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S PORTI NG FAS H I ON T o m a r k t h e l au n c h o f S e l f r i d g e s B i r m i n g h a m ’ s n e w m e n s w e a r d e pa r t m e n t, E n g l a n d m i d f i e l d e r J e r m a i n e J e n a s a n d Wa r w i c k s h i r e a n d E n g l a n d c r i c k e t e r Ian Bell rock a range of the coolest in-store labels I N T E RV I E W S : A N D R E W R I L E Y

Ian wears: Office London boots £91.99, Ben Sherman chinos £70, Plectrum shirt by Ben Sherman £65, jumper also Plectrum by Ben Sherman £90

Jermaine wears: Byron shoes by Fred Perry £64.99, Levi Submerge jeans £90, jacket by Firetrap Western £80, shirt by Firetrap £70

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to date as possible. As well as watching music videos and looking at magazine photoshoots, I pick out certain things that I like that fit my style: I try to sit in between following trends and wearing what suits me. A good watch is a statement: I wear a gold Rolex. I’m not big on accessories, though. I wear scarves, sunglasses, hats and gloves but it’s no to a manbag! Only time I carry a bag is for sports when I need my toiletries, or when I’m looking after my daughter who seems to have mountains of stuff. I like designer labels. I love shopping in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, and when it comes to labels, Dolce & Gabbana is a favourite. I’m quite a slim build so their clothes really work for me, and their suits and shirts always fit me perfectly. I’m also a fan of All Saints for nice leather, and Diesel is always good for a great pair of denim jeans. I’m a fan of Tom Ford as well, he always creates really stylish clothes. I enjoy a good suit. Ozwald Boateng in London does a lot of

California shoes by Vans £59.99, jeans by Cheap Monday £49, tee by Firetrap £30, coat by Plectrum by Ben Sherman £200

my suits, when I’m splashing the cash! I have to have my suits completely fitted, so they are made to measure and they already have my size. I don’t have style icons. I’m not influenced by any celebrities or sportsmen. With fashion I’ve always put myself out there a little bit, put some crazy stuff on and my wife has often said ‘are you sure about that?’, but fashion, to me, is just about how I feel. Even Becks – a global style icon - has made a few mistakes over the years but he always looks great. My wife is my go-to person for an opinion because she’s always honest. Fashion mistakes? I’ve made a few. I remember a leather jacket I bought in New York, it was crazy even at the time. I used to love Usher when I was younger and saw this jacket in a music video. It was by Christian Dior, with loads of zips on it and bits and bobs. I bought it and have never worn it. Still, at least it wasn’t a pair of leather trousers! That leather jacket is still in my wardrobe and I still sometimes contemplate wearing it.

JERMAINE JENAS ON HIS LOVE OF FASHION You’ll already find Diesel jeans and plenty of Vans footwear in my wardrobe, but I loved the looks I modelled for Selfridges, and was surprised by the quality of the fashion. The look is countrystyle with a bit of an edge to it, jackets with elbow patches and check shirts. I wouldn’t normally have this type of look in my wardrobe but as soon as the stylist put it on, I liked it, and would invest in it for myself. The knitwear was very cool. Everyone wants to be comfortable in what they wear. Although I probably

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do sacrifice a bit of comfort sometimes just to get the look that I want: sometimes jeans can be a little bit tighter than you want them to be! I’m not all about comfort when it comes down to fashion if I’m looking to achieve a particular look. My usual daytime look is Diesel jeans, Ted Baker tee-shirt and a Ted Baker hoodie. I’ve always been into fashion, and it’s important to me. I follow trends, and I know lots of different stylists in London and – since I moved from Tottenham to Aston Villa on loan last year - Birmingham, who try and keep me as up

“I love shopping in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, and when it comes to labels, Dolce & Gabbana is a favourite”

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Jeans by Diesel £120, shirt £80, jacket £275 and belt £45, all Ted Baker

IAN BELL ON SPORT AND STYLE This photoshoot is completely different to clothes I’d normally wear but it’s good to try new looks. I love the Ben Sherman chinos with brown shoes, and the denim shirt: I’d consider taking these with me when we go to Dubai for England’s tour in January. Being an athlete, comfort is important. Playing cricket, we’re often on tour in hot climates so I’m always in Adidas white trainers, shorts and tees, and in summer evenings, I go for loose-fitting jeans with an open check shirt and a tee underneath. I’m not the most daring when it comes to fashion. I wear

Boots by Office London £91.99, jeans £120, tee £40, jacket £150, all by Diesel

what’s comfortable, but I do try and stay as fashionable as possible. I shop at Harvey Nichols and Selfridges but I don’t follow trends, or like accessories. I do love a good pair of trainers though: I’m happy in a pair of y3 or Adidas. Also, I’ve currently got my eye on the range of slim-fit jackets from Kooples: that’s probably my next purchase. I collect watches, they are a guilty pleasure of mine. My everyday one is by Jacobs & Co, but I have two others, by Breitling and Cartier. If money were no object, I still wouldn’t splash it on fashion: a yacht would be top of my list!

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Jermaine wears: shoes by Vans £59.99, jeans by Diesel £130, tee by Diesel £40, jacket by Ted Baker £110

Ian wears: boots by Office London £91.99, Ben Sherman chinos £70, tee by Firetrap £27.50, jacket by Ted Baker £375

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H a p p y V a l e n t i n e ’ s D a y ! Heels, £65, River Island Marcelle dress, £55, Monsoon

Gold clutch, £20, Accessorize Bra £18, Brazilian briefs £9.50, both Limited Collection at Marks & Spencer

VALENTINE’S GIFTS

Mirror jewellery box, £40, Laura Ashley

FO R H E R

Michele diamond watch, £1,350, House of Fraser

T r e at h e r w i t h a l o v e l y g i f t t h i s Va l e n t i n e ’ s Day: w e ’ v e g o t a l l t h e i n s p i r at i o n y o u n e e d !

Jimmy Choo fragrance, from £38.50, The Perfume Shop

Necklace, £14, Diva at Miss Selfridge

Nicole bag, £345, LK Bennett in The Mailbox

Vanilla and tonka bean scented candle, £10, The Body Shop

Pretty Ballerinas, £139, Harvey Nichols Handbag, £65, Dune

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Paul Smith cufflinks, £80 Selfridges Sunglasses, £14.99, River Island

Tee, £35, COS in Bullring

Snood, £18, Next

Inbetweeners DVD, £9.99, HMV in Pavilions

Zacapa rum gift pack, £65, Selfridges

Peckham Rye tie, £60, Selfridges

Boss Bottled Night EDT, from £26, Debenhams

VALENTINE’S GIFTS

F OR H I M F r o m c o o l c o l o g n e t o m u s t - h av e a c c e s s o r i e s , t h e r e ’ s a fa b i d e a h e r e f o r you r m a n

G Shock men’s red watch, £85, Harvey Nichols

Bag, £29.50, Marks & Spencer

Gucci Guilty, £42, Boots

Ted Baker boxer and socks giftset, £29, House of Fraser

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TH E ST Y LE C HART I f i t ’ s h o t, i t ’ s h e r e : t h e m u s t - h av e s w e ’ r e o b s e s s i n g a b ou t r i g h t n ow

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There’s something straight-from-the-runway about this luxury leather jacket, £599 at Hobbs in Pavilions. Super-soft, draped and classic, it manages to be both edgy and elegant

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If you’re lucky enough to be escaping the British winter, invest in some seriously stylish luggage before you join the jet-set. We heart this lot, new from Jasper Conran for Tripp: wheel tote £119.99, laptop bag £59, at Debenhams

Victoriana is still hot news, with record sales of laced calf boots, corsetry and midi skirts. These gorgeous Jarrold boots, £105 at Office, carry the trend to its peak

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Well, we’re on the waiting list for this bag already: the beautiful tassel shopper in sand leather, £79, is part of the new spring/summer collection at Marks & Spencer

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Silver takes over from gold as the jewellery trend to try next season. We couldn’t be happier: still pretty, but more affordable = fashion bonus. Tiered necklace £8.99, New Look

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This time of year, we want to hibernate at home... which is why we’re totally mad for the new Kenneth Cole New York Home range at House of Fraser. Want, want, want this diamante Scottie dog for our dressing table, £15

Comfortable? Check. On-trend? Check. Designer looks at a high street price? Check. Three good reasons to invest in this Breton-inspired soft jersey jacket, £40 from Dorothy Perkins (from February)

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For the second summer running, Riviera chic will be all over the high street this year: think St Tropez yacht parties and pastels. This cutesy clutch is only £8 at Primark from February

The winter sale at Topshop is a cracker this year, so if you haven’t yet been, start queuing now. A little bird tells us this Prada-esque navy silk maxi has now dropped down from its original £75 price tag. Race you!

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Cleopatra luxe is a micro-trend for spring 2012: think Egypt’s architectural shapes influencing jewellery, bags and shoes. These showstopper earrings are £14 by Diva at Miss Selfridge

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FAS HIO N NE WS I t m ay b e d e e p e s t, d a r k e s t w i n t e r o u t s i d e , b u t fa s h i o n m a r c h e s o n wa r d s a n d u p wa r d s . P e r f e c t y o u r w i n t e r wa r d r o b e here and pick up some new trend tips for spring, too

SNEAK PEEK Monsoon’s lovely Fusion collection is set to hit a style peak this spring. We’ve had a naughty sneak peek at the new S/S range, set to arrive in store from February, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the new printed dresses. Breezy, beautifully tailored and catwalk-influenced, this spring’s collection is a bestseller waiting to happen. Ramirez dress £65, Garland £55 and Jessie, £85.

PATTERN PERFECT Clashing patterns dominated the runways last summer, and look set for a return this year too. For 2012, though, expect all those florals and stripes to evolve upwards into something a little more fashionforward. Expect to see eye-dazzling ikat prints mixed with 80s-style graphics. Colours go muted in shades of grey, mink, deep blue and silver. We like the new collection at River Island, available from February.

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Henton blouse, £99, Hobbs in Pavilions

TREND ALERT

The cute anchor motif on this slub jumper, £19.99 from Internacionale in Bullring, echoes winter’s nautical trend.

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House of Fraser is on board with the androgynous trend for spring ’12. Part Annie Hall, part Stella McCartney and part early ‘90s Madonna, the trend is a sexy take on masculine tailoring. We are already saving for this white pipe detail blouse £55 by Linea, and snakeprint trousers £99 by Biba, all due in very soon at House of Fraser.

Chloe Paraty handbag, £1410, Harvey Nichols

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breathe in Corset belts are having a huge fashion moment, seen this winter on everyone from the Minogue sisters to Rihanna. Cinch it all in with this gorgeous leather one from Topshop for £50: works well over knitwear layers.

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WELL DRESSED Our style obsession this New Year? Cosy sweater dresses. Easy to wear, perfect with patterned tights, and cute with ankle boots, they’re the answer to every fash dilemma right now. Sweater dress, £38, Wallis.

It’s not too late to get in on the parka trend: we found this fab olive version at Dorothy Perkins for £69. It may now be in the sale: double bonus!

KORS HE’S GOOD It’s no wonder the A-list from Catherine Zeta Jones to Heidi Klum love Michael Kors. Big on glamour, Kors is the go-to guy for feminine shaping, chic colours and red-carpet-worthy showstoppers. Luckily for us mortals, his collection isn’t wall-to-wall Oscars gowns. This winter, the new Michael Kors separates at Harvey Nichols are on our wish-list: sleek investment pieces that scream ‘walk-in wardrobe’. Treat yourself to these classic beauties: Michael Michael Kors sequin mini skirt, £150, tee with fringe trim, £95, and watch £200.

MAKE A STATEMENT Pack away your sophisticated chains and minimalist silver stacking rings: for spring, statement jewellery is loud, proud and back on the fashion agenda. Think punk priestess meets Lady Gaga: at shows including Betsey Johnson and Marc Jacobs, we saw oversized earrings, warrior cuffs, chainmail necklaces and spiky gold rings. Get the look at high street prices: from February, this collection will drop at Diva at Miss Selfridge: earrings £14, collar £16, cuff £14 and body chain £30.

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24 UNDER £ 50 B e at t h e N e w Ye a r b l u e s w i t h a n a f f o r d a b l e t r e at. T h e s e fa s h h e r o e s w o n ’ t b r e a k t h e b a n k b u t w i l l p e p u p y o u r wa r d r o b e !

Hoodie, £45, Lipsy in Bullring

Slouch bag, £24.99, New Look

Platform heels, £16, Primark

Necklace, £7.99, H&M

Dalmation jumper, £46, Topshop

Star bag, £40, Accessorize

Georgia skirt, £50, Monsoon

Patent ballerinas, £25, Next

Mini welly boot, £38, Mel at Schuh

Sequin top, £38, Lipsy in Bullring

Trilby, £30, Dune

Leather gloves, £24.99, River Island

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Skinny jeans, £29.99, Republic

Star necklace, £49, Hobbs in Pavilions

Penguin sweater dress, £35, Dorothy Perkins

Denim A-line skirt, £28, Next

Blouse, £27, Red Herring at Debenhams

Print tights, from £6 - £9.50, Marks & Spencer

Glitter heel boot, £34.99, New Look

Bangle, £15, Warehouse

Asymmetric jumper, £42, Laura Ashley

Glitter heels, £36, Barratts

Faux snakeskin clutch, £14.99, H&M

Cable knit tunic, £35, John Rocha at Debenhams

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Peacoat, £49, Red Herring at Debenhams

Blazer, £45, Dorothy Perkins

Fuchsia leather gloves, £15, M&S

F UT UR E ’S

Cobalt coat, £95, Wallis

Snakeskin clutch, £200, Safor for House of Fraser

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Dress, £38, Miss Selfridge

Rich colour is a key trend for spring, so get a jump on next season by investing in a f ew t r a n s i t i o na l p i e c e s n ow

Pink cropped trousers, £70, Topshop

Felt hat, £9.99, New Look

Dress, £30, Next

Wedges, £75, Office in Bullring

Navy ballerinas, £22, Accessorize

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Bangle in selection of colours, £10 each, Dorothy Perkins

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BLACK BEAUTY

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Gemma has turned to the dark side with designer armour to protect her against the elements: it’s a case of black is best for her Gucci gloves and bag, furry earmuffs and her on-trend, belted at the waist jacket. Her shimmering gold Louis Vuitton shawl is the only colour she needed to add, while the long tassels on the back of her heeled boots add whimsy.

Karen Abbott, 38

Leopard-print came in all colours on Betsey Johnson’s autumn/winter catwalk. Karen has embraced her animal instinct with a leopard print scarf, gloves and handbag. Topped off with a furry bow headband and a scarlet red lip, this is both a glamorous and playful look for daytime.

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SIS NTIES TER Gemma Butwell, 25

Gemma’s faux fur jacket is a great nod to the 70s trend that Just Cavalli covered on its autumn/winter catwalk, with several long haired coats making an appearance. Teamed with tumbling blonde tresses and purple suede platform boots, she’s added a welcome hippy vibe to winter.

CLASSIC CAPERS Kelly Kembery, 34

Kelly has given her classic black cape a modern and youthful kick by pairing it with black, shiny rock-chick trousers. Finished off with a Louis Vuitton Ellipse handbag and flat boots, this is an elegant yet trendconscious approach to winter wear.

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ST Y L E O u r fa s h i o n b l o g g e r L o u Jo n e s c h e c k s ou t t h e w i n t e r fa s h i o n o n t h e streets of Birmingham

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BLACK VELVET Carole Marsh, 50

Billowing, super-long sleeves were featured in Stella McCartney’s autumn/winter collection, and are a must-have if you plan to wear chunky layers underneath your coat. Carole’s coat works hard for the money; she can stay glove-free in the chilly winds thanks to the bell cuffs, and who needs a scarf when you’ve a faux fur collar on your coat like this one?

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TRUE COLOURS

HERD ALL ABOUT IT

Louise Heron, 25

Uneven, textured and dense knits ruled the roost at John Rocha’s autumn/winter collection. Louise’s matching scarf and hat score a ten for this touchable trend, and are seamlessly matched with her teal blue coat. Give yourself a colour boost during the dark winter days for an instant pick-me-up.

Caroline Whitehead, 21

Caroline is keeping cosy in that classic, must-own piece - a sheepskin coat, which she has coordinated with brown tights and distressed boots. Her vintage, oversized, chestnut-hued number is guaranteed to deliver year after year in the style stakes.

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Tonia has covered two Burberry trends for autumn/winter by wearing monochrome, tartan print tights, and a military, doublebreasted coat in an army green. The purple gloves, flash of pink lips and matching flower on her baker boy cap lend some feminine charm to the look.

Helen Doyle, 28

Sporting a country look in the city grants you guaranteed style status, as heritage has been a huge trend this season. Helen’s nailed the quilted effect with her bag and jacket, and her scarf adds a beautifully bright, multicoloured pop to the outfit.

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Emily Mountney, 22

Paisley prints made an unexpected appearance on the autumn/winter catwalks courtesy of JW Anderson’s winterwear designs. The light shade of Emily’s coat draws attention to her paisley skirt, which is complemented by her comfy maroon loafers. And you can’t help but covet the oversized fur buttons on the coat, which ramp up the cute factor.

RIDE AWAY Tina Gough, 49

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FESTIVAL

Sharon May, 50

Round up your bulky layers with a belt; take your lead from Gucci, which belted everything from coats to dresses in its fall catwalk show. Sharon’s versatile gilet can be fastened with toggles or zipped through, and features a handy fur collar, while the fringed, cream jumper points towards the Navajo trend.

This equestrian-inspired outfit is a great option if you want to head outdoors coatfree, but still look smart and feel warm simultaneously. Be sure to layer up like Tina has here, with long, shiny leather boots over her jeans. The tailored jacket and the stitch detailing on the gloves keep the look sophisticated, while a messenger purse will give you the freedom to carry as many shopping bags as you like while you’re in town – never a bad thing! • 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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BEAU T Y NEWS N e w Ye a r b l u e s ? B a g s o m e b e au t y b o o t y a n d you ’l l s o o n f e e l – a n d l o o k – much better

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Q: My fine hair always looks frizzy and dry the day after washing. Help! A: Fine hair doesn’t keep its hold well, especially if it’s lacking vital hydration. Try an overnight balm to keep the frizzies at bay and improve bounce and elasticity: Umberto Giannini has an extensive range. We love the lavender-scented Spa Rituals Overnight Repair Hair Magic, and Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm, £5.61 each at Boots. Chocolate is not just for Christmas: it’s for every day. Here’s a way to skip the calories though: The Body Shop’s just launched Chocomania, a gorgeous new bath and body range oozing with cocoa richness and luxurious textures. We love the Body Butter £12.50, Body Scrub £12.50, Body Lotion £8, Lip Butter £4, Shower Cream £4 and Mini Soap Set £3.50

INDULGE AND ESCAPE

If you’re looking to unwind after a chaotic Christmas, book into Whittlebury Hall in Towcester, Northamptonshire. We love the day spa there: treat yourself and your partner to a day of pampering with the relaxation day package for two for £89. Indulge in a two-course lunch in the Terrace Café and enjoy full use of the Heat and Ice experience as well as the spa and leisure facilities. Available until March 31 2012, Sunday to Friday. Full payment required at time of reservation. Visit www.whittleburyhall.co.uk or call 0845 400 0002 and quote ‘Buy one get one free.

Q: I’m looking for a stylish hair gift for my friend’s February birthday? A: GHD has a fantastic collection of travel styling equipment that will help you get the style you want on the go, from glossy and straight to tumbling curls. The Scarlet collection has a neat carry purse that will look great on any dressing table: it’s £129 at Harvey Nichols. Q: My shoulder-length hair’s lacking oomph, can you suggest a volumising range? The new Bed Head Candy Fixations range caused a stir when it launched into salons recently. Pretty packaging, yummy fragrances and volumising formulas mean it’s a winner for any length hair. The styling products (from £10.50) are all super-light but add instant texture. Find your local salon stockist at www.bedhead.com Q: I love dry shampoo but sometimes it leaves my hair... dry! Any ideas? Convenient though it is, dry shampoo can leave hair and scalp crying out for a moisture injection. Fudge may have the answer: it’s introduced a dry conditioner that you spray onto the ends and mid lengths of your hair and brush through. Genius for the gym and those desk-to-dawn nights out. From £8.95 in selected salons.

LOOK HERE Weekly fashion magazine Look has teamed up with the Look Good Feel Better beauty charity to create a new range of make-up. The charity holds free skincare and make-up workshops (held once a month in both Birmingham City Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital) to help women combat the visible side effects of cancer, and money raised from the new products will go straight to this worthwhile cause. Look Beauty has been tested and approved by the editors at Look, from mascara £7 to nail polish, £5. Find the range in Superdrug.

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Smooth, flawless skin is the holy grail of beauty. But don’t give up hope: a stunning new moisturiser is on the horizon (launching on March 2) that has been shown to protect against ageing, conceal imperfections and give a healthy-looking glow. Clinique’s New Age Defense BB Cream SPF30 is already a bestseller in Asia, loved for its magical ability to do it all, from softening lines to keeping foundation in place all day. It comes in two shades for pink or golden undertones, and is set to cause a storm on counters.

New year, new you Want to drop a few pounds? Biothecare Estetika has a ‘lose the Christmas weight’ programme that’s now half price, from £720 to £349. Go to www.biothecareestetika.com for details

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Trevor Sorbie is all about the frizz control this winter. If the rain has played havoc with your locks, try these tried-andtested heroes: Trevor Sorbie Beautifully Moisturised Frizz Free Shampoo £5.10, Conditioner £5.10 and Ultimate Moisture Mask £5.61, all at Boots.

We asked Emma Schulz, Skincare Specialist for Darphin, for her top tips on looking after skin in the cold weather Central heating can be very drying to the skin and make it feel tight and uncomfortable, as it draws all the natural moisture and oil from the skin’s surface. Wearing a moisturiser is key, and during the winter months switch up to a richer cream to nourish, replenish and protect the skin against external aggressors such as central heating, air conditioning and pollution. Only a moisturiser will feed the skin to replace lost lipids. TRY: Darphin Hydraskin rich £31. Redness and blotches are often a problem in winter. To protect skin, replenish every morning and evening with a rich cream and add an oil or balm to your routine to provide extra nourishment. Your skin is most active during the evening, so apply product before you go to bed to continue to regenerate and replenish your skin while you sleep! Concealer will not only reduce the appearance of skin redness but also act as a barrier between your face and the cold. Try wrapping your scarf around your neck and lower face to protect the cheeks from broken capillaries too. TRY: Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care £46, and Darphin Intral Serum £47.

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Rich colour and fine textures: what’s not to heart? Sue Devitt Illuminating Eye Shadow Quad, £31, Harvey Nichols

MUST HAVE

Bobbi Brown, the go-to brand for miracle skincare, has an amazing new foundation this month that you won’t be able to resist. Extra Repair Foundation SPF25, £36, combines super-nourishing skincare know-how with colour-correcting coverage. We tried it, and raved about it for a week. This may well be the most perfect foundation ever created. On counter now, in 14 shades.

LUXURY LOVE Salma Hayek’s apparently a big fan of Creme de la Mer, relying on its marine extracts for her luscious glow. If you want to splash some Christmas cash, invest in the beautiful new The Regenerating Collection, £210, with the original Moisturizing Cream, The Regenerating Serum, The Eye Concentrate, The Hydrating Infusion and The Cleansing Gel, Perfect for replenishing skin that’s suffered through party – or ski – season. Available at Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser.

Have an at-home spa night. Long, dark evenings are ideal for pampering, so light candles and unwind in a warm bath. To eliminate any dry dead skin cells, exfoliate your face and body (never use a body scrub on the face as this can be too harsh). This will soften the skin and allow other products to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface. Follow with a facial mask, one that compliments your daily moisturiser. Always replenish your face and body with a rich cream or balm after bathing to restore any lost lipids and to comfort the skin. TRY: Darphin Dermabrasion £49, Darphin Hydrating Kiwi Mask £27. • Find Darphin in Space NK in Harvey Nichols and selected salons: www.darphin.co.uk

STOP PRESS The Mailbox is running a ‘get fit for spring’ event right now, including healthy menus in its fab restaurants, detox treatments in the spas and salons and FREE ‘introduction to Zumba’ classes at lunchtimes on Tuesdays and Fridays which will culminate in a fun Zumbathon on March 30. You can find out more – as well as read health tips and advice – by visiting www.mailboxlife.com/fitforspring

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The new neutrals from Nails Inc are uber-elegant for spring. Invest in the A-Lister’s Collection, £25, or two individual polishes that we can’t resist: Basil Street and Elizabeth Street, £11 each at Debenhams and House of Fraser.

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Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape Ultra Rejuvenating Night Cream, £12.99, Superdrug Grape extract resveratrol is an antiageing hero, and this cream plumps skin as you sleep

Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator, £36 Winter makes dark circles and puffiness worse, but this will comfort peepers in minutes

sk:n Facial Exfoliator Cleanser, £20, Sk:n Clinic on Bull Street and Boots Deep cleansing is essential in cold weather to encourage cell renewal: this leaves skin clean and soft

Molton Brown Bright Vita EyeEnergy Serum, £21.50, Molton Brown boutique in Bullring. We love this vitamin-packed eyebrightener: it’s the perfect morningafter pick-me-up

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream, £24.50, Boots A favourite of beauty editors, this superconcentrated moisturiser is like a silky new skin

Crème de la Mer The Body Crème, £150, Harvey Nichols Rare blue algae tones, firms and comforts skin that’s suffering under winter layers

Jergens Naturals Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream, £2.55, Boots Hands are the first to suffer in winter weather, but this cream has soothing oils of jojoba, avocado and olive

WINTER WONDERS K e e p you r s k i n s u p p l e a n d s o f t w i t h t h e s e s e r i o u s s k i n c a r e s av i o u r s

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, £32 Dry and delicate skin will love this new and luxurious cream-gel: maximum hydration

Gadi 21 Mineral Purifying Dead Sea Mask, £50, House of Fraser Detox from party season with this miracle mask, rich in toxineliminating mud and minerals

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StriVectin Overnight Facial Resurfacing Serum, £51, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges No need for a spa facial: a few drops of this night-time serum this will keep your skin looking fresh

Green & Spring Reviving Face Mask, £33, Harvey Nichols Using this mask just once a week will keep dry patches at bay

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Super by Dr Nicholas Perricone 3 Minute Facial Intensive Treatment £37, and Hyper Hydrator Daily Moisturizer, £29.50, Boots The Intensive Treatment has ginger for a tingling radiance boost: follow with the Hyper Hydrator for instant glow

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TR ESSES Pa r t y s e a s o n a n d f r e e z i n g t e m p e r at u r e s m e a n o u r c r o w n i n g g l o ry i s o f t e n l e s s t h a n g l o r i ou s . H e r e , L o u i s e S t e r e n b e rg -Dyo s s , r e ta i l m a n a g e r o f B e y o n d B e au t y at H a r v e y N i c h o l s , o f f e r s t i p s o n r e s t o r i n g t h e b e au t y t o y o u r barnet this winter The ravages of the winter weather coupled with warm nights cosied up with the heating on certainly take their toll on our hair during the winter months. But it’s easy to restore its health and shine with my pick of the best rescue remedies. 1: Try to avoid chemicals and instead opt for great treatment to give your hair some much-needed TLC. Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Treatment, £30 is a therapeutic oil especially beneficial to dry, damaged hair, leaving it feeling rejuvenated with increased shine and control. 2: Go for a spritz of glam to cheer you up on a cold, winter day. Frederic Fekkai Salon Glaze, £24, is a luxurious glossing and conditioning treatment designed to add shine and recharge colour to leave you with that fresh-from-the-salon look. It’s gentle, non-chemical and a great athome boost. 3: Leave in conditioners are perfect as a winter pamper treat – simply settle down with your favourite chick flick while they do all the hard work for you. Shan Rahimkhan Volumising Double Phase Leave-in Treatment, £27, is a hardworking, multi-function treatment: Pure aloe vera juice nourishes hair and roots; while highly concentrated vitamins and minerals stimulate cell renewal. 4: Excessive heat from your hairdryer and straighteners won’t do you any favours, so opt for GHD’s Heat Protect Spray, £11. Designed for everyday use, this helps protect against direct contact with heat styling, blow drying and environmental factors.

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5: Ensure your hair gets great conditioning throughout the winter to help prevent static build-up. Electric Hairdressing Colour Protect Conditioner, £18.50. Designed to make colour-treated locks look their best all day long, the intensive, anti-static formulation infuses the hair with moisture, leaving it supple, silky and easy to manage. 6: Condition, condition, condition! From root to tip, treat your hair with Percy & Reed’s Totally TLC Hydrating Masque, £20. From the men behind the styling on X Factor and Britain’s Next Top Model, this indulgent treatment helps restore vitality, making your hair soft and more manageable.

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A i d Ta m s a n d t h e B a d A p p l e t e a m h av e h a d a s t r e s s f u l b u t t h r i l l i n g 2 0 1 1 w o r k i n g t h e fa s h i o n w e e k s a r o u n d t h e w o r l d . A i d t e l l s o f h i s fav o u r i t e m o m e n t s o f 2 0 1 1 and his plans for 2012

What trends have you seen in 2011? Trends are so specific to the fashion and music that people like. Whilst working in New York, London and Paris, we worked on such a variation of shows that it is hard to pinpoint a specific trend. For example, Pam Hogg did a show in Paris that revolved around latex, whilst Mara Hoffman’s show in New York was all about beautiful printed fabrics. Mark Fast, on the other hand featured some amazing new clothing and pattern cutting technology in his futuristic styles. On the hair front, ponytails were very strong, and the use of gels and oils too. What trends do you envisage for 2012? The ponytails, oils and gels from 2011 will follow through onto the high street. Catwalks are always six to twelve months ahead of high street fashion. Wet-look products to slick hair down are very big at the moment. That androgynous look is coming through very strongly and will continue into 2012.

You’re a regular at fashion weeks all over the world, and have styled some very high profile shows at London, Paris and New York this year. What’s your secret to success at a catwalk show? I think it’s really important to know your place. I’ve assisted some amazing session stylists and I try to make their lives as easy as I can. I’m a link in the chain and I just do my best to keep it going. I work well under pressure. To some people it’s just hair, but these guys are sometimes under masses of pressure and it’s really important to be alert. It’s a fantastic place to be and has its own pulse. People all pull together to put on these beautiful shows. Preparation also plays a massive part. Before every show I clean my brushes, sort my clips and bands into colour and size order and make sure all of my electrical kit is in good working order. The key is team strength. Know your weaknesses and leave your ego at the door. Few people have time to get salon-worthy hair of a morning. What tips do you have for everyday hair management? I think the general public underestimate the power of a very good haircut. A

hairdresser can make your life so much easier by adding layers or maintaining a healthy weight. My team and I have a philosophy that hairdressing is no different to architecture. There are beautiful buildings and ugly buildings: either way, a building must have a certain criteria, good foundations and even weight distribution. My clients are always saying to me, ‘I wish I could do my hair like you do’. Hairdressers can do things to your hair that you can’t usually because of the products that you use at home. We use professional only shampoos and conditioners – which are the foundations for any good style and help with the health of your hair. Then we use a lotion or cream to create the style, and finally a spray to help add shine or to fix the style. Approximately one in ten women buy a professional product for home: that’s why so many women struggle to style their hair in the way that their hairdresser does.

our interview process. You can teach skill and knowledge but you cannot teach a good attitude. All of my team have a great attitude towards their jobs.

You have a fabulous team of stylists, colourists and technicians behind you. What do you look for in a Bad Apple team member?

1. Opening our first franchise. Our franchisee is as passionate about delivering great hair and service. For me it was a no brainer involving Michaela (our franchisee) into the Bad Apple family.

My business partner and I created a brand presentation for our current team members. We then integrated that into

What is the reasoning behind your trademark cap? For some, it’s shoes and handbags. For my business partner, it’s coats. For me, it’s simply a cap. What do you have coming up for 2012? I’m a big believer in fate and therefore don’t want to disclose too much before it has happened. However, I can confirm I will be teaching throughout the UK in 2012. I’ve also had a telephone call from one of the biggest session stylists in the world to assist him on some shoots and fashion weeks in Paris and Milan. Also, my business partner is in negotiations about opening a Bad Apple Hair in London. Watch this space. Top five moments of 2011 …

2. New York, London and Paris. Can you imagine it? 15 years in

hairdressing and then, in just one month you get to achieve your lifelong dreams. 3. Winning the men’s regional L’Oreal colour trophy. It wasn’t me this year, but two of my teammates. For me, this was a rubber stamp that we do employ some of the best hairdressers in the city, if not the country. 4. Kevan and Harry getting on two nationwide teams with L’Oreal and TIGI. This was the third year we had been successful in securing a place on Inspirational Youth and, the first time we had a Bad Apple on the L’Oreal evolution team. 5. I have a cutting program called Balance that I teach the staff at Bad Apple Hair. It is basically nine templates of section patterns that can be cut at ten different lengths to make up to 90 haircuts. I presented this to the worldwide Creative Director of TIGI mid 2011; he liked it and subsequently I have been invited back to discuss running the course around the UK in 2012. Bad Apple Hair Burlington Arcade 126 New Street Birmingham, B2 4JQ T: 0333 200 0633 W: www.badapplehair.com

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ST YL E NEWS New Year, new start: take style inspiration from these winter wonders

7 For All Mankind Austyn jeans, £160

Nixon watch, £285 • All from Harvey Nichols

TANGERINE DREAM

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CHOICE Paul Smith houndstooth messenger, £250

Looking ahead to spring, the hottest shade on the fashion agenda is orange, as an accent colour teamed with toned-down hues of stone, black, navy and white. H&M has worked the trend into wearable pieces: slim-cut crop trousers, fine cotton tees and shorts. The first wave of new spring collection drops in February.

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Fimble Famble Fairisle knit, £90, French Connection

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MUSTBUY Braces are firmly back on the style agenda, a witty fashion-world answer to the current economic climate. Get in on the trend with this statement pair, £18 at Marks & Spencer: team with a grandad shirt and tee for max style points.

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Planning a spring weekend away, or Valentine’s treat? Pack an easy wardrobe of key pieces that will work hard whatever the weather. A lightweight parka and slimfit combats are the perfect winter weekendwear. These are from the new collection at House of Fraser: oatmeal parka £135, Label Lab, vintage wash t-shirt, £18, Jack & Jones, Dawson combat trousers, £55, Label Lab, canvas and leather rucksack, £45, Linea, and overnight bag, £350, Hugo Boss.

The Topman spring/summer 2012 catwalk preview was full of English eccentricity: silk cropped trousers, oversized brogues and loafers in patent leather and rich colours, paisley shirts and slim-cut one-button suits. The new collection starts to feed into store through the end of January: invest then to get a jump on next season.

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River Island’s going New England preppy for spring: expect to see a palette of navy, cream and white, cotton and cable knitwear, deck shoes, stripes and nautical references.

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If your Christmas was awash with nasty nylon socks bought by aunts with an addiction to ‘value shopping’, invest instead in a pure cotton pair for comfort under winter boots. Socks, £5.50, Jasper Conran at Debenhams.

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Hunter cap, £55, Ralph Lauren at House of Fraser

Bobble hat, £8, Topman

King’s Road jacket, £120, Republic

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Leather aviator jacket, £70, Topman

Jersey rollneck, £39, COS in Bullring

Polo Ralph Lauren gilet, £215, Harvey Nichols

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Parka, £54.99, H&M

Scarf, £13, Burton

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Snowflake cardigan, £65, Next

Shirt, £29.99, Republic

Boots, £70, FFP at Debenhams

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STYLE LOVES Our latest obsession? The newly-launched male grooming range at Topman. Affordable, does-what-it-promises and elegantly packaged, the collection includes a handful of different Eau de Parfums £15, Hair and Body Wash £4, Body Spray £4, Hair Putty £5, and Anti-Perspirant £4. Cheap enough for your gym bag, effective enough to earn a regular place in your bathroom.

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If you haven’t heard of The Gentry Grooming Company, you’re missing out on a treat. The brainchild of Adele and Matt Lock, who appeared on the first series of The Apprentice in 2005, the brand is all about old-school, traditional grooming. They have salons in the North-West but the products are available in House of Fraser and they’re worth the investment: top quality ingredients, specifically developed to suit men’s skin, reducing the irritation that can arise from shaving. Try the Face Wash £10.95, Shave Cream £12.95 and Face Balm £14.95: all total skin-savers.

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At this time of year, a combination of central heating and punishing winds, rain and cold all add up to dry skin. Clinique’s cult classic Skin Supplies For Men Scruffing Lotion is the ideal winter exfoliator. Use twice a week to keep skin cell turnover working to optimum levels. It de-flakes skin’s surface to leave it looking and feeling smoother and clearer. On all Clinique counters for £14.

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The Body Shop’s commitment to Fairtrade has produced an amazing range of skincare containing Peruvian Maca Root, known for its calming and moisturising properties. The products – everything from shave cream to deodorant - also contain other good stuff, such as coconut oil and Brazil nut oil, all Fairtraded, so you know your money is being put to worthwhile use. Our hero products? The For Men Maca Root Wash Off Shave Oil £8, Face Wash £7.50, Eye Serum £10 and Deodorant Spray £4.

WELL GROOMED

It may be midwinter but that’s no excuse to slack off on your personal grooming. Avoid the Yeti effect by investing in some seriously effective equipment. Sassoon for Men has a good range, in sleek designs that don’t skimp on functionality. In the Titan collection, you’ll find the Sassoon for Men Mains Clipper T1000, £15.99, that uses an ergonomic design – and four different comb attachments - to trim hair between haircuts, perfect for those difficult-to-tame areas around the collarline, ears and fringe. Also, the Sassoon for Men Hygiene Trimmer T4000, £9.99, has a Nano Silver Technology blade with anti-bacterial action to provide you with a hygienic way of trimming away unwanted hair from areas like the nose and ears. Find the range at all good electrical retailers.

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1. DO IT YOURSELF Save on hair salon bills: the VO5 Perfect Cut (£39.99 at electrical outlets) is ergonomically designed for comfortable and easy selfcutting of hair. The design allows it to be rotated in your hand, giving you the perfect cutting angle even in hard to reach places. 2. COLD OUTSIDE Snow, rain, sleet, ice... whatever the weather, it’s best to be prepared at this time of year. Invest in an at-home weather forecasting device and you’ll always know what to wear. The BAR800 Ultra Thin Weather Station from Oregon Scientific (£49.99 at Argos) sits on a desk, on a wall or next to a bed, and gives indoor and outdoor temperature readings, humidity display and easy to read weather icons. 3. EYE LEVEL Vogel’s RingO for iPad 2 lets you mount your Apple tablet on the wall, in the car and on the table top. You can have music in the bath, recipes in the kitchen, even movies in the car, as together with Apple’s Smart Cover it offers full protection to keep the precious iPad 2 in mint condition. Simply press to release, and click to secure it to a different mount. Prices start at £64.95 for the wall mount at the Apple Store. 4. NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Got a frightening new workout regime for January? The Scosche myTREK wireless pulse monitor helps users to keep track of their heart rate whilst working out. The lightweight armband monitors the pulse just as accurately as a traditional chest strap and sends the information wirelessly to an iPod Touch or iPhone to be stored, making it easy to ensure each exercise session is monitored and improved. It also comes with a free accompanying app which allows users to track their pulse, count calories and calculate distance, speed and pace. It’s £129.95 at the Apple Store in Bullring.

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5. SOUP SUPPER Homemade soup is the perfect winter warmer, but make it easy on yourself with the Cuisinart SS1BU Soup Maker, £140. Using three easy steps, it makes delicious soup from fresh ingredients in twenty minutes. It also makes dips, dressings, purees, sauces, smoothies, cocktails and crushes ice. Find it at House of Fraser and Habitat. 6. CHARGE IT The new Duracell Portable USB Charger 1800mAh is an ideal option for those with multiple devices on the move, as it’s able to provide extra power anytime, anywhere. It’ll give smartphone users an extra five hours of extra talk-time and can charge two devices on the go. Sleek and compact, it’s £39.99 at Argos, Boots and WH Smith. 7. GOOD NIGHT No more falling asleep with bulky headphones on. The Sound Asleep pillow, £15 at Argos, features hidden speakers that can be connected up to iPods, TVs, radios and so on – the sound simply plays through the pillow without uncomfortable headphones or messy wires. It’s ideal for audio book-lovers and those wanting to indulge in a little hypnotherapy, as well as music lovers.

Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 11 – 15 April, the five-day event is the perfect place to see, try and buy the very latest technology, with many products being shown in the UK for the very first time. Based on the popular Five TV show, Gadget Show Live 2012 will see nearly 300 companies exhibit thousands of the coolest products on the market. The Super Theatre hosts live performances with Suzi, Jason, Jon, Ortis and Pollyanna from the TV show, with presenter challenges, high octane stunts and the chance to win some amazing new

tech. The Game Zone returns and is bigger than ever. With sections for over 18s, competitive gaming, retro and kids’ games, there’s also a new feature brought to the show by Epic, one of the world’s biggest games developers. Visitors will get to see games development first hand as four teams battle it out to build, test and deliver a new game over the five days of the show – the stakes are high as the winning team will have their game published by Epic. • Tickets are £14.99 for adults, and £7.99 for children aged 5 to 12 years.

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NE W S ROU NDU P News, events, where to go for Valentine’s Day and an extra special cocktail

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J A M EELA J A M I L AND H ENRY H OLLAN D Selfridges Birmingham recently celebrated the launch of the regenerated Spirit and Menswear department. Not only did fashion royalty Henry Holland work the turntables, but the party also saw a whole host of famous faces, including T4’s Jameela Jamil. We were there to get you all the gossip

SB: What is your involvement in this Selfridges event?

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JJ: I want to get the man’s view on fashion. It’s quite nice to hear about men in the industry, men which other men look up to, expressing and admitting that they have an interest in fashion. Men should take care of themselves! SB: Channel 4’s T4 often looks like organised chaos. How much fun is it to present?

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Cast aside those postChristmas blues and breeze towards Valentine’s Day as our cocktail expert Arek Sielski shares a perfect celebration of the patron saint of love. February 14 is the next notable date in the calendar so forget all about the doom and gloom of January with the manager of The Belfry Bar at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield and his loveable cocktail Strawberry Daiquiri.

The sweetness of strawberries contrasts sharply with the bitterness of the lime to give your taste buds a real zip and is really refreshing in these cold winter months. This is the ideal drink to sip with your loved one as you celebrate Valentine’s Day in style.

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STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI Ingredients: ½ oz strawberry schnapps 1 oz rum 1 oz lime juice 1tsp sugar 1 oz strawberries Method: Put a handful of ice in a blender along with all the other ingredients. Blend everything together and pour into a cocktail glass. For the finishing touch, garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!

JJ: So much fun! It’s constant madness! If you think about the age group we are tending to, they are young and energetic with short attention spans. You have to keep going with it. I love it. The best blag I have even accomplished was getting that job. I was an English teacher and just wanted to go along and hoped to see someone famous. I already had a job so think I came across really relaxed and carefree; they liked that and I got the job. SB: You’ve been very outspoken about the importance of body confidence. What do you think about airbrushing celebrity pictures? JJ: I hate it. It gives people such high expectations, which are inevitably out of reach and can cause deeper issues. SB: You’ve become a style icon, but you don’t use a stylist. Why is this? JJ: I love to style myself; it’s what makes me ‘me’. I also do my own makeup, unless I’m doing TV, for example. SB: You’re known for your vintage style. What do you love about 50s and 60s fashion? JJ: It’s when women weren’t scared of looking like ‘women’; very feminine and beautiful fashions. Other fashions have included male influenced trends, big

shoulder pads, for example. Women should celebrate what makes them women. SB: Where do you like to shop? JJ: I’m not restricted by brands; I buy what suits me. I like vintage, but I don’t always have the time to buy from vintage stores. Lately though, the high streets are offering vintage styles. SB: What’s coming up for you in 2012? JJ: 2012 is very exciting for me. I’m hosting a new series of Playing it Straight where contestants have to avoid choosing gay dates, who are literally ‘playing it straight’ in a bid to win a cash prize. SB: Who’s on your wish list of celebrity interviewees? JJ: Beyonce. I love her! My favourite person who I have ever interviewed is Johnny Depp. Playing it Straight will be on Channel 4 early 2012

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chung Ying! Y HENR

SB: You design your H! range for Debenhams. What do you think of the recent collaborations between Selfridges and Primark and also Versace and H&M? HH: I think the Versace collaboration is a really good example. I love it; it’s really archetypal pieces, yet it’s identifiable as Versace. Donatella has recreated the brand for a more accessible audience. I don’t know what the big hoo-ha is about Primark. It’s a massive store, and I think Selfridges is big enough to cater to all different markets. Seeing how many people wear my H! range at Debenhams is so important. It keeps you involved. SB: Did you predict the huge trend that the Henry Holland suspender tights became, thanks to celeb fans Rihanna and Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts? HH: I’m always surprised! The hardest thing to do is follow a hit. You never know what will work. Like with the slogan t-shirts, we never predicted how big they would become. Our collections as a whole are building momentum and people are now realizing that we also make dresses and jeans. But yeah, the suspender tights took everyone by surprise. SB: How has your friendship with Agyness Deyn affected your career? HH: When I first designed my t-shirts, Agyness was still starting out as a model. I lived with her, so if I needed a model for my t-shirts she would always be there to do it. It just so happened at the same time that she became a big deal. H! by Henry Holland is available at Debenhams

January 23 sees the colourful celebration of the Chinese New Year. 2012 is the year of the dragon, the most important to the Chinese community. James Wong, owner of Chung Ying, Birmingham’s first Chinese restaurant, said: “The Chinese dragon is a symbol of good fortune and is considered as a guardian of Eastern skies. The dragon resembles wealth, prosperity and harmony.” To celebrate Chinese New Year, Chung Ying is offering Style Birmingham readers the chance to win a meal for four. “Chinese New Year is very important for us. The restaurant will be packed out all week with families celebrating together. There will be the traditional lion dance and firecrackers on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January. Both Chung Ying and Chung Ying

WIN! Garden will have a special menu. These dishes are named after auspicious greetings we use throughout Chinese New Year.” For your chance to win a meal for four at Chung Ying, go to www.stylebirmingham.com. Kung Hei Fat Choy! Birmingham’s China Town will be hosting their annual celebration in the Southside district on Sunday January 29 from 12.30pm to 5pm at Arcadian Centre.

LOVE SUITE LOVE AT MALMAISON

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Malmaison in Birmingham. Everything is sorted for your romantic rendezvous with stylish suites, brimming bar and brasserie, seductive spa and the chic city centre location. From £225 per night you can enjoy a glorious suite, Champagne on ice, chocolate dipped strawberries, aromatic oils and the all-important Champagne breakfast in your room. Anything else you need? Didn’t think so. If you fancy a romantic getaway to the Mal, visit www.malmaison.com or call 0845 365 4247.

LOVER ’S CO RN ER Want to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for you and your loved one? Take a look at our pick of some of the best Valentine’s meals out in the city

Pushkar, 245 Broad Street A day created for lovers deserves a location created for love. Pushkar Cocktail Bar and Dining is offering a three-course set menu at just £35 per person. To accompany your food, Pushkar has created a Lovers Cocktail List of tempting exotic and truly romantic drinks. www.pushkardining.com Spiceal Street, St.Martin’s Square The brand new Spiceal Street development is a great place to celebrate your love on February 14. With a whole range of restaurants for you to choose from, including Italian at ChaoBaby and Jamie’s, hearty grub at handmade burger Co. and classic cuisine at Browns Bar and Brasserie. www.bullring.co.uk/ spicealstreet

beautiful surroundings of The Mailbox. Top it all off with a chocolate heart. www.theorientaluk.com Thai Edge, 7 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace If you’re looking for something a bit different for Valentine’s night, head to the chic Thai Edge in Brindleyplace where the epitome of oriental design meets smart, contemporary décor to make a stylish, romantic retreat. For Valentine’s Day, Thai Edge is offering two menus: Thai Sunset at £24.99 per person and Golden Siam at £29.99 per person. www.thaiedge.co.uk

The Oriental, The Mailbox, 128-130 Wharfside Street Valentine’s Day has arrived at The Oriental with their Seafood lovers’ menu. For two people sharing at just £29.99 per person, you can enjoy Thai red snapper with sweet and sour chili sauce and stir fried mixed seafood in a Chinese style bird’s nest in the

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T h e m a n be hind The sTove … i T ’s as si m p l e as Th aT M a r c o P i e r r e Wh i t e i s k n o w n a s t h e c h e f w h o g av e b a c k h i s M i c h e l i n s ta r s . A s s e r v i c e b e g i n s t o s e t t l e d o w n i n h i s n e w r o o f t o p r e s tau r a n t i n B i r m i n g h a m , J e n n i f e r Wa l k e r m e t u p w i t h t h e m a n h i m s e l f t o d i s c u s s B i r m i n g h a m , M i c h e l i n a n d h i s fav o u r i t e d i s h e s

Why did you choose to open a

come to Birmingham. The people of

From where are you sourcing your

steakhouse in Birmingham?

Birmingham are opening their arms to

meat?

I never seek opportunity. I’ve always

people like myself. It’s quite amazing

Scotland. English beef is very good but I

waited for opportunity to cross my

what your city has achieved. I feel

find it a bit inconsistent. Scottish beef is

path. I don’t say yes to everything. If

very privileged that I’ve been given the

I’m honest, I say no to most things

opportunity to do the restaurant at

because very few things capture my

The Cube.

imagination.

I started thinking about steakhouses

I remember the first time I came to

about three or four years ago. When I

Birmingham, about 25 years ago and

was a kiddie, every Friday night when

it reminded me very much of the town

my father came home, he brought

I grew up in, Leeds, very working

with him three pork chops, a slice of

class and very industrial. I came back

kidney and a sirloin steak for him.

to Birmingham many years later

The benchmark, in my opinion, for

to do a book signing in Selfridges,

all restaurants is a great steak. The

and I noticed how Birmingham

working man will put his hand that

of people. I’d like to think that there is

was changing, how the people of

little bit deeper into his pocket for a

something for everyone on our menu,

Birmingham were changing. When

good steak. A steakhouse gives you

at a price that they’re happy to pay. The

I was asked if I would consider The

exactly what it says on the menu.

most important aspect of a restaurant,

Cube, I felt that it was my time to

It’s as simple as that.

in my opinion is the environment you

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“When you have a dream, you have a responsibility to turn it into a reality”

very consistent; it’s never let me down. What is different about your new restaurant in comparison to others in Birmingham? For many years, I worked in the industry of Michelin starred restaurants. I like recognisable dishes; I don’t like all the fuss. I wanted to create something for the people of Birmingham, not just a certain sector

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knives and forks, as

can start to enjoy yourself. How

all the great French

many times have you been to a

restaurants have. There’s

restaurant where the food has been

only one restaurant in

delicious but the environment and

Britain today that has

the ambience have ruined it? What

five knives and forks,

I try to do with my restaurants is

and that’s the Ritz, who

create environments for everyone, so

unfortunately have no

nobody’s intimidated and everyone

stars. In 1995 I won my

can afford it. I very rarely dine

three stars, and in 1998 I

outside of my own restaurants. By

got my three stars with

sitting in my own establishments,

five knives and forks. I

I know what’s happening. My

had achieved everything

customers see me there endorsing my

that I had wanted to

own product, not somebody else’s.

achieve as a young

That’s very important.

man. I had realised my dream. When you have

What is your favourite dish?

a dream, you have a

I like simple food. I don’t like food

responsibility to turn

that’s been messed around. Most

it into a reality. After

chefs create pictures on a plate to

22 years of working six

hide their lack of technical ability. If

and seven days a week,

you go to the truly great restaurants

I decided I’d done my

in the world, they have the ability

bit. It’s a young man’s

of presenting food very simply and

game. So, I told Michelin

cooking it to perfection. I was taught

on 23 December 1999

as a young boy that perfection is just

that I was retiring

lots of simple things done well. It’s as

from the stove. You

simple as that. I love a good roast with

have to remember that

perfectly cooked Yorkshire puddings

you’re being judged by

and perfect roast potatoes. If we’re

people who have less

all honest, the food we really love is

knowledge than you.

very simple. We all love a good steak;

The day I realised that

we all love a prawn cocktail; we all

was the day I realised

love a baked potato with butter. It’s as

that three stars in Michelin meant

simple as that.

very little. That’s what gave me the courage to hand back my status.

You famously gave back your Michelin stars. Why did you do

People often feel intimidated

this?

when they first meet you. Is this

When I was a child, I had a dream

intentional on your part?

of winning three stars and five red

It’s interesting when people meet

me for the first time as they’ve

I thought I was going to get the sack.

generally formed this opinion of

The door closed, he picked up his

me without actually meeting me.

packet of Benson and Hedges and he

As I’ve said many times in my life,

gave me one. He said to me: ‘Marco,

most of my reputation is a product of

you can cook as well as anybody in

exaggeration from ignorant people.

this kitchen, if not better. Dissolve

I’m quite a straightforward bloke. I

your fears of the stove.’ That’s what

don’t try to intimidate people. Some

I did. The next night, I attacked the

people may feel intimidated by me,

stove, dissolving my fears. If you’re

but I don’t do that to them, they do

intimidated or fearful of the stove,

that to themselves.

you’ll never cook. That was the greatest piece of advice anyone ever

What piece of advice would you

gave me. It’s as simple as that.

give a young chef today? When I left Yorkshire and travelled

Marco’s is now open at The Cube.

to London, I worked in La Gavroche.

Visit www.mpwsteakhousebirmingham.co.uk

That was intimidating. It was an

for menus and booking.

all-French kitchen, bar one other man. I’d been there about five days and I was really struggling when Albert Roux called me into the office.

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ON THE WAGON Overdo it at Christmas? No need to give up happy hour: just try a non-alcoholic cocktail instead!

THAI CHICKEN, PUMPKIN AND TENDERSTEM CURRY F r o m c e l e b c h e f J o P r at t, t h i s r e c i p e i s s t r a i g h t f o rwa r d e n o u g h t o m e m o r i s e ,

Feel Good Drinks has a fab range, including a fruity Peach Bellini, classic Bucks Fizz, and cool Mojito, and – bonus! – each is made with 100% natural ingredients, have absolutely no added sugar and provide one of your five a day. They’re £2.49 each in supermarkets.

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Has your sandwich maker long been relegated to the back of the kitchen cupboards, unloved and forgotten? Time to update. Warings has a new generation model, with extra deep plates so you can also make omelettes and easy fruit turnovers as a sweet treat. The plates are removable for easy cleaning, too: no more weldedon cheese! At £50 from Argos, sandwich toasties just became our new fave retro lunch!

v e g e ta b l e s . I d e a l f o r c o l d Ja n ua ry e v e n i n g s u p p e r s , i t ’s a m i l d - t o m e d i u m- f l avo u r e d c u r ry s o s h o u l d b e a favo u r i t e w i t h a l l t h e fa m i ly Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

You’ll need: 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 3cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped or crushed 70g Bart Spices Blue Elephant red curry paste or other brand of choice 2 chicken breasts cut into bitesize pieces 1 medium pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces 1 tbsp fish sauce 400g tin of coconut milk 200g pack Tenderstem broccoli 150g baby corn halved 1 bunch of spring onions, sliced Juice of 1 lime 1 bunch of coriander, chopped Thai rice to serve

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What to do: 1. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and then gently sauté the onion, ginger and garlic for about 5 minutes until it has softened but not coloured. Stir in the curry paste and chicken, and cook for about 1 minute. 2. Stir in the pumpkin or butternut squash, and then add the fish sauce, coconut milk and 200ml water. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. 3. Add the Tenderstem, baby corn and spring onions to the curry and continue to cook for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Finish off by stirring in the lime juice and coriander before serving with Thai rice. Tip: If you are using another brand of curry paste, check the instructions for the recommended quantity to serve 4 people.

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It’s caused a storm in a tea cup, turning the traditional cuppa on its head, and now the revolutionary Bubbleology Kit is available exclusively at Harvey Nichols. Launched in London last year, it is the first time the innovative drink has been available outside the Capital, offering tea drinkers a bubble-icious spin on their favourite tipple. Originating in Taiwan, bubble tea has a red or green tea base and is then infused with refreshingly fruity flavours. Tasty tapioca balls can be found at the bottom of the tea – these pearls are 0% fat with a sweet caramel taste. The Bubbleology Kit costs £24.95 and is available from the in-store Foodmarket at Harvey Nichols. It comes with eight cups and over-sized straws to suck the tapioca treats up, as well as all the special ingredients you need to make two flavours of bubble tea in your own home. There is also a shaker to mix and create the small floating bubbles this type of tea is renowned for.

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FOOD & D R I N K N E WS Wi n t e r w e at h e r c a l l s f o r w i n t e r f o o d : B r i t i s h p i e s , h o t M e x i c a n d i s h e s a n d t r a d i t i o n a l s av o u r y ta r t s

STICKY SHALLOT AND BACON TART WITH WELSH RAREBIT TOPPING

BARGAIN BUY Mexican cuisine lends itself well to long evenings spent hibernating at home. Stock up on some basics – rice, lean minced beef and pork and corn wraps – and transform them into Southwestern feasts with a little help from the extensive Marks & Spencer Mexican range. You’ll find Fajita and Chilli Pastes, Red, Green and Hot Chipotle Salsa and a fantastic Chocolate Chilli Sauce, from £1.

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Two crisp, dry classics to pair with hearty winter suppers: Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, £17 (independents and Majestic), and Dourthe La Grane Cuvée, Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Bordeaux, £7.99 (Waitrose).

PERFECT PIES A brand new line of quintessentially British pies from Walkers has just launched into Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. Forget limp pastry and run-of-the-mill fillings: these hot pies are gastronomic feasts and perfect for dinner parties. Try the Supreme Steak & Stilton or Glorious Chicken & Chorizo Pie, each encased in rich shortcrust pastry. From £2.79, it’s a great way to blow the New Year diet in style.

C e l e b c h e f a n d r e s tau r at e u r A n d r e w N u t t e r c r e at e d t h i s m o u t h -wat e r i n g b a c o n ta r t : e a s y t o m a k e a n d i m p o s s i b l e to resist Serves: 4 Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 8 minutes

You’ll need: For the pastry: 200g plain flour 100g butter, cubed and chilled Pinch curry powder Pinch poppy seeds Water For the Welsh Rarebit: 200g Lancashire cheese 100g stilton 30ml milk 25g plain flour 25g breadcrumbs 3 egg yolks 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce For the sticky shallot and bacon mix: 3 tbsp olive oil 6 rashers streaky bacon, cut into thin strips 10 shallots, chopped finely 1 clove garlic, chopped finely 2 tbsp honey 2 handfuls of fresh spinach, shredded To finish: Mixed salad leaves Simple vinaigrette

What to do: For the pastry tarts, place the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the curry powder and poppy seeds then enough water for it to come together to form firm dough. Leave to rest in the fridge for 10 minutes. Dust a work surface with some plain flour then roll the pastry out thinly then divide between 4 individual tart cases. Prick with a fork then bake blind for 8 minutes until golden and crisp. For the rarebit, place the Lancashire cheese, stilton and milk into a casserole pan and heat slowly until the cheese melts. Add the flour and breadcrumbs and cook out for 1 minute until the cheese thickens and comes away from the edge of the pan. Remove from the heat, cool slightly then place in a food processor. Add the egg yolks, mustard and Worcestershire sauce and blend until smooth. For the sticky shallot filling, heat the olive oil and fry the bacon until golden, add the chopped shallots, garlic and honey and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the shredded spinach and season to taste. When ready to serve divide the shallot mixture into the 4 tartlet cases, reserving some for garnish, pour the rarebit over the top of the filling, ensuring it covers the whole tart. Bake in a hot oven for 5 minutes. Finish off under a hot grill until glazed and golden. Serve with some mixed salad leaves and a simple vinaigrette.

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FRANCE N e s t l e d i n t h e m i d s t o f t h e wo r l d fa m o u s B e l f ry, T h e F r e n c h G r i l l i s q u i t e a d i s c ov e ry. A n d r e w R i l e y sa m p l e d t h e c u i s i n e o n o f f e r

The cosy and ambient restaurant, traditional décor of rich red- gold walls, deep burgundy seating, sturdy fireplaces and original beams give The French Grill at The Belfry a real classical feel. Antonia the restaurant Manager and the friendliness of his team immediately made us feel right at home. A bottle of Errazuriz Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (£25) was recommended as the perfect accompaniment for what is an extensive meateater’s menu (although they do offer a good selection of vegetarian options) the wine was presented with

a delicious fresh bread selection, with olive tapenade and balsamic dip. With three of us dining we each chose something different; for starters beautifully presented crispy duck with mooli carrots and hoi sin (£6.95), succulent crispy pork rilette with apple puree and crackling (£5.75) and pea soup dressed with pancetta (£5.50), all polished off with eating only disturbed by murmurs of respectful adulation for each dish. For mains we ordered from the grill, English shorthorn fillet (£24.95), Yield Field Farm cote de beouf (£22.95) served with fat cut chips,

garnish and a choice of sauces; we both opted for the peppercorn. The third diner selected from the stove; seared sea bass with fennel and chili salad, soy and lime dressing with a side of grilled courgette with Parmesan. The fish diner was offered (and accepted) a glass of Sauvignon Blanc as an accompaniment. All dishes were presented with military precision and the two different steaks perfectly cooked and by far the best we’d ever tasted; tender, perfectly seasoned, succulent with mature flavours layered deep into the cut; both were said to melt in the mouth.

A TREAT FOR MEAT LOVERS

Bar Room Bar is located on the prestigious canal side gallery at The Mailbox. Serving a great selection of bar snacks and cocktails, Bar Room Bar is a trendy eaterie frequented by the stylish and the styled.

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THE BAR A f t e r b e i n g s t y l i s h ly r e d e c o r at e d, B a r Ro o m B a r i n T h e M a i l b ox h a s u n d e r g o n e a t r a n s f o r m at i o n. J e n n i f e r Wa l k e r w e n t a l o n g t o h av e a l o o k

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For a Thursday night, the atmospherically small bar was very busy. It’s obviously a prime place for a post-work drink. Glancing around the freshly redecorated establishment, the well-chosen stylish décor provides a comfortable yet chic ambience. Relax in one of the seating booths that allow you to enjoy a private meal for up to six people, but with just one move of the head you can be right back in the throng of the party. Not big starter eaters, we opted for a dish of mixed olives marinated in chili and garlic (£2.95). For mains,

The fine rich peppercorn sauce, although tasted great, these steaks really didn’t need anything to enhance their flavour. The sea bass was perfectly cooked, moist, and boneless, flaked away and combined perfectly with its dressing and side. Decadence was last on the menu with two of us opting for a devilish dark chocolate fondant (£5.95) – gorgeously thick, rich and heavenly – and classic crème brulée with spiced Madeleine’s, perfectly cooked and as it should be. Our verdict? A treat for meat lovers, we can certainly recommend a visit and the perfect ambience for a catch up meal with close family and friends. Long live the French! The Belfry, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 9PR T: 0300 500 0405 W: www.thebelfry.co.uk E: enquiries@thebelfry.com

I chose to try the chili con carne quesadilla with Taw Valley mature cheddar and sour cream (£5.95) and my dining partner chose the Wasabi spiked handmade beef burger topped with wasabi mayonnaise, cucumber, spring onion and fresh coriander (£7.95). Two portions of fajita spiced potato wedges (£1.35 each) were ordered as our sides. To swill all of this down, I went for a glass of Trebbiano Chardonnay (£4.35 glass, £12.75 bottle) while my fellow diner enjoyed a pint of San Miguel (£3.65). The quesadilla was very tasty and, unlike most meals I order, just the right amount. The slightly spicy chili was modestly accompanied by the Taw Valley cheddar, and would be perfect for a lunch as well a dinner. The waiter warned of the spiciness of the wasabi burger, but we

were pleasantly surprised. More like just a slight kick. The wedges, on the other hand, packed quite a punch. Don’t be put off by the trendy clientele. Although it is a post-work beverage server for the suited city centre worker, couples, families and mature folk are more than welcome. Be aware: I later discovered that Thursday is in fact 2-4-1 cocktail night. Great if you want cheap cocktails, but gets busy if you’re eating. 167-168 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RL T: 0121 632 1199 W: www.barroombar.com E: mailbox@bpubsltd.co.uk

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E lto n J o hn LG Arena, June 15 Elton John is performing for one-night-only at the LG Arena in June! Everybody’s favourite Rocket Man has announced a welcome return to the stage for just six UK dates. Elton is one of the most successful British artists of all time with a career spanning more than four decades, and he continues to put on a great show.

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Following the release of their brand new studio album Fallen Empires, Snow Patrol will be coming to the LG Arena in Birmingham as part of their latest UK arena tour. Since forming as Snow Patrol in 1994, the band has gained international superstar status since the release of their 2003 album Final Straw, which sold over 3 million copies worldwide. The arena tour will see the band perform their new material, including hit single Called Out In The Dark and This Isn’t Everything You Are. Lead singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn, and keyboardist Tom Simpson will be supported by British indie band Everything Everything. This tour is likely to sell out fast … don’t delay! Tickets are priced at £32.50 and £22.50. Visit www.lgarena.co.uk or call 0844 338 8000.

With a back catalogue most artists can only dream of, Elton will perform over two hours of hits including classics such as Your Song, Crocodile Rock, Bennie and the Jets and a selection from his 35 gold and 25 platinum albums. Tickets are priced from £40 to £95. amplify freestyle packages are available from £134. Visit www.lgarena.co.uk or call 0844 338 8000. Visit www.theticketfactory.com/amplify for more information about amplify packages. We have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky Style Birmingham reader, courtesy of the NEC Group and amplify. For your chance to win this fabulous prize, turn to page 58!

I N T H E MO OD FOR SOME T H I NG MUSICAL? O u r p i c k o f t h e b e s t g i g s i n t ow n

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ol ly M u rS LG Arena, February 10 Loveable cheeky chappy Olly Murs is heading to the LG Arena as part of his UK arena tour. After a sell-out show at the NIA earlier this year, Olly is back in Birmingham to perform to an even bigger crowd at the LG Arena. The tour promises to see Olly wowing fans with his trademark charisma, performing hits like Heart Skips A Beat. Following his debut album reaching Number 2 in the UK album chart, and numerous TV appearances including a job hosting the new series of The Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack, Olly’s career has rapidly gone from strength to strength. Tickets are priced at £30. Visit www.lgarena.co.uk or call 0844 338 8000.

JASo n DE ru lo LG Arena, February 24 Everyone has had It Girl in their head at some point during the last year. The Ridin’ Solo star is set to tour the UK early 2012, and he’s bringing the fantastic show to the LG Arena. The show will feature some of his charttopping hits, including Don’t Wanna Go Home and It Girl. At just 22 years old, Jason Derulo has become one of the biggest acts in pop at the moment and has sold over 17 million singles worldwide with 1.8 million in the UK alone. He’s also had more than 100,000 plays on UK radio in 2010, making him the ninth most played artist of 2011. A big fan of the UK music scene, he has recently collaborated with Pixie Lott on a track called Coming Home, which features on her new album. Tickets are priced at £27.50 and £19.50. Visit www.lgarena.co.uk or call 0844 338 8000.

He was everyone’s favourite Joseph on BBC’s Any Dream Will Do, and Lee Mead has certainly not disappointed his devoted fans with the first few years of his career. Lee has become a star of the West End starring in Legally Blonde, Wicked and Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. Lee is coming to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall to perform a collection of love songs and numbers from his new album. Looking for a Valentine’s present with a difference? How about tickets to see Lee Mead? Tickets are priced at £22.50, £26.50 and £29.50. Visit www.thsh.co.uk or call 0121 780 3333.

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Alexandra Theatre, January 27-28 Over the Rainbow, starring Sarah Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks), Maureen Nolan, and BBC’s Any Dream Will Do finalist Rob McVeigh, tells the story of the legendary artist Eva Cassidy. Over the Rainbow follows Eva’s life through dramatic scenes and stunning live renditions of her music including a haunting interpretation of Somewhere over the Rainbow. This award-winning show has received acclaim from the Eva Cassidy Band and members of her family and contains projection and original footage from Eva Cassidy’s life, from an early age to her first professional gig aged 18, her first meeting with her boyfriend and mentor Chris Biondo, and recording at Blues Alley with Chuck Brown. This show pays a genuine and heartfelt tribute to a true artist who was not interested in fame and fortune, but wanted nothing more than to create beautiful music. Tickets are priced from £18.50 to £20.50. Visit www.alexandratheatre.org.uk or call 0844 871 3011.

Alexandra Theatre, March 1 Ever wondered what or who is out there? For those with an interest in mediumship, the name of Tony Stockwell will certainly need no introduction. Tony has been working tirelessly for over 20 years to bring forward messages of love from the grave. Now, audiences can experience amazing evidence of the continued existence of their loved ones. Tony’s insight into the lives of total strangers is inexplicable and remarkable as they receive fascinating revelations and evidence from the other side. Nobody can fail to come away untouched by the experience. Tickets are priced at £25. Visit www.alexandratheatre.org. uk or call 0844 871 3011.

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th e Cru C iB l e Crescent Theatre, February 25 - March 3 Arthur Miller’s horrifying 1952 dramatisation of the witch trials that tore apart Salem in 1692 provides a terrifying interpretation of the events in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The title of the play is a pun referring to the struggles faced by the citizens of Salem and the mix of religious and secular aspects of society. Not for the faint-hearted, but definitely one to see if the times of Salem have sparked an interest. Tickets are priced at £14 (£13 concessions, £5 Sunday matinees). Visit www.crescent-theatre.co.uk or call 0121 643 5858.

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sto m p B il ly Co n no lly Symphony Hall, February 24-25 Known for his colourful beard and his unique dress code for motorcycling, Billy Connolly is embarking on another journey: a tour of UK theatres. Billy, who needs little introduction after 30 years of performing his unique brand of comedy worldwide, brings his latest live show to Birmingham for two dates of hilarity and spontaneity. Tickets are priced at £35. Visit www.thsh.co.uk or call 0121 780 3333.

Birmingham Hippodrome, February 14-18 Everyone remembers seeing Stomp for the first time on television and wondering whether the set needed retuning. Complete with dustbins and brooms, the British theatrical sensation Stomp has become a global phenomenon, and it’s returning to Birmingham Hippodrome in February. With brand new routines, new choreography and new music, Stomp is now fresher, faster and funnier than ever! If you are yet to experience Stomp then this is your chance to see why this breath-taking show thrills audiences around the world. Tickets are priced from £15 to £30. Visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com or call 0844 338 5000.

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NEC, March 16-18

Our pick of the best events and exhibitions

Planning a summer wedding? Get down to The National Wedding Show at the NEC for all you need to plan your perfect day. Whether you’re after a traditional fairytale wedding or prefer a more modern affair, The National Wedding Show has everything you need. Think venues, place cards, invitations, footwear and the all important dress: everything you need is under Angela Vickers one roof. It’s not just for the bride and best friend; there’s loads of important things for the groom-to-be, parents, friends and all in the wedding party. It’s a great day out with the family to help plan the most important day in your life. The show is open from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Sunday, and 10am to 6pm on Saturday. Tickets are available in advance and on the door. For full price details visit www.thenec.co.uk or call 0844 338 0338.

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t e n drAW inGs by leo nAr do dA vinC i BM&AG, January 13 March 25 Ten of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest drawings in the Royal collection are touring to be shown at five venues across the UK, stopping off at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The drawings have been selected to reflect da Vinci’s use of different media and the extraordinary range of his skills in painting, sculpture, engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics and anatomy. The exhibition includes designs for chariots fitted with flailing clubs, a study of the head of Leda, a drawing of oak leaves, a double-sided sheet of anatomical sketches, a design for a scheme to drain marshland, a view of a river from a window, a costume study of a man on horseback, drawings of apocalyptic scenes, and a rough study of an old man in profile, one of the last drawings made by the artist. Admission to the Museum and Art Gallery and the exhibition is free.

We have teamed up with the promoters of The National Wedding Show to give Style Birmingham readers the chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets to the show! For your chance to win, just answer this question: Where is The National Wedding Show to be held?

Enter online at www.stylebirmingham.com or send your entry on a postcard to The National Wedding Show Competition, Style Birmingham, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by the closing date of February 28. Standard tickets valid Friday and Sunday only. No cash alternative will be offered.

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th e n At i o n Al h o m e b u i l d in G A n d r e n ovAt i n G s h oW NEC, March 29 - April 1 If, like many, you are looking to build a new house or renovate your existing home, the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show is the exhibition for you. The UK’s leading event in this sector is coming back to the NEC to show you everything you need to know about building or renovating your dream home. With over 450 market-leading companies providing thousands of products and services, free expert advice and inspiration to enable your dream to become a reality. Tickets are available to purchase in advance at £10 or on the door at £15. Visit www.thenec.co.uk or call 0844 338 0338.

We have teamed up with the promoters of The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show to give Style Birmingham readers the chance to win one of 25 pairs of tickets to the show! For your chance to win, just answer this question: How many companies will be at the show giving expert advice? Enter online at www. stylebirmingham.com or send your entry on a postcard to The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show Competition, Style Birmingham, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by the closing date of March 1. Tickets are valid on any day of the show. No photocopies allowed. One pair of tickets allows entry for two people.

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The Aviva Grand Prix Athletics event returns to the NIA on Saturday 18 February 2012, as the world’s best athletes head to Birmingham for what promises to be an exhilarating day of sport. Widely regarded as the world’s best indoor athletics event, the Aviva Grand Prix brings together the Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team with elite athletes from around the globe, for an afternoon of exciting athletics action. Tickets are £20.12, £12 concessions. Visit www.thenec.co.uk or call 0844 338 0338.

C ru f ts 20 1 2 NEC, March 8-11 Everyone’s favourite doggy day out is back at the NEC. With over 20,000 healthy, happy dogs enjoying the thrills and excitement of Best in Show, there is no better place that Crufts to experience and learn about the wonderful world of man’s best friend. Over 400 trade stands are ready with special show offers and exciting products for you and your pooch. The show is open from 8.15am to 7.30pm over the four days. Entrance tickets from £10. Best in Show tickets from £17.50. Visit www.thenec.co.uk or call 0844 338 0338.

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SIR ELTON JOHN AT THE LG ARENA Sir Elton John is one of the greatest artists in Britain. He rose to fame back in the late 1960s and has, since then, gone on to become one of the most successful artists of all time. He currently sits at Number 3 in the Billboard Hot 100 top artists of all time, behind The Beatles and Madonna. Along with his long-term lyricist Bernie Taupin, Sir Elton has achieved 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits and has sold an amazing 250-million records worldwide. One of his most famous tracks, Candle in the Wind, which marked the untimely death of Princess Diana, has sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in Billboard history. Sir Elton will be performing a selection of his world famous and best-loved hits including Bennie and the Jets, Crocodile Rock and Your Song, which was covered by Ellie Goulding for Christmas 2010. With a repertoire of hits spanning forty years, Sir Elton is embarking on a UK tour of just six dates,

culminating in a one-night-only show at the LG Arena on June 15. We’ve teamed up with the LG Arena and amplify, the exclusive hospitality providers, to offer Style Birmingham readers the chance to win a fantastic prize to see Sir Elton John live in concert. You can join the idol for the special one-night-only show in June 2012 when he performs live at the arena. Even better, you can get the true VIP experience to ensure your night is even more memorable! As part of the prize you will get a pair of tickets to the show, exclusive car parking, as well as pre-show and interval access to a private lounge. You will also receive a selection of hot food before the show as well as three free drinks each. Enjoy this VIP experience whilst watching Sir Elton live on stage as he performs some of his best-loved hits at the LG Arena. Fancy a night to remember? Then all you have to do is answer this simple question:

Which female singer had a hit with Your Song in Christmas 2010? a) Britney Spears

b) Lily Allen

c) Ellie Goulding

Enter online at www.stylebirmingham.com or send your answer, full name, address and telephone number on a postcard to: Elton John Competition, Style Birmingham, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by May 18 2012. The Sir Elton John tour is one of hundreds of fantastic shows happening at the LG Arena, to find out what else is coming up visit www. lgarena.co.uk. If you’re interested in having an even greater night out, check out www.amplify.co.uk for the great packages they offer at all LG Arena and NIA shows. Terms and conditions apply: The prize is an amplify freestyle package for two people at Sir Elton John’s show at Birmingham’s LG Arena on Friday June 15 2012. The competition prize is non-transferable with no cash alternative or substitute dates available. In the event of show cancellation, an alternative prize of similar value and specification will be substituted. If you (as the winner) are under the age of 18 years old, you must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years of age or over.

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