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glamour digest 08

Chic style and stunning fashion trends

tech world 12

Cutting edge innovation ... state-of-the-art gadgets

movie lines 14

music notes 16

fashion flair 25

Rock snippets from around the globe

latest trends 40

local trends 44 ask the surgeon 46

health and fitness 42

clinic and boutique 50

Contents celebrity spotlight 18

Behind the scenes in the world of films and DVDs


No 17 – October 2010

Kylie Minogue … the show goes on

Seasonal panache… with a hint of pink

The ultimate in spa pampering

Tips, trends and new sensations in make-up and skincare

Key exercises for women… with Matt Roberts

Breast reconstruction: your questions answered

Health, fitness and beauty news from along the Coast


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Costa glamour... mixing business with pleasure

kristina szekely’s diary 66 on the restaurant guide fairways fine dining 74 68 88 Queen of Marbella social scene

Exotic fusion of flavours in a cosy ambience

table talk 72

Restaurant news and culinary tidbits

Highly recommended for gastronomic pleasure

on the road 78

Ferrari 458 Italia: black and white masterpiece

Top tour events on the Costa del Sol

noticeboard 91

snapshots 94

Your view... special moments and occasions

in the stars 97

Astrologist Russell Grant looks into the future

Business and other news from around Spain

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42 Inspirational and generous support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


hen Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, she showed the same stoic courage as so many other women facing this ordeal around the world. Now 42, the Australian pop singer and actress has been voted the most inspirational breast cancer star in recognition of her willingness to speak openly and candidly about dealing with the illness. In a poll of 1,000 people surveyed by British-based mastectomy-wear specialist Amoena, Kylie – who undertook a rigorous international tour last year and has just released her 11th studio album, Aphrodite – was voted ahead of other celebrities who had also suffered from breast cancer, including compatriot Olivia Newton-John and the late Linda McCartney. Announcing the results, Amoena said, “Kylie inspired many women to be more direct about their own fears, encouraging them to believe they would get through their ordeal… Undergoing a mastectomy can C a n ce r l Breast sue is ia c e p s This nth is r. e ss M o Webste Awaren Jo o t d e t a dedic

badly damage a woman's body confidence and self-image, and celebrities like Kylie play a vital role in raising public awareness.” Numerous other high-profile campaigners are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the world but it is not only about celebrities. As Amoena added, “Women also take great encouragement from seeing how well their peers cope with breast cancer." In short, support from family, friends and other women is just as important a motivating factor. With that in mind, for this special October issue we have adjusted our customary editorial schedule (moving the Beautiful Home supplement to November) and decided to “go all pink”. While Kylie is the cover face of our own campaign this month, we also feature Breast Cancer Care ambassador Lisa Snowdon as another inspiring figure. As the model and TV presenter notes, “Nearly 4,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this October alone. By holding a Pink Friday party, however small, you will help to ensure Breast Cancer Care can be there for each and every one of them.”

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Extending the pink theme in our glamour, gadget, beauty and fashion sections, we reveal how you can make your own financial contribution to the cause by buying anything from sunglasses, T-shirts, candles, cameras, chocolate, jewellery, accessories, perfumes and make-up to laptops, iPods, mobile phones and even hair straighteners. On a more serious note, we asked four top surgeons on the Coast to answer some common questions about breast reconstruction; and, in our health and fitness section, explain the myths and truths of exercise for women. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity of presenting our new advertising manager, Emma Landberg, the senior advertising executive for the magazine since 2009. Emma takes over from Fay Jones, who has departed to take on a new role as manager for a webbased travel company but retains her non-executive five per cent share in Bespoke Media, publishers of Society Living and Beautiful Home.

Editorial Features Editors Laura-Jane Bruce Jessica White Associate Editor Nicola McGeorge Contributing Editor Peter Leonard Contributors Russell Grant, Ian Kuah, Matt Roberts, Kristina Szekely Photographers Chris Biele, Toni Cochrane, Gary Edwards, Ruth Jones, Katie McDermott, David Toms



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Crystal creations Swarovski have three different items for Breast Cancer Care: the limited edition pendant, of which £15 of every sale goes to the charity; the pin, with all proceeds going directly to Breast Cancer Care; and the pen, of which £1 from each sale is donated to the charity. Swarovski are known for their stunning creations and these items are no different – not only do they look great but they are helping people in need. Available from Swarovski stores and


Special moments Capture every treasured moment with this limited edition Fujifilm FinePix JV100 camera in hot pink with a matching case. The camera has 12 megapixels, and £5 from every camera sold is donated to Breast Cancer Care. The camera would make a great gift for any girl out there who loves to take pictures and keep memories with every shot.


Silver style Every girl loves her heels so it’s great to be able to look good while also helping worthwhile charities. The Breast Cancer Care Stand Tall shoes from Dorothy Perkins are stunning and come in three colours: black with small silver studs on the back of the shoe and hot pink underneath; silver-studded mary-janes; and baby pink with small silver studs all over and a silver toe cap. Not only will they make you look fabulous this October, but you will also feel great from helping to donate to an important cause.


Sporty sunglasses Oakley have launched two new designs for women’s sunglasses in their Breast Cancer Awareness edition – Commit and Dangerous. Oakley UK will donate £10 from the sale of each charity edition set of sunglasses to the Lavender Trust, which raises money to fund Breast Cancer Care’s information and support services for younger women with breast cancer.

Commit’s unique interchangeable lens design enables wearer to adapt to changing light; and the frame is accented with the signature pink ribbon design on the stem, which is overlaid with the Oakley icon. Dangerous is a sporty yet conservative style, and the inside of the glasses features the Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbon design to make the style completely unique.

Chocolate delight Lets face it, we all love chocolate, so this special Cadbury flake bar – sold in Asda stores as part of their Tickled Pink campaign – is the perfect treat this October as it satisfies our chocolate cravings and helps Breast Cancer Care and the Breast Cancer Campaign with five pence per bar split between the two charities.

Bold statement Help raise awareness for breast cancer with this vibrant rose-tinted candle, which will make a statement on any table with its stylish look and bold colour.

Retro T-shirts We all loved the Muppets when we were younger and the chances are that most children these days love them as well, so these men’s Muppet T-shirts are a great way to reminisce about our youth. The retro chic T-shirts come in two styles – gangster and rocking – and £1 from the sale of every T-shirt is split between Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign. The T-shirts are available from Asda stores, so pop in to one if you go back to England this autumn and help this worthwhile cause. w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m



"I've been an ambassador for Breast Cancer Care for five years now and I always look forward to October. It's a chance to get all my friends and family together, have fun and make a real difference. Nearly 4,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this October alone. By holding a Pink Friday party, however small, you will help to ensure Breast Cancer Care can be there for each and every one of them. I'm going to see if I can organise one in the office this year – it's about time they donned some silly pink outfits!"

Lisa Snowdon


GLAMOUR DIGEST Superstud collection: silver 925 superstud round pendant with black rhodium plating; sugalite and clear quarts centre stone.



Quarts and sugalite centre stone, rhodium plated.

Look pretty in pink Adorn yourself with a dash of pink sparkle – adding a pop of colour to any outfit. Jewels Verne Collection: fish skeleton round ring, silver 925, black rhodium plated with rose gold plated beading and details with red garnet sides stones; sugalite crystal haze central stones.


Silver 925, 17.98g superstud faceted sugalite square ring, black rhodium plated.


Silver 925 superstud faceted ring with raspberry quartz and crystal haze centred stone.


Jewels Verne Collection: muse trophy cuff silver 925 yellow gold rivets, amethyst cabochon stones and sugalite and quarts central stone.


Jewels Verne Collection: octopus square ring, silver 925, black rhodium plated and rose gold plated rivets with sugalite and quarts central stone.


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TECH WORLD Fluffy fun These pink headphones by Skullcandy blast the sound out… great for when you are on the slopes or just chilling.


The ultimate in luxury Vertu have released a beautifully crafted pink phone. Coming with a 24-hour concierge service and Vertu’s DNA of craft, each phone is hand-made – giving it that extra special touch.


Essential styling For the ultimate pair of straighteners… get the best, and in pink! Stockist – Reflections Hair Nails / Skincare: Tel. 902 325 324;



Lavish accessory Want a stylish and girly laptop? Well, Sony have brought out a limited edition Sony Vaio C series laptop with pink crocodile skin. The perfect accessory for the trendy girl’s handbag.

Playfully pink This limited edition pink DSi is packed full of fun with the new Style Boutique and built-in camera. You can send photos to your friends, surf the web and download games straight to your DSi.

Keeping the wine cool Most ladies like to enjoy a nice cool glass of wine so why not chill it in style with the new pink fridge by Smeg.

Chic new look The new iPod is out and shining in glossy pink! It now has multi-touch, making it easier to flick through your albums, and a built-in pedometer to keep track of your daily steps.


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Movie of the Month


Life As We Know It


Five of the best for October


The Social Network Harvard undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and begins working on a new idea that soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. Six years and 500 million friends later Mark is the youngest billionaire in history, but with success also comes complications. None of the Facebook staff, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, were involved in the making of the film. JESSE EISENBERG, ANDREW GARFIELD, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, RASHIDA JONES


The Other Guys Detectives Terry Hoitz and Allen Gamble are seen as losers in their police department but, when the chance arrives for them to step up and prove themselves, things should go well. The two end up getting shot but eventually capture the bad guys and their credibility is restored. WILL FERRELL, MARK WAHLBERG, STEVE COOGAN, EVA MENDES


Saw VII 3-D The final film in the Saw series, which is also the first made in 3D, sees characters from Saw VI reunited and Dr Gordon from the original film also appear. TOBIN BELL, COSTAS MANDYLOR, CARY ELWES, BETSY RUSSELL


Conviction This is based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters, an unemployed single mother who studies law for 12 years in order to represent her brother, who has been wrongly convicted of murder. Her brother Kenneth was convicted of murdering a woman and was sentenced to life imprisonment but, with Betty Anne’s campaigning, he was exonerated after 18 years. HILARY SWANK, SAM ROCKWELL, MINNIE DRIVER, JULIETTE LEWIS

Life As We Know It is a romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as Holly and Messer, whose first date should have been their last but, when their mutual best friends are killed in a car accident, fate brings them back together. Godparents to their friends’ baby daughter Sophie, they become her caregivers and must live together in order to raise the child. Juggling calendars, careers and all of life’s ups and downs the pair put their own lives on hold for Sophie and begin to learn that perhaps they can work together. With all the trials, tribulations and happiness that comes from raising Sophie, their life as they know it changes – for the better. KATHERINE HEIGL, JOSH DUHAMEL, JOSH LUCAS, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS


Paranormal Activity 2 The first film scared the living daylights out of everyone who went to see it and reports are that the sequel will be just as scary. Micah Sloat, who appeared in the original, has observed that it won’t be your typical, Hollywood horror sequel so be prepared to scream. KATIE FEATHERSTON, MICAH SLOAT

CULTURAL CORNER Quick clips I With a film about Facebook’s founder out this month it seems that other website founders are also having their lives chronicled. The famously private founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, will have their biographical story and meteoric rise to become two of the most powerful men on the planet told in Googled: The End of the World As We Know It. I Justin Timberlake’s new movie Friends With Benefits has a release date of July 2011. The film, which also stars Mila Kunis, is about a headhunter who recruits a magazine editor and they agree to sleep together with no strings attached, but things get complicated when the guy falls for the girl, who is now dating someone else. I Tim Burton will be keeping his love for animation going with a new Addams Family film, which is said to have no relation to previous films and TV shows. I Ray Winstone is attached to star in The Sweeney as no-nonsense policeman Jack Regan – screenwriter and director Nick Love’s big-screen adaptation of the hard-hitting 1970s show has been a long time coming. I Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy and Rupert Everett have signed on to star in Hysteria, a romantic comedy centred on the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England.

Five top DVD releases


Killers When a contract killer meets the woman of his dreams he decides to quit the business and become an honourable citizen. Things go awry, however, when his old boss contacts him for one last job and his father-inlaw becomes suspicious – showing some killer qualities of his own. ASHTON KUTCHER, KATHERINE HEIGL, TOM SELLECK, CATHERINE O’HARA


Wild Target Victor Maynard is a middle-aged, solitary assassin who lives to please his mother and when he finds himself falling for one of his intended victims he spares her life. He acquires a young apprentice in the process, as his new companions tag along while he attempts to thwart his murderous client. BILL NIGHY, EMILY BLUNT, RUPERT GRINT, MARTIN FREEMAN, RUPERT EVERETT


The Losers Members of an elite US Special Forces unit are sent into the Bolivian jungle but find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated by a powerful enemy. They

plan to even the score and are joined by the mysterious Aisha to track the ruthless enemy. JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN, IDRIS ELBA, ZOE SALDANA, CHRIS EVANS, COLOMBUS SHORT, JASON PATRIC


The Disappearance of Alice Creed When two ex-convicts kidnap Alice Creed for a ££2 million ransom, they seem to want the same thing. But when Alice tries to escape and one of the ex convicts turns on his partner Alice isn’t the only one in danger. GEMMA ARTERTON, MARTIN COMPSTON, EDDIE MARSAN Joanne is stuck in a dead-end job while her friends seem to be off having their own adventures so when a chance encounter with some diamond thieves sends their world on a collision course with each other and fate itself, Joanne and her friends are about to have three days they will never forget. EMMA ROBERTS, TAMSIN EGERTON, OPHELIA LOVIBOND, EVE


I An adaptation of the 1938 children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins is soon to start production with comedian Jim Carrey taking on the title role of the house painter, who ends up with a litter of 12 penguins. I Angelina Jolie is to write and direct a Bosnian war film which is yet untitled – it is unknown whether Ms Jolie will also star in the film. I Nicolas Cage is to return as the Ghost Rider in a 3D sequel entitled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengance. I More stars have signed up for the Footloose remake – Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough will all appear in the film that made Kevin Bacon a star. I Adam Sandler is signed to star in Jack and Jill and will play Jack as well as twin sister Jill – Katie Holmes is also to appear in the film. I Another two stars have signed up to Kevin Williamson’s Scream 4 – Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell are to have cameos in the film that brings back characters from the original trilogy. I Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are to be joined by Jeremey Renner in Mission: Impossible IV, the fourth film by J.J Abrams. I The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will be released in two parts and will reunite the cast as well as some newcomers – Rami Malek has just signed for the first film, which will be released in November 2011. I Funnyman Steve Carrell has signed up for A Boyfriend For My Wife about a timid husband who believes the only way out of his marriage is to get his wife to fall in love with another man, and enlists the help of a legendary lothario – the wife has yet to be cast. I Michael Douglas has revealed he that has throat cancer but expects to make a full recovery – we wish you well, Michael. I Lindsay Lohan has said that you learn from your mistakes – really? Well, lets hope the star (and I use the term loosely) has done so after her latest stint in jail. I Speaking of jail, heiress Paris Hilton, Lohan’s ex best friend, ended up back there last month after (yet) another drug bust.

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Quick Clips There are online rumours that BEYONCE has dropped her father as her manager and JAY-Z has taken his place – BEYONCE and her father have, however, denied the rumours. Speaking of JAY-Z, the star has told another magazine that he wants to get fat – not quite yet but when he retires from the music industry he wants to move with BEYONCE to a private island, smoke cigars, drink fine wines and get fat. Each to their own, I suppose. THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS will return soon as a band with a new line-up – the only original member, NICOLE SCHERZINGER, will be joined by four new girls after the original band broke up last year. KATY PERRY has reportedly been offered a job by SIMON COWELL when he launches the X Factor in America next year – Perry’s package is said to be a $340,000-a-show deal, which the singer is quite happy about. Perry did a stint as a guest judge at the Dublin auditions for the X Factor in the UK this year and that is said to have impressed Cowell enough to encourage him to give her a job. 16


Sources say the music mogul wants one massive American star, a Brit and at least one authoritative male in the American judges line-up for next year. Music icons BON JOVI are to release a greatest hits compilation album that will offer fans all the best hits of the past plus four new tracks for the future. The band have sold a staggering 120 million albums worldwide and this ultimate collection will feature 28 songs from the chart toppers. MEATLOAF has added dates to his UK tour – the American star is starting his tour in Cardiff, then moving through England with six extra dates added, and finishing

up in Glasgow. The Hang Cool tour began in North America last summer and is the first tour by the star since 2007. MICHAEL JACKSON’S former landlord is apparently suing the late star’s estate after claims he never received compensation for the $234,000 of damage incurred when Michael lived in the Las Vegas home between 2008 and 2009. The property is currently on the market for $12.8 million. DJ SAMANTHA RONSON – LINDSAY LOHAN’s former lover – could reportedly face serious fines or even jail after her bulldog Cadillac attacked Tiger, a Maltese. The situation is currently under

investigation as the bulldog recently returned from boot camp (yes, boot camp) for socialisation courses. Whatever next! AMY WINEHOUSE has asked PETE DOHERTY to move in with her so he has a base in the UK while he works there – this is a disaster waiting to happen surely as they have both previously and very publically battled drug addictions and could be bad influences on each other. ROD STEWART has said his eighth child will be his last – the star announced last month that wife PENNY LANCASTER was expecting their second baby together but has now said he doesn’t want any more. The rocker’s other children range in age from 46 (older than his current wife) to four. Singer PHIL COLLINS has observed that music has ruined his life – the star, who has been married three times, said he would have given up music if he had known it would cost him dearly in his private life. Now trying to live a quieter life, Phil is settled in Switzerland so he can

Five new CD releases

one KINGS OF LEON – Come Around Sundown The American rock band’s fifth album is the follow up to the internationally chart-topping, multi-Grammy-winning album Only By The Night. The title follows the band’s tradition of five-syllable album names.

two ROBBIE WILLIAMS – In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits Robbie’s 39-track greatest hits album features songs from the last 20 years including a new single that was co-written and performed with former bandmate GARY BARLOW. The single is also due out this month and is the first the pair have worked on for 15 years.

song Mine was released in August, with great success, and an upcoming world tour is confirmed to coincide with the album.

four NE-YO – Libra Scale This is the fourth studio album for the singer-songwriter which, according to the star, emerged from three influences – his desire to do something different; his interest in science fiction, comic books and Japanese animation; and the works of MICHAEL JACKSON, specifically Thriller, Moonwalker and Bad.


TAYLOR SWIFT – Speak Now Speak Now is the third album for the country pop singer, who has written every song herself. The first

BRIAN FERRY – Olympia Brian Ferry’s latest album includes musical contributions from GROOVE ARMADA, SCISSOR SISTERS and DAVID GILMOUR, and sees him reunite with members of Roxy Music including BRIAN ENO. The first single You Can Dance is already a club hit across Europe.

be near his children from his third marriage, which ended in 2007. Lucky LEE RYAN has escaped assault charges after his fiancéée dropped the charges accusing him of hitting her. The singer was arrested in 2007 accused of assaulting a taxi driver and has also been questioned on suspicion of smoking cannabis. The “star” has a nine-month-old son, Rayn, with his fiancéée so perhaps it’s about time he started acting like a dad and not a lout. LADY GAGA has hit the headlines again after she admitted using illegal substances when she dropped out of her music course at a New York university in 2005. The star says getting high inspired her to make music, and she was different from other drug users because she was actually doing something different while taking them – what a great role model for all young girls hoping to get into the music industry! ROBBIE WILLIAMS and GARY BARLOW are now such good friends after not speaking for so many years that Robbie’s new wife Ayda calls Gary “Robbie’s

boyfriend”, to the amusement of the singers. Their duet Shame, which was released last month, saw the stars getting close again and more music from them and the other members of TAKE THAT looks promising. Pub locals in Somerset were shocked when they were treated to an impromptu concert by pintsized star KYLIE MINOGUE, who performed five of her hits at the Ring O’Bells pub. The fun-packed evening also included performances by TINIE TEMPAH, ELIZA DOOLITTLE and MORNING PARADE before Kylie appeared as the headline act. The concert was organised by record bosses as the highlight of an away-day trip in Compton Martin for 120 of its staff. RICKY MARTIN is publishing his memoirs – the book will cover his childhood, his work in Menudo, his rise to fame and the decision to come out as a homosexual in March this year. The book, which will be called Yo (or Me), will be published by Penguin books under the Celebra imprint, a part of the company dedicated to Latin celebrities.








In 2005, fans throughout the world were shocked by the announcement that Kylie Minogue had been diagnosed with breast cancer. What followed was a year of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy to remove a malignant tumour. Her eagerness to return to the stage and her willingness to speak openly and honestly about her treatment, helping to raise awareness of breast cancer, has made her an inspirational icon to all women. Here Kylie talks about her new perfume, her new album and the effect that the diagnosis had on her music.

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Reported by Nicola McGeorge Congratulations Kylie, studio album number 11. How does that make you feel? It is kind of unbelievable. I thought the 10th album, X, was a benchmark but this one has just been amazing. I wouldn’t care what number you called it. It’s been the most amazing experience. What was it about this album and this project that made you want to do it differently to before? The idea (to do it differently) was at the forefront of my mind on this album because I’d had a little niggle with the previous two albums. But the added reason that all of this came around was because of our dear friend Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters, who was working in this very studio, as I had started recording my album in various studios around the world. He praised Stuart (Price – executive producer) highly and loves me dearly, and basically pestered me and said, “You’ve got to do this; it’ll be so amazing!”, so I’ve got much to thank Jake for.

Do you regard this album as a return to the dance floor? Or did you never leave? Uh, it’s been described as a return to the dance floor; I don’t think I ever totally left but it is a return to form I’d say. Looking For An Angel, Cupid, Aphrodite… Do you think there’s a celestial feel to the album? There is something of a celestial feel throughout the album, definitely not on every track but I think we tapped into that on the first song we did together, Looking For An Angel. Personally, I’m always attracted to those ethereal, starry, universal ideas 20


I guess you need that cohesive sound on an album? Well, for me this was a first, to have an executive producer. It was just the best experience, and funnily enough I think it’s the most cohesive album I’ve had since the beginning of my career, back in the PWL days, where its very nature made it cohesive. There’s a lot to be said for working with different producers and trying different stuff, which has worked really well for me in the past, but I definitely wanted someone to tie this together as Stuart has done so beautifully... so that it existed as a real body of work.



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This is a much lighter album… was that some sort of reaction to the darker times that you had been through? I think a lot of what I do now is, in some way, coloured by the experience I had with illness. I guess I was just feeling like expressing joy at this point. I’d written songs more about that period in my life either on or for the last album, so I didn’t feel like going through those again; this was about this moment, this time, and what a happy experience this has been for me. Speaking about a particular theme, what is your relationship with love at the moment? Jeez! That’s a massive question! A lot of people question why so many pop songs are about love, why operas are so written, why paintings are painted, why we cry during really silly commercials. Love in all its various forms challenges us all the time and I guess you could say this was a little love affair with this album. I loved coming to work. I think that feeling comes through on the album.

What was the most fun you had on the record? Shall we tell that little story? The soon to be trademarked and copyrighted “Dolly Parton Litmus Test” is a way of testing a song’s viability as a song without production. He’d get his acoustic guitar out and we’d sing. Stuart: Kylie does the best Dolly Parton impersonation there is on the planet, ever! We figured out that if that worked for any song, and we could see Dolly doing it, then on top of that we could sit down with a guitar and do it like that as well – the song was probably destined for good things. It became, as you say, a sort of litmus test for each song on the record. Subsequently it’s also gone on to be the thing that stays in your head – quite strongly as well! And it has destined Kylie to do it at every dinner party she goes to from this point onwards to the end of time. Kylie: Then as a celebration when it was my last day coming in here to wrap up a couple of things, I took it upon myself to get two of the cheapest,



gnarliest, got-nothing-to-do-with-a-natural-fibreat-all outfits – cowboy and cowgirl. One was couriered here earlier in the day with a message – I can’t remember what I wrote – but just reading it you could tell it was in “that accent y’all!” So by the time I got here later in the day I did a quick change at the entrance and walked in to find my “cowboy” with Kenny Rogers blasting out of the stereo, then I came in and punched out a good old rendition of “Yeeeeeha!” with All The Lowers, in “Dolly Parton Litmus Test” style. That was one of our most fun moments. Was this one of the most fun albums you’ve ever made then? Yep. Without a doubt!


As well as a new album you also have a new perfume? With Pink Sparkle, I wanted to create an elegant, feel-good fragrance that takes you to a wonderful place of optimism and vitality. I like to think of it as an open invitation to join me in celebrating all that is good in life. Pink Sparkle is a sophisticated fragrance dedicated to all women who are in harmony with themselves and the world.


On a final note, this year Kylie fronted a breast cancer charity campaign for the first time following her own successful battle with the disease. The Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign was shot by fashion photographer Mario Testino… It means so much to me to be part of this year's campaign for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. I wholeheartedly support their efforts to raise funds for the vital work undertaken by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

I Aphrodite by Kylie Minogue is out now. I Pink Sparkle by Kylie Minogue is now available from stores.

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Seasonal panache With autumn here now, Society Living offers some great looks that take you from day to night, ensuring you always look fabulous – with a hint of pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Photographer: David Toms Tel. 690 656 120 Hair and make-up by: Liza Mayne Tel. 677 633 987 Styling and Editorial: Jessica White Tel. 697 981 918 Model: Elva at Target Models Shot on location in Marbella



Top – Fashion Villa €159 Trousers – Fashion Villa €199 Jewellery – Stephen Webster

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Jacket – Fashion Villa €479 Trousers – Fashion Villa €455 Jewellery – Stephen Webster



Dress – Cose Belle €47.50 (50% off) Jewellery – Stephen Webster Shoes – Models Own

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Dress – Cose Belle €65 Jewellery – Stephen Webster Shoes – Models Own



Top – The White Briefs €35 Trousers – The White Briefs €60

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Top – Elle Morgan €59.95 Trousers – Elle Morgan €145


Jewellery – Stephen Webster Sunglasses – Models Own


Dress – Elle Morgan €64.95 Jewellery – Stephen Morgan Sunglasses – Models Own

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Cardigan – Nina B €329 Top – Nina B €175 Jeans – Nina B €175 Boots – Nina B €349

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Dress – Nina B €175 Boots – Nina B €349

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As this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month we have put together a selection of clothes and accessories in the breast cancer colour – PINK! So find your inner girly girl with hot pinks, baby pinks and everything in between.


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Look good and feel even better by choosing beauty products that donate to worthy causes such as breast cancer awareness, care and research.

This October, six accomplished celebrities join Jessica to help raise awareness and funds for women diagnosed with breast cancer, with the launch of the “Inspire Collection”. Elle Macpherson, Jemma Kidd, Alexandra Burke, Dame Kelly Holmes, Rachel Stevens and Lisa Snowdon have each selected a shade of pink Jessica polish to show their support for the thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Two pounds from each polish will be donated, so celebrate the beauty, courage, endurance, intellect and talent of women throughout the world and show support for anyone affected by breast cancer, with Inspire.



Light up your smile with this Smile Brightening Lipgloss Duo from Smashbox. Each lipgloss is packed with light-reflecting particles for a gorgeous shimmering pout, as well as specially coloured pigments designed to reveal your brightest smile. It is also infused with a cool minty flavour that will make you feel fresh and ready for the day or evening ahead. All net profits will go to Breast Cancer Care.


Darphin Intral Soothing Cream contains Darphin Calm Complex, bisabolol, vitamin E and orchid extract. This cream, formulated without perfume or colour, moisturises, softens and strengthens all intolerant skins, at the same time as helping to help protect them from external aggressions. Darphin will be offering the Breast Cancer Research Foundation £5 from the sale of their best-selling Darphin Intral Soothing Cream.




Aveda are raising awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a limited edition hand relief. The product is specially packaged in a 150ml tube – a 20 per cent increase in size – and features a limited edition Elemis have designed a bright and colourful fuchsia pink limitedpink ribbon design with pink cap. edition Sparkling Beauty Collection. Find your favourite Elemis It also contains an essential staples including the Boob Tube lifting treatment and the reminder to women to have their divine smelling Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in jazzy limited annual breast examination in an edition pink packaging, and enjoy a little rose-tinted effort to emphasise the importance beauty. As Verite Reily Collins, editor of, of early detection. It is an incredibly says, "It's great Elemis have designed this collection to rich moisturiser that soothes dry, support such a worthy cause, and it includes a product chapped hands with hydrating plant emollients, that encourages you to be breast aware." Elemis have humectants, exfoliating fruit acids and anti-oxidants pledged £10,000 to the charity. that help diminish signs of ageing. Aveda will Stockist Reflections Hair Nails / Skincare: contribute £2 from each sale. Tel. 902 325 324;

The World of Jo Malone is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Red Roses Cologne. For each Red Roses Cologne 100ml sold throughout October, Jo Malone will give £5 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s research programme at the Royal Marsden Institute of Cancer Research. Inspired by a bouquet of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses, Jo Malone’s Red Roses is a romantic, clear, voluptuous scent. With a heart of crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon, it unfolds like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers, creating a contemporary, feminine fragrance.

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Key Exercises FOR WOMEN

One of the world's leading personal trainers, Matt Roberts is responsible for creating some of the most famous physiques… including Tom Ford, Naomi Campbell, John Galliano and Amanda Holden.

Myth 1: Resistance training will he majority of women who exercise are spending most of make you bulky. their gym time on cardiovascular exercise – perhaps Truth: You will lose body fat. due to poor coaching or a general fear of doing new Strength training helps reduce body fat and increase lean things in the gym. Researchers have made extremely weight. These changes may result in a slight increase in overall weight, since lean body mass weighs more than fat. As for compelling arguments for the benefits of weight training for gaining muscle bulk this will usually only happen if you have a women and those over the age of 50, not only for strength genetic predisposition to build muscle – for most women this is not gains but also for fat loss and improved health. Still, the the problem. Studies have shown that the average woman who number of women who take this recommendation to heart is strength trains two to three times a week for two months will gain quite low. Whatever your reasons for avoiding the weights, if nearly two pounds (one kilogram) of muscle and will lose 3.5 you are a woman, here are reasons why you need to make pounds of fat. Muscle burns more calories at rest and therefore resistance training your top priority. your metabolism will be enhanced. Just two pounds of muscle


can mean the equivalent of an extra 50 calories being burnt a day. This also highlights the folly of losing weight for a number of people – losing fat should be a priority while maintaining and enhancing lean muscle mass.


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Myth 2: Women should use different training methods to men. Truth: When it comes to weight training there should be very little difference. Often programmes for females focus on “problem” areas such as the back of the arms or the bottom. This is an inefficient method of training as it does not build a balanced physique and only gives a local fatigue to the muscle; it won’t tone the muscle (all muscles are “toned” – it’s the body fat covering them that’s the problem). Programmes should be based around squat and dead-lift movements, single leg exercises, push-ups and pull-ups (modified if necessary, depending upon fitness level). Initially mastering your body weight is vital and this should be the key for most beginners to resistance training.

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Myth 3: Women should avoid highintensity or high-load training. Truth: This type of training can be the most effective for strength and fat loss. Intensity is the driving force for most training programmes as this will dictate future adaptations. Women are often encouraged to use limited resistance, such as light dumbbells, in their strength exercises. Low or insubstantial training loads below those necessary for physiological adaptations are pointless for achieving progression and long-term results. Most people start to plateau after six weeks – this is the time that intensity changes can invoke more physiological changes, be it for strength or fat loss.



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or those of you who have visited the stunning Finca Cortesín hotel, it is tempting to wish you could retreat to it whenever the day becomes too arduous – the beautiful, picturesque surroundings instantly relax you and it’s easy to forget everyday life as soon as you step over the threshold. With many restaurants to choose from, including Society Living favourite Schilo, a championship golf course and a spa it isn’t hard to appreciate why guests return again and again. Visiting the spa last month I was able to take full advantage of its many enticing areas, including a well-equipped fitness room; thermal areas including sauna, steam room and snow cave; and treatment rooms offering a range of luxurious, rejuvenating treatments such as facials (one of which I was invited to try), body treatments, massages and more.


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Now that summer is over and we’ve all stopped worshipping the sun, we need to take a little care of our skin and look forward to the winter months and, dare I say it, Christmas! I know I’ve certainly not given my skin enough attention this summer and it’s feeling a little delicate after all of the rays I bestowed upon it, so indulging in a facial was exactly what I needed. The spa offers a great range of facials that guests can enjoy whether they are staying at the hotel or simply visiting for the day, and they enable you to revitalise your skin after the summer and prepare it for winter and the lead up to Christmas. These facials can be separate treatments or can be paired with massages, body treatments and hand and feet treatments for the ultimate pampering day. Guests can relax by the pool until they are ready for their treatment and will be collected by a therapist who offers details about the treatment of choice – each therapist is highly trained and knows what is best for the skin at different times of the year. Arlette, my therapist, knew my skin needed a little love and care so we decided on the Oxygenating Facial. After an amazing shoulder, neck and face massage Arlette exfoliated my skin and applied a mask, which was fully absorbed by the skin for extra moisturisation. When the mask is applied, it must stay on the skin so Arlette gave me wonderful foot exfoliation and massage, which every facial also

includes. The mask is then removed and using cold towels to close the pores on my face she applied a cocktail of serums that work more intensely than moisturisers. As I’m sure many other guests do, I left the spa feeling relaxed, pampered and beautiful.


Reconstructing LIVES THIS MONTH IN OUR SERIES OF ARTICLES ON LATEST TECHNIQUES AND TRENDS IN COSMETIC SURGERY, WE MARK BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH BY ASKING THE COAST’S LEADING PLASTIC SURGEONS TO EXPLAIN THE BACKGROUND TO AND OPTIONS FOR BREAST RECONSTRUCTION with them. Reconstruction with the patient’s own tissue is by far preferable. But every woman submitting herself to this will need to know that it involves a four to six-hour operation, including microsurgery.

Q What are the general criteria for

choosing either immediate or delayed breast reconstruction? The general criteria are the stage of disease and planned adjuvant therapies, such as chemotherapy an/or irradiation. Sometimes it also just the preference of the patient and the oncologist. At Hospital Quiron, we try to perform immediate reconstruction wherever possible, to spare women the trauma of the amputation. Immediate reconstruction means that the oncologic breast surgeon resects the breast, and the plastic surgeon reconstructs it in the same session, mostly using the patient’s own tissue.



Q What exactly does breast reconstruction involve? A It means the reconstruction, partially or

completely, of a breast following a breast cancer resection. Amputation of a breast is a very traumatic event for every woman, and the psychological trauma of amputation is comparable to losing a limb. Therefore breast reconstruction is an essential step in preserving a woman’s quality of life.

Q What are the choices in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction? A For microsurgical reconstruction with the

patient’s own tissue, the primary options are the abdomen (known as the DIEP flap) and the buttocks (I-GAP flap). In our practice, we currently perceive the DIEP flap from the abdomen to be the most popular option. I believe one of the reasons is that, in this form of reconstruction, the closure of the donor defect is very similar to an abdominoplasty. in other words, a “tummy tuck” is involved as a natural part of the operation.

Q What are the questions women need to Q What are the options for nipple reconstruction? ask themselves before opting for breast A We normally use local skin flaps (skate reconstruction? A They need to be clear that reconstruction flaps), which is a straightforward procedure with the patient’s own tissue is an extensive surgery and they need to plan a certain recovery from that. Nevertheless, to our experience it is worth it, and patients tend to be far happier with the results of breast reconstruction using their own tissue. Breast reconstruction with silicone implants is something that is still widely practised because it is far easier surgery and technically not so demanding. At Hospital Quiron, we do not generally recommend reconstruction with foreign bodies, as these tend to cause a lot of problems and few patients are really happy


that can usually be done under local anaesthetic. The areola can be reconstructed by a small skin graft, preferably from the groin. In some cases of specific pigmentation, a tattoo is also an option. DR ALEXANDER AMIR ASLANI Hospital Quiron (Málaga) Cirumed Clinic (Marbella) Tel. 607 307 515


Q What exactly does breast reconstruction involve? A Breast reconstruction surgery is performed

on women who have had breast cancer. After this operation a little part of the breast or the gland will be missing; this depends of the stage of the cancer and the type of oncology treatment undertaken. There are usually two methods to reconstruct the breast: either through the use of breast implants or the use of living tissue of the patient, which is taken from another part of the body. The surgeon could use a combination of methods depending on what he finds on examination. A number of factors need to be taken into account to determine the right course of action.

Q What are the questions women need to

ask themselves before opting for breast reconstruction? At the moment it is very uncommon not to undergo a breast reconstruction, as the life expectancy for these patients has increased a lot. Most women are more than happy to undergo surgery to improve the aesthetic appearance of the breast after treatment for cancer. Perhaps one of the main questions that women tend to ask is, “How soon can I have the surgery?”


ASK THE SURGEON Q What are the genera criteria for

choosing either immediate or delayed breast reconstruction? Usually delayed reconstruction is indicated in patients who will need radiotherapy after breast cancer remission. Some patients do prefer to treat the cancer first and focus on this treatment, before considering the aesthetic elements. The reconstruction may be delayed if there is possibility of cancer in the other breast. Immediate construction has the advantage that the patient will awake from the operation with breasts and she will not have to wait for a period of time with no breasts, which can be very distressing for some women. Furthermore, everything is done in the one operation, therefore avoiding another. You also have only one recovery period instead of two.

reconstruction due to significantly higher complication rates with tissue expanderimplant techniques in those patients.


Q What are the choices in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction? A Patients need to ask themselves if they

Q What are the choices in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction? A Depending on the indications the

reconstruction options are: I Immediate/delayed breast reconstruction with implant. I Immediate/delayed breast reconstruction with tissue expanders. I Immediate/delayed breast reconstruction with autologous tissue (flaps), eventually combined with an implant. With autologous tissue we mean tissue of your own body (skin and fat), usually taken from the inferior part of the abdomen or from the dorsal area.

Q What are the options for nipple reconstruction? A The nipple usually will be reconstructed as

the last step of the breast reconstruction. Usually the same skin of the breast is used to create the nipple, or alternatively a graft of skin from the groin area is used. The areola can be recreated with tattoo techniques; this gives a very natural result. DR DOMENICO MILETO Mills & Mills Medical Group Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 908 538 III

includes the recreation of a natural-looking areola and nipple.

Q What are the questions women need

to ask themselves before opting for breast reconstruction? Women need to ask themselves seriously if they are ready to undergo the long and sometimes painful process of breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is a large undertaking that usually takes multiple operations. Sometimes these follow-up surgeries are spread out over weeks or months. If an implant is used, the individual runs the same risks and complications as those who use them for breast enlargement but has higher rates of capsular contracture (hardening of the scar tissue around the implant) and revisional surgeries. In the case of autologous (microsurgical) breast reconstruction, women need to find a specialised centre, which is performing this kind of procedure on a regular basis, because it is a highly specialised procedure and if it is done by surgeons with a high number of cases the complication rate is significantly lower.



Q What exactly does breast

reconstruction involve? Breast reconstruction involves the recreation of the three-dimensional breast shape after a mastectomy (removal of the breast) due to breast cancer. This reconstruction can either be done at the same moment of the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at a later date (delayed reconstruction). Often it

choosing either immediate or delayed breast reconstruction? The primary part of any breast reconstruction procedure can often be carried out at the same time as the mastectomy. In the case of patients with significant medical co-morbidities such as diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure, or in the case of strong smokers, the surgeon may choose to perform delayed reconstruction to decrease the risk of complications. Patients expected to receive additional radiotherapy as part of their adjuvant treatment are also commonly considered for delayed autologous


want to have a breast reconstruction with their own body tissue (so called autologous reconstruction) or with prosthetic implants. In the case of autologous breast reconstruction, the plastic surgeon reconstructs the breast using tissue from other parts of the body (e.g. from the back, the abdomen, the gluteal area). The advantage of this method is that there is no foreign body in the breast and the results can be very natural; a disadvantage is that the patient faces a long operation, which leaves scars in other areas and can be prone to complications. In the case of a reconstruction with implants the new breast skin envelope is formed by the used of socalled tissue expanders, which are then changed for permanent silicone or saline implants. The advantage is a shorter operation time and no new scars; the disadvantage is the time needed for expansion (in the case of a total mastectomy) and the possible long-term complications associated with implants (e.g. encapsulation).

Q What are the options for nipple reconstruction? A The reconstruction of the nipple-areola

complex is usually delayed until after the breast shape reconstruction is completed so that the positioning can be planned precisely. The plastic surgeon can choose between different techniques of reconstructing the nipple-areolar complex, including: I Nipple-sharing technique – if one of the breasts has not been reconstructed and the nipple and areolar are sufficiently large, tissue may be harvested and transplanted to recreate a natural nipple-areolar complex on the reconstructed side. I Local flaps technique – a nipple can be created by raising a small skinsubcutaneous tissue flap in the target area and producing a raised mound of skin. To create an areola, skin can be removed around the new nipple and than replaced with a skin graft from the outer/inner labia to achieve better colour and texture match. The nipple and areolar region may then be tattooed to produce a realistic colour match with the other breast. DR KAI O. KAYE Ocean Clinic Marbella Tel. 951 775 518 / 670 770 455 w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m




Q What exactly does breast reconstruction involve? A Breast reconstruction involves surgery to

reconstruct a breast after a mastectomy or partial breast removal. Patients who have breast cancer often undergo some form of surgery to remove the tumour. Modern treatment aims to try to preserve the breast tissue; however, in some cases it is necessary to actually remove the breast. This is called a mastectomy, of which there are two types: formal mastectomy (where the breast and skin is removed; or subcutaneous mastectomy (where the breast tissue and nipple are removed, leaving the breast skin behind). Reconstruction is aimed at replacing the lost breast tissue and this can be achieved by three techniques. The most simple technique is breast implantation. This is very similar to the techniques used by cosmetic surgeons to enhance the breast size and shape. This technique lends itself best to patients who have had a subcutaneous mastectomy and where the skin has been preserved. Reconstruction using the patient’s own tissue is used more commonly in patients who have had a formal mastectomy and skin removed. Option one is to use part of the back muscle with the fat and skin overlying it to produce a “pedicle latissimus dorsi” graft. In this technique the tissue is moved from the back and placed in the chest wall without the blood supply being disturbed. This is a very effective technique and produces good cosmetic results. In some patients it is possible to take the reconstruction graft tissue from the lower abdomen. This is called a “TRAM Flap” and many patients like this as it essentially involves a “tummy tuck” at the site where the graft is taken. This technique is more tricky though, as the blood vessels supplying the tissue are divided and the graft is “transplanted” into the chest area. The blood vessels therefore have to be rejoined to the artery and vein under the arm and this can sometimes not work. This technique is often regarded as not being suitable for women who smoke.

Q What are the questions women need

to ask themselves before opting for breast reconstruction? The loss of a breast is a very emotive experience for most women. It is therefore important that, following mastectomy, a woman allows herself enough time to come to terms with what has actually happened. Many women believe that the loss of a breast defeminizes them and this can affect mood, confidence and relationships. Therefore the decision to have reconstruction is different for each individual. Before going ahead with reconstruction I believe that women need to consider the following questions: I Do I want to undergo any more surgery? I How do I feel about myself? I How is my relationship with my partner? I Can I live as I am without a breast and am I concerned about my physical appearance?




Is my partner concerned about my physical appearance? Is my surgery affecting me psychologically? Would breast reconstruction change the answer to any of the above questions? If I have breast reconstruction, am I doing it for me or for others? Am I ready to undergo further surgery? Can I deal with a poor outcome or any complications of surgery?

Q What are the genera criteria for

choosing either immediate or delayed breast reconstruction? Generally the choice for immediate or delayed breast construction is dependent on the severity of the disease, the need for additional treatment (particularly radiotherapy, which can damage transplanted tissue) and patient choice. There is no right or wrong answer; however, in some cases the clinical condition may lead your surgeon to recommend delayed treatment. In some cases women actually prefer to be certain that the disease has been adequately treated before subjecting themselves to reconstruction. In others, the desire to wake up from surgery with the breast reconstructed and a normal bust is the dominant issue. Modern treatment regimes and early diagnosis from screening means that immediate reconstruction is becoming more popular, especially in the younger age group.


Q What are the choices in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction? A These days, as cancers are being detected

when they are very small, it is often possible to remove them without resorting to mastectomy. This operation (called lumpectomoy) involves the removal of the tumour with a margin of “normal” tissue around it. When it is very small and cannot be felt through the skin, the surgeon may ask for the tumour to be marked with a small wire hook, which is placed in the tumour under local anaesthetic just prior to the operation. In these

cases, where the surgeon is trying to avoid mastectomy, a small sample of lymph nodes from the armpit (sentinel node biopsy) will be taken, which helps the surgeon decide on what post surgical treatment is required. If the breast does need to be removed, the choices are essentially a skin sparing subcutaneous mastectomy (including nipple removal) or a simple mastectomy in which the skin and nipple are removed. In most cases lymph nodes are also removed from under the armpit; however, the extent of this depends very much on the stage of the disease. The choices of reconstruction are outlined above. Following lumpectomy there may be small changes in the contour of the breast and, if necessary, these can be corrected by fat injection or small rotational Latissimus Dorsi flaps. If a mastectomy is necessary, broadly speaking the options are implants, pedicle Latissimus Dorsi flaps or free vascularised TRAM flaps. It should be remembered that, once the diseased breast has been reconstructed, it may look different from the “normal side” and therefore in many cases women ask for cosmetic surgery to the normal breast to balance size, position and fullness.

Q What are the options for nipple reconstruction? A Broadly speaking there are four options.

Firstly, the nipple can be simply tattooed onto the breast by a suitably experienced medical tattooist. This is the least complex option and many women are happy with this. In women who want a physical “nipple” there are three further choices. Firstly, a nipple can be created by raising a special type of skin flap in the appropriate place on the breast, which is folded and sutured in place to create a raised area resembling a nipple. In these cases the skin colour is the same as the surrounding skin and therefore post-operative tattooing is necessary to get the best results. The second option is a “nipple transplant” in which part of the nipple from the normal breast is removed and transplanted onto the new reconstructed breast in a similar way to the techniques used for skin grafting. Thirdly, it is also possible to get silicone prosthetic nipples which can even be made to match the normal side. It is, however, important to be realistic about what to expect from a reconstructed nipple and, in particular, women should be aware that no matter what technique is used reconstructed nipples will not react in the same way as a normal nipple to temperature changes, emotion or touch – and will not have the same sensation as a natural nipple. DAVID DEARDON British Surgical Clinic Marbella Tel. 951 703 243 Specialist Medical Clinic Gibraltar Tel. +350 200 49999 (David Deardon introduced coordinated breast cancer services at the GHA in 2005; and provides one-stop breast cancer and screening services in Gibraltar and on the Coast.)


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Dr. Alexander Aslani is head of the department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery of Hospital Quiron Malaga. He is the only surgeon practicing in Marbella who holds an appointment as director of a proper academic department of Plastic surgery, leading a team of top standard specialists in the field.


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s we grow older our facial muscles naturally start to lose tone and elasticity. Genetics, lifestyle, weight fluctuation and environmental factors can all influence the rate and degree to which our muscles lose their tone. As we all know, first impressions count and a sagging face can make you look tired, miserable and older than your years. Following over 20 years of research and development CACI now offer a non-surgical solution to combat loss of muscle tone, using micro-current therapy. During each one hour treatment session all 32 facial muscles are gently manipulated and reeducated by a trained therapist using a series of precise movements. Soft cotton-tipped wands are used on the face to transmit the microcurrent energy to the facial muscles to restore tone and elasticity. Results are visible after the very first treatment but a course of 10 treatments is generally recommended. After a course of CACI facial toning treatments facial contours will look lifted 50

and toned. A monthly top up treatment is recommended to maintain results. Micro-current stimulation delivers tiny electrical impulses that mirror the body’s own natural bio-electrical field. In most cases, treatment is virtually sub-sensory, with just a slight electrical tingling sensation. As an aesthetic treatment micro-current stimulation has been shown to have a number of cosmetic benefits: I re-educates muscles I increases blood and lymph circulation I enhances the penetration of the active ingredients of skin care formulations I increases the production of collagen and elastin I increases protein synthesis, gluconeogenesis and cell membrane transport I increases mitochondria activity, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) More information from Lucie: Tel. 952 810 487 / 670 526 561

Reflections in Nueva AndalucĂ­a have always been at the forefront of new treatments and products, offering clients options that take the beauty world by storm. The Gelish nail treatments were introduced to the salon over the last couple of months and they have been inundated with clients asking for appointments. The gel polish, which is applied like natural polish but lasts like a gel, giving up to three weeks coverage on the nail, is available in 42 colours including French and is low maintenance.

Also available are some great skin care treatments including facials, body therapies and exotic rituals using both Elemis and Dermalogica products, and the therapists have an extensive knowledge of both. Other treatments include waxing, additional nail treatments including nail art and pedicures, and haircuts, colours, perms and extensions. More information: Tel. 902 325 324;

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The ultimate social and dining experience – day and night Now open in Puerto Banús, La Sala offers diners the opportunity of eating from 10am to midnight, seven days a week, in a choice of eight different areas. These individually-styled settings have been created to suit whatever mood you are in: indoors, outside Spanish “rincón”, lounge terrace, high tables, bar, barrels, chill-out rear terrace, a la carte restaurant… The varied menu offers a range of international and Spanish favourites, all made from ingredients of the highest quality; and there will be a set lunch menu starting from mid-October. There is now live music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 October on Sundays as well, with roast dinners, two sittings at 1.30 or 4pm, and live music from 4pm. La Sala has already become a huge favourite among locals attracted by good prices and quality – and is ideal for an office or Christmas party in December. And, to put the celebratory icing on the cake, there is a FREE valet parking service! w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m



Kristina Szekely’s DIARY


his month is one of the most important dates on my annual calendar. For several years now, Mary Bloomfield and I have been attending the Breast Cancer Care fashion show and gala in London – lending support to this very admirable cause. This year, we will be at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on 6 October for the launch of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, enjoying a stunning and inspirational show featuring “real” people as models. According to the organisers, 24 women and men will take to the catwalk this year, styled by Estee Lauder and Sassoon and showing – as they say – “you can look great despite a diagnosis of breast cancer”. During last year’s evening gala event, the celebrity supporters included Geri Halliwell, Lisa Snowdon, Paloma Faith, Gail Porter and Joe Swash. In Marbella last month the main focus was on business and I am pleased to report that business matters after the summer seem to be back to normal – and people are quite excited about this. In fact, there is a new way of doing business that is already proving to be successful. We are being more


REAL ESTATE IMPRESARIO, INDEFATIGABLE PARTY-GOER, PATRON OF THE ARTS, GENEROUS CHARITY SUPPORTER… KRISTINA SZEKELY IS THE QUEEN OF MARBELLA SOCIETY proactive with our partners – real estate companies, banks, lawyers, tax advisors – and combining our resources and attending exhibitions together. To paraphrase a wise old saying: united we are strong; divided we are weak. Many clients having a look at the market during summer are starting to return, hopefully to buy! It’s actually a funny situation because when the market was struggling people were saying, “We’re not going to buy because prices will be going down further.” Now banks are releasing properties through us and suddenly people want to buy. I know from past experience, during previous recessions, that when people stop asking if prices are going down… that’s the turning point. The bottom line is that the Costa del Sol, and specifically Marbella, is so attractive that no one can compete in the long run. Places such as Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania might be cheaper, but here we have the infrastructure and

long-established roots. Marbella’s urban town plan has now been approved and the legal air has cleared. People are getting their confidence back, and business is active. One important trend is that it is not so much the same investors buying two or three apartments but now institutional investors looking at whole buildings with existing tenants, both locally and elsewhere in Spain. For example, we have been offered one building giving nearly an eight per cent return. The investment is under €20 million and there is a Spanish government tenant. We are also very excited about El Embrujo Banús, which we were given to sell last month. It is now owned by a bank and there are 100 per cent mortgages available for Spaniards and residents, with other buyers offered between 50 and 80 per cent. The mortgages are for a maximum of 40 years, and prices

start at €660,000 – with a choice of two, three and four-bedroom apartments as well as penthouses. On the social scene, I had a lovely couple of days in Venice, which included a gondolier race – something I have never seen before – and La Traviata at the Fenice Opera, which was rebuilt a couple of years ago and is looking at its best. Back home, I attended the inaugural flower ball at Villa Padierna, which was a big success. The fashion show was completely innovative, with long dresses made from beautiful fresh flowers… roses, hydrangeas, bougainvilleas, etc. The Spanish Women’s Open golf tournament, part of the Ladies European Tour, was being held at the same venue, Flamingos Golf, and the previous evening there was a cocktail dinner followed by flamenco singing in the hotel’s amphitheatre, where popular Spanish actress Ana Obregon was one of the guests. Another highlight last month was the launch of the La Sala bar, which is upstairs from our main office in Nueva Andalucía. It has great food and a great atmosphere, and is a good meeting place, open every day from 9am to 1am. All in all we had another good summer and now we are beginning a very interesting autumn.


Luxury complex situated near the beach just a walking distance from the famous Puerto Banús. This complex consists of 132 units distributed in two symmetrical blocks. There is a community Social Club with gymnasium, Jacuzzi, sauna and heated indoor pool as well as a large exterior swimming pool. Embrujo de Banús offers 2, 3 & 4 bedroomed apartments and 4 bedroomed duplex penthouses, all of them with magnificent terraces. Mortgages up to 100% for Spanish national & residents in Spain. 70% for residents in UK, Ireland & Germany. (Each case studied independently)

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Succulent fusion cuisine… in a chic setting TEXT LAURA-JANE BRUCE PHOTOS DAVID TOMS


he food at Suite was absolutely divine. We sampled dishes specially created for the winter months. The overall menu was a mix of Asian and oriental dishes that were tender and fresh on the palate, and unbelievably moorish. The Moroccan style décor of the restaurant suits the food exceptionally, with rich reds and oranges, and Buddhas scattered around the intimate dining area. Suite is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; dining commences from 9pm, and then from midnight it transforms into one of the most exclusive clubs on the Coast. The talented kitchen team at Suite consists of executive chef Simon Padilla, chef Elguin Rangel and sous chef Antonio Martin. To begin, we feasted on a trio of starters. The first was salmon, tuna and sea bass served in tiraditos (slices). This is a South American tradition where the fish is marinated in lime juice, making it light and extremely fresh, while the jalapeño dressing gave it an oriental twist. Secondly, we savoured the scallop ceviches. The scallops are marinated, naturally infused by the lime and coriander salsa, which in turn lightly cooks them and gives them a succulent texture. This dish was delectably decorated with flowers and pink peppercorns, and the different types of melon within the dish combined wonderfully with the peppercorns. Our third and final starter was gravlax of


salmon, served with avocados and a dill and mustard sauce – also beautifully presented. For our main meals, we were offered a choice of tuna tataki in sesame and pepper, sautéed tomato and vegetable, with sake and “kimuchi” sauce or grilled fillet steak, béarnaise sauce, chunky chips and baby vegetables. Both were served on a Himalayan salt plate. Suite are famed for being among the pioneers on the Costa del Sol in using this method for infusing flavours into meats and fish, together with MC Café. The food is cooked slightly, the salt plate is heated in the oven and the food is placed onto the salt plate, which naturally fuses through the meat, adding to the succulent taste. This Suite menu is fused throughout with Moroccan and Asian styles, a perfect match with the décor, and a special treat for the taste buds.

NEW RED ROOM With summer officially over, Suite del Mar has closed after another successful season, and the party now moves to the winter venue. Guests at the official opening party last month enjoyed champagne and canapés on the terrace while being treated to a fashion show by Nina B and Fashion Villa. To add to the entertainment there was also a fantastic performance by singer Rebecca Lander. The entertainment and hospitality proved that, even though the nights are starting to get colder, Suite can still heat up any party.

In addition to the traditional indoor scene, Suite is also introducing a new concept: the Red Room. From 9 October the Red Room will be open every Saturday night. This new concept will feature guest DJs every week, top performers and a fashion show once a month. There are also plans for themed parties in the not too distant future. With the introduction of the Red Room, Suite is offering guests two options: the traditional Moroccan Room that everyone has come to know and love; and the Red Room on Saturday nights. The Red Room has been designed by Suite’s PR team. Zoe Marmentini, the creative director, and Tara Lorimer, who heads up PR and events, have been joined by Susie K, whose vast experience of the Marbella scene will help to ensure that the Red Room is the place to party throughout the autumn and winter months. This creative trio have added new touches to the traditional Suite scene for those seeking a more diverse and edgy experience. The décor of the Red Room evokes a more provocative, sexy feel, and gives party-goers a dynamic alternative venue. The guest DJs will ensure new and different experiences every week. Suite Restaurant and Nightclub Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella Tel. Tara 676 962 852; Rafa 676 920 474

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I Polynesian’s Restaurant and Cocktail Bar Urb. La Alcazaba, Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 816 100 70


he Polynesian’s Restaurant and Cocktail Bar infuses you with a tropical-oriental feeling the moment you walk through the door. With table space inside and out, there will always be somewhere to dine, come rain or shine. The umbrellas were the deciding factor, so we chose al fresco. The outdoor area is nicely shaded, enabling you to unwind and enjoy your meal in complete comfort, and the poolside setting gives you the impression of having an exotic country right on your doorstep. Background sounds include upbeat music and a waterfall, the ultimate relaxer. The cuisine is a continental and oriental mix, with a Polynesian’s feel throughout, enhanced by the unique wood oven – but more about that later. The Polynesian’s is open seven days a week from 1pm until 1am, with the kitchen open until midnight. There is a large selection of wines and champagnes from Spain, Italy, France and Chile, and 90 different cocktails to choose from. Happy hour is from 5pm to 7.30pm every day. My guests and I decided to share two large cocktails, “Scorpion” and “Singapore Symphony”, a mix of rums, gins and fruit juices,

creating fresh and crisp flavours. To start, we were given a selection of delectable dishes. The first, a plate of seared tuna, cooked Hawaiian style with spring onions, ginger and coriander sauce. The tuna was melt-in-themouth delicious and extremely fresh, sourced from northern Spain, which is famed for its good quality fish. Another starter we were invited to try was a selection of sushi “New Style”, including prawns, fish and salmon, served on a flat slate – all light and delectable. I made an attempt at using the chopsticks the sushi was served with, but resorted to the cutlery that was thankfully provided. The final starter we savoured was a chicken Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese and croutons, which at face value seems like any other Caesar salad, but the Polynesian’s theme runs throughout the dish – with the oriental fusion of coriander providing a strong flavour. The chef, Cuty von Tak, tries to include oriental flavours in every dish, thus ensuring that, even with the more simple “staple” menu options, everyone can savour his special touches. For our main dish, we had sirloin steak cooked in the Chinese wood-fired oven. This oven is not like any other; it is the only oven of

its kind on the Costa del Sol. The heating source, natural smoke and heat, is derived from split oak. The meats, fowl and fresh fish are suspended from hooks, and this is how the chef creates his unique and original flavours. The steak, cooked according to individual taste, was infused with smoky flavours and was tender and delicious. The chips were a different take on the norm, served more like potato crisps, and the asparagus was flavourful and gave the dish a nice splash of colour. The chef’s fresh fish of the day is also smoked in the oven, so those who don’t eat meat will not miss out on this unique flavour. For dessert, we were treated to two mouthwatering treats. A self-confessed chocoholic, I opted for the dark chocolate island with vanilla ice-cream, which was to die for, gooey and glutinous. For those who are more adventurous, the lime cream with avocado yoghurt was creamy, smooth and divine. The avocado yoghurt was a nice twist to an interesting dish, and finished off the meal perfectly. With its fusion of tropical and oriental flavours, the Polynesian’s Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is a fun and enjoyable night out for diners of all tastes.

7.30pm–00.30am Plaza Altamirano 1 • Marbella

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he Costa del Sol might be best known for sun, beaches and glamorous parties but it is also a paradise for discerning foodies who delight in fine cuisine. This special monthly section features the latest restaurant and gastronomic news from along the coast.

GARUM Live entertainment and fine cuisine Garum has some great events lined up for autumn, including live music nights with a fourcourse dinner. Dutch duo Carin and Leonardo will be performing on Saturday 9 October, as well as two dates in November (the 6th and

20th). Guests will be serenaded with their international set, including samba and dancing, while enjoying a four-course meal for €38 (not including drinks).

On 23 October and 27 November “the singer with heart and soul“, Joost Jong, will be performing with guests also able to enjoy dinner at the same price. Garum’s relaxing, friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect venue for live music and entertaining evenings on the paseo marítimo in Marbella. Garum: Tel. 952 858 858;

In October Thai Elephant is offering a special for diners in the evening – buy one sushi dish and get a second free. The sumptuous sushi dishes include crab surimi sushi; flying fish caviar sushi; yellow-tailed rudderfish spicy sushi; and Japanese salad sushi “Chuka”. Thai Elephant: Tel. 952 779 166;

THAI ELEPHANT Special sushi offer for October Thai and Japanese restaurant Thai Elephant, located on the Golden Mile in Marbella, has a varied menu that offers diners a great selection of Asian cuisine. The restaurant has a large terrace area for guests to dine al fresco and also offers a take-away and delivery service – with free delivery to Marbella and a minimum order in the surrounding areas. The restaurant gives diners an authentic Japanese and Thai experience with exotic dishes and a great atmosphere. 72

ZOZOI Cosmopolitan menu in a cosy ambience A favourite restaurant for visitors and Marbella locals, ZoZoi has many delicious dishes that tempt the taste buds. Located in the heart of Marbella’s old town, Zozoi was renovated earlier this year to include a glass roof on the courtyard terrace with heating so guests can dine in the pretty space all year round. The menu has also had a revamp, with lighter dishes and options introduced for those who are starting their night out at the restaurant. Sumptuous starters include steamed mussels in a coconut lime broth; Asian salad with crispy duck; and ZoZoi Tartare with salmon, scallops and foie gras. There is also a selection of starters to share – perfect for romantic evenings for two.

A varied range of mains includes: roasted fillet of sea bass, crab brandade and aioli sauce; rack of lamb, parmesancrusted courgettes, choron sauce and stuffed potatoes; spicy risotto with spring onions, cherry tomatoes and prawns; and a selection of pizzas influenced by chef Benoit’s travels around the globe. There is also an international wine list with well-known Spanish wines as well as Italian, Chilean, French and New Zealand.

ZoZoi: Tel. 952 858 868;





International BUDDHA BEACH Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 Luxurious Balinese setting with al fresco restaurant serving an appetising selection of dishes ranging from fresh seafood platters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, creative salads and lighter dishes. A “snack and wrap” menu can be enjoyed from Buddha’s beach beds.

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Location: golf resort Tel. 956 646 575 Considered one of the finest Japanese restaurants in Spain.

Location: Laguna Village Tel. 952 807 354 Popular Italian restaurant group which made its mark in London and Puerto Banús. Extensive list of dishes made using finest Italian ingredients, and great service. A fine dining experience in chic, luxurious surroundings.

SOTOGRANDE International KE BAR Location: Frontline port Tel. 956 793 333 Chic venue ideal for watching the world pass by with snacks and full meals.



Location: Crta. de Ronda Tel. 952 812 794 Creative inexpensive cuisine, in elegant surroundings including stunning garden setting .

Location: Frontline port Tel. 956 790 390 Lively Irish bar and restaurant with well-priced snacks and full dishes – fun ambience and live music evenings.

CASARES International SCHILO Location: Ctra. de Casares Tel. 952 937 800 Gourmet Asian-fusion cuisine created by world-class chef Schilo Van Corvorden at the Finca Cortesin hotel and golf resort. Superb service, elegant setting and excellent wine list.





NERMAN’S RESTAURANT Oriental AND BISTRO BAR THAI BANGKOK Location: Avenida del Prado Tel. 952 815 398 Sumptuous home cooking in a relaxed atmosphere, with attentive staff and good value for money.


Location: Urb. La Alcazaba Tel. 952 816 100 Exotic fusion of tropical and BUBLÉS oriental cuisine, with indoor or al Location: Plaza Antonio fresco dining, relaxing ambience Banderas, TIBV and Chinese wood-fired oven Tel. 606 070 979 Superb international cuisine and specialities. cocktails in stunning Balinese TERRA SANA roof terrace setting. Location: near Andalucía Plaza NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Tel. 952 906 205 Renowned for its tasty and International healthy dishes.


Location: Plaza de Las Orquídeas Tel. 952 813 603 Traditional Thai and Asian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

GOLDEN M ILE Oriental SUKHOTHAI Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 770 550 Fabulous Thai cuisine, with intimate surroundings and cosmopolitan décor.

TAI PAN Location: Puente Romano Tel. 952 777 893 Enjoy cocktails at Polynesian bar before sampling oriental cuisine in beautiful surroundings.


Location: opposite Marbella Club Tel. 952 779 166 REGINA’S PUERTO BANÚS Location: near Andalucía Plaza Sumptuous original Thai and Tel. 952 814 529 Japanese cuisine including sushi Italian Elegant surroundings with high- and a selection of curries, with quality Italian dishes ranging from large terrace area perfect for al MACCHERONI traditional to creative. fresco dining. Take-away and Location: Jardines del Puerto delivery service also available – MAGNA CAFÉ Tel. 951 703 175 with full menus and online Location: Magna Marbella Golf, Fashionable pizzeria serving order service. Tel. 952 929 578 authentic Italian specialities. Takeaway available. Open every Exquisite cuisine in stunning night from 8pm. surroundings. Bar and large terrace with breathtaking views. Oriental Location: Avda. del Prado Tel. 952 813 859 Superb service and excellent food from award-winning chefs Michel and Paul. Attractive surroundings and pleasant patio terrace overlooking golf valley.

THAI GALLERY Location: Puerta de Banús Tel. 952 818 392 Creative cuisine with professional service and lively atmosphere. Open daily for dinner.



Location: C.C. Cristamar Tel. 952 815 319 Wide range of exquisite and exotic dishes enjoyed in stylish surroundings. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Take away and full catering service also available.



Location: Cento C. Cristamar Tel. 952 811 827 PASSION CAFÉ Contemporary cuisine, Location: C.C. La Colonia presented by Sushi des Artistes Tel. 952 781 583 (Golden Mile) – sushi, sashimi Fresh and creative food served and Japanese tapas. Takeaway throughout the day. Fantastic available. Open seven days a breakfasts, salads, wok dishes, week from 1pm to late. fajitas, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Daily specials and superb evening menu. Eclectic décor and pleasant ambience.


STARZ MARBELLA Location: C.C. Centroplaza Tel: 952 816 313 International food with all-day breakfast and extensive lunch menu. Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am–5pm. Free wifi.

EVITA BY BUENOS AIRES Location: Avda. del Prado Tel. 952 929 620 Superb Argentinean cuisine. Golf views on a beautiful terrace.

YANX CAFÉ Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 952 818 861 A prized location and lively atmosphere make this a great choice all-round.







Tel. 952 771 799 Highly popular restaurant set within stylish surroundings, al fresco at its best.

Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 925 250 Great service and attractive surroundings. Home-made dishes. Take away also available.

VICTOR’S BEACH Location: El Ancon Playa Tel. 639 553 088 A Costa del Sol institution, popular with visiting celebrities and residents alike.

MARBELLA International ZOZOÏ

SMALL WORLD CAFE Location: C.C. Le Village Tel. 657 277 713 Small World Cafe is a cool, contemporary restaurant where diners can enjoy lazy breakfasts, a quick bite for lunch or a relaxed dinner from the simple yet creative menu.

Location: Plaza Altamirano Tel. 952 858 868 Old converted house provides perfect atmosphere for cuisine with a difference.


Location: Paseo Marítimo Tel. 952 770 078 Considered the “dean” of SUITE Location: Hotel Puente Romano Marbella restaurants, specialising in fish and seafood from Tel. 952 820 900 Stunning restaurant and lounge throughout Spain. serving superb Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine in CASAMONO luxurious surroundings. Location: Calle Estébanez Calderón Tel: 952 774 578 The sister restaurant to Casanis, Casamono’s cuisine is in the style of a classic French bistro with a delicious array of cocktails.


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Location: Paseo Marítimo Tel. 952 858 858 Great for drinks, snacks and à la carte dining. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner Open seven days.

Location: Marbella & El Rosario Tel: 952 823 376 / 952 833 467 Friendly, authentic Italian restaurant offering traditional cuisine and special dishes prepared by the chef. Open daily 11am-midnight, with easy parking.


Location: Orange Square EAST OF MARBELLA Tel. 952 924 613 / 680 224 457 Creative contemporary cuisine, International with innovative new menu every six weeks. Open daily for BONO’S BEACH dinner from 6.30 till late; early Location: Costabella beachside evening menu until 8pm. Tel. 952 839 236 BIJOU BAR & BISTRO Fine cuisine in a stunning Location: Plaza Juan de la Rosa location on one of the most Tel. 952 776 468 beautiful beaches in Marbella. Varied and well-priced cuisine, THE BEACH HOUSE designed to include fresh Location: frontline beach Elviria ingredients, in comfortable Tel. 952 839 458 environment with excellent, friendly service. Open Tuesday Idyllic location by the sea with to Sunday at 6pm. stunning sunsets over one of the Coast’s best beaches. Open TERRA SANA daily for lunch and dinner. Location: Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 906 205 NIKKI BEACH Freshly made, lovingly prepared Location: Hotel Don Carlos food which uses the best (beachside) possible ingredients. Open for Nikki’s signature “global” cuisine breakfast, lunch and dinner. served in luxurious beach club surroundings either on the palmFrench shaded al fresco terrace, or from one of the oversized beach beds.

Authentic and innovative Italian cuisine Superb entertainment, elegant surroundings and excellent service


Location: Calle Ancha 8 MIJAS COSTA Tel. 952 900 450 Exquisite bistro serving menu International del día as well as à la carte, aperitifs and cocktails. Open MIJAS PLAYA Monday to Saturday for dinner. Location: La Cala seafront Tel. 952 493 749 Italian Popular restaurant overlooking the sea, with entertainment and ZAFFERANO dancing every evening. Superb Location: Calle Gloria 12 food in elegant surroundings. Tel. 952 863 125 Beautiful renovated old town VALPARAISO house with modern Italian Location: Ctra de Mijas cuisine in elegant surroundings. Tel. 952 485 996 Excellent Italian and international CASA NOSTRA cuisine served in charming and Location: C/ Camilo José Cela elegant surroundings. Tel. 952 861 108 Local dining institution since FUENGIROLA 1988, with extensive selection of superb Italian cuisine. International



Location: Las Lomas de Marbella Club Tel. 952 866 627 A fusion of fine Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a tranquil al fresco setting. Special menus, wine tastings and weekend buffets are a highlight.

Location: off C/ Valencia Tel. 952 471 929 Well-established, family-run restaurant in charming Pueblo López cobbled courtyard offering excellent international cuisine.

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Location: Edif. River Playa Tel. 952 580 640 Location: Crta. Mijas, Km. 4.2 Superb Japanese cuisine in chic Tel. 952 590 727 Polish and international cuisine – surroundings with excellent service – moderately priced but original creations, well-priced ample dishes. and generous servings – in a relaxed and comfortable setting, with easy parking and live BENALMÁDENA entertainment twice a week.


LOS BOLICHES Oriental THAI LANNA Location: C/ Francisco Cano Tel. 952 587 139 Exquisite selection of wellpresented Thai dishes in attractive ambience, with friendly and attentive service.


Cha Cha Bar and Grill


NIRVANA Location: Altos del Higueron Tel. 952 568 564 Wide selection of excellent, moderately priced Indian cuisine in friendly atmosphere.


Location: Paseo Marítimo Tel. 952 385 974 / 629 535 887 Location: C/ Francisco Cano 15 Basque and Galician cuisine in Tel. 617 909 805 frontline beach setting. Extensive A chance to enjoy all five à la carte selection and senses in tasteful – delicious selection of starters, pastas and moderately priced menu del día . meat dishes.






Location: C/ Santa Isabel 8 Tel. 952 586 031 Salad buffet with hot dishes of the day at lunchtime; a la carte selection in the evenings, fresh juices and homemade desserts. Open Monday-Saturday lunch; Friday and Saturday dinner.


RÍAS DE GALICIA Location: Paseo Marítimo Tel. 952 385 974 / 629 535 887 Basque and Galician cuisine in frontline beach setting. Extensive à la carte selection and moderately priced menu del día.


Location: C/ Párroco D. Antonio Location: Avda. Jesús Cautivo Tel. 952 058 790 Tel. 952 477 267 Specialising in meat dishes – The best seafood in town, in including exquisite leg of lamb pristine surroundings with and grilled steaks – but also professional and friendly service. with extensive range of fish and vegetable dishes in traditional MESON BRAVO “meson” surroundings with Location: C/ Francisco Cano large terrace for al fresco dining. Tel. 952 585 417 Wide selection of traditional Spanish and original international cuisine for all tastes.

NEW BAR AND GRILL OPEN! International cuisine Opening times Weekdays and Sundays 12pm – 02:00am Fridays 12pm – 03:00am Saturdays 09:00am – 03:00am

687 365 811 Centro Comerical Plaza L 64 Nueva Andalucia, Marbella Malaga 29660 By the Bullring in Puerto Banus

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FREE DELIVERY Original Thai Cuisine & Japanese Menu

(Thai & Japanese Cuisine Soft Drinks/Alcohol) Minimum Delivery 20€ Perfect for home or office

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952 779 166

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Golden Mile, CN 340, Km 178 Opposite Marbella Club Hotel – Easy Parking Open 13.00 – 16.00 and 20.00 – 24.00



Black and white masterpiece



A few weeks after Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for Red Bull, a Ferrari F430 won the GT2 class of the Silverstone 1,000-kilometre race, the fifth and final round of this year’s Le Mans Series. Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, is a fast and technical track that benefits road and race cars with effective aerodynamic downforce. Today, I am driving a very special version of the new Ferrari Italia fettled by British tuner Oakley Design. If this car is any indication of the potential of the forthcoming Italia Challenge car, then Ferrari’s rivals are really going to have their work cut out. Just sitting in the paddock, the Oakley Design Italia scores 10 out of 10 for wow factor. The very first time I saw the artist’s renderings, I thought this interpretation of the best looking mid-engined Ferrari 78


since the F355 had hit the bullseye. And everyone I showed the pictures to also instantly gave their stamp of approval. It is very important for an aftermarket tuner to have a clear and strong identity. Some achieve this with their unique alloy wheel designs; others with their body styling parts as well. The Oakley Design house style is defined by a white car with a black carbon-fibre roof panel, aerodynamic parts, and their distinctive forged alloy wheels. This works even better on the Ferrari Italia than it does on the Porsche GT2 and GT3 cars that Jon Oakley made his name with. From a distance, the thin layer of carbon-fibre bonded to the Italia's roof panel gives the visual appearance of a more extensive glass house, while the smaller carbon-fibre panel on the engine cover behind this underlines the illusion.

“Oakley take this well-bred racehorse and effectively put it through finishing school� Finally, by remaining in white, the arched cant rail accentuates the sweeping roofline over the door glass. The overall effect is sensational and radically changes the Italia’s look, making it appear even lighter and more stylish. The cabin has the factory carbon-fibre appearance pack, and Oakley offer a carbon-fibre trim package for the engine bay, which matches their new airbox. w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m




on Oakley is a professional test and racing driver, so everything that his company sells, apart from the carbonfibre roof panel and some other small trim parts, is there for solid technical reasons. With each generation of road car, Ferrari have incorporated more and more aerodynamic features, and the 458 Italia is the current pinnacle of this work. In line with their performance philosophy Oakley Design set out to enhance this even further. To establish a datum, they did a before and after in the MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association) wind tunnel. There, they established that the Italia’s outof-the-box downforce numbers were 2.555kg over the front axle and 4.503kg over the rear axle at 150mph, or 241km/h. In addition, the aerodynamic centre is quite far aft, and just in front of the engine. With near zero per cent drag, the Italia is very slippery, and has


“Ferrari’s rivals are really going to have their work cut out” potentially great fuel economy when cruising on a light throttle. Oakley set out to design aerodynamic components that would further improve the Italia's downforce without adding much to the car’s overall drag. Another objective was to bring the car's aerodynamic centre closer to its centre of gravity. This relationship confers better stability at speed, particularly in crosswinds. After much work on the computers and with prototype parts, the team went back to MIRA for further testing and evaluation. The data sheet revealed that the new spoiler lip boosts downforce over the front axle to 24.171kg, while the combination of the extended side sills, rear Gurney flap and longer and deeper rear diffusers increases downforce over the rear axle to 22.794kg. Total downforce is now 46.965kg, enough of an increase to make the car significantly more stable at speed, especially in crosswinds, but

not so much that it affects the suspension geometry under load. In addition, the aerodynamic centre is quite far aft, and just in front of the engine. With near zero percent drag, the Italia is very slippery, and has potentially great fuel economy when cruising on a light throttle. Oakley set out to design aerodynamic components that would further improve the Italia's downforce without adding much to the overall drag. Another objective was to bring the car's aerodynamic centre closer to its centre of gravity. This relationship confers better stability at speed, particularly in crosswinds. The external changes that Oakley make to the Italia’s engine are not radical, but they are telling, and instantly unleash another 9.3 per cent of useable output. These changes start with the plastic OE airbox, which has an internal divider so that


“The overall effect is sensational and radically changes the Italia’s look, making it appear even lighter and more stylish”

each cylinder bank is fed by its own intake tube aft of the rear side windows. Apparently, the moulding is very rough inside. Oakley open up the airbox and make their own new top half in carbon-fibre, increasing overall volume, removing the divider and smoothing out the lower half in the process. The re-engineered box allows the intake ram air charge to feed the intake manifolds from both sides. On the exhaust side, the factory set-up uses a four-branch manifold, catalytic converter and silencer on each bank. The silencers have valves that only open above 3,500rpm or earlier if the ECU detects 80 per cent throttle position or high load conditions. This keeps the car quiet in normal driving conditions and also enhances low-end torque. However, the way the system is designed, when the valves are closed, they force all the exhaust gases from both banks through the

complete silencer pipe work and into a 60mm diameter pipe, connected to a 35mm diameter pipe towards the end of its travel. These pipes from each silencer then meet and exit through the middle of the three exhaust outlets. On large throttle openings or high rpm, the bypass valves operate and the exhaust gases exit straight from the outer pipes. Oakley’s customers complained that the standard exhaust was too quiet, both in and out of the car, and also sometimes vibrated badly, creating unpleasant noises inside the cabin. Past experience with such valves indicated that they tended to stick or rattle over time anyway. Titanium is the favoured material for highperformance exhaust systems because it is ultra-light and corrosion-resistant, and has a deeper sonic signature than stainless steel. The Oakley titanium exhaust is a cat-back system only, so there are no changes that

would trigger an engine check light. This beautifully crafted system with its perfect seam welds deletes the bypass valves and centre section, simplifying the design of the exhaust and reducing back-pressure. There are still three exit pipes, but the centre one is only for show, and acts as an extra route for heat to escape from the engine bay. Oakley also found that the stock exhaust was extremely heavy, tipping the scales at a whopping 35kg. That is a lot of weight right at the back of the car. By reducing this to a mere 3.0kg, 1.5kg per side, the new system saves a massive 32.0kg in a critical part of the car! Couple that to the 22.3kg saving by the forged wheels, and the total weight saving is 54.3kg, equivalent to the weight of a small passenger. Car manufacturers covet their electronic data like the crown jewels, Ferrari more than most. As such, their ECU is protected by w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m



software that prevents you reading and modifying the data via the OBD port. It cannot, however, guard against the oldfashioned method of removing the ECU, reading the data, modifying it and reinstalling the ECU. Having re-mapped the ECU to optimise the fuelling and ignition for the modified intake and exhaust systems, the Oakley team put the car on the dyno again and were gratified to see a significant increase in power and torque. The new numbers are 623bhp and 573Nm, up from 570bhp and 540Nm. As mentioned before, the factory bypass valves and central exhaust component do enhance low speed torque, so deleting these has resulted in a slight drop in torque below 3,000rpm. However, above this the torque instantly rises above OE level, and both power and torque then follow the shape of the factory curves, but slightly higher, all the way to the rev limiter. One of the hallmarks of the Oakley Design Porsche GT2, GT3 and Panamera conversions are the British-made Dymag two-piece wheels. These use a magnesium centre married to a carbon-fibre rim to produce one of the lightest high-performance wheels ever. Unfortunately, Dymag recently became victims of the recession, so Oakley bought the rights to their design and the tooling, and have appointed HRE in the US as their new supplier. 82

HRE’s two-piece carbon-fibre rim/forged alloy centre design that has come out of this is under test, and in the interim Oakley are using their ultra-light forged alloy wheels in two sizes, 9.0J and 11.0J x 19-inch or 9.0J and 11.0J x 20-inch. Half an inch wider than the stock wheels, they place the extra width to the outside, giving a wider footprint and improving both handling and the cars visual stance. Even more significant is the lower unsprung weight conferred by these wheels. If you put the factory wheels on the scales, you will find that the front 8.5J x 20-inch wheels weigh

15.2kg each, while the 10.5J x 20-inch rears tip the scales at 15.9kg. The half-inch wider Oakley wheels weigh 10.6kg and 11.4kg, respectively, so across a set of four wheels that is a 22.2kg saving. Couple this to the standard ceramic brakes on the Italia, and you have a car with very low unsprung weight, which quantifiably helps acceleration, steering and braking. Oakley re-use the standard 235/30ZR20 and 295/35ZR20 tyres on their 20-inch wheels, and recommend the 19s for trackdays where they fit the new Pirelli Trofeo rubber in 245/35ZR19

ON THE ROAD “Front-end grip is stupendous, allowing you to turn in confidently and begin to throttle up in places you initially did not think you could” and 325/30ZR19 sizes. The rolling diameter of this combination is the same as the 20s. Oakley did encounter a small problem when developing these wheels. They assumed that, like other car-makers, Ferrari would only alter the offsets of their wheels, but it turns out that the Italia has a different PCD from the F430. Thus, the first two sets of wheels made before their first Italia was delivered have now been pressed into service as dealer show wheels! Not many people are aware that EU rules on street legal trackday tyres was changed recently, as an element in their compound did not comply with new pollution laws related to manufacture and recycling. The Pirelli Trofeo is one of the new generation trackday tyres that addresses this. “The factory suspension is very good indeed,” said Jon, “so we just lowered the ride height by 15mm in front and 10mm at the rear and optimised the geometry for this. We have a full suspension kit under development for hard-core trackday junkies, but the truth is that the slightly lowered standard set-up will be perfect for 99.9 per cent of our customers.” If car enthusiasts view the Oakley Design Italia as a visual masterpiece, bike lovers will drool over the matching Ducati 1198. The UK Ducati importer saw the Oakley Italia and suggested doing a small run of white 1198 bikes with carbon-fibre parts to create a matching pair of Italian art on wheels. Oakley Design was at the CERAM test track near Paris a few days before our Silverstone session and, to everyone’s surprise, the acceleration runs to 140mph between bike and car were a dead heat! “I was not even using the launch control,” said Jon, “so the Italia’s performance was most impressive.” CERAM has a high speed banking section, and braking hard from 170mph on 15 consecutive laps did not fade the brakes. “Unlike Ferraris in the past, even the Scuderia, the ceramic brakes on the Italia are perfect,” said Jon. The Italia was wearing the same set of tyres at Silverstone and even after all this hard track work it was very obvious that tread wear was even across the big treads. That says a lot about the balance of the chassis. Some say that the Italia’s steering is a bit too quick for the chassis. I did not find that either at low speed on the road or really pressing on at track speeds. There is certainly none of the nervousness that I hated about the 348 and 360, where you feel the back end is going to overtake the front every time you turn the steering wheel. If anything, front-end grip is stupendous,

allowing you to turn in confidently and begin to throttle up in places you initially did not think you could. The extra downforce from the Oakley front spoiler lip definitely helps here in medium and especially fast bends, giving very welcome aerodynamic aided grip. The wider wheels marginally improve the steering and the rear end grip, taking up any possible lost motion in the tyre sidewalls that might be present with the narrower stock wheels. The chassis is simply stupendous. It is so well balanced and eager to please. Unlike some mid-engined Ferraris in the past, this one does not feel like it is going to turn around and bite you when you reach the limit. I tried both Sport and Race modes, and found myself enjoying exiting the slower corners with power oversteer as a matter of course, as it was so easy and controllable. Accelerating hard at 150mph, the engine feels really strong and, to be frank, even on the road w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m



“As an all-round state-of-the-art supercar, at a relatively affordable price, it is unmatched both within the prancing horse stable and against its marketplace rivals”

the slight reduction in low-end torque is not really felt because the motor revs fast and freely past 3,000rpm in the blink of an eye. From that point, the torque is up on standard anyway, so while this may show up on the dyno sheet it is not an issue in real world driving. The closely stacked ratios of the twin-clutch paddle shift gearbox help here too. Coupled to the 9,000rpm redline, you have a lightening fast gearbox that keeps the engine on the boil, a flexible motor that revs to the skies and a power band to die for. The standard car has been made so quiet to meet EU drive-by regulations it is a big yawn until you open the valves on full throttle. So the much-improved soundtrack of the Oakley exhaust is another bonus. Scream the motor to the redline, brake and downshift for a corner and the electronics blip the throttle on downshifts. It makes you sound like a hero every time. The Oakley Design exhaust is not too loud per se, but sounds magnificent when driving away from you on full throttle. It has more bass profundo than the standard exhaust, and this is entirely appropriate to the car’s more purposeful appearance. The standard 458 Italia is the best Ferrari I have ever driven. It may not be as charismatic in some respects as the brutal F40 or make as nice a noise as the spectacular Enzo, but as an all-round state-of-the-art supercar, at a relatively affordable price, it is unmatched both within the prancing horse stable and against its marketplace rivals. Oakley take this well-bred racehorse and effectively put it through finishing school. As much I liked the standard Italia at first sight, I simply swooned over the Oakley version. The carbon roof gives the impression of a more extensive glasshouse, adding a futuristic element to the design without the potential 84

weight penalty. More importantly, every technical change here has been thought through and tested and is just enough to make a difference in its own specific area without upsetting the car’s overall balance. If anything, they play to the car’s strengths, improving its aero, adding to ride quality and grip, and improving its soundtrack and engine breathing. In the end, the Oakley Design Italia is such an appealing and capable take on Ferrari’s latest supercar that you have to ask if it is ever worth spending even more money on any other car that may cost twice as much and not be as well-rounded. The answer, plain and simple, from a technical or performance point of view is… no. The only reason anyone would do it is because they can.


TECHNICAL FILE Oakley Design Ferrari 458 Italia Engine: 4.5 litre flat plane crank V8 Maximum power: 623bhp at 9,000rpm Maximum torque: 573Nm at 6,000rpm Transmission: Dual clutch seven-speed F1 Top speed: 330km/h 0-100 km/h: 3.2 sec Price: ÂŁ35,000 + VAT for complete conversion

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Top European players return to La Quinta


he European Senior Tour returns to the Coast this month with the second edition of the €180,000 Benahavis Senior Masters at La Quinta Golf & Country Club from 15 to 17 October. Last year Carl Mason defeated Gordon Brand Jr in sudden-death after both had finished regulation play on seven-under 206. It was Mason’s 22nd Senior Tour title, leaving him one short of Tommy Horton’s total of 23 – a record he equalled this July in the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open. The tournament will be preceded by two pro-am days, where the amateurs will play alongside Europe’s top senior golfers including


Sam Torrance and Costantino Rocca (both pictured), Manuel Piñero (who designed the course), Ian Woosnam, Boonchu Ruangkit and defending champion Mason. In addition, an interactive golf zone will enable local children and their families to take advantage of a free introduction to golf in a relaxed and friendly environment through the SNAG coaching system (Start New At Golf). The interactive golf zone will be open from 9am each morning of the 13th and 14th at La Quinta Golf, and on the 15th and 16th October in Benahavis. Announcing the return of the event, José Antonio Mena, Mayor of Benahavís, said,

“Benahavís is very proud to be associated with the game of golf and it is through events like this that the municipality aims to be known as a centre of golfing excellence in southern Spain.” Added Joaquin Moya Angeler, President of La Quinta Golf and Country Club, “We at La Quinta Golf and Country Club are extremely proud to have the opportunity to host our second consecutive Benahavís Senior Masters, and we are delighted to have some of the world’s finest senior golfers here with us again.” The tournament is being promoted by Sportcel, which also promoted and staged the Matrix Jersey Classic in June, which gave Gordon Brand Jr his first European Senior Tour victory.

SOLHEIM CUP COSTA DEL SOL BID FOR 2015 US star Cristina Kim has accepted a role as ambassador for the Costa del Sol’s bid to host the 2015 Solheim Cup. Kim, who finished joint second behind Laura Davies in the Spanish Women’s Open last month (see coverage in Society), has played in two Solheim Cups (the women’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup), securing a 5-2-1 win-loss-draw record from Crooked Stick in 2005 and Rich Harvest Farms (Illinois) last year. She was presented with a gift by Francisco Amoros, director of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board, to mark the occasion following second round play in the Spanish Open at the Flamingos course. As well as being a member of the US LPGA Tour, she joined the Ladies European Tour last year. Alicia Garrido Villacieros from Deporte & Business, promoter of the Spanish Women’s Open, and also involved in preparing the Solheim Cup bid submission, explained, “I think it’s very important to show the American people that the Costa del Sol is a good place to come and I think Christina Kim is a fantastic ambassador for that. “It’s time for ladies’ golf on the Costa del Sol. We start with this; we want to have more tournaments on the Ladies European Tour, and if we get the Solheim Cup that would be just fantastic. “The Costa del Sol decided to sponsor this Spanish Open and we are really glad. This is the first time that the Spanish Open has come to the Costa del Sol and the Costa del Sol really wants women’s golf. It’s a good way of promoting golf tourism here in this sunny area with so many golf courses. “We are working hard and we want to present the best option but of course there are lots of great options. I think the weather here is one of the big things we’ve got. We’ve got more than 70 courses on the Costa del Sol so we really can show that this is the best place for having the Solheim Cup: facilities, international airports, big hotels. We’ve got everything. We are now studying which golf courses will be the best for the Solheim Cup but in the end we will present the Costa del Sol with three different options.”

ANDALUCÍA VALDERRAMA MASTERS RENOWNED COURSE BACK ON TOUR SCHEDULE The Costa del Sol’s most famous golf course is back on the European Tour schedule this year, with the inaugural Andalucía Valderrama Masters from 28 to 31 October. Valderrama has not hosted a Tour event since the 21st and final Volvo Masters in 2008. This will be the second European Tour event on the Coast in 2010, following the Open de Andalucía at the Parador in March. The Volvo World Match Play Championship, held at Finca Cortesín in October-November 2009, skips a year and moves to a new date in May 2011.




NEW SALES TEAM FOR SOCIETY LIVING Emma Maria Landberg, who has been with Society Living magazine since 2009 as advertising executive, has now been promoted to advertising manager, following the departure of Fay Jones. Emma has previously worked as an account manager for a model and events agency in the UK and also had her own London-based photographic agency, handling large corporate accounts including Unilever, Christies, A1GP and Harrods. Swedish-born Emma has travelled to most corners of the world but still believes Marbella is the place to be – and considers it her home. She looks forward to sharing her extensive and varied experience and expertise on behalf of clients in her new management role for the magazine. Joining Emma in the new team as an advertising representative is Annalisa Turner-Sterling. Annalisa has gained her sales and marketing experience over the past 10 years in the UK and here in Marbella. She has worked within large professional corporations such as BUPA and Grant Thornton UK; and also in the property sector, both in sales and rentals. She even has modelling and TV experience to add to her CV! In recent years her experience has been with local online companies. She is passionate about Marbella, loves networking and socialising, and now looks forward to working hard for Society Living and the magazine’s clients.

CRELART TOP-QUALITY OIL PAINTINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE Innovative website offers an extensive variety of oil paintings online to satisfy all people’s tastes. The top-quality paintings are hand-painted and available at “the best prices on the market”. The selection includes everything from reproductions of classic modern art to trendy and funky pop art.

IN BRIEF  MIND, BODY & SPIRIT FESTIVAL: Held on Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 September at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel from 11am to 8pm, the annual Mind, Body & Spirit Festival will have over 50 exhibitors and exhibitions including mediums, healers, psychic readings, aura photography, tarot, jewellery, crystals massage and healthy food. More information:  LIVE MUSIC AND FINE DINING: Popular Marbella restaurant Garum will once again have live music throughout autumn – as well as exceptional seasonal specialities on the menu. More information in the Table Talk section or:

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COSTA PETS LOOKING FOR A HOME We are pleased to offer space in these pages to Costa associations looking after and trying to find homes for abandoned or mistreated animals. If you would like news or contact details for your association included in this section, email:  TRIPLE A: A special “Italian evening”, with live music and a fashion show by Nina B, will be held at Villa Tiberio on Sunday 24 October to raise funds for the Triple A animal shelter. The three-course menu costs €59 – with all money going directly to Triple A. More information: Tel. 952 771 586 (Triple A), 609 778 731 (Susanna), 696 095 279 (Javier);

 F.A.M.A.: Below are some of the “fun, furry, friendly fourlegged friends” at the Foundation for Abandoned and Mistreated Animals, hoping to find a loving home. If you are interested in these, or any of the many others patiently waiting for a home, you can view the adoption tab at, or contact Pat Coleman on Tel. 620 354 885 and arrange to drop by the homing centre.  Other associations:



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SNAPSHOTS As it is not always possible to cover every party, launch or general celebration we would like to in our Society pages, the Snapshots section features other events along the coast – and further afield. If you would like your special occasion featured in the magazine, send us a selection of high-resolution photos and a brief write-up about the event (maximum 50 words), by 10 October (for the November issue) to:

LA CALA RESORT KEEN COMPETITION IN PROPERTY OWNERS CHAMPIONSHIP Los Altos residents reclaimed “bragging rights” from their Colinas del Golf rivals thanks to Liz McGuire’s victory in the women’s category of the ninth Property Owners’ Championship at La Cala Resort. The men’s category was won by Michael Robbins from Real Alta Vista; while best in the guests’ competition was Sean Jewett. The golf was followed by tapas and a prize-giving ceremony in the clubhouse. Almost all European nationalities are now represented in the cosmopolitan community of owners.


KEMPINSKI HOTEL BAHÍA ESTEPONA SPECIAL COMPETITION FOR FERRARI OWNERS Sixty-four Ferrari owners took part in a competition drive from Granada to Puerto Banús, before concluding the day with a gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony at Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. About 100 guests took the opportunity of staying at the hotel during the event, which was organised by the Association of Ferrari Owners.


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SUITE DEL MAR BEACH CLUB CLOSING PARTY IN AID OF CHARITY Guests enjoyed the last night of Suite del Mar with a three-course meal and a raffle with fantastic prizes including a day at the Marbella Club spa and a weekend in the Puente Romano hotel. The evening was in aid of the Wishlist Foundation, with profits made on the night donated to the charity. Guests partied late into the night, enjoying the beach club until it re-opens next summer.




In the stars ... with Russell Grant SCORPIO


CELEBRITY LIBRA Sigourney Weaver Born 8 October 1949 in Manhattan (New York) A three-time Academy Award nominee (Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl), and an Emmy Award winner in the latter two, Sigourney Weaver has been called “The Sci-Fi Queen” due to her many roles in this genre – most recently as Dr Grace Augustine in Avatar. She is known as a committed environmentalist, in 2006 calling a news conference at the start of a UN general Assembly policy meeting to warn of the threat to ocean habitats posed by deep-sea trawling and harvesting of fish. (Sigourney was the voice of the Narrator in The Tale of Despereaux – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

October 24th – November 22nd

September 24th – October 23rd Professional responsibilities dampen your spirits around the 1st; try to arrange some fun activities around this period to inject levity into your life. Don't let upsets at work affect your health near the 2nd. People will be very receptive to your ideas on or around the 3rd; your moneymaking plans are especially popular. Prying into a relative's personal life will only result in misery near the 5th. You're a little more subdued than usual on or around the 7th, possibly because you've been given a lot more responsibility at work. Being more efficient in your work habits in the days surrounding the 8th will give you more time for fun. The 17th is perfect for exercising your creative instincts. Take a chance on love in the days surrounding the 18th. You'll be a hot commodity on the romance market on the 19th. Be assertive about going after a well-paid promotion on the 21st. A friend, lover or business partner will share the fruits of their labour with you on the 23rd. Your powers of attraction are at an all time high as October ends.

Fears could weigh on your mind in the days surrounding the 1st; try adopting a more optimistic outlook. You need to be more consistent with a youngster on or around the 2nd; young people need stability to be happy, but you must be very careful about speaking your mind and letting a secret slip at the start of October. A solo project allows you to hone your creative skills near the 7th. Don't spoil a social gathering on the 8th with gloomy predictions. Secret communications fill the days surrounding the 17th. Trust your instincts about a relative in the middle of the month; they need all the love and compassion you can muster. Perform an anonymous act of kindness near the 19th. The days following the 20th are ideal for teaching, writing and taking classes. Make the first move on someone who has taken your fancy on or around the 21st. A relative will try your patience on the 22nd; try to keep your temper. Friendship could blossom into romance in the days surrounding the 23rd. Splurge on clothes, toiletries and jewellery at the end of October.





November 23rd – December 21st

December 22nd – January 20th

January 21st – February 19th

February 20th – March 20th

Working as part of a team will boost your professional reputation during the early days of October. Resist the urge to lash out at an irritable child or lover on the 2nd. A romantic rendezvous will be both exciting and exhausting in early October. The 5th warns against shaming a friend for their behaviour. If you're looking for work, spread the word among friends on the 7th; somebody may hear of the perfect position for you. Give serious thought to your long-term goals in the days surrounding the 8th. You'll get lots of support for your ideas during the middle of the month. A short trip for pleasure is favoured on or around the 18th. Get involved with a humanitarian effort near the 19th. A surge of confidence helps you make a daring move on the 21st. A creative project gets favourable publicity near the 23rd. Take advantage of your freedom around the 24th; this is a great time to take a solo trip. Exercising your willpower on the 26th will help you amass a big nest egg. Your pulling power proves irresistible when it comes to trick or treat time!

You may have to make some tough career decisions on the 1st; you need to steel your nerves. Don't question an expert's methods in the days surrounding the 2nd. The 3rd finds a good friend throwing flirtatious glances your way. Try to be receptive to other people's ideas around the 5th. New career responsibilities give you an air of authority near the 7th. Your expert knowledge earns you the respect of your peers on or around the 8th. People will look to you for guidance on the 17th; don't hesitate to render an executive decision. Making money from doing work you love will be more than satisfying on the 19th. Working as part of a team gets your creative juices to flow around the 20th. An argument between you and a pushy friend could erupt on the 22nd. The 23rd prompts you to wrap up a real estate deal that puts a little extra money in your pocket. You could be asked to take the helm of a large organisation on the 26th. Working behind the scenes will produce impressive results towards the end of October.

Let an expert take you under his wing in the days surrounding the 1st. Don't spend a lot of money on books around the 2nd when you can borrow them from the library. Working alongside a member of the opposite sex will be rewarding on or around the 3rd. The 5th forces you to work along conventional lines for a change. You may have a chance to go back to school or get a piece of writing published around the 7th. You'll have to study hard on the 8th to master a complicated subject. Booking tickets for an overseas trip is favoured near the 17th. An opportunity to develop your creative side falls into your lap around the 19th. You could get money to improve your office environment on or around the 21st. Good news about a family member reaches your ears on the 23rd, causing you to heave a big sigh of relief. A male business executive could offer you a wonderful job on or around the 24th. You'll have to draw on your hidden emotional reserves near the 26th to handle a high profile job.

Make a plan to repay a debt in the days following the 1st. The 2nd warns against lashing out at an indecisive friend, colleague or lover. A meeting of the minds strengthens a relationship on or around the 3rd. Don't mix friendship with romance on the 5th. The 7th puts extra money in your bank account via an inheritance, grant or scholarship. Discussing the intimate details of your life on the 8th makes you uncomfortable, but do it anyway. An admirer could confess their admiration for you on or around the 17th. Trust your instincts about a new arrival on the social scene near the 19th; they want to take your relationship to a whole new level. Follow up on a friend or neighbour's reading recommendation near the 20th. Don't try to convert a male friend to your beliefs around the 22nd. A big pay cheque could be awarded to you on or around the 23rd, giving you money for a relaxing vacation. Venture out of your comfort zone in the days surrounding the 25th. You'll have to work hard to get a promotion or well-paid work around the 28th.

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Horoscopes In the stars ... with Russell Grant ARIES March 21st – April 20th Take the lead in a business partnership on the 1st, as people around you may be indecisive. Unseen technical problems on the 2nd could force you to do a work project all over again. A physical encounter around the 3rd could be all that you'd hoped for and more. A new partnership on the 7th helps your career to advance. An old lover could try to make their way back into your life on the 8th. The 19th is ideal for teaming up with a group of artists to create something of beauty. Set up a retirement, college or savings account around the 20th. An ardent admirer could make a pass at you on the 21st. Don't feel pressured into lending irresponsible friend money on the 22nd. If you feel burned out around the 23rd, ask a friend to run errands for you. Sneak away to a secluded hideaway with a lover on the 24th. A passion-packed message from someone sexy makes life interesting around the 25th. Be ready to negotiate extra perks or added vacation time on the 26th. Promoting your religious, cultural or educational interests is favoured around the 28th. Your sex appeal is virtually irresistible on the 29th.



April 21st – May 21st

May 22nd – June 21st

June 22nd – July 23rd

Your love life becomes much more promising after the 3rd, when you lock eyes with a passionate admirer. Go over work assignments with a fine-toothed comb around the 8th. Positive feedback from your boss puts a spring in your step near the 18th. The 19th is good for netting creative work assignments. Signing a contract is ideal in the days surrounding the 20th. An ardent admirer could make a pass at you on the 21st. Don't push your luck with your boss on the 22nd; charm is no substitute for hard work. A period of obscurity will end near the 23rd, enabling you to adopt a more highprofile position at work. Let a friend, lover or business contact make the decisions on the 24th. The 25th is perfect for collaborative efforts of all kinds. A close friend will expand your horizons around the 26th; be willing to be led into unfamiliar territory. Your love life experiences a thrilling upturn in the days surrounding the 28th. Nobody will be able to resist your charms on the 29th; ask for as many favours as possible!

Your desire to put your creative talent to work will prompt you to make a daring move on the 1st. The 2nd isn't good for talking sense to an illogical relative. A passionate love affair could steam up your workplace near the 3rd. Your heart and head pull you in different directions on the 5th. Taking care of a youngster on the 7th will be a labour of love. Go over a creative project with a fine-toothed comb near the 8th. Your brain is your most attractive attribute on the 17th. Plan a short trip for fun on or around the 18th. A compassionate teacher shows you something valuable in the days surrounding the 19th. If you have an ache or pain, go for a medical consultation around the 20th. An important dream could come true near the 23rd, enabling you to publish a book, travel overseas or get an advanced degree. Hard work wins the approval of your boss on the 24th. The 25th finds you collaborating with a talented colleague. Take the initiative with someone who pushes all your buttons at the end of October.

You'll be asked to assume more domestic responsibilities on the 1st. Upsetting news regarding a relative, friend or neighbour could reach your ears around the 2nd; you can't save them from themselves. A passionate encounter near the 3rd takes your breath away. Don't discuss your private life with a nosy relative on the 5th. Make room in your home for a relative or roommate around the 7th. The 8th prompts you to have a serious conversation with a relative or roommate regarding their bad behaviour. Be honest about your feelings on the 17th. Let down your defences with an exciting new arrival on the social scene near the 18th. A loan, scholarship or grant could be awarded to you in the days surrounding the 19th. Planning a party brings out the best in you on the 20th. Don't rush a promising relationship around the 22nd. A promotion or high-profile job could be awarded to you in the days surrounding the 23rd. Venturing into unfamiliar territory on the 24th will result in fabulous luck.



July 24th – August 23rd

August 24th – September 23rd

Undertaking a course of serious study on or around the 1st will cause your professional reputation to soar. Don't talk yourself into an expensive purchase on the 2nd, or you'll soon regret it. The 3rd is perfect for spending quality time at home with your nearest and dearest. A bullying colleague at work won't listen to reason on the 5th. Taking an art class on the 7th could put you on a new career path. Positive feedback from a teacher makes you work harder than ever in the days surrounding the 8th. Your powers of persuasion are at an alltime high on the 17th; use this day to promote your agenda. An influential friend can help you cut through the red tape of a bureaucratic institution around the 19th. Spend the 20th clearing the clutter from your home. An inheritance, grant or dividend helps you make some necessary household purchases. A legal decision rendered near the 23rd helps strengthen a relationship. Take the initiative with a romance in the days surrounding the 28th. A female relative will grant you a terrific favour on the 29th.

Increased financial responsibility sets in around the 1st; you can't afford to be so free with credit card purchases. The 2nd finds you having to deal with a difficult and demanding personality who you just can't trust to keep their word. Moneymaking ideas abound near the 3rd; be sure to put at least one of them into practice. Don't poke your nose where it doesn't belong on the 5th; if you're jealous or possessive of someone, resist the urge to poke around in their personal emails or text messages. More money will come in around the 7th, provided you're willing to work long hours. Smart decisions regarding your income will sustain you through tough financial times near the 8th. You'll nab a high-paying position in the days surrounding the 17th because of who you are, rather than what you know. The 18th favours humanitarian work of all kinds. Business ventures related to film, photography and fashion could pay off handsomely around the 19th. Someone could confess a crush on you near the 23rd, resulting in a passionate embrace. Home improvement projects will go more smoothly than expected as October draws to a close.



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