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Treat Yourself Beauty The latest beauty products

36. Spa Sleuth Caty Martin indulges in another beauty treatment

15. What Katie Did Next

Treat Yourself Interiors

Katie Price tells us about her latest business venture

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21 Treat Yourself Fashion

A Weekend Away

The latest looks for men, women and children

24 Norwood Shoot Fashion & Food

Kate Wilson enjoys a short break at Lough Eske Castle & Spa

An African Adventure Take a trip to Cape Town

51. Size Does Matter! Make and BBQ some mini burgers this summer

Tying the Knot The wedding of Rachel Gibson and David Burns

A Beautiful Day The wedding of Sian Wiley and Jonathan O’Shaughnessy

70. Up Close & Personal This month we chat to up and coming singer/ songwriter Jason Clarke boojumgalway

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Welcome The summer is well and truly here! What a difference a bit of sunshine makes whether you are enjoying it at home or away over the next few weeks. In this issue we bring you some high summer fashion that will look good on or off the beach as well as some beauty must-haves for this time of year. As for our interiors, we step outside for a spot of al fresco dining and even temp you with a mini burger recipe to try on the BBQ this summer! Katie Price talks about her new fragrance Kissable and tells us that she has found her prince in shape of new husband, Kieran Hayler. The couple are expecting their first child together in

a few weeks, making Katie a mum of four. However, Katie assures us she won’t be slowing down anytime soon. We also get the chance to chat with up and coming singer/songwriter Jason Clarke and give you a few ideas if you still haven’t managed to book that relaxing break away. At home there’s Lough Eske Castle & spa and further afield we recommend taking in the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Have a great summer, Mags Margaret Connolly Editor

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2013 World Police & Fire Games

The 2013 World Police and Fire Games will begin on 1st August 2013 with an Opening Ceremony at the King’s Hall complex which will celebrate the diversity of Northern Ireland and showcase local talent in music and dance. Co-ordinated by Belfast City Council in consultation with 2013 WPFG, DCAL and the World Police and Fire Games Federation, the programme will feature the Games’ traditional parade of competing athletes and will also include a moment of reflection for police, fire and

prison officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since the last Games in 2011. PSNI Deputy Chief Constable, Judith Gillespie, Chair of 2013 WPFG explains, “The Opening Ceremony is the key official event during the Games and sets the tone for the following ten days of competition and comradeship. It not only enables all the athletes to meet fellow colleagues from across the world but also gives the host city the opportunity to offer its own unique welcome to the thousands of competitors

along with their friends and families. We’re delighted too that many of the schools and clubs that have been involved in the WPFG’s school’s legacy programme will also be taking part in the ceremony. It promises to be an impressive start to what is going to be the ‘friendliest’ Games ever.” Access to the Opening Ceremony will be by ticket only. Information about the Games is available at or follow or


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Tennent's Vital 2013

Tennent’s Vital returns this year as three day event to Northern Ireland from Wednesday 14th until Friday 16th August 2013, at Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast. Kings of Leon headline the first day with The Vaccines in support on Wednesday, and on the second day, Thursday, Snow Patrol are performing their only European date this summer. Snow Patrol will be supported by Jason Mraz, Kodaline and Foy

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15 and Precious Love. The fragrance itself has a wonderfully feminine base of vanilla, warm golden amber, sensual musks and sandalwood. I love it!

How involved are you in the creation of your fragrances? Anyone that knows me, knows that I like to be in control, so when it comes to any of my projects I like to be involved in everything from start to finish. I believe that Kissable represents my sense of fun and femininity.

What Katie Did Next Katie Price started life as a glamour model, but a successful businesswoman and mother she has ventured into many different industries over the years. UL caught up with Katie just before the launch of her new fragrance, “Kissable”.

Tell us a bit about your new fragrance. Kissable is my fourth fragrance and I hope that it follows in the successful footsteps of my previous perfumes Stunning, Besotted

The bottle is very distinctive, isn’t it? Yes, when it came to designing the bottle for Kissable, I insisted on creating something that represented my flirty yet innocent side. Like me it’s both colourful



Your past relationships and break-ups have been well documented. Are you in a happy place at them moment? Yes I am. I’ve kissed a few frogs but now I think I’ve finally found my prince!

Would you like any more children? Yes, I’d love more babies, but who knows what the future brings.

Would you ever like to design a fragrance for children?

and playful. The eye-catching lipstick-red bottle has a unique lip-shaped lip gloss charm and is meant to reflect my flirty pout! The lip gloss charm contains a glam and girlie tinted gloss, perfect for prettying up your pout.

Who is the most kissable person in your life? Obviously my new husband, Kieran, but I do love kissing Harvey, he’s so cuddly!

You’re expecting your fourth child with Kieran, but you’re obvioulsy not slowing down during your pregnancy. I am really busy over the next few weeks, so I’ve no option but to keep going and the baby will just pop out along the way. With my new book, fragrance and other commitments, I have no choice but to keep working.

You have to be really careful when it comes to cosmetics and fragrances for children. There are so many rules and regulations that need to be adhered to. My daughter, Princess loves wearing my perfume when I allow her but I don’t think I will be designing on solely for children.

Is there anything you haven’t done yet that you might like to do in the future? There’s an endless list of things that I’d like to do, but it’s not as simple as deciding to do something and then it happens, certain projects can take a least 12 months to get off the ground, so it’s a matter of prioritising and ticking them off my to-do list one at a time.

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‘Adventure To Africa’

A leading stylist in Northern Ireland, Eve Brannon has a wealth of experience in the industry. Each month she offers a fashion focus into the most coveted designers, trends and styles of the season Season after season we see a commercial interpretation of high summer tribal influences, often with a focus on African design elements. This summer we see a slight directional shift towards the detail in fabrication. Printed canvas, braided jute and beading create an intricately textured aesthetic, paired with an increasingly geometric silhouette; we witness a rejuvenation of the tribal trend as we return to Africa. Gone are the days when ethnic-inspired fashion was reserved for those with ‘bohemian style’. Thanks to designers such as Peter Pilotto and Matthew Williamson inspiration from the African, Indian and Aztec cultures are presented as highly wearable attainable looks on their SS13 catwalks, ensuring we can embrace everything exotic this

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Spa Slueth This month I’m writing about a problem that many of us share and all of us loathe. But I’m not talking about the ever-growing credit card bill, nor the constant struggle to find the perfect pair of jeans; I’m talking about that little bit of bulge that won’t budge! By Cathy Martin Whether it’s a little or a lot; on your tummy or your love handles, and whether you try Atkins or yoga, it’s that annoying little bulky, bumpy bit that refuses to shrink away to a beautiful washboard stomach. But fear not readers, the latest in fat-blasting technology has just hit Belfast - all the way from America - in the form of Cooltec Treatment. This treatment promises to banish your jelly belly for good. Sound too good be true? I went to Therapie Clinic in Donegall Place find out. So, what exactly is it? Well Cooltec is a new noninvasive treatment to eliminate unwanted fat; it uses a machine with “cool sculpting” technology which basically works by using extreme cold to freeze fat cells which are then excreted over a period of six weeks. Up to 20% of body fat can be lost and leaves you with a more defined, shapely

beauty body. It’s been a massive hit in the US and weight-loss experts think it could be the answer to all our body hang-ups. Before you undergo the treatment there are a few things the clinic will tell you do, nothing drastic or scary at all, just a few things that can be done pretty easily. Well, other than saying no to that second slice of chocolate cake. Sigh. What to do before treatment

• Don’t expose your skin to the sun for a week prior to the treatment. • No laser treatment on the area 24 hours before treatment • Don’t apply harsh products or medicated creams to the area for 48 hours before the treatment • Increase your water intake • Reduce your intake of saturated fats So far, so good, no fasting or mad exercise regimes! Now, let’s talk about the treatment itself. Each treatment lasts around 2 hours, depending on the size of the area you are getting frozen, and is relatively painless. Yes, when the applicator is first applied it is a tad uncomfortable but the initial discomfort fades after about three-four minutes and then it is simply a cold feeling. When the machine is removed the skin on the stomach may appear a bit red and irritated but this is to be totally expected and fades after about

37 24-48 hours. You might also get a bit of a numb or ‘pins and needles’ type sensation in the treated area, but again, this will fade with the redness, so nothing scary or painful at all. Plus ladies, if you’ve borne the pain of waxing before, then trust me, this is nothing. You can expect to see minimal results in just 15 days and the full effect can be seen in around 6 six weeks as long as you stick to the post treatment care. As with the pre-treatment care, these are really easy things and nothing difficult at all. What to do after treatment

• Don’t exercise for 24 hours after treatment. (No complaints here!) • Don’t have any laser hair removal treatment done • Again, don’t apply harsh products of medicated creams • Don’t expose your skin to the sun for about a week after treatment • Drink up to 8 glasses of water a day • Reduce the amount of fat in your diet • Start to increase your activity levels Check online and you’ll see that almost all women who have the treatment said they could definitely see a difference Click here to continue this article



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Setting off from Belfast after a busy week, I was certainly looking forward to a few days of peace and quiet, but my weekend turned out to be so much more than I had expected. I came back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again. The drive from Belfast took around two and a half hours but as we were in

you coming into Donegal Town is spectacular, with the Blue Stack mountains as a dramatic backdrop, and Lough Eske welcoming you as you turn into the rather grand looking driveway of the Castle. Interesting sculptures of dragons and geese lead you all the way to the Tudorbaronial Castle entrance, the earliest bits of which date back


to the 1860s. However, there has been a castle of sorts on the site since as far back as the 1400s. As we later learned, most of these bronze sculptures sprinkled throughout the grounds were created by artists Lloyd Le Blanc and the late Judith Holmes Drewry. The room was perfect. Four poster bed, luxurious bathroom and mini bar, all the elements to make a great weekend. With the grounds and gardens of the castle to explore, lough to walk around and mountains to climb, we couldn’t wait to get outside, however the famous Irish weather was not on our side, and so we resigned ourselves to spend the afternoon in the spa - what a shame! After those chocolate brownies we were feeling a


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An African Adventure

This issue we take a trip to Cape Town with the help of Pinnacle Worldwide. The thriving city of Cape Town, South Africa is the second largest city on the continent in terms of population. It was also the site of the first European settlement in South Africa, when the Dutch built a supply station there in 1652. The city of Cape Town enjoys one of the most culturally diverse populations of any city in the world with people from all nations and walks of life having immigrated here. Cape Town is also the home of the South African government’s legislative branch, and is commonly referred to as the most popular tourist destination in South Africa. It doesn’t take long to see why Cape Town has earned this title. You could stay here for months and never run out

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landmarks like Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, acclaimed as the southernmost point in Africa (even though its really not!). The park is perfect for hikers, mountain climbing enthusiasts, and nature lovers. A culturally diverse


population means a diverse cuisine, and here again Cape Town ranks among the best destinations in the world for rare and exotic foods. European styles mix with old Africa to produce some of the best restaurants on the

continent. Start at the Africa Cafe, or Anatoli’s for authentic African recipes that originated all over the continent. No one ever complains that the food is boring in Cape Town. The hottest tourist attraction in Cape Town is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which houses the oldest working dock in South Africa, and is also home to many different shops, museums, and art galleries. The original dock was constructed in 1860, the rest added later. It was named for Prince Alfred, and then later for his mother. At the waterfront visit the popular Two Oceans Aquarium, and Robben Island, now considered an important historical landmark. No visit to Cape Town


would be complete without a tour of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The area was first set aside in 1657 when the now famous almond hedge was planted, and a forester was appointed to protect the trees and other life. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are home to some of the most beautiful and rarest plants in the world. Because of the climate, many plants and flowers have thrived here, some of which now can only be found in the gardens. Hop on a guided tour of this breathtaking place, or you can walk through the trails on your own. Click here to continue this article

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The official fuel consumption in mpg (l/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km) for the 208 range are: Urban 34.9 – 78.4 (8.1 – 3.6), Extra Urban 62.8 – 88.2 (4.5 – 3.2), Combined 48.7 – 83.0 (5.8 – 3.4) and CO2 135 – 87. Terms and conditions apply, ^Passport Personal Lease: A guarantee may be required. Written quotations available on request from Peugeot Financial Services, Quadrant House, Princess Way, Redhill, RH1 1QA. ^Passport Personal Lease contract examples. 208 Active 1.0 VTi 3dr initial rental £849, optional final rental of £4,640. 46 monthly rentals payable. Annual mileage 6000 miles. Excess mileage charges may apply. If you choose to pay off the optional final rental at the end of contract, you can keep the car but will not own it – you will pay an annual rental equivalent to one of your monthly rentals. However, car ownership is possible with Passport – ask us for details. *5,000 miles of free fuel is equivalent to £500 which the customer will receive in the form of a cheque and is only available when financed through Peugeot Passport Lease and Peugeot Passport Finance. Fuel cost based on NI average for unleaded 95 Octane Petrol of 140.4p per litre, and Diesel of 144.4 per litre as per “” on Wednesday 10th October 2012. This amount is based on official fuel consumption figures for a 208 Active 1.0 VTi 65.7 MPG (Combined) and 208 Active 1.4 HDi 70 FAP 74.3 MPG (Combined). Offers available on vehicles ordered and registered by 31st March 2013. Calls may be recorded for training purposes.





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people & parties


Debby & Gerry Armstrong

Judi Graham

Katie Larmour

Cruise control Photography: Brendan Gallagher Franca Robinson & Tori Ball

Greg Cowan, Nuala Scullion & Myles Scullion

Luxury fashion brand CRUISE in Victoria Square celebrated the contemporary new store interior with a Summer Style party showcasing a range of designer collections for spring/summer. Guest enjoyed an evening of luxury fashion and live music as models showcased current collections from international designers while sipping on refreshing Smirnoff Mojito cocktails or a chilled Peroni

and tasty canapĂŠs from Wagamama. Local singer Jason Clarke performed a live acoustic set and DJ Jay Kay provided more upbeat tracks for the fashion runway and throughout the rest of the evening. Lucky guests took home a deluxe goody bag containing a full size cream shave and money off voucher from Jason Shankey and Shu Uemura sets from hair sponsor Andrew Mulvenna.

the final word


Up Close & Personal Jason Clarke

and watch the wings thinking they’re going to fall off.

Relaxation is… The one thing I wish I was better at! I find it almost impossible to switch off. Music is the closest I come to relaxing; be it lifting the guitar to write a song, or sunbathing with the earphones in while listening to a good record.  

What are you best at?

I’ve worked very hard on my songwriting since I found the love for it at 18. I’ve written over 100 songs now. I’m also quite sporty and like to cook.

What do you value in a partner?

An up and coming singer/ songwriter from Belfast, Jason Clarke began making a name for himself in the Northern Ireland music industry and beyond with his debut single ‘Gotta Go’ in 2012. The single received over 30,000 views online within a month and later, his own unique spin on Shakin’ Steven’s ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ - which he filmed at night on Belfast’s Royal Avenue - ranked up over 10,000 views in December 2012 in just a matter of days.  His latest single ‘Loving You’, released on 3rd June 2013, received over 2,000 hits online in just 48 hours.

Who are you closest to? As an only child, I am very close to my parents. I consider my dad to be my best mate. I’m very fortunate to have a circle of very tight knit friends too.  

What is your earliest memory?

The first time I went swimming when I was one. My mum used to hold me in the water on her hand. I hated it, though love the water now.   

What is your biggest fear?

Being in a plane crash. I used to love flying, but now I have heart palpitations every time I hit a pocket of turbulence. I sit

I think a partner has to be like one of your best mates, and someone that you can feel truly comfortable with. For me, it’s important to give each other space, and to have social circles outside of the relationship.  

What will shock us?

I studied in Edinburgh for five years, and earned myself a 2:1 in Estate Management (Property Development and Valuation). How completely non-musical!  

When did you last feel really happy?

A few days ago I received a call asking me to come to Norway Click here to continue this article

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Ulster Life July August 2013  

Ireland's Fashion & Social eZine.

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