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Having spent the last month researching and writing this latest installment of Ulster Life, it’s fair to say that I’m definitely full of Christmas spirit - and I’m not referring to the mulled wine! Whether you’re looking for festive fashion and beauty tips, or ideas on how to decorate your home this Christmas we’ve plenty of hints and tips to make sure you achieve your desired look. There’s even a Gift Guide with a few ideas for the man or woman in your life this Christmas. We take to the stage with local actress Jayne Wisener who stars as Cinderella in this year’s pantomime of the same name at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, and also bring some panto fun to the issue is Ivan Little, or should I say Lady Ma Ma, Ivan’s alter-ego at The Waterfront’s production of “Sleeping Beauty”. There’s plenty to get you in the mood in the run up to Christmas, so take some time out from all the parties and shopping to have a read. Until next issue,
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CONTENTS 6 Things to See & Do 11 Interview: Jayne Wisener 17 Fashion 45 Beauty 53 Interiors 69 Savvy Savings 71 Christmas Gift Guide 74 Take A Trip: Edinburgh 77 Motoring: Volvo XC60 D4 Lux 81 Food 85 People & Parties 102 Up Close & Personal: Ivan Little
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Are you a blushing bride?
Chic designer bridal boutique Blush is once again on the look-out for its “Face of Blush”. The annual competition, now in its fifth year is looking for that special bride to take the coveted prize of becoming the face of Blush’s 2013 advertising campaign.
Lee-Anne McDonald, Face of Blush 2012
The lovely Lee-Anne Mc Donald from Belfast, who married during the summer, was the lucky lady to snap up last year’s title. Lawyer LeeAnne was selected from 12 finalists as the bride who best represented Blush’s brand and values. The prestigious competition offers a stellar selection of prizes including a designer bridal gown
and a mother-of-the-bride outfit from Blush Boutique, professional hair styling from top stylist Ruairi Curran at Blue Hairdressing and make-up by the wonderful Caoimhe Curran, all of which will ensure you look your best on your big day. Other fabulous prizes include teeth whitening and one facial aesthetic procedure by expert Martina Collins for either the mother-ofbride or the bride herself and the use of luxurious wedding cars for the winner on her wedding day. The icing on the prize cake is the professional shoot with photographer Khara Pringle who will transform the winner into a blushing bride for the Blush advertising campaign across the country. “We are so pleased to be able to offer such an extensive prize package for our Face of Blush,” says boutique owner, Eileen Wilson. “The competition really does offer the main elements needed for a dream wedding, including the all-important gown. Most of all, we just want our Blush brides to feel amazing on their big day!” Aileens adds, “We’re not looking for models, we’re simply looking for brides who just beam with happiness.” Entrants must be genuine brides getting married in 2013. The closing date is Saturday 1st December 2012. www.blushboutique.co.uk.
New Revolutionary Anti-Ageing Treatment Revealed The quest for younger looking, firmer, more radiant, line-free skin is a quest we have all undertaken and a road we gladly continue to travel. The ancient Egyptians were the first to document their attempts to halt the ageing process, noting the effects of certain clays and minerals on the skin, in the hope of warding off wrinkles and remaining eternally youthful. Thankfully science and technology have come a long way since then and incredible new advances mean that it is possible to not only halt the passage of time but dramatically rejuvenate the skin, erase lines and wrinkles, eliminate pigmentation and even encourage the production of new collagen to improve skin’s texture and tone; and in so doing, look years younger. Enter iPixel, the new and revolutionary skin resurfacing treatment exclusively available at Therapie Clinics in Northern Ireland. This ground-breaking treatment means that it is now possible to literally turn back the hands of time and look between 10-15 years younger, critically without having to go under the surgeon’s knife. The treatment is FDA-approved and is quite simply revolutionising the anti-ageing industry and changing how we will approach the ageing process, forever. Whether you’ve lost that youthful
glow and are noticing the emergence of the first few lines and wrinkles or perhaps your skin has much deeper set wrinkles and a great deal of sun damage; no matter where you are in the ageing process, the beauty of this treatment is that it can be tailored to suit your individual needs and deliver a complete rejuvenation and transformation. Not only does the iPixel treatment radically firm-up loose skin and give a more contoured, youthful appearance, erasing lines and wrinkles over a tailored treatment plan but it is also incredibly effective on scarring such as acne scars. How does iPixel work? Unlike topical creams, laser skin resurfacing works deep in the underlying tissues to fight those fine lines and wrinkles and the uneven skin tone that often accompanies growing older. The procedure gradually stimulates new cells to replace aged and photo-aged skin, delivering new, healthier, smoother tissue in place of
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A Winning Team
Former European make-up artist Paddy McGurgan and multi-award winning photographer Khara Pringle are this month celebrating an exciting collaboration as they move into a fabulous new city centre studio.
The sleek new space will combine a ground floor cosmetic heaven as well as a top floor professional photographic studio allowing both Paddy and Khara to work together effortlessly and do what they do best – produce stunning and striking images. The talented pair will be offering various feel good packages including the Ultimate Makeover package which not only aims to make people look good but feel good too. Paddy who has worked with various international make-up brands as well as having his own makeup collection, Paddy McGurgan Makeup Pro, will also be stocking all the must have professional brands, helping clients achieve the professional look at all times. He said: “I’m beyond thrilled to be opening up a new store in Belfast as it will not only provide a greater opportunity for me and my team to increase personal rapport with clients by offering a more in depth individual make-up and skincare consultation, but it also means I will be working more closely with Khara who is as passionate as I am when it comes to making people look their best.” Celebrated local photographer Khara Pringle who is known for her cutting edge style and remarkable ability to create beautiful and imaginative images is equally as
excited about the new premises. She said: “The new studio provides the perfect space to accommodate all clients, whether that be for models during fashion or editorial shoots or for senior managers and business owners, it provides the perfect backdrop for all. Paddy and I are both passionate about delivering a service which will ensure people are relaxed, happy and most importantly, look their best. With the perfect angle, lighting, equipment and make up application, everyone has the ability to really shine.” Visit the store at 108-112 Royal Avenue, Belfast or call to make an appointment on (028) 9043 4007.
Khara Pringle and Paddy McGurgan
“Oh Yes She Is...”
This issue we meet beautiful and talented local actress Jayne Wisener. Hailing from Coleraine in County Antrim, singer and actress, Jayne Wisener is probably best know for her screen roles as Johanna in the film “Sweeney Todd” and her appearance in the “Inbetweeners”. Jayne has recently been on our TV screens playing the role of Kat Nickleby in a BBC adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, and will soon be
back as Sandie in the second series of BBC drama, “6Degrees”, which follows the lives of six individuals from throughout the UK and Ireland as they start university and begin their journey through adulthood. Jayne now lives in London with her husband, Wayne Austin, but is currently in Belfast filming “6Degrees” and preparing for
Mark Adamson & Jayne in panto costume with Basil Brush
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her role as Cinderella in this year’s pantomime of the same name at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. We managed to catch up with her between rehearsals.
Jayne you had your own Cinderella moment this summer when you married Wayne?
Yes, it was a great wedding, a really magical day. The wedding had a movie theme and Wayne and I were the two romantic leads! We had programmes, with the cast listed, instead of an order of service, customised popcorn boxes and the tables at the reception were named after various romantic movies including “Dirty Dancing” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
Are you excited to be taking part in this year’s pantomime production of “Cinderella”? Yes, I’ve never been on stage in a
pantomime before. Everyone keeps telling me it’s hard work having to perform seven days a week, twice a day, but I’m so excited, I love all of the slapstick and audience participation involved and I just can’t wait for it to start. I can remember when I was in the audience watching the Christmas panto at the Opera House and dreaming of the day I would be up on stage - and now it’s come true!
Who is starring alongside you in “Cinderella”?
May McFettridge of course, it just wouldn’t be the same without her! May is my Fairy Godmother, so prepare for lots of laughs. Also making a star appearance this year is none other than children’s TV icon Basil Brush who plays Baron Basil. Mark Adamson plays my Prince Charming and Conleth Kane is his sidekick Dandini. In the role of the two ugly sisters are
“I love playing Sandie, she’s a great character. Like me she hails from the Causeway Coast, is a bit of a girly girl and likes to look glam and she’s also an innocent optimist.”
Paddy Jenkins and Ciaran Nolan and Aidan O’Neill is Buttons.
As well as “Cinderella” you’ve also been back home filming “6Degrees”.
Yes, I’ve been back in Belfast shooting the second series of “6Degrees”. I love playing Sandie, she’s a great character. Like me she hails from the Causeway Coast, is a bit of a girly girl and likes to look glam and she’s also an innocent optimist. Sandie believes the best in everyone and I would have possessed this naiviety too when I left Coleraine for London, so I can relate to her. I get on so well with the rest of the cast it really is a great production to be part of.
We’ve recently been watching you on TV in “Nicholas Nickleby”, this was filmed in Belfast too, wasn’t it? Wayne & Jayne with the bridal party on their wedding day
Yes, I was cast in the role of Nick’s sister, Kat Nickleby, and while it’s not set in Belfast, the programme was filmed here. “Nick Nickleby”
13 is set in London, but the producers felt that Belfast lent itself better as a backdrop. Ironically, since Wayne and I married the parts I’ve got have meant that I am back in Northern Ireland! It was great to work alongside Bronagh Gallagher (“The Commitments”) who plays the role of Mrs Nickleby and Adrian Dunbar (“My Left Foot”, “The Crying Game”) plays my uncle, Ralph Nickleby.
With the pantomime are you getting any time off over Christmas?
I’ll only have Christmas Day off, but Wayne is coming over here and we’ll spend the day with my family in Coleraine, and then they’ll all be here to come along and support me in the panto. Jayne will be appearing in Cinderella at the Grand Opera House from Saturday 8th December 2012 to Sunday 26th January 2013. Tickets can be booked on 028 9024 1919 or online www.goh.co.uk
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Showtime at the MAC
Award winning Belfast-born children’s author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers brings the tale of Henry to life on the pages of his story book. and now you can see the stage version.
L-R: Mary Frances Loughran, Stuart Matthews, Alan Mehdizadeh & Colette Lennon.
Henry loves books so much that he eats them. The more he eats the cleverer he gets, until things start to go awry. Now for the first time, the team at Cahoots NI is bringing this story to life on the stage, in an exciting collaboration with the MAC, Belfast’s award-winning new arts venue. The fantastical family stage show has been adapted by Conor Mitchell and with live music including an on-stage choir, spectacular magic, captivating illusions and lots of other treats it promises to delight audiences of all ages. “This is simply the perfect Christmas show with all of the delight and razzmatazz you would hope for in a feel good, family show as well as live music, amazing magic and the huge set that’s currently been installed,” enthused Gillian Mitchell, Director of Programmes at the MAC. “We have matinees, family workshops, a free exhibition of Oliver Jeffers work, a captioned show and relaxed performances specially adapted for families and school groups who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment - so there really is something for everyone.” The Incredible Book Eating Boy opens at the MAC on Tuesday 27th November and runs through until 1st January, with tickets starting at just £9.50 now available at themaclive.com
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Wondering what to wear this Christmas? Here are a few clothing and accessory ideas...
Liquid skinny jean, £35, M&S, www.marksandspencer.com
Darwin clutch, now £95, L.K. Bennett at The OUTLET, www. the-outlet.co.uk
Black and gold lace necklace, £15, M&S, www. marksandspencer.com
Peep-toe ‘Jonson’ heel, £140, Pied A Terre, House of Fraser, www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Bouquet dress £45, Vila at Menarys, www.menarys.com
Faux fur collar, £20, Accessorize, www.accessorize.com Feather jacket, £85, www.asos.com
Black zip clutch, £28, River Island, www.riverisland.com
Jewelled crucifix statement necklace, £18, Accessorize, Victoria Square, www. accessorize.com
Lace dress, £65, Next, www.next.co.uk Red full length Coat £120, Wallis, CastleCourt, www.wallis.co.uk
Mumbai princess earrings, £10, Accessorize, www.accessorize.com
Restain gold skirt, £175, All Saints, Victoria Square, www.allsaints.com
Lulu Guinness lips patent clutch, £275, House of Fraser, Victoria Square, www.houseoffraser.co.uk
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Get Ready to Party! The winter social season is just around the corner, so if you need some top tips for the hottest partywear trends then look no further. Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has stores in towns across Northern Ireland and an online shop at www.dv8fashion.com has given us a peak at the head-turning styles in their winter collections. Wow fellow fashionistas with the sumptuous colour palette, including deep reds, burgundy, black and gold - very festive! The fabrics are opulent, with velvets, chiffons, sequins and lustrous metallics. Detailing is all for
these little party numbers, which are encrusted with beads, jewels and studs and trimmed in lace and crochet. Animal print or sparkly tights bring an extra layer of decadence to the DV8 party collections. To complete the look go for a statement clutch bag and a serious pair of party heels in glitter or black velvet. For guys the winter look features 007 style suits and smart shirts, and heritage inspired blazers teamed with jeans, loafers or brogues. All clothes and accessories featured are from DV8.
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.
Deco Dream Art Deco, a design style that originated in Paris in the 1920s and flourished worldwide thereafter, began as a retort against the soft, floral organic lines of Art Nouveau – a then popular style at the turn of the century. Designers began using clean, straight lines and strong colours, in contrast to the pale pastels of Art Nouveau. The world of fashion was an important driving force in Art Deco design; women now wanted clothes that were practical as well as glamorous - reflecting the functionality and elegance of the 1920s. Designers such as Coco Chanel and Paul Poiret were the first to embrace the dramatic, geometric, straight lines. This season sees a strong influence from this period, with Deco detailing such as embellishment and heavy beading prevailing. A keen attention to graphic details and strong, symmetrical lines – coupled with dazzling metallics and sparkling gemstone accents – makes this trend a real feast for the eyes!
Embellished Pencil Skirt, £80, River Island, www.riverisland.com
Miss Selfridge Gold Embellished Top, £45
Lulu Frost Crystal and Resin Spike Earrings, £160
Swarovski Crystal Suede Belt, £625, Gucci, www.gucci.com
Glitter Sandals, £255, Lucy Choi London, www. lucychoilondon.com
Oversized Beaded Clutch, £45, Accessorize, www. accessorize.com
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Work to Party
Itâ€™s that time of year when thanks to some stylish accessories and a quick change of top you can be party ready once the working day is done...
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Valentina dress, £199, Damsel in a Dress at House of Fraser, Belfast, www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Asymetrical pleat dress, £49.50, M&S, marksandspencer.com
Avabia lace trimmed wool dress, £145, By Malene Birger at Candy Plum, www.candyplum.co.uk
Sofilla dress, £45, Vila at Menarys, www.menarys.com
Sequin dress, £109, Mango, www.mango.com
Gloss dress, £160, Fran & Jane at SJ Boutique, Magherafelt, www.sarah-jane-boutique.com
A perennial fashion favourite, every girl needs a little black dress in her wardrobe for work and play.
Lace dress, 69.99, Zara, www.zara.com
Little Black Dress
Waterlilies kimono, £85, EAST, www. east.co.uk
Black satin Origami dress, £150, Topshop, www.topshop.com
Black embellished box bag, £30, River Island, www. riverisland.com
Style Suggestion We’ve given this LBD an on-trend, oriental twist!
Tiger enamel & crystal bangles, £12, Accessorize, www. accessorize.com
Hashtag heel, £45, www. asos.com
Japanese charm earrings £8, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams, www. debenhams.com
Fashionably Famous Gwen Stefani
Back with her band, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani is now a mother of two in her forties, but could easily pass for a woman half her age. Certainly since her appearance on the X-Factor everyone has sat up and taken notice of this stunning celebrity. Noted for her sense of style over the years, Gwen has her own fashion label, l.a.m.b, and her look has always got a touch of ‘punk-rocker’ infused somewhere, certainly her tartan trousers certainly nod to this season’s plaid trend. Finishing off her ensemble with classic platinum locks and signature red lips Gwen possesses a timeless yet totally on trend sense of personal style.
Autograph leather t-shirt, £199, M&S, www. marksandspencer.com
Lace up boot, £449, Marc Cain, Lisburn Road, Belfast & Peel, Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, www.marc-cain.com Tartan trousers, £15, River Island, www.riverisland.com
Evelin Brandt In Brief:
Hit Belfast’s “Style Mile” and head to this leading Belfast boutique for exciting styles to suit all.
Having recently moved from its longstanding Ormeau Road location, Evelin Brandt has unveiled a stunning modern boutique on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. An ever bigger premises than before, this wellknown boutique now boasts even more fashion labels, all of which are attractively presented in an opulent new shopping environment. A friendly, expertly trained team are on
hand to help you with any fashion dilemmas, ensuring that you are dressed to impress wherever you go.
German brand Evelin Brandt is the core label in-store, but other global labels bring French flair, a London edge and perfect American casual style to this Belfast boutique. Whether for work or play there’s an eclectic mix of fashions to be found here for women of all ages. Plus you will love the range of keenly priced accessories, including jewellery and bags to help you finish off your chosen outfit.
Labels to Shop: Evelin Brandt, Crea Concept, Charli, My Best Jeans, Mado et les Autres, Mia Soana, Diva, FA Concept, Sfizio, James Lakeland and My Soul Expect to Pay: £50 - £500 Shop In-store: Cadogan House, 322 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 6GH. T: (028) 9020 7020 E: email@example.com W: evelinbrandt.co.uk www.facebook. com/evelinbrandtbelfast
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Never Forget... Elephant Juice Linzi Rooney graduated from University of Ulster in 2008 with BA Hons Art and Design and up until last year was working as a full time photographer, but becoming restless and wanting to get her “hands dirty” rather than wasting her creativity in front of a computer screen, Linzi began to explore other options, which lead to her new business Elephant Juice last year. “I have always loved the idea of recycling something old into something fresh and unique and I think fashion can be so disposable now. I wanted to create pieces that were timeless, since most of the cutlery I recycle to make my jewellery is 100 years old, why should it not last another 100 years, albeit in a different guise. Elephant Juice specialises in turning old and unused silver cutlery into one-off pieces of timeless jewellery,” explains Linzi. Why Elephant Juice? Well,
Linzi decided to name her new venture, “Elephant Juice”, because it means “I love you”. We can all remember back to those days of a child when we said elephant juice because it looks like you are saying I love you and then the person you said it to says I love you too and then you laugh and say I didn’t tell you l loved you! If you are thinking of commissioning a piece of jewellery from Linzi, maybe work from a piece you have already seen her make, or if you have a piece of cutlery, say for instance, from your granny or childhood home that has got nostalgia for you and you would like it turned into a bracelet or necklace. Anything can be made, there are no limits so let your creativity go wild. Pieces can also be bought in Coppermoon, Refound and Jacob Street in Belfast and as of 1st December Elephant Juice will be on ASOS Marketplace.
For further information and commissions contact Linzi Rooney at Elephant Juice on: T: 07709 861897 E: firstname.lastname@example.org, W: elephantjuice.net Facebook & Twitter NB. In 2013 Linzi will also be starting as a director with “The Fashion Souk”, helping to promote a greener and more sustainable way to shop and live, and also to promote local artists and designers. The Christmas Souk will be on Sunday 9th December at Radisson Park Inn Hotel, Clarence Street West, Belfast.
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Diva collection (Elisa, Suri, Song, Ray, Fei Fei & Daul), £11, Zoya, www.zoyapolish.co.uk Face palette, £9.50, Limited Collection at M&S, www.marksandspencer.com
Treat Yourself... Or a friend to one of these beauty must-haves this Christmas...
Very Estée, £51 for 50ml, Estée Lauder, www.esteelauder.co.uk
Limited Edition Kohl Cake Liner, £17, Bobbi Brown, www.bobbibrown.co.uk Dog print wash bag, £22, Ted Baker, www.tedbaker.com
False eyelashes, £25, Illamasqua for www.asos.com
per una Exquisite Eau de Toilette, £16 for 100ml, M&S, www.marksandspencer.com
Nutrilips Balm (03 Rosaria), £13, Wild About Beauty, House of Fraser, Belfast, www.wildaboutbeauty.com
Guilty Passions Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Kit, £25.50, M.A.C, Debenhams, CastleCourt, Belfast, www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Be-Jeweled, £5.49, Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush collection at Gordons Chemists, www.gordonsdirect.com
Whoopie Pie lip gloss, £5.95, www.prezzybox.com
Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, £32, Clinique, www.clinique.co.uk
Ombre Minérale Collection Mineral Mono Eyeshadow in Petal, £16, Clarins, www.clarins.co.uk
She’s So Jetset!, £29.50, Benefit Cosmetics at Menarys, www.menarys.com Compact mirror, £8, Cath Kidston, www. cathkidston.co.uk
Huile Prodigieuse, £28.50 for 100ml, Nuxe at Space N.K., uk.spacenk.com
Cream Colour Base, £14.50, M.A.C, www. maccosmetics.co.uk
Have Yourself A Berry Lippy Xmas!
Christina Hendricks Photography: Tim Cully Make-up: Ciara Daly
Well ladies, as the season to be fabulous approaches us, a sure fire way to quickly update your make-up look is to be bold and brave with a gorgeous red lip.
Cameron Diaz By Ciara Daly
I often get asked the question, would I suit red lips? My honest response is yes everybody suits red lips, it’s just down to the shade and texture of lipstick which you decide on, so here are some do’s and don’ts on how to wear red.
When it comes to texture, if you have nice big luscious lips you can wear anything from a matte heavily pigmented lipstick to a lipstain or red gloss, but if you are more mature and lipstick can tend to bleed into fines lines I would recommend more sheer or glossy finishes.
A few different factors come into play here, for example, your skin
tone, current trend, how you’re wearing the rest of your make-up, your lip shape and size, and even your personality or outfit you’re wearing. My view is true reds work best on a pale face, while olive skin tones suit brown reds or darker shades, but bear in mind there are always exceptions to the rule!
This season there are more vampy reds with blue undertones opposed to the bright fire engine reds, but seasons and trends come and go, so find the perfect red for you and stick with it. Trust me, once you get used to wearing red you’ll instantly feel more powerful and sexy, and hey, what girl doesn’t want that for Christmas?
My Top Five Reds... 1. Clinique Chubby stick In Super Strawberry, £16: A perfect red tint for the faint-hearted! 2. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick, £17: A velvety long lasting finish that will vamp up your look. 3. Max Factor Flame Tree, £7.82: Hollywood glam for those on a budget. 4. Revlon Super Luscious Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow, £7.13: A gorgeous pinky-red perfectly suited to those with paler skin. 5. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £14: One of my make-up kit must-haves it’s a real winner!
Get the Look: Girls Aloud Girls Aloud have just put the finishing touches to their hotly anticipated album and this issue, the talented 4Fashion Events team show Ulster Life readers how to create their own winter twist on this sassy girl group’s comeback look.
Photography: Tony Webster
“December means only one thing - party central, and it’s easy for every fashionista to go from drab to fab in a matter of minutes with this simple top knot,” says Connor Kerr, Creative Director of 4Fashion Events. “This look is hassle free and designed to brighten up your seasonal style. If you want to recreate the look then opt for some light under layers, which means your hair will keep fresh during the party season.” “Secure your hair high with an elastic using a tiny bit of hairspray, such as Schwarzkopf hairspray silhouette, flexi hold (£5.75). Once secured use a light hairspray and a French pin to lightly tease some of the hair back out of your secured high pony tail.” “Finish the look by using a soft dressing brush and lightly back comb one or two times. Then twist the hair around the elastic base and
secure with French pins placing them into the shape and pulling back before placing to secure.”
Every girl band knows how to pull off a glossy look whether it’s on stage or on the red carpet. Follow these quick tips to be camera ready at every party this festive season. “The most important advice is to invest in a great foundation that gives flawless coverage,” says Emma McConville, makeup artist for 4Fashion Events. “Next add a flush of colour to the cheeks with a blush such as Benefit’s Bella Bamba (£23.50).
To apply, smile and dash on the apples of the cheeks and blend in upwards. For the eyes, create a warm look with a mixture of pinks and oranges to brighten your complexion. Finish off with lashings of mascara to intensify your eyes.” “Finally, add a similar shade of pink to your lips and dab some clear gloss to to create the perfect pout for all of those party pics,” adds Emma. Book your own glamorous, festive makeover with the 4Fashion events team for £40. This offer applies until December 31st 2012. To book search 4Fashion Events on Facebook or call 07875261970.
Spa Slueth This issue a fabulous facial at Thérapie Clinic Belfast.
by Cathy Martin These winter days are dull, dreary and drab and I can tell you that I most definitely do not want my skin to reflect this! So this month, I booked myself in for a Resurgence Renewal Facial at Thérapie Clinic in Donegall Place to give my skin a desperately needed pick-me-up. The Resurgence Renewal Facial is part of the Doctor Murad Infusion Facial Collection that is exclusive to Thérapie Clinics in Ireland and is perfect for rejuvenating and refreshing older skin. (Am I saying I’m old? Certainly not!) My treatment began with my therapist Sharon cleansing my face using the Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream which is applied directly to the skin and then removed with delicate gauze. After prepping my skin,
Sharon started the peel by using the Murad Intensive Wrinkle Rescuer which is designed to reverse all signs of aging through hydrating and firming the skin. Sharon then swept the Murad Hydrating Toner across my skin using cotton pads. The toner is infused with camomile, cucumber and witch hazel making it highly relaxing and a sensory delight - pure bliss! Following this, Sharon covered my face with the Murad Firming Treatment Mask which calms the skin following the peel. She used the toner again and finished with the Murad Renewing EyeCream which is perfect if you’ve had a few too many late nights! Next, she applied the Murad Age Diffusing Serum which dramatically
L-R: Murad Essential-C Eye Cream, £57; Murad Sheer Lustre Day Moisturiser, £64; Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream, £35; Murad Renewing Eye Cream, £67
increases the skin’s firmness and elasticity, and I could definitely feel this working straight away. To finish, Sharon used the lightweight Murad Sheer Lustre Day Moisturiser, a delicious combination of avocado oil and Shea butter. This moisturiser restores suppleness, texture and tone. Finally, she dabbed some of the Essential-C Eye Cream around my eye area which I snapped up afterwards to take home - believe me, once you try it, this will become an essential for your bathroom cabinet too! The treatment plan recommends a weekly visit for six weeks. By going in for the six week period you are ensuring that all new cells that have been created are in accordance with the treatment course. Thérapie also recommend that this facial is
followed with an iPixel facial, a non-invasive laser based treatment that uses the latest technology to remove signs of aging, scars and pigmentation and is the best way to maintain your brighter complexion. After the facial I noticed my skin (and disposition!) were immediately brighter. Nothing could dampen my bright mood, not even the dreary, dark skies of Belfast!
Thérapie Clinic Belfast Cleaver House Donegall Place (opposite City Hall) Belfast T: 028 9043 8397 W: therapieclinic.co.uk
Hair Therapy all your hair dilemmas answered.
by Michael Quinn
Q: I am finding that this cold weather is making my hair really dry and brittle, and my scalp is slightly itchy, please help? This is a really common concern with a lot of my clients at this time of year. I call it the “winter woes”, I have no doubt that it’s the worst season for hair, not least because it tends to be the most stressful time of year and this can affect hair behaviour and cause scalp flaking and itching. Cold weather can also lead to drier, frizzier hair due to constant changes in temperature between central heating and back into inclement weather. Choose an ultra-gentle hair care regimen, like JOICO K-Pak Shampoo and Conditioner. These creamy formulas will cleanse and condition without drying or stripping hair or scalp to help minimise any itching and leave tresses shiny, strong and silky. Also regular TLC in the form of deep conditioning throughout the lengths at this time of year will
really rehydrate and keep winterweary strands healthy. The award winning JOICO K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructer results in an immediate noticeable difference in strength, texture and appearance. If strands are super thirsty I would suggest applying this treatment several times a week, cover hair with a plastic cap and relax in a nice hot bath for 20 minutes or so before rinsing off. Be sure to blow dry hair fully after washing and not leave over night to dry as this can damage hair and lead to further dryness.
Q: I recently decided to go for the chop and embraced the Pixie crop just like Rihanna’s, the trouble is I am finding it really difficult to style. Can you give me some advice? For the best finish with this style forget combs and brushes, I find it looks chicest if you finish it with your fingers and a little styling product. Simply apply a shapeenhancing styler like JOICO
JOICO K-PAK Colour Therapy Conditioner, £14.95
JOICO K-PAK Colour Therapy Shampoo, £13.95
53 and bobs. Then direct it into the final shape and finish drying. Add a bit more of the styler with your fingers once hair is dry, pinching strands to encourage separation and definition and there you have it Rihanna refined in just ten minutes.
Q: The party-season is fastapproaching and I really want to try a new showstopping look. I have always wanted long, luscious locks - any recommendations?
JOICO, Structure Paste, £5.90
JOICO K-PAC, Reconstructor, £29
Structure Paste to damp strands, and direct airflow from the dryer at the roots, pushing the hair around with your hands. The paste delivers maximum long lasting flexibility to all styles, but in particular crops
Hair extensions are a great way of building up volume, creating texture and adding length, and my salon stocks the number one hair extensions brand, Racoon. These extensions are 100% ethically sourced, human hair extensions. All of Racoon’s products are scientifically proven to keep natural hair safe and healthy, and are endorsed by an independent trichologist. My Express Extensions Bar in the salon offers bonded hair extensions, weft hair extensions and clip-in hair extensions. The bonded extensions can last for up to six months with regular salon maintenance appointments so they’re perfect if you want to hold onto your long hair for longer. If however, you are looking for a more temporary solution then the weft hair extensions (which will last for four weeks) or clip-in extensions would be best for you. Also, remember hair extensions can be used to create a classically chic Christmas up-do. So book yourself in for a consultation and your longing for longed for locks will be within your grasp for the party-season.
“Hair extensions are a great way of building up volume, creating texture and adding length, and my salon stocks the number one hair extensions brand, Racoon. These extensions are 100% ethically sourced, human hair extensions.”
At Fraser Nolan we focus on delivering the best quality shutters to the market. Now in our 10th anniversary year, we can guarantee unrivalled levels of support, and unparalleled experience in the design and installation of your shutters. Our showroom is based on Belfast’s trendy Lisburn Road and customers are welcome to call in to have a look at the range of shutters we supply and fit. Someone is always at hand to give advice on the different woods, colours, frames and louvre sizes which are available. We offer residential and commercial installations and have installed shutters in many different houses and properties, all over Northern Ireland and in many parts of Southern Ireland. Other services that we offer include the design and installation of exterior shutters, wall panels and our Pure Wood range of blinds. Call in or email us with some basic measurements to hand and we can give you a quick quote. At Fraser Nolan our signature service is tailored to make sure that your hopes and expectations are not just met but exceeded every step of the way. www.frasernolan.co.uk Fraser Nolan 184 Lisburn Road Belfast, BT9 6AL
Freephone: 0800 511 8280 Telephone: 028 9087 4244 Email: email@example.com
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm Saturday: 11.30am-4pm
Charm wreath, £12, Next, www.next.co.uk Metal And Glass Lamp, £20, Heatons, www. heatonsstores.com
Reindeer bowl, £5, Matalan, www.matalan.co.uk
It’s time to get festive and add some traditional Christmas colour and sparkle to your home...
Reindeer knitted red cushion, £25, Debenhams, www. debenhams.com
Skandi hi-ball glass, £1.50, Tesco, www. tesco.com
Glimmer wine glass (set of 4), £20, Next, www.next.co.uk
Glass charger, £18, Pied a Terre at House of Fraser, www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Decorative Champagne mantel clock, £35, Laura Ashley, www.lauraashley.com
Vintage napkins, £5.95, Nordic House, www. nordichouse.co.uk Star votives, £5, Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams, www.debenhams.com
Bright jewelled glass bauble placecard holders (set of 6), £11.99, The Contemporary Home, www.tch.net
Santa plate, was £18.95; now £13.25, Villeroy & Boch Christmas Shop at The OUTLET Banbridge
JULMYS glass candle, £1, IKEA Belfast, www.ikea.com
Laser-cut green Christmas tree placemats (set of 2), £11.95, iapetus, www.iapetus.co.uk
1950s Xmas non slip doormat, £22.50, Cotswold Trading, www. cotswoldtrading.com Christmas pudding salt & pepper pots, £4.99 per pair, The Contemporary Home, www.tch.net Wooden Nordic table top trees, £14.99 each, The Contemporary Home, www.tch.net
Mulled wine pot with warmer, £34.99, Drinkstuff, www.drinkstuff.com
Time to Dine
Three arm looped candleabra, £6.46, Tesco, www.tesco.com
Glass and silver mini hurricane tealight, £15, Laura Ashley, www. lauraashley.com
Add some style and sophistication to your festive dining table.
Champagne flutes, £39.50, Autograph at M&S, www. marksand spencer.com
Silver cherub candle, £8.50, Nordic House, www.nordichouse.co.uk
‘Lustre’ dinner plate, £12; side plate, £10; soup bowl, £10; teacup and saucer, £10, all Casa Couture at House of Fraser, www. houseoffraser.co.uk
Image courtesy of Heatons Christmas Home 2012
A Grand Design This impressive home located on the Craigdarragh Road in Helen’s Bay, is a stunning modern day, family home that combines unique design and functionality. Photography by Jarrett Truscot Number 59 is a landmark property along the Craigdarragh Road and occupies a spectacular elevated position with a delightful outlook across woodland to Belfast Lough and the Antrim coastline. This impressive “Grand Designs” style family home was constructed only five years ago and enjoys an impressive range of quality finishes, not least the floor to ceiling windows which maximise
the surrounding sea views. The internal styling creates an intimate ambiance which is immediately apparent on entering the home’s magnificent reception hall with minstrel gallery, walnut wooden flooring and a magnificent stainless steel and glazed partition leading to a superb dining room. The cathedral style roof to the dining room is mirrored through a vaulted ceiling in the drawing
room and large kitchen and family living space. These principal rooms open to sun terraces and balconies affording the best of the outlook. The combination of natural materials, including floor to ceiling windows, internal glazed walls and porcelain tiling, combined with chic design, maximises the flow of natural light throughout the property. The ground floor L-shaped kitchen is a modern living space with a high gloss finish, frosted glass work surfaces, porcelain tiled floor, as well as excellent view across the terrace to Belfast Lough and the Antrim coastline. From this area of the house there is also access to the rear patio decking and garden. The extensive accommodation is designed over three floors delivering
four double bedrooms including a dramatic master bedroom and outstanding ensuite bathroom. There are three ensuites in total, all bespoke and individually designed. Other details include an engineered walnut stainless steel
The extensive accommodation is designed over three floors delivering four double bedrooms including a dramatic master bedroom and outstanding ensuite bathroom.
and glass staircase, a crow’s nest style office, and family room. Externally, there is also precise attention to detail in slate paving, Aroco cladding and extensive outdoor lighting. This property is approached through Aroco double electric gates and a sweeping driveway brings you up to the front of the house for parking and the detached double garage. The surrounding grounds stretch out over approximately one-acre and are attractively landscaped front, side and rear, using slate paving, Aroco wood cladding, pebbled walls, mature planting and extensive outdoor lighting.
For further information on this property contact: John Minnis Estate Agents Holywood: 028 9042 8888 Donaghadee: 028 9188 8881 www.johnminnis.com N.B. Any client who puts their home on the market with John Minnis Estate Agents from now until 18th April 2013 will receive a free ‘de-stress’ voucher for The Merchant Hotel’s luxurious Spa upon completion of the sale of their property. The voucher will include a half-day’s indulgent package which includes access to the exclusive hydrotherapy area, a relaxing facial and tranquil body treatment as well as a tasty lunch.
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Savvy Savings Feeling the festive pinch, well here are some money saving tips to help you in the run up to Christmas...
By Claire Wilson
ALL I want for Christmas is a Mulberry Handbag. An Effie Hobo Mulberry to be exact, the very same one I’ve spent far too much time pouring over in House of Fraser. At £575 it is probably worth every penny. But sadly, with Christmas fast approaching, its pennies I simply don’t have. But a girl can dream, can’t she? Or at least live in hope that the better half gets the hint (chance is a fine thing!) and I find that
69 little beauty wrapped up in gold under the Christmas tree. Until then, every penny counts, and with Christmas shopping in the pipeline, as well as one or two festive soirees, I’m going to be living on a budget for the next six weeks. But, how exactly can we make the elusive pay check go that little bit further? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret - being on a budget doesn’t mean giving up on life’s guilty pleasures.
I don’t know about you lot, but I love winter fashion - the scarves, the coats, the boots, and not forgetting the essential LBD for Christmas party season. If you are looking for high fashion at affordable prices then look no further than Primark. I’ve lost count of the many times I’ve been complemented on a piece of statement jewellery, or my new imitation leather jacket, which at just £25 was a complete steal. But, if your taste in fashion extends is more sophisticated, high end fashion chain Reiss are currently offering 50% discount on a selection of styles while stocks last - form an orderly queue ladies! Or, grab yourself a Victoria Square student discount card – registration for the card is simple, and once you have that shiny piece of plastic in your purse, you can enjoy at least 10 percent discount across participating stores and restaurants. Dinner in The Ivory or that fabulous red ‘Kyra’ coat from Coast might not be that unattainable after all.
Although I love festive fashion, I’m less keen on winter weather. The elements are playing havoc with my skin. Top of my beauty bible is skin care saviour Liz Earle, I swear by her products. However, on a budget they simply won’t make it into my beauty cabinet this side of Christmas. Step forward my beauty find of the year, St.Ives Apricot Skin care range. It has all the ingredients of
luxury skincare, with half the price tag. And what’s more, ASDA are currently running a three for £7 offer across the entire St.Ives range. If your skin woes require more than a little DIY, Groupon and Living Social are offering some amazing beauty therapy deals from salons across Belfast, and what’s more, they are only a click away. Or, take a trip to my favourite little Spot - The Academy of Hair and Beauty on Rosemary Street - first class treatments, with a tiny price tag.
So, you’re all dressed up, and your skin is buffed to perfection - but on a budget, you’ve got nowhere to go. Look no further than the many bistros and restaurants across the city offer meal deals
and early bird specials. Take Shelter from the cold in Darcy’s Bistro, where you can eat for £7.77, before 7pm, seven nights a week. Oh and did I mention, you can grab your first glass of wine for just £1.50. Or dine in the delicious YUM on Stranmillis, who run early bird specials six days a week. Alternatively, if you have time, log onto www.toptowndeals.com, you will be pleasantly surprised at the treats in store with offers such as dining for two in the fabulous Merchant Hotel for just £25! This is just a snippet of what Belfast has to offer if you find the cash flow getting thinner. For more helpful tips, have a look at our website, where I will be keeping you constantly updated on tips and offers. Plus, we might even get some valuable input from you lot.
christmas guide Reindeer decorations, ÂŁ4.99 each, The Mews, Holywood
For Him, For Her... Looking for some gift inspiration? Then weâ€™ve a few ideas to get you started...
Tapered fit jacket, £129, Remus Uomo, www.remusuomo.com
Snowflake socks, £20, Gant at House of Fraser, www. houseoffraser.co.uk
Acqua di Parma men’s cologne, £40, uk.spacenk.com
Tapered fit Merino wool sweater, £55, Remus Uomo, www.remusuomo.com
Stenson boots, £76.99, Office, www.office.co.uk
Silver stag tie clip, £25, Viyella, www.viyella.co.uk
Gent’s watch, £299, Rotary Watches, www.rotarywatches.com
Beaded necklace, £32, Rebro, Facebook.com/RebroJewellery
Gucci Première Eau de Parfum, £64 for 50ml, Boots, www.boots.com
Mures sheepskin jacket, £695, All Saints, Victoria Square, www.allsaints.com
Red cami, £45, Rosie for Autograph at M&S, www. marksandspencer. com
Chandra chain clutch, £725, Jimmy Choo at Cruise, Victoria Square, www.cruisefashion.co.uk Glitter ankle boots, £68, Next, www.next.co.uk
Suede punched gloves, £22, Accessorize, Victoria Square, www.accessorize.com Rubellite and diamond ring, £POA, exclusively from Lunn’s the Jewellers, www.lunns.com
Take a Trip to... Kate Wilson visits Edinburgh, to get a feel for what Scotland is really about, tartan and all. Edinburgh Do
For me, it is at this time of year that Edinburgh really comes to life. The winding cobbled streets of the city seem to lend themselves to winter and the historic bars and restaurants hidden away in the backstreets are such welcoming haunts from the bitter Scottish cold. Although it may seem an obvious choice when visiting Edinburgh in the run up to Christmas, the continental market is hard to beat. From 29th November East Princes Street Gardens will transform into Edinburgh’s very own ice rink so you can show off your skills twirling around on the ice. If you, like myself, consider ice skating to be more of a spectator sport, there is plenty to entertain on the sidelines including festive food and mulled wine to beat the chill. The ice rink will be open right up until Christmas eve so there’s no excuse not to give it a whirl. Along with the ice rink making an appearance, so will the traditional German Christmas Market and Edinburgh Farmer’s Market both exuding the sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas and the perfect place for finding some unique festive treats and gifts.
By far the best way to see Edinburgh, that is all of it at once, is by climbing Arthur’s Seat, just opposite the Palace of Holyrood House. The walk will only take a couple of hours and is by no means strenuous, just be sure to wrap up warm! Once you reach the summit, on a clear day stunning views can be seen over the
whole of Edinburgh city centre and beyond, stretching as far as much of East Lothian, Midlothian and across the Firth of Forth to Fife.
There’s only one place to start when shopping in Edinburgh, that is Harvey Nichols just off Princes Street. Its every shopper’s paradise with five floors of luxury brands and the most up to date fashion to drool over! When you’ve done all the shopping you can possibly handle, take rest bite in the delectable and aptly named ‘Forth Floor Restaurant’ where head chef Stuart Muir will treat you to fine dining, with striking views over Edinburgh. For High Street shopping, head straight to Princes Street, where there is a generous
75 the ingredients where possible, originating in Scotland. The quality of these ingredients is self evident on tasting and the earthy flavours really compliment the time of year. www.grainstore-restaurant.co.uk The Grassmarket in Edinburgh is the best place to go for a lively night out and with so many bars to choose from, its hard to know if you’ve made the right decision! A personal recommendation would be The Beehive Inn. Its central location ensures that you can soak up the atmosphere, as well as a lot of fine Scottish whiskey from its expansive cellar! It consists of the main bar, a secondary bar (the Honeypot) and a meeting room which was often used by Prince Charles as a place to dine when he was based at Rosyth. If you’re willing to tough out the cold, it also has the biggest beer garden in the city! www.beehive-edinburgh.com
selection, all of which is overlooked by the iconic ruins of Edinburgh Castle, as shopping destinations go, Edinburgh is truly unique.
The Grain Store in Edinburgh City Centre is undoubtedly the best place to sample the true tastes of Scotland. On entering the rustic restaurant, you are greeted with mouthwatering smells of the best Scottish game and seafood. What is so special about this restaurant? Aside from the sumptuous food on offer, is the emphasis that restaurant owners, Paul and Carlo put on the importance of homemade. From the fresh bread on arrival, the crisp crackers that come with the cheese, and absolutely everything in between is homemade, with
On a trip to Edinburgh there is nowhere that compares to the Nira Caledonia Hotel for timeless elegance. It’s decadent interior seems to come from a bygone era and the exterior is reminiscent of a Georgian gentleman’s residence. Located in the leafy new town, just a short stroll from Prince’s street, it is stepped in history, once being home to John Wilson, a close friend of Wordsworth and popular literary figure in Edinburgh in the early 19th Century. The rooms are all uniquely furnished with antiques in-keeping with the townhouse exterior, with some suites even boasting their own private garden terraces, and resisting the vast jacuzzi bath in each room is impossible! The restaurant which has undergone recent renovation specialises in authentic Scottish cuisine from Scottish porridge for breakfast right through to haggis, neeps and tatties with Islay whisky sauce for dinner. I would defiantly recommend this stunning hotel for an authentic slice of Scottish luxury. www.niracaledonia.com
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Scandinavian Style Get in the driving seat of the Volvo XC60 D4 Lux.
by Graeme Wallace There has been an influx of Sports Utility Vehicles over the last ten years or so, the first of which that caught my eye was the original BMW X5, and arguably it played a pivotal role in kick starting the market here for luxury SUV’s. The annoying thing about these vehicles is knowing what to call them…SUV/jeep/4x4/soft roader, cross-over, truck? I tend to call them all jeeps, but we need to be careful with that as “Jeep” is actually a manufacturer of 4x4 vehicles. I have come across more 4x4 purists over the years than I care to quantify, most of whom have the elitist attitude that unless a 4x4/ SUV/jeep et al can climb/descend a 45 degree muddy hill on a sodden January afternoon, then it shouldn’t
be made....and usually followed by a “Chelsea Tractor” comment. I think the sales of all manner of these type of vehicles in the UK speak for themselves, proof of which we see on the likes of the Lisburn Road or Holywood High Street every day doing the school run.
The XC60 is a very handsome, classy and imposing vehicle in the flesh. The sharp modern lines are unique, with the swept back headlights, high level tail lights and rear quarters helping to set this SUV out from the crowd. Our test car was an inoffensive combination of white with large 20 inch diamond cut finish anthracite wheels, although this is a combo that
I feel is getting on a bit these days and a little predictable…..subtle brown metallic is going to be the next en vogue colour, and the XC60 would look even better in it. Nevertheless, it still manages to look sharper and more individual than its competitors, such as the clinical Audi Q5 and to a lesser extent the new BMW X3. The SE Lux model we tested was fitted with the optional aluminium “side scuff plates”, which do look quite good, but I kept catching them with my leg when entering or exiting the car, not ideal if the car is dirty and you’re dressed in your best en route to a party!
I’d like to take this opportunity to address something, and that is our total obsession with leather seats in cars these days. I think people feel that if you have anything other than leather seats in your car then you’re looked upon as a pauper. This is total rubbish, the only advantage to leather seats is how easy they are to clean, I personally do not see any other advantage to having them in a car. The XC60 is no exception, the seats are a little cold and the leather is quite hard, although with the heated seats switched on they’re pleasant enough….it’s worth noting though that both leather and heated seats are a cost option on the XC60. Therefore my suggestion is to save yourself some money and opt for cloth seats. Even on a freezing winter’s morning they won’t require heating as your toasty posterior will heat them naturally in seconds. I’m not sure if Volvo offer a suede/alcantara option, but if they do this is the option to choose, personally I would spec centre sections in alcantara and the bolsters in leather, an option which is popular on the Audi Q5. Volvo have a very clever simple interior layout, there’s no fussy switches or buttons to confuse you, and the floating style dash, which has become a feature in all recent Volvo cars, works equally well in the
XC60. The white lighting is crisp and sharp, and the use of aluminium trim helps with the modern feel, no old man walnut wood in here. The instrument binnacle design and dash is a welcome change from the sometimes dull offerings from the German marques, the colouring and materials are good, and the use of white lighting with the aluminium inlays is fresh and inviting. The centre screen on the dash shows heater controls, radio/ music settings, phone information
Vital Statistics: Volvo XC60 D4 AWD SE Lux Geartronic Model: 2400cc, 5 cylinder turbo diesel, all wheel drive, six-speed auto Price: £30,208 for the basic D4 manual SE, £44,565 as tested. Power/torque: 163bhp, 420 Nm of torque at 1500-2000rpm, Top speed: 118mph Acceleration: 0-62mph 10.9sec Fuel economy: 31.7mpg urban, 50.4mpg extra urban, 41.5 combined CO2 emissions: 179g/km Tax Band: E
and is adequate, but is perhaps a little small compared to the competition. Perhaps a car spec’d with sat-nav would have a wide screen version of this, a bit like the “Professional” option offered by BMW. Although the XC60 has a shorter wheelbase than the Audi Q5, there is ample space in the back, and due to the flatter transmission tunnel means the middle seat is more accommodating than the Q5. The seats are the usual large offerings we have come to expect from Volvo, and felt comfortable throughout my time in the car. The rear seats split and fold 60:40, but they don’t slide forward, nevertheless the boot is still longer and wider to that of the Audi. Great for families, the built-in booster cushion will be a welcome feature for any parent. The boot is pretty big, with seats up it’s 495 litres, and massive seats down at 1,455 litres.
I was expecting big things from this Swedish lovely, but I came away a little underwhelmed. Our test vehicle was fitted with the optional 20 inch wheels and low profile tyres, and the resulting ride over uneven surfaces was a little poor, especially
79 under 40mph where the XC60 felt unsettled and crashy over uneven surfaces and cats eyes. Although on perfectly smooth surfaces the ride was superb, and the damping of the suspension was excellent. Sadly on our roads smooth is not something we experience too often. Opting for the standard 18 inch wheels would largely overcome this issue, plus it would save you approximately £2k on the larger 20 inch wheels and mean much lower tyre costs come replacement time. The 6 speed “Geartronic’ auto gearbox was pretty straight forward and did what it needed to, although it falls a bit behind the offerings from BMW or Audi who now offer dual clutch 7 or 8 speed boxes, which help lower emissions and increase MPG. The 5 cylinder engine sounded great and performed quite well, especially when up to speed, it was particularly comfortable and enjoyable on a long run, although again the large 20 inch wheels made themselves known in the way of some additional road noise. The final trick the XC60 had for me was something that managed to get my heart racing, and unfortunately that wasn’t from power sliding it around Kirkistown race circuit, which I’m sure SMW would not have been too pleased about. I was pulling up in the office car park heading towards my usual space beside the hedge, and it soon became apparent that the XC60 didn’t trust my driving and decided it needed to help me stay out of the greenery by automatically applying 100% braking. Great safety feature there is no doubt, but I had no idea the car had it. It took me back to the day when my old driving instructor had to apply the brakes via his dual controls to prevent us bombing through a zebra crossing, I didn’t see either of these situations coming and both gave me quite a fright! So, for self-preservation, either drive everywhere with your driving instructor, or buy a Volvo XC60. Thanks to Brian at SMW Volvo.
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Get the taste of Christmas with your favourite Veda bread and seasonal fruits.
Sunblest Veda Bread French Toast with Spiced Apples, Pears, Rum Soaked Golden Sultanas & Cinnamon Cheesecake Cream • 1 pear • Juice of half a lemon • 25g butter • 25g Demerara sugar • ½ tsp ground cinnamon • ½ tsp mixed spice Cinnamon Cheesecake Cream: • 75g cream cheese • 2 tsp honey • 1 tsp cinnamon • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract • 75ml whipping cream • 2 tsp icing sugar
HOW TO MAKE: Apple, Pear & Sultanas: Peel and core the apple, and cut into quarters and cut each quarter in four. Do the same with the pear and toss in the lemon juice. Heat the butter in a pan with the sugar over medium high heat and when the sugar starts to melt add the apples and pears. Cook for two minutes, stirring frequently. Add the soaked sultanas - be careful the rum could flame up! Add the cinnamon and spice and cook on a high heat until the juices have reduced and thickened. To celebrate the launch of Sunblest’s new “Breadpan” Humour campaign, Sunblest teamed up with top NI chef Paula McIntyre to create some delicious Christmas recipes ideas using Sunblest products. For more recipes and to get involved in campaign check facebook. com/sunblest
Serves 2 WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Sunblest Veda French Toast: • 2 thick slices Sunblest Veda • 1 egg • 2 tbsp whole milk • 1 tsp castor sugar • 10g butter Spiced apples, pears and rum soaked golden sultanas: • 2 5g golden sultanas soaked for 2 hours (but preferably overnight) in 50ml golden rum or spiced rum • 1 Granny Smith apple
Cinnamon Cheesecake Cream: Boil the honey in a small pan with cinnamon and vanilla. Cool and mix into the cream cheese. Whisk in the cream and sugar. French Toast: Whisk the eggs, milk and sugar together. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Dip the Sunblest Veda in the egg mixture and coat. Fry until golden on both sides. ENJOY: Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.
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Moda lace skirt, £14 Sheer shirt with sequin collar, £10 Purple flower jacquard dress, £20 (online only)
Time to shine
George Military Coat, £40
Structured blazer £25, G21 Lace Shorts £12
As November draws to a close and the city starts to twinkle with Christmas lights, we instinctively know it’s time to start planning the perfect outfit for that big Christmas night out. And yet again, affordable fashion brand George is leading the style pack with the season’s key trends. The party season is all about glitter and sparkle – and you can go
for gold at George with fabulous sequin blazers or sheer shirts with gorgeous embellished collars. Keep it sharp while keeping warm with the military look – swaddle yourself in well-structured coats or tight jeans in beautiful khaki tones. Or follow the other big Autumn/Winter trend and ‘go gothic,’ with dark floral prints or delicate lacy dresses.
Gold Peter Pan Collar Necklace, £5
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things to see & do
Belfast Christmas Market
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday: 10am to 8pm Thursday to Saturday: 10am to 10pm Sunday: 1pm to 6pm
As the days get shorter and Jack Frost is nipping at your toes, what better way to warm the spirit than with a delicious glass of Glühwein while exploring the wonders of the award-winning Belfast Christmas Market which is on until Thursday 20th December in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. With over 80 traders, the Christmas market offers shoppers a Gastronomic journey around the globe. Offerings include: Crepes from France, Belgian chocolates and an exotic selection of ostrich, wild boar and crocodile burgers for those with a taste for adventure. Giant Bratwurst sold from the iconic Schwenkgrille, Spanish Paella, and nougat from Italy is also on offer for hungry festive shoppers. Show your support for the local retailers from St. George’s Market (who make up over 30% of the
traders) and see the best of what Northern Ireland has to offer too. For those who want to buy loved ones something special, handmade gifts carefully crafted by traders from around the world are also showcased. Wrap up warm for winter in Peruvian clothing made out of genuine Alpaca wool, update your accessory collection with some Aztec jewellery or style your wardrobe with some Parisian fashion. The Christmas Market has designated special time slots from 10am-12pm Monday-Wednesday for their “Buddy Scheme”, an initiative aimed at providing additional assistance for those who may require it, during their visit. After a walk around in the brisk winter air, the complimentary tea and coffee served in the Bobbin coffee shop as part of the scheme, provides a welcome treat.
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Great Food Our new Autumn/Winter menus offer a flavour of our local produce, beautifully balanced by our award winning chefs.
Excellent Service Whatever the occasion, here at the Ivory we always provide a friendly and professional service, tailor made to suit every occasion.
Mouthwatering Cocktails With the aim of enlightening drinkers through a hands on interactive experience. The Ivory cocktail masterclass is a must for all you cocktail lovers.
Contact us to make this Christmas a memorable one. 3rd Floor House Of Fraser, Belfast BT1 4QG T: 028 9032 4577 E: email@example.com
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people & parties
People & Parties
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Christmas at La Bastille
Starter Winter vegetable soup with a hint of garlic Fish cake, tartare sauce, salad leave Warm goat’s cheese salad served with basil oil Chicken and pistachio terrine, prune chutney Confit of duck, white beans cassoulet
Turkey & ham with stuffing, winter mash, roasties, sprouts, jus gras. Beetroot & star anise risotto served with rocket & parmesan shavings Bavette (steak) with mushroom & shallot confit, French fries, red wine jus
Breast of chicken with potato fondant, glazed carrots, butter roasted sprouts, chicken jus
Beef Bourguignon served with mash
Prunes a l’ Armagnac with fromage Blanc Crème Brulée, plum compote. Chocolate gateau with vanilla ice cream Lemon posset, passion fruit jelly ,raisain biscuit.
Baked cod with tomato fondu, mushroom duxelle, herb crust, potatoes
Cuisine Francaise - Pure et Simple 182A Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 6AL T: 028 9066 7500 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.labastillerestaurant.com
people & parties
Kat St. Angelo, Tom Foye & Andrea Foye
Khara Pringle & Bradley Quinn Sara O’Neill & John Mackem
Gavin Millar & Claire McEvoy
Show Girl... Photography: Brendan Gallagher
Mark & Whitney Morgan
Following her highly successful first solo exhibition just last year, leading fashion stylist and now established artist Sara O’Neill recently launched her second body of work to a rapidly growing fan base at Belfast’s Frame of Mine Gallery. Inspired by fashion and literature, Sara’s collection of pictures entitled “Love Me to Death” pays homage to the strength of the female character in the face of adversity. From themes
of doomed love and tempestuous relationships to thrills and sensations and trials and tribulations, Sara has explored and visualised such works as “The Woman in White”, “Wuthering Heights”, “Masque of the Red Death”, “Macbeth”, “Great Expectations” and “Rebecca”. Sara’s work is available for purchase via Frame of Mine Gallery or by visiting www.saras-designs.co.uk
Alison Clarke & Jackie Candless
Glenda Wilson & Gemma Boylan
Lisa Keir & Judy Graham
Matthew John & Joanne Salley
Fabulous FashionWeek Photography: Brendan Gallagher
Miss NI, Tiffany Brien
Eight years and fourteen seasons ago, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK burst onto the style scene here breaking, and in some cases, inventing the rules and setting a benchmark against which all similar shows would be measured. Today’s professional week-long celebration of fashion includes retailers from all over Northern
Ireland, the best up-and-coming fashion designers and established beauty and hair professionals – all of who come together to put on a show that has established itself as the must-see fashion event of the year. Certainly, the recent Autumn/Winter event brought all of the province’s fashionistas out in force to check out the best of local fashion.
people & parties
91 Caroline McKee
Style Search Photography: Kelly McAllister
Belfast’s CastleCourt shopping centre recently played host to an “Upload your Mode” style scout search. The centre hired top fashion stylists to scout the centre on Saturdays throughout September and October to help choose the most stylish shoppers to have their pictures taken. All photographs which tagged CastleCourt Belfast on Facebook or Mairead McAuley
mentioned @CastleCourt on Twitter were then judged for the chance to win a fabulous makeover prize. The winner, Caroline McKee, won a chic cocktail dress and stunning accessories as well as a beauty hamper, a meal for four at James Street South Bar and Grill and tickets to The Lady Boys of Bangkok’s new show “Carnival Queens”.
people & parties Susan Carvilin & Susan Tew
Michael Conlan & Dame Mary Peters
Ryan Hill, Rosalind Connelly & Lucy Best
Good Sports Photography: Elaine Hill
Paula & Jim Gracey
A line-up of top sports stars have helped to raise a massive £20,000 for sports charity, Special Olympics Ulster. Irish rugby stars Rory Best and Rob Kearney; Olympic legend, Dame Mary Peters and recent London 2012 silver medalist, boxer Michael Conlan; and Co. Down Gaelic footballers, Danny Hughes and Benny Coulter were all present at the charity’s recent “Celebrating Sporting Heroes” dinner at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast. Special Olympics Ulster patron and
host for the evening, Gerry Kelly interviewed the sports stars in front of a live audience, grilling the guests on their sporting and personal lives to create a panel discussion that was both entertaining and revealing. Three local sporting heroes from Special Olympics Ulster also took centre stage at the event – Rosalind Connolly from Portadown, Lucy Best from Lisburn and Ryan Hill from Richill are getting set to represent Ireland at the World Winter Games in South Korea in January.
people & parties
Zara McMullan & Katrina Doran Bernadette Byrne & Eamon Murphy
Gemma Randles & Aisling Hanby
Celebrating Success Photography: Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Ireland welcomed over 350 guests to Titanic Belfast at its thirteenth annual Marketing Excellence Awards, celebrating the success of
Northern Ireland businesses over the last 12 months. Guests enjoyed entertainment by swing singer Dave Martin at the gala event which was hosted by BBC business correspondent Jim Fitzpatrick.
Esmie Porter & Oscar Woolley
Sunday 13Th January 2013
Culloden Estate & Spa Sunday 27Th January 2013
Slieve Donard Estate & Spa Sunday 3rd February 2013
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Sunday 17Th February 2013
With industry experts, competitions, live entertainment and FAB fashion shows, it’s the perfect match For All Brides Drinks Reception on arrival and goodie bags from Debenhams Fashion Shows at 2pm & 4pm. Choreographed by Alison Campbell Model Agency Doors open 1pm-5pm
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An Irish Fairytale Photography: Nigel Williamson Wedding Photography
Racing car driver, Richard Lyons instantly knew that Gina Greco, a Senior Manager with Abercrombie & Fitch was the woman he wanted to marry. After about ten months and time spent liaising with family between where they lived, Tokyo, Richard’s parents in Hillsborough and Gina’s in Florida, it was at the Spanish Arch in Galway that Richard finally asked Gina to be his wife. Living in Tokyo and coming from different countries, the first thing was to decide where to marry,
but the couple chose Ireland and using the expert skills of wedding planner Angela Hunter from Birdsong Events, Castle Leslie was the perfect location for both the marquee reception and ceremony which also took place in the church on site, St. Salvador’s Church of Ireland, Glaslough. Eighty guests from America, Japan, Ireland and the rest of Europe came to celebrate and party with the newlyweds well into the wee small hours of the following day.
Simply Beautiful Photography: Carrie Davenport Tiarna Bradley and Graham Huddleston met in the Northern Whig Bar in Belfast in July 2007. Graham proposed on holiday in Monte Argentario, Italy on the top of a mountain overlooking the sea last June and the couple went on to marry at St Patrickâ€™s Church, Mohill, Co. Leitrim with their reception at nearby Lough Rynn Castle & Estate. Guests were welcomed with a Processco and beer drinks reception before enjoying a
Mediterranean themed meal. Tiarna wore a gown and shoes designed by MaryRose McGrath, with jewellery made by Lauren May jewellers. The bridesmaids wore navy chiffon Alexia Design dresses and the flowergirlâ€™s dress was from Angel Star in Carrickfergus. Flowers were by La Belle Fleur in Drumshamboo, Co. Leitrim and the cake was from Melting Moments in Belfast. The newlyweds went on to honeymoon in Hawaii and San Francisco.
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Kirstie McMurray & Marc Mallett
Tara Mills & Sarah Travers
Dr Samina Dornan & Professor Jim Dornan
Dr Deirdre Peake & Freddie Kinnersley
Strictly AMAZING Photography: Paul Moane, Aurora PA
Cora & Mark Regan
The Royal Does Strictly charity event, in aid of the Children’s MRI Scanner Appeal held two sell out nights raising over £100,000. Organised by Dr Deirdre Peake and her husband John Mulgrew, this unique event, supported by Kingsbridge Private Hospital featured six local personalities including Marc Mallet and Alison Fleming (UTV), Martina Purdy and Marie-Louise Connolly (BBC), Stephen Clements (Citybeat) and Kirstie McMurray (Downtown/Cool FM), who teamed up with key staff of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Pamela
Ballantine and Pete Snodden hosted the event and Dame Mary Peters was also on hand to judge the dance moves along with Ivan Martin, Dr Julie Ann Maney, a consultant at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, musician Brian Kennedy, comedian Colin Murphy and Belfast’s Lord Mayor Alderman Gavin Robinson. Martina Purdy and her dance partner Bill McCallion, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon won on the first evening and on the second it was Dr Deirdre Peake and her dance partner “Fitness” Freddie Kinnersley who took the title.
the final word
Up Close & Personal Former TV news reporter, Ivan Little, will reveal his feminine side as Lady Ma Ma - the grand dame - in Sleeping Beauty, this year’s Christmas pantomime at Belfast Waterfront! Here we catch up with the man behind the make-up! Who are you closest to? My family.
What is your earliest memory? Sitting in a pram in the driveway of my home in East Belfast and watching people going past.
What is your biggest fear?
Heights. I am 6’3” but I am terrified of heights. My daughter Emma once did the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and I almost passed out looking at the pictures.
Watching football. And eating out. Not to mention drinking out.
What are you best at?
When did you last feel really happy?
This morning when I woke up and realised that I’d woken up.
What is your biggest regret?
I like to think it’s my ability to empathise with people and to see both sides of the story.
That my mum and dad didn’t see their grandchildren growing up into the wonderful young adults they’ve become.
What do you value in a partner?
What would you change about your life?
Honesty and humour.
What will shock us?
I am a fan of Coronation Street. I never miss it. I blame my wife Siofra.
I would probably go back to my first love - writing - a lot sooner than I did. But I enjoyed my 33 years in broadcasting. And I love my acting career too.
Sleeping Beauty runs from 24th November - 5th January at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast. To book tickets call the box office on (028) 9033 4455 or www. waterfront.co.uk
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