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0 9 Versace for H&M the super-glam designer takes the high street by storm: we take you inside the New York launch party!
0 3 8 Beauty news great gift ideas, party make-up and festive fragrance, luxe-style
Style Expert take a peek at the new party fashion at House of Fraser
The style chart what’s hot this Christmas,
0 4 0 Kate Moss the supermodel lifts the lid on her new lipstick collection
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0 2 1 Party girl sequins, feathers, beading and bling are key trends for this festive season
0 4 2 Style news searching for the perfect winter coat, tux or tie? We’ve got the goods
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0 4 4 Trend report Nordic winter: icy Scandinavia influences this season’s coolest trend
0 3 4 Street style Lou Jones, our fashion blogger, on Birmingham style for party nights
0 4 7 Grooming news keep skin and hair healthy through the worst of winter weather
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0 2 9 Scarlet woman rock party season in winter’s hottest hues of midnight black and cherry red
0 3 1 All that glitters gold takes centre stage as molten metallics and glitter storm the fashion world
0 5 4 Food and drink news get ready to indulge with our irresistible festive fare, wine, and canapé recipes
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STAR Q UA LIT Y I t ’ s t h e h i g h s t r e e t h i g h l i g h t o f 2 0 1 1 : Ve r s a c e f o r H & M h a s l a n d e d , a n d g l a m o u r r e i g n s ! S t y l e B i r m i n g h a m w e n t i n s i d e t h e N e w Yo r k l au n c h t o pa r t y w i t h t h e A- l i s t a n d s e e t h e c o l l e c t i o n o n t h e c at wa l k
Donatella’s hit the high street! When H&M announced its latest designer collaboration earlier this year, we knew it would be the best yet. With the House of Versace on board, it’s full-throttle glamour all the way, and the new collection for H&M – just released a few days ago – is about as close to couture Versace as you can get... but without the hefty price tag. Versace’s collection for H&M is full of the pieces that have made the house of Versace legendary. Dominated by colour, print and cut, the brand’s creative director Donatella Versace has gone back to the archives to bring some Versace classics to a whole new audience. Iconic dresses are the focus of the women’s collection, while menswear is centered on sharp tailoring. And, for the first time, an H&M designer collaboration includes homeware pieces, reflecting Versace’s influential home designs. No wonder the collaboration caused queues to snake out of the H&M store on the first day it became available. Instantly recognizable, Versace designs are flamboyant and glamorous, without ever losing sight of the important of tailoring: the women’s dresses flatter curves and the men’s shirts sit close to the body, tapering at the cuffs and waist. Versace, for so long loved by the A-list, has created a high street collection for H&M this winter that plays close to its roots: each piece is a Versace statement, through and through. “The collection for H&M is the essence of Versace” confirms Donatella. “For the collaboration we’ve brought back from the archives, as well as from more
recent collections, some of the icons of Versace such as the bright prints, the Greek key and daring cuts. I can’t wait to see how H&M’s wide audience will make these pieces their own.” Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M, told us: “Versace’s collection for H&M is a moment in fashion. It is full of strong pieces that stand out, with colours, prints and cuts that are clean and precise. The women’s collection is flattering and full of dresses, while the men’s collection is very sophisticated. When I think about Versace I think of iconic items. With this collection for H&M we’ve got the essence of Versace.” Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady Gaga are all fans of Versace couture, the latter recently enjoying a private tour of the Versace archives with Donatella Versace as her guide. In fact, Donatella recently revealed that seeing
1 0 H ER O P IEC ES We pick our favourite musthaves from the collection, hot from H&M right now
Studded leather jacket £149.99
Heart top and skirt set £99.99
for women Little black dress £79.99
for men Classic shirt £29.99
Stud belt £39.99
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W ITH V E RSAC E Blake Lively
Stars fl ocked to pay homage to D onatella Versace at an exclusive catwalk show and party in New York . We were there to bring you the l owdown
the vintage Versace designs through Lady Gaga’s eyes – and witnessing her excitement at the priceless collections – inspired the Milan-based design legend to create the H&M collection, and fill it with nods to Versace signature motifs. The result is that Versace’s collection for H&M includes many of the iconic designs. For women, a classic black silk crepe dress has gold Grecian buttons on its patent straps, while the flow of a floor-length goddess gown is balanced by boning in the bodice. For night-time shine, multi-colour sequin dresses are covered in archival Versace prints, short metallic dresses come in either silver or gold, and strong colour shift dresses are embellished with studs in classic Greek motifs.
They’ve revisited some of its most famous prints, which for women are used on collector’s item pieces such as dresses, short pleat skirts, velvet bomber jackets, leggings and jeans. Meanwhile, the importance of leather for Versace is reflected in leather jackets that come decorated with gold studs and zips. Accessories include a high-heeled laced boot and a studded suede high-heeled sandal, along with studded leather bags as well as velvet bags covered with the Miami palm print.
Uma Thurman, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson and Selma Blair were among the guests who joined Donatella Versace at a specially designed building on NYC’s Hudson River. Guests entered the world of Versace from the moment they set foot on the red carpet: the catwalk was paved with gold, and the show was followed by an after-party which featured exclusive performances by Donatella’s special guests, Prince and Nicki Minaj.
Helena Christensen and Donatella Versace
Verdict from the A-listers? “I think it is so exciting for Versace to be made available to everyone. The collection is cool, colourful, young and very hip. I couldn’t wait to see the show,” said Uma Thurman. “I am such a fan of Versace, Blake Lively told us. “The fits for a woman’s body are incredible. I’m also a huge fan of H&M. To have Versace at H&M is the best.” Selma Blair loved the evening, adding “Versace is so incredible and so glamorous. For kids to be able to buy it is wonderful. Donatella is an amazing woman.”
It’s not just the women either: the label’s heritage, from its origins with creator Gianni Versace who sadly was murdered in 1997, is firmly rooted in super-glam menswear (celebrity fans include Elton John and David Furnish, George Michael and Robert Downey Jr). The new high street Versace men’s collection is a mix of slick tailoring and pieces of extravagant pattern. Suit jackets and trousers come in either black or pink, while a black tuxedo jacket has metallic tip trims on its pockets, and shirts have metallic wing-tips on the collars. Versace’s palm and optical prints are used on T-shirts, as well as on thin-knit cashmere sweaters, while print is also used on velvet bombers, jeans, and even swim trunks. There’s leather in the men’s collection too, with a quilted leather jacket trimmed with gold studs in the Versace classical Greek pattern, which is repeated down the sides of black cotton shorts and a rolled-sleeve T-shirt. Accessories include embellished beanies and patterned caps, embellished or print scarfs, hi-top sneakers and the perfect dress shoes. There’s even a homewear collection for H&M, echoing the hugely successful homewear range in the main couture line. Taking full advantage of the house’s iconography, there are pillows and a bedspread resplendent in the multicolour floral Japanese fan print, bringing the complete Versace lifestyle to H&M. Versace for H&M is now in store at H&M in Bullring
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COCKTAILS AT DAWN Treat your family and friends to a selection of tasty cocktails … they don’t need to know you’ve had a bit of help. These scrummy drinks from Master of Malt are the best way to bring the bar to you. Just pour over ice, stir and serve. Flavours include Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Negroni, Rob Roy, Gin Martini and the World’s Best Cocktail … probably. From £29.99
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Complete your look for a white Christmas with this pure white dress from Acne. Exclusive to Selfridges. £190
FOR THE TECHIES Marc Jacobs has brought out a great range of techno products for Christmas, including the Floral Laptop bag, iPad case and iPhone skins in some fab colours. Laptop bag £55, iPad case £45, iPhone skins in black, purple and teal £30
BAG A TREASURE
This gorgeous Alexander Wang bag will go with any outfit that you choose for the Christmas party. £885
COUNT THOSE CALORIES Even though it’s Christmas, a lot of people still like to keep track of their calorie intake. With The Most Honest Chocolate Tablet from Chocolat Factory, you can enjoy a bit of chocolate but keep an eye on how much you’ve eaten. A great stocking filler. £11.99
A BIT OF SPARKLE
Everyone loves to add a bit of sparkle to their Christmas outfit, and these stunning glittery shoes from Dune are glitter-licious. £85
ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH Exclusive to Selfridges, this Mulberry Alexa White Croc satchel, with the classic postman’s lock and buckle detail, is the perfect gift for any Mulberry girl. £885
we adore dior These two Dior nail polishes, exclusive to Selfridges, are great for any outfit. Christmas parties or the big day itself, the fab white and silver shades enhance light reflection to give your nails a bit of sparkle. £17.50 each
IT’S A CRACKER!
Make your Christmas dinner go with a bang with these Lancôme Christmas Crackers: a great addition to any table setting. Forget the usual cracker prizes, each cracker contains a Lancôme beauty treat, a beauty tip and the obligatory festive hat. £38
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EVERY MAN NEEDS A TIE
This Salvatore Ferragamo pink flag and horseshoe tie will be a welcome stocking filler for any man. £110
GET AWAY Planning a weekend away over Christmas? Make packing a more pleasurable experience with this Paul Smith collection of a holdall, messenger bag and washbag. Holdall £275, messenger bag £210, washbag £95
Christmas 2011 sees the Selfridges collaboration with Absolut Vodka, to develop the pearly white limited edition bottle to celebrate the festive season. Exclusive to Selfridges. £29.99
Even at Christmas – supposedly the most relaxing day of the year, the time must be watched to ensure the turkey doesn’t overcook, that Uncle Joe is greeted on arrival and that the After Eights are not brought out a minute before their designated hour. This White Christmas crystal pavé Toywatch is great for all occasions. £205
Exclusive to Selfridges, this white Mac set is a great present for the lady in your life. £42.50
Skull ring £25
Sequin dress £75, Therapy
Silver logo earrings £60, Biba
ST YLE EXPERT Leather top £120, flannel shorts £75, leather clutch £95, all Pied a Terre
Pau l S u t t o n , s t o r e m a n a g e r at H o u s e o f F r a s e r B i r m i n g h a m , o n t h i s s e a s o n ’s Blouse £150, Whistles, shorts £99, Ted Baker
top trends This year, the autumn/winter collections are inspiring and confident. This season’s trends nod to the 1960s and 1970s through to the present day, with sleek modern silhouettes and a contemporary use of colour. Inspired by the 60s and 70s, this season will see anything from retro floral prints to houndstooth hit the fashion agenda. In casual weekendwear, this winter we’ll see knits meet denim with a ‘Fjordic Heritage’ influence; a confident and colourful trend with no limits. Layering is integral to this style, with the focus on soft cashmeres, cable knits and trimmed sheepskin.
chic seasonal look and also serve to keep the winter chill at bay. Exclusive to House of Fraser, BIBA is one of the hottest occasionwear destinations this season. Inspired by the red carpet, choose a one-shoulder goddess gown in a stunning snakeskin print or eye catching shade of metallic blue to flatter a truly feminine silhouette. For something more relaxed and adding a fashion edge to the collection, opt for the black silk and beaded Twentiesinspired flapper dress or a rich red tunic with gold embellishment.
Vintage sequin tunic dress £265, Biba
“LUXURIOUS FAUX FUR COATS FINISH THE CHIC SEASONAL LOOK”
‘Bridget’ platforms £180, Biba
Accessories are a key factor in dressing for party season. From work drinks and girls’ nights out, to family gatherings and more sophisticated affairs, there’s an outfit and accessory to suit every taste and every budget. Glitter and sparkle reign supreme across sequin playsuits and dresses for the girl who likes to party. Hem lines are high and so are the heels, with statement looks designed to make an impression. Elsewhere, fitted shift dresses and jewel-coloured maxi dresses provide a grown-up, chic alternative. Luxurious faux fur coats finish the
Finding the perfect outfit can be daunting, and for some, the thought of dressing up for Christmas parties can be a dread. If that sounds familiar, why not invest in a free session with a personal shopper? They can help you identify your style, and find an outfit that perfectly fits your needs. At House of Fraser, our personal shopper is always happy to help customers find a style which works for them and works within any budget and for any occasion. Blouse £45, faux fur coat £115 both Label Lab, leather stretch trousers £150 Gestuz, clutch £130, Label Lab ‘Gabrielle’ bow clutch £50, Dune
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Houndstooth prom dress £110, Untold, ‘Collins’ bowler bag £165, Episode, bracelet £145, LK Bennett, tights by Wolford
Getting ready for party season? The party collections are absolutely stunning this Christmas; at House of Fraser, we’ve chosen gorgeous pieces from jaw-dropping floorlength gowns to edgy leather dresses.
Beaded and bejeweled evening clutches from Lulu Guinness, Michael Michael Kors and Wilbur & Gussie will ensure your party look is complete, along with show-stopping footwear and stunning jewellery from an array of brands.
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We can’t believe this prom dress is just £55 at Next. It’s so quirky and couture, it could easily be Givenchy or Balenciaga
Overlaid with delicate beading, this £140 dress from Monsoon is a little bit Downton Abbey, a little bit London Fashion Week and a lot fabulous
Cutest thing we’ve seen all month: how gorgeous is this silver strawberry pendant, £95 from Azendi in Pavilions?
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Forget the boots, it’s the bags by Ugg we’re lusting after right now. Ugg bag, £550, Selfridges
Simple and oh-so-chic, this lovely wool coat, £190 by COS in Bullring, will live in your wardrobe for years
Serious style kudos here: these SJP-esque Christian Louboutin strappy sandals, £635 at Harvey Nichols are fashion heaven
Leopardprint’s never more relevant than during party season, so invest in this elegant clutch, £15 at Dorothy Perkins
Maybe it’s Strictly Come Dancing, maybe it’s Gaga, but we do love a sparkly headpiece this winter: this starry one’s £22 at Topshop
Sometimes it’s the simplest pieces that work the best: this timeless golden cuff is only £12.50 by Daisy & Eve for Evans
Perfect for parties, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve dancing: our love for these rock-chic fur boots is endless: £145 from Dune
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Fingerless gloves, £8.50
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S e q u i n s , f e at h e r s , b e a d i n g a n d b l i n g are key trends for this festive season
Fringe ring, £6.50
Snow flake earrings (part of Christmas set), £8.50
Feather cape, £18
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PA RT Y IN ST YLE Wh e n H a r v e y N i c h o l s t u r n e d 1 0 r e c e n t l y, i t wa s g l i t z , g l a m a n d f u n a l l t h e way Harvey Nichols Birmingham certainly threw a tenth birthday party to remember. The luxury store turned The Mailbox into the most fashionable big top when it celebrated a decade in the city with a circus-themed evening. Boasting an eclectic guest list, the party saw stars from the small screen, music and sport all dressed uber glam to mark the milestone anniversary. VIPs included Alexander Burke, Danielle Lloyd, Nikki Sanderson, Layla Monoochehri, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace and The Only Way Is Essex stars Joey Essex, Cara Kilbey and Billi Mucklow. Footballers Lee Hendrie, Darren Byfield, Matt Murray, Ishmael Miller, Zat Knight, Nigel Reo-Coker, Charles Nzogbia and Matt
Jarvis enjoyed the party alongside Aston Villa Manager Alex McLeish and Terry Connor from Wolves. They were joined by more than 500 guests from media, fashion and business from around the city to be entertained by stilt walkers, fire dancers, contortionists, a caricaturist, mime artist, escapologist, magician and tarot card reader, as well as Britainâ€™s Got Talent semi-finalists Peridot Dance Troupe. Tricks and treats included a designer fashion show, wall of mirrors, circus-themed dressup box and music courtesy of DJ Collin Francis. Guests were served Perrier Jouet Champagne to complement mini hot dogs, cheese burgers and fish and chips, followed by toffee apples, ice creams, candy floss and popcorn. Clockwise from left: face-painting; the catwalk show; TOWIEâ€™s Joey Essex; a circus performance artist; Adee Phelan and Sarah Longbottom; Alexandra Burke; TOWIE stars Billi Mucklow and Cara Kilbey; Danielle Lloyd issue 24
Simon Carter cufflinks, £50
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Wash Up Doll Brush Duo Set, £17.95
DSquared2 Potion for Man, from £42.50
Harvey Nichols mini scented candle set, £30
Creme de le Mer The Luxury Essentials boxed set, £305 Benefit eau de toilette gift set, £29.50
Marc by Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink EDP, £60
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This on-trend fuchsia double-breasted coat, £590 by DKNY at Harvey Nichols, will cheer up your winter wardrobe.
Lucy in Disguise zig zag dress, £190
If its recent appearances all over the catwalks are anything to go by, the biker jacket is back to stay. Teamed with everything from knitwear and pencil skirts to sequin party dresses, we think it works well toughening up a maxi: this leather version and red dress, each £190, are from Warehouse.
Acne silk dress, £240
McQ lace dress, £355 Brand new at Harvey Nichols, these are sure to fly off the shelves
CHOICE Crystal ring, £15, Marks & Spencer
Ruffle jumpsuit, £42, Next
Clutch, £19.99, Accessorize Alice wool coat, £200, French Connection.
We’re totally loving the jumpsuit-as-partywear trend: it’s easy, chic and perfect for any night out, from drinks with friends to black-tie dinner. This sequinned one with elegant drop pockets is £1,350 from Emporio Armani in The Mailbox.
party heels Wedges, £75, River Island
Dance the night away in fashion’s funkiest new super-high shoes
Penelope, £75, KG at Debenhams
Leopard print, £48, Miss Selfridge
Purple platforms, £42, Dorothy Perkins
Sparkle, leopardprint and edgy leather straps: what’s not to heart about this bag, £699, by Hugo Boss in The Mailbox?
Bridget, £180, Biba at House of Fraser Snake shooboots, £27.99, New Look
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MARY PO RTAS I’ve just created my own range of shoes and boots for Clarks. Why? You get to an age when what you want from a shoe changes. You want comfort. You still want fashion, but more importantly, you want comfort. The problem that we have at the moment is that you cannot get the two on the high street; you have to pay designer prices. What we’ve done is we’ve created really fashionable shoes with added comfort. It’s not rocket science but it’s simply what women want. Clarks is the best shoemaker in the world, and it’s British. They are obsessive about making comfortable shoes. When I was working with them, it was amazing to see their processes. There was a huge sense of respect between the two of us. They really wanted to push the fashionable factor of the shoes, but in no way compromise on the comfort. I’ve chosen on-trend colours of aqua, black, bright pink, red and leopardprint. They will be seen all around the high street this winter. My partner (Grazia fashion editor-at-large Melanie Rickey) lets us know what colours are in as soon as she knows. She was on a train going to the Alexander McQueen show this year and she was sending us the colours so we knew in advance. We’ve got some great McQueeninfluenced colours coming through. • Mary at Clarks is available at the New Street store, Birmingham
With retro elegance still at the fashion forefront, Hobbs has unveiled a stunning new collection for winter. The Unlimited line is full of sophisticated pleats, sleek knits, muted colours and soft leather. Think Prada meets Louis Vuitton: grownup fashion for women who like to look polished. Coat, £499, pleated skirt, £169, and collar £189, all Hobbs in Pavilions.
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Glitter courts, £65, Schuh in Bullring
Jumpsuit, £50, Dorothy Perkins
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Necklace, £26, Laura Ashley
Dress, £75, Wallis
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Layer dress, £55, Miss Selfridge
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Lace clutch, £25, Marks & Spencer
Marabou jacket, £115, Biba at House of Fraser
Stud heels, £85, Topshop
Panther brooch, £10, Accessorize
Crystal face Toywatch, £205, Selfridges
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Maxi, £129, Autograph at M&S
G o l d ta k e s c e n t r e s ta g e a s m o l t e n m e ta l l i c s a n d g l i t t e r a c c e s s o r i e s s t o r m t h e fa s h i o n w o r l d Bracelet, £20, Diva at Miss Selfridge
Collar, £35, Biba at House of Fraser
Heels, £80, Dune Star earrings, £8.50, Topshop
Box clutch, £25, Next
ST YLE RENAISSANCE AT
TH E MA I LBOX From luxury fashion and handmade jewellery to quirky gifts, Style Renaissance is a shopping treasure trove, right through Christmas and beyond! We’re about to make your Christmas shopping a hundred times easier this year! Style Renaissance at The Mailbox is giving Birmingham fashionistas a great new place to add to their favourite shopping hotspots! From finding the perfect gift for a loved one to discovering something fabulous to wear for the fastapproaching party season, Style Renaissance will definitely leave you spoilt for choice, right up until the end of the year. Split into seven sections, here’s a taster of what’s on offer:
to catch up on the new cosmetics trends? Mailbox experts certainly have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to the beauty breakthroughs. There’s a wealth of advice and new products in the beauty centre, and tempting goodies too. Fancy a treat? Made in England, Ruxx uses the finest leather and finishes to create its selection of leather backpacks and rucksacks. The brainchild of designer Sarah Ward-Hendry, the bags combine luxurious materials, head turning designs and practicality. Hard to resist is Nancy Pop, who joins Style Renaissance from Notting Hill. She specialises in statement pieces for women as well as
STYLE CLINIC: Learn from those in the know. Dedicated style advisors will help you take the legwork out of shopping Freda cream bag, £350, Ruxx and use their knowledge of the latest trends to pick the perfect look. Not only that, visitors get the chance to shop the new season collections from the featured fashion, jewellery and accessory labels. Who’s there? Expect to find Pastiche Couture, the UK’s number one supplier of opulent prom dresses, as well as striking celebrityinfluenced dresses. Check into Style Clinic The Boutique, where image consultants offer style, colour and Coco black bag, £395, Ruxx shape advice to women of all ages. INNOVATIVE BEAUTY: Confused by the latest skincare advances? Want
Britney chain bag, £60, E-Vintage
“STYLE RENNAISSANCE WILL DEFINITELY LEAVE YOU SPOILT FOR CHOICE, RIGHT UP UNTIL THE END OF YEAR”
Claudio Lugli shirt, £70, CB Menswear
showcasing collections from up and coming designers. HOME STYLE: Pick up essential tips from a professional interior designer, who can guide shoppers through the new season trends for the home. From bespoke furniture to Christmas decorations, there is plenty of inspirational gifts and accessories on sale too. JEWELLERY BOX: Step inside to discover a musthave range of opulent pieces that will go straight to the top of anyone’s Santa wishlist. Pick up some great advice on jewellery and gems, and enjoy the chance to splash out on a fabulous statement piece. We love Julia Burness Jewellery: with a nod towards creating environmentallyfriendly pieces, Julia creates stunning metallic lace jewellery using gold from Fairtrade mines and recycled silver. She works closely with clients to create individual and stunning items. Fluid By Designs craft one-off designs, the handiwork of jewellery designer Sarah Clarke, and you’ll want to snap up the work of Angeli Yara, a Columbian designer of bespoke pieces. Want even more
choice? A host of amazing new jewellery designers have just arrived at Style Renaissance: we love the work of Ana Ostrom, Christine Davies, Julia Davenport, Rhiannon Lewis, Mikaela Black and Le Vita Couture. STYLE CENTRE: A treasure chest for trendsetters, the marketplace features an impressive selection of designers, vintage and couture fashion, millinery, costume jewellery and lavish gifts. Homeandkids.com has a range of gorgeous gifts and eye-catching interior items, showcasing a wide selection of designs from across Europe. Many of the pieces on sale are from collaborations with local artists. Also in the Style Centre, you’ll find E-Vintage: this company stocks a must-see collection of distinctive vintage garments and accessories, handpicked from across the globe and spanning the decades. All the items are in great condition and date from the 20s through to the 70s … perfect if you’re rocking this season’s retro trends. THE GENTRY: The guys don’t need to feel left out, with a dedicated area highlighting up-to-theminute men’s fashion and grooming. Personal shoppers and style
Hat and slipper set, £45, Felt So Nice
Jervey De Haulland at Nancy Pop, £495
Red owl cushion, £29, Homeandkids.com
Skull ring, £60, Julia Burness
consultants are on hand to give advice on a new winter wardrobe. Drop in on CB
Menswear.com, where you can discover an exclusive range of high quality Italian designer shirts from such names as Claudio Lugli, Daniel Rosso and Steel & Jelly, as well as casual options from Stone Island, Lacoste and Fred Perry. Visitors to CB Menswear will also have the chance to enter a competition to win a winetasting day for two at Bank.
Green owl cushion, £29, Homeandkids.com
Fox & Chave has a lovely selection of silk ties and scarves. Designs are inspired by the arts, from classic decorative details to modern cartoonists. The eye-catching range uses the best fine twill or crepe de chine silk, along with up to 30 colours, to achieve subtle detail and accurate reproduction. REJUVENATION CENTRE: Spotlighting the best of the best, this collection of elite services focuses on wellbeing, cosmetic treatments, personal training and positive mental health. Destination Skin specialise in results: whether you want a younger-looking clearer complexion or to remove unwanted hair, this place has a treatment to suit every skin type and requirement.
Plan your visit Style Renaissance participants are all to be found inside shop units in The Mailbox, although they will, on occasion, spill out onto the mall itself for a more up-close and personal experience. Check in regularly to see what’s new! Style Renaissance is open most days, but opening hours will vary over the 14 weeks of the event, so it’s best to check www.mailboxlife.com for details
COULD YOU MAKE IT AS A MODEL? Maybe this is your time to be discovered as the next modelling sensation! Adage Models will be scouting for potential new models, both women and men, at The Mailbox on selected days during Style Renaissance, up until the end of 2011, including Saturdays 10 and 17 December (check out www.mailboxlife. com for more details).
Flower tin tea set, £15, Homeandkids.com
YOURS Caroline Bannerton, 28, mortgage advisor
Leanne Cook, 36, nurse specialist
Leanne’s shift dress features a cinched-in waist with triangular colour blocking, giving an art deco spin to the dress. She has accessorised the outfit with silver detail on her bag and shoes and has added silver jewellery: don’t forget that it’s time to shine during party season!
Proenza Schouler covered their dresses in native patterns on this season’s catwalk, swiftly kicking off a trend for tribal prints. The coloured sequins on Caroline’s dress give the Navajo-inspired graphics an eveningwear spin. If you want to stand out from the crowd but still be on trend this winter, embrace your inner Pocahontas and go native!
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Elise Richards, 35, nail technician
If you can’t make up your mind what to wear, the one item you can always rely on for any evening out is your little black dress. Elise has made the most of her shift dress by continuing with black throughout the rest of her outfit, but adds a flash of cream with her shoes. Simple, but chic.
Burberry Prorsum’s collection for autumn/ winter included touches of understated greens, and Rosie’s cap-sleeve dress gives a nod in that direction, while a statement gold belt and chunky bangles bring light to the dark shade of the dress.
C IT Y C EN TRE
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Rosie Ginday, 27, pastry chef
S t y l e B i r m i n g h a m ’s fa s h i o n p r e f e c t L ou Jo n e s m a r k s t h e pa rt y p o s s e f o r s t y l e points
GREY MATTERS Gurpeet, 30, cardiac physiologist
Donna Karan’s Collection for autumn/winter featured an abundance of grey pieces, and Gurpeet’s shiny grey dress picks up on this trend beautifully for the party season. She’s Christmasready with the embellishment on the front of the dress, which is reminiscent of snowflakes.
Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and Ralph Lauren incorporated dark, masculine tailoring into their offerings for autumn/ winter, which is good news if you’re a trousers girl at heart. Cover your pins with pride during this party season, but be sure to keep things feminine like Louise has here, with her shimmery cream top and leopardprint detailed shoes.
sharon stead, 40, employability manager Various hues of blue were blended into the outfits on Jil Sander’s runway this season. Sharon’s vibrant blue dress is cleverly contrasted with cream cut-out panel shoes that tie in bows at the back, and a grey flowered handbag. She’s completed the look with a glam slam of red, using lipstick and nail polish.
sEEIng rED Lisa hall, 35, legal secretary
Louise Billingham, 36, programme manager
Melanie’s chic shift dress is a bold take on the monochrome trend, which was championed by Yves Saint Laurent this season with houndstooth and plaid patterns. With its large, chain-link detailing, this dress is an elegant, striking alternative to embellished and brightly coloured eveningwear.
Complemented by a matching art-deco clutch, Kara’s peacock blue evening gown is on par with Gucci’s jewel-coloured dresses for this season. Look for rich, bright colour and shiny fabric for maximum wow factor this winter.
Elizabeth gupta, 23, sales
At Stella McCartney, various shades of white were used throughout this season’s collection: Elizabeth channels the white vibe in her oneshoulder mini dress and cream shoes, which is enough to put anyone in the mood for a white Christmas.
sarah giles, 35, account executive
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Kara Wilcox-Pates, 31, chartered accountant
Melanie Townsend, 45, solicitor
Lisa’s twist-detailed red dress is the ultimate colour for any Christmas party. DKNY included warm flashes of red throughout their autumn/winter collection, so be brave and get bold in a knockout number this year!
The bigger and bouncier your coat is this season, the better. Gucci’s autumn/winter collection was full of oversized, brightly-coloured furs, and Sarah’s coat - teamed with her silver Jimmy Choo’s and little black dress - is a modern Hollywood glamour fix and a perfect evening cover-up against the winter chills.
• Lou Jones began her street-style blog www.thestylekaleidoscope.com in October 2010, documenting both fashion and emerging trends around Birmingham city centre.
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GIFT GUIDE MAGICAL GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS 2011
CHRISTMASstartsHERE! From super-luxe jewellery to traditional gifts to captivate the kids, we’ve got your Christmas shopping sorted, and all within Birmingham city centre. Indulge family and friends and pick out a treat or two for yourself: after all, it’s Christmas! Happy shopping!
03 the HANDPICKED collection Inspiration for that perfect present
08 Festive HOME
04 GIFTS for HER
06 GIFTS for HIM
Gorgeous gifts for style goddesses
He’ll love these super-stylish gifts
Seasonal treats and yummy delights for foodies
10 GIFT of BEAUTY
12 GIFTS for LUXURY LOVERS
14 GIFTS for CHILDREN
Choose from the most exquisite gift sets this Christmas
Make Christmas magical with these sensational surprises
Little ones will love these traditional-with-atwist festive treats
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theHANDPICKEDcollection GLAMOROUS GIFTS, PERFECT FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE
1. Thierry Mugler Limited Edition Alien Fragrance with gold cuff, £50, House of Fraser 2. Wool cape, £85, Wallis 3. Chronograph watch, £275, DKNY at House of Fraser 4. Suede gloves, £22, Accessorize 5. Clutch, £18, Marks & Spencer 6. Celeste brooch, £39, Hobbs in Pavilions 7. Bubble bath hamper, £85, Harvey Nichols 8. Earrings, £143, Carat at Selfridges
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GIFTSforHER SPARKLING GIFTS FOR STYLE GODDESSES
1. Cable knit bag, £32, Next 2. Heels, £545, Christian Louboutin at Harvey Nichols 3. Shoes, £399, Hugo Boss in The Mailbox 4. Ring, £39, Reiss 5. Tahitian Jelly Bean watch, £215, Michele at House of Fraser 6. Twig bangle, £45, Julia Burness Jewellery at Style Renaissance in The Mailbox 7. Lambskin collar, £170, Karl Donaghue at Harvey Nichols
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8. Dress, £180, Monsoon 9. Silk dress, £129.99, Versace for H&M 10. Dress, £50, Dorothy Perkins 11. Robe, £60, Marks & Spencer 12. Bridesmaids, DVD £19.99, Blu-Ray £26.99, HMV 13. Leather gloves, £40, Jaeger 14. Phone case, £35, Karen Millen 15. Vintage Style: Iconic Fashion Looks And How To Get Them by Sarah Kennedy, £20, Waterstone’s 16. Leather tablet cover, £95, Biba at House of Fraser 17. Stackable rings, from £95-£125, Azendi in Pavilions 18. Clutch, £65, French Connection
For more gift ideas visit www.stylebirmingham.com
COOL, QUIRKY, CLASSIC: HE’LL LOVE THESE SUPER-STYLISH GIFTS 1. Watch, £295, Hugo Boss in The Mailbox 2. Leather tote, £780, Ralph Lauren at House of Fraser 3. Beanie, £24.99, Versace for H&M 4. DKNY Men Weekend Getaway Set, £32, The Fragrance Shop 5. Clarins grooming coffret, £34, House of Fraser, Debenhams and Boots 6. D&G leather iPhone case, £90, Harvey Nichols 7. Yohji Yamamoto trainers, £180, Aspecto in Pavilions 8. Gorilla tee, £16, Burton 9. Alexander McQueen tie, £95, and pocket square, £75, Selfridges
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10. Chocolate bar by Jamie Oliver, £2, Debenhams 11. Wallet, £99.99, Emporio Armani in The Mailbox 12. Leather jacket, £199, Limited Collection at Marks & Spencer 13. Rock and Roll Hotels book, £10.99, Waterstone’s 14. Oliver Peoples Glasses, £204, Piccadilly Opticians, Piccadilly Arcade 15. Leather accessories set, £39.99, Zara 16. Wild and Wolf diner phone, £60, Debenhams 17. Electro skincare set, £65, Molton Brown boutique in Bullring 18. Kris Van Assche X Eastpak Shopper, £158, Autograph 19. Sean John Unforgivable Man set, £35, Boots and The Perfume Shop
For more gift ideas visit www.stylebirmingham.com
FestiveHOME SEASONAL TREATS AND YUMMY DELIGHTS FOR FOODIES
1. Golden cake stand, £18, Bhs 2. Wine glass, £9.50, Marks & Spencer 3. Divine solid raspberry or mint dark chocolate discs, £4.50 each, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Oxfam 4. Noël cushion, £14, Next 5. Christmas snowflake cafetiere, £25, Marks & Spencer 6. Christmas morning gift basket, £55, Whittards at House of Fraser 7. Festive wreath, £35, House of Fraser 8. Charbonnel et Walker Boite Rouge, £50, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges
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9. Pick of the Pantry artisan food hamper, £55, Jamie Oliver at Debenhams 10. Jura Superstition single malt whisky 70cl, £34.50, The Whisky Shop, Great Western Arcade 11. Limited Edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label Collection The Chiller by Porsche Design Studio, £240, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols 12. Chocolate hamper, £30, Thorntons in Pavilions 13. Purist Christmas wreath, £25, Hotel Chocolat in Bullring 14. Green & Black’s The Tasting Collection, £14.99, Sainsbury’s and Tesco 15. Classic Champagne truffles, £20, Hotel Chocolat in Bullring 16. Star by Julien Macdonald votives, £18 each, Debenhams 17. Russian Standard Gold vodka, £20, Selfridges
For more gift ideas visit www.stylebirmingham.com
GIFTofBEAUTY INDULGE IN THE MOST EXQUISITE GIFT SETS THIS CHRISTMAS
1. Origins Nature’s Difference skincare, £39, Selfridges 2. World of Jo Malone Collection, £98, Selfridges 3. Bodhi bath and shower gift set, £33, Harvey Nichols 4. DKNY Fresh Delights Holiday Set, £42, The Perfume Shop and Boots 5. Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Collection, £59, House of Fraser 6. St Tropez Fashion Tan Gift Set, £30, Benjamin Ryan Hair & Beauty 7. Elemis Glowing Beauty, £45, Debenhams 8. Versace Yellow Diamond Christmas coffret, £45, House of Fraser
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9. Molton Brown The Color Purple, £49, Molton Brown boutique in Bullring 10. The Percy & Reed Va-Va-Volume haircare travel set, £24, Harvey Nichols 11. Label.m & Giles Deacon Christmas Collaboration clutch bag and products, from £17.50, Toni & Guy 12. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Holiday Set, £55, Boots 13. Beautannia Bloomsbury Scented Candle, £35, Space NK at Harvey Nichols 14. Ultimate Sanctuary Pamper Case, £40, Boots
For more gift ideas visit www.stylebirmingham.com
GIFTSforLUXURYlovers MAKE CHRISTMAS MAGICAL WITH THESE SENSATIONAL SURPRISES
1. Clutch, £75, French Connection 2. Phone, £600, Bang & Olufsen in The Mailbox 3. Glass candelabra, £40, Laura Ashley in Pavillions 4. All I Want For Christmas heels, £80, Office in Bullring 5. Estee Lauder Ultimate-Life Age Correcting Collection, £180, Boots 6. Jo Malone Christmas cracker, £28, Selfridges 7. Leather overnight bag, £89, Marks & Spencer 8. Crème de la Mer The Discovery Collection, £200, Selfridges
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9. Tennis bracelet, £320, Carat in Selfridges 10. iPad case, £30, Jeff Banks at Debenhams 11. Stag bookends, £25, Linea at House of Fraser 12. KMix filter coffee maker, £80, Kenwood at House of Fraser 13. Diptyque Limited Edition Christmas candles in Perdigone, £45 and £25, Space NK 14. Champagne and Prosecco set, £75, Harvey Nichols
For more gift ideas visit www.stylebirmingham.com
GIFTSforCHILDREN LITTLE ONES WILL LOVE THESE TRADITIONAL-WITH-A-TWIST FESTIVE TREATS! 1. Satchel, £12.99, Zara 2. Christmas bear, £20, Mothercare 3. Faux fur coat, £24.99, H&M 4. Metallic booties, £12, Monsoon 5. Slipper boots, £8, Marks & Spencer 6. The Million Pound Drop board game, £24.99, Argos 7. Changing mat set, £135, Ralph Lauren at Selfridges 8. Table football, £19.50, Marks & Spencer
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9. Stocking holder, £12.50, Debenhams 10. Dinosaur slippers, £9, Bhs 11. Hot water bottle and sock set, £12, Debenhams 12. Hat, scarf and gloves set, £30, Laura Ashley 13. Build and Fix playset, £28, Next 14. Wind-up tin robots, £8 each, Retro Toys at House of Fraser
For more gift ideas visit www.stylebirmingham.com
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MORE ON Style Birmingham has teamed up with The Mailbox to offer you the chance to win a fabulous £500 shopping spree at Birmingham’s luxury shopping destination this season. Offering pure shopping indulgence in a waterside setting, The Mailbox is home to luxury fashion and beauty
brands alongside contemporary art and fine homewares, with stores including Harvey Nichols, AllSaints, Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, Bang & Olufsen and Style Renaissance, the event that brings a host of designers exclusive to The Mailbox. The array of vibrant restaurants and café bars
provide the perfect break for lunch or an evening treat. So whether shopping for yourself or loved ones, with so many fabulous stores to choose from our lucky winner will be in retail heaven with all of the latest season trends and beauty products from a wide range of top brands.
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Clasp, £22, Miss Selfridge
J by Jasper Conran Carine tote, £90, Debenhams
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Bone handle, £45, River Island
Snakeprint, £240, DKNY at House of Fraser
I N H AN D Channel Mrs Beckham with a l a dy l i k e bag. T h e s e a r e a l l o n our winter lust list NW3 Mini Bag, £110, Hobbs
Red bag, £22, Wallis
Hastings, £299, Jaeger
Satchel, £35, Marks & Spencer
B EAU T Y NEWS The perfect Christmas gifts, the best n e w b e au t y a n d f r a g r a n c e t o c h e r i s h
S E V LO st
Working winter’s super-luxe trend is easy thanks to the rich colours of the new Aveda Jewels of the Earth make-up collection. Oozing glamour, the limited edition eye shades of sapphire, emerald, gold and bronze are complemented by irresistible Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color, £12, delivering long-lasting coverage without dryness. We like.
There’s something so right about The Body Shop at Christmas. The new winter collection is shot through with luscious seasonal scents: Candied Ginger Bath and Showergel £4, Cranberry Hand Cream £4 and Spiced Vanilla Body Butter £12.50.
gift of beauty Christmas treats for friends, family or your wish-list!
OCEAN BEAUTY When winter bites, it’s time to get serious about skincare. There’s nothing better than Creme de la Mer: not cheap, but so worth it. The new Hydrating Facial, £180, is an instant pick-meup before – or after a heavy night, and The Concentrate, £220, is perfect for your gift-list as it soothes dryness, red patches and fine lines.
Exceptional Skincare anti-ageing set from Thalgo, £125, stockists: www.thalgo.com Estée Lauder Michael Kors Christmas Set, £45 Lancôme treat-filled Christmas Crackers, £38
Origins Famous Favourites Skincare, £62
top treat Invest in Urban Decay’s lovely 15 Year Anniversary Palette, £39 in Debenhams and Boots: chic colours, great value.
Omorovicza Gold Body Set £109, Harvey Nichols Elemis Rejuvenating Stars Advanced Skincare System, £65
Molton Brown bath and body set, £36
PERFECT HAIR Want SJP’s lioness locks? Start with a health-giving shampoo: LA Science Follicle Stimulating Shampoo, £14.99 at Boots, keeps scalps happy and encourages thicker hair. Try the gorgeous Toni & Guy Glamour Styling Collection for volume: Firm Hold Hairspray and Moisturising Shine Spray, each £6.39, Boots.
If you love Stella McCartney’s collections, you’ll love her latest fragrance: The Print collection at The Perfume Shop, £35 each. With sensual amber and pure rose absolute, it’s very English, and beautifully packaged in three different floral patterns.
‘BEAUTY IS AN ADVENTURE’
Australian-born skincare guru Sue Devitt (top right) shares her secrets
Violet Blonde, the new fragrance from design legend Tom Ford, sparkles with delicate floral notes: pure glamour in a bottle. It’s £45 at Selfridges.
‘I’m a make-up artist, and I love what I do. I’ve worked with a lot of celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Kim Cattrall, Sandra Bullock, Katie Holmes and Claudia Schiffer and my mantra is ‘beauty is an adventure’. I travel a lot, and the one item that I have with me at all times is my Microaquatic Oxygen Infusion Masque £28.50. Travelling between different time zones can cause harmful toxins to build up in the skin and this immediately refreshes, revitalises and decongests the skin. My products are simple. You don’t need a complicated routine to give your skin the best treatment. Start with a good SPF - I always use SPF 50 - and a liquid foundation to match your skin tone. You want to improve your skin, not cover it up. You are who you are. Don’t distort your natural beauty. It’s a crime.’ The Sue Devitt range is available in Harvey Nichols Birmingham.
BAG A HUGO BOSS FRAGRANCE! To celebrate the new party season collection at the HUGO BOSS store in The Mailbox, they’re offering a special beauty gift with purchase. Treat yourself to something from the new BOSS Black and HUGO womenswear collections and receive a BOSS Orange Woman fragrance as a special gift. If you sign up to the HUGO BOSS database you can take advantage of exclusive privileges, too. The gift is available with purchases of £200 or more, while stocks last. Terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
WIN A LUSH PRIZE We’ve teamed up with Lush to offer one lucky Style Birmingham reader the chance to win the ultimate Lush gift box. The All I Want For Christmas gift box contains Satsumo Santa, So White, Lil’ Lush Pud, Golden Wonder, Gingerbread House, 3 Gold Rings, Jilted Elf shower jelly, Pow Wow lip scrub, Chili Tingle lip tint and so much more! Enter online at www.stylebirmingham.com
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losing any of the colour.
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with my friends and family.
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time at my house in the
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ST YL E NEWS S h a r p i d e a s t o ta k e yo u t h r o u g h the festive season in style
All over the catwalks for autumn/winter? Fitted leather jackets: sleek, shaped and almost shrunk to mould into your shape. This trend is sexy and sharp, pairing easily with winter’s knitwear and slim-fit denim.
COLOUR POP STYLE LOVES
Cult brand Vans has opened a new store in Bullring Shopping Centre with a comprehensive range of footwear, apparel and accessories.
TK Maxx is embracing the colour blocking trend with a new consignment of bright knitwear and chinos. Go all out with two clashing colours or streamline the look by mixing a red, green or blue with white and black or neutrals such as tan or denim. Jumpers from £16.99, chinos £19.99, cardigans from £12.99, all TK Maxx.
CHOICE Leather briefcase, £75, Next
Cowl-neck denim shirt £26.99, New Look
Polo neck £48, Jasper Conran at Debenhams
Dress shoes £59.50, M&S
ROBBIE’S LABEL He may have left Take That (again) but Mr Robbie Williams hasn’t been idle this autumn. He’s launched a new all-British menswear label, Farrell, named after his grandfather, ‘Stoke-on-Trent legend and notable dresser’ Jack Farrell. Designed for men who ‘like a bit of snap in their clothing’, the collection has Robbie wit: secret pockets, branding and logos tucked away inside, a Harry Palmer-style mac, even polka dot silk scarves. Find Farrell exclusively at House of Fraser from £35.
Tux it up for party season with an investment suit from Gieves & Hawkes, masters of the very sharpest tailoring. Tuxedo jacket £700, formal trousers £200, shirt £175 and bow-tie £45.
POINTS FOR WINTER
If you’re investing in the Oxford tweed trend for winter, keep things simple with a few ‘heritage’ pieces: a wool blazer, crewneck sweater, flannel shirt, slim fit jeans and brogues or suede boots will work all season. Head to River Island for a capsule collection that won’t date: model wears blazer £80, denim shirt £32.99, textured crew £28 and jeans £50 and tan shoes £55. Boots £55 and scarf £14.99.
BUY The new drop of winter woollens has landed at Primark and there’s an ontrend chunky cableknit theme. This cardigan £18, ticks all the right boxes.
Parka £140, Urban Outfitters
Alongside some very sharp party season suiting – we rate the tuxedo £150, shirt £38 and bowtie £8 combination shown here - Topman unveils a new look for the winter season, heavy on English heritage with traditional Harris tweed to the fore. This is no country-pursuits-and-wellies style, but rather a nod to trad tailoring, with sleek lapels, suede and leather patches as detailing, two- and three-button jackets and classic winter coats that will last for years. Team your Harris tweed with jeans and tees for a relaxed take on the trend, or layer with thin mohair sweaters, chinos and boots for the quintessential English gent look. Switch things up for evening with a statement jacket in blue suede. Harris tweed coat £200, brown shoulder-patch jacket £150, blue suede jacket £90.
Beanie, £35, Ralph Lauren at Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser
Wool jacket, £80, Topman
Shirt, £19.99, New Look Trapper hat, £16, Burton
Cardigan, £60, Burton
Gilet, £55, Next
Watch, £50, French Connection
Grey skinny chinos, £28, Topman
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KING IS BACK
Top grooming range King of Shaves has launched a new electrical grooming range at Argos. In cool packaging, the trimmers and groomers boast advanced Remington technology, and each one comes with a free 50ml King of Shaves soothing and cooling Face Balm. Invest in the Beard & Goatee Stubble Groomer £29.99, Precision Nose & Ear Clipper £12.99 or shell out on the All-in-One kit £32.99.
Our latest discovery is [3D]MENSION, Schwarzkopf Professional’s first haircare brand that’s 100 per cent engineered for men’s hair. It focuses on key concerns: looking after the scalp to beat dandruff and reduce hair loss, styling without greasiness and keeping colour looking natural. There’s shampoo, conditioner and a large range of styling products, but the hero is the Grey Blend range: at a salon, you can have greys blended away in a subtle, natural way with no heavy dye (and the best thing is, it’s done at the backwash sink, not in the styling chair, so it’s discreet and fast). For salons, go to www.schwarzkopf-professional.com
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EARN YOUR WINGS
Wingman deodorising wipes are the brainchild of Stuart Jolley who recently featured in BBC Two’s ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’, fronted by Theo Paphitis. During the series he secured a contract to stock his product exclusively in Boots and it’s now on sale for £3.56 for a pack of eight. The ‘man-sized’ deodorising wipes have a refreshing mix of soothing aloe vera, cooling peppermint oil and invigorating ginseng. How did Stuart get the idea? While camping with friends. With no showers to use at the campsite they became frustrated using ‘girly’ baby wipes. Shortly after his trip he realised he had spotted a gap in the market, when on a night out clubbing he noticed men wiping their armpits with paper towels to try to mask their body odour. Wingman has to be better than that, right?
RATE THE RANGE Unlike so many high street celeb hairdresser ranges, the Trevor Sorbie MG Grooming range does what it promises. Each product is simple but effective: there’s no fussy pomades or overscented gels, you just choose a product that fits your needs. Stand-out products? The Styling Cream, £5.10, creates a classic, slicked, wet-look, the Two-in-One Shampoo, £5.50, cleans and conditions with anti-oxidant ginseng, and the Moulding Mud, £6.50, shapes and defines and is the easiest hair styling product we’ve reviewed all year: just slick on and go. Find the range at Boots and Debenhams.
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1. BUG’S LIFE HEXBUG is the perfect present for kids of all ages – including adult ones - with a cult following of celebrity fans including Lily Allen and Ben Shephard. It’s a range of tiny battery-powered insect robots that flip and walk and scurry with bizarrely realistic effects. There are loads to choose from for £8.99 each at Toys R Us, Waterstone’s, HMV, Selfridges and Next. 2. OFF THE SCALE New Year health kick planned? One of the first steps to getting the body you want is knowing exactly what you’re made of. The MiBody Analyser Scale, £59.99, not only measures your weight, but also calculates your body fat, body water, muscle mass, visceral fat, Body Mass Index and Basal Metabolic Rate. Also, the Nutri-Weigh Slim Electronic Scale, £44.99, calculates the nutritional values - calories, fat, carbohydrates, salt, protein and fibre - of an incredible 999 foods. Find both scales at Argos. 3. LIGHT TOUCH Perfect for after a workout; relax with a HoMedics Rechargeable Hot and Cold Sport Massager, £59.99. You can control the temperature so you get either a deeply warming hot stone massage or a refreshing ice cold one. It has an ergonomic design for easy use on the entire body, and a full charge will allow up to 45 minutes use. Available at Argos. 4. HAIR AWAY Get smooth pins for party dresses. The HoMedics me, £449.99, is the fastest way to permanent hair reduction and is clinically proven to reduce body hair by up to 89 per cent after four treatments. Easy to use, too: find it at Boots..
5. JUST ONE TOUCH Designed exclusively for women, the Alcatel OT-810 mobile phone is a fast way to connect to social networking sites too: features include mailbox access, Instant Messenger, reliable internet connection and access to Facebook, Bebo and Twitter. Available at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy for £49.99 on Pay As You Go. 6. HEAD ON Kangol’s teamed up with cult headphone brand Aerial7 to create a range of hats that allow you to listen to music, via a tiny ‘Sound Disk’ inserted into specially constructed earlaps. The Sound Disk system also incorporates a microphone, which is compatible with mobile devices such as i-Phone and Blackberry. Music fans will love the freedom of listening to music discreetly without dealing with the hassle of ear or head phones. From £50: see www. kangol.com for stockists. 7. WAVE IN For its 100th birthday, Whirlpool has launched its most advanced microwave yet. The limited edition MAX 100 Microwave features both a steam and a crisp function together for the first time as well as an ambient lighting system and a curved back to fit into tight corners and use less worktop space. Prices vary: stockists at www.whirlpool.co.uk 8. SPLASH IT Resting your aching post-workout limbs in a hot bath? Now you can give them a quick massage as well... without getting out. The HoMedics Splash Water Resistant Mini Massager, £9.99 at House of Fraser and Boots has a quirky design and is perfectly safe to use in water. Great for sore feet!
NE W S ROU NDU P News, restaurants and a tasty Cocktail for Christmas
Marco comes to town
One of the greatest chefs of his generation, Marco Pierre White has arrived in Birmingham to claim his “steak” on the iconic rooftop of The Cube. Marco’s is opening on December 1 and looks set to be the place to be and be seen this winter. The restaurant has been described as the ultimate dining experience, and you should not miss out on a table. Marco has been dubbed the Godfather of modern cookery and has put his name to several successful restaurants and eateries over the years. Marco’s at The Cube in Birmingham looks set to be no exception. For more information, menus and booking check out www.mpwsteakhousebirmingham.co.uk.
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Bar Manager at The Belfry, Arek Sielski is urging readers to step back in time to the 1970s.
This month the effervescent manager of The Belfry Bar at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield is passing on tips on how to make a Snowball. The Snowball was at its most popular when flared trousers and hot pants were all the rage and, with 1970s fashions back in vogue, this cocktail is ideal to mirror the current trends. This is the perfect Christmas cocktail so you have plenty of time to get it just right before the party season gets into full swing!
SNOWBALL Ingredients: 50ml Advocaat 50ml lime cordial or lime juice 50ml very cold lemonade Cherries for decoration Method: Put the Advocaat and lime cordial or juice into a shaker and shake for a few seconds before pouring into a high glass filled with ice. Then, add the lemonade to fill the remainder of the glass and add a cherry or two for decoration. As an alternative, add 12.5ml of banana liqueur to make it a little sweeter.
NEW MENU AT BODEGA
Bodega is taking diners to South America with its new menu for Autumn/Winter 2011. With some brand new offerings such as seafood nachos, soft shell crab, tacos, red wine glazed chorizo and the classic Cuban dish Ropa Vieja, Bodega is bringing the taste of Mexico, Cuba and Brazil to Birmingham. Also new to the menu is a chocolate quesadilla which is sure to be a hit with the sweet toothed among us. The new menu is being served from Monday to Friday between 12pm and 10pm. Bodega is located on Bennetts Hill. To book a table, call 0121 448 4267.
Spiceal Street now open!
Just a year after the plans were announced, the exciting Spiceal Street development is now open. On November 24, the vibrant dining destination was officially opened with a day of events celebrating the brand new destination. ChaoBaby, handmade burger Co. and Browns are the three fantastic restaurants that have taken up home in the curved building, with Jamie’s Italian, Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Mount Fuji and Wagamamas all close by. To find out how to book a table at one of the Spiceal Street restaurants, visit www.spicealstreet.co.uk or call 0121 632 1526.
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CHRISTMAS MENU AT CÔTE
Côte Brasserie in The Mailbox hosted a Christmas tasting night for fans of great French food, treating guests to samples of Côte’s mouthwatering Christmas menu. There are three menus to choose from: three-course lunch menu, served 12pm to 5pm at £22.95 per person, three-course Christmas menu one at £28.95 per person, and three-course Christmas menu two at £34.95 per person. The set menu, special lunch and early evening menus are available Monday to Friday from 12pm to 7pm. To book, call 0121 631 1587.
Get sparkly with Gü Everyone loves a good chocolate pud, and Gü is known for its irresistibly gooey desserts. This Christmas Gü is traveling the country dazzling chocolate lovers with the Gü Sparkle Box. The Gü Sparkle Box is a stylish pop-up packed with all the magic and chocolateyness of Christmas. On Wednesday December 21, the Gü Christmas Angels will be traveling to Rotunda Square, Bullring to show-off the new Gü ramekin range, indulgent Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecakes, and the silky Chocolate Ganache, perfect for Christmas. There will also be opportunities to get a Christmas makeover with twinkling eyes, shimmering lips and shining cheeks. If you want to find out more about Gü’s Christmas puds, visit the Facebook page, GüPuds.
Tis the season to be stylish
Harvey Nichols is adding a dash of style to your Christmas shopping this year with the launch of its new pop-up store. The shop will be located on the Level 3 of The Mailbox and will offer a winter wonderland of hampers, wine and must-have gifts. Whether you’re looking to stock up on Champagne for the office party, or the perfect present for a picky fashionista, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Harvey Nichols. The shop will be open every day in the run up to Christmas.
Never a Silent Night at Las Iguanas Enjoy a pulsing South American Christmas this year with a visit to Las Iguanas. Add a delicious twist to your party, soak up the carnival atmosphere and be mirthful with mountains of Christmas cuisine from the special festive menu. Try the Xmas Xinim and Zanta’s Zucchini, and top it off with a seasonal cocktail to make your mood merry. Las Iguanas is located in the Arcadian Centre on Hurst Street. To book a table or a party, call 0121 622 4466.
HOTEL INDIGO OPENING SOON Birmingham’s newest four-star contemporary boutique hotel will soon be open. Within the exciting new complex of The Cube, Hotel Indigo forms the 23-24 floors of The Cube, dominating the upper part of the building along with Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill. The upscale hotel has been designed to reflect the geometric exterior of The Cube and includes bespoke themed decoration in the chic, stylish bedrooms. All bedrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, media hub, mini-bar and laptop safe with luxury en-suite bathrooms and complimentary toiletries. Visit www.hotelindigobirmingham.co.uk for more information and how to book.
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Drinks cabinet S t o c k u p o n s o m e u n u s ua l t i p p l e s t o i m p r e s s you r g u e s t s Chase Vodka, £30.45 in Waitrose and Selfridges, is a 100% British potato vodka made by the family growers who created Tyrell’s crisps, and it won ‘World’s Best Vodka’ at the 2010 San Francisco International Spirits Competition. Champagne beer DeuS, £12.59 from Waitrose, is made using the archaic ‘methode Champenoise’, just like the finest Champagne, giving it an exquisite taste. Described as “Christmas cake in a glass” by the distillery manager on Orkney, Highland Park 18 year old single malt, £67 in supermarkets, has a rich full flavour with hints of honey and peat. Black Water, £2.95 at Harvey Nichols, tastes only of fresh water but has a striking black colour due to the infusion of a complex blend of minerals. A style statement for your table.
CHRISTMAS WITH HESTON We a s k e d c re at i ve g e ni us Heston B lum enthal fo r h i s t o p t i p s fo r C h ristm as lunch 1. Get perfect roast potatoes
Start with potatoes with a high dry matter, in other words, potatoes that don’t have too much water. Maris Piper, although not the best, are a good, all round potato that roast pretty well. If you can find Golden Wonder or Aaron Victory, then even better. Cook them until they are just about falling apart in simmering water. This part is key. If they aren’t cooked enough, they will not become crisp. Be careful not to let them completely fall apart though! Use a generous amount of olive oil (at least 1cm in the tray) or beef dripping for roasting. Roast at 190°C for approximately 1 hour to one and a half hours, until the potatoes are nice and crisp. I always make sure the temperature is right using an oven thermometer, especially when cooking large meals. Timing is important with roast potatoes. Unlike the rest of the Christmas dishes, roast potatoes need to be ready at the time of eating and don’t hold too well. If you are not quite ready when the potatoes are, turn the oven down to 100°C until you are ready to serve them. 2. Cooking carrots
Cook peeled and thinly sliced carrots in butter, salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar and sprig of thyme and not a drop of water. Cover the pan and cook gently until the carrots are tender and glazed. 3. Cabbage over Brussels sprouts
Instead of Brussels sprouts, try cabbage. Break off the leaves of a Savoy cabbage (one for four people), remove the veins and shred the cabbage (discard the outer two or three layers). Slice one or two onions and crush a clove of garlic. Cook the onions and garlic in olive oil on medium heat for ten minutes. Add the cabbage, season generously and put the lid on. Cook, shaking the pan regularly for another ten minutes. Remove the lid: add the flesh of a small red chilli, finely chopped, some lardons of smoked bacon and a generous knob of butter. Replace the lid and cook on low heat for another 5 minutes. Season to taste and set aside until ready to serve. 4. A top tip for turkey
A top tip for a great turkey is to brine it. Use 10% brine - 100g of salt per litre. Put your turkey in it for 12-24 hours, take it out and pat it dry. Then rub the breast and legs with butter and roast the bird at about 170°C. It is very important to check the temperature of your turkey as it cooks, to check that it is getting cooked right through. Use a good meat thermometer and check regularly, in different parts of the bird. When the breast gets to 60 degrees, take the bird out of the oven and let it rest. Once it has rested for 20 minutes, take the legs off and put them back in, because they’ll need more cooking. If you are so inclined, make a stuffing by blitzing breadcrumbs with softened butter, garlic, loads of parsley, and a sprig of tarragon with salt and pepper until you get a green paste. Work this between the meat and the skin with your hands until the breasts are covered. It is easy to lose track of time when preparing the Christmas meal, so put a timer on and make sure the bird rests for at least 45 minutes. It will keep its heat and will retain more moisture. Don’t forget to dig out the oysters from underneath. They are my favourite bits!
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DINNER DATE Marks & Spencer’s legendary Christmas party food range has expanded this year: we’ve gone bonkers for the old-school prawn cocktail vol au vents £4.99, honey and mustard on sticks £4.99, mini hotdogs and mustard £5.99, and cheddar and onion muffins £4.99.
Chop up the bones and carcass of the turkey after carving, cover with water, add finely sliced onions, carrots, mushrooms, the white and light green sections of leek, a touch of garlic and some herbs in a pressure cooker. Bring to full pressure over low heat for one hour. Allow the pot to cool enough to remove the lid and add fresh parsley and leave to infuse for another 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and use this stock to create the base for a turkey soup or gravy for the next time you have a roast. Cook your hassle-free Christmas meal with the Heston Blumenthal Precision Digital Meat Thermometer, stockists: www.salterhousewares.com
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Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sparkling Rosé (£12.99, Tesco, The Co-Op) is an exquisite pale pink: perfect for cocktails. Ruffin et Fils Cuvée de Reserve (£19.95, stockists: www.fromvineyardsdirect. com) bursts with lovely fresh citrus fruits and hints of pastry. Castillo Perelada Cava Brut Reserva (£9.99, Waitrose) is elegant with a wonderful richness that pairs well with party canapés.
TURKEY AND STUFFING PIE Journeys End Chardonnay 2010 (£14.24, Waitrose) has notes of lemon with an elegant vanilla finish on the palate. A stylish wine for celebrations. Cune Crianza 2008 (£9.49, independent wine merchants) is the ideal wine for lazy festive afternoons: big, rich and layered with chocolatey flavours. Battlefield Wines Sauvignon Blanc (£9.99, Sainsbury’s) raises funds for the Royal British Legion: 100% of post-tax profits go to the UK forces charities and British servicemen and women. Great taste and the feelgood factor, too!
Taittinger Prestige rosé NV (£45, Waitrose and independents) is one of the best mid market Champagnes and fantastic as a gift, too.
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Codorníu Selección Raventós (£9.99 at Majestic and Oddbins) is a beautifully smooth Cava: challenge guests to tell the difference between this and Champagne!
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For the filling: For the filling: 295g can condensed mushroom soup 198g can sweetcorn, drained 400 - 500g cooked turkey meat, cut into bite-size chunks 100g stuffing, cut into bite size pieces 4 tbsp crème fraîche or milk Seasoning For the pastry: 500g shortcrust pastry 1 tbsp milk or beaten egg for glazing
What to do: 1. Preheat your oven to fan 170°C, conventional 190°C, gas 5. 2. Empty the soup into a bowl and stir in the crème fraîche or milk. 3. Add the turkey, stuffing, sweetcorn and seasoning to the bowl. 4. Grease a 20cm ovenproof pie dish, then take two thirds of the pastry, roll it out on a floured surface and lay it onto the dish. Trim off the excess pastry. 5. Place the prepared filling into the pastry-lined dish. 6. Dampen the edge of the pastry rim with water, roll out the remaining pastry and cover the pie. Seal the edges well and trim neatly. 7. Make a small hole in the centre of the pie to allow steam to escape, then brush the surface with milk or beaten egg. 8. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until the pastry is golden.
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THE TASTE OF NAPLES ARRIVES IN
BIRMINGHAM s e p t e m b e r saw t h e o p e n i n g o f r o s s o p o m o d o r o i n s e l f r i d g e s’ p r o m i n e n t f o o d c o u r t. j e n n i f e r wa l k e r w e n t a l o n g t o sa m p l e t h e n e a p o l i ta n c u i s i n e In 1988, three Italian rugby players channeled their love of their native cuisine to form Pizza e Contorni. The focus of the company was originally to renew the classical Neapolitan catering system using only authentic produce. 1992 saw the birth of the Sebeto Group whose aim was to communicate the true meaning of what it is to be Neapolitan. After trying out several restaurants, 1998 finally saw the launch of Rossopomodoro, where it all took off. Rossopomodoro grew and grew, and there are currently over 100 restaurants in Italy, totaling 148 worldwide, including four in the UK. The company is constantly expanding, with plans to open many more restaurants throughout the world. The Rossopomodoro restaurant in the food court of Selfridges Birmingham is tucked up the corner, away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday shopping traffic. The cosy setting adds to the charming ambience of the less-than-ordinary Italian restaurant. The attentive waiting staff cater to your every need, ensuring your experience is as close to the authentic Neapolitan experience as is possible in Birmingham. As Italian cuisine goes, you would be hard pushed to find a more
authentic restaurant. The majority of Rossopomodoro’s ingredients are imported from Naples, giving you the opportunity to sample the true taste of Naples from here in Birmingham. What better wine to accompany an Italian meal than Prosecco? The Valdobbiane Prosecco stocked by Rossopomodoro (£5 per 125ml glass, £28 per bottle) is a crisp yet sweet drink. To start, I scanned the antipasti menu and decided upon the bruschetta topped with tomatoes, mixed beans, basil and extra virgin olive oil (£4.50) and l’affettato cured meats and cheeses (£8) with buffalo ricotta, caciocavallo cheese, Parma ham and buffalo cacciatorino salami. The perfect way to start any meal, the bruschetta was crunchy and very tasty. The Parma ham on l’affettato was fantastically salty and went beautifully with the creamy buffalo ricotta. For the main meal, I decided to sample the two staples of the Italian diet – pizza and pasta. For the pizza I opted for la verace (£11) which is simply covered with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil. The simplicity of this pizza tells you everything you need to know about Neapolitan cuisine. Simplicity equals perfection. The base and crust of a Neapolitan pizza would take any takeawayloving Brit by surprise. The base is so thin that you struggle to maintain rigidity whilst feeding the slice into your mouth. This is, however, a very small price to pay for the mouthwatering, succulent flavour. For my pasta dish, I chose the spaghettino (£9.50), homemade fresh spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil. Once again, the simplicity
of Rossopomodoro’s food far outweighs the pretentiousness that so many Italian restaurants possess. The fresh spaghetti melts in the mouth while, somehow, tasting of Italy. Maybe it’s because you are made aware that the pasta has been shipped in from Gragnano, maybe it’s the authenticity of your surroundings. Whatever it is, the pasta is by far the most delicate that I have ever tasted. Whichever dish you choose, make it complete with la mozzarella (£11.50). The 200 gram buffalo mozzarella served with rocket and tomatoes, freshly shipped in from Caserta is the perfect accompaniment to any Italian dish. All too often when eating out, a dessert is ordered but not really savoured. Rossopomodoro has a lovely selection of liquori as well as gelatino (ice cream), pannacotta and tiramisi. After sampling quite a large portion of the Rossopomodoro menu on offer, I decided to pass sensibly on the desserts and to have a glass of another celebrated Italian beverage, Limoncello (£5.50 per 50ml glass). A beautiful way to cleanse your palate after a big meal and give your taste buds the illusion of having eaten a pudding. If what you’re looking for in a meal out is authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxing yet bustling atmosphere, Rossopomodoro is the place to go. It’s conveniently located too in the everbusy Bullring. Enjoy a day of retail therapy in Bullring’s array of shops, then pop in to Rossopomodoro for a spot of dinner. Buon appetito! Rossopomodoro The Bullring, Foodhall, Birmingham B5 4BP E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0121 600 6753
T h e s t o ry b e h i n d Ro s s o p o m o d o r o : t h e c l a s s i c I ta l i a n pa s s i o n t h at m a k e s R o s s o p o m o d o r o au t h e n t i ca l ly N e a p o l i ta n Rossopomodoro sources its produce from local farmers and producers in and around Naples. On a trip to Naples, I had the fantastic opportunity of visiting some of the farms and factories. The silky extra virgin olive oil used in Rossopomodoro restaurants comes from Gargiulo in La via dell’olio di Sorrento, up in the picturesque mountains of the Amalfi coast. The plant has been run by the same family for three generations. Every bottle of extra virgin olive oil produced here is certified by the authority to test the PDO (Protected Destination of Origin) to confirm that it is a product of the soil of Sorrento. The fresh, stringy buffalo mozzarella is bought in from Piazza Vittoria mozzarella factory in Caserta. Made fresh daily from buffalo milk, the silky cheese is certainly worlds away from the plastic vaccu-packed mozzarella we Brits are used to. The Pasta Afeltra factory in Gragnano is the only pasta factory in Italy still making and drying pasta in the traditional method of air-drying. Back in the days before pollution, the pasta was dried out in the streets, absorbing the fresh sea and mountain air. Nowadays, the factory is used to help things along. Also in Gragnano, the tomato farm of San Nicola peels and bottles the succulent San Marzano tomatoes used by Rossopomodoro. All done by hand, this tiny factory is a perfect example of how authentic Rossopomodoro like to keep their produce.
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Following a more than successful first year in the business, One Direction are ready to amaze and entertain you with their debut tour. Niall from Westmeath in Ireland, Zayn from Bradford, Liam from Wolverhampton, Harry from Cheshire and Louis from Doncaster make up one of the biggest boy bands of the moment and are sure to put on a good show for their fans and supporters. After The X Factor, the boys released their debut single What Makes You Beautiful. The down-to-earth boys, touring for 21 dates around the UK are no strangers to performing in front of big crowds after wowing fans on The X Factor Live Tour earlier in this year. Tickets are £19.50 and £27.50 and can be purchased from www.thenia.co.uk or by calling 0844 338 8000.
The undisputed King of boogie-woogie, Jools Holland, is coming back to the NIA, Birmingham this December with his famous Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. The music maestro will treat and impress audiences old and new with tracks spanning his entire solo career, many of which can be found on his latest album release Finding The Keys: The Best Of Jools Holland. Jools will be joined on stage by a range of special guests including pop icon Sandie Shaw, who is best-known for hits including Puppet on a String, Long Live Love and There’s Always Something There to Remind Me. This is not just a concert; it’s a good old fashioned party. Tickets are priced at £34.50 and can be purchased from www.thenia.co.uk or by calling 0844 338 8000.
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A SW I N G I N G CH RI ST M AS December 16, Town Hall Celebrate the festive season with A Swinging Christmas. In the fantastic setting of Birmingham Town Hall, join Matthew Ford and Clare Teal as they perform some of the best-loved Christmas songs with the BBC Big Band. Together they will treat your eyes and ears to some seasonal favourites including I’ve Got my Love to Keep me Warm, Baby it’s Cold Outside, The Christmas Song and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Tickets are £13.50, £17 and £19.50 and can be purchased from www.thsh.co.uk or by calling 0121 780 3333.
O NLY M E N ALO U D: A C HRIST MAS C O NC E RT December 15, Symphony Hall After three acclaimed sell out UK tours, Only Men Aloud are returning to Symphony Hall. The Welsh male voice choir shot to fame on the BBC’s Last Choir Standing in 2008. Since then they have had two albums and two singles, winning the hearts of the nation. Their 2011 show will see them perform a selection of festive Christmas favourites, some new twists on familiar songs plus a mixture from both of their albums and a few classics. Tickets are £19.50, £26.50 and £32.50 and can be purchased from www.thsh.co.uk or by calling 0121 780 3333. For an extra special evening, try the Celebration Hamper from Symphony Hall. Enjoy Champagne and luxury chocolates for £30 per couple. Book the Celebration Hamper before December 13.
WHITE CHR ISTMAS December 17, Symphony Hall With just a week to go, get the Christmas celebrations started with this nostalgic show of all your favourite Christmas songs. May your celebrations be magical, merry and bright. This show is part of the Christmas Festival 2011. For information on other events in the Christmas Festival 2011 visit www. thsh.co.uk/christmasfestival-2011. Tickets for White Christmas are priced from £12.50 to £36 and can be purchased from www. thsh.co.uk or by calling 0121 780 3333.
r o c k w i t h l aUg h ter December 16-17, LG Arena In need of a good laugh? Look no further. Birmingham’s biggest Christmas party is back this year with the biggest and best line-up to date. Rock With Laughter comes to Birmingham’s LG Arena for two dates in December, promising a night of festive fun with top class comedy and music, set to get you laughing all the way to Christmas. This year, Rock With Laughter is hosted by Graham Norton, the king of entertainment. Graham will welcome comedians Jimmy Carr, Dara O’Briain and Sarah Millican, who will bring their infamous stand-up routines to the show. Joining the comedy action will be Marti Pellow and Gabrielle singing some of their best-loved hits. Also adding to the musical line-up will be pop-art icons 10cc whose most famous songs include I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday. Rock With Laughter is the ultimate festive night out - perfect for couples, friends and work colleagues getting into the Christmas spirit. With comedy and music woven in to one superb show, you will leave the LG Arena singing and laughing all the way home. Tickets are priced from £22.50 to £37.50 and can be purchased from www.lgarena.co.uk or by calling 0844 338 8000.
cale nDar g irlS 20 1 2 January 31 - February 4, Birmingham Hippodrome Following an award-winning West End run and three sell-out, record-breaking weeks in Birmingham, Calendar Girls is coming back for the very last time. The original Calendar Girl herself Lynda Bellingham returns to the show with Camilla Dallerup, Jan Harvey, Sue Holderness, Deena Payne, Lisa Riley, June Watson and Ruth Madoc with Kevin Sacre as Lawrence the photographer and Joe McGann as John. This heartwarming true story about a group of ordinary women doing something extraordinary and sparking a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference. Tickets are priced from £15 to £32.50 and can be purchased from www.birminghamhippodrome.co.uk
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The charismatic Brian Conley and Loose Woman Lynda Bellingham are Our pick joining forces with Basil Brush - oh yes they are - to entertain the people of Birmingham with the pantomime of the season. One of the best-loved pantos of all time, Cinderella will be brought to life by the superb cast with oodles of comedy, stunning sets and costumes and an amazing flying horse transporting Cinders to the ball. You don’t get better panto than that. Oh no you don’t! Brain is a much-loved treasure of British television and stage and has starred in shows such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Hairspray. Lynda has been acting for 40 years, with highlights including All Things Great and Small and Faith in the Future. Start your Christmas with this great family show. Tickets are priced from £13.50 to £36 and be purchased from www.birminghamhippodrome.co.uk or by calling 0844 338 5000.
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Bre nDan c o le : live anD U nj U Dge D January 23, Alexandra Theatre Arguably the most controversial professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan Cole has made his name with the British public by arguing with the judges and flirting with the contestants. Now he has his own show to do just that, 100 per cent Live and Unjudged. This up close and personal dance spectacular promises to be more than just a bit of fancy footwork. Brendan will be accompanied by a 14-piece band which will be on hand to entertain you with songs from their varied repertoire including a bit of Michael Jackson, some Whitney Houston and a dash of Frank Sinatra. Brendan will be performing some of your Strictly favourites including the Paso Doble, the Tango and the Quickstep. He’ll have you dancing in your seat! Tickets are priced from £29.50 to £41 and can be purchased from www.alexandratheatre.org.uk or by calling 0844 871 3011.
Str ictly come Dan cing 20 1 2 January 20-22 We all love Strictly. Saturday nights just aren’t complete without a bit of Tess and Brucie. The hugely popular UK arena version of the television programme is returning for the fifth consecutive year, opening at the NIA. Featuring a brand new line-up of top celebrities and their dance partners from the 2011 show as well as the all important judges, the Strictly live shows never disappoint. The NIA audience will experience Strictly’s glitz, glamour and breathtaking choreography, courtesy of TV judge Craig Revel Horwood, who is directing the arena tour for the second year running. Tickets are priced at £35, £42.50 and £65 and can be purchased from www.thenia.co.uk or by calling 0844 338 8000.
Celebrate Christmas at Côte Brasserie in The Mailbox with a choice of our 3 course Christmas menus priced at £28.95 or £34.95 With dishes such as: Seared scallops with pea and mint purée and bacon lardons and chargrilled fillet steak with crème fraîche and chive potato purée
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Birm i n g h a m F r a n k Fu r t C h ri st m as ma r k et November 17 - December 23 Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a huge favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. Combined with the city’s own Christmas Craft Fair of local traders, it offers a total of over 180 stalls to browse and enjoy. Open daily from 10am to 9pm, it is the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria and is arguably one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK. Enjoy the feel of a small village within the heart of the bustling city centre, with picturesque wooden chalets offering traditional handcrafted gifts, including jewellery, wooden toys, dolls and candles. Visitors’ senses will be delighted as they are invited to enjoy the Glühwein (German mulled wine), German beers, traditional sausages, meats, sweets, marzipans, breads and pastries. The market begins on New Street and continues up to Victoria Square and beyond. The perfect way to start your Christmas. Adjacent to the Frankfurt Christmas Market, the Craft Fair extends into Chamberlain Square offering crafts and goods from local producers. Explore the fair and get all those unique Christmas presents for your loved ones. For more information telephone 0121 464 2012 or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk.
t he 2011 Birmingham int e rnat io naL C hrist mas tat too December 10-11, NIA The Birmingham International Christmas Tattoo promises to deliver an inspiring start to the festive season as 1,000 military musicians and other performers march into Birmingham for the spectacular annual event in December. The Tattoo is one of the premier events of its type attracting marching bands and displays from across Europe and the UK to the NIA each year. For the first time, the Norwegians are sending their military musical ambassadors, the spectacular Norwegian King’s Guard Band and their drill team. They will be joining our own world famous Band and Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and, in their scarlet tunics, the Band and Corps of Drums of the Yorkshire Volunteers. As well as the massed marching bands will be the exciting displays including the field gun race, the gymnasts and dog display team, the RAFA Cosford Queen’s Colour, the massed parade of standards plus much, much more. Tickets are from £14.50 to £22.50 and can be purchased from www.thenia.co.uk or by calling 0844 338 8000.
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C h ri st m as at W i n t e rBo u r n e December 10, Winterbourne House and Garden Kick-start your Christmas with a day of traditional festivities at Winterbourne House and Garden in Edgbaston. Throughout the day there will be Christmas carols, a festive craft fair and a magic lantern show. There will also be Christmas decoration making activities for the children and tasty seasonal treats to keep you warm. Winterbourne is hoping to introduce you to a special reindeer guest, if he can spare the time so close to Christmas. Have a look at www.winterbourne.org.uk for more information.
The Love and Let Die night at St. Andrew’s football ground promises to be a night to remember … a murder you will remember. It looks like someone’s been messing with Austin’s mojo as he’s feeling a bit droopy and powerless to prevent the murder of his boss, Basil Expedition. In an effort to save his boss he must restore his powers by traveling back in time to the 1960s to confront his archenemy Dr. Evil. Is Dr. Evil the true villain though? That’s the fun part! You get to solve the murder mystery! Tickets are £46.95, which includes the murderous entertainment, red carpet and photographer on arrival, reception drinks area, four course meal, crackers and novelties, disco and bar. What better way to spend a dark December night? Visit www.bcfc.com for more information or call 0844 557 1875 to book your place.
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BI RM ING HA M w i t h a h u g e r a n g e o f fa s h i o n a n d l i f e s t y l e g i f t s f r o m b u l l r i n g , t h e m a i l b o x , t h e h i g h s t r e e t, independent stores and boutiques, plus a massive c h o i c e o f r e s tau r a n t s a n d b a r s t o e n j o y, c h r i s t m a s shopping couldn’t be better in birmingham city centre this year. more than 1000 stores, 100 i n d e p e n d e n t r e ta i l e r s a n d t h e b e au t i f u l f r a n k f u r t c h r i s t m a s m a r k e t, e v e r y t h i n g y o u n e e d f o r a u n i q u e a n d s pa r k l i n g c h r i s t m a s i s r i g h t h e r e
With its High Street location, Pavilions is at the centre of the shopping action. It’s jam-packed with top names, and if you’re looking to eat, the centre offers as much choice from its spacious and vibrant Food Loft. Celebrate Christmas at Pavilions this December where there will be a host of exciting events taking place throughout the month. From live music, to add some festive cheer and Christmas magic to your seasonal shopping sprees, to pop-up shops and a gift wrapping service. www.thepallasades.co.uk Situated above New Street Station, The Pallasades offers great buys and value for money from a diverse mix of accessory, gift, fashion, electrical, sports and beauty stores.
Key stores H&M, Marks & Spencer, Laura Ashley, Waterstone’s, Argos and Monsoon
Key stores Selfridges, Debenhams, Vans, Forever 21, Hollister, Apple, Topshop, COS, Tommy Hilfiger and Jamie’s Italian
CORPORATION STREET Corporation Street offers an eclectic mix of stores from vintage to handmade natural cosmetics and one of the UK’s largest department stores, House of Fraser, which this year will be home to a glittering Christmas grotto from 12 November. There really is something for everyone here.
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Home to the iconic Selfridges store, enjoy the excitement of shopping at Bullring right at the heart of the city centre. Whether you are visiting some of the 160 stores or eating in one of the centre’s 25+ restaurants, there is always somewhere new and interesting to discover. Visit the centre to enjoy the spectacular Christmas decorations this season and best of all you can shop until late during November and December. Be sure to visit the brand new dining quarter, Spiceal Street when it opens from 24 November, where you can dine at brand new restaurants including Browns and Handmade Burger Co.
Pure shopping indulgence in a canalside setting, The Mailbox is home to Harvey Nichols and offers luxury fashion and beauty brands alongside contemporary art and fine furnishings. The array of vibrant restaurants and café bars provide the perfect break for lunch or an evening treat. For unique gifts, Style Renaissance at The Mailbox is the perfect shopping spot –visit a number of dedicated boutiques all packed with individual and special items. This Christmas you can also enjoy the festive delights of the Harvey Nichols dedicated Christmas shop on Level 3 of the centre.
Key stores House of Fraser, Urban Outfitters, COW Vintage, Lush, New Look, Mothercare
Key stores Harvey Nichols, Harvey Nichols pop-up Christmas Shop, AllSaints, Hugo Boss, Nicky Clarke and Toni & Guy Essensuals
NEW STREET New Street has a shopping vibrancy all of its own. At the gateway to the city, the street offers an active route through the city centre from the Frankfurt Christmas Market starting at Victoria Square through to Bullring, with a collection of quality stores, banks, café bars, eateries and a cinema. This Christmas take in the spectacular festive lights and scenery as you shop.
Key stores Primark, Jack Wills, Hawes & Curtis, Accessorise, Tesco, JD Sports, H&M, Ted Baker and Oasis
INDEPENDENTS A huge selection of exciting independent retailers offers visitors a unique shopping experience. Explore the city to discover the many hidden gems off the beaten track, from Ethel Street to Bennetts Hill and Needless Alley, there is so much to see. The city’s many arcades also provide a wide range of stylish boutiques and specialist retailers. Take in the Christmas spirit by visiting the elegant and historic Great Western Arcade, Piccadilly Arcade with its famous hand painted ceiling and The Burlington Arcade, famous for its mix of independent specialists and luxury brands.
Key arcades Great Western Arcade www.greatwesternarcade.co.uk, Piccadilly Arcade and Burlington Arcade
HIGH STREET High Street provides a wide mix of brands in an open and lively pedestrianised area where street entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the year, together with sparking Christmas lights and the city’s largest M&S and Boots stores for the perfect gift selection.
Key stores M&S, Blacks, Orange, Levi’s, Thorntons and Boots
CATHEDRAL WALKS The streets that lead to the cathedral’s picturesque grounds offer a unique shopping experience at the edge of the city’s business district. From the beautiful character buildings of Cannon Street to the assortment of delights at Temple Row, the cathedral walks provide an collection of independent retailers, unique bars and restaurants, leading fashion designers and a number of the city’s large banks, all in close proximity to the Frankfurt Christmas Market (for dates, times and more details on this market, see page 61).
Key stores Jacks of London, TM Lewin, Louis Vuitton, MAC, White Stuff, Disorder and Jigsaw
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FASHION E5 1aways Corporation Street, B2 4UG C4 A Too Ethel Street, B2 4BG D4 Accessorize New Street, B2 4LW D4 Austin Reed Temple Row, B2 5LS C4 Autograph Ethel Street, B2 4BG E3 Barratts New Street, B2 4RF D4 Beadesaurus Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD E4 Berketex Brides Cannon Street, B2 5EN E4 BHS New Street, B2 4RG F4 Blue Star High Street, B4 7TE E5 Bon Marche Bull Street, B4 7AA F4 Brantano High Street, B4 7TA E5 Breina Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU E3 Brooklyn Yard NYC New Street, B2 4NS E3 Burton New Street, B2 4RF F2 CB4 Menswear Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB E5 Cecil Jacobs Corporation Street, B2 4UG E3 Charlie Browns New Street, B2 4NS E4 Clarks New Street, B2 4RQ E5 CMD Corporation Street, B2 4UG D4 Coast Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD E4 Cow Vintage Corporation Street, B2 4LP F4 Deichman High Street, B4 7TA D3 Diesel Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD D4 Disorder Needless Alley, B2 5AE D4 Flannels Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD D4 French Eye New Street, B2 4JH E4 Gap Corporation Street, B2 4UX D4 Gordon Scott New Street, B2 4JH D3 Gs3 Burlington Arcade, B2 4BL H&M E5 Corporation Street, B2 4UQ D4 New Street, B2 4HS D4 Hawes & Curtis New Street, B2 4LN E4 House of Fraser Corporation Street, B2 4UG D4 Jack Wills New Street, B2 4RF D4 Jaeger Cannon Street (City Plaza), B2 5EF E4 Jane Norman Corporation Street, B2 4LP D4 Jigsaw Cannon Street, B2 5EP
E2 Leather Link Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB F4 Levi’s High Street, B4 7SL D4 Louis Vuitton Temple Row, B2 5LS F4 Marks & Spencer High Street, B4 7SL D3 Metsuki Stephenson Street, B2 4BH E4 Millets Union Street, B2 4SR D4 Moss Bros New Street, B2 4EG E4 Mothercare Corporation Street, B2 4RR D4 Muji New Street, B2 4LN E4 New Era Caps Corporation Street, B2 4LS E4 New Look Corporation Street, B2 4RR E5 Norton & Townsend Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU D4 Oasis New Street, B2 4JH D3 Onu Stephenson Street, B2 4HD E4 Primark New Street, B2 4RQ D3 Prowler Stores Stephenson Street, B2 4BH E5 Sims Footwear Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU D4 Size? Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD D4 Slater Menswear Cannon Street, B2 5EP F2 St Martins Market Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB D4 Ted Baker New Street, B2 4LN F4 The £10 Shop Bull Street, B4 6AB F4 The Factory Shop Bull Street, B4 7AA F2 The Hosiery Shop Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB D4 TM Lewin Cannon Street, B2 5EE E4 Trend Co Cannon Street (City Plaza), B2 5EF E4 Urban Outfitters Corporation Street, B2 4LP D4 White Stuff Cannon Street, B2 5EP
BOOKS, MAGAZINES & NEWSAGENTS D3 Christian Literature Crusade Stephenson Street, B2 4DH F2 City News Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB C4 Ian Allan Books Ethel Street, B2 4BG E4 Martineau News Martineau Place, B2 4UH E4 News Express Corporation Street, B2 4RN E5 Post & Mail Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU Sandhu News D3 Navigation Street, B2 4DD C4 New Street, B2 4BA E2 The Book Shop Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB Waterstones F3 High Street, B4 7SL D4 New Street, B2 4DB E5 Western News Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU F4 WH Smith Union Street, B2 4SW
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BANKS & SERVICES C4 ABC Cosmetic Dentistry Waterloo Street, B2 5TB E4 American Express Union Street, B2 4SR D4 Amplifon Needless Alley, B2 5AE D4 Bank of Scotland Temple Row, B2 5EU F4 Barclays High Street, B4 7TE E5 Better Bet Bull Street, B4 6AB D4 Birmingham Chequers & Pawnbrokers Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD C4 Blue Arrow New Street, B2 4DU C4 Britannia Building Society New Street, B2 4DU D4 Brook Street Bureau Bennetts Hill, B2 5QJ E5 Central News Bull Street, B4 6AB C4 Chelsea Building Society New Street, B2 4DU D4 Cheltenham & Gloucester Temple Street, B2 5BW C4 Cheque and Pawnbrokers Ethel Street, B2 4BG C4 Citysave Credit Union Waterloo Street, B2 5UG Coral E5 Bull Street, B4 6AD D4 Cannon Street, B2 5EE C4 Coventry Building Society New Street, B2 4HS F4 DCM Optical Express Clinic High Street, B4 7SL E3 Duvet City Gloucester Street, B5 4RB D4 E-cosway New Street, B2 4EG Halifax D5 Colmore Row, B3 2PW C4 New Street, B2 4DU C4 Harvey & Thompson Pawnbrokers Ethel Street, B2 4BG HSBC D5 Colmore Row, B3 2QD E3 New Street, B2 4JU C3 Intoto Kitchens Navigation Street, B5 4AA Ladbrokes E5 Corporation Street, B2 4UG D3 Stephenson Street, B2 4BL E4 Leeds Building Society Corporation Street, B2 4UG Lloyds TSB E3 New Street, B2 4NP E5 Temple Row, B2 5JR D3 M J Recruitment Stephenson Street, B2 4BH C4 Manpower New Street, B2 4DU E4My Home Finance Martineau Place, B2 4UW Nationwide D4 Bennetts Hill, B2 5QJ F4 High Street, B4 7SN Natwest E3 New Street, B2 4NS E5 St Philips Place, B3 2PP D4 Northern Rock Temple Street, B2 5DP C4 Office Angels New Street, B2 4DU
E5 Paddy Power Bull Street, B4 6AD Pertemps D4 Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS D4 Temple Street, B2 5BG D4 Piccadilly Cobbler Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD D4 Piccadilly Opticians Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD C3 Pinfold Dry Cleaners Pinfold Street, B2 4DG E5 Quickstitch North Western Arcade, B2 5LH E4 Rosen and Nathan Cannon Street, B2 5EN E3 Royal Bank Of Scotland New Street, B2 4NS Santander E4 Corporation Street, B2 4LP C4 New Street, B2 4DU E4 Union Street, B2 4SW E4 Scrivens Corporation Street, B2 4UG F2 Sheilas Nets Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB D4 Snappy Snaps New Street, B2 4DU E3 Specsavers New Street, B2 4UG D4 The Contact Lens Practice Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD E5 The Flight Centre Colmore Row, B3 2QD E5 The Money Shop Bull Street, B4 7LB C4 The Post Office Pinfold Street, B1 1AZ D4 Thomson New Street, B2 4EU Timpson E5 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU E4 Martineau Place, B2 4UJ E4 New Street, B2 4RQ William Hill E4 Fore Street, B2 5ER E4 New Street, B2 4RQ C4 Waterloo Street, B2 5TB D4 Working Links New Street, B2 4JH D4 Yorkshire Building Society New Street, B2 4DU
HOTELS D4 MacDonald Burlington Hotel New Street, B2 4JQ E4 Britannia Hotel New Street, B2 4RX D4 Premier Inn Waterloo Street, B2 5PG B3 Crowne Plaza Holliday Street, B1 1HH B2 Malmaison Mailbox, B1 1RD B2 Ramada Inn Mailbox, B1 1RL D2 Radisson Blu Holloway Circus, B1 1BT B4 Copthorne Hotel Paradise Circus, B3 3HJ D5 Hotel du Vin Church Street, B3 2NR E3 Staying Cool Apartments New Street, B2 4PA
ENTERTAINMENT & TECHNOLOGY D4 Agora Amusements New Street, B4 2EG C2 Alexandra Theatre Station Street, B5 4DS E4 Argos Union Street, B2 4AH B4 Birmingham Town Hall Victoria Square, B1 2AE F4 Black High Street, B4 7TE Cashino E5 Bull Street, B4 6AD D4 New Street, B2 4BA D3 Churchills Snooker Club Stephenson Street, B2 4BJ F2 Discount 2000 Edgbaston Street, B5 4RQ D4 Dx Collection Point Temple Street, B2 5BN C3 Gala Casino Hill Street, B5 4AE E3 Gamestation New Street, B2 4NS E4 Jessops Cherry Street, B2 5LS D4 Maplins Temple Street, B2 5BN F4 Modelzone Bull Street, B4 7AA E4 O2 New Street, B2 4RQ E3 Odeon Theatre New Street, B2 4NU Orange F4 High Street, B4 7TE D4 New Street, B2 4EU Phones 4 U E4 Corporation Street, B2 4UQ E4 Corporation Street, B2 4RN F3 High Street, B4 7TE E4 Poundland Union Street, B2 4SH F2 Shaz Electronics Gloucester Street, B5 4RB The Carphone Warehouse E4 Cherry Street, B2 5AT E4 New Street, B2 4RQ T-Mobile E4 Corporation Street, B2 4LS F4 High Street, B4 7TD E3 Virgin Media New Street, B2 4NS Vodafone E3 New Street, B2 4NP
JEWELLERY & GIFTS F2 Bull Ring Jewellers Gloucester Street, B5 4RB F4 Claire’s Accessories Bull Street, B4 7AA F4 Clinton Cards High Street, B4 7TD E5 Ethos Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU E5 Funky Accessories Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU E5 I Wrap Couture Bull Street, B4 6AB E4 Jewel Nation New Street, B2 4RQ E5 John Hollingsworth & Son Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU D4 Onyx Jewellers Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD
Stephenson Street, B2 4BH
JD Sports E4 Corporation Street, B2 4 E3 New Street, B2 4RF E4 JJB Sports Corporation Street, B2 4RR
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Cherry Street, B2 5AL
F2 The Gloves
Gloucester Street, B5 4RB
F4 The Gym
High Street, B4 7TE
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Temple Street, B2 5DB
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F4 Claire's Accessorie Bull Street, B4 7AA
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D4 Piccadilly Jeweller New Street, B2 4HD
E4 Rex Johnson & Sons E4 Roberts Jewellers
Corporation Street, B2 4LS
Temple Street, B2 5BG
C4 Shared Earth New Street, B2 4BA
Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD
E5 The Pen Shop
Great Western Arcade, B2
E3 The Works
New Street, B2 4NS
North Western Arcade, B2 5
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D4 Watches Of Switzer New Street, B2 4JH
Food & Drink Great Western Arcade, B2
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Bull Street, B4 6AB
B4 Athens & Napoli Paradise Circus, B1 2BJ
D4 Bella Italia New Street, B2 4HS
D4 Bennetts Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS
D4 Bodega Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS
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C4 Café Rouge New Street, B2 4NS
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C4 Chez Jules Ethel Street, B2 4BG
E4 Chop & Wok Cannon Street, B2 5EN
E5 Chouchoute Choco Great Western Arcade, B2
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D4 Onyx Jewellers
Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD
E3 Adidas 3 C3 Gala Casino Hill Street, B5 4AE V Selfridges Needless Alley, B2 5AE New Street, B2 4NZ EET NA E3 Gamestation D4 Flannels STR New Street, B2 4NS Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD AY The E4 Jessops E3 Aston Villa Shop D I D4 French Eye LL Bullring Cherry Street, B2 5LS New Street, B2 4JH HO Pallasades New Street, B2 4NY D4 Maplins E4 Gap Temple Street, B2 5BN ST Corporation Street, B2 4UX F4 Modelzone AL E5 Blacks D4 Gordon Scott 5 Bull Street, B4 7AA New Street, B2 4JH ET E E4 O2 R Bull Street, B4 6ADNew Street, B2 4RQ D3 Gs3 ST Debenhams Burlington Arcade, B2 4BL ION E3 Odeon Theatre Harvey H&MD4 Cotswold Outdoor New Street, B2 4NU TAT S E5 Corporation Street, B2 4UQ ET STON STREET D4 New Street, B2 4HS Nichols H Piccadilly Arcade, Orange B2 M F4 High4HD Street, B4 7TE EDGBA HI D4 Hawes & Curtis OA D4 New Street, B2 4EU GH New Street, B2 4LN The 2 TL 4U D3 Fitness 4 Less Phones Y E4 House of Fraser STR Markets E4 Corporation Street, B2 4UQ A A Corporation Street, B2 4UG Mailbox N Corporation Street, B2 4RN W EET Stephenson Street,F3E4 High B2 4BH ’ E ALEXANDRA D4 Jack Wills Street, B4 7TE Q New Street, B2 4RF K T E4 Poundland E THEATRE JD Sports 6 D4 Jaeger Union Street, B2 4SH TRE OO S Cannon Street (City Plaza), B2 5EF Coach R F2 Shaz Electronics EAN E4Norman Corporation Street, B2 4LP LB 7 E4 Jane Gloucester Street, B5 4RB Station AL Corporation Street, B2 4LP ER D Carphone Warehouse HOLLOWAY E3 New Street, B2The 4RF SM UPP The D4 Jigsaw E4 Cherry Street, B2 5AT Cannon Street, B2 5EP E4 New Street, B2 4RQ CIRCUS E2 Leather Link Sports Cube E4 JJB T-Mobile Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB E4 Corporation Street, B2 4LS Map Legend F4 Levi’s High Street, B4 7TD Corporation Street,F4 B2 4RR High Street, B4 7SL HIPPODROME E3 Virgin Media - Visitor Centres - Parking D4 Louis Vuitton New Street, B2 4NS E5 LA Fitness Temple Row, B2 5LS 1 - Canal - Metro Station Vodafone 2 E3 New Street, B2 4NP Cherry Street, B2 5AL - Hotel - Railway Station F2 The Gloves Gloucester Street, B5 4RB A B C D E F G F4 The Gym High Street, B4 7TE C4 Chez Jules Greggs D3 Polo Café Bar E4 Talk Of The Town D4 The Trocadero D4 Up & Running Ethel Street, B2 4BG E5 Bull Street, B4 7LB Navigation Street, B2 4DD Martineau Place, B2 4UJ Temple Street, B2 5BG Temple Street, B2 5DB E4 Cherry Street, B2 5AL E4 Chop & Wok Pret A Manger E5 Tesco Express C2 The Victoria E5 Great Western Arcade, Cannon Street, B2 5EN E4 Cherry Street, B2 2LE Colmore Row, B3 2QX John Bright Street, B1 1BN B2 5HU FOOD & DRINK D4 New Street, B2 4EG E5 Chouchoute Chocolaterie D4 Tesco Metro E5 The Victorian Restaurant C4 New Street, B2 4BA Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU D4 Red Bar & Lounge New Street, B2 5AE Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU E4 Union Street, B2 4SJ E5 Anderson & Hill Temple Street, B2 5BN D3 Coffee Lounge E5 The 90 Day Café E4 The Windsor Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU C2 Island Bar Navigation Street, B2 4BS Sainsburys Local Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU Cannon Street, B2 5EE Suffolk Street Queensway, E5 Asterias Sandwich Bar E5 Colmore Row, B3 2QD E5 Coffee Republic D4 The Bacchus Bar D4 Trenchers B1 1LT Bull Street, B4 6AB C3 Navigation Street, B5 4AX Temple Row, B2 5LG Burlington Arcade, B2 4JH Bennetts Hill, B2 5QP E5 Julian Graves E4 Union Street, B2 4SR B4 Athens & Napoli E4 Cornish Country Kitchen Colmore Row, B3 2QD E5 The Bread Collection D3 Urban Feast Paradise Circus, B1 2BJ D4 San Carlo Cherry Street, B2 5AR Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU Navigation Street, B2 4DD F4 KFC Temple Street, B2 5BG D4 Bella Italia C4 Costa Coffee Bull Street, B4 7AA D4 The Briar Rose C4 Victoria Square Café New Street, B2 4HS D4 Shakespeare Tavern New Street, B2 4DU Bennetts Hill, B2 5RE Pinfold Street, B2 4AY McDonalds Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD D4 Bennetts E5 Cyber Candy E4 Cherry Street, B2 5AL C3 The Bright House D3 Wok Your Way Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS E5 Six Eight Kafe Bull Street, B4 6AB D3 Stephenson Place, B2 4PY Hill Street, B5 4AN Navigation Street, B2 4BS Temple Row, B2 5HG D4 Bodega C4 Delicieuse Baguette F2 Fruit & Veg Market C4 The Chameleon E4 Yum Yum Chicken Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS B4 Snobs Ethel Street, B2 4BG Edgbaston Street, B5 6BH Hill Street, B1 1BD Martineau Place, B2 4UB Paradise Street, B1 2BJ F4 Burger King E4 Ditsch E5 Montys Sandwich Company E4 The Delhi E4 Yum Yum Juice Bar Martineau Place, B2 4UU E4 Spud-U-Like Union Street,B2 4SJ Bull Street, B4 6AD Union Street, B2 4SR Union Street (City Arcade), Martineau Place, B2 4UB C3 Café Blend B2 4TX E5 Druckers E5 Mr Simms Olde Sweet E5 The Fat Sandwich Co Navigation Street, B5 4AA D4 Starbucks Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU Shoppe Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU New Street, B2 4JH F2 Café Neo Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU Eat E4 The Studio Edgbaston Street, B5 4RB Subway E4 Martineau Place, B2 4UU E4 Nata Cannon Street, B2 5EP E5 Bull Street, B4 6AB C4 Café Rouge C4 New Street, B2 4BA Martineau Place, B2 4UB D4 The Sun On The Hill C4 Ethel Street, B2 4BG New Street, B2 4NS D4 Eat 4 Less Pizza Hut Bennetts Hill, B2 5QP D3 Stephenson Street, B2 4BL E4 Caffe Nero New Street, B4 4EU E4 Martineau Place, B2 4UB Corporation Street, B2 4UQ E3 New Street, B2 4NS Lower Temple Street, B2 4JD
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