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01708 475789 www.rmmagazine.co.uk May has already come and it’s no surprise that April passed by at lightening speed. The highlight this month has to be the stunning SS12 Fashion Show at Essex Fashion Week, one show Essex should be very proud of ! We’ve brought you all the coverage from the catwalk, including behind the scenes and interviews with the designers and the EFW team. We are not ones to name drop but there were quite a few TOWIE stars there including Amy Childs, Jessica Wright, Kirk Norcross, Harry Derbridge and the fabulous Nana Pat. Also making an appearance was Bucks Fizz singer David Van Day and Romeo from So Solid Crew. Check out our six page review starting on page 6! This month we’ve also brought you two ‘Exclusive Interviews’. Music sensation Paloma Faith, who will be releasing her new album this month, and Essex own soul band The Milk who plan to spend the summer playing festivals such as T in The Park, Isle of Wight and Evolution Festival. Our food review this month took place at The Nags Head, Brentwood, and is well worth a visit. Plus we reviewed the nightlife in Upminster’s hottest new bar, Platform 7. Nominations for the 2012 Havering Business Awards are now open. If you run a small to medium business this could be your year so get your nominations in early! On top of all this we have our regular reads from Dr Jas, Dress me Vintage, What’s On, Gadget Guide, On the Market and a few choice pieces in RM Loves. Enjoy!

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CONTENTS

MAY 2012

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06 06 ESSEX FASHION WEEK All the coverage from the SS12 Fashion Show 10 BEHIND THE SCENES Interviews with designers and EFW’s Danielle Bigaignon 23 ASK DR JAS All your teeth problems sorted! 26 WIN! WIN! WIN! A top notch shaving kit from Bluebeards Revenge. Yarr!

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31 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW With Essex soul band, The Milk

46 THE CAR REVIEW The Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

38 PASTEL PERFECTION Kit out your home with these must-have pastel accessories

54 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW With music sensation Paloma Faith

43 THE RM FOOD REVIEW At The Nags Head, Brentwood

58 DETOX HOLIDAYS Hit the beach and ditch the pounds!

44 PLATFORM 7 We review the nightlife in one of Upminster’s hottest bars

62 WHAT’S ON The latest events happening in Essex


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ESSEX FASHION WEEK

APRIL BANBURY

This year, Easter Sunday was not only a chance to party in celebration of the long weekend but it was also a chance to visit the Local Technology Centre Ceme in Rainham, where some of the county’s finest and most fabulously dressed residents came out to strut their stuff at Essex Fashion Week! Just when we thought last year’s event couldn’t be topped, event organisers Adam and Simon Ryan, Danielle Bigaignon, Joe Seely and Ali Salim definitely upped their game. The VIP experience was complete with complimentary champagne, a gorgeous candy bar and even a very Essex themed shopping hall where guests were able to browse through a glam range of clothing, lingerie, accessories and jewellery. There were some familiar faces to be spotted including TOWIE stars Harry Derbidge, Amy Childs (who was showcasing her very own collection on the Catwalk) and even Nanny Pat, who treated guests to a photo and some of her famous words of wisdom! Other celebs included Romeo from the So Solid Crew, entertainer David Van Day and Britain’s Got Talent Star Tony Roberts.

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BOOHOO

KANDI CLOTHING


fashion The show itself kicked off mid-afternoon and was hosted by the lovely Jeff Brazier. While the catwalk was in action, the RM team jotted down some fab fashion notes from each of the designers so our readers are in the know about what’s hot and what’s not in the UK’s most dazzling county! Boohoo.com- UK online fashion brand boohoo.com had a full-on set including all this season’s hottest trends- pastel denim, preppy dresses and accessories, a bit of body-con and some cool beachwear. They also showed their new menswear range with some bright colourblocking and neon accents.

PRETTY LITTLE THINGS GEORGEOUS BOUTIQUE

ClaireaBella Bags- This brand is going places. Launching in the US this year, their set included a unique and original selection of glam handbags. Criminal Damage- A key men’s streetwear brand showing the ‘male-onesie’ with a range of nautical printed pieces and floral shorts. Watch this space for the womenswear collection being launched later in the year! Kandi Clothing- Rounding off the 1st half was designer brand Kandi who truly took the catwalk by storm with their dancing, blingedup models getting the audience in the party mood- they even threw prizes into the crowd! Pretty Little Things- Opening the 2nd half, they showed a range of colour blocked, neon and nautical accessories.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE DANCING DOLLS

April Banbury- A firm favourite of the RM team, this vintage-inspired brand embodied retro-chic with peplum dresses, vintage glamour and even a Geri Haliwell style Union Jack Dress to finish! Georgeous Boutique- A stunning range of swimwear, maxi dresses and evening wear with hot prints and pastels.

CLAIREABELLA

Dancing Dolls- A fun, flirty and unique range of hooded swim wear and dresses kind of like a diamond encrusted version of little red riding hood!

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4TH KINGDOM

AMY CHILDS

Amy Childs- A cute collection of girly pieces adorned with polka-dots, stripes and prints. Essex ‘OMG’ and ‘Shut Up’ slogans were fabulously popular logos and this was definitely a winner with the crowd! Dress Me A List – Cool streetwear and hot Aztec prints graced the catwalk accompanied by some pretty cool break dancing too! 4th Kingdom- Casual daywear including fab printed t-shirts for men! Crystal Boutique Shoes- Some seriously bedazzling sequin-tastic stone-encrusted shoes for women. Well worth a look for that special occasion!

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RULE 1

KAREN KARMODY


fashion Rule 1- Oh yes, it’s that time of the year again - prom season is upon us and Rule 1 is a fab choice with its elegant and impressive array of dresses! Pointy Brown Shoes: Creator Joey Bevan is a key designer for show ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and was showing his 1st catwalk show here at EFW! The range included printed, striped and floral underwear in very 50s shapes and styles. Each piece is bespoke and all pieces are made from remnants of fabric! Karen Karmody: A girly, glitzy and glamorous array of women’s eveningwear Wag World- Yep, that’s right, a fab range of clothing inspired by the likes Of Coleen Rooney, Victoria Beckham, Abbie Clancy and co. Sexy body-con pieces were a key trend.

DRESS ME A LIST

WAGS WORLD

taken note of the hottest trends and new up and coming designers of Essex - some of these brands are really going places! The evening was rounded off with a charity raffle in aid of Cancer Research, with the glam Amy Childs handing prizes to each of the winners- with proceeds going to a very worthy cause. But that was by no means the end of the day. For the hardcore party-goers, Doneao and Unity UK wowed the crowds and a DJ set had been arranged to kick off the after party, with everyone involved dancing the night away. A well earned prize for months of hard work and preparation- we definitely can’t wait until next season’s spectacular day of Essex Fashion!

With Love, Jess Wright- Concluding the show was another TOWIE-famous range. Jess showed a whole range of sugarysweet lingerie, swim wear and nightwear. Models even carried giant lollipops to set the scene! And, that was it for the catwalks, I hope you have

POINTY BROWN SHOES JOEY BEVAN

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fashion APRIL BANBURY: APRIL BANBURY DESIGNS

“I was given this opportunity to showcase my work at Essex Fashion Week as someone saw my designs and offered to invest in me to do it, so they paid for me to be here showcasing my designs. I thought the show went really well, although I spent most of it backstage dressing the models! I think because of the amount of exposure Essex has had over the past year or so, it was a great place for my designs to be seen. All of my designs are bespoke and handmade so no matter what your style or shape, I can make a dress that looks great and fits perfectly. “

DANNY GREEN: 4TH KINGDOM

“The brand itself is created in Essex and I’m from Essex too. It is very new and young and I thought what better way to showcase it for the first time than at Essex Fashion Week. I thought it went really well. This was my first show so I wasn’t expecting it to be of such a high standard, but I was really impressed with it.”

JOEY BEVAN: POINTY BROWN SHOES

“The night went really, really good. It’s always good to be apart of Essex Fashion Week and because I’m from Baslidon originally, I like to come here and show everyone my designs. I showcase all over the world but it’s nice to come back to your home county and do your bit! I think the collection went down a treat. At Essex Fashion Week there are a lot of boutiques and retail branches so it’s nice to present something more high fashion so people get a bit of London Fashion Week at Essex Fashion Week.”

CARLIE LINDA FRANCIS: KANDI CLOTHING “My brand has been associated with Essex as we have done a lot of stuff with the TOWIE girls, Amy Childs and Harry [Derbridge]. We love Essex Fashion Week as it is and we come back because we get a lot from it and a lot of publicity. The sales of Kandi Clothing do go up after we’ve been at EFW and we just love it here! I think our show was really different. Everyone was saying it was short and sweet and we did giveaways as well, which the crowd loved. We didn’t want to do the usual walk up and down the catwalk, so we decided to dance up and down it instead!”

BEHIND THE SCENES Models, make-up artists, hairdressers, you name it; there is a lot that goes into making Essex Fashion Week such a massive hit. So, we caught up with some of the designers backstage to find out their views on the show and why they chose Essex Fashion Week as a platform to showcase their brands.

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fashion Jess Wright

No event is pulled off so well without a team of talented and determind individuals behind it. We grabbed a few words with Danielle Bigaignon to find out how the EFW team made the night such a HUGE success....

Deperate Scousewives

Firstly, congratulations on delivering yet another mind-blowing show! What was your aim for this year’s EFW?

We wanted to make sure EFW was bigger and better than last year’s show so we changed to a fresh venue which increased our capacity. We also made sure our catwalk line up appealed to everyone, from womenswear to menswear and accessories to lingerie, so that there was a nice mix of fashion that held everyone’s attention throughout the whole show. A new thing we did this year was our EFW Mall which consisted of deisgners promoting and selling their products on stalls, and this proved to be a big hit with all of our guests!

Ruby, The Face of Essex Winner

The RM Team Jeff Brazier

The EFWTeam

Did you expect the fantastic reaction you’ve received this year? We are always really chuffed with the amount of support we receive at each event so every year we are still overwhelmed with the huge turnout and the amount of positive feedback from not just our audience but celebrities and designers too.

Dr Jas Sagoo and Lauren Goodger

What has it been like to be apart of such a massive event?

I am very proud to be part of such a successful business that has really taken off from the word go. I am lucky to be surrounded by such a good team of people, because without them, EFW would never work as we all have key roles to play in making the event a success. It is extremely hard work and takes us all a week to recover but looking back it is well worth it and we already cant wait for the next one!

What would you say was your highlight of the night?

The highlight of my night was definitely Donaeo, who performed at our after party, and also Unity UK from Got to Dance who pulled out an amazing performance for everyone. I was also lucky enough to model on the catwalk for the accessories section this year which was a great experience!

BGT’s Tony Roberts

So, where can you go from this and what can we expect to see for Autumn/Winter?

Autumn Winter 2012 is set to kick off in October and dates will be revealed very soon. We will definitely pull out all the stops once again with a fresh venue, new designers and another line up of great DJ's and acts for the after party. Follow us on Twitter @EssexFashionWk to keep up to date on the latest information about our next event and also check out www.essexfashionwk.com. We also look forward to seeing you guys at RM Magazine next time, and thanks for being a great support to us!

Joey Bevan

Adam and Simon Ryan

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Tell us about the story behind ClaireaBella? Why did you invent her?

I went to Paris with my then boyfriend, Jon, who is now my husband and we had a caricature drawn at the ‘Place du Tertre’ in Paris, overlooking the ‘Sacre-Couer’. Anyway, it was hilarious and is now framed on our wall in our home. The artist captured me perfectly. Growing up people used to say that I had lovely almond shaped eyes and long lashes, and the street artist portrayed this so well. I love that drawing. I used to say to Jon that I would love that image to be with me on clothing etc as it had sentimental value to me. I set about creating ME, well my version of me, in drawings - and then had the idea of drawing it onto my own personal bag. I did this and it grabbed so much attention. The aBella girl was born! And after people started seeing the bags, word began to spread and the orders came flooding in!

Where do you get your design influence?

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It may sound cliché, but my imagination, I was not very academic at school. I got by, but my passion has always been art! I always think with glitter, colours and the wow factor in mind. My thought process is “would I wear this?”, “would I love this?” , “would I be proud to own this?” Also “will the bag draw attention?” If all of the above are a “yes” my design, be it a beach theme or winter theme, comes out of my mind and onto paper or a bag. The aBella's are living dolls that take many forms, all from my over active flamboyant mind!


fashion What matters to you most as a designer?

People being proud to wear and use what I create, to make people smile, to hear a scream when they see their bag and themselves in the form of an aBella girl! But mostly to continue to make people smile!

How do you manage family life with running a fast growing fashion brand?

I'm often called superwoman! It's hard, very hard. Our children are quite young, so an example would be me sitting here answering these questions and having two of my five children in each ear. Multi-tasking is the way I live. I sometimes do six things at once. I don't have any glam time really. Nine times out of ten I'm doing the school run covered in paint, glitter and with un-brushed hair. It's hard but I do it. I just sometimes feel like I'm on a roundabout going round and round, ha ha. Sometimes I just stop, breathe and think “wow, that was a manic day and I’ve not even had time to eat”. I manage though, I have to, It's all done for our children.

Were there ever times when you felt like giving up?

Yes, and yes again! I've sat sobbing with the sheer stress and pressure of orders and things going at a million miles an hour. Jon has been my rock! That man’s shoulders are massive! Without him I would have crumbled months ago. All I ever say is “I'm just Claire from Hull”, and I am. I'm still getting used to all this.

You showcased your designs at this year’s Essex Fashion Week. Why did you choose this as a platform to push your brand?

You have recently collaborated with ToxicFox.co.uk – How did that relationship begin?

The management team at ToxicFox.co.uk had seen Chloe Sims from TOWIE wearing one of my bags. We got in touch with them as we wanted to expand, and as we were only a husband and wife team at the time we didn't know where to start. We spoke in depth, met up, and the ClaireaBella hoodies were born. Since then the relationship has grown and we are a very strong team now, all with huge aspirations for the ClaireaBella brand! The brand has evolved massively with help of ToxicFox.co.uk. They have helped launch ClaireaBella Phonecases, Lunchboxes, Candles and even Chocolate Bars, all of which are exclusively available from ToxicFox.co.uk. It’s been a great partnership.

What is it like turning a hobby into an international brand?

It's “WOW! Is this real?” is a question I'm often asking myself. It's a dream come true and my family and children are so proud! Like my mum said when I started this, "From a tiny acorn, grows a big oak tree"

What are you plans for the future?

Now that would be telling, ha ha. To continue making people smile by doing what I do - hopefully all over the world! www.claireabelladesigns.co.uk www.toxicfox.co.uk/Claireabella

TOWIE’s Chloe

Essex Fashion Week is a great platform for us, as it was on the programme ‘The Only Way is Essex’ that the bags first entered the public eye. It's going back to my roots a little. Although the brand is now growing at a massive rate, Essex was where ClaireaBella first made headlines! I love Essex, I took my aBella home to showcase her!

How do you think your show went?

Really well, although I was shaking so badly that my models were pep talking me and really supporting me! I loved every second and thought the show went amazingly well. We shall certainly be attending again!

TOWIE’s Frankie

Essex Fashion Week SS2012

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STYLE

FOR THE GIRLS

GURU

The current vintage Americana trend evokes images of 1950s USA – a more affluent era. Step away from the current recession with a look that oozes glamour! Think bold, pastel colours and fun prints such as ginghams and plaids. Silhouettes are ultra sexy and feminine. Look for nipped in waists and knee lengths hems. Be brave and bare your midriff - but in a subtler way. This trend is all about ultra high waistbands, so the focus is on the skinniest part of the waist. A glimpse of flesh is all that is needed this season. Team crop tops with high waisted pencil skirts and leg lengthening court heels. Prada exhibited the most fun collection with their cartoon car pieces in light pastel hues. Their flame backed heels were simply amazing. The most important accessory for this trend is a pair of cat’s-eye sunglasses.

Prada Womenswear SS12

Cat’s Eye Tinted Sunglasses £9.50 www.marksandspencers.com Capturem Sunglasses Primark Car Print Skirt £12 www.primark.co.uk

FOR THE BOYS

Try buying several pairs in different shades to match any outfit. Try these cat’s eye tinted sunglasses by Marks and Spencers, available in nude or pink. For a cheap yet bang on approach to this trend try Primark. Their range of Prada-esque car print pieces are great and so similar to the designer, just without the hefty price tag!

Get the hottest style tips from RM’s very own Style Guru, Kate Chennells from Dress Me Vintage in Romford.

A top trend for men this season is the 1990s trend. Think garish prints, florescent brights and sportswear pieces teamed with quirky accessories. This trend is all about channelling the 1990s without overdoing it – take a small influence from the era and modernise it. For a modern take on the short shorts of this era try some knee grazing brightly coloured ones with folded hems. With denim, stick to light blue pieces, leaning towards the stone wash and acid wash looks. When it comes to tops and jumpers look for bold patterns and prints. Vintage logo and sports jumpers work well and evoke an American feel. Checked flannel shirts in neutral tones also encourage a vintage vibe. Urban Outfitters is the place to go for t-shirts. They have a wide range in various prints and styles. For a subtle approach try one with just a flash of print, enough to channel the trend without looking overdone. With footwear try pumps or plimsoles in either black or white or for a real authentic vibe try some hi-top trainers. Try these Nike ones available from Asos for a burst of fluorescent colour. Accessories are a must for this trend. Think baseball caps, Casio watches and Aztec print backpacks..

Worland Burgundy Camouflage Pocket Tee £25 www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk

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Nike Delta Force High AC Trainers £60 www.asos.com

Etro Menswear SS12

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WOW SHOES

THIS SEASON’S

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Acid tones are so this season, as are bold, bright and full-on florals. But if you aren’t quite the type to embrace these new hues, and feel more at home in blacks and neutrals, shoes are a fab way to add a dash of colour without doing the top-to-toe. Limes and aqua marines work really well with nudes and pale pinks, while blacks, silvers and navys look fab teamed with hot pink and tangerine. We have selected a whole rainbow of plain and printed shoes to tempt you, but which ones will you choose?

ONE DAY... These fab KG by Kurt Geiger shoes are our pick of the week for sure but at £150 they are quite pricey (though they are sure to be an amazing investment for future seasons)

Esme Courts £150 www.kurtgeiger.com

Verna Peep toes £28 www.parmarshoes.co.uk

Pink Heels £24 Emilio Lucio at www.brantano.co.uk

Pink Print Embellished Heels £65 www.riverisland.com

Blumarine SS12

Chrome Sandal £40 www.office.co.uk

Steve Madden Wimzikul Suede Wedges £80 www.asos.com

Bow Flip Flop £35 www.tedbaker.com

ONE-OF-A-KIND:

For the designer fans out there- Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with shoe designer Melissa, to create these amazing heeled sandals with heart emblem in a great tropical shade of orange.

Heeled Sandals £120 Vivienne Westwood for Melissa www.asos.com

Cocktail Yellow Wedges £65 www.missselfridge.com

Oz Shoes £65 www.irregularchoice.com

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IN PRINT Print trends this season have an ethnic edge. Tribal, animal and Aztec influences are awash over everything from suit jackets to bangles. Organic browns, deep reds and earth tones are the most popular colours, although brights have their place too. Washed-out palettes tone down all-over prints on jeans and tailored trousers. By Maddy McIndoe

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Hobbs Unlimited. Unlimited animal print shirt, £99. Pilot. Tribal heart print colour baggy top, £19.99.

River island. Rhianna jacket, £55.

Mint Velvet. Thea print shell top, £59, Thea print skirt, £59.


CROWN STREET CHARITY FASHION SHOW, BRENTWOOD

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If you’ve not heard about the Crown Street Fashion Show already, then where have you been?! On Thursday 24th May, the independent shops in Crown Street, Brentwood are holding a Charity Fashion show at De Rougemont Manor in aid of Children with Cancer. A definite date for your diary, this event has promised to be one hell of a night! Mesh, Racquet Boutique, French Quarter, Inula Beauty, The Hair Company, Comfort and Joy, Angela Mills, We Three and The Hub Hairdressing are all taking part to help raise money for this great charity. Being their first ever fashion show, the Crown Street shops are featuring designs from brands including Elvis Jesus, Antony Morato, Judas Sinned, B.Young, Indies, Save The Queen, Traffic People, Yumi, Ted Baker, French Connection and Superdry, to name but a few. The shops have really pulled together to promote the evening and it looks like it could be one of the biggest events in Brentwood this year! The show is being held in aid of Children with Cancer as one of the boutique owner’s friends has a son suffering with leukaemia. With this in the forefront, she wanted to raise awareness for this amazing charity and do something positive for a very special family. The night will start with the catwalk show, followed by an auction and raffle with some luxury prizes up for grabs, well worth bidding on! There will also be an opportunity to buy

clothes featured in the fashion show and if that wasn’t enough, you can treat yourself to a spot of pampering as Inula Beauty will be on hand to provide some relaxing treatments for both men and women to enjoy. The bar opens from 7pm till 12.30am, serving a great selection of drinks including cocktails. And make sure you dress to impress as there will be both local and national press taking snaps, along with appearances from our well loved local celebs, some of whom will be strutting their stuff on the catwalk! So, put this date in your diary and make sure you don’t miss this fantastic event. With all proceeds going towards such a worthy charity, it’s set to be a cracker of a night! Tickets can be purchased from boutiques along Crown Street, Brentwood or you can buy online at www.crownstreetbrentwood.co.uk. VIP tickets are priced at £25 and include a glass of bubbly, programme, goodie bag and a reserved seat. General tickets are priced at £8 with all proceeds going to charity.

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SOFT TAILORING

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Chic, sharp and just down right dapper! Boy! Think loose fit, laid-back tailoring this season to achieve a casual/formal hybrid...

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Portside Gingham Shirt £45 www.fatface.com

Blue Chambray Linen Jacket £199 www.austinreed.co.uk

Gingham seersucker jacket £249 www.austinreed.co.uk

Mens Coastal Chino £42 www.fatface.com

Arthur Brogue £69.99 www.office.co.uk French Connection www.frenchconnection.com

Holdall £59 www.marksandspencers.com

Gold-plated case watch £169 www.rotarywatches.com

Donatello brogue lace £105 www.office.co.uk Weave belt £20 www.next.co.uk

Stone linen trousers £16 www.sainsburys-tu-clothing.co.uk

Team unlined jackets with supple linen, washed cotton or denim to create soft silhouettes perfect for the summer. Accessorise with sharp brogues, woven belts, cool fedoras and chic time pieces to create this ultimate look. And don’t forget to grab yourself a cool holdall well it’s not just us girls that need them! www.rmmagazine.co.uk 21


Get that perfect smile... Dr Jas  Sagoo

Cosmetic Dentistry ‡ Invisible Braces ‡ Botox and Fillers ‡ Smile Makeovers Dental Implants ‡ Painless Treatments for Nervous Patients ‡ General Dentistry

Call now for a FREE CONSULTATION with no obligation at all. “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me my perfect smile and younger complexion, my confidence has grown immensely. Jas, your talents are endless.” Natalie

“Dr Jas Sagoo always made me feel relaxed; I had no pain as you are so skilled and professional” Neil

132a High Street, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 4UH www.askdrjas.com

t: 01708 442114 www.perfectsmilespa.co.uk


health & beauty

ASK DR JAS

Have you any worries with your teeth or questions on having fillers? Well Dr Jas is here to help with all your problems, all you need to do is ask! immediately, a cosmetic filling could be placed. This may last for a while but could chip off if you are not extremely careful. If it was a trauma then the nerve of the tooth could be damaged. In this case it may be necessary to treat the damaged nerve before placing a crown on the tooth. This can be all done very quickly and painlessly so you can get on with your everyday life!

I have Been Afraid Of Dental Visits Since Childhood. What Can I Do? Dental treatment has improved greatly in the last few years. There is no longer any pain during dental treatment owing to the vast improvement in dental anaesthetics and the equipment used by our dentist Dr Jas. Our dental practice is not as clinical as others! We will give much more time and care in finding out more about each individual patient, their fears and concerns. The treatment is done at the patients own speed so that they do not feel under pressure while in the dental chair. And you can always have conscious sedation so you are completely unaware of your appointment!

What Can I Do To Fix A Badly Chipped Front Tooth? There are several ways that you can fix a badly chipped front tooth. Firstly we will ascertain as to how you may have chipped the tooth. Was it a trauma, such as a fall or was it caused by eating or biting into something very hard like a cherry pip or an olive stone? To make the tooth look better

and thoroughly examine you before recommending treatment. The treatment itself is not painful in any way as fillers have an anaesthetic actually in the product which reduces discomfort and swelling. The results are amazing and immediate! The effects can last 6 to 18 months!

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Come and see Dr Jas for a FREE consultation today!

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For more information contact Perfect Smile Spa visit: www.perfectsmilespa.co.uk or www.askdrjas.com or call on 01708 442 114.

Can I Have Finance For Dental Treatment? Yes! you can spread your dental costs over a period of time to save you financial strain. We offer interest free finance for all types of dental work so you could pay as little as ÂŁ30 pounds a month for cosmetic dentistry! Terms for finance can be from 12 months up to five years. So treatment at Perfect Smile Spa really is affordable!

FREE X-RAY AND CONSULTATION FOR RM READERS! Dr Jas at Perfect Smile Spa is offering free consultations for RM readers for the month of May! This will allow us to review any treatment options from Dental Implants to complete smile makeovers to help you achieve your Perfect Smile!

I Am Scared Of Having Fillers - Are They Dangerous? Fillers, just like Botox, are very safe in the right hands. Dr Jas will conduct a full medical history

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NAIL TRENDS 2012

JUST NAIL IT GIRLS!

health & beauty

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NAIL TRANSFERS

For those that find painting their nails a bit too messy (and not to mention tricky...) why not try some nail transfers? Available in a range of pop-tastic prints and patterns and easy to apply, with just a little bit of trimming required these are perfect for those who want to get the celeb look without paying hefty salon prices. Nails Inc Nail Wraps £7.95 www.feelunique.com

Rimmel London Press on Nail Art £6.99 www.asos.com Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps £6.65 www.nailrock.com

Warmer weather is on its way so it’s now time to invest in some hot summer sandals and flash those toes once again. We know some of you just don’t have the time for a trip to the salon so we are bringing hot, fresh new nail trends to you!


health & beauty NEW NEON

Mac Neon Nail Paint £9 www.maccosmetics.co.uk

Bright tones are huge this season and what could look better gracing the beaches (and bars) of Ibiza than some wow-look-at -me nails? So be brave and go bold with vivid acid shades, or go that step further by clashing neon fingers and toenails!

ALL THE LITTLE EXTRAS Right, we know nail art can be tricky but here are our top 3 buys for pretty, perfect talons! MODEL’S OWN NAIL ART PEN

Try flicks and tips with this fine nail art pen for precise painting. Model’s Own Nail Art Pen £6 www.modelsownit.com

Barry M Neon Nail Paint £2.99 www.barrym.com Models Own Neon Brights £5 each www.asos.com

MAGNETIC NAILS

Yep, you’d better believe it- paint it on, ‘magnetize’ with the included gadget and hey presto you have uber-cool wave effect nails! Although they are only available in darker shades they have a Shatter nail polish

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Although this has been on the market for a little while now, brands like OPI have brought out some cool new summer shades- perfect to paint over silvers or white and the original Barry M nail shatter is available in gorgeous metallic shades and also in a new ‘tortoise shell’ effect.

OPI Nail Shatter £11 www.asos.com

Barry M Instant Effects Glitter Shatter Nail Paint £3.99 www.barrym.com

Nails Inc Magnetic Nail Polish £13 www.nailsinc.com

CATH KIDSTON EMERY BOARDS

Cute and quaint, with this pack of 3 you can keep one in your bag, one at home and one at work! Cath Kidston Emery Boards £5 www.asos.com

OPI DRIP DRY LAQUER

Always on the move and smudging freshly painted nails? Add a thin coat of this miracle worker and you’ll have super shiny, smudgeproof nails in no time! OPI Drip Dry Laquer Drying Drops £13.75 www.asos.com

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competition

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The Shaving Shack offers a no-nonsense range of top quality wet shaving, mens grooming and mens skincare products designed for Real Men, direct to your door. Shaving brushes, razors, shaving soaps, soap bowls, shaving accessories, shaving creams and shaving sets to suit every budget...and regular shoppers get even better value with our ‘Shave Points Discounts’! We stock the leading brand names, including Merkur, Cyril Salter, DR Harris, The Bluebeards Revenge™, Dovo, Muhle, Tabac, Truefitt and Hill, Taylor of Old Bond Street, GB Kent & Sons and Parker. We aim to be a ‘one stop shop’ for all your male grooming requirements and are adding more items to our range all the time. The Shaving Shack is proud to be giving away 3 luxury gift sets. Each set will contain a luxury Mach 3 Razor, stand, brush and shaving bowl. Along with this we are including The Bluebeards Revenge starter pack which contains luxury preshave oil, shaving cream, after shave balm, doubloon brush and deodorant. This prize is the ultimate shaving experience for real men.

Enter online at www.rmmagazine.co.uk

For more information please visit The Shaving Shack website www.shaving-shack.com or www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

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MITCHELLS M A L E Â B A R B E R S

A collection of unique establishments set in the heart of Essex that is an escape for the modern man with a traditional barbershop feel. CHELMSFORD 73 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford Essex CM2 0JA

01245 35698

BRENTWOOD 7 Ingrave Road Brentwood Essex CM15 8AP

01277 262927

HORNCHURCH 21 Billet Lane Hornchurch Essex RM11 1TS

01708 473238

OPENING TIMES Mon: 9.00 - 5.45 | Tues: 9.00 - 5.45 | Weds: 9.00 - 5.45 | Thurs: 9.00 - 7.45 | Fri: 9.00 - 5.45 Sat: 8.30 - 4.45 | Sun: closed | No Appointment Required


health & beauty

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD… Don’t let ugly feet destroy your holidays this summer. Get them ship shape and ready for the sandle season with these tips from www.mankind.co.uk Grooming Editor, Lee Kynaston. STEP 1: EXFOLIATE Most men neglect their feet during the winter and that plays havoc with their appearance come the strip-off season. Ill-fitting shoes, hours spent tearing around a football pitch and general wearand-tear cause calluses to build up on the heels and skin becomes dry, rough and unsightly. Sorting this out is simple though. Start by removing dead skin and calluses with TWEEZERMAN 3 IN 1 PEDICURE TOOL or the Zwilling Pedro Callus Stone (to make the process simpler soak feet first in warm soapy water). Not only will removing this dead skin make your plates look better, it’ll make them healthier too. If left, dead skin can become soggy, making it a perfect home for bacteria and fungal spores.

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Top Tip

: Sand m akes a b rilliant exfoliat or especiall for your feet, y with a li when mixed ttle sea wa make su re you m ter, so ake the most of it on your ho ls!

Tweezerman 3 in 1 Pedicure Tool £15


health & beauty STEP 3: TRIM

STEP 2: MOISTURISE Just as your face needs moisturising, so do your feet. In fact, our extremities often have some of the driest skin on our bodies. But since the skin on your feet can be up to four times thicker than the skin on your face you need a specially formulated foot moisturiser like GEHWOL FOOT CREAM EXTRA 75ML which intensively cares for dry skin. Or try Australian Bodycare Hand & Foot Cream 100ml which also contains antibacterial Tea Tree Oil to keep feet fresh and healthy. Gehwol Foot Cream Extra 75ml £6.23

Neglect your toenails and it says you don’t care about the finer details – or (worse still) the bits of you that don’t often see the light of day. So keep yours looking in tip-top condition by investing in TWEEZERMAN STAINLESS STEEL NAIL SCISSORS. Their specially curved blades make nail clipping a cinch. Start by soaking your feet in warm water for a while to soften the nails – this makes them much easier to cut.  Always cut each nail straight across the top, from edge to edge and avoid cutting down the side of the nails as this will only encourage the nail to grow inwards. If you’re a perfectionist, it’s worth spending a couple of minutes gently softening the edges with Tweezerman Nail Block. Not only does this improve the look of the nails but it also means you won’t end up with socks (and sheets!) sliced to ribbons. TOP TIP: If you are unfortunate enough to end up with an ingrowing toenail (where the nail cuts into the skin) treat with Gehwol Ingrown Toenail Fluid 15ml. Tweezerman Nail Block £8

THREE SOLUTIONS FOR STINKY FEET! With over 250,000 sweat glands producing up to half a cup of sweat a day, it’s little wonder feet become a bit whiffy sometimes. Here are three products from footwear specialist Gehwol to keep them smelling sweet.

GEHWOL DEODORANT FOOT CREAM 75ML- This medicated

deodorant foot cream offers long-lasting protection against odour-causing bacteria (as well as against fungi) and keeps feet moisturised and supple too. Gehwol Foot Powder 100g £5.62

GEHWOL FOOT POWDER 100G

Tweezerman Stainless Steel Nail Scissors £20

STEP 4: PROTECT Unlike our hands, our feet barely see the light of day for most of the year, making them especially vulnerable to sunburn. What’s more, studies have shown that the survival rate of patients with malignant melanoma of the foot is significantly lower than if the melanoma is elsewhere on the body – partly because we simply don’t spot them in time. So check your feet regularly for any unusual moles and if you’re heading for the beach, don’t forget to protect feet with a sun cream like ANTHONY LOGISTICS SUN SPRAY SPF15 177ML. Anthony Logistics for Men Sun Spray SPF15 177ml £14.99

Ideal for keeping feet fresh and dry this disinfectant powder is easy to use and can be used to freshen shoes and trainers too. Gehwol Foot Powder 100g £5.62

GEHWOL FOOT DEO 150ML

Not only does this highperformance foot spray deodorise, with the herbal extracts from Camomile and Peppermint, it instantly refreshes tired feet too. Especially good for summer. Gehwol Foot Deo 150ml £9.70

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Goodfellas Contemporary Hair Design For Men by

Adam & Gianni Goodfellas is an Italian family run Barbers in Upminster, owned and managed by award winning hairdresser Gianni Daniello. The success of Goodfellas is not solely down to Gianni, his brother and a further two fantastic hairdressers complete the team that boasts over 25 years of Italian academic experience, and has in over just 3 years established itself as a favourite for many Men looking for the perfect cut. Having mastered his profession in Italy, Gianni came to London 10 years ago where he has continually impressed clients and built up a customer base that is happy to travel from miles around just to ensure they look their best. Goodfellas caters for all ages and has child friendly seating to ensure that even the hardest customers will enjoy the experience.

Goodfellas Barbers 141, St. Marys Lane, Upminster, RM14 3BL (Next to Lloyds TSB)

T: 01708 222555 Opening Times: Mon-Wed: 8.30am - 6.30pm Thurs: 8.30am - 7.30pm Fri: 8.30am - 6.30pm Sat: 8.00am - 5.00pm Sun: 9.30am - 2.30pm


exclusive interview

THE MILK Quickly earning a reputation as one of the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exciting live bands, The Milk are storming the music world with their soulful tunes and captivating sound. Hailing from Essex, this four piece will be spending the summer playing festivals such as T in The Park, Isle of Wight and Evolution, and were also nominated for the Best Breakthrough Artist at the UK Festival Awards. RM caught up with lead guitarist Dan to ask why we should all be raving about themâ&#x20AC;Ś

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exclusive interview

You are just at the beginning of your mammoth twenty-eight day UK tour, how are things going for you?

Absolutely amazing, it’s going really well. We are on our 26th gig tonight; we’ve been touring for a month. It’s been really overwhelming. We’ve turned up at towns, played a good show and people are really responding to what we are doing. It’s all very exciting being on the road, you know, partying every night!

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Have you requested anything for your tour bus?

We are running on a budget so we haven’t asked for anything extravagant. I think we’ve got a DVD player, that should keep us entertained. We can watch a few films to keep us company.

You have just brought out a new single, ‘Broke up the Family’, to coincide with your tour. What’s the story behind it?

The song has been around for a year and a half and I think if you listen to the lyrics you can tell what it’s about. It’s just a social commentary about when you feel out of place.

What do you think make this song different from all the others out there? I think it harks back to an old school attitude to music and we’re a really old school band. We are out there touring it


exclusive interview hard. Even though we are signed to a major record company we are doing it the old way, going out there and building up momentum and putting on big shows. I think the single reflects that. It’s just good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll with some tweaks and hip-hop beats. I think it is different to what is going on out there at the moment. It’s all pop songs by numbers that seem to be flooding the charts at the moment, and we think we are doing something a bit different to the norm.

Tell us about your sound and how you got together.

We go way back. Two of the guys are brothers and we all started to play in bands when we were at school at about twelve, thirteen years old. We knocked around in a few different bands. We were a punk band for a bit then we went our separate ways for a couple of years. About three years ago we put on a club night in Southend playing Trojan and Motown records. The club night was dreadful as no one turned up but we had a great night! From there we put together some songs and a year later we had a catalogue of music, so we got a manager and it has just really snowballed from there.

Who and what are the main influences for the band?

It varies throughout the group but we take influence from currents bands like The Black Keys, as well as other stuff like Trojan records, Motown records and rock n roll. We are influenced by loads of different flavours and styles.

died and we were stuck with The Milk. Before we knew it we had a fan base and the label were like ‘you can’t change it’!

“IT’S JUST GOOD OLD FASHIONED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WITH SOME TWEAKS AND HIP-HOP BEATS...” You are all Essex born and bred. How important is where you grew up in relation to your music and lyrics?

It’s more about the lyrics really as they are the stories of our lives based around our towns in Essex. The whole album is placed there, and the cinematic descriptions are about us all coming from Essex. The lyrics are forged from our lives growing up there but the sound is influenced more by rock ‘n’ roll and American music.

Where is the best place you have played?

We played a club called Soyo in Sheffield and it was absolutely raucous! There were 350 people banging into the stage and all sorts! It was absolutely rocking!

So what should our readers look forward to hearing from you in the near future?

Well our single is out now and we’ve got our album coming out in the middle of the summer. We are also playing at quite a few festivals, T in the Park, Isle of Wight, Evolution Festival and a few others. We are going to be touring all summer and we have another tour in September. We are really just going to be out there promoting our music.

You can catch The Milk playing at Chinnerys, Southend on Sea on June 2nd. For more information or to book tickets go to www.thisisthemilk.com.

Where are your favourite places to go out in Essex?

Favourite places in Essex? Leigh on Sea is really nice and I’ve been known to go to Brentwood and Billericay on a night out.

Your sound has changed quite a bit since you first started out playing. What made you change from a punk to a Motown sound? Well punk is a really easy genre of music for a young person to play; you haven’t really got to think about what you’re doing. It’s quite gratifying when you’re seventeen, eighteen and you can play music.

But when we were getting back home, we weren’t listening to Sex Pistols records, we were listen to Van Morrison and stuff like that, so we thought maybe we should think about doing something else.

Where does the name ‘The Milk’ come from?

It wasn’t very thought out. We were on one of them band name generators and they were chucking out names. We had a few names for a while, Kenny Cornflake and The Milk came up but then Kenny

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homes & interiors

PARK AVENUE, HORNCHURCH. £750,000 ituated in one of Emerson Park’s premier tree lined turnings is this exceptional four double bedroom family home. Emerson Park is located close to Hornchurch Town Centre. Occupying a sizeable plot & in/out driveway via electric gates with access to integral garage.

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attachment, double shower cubicle, wash hand basin with separate taps and vanity unit. The property also boasts four bedrooms, all with en-suites. To the rear is a south facing garden. Mainly laid to lawn with tree and shrub borders, pop-up sprinkler system, Indian Sandstone patio area to rear, inset heated swimming pool measuring with Roman end and plant room with large covered dining area. To view this property , contact haart, Gidea Park, 87 Main Road, Gidea Park, Romford, RM2 5EL. 0843 103 0969

INGATESTONE £475,000 ilbery Chaplin in association with John H Bayliss have great pleasure in offering to the market this immaculately presented 2nd floor two bedroom apartment. Located in a prestigious Grade II listed Manor House dating back to the early 1750s, steeped in local architectural history and ideally situated within the heart of Fryerning.

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The property offers versatile well appointed accommodation with an easy rise returning staircase leading up to the 2nd floor which has retained many period style features together with an immaculately maintained interior, encompassing a convenient study area, large cloaks and utility cupboards with linen storage, newly refitted kitchen and four piece bathroom, together with a spacious sitting room, master bedroom and 2nd bedroom/ dining room. In addition the property further offers a garage and communal gardens with seating area on the banks of the part moated landscaped grounds. Properties of this nature rarely come to the market and therefore we recommend an early viewing To view this property, contact Hilbery Chaplin Residential, Ingatestone, 94a High Street, Ingatestone, CM4 0BA 0843 315 1767

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ON THE MARKET Love At First Sight!

Parkstone Avenue, Hornchurch, Essex

Thinking of moving? Well RM have picked the top Follow us on date properties properties on sale in the area from your local estate agents. Call haart of gidea park 01708 762384 until 10pm weekdays 87 Main Road, Gidea Park, Essex, RM2 5EL. gidea.park@haart.co.uk


OIEO £790,000 FREEHOLD homes & interiors

BILLERICAY, £795,000 ot to be missed, this charming Grade II Listed Period Home dates back to the late Georgian era with later additions. Along with many character features, the property also benefits from a super location and is just a 5 minute walk from the amenities of Billericay High Street and the mainline station. Features include a grand spacious Drawing Room, large family Kitchen, 4 further Reception Rooms, 4 Double Bedrooms and a 90ft x 61ft Garden.

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Originally the property was the Gardeners Cottage to the old Hill House. Hillhouse Cottage was enlarged in the 1970s to provide substantial family living space over three floors, which offers the potential for both residential and work use, or even the possibility of a self contained ground floor apartment.

GIDEA PARK, £790,000 A True Dream!

The property boasts an attractive westerly rear Don’t miss out! garden that commences with a paved patio with

Links Avenue, Gidea Park, Essex ooks can be deceiving! Only on internal inspection can you appreciate the living accommodation this beautiful 5 bedroom family home has to offer, including a potential self contained annex for family or growing children. The current owners have maintained and cherished their home which offers 2 receptions, kitchen/diner, conservatory and an exceptional rear garden. The home is just as impressive as the sought after turning it’s located in.

Follow us on to steps leading up to a further patio area to the lawn, see the most up to date with attractive flower and shrub borders, timber properties in your area.

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The kitchen has a range of hand made wall and base units with double marble worktops, 1.5 bowl sink and marble drainer unit, integrated dishwasher, fridge and freezer, part tiled walls, fan assisted double gas oven and 6 ring gas hob and hot plates and two enclosed double radiators with French doors to the rear aspect and garden. The en-suites comprises of a double walk-in shower, wash hand basin with mixer tap and vanity unit, low level w.c., tiled walls and floor, heated chrome towel rail, shaver point and smooth coved ceiling with inset spot lights.

summer house and a greenhouse. To the side of the property there is a substantial parking area which can easily accommodate 5 to 6 cars if required. To view this property, contact Quirks, Billericay Estate House, 108a High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BY 0843 313 8333

The rear garden has side access to a self contained annex and garden, mainly laid to lawn with tree and shrub borders, bbq area, wooden shed, patio area, outside tap and outside speakers linked to the house. Follow us on to see the most up to date To view this property, contact haart, Gidea Park Follow us on to in your area. 87properties Main Road, Gidea Park, Romford, RM2 5EL see the103 most up to date 0843 0969 properties in your area.

Don’t miss out! Don’t miss out!

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MORTGAGE REVIEW

homes & interiors

Getting on the property ladder with shared home ownership schemes

Expert advice on EVERY lender deal

Paul Flavin from Miura Financial Solutions Ltd comments on shared ownership schemes which can help buyers get on to the property ladder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want to buy a home but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite afford to, a shared ownership scheme could help. How does shared ownership work? You buy between 25% and 75% of the full value of the property and pay rent on the remaining share which is owned by a housing association. The annual rent is up to 3% of the value of the proportion owned by the housing association. Example of shared ownership Cost: Share of home Property Purchase Price: ÂŁ100,000 Your share of the value: ÂŁ50,000 / 50% Housing association share ÂŁ50,000 / 50% What happens if I want to buy a bigger share or all of the value of the property? After you have bought your first share you can usually go on to buy an increased share of the value of the property until you own the whole of the property. This is called staircasing.

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How do I find out more about buying shared ownership? As not all lenders offer shared ownership mortgages it is important that you seek advice from an independent mortgage adviser. They will be able to confirm whether you qualify, which lenders offer shared ownership mortgages and whether you meet their lending criteria. You can then start looking for shared ownership properties for sale in your area.â&#x20AC;? To find out more about shared ownership or to discuss your options as a first time buyer, please call Paul Flavin from Miura Financial Solutions Ltd on 01702 423900 or e.mail paul@miurafiinancial.co.uk. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. There will be a fee for mortgage advice. The actual amount you pay will depend upon your circumstances. The fee is up to 1% but a typical fee is ÂŁ295. MAB 5285

Genuinely independent mortgage advice Speak to our advisor today 01702 423900 SDXO#PLXUDĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOFRXN Your home maybe repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on \RXUPRUWJDJH$IHHRIXSWRRIWKHPRUWJDJHDPRXQWPD\EH FKDUJHGGHSHQGLQJRQLQGLYLGXDOFLUFXPVWDQFHV $W\SLFDOIHHLVÂ&#x2026;0$% Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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PROPERTIES

TO RENT

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 make finding that home a little easier for you.

2 bedroom Ground Floor Apartment to Rent in Ingatestone. £950 pcm

2 Bedroom Apartment to Rent in South Weald, Brentwood. £1,400pcm

3 Bedroom Semi-Detached House to Rent in Romford. £1,295pcm

Balgores Hayes are delighted to offer this newly constructed two bedroom ground floor apartment with open plan lounge, modern fitted kitchen, and contemporary bathroom. The property also benefits from a communal garden, allocated parking and is ideally located for Ingatestone’s picturesque High Street, where you are close to all the neccessary amenities. The apartment is also situated close to Ingatestone Train Station, with easy access to London.

A stunning two bedroom apartment within a period house built in the 1700s and with fantastic views from all rooms over Brentwood countryside. Use of gardens, tennis court and outside swimming pool, double garage with electronic doors, lounge and dining room with dual aspect, fitted kitchen with appliances including dishwasher, luxury refitted bathroom/wc with shower, en-suite shower room/wc to master bedroom. Available immediately, furnished.

GBP are delighted to offer this lovely family home with three bedrooms. This semi detached house is located on the border of Romford / Collier Row and includes off street parking, through lounge, modern fitted kitchen, three good size bedrooms, a good size garden and a conservatory. This well presented property is available now to view and is located only 1.4 miles from Romford Station, 1.9 miles from Gidea Park Station and only 2.2 miles from Chadwell Heath Station.

To view this property contact Balgores Hayes, 7 St. Thomas Road, Brentwood, CM14 4DB 01277 210506

To view this property contact Keith Ashton, 24 St. Thomas Road, Brentwood, CM14 4DB. T: 0843 315 1855

To view this property contact GBP Estates, 35 Victoria Road, Romford, RM1 2LH. T: 01708 504455

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PASTEL PERFECTION

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When the SS12 catwalks were swamped with sugar sweet shades, there was no doubt that this fashion trend would edge its way into the interiors market.

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homes & interiors

Linea ‘Simplicity’ cereal bowl £6, Dinner plate £8, Side plate £7, Teacup and saucer £8 In Sage www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Bird Pink Knitted Cushion £38 www.verynicethings.co.uk Fly With Me Cushion £29.99 www.fromthewilde.com

If you are looking to add some subtle style to your home, then this trend is perfect. Enhance light rooms with sweet accessories and soft furnishing in an array of sugary pastel tones. To add depth, opt for an illustrative feature or some shabby chic, white wash furniture to make your home look as pretty as a picture!

Bluebell 2 Seater In Thyme £910 www.sofa.com

Set Of 3 Stacking Tins £10.50 www.shabbychicoriginals.co.uk

Ashley Thomas Set of Two Mugs £16 www.debenhams.com

Star by Julien Macdonald £80 www.debenhams.com

Enamel Bread Bin - Shutter Blue £27.99 www.thegiftedpenguin.co.uk

Bethany Table Lamp £45 www.very.co.uk

Parlane Candles Box £20 www.debenhams.com

Provencal Heart Chair £230 www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

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homes & interiors Union Jack Bunting In Wood £10.95 www.homehomehome.co.uk

Solar Powered Waving Queen £14.99 www.hirstandhirst.co.uk

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WE SALUTE YOU MA’AM Her Royal Highness herself, good old Lizzie, is about to celebrate 60 years on the throne and whether you’re a royalist or not, you can’t deny that this is a cool thing to happen to our country. In the tradition of British celebrations (and we British sure know how to celebrate!), RM has compiled a mirage of iconic goodies to help you see in the jubilee in style. So raise a glass, make a toast and salute her Royal Highness. This one’s for you Ma’am! 40 www.rmmagazine.co.uk

ROBERTS UNION JACK DIGITAL RADIO Take home this fantastic Roberts Revival Union Jack Digital Radio - part of a range of nostalgic 1950s retro styled radios, with high density wooden cabinets finished in leathercloth. In a range of colours, it not only looks great, it sounds great too. Now with 120 hours battery life, this fantastic DAB radio is more portable than ever. Despite their 50s inspired looks, these radios have a host of up to the minute features including; one touch instant access to favourite station button, FM/DAB wavebands, FM RDS station name display, rotary tuning and volume control with auto tune, stereo line in socket for ipod/mp3 playback. Battery or mains operation adapter included. £200 www.cotswoldtrading.com


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THE NAGS HEAD

BRENTWOOD

Nestled just on the edge of Brentwood, The Nags Head is a chilled haven where you can sit back, relax and enjoy some great food. RM Magazine was invited down to sample their new Spring Menu.

decision-making we finally knew what we would have. For starters we chose; Cream of Fennel Soup with Croutons, Red Onion Compote Tarte, Seared Black Pearl Scallops and Button Mushrooms with Pino Grigio, Cream and Garlic.

THE VENUE

On arriving at The Nags Head, we were warmly welcomed in and treated to their vast selection of beers and ciders, and shown to a table in the bar where we took a sneak peak at what the menu and specials had to offer. From steaks, fish and grills, to pizzas, pastas, salads and chicken dishes, this menu had such a great choice of food it was hard to decide what to try!

For our mains we chose; Pan Fried Sea Bass fillet with Broccoli, Pesto and White Chicory, Piccante Pizza, Ribeye Steak with Horseradish and Parsley Butter and Fillet Steak Garni with Confit Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Hand Cut Jenga Chips. From the happy diners surrounding us we knew the food was of very high standard, so we had great expectations, and the Nags Head failed to disappoint! The presentation was exceptional, the kind of dish you’d expect to see at a Michelin starred restaurant, with flavours to match. The steaks were cooked perfectly to our requirements and the portions were of a healthy size. After two courses we were all ready to pop but we still had to sample the desserts! On recommendation from General Manager Anderson Ferreira, we went for the light option of Gelato

and Sorbetti and Chocolate Brownie (the not so light option but totally delicious!). Once again the presentation was fantastic and the flavours did not disappoint. For those of you with bigger appetites, the Menu also offered Lemon Tarte, Brulee and Summer Berry Eton Mess.

THE X FACTOR

The Nags Head has a great selection of food, wine and drinks, and with a main dish setting you back between £10 and £24, the price is not bad either! They also offer a Lunch and Early Evening Menu for £12.95 for two courses, and on Wednesdays you can grab a quality steak and get 50% off a selection of red wine; well you can’t grumble at that! So if you are looking for a place where you can eat great foods, drink great wine and relax with friends, then the Nags Head is definitely one to try!

For more information please visit www.thenagsheadbrentwood.co.uk or to reserve a table call 01277 260005.

The pub itself had a great feel. It had all the charm and features of a traditional pub but with a refreshing, modern lift that gave it a great atmosphere to eat in. They had a great wine list too, with selections of red, white, rose, sparkling and champagne, with the option to buy a smaller bottle if required.

THE FOOD

We were shown to our table in the restaurant and spent a little while deliberating. After some hard

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lifestyle out; it also offers fantastic food and drinks during the day. Serving Paddy and Scott’s coffee, you can sit back and relax whilst enjoying smoothies, milkshakes, cakes and fruit teas. Breakfast is also available with a choice of Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Cumberland Sausage, a Bacon Buttie and Morning Pastries.

PLATFORM 7

If you are after a bigger feast, you can opt for the bar food or lunch menu, which include sandwiches, soup, rustic breads, Pom Adoro and Aglio (hand stretch pizza breads). Plus you can even get your beloved Sunday roast at a pocket friendly price of £7.95.

Situated in a perfect position next to Upminster Train Station, Platform 7 is a great place to party your way through the night or simply chill out during the day. RM Magazine was invited down to sample the nightlife and to see what Platform 7 has to offer.

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Platform 7 is placed in a great position and after jumping off the train at Upminster Station it was a pleasant surprise not to have to grab a cab to get to our destination. Within a few simple steps we were already there. The location of the bar makes it a great place for after work drinks, and being a frequent user of Upminster Train Station, the bar is often heaving as I walk past. Tonight was no different. Before we had even entered, swarms of people were flocking, all looking for a great night. As soon as we stepped inside it was easy to see why it was so busy. The music was pumping, drinks were flowing and everyone was lapping up the highenergy atmosphere. The DJ was blasting out some great tunes and to top it off, we were treated like VIPs all night - and you can be too! Table service is on offer and tabs can be opened to ensure you get the best out of your night, and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want that! Platform 7 also offers a great array of drinks and is a glamourous venue to enjoy cocktails. With an illustrious selection of spirits, wines, champagnes and beers, there is a tipple for everyone. You can even opt for their drinks packages where you can purchase bronze, silver, gold or platinum options, all including bottles of spirits and wines. But Platform 7 doesn’t just offer a great night

We left the venue with wobbles in our steps and smiles on our faces (all signs of a good night out!), with the definite intention of returning soon. If it’s a great night out you’re after, with fine drinks and good company, Platform 7 offers a smart, sophisticated atmosphere with a base line pumping vibe that everyone’s after. So, we urge all you party lovers to give it a try. We know you won’t be disappointed! For more information visit www.platform7bar.co.uk


2 x 350g/12oz pieces of thick monkfish fillet 750g/1½lb new potatoes, scraped clean 2 tbsp/1fl oz/30ml olive oil 85ml/3fl oz extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve 50g/2oz watercress sprigs, very roughly chopped To Serve: Balsamic vinegar Sea salt flakes Black pepper, coarsely crushed

ROAST MONKFISH WITH CRUSHED POTATOES, OLIVE OIL AND WATERCRESS ay is upon us and we have another bank holiday on the horizon. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve brought you a fab little monkfish dish, perfect to enjoy whilst lazing around.

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Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6, season the monkfish with some salt and set it aside for 15 minutes. Cook the potatoes in well-salted boiling water until tender. While the potatoes are cooking, heat the 2 tbsp/1fl oz/30ml of olive oil in a large, ovenproof frying pan. Pat the monkfish dry on kitchen paper, add to the pan and sear for 3-4 minutes, turning it 3 or 4 times, until nicely browned on all sides. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast for 10-12 minutes, until the fish is cooked through but still moist and juicy in the centre.

Remove from the oven, cover with foil and set aside for 5 minutes. When the potatoes are done, drain them well and return them to the pan with the extra virgin olive oil. Gently crush each potato against the side of the pan with the back of a fork until it just bursts open. Season with salt and pepper, add any juices from the fish and the watercress, and turn over gently until the watercress is well mixed in. Cut the monkfish across into thick slices. Spoon the crushed potatoes on to 4 warmed plates and put the monkfish on top. Put your thumb over the top of the bottle of extra virgin olive oil and drizzle a little of it around the outside edge of each plate. Do the same with the balsamic vinegar and then sprinkle around a few sea salt flakes and coarsely crushed black pepper.

Top Tip... If you love your spice, then throw in a

few chillies for good measure just before you roast the monkfish. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan too!

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

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OH LORD WONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T YOU BUY ME A

MERCEDES BENZ

The new ML 63 AMG will be available on UK roads from a highly competitive on the road price of ÂŁ82,995. With a comprehensive roster of standard equipment and the expertise of the MercedesBenz AMG performance division behind it, the exclusive flag-bearer for the new M-Class line-up is set to disappear from showrooms as quickly as it accelerates on the road. 46 www.rmmagazine.co.uk


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The ML 63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-litre bi-turbo direct-injection V8 engine delivering 525 hp and 700 Nm of torque – or 557 hp and 760 Nm with the optional AMG Performance Package (£6,165). Even in standard specification this is sufficient to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds, a time which puts it on a par with many high-performance sports cars. Thanks to the ingenuity of the engineers at AMG, the ML 63 AMG is almost 40 per cent more economical and emits nearly 30 per cent less CO2 than the previous model. The responsive and intelligent AMG Speedshift Plus 7-G Tronic  seven-speed automatic transmission, featuring a Controlled Efficiency driving mode and ECO start/stop function, contributes towards combined economy of 23.9 mpg, with CO2 emissions pared down to 276 g/km.    Modifications to ensure that the chassis of the ML 63 AMG is more than a match for the prodigious performance include AMG sports suspension and high-performance brakes with internally ventilated and perforated discs, Direct Steer and 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. The Mercedes-Benz Active Curve System with AirMATIC self-levelling air suspension is also standard, endowing the ML 63 AMG with outstanding body composure and handling when cornering, with no dilution of ride comfort. 

The exterior and interior styling have also come in for attention so that the ML 63 AMG has its own discreetly sporty identification. AMG bodywork includes exclusive front and rear aprons and side skirts, AMG-specific LED daytime running lamps as part of the standard Intelligent Light System, an AMG sports exhaust system with two twin tailpipes to give the ML 63 AMG its charismatic exhaust note and ‘V8 BITURBO’ lettering on the front wings. Inside, there are leather-upholstered AMG Sports seats (heated at the front), an AMG four-spoke steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather and with a flat lower section, AMG instruments and floor mats and sports pedals and footrest in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs. Specific standard equipment for the ML 63 AMG in addition to that available on other versions of the new ML includes the Mercedes-Benz COMAND Online system with Media Interface, a DAB digital radio, a dashboard trimmed in Artico artificial leather and an electric glass sunroof. The optional AMG Performance Package is being offered on the ML for the first time and, in addition to the power and torque upgrade, includes the AMG Performance steering wheel with Dinamica inserts in the grip areas (available independently for £420), an AMG carbon fibre engine cover and red-painted brake calipers. The ML 63 AMG is also offered with a Driver’s Package (£2,820), which raises the limited top speed from 155 mph to 174 mph and includes attendance at a ‘Power and Passion’ driver event. RM Magazine predict it won’t be long until we see these cruising round the streets of Essex …

CITROËN DS4 FEATURES IN ’30 DAYS’ MUSIC VIDEO BY THE SATURDAYS Behind the scenes video available through Citroën UK Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ CitroenUK) Pop starlets, The Saturdays, arrived in style on the set of their video shoot for new single, 30 Days, as Citroën provided a distinctive DS4 for the opening sequence of the video. Showcasing the band’s latest single - to be released in the UK on 13 May - the 30 Days video sees Frankie, Mollie, Vanessa, Rochelle and Una use the car to go speed-dating at an American diner. Directed by Taylor Cohen, the girls filmed individual sequences and group shots in the glamorous, high-tempo video. As well as providing the group with the distinctive set of wheels, Citroën was also given exclusive behind the scenes access and caught up with all five members of the band during filming. Throughout the video shoot, Citroën’s cameras captured the set being created, the girls in hair and make-up and also met some of their speed-dating suitors. Marc Raven, Citroën Communications Director, commented: “Citroën’s Facebook fans are used to having access to great media content, but I think we’ve stepped it up a level by working with The Saturdays. The girls all loved DS4 and we’re really pleased they wanted to send a special message directly to Citroën’s 83,000+ Facebook fans.” DS4 is Citroën’s second model in the distinctively styled DS Line. For more information visit www.citroen.co.uk/ds4

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THE FACE OF ESSEX 2012 The Uppercut Hair Group’s, The Face of Essex competition, saw thirty stunning girls take to the catwalk at the Brickyard Romford for the glitzy grand final evening. The star-studded audience watched as Ruby Cooke, 19 from Romford, beat twenty-nine rival beauties to take the top spot in the hotly-contested competition. Essex Fashion Week founders Adam and Simon Ryan hosted the event, whilst 2Shoes (X factor), Ricky Rayment (Towie), Imogen Leaver (BNTM) and Anna Watts (Shipwrecked) all cheered away for their favourites from the VIP area. Whilst Harry Derbridge, celebrating his 18th birthday with his auntie Julie Childs and Harry, was seen flirting away with ‘Signed by Katie Price’ runner up Rylan Clarke.

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The judging panel consisted of TOWIE twins Dino & Georgio Georgiades, owner of Uppercut hair group Trevor Vale, casting director from Talent Talks Gemma Gurtvitz and editor of the Romford Recorder Mark Sweetingham. Ruby beat off the stiff competition and was given her Swarovski encrusted crown by Britain Next Top Model finalist Imogen Leaver. She was also awarded £2000 worth of prizes including a years worth of free hairdressing by the Uppercut Hair Group, £400 worth of Choice designer clothes, six months gym membership, a chauffeur driven limo, tickets to Essex Fashion Week and an a la carte dinner for two. She has now been signed to top London modelling agency RAGE management. Second place was Chanel Shayler, 22 from Billericay and third place was Georgia Phillips, 20 from Romford. RM Magazine would like to congratulate Ruby on her massive win!


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GOLD LIMO

MOUSTACHE MUG

Gold Limo’s are a family run limo company with over ten years experience and a whole host of vehicles available. The most well known being 'Champers' their Gold Limo that appeared in a recent Sunsilk advert with Girls Aloud!

When this landed in the RM inbox this month, we simply thought; you guys have got to see this! You can masquerade behind a character moustache whilst drinking your favourite brew.

Gold Limo offer great service at realistic prices and have the experience and expertise to turn any event into a special event. So, whatever your event don't accept anything less than a Gold Limo service!

Each mug has a different design on each side to help explore your inner impersonator! With three different designs, you can choose between a cheeky Maurice-Poirot, ambiguous Mustafa-Chaplin or fiesty Fu-Magnum! We simply love these mugs and you can guarantee they will be filling up the cupboards in the RM kitchen!

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LUNA’S BRASSERIE Luna's Brasserie is a brand new Restaurant in Upminster High Street offering something for all. From the finest cuisine served of an evening to a children's special lunch menu, they have you covered. RM Magazine were recently invited down to sample a one off ‘Titanic’ themed evening where we were treated to a whopping ten course meal! To just say the food was tastebud tingling and flavoursome would be an understatement! Read the full article online www.rmmagazine.co.uk. So, whether you’re looking to grab a quick but healthy breakfast, a light lunch or looking to treat that special person in your life, an evening out Luna's Restaurant is a must!

LAURA WOOD Creator of personal, realistic, illustrations and artwork, Laura Wood offers ideal gifts for friends and family or business use. Marketing design work also undertaken. Simply send your choice of source images. For more information: Home: 01708 342830 Mobile: 07973472187 Email: Lala9688@btinternet.com

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Sue Bell founded Essex children’s charity ‘Kids Inspire’ in 2007. It is a community based organisation that aims to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and their families. Currently, Kids Inspire is based in Chelmsford and Southend, and provides a bespoke package of intervention individually tailored to each child’s needs. Kids Inspire strives to build good relationships and help young people achieve their full potential so they can become stable adults who contribute positively to society.

Building relationships through therapy, opportunity, love and care

The young people are mainly referred to us mainly by schools due to emotional issues that are impacting negatively on their engagement and attainment at school. This means that they are at risk of poor long term outcomes and life chances. The young people supported by Kids Inspire vary widely – some have suffered trauma, neglect or abuse and, as a direct result, may feel disconnected from society. Their behaviour challenges teachers and support staff and they are often labelled and at risk of exclusion. For some of the young people who use Kids Inspire, their needs are less complex but equally as important. They may be suffering as a result of family bereavement, bullying at school, or a more organic problem such as Asperger’s Syndrome. Kids Inspire takes the time to listen and work with the young person and their family, with the aim of providing the right solution.


Whatever the issue Kids Inspire steps in by offering emotional support services, counselling, individual and group therapy, music and art based projects and a mentoring scheme. This will provide skills that will enable the young people to realize their potential and to ensure they feel safe and secure where they are cared for. This process takes time, patience and commitment, but as a result they will have improved emotional and physical health, become TVYLJVUÄKLU[OH]LHNYLH[LYMLLSPUN VMZLSM^VY[O;OL`^PSSHSZVILULÄ[MYVT increased attainment and attendance at school and be less likely to engage in anti-social and criminal behaviour. One of our many success stories consists of a young person who had suffered from severe trauma and abuse and after a long therapeutic relationship with Kids Inspire is now studying at University. We need people who want to be part of the story! Support us to support the young people of Essex!

Kids Inspire is part of the Gold Challenge!! Gold Challenge is partnered with Team GB and the British Olympic Association. It challenges participants to take on Olympic and Paralympic sport themed challenges to raise money for one of its 150 charity partners. It is the UK’s only Olympic & Paralympic charity challenge that allows the whole country to get involved and be apart of the excitement of London 2012. KINGS ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL KICK START THE OLYMPIC YEAR BY TAKING ON THE 2012KM CHALLENGE, WITH GOLD CHALLENGE RAISING FUNDS FOR KIDS INSPIRE

We are supported by the patronage of Anya Hindmarch (international fashion designer). We are also the chosen charity MVY:HPUZI\Y`:WYPUNÄLSK,ZZL_*V\U[` Cricket Club, Baker labels, Subway (Chelmsford branches), Channels Golf Club and The County Hotel for 2012. We have continued to receive amazing support from local businesses, such as STV Building Services, E2V, Britvic and M&G who have supported us through donations and amazing activities over the past year.

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BOUTIQUE CAMPING

The majestic allure of spending a night under canvas in a bell tent, yurt or tipi has increased in popularity over the past few years, offering an easy and eco-friendly way to take in the splendour of Britain’s natural landscapes whilst keeping up the style-stakes.

Upmarket camping is coming of age in Britain as more and more people rediscover the joys of a holiday spent outdoors, and Boutique Camping have all you need to turn any campsite into a home from home. 52 www.rmmagazine.co.uk

Boutique Camping’s Bell Tents have a beautifully elegant silhouette, and are quick and easy to put up and take down. The 19th century military kit design is simple: natural cotton canvas drapes down from a central pole, and is held tight by guy ropes to create a distinctive old-fashioned shape outside and a wonderfully soft ambience within. They are fully waterproof and in full sun you can roll up the sides and lounge about enjoying the breezy shade beneath. The 4m tent is perfect for a couples but can sleep up to 5/6 people, luxuriating in an open-plan bedroom. The 5m tent is perfect for large families, and would also make a spectacular chill-out area at any festival or summer garden party. Boutique Camping’s Bell Tents are available in sandstone, coral red, apple green, sky blue and

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BY JENNY ENTWISTLE

PALOMA FAITH

exclusive interview

You’re releasing your single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ this month – can you tell us a bit about what this song is about? It’s about being in a relationship with somebody who you think might be on the rebound but is going out with you but you’re not sure. They’re recovering from the past relationship and what it’s like to be in that position when you’re doubting yourself and your role in their life. For your upcoming album ‘Fall To Grace’ you’ve stated that you’ve taken a more cinematic approach with the album, with it being the ‘soundtrack to your life’, was this a conscious decision on your part, to combine your music with your love of acting to make the album more personal? It was a conscious decision but it wasn’t really that I wanted to combine it with my love of acting; it was more that I wanted to combine it with my love of film as a viewer. I watch a lot of films all the time so I wanted to somehow cultivate the atmosphere of films into this whole album and everything we put out.

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Do you have any favourite tracks? What track are you most looking forward to fans hearing? I love all of them, but I think some stand out ones are probably ‘The Next Thing’, ’30 Minute Love Affair’ and ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’ they’re kind of… more dancey ones, which make me excited to have a dance! I’m really looking forward to the emotional side of things ‘Just Be’ and ‘Streets Of Glory’ I’m really excited about, ‘Just Be’ is a very stripped back ballad with piano and then ‘Streets of Glory’ is the opposite, it’s got bells and whistles and everything all in one. They have string arrangements from David Arnold who I think is incredible. You’ve previously said that “A lot of people write songs because they want to record them in a studio” whereas you write songs so that you can perform them live, do you prefer performing the chilled out songs better, or the more upbeat numbers? I think both, a mix of both. Like light, you need light and shade; gigs are full of light and shade as well. You collaborated with lots of artists, from rapper Ghost Face Killah for a remixed version of ‘New York’ to Cee Loo Green at the Brit awards. Who would be your dream collaboration? Andre 3000 Going back to your acting career, you’ve appeared in several films and television dramas. You’ve recently been announced to appear in the BBC adaptation of Blandings – can you tell us a little more about your character and how this came about? I’m just appearing as a character called Jordan who’s in one episode, episode 5 of the series; she’s basically a 1920s version of me! She’s a London cabaret performer and is a bit playful, and quite cheeky. I had an audition – I don’t think they even knew I was an actress! I went to an audition and they said that they liked my interpretation of the character and I said ‘I’m just being myself !’

You’ve been hailed in the press as somewhat of a fashion icon - who would you say were your biggest influences or inspirations, and are there any new designers we should look out for? Biggest inspiration is probably Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich… Coco Chanel – I love the way she dressed – Bjork and Grace Jones. Designers I love Dolce and Gabbana, I keep wearing them, Alexander McQueen I think is incredible, I love all the high-end stuff like Jean Paul Gautier. New designers I think Piers Atkinson and Victoria Grant are amazing. You mentioned that Bjork is one of your fashion inspirations – you recently worked with Nellee Hooper (Bjork, No Doubt, Madonna) who produced your album; what was it like working with him? Did you learn anything from him? I learn new things everyday! I learn new things all the time. If you go through life not learning it’s a bit weird. I learnt loads; it was amazing working with him. We were a match made in heaven, as he’s really into visual things and so am I so I suppose he’s the first producer I worked with who understood my language as I sort of, speak in pictures! My old A&R from my record company left and this guy called Colin Barlow took over the record label and I told him what I was after and how I didn’t really know who to approach and he suggested Nellee. He said ‘I’ve got a really strong feeling about this, and you’ve got to trust me’ and I did, and I met him, and I thought he was brilliant!

giving a more physically emotional performance. I just feel like to me it’s important that we have something to look at, so I focused on that. I learnt how much talent there is out there, and how it’s a really strange industry as at the end of the day, not that much talent breaks through. It’s unbelievable sometimes when you just take a minute to think ‘actually, there’s loads of people who could be wearing the exact same shoes that I’m wearing’. It makes me feel grateful for what I’ve got and what I’ve achieved – obviously I’ve worked bloody hard for it but I think there’s a certain combination of hard work, perseverance… and a little sprinkling of luck. What are you plans for the rest of the year; do you have any live plans or plans to tour? I’m doing some warm up shows this summer, I’m yet to find out dates – I’ll be promoting this record then I’m hoping I’ll tour towards the end of the year but I won’t if people don’t buy the album! So I’m waiting to find out if people will buy it so I can go out on tour and show off !! I’m very nervous about the release, I keep ringing my manager up, as I’m a bag of nerves!

‘Picking Up The Pieces’, the first single from Paloma Faith’s second album is released on 20th May. The album ‘Fall To Grace’ will follow on 28th May via Sony/RCA.

You’ve been revealed as a mentor for Danny’s team on BBC’s ‘The Voice’ to help prep the vocalists for the ‘Battle’ round of the competition. What was the main piece of advice you gave to them, and how was the experience for you? Did you learn anything by going through the process with them? I think the main piece of advice I was giving them was about performance and how I think it’s not enough to just stand on stage and sing the song, you have to do extra, whether it be physically moving around and giving depth to the song physically or

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SPACES DESIGN Spaces are a team of Designers and Photographers who create truly spectacular work and pride themselves on being up-front and honest when it comes to ideas, timescales and budgets. Not only do they have a wealth of knowledge and experience, they also have all the latest technology and a state of the art studio based in Hornchurch to ensure your project is delivered on time and in budget.

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Specialising in product and corporate photography means Spaces never know what’s coming through their doors next. From jewellery and clothing to medical instruments and room-sets, their state of the art studios have seen it all. Spaces boasts two photography studios, the first of which is 1000sq ft with excellent access and certainly has the ‘WOW’ factor! By monitoring and maintaining all aspects of the photoshoot, they are able to produce outstanding images time and time again, which is great news when you are looking for consistency over time as your product range increases.


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The second studio is 300sq ft and allows them to offer short runs and 24hr turn around without compromising on quality. Their team of dedicated photographers have over 50 years joint experience and work both in the studio and on location. They say a picture paints a thousand words and everyone should ask themselves, “Are my images saying the right things about me and my company?” If not, give Spaces a call on 01708 475767.

WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Spaces in-house web design team create bespoke websites from scratch. Whether you are after a simple three page informational website or a full e-commerce package allowing you to trade and take payments online, they provide a personal service that enables you to have an input into all aspects of the overall look and functionality of your website.

Spaces will also include a bespoke user friendly control panel and provide free training. So, whatever your IT ability they can ensure you and your employees have the know how to update and amend your website as your company grows. As with any website, your website needs to get noticed. So, whether you are having a new website built or would like to improve your current position within the search engine results, Spaces can help achieve that all important first page position in top search engines like Google and Yahoo.

GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PRINT

At the Spaces studio they also have dedicated graphic designers covering a wide range of printed material including flyers, stationery and promotional ideas, all backed up with a keen print manager that will ensure the right products are placed with the right printer.

Spaces offer all this under one roof for a stress free, enjoyable experience that will also save you time and money. If you would like to find out more about Spaces, their range of services and products or to view some previous work, check out their website www.spacesdesign.co.uk or call them on 01708 475767

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entertainment IN:SPA MARRAKECH, SOUTH OF FRANCE, AND SOUTHERN SPAIN In:Spa offers trips to the South of France, Marrakech and Southern Spain. Combining gourmet healthy cuisine, nutritional consultations, yoga, and outdoor fitness activities, these exclusive trips aim to relax guests as well as encouraging them to lose weight in luxurious and calming environments. An expert team of therapists, nutritionists, chefs, personal trainers and yoga teachers are on hand to provide guests with the support and tools to make the most of the tranquil and body-transforming trips. Tatler has named In:Spa as ‘THE name in health and fitness holidays’ and the retreats have also been praised by the Sunday Times. Whether you’re a fitness freak or just starting out on your exercise journey, In:Spa has the best resources to help you on your way, and most importantly features in gorgeous locations to give you the drive to succeed on your healthy quest. Let’s be honest, where would you rather try and get fit: a grim gym or a beautiful beach? Groups are kept on the small side meaning that facilities aren’t over stretched and equal attention is paid to each guest. Visit www.inspa-retreats.com for more information.

DETOX HOLIDAYS With summer fast approaching the pressure is on to ditch the pounds and get beach ready. Instead of slaving away in a gym or beating your old trainers down on grotty British pavements, why not pack your bag and head for sunnier skies to slim down? Here is RM’s rundown of the best weight-loss and detox holidays abroad…

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entertainment 5 STAR BOOTCAMP MARBELLA AND SIERRA NEVADA Ditch TOWIE’s mantra of ‘no carbs before marbs’ and enjoy whatever you want in the run up to this Marbella based holiday, as it is completely designed to help you lose weight. Designed exclusively for women and run by TV trainer and health journalist Danni Levy, of Sky’s Active Channel, this boot camp puts you through the paces in a beautiful and luxurious setting. Each guest at the boot camp receives a personally tailored diet plan, devised by a Harley Street nutritionist, to help keep up any progress made. Food and drink is also fully inclusive during the duration of the camp. After training all day, which will usually consist of Flamenco, Salsa, Cycling, and Cardio Circuits, guests will retire to the Los Monteros Hotel in Marbella which overlooks the scenic and glistening Mediterranean Sea. In its 50th year, the Los Monteros Hotel is a hub of relaxation. It’s only 600 metres from the beach and 4km from downtown Marbella, meaning you can easily get to sandy shores to tan, and also be near all the decent bars and restaurants. Visit www5starbootcamp.com for more information.

NO 1 BOOT CAMP: IBIZA AND MARBELLA Ibiza is renowned for its beauty, great clubs, and now boot camp too! Ibiza Boot Camp is a dynamic fitness retreat set on helping you shift the centimetres. Frequented by all different abilities and a whole bundle of ‘celebs’, including Chantelle Houghton and Tamzin Outhwaite, the camp prides itself on being a ‘fun’ way to lose weight; you can’t get more fun than Ibiza to exercise! Designed to push and encourage you to reach your dream weight in a vibrant environment, the Ibiza Boot Camp incorporates detoxing, individual and team exercises, and even hypnotherapy in its fitness plan for guests. As well as offering diverse fitness activities and making full use of the beach for training, beauty treatments such as massages and facials are available to all guests at an extra cost. This military style boot camp has been featured on the Vogue beauty blog, giving it a fashionable seal of fitness approval. No 1 Boot camp also has a retreat in Marbella, which is a firm favourite of TOWIE royalty James Argent, Gemma Collins and Joey Essex… if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for us! Visit www.no1bootcamp.com for more information.

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WI-FI ON THE TUBE The Mayor of London today confirmed that Londoners will be able to use Wi-Fi to access mobile internet services at Tube Stations for the first time from this summer. A contract has been awarded to Virgin Media to provide public access Wi-Fi at up to 120 Tube Station platforms at zero cost to the fare or taxpayer. The new Wi-Fi service will launch as a free, unlimited service for all Tube passengers from summer 2012 and will continue to offer free live TFL travel information via a new online portal after this period. Virgin Media, in partnership with London Underground, will introduce Wi-Fi at over 80 stations ahead of the summer. By the end of 2012, up to 120 Tube Stations, many of them deep-level,

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will be connected. From July 2012, all Tube passengers will be able to connect to the internet at stations for free, enabling millions of commuters and visitors to access websites and online destinations and stay up-to-date with news and events listings, review the best spots for lunch and discover great London attractions from their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and other connected devices. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “It’s vital that we harness the massive opportunities stemming from the digital revolution, by creating a vibrant, world class industry to attract investment and create jobs for Londoners. Millions of passengers will now be able to connect to their work, friends or access the latest news and travel information whilst on the move. This is a fabulous new and free resource which will be in place from this summer when London is being showcased on a global stage and playing host to millions. ”

Final Thought: Free Wi-Fi on the tube is great news but how long will it free?

RUMOURS OF AN IPAD MINI The Chinese rumour mill has hit full blast claiming to have details about the imminent release of an iPad mini. Chinese net portal, NetEase, has a story on a rumoured new mini Apple tablet. NetEase claimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to ‘counter attack’ the upcoming Windows tablets. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from £249 to £299 and that there will be an initial six million units ready for launch. Various Apple analysts have said before that a smaller iPad could do wonders for Apple, allowing it to dominate the smaller tablet market as well.

Final Thought: At RM Magazine, all we have to say is ‘Can’t wait!’


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GET THAT FRESH NEW LOOK FOR SPRING WITH VAIO E SERIES 14P FROM SONY Everyone can express their personal style this spring with VAIO E Series 14P – the 35.5cm (14”) notebook from Sony that’s made for smarter everyday computing. At home, on campus or carried easily to the nearest café, new VAIO E Series stands out from the crowd with its soft, discreetly reassuring ‘wraparound’ design. Three fresh colours – white, black or pink – are accented by complimentary colour flourishes around the notebook’s edge, lid, touchpad and keyboard. Chic, individual credentials are emphasized further by the aluminium speaker bezel. The generously sized multi-gesture touchpad offers a large clickable surface for intuitive, ‘button-free’ control. There’s plenty of space to navigate pages, edit photos and more, with fingertip scroll, flick, pinch/ zoom and pivot movements. Brand new to VAIO, Gesture Control lets you interact with your computer using intuitive hand movements. Just hold your hand up in front of the web camera and swipe left or right to flick though web pages or your photo gallery. Pull your hand down to pause music playback or a slideshow, or adjust music volume up or down with ‘rotate’ movements. Gesture Control is currently supported by Windows® Media Player, Internet Explorer® 9, PowerPoint® and PowerDVD. Video chats are clearer and crisper with the built-in HD web camera powered by ‘Exmor for PC’. Friends

and family will enjoy seeing you with sharper details, higher contrast and rich colours - even in low light where other web cameras struggle with grainy, fuzzy images. New VAIO E Series 14P gives you effortlessly clear, sparkling sound to match its good looks. Unique to Sony, xLOUDTM and Clear PhaseTM technologies boost volume levels without distortion for impressive sounding movies and games. Alternatively, switch to Dolby® Home Theatre® V4 for rich, cinema-style audio – whether you’re listening through built-in speakers, external loudspeakers or headphones. At work or play, the energy-smart design of VAIO E Series keeps you up and running for longer. With battery life of up to 7 hours, there’s plenty of power for note-taking in lectures, followed by some ‘me time’ surfing or after-hours social networking. Organising, editing and sharing your media collection is even more of a pleasure with VAIO E Series. Bundled at no extra charge, PlayMemories Home by Sony lets you add effortless polish to your photos and video clips, making home movies and even 3D content creation easier than ever.

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What’s on... Get yourselves out and about this month with the RM guide to what’s on. With lots happening this month, there’s something to keep you all entertained! Got an event to promote? E: editorial@rmmagazine.co.uk. Words By Haydn Squibb

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CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Sunday 20th May Classic and Custom Cars, Bikes and Scooters, Club Presentations and Cars For Sale. This is destined to be a really great family day out! Exhibitors are free, so show off what you’ve got. If not, entry is only £3 and well worth every penny! 10am – 4pm, Parish Fields, Plough Corner, Little Clacton, Essex CO16 9ND


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SOUTHEND SPRING SHOW Bank Holiday Weekend.

THE ESSEX FOOD SHOW

Saturday 12th May – Sunday 13th May Over 130 stalls of exceptional food and drink that isn’t openly available in your local supermarket. There will be rare breed meat producers, lots of fresh fruit and veg, and lots of yummy deserts. It’s a must for any foodie, and most stalls have a try before you buy policy! Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort, Colchester, 10am to 5pm.

Green fingered enthusiasts and occasional gardeners alike will find plenty of inspiration at the Southend Spring Garden Show. Whether you have an established garden, small balcony or shady courtyard in need of a little something extra, this show will offer lots of new ideas to ensure you create the perfect sanctuary. There will be lots of experts on hand if you need any gardening help! 9.30am - 5pm, Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend, Essex SS2 4FA

FOOD FRENZY

Monday 14th May On this course, Dawn Shell of Pilgrims Pantry will make a trio of delicious chutneys to accompany cheese.

SLAM DUNK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sunday 27th May. An ecclectic line-up of Pop Punk, Emo, Metal, Ska and Dance music across 7 stages. This is a great way to see some of the best alternative bands around, including Funeral for a Friend, The Blackout, and Mayday Parade. Tickets are £32.50 or £36 with entry to the afterparty. 1pm - 3am, www.slamdunkmusic.com, The University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield just outside of London Kings Cross.

Dawn will then show everyone how to take these chutneys and put together a cheese hamper. Bring along clean jars to take home your chutneys! This class costs just £35 with all materials included. 6pm – 9.30pm, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ

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BORIS BACKS ROMFORD Hosted in The Brickyard, Romford - London Mayor Boris Johnson attended a private networking event organised by Havering Borough Council. Ahead of the election on 3rd May, RM Magazine went along to find out what Boris Johnson will do if re-elected. What will you do for Romford if you are re-elected?

We want increased opportunities for jobs and growth here. I very much hope people are recognizing we are taking sensible steps to cut waste, get more police out on the streets, cut crime, keep putting uniformed officers on our buses, work with the private sector to get real legacy value from the Olympics and keep council tax low. Why should Londoners have to pay more for their council tax?

Do you have any plans to bring out the Boris Bikes to Greater London? Yes of course we will. We want to expand it but we need more money from Barclays to do so.

Are you feeling confident?

I’m not feeling confident, I’m feeling

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Words By Haydn Squibb hits in its first week of airing, showing a strong fan base and buzz growth for The Harlots.

THE HARLOTS The Harlots are an upcoming band based in the heart of London whose members are Sherwin Claridge on vocals and guitar, Enrique Moreno on lead guitar, Florent Amador on the bass guitar and backing vocals and Adam Szabo on the drums. Their success can be attributed to the fact that, having been together for only half a year, they have already established a highly coveted and personal sound.

Their style is easily recognizable - melodic, anthemic guitar driven tunes akin to The Stone Roses, The Beatles, Oasis and The Libertines. Their set list serves as the strongest evidence of The Harlots’ creativity, song-writing capability and performance skills. After recording the promising single ‘Be Mine’ back in January this year, they are currently immersed in a never-ending tour around some of the most prestigious venues in London. If you want to check out the lads doing what they do best then head over to Mother Live in Shoreditch on 3rd May or Surya in Kings Cross on 5th July. A European Tour is also on the cards for the first two weeks of June that will be kicking off with a gig at the Buffalo Bar on 31st May in Islington, and then stopping in London, Portsmouth, Paris, Nantes, Montpellier and Madrid. Not half bad for a band that’s not been around too long! ‘Be Mine’ has been described as a tune that deserves to be on a summer playlist with its electric harmony, and the video received over one thousand

The Harlots are a band formed by ambitious young musicians who deserve the opportunity to showcase their talent to the world. Believe it or not, they actually all met online through various websites, but this shouldn’t seem so surprising in the social media based world that we live in! The lads all have a dream of being highly successful, but don’t all bands! They’ve all tried their hand in the band scene before but here they are now, with a bit more experience on their side, striving to do it properly this time around. Sherwin, the lead vocalist, when asked to described the bands favourite gig at The Good Mixer earlier on this year told us, “The scene for guitar music is just bubbling under the surface at this present time but when the band played there it seemed like the crowd was there for music. There are still people out there hungry for quality, guitar bands. The place was absolutely rammed and people were still trying to walk in off the streets just for the love of music. It will come back around – it always does!” The Harlots have many videos on their YouTube but they suggest to check out ‘A Day With The Harlots’ for a revealing insight into the band and an acoustic performance on top of Primrose Hill in London. The lads have a vast array of websites that you are able to check them out on including: www.theharlotsmusic.com www.facebook.com/theharlotsmusic www.youtube.com/theharlotsmusic @theharlotsmusic

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