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Christmas Cottage Birch Cross, Staffordshire Christmas Cottage is a most attractive and deceptively spacious Grade II listed thatched cottage. The principal part of the house dates back to the 17th Century. With 3 reception rooms, study, re-fitted kitchen, 4 bedrooms and spacious bathroom there is ample space for all the family.
A splendid period property with landscaped gardens
The property sits within 0.23 acres and has lawned garden to the front and rear, detached single garage, parking area, well with thatched roof and a summerhouse. The thatched roof has also been recently upgraded with new ridges. Christmas Cottage is ideally located between Marchington and Uttoxeter adjacent to open countryside yet is within easy reach of the A50.
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5 reception rooms Kitchen with range cooker Conservatory, landing with exposed wattle & daub 4 double bedrooms incl master bedroom with en-suite Substantial gardens, in all c 0.7 acres EPC rating F Guide price £699,950
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106 What’s On? 110 Paloma Faith Interview 114 Limelight
120 SS14 Fashion Trends 125 Ladies Night At Uttoxeter Racecourse 126 Following In Your Footsteps 132 Singing In The Rain
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LIVING INSPIRES 52 Women In Business 59 On Your Marks, Get Set. Go! 62 Becoming Mum 66 First Impressions Are Everything. Fact. 68 Social Shopping 72 Beauty Desk Essentials
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MOTHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY
Get your hands on a luxury handbag, a diamond necklace and other fabulous prizes
Christmas Cottage is a truly magnificent thatched cottage oozing charm and character. The current owners have done a wonderful job improving the property – all you need to do is bring your belongings. Jennifer Barton, Fisher German
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16 PAGES OF THE REGION’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOMES FOR SALE A stunning Grade II Listed farmhouse complete with paddock
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Guide price £800,000
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Christmas Cottage Birch Cross, Staffordshire Christmas Cottage is a most attractive and deceptively spacious Grade II listed thatched cottage. The principal part of the house dates back to the 17th Century. With 3 reception rooms, study, re-fitted kitchen, 4 bedrooms and spacious bathroom there is ample space for all the family.
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BOYS DEN It’s fresh, it’s on trend and boy does it pack a certain punch. Kapow! We’re loving this comic book inspired bedroom that has pop art and fun written all over it. Using a bright and simple colour palette of purely primary colours with starchy white, this room isn’t overly fussy or complicated with emphasis placed on strong and bold designs. Not entirely obvious upon first glance, this part retro part 21st century room has a pleasant mix of old and new that never seems to date. Pop art is always at the forefront of modern design, despite originating around 50 years ago, and with children having an ever evolving range of interests. Perhaps to make things easier you should just stick to the classics that truly stand the test of time! Retro comics are the ideal opportunity to incorporate some art into your child’s bedroom as framing front covers can provide an interesting feature. Also, we love the fact that comics can encourage reading rather than promoting the use of game consoles meaning your child could potentially be glued to the telly for hours! The bright colour palette allows room to expand their creativity whilst the educational values keep on giving.
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FIT FOR A LITTLE PRINCESS Little madams across the county are well within their rights to demand a bedroom that is only fit for a princess! They are, after all, your own little princesses. Therefore it’s time to grant them their wish with this perfectly prim style of bedroom that will surely surpass their high expectations. The luscious colour palette is ultimately girly enough to not push them to grow up too fast, but at the same time is on the right side of pink steering well clear of the ‘babyish’ baby pink which you only know too well your little girl will only pull her nose at. She’s growing up after all, something which we’re sure you’re all too aware of! Aspace When picking furniture and accessories, look for simple clean cut designs that can be easily jazzed up with the vibrant colour scheme. White is ultimately the best choice as it will still keep the room fresh against bold, strong colours that could becoming somewhat overwhelming. The white brings the look back to its ultimately girly status that is ideal for a young girl’s bedroom. Remind them they’re still only young with cartoon like flower accessories and cuddly toys on show to keep the room an ambitious little girls room rather than on the brink of a teenager’s den. And by incorporating plenty of activities along with a range of plush toys you’ll surely keep their minds young.
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Fabulous Goose Fairytale Forest Knitted Blanket, £65. Naturalmat Bloomingville hanging box, £67. Debenhams Felt heart Shade, £29. B&Q
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Unisex nurseries do not have to steers towards the boring, nor does that also mean that you should be blaring colours left right and centre in your newborn’s face. What we’re aiming to achieve is a peaceful space that is a haven for relaxation to ultimately calm your sweet little loved one to sleep, whilst also being an environment to expand their learning development. A unisex nursery, as we’ve clearly highlighted here, does not need to be based around a neutral colour palette. As gorgeous and as homely as they are, it is overplayed and most importantly not your only option when planning a nursery for an unknown sex of the baby. We can’t stop raving on about green as an incredible unisex colour that is fun, quirky and far from the usual creams and yellows. It’s completely overlooked as a colour and we’re hoping to finally put green back on the colour chart as a go-to shade for parents to be who are leaving the sex of their baby as that precious surprise.
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Staffordshire Living unders tand creating the perfect and cutest nursery is both pleasurable and terrifying at the same time, especia lly for first time parents who begin to ask themselves if they’ve covered all the basics and needs for their new arrival. Firstly, don’t worry and panic yourselves by over thinking it – you have enough on your plate already! So, to offer that little helping hand we’ve come up with a short & important checklist. 3 Ensure all the decoration for the new nursery is comple te at least 8 weeks before the arrival. This will ensure all paint fumes have vanishe d before welcoming them into the world. 3 Don’t forget to incorporate a comfy chair or stool for you to sit on. You’ll be spending a lot of time in there from feeding to eventu ally telling bedtime stories. 3 Secure all heavy furniture to the wall! It only takes one bump sometimes for them to knock over. 3 Use double sided tape on any loose rugs to secure to the floor – the last thing you want is to slip when you’re clutching your newborn in your arms. 3 You can never have too much storage! New parents will be especially naive to this fact. Use innovative storage options to save space. 3 Do not place the crib in direct sunlight or under strong lighting – that extra sleep in the morning will do you both wonders.
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Pump Up The Volume Whether you’re wanting to kick back and relax with a film in the comfort of your own home with all the family or host your own house party and need superb sound quality for all your music, the new generation of surround sound home systems brings the entertainment home and offers a whole range to suit your needs. We’re breaking down the best on the market for any budget, if you’re tech savvy or new to home cinema systems, here is your guide to what to look for and what might be best for you.
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Sonos Playbar Home Cinema Sound Bar £599 at John Lewis. The sleek and compact design will fit into any tech lover’s home and impress with a wireless system that boasts 9 amplified speakers all controlled by your iPad, iPhone or tablet for exceptional sound quality throughout the home. The built in Wi-Fi makes for your own personal music library for the whole home at your fingertips. Feature: SONOS Controller app can be downloaded for free to run everything from volume, sound system and more from anywhere in the house for a truly effective home system.
BeoLab 19 £2195 at www.bang-olufsen.com BeoLab 19 from Bang & Olufsen is a radically redesigned subwoofer that promises to stimulate your senses, pumping refined bass with a punch and achieving sound that until now was impossible for such a compact piece of equipment. The revolutionary design draws on the extraordinary rigidity of a 12-faced dodecahedron and two drivers operating inphase to eliminate unwanted vibrations. Equipped with the latest technology, Adaptive Bass Linearization and a room position switch, they deliver crystal-clear definition whatever you play on them and wherever you place them. Since they run on the new WiSA standard, all you need to do is plug the active speakers into the mains in a room in order to link wirelessly to your TV, Blu-ray player or set-top box. Feature: The Wireless Speaker and Sound Association (WiSA) platform utilizes the relatively uncongested 5.2–5.8 GHz range to avoid interference from other signals, and to provide enough bandwidth to stream 24-bit, uncompressed music at native sampling rates.
Dynaudio Excite walnut speaker £950 at www.dynaudio.com It’s not just what is on the inside that counts and these wireless speakers from high-end Danish audio brand, Dynauio are sure to deliver on quality of sound and design. Offering a cool, contemporary Scandinavian style and state-of-the-art precision manufacturing, while incorporating some incredible technology to deliver class leading sound. Feature: Wireless speakers in an eye catching design unique to other speakers with their traditional craftsmanship.
The Family Samsung HT-F5500 5.1 Smart 3D Blu-ray Home Cinema System £227.99 at Currys The sound system that turns your TV into a Smart Hub for the ultimate entertainment experience for all the family and guaranteeing entertainment 24/7. You have access to all online catch-up services like BBC iPlayer so you’ll never miss your favourite show again. What’s more, with Samsung Smart Content you’ll also have full access to signature services like Family Hub, Kids Story, Your Health and a full Web Browser. With a built in DVD player, playing your favourite movies needn’t be a problem as this Hub does it all. 3D surround sound amplifies the audio for a real cinematic feel. This one is great value for money and offers entertainment for all the family. Feature: Samsung’s S-Recommendation suggests movies and TV shows aimed specifically at your taste by intelligently learning your preferences. You’ll never be left thinking what to watch and might discover some new favourites along the way.
Panasonic SC-HTE80EB-S Speakerboard Wireless Sound System £249.99 at PC World Entertain your friends and family with wireless Bluetooth connection and outstanding sound quality for music and films in your home. The slim and compact design fits easily into your Television set up for a neat display. The two internal subwoofers produce a high quality cinema-like experience without the additional speakers. Feature: You can tailor the sound from 6 modes to suit your surroundings. Pick form Standard, Stadium, Music, Cinema, News and Stereo to maximise your entertainment.
LG Sound Bar NB4530A £279.99 at Currys This easy to install sound system is sure to be a favourite with families or beginners with their own at home entertainment settings. The active amplifier produces a high quality sound that mimics cinematic experiences all in the compact and professional design. You’ll be set up in minutes with this easy to assemble kit, and the slim profile is a great space saver for your home. You can wirelessly sync the speakers with any compatible LG TV to cut the mess of additional cables. Feature: SIMPLINK technology to link all your LG entertainment appliances with a single remote, cutting out lots of different remotes getting lost down the side of the sofa.
The Big Spender Sony BDV-N7100W 4K and 3D Blu-ray™ Home Cinema System £649 at Sony If you’re serious about sound quality and aim for a completely elevated viewing experience you’ll want to check out Sony. Able to watch 2D and 3D Blu-ray movies, stream online and control your home system from your smartphone this has all those features wrapped up in one impressive device. The new Sense of Quartz design is inspired by the cut-glass edges and gleaming facets of rock crystal. From speakers to remote controls, each element brings a sense of refined, understated style to your living space. Their One-touch system makes managing your at home entertainment effortless and Full HD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution offers 4 times the detail for a whole new viewing experience all from your own living room. Feature: Sony’s Magnetic Fluid speakers. From earthshaking explosions to the softest whisper, these thin yet effective speakers reproduce 1000W of clear, undistorted Hi-Fi sound.
Samsung HT-FS9200 2 Speaker Smart Ultra HD, 3D Home Entertainment System £899 at Selfridges This is sure to be a talking point in your home and is definitely a deluxe sound system with the hefty price tag. So what are you getting for your money? The world’s first GaN AMP that gives you pure sound in your Samsung Blu-ray Home Entertainment System and the stylish gun metal grey exterior homes some serious features. Ultra HD brings images to life like never before and with the revolutionary Samsung Smart Content, social media can be utilised like never before with the likes Facebook and Twitter and YouTube app, you can connect, explore, chat and share with ease. Feature: BD Wise technology takes care of syncing all of your HDMI-connected Samsung devices and automatically shuts off the TV screen when you’re only listening to audio through the AV player. A smart sound system that looks after your home while keeping you entertained.
BOSE Cinemate 1SR Soundbar £1229 at PC World Boasting NASA as a customer of theirs, BOSE take sound serious and this Soundbar offers a dynamic audio experience for your own home. With a wireless design and compact single speaker, this offers an expansive range of sound that you can place anywhere you want. Feature: Proprietary Flexmount technology detects the orientation of the Soundbar to optimise sound and produce the fullest spectrum and sharp acoustic detail. www.staffordshireliving.co.uk
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The New Saving A ccounts: A ntiques Owning a handful of antiques can be quite the investment in today’s economic climate and dabbling in auctions, car boot sales and flea markets might help you in turning those pennies into pounds whilst also getting to grips with a spot of history and enjoying those new discoveries in your home. Swapping up your savings account for antiques is the new style of investment that has us hunting for the best car boot sales in town. The crippling interest rates in banks today have prompted many people to consider alternative investments such as antiques, art and jewellery. Turning their homes into their own private museum, many feel their investments in antiques are a much better option sat being admired in their front room rather than buried away deep in bonds and shares or sat stale in a bank. We’re not saying you need to get your hands on the next Mona Lisa but reading up on your antiques and making an investment might be better for you in the long run knowing exactly where you’re at with your assets in your home rather than waiting on a lottery win. We’re seeing antiques being passed down in families as a form of inheritance more and more recently as opposed to whatever sum is left in the bank. This can be a tricky business with regards to inheritance tax but it has its benefits as more often than not, you’ll pick up a profit if you ever decide to sell an antique or family heirloom. Plus who knows what treasures you have stored away up the loft which could be worth a small fortune? Swatting up on your antique knowledge might pay off.
What’s Hot and What’s Not. In the world of antiques, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and knowing what you’re after and where to get it can save you time and money when you’re on the market for a new investment. There are avid collectors of pottery for example who will hunt high and low for a particular piece to complete their collection knowing that a full set or collection is far more valuable than individuals; meaning a collection of related pieces is a good bet for getting a healthy profit off your antiques. Art is another
good investment but sourcing the right piece can come at a price and it’s quite a specialist area with a lot of competition where the stakes can be high in dealing so be warned. If you’re a novice, you might want sit this one out! If you’re considering shopping around for an investment piece there a few things to keep in mind for a successful outcome from your Sunday morning adventures. They say ‘’the early bird catches the worm’’ and this couldn’t be more true for antiquing. Head out early in a morning to spot the best deals and bag the biggest bargains. The same goes for arriving late in the day too. You’ll have missed all the commotion from the big crowds and often the prices will drop right down from people trying to make a last minute sale. Doing your homework and reading around a certain item or period you’re interested in will benefit you in knowing how and where to source it from and what is a fair price to pay. Some pieces can be hugely undervalued if the seller doesn’t know what they have on their hands. Read up on the history of a certain brand, designer or collection that has caught your eye and you’ll know if there’s something special you should keep your eyes peeled for that may be overlooked by someone else.
Quality over quantity? There’s no use in collecting a huge amount of junk you’ll later end up tossing out at a later date. Look for nicely detailed hand paintings on ceramics, and fine stitching in textiles. Study the signs of quality craftsmanship and extraordinary design in furniture and jewellery to know you’re onto a winner.
How do I know if I’m getting a good deal? Beware of the ‘’too good to be true’’ pieces. Yes, you can snatch up a bargain but if something seems just too good to be true, sadly it probably is. Use your common sense and think if the price they’re asking is realistic for what you’re getting. Most dealers are willing to negotiate on a price and bartering is a second nature to any experienced seller so don’t be afraid to ask for a better deal. The best advice we can offer on bagging a good deal is to buy what you want and would happily have in your own home and not what you’re merely hoping to sell on. Some people can spend a fortune and get little back in a return sale but if you buy what you love, you’ll get pleasure out of your new purchase and it will be worth every penny.
Is there a strategy to shopping antiques? Go with an idea in mind on what you’re looking for and stick to it. Obviously if you come across a once in a lifetime find, go ahead but resist picking up the odd trinket just because it catches your eye. Let’s be honest, it will probably end up under the stairs or sat perched on your window sill. Think exactly where it will fit in your home before you buy something on a whim. Don’t be tempted to buy something just because they’re selling like hotcakes, the likelihood is these pieces are mass-produced and not unique or desirable in the market where you’re looking to seriously invest and get a good return if you ever decide to sell.
‘’And remember, if you buy antiques at an auction house, you will need to pay a “buyer’s premium” on top of the cost of the item you’ve bought. This will be a percentage of the final hammer price.’’ Expert Tips On Antiquing
‘’Collecting antiques provides a wonderful opportunity to interact with history and learn. Not only is collecting a pleasurable way to spend your spare time but the necessity to delve into the past can cause you to develop a far deeper appreciation of history. - Will Farmer, Director at Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd “Collecting offers a wonderful opportunity for potential investment. Over the years countless collectors have reaped significant reward as a result of their hobby. That said, proceed with caution as antiques can be as volatile as the stock markets with fashions and trends effecting the desirability of an object.’’ - Will Farmer, Director at Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd
Pictured Above: Stafford Bingley Hall Antiques Fair EVENT: Louis Taylor Fine Art Auctioneers Specialist Two Day Fine Art Auction. The Auctioneers hold several world records including top price achieved for a Royal Doulton Character Jug - £32,200. Top prices achieved already at the end of 2013 included £16,000 for a fabulous Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Vase and Cover and £18,000 for a Pair of Venetian Narwhal Tusk Lanterns. Where: Britannia House, 10 Town Road, Hanley, Stokeon-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 2QG When: Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd June at 10AM For further information please contact the Auctioneers on 01782 214111.
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‘’Look for original untouched furniture. Furniture that hasn’t been restored, preferably with provenance, is likely to be among the best investments.’’ - John Hansord, Hansord Antiques.
‘’Bartering is a second nature to any experienced seller so don’t be afraid to ask for a better deal.’’ Where To Bag Your Antique Bargains EVENT: If you’re a seasoned buyer or new to the whole idea of antiquing and fancy trying your hand at bagging a bargain, come along to the Stafford Bingley Hall Antiques Fair for a spot of shopping from an extremely wide range of quality antiques, vintage, curios and collectables from furniture to prints. The fair is a major national event held six times every year since 1978. Where: The County Showground, Stafford ST18 0BD on A518, 5 mins J14, M6 When: Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March 2014. 10AM – 5PM each day.
EVENT: Antiques Market at Leek Market Every Saturday with a vast range of antiques and collectables, including jewellery, ceramics, books, furniture, pictures and paintings. You can perfect your bartering at this weekly event and hopefully discover a few treasures. Where: Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 5HH When: 9AM – 3PM For further details see www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk
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Birch Cross, Staffordshire A period country house in unspoilt rural surroundings with 12.37 acres of gardens, paddocks and woodland with extensive outbuildings and stabling. EPC Rating E & F
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Hilton, Derbyshire An outstanding beautifully presented Grade II former farmhouse occupying attractive gardens and paddock land extending to 1.059 acres. EPC Rating Not required.
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MIDLANDS OFFERS VALUE ON PRIME PROPERTY Tony Morris-Eyton at Savills gives us his predictions for the year ahead.
“During the last year, we have seen home buying activity steadily filtering out from London to Staffordshire and the Midlands. This is particularly evident in the prime housing markets. Many principal county towns and cities have also shown real signs of recovery across the UK. We are forecasting three per cent growth across the prime markets in the Midlands and the North, with the most desirable areas such as Eccleshall and Abbots Bromley/Hoars Cross leading this growth and even possibly exceeding this figure. The best properties in the right locations sold well last year and I expect to see this trend continue looking forward into the New Year. I predict we will continue to see more buyers coming up from London and the South East, taking advantage of the considerable price gaps and ease of commuting to both London and other regional business centres. Locations such as Stafford and Uttoxeter, along with the best surrounding villages will continue to drive this. Despite government aid, funding is still difficult to secure, so turnover may take a bit longer to recover from the heady days pre-2008. Values have though, to the best of our knowledge, bottomed. I believe we can reasonably expect a period of real and sustainable growth, resulting in a 20 per cent lift of values to end 2018.”
Did you know? We look at some facts and figures that you might not know about Savills: • Savills has been voted No.1 best property employer by The Times for the last five years. We like to think that this attracts the best people in the business, who are motivated to give you the best advice. • Nearly all (98%) of home buyers start their search online. This is good for you because Savills.co.uk is the most visited UK national estate agency website, with over 1,000,000 visits per month*. These visits came from 202 locations around the world* (*Source: Google Analytics, October 2013), which shows we can find buyers both locally, nationally and internationally. In fact 18% of our buyers were international in the first half of 2013. • We’ve been dealing with prime property since 1855. That’s over 150 years of property market experience to help you with. • Savills has over 165 services, including Residential, Lettings, Rural, Commercial, Planning and Development, so no matter what your property needs are, you’ll have access to our network of award winning experts.
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Janine Stone designed country house w 3 receptions w 5 bedrooms (3 en suite) w leisure suite w 6 hole golf course w parkland, woodland & gardens w lake w about 24 acres w EPC: E
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Common Farm, Mugginton Lane End A six bedroom detached house with magnificent views set in 2 acres of formal grounds. Occupying the most delightful position enjoying quite stunning views over the rolling countryside of the Ecclesbourne Valley. Exceptionally well appointed versatile family accommodation. Oil central heating. Sealed unit double glazing. Porch, reception hall, fitted guest’s cloakroom, magnificent split level lounge with Cathedral style ceiling, separate bar room providing direct access to the magnificent sun terrace, study / second sitting room / family room, superb bespoke split level breakfast kitchen with Aga integrated appliances and including a garden room / morning room. Six bedrooms throughout, with four in the main house, including superbly fitted principal bedroom with luxury en-suite bathroom, three further double bedrooms, one en- suite and a family bathroom. The additional accommodation includes a sitting room, fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and two shower rooms. Long impressive sweeping drive approach. Four-car garage facilities. Delightful landscaped south facing gardens. EPC Rating: D
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Dagdale, Dagdale Lane, Bramshall Fabulous six bedroomed former farmhouse occupying superb semi rural position standing within three acres incorporating two paddocks, menage, large stable block. Extremely versatile living accommodation ideal for a large family, double glazed (where stated) and LPG gas centrally heated with hall, guest cloakroom, lounge, snug, dining room, breakfast kitchen and utility room. First floor landing leads to four bedrooms and bathroom. Attached potential annexed accommodation ideal for an elderly relative, teenagers or holiday let, incorporates large reception room, potential kitchenette off and conservatory, two bedrooms and shower room to first floor. Delightful south westerly facing garden, sweeping driveway giving access to double garage and workshop. EPC Rating: F
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Edial House has it all – warm and inviting family home, cottage, extensive grounds and paddock, stables, outbuildings, tennis court and leisure complex. You’ll be amazed at what lies beyond the gates. Helena Tibbitts, Fisher German
Edial House Nr Lichfield, Staffordshire Believed to date back to circa 1760 Edial House is a fine example of Georgian architecture. Having been sympathetically restored by the current owners Edial House offers prospective purchasers a rare opportunity to purchase a stunning period property. Attention to detail has been of the upmost importance to the current owners with high quality fittings and Zoffany paints used throughout. Edial House occupies a prominent position close to the Cathedral City of Lichfield and enjoys rural views across the surrounding countryside. Mature trees to the front of the property ensure a private and well screened feel.
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Christmas Cottage Birch Cross, Staffordshire Christmas Cottage is a most attractive and deceptively spacious Grade II listed thatched cottage. The principal part of the house dates back to the 17th Century. With 3 reception rooms, study, re-fitted kitchen, 4 bedrooms and spacious bathroom there is ample space for all the family. The property sits within 0.23 acres and has lawned garden to the front and rear, detached single garage, parking area, well with thatched roof and a summerhouse. The thatched roof has also been recently upgraded with new ridges. Christmas Cottage is ideally located between Marchington and Uttoxeter adjacent to open countryside yet is within easy reach of the A50.
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AUTHOR: CAROL E. WYER Born and bred in Rugeley, Carol E. Wyer is a former teacher, linguist and physical trainer but has since found her calling as a successful and popular author publishing three works of modern romantic fiction ‘Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines’, ‘Surfing in Stilettos’ and ‘Just Add Spice’, a humorous book about grumpy old men ‘How NOT to Murder Your Grumpy’ and the hit blog www.facing50withhumour.com.
Following her recent appearance on BBC Breakfast and several radio interviews, Rugeley author Carol E. Wyer’s latest book, ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’, shot to the top of the charts as the No 1 health book and one of the top 50 books on amazon.co.uk! Marking her 5th book release, ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’ is a very funny (and helpful) look at getting through menopause making for a nice transition from her previous popular book about grumpy old men, ‘How NOT to Murder Your Grumpy’. “There was definitely a key moment that made me put pen to paper. Having already spent several weeks in hospital thanks to spinal problems at seventeen, I again found myself in hospital in my early twenties. This time, what should have been a simple procedure left me temporarily paralysed and stuck on an orthopaedic ward when I should have been enjoying university. “I began writing there. I wrote amusing stories for friends and family about the crazy happenings in hospital from annoying patients being wheeled out into corridors because they snored too loudly, to men brought into hospital with parts of their anatomy stuck in copper piping! After that, I continued writing. I went to Morocco to teach and wrote stories for children with exciting titles like ‘Humphrey the Camel’ and the ‘Dustbin Cats’!” Inspiration: “I have always been a prolific reader. I loved Enid Blyton when I was much younger, reading every single book in the Famous Five and Secret Seven series. I was an only child so I lost myself in the world of adventure with the characters in the books, pretending I was one of their gang. However, as I got older my appetite changed. In my teens, thanks to ill health and being confined to bed for many weeks I managed to read almost every age-appropriate book in my local library. Consequently, I read an eclectic mixture of Dennis Wheatley, Thomas Hardy and Agatha Christie among other authors. I loved reading so much that I went on to study not only English, specialising in Chaucer and 16th Century Literature, but French Literature where I preferred Camus, Sartre and Voltaire. It was Voltaire’s novel Candide that first got me interested in humour. Nowadays, I like light-hearted books and throughly enjoy a Terry Pratchett or Ben Elton novel.”
Career Highlight: “I’ve been extremely fortunate and enjoyed quite a lot of success and highlights. Probably the best was appearing on BBC Breakfast television with Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid. The entire experience left me longing for another few minutes of fame.” New projects: “I have a collection of short stories, ‘Love Hurts’ due out late February. I have no doubt they will surprise my readers because they are a mixture of dark and light stories that reveal a hidden side to my writing. I have another humorous novel in the pipeline. This one is set at a hospital radio station and has some enjoyable moments and surprises in it. I am working on the third Amanda Wilson novel, ‘Follow You, Follow Me’ and a secret Grumpy project too.”
CAROL’S TOP TIPS TO FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS • Don’t rush to get your script published. Make sure it is polished, edited, edited some more, edited again and that it is the best written script you can submit. • Be patient. Some publishers can take months to decide to reject or accept your script. • While you are waiting use the time to grow an online presence using Facebook and Twitter, or write a blog. Also, write another book. If your script is accepted it is good to be able to say you have more ideas. • Try submitting to smaller publishing houses as they are more likely to be accepting new authors. Check out the authors they already publish and get to know them online.
FASHION DESIGNER: LOU MARSHALL by Natalie Toft
Lou Marshall is a young, British Fashion Designer from Newcastleunder-Lyme who creates unique and functional womenswear for the sophisticated and active female; mixing an interesting selection of fabric; a hybrid of a smart yet casual aesthetic is formed.
Graduating from London’s prominent Middlesex University studying BA (Hons) in Fashion Design; Marshall applies great effort into research and experimenting with materials such as stainless steel and utilises waterproofing treatments on cotton, silk, linen and organza. The Newcastle-under-Lyme born designer was always interested in the art, designs and textiles domain from a very young age, which gave her the knowledge and expertise to experiment and subvert against the traditional conventions of women’s fashion. “I am inspired by experimentation and really appreciate designers who push the boundaries when researching, discovering and creating new fabrics through the use of technology. I have great admiration for sportswear design also, especially utilising the advances in technology that we have and applying these discoveries to the human form.
Career highlights: Among many of her achievements, forming an online presence with ASOS was one of the highlights so far. Asos is the leading online retailer in the country, this allowed her to reach audiences like never before. “It is a great hub to go for, as it stocks a wide variety of garments, styles, products, trends and useful information, it really does it all. It is one of the premier places on the internet to go for something that is not overly expensive yet still maintains a good quality” Where do you see yourself in five years’ time: “I would be very happy for my designs to be sold in well-respected and established stockists both nationally and internationally, being worn by unique and interesting customers. Creating a menswear or unisex line would be a venture I would love to approach. I would also love to collaborate with others; textile designers and technologists, video artists, you name it, I would love to experiment and discover what else is out there and what else can be done - the possibilities are endless.”
“I would encourage anyone to complete as many work experience opportunities as possible. Knowledge is power!”
“The designs I create blend unique and functional fabrics with I guess more ‘conventional’, feminine fabrics. I love the juxtaposition of teaming nylon with chiffon or silk organza, it’s a complete contradiction in itself, which is something I love about design. I love the contradiction of styling two opposing ‘genres or types’ of clothing to create a unique look.
“This collection was inspired by the contrast of cultures I noticed in the East, even from the uniforms of the school children wearing the traditional, Eastern wrap skirts juxtaposed with the masculine, tailored shirt of the West. I found this merge of cultures in both behaviour and fashions extremely interesting.”
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Inspiration: “I get inspiration from everywhere and anywhere, recently it has been travelling, as I was lucky enough to visit my dad last year who was living in China, on the way over I managed to travel to India, Thailand and Laos, all of which had an impact on my most recent collection, ‘It’s Educational’.
Experience: Marshall has worked with successful designers such as Christopher Raeburn, Martine Rose, and Felder Felder. “Christopher Raeburn, allowed me to learn about patterns, sourcing unique, ethical and adaptable fabrics. I learnt about his strong ethical ethos, which I continue to admire and he genuinely works extremely hard, which is something I really respect.
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CHEF: KAREN KEMP Husband and wife team, Richard and Karen Kemp from Stafford, set up Kemp & Kemp Catering around four years ago and have since seen their business only grow from strength to strength. Fast forward to 2014 and the company has now been recognised and awarded the title of West Midlands Wedding Caterers of the Year, as voted for by their happy customers!
Having a career in a varied number of different professions including advertising sales, becoming a mortgage broker and even an estate agent for both London and Southern Spain, Karen Kemp found herself at the brink of the financial crisis in 2007 asking how she could make a living using her first love – cooking. “I have always adored cooking, my Mum was an average ‘feed the family’ practical home cook and you could ascertain what day of the week it was by what we were eating (If it’s Monday it must be a ‘Findus’ crispy pancake & crinkle cut chips, perish the thought!). My Dad, though, always had a bit of flair and certainly a love of good food and experimenting, which I like to think he passed on to me.” But it was down to life experiences, vast professional knowledge and a determined husband that gave Karen the final push, which have also ultimately propelled the business to high success. “The culmination of a good sales background along with totally understanding the importance of fabulous customer care and finally never being afraid to learn new skills and go for it, all inform my day to day life at Kemp and Kemp.” How it started: “I came up with a product which I thought would work well on farmers’ markets (little savoury puff pastry tarts) called ‘The local tart company’ and ended up selling about 85,000 of them over a three year period. We started at home in our kitchen and then fortuitously we were offered to buy a commercial kitchen at a fantastically reduced rate. That, and Richard convincing me that with his fabulous project management skills and my cooking nothing could hold us back, we went for it and became Kemp and Kemp catering. Why Wedding Catering? “Catering for large numbers does indeed present its challenges. Never more so than when you’re catering in what amounts to a tent attached to the main marquee, perched on top of the Derbyshire dales! However, it was a skill to be learned and learn it I did. Wedding catering is far less risky (and I am very risk averse) than opening a restaurant or cafe in that it’s predictable (once you have won the contract that is). You don’t have to sit there with loads of food, the lights on, staff ready and no customers, in other words there are far fewer elements which are out of your control.
Career Highlight: “I have several, but probably the best is the utterly amazing letter we received from a client who was first generation Italian (father of the bride) who, after the wedding feast, which was designed around them to be Italian rustic food, told me that ‘it was the best meal ever eaten outside the family and that they now concede that (some) English people know how to cook’. It made me realise that, despite having received no formal catering training, I actually had a skill. With that ringing in my ears I have gone on to cook Asian food for the Pakistani high commission, Confit of Duck for a French wedding, and Polish canapés for a Polish/English couple.” What is it like having your business partner as your husband? “Having a business partner who is also my husband is a joy…really, I promise you! We have completely complementary skills, we trust one another 100%, we look out for each other and we respect each other. We argue like cat & dog at times and it’s very important to delineate between work time and ‘g&t time’ (though when it’s your own business it’s actually fun to keep talking about it). As Richard would say ‘I’m the boss, my wife just makes all the decisions’.”
KAREN’S TOP TIPS FOR ‘OLDIEPRENEURS’! “Both Richard and I agree that ‘oldiepreneurs’ are likely to be quite risk averse and at the beginning of the process, time rich and cash poor. Therefore, take the time to learn how to do things yourself. There are lots of (often free) courses and workshops run by local business groups or Chambers of Commerce. Take advantage of them and hold on to your money. We oldies have a lot of life experience... use it! Then, once you’re up and running do what you do the best (and what is going to grow your business the best), then outsource the rest! “
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and Recruitment. The call to horses wouldn’t go away and eventually I gave in and left my very well paid job with Hays and went to work for Stephen Clarke (president of the ground jury and Judge at The London Olympics) as a working pupil. This involved a 120 mile round trip 6 days a week.” But the cost of going to South America could rule out Louise Davison’s dream unless she can find sponsors to help pay for the gruelling training regime she has adopted in her bid to be in the final team of four and two reserves who will represent Britain. “The overheads in producing an Olympic horse and rider capable of winning medals for Britain are enormous,” said Mum of two Louise. “I’m already receiving tuition from international experts who have helped other countries to Olympic glory and I’ve just had my best year ever as a dressage Grand Prix rider; but it needs total, continuous focus.” Last year Louise embarked on an intensive programme of nearly 50 competitions, picking up a string of top trophies and titles along the way and placing her among the top 10 riders in the country. Like many successful dressage competitors, Louise started riding at a young age, progressing from show jumping to dressage. “When I was really small I was allowed to have a sit on the horse my Mother used to ride on the moors and then my sister took me for my first lessons at Wembury Riding Stables just outside Plymouth. We used to have to get the bus there and still being very young I remember a really long walk from the bus stop, and although I loved it when we got there I remember always being tired and hungry. It was a lovely riding school and I rode a pony called Coco who was a strawberry roan.”
Olympic Training: “To fit everything in I am very strict with my time management, horses involve long days with few days off and holidays. I usually ride 5 horses a day and there are lots of other things to manage and organise”. “I also cross train so do other forms of exercise to condition my body such as Pilates, Kettle bells and Alexander Technique”. “I have had a fair amount of mental fitness training too, I read a great book called ‘That Winning Feeling’ by Jane Savoie, that taught me the power of positive thinking. I was keen to learn more so I have had some NLP training with Paul McKenna.” Career Highlights: “My highlights are competing Delia in my first Grand Prix, entering the arena to a Madonna Medley. And winning the 6 year old Championships on Carilla in 2013 comes a fairly close second.” Louise’s Horses: “My three Olympic prospects are Carilla, Angelo and DeGalles , I have had them from the beginning of their training and I have a wonderful bond with them. Gaining more skill as a rider has enabled me to get a better bond with my horses. By giving clear direction to the horse they feel more secure and are willing to work with you.”
Having trained with some of the top riders in the world, Louise organises and takes part in clinics run by Conrad Schumacher, who trained the British Dressage team for the Sydney Olympics. She is also regularly helped by former Olympic rider, Sandy Phillips, “I have my sights on gold and am determined to make it. This is an achievable dream and I have the full support of my husband John and our children. I have the horses to choose from, along with the top trainers, and my own sheer determination to succeed.” Although horse riding was always Louise’s first love, it wasn’t until later in life that she followed her heart and pursued a career riding professionally, making many a sacrifice along the way. Louise comments, “I toyed with making horses my profession when I left school but was persuaded not to. I worked abroad for a while and then had a successful career in Sales
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ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET. GO! How to organise an exciting launch party to generate vital sales!
“Roll Up, Roll Up”, no doubt a phrase you quite eagerly want to shout out to the world if you’re on the brink of launching your very own brand, new company or product. But how exactly can you attract the punters and generate plenty of interest…and the right interest at that? The Living Inspires team are here to help with a handy checklist and a whole bunch of ideas to ensure your launch party is a success. Whether your product, service or company is particularly innovative or not your launch party needs to be! And diving into this era, our first and most vital tip is to make sure you have your digital brain well and truly switched on and fully engaged. Unfortunately, long gone are the days where you fully rely on a product to sell itself (if it did ever exist?), as the internet will now always allow us all to find something bigger and better all with a few keywords typed into the Google search engine. The key? It’s probably got a lot to do with social media. If you’re social media savvy then all this should work in your favour and will be somewhat of a breeze. Create pages and accounts for your new product/service/company and start posting frequently. It’s that simple. Talking about your company all day everyday is not only boring for you but also for your followers, so branch out and inform/chat about other interests and trends surrounding your industry that will keep your audience engaged. Having an approachable, friendly voice for your business is now something consumers warm to on social media platforms as it shows the human side to your business so be on the ball and reply to all of those who wish to engage with you. Once you’ve established a good amount of followers, it’s time to start planning the launch party. Bear in mind that glitz and glamour are not the be all and end all of all events; it’s more about being true to your brand identity and giving it a vital platform to generate sales and growth. There are undoubtedly a number of vital decisions to make before booking any venue, but all these lie under the hood of deciding whether your guests will be trade, media or consumer. Choose one target audience based on how you want to spread the word about your new business. Obviously yes, it is wise to account for and invite all three but be careful as to not mix your message and focus on one core group.
Trade professionals will be looking for quality, knowledge and professionalism. Ensure you know all the ins and outs of your business to ensure you are not caught off guard with any questions during the event. Just think about the TV programme ‘Dragon’s Den’, the last person you want to be is the mumbling, stuttering wreck that has done little preparation. Consumers on the other hand are always on the lookout for a deal! Work out your finances and strike up an enticing one off offer that is only available upon purchase during the event. This means they can easily spread the word about your product or service thanks to first-hand experience. As for the press (and not just speaking for ourselves), press packs are always a great way to give them all exactly what they need to write a qualified opinion on your product/service/business. You should also never underestimate a freebie! When the press arrive at your event remember they are in fact working, it’s not entirely out of choice or interest as with the other types of guests. Give out samples, taste testers and trial runs to feed them with a productive and interesting story. By adding a little quirkiness, whether through an event theme or a variation on ‘cutting the ribbon’, you need to ensure the event is unforgettable. Therefore, don’t ever overlook the power of employing the right PR agency to run your event; their knowledge and list of contacts are sometimes priceless. If your budget will allow, and if done correctly, the expense will be recovered over and over. Now the serious bit is over, it’s time to go and have fun planning an event that will be the start of a new chapter in your life…
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BECOMING MUM. What if we uttered two words to you that appear to be innocent on their own accord yet can create a whole whirlwind of emotions when paired together… they are – maternity leave. Just how do you react? It’s a subject that most prefer to refrain from talking about with their employer until one ‘has to’, re-reading contracts and the UK laws for back-up which all in all just contributes to their anxiety. At the end of the day, it should not be a topic that you should be scared of nor should it be used as almost payback for bad work practice in spite. We’ve heard it all, but one thing is for sure it is certainly not a topic that most are comfortable with whether an employee or employer.
Let’s be completely honest with each other, beginning to plan for a family is one of the most joyous occasions for couples but by far not the most easiest of decisions as life worries and complications can get in the way. You can’t just wake up one day, decide you’re having a child and that’s that; if you’re sensible about the way you go about things then there is just so much more to consider unfortunately. Ultimately, you want the best family life possible and one of the factors that comes into this is work commitments – the one aspect that has helped you gain the money in life to make it all a possibility. With recent reports on Apprentice star and business mogul Karen Brady stating she has a constant regret of only taking two days maternity leave after the birth of her daughter, what we’re asking this edition is when is the right time? What are your options as a new mum? Should you return at all? And what exactly are the legalities.
RETURNING TO WORK POST-BABY – WORRIES FOR NEW MUMS By Caroline Crabbe, General Manager at Jo Jingles (www.jojingles.com) Many new mums face the tough decision of whether to return to work after they’ve had a baby. For some it’s merely logistics and for others it’s yet another life-changing decision. Add to that a whole host of other worries i.e. bills to pay, feelings of guilt towards a partner who is working full-time and the additional money pressures of surviving on one salary, and your mind and blood-pressure are racing before you’ve even started making plans. Some mums are lucky enough to work for an employer who sings from the same hymn sheet and is prepared to give them the space and flexibility they may need upon returning to the workplace. For others, it’s not that straightforward. Perhaps you work in a stressful or high-pressured environment? Maybe your job is dangerous or involves a lot of international travel? Whatever the reason, some mums can find the prospect of returning to work, a huge burden fraught with anxiety. As a mum of two myself I’ve been there and I know how stressful this time can be for a woman. You want to retain your financial independence and you want to keep your brain active on subject matter outside of changing nappies, singing nursery rhymes and pureeing carrots. You like having a bit of ‘adult conversation’ sometimes (it’s not all goo-goo ga-ga!) and you could do with the extra cash…BUT. And it is a big BUT; you still want to spend as much time as possible with your new, beautiful little bundle of joy. For many mums, it’s about finding the right balance between work and spending time with your little ones. If you have worries that your current role simply won’t give you that balance, then trust your instincts because you are probably right.
For some it simply means accepting the fact and making plans to accommodate it. Or you begin making changes in your life which allow you to create your own work-life balance. But before you do anything, it’s worth weighing up your current options and making sure that you have all of the information you need to make an informed choice on what to do next. Whether that means arranging a meeting with your employer prior to your return to discuss flexible hours, a reduced part-time role or a change in role entirely, you need to know where you stand and you need the facts now. Once you have this information you’ll have a clearer picture of how this might (or might not) work for you. It’s important at this stage to remember you are not alone; there are many other women out there in exactly the same boat as you and I’m a firm believer that where there is a will, there is a way. You can find lots of help and support related to maternity leave and returning to work via www.gov.uk should you need clarity on current legislation. Some mums find speaking to their employer about flexible working very difficult and for good reason. Some employers may not be receptive to the idea, or they may agree grudgingly which can cause problems later down the line if they change their mind and it begins to affect your working environment, your career opportunities and how you are treated generally day to day. Becoming a mum for the first time is a big enough life-changer and the thought of making any further big changes can fill you with dread but sometimes this can be exactly the right time to make a change. Having a baby really makes you re-evaluate your life and makes you appreciate what is most important to you – and you might find it makes you feel a little braver and more confident in what you want. If you decide not to return to your previous role but are still passionate about a career, there are so many other options to consider, some that you might not even have thought about. • You could look for a completely new role with more flexible hours (perhaps part-time) or something with the option of working from home. • If it’s not a financial issue, you might consider voluntary work at your local charity shop or helping with community support? • You might decide to return to college to retrain in something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Many colleges offer evening classes and some even have a crèche too. It’s never too late to try something new.
• You might take the plunge and set up your own new business venture; it could be a completely new craft or skill, an online shop or you might stick with your previous career history and go freelance? • You could look into buying a small franchise business – it’s often seen as less risky to buy into an established brand which already has a reputation and it’s not always as expensive as you might think. But always treat such investigations with care: check out the bfa (British Franchise Association) the national franchise body which works towards best practice franchising – it you refer to the members list here you can rest assured that you are dealing with a vetted and genuine business which has adhered to strict criteria. Setting up a new business whether on your own, with a friend or via a franchise, is a big decision. You might choose this route to gain a more flexible and beneficial work-life balance in the long term, but remember – setting up a business takes time, passion and a lot of self-discipline. You have to invest blood, sweat and tears into getting it off the ground and that might mean less ‘free time’ to begin with but later down the line the benefits and change in lifestyle can be dramatic (for the better). Starting a business half-heartedly is not advisable. Give yourself a reality-check. Is it the right time for you? If it isn’t, wait until it is. Whatever you choose to do make it about you and what you want. In many ways the current laws are very supportive of new mums but knowledge is power so do your research, understand your rights and start taking control of your future.
About Jo Jingles (www.jojingles.com) Jo Jingles provides music, singing and movement experience classes for babies and pre-school children from three months to five years of age. With nationwide sessions in more than 700 centres across the UK and Ireland and with over 90 franchisees, Jo Jingles offers well-established, structured classes that are fun, interactive and educational for little ones. Launched in 1991, Jo Jingles continues to promote learning through music across many of the UK’s nurseries, Sure Start Children’s Centres, playgroups and mother & toddler groups. Jo Jingles Birthday parties and celebrations are also available to book and a range of musical-themed merchandise including toys, CDs and musical instruments can be purchased online at www.jojingles.com.
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE EVERYTHING.FACT.
Did you know it takes around only 3 seconds for someone to evaluate you upon first meeting? Your attitude, your personality, your tastes, your annoying habits, your goals in life, your family values, all summed up in a matter of 1…2…3. Scary isn’t it? And some say first impressions count for toffee! Granted, first impressions may reveal the absolute opposite to your actual personality and traits, especially when most grow to love or hate. Yet, when it comes to work relations that first impression may be all you get therefore it’s a no brainer to guarantee you’re giving off a great impression. Your appearance is everything in this case, from the way you carry yourself to the shoes on your feet. And as we know, confidence isn’t something you can learn overnight but for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be born with it, you can help yourself with a few tips to give you an all-important boost. It’s all down to a wise choice in clothing and accessories (plus a little pep talk in the mirror beforehand).
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Whether for a job interview, important client meeting or a push for a promotion, the right attire can undoubtedly help. Your clothes should be a reflection of yourself; it’s not about grabbing attention, more about giving yourself a canvas for your personality to shine and a reason to not be distracted. Take for instance, an ill-fitting pair of shoes or even worse a pair of really ugly mumsy types, it’ll be the first thing you notice about someone. The same goes for the other end of the spectrum where an outfit is way to over the top and inappropriate, screaming ‘look at me’. When picking an outfit, it should in essence not get any attention – it should instead be professional by letting the person in question see your face and expression rather than thinking you look slobbish, overworked or inappropriate. ‘Easier said than done’, we hear you chuntering. Yes agreed, finding a suitable work wardrobe isn’t the easiest of tasks and there will be a number of mistakes made along the way but that is all in the name of trial and error. The key is to have a capsule work wardrobe collection including workable staples that are versatile, can be worn in a variety of ways, help in the transition of seasons and can be mixed and matched together.
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Fashion Features Writer, Justine Clegg, talks about her ‘go to’ item… “I love all the matching separates at the moment, and although I like to be a little fashion forward when it comes to dressing for the office I know there are many out there who prefer to be a little more conservative and probably don’t share the same views as myself!
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“However, the one item that is the start of it all is the perfected shell top. Keeping clean lines and a flattering structure this little number is the one item I cannot live without at the moment teaming with trousers, skirts, blazers and even over short sleeved shirts. A plain version is a must-have in any girls wardrobe and this season brings a lovely selection. “Tuck into skirts for a feminine silhouette, or for those ‘fat’ days let it hang loose to skim the belly. Perfect. Either way its structured material gives off a professional outset. I’ve chose this mustard number to add a dash of pizazz to a black pair of trousers or skirt”
£35. Miss Selfridge
OUR NEW SEASON CAPSULE COLLECTION
Gok Wan always raves about having a capsule wardrobe. It’s true that these staples can be the answer to any ‘I don’t have anything to wear’ dilemmas, but they are the epitome of a great workwear collection too. By having pieces that you can use over and over for completely different looks, you’ll forever be top of the best dressed list without looking the same old side of boring. It all starts with a great dress that is really worth investing in and the rest should in reality flow from there. Here we have gone for a summery and simple palette that has an emphasis on graphic designs, workwear doesn’t have to be boring!
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Never Underestimate the Power of a Great Pair of Shoes! It’s hard to find a fashionable woman who isn’t obsessed with shoes. But this doesn’t mean that she has a suitable pair for work! A great pair of shoes have a known and somewhat magical ability to make a woman feel confident, powerful and sexy, which ultimately changes her whole appearance from the way she carries herself to the smile on her face. Incredible! And this season, it’s all about the court shoe – how blimming appropriate hey? What could be more suited as a suitable work shoe? Therefore, rather than being boring and opting for a ‘safe’ pair, you can be a little more creative with some of these beauties…
£48. Miss Selfridge
£19.99. New Look
THROW THE BRIEFCASE OUT THE WINDOW It appears the days of carrying heavy and clumpy laptop bags are far behind us as we are now a nation of ‘instant’ services. Therefore let your shoulders rejoice as we have entered into an era of handy tablet devices, where a stylish tablet sleeve is in need. Fab and funky designs should be left for home use only, choose a professional style to show you’re at the forefront of technology.
£55. The British Belt Company
£49.99. Orla Keily at Currys
£41. Booqpad at Amazon.co.uk
SOCIAL SHOPPING Rise of the one woman businesses.
If you’ve ever fancied yourself as an entrepreneur and think you could turn that hobby into a business with real prospects, you’re not alone. Woman all over are building their own empire (no matter how big or small) and reaping the rewards from their favourite pastimes. Business is booming for women brave enough to go it alone and carve out their own careers from their craft. New mums at home, recent graduates struggling to get on the career ladder in conventional ways and women who want a change from the daily grind of 9-5 and feeling uninspired with their day-to-day duties are all opting to take that leap of faith and invest in themselves and start their own businesses as extra income and experience.
From chutneys to charms and everything in between, swap your favourite weekend activity for your new business venture and bring a whole new meaning to working from home and enjoy the added pocket money which will follow your success. We’re seeing more and more women build their business from a skill or hobby of theirs and work it around their lifestyle and daily routines. For new mums this may be a hobby or craft you’re enjoying when you get a minutes peace away from the pile of nappies and screaming babies and a form of income while you’re on maternity. If it’s making homemade jams or candles, you can work at your own pace and if you catch the craft bug you can easily incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine; continuing with your hobby whilst earning a bit of cash along the way. The beauty with ‘social shopping’ is you do it to suit your lifestyle, you’re the boss after all. There has also been a sharp increase in students trying their hand at their own business. After graduating and struggling to get their ‘’foot in the door’’ for a career, often not even related to their degree, some savvy
students have created their own websites, blogs and online stores to promote their own jewellery, clothes or music. This can also work well as a part-time job while studying rather than pulling pints at the SU bar. This gives excellent work experience to pop on your CV and an insight into the fundamental elements in any business and how everything runs. Students can get a taste of what is to come and see if that career plan or hobby is really what they want to spend their time, effort and more importantly, money on. Gone are the days where self-employed women and having your own profitable hobby meant being your local Avon lady, with a great business plan, bags of enthusiasm and a little courage you’ll have the recipe for success. Finding the gap in the market is the trick. More often than not it is something that you wish existed or was readily available for yourself as a consumer, so recognise the gap and nab that chance to get in the market and get brainstorming with your own business plan.
Living’s Top Tips: ‘’Your time to shine’’ Use social media as a platform to advertise your skills and shout about what you have to offer. It’s free and you control how much exposure you and your business will get. Everyone is present in social media nowadays meaning you’re reaching the biggest audience possible online as anyone in the world can see what you’re promoting. Take advantage of Twitter, Facebook and more recently, Instagram to show off your brand and products. Instagram is great as potential customers will want to see the goods and sharing lots of pictures of your creations, be it handmade jewellery, your cupcake designs or nail creations. ‘’Home is the heart’’ Setting up a business from the comfort of your own home is not unusual and is mainly where the beginnings of your business are born. Pyjamas are the new skirt suit and will more than likely be your new uniform when you’re setting up your own business. Setting up meetings with suppliers from bed and thinking up new designs while scrubbing the bathroom will become second nature to you. ‘’Second shift syndrome’’ Once your duties at home or work are over, cooking tea, ironing etc. you’re back to work answering emails, organising shipping and running your at-home business. This won’t be a 9-5 role but if you’re well organised, you’re your own boss and can work to your own schedule to keep the rest of your life afloat.
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‘’Save, save, save’’ Setting up shop can be a daunting task and initially your outgoings will double your incoming costs but don’t be afraid. If you’ve got your business head on you’ll have planned in advance and should have sufficient funds to see you through your starting period. ‘’Never underestimate the power of word of mouth’’ If you’re making tasty treats, look into attending a local fair or festival in your community and bring along free tasters. If you’re confident in what you’re producing you’ll set tongues wagging and customers will follow after they’ve seen (and tasted) what your have to offer. If you’re good with your hands and hope to set up a mobile massage and beauty salon, hand out flyers offering discounted treatments and people will be more willing to try out something new without recommendation if the price is right. ‘’Do your research’’ Extensive research into what you’re selling and where is invaluable. If you’re taking your business online, know the best platforms to be present on. Hand crafted jewellery is popular on Etsy. com where fans of intricate designs will shop almost exclusively on this site for their next gem and they might just stumble upon your profile and like what they see. This also opens you up to an international audience and real potential to grow. ‘’Love what you do’’ Real determination is needed in self-employment. You have to have a real passion and believe in your products and what you’re doing.
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The hours will be long and gruelling and there will be financial struggles in the early stages almost certainly but remember why you’re setting up this business and what motivated you in the first place. ‘’You’ll be living in organised chaos’’ Your kitchen will become your office and any coffee table or spare surface will work as an overflow for your paperwork so remember to keep cool under the pressure and if you can’t get to the oven one night under the pile of boxes, order a pizza. “The toughest part can be where to start”. For a profitable business you’ll need experience and this can start with selling the odd piece on eBay, making jewellery for family and friends previously or always being asked to make more of your famous Victoria sponge, if you’re good at something you’re halfway there. Turning this into something more those takes lots of planning and research so do your homework on the market you’re venturing into. Rallying around family and friends can be a huge help for their support and maybe rope them into packaging or anyway they can help. An extra pair of hands is always a good thing.
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Park Lane Fashions Once again Park Lane Fashions have produced an outstanding selection of Spring and Summer Clothes for their discerning clientele!
The finest ranges in the area from some of Europe’s best fashion houses! Ann Barnes and her experienced staff will be happy to show you around and hopefully find what you are looking for. Address: Park Lane Fashions,146 Park Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 7UB Tel: 01625 618222
Hunters the Estate and Lettings Agents Kerry Smart, Hunters the Estate and Lettings Agents, Stoke on Trent (originally Cherry Tree Property) Kerry established her lettings business in Stoke on Trent in 2006, and on joining the Hunters network this year is pleased to offer additional services in sales. Kerry balances her busy professional life with a young family. She has two lovely daughters, Mackenzie (5) and Cordelia (3), with her husband Dan, whom she married on a Caribbean cruise last year. Address: 439 Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 6AB Tel: 01782 626522 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Purple Sprout PR Celebrating over two years in business with a large portfolio of retained clients, Purple Sprout PR has achieved their PRCA Communications Management Standard – the gold standard of service for the PR industry. Purple Sprout works with companies, charities and public sector organisations to deliver engaging PR campaigns. Account Manager Jade has recently been Shortlisted for the Golden Hoglet Award 2014 which recognises the brightest and most promising PR communicator under 30 years old working in an agency. Address: Purple Sprout PR, B1 Trentham Business Quarter, Trentham Lakes, Staffs, ST4 8GB Tel: 01782 658524 Email: email@example.com Website: www.purple-sprout.co.uk
Isabella-B Isabella-B opened opposite Queen’s Gardens, Newcastle in September 2013, by Marie and Janet, two Newcastle residents who wanted to provide a relaxed, welcoming and pleasurable shopping experience, as well as giving something back to their town. They offer clothing with style, sophistication with a hint of quirk! Address: Isabella’s Box Ltd, 1 Queens Parade, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1RW Tel: 01782 622952
Learning, Living, Leading Abbots Bromley School is led by Mrs Musgrave who has been in education for over 30 years as a Principal and consultant for ASCL. We aim to nurture all our students as uniquely talented individuals, finding fulfilment through their learning and the development of their intellectual, creative, physical and emotional capabilities. Address: High Street, Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire WS15 3BW Tel: 01283 840232 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.abbotsbromley.net
Halfpenny Green Vineyards Lisa Vickers is co-owner of Halfpenny Green Vineyards, a family business. Lisa began at the vineyards in 1999 and never looked back. In the 15 years managing the retail and catering arm of the business, the vineyards have gone from strength to strength and are known miles around for their fantastic offer. The New Wine House, which opened in February, offers a unique events venue ideal for corporate functions, group tours and private events. Book now on 01384 221122. Address: Halfpenny Green Vineyards, Tom Lane, Halfpenny Green, Bobbington, Staffordshire, DY7 5EP Tel: 01384 221122 Fax: 01384 221101 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.halfpenny-green-vineyards.co.uk/
Beauty Desk Essentials When you’re working and up against the clock, your beauty routine may slip a little under your busy schedule. We’ve collated the best beauty tricks and products out there to keep you looking effortlessly beautiful, with only a minute to spare to turn yourself from drab to fab while in the office. Get some of these wonder products on your desk and you’ll never have a bad make-up day again.
Estée Lauder Idealist Cooling Illuminator, £40 at Debenhams
An eye roll on that revives tired eyes after staring at your computer screen all day. The cooling formula helps fight dark circles and puffiness while brightening the eye area making you look more awake and illuminates the skin for a well-rested look to your eye contour in an instant. The ceramic tip applicator massages the product into your skin effortlessly so you don’t need to leave your desk to attend to your tired eyes.
Ted Baker 10ml Purse Sprays, £15 at www.tedbaker.com A miniature perfume is convenient to carry around or keep on your desk when you need a refresh instead of lugging around a full sized bottle. These mini bottles from Ted Baker are available in four scents, from light and fruity with notes of citrus to an intense and warm vanilla fragrance. Pick your scent to suit your mood.
BEAUTY UK Compact Face Powder, £3.99. www.beautyukcosmetics.com and Superdrug A compact is a necessity for every woman as you never know when you’ll need to touch up your makeup when you’re out and about or busy at work. The face powder is available in four shades to match your complexion and is light in texture to give a natural and matte finish to your skin that can build up evenly for a fuller coverage. With an applicator puff and mirror, you can keep this in tow for any touch-ups. Use the code MOTHERS1 at www.beautyukcosmetics.com to receive 25% off all products and free UK shipping. Offer is available until 14th April.
LUSH Ambition Lipstick, £14.50 at Lush The red lip. Like a welltailored suit, a good red lip can pull you together and give you your ‘game face’ for any tough business meeting you’re facing that day. Packed with jojoba oil and rose wax, this highly pigmented stain locks in moisture and adds a shine that will last all day. This lipstick and lip stain in one from LUSH gives a bold hue in one quick swipe and lasts all day so no need for topping up throughout the day. Sending a clear message: you mean business.
LACURA Hand Cream, 75p at Aldi When you’re typing away on your keyboard all day your hands may need a little TLC and this hand cream takes care of skin, nails and cuticles. Packed full of nourishing ingredients and only 75p a tube, this is a steal for soft hands and strong nails.
Clinique Shades of Beige Eyeshadow Palette, £32 at Boots This 8 shade eye palette is part of a new, limited edition collection from Clinique for the spring. The perfect neutral palette to brighten your eyes and give a wash of colour. Compact and complete with a sponge/brush applicator and mirror for when you want to add a smoky eye if you’re heading out straight from work. This fits the brief for an everyday palette that takes you from desk until dawn.
Green People Cooling Hydrating Mist, £13.99 at www.greenpeople.co.uk When you’re hot and bothered before that big meeting, spritz a cooling and hydrating mist over your face to put moisture back into your skin and give your lacklustre complexion a boost. This can be worn over make-up or used as toner to leave you looking and feeling refreshed. Perfect for a quick fix and ‘pick me up’ on those busy days.
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THE PERFECT BASE A good quality foundation is one of the vital essentials in every woman’s make-up bag. Following a strict priming regime, your foundation forms the base for the rest of your make-up meaning it’s vital to find not only the right shade but also the right foundation for your skin type. Our very own Jemma McNicholas has scoured all the beauty counters and has put her top picks of foundations to the test - with a little help from her trusty Living girls of course.
NORMAL – Lucky you! If you’re blessed with normal skin then you can pretty much wear any foundation you like. Your skin will have the perfect balance of oil and hydration which ultimately means your skin is neither greasy nor dry.
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LIQUID: No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation, £16.50. Boots. Providing a medium coverage that is formulated to lift and firm your skin at the same time as giving you a smooth and even coverage. HHHHI We say: ”A foundation”
COMPACT: Benefit Some-KindaGorgeous, £24.50. benefitcosmetics.co.uk An oil-free, cream-to-powder formula providing a silky, even perfection for your complexion! Compact includes application sponge and mirror for touchups on the go! H H HII We say: “A handbag beauty essential!
MINERAL: Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich, £28.50. esteelauder.co.uk Silky smooth and ultra flawless. Stays fresh and looks natural even through nonstop activity. Soft-focus, skin-perfecting formula gives skin a flawless, semi-matte finish, without settling into fine lines. HHHHH We say: “This felt flawless on my skin. A must buy!” - Jade Brodie, Staffs Living.
MOUSSE: Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Mousse Foundation. £10.50. A whipped mousse foundation thats gives skin natural-looking, light to medium coverage with a velvety feel. HHHHI We say: “Gives a light coverage perfect for everyday wear” - Justine Clegg, Staffs Living.
OILY – Oily skin means you produce excess oil which ultimately causes shine and breakouts. Your foundation may also slide off easily leaving you feeling pretty much barefaced. In this case you need to lookout for matte foundations that are long wearing and oil-free.
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LIQUID: Nars Sheer Matte Foundation, £30.50. narscosmetics.co.uk An oil-free, matte-finish foundation with sheer, buildable coverage that controls shine and evens skin tone. HHHHH We say: “My oily skin immediately felt shine free upon application” Cheryl Osborne, Staffs Living.
MINERAL: Sheer Cover Studio™ Perfect Shade® Mineral Foundation, £21.95. sheercover.co.uk Contains soothing botanicals such as green tea, Bisabolol and Zinc for a more radiant, balanced-looking complexion. Englarged pores, scars and breakouts seem to disappear and a flawless complexion is revealed. H H H HI We say: “Provides great coverage, even for sufferers of Acne”
COMPACT: Collection Ultimate Fix Compact Foundation Concealer Powder 3-in-1, £4.99. Boots and Superdrug. The Ultimate Fix Foundation formula magically transforms from a lightweight solid to liquid foundation, and sets as a matte powder so your skin stays moisturised and shine-free for longer. HHH We say: ‘Great value for money!’
MOUSSE: No7 Beautifully Matte Mousse Foundation, £12.95. Boots. The matte mousse foundation from No7 contains light diffusing particles that soften the appearance of fine lines. It glides on effortlessly for a barely there feel, and keeps skin shine free all day long with a soft natural looking finish. H H HI We say: “Blended easily onto my skin and was long lasting with a natural finish”
COMBINATION – If you have combination skin then you will have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks. You need to look for foundations with oil control and moisture whilst restoring balance to the skin.
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LIQUID: Lancome Miracle Air De Teint, £29.50. lancome.co.uk On contact with skin, the fluid transforms into a powder, while the “Miracle Particles” become transparent to create a blurring effect. Instantly, skin is smoothed and imperfections faded beneath a supple, airy-light veil, delivering just the right dose of radiance. H H HI We say: “The ultimate in luxurious foundation”
COMPACT: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation, £32. bobbibrown.co.uk Perfectly matched to skin tone and texture, all you see is your skin-at its best. With 12 hours of flawless, oil-free wear. Plus, it’s completely portable, too-with a hidden sponge applicator so you look polished wherever you go. HHHHH We say: “Felt beautifully radiant on We say: “Gave me a flawless face the skin with a subtle shimmer” that lasted all day long” - Jemma Jemma McNicholas, Staffs Living. McNicholas, Staffs Living. MOUSSE: Revlon Photoready Airbrush™ Mousse Makeup, RRP £12.99. revlon.co.uk An air infused mousse makeup that goes on ‘light-as-air’ while also perfecting the look of skin with a whipped texture for even blending and undetectable coverage. H H H HI
MINERAL: Loreal Paris True Match Minerals Foundation, RRP £14.99. loreal-paris.co.uk L’Oréal Paris True Match Minerals Foundation reduces the appearance of imperfections for a flawless coverage that feels gentle and helps to protect skin. HHH We say: “If it’s heavy coverage you are looking for then this is ideal”
DRY – Having dry skin means that you are not producing enough oils which can have a tendancy to cause flaking and itching. Look for satin/ luminous foundations that include hydrating treatments to help your dull skin feel rejuvenated.
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LIQUID: Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation, £32. bobbibrown.co.uk A revolutionary 2-in-1 foundation for dry skin thats instantly gives skin natural luminosity without traditional pearls. Helps to restore and maintain skin’s moisture barrier to make skin look smoother with flawless wear that never looks cakey or dry. H H HI We say: “Great for perking up tired looking skin”
COMPACT: bareMinerals READY® SPF 20 Foundation, £25. bareminerals.co.uk The unique time-release hydration system locks in existing moisture and breaks down upon application to condition and soften skin. HHHH We say: “Great cover, long lasting and soft & velvety on my skin” Justine Clegg, Staffs Living.
MINERAL: M.A.C Mineralise Loose Foundation, £25. maccosmetics.co.uk A silky, mineral-rich foundation which provides a medium-buildable natural-satin finish. It brushes on for a smooth, radiant look and helps skin to stay healthy and nourished. HHHH We say: “Blends into skin evenly with buildable coverage. Light enough for everyday wear” - Rachel Jones, Staffs Living.
MOUSSE: Mousse Make-up Foundation, RRP £12.90. pravera.co.uk A natural organic formula that glides onto the skin helping to conceal redness, skin imperfections and blemishes. Organic Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter combined with a mix of natural plant and seed oils create a silky smooth nourishing formula suitable for use on dry skin. HHHHH We say: “So moisturising and super nourishing” - Amy Clarke, Staffs Living. www.staffordshireliving.co.uk
WIN A YEAR’S MEMBERSHIP TO BODYFIT EXPRESS Staffordshire’s Number 1 Ladies-Only Gym
For some, the idea of getting into the swimsuit again can be a daunting one. If that applies to you, don’t worry, we can help! We’ve joined forces with Bodyfit Express, Staffordshire’s Number One ladies-only gym to give away a year’s membership, worth more than £480! To celebrate their move to M Club Stoke-on-Trent, we’ll help one lucky Staffordshire Living reader get in shape for summer! Our winner will have full access to the five-star facilities at M Club Stoke-on-Trent, including the 25m swimming pool, fitness classes, luxury spa, crèche, hair & beauty, and a wellness clinic. You will also be able to enjoy healthy meals in the bar and restaurant. You’ll have your own tailored 30 minute fitness programme, which uses Bodyfit’s state-of-the-art machines, and a free personal trainer available on-site if you need that bit extra motivation. M Club Spa and Fitness Membership Manager Debbie Evans said: “Spring can be a difficult time of year for people wanting to get in shape or lose a few pounds. “Most have long since given up on their New Year’s Resolutions and have settled back into their old routine. “There is still the motivation of summer though to focus the minds, and March and April are two of our busiest months of the year. “So if you want to get trim for your holidays, why not enter our great competition?”
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Tone your abs with this double crush workout. - Feet off floor, knees bent. - Keep lower back on the floor, crunch up with shoulder blades off the floor. - Aim hands to ankles/feet and keep your lower back down. - As you lower, straighten legs and arms, with neither touching the floor - Repeat sequence up and down. Adaptation: Keep legs in bent leg position whilst crunching up and down.
A great workout for your legs. - Take a large step forward, bend your front knee, and drop your back knee to the floor. - Keep your back straight. - Bend down ensuring that your front knee does not go any further forward than your toes. - Return to standing position, and repeat with the opposite side.
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Works your lower body and cardiovascular system pretty hard! - Take 3 quick steps to the side. - Lift knees with each step and alternate arms. - Move quickly and repeat from side to side. Adaptation: Replace knee lift with just side step.
Great for toning your legs. - Lift your right leg up off the floor in a kicking motion, whilst gently twisting your body to the left. - Raise your leg parallel to the floor if you can, then return to feet together and keep your back straight. - Repeat with the opposite leg, twisting in the opposite direction.
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Your daily beauty regime may well consist of ‘removing’ the day’s make-up of an evening and perhaps ‘removing’ that chipped nail polish, but have you ever thought of ‘removing’ a little more than your beauty products? Whether you suffer from excess hair or feel insecure about your varicose veins, we give you the lowdown on how you can banish life’s niggling problems. TYPES OF REMOVAL VARICOSE VEIN Those unsightly markings called Varicose Veins…Unfortunately for some it’s hereditary. However, hormonal changes such as pregnancy and standing for long amounts of time can also cause Varicose Veins. Whether they are causing you pain and discomfort or whether you simply can’t stand the sight of your legs and you want the treatment for cosmetic reasons, there are a range of treatments available: Radiofrequency Ablation – A probe is inserted using radiofrequency energy. This heats the vein until it closes it and the blood redirects to a healthy vein. This procedure is done under local anaesthetic. Laser Treatment – Similar to radiofrequency ablation, however this is a tiny laser that gives off bursts of energy that seal and close the vein. Again this procedure is done under local anaesthetic. Sclerotherapy - Not suitable if you have suffered from deep vein thrombosis, sclerotherapy involves the imjection of foam which scars the veins and closes them. The varicose veins will begin to fade and the stronger veins will take over. With this procedure you may require treatment more than once. Surgery - There are a couple of surgical treatments currently available for varicose veins including a ligation and stripping procedure where incisions are made near the groin and in the leg and a thin wire is passed through the bottom of the vein and pulled out and removed. This means that more recovery time is needed. There is also a new procedure called Trans Illuminated Powered Phlebotomy where incisions are made in the leg and a special light is shone under the skin and finally the affected veins are cut and removed using a suction device. This can be done by either general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic.
“There are a range of reasons to seek treatment for varicose veins. Relatively young patients with more minor varicose veins tend to seek help due to the appearance of varicose veins in their legs. As patients get older, untreated varicose veins may get larger and patients may present with symptoms - in particular aching, discomfort, itching and a feeling of leg swelling. Later on in life, more severe varicose veins may cause patients to seek help with changes to their skin such as venous eczema. There may also be skin damage and ulceration.” “For many years, surgery has been the only treatment available to treat varicose veins. When carried out by a properly trained specialist and after appropriate investigations, it still remains a good treatment for varicose veins. However, it does involve a general anaesthetic and cuts in the treated leg, and this results in a slower more painful recovery time. More recently, a number of techniques using keyhole surgery have been developed to treat varicose veins successfully. These involve using heat (thermal ablation) or foam sclerosant (ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy) to destroy the unnecessary varicose veins. There are many advantages in having varicose veins treated using these new techniques. In particular, varicose veins can be treated comfortably under local anaesthetic, there is a much quicker recovery time (many patients can return to work the next day) and there is a lower incidence of significant complications such as nerve damage and deep venous thrombosis.” “When a patient is considering having treatment for varicose veins, it is important to choose a specialist such as a vascular surgeon, who has expertise in this field. The specialist should be able to offer a range of treatments for varicose veins, as different patterns of varicose veins are more suited to different types of treatment. It is crucial that the varicose veins are investigated preoperatively with ultrasound scanning, preferably undertaken at the time of consultation. Adequate follow-up arrangements should also be set in place.”
Mr Martin Claridge, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon for Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull. www.staffordshireliving.co.uk
TATTOO REMOVAL Ever regretted that tattoo of an ex-partners name? Well thankfully we’ve never resorted to such measures but we know people who have had these all too familiar experiences. So how do you get rid of a tattoo that was originally meant to be for life?
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Well the rise of tattoo removal is on the up with many a people regretting those tattoos from their younger days. Even the celebrities are at it including Angelina Jolie who had ex-partner Billy Bob Thornton’s name tattooed along her upper arm. She clearly lived to regret that decision! Kathryn Lolley, director of Mode Laser Skin Clinic, Lichfield, is an expert in laser treatments and recommends Active Q-switch laser which, she says, can leave little to no scarring if carried out by an expert.
“It’s important that anyone seeking tattoo removal looks for a trained professional with experience in using this type of laser. Treatments should be carried out in a clinic and only after the client has had a full consultation, including their medical history.” She adds, “Tattoo removal is not regulated, so it’s especially important to ask to see qualifications and check that the clinic has the relevant insurance. Ask to see photos of work they have carried out on site, rather than a generic brochure. Clients should ask which laser is being used, as the Passive Q-Switch laser fades tattoos rather than removing them completely.” About the method itself, Kathryn advises, “The clinician should set the customer’s expectations. Removal can take anywhere between one and fifteen treatments. Each session may cause some discomfort, however a cooling device can be used to ease this, and the feedback I have received has been very positive. The Active Q-Switch laser works best on black, blue and red colours, which can be removed permanently.
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Although laser treatment works on a tattoo of any age, typically the newer it is the fewer treatments are needed. Amateur tattoo’s, such as those using Indian inks, are easier to remove than professional ones.”
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WINING & DINING Oriental Inspired Recipes
Dine In Gastro Pubs, We Debate Whether Rising Supermarket Prices Are Causing Us To Waste Food More Than Ever, The New Superfoods and Easter Egg-stravaganza
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Weâ€™ve gone absolutely crazy for a spot of oriental cuisine of late thanks to its speedy elements and healthy attributes whilst being far from the bland. Packing a certain punch, Asian dishes aim to inspire with their use of fresh, quality ingredients that showcase each individual flavour in a manner that is not overly fussy nor complicated.
FRAGRANT BEEF NOODLE SOUP Nutritional Information: 477kcals/29.7g protein/ 51.4g carbohydrate/6.7g sugars/16.9g fat/ 5.9g saturated fat/3g fibre/0.5g salt per serving
FRAGRANT BEEF NOODLE SOUP
CRISPY LAMB BREAST
Serves 2 Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 15 mins
900g breast of Welsh lamb 300ml lamb stock 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice 2 star anise 1 tbsp honey
100g Thai Taste Rice Noodles 2 Kallo Organic Very Low Salt Beef Stock Cubes 1 small onion, finely chopped 3cm piece root ginger, peeled and thickly sliced 1 red chilli, seeded and thinly sliced 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 230g frying steak, trimmed of any visible fat 150g beansprouts 235g pack Waitrose Green Pak Choi, thickly sliced 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves 1 lime, cut into wedges, to serve 1. Place the noodles in a large bowl, cover with a kettleful of boiling water and leave to soak for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice to make sure the noodles don’t stick together. 2. While the noodles are soaking, place the stock cubes, onion, ginger, chilli, cinnamon, star anise and 750ml boiling water in a large pan and bring back to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, cook the steak in a non-stick frying or griddle pan for 2–3 minutes on each side, until nicely browned but still a little pink in the centre. Transfer to a plate, let it rest for 5 minutes, then slice thinly. 4. Stir the beansprouts and pak choi into the broth and cook for 2 minutes or so until the vegetables are tender. 5. Drain the noodles and divide between 2 bowls. Ladle over the broth and vegetables then top with the sliced beef and coriander. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over.
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4-5. Take the joint, cut the strings and place the flat piece of meat on a board, score the fat with a sharp knife. 2. Line a shallow roasting pan with two large pieces of foil. Add to this the stock, seasoning and spices. 3. Place the meat onto the foil and tuck the foil around the joint so that the liquid is against the meat. Brush rind with a little oil and sprinkle with salt. Cover with foil and cook for about 2 hours (if top starts to over cook, cover with foil). 4. When cooked carefully open the foil, drizzle the rind with honey and place under a preheated grill. Cook for about 5 minutes to crisp the outside. 5. Cut the lamb into thick slices and serve with Chinese style stir-fried vegetables and spring onion mash. SPICED BEEF WITH GARLIC & OYSTER SAUCE
SPICED BEEF WITH GARLIC & OYSTER SAUCE Serves 2 Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 10 mins
TERIYAKI PORK SKEWERS
TERIYAKI PORK SKEWERS Morrisons (http://your.morrisons.com/Recipesand-Ranges/ 8 wooden skewers 500g pork fillet, diced 5 tbsp teriyaki sauce 1 cucumber 1 tbsp vinegar 1 tbsp caster sugar pinch of salt 300g Thai jasmine rice 2 green peppers, cut into chunks
CRISPY LAMB BREAST
3. Cook the Thai jasmine rice according to the packet instructions. 4. Thread the pork onto the skewers, alternating with chunks of green peppers brushed lightly with sunflower oil. Grill for 10-12 mins, turning frequently, until the pork is cooked through and no pink remains. 5. Serve with rice and the cucumber salad.
1. Soak 8 wooden skewers in water. Toss the diced pork fillet with the Teriyaki sauce, cover and marinate for 10 mins. 2. Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthways and scoop out the seeds, slice thinly and place in a dish with the vinegar, caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir well and set aside.
1½ tbsp Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Flavoured Sauce 1½ tbsp Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Garlic Sauce 2 tsp sugar 1 lime, halved 260g rump steak, trimmed of fat and thinly sliced into strips 1 tbsp groundnut oil Pinch chilli flakes 300g pack Waitrose Vibrant & Fresh Super Bright Pan Fry 150g basmati rice, cooked 1. Mix together the oyster and black bean garlic sauces in a bowl with the sugar and juice of ½ lime. Add the beef strips and stir to coat. Set aside for 10 minutes. 2. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over a high heat. When smoking, remove the beef with a slotted spoon, reserving the sauce, and add to the wok with the chilli flakes. Stir-fry for 2 minutes to brown, then transfer to a plate. 3. Add the pan fry vegetables to the hot wok and stirfry for 2 minutes. Return the beef and the reserved sauce to the wok and continue to cook for a further 2–3 minutes until sticky and piping hot. 4. Divide the cooked rice between 2 warmed bowls and top with the sticky beef and vegetables. Serve with the remaining lime half cut into wedges for squeezing.
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CURRIED PORK & MUSHROOM UDON Serves 4 Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 15 mins
SZECHUAN PORK WITH PAK CHOI
SZECHUAN PORK WITH PAK CHOI Serves 4 Prep Time: 10 mins (plus marinating) Cook Time: 30 mins 1 clove garlic, crushed ½ tsp Bart Crushed Chillies 3 tbsp dark soy sauce 1 tbsp Waitrose Toasted Sesame Oil 1 tsp white wine vinegar or Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Japanese Rice Vinegar 400g (approx) piece essential Waitrose British Pork Fillet 1 tsp sunflower oil 235g pack pak choi, each cut in half lengthways 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Mix together the garlic, chillies, soy sauce, sesame oil and vinegar. Pour over the pork and leave to marinate for 5 minutes (or up to 30 minutes if you have time). 2. Heat the sunflower oil in a flameproof casserole pan, then brown the pork on all sides. Add the marinade, cover and cook in the oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove the pork from the pan, then leave to rest (covered) for 5 minutes. Pour off the juices and reserve. 3. Add the pak choi to the pan cut side down, brown over a high heat, cover the pan and cook gently for 5 minutes until just tender. Slice the pork thinly, pour over the hot juices and serve with the pak choi and plain steamed rice.
1 tbsp sunflower oil 400g essential Waitrose British Pork Fillet, cut into strips 100g pack S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix 1 carrot, thinly sliced 1 Chinese leaf cabbage, cut across into 1cm wide strips 250g shiitake or chestnut mushrooms, halved 300g Straight to Wok Udon Thick Noodles 1 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce 4 salad onions, thinly sliced 1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the pork for 5–8 minutes until nicely browned. 2. Meanwhile, dissolve the curry mix in 500ml boiling water, stirring until smooth and thickened. 3. Add the carrot, Chinese leaf and mushrooms to the pan and stir-fry for 3–4 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the pork is cooked through. Add the noodles and sauce and continue to cook for a further 1–2 minutes until piping hot. Divide between 4 bowls, drizzle with a splash of soy sauce, scatter with salad onions and serve immediately.
PORK, TENDERSTEM & BLACKBEAN STIR-FRY
PORK, TENDERSTEM & BLACKBEAN STIR-FRY Serves 4 Prep and Cook Time: 10 mins 2 tbsp stir fry oil 600g pork fillet, sliced into strips 6 tbsp black bean sauce 2 tbsp lemon juice 100ml chicken stock 1 bunch spring onions, cut into 3 cm sticks 200g-300g Tenderstem® sliced in half A handful of roasted cashew nuts rice or noodles, to serve
CURRIED PORK AND MUSHROOM UDON
1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large wok and add the pork. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes, or until browned. Remove from the wok and keep warm. 2. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil to the wok, and stir-fry the Tenderstem® and spring onions for a few minutes until the Tenderstem® is just tender. Add
the black bean sauce, lemon juice and chicken stock. Cook for about 1 minute for the sauce to thicken slightly. Return the pork back to the pan and cook just long enough for it to heat through. 3. Serve with rice or noodles.
ORIENTAL LAMB, SHALLOT & CITRUS KEBABS
ORIENTAL LAMB, SHALLOT & CITRUS KEBABS Serves 4 Lamb kebabs: 450g leg of lamb cut into 3cm dice 24 medium shallots peeled 8 bay leaves 2 tbsp vegetable oil for cooking 8 large wooden kebab sticks (soaked in hot water) Marinade: 2 large oranges, rind grated and then juiced 1 lime, rind grated and then juiced 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 2 tbsp dark soy sauce 3 tbsp hoisin sauce 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp tomato ketchup 8 whole star anise 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed into a paste Freshly ground black pepper Dipping sauce to serve: 1 red chilli diced finely without the seeds A handful of coriander finely chopped 1 tbsp of runny honey 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce 1 tbsp of light soy sauce A dash of sesame seed oil The juice of two limes 1. Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade stirring well. 2. Thread a bay leaf onto the first skewer and then alternate the shallots and the lamb onto the wooden skewer and repeat with all skewers. Lay the kebabs in a shallow dish and then pour over the marinade and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours, if possible overnight, in a fridge. 3. Heat a heavy based grill pan or a frying pan, drizzle with the oil, heat well then place the kebabs in the pan and fry on medium heat for 3 - 4 minutes on each side brushing the kebabs with remaining marinade throughout the cooking process. Take care not to have the heat too high or you will burn the marinade. 4. Meanwhile for the dipping sauce mix all the ingredients together. 5. Serve with a green salad, basmati rice and little pots of the dipping sauce.
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Welcome to Staffordshire’s premier Italian restaurants, situated in the heart of the Country. We aim to bring you traditional Italian home cooking and a relaxing atmosphere. Choose from our extensive menu and specially selected wine list. We are open during lunch and evening dining.
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Pub Grub In All It’s Glory Not ones to leave a trend untouched, us Living Girls are all about gastropubs at the moment. We simply can’t get enough. Rewind 10 years and pub dining has moved on a long way from the days sat in a brewery chain eating microwave meals; thank the Lord!
Gastropubs are now both fashionable and the ultimate dining experience for comfort and a decent touch of formality. Originating from the more rural and wealthy areas of the county, thanks to a need to please the more affluent customer, the demand is now in its prime with it reaching out closer to the cities and being the ultimate dining option for people all around the county. There has been a strong rise in derelict old community pubs being revamped into something of a whole dining experience with large budgets spent on bringing the dingy neglected pubs back into the 21st century. The Sheet Anchor in Whitmore, The Wayfarer in Stone and The Shropshire Inn in Haughton are just some that come to mind. It’s a great idea thanks to injecting that much needed community spirit back into the area by using ‘old favourites’ that were once the hub of the village, in an effort to revive what the neighbourhood once had and place a much-needed modernity. Providing the pubs have a great and innovative team behind them, they can easily strengthen the local economy as quality of service and food will not only bring the locals but also those willing to travel for a first-class gastro experience. Easily the most popular dishes found within the best gastropubs, home comfort classics such as pies, bangers & mash and fish & chips are the types of dishes customers come back again and again for. Sourcing the best possible local produce and placing their ‘posh’ spin on things and despite not being top Head Chef’s they are ever accessible to make in the comfort of your own home too. Why not make a night of it and invite a few friends around to make that cosy and sociable environment in your very own dining room.
SAUSAGES WITH GARLIC MASH AND CARAMELISED ONION GRAVY www.irishbeef.co.uk Serves 4 25g butter 450g red onions, halved and thinly sliced 1/2 tsp sugar good splash red wine 1 tbsp plain flour 300ml beef stock 1 tbsp sunflower oil 8 beef sausages For the garlic mash: 900g potatoes, cut into chunks 6 tbsp milk 2 garlic cloves, peeled 25g butter sea salt and freshly ground black pepper chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, to garnish
To make the gravy, melt half the butter in a large frying pan and add the onions and sugar, then cook over a medium heat for 20-30 minutes until caramelised, stirring occasionally. Pour in the wine and allow to bubble down and then simmer until it has almost disappeared. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Gradually add the stock, then season to taste and simmer gently until you have achieved a rich gravy. Keep warm. Place the potatoes in a covered pan of boiling water and simmer for 15-20 minutes until tender. After about 10 minutes, heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the sausages for about 10 minutes until golden brown, turning regularly. Place the milk in a small pan with the garlic and simmer gently until the garlic is completely soft, then mash down with a fork. Drain the potatoes and mash until smooth, then beat in the butter with the milk and garlic mixture. Season to taste. Divide the mash among warmed plates and arrange the sausages alongside. Spoon over the caramelised onion gravy and garnish with the parsley to serve.
STAFFORDSHIRE’S FINEST GASTRO PUBS Taste testing all the gastro delights in Staffordshire is such a massive task! Not ones to pass up this sort of challenge, the Living Girls have come up with our top 3 gastropubs in the county based on their individual accolades, atmosphere, service and customer feedback– but not forgetting and most importantly the sheer quality of food served! Gosh, it’s a hard job but someone has to do it…
The Duncombe Arms is named after the Yorkshire family whose principal seat is Duncombe Park, Helmsley. The family’s rise to prominence came in the 17th Century through the extraordinary career of Sir Charles Duncombe (1648-1711) an eminent goldsmith who amassed a vast fortune from his goldsmith-banking activities. The connection between the Duncombes and The Duncombe Arms came about when Augustus Duncombe the Dean of York moved to Calwich in 1847 and it is named after this branch of the family, of which Laura Greenall is a descendant. Johnny’s background with the family business (Greenall Whitley) and Laura’s experience of freelance cooking has given them the essential ingredients for resuscitating The Duncombe Arms concluding in tremendous local support, with both local diners and an increasing interest from further afield. Head Chef Matt Wadsley, who joined from Nottingham’s World Service, has been at the pub since they opened and has continued to develop a strong kitchen team. His menus are creative but most importantly include incredible traditional pub grub!
THE DOG AND DOUBLET INN, Sandon
THE GEORGE INN, Alstonefield
01889 508331. www.doganddoubletsandon.co.uk Located in the heart of Staffordshire, in the picturesque village of Sandon, The Dog and Doublet is a delightful Arts and Craft period Inn managed by The Lewis Partnership, a Staffordshire based leading hospitality company.
01335 310205. www.thegeorgeatalstonefield.com The George Inn has recently been in The Observer’s top ten list of ‘Britain’s most scenic pubs with bracing walks attached’. Praised for its game pasties, venison burgers and winter vegetable pot pies, the pub which is situated at the edge of Dovedale, provides a destination for walkers and visitors to the area described as being ‘at the heart of the village’ and ‘elegant but simple, with roaring fires.’ Run by a third generation licensee Emily Brighton, The George Inn has been in her family for sixty years. Despite vowing never to run the pub that she grew up in, Emily has been in charge since 2005 and has seen many plaudits and reviews from national media and guide books, featuring in The Times, The Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide, The Independent, Food and Travel Magazine, The Guardian, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Good Food and Woman and Home. Serving a range of cask ales and a mouth-watering menu of locally sourced and freshly prepared food, Head Chef Chris Rooney delivers a menu that reflects the seasons, Emily and her bar manager, Tom Walmsley, see a diverse range of customers; from locals and those with weekend cottages to destination diners and walkers with dogs. All are welcome and accommodated in the beautiful stone farmhouse building dating from 1710.
THE DUNCOMBE ARMS, Ellastone 01335 324275. www.duncombearms.co.uk Set on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border within the stunning Peak District, Johnny and Laura Greenall took over The Duncombe Arms in December 2010 after the pub had struggled under various tenancies and were overly keen to relaunch the kind of venue the attractive village of Ellasone deserved.
This charming yet stylish gastro inn is strategically placed between the county town of Stafford and Uttoxeter, Lichfield and Stone, and is easily accessible from the A51 and M6, making The Dog and Doublet Inn the ideal base from which to explore the many delights which Staffordshire has to offer. Taking pride in home cooked wholesome food only the freshest and most seasonal produce is used which is locally sourced wherever possible. The main menu changes seasonally to allow the use of only the best ingredients available. Luxurious boutique style bedrooms with exquisite decor and furnishings are the ideal haven for a peaceful nights rest. Providing you with total comfort in lush surroundings, all 11 bedrooms are en-suite and feature modern day amenities such as flat screen televisions and complimentary wi fi. Taking you back to traditional inn-keeper hospitality, The Dog and Doublet Inn provides a warm and friendly ambience making it the ideal place for you to truly indulge, enjoy and relax.
Gastropub n. a pub that specializes in serving high quality food.
BRINGING GREAT FOOD TO LIFE
LOOKING FOR A NOVEL GIFT FOR MOTHER'S DAY? KNOW SOMEONE WHO DESERVES A TREAT? Why not try a cookery course or voucher from Tideswell School of Food! With cookery courses to suit all abilities and culinary interests; from Baking Bread to Butchery, Foraging to French Cuisine, there is sure to be a course to whet your appetite.
FORGET BLUEBERRIES. THERE’S A NEW SUPERFOOD IN TOWN… It has been well documented about the powerful health benefits from foods such as blueberries, cranberries and oily fish. And as we face the start of spring, we’re all particularly alert and ready to start the beginning of an optimising season with an all-important kick to our diets. Here are the latest health crazes sweeping the region...
1.GOLDENBERRIES They say great things come in tiny packages and this couldn’t ring truer for the little nuggets of nutritional gold – Goldenberries. More commonly known as Physalis, Goldenberries come packed with a very real health punch and contain no added sugar. Hailing from the foothills of the Andes, Terrafertil’s dried Goldenberries, have an amazing sweet and then sour taste and can aid weight loss. Working closely with farmers in the last five years, Terrafertil have been educating them about growing and nurturing the crop and in turn, the Andean region has become the largest Goldenberry grower in the world. This is having a positive social impact on the region. Bursting with B-Complex Vitamins, which are essential for burning fat and glucose, they are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, C and phosphorous, essential for protecting the immune system and breaking down proteins and fats in the body. Goldenberries can be found in Holland & Barrett in 100g bags with the RRP of £2.99.
“This tiny yet mighty berry contains more fibre than the same amount of prunes, more potassium than 3 medium sized bananas and more iron than spinach!” – Daniel Bermeo, MD of Terrafertil Goldenberries
2.Honey Experts have proven that there is a better superfood on the market with 10 times more antioxidants than wild blueberries…honey! But not just any honey, LifeMel - the result of over 30 years extensive research. This unique food supplement is produced by bees fed on a prepared diet of 16 natural herbs including Echinacea, Dandelion and Lemon Balm.
LifeMel is known for the positive effects it can have on the human body helping to naturally assist a range of consumer complaints such as anaemia, enhancing the immune system and alleviating side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. The product is currently being distributed to UK independent health stores and sold online by Nu Vitality Products based in Staffordshire. For more information visit www.nuvitalityproducts.com
3.Beetroot Not only is beetroot great for boosting stamina and making muscles work harder, this addictive red vegetable contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, along with folic acid. Complete with powerful antioxidants the health benefits of beetroot include; reducing blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks and strokes, lowering cholesterol, stabilising blood sugar levels along with helping to slow the progression of dementia thanks to the high content of nitrates that help to increase blood flow to the brain.
4.Kefir It’s pretty unknown and uncommon in the UK, but we plan huge things for this quality ingredient for 2014. Similar to natural yoghurt, its creamy texture has more protein and less sugar than its counterpart whilst holding the same amount of probiotic goodness! Having immune enhancing qualities, and known to help fight against colon cancer and vaginal infections, this mystical product may become a staple dietary ingredient within your fridge very soon.
Pictured above: LifeMel
5.Chai Seeds Huge in Australia and loved by supermodel Miranda Kerr, chia seeds have been around for over 3,000 years and have (very) slowly started to become recognised as a superfood. With a number of nutritional health benefits, chai seeds are a great source of hydration carrying up to 16 times their own weight in fluid along with being the richest known source of plant-based Omega 3 which helps to break down stored fat in the body. Along with a light snack, chia seeds are perfect for adding to salads, smoothies, bakes and soups. The Australian brand, The Chia Co, have now arrived in the UK offering a range of 100% natural and 100% chemical free Chia products.
Serve as you would natural yoghurt – such as mixing into salad dressings, smoothies, over cereal or with fresh fruit. Delicious.
Have An Egg’stra Special Easter Spring has sprung and Easter is on its way, bringing with it a tonne of choccy treats. The bank holiday weekend is a great excuse to gather all the family and enjoy Easter together with your own party, cook up an Easter feast or perhaps throw an Easter egg hunt. We have some tempting recipes along with this year’s best Easter egg range to induce a chocolate coma after you’ve indulged a little more than you perhaps should have (we won’t tell).
A Cracking Selection Of Easter Eggs To Choose From.
Ferrero Rocher Plastic Egg, £5.49. Debenhams
Giant Carrot, £4.99. Lindt
Divine Milk Mini Eggs, £4.25. Tesco
Easter Bunny Biscuits with Currants and Mixed Spice Children will enjoy making these buttery biscuits for family and friends over the holidays. They could also wrap them up as Easter gifts. Ingredients • 125g softened butter • 75g caster sugar, plus 1-2 tbsp for sprinkling • 1 egg, separated • 200g plain flour, sifted • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon • ¼ tsp mixed spice • Zest of 1 lemon • 75g currants • 2 tbsp milk 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. 2. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together, using a wooden spoon or electric hand whisk, until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, putting the white to one side. 3. Using a round-bladed knife, gently stir in the sifted flour, spices, lemon zest and currants. Gradually stir in the milk until the dough starts to come together – you may need slightly less, or a little more, milk. 4. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured worktop and knead gently until smooth. Roll out to about 5mm thick then cut out the biscuits using a rabbit-shaped cutter, a 7.5cm round cutter, or shape of your choice. 5. Place the biscuits on 2-3 greased baking trays and bake for 10 minutes. 6. Remove from the oven. Whisk the reserved egg white very slightly, brush lightly over the biscuits then sprinkle with sugar. Return to the oven for a further 5 minutes, until just golden. 7. Remove and place on a cooling rack.
Montezuma’s Mini Eggs with salted peanut butter, £5.49. www.ocado.com
Harry Hopalot Egg, £3.49. Thornton’s
Hazelnut Gold Bunny, £2.99. Lindt
Green & Black’s Tasting Collection, £15. www.greenandblacksdirect.com
Rattling Egg Set, £12.50. www.chococo.co.uk
Fudge Brownie Easter Egg, £14.99. Thornton’s
Chocolate Nests with Salted Chocolate Truffle Eggs Ingredients • 850g milk chocolate • 140g unsalted butter, chopped into small pieces • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes • 2 happy egg yolks, at room temperature • 100g icing sugar • 125 ml boiling water To make the nests 1. Grease with sunflower oil the outside of a silicone half sphere mould. 2. Break 400g of the chocolate into small pieces and melt in the microwave 3. Put the melted chocolate in a piping bag and pipe thin lines in a crisscross manner over the greased half sphere mould. Make it quite thick at the base. 4. Leave to set, and then carefully remove from the mould. 5. Using a cheese slicer of a vegetable peeler, scrape shavings of chocolate off the remaining block of chocolate to make the straw for the nest.
Living’s Top Tips for an egg-cellent Easter. Get the kids involved with homemade decorations. Make place cards for the table if you’re having an Easter lunch and get the kids to design them with an Easter theme. Be inventive and turn those favourite games into Easter themed activities. Pin the tail on the Easter Bunny, a cotton wool ball with a bit of Blu-Tack for each player will work perfectly for that fluffy tail. Bunny hop musical chairs? Egg and
To make the salted truffle eggs1. Chop 400g of chocolate into small pieces and place into a heat-safe bowl with butter. 2. Half fill a small saucepan with water and heat until it just simmers. Place the bowl on top of saucepan and melt the chocolate and butter. 3. Put the 2 egg yolks in a bowl and gently whisk to break the yolks. Very slowly pour 125 ml of just boiled water into the yolks whilst stirring continuously. 4. Beat the melted chocolate and butter a few times with a whisk and pour 1/3 of the egg mixture through the strainer and into the bowl, beat with a whisk until incorporated then repeat with remaining egg mixture. Add the salt. 5. Beat until the chocolate mixture has thickened and looks shiny. Refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm. 6. Put the icing sugar into a bowl and dust your hands with icing sugar. 7. Take ½ teaspoonfuls of the truffle mixture and roll the mixture into an egg shape and roll each shaped egg in the bowl of icing sugar. 8. The egg truffles can then be served in the chocolate nests. For more recipes, visit www.thehappyegg.co.uk
The Perfect Easter Party Pieces If you’re entertaining over Easter, decorations and accessories can bring the party to life and add a personal touch to your Easter get-together with friends and family. Keep things fun and informal and inject some colour as we can’t rely on the weather to brighten up in time for Easter so we’ll want to be able to throw a party that works well set up in the house or garden (if we’re lucky).
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spoon race? How fitting. And of course, you have to have an Easter egg hunt. Dot individual eggs around the garden (or home if its April showers) and give each child a basket and let the fun commence.
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If the weather does fail you and you’re forced to bring the party inside, don’t forget to bring some of the outdoors in with you. Pick flowers and use garden furniture in place of your dining table to give an outdoors y feel to your party. If you’re not cooking a big lunch for Easter, how about a picnic? Make sandwiches and buy in all the favourites; potato salad, pork pie, sausage rolls and make a big fresh salad for a lighter dish than a big roast dinner but just as appropriate for Easter.
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WASTE NOT. WANT NOT Did you know that nearly 50% of the UK’s food and drink waste actually comes from our very own homes? Fact. These shocking figures add up to an astonishing 7 million tonnes of food every year, something that paired with the rise in supermarket retail prices is pretty mindboggling.
The prominent factor is that many of us probably don’t even realise just how much food we’re chucking away each and every single day. It’s become something of a subconscious and ultimately damaging habit that has a tremendous knock on effect to our expenditure, the environment and the economy.
It’s a disposable part of our lives that we are all completely unaware of the after effects. The energy of keeping our fridge cool, the amount of rubbish and recycling trucks on our roads, the resources used in the preparation and packaging food and drink, the sizeable landfills stuffed with food waste – it all counts.
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So, what can we do to change our bad habits? It’s a given that you’re not going to be able to go from £60 one month, to £0 the next. But, it’s worth a damn good go hey? The steps are relatively simple and straightforward, most of them being old wives tales. Speaking of which, the best possible advice and lessons can come from speaking with your elder family members – they hold a wealth of knowledge when it comes to using up leftovers and portion sizes having learned from the days when food rationing ran rife.
In recent studies, it was proven that a standard family of four will throw away around £60 worth of food every month with fruit, veg and baked goods being the most common foods chucked away. Granted, if products turn mouldy or pass their best before date then it can be somewhat forgiven, but when you learn that around half of the food and drink thrown away is actually edible it cuts the wound further. The reality is we can all do more.
TIP: Make stocks by using up vegetables and its peel. Once cooled, pop it in the freezer Let’s just be completely honest with each other, supermarket prices have had a dramatic increase over the last couple of years and for some their bills are coming in at around a 50% increase. That’s a tremendously steep rise for anyone no matter how much money is at their disposal, therefore we just wonder exactly how much of that 50% increase is not only a waste of food but money too! By concentrating on what can be saved, it will surely save you the pounds at the till.
TIP: Stale baguettes? Make garlic bread! Slice in half, spread with garlic and butter, then freeze Nearly everyone is guilty, and we’re far from pointing the finger as we’re just as much to blame! The results shocked us profusely and we hope they do for you too. It’s time for change.
Using up leftovers to make a different meal for another day is just common sense, such as excess chilli and casseroles to take as your works lunch the very next day or even freezing for a homemade ‘ready meal’. But some can be taken that one step further… such as leftover meats and poultry to be made into risottos and curries. Tasty! These come hand in hand with a well-stocked freezer and store cupboard where items that have a long shelf life can be used to pull together a delicious meal.
“If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road!” – Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Before entering a supermarket, ensure you have a well-structured shopping list. Checking your cupboards and fridge before leaving home will give you a better idea on the items needed, along with the knowledge to plan meals around those foods that could do with being used up. Since the rise of online grocery shopping, many have found that despite paying for delivery they are in fact saving a lot
of money a week as they are not tempted by fancy packaging and supermarket deals. As with anything, it has its ups and downs such as not being able to pick your own fresh produce, but surely it’s worth a go?
TIP: Do you have loads of potatoes and veg left over after a Sunday roast? Rework into fritters for Monday’s tea DO YOUR RESEARCH: There’s a whole range of recipes and tips on the internet to make the most of your leftovers and ensure you cut down on wastage. Finally, use all of your senses – just because an item is a few days out of its best before DOES NOT mean it is inedible. Use your noggin’!
LOOK WHAT WE’VE FOUND! The ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign have launched a free mobile app available for anyone who wants to keep track of their budgets by food planning, shopping, making the most of left-overs and recipes while ‘on the go’.
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With a spring in our step and two months packed with all kinds of events including the celebrations of both Mother’s Day and Easter, Staffordshire has it all going on in March and April. Time to fill those diaries.
FAMILY & KIDS 7TH – 8TH MARCH OPEN DAYS St. Dominic’s Preparatory and High School for Girls’ are holding whole school open events on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March where visitors are able to meet their best ambassadors and learners. Friday 7th March: Guided tours at 9.30am and 1.30pm. Contact 01902 850248 to book your tour. Saturday 8th March: 10.00am – 1.00pm. No appointments necessary. 7TH & 8TH MARCH CARIBBEAN WEEKEND AT ALTON TOWERS Enjoy the blissful sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, without even having to step on a plane at one of the Caribbean Beach Party Weekends! Be welcomed by the Tropical Islanders’ steel band before you make a splash in the Caribbean themed Waterpark. Plus, explore the tropical fish with a visit to the amazing Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE. After a day fun filled day, relax with a cocktail whilst enjoying an evening full of family entertainment, from limbo dancing to hula hoop competitions! Tickets from £27.50 per person.
30TH MARCH MOTHER’S DAY AT TRENTHAM GARDENS Treat mum this Mother’s day with free entry to Trentham Gardens for all mums when accompanied by a full paying guest.
12TH – 27TH APRIL BEACON PARK’S EASTER TRAIL Follow a trail around the beautiful Beacon Park to solve the clues to win a small prize. 9.00am – 4.00pm. £1 per child. 13TH APRIL TEDDY BEARS PICNIC Join Trentham Gardens and their big cuddly bear for this year’s Teddy Bears Picnic complete with magic shows, competitions and even a teddy bear doctor on hand! Don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring your cuddly friend. 11.00am – 4.00pm 18TH – 21ST APRIL EASTER EGG HUNT AT TRENTHAM GARDENS Follow the Easter Egg Hunt clues around the gardens to claim your prize!
FOOD & DRINK 8TH MARCH BAKING EXTRAVAGANZA AT KEELE HALL Traditional home baking has seen a great revival and there is nothing tastier than homemade loaves, scones, cakes and biscuits. This full day course is for ‘wannabe bakers’ who are keen to perfect their baking skills. From traditional favourites through to tricks and tips for modern baking, this is a must-do course for anyone with a sweet-tooth. The package includes refreshments, demonstrations, interactive cookery, tastings, lunch and a Keele Hall cookery gift pack. 9.30am – 4.00pm £99 per person. £175 for two people. Booking is essential. Call 01782 732020 to reserve your place.
20TH – 23RD MARCH CHESTER WINE FESTIVAL Taste your way around the world at Chester Wine Festival with a weekend of events, workshops and promotions throughout the city. www.thechesterwinefestival.co.uk 24TH MARCH TASTE OF STAFFORDSHIRE GOOD FOOD AWARDS Held at Keele Hall, the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food awards evening will return showcasing the very best of the Staffordshire food industry! Some of the categories include Restaurant of the Year, Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year, Brasserie of the Year and Tea Room of the Year meaning your dining needs will be covered for the year ahead.
20TH – 21ST APRIL 1940s EASTER EVENT You may need your tin hat and gas mask if you visit Crich Tramway Village during its special 1940s Easter Event where visitors can expect air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft for a real taste of life during the Second World War. Policemen and members of the Home Guard will be patrolling the period streets and visitors must always be ready to show their identity card or risk being arrested as a spy! Beware the spivs selling black market goods and watch out for unexploded bombs. However the trusty ARP will be on hand to deal with any incidents including the incendiary bombs. Historic wartime road vehicles will be on show and on the move, mingling with a range of vintage trams which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they like. www.tramway.co.uk
Pictured Above: Keele Hall
15TH – 16TH MARCH LEEK FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL Leek town has a wealth of restaurants, quirky cafés, traditional tearooms and proper pubs who will be taking part in the spirit of the festival with specials, events and tastings. In addition Leek will be awash with exhibitors stalls, food vendors and activities with foodie films, talks, cookery demonstrations, beer tent and marquees in the grounds of Foxlowe Arts Centre. http://leekfoodanddrink.co.uk/
19TH APRIL PENKRIDGE MARKET’S SPECIAL EASTER FINE FOOD & CRAFT MARKET As a special treat for Easter, Penkridge Market is hosting a Fine Food & Craft Market filled with a massive choice of speciality foods including meats, cheeses, pies and preserves as well as a wonderful selection of local crafts.
26TH– 27TH APRIL BAKEWELL FOOD FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday, 26th & 27th April, will see year three of this already reputable food festival and this can only be testimony to its previous success! Amongst approximately 50 tempting, food related stalls scattered around the town centre, look out for a wide variety of tempting, mouth-watering foods. Hartington’s Cookery School will be holding demonstrations in the Rutland Mill - always worth a visit and you can also make your own Bakewell Pudding! www.whatsonbakewell.co.uk
emptied and 1 ticket selected to win a £10 voucher to spend on any stall at the market. There will be free parking on the large Kingsway car park adjacent to the venue. 10.00am – 4.00pm £1 admission charge. APRIL (Date to be confirmed) GLADSTONE GIG The next Gladstone Gig will be arriving in the cobbled streets of the Gladstone Pottery Museum this April with live music from local artists and a fully equipped bar set up by the local Lymestone Brewery.
Day and more at Gladstone Pottery Museum. It’ll be the ideal place to find unusual gifts not seen on the high street. Admission free but normal admission applies to the rest of the museum. 10.00am – 3.00pm 5th APRIL THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM PLANT HUNTERS FAIR There’s simply something for every plant lover to this popular plant fair featuring many highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties.
LIFESTYLE & ENTERTAINMENT 7TH MARCH AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE Flushed with success, now entering its fourth fabulous year, the world’s original touring burlesque spectacular is about to hit town at the Stafford Gatehouse. Officially Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza, An Evening of Burlesque is responsible for exposing the cream of the West End of London’s thriving burlesque scene to the world. Not only has the ever-so-cheeky production revealed the secrets of the art of burlesque to delighted audiences across the UK, it has also thrilled theatregoers at the swishest venues throughout Europe as well. 8.00pm Tickets are £21.00 (£19.50 Concs) each. Call the Box Office on 01785 254653. www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk 15TH MARCH MIDLANDS GRAND NATIONAL You can’t miss the Midland’s biggest race meeting of the year! Ticket holders will enjoy 7 races, including the second longest race in the country; The Betfred Midlands Grand National! Tickets from £14.00 per person. Gates open at 11.00am with the first race at 2.05pm. To book call 01889 562561 or visit www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk. 23RD MARCH SPRING MARKET AT KING’S HALL The King’s Hall Spring Market will see a huge variety of local traders selling their goods that are not readily available on the high street. Each visitor will receive a free raffle ticket where each hour the box will be
Pictured Above: An Evening of Burlesque
ARTS & CULTURE 8TH MARCH ‘ORRIBLE MURDER AT POTTERIES MUSEUM & ART GALLERY Gasp with horror at the murderous career of William Palmer, the Rugeley Poisoner, in an interactive theatre event, and meet Mr James Berry, the Victorian hangman. 11.00am – 4.00pm FREE. 22ND MARCH A TASTE OF JAPAN Experience the beautiful sights and sounds of traditional Japanese music and dance in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Listen to the mighty Taiko drum and have a go at Japanese flower arranging. Visitors can also meet a Samurai warrior and discover what life was like for him in the 16th Century. 10.30am – 4.00pm. 23RD MARCH MARCH MAKERS MARKET Browse gifts made by local craftsmen and find perfect presents for Mother’s
Find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nurserymen and take time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity, the trees, the memorial gardens, and the parkland walks. 10.00am – 4.30pm Free Entry. Visit www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk or www.thenma.org.uk for more details. 17TH – 21ST APRIL NANTWICH JAZZ, BLUES & MUSIC FESTIVAL The fantastic festival returns to Nantwich with a packed calendar of live performances. www.nantwichjazz.com 20TH – 21ST APRIL THE DOROTHY CLIVE GARDEN PLANT HUNTERS FAIR This very popular plant fair boasts top class nurseries including RHS Medal Winners and National Collection Holders offering a tremendous variety of plants. The fair is set within the beautiful 12 acre Dorothy Clive Gardens. 10.00am - 5.00pm Entry £3.00. More details www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk
26TH APRIL SUGNALL HALL WALLED GARDEN PLANT HUNTERS FAIR The Plant Hunters’ Fairs returns to Sugnall Walled Garden near Eccleshall for a brilliant event giving all garden lovers a chance to explore this working 18th Century kitchen garden in spring. Visitors to the plant fair and garden can also roam the fragrant bluebell woods all for the special entry price of just £1.00. The garden has an amazing collection of heritage fruit trees and it is hoped that the early blossom will be open. For a small extra charge you can take a guided tour uncovering the history of the garden, estate and the people who have lived there. For those of you who have caught the “grow your own” bug the garden will be an inspiration. 10.00am – 4.00pm Entry £1.00 with free parking.
EXCITING UPCOMING EVENT TO POP IN YOUR DIARY! 23RD – 27TH MAY NEWCASTLE JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL – THE RELAUNCH Newcastle has seen a host of new events over the last year – from a new music festival to a film festival and a bigger than ever Christmas lights event. These are thanks to the new Town Centre Partnership which has great ambitions for regenerating the town. The Partnership is now taking on the Jazz and Blues Festival which was already a date for the diary, and is turning it into a grander event, with the promise of quality acts coming from out of the area, and a line-up which is better than ever before. Town Centre Manager Matt Taylor said: “We’ve teamed up with Big Bear Music, who are responsible for the Jazz and Blues festival in Birmingham. The idea is to take the event up a notch, and make it the best of its kind in Staffordshire”.
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BAKEWELL FOOD FESTIVAL Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April, 2014 The Bakewell Food Festival returns for its third year, once more celebrating the wealth of excellent local produce that the Peak District and this beautiful market town have to offer. As well as the multi-award winning farmer’s market at the Agricultural Business Centre, the town’s historic streets will host more than their usual splendid offerings of food fayre to tempt your palate! o Farmer’s Market on the Saturday o Over 50 food stalls around the town o Beer Festival, Wine Tastings and Food sampling o Taste Produce from a number of outlets in the town o Discounts from participating cafes, pubs and restaurants o A variety of Road Shows o Free events at Hartingtons School of Food including: Baking demonstrations by former Masterchef finalist, Janine Lishman-Peat and a Mini Artisan Food Fair o Cookery Demonstrations Bakewell o Bakewell Pudding Experience Food o Bakewell Old House Museum events - open 11am - 4pm
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Paloma Faith first graced us with her unique sound and immaculate style in 2009 with the release of her first and doublePlatinum album ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’ fast forward five years and Paloma is on the verge of releasing her third album titled ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ and debut single from the album ‘Cant Rely On You’. Rachel Jones chats to her about her upcoming album, her hopes for the coming year and has a rifle through her make-up bag for her ‘must-have’ beauty products to achieve her retro-glam look.
Staffordshire Living: Hello Paloma, we have to start by saying we were sent a sneak preview of your upcoming album ‘’A Perfect Contradiction’’ and we’ve had it on in the office all the day and we love it! Paloma: Thank you! I wrote most of the album while I was in New York, it was nice to kind of escape my life in London where I’m recognised, I could just be anonymous and write an album that felt true. SL: The single ‘’Can’t Rely On You’’ which is out on the 23rd February, you collaborated with Pharrell Williams? P: Yeah, he is such a cool guy. SL: Throughout the album there seems to be a theme of love. P: Well yes, I think most songs nowadays base around love, the good and the bad sides. SL: And what made you pick ‘’Can’t rely on you’’ as your debut single from the album? P: Well I think it’s a really fun tune to dance around to and I worked with Pharrell Williams and his unmistakable production style is the best. SL: This album definitely has a different sound to your last two, a lot more dance and an upbeat tune. P: Well I wanted to make a bit more of a celebratory album this time and be a bit happier about life and I do think I’ve portrayed that in my music. SL: You’ve tried your hand at acting and we’ve seen you in St Trinian’s and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Would you go down that route again? P: Absolutely. Well I would do, if I could ever make it past the auditions! I’m really sad that Phillip Seymour Hoffmann died, I loved him, he was a brilliant actor. I also really like Christina Ricci and her films. I like those strong characters. SL: Seeing you in magazines dressed fabulously and having fun with your look, you obviously have a certain style, have you ever considered doing something related to fashion? P: If the right opportunity came around I would definitely do it yes, if somebody offered it to me. I imagine I would keep it to the style of 50’s glam like how I dress myself. SL: Before you were the Paloma Faith we recognise today, you starred in St Trianian’s and your character had a completely different look. Was it fun to dress differently? P: Yes it was, but it was before I got signed that I did that film so I wasn’t recognised for you could say ‘my look’ as I am today. My style now, it might change in the future, I don’t know.
SL: You’re pretty active on your Twitter account aren’t you? P: Yeah I enjoy it. It’s hard to have time to answer everybody but if I think the question is good or it is worth a retweet, I will answer or retweet their message but I can’t sit on it all day long or I’d never get any work done. SL: As I have a degree in Spanish I happen to know your name ‘Paloma’, is Spanish for ‘dove’. Do you speak Spanish? P: Yeah, well my Dad is Spanish. I’ve never lived out there but the longest I’ve spent out in Spain is 4 months, I do prefer warmer climates. SL: Would you ever consider moving out there? P: If it wasn’t for the work I’d move somewhere else, somewhere nice and hot but the opportunities are here in London for me. SL: If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would do? P: Maybe directing? I’d like to write and direct in my own films and I’d love to bring out a collection of clothing maybe. I’d like to break some other territories in the rest of the World with my music. I think that’s enough to be getting on with. SL: After working with such impressive names as Diane Warren, Pharrell Williams and John Legend on this album, is there anyone else who would be dream collaboration? P: I’d love to work with Andre 3000. SL: And have you ever been starstruck? P: All the time, with anyone I work with. Before I was a musician, I obviously loved all these musicians and was a fan of so many myself so when I work with someone who’s music I’ve listened to I’m starstruck with all of them. SL: So your album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ is coming out on the 10th of March, what else have you got planned this year? P: I’m hoping to tour with this album at the end of the year so I hope this album does well to get some venues book and take the album on tour. Paloma Faith’s third album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ is out on the 10th March and the debut single ‘Can’t Rely On You’ is released on the 23rd February. To find out more go to her official website www.palomafaith.com.
SL: We Living girls have to ask- talk us through your make-up, you have such an immaculate look. What products do you use? P: Well I do a lot of my makeup myself and I have a few favourite products. I really like The Body Shop Moisture Rich foundation and for my eyeliner- it’s amazing what I use but you can only get it from Japan, they’re really good with eye makeup as they have it a lot in their culture. Also Japan do really good make-up brushes. Ruby Woo lipstick from MAC I wear quite often for a bold red lip and CHANEL do really good pale pink lipsticks as well.
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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Release Date: 7th March 2014 Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the story of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune, and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed all of Europe during the first half of the twentieth century.
STARRED UP RELEASE DATE: 21st March 2014 DIRECTOR: David Mackenzie CAST: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend Jack O’Connell gives a star-making performance as 19 year-old Eric Love, a violent and troubled teenager making the difficult transition from a young offenders’ institute to adult prison. He seems to be destined for a life behind bars, but the prison’s unconventional therapist (Rupert Friend) is determined to help Eric find a way through, assisted by of one of the prison’s longest serving inmates – Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) – who just happens to be Eric’s father.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER RELEASE DATE: 26th March 2014 DIRECTOR: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo CAST: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders As Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he’s reunited with James ‘Bucky’ Barnes, who is now brainwashed Russian assassin known as the ‘Winter Soldier’.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED RELEASE DATE: 28th March 2014 DIRECTOR: James Bobin CAST: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy The Muppets...Most Wanted finds Kermit and the gang wrapped up in an international crime caper involving the world’s most notorious thieves, a case of mistaken identity, unrequited love and as always, a great deal of Muppet mayhem. The Muppets will set off from their home base in Los Angeles on a world tour to amazing locations including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin, and London. While the Muppets put on their shows, in theatres that happen to be located next door to Europe’s most famous museums, the two villains Dominic and Constantine use the Muppets as a distraction whilst they carry out their dastardly plans to rob the museums of their valuable treasures…
THE OTHER WOMAN RELEASE DATE: 23rd April 2014 DIRECTOR: Nick Cassavetes CAST: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj Carly (Cameron Diaz) discovers her new boyfriend Mark (Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a fraud – and worse – when she accidentally meets his wife, Kate (Leslie Mann). Carly suddenly finds herself comforting Kate, and their unlikely friendship solidifies when they realize that Mark is cheating on both of them with yet another “other woman,” Amber (Kate Upton). The three women join forces plotting an outrageous plan for revenge.
LIVING’S MUST SEE CONCERTS ONE REPUBLIC TUESDAY 18TH MARCH BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY Since reaching Number 1 with their single ‘Counting Stars’; OneRepublic have announced a full UK tour for March 2014.
RELEASE DATE: 21st March 2014 DIRECTOR: Neil Burger CAST: Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Theo James In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
One Republic’s UK number 1 single ‘Counting Stars’ smashed the charts and went top ten around the world. ‘Counting Stars’ is taken from OneRepublic’s third studio album ‘Native’ which was released in March 2013.
OneRepublic took the world by storm in 2007 with their debut release ‘Dreaming Out Loud’. The album included the smash single ‘Apologize’, along with second single ‘Stop And Stare’, which propelled the album to platinumplus sales and a GRAMMY® nomination. Tickets are priced at £23.50 and are available at www.gigsandtours.com or by calling 0844 811 0051.
SUSAN BOYLE THURSDAY 10TH APRIL THE REGENT THEATRE Susan will be on stage performing a sensational and contemporary repertoire of iconic album tracks and never heard before classics that will captivate and enthral audiences spanning the generations. The show will comprise of songs including the now legendary ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ as well as ‘River Deep, Mountain High’, one of her all time favourites, plus a host of spectacular surprises on the night.
Susan said: “I’ve always wanted to do my own show and after the reception I received in Scotland I cannot wait to get back on stage. I’ve chosen some of my favourite songs from past albums and also new songs that not only have I wanted to perform for years but resonate with me and I hope my fans will love. I’m really very excited, the show will be bigger and better than before. I’m wishing the months away!” Tickets are available by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets/com/stoke.
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LET IT BE MONDAY 31ST MARCH - SATURDAY 5TH APRIL 2014 REGENT THEATRE, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Let It Be showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band The Beatles, in a spectacular theatrical concert charting the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. It is the first time that the Grand Theatrical Rights to The Beatles’ back catalogue have been granted by Sony/ATV for a theatre production. The Let It Be UK Tour is produced by Jamie Hendry Productions and Annerin Productions. The show is packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits including: I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Day Tripper, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Strawberry Fields, When I’m 64, Get Back and many more. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! Tickets are available in person from The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets/com/stoke.
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BALLETBOYZ – TALENT WEDNESDAY 26TH MARCH 2014 BUXTON OPERA HOUSE Make some room. Make some noise. Here come the Balletboyz®. This phenomenally popular company featuring 10 exceptional young dancers presents an exhilarating evening of exciting and explosive dance. The TALENT features two stunning dance pieces by internationally celebrated choreographers Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett. Balletboyz® is one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance. Led by former Royal Ballet leaders Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the company thrills audiences with its distinctive style, fusing spectacular dance both energetic and graceful, with stunning music and film. Tickets available by calling the box office on 0845 127 2190 or by visiting the website www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
ROBIN COUSINS’ ICE THE SKATING STAGE EXPERIENCE WEDNESDAY 23RD – SUNDAY 27TH APRIL 2014 WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE Dynamic and atmospheric, ICE will draw audiences into its unique world, where world class skaters glide, soar, flip and fly in a truly theatrical setting full of exciting surprises. Featuring a powerful soundtrack of original music and reworked modern classics designed to delight and enthral. Robin Cousins, Olympic champion and Head Judge on ITV’s “Dancing on Ice”, has hand-picked the greatest ice skaters from around the globe, promising a spectacular skating performance like never seen before. Tickets available by calling the box office on 01902 429212 or by visiting www.grandtheatre.co.uk
MATT RICHARDSON: HOMETOWN HERO TOUR 2014 WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL 2014 THE MET STUDIO, STAFFORD Come and join multi-award winning comic and cohost of The Xtra Factor Matt Richardson. In 2010 Matt started comedy and in just three years he has been rapidly establishing himself as one of the hottest and most exciting acts on the comedy circuit, appearing on Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Fake Reaction (ITV2) and Sweat The Small Stuff (BBC3). Hometown Hero is his highly anticipated debut show. High Energy, hilarious...and a little bit rude! Tickets available by calling the box office on 01785 254653 or by visiting the website www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
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FLYING THE FLAG AT #LFW up for the Bora Aksu show representing something of a doll-like collection. Many of the shapes created in the collection had a clear reflection of a Victorian working class wardrobe as seen on the likes of the popular TV programme Mr Selfridge with high necks, netted lace and puffed shoulders. The twist? A vibrant use of colour and layers of pattern. Throughout the day saw a full contrast in design and trends – LFW was certainly not one to conform. Felder Felder nailed an unpredictable spring look starting with an alluring mermaid fluid line and finishing with a gothic catwalk adorned with wetlook hair, sexy sheer fabrics and a fluster of feathers. But it was PPQ who saw the day off with a bang with their classic brights collection. Patent bags were matched with dresses that were part gypsy/part flamenco inspired.
DAY 1. Kicking off London Fashion Week, the weather held up as the models lined
DAY 5. After such success over the four previous days, the last day provided many the chance to relax and mellow out with a few upcoming names to get everyone back into grasp of reality. That was all before Simone Rocha took to the runway. With fashion blood clearly in her genes, the daughter of John Rocha chose to showcase items that applied to the luxury daywear end of the market with sturdy fabrics and structured cuts in subdued colours. We fell in love with her embellished pop sock - we can’t wait to see the highstreet alternatives.
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and monochrome classics thanks to the likes of Burberry, Erdem, Antonio Beradi and Peter Pilotto hailing the palettes as THE colours for the season ahead. It appeared though, that Giles Deacon forgot to read his invite as his collection was far from conforming to the predicted trends for SS14. Recognising her milestone birthday, Giles celebrated Kate Moss’ 40th by adorning her face with film stills printed onto his first part of the collection. A sudden change of direction, the collection then changed to pop art prints and ended with a push on gothic glam for summer. It was the show with something for all. The girls strutted their stuff whilst rocking bat headwear and trainers with elaborate eveningwear. Sounds bizarre, but Giles Deacon never fails to put on a good show!
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DAY 3. Could it be argued that Sunday 15th September was one of the most fashionable British days of all time with the likes of Mulberry, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Temperley, Jonathan Saunders, Topshop Unique and Vivienne Westwood revealing their SS14 wardrobes? We think so. Mary Katrantzou took to the catwalk, but her collection was somehow disappointing. She’s definitely fallen off our radar after such a triumphant debut at LFW a few years ago - a classic case of peaking too soon. Yet, her fellow fashion rivals did all to impress. Vivienne Westwood yet again successfully had the audience in awe of her sheer wackiness and daring nature – the inspiration for the collection? We haven’t a clue! From sheep herder to Amazonian warrior, it was all in there. But despite such showstoppers the day was given to Emma Hill with her last collection for fashion house Mulberry. Going out with a bang, the collection of mixed cuts, textures and bold colours piled into one united collection had a strong essence of the 60s. Bravo Emma! DAY 4. Right in the mix of it all, day 4 stood its ground as a day of shimmering pastels
For us day 2 was all about Julien Macdonald – as it always is! Showcasing his new collection, the ex-Strictly Come Dancing contestant dazzled the audience with his continuation of figure hugging dresses with peek-a-boo detailing that oozed sex appeal. It appears party season is every season for Julien as he donned his girls in sheer fabrics, eye-catching encrusting and floor length gowns. The two H’s, House of Holland and Holly Fulton were those who injected the day with plenty of fun and brought all back to reality after such dream worthy collections. Henry Holland did not disappoint with his take on American retro that had an all-important HOH injection with bold colours and amplified ginghams. Whilst Holly Fulton’s wearable designs championed the 70s with clashing wallpaper prints and colours reflecting the iconic era.
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Day 4. We’re not sure why anyone else turned up to present on day 4 as it was clearly all about Diane Von Furstenberg! Oh what a show she put on for everyone, that as always developed into an explosion of colour and femininity. We were transported around the globe with her designs, from Parisian chic to safari princess to oriental dreams and tropical divas – what a whirlwind! We’re loving stricking royal blue for its statement qualities, therefore these pieces met our needs to full potential.
worthy dresses. The glamorous gowns are sure to be seen on a red carpet near you soon, especially with the muted and delicate colour palette that will look to suit all skin tones. This was in complete contrast to the offering from famous American brand Tommy Hilfiger. There wasn’t a navy blue or bold red in site as the models casually strutted their stuff on the floor preparing all the preppy types with a long wishlist. Concentrating on geometrics and structure, their daywear collection will be on everyone’s holiday hit list.
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Day 7. After such a vibrant day previously, everyone welcomed Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe and J Mendel’s collections with open arms as they chose to stick to understated muted tones that were both womanly and sophisticated at the same time, as expected from the mainline designers. White, khaki and beige were the tones with summer workwear showcased to its full potential via a range of stylish separates that could be mixed and matched across all three designers. That was, of course, all before Betsey Johnson’s designs burst onto the runway – her models hopped, skipped and jumped their way down the catwalk complete with pink messed up afro’s, metallic lips and wacky doll-like clothing from the ditsy to the daring. Bringing a touch of punk rock to 50s styling - Betsey always delivers.
Day 6. Dressed in bursts of block colour were certainly on the agenda for day 6 of New York Fashion Week. The shocking blocks of vibrant colours ensured the flowing dresses were centre of attention as the likes of Jenny Packman, Vera Wang and Sass & Bide grabbed the eyes of all the front row crowds. Whether inspired by the Americans love affair with Will and Kate or not, royal blue set the mood for the day as it appeared to sneak its way into nearly all of the collections showcased on day 6 – whether in billowing silk, flowing chiffons or encrusted fabrics. We love!
Day 5. Carolina Herrera provided us with ample oogling thanks to a collection full of dream
Herve Leger by Max Azria
Day 3. Jill Stuart brought monochrome into 2014 with her wearable collection of designs that went from the geometric to a somewhat Indian inspired. All each as flattering as the next, we can’t wait for it to drop in stores. Herve Leger by Max Azria continued to push out models oozing sex appeal, just as you would expect, in cinched leather waists and peekaboo features. The print had a certain edginess that when teamed with the wetlook hair created an explosion of fierceness! Yet, it was Monique Lhuillier collection of punchy pillarbox reds and hot pinks that caught our eye, especially with the intermittences of dreamy lacy whites. The billowing chiffons were super eye pleasing.
woman, each model wore clothing that clung in all the right places shimmering with sexiness. Adding a spot of swimwear to the catwalk, the prints and fluidity of colours made this collection stand out from the crowd. The floral pieces and monochrome finishes hailed out favourite. Nicole Miller also took on a similar inspiration in her collection that would appear to the everyday woman.
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Day 1. It was on the heads of the team at Nicholas K to be the first to take to the runway, kicking off four trend frenzy weeks of the New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Strutting down the runway, the designs certainly reflected the laid back styling of the urban areas of New York with a palette of subdued colours and relaxed tailoring in fashionable streetwear. With a unisex fest, the fluidity of each model to the next defied the laws of gender, leaving you asking which were the male models and which the female. Marissa Webb was clearly in work mode with her designs suitable for any fashionable office, but brought it back to a girly affair with feminine shapes and complimentary cuts to the female figure. Day 2. Zimmermann was a Zimmering show of attitude and pizazz! Defining the New York
Dreams really did come true in the city that never sleeps during New York Fashion Week…
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Day 1. Sophistication and style are most definitely two words that heavily describe the fashion scenes in Paris. And this was no more so apparent as on the runway of Pascal Millet kicking off day 1. This teamed with a predictable palette of monochrome did all to tick the boxes, yet snore the audience did not. Throwing a splash of colour to the mix during the middle and it was straight back to the monochrome agenda for the finale.
Day 3. Lanvin decided to take a different direction for SS14 and steered away from their unique and flattering draping – instead they shockingly went for a spot of structure in a range of metallics for their spring line. Mustards, coppers, jewels; it was all in there. Balenciaga filled their spring/summer line with a range of cape-like dresses and separates that all centred around the base colour of white. Spring had certainly sprung in the room with their uplifting collection that appealed to girly tastes.
a strip for the models to walk, as many designers now choose to set the scene in their surroundings; no more present than at the Dior show where a tropical rainforest could be found within the French city. With vibrant colours of draping wisteria, tress branches and flowers, the models were decked themselves in techno floral prints scrawled with blocks of text with pleated organza skirts. J’adore.
Day 4. This day was all about the Dior runway. The catwalk has come a long way since its days of just
Day 2. A spot of drama was brought to the runway on day 2 from the likes of Dries Van Noten and Gareth Pugh. Both going for opposite ends of the spectrum, Gareth Pugh presented a collection that defied the laws of shape and construction, doing so in high shine pvc and patent leather. Part mermaid, part Star Trek this collection was far out there in drama. Dries Van Noten, however chose drama through the use of femininity thanks to an array of a striking empowering gold, a flutter of ruffles and oriental charm.
Paris pulled out all of its stops to only emphasize why it’s known as the style capital of the world… Jean Paul Gaultier
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Day 5. From school girl preppy to rock chick rebel, day 5 offered fashion lovers the opposite end of each spectrum with the collections from Viktor & Rolf and Jean Paul Gaultier being worlds apart. Jean Paul ensured he pulled out all the stops on his comeback, shocking the FROW with a collection that spanned across his usual racy attributes to the commercial and even stereotyped. Models even rocked the runway dressed as some of the most iconic stars of our time including Amy Winehouse, Madonna and even Elvis. Day 6. On this day, Chloe managed to debut to the world their SS14 line full of daytime separates that
Day 8. Congrats to Karl Lagerfield who once again produced a whole collection that stayed true to the Chanel routes, yet continued to slightly reinvent itself! The boxy jackets, tweed and monochrome were running rife whilst the odd spot of vibrant colours popped. We especially loved the chopped fringed wigs in dramatic black and white blonde. But our favourite show has to be the much anticipated Alexander McQueen collection designed by Sarah Burton. Diverting away from the usual animal inspirations, this season echoed a tribal Africa with high neck ringed necklaces and geometric prints – with a McQueen edginess of course. Day 9. In Spring/Summer 2013 we were treated to a show with no other than elevators, the year before it was a fairground ride; so what kind of show did the creative genius that is Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton bring to the masses this time? A water fountain. Yes, the models surrounded a serenely lit decadent fountain that echoed the blue hues of the collection. Donning peacock feather headdresses to resemble the slashing of water, these ladies were a new direction to the popular mermaid trend.
Day 7. Pear shapes rejoice, Stella McCartney is clearly hailing your body shape in the first half of her SS14 collection with a range of designs that have billowing bottoms to exaggerate a bottom heavy frame. Call it Kim Kardashian fever, but peachy bums are fashionable. The mix of luxurious fabrics including silk ensured the whole collection pulled together to one dreamy line of must-haves. Yves Saint Laurent however decided to stick to their tried and tested successful line of tailored beauties – teamed with glittery socks and stilettos.
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were the epitome of understated glamour. Each garment oozed effortless styling. Yet, Chloe defied the odds and presented a summer collection every woman needs in her life that is most of all timeless. Kenzo on the other hand had a runway of one hit wonders that were punchy, on-trend and full of life. With simple cuts the patterns shone and take note - their chunky collar necklaces will be ALL the rage.
SUGAR, SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE AT #MFW For sheer punch and pizazz, Milan certainly brought the fun factor to fashion…
in the world, Gucci isn’t one to steal the spotlight when it comes to the runway. But oh how things have changed. Their SS14 line laughed in the faces of the critics as their collection has become one of the most talked about collections of the season. The designs all echoed female empowerment and that teamed with the strappy/gladiator sandals created an explosion of taste. Black lines defined shapes and the shades of copper, gold and jewel tones exuded taste.
Day 1. Despite being one of the most well-known and desirable designer brands
Day 2. Prada were certainly not ones to conform this season, and they made us all too aware with a catwalk collection that had a cartoon-like flare. The graffiti inspired backdrop that had splashes of vibrant spray paint held itself well against the urban inspired line with it’s bright sport socks and sweatshirt trims. Primary colours were on the agenda aside face prints and embellishment. We loved Prada’s daring new direction as the catwalk was brought to life. Vibrant bold colours ran rife throughout the day, with Fendi and Max Mara sending out their models in full block colouring from the muted camel tones through to this seasons must-have royal blue.
Day 3. The mermaid trend of fluid blues and aquamarines in a range of flowing, silky fabrics had us all cooing for the summer months – and was only emphasized further during Milan Fashion Week at the Emporio Armani catwalk. Silvers along metallic greens and blues provided a luxe spring line that hung in a feminine flattering way. The glistening tights were just a little step too far though! Etro on the other hand continued to be all about the print. Oh how we look forward to their ethnic designs each season and boy they didn’t disappoint. Just how do they match the prints up so beautifully? This season designs were cinched in at the waist and the skirt length finished just below the knee.
Day 5. We fell in love with the scenic paintings scrawled on the Missoni dresses - perfect for summer with images of both the sea and mountain backdrops. The thick black lines not only tied the line together but also gave the collection an almost cartoon like effect that took them from the serious to the inevitably fun. This collection was all about playing dress up with the punchy colour palette and emphasis on layering and shapes. Despite losing two key members of the Missoni family, the label fought with vengeance. Now Marni took it’s inspiration from across the pond, with kimono style coats and dresses along with the odd oriental print. We loved the quirky blend of visors and chunky flip flops with the somewhat smart attire.
Moschino went completely crackers and brought a bucket load of laughter to the runway decking the models in hats and stoles made out of teddy bears along with plenty of Minnie Mouse chic! Just like Noah’s Ark the models went down the runway two-by-two, each wearing outfits that synced together. That was, of course, until the supers strutted their stuff on their own with the likes of Erin O’Connor and Jodie Kidd taking to the catwalk.
The final day of a whole month of fashion weeks was summed up extremely well with the Georgio Armani spring/summer line. It only emphasized further the must-have colour of the season, seen more on the catwalk this season than ever before – there is no denying that blue is having its moment! From the baby blues through to smacking you in the face with a punchy bold royal shade, the Georgia Armani collection summed up the seasons colour with immaculate precision. Our favourites of the collection have to be the patterned numbers against white – there’s something about a sharp blue mixed with white that we can’t get over!
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OH YES IT’S LADIES NIGHT… AND THE FEELING’S RIGHT! Ladies Night at Uttoxeter Racecourse
If you come down to Uttoxeter Racecourse on the evening of Thursday 12th June you can expect to see a sea of fascinators, frocks and fillies! Ladies Night at Uttoxeter Racecourse is the highlight of the Staffordshire social calendar and one NOT to be missed. With prizes for ‘Best Dressed and ‘Best Hat’ awarded, it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your favourite outfit for the chance to win fantastic prizes. As well as all the excitement of seven races throughout the evening, there will also be live music after racing which is sure to keep the party going long after the horses have left! Ladies Night is an ever growing fixture at the Racecourse and it’s no surprise; it’s the perfect evening of indulgence sipping Pimm’s and celebrating with champagne. You can always enjoy the racing without having to gamble; but if you do fancy a flutter then don’t be afraid to have a go. All of the horses in each race are listed in the race card, with the colours of the jockey’s silks next to them. You can study the form, pick a name that means something to you or simply just go for your favourite colour – and cross your fingers! It may be the Ladies Night title that draws in the females to this event, but it is also very popular with the gents of Staffordshire and Derbyshire too! David MacDonald, Executive Director at Uttoxeter Racecourse said: “Ladies Night is always a big hit at Uttoxeter and the atmosphere is fantastic. The live music after racing is really popular and it’s great to see everyone turn out in their best outfits, and although it’s Ladies Night, of course the gents are more than welcome too!”
Uttoxeter Racecourse have got a range of admission packages available to book over the phone or online, and tickets start from just £10. Get organised and book your tickets before 31st March to take advantage of the Early Booker Offer saving £7 on Premier and Grandstand & Paddock tickets. If you fancy making your evening extra special and one to remember, then enjoy the racing from a private box with fine dining and stunning views of the racecourse or parade ring. For more information on tickets and hospitality on Ladies Night visit www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk or call the Racecourse Office on 01889 562561. So ladies, grab your friends, family or colleagues and get glammed up for what promises to be an evening of excitement and fantastic entertainment! Keep an eye out for updates on the Social Media channels – Twitter @UttoxeterRaces and Facebook ‘Uttoxeter Racecourse’. And follow and/or like Uttoxeter Racecourse for competitions and your chance to win extras on the day.
Gates open at 4pm and race times can be found on the website www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk.
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FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS As we’re about to prove, womenswear fashion trends translate into a whole world of other aspects of our life – from property to beauty and even in some cases the food industry! So it comes as no surprise that you can easily dress your children in a similar outfit to yours. It’s super cute after all to create something of a mini me. We’re packing our bags and heading overseas this season as we dive headfirst into the all-American trends! Clearly not happy with our own trends, we’re instead flying the American flag and going down a somewhat stereotypical route as we source out the rockabilly, New York streetwear and the prestigious Hamptons trends. £15. River Island
AMERICAN DINER Take yourself back to a time where women wore full circle skirts and knots in their hair whilst being ‘all shook up’ for heartthrob Elvis Presley. Yes, we’re talking of the rock ‘n’ roll era of the 1950s and how it’s still completely rocking our world today in the fashion world. Step forward to Spring/Summer 2014 and the season sees a great range of standard rockabilly favourites with a colour palette that is all about white, blue and red. It’s bold and punchy. We love. We are hailing the trend as American Diner chic and have fallen head over heels for its simple designs that eats, sleeps and breathes fresh summer styling. The full circle skirts give your legs some much needed air whilst cropped tops can show off your sexy midriff without being too sexy. Go for full on 1950s glam by turning to page 74 and finding out how to extend the look into your hair and beauty regime.
£19.99. New Look
£25. Miss Selfridge
£20. Dorothy Perkins £28. Dorothy Perkins
£99. Marks & Spencer
Boys £5. River Island
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£10. Marks and Spencer
£16. Tu at Sainsburys
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£10. Marks and Spencer
THE HAMPTONS Renowned for its wealth and decadent residents, The Hamptons (full of wealthy New York types during the summer) carries with it a sophisticated style that many can only aspire to emulate in their own wardrobes. Unfortunately, unlike the residents who choose to commute here, the everyday punter doesn’t have a purse full of limitless credit cards nor a range of luxury designer brands on their doorstep to take full advantage of. What a pity! Instead we can only but mimic their effortlessly radiant dress sense in an effort to imagine living the high life.
£25. BHS £79. Miss Selfridge
With these clever tips and tricks though, everyone will be asking who you’re wearing darling as the right choices of fabric can simply ooze a certain luxuriousness. Spring is all about pastels with hints of subtle metallic in the threading to give it extra pizazz – think Temperley, . Whereas come the summer months when the heat is cranked up it’s all about strong prints in bold colours, a la DVF.
£26. Dorothy Perkins
£32. Marks & Spencer £35. Miss Selfridge
£40. River Island £28. BHS
From £12. Baby K at Mothercare
£12. River Island
£46. Monsoon £5. River Island
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DOWNTOWN NEW YORK No matter how much we love to hate her, Miley Cyrus is one woman (or little girl) who isn’t moving away from our TV screens, social media feed and daily tabloids anytime soon. Having such a strong presence in our lives, (as no matter how much we don’t appreciate her antics we still constantly read about them subconsciously) it was soon bound for her taste in fashion to creep onto the high street along with that of her celeb pals. Echoing the likes of Rihanna and Cara Delevigne, Miley is following in their footsteps by upholding a strong love of streetwear and bringing it at the forefront of high street fashions. For us, River Island and Urban Outfitters have been at the forefront of this scene for a number of years now, especially recognising this with the Rihanna for River Island collection. This season it’s all about bold printed monochrome styles that have inserts of colour flashes. Bomber jackets are still around whilst the footwear leers on the wrong side of 90s for us. To avoid looking like something of a ghetto gran, don’t rock the look head to toe and instead mix one or two items with plain ensembles for a slight edge.
£18. River Island
£22.99. New Look
£24. Dorothy Perkins £26. Next
Boys £8. River Island £5. River Island
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From £8. Next
From £10. Mothercare.
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MOTHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY! Oh haven’t we got a treat in store for you this edition! Rather than give the ‘same old’ ideas of sending flowers and chocolates for Mother’s Day, we thought we could give you the chance to WIN a variety of amazingly desirable prizes. You can enter all the competitions online at www.staffordshireliving.co.uk!
WIN WIN AN AMISHI LUNA CLUTCH WORTH £80! Driven by a passion for creating covetable must-haves and an eye for opportunity, Amishi founded her eponymous brand in 2006 specialising in clutch bags and costume jewellery. Amishi – meaning ‘pure’ in Sanskrit embodies its brand values perfectly of pure beauty, innocence and design. Citing nature and her ever evolving surroundings as key inspiration, Amishi’s designs are timeless and appreciated by women across generations. Sourced on extensive travels, only the finest raw materials – custom made printed silks, semiprecious stones and Swarovski crystals – are hand crafted by highly skilled artisans in Europe, achieving unparalleled finish. Collections feel distinctly luxe and aspirational yet Amishi caters to every budget, starting from an affordable £39 for jewellery, £53 for a box clutch and up to £1,600 for the most elaborate style. Since its launch, Amishi has become a firm favourite with style icons such as Nicole Scherzinger, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova and Kesha to name a few. View the whole AMISHI collection at www.amishi.eu Staffordshire Living has teamed up with Amishi to offer one lucky reader an Amishi Luna Clutch worth £80! To be in with the chance of winning just answer the following question…
Q: In what year was Amishi founded? TO ENTER… To be in with the chance of winning this fabulous Amishi Luna Clutch, email your answer, name, telephone number and address to email@example.com stating ‘AMISHI CLUTCH COMPETITION’ as the subject. Or navigate your way to the ‘Competitions’ tab on www.staffordshireliving.co.uk. T&C’s: Closing date: 25/04/14. One winner to receive an Amishi Luna Clutch (worth £80). The winner will be notified by phone, post or e-mail. The editor’s decision is final. The competition is not open to Staffordshire Media and their families. There is no cash alternative.
WIN LINDA MEREDITH’S CELEBRITIES’ SECRET SKINCARE KIT WORTH £199! Linda Meredith’s Celebrity Client List is long and varied. Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth, Sienna and Madonna as well as Emma Thompson and Colin Firth: no one knows Celebrity Skin quite like Linda Meredith. And as an expert in her field for more than 40 years, Linda Meredith has developed an exceptional skincare range. The ‘Celebrities’ Secret’ is a selection of products chosen by her Celebrity clientele as their favourites amongst the range. Included in the Celebrities’ Secret: LM1: the ultimate in anti-ageing products. It contains forty-nine ingredients, twenty - five of which are active, making it the best anti-ageing product available. High potency anti-oxidants of green tea, white tea and fennel seed. Skin becomes thicker, firmer, and brighter after use. V-TOX: named ‘the best alternative to Botox’ by Tatler, it contains neuro-peptides and natural algae. A toxin-free treatment with staying power, VTOX works by gently helping the skin avoid conforming to expression lines when the muscles contract. AMAZON: ‘Amazon’ is her best seller and is a fantastic winter skin saver. It contains Acai and Andiroba berries from the Amazon, high doses of Vitamins A and C. It’s healing properties have an immediate effect on the skin. View the Linda Meredith collection at www.lindameredith.com Staffordshire Living has teamed up with Linda Meredith to offer one lucky reader a ‘Celebrities Secrets’ Skincare Kit worth £199. To be in with the chance of winning just answer the following question...
Q: How much is the Celebrities’ Secret skincare kit worth? TO ENTER… To be in with the chance of winning this luxurious skincare kit, email your answer, name, telephone number and address to firstname.lastname@example.org stating ‘LINDA MEREDITH SKINCARE COMPETITION’ as the subject. Or navigate your way to the ‘Competitions’ tab on www.staffordshireliving.co.uk. T&C’s: Closing date: 25/04/14. One winner to receive the Linda Meredith’s Celebrities’ Secret skincare kit (worth £199). The winner will be notified by phone, post or e-mail. The editor’s decision is final. The competition is not open to Staffordshire Media and their families. There is
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WIN A ISLA RULE MAE HANDBAG WORTH £285! Isla Rule is the brain child of a husband and wife design team, Nick and Gisela Rule. Gisela is a marketing executive with many years’ experience in global marketing positions and Nick is an entrepreneur, experienced in all aspects of the supply chain, and also a marketer by qualification. Together they juggle both the creative and practical aspects of handbag design, and they have a lot of fun while doing it. Isla Rule design timeless, well proportioned, wearable handbags that become indispensible to women who lead 3D lives, with always something to do, somewhere to go, and someone to run to. Isla Rule has been designed for women, who just like Gisela, are wives, mums, executives, friends, daughters, runners, writers and artists.
WIN A SCENTSATIONAL HAMPER COURTESY OF THE PERFUME SHOP WORTH £166! If you’re looking for a special Mother’s Day treat, or you fancy refreshing your dressing table with a hamper of beautiful Spring scents, then look no further. The Perfume Shop is offering you the chance to win an exclusive hamper of sensuous scents that will give your perfume wardrobe a well deserved, spring clean. From opulent orientals to delicate florals, you can win a selection of muchloved designer scents including Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs Honey, DKNY Be Delicious Empire Apple and Roberto Cavalli by Roberto Cavalli. To view the fragrances for yourself or to see more visit www.theperfumeshop.com
Isla Rule is what women have been missing all along: great bags for great women who want to be organised without compromising style and design. View the whole Isla Rule collection at www.islarule.com.
Staffordshire Living have teamed up with The Perfume Shop to offer one lucky reader a luxury fragrance hamper worth £166. To be in with the chance of winning just answer the following question...
Staffordshire Living has teamed up with Isla Rule to offer one lucky reader an Isla Rule Mae Handbag worth £285! To be in with the chance of winning just answer the following question…
Q: Name the fruit of the DKNY Be Delicious Empire fragrance?
Q: What are the names of the husband and wife duo who founded Isla Rule? TO ENTER… To be in with the chance of winning this gorgeous Isla Rule Mae Handbag, email your answer, name, telephone number and address to competitions@staffsmedia. com stating ‘ISLA RULE HANDBAG COMPETITION’ as the subject. Or navigate your way to the ‘Competitions’ tab on www.staffordshireliving.co.uk. T&C’s: Closing date: 25/04/14. One winner to receive a Isla Rule Mae Bag (worth £285). The winner will be notified by phone, post or e-mail. The editor’s decision is final. The competition is not open to Staffordshire Media and their families. There is no cash alternative.
TO ENTER… To be in with the chance of winning this scentsational fragrance hamper, email your answer, name, telephone number and address to email@example.com stating ‘THE PERFUME SHOP HAMPER COMPETITION’ as the subject. Or navigate your way to the ‘Competitions’ tab on www.staffordshireliving.co.uk. T&C’s: Closing date: 25/04/14. One winner to receive a fragrance hamper from The Perfume Shop (worth £166). The winner will be notified by phone, post or e-mail. The editor’s decision is final. The competition is not open to Staffordshire Media and their families. There is no cash alternative.
WIN A BEAVERBROOKS DIAMOND PENDANT WORTH £225! Give the perfect gift this Mother’s Day with a stunning diamond pendant from Beaverbrooks the Jewellers. For 95 years, Beaverbrooks has been helping customers find the perfect gift for every special occasion. Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift to say I love you, thank you or just to show you care, Beaverbrooks has a collection of fine jewellery and diamonds, as well as a selection of the world’s leading brands for every occasion. Because it’s Mother’s Day, Staffordshire Living has teamed up with Beaverbrooks to offer one lucky reader a White Gold Diamond Pendant worth £225! To be in with the chance of winning just answer the following question…
Q: How many years have Beaverbrooks been helping customers find the perfect gift? TO ENTER… To be in with the chance of winning this stunning Beaverbrooks White Gold Diamond Pendant, email your answer, name, telephone number and address to firstname.lastname@example.org stating ‘BEAVERBROOKS PENDANT COMPETITION’ as the subject. Or navigate your way to the ‘Competitions’ tab on www.staffordshireliving.co.uk. T&C’s: Closing date: 25/04/14. One winner to receive a White Gold Diamond Pendant from Beaverbrooks (worth £225). The winner will be notified by phone, post or e-mail. The editor’s decision is final. The competition is not open to Staffordshire Media and their families. There is no cash alternative.
SINGING IN THE RAIN What’s that famous phrase again? “Rain, rain, go away…” …you know the rest. Well, we’ve had a change of heart of late, only since we’ve seen these fashionable brollies! We’re all for a fashion statement, and these are sure making their mark with a range of fun prints and vibrant colours. Why be so serious? Go, on take away the misery of the wet weather with one of these funky umbrellas.
£20. Hobbs at House of Fraser
£22. Cath Kidson by Fulton
£26. Cath Kidson by Fulton
£32. Lulu Guinness at House of Fraser
Emma Bridgewater Range Emma Bridgewater isn’t just potty about pottery! Her well known and much loved prints are now in available on a variety of items…including these cute umbrellas. Prices start from £19.95.
£27. Joanna Wood
£27. Morris & Co by Fulton
£18. Oliver Bonas
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MOTHERS DAY SPA BREAKS: LOCAL AND NATIONAL There’s no doubt that taking your lovely mum for a spot of pampering on a luxury spa day is not just a fab-u-lous treat for her as she fully deserves it (isn’t she so lucky to have you!) but also sneakily the ultimate treat for you too. For selfish reasons or not, we’ve been speaking to the experts on the top spa trends for 2014 along with a list of our favourite Mother’s Day packages from near and far to entice. SPA TRENDS FOR 2014 SpaSeekers.com, the award winning UK spa bookings agency are always one step ahead in the world of spa… The original spa booking specialists (they started out in 1989, the year that Harry met Sally!) they have an in-depth knowledge of the UK’s spas and a team of experts who regularly visit spa locations across the UK to provide you with their personal feedback. Here, Jason Goldberg, founder at SpaSeekers.com, gives us his top tips on what spa trends to look out for in 2014. Champagne Spa Days We’re seeing a huge rise in those opting for indulgent spa days and breaks as opposed to detox; champagne afternoon teas are on the up, they have increased by 60% since the beginning of last year and only looking to get bigger and better in 2014. Don’t let the name put you off though because many spas are offering ‘affordable indulgence’ breaks incorporating treatments with a delicious champagne lunch or afternoon tea and cakes at an extremely low price. Keep your eye out for deals that could save you money. The Goodness of Nature Organic and natural beauty still has a long way to go in the spa industry and we’re seeing more and more customers being conscious about what products are used on their skin and choosing treatments from organic spa skincare lines. ‘Organic Glamour’ will also take centre stage in 2014 with many organic product lines launching skincare products that are not only good for your skin but that also prove they can offer results just as good as those that aren’t organic. Look out for new treatments from brands such as NEOM Luxury Organics, VOYA and Ila. Not just for girls! Don’t think spas are just for girls! The number of male spa goers is on the rise and continues to increase year by year. 2013 saw a huge increase in the amount male spa visitors and as a result spas are expanding on their men’s treatment menus. The design of spas is also adjusting for the male visitor and many see more of a unisex décor to make men feel just as at home as the girls! If you are considering taking your partner, brother or dad to a spa with you, why not opt for a hotel spa to begin with? This can make the experience seem less ‘lady like’ for many men.
Pic n Mix Treatments Rather than choosing a treatment that focuses on one area of the body for a full 90 minutes, we’re seeing an increase in people picking a mixture of shorter treatments such as a 30 minute taster facial and combining it with a 30 minute massage and perhaps an express manicure. This way you almost get to personally tailor your spa treatment experience and get a complete overhaul in a fraction of the time. Last Minute Bookings In recent years, people’s leisure time has become even more last minute and rather than booking spa days and breaks well in advance, a higher number of people are opting for last minute breaks and booking just a few days ahead. In 2014 you will see more late deals and offers from Spas to accommodate this growing trend.
MOTHER’S DAY SPA PACKAGES: NEAR AND FAR ALTON TOWERS, Staffordshire The Alton Towers spa is a serene, Eastern inspired hideaway where you can leave your stresses and strains behind and treat yourself to some serious pampering. Nestled inside the Alton Towers Hotel, the award-winning Spa is a blissful oasis of luxurious tranquility and offers the perfect place to relax and unwind. Spoil yourself with our complete range of personalised spa treatments, from a revitalizing facial to a heavenly massage or aromatic body treatment from Elemis. Or let their expert therapists leave you feeling pampered with one of the beauty essentials Guests can choose to unwind in the serene Spa Aqua Relaxation Rooms, which includes a peaceful Roman Sauna, aromatic crystal steam room, Teppidarium, foot reflexology baths, pool, whirlpool and multi-sensory showers. Mother’s Day Package: 3 hours in the Alton Towers Spa serene Aqua Relaxation Rooms, a duo facial or back massage and a glass of wine for just £75 per couple. Upgrade to a duo full body massage for only £105 per couple. Plus bring your mum on Mother’s Day to receive a free return visit to the Aqua Relaxation Rooms. Available until 31st March 2014. To book call 0871 702 7043 or visit www.altontowers.com/spa for more information.
HOAR CROSS HALL, Staffordshire Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort is a Grade II listed stately home retreat in Staffordshire that pairs period style with modern luxury and attentive service. Far from imposing strict rules, regulations and regimes, the spa at Hoar Cross Hall is centred on balancing the body and mind, restoring a sense of calm and promoting a general feeling of wellbeing. With an extensive range of facilities and a dedicated team of health, fitness and beuty professionals, they’re there to help you leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. While away the hours in the revitalising hydrotherapy and saltwater vitality pools, allowing comforting water therapies to wash away your worries. Release tensions and revive the senses in their detoxifying saunas, steam rooms and saunariums. Spa packages start from £45pp. To book call 01283 575671 or visit www.hoarcross.co.uk for more information.
Crewe Hall, Cheshire
CREWE HALL, Cheshire If you are looking for a relaxing spa break, spa day or spa treatment in Cheshire, the team at Crewe Hall is skilled in the art of relaxation. From a soothing facial to the gentle easing of muscles with an all over body massage, the tranquillity and calm encapsulated in the spa will ensure your body and mind are transported to a state of total wellbeing. The spa, which is home to a fabulous health club, 6 spa treatment rooms, spa lounge, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, is open seven days a week & until 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays! To book call 0845 074 0064 or visit http://www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/ crewe-hall/spa/ for more information. THORESBY HALL HOTEL, Nottinghamshire The Spa at Thoresby Hall Hotel are pleased to offer an indulgent choice of Day Spa Packages, designed to help relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. All of the Spa Day Packages include use of our spa experience facilities, include heating & cooling rooms, relaxation lounge, hydrotherapy pool, foot spa and outdoor terrace, plus their extensive leisure club facilities, which feature a heated indoor swimming pool and fully equipped gymnasium. The Spa at Thoresby Hall offer a comprehensive range of Treatments including a bespoke treatment designed by ESPA especially for the Spa at Thoresby Hall! Mother’s Day Package: Day spa with 2-course spa lunch, the choice of one 25 minute treatment (including their Spa Find Express Elegance Facial, ESPA Relaxing Scalp Ritual, Spa Find Heavenly Hydration Salt Brushing or ESPA Regenerating Eye Treatment). Plus a Jessica Prescriptive Manicure or a Jessica Zen Spa Pedicure. This Day Spa Offer is available just for March at £84.50 (worth up to £148). To book call 01623 821033 or visit www.thoresbyspa.co.uk for more information. DORMY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, Worcestershire Dormy House Hotel, on the Farncombe Estate near Broadway, is home to the sumptuous and stylish House Spa, the final part of its £10 million refurbishment. It’s the first time the boutique hotel, part of the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, has had a spa facility and what an addition it is! With stunning new features, including a unique 16-metre Infinity Pool, `Bubble Bath` hydro pool and dedicated personal Training Studio, House Spa is already proving to be a huge hit with guests.
Thoresby Hall Hotel, Nottinghamshire The Greenhouse spa lounge is at the heart of the new development, with open views over the countryside and a stunning log fire. Light food is served to guests and dishes are helpfully classed as Naughty, Nice or Nutritious. There are six treatment rooms along with a couples’ Rasul Mud Room and treatment suite, the first of its kind in the area. An extensive thermal suite includes a Salt Infusion Steam Room, Lavender Sauna, Juniper Finnish Sauna, drench showers and ice chute. Dormy House also offers midweek and weekend spa packages. To book call 01386 852711 or visit www.dormyhouse.co.uk/house-spa for more information. EDEN HALL DAY SPA, Nottinghamshire At Eden Hall Day Spa, they have designed their experiences to suit your every need. Whether it’s de-stressing, relaxing, indulging or pampering – all you have to do is decide. An everyday package includes full use of the salt –water vitality pool, water therapies, heated rooms, gymnasium, exercise and relaxation classes and a 3-course lunch. Step into Eden Hall’s sanctuary and set the mood for your visit. Immerse yourself in their salt-water vitality pool or if swimming sounds like too much effort then enjoy the unique massage jets whilst letting the sounds of cascading water wash all your worries away. Mother’s Day Package: The Mum & Me Day Package includes a 3-course lunch, 40 minute Beauty Secrets’ Facial, full use of the saltwater vitality pool, spa pools, outdoor hot tubs, water therapies, heated rooms and relaxation classes. The new Mum & Me Day Package is £120 and is available from 22nd March – 6th April 2014. To book call 01636 525555 or visit www.edenspa.co.uk for more information on day packages and treatments.
Your 2 for
experience Our dedicated and experienced spa therapists will help you feel pampered, relaxed and will lull you into a sense of sheer bliss.You’ll feel totally rejuvenated. Your package includes: • 1 x 60 minutes spa treatment: choose either a relaxing ESPA swedish body massage or a revitalising ESPA facial • A delicious light lunch • A snugly robe, towel and slippers for ultimate comfort • Unwind pre or post treatment in our relaxation room • Use of health club facilities including indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi & steam room
Call 0845 074 0064 & quote Your 2 for £99 Experience Crewe Hall, Weston Road, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 6UZ Terms and conditions apply and offer subject to availability. Please note this package is only available Monday - Friday and subject to availability on a Sunday. Your ESPA treatment includes 50 minutes of treatment time and 10 minutes of client care and consultation.
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✓ Hydro spa pool ✓ Heated loungers ✓ Turkish steam room ✓ Tropical showers ✓ Ice and aromatherapy cave and so much more...
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Thoresby Hall Hotel and Spa offer a wide range of spa days and stays, because everyone deserves a treat, don’t they?
If you fancy a little treat then choose one of these three offers
Mothers spa day
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England has some of the most luxurious spas in the world with plenty topping the 5* star ratings, that’s guaranteed. However, there’s one thing that is ultimately never guaranteed in Britain – the weather. Sometimes as unpredictable and as glorious as Blighty may be, we want to escape to somewhere where there’s no doubt in seeing a spot of the sun. Whether lapping up the luxury of a sunbathing haven or escaping to a secluded sanctuary, take a pick from our top choices for health & wellbeing spa breaks in Europe…
TURKEY D-Hotel Maris, Marmaris Re-opening for the summer season in April after an exciting extension, the D-Hotel is a truly remarkable place perched high up on the Datça Peninsula hillside, where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet. The exclusive resort offers sweeping views of the island showcasing the luscious pine forests, volcanic mountain ranges, crystal clear waters and five stunning natural private beaches. It’s an enticing mix of natural, unspoiled beauty combined with the highest standards in luxury travel – it really takes your breath away. The Spa is a big pull. At the heart of the resort, it’s a Zen-like oasis of peace and tranquillity with a stunning and warm indoor pool, along with an ‘infinity jacuzzi’ to enjoy before treating yourself to a traditional Turkish white-marbled hammam. The hammam has a private scrub room and relaxation area, as well as an adjoining terrace which offers up the breathtaking sunsets that theAegean is famous for. Staffordshire Living recommends the Spa Signature treatment: a Purva Karma fourhanded massage which combines traditional massage techniques with reflexology, and two therapists work in synchronised strokes over your entire body for the best part of two hours- expect double the results in half the time. In addition to being a gorgeous getaway - D Hotel has the 3rd highest concentration of Oxygen in the world, making it great resort for a spa weekend to recharge, revive and come back glowing and radiant. D-Hotel Maris, in Turkey, rooms start from;€514 per night for the Deluxe sea view room, including breakfast and taxes. www.dhotel.com.tr Reservations: Tel: + 90 252 441 2000 or Email: email@example.com
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SPAIN Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, Mallorca Built on a cliff overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller and surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range, the resort’s appearance promises a true escape – even appearing to float between the sky and the sea at times. This intimate five star hotel houses a selection of 120 airy sea or mountain facing rooms and suites, spread across 11 buildings connected by wonderful scented gardens. You’ll enjoy access to your own private balcony or terrace so you can enjoy the picture postcard view at your leisure. The warm Mediterranean climate and the hotel’s glorious natural setting make this the ideal place for al fresco dining. You have a choice of four bars and two restaurants serving Spanish delicacies, while the luxurious state-of-the-art gym, two swimming pools and a spacious ballroom provide more ways to spend your time with us. And as a guest of Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, you can discover even deeper relaxation – at Talise Spa. This luxurious cliff-top retreat offers a new generation of treatments that will transport you to a healing, serene state of mind and body. In an atmosphere of natural daylight and warmth, you’ll discover myriad treatments to relax and revive you. Facials, rituals, complementary therapies and full body massage can all be tailored to your personal needs. For more information visit http://www.jumeirah.com/en/
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GREECE The Westin Resort & Anazoe Spa, Costa Navarino The name “Anazoe” is derived from the Greek word for rejuvenation and encapsulates the underlying aim of the spa, total revitalisation of body and spirit in accordance with the ancient Greek maxim “a healthy mind in a healthy body”. The 4,000m spa offers signature treatments based on the teachings of Hippocrates, the ‘father’ of western medicine, utilising the area’s natural ingredients, including beneficial herbs.
The pool at Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Algarve
PORTUGAL Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Algarve The Luxury Algarve Bootcamp hosted at Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort provides exceptional training and nutrition that gives you a tremendous feeling of health and well-being. With more than 300 days of brightness and blue skies per year, the Algarve provides a wonderful environment to take your fitness to the next level. The idea of the bootcamp is to transform your standard holiday into an experience that you’ll want to repeat again and again. The primary focus is on your personal fitness and making progress towards your fitness goals, as well as a tailored diet, providing you with optimum nutrition throughout the week.
The dominant element at Anazoe Spa is the Olive Tree. The therapeutic olive-oil treatments (oleotherapy®) are based on ancient local practices inscribed on clay tablets discovered at the nearby Palace of Nestor. Further offerings at Anazoe Spa include thalassotherapy, kinisiotherapy and floating pools, indoor and outdoor treatment areas as well as an extensive range of light therapies and heat treatments, including ice-grotto rooms, mist showers and herbal saunas. Signature treatments include the Messinian Thyme Scrub, Nestor’s Massage Remedy and the Traditional Olive Nourishing Facial. Anazoe Spa also offers treatments specially designed for children. CHIC Locations is offering a seven night stay at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, starting from £945 per person sharing in a deluxe room garden view on a bed and breakfast. Price includes direct flights from London Gatwick to Kalamata with easyJet, transfers in destination and accommodation. For more information or to book, contact CHIC Locations on 020 8944 1973 or visit www.chiclocations.com or www.costanavarino.com
The accommodation is based around four themes, those being the four continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. The spacious single & double rooms showcase the strong continental influences, which are reflected in the interior design and décor. A great deal of attention has been put into the small details, using only the highest quality fabrics, furnishings and finishings, which provides the perfect atmosphere. There are 63 single & double rooms, each with a terrace or balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or the beautiful surrounding landscape. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at The Luxury Algarve Bootcamp from £2,395 pp or £2,495 for single occupancy. Price includes return flights and transfers.
FRANCE Les Pres d’Eugenie, Aquitaine Les Pres d’Eugenie is certainly at the pinnacle of the hospitality industry, especially for the gourmet and spa aficionado. Since the opening in 1974, this familyrun independent estate now boasts a five-star hotel, a three Michelin starred restaurant (since 1977), a five-star natural thermal spa; offsite beachfront luxury accommodation, a 50-acre vineyard and currently in development is a new standalone professional cookery school.
The Westin Royal Villa at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino
Les Pres d’Eugenie is located in the Aquitaine region of South West France, in a Village called Eugenie les Bains – appropriately named after Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie, who frequented the region on a regular basis in 1860’s. It is however understood that nobility have been visiting the area since the 16th century to benefit from its thermal springs and therapeutic waters. The biggest highlight is La Ferme Thermale Spa, which is located within the estates original barn. The spa is far from ordinary due to the high mineral content of the hot spring waters, which are rich in sulphur and magnesium. Their spa is a retreat for both relaxation and medicinal purposes too, and the Minceur Essentielle programme for 9 or 12 nights is arguably the most pleasurable way to slim down. Rooms from £210 per room per night based on two sharing. www.michelguerard.com
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TICKETS ON SALE NOW TO THE BIGGEST LIFESTYLE SHOW IN STAFFORDSHIRE! Living Live 2014, the largest lifestyle show in Staffordshire comes to Uttoxeter Racecourse on 21st & 22nd June 2014 and tickets are on sale now!! There really is something for everyone at Living Live 2014 as event organisers Purple Sprout PR alongside the team here at Staffordshire Living, have taken inspiration from the well-known Uttoxeter Food and Drink Festival and created an all-day Lifestyle event like no other. Whether you are looking for interior and outdoor living inspiration, want to shop for the most fabulous gifts or tuck in to the region’s finest food; Living Live 2014 is a spectacular show that you must add to your social calendar. The five exhibition zones include Home and Garden, Fashion and Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing, Food and Drink and Motors with cooking demonstrations, competitions and event awards and outdoor entertainment for all the family. With over 100 hand-picked exhibitors in attendance it is the perfect excuse to spend a fun-filled day with family and friends and soak up the summer sun in a stunning location in Uttoxeter.
SIGNAL 1 JOINS LIVING LIVE 2014! Living Live is like no other lifestyle show in the region, not only will Uttoxeter Racecourse be filled with exhibition stalls for visitors to browse but there is family entertainment around every corner. Signal 1 radio will be hosting the entertainment across the weekend with drive time star and host Martin Lowes and Sports Producer Jonty Sargeant playing signal radio music and entertaining the crowd! The Signal all stars will also be in attendance handing out a range of goodies and DJ the Monkey Mascot will entertain the kids. Signal will also be bringing some of their favourite live acts to perform throughout the weekend! Don’t forget to tune in to Signal 1 and Signal 2 on the run up to the June event as there will be exclusive competitions announced live on-air with huge prizes and your chance to win tickets to the show!
HOME & GARDEN Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could prepare our gardens and exteriors just in time for the warmer months? We also look to add a fresh lick of paint to our exteriors, change our interior décor and put the winter throws back in the cupboard! With every season come new home and garden trends for us to choose from. Living Live has included some of the regions best-known indoor and outdoor home and garden exhibitors to their listing. You can shop until you drop and browse the stands for the latest trends that will inspire you to transform your home for the summer.
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Flip-Flops are the accessory choice of the season in June, so as we shrug off the winter jackets and jumpers we can all do with a new summer wardrobe!
A new year, a new car as some might say? Or, maybe you are searching for the perfect family caravan for a staycation? The regions dealers will be showcasing the newest models and the latest motoring technology and accessories for you to browse.
From designer to vintage, brand name to boutique the fashion and lifestyle zone is a must-see for both men and women looking for a personal treat or a gift for a loved one. There’s plenty for children too with toys, technology and gadgets galore to keep them entertained during the school holidays. The cottage industries are taking the region by storm with unique, original and handmade products that you may only find at Living Live 2014! Staffordshire Living will also be giving away top of the range prizes and goody-bags for all so don’t forget to come and visit our stand to grab yours!
For those who are looking for something special, you may also find a classic model amongst the lot. Experts from the motoring industry will be on-hand to give you motoring advice and information and you may even be in with a chance of winning a fantastic once in a lifetime prize!
GRAB YOURSELF A BITE TO EAT If you are still hungry after tasting the delights from the food hall, you can sit back and relax at the indoor café and bar. There will also be a number of outdoor eateries and refreshment bars open for you to choose from throughout the day.
HEALTH & WELLBEING The Christmas indulgence really does take over our lives and our bodies during the festive season, so we spend the next few months trying to lose those extra pounds and get fit for the summer. Be inspired to feel fabulous and look just as good in the health and wellbeing zone at Living Live! Beauty comes from within so whether you are looking for healthy food, local health and spa attractions, cosmetics, treatments and therapies you will be pleasantly surprised as all are on offer and more.
FOOD & DRINK This is where the inspiration for Living Live was born, due to the exemplary local produce in the region the Uttoxeter Food and Drink Festival was a must-attend event for many. Now bigger than ever before you can expect to see some of the regions favourite foodie exhibitors.
BOOKING INFORMATION Living Live 2014 really does have something for everyone and is an event which will attract 1000’s of visitors from the region. The all-day event provides a shopping experience like no-other. It is a truly unforgettable event for residents of Uttoxeter and visitors from surrounding towns and counties. Living Live 2014 is being held at Uttoxeter Racecourse on the 21st & 22nd June 2014. Gates open 10am till 5pm. Tickets are priced at: adults £5, under 12’s go FREE and concessions (over 60’s) £3.50. Tickets include free parking. To book your tickets visit http://www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk For more information visit: www.livinglive2014.co.uk and join in the conversation across the social networks here:
There will be live cooking demonstrations from the very best chefs and producers who will be revealing the kitchen secrets any keen foodie cook would want to replicate in their own home.
With tempting tasters and products your household should never be without the food and drink hall is all about indulgence!
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WILLS CAN OFFER FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS TO PRACTICAL PROBLEMS The only certain way to ensure that your wealth passes to your intended beneficiaries is by making a will. If you die without having done so, the effect of the intestacy rules can operate unkindly, particularly if there are no children of the family. The rules may lead to your spouse having to share your estate with relatives who you never intended to benefit. Today’s changing and often fractured family dynamics make the possibility of a dispute over an estate much more likely. To add to these problems the current intestacy rules do not recognise cohabitees which means that if you live with your partner and die without having made a will, he or she will not automatically inherit your estate. A will is essential to ensure a satisfactory outcome following death and the avoidance of family disharmony. Home-made wills should be avoided at all costs. Indeed contested probate cases are increasing as a direct result of these DIY wills and there are many examples of the disastrous consequences. Take professional advice and do it properly to ensure a satisfactory result. Even if you have already made a will it is important to keep it under review at regular intervals. The world does not stand still and in particular your family circumstances and relevant taxation laws may have changed.
RULES OF INHERITANCE TAX Each individual has an inheritance tax (IHT) allowance of £325,000. In the case of married couples, before the rule changes in 2008, in order to take advantage of both allowances it was necessary to have more complicated wills including a nil rate band discretionary trust. In July 2008 the rules changed so that such complex wills became unnecessary to ensure the benefit of both allowances. Now, on the first death, any unused allowance can be carried forward and added to the allowance available on the second death. Currently therefore most married couples have a total allowance to Inheritance Tax of £650,000. Couples with an old style discretionary trust will should take advice and decide whether a revision is appropriate. The flexible nature of the discretionary trust wills may also have other benefits which need legal thought. LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is the legal appointment of someone who you trust (the attorney) to make decisions on your behalf if, at some point in the future, you are either unable to do so yourself or simply need help with your affairs in your later years. In a world where data protection rules hinder us all an LPA can be invaluable to enable your family to deal with your finances in an emergency without the intervention of the Court. The appointment will be specific to you. You can decide who will have the power to control your affairs and the precise limits of that power. Should you lose capacity at any point during your lifetime, unless you have appointed an attorney, then someone will have to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as your Deputy. This can be a long, expensive and complicated procedure and most importantly you do not get to choose who will represent you. Better to plan ahead! Please contact our team if you have any questions and we can talk you through your specific wishes and ensure that any planning you do is tailored to your individual needs.
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Face Of Staffordshire Here at Staffordshire Living magazine we’re putting out a final call for entrants into this year’s Miss Staffordshire competition, held at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The deadline date for entrants is Sunday 30th March, meaning you haven’t got long! Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Are you an aspiring fresh face beauty that would love this excellent opportunity to represent your county in the Miss England finals? Love the film Miss Congeniality? Then this is just the competition for you! Your princess moment can finally become a reality. To enter, contestants must be between the ages of 17-24 on the date of the final Sunday 25th May 2014 and comply with the Miss England rules (found on the Miss England website). You can easily apply online via the Uttoxeter Racecourse website (www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk) by navigating your way to the Miss Staffordshire page found within the events section. We’re so proud to be the main sponsors of this outstanding event and can’t wait to meet the gorgeous finalists at the Miss Staffordshire competition on Sunday 25th May 2014. We’ll have our bum firmly parked on one of the seats on the judging panel alongside our fellow judges – Director at Uttoxeter Racecourse David McDonald, Manager of Hair & Co Mark Turner and 2013’s Miss England Kirsty Heslewood. We just hope the girls do everything to impress. Last year’s winner Jessica Landells will be there on the night to hand over her crown, marking the last day of her Miss Staffordshire reign. And boy hasn’t she done us proud finishing within the top 5 of the Miss England finals! Since then, the gorgeous 18 year-old has had ample opportunities come her way even including modelling for Princess Diana’s infamous wedding dress designers Emmanuel. It just shows how entering Miss Staffordshire can kick start a prosperous future of yet unknown opportunities! So, this year we’re on the hunt for someone equally as aspiring with the potential to go even further – don’t let us down girls.
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ROUND 1 – A Day at the Races How apt considering the competition is to be held once again at the prestigious Uttoxeter Racecourse, it would almost seem rude not to include it! Oozing sophistication this occasion has everything to do with how you can carry yourself at a more formal affair, ensuring that person picked as Miss Staffordshire 2014 is an excellent representative of our fabulous county. Living’s Top Tip: Your choice of material plays a huge part in this round as the right sturdy fabric is always the most suitable for a classy affair such as a day at the races. Think about structure and don’t forget a vital head accessory!
ROUND 2 – Clubwear Yes, there is a strong difference between clubwear and eveningwear. This round is all about how you can showcase your talents in dressing up for a night with your favourite girlfriends without the need to flaunt inappropriate assets! Instead, you should aim to showcase and compliment the best parts of your figure in a way that will turn not only the opposite sex’s heads, but also the ladies in jealousy and awe. Living’s Top Tip: Opt for leggy numbers that hugs all the right places. Lace and peplum styles are cards that has been played over and over, you only get one chance at this so be a bit more creative in your choice! Colour will turn heads.
ROUND 3 – Eveningwear Everyone’s favourite, this popular round will end the competition with a stunning bang where the chosen finalists won’t have any limits on glamour. Hurrah! This is the one chance where contestants can have their moment feeling like a princess or equally a Hollywood starlet. Dress as though you would for the red carpet of the biggest blockbuster of the year and ensure you’re on the ‘Best Dressed’ lists. Living’s Top Tip: A stunning dress can instantly be forgotten about when you see a face plastered by make-up! In essence anything you wear should look to enhance your beauty, so steal the show with colours that suit your complexion and hair colour.
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LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF LATER IN LIFE: THE OPTIONS Many of us find that as we get older we start to think more about where we live. Do you want to stay where you are, but could do with some support to make life easier? Would repairs or adaptations make living there more comfortable? Perhaps you’re thinking about moving somewhere smaller or nearer to family and friends. Or you may be considering sheltered accommodation. This guide aims to give you the basic information about these different possibilities and explains how to find out more about your options.
Thinking about your options Where we live can have a big impact on our quality of life. So if you’re considering a move, think first about how to get the most out of making a change. • Are you looking for familiarity? Security? Privacy? • Do you want to live in a new environment? • Do you like the idea of a sense of community? You may want to stay in your home, but need your home adapted to make it easier to get around. Or perhaps you want to maintain your independence, while having someone to call on in an emergency. Think about what you might need in the future, as well as what you want now. Finding out as much as possible about all the options gives you the best chance of making the right decision. Talking through the possibilities with family or friends, or taking independent advice, can also be very helpful. But choosing where and how you live should be your decision; no one should try to persuade you to do something that you’re not sure about.
Staying at home Staying in your own home doesn’t necessarily mean that things have to stay the same. A few simple changes could make life a lot easier. Your home may need some repairs, improvements or adaptations to make it safer or more comfortable. If you are a tenant you have certain rights to have repairs carried out. Let your landlord know as soon as possible what repairs need to be done. If you’re a homeowner or private tenant living in England, call Foundations to find out if there’s a home improvement agency in your area, or check their website. Home Improvement Agencies (sometimes called Care and Repair) give advice and practical assistance with home repairs, improvements and adaptations. They may also provide a handyperson service. If you’re worried about having an accident or falling ill while you’re alone at home, you could get a community alarm. Community alarms allow you to call for help even if you can’t get to a phone. Your local council will probably operate a community alarm service, contact them to find out more.
Support to help you stay at home You may want to stay in your own home, but need some assistance – perhaps help with getting up and going to bed, bathing or preparing meals. Local councils are responsible for assessing the needs of older and disabled people, and arranging services that can help you to stay in your own home. The sort of services provided can include: • home help to assist with general household tasks • home care to help with things like bathing and dressing • meals on wheels • lunch clubs, social clubs or day centres • respite care to give you or your carer a break. Your local council should have information on its care services available in a printed format or online. You can ask your local social services department (or social work department in Scotland) to send it to you. The information should explain how to apply for care services in your area. Usually you just need to get in touch with the social services department, explain your situation and ask for an assessment of your needs. If it is agreed that you need care services, the local council will arrange for these to be provided. They may charge you for these services. You may want to think about whether using a computer could help you do certain tasks, for example, you could order your food shopping online and get it delivered to your door. Being online is also a good way of staying in touch with friends and family too. If you aren’t confident using a computer, your local Age UK or UK Online centre can help.
Moving in with family Moving in with family can seem like an attractive option and in many cases it works well. But it’s important for you all to be realistic and make sure you all have the same expectations. Consider the practical aspects. What sort of care will you need and who will be able to provide this for you? Will the home need to be adapted? You also need to be clear about financial and legal arrangements. For example, will you pay rent or help towards bills? If you live with a couple, what would happen if they split up? What would happen if one of you ends the arrangement – for example, if you need to move into a care home? If you invest in your relatives’ property, or purchase a property jointly, there may be implications if you have to be meanstested for assistance with care home fees at some future point.
Be sure to get independent legal advice separately from any advice obtained by your family and consider having a formal agreement drawn up. It might seem awkward to discuss things of this kind, but it’s better for you and your family to be clear about matters from the outset and know what to do if the arrangement doesn’t work out.
Moving into sheltered housing
Your rights as a leaseholder are partly established in law and partly in the terms of your lease. Be sure to get independent, professional advice on your rights and responsibilities before you sign your lease. Find out about the running costs, such as the service charge, ground rent, Council Tax and utility bills.
Sheltered housing (sometimes called retirement housing) is specially designed for older people. There are many different types of sheltered housing schemes. Some will have a scheme manager (also known as a warden) who lives onsite or offsite. All schemes should provide 24-hour emergency help through an alarm system.
If you think you need more personal care than sheltered housing can give you, moving to a care home could be an option. Care homes sometimes provide nursing care too, so find out what levels of care are provided before you move. Care homes are staffed 24 hours a day and all meals are provided. Moving to a care home may seem like a big step, but it can offer the opportunity to form new friendships and provide a safe, comfortable place to live.
Sheltered housing might appeal to you if you want to live independently but in a smaller and easier-to-manage home. It offers the added reassurance of having an emergency alarm, or a responsible person to turn to for assistance.
How you pay for a care home depends on your personal situation. Your local council may be able to pay all or part of your fees if your capital and savings are below a certain limit.
Accommodation is usually self-contained, but there are often communal areas, such as the lounge, laundry room and garden. Many schemes also run social events for residents.
This article has been provided by Age UK. For more information on their services take a look at their website www.ageuk.org.uk or for advice and help you can call their helpline on 0800 169 6565. Local Age UK websites:
When you are looking for sheltered housing, consider: • the location of the property • the size of the property • the responsibilities of the scheme manager • the level of support available • what costs you would be liable for • any rules that might affect you, such as whether you are allowed to keep a pet.
North Staffordshire – www.ageuk.org.uk/northstaffs/ Stafford and Stone – www.ageuk.org.uk/staffordanddistrict/ South Staffordshire – www.ageuk.org.uk/southstaffs/
Renting sheltered housing Most sheltered housing for rent is provided by councils (known as local housing executives in Northern Ireland) and by housing associations. To find out about this type of sheltered housing, contact the housing department at your local council. It will tell you about procedures for applying. There’s often a waiting list for rented sheltered housing, so ask how long you might have to wait and what priority your application will be given. Each local council has its own allocation policy, which explains how it decides who gets offered council housing. In Northern Ireland, each local housing executive has the same policy. If you want to move to a particular area or property, you may have to wait longer than you would if you were prepared to look at whatever is available. Again, talk to your local housing department so that they know what sort of housing you’re willing to consider. A small amount of sheltered housing is available to rent privately. Although there’s usually no waiting list or priority selection, rents may be higher.
Buying retirement housing Retirement housing that’s available to buy is usually built by private developers. For your own protection, buy only from a builder who is registered with an accredited body such as the National House-Building Council (NHBC). Once all the properties have been sold, the scheme is usually run by a separate management group, which employs the scheme manager and organises maintenance and other services. The quality of the service provided by the management company can have a great effect on a scheme. Check whether the managers are members of a recognised trade body such as the Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM). The ARHM produces an approved code of practice that includes both good practice and legal requirements.
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PORSCHE BOXSTER Price: from £38,237 The latest generation of the Boxster is setting new top scores for Porsche Intelligent Performance. Considerably lower weight, a longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels significantly enhance the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics yet further, already far and away the best in its class, supported by the new electro-mechanical power steering. As an additional boost to driving dynamics, Porsche offers the Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra for the Boxster, featuring dynamic transmission mounts.
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BMW 730d SE Saloon £549.00
Knights BMW North Staffordshire (Stoke on Trent) Bede Road, Radial Park, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST4 4GU. Tel: 01782 572100
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Official fuel figures for the BMW Range: Urban 16.1 – 56.5 mpg (5.3 – 18.9 l/100km). Extra Urban 29.4 – 78.5 mpg (3.6 – 9.6 l/100km). Combined 21.7 – 68.9 mpg (4.1 – 13.01 l/100km) CO2 emissions 118 – 303 g/km. For model specific figures please contact your nearest Knights dealership or visit www.knightsbmw.com Finance examples are based on BMW Select agreements on models ordered between 01 January 2014 and 31 March 2014 and registered by 31 March 2014, and are subject to availability. Models featured are a BMW 116i Sport 3-door with a contract mileage of 8,000 and an excess mileage charge of 6.12p per mile (exc. VAT), a BMW 318d Sport Saloon with a contract mileage of 32,000 and an excess mileage charge of 6.84p per mile (exc. VAT), a BMW 520d SE Saloon with a contract mileage of 32,000 and an excess mileage charge of 8.64p per mile (exc. VAT), and BMW 730d SE Saloon with a contract mileage of 32,000 and an excess mileage charge of 11.16p per mile (exc. VAT). ^Option to purchase fee and optional final payment payable at the end of the agreement if you decide to purchase the vehicle. Excess mileage charges and vehicle condition charges may be payable if you return the vehicle. *On the road cash prices include 12 months road fund licence, vehicle first registration fee, delivery, number plates and VAT. Figures are correct at time of going to print, January 2014 and are subject to change without notice. All finance is subject to status and available to over 18s in the UK only (excluding the Channel Islands). Guarantees and indemnities may be required. We can arrange finance for you. Advertised finance is provided by BMW Financial Services (BMWFS). Whilst we have close links with BMW FS and commonly introduce customers to BMW FS, we do not work exclusively with BMW FS. All models shown are for illustrative purposes only and are subject to availability. BMW EfficientDynamics reduces emissions without compromising performance developments and is standard across the model range.
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