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Welcome to the WEDDINGS SPECIAL issue of RM Magazine!
Contents Jan 2012
Happy New Year! 2012 has lots to offer and we have kicked it off with our best issue to date! If you are looking to get married or in fact were proposed to over the Christmas period, we have some fantastic features to get you booking that church! We have started a new series of features this month, ‘Life after TOWIE’ to find out how our TOWIE stars are fairing off screen. This month we interviewed the delightful Lydia Rose Bright at her new shop Bella Sorella, an eclectic yet inspiring shop in Loughton. We also bring you our regulars; Bella Voi, Kate Chennells and our RM Loves, and we also have an addition to the team, our new columnist Dr Jas. The ‘Perfect Smile’ expert is here to answer all your dentistry needs. We also reviewed the new Miller & Carter Steak House in Epping Forest and we have a fantastic competition from Eso Lifestyle, worth £600, to give away! Happy reading and don’t forget next month is Valentines Day. RM will have a host of products and reviews to help your day go smoothly.
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SASSI BRIDES Designer Wedding Dresses by Sassi Holford SUITS YOU SIR! Dapper wedding suits for every groom to be MAGIC ENIGMA Wedding Magician Barry Hicks, the man with the tricks!
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THE RM WEDDING DIRECTORY All you need to plan the perfect wedding
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW With Lydia Rose Bright
THE CARTER & MILLER STEAK-OUT! The RM Food Review
WE HAVE ARRIVED! The RM Magazine Launch Party
THE GADGET GUIDE Top gadgets on offer for the New Year
WHAT’S ON The best up and coming events in the region.
RM BEAUTY With Bella Voi
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Looking for that perfect wedding dress? Then check out these beautiful designs from the very fabulous designer, Sassi Holford, in her 2012 Signiture Collection and simply blow your groom away! www.sassiholford.com
Dry Cleaning Tips from Efendi, Brentwood:
A Wedding dress will probably be the single most expensive item of clothing you will buy in a lifetime. In order to preserve the dress and your precious memories here are some hints and tips:-
1. If your dress is silk it is important not to spray perfume directly onto the dress. 2. Your dress will have a hidden loop in order to hook up the train. Whether long or short, it is essential to hook up the train. This will ensure it sees less damage and pick up less stains. Beware of the bridesmaid with heels! 3. If you have any accidents on the day ie: red wine or champagne, do not attempt to remove them yourself or let anyone else try. Just blot the stain using a white, dry tissue or napkin. Leave this to the experts. Fresh and untampered stains makes our life easier and ensures optimum results. 4. Having your dress cleaned soon after the wedding ensures the best results so try and drop off your dress before you go away on your honeymoon! 5. Wedding Abroad? We can press and pack your dress into our travel boxes to ensure it gets to itâ€™s destination crease free and ready to wear. Remember, Efendi is always here for you in an event of emergency, whether itâ€™s alterations or stains on your dress BEFORE the wedding or you need some advice, just email or call us. Someone will always be on hand to help. Our aim is that you look your best before your wedding and feel your best many years after. E: Info@efendi.co.uk
WEDDINGS Vintage inspired bridal shoe with choice of organza or velvet ties, £185 www.rainbowclub.co.uk
Pearl Tiara, £98 www.glitzysecrets.com This stunning vintage inspired tiara is the perfect way to finish off a simple dress.
Faith Off White B-Lorna Heels, £75 www.faith.co.uk
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Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings, £70 www.beaverbrooks.co.uk
Martine Wester Bridal Necklace, £57 www.martinewester.com
o you have the show-stopping dress... check, the dream venue...check (and of course not forgetting the perfect partner), but it is often the smaller details that can be left to the last minute. Well, worry no more, RM magazine has searched the shops for some amazing accessories to personalise your bridal look whether you are looking for chic and classy or glitzy and glamorous!
Tessa Shoe, £675 www.gina.com
Vintage Wreath Tiara, £88 www.glitzysecrets.com
If you can afford to splash out, try on these Cinderella-esque diamante encrusted heels... and remember, wear them for dress fittings to make sure your gown elegantly skims the floor without causing you to trip! Jon Richard Crystal Brooch, £20 www.debenhams.com
Swarovski Crystal Purity Drop Earrings, £123 www.asos.com If you are planning to wear your hair in a sophisticated up-do, why not invest in these dazzling earrings that certainly have the wow-factor!
Bridal Crystal Encrusted Maple Leaf Necklace, £75.00 www.martinewester.com
Pearl Drop Earrings, £18 www.coast-stores.com
Kate Peeptoe Shoe, £85 www.rainbowclub.co.uk Not feeling too confident in heels? These shoes are pretty while providing support at the ankles and although they are by no means ‘sky-scrapers’ after a full-on day and a drink or two, you may be grateful you took the ‘sensible’ option!
Ruffle Front Clutch Bag, £35 www.accessorize.com Still feeling like you need somewhere to keep all of your handbag essentials on the big day? How about this gorgeous ruffle clutch...
Silk Satin Clutch Bag, Tess, £45 with optional chain www.rainbowclub.co.uk
The Budget One:
Ok, so weddings cost a fair amount of cash these days whether you are the bridegroom or a humble guest so save some dollar for the stag do with this dapper suit at a wallet-friendly price. M&S limited collection suit, ÂŁ99 www.marksandspencers.com
Suits you Weddings can kick up a bit of a dilemma for those who spend their days in a pair of steel toe caps and a high-vis vest, so RM have come to the rescue, giving you the low down of whats hot in the realm of menâ€™s formal wear. 10
The Laid-Back One:
Ok, so we admit it, not everyone can pull of a white suit, but if you are a chilled out guy looking for an outfit to make you stand out from the crowd this is the one to choose. Richard James Silk and Linen Blend Suit, £255 www.mrporter.com
The Uber-Stylish One:
Just a normal suit I hear you say, but for those more akin to a pair of skinny jeans than a formal 2-piece this style is slim fitted for a modern take on a classic style. Hoxton Charcoal Plain Weave Slim Fit Suit TM Lewin, £219 www.tmlewin.co.uk
The ‘Out There’ One:
This velvet suit is definitely not for the fainthearted but could well win you extra bonus points in the fashion stakes. Kenzo Homme Velvet Single Breasted Suit £600 www.houseoffraser.co.uk
The Luxury One:
This handsome morning suit is a traditional choice, woven with mohair for that soft-touch feel. (It may not sound like a selling point to you but it will impress the ladies...) Grey Mohair Morning Suit by Torre, £295 www.mytuxedo.co.uk
To top it off... We at RM think hats are somewhat of a lost art (when was the last time you saw someone under the age of 60 sporting headgear that wasn’t a baseball hat/flat cap?) These amazing top hats are available in a wide variety of shades and finishes, starting at just £40 by Christies of London
The Suave One:
Moleskin suits were just about the height of fashion in the 60’s so why not add a touch of retro sophistication to your look? Moleskin Suit, £200 www.johnlewis.co.uk
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Stella McCartney Womenswear AW 2011
Ralph Lauren Womenswear AW 2011 Halston Miss KG, £65 www.kurtgeiger.com
Dark Navy Herringbone Two Piece Two Button Suit, £800 www.gievesandhawkes.com
This month I’ve focused on Winter Wedding Guests – what to wear and how to wear it! For women, stick to rich colours such as berry and jewel tones, which are both huge this season. Stay away from blacks and whites – winter doesn’t have to mean dull. Maxi and midi lengths in skirts and dresses look elegant enough whilst also being comfortable and warm. Try this deep blue dress from Coast, available in two lengths. Layers and pleats on dresses also work beautifully, adding shape to an outfit in a romantic and feminine fashion. If you prefer a trouser, try a soft trouser suit in a purple hue.
Lorna Maxi, £180 www.coast-stores.com
Get the hottest style tips from RM’s very own Style Guru, Kate Chennells from Dress Me Vintage in Romford.
Flared bottoms with high heels add length and slim down a bottom heavy figure. A longer blazer also disguises this problem area and emphasizes the waist and bust. Cover up with a shrug in sensual silk or exquisite dark faux fur. By adding a jewelled broach to a shrug you can add a bit of glamour without looking over the top. Match shoes and a simple clutch bag to the colour of the outfit. With plain outfits wear bejewelled accessories. A necklace and earring set is a good way to start but for something more subtle try some jewel encrusted heels. These deep purple heels by Kurt Geiger have just the right amount of sparkle!
Semi Precious Rectangle Mother of Pearl Cufflinks in White, £30 www.johnlewis.com
DKNY Menswear AW 2011
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Winter Weddings for men mean dark colours; dark grey, black and navy work perfectly. Stick to plain colours – pin stripes tend to look more like work wear than formalwear. In relation to style, choose traditional, well tailored suits or tuxedos for very formal weddings. A cotton or wool mix suit is comfortable and warm yet looks smart enough for any wedding. A good quality suit is a must in any man’s wardrobe so make sure you get the perfect fit. Gieves and Hawkes sit at the head of Saville Row in London and are world famous for their suits. They may seem pricey but once you feel the quality of these suits you’ll understand why. Their navy two piece suit is perfect for a winter wedding. It is a sumptuous pure wool suit which is fully lined and will last a lifetime. Accessories are key to completing the outfit – start with a silk or satin bow tie in a warm tone. If a belt is needed, stick to a thin, plain black, good quality leather one. A formal dress shirt in soft cotton will keep you comfortable all day and night and can be finished off with a gorgeous pair of silver cufflinks. Try these interesting rectangular Mother of Pearl cufflinks from John Lewis.
WEDDINGS Tanya dress, £75 www.monsoon.co.uk
Evening dress £335 www.veramont.com
Red satin bow cocktail dress, £69 www.mandco.com
Ruffle halter neck dress, £22 www.matalan.co.uk Mustard crepe shift dress, £22 www.fashionunion.co.uk
S Diamante jumpsuit, £140 Star by Julien Macdonald www.debenhams.com
floral shoulder split maxi, £120 www.rarefashion.co.uk
o the Christmas buzz is over and the parties have finished but the new year brings a whole host of exciting events and seeing as this is our wedding special, we thought we’d get in early and give you some fabulous fashion ideas, especially for those on the guest list this spring! Careful not to upstage the bride, we have steered well clear of those ‘solast-season’ nudes and neutrals. A huge trend for the new season is vibrant, acid colours, particularly on silks and satins so here we present a sumptuous spectrum of gorgeous dresses to suit every taste and style...
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ou’ve got your top hat and tails picked out, shoes shined and corsage colour coordinated but have you got your grooming sorted? Well, never fear as RM is here to guide you through the pre-wedding grooming guide, courtesy of www.mankind.co.uk, to make sure you’re looking ship-shape and on top form for your big day!
Step 1: Deal With Dandruff
Nothing attracts attention (for all the wrong reasons) as much as dandruff. So make sure you avoid snowy shoulders by washing hair with Phyto Phytheol Intense Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 100ml £10.50, which contains a raft of potent botanical ingredients to give flakes the brush off.
Step 3: Give Yourself a Hand
It’s especially important to ensure your hands are in tip-top condition in romantic situations for two reasons: firstly they’ll be on show all night and secondly because we’re often judged by the state of our nails. Trim them squarely across the top with Tweezeman Tweezeman Stainless Steel Nail Scissors, £20, and give them the once over with Tweezerman’s Tweezerman’s handy Nail Cleaner Cleaner,, £13.
Step 5: Maintain a Matte Complexion
Men’s skin might be oiler than women’s, but the last thing you want is oil-slick skin when you’re standing at the altar. To keep skin matt apply Men-U apply Matt Moisturiser with Sebum Absorbers 100ml 100ml, £12.95, before going out. Men-U is so compact you can even take it out with you and reapply if necessary!
Step 7: Aim for Perfection
You know how it is: you want to turn up on your wedding day looking tanned, healthy and blemish-free. Unfortunately, your skin has other ideas. The solution? Nickel Le Grand Bluff Skin Perfector 50ml, £22.50. Not only is it brilliant for disguising blemishes, it’s also great for evening out skin tone and masking any imperfections. It is to your face what the airbrush was to that David Cameron poster!
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Step 2: Be a Real Smoothie
Facial hair might be in fashion but when it comes to passion, being clean shaven always wins out. But don’t take our word for it – poll after poll suggests women prefer their men to be smooth. And with good reason – no-one wants a bad case of ‘pash rash’ after your wedding night!
Step 4: Banish Bad Breath
According to one survey 1 in 5 people reckon bad breath is the worst possible turn off ! To keep your breath as fresh as a daisy; chew sugar free gum, drink plenty of water to prevent a dry mouth and rinse with an alcoholfree mouthwash like Periproducts Retardex Oral Rinse 250ml, £5.10.
Step 6: Spray to Play
It’s little wonder that studies have shown women find fragrance a turn on. However, overdo things and fragrance quickly becomes a weapon of mass destruction. If you’re using an eau de toilette, 2-3 sprays is all you’ll need. As for what works well, warmer, heavier and spicier fragrances like Kiehl’s Musk Musk, £37.50, come across as being more sensual.
Step 8: Don’t Forget the Details
If there’s one time when details really do matter, it’s when you’re under the unforgiving scrutiny of your bride to be. So don’t forget to deal with any unruly ear and nose hairs. Tidy errant eyebrows and make sure you’ve no scary neck hair. And last but not least, ensure your lips are in a kissable condition by sloughing off any dry skin with a toothbrush and applying some Kyoku Lip Fuel SPF15 7.5ml, £11.
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WEDDINGS Dior Addict Lipstick:
YSL Touche Eclat: Need we explain? A cult classic used to conceal any imperfections or blemishes as well as those dreaded dark eye circles.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Collector No 1, £22.50 www.yslbeauty.co.uk
Keeping the tone natural again, get the catwalk effect with the innovative high-shine formula in nudes and neutrals (our fave is shade ‘Miss Dior’!)
Bourjois Mascara: This mascara is designed to double the volume of lashes with it’s curved brush lifting and fanning for a full effect.
Dior Addict Lipstick, £22 in Diorissime www.dior.com
Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Curl Mascara, £7.50 www.bourjois.co.uk
Bare Minerals Matte Foundation:
Estee Lauder Shadow Crème:
A pure blend that leaves skin smooth and even improves it’s condition when used over a length of time.
Fabulous long-lasting eye shadow designed to last all day and night!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Shadow Creme, £16.50 www.esteelauder.co.uk
Bare Minerals Matte spf 15 Mineral Foundation, £25 www.bareminerals.co.uk
The Porefessional: A fabulous pore minimising balm that compliments all skin tones! Benefit The Porefessional, £23.50 www.benefitcosmetics.com
Quick Blush: Portable all in one brush and blush available in six fabulous natural shades.
Clinique ‘Quick Blush’ in Pronto Pink, £22 www.clinique.co.uk
fter the glitter and sparkle of December, we thought we’d tone it down for the new year. Take a look at all of these gorgeous and glamorous products to give you a chic natural look that is perfect for your wedding...
WEDDINGS Graceful Rose And Stephanotis Scented Bouquet £150.00 www.interflora.co.uk
Vintage Wedding Table Styling POA www.ckworks.net
Cindy Kirkland £75 www.ckworks.net
Influenced by home furnishings, this trend takes French styling and unites it with a beautiful vintage feel. Think big blooms like hydrangeas, garden roses and pom pom geraniums with blue hues, grey tones and a splash of pistachio to really stand out. If you struggle to find the colour of flower you want, work it in to your bouquet by using ribbon and lace detailing.
Ivory Rose And Orchid Scented Bridal Bouquet £170 www.interflora.co.uk
Subtle Luxury This DIY trend is here to stay. Reflect you and your partner through the creativity and personalization of your wedding décor. Intricate detailing and a wider mix of flowers gives you that ‘just gathered from the garden’ look and the introduction of subtle colours, such as dusky pink and quartz, results in a fabulous wedding bouquet.
Cindy Kirkland Bridesmaid Bouquet £75 www.ckworks.net
Chic Table Centre Design. POA www.ckworks.net
till looking for that perfect wedding venue? Well look no further. Essex boasts a fantastic array of wedding venues, from country houses to luxury hotels and all on our doorstep. RM brings you a fine selection of venues to help make your wedding extra special.
Ashwells Sports & Country Club
Ashwells Sports & Country Club There are certain occasions in life when every possible effort must be made to create the perfect day to look back on. The wedding celebration is one such occasion when attention to detail makes all the difference. Set in the gentle quietness of the Essex countryside, yet just two miles from the M25 Brentwood and only seven miles from historic Ongar, Ashwells Country Club is the perfect location for your big day. Ashwells prides itself on being one of the finest wedding venues in Essex with over 20 years of experience hosting wedding breakfasts and receptions. Ashwells is one of the most idyllic venues for your wedding reception and for civil marriage ceremonies with many bookings coming from personal recommendation. Ashwells has two main areas for wedding celebrations; The Club House which is situated with a poolside terrace on one side and sweeping lawns to the other and the Willow Room which provides an exquisite setting for both the wedding breakfast and reception party in the evening. Ashwells can sit up to 100 guests and 250 guests party buffet style and when the wedding reception does begin, what better setting can guests enjoy than taking a breath of fresh air in our beautiful landscaped gardens. The surroundings alone make Ashwells the perfect spot for that special celebration-whether it’s a wedding, anniversary or company reception they are all given that extra touch of class. But you don’t have to take our word for it…head down to Ashwells’ Wedding Fayre Sunday 12th February 2012 11am-4pm. The staff are available to offer advice on every aspect of your wedding day from local register offices to assistance with creating a personalised wedding menu for you and your guests. Also available are weekday and weekend special and deluxe packages to suit all budgets. Ashwells Country Club, Ashwells Road, Bentley, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9SE. T: 01277 373828 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ashwells.co.uk
Orsett Hall Set in beautifully tended gardens, Orsett Hall is a truly stunning backdrop to your perfect day. Marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships: Your ceremony can take place within any of the function rooms within the Orsett Hall Hotel, and they are currently constructing a unique Wedding Lodge within the grounds of the Orsett Hall ... watch this space for more information! With three different venues to choose from within the hotel - The Gold Room, The Pavilion and the Whitmore Suite - you’ll find the ideal location for wedding groups from 10 to 350 people. The hotel has three Bridal suites: The William and Mary – a traditional ‘Four Poster’ bedded room, The Barnard Suite – contemporary designed with some very rich colours and The Whelan Suite with double aspect windows making it a very light and bright room.
There’s also plenty of room for your guests, with thirty-two contemporary rooms to choose from. A range of inspired menus and extensive wine lists are available with immaculately prepared cuisine, sourced from the best local producers. Orsett Hall Prince Charles Ave, Orsett, Grays RM16 3HS T: 01375 891402 www.orsetthall.co.uk
Crown Plaza For a fairytale wedding with a twist, celebrate at Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester - Five Lakes. Combining traditional elegance with contemporary styles, sumptuous dining and attention to detail their dedicated team will meet and exceed your expectations, delivering an unforgettable day for you and your guests. The elegant surroundings of the Resort are the perfect backdrop to the most romantic day of your life and the patios, gardens and outside terrace areas provide the beautiful scenery for wedding photographs that you will cherish forever. The facilities of the hotel include three private rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, which offer the benefit and flexibility of organising your entire celebration at one venue, with capacity for up to 250 people including private bars, dance floors, balconies and terraces. There is also a staggering 194 newly refurbished luxury bedrooms and stunning honeymoon suites for your wedding night. Along with the on-site spa there is a large range of leisure facilities for guest's including two eighteen hole golf courses. Maldon, Essex CM9 8HX T: 01621 868888 www.cpcolchester.co.uk
Mary Green Manor Your perfect wedding starts with the choice of a perfect venue. Ideally situated in the heart of Brentwood, Essex, Marygreen Manor Hotel offers every modern facility together with old world Tudor charm in the warm and friendly atmosphere of this historic hotel. The Marygreen Manor is a Tudor Manor House dating from the 16th Century and was originally
home to Henry Roper, Gentleman Servant to Catherine of Aragon. This stunning venue, set in beautiful grounds, provides the perfect backdrop to your special day. Its abundance of oak beams, cosy Inglenook fireplaces and quaint features are steeped in history and exude character and charm. Marygreen Manor comes complete with period function rooms, secluded courtyard garden, delicious food, exceptional service and a range of stunning guest accommodation. Relax ~ youâ€™re in safe hands! Let their dedicated wedding coordinators guide you through your wedding day arrangements. With over twenty-five years experience their team can help you plan your civil ceremony or partnership, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening festivities. Their experienced Coordinators who are always only a phone call away will also happily help and advise you on menu planning, timings, seating arrangements and various entertainment options. London Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4NR T: 01277 225 252 www.marygreenmanor.co.uk
Enigma If you looking for top class entertainment at your wedding, then look no further. He’s the master of the mix and mingle, and does tricks quicker than you can say abracadabra! Magic Enigma, Barry Hicks; the man with the tricks, is a fantastic addition to any wedding day and if you haven’t already got him on your wedding check list, then what are you waiting for?
ward winning magician, Barry Hicks, has been performing magic professionally since 1986. Since then, he has performed his table and walk around magic for a long list of celebrities, sport personalities, TV presenters, soap stars, promoters and dignitaries. Hailing from Hornchurch, he covers the working areas of Essex and London performing at corporate events, weddings and special occasions, even performing at the RM Magazine launch party! Barry’s engaging personality won him his first job, and was one of the original team, within the magical themed restaurant ‘The Magic Moment’ based in Regents Street. His visual and high impact performances captured all of his audiences, earning him continued bookings at established venues and a fantastic rapport with all of his clients.
From Europe to America, Barry has travelled and seen many magicians perform and present talks. Recently, he performed at the London Palladium amongst many celebrity magicians at ‘A Night of 100 Magicians’. This night celebrated 100 years of magic and featured the likes of Mac King, Paul Zenon, Hans Klok and many other international stars. With our wedding issue in full swing, RM caught up with the man himself to find out how he got into magic and why he makes the perfect wedding entertainer.
First of all, where did your name ‘Magic Enigma’ come from?
One reason why I chose that name was because people saw me as a bit of an enigma. Not many
people thought I was the sort of person to become a magician. However, the real reason came from when I was at school. I had a temporary teacher who was stationed at Bletchley Park in the war cracking codes. Every Thursday afternoon he would have us breaking codes similiar to a machine called Enigma used during the war, and it was honestly the most interesting thing I ever done. This is something I always remember and I wanted to bring a bit of my past into my magic.
So, how did you get into magic?
It started off as a hobby and I joined the Ilford Magical Society. A year later I auditioned and joined The Magic Circle, a worldwide premier club for magicians, and started to perform in venues around London and Essex. For a while my day job took up most of my time and I had to leave the
WEDDINGS magic on the back burner for a few years. Then when I retired, I decided to take it up again and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Why do you think magic is such a good source of entertainment at weddings?
Mostly it’s fun, different and keeps people entertained when there are slow patches throughout the occasion. A lot of weddings now are carried out at the venue, so there are a lot of people waiting around for pictures to be taken and this is when I keep them entertained. Magic also breaks the ice between people that don’t know many of the party and it gets people talking, bringing them together. It helps add that extra special touch to the big day.
What is your favourite trick to perform?
There are many tricks I like to perform but my favourite is changing a £10 note into a £20 note and then into a £50 note in less than twenty seconds. This always keeps the audience attention and leaves them amazed.
What goes into planning your wedding performance?
As the audience you only see me perform, but behind the scenes it takes a lot of preparation, detail, thought and practice to get my routine perfect and suited to the client. Each performance is tailored specifically to each of my clients. I think it’s very important to find out all the details so the bride and groom get an act that is
meaningful and special to them. I ensure I have all the details of the venue, number of guests, if anyone has any disabilities or special needs to make sure I am fully prepared. I even liaise with the venue to make sure everything goes smoothly. Working weddings you get to know when to work the audience and when not to. I also make sure I’m not the life and soul of the party as you can’t over shadow the client’s big day, and that is very important. Although I do not advertise it, I also do balloon modeling when there are children at the
“I like to entertain, amuse and amaze my clients...” wedding. This doesn’t normally happen until after the wedding breakfast but it helps keep the children entertained as well as the adults.
How do you manage to perform to all the guests within your allocated time?
Unlike other magicians, I try and cut out dead time. For example, my cards will already be out of their box and I will be fully prepared for all the tricks I do. This makes sure I’m not wasting time and my audience gets the most tricks at the highest impact.
How would you describe your magic?
Most of my material is visual, direct and entertaining so people don’t have to think a lot. This maintains their interest and attention and works well in a wedding environment where people are usually drinking and relaxed. I like to do shorter, high impact tricks that leave people wondering how it’s done and I put this across with how I present my tricks. I once performed at a wedding with 180 guests and in two hours I had presented to them all. The toastmaster said I was one of the hardest working magicians he had seen, which was a fantastic compliment.
What do you think makes a good magician?
When you are a magician you have to fit your personality into your act. You use tricks that suit you as a person and that comes out in how it is
presented. There are lots of different magicians, some are very heavy and deep with more serious magic, and some are very comical. I like to stay in the middle and amuse people and entertain people without being too heavy. The most important part of being a magician is being able to identify and understand your audience, which enables you to present to the best of your ability. I also respect the audience so they can feel at ease knowing that I am not there to embarrass or humiliate individuals.
Finally and most importantly, how can people book you?
You can contact me on: 01708 551530 / 07958 578718 or visit my website, www.magicenigma.co.uk, where you can find all the relevant information and also to read some of the brilliant testimonials I have been given. Well, he dazzled us at our launch party and hundreds of other clients before, and with the RM seal of approval, we won’t be surprised when you book Barry Hicks; the man with the tricks, for your wedding!
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A Maldives honeymoon is perhaps the best way to see these amazing islands for the first time and are perfect if you’re looking for romance and seclusion. Over 1000 coral islands grace the Maldives yielding unbelievable beauty at every turn. Take a speedboat or seaplane transfer from Male, signaling the perfect beginning of your Maldives honeymoon, where you’ll witness stunning, panoramic views. The Maldives are all about its natural beauty and is the perfect place for diving and snorkeling. If you’re looking for a more relaxing visit, you can enjoy the stunning, un-crowded beaches or private sundecks surrounded only by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. This romantic destination is unlike anywhere in the world in terms of its aesthetic beauty. Quite simply a wonderful choice for a honeymoon. www.visitmaldives.com
Malaysia boasts the contrast of old world Asian charm in the capital city with private idylls dotted in the sea and dense rainforest wilderness. With this combination, you have the perfect destination for your honeymoon. Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur are a popular combination, offering experiences in a diverse land where the sustained ideals of ancient cultures, seen in resorts such as Terengganu and Penang, meet the futuristic landscapes of modern cities like Kuala Lumpur. Honeymoon couples can navigate between the rejuvenating beaches and spas of Malaysia’s famous island hideaways and the effervescence and excitement of its major cities. Whatever you choose to do, a Malaysia honeymoon features bewitching, unique ambience to leave a lasting impression. www.malaysia.com
Barbados Stunning beaches and genuine Bajan hospitality have helped make Barbados one of the most popular Caribbean Islands for honeymoons. Suiting the needs of many couples, a Barbados honeymoon is one of the most versatile honeymoon destinations you will find.
Hawaii is everybody’s vision of a perfect tropical island, honeymoon paradise. With all the sea, land and sporting activities you could want and all the opportunities for rest and relaxation you could ask for, this really is the ultimate honeymoon destination. The Hawaiian Islands offer fantastical beaches, friendly faces and fantastic food, and every island has its very own unique flavour. So whether you are enjoying the energy of Oahu or relaxing in Maui you can find the perfect getaway to suit.
For those who want a tranquil beach paradise to spend long, hazy, sunny days soaking in the sun as the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea lap by your feet, the unspoiled and secluded north-western beaches of St Peter parish are perfect. The livelier beaches of the south and the west, near to Bridgetown and Holetown, will guarantee that couples wanting to dance the night away and sample the resort’s famous rums and cocktails, will not be disappointed. Of course, on a Barbados honeymoon, there is always the option of doing both! www.visitbarbados.org
These islands may be the ultimate dream for every beach fanatic but they also showcase a unique and vibrant culture with diverse influences from the North America’s and the Asia’s. Offering towering sea cliffs, fantastical volcanoes and the most superb beaches you’ll ever set your eyes on, Hawaii really is the crème de la crème of honeymoon destinations. www.gohawaii.com
Seychelles This honeymoon destination is perfect to if you’re looking to slow down, switch off and just drift in time. A Seychelles honeymoon is adorned with romance and the beauty of the surrounding area will take your breath away. Let the serenity of these island idylls work their magic whilst lazing on powder soft beaches, bathing in crystal waters and revelling in an intimate and romantic haven. This wonderful destination is a pretty collection of granite and coral isles merged against some of the world’s finest quiet beaches where privacy and intimacy make them ideal for your honeymoon. You will find an array of sights from beautiful Creole houses, artists’ studios, national reserves and marine parks, as well as breathtaking natural wonders above and beneath the waters. The Seychelles offers a wide range of excursions that will introduce you to the pleasures of glass-bottom boating, or simply enjoying a choice of water sports. www.seychelles.travel
WEDDINGDirectory Make sure your perfect day goes by without a glitch with the RM Wedding Directory... CAKES Andrea’s Wedding Cakes
T: 01621 828301 email@example.com www.essexweddingcakes.co.uk
Sarah’s Cake Shop
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Sweet Sam’s Wedding Cakes
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14 Rutherford Close Eastwood Essex Tel :01702 522307 www.leighcakes.co.uk
Melanie Ferris Cakes 10 High Street Stock, Essex T: 01277 840911 www.ferriscakes.co.uk
Pukka Cake Company
Essex T: 07920 755285 www.thepukkacakeparlour.co.uk
Rags 2 Riches Executive Cars
T: 0208 595 0327 M: 07852 959 447 www.rags2richesexecutivecars.co.uk
SL Executive Ltd
Pine Lodge School Road Little Totham, Essex T: 01621 893409 www.slexecutive.co.uk
Brooklands Hardings Elms Road Crays Hill Billericay, Essex T: 01268 293100 www.aristocars.co.uk
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Arrow Vintage Cars
11 Inglefield Road Fobbing Stanford-le-Hope Essex T: 01268 552562 www.arrowvintagecars.co.uk
Cool Classic Cars
272 Eastwood Road Rayleigh Essex T: 01702 421731 www.coolclassiccars.co.uk
79 Main Road Gidea Park Romford, Essex T: 01708 736 236 www.awhiteweddingshop.co.uk 46 Market Place Romford Essex T: 01708 749390 www.blissbridals.co.uk
24 – 26 High Street Romford, Essex T: 01708 743999 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bridalshopltd.co.uk
Confetti & Lace
529 Brompton Walk Lakeside Shopping Centre West Thurrock, Essex T: 01708 890353 www.confettiandlace.com
House of Couture
14 North Street Hornchurch Essex T: 01708 471527 www.houseofcouture.co.uk
Laura Louise Bridal
119 Corbets Tey Road Upminster T: 01708 222227 www.lauralouisebridal.com
137 Kings Road, Brentwood T: 01277 263500 www.matchmakerbride.co.uk
104 - 106 Kings Road Brentwood, Essex T: 01277 229388 www.newbeginningslondon.co.uk
1 & 2 Kings Parade Stanford le Hope, Essex T: 01375 361058 www.essexwedding.org
ENTERTAINMENT DJ Ian Scott
T: 07798 753639 E: email@example.com www.djianscott.com
18 Westbury Road Brentwood, Essex T: 07749 777741 www.essex-dj.co.uk
Essex Wedding Pianist
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T: 01708 551530 M: 07958 578718 www.magicenigma.co.uk
FLOWERS Bailey’s Creative Floristry 5 Radford Way Billericay T: 01277 626553 www.baileyscf.co.uk
Bliss Flowers of Cranham
32 London Road Romford, Essex T: 01708 726620 www.pearlsflorist.co.uk
Petal and Lace
28 Danbury Vale Danbury Essex T: 01371 873986 www.petalsandlace.co.uk
97 Corbets Tey Road Upminster T: 01708 225 410 www.studiofloristupminster.co.uk
HAIR & BEAUTY Brides with Style
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Naturally Unique Ltd
Unit H13 Laurie Walk Liberty Shopping Centre Romford T: 07932400987 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.naturallyunique.co.uk
2A Moor Lane Upminster, Essex T: 01708 640 446 www.blissflowers.co.uk
Rebecca Ryther Bridal Make-Up
Suze Newton-Staines Make-Up
Unit 220 Ongar Road, Brentwood T: 01277 729085 www.brentwood-florists.co.uk
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JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES Belle Fontaine Jewellers
14 High Street Billericay T: 01277 655481 www.bellefontainesjewellers.co.uk
87 High Street Brentwood, Essex T: 01277 227401 www.brentwoodjewellers.com
Coe Gary Jewellers
35 Cedar Avenue Upminster T: 01708 222 696 www.garycoe-jewellers.co.uk
Unit 6 , Thurrock Enterprise Centre Maidstone Rd Grays, Essex T: 0845 257 6927 www.ibkrystals.com
Perfect Finishing Touches
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Truly Tempting Accessories Rainham, Essex T: 07919 327561 www.trulytempting.co.uk
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SUIT HIRE Anthony’s Formal Wear
53 High Street Billericay T 01277 651140 www.anthonyformalwear.co.uk
David’s Formal Wear
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187 Station Lane Hornchurch T: 01708 438761 www.foxtailoring.co.uk
VENUES Ashwells Sports & Country Club Ashwells Road, Bentley, Brentwood T: 01277 373828 www.ashwells.co.uk
Crowne Plaza Colchester Maldon, Essex T: 01621 868888 www.cpcolchester.co.uk
Greenwoods Hotel & Spa
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London Road, Brentwood, Essex T: 01277 225 252 www.marygreenmanor.co.uk
Marc Godfree Photography
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Prince Charles Ave Orsett, Grays T: 01375 891402 www.orsetthall.co.uk
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...with Lydia Rose Bright
She’s our very own Essex fashionista and she has rocked our screens with her vintage style since series one. After opening her own shop, Bella Sorella, RM catches up with Lydia to talk life after TOWIE, fashion, relationships and to ask the all important question… “Where’s Mr Darcy?!” WWW.RMMAGAZINE.CO.UK 29
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Hi Lydia, how are things going for you at the moment?
Really, really well. The shop has just taken off amazingly and we’ve been really lucky as we are busy all the time. We just had meetings this morning as we are going online in the New Year, so things are going really well in regards to that. I’ve also been doing a few campaigns and I have just become the ambassador for Wonderbra, so that was a really big thing for me. I’m a very very busy girl but I’m enjoying it all.
So how did you become the ambassador for Wonderbra? It came about as they were looking for someone who experiments with their fashion. They wanted to move away from the traditional ‘lingerie model’ and that’s why they approached me. I think it is perfect for me. I love
“My style icon is always going to be Carrie Bradshaw...” experimenting with my own look and the campaign is called ‘Take the Plunge’ which is about changing your fashion and experimenting with your style so I am really looking forward to getting involved with such a big brand.
How is your shop, Bella Sorella, doing?
We’ve been so busy since we opened and on weekends, we get people come in from everywhere! As TOWIE is broadcast in other parts of the world, we had a group of fans come in from Israel, which was amazing. People like to come for the Essex experience and that’s brilliant, we have just been so lucky.
Give us a snap shot on what Bella Soretta is all about. Bella Sorella is for everyone. We stock such a wide range of products that appeals to all ages. Our clothing is very vintage inspired, a lot of it I wear in the press and on the show, but we’ve also got a lot of long dresses that are very versatile and suit older ladies as well. A lot of mums come in and my mum comes in and buys a lot of products. We also stock homeware and our candles are very popular with the older ladies as are our cupcakes and gifts. We have such a big range of customers and I can never pin point what sort of age range come in the most as the shop is very versatile. It’s nice to be hitting such a big market.
Is this something you’d imagined you’d be doing, running your own business?
Yes definitely! I’ve always been really into fashion and it was something I wanted to pursue even before TOWIE. I wanted
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to get into fashion journalism and my sister and myself have always wanted to set up a business as we are both around the same age and are really close. It just made sense to do it. The shop just popped up and it was beautiful so we were like, lets just do it! We are so happy we did it and it has been so amazing.
You’ve been in the show since series one, how has it changed your life? It has changed my life dramatically. I’m always going to be the same person and when I’m away from everything, in Essex, in my shop and in my house I’m still the same person. I just get so many added perks like red carpet events and getting involved with all these campaigns. I’ve been very lucky and I’m just so happy, it’s like every girls dream.
You’ve been known as the fashionista of TOWIE, how have you managed to maintain your own style throughout?
I’ve always been really involved in my fashion and really involved in pushing it and experimenting with it. I’ve always had a unique sense of style and I do my shopping in vintage shops in Shorditch. I always try and stay true to my style and myself and I’ve never wanted to fit in with the stereotypes. I’ve always wanted to be myself and have my own style.
To maintain your own style on the show, you must have such a strong character? I’ve been so lucky as the press has really warmed
to me and I’ve been featured in a lot of fashion magazines such as I-D Magazine and Disorder Magazine. I’ve just been really lucky that people like my style and fashion.
Who is your style icon?
My style icon is always going to be Carrie Bradshaw but I love Blake Lively now, Olivia Palermo and I think Molly King has a great sense of style but there is a lot of peoples fashion sense I like. Carrie Bradshaw has got to be my ultimate style icon.
What are your top tips for looking reem?
I’d say my top tips for looking reem are; always be brave with your fashion. I think people can get quite nervous when trying new styles, they love an item of clothing but they always say ‘I can never pull that off !’ You need to be confident and not be afraid to try out new things.
Your relationship with Arg has been a focal point throughout the series and you’ve had your ups and downs, how are thing going with you both at the moment?
We are getting on really well at the moment. We are really happy but obviously we’ve had a really volatile relationship and it’s been up and down, on and off. I always say we are the most volatile couple ever but we are getting on really, really well at the moment.
Has being in the show put additional pressure on your relationship?
Yes, at the beginning it was really, really hard for me because we were just thrown into this show and there was a lot of strain because of things that come out in the press that weren’t true. We are so busy all the time but we have been in the industry now for over a year, so we have got used to it and now it’s just normal for us.
You’ve been the most well received character in TOWIE, why do you think this is?
I just think I’ve been really lucky that people have warmed to me and my style and because I’m just being myself. I haven’t made any silly mistakes that have been blown out of proportion in the press, and touch wood, I still haven’t made any and I’ll try not to!
Most importantly…what’s happened to Mr Darcy?
I think everyone thought he was a micro pig but he definitely wasn’t. He grew bigger and bigger and it was just unfair to keep him and I wanted him to be amongst other pigs, so we had to give him to a local farm. We still go and visit him and he still recognises us! He’s a lot happier now.
And finallt, what are your plans for the future?
Well, I’m going to keep pushing with the shop to help make it bigger and I love doing the show. I’d like to keep working with fashion and hopefully get a little presenting job, that’s my dream. You can visit Lydia in Bella Sorella, 251 High Street Road, Loughton. Keep your eyes peeled for Bella Sorella’s new website in the New Year.
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ith our launch party fast approaching, the RM girls thought it was high time we took a break from work and had a little pampering. When we heard that Utopia Beauty and Spa were going to treat us to some TLC, we raced out over to Hornchurch as quick as our legs could carry us; and what a pampering we had!
Based on the Hornchurch High Street, Utopia Beauty and Spa is an exquisite haven offering treatments from Clarins and Dermalogica facials, non-surgical treatments to paraffin wax manicures, nail enhancements and holistic therapy, the list is endless! With their highly trained and friendly beauty therapists, Utopia ensures you receive quality treatments with no compromise. It is the perfect place to feel at ease and is the ultimate spot for relaxation. So you can imagine our delight at the thought of us sampling some of their fantastic, luxury treatments! Looking through the selection available, we found it difficult to choose what we would try and after hours of deliberating we finally chose our treatments. Entering the salon we were greeted by the lovely Managing Director, Joanna, who took our coats and whisked us away for a much needed coffee. After a chat and some caffeine, we were showed to our seats and we were excited for our pampering to start. Our Art Editor, Annie, chose the Spa Deluxe
Manicure with Hot Oil. Carried out by the lovely and very professional Megan, Annie was treated to a true pampering experience. Firstly, her fingers were soaked in Almond oil to repair and nourish her cuticles, and then she was treated to a fabulous exfoliation scrub and mask to remove dead skin cells and hydrate her hands. After an ultimate relaxing hand and arm massage, Annieâ€™s treatment was finished with beautifully painted nails. A treatment we highly recommend!
Next up was our Media Sales wonder, Steph, who started with a Clarins Aromatic facial. Renowned for its 100% pure plant facial oils, Clarins facials are prescribed according to your skin type and contain, amongst others, essential oils of Sandlewood, Lotus and Blue Orchid. Steph was treated to a gorgeous face, head and scalp massage that left her skin feeling soft and refreshed and whilst she relaxed, her treatment was finished with a file and paint on her toes. For those who love a good massage, this treatment is definitely for you! Finally our admin assistant, Gemma, began with an eyebrow and lip wax. Now, all of us girls know
how painful this can be but the very calming and professional Megan, once again, carried out this treatment with the upmost care and attention. Gemma then joined Steph in the Pedicure Room to finish off with a Deluxe Spa Pedicure. She was treated to a wonderful mineral bath, where her nails were trimmed and cuticles worked, followed by a natural sea salt scrub. Next, Gemma had a clay mask to hydrate and moisturise then her feet were dipped in paraffin wax for further hydration. Her treatment was finished with a foot and leg massage with her nails being beautifully polished. A must have treatment for all you foot massage lovers!
After all the pampering, we did not want to go back to work and wanted to stay under the very capable hands of Joanna and her team to be pampered forever! But alas, to work we had to go! The experience we had at Utopia was of the highest standard and is a must beauty spa you all HAVE to visit. The RM girls would like to thank Joanna and her team for giving us all a truly fantastic pampering experience and we now urge you all to do the same, trust us you will not be disappointed!
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first floor, with the other bedrooms on ground level. Another room downstairs has been made into a study, also with good views of the pretty garden. The weeping willow tree that gives the house its name is a beautiful focal point for the garden and can’t help but dominate the view from most rooms. Another of the rooms benefitting from the garden view is the spacious dining room with its polished dark wood floorboards. It also has doors leading out to the large raised terrace area that stretches along the entire length of the house and is about 20ft deep. The terrace is lovely and with high trees all the way round the garden, it’s very private and perfect for the green-fingered. The kitchen features white Shakerstyle units and modern wallpaper giving the room a fresh contemporary feel. For more details, contact Fine, West Essex 728-730 Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8AL 0843 103 4887
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The property has been extensively improved by the current owners and benefits from many fine features including a stunning reception hall, fabulous vaulted kitchen, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The rear garden measures approximately 150FT and commences with a patio area, the remainder is predominantly laid to lawn with attractive tree and shrub borders. Within the garden there is a decked seating area, and to the side there is a gravelled area leading to the rear conservatory, which is currently used as a games room. There is also a swimming pool which is heated and has adjacent changing facilities. This property is set back from the road benefiting from a road frontage. There is a sweeping ‘In & Out’ driveway, which provides off road parking for several vehicles, and in turn leads to the double garage. For more details, contact Abbotts, Hornchurch 11 North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1RL 0843 313 1390
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Emerson Park, Hornchurch £895,000
et within this sought after location on Emerson Park is this character detached family home. The property has been extended in recent years and must be viewed personally for its size, plot and location to be fully appreciated.
In brief, to the first floor there are four double bedrooms all of which have there own en suite facilities in addition to a family bathroom. To the ground floor an entrance hall leads through to the reception hall from where there is living accommodation incorporating four separate reception rooms being a lounge, dining/sitting room, TV room and a study. In addition there is a fitted kitchen/ breakfast room maximum, separate utility and ground floor cloakroom.
Gidea Park. £825,000
The property affords double glazed sash style windows and gas fired central heating throughout. To the front an In & Out driveway via electrically operated gates gives access off road car parking and leads to an integral garage. To the rear the south facing garden is a further particular feature of the property measuring approximately 160’ in depth incorporating a heated swimming pool.
ccupying an extremely prominent position within this highly desirable tree lined location that is within easy walking distance of Gidea Park’s mainline station, is this truly stunning detached family residence.
Providing extremely spacious accommodation throughout, this property includes three separate reception rooms, four bedrooms, family bathroom and attached garage. The delightful fully fitted kitchen has a comprehensive range of quality framed wall and base level units with extensive black granite work tops surfaces, over with upstand and splash back. Appliances include Britannia six ring range style cooker set within recessed housing incorporating extractor hood, further Neff full height refrigerator and Neff dishwasher. Upstairs leads to the family bathroom with quality white suite with panelled bath and mixer tap with hand held shower unit, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, half tiled walls, period style
radiator with heated towel rail, built in storage cupboard, spot lighting to ceiling and ceramic tiled flooring. This level also boast the four bedrooms, en-suite shower room and walk in wardrobe.
For more details, contact Davis Estates, Hornchurch 179 Squirrels Heath Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 2DX 0843 314 9634
Externally, the quality of this desirable property continues with a rear garden measuring in excess of 100’ square, with an immediate paved patio area that extends to the side of the property and gives access to side. The remainder of the garden is laid to lawn with shrubbery borders and an attached garage with glazed double doors, power and lighting, wall mounted gas boiler and adjacent water storage tank, access to eves storage area and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. For more details, contact Porter Glenny, Romford 77 Main Road Romford Essex, RM2 5EL 0843 313 5377
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Will the New Year see rates start to rise? Mark Flavin from Miura Financial Solutions Ltd comments on the latest Bank of England base rate decision. Some forecasters have recently commented that with the economy remaining extremely weak, further support in the form of up to an additional £100bn through the Monetary Policy Committee’s “Quantitative Easing” (QE) programme may be required, but this remains to be seen. Unsurprisingly the outcome of the December Monetary Policy Committee meeting witnessed no change in the Bank of England base rate and the level of new money injected into the economy remains at £275bn. Attention remains focused on the Eurozone crisis and in particular the discussions taking place to attempt to bring about stability to the debt crisis and to put forward and agree plans to stimulate economic growth. In spite of all of this uncertainty, activity in the UK mortgage market has remained fairly consistent, with the number of purchase and remortgage borrowers only marginally lower than the previous month but in line with seasonal factors. We continue to see borrowers favouring fixed rate mortgages with three quarters of buyers and two thirds of remortgage customers electing to fix their payments. Lenders continue to offer low mortgage rates with Moneyfacts
reporting that in December the average two year fixed rate is 4.24%, up by only 0.02% compared to November’s average. However, the average five year fixed rate has fallen further to 4.58% from 4.67% last month. Significant numbers of mortgage borrowers will be coming out of their tie-in period early in the New Year. However, the Bank of England has warned that with the wholesale cost of funds rising, and lenders having to offer more attractive rates to encourage saver’s deposits, mortgage rates may start to edge up a little if lenders want to maintain their margins. Potential borrowers could benefit by taking some time to talk to an independent whole of market mortgage broker. Mark Flavin is from Miura Financial Solutions Ltd. For further information on how the latest base rate decision affects you, please call 01702 423900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. A fee of up to 1% of the mortgage amount may be charged depending on individual circumstances. A typical fee is £95. MAB 5194
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Not quite committed to buying yet? Not to worry, Essex has a wealth of fantastic properties for you to rent in stunning locations. We have hand picked a selection of houses to help finding that home, a little easier for you.
4 Bedroom House to Rent in Heath Park Road, Gidea Park. £1,500pcm
3 Bedroom Detached House to Rent in Romford. £1,350pcm
4 Bedroom Detached House to Rent in Harold Wood. £1,450 pcm
APS have pleasure in offering this 4 to 5 bedroom detached house located within walking distance of Gidea Park Station. The property boasts to the ground floor a modern fitted kitchen with appliances, dining area, two receptions (one of which can be used as bedroom five) and a downstairs shower room/W.C. To the first floor there is four good size bedrooms, bathroom with a free standing bath and a separate toilet. The property also benefits from a large garden, gas central heating and off street parking to the rear of the property.
Haart have the pleasure in offering this well presented three bedroom semi detached chalet bungalow within easy reach of Romford town centre and local amenities. The ground floor features two bedrooms, open plan lounge/diner, four piece modern bathroom and fitted kitchen. On the first floor there is a double bedroom with en suite. Off street parking to the front with side access to the rear garden, there is also added bonus of an outbuilding which is currently being used as a gym. An internal viewing is strongly advised.
Haart have the pleasure in offering this large four bedroom detached house located in a quiet cul de sac location in Harold Wood, also within a short walking distance of Harold Wood Station and local amenities, property comprises of four double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes to three bedrooms, family bathroom, two receptions, a large kitchen, conservatory, good size rear garden and double garage. An internal viewing is strongly advised.
To view this property contact Alternative Property Services; 4 North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1QX T: 0843 315 1813
To view this property contact Haart; 153/159 South Street, Romford, RM1 1PL. T: 0843 103 4434
To view this property contact Haart; 153/159 South Street, Romford, RM1 1PL. T: 0843 103 4434
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Scandi-style living brought into the 21st Century. Wonderfully nostalgic and retro, ‘Sylvie’ brings the strong colour combinations of the 50’s upto date with a contemporary ‘scandi’ twist. Linea by design, these beautifully sketched yet simple florals will without doubt prove the centre of attention in any room. In spicy orange, and cool misty Teal colourways, this design is sure to bring a ‘quirky’ edge to your walls Available in Homebase, Romford or at www.arthouse.com
If you go down to the woods today... Our love affair with nature continues with this alternative take on the natural forest environment. Fashionable colours, an artisan edge, combined with a shot of the unusual make this design a must have for those who want their interior bang on trend. Perfect for a statement feature wall, these beautifully designed trees provde a refreshing tonic to the world outside. Return home and be instantly uplifted with this contemporary and fun vision. Available in Homebase, Romford or at www.arthouse.com
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The Sepia Bookshelf wallpaper features beautiful old antique books, on wooden shelves, in natural sepia tones to create a warm timeless look. It can be used to create the feeling of an old study, library or reading room and is strangely reminicent of old photographs, steam engines and Oscar Wilde! Perfect for feature walls or a whole room. It is printed on to finest quality 300gram fabric backed textured paper and is suitable for both domestic and commercial use. www.mineheart.com
Mineheart, £70.00: The Black Wrought Metal Gate’ wallpaper is inspired by wrought iron architectural details and gives the look of exquisitely ornate metal panels on the wall. It can be used to create a mysterious yet sophisticated feeling and is strangely reminicent of moroccan screens, boudoirs and metal garden gates! Perfect for feature walls or a whole room. It is printed on to finest quality 300gram fabric backed textured paper and is suitable for both domestic and commercial use. Samples available on request. www.mineheart.com
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2 sea bass fillets, about 140g each 1 small head of broccoli 1 orange 6 tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp small capers 6 anchovies , roughly chopped 1 lemon
Pan-fried sea bass with citrus-dressed broccoli F or those of you trying to get over the post christmas bulge, then this light and tasty meal is perfect at only 528 calories a portion...
Before you start cooking, get everything prepared. Trim each sea
bass fillet so they are both the same shape, then score the skin, cutting into the flesh slightly, 5 or 6 times at about 1cm intervals. Set aside. Segment the orange - slice off the top and bottom, then cut away the skin and pith. Cut away each segment, then squeeze out the juice from the rest of the orange into a bowl. Cut the broccoli into medium-size florets. To make the warm broccoli salad, cook the florets in a pan of boiling salted water for 1 min until just cooked. While the broccoli is cooking, put a frying pan on to heat. As soon as the broccoli is cooked, drain it, then tip straight into the hot frying pan to ‘scorch’ out all the moisture. Turn off the heat, then scatter the orange segments over the broccoli. Toss for a few moments just to heat through, then tip into a bowl and dress with the orange juice and 2 tbsp olive oil. Season with pepper and a small sprinkling of sea salt, then set aside.
Wipe out the pan. Season the fish with a little salt and pepper just before cooking. Heat the frying pan until very hot, then add 2 tbsp oil. Lay the fish fillets in the pan, skin-side down. As soon as it goes in, press each fillet down with your fingers or a fish slice to stop it from curling up. Reduce the heat to medium, then leave the fish to cook for 3-4 minutes, undisturbed, until you can see that the flesh has cooked two-thirds of the way up and the skin is crisp and brown. Flip the fillets over, then fry on the flesh side for about 2 mins until just done, basting the skin with the oil in the pan as it cooks. Leave to rest on a warm plate, skin-side up, and baste with the hot oil and juices from the pan.
Pour 2 tbsp olive oil into the pan and place it back on a high heat. Scatter in the capers and anchovies, then cook until they start to crisp. Grate over the lemon zest and squeeze in the juice of ½ the lemon. If there isn’t enough juices in the pan to drizzle over both plates, add a splash more oil. You are now ready to plate up.
Want a litle more? Then serve with some saute potatoes cooked in herbs to add weight to the dish, and enjoy!
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Vanilla Cheesecake, Eton Mess, Chocolate Brownie
Steak-out! The Miller & Carter
fter sampling the food at the Miller and Carter Steakhouse launch in Epping, we were delighted to be invited back to experience the true steakhouse food on offer. With a spring in our step, we made our way over to the beautiful setting of Epping Forest for our most belly bursting meal yet!
Famously known across Essex, Miller and Carter Steakhouse offer superbly cooked steaks and grills within the perfect setting of Epping Forest. As soon as we entered, the warm ambiance and welcoming staff made us feel right at home and we were eager to sample the menu. The spacious dining area allowed for a multitude of customers and the bar offered a fantastic array of spirits, beers and soft drinks, enough tipples to satisfy every customer! The smells from the kitchen enticed us further through the door and the stunning dĂŠcor gave us the perfect steakhouse experience in an understated location. It really was the ideal place to indulge and kick back in whilst treating yourself to the delicious grills available.
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Looking at the menu we were spoilt for choice. It boasted an amazing medley of foods from fish, chicken and salad dishes to the more meatier offerings of St Louis ribs, rack of lamb, spicy beef and gammon. The steaks came in a huge selection of cuts and were accompanied by a variety of sauces. From red wine and shallot, blue cheese and peppercorn sauce to five mushroom chasseur and béarnaise, they had it all! After a long and difficult decision, we finally chose what to eat. For starters we opted for the Dusted Crispy Calamari, Buffalo Chicken Wings and Broad Bean Fritters with Prosciutto, and boy was it good! The calamari tasted just as good as it smelt and the buffalo wings were so succulent they were gone within a flash! The broad bean fritters had a gorgeous Indian kick and the prosciutto and crumbled feta cheese complimented them beautifully. All were well presented and served by our very capable waitress, Charlie, and after leaving all of our plates clean, we were left wanting more. We washed down our starters with a refreshing beer, and waited excitedly for our mains to arrive. We went for the St Louis Ribs, Smoky Barbeque Chicken, Classic Burger with Bacon, Cheese and BBQ sauce and the T-Bone Steak with Hickory Maple BBQ Sauce, so you can imagine our eagerness for them to arrive!
Once they came we were dying to get stuck in. Table manners went out the window when we tucked into the ribs, with the BBQ sauce mostly smothered all over our faces (the only way to eat ribs by the way!) The meat just fell off the bone and the perfectly crispy chips were a great side to indulge in. The classic burger was exactly what a burger should be; juicy, delicious and extremely meaty. If you’re a burger lover then we highly recommend this Miller and Carter burger and it came with a good choice of additional toppings. The smoky barbeque chicken was lovely and tender, finished off nicely with the bacon, cheese and the delicious BBQ sauce, but the crème de la crème of the night had to be the T-Bone steak. Cooked, exactly to our liking (medium rare, you’ve got to have a bit of blood!), this ‘melt in your mouth’ steak was meat heaven on a plate! The Hickory maple sauce was amazing and there was more than enough to cover the steak and dip our chips in. As we ravenously dug our knives and forks in, the silence spoke for itself. Each dish was a mouthwatering mix of flavours, and again, we left all the plates spotless and every bone completely gnawed! You would have thought that after this monstrous meal we would have been full, but oh no, we still had a little space for more! With our belts undone and our buttons nearly popping open, we still greedily studied the dessert menu for what was on offer.
The menu presented an array of chocolate desserts for all you chocaholics out there, along with deep filled apple pie, baked Alaska and a lemon tart. We chose the vanilla cheesecake, Eton mess and the chocolate brownie, and after the waitress had taken our order, we wondered whether we could actually fit it in. (Of course we could!) When they arrived, the desserts were beautifully presented. The chocolate brownie was rich with a lovely spongy texture and the cheesecake was light and creamy. However, the hats came off for the king of the desserts, the Eton Mess. Made with gorgeous meringues, fresh cream and fruit compote this dish was, dare I say, was simply orgasmic!
After this fantastic three-course meal, we were all ready to pop. The service had been fantastic and the atmosphere made the perfect setting to enjoy all the incredible food in. A simply wonderful evening.
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If you are a steak fanatic, then this is the perfect place for you. You are simply spoilt for choice and the prices aren’t bad either. A T-Bone steak will set you back around £20, very reasonable for the quality of food and service you are receiving. Miller and Carter also have a great daytime and nibble menu with children’s menus available for those of you with little ones. With the fabulous selection of food and drinks on offer, the Miller and Carter steakhouse is a restaurant you all must visit, and once you do, it’ll be very hard to leave! High Road, Epping, CM16 5HW. Tel: 01992 814807 www.millerandcarter.co.uk
Menace Male Grooming by Robert Wittridge With the RM girls getting pampered, it was only fair that the RM boys got the same treatment! So, Editor, Tony, and I were invited down to the award winning ‘Menace’ for a grooming session to de-stress and make us look and feel fantastic for our up and coming Launch Party! On arrival, we were greeted by Matthew Norris, the owner, who offered us a much needed coffee whilst still being in ore of the photos on the walls. Four years of celebrity visits means lots of photos and awards and the names that have experienced Menace are endless. Most recently Mick and Kirk Norcross and Mario from TOWIE who, Matthew proudly announced, are regular customers! We already knew that Menace has been named ‘The Best Male Grooming Salon’ in the entire UK so this only raised our expectations even higher! Shortly after identifying our skin types and needs we were whisked separate ways for our luxury treatments to begin. We were both booked in for the same set of treatments and waited with anticipation for them to begin. Firstly I was taken up to their relaxation room and started with a 30 minuite back, neck and shoulder massage. A mixture of ambient lighting, mood music and Jess, who has worked for menace for two years and is possibly the best masseuse in the UK, sent me into a state of relaxation and almost sleep! She massaged and moisturised my back whilst relieving as many knots as she could (proof that I do work hard and it’s not all play!) and I can honestly say it was the best massage I have ever had! Jess then continued with a 30 minuite facial, cleansing and exfoliating followed by a massage and a mask. I was then offered some of their new treatments; eyebrow re-shaping and nasal hair removal, I declined the latter but had my eyebrows waxed and re-shaped, which was not as painful as I had previously been led to believe, ladies! This completed my treatments with Jess. Next, I was taken to see Matthew himself for my cutthroat shave. Whilst here we had a great chat about some of the stars that have been down to Menace and how all the photos on the walls only tell half the story. Many of the cast of TOWIE are all regulars with some popping in unannounced for a quick cut or shave before a night out in Essex. Finally, Kathy treated me to a short back and sides to complete my transformation, yes - transformation! I went in looking like I hadn’t slept in days, unshaven and with my hair well overdue a cut. I came out feeling fantastic and looking rather handsome if I do say so myself. This experience also showed me that finding time for yourself is important and I would recommend anyone to take a trip down to Menace Male Grooming on Shenfield High Street to experience it for them self ! Gift Vouchers are available and with Valentines day is fast approaching, you can also book online! I have since been back and had another massage, a Christmas presents to myself. I would like to finish by saying a huge thank you to Matthew Norris and all of the amazing staff at Menace Male Grooming. www.menacegrooming.co.uk
s e v o L Here in the RM office we have racked our brains for our favourite bits & best buys this month!
Essex Girl Perfume! If you haven’t got this perfume yet, then why not?! It’s one for all you Essex girls out there and is described as glamourous and unique, hot and mysterious, spicy and beautiful, sexy and seductive and sensual and stylish! This hot new Fragrance is worn by Gemma Collins, Louise Harris, Chloe Sims and Nicola Goodger, to name but a few and is flying out of the shops! If you want to get your hands on the hottest new fragrance around, then get yourselves over to www. essexcouture.com and purchase you own, you’ll love it just as much as we do!
Team GB With the Olympics just around the corner, support Team GB and get yourselves one of these stylish cushions. We love them! £46
RM’s Rob, Annie, Leanne & Steph with Vertigo’s owner, Darren.
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Vintage Passport Holder Thinking of getting away from the Blighty weather this winter? Then make sure you do it in style! RM loves this kitsch passport holder from www.homehomehome.co.uk. You may hate our weather but you can’t hate our style! Love it!
RM’s Gemma, Rob & Steph
The Vertigo Lounge Launch Party!
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After sampling the culinary delights of Vertigo Lounge’s food last month, we were thrilled to be invited to their launch party, and they didn’t disappoint. After being warmly welcomed in from the cold, we were treated to a tasty complimentary cocktail, to which we all happily accepted!
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The atmosphere was brilliant and the venue was bustling with happy and contented customers all wanting to try the delights on offer. The food, again, was divine and offered flavorsome canapés beautifully presented and served by their friendly staff. If you have yet to visit this fantastic venue, then what are you waiting for? Get yourselves down to Vertigo Lounge, you’ll wish you’d visited it sooner!
Vertigo Lounge, Hornchurch, High Street. T: 01708 474183.
Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Ducati Streetfighter 848 Mercedes-AMG and Ducati stage made a joint appearances at the Bologna Motor Show in December: the new SLK 55 AMG and the new Ducati Streetfighter 848 – both finished in “Streetfighter yellow” – went on show to the public at the north Italian motor show in a move set to underscore the importance of the cooperation entered into by Mercedes-AMG and Ducati one year ago.
Inspired by the Ducati Streetfighter 848, the “streetfighter yellow” colour of the SLK 55 AMG ensured an exciting appearance from all angles: the exceptional paint finish guaranteed to provide a high level of appeal. If there is sufficient demand, the special colour variant could also be made available as an individual optional extra from the AMG Performance Studio. The overall look is also perfectly complemented by the interior of the SLK 55 AMG: the contrasting yellow stitching creates a striking effect against the black nappa leather appointments, and is to be found on the door centre panels, beltlines, armrests, leather-covered roll-over bars, dashboard, the shift lever gaiter and also the AMG Performance steering wheel. Yellow illuminated AMG door sill panels featuring LED technology round off the striking effect of the interior. The portfolio of the AMG Performance Studio ranges from special paintwork and leather appointments, through to technical solutions and extensive body modifications. The stylish vehicle upgrades are undertaken to a high level of handcrafted perfection in accordance with individual customer requirements, while at the same time also meeting the highest safety and quality standards typical of Mercedes-Benz.
SLK 55 AMG: the most powerful SLK of all time. The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and the Ducati Streetfighter 848 complement each other not only visually but also technically. Both models are the perfect embodiment of distinctive driving dynamics, expressive design and intense driving pleasure.
Testastretta 11° engine with 132 hp and an exciting 93.5 Nm of torque as well as a modified frame geometry help to guarantee safe, agile handling. This is supported by the smooth, easyto-manage power delivery of the engine, revised ergonomics and a specially tuned traction control (DTC) system.
The SLK 55 AMG is the most powerful SLK of all time. Its newly developed AMG 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine with cylinder shut-off system combines ultimate performance with the lowest possible consumption levels. With a maximum output of 422 hp and maximum toque of 540 Nm, the SLK 55 AMG outperforms all of its direct competitors. Its fuel returns 33.6 mpg on the combind cycle and CO2 emissions of 195 grams per kilometre are an improvement of 30 percent over that of its predecessor. The SLK 55 AMG accelerates from 0-62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). High levels of driving dynamics are ensured thanks to the AMG sports suspension with Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brakes and 3-stage ESP®, as well as the AMG high-performance braking system.
The features of the new Streetfighter are rounded off in visual terms by the unique Ducati styling. The Streetfighter 848 is guaranteed to cause a sensation, whether on the road or on the race track. It was no surprise therefore when, true to its name, the Ducati Streetfighter scored an immediate knock-out on entering the ring for the first time at the EICMA show in 2008 in Milan.
Forming part of the third-generation of the SLK, the new top-of-the range AMG model already demonstrates its individuality even at first glance: distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels, specific AMG bodystyling with AMG spoiler lip and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes at the rear complement the classic roadster proportions, while adding a markedly athletic touch. The expressive design of the SLK 55 AMG is both eye-catching and unmistakable. Ducati Streetfighter 848: superior competitor – ultimate fighter The new Ducati Streetfighter 848 provides unbridled biking pleasure in its purest form, while combining innovative technology with an outstanding appearance: a revised 848
The impression which it left among the international press and public on its first appearance meant it was not only able to win the show’s “Most Beautiful Bike” award, but it also raised the bar for powerful naked bikes even higher by becoming the new benchmark on the market. In addition to the colour variant in traditional red with red frame, the new Streetfighter 848 is also available in yellow with frame in Racing Black. The Dark Stealth colour variant, meanwhile, with frame in Racing Black underscores the fierce attitude of the Streetfighter. With the exciting new Streetfighter 848, Ducati has succeeded in combining state-of-the-art technology and skeletal styling in a contemporary design.
he Chinese automotive manufacturer Geely is about to enter the UK! Geely International Corporation has reached agreement with the UK’s Manganese Bronze Holdings plc (MBH) to become their distributor for the United Kingdom for the sale of new Geely cars, the supply of parts, to establish a dealer network and to provide an aftersales service. The UK distributor operation will be known as Geely Auto UK. MBH and Geely are already partners in building the iconic London black cabs with production for the UK market taking place in Coventry by The London Taxi Company, a division of MBH, and for world markets vehicles are produced in China by Geely. Matthew Cheyne, Market Development Director of Geely Auto UK said ‘We will start by importing the Geely Emgrand EC7, C/D segment sized four door saloons and five door hatchbacks, initially with 1.5 and 1.8 litre petrol engine options. But Geely has a comprehensive range of models well suited to European requirements. We will be aiming to widen our range just as quickly as possible, probably at least a new model range every year for the next four to five years”. Cheyne added “The first Emgrand EC7 models to arrive are likely to have a range starting price of approximately £10,000 and we see Geely cars being attractive purchases for retail and business user-chooser customers. So when can Essex expect to see our first Geely? ‘Well the first models will arrive at the end of 2012’ So remember where you first heard the name Geely – RM Magazine! Bringing you motoring to talk about all year round.
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The RM Team: Leanne, Steph Rob, Annie Tony & Gemma with Lee of SL Events & Karen from Essex Events Company
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o new magazine would be complete and credible without it’s very own launch party and RM is definitely no exception! On the 24th November the RM team took over Ashwells Sports and Country Club in Brentwood in preparation for a night of great entertainment... After glamming up in only the most impressive attire, all guests were greeted by a red carpet, a complimentary drink and they even had their pictures snapped in true star style! Delicious canapes were served, including yummy beef filled yorkshire puds, and best of all everyone was treated to a ‘fun casino’ experience with roulette and poker- all profits being donated to the Essex Air Ambulance Service.
RM’s Leanne & Friends
Alamode took the stage for the first performance of the night. A firm favourite of the RM crew, this indie-rock band are definitely ones to watch for 2012! Bandmates Stuart, Rob, Rory, Liam and James treated us to some of their newer tracks including ‘Wishing I Could’ and ‘Boarding the Plane’. After a further few drinks local beat-boxer, Phillipic, thrilled the crowd with some truly ‘WOW’ tunes. Next, winners of our exclusive raffle prizes were announced, including a six month membership at host venue Ashwells, a cocktail making class for ten at Vertigo Lounge Hornchurch, Spa treatments for two at Greenwoods Hotel and Spa and a meal for two at Upminster’s Lanes Restaurant, and they
went away with some truly fantastic prizes. After lots of thank you’s, September cover star Leddra Chapman took to the mike with a selection of songs from her fab new album as well as a quirky cover of Jamie T’s ‘Stella’. Finally, Alamode closed the show with an amazing set of covers, which had us all up dancing. After celebrating what was a hugely successful night, RM look forward to bringing our readers many more ‘Exclusively Essex’ events in the future. The night wouldn’t have been such a huge success if it hadn’t been for all the support and help we received from fantastic local companies. We would like to take this chance to thank them all for their amazing support, not only on the night but also over the past few months.
The Essex Events Company
We would like to thank Karen at The Essex Events Company for organising the evening and making sure everything ran smoothly. This award winning company offers an event planning service for weddings, corporate events and personal parties. www.theessexeventscopany.co.uk
Keith & Claire Watkins, Tap Refurbishment
Gabby & Alex Quincey, STV Building Services
Sarah Revell, Inchcape VW
Ashwells Sports & Country Club
RMâ€™s Haydn, friend & Amber
A massive thank you goes to Darren and his team at Ashwells, for supplying us with a truly fantastic location to host our party and for putting on a fabulous spread. For more information please visit www.ashwells.co.uk
Thanks to Lee at SL Events. Our entertainment when without a hitch on the night and alongside organising and planning the entertainment, he also compared and helped make the night a success. SL Events are a fantastic company that organise, plan and execute your event, ensuring everything runs smoothly. For more information please visit www.sleventmanagement.co.uk.
RMâ€™s Rob with Micky P & Jaggy D
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Presenting us with his mix and mingle magic, Barry Hicks; the Man with the Tricks, dazzled our guest with some brilliant magic tricks. A big thank you goes out to Barry for not only his amazing magic and entertainment on the night, but also his continued support for RM Magazine. For more information please visit www.magicenigma.co.uk.
Global Promotional Solutions
We would like to thank Trish from Global for supplying us with fantastic RM branded promotional products. Global Promotional Solutions offers branded products, such as lanyards, wristbands or microfibre cloths that complement and enhance your business. For more information please visit www.globalpromotionalsolutions.com
ENTERTAINMENT Pukka Cakes
Thanks to Pukka Cakes for supplying RM with fabulous cupcakes and our very own ‘Magazine Cake!” Beautiful! For more information please visit www.thepukkacakeparlour.co.uk
Photography Leddra & her band
A big thank you goes to Unel from Spaces Creations for capturing all the fun and memories on the night. For more information please visit www.spacescreations.co.uk
Bliss Flowers of Cranham
Many thanks to Claire of Bliss flowers who supplied the party with a fabulous selection of flowers and balloons. Bliss Flowers offer beautiful arrangement for weddings, Christmas and Valentines day alongside gifts, balloons and even floristry courses. For more information please visit www.blissflowers.co.uk
Thanks goes to Stuart at Funkbox Productions for delivering some fantastic DJ-ing thoughout the night. Funkbox Productions are a group of professional DJs who provide singers, marquees, security and performing arts for any event. For more information please visit www.funkboxproductions.com.
Jas & Jyoti Sagoo, Perfect Smile Spa
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TOWIE’s Ellie Redman & Boyfriend RM’s Loretta, Mum & Friends
A massive thank you goes out to all the local businesses that donated fantastic prizes for our raffle: Queens Theatre: Four tickets to Cinderella Ashwells Sports & Country Cub: 6 months gold membership Greenwoods Hotel and Spa: Spa day for two Perfect Smile: Teeth whitening treatment Vertigo Lounge: A cocktail making and tasting master class for ten Lanes Brasserie: A meal for two Menace Male Grooming: Head massage Naturally Unique: Body & bath product boxed set Waitrose: Luxury hamper Personal thanks go to Haydn Squibb, Leanne Tattoo, Monique Hall, Rob Wittridge, Steph Thrower, Alice Langley, Kate Chennells, Loretta Sophia Fletcher and Gemma Cole for their continued contributions.
he girls have unique voices, and are working constantly on their performance skills both as vocalist/song-writers and street dancers. Along with their dedication to music, Zhana and Jae have also been trained in various dance styles since the age of 3 in their mother’s dance school, “Dancemania”. They possess a huge amount of talent, presence, personality and determination to succeed. The girls have always had a love of performing, coordinating their own shows from a young age, using the living room as a stage to entertain their family. Their first love has always been music and singing, being strongly influenced by their parents, who were themselves in a band in the “Glorious 80’s”.
GEM‘N’I Words by Haydn Squibb
GEM’N’I, made up by twins Zhana and Jae, have been singing since the tender age of three years old. They’ve continued to work hard, with a strong dedication to follow their dreams and become the next big thing. 62 WWW.RMMAGAZINE.CO.UK
Zhana & Jae, at the age of 11, had their first singing lessons, which encouraged their voices to flourish and help find their own individual style. Over the last couple of years the girls have resisted partying with friends and chosen to have nights in writing new songs. Having performed in many Dance Stage Shows for Dancemania, the girls are very strong dancers, and also are proving to be excellent choreographers. They have become confident performers, are full of energy, with loads of stamina and have engaging personalities. The girls have strong song-writing skills, having written their first song at the age of eight, called ‘Two Voices’. Their influences include the likes of Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Cheryl Cole, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Usher. GEM’N’I are all about the catchy melodies and the determination to succeed. In 2012 the world will be ready for GEM‘N’I. Stay tuned! The Girls can be found on various websites, so make sure you check them out: www.gemnimusic.com www.youtube.com/gemnimusic www.twitter.com/gemnimusic www.myspace.com/gemnimusic
gadget guide Amazon Kindle Fire
You might wonder what this is doing at the top of our list when it’s quite clearly already out, but it’s only out in the USA so far, so for the UK and the rest of the world, it remains a gadget for 2012. For those of you that managed to resist the iPad 2 for Christmas waiting in anticipation for the new Kindle Fire, well done, you truly have made a good choice. Saving hundreds of pounds over the Ipad 2 may have been your only reason but there are plenty more reason than just money, its simple and attractive operating system should make it a breeze to use and the impressive screen makes video playback and surfing the internet an easy option over a standard laptop. Lets hope this will be the first of the ‘tiny price device’ that deliver. When available www.amazon.co.uk
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ith the Christmas good will well and truly over, whether you got everything you wanted or your presents missed the boat altogether, RM Magazine have discovered some must haves for 2012...
Nokia Lumia 800
The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, vivid colours (cyan, magenta and black) and the best social and Internet performance all with one-touch social network access, plus integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9. Featuring a 3.7 inch AMOLED Clear Black curved display blending seamlessly into the reduced body design, and a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor.
The Nokia Lumia 800 contains an instantshare camera experience based on leading Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB free Sky Drive storage for storing images and music. www.orange.co.uk
What’s on... Get yourselves out and about this month with the RM guide to what’s on. With lots going on in the new year, there’s something to keep you all entertained! Got an even to promote? E: email@example.com. Words By Haydn Squibb
Katherine Jenkins; Tuesday 10th January, 7:30pm. Southend Cliffs Pavillion, Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.
The UK premier female opera singer has managed to bridge the gap between opera fans and pop fans alike with the release of her hugely successful albums, which have made her the fastest selling UK Classical artist of all time. Katherine will perform tracks from her new album as well as some of her best-known songs that she has performed and recorded over her last seven albums including tracks from her debut album Premiere through to her best-selling album Believe. Tickets available from www.southendtheatres.org.uk from £30
Acoustic Free Gig Thursday 12th Jan, 7.30 - 10pm, High Barn, The Bardfield Centre, Braintree, CM7 4SL
Enjoy the fabulous atmosphere and acoustics of High Barn absolutely free of charge. Bring your own instrument and join in this evening’s acoustic sessions, all abilities welcome and feel free to play what ever acoustic genre of music you’re into! Alternatively, just come and listen to the sessions.
Motown’s Greatest Hits
Friday 20th January - 7:30pm. Queens Theatre, Hornchuch.
Sunday 8th January, 9pm onwards, SugarHut Village, Brentwood. Bring in the first weekend of 2012 with a little bit of class by heading to Joey Essex’s very own Reem Party! Check details on the website to see what celebrities will be attended. Remember... Look Reem, Smell Reem... Be Reem!
The UK’s No. 1 Motown show will have you dancing ‘All Night Long’ with hits from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Lionel Richie, The Jackson 5, The Isley Brothers and many more. Tickets from £19 from www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Brentwood on Ice Through to Saturday 21st January, 10am to 10pm daily. Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood.
Ghost Hunt! Saturday 21st January, 9pm start, Red Lion Hotel, Colchester, CO1 1DJ. Experience a night of ghost hunting including Séances, Vigils, Ouija Boards and much more. This is a serious overnight paranormal investigation and is conducted with our team of professional Mediums and paranormal investigators. Tickets £40 per person. Over 18s only. Event includes a hot buffet. www.brook-hotels.co.uk
Brentwood On Ice is a new and exciting Eco Ice-Rink that will be at the Brentwood Centre until 21st January 2012. Come and enjoy a fun filled day or evening of skating, Santa’s grotto, play areas for under 10s, hot food and drink and much more. Brentwood On Ice has all the facilities that you will need to skate, including skate hire for beginners, intermediates and experts, ‘Bobby the Seal’ skating aids, andskating helmets.
Book online at www.brentwoodonice.com or just turn up! Tickets from £4.
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