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Welcome In this issue of Ulster Life we catch up with Brenda Shankey to learn more about her new found fitness, which has led to a new bootcamp business here in Northern Ireland. Be sure to read her story, and as you’ll see the results speak for themselves - so get signed up to fit into that LBD this Christmas. Yes, I did dare mention Christmas but don’t worry we haven’t skipped Halloween because there’s a bit of a gothic, after dark theme running throughout our fashion, beauty, interior and travel pages. However, Christmas parties are on the horizon, so don’t forget to get your table booked at the province’s best eateries for some festive food and fun. Until next issue,
Margaret Connolly Editor
6. Fit & Fabulous
39. Treat Yourself
Find out more about Brenda Shankey’s new fitness venture
96. The Final Word
Up close and personal with Andrew Mulvenna
Fashion 13. Treat Yourself To some fabulous autumnal fashions
To some luscious beauty products
42. After Dark
How to achieve this season’s gothic drama
44. Spa Sleuth
Cathy Martin gets pampered at Luxe Day Spa
46. Hair Therapy
Michael Quinn answers all your hair dilemmas
Kate Wilson takes a trip down south
72. Better The Devil You Know
Graeme Wallace gets in the driving seat of the Audi A3 2.0TDI Sport
People & Parties 77. Out & About
Eve Brannon finds inspiration in the Edwardiana trend
A selection of some of the best events that have taken place across the province
49. Treat Yourself To some stylish interiors
90. Bowled Over
18. Fashion Focus
Fashion that’s out of this world
52. Time for Bed
This issue we visit Candy Plum
How to create a cosy, girly bedroom retreat
29. On Yer Bike!
54. Golfer’s Paradise
Biker jackets and how to wear them
31. Wool Makes A Fashionable Comeback
A closer look inside Rory McIlroy’s home
A conventional fabric that’s high in style
61. An Apple A Day
32. The Fashionably Famous
63. Festive Fayre
The latest celebrity endorsements
A delicious apple muffin recipe A few ideas for eating and entertaining this Christmas
The wedding of Charlene Ardis and Simon McCammick
92. Simply Beautiful
The wedding of Andrea Devlin and Kevin Lee McQuade
94. Things To See & Do Find space in your diary for some of these upcoming events and activities
Fit & Fabulous This issue we try to keep up with the effervescent and energetic Brenda Shankey as she launches her new business venture.
by Margaret Connolly Brenda Shankey is a well known face in the world of male grooming alongside her husband Jason. However, in her quest to stay fit and healthy Brenda has teamed up with ex-Coronation Street actor, Scott Wright to bring his renowned bootcamps to Northern Ireland. Scott has been passionate about health and fitness since an early age and his profile in the fitness industry has been raised this year by training Kerry Katona.
Brenda, how did you first meet Scott and hear about his bootcamps?
Both Scott and I are friendly with actress Denise Welch and we met at her annual charity ball in Manchester and kept in touch. Knowing about his bootcamps I decided to go along and try one out.
Why did you feel the need to do a fitness bootcamp?
Sometimes in life you just get stuck in a rut. The weight is on and know you need to make a change and I felt that a bootcamp was the answer.
Also the promise of losing up to a stone in a week was too good to pass up! I do exercise regularly and I thought I ate well, but I’ve learnt so much from Scott’s bootcamps.
Did you see instant results?
During that first week-long bootcamp in July I lost a stone, and while I didn’t notice a huge change, my clothes were a lot looser on. More importantly though after this week I changed my whole outlook towards food and exercise. Rather than trying to find time for laborious workouts I began to take onboard the benefits of training for shorter periods everyday and eating healthily. This doesn’t mean following some faddy diet, just being sensible with my food choices and recognising the “good” fats that do need to be incorporated into your diet. With a fitness and food plan designed by Scott I spent four weeks at home continuing to strength train with my kettle bell instructor, Damien McErlean, I then went back for another one of Scott’s bootcamps and lost another
Scott Wright with Kerry Katona
7 Scott Wright and Brenda Shankey
half a stone. So, overall in a six week period I lost 2st 4lbs. I have managed to keep all of this weight off and I’m still continuing to loose thanks to what I have learnt.
So, what’s a typical day like at the bootcamp?
You train for eight hours everyday. You are not up at the crack of dawn, it’s a civilised start at about 9am because you are exhausted from the day before. You have one hour circuit training before breakfast and then after breakfast there’s another hour long session of circuits. Then lunch and you’re off for a six-hour mountain hike.
Do you have to have a good level of fitness beforehand? The last bootcamp I was on there were two people over sixty taking part. There are all different ages and stages of fitness so no one should be put off giving it a try. There’s really no one that can’t do this sort of training because if you are tired or need to slow down you can, but to be honest
with others training around you do find that you push on because you donâ€™t want to let anyone down.
Has life changed in the Shankey household because of your new eating and exercise regime?
Yes, we are all probably healthier as a result. I am cooking a lot more and I am also a lot more active and keen to get outdoors for a walk on a Sunday with the family. Iâ€™ve also learnt that 20 minutes exercise everyday is the most productive way to exercise, so I can take the kids to Stormont and sprint up and down the hills with them or go run after them around the park, so they are benefiting from getting out and being active with their mum. Generally, Iâ€™m a lot more energetic and feeling good in myself so this can only have a positive effect on everyone.
Do you ever fall back into old habits?
I do allow myself to relax at the weekends and I have my cheat days
Scott Wright Bootcamps in NI These residential bootcamps are at Carrowmena Activity Centre in Limavady. All of your accommodation and food is included in the price of the Bootcamp. Seven-day bootcamps cost £499.99. Dates available are: • 29th October to 4th November • 2nd December to 8th December • 12th January to 18th January • 16th February to 22nd February • 16th March to 22nd March Three-day bootcamps cost £215.99. Dates available are: • 1st November to 3rd November • 12th January to 14 January • 16th February to 18th February • 16th March to 18th March
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when I don’t watch everything that I’m eating or drinking. To be honest though, I find that even having a glass or two of wine now really affects me, so I don’t miss the recreational glass or two in the evening after a busy day.
Why do you think these bootcamps will work here in NI?
Bootcamps are so popular throughout the rest of the UK and Europe. NI is the perfect place to grow a business like this. There is a market for those like me who want to lose weight and enjoy the benefits of a massive kick-start through a threeday or week-long bootcamp. You also learn so much from the trainers and chefs about how you should be exercising and what you should be eating and how to tailor the advice to your own needs to ensure a healthier lifestyle. Scott is going to come over here once a month and so far the
response has been great. This is a venture I’m really passionate about and I am proof that it works. I have gone from a size 12-14 to a size 8 in a couple of months and I feel fantastic both mentally and physically. I have so much more energy now and I am ready to plough it all into building up this new venture.
As well as launching a new business, how are you finding time for Children in Need Strictly Come Dancing?
I’m partnered with Paul Kennedy and I just love learning something new. Every year I like to do something for charity and I jumped at the chance of Strictly because I knew I would love learning the dances as well as the glitz and the glam on the night. The event takes place on 15th November at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club and I would urge everyone who can to come along and support us all, it will be a great night.
Grey cat cashmere jumper, £99, M&S
Necklace, £34.90, Evelin Brandt, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Black suede ankle boot, £60, Clarks
Treat Yourself Looking for a fashion fix under £100? Here are a few of our favourite finds...
Satin and lace maxi skirt, £45, River Island
Phoebe embellished hard case clutch, £45, Accessorize
Leopard print coat, £99.99, Zara
Evie print scarf, £39, Mint Velvet at Menarys
Cream sheer pearl collar shirt, £12, Primark
“The Pop”, £59, Mary Portas at House of Fraser, Belfast (available in other colours) Printed trousers, £35, River Island
Black slingback kitten heel, £45, Office
Faux leather trim coat, £75, Next
Dusty green shirt with lace collar, £48, Miss Patina at Pretty Flamingo, Belfast
Henry Holland owl jumper, £38, Debenhams
Brown leather boxy rambler, £45, M&S
Red ultra soft coloured skinny jeans, £11, Primark Casual lace up, £17, Dunnes Stores
16 Emma: Dress, £19.99; Shoes, £34.99; Bag, £24.99, all at DV8
Rachel: Dress, £49.99, DV8
Emma: Dress, £49.99, DV8
Shine this Winter at DV8
When fashionistas need a reason to revamp their wardrobe the approach of the winter social season provides the perfect excuse. We’ve teamed up with leading fashion retailer DV8, which has stores across Northern Ireland and a shopping website at www.dv8fashion.com to check out what’s hot for winter...and the look is smart, shiny and sassy! Brocade, geometric print and metallic fabrics are all essentials for the smart party girl. The colour spectrum is rich browns, cream, bronze, gold, and black and white, so you’ll look a million dollars in these musthave party pieces from DV8. The winter look for guys features suits and dress shirts in signature colours, worn with loafers or brogues. All clothes and accessories featured are from DV8. Richard: Shirt, £39.99; Trousers, £44.99; Belt, £9.99, all at DV8; Rachel: Dress, £49.99, DV8
Richard: Suit, £149.99, Shirt, £29.99; Tie, £9.99: Belt, £9.99 all at DV8 Emma: Dress, £44.99; shoes, £37.99, 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.
Fashion Focus Edwardiana
Touching on demure high necklines, elegant column evening dresses, riding jackets, tailcoats and chunky heeled brogues (to name a few) the trend, dubbed â€œEdwardianaâ€? takes a nostalgic look back to an intriguing period of fashion. Taking influence from the acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey â€“ the romance, the drama and the elements of costume, this aristocratic trend takes you on decadent journey through early 20th century. This autumn/winter, designers plundered the archives sourcing pre-WW1 references, now expertly translated to the high street offering. The Edwardiana trend can be interpreted and styled to suit your personal taste. Whether that be suede, panelled jodhpurs with classic buffed riding boots, or an embellished silk dress with velvet clutch bag - provided the ensemble is suited to a country manor estate!
S t y l is t T ip Inspiration for th trend also looks is at influence of interi the design - wear text or ur fabrics inspired byed traditional damas ks and tapestries to make a subtle a nod to this era
Miss Selfridge £69
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Pretty Flamingo is the newest and prettiest boutique in Belfast Pretty Flamingo is not just a clothes shop,in our eyes, it is a passion. A passion for the coolest, cutest and prettiest clothes and fashion. Somewhere that will offer you a completely personalised and fresh buying experience. Pretty Flamingo was created to make boutique fashion more accessible. Whatever your fashion desires—you’re likely to find it here. We are open 7-days a week, with late night shopping on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings!! The centre also has lots of underground parking servicing a moving walkway into the shops. That’s what we’re about: a fashion boutique, a destination for people who are looking for a unique fashion edge to fit their own personal style. With sizes from 8 to 18 and prices starting at just £15! We have something for everyone. We also have lots of accessories to match our fashion all at affordable prices. We carry fabulous labels such as Kate Fearnley, Jolaby, Almatrichi, Niza and Daisy May. We even have a fabulous evening-wear section, with some gorgeous formal dresses and accessories to match. We at Pretty Flamingo want to cater to you; the customer’s needs, so private viewing appointments can be made to suit your busy schedule. Come and visit us all you Pretty Flamingo’s, at the Kennedy Centre, Fall’s Road Belfast.
We are now running a Christmas club, where a deposit secures any item Pretty Flamingo Belfast Contact us: 028 9060 5414
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fashion Riona Treacy white dress, POR; Zara fancy knit coat, ÂŁ69.99 & hat, stylists own.
Gothika Thrilling, dramatic style for this haunting time of year
fashion Lizzie Agnew black satin dress, POR; embellished top, £48, Jacob Street; River Island studded gloves, £30 & hat, £68, Jacob Street.
River Island black super skinny jeans, £45; River Island lace shirt, £39.99; black hoop worn as top, £???, Mary Rose McGrath; Office studded shoes, £85 & a selection of accessories from £12 & hat from £14, both Jacob Street.
fashion Riona Treacy dyed tube dress, POR; styled with white hoop from Mary Rose McGrath and costume necklace, ÂŁ38, Jacob Street.
Embellished dress, £115, Jacob Street; black couture dress, POR, Una Rodden & dress styled as neckpiece, £38, Jacob Street.
Photography: Khara Pringle T: 028 9182 6000 W: kharapringlephotographic.com Styling: Sean Loughran for Fashion Pharmacy T: 028 9032 4437 W: fashionpharmacy.com Make-up: Paddy McGurgan T: 07745 572249 W: paddymcgurganartist.com Hair: Alex Brennan @ Andrew Mulvenna T: 028 9024 9191 W: andrewmulvenna.com Model: Caroline Davis @ Morgan the Agency, Dublin T: + 353 (0) 1 661 4572 W: morgantheagency.com
fashion Black pleated skirt, £38, Jacob Street; Zara lace and leather dress, £99.99; necklace, POR, Pluck & Devour by Grainne Maher; veiled 1920s beret, £68 & ram necklace, £58, both Jacob Street.
Photography by Darren Kidd
Candy Plum In Brief:
Head to Hillsborough to take in the fashion delights on offer in this charming boutique.
It’s like stepping into your dream closet! Candy Plum offers a feminine and fun shopping environment with friendly, helpful service from proprietors Lynne and Zara Beggs and their fashion savvy staff. Unless you live nearby this is a destination boutique, but the fact that it is situated in the picturesque town of Hillsborough allows you the excuse of a girly day to shop and enjoy lunch in one of any number of good restaurants in the town.
Lynne and Zara love fashion and as well as stocking some fabulous ready-to-wear labels they also work regularly with local designers to create exclusive collections for their boutique. Currently they are working with Mary Rose McGrath who has designed a ready-to-wear collection that focuses on gorgeous jerseys, feathers, fur and brocade for this autumn/winter. The focus of this collection is versatile dresses that can be worn for any occasion and prices range from £120 to £550. Mary Rose is also providing a bespoke designer service within Candy Plum for clients wishing to get a bespoke outfit made.
Labels to Shop: Alice By Temperley; Bastyan; By Malene Birger; Crumpet; Current Elliott; Ella Luna; Equipment; Fairly; Frye; Gustav; Interdee; J Brand; K-Yen; Manoush; Markus Lupfer; Melissa Shoes; Patrizia Pepe; Soaked In Luxury; Ugg Australia; Wondaland Expect to Pay: £39.99 - £699 Shop In-store: 4 Main Street, Hillsborough Co. Down BT26 6AE T: (028) 92683273 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Shop online: www.candyplum.co.uk
Leather jacket, £58, Dorothy Perkins, CastleCourt, Belfast
Leather biker jacket, £59, Limited Collection at M&S
Aviator biker jacket, £349, Hobbs at Victoria Square, Belfast
On Yer Bike! Maroon leather jacket, £350, Reiss, Victoria Square
Black collarless leather biker jacket with diamanté detail, £190, Topshop
The biker jacket is a wardrobe essential this season...
Caramel stitched shoulder biker, £229, Mint Velvet at Menarys
Cream collarless biker jacket, £239, Zara
Black leather jacket, £1,335, Marc Cain at Peel, Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast
Buckle felt cap, £24, Accessorize
Jigla Tiger print jumper, £225, By Malene Birger at Candy Plum, Hillsborough
Pocket leather biker jacket, £329, Plumo, www.plumo.com
Style Suggestion Why not team your jacket with the items shown here.
Grey skinny jeans, £16, Matalan
Knee length black boots, £180, Dune
Military fur gilet, £70, Topshop Black leather studded bag, £79.99, Zara
We’re in better shape than ever. We’ve just spent over £1m on making Virgin Active Belfast even better than ever. You’re invited to spend the day trying it all out – a fully refurbished gym, the very latest kit, a new Power Plate zone and great kids’ facilities. Just call 02890 765 050 to book your complimentary visit.
VIRGIN ACTIVE HEALTH CLUB BELFAST Mertoun Hall, 106 Belfast Road, Holywood, Belfast, BT18 9QY
The Fashionably Famous As well as singing, presenting and modelling these women also make the headlines thanks to their effortless style... Lana del Ray for H&M
Lana Del Rey had one of the most anticipated debut records of the year, which was ultimately panned by critics and failed to live up to sales expectations, but this hasn’t stopped the 26-year-old beauty from scoring a major deal with clothing retailer H&M, which has her as the face of the label’s “LA Noir” collection. www.hm.com
Q&A... Fashion icon, Kate Moss talks to ulster life about the new Mango A/W12 collection What are your favourite pieces? The white and leather tuxedo jackets and the pencil skirt with the leather detail. Pencil skirts seem to work for almost anyone and tuxedos are versatile for day and night. And jeans have a great fit. According to you, what are the pieces that should always be found in a women’s closet? A well-tailored tuxedo, like the two from the Mango collection, and a pair of jeans and heels.
Leaving her daytime TV persona behind, yummy mummy, Holly Willoughby oozes sex appeal as she models her latest clothing range for very.co.uk
Stella & Dot
Stella and Dot is a range of boutique-style jewellery and accessories that is available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. Their one of a kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and featured in “Gossip Girl” and on the pages of our favourite glossies, Vogue, Grazia, Marie Claire, In Style and Glamour Magazine. Many celebrities have fallen in love with the brand including the Khardashian sisters, Elle Macpherson, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry. www.stelladot.co.uk/margaretvconnolly
As worn by Katy Perry, Renegade Bracelet, £45, Stella & Dot
What will be on your shopping list for next season? It will probably include jeans and jackets. Is there anything you would never wear? I never say never, as I have always ended up wearing it. www.mango.com
Dark & Stormy George takes to the West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK catwalk to get us ready for the dark nights of Autumn / Winter 2012 Having dressed the nation for a staggering 22 years, fashion label George is set to once again take the Northern Ireland fashion scene by storm, taking pride of place on the illustrious West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK catwalk during the ever-popular â€˜High Street Showâ€™ on Friday 19th October.
34 Created in 1990 as the brainchild of designer George Davies, George has gone from strength to strength and is now the third largest retailer of clothing in the UK. Over the years George has adopted a devoted legion of followers who come back time after time for the quality, stylish and affordable clothing which has become synonymous with the brand. George continues to stake its claim as the go-to label for the fashion conscious across the UK and further afield, receiving praise for its ability to have the very latest trends on the shelves in a New York minute and for the endorsements received by a stellar list of collaborators including bespoke tailor Charlie Allen and fashion legend, Barbara Hulanicki – founder of iconic London clothes store Biba, the first affordable fast fashion brand. According to Maggie Jardine, Manager of George NI, the key to the brand’s success has not only been its focus on creating stylish clothing at affordable prices but its unique 100 day guarantee – promising customers a level of quality which no other accessible fashion brand can. She also believes the label’s ability to take inspiration from around the globe – from street style to haute couture – and translate this into original accessible fashion sets George apart from other brands in its class. Already available to purchase in Asda stores across Northern Ireland and online through George.com with its free click and collect in store service, George is set to launch its newly unveiled ‘Concept 21’ design in Asda Portadown this November, which will bring the full stylish George offering to the Armagh area. With so much on offer from George, Maggie believes that it can only mean onwards and upwards and customers can expect hugely exciting things to come from George in the future. To purchase tickets to see George on the catwalk at the ‘High Street Show’ during WestCoast Cooler FASHIONWEEK go to www.belfastfashionweek.com and follow the link.
Quickfire Questions with Maggie Jardine Describe Your Style: I like to be on trend but always find an interesting way to put my own spin on an outfit by customising my clothes or accessorising with brooches or belts. Who is Your Style Inspiration: Sarah Jessica Parker – her style is always quirky and individual and she is never afraid to mix up her image or take risks with her look. Key Fashion Tip: Always accessorise! Whether you use a belt to tailor-make your own unique look or add layers to bring a different element to an outfit. AW2012 Must-Haves: Dresses are my go-to outfit of choice so I will be making sure I get my hands on the studded dress from the George AW2012 range and I will accessorise it with our fantastic gold shoes.
George Sequinned Blazer, £30
George Gem Cross Tshirt, £8
Embellishment: In the face of minimalism and restraint, designers across the globe have taken a different path, featuring runways showered with lavish detail, jewelencrusted designs, impressively ornate embroidery and more than a hint of ‘all that glitters’ festooning the must-have looks. Ably taking its cue from the couture labels, George translates these ornate designs into ready-to-wear looks with a mix of foil prints, textured materials and heavy embellishment. Vivid colour palettes form an integral part of this trend with intense blues, flame reds and bright oranges featuring heavily throughout the collection.
George Embellished Blouse, £12
George Kaleidoscope Tunic Dress, £10
George 1920s Beaded Dress, £25
George Sequin Skirt, £14
George Shirt, £12
George Zip Up Jeans, £16
George Burgundy Military, £25
Making a comeback to the catwalk this season is the ‘Pretty Gothic’ trend. Picture dark fairy tales, models gliding down runways clad in glamorous black tones and draped in beautiful lace and sheer layers. George toughens up this look with dramatic leather, studding and metallic detailing taking centre stage helping recreate this popular trend without breaking the bank.
Marching forward for another season, the military trend focuses on functionality and utility with sharp, structured silhouettes, featuring alongside traditional military touches like epaulets, strong shoulders and elaborate embellishments. Khakis feature strongly in the George collection creating an engaging autumnal palette, as intense pine greens balance out the rich wine and scarlet reds which have been a constant across all the fashion capital runways. George lace up boots, £18
George Khaki Military Coat, £35
George Fan Print Tshirt, £6
Denim Shirt, £14
Fairisle Knitted Scarf, £6
George Lace tassel dress, £18
South Dean Street, George’s latest menswear collection, is set to launch this October with a range of masculine shapes and powerful designs at everyday low prices to take you through the winter season. South Dean Street Casual Trousers, £16
South Dean Street Fairisle Pocket Jumper, £14 George Floral Dress, £16
This year’s Autumn/Winter ranges are all about rugged masculinity and George has taken inspiration from the great outdoors for the palette of peat, berry and stone which feature heavily this season. Elsewhere in the range George casts an eye back to Northern Ireland’s industrial heritage with hardwearing cotton, waxed outerwear and fashionable knits showing strongly in the new collection. In formalwear, it’s all about heritage – chic, well-tailored jackets, luxe materials and vintage patterns will help any man turn it out in style this party season.
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Dot by Marc Jacobs 100ml, £63
Carine Roitfeld for M.A.C Full Face Kit in Jungle Camouflage, £37
Treat Yourself... to a new nail varnish or the latest must-have anti-ageing cream
Black and gold makeup bag, £69, Biba at House of Fraser
Origins Plantscription SPF15 Foundation 30ml, £28
Origins BCA limited edition key chain, £10 Benefit Peek A Bright Eyes, £24.50
Wild About Beauty Nutrilash mascara, £18
Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude Eau de Toilette 50ml, £40
M&S Cowley Manor Nuture hand & nail cream, £7.50
Urban Decay Vice Palette, £42
Ciaté Oil Slick and Jewel nail varnishes, £9 each
By Terry Hyaluronic Powder, £41 at Space N.K.
Nuxe Crème Fraiche 50ml, £25
Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder, £28
Local make-up artist, Ciara Daly adds some gothic drama to your usual make-up look... by Ciara Daly So the autumn leaves are falling (eh did I miss the summer?) and the signs for Halloween are everywhere. Pumpkins, lanterns and plenty of ghoulish images. So, if you’re already thinking about your costume this year don’t forget about the perfect haunting make-up to give the overall look. Whether that is a vampire, witch or she-devil there are plenty of ideas to choose from. The team and I are already booking up for people wanting their make-up created at the studio for the parties and celebrations. So here I decided to give you a step-by-step guide on a vampy yet wearable look as seen in picture opposite. Firstly, I would recommend using Studio Fix foundation to create a flawless base in a slightly lighter shade than your own natural colour, to give a pale complexion. Apply using one of my base buffer brushes which gives quick and flawless results. Then apply your M.A.C Mineralize Skin Finish to help absorb any
oiliness from the skin and give the foundation staying power. Fill in and accentuate your eyebrows with a dark brown or black eyeshadow with a slanty tipped brush, making sure to tail off the ends. Then get to work on your dark and mysterious eyes, start with covering your eyelid with a black kohl pencil and then smudge slightly with a brush or a finger, this create the perfect base for a dark eyeshadow to stick to. I recommend Illamasqua’s Intense navy eyeshadow. Curl and apply mascara to lashes and add some flirty falsies if required. Apply M.A.C blusher in Harmony to contour just under the cheek bones working up towards temple. Finish the look with some vampy lips, giving them a dark purple base with Inglot crayon no.33 finished off with plenty of Inglot’s clear lipgloss in sleek 29a. You can alter the colour or the shades slightly to suit your required look but I hope you have fun trying!
Ciara Daly T: (028) 9066 7171 W: ciaradalymakeup.com Photography: Lee Mitchell Make-up: Leeann King @ Ciara Daly Make-up
Spa Slueth This month it’s time to be pampered at Luxe Day Spa.
by Cathy Martin As the winter months draw ever closer, the dark mornings are certainly becoming a lot harder to deal with – thank goodness that I’m in a job I love! And while I’m at it, thank goodness for Zara online! However, autumn morning blues are a distant memory after spending a day getting pampered at Luxe Day Spa in Clandeboye at the weekend. As soon as I arrived I stepped into my robe and slippers, which I rarely had to remove the whole day, bliss! Combine this with the chic surroundings and profusion of seductive scents, I relaxed instantly. Specialising in massage, I was really looking forward to my hour-long hot stone massage that uses a unique combination of hot basalt stones and essential oils to really ease tension and loosen
the muscles on my shoulders. The therapist was a total dream and an obvious professional who applied the perfect amount of pressure on my neck, shoulders and back – I was putty in her hands! At Luxe Day Spa incidentally all of the therapists are over 30, something which I found quite refreshing. The spa has its very own range of Luxe Body Care that is used during many of the face and body treatments on offer, however, my next treatment used Thalgo products. Thalgo is a French marine company, which harnesses the riches of sea minerals to provide healing and detoxifying elements to the skin. The Frigi Thalgo Wrap is an intensive treatment that encourages the elimination of toxins and excess fluids with immediate
L-R: Karen McKenna, Lindsay Workman, Yvonne Green & Majella Wright.
Luxe Day Spa, Crawfordsburn Road, Bangor T: 028 9185 2112. W: luxedayspa.co.uk
results. It works by dropping the body’s temperature to make the muscles contract and this has a direct effect on the vascular supply which stimulates circulation. This is a great treatment as we approach the party season because it leaves you feeling inches lighter, firm and toned – what lady could resist? It’s also great for localised cellulite and tired, sore or heavy legs. The sub-zero, but fantastic treatment was definitely worth enduring for the amazing results. Feeling lighter but hungry I felt this was a good time for lunch. My package included a vintage afternoon tea with an extensive menu choice served in the relaxation area - the perfect way to refuel after a morning of TLC. After a lovely lunch the rest of the
afternoon was devoted to beauty! My hands and feet were left looking perfectly polished following a deluxe manicure and pedicure using Jessica Nail products and my body given a beautiful glow with a Vita Liberata spray tan - applied flawlessly and with great care – to help me maintain that summer glow. I left the spa a new woman, completely refreshed and rejuvenated with the weight lifted, ever so delicately, from my laden shoulders. I made sure to pick up some leaflets on my way out in order to provide subtle hints to the hubby for Christmas treats as there was so much more I would have loved to have tried, including therapies for both women and men and group appointments for the ultimate in pampering.
Hair Therapy all your hair dilemmas answered.
by Michael Quinn
Q. I would normally use a curling wand to style my hair but I feel this doesn’t really give the most natural tussled look. Any suggestions of how I can soften the curls to make it look like I’ve naturally wavy hair?
A natural and eye catching curl will bring a subtle touch of glamour to your look without looking like you have spent forever with a wand trying to achieve it. This is a concern that many of my clients express to me in the salon. Maintaining volume in the roots and soft waves in the lengths will also help to frame the shape of your face. Try applying JOICO Curl Activator to dried hair in the evening, use hands or a wide toothed comb to distribute evenly through hair and blast the hair dry then loosely plait sections of your hair and leave in overnight. This will really save time in the morning and will leave you with energetic curls that are controlled and separated, full of body and movement but
without crunchiness or looking too tight and defined. You can even go over some areas with the curling wand, particularly on the top section or if you have layers but be sure to soften these curls by brushing them out with a larger brush. Give a touch of shine to the look with a lightweight hairspray to ensure the soft curl lasts throughout the day.
Q. No matter what product I apply to my hair after straightening I can never completely rid the fly aways and frizziness. X factor judge Nicola Scherzinger seems to know the secret, her hair always looks perfect!
The good news is that you don’t need a stylist on hand to achieve a glossy and sleek finish like Nicole. Firstly be sure to use the right hairbrush when blow drying the hair straight as this can really make a difference to the finished look. I would always suggest a cushioned square paddle brush with natural
K-Pak Smoothing Balm, £12.95
Curl Activator, £9.95
product before blow drying and to finish the look and protect the hair from the cold autumn elements that can aggravate frizz pump one to two pumps of JOICO K-Pak Protect + Shine Serum. This concentrated daily replenishing silk silicone treatment tames flyaways, smoothes the surface of the hair and provides instant lustre and shine.
Q. I have really thick, coarse hair and I never take time to do anything lovely with it – I usually just wear it down or tied back in a pony but with a special occasion on the horizon, I want to do something outside of the norm.
K-Pak Protect and Shine Serum, £13.95
Joifix firm hairspray, £10.95
boar bristles, it smoothes as it lengthens the hair with very little effort. The paddle brush encourages hair to lie flat and is better for hair which is not heavily layered, as it does not create volume. The longer nylon bristles penetrate the hair to detangle unruly, knotty tresses while the boar bristles grip the hair shaft to straighten hair, creating frizz-free looks. JOICO K-Pak Smoothing Balm is designed for anyone who desires straight, smooth hair. It works on curly or wavy hair, fine or thick hair which straightens, conditions and eliminates frizz. Apply this
The twisted up do is a classic yet stylish look with everyone from the Hollywood A-list to models on the catwalk sporting this style. It is also really quick and easy to create yourself and will be up away from the neckline to show off the detail in your dress. First of all section the front of your hair away from the back section and place the back section up into a high ponytail and then twist it into a bun. Set this in place by spraying a little JOICO Joifix Firm hairspray. It provides maximum hold for all hair types and style. Next divide the front section into two and twist the hair as tight as you can and then wrap it around the bun. Carry on doing that until all front sections have been wrapped in twists around the bun. Finish by applying a little Joifix Firm product on to the back of your hand and gently dab your hand around the hairline to soften the look then apply a little spray once again all over. This non aerosol firm-holding finishing spray provides a humidity resistant hold in any climate and will ensure the look stays in place all day and night.
Welcome mat, £5, Matalan
Chair, £69, IKEA Belfast
Conran chalkboard clock, £45, M&S
Amber bunch vase, £20, Linea Mixography at House of Fraser
We’ve pulled together a range of autumnal interiors perfect for adding some atmosphere to your home at this time of year...
Lucille footstool in montpellier/tivoli natural combo, £250, Next
Bird print cushion, £8, Matalan
Black and gold table lamp, £30, Rocha.John Rocha at Debenhams Rococo photo frame, £10, Pied a Terre at House of Fraser
Blissful Autumn large housewarmer, £19.99, Yankee Candle
Versailles gold bedside table, £355, www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk
FÖRTJUST candle stick, £4.99, IKEA Belfast
Flower painting cushion, £28, Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams
Rope mirror, £40, Next
‘La Stanza’ tray, black resin stainless steel tray, £64, Equinox, Belfast
Bird stopper bottle, £12, Next
Time for Bed
Ladies, as the nights get darker and colder, make yourself a welcoming, girly retreat...
Single duvet set, £29.99; double duvet set, £49.99; king duvet set, £59.99; super king duvet set, £69.99; curtains, £54.99; cushions, 30x40, £18.99 & throw 230x265, £119.99, all Forget me not by Bedeck at Menarys in Lisburn and Omagh. www.menarys.com
Powder Rose candle, £14, Laura Ashley
Happiness cushion, £12, Next Fur hot water bottle cover, £15, Monsoon
Salcombe knit throw, £49.50, M&S Floral lamp, £102, Carolyn Donnelly for Dunnes
Pink tree bedlinen, £60, Debenhams
A Golfer’s Paradise This issue we step inside the home of local golfing sensation Rory McIlroy... Photography by Bradley Quinn There’s no doubt that this is a stunning, spacious home. Nestled in the Moneyreagh countryside, a mere 25 minutes from south east Belfast and Belfast City Airport, this is a contemporary, rural retreat only a short journey away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A secluded, private abode, once you’ve made your way through the entrance gates and up the sweeping driveway flanked by mature hedges,
you come upon a second set of entrance gates and separate double timber gates to the upper courtyard and outhouses which include a refurbished barn suitable for a gymnasium. There is also space for stables in this part of the property. The award winning gardens extend to approximately six acres and feature manicured lawns, beautifully planted borders, mature trees and hedges. A natural fresh water pond
is a delightful central focal point. The remaining eight acres feature a professionally created golf practice area with four greens; two of bent grass to US PGA standard and two greens of fescue grass similar to those on the European tour. A golf driving range with various tee and green positions and a Fifa standard Astroturf putting green complete the golf practice area. A floodlit “all weather” tennis court is currently covered by a “3G” artificial grass five-a-side pitch. A sun terrace and separate BBQ area with built-in bench seating and polished granite food preparation area is situated just outside the kitchen. The exterior of this home certainly offers the “wow” factor before you even open the door to the 6,000sq. ft of living space. The welcoming reception with its double height ceiling lets light flood in as you make your way into the other rooms found downstairs. The drawing room features a double sided gas fire and a large sliding concealed oak panel divides this room from the reception hall. From the drawing room you step
up into an inviting sun room with superb views over the gardens to the freshwater pond. Sliding oak display cases act as dividers between the drawing room and the adjoining family room. A focal point downstairs has to be the stunning Poggenpohl kitchen with its black high gloss finish and black Aga. This kitchen boasts the very best appliances including Subzero freezers drawers, a Blanco sink unit, Quooker hot water tap and many more high end design features. From the kitchen you can make your way out on to the patio and BBQ area through double glazed
glass doors and another oak door leads from the kitchen to outside and the gardens. Downstairs you’ll also find an entertainment room as well as a guest wing accessed from the family room or independently from the courtyard. The guest accommodation has two bedrooms with ensuites and a kitchenette. Taking the spiral staircase to the first floor you’ll arrive at the master bedroom with dressing rooms and ensuite bathroom. There are two more bedrooms on this floor both with ensuite shower rooms. The final room on this floor can be used as a cinema or relaxation room and can accommodate a projector and screen, it is wired for sound, and has double glazed Velux windows with blackout blinds. There’s no doubt that this is a stunning, spacious home with five reception rooms and five bedrooms all with ensuites. There is a high standard of finish throughout the house which even boasts a Bose Lifestyle Home Package With AMX Touch Screen System Controlling Multi Room Audio Surround System, TV, Video, iPod, Blind And Mood.
For further information on this property contact: Rodgers & Browne Estate Agents & Property Consultants 76 High Street Holywood Co. Down T: (028) 9042 1414 E: email@example.com W: rodgersandbrowne.co.uk
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An Apple A Day
When you curl up with a cuppa, what is your treat on the side? Well with apples in season why not opt for one of these delicious sweet treats.. Alison Quinn’s Apple Muffins
Look out for this recipe and others in “The Hug in a Mug Recipe Book”, £5, from EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA stores across Northern Ireland. All donations go to Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • 200g plain floor • 100g caster sugar • 50g soft brown sugar • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder • ½ teaspoon salt • 90ml skimmed or semi-skimmed milk • 80ml vegetable oil • 1 large egg, beaten • 5 drops vanilla extract • 2 large cooking apples - peeled cored and chopped • Icing sugar
HOW TO MAKE: Preheat the oven to 200 °c and add paper cases to a muffin tray. Measure out flour, sugars, baking
powder and salt in a large mixing bowl, add the milk, oil, egg and vanilla. Stir until just beginning to combine, the mixture will still be lumpy. Gently fold in chopped apples and spoon the mixture into the muffin cups and sprinkle a little icing sugar on top of each. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. ENJOY: Fresh from the oven with a cup of tea!
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Fe stive Fayre Looking for the perfect venue to enjoy a night out in the run up to Christmas? Whether with friends, family or work colleagues here UL highlights a few of the province's top restaurants for you to choose from.
Cipriano Bar Grill & Pizzeria Cipriano Bar Grill & Pizzeria 92-96 Lisburn Road Belfast Northern Ireland BT9 6AJ T: 028 90660610 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: ciprianopizzeria.co.uk
Belfast’s latest chic eatery Cipriano Bar, Grill & Pizzeria on the Lisburn Road is an Italian Restaurant, Pizzeria, Tapas Bar and Music Lounge all in one. Cipriano brings tasty, fresh authentic Italian food, cooked by Italians, using traditional Italian ingredients and the very best of local produce. Cipriano’s contemporary luxe décor is the ideal place to have a long lazy lunch with friends. Their 100 seat restaurant has views of the open pizza kitchen for chef watching and boasts an extensive lunch and dinner menus, and specially selected wine list. For lunch why not try their Cipriano Burger topped with Dolcelatte cheese and crispy bacon
or one of their tasty Ciabatta! Or if you fancy something light, what about Insalata Cipriano, their house salad with baby spinach, mozzarella, new potatoes, crispy bacon, olives and fresh fennel. Cipriano proprietor Salvo Liberante is no stranger to the Northern Ireland restaurant scene having opened a number of successful venues to date including the highly popular Speranza and the former much-loved Café Milano. Salvo comments: “At Cipriano we have reflected our passion for Italian cuisine in a menu full of great quality dishes, expertly executed and perfectly presented in stylish surroundings. We offer honest, home-from-home affordable Italian cuisine at its best.”
Cutters Wharf As they say, some things never go out of fashion: style, hard work, love and just to add one more to the list: dining out in idyllic locations. Tucked away in the leafiest corner of Stranmillis, right on the banks of the Lagan, this riverside haunt certainly makes it worth the five minute trip from the heady lights of the City Centre this Christmas. Once a former boathouse, Cutters is one of the city’s most loved eating and drinking locations. But don’t leave it until the sun shines or you’ll be missing out on this Winter’s fantastic line up of entertainment and excellent Christmas Party offers. Designed for luxurious, modern comfort, Cutters Restaurant offers a
more relaxed style whatever type of dining you prefer. Serving food every day 12pm to 9pm, this a polished site of culinary perfection where you can enjoy a riverside soirée with friends, family or business partners. A perfect Christmas party location, there’s live entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the festive period in Cutters Bar. Or why not ring in the New Year at Cutters Restaurant Masquerade Ball? Tickets are only £30 per person, which includes a two-course meal and a glass of sparkling wine. They’ll even provide your mask and a glass of bubbly at midnight! Christmas brochures and menus are now available.
Cutters Wharf Lockview Road Belfast BT9 5FJ T: 028 9080 5100 E: email@example.com W: cutterswharf.co.uk Opening Hours Sunday: 12pm - 11pm Monday to Tuesday: 11.30am - 11pm Wednesday: 11.30am - Midnight Thursday-Saturday: 11.30am - 1am Restaurant Open Noon - 9pm Every Day
Wagamama wagamama First Floor Victoria Square Belfast BT1 4QG T: 028 9023 6098 W: wagamama.com.ni Opening Hours: Monday - Wednesday: Noon-9pm Thursday - Saturday: Noon-10pm Sunday: 12.30-9pm
Ever wondered how the award winning Asian-inspired noodle bar wagamama creates such mouthwatering, fresh and authentic dishes? Well wonder no more with the help of the wagamama cookbooks (available to purchase from the Victoria Square restaurant or online). The perfect Christmas gift for all the family (and not just those who excel in the kitchen), the books reveal the secrets behind the restaurants success and provide a simple but detailed guide to walk you through the unique wagamama experience at home. Many favourites from the menu such as Chicken Katsu Curry and Teriyaki Steak Soba are included, as well as hearty noodle soups and lighter
stir-fries to leave you feeling full but happy with a healthy alternative come the January detox season. For those with a real sweet tooth and still happy to have a little treat, the books also include some of the restaurant’s well-known desserts. At only £14.95 the two inspiring cookbooks really pack a punch, with a wide range of flavoursome recipes perfect for all the noodle lovers in your family ensuring they eat healthily and heartily into 2013! For loved ones or friends who are lacking in culinary skills, or just prefer to be pampered, gift vouchers are also available from wagamama Belfast, so there is no excuse to not eat healthily and heartily this Christmas!
GRILL @ The Four Winds Situated on the top floor, GRILL at The Four Winds offers a panoramic view of Belfast City and beyond. Serving great food in excellent surroundings; the team at GRILL will ensure you enjoy your visit. Travelling to the top floor in the glass lift and dining in a glass fronted restaurant, you can imagine the sights to behold whilst relaxing in the luxury and ease that define GRILL at The Four Winds. At GRILL everything is dedicated to delivering the highest quality steak to your table. It all starts with their 100% Northern Irish beef, locally butchered and dry aged for 34 days until they are satisfied that it’s going to be “melt in the mouth” special.
Their team of chefs then marinate and lovingly prepare the meat before flame grilling it on their custom Blue Seal Grill to your preference. You choose what cut you want and what extras, sides and sauce to have it with (their staff will be happy to recommend some combinations if you prefer). Sit back and enjoy some of the best views of Belfast while savouring “the best steak in the city”. GRILL also offers excellent value for money with a free starter or dessert with every steak ordered on a Wednesday or Thursday evening between 5.30pm-9.30pm. Or come along and enjoy the A La Carte menu which is available throughout December.
GRILL @ The Four Winds 111 Newton Park Belfast BT8 6LX T: 028 9070 7970 W: thefourwinds.co.uk Opening Hours Wednesday & Thursday: 5.30pm - 9.30pm Friday & Saturday: 5.30pm - 10pm Sunday: 12.30pm - 7pm
Take a Trip to...
This month Kate Wilson scratches the surface of Dublin to reveal some of its best kept secrets, proving that this fair city is is one of Europe’s finest. Dublin
With shopping to rival London and a welcoming atmosphere that puts New York to shame, there’s no reason than to travel further than the couple of hours it takes to get to Dublin for a weekend of fine food, lively entertainment, high end shopping and a great night out. Tourism in the city peaked in 2007, but is again benefiting from steady growth. With this in mind we suggest some tried and tested hidden gems of Dublin to make it a whole new experience this time round.
With Halloween only around the corner, what better way to spend the holiday than immersing yourself in the gothic world of Dublin born Bram Stoker, famed Irish author of Dracula, and one of Ireland’s many great writers. Running from the 27th-28th October the festival will include guided walks through the winding victorian backstreets of the city, with enlightening information on Stoker’s inspirations and all things vampire. Stoker inspired theatre and street animation will also be on offer to terrify and shock, and to learn how to write horror yourself just in time for halloween, workshops will be available for both adults and teens, with film screenings to get your creative juices flowing. Events are taking place throughout the city and are sure to open your eyes to some of its best kept secrets. www.bramstokerfestival.com
Temple Bar Designer Mart for up and coming Irish talent. The mart is open every Saturday from 10am to 5pm and can be found at Cow’s Lane which is located in the Old City area of Temple Bar. Here you will find everything from quirky arts and crafts to design led fashion, worthy of a place in any high end boutique. Alongside the Designer Mart in Temple Bar is also the Food Market full of quality local produce and the Book Market, a haven for book worms and music fans alike. These markets are the perfect place to go to find unusual gifts and trinkets and the atmosphere makes it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
For an alternative to the designer stores on Grafton Street, head to the
For something other than a steak and Guinness pie in Dublin, there
tapas menu and and accompanying wines. A personal favourite was the Brochetas de Gambas al Pil Pil (prawn skewers in a spicy sauce) which I would strongly recommend. It is little wonder that the restaurant is continuing to expand due to its reasonable price and warm surroundings. I just hope that with expansion, this place does not lose the spark which makes it special. www.porthouse.ie
Kellys Hotel is nowhere better to visit than Port House. Located on the central South William Street, a visit is a must. The exterior looks deceivingly like any other smart café or bistro, but on entering, you will find that you are transported to rural Spain with smells that will make your mouth water! This award winning restaurant may be described as offering the most authentic Spanish food around served in a cosy, contemporary setting. The award winning restaurant prides itself on its extensive wine list and knowledgable staff who will be happy to guide you through the
For a trip to Dublin with a difference, try Kellys Hotel. Its ultra chic interior is minimal, but the exposed wooden beams and natural materials ensure that it remains warm and welcoming, and its city centre location is perfect for a weekend of sightseeing and shopping. It is clear to see that this boutique hotel is certainly design focused, and this will only prove to enhance your stay. The open, airy spaces encourage an air of calm and relaxation, which is certainly welcomed after a long day discovering what Dublin has to offer. This luxe extends from the bedrooms to the accompanying L’Gueuleton restaurant. Located just below the hotel and serving a rustic french menu, L’Gueuleton frequently pops up on Dublin’s ‘best restaurant’ lists, and certainly lives up to its reputation. The Candle Bar, Kellys residential bar invites guests to lounge on luxurious leather sofas whist sipping on cocktails. The hotel prides itself on its boutique status, whilst maintaining an affordable price tag, from only E155 a couple can enjoy an overnight stay including dinner. This hotel is a real hidden gem, offering a refreshing change from the chain hotel norm. www.kellysdublin.com
Better the devil you know! The Audi A3 2.0TDI Sport
by Graeme Wallace This is the third incarnation of the premium Audi A3 hatch offered by Audi, a model first released in 1996 to a relatively muted welcome. To date Audi have sold approximately 300,000 A3’s, most of which were the second-generation cars sold between 2003 and 2012. At first glance it is pretty obvious there has been no dramatic changes to the aesthetics of the new A3, as Audi play it safe….again.
Audi have been especially conservative with the external appearance of the new A3, the familiar lines, window shapes and overall dimensions are instantly recognisable as an A3, however look closely and the eagle eyed amongst you may notice a longer wheel base, shorter overhangs and the latest Audi family ‘goatee’ style front grille. The headlights house rather fancy daytime running lights, which are required to meet some Euro legislation that I won’t bore either of us with, but who cares when the lights look so good. Our test car came the ‘Xenons Plus’ headlight upgrade, which included LED daytime running lights strip, LED rear lights, LED brake lights and rear indicators, all of which are a worthwhile extra in my opinion, especially coming in to the dark Winter months. This new look for
motoring the A3 bears a striking resemblance to the smaller Audi A1 and larger A4 & A6, Audi have successfully managed to make many elements of their cars look very familiar, and for me the jury is still out on whether that’s a good thing or not. The lower door and quarter panels get some sharp creases that make the car look like it’s moving fast even when parked up, and the angular wing mirrors sit well with this sharp streamline design. The chrome exhaust tailpipe trims are a nice finishing touch to the rear of the car and a vast improvement over the outgoing model. Underneath all this rather recognisable bodywork are some pretty impressive technological improvements over the previous iterations of the A3. The VW Group MQB platform that underpins this new A3 will be common across a range of VW Group models, including the upcoming Mk7 Golf, but Audi has introduced the use of aluminium construction here and trimmed 176lb off the weight, the equivalent of a fully grown Ulster Life Editor. The seats are thinner and lighter by 11lb, aluminium front wings and bonnet save 22lb, high-strength steels 40lb, then there's 55lb out of the passenger safety cell and a little more out of the engines and front axle.
Here we get to the reason why the A3 is likely to be another success for Audi, it is the class leading interior that greets you as you step inside. The Audi A3 is considerably more expensive than some of the competition, such as the Volvo V40, new Focus, 1 Series BMW and even the upcoming Mk7 Golf, but none of them come close to the interior quality of the A3, although I expect the Mk7 Golf when it arrives later this year will not be far off the mark. Make no mistake, this interior isn’t just an improvement over the outgoing model, it raises the bar to a whole new level that trounces all the rivals in the segment. In fact the
73 interior of the new A3 puts almost any other car to shame that I have set foot in over the last 12 months, and it genuinely feels like you’re sitting in a car costing twice the price. Audi interiors and ergonomics have always been well renowned for their high quality feel and use of class leading materials, and this is what buyers pay that little bit extra for. Our test car was the ‘Sport’ model with a few optional extras added from the factory; the sat-nav system is a revelation, with a large 7 inch tablet style screen (only 11mm thick) that slides up and out of the dash board. This is controlled via the latest generation of MMI dial that we first saw in the Audi A8, which is very slick indeed. The surrounding buttons of this MMI system are made from brushed aluminium, adding further to the premium feel to the interior. The stereo system on our test car was standard, but the sound was more than adequate with ample bass, treble and mid range to allow me sufficient enjoyment of the ‘Seriously 80’s’ album that was playing via Bluetooth from my iPhone. The test car was a tech-geek’s dream having the optional Technology Pack, which included hard drive and SD card readers, Bluetooth, aux-in for iPod etc, 3D style birds eye view sat-nav and so on. This car is designed to keep even the most avid gadget fan amused during their journey, all of which can be controlled either from the MMI system or the steering wheel controls. The old manual style handbrake has been replaced by the increasingly common electric handbrake, which is a small switch behind the MMI controls. The seats in our test car were optional half leather with alcantara/ suede centres, which in my view is far superior to full leather. The alcantara means no more cold bums on winter mornings, it also holds you in the seat much better than cloth or leather when on the move, and doesn’t become all shiny and saggy which is a fate many leather seats often suffer. Space up front is great for
74 all sizes of people, however the rear seats are a little cramped and anyone close to or above 6ft will struggle. The 5-door Sportback model will go some way to overcome this problem though. In front of the gear stick are two large cup holders, and as further proof of Audi’s impressive ergonomics each have are lit around the rim to ensure your interior remains spill free even at night. The heater vents now have large stylish chrome surrounds which switch each vent on or off; I particularly liked these as vent controls are often very fiddly when on the move. These little touches are what Audi do very well. Boot space is improved over the outgoing model, with capacity increased by 15 litres to 365 litres with the rear seats in place. Fold the rear seats down and this increases to 1,100 litres, which is 5 litres more than the BMW 1-Series. Internal storage space is good with two large door pockets and an equally cavernous glove box. There is also additional storage space under the centre arm rest, with the Technology Pack this is also where the aux-in cable is located for your phone or iPod.
Our test car was the 2.0 TDI 148bhp engine with manual gearbox, it has an added 8bhp over the outgoing model but crucially weighs some 176lb less, as a result the car feels sharper with more torque and less body roll. The Sport suspension is 15mm lower than that of the SE, which adds to the firm and confidence inspiring handling even when pushing on. There is the usual vagueness to the steering on the A3, but that is something we have come to expect of Audi’s over the years, but when up to speed there is decent feedback from this new ‘Electromechanical power steering’. My biggest criticism from driving this car is the lack of any mechanical feel to the gear change, there’s no disputing it is smooth, but it’s so smooth it feels artificial. The Sport model as tested also had
motoring the Audi Drive Select system, and by selecting either comfort, auto, dynamic or efficiency this changes the vehicle characteristics by adapting power steering assistance, accelerator and gearshift response. This is a bit of a gimmick and I found myself just choosing ‘auto’ rather than fiddling around in the menu and risking burying the shiny test car into the Sainsburys lorry up ahead of me. The sheer amount of selectable options and buttons to play with I found to be very distracting, but I’m sure it would all become second nature after a few days with the car. The optional 18” wheels and tyres on the Sport model created some rather unwelcome road noise, but they certainly look better than the smaller standard 17” items that come standard. The diesel engine doesn’t sound as agricultural as many of the A3’s rivals, and pulls well from low down making day to day driving effortless without having to work it too much. Gearshift lights on the lovely monochrome instrument binnacle advises you of the optimum time to change up gears for maximum fuel efficiency, and this obviously works well when the combined MPG of this car is claimed to be a smidge over 68mpg. That is impressive, and will be a significant attraction to the company car drivers; also worthy of note is ‘Start-stop system’, the 106g/km CO2 emissions rating and the £20 annual Road Fund Licence (£0 for first year of registration). If you’re after a luxury grown up hatch with a real quality feel to it, the new A3 may well be the car for you. Yes it’s expensive, and if you got carried away with the optional extras list you could easily add 30% to the basic price, but what you get for your money is unrivalled in terms of fit and finish, and with pretty strong residuals and low running costs I think the A3 isn’t as expensive in the real world as the sticker price would have you think. Thanks to Jillian, Colin and Damien at Belfast Audi.
Vital Statistics: Audi A3 2.0 TDI Sport Model: 1,968cc, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, six-speed manual transmission, front wheel drive Price: £26k as tested for the 2.0 TDI Sport. A3 starts at £19,025 for the 1.4TFSI SE Power/torque: 148bhp @ 3,500rpm/236lb ft @ 1,750rpm. Top speed: 134mph Acceleration: 0-62mph 8.6sec Fuel economy: 57.7mpg urban, 68.9mpg combined CO2 emissions: 106g/km VED Band: B (£0 first year, £20 thereafter)
The Boardroom situated in the heart of Belfast is as unique and individual as the man that wears a bespoke made to measure garment. From several direct measurements we begin to create your bespoke made to measure suit. From thousands of the finest Italian fabrics you will have the luxury of choice right down to the finer details of linings, interlinings, buttons and stitching. Excellence is our priority. Skilled and selected tailors are passionately devoted to the realization of each garment. Great handcrafted tradition is the basis for The Boardroom with expert hands and meticulous attention. The ancient rules of tailoring that have been passed down through the generation stitch every piece of fabric with precision and accuracy. The Boardroom has a range of cashmere and lambs-wool sweaters, shirts, belts, ties and shoes that are also made to measure to compliment its offering. The result is items created by its owner, made by the hands of tradition and passion and envied by those who see it worn.
11a Chichester Street Belfast, BT1 4JA (above Oscars Champagne Cafe)
Tel: 028 9002 1399
people & parties
People & Parties
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people & parties
78 1. Janine AcAlinden and Christine O’Hare; 2. Rachel Matthews and Petra Wolsey; 3. Louise Webb and Nichola Rooney; 4. Laura Murray and Anna Marshill; 5. Belinda Condon, Naimh McGarrity and Laua Jones
THE MERCHANT SERVES UP A/W STYLE Northern Ireland designer, Ruedi Maguire, Designers at Debenhams and independent boutiques, Candy Plum, Peel and Marc Cain featured in a decadent series of Fashion Teas at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast in early October. Models from Style Academy sashayed down a candlelit catwalk in the hotel’s Rita Duffy Suite amidst lavish autumnal floral displays, while guests perused cutting edge new season fashion, sipping Moet et Chandon champagne and enjoying melt in the mouth patisseries. The opulent series of Fashion Teas were styled by Andrew Mulvenna and Lancôme, with proceeds from the event totaling almost £2,000 going to the Children’s MRI Scanner Appeal. The Merchant also played host to special pop-up boutiques over the weekend, with autumn/winter musthave fashion buys from Candy Plum, Peel and Marc Cain, Ruedi Maguire and Designers at Debenhams all for sale. Photography by Kelvin Boyes
Belfast Music Week returns for a third time in 2012, celebrating local talent and industry achievement from 4th to 11th November. Once again there is an eclectic line-up of musical acts - rock, alternative, classical, traditional, dance culture and many excellent songwriters. Gigs will be popping up in some of the most unexpected places, from the Victorian Palm House in Botanic Gardens to the Europa Bus Station. So, be sure to get your tickets and enjoy the cityâ€™s vast musical culture.
80 Sunday 4th November The Duke’s Joint The Black Box, 7.30pm, £6 T: 028 9024 6609 Book your tickets at The Welcome Centre, www.gotobelfast.com An evening of vintage fun presented by Duke Special and The Shellac Collective. Retro tunes, theatrical amusements and jumpin’ entertainment at 78 revolutions per minute!
Make Noise Tour Oh Yeah Music Centre, 8pm1am Admission free* Benji B, Ossie Reset Noise Improv, Brian Greene live, T: 028 9031 0845 Free entry all night when you bring along a small electronic item to hand in at the door! This could be an old hairdryer or mobile phone - anything with a plug or battery. Otherwise, £5 at the door.
Documenta Drone Pop and Charles Hurts
Empire Music Hall, 7pm, £15 T: 028 9024 9276 Brian Houston performs an intimate set of songs from his vast career, including his 2012 release ‘Shelter’.
The Pavilion Belfast, 8pm, £4, T: 028 9028 3283 Breed presents an unmissable night of drone and starry-eyed guitar pop, courtesy of two of Belfast’s most forward-thinking bands.
“What We See”: Two Door Cinema Club documentary premiere
Wednesday 7th November
Queen’s Film Theatre, 7pm, £3, T: 028 9097 1097 www.queensfilmtheatre.com Shot on one camera by one person, the film showcases numerous intimate moments from the road as the band prepare for a world tour.
Monday 5th November Barry Douglas and Cameratino
Robyn G Shiels, David C Clements, Katharine Philippa, VerseChorusVerse The Palm House, Botanic Gardens, 5.45pm, £7 Book your tickets at The Welcome Centre, T: 028 9024 6609 or at www.gotobelfast.com This promises to be the most memorable setting of Belfast Music Week.
Naughton Room at the Lyric Theatre, 8pm, £10 For tickets call, T: 028 9038 1081 www.lyrictheatre.co.uk Cameratino is Camerata Ireland’s Chamber Ensemble.
Soak, Rachel Austin and Connor White
Tuesday 6th November
Seven Summits, A Northern Light, Stephen MacCartney and guests
In-Spired Music, Voices and Choirs
Lavery’s Back Bar, 10pm, Admission Free, T: 028 9087 1106 The Living Room sees various artists performing a series of special acoustic performances in this intimate setting.
The Spires Conference Centre, 7pm, £8 Book your tickets at The Welcome Centre T: 028 9024 6609 or at www.gotobelfast.com With Katie And The Carnival, Farriers, Silhouette, Master And Dog, Sons Of Caliber, Rainy Boy Sleep, Gareth Dunlop, Anthony Toner, Arc Royal, Laura Lamph (National Chamber Choir of Ireland).
McHugh’s Bar, 8pm, £5, T: 028 9050 9999 Soak is one of NI music’s finest up and coming talents. Rachel Austin will preview her new album release.
David Browne-Murray The Black Box, 8pm, £5 T: 028 9024 4400 Launching his debut LP ‘Lift & Drag’, David is one of Belfast’s brightest young guitar players.
Selector Listening Party Ollie’s Nightclub, The Merchant Hotel, 5pm-8pm, Admission free The Selector is a weekly two- hour radio show, sponsored by the British Council, with an audience estimated to be in excess of 3 million listeners.
Saturday 10th November 25: Electronic Music in Belfast 1987-2012
Thursday 8th November Two Door Cinema Club
Belfast Music Week 2012 Showcase The Limelight Belfast, 8pm, Admission free, T: 028 9032 7007 Register for free tickets for this event (maximum two per person) at www. facebook.com/limelightbelfast or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A showcase for 12 promising acts from Northern Ireland, chosen by Belfast music industry and media professionals to perform for 20 international music business people - and you!
The Group Space, The Ulster Hall In association with the Red Bull Music Academy, Admission free 25 is a celebration of dance music in Belfast. It starts with the early tremors of acid house and it takes in the pioneering clubs, the DJs, the composers, the game-changers and the many future prospects.
Orbital live with DJs Phil Kieran and Space Dimension Controller (Main Hall) Boxcutter, Kab Driver, Ryan Vail, Casion, Defcon (Group Space)
Kids Sing Workshop with Gráinne Holland
Ulster Hall, T: 028 9033 4455 www. ulsterhall.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.ie For this Belfast Music Week special, Orbital will mark the release of ‘Wonky’ their first album in eight years.
An Cultúrlann, 5pm, Admission free T: 028 9096 4181 A magnificent singer passes on the tradition.
Sunday 11th November
Friday 9th November
Terri Hooley, The Outcasts, The Defects, Protex and special guests
Belfast Big Screen: Snow Patrol Live at MTV EMAs, 2011
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 8pm, Admission free T: 028 9031 0845 During Belfast Music Week, a plaque will be erected on Hill Street to remember Terri and the punks that he helped to liberate. Join him in celebration with old rockers and poets and watch edited highlights from Good Vibrations.
6pm, Admission free, non-ticketed, standing only One year on come down to the Big Screen at Belfast City Hall to relive the moment.
The Ulster Orchestra: MacMillan conducts MacMillan The Ulster Hall, 7.45pm, £8-£22 T: 028 9033 4400 World–renowned composer James MacMillan conducts the Ulster Orchestra in two of his own works.
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people & parties
Gráinne Maher Millinery Debuts At House Of Fraser
Visionary milliner, jewellery maker and Northern Ireland Fashion Designer of the Year Gráinne Maher, has launched her debut millinery collection at Belfast’s House of Fraser. Fashion aficionados attended the recent launch celebrations at The Ivory, Belfast where Gráinne revealed a runway of statement couture hats and heavenly headpieces, expertly complemented by matching clutch bags. Also featured on the night were Gráinne’s stunning jewellery designs from her Pluck & Devour and Pluck & Devour LUXE ranges. Guests were treated to a sparkling drinks reception courtesy of West Coast Cooler and a fantastic goodie bag. Photography by Brendan Gallagher
LOVE & DEATH CELEBRATES SECOND BIRTHDAY
Belfast bar, Love & Death Inc celebrated its second birthday in style in September with a special line-up of events. The Love & Death 2nd Birthday Weekender, which kicked off on Friday, 21st September, celebrated the success of the venue that was established by cofounders Anthony Farrell and Brian McGeown in September 2010. Still in its infancy, the quirky Ann Street cocktail bar, eatery and nightclub continues to shake up the city’s bar scene, gaining a growing reputation for producing the best cocktail tenders in the business, with several of the venue’s team having won awards for their innovations. Photography by Youces Boubetnikh
1. Grainne Maher and Fiona Cullen; 2. Hannah Cardwell and Steph Saunders; 3. Rebecca McKinney and Lauren Campbell; 4. Orlaith McAllister and Claire Harte
1. Aaron Bickerstaff and Ryan Calderwood; 2. Maeve Connolly and Brian McWilliams; 3. John McGuigan and Lynsey Bannon; 4.
Colin Millen,Lisa Millar and Mark Millen
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Belfast’s newest bar, Alley Cat opened in style at the end of September with a fashionably understated launch party, allowing the city’s partygoers to get a first look at the new venue. The quirky bar and eatery on Church Lane (formerly The Roost) has reopened under new management following a significant renovation. The venue, owned by the people behind the highly successful Rabbit Rooms in Bangor, has a new focus on quality food and drinks, with their aptly named “Cat Food” menu and teapot cocktails amongst Alley Cat’s unique charms. Photography by Elaine Hill
3 1. Stephen Houston, Caroline Owens and Melissa Glendining; 2. Philip McLaughlin and Lisa Bell; 3. Lee Boyd and Kieron Black; 4. Lynne Martin and Joanne Elliott
1. Claire Bickerstaff, Allan Watson, Lindy Carson, Sara Madden; 2. Jonny Kelly; Laura Kelly; Stephen McGrath; 3. Bronagh Henderson; Donna Farren; Aidan Rodgers; Bronagh Luke; Samantha Livingstone; 4. Tara Cunningham; Denise McElhone; Julienne Elliott; 5. Seona McGrath, Marie
Cowan, Mairead Glennon, Claire Bonner, Kelly McKee, Jane Watson
PRide in their Work
The CIPR Northern Ireland PRide Awards welcomed over 200 of Northern Ireland’s leading communicators to the glittering Titanic Belfast on Friday 5th October, recognising NI’s best PR talent. Big winners of the night included Smarts PR, Morrow Communications and Coca Cola HBC Northern Ireland. Photography by Simon Graham
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1. Ruth and Michael Hamill; 2. Robert
Davison, Anisa Musmary and Leo Callow; 3. Paddy Wallace and Roger Wilson; 4. Stephen and Emma Hughes; 5. Kevin Harte and Kieran McGuigan; 6. Finola Guinnane and Melissa Ferris; 7. Stephen Loughridge and Harry Blair
The Boardroom, a gentleman’s bespoke tailoring service has just launched in a comfortably furnished Georgian townhouse in Belfast City Centre. The Boardroom will use the services of master cutters and tailors to offer the quality, individualism, and comfort possible only in a custom-made garment. Guests were treated to a champagne and canapé reception before the party continued on at Café Vaudeville with tunes from swing singer Martin John McCafferty. The Boardroom aims to demystify the custom-tailoring process and to make it more accessible with prices for a made to measure shirt starting from £95 and a made-to-measure suit from £475. Photography by Kirth Ferris
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1. Yvonne Green, Lindsay Workman and Karen McKenna; 2. Rachel Smyth; 3. Pat Shannon and Helen Kane
The team at Luxe Day Spa at Clandeboye in Bangor recently celebrated their second birthday with special clients and friends who, after making their way up the pink carpet, enjoyed a vintage afternoon tea by Katie’s Kitchen (available for all Luxe clients) and beverages from Carnaby Brown who sponsored the event. Those in attendance also had a chance to see all the latest autumn/winter fashions from Holywood boutique Red Ruby Rouge who had a pop-up shop on the night. There was also a raffle with all donations going to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Photography by Stephen Hamilton
1. Siobhan McKeown, Rita Lee, Stephanie Berkeley, Chris Glover; 2. Delfina Marime, Callum Muldoon; 3. Joanna Fyffe, Lana Fyffe, Polly Cochrane, Jenny Cochrane
FASHIONWEEK IS CHILD’S PLAY
This year’s Belfast FASHIONWEEK opened with an event for yummy mummies and their fashionable kids. “Style Stories in association with The OUTLET and W5” treated families to an afternoon filled with catwalk shows and workshops in W5’s Atrium. Organisers wanted to inspire young people with an interest in the many aspects of the fashion and beauty industry by giving them access to some of the best professionals in Northern Ireland. Photography: Chris Neely
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A chic and elegant crowd gathered at the iconic Ulster Museum building in Belfast recently for an intimate viewing of the House of MaxMara’s AW12 collections. SportMax, Weekend and MaxMara mainline were all showcased while guests enjoyed Champagne and delicious canapés. Photography: Brendan Gallagher 1. Deborah Kinder & Many Burrows; 2. Jane Lamph, Nadine Thompson, Ashlee Cairns & Samantha Cousins; 3. Nina Walls & Kevin Kahan
1. Hugh Black, Joanne Grant and Basil Singleton; 2. Roisin McIlduff, Jamie Hannaway and Christine Megarry; 3. Karin Jeffrey, Ailish Hamilton-Olson and Jo Keating
Over 150 members of the advertising and media industry got together at a jampacked luncheon in Ten Square Hotel to celebrate achievements of individuals in the industry over the last few decades. The lunch, hosted by the Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI) President Basil Singleton, saw both former News Letter employee Pauline Weston and the PANI President himself presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards following an overwhelmingly popular motion from the members. Photography: Brendan Gallahher
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1. Jane Moran, Laura Campbell and Rachel McKibben; 2. Sarah Patton, Carrie Mitchell, John Huston and Jenny Taggart; 3. Courtney Maxwell, Megan Smith and Paula Kelly
QUBSU FRESHERS’ BALL 2012
The 2012 QUBSU Freshers’ Ball supported by Coca-Cola signaled the commencement of term time for thousands of new students and kick started their first week of uni! Throngs of freshers descended on Mandela Hall at Queen’s Students Union for one massive night of live performances by X-Factor’s Duke, Jason Clarke and Balls of Steel’s Negs Urban Sports Night, all of whom were hits with the crowd. Verne Troyer also known as Austin Power's Mini Me was special guest entertaining the sell-out venue where students sipped refreshing cocktails mixed with Coca-Cola. Photography: Kirth Ferris
1. Suzanne Savage, Patrick Colhoun and Grainne Maher; 2. Darren MacPherson, Deepa Mann-Kler; 3. Patrick Colhoun and Jill Colhoun
Conception Part Two
Following on from Conception Part One London in June, Darren MacPherson and Patrick Colhoun introduced the second part of a two part exhibition of work from two very different but complimentary artists. Two mediums, MacPherson’s vibrant, acid coloured figurative paintings alongside Colhoun’s dark, brooding, somewhat disturbing contemporary sculpture. Part one in June was London, MacPherson’s base; part two was the Canvas Galleries on the Stranmillis Road in Belfast, Colhoun’s hometown. Photography: Matt Mackay @ Press Eye
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89 1. Laura McPolin, Michelle McPolin, Mary McPolin and Helen McDonnell; 2. Miriam Morgan, Lorraine Trainor and Cathy Woods; 3. Laurina Kennedy and Ciara Doran; 4. Ashleigh McLarnon and Sarah Bloomer; 5. Pamela Ballantine and Hugh Black
Victoria Square’s elaborate and enchanting “Style Soirée” shows at Elmwood Hall in Queen’s University took guests on a magical journey of fantasy fashion, with NI’s top models taking to the catwalk in autumn/winter’s most sophisticated looks. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception ahead of an elaborate fashion show, which took place against an autumnal tree-lined backdrop. Elaborate styling took centre stage, with pieces from designer brands and high street retailers including House of Fraser, Cruise, Reiss, Ted Baker, Hobbs, L.K. Bennett, Coast, Lunn’s, River Island, Kurt Geiger and Dune providing inspiration for new season style. Photography: Kelvin Boyes
Kevin Lee McQuade & Andrea Devlin
Groom Kevin Lee McQuade with Best Man Brodie McIntyre, Groomsman Darren Glover and Ushers Paul & Kieran Devlin
Bridesmaids Katrina Devlin & Tracy McKinney with Bride Andrea Devlin
Simply Beautiful Photography: Richard Watson
Andrea Devlin and Kevin Lee McQuade (known as Lee), tied the knot back in May at the Parish of Saint Vincent de Paul where Andreaâ€™s uncle, Father Patrick Devlin, who married the couple, is the parish priest. In the church instead of flowers at the end of the pews they had photo frames. On the brides side pictures of Andrea, then on the grooms side pictures of Lee. The reception was at Belfast
Castle and the newlyweds celebrated with family and friends from across Ireland and London where they now live. Guests enjoyed an outdoor drinks reception on arrival at Belfast Castle and watched Irish dancers perform a routine around the fountain. Instead of having a band there was a casino in one of the rooms at the castle, it was just after dinner so in the favours they gave everyone pretend money to play with!
Charlene & Simon McCammick
Left: Simon with his bestman David Vennerd and groomsmen Jason McCammick & Niall Kelly
Above: Maid of Honour Lisa Ardis Edgar and bridemaids Jenny-Lee Hodgen & Eve Brannon with Charlene, Simon and bestman David Vennerd
Bowled Over! Photography: Erskine Crystal Photography
It was love at first strike for Charlene Ardis and Simon McCammick after their first bowling alley date! An unconventional, yet quirkily romantic proposal involving “The Proposal” dvd and a chocolate heart with the words “marry me” and then “yes” in return eventually led to a beautiful wedding in the
surroundings of the Ballydugan Mill in Downpatrick. Keeping things simple and natural, Charlene made a lot of the decorations herself from recycled items. One of the highlights for guests had to be the Chinese lantern favours which they set alight at dusk and watched float into a red sky.
things to see & do
Things To See & Do 1. Strictly for Charity...This year’s Celebrity Come Dancing for Children In Need will take place on Thursday 15th November at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club. The line up is made up of eight couples, Pamela Ballantine and Peter Gilroy; Barra Best and Maria Moore; Gerry and Debbie Armstrong; Eoghan Quigg and Holly Sweeney; Gemma Garrett and Paddy McGurgan; Joanne Salley and Scott McClure; Simon and Olivia Danielli and Paul Kennedy and Brenda Shankey. Tickets cost £20 and are available from www.eventelephant. com/celebritycomedancing or contact email@example.com 2. Art Attack...Following her highly successful first solo exhibition just last year, leading fashion stylist and now established artist Sara O’Neill is already back. Inspired by fashion and literature, this second collection of pictures entitled “Love Me to Death” will be on show from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday 1st November at Frame of Mine Gallery, Ormeau Road, Belfast. For more information on Sara visit www.saras-designs.co.uk. 3. Hemingway’s Hallowe’en Design Challenge...Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway is bringing his style sense to this year’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival in Derry. The iconic fashion design and event guru is behind the Best in Show Catwalk Challenge at Derry’s Craft Village on 27th October. To register your interest contact Joe Carlin on 07864965733. Participants can enter the competition online and gather votes on Facebook. For a full five day programme of events for The Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival, pick up a leaflet or log on to www.derrycitycouncil.gov. uk/halloween, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ thebanksofthefoylehalloweencarnival
Places to go and events to enjoy over the coming weeks 4. Huzzies at the MAC...Tinderbox Theatre Company has teamed up with award winning playwright Stacey Gregg and talented music star Katie Richardson (Katie and the Carnival) to bring a brand new show, Huzzies, which tells the story of a band who crave distraction from the humdrum of everyday life. Fast-paced, direct and full of Stacey Gregg’s trademark wit, Huzzies follows the highs and lows of four fame hungry musicians as they hurl themselves at the Belfast music scene. A dynamic mix of live music and drama, Huzzies will open at the MAC on 19th October for a three week run, as part of the 50th Ulster Bank Belfast
Festival at Queens. Tickets start from just £9.50 and can be purchased online at themaclive.com by phone 028 9023 5053 or by calling in person to the MAC. 5. Hocus-pocus with the National Trust.. From spooky story-telling to fearsome face painting, frightening fancy dress and ghoulish games, you can experience spine-chilling thrills at some of the most hauntingly atmospheric
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houses and gardens across Northern Ireland. For more details of events visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ni 6. Grab a Bite...Recommended in the Bridgestone Irish Food Guide, Equinox Cafe, is situated under a Victoria Lantern roof in Belfast’s leading design store. Recently refurbished and expanded, the café now offers a takeaway and quick menu for those needing a “working lunch”. The new autumn menu which launched this month features such delights as Moroccan chicken, couscous and roast vegetable salad with a pomegranate and molasses dressing, linguini with Ewings locally smoked salmon with dill and lemon cream and many more culinary delights. The café is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm. 7. Half Term Fun at IKEA Belfast...As part of their Big Two Five celebrations as the store celebrates the first 25 years of IKEA in the UK, from
Monday 29th October to Sunday 4th November from 12noon to 4pm and on Sunday from 1-5pm, IKEA Belfast have plenty to keep the kids entertained. There will be storytelling, face painting, balloon modelling, cupcake decorating, a kids cardboard house painting workshop, and clay hedgehog and animal mask making workshops hosted by the Ulster Woodland Trust all week. If kids come along in fancy dress on Wednesday 31st they have a chance to win a £5 gift card. Rounding up the week’s events an Abba Tribute Band will be performing on Saturday 3rd November and kids get a free toy with every kids meal. 8. Enchanted...Prepare to be spellbound at the Culloden Hotel, Bangor, as the NSPCC’s Changing Childhoods Appeal Board unveils its Enchanted Masked Ball. Embrace your inner mystery and romance on 24th November as you don black tie and a mask for a magical evening of celebrity guests and exquisite raffle prizes. Tickets are priced at £75 and the evening will begin with a champagne reception on the red carpet at 6pm. Contact Carrie Neely on 07983430763 or Emma Blease-Sheppard on 0775118002 or email enchantedballNSPCC@ hotmail.com. Facebook event page is Enchanted Masked Ball for NSPCC.
the final word
Getting to know you! As one of Belfast’s top hair stylists, Andrew Mulvenna is used to listening to his clients’ life stories, but here we get up close and personal with the man himself... Who are you closest too? My husband and partner of 22 years, Sean McCann.
What is your earliest memory?
I was three or four and living in Naas, Co. Kildare watching dozens of hot-air balloons one summer’s evening. It is still such a warm, lovely, vivid memory.
What is your biggest fear? Not appreciating life.
Walking in the park with my new mini dachshund, Mr.Tibbs.
What are you best at?
I haven’t worked that out yet as I’m a bit of an all-rounder, but I have discovered I’m rather good at teaching, hence my travelling.
What do you value in a partner?
Commitment, trust, friendship and the ability to have fun together.
What will shock us?
I really couldn’t say, I’m a Scorpio, next question.
When did you last feel really happy?
Anyone who knows me would hopefully say I am a happy person. I am supremely thankful for my “lot” in life and right at this moment I am educating in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore so believe me it puts any niggles I have into perspective.
What is your biggest regret?
I try not to dwell on regrets as they make us live in the past and stop us from living in the present which is where we should live, but I do wish I had studied harder at my foreign languages at school.
What would you change about your life?
That’s simple, nothing. I love everything about my life and thanks to a mixture of luck and hard work I do, at times, think I am the luckiest man alive. Many people just don’t realise how lucky they are compared to others in the world.
Andrew Mulvenna Hair Spa is the official hair partner for this year’s West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK. For an appointment phone 028 9024 9191.
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