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EDITOR’S LETTER Shop the best party shoes on page 23; tour de force Tamara Rojo, page 60

STEPPING OUT

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I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome cover stars Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly to the pages of Red this month. You don’t need me to tell you that Strictly Come Dancing has us in its sequin and tulle clutches at this time of year. And for all the zeitgeisty guests and brilliant stunt-casting, for my money this extraordinary pop cultural phenom gets its shot of cool in the arm from the sassy lady double-act at its helm. (Yes, it’s kind of weird and extraordinary that an all-female front team should seem so noteworthy in the 21st century, but this is a conversation I suspect we will be having through 2017 and beyond…) On a happier note, there’s a real feeling for dance in our culture right now, from the TV national treasure that is Strictly, to a golden age of ballet and creative dance in our theatres (meet the formidable

Mothers2Mothers’ Emma France (left), Sarah Bailey and Jade Parfitt (right) at the charity’s 15 Years Of Wonder Women event

Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National Ballet in Annabel Meggeson’s compelling interview on page 60). And we keep the hot-stepping mood running through the issue (even this month’s shopping pages are about planning your look from your toes up… starting with some mouth-watering party slippers on page 23). As the year draws to a close (and indeed what an extraordinary, turbulent and disorienting 12 months it has been), I hope you find some respite and relaxation in this month’s pages. From Jonathan Dean’s profile of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, to Sali Hughes’s memoir, to the Red team’s no-stone-unturned, brilliantly informative survey of the best of beauty 2016, this is one of my favourite issues of the year. Happy reading and see you on the flip side.

Editor-in-chief SARAH BAILEY

THIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN: SLATHERING on my own beauty heroes: Emma Hardie Amazing Face

Moringa Cleansing Balm, Clinique Smart Custom Serum, Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Moisture Cream SPF30; BLOWN AWAY by the all-female The Tempest at the Donmar Warehouse at King’s Cross; WATCHING Tamara Rojo and Akram Khan’s Giselle at Sadler’s Wells; SUPPORTING Mothers2Mothers in their battle to end mother-to-child HIV transmission on World AIDS Day (m2m.org); TWEETING @SarahRedMag

Need a last-minute Christmas gift? Give a subscription to Red – page 83

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CONTENTS Q ON THE COVER

STYLE

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21 Camera ready The bag you need to snap up now 23 Twinkle toes Shoes are this season’s style genesis – here’s what to wear with them 33 Fashion friends What’s it like working with your best friend? We look at five stylish duos 37 Extra special The flashiest of accessories to adorn yourself in – this season and beyond 42 Weekend wardrobe upgrades How to zhoosh up your off-duty look 45 Jewellery news Meet the new names to know

FASHION

91 Shake it up Time to embrace some razzle-dazzle

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January 2017

92 Let’s dance Forget the LBD, dare to be different in lurex knits and modern sequins

FEATURES

47 The Christmas countdown… It’s all nativity outfits and diary dramas for Rosie Green this month 51 Let’s (not) party like it’s 1999 Sarfraz Manzoor on giving the fizz and fireworks a miss this New Year 52 Tess and Claudia on Strictly and the sisterhood The dancing queens talk success and family, on and off screen 60 Tamara Rojo – ballet’s firecracker The English National Ballet’s artistic director is a force to be reckoned with 66 Oh, what a night All the glitz, glamour and gossip from our Red Women of the Year awards

70 Going back to my roots Anita Bhagwandas reveals why she is re-embracing her Indian heritage 73 How to survive online dating Why you shouldn’t give up on finding the one, by Stella Grey 76 Life without Jo Cox A year after her death, Jess Phillips pays tribute to her formidable friend 84 Jonathan Safran Foer on a good divorce Literature’s wunderkind is back with a new novel and a new insight 170 My favourite thing For actress Amanda Abbington, it’s her beloved rescue dog Stan

BEAUTY

103 50 beauty heroes The 2016 game-changing products that have revolutionised our routines


CONTENTS

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SELF

60 113 “I’d rather be ordinary than beautiful” by Sali Hughes The beauty writer on why a plain face can be the key to happiness 117 Party-ready feet Get your toes twinkling and ready to go with our pedi-prep guide 118 Beauty notebook

145 Add the fifth flavour Want to feel more satisfied? You just need to include umami 146 Feel more, see more, do more The wisest woman we know: Agapi Stassinipoulos on how to be content 150 30 days of drinking mindfully How Dolly Alderton fared when she took on a month of moderation

LIVING

121 Raise a glass Hosting a cocktail party? Ditch the bartender duty and invest in pitchers 122 Hygge bakes & cosy suppers Scandi-fy your food with Brontë Aurell’s deliciously warming bakes 129 Best laid plans Pip McCormac on the joys of hosting a kitchen supper 130 Party pieces Toast the festive season in style with the hottest decorating ideas 135 The write stuff Look to bright, chic stationery for all your last-minute stocking fillers 137 Cupboard love Kitchen-themed gifts to help your loved ones cook up a storm

ESCAPES

139 Happy places This year we’ve visited some gems, but these stole our hearts

84 155 Time to move It’s not about sweating it in the gym – count metabolic minutes instead 158 Food? It’s so overrated What happened when Rosie Warren tried the meal replacement Huel 161 Ask Philippa Our agony aunt tackles your issues

OFFERS

83 Great reasons to subscribe to Red 157 Exclusive subscriber offers

IN EVERY ISSUE 122

9 Editor’s letter 19 Say it, write it, tweet it 72 In next month’s issue 79 Reads The top page-turners of 2016 169 Stars

THIS MONTH’S COVERS Photographs David Gubert. Creative direction Nicola Rose. Styling Lauren T Franks. Claudia Winkleman wears, far left: Dress, MaxMara. Shoes, Jimmy Choo. Tess Daly wears, far left: Jumpsuit, MaxMara. Shoes, Jimmy Choo. Claudia wears, left: Blazer; shirt; trousers, all MaxMara. Bracelet, Georgina Boyce. All other jewellery, Claudia’s own. Tess wears, left: Blazer; trousers, both MaxMara. Recreate Claudia and Tess’s looks using Capture Totale DreamSkin, Diorskin Forever Foundation in 020, All-In-Brow 3D Kit, Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in Pro Black, Diorshow Mascara in Pro Black, all Dior. Subscribe to Red to receive the limited-edition covers (above, right); see page 83 for details.

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CONTRIBUTORS January 2017 Sarfraz Manzoor

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Sarah Bailey

Deputy editor Sarah Tomczak Creative director Tanita Montgomery Fashion director Oonagh Brennan Group managing editor Merrick Cassanova Picture director Beverley Croucher Entertainment director Rosamund Dean Fashion & beauty bookings director Karina Dial Acting digital editor Hannah Dunn Workflow director Cathy Levy

Writes our Guest Speaker column on page 51 BEST THINGS IN LIFE

OMy teenage diary O My daughter singing Bruce Springsteen O Typing the words ‘The end’ on my work

Features editor Natasha Lunn Associate editor (Living) Pip McCormac Beauty director Annabel Meggeson Health director Brigid Moss Fashion features director Alice Olins Executive fashion & beauty director Kim Parker Fashion director-at-large Nicola Rose

FASHION & BEAUTY FEATURES & LIFESTYLE

@RedFashionTeam @RedBeautyTeam Style editor Lauren T Franks Merchandising executive Sophie Hooper Fashion assistant Gabriella Minchella Fashion intern Anisha Parbhakar-Brown Beauty editor-at-large Rosie Green Acting beauty editor Alexandra Friend Junior beauty writer Rebecca Hull

DREAM PARTY PLUS-ONE

Barack Obama. He’d be interesting and inspiring.

Jonathan Dean

Meets author Jonathan Safran Foer on page 84 BEST THINGS IN LIFE

OWatching my toddler dance O A lie-in OThe food at Mission Chinese in San Francisco OMusic O A pregnancy pillow O My early mid-life crisis baseball cap

Brontë Aurell

Shares her Scandi-inspired recipes on page 122

DREAM PARTY PLUS-ONE

BEST THINGS IN LIFE

Kanye West. He’s awful, but heads would turn.

OKissing my children good morning O The smell of cinnamon buns O Freshly sharpened pencils O The warmth of my mother’s kitchen O Unexpected acts of kindness DREAM PARTY PLUS-ONE

Bridget Jones. We’d get on really well, I think.

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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS GROUP EDITORIAL PRODUCTION

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Chief sub-editor Hannah Jones Deputy chief sub-editors Samantha de Haas, Robin Wilks Senior sub-editor Francesca Cotton

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Pens a moving tribute to her late friend Jo Cox on page 76 BEST THINGS IN LIFE

Dancing to R&B with my girlfriends O Watching Bake Off with my family O Bed OClearing my inbox OTetris DREAM PARTY PLUS-ONE

My mate Alex – she can befriend anyone in seconds and takes no looking after.

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YOUR SAY

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Sarah Maber’s attempt to restore harmony at home caught your imaginations

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If you have any news, views or issues you’d like to see covered, we’d love to hear from you

TURBULENCE, LAUGHTER, TRUTH… THE LOW S AND HIGHS OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE In our November issue, Grace Jacobson penned a warts-and-all account of her 11-year marriage, prompting you to get in touch. “I’ve never written to a magazine before, but I feel compelled,” Dawn Cantarelli emailed. “This article was the most honest, humble and poignant piece about modern marriage I’ve ever read. No preaching, no blame, no smug outcome; just total, brutal honesty about expectation and the often-disappointing reality. Marriage

ON INSTAGRAM You took to Instagram to share your moments with Red…

is tough but worth the investment. I wish Grace and Seth a long and ‘more happy than not’ future together. Thanks for a fabulous issue.”

A HAPPIER FAMILY IN 21 DAYS? Elsewhere in the issue, Sarah Maber also spoke frankly about family life and avoiding clashes with her children. Annette Lloyd emailed: “I had to share my thoughts after a battle at bedtime. I lost it, burst into tears and removed myself from the situation. To calm down I picked up Red and read A Happier Family In 21 Days? It struck so many chords and made me realise how – as a family – we are not in a harmonious place, especially at bedtime. A wonderful article with achievable changes to make – I’m now working towards that nirvana.”

@MamaVasty @westafricacooks @RedMagDaily @LopeAriyo Just got my mag and read your feature – awesome! Well done. @NikiNatarajan Spent recent b’day with eclectic group of 5. Loved it. @indiaknight is so right in Rest, relaxation @RedMagDaily about savouring and Red (from left): different friends separately. @bri0nyxoxo, @octopusonlineuk Fantastic @Ctaity, @gem_jopz @RedMagDaily interview with

Our mail of the month wins a Givenchy goodie bag of ultra-hydrating skincare products worth £101. Thanks to Hydra Sparkling #ShineNoMore Mattifying & Perfecting Fluid (50ml), Hydra Sparkling One-Minute Glow Powder (30g) and Hydra Sparkling Twinkling Eyes Icy Eye Reviving Gel (15ml), moisturised and luminous skin just got simple. This month’s prize goes to Annette Lloyd, mentioned in A Happier Family In 21 Days?

@cathynewman. Will be sharing with my daughters. Such an inspiration. Love #C4news even more now. WRITE TO:

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Style

Edited by OONAGH BRENNAN

Camera READY

Pre-smartphone photography was a labour of love, using cameras that required neat ensconcing. And this Michael Kors Scout bag celebrates the golden age of the polaroid. Its rich leather, hardware and pockets are practical and punchy. Wear over chocolate shearling for the ultimate winter combo. You could even add a camera – just an idea… 

ART DIRECTION ZUKI TURNER. STYLING SOPHIE HOOPER

Photograph VICTORIA LING

Bag, £310, Michael Kors. Mini 70 camera with chain, £145, Michael Kors x Fujifilm Instax

For more designer bags under £500, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK

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Top, £540, Isa Arfen

STYLE

Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette in shoe heaven

CINDERELLA MOMENT You don’t have to be a royal to wear Marie Antoinette-style, gem-encrusted mules and sumptuous slippers. Add frayed denim and a sporty, checked bomber, and top off Shoes, £880, the look with soft ruffles. Miu Miu at Mytheresa.com

Watch, £79.50, Swatch

Earrings, £12, Jon Richard

Skirt, £435, JW Anderson at Browns

SHOPPING

Twinkle TOES

STAR BUY Shoes, £69.99, H&M

Top, £318, Anna October at Matchesfashion.com

“WITH THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR,” SAID BETTE MIDLER, “ONE CAN RULE THE WORLD.” WE SAY WEAR FESTIVITY ON YOUR FEET AND MAKE SHOES YOUR STYLE STARTING POINT Shirt, £380, Bella Freud

Earrings, £255, Oscar de la Renta at Liberty

Style tip

Belt, £270, Gucci at Net-a-porter.com

Shoes, £49.99, Zara

Trousers with a cropped or frayed hem are key. It’s all about revealing a bit of ankle and balancing the elevated shoe with urban fabrics and relaxed ruffles.

Shoes, £29.50, M&S Collection

Bag, £1,250, Jimmy Choo

Skirt, around £285, N-Duo »

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Sunglasses, £110, Max & Co

STYLE Jacket, £985, Victoria Beckham

Jacket, £395, Topshop Unique

Watch, £235, Tissot

Top, around £415, Creatures Of The Wind

CLEAN AND SIMPLE Take a pair of block heels, add modern square shoulders, keep tones understated and focus on shirting. Finish with the simplest leather jacket draped on your shoulders.

Bag, £225, DKNY Belt, £200, By Malene Birger

Shoes, £99, Finery

Earrings, £182.50, Sarina Suriano

Skirt, £205, Filippa K at Amazon Fashion

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Cuff, £100, Calvin Klein

Editor’s note

Trousers, £440, Vilshenko

Try a flat with ankle ties for a more feminine take on the trend

Trousers, £69, COS

Shoes, £59, Topshop

Shoes, £365, Chloé at Net-a-porter.com

Style tip

Bag, £895, Bally

Shoes, £32, Next

Trousers should be long and wide, and skirts mid-length and structured »


STYLE

Sunglasses, £110, Max & Co

Earrings, £49, Astrid & Miyu

Editor’s note

Wear platforms with socks or lacy tights.

Blouse, £370, La Mania. Sweater vest, £25, Monki

Jacket, £699, Gestuz

Shoes, £1,550, Roger Vivier

SEVENTIES STRIDERS Platforms will raise your festive style on many levels. Wear with flared trousers, geometric knits and sleeves that catch the wind.

Necklace, £185, Laura Lee

Rochas A/W 16

Bag, £410, Kenzo

Jacket, £52, Dorothy Perkins

Jumper, £830, Marni

Earrings, £30, Kenneth Jay Lane at Net-aporter.com

Glasses, £256, Prada at David Clulow

Jeans, £215, MiH

Trench, £175, Warehouse

Style tip

Trousers should be high-waisted and wide; add a platform and the result is extra-long legs »

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Shoes, £32, Dorothy Perkins


STYLE

Earrings, £12, Next

Scarf, £125, Emma J Shipley

Urban Decay Mega Matte Vice Lipstick in 714, £15

Shirt, £49.99, H&M

PARIS UNDERGROUND

Blazer, £229, Jigsaw

Rocky metallic boots require clothes with suitable punch: furry leopard print, a slick tux and skinny Moss-esque scarves should all apply. Skirt, £255, Holly Fulton

Shirt, £190, Zadig & Voltaire

STYLED BY OONAGH BRENNAN. PHOTOGRAPHS GETTY IMAGES, IMAXTREE, LANDMARK

Sunglasses, £239, Givenchy

Jeans, £65, & Other Stories Ring, £255, Oscar de la Renta at Net-a-porter.com

Boots, £395, Dorateymur

Coat, £229, Karen Millen

Editor’s note

An ankle crop works best with these boots. Try a skinny style for a touch of Saint Laurent rock ’n’ roll, or go for modern romance with frill hems or kick flares. 

Boots, £109, John Lewis

Bag, £160, Whistles

For more new-season shoe inspiration go to REDONLINE.CO.UK

Boots, £420, J Crew Bag, £775, Alexander Wang

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STYLE Charm, £40

Pop & Suki

Poppy Jamie, left, and Suki Waterhouse

Necklace, £80

Charms, £53 each Bag, £130 Bags, £130 each Keyring, £10

Take one pink Instagram feed, a pair of LA starlets (Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie) plus years of friendship, and you get new fashion brand Pop & Suki. The unashamedly cutesy first collection features charm jewellery and customisable camera bags – Cara Delevingne and Georgia May Jagger are already fans. Pop & Suki is meant for friends, celebrating all that’s brilliant about the #GirlGang vibes sweeping social media. popandsuki.com

COLLABORATION

Fashion FRIENDS

WORKING WITH YOUR BEST MATE SOUNDS FABULOUS, BUT WHAT’S THE REALITY? WE LOOK AT THE STYLE DUOS WHO MIX BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE Words ALICE OLINS

Ops&Ops Footwear brand Ops&Ops was founded in 2014 by Indiana-born Teri Olins and Brit Steph Jones. While out dancing in London’s Soho, the pair bonded over a mutual desire for a shoe that could cope with work days and wild nights out. The answer? Make their own.

Ops&Ops founders Steph Jones, left, and Teri Olins

A couple of weeks later, Ops&Ops was born – its first ever design a simple, flat, leather, espadrille style, based on a 40-year-old shoe bought on Ebay, which the brand is now building upon. They both agree that mutual support is vital to the brand’s success. “We are very aware that however much we have to do, however scary things sometimes feel, it’s so much easier having someone to share it with,” says Jones. Both ex-journalists, the friends divide and conquer when it comes to content, factories and press. “As the brand has grown, we’ve naturally started managing different areas,” explains Olins. “But put us on opposite sides of a huge leather-sample room and we’ll always zoom towards the same piece of colour sticking out – visually, we were separated at birth.” opsandops.com » Shoes, from £190 a pair, Ops&Ops

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STYLE

Ace & Jig Clothing, from £170, Ace & Jig

Kalita

Attico

TOP: Vaughan (left) and Wilson share a love of antique textiles and artisanal weaving processes

Kalita Al Swaidi, left, and Raechel Temily live 7,000 miles apart

Skirt, £816 T-shirt, £95

Resortwear brand Kalita creates sublimely simple dresses for the woman you aspire to be on holiday.

Dress, £838, all Kalita

For Raechel Temily, who lived in Bali, and Kalita Al Swaidi, based in London, 7,000 miles was a minor inconvenience when you share a sartorial passion. After a fashion love-at-first-sight moment, Al Swaidi arrived on Temily’s doorstep. “When I first met Kali, it was obvious she was committed to

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starting a label. What I didn’t see coming at all was that we’d become best friends and business partners.” Despite the distance, the pair soon became harmoniously in tune. Temily says, “For us, the business is intuitive and instinctive.” For Al Swaidi, it’s simple: “Two women are always stronger than one. We have different perspectives and complement each other – it becomes a journey.” Kalita at Matchesfashion.com

Gilda Ambrosio, left, and Giorgia Tordini

Italian street-style darlings Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio launched their luxurious vintage-inspired label in early 2016. The friends share a way with a long silk dressing gown, but agree that their styles are satisfyingly divergent. “Our contrasts and differences work well,” says Ambrosio. The pair met a few years ago through friends in Milan. “We bonded from the start, and Attico was born in a New York cab.” Their established friendship means fewer obstacles when working together. “Attico is the perfect meeting point,” Tordini explains. “Gilda meets Giorgia and vice versa” resulting in exquisitely embroidered Dress, £1,659, velvet and silk, Attico ankle-grazing dresses and robes. theattico.com 

OPS&OPS PHOTOGRAPHED BY RICK PUSHINSKY. HAIR AND MAKE-UP LINDSEY POOLE. STYLING SOPHIE HOOPER. ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS GETTY IMAGES

Ace & Jig’s brand values are those of an enduring friendship: authenticity, colour, beauty and care. Brooklyn-based Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson met as fashion design interns and, in 2010, as new mums, launched their environmentally respectful label, adding a new voice to an industry that can be distracted by speed and waste. The beautifully folksy clothes are reminiscent of long, offbeat summer days. This is fashion in its purest, most meaningful form. aceandjig.com


STYLE Bag, £735, Gucci at Browns

ACCESSORIES

Extra SPECIAL

PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GUBERT. STYLING ALEXANDRA STEDMAN

FROM COSY KNITS AND END-OF-YEAR SPARKLES TO CLASSIC HANDBAGS AND GLORIOUSLY KITSCH ADORNMENTS, THESE ARE THE PIECES TO FALL IN LOVE WITH NOW AND WAY BEYOND

Jumper, £281, Maison Kitsuné. Culottes, £495, Michael Michael Kors. Sunglasses, £130; bag, £178, both Kate Spade New York. Bangle, £176, Mei-Li Rose. Watch, £54.99, Timex. Ring, £230; cuffs, £595 each, all Allison Bryan. Bracelet, £418, Felice Dahl

Shoes, £495, Paula Cademartori Earrings, £180, Mercedes Salazar at Moda Operandi »

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Headband, £22, Accessorize

Earrings, £40, Tatty Devine

ALL THE EXTRAS

Dior Vernis Nail Polish in Black Out, £19.50

It’s the finishing touches that make you outfit-ready. Pick accessories with gusto and noir nails instead of classic red. Earrings, £65, Anine Bing

Necklace, £125, Pandora

Dress, £410, Three Floor

BOXING -DAY STYLE The morning after requires cool comfort and warmth. For laid-back luxe, slouch an oversized knit over jeans and add some studded slipper pumps.

Jumper, £375, Acne at Mytheresa.com

Earrings, £415, Dolce & Gabbana at Browns

Bag, £145, Uterqüe

NEW YEAR PARTY

Jeans, £150, APC at Matches fashion.com

Watch, £4,700, Dior

Bag, £145, Truss at Harvey Nichols

Pink is in; and it looks fabulous with red bags and silver shoes. It’s also the star shade of S/S 17, so it’ll see you through next season, too.

Hat, £200, Eugenia Kim at Liberty

Slippers, £150, A Andreassen

Coat, £179, Hobbs

Glasses, £285, Givenchy

Shoes, £120, Kurt Geiger

CLAUS AND EFFECT

It’s worth buying into the Father Christmas myth if you end up with one of these prize handbags. Ask for one that will last a lifetime: simple shapes and just a smidgen of gilded hardware…

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£1,330, Gucci at Harvey Nichols

£995, Mulberry

£370, APC

£895, JW Anderson


STYLE INVEST FOR SPRING

The NEW CLASSICS

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Shoes, £475, Jimmy Choo. Bag, £850, Prada at Net-a-porter.com. Bag, £3,500, Louis Vuitton. Earrings, £210, Marni. Bag, £695, JW Anderson

There is something wonderfully comforting about soft colours during these cold, bleak days. Look ahead to spring and seek out creamy shades of mochaccino, duck egg and go-with-everything milky white. Finish with lustrous pearls. 

STYLING SOPHIE HOOPER. ART DIRECTION ZUKI TURNER

Photograph VICTORIA LING

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STYLE

ACCESSORIES NEWS STUCK ON YOU

Badges, £55 for two, Anya Hindmarch at Net-a-porter.com

Style tip

We’re getting personal with these LK Bennett x Boyarde pop-artinspired sticker letters. Bag, £145, LK Bennett x Boyarde

PLASTIC FANTASTIC

BRAND NEW Lisa Aiken, retail fashion director at Net-a-porter.com, gives Red her scoop on the up-and-coming accessories labels to watch… LITTLE LIFFNER

OSCAR TIYE

SIMON MILLER

“True to Scandinavian simplicity, Little Liffner is a Stockholm-based brand dedicated to creating beautiful, clean-cut designs that are all handmade in Italy. They come at an affordable price and will go with any outfit. These truly are classic pieces, made with long-lasting leathers and suede, which will see you through many seasons.”

“Tiye’s designs are unique; they are a street-style favourite. The shoes are sexy and crafted for comfort. I particularly love the Minnie Mouse and wing details that feature on the back of the heels; they are playful yet feminine, and will make a statement to any outfit.”

“Miller came on the scene as a menswear designer, and has since transitioned his skills to womenswear. We love his micro bonsai bucket bags, which fuse Japanese flair with contemporary designs. I was particularly drawn to the circular handles as they add a simple yet impactful twist.”

Shoes, £495, Oscar Tiye

The large earring trend just keeps on swinging to lighten the mood and lift the spirit – with a whole host of fabulous plastic styles taking the lead. Max impact and easy on the ears, just how we like it. Colour, shape and style are all open to your personal interpretation.  Earrings, £55, Tatty Devine

Bag, £305, Simon Miller at Net-aporter.com

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Bag, £475, Coach

Badges, £19 a letter, LK Bennett x Boyarde

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Brooch, £620, Chanel

The trend for kitsch temporary adornments has not yet come unstuck: add pop-artinspired sticker letters and manga-style Brooch, characters to your £400, Chanel bags, denim jackets and smartphones. Who said fashion needs to be serious? (Answer: not us.)


STYLE

Necklace, £150, Thomas Sabo

The oversize coat £350, Jigsaw

Sunglasses, £205, Stella McCartney at Matchesfashion.com

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Ring, from £205, Sarah & Sebastian

JEWELLERY NEWS STAGING A COMEBACK:

Pendant necklace, £165, Gucci

Charm, around £160, Sarah & Sebastian

Pushed out of the spotlight by yellow and rose gold of late, silver is set to make a comeback this year. Leading the fashion charge (as usual) is Gucci, with a chic new collection called ‘Blind For Love’, featuring youthful, artsy twists on the brand’s motifs, such as these cute roaring tiger and dove designs.

SARAH & SEBASTIAN Sarah Gittoes and Robert Sebastian Grynkofki’s Aussie brand blends precious metals with delicate details. We love the pretty stackable rings and adorable charms.

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NEW NAMES TO KNOW

Silver

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Pendant necklace, from £100, Gucci

Ring, price on request, Ming Jewellery

Resolutions: tricky to make and fiendishly tricky to keep. I’m certainly not alone in pledging to lose those last 5lb/practise my French/give up sugar every January, and then mentally kicking myself come spring for not trying. So this year, with a new home and new bills in mind, I’m taking a different path. Inspired by two of 2016’s biggest trends (mindfulness and Marie Kondo-ing your life), I’m resolving to spend smarter. No more last-minute buys that end up shoved in a drawer, unloved and unworn. If I’m going to part with my hard-earned cash, it’s going to be for something beautiful and long-lasting. I’m saving for a proper watch that I’ll wear Watch, £5,200, forever. Top of the list so far is this Rado Rado HyperChrome, which is sleek, scratch- and water-resistant yet light as air and in skinfriendly ceramic (no more green wrists). It’s gorgeous, grown-up and truly elegant. Which is how I’m hoping I’ll feel this time next year. 

MING JEWELLERY Haute jeweller Ming Lampson’s first collection features exquisite gems and unusual settings. Her dragonfly ring has a dazzling opal ‘eye’ and gold ‘wings’ that wrap around the finger.

NIRAV MODI Modi is known for innovative designs. His clever ‘Embrace’ bangles stretch, so there’s no need for clasps. Face of Nirav Modi, Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley

Rado’s HyperChrome watch bracelets are all ceramic

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LIFE’S ROSIE ROSIE GREEN

The Christmas countdown… Nativity outfits are needed, diary dramas are in full force, and our columnist is feeling the festive pressure

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to come, and scarred by the times I do suck it up and invite people, and AM inhales tout de posh nibbles under the guise of ‘quality assurance’. After the early inviters’ emails come the let’s-squeezeit-inners’ texts. I’m one of them. Fancy a drink before the kids break up? Let’s ink in a dinner before Christmas. I’m all over it. By now, of course, the pressure is building, because social law says you have to catch up with every friend group (uni mates, school mates, work mates, mum mates). Why? Because seeing each other in that four-week window in December validates your relationship, just as a non-meet means the bond has been broken. Forever.

of an oversized beetle. By the time I’ve gracefully skated over, he is on his bare knees (yes, he is wearing shorts…) and is apologising profusely to a family of tourists. A family that are now slowly resuming the upright position, making not-altogether-wholesome hand gestures. Why? Because the be-skated unit that is AM has just clattered into the rink’s barrier at 500+ newtons and shunted it 6ft backward, scattering multiple spectators like bowling pins. Not how I envisaged our Christmas skating outing. A skating expedition is the essential activity in my festive social calendar. In my mind it’s all Richard BY NOW WE’RE ALL IN A CONSTANT STATE OF PANIC. Curtis-esque, with falling snowflakes, hand-holding and Great – so let’s throw in some ‘special’ outings. See icecashmere. The reality is always somewhat different – skating, ballet, wreath making, Christmas markets, Hyde generally a slightly fractious occasion because I leave the Park bloody Wonderland (watch your purse) and panto. booking of it until December and can often only find the Suddenly activities that don’t feature for 11 8.30am slot on a Sunday, which means a lot of months of the year become a must-do and early-doors flapping. There is also always an we end up in the theatre three times in a unspoken tension because, despite his best “In my mind fortnight. It’s enough to make you hibernate efforts, I can see AM is tolerating, rather it’s all Richard under the duvet. Except you can’t. Every than relishing, the activity. Now we are Curtis-esque… the single day has 20 more meet-ups/catchparents, I am extra-insistent we go, as I reality is always ups/to-dos. Parent mail missives from the believe it will make ‘memories’. (2016? Ah school ping in more frequently than news yes, that time Daddy broke a lady’s fibula.) somewhat of Trump’s misdemeanors. “Please bring in But it has to be done. As does the rest of different” your child’s nativity outfit in a named the festive socialising. The emerging bag.” Please bring a paper plate (haven’t formula being overcommitment x got one) of healthy snacks (or any of knackeredness = general insanity. those) for the Christmas disco (shit, the The Christmas craziness starts as Christmas disco!). Pass the valium. far back as October with those early Anyway, enough moaning. How inviters. You know – the ones that bagsy are you fixed 15th Dec? For a quick that 17th Dec date with a cheery email pre-Christmas catch-up? Secret that might as well read #sorrynotsorry. Santa, obvs. No? I can do the 16th They are the same people who if that’s better? Can squeeze it in smugly ask if you’ve ‘done’ all between the nativity and the carol your shopping in early November. concert. Wait, can you hang on one So stress-inducing. But, minute? Ahh, that’s better. simultaneously, thank God for Just put the them because AM and I are crap Join the conversation Rescue Remedy at having Christmas drinks/parties. @RosieGreenBQ @RedMagDaily on intravenous…  I am paralysed with fear that no one will want

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GUEST SPEAKER S A R F R A Z M A N ZO O R

Let’s (not) party like it’s 1999 Forget the fireworks and taxi dramas – this year, Sarfraz Manzoor is spending New Year’s Eve at home. And he couldn’t be happier about it

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I USED TO PRETEND TO LOVE NEW YEAR’S EVE WHILE SECRETLY FEARING AND HATING IT WITH A PASSION. In my twenties, I felt compelled to go

arrived I was tired of the empty promise that New Year’s Eve seemed to make and aching for something new. Back then, I assumed anyone who stayed in on New along with the pretence that it is the greatest night of Year’s Eve was a sad excuse for a human being. And the year – which was why I would routinely spend yet this year, as we have done for the past few years, a small fortune investing in nightclub tickets. In the my wife and I will be spending it at home. These days club, the question seemingly on the night looks like this: we have everyone’s minds was, would ensured the flat is unusually tidy It’s okay to go they have someone to lock lips and have put our five-year-old against the with come the midnight hour? crowd on New daughter, Laila, to bed. I will Year’s Eve The stress of trying to engineer put on some music – not the hard this dominated the night. When electronic from days gone by but the fateful hour came and I was Nina Simone or Frank Sinatra alone, I would be consumed with – and Bridget and I will enjoy a sense that I had not only let a candlelit meal I’ll have cooked. myself down, I had let the spirit The difference between my of New Year’s Eve down. It was twenties and my forties is that now awful. The night was meant to I have actual things to celebrate be a celebration but it would – the life that has been fashioned, usually end in disappointment. the miles that have been travelled By the time I started working down life’s highway – and these and earning money, I decided are not the hollow celebrations of “I was I would spend every New Year’s youth. There is still a part of me meant to be Eve abroad. I saw in one new year that misses those nights out and CELEBRATING, on a beach in Goa and another in the that time when so much of life remained Tunnel nightclub in New York. You would unknown. But what I am really missing but what? For all have found me welcoming 1999 in Prague, is being young, and the truth is that the the promise, the and I was back in New York to see in the promises of those New Year’s Eves were REALITY never never kept: it was all talk. In those days, new millennium. It became fun to look lived up to it” forward to and look back on; the grandness I felt weighed down by expectations of what of the gesture obscuring the fact that the night New Year’s Eve was meant to be like. I was itself still tended towards the lonely and conforming to someone else’s idea of fun. It takes melancholy. I was meant to be out celebrating, but what time and courage to accept that that script no longer feels exactly? I wasn’t sure. Maybe we were meant to be honest. I know some will think my idea of a perfect New celebrating that we were young and the future was still an Year’s Eve sounds somewhat dull, but that’s fine – to me it unwritten story: the intoxicating possibility of what could feels like I am being true to who I am right now. I don’t happen on that last day of the year, the encounter, the kiss know if I just became boring or if I am now just braver to that could change your life before the old year was out. The admit what really makes me happy. What I do know is that truth was that for all the promise, the reality never lived when the midnight bell rings, and the new year arrives, up to it – the ticket prices were high, the chances of Laila will be sleeping safely in her Join the conversation finding a taxi were low and while spending the new year bed and I will be kissing my beautiful @SarfrazManzoor in a foreign city was fun, by the time the new millennium wife, feeling happy and grateful.  @RedMagDaily

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FORGET THE SEQUINS AND THE SAMBA, TESS DALY AND CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN – THE DOYENNES OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT – BRING A WINTERWARMING WIT AND HEART TO OUR SATURDAY NIGHTS. ROSAMUND DEAN MEETS THE TRUE STARS OF STRICTLY »

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t’s a balmy autumn day on the Red cover shoot. watching Strictly that, as soon as the show finishes, I go A day for transseasonal dressing, where it is straight to your room, Tess, and we order four Filet-o-Fish.” immediately clear which of us is clinging onto Filet-o-Fish? “We always get a takeaway after filming,” summer and who is ready to embrace winter. nods Winkleman. “Often it’s Domino’s. But I have been Tess Daly arrives in a short, strappy black dress known to eat four Filet-o-Fish from McDonald’s.” Daly and sandals, her mane of blonde hair bouncing laughs. The four-Filet-o-Fish night is clearly one that has behind her as she warmly greets everyone gone down in Strictly lore. in the studio. Full of smiles and compliments, DURING OUR INTERVIEW, THEY OFTEN DESCEND she’s a summer day in human form. INTO A RIOT OF NOISE, BREATHLESSLY TALKING Soon afterwards, Claudia Winkleman strides in, all OVER EACH OTHER AND FINISHING ONE fringe and eyeliner, wearing a black long-sleeved top and ANOTHER’S SENTENCES. Winkleman is reeling from cropped black trousers with a pair of fur-lined Gucci being made to wear a pink dress on the launch show. loafers. “So comfy, they’re like slippers,” she says, and “I like high-necked, long-sleeved, black, full goth,” something tells me she is happiest of all in slippers. says Winkleman. “They keep going, ‘Claudia, what about You have to admire the makers of BBC One’s Strictly lemon yellow?’ I’m like, ‘What about lemon yellow?’” Come Dancing, who spotted how these women’s yin and “You looked beautiful in that pink,” adds Daly. yang chemistry would work on Saturday-night television. “Oh, you’re adorable,” grins Winkleman. “There’s this Daly has been one of the main presenters since the show expectation of glamour,” Daly continues. “Unlike men, launched in 2004. After Bruce Forsyth’s departure, and who can wear suits and nonchalantly stroll on in a flat having presented spin-off It Takes Two, Winkleman stepped loafer. I’ve got to run across the studio floor live in up to co-host the main programme in 2014. The concept a high heel and a tight frock. So many times I’ve gone of two women co-hosting one of TV’s biggest shows was flying. I’ve fallen in audience members’ laps, I’ve fallen met with celebration, criticism and endless opinion pieces. down the stairs, I’ve had a shoe fall off live…” “There was such a fuss about us taking over, two “I put it back on,” says Winkleman, proudly. “You see, women,” nods Winkleman, as we sit for coffee amid the she’s there for me,” smiles Daly. “She’s got my back.” buzz of assistants and stylists. “But the biggest show on Having each other’s backs extends to not giving away television, by miles, is hosted by two women. The Great Strictly gossip, despite my best efforts. Is there a hierarchy? British Bake Off gets more ratings than anything else.” Is Anton top dog? Does Ed Balls steal all the fake tan? This was before the seismic news that Mel and Sue are “This is going to make you a bit sick leaving but, she’s right, Bake Off ’s 13 in your mouth,” says Winkleman, “but it million viewers tops Strictly’s is a family.” “There are no egos,” agrees impressive 11 million (both shows are Daly. “If you did have an ego, it would streets ahead of anything else). “But it stand out like a sore thumb and you would hadn’t happened on a Saturday night,” not be asked back.” But, since Strictly says Daly, “so we were lucky the BBC is a hotbed of unbridled lust, with were brave enough to take the chance.” several contestants leaving long-term Daly and Winkleman’s friendship is relationships to date their dance partner genuine, which is essential in an industry in previous series, who do they think where personal lives are splashed over will get together on the show this year? the newspapers. Daly has faced tabloid “I don’t think it’s more lustful than any speculation about her marriage to CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN other show,” argues Winkleman, before presenter Vernon Kay – who admitted to conceding, “it is very intimate to dance, and the celebrity texting a Page 3 girl – but she says her female friendships and pro develop a fascinating and incredibly close bond. are her rock. “Claude and I put the world to rights,” says Daly. “All my relationships with women are empowering. But I never know anything. I find out four years later.” On today’s photoshoot, Daly, who has been modelling That support is vital because you don’t get it elsewhere.” since she was 17, goes through the rigmarole of hair and Perhaps it’s this authenticity that has helped them avoid make-up with a patient professionalism. Winkleman, being pitted against each other in the press. There is often who “hates” being photographed, is jittery and can’t stand this idea that successful women compete with each other. wasting time. But both are warm and chatty, drinking tea “But most women love and support other women,” says and discussing Strictly or family life with the beauty team. Winkleman, shaking her head furiously. “So three people Winkleman has three children with film-producer on Twitter – probably men – saying ‘I bet they don’t like husband Kris Thykier: Jake, 13, Matilda, 10, and » each other’ doesn’t bother us. I think people can see from

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Arthur, five. “Jake is appalled that I do Strictly Come Dancing. He’s like, ‘I beg of you, please stop.’ My 10-year-old still likes it and my five-year-old doesn’t mind as long as he’s playing Snakes And Ladders.” Daly has two daughters with husband Vernon Kay: Phoebe, 13, and Amber, seven. “The girls never want me to leave home but, when they realise Strictly is starting, they forgive me,” she says. “I was pregnant, with both of them, while working on the show. It’s all they’ve ever known. So they love watching it, they get dressed up in swirly skirts.” Daly says she doesn’t mind when strangers want to chat about Strictly. “I get it everywhere I go, from the school run to the supermarket.” So what is the secret of Strictly’s success? “It’s celebratory,” she says. “People tell me Strictly makes it bearable that the nights are drawing in. Also, there is so much going on that is frightening. Strictly is feel-good escapism.” It’s no coincidence that the build-up to the finale of Strictly coincides with the build-up to Christmas. “It’s a snowglobe of a show,” says Winkleman, “bright and twinkly.” So it’s lucky these two love Christmas. “You’ve never met anyone who likes Christmas more than me,” says Winkleman firmly. “I go quite Liberace. My kids all have stick-on antlers.” Much as we would love to believe that Daly and Winkleman spend Christmas Day together, glamorously presiding over the unwrapping »

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RED WOMEN of gifts in sparkly dresses, what do they actually do on the big day? “My husband’s Danish and they have a big dinner on Christmas Eve,” says Winkleman. “On the 25th, we used to cook at home, but it’s also my mum’s birthday and I always felt bad that she was stirring bread sauce or finding chairs for everyone. So now about 30 of us go out for lunch.” “It’s time for the family to get together,” agrees Daly. “Usually my husband and I do the cooking. He sources the turkey from a local organic farm and, from then on, it’s his baby. He’s quite passionate about it.”

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BELOW, FROM LEFT: The pair hosting Strictly; Winkleman with husband Kris Thykier; Daly with husband Vernon Kay

seriously. “They’re too smart. They are going to change the world! No, they don’t have to change the world. They can stay at home and I’ll just stroke their hair.” We wrap the shoot earlier than expected and both women are delighted. Their friendliness (and they are both insanely friendly) is tempered by a brisk efficiency, which comes from a combination of working in live TV and also having kids that they’d quite like to get back to. As clothes are changed and car pick-up times are brought forward, Daly talks about a charity walk they’re doing together, raising money for Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, which treated Winkleman’s daughter two years ago when she was badly burnt after her Halloween costume caught fire. “Despite our obvious differences, we’re similar in lots of ways,” Daly tells me. “Our priority is our families. Of course, our work defines us, and we love other things but, ultimately, family is our world.” The secret of Strictly’s success is these women’s genuine affection for each other, for the contestants, and for the show itself. Long may they reign as queens of Saturday-night television.  The finale of Strictly Come Dancing is For Tess Daly’s on BBC One, Saturday 17th December Strictly Come Dancing backstage diary, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK

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hat all sounds idyllic but, like the rest of us, they get festive stress, particularly as it coincides with their busiest time at work. This year, Winkleman realised she had taken on too much, and gave up her job presenting BBC One’s Film 2016. “I’m incredibly sad about it. But I’ve got The Sunday Times Style column, Radio 2 (where she has a show) and Strictly. Last year, and the year before, I was completely overwhelmed. I’d call my husband on Christmas Eve from the floor of John Lewis crying my eyes out because I hadn’t got anything for the kids and I’d missed the nativity play. I need to be more present, because I don’t want to miss the nativity again.” She bats away my sympathetic look with a brisk, “Look, I just read out loud for a living. Most of my friends are doctors or lawyers, people I went to university with, they’re on the train at 7am and don’t get home until 7pm. They work bloody hard, and they’re allowed to be overwhelmed. I don’t think I’m allowed, really.” Daly steps out of the make-up artist’s chair, cameraready. “You look gorgeous,” Winkleman shouts, adding, with perfect comedy timing, “Let me have sex with you.” In front of the camera, Daly is a natural (and while Winkleman says she hates it, she knows what she’s doing). It doesn’t surprise me to hear that Daly’s eldest, Phoebe, has her mum’s charisma. “My children are obsessed with Phoebe,” says Winkleman, “she’s just the coolest girl.” “Ahhh,” laughs Daly. “Actually, my eldest gets on really well with Claudia’s daughter. They went to a Taylor Swift concert and had the best time, dancing, one arm in the air, singing all the words.” How would Daly feel if Phoebe began modelling at 17, as she did? “Oh my God,” squeals Daly, “I can’t imagine my daughter leaving home in five years and travelling the world. It’d fill me with terror. Now I understand how my parents felt. I have no idea what my girls want to do for a living. We’ll encourage them in whatever they want to do.” “My kids are absolutely not allowed to do anything as ridiculous as my job,” Winkleman announces, mock


SHE’S THE greatest

DANCER Principal dancer, feminist, campaigner: Tamara Rojo has championed female talent and imbued the industry with indefatigable spirit. Annabel Meggeson falls for the English National Ballet’s artistic director Photographs MATT HOLYOAK Styling LAUREN T FRANKS

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n my head, the interview with Tamara Rojo is conducted sitting on the floor of a dance studio while she tapes her toes and stretches her calves. At the end, she indulges my impromptu arabesque and then lets me film her doing a series of fouettés. In reality, I am shown up to her office, where Rojo, 42, dressed in black trousers, black ankle boots and a red sweater, shakes my hand, shows me straight to a seat and orders tea for both of us. She swivels her desk chair round, leans forward, elbows on knees, fixes me with her gaze – and I know there aren’t going to be any fouettés. Rojo may be one of the foremost dramatic ballerinas in the world – raised and trained in Spain, she was invited to the Scottish National Ballet, aged 22, and joined the Royal Ballet as a principal dancer in 2000, where she danced for 12 years – but she is also a fiercely intelligent visionary and businesswoman, who was awarded a CBE in 2016. As artistic director of the English National Ballet (ENB) – the first female in the role in over 30 years – it’s no exaggeration to say the future of classical ballet lies greatly in her hands. She’s not just responsible for making decisions about what shows are put on – and they need to be the right call to bring in the punters – but she has to do a huge amount of fundraising and lobbying, too.

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So dire was the situation at the ENB, with funding cuts and poor returns on shows, that when she arrived, Rojo gave an exclusive performance to George Osborne to show him what Britain would be missing if he failed to deliver on tax incentives for arts funding. But it’s not just ballet she’s brilliant at. Rojo exudes energy and intellectual rigour, and I’m not surprised that four years into her job, the ENB has never looked healthier. It also helps that there’s a buzz around dance right now. “Having things such as Strictly on television, being enjoyed by the whole family, helps feed into the broader appetite for dance,” nods Rojo. “And it’s great for changing perceptions, as you might get a footballer or a boxer, and when you have men dancing and enjoying it and not losing any of their perceived masculinity, it can liberate young boys. Because in the past, that was one of the difficult things, the social perceptions of what a dancer is.” She’s also riding high on her big success of 2016. She Said, a programme of three dances each created by a female choreographer, as an idea, was inspired. It didn’t just yield some great new pieces (most memorably the Annabelle Lopez Ochoa-choreographed Broken Wings, which tells the story of Frida Kahlo), but it generated a great deal of publicity and built »


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a profile (and I imagine profit – every performance was a sell-out) by tapping into the feminist mood. “Now everyone’s desperately looking for female choreographers,” Rojo says. “The consequences of She Said have been much bigger than expected. It’s great, but difficult, as there are not enough female choreographers with experience. Because they haven’t been given the opportunity in the past.” The problem, she continues, starts with how the dancers are educated. “As there are fewer men, we tend to indulge them. They have higher self-esteem and feel they can question the status quo. Whereas among the women, there is so much competition for such few places they tend to be more obedient and more willing to follow the rules. Also, men put themselves forward a lot more. They are never scared of taking on a challenge. Many of my conversations with women go along the lines of, ‘I know you can do it!’ With men it’s them telling me, ‘I know I can do it!’” ROJO’S STANCE ON FEMINISM IS UNEQUIVOCAL:

“We have to recognise things are not equal as we stand and therefore there is still work to do. I believe in my industry, at least, there is not a level playing field.” This year she signed up to be a mentor for University Women In The Arts, a scheme to support the next generation of female leaders, and she’s a “huge fan” of the HeForShe campaign. “That’s the best campaign I’ve come across in a long time. Because we have to acknowledge that many men are incredibly encouraging. I was supported by men, it was men that gave me chances. Men are the ally; it’s not about one against the other, but a world that’s fairer to both.”

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Fairer to everybody. Rojo responded passionately to home secretary Amber Rudd’s speech in October, proposing companies having to ‘declare’ foreign workers. “Britain is a wonderful country, tolerant, a great centre of talent, but I’m worried by the idea of naming and shaming,” she says. “After they’ve named [the foreign workers], then what? What is your next step? I don’t think people are here without good reason. If they get a job, it’s because they either deserve it or because that job is there to be filled and they have the skills. And they are, like me, hopefully good members of society.” And Brexit? “It seems like the current government is intent on leaving, I just don’t know what that means and I’m not sure anybody does.”

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eanwhile, Rojo, who considers herself “a citizen of the world”, will continue to provide global collaborations through her work at the ENB. As well as the wonderful Nutcracker at the London Coliseum – a tradition for thousands of families at Christmas – this season’s programme includes a new Giselle, created by choreographer Akram Khan (who was involved in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony). For Rojo, it represents “an open mindset and understanding that culture can only progress when there is a cross-feeding of other cultures and traditions”. The reviews are amazing, too. Rojo – who tells me she won’t be dancing principal roles for much longer as “it’s too tiring”, dances this new Giselle with James Streeter, “a fantastic British dancer”. She has also loved working with Sergei ‘bad-boy-of-ballet’ Polunin (watch him in Hozier’s


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Take Me To Church music video), and, of course, with Carlos Acosta, a stage coupling that is the stuff of legend. How important is it to fancy your leading man? “Oh, this is a dangerous question,” she grins. “[Acosta] is a very married man. I’m not sure it’s chemistry, but there does have to be an ability to respond to each other… and that is not necessarily only sexual. It’s also a way of understanding life and joy, happiness, sadness, music. And I think in the case of Carlos Tamara Rojo after and I, we are both Latinos, so we being awarded a CBE; seemed to click and understand with Carlos Acosta in what we wanted to achieve the English National on stage, which was about Ballet Company’s an artistic, intellectual pursuit, Romeo & Juliet but also a playfulness and a connection with the audience.” ROJO’S RIGOUR IS TEMPERED BY A RADIATING WARMTH and being

in her company is utterly beguiling. cannot join in things, you cannot go Acosta may be married, but there out for meals. It isolates you and you must be so many people who would lose your friends. When I look back, love to go out with her. I actually I would love to just give myself a hug blurt this out, once I’ve established, and say, ‘It’s not worth it.’” What rather clumsily, that she is neither nipped it in the bud? “I was very married nor engaged. Though she’s lucky that I had parents who were “not exactly” single, either. “I think quick to intervene. I also had such there are lots of people who would a powerful social instinct in me like to go out with the idea of me! The reality of what I am that in the end I just couldn’t keep being on my own is quite different. I’m a normal person at home, so the idea every evening, not eating. In the end, I wanted to go of the glamour of the ballerina, the Black Swan, that is not out and eat and have fun more than I wanted to be thin.” what you experience if you live with someone every day.” Ever since, Rojo has been the picture of health. She’s Not that the film Black Swan is anything to go by. very slim, of course, but in no way ‘starved’. Her day starts “I hated it,” she says. “And I took such offence when with an hour of personal training, tailored to whatever she’s [director] Darren Aronofsky said how performing, followed by the company incredible it was that Natalie Portman dance class, then several hours of Carlos and I, we are had managed to become a professional rehearsals. And her diet is necessarily dancer in one year. Because while she nourishing – porridge for breakfast, both Latinos, so we did a great job, no one can become a chicken, fish and veg, as well as seemed to CLICK and fruit, professional dancer in one year.” her beloved chocolate. “I have to eat understand what we it every day. Not the fancy stuff, the In fact, lots of things about Black Swan are in direct conflict with Rojo wanted to ACHIEVE newsagent stuff.” Other perceived and the reality of ballet life. The non-ballerina-like behaviour, she cliché of the main character is she’s reckons, includes “staying up late and oversensitive and neurotic, but Rojo says elite dancers watching Netflix, taking out the rubbish and being messy”. tend to “be emotionally very stable. They are discerning, But while she paints a modest picture of the real Rojo, adaptable and good at understanding what people feel. there is no doubt she is an inspiration, a tour de force. It makes them quite good at finding careers after the The future of ballet is in very good hands indeed.  The English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is on tour until ballet.” Then there’s the question of body image. 7th January, and Giselle is at the Rojo talks openly about a period between the ages of For the hottest tickets to London Coliseum, 11th to 22nd 17 and 20 when she starved herself. “It entailed a lot of book this Christmas, visit January; Ballet.org.uk suffering and a lot of lies. That was the saddest part. You REDONLINE.CO.UK

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FROM FAR LEFT: This year’s awards host Fearne Cotton; Creative winner Amma Asante; Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley; Grayson Perry and Daphne Selfe

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Red’s editor-in-chief Sarah Bailey, Samantha Cameron and Red’s deputy editor Sarah Tomczak

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here else would you find Samantha Cameron, Grayson Perry, a roboticist and a Spice Girl all under one roof? Only at our annual Red Women of the Year awards, where a host of brilliant women – and men – joined us at London’s Skylon for a truly memorable night. From engineers to football coaches, pop stars to pioneers, everyone came together to celebrate this year’s winners – a bunch of truly remarkable women. The event kicked off in style with the dulcet tones of singer Izzy Bizu. And as the

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Taittinger flowed, so did the tears, as our host for the night, Fearne Cotton, introduced our incredible presenters and winners. Female camaraderie filled the air as our winners took selfies and swapped numbers – Creative winner and director Amma Asante was inspired after meeting Woman To Watch winner Samantha Payne, who is developing bionic limbs; elsewhere we spotted Yasmin Le Bon and her daughter, Amber, doing mini fist-pumps when the legendary Browns founder Joan Burstein collected her Lifetime Achievement Award, while designer Savannah Miller hugged the Digital Mums to congratulate them on theirs.


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All the winners took to the stage; guests enjoyed Taittinger champagne

LEFT: Yasmin Le Bon and daughter Amber BELOW: Izzy Bizu performed to kick-start the awards

Previous Red Women of the Year winner Dr Selina Wray, meanwhile, was busy fangirling over Melanie C: “I just wanted to touch her!” she told us. As the brilliant DJ Anna Greenwood hit the decks, football pioneer Hope Powell was the first on the dance floor, with Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington not far behind her. By the end of the night, Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney had persuaded just about everyone to join in. And what better way to end an evening than dancing side by side with a group of kick-ass, incredible women? Girl power at its best. »

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Samantha Cameron revealing that her favourite British designer is Roksanda Ilincic. “I wear a lot of Roksanda. She cuts clothes perfectly.”

IF YOU WERE MAGICALLY GIVEN THREE MORE HOURS A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THEM?

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“All or nothing – in business and outside of work” Start-up winners Nikki Cochrane and Kathryn Tyler

“Sleep! I normally get seven to eight hours per day. Sleeping leads to dreaming, dreaming leads to magic.” Fashion entrepreneur Natalie Massenet “Use them to practise the piano more to pass my grade 3 exam.” STEM winner Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly “Easy! I would spend them with the people I love.” Actress Joanne Froggatt ‘Walking, cooking, reading.” Style winner Anna Orsini

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Pioneer winner Hope Powell; Woman To Watch winner Michaela Coel, right


WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN 2017 – PERSONALLY OR PROFESSIONALLY?

“Living in the moment. I want to achieve that personal/ professional life balance.” Fashion entrepreneur Natalie Massenet FROM LEFT: Community presenter Joanne Froggatt and comedian Aisling Bea; Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joan Burstein

“People have an inner strength – sometimes they just need help finding it”

“I look forward to the ever-changing challenges facing the fashion industry. Wellness is of real interest to our customers and bringing this to life is a focus for the year ahead.” Marks & Spencer style director Belinda Earl “I would like to have written and directed something – I’ve never directed officially. Also, I’d like to write a drama.” Woman to Watch Michaela Coel

Community/Charity winner Jayne Senior

“To find a new challenge. I’d like to improve my skills as a jump jockey and have a couple of wins – it’s a new sporting career for me and I love it.” British jockey and former track cyclist Victoria Pendleton Hearst Magazine’s chief revenue officer Duncan Chater and vice president general manager of Clinique Rachel Baker

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“Life is unpredictable. It can be cruel, but it can also show the best of people as well. Take the magical moments and use them as cherished memories whenever you’re in the dark. Look to the stars and, just like friends, they can guide you safely home” Clinique Difference Maker winner Claire Throssell 

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Baby Anita in Wales

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GOING BACK TO MY roots

Returning to Swansea after “fun and family” in India felt hard to young Anita

As a child of Indian parents, growing up in Wales, Anita Bhagwandas found it hard to figure out who she was, but as an adult she’s joyfully reclaiming her roots

had a comedic message on Tinder last year that – in a single utterance – summarised the dichotomy you face when your parents are from ‘somewhere else’. He asked where I was from. “I’m Welsh!” I said. His reply? “U don’t look Welsh. Unless u spend your days lyin’ in a sunbed?” Needless to say, this chap was not my future husband, but the exchange made me realise that how I define myself and how others define me are two starkly different things. I’ve always felt awkward saying I’m Indian – which is ridiculous, given that, well, I am. My mum jokingly calls me a ‘coconut’ – Indian slang for somebody brown on the outside and white on the inside – because, for most of my life, I’ve claimed other identities like ‘Goth’ or ‘Welsh’ before ‘Indian’. And I could sooner tell you about the newest Slayer album than I could the plotline to the latest Bollywood movie. After meeting at medical school in Chennai, South India, and getting married, my parents moved to freezing Swansea in 1980, unaware of the reaction they’d face. My dad was routinely told to ‘go home’ on the street, and patients of my psychiatrist mum would ask for a white doctor (her English is perfect). At the start of primary school, aged four, I knew I was different, too – my frizzy hair didn’t stay in a pretty French plait like everyone

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else’s, and I was taller and chubbier, too. I was never bullied per se, but even the smallest injustices, the microaggressions, stay with me to this day (like when my first friend told me her mum said she couldn’t play with me any more, because ‘you are brown’ or a kid in the playground told me I was the colour of poo). But what really irked me was that I was never given a cute part in any school plays. I was an animal or narrator, never an angel (presumably, a brown angel was too far-fetched). Although I didn’t love school, back then, I did love India. I was two and then five when my parents took me on my first trips to Chennai. My Patti (grandmother) would make me tiny idlis (mini rice balls) in a tiffin box and my family seemed to love me unconditionally – they found my British exoticism an endless source of wonder (at least they thought I was cute). I adored doing Kolam (decorating the ground with colourful rice flour) and even liked being woken at 6am every sun-drenched dawn to be taught about the millions of Hindu gods and goddesses by my wonderful Thatha (grandfather). In India, we had an amazing house filled with fun and family. By comparison, our tiny semi in Wales, with its semi-friendly neighbours on one side and semi-racist ones on the other, now seemed distinctly unappealing. For those first two visits, I was bereft when the time


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came to leave Chennai. Seeing my family weeping at the airport gate, I felt a wave of asphyxiating sadness. To protect myself, I had to pull away. A lifetime stuck between two worlds would be too much to bear. The next time I went to India, aged nine, I consciously disassociated from the trip. My grandfather had passed away and, even though I only met him twice, I adored him. Heartbreakingly, he even died holding a photo of me. And now, the house felt different. I stowed away watching MTV for hours, only surfacing to take part in meals and required outings. Among the family I’d once loved, I found it hard to show any emotion. I repeated that cycle throughout my teens, using ghetto blasters and MiniDisc players for company. I was bored of India; I wanted to go to Tenerife like my school friends.

being an identity that I can wear however I choose. I also recognise many of my traits (working really hard, then leaving it up to fate, being charitable, being open to spirituality and science like my grandfather) are inherent in Hinduism and wider Indian culture. Delving into my past, I can see I’ve been limiting myself with labels like ‘Goth’ and ‘Welsh’ for too long – I’m just who I am.

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hings I thought were authentically me are actually rooted more deeply in my Indian heritage than even I’d imagined. So I now want to know everything about my ancestry. Compiling a family tree with my dad, I discovered that my great, great, great grandfather was the first person to go to Madras Medical College (where my parents met) in 1852 and we’ve located his THIS DUALISM TOOK ITS TOLL BACK HOME IN enrolment certificate. And after years of resisting my WALES, TOO. My parents tried to instil in me the mum’s offer of cooking lessons, I’m also learning to cook importance of getting good grades (because, as South Indian food. I’ve started making one Indian meal a minority, you had to work harder to prove yourself), a week, as a form of comfort in knowing I have time but I was average academically and didn’t care about and the skill to learn about my past. It’s not too late. my studies. Instead, I wanted to devour copies of I’ve started doing the odd Hindu prayer, too – the Melody Maker and Select with my friends. The things ancient Sanskrit ones my grandfather taught me. It gives I’d loved about Indian culture had dissipated – gradually, me a mindful moment in the morning, and reminds me I started to resent the pressure of my Indian identity. not to be An Angry Londoner On The Tube, as well as As a result, from the age of 11, I felt almost entirely giving me some faith I’m doing okay and somebody has Welsh – with a love of rugby, music and a predilection my back, spiritually. I’ve just quit a magazine job to go for a good night out, sans coat. When I moved to London freelance, and having a sense of where I’ve come from in 2009, it was my Welsh heritage I brought with me. (a long line of brilliant, successful people) and who I am Daffodils, Welsh cakes, St David’s Day and, in moments of (Indian, Welsh, still a Goth) has given me confidence and homesickness, Gavin & Stacey reruns (after a few drinks, inner strength, because I know exactly who I am now I don’t sound entirely unlike Nessa). – and I also know that’s evolving. Having left the magic of my early Embracing my Indian-ness has I’ve SEEN how my experiences in India far behind, I’m definitely brought me closer to my now – at 32 – having a change of ‘otherness’ makes me mum. I can see my former reluctance heart. Part of the motivation to embrace my culture probably unique, as well as being to reclaim my culture comes from felt like a rejection. Of course, an IDENTITY that I can rediscovering my Indian heritage so knowing that – depending on who I marry – my heritage could end with wear however I choose late has had its consequences. I’m not my parents, and my potential children as close to my cousins as I could have could miss out on knowing about been and, while I understand Tamil, Indian culture. But it’s also that Brexit has shone a light I can’t speak it very well. Do I wish I’d appreciated my on how minorities – even those born here – are treated, full heritage sooner? Absolutely. Am I embarrassed at which has made me more aware of my own difference. how dismissive I was? Entirely. I’ve missed out on a lot, My mother in particular was annoyed that I wanted not least a family trip to India six years ago. Sadly, my nothing to do with my culture. I, in turn, couldn’t grandmother died soon after. Now I regret it, and see understand why she wouldn’t just let me be me. She how ridiculous and selfish I was. told me I’d regret not having more Asian friends and Reconnecting to my heritage has made me realise now I truly do regret it – because I’d like to share some how much influence the past has on our identities. I’m of the issues I face (from familial expectations through the sum of all my experiences, ancestry and both my to even finding make-up for darker Indian skins) with Welsh and Indian culture. Finally, I’m embracing the somebody else from a similar background. complex and sometimes confusing aspects of my life that What led me to pull away from my roots was a sense have made me who I am today. Your of immature rebellion. But I’m now at a place with my roots don’t have to bind you – they For more memoirs and heritage where I adore and am very protective of it. I’ve can give you a different lens to see the personal stories, visit seen how my ‘otherness’ makes me unique, as well as world, and the stability to truly soar.  REDONLINE.CO.UK

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HOW TO SURVIVE ONLINE DATING (and meet someone you like) Grow a thick skin, be your everyday self and don’t give up. These are the rules that helped writer Stella Grey fall in love when she was on the cusp of quitting

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’d been married for 20 years when my husband – healthy men who really want something lasting. I must a man I thought of as my closest friend – announced emphasise, right now, that in the end I found him: the that he wanted a new life with someone else. I was man who made me realise that my husband wasn’t the 49 but essentially the story is the same at 29 and 39. love of my life. But when Edward and I first met there For a time, the world looks as if it has ended, but the was no spark, no moment. He was wearing a terrible important thing to recognise is that this is a phase and that red beanie and anorak, towering over me at 6ft 5in, his you will survive it. At the time it felt as if I wouldn’t. The manner stiff and deep-set eyes uncertain. Nevertheless, mechanics of separating made it worse: the division of I had this niggling feeling. It’s difficult to explain what books and chairs and the pottery bought on holiday in it was. It was probably more about what it wasn’t. It France is actual hell. In comparison with that, the final wasn’t… finished. I wasn’t sure that we were wrong for document’s arrival in the post was strangely anticlimactic. one another. I’d learned a lot by then, after two years of It’s the ungluing of your two-person trying, and I knew that people are history that really unravels you. rarely their best selves in situations It got to the point at which loaded with so much anticipation. I KNEW that people something had to be done. I realised are rarely their BEST BEFORE WE MET, MY ONLINE that I could try to bring unhappiness to a halt; I had that power in myself. SELVES in situations MANHUNT COULD BE PLOTTED That’s how I came to sign up to loaded with so much ON A GRAPH AS A FLUCTUATING LINE OF ANXIETY. My almostonline dating, five months after the ANTICIPATION quitting moments came when I’d separation. I went for the obvious written hundreds of emails that had candidates, Match.com and OKCupid, been rebuffed or ignored, when I’d Guardian Soulmates, Plenty Of Fish. met nice men who’d ghosted me, when I’d been asked I think I had expectations of it being friendly, in a first phone conversation whether I was fully shaved. civilised, a great big digital meet and greet. I almost gave up twice. The first time, I tried chatting I knew nothing of what I was getting into. up men in real life – in bookshops, coffee shops – and Before I sound as if I’m putting you off, I want to got nowhere. The second time, one last trawl produced shout through a megaphone that you shouldn’t be. There Edward’s listing. When everything in you is saying, are leg-over merchants and timewasters, and lost souls “I can’t do this any longer,” that’s the point at which » making a god-awful mess, but there are also emotionally

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RELATIONSHIPS a nice time”. My post-date communications were the chilly ones of a woman determined not to be hurt. Edward interpreted them as goodbye and went quiet. In a flash of intuition, I realised I had to be brave and say I’d like to see him again, and so I did, and his confidence was restored. IT WAS ONLY ON THE THIRD DATE THAT WE BEGAN TO TALK UNSELFCONSCIOUSLY AT LAST. On the

way home he took his glove off to hold my hand, and murmured, “That’s better.” He leaned down and kissed me softly at the door. But it was the fourth meeting that really brought us together, via a plumbing crisis. He came over with a toolbag and fixed a spurting inlet pipe, and the self-marketing phase came abruptly to an end. Early dates are often saturated in artificiality, in performance, and you need to get past that, to the laughing, to your everyday self and admissions about your own failings. Of course, sometimes it’s obvious on date one that the thing will never work. If he turns out to be a Trump supporter, for instance; nonnegotiable. But if there’s any doubt at all, persist. People expect to be smitten on date one. Edward and I wouldn’t be together if we’d been asked at the end of date one to evaluate our spark. We didn’t have one. Sometimes the spark is a slow burner. It’s an accumulation of Stick with it. Leave BUT I MADE MISTAKES, TOO. little things – seeing kindness in the door OPEN and I SIMPLIFIED MY PROFILE – someone, bonding over a private joke, stop OBSESSIVELY the gradual intimacy of pillow talk self-protectively – to the point of blandness, and found romantic watching it. Turn your – that make us fall for another human. pen-friends. I emailed and emailed first-date thunderbolt people hope attention to your life That men, postponing a face-to-face, until for – often that’s just chemistry, and the assumptions we both brought along hormones aren’t always a predictor of to a first date were ludicrous. In one lasting love. Take your time. Give it case we ‘fell in love’ beforehand, having written weeks space to develop. Do things together and wait and see. of novels to one another. He took against me at first sight. Be your true self in your listing and photographs. The constant physical judgement was a shock at first. This isn’t the time to fake your emotional CV. If anyone I’m a fan of a sturdy man, greying, balding, a little makes you feel you’re being judged, found wanting, world-weary, his life experience written on his face and patronised or used – forget it. Move on. The saving in his eyes. I find middle age sexy in men in a way that grace about internet dating is that it’s a sea full of fish. few men I encountered on dating sites found sexy in Be definite about who you are, but not to the point at women. It’s the men who grant you the same leeway which you give the impression that your own interests that you’re looking for. Ask yourself: am I likely to are demanded of in someone else. Compatibility isn’t become smitten by a man who judges women by the about being the same. size of their arse? If not, it doesn’t matter what the Edward and I are not alike but we do have crossing arse-judgers think of you. You have to acquire a thicker points. He’s a science geek who’s got me into stargazing. skin, shrug your shoulders and say, “Your loss, buddy,” I’m a history buff who’s got him into ruins. But we while high-fiving yourself. Sure, I had bad experiences, click and keep on clicking. Each of us is broadening but all were survivable, and looking back, most of them the scope of the other. can now make me laugh. Trusting was hard, but once you let go of the safety rope, As for Edward, the reason we are now together is that’s when love really starts. We live together now, and that I had a moment of self-awareness. I realised, after we’re talking about our old age and planning new disastrous date two, in which neither of us could adventures, and so online summon much conversation, that I’d said things that’d dating was worth it, every Enjoy more stories in the Red free weekly newsletter. To been said to me by men who never wanted to see me exasperating day of it. sign up, text RED and your again. I’d said, “It was lovely to meet you” and “I had Don’t give up.  email address to 84499*

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lots of women turn away. I’m in favour of riding through it, of tweaking it, of spending quiet periods of not initiating contact, but keeping the door open. The open door is crucial. Nobody can walk through a closed door. Over the 693 days that I was listed (yes! Advertising myself! You have to get past that), I learned a lot. I became clearer about who I was but more fluid about what I wanted. I toughened up. I expected less and was less affected by failure. So what I will say is: stick with it. Leave the door open and stop obsessively watching it. Meanwhile, turn your attention to your life: at home, get offline, pull up your drawbridge and get into the hygge. But go out, too; be with people you like and who stimulate you, and not always with vodka on the side. It’s important not to withdraw. The self-absorption of online dating can work its dark magic on you and leave you low in confidence. Anything that leads out from yourself and feeds back into yourself is important when under constant judgement. For me, it was reading a lot, watching documentaries, learning (making myself feel substantial again), spending weekends with woman pals, making exciting plans just for me on my own, cooking well for one, and trying to treat each independent day like a treasured opportunity. It wasn’t easy, but trying made me feel better.


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etting friends over for a kitchen supper is the best way to spend the season. Your favourite people at the table, lit by candles and each other’s company, good food, good wine, good conversation. But with everything else going on this month it can be hard to find energy to cook, which is why Le Gruyère AOP is the ideal winter time saver. For it’s the perfect centrepiece in a fondue, rich and decadent and indulgent. And when turning to the throwback of a retro fondue, why not look back a little further into the past? For Le Gruyère AOP has been made the same way for 900 years, its creamy texture coming direct from the hillside villages of western Switzerland, where it was first created. Given pride of place on cheeseboards, added to soups or sandwiches, or melted into a delicious goo as a fondue, it’s guaranteed to please the crowds and fill you with festive joy.

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Fondue Vaudoise with Le Gruyère AOP SERVES: 4 PREPARATION TIME: 20 minutes INGREDIENTS

1 clove of garlic, cut into two 800g grated or thin slices of Le Gruyère AOP cheeses of different degrees of maturity 4 tsp corn flour 350ml Vaud white wine 1 small glass of kirsch

Freshly grated nutmeg

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1 Rub the fondue dish with the clove of garlic and leave in the pot if you wish. 2 Mix Le Gruyère AOP cheese with the corn flour in the fondue dish, add the white wine and bring to a boil while stirring continuously, until the cheese has completely melted. 3 Add the kirsch, then season generously with some freshly grated pepper and the nutmeg. Serve immediately.


Balloons and (below) husband Brendan honour Cox’s memory Birthday tributes in London BELOW: Cox at Westminster after being newly elected in 2015

TO JO, WITH LOVE The tragic murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in June left our country in shock and mourning. Here, one of her close friends and fellow MPs, Jess Phillips, remembers the brave and brilliant woman she was

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he first time I met Jo was our second ever day in parliament. We took part in a group photo of the Labour MPs who had been elected that week. Jo was in front of me, and acting party leader Harriet Harman said we were to look powerful and determined. Jo and I struggled with the brief and giggled together. The resulting picture shows us both beaming with pride in our place in the group. We might have failed to appear powerful, but the image is a true reflection of my friendship with Jo – Labour women, shoulder to shoulder, delighted to be there together. The thing I first noticed about Jo was how sprite-like she was. Not because she was little, but because of the way she moved all the time, darting about even when you were stood still just chatting. She was so full of energy it was always as if she couldn’t sit still. This quality meant that she rushed headlong into things and gave all the issues she cared about a starting spark or kick up the bum. She was a catalyst. As

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well as being incredibly positive, this quality sometimes led her reeling straight into a brick wall. I recall a voicemail she left me after hearing about a woman sent home from work for not wearing high heels. The message demanded we do something: “How about we all turn up on Monday in flat trainers to parliament?” She planned a photoshoot of women parliamentarians in solidarity against such ludicrous sexism. Energetically she laid out a plan, asking me to ring some people – she would ring others – and how we could involve female lobby journalists. Buzzing with the injustice and the chance to plan a slapdown, the message went on and on. It was quickly followed by a second message that simply said, “Just realised we are not in parliament on Monday as it is the recess, so forget all of that.” She was a planner. She never wanted to wait and see what happened. Nearly every conversation I ever had with her began with, “Right then, what’s our plan?” In many ways we were not naturally matched as friends. Jo was an energetic,


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positive, healthy rocket who loved the outdoors and pushing herself to the limits. I, on the other hand, am a physically lazy cynic who doesn’t like climbing stairs, let alone mountains. The thing that bound us was a willingness to speak up, even when what we were saying was unpopular, and an utter pragmatism about parliament and party politics when getting something done. Jo didn’t care who you were – if you could help her achieve her aims, you were with her. In a time when politics is with-us-or-against-us divisive, Jo exemplified the opposite. Jo wanted people with her. Our friendship was forged through mutual support. We decided to be there for each other. To praise and echo the other’s causes. To be on the end of the phone to give a confidence boost or an ear to moan about our detractors. We both suffered horrendous online vitriol from those who wanted to silence our voices, so we relied on each other to make sure those voices were not the ones that rang in our ears. In politics, love and support is rare; its power, therefore, is huge.

I sent Jo a text. It read, “I know you won’t read this until you are better but I love you.” I sat all day in near silence waiting for news, while my friends brought me tea and sat with me quietly not knowing what to say. Deep down I think I knew that she was gone but I had held on to hope or a fabled miracle. When the news finally came that Jo had died, I felt completely hopeless, useless and heartbroken.

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he last time I saw her was the day before she died. On the day parliament broke up for the EU referendum vote, she held a party at her houseboat for the Labour team elected in 2015. All were welcome, no party disunity was allowed in this crowd. We danced and sang and gave out silly awards to each other. We played with her children, laughed with her husband. As I left her home I gave her a cuddle and said, “See you on the flipside.” We held each other anxiously, a supportive squeeze for the hard battle in front of us as passionate remainers. If LIKE MOST WOMEN, JO I had known it was the last time I DOUBTED HERSELF. Over a would ever see her, I’d have held her glass of wine she once lamented longer, squeezed her tighter. I don’t to me that she felt like everyone have things I wish I had said to her. was doing more than her. As a We had spent that young mum she felt torn, and that evening hugging some of our more ambitious and each other, outwardly driven colleagues put thanking one her to shame. Today we all know another and our how wrong she was. She would colleagues for the want all women to remember this support we gave Phillips and Cox with fellow when their inner voice starts to each other. In our Labour MPs in 2015 LEFT: turn up the volume. When I feel final hug, I know Campaigner Malala Yousafzai this way, which I do all the time, she knew how at Cox’s memorial ceremony I remind myself that the amazing much I relied Jo Cox doubted herself. It gives on her strength and passion and The reason Jo will be me some perspective. cherished some of her eccentricities. forever REVERED is not The reason Jo will be forever Jo left us too soon, but she left revered, the reason she was so a library of inspiration. Her causes because she was special loved by all who worked with or – Syria, refugees, loneliness in or MAGICAL, it’s because met her is not because she was older adults and the empowerment she was just like us special or magical, it’s because of women – will be continued by she was just like us. Jo would friends and colleagues, inspired have encouraged anyone to do by her force. Each and every time what she did; she would have shrugged off any idea of her Alison McGovern, Rachel Reeves, Andrew Mitchell, being a superwoman. She believed that anyone could join myself and many more rise to our feet to give voice to in with changing things and if you stood near her, for these issues, Jo will appear in every inch of our action. even a minute, you would certainly have been drafted in. The legacy she left with me is more personal – she left I was away with my girlfriends in Spain when I heard Jo with me a sense of courage, a gentle nudge to speak up had been hurt outside the public library in her beloved and the reminder to dare to be brave. Jo taught me that constituency of Batley and Spen. I had ignored a number we should go on an adventure even if it terrifies us, and of calls from colleagues as I was taking a day off. A news that it is always better if we go alert appeared on my iPad and I swept it away without together. Jo Cox kept me going. For more tributes to those we’ve loved registering the information – it took a minute for what She still does and always will.  and lost in 2016, visit To donate to Jo’s memorial fund, I had seen to make its mark. I immediately called back the REDONLINE.CO.UK colleagues I had ignored and wept on the phone with them. go to Gofundme.com/jocox

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Britain’s best-loved fairy tales are given the theatrical treatment this Christmas

The Red Shoes, Sadler’s Wells, London (Now until 29th January; Sadlerswells.com) Hans Christian Andersen’s classic about a girl forced to dance in her scarlet shoes is transformed into a beautiful ballet by Matthew Bourne.

The Snow Queen, Bristol Old Vic (Now until 15th January; Bristololdvic.org.uk) 172 years after it was first published, the much-loved story, which inspired Disney’s Frozen, is adapted into an on-stage adventure.

Snow White & Other Tales From The Brothers Grimm, Creation Theatre, Oxford (Now until 7th January; Creationtheatre.co.uk) The magic mirror, poisoned apple, and ravishing princess are brought to life, performed ‘in the round’.

Hansel And Gretel, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (From 10th December; Edtheatres.com) The Scottish Ballet’s version of the Grimm Brothers’ 1812 fairy tale is full to the brim with mischief and magic. Prepare to be wowed.

Peter Pan, Olivier Theatre, London (Now until 4th February; Nationaltheatre.org.uk) JM Barrie’s tale comes to the stage once again, directed by Sally Cookson. Cinderella, London Palladium (From 10th December; Cinderellapalladium.com) First published in 1697, the children’s classic gets the West End treatment. Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen and Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (both Folio Society, £44.95) »

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The hottest reads of 2016 Sarra Manning chooses her titles of the year

In A Land Of Paper Gods by Rebecca Mackenzie (Tinder Press, £16.99)

Combines my love of boarding school stories, difficult girls and World War II. In 1941 in a boarding school for the children of Christian missionaries high up in the mountains of Jiangxi Province, China, the Japanese are about to invade and Etta Robertson has a plan to make herself more popular that will end in tragedy. A beautifully written coming-of-age story. This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press, £18.99)

Maggie O’Farrell returns with her finest novel yet. This Must Be The Place is a delicious, offbeat look at a marriage gone awry seen from different viewpoints, time zones and perspectives, but with so much heart. Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett (Virago, £14.99)

Who knew that a novel about the whale blubber industry of New South Wales at the beginning of the 20th century could be so tense or adorable? Added bonus: contains illustrations of killer whales. Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant (Mulholland, £14.99)

A summer thriller so atmospheric you can almost smell the Piz Buin wafting up from its pages. Failed writer and casanova Paul inveigles a free Greek holiday but soon finds himself out of his depth and embroiled in a missing persons case from 10 years ago. We’ ll Always Have Paris by Emma Beddington (Macmillan, £12.99)

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Emma Beddington’s memoir is a gorgeous, funny/sad account of how she fell in and out of love with Paris. Along the way she marries an implacable Frenchman, has two sons, eats huge amounts of patisserie and makes her peace with Paris by moving to Brussels instead. The Muse by Jessie Burton (Picador, £12.99)

No difficult second novel syndrome for Jessie Burton after the success of The Miniaturist. The Muse is set in Spain in 1936 on the brink of the civil war and ’60s London, is about art and identity and has four iconic female protagonists in Odelle, Olive, Teresa and the marvellous Marjorie Quick. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (The Borough Press, £14.99)

A modern retelling of Pride And Prejudice by Prep and American Wife author Curtis Sittenfeld? Yes, please.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (Michael Joseph, £12.99)

This is the new New York novel. A tale of fortysomething former indie bandmates settled in Ditmas Park, it’s a light-handed, whip-smart look at navigating middle age. It also features a cat called Iggy Pop. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (Picador, £14.99)

Compelling historical thriller about the phenomenon of the fasting girls. Set in rural Ireland in the mid-1800s, is 11-year-old Anna a fake or a saint, and will she live or die? The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fleet, £14.99)

If not the best book of the year, then certainly the most important of the year. A heart-in-the-mouth story about Cora, a runaway slave, as she travels the underground railroad in an uncertain and dangerous attempt to be free.


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“You don’t need PERMISSION to write” Georgia Byng talks about seeing her novel, Molly Moon’s Incredible Book Of Hypnotism, on the big screen, and why the arts run in her family How did you get into writing? I tried forging a career as an actress, but in acting, you’ve got to wait for someone to give you a part. I found that frustrating, so I started penning books. You don’t need permission to write. Why did you decide to write children’s books? Oddly, writing for adults never crossed my mind. I feel I can speak with wisdom for children – I have three of my own – in a way I can’t for adults.

casting to the editing suite – it was like an amazing film school.

Molly Moon And The Monster Music and Molly Moon’s Incredible Book Of Hypnotism

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Where do you find inspiration for your books? I take things from reality and elevate them with my imagination. I once found a paper dart which someone had written on, “Please help, aliens have eaten my brain!”. Now, in one of my new books, there’s a character that writes messages on paper darts. Inspiration is everywhere.

The film stars women such as Anne-Marie Duff. Were you happy with the casting? Yes, although it was a tense process! We were a small project and big names hold out for big films. We ended up casting late, so those we wanted knew whether or not they’d be available.

“The FILM is like the book’s non-identical TWIN. I’m really HAPPY with it”

Did you find giving control of your words to someone else difficult? You can’t be precious, or expect the film to be like the book. I decided to relinquish control. The film is like the book’s non-identical twin. I’m really happy with it.

Your breakout book was Molly Moon. How did that story come about? I’d spent 10 years writing books and rejection was hard. When I was 34 I told my daughter, then 10, I couldn’t do it any more. She said: “Mum, you always tell me I should never give up!” The following year I wrote Molly Moon.

You come from a family of highprofile publishers – does an aptitude for words run in your blood? My brother Jamie is managing director of Canongate Books [he also founded Letters Live], and Archie [Bland, half-brother] is a journalist at The Guardian. As kids, we were surrounded by books and encouraged to write, draw and paint. My mother nurtured a love for the arts in us.

Molly Moon has been adapted into a film. How much input did you have in the process? I co-wrote the screenplay and served as artistic producer, but I’d never been near a film set before. I was there from

What’s next? I’ve just published The Girl With No Nose but my main focus is a trilogy for young adults. Molly Moon And The Incredible Book Of Hypnotism is in cinemas now »

Stocking stars

These witty reimaginings of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books take a tongue-in-cheek look at modern life. The quintet – Enid Blyton For Grown Ups: Five Go Gluten Free, Five Give Up The Booze, Five Go Parenting, Five Go On A Strategy Away Day and Five On Brexit Island – would make pleasingly mischievous stocking fillers. (All Quercus, £7.99 each)

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Cline was inspired by the idealism of the late ’60s in her Californian hometown

Emma Cline’s debut, The Girls – based on the Manson Family cult – became 2016’s must-read novel. Here, she recounts a remarkable year

Not so long ago, I was working in the protagonist] be ambivalent and fiction department of The New Yorker. complicated – never just a victim. I wrote The Girls while living in When The Girls was published in a shed in a friend’s back garden in June, I didn’t anticipate the attention Brooklyn. I couldn’t write in New that would follow. It’s hard to imagine York and pay rent at the same time the life of a book after you’ve finished – and it was helpful to have some writing it. Writing was the dream, not distance from my hometown in the noise that came after. Going California. I find it difficult to through the scrutiny as a woman is write about while I’m there but different to going through it as a man, homesickness sharpens my memory. from the types of questions I was I’ve always been fascinated with asked, to the way I was posed in the idealism of the leftovers of photographs. It was ironic and frustrating to write a book the ’60s, which are evident about the objectification in my hometown, and “GIRLS are and alienation of being the darker side of that often reduced a woman, then have idealism. Writing to OBJECTS and these experiences The Girls was a way while doing publicity I could engage with rarely allowed for that same book. those mythologies. to be fully But the part of the That inspired me – it HUMAN” past year I’ve enjoyed was a perspective I felt most is finding a readership. was missing, and a way to Meeting readers, especially write about girlhood in a world younger women, was an aspect that often reduces it. The crime I couldn’t have imagined. is the least important thing – the Writing a book is such a private act moments of everyday violence, – it can be startling to go from that psychological and emotional, of interior privacy to the public aspect a girl’s life are where the heart is. of putting a book out into the world. Ultimately, the book is about the I don’t think publicity will ever feel shifting relationships of the girls. The natural to me, nor do I think it should dynamics between women and girls is – my job is to write, and I try to a realm often dismissed and I wanted remind myself that what happens to to push back against that. Part of that the book after I’m finished with it is is creating flawed, believable really none of my business. The Girls characters. Teenage girls are often caused a whirlwind, but now I’m reduced to symbols or objects, and focusing on my next story. rarely allowed to be fully human. It The Girls by Emma Cline (Chatto, £12.99) was important that Evie [the book’s

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Creating a typically British backdrop against which storylines can unfold means making the countryside your own, as these three authors know…

Family Before All Else by Fiona Holland (Silver Wood Books, £8.99)

Set in made-up Bullenden but based on the reallife village of Clare in Suffolk, Holland’s bittersweet tale of families and fractured relationships is perfectly pitched amid the chatter of small-town life.

Romance

Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell (Headline, £18.99; out 12th January)

Famed for giving her novels quaint rural backdrops, Mansell’s next romping romantic comedy, featuring the tangled love lives of multiple characters, is set in fictional St Carys – based on the town of St Ives.

Thriller

Death And The Seaside by Alison Moore (Salt, £8.99)

Moore’s beguiling psychological confection merges the fictional Seatown with the real seaside resort of Seaton in Devon, turning the deck-chaired informality of beach-holiday destinations into a bleak setting for her sinister showdown. 

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EXTREMELY CLEVER and INCREDIBLY TALENTED After a decade away, literature’s wunderkind Jonathan Safran Foer has returned with a new novel, a new girlfriend and a new spring in his step » Words JONATHAN DEAN Photographs HAMISH BROWN Styling LAUREN T FRANKS

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onathan Safran Foer has had too much coffee, so there goes one stereotype of a Brooklyn novelist. He looks and sounds like one, as in he wears glasses and is softly spoken, but no, he doesn’t want a coffee. “Let’s get smoothies, do you want one?” he asks, as we sit in an east London café. He orders a strawberry, raspberry and yoghurt concoction, and I ask how the photoshoot was. “It was easy,” he says. “You often get, like, ‘Would you mind putting your head this way, putting your eyes this way?’ But he just let me do my thing.” He turns 40 in February; this literary star, whose debut Everything Is Illuminated, about the Holocaust, came out in 2002 when he was 25 and led to a $500,000 advance for second novel Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, about 9/11. It would be another 11 years before his third work of fiction, Here I Am, which hit shelves in September and covers faith, sexting, divorce and war as a family in Washington, DC falls apart and Israel is hit by a huge earthquake.  He explains the delay simply. He was being the father he wanted to be to his sons Cy, seven, and Sasha, 10, who he had with ex-wife Nicole Krauss – also a writer. It didn’t help that he had writer’s block, at least when it came to novels. He did write the hugely successful non-fiction vegan polemic Eating Animals, and worked on an Safran Foer’s first abandoned TV project for HBO. But books, Extremely Loud And anyway, Here I Am; here it is and, as Incredibly Close it centres on a writer going through a divorce, how much is it just about him? and Everything Is Illuminated “I don’t even feel confident I can give an honest answer [to that],” he replies. “Not because I’m trying to lie, but I just don’t know, because sometimes I’ll answer in a way that is my best attempt at honesty, but sounds disingenuous even to me.” He lists similarities. “I went through a divorce. I am Jewish. My name begins with J. I have sons and grew up in Washington, DC, the middle of three sons. I have had exposure to an American and Jewish experience not dissimilar to this book… The book felt very personal to me, but not in a therapeutic way. That had more to do with just what a journey it was to write it, in my life.”  He also forgets what is in his book, he says, the domestic details merging with his actual life. But then there are 592 pages of it. He gives an example of blurring reality and fantasy, from having breakfast with his children. “I asked my son to name five types of dinosaur. He said, ‘Did you ask that because there’s a dinosaur on the back of my T-shirt?’ I honestly did not see that dinosaur, but on the other hand I must have. It fell into that huge category of things you see without knowing you have seen them.” Safran Foer is fun company. With a lightness that suits his writing style, sentences seem to hang just off the page. Here I Am is full of characters so well drawn you feel part

Our DIVORCE was BORING… amicable, nice, RESPECTFUL, loving. There was NO DRAMA

of their dysfunctional family, and his mind is always whirring. “Look how tall this person is across the street,” he interrupts himself at one point. The detail of life fascinates him and he tumbles into a story of a woman at a book signing. It is rare he starts a conversation, because he’s shy, but she had “something kind of odd about her”. He asked her what she does. “She said, ‘I’m a pseudo pilot.’ I asked what that is. She flies flight simulators to teach air-trafficcontrol operators to manage flights. She was serious and I asked, ‘Had you ever done it before?’ ‘I had no experience.’ ‘Had you flown?’ She said she wouldn’t know how. It made me happy to know, like the feeling when you capture something that’s the perfect metaphor and you don’t know for what.” Look out for this woman in a future novel. IT IS RARE A WRITER MAKES IT AS YOUNG AS SAFRAN FOER DID. Being a male author is largely for those over

40. Grey-haired, flannel-clad, putting their impotence issues on page. It takes decades of failure, and if it’s quicker there is resentment from critics and anyone else with an opinion and a computer. A Huffington Post piece on overrated authors said Safran Foer is “quick to jump on the bandwagon” and “without a single original thought”. He says online negativity “hasn’t infringed on the feeling I have been very lucky as a writer”. He tries to stay away »

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from such anger and, besides, never courted attention by hanging out at parties; he doesn’t enjoy them. “To be famous as a novelist pretty much means other novelists know who you are. I could walk into a bookstore, the epicentre of where that so-called fame is supposed to exist, and no one would know who I was.” Yet, after a 10-year marriage to Krauss ended in 2014, he walked into the spotlight he always avoided by dating actress Michelle Williams – herself a single parent to Matilda, 11, whose father is late actor Heath Ledger. Of course, it wasn’t deliberate. They met and fell in love. But she has fame far beyond his. How do they avoid the gossip pages? “I’m extremely private and she’s extremely private and that’s it. People who have their pictures taken generally want to. There’s a kind of place that is very public and I’m not interested in it.” The divorce, he says, was “boring… amicable, nice, respectful, loving. There was no drama.” How does one have an amicable divorce? “Mutual respect and that’s it. That’s the answer. Just extreme mutual respect. We shared a lot of life.”

is it a career that he’d discourage young people from entering?  “No,” he says firmly. “For a couple of reasons. One, I’m not so sure the literary marketplace has been as affected in the way that, as I understand it, music has. But also you’ve got to do CLOCKWISE, what you’ve got to do. You FROM TOP: Safran have, presumably, one life, and Foer with his mum; definitely a finite life, so you girlfriend Michelle have to use your time in ways Williams; his latest you value. People who value book; with ex-wife writing find ways to have Nicole Krauss in 2013 a career as a writer. They will not necessarily live off their books. They probably won’t. There are lives to be cobbled together. I lived as a writer before I sold my first book. I ghost-wrote, I tutored and had a job for half a day every day as a receptionist at a PR firm in midtown.”  Now he is the world’s most famous novelist under 40, settled into a rarefied life where he knows whatever he writes will be published. Friends with the beautiful and brainy, he hangs Zadie and out with Natalie Portman and Zadie Smith. What I TALK about are their conversations about? He smiles. It isn’t all global politics. “Zadie and I talk about our our KIDS and relationships. She kids and relationships,” he says. “She is a wise person. A very emotionally wise person – is a WISE person I seek her advice a lot. We never talk about writing, but I seek her advice for personal HIS WEEKS IN BROOKLYN ARE FULL OF issues and she seeks mine. That’s what we talk about. FAMILY, ROUTINED AROUND HIS SONS ON THOSE We spend a huge amount of time talking about kids.”  DAYS HE HAS THEM. For a while – when failing to I ask where the family will be for Christmas/ write his third novel – they’d get in the way. Each boy Hanukkah, but he hasn’t decided. “I like the idea of woke at a different time, wanting a different breakfast; taking my kids to Greece as they’re very into Greek in the car they would insist on different music; and by mythology. And I’ve never been.” then he would have lost his car keys, too. Smoothie glasses empty, we say goodbye. This was the “By the time I would get to work,” he says, “I would sit second time we’d met in a couple of months, having spent down, have my coffee, open the computer, face the blank an hour together in New York at the end of the summer. page and think, ‘I don’t have a chance. I just don’t have Back then, he said everything he had done in the decade a chance.’ Where would necessary creative energy come between novels – such as Eating Animals – was “not my from? And then, about two years ago, I stopped seeing thing”. He said, sighing, “I was working on them that noise as a distraction and started seeing it as the noise because I could not work on a novel,” adding that Here to move into.” That is why most of the new novel takes I Am is the book that made him the happiest. It has place in a domestic environment with networks of detail. clearly invigorated him. To a writer, a world is there for To write fiction again, Safran Foer had to write about his the taking and Safran Foer is back out in it now, so long situation and that, for 10 years, has been raising his boys. as he can still put his kids to bed. I leave him in the café. I ask if Sasha and Cy have shown interest in following in Williams is in London promoting her new film, their parents’ footsteps and becoming writers. “I think they Manchester By The Sea, and everything about him think everybody’s parent is a Jewish novelist,” he says, half seems calm. There goes another For Jonathan Safran joking. “What else would you do?” But as there is less stereotype of a Brooklyn novelist.  Foer’s Best Things Here I Am (Hamish Hamilton, £20) money in publishing than there was thanks to the internet, In Life, visit REDONLINE.CO.UK

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ANYTHING GOES WHEN IT COMES TO DRESSING UP THIS PARTY SEASON. WHETHER IT’S A BEJEWELLED SKIRT WITH A COSY, BRIGHT JUMPER, A SHEER ORGANZA DRESS STYLED WITH SIMPLE FLATS, OR LAYERED-UP CLASHING PRINTS, DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Photographs THANASSIS KRIKIS Styling LAUREN T FRANKS

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There are party outfits, and then there is this: a riot of everything, all whipped up into one glorious fashion frenzy. It’s cheeky. It’s gaudy. It’s got punch. There is a metallic micro-bag involved… New Year’s Eve, you’d better get ready Wool jumper, £315, Kenzo. Sequin skirt, £750, House Of Holland. Crystal and pearl earrings, £385, Oscar de la Renta at Harrods. Leather bag, £1,295, Jimmy Choo


Can a ballgown be breezy? It can if Mr Armani has had anything to do with proceedings. A fresher take on ethereal, it’s the black slip that gives it a modern edge. Wear with flats and deliver fulllength to a new dawn Black and white silk and embroidered organza dress, £3,950, Giorgio Armani. Burgundy leather shoes, £495, Jimmy Choo. Silver-plate earrings, £140, Dannijo

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Okay, so the nights might be dark, but that’s no excuse to stop flowers blooming across your wardrobe. We’re feeling sunny anyway, whatever the seasons say outside Cotton shirt, £900; silk skirt, £2,250, both Valentino. Metal and resin earrings, £110, Bimba Y Lola. Acrylic bag, £1,225, Edie Parker


This is where fashion gets fun. A silk, short pyjama set beneath a tulle ra-ra column sheath? It’s kooky, yes, it’s out there, for sure, and it’s full-on fabulous, guaranteed Cotton-blend tulle dress (including silk pyjama set underneath), £1,995; velvet and leather bag, £1,495, all Burberry. Brass, plastic and steel earrings (just seen), £9.99, H&M. Wool-blend socks, £12, Falke. Leather and glitter trainers, £310, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

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A dress that unites a plethora of opposing prints is a solid party starting point. Just add a be-sparkled waistcoat, collarboneskimming earrings and a little box bag Silk dress, £737; gemstone waistcoat, £728, both Dorothee Schumacher. Metal glasses, £223, Miu Miu. Metal and pavé-diamond earrings, £410, Bally. Perspex bag, £975, Sophie Hulme

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A coat that requires its own hairbrush is our kind of outerwear. This Gucci fuzz is calling out for a pair of mildly provocative fishnets and a look that says “I’m ready to rock ’n’ roll” Faux-fur and leather coat, £2,200, Gucci. Elastane tights, £6.50, Topshop. Metal and pavé-diamond earrings, £375, Bally


Here’s a new fashion formula for you: one golden cuff frill + a swathe of reflective sequins x a whole hunk of sporty red = the best look on the dance floor Polyester cardigan, £179, Baum Und Pferdgarten. Cotton sequin top, £375, By Malene Birger. Satin trousers, £350, Mother Of Pearl. Silver-plated earrings, £580, Lanvin at Net-a-porter.com. Leather and perspex bag, £750, Paula Cademartori

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It’s always good to have Charlie’s Angels as your sartorial stimulus. Key accessories for partying ’70s style: a necktie, rose-tinted specs and don’t-givea-damn attitude Viscose jumper, £95, Whistles. Jacquard trousers, £260, Pinko. Metal glasses, £131, Ray-Ban. Glass earrings, £12, Accessorize. Silk scarf, £49.50, J Crew. Cotton bag (just seen), £1,095, Christian Louboutin. Lurex shoes, £445, Paul Andrew

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Only Chanel can weave the full set of exquisite embellishments into each of its wondrous dresses. This one is so lush, it has bloomed flowers for a shoulder strap. Karl, we salute your sorcery Grey and black organza and tulle dress, price on request, Chanel. Brass and glass earrings, £65, J Crew Model Karolina Waz at Elite London. Hair Ben Cooke at Frank Agency for Lockonego, using Pantene. Make-up Terry Barber at David Artists, using MAC Cosmetics. Nails Kim Treacy at Stella Creative Artists, using Marc Jacobs Beauty. Stylist’s assistant Anisha Parbhakar-Brown. Location thanks to Spring Studios

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BEST OF

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2016

WINNERS

CLOCKWISE, FROM FAR LEFT: Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder Morning Aura Illuminating Crème, £68. H&M Eye Shadow, £4.99. Stila Stay All Day Matte’ificent Lipstick, £15. Neom Bath & Shower Drops, £40. Soigné Botanical Nail Lacquer, £11

BEAUTY AWARDS 2016

THIS WAS the year THAT…

From feather-light foundations that made us fall back in love with full coverage, to stay-put lipstick and revolutionary skincare, these 50 products transformed our beauty regimes in the past year » Words ALEXANDRA FRIEND Photographs BENOIT AUDUREAU Art direction TANITA MONTGOMERY

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...EYES HAD IT EASY Silky liquid liners, satin-like shadows and an innovative make-up remover – everything about eyes said ease, speed and impact

BEST EYESHADOW

H&M Eye Shadow in (from top) Secret Sphinx, Brownie Points, Sahara Caravan and Greige Of Innocence, £4.99 each Feather-soft shadows in shades we all wanted to wear. A high-street win

BEST BRUSH BRAND

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Tapered Shadow Brush, £16 Real Techniques makes consistently good tools, and this beautifully fluffy blending brush was no exception BEST FOR BROWS

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows, £18.50 A fantastic one-stop product for fast and foolproof brows, available in three true shades

BEST PENCIL

BEST MASCARA

4 Clinique High 5 Max Factor Impact Custom Black Voluptuous False Kajal in Blackened Lash Effect Brown, £16 Mascara, £11.99 This elegant alternative Believable, to black looks even buildable and better when smudged long-lasting, this (yet somehow never ticked every one of left us looking tired) our mascara boxes

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BEST LIQUID LINER

6 Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner, £23.50 Glides along the lash line for perfect flicks every time, while the subtly shimmering ink sets quickly and doesn’t budge

BEST CREAM COLOUR

7 Burberry Eye Colour Contour Smoke & Sculpt Pen, £23 Wear solo or blend together for the speediest smoky eye

BEST REMOVER

8 Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick, £16 The easiest and best way to clean up eye make-up mistakes without dragging or drying skin. A new make-up-bag must


BEAUTY ...WE FELL BACK IN LOVE WITH BASE With light-as-air textures, luminous finishes and true-to-life shades, full coverage felt more wearable than ever before

...NAILS HAD THE EDGE From putty to pea-green, our favourite nail shades were a touch unexpected, and no one does off-kilter chic better than Soigné

Soigné Botanical Nail Lacquer in (from top) Eternel, Papillon De Nuit, Poussière D’Ortie, Ombre Solaire, Dutch Wax and Mica, £11 each » Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup, £28 Beautifully light, endlessly blendable and invisible to the eye, except for the faultless glow it leaves behind

10 Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation, £35 Best mixed with skincare or a tinted moisturiser for a radiant, soft-focus finish

11 Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint, £30 Sitting somewhere between tinted moisturiser and a fuller foundation, this gives skin a flatteringly semi-matte and velvet-like glow

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...HAIR WENT HIGH-LOW High-street buys sat happily next to high-end favourites in this year’s hair haul

BEST LUXE HAIR BRAND

BEST HIGH -STREET HAIR BRAND

13 Ouai Texturising Hair Spray, £22 Ouai’s fragrant shampoos and conditioners first had us hooked, but this bed-heady spray turned out to be one of the best texturisers we tried

14 OGX Shampoo & Conditioner, £6.99 each We love this extensive range of shampoos and conditioners – the new O2 Shampoo and Niacin 3 & Caffeine Conditioner included

...OUR HEARTS BELONGED TO ONE BLUSH BEST CHEEK COLOUR

Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Creme in Sweet Cheeks (above) and Peachy Keen, £19 each Sheer, juicy and easy to apply, this is all we ever wanted from a cream blush

...WE TRAVELLED LIGHT BEST SPECIALIST HAIR CARE

16 Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo & Conditioner, £9.99 each These excellent products gave us thicker, fuller hair with every wash

BEST INNOVATION

BEST FRIZZ-FIGHTER

17 John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder In-Shower Lightening Treatment, £9.99 A no-mess treatment that brightens highlights in five minutes flat – really

18 Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Oil, £6.99 Coconut, argan, macadamia and more – find all the good oils in this hydrating serum

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GHD Flight, £49 We’d rather cull a pair of shoes than travel without a good drier. This is so compact we don’t have to make that call, yet it packs 85% of the power of a full-sized model

Hair’s big trend: the textural tipping point This was the year that curls came back in full force, paving the way for texture of all kinds. Whether that meant embracing the kink you’d always tried to tame or creating freestyle bends by tucking your lengths behind your ears as they air-dried, hair had a rare opportunity to go its own way, and we loved every second.

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15 Josh Wood Colour Care Mask, £10 If you’re making time for a mask, let it be one that boosts colour and condition. And when it’s from one of London’s top colourists, even better

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BEST COLOUR CARE


BEAUTY ...SKINCARE MIXED IT UP The return of vitamin C, a clay cleanser that’s gentle enough to use every day, and dry brushing for the face – skincare was full of surprises

BEST OIL

Trilogy Age-Proof CoQ10 Booster Oil, £31.50 A refined texture and proven actives make this perfect for new oil users or long-time aficionados BEST CLEANSER

Bare Minerals Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser, £18 The cleansing and purifying properties of clay, with a comforting, creamy texture that doesn’t strip skin BEST LUXE BUY

L’Occitane Divine Harmony Cream, £126 Botanicals go luxe in this deliciously buttery cream BEST SKIN TOOL

24 Aveda Tulasara Facial Dry Brush, £27 Like body brushing for the face, this delivers softer, tauter skin in a gentle, therapeutic way BEST SKIN SPRITZ

28 Erborian Bamboo Splash, £29 The perfect face mist is refreshing, hydrating and pleasant to use – just like this one

BEST CITY SPF

BEST EYE CREAM

25 Elizabeth Arden 26 Darphin Exquisâge Prevage City Smart Beauty Revealing Eye & SPF50 Hydrating Lip Contour Cream, £55 Shield, £55 This hit of lightweight yet Environmental protection hardworking hydration became with a luminous finish our new desk-drawer staple BEST SKIN TREATMENT

BEST MASK

27 Fresh Vitamin Nectar VibrancyBoosting Face Mask, £52 Instant brightening with no irritation – we’re hooked

BEST NIGHT TREATMENT

29 Zelens Power C 30 Alpha H Beauty High Potency Vitamin C Sleep Power Peel, £54 Treatment Drops, £125 The overnight powerhouse Clarity, radiance and brings cell renewal up to speed for protection par excellence a fresh and even-looking glow »

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...LIPSTICK LIVED UP TO THE HYPE A brave, beautiful lip was the catwalk trend we couldn’t miss out on, and with incredible formulations that looked fresher, felt better and stayed on for longer, we didn’t have to BEST SATIN FINISH

33 MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Mulling Spices, £17.50 Punchy and vibrant with a soft, glossy finish, it’s the one you need for that undone French-girl look

BEST STAIN

BEST CLASSIC RED

(above, from left) Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Rouge Chanel; and Rouge Allure in Rouge Tentation, £26 each This delicious Chanel red is chic and rich with a demi-matte glow

34 Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle De Velvet in Cherry Leaders, £8.99 A sheer, glowing wash of colour that glides on like a gloss, wears like a lipstick and feels marshmallow-soft

BEST LONG -LAST LIP

Stila Stay All Day Matte’ificent Lipstick in Bisou, £15 A creamy and easy-to-wear matte with tenacious staying power – we made it through the day with one retouch

...WE GOT OUR GLOW ON

BEST LIQUID LIP

35 Chantecaille Matte Chic Long-Wearing Lipstick in Dorian, £36 Matte and comfortable in a suits-all shade that makes a statement without looking showy

36 Estée Lauder

37 This Works

Revitalizing Supreme Energy Bank Skin + Global Anti-Aging Glow, £30 Wake Up Balm, £46 Gilded but not The new merging of skincare Peach-gold tones and a glittering, this gel-like and make-up was one of the most silky texture add instant serum glides onto the pleasing (and high-yielding) radiance while hi-tech actives skin to add brightness, promise a long-term glow warmth and dew categories of the year

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38 Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder Morning Aura Illuminating Crème, £68 A high-performance all-over illuminator


BEAUTY ...WE FOUND NEW SIGNATURE SCENTS Richly heady or quietly neck-nuzzling, the scents that had our hearts all shared something warm, soft and wearable

Prada Nue Au Soleil EDP, £195 for 100ml A beautiful blend of orange blossom and warm incense

Byredo Heliotropia EDP, £135 for 100ml Soft, dry and smoky, this cool-girl floral had us stopped in the street (true story)

Diptyque Kimonanthe EDP, £130 for 100ml A beautiful blend of musk, leather and apricot in 2016’s most stunning bottle

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc EDP, £148 for 50ml A sexy, beachy thrillseeker of a scent, all sun-warmed skin and musky spice

Romilly Wilde Idle EDP, £130 for 30ml (centre) Rich with jasmine yet so much more than a floral, this has a peppery, boho vibe

Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Boy EDP, £230 for 200ml We totally bought into Chanel’s take on unisex – a delicious segue from citrus and lavender to an elegant, powdery dry down »

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BEST HIGH-END BODY

Aerin Tangier Vanille Body Cream, £40 Vanilla finally gets the treatment it deserves, in this warm, musky and highly moisturising body cream with not a hint of confectionery about it

BEST AROMATHERAPY

48 Neom Real Luxury Bath & Shower Drops, £40 Everyone loved these therapeutic, wake-meup drops, which are about as easy as aromatherapy gets BEST SELF TAN BEST HIGHSTREET BODY H&M

BEST HOME FRAGRANCE

Molton Brown

Cashmere Haze Hand Wash, £3.99 Clean, comforting and cosy, this turns every handwash into a tiny joy

Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Three Wick Candle, £55 With its soft, tangy fragrance and a long, even burn, this was one of our candle highlights

...WE GAVE OUR BATHROOMS SOME LOVE

49 St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion, £15 Still one of the most innovative self-tan products, it came in a darker shade this year BEST BODY WASH

50 Weleda Men Active Shower Gel, £7.95 We took this home for the boys, but ended up claiming the rosemary- and vetiver-rich formula for ourselves. An uplifting addition to our favourite range of washes

We’ve partnered with our favourite brands to make it easier for you to find our award winners, in store and online. Just look out for this logo, and you’ll know you’re buying Red’s Best Of Beauty 2016. 

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STYLING ASSISTANT REBECCA HULL

If you want us, that’s where we’ll be…


BEAUTY E S S AY

“I’d rather

BE PLAIN

than beautiful” Growing up in the middle of the looks spectrum was a genetic lottery win for Sali Hughes, who argues an ‘ordinary’ face is the passport to enduring happiness

I

was a plain child – neither ugly nor pretty. Occasionally cute at best, I had enormous ears (fixed at age 24), crooked teeth (still not fixed, but I’ve finally decided it’s a look), and thin, mousy hair. My only remarkable features were an inherited flaky skin condition called ichthyosis and a permed mullet that deserved a low billing at Knebworth. Before I go on, rest assured that this is most I wasn’t pretty enough for kindly aunts to rave about my certainly not a humblebrag. This is not some willowy “bonny face” and future eligibility, nor ugly enough to supermodel bleating that she was “kinda geeky” at school. have anyone apologetically and euphemistically describe My extremely ordinary childhood appearance is not a me as having “a good personality” in much the same way matter of opinion, and I’m not fishing for anyone to tell me that they might describe awful shoes as “comfy”. I was I’m mistaken, that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I was left to languish unexceptionally and happily on the middle plain. And the older I get, the more strongly I believe that, of the beauty continuum, where no one really looked. genetically speaking, this was a veritable lottery win. Consequently, I learned to get noticed by being funny, People behave strangely around I became an observer rather than beautiful children. In primary school the always observed (a handy skill I learned to get noticed for someone who had no ambitions to my friend Rebecca was blonde, blue eyed, peachy skinned, tall and looked be anything other than a journalist). by being FUNNY. like Elsa when Frozen was still three I became an OBSERVER RATHER IRONICALLY, I ALSO decades off. She was also brilliant at rather than the BECAME OBSESSED WITH BEAUTY, vocal impersonations and cross-country or rather, with beauty products – not running, but few noticed – parents always observed because I desperately felt I needed to and teachers alike – because they up my game, but because with the were too busy cooing about her looks. stakes lowered, I was free to just play and enjoy myself. I suspect not much has changed, but it struck me even No one really cared if I wore lightning bolts down my then that it must be distracting to go through life hearing cheeks, or crimped my hair into stiff peaks – least of all a perpetual commentary on what people see before them, my parents and this, I believe, was key. My mother was irrespective of your talents and longer-lasting qualities. attractive, as several school mums were, but what made We only inherit our childhood faces, after all. We’ve yet to her different was that I cannot recall her ever criticising her affect them with smoking, too much sun, scars, surgery own appearance, or being on a diet, or remarking much on or laughter. Our faces have nothing to do with anyone but either my brothers’ appearance or mine. Despite loving our parents – we just passively wear them around in public. make-up herself (and being decidedly imperfect in many Unlike Rebecca, I was afforded relative anonymity and other regards), she simply never said anything that » got on with my life without anyone having yet defined me.

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BEAUTY suggested she saw either her or my appearance as a problem to be fixed – she laid not a single piece of beauty baggage on my shoulders. She might say a dress looked nice, or a haircut was good, but neither she nor my father were remotely preoccupied with our shape, size, features or experiments in beauty or grooming. I seemed to be the only girl at school whose parents would never dream of saying, “You’re not going out looking like that.”

accidentally got the knack of making the best of it. I found, and still believe, that make-up tends to look better on ordinary faces – you can take a heap of the stuff – and so I experimented wildly. I was 15 before someone (my boyfriend) told me I was beautiful and I was thrilled and amazed, but in the simple, joyful way I might feel about finding a tenner in the street, because to take it too much to heart seemed risky. No great woman looks back on her school days as the pinnacle of her success and popularity and so there’s a great deal to be said for being a physical slow-burner. Conversely, there’s little more Sali Hughes felt her depressing than knowing your prime has passed, that “extremely ordinary your powers peaked before you had a chance to do childhood appearance” anything with them, other than snog the fittest boy at had its advantages school. Being forced by others to put all your stock in looks is asking for trouble later on, when your face and While society can’t help can’t help itself from obsessing over I do know it makes a huge figure are invariably not the bankable itself from OBSESSING looks, difference when parents can. social commodities they once were. over looks, I do know it And so now, while I do tell my I got better looking, as most of us do. We find our style, ramp up what makes a DIFFERENCE sons that they’re beautiful, I don’t offer qualifying statements as proof. we like about ourselves, learn what when parents can They’re not beautiful because they suits us. But my birthright was never have blue eyes, or blonde hair, to be that of a dazzling beauty that or small noses – they’re beautiful because they are made people gawp and dribble into canapé napkins at smiley, funny, kind, clever and sweet. They can take parties. And at 41, I find myself as comfortable as I ever as many photos as they want when we’re out as a family, was with not being part of the beauty elite. Because but I strongly discourage checking them until we’re having been surrounded by actresses, supermodels and home. There’s all the time in the world to inspect our the most gorgeous industry faces for the past two-andpores and split ends; instead we should afford kids a a-half decades, I know that extreme beauty continues to lengthy period of not thinking about how they look. do bizarre things to the beholder. They are either struck I, meanwhile, write lots about beauty, and have dumb or babble relentlessly under the misconception that authored two bestselling books on the pursuit of good the beauty before them has nothing substantial to say for looks. But far from compromise my position, a childhood herself. Men who see only the trophy and not the feeling, of plainness has, I think, given me a pretty clear-headed thinking, wounding person underneath make for the very approach. I adore make-up and playing around with worst partners, while women frequently assume single colour, hairstyles and looks, just as I always have. And beautiful women are out to nail their husbands. I can certainly appreciate beauty (Elizabeth Taylor’s face Of course, we know intellectually that none of this still gives me butterflies). I just see its sometimes fruitful should matter. We shouldn’t need to look a certain way pursuit as a great hat to try on and enjoy for myself. And to escape stereotyping and pigeonholing. One should be when it’s inevitably taken away again, I’ll be able to look able to look like an old boot and receive as much attention in the mirror and see a lifetime’s and respect as a raving beauty. Beauty shouldn’t have to worth of back-up planning.  come in small, inoffensive doses to allow kids to fly under See the video of Sali’s Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes the radar and see their commendable qualities and top beauty icons at (Harper Collins, £26) achievements acknowledged. But while society seemingly REDONLINE.CO.UK

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AND SO I DID. AND WHILE I WAS HAVING A BALL, I SLOWLY GREW INTO MY FACE and organically,


BEAUTY

Put your best foot forward with Red’s pedi-prep guide

PARTY-READY FEET Who’s afraid of a last-minute invite? Not anyone whose feet are primed, painted and ready to go

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BEAU TY INSIDER

Microtrend: The Medicure

WORDS REBECCA HULL. PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS CRAYMER, IMAXTREE, JASON LLOYD-EVANS

TOP TIP “Cuticle oil makes a pedicure last longer by penetrating through the paint to hydrate the nail underneath. A moisturised nail can hold colour for longer, meaning less chipping or flaking, and a longer-lasting shine,” says celebrity manicurist Ami Streets. (We say: apply to nails and cuticles nightly, and massage in.)

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Dior Diorific Vernis in Nova, £20.50

You may have gone the way of Gucci and be donning thick socks and closed courts this winter, but for everyone else, the lure of the strappy sandal or indeed 2016’s biggest shoe trend, the backless heel, is looming. Both of which call for 360º butter-soft feet. No wonder Margaret Dabbs’s medical pedicure, re-imagined for 2016 as the ‘Medicure’, is top of the wish list for models, fashionistas and anyone else hoping to don the newest fancy footwear. It leaves skin and toenails buffed to within an inch of their lives – and is now available nationwide for the first time. Other great options are Aveda and the Cowshed, both of whose pedicures thoroughly address hard skin and scranky toes. Make a point of newly neat feet with a translucent nail polish, like Dior’s chic, shimmery Nova – or go for a classic red (some new favourites below). Margaret Dabbs Medicure, £85; 020 7487 5510

Your DIY toolbox

No time for treatments? Try these for great results at home…

3 OF THE BEST…PARTY REDS

Sanctuary Spa Limited Edition Ultimate Salt Scrub, £12 – Your fragrant fast track to soft, smooth feet.

Margaret Dabbs Professional Foot File, £24 – Buff often over dry feet for noticeably softer skin.

CLASSIC: STATEMENT:

LUXE:

Diego Dalla Palma Nail Polish in Burgundy, £10 – A cool metallic twist on the classic rouge noir.

Chanel Le Vernis Rouge in Puissant, £18 – A strong, vibrant red that goes with everything.

your feet are puffy and swollen, take contrast baths, which is simply placing feet in cold and then hot water to boost circulation. You’ll notice an instant improvement.” Margaret Dabbs, podiatrist

Kiko Glass Nail File, £2.50 – Files evenly with zero damage; it’s the nail essential.

Red is always a great look for feet Nars x Sarah Moon Polish in FlonFlons, £15 – This fresh red looks good with an opentoe and LBD.

TRY THIS! “If

Jurlique Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil, £16 – Like ibuprofen for feet, dab this on cuts, nicks or infections for healthy nails and skin.

For more pedicure tips and tools, head to REDONLINE.CO.UK

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BATH OILS AGAINST COLDS I’m feeling cold or full of cold on a pretty much ongoing basis at the moment, so days are spent dreaming of the moment I can climb into a hot bath with a glug of Olverum Bath Oil (£26). It’s utterly therapeutic and fills the bathroom with its delicious herby scent.

UPDATE

Youthifier alert!

BEAUTY NOTEBOOK

I’ve just started taking these Lumity supplements (£79 for a four-week supply) as they come recommended by both Red’s no-BS health director and the most youthful-looking fiftysomething I know – Yasmin Le Bon. Their USP is high-quality nutrients suspended in flax oil, making them super-digestible. I’ll keep you posted.

BEST LAST-MINUTE STOCKING FILLERS

Aerin Rose Night Table Cream & Overnight Mask, £60 – suits most skins and adds to any bedside table

Jo Loves Christmas Trees candle, £50 – does exactly what it says on the elegant glass votive

PARTY PREP Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc Dry Oil Spray (£45) leaves a subtle sheen and smell on skin with no stickiness. The perfect finishing touch for legs and arms.

Elizabeth Arden I Love Eight Hour Lip Palette, £27 – contains three vibrant shades to lift anyone’s festive spirit

THE LAURA MERCIER EDITORIAL INTENSE CLAYS EYE PALETTE (£38) IS LOADED WITH PRETTY, SEXY SHADES IN A SOFT TEXTURE THAT MAKES THEM A JOY TO APPLY. IT’S MY NEW MUST-HAVE.

BEAUTY INSIDER by ANNABEL MEGGESON

THRILLING AND TERRIFYING IN EQUAL MEASURES was the

overwhelming beauty trend on the S/S 17 catwalks: ‘no make-up’ make-up. This means SKINCARE IS THE NEW MAKE-UP, which means cleansing is the new skincare. I’ve discovered Tata Harper cleansers, which are expensive (from £32) but lovely (ditto Romilly Wilde Light + Energy Serum Cleanser, £75), and now Clinique’s Sonic Cleansing Brush (£79) comes with an ‘extra gentle’ head, I’ve felt brave enough to try it. (Cleansing brushes have left my skin sensitised in the past.) I use it with balm for a treatment that melds massage and exfoliation to leave skin glowing. Treat buffed, damp skin to a serum – it’ll never be better primed This month to absorb all those I have been… actives – then an oil INTRIGUED by the milk-oil or moisturiser such texture of Bobbi Brown’s as Clinique’s new Repair Nourishing Milk Pepstart Hydrorush SLATHERING on (£54); Moisturiser Ole Henriksen’s Blue/Black (£24.50). Concealer Berry Enzyme mask (£36); covers blemishes WONDERING and bags, and… if I could ever get away that’s it! A bit of with a fishnet pop sock, spring in winter. 

à la Kendall Jenner

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BEAUTY


Living

Edited by PIP McCORMAC

PHOTOGRAPH LAURA EDWARDS. PROPS STYLING TABITHA HAWKINS. FOOD STYLING ANNIE RIGG

RAISE a GLASS

The chef Margot Henderson has the right approach to parties. “Make a jug of Negronis,” she says. “Wait two minutes then hear the crowd roar.” A round of cocktails will always get any evening going, but being on constant mixing duties is enough to drive a host to distraction. Instead, make up big carafes and leave them dotted around the room, filled with ice, ready for guests to help themselves. You’ll find the most pitcher-perfect recipes at Redonline.co.uk along with a no-stress party planner. Because festivities really ought to be fun. Cheers! 

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FESTIVE RECIPES

SWEET

winter

WARMERS

Brontë Aurell’s bakes will warm from within, filling you with seasonal spirit, Scandi-style Photographs PETER CASSIDY

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t feels as if the world is waking up to the wonders of turning off the noise from our busy everyday routines, to create cosy feelings with the people you love. This is the spirit of hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-guh’), the Danish word that means exactly that – warmth, joy and homeliness. So unplug from your social-media feeds and never-ending to-do lists and immerse yourself in some restorative baking. Here, Brontë Aurell introduces her bakes that will help you to hygge with their festive scents and buttery tastes. Use them to fragrance your home, to fill the stomachs and souls of your family and friends with happiness and contentment. To bring a bit of snowy Scandinavian magic into your life. PIP McCORMAC

Mazarin tart with plums and black pepper (page 124)

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LIVING CUSTARD TARTS In Sweden, custard tarts are baked in heart-shaped cases, known as vaniljhjärtan – vanilla hearts – though if you don’t have a heart cutter, just do rounds. They are the perfect small bite to accompany a cup of coffee.

MAKES 12-14 PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes, plus chilling time COOKING TIME: 20 minutes For the dough: ● 200g cold butter, cubed ● 350g plain flour ● 125g icing sugar ● 1 tsp vanilla extract ● 1 egg For the cream: ● 500ml whole milk ● 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped ● 1 whole egg, plus 1 egg yolk ● 100g caster sugar ● 30g cornflour ● 25g butter ● Plain flour and icing sugar for dusting

1 Rub the butter into the plain flour until sandy in texture, then add the icing sugar and vanilla. Add the whole egg and mix until the dough holds together and becomes smooth, taking care not to over-mix. You can also make the dough in the food processor by pulsing the ingredients together briefly, if you wish. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator before using. 2 Meanwhile, make the cream. In a saucepan, heat the milk with the scraped-out seeds from the vanilla pod. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar and add the cornflour. When the milk has just reached boiling point, take off the heat and pour one third into the egg mixture while whisking continuously. Once whisked through, pour the egg mixture back into the remaining hot milk. Return to the stove and bring »

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to the boil, carefully. Whisk continuously as the mixture thickens, for just under a minute, then remove from the heat and stir in half a teaspoon of salt and the butter. Pour into a cold bowl and place a sheet of baking parchment on top to prevent the cream from forming a crust as it cools. 3 Grease a Yorkshire pudding or muffin tray and preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Roll out half the dough on a lightly floured surface. You want a thickness of around 2mm to 3mm. Use a pastry cutter or glass to stamp out the rounds or hearts. Line the holes in the greased tray neatly with the pastry. Pour the prepared cream into the pastry bases to fill two thirds of the way up. Roll out the other half of the pastry and cut out lids for the tarts – you will need a very slightly larger-sized cutter for this. Dampen the edges of the pastry lids with a little water and add to the tarts, sealing them well. Make sure that the lids fit firmly on the cakes or the pastry cream will seep out during baking. Trim any leftover pastry. 4 Bake in the preheated oven for around 20 to 22 minutes for smaller tarts and 22 minutes plus for larger shapes, or until they start to turn brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pans before carefully lifting out. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

MAZARIN TART WITH PLUMS AND BLACK PEPPER (page 122) We Scandinavians love mazarin – it’s our version of a frangipane, made using actual marzipan. We also tend to add plain flour to the mixture when we bake it, which results in a lovely cakey finish, one that complements most fruits and berries. The black pepper gives this tart a nice kick.

SERVES 8-10 PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes, plus chilling time

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COOKING TIME: 45-50 minutes For the pastry: ● 200g cold butter, cubed ● 350g plain flour ● 125g icing sugar ● 1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from half a vanilla pod ● 1 egg For the filling: ● 7-8 ripe plums ● 2 tbsp caster sugar ● 1 vanilla pod For the mazarin: ● 150g store-bought marzipan, cubed Mazarin tart ● 100g caster sugar with plums and ● 100g butter, softened black pepper ● 2 eggs ● 50g plain flour ● Icing sugar, for dusting black pepper (around eight or to ● Crème fraîche, to serve (optional) taste). Add the plums to the bowl

1 First, make the pastry. This will give you double what you need here but the other half will keep for weeks wrapped in clingfilm in the freezer, and is useful to have for next time. Rub the cold butter into the plain flour until sandy in texture, then add the icing sugar and vanilla. Add the whole egg and mix until the dough holds together and becomes smooth, taking care not to over-mix. You can also make the dough in the food processor by pulsing the ingredients together briefly, if you wish. Divide in two and wrap each half of the dough in clingfilm to chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge before using (or put in the freezer for another time). 2 Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. First, prepare the fruit. Remove the stones from the plums, cut the fruit into thick slices and set aside. Put the caster sugar into a bowl. Slice open the vanilla pod and remove the seeds with a sharp knife. Add these to the sugar. Grind the mixture with the back of a spoon to lightly crush the seeds and mix the sugar with the vanilla. Next add a good few grinds of

and mix together gently so that the fruit is coated in the sugar. 3 Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the sweet shortcrust pastry. Line a 25cm loose-based flan pan as neatly as you can with the pastry. 4 To make the mazarin, mix together the marzipan and caster sugar until combined, using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a wooden spoon, then add the softened butter. Mix again until smooth then add the eggs, one by one, ensuring they are well incorporated. Sift in the flour and a pinch of salt and fold into the mixture. Spoon out the mazarin onto the pastry base and spread out evenly. Shake the fruit again to ensure all the slices are covered with the vanilla, sugar and pepper mixture. Arrange the plums in a pretty pattern on top of the mazarin. 5 Add a little more black pep per on top and bake in the preheated oven for around 45 to 50 minutes or until the pastry is nicely browned at the edges and the mazarin has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Dust with icing sugar and serve slices with whipped crème fraîche or sour cream on the side.


LIVING GINGERBREAD CAKE The longing for snow and Christmas never left me as I got older and I can think of nothing nicer than spending time with the people I love, at home, eating this cake – ultimate hygge. If you can’t find lingonberries, raspberries or other tart berries work well.

SERVES 8-12 PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes COOKING TIME: 15 minutes

175g butter 3 eggs ● 150g caster sugar ● 100g light brown soft sugar ● 300g plain flour or cake flour ● 2 tsp baking powder ● 2 tsp ground cinnamon ● 1 tsp ground ginger ● 1 tsp ground cloves ● 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ● 1/2 tsp ground cardamom ● 220ml whole milk For the icing: ● 175g butter, softened ● 180g cream cheese ● 400g icing sugar ● 50g lingonberries, defrosted (or other berries, plus extra for decorating) ● Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lime ● ●

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line three 18cm round cake pans with baking paper. Melt the butter and set aside to cool a little. Using a balloon whisk or a handheld electric whisk, beat the eggs with the caster and light brown soft sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then sift into the egg mixture and fold in gently. Add the butter, a pinch of salt and milk and fold until incorporated. 2 Divide the mixture between the cake pans and bake for 15 minutes or until well-risen, golden brown and springy to touch. A skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. 3 For the icing, combine the butter, cream cheese and icing sugar and beat on high speed using a stand mixer or a hand-held electric whisk until smooth. Drain the excess juice from the defrosted lingonberries, reserving a little, then add the berries to the mixture. Beat until light and fluffy. Add a few drops of juice at the end to give the icing a pale pink colour. If using other berries, smoosh a few with a spoon to release some juice. 4 To assemble the cake, place a sponge layer on your serving dish and spread with icing. Repeat with the second and third layers, reserving a generous amount of icing for the top. Scatter with berries to decorate. »

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100g butter, softened 50g caster sugar ● 50g soft light brown sugar For the filling: ● 50g raisins ● Beaten egg, for brushing ● 25g flaked almonds For the topping: ● 50g icing sugar ● 1 tbsp cocoa powder

BUTTER CAKE

Smør means butter in all Scandinavian languages: we’re butter-loving nations! This smørkage (butter cake) has many stages, but allowing the time for it is a joy in itself

SERVES 8 PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour, plus proving time COOKING TIME: 50 minutes 25g fresh yeast or 13g dried yeast 150ml whole milk, heated to 36-37°C ● 2 tbsp caster sugar ● 1 egg ● 350–400g white strong flour ● 1/2 tsp ground cardamom ● 150g butter, softened and cubed For the pastry cream: ● 250ml whole milk ● 1/2 vanilla pod, seeds scraped ● 1 egg ● 50g caster sugar ● 15g cornflour ● 15g butter For the remonce almond paste: ● 100g marzipan (minimum 50% almond) ● ●

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1 Grease a 26cm springform or round cake pan and line with baking parchment. If using fresh yeast, add with the warm milk to a stand mixer with a dough hook attached. Mix until yeast dissolves. If using dried yeast, sprinkle over the warm milk and whisk. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 15 minutes to activate. 2 Next, pour back into the mixer. Add the caster sugar and egg and mix at medium speed. Add some flour, and half a teaspoon of salt and cardamom. Add the butter, mixing in alternately with the flour. Stop adding flour once you have a fairly soft dough – you can always add more later. Cover with

clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 40 minutes to rise. 3 Meanwhile, make the pastry cream. In a pan, heat the milk with the vanilla pod seeds. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, sugar and cornflour. When the milk has just reached boiling point, take off the heat and pour one third into the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Once whisked, pour the egg mixture into the remaining hot milk. Return to the stove and bring to the boil, carefully. Whisk continuously as the mixture thickens, for just under a minute, then take it off the heat and stir in half a teaspoon of salt and the butter. Pour into a cold bowl and place a sheet of baking parchment on top to prevent the cream forming a crust. 4 For the remonce, grate marzipan into a bowl. Add the softened butter and sugars and whisk until smooth. 5 Knead the now risen dough onto a floured surface. Set two thirds aside, rolling the other third into a circle to fit the cake pan. Spread a layer of remonce, then a generous, even layer of pastry cream to cover the dough. Add the raisins and put the pan to one side. 6 Roll out the remaining two thirds of dough to a 30x30cm square and add the rest of the remonce, spreading evenly. Roll the dough into a tight roll and slice into eight equal swirls. Place one swirl in the middle of the pan on top of the pastry cream and the rest around it, evenly. Squash swirls a bit if needed. Cover the pan with clingfilm then leave to rise for 25 minutes. 7 Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Brush the cake with beaten egg, scatter over flaked almonds and bake for around 20 minutes. Then cover with foil and turn the heat down by around 20°C. Bake for another 20 minutes or until cooked. Remove from the oven and immediately cover with a clean, damp kitchen cloth to prevent a crust from forming. Leave to cool. 8 For the topping, sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder together and stir with a few spoons of hot water until smooth. Swirl over the cake and leave to set. This cake does not keep well, so is best served the day it is made.


LIVING CINNAMON BUNS Having a good recipe for kanelbullar is essential, because it’s the Scandi treat you’ll make over and over. Don’t forget to knead some love into the dough; it makes them extra delicious.

MAKES 16 PREPARATION TIME: 20 minutes, plus proving time COOKING TIME: 10-12 minutes 13g dried yeast or 25g fresh yeast 250ml whole milk, heated to 36-37°C ● 80g butter, melted and cooled slightly ● 40g caster sugar ● 400-500g strong white flour ● 2 tsp ground cardamom ● 1 egg, beaten For the filling: ● 80g butter, at room temperature ● 1 tsp plain flour ● 1 tbsp ground cinnamon ● 1/2 tsp ground cardamom ● 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar ● 80g caster sugar ● Beaten egg, for brushing ● Golden syrup, for brushing ● Pearl sugar, for topping (available from Sous Chef) ● ●

1 Grease two large baking sheets. If using fresh yeast, add the warm milk to a mixing bowl and add the yeast; stir until dissolved, then pour into the food mixer bowl. If using dried/active dry yeast, pour the warm milk into a bowl, sprinkle in the yeast and whisk. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes to become bubbly. Pour into the bowl of a food mixer with a dough hook. 2 Mix in the cooled, melted butter. Allow to combine for one minute or so, then add the sugar. In a separate bowl, weigh out 400g of the flour, add the cardamom and a teaspoon of salt and mix. Start adding the flour and spice into the milk mixture, bit by bit. Add half the beaten egg. Keep kneading for five minutes. You may need to add more flour – you want the mixture to end up a bit sticky. It is better not to add too much flour as this will result in dry buns. You can always add more later. Cover

Cinnamon buns, also known as ‘kanelbullar’ in Swedish

the dough with clingfilm. Allow to rise for around 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size. 3 Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead through with your hands and work in more flour if needed. Roll out the dough to a 40x50cm rectangle. 4 In a bowl, add the butter, flour, spices and sugars and mix well to make the filling. Using a spatula, spread the mixture evenly over the rolled-out dough. Fold the dough in half lengthways. Using a knife, cut 16 widthways strips of dough. Take one strip and carefully twist it a few times, then curl into a ‘knot’, ensuring both ends are tucked in or under so they do not spring open during baking. Place

the folded ‘knots’ on the baking sheets, spaced well apart. Leave to rise under a kitchen cloth for 30 minutes. 5 Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Brush each bun lightly with beaten egg and bake for around 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven. 6 Brush the warm buns lightly with a little golden syrup then decorate with the nibbed ‘pearl’ sugar. Immediately cover with a damp, clean cloth for a few minutes to prevent the buns from going dry.  Recipes taken from ScandiKitchen: Fika & Hygge by Brontë Aurell (Ryland, For Scandi-style Peters & Small, interiors ideas, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK £16.99)

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LIVING FESTIVE ENTERTAINING

Best laid plans Hosting is a joy in itself. Pip McCormac embraces the kitchen supper in all its perfect imperfections

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here’s a Dutch word that doesn’t translate directly into English. Gezellig, meaning the warmth you feel when having dinner with friends, surrounded by a gentle feeling of happiness with the world that only comes from this sort of comfortable companionship. It’s a bit like hygge, the Scandi buzzword for cosiness, but more specific, because This dish is guaranteed to please. it has to involve some kind of food. Place in the centre and dig in… It’s evocative – you can imagine the SERVES 4 glow on everyone’s faces, the joy PREPARATION TIME: you’ve created by getting them all 15 minutes together. And it’s why at this time COOKING TIME: 25 minutes of year, even with everything else ● 3 spring onions, chopped going on in your diary, I urge you ● 250g French beans, cut into strips to embrace the thought of hosting. ● Olive oil, and a big knob of butter The trick is to give yourself ● 4 garlic cloves, minced permission for it to not be perfect. ● 14 cherry tomatoes, halved The thought of a dinner party, all ● 150g halloumi, cubed that shopping and chopping and ● 900g cooked basmati rice everything that it entails can be more ● 2 tsp ras el hanout than enough to put you off. But being ● 1 tsp ground cinnamon in control of the evening doesn’t mean ● 1 tbsp lemon juice worrying about every detail, setting ● 1 heaped tbsp tomato purée yourself impossible standards along 1 Fry the onions and beans in with six places around the table. some oil and butter. After three Instead it’s about giving yourself as minutes add the garlic, tomatoes good a time as your guests, and that and halloumi, and stir until the only needs a few key ingredients. cheese begins to brown. Choose a menu you can manage. 2 Stir in the rice and spices before December is an all-you-can-eat-buffet turning down the heat and adding of indulgence but when you’re doing the lemon juice and tomato purée. the cooking you get to write the Mix, then cover the pan and culinary script, and to serve up those simmer over a low heat for 10 lighter dishes it’s only natural that minutes. Season to taste. you’re craving. I’ve come to rely Recipe from Persepolis by on Sally Butcher’s new cookbook Sally Butcher (Pavilion, £20) Persepolis, a Middle Eastern-inspired

French bean rice with halloumi

page-turner full of flavourful vegetarian ideas that take minutes to prepare. Spiced winter tagines, all rich tomato sauces studded with glowing chunks of squash, and a rice dish rippled with halloumi, green beans and cinnamon so hearty, yet so brimming with health it’ll right the season’s wrongs. Served in big bowls, with ingredients easy to find, they’re just festive and filling enough to satisfy and give your body a boost. Invite only your favourite friends, and relish the chance to have a proper conversation. Have no more than six to supper and the chat will be intimate and relaxed, and you’ll actually have the chance to catch up. Turn down the lights, put candles on the table. It will feel like true festivity. And don’t worry about decorations. Just fill a platter with baubles and use as a table centrepiece, ready to be lifted off when the food arrives. Who’s there is more important than what’s dangling off a tree. For this is the spirit of Christmas – treasured people, happy memories, food. And that’s all you need for a kitchen supper. Put one in the diary and look forward to being in Find more easy charge. It’s simple when entertaining recipes at REDONLINE.CO.UK you know how. 

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Berry decoration, £6, Habitat

Editor’s note

Natural materials such as wood and ceramics will gleam beguilingly in candlelight. Soft and subtle

Star, £60, Next

Vase, £25, Amara.com

Plate, £13, Jars at Amara.com

Plate, £32, David Mellor Decoration, £13.70 for four, Broste

DECORATIONS

Napkin, £3.99, H&M Home

Sultry chic à la Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant in North By Northwest

PARTY pieces

Cutlery, £39 for a set of four, Bloomingville at Houseology.com

Vase, £40, Habitat

Grown-up pastels, rich jewels and sharp, modern neons – these are the looks that will help you toast the New Year in très chic style

Cups, £50.70 each, Derek Wilson at Makers & Brothers

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Vase, £15, Habitat

JEWEL TONES

Plate, £8, Habitat

Hanging decorations, £3.60 each, Broste

Plate, £15, Rockett St George

Glass, £9.50, David Mellor

Milk jug, £28, Sue Pryke Coffee pot, £48, Labour and Wait

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Votive, £12.50, Iittala at Amara.com

Style tip

Simple, organic shapes in warm colours will instantly cosy up your home

Candle plate, £39, Broste


LIVING Pinwheel decorations, £13 for six, Papermash.co.uk

Garland, £12, Papermash.co.uk

Decoration, £23, Joanna Buchanan at John Lewis

Bauble, £18, Fortnum & Mason

Cupcake toppers, £4 for 10, Ginger Ray at Selfridges Number bunting, £2.25 each, Meri Meri

GLAM GLITTERATI

Style tip

Keep decorations super stylish with glitter garlands, paper stars and metallic cake toppers

Bauble, £6, John Lewis

Vase, £17, Bloomingville

A touch of ’20s glitz, think Mia Farrow and Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby

Votives, £30 for two, Bloomingville at House of Fraser

Pitcher, £14.99, Zara Home

Plate, £8, Marks & Spencer

Lamp, £109, Marks & Spencer

Editor’s note Cocktail shaker, £17.50, Marks & Spencer

Placemats, £45 for two, Casa Couture at House of Fraser

Decoration, £13.80, Broste

Macarons, £1.85 each, Ladurée

Dreamy pastels and burnished golds will add some grown-up glamour to your table

Tumbler, £5, Oliver Bonas

Cake stand, £12.99, H&M Home

Place card, £3 for 10, Paperchase »

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LIVING Wreath, £25, Paperchase

Balloon, £4.30 for a set of five, Papermash.co.uk Garland, £3, Flying Tiger

Cutlery, £45 for a 12-piece set, Urban Outfitters

Party picks, £6 for 24, Meri Meri

Lantern, £4, Papermash.co.uk

CANDY POP

Napkins, £3 for a pack of 20, John Lewis

Cake topper, £14, Talkingtables.co.uk

Giant balloon, £7 for three, Pipii.co.uk

Decoration, £10, Urban Outfitters

Decoration, £3.50, Papermash.co.uk

Fizz, bang and ooh la la… channel a little Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Acrylic confetti, £7.50, Talkingtables.co.uk

Confetti cannon, £6.99, Pipii.co.uk

Ornament, £39.95, Graham And Green

Decoration, £5, Paperchase

Style tip

Editor’s note

The more kitsch you are, the more fun the party will be. Fact

Neon brights are playful and instant modern festive cheer  Neon light, £195, Bag & Bones

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Tree, £8, Paperchase

PHOTOGRAPHS REX FEATURES, ALL-STAR PHOTOGRAPHY

Coasters, £7 for 12, Talkingtables.co.uk

Ornament, £40, Paperchase


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Milk jug, £12.95, Graham And Green

Casserole dish, £180, Le Creuset at House Of Fraser

Measuring spoons, £52, Ferm Living

LIVING

Conical strainer, £17.50, Marks & Spencer

LAST-MINUTE GIFTS

CUPBOARD LOVE The gift of food – and foodie inspiration – for the person you thought had everything

Spatula, £21, Bloomingville

Knife, £85, Tom Kerridge

Serving set, £34, Anthropologie

Pizza cutter, £21, Bloomingville

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Stand mixer, £349.99, Smeg at John Lewis

Coffee grinder, £64.95, Aria Jug, £39, Broste

Find more gift ideas for foodies at REDONLINE.CO.UK

Bento chocolate box, £44.99, Harvey Nichols

Best cookbooks of the year The New Vegetarian by Alice Hart (Square Peg, £25) A host of clever meat-free ideas full of sustenance and verve.

Bowls, £35 for four, Loaf

Chocolate bar, £17, Mast

Sirocco by Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley, £25) A charming blend of delicious Eastern flavours cooked in Western ways.

Simple by Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley, £25) The Red favourite’s latest recipes are low on technique but high on wow flavours.

Stirring Slowly by Georgina Hayden (Square Peg, £20) The blondies recipe alone is worth the price of this incredible book.

Basque by José Pizarro (Hardie Grant Books, £25) Beautiful dishes cooked against a backdrop of gorgeous images of Spain. 

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Escapes

Edited by SARAH TOMCZAK

BEST OF 2016

HAPPY PLACES

On reflection, we’ve experienced some rather magical spots in 2016 – but these are our favourites. From a grown-up escape, to the most beautiful British bolthole, add them to your must-visit list

DAIOS COVE, CRETE Not so long ago, before my two-year-old son arrived, I thought ‘family breaks’ were more about noisy kids’ clubs and plastic playgrounds than tranquil sunbathing and pampering by the poolside. Thankfully, Daios Cove is the kind of grown-up retreat that positively encourages relaxation, whether you have little ones in tow or not. For one thing, its location couldn’t be more joyful – nestled into a natural cove on the northern coast of Crete, the resort’s »

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Daios Cove

LEFT: Dakos salad BELOW: Daios Cove’s infinity pool

Windmills at Lassithi Plateau

creamy-hued stone buildings are set into rocky, green hills facing a private sandy beach and the marble-blue sea. The result? Amazing views from wherever you look, from the edge of the hilltop tennis courts down to the infinity pool, which instantly puts you in a sunshine state of mind. Then there’s the spa. They take self-care seriously here, with two indoor pools, a suite of thermal treatment rooms, plus massages and facials with luxurious Anne Semonin products. Usually my husband and I have to tag-team childcare to get any spa time on holiday, but Daios Cove offers a kids’ club too (everything from mini Olympic Games to mezemaking and beach ‘safaris’), so we feel confident leaving our toddler for a few hours to enjoy some rare couples’ spa time: joint 90-minute massages followed by lemon and honey tea at the poolside. Heavenly. Recharged, we hire a car to explore the local coastline en famille. Venturing up the Lassithi Plateau in search of ancient windmills, we also discover stunning views of almost the entire northern coastline. Back down to sea level, we sample some traditional Cretan food at Ble Katsarolakia (blekatsarolakia.gr) – I’m still dreaming of the dakos salad (bread soaked in the sweetest tomato juices and studded with feta) – though it’s fair to say our cultural epiphany comes at the tiny town of Plaka, where we eat fresh seafood by the

Sunset over the cove LEFT: Lunch en famille at Taverna Giorgos

Karina, left, and her son Alexander, below, both loved Daios Cove

water’s edge with the island of Spinalonga in the distance. Back at Daios Cove, our rumbling stomachs (and toddler demands) are equally well catered for – from the freshly whizzed smoothies at the breakfast buffet to the most delicious fish sautéed in local herbs at Taverna and the charming service (the staff are incredibly sweet about the toddler’s regularly dropped forks or occasional water spillages). Daios Cove has just opened a ‘Mansion’ (yes, it’s that snazzy), a private threebedroom villa boasting its own indoor and outdoor pools, designer furnishings and even a spa, which is perfect for families – but my own little trio feels just dandy in our one-bedroom villa with its private pool, sea views and upstairs lounge, which has a convenient nook for our son’s cot. And that’s the real beauty of Daios Cove – there’s something for everyone and every kind of family. Whether you’re travelling with kids, your significant other or on your own, the resort offers enough space and flexibility to create your perfect break. The only difficult bit? Having to go home at the end. KARINA DIAL TRIP NOTES

Rooms from £224 a night in a Deluxe Sea View Room, including a 25% early-booking discount and complimentary half-board upgrade. Minimum stay of three nights; Daioscovecrete. com. Flights from London to Heraklion, Crete, from £96 with Easyjet; Easyjet.com

BELOW: A Daios Cove one-bedroom villa with a pool

What to pack Necklace, £69, Swarovski Bag, £89, John Lewis

Blouse, £45, Nine by Savannah Miller at Debenhams

Shoes, £110, Ugg


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THE PIG AT COMBE, DEVON It’s the valley The Pig at Combe inhabits that makes it so extraordinary. Rolling swathes, densely green, dotted with woodland, obscuring the opulent Elizabethan mansion house from view until you are just moments away. Or maybe it’s the hotel itself, a lesson in relaxed splendour, all towering ceilings, bleached panelling, rose velvet and bare-wood floors. It could be the service, from a team so new, so committed to giving their guests a memorable experience. Of course, it’s all of these things and so much more. It’s hard for me to write about The Pig without being a bit evangelical and teary-eyed. And I’m not even a signed-up ‘Piglet’ (I’ve just coined that phrase, but surely it already exists for fans of this five-strong collection of hip country-house hotels). This is my first experience of a Pig – but definitely not my last. For newbies, The Pigs call themselves ‘restaurants with rooms’, so the colossal herb gardens and vegetable patches that are elegant features of the grounds make up much of the restaurant’s ‘25 Mile Menu’ (all ingredients are sourced within a 25-mile radius – in Combe this results in Lyme Bay scallops, potted Devon ham hock and garden tomato salad). ‘My’ Pig certainly offers an impressive dining experience. The ever-changing menu is served in a grand-but-friendly hall, with crates of herbs tucked into bay windows and cases of vintage butterflies on the walls. Equally

ABOVE: Lyme Bay scallops and homemade pancetta RIGHT: Sylvie (left) and Coco

FROM LEFT: Rolling hills; ‘relaxed splendour’ is the theme at The Pig at Combe

RIGHT: Locally special is the old folly, which once housed sourced food rusting garden equipment, but has been BELOW: Sarah semi-restored (they call it ‘derelict and her daughters chic’) with long tables and a wood-fired pizza oven, the perfect place for a lazily casual lunch. Then there are the rooms. Each one different, but retaining a warmth and quirky elegance. Ours, for a family of four, has stripped floors, a giant pillowy master bed and, down a very short corridor, another smaller room with wrought-iron bunk beds, plus two luxe bathrooms with monsoon showers. In its former life it was a stable and it still has a half door which opens to a little cobbled courtyard. Rooms in the main house have rolltop baths tucked into the bay windows Watch, with breathtaking views across the valley £175, Skagen – and The Laundry is a suite with the original wooden drying rail hoisted up on the ceiling and a giant round copper bath. There’s heaps to do in Devon – rockpooling at Lyme Regis, rambling in the Seaton Jacket, £835, Wetlands, bric-a-brac shopping in Honiton Marina Rinaldi Jo Malone – but we find it hard to drag ourselves Bath Oil, £40 away from The Pig. I have a soul-restoring massage in a tiny potting shed in the herb Sandals, £39, Skechers garden while my daughters take turns on the giant garden swing. That evening a waitress entertains the girls with games TRIP NOTES of tag while my husband and I finish Rooms from £145 our meltingly good Pipers Farm lamb midweek and £165 at shoulder, the chef brings personalised weekends. The Family pig-shaped cookies for pudding, and Room from £295 when the kids get sleepy, the hotel midweek and £325 at manager offers to babysit, weekends, based on two so we can finish our wine adults and two children at leisure (we don’t take sharing. The breakfast her up on it, but still). As buffet is an additional I said, nothing is too much £10 per person; trouble. And yes, this hotel Thepighotel.com/ really is extraordinary. » at-combe SARAH TOMCZAK

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ABOVE: Lauren finds her happy place RIGHT: Cocktails served by the pool

Grandma’s potatoes Casa Cook’s terraces and pool exude boutique chic

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“Is this real?” mouths my friend as we pull up to our most Instagrammable holiday ever. A mix of cool Scandinavian style, bohemian Los Angeles hangout and laid-back Ibizan vibes (ie, all the best bits of all the coolest places), Casa Cook – the new boutique venture by Thomas Cook – truly is #perfect. From the open-plan entrance, with hanging wicker cocoon chairs and fiddle-leaf figs in concrete pots, to the soothing water walkways that wind their way up to the outdoor bar area, it’s a masterclass in boho luxury. The rooms, too: crinkled linen blankets trimmed with pompoms are draped effortlessly in shades of ink and grey across a thick cloud of white bedding that has me sleeping until noon. Hand-woven rugs are scattered across a polished concrete floor, and the bathroom is packed with organic goodies from Korres and has a shower head so big, it feels like having a wash in a tropical storm – in a good way. But it gets better; every single one of the 90 rooms is swim-up. Meaning I literally roll into the pool from bed (via the mini bar and our own private veranda) in one seamless motion. This also means that we only venture to the main pool area (which is perfectly located to soak up the very last drop of Casa Cook’s rays) when the sun leaves our private terrace. Everyone else seems to have the same idea, because the complex stays lazily

Explore local creeks and coves, or relax on over-water day beds

quiet until the poolside DJ starts work at a more sociable (cocktail) hour. Come morning, we are spoilt for choice at the abundant buffet-breakfast offering. Lunch and dinner at Casa Cook is a modern twist on meze, covering everything from healthy eat to indulgent treat. My personal favourites are grandma’s potatoes (aka chunky chips with feta), the diced watermelon salad with mint and feta, stuffed vine leaves, and the fried banana with chilli, coconut milk and chocolate ice cream. With groaning bellies, we borrow some chic white bikes and cycle down to the local beach, picking up some amazing homewares from a tiny ceramics shop on the way back. Later that afternoon we also manage a one-on-one sunset yoga session. After four days of sleep, eat, swim, repeat, we feel like we’ve been away for weeks. The motto here is ‘Mi casa es tu casa’. Luckily for us, almost everything we see at Casa Cook is also available to buy from their on-site concept store, so it almost could be… LAUREN T FRANKS TRIP NOTES

Rooms from £170 a night for a double standard with a sharing pool and veranda; Casacook.com. Flights from London to Rhodes, from £100 with Easyjet; Easyjet.com


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OUR SICILIAN ADVENTURE What was the trip of 2016 that seeped under my skin and properly seduced me? Sicily, without a single doubt. The boys and I land just after Easter – a glorious time to visit (if you’re not too hooked on the idea of dawn-til-dusk pool lounging, which we never are), as the fields are bursting with wild flowers and all the exotic Catholic pageantry of the Easter festivities is still very much in the air. We’re staying in the swoon-inducing Villa Lilibeum, just 4km from the centre of Marsala, as elegant as it is immense, with expansive pink plaster terraces and lofty white rooms filled with antiques. There’s a cinematic grandeur and raw, physical beauty that just seems to envelop you when you travel around the island. Small wonder that some of the most sumptuous and atmospheric movies of all time – from Visconti’s Il Gattopardo to The Godfather series were lensed here. As I write, the hotly anticipated Mary Magdalene – with Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara and Chiwetel Ejiofor – is being shot at locations all over the island. Marsala (the western-most tip of Italy and its closest point to Africa) built its fortune on the eponymous sweet, fortified wine; beloved by the British navy whose ships were often forced to languish in dock when the Sirocco winds took hold… or so one local storyteller would have us believe. The hot, dry FROM LEFT: Marsala windmills; Sarah’s son Harry; the Temple of Segesta

Saharan winds are also key to the local salt production and wooden windmills, whose silhouettes dot the skyline along the coast facing the magical Egadi Islands. I swear you can almost taste all this in the cuisine, which, unlike most Italian food, is sweetened with oranges and almonds and the subtle flavours of Africa. In comparison with Taormina on the east of the island, or world-famous sites like Mount Etna, western Sicily feels wild and relatively undiscovered. Hiring a car is a must as there are so many extraordinary spots in the north-west of the island alone. A day trip to the imposing Doric temple at Segesta, then the vertiginously perched hilltop village of Erice (with its dozens of churches) is a perfect day itinerary. Heading north to the fishing village of Scopello, we enjoy a relaxed lunch in the baglio, a little way above sea level, and marvel at the rugged faraglioni (rock towers in the sea) from the old closed-down tuna factory – a coolly picturesque spot, where you can actually stay. But the most beautiful, raw and seductive experience of all is Palermo, the capital city in whose Teatro Massimo The Godfather was filmed; where Moorish and Catholic architecture smash up against each other, oftentimes in the same extraordinary building. The city feels as battered as it is beautiful. Many of the antiquities are streaked and crumbling, but the streets – where you might buy a toffee apple or a sherbet-pink Palermo football shirt – pulse and hum. We say farewell to the island with a night in the old coastal resort of Mondello, where faded modernist pleasure palaces sit side by side with fairground attractions and lavish seafront restaurants. The local youths promenade with slickly pomaded hair in uniform black denims – all retro glamour and strut. Half-close your eyes and it’s a scene from a Visconti film. SARAH BAILEY 

FROM LEFT: Sarah and son Dash loved exploring Sicily; Teatro Massimo; the Martorana church in Palermo

Villa Lilibeum

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ODivino Rosso in Marsala for a hearty bowl of pasta con pesto alla trapanese, heavy on the almonds and the garlic. OLa Pepita in Trapani for more elegant flavours and an urbane atmosphere. OGagini in Palermo for drinks, delicious eats and hipster-watching.

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Seven nights at Villa Lilibeum from £1,290; scent-of-sicily.com. Flights from London to Palermo, from £46.99 with Easyjet; Easyjet.com

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ant to feel more satisfied after a meal? Include the fifth taste, called umami, as well as the four you’ll already have heard of: salt, sweet, sour and bitter. A savoury taste that comes from the amino acid glutamate, umami adds craveability. What’s more, studies suggest including it in meals may make you less likely to snack afterwards, and could even help you lose weight. “Umami can be a great way to make food more satiating as it helps it taste amazing, even in small amounts,” says nutritionist Cassandra Barns. Get your umami hit by adding Parmesan, garlic, shellfish, seaweed, miso, anchovies, soy, tomatoes, mushrooms or Clearspring’s new Organic Japanese Umami Paste (£4.49) to recipes. Yum. 

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From reframing setbacks to trusting your path, Agapi Stassinopoulos has made a career out of living sagely. Sarah Tomczak signs up for lessons


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n paper, Agapi Stassinopoulos might not strike you as the epitome of contentment. As a younger woman, she wanted to find fame as an actress, marry and have children. At 64, she’s achieved none of these things. Yet, as she tells me over the phone from her New York apartment, she couldn’t be more fulfilled. “I use this statement often: ‘My heart is at peace knowing that what is meant for me will never miss me and that what misses me was never meant for me. It shifts me into gratitude for what I have in my life.’” In fact, her warm, Greek-inflected voice is alive with beatific calm. She’s found her happy place, sharing her spiritual learnings and life wisdom with the world. And the world is listening. She hosts sell-out workshops alongside her sister Arianna Huffington for the latter’s famed wellbeing tome Thrive. The pair call Oprah, Jennifer Aniston and the Obamas friends. It seems to me, I say to Stassinopoulos, her superpower is her ability to reframe life’s disappointments and adversities as opportunities. Reading her new book Wake Up To The Joy Of You is like talking to a hip, spiritual godmother. In it, she shares daily exercises and meditations in 52 concise chapters, one for every week of the year, tackling subjects from money to friendship to confidence. The idea of the book is to turn the building blocks of self-care – meditation, health, making time for yourself – into habits. Stassinopoulos sums up her mission: “Each experience in our lives, whether it works out according to plan or not, is teaching us that we have a choice – to stay open or to close down.” Oh, to navigate life’s disappointments with her grace! I ask Stassinopoulos to share some of her wisdom and how she came to it.

Unravel the mystery of who you are

“‘You are so real’ is my favourite compliment to receive. It thrills my heart because I had to work so hard and dig through so many layers to get to my true self.” Stassinopoulos tells me as a teenager she was convinced she was going to be an actress. A place at London’s Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts was followed by a fling with “a timber magnate from Colorado” who promised to finance her first Hollywood movie. But after she moved to LA, she realised the movie – and the relationship – were duds. These disappointments didn’t matter, as she soon discovered the lifechanging benefits of Bikram yoga and began a two-year course in spiritual psychology at the University Of Santa Monica – an experience she likens to peeling back layers of an artichoke. “We come in this world with the essence Stassinopoulos of who we are, and then we start to in a dramaput layers in front of us. We want to school succeed, to fit in, to have a career, to production of The Beaux’ Stratagem

CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE: Agapi Stassinopoulos; with her sister Arianna Huffington in Athens as children; the pair presenting an event in New York be accepted. But in that process, we withhold the person we truly are. I had to trust my heart and my wisdom again.” Stassinopoulos says studying is only one way to do this: “Some people go to retreats, some people meditate, some pray, some talk to their friends, some talk to therapists. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it. Start by saying: ‘Am I happy? Am I feeling fulfilled? Am I running on empty? Am I running on automatic?’ It’s not really an intellectual process, it’s more an unfolding in your heart.” She tells me she and her sister have coined a sentiment, which they share onstage at their Thrive workshops: “We have 30,000 days to live, so we have to become conscious of how we want to live, and what matters to us.”

Know what is meant for you

“When things don’t work out and you find yourself thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me?’, here’s what you do: flip your thought into ‘This was not meant for me.’” Poring over Stassinopoulos’s latest book, and her autobiography Unbinding The Heart, making furious notes and having mini epiphanies, I notice how much of her wisdom is born out of failure – the TV show that never got made, the relationship that ended. “There is a canal in Greece called the Corinth – there are two rocks and the canal in the middle,” she explains. “When I first saw this, I thought: between a rock and a hard place, there flows the river of grace. A lot of us face difficult situations, but in the midst of everything there is a spirit inside of us that is indomitable.” This helped her move beyond her acting career. “I carried around the disappointment, angst and wanting for a long time, but then my spirit said, ‘Oh, I’m just going to find another way to express myself.’” But she also believes we need to “rewire our mindset” »

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SELF – to do this we must stop projecting our expectations and trust that everything will work out to our advantage.

Understand the difference between wanting and longing

“Longing is about attachment, wanting is about information and opportunity, if you can get clear about what you want, you can find ways to create it.” For many, the benchmarks of a life well lived are a happy relationship and a couple of kids. But this isn’t true for all, including Stassinopoulos. “I made peace with it because at some point I saw the bigger picture in my life,” she says. “I had a path that was about tapping into my wisdom and inspiring other people. And if I had been married, I probably would have got lost taking care of a man because I’m Greek, and you know, Greek women, they always become caretakers of the men,” she says with a wry tone. She believes longing creates unhappiness, but wanting can be a power used for good. “You say, ‘Where else can I express my gifts, where can I be of service?’ I have two nieces, Christina and Isabella, and when Arianna got divorced [in 1997 from oil billionaire Michael Huffington] I lived with her, and helped raise the kids. I also nurture my friends, I counsel them, I listen to them, I cook. You don’t have to be a mother to embrace your maternal side.” As for men? “I don’t feel like I want to be married – not at this point in my life,” she admits. “If somebody comes along where there is a connection, a synchronicity of energy, I would definitely welcome it, but I’m not seeking it.”

Get beyond comparison

“Comparison is really a form of self-abuse. It robs you of your own energy, your gifts, your light.” I wonder what effect hanging out with the Obamas, Oprah and even her accomplished sister has on Stassinopoulos. I admit to her that even in my own blessed life, I can’t help envying a friend who has launched a creative side project alongside her full-time job. She tells me if I want that, I can do it, too. “Maybe when you think it through you’ll say,

‘No way! That’ll take too much of my time.’ You can reason with your comparisons and use them for positive growth.” I ask if she’s ever envious of her sister’s success. “Well, Arianna and I are extremely close, but we’ve never had sibling rivalry, partly because my mother never compared us. Arianna has worked hard to build a business, and my nature is very different. I love having connections with people. We complement each other with our gifts, and work as a team.” The sisters share homes in New York and LA, where Stassinopoulos says they “order in a lot” and invite friends for dance parties (“I love Bruno Mars, Adele, country, classical music and Will.i.am”).

Love yourself

“In order to live a happy and fulfilled life, we must first have love and compassion for ourselves.” In her late thirties, Stassinopoulos married herself. She bought a diamond and pearl ring and, during a trip to the ballet, asked a friend to perform a small blessing during the interval at Swan Lake. “I felt relationships weren’t coming my way, the way I wanted, so I thought, ‘Well, I need to strengthen the relationship with myself.’” Now she stays connected by meditating at least once a day for a few minutes, chanting ‘Hu’, which means God in Sanskrit. “I breathe five breaths, then say five Hus,” she explains. “I want to dispel the myth that meditation’s hard. It’s just slowing down the breath to get to a still, centred place inside. And then everything becomes more fulfilling.” I ask Stassinopoulos if she believes in fate, because so much of her philosophy seems to rely on the notion that things will turn out okay. “You know, Steve Jobs said you connect the dots as you’re looking back. They don’t connect when you’re in them, you don’t know the whole jigsaw puzzle, but the puzzle works. That’s where my optimism comes from. You have to trust that life is for you.” And with that, we say goodbye and I leave Stassinopoulos to her rather beautiful jigsaw puzzle. Wake Up To The Joy Of You by Agapi Stassinopoulos (Penguin Random House; out 27th December)

KNOW YOUR LINCHPIN

“A linchpin keeps the wheel going – it motivates you and connects you to yourself… Is your linchpin singing, knitting, dancing, meditating, baking, gardening, biking, hiking, playing with your dog?” ● Guided meditation: “Take a deep breath and exhale. Think of something in your life that makes you feel alive, happy, energised and connected. How often do you need to do this one thing so you stay on track? Make a commitment that for

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32 consecutive days you will support yourself in doing this one thing.” THE ART OF DOING NOTHING

“Forgetting your own preoccupations and tapping into something deeper than your own identity is incredibly freeing. ● Make it a habit to watch the sun set, take in the colours and notice how it varies from day to day. Fill your heart with gratitude and awe. ●Throughout each day, pause and get back to your natural breath and

internal rhythm. Walk around your space, leaving your phone behind – just five to 10 minutes of slowing down will energise you.” AWAKEN YOUR JOY

“Make a list in your journal of the things that spark your joy. Be extremely creative and come up with at least 12 things (if you have more, good for you!) that are very doable, and share your list with a friend. Keep yourself For more wisdom from inspired.”  Agapi Stassinopoulos, go to REDONLINE.CO.UK

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Dolly tried a “month of moderation” – cutting down her drinking

30 DAYS OF DRINKING mindfully With a well-honed habit of overdrinking but a willingness to change, can Dolly Alderton find a way to use, not abuse, alcohol?

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know I’ve been drinking too much because recently I went to a play with friends, and afterwards one of them asked if I wanted to go to the pub. “I can’t,” I said. “I have an 8am meeting.” She looked at me like the weight of the world had suddenly lifted off her shoulders.

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“Thank God,” she said. “I’m so relieved you’re finally going to meetings.” There was an uncomfortable pause. “8am meeting, I said. Not AA meeting.” Heartbreak and holidays saw a summer of daily drinking that slowly bled into autumn. My one big night out a week insidiously turned into

Thursdays and Saturdays, making Fridays and Sundays write-offs. The truth is, I know I’m not an alcoholic – I just need to drink less. But right now, my hangovers are crippling and ‘beer fear’ – paranoia one behaved badly the night before – grips me to the point of distraction. I worry about how alcohol is affecting my physical health and appearance. I want to feel like it’s no longer my vehicle to fun; I want to find fun without it. Now I am 28, I am tempted to try giving up completely but, knowing myself, I know it won’t work. I have spent all my life swinging from extreme to extreme: crash diet to bingeing, eating baked beans every night because I’m skint, to spending every last pound on shoes. Yes, I could give up alcohol for a month.


SELF 0 drinks But I decide to try something far more difficult: moderation.

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MY FIRST CHALLENGE: TO CALCULATE HONESTLY THE EXTENT OF MY BOOZING. I log

onto Drinkaware.co.uk to use their online tool. I enter my drinks for last week, a particularly boozy one, even for me: Monday: two gin and tonics at home. Tuesday: three glasses of wine at a friend’s for dinner. Wednesday: nothing (I had the audacity to feel smug). Thursday: a big party – six glasses of champagne, two vodka tonics and one whisky. Friday: one beer with dinner with my flatmates. Saturday night out for drinks and dancing: seven glasses of red and a whisky. Sunday: nothing. “You are drinking over 35 units,” the tool informs me. “This is a level that is likely to have a significant impact on your health.” I’m informed I’m drinking three times higher than the government’s lowrisk guidelines, over 3,000 calories, and 96% of women in the UK drink less than me (“or they’re lying to you” I mutter to myself sulkily). I speak to Rebecca Couper from the charity Drinkaware who talks me through cutting down. “If you’re on a night out, alternate your drinks with water or a soft drink,” she tells me. “Put your hand across the glass when somebody comes round to top it up.” She also suggests I take a selfie after every drink, to track the exact moment when I have had too much. So, I head to my friend’s wedding in Norfolk, iPhone fully charged in my clutch bag, to track my drinking face and work out what moderation looks like. But, of course, once I have the first sip of gorgeous, chilled champagne, I’m once again a greedy child let loose in a chocolate shop. I go to take my fifth selfie after my fifth drink and drop my iPhone down the loo. The selfies have gone, as has my confidence in my ability to drink in moderation. As has my dignity. The next day I wake up with a banging headache, patchy memory,

feeling deflated and ashamed, made even worse when I am told by Vodafone that my new phone will cost £250. On the long train journey back to London, I begin to wonder whether moderation after a decade of indulgence is possible. But wellness guru and founder of “sobercurious social experiment” Club Soda, Ruby Warrington, tells me otherwise: “I now have alcohol in my life in a healthy way,” she says. “But it’s taken six years of conscious effort, of unbreaking a deeply ingrained habit.” Warrington tells me Club Soda began as a group of friends meeting in her living room and is now large-scale ticketed events that “give people a genuine and sober experience of connection to each other”. I ask Warrington what I can expect if I manage to master ‘positive drinking’: “How long have you got?” she asks. “Deep, restorative sleep; a base-level sense of calm and happiness; hugely boosted levels of selfconfidence; improved finances; no regrets, since every decision is

As I sip SLOWLY, I realise three glasses of wine and an espresso martini is ENOUGH made fully consciously. And no hangovers, obviously.” Inspired and regenerated, the following Saturday I head to a fancy restaurant with four of my best uni friends. Getting ready, the talk on the group WhatsApp is already on cocktails. I’m aware I’m going to have to be super-mindful. As we pour our first glass of wine and begin our long three-course dinner, I watch the others and I’m amazed at how slowly they drink.

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The selfie test: Dolly took a selfie after each drink to find out when she’d had enough

I silently copy them and we’re well into our mains before we order another bottle; usually I’d be asking the waiter for it half an hour after the first. As I sip slowly over dinner, I realise three glasses of wine and a single espresso martini is quite enough. It’s like chewing slowly – you recognise when you’re full. I get the last Tube home and wake up after eight hours’ sleep, hangover-free. The following Wednesday, I’m invited to a book launch. With free booze, plus being around a lot of successful people and a slight self-confidence dip, I am necking wine again. But I do the selfie monitoring in the loo and I know after glass number three, I’ve hit my sweet spot – warm, relaxed, but completely in control. Obviously, I keep going. At 11, we’re chucked out of the party and I do my classic six-drinks move of texting a bloke I’d been on a date with. “Come round for a drink!” he says. I get in a cab to his, down a glass of prosecco, manage some snogging then get a text from one of my uni friends: “How’s the moderation going? So proud of your willpower the other night.” I snap out of my stupor, get a cab home and go straight to bed. The next day, I am filled with that old familiar feeling of shame, »

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SELF Six things your liver wants

How to dine with less wine and have a high time without the spirits, reveals Brigid Moss

and realise fully how ready I am to be completely rid of it forever. I decide to learn more about why I drink, so I call addiction and behaviour specialist Shahroo Izadi. “Often, clients have turned to alcohol because it’s legal, available and socially acceptable, from weddings to Wednesdays,” she explains. “Add to this the fact it’s a drug that is efficient in the short term at relieving boredom, increasing perceived confidence and relieving stress, and it’s clear to see how drinking can become a coping strategy.” I can see booze’s seemingly safe context of parties, family and work events misleads me. But the reality of habitual, excessive drinking couldn’t be further from safe, I discover, when I call Dr Patrick Kennedy of The London Clinic. “If you drink beyond what you should drink, continuously, you’re putting yourself at risk of liver damage,” he says. He tells me the danger is, in most cases, that it has no symptoms until it is advanced: “That could be the point whereby you’re jaundiced, you turn yellow. Or you have internal bleeding, so you’re vomiting blood. Or you’re experiencing encephalopathy, confusion because the liver can’t get rid of toxins.” He is also quick to explain the power the liver has to regenerate itself. “But it can’t do that if you’re continually damaging it.” Dr Kennedy’s words stick with me. In the last two weeks, I impose a trap for myself of early gym sessions, which means I have to get to bed early. I leave weekday events

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better, says Andrew Russell, research and insight manager of Drinkaware. “The liver would ordinarily be processing fat. But when ethanol [alcohol] reaches the liver, it is processed as a priority. Over time that can lead to a build-up of fatty acids in the liver.” And, did you know limits are now just 14 units a week for both men and women? 2) A GOOD ALTERNATIVE When Helen McGinn, creator of the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, did dry January, she found hardly anything “even vaguely grown-up to drink”. She tried hundreds of low- and no-alcohol drinks for her new book, Teetotal Tipples For January And Beyond (Robinson, £9.99; out 15th December). Her go-tos? Luscombe Damascene Rose Bubbly (£1.59 for 32cl, Luscombe.co.uk) and Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic Water (£1.69 for 500ml). More at Redonline.co.uk.

4) KEEP COUNT Wine used to be

10% or 12% ABV but now it’s often 14% or 15%. A 125ml glass of 12% wine is 1.5 units, but a large (250ml) glass of 14.5% wine is 3.6. Keep count with the Drinkaware app. 5) JUST SAY NO… THANK YOU

Pip McCormac has just done a year of drinking lightly. “If you’re drinking to aid conversation or to relax, ask yourself if you need that crutch. I not only survived but enjoyed my first sober party – I realised I was more present in conversation.” 6) EAT WHAT YOUR LIVER NEEDS,

3) WATER IT DOWN Your liver processes a single unit of alcohol an hour. Diluting means you combat alcohol’s diuretic effect. Alternate hard and soft, and add mixers. Red’s associate editor, Pip McCormac says: “The one for fizz this year is a squeeze of pomegranate juice with clementine zest.”

says registered nutritionist Rob Hobson, co-author of The Detox Kitchen Bible. O“Load up on greens – kale, cabbage and broccoli. These contain compounds that help to regulate the detox activity of the liver cells, as do garlic and onions.” O“Exercise to help improve blood flow; the easier it is for your liver to get blood in and out, the better.” O“Eat well. The liver does require certain nutrients but they’re found in a healthy diet, for example B vitamins in eggs, fish and meat, lentils, pulses and wholegrains, and cysteine in eggs and sunflower seeds. The perfect morning-after breakfast? Green juice (chuck in some kale), egg on wholegrain toast, porridge with sunflower seeds.

by 9.30pm to be in bed by 10.30pm; a physical and metaphorical cork on the night. I give myself a night of drinking at the weekend, but I don’t exceed three drinks. And, I find when I don’t exceed three, I get tired and bored, so go to bed early. I even manage to stick to three drinks on one date – no drunken snogging and oversharing! What a turn-.up! I realise at the end of my month of moderation that every other bad habit has moderated as a result. I’m not really smoking on a night out; I’m not overeating when hungover.

Treading the delicate tightrope of moderation is much tougher than I thought it would be. But I feel I have so much control and integrity back. On my last night, when I get into bed at 11pm with my alarm set for 6am and a whole long list of exciting work projects to tackle the next morning, I finally realise this: the path to adventure isn’t only paved by alcohol, chaos and late nights. There are so many more adventures to be had. I really hope this is the beginning of a new one for me. 

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ost of us would admire Rachel’s devotion to exercise. A project manager and 36-year-old mum of two from Hampshire, she runs four times a week for 30 minutes, lifts weights in the gym twice a week and enters a few 10-mile races a year. She mainly works from home, and commutes by car then train on days she goes into the sitting – but not sitting, which has a MET of one. Brisk office. “At home, I’m at my desk from 7.30am and eat at walking, for example, has a MET value of five per minute, my desk so I can use my break for a run or the gym,” says as it uses five times more energy than sitting. Fidgeting? Rachel. After clocking off around 5pm and cooking, she 1.8 METs. It turns out that, per day, Cara is averaging usually collapses on the sofa to watch TV for three hours. 1,500 MET minutes, whereas Rachel is getting 465. Meanwhile, Cara is a 39-year-old stay-at-home mum “WE’RE DESIGNED BY NATURE AS BEINGS WHO ARE with a nine-month-old and a two-year-old in Leeds. Her SUPPOSED TO MOVE,” says Professor Brad Cardinal, days are mainly spent outdoors, carrying Laurie (nearly who recently discovered that the 10kg) in a sling, walking to the playgroup, cumulative effect of small bursts of activity shops and park. She never steps inside a ENJOY what across the day is as good for your health gym, but pretty much the only time she you are doing. as a longer 30-minute exercise session a sits down is to breastfeed her baby. day. “People get it in their minds, if I don’t So who gets more exercise? It’s Cara, You are not despite never wearing Lycra. “I can walk exercising, you get that 30 minutes, I might as well not exercise at all.” Your body, he says, can’t up a hill carrying my baby, pushing a are MOVING tell if you’re doing formal exercise or not. pram with a three-stone boy and his bike It doesn’t know if you’re in Lululemon at hanging off the back, so I still get to sweat.” Triyoga, in pyjamas doing Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred But how can I work out who’s getting more? in your sitting room or climbing a tree in a muddy park. And, more importantly, how can you work out So how many MET minutes do you need to rack up? if you’re getting enough exercise, too? According to a new study in the British Medical Journal, Enter the MET, or ‘metabolic equivalent’: the single if you can get your weekly total between 3,000 and 4,000 most useful measurement of how much you move. It’s MET minutes, you’ll drastically lower your risk of five used to estimate how much oxygen an activity uses and, serious diseases: breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart therefore, its intensity. Tracking the MET value of every disease and stroke. The trouble is, this is five times more movement will give you a surprising snapshot of your than the current World Health Organisation guideline » day. Because you count literally every activity that is above

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BUT IT’S GREAT TO KNOW EVERY LITTLE BIT OF MOVEMENT HELPS. All the advice about getting off the

bus a stop earlier and walking up stairs at work is true. But if, like the average Brit (and Rachel), you sit for 8.9 hours a day, you’ll need to offset it with an hour of moderate to intense exercise a day, according to a Lancet study. “For these people in particular, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting exercise,” advises its author Professor Ulf Ekelund, “whether it’s getting out for a walk at lunchtime, going for a run in the morning or cycling to work. An hour per day is the ideal, but if this

is unmanageable, then at least doing some exercise each day can help reduce the health risks.” METs matter for boosting your health, keeping weight off and slashing your risk of serious disease, but to gain strength and endurance you’ll need to regularly up your heart rate and work your muscles. And remember, gentler forms of exercise, such as yoga, may score low on METs (Hatha scores a 2.5) but carry many other benefits, from strength and flexibility to stress reduction and balance. “Enjoy what you are doing,” says London-based natural-movement coach Ben Medder. “You are not exercising, you are moving. Doing movement for movement’s sake.” So move more, play more and even fidget more. It’s good for you.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR METS CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE

“If we change the way we look at exercise, we see plenty of opportunities to be active each day,” says author of the BMJ study Professor Hmwe Kyu. “Walking the dog, playing with children and gardening can be as beneficial as an hour-long exercise in the gym.” DON’T SIT STILL At your desk, stretch your arms, change position, circle your feet, clench your bum, fidget. If music gets you tapping, stick some on. Consciously practise these mini moves until they become second nature. SIT LESS The best way to max your METs is simply to sit less. Recent studies condemn sitting, dubbing it ‘the new smoking’. TAKE MOVEMENT SNACKS

It’s all too easy to get bogged down in work and several hours pass by, so set up an app that gives you the heads up on when to take a break (ideally every 20 minutes). Try Stand Up! The Work Break Timer (free on the App Store). TAKE A WALK Pace when on the phone; get a drink of water every hour (on another floor if possible); go to a colleague’s desk instead of emailing; offer to make team tea. Take walking meetings; research says these

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work well for creativity. Plan ahead so you have trainers, a phone with voice-recording function and a route that fits with the length of the meeting. CHANGE YOUR COMMUTE.

Work out a different commute or school run that adds a hill, or more stairs, or more walking. Offer up your seat on the bus or train and engage your core muscles to keep standing. Alternate standing on each leg to strengthen each one. SIT DIFFERENTLY Use a Swiss ball or ‘active sitting’ chair that allows, or forces, you to work your core muscles. If you’re at home, resist the lure of the sofa and sit on the floor, regularly shifting positions. Try sitting in a deep squat with feet on the floor. You’ll elongate your spine, keep your hips flexible and, if you occasionally rise into a partial squat, you’ll also work quads and hamstrings. CARRY STUFF (SAFELY) Use a basket, not a trolley, at the shops; and a baby sling, not a pram. Take care of your back when lifting (see Nhs.co.uk) PLAY MORE Whether it’s a game of tag with the kids or running with the dog, look for opportunities to play and your MET minutes will rack up without you realising.

HOW TO WORK OUT YOUR METS

● Multiply the MET of the activity

(see table below) by the number of minutes. For example, walk for half an hour and you’ll clock up 30 minutes x 5 (the MET of walking) = 150 MET minutes. ● To hit the magic number (you need 429 MET minutes a day to reach the 3,000 weekly target), your day could look like this: Walk to and from the station (leisurely pace): 30 minutes x 3 = 90 Lunch-break jog: 20 minutes x 7 = 140 Climbing stairs at home and work: 10 minutes x 8.8 = 88 Vacuum the house: 15 minutes x 3 = 45 Sitting in a deep squat to watch TV: 30 minutes x 2.5 = 75 Total = 438

COUNT UP * YOUR METS

Sitting 1 Fidgeting (sitting or standing) 1.8 Breastfeeding 2 Ironing/folding laundry 2 Sitting playing with infants/children 2.2 Supermarket shopping (without a trolley) 2.5 Deep squat (feet on floor, bum just off floor) 2.5 Driving 2.5 Sex 2.8 Cooking/ washing up 3.3 Walking, carrying a small child 3

Brisk walking 3 Cleaning (washing windows, vacuuming) 3-3.5 Walking downstairs 3.5 Playing with kids or the dog (moderate) 4 Light gardening 4 Washing the car 4.5 Shovelling snow 5.3 Mowing the lawn 5.5 Resistance training (weights) 6 Digging 7-8.5 Jogging 7 Climbing upstairs fast 8.8 Running for the bus 10 

*FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ACTIVITIES AND THEIR MET VALUE, CHECK OUT SITES.GOOGLE.COM/SITE/COMPENDIUMOFPHYSICALACTIVITIES/HOME

of 600 MET minutes a week: the commonly cited 30 minutes, five times a week. Gulp.


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FOOD? IT’S SO OVERRATED Indifferent to cooking, bored of shopping and sick of planning meals, Rosie Warren tried a new high-tech meal-replacement drink, Huel. Now she’s a convert to a liquid lunch… and breakfast and dinner

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t’s Friday night and I’m grabbing a couple of drinks with colleagues. We’re at a little pub in Soho, central London. It’s seven o’clock and none of us have eaten yet. The new dining, A couple of the more sensible people served with a straw order crisps and roasted peanuts in an effort not to drink on empty stomachs. Not the nothing except Huel, you would lack no nutrients. healthiest supper. We all know it’s a bad idea to I’ve been drinking it for almost a year. continue without eating first, and yet here we all I came across food-replacement drinks when my are again, same as last week. partner texted me a link to a blog post, ‘How I stopped All except me. I’ve learned from too many eating food’ by Soylent’s founder Rob Rhinehart. regretful Saturday mornings nursing a headache, so “!!!” his text read. Then: “They don’t ship to the UK :(” while my manager queues up at the bar, I’m drinking my evening meal. Still nice and cool from its day in BUT THEN ALONG CAME HUEL, ACCOMPANIED the fridge at work, it’s all I’ll need for the night in BY BEMUSED, UNDERWHELMED AND EVEN a screw-top plastic flask. And, as usual, here comes AGGRIEVED REVIEWS in major newspapers, written the teasing from my drinking pals: “Are you still by journalists who’d been ordered to try it out and on that stuff?” Though, more often than not, one universally did not get it. of them will end up asking if they can have To my partner and me, the appeal was a bit and concede sheepishly that it’s better “Neither obvious. Neither of us found any joy in the than they’d expected. of us found preparation of everyday meals. I loathed Huel, the food replacement I’m sipping the time I’d spend in the supermarket before I start my wine, is a new British any JOY in the staring blankly at the aisles, hungry product, similar to the more well-known preparation but deflated at the prospect of cooking. American Soylent. Launched within of EVERYDAY But both of us were health-conscious a year of one another, they are part enough to want an alternative to the of a trend of healthy, convenient meals” takeaways, ready meals or cheese on food-replacement drinks; most, like Huel, toast to which we often resorted. come in powdered form to be mixed with water. I’m 25 and in the second year of a master’s degree, Dubbing itself the ‘future of food’, Huel – bring lots of projects home from my job and run a journal short for ‘human fuel’ – prides itself on being in my spare time – of which there isn’t much. With » completely nutritionally balanced. If you ate

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SELF work, it’s rare that I make it home before 7pm. My pie), that I’ll go to the effort of making food, and it’s made evenings are precious, and coming through the door meals out and dinners with friends much more like special to start to cook a meal every evening is not something occasions. It seems like the developers of Huel had I want to do. Now, I don’t even have to think. someone exactly like me in mind – someone who After our evening Huel, we’ll make another wants to eliminate the time and stress of the batch – three scoops of vanilla-flavoured meals they’d rather not fuss about, but doesn’t “It’s made Huel per meal for me, four plus a sprinkle want to resort to fast food or the unbalanced MEALS out of cinnamon for him, mixed with tap fish-finger sandwich of the lazy cook. and dinners with water and whizzed for 10 seconds in the Of course, there is a bounty of services blender – before we pop it into the fridge that deliver meals to your door, but they friends much more and go to bed. We prefer it cold, and it are, without exception, expensive. Whereas like SPECIAL seems to taste nicer if left overnight, plus Huel is surprisingly affordable, at around occasions” this way it’s ready the moment we wake up. £1.60 a meal: if you ate Huel for all 28 meals I used to have trouble finding time for in a week, at 2,000 calories a day, it would be breakfast. In a rush and not particularly hungry, I’d £45. Compare that to the cost of convenience food, often leave without eating and be starving by lunchtime. takeaways, buying sandwiches; it saves a fortune. Now I take a chilled flask and drink it at my desk when You could say Huel is the other side of the coin to other I’m hungry around 10am. On the days I make it to the recent food trends, such as clean eating and paleo diets. gym before work, I drink half before my workout and half Those are about ‘returning’ to a more ‘natural’ diet, afterwards. High in protein, Huel gives me enough energy a kind of exaggerated nostalgia for a time that almost to exercise without having to wait to avoid a stitch, and certainly never was. Huel is more like an exaggerated staves off the post-run sugar-crash futurism: embracing science to headache I’d been used to getting. eliminate the unnecessary work Which is not to say it didn’t take (work historically done by women) some getting used to. Unlike most of mealtimes, in an age where more of the reviewers, I like Huel as it and more people work longer hours. comes – an unusual yet now familiar But unusual as Huel is, the most 1) Make it in a blender. combination of savoury and sweet, interesting and noticeable thing about Shaken, it’s not as smooth. an oaty flavour and a milkshake-like (partially) switching to it has been The lumps are off-putting. texture with just the right amount of the reactions of other people. Some 2) Try flavouring bite from the seeds. It’s like a nutritioussay they’re troubled by the idea that powders (toffee, mocha tasting, thin porridge. But the satiety you something is lost from mealtimes; but chocolate, banana, get from drinking Huel is unusual. When at our house we still sit and talk about pineapple and coconut, you’re hungry and you eat food, you feel our days over Huel and cups of tea rhubarb and custard). NB. physically full. With Huel, you’re every evening, and now there’s no You only need a little. hungry, you drink… and you’re just arguing about whose turn it is to wash 3) Make it in advance. not hungry any more. And it makes the dishes. There are the puzzled It’ll be there when you’re no difference to my digestion, I think “I don’t see why you would want to”, hungry, and is nicer cold. because it contains natural fibre. the indignant “it only takes 10 minutes 4) Add water until you In fact, I haven’t given up food to cook dinner if you do it like me!” get the texture you prefer. completely. I almost never have only and the downright disgusted “it’s I like mine fairly thin. Huel in a day. I work in publishing, so an abomination!”. In the face of this 5) Don’t force yourself. my job involves a lot of lunches out; condemnation, I always want to ask, Replace only the meals I like little local places, like Ducksoup “Why does this bother you so much?” you don’t want to think or pizza at Soho Joe. Some days, I might Those of us for whom Huel solves about. Azmina Govindji, have a Pret sandwich. But if I’ve got an obvious problem are in a minority spokesperson for the a busy day in the office, I have some for now, but there must be enough of us British Dietetic Association Huel at work to drink at my desk. to keep the operation afloat. I’d predict says: “Eating a purely that more and more people will turn THE BIGGEST CHANGE IS THAT liquid diet goes against to replacing some of their meals with NOW I ONLY EAT FOOD WHEN government healthy eating Huel, or something like it. And if I’m I WANT TO. Rather than taking the joy principles. Real food wrong, and Huel were For easy, quick out of eating, Huel has, if anything, contains a unique range to go bust, we’ve got increased it: it’s only when I’m actually of essential nutrients, a six-month supply of breakfast and packed lunch recipes, go to in the mood to cook, or when I’ve got blended together in just powdered mealtimes REDONLINE.CO.UK a craving (usually for salmon or cottage the way nature intended.” in our cupboard. 

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A reader feels undermined and undervalued at work. Is it worth carrying that burden, asks psychotherapist and Red’s agony aunt, Philippa Perry Photograph CAMERON McNEE

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I’m proud of what I’ve overcome in life: depression, financial strain and a difficult divorce from an abusive man. A few years ago, I met my lovely partner, then got pregnant. When my baby was five months old, I was offered a big project at work. Although I really didn’t want to leave him, I wanted to stay on my career path, so went back to work. I got great feedback and there was talk of promotion. But after my boss left, I found my new manager and I had very different values and ways of working. I felt more and more insecure, an intangible feeling I wasn’t living up to expectations. For six months, I struggled to keep all the plates spinning: house, relationship, complex work and time with my baby. I was often so busy and stressed I forgot to eat. When my baby didn’t sleep, neither did I. Then my fear of failing at work came true. Last week I was told I won’t be promoted, that I’ve a few ‘big areas’ I need to work on. I got

emotional, saying I felt unfairly treated, isolated, unsupported. I was told this was more proof I didn’t deserve promotion. I know this wasn’t ideal. How can I change and get my confidence back? Name and address withheld There’s such a lot in your email, it’s as if you are carrying an extremely heavy backpack and each of the things you have been going through is another brick in that backpack. Even though you can easily carry each brick or stressor, there is less space in that backpack for new problems and their solutions. And you have not been short of new bricks. A new relationship is a wonderful thing but it takes energy to love and adjust to a new partner. Nothing turns our lives upside down as much as a baby. There’s their health and wellbeing, childcare and

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Philippa would love to give you an answer to your problem, whether it’s about friends or frenemies, children or fertility, partners or relations, life change, work issues, expectations, confidence, goals or ambitions. Email her in confidence at therapy@redmagazine.co.uk. You’ll find all Philippa’s past columns at Redonline.co.uk.

the continual attention they need. We have to put so much work into the relationship because they are formed in relationship with us. A baby is a very heavy brick. The wrench of going back to work is another brick. It sounds as if the project was a satisfying experience at first. We all like being stretched and proving we can do a difficult thing. This work is a brick, too, but a much lighter one. But now, you seem to be working with a boss who doesn’t appreciate your talents, and then finds – it seems – excuses to undermine you and not promote you. You should be able to say how you feel about your work situation without being penalised. So they think being transparent is part of your problem? Oh well, maybe it is, but I’m not sure this work is a brick worth carrying. Sure, you may be challenging to work with, but if no one challenged me, how could I know where I was getting stuff wrong? They called you ‘emotional’, but all humans are emotional creatures, it’s just that the workplace comes from a masculine tradition where feelings are dismissed as bad. If the said feelings belong to management, they re-label them as rational decisions. Sorry, I may have ranted a bit. Even I am apologising for getting emotional! Use the credentials earned from your first project to get a better job, where you’re allowed feelings. Or take time out, if you can afford it, to be with your child. You say your partner is supportive of your work situation; I am glad you don’t feel alone. If he doesn’t already, could he take on more of the childcare and home-running, too? Remember just how many bricks are in your metaphorical backpack. Then weigh up very carefully whether this work brick is worth it. I also note that you have been in an abusive relationship. People who are susceptible to these can be too quick to think they are not good enough, or need to change. I reckon you are pretty amazing just the way you are. Just look at what you can carry. 

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LEO 23rd Jul-23rd Aug Many Leos have been so obsessed with their working life or their health of late, or studying or travelling so much, that the personal life has taken a bit of a back seat. However no one likes to be ignored! Look around your life and see which people near and dear to you could use some of your lavish attention.

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CAPRICORN 22nd Dec-19th Jan To harness this month’s new moon, make three wishes about money, then list three things you’ll do for yourself financially this year. Only look back to see how far you’ve come. Then it’s time to press on forwards.

VIRGO 24th Aug-22nd Sept What lifts you and makes your soul sparkle? This is the month to commit to doing more of whatever you love. Is there something you used to enjoy doing but you’ve got out of the habit? Get back into it! If there is weirdness regarding a romance or a child, be patient until you have all the facts.

AQUARIUS 20th Jan-18th Feb

TAURUS 20th Apr-20th May

LIBRA 23rd Sept-23rd Oct

There’s a new moon in your sign this month. This means you have your annual chance to start all over again in any part of your life that you want to. So while the rest of the world is nursing a hangover, or enjoying an extended silly season, you can start to work towards your New Year’s resolutions and 2017 ambitions.

When it comes to money and sex, life has probably been confusing. Saturn in your sex zone is not really a promise of light-hearted bedroom frolics nor of unfettered abundance. Thanks to Mercury retrograde in the same part of your chart now, though, hopefully you’ve had some ideas about how to reinvent your sex life… or your bank account.

There is a journey into the past ahead of you. Perhaps you’re seeing an old friend who means a lot to you, or revisiting somewhere. Either way, it’s a good time for you to remember that you are who you are because of where you came from and what that taught you.

PISCES 19th Feb-20th Mar You can’t be out chasing life 100% of the time. We all need time to flourish and then time to recoup our energy. And the first three weeks of the year are perfect for you to take some time out. You don’t have to do nothing at all. Just take your foot off the pedal for a bit.

ARIES 21st Mar-19th Apr The most recent new moon boosted your career zone, so go into 2017 with your work guns blazing. What do you want to achieve this year? You have amazing energies in the part of your chart that’s all about your professional life and making your mark. If you don’t see yourself as ambitious, support a friend who is.

GEMINI 21st May-21st June If you’re working on your finances, a reward or bonus could be coming. Working hard for what you earn and thus knowing you deserve great pay for the great service you give is now the best way for you to boost your income, if that’s something you’d like to do. PS: people who exhaust you right now are your teachers.

CANCER 22nd June-22nd Jul If you have been reviewing how you live your life, that is actually a good thing – pretty much exactly what you should have been doing recently. Hopefully you have gathered enough information now to know how you want 2017 to unfold for you,

SCORPIO 24th Oct-22nd Nov If you want a new start at home or with a certain family member, start to work on it as 2017 begins. You have a chance to make things right with someone close to you. The fact that you can be a little more detached at this time of year helps as it calms down some of those wild passions of yours.

SAGITTARIUS 23rd Nov-21st Dec You need to make sure you are not being your own worst enemy! That might sound dramatic, but it’s too easy for you to let your self-esteem go up in clouds of black smoke right now. The more you can believe in yourself and, in particular, forget about the past, the better. You have one more year of all this hard work. 

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AMANDA ABBINGTON The Sherlock actress is devoted to her rescue dog Stan – who shows her unconditional love Photographs RICK PUSHINSKY

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grew up with dogs. When I was little, we had a Labrador called Ringo. My mum was a Beatles fan and wanted to call him John, but that’s my dad’s name and would have been confusing. So I’ve always had dogs in my life, and I try to get ones that need rescuing. Three years ago I found Stan – a dachshund cross – via a rescue centre, and drove to the north of England to get him. He was a year old and hadn’t had the best start in life. When we met he came running over and that was it – I fell in love with him. I think he’s really handsome, and he knows it, too – he’s quite spoilt. When we’re watching TV as a family [Abbington’s longtime partner is Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman] he’ll get on the sofa and snuggle up with us, and

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he does this really bad thing where he’ll get up on the table when we’re eating. I tell my mum to get him down and she says, “But look at him!” as she’s feeding him from a plate. If I have a bad day, Stan will come and sit next to me on the sofa when I get home. Dogs are so good at sensing stress and showing unconditional love. The kids [Joe, 11, and Grace, eight] have actually learnt from that influence, too. I think we underestimate the power of dogs. I know I’ll always have a dog by my side, and I’ll always make sure it’s one that’s been rescued from an unfortunate situation because those animals need our attention and support, and love.  Series four of Sherlock begins on BBC One on New Year’s Day

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