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We’re also excited to tell you about a new reality TV series coming to Marbella. Producers are describing the show as “Sex and the City Meets TOWIE” with the trials and tribulations of a gang of Marbella girls. Turn to our feature on page 32 and meet the stunning new cast members. With party season now open us Marbella Rocks has brought you the ultimate New Year’s Eve Guide on all the best parties and places to go to see in 2015 with a bang. There’s also a Party Planning feature to help you organise your own fantastic festive or New Year’s bash. To compliment this, our fashion columnist Zahra has brought you the best looks for the party season and ‘deciphered the dress code’ to give you a guide on looking your best whatever the occasion. Plus Amira Boutique showcases her chic collection of Gail Berry dresses and winter wear in our fashion shoot on page 68. We have also dedicated 6 pages to Oscar de la Renta’s life and work as one of the most highly regarded and influential fashion designers of our time. Get to see his gorgeous current Autumn/Winter collection here too. These dresses are perfect for glam events if you’re fortunate enough to be going to one. Elsewhere if you’re trying to be healthy this holiday season, fitness expert Jojo has come up with a 12 minutes for 12 days Christmas workout challenge. Are you up for it? And fitness resident Peet has given you his witty ‘Know Your Carbs In Marbs’ guide to keep you looking your best despite all those extra drinks calories we’ll probably be consuming…We hope you enjoy it and have a great Christmas and New Year.

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CELEBRITIES EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT The British Royals have never been big fans of the press, especially after the hounding of Princess Di by paparazzi, so this could be the reason why Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, is rumoured to be on the royal bad side right now. Apparently the sister-in-law of Prince William is in the process of procuring a job as a correspondent on the NBC’s ‘The Today Show’. Pippa made her debut appearance on ‘The Today Show’ in an interview with Matt Lauer in June, where she chatted over tea about her sister the Duchess, as well as her nephew, the future king of England. This show gave a huge rating high for the network, which may explain their eagerness to get Pippa involved on a more permanent basis. The industry gossip extends even further, with rumours of a possible involvement with ABC too. However, an ABC News spokesperson denied rumours that the network also offered Pippa a job at ‘Good Morning America’, but admitted that ABC did ask for an on-camera interview. NBC, in the meantime have confirmed Pippa’s involvement with them as a “giving it a try” situation rather than a long-term commitment. Even so, the idea that Pippa will be working as some type of correspondent has caused anger in NBC employee circles too. At a time where layoffs and budget cuts in the television news business are rife, this is not good news to humbler employees. It’s all too reminiscent of the Chelsea Clinton story, where the presidential daughter apparently received a scandalous salary of $600,000 a year for doing scant work for the NBC. The network’s past preferential treatment roster has involved not only Ms. Clinton but Jenna Bush, Princess Diana’s younger brother Charles Spencer, as well as Sarah Ferguson, the ex-Duchess of York. So it appears that Pippa’s latest career move is not being applauded on either side of the Atlantic.“They are



furious with Pippa,” an aristocratic source was quoted as saying of the British Royal Family. “They wish that she would shut up. It is obvious that she wants to define her identity and step out of her sister’s shadow. However, she needs to know her place.” This is not the first time there’s been tension between Kate and Pippa either. A year ago, Kate reportedly asked Pippa to step out of the limelight for a bit. At the time, she’d been attending a lot of high-profile events, and was also writing for several magazines including Vanity Fair. People are wondering if Pippa’s on her way to becoming another Fergie, who caused much aggravation to the monarchy, capitilizing on her posh relations… Oh dear.

Britney Spears Dating Again She’s not had much luck in the love department but this time she maybe onto a winner. Spears posted a loved up picture of her and her new entrepreneur and TV/film mogul boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol, on her Instagram account. Spears went for the hashtag #thesweetest while Ebersol opted for #happiness. The pair have only been dating for a few weeks having met through mutual friends but according to a close friend they are “very happy together and having fun.” “He is the sweetest guy ever and they are very much enjoying getting to know one another,” the insider said. Spears has had her fair share of public love splits. Who could forget Justin Timberlake’s dig at Britney cheating in his ‘Cry Me A River’ video, Jason Alexander; who she divorced after a after a drunken Vegas wedding in 2004, Keven Federline whom she divorced in 2007 (we won’t even go there.) Plus she was engaged to former manager Jason Trawick and more recently dated a bartender who cheated on her. Let’s hope for Britney this relationship lasts the distance.

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Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

NEWS Jessie J And Luke James Go Public Jessie J and R&B singer Luke ‘Wolf ’ James are dating and the ‘Bang Bang’ singer hasn’t stopped posting loved up snaps on her Instagram page for the world to see. The pair met in New York where Jessie is working on cracking the US market and Luke is an established singer and songwriter, although he’s originally from New Orleans. “He’s incredible,” she gushed. “Teamwork makes the dream work whenever I have time off or he has time off.” Calling her recent bisexuality “a phase” after dating both men and women, Jessie has said publicly: “I just got to a point where I felt like it was affecting my life and my career, being branded as something I’ve never said that I was. I don’t want to be labelled, and that’s it, really.” At the time Jessie said that she was still a firm believer in LGBT rights, as she tweeted: “I did and still do stand for love who you love, whichever gender that is.”

KELLy HAS A BABY BOY Tinseltown has welcomed a tidy sum of tots this year, with the latest bundle of joy being born to former ‘Destiny’s Child’ singer Kelly Rowland. Baby Titan Jewell Witherspoon made his world debut on the 4th of November to Kelly Rowland and her husband Tim Witherspoon. “We are thrilled to announce that today we are the proud parents of our first son,” Kelly announced. Throughout her pregnancy, Rowland blissfully displayed her baby bump, even posting bare belly photos on Instagram. She also proudly posed for a totally naked spread for Elle, expressing, “It’s really — I won’t say amazing — it’s Godmazing watching your body carry a human… The body should be celebrated.”

CLOONEY WEDDING CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE This was the at-home version. For the family and friends who couldn’t make it to Italy for the Clooney-Alamuddin nuptials a month ago, the couple did it a second time around, in English style, the last weekend of October. The parents of the new Mrs Clooney, Ramzi and Baria Alamuddin, hosted a lavish dinner celebration on the

banks of the Thames to celebrate the marriage of their daughter to the esteemed Mr Clooney. The Danesfield House Hotel restaurant in Marlow-On-Thames is said to be a favourite of Mr and Mrs Alamuddin, who live nine miles away in Gerrard’s Cross. Danesfield House, which dates to 1725, is located on 65 acres of beautifully manicured English gardens and overlooks the Thames River. Among the notable features of the historical abode are Tudor-style towers, historic tapestries and ornate ceilings. The hotel’s Michelin-starred kitchen, under the leadership of executive chef Billy Reid, formerly of L’Escargot in London, whipped up a sumptuous menu for the affair, which included foie gras or smoked salmon starters; roasted fillet of beef, sea bass or a risotto for mains; and mousse au chocolat or a strawberry tart for dessert. So while the Venice nuptials were awash with famous faces like those of Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Bill Murray, Bono and Matt Damon, this guest list was jammed with the names of people unknown to the world, yet important in the life of Mrs Clooney: Amal’s friends from Oxford and friends of the Alamuddin family who’ve known her since she was a little girl. There was not one A-list Hollywood name there other than George’s. One could wonder what erstwhile law students and Lebanese cousins could chat about with the worldrenown Hollywood heartthrob. Was it perhaps an evening of awkward, stilted conversations? Absolutely not. Mr Clooney apparently loves spending time with his new wife’s friends, who have been described by sources as a “really cultured, interesting gang of people.” Makes sense as Amal herself is a highly respected human rights lawyer whose clients have included Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, the former prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko and presently, the Greek government in its fight for the return of the Elgin Marbles.











Flamenco Gala Dinner @ Nueva Kaskada

Arte Marbella @ Villa Padierna

Arte Marbella @ Villa Padierna

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite Belly Dance Show @ Mosaik Marbella Roasted Chestnut Day

3 Fuengirola Feria



Tango Lessons @ La Quinta

Tango Classes @ El Banco

Live Music @ Bucintoro

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie


Padel Tournament @ Real Club Padel

Live Music @ El Banco

Feel Good Friday @ Tikitano

Vodka Night @ Regina’s Restaurant Marbella International Bridge Tournament



Adele Tribute @ La Sala

Robbie Williams Tribute @ La Sala

Hispanic Day

Tango Lessons @ La Quinta Live Music @ Bucintoro



Tango Lessons @ La Quinta Live Music @ Bucintoro



Tango Lessons @ La Quinta Live Music @ Bucintoro


Live Music @ Yamas

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie

Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik

Belly Dance Show @ Mosaik

Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

Romeria de la Virgen de Valme @ Seville

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite


Live Music @ El Banco


Open Mic Show @ La Catarina

DJ @ El Banco

Zoe Hughes @ The Hairy Lemon

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie

Rat Pack Tribute @ La Sala

Padel Tournament @ Real Club Padel

Sala Group Golf Super League @ Rio Real

Fashion Villa Fashion Show @ La Fiorentina

Ladies Lunch @ La Fiorentina

Tango Classes @ El Banco

Family Fun Day @ Fundamentals

DJ @ El Banco

Tango Classes @ El Banco

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie


Feel Good Friday @ Tikitano


Ladies Lunch @ La Fiorentina Live Music @ El Banco Christmas Bazaar @ Palacio de Congressos November Night of Opera @ Da Bruno Sul Mare

Flamenco Gala Dinner @ Nueva Kaskada


Gibraltar Jazz Festival Feel Good Friday @ Tikitano

Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco

Puss in Boots @ Echegaray Theatre

Live Music @ El Banco

Tango Classes @ El Banco


DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik



Itsomi Online launches Ladies Lunch @ La Fiorentina


Frank Burke Live @ The Hairy Lemon

Live Music @ Yamas

Padel Tournament @ Real Club Padel



Living in Spain Seminar @ The Beach House

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie


Ladies Lunch @ La Fiorentina


Patricia Nicolas Jewellery Launch @ Flamingo Market Place

DJ @ El Banco

Beatles Tribute @ La Sala


Rebecca Jane hosts Ladies Night @ Mask

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite


Cudeca Charity Gala @ Villa Tiberio Ideas Convention Malaga Live Music @ Yamas Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco

Rabbit Festival @ Parauta


Vertic Night @ Montes de Malaga DJ @ El Banco


Live Music @ Yamas Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik

Marcus Myers @ The Hairy Lemon

Belly Dance Show @ Mosaik

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco




Christmas Bazaar @ Palacio de Congressos

Christmas Bazaar @ Palacio de Congressos

Pastora Soler in Concert

Feel Good Friday @ Tikitano

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie

End of Season All Day Party @ The Beach House

Sarah Howard @ The Hairy Lemon

Tango Classes @ El Banco

Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik

Jam Session @ Pogs

Christmas Bazaar @ Palacio de Congressos

Live Music @ Yamas Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco



1 15% off in December Sale starts @ Amira Boutique Barbara Streisand Tribute @ El Oceano






Tango Lessons @ La Quinta

Tango Classes @ El Banco



Ladies Lunch @ La Fiorentina

Marcus Myers @ The Hairy Lemon

Live Music @ Bucintoro

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie

Live Music @ El Banco

Feel Good Friday @ Tikitano


Guided Tour in English @ Picasso Museum


DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

Crossfit Induction Course Starts




The Beach House Refurbishment

Tango Lessons @ La Quinta

Tango Classes @ El Banco

Live Music @ Bucintoro


Lionel Richie Tribute @ El Oceano


Tango Lessons @ La Quinta Live Music @ Bucintoro



Tango Lessons @ La Quinta Live Music @ Bucintoro

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie Guided Tour in English @ Picasso Museum


Tango Classes @ El Banco


Tango Lessons @ La Quinta Live Music @ Bucintoro

DJ @ El Banco Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite Belly Dance Show @ Mosaik

7 Live Music @ Yamas Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco

St. Nikolaus Gala Dinner @ Nueva Kaskada


Ladies Lunch @ La Fiorentina Live Music @ El Banco



DJ @ El Banco

Danii Charity Santa Fun Run @ Sotogrande

Feel Good Friday @ Tikitano

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie

Xmas Lunch @ The Hairy Lemon

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite Belly Dance Show @ Mosaik



Tony Watson @ The Hairy Lemon



Live Music @ Yamas Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco


Zoe Hughes @ The Hairy Lemon

DJ @ El Banco

Open Mic Session @ La Catarina

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie

Live Music @ El Banco

Feel Good Friday @ Tikitano

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie

Live Music @ Yamas

Guided Tour in English @ Picasso Museum

Night of Opera @ Da Bruno Sul Mare

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik

DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

Belly Dance Show @ Mosaik

Frank Burke @ The Hairy Lemon




Christmas Day

Boxing Day

Tango Classes @ El Banco

Complimentary Tapas @ The Hairy Lemon

DJ @ El Banco


Guided Tour in English @ Picasso Museum

Marbella Event academy Tour Ends

Sala Super League @ Alferini


Ladies Lunch @ La Fiorentina

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie



Feel Good Friday @ Tikitano DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite

Quincy Sax @ C’est La Vie DJ Lola and Edu Reyes @ Suite Belly Dance Show @ Mosaik

Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco


Verdiales Music Festival @ Malaga Live Music @ Yamas Sunday Brunch @ Mosaik Funky Sunday Jam @ D’ Blanco


For all the best New Year’s Eve events turn to our NYE Guide on page 50.





o you pull your hair out every festive season, wondering what to buy for his Christmas stocking? While most men at some time, have been way off the ‘good gift radar’, presenting us with the newest model of dishwasher, toolkit or vacuum cleaner, most of us women get quite stressed out in our pursuit of the perfect man gift. This festive season, to save you from pulling your hair out, we’ve come up with a few funky ideas for him…



10 EUROS AND LESS 20 EUROS AND LESS Henry Screen Cleaner

Mini Retro Desk Fridge A simple and stylish way for him to keep his favourite can of something ice-cold while he’s slogging away at his desk. Simply connect to a computer or laptop with a USB port, and after five minutes it provides a cool 8.5 degrees home to a canned drink.

The “I Swear This is Water Hip Flask” is priced at €14.29 and is available from Product code: 464620

Green Coast Long-Sleeved T –Shirt This long-sleeved, round-necked T from Green Coast has an interesting Aztec type print in front. It’s just what he needs to look totally ‘with it’ this winter. It’s made from 100 percent cotton and is machine washable.

Do fingerprints on his iPad screen drive him mad? Well, with this nifty little Henry screen cleaner he can keep all of those little annoying marks off any electronic screen. The Henry Screen Cleaner is also a funky looker in that it’s an exact replica of the classic Henry Hoover design. It’s small enough to carry around and is made from a super-soft microfibre which wipes clean any laptop, tablet or smartphone. Henry has a handy string loop so it can be attached to any device for easy use. It’s also machine washable. Henry Screen Cleaner sells for £5.99 (roughly €7.50) and is available online from

Key Shaped Bottle Opener A nifty little chubb keyshaped bottle opener he can keep handily on his key ring if ever in a crisis (or to save you running back and forth from the kitchen.) The Key Bottle Opener is priced at €10 and is available from Product Code: 396783

Fits a 330 ml can Requires USB port. Size: 19 x 8.5 x 8.5cm . The Mini Retro Desk Fridge is priced at €19.00 and available online from

I Swear This Is Water Hip Flask Hip flask made from durable metal with slogan design print. The flask has as attached twist cap and measures: Height: 10cm/4” Width: 10cm/4” Depth: 2cm/1”.

The Green Coast T-Shirt sells for €19.95 and is available from El Corte Ingles.

Geonaute On Sound 100 mp3 Player

This little number is ideal for keeping his head full of great music when he’s working out so that time just runs away. The Mp3 player has a cool rounded design, 2GB capacity



NEWS (300 to 400 songs), and 8h of battery life. With the attachment clip and the long earphone cable, he’ll have complete freedom of movement. The Geonaute On Sound 100 mp3 Player is available for €19.95 from Decathlon.

The Smartphone Projector

are difficult to wire or that are just low in signal. This groovy gadget easily extends wireless coverage with the push of the range-extender button. Wireless transfer rates reach 300Mbps, making it ideal for video streaming, network gaming and internet calling. The miniature size design as well as easy wall mount features make it easy to install and move around.

Why should he and his mates battle to see photos and videos on a tiny phone screen, when they can all gather around and watch them projected on a wall?

The TP-LINK TL-WA854RE - WiFi Extender and Booster is available online from for €21.95. This portable gadget will allow them to do exactly that if they follow the simple instructions inside the box to construct the Smartphone Projector from the pre-printed card (superglue required), then flip the image on the smartphone as show and insert the phone into the slot in the back. It’s compatible with any smartphone and gives up to 8x magnification.

WiFi Extender and Booster Does he hate the fact that his wifi signal comes and goes at the most inconvenient of times? Well, you could help him with that. This TP-LINK TL-WA854RE - WiFi Extender and Booster amplifies the wireless signal to areas that


Both packages are priced at €40 and are available from Lashes & Beauty by Kay. Quote Marbella Rocks to receive this discounted price. Tel: +34 608 689 254

RELIGION CLOTHING Cult fashion brand Religion Clothing have recently launched a new store in Puerto Banus on Francisco Villalon. Stocking a wide range of men’s designer T-shirts, jumpers, jeans and hats - they are the ultimate gift for a man who likes to stay on trend. Check out their new gothic inspired range with prices starting from €45. Tel: +34 951 350 227. You can also visit their website at

MALE GROOMING PACKAGES Men’s Grooming treatments are on the rise. Treat him to a ‘Deep Cleanse Treat’ specifically designed to pamper and treat your back.


The Smartphone Projector costs £15.95 (roughly €20.00) and is available online from www.luckies.


followed by a Hopi Ear Candling treatment. This is a perfect treatment to bring relief to those who suffer with headaches and sinus problems.

Set of Voodoo Knives Beginning with a Sea Salt Scrub exfoliation, followed by a customised treatment masque whilst he enjoys a arm & hand or foot & leg massage, followed by a deeply moisturising swedish massage using the luxurious sea minerals Italian brand, Guam. Or you can choose the ‘Holistic Relief Treat’ package that comes with a 30-minute Indian Head Massage, facial lymphatic drainage massage

These sharp numbers are designed by the Italian design guru Raffaele Iannello, making the ‘Voodoo’ knife collection cutting-edge cool. The set

NEWS consists of five stainless steel knives, including a paring knife, a bread knife, a carving knife, as well as a large and a small cutting knife. All he needs when he wants to get stuck in, in the kitchen. The Set of Voodoo Knives sells for €88.00 and is available online at


The Sandqvist Black Canvas Stig Backpack is priced at £90.00 (roughly €113.00) and available online from or google Sanqqvist.

Krups Nespresso ‘U’ Pure Coffee Machine Pick out this spotting scope for him if he’s into bird-spotting and wildlife observing… or not. This fully-featured spotting scope with a tripod is something the whole family could have a great day out with. The Meade Bresser Spotting Scope 9-27X50 magnifies subjects from nine to 27 times, meaning that you don’t have to get up very close to see it all. The MEADE France Sarl Bresser Spotting Scope 9-27X50 sells for €89.95 and is available at Decathlon.

The Krups Nespresso ‘U’ Model Coffee Machine is ultra-convenient and boasts the most sophisticated coffee-making technology. It offers him fully automated capsule piercing, coffee brewing and capsule ejection by him simply closing its slider. The Nespresso coffee system makes loving coffee so easy as capsules come in a huge variety of aromas and can be bought effortlessly online to be delivered to your home, for you to enjoy too. This machine normally retails for €139.00 but is on special right now

OR JUST SPLASH OUT… Sandqvist Black Canvas Stig Backpack

Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial The Ultimate Christmas Gift for him if you have the cash to splash. Launched in 2014 as part of the Oyster Perpetual Collection, the Rolex Deepsea is waterproof to 3,900 metres. It has a 44mm Oyster case, reinforced with the patented Ringlock System which was designed to provide the highest degree of resistance in a size that remains wearable and practical. Priced at €10,500 and available from the Rolex Puerto Banus Store you’ll be loved forever with this Xmas gift choice.

This Black Canvas Stig Backpack from Swedish-born company Sandqvist is simple and classic. Sandqvist bags and accessories are designed for an urban lifestyle yet are strong and hard-wearing. This one’s made from heavy cotton canvas and sports genuine belt leather straps. The backpack has a zipped pocket on the inside and is padded on the bottom and back for best wearing comfort. Fits a 13” laptop comfortably.

for €80.00 at There is also a large selection of Nespresso machines available at El Corte Ingles.

Sizing: Width: 10” / 25cm Height: 16” / 41cm Depth: 7.5” / 19cm



It’s that time of year again that all men dread. The mere mention of the words ‘Christmas’ and ‘Shopping’ is enough to make any man turn and run for the hills. To make things that little bit easier we’ve trawled through the high street and the web to bring you the latest and best Christmas gift ideas for women. Looking for perfect presents then look no further. Men… confidently throw away the receipt - she won’t be needing it this year!





ANOTOMICALS SMACKER IN A CRACKER Cult beauty brand Anatomicals have come up with a cute Christmas designed minty tingling lip balm and breath freshener that is packaged in a festive Christmas cracker box. The tongue-in-cheek brand have named their line “Snog Me Senseless.” A bit of fun and practical for her to pop in her handbag to keep her fresh on the go. Only €6.43 from

50 EUROS AND LESS BOBBI BROWN SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS Bobbi Brown’s brand new ‘Scotch on the Rocks’ collection includes all the products needed to create holiday-ready looks. Inspired by the legendary American actress Lauren Bacall, this collection is a gorgeous combination of sexy, strong and confident. The ultimate party-make up can be recreated with this gorgeous limited edition Warm Glow Eye Palette with 9 decadent shades to choose from. €50 from El Corte Ingles or

prices. Contact: 660 444 005 or email:


If you want to inject some muchneeded fun and colour into her stocking, head down to Puerto Banus concept store Flamingo Market Place to pick up this stunning kitch collection of jewellery from acclaimed Brit designer Patricia Nicolas. The collection includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches in eye-catching designs that will make any outfit pop. Prices range from €20-€50 at Flamingo Market Place, c/Jesus Puente, Local 15, Puerto Banus.


Christmas takes its toll on most women. Hours of endless wrapping, cooking, late nights, too much food, alcohol and chocolate! Give her something to look forward to buying a beauty gift voucher from beauty therapist Katie Lee. She can choose to have a spa chair Jessica pedicure (€30), a Jessica manicure (€20), a 45 minute back massage (€43), a Pevonia botanical eye treatment (€30) or lash tint, eyebrow tint and eyebrow shape (€32). Quote Marbella Rocks for these discounted

These beautiful lashes will make her really stand out this party season and they can last for up to 2 months. Lashes and Nails by Madelaine offer Secret Lashes individual eyelash extensions for €45. The Aloha based beautician also offers hybrid nails from €15 and a full set of gel or acrylic nails from €30. Contact +34 625 550 016 for more information. Packages and home visits available too.

100 EUROS AND LESS CIATE NAIL ADVENT CALENDER Transform her Christmas countdown with this holidayinspired advent calender packed with daily nail treats. This selection of pro formula nail polishes features an array of shades and textures for over 145 different nail looks. It houses mini paint pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, cute nail transfers, and a full-size paint pot treat in a special, limited-edition shade - each hidden behind a daily window. The Ciate Nail Advent Calender is €60 and available from Sephora stores in Marbella or



NEWS TOPSHOP SEQUIN DRESS Every girl needs a sequin party dress. This strappy, gunmetal grey design with wrap front detailing, low back and thin straps is perfect for this season’s abundance of parties. Pair with a fur coat and heels for that perfect look. Available from or Topshop in La Canada Shopping Centre. Product Code: 62T62GGNM and at only €64 it is a bargain.

250 EUROS AND LESS METALLIC MUSE - LUCILA DRESS Go for all out drama in the Lucila Bandage Gown. Designed in a shimmering metallic hue, this gown is styled for a second-skin fit with a sculpted lattice strap detail across the chest, a flattering angled waist and sultry back split. Finished in an alluring gold tone, it will see you create an electrifying evening look that will rock any Christmas or New Year’s party. Available in sizes XS – L from priced at £139 (€175).

both comfortable and sexy. Two words never usually in the same sentence together! Available for €175 from Flamingo Market Place, c/Jesus Puente, Local 15, Puerto Banus.


This award-winning ghd ceramic straightener is the mother of all hair straighteners. If she doesn’t already own a styler then this is the perfect gift for her. Ghd allows for creative flare, offering a variety of designs, from poker straight to wavy and tousled looks; while the hair care range protects and nourishes

PERSONALISED NECKLACES Made famous by Carrie from ‘Sex and the City.’ These personalised gifts show you’ve put a little thought and time into your Christmas gift choice this year. Plus there are over 50 designs to choice from in a range of 14 and 18 karat gold, white gold and rose gold. A great choice for her could be the family necklace (shown here in silver) which can have your whole families name engraved onto the rose emblem disc for only €54.95. Allow 14 days for engraving and delivery. Available at


with inbuilt heat protection so it won’t damage her hair, unlike other cheaper brands on the market. Product Code: 411697, €192 from or any good salon.

MIIST BOOTS A girl can never have enough shoes, or should that be be boots! A fabulous investment for winter that will look good with almost every outfit from jeans and leggings to skirts and even dresses. The stretchy over-the-knee fabric makes these boots by Hackney-based designer

MICHAEL KORS ROSE GOLD WATCH A statement watch never fails to set off a look, and this rose gold-plated Chronograph model from Michael Kors is a timeless choice. The chunky bracelet and oversized numerals give it a fabulous borrowed-from-theboys appeal. Plus rose gold is the new “in” colour for 2015 so she’ll stay on trend to boost. Available from the Michael Kors store in Puerto Banus. Quote MK5128 – for this particular model priced at €250 or available from



You can’t go wrong with a gorgeous underwear set and this stunning new collection called ‘Megan’ from designer lingerie brand Agent Provocateur is made from the finest tulle and show-stopping leavers lace. And men this is an even better Christmas gift choice as it’s a present for you aswell! The hot pink and red colour scheme is both sexy and edgy. Priced at €400 for the set (Bra €140, Suspender €140, Brief €120) from or visit the Agent Provocateur store in Puerto Banus.


Paris fashion house Lanvin have just launched this gorgeous anniversary handbag design to celebrate 10 years with designer Alber Elbaz. Limited addition with a pricetag to match, she’ll be the envy of all her friends with this little number. The Lanvin Happy Les 10 Ans Bag is priced at €3,000 and available from

CARTIER LOVE BRACELET XTI COLLECTION BY IRINA SHAYK Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Irina Shayk’s gorgeous new XTI Collection is now available in the Amira boutique. Head down to the Laguna Village based boutique to receive 15% off gifts for her for the entire month of December. C.C. Laguna Village No. 19 Estepona. Monday to Sunday from 11am to 10pm. Tel: +34 952 805 952.

The Cartier Love collection, started in 1970 in New York, remains an iconic symbol of love that any girl would be pleased to receive. The screw motifs, oval shape and elegance establish the piece as a timeless tribute to passionate romance. The Cartier Love Bracelet in Yellow Gold (pictured), RoseGold or Silver is available from Cartier Puerto Banus for €5,200.

boutique Elements of Luxury. The company only source limited edition items so each customer knows they are the proud owner of a beautiful bespoke luxury item. The collection also has London, New York and Rio ranges in various colours and patterns. iPhone cases are €65, iPad covers are €175 and the sets are €230. Visit

CELEBRITY BEAUTY TREATMENTS Want to treat her to a total pamper day. Your loved one can receive a Jessica manicure, pedicure, total body exfoliation, a Pevonia Botanica facial, full body massage and eye enhancement with lash and brow tinting and shaping for €195 (saving €40). Or does she worry about sagging skin? Katie Lee is offering a course of 10 CACI non surgical face lift treatments for €470 (saving 25% on the course price.) Quote Marbella Rocks to get the reduced rate. Jennifer Lopez and Lisa Snowden swear by these. Contact: 660 444 005 or email:

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tuck in a rut when it comes to stocking fillers and gift ideas for children? We’ve come up with some innovative ideas to make it an even more magical Christmas for your little ones. We’ve sourced the best toys, gifts and gadgets from local Marbella shops, department stores and the internet, so you don’t have to.




DISNEY DVDS El Corte Ingles is offering 2 for 1 on all Disney Blu-Ray and Disney DVDs this Christmas. The Disney Collection on offer includes all the recent offerings such as ‘Frozen’ and ‘Wreck It Ralph’ as well as older classics like ‘Dumbo’ and ‘Peter Pan’. Prices range from €14.00 to €19.00. Available from El Corte Ingles while stocks last.

DOH VINCI ANYWHERE ART STUDIO We all like toys that can help children learn. This new concept from Play-Doh helps kids to become budding designers. This complete art set comes with an easel, four Deco Pop tubes and a Doh Vinci Styler that you can use to decorate the three art boards and the two blank design boards. Doh Vinci Anywhere Art is priced at €20.00 and is available from Toys R Us stores and online at

Looming is the craze that is sweeping the nation and can keep kids entertained for hours. If you haven’t already heard of loom bands, they are tiny elastic bands that can be looped together to create different bracelets and necklaces. Toys R Us are doing Monster High and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ones for Christmas, priced at €3.99 each. Available at Toys R Us stores and online at

SCRATCH & SNIFF NAIL STICKERS Perfect for girls that love to dress up and, of course, like chocolate. The pack contains 44 chocolate -scented scratch and sniff nail stickers in cupcake, ice-cream and cake-sliced designs. Scratch & Sniff Nail Stickers are available from at €4.29.

INSTANT AIR HOCKEY Designed to be played on tabletops or polished floors. This nifty little gift includes two goal nets, two mallets and one puck. Height : 18.6cm/7.3” Width: 34.6cm/13.6” Depth: 7cm/3” Instant Air Hockey is priced at €14.29 and is available from

INTERACTIVE BOOKS A great way to get kids involved in books is through this excellent range from children’s author Anita Pouroulis. Not only are they an excellent read but they have been turned into interactive ibooks and apps to keep the fun going way past storytime. Choose from Pancake Pandamonium, My Monster Mayhem, Oh What a Tangle and Mum’s Cronky Car. Available in English, Castellano, Catalan at, amazon. es, and At only £5.99 for the book and £1.99 for the app and ibook they are great value too.





The classic game of Monopoly has been given a Pixar makeover for 2014, with a limited edition ‘Despicable Me 2’ version your kids will love. Spin the Minion to make your move, collect Banana Bucks fast, and own all your favourite Despicable Me properties. For 2-4 players. Recommended ages: 5 and over. Available from and priced at £15.99 (£5 off RRP). Girls will love this stunning charm bracelet from jewellery brand Thomas Sabo. There are over 300 charms to choose from including


plain silver designs to more colourful Disney cartoon characters. If you buy before Christmas, Thomas Sabo are giving away a free cloverleaf charm with every bracelet. Available from Raquel Troyano in Laguna Village, Malaga and Mijas stores prices from €39.00.



This cute Jelly Baby-designed light is squeezable and child proof. It’s battery operated so can be moved around a room and has an easy on/ off switch on the base. Comes in a range of colours. The Jelly Baby Light is priced at €21.43 at (Asos is currently offering free worldwide shipping if you spend over €50.00).

New in at Toys R Us for 2014, the Max Tow Truck is a hard-working truck that can pull or push up to 200 pounds. Push the truck over tough road blockages and obstacles with ease. It has 50 different phrases and sounds and is available in red, yellow and blue. The Max Tow Truck is priced at €47.00 and is available at Toys R Us stores and online at

WINTER TAN BOOTS New Sotogrande based children’s footwear company, The Sweet Little Shoe Co. specialise in beautifully crafted children’s footwear. There’s a wide range to choose from including these unisex tan boots priced at €45 in sizes 19-29. Comfortable & practical shoes that let those growing feet rock style & gorgeousness. For more information visit The Sweet Little Shoe Co. on Facebook. Shoe parties can also be booked through the page. Website launching soon.


Hot on the heels of Apple’s iWatch comes this child-friendly version. Kiddizoom’s Smart Watch comes with a colour touch screen and motion sensor. It can take photos and edit them, record videos and play three built-in games. Available


NEWS in blue, green, white and purple. Kiddizoom’s Smart Watch is priced at €59.99 and available at available at Toys R Us stores and online at


New for Christmas 2014. The Skylanders Trap Team video game reverses the magic of the Toys-ToLife play pattern allowing players to take a digital character and bring it to life in the physical world. The games along with the Trap Team are filled with combat, adventure and exploration as well as puzzle-solving. Available from €65.00 at

OR JUST SPLASH OUT FIRE HD KIDS EDITION This is the perfect toy for the upcoming Christmas season and will keep your kids completely entertained and off your iPad! The tablet includes a beautiful HD display and Dolby audio sound that’s perfect for watching movies. Plus it has a fast quad-core processor that ensures quick app launch times and smooth games and video. The Fire HD comes in blue, green and pink. Available from or - priced at €150.00.

This new Magic Castle for Xmas 2014 is a bigger and improved version of the classic Blast Zone castle. It blows up in seconds and easily holds 3 kids or 300 pounds of little party-hoppers. The safe slope slide provides easy access and the surrounding netting and hook-andloop fastener entrance will keep them safely inside while playing. Visit or Priced at €200.


TEKSTA T-REX WALKING DINOSAUR These mini robotic dinosaurs walk backwards and forwards, moving their heads from side to side while sniffing and chewing on a favourite bone. For added amusement, they will spit it out with a ‘giant burp’ when they’ve had enough. Available in a range of colours, The Teksta T-Rex Walking Dinosaur is available from €79.95 from


Winner of the 2014 ‘Toy of the Year’ Award for kids. The Crazy Cart’s revolutionary drive system allows the users to drive forward, reverse, go sideways and diagonally. It also pivots and spins in place for tight turns in small places. Billed

RANGE ROVER SPORT 12V Kids can drive about in style with this Range Rover Sport 12V Car! A fantastic, two-seater, batteryoperated Range Rover car with a 12V motor in a stylish grey finish. Features include working doors, chrome wheels plus a speaker box with jack for use with an iPod or MP3 player so they can play your favourite tunes as they cruise along. Also features starting and claxon sounds on the dashboard for a realistic driving experience. Recommended ages 3-7 years old. Available from from €350.

as the ultimate driving machine for kids aged from nine and upwards. The Razor Crazy Cart is priced at €550.00 and is available from


NEWS If you’re anything like the Marbella Rocks team to really appreciate your nights out there’s nothing quite like a relaxing night in. Cue DVD, dinner and a good bottle of wine. Here’s a rundown and recipe for a quality night in.


JOOLS´ FAVOURITE BEEF STEW A fantastic warming beef stew that uses root vegetables that cook gently into the stew. Packed with flavour and great for those colder winter nights. Named Jools’ after Jamie Oliver’s wife as it’s her favourite dish of his.

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Ingredients: olive oil 1 knob butter 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 handful fresh sage leaves 800 g quality stewing steak or beef skirt, cut into 5cm pieces flour, to dust 2 parsnips, peeled and quartered 4 carrots, peeled and halved ½ butternut squash, halved, deseeded and roughly diced 500 g small potatoes 2 tablespoons tomato purée ½ bottle red wine 285 ml organic beef or vegetable stock finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 handful rosemary, leaves picked 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

1.Preheat the oven to 160ºC/300ºF/gas mark 2 2. Put a little oil and your knob of butter into an appropriately sized pot or casserole pan. Add your onion and all the sage leaves and fry for 3 or 4 minutes. 3.Toss the meat in a little seasoned flour, then add it to the pan with all the vegetables, the tomato purée, wine and stock, and gently stir together. Season generously


with freshly ground black pepper and just a little salt. 4.Bring to the boil, place a lid on top, then cook in the preheated oven until the meat is tender. Sometimes this takes 3 hours, sometimes 4 – it depends on what cut of meat you’re using and how fresh it is. The only way to test is to mash up a piece of meat and if it falls apart easily it’s ready. 5.The best way to serve this is by ladling big spoonfuls into bowls and some really fresh, warmed bread. Mix the lemon zest, chopped rosemary and garlic together and sprinkle over the stew before eating. Just the smallest amount will make a world of difference – as soon as it hits the hot stew it will release an amazing fragrance.


WINE MATCH When thinking about wines to pair with Beef Stew, Pinot Noir immediately comes to mind. However, one can expand the list to include Cabernet Sauvignon,

Merlot, or any other red wine that has sufficient tannins to counter the rich and tender stewed beef. My favourite classic pairing is red Bordeaux with the earthy aromas and dark berry fruit that complement the earthy stewed flavors of the dish. But all of the grape varieties above would be great matches for this slow cooked meal. Try and use the same wine for the ingredients, as you buy to accompany the meal. If you have chosen a premium wine for the occasion, then use the same grape variety in the meal. Preferably, buy the secondary offering from the same producer.



The classic fairytale of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is turned on its head as the evil sorceress Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, becomes the main focus of the film. Her story is explored in depth so audiences finally come to understand what it was that drove her to go to such drastic lengths to wreak misery in Princess Aurora’s life. (An undertaking that Walt Disney would never have explored in the 1959 version!) Maleficent’s past is marked with tragedy and unhappiness, having been betrayed by the man she loved and becoming an outcast. While her malicious actions are inexcusable, it becomes possible to understand how she might have been driven to them, which is enough to generate sympathy for her evil character. Established characters are dusted off and examined in new light to help round out a story that people may not understand as well as they think.


DAWN OF THE REVIVAL PLANET OF THE APES Another masterpiece from ‘It’ This has to be the most emotional and hard-hitting film in the trilogy of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise. The primate versus human story continues ten years since the release of the Simian virus that has almost wiped out the human race on earth. Caesar, leader of the apes, and his civilization of genetically advanced apes have taken over the world and are beginning to grow and spread over the earth. A small group of humans that survived the deadly virus are discovered and a wary peace has been made between the two groups. The peace unfortunately has no chance of surviving as the two groups inevitably head for the conflict that will eventually determine who controls the future of the planet.

author Stephen King comes in the form of this rich and disturbing novel that spans five decades. The story starts in a small New England town in early 1960. A young boy called Jamie Morton forges an unlikely friendship with Charles Jacobs, the new minister. Jacobs along with his beautiful wife transform the local church. The men and boys are in love with Mrs Jacobs; and the women and girls including Jamie’s mother and sister - feel the same about Jacobs. Jamie and the Reverend share a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity. Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family. The preacher curses God, mocking all his religious beliefs and is banished from the shocked town.

A not-to-be-missed film from the Oscar-winning visual effects team The fantasy film, directed by ‘Alice that produced ‘Avatar’ and ‘Lord of in Wonderland’s’ Robert Stromberg, the Rings.’ The team have broken was met with mixed reviews by new ground with this epic film, critics, but was an undoubted creating a CGI ape that delivers an commercial success, generating over incredible performance that will $750m at the box office. have many viewers reaching for the Kleenex. Talented Brit actor Andy Serkis reprises his role as Cesar with panache.

Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lightning’ - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact and Jamie discovers that revival has many disturbing meanings. A taught, tense, page-turning thriller that proves King’s definitely still got what it takes.

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DJ Stacey James British born DJ and producer Stacey James has been living on the Costa del Sol for 22 years, spinning funky house, R&B, HipHop, Deep House & Nu Disco at top local nightspots including Aqwa Mist, Dreamers, Funkhy Buddha and Opera Room. He’s played alongside some of the biggest names in music including; 50 Cent, Neyo, Rudimental, Tyga, Tinie Tempah, DJ Snake and Chris Brown. Marbella Rocks got the lowdown from the DJ turned producer on his recent management signing and plans to release four tracks and a music video this year. live audience. It’s a story about life how we hustle and struggle to get to the top. Q: First and foremost tell us about your latest track and video? The first track is an original mix with my partners in Vital Emotion, Doneyck and Simon C, versus the New York vocalist Shebba called “Hard Like My City.” There’s a lot of piano playing, acoustics and it’s a great Nu Disco tune. We’ve filmed a video to go with it, which tells the story of us as DJ’s trying to get our song played on the radio then sneaking into a club to get it played to a

Q: What was it like filming the video? It was really good fun. We’re not actors but we are playing ourselves which makes it a lot easier. I thought if they can do it, so can we!! Q: What about you’re other tracks? Vital Emotion has remixed 2 classic Kings of Tomorrow tracks – Finally & Corona – Rhythm of the Night and 2 original Sheba vs Vital Emotion tracks – Hard Like My City and Technicolour. Q: Any plans for an album launch? Yes. I want to make a worthwhile album, for people to enjoy it and understand our story that we are trying to tell. So far we have 4 finished tracks and I would like 6 more by May 2015, all with their own videos so it’s a lot of planning and preparing.


NEWS understand the history of music. Next level stuff rather freakish!! Q: Who or what was your inspiration? My father was a musician and was always on the guitar or piano so I was lucky enough to learn from an early age

Q: Tell us about your new management company? We have been signed to Rok Solid Entertainment in London, which is run by Ian Cookie. Ian has been giving me advice as a friend for years, but only recently on a professional level. He has looked after some top artists and has been in the UK charts twice, so I have faith. I’ve also taken on the role as manager for a very talented 17-year-old Russian rapper called YK, who is also signed to Rok Solid. Q: What are your plans for 2015? Apart from working hard on producing, I’ll be traveling to Ibiza, London, Miami, New York and Morroco to organize next year’s bookings as well as returning as resident DJ for La Sala and Aqwa Mist. I’m also planning to hook up with some international artists to work on some tracks and there are plans in the pipeline to do a festival here in Marbella with some major brands and top artists. Q: What are your long term plans? Will you always be calling Marbella home? I’d like to see what’s out there but I’ll always be very loyal to the La Sala Group and Aqwa Mist (especially to Ian, Claire, Rob, Jo, Phil and Charlie) and will be here in Marbella for many summers to come I’m sure. They’re a great team to work with, We’re like a big family.

Q: How old were you when you first starting Djing? At the age of 12 I had showed a passion for music so my mum bought 2 decks and a mixer, and then I began my career as a DJ. I first played at Hawaiian Tropic in Calahonda. Q: Why did you decide to move to Marbella? Marbella is Marbella. There’s no place like it on earth, there are similar places but Marbella is so unique! I would just like to say a big thanks to all the Sala Group Staff all the beautiful dancers, Paul & Simon from the Nelson Music Academy, Adrian Vida for the creativity on the video, Phil & Charlie for putting up with me & Ian from Rok Solid Entertainment.

Can’t wait for ‘Hard Like My City’ to top the charts…. Listen to it here:

Mixcloud: Or Facebook: Stacey is also holding DJ and production lessons throughout the winter here on the Costa del Sol

Q: Any dreams or big goals you hope to achieve? To always better myself in my music and teach others. It would be great to do well in the charts, play in Ibiza and also play at Tomorrow Land. Now that would be cool!! We are working so hard now, I’m just taking it day by day, but we do it for the love and we are very passionate about our music. The money should hopefully follow….. or so mum says! Q: What about your personal life? What’s Stacey James the person like? My personal life is my music. I just love listening to a lot of music downloading, mixing, producing and playing music. Music is my life and music is life if you



SOTOGRANDE COSTA Excellent location – Paseo del Parque Refurbished to an excellent standard 10 bedrooms / 9 bathrooms € 3,600,000

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GAUCIN Excellent country house with 10.6 hectares of land Spectacular views € 1,400,000

ARRIATE, RONDA 6 year old country house 7km from Ronda 5 bedrooms on a 2.4 hectare plot € 2,250,000

CASARES 2 bedroom country retreat with casita 5200m2 of land with fruit trees and facing the Sierra Bermeja € 349,000

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PUERTO DEPORTIVO, SOTOGRANDE Lovely 2 bedroom penthouse in heart of the port Beautiful views of the port, Gibraltar and the African coastline € 250,000

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Surviving the Boom & Bust by James Stewart


hen I turned off the narrow old coast road thirty-two years ago, and onto a tree-lined avenue leading to Royal Sotogrande Golf Club and the sea, I knew that I was entering somewhere special. But Sotogrande is not only special, it is different. It is different because there is nowhere else in Europe that can offer such wonderful sporting and residential facilities within a unique family environment. Two years ago Sotogrande celebrated its 50th anniversary and fifty years that it can be proud of. With Valderrama Golf Club as the host club, Sotogrande is the only destination outside the USA and British Isles that has staged the Ryder Cup. The world of polo disembarks in Sotogrande every summer for the finest events in the European calendar; the 1997 World Hobie Cat Sailing Championships were held at the Sotogrande Yacht Club and earlier this year the newest of Sotogrande’s five golf courses, La Reserva, hosted a European Tour golf tournament. Sotogrande’s tennis academy, SotoTennis, is Spain’s newest tennis academy and is going great guns while the equestrian centre provides excellent show jumping and dressage facilities. The International School is gaining a great reputation worldwide and its 700 pupils from all over the world are graduating with splendid results. There is surely no prettier residential marina in the whole Mediterranean, partly due to the fact that Sotogrande built its reputation on ignoring high-density development, instead concentrating on creating a

secure leisure resort where luxury homes could be built with open space as a premium. Contained in an area covering over 2000 hectares, Sotogrande boasts some of the finest houses in Spain and there is room for plenty more to come. After twenty years of solid progress, the Sotogrande property market had a big boost in 1985 when the nearby Gibraltar airport and frontier was opened, making Sotogrande even more accessible for UK buyers. Just over ten years later, the enormous publicity created by the Ryder Cup brought another wave of buyers, which fortunately coincided with the completion of the motorway to Marbella and Malaga airport. By now, however, we were well immersed in the infamous Spanish property bubble and the pace of sales reached previously unattained levels. Despite this, the marina residential development was completed and over 1000 apartments sold but good planning meant that when the bubble finally burst in 2008 there was no sign of unfinished buildings and endless repossessed bank stock. Sotogrande was different again. The perfect storm that the ‘Great Recession’ brought has, of course, had its effect on the Sotogrande property market. It did lie dormant for five years as demand fell and prices corrected accordingly to about 35% below the top of the market in 2007. As we came out of last winter, it seemed clear that the market had finally picked up. We were seeing two clients battling over one property again, which was a forgotten phenomenon and we gradually started to see a property

market reappear. Buyers, particularly from the UK, were slowly returning and looking with interest, but not in haste, sensing that now was the time to buy again. As we found ourselves witnessing a small increase in activity as confidence returned, it was very welcome news to hear just two weeks ago that NH Hotels had sold Sotogrande to two investment funds: Cerberus and Orion Capital. Whilst we wait for the new owners to take possession of their prized asset, there is high expectation in the air. It is felt that we are about to see fresh investment and management taking Sotogrande to even higher levels of excellence and a new confidence emerging which will give Sotogrande the boost it needs for the property market to gain some very real momentum. Sotogrande is special, it is different and we are surely heading for great times again.


ames Stewart was Chief Executive of the Valderrama Group and a member of the team that won the bid to host the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama in Sotogrande. He was also General Manager of Valderrama Golf Club before, during and immediately after the staging of the event. His real estate company has been an associate of Savills, the UK’s biggest estate agents and property consultants, for over 15 years. facebook/JStewartSavills | twitter/jstewartsavills





ime Pictures, the English TV production company behind ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ and ‘Geordie Shore’ are just wrapping up filming a pilot here in Marbella. The cast members have been confirmed as model Natalie Denning-Richardson, holistic teacher Hollie Rolla, beautician Cassie Anne Rowan, fashion entrepreneur Felicity Faye Kidd and Marbella-based fashion stylist, columnist and personal shopper, Zahra Anderson. According to insiders it’s tipped to be an extremely entertaining show. With a group of girls as the central characters, expect to see lots of bare flesh and bitching! The pilot will feature a big bust-up between outspoken stylist Zahra and fashion darling Felicity. The girls come to loggerheads over Felicity Faye Kidd’s bandage style dresses, with Zahra refusing to put what she calls “outdated designs” in a fashion show she is collaborating on. Understandably, Felicity is not too impressed by Zahra’s critique of her burgeoning business and the pair fall out – big Marbella style. While Lime have been criticised in the past for allegedly scripting a lot of the scenes on ‘TOWIE’, Marbella Rocks can reveal this argument was real and the big bust-up was by no means scripted. Ah, a real reality TV series… how refreshing!


Marbella has been the central vacation destination to shoot ITV2 spin-off show ‘The Only Way Is Marbs’ for a number of years. While Brentwood in Essex is the main filming location for the original ‘TOWIE’, the


producers were so impressed with Marbella, its nightlife and colourful characters they thought it was about time Marbella had its homegrown reality TV series. A number of famous Marbella faces were approached to star in the series but turned Lime Pictures down. Among them were Lineker’s marketing manager and Hot Magazine columnist Lina Hodgkins, Aqwa Mist and Ultima Promotions director Phil Savage and News Café and Living Room owner Nicholas Cohen. There are also two male characters that feature briefly in the pilot, including Max who works at Golden Tarts and another Marbella-based character Andre, although producers are still unclear whether they will play a pivotal role in the TV series. It is also still not clear exactly which British TV channel has been approached to buy the rights to the series but it is likely to be ITV2 or MTV, because of ‘TOWIE’ and ‘Geordie Shore’ that work respectively with Lime Pictures. Channel 4 could also be a likely contender as they have worked closely with Lime on the TV series ‘Hollyoaks’ for 15 years. If the pilot is snapped up (which reliable sources strongly hint at) then filming will begin in summer 2015, with the series going out in late August or September 2015. Lime Pictures confirmed the pilot but were unable to provide further comment at this stage.


NATALIE DENNING-RICHARDSON It’s not the first tim e Worcester-born Natalie has been on television. She starred in th e British reality T V series ‘Poor Little Rich Girls’ in 2004 whe re she had to trade places w ith trainee haird resser Katie Wakefield for tw o weeks to see “h ow the other half live”. Natalie has also been on TV shows including ‘Footb allers’ Wives’, ‘O ffice Space’, ‘The Price is Righ t’ and ‘Gamesho w Marathon.’ She has also mod elled for leading British lad magazines includ ing ‘Loaded’, ‘Nut s’ and ‘Zoo’ as well as starring on ‘Playboy TV’. Sh e is married to nightclub owne r Paul Richardson , lives in Marbella and ha s a daughter.

HOLLIE ROLLA Hollie Rolla was born the Caribbean. She in the UK but grew up in Recalibrate, where she formed her own company part of her self-penned runs retreats in Spain as . Hollie is completely ‘Recalibrate Programme’ past experiences honest about her life and m severe depression admitting she suffered fro a serious suicide in 2009 which resulted in floor balcony and h attempt, jumping off a fift a. Hollie decided to spending 6 weeks in a com wake-up call help let her brutal life or death re and teach what sha others: “I feel inspired to rnt and in helping I have experienced and lea certified life coach with others grow.” Hollie is a vanced Hypnotherapy qualifications in NLP, Ad . and Matrix Re-Imprinting

Zahra has lived in Marbella for a year, previously ha ving lived in Denm ark, Russia and the UK and is originally from Af ghanistan. She is a top fashion stylist who has wo rked with many famous face s including Eva Lo ngoria. She’s styled a num ber of Vogue covers and has been part of th e famed fashion we eks in New York, LA, Mila n and London. She is now Marbella Rocks’ sty list, as well as a pers onal shopper and stylis t to the rich and fa mous here in Marbella. She pr ides herself on spea king her mind and being br utally honest with people “which frequently lands her in trouble. ” She will definitely make for entertaining viewin g.

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FELICITY FAYE KIDD Owner and founder of Th e Marbella Dress Compan y, Felicity Faye Kidd is origin ally from West London bu now lives in Marbella. Fel t icit famed for its Herve Lager y formed her company, -style bandage dresses, aft er travelling internationally as an air stewardess for Vir gin Atlantic and seeing the po pularity of the dresses in places like Miami, Vegas and sells her dresses online an Hong Kong. Felicity d at the Costa del Sol including various boutiques on Sonia Trayano in Laguna Village. She has also run various fashion shows at the Puente Romano and bouti que hotel Sisu.


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It’s certainly been an eventful 2014 - both personally and professionally for actress Jennifer Lawrence.


he has graced the front pages of countless magazines and newspapers because of the nude photo scandal where more than 60 images of her were hacked from a private account and shared to the world. Plus her blossoming relationship with ‘Coldplay’ frontman Chris Martin, after his split from wife Gwyneth Paltrow, has made her regular tabloid fodder. However, what’s completely refreshing about Lawrence, or J-Law as she has become affectionately known, is her “not giving a sh*t attitude” and her love of speaking her mind. For this she has been aptly nicknamed “America’s MotorMouthed Sweetheart.” (See overleaf for the best J-Law quotes for proof of her off-the-cuff honesty.) When most Hollywood movie stars would be hiding in shame after the world has seen them naked, Lawrence is out in full force in more revealing outfits than ever. She continues too with her unabashed honesty, never shying from the truth or trying to paint her actions in a rosy-coloured hue. She even admitted to having had several alcoholic shots at the Oscars this year to calm her nerves, which resulted in her puking on Madonna’s stairs at the after-show party. Ooops… Professionally, 2014 has definitely been Lawrence’s year. Hot on the heels of her Oscar win for Best Actress in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ she picked up a Golden Globe and a

Bafta Award for her performance in hit film ‘American Hustle’.

She has also been crowned the ‘Sexiest Woman in the World’ by FHM in its annual poll and has a staggering six films coming out in a short space of time: including the hugely anticipated Hunger Games: ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ this month and her second ‘X- Men’ instalment in early 2015. She has also made it to the Forbes List of Top American Earners, only second on the list to Sandra Bullock as the highest paid female acting star. It is staggering to think that Lawrence has almost tipped 50-yearold Bullock who has been churning out hit movies for over 25! In comparison, Lawrence is only 24 and has only been making films for only five years.

RISING STAR Jennifer Lawrence was born in Kentucky to working class parents, her mum Karen worked at a summer camp and her dad Gary was a construction worker. From an early age she wanted to pursue a career in Hollywood, convincing her parents to take her to New York to find a talent agent. After a few stints on a minor US television series, Lawrence shot to fame in the 2010 film ‘Winter’s Bone’. At only 19 she was the second youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress.

The film won Best Film at The Sundance Film Festival and Lawrence, who played 17-yearold Ree Dolly, who cares for her mentally ill mother and brother, was cited as the main reason behind it’s success. “Her performance is more than acting, it’s a gathering storm. Lawrence’s eyes are a roadmap to what’s tearing Ree apart,” Rolling Stone Magazine wrote at the time. Although she didn’t win the Oscar in 2010, her stock was on the rise and she was offered the lead in the hugely successful franchise of ‘Hunger Games’ films. Despite being a fan of the books, Lawrence apparently took three days to accept the role because she was intimidated by the size of the movie and how it might affect her career.

The first film was released in March 2012 and took a record breaking $152 million within three days of opening. The success of ‘The Hunger Games’, and Lawrence as its leading lady, Katniss Everdeen, was also the key to breaking up the malecentric nature of action films. Prior to ‘The Hunger Games’, among the Top 200 Worldwide Box Office hits ever, not one had been built around a female action star. Lawrence had to undergo severe training schedules for the film including taking up stunt training, archery, rock and tree climbing,



FEATURES combat, martial arts, running, pilates and yoga. And she’s admitted she’s not a natural sportswoman so to complete this grueling training regime was no mean feat. Throughout her career, Lawrence has been praised as being the chameleon of actresses, playing serious roles as well as action roles and even breaking into comedy. Her most critically acclaimed film so far was the small budget but big box office hitter ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Here Lawrence played the recently widowed, quirky character Tiffany Maxwell alongside the hunky Bradley Cooper. Critics said of her performance: “She’s rude, dirty, funny, foulmouthed, sloppy, sexy, vibrant, and vulnerable, sometimes all in the same scene, even in the same breath. No list of Best Actress Oscar contenders would be complete without the electrifying Lawrence in the lead. She lights up the screen.”

TABLOID HEADLINES Lawrence has been one of the most newsworthy stars of 2014, although not always for the right reasons. In August, she was the first actress

to become involved in the nude celebrity photo scandal, now known as the largest hacking scandal in history. Over 60 images of Lawrence nude or partially nude were hacked from


her iCloud account and posted on sites including Reddit, 4 Chan and Twitter. Although the images have since been removed, they were spread far and wide before being taken down. In a blatant hacking and invasion of privacy case, Lawrence is said to be pursuing legal action against the hacker in a case that could be worth up to $60 million. She is paving the way for other stars to follow suit. The charges are a highly publicised move that will if nothing else, prove to women that they don’t have to take something like this lying down. While hundreds of other stars including Kim Kardashian, Hayden Panettiere, Amber Heard and Rihanna have also been targeted, no other stars have started pursuing legal action yet.

LOVE LIFE Until recently Lawrence has managed to keep her love life relatively low key. She dated her ‘X-Men’ co-star Nicholas Hoult for almost 3 years. (He was also the lead child actor in ‘About a Boy’ – remember?!.) Hoult and Lawrence met on the set of their first film together ‘ X-Men: First Class’ in 2011. It’s thought that conflicting work schedules meant that the couple rarely got to see each other. Lawrence worked on ‘The Hunger Games’ in the US while Hoult worked on ‘Kill Your Friends’ in the UK. The last straw was apparently when Lawrence missed going to the Wireless Festival in London with him earlier this year, choosing to go to a Dior fashion show instead. “Nicholas was pretty upset she opted

out of seeing him as they rarely ever got to hang out,” a friend said. Maybe it was more than a missed meeting. Lawrence has made no secret of the fact that she is a massive Coldplay fan. In July, around the same time as the aforementioned Wireless Festival, Lawrence attended a Coldplay gig and was reportedly was seen singing along to every word and gaining Martin’s attention as she was doing so.

The pair then met up at the Kensington Roof Gardens where they spent the entire evening talking and flirting with one another, according to bystanders. Fast-forward four months and the couple still appear to be going strong. Although not regularly papped out together like some celeb couples, she has been there to support him at three of his recent gigs and the pair have jetted off to Vegas together for a weekend break. Sources close to the couple claim this could be the real thing, hinting that a wedding could be on the cards. Well one thing’s for sure if Gwyneth’s macro-biotic, clean living lifestyle was one of the reasons for the couple “unconsciously coupling”, then Martin has definitely met the exact opposite in Lawrence, who drinks, smokes and swears like a trooper. Good luck to them.


22 Of The Best Jennifer Lawrence Quotes Ever America’s motor-mouthed sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most quotable treasures ever given to Hollywood. In an era of media-savvy, overly-censored stars, she has become affectionately known for pretty much saying whatever comes to mind. Her ‘Hunger Games’ co-star Lenny Kravitz said, “She’ll say anything. Anything.” While her other co-star Liam Hemsworth says, “There’s no filter with Jennifer. She says whatever she wants, whenever she wants!” On what she does in her free time: “If I don’t have anything to do all day, I might not even put my pants on.” On her talents in life: “I’m the fastest pee-er ever. I’m famous for it.” On her workout routine: “I hate saying, ‘I like exercising’ - I want to punch people who say that.” On meeting Woody Harrelson for the first time: “Hi Woody, I’m J – is that a sex swing?” (It was a yoga swing)



FEATURES On her dancing: “I’m a horrible dancer! I’m like a dad at prom. I look like Gumby getting electrocuted.” On how she chooses her roles: “I never play characters that are like me because I’m a boring person. I wouldn’t want to see me in a movie.” On her sense of humour: “As soon as somebody farts around me, I think it’s hilarious. This is something my brothers did, that now the boys at work are obsessed with. You cup it, and then you throw it in someone’s face and say, ‘Take a bite out of that cheeseburger!’” On the contents of her Oscar’s purse: “Candy, almonds, my phone, a Baby Ruth, Laffy Taffy.” On how she prepares for the red carpet: “It’s so scary. And then I end up getting so nervous that I get really hyper. So then I go in interviews and I’m like, ‘I’m like a chihuahua! I’m shaking and peeing!’ And then afterwards, I’m like, ‘I just talked about peeing on the red carpet...’” On her much publicised weight ‘struggles’: “I’d rather look chubby on screen and like a person in real life.” On partying at the Oscars: “I stopped at Harvey Weinstein’s party for a little bit, got my parents drunk, and then I left and went home.” On her flying routine: “I always feel like an idiot every time I fly first class because I’m a kid. And I just


sit there, and everyone’s got their newspapers and they’re on the computer, and I’m like, ‘Can I get a colouring book, please? Can I get some crayons?’” On her boobs: “I think people are fascinated with breasts that bounce. They are so used to seeing fake ones. People are confused that mine bounce! My breasts have a life of their own.” On having babies: “I think all mothers are a nightmare - I don’t think you can have children and not lose your goddamn mind!” On setting up dates for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ co-star Bradley Cooper: “I feel like all I’ve been doing lately is setting him up. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna save time and just get you a booklet with pictures of my friends. You just go through and pick them out, because this is getting exhausting.’” Image ID: 119502739 On sabotaging her own career: “It’s almost like I subconsciously don’t want to work anymore, so I’m trying to ruin my career. I told the New York Times I was pregnant. My publicist called me and was like, ‘This is the New York Times. Be serious!’ And then I found myself talking about orgies within three seconds.” On likability: “I picked up an issue of Cosmopolitan the other day that

had tips for job interviews, because I was like, ‘I need to get better at interviews’. The article was basically about how to get someone not to hate you in 20 minutes. Every single thing they told you not to do, I was like, ‘I do that every day!’” On being starstruck: “Once I’m obsessed with somebody, I’m terrified of them instantly. I’m not scared of them - I’m scared of me and how I will react. Like, for instance, one time someone was introducing me to Bill Maher, and I saw Meryl Streep walk into the room, and I literally put my hand right in Bill Maher’s face and said, ‘Not now, Bill!’ and I just stared at Meryl Streep. I just creepily stared at her.” On Victoria’s Secret declaring that she had the sexiest eyes: “Eyes?! What? From Victoria’s Secret? I thought it was going to be like boobs or butt or something. My eyes? I’m mad!” On what she would tweet, if she had Twitter: “’What’s anal leakage? Dash, Jen Lawrence!’”


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The Sandy Hook Massacre The American primary school massacre that shocked the entire world in December two years ago, will be relived in memory by the inhabitants of Sandy Hook this month.


n December 14th 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza took a shotgun into his local comprehensive school and gunned down 20 children and six teachers. He also shot his mother Nancy four times, before turning the gun on himself when police surrounded the building.

It was the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American history after the Virginia Tech Massacre and the second deadliest mass murder at a US


elementary school after the Bath School Bombings in Michigan. As the second anniversary of this fateful day approaches, people are finding ways of coping. The majority of people agree that the Lanzas’ home should be knocked down and replaced with a park or nature reserve. However the property still remains tied up in probate court proceedings two years on. Since the massacre, much has been discussed about the US gun laws and Obama even waded into the huge debate in his first few months of presidency. But with America’s progun lobby and its massive support system, there were the expected mixed reactions. Obama met with the senate about stricter gun laws coming into existence in 2012, but

it wasn’t until January 2014 that the Connecticut judicial system passed a law restricting the ownership of assault weapons. It was hailed as a victory for the parents and population of Sandy Hook. On a more poignant and personal level, over the past two years, individuals, businesses and communities have joined forces to honour the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy and keep their memories alive. The ‘Where Angels Play’ foundation has constructed 26 playgrounds as living memorials to each of the victims. The playgrounds, at a cost of $75,000 to $100,000 each, have been funded from corporate and private donations. Each playground reflects the personality of the teacher or child for whom it is named.


The playground structure at Long Lots Elementary School honouring the autistic Dylan Hockley is replete with butterflies, moons, and symbols of autism awareness, and captures what the Hockley family most

wanted to convey in memory of their son. The last park in the ‘Where Angels Play’ project was completed in October this year in honor of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung.

“We are celebrating the lives of those that were lost by incorporating their unique interests,” New Jersey firefighter and project leader Bill Lavin said. “This is most rewarding thing I’ve ever been a part of.” “The heroes of this project are the mums and dads and wives and husbands of Sandy Hook who, while suffering maybe the worst tragedy imaginable, had the courage, strength and generosity of spirit to give to others,” he said. “When you think of heroes, think of people who, while they’re hurting themselves, they pay it forward.”


dam’s father Peter Lanza recently broke his silence to talk about this chilling crime. He described his son as “evil, an outsider, strange and socially unaccepted.” He wishes he had never raised this boy as his whole childhood was reaped with strange behavioural problems that he and his wife Nancy could never figure out. Peter was CEO of a large successful firm, Nancy was an honest, hard working teacher while Adams older brother Ryan was a popular and successful child. Peter still doesn’t know to this day what triggered Adam to go into an infant school and kill so many innocent children. He was always interested in violent computer games and signed up to several off kilter Nazi supporting internet sites. Peter has said he wants other parents to know that this could easily happen to them.





llie Pozner recalls the gut-wrenching trauma of learning about her son Ben’s death as she waited with other Sandy Hook parents and children in a nearby firehouse as rabbi’s and priests started arriving. “When I saw all those clergy people I knew in my gut of guts and my heart of hearts that they were dead,” she recalls. “I knew there was absolutely no way they would dispatch this multi-denominational fan of clergy people

were it not the case that the news would be absolutely catastrophic.” Finally, an official announcement was made: 20 child fatalities. “That is when, for me, my whole world shifted on its axis. It was like you are sitting in a room, and everything, including you, is turned upside down and you are sitting on the ceiling instead of the floor. You have this surreal sense of void, like all the air has been sucked out of the room.” Other parents of Sandy Hook children: Ana MarquezGreene, Benjamin Wheeler, Daniel Barden, Dylan Hockley and Jesse Lewis have also talked openly about the tragedy remembering their lost loved ones and trying to help other parents come to terms with their grief.


Jimmy Greene has that it was an honor to have known his six year-old, Ana. Ben Wheeler’s mom, Francine, revealed that her other son, Nate, was hiding when he heard Ben and his classmates and educators get shot, said: “You can’t ever fill that hole in your heart. But what you can do is, you can cover your heart with all of this love to protect that sacred hole. You’ve got to make your heart bigger than the hole.”

Mark Barden said, of his late son, Daniel, “He was known as the kid that would talk to somebody sitting alone. He was genuinely an old soul.” Nicole Hockley said her son, Dylan, “Was always smiling, and always laughing. And he was very pure, possibly because of his age – he was six – and possibly because he was autistic.” Neil Heslin said his son, Jesse Lewis, “was my best friend and my buddy. He’d introduce himself as Jesse and daddy. He was my whole life.” If you are coping with the death of a loved one and need confidentialy, Samaritans in Spain have an English speaking helpline: +34 902 833 535




Party season is finally upon us. If you’re thinking of organising your own party this is your ‘How To’ guide with top tips on making it one that everyone will remember.

IT’S A NUMBERS GAME An ideal dinner party suits 8-12 people comfortably. Any more than 12 and you have seating dilemmas and people shouting over each other. Plus you’ll more than likely have to get in caterers. You can be more flexible with a cocktail party, as that can work well with anything from 20 to 80 people. This is probably the best and most plausible option as you can manage the planning, décor, canapés and music mostly on your own. Although below are some great tips and cheats for making it a party to be talked about. If you’re going with anything above 80 people: Hire in the big guns!! This could be too difficult to organise on your own and would be impossible without additional caterers, waiter staff and or bartenders. Marbella Rocks recommends Marbella Event Academy for bartenders and some fantastic party planners such as Fiesta Sol, Marbella Parties and EZ Entertainment on the Costa del Sol that can organise everything right through from deco, drinks, dinner and live entertainment. If you decide to throw a party without outside help, here’s how to do it from start to finish with ease.


DELECTABLE DÉCOR Simplicity is key to getting the décor right at a party. So try to stick to one colour theme and follow throughout. Try purple tree decorations, flowers, table runners and napkins blended with gold or silver, to make a tasteful yet Christmassy look. Simple Christmas bauble decorations hanging from the ceiling can give a great look with minimal effort.

FEATURES reused for a number of occasions. These can be found at any home depot store, such as Leroy Merlin. Clear, clear and clear again. Your house should look like your house but we all collect a lot of junk over the years, which you could do without showing off. Try hiding away any ornaments or possessions you normally have lying around, in the rooms you’re going to be entertaining in. Alternatively a Winter Wonderland theme of white is a great festive look – just be careful when serving red wine, as spills will certainly ruin your décor.

TOP TIPPLES Champagne is always a good option to serve as guests arrive to get people in the party spirit. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, one of the joys of living in Spain is the abundance of fantastic cavas, which taste delicious and can be spruced up with a raspberry garnish in each glass. Or for extra colour and a sweeter taste add a dash of Crème de Cassis to make a Kir Royale. Mulled wine is a great winter warmer to serve your guests as they come through the door. A delicious and easy recipe involves adding: 750ml red wine, 150g caster sugar, 1/2 cup orange juice, peel of one lemon, peel of one orange, 1 star anise,

Stick to one or two focal points in your house, such as the fireplace and Christmas tree. Then get soft lighting and uplighting on your focal points. Any more and you’ll look cluttered. Illuminate your front drive or pathway to your front door with garden torch candles. This is a simple yet classy touch that makes any home look inviting. Garden torch candles are also very inexpensive and can be


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FEATURES 1 cinnamon stick, 5 cloves, 1 tsp fresh nutmeg and a pinch of ginger. Boil in a large saucepan and serve in glass cups. (Serves 10 so multiply accordingly.) Create your own party cocktail depending on your colour theme then decorate with something appropriate. For example if you love a Cosmopolitan, make that your main drink and add candy canes to the glasses. If you prefer Mojitos, add caster sugar that’s been dyed with red food colouring to the rim, then decorate with a sprig of faux holly leaves and berries. The joy of cocktails is that many of them can be made up before guests arrive and laid out on a drinks table, so you can enjoy the party without rushing around.

Another great Christmassy drink to serve is a light and refreshing Winter Sun Cocktail. It contains clementine, lemon, and vodka with a citrus sugar rim and the herbal piney scent of a rosemary garnish – as this looks perfectly like a sprig of pine from a Christmas tree! Most official party planners recommend allocating four glasses of wine or equivalent to the average guest drinking and then throw in a few extra bottles. Personally I would double that quantity, there’s nothing worse than running out of drinks at a party and maybe its just Marbella, but my guests would drink four glasses of wine in the first hour.

CATERING You don’t have to be Delia Smith to throw a few bits together at home to make delicious party finger food. Aim for variety (meat, vegetarian, hot, cold, spicy, and


sweet). Estimate six canapes per person, but remember that it’s better to have too much food than not enough. Opt for shortcuts such as ready-roll puff pastry topped with goat’s cheese, sundried tomato paste and basil, they will taste far better than any ready-made or frozen canapés available from the supermarket. Other great and easy options are smoked salmon bilinis made with cream cheese and garnished with a sprig of dill, pigs in blankets - it is Christmas – and they taste even better with a sweet chilli dip. Mini mince pies dusted with icing sugar are also a great and inexpensive option.

THE WORLD’S SMALLEST CHRISTMAS DINNER These simple yet delicious bite-sized Christmas dinners will hopefully wow your guests in a big way. Ingredients: (Makes 20 canapés) 500 grams of potatoes 1 packet of apple and chestnut stuffing 6/8 slices of roast turkey 20 small sage leaves 20 individual semi-dried cranberries 400g of mini brussel sprouts 1 pack of braised red cabbage 1 packet of cocktail sticks Method: 1.Thickly slice the potatoes and then cut with a rounded cutter. Fry the cut out potato shapes in a little oil until golden. 2. Use the smallest circular cutter available and fill with stuffing to form a small disc - then dry fry in a pan until golden and crisp on the outside. 3. Drop the sage leaves into some hot oil and fry for 3-5 seconds - then leave on some kitchen towel to drain. 4. Cook the sprouts and red cabbage. 5. To assemble the canapés, first place the potato disc on the base of a tray, then the stuffing, top with some hot red cabbage, a small slice of turkey and a sage leaf then place a brussel sprout and some cranberry on a cocktail stick and secure all ingredients in place.

FEATURES FEATURES Another main tip is to always keep the canapés small, if they are more than a mouthful then accidents will happen as guests attempt to juggle drinks and food. And keep plenty of napkins nearby for greasy fingers and spillages. Also make sure you pre-prepare the food and bring it outdoors as soon as possible so that hungry guests don’t hang around while you’re stuck in the kitchen.

HIRING CATERERS This can save you a significant amount of time and effort. It can be relatively inexpensive per head depending on the level of catering required. This may sound expensive, but if you consider how much you actually spend on food, including all the little extras, and how much time you spend preparing and cleaning up, then it can be a great alternative.

Marie Antoinette Ball? That’s one way of really making your event stand out. And as we’re in Marbella you can’t beat a classic black and gold, red or white themed party, famed by the likes of Nikki Beach and Ocean Club!

This also means you get time to enjoy the party rather than rushing around, making sure that everyone is happy and full. A popular choice of food for a party in the winter months is spit-roast cooked meat with salads.


MAKING THE RIGHT NOISES Theme parties could be borderline tacky… but, hey, they can also inject some much needed fun and spirit into an evening! And generally, when people are in a fancy garb or disguise, they tend to relax and let their hair down more! If you’re thinking of doing a themed event make it one that’s easily accessible to all. It would probably not be a great idea to hold a workout-themed party when you know your elderly in-laws will be there. One theme that’s easy for everyone is horrible Xmas Jumpers. A 60s or 80s theme always gets people making an effort and can be the greatest fun. If you want to go big and glam, how about opting for a Masquerade or

The entertainment on the night can be one of the most talked about aspects of the whole event and is something that can really bring people together. Depending on the size of your party it’s always good to hire a DJ for ease and to really get the party rocking. That way you can have the lighting, decks (if necessary) and great sound system all brought in for you. For smaller scale parties, how about making an iTunes playlist with your favourite songs? Intersperse with Christmas songs to lighten the mood if you prefer a more dance-led playlist. For larger events you may well want to hire a singer or band. There’s an abundance of choice here on the Costa del Sol. Here’s our pick of the best acts on the coast.


FEATURES MOTOWN DRU Originally from Philadelphia, USA, Dru has been entertaining crowds in Europe, with his own unique and riveting solo tribute show to the world’s greatest soul singers.

Delivering astonishing performances of all your favourite Motown, Soul And R&B hits, Dru is the ideal choice to make your event a night to remember. Contact Dru on +34 634 815 556.

ECHOES OF THE 60s ‘Echoes of the 60s’ is the brainchild of Mark Connor and Ron Howells. The duo are world-class musicians in their

own right and part of the duo Mark ’n Ron, as well as the band TRIXXX. It was obvious from the beginning that the show needed a girl because the 1960s had such a phenomenal selection of female superstars, such as Dusty Springfield,

With over a decade of professional experience - which has seen him perform at top venues for both celebrity and corporate clients, he has finally placed his feet and his velvety smooth, soulful voice on Marbella soil. His new Marbella show pushes the standards of excellence to new heights and captures the very essence of classic Motown & Soul. Dru also performs in top nightspots in Marbella, such as Guey. Cilla Black and Diana Ross. After auditions, Michelle Daniels (a solo artist and part of the ‘Voulez Vous ABBA Tribute’ band) was chosen to join the show. With her past experience as a cruise director and choreographer, the group integrated dance routines and audience participation beautifully. The basic premise of ‘Echoes of the 60s’ was to create an interactive show. One way of achieving this was to put together a video wall, which would utilise footage from the decade, showing news footage, and old television adverts. Also by clever editing


FEATURES they lip-sync original footage of the artists with the live vocals of the performers in the show. So with a state of the art sound system, huge projector screen and the latest LED lighting rig… the show has so far debuted to rave reviews. It has now been performed all over the coast, including spots such as Legends, Regina’s, Val Paraiso, The Yacht Club and Tikitano. Contact Mark on +34 628 583 115.

FUNKY SUNDAY PROJECT The Funky SunDay Project is the name of the band around established bass player and sound engineer Burkhard Menn aka “Bee.” They have been playing up and down the coast in various line outs, from a three piece jazz & swing trio to an eight piece gala band for occasions like weddings, corporate events and of course in restaurants, bars and private parties. Originally this band was created from musicians who played together regularly in a jam session and then decided to form a band due to the great success and the huge amount of requests from the audience to play for other occasions. Together with Bee, who is a full service event provider organising corporate, regular and special events such as concerts, galas, jam-sessions and music-battles with his own sound and light equipment, booking the “Funky SunDay Project” will automatically lead to a great success for your venue or event. Contact Bee on +34 680 75 22 73.

HOMETIME Most cocktail or larger parties usually have a finishing time on the invite. On average, cocktail parties are three or four hours long, so don’t be afraid to write a wrap-up time of midnight on your invites. Some people actually prefer you being specific so they can book taxis and babysitters. Music – to wind down a party just turn the volume down 20 minutes prior to the finishing time and switch off at finishing time. Alternatively, if you don’t want the party to end – ignore these party planning rules and carry on! It’s your event. Just remember if you are thinking of doing this then pre-warn your neighbours you are having a party. Or better still invite them so they can’t complain about noise levels!


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As we say goodbye to the sunshine and the winter weather hits, there is one all-important question on everyone’s lips… Where should I spend New Year’s Eve?


s always Marbella doesn’t disappoint with a vast range of celebrations to ensure you start 2015 with a smile on your face and a glass of champagne in your hand. This month Marbella Rocks has decided to break down the best of the best to help you decide where to welcome in the New Year.

If you are looking for… An Asian influence and a party that lasts into the (very) early hours… Namazake and Suite Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella


Devour a Japanese infused menu with delights such as Carabinero Tartar with Riofrío Caviar and 24K Gold Flakes, Butterfish with Ponzu and Sesame and Robata of Kobe Beef and White Truffle accompanied by Pol Roger Champagne and the finest Red and White Wine. Then enjoy the first few hours of 2015 in the sumptuous surroundings of the African and Moroccan influenced nightclub, Suite.

FEATURES Endless elegance and class… Hotel Puente Romano Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella

a selection of notable wines and champagne. Live music will keep you entertained all night long and a spectacular firework display marks the beginning of 2015. Furthermore the kids will celebrate with their own special menu, children’s entertainment, karaoke and a few surprises to ensure it’s a night the whole family can enjoy! An evening by the beach… The Boardwalk Av. de la Fontanilla, 1 Paseo Maritimo, Marbella, 29660

For something truly spectacular Hotel Puente Romano’s Gala Dinner is sure to satisfy. Enjoy an exquisite menu featuring Black Ravioli of Norway Lobster with Saffron Emulsion and Veal Tenderloin with Roast Pumpkin Mousseline and Romanesco. Plus an open bar, the traditional twelve lucky grapes, the sounds of The Blues Brothers and all concluded with a live broadcast from the Puerta del Sol in Madrid at midnight. Why not make the most of the occasion and stay over in the beautiful Puente Romano Hotel, their overnight package includes accommodation in a Junior Suite, special welcome amenities and a buffet breakfast. One for all the family… Kempinski Hotel Ctra. de Cádiz, Km 159, 29680 Playa El Padrón-Estepona

This New Year’s Eve ‘The Voice of Holland’ star Ivanildo Kembel will be performing all your favourite songs by James Brown, Ray Charles, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and many more at The Boardwalk in Marbella. For €145 per person enjoy a six-course menu including Lobster and Prawn Pil Pil, Gin and Tonic Sorbet and Apricot and Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb plus unlimited house wine, beer, cava, house spirits and soft drinks finished with the all important bacon rolls at 1am! (Probably needed to soak up some of that alcohol!)

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FEATURES The finest cocktails in town… Freudenhaus Av José Banús, S/N. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, Local 6. Puerto Banus

Hidden away, yet just moments from Puerto Banus, Freudenhaus takes the art of mixology to another level. Choose from their stunning cocktail menu or they can create your very own speciality mix. If you are looking for somewhere a little unique to spend this New Year’s Eve, intimate yet cosmopolitan, look no further than Freudenhaus. A celebrity style celebration… La Sala Calle Belmonte, s/n, 29600 Nueva Andalucia

Famed for its celebrity visitors La Sala offers an impressive eight-course menu this New Year’s Eve including Chateaubriand, 24 Caret Champagne Sorbet and Gold Dusted Truffles for €175 per person. As well as the glitzy cuisine, expect an impressive portfolio of entertainment including singers, dancers and a saxophonist performing all the hits you love to hear! A great craic… Slainte CL Manolete CC Iberico 7, Slainte 29660, Marbella, Malaga MARBELLAROCKS || ISSUE ISSUE 02 06 52 MARBELLAROCKS

If you don’t fancy a black-tie affair or endless courses why not welcome in 2015 at Slainte. The beautiful Irish bar is open for dinner and drinks with live music and a DJ to ensure a night to remember. The full a la carte menu will be available all evening with endless healthy and hearty options to choose from, so whether you want to pop out for a light bite or devour a three-course feast Slainte is the place to be.

A live music showcase… The Beach House Urbanización Coto de los Dolores, Calle Carril del Relojero, s/n, 29604 Head to The Beach House this New Year’s Eve and enjoy a champagne and canapé reception followed by a delectable six-course meal and the finest live entertainment concluding with an all important firework display over the shore, all for just €135 per person.

The finest wine… D-Wine Centro Comercial y Deportivo Azalea, CN 340 km. 173

FEATURES Located between San Pedro and Puerto Banus, D-Wine is the place to be for any wine enthusiast this New Year’s Eve. Imagine access to the most extensive wine list in Spain plus three different live music acts ensuring a captivating showcase from 7pm until late.

A taste of Italy…. La Fiorentina El Pilar, (opposite Senator Banus Hotel) Local, 11, Estepona, 29688 La Fiorentina restaurant in Estepona is holding an exquisite New Year’s Eve dinner with a Tuscan inspired 7-course menu. Among the delights on offer, guests can tuck into Thyme Scented Bream Fillet with White Wine, Supreme Duck with Porcini and Grenada on a Sweet and Sour Orange Sauce and Nougat Semifreddo with Hot Chocolate Sauce. All the dishes and desserts are freshly produced on site. Live entertainment will be provided by Victor. Spaces are limited so early table reservations are highly recommended.

Dinner and dancing… Don Quijote Urbanización El Rosario, Nº 8, 29604, Marbella This hidden gem in El Rosario has shot to the top of the Trip Advisor radar, reaching number one during the summer thus making a top choice for locals and visitors alike. The exquisite meat is worth visiting for alone but the cosy ambiance, faultless customers service and beautiful décor make it an inevitable choice for New Year’s Eve.

An all-inclusive option with drinks included. C’est La Vie Avenida Las Palmeras 15, San Pedro de Alcantara, 29670 Restaurant & Lounge C’est La Vie is hosting an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve dinner with champagne and canapés on arrival, a 7-course menu and all drinks for €145 per person. Plus they’ve done this with IVA included so you can have a great night at an even greater price. Among the dishes on offer are Cod & Scallop Carpaccio, Burgul Wheat Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms, Parmesan and Rocket and Grilled Beef Steak with Foie Gras, Vegetable Skewers, Cassava Chips & Port and Red Berries Sauce. Want to take the kids? C’est La Vie is doing a special Mini-Me Menu for children under 10 for €55. Live music is provided by the charismatic Quincy Sax. ISSUE 02 06 | MARBELLAROCKS




iving on the Costa del Sol has its perks. Glorious weather, gorgeous beaches and the main attraction for a lot of residents and tourists alike…


But with over 60 golf courses to choose from, where do you play? Or even if you’re a member of a club and fancy trying somewhere different, how do you know if a golf club or golf course is going to be the right one for you? Marbella Rocks has taken a leaf out of BBC motoring show Top Gear’s book and replaced their infamous car reviewer, The Stig, with our own candid reviewer, The Secret Golfer. The joy of this being, we can review golf courses impartially, give you tips on service, how friendly, how reasonable, how good, if they have outdated club rules; all without offending anyone (well not too much) and the joy is no one knows who we are and when we’re going to come round to which golf course next. According to a recent survey 80% of golfing visitors will repeat the same course as well as trying others. With our reviews we’ll give you the inside knowledge on which golf course to pick. Plus there are 16 new courses


planned on the Costa del Sol with a further 19 in the Cadiz region. In addition, there is also a good selection of 9-hole golf courses.



THE PARTICULARS: The Almenara Golf Course is located in the stunning urbanisation of Sotogrande, set up in the ‘alto’ part of the resort. Players can enjoy magnificent views of the Mediterranean and mountains while they play golf. The Almenara consists of 27 holes, in which the designer and player, Dave Thomas, has created a challenge for the best golfers with undulating fairways and deep bunkers. Be warned, however, you must play an intelligent and accurate game on this course as it is littered with lots of water obstacles. The first part runs along the forested area of Sotogrande, the second flows through an open zone that features a spectacular lake, and the third part contains some impressive holes, which run alongside a series of large lakes.

FEATURES HANDICAP LIMIT: Men 28 Ladies 36 BEST POINTS: A beautiful and recently renovated clubhouse. The Almenara reopened its doors in April 2005 after a major refurb to improve its facilities. The club house is a multifaceted building in the middle of the estate, which houses the reception and concierge, a piano bar and fine dining restaurant on the top floor facing the seventh green. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere it’s worth visiting the VeinTeeOcho restaurant with its views of the golf course, the Mediterranean and the Sotogrande mountains. WORST POINTS: The water holes and there are plenty. Not the best course for beginners or those not used to hitting the ball long distances. FRIENDLY: Yes, the club staff and pro shop staff were extremely attentive and helpful. CLUB RULES:No sleeveless T-shirts, jeans, bathing suits or inappropriate footwear are allowed in the golf club facilities. Maximum time for completion of the 18 hole golf course is four and a half hours. Matches that delay play are obliged to allow succeeding matches to play through. PRICE: (FOR NON MEMBERS) 18 HOLES: €75 in high season or €55 for low season 9 HOLES: €45 in high season or €40 for low season GOLF LESSONS: Yes. The Golf Centre, located at the Almenara, has 3 PGA professionals available to help you improve your game. 1 person - 60€ per hour (IVA not included) 2 people - 90€ per hour (IVA not included) 3 people - 120€ per hour (IVA not included) 4 people - 150€ per hour (IVA not included) EXTRA INFORMATION: Players must hold the Spanish Federation Golf license, otherwise they will be charged €1.50 for a temporary golf license that includes insurance coverage for accidents and damages. CONTACT DETAILS: +34 902 181 836 OVERALL ROCKS RATING:



Bubba Watson scooped the HSBC Champions Shanghai title after holing an incredible 60-foot bunker shot on the 18th. The two-time Masters Champion looked on in disbelief as he eagled the hole and let out a cry and a shriek. Moments later he putted a 20-foot birdie on the 18th in a play-off to beat Tim Clark and take the title. The US golfer’s performance in Shanghai had been dwindling since hole 16 with a bogey after missing the green with a lob wedge and a double bogey on the 17th. So when he hit the bunker on the 18th (with a one-shot defecit behind 5 players) he admitted he thought it was all over. That’s when he turned to his Caddie and told him, “It’s been a miserable couple of holes here, but this will change everything if it goes in.” “You always joke about holing it and then it actually went in,” Watson continued. “I didn’t know how to react and so I just kind of screamed, and I lost my voice a little bit. It was one of those shots, a one-in-a-lifetime kind of shot. And so it was pretty neat.” The 10th HSBC Masters has been described by pundits at the most memorable to date. Here’s how the top 3 ended up on the scoreboard:

HSBC Shanghai Champions Scores Player: Score: 1. Bubba Watson


2. Tim Clark


T-3. Rickie Fowler


T-3. Hiroshi Iwata


T-3. Graeme McDowell





scar de la Renta championed the independent, modern womanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; reflected in the strength and femininity of his stunning fashion. He passed away on October 20th 2014, but his grace and sophistication, as a designer and a man, live on through the fashion industry he helped build and the women he loved to dress.





His obvious talent for illustration opened doors for him and he quickly landed an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga. There, he began working as an illustrator for the fashion house. In 1961 he settled in Paris and worked as the assistant to LanvinCastillo’s head designer, Antonio del Castillo, before moving to New York City in 1963 to design the couture and ready-to-wear collections for Elizabeth Arden. In 1965 he

established his own eponymous company in New York. One of Oscar de la Renta’s first dresses was commissioned in 1956 for Beatrice Lodge, the daughter of then U.S. ambassador to Spain, John Davis Lodge, to wear at her debutante ball in Madrid. This white, tulle, double-tiered gown made the front cover of LIFE magazine, resulting in a splashy debut for the young designer. De la Renta’s label quickly came to represent casual luxury to society women - many of them friends of his then-wife, Françoise de Langlade, editor of French Vogue - among whom he effortlessly circulated. He first gained attention for his gypsy- and Russian-inspired collections in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which suggested the cosmopolitan sophistication that would characterise his creative output over the following decades. These collections were always distinctly modern, yet they also possessed a romantic, feminine quality, reflecting his grounding in both American sportswear and European couture. Consistent elements of his vision include a vibrant colour palette, delicate silk prints, the use of ruffles and soft silhouettes. He is perhaps best known for his evening wear and suits for women, which over the years became wardrobe staples for his faithful clientele of socialites and for former First Ladies: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton.

His flattering and feminine pieces inspired women all around the world, and his attire was adored by several presidential first ladies.

Oscar de la Renta at the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Awards.

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orn on July 22, 1932, Oscar de la Renta was raised alongside six sisters in a middle-class household in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At the age of 18, he left the Caribbean island to study painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando, Madrid. While in Spain, he dreamed of becoming an abstract painter but instead became wooed by the world of fashion design.



FEATURES Women of means couldn’t get enough of his distinctly modern yet romantic looks, and for those who couldn’t afford his gowns, he offered a scent. His first perfume debuted in 1977. His label also produced menswear, accessories and fine china.

of her mother’s second husband, Charles W. Engelhard Junior. De la Renta had stepchildren from both marriages. His son-in-law Alex Bolen currently operates as Chief Executive Officer, and stepdaughter Eliza Bolen serves as Vice President of Licensing, at Oscar de la Renta.

Respected by his contemporaries, de la Renta served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1973 to 1976, and from 1986 to 1988.

the value of his brand as a whole, he added a less expensive line of clothing called ‘O Oscar’. He said he wanted to attract new customers who he’d not been able to reach before. The year 2006 saw the launch of the Oscar de la Renta Bridal collection. “My designs are known for their beautiful ornamentation, details, fabrics and embroideries - which are never more important than on a wedding dress,” he commented. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw famously wore one of his creations for her American Vogue photoshoot in the first ‘Sex and the City’ film.

De la Renta and wife Annette Engelhard

De la Renta and his son Moises in 2005

De la Renta suffered a great tragedy when his wife Francoise died in 1983 of bone cancer. Shortly after her death, he adopted a son he found in an orphanage in his native country. Besides his passion for haute couture, de la Renta has been a tireless patron of the arts. At one time or another, he has served on the boards of The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and Channel Thirteen/WNET. He also supports several cultural institutions, including New Yorkers for Children, the Americas Society and the Spanish Institute. In 1989, the designer married Annette Engelhard, daughter of Franz Mannheimer and his wife Jane née Reiss, and adoptive daughter


De la Renta was regarded as an unofficial ambassador of the Dominican Republic, his home country, and held a diplomatic passport. He had homes there in Casa de Campo and Punta Cana, in addition to his residence in Kent, Connecticut. Well known for his charitable nature, his commitment to helping the inhabitants of his birthplace can be seen in the foundations of La Casa del Niño, the orphanage and school that he built for the children of La Romana. Caring for 1,200 children on a daily basis, it provides schooling and day-care for newborns and children so their mothers can work. In 2002, de la Renta added his name to a whole new business venture: furniture. His 100 pieces for Century Furniture featured dining tables, upholstered chairs and couches. In 2004, despite the risk of lessening

Oscar de la Renta most recently designed Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress for her huge wedding to George Clooney in Italy. Amal dished to Vogue: “He is the man every woman wants to hug! George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress. Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.” On October 14 2014, the designer appointed Peter Copping as his successor at his eponymous label.


“My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can ensure the right design future for our company and brand,” he told WWD. A week later De la Renta died of complications from cancer, at his home in Kent, Connecticut, at the age of 82. He is quoted as saying: “The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.” Oscar de la Renta was a true

Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan discuss the red Oscar de la Renta dress Mrs. Reagan wore to a presidential dinner in 1998.

visionary. Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman spoke of the designer’s enduring talent and legacy. “Of all the designers in the world, Oscar de la Renta was the most reliable at designing clothes that made you feel beautiful,” Shulman said: “He stuck to his conviction about how women should look - elegant, joyful, feminine - no matter how fashion changed, his designs never felt old or hackneyed. If you wore one of Oscar’s dresses you felt you looked your best, which is one of the reasons that he was so often a first choice for ball gowns, weddings and public appearances throughout the world.”

Oprah Winfrey in Oscar de la Renta at the MET Ball 2010.

Designer Oscar de la Renta takes a bow after showing his Spring 2015 collection in September, his last show before his death.

Amy Adams was nominated in the supporting actress category for her role in ‘The Master’. She wore an Oscar De la Renta dress.

De la Renta receiving the CFDA Founder’s Award, presented by Hillary Clinton, in 2013.







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I’ve recently received some Christmas party invites, with dress codes that state: “Dress to impress”, “Bling”, “Lounge-Suit” and “Silver Bells”. Decoding a dress code can be trickier than deciphering ‘The Da Vinci Code’. The first step is to assess the dress code and look at the venue of the event, to ensure you chose an appropriate outfit. These days there are so many dress codes: festive, smart casual, lounge suit, after five or cocktail. It can get pretty confusing, so here is a guide to help you decode the dress code this festive season.

BLACK TIE OR FORMAL Gown or no gown: Do I have an option? Apart from white-tie affairs which aren’t common - black tie is the most formal dress code you’ll probably face when to comes to weddings or galas. For women, it’s customary to wear floorlength gowns, but in this day and age, exceptions can be made. If you don’t own a gown and don’t particularly want to buy one for a one-off occasion, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a cocktail dress you already have. However, if you do go down this route, just make sure to keep the colours rich (black, jewel tones, chic metallics, brown) so as not to look too casual. Alternatively, women can wear a floor-length gown in a lighter shade, since the silhouette is inherently dressy. Another acceptable option for black-tie affairs: Chic separates, such as a silk blouse with a full satin skirt.


If you receive an invite with the term “black tie optional” know that it mostly applies to men who may or may not own or want to wear a tuxedo. For women, it means you have the option of wearing a full-length gown or opting for a cocktail dress, so long as the hemline isn’t too short or the style isn’t too revealing. Essentially, ladies should choose a dress that’ll hold up alongside a room full of men in formal tuxedos, and women who potentially have chosen to wear gowns.

SMART CASUAL This is probably the most popular dress code for parties. Jeans are a safe option; they can be teamed up with a nice top or blouse. Skirts or pants teamed with a top or a little summer dress are also great options. If you feel a bit casual, then dress up your look with a statement jewellery piece such as a necklace or earrings. Always try to wear closed footwear, i.e no thongs or strappy sandals. The main reason being if the party is at a bar or club, they may not let you in and they often have policies about wearing closed footwear. If you’re usually in charge of dressing your partner, keep in mind many venues these days require that guys wear a collar.

LOUNGE SUIT Just a notch dressier than ‘Cocktail’, again ladies should opt for elegant dresses or maybe a tailored black two-piece suit with a dressy blouse. I’ve also seen ladies pull off elegant 1950’s inspired duster coats over a skirt or pants. Men should wear a suit, shirt and tie. Suits in lighter colours are acceptable and ties can be any colour. If in doubt get him to bring a jacket and tie, assess the situation when you get there as he can always dress down but you can’t dress up.

CHRISTMAS OR FESTIVE Themed dress codes such as “Festive,” “Christmas” or “Bling” – The trick is to wear something that has a hint of Christmas or feels festive. For example choose a metallic colour such as silver or gold which are really popular right now, or work with the Christmas colours such as red or green. Sequins and embellishments are great for Christmas, as they add a bit of festive bling. These days variety shops like Go-Lo and Hot Dollar have loads of affordable options to pick from. My top tip: When in doubt – wear a LDB (little black dress), a cute pair of heels and wear a little bit of gold or silver bling to go with the festive season.

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BLACK TIE The chance to truly dress up doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come along too often - why not go all out? Treat yourself to a brilliantly hued gown that compliments you complexion and figure. If you prefer a shorter dress silhouette (or if the party is in the early evening) opt for a classic or jewel-tone dress with lustrous accents.

COCKTAIL Sometimes called semi-formal or black tie optional, cocktail attire is elegant but formal. Seek out shorter dresses in luxe fabrics, like charmeuse, chiffon and satin. If you favour separates, style a skirt with a silky blouse and some sexy pumps.




SMART CASUAL Keep the emphasis on dressy when you are attending this type of party – jeans are not an option. Instead, think work wear with touch of whimsy: tailored trousers with an embellished top or your favourite dress plus a glam clutch. 1: Phillip Lim Belted Top at 2: Scott Jewellery at 3: Burberry silk pencil skirt at 4: Christian Louboutin Clutch Bagat 5: Casedi ‘Klio’ pumps at 6: Le Vian Fire Opal Ring at 7: Caban Romantic evening coat at 8: Emilio Pucci dress at 9: Aldo bag at 10: Mui Mui heels at 11: Solange Azagury ring at 12: Altuzarra velvet trousers at 13: Aurélie Bidermann earrings at 14: Altuzarra velvet blaze at 15: Emilio Pucci blouse at 16: Forever New clutch bag at 17: Altuzarra pumps at 18: Melinda Maria bracelets at 19: Marni rings at



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arbella Rocks editor’s personal favourite

Barefoot Blonde

Amber Fillerup portrays the perfect style mix of being sexy yet smart in her world-

renowned fashion, beauty and hair blog. She even shows us ladies which lipstick and which hairstyles work with which outfits. I didn’t know that mattered, I hear you say? See below for some excellent pairings. Her daily postings and style statements are well worth checking out for inspiration. She effortlessly mixes couture skirts with tight fitting shirts and knee length boots with pleather shorts, and totally gets away with it… Amber clearly has style and substance. This girl is going to get bigger and bigger. Watch this space. If you like some of her hairstyles here she also offers guided hair tutorials on her blog that can show you how to recreate her looks.

Statement pieces: Couture skirts Good if your style is: Edgy Rocks RATING:




Extreme Diva Gail Berry dress €630



Pretty Woman dress €99.90 Jacket €59,90 Leather bag €69,90 Cango & Rinaldi leather cuff with Swarovski elements €289.90




La Sheep boots €249.99 Coat €99.99



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Winter Hair  Colour “The key to transforming your colour is to  do it in now in winter when darker hues of  blonde, brown and red are in.”

Winter is officially here and if you are thinking of transforming your hair colour – now is the time to do it. Honey blonde, apricot, copper, auburn or fiery red– all of these colours are perfect for the colder winter weather as the harsh effects of the summer sun can fade these looks. So Marbella bottle blondes…. are you thinking of going for a change that will help get your hair back in tip-top condition? Or are you a brunette or redhead that needs a transformation? Now’s the time to take the plunge.



oney blonde is the perfect middle ground between blonde and brown and works well for winter if you want to tone down brassy, overly bleached blonde locks. From the lustrous hair of Giselle Bundchen to the iconic colour hues of Jennifer Aniston, this colour is staging a winter comeback.




he warm strands of apricot paired with lighter shades of blonde and light brown will be one of the most coveted looks of 2015. Apricot hair colour can give you a whole new take on pastels by using the lightest copper gold hair dye. This look can be deepened by pairing darker shades of amber with pieces of gold subtly highlighted in.









armer hair colour trends are taking over in 2015. If the darker reds aren’t an option, why not opt for a full on copper colour. Rachel McAdams’ copper penny strands certainly grab attention and help bring added warmth to their cool pale skin tones.

ou’ll need to turn to the still popular ‘ombre’ or ‘balayage’ technique for this one. One of the most coveted hair trends for brunettes in 2015 is rich chocolate brown, paired with caramel or butterscotch highlights. The rich warm hues of chocolate brown paired with the creamy golden tones of caramel and butterscotch give this look dimension and shine.

he brownish red strands of the auburn family will be another 2015 hair trend to look out for. The key to creating a fully dimension red like this is having different slices and highlights throughout the hair.

his hair colour is characterised by its deep and dimensional red and violet tones. Think of it as pillar-box red and much less ginger than your standard red dyes. The secret to red hair color that doesn’t fade is hair health. Keeping the hair’s protein, moisture, and pH levels balanced is optimal for long lasting red hair color.




Make-up Artist & Hairstylist Nicholie Rehnlund has built up an international reputation as a beauty industry professional with assignments in TV, fashion, commercials, print, music, and entertainment. nicholie Currently works and resides in Puerto Banus as the Makeup principal tutor at Marbella Event Academy second year in a row alongside freelancing. Credits include: Burberry, Walking Dead, Men in Trees actor Julie McNiven, London Fashion Week, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Nicki Minaj ‘Turn me on’ music video, etc. ‘As a stylist I pride myself with a great creative imagination and a strong visual sense with an eye for details. I love being able to inspire and encourage people, to share my passion and practical knowledge on beauty, fashion and wellness.’



The young actress has quickly won her way into many a

fashionista’s heart. I’ve been obsessed with Jenn’s style and beauty ever since she hit the Hollywood scene, and always want to steal her look. I’ve rounded up a few tricks of mine on how to recreate one of her fab looks at home. Begin this look by using a product like Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator to refine your pores and curb excess oil. It will keep your skin looking matte but not dry, and is oil-free. Keep the make-up pretty simple, but you want to have a place to look, a focal point; If you’re doing a dark, dramatic eye, you tend to not do such a bold lip. Ordinarily if you’re doing a bold lip you’re doing a natural eye and vice versa. In this case I’m focusing on a smouldering brown smoky eye. I sometimes work backwards when I’m doing smoky eyes. Start with the application of the eye make-up before the base. This prevents shadow “drop-down” that would have caused damage to your foundation base if you had done the other way around – base and then eyes. It saves you plenty of time. Smashbox Full Exposure Palette is a great eyeshadow palette that is the perfect solution to get eyes like Jennifers without having to buy multiple products. But first, create a base to make the eye make-up last by covering the lid with a layer of cream base, we like Too Faced Shadow Insurance, followed by a layer of the silvery shadow from the palette over the entire lid, in an almond shape but with soft blended edges. Sweep the shadow under the lower lash line as well, concentrating most of the colour in the outer corners.


HAIR & BEAUTY Use one of the matte dark brown shades to contour the eye crease, and press a bit of the burnished gold shimmers over the centre of the lid for extra glam. Mix a bunch of shadows from the same palette – grey, taupe, teal – and keep layering them until it looks the right colour and consistency. Then add a little iridescent cream on your lower lash line and in the middle of your upper lids. Use a black liner such as YSL Shocking False Last Effect Eyeliner to draw a heavy line as close to the base of the upper lash line as possible, and to draw a very thin line across the entire lower lash line. Using a small blending brush (I love MAC’s small shader brush #231), smudge the bottom liner into the lashes so it makes them pop at the base but is not harsh. Coat lashes with a healthy dose of Diorshow Mascara. Now to the base: We want to aim for the clean and glowy look of the skin she obtains. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is perfect for a light beauty-clean coverage.

It gives the minimal make-up appearance and also creates a perfect dewiness. Jennifer has a really beautiful apple of her cheek and these killer cheekbones. So exaggerate the cheekbone by using M.A.C Sculpting Powder to accentuate and sculpt out those areas. Then soften that out. Then apply one of the Make Up For Ever Liquid Cheek Colours to the apples of the cheeks. Then put a soft peachy-pink blush like NAR’S Blush Orgasm, possibly like a frost on top – it gives such a nice glow to it and it really accentuates the cheekbones and makes them pop. Use your fingers to apply a cream product, it helps it warm up and sink in so it looks like the colour is coming from underneath the skin. Finish of the look with the lips. Use a gloss with a faint pink tint and shimmer to keep the lip low key but still feminine and alluring. M.A.C. Tinted Lipglass in C-Thru will do the trick. You’ll get a wash of colour that lasts.

WHATS TRENDING: AIRBRUSHING A big aspect of the beauty industry today is airbrushing. High Definition has revolutionised the quality of media. The ability to create a flawless make-up application is fundamental for make-up artists working within the fields of HD, TV, Film, Print, Fashion, Bridal. Top level media companies now require make-up artists to have the skill of using an airbrush and specialised airbrushing techniques to create that flawless look high definition television and film demands.

Marbella Event Academy offers Airbrushing Courses the first step in learning the art of airbrushing make-up. Are you a make-up artist intending to work within film, TV, theatre and fashion? – whether you are a beginner looking to make your mark as a make-up artist, or an established professional looking to extend your skill set or wishing to fine tune your airbrush skills. Our hands-on, intensive course introduces professional airbrush make-up techniques and gives you a comprehensive overview of this art. You will learn step-by-step how to professionally apply airbrush make-up. Developing your understanding of airbrushing as a make-up tool and giving you hands-on experience with the equipment and products involved, our training course will teach you all you need to know. PLACES ON THE COURSE ARE LIMITED. Enquire today for more information or to book your place on a course.

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Director of Advanced Beauty Clinic Medical aesthetic specialist Dr Helena  Benson is now based in Puerto Banus. With over 20 years experience in facial  rejuvenation,  she  offers  a  wide  range  of injectable treatments such as Botox,  Dermal  Fillers,  Mesotherapy  and  Per­ manent Make­Up.  For  many  years  she  was  working  in  Harley  Street.  From  the  end  of  the  1990â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  she  opened  her  advanced  beauty  clinic  in  North  London  which  was  nominated  for  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Customer  Ex­ cellence Awardâ&#x20AC;? in 2007.


Since 2005  Dr.  Helena  Benson  has  been  regularly  coming  to  Southern  Spain  and  has  been  working  at  many  reputable  English  beauty  salons.  She  was also a regular guest at the Spec­ trum  FM  radio  station  talking  about  aesthetic  medicine.  In  England,  Helena Helena  has  been  participating  in  beauty  shows  in  different  cities  and  has been attending the Ideal Home Ex­ hibition  at  Earls  Court  for  the  last  20  years  doing  injectable  treatments  and  permanent make up at the show.  Last March Helena was also filmed for  Sky 203 TV programme demonstrating  semi­permanent  make  up  and  talking  about  her  London  School  of  Perma­ nent  Make  Up  that  she  established  in  2004. 




Know Your

CARBS IN MARBS Peet Rothwell has lived on the coast for 7 years and is a professional singer by night. His passion is fitness and wellness and along with coaching and personal training, Peet is also training to compete in Men’s Physique Bodybuilding.

I spend a lot of time answering questions about nutrition, in fact, once you get me started I can talk about this all day! One common topic that’s been put to me lately in Marbs, deals with eating carbs. Most people I chat to about diets tell me that they are trying their best to cut out all carbohydrates from their diets. This carb-free idea is something that is largely promoted by recent fad diets, however, I believe it’s certainly not a good way to eat.


his month I’m going to try and explain a few things to help you understand how carbohydrates work, why they are essential to our daily functioning, which ones are best and when not to have them.

What is a Carb?


Carbohydrates are organic compounds that contain sugar. When we consume carbs the digestive system breaks them down into glucose (blood sugar). Glucose is our energy and is used to fuel our muscles in order to perform typical tasks such as walking or lifting a coffee cup. The glucose produced by carbs can be used by the body immediately, or stored for later use in our muscles, or as fat.

Good vs Bad Carbs

So we’ve established that carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and essential for giving us energy, but there’s much discussion about good and bad carbohydrates. How do you know which is which? The answer is both simple and complex. Put simply a bad carb (simple) digests too quickly for the body to deal with and our amazingly efficient digestion system won’t waste the excess energy, instead it wants to store it for later as fat. A good carb (complex) will typically digest very slowly, giving the body more time to process and use all of the energy on offer. This reduces the production of insulin (the hormone responsible for transporting blood sugar) and in turn reduces fat storage.

HEALTH & FITNESS Recent studies suggest that certain simple carbohydrates can cause such a quick rush of insulin that they actually increase appetite and the risk of excess fat storage. Complex carbohydrates break down slower and burn as energy longer. They are in general less fattening.

Peet’s Tip

Consuming and timing good carbohydrates in our diet helps to regulate our metabolism (the way in which we can digest carbs into energy). This is why we benefit from the ‘small but often’ technique. Eating small meals consisting of good (complex) carbs and proteins every three or four hours in conjuction with an active routine helps us keep fat stores low.

What and When?

Now that we understand a little more about how carbs work and how important they are, we can now decide what are our best sources and when is best to consume them. My favourite sources of complex carbs are: Oats/Muesli Sweet Potato Quinoa Brown Rice Wholewheat Bread Wholewheat Pasta

glucose energy in our muscles to perform with extra intensity and a high protein meal after training helps to fuel our recovery. Adding carbohydrates to our posttraining meal will help transport proteins and essential amino acids into our muscles for the recovery process and muscle stored carbs can give us a fuller muscle appearance. As a rule I try to stick to the above triple optimum approach and generally eat zero carbs after my posttraining meal. Sometimes my evening intake will consist of only vegetable carb sources and bananas. I also like to keep my carb intake as low as possible on non-training days or when I’m less active.

Peet’s Tip

Fibre, unlike simple and complex carbs, cannot be broken down and turned into energy. It is an ‘undigestable’ food, so basically just hangs around filling space. Consuming fibre will keep you full for longer, thus reducing the urge to snack between meals.

Bottom Line

In general, your body needs between 45-65% of your calories to come from carbohydrates. If you are trying to lose weight, you can use the lower amount (45%) and make sure to incorporate only complex carbohydrates in your diet. In addition, a diet high in complex carbs will keep you feeling fuller longer, helping you limit your portions, which may lead to weight loss. As always, moderation is the key to success. Incorporating a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fat and protein and routine physical activity will help you achieve your nutrition goals.


Fuel up with this simple pre-workout smoothie.

Our metabolism is fastest in the morning and straight after training. These are two of the three optimum times to ingest our daily carbohydrates. The third is around 45 minutes before training or physical exercise. A good carb/protein rich meal pre-training will give us the extra

• 1 cup of almond milk or water • 3 ice cubes • 1 scoop whey protein isolate powder (25 grams for women, 35 grams for men) • ½-1 cup fruit (your choice – stick with dark berries for your pre-workout, any fruit post-workout.) • 1 tsp glutamine powder for women, 2 tsp for men • 1 tsp BCAA powder for women, 2 tsp for men • Blend together in a blender, or shake ingredients in a shaker cup and eat the fruit on the side.




This month I got to train with ‘Men’s Physique’ competitor, Tito Casas. As of the first of November, Tito will have competed in four competitions in five weeks; staying in such top form for so long is an incredible achievement. Tito put me through my paces with a precompetition back and tricep routine, which I can highly recommend:

Front Lat Pull Down – Hammer Grip (palms facing each other) Set 1 no rest 1 x 12 70kg 1 x 10 75kg 1 x 8 80kg

set 2 no rest 1 x 12 75kg 1 x 10 80kg 1 x 8 80kg

Rear Lat Pull Down

4 x 15 45kg every 5th rep hold for 5 seconds

Alternative Row Machine 1 x 10 25kg 1 x 8 35kg 1 x 8 40kg

Tricep Superset 1 Rope pull down 3 x 12


Bent over Tri Extension 3 x 12


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Surviving Christmas… With the Right Exercise

The 12 Minutes for 12 Days Christmas By JoJo Ruby Challenge France


thought this month’s workout should be practical as well as festive, since we’re at the beginning of the merry season. Ironically, this is certainly one time of year when we all want to look great, yet it is also that time when we will over-indulge… making that special party outfit feel so much tighter. The latest information states the average person will gain 7lbs over the festive period, so doing something physical every day will help keep the extra weight in check. I’ve also spoken to registered Nutritionist Claudia Norris to get her advice on how to lessen the fat gain while still enjoying dining during the festive time. So are you up the ‘12 Minutes for 12 Days Christmas Challenge!’

THE CHALLENGE: Choose any exercise or combination thereof from the list below and perform them for 12 minutes over 12 days. Any form of exercise will be a welcome break from all that eating and drinking and it’ll be even better if it’s done outside in the crisp, fresh air. Why not involve your family or even your visitors? Aim to get everyone moving for a simple 12 minutes every day. Not that hard!

The Exercises: RUN AND WALK Walk fast for one minute, then run for one minute, alternating for a total of 12 minutes. To work yourself harder, make runs as fast as you can. If you are used to running then add in hill sprints every one minute. This can be a pretty tough challenge at whatever level of fitness you are at.

SKIPPING AND PRESS-UPS Skip any style for 30 seconds – remember that if you can do them, double-unders burn off far more fat and are much more challenging. Then do as many press-ups as you can in 30 seconds, repeat for a total of 12 minutes.

DANCING Pop on a new CD and dance like no one is watching, this is great fun and burns masses of calories. Have a dance-off with the kids? Make it silly and fun… the minutes will just race away!

STEP-UPS Find some stairs, make sure they are secure with no loose steps, then walk up and down them for 12 minutes. Ouch! This will burn. To make this harder you can run them. If you are feeling the need for open space, take the family to ‘The Med Steps’ in Gibraltar for an awesome challenge with amazing views at the top.

DODGE BALL This is certainly one for all the family. You will need some space and a soft ball. The game involves one


person being ‘on’ and the others running from them. The aim is for the person that’s ‘on’ to throw the ball at someone else and get them to be ‘on’ instead. Keep changing the ‘on’ person. It’s easy to spend 12 minutes running around, both kids and the grown-ups will love it.

BURPEES Do as many burpees as you can in 30 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds. Go again for a total of 12 minutes. This is my favourite exercise as it will burn off fat, make you sweat and challenge your cardiovascular system big time.

SQUATS The old favourite, excellent for all those leg muscles. For a harder, more intense option try jumping your squats. Repeat for 45 seconds and then rest for 15 seconds before starting the next set. At the end of each round of 4 exercises take a 1 min breather, and repeat for 12 minutes if you can.

LUNGES Remember to work both your legs! Continue for 45 seconds and then rest for 15 seconds before starting again. At the end of each round of 4 exercises take a 1 minute breather, and repeat for 12 minutes. Remember to warm up and stretch after each work out, consult with your GP before starting any new exercise programme. For more pictures and descriptions of the above exercises please go to the Jojo’s fitness page on Facebook.


Advice For any answers to fitnessrelated questions please contact me: 687 030 047 or

INSET: Everyone makes a New Year’s Resolution… and after giving up smoking, the next most popular promise is to exercise lose weight and get fitter. You can be part of the ‘30 Day January Burpee Challenge’ – it’s a great way to work off those Christmas calories! It’s something for those serious about their fitness, because this one will not tickle!

This is How it Goes: I am offering you a free online fitness challenge. From January the second until February the first, I will be posting a daily workout online, all based around that wonder exercise: the burpee. You can choose between the beginner burpee, the intermediate burpee and the nastiest of all… the ‘bitch’ burpee. You will be given videos to watch, a structure to follow and an online community to share your tips with. Please sign up on my Facebook page: Jojo’s Fitness from December 1st 2014.

Surviving Christmas… With the Right Nutrition

CLAUDIA NORRIS Here are some top nutritional tips to help you out when it comes to the festive season. 1. Top up before you go out Eat something light and healthy such as a poached egg on toast before you head out the door. Drinking on an empty stomach will make your hangover much worse. Snacking light beforehand will take also the edge off your hunger and may help stop you from overeating. Eggs are a good source of cysteine, an amino acid that breaks down alcohol toxins, while the bread lines your stomach.

so that you don’t resent the situation and you will be far more likely to last the distance and stay in control. For advice and consultations, contact Claudia Norris, Registered Practitioner with the Nutritional Therapy Council (UK) NTC on 00350 540 14115 or at

2. Beware of the alcohol factor! Remember, alcohol is second to fat for high calories. Most alcoholic drinks are very high in sugar too. Just think of alcohol as liquid fat and the message will stick. Alcohol stimulates your appetite and lowers your resolve. Try some strategies to slow down the rate you’re drinking. Good tricks include: alternating your alcoholic drinks with soft ones, drinking spritzers or starting off with a booze-free mocktail. 3. Hangover Blues… Hungover? Try sipping on a ‘morning after’ detox juice. Upping your fluid intake will help with the alcohol elimination process. For a detoxifying super juice try mixing apple, carrot and grated ginger; this will encourage your body to flush out toxins naturally.

4. Portion Control Enjoy your food but don’t overdo the serving sizes. Be aware of what you are eating and how much you are eating. Maintaining a level of awareness will help you keep your food intake in check. 5. Don’t deny yourself… Allow some indulgences, relax a little and have some treats. Factor them in



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he Super Tuscan movement began in the late 1960s when a few forward thinking wine makers in the Chianti region broke with

tradition to create wines that included unauthorised grape varieties. With Super Tuscans, they really did break the mould. These wines are amongst the most enthralling and diversified wines in Italy and gave Italian wines a competitive foreign market edge.


ver forty years ago, Marchese Piero Antinori decided it was time to throw the book at the DOC. His family had been

making wine for 800 years, but it wasn’t until 1900 that they bought the vineyards in the famous Chianti Classico region.

They now fetch prices far and above their competitors, and are a ‘must’ taste!

They set about a programme of modernisation and experimentation. They used Bordeaux grapes and scandalised the Chianti authorities! In 1971, they in-


troduced one of my favourite wines of all time- Tignanello, which contained Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 85% being from the local Sangiovese grape, and it was aged in French oak barrels. Though it was given a Vino da Tavola (table wine) designation by the DOC, it was not priced accordingly! What Antinori had accomplished was truly revolution-

Strict regulations surround the % blends and grape va-

ary. Tignanello opened the floodgates to internation-

riety inclusion of wines within the premier categories

al grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet

of Old World Wine.

Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah and others that were not eligible for Tuscany’s various appellations.

Super Tuscan makers did not conform to the strict regulations of the time by using unauthorised grape vari-

Antinori’s uncle, Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta, had

eties and non-traditional oak barrels for aging.

already been making a small production of the Bordeaux-inspired Sassicaia since 1968 in Bolgheri, and

The resulting wines attracted international attention

together these two wines sparked a wine renaissance

and are considered to be some of the finest wines pro-

worthy of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci’s

duced in Italy.

birthplace.Fast-forward to the 1980s and super


Tuscans were f lourishing with many producers

EAT, SLEEP & DRINK following suit - the rebels had gone mainstream!


These days, an increasing amount of Tuscan producers are reverting back to the promotion of their wines with paternity. This is due to the pro-


ntense ruby red in colour, the aromas of the wine are characterized by a powerful varietal expressiveness, with ample notes of red fruit, raspberries, and liquorice.

ducers facing a more evolved global marketplace and a more sophisticated wine consumer. There is a growing feeling among them that Tuscany has moved beyond the need for a generic vehicle like the Super Tuscan. Indeed, many of these icon wines have obtained such star power that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve effectively gone beyond super Tuscan status. Their identities are so strong that where they come from is no longer that important. Whether Italy has moved beyond super Tuscans, one thing remains clear: Of the many prizes these wines have awarded Tuscany, none is more powerful than the opportunity for a new beginning. Try something new â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Salut!

On the palate, the wine shows firm tannins with much polish and finesse as well, along with a balancing, tonic acidity and savory mineral notes which add length and persistence to the finish and aftertaste.




Hidden Gems  Villa Tiberio


When you walk into Villa Tiberio you are entering paradise. The restaurant is on the busy Golden Mile but you feel as though you are in a picturesque Italian villa in the Naples countryside with its stunning landscaping, beautiful scenery and bountiful statues in the garden. It can safely be said you won’t have a more unique and special dining experience than here. The restaurant’s owner is charismatic Sandro Morelli, a rare Marbella treasure. Morelli has come from the most humble beginnings, having been brought up during the war in Naples, Italy, he left school at the age if 11 to support his family. At 18 he left Italy to pursue a better life for himself and his family. In a pure rags to riches tale (Morelli once slept in cardboard boxes in a bridge in London) he started working as a waiter and worked his way up to manager before forming one of the most successful London nightspots of his time, ‘Barbarella’s’. He describes this time as “the most incredible experience of my life.” ‘Barbarella’s’ on the Fulham Road in Chelsea was the ultimate venue on the London social scene. As well as a famed restaurant, it was doubled as a nightclub and stayed open until 4am every night. It attracted top clientele including Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Princess Diana and Max Bygrave.


After successfully running ‘Barbarella’s’ for over 20 years, Morelli decided upon a change of scenery and one of the places he’d always loved was Marbella. So in 1989 he opened the now famous ‘Villa Tiberio’. The restaurant has been synonymous with elegance and class for the past 25 years. In addition, it’s always been known for its high standards and faultless service, where Morelli looks after clients as if they are guests in his own home. Notwithstanding the extensive menu, a note at the bottom asks clients to ask for their favourite dish. Sandro points out that you can never offer a typical menu for Marbella as it is so cosmopolitan. “What we are trying to do is offer the best that Spain produces, which our chefs incorporate into the Italian and international recipes,” he explains.

EAT, SLEEP & DRINK Some of the delights include ‘capesanti e gamberoni alla thermidor’ (scallops and jumbo prawns served in a cream and brandy sauce); ‘porchetta alla Villa Tiberio’ (crispy roast suckling pig); ‘anitra al’orange’ (duck baked with orange and curaçao liqueur) plus baby lamb braised in Barola wine. As you would expect from a restaurant of this calibre, all the food is fresh and the pasta is all homemade. Our reviewers went for the spinach and ricotta ravioli and pasta with lobster and fresh cherry tomato sauce. The dishes were amazing, served to perfection and packed with flavour. The white wine choice recommended by the attentive maitre d’ Claudio was the perfect meal accompaniment. ‘Villa Tiberio’’s wine list, comprising some 3,000 bottles of top quality Spanish, French and Italian wines, is as fascinating as the menu and lists a 1938 Chateau Margaux, Petrus, Romanée Villa Tiberio Restaurant - MarbellaConti Grand Cru 1973, Vega Sicilia, Sassicaia, Tignanello Antinori and an 1894 bottle of Chateau Haut Brion, which Morelli purchased at auction from Christie’s. “You would be crazy to open it,” he laughs. In another string to Morelli’s bow: ‘The Apprentice’ star Karren Brady, has said Villa Tiberio is her favourite restaurant abroad. Speaking to The Telegraph, The former Birmingham City managing director, said, “It is all outdoors; there is nothing worse than going somewhere sunny and having to sit inside. The gardens are spectacular, and if you like Italian food, it is the best you will ever have. Sandro Morelli, ‘Villa Tiberio’’s owner, is utterly charming, and although it’s glamorous, it’s not stuffy. You could go in shorts and T-shirt or a ball gown and feel fine, which is what I like – there are no rules.” ‘Villa Tiberio’ is open every night, apart from Sunday in Winter, from 7:30pm and is located on the Carretera N-340 km 178.5 (next to the Marbella Club) on the Golden Mile. To make a reservation call: +34 952 771 799 or e-mail:


Bishop’s Move Celebrates 160 Years in the Moving Industry


hether you are moving house, relocating employees or moving your company around the world - it is all in a day’s work for Bishop’s Move.

Established in 1854 by Joseph James Bishop, a labourer from Norfolk who came to London to seek his fortune. Bishop’s Move has grown from modest beginnings as a simple haulier business to the UK’s largest family-owned removals and storage company. With over 20 branches in the UK and Europe, Bishop’s Move operates both locally and globally, handling all aspects of moving house, corporate relocation, international shipping and secure storage. Originally operating with horse and cart, Bishop’s !"#$%&'#$%($)$*+,-%.*#$/+$0%"#$(%1234%5.,,."*%.*%'%5"0$(*%6$$+%"7%#$&.),$/%8%/+.,,%.*%+&$%0./+.*)+.#$%-$,,"9% colours. For the last 10 years, Bishop’s Move have had dedicated depots in both Spain and Gibraltar, the latter being the only UK removals company on The Rock. These branches were initially created to cope with ex-pat UK to Spain relocation demand, especially to Marbella and its surrounding areas. And in recent economic times, we have seen 25% of our customers wanting to move back to the UK. Whilst moving &":/$%./%":(%5'.*%#")'+."*;%)"(<"('+$%($,")'+."*/%7"(%='*>/;%?*'*)$%'*0%@'5.*@%)"5<'*.$/%'*0% relocating ex-pats back and forth keeps our branches in Spain and Gibraltar extremely busy. Secure storage is also one of our biggest assets. With purpose built storage facilities both on Gibraltar and in La Linea, we are one of the few removals companies that can offer affordable storage solutions to ":(%):/+"5$(/3%A+%./%:/$0%7"(%$#$(-+&.*@%7("5%/+"(.*@%B&(./+5'/%0$)"('+."*/%+"%'()&.#.*@%)"5<'*-%?,$/3 The reason behind Bishop’s Move’s longevity is our attention to the traditional values of customer service. We are a founding member of the British Association of Removers which sets the highest standards for removals companies in the UK and also proudly acknowledge that most of our customer enquiries are from recommendation. “Upholding the traditional values of quality service and customer care are the main focus of the company,” says Alistair, Managing Director. C*0%9&'+%>$$</%":(%/+'77%/5.,.*@D%EA+F/%9"*0$(7:,%+"%)"5$%.*+"%+&$%"7?)$%"*%'%!"*0'-%5"(*.*@%'*0%"<$*% emails from clients with glowing reports, not complaints,” says Richard Smith, Manager. “Most of our business comes from word-of-mouth recommendations.” Moving house is said to be among the top three stressful life events but by choosing such a prestigious removals company as Bishop’s Move, you are assuring a stress-free move. For further information about our services and our history please visit our website:



MOVING, SHIPPING & STORAGE. When it’s time to move on to a new home, a new job or a new adventure, we’ll help make sure you don’t leave anything important behind. With dedicated branches in Spain and Gibraltar and regular services moving all over Europe and the wider world, we’ll move you, door to door, wherever you’re going. LETS GET THINGS MOVING. FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT US +34 956 698154 OR

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Marc Quinn Solo Exhibition Art lovers… don’t miss out on the opportunity to see an exhibition in Málaga by one of the leading contemporary artists of his generation


member of the loose group known as the Young British Artists, Marc Quinn came to prominence in 1991 with his sculpture ‘Self ’, a cast of his head made from his own frozen blood. Quinn’s public profile grew when his controversial statue of disabled artist entitled ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ was exhibited on the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square followed in 2008 by ‘Siren’ a solid gold sculpture of Kate Moss displayed at The British Museum in London. The Málaga Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) is hosting the first solo exhibition by Marc Quinn in a Spanish museum. ‘Violence and Serenity’ includes a selection of new and recent works, some of them specially created for this unique event at CAC Málaga, continuing Quinn’s investigation into some of the key concerns of our age. This exhibition will centre around a new body of work entitled the ‘Toxic Sublime’, distorted landscapes that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. In the ‘Creation of History’ series, which comprises oil



paintings on canvas and jacquard tapestries, Quinn again returns to an ancient form of art, the history painting, but brings it right into the present day by focusing on how our subjective response to and collective memory of contemporary events can create our historical past. The exhibition is in collaboration with the British Council. Marc Quinn ‘Violence and Serenity’ 12 September 2014 – 30 November 2014 CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo


Artist Profile: Gitte Ladefoged


anish born Gitte Ladefoged is quickly making a name for herself as an artist along the Costa del Sol. Having lived here for the past ten and a half years, Gitte’s art is inspired by the people she meets and her surroundings, something that is particularly evident in her work that reflects the beautiful light and colour of Andalucía.

Gitte likes to think of herself as an expressionist, whose motivation behind her paintings is to tell a story and evoke emotion, taking the viewer on a journey into their imagination. Her paintings include bright abstractions and organic forms with a touch of realism. One of her most recent collections ‘Welcome to the Zoo’ features drawings of animals over an abstract background. Gitte works with acrylic paint, sometimes adding mediums such as paste or sand to create 3 dimensional texture or old papers to create collages. She outlines her figurative work with pen and ink and enjoys using her hands to move the paint around the canvas alongside the more conventional paintbrushes and spatulas. As well as an annual exhibition held in her local area of Sotogrande, Gitte’s work is displayed at various venues, in galleries, shops and businesses and can be found hanging in homes up and down the coast.






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hic Puerto Banus cocktail bar Freudenhaus hosted an extravagant art experience with graffiti artist Victoriano painting live in front of the partygoers. This art show was so unique in the fact that Victoriano sprayed on cling film so it appeared that the artwork – which was actually suspended between two lampposts just outside Freudenhaus – was floating in mid-air. All this was undertaken in front of a packed out crowd of revelers enjoying the finest cocktails Banus has to offer and sampling music from local and international DJ’s. To be first in the know of Freudenhaus’ upcoming events visit their page:








opular Italian restaurant La Fiorentina and new Laguna Village based boutique Amira put on a stunning fashion show on Thursday 23rd October. A special Italian menu was offered to guests while Amira ran a stunning hour-long show. Guests were also able to purchase items from the boutique with a pop-up shop created especially for the event.








new celebrity inspired clothing boutique for women opened its doors for

business last month in Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, near Sotogrande. The boutique threw an opening party with a champagne and wine reception with canapĂŠs while guests were treated to two upbeat performances from a Lady Gaga and Elvis impersonator.







usinesses from around Marbella gathered to “network with a twist” in Marbella’s Golden Mile at the inaugural J-Biz Lounge networking event. Guests were treated to culinary delights from host venue Viena Café and entertainment from live singers and Brazilian dancers, while guest speakers took to the stage to share their business success stories. Derek Barber aka Mr J Biz hosted the event and has more planned, so if you want to attend the next one watch this space!





ikki Beach’s Red Closing Party is a legendary summer highlight, even the signature white decor welcomes the vibrant colour change. Crowds were out in force and partied day to evening in their matching red attire. Nikki cocktails and champagne were consumed as guests partied to worldclass DJ’s - supported by live trumpet players, violinists and the luxury beach club’s famed dancers.





he Marbella Club Café hosted a fashion show promoting the Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection from Escada. Guests were invited to a champagne reception and lunch followed by the stunning show where the day to evening wear collection was showcased to a delighted audience. To view the full collection visit Escada at The Marbella Club Hotel, Bulevar Principe Alfonso Von Hohenl, s/n – 29600, Marbella.





ocal Marbella Marketing Agency Redline turned 10 last month and celebrated the occasion with an aptly themed red party for friends, colleagues and clients. La Dolce Vita Chiringuito was the venue as guests tucked into an Italian themed menu, drinks and a giant red birthday cake. Later on in the evening salsa lessons were offered to the party guests.



The Path From PR Professional To

LEGAL EAGLE THE PARTICULARS: Tim Hampson started his career working in the PR Industry where he was successfully carving out a path for himself in this field. However something just wasn’t quite right and feeling unsettled in 2007 he made the decision to retrain as a Solicitor. He is now fully qualified and works for a Law Firm where he specialises in Consumer Law, Commercial Litigation and Professional Negligence.


I wanted to interview Tim to find out what led him to make quite a substantial change in careers, how he decided to take that risk and how he did it! Plus what challenges he may have faced along the way and how he solved these. So let’s begin …


Q: What is your educational background? I did quite well at school and gained 9 GCSE’s, 4 A-Levels and then took a degree in Economics and Business Management at the University of


Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I graduated in 2000 with a 2:2. Q: Can you talk us through your early career path prior to retraining as a Solicitor? Throughout my degree I had come to realise that I didn’t want to work in a financial or business management role. After graduating I wanted to pursue a passion for writing and applied for numerous journalism roles. At the same time, in order to gain more experience of creative writing, I also applied for work experience at a London PR firm. I was invited to an interview and it wasn’t like any interview I had ever had before, one question that sticks in my mind is I was asked what I thought was cool! Not really knowing how to answer, I said something along the lines of “I saw Fight Club the other day and thought Brad Pitt was pretty cool in that” - it must have worked as I was offered the role the next week. Once I had my foot in the door it was easier to prove my worth and I found that I really enjoyed the work. I worked my way up from my work experience role to Account Director in a career that spanned around six and a half years. Working mainly for agencies I specialised in consumer PR. I found the work exciting

and fulfilling at first but reached a crossroads where (I felt) I had to commit to working in the industry for another 2-3 years to move to the next level. Q: Why did you decide to make the change from PR to Law? In the last two years of my time in PR I found myself making a number of vertical moves from agency to agency. I never really felt settled at any particular place and began to question why that was. I remember having an epiphany after returning home from a skiing holiday around February 2007. I had the usual post-holiday blues but there was something else nagging at me. Rather than simply not wanting to go back to work after a holiday, I became acutely aware of the fact that I didn’t want to go back to working in PR full stop. I had come into contact with legal departments when creating campaigns and I was impressed at the way the lawyers seemed to grasp the concepts and the issues quickly then deliver useful advice. I thought that I would like to challenge myself to work in a completely different field to that which I was used to.

CAREERS Q: What kind of retraining did you have to do and how easy/difficult was it? It was a bit of a shock to the system! I had to go back to studying and after working for nearly seven years in a very creative and eccentric industry - it was a wake up call to have to put the hours in again reading and learning a completely different subject. It helped that I had experience from the working world though as I found I was able to plan my time a lot better than when I was at university the first time around. I took a conversion course at the College of Law called the Graduate Diploma in Law. During the first term we had to decide whether to head down the barrister or solicitor route, despite originally thinking I would be more suited to the role of barrister, I decided to aim to qualify as a solicitor as I felt I had more transferrable skills to that area of the profession. I completed the Legal Practice Course and left the College in the summer of 2009. The next task was to find an elusive training contract. Again, I sent out numerous applications and eventually accepted a paralegal role at a firm that was local to me at the time. Once I was working there I progressed and was eventually offered a trainee solicitor role. I qualified and was admitted to the Roll of solicitors in December 2011. Q: Could you explain in a little more detail what your new role as a Solicitor entails? Put simply, I provide advice on the law and allow people to access their right to justice through the Courts. Day to day the job is extremely varied. I might be appearing in court as an advocate, drafting a pleading to enable a client to bring or defend a claim, or providing advice either in person or in writing. I enjoy the fact

that the law is constantly evolving and spend a lot of time keeping up with case law and changes in legislation. Q: Has it been worth the risk – has it been what you initially expected? Absolutely. I am now in a very privileged position as one of only approximately 130,000 practising solicitors in England and Wales and although the profession faces challenges in the coming years I believe that I will have a career working in the law for the next 25-30 years.


Q: What have been your personal professional highlights? • Qualifying and seeing my name on my first practising certificate • Negotiating a settlement for an elderly couple who had lost the bulk of their life savings as a result of poor financial advice, they were compensated and could therefore afford to enjoy their retirement • Winning my first trial and hearing the Judge give judgment in favour of my client Q: What is it that you love about what you do? The work is challenging and requires independent thought and an understanding of complicated concepts. I enjoy being able to interpret the subject matter in order to help people understand and enforce their rights.


Q: Retraining and making such a big change must have had its challenges?

Can you talk us through any of these and how you handled them? The biggest challenge was overcoming personal doubts that all the retraining and hard work might not actually lead to anything substantial. The law is a very competitive area and the competition for training contracts especially is extremely fierce. I was concerned that I was spending a lot of time (and money) and may not have a job at the end of it. In order to overcome these doubts I invested a lot of time in researching the other options available to me if I didn’t manage to find a training contract, such as qualifying whilst working in the legal field. Knowing that I had a plan B and even plan C was comforting but I always knew I wanted to aim for qualification. Q: What have the challenges and harder times taught you for the future? Not to give up and to know that if you are dedicated and professional you will get there in the end.


Q: Do you have any tips, secrets or anecdotes you are happy to share with us relating to your chosen career? • Gain as much experience in the legal market as you can, it all looks good on your CV when you are applying for roles • Think about how your skills from previous roles could transfer, for example, I used my previous experience of writing press releases as an example of putting across a complicated message in a succinct and easily understandable format • Remember that lawyers must have people skills too! It is important to know and understand the law but you also have to be able to relate to a vast variety of clients who


all have concerns which are very important them. You have to be able to emphasise with people whilst remaining professional

Q: What are your tips for staying motivated especially when deciding to take a risk and make a big career change?

Q: I imagine the work you do can be quite stressful - how do you deal with stress and stay on top of your game? On the flipside what are the benefits and what do you enjoy most?

Never forget why you are making the change and what your end goal is, bear in mind that you are making that change for a reason.

My work can be quite stressful although the particularly busy times tend to come in peaks and troughs. I can be extremely busy with several court deadlines to meet whilst having to deal with an urgent matter one week and then have a relatively quieter week the next. I find that trying to compartmentalise larger tasks into easily achievable smaller ones helps as I feel that I am constantly making progress and not stalling. I’m getting better at starting the larger tasks I know I have to do in my less busy times in order to avoid work getting too much, that has really helped as I used to be a great procrastinator. I’m also very lucky in that I have always been able to switch off and not think too much about work once I leave the office for the day. Having a busy life outside of work helps and my two young children don’t allow me too much time to dwell on office problems when I’m not there.



Q: What has been the most important thing you have learned in your career to date? To keep questioning my understanding, in order to continue to learn and to share problems and to seek advice from senior colleagues - a problem shared is 10 times easier to solve than a problem you try to deal with on your own. Q: What have been the biggest surprises? That opponents on the other side have not always been ruthless and completely out to get you, it is quite common in litigation to act for clients against the same firms and individuals on a number of cases so you actually develop quite cordial relationships with solicitors from rival firms.

Q: If you could talk to yourself back when you were taking those first initial steps toward a new career what advice would you offer – would you encourage others to do the same? I have been relatively lucky as my plans have mostly come to fruition but I would reiterate my advice from before, always remember why you are making the change if you are ever feeling demotivated. I would always encourage others to do the same if they are committed to making that change. Q: Are there any particularly useful resources out there for those interested in doing what you have done? The Law Society provide useful help and guidance on becoming a solicitor and there is a section on their website that I would urge anyone who is interested in retraining to read, it includes advice specifically for career-changers and highlights the benefits of coming to the law after a career in a different field. Interview by: Louise Matthews, author of

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and her five-man crew. Severely outnumbered, protagonist Wardaddy and his limited men must fight the odds in an attempt to strike Nazi Germany. An action-fuelled, must-see film this winter.

otting Hill is one of London’s most favoured districts, inundated with beautiful restaurants, attractive terraces, high end shopping and quirky events. Hidden away in a secret location in Notting Hill is a London Supperclub, a trendy and alternative way to eat out, dishing up delicious food. This Supperclub is known for the Secret Sunday Lunch club, with their signature dish being a traditional oldfashioned Sunday roast. From tender succulent meats to crispy potatoes, crackling, sweet vegetables, scrumptious Yorkshire puddings, fruit crumble and an indulgent cheese board, it is quickly becoming one of Notting Hills favourite places. It is perfect in the summer months as it overlooks the beautiful Portobello, and is equally ideal in winter when relaxing by the cosy fire, one of London’s true special treasures.

What´s TRENDING When one of Hollywood’s hottest properties arrived at Leicester Square for the premiere of his new film, I knew it had to be a good one. Legendary actor Brad Pitt arrived on the red carpet in London, looking dapper as ever, to promote his new action war movie, ‘Fury’. Set in WWII Brad’s character, Wardaddy, embarks on a deadly mission with a Sherman tank


Eddie Redmayne first appeared on our screens as swooning lovestruck Marius in ‘Les Misérables’ in 2012, so it is no wonder if you don’t recognise him in his latest role. British actor Redmayne plays the well-known scientist Stephen Hawking in the hotly anticipated film, ‘The Theory of Everything’, due to be released in cinemas on 1st January 2015. It reflects on Hawking’s awe-inspiring life journey. Redmayne is strongly tipped as one of the leading contenders to receive an Oscar in 2015. His acclaimed performance is sure to capture the hearts of Oscar voters with his loveable British charm.

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Brad Pitt wasn’t the only legend gracing the red carpet this season. Talented actor and future Batman star, Ben Affleck, was seen promoting his new film ‘Gone Girl’ with Rosamund Pike. The film, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn revolves around Affleck’s character Nick Dunne and the mysterious disappearance of his wife Amy. I won’t give away any spoilers, but judging from the book we are in for an epic story with some chilling scenes – a traditional nail-biter with complex relationship issues in the mix.

whilst handsome young men are seen carrying trays of mouth-watering drinks. From an archetypal WAG to a high-end fashion designer - Victoria Beckham really has altered the nations opinion! She has come a long way since her announcement to design a dress collection in 2008, so we can’t wait to see what showbiz royalty will be spotted in this new fashion hub.




veryone has been anticipating the launch of Victoria Beckham’s first ever boutique and it seems her fashion dream is finally becoming a reality. Her store stands between Jimmy Choo and a high-class art gallery, it is opposite the popular Dover Street Market and is just a few doors down from the Ritz and Christian Louboutin, so Victoria Beckham really couldn’t have chosen a more suitable sartorial street to launch her VVB collection. Her boutique is more akin to a luxurious cocktail bar as opposed to a conventional fashion store. Trendy shop assistants flawlessly walk around using iPads (tills were certainly not on her fashion credentials list),







The loveable chef was spotted at the Zoella Beauty Launch Party in Portland Place London MOLLY KING The 1/5 starlet of the Saturday’s was spotted at the Xperia Z3 Launch Party at Aqua Nueva OLIVER CHESIRE Pixie Lott’s handsome model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire was seen at the Well Child Awards at the London HiltonLondon

SUKI WATERHOUSE Bradley Cooper’s gorgeous model girlfriend was seen at a Vogue Fashion night out at Burberry, London

IDRIS ELBA Hunky actor Idris Elba was at the MOBO Awards Nominations Launch at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London

BRITNEY SPEARS Pop starlet Britney was at her Product Launch Party at Hotel Café Royal, London

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ecretly everyone wants stylish sportswear - comfort is key but no one can deny the need for a bit of aesthetic value. Striders Edge, an upcoming, innovative sportswear collection founded by former Sweaty Betty designer, Katy Biddulph is exactly the perfect combination. With her love of the outdoors and fitness, there’s no denying the quality and comfort of Striders Edge activewear for women. Additionally though (and crucially for us girls!), there is a sartorial style for every kind of sporting activity, from yoga to pilates, running, hiking and fitness. For all the latest fitness and fashion trends visit







Changes that occur in November are designed to clear the way for a cycle of fabulous new opportunities. You could be thinking big now - big goals, big dreams - and that big love is likely to appear but don’t be surprised if it does that it’s in the form of someone who comes across as a little larger than life or even from far away. You could be about to commit to something - a course of study, a journey or opportunity that opens up new perspectives for you. Others could be the recipients of what some people may see as a stroke of pure luck but which you know you’ve worked long and hard to achieve. Expect doors to open as the universe grants you an ‘Access all Areas’ pass to romance, fun and pleasure this holiday season.

Single? Searching? November offers one of the best periods of the year for finding that special someone. If you’re coupled up then expect to reclaim that heady, falling-in-love feeling that you experienced when you first met. Lucky you. December continues the togetherness theme and it’s time to get serious about either someone or what it is you actually want. If you’re not getting it from your current squeeze ask for it - and if it’s still not forthcoming, move on. Don’t be afraid to initiate changes as the year draws to a close, as you are not only in a position of personal power but radiating such magnetism you’ll soon have someone under your spell. It’s a funny thing about people who ask for what they want - they almost always end up with it - or else something better. When you take yourself and your needs seriously, others will too.

Keep a firm grip on reality now and don’t allow others to convince you that what you instinctively know is the truth, is otherwise especially when it comes to your career. There’s a golden Leo glow around you now and no matter whether you’re set to make an impression on a personal or professional level you’ll make the right one. Business and creative ventures get a green light and all that light you’re radiating could attract more than one admirer if romance is your goal. December may see things suddenly slow down but this is in order for you to build on all the progress you’ve made so far this year. You’ll be gearing up again for another trip down the fast lane once 2015 kicks off but for now, take your time, review your achievements and just freewheel and enjoy the holiday season.




Your personal mojo is going to be set to irresistible as we head on into December. Now, I’m not saying that everyone (or everything) you attract is actually what you want, or even welcome, but take whatever comes as a testimony to your own brand of personal magnetism and allure. Romance could be set to sizzle and when it comes to business, your creativity is at a high and people would be advised not to underestimate you. If you’ve been telling yourself you can’t have or do something recently perhaps now is the time to examine why as events indicate you have the power to attract whatever it is you want. Step into those power Jimmy Choos now and claim what’s rightfully yours.

A decision about a romance, friend or other connection in November clears the way for either a new understanding or else something better, Cancer. By the time we head into December relationships just seem to have that added festive sparkle and magic to them. When it comes to celebrating however, your body is more sensitive than usual so if you over-indulge you may suffer more than one kind of hangover. A big shift in a love affair, marriage or your own romantic status could be what Santa has in store for you - and it won’t matter whether you’ve been naughty or nice (or both!). Chances are that you’ve encountered that new love before - or you’ll meet them somewhere you’ve frequented in the past but now the cosmic timing just happens to be right. If you’re standing under the mistletoe hoping to get lucky, you won’t be alone for very long.

It’s all about the love as we head towards Christmas, Virgo - especially what’s been revealed around love or partnership matters these past few months. You could just hear something that backs up your gut feelings about a relationship and if so, don’t let the other party convince you otherwise. Stay connected to your truth. December sees the focus shifts towards home and family matters and to what makes you feel secure - both emotionally and financially. If contemplating a move - now is the time to set the wheels in motion. Good news around romance or business could put a song in your heart but ensure you are thinking in the long term, which is what the year’s end is all about for you. You’ll have to live with your decisions for a very long time now - so take your time when making them.





Messages of love, success, luck and travel opportunities could provide highlights for you in November. Expect that lucky break or just a stroke of good fortune to find you - whether you are travelling or just hanging around your neighbourhood. If you are searching for romance then you may not have to look much further than your own community - or your commute for that matter. Your ideal match could be sitting next to you or standing behind you in the coffee shop. Synchronicity takes you into December and has you in exactly the right place at the right time to take advantage of fortuitous party connections. Let others know what it is you are trying to achieve as goals are highlighted and above all, if someone starts talking to you - respond in kind. You never know where that connection could take you. All the way to the stars.

After a month ruminating on the deeper meaning of life, your birthday season arrives on November 22nd and the party begins! Out with the old and on with the new you as what occurs this month sets the tone for the next 12. The middle of the month is especially magical for romance and if you meet someone new there’s an intense feeling of déjà vu around the connection. Could it be a magical past life connection? Most probably. Above all, demand more recognition, more adventure, more love and just a bigger slice of life all round for the next year. A new cycle of opportunity begins now and asks you to get serious about success and going after whatever it is that you want. If you’ve felt you’ve been lurking behind the scenes of late, then now is the time to stage your comeback and reclaim the spotlight.

You’re looking closely at partnerships and close connections now and determining if they provide you with the emotional support you need. Whatever comes up short in your life - you won’t wait around for it to come to you or Santa to deliver it. You’ll be out looking for it and if it’s love you seek to explore - every possible avenue can connect to it now. At the very least all of you should be on the receiving end of a few invitations. It’s time to showcase your talents and embrace innovation in all areas of your life - especially at work. Any lingering problems require a different approach to what you’ve taken in the past. Love or a significant new friendship could begin at an unusual venue or event or with someone very different who crosses your path. Embrace the new - literally and figuratively now.




If you feel you’ve been on a roll this birthday season then just because the Sun leaves your sign on the 22nd doesn’t mean the party is over. On the contrary, fabulous opportunities could continue to present themselves especially when it comes to money and romance. Many of you could find yourselves attending prestigious or even red carpet events or just enjoying the finer things of life. Your earning ability is in focus and if you are not being rewarded in line with your skill set it is now time to either confidently renegotiate or look for something better. Ask yourself what you are really worth and how you deserve to be treated now. This doesn’t just apply to your job but across all your relationships. If you value yourself, the world values you in return. Self-worth is the key to getting what you want now.

Friendships and connections both personal and professional, your social life and your goals are what fuel the first weeks of November, Capricorn. However, don’t be surprised if there are shifts in your social circle as a result. New friends and even professional contacts can be made now but also you may discover that there are certain individuals or even a group you no longer share a resonance with and you may decide to sever the connection as a result. As we head into December and the year’s end you may surprise others but most importantly yourself with your eagerness to usher out the old and get on with the new. The run up to your birthday should see you in rare social butterfly form and not just the centre of attention but attraction as others flock to you like moths to a flame making this a potentially sparkling Christmas for romance.

What have you always wanted to experience, Pisces? And what stands in your way of you having it? November asks you to look at where you may be holding yourself back. Don’t fall into the trap of blaming others - change begins within and any shift you make in your thinking will be reflected in the outer world - and possibly faster than you ever believed possible. December sees your social life soar and also the possibility of one particular item off your wishlist getting crossed off. If it’s love then there’s a distinct possibility that you’ll be cuddled up with someone special this holiday season while others could see a long term professional goal come to fruition that could not only send them careering headlong towards more success in 2015 but boost their bank account at exactly the right time. You’ve more than one reason for this to be a happy holiday season now.

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Franco and Rogen are infamous when it comes to internet pranks. Last year, they spoofed Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’ music video starring a topless Kim Kardashian, played by Rogen. The duo called their version ‘Bound 3.’ Rogen wrote to West and his lady saying, “Hey @ KimKardashian & @kanyewest check out what me and @ JamesFrancoTV did on the set of @ TheInterview.”


ames Franco has recently posted a photo of himself on Instagram, posing naked with fellow comedian Seth Rogen.

The actor shared a pic of them standing side by side with not one item of clothing on their erm…. substantial bodies. In the (luckily) censored photo, ‘The Interview’ co-stars can be seen covered by dirt in the jungle. “Boom boom, NAKED and afraid. Me and Seth, in the bush, naked, together. For reals,” he captioned it. In another post he shared that day, Franco wrote, “See if me and Seth can make it, NAKED and AFRAID!!!! Wtf?! You’ll see.......” It is still unclear whether the photo is related to Discovery show ‘Naked and Afraid’, which sees naked contestants trying to survive in the wild for 21 days or if it’s just a prank.


Kim later said that she and her husband loved their video. “You nailed it!!! Sooo funny,” she tweeted. Rogen and Franco also took time out to parody Kim & Kanye on the front cover of Vogue after their wedding in June this year. Rogen is also planning a Bound 4 video with his ‘Bad Neighbours’ co-star Zac Effron, having posted this image on his Twitter account. Watch this space.

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Each month Marbella Rocks Magazine will be quick firing questions at unsuspecting, famous Marbella faces. This month, we’ve sprung it on children’s author Anita Pouroulis, who lives in Sotogrande.

Nickname: Nits What’s your inspiration for your books: This crazy imagination of mine! What’s your favourite book and why: As a child, anything by Enid Blyton. She was wildly creative, yet wrote in a way that was comforting and familiar. Nowadays, I’m quite an eclectic reader. At the moment I’m reading ‘The Seamstress’ by Maria Dueñas and ‘A Short History of Almost Everything’ by Bill Bryson. Best thing about being an author: Being able to give life to my vivid imagination. Worst thing: Waiting to find out what the critics have to say about your newest book… If you weren’t an author you’d be: A doctor. Greatest achievement: My daughter. Best advice ever given: ‘Feel the fear and then do it anyway’. What are you listening to: Right at this moment, it’s Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’. If you were an animal what would you be: Definitely a bird. I’ve always wanted to fly. Ideal dinner party guest: Richard Quest from CNN: He’s insightful and I love his dry sense of humour. 06 118 MARBELLAROCKS | ISSUE 02

Funniest pick up line used on you: A guy in a nightclub offering me M&M’s from a bag in his jacket pocket. (He’s my husband now!) Best pick up line you’ve used: “Yes, please.” (To the M&M’s). What did you want to be growing up: Famous Best character trait: Creativity Worst habit: Never knowing when to sit down and relax. I can go on and on and on…. until I’m exhausted. What do you do to relax: I paint. Friday night out or Sunday day in: Sunday day in - popcorn and a good movie in the dark. Best thing about Marbella: I love cycling along the ‘paseo de la playa’, with the sunshine on my back. Plans for the future: I really want to write a notable novel for teenagers, that endures through the years, like Judy Blume’s books do. Check out Anita’s website at Her books are available in English and Spanish at,,, and at Bookworld España in Puerto Banus.


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