wanted to design a bedroom forr her bab abyy niece. She placed a large order on the spot, rather than going awayy to plan it all – wardrobes, chests off g drawers, cots – all with matching wallpaper, curtains, cushions, chairs, bed linen, quilts, blanketss and rugs. She had such faith in my all designs and my ability to put it a with h together, and was so pleased w w the results, which is when I knew ell.. the business was going to do we

✣ THE IDEA I worked in hedge fund management as a financier, which was reliable and lucrative, but it could be a bit soulless at times. I wanted something creative and to feel as if I was in charge of my own destiny. Lots of my friends were having babies and I struggled to get exactly what I wanted for them as a gift. I also noticed that there didn’t seem to be a complete bespoke service, which created a nursery from scratch and coordinated handmade furniture, wallpaper and soft furnishings in a package. Coincidentally, I was in Poland (where I’m from) visiting ✣ GLITCHES I’ve had one real family and, through friends of friends, met disaster, where the client was two women who had a business making very disappointed with some bespoke baby furniture, which I knew furniture I created for her. I found d friends in the UK out later would love. A germ of that it was a BUSINESS IN FIGURES: an idea started to form. of simple lack o Launched: 2007 I did lots of research understanding about Start-up costs: £50,000 seeing what was on what she wanted. Turnover: Over £500,000 the market, and I also I ended up flying the Website: spoke to lots of people artist – who handabout what they paints the designs on wanted and what they would be prepared the furniture (butterflies, stars and birds to pay. Because of my financial background, etc) – from Poland into London and drove I looked into the money side very carefully, her to the client’s house to redo it. It was looking at potential forecasts for a a costly mistake, but one I was happy to business, seeing what the turnover might rectify and learn from. Now I communicate be. I had savings to cover renting and really precisely and make sure I’m fitting out a shop, and found the perfect absolutely clear about what is required. location in Walton Street, Knightsbridge. It took me about four months to get the ✣ WHERE I AM NOW My main focus is on shop fitted out to my specifications. It e-commerce and developing the brand looked gorgeous and I had a great launch online. As well as two staff in the shop party, which garnered a few orders. and a team in Poland I outsource the manufacturing to, I have two dedicated ✣ WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? To start with, staff on my website and one site developer I didn’t hold any stock to buy. Clients came to really maximise sales online. I’m global in and ordered bespoke furniture and and will ship anywhere in the world now.

BUSINESS BREAKDOWN: Shop rental and deposit: £30,000 Shop fitting and front: £15,000 Website and marketing: £5,000

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‘I wish I’d taken the plunge to start my own business years ago’

own business, and I started to sell her the idea to get her to come on board. She didn’t fancy it, but I’d managed to sell it to myself and knew it was something I just had to try.

✣ WHERE I AM NOW We’ve gone from six properties in the first six months to around 350 now and have a staff of around ten people. Our aim is to continue our growth over the next couple of years. Because of the success of the business, I’ve been able to take a step back from the day-to-day running of everything, so I can concentrate on developing other aspects of the business. I’m amazed at how quickly it’s all grown and now I wish I’d taken the plunge and started it all years ago! As a result of wanting to look after my health more, I’m looking at new business opportunities based around healthy eating and juicing, and working on business ideas for that. Watch this space! ✣ TIPS Get a mentor and surround yourself with helpful, supportive, successful people. At the start of the business, I set myself the task of interviewing one successful business person in my area once a month. I spoke to some fantastic people, including the boss of Adnams Beer, Andy Wood, who was been inspirational and offered his help and advice completely free. I couldn’t have done it all without what I learned from these people.

BUSINESS BREAKDOWN: Website: £800 Leaflets and marketing: £100 Sundries: £100


✣ WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? I was lucky to have the support of Alex to get started. I marketed the website even more, going NAOMI TARRY, 44, is married and lives door to door leafleting the area, and in Suffolk. She co-owns two property building the website’s profile. Within the lettings companies and an estate agency. first year we had 50 local properties, and over the next two, grew it to 100, giving ✣ THE IDEA Throughout the first years a decent turnover so I could pay myself a of my career I was a safety girl, wanting a small salary. The name, Best of Suffolk, secure, steady job with a good income and came from our love of this beautiful county an eye on my future pension and benefits. and because all the properties were local to I worked for the government in the Blair era me. But during that time, people in Cornwall first, working my way up to positions in the and Norfolk had noticed the site and asked private offices of various me to market their ministers, and became properties too, so BUSINESS IN FIGURES: assistant private Best Escapes was Launched: 2006 secretary to schools born, covering the Start-up costs: £1,000 minister Estelle Morris. rest of the country. In Turnover: Over £1m When my husband Alex 2014 we noticed that Website: and I decided to move quite often people’s to Suffolk, I applied to circumstances another big corporate institute, the BBC, to changed, and they sold their lettings become a regional press officer. We bought cottages, or wanted to buy and add to their a cottage to renovate and let out as a hobby portfolio. We then set up Best Estates, an and another income stream. I created a estate agents in an office in Aldeburgh, website, which was great fun. Other people then two more in Beccles and Sudbury. locally noticed that the cottage was always full and asked me to market theirs too, ✣ BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT? Although so I expanded the website. I became so the business was successful before this, busy, I couldn’t do my full-time BBC role and it wasn’t until I won East of England run the website. I was at a crossroads. Alex Businesswoman Entrepreneur of the encouraged me to go for it but I was very Year in 2011, that I finally felt I’d arrived anxious and out of my comfort zone. It was and recognised my own achievements. a conversation with a friend of mine that Also, when we let out our 100th property swung my decision. She wanted to start her in 2009, that felt like a big milestone.

✣ GLITCHES About two years after the business launched, I found I felt under the weather and stressed all the time. I think I was a bit of a workaholic because I loved it so much, but I lost sight of what was important. Now I take better care of myself and make time for holidays and breaks to appreciate my success.

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‘Switching from being a headteacher to starting my own fashion business was a risk’


SALLY HINDLE, 56, lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. She founded Bias clothing shops.

✣ WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? I ordered trial stock packages of my favourite brands, which were a mix of Scandinavian fashion and outdoorsy clothes, and stored them in my spare bedroom while the shop was being fitted out. I decided on the name Bias because I love bias-cut clothes, which are very flattering, and something different happens to cloth when you cut it diagonally, so that fitted my idea for the brand too. I got a sign painter to do my logo, and got all my finance and money systems in place. I’m a maths teacher, so the numerical stuff came very easily to me. I was up and running within three months, but the first three days of opening g, I slept in the shop because the insurers couldn’t move fast enough and I couldn’tt leave it unattended. The launch party was amazing and I did a roaring trade for the first few months. Things dropped off ff and I learned very quickly that you have to keep on top of the marketing and PR side to keep awareness up. I did local papers and magazines, and quickly got to grips with Facebook and Twitter. Business became steady and I even had to take on two members of staff because I couldn’t do everything.

✣ THE IDEA I was a headteacher at an inner London primary school. I’m passionate about education, but I’d taught and worked my way up into senior management for 30 years and wondered if I was missing out by not following my dream of owning a fashion boutique. I’ve always loved clothes and even the children I taught would comment on what I was wearing and would write in Christmas cards that they liked my shoes or a particular scarf. I love unusual clothes that are elegant with a witty twist and I’m always on the lookout for lesser known labels and brands. In 2012, after my 50th birthday, I knew I had to do something about my dream. My friends thought I was mad to walk away from a successful teaching career with 15 or 20 years to go, but it was gnawing away at me. I started to research my favourite ✣ BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT? brands, looking up wholesalers and Someone came into the shop and asked getting an idea of figures. Next I started me who “curated” my fashion collection. to look for premises near where I lived I was thrilled that people thought the in South East London. I got a graphic shop was so well put together that I had designer to do a few mock-ups of logos a full-time curator or stylist and indeed and branding, and got quotes from shop that it was a collection. I knew then fitters. When I found the perfect shop, that I’d achieved the feel and look that just down the road, I moved very quickly. I wanted. I also have regular customers I resigned from my job and took an early who come in every single week and retirement package. In order to raise tell me they rarely shop anywhere else, more cash, I sold my which is amazing. house and rented a BUSINESS IN FIGURES: flat. It was a risk but ✣ GLITCHES I didn’t Launched: 2012 I had it in mind I get the collection Start-up costs: £40,000 might move out of right at the very Turnover: £200,000 London eventually start. Some of Website: so property would the brands were be cheaper. I bought a bond with some wrong and too “high street”, but that of the money to give me a small income was because I was worried that too to add to my reduced early retirement many of my labels weren’t well known package, reserved some savings for enough. That turned out to be my emergencies and then allocated a strength, and now I actively promote £40,000 budget to launch in Peckham. brands that aren’t well known.

BUSINESS BREAKDOWN: Shop rental and deposit: £13,000 (six months) Shop fitting: £2,000 Website and marketing: £4,000 Stock: £20,000 Shop front: £700 Sundries: £300 ✣ WHERE I AM NOW I’ve just moved to Harrogate in North Yorkshire, bought a house and opened a second shop, which is doing well, and employed another two members of staff, taking the total to six, including me. I have a website where you can buy the clothes, but I much prefer selling in shops, where customers can touch, feel the lovely fabrics and try them on. I’d like to open another shop in a year or so in Cork, Ireland and in the future I’d like to design my own clothing range. ✣ TIPS Always buy and sell what you absolutely love and, if it’s clothing, what you’d wear. Once, early on in the business, I was advised to do the opposite and try and cater for all tastes. It never works because you can’t be passionate about what you don’t really like, and something not to your taste will really jar and stand out in the shop. w&h woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 157

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The first step to making something happen in your career is committing to it … needing it won’t get you there. Of course that sometimes means having difficult conversations and it can be hard to get people’s attention. To command the attention of the people you are pitching to, you Stand for yourself. We always need to stand for other people – for get their our company, for our boss respect – but you need to value – respect yourself first and and desire to foremost. hear what you have to say. For confidence, start with yourself. You need to have belief in yourself, otherwise no one else will. You also don’t want to waste one word while talking; you need to make every single word count. The way you learn to communicate with people is key, but so is listening. If there’s one thing that the companies I see are getting wrong, it’s that they don’t listen. They’re not listening to the environment, the customer, their suppliers, their executive team. They’re trying to work with what they already know – even if that’s not working. >>


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how to dress myself. I have dysexectutive syndrome, which includes a cluster of problems with planning, organisation, taking in information and making decisions. As I was Financial Director, I also could no longer add up, which was a big blow. Letting go of the job I loved was hard. I couldn’t return to work in the same capacity as before, as I was often forgetting things. It was emotionally exhausting and I I decided to set up Indbuild after a terrible felt like I was being a burden on the team. experience in my previous job and vowed Over two years I gradually returned to never to work for anyone else again. My the office, firstly just making the coffees, first employee – and now business partner learning to type again and filing. Then I – was my husband, David. When I started found my new passion. We changed my in 1998, it was very intimidating working in title to Creative Director and my first job was such a male-dominated environment. making our offices a more creative space. The recession of 2008 hit the We currently employ 18 members of staff construction industry particularly at our Yorkshire headquarters and hard. It was in 2008 that have up to 100 subcontractors I also suffered a brain around the UK. Two haemorrhage. I spent members of staff recently several weeks in hospital left a plant on my desk – if I hadn’t had my initial with a note saying that Don’t ever let anyone tell you skull surgery within two that you can’t do something. If you I had inspired them in hours then I would have the way I had dealt with have a goal you are yearning died. I had to learn so my condition, adding my for and something you many things again from motto to the end of the totally believe in, just scratch – how to eat properly, note: “the only way is up”. go for it. 


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New for IN SEASON One of our most special vegetables, forced Yorkshire rhubarb, is still in its short season for crumbles and fools. Or lightly bake with orange juice and honey to served with yogurt or ice cream. Winter veg are at their best, with purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflower, parsnips, sprouts and kale ready for that Sunday roast. Citrus from further afield are exceptional and there still may be time for Seville oranges for marmalade – watch our video on

LET’S TACO! From Mexican experts, Wahaca; with tortillas, marinade and a delicious salsa included in each kit, all that’s left to add is a choice of meat, fish or veg and a splash of oil to create the perfect taco in 30 minutes or less. Choose from Tomatillo and Garlic Mojo Kit, Tomato and Smoky Chipotle Kit and a Fiery Habanero and Achiote, £3.69 each from Tesco and Wahaca restaurants.



IMPORTANT P PRODUCER) RICHARD KESSELL, CAULIFLOWERS, CORNWALL Richard has been growing cauliflowers for Waitrose for 20 years. This humble veg, which is British grown all year round, has become so on trend. Richard prefers his steamed with some pepper, but he’s thrilled that we’re using it in so many ways.


Food director Jane Curran’s on what’s new and what’s hot this month

INSTANT T SMOOTHIES S Life just became easier with Morrisons’ frozen fruit range; washed, chopped and ready to whizz – plus great value at £2. There’s a green smoothie kit with kale, banana, mango and lemongrass; we loved the superfood smoothie with avocado, spinach, blueberries and strawberries.

BOOK OF THE MONTH Citrus by Catherine Phipps (Quadrille) In the chilly days towards the end of winter, nothing beats the scent of citrus in the kitchen. This beautifully photographed book celebrates citrus in all its guises, both sweet and savoury. From a Mandarin chicken with giant couscous to a Blood orange and cardamom tarte tatin, every recipe is a delight and an inspiration.

GOOD NEWS FOR VEGANS We all know pesto is gluten-free but Sacla’ Tomato Pesto and Basil Pesto are suitable for vegans, too, as they are dairy-free but taste fantastic, £2.30, widely available. GENIUS IDEA! Chargrilling aubergines is a lengthy affair but Waitrose has cleverly come up with this frozen bag of them, all done for you. Perfect for our recipe on p171, but they’d be great added to a lasagne to reduce carbs. £1.69, Waitrose and Ocado. w&h woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 00


FOOD for your every MOOD Craving comfort food... or feel you need something healthy? Flagging and need a super-fast supper? Whatever mood you’re in, we’ve got a recipe to suit... PHOTOGRAPHS SEAN CALITZ FOOD DIRECTOR JANE CURRAN


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Girls’ Saturday lunch

THE NEW WINTER CHEESE SALAD A delicious combi of Puy lentils, trendy freekeh and that hot favourite, halloumi. Use ready-to-eat pouches and it’s super fast and easy too.

Healthy boost

SEARED TUNA RICE BOWL Nutrient dense with vits and omega 3 from the tuna, this is wonderfully comforting and an immune system boost. Easy • Ready in 30 minutes • Serves 4 1 litre chicken bone broth (or strong chicken stock) 5cm piece of ginger, peeled and sliced 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 1 red chilli, sliced 250g cooked brown basmati rice 150g pak choi, sliced ½tsp sunflower oil 200g fresh tuna steak 1 Pour the broth into a deep pan with the ginger, garlic and chilli. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid; simmer for 15-20 minutes. 2 Add the rice and pak choi for a further 3 minutes, until piping hot. 3 Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot and sear the tuna for 30 seconds on each side. Remove from the heat and slice. 4 Divide the broth, veg and rice between 4 bowls and top with seared tuna slices. Per serving: 180 calories, 2g fat (0.5g saturated), 80g carbohydrate

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Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 30 minutes • Serves 4-6 250g pouch ready-to-eat Puy lentils 250g pouch ready-to-eat freekeh 1 avocado, sliced 1 roasted red pepper, sliced 200g cooked beetroot, sliced 80g bag rocket 250g halloumi, sliced 2tbsp mixed seeds small handful fresh mint leaves FOR THE DRESSING 3tbsp olive oil juice of 1 lemon juice of 1 orange 2tsp dried mint 1 To make the dressing, mix together the oil, lemon juice, orange juice and dried mint, and season well. 2 Tip the lentils and freekeh into a large bowl and mix together with a fork to separate the grains. Add the avocado, pepper, beetroot, rocket and most of the dressing, carefully stir through and divide between serving plates. 3 Fry the halloumi for 2-3 minutes on each side in a non-stick frying pan until golden, and add to the salad. Drizzle over the remaining dressing and scatter over the mixed seeds and mint leaves to serve. Per serving: 617-411 calories, 37-25g fat (14-9g saturated), 40-27g carbohydrate

I want to impress

SALMON WELLINGTON A show-off recipe for supper with friends using salmon and on-trend hot smoked salmon wrapped in light-as-air filo pastry. Easy/Prepare ahead/Freeze • Ready in 1 hour • Serves 10 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped 2 courgettes, halved and chopped 1tbsp olive oil 6 large sheets filo pastry 75g butter, melted 2 x 300g salmon loin fillets 100g hot smoked salmon slices 1tbsp sesame seeds 1 Heat the oven to 180C fan, gas 6. Put the veg on a roasting tin, drizzle with the oil; season. Roast for 15 minutes; set aside. 2 On a large baking tray, layer 4 filo sheets on top of each other, overlapping to create a large rectangle 3 times the width of the salmon, brushing each layer with butter. 3 Put a salmon fillet on the pastry, top with half the veg; the hot smoked salmon, remaining veg and the second salmon fillet. 4 Brush the edges with a little more butter and tightly fold over the salmon to seal it. Cover with the remaining pastry, brushing with butter as you go, and sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Bake for 20-25 minutes. 5 Serve with new potatoes and salad. Per serving: 311 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated), 15g carbohydrate


I’m tired… what’s fast and easy?

CHICKEN FRIED NOODLES Speedy and delicious, this is a great recipe to jazz up leftover chicken from the Sunday roast. Easy • Ready in 20 minutes • Serves 4 1tsp sunflower oil 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced 150g mangetout, halved 2 x 150g straight-to-wok udon noodles 2 cooked chicken breasts, sliced handful fresh coriander, chopped FOR THE SAUCE 3tbsp teriyaki sauce 3tbsp tamari or soy sauce

1tsp Thai fish sauce 1tsp sesame oil juice of 1-2 limes 1 For the sauce, mix the teriyaki, tamari, fish sauce, sesame oil and lime juice to taste. 2 Heat the oil in a wok and stir-fry the veg for 2 minutes. Pour over 100ml water; add the noodles for 1 minute, to soften slightly. 3 Add the chicken and pour over the sauce, heat for a further 3-4 minutes until hot through and sticky. Scatter with coriander to serve. Per serving: 303 calories, 8.5g fat (2g saturated), 29g carbohydrate >>

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I crave comfort food

SOY-BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS WITH ORANGE & STAR ANISE This is the height of comfort! Let these glorious short ribs gently cook till they’re falling off the bone....and just sit back and enjoy the aroma! Easy/Prepare ahead/ Freeze • Ready in 3 hours • Serves 6-8 2kg beef short ribs 30g dried shiitake mushrooms 3 whole star anise 1 large thick-skinned orange 2 rich beef stock pots or 500ml

rich beef stock 75ml soy sauce 6tbsp honey 1 Put the beef ribs into a large roasting tin – they’ll shrink in cooking so don’t worry if they’re squashed in. Soak the mushrooms in 125ml hot water. 2 Tuck the star anise under the beef. With a peeler, take the zest off the orange in large strips, then juice the orange and add both to the beef. 3 Mix the beef stock pots with 500ml

boiling water. Pour over the beef and add the soy and honey. Strain the mushroom liquid through a sieve and tuck in the mushrooms. 4 Heat the oven to 160C fan, gas 4. Tightly cover the beef with foil and bake for 2 hours. Remove the foil and bake for a further 30 minutes until browned and sticky. Serve the beef and sauce with greens and roasted potatoes. Per serving: 457-343 calories, 16-2g fat (7-5.5g saturated), 21-16g carbohydrate

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I fancy a change

KOREAN PANCAKES The latest take from the Eastern street food trend – the flavours are delicate but they’re really filling! Easy • Ready in 30 minutes • Serves 2 as a starter or light lunch 100g squid, cut into small pieces or rings 100g raw king prawns 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2tsp toasted sesame seeds 2tsp sesame oil 100g plain flour and 3tbsp cornflour 2 free-range eggs, beaten 2-3tbsp sunflower oil 6 spring onions, sliced lengthways ½ each green and red chilli, finely chopped FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE 4tbsp soy sauce and 1tsp sesame oil 2tsp rice wine vinegar 1tsp toasted sesame seeds 1 Put the seafood into a bowl with the garlic, sesame seeds and oil, and season. In a separate bowl, mix the flours and eggs; slowly whisk in 150ml cold water. Season. 2 Put a 22cm non-stick shallow frying pan over a medium heat; add the sunflower oil. When hot, reduce the heat; ladle in two-thirds of the batter. Spread out the spring onions onto the pancake; add the chillies and seafood. Drizzle over the remaining batter, pressing it with a fish slice. 3 Fry over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until the bottom is set then carefully invert the pancake onto a plate and slide it back into the pan and fry for a further 3-4 minutes, or until the fish is cooked and the pancake is golden and crispy. Serve in slices with the dipping sauce. Per serving: 645 calories, 27g fat (5g saturated), 66g carbohydrate

Let’s stay in with a box set

CHEESY CHORIZO PIZZA A fab Friday night supper, this makes 2 large pizzas so halve the ingredients if you need to. We’re using cured chorizo slices here, not raw sausage. Easy/Prepare ahead (dough only) • Ready in 30 minutes, plus rising • Serves 6 500g packet ciabatta bread mix (we used Wright’s) 6tbsp passata 100g spicy chorizo, sliced 200g Taleggio cheese, sliced 150g ripe tomatoes, sliced 50g black olives, pitted olive oil

1 Make up the dough according to the pack instructions; leave to rise. Put the dough into an oiled bowl covered with oiled clingfilm so it doesn’t stick. You can do this the day before and leave in the fridge overnight then bring it to room temperature. 2 Heat the oven to very hot, around 220C fan, gas 9. Roll out the dough thinly to make 2 pizzas. Put onto oiled baking trays. 3 Spread over the passata, then the chorizo, cheese, tomatoes and olives with some freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle over a little oil and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbling. Serve immediately. Per serving: 518 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated), 66g carbohydrate >>

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Let’s be lazy Sunday…

So get up late and take it easy with our flavour-packed update of a classic hash. Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes • Serves 6 500g mini potatoes 2tbsp sunflower oil 4 onions, sliced 200g button mushrooms, large ones halved 2 x 340g cans corned beef 6tbsp passata 3tbsp Worcestershire sauce 3tbsp wholegrain mustard 5tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 6 free-range eggs 1 Steam the potatoes until tender then cut in half. Heat the oil in a large sauté

pan then fry the potatoes until browned with some sea salt. Remove with a slotted spoon; set aside. Add the onions to the pan and gently cook until lightly browned and softened. Set aside then fry off the mushrooms with some salt and pepper. You may need a little more oil. Set aside. 2 Cut the corned beef into small chunks and fry off over a high-ish heat so the fat melts and the beef begins to brown. It will take about 20 minutes. Then add the passata, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Stir in the potatoes, onions and mushrooms and cook until heated through. It can sit on a low heat while you poach or fry the eggs. Stir through the parsley and serve. 3 Any leftovers can be reheated the next day. You will need to add a little more passata or Worcestershire sauce if it has dried out a little. Per serving: 487 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated), 27g carbohydrate

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I just need a snack

FAB THINGS ON TOAST When you don’t fancy a full-blown meal, our three favourite toasttopper combis will fit the bill. We love sourdough but we’ve just discovered Hi-Lo bread, a highprotein, high-fibre, lower-carb bread that’s super filling (from Sainsbury’s and Ocado). Heat the oven to 180C fan, gas 6, put your bread slices on a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil then bake until lightly browned and toasted. >>

Roasted peppers (from a jar), Parma ham topped with Burrata or buffalo mozzarella and freshly round black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil

Marmite, avocado and slices of tomato. Add a sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil

Chargrilled aubergines (see Food Edit on p163), houmous and a few mixed seeds

SALTED CARAMEL MILLIONAIRE’S SHORTBREAD A classic with sea salt twist – just a small square will hit the spot! Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 1 hour, plus setting • Makes 24 squares 200g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids FOR THE SHORTBREAD 100 butter 50g sugar 150g plain flour FOR THE CARAMEL 150g butter 200g condensed milk 50g caster sugar 3tbsp golden syrup 1tsp sea salt

 You will need a square or rectangular shallow tin – 22x22cm or 18x26cm.  Oil then line the tin with a large piece of baking parchment, leaving a good overlap on all 4 sides. This will make it easy to take out the finished shortbread. FOR THE SHORTBREAD 1 Heat the oven to 150C fan, gas 3. Whizz up the butter, sugar and flour in a food processor then knead it together with your hands. Push it into the base of the tin – using your knuckles makes it easier to push down. 2 Put into the oven then after 5 minutes reduce the heat to 130C fan, gas 2 and bake for about 30 minutes until pale brown. Set the tray onto a cooling rack.

FOR THE CARAMEL 3 To make the caramel, melt the butter in a medium to large pan then add the remaining ingredients over a gentle heat. Whisk with a balloon whisk until the sugar has melted then increase the heat to medium and keep whisking until you have a golden caramel. Pour over the shortbread and leave to set. 4 Once the caramel has set, chop the chocolate into small pieces then melt in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Pour over the caramel and leave in a cool place to set solid, preferably not the fridge. Remove by gently lifting the paper. Cut into small squares. Per square: 194 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated), 21g carbohydrate w&h


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The WINE Best wines edit

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Introducing our new expert monthly wine selection – as chosen by Christelle Guibert, Tasting Director of m

ABOUT OUR EXPERT Christelle Guibert was brought up in the Loire Valley and gained experience in the region’s vineyards before moving to the UK. Following stints in the wine department at Harrods and on the Waitrose wine buying team, she is now the Tasting Director at Decanter, overseeing all the tastings for the magazine and the annual Decanter World Wine Awards. She also tends one hectare of Melon de Bourgogne in Muscadet, where she produces 2,000 bottles a year of Terre de Gneiss, her first wine.

WINE of the month

Cune, Barrel Fermented, Rioja, Spain 2015, 13%, £10.99, Waitrose From a highly regarded producer that has built a reputation for making traditional styled Riojas. While it is barrel-fermented in American oak casks, the oak characters are smooth and subtle. It has a modern feel, with fresh lemony characters backed up by a fine acidity. A great substitute to oaked Chardonnay.

Torbreck, Marananga Dam Roussanne Viognier Marsanne, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2015, 14%, £15, Marks & Spencer This white Rhône blend is full of personality with notes of ripe peach and apricot flavours, with some herbal and almond notes. The palate is polished and weighty with some leesy characters that add texture and richness. A great foody wine.

INSIDER know-how

 ADDING OOMPH If you have a young wine, aerating can improve its character. The easiest way to do this is to pour the wine into a decanter through a funnel. Funnel back and forth between bottle and decanter several times.

Domaine Quintin, Rive Droite, Coteaux du Giennois, Loire, France 2015, 12.5%, £11.99, Laithwaites The wines from this small appellation often slip under the radar. But one great thing is that it’s great value and won’t disappoint. It is bursting with crisp apple and lemon zest flavours, with the classic Sauvignon trademark of gooseberry. Tangy and zesty palate, it is fresh and delicious.

Mullineux, Kloof Street, Swartland, South Africa 2014, £13, 13.5%, Oddbins When you blend the new and dynamic generation of South Africa and the most exciting new wine region in the country, the outcome can only be exquisite. Syrah makes 86% of the blend with a dash of Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, Cinsault and even some Tinta Barocca. Its light, fresh and pretty style matches many dishes.

 IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE… A study has shown that people can get more pleasure out of wines by simultaneously drinking and listening to the right kind of music. If you listen to heavy music, this makes the wine taste more powerful; if you listen to mellow music, the taste of the wine will correspond!

Agenda Manager’s Choice, Dão, Portugal 2014, 13%, £9.99, Majestic Wine This offering won the annual Manager’s Choice competition, hence the name, and this is not surprising, as it is full of juicy redcurrant aromas. The deep red often associated with Dão has been replaced by a light and fresh style, soft tannins and just enough oak to balance it. This is the perfect midweek winter warmer.

Taste the Difference, Barbaresco, Italy 2013, 13.5%, £9, Sainsbury’s It may not be the most complex Barbaresco but what do you expect when paying a sub-£10 from a fine wine appellation. Lovely hint of fruit with sweet and sour cherry and coffee. Medium-weight palate with a smooth texture and firm tannins. Developed cherry fruit, cinnamon and clove spices on the finish. A bargain.

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%Get organised % Find space % Feel in control % Solutions for every room! ✣ A calm living room ✣ An efficient kitchen – with a place for everything ✣ An organised wardrobe ✣ A spa-like bathroom ✣ Even help for your shed! woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 177

Getting started



Use a two-bag sorting routine: wherever you’re clearing, have one bag for rubbish, another for charity; don’t have another bag for “just in case” – that means you’re only storing clutter! Make a decision there and then on what you’ll keep, based on whether you use the item or not, whether you love it or not, whether it suits you or your home. Never think “it might come in useful”. What’s the worstcase scenario? That you have to buy a new one? That your mum will never forgive you for ditching that vase she bought you three years ago but you’ve never really liked? Never keep things for sentimental reasons if they’ve no real tie to your heart. Give every item in your house a “home” and try to keep it there as much as possible – put things away when you’ve used them; store like with like – you don’t need an “everything” drawer of jumbled items!

Imagine you’re moving home… you need to clean and tidy because potential buyers will be viewing. Now walk through your house and try to see it in a dispassionate way, as if through their eyes. Does the hall shout “welcome”, or is it scuffed and overflowing with coats? Does your living room look the epitome of relaxed elegance… or is it overloaded with books, family photos, magazines? The point is that we get used to our own clutter, indeed we like it… but



equally it can be so overwhelming that it stops us enjoying the space we live in. Clear the clutter and you’ll find you feel more relaxed, and cleaning and tidying becomes so much easier. As Dominique Loreau explains in her new book L’art de la Simplicité: How to Live More with Less (£7.99, Trapeze), “When we create an ordered environment, we order our inner selves too. Every drawer full of clutter emptied, every cupboard tidied, every productive effort of organisation reaffirms our sense of control over our lives.”

Make your hall WELCOMING

%DON’T STORE EVERY COAT everyone owns in the hall – hang only those that are worn every day and store the rest in wardrobes in each person’s room. Make sure you’re not hanging on to outerwear that’s past its best/you’ll never wear again. % SHOES DON’T BELONG IN THE HALL AT ALL! When anyone comes in the house they should take them off, put them away and put on slippers or go barefoot – whatever your habit. %FOLD SCARVES, PAIR GLOVES, and place in a box or basket so they’re not just a jumble on the side. Umbrellas are fine near the front door, but should all be stored together in a holder.

Set up a simple filing system with a letter rack

%POST SHOULD BE SORTED as soon it comes through the door; put anything that needs to be actioned in one tray or letter holder in order of importance and go through it at least once every couple of weeks. File anything you need to keep and bin anything you don’t.


Oak, 9 cube 5 door storage unit, £49.99,

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Storage coffee e table, £299,

Houghton French grey shoe storage bench, £339, pine

Watson telephone table seat, £549, 9 k



5 simple ways to CREATE A CLUTTER-FREE LIVING ROOM Living rooms tend to be a magnet for things we don’t have any other place for – so try to not overload them with “stuff”.


Start by taking a look at what you have and trying to eliminate ten things at once. A couple of cushions, that pile of magazines you’ve been meaning to read, that outdated photo of your nephews… You don’t have to throw everything away, just take it out of the room. What you should feel is an instant sense of relief that will drive you on to greater things.


Clear coffee table clutter: they’re a natural landing space for a whole number of different items, but they’re also a natural focal point in the middle of the room. Keeping the table free from all but a few streamlined pieces will set the tone for the whole room.


You may love books, but do you have to keep every single one you’ve ever read – plus a whole

lot more you know you probably won’t ever get round to? Try to halve the amount you have (or better if you can); pass on to charity or to friends if you know they’d enjoy them. Now rearrange them colour coded by their spine (it’s fun to end up with an eclectic mix of subject matter!).


Colour/style-code your ornaments too – a mishmash of different bowls and vases will just look a mess; far better to co-ordinate… which applies to the whole room too: create a feeling of flow by choosing pieces that work together in some way. If you have a wood coffee table, add a wooden tray on your sideboard; choose cushions with one colour that’s similar to a shade in your rug.


Don’t go too matchy-matchy: if you have mostly squarish pieces in a room, it can feel one-note. Sprinkle in some softer or rounded shapes – a side table, a lamp, a glazed pot – to offset the other elements. >>


SORTLY: For the hyper-organised, this is your dream: you create a visual inventory by taking photos of your items or scanning QR codes. After you input your items, you can sort them into category folders by location (like in the jewellery box or in the garage). You can also tag certain items for easy search and include purchase and warranty dates. Free, For iOS devices. woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 179

DINING keep it simple Dining rooms often become dumping grounds for things that don’t have a home elsewhere… the new organised you, of course, will be able to rectify that because everything WILL have a home. Remember the mantra that you’re moving house – “potential buyers” need to know every room’s purpose at a glance, so clear out anything that isn’t related to dining and keep only crockery, glasses, extra cutlery sets, table mats and so on. You can move in items from the kitchen like serving bowls, which will free up space there.

You’ll be much more efficient working in a clean, clear space!

STYLISH STORAGE ORAGE SOLUTIONS Handy corner cabinet, £585,

Birdie shelf with drop m desk, £295,

Storage table, £149,

One ORGANISED OFFICE It might be in a corner of your living room, it might be in the spare room, or you might be lucky enough to have a separate study – wherever it is, it’s likely that it’s attracted years of filing detritus! ➤ When most of our financial and legal matters can nowadays be dealt with online, you really don’t need to keep much paperwork at all – including guarantees and warranties. If you’ve registered online (which mostly everything has to be these days), then all your details will be online. ➤ Set yourself 60 minutes to go through all your old paperwork and bin as much as possible – shredding and setting aside for recycling as you go. Keep no more than a slim file of vital documents. ➤ Speed-sort pens, pencils, erasers, paper clips (how often do you use a paper clip!). Keep no more than a few and preferably store out of sight in a desk drawer; line with a non-skid mat to stop them rolling about.

w&h TIP Not sure what that cable/wire/ charger/etc is for? If no one has used it in the last six months, chances are it’s for an outdated gadget/appliance and can safely be binned. 180 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE


Clear THE KITCHEN The fabulously clear space pictured here might feel like a dream, but tackle one cupboard at a time and you’ll get close! Ideally sort by type, so storecupboard food; cutlery; pots; bakeware and so on.

% AIM TO KEEP WORKTOPS as clear as possible (they’re for working, not storing!). If you’ve got a large pot or two for utensils, get a smaller one and keep out only those tools that get used more or less every day. % TAKE EVERYTHING OUT of each cupboard and clean thoroughly, don’t just idly rearrange – cleaning gives a sense of being organised. Check use-by dates on all dry produce – you may well be surprised to find some you bought five years ago! % DO YOU HAVE A CURRY HOUSE OF SPICES? Toss anything that’s old or you never use: whole spices are good for only three years, ground spices for two. Then pick a cool spot to stow your 12 most used. %DISPLAY FOODSTUFF so you can see everything “at a glance”; decant into clear stackable containers to make the most of space, but don’t forget to label with the use-by date where necessary. %DECIDE HOW MANY ITEMS you actually need. We accrue items like plates and glasses through buying new; it’s fine to have a few more in case of extra guests/breakages, but be realistic!


% REMEMBER THE “JUST IN CASE” RULE If you haven’t used something (that breadmaker?) in the last year then it goes. % SORT YOUR WORST OFFENDERS Food containers! Ditch random empty tubs, throw anything that has lost its lid and then organise the keepers by size and shape. % CULL YOUR COOKBOOKS If you never use them, pass on to foodie friends or donate to the charity shop.

CLEANING – KEEP IT LEAN Under the sink can be an utter minefield of chaos! It’s much easier to do chores if everything’s easily accessible. ➤ Keep one small handy bin with your vital cleaning kit in: an anti-static duster, all-purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner, a can of WD40 (if you haven’t tried it, this is a magical eraser of grease and finger marks on stainless steel), each with their own cloth. What else do you need?

w&h TIP Fold your bags for life neatly and store in a larger shopper; keep some in the car so they’re always to hand. We like the Bring Your Bag Shoppers, £12.99, >>

STYLISH STORAGE SOLUTIONS Caldecote French grey larder, £1,249,

Condiment spinner, £9.95, homearama. Storage box, £53,

MasterClass foil and kitchen towel dispenser, £21.99,

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Like a living room, bedrooms can attract a multitude of photos, books, knick-knacks and accessories. It’s likely you do have enough storage, you’re just not using it properly! ➤ Remove all decorative items into a box, clean, then restyle your room with as little as possible – less is most definitely more. Make sure bedside tables are as clear as possible too. ➤ Style with a minimal, cool colour scheme to promote rest and make the room look as light and airy as possible. ➤ Clothes should never be left strewn around – if they’re clean enough to wear again, put them away when you take them off. Ditto shoes.

DECLUTTER YOUR CLOTHES If your wardrobe is overflowing, set aside a weekend to tackle a turn-out… % TAKE OUT ALL YOUR CLOTHES at once – if that’s too much to bear, take out all “like” items in one go. % AGAIN, HAVE TWO BAGS: charity and rubbish. Discard everything straight away if it’s too worn (only ever keep a couple of has-been outfits for gardening/dirty jobs), doesn’t fit, bought on a whim but never worn. % OF THE REST, DECIDE: do I love it/ do I love myself in it – you may need an honest friend/partner to help you here. HELPFUL SITE


If you have designer clothes that are too good to just give to the jumble, it’s really worth selling. If it all seems too much trouble to list on ebay or Facebook try; send them your designer items for free, they’ll inspect for quality and authenticity, send them out to buyers, then send you the profit... no hassle and no time or energy wasted by you!

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% SORT WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT by colour and rearrange in your wardrobe. Store like with like unless you have special outfits that go together – eg for a wedding.

w&h TIP Follow the “one in, one out” rule so that you don’t accumulate clothes you’ll never wear. Review what you have on a regular basis and discard items past their best/out of style.


A spa-like BATHROOM


It’s time to pare down your toiletries!

Oh how we love our cosmetics and body lotions and potions! That’s why it’s all too easy to end up with bathroom clutter.

STYLISH STORAGE SOLUTIONS Tier storage, £23, sainsburys.

% TAKE EVERYTHING out of your bathroom and clean it scrupulously (if you have a cleaner, do it when they’re coming and get them to focus on a real deep-clean that day). % NOW PUT BACK ONLY WHAT YOU USE on a regular basis. If you have three beautiful bottles of bath foam… but you’re really a shower person, what are you doing? One beautiful bottle is enough! % THE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF: Do I like it? Does it work? Do I need it? Do I use it? If you’re never actually applying that miracle eye serum, ditch it! Or work out a new routine so you do use it. % YOU WILL NEED A SUPPLY OF CLEANING ITEMS but keep them to the minimum and store in a cupboard; nothing in your bathroom should look utilitarian.

% IF YOU’RE THE TYPE OF PERSON who buys extra for when the shower gel has run out – store it elsewhere. % FOLD TOWELS so they’re all neatly matching – you want visual perfection! Discard any that are discoloured. % ADD IN A FEW ACCESSORIES – a plant, a beautiful little box; all must be utterly pleasing to look at.

JEWELS, BELTS, SCARVES & THE REST Obviously anything of value should be kept, but otherwise, apply the rules left: do you wear it, does it suit you, is it broken/past its best? ➤ Long pendants can be stored on over-door hangers or ordinary hangers in your wardrobe. Belts can be stored the same way or rolled and kept in a drawer. Scarves should be folded and rolled so you can see what you have at a glance. ➤ If you have lots of jewellery, try to designate one drawer with dividers rather than having several different boxes – you’re more likely to wear different pieces more often if you can see what you have.

➤ Be ruthless and chuck sshoes you don’t like or that are out of fashion, even if you’ve never worn them. Life’s too short to wait until they’re vintage. Get rid of shoes that hurt (no matter how expensive and how much you love them). You won’t wear them! ➤ If any need reheeling, set to one side and sort as soon as you can. ➤ Shoe boxes tend to take up more space than storing on shelves, unless you can get more than one pair in a box – a shoe box packed with holiday flip-flops is fine. ➤ Store with heavier shoes to the bottom, sandals to the top (feels and looks nicer!). Store boots left to right, high to low.

Ladder shoe rack, £129, spaceand

Jewellery stand, £30,

w&h TIP Check your bed linen – as we buy new, we rarely turn out the old, so make sure you’re not keeping any that’s past its best. Put duvet sets plus sheet altogether in one of the pillowcases.



Hanging mini flip, £30,

Rotating chest of drawers, £449, aplace forevery

Store on a door heated airer, £99.99,

Concrete cloud toilet roll holder, £89.99, design

4 WAYS TO SLIM YOUR BAG-GAGE We all love a bag! If you’re the sort of woman who loves to change a bag with her outfit then keeping lots is fine… but if you’re just keeping them for the sake of it, it’s time to get real. Place your clear favourites aside (at least one for each category: everyday bag, work bag, evening bag, weekend bag, big tote). Then spread out all the remaining ones on the floor or bed so you can look them over at once and start paring down. Immediately throw any bags that are junky. Look up similar versions of your priciest, barely used bags on eBay to see if they’re worth selling. Box up the rest to donate. (Remember: check every compartment for cash before you get rid of any bags.) Over the next two weeks, test-drive any “iffy” bags. Some may make it back into your regular rotation. Most bags won’t – but after giving them a second chance, you’ll feel better about passing them on. Store bags within bags – they’ll stand up better and take up less space. >>


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That pile of mags: if they’ve been banished from the house, you’re never going to read them again.

Old electronics – they might have been working when you set them aside, but now they have to be recycled or sold on! Broken or duplicate tools – do you need that broken drill and that box of nails and screws when you keep buying new ones? “Dead” paint tins – so you only used half a tin; just shake it – chances are it’s unusable now. Check with your recycling centre about disposal, don’t just put in the everyday rubbish.


Sort out that SHED OR GARAGE! Likelihood is your garage or shed (or both) has become nothing more than a glorified junk store. The more space we have, the more we tend to store… rubbish! If you love gardening, chances are you’ll have a shed… and chances are you aren’t making the most of it. As they tend to be fairly small, it shouldn’t take long to take everything out, laying it on the lawn or patio and sweep it out; hoover every last crevice so it’s really clean. Consider painting the inside in a “garden” shade so that it’s more stylish than utility. %CHECK YOUR TOOLS and discard any that are broken or you never use.

Clean everything – WD40 is your best friend for buffing up almost everything. % ARE YOU STORING A BARBIE that’s seen better days? Seeds well past their use-by date (yes they do have use-bys!)? % ORGANISE EVERYTHING OUTSIDE THE SHED into like items before putting back. % IMAGINE HOW YOU WANT YOUR SHED TO LOOK – clean and clear and organised. A wantable space! %EVALUATE THE SPACE YOU HAVE – storage is really important to maximise small areas. Do you need a small shelving unit? Hooks for tools? Install them before you rearrange everything.

Shed tidy, £18.95, Garden tool tidy, £9.99,

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Cast-off shoes and clothes – well you were meaning to take them to the jumble/mend them/ sell them… so do it! DVDs, LPs, CDs… you stream, you download; get them digitised and move on!

Old furniture – that chair you were going to have reupholstered, the garden table you were going to clean. Do it or lose it!


Colworth shed storage unit, £55,


Old sports equipment – flat footballs, children’s cycle helmets that no longer fit, that table tennis table you haven’t had out for five years… you get the picture!

Utility wall rack, £110, aplacefor

Car stuff… the old chamois leather, sponge and bucket half-empty de-icer bottles, the touch-up paint from five cars ago, the car jack you don’t know how to use… now doesn’t that look spacious! w&h


Stiff brushes/used paint trays – if you didn’t clean the brush immediately, it might revive in paintbrush restorer liquid; but if you can’t be bothered bin it. We usually buy new paint trays to do new projects, so don’t keep ten old ones!

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The HOME edit

MIXED METALS A trio of pendant lights looks great above a kitchen island or dining table. These new designs, in perforated metal and smoked glass in different finishes, are stunning. Cora pendants, £249 each,


TWO TRENDS Dulux made Denim Drift its Colour of the Year for 2017 and it’s been widely embraced by the design world. Corner sofas are having a revival too – so this design in Oxford Blue brushed linen cotton rocks two trends at once! Isla three-seat corner sofa, £2,950,

There’s a real 70s vibe happening at the moment, with chunky handmade-style pottery and psychedelic colours and patterns on furniture and accessories. This fab lamp is a case in point – it looks like it’s been made by an artisan potter. Jug lamp, £29,


What’s new

Check out the latest trends and buys for spring from homes editor Alison Davidson

CAPITAL BUYS London Underground’s iconic map and seat fabrics are the inspiration for’s striking TfL Collection. Beck rug, £299; Piccadilly cushion, £35,

DESIGNER BEDDING Who wouldn’t love a Chanel piece designed by Karl Lagerfeld? If it’s a pipe dream, console yourself with the next best thing – some gorgeous bed linen designed by the man himself. KL Collection Grace pillowcase, £40 for two; cushion, £30; boucle throw, £90; dip-dye throw, £150,

NEW COLLECTION Ideal for spring, House of Fraser’s new Junipa collection features colonial-style furniture with a modern twist. Chair, £375; bench, £350,

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“We made every inchof space count” A tall, thin house created an extra challenge to find space

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An ordinary semi-detached Victorian house on the outside, but inside lots of clever space-saving ideas means everything has its place – and is stylish too!

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“Throwing open the bifolds makes the garden and kitchen the perfect entertaining space”

ADDING SPACE AND STYLE Sarah’s kitchen is from and has plenty of storage, including a large island unit. The striking wallpaper is from The rattan garden chairs (right) neatly slot under the table to save space

Sarah Latham bought her Victorian house in Guildford, Surrey, with husband, Charlie, in 2008. “We were already living in Guildford in an Edwardian conversion flat but with hopes of a family, and Charlie’s children from his previous marriage often coming to stay, we needed more space,” explains Sarah.

“I also wanted somewhere where I could expand my interior design business and this house had a freestanding garage.” The house is typically Victorian, tall and thin and arranged over four floors but the rooms aren’t that big. “For a largish house, there was only one bathroom, so the first thing we did was put a cloakroom in the basement as there was already a bedroom there and it was a long way up to use the only bathroom!” laughs Sarah. They

also put a shower room on the top floor in what used to be a cupboard. “There were two bedrooms on the top floor – a guest room and a room for Charlie’s children, so we moved the bedroom doors to create enough head height to have a decent-sized shower room under the eaves,” explains Sarah. When son Oscar came along and got to two years old, in 2011, the couple decided to tackle the kitchen extension. “The kitchen was very small, and we wanted an entertaining space,” says woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 189

woman&home CLEVER SOLUTION In the dining room Sarah slots the Bonaldo Match table ( into the fireplace to make more space. The shell picture is by Blott Kerr-Wilson (

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Sarah’s mantra of every inch counts is obvious on the basement landing. She has created a compact area for coats and shoes


SECRET STORE The TV room has striking Fornasetti wallpaper from which hides the couple’s spacious wardrobe

Sarah. The new kitchen extended 1.5m into the garden and incorporated the side return. “Charlie loves cooking, so it’s a nice social area with a big kitchen island and lots of storage space.” They put bifold doors across the back and high-level windows in the same anthracite powder-coated finish. The new dining area isn’t a large space, so Sarah cleverly uses the fireplace to slot the dining table into when it’s not being used. “Then we just pull it out when we have family meals or friends over.” They also put built-in shelving into the alcoves on either side to make the most of the space. The sitting room didn’t really change that much, the fireplace is original and Sarah redecorated and put in new furniture and soft furnishings. The TV unit has a cupboard below that hides all the wires and provides extra storage. The master bedroom is on the first

floor: “That is my next project,” says Sarah. “It hasn’t been altered since we moved in and it’s in need of a revamp.” Across the hall was another bedroom, which used to be the study but is now a TV room. “We put up a partition wall and created a walk-in wardrobe behind it with a concealed door, then I covered it in this wonderful Fornasetti wallpaper,” explains Sarah. Leading off from here is the main bathroom, recently renovated in subtle shades of grey. The garage was converted into a design studio and the remaining, reduced garden was turned into a courtyard oasis with structural planting, paving and a water feature. “It turned out very well, and is a nice lead-in to the office for clients. There is always something to do, but we are very happy with the house and working from here fits our lifestyle really well.” >>

This cleverly shaped chair from fits neatly into a corner – ideal to create a cosy space for a small room

An ornate Vivaldi vanity unit from is a super-stylish way to hide all the usual bathroom clutter

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get the look BE UPSTANDING An easy-assemble workstation. Standing desk, £200,

TUCK AWAY Ideal when you need another surface. Twain Nesting Tables, £99,


SAVERS CORNER COMFORT Use every inch of space with this stunning chair. Latitude Corner Chair, £1,095,

Copy Sarah’s style with some of our fab finds!

CLEVER CABINET Keep all your bathroom essentials hidden away. Fushion Era Unit, £465, purebathroom

DUAL PURPOSE Take a seat while removing your boots, then store underneath. Whatsit Storage Bench, £275,


TOP TABLE Use the removable tray for serving, then fold up when not in use. Maryd Tray Table, £45,

STACKS UP The perfect solution for bathroom storage needs. Mezza Washstand, £98, w&h

SLEEP SOUNDLY An easy-to-use fold-out bed, perfect for guests or confined spaces. Esme Sofa Bed, £970,

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Give your home a refresh with our pick of the latest looks and accessories

The new blues Blue hues are everywhere this season, from gentle sky through to deep indigo, and can be found on everything from furniture to vases. It’s an uplifting colour and blends well with other shades, so it’s a good choice to use as a base.

BLUE MOOD A calming scheme is created in a living room with duck-egg blue and cream walls, and a cosy corner sofa – so popular this season! – in the lightest blue. A mix of cushions in tonal shades add texture and interest. Liberty Corner sofa in Harbour Mineral, £1,399; Lucas tripod floor lamp, £139; Bingham metal dome pendant, £49; Quartz rug, £89; all

new season looks Fluffy cushion, £16.99,

Woven chevron cushion, £20,

LAYER IT UP Go for an eclectic look with a Moroccan-style scheme. Inlaid furniture is updated in a soft grey and combined with a mixture of fabrics in different shades of blue, and a splash of yellow. Ankara headboard, £800; side tables, £220 each; Mandala double duvet, £55, throws, both £100 each, all

Round cushion, £19,

Tassel cushion, £16.99,

CUSHIONS GALORE Add texture, pattern, different shapes and fab colours!

FLOOR ART Subtle geometrics and a yellow trim make this rug a real winner. Lucas rug, £120,

VIBRANT VESSELS TOP TABLE An on-trend combo of mixed materials. Marble and brass inlay coffee table, £449,

Vases: left, £27.50, printerandtailor. com; right, £33,

DEEP BLUE Add some depth with a dark blue throw with a basket weave design. Denim Brick wool throw, £82,

DECORATE WITH ART Vespers painting by Laura Spring of Wildspring Studio, £430,

ALL AGLOW Set of 4 tea light holders, £22, >>

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The new neutrals What a fabulously easy look... take a clean backdrop, then layer it up with powerful geometric patterns, tribal prints, dramatic oversized accessories and a touch of brass or gold – the new metallic!

Leather never stays out of fashion for long – it’s so easy to live with, ages beautifully and stands the test of time. Tan seems to be the colour du jour in modern shapes. When it comes to accessories, add impact with a mix of animal and geometric prints, and brass and smoked glass for lighting. Hendrix medium sofa in Stowe leather tan, £1,999; cushions, from £19.50; rugs, £179 each; Hadley sideboard, £499, Amber chair in Nyanga tan, £599, Conran Farley coffee table, £229, all

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KEEP IT SIMPLE Scandi furniture continues to trend in different finishes, such as this simple-style table with slender legs and spindle back chairs. Benches are a recurring look for dining, softened with seat pads in geometric patterns. Battersea extending dining table, £1,069; chairs, £399 for 2; bench, £269; three-door sideboard, £1,195, all



new season looks

EASTERN PROMISE Rattan is everywhere at the moment and looks great as a lampshade. Rattan pendant, £145,

COLOURFUL CUSHIONS An instant update! Bright cushions with on-trend designs. Geo woven, £14,; zebra, £6,


ADD PATTERN AND TEXTURE Monochrome and geometrics cross over into the bedroom too, so pile up the patterns and add touches of subtle tan and orange for a hit of colour. Use African-style accessories with lots of surface pattern to build up the look. Geo bedspread, £150; Tribe-print double duvet set, £60; Plantation rug, £250; Carnaby teardrop pendant light, £95; and accessories, all

Tap into the tribal vibe with a new shape vase. Munu lattice vase, £22,


ANIMAL MAGIC Add small accessories to inject the new look. Small giraffe objet, £6,

meet black and white in a shaggy rug. Hackney Diamond rug, £189,

AFRICAN ACCENT These bowls are great in the kitchen for fruit and veg. Natural seagrass basket, £24,

TWO-TONE A chunky throw in yellow with touches of black is a great combination. Baoli honey throw, £29.99, w&h


Books editor Fanny Blake picks the best new books out this month and talks to bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope COMPELLING READ




My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood (Viking) War reporter Kate Rafter returns home after her mother’s death, where she confronts her own and her family’s demons. Brimful of tension, twists and darkness, this one grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go.

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan (HarperCollins) With the men of Chilbury gone to war, the vicar closes down the choir, so the ladies take matters into their own hands and set up their own. Told through their letters and diaries, this is a delightful period piece.

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón (Michael Joseph) Inspector Iwata of the Tokyo police investigates the brutal ritualistic murder of a family. But the killer doesn’t stop there. Can Iwata catch him before being taken off the case? Taut and atmospheric with twists galore.

The Wild Other by Clover Stroud (Hodder) A riding accident left 16-year-old Stroud’s mother irretrievably brain-damaged. An uplifting and achingly honest personal story about loss, trauma and grief that had me reaching for the tissues more than once.




This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel (Headline) A family deals with the challenges involved in bringing up a transgender child after Claude, aged three, announces he wants to be a girl. Thoughtprovoking and topical, with well-realised characters.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (Bantam) Desperate to make it in London, Katie is forced to return home to Somerset when she’s fired. When her ex-boss books into Katie’s dad’s glamping business, will it be revenge or reinstatement? Fast, furious and fabulous fun.

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer (Faber) When 13-year-old Ruby’s parents – violent Mick and ineffectual Barbara – reveal she’s adopted, Ruby sets out to discover her real family. A dark and magical story, with a dash of the paranormal, that swept me away.


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The Girl Before by JP Delaney (Quercus) Can Jane unpick the truth of why the previous tenant of 1 Folgate Street died there, before her own life is in danger? This enthralling thriller switches between the two intertwining stories.

books F Favourite place to write? I u used to write my novels at the k kitchen table, but at last I have a proper study. But I could p probably write in a departure l lounge – I have no trouble with d distraction and would hate a P Proustian cork-lined cell.


Joanna Trollope

One of our bestselling novelists, Joanna has written 20 novels, including Balancing Act, The Soldier’s Wife and, her latest, City of Friends (Macmillan). New novel in a nutshell? It’s about four women friends, who all work in the male-dominated world of finance. They are in their late forties, variously married or single or mothers or gay, and the story is not just about women and work, but the way women’s personal and professional lives interweave. It’s a tale for our times.

The inspiration? Just looking round at the modern workplace and the way young women all have jobs – a situation that was only painfully beginning for my generation half a century ago. Is it possible for women to have it all? Not all at once. Some determined or fortunate women can have most of the things they want at some point. But it seems to me that it’s unrealistic – and immature, even – for any human to think that life will give them everything always.

When Wh do d you d do your research? I start with the research, not least because fact is always far stranger and more remarkable than fiction, and not only do astonishing stories and situations come up, but so does the atmosphere – extremely important – of my chosen topic. So I need to get the feel, before I start considering character.

S Secret writing weakness? O Oddly enough, it isn’t anything t consume. It’s more like to an object of transition, a newspaper supplement or a catalogue, which eases me into the always alarming business of being left with only the inside of my own head for company. What next? Another novel next year. Very different and again, very topical.


The Good People by Hannah Kent (Picador) Ireland, 1825. Gossip suggests widowed Nora’s grandson is a changeling, bringing bad luck to the village. Inspired by a true story, this disturbing tale of superstition is full of emotion.

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin (A&U) Paris, 1887. A chance meeting in a hot-air balloon above Paris marks the start of a love story against the odds. A hugely satisfying, romantic and evocative read.


THIS MONTH’S CHOICE FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff Our online book club is free to join and each month we send a book to 25 readers to review. This month’s choice is a compelling portrait of a seemingly perfect marriage. But scratch beneath the surface of Lotto and Mathilde’s relationship and a much darker, more complex side emerges. To join, go to groups/whreadingroom

Mount! by Jilly Cooper (Corgi) Rupert Campbell Black is back! A saucy gallop among the horse-racing world.

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde (Arrow) Cooking on board, things don’t go as Emily expects. Engaging romance.

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff (Bloomsbury) An unhappy copywriter gets help from his canine friends.

A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward (Faber) How can one man die twice? Who did Lena murder the first time? Five-star gripper.

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Vintage) This understated masterpiece focuses on an unlikely childhood friendship.

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker (Black Swan) Fascinating reimagining of Samuel Beckett’s war years in France.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Penguin) A beautifully observed story of a mother/ daughter relationship.

A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen (Pan) What it says on the tin. An entertaining and enlightening read. w&h

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In conversation with…

ADELE PARKS The bestselling novelist talks to Victoria Young about what spurred her on to leave a career in advertising to become a writer, and being married to her best friend


dele, 47, lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, Jim, and their 16 year-old-son, Conrad. Each of her 16 novels have been bestsellers and she’s sold over three million novels in the UK, which have been translated into 26 languages. Her new book, The Stranger in my Home, is out now. I always describe my childhood as quite ordinary, which my parents get a bit upset about! But I mean it in a good way – it was very cosy and secure. I was the youngest of two sisters; my mum worked part-time around school hours and my dad worked for ICI. We’d spend every weekend with grandparents, aunties and uncles, had more TV and convenience food than would be dreamt of nowadays, and I didn’t seem to do any homework until secondary school – we just played! The standout thing was that books were very important in our family. Both my parents went to grammar school, although not to university, and they very much encouraged us to read and work hard at school. We went to the library practically every day of our lives until I was 11 and that had a huge impact. I remember the librarian showing me an Enid Blyton book and asking if I might be an author when I grew up. I wasn’t old enough to know the word

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author, but in that moment the possibility that it was a job opened up to me. I wanted to write from a very young age. And I was always reading and writing, but after university I had to get a job that paid the bills so I got a job in advertising. I did quite well, got promoted, and bought myself a little flat with a mortgage. I had a great time, but being successful in my career meant my thoughts about becoming a writer receded. Then, when I was 27, my world was shaken up. My granddad, grandmother, uncle, a close family friend and my PA, who was only in her twenties, all died in the course of 18 months. I was profoundly affected and grief-struck. As a distraction, I buried myself in my writing and began to take it much more seriously. I told myself by the time I was 30 I’d be published. On my 30th birthday I hand-delivered my first manuscript to an agent I’d read about called Jonny Geller. When I got home there was a message on my answerphone saying, “I love it – come in and talk to me.” It sounds barmy but I think somebody – maybe a little grandparent angel – was looking out for me. I’m edgy if I’m not writing. I am very disciplined and do really love it. My biggest pleasure is struggling over finding the right words, moving the plot on and seeing the word count grow. It doesn’t feel like work.

raised isn’t hers after all, which is heartbreaking and horrifying. There are lots of twists and turns, including the added complication of a genetic illness in the birth family. Not only is her daughter not actually her daughter, but she might develop cancer.

3 tips for WRITERS

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CARVE OUT THE TIME You need to create space to write, even if that’s sitting in the car outside a school club. READ AND WRITE EVERY DAY If you want to write a novel you need to practise. Start with 20 minutes a day and you’ll find that it becomes an hour, then two. GROW A THICK SKIN The whole world is a critic. You have to ignore people who say “It’s no good” or “You’ll never make it”. But stay empathetic.

One drawback to being a writer is the isolation. I do miss the “water cooler moments” I had working in an office. So I have a good social life in the evenings and weekends, and quite often I make myself write away from the desk, in cafés or markets, just to hear conversations. I talk to strangers much more than the average person and I probably come across as a bit peculiar! I also try to walk every day as a counter to my deskbound job, so I bought a Fitbit and do 10,000 steps most days.


“I miss the ‘water cooler moments’ I had working in an office”

I’ve always been a very harsh self-critic. I edit severely before I send things in. It’s quite a discipline and means I sometimes have to put a book in a drawer if I know I’m not on the right track. I’ve done that a couple of times.

Teenagers get such bad press, but Conrad is a delight. Obviously, it’s a hard time in their lives. There is so much pressure, from social media to school attainment. But he’s quite sensible, and he’s a talkative, intelligent, empathetic child who is turning into a lovely young man – someone I really like spending time with. Although I do have to remind myself that sometimes he just wants to be with his mates! I massively encourage that and we have an open-door policy in our house.

The idea for Stranger in my Home is based on the fear many parents have; that somehow your child is taken away from you. It was too dreadful for me to write about a child dying or being abducted. Instead, I imagined the scenario where a mother, Alison, discovers the teenage child she’s

If a second child had come along we would have been delighted. But we never tried for it, probably because we are quite content. At times I’ve wondered if it was a bit lonely or isolated for Conrad, which is why we make an effort to have other kids on holiday, and he is close to my sister’s three children.

There are lots of advantages to having one child. Mostly it’s time: time to spend with him and take him to do things. Also, if I’d had a second child I would have had a lot less time to write – does it sound awful to say that I personally would have found that difficult?

One dream I had from early on was to build my own house. I started collecting pictures of my “dream house”, which was white, open plan, with huge windows. When I met Jim, it turned out he shared the same dream. When we moved to Guildford we looked for land to buy, which is easier said than done 40 minutes outside of London. In the end we bought a house and did an incredibly scary thing: we knocked it down. And now we have a modern, open-plan house very similar to the pictures I cut out. Jim managed the whole thing – otherwise we would have been bankrupt! He bought every brick, tile, bag of cement and worked alongside the builders; it was quite a labour of love. We’ve been in it for four years. It’s so lovely that I still have to pinch myself. Some people squirm when I say my husband is my best friend, but he really is. We usually both work from home so see each other day in day out; we are very close, and work as a team. But now absence is making the heart grow fonder as he’s currently renovating a house in France and is away everyy other week. It’s OK because we really miss each other and it feels like a treat when he is home. Adele’s new book, The Stranger in my Home (Headline), is out now. w&h &h h

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GREAT FILMS, THEATRE AND CULTURAL TREATS Book tickets and get discounts on West End musicals, drama and the arts at There are plenty of great shows opening on the stage this year – here’s our pick


Must-see movies

Imelda Staunton stars in this new West End production of Edward Albee’s play. 22 Feb-27 May; whosafraid



Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as millionaire Christian Grey and student Anastasia Steele in the adaptation of EL James’s second racy novel – and, this time, James’s husband has written the screenplay. Christian entices Anastasia back into his life (on the condition of no rules, punishments or secrets), but just as the pair begin to rebuild their trust, Christian’s past threatens to tear it apart. Out 10 February.

David Tennant steps into the titular role as the debauched seducer who lives only for sexual adventure. 17 March-10 June;

MISS SLOANE Jessica Chastain is utterly compelling as steely Elizabeth Sloane, a ruthless Washington lobbyist, who leaves her firm to support a bill that imposes regulations on gun use – and will do whatever it takes to push it through. Out 24 February.


LOVING This film tells the real-life story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple from Virginia whose decision to marry in 1958 led to a legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Out 3 February.

GOLD Inspired by true events, Matthew McConaughey stars as unlucky businessman Kenny Wells, who teams up with geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) to hunt for gold in the Indonesian jungle. Out 3 February.

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Griff Rhys Jones leads this classic comedy as the paranoid Harpagon, who will go to any length to protect his wealth. 1 March-10 June;

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS This Broadway hit tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, a US soldier trying to make it as a painter in post-war Paris. 4 March-30 Oct; anamericaninparis

See trailers of our favourite films out this month at

w&h weekend

The Fa Fash shio sh ion io n Mu Muse seum se um Bat ath’ h s sp h’ spec pec ecia ial ia exhibition for 2017, Lace in Fashion, showcases more than 60 spectacular pieces that reveal how lace has been used in fashion from the time of Shakespeare to the present day. From a 2015 Lover Venus dress worn by Léa Seydoux in the Bond film Spectre to a smock dating from 1580-1600 with Flemish bobbin lace on the sleeves and collar, discover rare gems, plus generous loans from contemporary names, including Burberry and Alexander McQueen. Until 1 Jan 2018;

WOW – WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL 2017 Last year, more than 25,000 people attended the WOW festival. Here’s why this year you should be one of them… WOW: What’s it all about? WOW stands for “Women of the World” and takes place from 7-12 March at the Southbank Centre in London. Founded by the Southbank’s artistic director, Jude Kelly CBE, in 2010, with the aim of championing gender equality and celebrating the achievements of women everywhere, past speakers have included activist Malala Yousafzai, actresses Salma Hayek and Julie Walters, and singer Annie Lennox. But WOW is not only about talks – there’s also live music, performance, comedy and workshops. So why is WOW relevant to me? A key focus of this year’s festival is the achievements of older women, which, says Jude Kelly, “is a subject too often overlooked.” Events include a panel discussion on whether “Old Age is for the Brave” and “Political Titans: The Secret Power of Older Women in Politics”, a debate led by Margaret Hodge MP and Baroness Jenkin.

Jude Kelly founded WOW seven years ago Will the political upheaval of 2016 also be touched upon? Of course – WOW will address what Trump, Brexit and beyond mean for women. “Events of the past year have shown that, despite great strides by the feminist movement, the world still speaks a largely male language,” says Kelly. “More than ever, we must keep up the fight for gender equality.” How can I book? There’s a WOW Day Pass (£22) and a Three-day Pass (£50). Some events are separately ticketed. For more details, visit

The hottest new shows on the box






Brenda Blethyn is back once again for another dose of crime-solving as DCI Vera Stanhope in a seventh series based on Ann Cleeves’ gripping detective novels – and the cases get even tougher. ITV

Set in Nazi-occupied London, this five-part adaptation of Len Deighton’s novel follows Detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley), who investigates a murder that grabs the attention of the German government. BBC One

Nicola Walker reprises her role as DCI Cassie Stuart, with Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunil Khan, in this six-part second series, which explores the fallout from a historic murder case. Missed the start? Watch on the ITV Hub. ITV

Damian Lewis is ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, in a second series of this popular drama set in the fierce world of New York City high finance. Paul Giamatti stars alongside. Sky Atlantic

Sarah Parish joins the cast of the third and final series of the award-winning drama, as detectives Miller (Olivia Colman) and Hardy (David Tennant) reunite to investigate a serious sexual assault. ITV >>

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w&h weekend TV special

“I’d be terrible in a medical crisis!” Downton’s Phyllis Logan on her new role in an Indian hospital drama



hyllis Logan, 61, stars in new six-part medical drama The Good Karma Hospital, which is set in southern India and follows a team of British and Indian medics at an under-funded hospital, run by Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman). Phyllis plays Maggie Smart, who is in India with her husband (Philip Jackson) for her daughter’s (Leanne Best) wedding. Phyllis lives with her husband, actor Kevin McNally, in London and they have a 20-year-old son, David. She tells Nathalie Whittle more about the series… I’d describe my new drama as a bit like Holby City meets The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! You have this eclectic mix of characters whose paths all cross in some way in India – and there’s everything from terrible accidents to fighting between families. Plus, it’s cross-cultural, so there are misinterpretations and accusations of racism – and that’s what modern day life is all about, isn’t it? My character, Maggie, could be perceived as being quite selfish, but actually I think she’s incredibly brave. She’s taken ill at her daughter’s wedding and ends up at The Good Karma Hospital – and when it’s time to go home to England and recuperate, she decides she wants to stay in India, despite her husband and daughter disapproving. I have to be honest, I’m not sure I’d be as brave as

Phyllis on set in Sri Lanka her. The most adventurous thing I’ve h e ever done is to have a child! We all like to think we’d be ‘captain ccourageous’ in a medical emergency – but I’m not convinced I would be! I did a b play with Lenny Henry several years ago p and the script required us to do some a CPR, so we took a first aid course. Well, C I’ve completely forgotten it all now! She’s spent most of her life doing what was expected of her w and resolves that at 60 it’s a ttime to do what she wants – even if that means having to swap a plush h hotel for an old beach hut! h We filmed for two months in Sri Lanka – and all I can say is m tthat it was bliss. We stayed near the city o of Galle, which is on the south-west ccoast, and there were these huge lizards wandering about, and monkeys would w ccome swinging by. The one thing I did find tough was the heat. Sometimes fi w we’d do 14-hour days and it would be 3 30 degrees outside. And it was so humid tthat you’d wash your hands and two minutes later you’d feel like you’d stuck m tthem in a pot of honey. It’s funny because yyears ago, you’d have a costume assistant who would get a Chamois a leather soaked in cologne (a little bit of 4711!) and they’d slap it on your neck to 4

Lydia with Philip Jackson, who plays her husband

ccool you down. I can tell yyou, that doesn’t happen any more! The one character I think everyone will enjoy is Lydia, who’s played by Amanda [Redman]. As one of the heads of the hospital, she’s very forthright and speaks her mind, without caring what other people tthink – but she’s not this prim, harsh woman, she’s got a life outside the w hospital – and I think that’s appealing. h Between takes you’d find Amanda, Phil [Jackson], Neil [Morrissey] and I P ttelling endless stories to each other. In fact, we created a WhatsApp group with all the cast and when we had w downtime, someone would message d ssaying, “I fancy going to this place – who’s up for it?” I went whale watching with Leanne Best, who plays w my daughter, and we’d all take little m walks along the beach together. w One of my favourite scenes is where we replicate the Holi festival. It’s a huge w celebration where everyone throws coloured powders in the air (and at each other!), we had hundreds of extras in and we were all covered in garish pinks, blues and greens. In fact, some of the crew ended up with blue necks for about three weeks because they couldn’t get it off! Amanda The Good Karma Hospital Redman plays starts on ITV this February w&h forthright Lydia

We filmed in Sri Lanka – it was bliss

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Actor Jamie Dornan, 34, is back as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker. He lives with his wife, actress Amelia Warner, and their two daughters

On fatherhood… We’ve got two little e girls now, so it’s pretty insane. One of my best friends said that one is a pet, two is a zoo. It’s been a big adjustment and it’s definitely harder. But you have to just go with it and accept less sleep and less time, and accept less reading of books, and all the usual things you do in a day.

My loves… GO GOING TO B&Q You end up ccoming back with ff you don’t go in for. stuff I acctually hope I don’t end up not n being able to go ttheere because I do love a g od DIY shop… although goo I’m awful at DIY. COOKING I’m a good cook. Where I come from, we do a Sunday roast: potatoes and roast beef, chicken or lamb with all the trimmings – that would be my speciality.

On being a sex symbol… You certainly can’t be annoyed with that sort of status. It goes with the territory a little bit. But I guess my thing is not to pay a great deal of heed to it. On staying grounded… I’ve had the same group of mates since I was a young boy and that will never change. They just don’t have any interest in what I do. One texted me saying, “I heard about Fifty Shades. Congratulations on the role. That’s going to be disgusting. I won’t watch it.” On the future… I want to have a varied career. In the last couple of years, I’ve played psychopaths or sociopaths and I don’t want to play guys like that my whole career. They are so far from what I consider myself to be. I love the idea of doing comedy and of mixing it up and keeping things interesting for myself. Fifty Shades Darker is released in cinemas on 10 February.


FILMING SEX SCENES There are dozens of hairy men standing around, moving cables and lighting lighti tiing ng eequipment. quip That’s not sexy. SHA AVING I find it really tedious ted and I don’t und derstand how guys do it every day. MY NOSE It bends to the right; it’s been broken twice definitely, three times possibly. BEING CALLED “CUTE” I didn’t do particularly well with girls at school. I was always very young looking and my sister’s friends would say, “You’re so cute.” I hated that. w&h

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“I’ve played psychopaths or sociopaths and I don’t want to play guys like that my whole career”


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