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Editor’s letter LEFT: Instagram influencer Freddie Harrel shows us how to wear this season’s sleeves. BELOW: delicious new ways to use berries. RIGHT: radiant Fearne makes Paris her own


IT’S TIME TO PARTY! I take celebrations very seriously (as my long-sufering husband will attest!), so I knew this, Red’s 20th birthday issue, had to be our biggest, proudest moment yet. It started with Red’s creative director, Philippa Williams, and me imagining our dream cover. ‘It should be Fearne Cotton, the quintessential Red woman,’ I ventured. ‘She should be in Paris,’ Phil added. ‘Wearing tulle!’ I whooped. ‘It’s her Sex And The City moment!’ Clichéd? Maybe, but also irresistible. Fearne, Paris and Emma Freud, who interviews her on page 36, were all as glorious as we’d hoped. Our brilliant features editor, Natasha Lunn, shared my unerring passion for the making of this issue, and has gathered the most incredible array of women within its pages – from Emma Thompson to Amma Asante, Tina Brown to Romola Garai and Annie Lennox to Joan Armatrading. The two pieces I can’t stop thinking about are Molly Rosen Guy’s beautiful, poignant memoir on losing her dad on page 62, and Heather Havrilesky’s

reflective wisdom on page 51. On what she wishes she’d known at 20, Havrilesky says, ‘I wish I knew I could just exist instead of always working so hard, and I would still be good enough.’ Hers is a manifesto to live by. Oh, but there’s so much more! Like the for ever pieces on page 100, worn by our favourite Red women; the brands of the moment as seen on our Instagram crushes on page 114; our collaboration with Sisley to find the perfect red lipstick on page 124; Ottolenghi’s ultimate autumn menu on page 146; Dominic West talking infidelity with Sophie Heawood on page 72. There’s even 20% of some of our favourite brands (from J.Crew to Decléor, page 175). When Red launched back in 1998, Kath Brown, the editor at the time, called it ‘a magazine that respects your intelligence and also puts a smile on your face’. I sincerely hope we have managed to stay true to that over the past two decades. We love creating this magazine for you every month. I hope it brings you just as much joy.

Executive editor SARAH TOMCZAK

See our great SUBSCRIBER OFFER on page 150

THIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN: STRIDING out in my beautiful bespoke Dandy slippers by Penelope Chilvers (design yours at the flagship store on Duke Street, Mayfair, London) ENTRANCED by Esther Perel’s relationship therapy podcast Where Should We Begin? OVERHAULING my underwear drawer with basics by Fantasie ( and best bits by Else ( INSTAGRAMMING @sarah.tomczak









The new season means new heels


Dolly Alderton on remembering that familiar is better than fancy

Draw inspiration from city style


25 THE FASHION INFLUENCER Red’s best fashion finds this month

Elizabeth Day reflects on why failing isn’t always a bad thing



Autumn’s most beautiful boots The totes with bags of charm

Emma Freud speaks to Fearne Cotton to find out how she got herself out of ‘the dark place’



Irresistible new jewellery

Four of Red’s favourite women share what they’ve learnt


68 HOW I GOT HERE Holly Tucker shares what she’s learnt by setting up two successful companies


Smart Women Week speakers on switching things up

72 WILD WILD WEST Dominic West looks back on his many sex scenes, and days at Eton 81 WONDER WOMEN Amma Asante, Romola Garai, Jameela Jamil and Annie Lennox on the women who have shaped their lives






99 FRIENDS FOR LIFE Pieces that’ll never let you down

Career advice from BBC news presenter Mishal Husain

One writer reveals her savviest tips 89 READS This month’s page-turners, plus we reveal our Big Book winners



Enduringly stylish, these are the 20 fashion icons we can’t live without

A look back through 20 wonderful years and thousands of pages of Red





FASHION Five Instagram favourites

Molly Rosen Guy on love, grief and losing her dad

Inspired by Japanese art, Shiseido’s new range is a beauty to behold

wear the brands of the moment



Lightning bolt bracelet, £350, Sophie Lis

Bag, £590, Wandler at

184 A BATCH MADE IN HEAVEN Deliciously Ella’s best recipes to cook once, eat twice (or more!) 191 DREAM IT, WRITE IT, DO IT Can listing dreams make them happen?

194 CAN’T STOP THE FEELINGS? Our agony aunt, Philippa Perry, on why we need to embrace emotions

ESCAPES 199 WEEKEND RETREAT The best our little isle has to ofer



A celebration of lipstick’s most wearable colour

Step inside the gorgeous Belize home of director Sofia Coppola





The products of the last two decades that wowed us, and went on to change the game

Red’s best home buys this month

Find out what’s on and how to book




Welcome a touch of autumn with these new ideas for living rooms

Red’s best beauty buys this month



Up your dessert game with these berry delicious recipes 170 MANY HAPPY RETURNS How we’re setting our table for our big day

VITAMIN C Not just found in

oranges, here’s everything you need to know about applying it topically



Fun and stylish lampshades



Make a big change with one small update to your kitchen



Try this meditation technique



Simple, seasonal, scrumptious – we’d expect nothing less from one of our favourite chefs



Marianne Power on her year of self-improvement

We’re sharing the birthday love with 20% of our top brands for you THIS MONTH’S COVER Photography Taghi Naderzad Art direction Philippa Williams Stylist Oonagh Brennan Stylist’s assistant Jodie Dunworth Calligraphy Alison Carmichael Fearne wears Monique Lhuillier cape and dress, Oscar de la Renta earrings (main cover). Zimmermann dress, Helene Berman beret, Chloe Gosselin boots (subscription cover) Hair Flavien Heldt at Capsule Agence Make-up Eny Whitehead at Calliste Agency Production Fanny Kaufmann Location Thanks to The Peninsula Hotel, Paris Bookings Fiona Andrews


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SHOWS & EVENTS AMMA ASANTE Tells us why Naomi Campbell is her wonder woman on page 81. THE BEST PARTY I’VE EVER BEEN TO WAS… the after-party Prince threw for my film Belle. He performed for over two hours – magical. AT 20 YEARS OLD I WAS… wondering if I’d find a career. I had no idea I could write stories.

LIVING Contributing Lifestyle Editor Pip McCormac Homes & Gardens Editor Carolyn Bailey Homes & Gardens Assistant James Cunningham Group Food Director Alison Walker

Entertainment Director, Hearst Lifestyle Jen Crothers


ELLA MILLS Shares her best batch-cooking recipes on page 184. THE BEST PARTY I’VE EVER BEEN TO WAS… the night before my wedding – we had a 1980s-themed pool party. AT 20 YEARS OLD I WAS… very ill. I didn’t think I’d get through it and be where I am today.


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EMMA THOMPSON Reflects on what she’s learnt on page 46. AT 20 YEARS OLD I WAS… an idiot.

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SPREADING SUNSHINE When our August issue hit the shelves, the UK was in the midst of a scorching heatwave. And we were right there along with the sunshine, spreading positivity, inspiration and joy. Adele Frost thought so, too, writing, ‘I want to thank you for an issue that filled me with ideas and practical resources for making positive changes to my life at a time when I seriously need it! I especially loved the article on The Kindness Method, which really resonated with me. ‘I’m definitely going to spend more time being consciously kind to myself, planning and reflecting on how to respond to triggers and treating myself like the person I love most in the world. ‘Thank you for such a gorgeous issue, which left me feeling 100% more positive, more optimistic and more empowered.’ Amy Williams also loved the issue, writing, ‘It is so refreshing to read such a positive, interesting and empowering magazine. Everything these days seems to be geared towards making women

compete with each other or just feel bad, but Red is the opposite. I can honestly say that I have become more confident in myself and my job since starting to read Red and I am so happy that I picked your magazine of the shelf to give it a go. Thank you for putting together this positive little gem!’ They weren’t the only ones making us blush. @NessWilmot tweeted, ‘@RedMagDaily totally captivated with your August issue,’ while @MischaP123 tweeted, ‘Having now reached the end of this month’s @RedMagDaily, I feel like every article resonated with me – love school, travel advice, the changing shape of motherhood, even the stars! Thank you!’


@ElleBellFashion Nodding away in agreement with @VivGroskop article in this month’s @RedMagDaily about #mumguilt thank you for putting into words! #doublestandards #motherhood @SRS_Sophie SUCH wise words from Peanut CEO @shellkennedylon in this month’s @RedMagDaily “be kind to yourself” #womeninbusiness #BeKind @riahebden I cannot begin to tell you how ZEN I am feeling right now. Thanks to @RedMagDaily for daring me to go solo and travel alone! The freedom I feel is liberating, empowering and exhilarating. @PottsnPans75 I’ve just read a feature in August’s @RedMagDaily by @dollyalderton, talking about WhatsApp group chats. Absolutely spot on and totally relatable!

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… a goodie bag of Emma Hardie products, featuring the Moringa Cleansing Balm, Moringa Renewal Treatment Mask and Protect and Prime SPF30, worth £142. Your morning routine will never be the same. This month’s star letter prize goes to Adele Frost, mentioned left. Write to: Red, House of Hearst, 30 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4AJ Email:

Red’s awards Journalist of the Year (Natasha Lunn) Publishers’ Publicity Circle Awards 2017 Best Practical Guide To Fragrance (Kim Parker) Jasmine Awards 2016










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Sweater, £69, Arket

Heriage separates fel modern ith the addition of a ide belt Belt, £39, Guess

70S SMART TAILORING Pair nostalgic prints with clashing textures – just stick to the one colour to keep things chic.

Dress, £145, Kitri

Cords, £75, Boden

Shirt, £143, Caramel

Bag, £590, Wandler from

Kep accessores minimal against strong prints

Blazer, £175, Iris & Ink Coat, £625, Paper London Blouse, £295, Luisa Cerano

Shoes, £89, & Other Stories


Hat, £17, Monki

Skirt, £125, Jaeger

Boots, £149.99, Mango


SILK ROAD Pearl clip, £5, Accessorize

Earrings, £285, Isabel Marant

Longer hems and higher necklines make this luxe fabric winter-ready.

Pink and red: our faourite colour combo

Headband, £133, Eugenia Kim

Roksanda A/W 18

Rejina Pyo A/W 18

Coat, £450, Stine Goya

Creatures of Comfort A/W 18

Bracelet, £29, Tutti & Co

Jacket, £200, Ganni

Shirt, £49.99, H&M Studio

This bias-cut skirt falls perfectly on all body shapes – just add a heled mule

Earrings, £29, BaubleBar at Lipstick, £35, Obsessed by Pat McGrath Labs

Bag, £450, Shrimps

Dress, £475, Nanushka Shoes, £29.99, Zara

Skirt, £220, Vince Mules, £795, Manolo Blahnik

Bag, £215, Russell & Bromley

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Skirt, £150, Gant Hoops, £5, Accessorize

Bag, £395, Manu Atelier

Knit, £65, French Connection

Juxaposing fabrics and textures ofers an eleated lok

Ensure the cuf and shirt hem pek out of the hode

Jacket, £770, Paul Smith

Earring, £152, Maria Black

Hoodie, £22, V by Very Shirt, £80, Label Mix:Rejina Pyo Trainers, £110, Veja

Ring, £209, Paola Vilas

Boots, £59, Faith at Debenhams

Smarten up a tracksit ith polished accessores and a blazer

Ring, £100, Dinny Hall

Bag, £68, J.Crew

SPORTS LUXE It’s time to introduce puffas and hoodies to a sleek wardrobe.

Sportmax A/W 18

Skirt, £120, Next:Label Mix

Sweatshirt, £209, Sandro

Turtleneck, £35, Hobbs Trousers, £135, Ninety Percent

Top, £120, Ninety Percent

Necklace, £71, Pernille Corydon

Earrings, £280, Marni

Bag, £445, C.Nicol Blazer, £215, Whistles Dress, £249, Hobbs

Mule, £275, Le Monde Beryl Bag, £390, Elleme

Trench, £399, King & Tuckfield

Track sole bots insantly add a ouch of col o a feminine dress Boots, £85, Oice


Style Scarf, £175, Theory Earrings, £12.99, Zara

Blouse, £199, Claudie Pierlot

Don’t be afraid of a high-shine jacket – it will become the hardest-working piece in your wardrobe. Bag, £295, Danse Lente


Buy ailored peces in bright shades

Simone Rocha A/W 18


Trousers, £140, Jigsaw

Dress, £550, Ganni

Jacket, £420, Maje

Shoes, £49.50, M&S Collection

Earrings, £420, Alighieri

Ring, £198, Thomas Sabo

Bag, £400, Trademark

Toughen up a floral dress ith textured accessores

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Fashion news

Black bow, £65, Lelet NY

ALL TIED UP Your most important accessory this winter is a length of pretty ribbon. It will cost you almost nothing but can add a stylish twist to even the simplest outfit. Tie a length of thin black velvet around your shirt collar, pull blush grosgrain through your belt loops and finish your messy ponytail with a sweet satin bow.

Bow, £140, Jennifer Behr

Bow, £12.50, J.Crew

Boots, £370, Essentiel Antwerp

BOOTY CALL Knee-high boots are back, adding a touch of 1980s New York to our tailoring. Wear with A-line midi skirts and silky blouses or pair them with a trouser suit and tuck the hems inside – a styling trick I’ve seen all over the catwalks and one I vow to make my own.

Boots, £250, Arket


RED FASHION DIRECTOR OONAGH BRENNAN SHARES HER STYLE FAVOURITES I DO I love a winter wedding: candles, carols and twinkly evening receptions wrapped up in a glamorous gown topped of with faux fur. So, the arrival of MaxMara’s beautiful new bridal collection couldn’t be more perfect. Sleek, chic and contemporary (no meringues in sight), plus plenty of covetable matching accessories. Order online, then have everything tailored to fit for free in its Bond Street flagship. Dreamy.

STRIKE A CORD I couldn’t be more excited about the pastel-coloured-cords moment happening on the high street right now. There’s every shade – from cream to buttery lemon and rose pink – brightening up our winter wardrobes. I’m particularly taken with Jigsaw’s baby blue flares. I’ll wear them with a navy Crombie coat, lemon yellow rollneck and Veja trainers. From left: Beige, £49.99, Mango. Blue, £90, Jigsaw. Pink, £325, Alexa Chung. Black, £209, Sandro






KNEE-HIGH £397, By Far

£180, Dune

£449, Marc Cain

£565, Julia Mays £345, Russell & Bromley

£598, Stuart Weitzman

£125, Vagabond

£90, Oice

These bots combine to of utumn's big trends in one: ofe ones and super-soft suede. A must!

£395, L.K.Bennett



£825, Nicholas Kirkwood

£130, Geox

£1,050, Jimmy Choo

£65, Very

£189, Carvela



Buy ino the trend ith this subtle logo print

£229, Kurt Geiger London

£1,450, MaxMara

£340, By Malene Birger £250, Coach


£209, Claudie Pierlot

£695, Anya Hindmarch


We love an extra shoulder strap – handy when you’re carrying a lapop £49.99, Zara


£450, Hereu at

£85, Karen Millen

£320, Rag & Bone







Super natural Earthy, leafy accessories

Kathryn Tan, contemporary accessories and jewellery buyer at Harvey Nichols, picks her favourite jewellery designs for autumn:


were big on the A/W £89, catwalks. Echoing the Emporio green theme of its runway Armani show, Emporio Armani’s super-chic new jewellery collection has dragonflies and blossoms. We love!

Lightning bolt bracelet, £350, Sophie Lis Fallen star ring, £275, Sophie Lis

Sirius earrings, £420, Sophie Lis

Resin hoop earrings, £185, Dinosaur Designs

NAME TO KNOW: SOPHIE LIS She only founded her brand last year, but Lis’s designs are all over Instagram (and the likes of Sienna Miller and Poppy Delevingne) already. ‘I’m fascinated by the night sky – it’s magical. I wanted to transfer that into my jewellery,’ she tells me. Her new collection is out now.

I SHOULD COCO… ‘I imposed black – it is still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around.’ So said the inimitable Mme Chanel in the 1920s of her clever new creation, the LBD, which went on to become one of the most iconic looks of all time (see our fashion shoot in this issue). Her wisdom has certainly endured – joyous colours and patterns should definitely be embraced but sometimes, when you want to invest in a classic, only timeless, efortlessly chic black will do. It’s why I love the new jet-black version of Chanel’s Code Coco watch, which is designed to be super-modern but also wouldn’t look out of place on Madame’s own wrist. In an issue of Red dedicated to all things ‘smart’, I think it fits in perfectly. Code Coco watch, from £5,200, Chanel



DINOSAUR DESIGNS ‘When I wear anything from this brand, I always receive lots of compliments. I think it’s the use of resin and colour that really sets it apart.’ Pearl drop earrings, £105, Anni Lu at Harvey Nichols


ANNI LU ‘I love all of its accessories, but my absolute favourite are the pearl earrings,’ says Kathryn of the cool Copenhagenbased brand.


SORU ‘This brand Treasures 18ct does statement gold-plated jewellery so ring, £95, Soru at Harvey Nichols beautifully. You can wear most pieces during the day and they’ll instantly dress up any outfit for evening, too.’ Treasures 18ct goldplated earrings, £140, Soru at Harvey Nichols

For more of the latest must-have accessories, visit


Necklace, £209, Emporio Armani

Edited by KIM PARKER

Dolly Alderton

The Piers and Paula


Glitzy parties and career firsts can masquerade as joy, but Dolly Alderton says nothing beats old jokes with old friends in the same old places I recently interviewed the broadcaster, Red Nose Day director and script editor Emma Freud. At one point, she described what it was like to go to the Oscars when Four Weddings And A Funeral, written and directed by her partner, Richard Curtis, was nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. She talks about how exciting it was, how glamorous it was – how, for Richard (who had been writing since he was a teenager), it was ‘the absolute pinnacle’ of his career. Then she told me about an epiphany they had when they returned to their hotel room. ‘I asked, “What did you think?” and he said, “It was good. I mean, it wasn’t as good as when we go and have supper with Piers and Paula.”’ (Piers and Paula being a couple they have been friends with since school.) ‘Laughing about the same things we’ve laughed about for a decade and eating the same slightly disgusting risotto and teasing Paula about how disgusting it was and drinking a bottle of wine and just fooling around is so much more fun than going to the Oscars. It was a real moment of going: “Okay, we need to reevaluate an awful lot of things right now, because this is the real stuf of life.”’ The ‘Piers and Paula Theory’, as it is now known between me and my friends, is knowing that, as much as the shiny newness of glitzy parties and glamorous strangers can be fun, it will never feel as joyful, uplifting or as restorative as spending time with the people that you know and love – usually in the places that you know and love, too. It’s a simple truth, and yet one that’s so easy to lose sight of. We live in a culture that is obsessed with attainment and achievement – whether it’s winning a new boyfriend on Love Island, a record deal on The X Factor or using social media as a virtual glass cabinet for your trophies and rosettes. I do not exclude myself from this – time and time again I’ve been guilty of pursuing the false idols of new clothes or hot holidays or flats with high ceilings or cool parties, thinking that deep, all-encompassing fulfilment might be hidden inside. It is a sentiment echoed by Emma Thompson on Desert Island Discs, when she said that she realised early on in her career that she could be a famous person ‘living in another way’. She said that when she won her first Oscar, she was asked to move out to LA to start her own production company. ‘But then who would I know, where would all my friends be?’ she asked. ‘I have this habit of continuity and the continuum of life, knowing people for a long, long time, brings me great pleasure.’ We so often dwell on the excitement of future goals that we forget the blissful anchor of our history. My Piers and Paula – the thing I know brings me happiness above all else – are my close friends, particularly the ones I have grown up with, who I know as if they were my chosen specialist subjects on Mastermind. It’s chips by Camden’s canal over Champagne by the Seine. Dancing to the same Pulp songs at the north London pub that I love over the most extravagant party at the coolest venue in the world. It’s waking up in my bed surrounded by my favourite paperbacks and photos of my family over waking up in a five-star hotel in a faraway land. Since interviewing Emma, I’ve been reminded to treasure these things; be grateful for the glorious routine of the well-worn instead of chasing an empty promise of sublime novelty. Find your Piers and Paula. Hold them close. Give them time and thought and respect and love. Don’t take them for granted. Prioritise them and celebrate them. Remember: they’re the stuf of life.


‘We set goals but forget the blissful anchor of our history’


Guest speaker



For Elizabeth Day, failure was not a dead end but a path to friendship, a strong sense of self and her own version of success



I was 37 and halfway through a process designed to freeze my eggs. I had been through a divorce, two unsuccessful rounds of IVF and a naturally conceived pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage at three months. Freezing my eggs had seemed to me to be a way of taking some control over an uncertain future. I knew I wanted children, I just wasn’t sure when. And yet, here I was being told that I was failing. Again. It felt as if I’d failed at marriage. I’d failed to conceive. Now, I was even failing to respond to the hormones I was self-injecting every morning. A week later, the protocol ended. I produced three eggs to put on ice. Most women my age could expect between nine and 17. ‘Another failure to add to the pile,’ I thought. It got me thinking about failure. I’d assumed that I’d have children, but it hadn’t happened naturally. This wasn’t a failure over which I had control, but there was a sense that it was being labelled as such by the outside world. In social situations, I was always asked if I had kids, and the response when I said I didn’t varied from an embarrassed pause to an assumption that I must be a career-driven harpy with no maternal instincts. It was only when I spoke to a friend that I realised this failure to live up to cultural norms could be viewed diferently. ‘Maybe it’s not you failing to respond to the drugs,’ she said. ‘Maybe the drugs are failing you.’ It was a small but profound comment. What if, instead of treating it as a lack, I thought of my supposed failure as an opportunity? If I wasn’t going to have children right now, what could fulfil me instead? I began to seek out women with similar experiences. These women were in the same boat as me: late 30s, single and facing a future without children. We knew what it was like to go on a date with a divorced man who talked incessantly about his ‘little ones’ and how it felt when our friends popped out children with seeming ease. We knew the challenge of being invited away for a weekend knowing you’re going to be the only single woman of a certain age with no family in tow and that this may provoke questions and sometimes suspicion. The amazing thing about these friendships was that we were supportive of each other professionally. There was none of that competitiveness I had experienced with other women in my 20s when we were trying to further our careers, fearful of running out of time before we became wives and mothers. My new friends had found empowerment and a strong sense of self in being good at what they did and in having the freedom to pursue it. I grew from this experience and became more aware of who I was and what I wanted. It’s why I set up my own podcast series, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, in which I ask successful people what they have learnt from failure. My guests have included Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, political activist Gina Miller and novelist Sebastian Faulks. My interviewees have diferent examples of failure to draw on, but, like me, they realise that by facing the reality that life doesn’t always turn out how you expect, you become stronger, wiser and more empathetic. It strikes me now that my failures have turned out rather well. In fact, they have been distilled into something a bit like success.

‘I became more aware of who I was’

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A few years ago, behind the smiles and sunny disposition, Fearne Cotton’s world was falling apart. In the process of rebuilding, she found not only herself but a new chapter of her career, too. Emma Freud finds out what she learnt along the way Photography TAGHI NADERZAD Styling OONAGH BRENNAN



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have known this month’s cover star since she wrote an unusual letter to Comic Relief in 2003. She said that even though she was a kids’ TV presenter and not a comedian, please could she make a film for Red Nose Day at one of our projects in Africa. She was the first person we had ever come across who had actually ASKED to be involved. My boyfriend Richard [Curtis], who co-founded the charity, replied saying she was very kind to ofer, but we had just sent Lenny Henry to visit a project in Tanzania and didn’t need anyone else to make a trip. Undeterred, the 22-year-old found a friend with a video camera, looked up the address of one of our projects in Kenya and went there anyway, making her own Comic Relief report film, just in case. We didn’t use that film on our show, but the following year we asked her to be one of our presenters and she’s been part of our team ever since. In 2009, we sent her up Mount Kilimanjaro with Gary Barlow and Cheryl Tweedy – a charity climb that raised more than £3m for our projects, during which she puked behind a rock on camera halfway up the mountain. In the 2011 campaign, Chris Moyles attempted a 50-hour continuous broadcast on Radio 1. Halfway through, he rang Fearne and asked her to join him in her swimsuit if the listeners managed to raise £2m. That phone call caused the biggest spike in donations of the entire two days and, when they reached £2,406,648, she appeared alongside him wearing her swimsuit, saying later, ‘It was the most awkward thing I’ve ever done in my entire life.’ Despite the indignities, we’ve stayed friends throughout, even after the yoga lesson we took together during which she was justifiably re-christened ‘Firm Bottom’. Just after she posed for this issue’s glorious front cover photo, she came to our house with her two-year-old daughter, Honey, and her ridiculously good-looking husband, Jesse. Honey was there to visit our dog, rabbits and tiny kittens. Unfortunately, she disliked them all, although was overjoyed to meet the small plastic tortoise that keeps our real tortoise company. After she and Jesse left, Fearne and I moved to the garden, giving me the chance to reflect on how very diferent she is from the girl I met 15 years ago. That Fearne was a single cog in the vast machine of the TV industry, but this Fearne has been on a much bigger journey… Emma: So, how was the cover shoot? Fearne: Oh, joy. I got to play with the most amazing clothes – a gorgeous, luscious peachy ball gown with loads of layers of netting. It was heaven. Then I wore a midnight-blue silk gown – the whole thing was the opposite of my actual life. E: Your actual life is so diferent from when we first met.


When were you last old-style drunk? F: At my best mate’s wedding last year. I was absolutely shitfaced and danced all night. The thought of going out late and then getting up with the kids just kills me, though I think when the kids are older I will.   E: Mine are older and I do. It’s worth the wait. F: Also, I drink less because Jesse doesn’t drink – he hasn’t done for five years now, which is incredible given his upbringing. I mean, how the fuck has he turned out so balanced when his life has been so crazy? E: So explain how you got from young hell-raiser Fearne to this wise, moderate woman.  F: Okay, I started in TV at 15, came from a working-class background and had no clue about the lifestyle. I stumbled through doing all manner of weird, wonderful, great and awful programmes. I enjoyed parts of it, but also felt that I didn’t really belong. E: You appeared so self-confident? F: I thought everyone else was confident and deserved to be in that space, whereas I didn’t know if people liked me or if I was going to get sacked. There was a Fearne that used to pretend to be the person I thought everyone needed for the job, amalgamated from bits of other people.  E: How would you describe yourself back then? F: I was naturally very enthusiastic – I’m like a Jack Russell with a new toy and I have that aptitude to be massively,

‘THERE WAS A FEARNE THAT USED TO PRETEND TO BE THE PERSON I THOUGHT EVERYONE NEEDED’ ferociously excited. But I was a kid, you know, and it was scary. E: So what changed? F: I grew up, but my work didn’t. Then, a few years ago, while I was working at Radio 1, I went through a really bad patch, where I became a much rawer version of myself… E: How bad was the bad patch? F: Bad. E: How long was it? F: Over a year. Maybe two. There were some exceedingly dark bits where I thought, ‘I don’t understand how to trust, how to be me, how to feel okay with eyes on me.’ I just felt fucked, basically. E: What was the lowest point? F: I was of work because I wasn’t capable of being around human beings and my mum and auntie came over. They brought me a bag of vegetarian sausage rolls because they could see I wasn’t looking after myself. When they showed up, I thought, ‘Fuck, they’re not the sort of people who would drop in – this must be bad.’



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E: You know it’s bad when you get the veggie sausage rolls… F: That same week a good friend tipped up and said, ‘I’ve booked you an appointment with a doctor today.’ She drove me there, it was pissing with rain, a horrible day, and I felt like a shell of a human. I broke down in front of this man I’d never met. He said, very simply, ‘You are depressed.’ I was put on a course of antidepressants, even though I didn’t really want to be on them, but I had to do something to get my head above the ground. They gave me a numbness until I was able to try a diferent route.  E: Were you still able to do TV work? F: That dark patch came with a huge confidence blow where I just didn’t feel good enough to do TV. A big part of my getting better was giving 18-year-old Fearne a break and not beating her up any more for being enthusiastic and naive. A very wise person said to me, ‘Be kinder to that YOU. Go back in time and imagine sitting with that version of yourself and just say, “I understand why you’re like this, and you’re alright.”’ And so, rather than shunning that version of myself, I tried to embrace it. I am still that eager, bubbly person who is a bit on the back foot and worried about getting found out – she’s still a part of my story. E: Did you fall a bit out of love with TV at that point?  F: Yes, I realised how ephemeral and flimsy the whole structure is. I realised none of the success was boosting me internally, it’s not actually real. So I took a leap of faith and started to strip back the layers. I left Radio 1, which was terrifying. I had no job and I was a new mum, my social life changed – I didn’t want to go out and get drunk and all that stuf any more. But, over the next year, some great friends rallied around and I talked to brilliant experts. It was very slow, but in the last few years – especially the last 12 months – I’ve felt good. This year has been extraordinary, with the momentum of the work that I’m doing and where it’s leading me. It might not be as big and shiny as it used to be, but I’m happier than ever. E: You looked that darkness in the eye and really worked it out, didn’t you?  F: I had to, because otherwise I would still be in the kitchen with my auntie and a veggie sausage roll. E: It seems as though success used to be one thing to you, but now you’ve redefined what you’re aiming for… F: I got to the point where I thought, ‘I’m just going to be me and if people don’t like that, or think I’m not cool or interesting enough, then it doesn’t matter any more.’ So I decided to write an honest book about finding joy in every day and letting go of ‘perfect’. The amazing reaction to it made me think, ‘Oh, I can just keep being me then.’ E: In TV, you were a cog in a big machine, but you weren’t in charge. Now you’re running the show with your books and podcasts. Is that sense of empowerment a joy? F: It is. It’s finding your voice and having the confidence to say, ‘I believe this is right and I’m going to say it, whatever

the outcome.’ Events unfold if you’re open to the right stuf, but the ‘right stuf’ can be tough issues that you need to look at. When I had my low patch, I didn’t want to deal with those issues, but I can see how it’s enriched everything I’ve done since. If you’re open to it, if you’re ready to be vulnerable, courageous, willing to try new things, look like a fool if things don’t go well and feel all the emotions that come up, the right outcome will unfold. E: If you’ve reached some sort of closure, does it mean you’re ready to do more TV work? F: Yes, I think so – I’m doing a new show now, which has been a really liberating turn of events this year, and I don’t feel like I’m compromising who I am to do it. E: Does it feel diferent? F: When I was in the dark place, I thought, ‘I’m not good enough. Other people have got more confidence, they’re more well-equipped mentally, they’re better than me.’ I just parked 20 years of experience like it didn’t mean anything. Now I feel I can use all of that experience, but I can still be me. I haven’t got to be the old Fearne on TV – I can do it in a way that I feel safe. E: Are you still painting, too? We still have the artwork you gave Richard after the first Red Nose Day you presented. F: I’m painting a bit, but I’ve just started to use that side professionally – I’ve created a print for Cath Kidston. It was a huge creative outlet for me. I worked with the print team and it’s really gorgeous. This is the first period in a while where I’ve really thought I’ve got something to give. E: How important has your ridiculously handsome husband been in this whole process? F: Massively. We’d only been together a few years when the bad bit came. But we had what felt like such a game-changing, world-stopping love for each other that we said, ‘Nothing else matters, whatever carnage happens, we’ll get through it.’ We’ve both been able to really support each other through that. Now, seven years down the line, we adore each other’s company and we’re best friends. We obviously have loads of arguments like everyone does, but it’s fine, because we’ve been through loads of shit and our lives hopefully won’t ever be that turbulent again. E: I can see that. It glows out of the pair of you. F: He’s so amazing. E: He’s so good looking. F: I know, he’s so handsome. E: He really, really is. At that point, the protective, kind and (had I mentioned?) good-looking husband arrived to pick her up. Fearne Cotton has changed a lot over the last 15 years – she’s wiser, kinder, more wary, more beautiful. But I still see and admire in her the passion and determination of the girl who was turned down as a Comic Relief presenter, so made the trip to Africa to shoot the film herself.

Discover Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast on iTunes. Her clothing range for Cath Kidston launches 26th October in selected stores nationwide and online



‘What I wish I’d known at 20’ Four Red heroines share their brilliant observations about what life has taught them since their twenties

By Emma Thompson


’ve discovered, if you’re in a long-term relationship of any kind and any gender, you’ll have more than one relationship with that person. I’m in a long-term relationship [with actor Greg Wise] and I’ve learnt you’re not going to have the same relationship after 20 years as the relationship you had when you met – people change and it’s important to be honest about that. When couples say they’ve had two decades of unbroken bliss, they’re lying. Within that time your relationship will die and come back as a new one maybe four or five times. If you’re


Advice Sense And Sensibility: ‘My greatest triumph’ lucky, it’ll be with the same person. When things do go peculiar, the world isn’t falling apart – the old relationship is making way for the new one. I’ve had the same three best friends since my teens. They are the rock upon which I put my feet, especially if I’m feeling wobbly. I’ve known my best schoolfriend since I was nine. Now our children are nearly grown up, we’re going to be able to holiday together again! I’ve never had any preconceived ideas about family – whether I wanted one or, if I did, what kind. Thinking ahead too much makes it more diicult to be alive to the present. It’s nice to have dreams, but understand they might not come true. They’re dreams for a bloody good reason! I became a parent nearly two decades ago. What do I wish I’d known back then? Anything! Parenthood is synonymous with guilt and everyone thinks they’re a terrible parent. Mostly I was ignorant and learnt the hard way. While we were ‘good enough’ parents, I wish I’d known more about the brain development of children and teens. Our neighbours had a daughter two years before us, and seeing her develop helped when our daughter was born. It’s also helpful to look at your own parents, consider where you think they got it right and wrong, and try not to repeat their mistakes – but that’s another whole nest of vipers! Ultimately, it’s useful to bring up children with consistency and calm, though I don’t think I was consistently calm or calmly consistent! If a parent can be observant but non-judgemental, so a child feels seen and loved but not defined, that’s great. Throughout my career, I’ve been lucky because I do writing and acting, and when there’s been no acting I’ve been able to make a living writing. My mum was emancipated and I’ve been financially independent from a young age; my father died young and I started earning at 20 – I didn’t have a choice. I consider it fortunate that I’ve never had to do work I’ve hated. Some people have to do jobs they don’t much like, so to be able to make a living as an artist is, frankly, a bloody miracle. I don’t know what a normal job is like. Actors are used to feeling insecure, whereas some people aren’t. If you’re going through a career rough patch and circumstances allow, take some time out and give yourself space to look around. I find the concept of ‘success’ flat and uninteresting – our society places too much emphasis on it, and not enough on the importance of failure and

disappointment. I wish I’d known that success is a byproduct, not something to be strived for. The process is the most important thing. Besides, consider the corrosive efect of great fame on people like George Michael and Amy Winehouse – it’s diicult to shoulder. Small success is best, then you can build on it slowly. Actors and writers get minty about critics, but I’ve learnt you need strangers who are willing to say why they do or don’t like your work; it makes you look afresh at what you’ve done. What’s much harder to deal with – and takes more work – is the inner voice, self-criticism. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have it, but you can’t allow it to drown you out; you have to make friends with it. That niggling inner voice has caused me severe depression in the past. My friend calls it ‘Shit FM’ – the channel in your brain that says you’re not worthy. You need to be able to access the knob that muffles it out. Now I’m older, people behave themselves on set around me, but I’ve felt compelled to speak out in work environments in the past. When a young actor was asked to lose weight by producers, I objected – loudly. If I hear anything like that, I will say something. When you’re young or inexperienced it can be scary to speak out for others and you sometimes feel it’s not your place. But I’ve learnt that if you don’t join your voices, you might be hauled of yourself. It never occurred to me not to add my voice to the Harvey Weinstein conversation. When Newsnight asked me [for an interview], I knew I’d regret it for ever if I didn’t speak. It felt terribly important to say what I had to say – he is a predator, and there’s a broader problem with extreme masculinity harming women and girls. I don’t harbour career regrets – what would be the point? In 1987, I made a TV series that was a humiliating failure – the greatest failure of my life – but out of it came my friend, producer Lindsay Doran. She asked me to write the screenplay for Sense And Sensibility, so in a way, my greatest failure birthed my greatest triumph. That said, there are aspects of the acting industry I don’t care for, such as red carpets. I’ve never liked the process, but recognising they’re part of the job makes it easier – I’m not trotting up it for the good of my health. At my first Oscars, a fashion reporter said, ‘She looks dowdy in anything’. I wore that as a badge of honour for years! I’m grateful when stylists help me, but I’d be perfectly happy not bothering. Honestly? I don’t give a toss.



Emma ith husband Greg Wise




By Joan Armatrading


hen I was 20, I was painfully shy. I’m pretty sure that I was born to write songs, but performing? That was diicult for me. I walked on to the stage at 22 because that was the only way to get people to know my songs. And my desire for people to hear them was much stronger than my desire to keep myself hidden. If I’d have known back then that, in time, I would get over my shyness and be able to talk to the audience, then it would have been easier. But it’s a strange thing to say, ‘If I’d known then what I know now,’ because, actually, it’s the not knowing then that informs who you become. There are times when you need to be in a certain state to create something, and that state might even be nervousness or shyness. You don’t want to protect yourself from a feeling that could bring out something really good in you. That’s why I don’t think you should take away the not knowing, because sometimes uncertainty allows

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‘At first, performing was dificult for me’

us to invent, to discover and to be curious. It’s the not knowing that makes you want to know. I tend to accept that whatever happens in my life is a part of being and a part of growing. There are terrible things that people have experienced that have gone on to build their characters – if they hadn’t gone through them, then they wouldn’t be who they are today. The truth is that in many ways I know at 67 what I knew at 20: I’m positive, not regretful, and I’ve never felt pressured into saying ‘yes’ to things that I’m uncomfortable with. Early on in my career people told me to change my name because no one would remember ‘Armatrading’, but I never once entertained doing so. And there were times when people tried to dress me, but I told them, ‘I dress the way I dress.’ Whatever you feel comfortable or happy in – that’s what you should wear. That’s what I’ve always worn. Perhaps I’m able to say ‘no’ because I’ve always known myself. How I am now is how I’ve always been – I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t swear, and I never have done. Owning who I am isn’t a big deal to me because I haven’t changed and I’ve never been interested in being famous. I only really ever wanted people to know my songs, not the woman who wrote them. The songwriting process today is just as intense now as it was at 20: I still try to write as if I’m the person I’m singing about and I still avoid using ‘he’ or ‘she’ in my lyrics, because I want everybody to relate to what I’m saying. I’ve never wanted to write a song for a woman or for a man; I’ve always wanted to write songs for people. What I didn’t know at 20 was that I would continue to fall in love with songwriting more and more every year. As a writer, it’s nice to observe how people are when they fall in love, because not everybody falls in love in the same way. When we look up we all see the same sky, but I’m sure we see it in a diferent way – and that’s interesting to me. Writing songs is a matter of observing people and being able to write those little diferences you can see between them. All I really need to be happy is to be alive and to be who I know myself to be. So I would say that one of the most important things I’ve learnt is also something I’ve always known: to be optimistic. To really laugh. As long as you’re alive, as long as you’re here, you should have some enthusiasm for this life.

Joan Armatrading’s new album, Not Too Far Away, is out now (BMG). Her major UK tour starts in September – for tickets, go to OCTOBER 2018 REDONLINE.CO.UK 49


By Heather Havrilesky


hen I was younger, I was a great orator. I began what became a very popular speaking tour independently, at the age of 17. What can I say? I had that entrepreneurial spirit; I knew what the people wanted and I served it up to them with enthusiasm. My lectures and monologues were filled with delightful digressions and absurd asides. Sometimes I’d throw in a little mime or some interpretative dance – my audiences always appreciated these randomly injected bits of flair. They would laugh or gawk or roll their eyes, but their envy and delight was obvious.

I knew at a young age that I had to work hard to be loved or appreciated or even seen. I was a girl, after all, and girls were, generally speaking, silly and boring. We didn’t lead nations forward or write the laws. We used our looks and our wits to charm in the boudoir. But I was determined to be better than the other girls. I wanted a concert hall filled with men, chuckling appreciatively, shaking their heads at my stunning insights into the universe. I knew that I was just attractive enough to be visible, but not attractive enough to simply exist. All I needed was a few glasses of wine to get started, and then, from my mouth flowed a steady stream of what amounted to marketing propaganda: blustery pronouncements, smart-ass observations, pointed insults,



‘I didn’t know it was okay o be vulnerable’ mocking, faintly emotional statements of purpose, idealistic rambling, harsh impersonations. Something told me I’d better outperform the competition or I’d be left in the dust, alone. And what was worse than being alone? Nothing. My father’s steady stream of girlfriends were a testament to that. ‘Find some great guy when you’re young,’ one of them told me when I was just 19 years old. ‘Don’t wait.’ I didn’t want to screw up and find myself single past the age of 30, but that meant being adored not just by one man, but roundly admired by a whole room full of men. Who could trust their superior product to a target demographic of one? It was clear I’d need a few backup clients in case my original customer base fell through. Even though my giddy speeches and improv comedy shows slowed down as I grew older, my unpaid freelance speaking career still hinged on one idea: that I wasn’t good enough the way I was. I had to be making jokes or telling stories. But I also had to be attractive, like any good spokesmodel, forever on my way to beautiful but never quite reaching that end point. I had to be slim and fit. I had to be productive and upbeat. But not only that, I had to anticipate how other people saw me, address and rebut those perceptions, and redirect their focus towards my strengths. I couldn’t just entertain and delight and inform, I had to debate. I had to ward of criticism and actively fight against naysayers. I had to snif out traitors and betrayers and address them directly, and change their minds. Not surprisingly, when I was in a bad mood or a little bit quiet or not quite up for tap dancing on top of every table, I experienced it as a kind of moral failure on my part. I was furious at myself. I was like a bad mother, telling her fragile child, ‘Now no one will ever love you!’ I didn’t know that it was okay to be a vulnerable human being with flaws and no prepared defence. I didn’t know how to stand still. The ramifications of this are so plentiful I don’t know if I can list them all, but let’s start here: I only felt worthy when I had a boyfriend and a few backup boyfriends waiting in the wings. I undervalued my friendships with women. I had trouble focusing on my career, because I never wanted anything for my own satisfaction. I didn’t know how to feel good about myself in a vacuum. I mostly saw my career as a way to ensure that men would

always be interested in me. In some ways, I had faith in my talent. But I also believed that if I gained weight or became unemployed or got ugly or had nothing to say, I would be worth nothing. This wasn’t a conscious belief, but it lurked under the surface of everything I did. Fear guided my decisions. But this also meant that I didn’t value human beings who had gained weight or become unemployed or weren’t adequately attractive. I didn’t value myself beyond some imaginary person I might become. I didn’t value connection. I just wanted to feel safe. So this is what I wish I knew when I was 20: I wish I knew I could just exist instead of always working so hard, and I would still be good enough. I wish I knew that once I retired my fabulous speaking tour, not only would everything get easier, but everything would seem brighter, more colourful, more alive. When you know how to value your own experience, alone in the world, a path opens up in front of you. Every breath feels like a gift. You can walk outside and stretch your hands up to the sky and feel grateful and thrilled to be here. You can see other people on the street clearly, and empathise with them. You know they’re not more or less than you. Human beings matter, period. When you finally understand that you don’t have to prove your worth every second of every day, mostly to audiences who you now see were pretty ambivalent about your performance to begin with, your real life begins. You don’t have to overexplain or debate. And for the first time, you have rights. You don’t have to prove that someone else is bad in order for you to be good. You can protect yourself and treat yourself with care. You can treat others with care. And you can want things for yourself without shame. You don’t have to justify your own heart. You don’t require illusion or escape to survive. You can live in reality. It’s hard to be happy until you realise, in your heart, that you are enough right now, exactly the way you are. It’s hard not to be happy once you do.


What If This Were Enough? by Heather Havrilesky (Doubleday) is out on 2nd October





ne of the great things about writing a diary is that it gives you a chance to reflect and understand what you’ve seen, which also helps you to process it. Writing a diary made me see that, often, I was too impulsive. I said things I now regret. In fact, there are a lot of things I regret – later on I made a crazy move when I left The New Yorker to do a magazine partnership with Harvey Weinstein. That was a dumb mistake but he was immensely persuasive at the time. I wish I’d known at 20 that while some experiences wouldn’t work out, they would lead to other paths that would hugely enhance my life. I would never have written The Diana Chronicles, or founded The Daily Beast or started Women in the World if I had stayed for decades at The New Yorker. To be a successful risk taker, you have to have imagination. You have to look at a dispiriting situation and think, ‘I can reinvent this’. Although in my 20s I had a total lack of confidence when it came to speaking in public, I got used to it on the book tour for The Diana Chronicles because I had to make so many TV appearances. In the end, I just thought, ‘To hell with it, I’m not going to be nervous any more.’ And from that moment, I haven’t been.

The Vanity Fair Diaries, by Tina Brown (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), is out now 54 REDONLINE.CO.UK OCTOBER 2018


By Tina Brown

When it comes to long-term love, I’ve learnt that it’s important to encourage each other to pursue ambitions. Harry [Evans, Brown’s journalist husband] is, I think, unique. What husband would say, ‘Okay, you can go and live in New York, I’ll figure out what to do, I’ll go home and pack up the house’? He was amazing like that – and I wanted the same for him. We’re very supportive of each other’s risks. Some have worked and some haven’t, but however they pan out we always know that we are there for each other. That’s a great gift in a relationship. Not many people have that kind of secure love that will just always be there. We recently celebrated Harry’s 90th birthday; we’ve lived together for 39 years and it’s been nothing but a rollercoaster of tremendous creative bonding, fun, laughter, joy and support. The key is that it’s important to protect the sacred times. I always preserve weekends for our family (I go out on a weekend about four times a year!) and made sure I got home for 6pm to be with my son (he has Asperger syndrome and needed me to be there) and, later, my daughter. I lived my life according to those rules, so I could be there for my family, because private life must be ring-fenced. Sometimes, of course, the balance is very diicult. Like every working woman, I’ve always juggled and it’s been completely crazy backstage. I’ve had to improvise madly when the house of cards collapses and one of the kids has an ear infection the same day as a killer meeting. A lot of us have been there in our lives. You kind of crash on and muddle through and keep your priorities. And you have to know where you’re not negotiable. In my case, that’s giving my family what they need, and there’s no work assignment that would make me think diferently. At the same time, my family has had to be flexible because I am a very driven working mother and that passion distracted me. Even today, I don’t have any magic formulas. There is A risk orth no glib magic bullet. You make it up as you go along. aking: Today, my concept of success is much more full-bodied Vanity Fair’s than it was in my 20s. When I started Vanity Fair, iconic 1991 I didn’t have kids, I had just arrived in America, it was cover all about winning that race. And now I see that success is a much more layered experience; it is about how you integrate the other elements of your life – your kids, your husband, your love for your friends and that excitement at work. There will be trade-ofs, but the real success is if you can pull of all of those things together. It’s not simply being at the top of the tree. You want to make sure that all of your life goes with you.


hen I joined the BBC exactly 20 years ago, I couldn’t have imagined what I do today: my work in radio and television puts me in the privileged position of being able to question the powerful, and I’ve been fortunate to travel across the world covering breaking news and making documentaries. It’s a job I love, but one that also tests me in many ways – the content, the scrutiny and the working hours, which involve a 3am alarm. What made me want to write about women in the workplace was a desire to cut out some of the myths, particularly the idea of ‘superwomen’ seamlessly combining careers and families. I had three children in two years (my first child was followed by twins) and life was, for a time, a bit of a blur. I remember thinking I’d never go back to the career I’d had before, especially the international travel, but looking back now I am so glad I took it one step at a time and didn’t make any far-reaching decisions, because that phase passed. I also wanted to combat common myths in our perception of successful people, especially when we see their attributes as innate rather than honed over time. When I was told 10 years ago that the key quality needed to get to the top of my field was authority, I had no idea how to go about developing it. What I know now is that it comes

from acquiring knowledge and being prepared to demonstrate it, showing those around you the mastery you have of material, whatever your line of work. Similarly with confidence – in my experience, preparation, familiarity and routine are all key elements, as well as resilience. There are ways to work at developing all of these qualities, and I wanted to be open and honest about what has helped me, rather than treating it as a closely guarded secret.


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apprehensive about your capabilities is normal, at least for those with a healthy awareness of their strengths and weaknesses. But guard against them becoming part of your outward persona at work. Don’t do yourself down. This doesn’t mean being full of bravado, but simply knowing that not every germ, worry or apprehension needs to be expressed. You may end up placing doubt about your capabilities into the minds of your peers or managers.


do, but the job may have important benefits that keep you there: whether that be pay, useful experience, CV points that will help get you somewhere else or simply a decent work-life balance. Stay positive about why you are there, or look around for other options.

Career NERVES ARE USEFUL. I am almost always

apprehensive before going on air, and I think it helps me deliver. Once you recognise that, it takes away some of the fear and turns the experience into something more manageable. Routine helps: figure out the order in which you tackle a to-do list or set of tasks most efectively and focus on them one after another. YOU CAN PREPARE FOR THE BIG MOMENTS.

Take yourself through what is likely to come up, or how you want to set the agenda if it’s a meeting you’ve initiated. I was deeply apprehensive about becoming one of the London 2012 Olympics presenters, but I set aside time to learn as much as I could about each sport and competition. It wasn’t about trying to pass myself of as a sports broadcaster but about making an efort and getting to grips with the subject matter. From that, the confidence and a greater ease flows. WHEN YOU’RE MAKING A SPEECH, KEEP IT TIGHT.

Many people go on for longer than they need to or should, while others are tongue-tied at crucial moments. A good rule of thumb is to divide what you want to say into three areas or three points. These should be the absolutely crucial ones that you want to make sure you deliver, and keeping them to a number that is easy to remember will also help them stay at the forefront of your mind. You don’t want to walk out of a meeting, appraisal or interview and only then remember what you wanted to say – and you also don’t want to make a prepared speech so long that your audience drifts of.


These are the people experiencing your workplace alongside you. Build bonds where you can, looking out for what might be helpful or where you can go the extra mile and ofer support. A circle of trust at work where you can share information and advice, as well as rely on each other, is a great boon. And if one day things get particularly tough for you, the bonds you have invested in and the relationships you have developed could pay dividends. BE CAREFUL ON SOCIAL MEDIA. In normal

conversation, we vary tone and content depending on who we are talking to, but these subtleties are not possible on social media. Err on the side of caution – there are too many examples of those whose feeds came back to haunt them. Nevertheless, these platforms can be an excellent positive outlet – you can use them to burnish your professional image, commenting on or analysing issues relevant to your work. Equally, if you have a passion, particular ability, an eye for the beautiful or a dream of starting a business, that can also be the cornerstone of your social media identity. Your ideas then have an online home – and you never know where that might lead.




only a very useful way to keep any kind of conversation going, but framing a contribution as a question can also mask any uncertainty you might have at work. Those who are prepared to question the status quo are also vital for any organisation’s plans or projects to succeed – you need people who can think through where any gaps might be, point out the issues, anticipate the problems and ultimately make the ideas better, stronger and more likely to come to fruition.

KEEP A FIRM GRIP ON YOUR DIARY. Efective people will always

be in demand, and the requests and commitments can pile up. Work out your own checklist of priorities and apply it to whatever comes your way – whether the time frame is next week or next year. It’s all too easy to put something into the diary unthinkingly because it’s far in the distance, only to realise as it draws nearer that it should have been a ‘no’. TOUGH MOMENTS ARE THE ONES YOU LEARN FROM. My job is intense and rewarding

but also one that involves often-uncomfortable scrutiny: sometimes even a word or two uttered in a live interview can spark comment on social media or in the newspapers. It’s important to find a way to note what is true and will help you hone your skills, but not get derailed by it, so try to remain sanguine. The trickier assignments and more challenging projects are the ones where you develop the most.

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WERE DECEMBER 1998 Red hearts Yasmin She’s graced the Red cover more often than any other woman, but Yasmin Le Bon first appeared on our Christmas issue in 1998, sporting a healthy slick of white eyeliner.



Who says you can’t take the indoors out? Not us! To showcase the best in bathrooms, we set bathtubs among greenery and hung lampshades from branches. Bonkers? Yes. Brilliant? Also yes.

MAY 2003 The new singledom

FEBRUARY 2003 Turning five To celebrate our fifth birthday, we flew supermodels Cindy Crawford, Yasmin Le Bon and Gail Elliott to Parrot Cay for a dreamlike beach shoot – one of contributing editor Nicola Rose’s favourite Red memories. We even brought their children along for the ride!

SEPTEMBER 2006 Let’s go outside

APRIL 2003 Fashion goes to Disneyland The kaleidoscopic Disneyland Epcot proved a dazzling backdrop for the high-voltage looks in the S/S 2003 collections. Never let it be said that Mickey Mouse and high fashion don’t mix.

Red is known as the smart woman’s go-to for thoughtful, intelligent features on topics ranging from coitus to careers. As early as 2003, we encouraged readers to ditch Bridget Jones-style longing for a man and embrace going it alone.

Nostalgia DECEMBER 2008

DECEMBER 2006 The ultimate gift guide The Christmas gift guide is a Red stalwart and boy, do we go to town. In this shoot, presents spilled from a vintage VW Beetle, teetered on the back of a bike and reached the ceiling of a stately home (well, almost).

Be our guest Our first ever guest editor was none other than Nigella Lawson, who said of the stresses of the festive season, ‘We’re not superhuman. Be as forgiving to yourself as you would be to a friend.’ Wise words, Nigella.


MARCH 2012

Big band Where to shoot the A/W 2011 trend for 1940s glamour and masculine tailoring? On a Brooklyn rooftop, complete with a six-piece band of models, of course.

Speak Up, Save A Life Red has been a force for incredible good in its lifetime. In 2012, we launched our Speak Up, Save A Life campaign, raising awareness of domestic violence in partnership with Refuge.

NOVEMBER 2013 David dodges the question Red hit the headlines when journalist Jane Johnson interviewed then-PM David Cameron on the train. His indecisive answer when asked if he was a feminist sent shockwaves through Britain.

DECEMBER 2014 Christmas with the Olivers

JULY 2013 So Sofia Trailblazing director Sofia Coppola posed for this heavenly summer subscribers’ cover, a moment lifestyle editor Pip McCormac describes as, ‘The essence of Red distilled into one incredible image.’

Perennial Red favourites Jamie and Jools paired up for this Christmas cover. We loved it and so did they – Jamie requested a copy of the image to frame and hang in his home.

NOVEMBER 2016 Food for thought In 2016, Red’s Pip McCormac launched a search to find the hottest new star of African cooking in collaboration with HarperCollins. Enter Lopè Ariyo, who wowed with her recipes that included jollof cauliflower rice and suya lamb curry. She went on to publish her cookbook, Hibiscus.



A lot has changed in 20 years. Here, we chart our shifting tastes in everything from crushes to cookbooks


BOOK 1998: Harry Potter

2018: Eleanor Oliphant

And The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling Red was born as the wizard began his second year at Hogwarts, with millions of children falling in love with reading.

Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Complex female characters and an up-lit ending? It seems everyone’s read this halfa-million-selling story.


1998: Titanic

1998: Delia’s How To

Yes, it’s 20 years since Rose told Jack she’d never let go. We still can’t stand on a boat without flinging our arms out.

Cook by Delia Smith The cookery bible written by your granny’s favourite chef taught even the shyest cooks the basics, from sponges through to cakes and soufflés.

2018: Lady Bird

2018: At My Table by

Saoirse Ronan plays a troubled teen in Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film, which also found a star in Timothée Chalamet.

Nigella Lawson The much-loved cook presents shareable feasts (and if the TV show is to be believed, they’re best enjoyed under a twinkling fairy-light canopy in Nigella’s own garden).


1998: Google is born The search engine giant is two decades old, with its popularity now so ubiquitous that ‘googling’ has become a verb.

2018: Instagram Stories Instagram’s dominance continues with an addictive Stories function that still has us hooked to our phones.


1998: Pedal

1998: Leonardo

1998: Sex And The

pushers Spice Girl Geri – with a little help from B*Witched – sparked a trend for tight dark denim trews cut just below the knee.

DiCaprio Titanic fever meant floppy-locked Leo became the man tacked to many a teenage girl’s bedroom wall.

City Carrie Bradshaw and friends Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte quickly became icons to a generation of sexually liberated women.

2018: Feminist

2018: Tom Hardy

2018: Game

T-shirts This is the year of the girl-power slogan tee – and wearing your innermost thoughts across your chest.

Now, Leo’s The Revenant co-star Hardy has us hot under the collar with his rugged, rapscallion good looks.

Of Thrones We’re still obsessed with this epic fantasy TV series, which has made stars of Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington.





Molly Rosen Guy turned to her dad whenever life got tough. Now, she’s facing the hardest task, grieving his death, without him


n the last lucid afternoon of my dad’s life, I sat at his bedside while he ate a Popsicle. It was the dead of winter. He’d recently received a stem cell transplant for a rare form of blood cancer called myelofibrosis, and his immune system was shot. I was scared, but also optimistic. In a few days, said the doctors, he’d be feeling better. Later, when the nurse stopped by to check vitals, Dad told him, ‘I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.’ I, of course, grasping for good news, thought he was referring to his healing process. It was only the next day, standing over his slack body as he’d just slid into a coma, that it occurred to me: he had been staring into the abyss of death. A few months earlier, when it became clear that Dad would need a stem cell transplant, he left Chicago, where he lived with my mum, and moved to New York City (where both my sister and I live) to begin treatment. He slept in my 11-year-old niece’s bedroom, and spent his days Ubering to and from the hospital for chemotherapy. I became his wingwoman. Accompanying him to doctor’s appointments, emailing his friends back home, encouraging him to eat… it was the first time in my life that my dad needed taking care of, and I was hellbent on doing it well. My dad, Robert, was the firstborn son of four – meticulous, a team sport player and a natural leader. I was the second-born daughter – sloppy, lazy, cornercutting and fashion-obsessed. If our earlier relationship was a


film montage, you’d see a rebellious, ratty-haired teen in dirty jeans yelling swearwords at her straight-shooting, former Boy Scout, businessman father. But Dad always showed up for me, even at my worst. He taught me how to make a budget, a fire and pasta from scratch. When it was time for me to show up for him, at the age of 40, I did. ‘You’re my rock,’ he said one Sunday afternoon after I sat with him in the ER for nine hours. People say the second you hold your baby, you become a mother. Maybe that principle also applies in reverse. You only really become a child when you’re forced, as an adult, to take care of your parent – take care of them like your life depends on it – the way they once took care of you. The beginning of my dad’s diagnosis was fairly hopeful. ‘Seventy per cent chance you’ll survive and resume life as usual,’ said the doctor. Up until recently, he played basketball and tennis several times a week. He was 6ft 6in, with a full head of black hair. He ran a non-profit foundation. He was deeply in love with my mum – his wife of 46 years. ‘She’s the most interesting woman I know,’ he often said. And then the odds changed. Chemo wasn’t working. ‘Odds are one in five,’ said the doctor. He died two months later. The night Dad stopped breathing was one of the most peaceful of my life. After all the waiting, my body eased into the realisation it was over. I slept for eight hours. Outside, New York City was blanketed in snow. The weeks following were not peaceful. Grief is one violent motherfucker. Real sadness is not quiet, it is chaos. ‘My heart is broken, I have to take it easy,’ I told the teacher at Pilates when she asked if anyone had injuries. Mourning was a physical experience. Constantly heavy, swollen and sluggish, a roving pain moved throughout my back, neck and stomach at all times. I often walked


Memoir out of work events mid-conversation to weep in a bathroom. Thank God for my kids, who kept me functioning when I was at an all-time emotional low. Being a mum – and therefore required to make lunches, wipe butts and sing lullabies – was the reason I got out of bed each day. I was also in the process of divorcing my husband. It was a sudden, hellish split, but despite the rancour that existed between us, we managed to behave kindly to one another (most of the time, anyway). My dad wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Sometimes, though, I snapped. Once, in the waiting room in the ICU, where I sat sobbing, my ex-husband placed his arm around my shoulder. ‘Take your fucking hand of my back!’ I screamed. ‘Just because I’m sad does not mean I want you to touch me!’ The connection I once had for him, no longer romantic, became almost sibling-like. Nothing was more important to my dad than family, and keeping my daughter’s father around, despite my personal gripes with him, became a priority. My ex was the last person to hold Dad’s hand before he slipped into unconsciousness, and for that I will for ever be grateful. At my Dad’s burial, unknown to me, my brother-in-law took a picture of me crouched over his grave while he was being lowered into the ground. That night, I posted it on my personal Instagram account @mollyrosenguy with an excerpt from the speech I’d read at the funeral. The comments were so supportive I decided to post another excerpt the next day – along with a picture of me and Dad from my childhood. Then I decided to write a letter to him every day for 30 days. I am still going strong 199 days later. I’ve amassed a following of 11,000 people who write to me daily sharing their mourning

stories. We are called the #cluboflostdaughters. In Judaism, ancient mourning rituals include reciting the Kaddish prayer every day for a year, covering all the mirrors in your house, entering the temple through a separate gate and tying a black ribbon to your clothes. None of them felt right to me, but the daily remembrances do. The Club Of Lost Daughters community has become one of my temples. It’s where I go to lessen the load. Growing up, my dad mopped the floors and ironed our clothes for the week every Sunday. He was a licensed pilot. He was the first in his family to go to college. He could stuf a chicken or fix a clock or a car; he had tons of friends but loved being by himself. He was good with numbers, and he was a woodworker, a poet, a philosopher.

‘MY DAD WAS WHO I CALLED WHEN I FELT UNMOORED’ I used to phone him when I had 10 minutes to spare to ask for his recipe for cabbage soup or granola, or just to ‘chitchat’ (his words). He was solid. A Taurus. He was who I called when I was feeling unmoored and needed to remember where my roots were. His ability to remain calm and present helped me through all my hard times. The irony of this whole grieving thing doesn’t escape me: I need to mourn the death of my dad with my dad. But everything is diferent now. My world has a before and after: Before Dad Died and After Dad Died. I have little patience for people who don’t get that. Before I go to sleep, I say a prayer to be clear-headed so that Dad will come to me in my dreams. His death has turned me into an amateur clairvoyant; some days I think he comes to me through signs like pennies and butterflies but other days the floor drops out and the truth hits me and it hurts so bad: he is never coming back. Six months ago, my dad took his last breath due to complications from a stem cell transplant and now he is gone for ever. I can’t talk to him, hug him, laugh with him – and I never will again. There is no light at the end of that tunnel, and that’s where I’ve landed for now. Walking alone in the dark, staring at the stars. Molly Rosen Guy is founder of Stone Fox Bride and author of Love, Lust And Wedding Planning For The Wild At Heart. Follow @mollyrosenguy


THE NEW TAKE ON TAILORING For a look that will easily take you from your desk to after-hours drinks, try this season’s fresh take on heritage tailoring. ‘An oversized jacket looks great on everyone, especially paired with a rollneck jumper, which is autumn’s key layering piece. Add flattering contrast below with slim cigarette pants,’ says Red’s fashion director Oonagh Brennan. From left, model wears: black rollneck, £26; khaki blazer, £45; trousers, £35; check court shoes, £45. From right, model wears: grey rollneck, £26; check double-breasted blazer, £48; black military coat, £95, check trousers, £35; black heeled boots, £49


COSY TEXTURES There were plenty of touchable textures on the autumn catwalks. ‘It’s got a cool, 70s-inspired vibe, but it’s also really practical for wintry weather,’ advises Brennan. Invest in a faux shearling jacket to wear with jeans and a cosy knit at the weekend, or a floaty dress for a smarter look. From left, model wears: paisley midi dress, £50; grey waterfall coat, £69; tan heeled boots, £49. From right, model wears: white pleated tunic, £40; black shearling biker, £69

HERITAGE CHECKS Countryside-inspired checks are definitely worth investing in now. ‘Take this season’s checks into cooler territory by wearing as separates – the jacket looks great contrasted with a soft blouse, while the skirt gives a new twist to a rollneck and military coat,’ says our fashion director. From left, model wears: colour-block shirt, £35; check coat, £75; black leather trousers, £150. From right, model wears: camel jumper, £36; black military coat, £69; check skirt, £32; boots, £49

PROMOTION PRINTS AND COOL COLOUR-BLOCKING ‘A printed midi dress is a brilliant all-in-one outfit,’ says Brennan. ‘Wear it now on its own with sneakers and a light jacket, or layer with a rollneck, a big coat and long boots when the temperature drops.’ From left, model wears: red paisley midi dress, £55. From right, model wears: stripe rollneck, £30; red waterfall coat, £69; black belted trousers, £35

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Holly Tucker MBE, co-founder of Not On The High Street and founder of Holly & Co, reflects on her career journey

MY CAREER BEGAN IN ADVERTISING AGED 17. I was working with an agency called Publicis, where I had already done work experience for three summers. University wasn’t for me and this role gave me a degree in life. It was challenging, but I had a lot of great women showing me the ropes.

WE SCRAPED TOGETHER £75,000 OF INITIAL CAPITAL. This came from savings, and both of our parents put in a modest amount. We thought it would see us through the first year, but we were building technology that hadn’t been built before, and that cost more than expected. WE WORKED 50 WEEKENDS OUT OF 52 IN THE FIRST YEAR. My son was under a year old and it was a very hard time. We were on a shoestring budget and only got a modest amount ourselves because we knew how precious every penny was to keep the business alive.


FOUR YEARS LATER, I WAS HEADHUNTED BY CONDÉ NAST. I started working there as fashion manager of Brides magazine, where I celebrated my 21st birthday. While I hadn’t worked in the industry before, the transition felt relatively painless because I’d done a lot of work with magazines within advertising. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN ENTREPRENEURIAL, SO I STARTED MOONLIGHTING, MAKING DECORATIVE WREATHS, but I had nowhere to sell them. This led to me building Your Local Fair, a small events company that curated fairs in town halls across London. I was still in full-time employment, working a 10-hour day in the oice, as well as spending my mornings, lunch breaks and evenings using my Nokia phone to bring everything together. It was a success and so I eventually resigned from the publishing world. YOUR LOCAL FAIR LED ME TO MY EPIPHANY MOMENT: to create a fair that was available 24 hours a day, online. I emailed my friend Sophie with my idea, and a day later she said she was in. In 2006, was born.


The Holly & Co shop is based in St Margarets

ALMOST EVERY INVESTOR TURNED US DOWN. They were mainly grey-haired men who looked at us like we were dabbling in a craft hobby. Finally, one investor – who also wrote the cheque for – believed in us. MY SISTER WAS EMPLOYEE NUMBER THREE, head of merchandising. My father was number four, the financial director, and Sophie’s sister was number five, advising on legal matters. You build a team that believes in the mission, and I have the same approach to hiring now we’re a team of 200.

MY GOAL WITH HOLLY & CO IS TO BE THE CHEERLEADER OF SMALL BUSINESSES. I moved away from the day-to-day running of a few years ago, as I wanted to share what I’d learnt. I set up Holly & Co to help people build and grow their own small businesses. BEING AWARDED AN MBE HAS BEEN MY PROUDEST MOMENT. When I was in the queue to meet the Queen, about to be awarded something that would stay with me for life, it was the first time I thought: ‘I think I’ve done a good thing’. Holly Tucker ( is a judge for Big Book’s Smart Thinking category. Discover the winning book on page 95.



fter a variety of jobs in advertising and publishing, Holly Tucker, 41, founded with her friend and fellow entrepreneur Sophie Cornish. The site, which provides a platform for small creative businesses to sell their products, has since pumped £600m into the UK economy. In 2013, Tucker was awarded an MBE for her services. Here’s how she did it…



NEW DOORS Smart Women Week is back – and better than ever! Here, two of our speakers, Step Up Club founders Alice Olins and Phanella Mayall Fine, explain why you should switch things up


n unspoken truth among almost all women a redundant notion. For the record, it wasn’t easy to move is that we will reach a tricky crossroads at from our old ways. It took courage and confidence (both some point in our careers, when we feel a of which we were lacking) to start over, but we are need to reassess. It can feel incredibly passionate about what we do now, have financial painful at the time. But old ways will not independence and fluidity in how we approach work and deliver any of us to new career dawns. life (in other words, we can attend those mid-afternoon Phanella has arrived at two distinct career junctions in school plays). We know women struggle with taking her time. She drove change after becoming a frustrated risks, but risks are inextricably linked to change and corporate lawyer and then, when the rigidity of a career success, and that’s the crux of this conundrum. We can’t as a high-flying fund manager became at odds with her achieve our goals or fulfil our potential if we are values and her children, she reached a crossroads again. paralysed by a fear of failure. At Step Up, we build Alice’s story is diferent. She was a blissfully happy women’s confidence by discussing the concept of failing journalist; creatively fulfilled, intellectually stimulated first. Everyone sufers failures at work and we all make and with plenty of big plans in her back pocket. But then mistakes. But without failures how can we learn? disaster struck with a personal tragedy, Our newest venture, the Step Up School HOW TO MAKE YOUR and her career needed to reflect the (an in-person and online course), is proof NEXT MOVE WITH journey she had been on. that even when you arrive at the right THE STEP UP CLUB The Step Up Club – and our working career, there are still boundaries to push, Design the career that’s right partnership – is proof that we can all and new ventures to explore. Step Up is for you at an inspirational stop, take stock and reinvigorate our a labour of love, and one that we’re very workshop with Red and Step careers. We learnt to become agile proud of. Through our work with other Up Club founders Alice Olins in how we thought about our careers women, we’re constantly learning about and Phanella Mayall Fine. and approached our work, and it’s led what we want – and how to get there, too. When? Wednesday 19th us somewhere brilliant. Change is There are no bigger champions of opening September, 7:30-9am necessary, not least because we are new doors in your career than us. Positive Where? Carlton House living at a time when a job for life is change is at the core of everything we do. Terrace, London How much? £30 + booking fee. Visit


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HOW TO MAKE YOUR NEXT MOVE 7.30-9am, £30 A power breakfast with The Step Up Club and Red’s features writer Cyan Turan. HOW TO BUILD YOUR INTERIORS BRAND 9-10.30am, £10 A networking session with interior designer Kelly Hoppen, Soho House’s design director Linda Boronkay, TV presenter Sophie Robinson, Etsy’s director of global insights Jemma Ahmed and Red’s contributing lifestyle editor Pip McCormac. CHANNEL YOUR CREATIVITY AND TRUST YOUR INSTINCT 6.30-7.30pm, £45 Q&A and fragrance workshop with Jo Malone MBE and Red’s executive editor Sarah Tomczak.

HOW TO CREATE BETTER ONLINE CONTENT 7.30-9am, £30 A workshop with Falmouth University and Molly Gunn, founder of Selfish Mother. FINANCIALLY FABULOUS: SPEED DATE A MONEY EXPERT 7.30-9.30am, £30 Pose your questions to maths guru Bobby Seagull, CEO of M&S Bank Sue Fox, Honest Mum blogger Vicki Psarias, Fidelity International’s investment director Maike Currie, former pensions minister Ros Altmann and Red’s finance editor Kalpana Fitzpatrick. REWRITE YOUR SKINCARE 6.30-8.30pm, £30 A workshop with Caroline Hirons and Red’s beauty editor Alexandra Friend. HOW TO SUSTAIN SEX IN A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP 6.30-8.30pm, £30 Join us for a panel talk with Red’s features editor Natasha Lunn and special guests.

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Before his imminent move to the country, Dominic West meets Sophie Heawood at the pub for a frank and funny conversation about sex scenes, his Eton days and everything in between


ominic West has got so good at having sex with other women that he doesn’t want his wife to know anything about it. She watched him make love to his mistress once. They were on an aeroplane with their kids at the time, but after that she said she’d seen enough, and he was greatly relieved. Obviously, I’m talking about his sex scenes in the TV show The Affair.


Now in its fourth series, West plays Noah, the middleaged man who leaves his wife and family for a mysterious waitress, and his real-life wife, Catherine, had managed to avoid watching it until that long-haul flight. ‘God, they’ve all blurred into one now,’ he says, sitting in a pub near their family home in Shepherd’s Bush, London, discussing all the shags that Noah has put him through. ‘Ruth [Wilson] and I have got really good at them because we’ve shot so many. We used to call out to the crew for position



suggestions, and the sound guy would cry, “Reverse cowgirl,” and we’d go, “What the hell is that?”’ Was he embarrassed not to know? ‘I still don’t know. He’s the one who should be embarrassed. But sex scenes all broke for me after I did a scene with two strippers in The Wire – just the absurdity of the whole thing. Everyone’s nervous, the director goes, “Er, well what do you think we should do?” and this girl just goes, (he puts on a streetwise American accent) “‘Okay, he lies down, I’ll get on top of him, she can blow him and I’ll sit on his face.’” Dominic West is a funny man. A hearty giggle runs through him as he speaks, even at lunchtime in a deserted pub where we’re knocking back sparkling elderflower cordials. The giggle threatens to get him into trouble – I’m not entirely sure he should be telling a journalist how much he questions his character on The Affair, but he does. ‘I don’t like Noah. I don’t understand him. I try to get involved and tell the writer, Sarah Treem, what I think – I shouldn’t really, but I do, constantly. I hugely admire her, and she’s very open and collaborative, but at the end of the day, I just question whether a man in his position would behave like that. Whether you’d give up your wife and four kids for a waitress who then has your baby – well, a baby. What’s the point of that?’ But people do do things like that. ‘This is exactly what Sarah says – people don’t behave in rational ways. They do crazy things. And everyone has a strong opinion on adultery – and a lot of people have experience of it, I’ve discovered! A hell of a lot.’ What? Do people approach him as their adultery confidante nowadays? ‘They do a bit, yes.

I’ve had it a few times. Where people have said, “It did our marriage a lot of good”, or “it finally put an end to our marriage”. You know, it’s a really hot topic. I didn’t quite realise that, at a certain age, we become obsessed with adultery and afairs. Either wanting to have one or thinking about having one. I don’t know, it hasn’t happened to me, thank God. Well, not yet,’ he laughs. ‘I mean, in many ways, acting is a catharsis or an expiation. So it’s quite nice playing at having an afair, because it means I don’t really have to have one.’ West grew up near Sheield, one of seven children in a Catholic family with a mother who played every Shakespearean heroine in local am-dram productions, roping her children in for crowd scenes, which is where he got the bug. ‘The thrill of being backstage in a draughty old church, with the greasepaint and nutty people – this wonderful old lady called Irene, who was Irish and had all these Guinness bottles lined up – the lights, all my cousins there, too. It was brilliant.’ His father made some money running a plastics factory and sent West to spend his teenage years at Eton, which caused a ‘total culture shock, very dislocating. I wasn’t very happy for a couple of years. I was very homesick, a sense of being a fish out of water. I’m still evaluating it now. But it was a brilliant education. And I now relish going into situations like The Wire where I am totally alien, a fish out of water again. I got used to being uncomfortable and I think I now seek it out.’ (West played Jimmy McNulty, a white detective investigating mostly black criminals in Baltimore.) At Eton, as well as honing his acting skills, he



Red man found himself debating Jacob Rees-Mogg about background – he christened his children and took the Miners’ Strike in 1984. ‘I was from Sheield and them to church when they were smaller, ‘when they so therefore I… well, I didn’t really know anything absolutely have to do what you tell them’, but now about it. We were just preposterously self-important wonders if their modern lives are lacking in the rites 15-year-olds. But it was in the theatre, he was of passage that religious ceremonies provide. ‘One always very conscious of theatre, and he came in of my sons in particular is really upset about leaving to the tune of Land Of Hope And Glory and said our London house. And so the importance of ritual, Margaret Thatcher was marvellous. He was exactly to make sense of the interior, to physically manifest the same as now; he’s never changed, which is both what’s going on inside – I thought, “What can we admirable and dodgy. Despite the sober do today that says thank you and exterior, he’s a showbiz tart – and so goodbye?”’ I suggest a bonfire, but he am I, so it was quite an interesting says the garden is so dry that the match. I think I was trying to put the fire brigade would be straight round. miners’ point of view across to these In any case, his kids will be getting adolescent Etonians, who all came new experiences – they’re not even from south of Watford. I’m pretty staying in Wiltshire for the full sure I lost.’ (West would later play school year. In a few months, the a gay miner in the film Pride.) family are of to LA, so West can After Eton, he studied English film ‘what I think is the final season literature at Trinity College, Dublin, of The Affair’. He says, ‘We’re going where he met Catherine FitzGerald, to hang out on Venice Beach like Fiery chemistry with Helena Bonham Carter in Burton & Taylor daughter of the Black Knight of Glin, we did last Christmas, which we all an Irish family title. They got together love. Then we’re going travelling. but ultimately she married someone The kids are now the perfect age. I else, and he had a child (Martha) wanted to do some travelling where with his girlfriend Polly Astor. But they have to do something, be a bit after those relationships broke down, more useful, either on horseback or the university sweethearts were on a boat, and my wife said, “If you reunited and are now married with think I’m getting on a boat with you at four children of their own. The day I the helm, you’re out of your mind.” meet him is actually their last day in So I thought, “Oh God, we could take Things get steamy and tense with London. They are moving to Wiltshire a tall ship! America by ocean liner! Ruth Wilson in The Affair where, three years after buying a Wouldn’t that be great?” So they’ll go cottage attached to a disused brewery, to school for this new winter term and the refurbishment is finally complete. then we’ll head of. That’s the plan.’ His kids don’t want to leave the If you’ve read this far and you city but he can’t wait to get them into still don’t long to be adopted by tree-climbing and animal-keeping. Dominic West’s family, then I’m Catherine is a professional gardener not sure you have a pulse. I know and grew up in Glin Castle in Ireland. he’s not into afairs, but I’m fully Her father recently died and the couple considering how to become the have been figuring out how to make third person in their marriage, like Dominic as Jimmy McNulty alongside Glin pay for itself – it supports a Camilla Parker Bowles. I make Michael K Williams in The Wire village and needs maintaining. ‘It’s the mistake of telling him that not an affluent area in other ways, so a place like I had been planning to take my own child all the this is a wealth creator.’ They did consider moving way to Greece by rail and ferry for a forthcoming there but, ‘I don’t want to live in my wife’s castle,’ holiday, but in the end I gave in to pressure from he says, that giggle breaking out again. So they other people and bought tickets for easyJet. plan to rent it out for private lets. ‘It is incredibly ‘But the train through Italy would be heaven,’ beautiful. Places like Glin, with its beautiful art he insists, practically pounding the table with his and furniture all made by Irish people, are really fists. ‘Heaven! You must NOT listen to them. important. So much was pulled down in the 1960s; SELL the plane tickets! Get on that boat!’ so much of other Irish heritage has been lost. So He may not have won the school debate, but we’re taking it on because it would be turned into I think Dominic West has just won me over. So a deeply unpleasant golf club otherwise.’ if any Red readers would like to buy two He’s also been thinking of his own Catholic aeroplane tickets, get in touch.


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Director and writer Amma Asante, actor Romola Garai, actor and presenter Jameela Jamil and singer Annie Lennox reveal the women who have shaped their lives


aomi and I were connected from the beginning. We both grew up in Streatham, south London, and went to the same stage school in Acton from the age of nine. The journey to and from school took an hour on the underground, and this time, together with our other schoolfriends too, made all the diference. Not only was it two more hours a day that we’d spend talking and sharing stories, but we were young to be travelling all that way alone, so we all had to rely on each other. It meant that we grew up quite quickly, having to stand on our own two feet from an early age. I think this brought us together in a unique way. Forty years have gone by since then, but we still have a friendship. Even at school, Naomi was very determined and, growing up, that was a massive example to me. What inspires me so much about Naomi has always been her strength. She’s navigated a world that wasn’t necessarily conducive to people who looked like us, and achieved an extraordinary amount of success despite that. This would have had an impact on my life even if I’d never met her, but realising on a personal level the battles she’s had to face, makes it all the more special. Since making my way through an industry very similar to Naomi’s, I have to thank her for her work as a trailblazer. When I made it on to a cover of a publication, I instantly thought of Naomi when she was first on the cover of Vogue. I had this incredible moment where I realised that this would not have

happened for me without Naomi being there first, breaking that boundary. Despite Naomi being one of the most famous women in the world, we maintain our friendship. Of course, we don’t see each other as much, but we keep in touch via phone, text and social media. And when we do see each other, it’s like nothing has ever changed. The last time we were together was a couple of months ago at a dinner for the Ghanaian president who was in London for a non-oicial visit. When Naomi and I saw each other we screamed, then spent the entire evening catching up and taking a lot of selfies (including the one above). Naomi is the person you call for life advice, particularly when you’re going through a bumpy time. I think what people don’t know about her is how deeply kind she is. I’ve witnessed her be there for every one of our friends, just as she’s been there for me. When I was going through a break-up, she made time for me despite her schedule, arranging for us to spend a week in New York just so that I could get away. She’s also very funny. Her laugh still cracks me up: it’s the exact same one she had when she was a schoolgirl. That’s the thing about Naomi, she’s still the same person as she was when we were growing up. We still rely on each other just as we did then. Really, despite how far we’ve come, not much has changed at all. Where Hands Touch, a historical love story directed by Amma Asante, is scheduled for release later this year






‘Talking about these issues has an impact on your career. You take a hit’




en years ago, I walked into an audition and Penny was sitting behind the desk. The role was for a one-woman show she wrote about a young woman’s complicated journey navigating sex and deceit. At the time, it was unusual for people to be writing explicitly feminist work. Meeting her made a great impression on me. In auditions, there’s always a desk and there is always a man behind it, so to see a woman the same age as me there with her notepad made me think, ‘Oh, you can get behind the desk. You don’t always have to be on this side.’ Penny is unbelievably charismatic. She’s very self-contained, but absolutely knows what she wants and is very comfortable in her power in the room. She’s a great collaborator, but she doesn’t let anyone dick her around. I became an actor when I was very young, and it’s a job with basically no control – you’re essentially a puppet. I was impressed to meet someone who, even at an early stage in their career, had so much artistic certainty and self-confidence. Years later, we worked together on a play called The Village Bike, which was a transformative experience for me. I saw that Penny had taken control of her creativity in a way that I hadn’t. After meeting her, I started saying ‘this is bullshit’. This industry is completely misogynistic and everybody knows it. It’s actually dangerous for women to work in the arts and nobody is saying a thing about it. Trying to change the industry takes so much courage, so much self-belief, so much more energy than any man would ever have to put into his work as an artist. Meeting somebody who was doing that changed me. Talking about these issues does have an impact on your career, without a doubt. You take a hit. But Penny gave me the confidence to know that the right people will still want to work with me. She also made me more ambitious. I made my short film not long after working with her. Today, she’s a great friend. When we collaborated on an idea I had for a TV show, I invited her round to my house. My baby was around four weeks old and I spent the whole time apologising and trying to make tea while breastfeeding and constantly saying ‘sorry’ because the baby was crying. I felt like I was being a nightmare. I remember her saying, ‘Sit down. You have every right to be here. You don’t have to feel worried because the baby’s crying. We’re going to have kids and we’re going to work and we’re going to make it work. You don’t have to be embarrassed.’ When people like Penny come into your life, their influence galvanises you. Seeing women doing things and making things is everything. She has shaped my own journey towards trying to write and direct. I don’t worry that much about being good, because I just think it’s important to do things. You think, even if it’s terrible, at least I will have done it, and other people and my kids will see that I’ve done it. You have to live boldly in order to try to change the structure of our gender relations so that a future generation of women won’t be at all surprised when they walk into a room and see another woman sitting behind the desk.


y inspiration is almost 10 years younger than me. I know that sounds strange, but it wouldn’t if you met Scarlett Curtis. When she was 14 years old, she went through an extremely traumatic health crisis, and her father approached me one night at a party and asked me to visit her, as I’d told him I had sufered something very similar in my teens. I walked into her house expecting to find someone I could help, someone who would perhaps look to me for hope and advice. Boy, was I wrong (and clearly an egomaniac). Instead, what I found was the smartest, strongest and most interesting young woman I would ever be lucky enough to meet. Someone who would go on to teach me so much about the world, and about myself. The first time we met, I thought I’d spend an hour or so with her, assuming a teenager I didn’t know at all wouldn’t exactly be ideal company. Three hours later, we were still sitting on her sofa with tears in our eyes, holding hands, telling each other our deepest, darkest secrets and thoughts. We found a kindred spirit and a safe space in each

‘Every year, she has become smarter, stronger and better’

other. There was an immediate synergy between us, a complete and inimitable chemistry, despite almost a decade in age diference and coming from two such diferent backgrounds. She was the little sister I never had, and kind of the older sister I never had. With every year of her recovery, she has become smarter, stronger and better. She has an enormous heart, and her work in philanthropy and the mental health field continues to be one of my biggest inspirations. She’s an extraordinary writer. She has been my guiding light, and the voice of sense in my head so many times throughout my tumultuous 20s. The amount of pain and struggle she has poured into her work in order to help people has been a constant driving force for me to make sure I am doing the same. She is entirely unpretentious and constantly working to observe herself and to evolve, both in her work and in her spirit. This is something we can all learn from. She’s my benchmark – as a writer and as a woman. I’m so proud to know her, and so grateful she is my friend. Our friendship, and the way we have held each other emotionally over the years, has had such a defining impact on me, and I’m so excited to see what she’s going to do next. Whatever it is will be good, and it will be right. This has turned into a blubbering ode to Scarlett Curtis. I’m sorry. But she really is that good. If I didn’t love her so much, I would fucking hate her. Jameela Jamil stars in The Good Place, which returns to Netflix this autumn




’m so proud to be standing with my arms around the woman in this photo. She was one of a group of women I’d visited in Uganda in 2005. Although I don’t remember her name, I know her, and I know her circumstances. She represents billions of women across the planet – women who live in total poverty; women with no access to rights or resources. These are the women we all need to be more aware of. I had flown to the capital city, Kampala, with Comic Relief to visit the headquarters of the National Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (NACWOLA) – of which this beautiful woman was a member. Meeting her was humbling. It was one of the many opportunities I’ve had to witness how women in the most diicult circumstances, often ostracised by their own communities, can join together in supportive groups, to help each other

‘Although any tragic experience is personal to you, it can also connect you to a much larger universal picture’ stay alive and healthy. I also witnessed how HIV/AIDS can ravage people’s lives, taking them down in the harshest of ways. If you have a little bit of passion for human rights, the experience of directly meeting women who are afected by AIDS strengthens your resolve to become involved in trying to make a diference. Being a women’s rights activist feels like a true vocation for me. My first baby was stillborn, and I think this was such an overwhelming personal experience that it gave me a more profound insight into how much women have to go through in so many stages of their lives. And although any tragic experience is personal to you, it can also connect you to a much larger universal picture. My focus on HIV/AIDS really began in 2003 when I was invited to perform at the launch of Nelson Mandela’s AIDS campaign 46664. Hearing Mr Mandela describe HIV/AIDS as a genocide that was taking place in South Africa, with women and DRINK TEA, MAKE children at the face of the epidemic, had a marked efect on me as a A DIFFERENCE woman and a mother. Women are the mothers of the world; women bring Celebrate the Wonder Women all human life into the world and, as someone who’s had that experience, in your life by holding a I strongly identify with the idea of something going wrong. If you’re mothers2mothers (m2m) HIV positive and expecting a baby but have no access to treatment, it Wonder Women Tea! Contact must be overwhelming. If I think back on all the chapters of my life, there are so many things that I’ve been through as a woman. Motherhood Visit or follow m2m changes everything. It gives you an unconditional perspective, a diferent on Instagram @mothers2mothers kind of love to the one you’ve been pursuing throughout your life. That’s to find out more. one of the reasons I work with mothers2mothers (m2m), a charitable mothers2mothers is an organisation working to help women with HIV deliver babies who NGO that unlocks the are born free of the virus. It does extraordinary, life-saving work. potential of women to The world is full of despair, but as an activist you are always looking eliminate paediatric AIDS for solutions. Using interpersonal skills and resources, each individual and create healthy families. one of us can be a contributing agent for change in the world. 84 REDONLINE.CO.UK OCTOBER 2018



After years of ignoring her bank balance, Laura Whateley finally got a grip on spending. Here’s how she did it…

y family and friends weren’t surprised that I wanted to write a book, but the subject matter has raised a few eyebrows: pensions, mortgages and savings accounts. My old university flatmates exchanged looks over our expensive celebratory sushi. A colleague smiled kindly as I opened an Asos delivery, ‘You? Giving budgeting advice?’ Okay, fine, I admit, despite my job as a


consumer journalist, I have never been what you might call frugal. My parents are careful with their cash and they attempted to instil the same values in me and my sister. Perhaps it was a reaction to not being allowed Bufalo trainers, but it never really stuck – I’ve always loved to spend. I’d argue that makes me an expert of sorts. But surely the only thing more annoying than being told how to get fit by someone who considers a protein ball a treat is being ofered money-saving tips by someone who would never buy a cofee because they own a flask.

Finance A decade on from the financial crisis, writing about what others don’t know about money (a lot, you are not alone) and making my own financial mistakes and learning from them (do not ignore your bank balance – the longer you do this, the more dread-inducing it gets), I reached a conclusion that has helped me get a grip on my spending. Being great with money isn’t all about saving so much that you haven’t bought a new shirt this millennium; it’s about being confident and conscious about where it’s going and why, so you don’t let money get you down. More important is to acknowledge that while wages are frozen, housing is unafordable, pensions are inadequate and our male colleagues are still paid more, it’s no longer cute to roll your eyes, declare you’re not a ‘numbers person’ and refuse to engage with the subject. Whether I like it or not, money defines every aspect of our lives and the choices available to us. It’s far too important a subject to be entrusted to the sensible suits, especially given that they’re usually motivated to sell us something we don’t fully understand. It’s also finally dawned on me that taking control of your finances makes you feel great. Don’t start by trying to do 1,000 things that save you £1 at a time. Instead, take a few hours getting your head around your spending habits and make two or three changes that could earn you £1,000 in one go. Here are five things that I think will make a noticeable diference to your money situation, without you having to give up flat whites.

£74 a month and reducing over time, it would take 27 years and seven months to pay it of, due to accruing £4,192 in interest, according to the Financial Conduct Authority. If you repaid £108 a month, you’d be rid of it in three years and pay £879 in interest.

START INVESTING. Many women feel too nervous to invest their money because they don’t understand the jargon and are afraid of losing their savings. If you follow a few simple rules, not only is it not that diicult, but you don’t actually need to understand much about it or have lots of money (if you have a workplace pension, you’re already investing), and it is actually less risky than only having cash savings. Inflation erodes cash, especially when interest rates are as low as they are at the moment, which means you’re losing money by keeping it in the bank. Investing it in stocks and shares, perhaps through an investment ISA, over the long term should help your savings grow. You do, however, need to be prepared to lock your money away for at least five years, preferably 10 or even longer, and avoid looking at it too frequently, or you might get cold feet and take your money out just as the market dips. It’s also best to invest smaller monthly sums rather than one large sum.



SWITCH YOUR BANK TO A NEW ‘CHALLENGER’. Monzo has changed my life, or at least my bank balance. I’m not on commission, promise, but I urge you to give it or other ‘challenger banks’, such as Starling and Revolut, a go. These new online-only companies have phone apps that automatically label all your spending. Every time you use your card to get a train, for example, it recognises the transaction and adds it to ‘transport’, or moves a Pizza Express bill into ‘eating out’. This makes it so much easier to monitor exactly where your money goes. I like the coin jar feature (the app Moneybox ofers something similar), where every time you use your card your spend is rounded up to the nearest pound, with the diference put into a pot. So if you were to buy a sandwich for £2.50, £3 would come out of your account, with the other 50p going into the pot.

PAY DOWN YOUR DEBT BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. While it might seem counterintuitive to stop saving in order to have more money, there’s no point in putting aside cash if you’re also trying to clear your credit cards or overdraft. At the moment, the best easy-access savings accounts pay about 1.3%, while credit card companies (such as or charge as much as 30-40% APR. If you were to borrow £3,000 on a credit card with an interest rate of 19% and make just the minimum repayments, starting at


that mobile phone companies can make £400 profit on the cost of a smartphone over a typical two-year mobile phone contract. This figure rises if you never get round to switching your contract after the end of the two-year period (guilty). You’re much better of buying your handset outright on a SIM-only deal, even if you use a 0% purchase credit card to do so. You should always try to negotiate the cost of your insurance, too. Comparison site GoCompare found a £1,635 diference in premiums for the same car insurance between two diferent insurers, which is about the equivalent of giving up a year of Pret lunches.

THINK ABOUT YOUR MOTIVATION TO SPEND. I’m fascinated by behavioural economics – the area of study where economics and psychology meet to highlight our automatic mistakes with money. Do you always choose the second cheapest wine on a menu because you don’t want to look tight? Has it occurred to you that the restaurant knows that and prices it accordingly? We are disproportionately influenced by how prices are set by other people, often people who are making money out of us, whether that’s how much we’d pay for a house depending on what the estate agent decides it’s worth, or by our tendency to bid more than we meant to on eBay because of what everyone else is paying. Ask yourself before you spend: ‘What is this actually worth to me? And For more financial advice, sign up how many hours to our free fortnightly newsletter am I prepared at to work for it?’



Edited by CYAN TURAN

What makes a book special? Is it a plot of epic proportions (hello, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch)? Perhaps it’s a character that, after just a few pages, feels like a long-lost friend (like Jojo Moyes’s Lou Clark). Or maybe it’s simply a soupçon of truth that stays with you (who hasn’t been inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love?). All I know for sure is that the stories my colleagues and I are drawn to feel like impossible-to-recreate alchemy. Throughout Red’s 20 years, we’ve strived to never miss an opportunity to shine a light on talented female authors and so, to celebrate, we’ve chosen our 20 favourite tales by women from the last two decades. We afectionately call Red ‘serotonin for the soul’; these reads are just that. OCTOBER 2018 REDONLINE.CO.UK 89

Reads HALF OF A YELLOW SUN by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006) ‘One of my top three books of all time – the descriptions of the Biafran War are devastating and I was completely invested in the characters from start to finish.’

HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran (2011) ‘Moran asks the nagging questions for women of today: should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask when you’re going to have a baby? Every woman should read it.’ Gaby Huddart,

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (1998) ‘Don’t let it being about missionaries in the Belgian Congo put you of. This is laugh-out-loud funny and beautifully written.’ Jo

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WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel (2009) ‘Spoiler alert! It doesn’t end well for Thomas Cromwell or Anne Boleyn, but knowing what’s going to happen doesn’t matter. I didn’t expect to be rooting for Cromwell, and I was.’

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WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL by Cheryl Strayed (2012) ‘A book about a 1,100-mile trek that is really a story about how to find meaning in life when your heart is broken. It taught me not only that we can learn to accept grief but that, in the end, the love is always stronger than the loss.’ Natasha Lunn, features editor

A GIRL IS A HALFFORMED THING by Eimear McBride (2013) ‘It’s not often a book knocks me for six, but AGIAHFT left me reeling with its emotional power, troubled female protagonist and refreshingly original voice.’

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver (2003) ‘As the mum of a young son, I found this tale of a psychotic boy a hard read at times, but gripping, shocking and utterly convincing, too.’

WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? by Jeanette Winterson (2011) ‘These are the words uttered to Winterson by her mother as, aged 16, she leaves home explaining she’s in love with a girl. This autobiography explores her struggles with religion, family and sexuality. It moved me to tears.’ Ella Dove, features writer

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt (2013) ‘Quite simply a fantastic book. I read it during a long flight delay and credit it with keeping me sane.’ Jo Lockwood, picture editor

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A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan (2010) ‘Thirteen interlinking short stories, irreverently told… When we talk about books breaking the mould, this is a shining example.’

A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara (2015) ‘This story of four young men trying to find their way in New York is not an easy read but few books have sunk quite so deep into my consciousness as this.’

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WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith (1999). ‘Painting multicultural London, Smith weaves together the stories of several families and had me enthralled from page one. It’s the perfect balance of intelligence and warmth.’

Cyan Turan, reads editor

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RACHEL’S HOLIDAY by Marian Keyes (2012) ‘A blisteringly funny novel, and a heroine who redefined commercial women’s fiction. Rachel is a drug addict in denial who has to find herself before she can ever find love.’

THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood (2000) ‘I didn’t know a book could leave me thinking so much – mystery, secrets and family sagas are woven through it all, sub-plots like layers of a deeply delicious yet bittersweet cake.’ Jo Checkley, editor of our sister title Prima

MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult (2004) ‘Picoult’s devastating novel about a terminally ill girl and her relationship with her sister left a profound mark on my childhood. For anyone who’s only ever seen the film, I highly recommend you pick up the book.’ Anna Bonet MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante (2011) ‘I just love the setting of it all, the busy Italian streets, the buzz of motorbikes, the calls of people outside cafes. It was so evocative of that perfectly romantic Italian moment.’ Pip McCormac, contributing lifestyle editor

THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion (2005) ‘Didion lost both her husband and daughter within two years and this is her attempt to “make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death…” Such a powerful book about love, family, motherhood and grief.’ Jo Finney, consumer editor

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes (2012) ‘A life-airming book, which seems an odd way to describe a novel inspired by the Dignitas debate. But it’s hard to resist the chemistry between wheelchair-bound Will and his carer, Lou. A bittersweet love story that I’ve read several times.’ Jackie Brown, features editor

SMALL ISLAND by Andrea Levy (2004) Honest and powerful. I read it once and was beguiled. Twice, and I was moved. Now, every time I reread it, I still discover something new. Kim Parker, executive fashion director

EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006) ‘A book that really changed lives – millions of them.’ Natasha Lunn, features editor

September brings falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and the biggest literary blockbusters of the season. Sarra Manning picks the best five… Transcription

by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, £20, out 6th September) A new Kate Atkinson novel is always a reason to rejoice, and Transcription was everything I was hoping for and more. Largely split between 1940, when naïve ingénue Juliet Armstrong is working for a hush-hush operation flushing out Nazi sympathisers, and 1950, when the nowworld-weary Juliet is working for a dull BBC department, it’s impossible not to form a strong bond with her. Then comes the truly surprising denouement of Transcription, which makes for one of the best conclusions of a novel I’ve ever read. I immediately wanted to read it all over again.

Love Is Blind

by William Boyd (Viking, £18.99, out 20th September) From Edinburgh to Paris, Trieste, St Petersburg and beyond, we follow the adventures of Brodie Moncur, a myopic, tubercular piano tuner (he’s more attractive than I’m painting him!) who falls in love with a Russian soprano, paramour of ‘the Irish Liszt’, John Kilbarton, whose brother, the dangerous Malachi, is not a man to be crossed. I love Boyd’s gift for being able to tell a cracking good story, and Love Is Blind is no exception.

The Silence Of The Girls

by Pat Barker (Hamish Hamilton, £18.99, out now) A feminist reimagining of the Trojan War: when famous Greek warrior Achilles conquers her city and kills her husband, Briseis is one of many women captured. The Silence Of The Girls not only tells Briseis’s story, of her time bound to Achilles who she despises, but the story of all the other women held captive and erased by history. With obvious parallels to current conflicts, this is a stunning achievement and deserves all the awards it will undoubtedly receive.

Normal People

by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber, £14.99, out now) Sally Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations With Friends, was shortlisted for just about every award going, and Normal People looks set to continue this trend. It’s the forensically detailed story of a couple, Marianne and Connell, from their school days to their postgraduate lives. Intense and claustrophobic, but also beautifully observed, this is a salutary reminder that love can make you a better person, but it won’t always make you happy.

The Corset

by Laura Purcell (Raven, £12.99, out 20th September) Teenage seamstress Ruth Butterham is awaiting trial for murder when she meets dogooding prison visitor Dorothea Truelove. As Dorothea tries to discover if Ruth is really guilty, it becomes hard to tell the diference between victim and murderer, the imprisoned and the free. Maybe not quite as terrifying as her debut novel, The Silent Companions, The Corset still gave me conniptions.



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‘I don’t want to be confined by genre’ Ahead of the release of her highly anticipated new book, Transcription, Kate Atkinson tells Ella Dove about managing self-doubt and the fine line between fact and fiction WHAT WAS THE STARTING POINT FOR YOUR NEW NOVEL, TRANSCRIPTION?

While writing A God In Ruins, I spent a lot of time pottering around The National Archives. I came across a newspaper article about a security services agent called Jack King, whose identity had been revealed after years spent masquerading as a Gestapo spy. He would hold meetings in a bugged room while, next door, someone – usually a woman – listened to and transcribed the conversations. I became fascinated by the idea of the anonymous girl next door, typing out these secretly recorded discussions. HOW DID YOU TREAD THE TIGHTROPE BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION?

I don’t think of myself as someone who writes historical fiction because I don’t want to be confined by genre, although I can see that, in some ways, I am. With Transcription, it was a fine line. There are whispers of reality in my characters, but ultimately I have no right to use real people in my books – I’d be horrified if anyone wrote about me! YOUR PROTAGONIST, JULIET ARMSTRONG, IS A HEADSTRONG HEROINE IN A MALE-DOMINATED ERA. HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT TO YOU TO HAVE THAT STRONG FEMALE VOICE?

I don’t think it was a conscious decision. I knew Juliet was going to be a woman because all those early MI5 spies under spymaster Maxwell Knight were. He thought women were better at it because they were more devious than men, but could make themselves seem more innocent! Juliet is strong, funny and self-aware,

but I realised quite early on that she’s also a liar. The book is all about masquerading and ambiguity; she’s the most flawed character I’ve ever written. HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT CREATING CHARACTERS?

Generally, they come to me fully formed. It never works if I actively sit down to ‘invent’ them. However, even though I have a vivid image of each person, when I look back I realise I hardly ever describe any of them physically. I think it’s because I like to bring them to life from the inside out, by living in their heads. DO YOU EVER EXPERIENCE WRITER’S BLOCK?

Without fail, about two-thirds of the way through a book, I’ll grind to a halt. I sit there frantically worrying about how to solve the book’s problems and whether I can pull it of. The way I combat it is to start all my writing days by reading as much as possible of what I’ve already written and rewriting bits as I go along. That way, I don’t feel like I’m starting from nowhere, so the writing flows more naturally. It’s become a crucial part of my routine. I always redraft the entire novel and then write the last page – it’s become my treat to myself. Then, I pop open the Champagne! WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

Whenever I’m writing one thing, other ideas quietly ferment in my head. Right now, I’m just polishing up my next book, which I started on the day I finished Transcription! If I stop when I complete a book, I find it really diicult to start up again. At the end of a novel, I’m overwhelmed by a feeling of energy, and I’ve taught myself to take advantage of that momentum.

The Gilty Feminist

Deborah Frances-White has grown a cult-like following since starting the phenomenally successful podcast The Guilty Feminist in 2015. In her first book, Frances-White asks what it really means to be a 21st-century feminist – can you be a feminist and still sing along to Blurred Lines? Are you a feminist if you’ve spent more time fantasising about your wedding dress than protesting? Slicing through the fun and foibles of 21st-century womanhood with deft and funny prose, the book covers everything ‘from our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies’. Existing fans of her podcast and newcomers alike will love this irreverent guide to a very modern tug of war. The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White (Virago, £14.99, out 6th September)



Meet the winners of Big Book 2018 This year, Red set out to uncover the best reads as part of the Hearst Big Book Awards. Now, we can announce the winners of Red’s categories, Kids and Smart Thinking KIDS


AGED 0-6

AGED 7-12

Sarah Tomczak, executive editor, Red (both categories)

Cyan Turan, reads editor, Red (both categories)

Clemmie Hooper, midwife, author and influencer (Kids’ categories)

Holly Tucker, co-founder, Not On The High Street, and founder, Holly and Co (Smart Thinking category) ... and the Hearst Reader Panel

What The Ladybird Heard On Holiday by Julia Donaldson (Macmillan Children’s Books) ‘Donaldson’s books are always so lyrical and witty,’ says Sarah Tomczak. ‘And this one – the third in the series on this heroic ladybird – is no exception. It’s as fun to read as it is to listen to!’

Nevermoor: The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Orion Children’s Books) ‘My elder daughters loved this magical story of Morrigan Crow and couldn’t put it down,’ says Clemmie Hooper. ‘It’s beautifully illustrated, too.’

SMART THINKING Bored And Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi (Macmillan) Judge Holly Tucker ‘loved the phrase “mind wandering”’, and felt the book to be a pertinent reminder that the internet won’t miss us if we go. Cyan Turan said, ‘The concept of this book is genius, and so relatable. I don’t have my most creative ideas when I’m at my desk, or scrolling through social media; they arrive when least expected, usually when I’m in the shower! This book explains how we can get more headspace in our lives and shut of the distractions that stop us being our best.’

ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR It wouldn’t be autumn without a sumptuous TV drama, and this year it’s Vanity Fair, ITV’s adaptation of William Thackeray’s 1847 novel. Telling the story of Becky Sharp (played by Ready Player One actress Olivia Cooke), a poverty-stricken young woman determined to make her way up in the world, and her new BFF Amelia Sedley, the tale is a masterclass in merriment, villainy and high jinks. What’s more, Red’s literary editor, Sarra Manning, has written a hilarious contemporary retelling of the novel, The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp, so you really can immerse yourself in all the fun of the fair. Vanity Fair starts on ITV this month. The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning (HarperCollins, £7.99, out 6th September)



A very special birthday party, an Oscar-buzzworthy film and a zinger of a play feature in this month’s cultural picks Edited by CYAN TURAN


As the old axiom goes, behind every great man is a great (or, in this case, an even greater) woman. The Wife – about Nobel Prize-winning author Joe Castleman and his wife, Joan, played by Glenn Close – makes an art form of this truism with its astonishing depiction of the simmering personal and professional tensions between a long-married couple. Adapted from Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, the film captures the consequences of overlooking women with intelligence and depth. Catch it early – there’s already Oscar buzz around Close’s crackling turn. In cinemas nationwide from 28th September


Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s second-most-famous ill-fated lovers in this star-packed production. New ruler Mark Antony is in charge of a war-torn empire, but when he falls in love with the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, he’s torn between devotion and duty. His obsession becomes a catalyst for war. This zinger of a play is sure to sell out, but if you miss it or can’t get to London, National Theatre Live will broadcast it on 6th December. From 18th September until 19th January. To book, visit




Yes, there’s Bake Off, yes, there’s Strictly. Heck, Lord Sugar’s even back for the 6,385th series of The Apprentice. But amid the hectic autumn TV schedule we’ll also be making room for Mother’s Day. The factual drama about the aftermath of the March 1993 Warrington bombings stars Anna Maxwell Martin and Vicky McClure as two women living on opposite sides of the Irish Sea. Maxwell Martin plays a grieving mother and McClure is Susan McHugh who, angered by the loss of young life, organised one of the largest peace rallies in Irish history.


Mother’s Day airs this month on BBC Two

Happy birthday to us! Yes, can you believe it’s been 20 years since the first issue of Red? And what a 20 years it’s been. We’ll be celebrating with a glamorous soirée packed with Red staf and celebrities – and you’re invited. Fifty exclusive tickets have been reserved especially for readers, so join us for fizz, canapés, appearances by Red cover stars and what we’re sure will be some questionable dance moves. Plus, each guest will receive an exclusive goodie bag. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Tuesday 18th September, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London. Visit smartwomen for tickets




FRIENDS FOR LIFE While we love a seasonal update to


freshen our look, there are some pieces that never go out of style. Occasionally tweaked to keep things current, they’re still instantly recognisable as modern classics (that make dressing chic a cinch for absolutely everyone). From the timeless jumpsuit and perfect printed tee to the outfit-making tuxedo jacket and, of course, the LBD, we asked some of Red’s favourite stylish women to showcase the outfitmakers worth celebrating in this, our big birthday issue.

Blazer, £770; jumpsuit, £680; boots, £530, all Emporio Armani



Corinne Bailey Rae wears the RED DRESS ‘I love the transformative feeling of wearing red. It makes me feel powerful.’ Dress, £4,910, Gucci


Jools Oliver wears the BRETON STRIPED TOP, the TRACK PANTS and the STATEMENT SNEAKERS Track pants have become a wardrobe staple, as have statement sneakers. Styled up for work or down for easy weekends, their never-fail style credentials make them truly worthy of their status as modern classics. Blazer, £1,170, Rochas. Top, £200, Equipment. Trousers, £160, Ninety Percent. Trainers, £280, Bally


The GUCCI LOGO BAG With creative director Alessandro Michele at the helm since 2015, Gucci (and its handbags) has never been more covetable or iconic. From the intertwined logos to the signature green and red sporty stripe, this shoulder bag could only be Gucci. Bag, ÂŁ885, Gucci at

Sophie Ellis-Bextor wears the PRINTED FLORAL DRESS and the PARTY FLATS Whether mini or maxi, floaty or tailored, formal or super-relaxed, the printed floral dress has been our wardrobe go-to countless times over the past two decades. It’s an instant outfit and a style statement in one, and for that we’ll love it for ever. Dress, £440, Georgia Hardinge. Shoes, £310, Minna Parikka

The MULBERRY TOTE The ultimate in classic accessories from the most quintessentially British of fashion brands. Updated every season in new shades and colourways, the roomy Bayswater remains a timeless icon that won’t ever date. Bag, £995, Mulberry


The LITTLE BLACK DRESS Unveiled by Coco Chanel in 1926 (when it was hailed as ‘the dress the world will wear’), the legacy of the LBD is unparalleled. It transcends age, size or occasion, can be worn by anyone at any time and looks just as good with heels as it does with sneakers. It’s the ultimate wardrobe icon. Dress, £7,525, Chanel


Jade Parfitt wears the BOILER SUIT Like denim jeans, the boiler suit is a practical workwear item that’s transitioned into our everyday wardrobes, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s the ultimate in utility chic, an instant outfit when you’re short on time and edgy enough to look ‘cool’ with absolutely zero efort. Boiler suit, £770, Joshua Millard

Portia Freeman wears the TUXEDO JACKET and the JUMPSUIT Slung over a jumpsuit (like Portia), slipped over a dress or styled up to look super-smart, the ever-chic tuxedo jacket is the instantly transformative piece no wardrobe should be without. Blazer, £770; jumpsuit, £680; boots, £530, all Emporio Armani


Lorraine Pascale wears the WHITE T-SHIRT and the DENIM JEANS The versatile white tee has been a style no-brainer for decades. It’s perfect for casual days, or as a foil for dressier items like tailoring and looks amazing on everyone. Printed, slogan or just plain, it’s the basic piece that’s anything but #basic. Jacket, £490, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Harrods. T-shirt, £120, Sandro. Jeans, £360, Re/Done at Browns. Sunglasses, £220, Saint Laurent


Laura Bailey wears the BURBERRY TRENCH COAT, the ROLLNECK and the STATEMENT SUNGLASSES ‘My first trench coat was from a charity car boot sale and used to belong to Stella Tennant. It’s the piece I wear every single day – I love the way it combines classic British style with a dash of “French girl” chic,’ says Bailey. Trench, £1,450, Burberry at Jumper, £395, Bella Freud. Trousers, £675, Khaite at Harvey Nichols. Sunglasses, Laura’s own

Comfy yet still elegant, the kitten heel went into fashion hibernation a few years ago but is back (big time) as the hero of the smart woman’s wardrobe. So much so that Casadei, a brand famous for its red carpet high heels, has chosen to launch a rainbow of bright kitten heels to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Shoes, £680, Casadei




Jacquetta Wheeler wears the CASHMERE SWEATER and the CROMBIE COAT ‘I bought my first cashmere jumper when I was 18 from Joseph, and wore it almost every day for years. It’s the ultimate comfort blanket, something you can curl up in to feel good, and it always looks chic,’ says Wheeler. Coat, £249; jumper, £98; T-shirt, £24; trousers, £79, all The White Company



@iamlaurajackson TV presenter and broadcaster, one half of foodie duo Jackson & Levine, interiors lover, globetrotter. Dress, £315, Rixo x Laura Jackson Collaboration. Earrings, £275, Vanda Jacintho. Shoes, £300, Ganni


@livpurvis London-based blog writer, occasional baker and photo taker (she even has a podcast, too). Dress, £505, Three Graces. Earrings, £780, Anissa Kermiche. Necklace, £160, Alighieri. Chain bracelet, £75, Maria Black. Bead bracelet, Liv’s own. Ring, around £265, Paola Vilas. Bag, £420, Mehry Mu from Browns Fashion. Shoes, £495, Chloe Gosselin


@freddieharrel Founder of @bighair_nocare and the SHEunleashed Workshop. Freddie’s motto? Dream and love harder. Top, around £320, Caroline Constas. Jeans, around £117, Rouje. Earrings, £126, Ooak. Ring, Freddie’s own. Bag, £450, Shrimps. Shoes, £235, Yuul Yie


@erica_davies Interiors-obsessed ex-fashion editor. Founder of Top, £220, Cefinn. Skirt, £455, LHD at Earrings, £350, Alighieri. Ring, £120, Ejing Zhang. Shoes, around £304, Loeffler Randall



@monikh Fashion stylist and writer with an eye for art and interiors. Jumpsuit, around £121, Paloma Wool. Earrings, £110, Laura Lombardi. Ring, £165, Maria Black. Bracelets, £200 each, Tohum. Bag, £325, Montunas. Shoes, £455, Neous





choosing the clothes – and a lot of the time I’m carrying suitcases around London, collecting samples.’ Lunt is never sat at a desk and rarely has time to put her feet up. She says, ‘Even if I’m not at work I’m chasing my two-year-old around at home.’ That’s why Scholl Light Legs Tights are ideal – they’re energising and comfortable. As they’re also long-lasting and have been created with Ladder Lock Technology, it means they rarely need to be replaced. The Scholl Light Legs Tights are ideal for a special occasion. Lunt says, ‘They would be great for an event as they pull you in, in all the right places, without being uncomfortable.’ She adds, ‘They

HEALTH Created with Fibre Firm Technology, these tights encourage circulation and blood flow. They are the UK’s only range of tights which are clinically proven to boost circulation. COMFORT Scholl Light Legs Tights are made from a super comfortable stretchable yarn for legs that feel great, and also look great, as they provide a shapely fit. STYLE The tights come in 20 denier black and nude and in 60 denier black, so whatever shade you’re after, you’ll find one to suit your outfit.


hen you’re on your feet all day and running to and from client meetings, it can play havoc with your legs and leave you feeling tired and fed-up. But that’s where Scholl Light Legs Tights come in handy – they apply pressure from the ankle upwards to boost circulation and blood flow, which not only makes your legs energised, but they’re also super comfortable. For fashion stylist Alexandra Lunt, back-to-back appointments all over London and lengthy photoshoots mean spending a lot of time on her feet. She says, ‘Before a job I’m in and out of shops and press oices


DURABILITY They last up to 100 washes (60 denier) without losing their quality. Plus, they’ve been created with Ladder Lock Technology to make them less prone to ladders. GREAT-VALUE They last up to five times longer than regular tights.

‘THESE TIGHTS FEEL LIKE THEY HOLD YOU IN FOR ADDED SUPPORT AND SHAPE’ really feel like they hold you in to give you that added support and shape!’ Better still, because they are sleek, chic and black, you can wear them with lots of diferent outfits. And, according to Lunt, ‘Black tights are an absolute go-to in the winter for me. They are so versatile. I normally wear them with a little black leather mini or even a midi dress.’ Comfortable and energising, functional but stylish – Scholl Light Legs Tights are a godsend for busy women who want to give their legs a little care and attention.

FEET TREATS With 100 years of experience, it’s no surprise that Scholl’s Light Legs Tights are so comfortable. And, with all the benefits listed above, why not give them a try? Find Scholl Light Legs Tights at Boots stores or on


Hasu Fude Foundation Brush, £36

Micro Liner Ink in Navy, £20

Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush in Sonoya, £32


Arch Liner Ink in Shibul Black, £22

Inner Glow Cheek Powder in Aura Pink, £30

DIFFERENT STROKES Some Japanese art with your beauty? The answer from us is forever a yes: clarity, simplicity and a meditative way with a brush – why not? Shiseido’s new make-up line has subtle references running through it, from tools handmade in the calligraphy tradition to eyeliners inspired by lacquer-shiny Sumi ink. Elsewhere in the range you’ll find delicate face ‘dews’ for sparkle-laced skin, vivid tones for eyes and lips, and a marshmallow-flufy blush. Precise and joyful – count us in.

Kajal Ink Artist in Sumi Sky, £22



Sisley Le Phyto Rouge in Rouge Capri, £38

There’s no one item of make-up that says quite so much as a red lip. Let’s count the ways: sex in a stick, fire in your pocket, red says come hither but also hands of. A red lip is for the brave but also for the wavering, pulsing its energy into the world when you’re all out of juice. But wait, what about the days when all you want from your make-up is to look pretty? No sex, no drama, just clear eyes, glowing skin and everything pulled together. A red lip can do that, too. Red is clear-as-a-bell Coca-Cola, but also a chic and muted brick. It can be cartoonperfect at the corners (cheat’s technique: finesse with lip pencil afterwards) or dreamily kissed of around the edges (press on with a finger or soften with a cotton bud). Red is the step change of the beauty world, taking your make-up, your outfit, even your mood somewhere new. Wear it to elevate a Breton stripe, a top knot or a crisp autumnal Sunday. And because red works symbiotically with whatever you pair it with, a new context will make the red itself look fresher and more playful, taking it away from its powerplay roots. The right red is spectacularly flattering. You’ll know when you’ve found it, because a skin tone that seemed flat and muddy only minutes before will reorganise itself into something clear and more luminous. You’ll need less blush, less lash, even less base – which suits us perfectly. We love red at Red, but we love it most of all with a sleek brow, minimal mascara and naked (or as good as) skin. It’s a British fantasy that the French do it better, but this kind of make-up nonchalance is just as much our territory – think Sienna Miller, Laura Bailey, Alexa Chung or Zadie Smith, wearing red with a tea dress, rumpled waves or freshly moisturised face. And by the way, while Laura Bailey loves a bolt of vibrant poppy now, she had to be cajoled into it by make-up artist Tania Grier – who happens to be the Sisley Paris UK make-up ambassador and the skilful hands behind the images you see here. ‘I’ve seen women transformed by their perfect red – it’s a total game-changer,’ she says. When it comes to finding that shade, Tania has few rules – just play the field until you get there, she says (we’d recommend starting with the reds in Sisley’s new Le Phyto Rouge, which are matte enough to look modern but still creamy and comfortable). ‘My one guideline would be that a classic English rose should beware of too much blue, which can make pale skin look sallow – in which case, coral gives an instant lift,’ she adds. So read on, play on… then hold your nerve and leave the house. Red’s got this. Photography MATTHEW EADES Words ALEXANDRA FRIEND


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim, £29

Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge in Ultra Star, £29


Bold, fresh, pretty or playful. No other hue is as versatile or emphatic. Biased, us?

The right red is spectacularly attering – whatever your colouring

Red goes ‘out-out’

Night out red A floral-toned smoky eye is cooler, softer, fresher and more modern than the classic silver-grey – especially worn with a red lip. Fade a trio of shades up from lash to brow (Tania washed vibrant rose over the lid, gold above the crease and sunset orange into the socket), then blend up and out into nothing. Or try a single wash of something iridescent, or a fingertip of shimmer pressed over a powder eyeshadow – right in the centre of the lid (both will catch the light to create a 3D efect). Rim the upper waterline with black kohl, then blink to transfer on to the lower rim for a pretty kind of fierceness that also makes lashes look longer – although do add mascara if you wish.



A red to elevate a weekend

Weekend red To wear a red lip is one thing, to wear a red lip lightly is quite another. Set a clear, bright poppy red against bare skin, by which we mean as little base as you can get away with to minimise redness and discolouration. A good brow could be all you now need, or add in any of the following: a pale-and-pretty gold on the eyes, a mascara that gives depth without too much heft, and a blusher that’s hardly there at all (though if you skip one, make it the cheek colour). To cut shine but leave all of the glow intact, dust one of the new and incredibly light varieties of translucent powder over your chin, sides of nose and forehead.



A polished kind of punch

Nine-to-five red If gravitas is a factor in your workplace, Tania recommends bypassing punchy shades of coral and scarlet for rich russets, plums and burgundies (and on darker lips, either super-saturated pigment or a subtle sheen is necessary if the colour is to stand out). A neat flick on the upper lid adds a polished kind of punch – navy looks less stark than black, and when worn with a red lip avoids tipping the overall look into ‘vintage’ (although for sharpness, we used classic black kohl in the lower waterline). Run a soft pencil closely along the lashline and either flick out freehand or use a thin, flat brush to drag and blend the colour into a flattering up-tick.



Weekend red

Nine-to-five red

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge in Rouge Miami, £38 Lumene Invisible Illumination Instant Glow Beauty Serum, £27

Lancôme Long Time No Shine Setting Powder, £32

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge in Rouge Monaco, £38

Chanel Ombre Première in Ultra Flesh, £26

Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation, £30 Sisley PhytoEye Twist in Pearl, £32.50 Sisley Le Phyto Rouge in Rouge Rio, £38

MAC Dazzleshadow Liquid in Blinking Brilliant, £16.50

Sisley PhytoOmbre Eclat in Garden Rose and Mango, £31.50 each

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder, £36

Celebrate the power of red

We’ve collaborated with Sisley to bring you an edit of the four beautiful red lip shades in this feature, with 10% of Le Phyto Rouge in Rouge Monaco, Rouge Capri, Rouge Miami and Rouge Rio – and we’ve extended the ofer to the full range of Le Phyto Rouge lipsticks. The ofer is available online only. To claim your discount, visit to receive your exclusive 10% of discount code, which you can use at the checkout at Ofer is valid 21st August – 2nd October*.



Night out red


ICONS Over the past two decades, we’ve seen thousands of products launch. Some arrived with a fanfare and left quietly by the back door. Others brought joy or reliable service. But a few reshaped the beauty landscape and won a place in our hearts for ever. Here, we salute the game-changers



The weightless base Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42 Today we take super-sheer, glide-on formulas as a given, but when this now-cult fluid launched 18 years ago, it redefined foundation. The secret lies in its transparent pigments, which allow for a weightless feel and airbrush-like finish, especially when built up in layers and blended with a brush.

The new-gen make-up sponge Beautyblender, £17 Elliptically shaped to fit every contour, the arrival of the Beautyblender in 2002 put make-up sponges on the map. Designed so that liquid and powder are pushed into the skin instead of sinking into the sponge itself, it wastes less product and creates a seamless finish. A huge 33,000 are sold every day.

The lip colour that lived up to the hype Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, £24 Matte once meant something heavy and chap-inducing, but the last five years have seen updated textures that are lightweight and comfortably easy to wear. Charlotte Tilbury led the way, with 3D pigments for a plumper look and a lit-from-within luminosity.

The antioxidant that really works SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, £135 Ask any dermatologist for their go-to antioxidant and CE Ferulic is most likely the answer (40 years of research went into this lightweight serum, making it truly science driven rather than bandwagon based). Vitamins C and E and ferulic acid protect against the skin-ageing efects of free radicals triggered by the likes of pollution and sunlight. Quite simply, it works.

The cool brand Glossier Cloud Paint Seamless Cheek Color, £15 We were clamouring for anything in Glossier pink well before it arrived in the UK 12 months ago. Quirky and smart, every item from this digital-first company is created for its online community, making it a modern line of almost too many heroes to choose from. Okay then – these cute cheek colours give a beautifully difused flush and look damn cool in your make-up bag.

The ultimate skin drink Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, from £24 It was the forerunner to all those water-rich, gel-textured hydrators we take for granted today and, while we didn’t think you could improve an icon, Clinique has bowled us over with this year’s upgrade of Moisture Surge. The best thing we’ve ever found for dehydrated skin, this version leaves it looking juicy and feeling quenched for even longer.


Beauty The deep clean Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, £47 Facialist Emma taught us that we should all be employing massage skills in the bathroom. Melted via the heat of your fingertips and worked over the face, this balm clears out pores, removes make-up and leaves skin feeling soft and springy.

The scentlover’s label Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Portrait Of A Lady eau de parfum, £158 Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle was a simple yet inspired idea: give world-leading perfumers carte blanche to blend their dream fragrance. The result? A sublime line-up of unique scents. We love that one of the originals, Portrait Of A Lady, still regularly tops fragrance sales charts.

The mascara that keeps on giving Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara, £9.99 Swapping the traditional (and inflexible) wire brush for bendy bristles, Masterpiece coats and defines every lash, while the tapered tip reaches the tiniest hairs. We’ve had comb, vibrating and ball-shaped wands since, but this bestseller is still winning plaudits.

The original acid Alpha-H Liquid Gold, £33.50 With an army of fans that includes many beauty editors, this was the product that warmed us up to the idea of using acid at home (in this case, glycolic). Its secret is a low pH that allows it to smooth out roughness, reduce wrinkle depth and tackle uneven tone in a swipe.

The wrinkle warrior Botox, from £150 Nothing beats a Botox injection for seeing of lines and wrinkles (17 million treatments and counting since being licensed for tackling lines in 2002). With efects lasting four months or so, the toxin has a freezing efect when injected into specific muscles and can also be used by skilled practitioners to balance out facial features, reduce chin dimples and even lift eyebrows.

The big manicure moment CND Shellac, from £25 Shellac changed the salon manicure for ever, with glossy gels that were professionally applied and sealed under LED lights for serious longevity and a lustre we can almost see our reflections in. Another boon is delving into our handbags with no fear whatsoever of chipping.

The naturallooking tan Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived, £7.79 This wasn’t the first gradual tan to hit our shores but it has consistently impressed with its believable sun-kissed glow (even the very pale need have no fear of streaks or tell-tale orange tone), and ability to leave skin in a better condition.


Beauty The clean pioneer REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, £32 Leading the charge in ‘clean’ formulas (in other words, free from controversial ingredients such as parabens and silicones), REN has been blending efective natural ingredients with trusted science since 2000. Its face and body formulas pack a punch and indulge the senses – we adore this bath oil with soothing rose, anti-fatigue geranium and softening sesame oils.

The brow transformer Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumising Eyebrow Gel, £20.50 Benefit has long headed up the brow-grooming movement, and Gimme Brow still ticks our boxes for volume, colour and longevity, thanks to the tiny fibres that fill any gaps imperceptibly.

The hot hair tool

The one for blondes John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Shampoo and Conditioner, £6.99 each Hard to imagine but (DIY colour aside) there was a time when we could do little to boost our blonde at home. Then came John Frieda Sheer Blonde. Now renowned for bringing faded highlights back to life with a satisfying brightness, the original duo has since been joined by further illumination, lightening and tone-correcting products.

The diversity champion Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick, £21 Rihanna’s make-up launch set a new bar for diversity, with all ethnicities (and age groups) queuing round the block at Harvey Nichols for its airy-light formulas, fun formats and vast colour range. Fenty’s highlighter sticks are a high point. Softly shimmery and superbly blendable, the 10 metallic tones go far beyond the usual ofering of gold or silver.


ghd original styler, £109 The first straighteners launched by ghd hit our shelves in 2002, brilliantly tapping into the zeitgeist (Jennifer Aniston had just grown out and de-pufed her ‘Rachel’). The slender and rounded plates were the thing, heating up quickly and leaving clumsier tools out in the cold. Still a must-have.

The glow-better bronzer Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel, £40 We defy you not to fall for the charms of this make-up artist’s favourite. Warm without being orange, it flatters every skin tone, and the creamy consistency is sheer and buildable. A foolproof way to get your glow on.

The knottyhair hero Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush, £11 Having been dismissed on Dragons’ Den as a ‘hair-brained’ idea, creator Shaun Pulfrey launched his knot-tackling, tug-banishing brush anyway. Much copied but never equalled, more than 17,000 sell worldwide every day. Those Dragons got burned.


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SCENT SWITCH UP Like flip-flops with a faux-fur coat, my breezy orange blossom-laden scent, Diptyque Eau des Sens, feels all wrong as the days get cooler. Red’s executive editor, Sarah Tomczak, tells me she also eschews her array of rosy florals come autumn, returning to Chanel’s sensual, spicy Coco. For my new-season scent (and I urge you to try them, too), I’m torn between cult Swedish brand Byredo’s Eleventh Hour, from £105 – a head-turning mix of pepper, figs, wood and rum – and the darkly sexy Fougère Platine from Tom Ford, from £162. Equally covetable is Boss The Scent Private Accord for Her, from £49. The bitter cocoa note in it makes it quite addictive.


Treatment on trial: Tixel

RED GROUP BEAUTY DIRECTOR EVE CAMERON SHARES SOME OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS… THIS MONTH I’VE BEEN… … getting playful with Crayola Beauty’s multitasking Face Crayons, £9 – the metallic gold, silver and bronze will serve you well from now into party season; discovering that the sludgy nail colour trend is rather flattering (try Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Toasted Pecans, £9.50, below); overcoming my foundation phobia with Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation, £14.99, which is air-light and looks fresh all day.

BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL How many times have you bought a make-up palette only to find you don’t use most of the shades? Kevyn Aucoin Nude Pop Palette, £46, SpaceNK, is, however, a good buy, with nudes, sparkles and purples that will make most eye colours pop.

WHAT IS IT? The latest skin-tightening, line-erasing cosmetic treatment for eyes, it involves a controlled burn to vaporise the top layers of skin – which, the theory goes, then grow back looking fresher, plumped up and firmer due to the increased collagen production it stimulates. WHY I TRIED IT: Eye creams can only deliver so much and I wasn’t up for surgery, so this seemed to be a middle path. Could I look less lined and tired? DID IT WORK? Results were subtle but satisfying. After just two sessions (you need three on average, spaced six weeks apart) the skin under my eyes was firmer, my crow’s feet less obvious and I thought my upper lids were slightly lifted, too. There’s a few days’ downtime needed afterwards, so book on a Friday and don’t plan on being sociable. WHO TO SEE: Aesthetic ocular surgeon Sabrina Shah-Desai at Perfect Eyes. Prices from £550 per session.




It gets the thumbs-up from dermatologists and facialists alike, but why is it so special and what can it do for you? W H AT I S I T ? We’ve heard for years that vitamin C is good for us and there’s increasing evidence to suggest that when applied topically, it can have serious skin benefits. It’s an antioxidant and helps neutralise unstable compounds known as free radicals, which are associated with ageing. But vitamin C is a tricky customer – expose it to light or air and it efectively stops working. However, advances in technology have led to more stable formulations, hence the plethora of products hitting the shelves.

W H O S H O U L D U SE IT ? There’s no one who wouldn’t benefit from vitamin C’s antioxidant boost but, as with any active ingredient, if you have sensitive skin, introduce it slowly as it can tingle at high concentrations. The most efective form is ascorbic acid, but it can cause irritation. Gentler derivatives (look for magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate on the label) won’t pack such a powerful punch, but you’ll still see results.


WHAT TO BUY Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum, £70 Claims to have an effect in just a week Medik8 C-Tetra Cream, £39 Has a modified version of vitamin C that’s better for sensitive skin The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, £4.90 A powerful formula at a bargain price Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, £28 This 10-day course of 15% ascorbic acid brightens skin Dr Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream, £79 An innovative powder-tocream formulation

WH E N S H OUL D YOU US E I T ? Whenever it fits into your routine. Some like to use it in the morning, layered under sun protection to boost the skin’s defences against UV-induced free radicals, while others argue that if used at night, it really gets to work on collagen boosting and pigmentation busting. A N YT H I N G E L S E I NEED TO KNOW ? If you’re using an ascorbic acid-based product, don’t decant it – the packaging is designed to help it last longer. It should be apparent when a serum is past its best as it will change from straw-coloured to brown. Prone to breakouts? Look for a water-based formula (aqua or water will be near the top of the ingredients list) because oils and silicones used to keep active ingredients in peak condition can cause spots for some.


WHY USE IT? As well as ofering protection from environmental damage, vitamin C also helps stimulate collagen production, making skin firmer, plumper and springier, and it’s thought to have antiinflammatory properties. Add in the fact that it interrupts the production and transfer of the pigment melanin, helping to improve uneven skin tone and age spots, and you can see why it’s heralded as a multitasking super-ingredient.

HOW SHOULD YOU USE IT ? You’ll find it in creams, serums, and even in powder form, designed to be mixed daily with your moisturiser to ensure you’re getting super-fresh (and potent) vitamin C. Research suggests that an ascorbic acid serum at a concentration of 10-20% is your best bet, but even those gentler derivatives at concentrations as low as 5% are efective. It’s also worth looking for serums that combine vitamin C with vitamin E or ferulic acid, both of which can supercharge its power.





s a beauty director, I love the promise of a hero product as much as the next person, but when it comes to skincare, the reality is there’s never going to be just one thing that works. Lovely products can protect, hydrate and encourage us to look after our skin, but it’s only a holistic approach – one that focuses on diet and lifestyle as well as a great routine – that will give us the glowing, healthy-looking complexions we’re after.

FRESH START As I rarely have any energy left at night, I do most of my ‘skin caring’ in the morning. That means a thorough cleansing-toning-hydrating routine using my favourite products (whittled down after many years of trying and testing), plus a healthy


breakfast, a big glass of water and beauty supplements. Then at least if the rest of the day goes pear-shaped, I know I’ve got my skin of to the best possible start.


TIME PERFECTION Your 40s are when your skin can start showing signs of ageing, with fine lines becoming more visible. Imedeen Time Perfection Tablets help reduce visible signs of ageing and help make skin feel softer and smoother. It contains the exclusive Marine Complex, which is rich in proteins and polysaccharides, similar to those found naturally in the skin.


WORKS FOR ME! My healthy breakfast consists of Greek yoghurt with fruit, honey and my sister’s home-made granola, or eggs with smoked salmon or avocado, plus a cup of tea or cofee. Product-wise, I adore a good quality cleansing balm. It really is the foundation of my routine, as once I’ve massaged it in, then flannelled it of, my skin feels fabulous.

‘SUPPLEMENTS ARE A GREAT ADDITION TO ANY BEAUTY ROUTINE’ FINISHING TOUCH The rest of my routine – a gentle acid toner followed by facial oil and lip balm, then finished of with a misting of facial spritz – takes no time at all. Though the more time spent working in face oil, the better!

PRIME RENEWAL In your 50s, decreasing oestrogen levels reduce the skin’s ability to produce collagen – the protein that keeps skin strong and supple. Imedeen’s Prime Renewal Tablets are specially formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and maintain skin firmness, in as little as 90 days!* Imedeen is available from Boots nationwide. To discover smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as 90 days with Imedeen Skincare supplements*, visit


ON THE TILES If you spent this summer thinking about which interiors project


to tackle next, you may be heartened to remember that the most impactful changes aren’t always the biggest. Case in point: retiling your kitchen splashback. Whether it’s with soft grey tones, a dash of dark green or a spattering of terrazzo, pattern is going to be key. This might be a relatively quick change, but it will have a lasting efect.

(Background) Eye tiles in Duck Egg, £3.96 each, Artisans of Devizes. (Against wall from left) Green Otura tile, £8.06 each, Bert & May. Savoy Decor tile in Leaf Gloss, £1.50 each, Gemini Tiles. Cannes Fleur tile, £13.45 each, Claybrook. Japonica silver blue limestone sheru mosaic, £36 per sheet, Artisans of Devizes. Terrazzo Wild tile, £126 a sq metre, Mosaic del Sur at Mosaic Factory. Bahya Josephine tile, £204 a sq metre, La Maison Bahya. (On floor from left) After Lowry ceramic tile, £7.20 each, Smink Things. Forecast tile in Cromarty, £1.02 each, Fired Earth



An easier life, but even more delicious dishes? That’s the promise of Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest book – and we think he’s nailed it Photography JONATHAN LOVEKIN

Hot charred cherry tomatoes with cold yogurt The beauty of this dish lies in the contrast between the hot tomatoes and fridge-cold yogurt, so make sure the tomatoes are straight out of the oven and the yogurt is straight out of the fridge. Serves 4 as a starter or mezze Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 30 minutes ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

350g cherry tomatoes 3tbsp olive oil 3/4tsp cumin seeds 1/2tsp light brown sugar 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced 3 thyme sprigs 5g fresh oregano: 3 sprigs left whole and 2 picked, to serve 1 lemon: finely shave the skin of 1/2 to get 3 strips and finely grate the other 1/2 to get 1tsp zest 350g extra-thick Greek-style yogurt, fridge-cold 1tsp Urfa chilli flakes, to serve


1 Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan) mark 7. 2 Place tomatoes in a bowl with olive oil, cumin seeds, sugar, garlic, thyme, oregano sprigs, lemon strips, 1/2tsp flaked salt and a grind of black pepper. Mix, then transfer to a baking tray large enough to fit all of the tomatoes on. Roast for 20min until the tomatoes begin to blister and the liquid bubbles. Turn oven to grill setting and grill for 6-8min, until the tomatoes blacken on top. 3 While the tomatoes are roasting, combine yogurt with grated lemon zest and 1/4tsp flaked salt. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. 4 Once the tomatoes are ready, spread the yogurt in a wide, shallow bowl, creating a dip in it with the back of a spoon. Spoon over the tomatoes along with their juices, lemon skin, garlic and herbs, and finish with the oregano and chilli flakes. Serve at once with bread.



Pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers Pappare means ‘to gobble up’ in Italian, which is the destiny of this dish. I like it spicy, but the quantity of harissa can be reduced. Make the sauce three days ahead, if you like, and keep in the fridge until needed. Serves 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 30 minutes ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

2tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced (220g) 3tbsp rose harissa 400g cherry tomatoes, halved 55g pitted Kalamata olives, halved 20g baby capers 15g parsley, roughly chopped 500g dried pappardelle pasta (or another wide, flat pasta) 120g Greek-style yogurt

1 Put oil into a large sauté pan, for which you have a lid, and place on a medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion and fry for 8min, stirring every once in a while, until soft and caramelised. Add harissa, tomatoes, olives, capers and 1/2tsp salt and continue to fry for 3-4min, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes start to break down. Add 200ml water and stir through. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan and simmer for 10min. Remove the lid of the sauce

and continue to cook for 4-5min, until the sauce is thick and rich. Stir in 10g parsley and set aside. 2 Meanwhile, fill a large pot with plenty of salted water and place on a high heat. Once boiling, add the pappardelle and cook according to the packet instructions until al dente. Drain well. 3 Return pasta to the pot along with the sauce and 1/8tsp salt. Mix well, then divide between four shallow bowls. Serve hot with a spoonful of yogurt and a sprinkle of parsley.

Plum, blackberry and bay friand bake Make the batter a day before to get ahead and keep in the fridge. The fruit can be played around with, too, depending on the season. Serves 6, generously Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus standing Cooking time: 40 minutes ● ●

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200g blackberries 4 ripe plums, stones removed, cut into 1cm-wide wedges (360g) 1tsp vanilla extract 60g caster sugar 3 fresh bay leaves 1tsp ground cinnamon 60g plain flour 200g icing sugar, sifted 120g ground almonds 150g egg whites (from 4-5 large eggs) 180g unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

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sitting around for longer, as the fruit will become too juicy. 2 Preheat the oven to 210°C (190°C fan) mark 5. 3 Mix flour, icing sugar, almonds, remaining 1/2tsp cinnamon and 1/8tsp salt in a separate large bowl. Set aside. 4 Lightly whisk the egg whites for 30sec, so they start to froth. Stir into the flour mixture, along with the butter, until combined. 5 Tip the batter into a 20x30cm parchment-lined baking dish and top with the fruit and juices. Bake for 40min, covering the dish with foil for the final 10min, until the batter is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Set aside for 10min before serving. Recipes taken from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi and Tara Wigley (Ebury Press, £25)



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SUNSHINE STATE OF Sofia Coppola’s beachside home in Belize is proof that vacations can be for life, not just for summer Photography GAELLE LE BOULICAUT Words JEREMY CALLAGHAN

The linen cushions by the ocean-side pool are from Maisons de Vacances



ying at the edge of the world’s second largest coral barrier reef on the tip of the Belize peninsula, Placencia is one of those places where nature still rules and high-speed internet never took of. Jaguars roam the jungle, manatees bob along the seabed and film director, screenwriter and former Red cover star Sofia Coppola uses this house there as her retreat. ‘It’s unlike any place I know,’ she says. ‘It feels like an undiscovered small town. When my brothers and I first came here in the 1980s, it was as if we were camping. We’d just play poker and swim. We still do pretty much the same thing.’ For her, Belize is a place where the rest of the world ceases to infringe, and Coppola says the locals see her and her Hollywood dynasty of relatives as just ‘that family that likes Italian food’. The holiday vibe of her home – with its deep woods, hints of pink and implied invitation to go barefoot – is something we can all take inspiration from, whether we have a sunbaked villa or not. Designed by architect Laurent Deroo, who Sofia met while filming a scene for Lost In Translation, she says his use of materials is ‘almost spiritual’ and that his pared-back approach is achievable for any of us. It’s about decorating sparsely, so that the emphasis is on the most tactile of elements – the softness of the floor cushions, the plumpness of the pillows. ‘It’s a slow way of life here,’ Sofia says. ‘It feels very far away from the city.’ A mood we can all aspire to.


The house is designed to connect the indoors and out, with as many walls left open as possible. Above right: a blend of tan-colour woods with hints of cream and pink, the central living area is filled with furniture designed by Laurent Deroo. For similar cushions, try H&M. Far right: the exterior of the house. Right: the dining table on the terrace. Notice how the odd chair is diferent from the rest, which feels casual and less regulated than a matching set. Try made. com for similar tables. Left: the galley-style kitchen is simple and unobtrusive. Above: the pool area catches the most incredible sunsets.



Left: the children’s bunk beds are in keeping with the wood-and-pink theme that runs throughout. Zara Home sells similar quilts. Right: the artwork in the main bedroom is by Yves Saint Laurent.


Above: with its floor cushions, the games room is a den made for lounging around. Try Roche Bobois for similar. Below: the cushions were bought in Guatemala, but see our shopping panel opposite for other suggestions.


Living Throw, £225,

Plate, £6.99, H&M


Lampshade, £12, Sainsbury’s

Cushion by Bella Freud, £160,

Print, £55,

GET Floor cushion, £69,

Take inspiration from Sofia’s summery style

Table, £299, Cushion, £60,

Sofa, £1,609, Sofa Workshop



SITE FOR SORE EYES Ah, the joys of shopping online for vintage pieces. It seems to be either an overwhelmingly vast mixed bag (hi, Ebay) or wishlist-worthy prices only ( Step forward, new site Selency, which hosts an edited range of antique and design classic sellers, but validates each listing and regulates the delivery. I’m currently bookmarking several Art Deco pieces. Visit



The quest for perfect porridge continues. My current favourite includes a dash of this sweet and fragrant rose cordial stirred into oats and coconut milk, with pistachios added on top. £9.99 for 250ml,

A TREE IS FOR LIFE… £698 each, Anthropologie

TO DINE FOR Anthropologie’s team-up with award-winning designer Bethan Gray brings a beautiful range of furniture to the high street. To sit in these velvet dining chairs is to be enveloped, chicly.

The most anticipated hotel launch ever has finally happened (I ran the exclusive on Heckfield Place in Red’s April 2013 issue as delays began…). In the Hampshire countryside, it’s bucolic, grand and I’m particularly inspired by the indoor trees. It’s a statement that moves the house plant trend one step further. Tree ferns, parlour palms and olive trees, as seen here, all thrive inside.


Hegemone wallpaper, £99 a 10m roll, Farrow & Ball

LOUNGING From paint to cushions, a little living-room refresh can go a long way Words JAMES CUNNINGHAM



Provence chalk paint, £19.95 for 1L, Annie Sloan

Portrait, £75, The Shop Floor Project Rug, £180, Habitat Armchair, £399, Atkin and Thyme

Patterned wallpaper is often relegated to smaller spaces (remember the statement downstairs loo?) but it works well in living rooms, too, as bright floral designs set a welcoming tone. Choose large-scale prints, which feel more modern than chintzy, fussy styles. This stencil-like wallpaper from Farrow & Ball (far left) combines an of-the-moment teal base with flowers painted in more subdued hues – see the new collections at Sandberg and Little Greene for similar designs. Go for furniture in plain colours that won’t crowd the room or distract from the wallpaper, and choose upholstery and accessories in complementary shades. Pick out a tone from your wallpaper and use that as an accent in the room.

Cushion, £55, Clarissa Hulse

Faux fern, £59, Marks & Spencer

Cofee table, £199,


Cushion, £65, Habitat

Warm shades, such as burnt orange, are ideal for creating a retreat at home (try Fired Earth and Edward Bulmer for similarly cocooning paint palettes). Darker pigments enhance the character of furniture made from leather and wood, and lend themselves well to spaces where there’s a mix of materials. Invest in luxurious natural textiles like wool, mohair and cashmere, which feel snug and improve with age. Try The White Company for cushions, Oka for throws and Icelandic brand The Organic Sheep for rugs.

Pendant, £219, Artisanti

Cushion, £125, Oka

Sofa, £1,195 as shown, Loaf

Side table, £109, Swoon Editions Trunk table, £419, Modish Living

Mirror, £635, Sweetpea & Willow

Living Chose mid-one paints ith grey underones o liven up well-lit spaces. Pale grens, chalky blues and pastel pinks ork well

Glass Green No. 98 paint, £44 for 2.5L, Designers Guild

Planter, £44, Broste Copenhagen

Cushion, £30, Debenhams

Mirror, £329, Petite Friture at Amara

Why sop at one cushion? Mix graphic patterns around this blue/gren palette


Cushion, £125, Liberty London

Forgetting the old adage about the two colours that should never be seen together, the London sitting room of accessories designer Wendee Ou combines walls painted in a pistachio green (try Sanderson’s Silver Frost or Whitstable Blue for similar) with upholstery in an equally serene shade of blue. Refreshingly simple, the green paint used here has grey tones that make the room feel calm, while white woodwork and cornicing make the space airy. Accessories combining blue and green hues bring the whole look together.

Lexington sofa, from £1,849, Red for Sofa Workshop

Stem, £19, Neptune

Forget Scandi blonde ood – mid-one brown is back! It’s more versatile – orking ith both dark and light colours

Sideboard, £699, West Elm

Wall clock, £65, Newgate Clocks 162 REDONLINE.CO.UK OCTOBER 2018


Vase, £28, Oliver Bonas

COUTURE Irresistibly tart berries get a major upgrade in these stylish, show-stopping desserts Photography CHARLIE RICHARDS


Berry and cassis brioche pudding An elegant twist on the traditional summer pudding. Serves 8-10 Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus overnight chilling Cooking time: about 5 minutes 1.2kg mixed berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants, plus extra to decorate ● 150g caster sugar ● 175ml cassis ● Butter, to grease ● 600g pre-sliced brioche loaf  For the elderflower cream ● 125ml double cream ● 50g icing sugar ● 25ml elderflower cordial ● 150g crème fraîche ●

1 Hull and slice the strawberries. Put all the fruit (except strawberries) into a pan with sugar and 100ml water. Cook over a medium heat, stirring from time to time, until juices begin to leak out of the fruit. Add strawberries; bubble for 3min more. 2 Pour the mixture into a sieve set over a large bowl; leave to drip for 10min. Taste the juice in the bowl and add sugar if it’s tart. Add cassis to the juice.  3 Grease the sides of a 20cm round tin and line the sides with baking parchment.  4 Cut of the brioche loaf crusts and discard. One at a time, dip the brioche slices in the cassis juice to soak, then arrange in an even layer, one slice thick, in the tin (tearing slices to fit).  5 Spoon over half the fruit in an even layer. Repeat layers of brioche and fruit once more, and finish with a brioche layer. Cover and chill leftover juice. Cover the tin with foil and chill overnight.  6 Whip the cream, icing sugar and cordial in a bowl until the mixture just holds its shape. Fold in the crème fraîche. Cover and chill. 7 To serve, invert the pudding, still in its tin, on to a serving plate. Unclip/lift of the outer tin; remove the base carefully. Peel of the parchment. Pile on cream and decorate with the extra berries. Drizzle with reserved juice, if you like. 

Blackcurrant and liquorice sorbet This may sound like an unusual combination, but the tartness of the fruit works beautifully with the anise-like flavour of the liquorice. You can buy liquorice powder at Serves 10 Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus freezing Cooking time: about 10 minutes ● ●

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300g caster sugar 600g fresh or frozen blackcurrants  1 1/2tbsp liquid glucose 2tsp liquorice powder

1 In a large pan over medium heat, stir the sugar and 600ml water until the sugar dissolves. Add the fruit and glucose. Simmer, stirring from time to time, for 5min. 2 Tip into a food processor with the liquorice powder, if using, and whizz until smooth. With a wooden spoon, press mixture through a sieve into a freezerproof tin or box in batches. Discard the pulp.  3 Freeze until solid. Remove from the freezer for 30min to soften. Cut the sorbet into pieces; whizz in two batches in a processor until smooth. Spoon back into the tin or box; cover and freeze until solid.  4 Remove from the freezer and allow to soften for 15min. Serve. 




Blueberry custard tart This Scandinavian-style tart is made with rye pastry and sour cream. Serves 10-12 Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus cooling and chilling Cooking time: about 90 minutes For the pastry ● 100g plain flour, plus extra to dust ● 125g wholemeal rye flour

175g unsalted butter, chilled ● 50g caster sugar ● 1 large egg, separated For the filling ● 600ml double cream ● 300ml sour cream ● 9 large egg yolks  ● 100g caster sugar ● 1tsp vanilla extract ● 125g blueberries ● Icing sugar, to dust (optional) ●

1 Make the pastry: in a large bowl, mix together the flours. Cube the butter, then rub it into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar, then the egg yolk and 1 1/2tbsp cold water until the pastry comes together. Knead briefly until smooth. To make pastry in a food processor: pulse cubed butter and flours until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pulse in sugar. Mix yolk and 1 1/2tbsp cold water; add to processor and pulse until pastry clumps together. Remove from processor bowl; knead briefly. 2 On a floured surface, roll out pastry to line a 4cm deep, 23cm round fluted tin (wrap and reserve any spare pastry at room temperature). Chill the lined tin for 30min.  3 Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan) mark 5. Line the pastry with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Put on a baking sheet and blind bake for 18-20min until the pastry sides are set. Carefully remove the parchment and beans. Patch up any areas with reserved pastry if necessary. Brush the pastry with egg white and return to the oven for 2min until firm and glossy. 4 Lower the oven temperature to 140°C (120°C fan) mark 1. In a small pan, mix the creams together and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, in a heatproof bowl, mix together the 9 egg yolks and sugar. Gradually pour in the hot cream mixture, whisking all the time. Strain through a sieve into a jug and stir in the vanilla.  5 Carefully pour the custard into the pastry case (still in the tin). Lightly scatter over the blueberries (so they float). Bake in the oven for 1hr 5min-1hr 10min until the custard is just set but has a slight wobble if the tin is tapped. Cool in the tin on a wire rack.  6 Transfer to a serving plate, dust with icing sugar and serve at room temperature.


Blackberry meringue roulade A sophisticated dessert of flufy light meringue marbled with home-made blackberry purée. Serves 6 Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling and chilling Cooking time: about 25 minutes ● ● ● ● ● ● ●


525g blackberries 225g caster sugar 3 large egg whites 3/4tsp white wine vinegar 1tsp cornflour 50g icing sugar  300ml double cream 1tsp vanilla bean paste

1 In a pan, mix 225g blackberries, 50g sugar and 50ml water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5min until berries are soft. Transfer to a food processor and blitz until smooth, then strain through a sieve into a bowl (discard seeds). Cool. 2 Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Line a 23 x 33cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment, so it’s 5cm above the top of the tin.  3 In a grease-free bowl, beat the egg whites to stif peaks with a handheld electric whisk. Beat in the remaining 175g sugar gradually, whisking to stif peaks after each addition. Quickly beat in the vinegar and cornflour. Spread into the tin, smoothing to level. 

4 Set aside 75g fruit purée. Dollop the rest over the meringue. Swirl it through. 5 Bake the meringue for 15-18min until pufed and set. Cool for 10min in the tin. Using the parchment, lift out of the tin on to a wire rack to cool completely.  6 Lay a large piece of parchment on a work surface and invert the meringue on to it. Peel away the lining parchment. 7 In a bowl, whisk the icing sugar, cream and vanilla to soft peaks. Spread over meringue. Lightly mash the rest of the berries, then dot over the cream. With a knife, score a line (not all the way through) about 1.5cm in from one short side of meringue. Using parchment, roll up roulade (the line will help begin the roll). Mix 1tbsp water into reserved purée and serve with the roulade.

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To celebrate Red’s birthday, we’ve styled a table fit for a soirée. Because you’re never too old to blow out candles Photography KRISTIN PERERS Styling FRANKIE UNSWORTH 170 REDONLINE.CO.UK OCTOBER 2018

Candlestick, £30,


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Candles, £5.50 for 16, Paperchase


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of The New Art Of Cooking (Bloomsbury), swears by ‘goodtime enablers’ guaranteed to get guests into a celebratory spirit. ‘Cosy candlelight, a cracking playlist and a simple table setting are sure-fire shortcuts to a special occasion,’ she says. Background music is coming (ironically) to the fore right now. For an evening do, think blissful Balearic for hedonistic vibes. • Use centrepieces of difering heights for a charmingly casual table. And don’t set them in a straight line down the middle – the more jumbled they are, the more inviting they seem. • Keeping with the disorderly theme, tables look looser when the linen doesn’t match, but go for sets with a unifying theme, like an accent colour or motif.

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Gain clarity and stop your mind racing with this simple, super-fast Ayurvedic meditation technique. ‘Bee breathing’ works well when your mind is in overdrive, ‘because the sound you make is a distraction, and your mind loves a distraction,’ says Danielle Marchant, author of Pause Every Day (Aster). ‘Practising bee breathing regularly helps to calm your central nervous system, so over time you’ll find it easier to meditate.’ To get started, find a quiet, comfortable place, close your eyes and put your thumbs in your ears to block out the senses of sight and sound. Inhale and, on the exhale, make a humming sound to create an internal vibration that sounds like a buzzing bee. Repeat for 10 breaths, focusing on the hum. When you open your eyes, scan your body and notice how much clearer and calmer you feel.





Do self-help books really hold all the answers? Just maybe. This is what writer Marianne Power discovered during her crazy year of self-improvement

n my mid-30s, I found myself in a slump. On paper, things were good – I had a big job, fancy wardrobe and nice friends – but, underneath it all, I was lost. While friends bought their first homes, got married and started families, I was stuck in the life I’d had since my 20s, drowning in a sea of deadlines, debt and hangovers. Around this time, I was reading a lot of self-help books and, with every book I read, I’d dream of how perfect life would be if I just got up at 5am to meditate, or repeated airmations or really did get out of my comfort zone. Then, one hungover Sunday, while rereading my battered copy of Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway at 3am, I had the idea that I thought would change my life. I would no longer just read self-help, I would do it. I would pick one self-help book a month for a year and follow its advice. I would systematically eradicate my every flaw – from money to men – and then, well, life would be perfect! That was the idea at least. It didn’t work out like that. Here’s what I learnt…


JUST DO IT I started my year with Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway, which told me to do something that scared me every day. Author Susan Jefers argues that we all wait for the day we feel confident and clever enough to do things we want to do but that day never comes – the only way to feel brave is to do the scary thing first. I started small with parallel parking and graduated to jumping out of a plane and stand-up comedy. It was petrifying but I discovered that life changes the minute you take some sort of action – big or small.

MONEY IS EMOTIONAL After this high, I chose Money, A Love Story by Kate Northrup. I have


always been useless with money, but I thought my problem was that I didn’t have enough of it. Turns out that’s not true – you could give me a million pounds and I’d find a way to lose it. Kate argues that how we handle money is a reflection of how much we value ourselves. We are also influenced by our childhood. Kate asks: what’s your first money memory and how does it relate to where you are today? I saw that I have recreated the boom-bust life we had growing up and that deep down I believe that, if I had money, people won’t like me.

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE There’s no need to work very much, according to Rhonda Byrne’s

The Secret, just stick up some pictures of your dream house on a vision board and it’ll appear. Even though this idea made me livid, creating my board made me realise that I’d never allowed myself to dream big because allowing yourself to have dreams opens you up to disappointment. But it’s quite amazing how many of the things I put on my board have come true. I put on a picture of green smoothies, a girl doing yoga and another doing a handstand – and within two weeks I’d been commissioned to write an article about living of kale for a week and another on upside-down yoga. Coincidence? I also added a picture of a book

cover to represent me writing my first book, and that’s happened, too. I don’t know if that’s The Secret or hard work but, either way, my life has changed.

WE REJECT OURSELVES In April, I played a self-help game called Rejection Therapy, which involved finding ways to be rejected every day. Jia Jiang’s idea is that our fear of rejection stops us from going after the things we want in life but, by actively seeking it out, we learn that rejection doesn’t kill us and that people often say ‘yes’ when you think they’ll say ‘no’. But, God, I hated it. Our survival used to depend on being accepted by the group – so while being rejected won’t kill us, it does still



IT’S TIME TO CARE LESS My fifth book was a liberation. John C Parkin argues that ‘fuck it’ is the Western expression of the Eastern philosophy of accepting and letting go – and that as soon as we say ‘fuck it’ to worrying about our weight, our job or what people think about us, we relax and, as soon as we do, things seem to go our way more than when we’re trying to control everything. And I think that’s true.

WE ARE ADDICTED TO OUR PROBLEMS Tony Robbins is a 6ft 7in, lanternjawed, self-improvement god who wrote Awaken The Giant Within back in 1991. I spent four days with him at London’s ExCeL centre, along with 7,000 others, as he spouted information like a sexy machine gun. The one thing that stuck with me is his belief that our biggest addiction is not to booze or food or drugs but to our problems. He argues that we think we don’t want problems but actually they fill a need: they make us feel important or we use them to connect to others. He says that if you find yourself in the same unhappy situation time and time again it’s because you are getting something out of it. And I agree with him.

PEOPLE ARE OUR GUARDIAN ANGELS Apparently, 41% of British women believe in angels, and there is a whole self-help world dedicated to helping people get in touch with their winged friends. I read How To Hear Your


Angels by Doreen Virtue, which advised me to write letters to my angels and wait for white feathers to show me they were present. I had no luck but I did learn that people are your angels. Throughout my crazy year, friends, family and strangers often managed to say the perfect thing at the perfect time. I had one conversation with a taxi driver that I swear came direct from God, though I’m not sure I believe in God, either.

YOU CAN CONTROL HOW YOU REACT TO ANYTHING I gave up on habit two of the Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, which says it all really. My head was fried from self-help by the time I came to this hefty tome, but there is one story from the book that I think of almost every day and that’s the example of Viktor Frankl. A Holocaust survivor, Frankl argued that you can’t always control circumstances, but you can control your reaction to them and that it’s always possible, even in the worst of times, to find meaning and kindness.

ALL WE HAVE IS NOW It’s such a cliché. Live for the moment, be mindful, blah, blah, blah… Before I read The Power Of Now, this kind of message would make me roll my eyes but, thanks to Eckhart Tolle, I get it. He argues that we spend our lives beating ourselves up about the past and worrying about the future, and miss the only thing that is real, which is the right now. He asks: do you have a problem right now? The answer is nearly always ‘no’. So ask yourself, do you have a problem right now?

TO MEET MORE MEN, YOU NEED TO MEET MORE MEN I did not want to do a dating book, but Matthew Hussey’s Get The Guy kept getting recommended to me and I found it surprisingly

practical. He argues that if we are single, we are so desperate to meet The One we actually meet no one. We have to get out there and practise talking to all members of the opposite sex so that when we meet someone we like, we don’t panic. So I flirted with the bin men, asked for a date at a business networking event… and remembered that men are humans, too, not the aliens I’ve often seen them as.

THERE IS NO PERFECT As my year of self-help came close to ending, I started beating myself up that I was nowhere near the perfect person I wanted to become. I was still in debt and a stone heavier than I was at the beginning thanks to saying ‘f**k it’ to my diet. Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly made me understand that there is no such thing as perfect and that we all feel we’re not good enough and that we will not be loved. She says the only way to be happy is to drop the perfectionism and to share our real, vulnerable selves with others. I saw that was true when I stood up in front of a room of strangers during a therapy week and shared all the things I usually kept to myself. People were so kind and, when I listened to them, I realised that we are all the same.

LOVE YOURSELF I grew up in a house where loving yourself was big-headed but You Can Heal Your Life explains that you have to love yourself before doing anything else. And you have to love yourself even if you think you are too fat, or not successful enough or single. You have to love yourself right now, warts and all. In this way my journey of self-improvement became something else. I did not improve myself, I accepted myself and then, miracle of miracles, learnt to love myself. Help Me! by Marianne Power (Picador) is out 6th September.


feel like death. But I persevered and had some beautiful moments, including the day I chatted up a man in a cofee shop. In that moment, I realised that I had rejected myself more than anybody else had.


Winning smile


our smile’s your best asset, so it’s worth doing what you can to keep it dazzling and healthy. You probably already follow power-brushing with flossing – most of us do. But what you might not realise is that brushing alone removes less than half the plaque on our teeth*, and even string flossing won’t remove all debris. This risks a build-up that could cause dullness, bad breath and gum disease. So here’s how to up your game. Clinical studies show that Waterpik Water Flossers are up to 50% more efective than string floss for improving gum health**. Not only do they deep-clean between teeth and below the gumline where traditional brushing and flossing can’t reach, lab tests show they remove up to 99.9%*** of plaque from treated areas. Waterpik makes easy work of cleaning crowns, bridges and braces, plus the water flosser massages gums, helping to keep them strong and healthy. It only takes a minute to make Waterpik part of your regular oral-care routine, plus you can fill it with mouthwash. Clean teeth and great breath? That’s worth a smile!


MAKE YOUR SMILE GLEAM O Brush at least twice daily for two minutes

each time. Ask your dental hygienist to recommend the best brush size for you. O Take extra care around hard-to-clean

crooked teeth, fillings, crowns and bridges, which can be breeding grounds for plaque. O Avoid sugary foods and drinks, as they

feed plaque-causing bacteria. Try cleaning before eating – this will remove plaque build-up instead of adding to it. O The Waterpik Water Flosser removes plaque and debris between teeth and below the gumline that’s hard to reach with traditional brushing and flossing.

Waterpik Water Flossers are available at Amazon,, Superdrug and Asda. For details,visit

*Research published by the Journal Of Clinical Periodontology found that manual tooth brushing leads to a reduction in plaque of 42% ** ***

The secret to a dazzling smile? Deep-cleaning where brushes can’t reach with Waterpik Water Flosser to remove plaque and keep teeth bright and healthy


The new recipe collection of Deliciously Ella’s greatest hits will keep you happy all week. Here’s one she made earlier (and you can, too)


f you want to know what’s in your food, eat food you love or get in your five a day (at least), that means cooking from scratch. But who’s got the time? And if you count breakfast and a packed lunch, who can fit in cooking three times a day? Of course, if you’re lucky enough to work near London’s Bond Street, you could pop into Ella Mills’s Deliciously Ella Deli on Weighhouse Street. If you don’t,

we’ve chosen four recipes from Mills’s new book, Deliciously Ella The Plant-Based Cookbook, that have been specifically designed to be batch cooked, so you can cook once and eat twice (or more). You just know they’re going to be tasty and simple to make, as her career has been built on creating crowd-pleasing vegan recipes for her army of fans. ‘The reality is that life is very busy,’ she says. ‘No matter what you’re doing – work, friends, family, children – things take more time than expected.’ Mills herself confesses she doesn’t have time to cook every night and

Nutrition has been known to have olive oil on rye toast when she finishes work late. So when she does have time to cook, she makes it count by batch cooking. ‘It’s so much cheaper and more eicient to cook like this, and it’s so satisfying.’ It also means that when she and husband (and CEO of the business) Matthew get home from work, they can eat together. ‘I like the process of sitting down at home and having supper together, not focusing on anything else.’ Even if you cook in batches, you can mix it up each day. Take the fruit compote, for example. It goes well with granola, but also on toast, muesli and porridge, with nuts and seeds on yogurt, or with chia pudding or on pancakes, as they do in the deli. The bars can be a breakfast on the run or an afternoon snack. The salad, Mills suggests, is a great packed lunch: maybe with a dollop of hummus and rocket one day, with some sliced avocado and tomato the next, and with rice or chickpeas on the third. In her new book, Mills also tells the story of the business: how it grew from blogging while recovering from illness to the current empire, her marriage to Matthew and their business partnership and the sad death of her mother-in-law Tessa Jowell this year. ‘Tessa was a real adviser for us. The thing she talked about most was optimism and looking at what the positives can be in any situation.’ The focus of the business is now on products: energy balls, granolas and oat bars, but Mills still spends three to four hours a day communicating with her fans on a global scale – the first three books were translated into more than 20 languages. This new book is packed with the most-requested recipes, the greatest hits, if you like, of all the delis, supper clubs, pop-ups and festivals catered by Deliciously Ella. ‘We need to show that eating a bit better doesn’t have to be expensive, niche or inaccessible,’ she says. ‘We want to show how to make fruits and vegetables as delicious as they can possibly be.’ With these four recipes, you definitely get both.


‘This is a staple in my life. I have it for breakfast most days, because it goes with just about everything.’ Serves 4 ●

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2 red apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped 100g frozen raspberries (or any other frozen berries) 2tbsp maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 Place the apples and cinnamon in a pan with a splash of water over a medium heat – the water will stop the pan burning, but don’t

add too much, as the apples will release more liquid and you don’t want the compote to be runny. 2 Cook until soft, around 20–25min, keeping an eye on the pan and stirring occasionally. 3 Once soft, stir in the frozen berries and maple syrup and cook for another 10–15min until it reaches the consistency you want. 4 Leave to completely cool, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5–7 days.


‘These cranberry and raisin oat bars are an ideal breakfast for busy mornings, or they make the most delicious mid-morning snack.’ Makes 9 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

500g raisins 270g porridge oats 4tbsp coconut oil 4tbsp rice syrup (or clear honey) 2tsp ground cinnamon 1tsp grated nutmeg 1tsp ground ginger Pinch of sea salt flakes Large handful of dried cranberries, about 60g

1 Preheat oven to 190°C (fan 170°C) mark 5. Line a 35x25cm baking tray with baking parchment. 2 Place three quarters of the raisins in a food processor along with all the remaining ingredients except the cranberries. Pulse until the mixture comes together into a dough-like consistency. Add the cranberries and the rest of the raisins and give it another pulse to mix them through. 3 Transfer the mixture to the lined tray and bake for 20-25min.

4 Remove from oven and leave to cool in the tin slightly before cutting into bars. Enjoy warm or at room temperature. TIP Be sure to use rice syrup or honey as the sweetener, as this makes the bars stick together properly.




‘We served this on the day we opened the deli and I’ve loved it ever since.’ Serves 2 250g dried green lentils ● 60g sultanas ● 1 large cauliflower (or two small cauliflowers), cut into small florets ● 2tbsp olive oil ● 2tsp ground turmeric ● 1tsp ground cumin ● 1tsp chilli flakes ● Handful of parsley, roughly chopped ● Handful of spinach (optional) For the dressing ● 1tbsp lemon juice ● 2tbsp olive oil ● 2 garlic cloves, roasted ● 2tbsp tahini ●

1 Preheat the oven to 245°C (fan 225°C) mark 9. 2 Place lentils in a pan filled with water and cook over a medium heat until soft, about 20min. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water to stop them cooking. 3 Meanwhile, put sultanas into a bowl of warm water and soak for 5-10min. Once soaked, drain and leave to one side. 4 While the lentils are cooking, place cauliflower florets in a large baking tray and mix with olive oil, turmeric, cumin, chilli flakes and salt, ensuring they’re evenly coated. Roast for 10–15min. Once cooked, remove and leave to one side. 5 To make the dressing, whisk all the dressing ingredients together. 6 Once everything has cooked, mix all the ingredients in a serving bowl. If you’re using spinach, stir it through at the end.


TIP Although it’s optional, adding the spinach gives a great pop of colour. You could also sprinkle over some pomegranate seeds.



‘I love cooking big curries and this is a particular favourite, as it’s got so much flavour. Batch cook double and freeze half.’ Serves 4

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1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks (no bigger than 2.5cm) 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks (no bigger than 2.5cm) 3tbsp coconut oil 1/2tsp ground turmeric 1/2tsp chilli powder 1/2tsp ground cinnamon 1tsp curry powder 2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced 1tsp cumin seeds 1tsp black mustard seeds 1 large red onion, finely sliced 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced 2 green chillies, deseeded and sliced into small pieces (no bigger than 5mm) 1x400g tin of coconut milk

1tbsp coconut sugar or maple syrup Juice of 1/2 lime 100g baby spinach

1 Preheat the oven to 240°C (fan 220°C) mark 9. 2 Place the sweet potato and butternut squash in a baking tray with a pinch of salt, 2tbsp coconut oil, the turmeric, cinnamon, chilli powder and curry powder. 3 Roast in the oven for 30–35min, until soft, adding the sliced pepper for the last 10min. Once ready, remove and leave to one side. 4 Meanwhile, place a heavy-based pan over a medium heat and add the remaining coconut oil. Once hot, add the cumin seeds and black mustard seeds and cook for 30sec, until they begin to pop. 5 Add red onion, garlic and chilli and

cook for another 5min before adding the coconut milk and coconut sugar. Cook for a further 15min, adding the lime juice for the last 5min. 6 Add the roasted squash, sweet potatoes and peppers and cook for another 5min, stirring continuously to ensure it doesn’t stick to the pan. 7 Finally, stir through the spinach and leave to wilt before serving. TIP It’s easy to cook this from the freezer – just put into an oven at 200°C (fan 180°C) mark 6 for 20–25min until cooked through.

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The secret to living your dreams? Visualise them, put them on paper and the rest will follow, says kikki.K founder Kristina Karlsson. Arielle Tchiprout speaks to her to find out how it’s done


hen was the last time you allowed yourself to dream? Not the sleeping kind – I mean the wishing, hoping, butterflies-in-your-stomach kind. The house you want to build, the person you’d like to become – the kind of dreams that take you far beyond your comfort zone. Never have? It’s about time you start. ‘Dreaming should be a practice, like meditation or yoga,’ says Kristina Karlsson, founder of Swedish stationery brand kikki.K. ‘There is so much power in dreaming regularly.’ Karlsson came up with kikki.K – known for its chic journals adorned with motivational quotes – after having her first ‘dreaming session’, aged 22, with her partner, Paul, when they were living in Melbourne. ‘I had no idea where I was going in life and Paul suggested writing down the things that were important to me,’ she

says. ‘I wrote that I wanted to stay connected to my home country, Sweden, my love for design and how I’d like to be my own boss. Soon, the idea for kikki.K was born.’ Her products are now sold in 147 countries. Ever since that first session, Karlsson regularly adds to her ‘dreams list’ and figures out ways to make them happen. ‘Something might seem scary but, when you visualise it, write it down and share it with people, it becomes real, and you become more open to the opportunities that can get you there,’ says Karlsson. Her next big goal is to get 101 million people writing, sharing and living their dreams via her new book, Your Dream Life Starts Here. And she’s adamant that a ‘dream life’ doesn’t necessarily equate to a ‘perfect life’ – it’s about living every day with purpose, authenticity and joy. ‘Take all the fear and self-doubt out of the equation and dream big,’ Karlsson says. ‘You’ve only got one life, so why not make it your dream life?’





OPEN YOUR HEART AND DREAM WITHOUT LIMITS Set aside an hour for a dreaming session. Sit somewhere peaceful and allow your mind to wander to all the things you’d love to do, see and achieve. Where would you live? Where would you travel? What do you want your family and social life to look like? Don’t let anything constrain your dreaming; think what you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail, and if you had all the time, money and support you needed to make it happen. Jot down as many dreams as you can think of. ‘Don’t worry about how you could possibly get there,’ says Karlsson. ‘Simply give yourself permission to have those dreams.’


Work out your alues, passions and strengths

If you’re finding it hard to conjure up dreams, take it step by step. Write down the values that are most important to you. Adventure? Career? Self-development? Love? Next, list your passions: what do you love doing? What do you always make time for? Then think about your strengths: what are you really good at? These answers will help guide your dreaming. For example, if you love travel and value quality time with your children, one dream might be to go on a family sabbatical. Nothing is too big.


IMAGINE YOUR DREAM WEEK AND DREAM YEAR Karlsson suggests dreaming up your ideal Sunday, which is probably the easiest day to imagine. Then try to work through your week, day by day, thinking about what you’d love each one to look like. Then consider your dream months and years. What do you want your summers to look like? And your Christmases? Once you know how you’d love to be living, you can start seeing opportunities and making changes to get you there. ‘Think about how you can welcome more of your dream days, weeks and years into your life,’ says Karlsson. ‘What are three actions you can take today to make the days, weeks and years ahead more like your dream ones?’



Share your dreams

Ask the people in your life to share their dreams with you. ‘Be inspired by the dreams of others,’ recommends Karlsson. When I had a dreaming session with my partner, we both realised we’d love to live in New York some day, which is something we’d never properly contemplated before. And don’t stop there – share dreams with friends, colleagues and new acquaintances. ‘At one of my events, a woman shared that she wanted to write a children’s book, and there happened to be a publisher there who ofered to go for cofee,’ Karlsson continues. Putting your dreams out there can open doors that would stay closed otherwise. Plus, it helps you connect with others on a deeper level.


WRITE YOUR DREAMS IN THE PRESENT TENSE Look back over your list and pick the three that make your heart beat faster – these are the ones you should work towards. Begin by writing each dream as if it has already happened. Imagine how you’ll look and feel. So instead of saying, ‘I would love to win that industry award,’ say, ‘It’s 2020, I’m on stage with the award in my hand. The crowd is cheering, and I feel amazing.’ Wording your dreams like this is far more motivating and exciting and, Karlsson says, ‘brings the end into clear sight.’ SMART WOMEN WEEK 201 8

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Come up ith an action list

For your three main dreams, list all the steps you could take to get there. They can be as varied as you like – from the book you could read or the person you could ask for help to the money you’d need to save. Once you’ve explored all possibilities, pick the seven most manageable steps right now; this will be your action plan.


RETURN TO YOUR DREAMS REGULARLY It’s okay to change your dreams, as long as it’s because you want to, not because they don’t feel possible. ‘If you add to your list regularly, dreams become part of your life,’ says Karlsson. Once they’re part of your life, they’re coming true. Your Dream Life Starts Here by Kristina Karlsson is out 24th September


FEELINGS? Y Do you repress, contain or overreact to your emotions? Red’s agony aunt Philippa Perry says owning our feelings is the starting point to a better relationship with them


ou might not think of emotions as things you have relationships with. After all, they’re not people or pets! Nevertheless, we do have an attitude towards our feelings. We may think of some as bad, some as good, or we might not even notice them. How we relate to feelings is down to several factors: how sensitive we are, how we were brought up, our subsequent history and the culture we live in. When we’re born, we haven’t got much of a notion of emotions – we could get all the feelings down to just two: okay and not okay. How we experience emotion is about interpreting our bodily sensation and meaning-making process. In other words, emotions are learnt rather than innate. The bodily experiences one person might interpret as nervousness, another might feel as excitement. So, if emotions are constructed by us, what can we do to make them work for us, instead of, as it sometimes may feel, against us? The many letters I get from Red readers reflect the three main ways we have a relationship with our feelings: repressing, overreacting and containing.

Self REPRESSING ‘My father died three years ago,’ wrote one Red reader, Lynne. ‘I didn’t feel anything as there was no relationship to grieve. I barely saw him after he left home when I was five. Then I had a light-hearted flirtation at work with a lovely guy and I happened to find out he had a partner and was gay. For some reason, this has thrown me sideways. I am absolutely miserable about it. I didn’t even know I cared about him. This was nearly two years ago. I moved oices to avoid him, but still I cannot shake of these feelings for him and it makes me distraught.’ Lynne did not have a good relationship with her father, but that would not have stopped her longing for one, or stopped the pain of having to relinquish that hope after his death. She was trying to push the feelings for her father away and they found another unavailable man. If you are a represser, your natural inclination is to push away feelings and tell yourself (and perhaps others) to not ‘make a fuss’ or that ‘it doesn’t matter’. Rather than being curious about an emotion, you’ll want to extinguish it. This might be

a good short-term strategy, but what I have found out as a psychotherapist (and as a person!) is that when people do this long-term, it gets too much and it leaks out. Lynne may have moved oices to try to avoid the feeling, but, of course, this did not work. One thing that might work is understanding her sadness around her father and daring to feel it so that, with time, it loosens its grip on her.

OVERREACTING Rather than use their feelings, overreactors are used by them. Take Katherine – her life was full of drama and chaos. She was at the mercy of her feelings and could never stick to a plan. She continually let people down. Her relationship towards her feelings meant it was hard for her to sustain any friendship or relationship or hold down a job. Typical of people who overreact to their emotions, she did not realise that she could get her feelings to work for her, rather than be at the mercy of emotion. It was only when an addiction made her hit rock bottom that she felt motivated to work on herself and learnt how to contain her feelings and take control of her life.


WHAT TO DO ABOUT FEELINGS With a feeling that we may find troubling, the trick to containing it is to not ‘be it’. This means instead of saying, ‘I am sad’, say, ‘I feel sad.’ You may think that this is a tiny change – how can ‘I feel angry’ be diferent from ‘I am angry’? Well, the latter is a whole person definition, but when you merely ‘feel angry’, you’re observing a mood that will pass. The idea is to notice when we are beginning to feel an emotion, say loneliness, and do something before it feels like an emergency. When we use our feelings, we can employ them rather like warning lights on a car dashboard. A flashing light that might be saying ‘I am beginning to feel angry’ could be a sign that you need to firmly put down a boundary and do it now before you find yourself yelling at someone. Feelings can advise us. We can listen to them with a cool head and decide whether to go for what they want or whether to let our reason overrule them. Becoming aware of how we construct emotions can help us make a diferent meaning from our experience. Take Jodie, who used to fear exams so much she failed them even though she’d revised. As tests approached, her heart

CONTAINING Containers acknowledge and validate their feelings. They can take emotions seriously without overreacting and remain contained and generally optimistic. They say things like, ‘I am grieving right now, but I know this will lessen as time goes by.’ Personally, until I read a lot about psychology and undertook therapy, I used to swing between repressing and overreacting. I’d bottle everything up, ignore my feelings and plough on with what I thought was logical, then they’d explode or implode on me and after that the cycle would start again. I remember getting upset when telling my therapist that I had been examining an aspect of my past that we had been working on in therapy when the doorbell went. I answered it, dealt with the delivery, and then, when they had gone, went back to crying again. I was so unused to being able to contain an emotion like this that I told the therapist that if I was capable of answering the door, I must have been faking the sadness. She convinced me otherwise by asking, ‘As you were on your own, who were you being fake for?’

would race. A bad past experience saw her predict a bad future experience. With practice, she learnt to re-frame this physical symptom as excitement about showing of her learning. She constructed a diferent meaning, aced her exams and became an academic. Sometimes we find it more diicult to regulate emotions, especially when lots of stressful things are going on. When I recently temporarily moved house, I coped until someone was extraordinarily kind to me, which caused me to burst into tears! This was, of

‘NOTICE AN EMOTION BEFORE IT FEELS LIKE AN EMERGENCY’ course, fine. We all have our breaking point. Now I can cope with kindness again. We don’t always react the same way to the same things, it depends what else is going on. We can’t always stop bad things happening in the world, or to us personally, but we can have a better relationship with our feelings. We can accept them rather than fear them, listen to them, not bury them and use them rather than be at their mercy. And, like all skills, this takes practice.



COOL & CONFIDENT Changing course mid-life takes courage – but it may prove to be your best move yet. Think you could rise to the challenge? Trust TENA Lady to let you be you



here’s nothing like a landmark birthday to make you take stock. But even minor adjustments take confidence, especially if you’re worried that bladder weakness might get in your way. Thanks to ultra-discreet protection, TENA Lady lets you be you, whatever you decide to do. ‘I remember my 40th birthday,’ confides Nikki Nicola, now 44. ‘I was in a dress that wasn’t exactly loose, I had high blood pressure and wanted to be healthy. I went on to lose three stone that year.’ As the weight dropped of, her love of fashion resurfaced. ‘I got more confident in the clothes that I’d always wanted to wear but was never brave enough to,’ she says. Now her Instagram feed @40notfrumpy inspires other mid-life women to rediscover their confident selves. ‘Now that my love of fashion is back, my style is improving with age,’ says Nikki.

‘Now my love of fashion is back, my style is definitely improving with age’ STYLE TIPS Great style is about keeping it simple. Dress for your shape by finding clothes that flatter and accentuate your favourite parts of your body. Then work out which colours suit you best. ‘I have a warm skin tone, so warm colours suit me, not pastels,’ says Nikki. ‘Go for good-quality fabrics where possible. Thin, cheap fabric is not flattering. An advantage of being older is that you can aford to spend a little more on your clothes – and believe me, it’s worth it.’ Stick to classic shapes and styles but update them with a bold pair of earrings or shoes. It’s more budgetfriendly than updating your wardrobe all the time!

DRESS TO IMPRESS What are the wardrobe essentials that Nikki relies on? ‘A great pair of jeans, good-quality tees, a blazer, white pumps – all classics that can be dressed up or down,’ she says. What’s her go-to feelgood staple? ‘Something clean and simple, but with edgy accessories, such as trainers or colourful shoes. I love wearing leopard print when I go out, and jumpsuits, too. They’re so easy to wear and do all the hard work for you. Then I add a statement bag or chunky earrings. Luckily, age is no longer a barrier to fashion. I never think “I can’t wear that because I’m in my 40s” and I happily shop in places I’ve always loved. I still pay attention to trends – I can’t help it – sometimes you just have to adapt to them slightly. For example, I still wear ripped jeans, but I make sure the rips aren’t right up my leg. I’m always learning about what suits me and I stay away from the things I know just won’t. That’s really my style philosophy.’

‘Age is no longer a barrier to fashion. The trick is to adapt’

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Rye, East Sussex


f you were to combine all the essential elements for the most sublime boutique hotel experience, you’d ultimately find yourself at The George in Rye. A hotel since the 18th century (steeped in history, its beautiful ballroom was built in 1818 as an assembly room for farmers who came to the market), it has been stylishly spruced up. It now has a mix of eclectic and contemporary furnishings and fabrics – some rooms have a romantic Regency feel, others are distinctly more mid-century modern. Joyfully, most of the decor can be purchased at The Shop Next Door, including its signature Gluggle jugs – fish-shaped ceramic jugs that ‘gluggle’ when poured and are available in a rainbow of shades. The rooms in the main building are more traditional. We stayed in room 31, a former hayloft decorated in a minimalist style with lashings of pale wood (apparently George Clooney stayed in the one next door while filming The Monuments Men in Rye). It’s the perfect family space, with a pitched roof, a giant bed in the centre and a purpose-built cubbyhole, which houses a double bed for the kids with their own TV (bliss for all involved!). Tucked around the corner is a roll-top bath and then a large bathroom that has a shower and lots of Ren skincare products.

It definitely helps that Rye is one of the prettiest towns you could ever hope to visit, too. It’s easily walkable, many of its streets are cobbled and the buildings, a melee of Tudor, medieval and Georgian styles, seem suspended in time. You could spend an afternoon just mooching here. The boutiques are hard to resist (my favourites: Marsha By The Sea, Hunter Jones and Pale & Interesting), but then Camber Sands, with its vast dunes and crashing waves, is a short 10-minute drive away, and with kids in tow, it’s an ideal spot to work of some energy. We return for the highlight of our stay: the food. If the decor at The George is sensational, the food is something else. West Mersea Pacific rock oysters are served three ways here (Au Naturel, Rockefeller and Bloody Mary), and then there’s the charcoal fire Josper oven, on which steak and lobster are seared to perfection. The frites are salty, the salads unusual and moreish, the puddings (blueberry tart with violet ice cream and clotted cream panna cotta) unmissable. I vow not to eat for the rest of the weekend to compensate, until I arrive at breakfast and spot the yogurt, granola and poached pears, which are all home-made (yes, home-made yogurt!). My husband goes for the full English, my kids boiled eggs and soldiers. We are all in heaven. SARAH TOMCZAK

Double rooms start at £135 per night, TRIP NOTES

Clockwise from above: Junior Suites boast luxurious roll-top baths; The George is located in the heart of Rye; guests can relax in the pretty courtyard garden; room 31 is a dream come true




ucked away on the quiet residential streets of London’s Belgravia lies The Hari, an ultra-stylish hotel that gives visitors a touch of a well-heeled home from home. Home, that is, if yours looks like the decor child of Mad Men’s Don Draper mixed with some 21st-century sophistication. The hotel’s look was created by renowned interior designer Tara Bernerd – and the lobby is a tactile vision in shades of blue, with oriental rugs, lacquered desks, bespoke velvet sofas and bold artwork, including pieces by Tracey Emin. I love it all and immediately want to recreate its cosy corners at home. My room is on a corner of the hotel – it’s a light-flooded space with huge windows overlooking Belgravia’s pretty streets. Inside, it’s a mix of wooden floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and pops of aubergine, from the paint on the walls to the sofas nestled in the bays of the windows. This warmth is lightened by the soft muslin drapes and huge prints of fashion photography across the walls. For me, the most important room in a hotel is the bathroom, and this light-filled dream of a space does not disappoint with its Noble Isle products and a huge walk-in rain shower, as well as a bath. The marble fixtures are chic and completely Instagrammable, while the big triple aspect windows bring in colour from the treetops and the sky outside. Il Pampero, the hotel’s restaurant, is worth visiting for the tiled floor alone – and there are ample little nooks and

Clockwise from far left: the inviting lobby at The Hari; Il Pampero, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, is stylishly decorated; the garden terrace is the perfect place to eat, drink and socialise

WHAT TO WEAR Earrings, £169, Swarovski

corners for a quiet gin and tonic, including the mezzanine library area overlooking the lobby and the gorgeous garden terrace. After my late night out (this hotel is perfectly placed to get you almost anywhere in about 15 minutes by taxi), I decide to choose the breakfast in bed option the following morning – always a treat when I am child-free and can have a lie-in! My avocado and poached eggs on toast arrives promptly, delivered on a tray with a piping hot cappuccino. Please don’t make me leave! The Hari is in a brilliantly central London location and doesn’t bother you with the capital’s usual hustle and bustle. It’s cool, comfortable and extremely covetable – you will want to return. ERICA DAVIES

Double rooms start at £272 per night inclusive of breakfast,

Blazer, £150, Boden

Jumper, £195, LK Bennett

Watch, £88, Swatch Boots, £160, Geox


Trousers, £12, Matalan



Ripon, North Yorkshire

or months I had been fantasising about having a break for a couple of days all on my own, somewhere really remote and peaceful – and at last, I decided to go for it. Arriving at The Boot Room on Fountains Estate, one of the National Trust’s special places and a World Heritage site near Ripon, Yorkshire, I can tell it’s not going to disappoint. The one-bedroom cottage oozes rustic cosiness. An antique lambing chair sits in a corner of the living area and deerpatterned William Morris wallpaper provides a quirky backdrop for the head of the bed (and a nod to Studley Royal deer park just outside). On my first night, I don’t even have to leave the cottage – for £7, the catering team here can provide a delicious pie or casserole for guests to simply pop in the oven – so I settle in for an uninterrupted spell of reading. Feeling refreshed the next morning, I head out for a walk through the expansive deer park (marvelling at how close I can get to its antlered residents) towards Studley Tearoom, where I sit outside for a cream tea with freshly baked scones, taking in the stunning views of the water garden. The rest of the day is spent wandering the estate, gawking at

the countryside’s beauty and basking in the near-silence. Folly! 2018, an exhibition (on until 4th November) in which four striking contemporary artworks reimagine the whimsical structures that dotted the landscape here in the 18th century, adds an extra element of fun to my surroundings. In the afternoon, I stumble across the magnificent ‘Surprise View’ – a breathtaking vista over the ruins of the old Fountains Abbey and water garden from a high point in the woodland. My walk back down leads me to the abbey ruins, which are amazingly atmospheric and Instagrammable. I upload my photos over a late lunch and a large glass of wine at the nearby Mill Cafe. Back at The Boot Room, settling in for another deep sleep, I feel a million miles away from the city. It’s a little slice of homely, peaceful paradise – well worth a visit. REBECCA HASTINGS

Clockwise from above: a deer park is on the doorstep; the tastefully decorated bedroom; a compact cottage, it’s the ideal base for two; the dramatic abbey ruins; The Boot Room has a cosy interior

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Clockwise from top left: enjoy British produce in the elegant Garden Room; a warm welcome awaits; the beautiful Grade II-listed building; Pip’s favourite spot, the chic and inviting bar; bedrooms combine country charm with modern luxuries

Bath, Somerset

ity breaks really are a marvellous idea – all the restaurants, all the shops, all the things to see and do you could want, and usually just a mere train ride away. But what if that urban respite came with a dose of country charm, the friendliness of a farmhouse and the easy comfort associated with a rural retreat? That was the thinking behind our sister magazine Country Living’s first hotel, which opened this summer in Bath (the second has just opened in Harrogate, too), with the ethos of being somewhere you would ‘escape your everyday’. And right from the moment you catch sight of it, perched atop a hill overlooking the city, a Georgian mansion glowing with that delicious soft amber that Bath stone seems to radiate, it feels like you’re somewhere you can leave daily life behind. The vibe is a bit Neptune meets Soho House, all plump, high-backed armchairs in peacock blue or umber velvet, rich indigo or calming sage green walls, Bronte by Moon plaid throws and familiar, welcoming Cornishware mugs. The menu is organic, seasonal and locally sourced, the bufet breakfast abundantly plentiful and the dinner a list

of British classics given hedgerow twists. But my favourite spot is the bar. Encased in marble with chic chartreuse tiles and overlooking the gently sloping gardens, sipping a G&T from a fish bowl glass, twilight beginning to settle outside, it’s here you get a sense of the hotel’s casual serenity. Of course, it helps if you’ve spent the day in the hot waters of the Thermae Bath Spa in town (discounts are available through the hotel when you book your stay), and feasted on the afternoon tea, perhaps followed by a nap. You’ll find it hard not to be totally relaxed here. A real home away from home. PIP MCCORMAC TRIP NOTES

Double rooms start at £130 per night,



Clockwise from above: there’s so much to explore nearby; rustic meets modern in the bedroom; unwind in a sub-tropical oasis; the apartment opens out on to its very own private garden

MERCHANTS MANOR have fond childhood memories of exploring many of Cornwall’s towns and villages, and with the sun shining and the sea breeze carrying the smell of freshly baked pasties in the air, I’m confident that my first trip to Falmouth won’t disappoint. Merchants Manor makes a real impression from the of. Situated just a short walk from the train station, town and local Gyllyngvase beach, this family-run hotel has a ‘country house by the seaside’ vibe, while remaining modern and welcoming. Our home for the weekend, however, is one of the hotel’s two new private apartments, which lie adjacent to the main building. Picture-perfect from every angle, the Landlubber apartment is also huge! With two bedrooms and two wet rooms (both with amazing rain showers), as well as a generous kitchen/living space, it’s easily twice as big as our London flat. The stunning interiors of green, gold and tactile wooden walls are adorned with antique flourishes and locally sourced artworks, giving the whole apartment a gorgeous rustic feel. With everything you need for a completely self-catered break, including shiny Kenwood appliances and freshly made bread and preserves, Landlubber is the ideal place to kick back and unwind (the 30-metre terrace surrounded by subtropical gardens and hot tub also help!).


The real beauty of this place, though, is having the best of both worlds – you get all the perks of a four-star hotel but with your own front door. The hotel has a great award-winning restaurant, Rastella, which serves local, seasonal produce and has incredible views across the sea. You can also make use of the gym, indoor pool, steam room and on-site spa (although you can request treatments in the apartment). Falmouth itself is a revelation – yes, there’s still the waft of pasties from a local bakery and oodles of seaside charm, but this is balanced with lots of stylish cafes and quirky, modern boutiques. It really is a brilliantly unique setting for a long weekend or mini break. As for Merchants Manor? We’re already planning our next stay. ABBY LAING

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Falmouth, Cornwall


DOUBLE THE DISNEY MAGIC Make your family’s dreams come true with an unforgettable getaway. Combine a Walt Disney World Resort stay with a magical Disney Cruise for the ultimate Disney experience!


f there’s a better feeling than creating magical family memories to treasure for ever, we haven’t found it. The joy of getting everyone together to share the fun of a spectacular holiday is unparalleled – and where better to unite and unwind than under the sunny skies of Florida at Walt Disney World Resort? With six Disney Parks, there’s fun to be had for everyone, whether you’re eight or 80. Meet your favourite characters, climb aboard thrilling attractions and indulge in the best

of Disney shopping and restaurants. Does it get any better? Believe it or not, the answer is yes! Sprinkle some extra Disney magic on your holiday with Disney Cruise Line and embark on a journey to the sun-drenched dream destinations of the Bahamas or Caribbean. With luxury amenities for kids and adults, it’s the perfect way to end your ultimate Disney holiday. Double the fun? You can’t say fairer than that! With all the magic of Disney on both land and sea, it’s time to live the fairy tale.




ith four dazzling theme parks and two amazing water parks, it’s impossible to be bored at Walt Disney World. Wonder and fantasy are everywhere, and no more so than at Magic Kingdom Park. Explore six enchanted lands and enjoy a range of attractions, from Dumbo The Flying Elephant to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You can also spot your favourite Disney characters – including Mickey Mouse and Frozen’s Elsa – in the Festival Of Fantasy parade, or brave the ‘three peaks’ of the park’s rollercoasters, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. Step into the world of movies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where you’ll find the all-new Toy Story Land. Shrink down to the size of a toy and explore Andy’s backyard, and experience two brand-new attractions: the family coaster Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. And don’t miss the Star Wars experiences that will transport you to a galaxy far, far away. Over at Epcot, take flight on Soarin’, an amazing adventure above breathtaking sights. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, you’ll experience rare animal encounters and spectacular attractions. Take a visit to Pandora – The World of Avatar, where you can walk underneath floating mountains, and experience African wildlife with Kilimanjaro Safaris. There is also a host of spectacular shows

to discover, including Disney Junior Live On Stage and the big-as-Broadway Festival Of The Lion King. In the evenings, spectacular firework displays light up the skies above the theme parks. For a fairy-tale finale, Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom Park will illuminate Cinderella Castle with the most mesmerising fireworks showcase in the history of the park! Whether you’re wild or wallflower, there’s lots to do at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Blizzard Beach Water Park. Unwind in a rubber ring on Cross Country Creek lazy river, or brave the 120-ft drop on Summit Plummet – and much more. In between the excitement of the Disney parks, Disney Springs is the ultimate destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. And of course, no Disney holiday is complete without a stay at one of the magical Disney Resort Hotels. Choose from more than 20 resorts, ranging from value to deluxe. As a guest, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits – including extra time in the Disney parks!


With the current Free Dine offer, you can enjoy free dining and drinks throughout your stay at up to 100 dining venues across the whole of Walt Disney World Resort!**

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ut the fun isn’t done! Extend your holiday by setting sail on Disney Cruise Line, and let the magic continue on as you travel to the Bahamas or Caribbean. Exploring these beautiful destinations is a memorable way to make your holiday extra special, but the food, fun and family entertainment on board the Disney Cruise Line ships makes for a trip that is truly unique. There’s plenty of fun to be had together as a family. For example, why not take a ride on AquaDuck, an exhilarating waterslide at sea, or enjoy one of the nightly performances of original West End-style musicals such as the all-new Beauty And The Beast? Adults and children alike are sure to enjoy the Pirate Night deck party, culminating in an incredible fireworks display at sea! Little ones can also revel in magical play spaces fuelled by Disney storytelling, including Andy’s Room, where they’ll be immersed in the world of the Toy Story trilogy, and Marvel’s Super Hero Academy, all in the company of specially trained Disney staff. Edge and Vibe clubs cater to teens and tweens, too. But it’s not all about the kids, which is why each ship is also home to sophisticated adult-only spaces. A fabulous spa, plus adult-only pool areas, bars and restaurants, means that there are plenty of ways for grown-ups to relax and unwind. There are also unforgettable dining

experiences to be had on a Disney Cruise, like Animator’s Palate, where you’ll feast on a savoury fusion of Pacific Island foods, Asian cooking and fresh California fare while Disney characters come to life before your eyes. Adults can experience culinary excellence at Palo’s†, where delectable Italian cuisine is served among stunning sea views. Whatever your taste, there’ll be something to satisfy you. However you choose to spend your time on board, you won’t find a more relaxing way to end your ultimate Disney holiday.


Exclusively available to Disney Cruise Line guests, stop at Disney’s private paradise island, Disney Castaway Cay, which features white-sand beaches, sparkling lagoons and exclusive areas for kids and adults. Bliss!

10 nights at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort plus a 4-night Bahamas cruise aboard Disney Dream $100 Disney Spending Money and FREE Disney dining and drinks throughout your stay at Walt Disney World**, plus all meals included during your sailing on board Disney Cruise Line Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate park ticket for the price of Disney’s 7-Day Ultimate Ticket***, plus on-board entertainment, child activities and West End-style shows included Complimentary transport throughout Walt Disney World, plus transfers between your hotel and Port Canaveral All government taxes, fees and port charges included To book, contact Walt Disney Travel Company call centre on 0800 085 0622 or visit

Terms and conditions: *Disney’s 14-night holiday for 2 adults & 2 children (aged up to nine) from £1,698 per person, based on arrival into Orlando on 16.8.19. Excludes flights. Ten nights in Orlando, with accommodation in a Standard Room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and a four-night Bahamian cruise on board the Disney Dream departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, full board in an Inside Stateroom. Includes transfers between your Disney Resort Hotel and Port Canaveral and applicable WDW discounts, and taxes, fees and port charges of approximately £57 per person for the cruise (charges may be subject to change). Package price correct as of 2.8.18 and may vary based on travel date. All rates, dates and availability are subject to change without notice, and prices are valid for new bookings only. Walt Disney Travel Company is a member of ABTA and is ATOL protected. ATOL certificate number 10401. Visit or call 0800 085 0622 for current pricing, full terms and conditions and to book. **Free Dine and $100 Ofer is available for bookings made between 4th July and 22nd October 2018 for selected arrival dates and participating Disney Resort Hotels. A Disney Dining Plan must be selected for all members of the party travelling who are aged three and over at time of travel and for the full duration of the stay. For full terms and conditions, visit ***Includes Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket for the price of Disney’s 7-Day Ultimate Ticket if purchased in one transaction with a Walt Disney World hotel stay (5 nights minimum stay) booked by 31st December 2019. †Additional costs apply..

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Work on your self-esteem. The better you feel about yourself, the better all your relationships will be. Moreover, the more you believe in yourself, the more money you will attract. SCORPIO 24th Oct-22nd Nov The Full Moon this month triggers ‘madness’ planet Uranus in your Love Zone, so expect at least five cups of crazy in at least one of your most important relationships. How you handle it dictates what happens next. Hint: avoid being controlling. SAGITTARIUS 23rd Nov-21st Dec You’re a livewire, no doubt. But even a Sagittarian needs some proper time out. October looks like the ideal time for this. Reason being, this month a parade of planets passes through your 12th House, the deepest and most mysterious part of your chart. Meditation and contemplation – or even an actual retreat – will work wonders. CAPRICORN 22nd Dec-19th Jan This is the time for you to work out (again) who your friends really are. Ideally, you should have done a good cull a few years ago. Now tweak that. Who do you really value and who’s there when you need them most? Who needs more of your love and appreciation and who really is draining your energy?

AQUARIUS 2oth Jan-18th Feb So there’s a question you need to answer: how much does your work matter to you? How hard are you willing to work to earn the money you need for the things you want to do? Maybe you’re willing to work harder, or maybe now’s the time to say, ‘Enough!’ PISCES 19th Feb-20th Mar If you’re weighing up where you want to be, or where you want to spend most of your time, you should start to get some answers now. Maybe you’ve been mulling over the idea of relocating, temporarily or permanently? Working out who and what matters most will help you decide where you want to be. ARIES 21st Mar-19th Apr The New Moon in your Love Zone clashes with Pluto in your Career Zone, so expect a skirmish to do with your love life, your career or where they both crossover. It’s nothing dreadful, but it’s a situation that needs healing, and a mini-crisis could be just what you need to hasten the process. TAURUS 20th Apr-20th May Venus the relationship planet – and your ruling planet – is moving backwards in your Love Zone which is A. Big. Deal. This is the time for you to think about who you really value. Have you been showing loved ones how much you care? GEMINI 21st May-21st Jun You’re not long out of a very heavy Saturn cycle (lasting 2014-2017), so

go easy on yourself. Now’s the time to think about if some relationships are hard work for you, and if so, can you change your way of thinking? The New Moon reminds you that you need to have some fun!

CANCER 22nd Jun-22nd Jul Right now you are being tested. How good a friend are you? Do you put up with too much from your friends? This month, even close relationships are up for review. Tread extra carefully with people you value. LEO 23rd Jul-23rd Aug After a hectic few months, it’s time to calm down. In fact, the message from the skies now is all about you finding a balance between home and work life, so do try to find some equilibrium. VIRGO 24th Aug-22nd Sep Love planet Venus is retrograding this month, and she is doing it in your Communications Zone. So, if there’s a love or money conversation you should have had some time ago, now’s the time to have it – the New Moon is supporting you. So speak up for yourself!

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